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Mark Etzelmiller - January 18, 2012

Mark A. Etzelmiller, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Omaha.
Mark was born June 16, 1957, in Minden to Carolyn and Dick Etzelmiller.
He played football and basketball at Fort Hays State College, then transferred to Kearney State to play basketball, where he developed a passion for teaching and coaching.
His lifelong message to all who knew him was the importance of being involved in sports, and how it prepares one for life. This is shown with the friendships “Coach Etz” had continued with former players. He has coached in various parts of Nebraska including Orleans, Genoa, Ogallala, Hastings, and Southern Valley.
Survivors include wife, Marcy; children, Michael and Lindsey; sisters, Vicki Struss and husband, Rick, and Laura Grams and husband, Joel; brother, Roger Etzelmiller and wife, Roxine; numerous nieces and nephews, many friends, students, and former players whose legacy will continue to live on.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, brother, Jeffery; nephew, Drew Meyer; and sister-in-law, Linda Lund.
A Celebration of Life service was Jan. 21 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations.
John A. Gentleman Mortuary in Omaha was in charge of arrangements.