Mark A. Frericks

Mark A. Frericks, age 67, of Quincy, died on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born on July 20, 1956 in Quincy, the son of Anthony ‘Tony’ and Lucille (Lubbe) Frericks. He attended Catholic Boys High School. He married Susan Obert on January 24, 1976. She survives.

Mark worked in the dairy industry for 42 years, beginning at Deters Dairy, and then 40 years at Prairie Farms Dairy before his retirement. During a portion of this time, he and Susan also owned and operated Obert’s Cement. Following his retirement from Prairie Farms, he was a school bus driver for the Quincy Public School District, which he absolutely loved.

Mark was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and his faith and service in the church was very important to him. He served on the Cemetery Committee, helped with fish fries, chicken dinners, pancake and sausage breakfasts, grass cutting, the annual church picnic, and more. His faith was very important to him. During the time surrounding and following his double lung transplant, he was often heard telling people that without faith, family, and friends, you don’t have anything. He prayed the rosary four times a day for the people who prayed for him and his family, for his donor and his family, and for his own healing.

He was a member of the Adams County Olde Tyme Association. He was proud to maintain and show off his dad’s Massey-Ferguson 65 and Ferguson 30 tractors on tractor drives and at the Adams County Fair.

His family was of the utmost importance to him. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and looked forward to having supper as a family every Tuesday evening. He shared all of his stories about growing up on a farm, what his dad taught him, his days playing football and wrestling in high school, and, along with Sue, showed his family the importance of faith, and taking care of and being there for your family and friends.

Some of his most special times were spent with his “Sunday Night Bible Study”, butchering with his friends, tending his garden and camping at the Frericks Campground with friends and family.

“Big Mo” was loved by many, and he never met a stranger.

In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by:
CHILDREN: Kimberly (Jason) Knotts and Ginny Lease all of Quincy.
SON-IN-LAW: Ryan Rohn of Quincy
GRANDCHILDREN: Brandon and Taylor Lease and Eleanor Rohn.
SIBLINGS: Jan Benson (Charlie); Kathy Meyer (Charlie); Greg Frericks (Denise); and Nadine Messmer.
SISTER-IN-LAW: Marcia Frericks
BROTHER-IN-LAW: Kenneth Ray Althoff
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter April Rohn, a brother Bob Frericks, a sister Theresa Althoff, and a brother- in- law Jake Messmer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 10:30 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Quincy Notre Dame, or the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Organ Transplant. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Don Benz on October 20, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Dear Family – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

  2. John & Linda Tuthill on October 20, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Sorry for your loss. May God put his arms around you and give you peace.

  3. Sharon and Tom Phillips on October 20, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Our deepest sympathy. We are reading about this while we are on the road to visit our son in Houston, Texas. We will not be able to attend the funeral, but our hearts and prayers will be with you all. Mark was a great one.

  4. Joy and Richard Jurrens on October 20, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. He was loved by so many people! May God give you peace in the days ahead.
    Joy and Richard Jurrens

  5. Reggie Craven on October 20, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Mark told the best stories and his voice commanded you to listen. The calmness and kindness he showed was amazing. His selflessness and wisdom will never be forgotten. We will miss you, Mark.

  6. Christine Schaller on October 20, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Nadine , sorry to read about the passing of your brother. My thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family.

  7. Jan ewalt on October 21, 2023 at 12:19 am

    SUE, we are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the trying times you’ve gone thru. God bless you and your family

    • Cathy Sprague on October 23, 2023 at 6:23 pm

      Sue & Family,
      I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a very special guy & a friend to all.
      He is at Peace.
      My Deepest Condolences
      to you & your family. May God send you his Love & Comfort.

  8. Jim Vahle on October 21, 2023 at 6:22 am

    So very sorry to hear of Mark’s loss. One of the very best of men and great to be around and listen to his stories. He will be dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Rose Keller on October 21, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss Cathyand Charlie,Greg and Denise prayers for your families

  10. Ron & Melody Clark on October 22, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Sue, we are very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

  11. Sue & Jerry Schmidt on October 24, 2023 at 6:44 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  12. Dave and Brenda Obert on October 24, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Very sorry for your loss, prayers and blessings to the family.

  13. Rick & Debbie Terwelp on October 24, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    Sue I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you His peace. 🙏💕

  14. Ron and Rita Genenbacher on October 25, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Susie and family, we were so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a wonderful and kind man, always a kind word to say! Sorry we were unable to make the visitation and funeral! May God bless you all with comfort and peace and may your memories of the good times always give you happiness!

  15. Lonny Lemon on October 26, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Kim and Ginny,
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how much your father loved his girls and how he and your mother sacrificed so that you could attend QND. I will pray that God gives you the strength you need in the days ahead, and that HE will fill your hearts and minds with only the great memories you created, and shared, with your father. God Bless.

  16. Leo and Kathy Dietrich on October 30, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mark passing. We were on our way out of town on 17th. “The Big Teddy Bear” will truly be missed. A very kind and thoughtful soul. Our prayers are with your family Sue.

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