Mark Paul Feldkamp, 79, of Seneca lost his battle against pulmonary fibrosis June 15, 2021, at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital.
Mark was born March 20, 1942, on a farm south of Seneca, to Benedict and Katherine Kuhling Feldkamp. At a young age, he learned the value of farming, preserving the land, and working hard. Mark graduated from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School in 1960 and joined the Kansas Army National Guard the same year.
Upon honorable discharge from the National Guard, Mark was hired by Nemaha County Road and Bridge. He enjoyed the work, but Mark found his true calling once he joined Regis Tanking’s bulldozing business.
Mark married Rita Deters Oct. 12, 1964, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. The couple celebrated more than 56 wonderful years of marriage together.
In 1972, Mark had the opportunity to buy out Regis Tanking’s business. Mark started Feldkamp Construction with just a few basic pieces of equipment. Soil conservation was his passion. He took great pride in the work he completed. The equipment changed over the years, as did the conservation techniques, but Mark always said one thing stayed the same: His farming customers were the most honest and trustworthy people he ever found. Due to health issues, Mark stepped off a bulldozer for the last time in July 2020.
When he wasn’t working, which wasn’t often, Mark enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his grandchildren, reading, and playing cards. Mark was also a volunteer fireman for the city of Seneca for many years. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the St. Joseph’s Society, the Knights of Columbus Council 1769, the church choir and the Knight’s choir, and the Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery Board. Mark and Rita were original investors in Community National Bank. Mark served on the board of directors from 1987 to 2018. He truly enjoyed his association with the bank, developing a sharper business sense and, most importantly, forming lifelong friendships.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Barrett Scragg.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Rita; daughters Julie (David) Davis of Lansing and Lori (Justin) Lueger of Seneca; siblings Lyle Feldkamp of Seneca, Arlene Little of Centralia, Regis Feldkamp of Seneca, Daniel Feldkamp of Bern, Robert Feldkamp of Seneca, and Donald Feldkamp of Seneca; six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Rosaries will be prayed at Lauer Funeral Home June 18, at 2 and 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be June 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 411 Pioneer St., Seneca. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials will be designated by the family at a later date.