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Mark A. Pulver

Mark passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 26, 1955 in Plainwell the son of Robert and Dolores (Carruthers) Pulver. Mark was a 1973 Otsego High School graduate. He had owned and operated Pulver Construction for over 30 years. On May 18, 1979 at Westwood Christian Reformed Church he married Barbara Lingbeek who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Justin Pulver of Kalamazoo and Zachary (Katelynd) Pulver and their son Milo of Lowell; mother, Dolores; siblings, Penny (Lark) Baker, Craig (Pam) Pulver, Michele Pulver and Dixon Pulver; sister-in-law, Jayne (Kurt) Nendorf of South Carolina along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and by his nephew, Seth Browning.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Mark’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Otsego United Methodist Church until the time of the memorial service at 12:00 P.M., with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to

Christian Neighbors

or the

Kalamazoo Deacons Conference.

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Lynne (Bullock) Livingston

January 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm

I was shocked and saddened to hear this. The Pulvers and the Bullocks go WAY back! Many fond memories! Prayers for family and friends.


Susie (Hicks) Browne

January 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm

My heart just broke in two!!!! It’s like the lost of one of my own. Delores, Penny, Craig, Michelle, and Dixon you know the extent of my sympathy without me even opening my mouth. God be with all of you and give you the Peace that passes all understanding.

Love you,



Sally Thaxton Betzner

January 10, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Saddest. Love sent to you all


Bob Miles

January 10, 2018 at 5:37 pm

Sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I enjoyed coaching Mark Mark was a fun person to be around. My thoughts are with the Pulver crew.


Trudy Snyder Groen

January 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm

So sorry to hear this. Mark was a great guy. Always joking around. Delores just know if you need anything let me know.All you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.


John and Diane Glessner

January 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm

Dear Delores and family,

We are so sad to hear about Mark’s

passing. We are in Florida now and won’t be able to attend his memorial. We will be praying for you and Pastor Joe and the entire family. We are sending hugs and our sincere sympathy to you. Love, John & Diane


John Hutchinson

January 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Mark was an incredible athlete and one of the smartest guys I ever knew. I had some really fun times with him during and after High School. He could always make me laugh about something. Mark was truly one of a kind.


Carol Goodacre McHenry

January 10, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the entire family.


Josephine Pape

January 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

To the Pulver family. I was so shocked to hear of the passing of Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

May God grant you comfort and peace in the knowledge that he is now with his lord and savior.


Carleen and Jim Gilligan

January 10, 2018 at 8:49 pm

So very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.


Jim & Dorothy McNees

January 10, 2018 at 8:57 pm

I am in shock, we had just seen him last Tuesday. Talked with him and told him we were real happy with the new roof that him and Justin put on for us last Spring. Mark was such a nice and thoughtful guy. I am sure he will be missed by all those who knew him. Prayers to all of the family.


David & Jane Kling

January 10, 2018 at 9:33 pm

Dear Penny & Family,

We send our deepest sympathies to all of you. May his memory be a blessing and give you peace and comfort in the days and weeks to come.


Gerry De Jong

January 10, 2018 at 9:44 pm


Please accept my condolences. I always considered Mark a good friend even though we did not always see much of each other when we lived in Kalamazoo. When we did see each other I found Mark easy to engage in conversation and appreciated his genuine thoughts and comments.

Gerry De Jong


Diane(Smith) Tobias

January 10, 2018 at 10:32 pm

To the Pulvers.

Our prayers for you and yours at such a difficult time.Mark was loved by many.He was a joy to be around.Many fond high school memories.


Gordon & Dona Zwart

January 11, 2018 at 7:11 am

So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing, keeping your family in our prayers today and in the days ahead.

Remembering his willingness to help get our old front window out and a new one installed (while I had hubby out of town)…. !



January 11, 2018 at 7:21 am

Barb, Mark was such a wonderful and lively soul and we will always remember him as a fun and happy person. He is not with us anymore but he will always live on in our hearts, our talks, our memories and our feelings. Love, Bud and Laurie


Mary Harris ( Morgan)

January 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.


Dee (Zimmerman) Collick

January 11, 2018 at 7:48 am

So sorry for your loss. I grew up with Mark at Otsego Schools. Always a smile on his face. Hard worker. Respected. He will be missed.


Tammy Bailey

January 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

Dear Pulver Family,

My heart breaks for you, as I think of your loss. Bob and I are in Arizona right now, so we will be unable to be there, physically, but know that we are there in our hearts. We will remember Mark as a fun, generous and loving man who will be missed by so many.

Much love to all of you,

Tammy and Bob Bailey


Dolores Pulver

January 11, 2018 at 9:55 am


Just want to tell you how proud I am to have you as a daughter and that I love you so much.

You are very special. Mom


Rick and Mary Howrigon

January 11, 2018 at 10:38 am

RIP Mark

Our thoughts and Prayers to the Family


Hank and Karen Renzema

January 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

So sorry to hear about Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.


jack Kindig

January 11, 2018 at 12:40 pm

So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He and I go way back with many fond memories in business dealings and other areas of interest. Unfortunately I have moved to Florida and want to wish my sincere condolences to the family. He will be missed.


Yvonne Slater

January 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Ron and Susan Vlietstra

January 11, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Dear Barb, Justin and Zack,

We are so sorry to hear about Mark. We are thinking and praying for you and your family.


Ken Craft

January 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Many good memories, Rest in peace my friend.


Dan & Sally Perrin

January 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

I met Mark on the playground my first day at Otsego (Dix Street Elementary) 3rd grade in the fall of 1962. We became fast friends from the beginning and about a week later discovered that we were next door neighbors (Country – 1/2 mile). Along with our older brothers (Dave & Craig) we were like the four Musketeers all through school. Mark and I staid close through adulthood, working in the construction business. I have lost a brother and my life long friend. Mark was honest (to a fault), he always told it like it was. He was smart, funny and a shrewed business man. He loved to play golf and we enjoyed a cold one together on a few occasions. I will miss you my friend, but will see you in eternity.


Kathy (Slager) Stam

January 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm

Barb, I am SO sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you in the days ahead. I WILL be praying God holds you close and you feel His strength.


Marleen (Holland) VanLent

January 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark’s family. Mark was not only a classmate of mine, but someone I considered a good friend as well. He was such a great guy – always kind and respectful, yet a lot of fun to be around! He will be missed!!


Jan Jameson

January 12, 2018 at 6:16 am

My thoughts and prayers to all of you. R.I.P Mark.


Doris Evink

January 12, 2018 at 6:23 am

Never knew Mark as an adult but knew the family as a neighbor when he was a young man growing up on 19th street. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you.


Sherry DeHaan(DeVries)

January 12, 2018 at 7:57 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you Barb. I am so sorry that you lost your husband at such a young age as this. May God be with you and yours.


John & Nancy Zuidema

January 12, 2018 at 9:59 am

We are very sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. He was always very reliable in fixing or replacing many things at our homes. Barb, our thoughts & prayers are with you & your sons.


Bob & Nancy Peterson

January 12, 2018 at 10:04 am

Nancy and I so sorry for your loss, he was a good friend to me and so many others, he was always there to give a helping hand when anyone needed it and will missed by all who knew him. You and the family are in our prayers, God bless


Ann Morrison Pegg

January 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

To all the Pulver’s, Dee, Penny, Craig, Michelle, and Dixon, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am in Florida so I will not be able to attend the memorial service but you are in my heart. Mark was so much fun; we had some good, crazy and fun times never to be forgotten! Hold all those memories close to you during these difficult time. God bless you all.


Gene Powers

January 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

Our thoughts and prayers to the family.


Evonne Steenwyk

January 12, 2018 at 10:54 am

I was shocked and very sorry to learn about Mark’s passing away. I had planned on calling him later on this Spring, but now I guess I’ll have to find someone else. Barb, you have my deepest sympathy.


Don and Joanne Chapman

January 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

Dear Dolores and family,

So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. What a loss to your family. I’m sure you all have so many wonderful memories to share now and the years ahead. Many thoughts and prayers and God’s blessing on all of you in the days ahead.


Ken Coburn

January 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

Mrs. Pulver, Penny, Craig, Michelle, and Dixon. Class of 1973 was just a great time to be alive, Mark was such a big part of the every one’s world during those school years. He was always there if you needed a helping hand. Our paths crossed a few times since those school days. I too called Mark my friend and I will keep him in my heart and wish my deepest thoughts for the family.


Craig, thanks for the tennis lessons when we were in school. I think Dan P. was there too. Bless you all



Gene and Connie Powers

January 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Bill & Donna Henderson

January 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Pulver Family,

So sorry for your loss, Mark was a good friend to so many of us. Will never forget all the fun we had golfing over the years. In our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Rest in Peace Friend.


susan ells

January 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

I met Mark shortly after he stated Pulver Construction. He has done a number of jobs for me over the years and had became a very special friend as a result of the work he has done for me as well as my family members and friends. I will Miss him.


Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal

January 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Dorlores, Penny and your entire family—-

Mike and my deepest sympathy to each of you.

We are in Florida now and so we will be unable to attend services for Mark.

I know your strong faith and Jesus will carry you through this difficult time.

Jesus loves you and so do I,



Yingling Family

January 12, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Barb and Family,

Super Heavy Heart to hear about Mark’s passing. We have a special place in our hearts to your family. Lots of great memories 🙂

Love from the Yingling’s


Mary L. Boling

January 12, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Barb and family,

Barb I was so shocked to read about Mark passing.

May the Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you

during this very difficult time.

Cast all your care upon Him: for he careth for you. 1Peter 5:7.

God Bless

Ed and Mary Boling


Gary and Carol Steensma

January 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Dear Barb. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious husband Mark. Our hearts ache with yours. He was a gifted diligent servant in construction and He did so with joy and care. Praying God wrap His arms around you as you grieve deeply his loss. In Sympathy The Steensma’s Gary and Carol


Jim Haggerty

January 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Judy and I send our deepest condolences and best wishes to the entire family. We are very sorry for your loss.


Walt and Sue (Cooley) Rickli

January 13, 2018 at 8:08 am

We are thinking of all of you today and holding you close in prayer.

Love Walt and Sue


Pat & Joan Milley

January 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

We are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a great, helpful, & fun person to be around.

To the Pulver family, please accept our condolences & remember the good times you had together.


Tom Young

January 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Sorry to hear this many fond memories of the little league days.


Gary Rhoades

January 13, 2018 at 7:34 pm

So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Mark was a student my first year at OHS. I coached him on the freshman football team and played golf together at Prairiewood G.C. many times. Prayers go out to the family.


Tom and Sally Triemstra

January 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm

We remember Mark always with a warm and friendly smile. He was fun and humorous and loved his boys. There was just a little mischief in his manner. He always made us feel that he was happy to see him. We ate sorry for your loss, Barb, Justin and Zack.


Kim Dorothy Blagg

January 14, 2018 at 8:47 am

He was bigger than life, forever the prankster and I cannot recall anyone who didn’t like him. Our paths never again crossed after school, but I asked after him. From the comments above, I know now that he grew to be a man who inspired love, integrity and generosity in equal measure. I will remember him in his black motorcycle jacket with a half-lidded, mocking smile on his face. Farewell, my friend.


Jacque Jennings-Carter

January 15, 2018 at 12:31 am

My sincere condolences to the entire Pulver family. Wishing you comfort in this very difficult time. Blessings to you all.


Ray & Judy Fuller

January 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

To all of Mark’s family, our prayers, thoughts & condolences go out to you. We will miss Mark and sons going by the house and waving when we are out.

Rest in peace Mark, you will be missed by all who knew you.

Ray & Judy Fuller


Jennifer Schippers

January 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Mark, we will miss the memories of Colonial Kitchen. You were always smiling and a joy to have known. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.


Rick and Sue Kuipers

January 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

So sorry for the sudden loss of your husband and father, Barb, Justin and Zach. We enjoyed the fun conversations with Mark and his dedication to his work in building and at church. We pray that you will feel the strength and love of Jesus as you work through his death.


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