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Mark Andrew Yliniemi, 49

Mark Andrew Yliniemi, 49, of Ponsford died at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga Friday, July 25, 2008. He was born Nov. 9, 1958 in Detroit Lakes to Rudolph and Joan (Gobernatz) Yliniemi. He attended Osage Elementary School through fourth g...

Mark Andrew Yliniemi, 49, of Ponsford died at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga Friday, July 25, 2008.

He was born Nov. 9, 1958 in Detroit Lakes to Rudolph and Joan (Gobernatz) Yliniemi. He attended Osage Elementary School through fourth grade and then middle school and high school in Park Rapids, graduating with the Class of 1977.

He was injured in a snowmobile accident in November 1977, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. He underwent numerous surgeries and physical therapy at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo. Then he attended Detroit Lakes Vocational Technical School for agriculture and architectural drafting. Upon completing his studies, he went to work for Lester Buildings in Lester Prairie, where he designed agricultural buildings for a time.

He returned to the Ponsford area and worked as a dispatcher for the Jerry Holmer Trucking Co. from the early 1980s through 2007.

Surviving are one sister, Rosemarie Yliniemi of Park Rapids; four brothers, Dale (Lana Jo) and Lyle, all of Osage, Scott (Kristi) of Detroit Lakes and Todd (Emily) of Ponsford; and seven nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation: one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Grace Community Church in Osage with Pastor Bill Ullom officiating. Music will be provided by Brenda Ullom. Congregational hymns will be "Amazing Grace" and "There Is A River." A special recorded tribute by Vince Gill, "Go Rest High On The Mountain," will be played.

Honorary casket bearers: his nieces and nephews, Samantha, Sally, Damon and Bailey Yliniemi, Katelyn, Wyatt and Billy Kimball.

Casket bearers: Jerry, Mary and Joe Holmer, Jody Yliniemi and Margie and Jim Harju.

Interment: Linnell Cemetery.

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