Mark D. Hiser

Mark D. Hiser, 60 of Caledonia, Minn., died at his home on Sunday, September 2, 2012.  He was born in La Crosse, Wis., on July 17, 1952 to “Red” and Jean (Levarus) Hiser.  Mark graduated from Logan High School in 1970 then joined the United States Army where he served with the 25th Infantry Division.  Later, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division and retired from active duty following a parachute accident.  He loved his country and was proud to have served in the military.  On May 12, 1979 he married Shelley McCurdy at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent.

Mark had worked as a police officer, Master Core Maker for Badger Foundry then a Jailer/Dispatcher for the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.  He had also served as the commander for the Houston American Legion Post 425.  He was very proud of his involvement in the community and especially loved being a jailer.  He loved taking his grandson fishing with grandpa “Red”, telling his grandkids stories and taking them camping.  He was always happy to help anyone who needed it.  He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and everyone who truly knew him.

Mark is survived by his wife Shelley of Caledonia, his daughter Mindy Jo (Matt) Meldahl of Houston, Minn., son Ryan (Nicole) Hiser of Prunedale, CA., grandchildren Cassidy, Kylie, Matthew and Cash; his parents Red and Jean Hiser of La Crosse and one brother Scott (Linda) Hiser of La Crosse.  He was preceded in death by one brother Russell.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent.  Pastor Michael Woods will officiate.  Burial with military rites by the American Legion will be at the Mormon Coulee Memorial park in La Crosse.  Friends may call on the family Friday morning at the church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.  The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be given at