Mark N. New, Sr., 68, of Danville, passed away at 5:46 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. He was born July 7, 1952 in Danville to Robert and Ruth F. (Good) New, Sr. He married Alice L. Wernigk September 19, 1970 in Danville. She survives as well as a son, Mark New, Jr., two grandchildren and a brother, Robert New, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Charles.
Mark attended Danville Schools. He entered the U.S. Army in September 1969. He served in Vietnam in 1971 as a door gunner on Huey Assault Helicopters. He was a life member of the VFW. He was a member of UAW Local 579 and UAW Local 532 and IUE-CWA Local 84060. He was last a member of AFGE Local 1963.
After being discharged he worked in plants around the area mostly as a welder. He worked at Allith Corp., Furry, Inc., FMC Corp. and Pullman-Itel. He finally ended up at Holmes Bros-Alstom where he did early retirement in 2008 with a little over 18 years of service. During his 36 years working in factories he held various union positions. He then started work at VA Illiana Healthcare Systems, Danville in February 2009 part-time as a food service worker retiring July 31, 2014.
According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be scheduled at a later date at Danville National Cemetery. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family.
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