Mark J. “E.J.” Urbain, 60, of rural Farley, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family in Farley.

Friends and relatives of Mark called from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, where a prayer service was held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Mark requested that family and friends wear casual wear to his services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley, with the Rev. Phillip Kruse presiding and the Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D concelebrating. Mass servers will be Erica, Emma and Isabelle Ernzen. Lectors will be Judy Koppes and Ben Urbain. Placing of the Pall will be done by Julie Urbain, Abby and Dan Ankenbauer, Ben and Dallas Urbain. Giftbearers will be Rachel Millman, Bridgette Bradley, Michelle Jennings and Jessica Breiner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dan “Doc” Ernzen, Milo Hefel, Kevin “Walmart” Theisen and Derek Theisen. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Casketbearers will be Keith Koppes, Dameon Ernzen, Jared Urbain, Robby Urbain, Chad Urbain and Quinton Roberts

He was born Dec. 27, 1958 in Dubuque, son of Earl and Gertrude (Klostermann) Urbain. He was a 1978 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On May 29, 1982 he was united in marriage to Julie McDermott at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth. He drove truck for Tschiggfrie in Dubuque for many years. He later went to work as a carpenter for Portzen Construction until his retirement.

Mark took pride in his land. You could usually find him mowing grass, entertaining in the Man Cave, watching his Hawkeyes, or taking Ranger rides. He loved his grandkids, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Urbain, of Farley; two children Abby (Dan) Ankenbauer, of Clear Lake and Ben (Dallas) Urbain, of Onslow; five grandchildren, Lily, Colten, Nate and Caden Urbain and Kinzly Ankenbauer; eight siblings, Sue Ann (Gilbert) Beringer, of Dyersville, Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain both of Farley, Judy Koppes, of Monmouth, Nancy (John) Kramer, of Worthington, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain, of Peosta, Wanda (Dave) Roberts, of Omaha, Neb. and Sarah (Tim) Ells, of Davenport; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Patricia) McDermott, of Morrison, Colo., Gerald (Jolene) McDermott, of Castle Rock, Colo. and Jodi (Mark) Naig, of Waterloo.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Dave Koppes; sister-in-law, Joni McDermott; his father and mother-in-law, Michael A. and Lois J. McDermott and his best friend, Melvin Ernzen.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Engleman, his nurses Sarah and Danielle, and all his Chemo nurses at Medical Associates.

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