Mark R. Dobratz

Mark R. Dobratz, 68, of West Fargo, North Dakota, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, at Essentia Hospital surrounded by family.

Mark was born on Feb. 13, 1955, in Shawano to the late Eugene and Arlene (Finke) Dobratz. Mark graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering and later received his MBA from University of Mary. Mark was united in marriage to Joan Osterloh on June 23, 1979 in Hecla, South Dakota. The couple lived in Kenosha for a few years before moving to Shawano and then later to Fargo, North Dakota.

Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Packers. He especially loved time with his family, grandchildren and his dogs. Each year at Easter time, he loved creating multiple games and scavenger hunts for his kids and grandchildren to enjoy.

Mark is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joan; children, Natasha (Scott) Sanders, of Moorhead, Raymond (Adele) Dobratz of Fargo, and Derek (Meagan) Dobratz of Carver, Minnesota; grandchildren, Carter, Wyatt, Wynston, Rory, Brodie and Allie; brother, Matt (Annie) Dobratz; sister-in-law, Kathy Dobratz; brother-in-law, Jay (Linda) Osterloh; and sister-in-law, Julie Borr. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, friends and his beloved dog, Britt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Arlene; parents-in-law, Virgil and Lucille Osterloh; brother, Michael Dobratz; and his brother-in-law, Don Borr.

A memorial service for Mark will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, with visitation at 10 a.m. The memorial service will be livestreamed on the funeral home website. Memorial contributions may be sent to 4 Luv of Dogs Rescue or Homeward Animal Shelter.

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Arrangements entrusted to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, North Dakota.