Mark Werden

Mark D. Werden, 63, of Decorah died Sunday, August 16, 2015 as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Graveside services were held Friday, August 21 at Buckhorn Cemetery in Maquoketa.
Mark Douglas Werden was born February 6, 1952 in Waverly, the son of Charles A. and Virginia Esther (McPherson) Werden. The Werden family lived in Maynard in the 1950s and moved to Waukon in 1961. Later they moved to Marshall, MO, where Mark graduated from Marshall High School in 1971. Later that year he moved to Fayette, where he operated Werden’s Department Store for many years. Mark also enjoyed working with his mother at Stepps Melon Stands in the Fayette area for a number of years.
Mark enjoyed sports of all kinds and was a particularly talented baseball player when he was younger. Mark had a heart of gold and although he never married, he enjoyed being with people. He was an active worker with NAMI Iowa (National Alliance on Mental Illness), where in recent years he spent much of his time trying to help those less fortunate as a home health aid. He loved telling jokes and going dancing as well as spending many fun times with his nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his siblings: Vicki (Roger) Sinclair of Laurie, MO, Faye (Gary) Nolting of Waukon and Bruce Werden of Maynard; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Virginia Werden; a sister, Gail Sue; a nephew, Todd Nolting; and a grandnephew, Cade Nolting.
Martin Funeral Home of Waukon assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at