Mark S. Farren

December 05, 1956 - August 12, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Friday, August 18, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Friday, August 18, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Mark S. Farren, 60, of Avilla died unexpectedly Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 11:46 p.m. in his residence.

He was born December 5, 1956, in Fort Wayne to Michael and Marjorie (Knappenberger) Farren. His father preceded him in death.

On July 17, 2017, in Yaak, Montana, he married his high school sweetheart, Elaine M. (Rosswurm) Kokosa.

Mr. Farren honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 1979.

Upon returning from the Marine Corps, he was the Deputy Marshall for Rome City and later retired from the Kendallville Police Department. He started working at Impact Institute in Kendallville and took a year off to work for DynCorp International in Afghanistan. Currently, he was the criminal justice instructor at Impact Institute in Kendallville.

Mark enjoyed riding his Harley, and, it was because of his love of bike trips that he and his wife bought a home in Yaak, Montana, where he spent his time this summer. He also enjoyed camping. Mark was known for making the best chili and salsa ever made. And, he loved to share those foods with his class at Impact Institute.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine Farren of Avilla; two daughters, Andrea Farren of Kendallville and Michelle (Brian) Wiese of Seattle, Washington; two sons, Thomas Farren of Kendallville and Bryce (Gates) Clevenger of West Lafayette; his mother, Marjorie Taylor of Kendallville; three sisters, Cynthia (Ken) Angel of Churubusco, Sandy (Steve) Miller of Churubusco, and Sara Taylor of Kendallville; a brother, Don M. Taylor of Churubusco; and his dog, Barrett.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Dan Cosentino of Legacy Church in Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Rome City American Legion Post 381, Kendallville American Legion Post 86, and active duty members of the Marine Corps. The Kendallville Police Department will post officers during the visitation and will lead the procession to the cemetery.

Calling is Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Drug-Free Noble County, 2090 N SR 9, Suite E, Albion, Indiana, 46701.

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Holly L. Linay
August 20th, 2017 8:52am
Aurora, Colorado

Marge & Sara, I am so sorry for your terribly unexpected loss. It sounds like Mark was wonderful example of what it means to be a man. May time lessen your pain.

Jim Ebert
August 18th, 2017 3:18pm
Fort Wayne

Mark was a good man, friend and coworker. He will be deeply missed. My condolences to the family.

William anderson
August 18th, 2017 3:01am
Avilla Indiana

Loved our conversations we had together about all subjects and especially your travels and adventures. You definitely loved life and serving your fellow man with your military service police service and your time spent at Impact. Mark loved his Harley and loved to travel . Loved looking at all your photos of the neat places you've been and recently Yaak ! You've lived a lifetime to the fullest. You'll be missed ! My prayers go out to your family and friends .

August 18th, 2017 2:32am

Elaine, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Kathy Eme
August 17th, 2017 10:36pm
1431 Spy Run Ave Fort Wayne, 4

May the family live with the beautiful memories we share and may he be with god.

Kevin Tempel
August 17th, 2017 6:37pm
Huntertown, Indiana

To Elaina and all of Marks family I am so sorry for you loss. From everything that I know and have heard about Mark he will truely be missed. He was a true patriot, a great servant to his community as a police officer and a teacher. In everything that he did he touched lives. I could see his passion for law enforcement back in high school when we attended the Indiana State Police Career Camp together. May you take comfort in knowing that Mark was s great example of what a man should be. You will be missed, RIP Brother

Mark Stump
August 17th, 2017 2:31pm
Auburn, IN

Pork Chop, I am still in disbelief of your passing. All I keep thinking of are the thousands of miles I spent looking through my windshield at the tail light on your motorcycle, or your headlight in the mirror of mine. I am so glad we were able to make the Alaska trip a reality, but wish we had more time to make the return trip we always talked about. Maybe I'll just do it for both of us. Rest in peace brother.

Karen Bassett
August 16th, 2017 10:40pm
Auburn, IN

Elaine, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Emilea Herkel
August 16th, 2017 10:22pm

Fly high Mr. Farren

Monica Agee (Kammerer)
August 16th, 2017 10:18pm

May God be with you during this very emotional time. Rest Easy Mark.

Cathy Burgess
August 16th, 2017 8:37pm
PBTC Patient Accounting

Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the families.

Becky Ice
August 16th, 2017 7:31pm
Vincennes University, Vincenne

I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Mark's passing. He was such a good dual credit teacher and an even kinder, generous man. He'll be missed by many.

Thomas Maxwell
August 16th, 2017 3:29pm
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Elaine & Family, Sorry to hear of your loss of husband, father, friend. May God grant you comfort during this time of grieving.

Deborah Sims
August 16th, 2017 12:12pm
fort wayne

Sorry for you loss, praying for God's peace and comfort in your time of grief

Adam Reynolds
August 15th, 2017 6:25pm
Kabul, Afghanistan

My Pork Chop. You will be missed more than you would have ever known. I cherished our friendship and thank you for all you ever did for me. I will certainly see you again one day on the other side. I am proud to have known you. Until Valhalla.

Erin Archer
August 15th, 2017 12:56pm
Fort Wayne

I'm so very sorry for your loss Elaine. I'm praying for you and your family that God will wrap you all in His love through out this extremely difficult time.

Jennifer (Garman) Yesh
August 15th, 2017 12:03pm
Kendallville, IN.

Mark... You were such a BIG part of my teaching life, my teaching day here at IMPACT. Whether you came into work or I did, there was never a morning that we didn't say "Morning"... You influenced so many over the years, and the knowledge of the criminal justice will live on in them. I will so miss, " Welcome to Walmart" as we held the doors for the incoming students. To the " Stay out of Jail" as they left on Friday afternoons. Your stories I could hear from my classroom of your time undercover, over in Afghanistan and so many more. The song to the TV show COPS, (Bad boys, bad boys...) as tours were entering your class for tours will now bring a smile to my face. Elaine... Please know Mark loved you to the moon and back and then some. He said your name and his face would light up. The stories of how you were high school sweethearts and the time he bought you a blender and the photo he had of that time is one I will never forget. He talked so much of your time in Yaak, the things you experienced out there. I hope it brings you comfort to know he truly loved you. Mark, you will be missed and NEVER forgotten. xoxo

Suzanne Smith
August 15th, 2017 11:56am
Fort Wayne/


Tim Chatley
August 15th, 2017 3:29am
Palmetto, Fl

So sorry for your loss Cindy!!! 😓

Colleen hutchinson
August 15th, 2017 2:23am
Adrian, MI

One of the best! My condolences to the family.

Rosie Coyle
August 15th, 2017 1:52am
Columbia City

Mark was a special sorry for the family.....You will be greatly missed by your family and friends.

Bob Goodwin
August 15th, 2017 1:24am
Yaak, MT.

So sorry! I didn't know you two long but looked forward to your future here in the Yaak..

Michelle Cox
August 14th, 2017 11:57pm
Avilla, IN

Elaine and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear about Mark. He seemed like a genuine, larger than life guy..a friend to all..

Kent Boner
August 14th, 2017 11:03pm
Fort Wayne

Sorry to hear of Marks passing. He was a great guy and will be missed!

Dori Goodwin
August 14th, 2017 10:54pm
Yaak, Montana

Oh Elaine my heart goes out to you. Mark will be missed in our Wild Sheep neighborhood. I loved Mark's excitement about the house and even the hard work he was doing. I will always remember how happy he was riding his motorcycle to the hardware store. My heart is hurting with his loss but I know he has a place in the Yaak section of heaven and we will meet again. May God bless you Elaine with peace and a knowledge of Mark waiting for you in heaven.

Tony cox
August 14th, 2017 10:44pm
Muncie,Indiana were a good man and a good friend and it was a pleasure working with you....god speed

Les Alligood
August 14th, 2017 10:33pm
Rome City

Mark, you were a pleasure to know and work with...Many people benefitted from your life......There is no doubt there is a place in Heaven waiting for you...P.S. Say Hi to Marilyn for me pal...

Jerri Martin
August 14th, 2017 10:22pm
Fort Wayne

Elaine, Words can't express my sorrow for you. You are in my thoughts.

Sandy & Larry Miller
August 14th, 2017 10:17pm
Yaak, Montana

We did not know Mark very long but we happy that he and Elaine chose the Yaak and became our neighbors. We will miss the roar of Mark's motorcycle and his laugh. Rest in peace Mark. You will not be forgotten.

Bridgette Angel
August 14th, 2017 10:12pm
Columbia City

I am sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts.

Tom Ferguson
August 14th, 2017 10:03pm
South Bend

Going to miss you my friend. God be on your side. Give em hell in Valhalla brother.