Obituary for Salem M. Markos II

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Salem Mark Markos II passed away February 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born on April 21, 1943 in La Crosse, WI, the son of Mark S. and Julia M. (Ablan) Markos. He was baptized in the Syrian Orthodox church.
Salem simply wanted us to say that “some say, he was a heck of a nice guy,” and to leave it at that. But we all know he was so much more. He was an intelligent and generous man, loyal friend, dear husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle. Most importantly, Salem loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren were the light of his life. He enjoyed spending time at his boathouse, adventuring in Canada with his fishing buddies, having breakfast and coffee with wonderful friends, playing cards, telling stories, and sharing his words of wisdom. His smile and sense of humor will always be remembered.
He is a graduate of Central High School. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Science Degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. On January 24, 1971, he married Arden (Bunny) Rodriquez at Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, WI. For over 30 years, Salem and his sisters owned and operated Salem Markos & Sons, Inc. in Downtown La Crosse, and the two Markos’ Clothing, Inc. locations at Center 90 and Valley View Mall. He was fond of betting customers a dollar that he had their size in stock. He truly enjoyed helping everyone find the perfect pair of blue jeans.
Salem was active in many local community and business organizations. He was a life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church and served on its vestry. He also supported the Orthodox Church throughout the years. He was a past Master Councilor of DeMolay and earned the Degree of Chevalier, the highest honor an active DeMolay can achieve. He also belonged to the Shriners and was a member of the Masonic Frontier Lodge #45.
Throughout his life, Salem made a positive impact on his family, business, community and church. He was a heck of a nice guy—even above average on some days.
Salem is survived by his loving and devoted wife Arden (Bunny) of 46 years, his four daughters, Julie Markos; Amy (Joshua) Ruegg and children Julia, Marie, and Virginia; Charlotte Mae (Robb) Irrgang; and Sandra (Steven) Elsen and children David and Rosemary. He is also survived by his sisters Regina (S. Michael) Kilbey; Jane (Bill) Simmons; Charlotte (Jug) Markos-Kann; and Joan (Thomas F.) Markos-Horejs. And, by brothers-in-law Jack Rodriquez and Bruce (Yudi) Rod and his sister-in-law, Lynne (Dave) Knight.
He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Joan Kilbey and son Michael Scott; S. Michael (Sheri) Kilbey II and children Markos, Julia, and Matthew; Mark (Ann) Kilbey and children Sid Patrick and Salem Markos; William M. Simmons; Regina (Jeff) Davan and children Jonathan and Michael; Bruce Rod; Christopher (Rosa) Rod and daughter Elliana, Lori Knight; and Kerri Knight and children Jessica and Justin. He had many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins that meant so much to him.
Visitation will be at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson St., Sunday February 12th from 3-5pm, followed by a Masonic and an Orthodox Trisagion Service. The funeral will be at Christ Episcopal Church, 9th and Main St., Monday February 13th, with visitation at 10am, and service at 11am. The burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.
May his memory be eternal.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Christ Episcopal Church, Gundersen Health System cardiac research, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at