Mark Graham Bedford

  • Born: February 3, 1951
  • Died: May 5, 2017
  • Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

102 E. Francis Road
P.O. Box 129
New Lenox, IL 60451

Tel. (815) 485-3200

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Mark Graham Bedford

Mark Graham Bedford, 66, of Bolingbrook, formerly of Rock Island, passed away peacefully at home on May 5, 2017. Born February 3, 1951 in Chicago to Yvonne (Graham) Bedford and Mark Joseph Bedford, he was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Pamela and Bridget Bedford, and twin nieces. He is survived by his wife, Sheri Daun-Bedford, children Angela Hopkins, Kurt Bedford, Kitzi Garvey and Kelly Wigfall, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mark proudly served his country for two tours of duty as a Marine in Viet Nam, and after served in the Air Force stateside. Mark had a great passion for all things related to Abraham Lincoln and was interested in all of the presidents in general. In his leisure, Mark enjoyed watching and listening to international soccer and rugby games, loved listening to his eclectic collection of music, and was a passionate reader. He had a great affinity for Betty Boop and the Titanic and owned many collectibles of each.

Inurnment with military honors will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Rd Elwood IL 60421 on Tuesday, May 30,2017 at 11:30AM. His wish was that memorials be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Funeral arrangements handled Kurtz Memorial Chapel, New Lenox, 815-485-3700 or


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mark will be greatly missed - God Bless him.

Posted by Todd Quesada - Chicago, IL - coworker   June 29, 2017

Mark was a friend during his rock island years. He was one of the most avid history buffs I have ever known, the only person that could name all the presidents in order and the vice presidents of each .We use to sit and listen to music for hours.He was a good friend that we lost contact with , did not know were he moved to. r.i.p. old friend

Posted by Dennis Swanson - Coal Valley, IL - Friend   May 23, 2017

Mark introduced me to 1950's Horror/cult films, movie remakes comprising of thumbs, James Bond, music from before I was born, and the art of deadpan storytelling. I knew Mark in his later years, and he enjoyed telling my siblings and I stories of his past. These stories were usually told in a hushed voice and raised eyebrows; almost as if he didn't even believe the story he was telling us. Thanks for the vicarious adventures. You are missed.

Posted by Ken Daun - Waupun, WI   May 15, 2017


We had good times together when Mark lived in Rock Island. He was such a intelligent person with a great personality and loved his music. RIP my dear friend! Ed & Kathy Miller

Posted by Ed Miller - Swansea, IL - friend   May 13, 2017


Rest in peace gentle soul.

Posted by Trudi smith - IL - Friend   May 10, 2017