Date of Death:  December 29, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be held Friday, January 6, 2023 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Baptist Church of Newberg, fondly known as Poe’s, located at 13021 Born Street, Jones, Michigan. Daniel’s Celebration of Life will be held starting with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and a service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Pastor Michael Graff will officiate. A private burial service will follow in Poe Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Daniel John Markum, 53, of Jones, unexpectedly passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at his home following a brief illness.

He was born February 2, 1969, in Elkhart, Indiana, the son of William John and Emma Jane (Alwine) Markum, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1987.

Daniel worked as a machinist at Armstrong International in Three Rivers producing steam traps.

Daniel had a heart to serve, because he was very proud to be the son of a Veteran. He volunteered at the Moose Lodge in Three Rivers where he enjoyed calling Bingo and at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek where he organized an annual summer picnic and also provided a snack cart delivery where he personally interacted with each veteran.

Daniel enjoyed gathering with friends, especially around bonfires, grilling, and hunting. He made specialty sausage, a much-desired mustard, and processed deer that was enjoyed by his many family and friends.

Daniel put his heart into everything he did and stood up for what was right.

He attended New Day Community Church in Vandalia worshipping beside his beloved wife.

Along with loving family and friends, Daniel leaves behind his cherished wife Heidi Markum and two stepsons, Blake VandenBosch and Maxwell VandenBosch. Daniel was so loved by his siblings Hana (Steve) Van Osdol, Scott (Kimberly) Wurtsbaugh and Skipp (Heather) Wurtsbaugh and was loved by many nieces and nephews. Daniel had many treasured friendships that were “brothers of the heart” to him.

He was preceded in death by his father, William (John) Markum; mother, Emma “Jane” Markum; and brother, Edward (Joseph) Markum.

He was very generous with all things including being an organ donor for the Gift of Life.

Additional Information

Donations in Daniel’s memory may be directed to the Battle Creek VA Medical Center payable to VAVS (Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service) for a picnic in his memory or you may designate a gift to the family to offset the unexpected funeral expenses.

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  1. I would like to thank you for the posts as both I and the Markum family are touched by them. Dan will be greatly missed. He was so loved by family & friends. Our hearts are broken. Thank you for your kind words and support during this time. May God bless you.

  2. Dan will be missed. He was a great guy and a hard worker at Armstrong. So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this. Although I have not seen Dan since High school, I will Never forget his comical jokes and tricks he always had up his sleeve. My sincere thoughts and condolences to his entire family. Rest In Peace.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, and may you be comforted with beautiful memories, while embracing that of love and support from family and friends in his memorium. God’s blessings to you and your family during this time. Arthur Childs, TRHS Alumni, Class of 1987, Nat. Honor Society 🎓

  5. My heart hurts with this news. We were neighbors and friends as we grew up. He was always there to help his friends and family when needed. I will miss him, especially the times I return to the area to tend to my mothers Doctors appts. He would be mowing his property by the road, and he would stop and we would catch up on life. He was happy and a good man. RIP Dan.
    Praying for peace and comfort for Heidi and her boys. God Bless.
    Gwen Patterson

  6. Danny was a special friend to the Lammott family. Many great memories. He was a sweet man. He secretly bid me up on some lamps at a Whitetail Dinner, I found out when he looked at me with his smiling eyes and his chuckle when he quit bidding. He later came over to me and offered to pay me the difference he caused me for the lamps, as he smiled at his “little joke”. He liked to have fun, he loved people, a faithful worker, a faithful friend. Our sincere sympathies to Heidi and family. Praying for comfort. Allen and Kim Lammott

  7. My sincere condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time. I just reminisced with Scott a month ago about the hog roasts with Dan. He was a good man and will be sorely missed.

  8. I am so sorry to hear this. Dan was a good friend to my brother Arnold, who passed away in 2019. Dan made the trip across the state to visit my brother in hospice care and then later to his funeral, where I saw and spoke to him for the first time in 32 years. He had the same youthful energy and joy I remembered. I suppose that makes this even more stunning to me. My prayers for his family and friends.

    • I echo these comments Charles. Dan came over to visit Arnold with a group of friends, and we all enjoyed seeing Dan make Arnold roar with laughter. It’s such a sad loss. RIP and prayers to friends and family.

  9. You are and will always be my loving and funny and oh so special cousin Dan. I cherish the wonderful memories that I have of the summers that Sue and I spent with you in Michigan on the farm and all the fun things we did and places we went and new friends we made. They truly were the best summers! I’m so happy that I got to spend time with you this past July laughing together as we talked and reminisced about those very special Michigan summers. I only wish that when we said goodbye that day that I would have held on to you, my loving cousin Dan, just a little bit longer. I’m looking forward to the day when I will be reunited with you in Heaven and there will be no more goodbyes, or sorrow, or pain but only pure happiness forever as we spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus and those we love and miss who have passed away in Him and are in Heaven now. I am crying tears of sadness now but I know that when I finally make it home to Heaven the only tears I’ll be crying will be happy tears of unspeakable joy! I love you Dan so much and I always will! love ❤️ Debbie

    • Oh Dan….this breaks my heart…you were friends to so many and I have such great memories in high school and after…canoe trips and bbqs. I know you will be missed by so many of your friends….because you were just that kind of guy that everybody liked and enjoyed being around. The only good part of this is knowing you have family and friends to greet you in heaven. Until we meet again.

    • Dan
      You are the BEST cousin ever! I will cherish all the great memories of spending summers with you and Aunt Janie at the farm. And Keith will miss you too…we all miss you! This is so heartbreaking. You will be so missed and forever loved❣️
      Your cuz Susie
      and Keith, Lindsey & Laken

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