Mark Dwayne Silence, the son of Richard and Shirley (Shinkle) Silence -Jackson, was born October 25, 1963 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Mark passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2016 at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston at the age of fifty-two years, four months, and twenty-three days.
Mark was only three days old when he was life-flighted to Iowa City due to Spinal Bifida. He had surgery on his back when he was only one week old and spent the first three years of his life in the hospital in Iowa City. When he turned four years old, Mark received his first set of leg braces and crutches so he could be more mobile. Even though Mark was unable to walk, his wheelchair enabled him to go everywhere he needed. He enjoyed sitting Uptown in Creston, watching the trains and he always had a smile on his face.
Mark was able to get his Drivers Permit and even got to drive a car a few times, using hand controls. In 1983, Mark graduated from Corning High School and was involved in the Special Olympics, winning many medals. He will be missed by many.
Preceding Mark in death was his father, Richard Silence, Sr., his paternal and maternal grandparents: Earl and Selma Silence and Earl and Ruth Shinkle; many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Left to cherish Mark’s memory is his mother, Shirley Jackson of Creston; his sister, Becky Hall (and special friend, Todd Brown) of Creston; two brothers: Richard “Dick” and Danny Silence, both of Corning. He is also survived by his niece, Amber Hall of Eagleville, MO and nephew, Cody Hall of Creston. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn.