Mark C. McIlrath, 49, of Batavia, Ohio, died unexpectedly late Wednesday morning, March 10, 2010, at his residence.
He was born April 3, 1960, in Norwalk, son of the late Vera Mae (Schmid) and Michael P. McIlrath. Mark was a 1978 graduate of Edison High School and received a degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in 1984. He was Community Service Coordinator for Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center for the last 18 years.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the American Hunter's Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting anything and everything related to World War II and military history. Mark was an avid Michigan fan. He also enjoyed following the Cleveland Browns, cooking and grilling. He was a very generous person giving of himself to the youth in the Batavia Community and loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by two brothers, Todd (Kim) McIlrath and Tim (Trina) McIlrath of Milan; nieces and nephews, Mackenzie, Michelle, Jackie, Ben, Mitch, Sarah and Rachel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Matthew McIlrath in infancy.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Friday at Groff Funeral Home, 1 South Main Street, Milan, where prayers will be recited at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery, Milan.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Soldiers Angels Fund at SoldiersAngels.org or by mail, Soldiers Angels, 1792 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104 or to the American Heart Association, Northeast Ohio Affiliate, Inc., 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland, OH 44106-3988.
Condolences may be shared with his family at grofffuneralhomes.com.