November 17,1949 – May 10, 2021 passed away at his home in Colorado Springs of natural causes. 

Born in South Bend, Indiana to John and Joan Nusskern, he spent his youth in Sewickley PA and graduated from Quaker Valley High School class of 1968 and lived in Gunnison, Grand Junction, Denver and Colorado Springs. Mark retired after 20 years with the Colorado Department of Transportation (Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs) as a utility Coordinator/inspector. Mark had a passion for the mountains and the outdoors, traveling and he devoted his time to his rescue dogs. Mark served his country as a US Navy Sea Bee at Camp Endicott during Vietnam. Those who knew Mark referred to him as a Gentle Giant with a great sense of humor.  He had a big heart and gave many charitable donations to Native American school, animal rescues and patriotic causes. Mark was a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs

He is survived by  Prince and Rucker, Tamara (Paul) Larghe, Samantha, Jonathan and Sara Larghe (Texas), Susan Rankin (Grand Junction)Annie (Ron) Rucker and Mary Rankin.

He was preceded in death by his parents John , Joan and brother Kevin.

A private family memorial will celebrate Mark’s life.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Mark’s honor to his favorite charities

St Joseph’s Indian School   Home | St. Joseph’s Indian School (

Foothills Animal Shelter Foothills Animal Shelter | Animal Shelter | Dog & Cat Shelter

Wounded Warrior Project

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This Obituary Has 14 Condolences

  1. Sorry for your Family’s loss, sending healing Prayers.

  2. I am so sorry and very shocked to hear about the passing of Coach. We had kept in touch for many years but not recently.

    We had many great times together and I will miss him tremendously. My thoughts and prayers go out to his fantastic family.

  3. I hadn’t seen Mark a.k.a. coach in several years but when I visited family out there in Colorado I would always contact him. I am shocked and very upset to hear that he has passed. He was an amazing person

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  4. Sorry to hear about Mark. Condolences to the family.

  5. I just learned of Mark’s passing. I worked with Mark at CDOT in Pueblo/Colorado Springs. He was a good man and a heck of an inspector. Wishing his family peace.

  6. I also worked indirectly with Mark at CDOT. We here are very saddened to learn of his passing. We wish peace and comfort to his family.

  7. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are extended to Mark’s family. We worked together at CDOT for several years – I was his “mentor” for a period of time during his early years with the department. However, Mark provided far more mentoring to me, both then and during subsequent years. Mark had a quiet, subtle, friendly and no-nonsense approach to life and the challenges we face in relationships and work – which was greatly appreciated, respected and educational for me. Rest in peace, my friend.

    1. Thank you, he was a pretty special brother/uncle a gentle giant. He is truly missed
      Tamara ( Nusskern) Larghe

  8. Prayers and sympathies to Mark’s family. I worked with Mark at CDOT and he was great help to me. RIP

  9. I extend my deep condolences to Mark’s family. I loved having a cube next to Mark when he and I worked together in Colorado Springs. He had such a good sense of humor and a great understanding of life. Mark cared about what really mattered and did not let others push him around.

    He always brought in the best coffee to office. I will be drinking a cup of Death Wish Valhalla Java in your memory, Mark. You were a generous man and you will be deeply missed.

  10. I worked directly with Mark and enjoyed his expertise, his humor and his work ethic. He was truly one in a million. He will be greatly missed. My sincerest sympathy with his family.

  11. I just heard of Mark’s passing and send my prayers and condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Mark for 10 years at CDOT and he was truly a great man and a cherished friend. I enjoyed our almost daily conversations at work and outside of work. We shared many conversations regarding spirituality and God over the years. I am a blessed to have known him. See you on the other side my friend.

    1. ❤️❤️ thank you. He was a special man

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