Mark D. Hiser, 60, of Caledonia died at his home Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

He was born in La Crosse, Wis., on July 17, 1952, to "Red" and Jean (Levarus) Hiser.

Mark graduated from Logan High School in 1970 and then joined the United States Army where he served with the 25th Infantry Division.

Later, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division and retired from active duty following a parachute accident. He loved his country and was proud to have served in the military.

On May 12, 1979, he married Shelley McCurdy at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent.

Mark had worked as a police officer, master core maker for Badger Foundry and then a jailer/dispatcher for the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

He had also served as the commander for the Houston American Legion Post 425. He was very proud of his involvement in the community and especially loved being a jailer.

He loved taking his grandson fishing with grandpa "Red", telling his grandkids stories and taking them camping. He was always happy to help anyone who needed it.

Survivors include his wife, Shelley of Caledonia; a daughter, Mindy Jo (Matt) Meldahl of Houston; a son, Ryan (Nicole) Hiser of Prunedale, Calif.; four grandchildren, Cassidy, Kylie, Matthew and Cash; his parents Red and Jean Hiser of La Crosse; and a brother, Scott (Linda) Hiser of La Crosse.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell.

Memorial services were held Sept. 7 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. Pastor Michael Woods officiated. Burial with military rites by the American Legion was at the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park in La Crosse.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at