Nashville – Mark Otto Schaap passed away on November 24, 2019. Mark is survived by his wife Sandy F. Schaap, his daughter Elizabeth S. Bertani, (David) his two precious grandchildren Max and Liza, and his sister Myrna Fouts.
Mark was born in Toccoa Georgia on January 10, 1939. He spent his childhood growing up in Cornelia Georgia. Mark was an Eagle Scout and attained the Order of the Arrow. As a teen, he worked for the family owned milk company, Cherokee Rose Dairy, where he would start his milk delivery route at 4:00 a.m. and finish it in time to head to school. Mark’s uncle said of Mark “he never shirked his responsibilities.”
Upon graduating high school Mark attended Rhodes College in Memphis where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and was a proud member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
In 1962 Mark was drafted into the U. S. Army and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado. He was discharged from the Army in 1964 and subsequently served two additional years in the reserves.
Mark then moved to Bowling Green Kentucky where he allowed his entrepreneurial spirit to take flight. Among his many ventures he sold industrial equipment, owned an office furniture company, a chair manufacturing plant, a liquidation company, and owned property which was leased to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was also an active member of the Builders Association of South Central Kentucky in the ’80s and ’90s.
In 1986 Mark led the Warren County election campaign for Wallace Wilkinson, the ensuing 57th Governor of Kentucky.
Mark moved with his wife Sandy to Nashville in 2010.
Mark was a big man with a big spirit and a fun-loving nature. He possessed a generous heart, a kind nature toward others, and a love of life. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed eating out, meeting new people, having good conversation, and traveling to a sunny location where he could get his signature deep tan. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed spending time with them and made it a point to attend their sporting events.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike Nashville on Saturday 11/30 with visitation from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Cheek House, service at 12:00 in the Chapel and a reception following in the Cheek House.
Crawford Mortuary & Crematory 615-254-8200.