Michael "Mike" James Marquess

December 13, 1940 - May 6, 2022
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Friday 5/13, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, JoAnn and family members prefer donations to be made to St. Jude Hospital or the Lafayette Citizen’s Band.  

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West Lafayette, IN 47906
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Michael “Mike” James Marquess, 81, passed peacefully, early on May 6, 2022. He was surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years, JoAnn (Kuester), his children, and grandchildren. A Covington native, Mike was the youngest child of Lee and Marjorie (Griffith) Marquess. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister; Kay (Steele); and…

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Anita Horn Carpenter left a message on May 22, 2022:
I have wonderful memories of Mr. Marquess. He brought music to life for many young lives, mine included. He was my 7th/8th grade band director/teacher at Southwestern. He opened our eyes to a lot of music! Grateful to him for the love I have for music to this day.
Kit Klutzke left a message on May 20, 2022:
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Marquess' passing. He was my band teacher for 7th/8th grade at Southwestern. He helped me select a wonderful instrument to express myself musically during those formative years. He introduced me to the Glenn Miller story & music and I love listening to those albums on occasion. We all so very much need positive instructors like him that know the importance of keeping the study of arts & music in our schools. Thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.
Lafayette Urban Ministry left a message on May 10, 2022:
The Board and Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Mike's wife Jo Ann, his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. May God hold all of you in the palm of His hand.
Teresa Arvin-Mundell left a message on May 10, 2022:
So sorry to hear of this great loss. He was my band teacher at Mc(class of 81). It was dearly my favorite class. The places we went physically for band and the places the music took us are still great memories for me. Prayers for all.
Lois (Deckard) Barngrover left a message on May 10, 2022:
I’m so sorry to hear Mike passed. I first time going to band class with him at SW I was scared to death. He found out how much I loved music but couldn’t play clarinet to save my soul. He stuck with me and introduced me to all the music I love today. It got weird in high school when I became friends with Jen and Judy. I would go to there house to hang out and call him Dad. He teased me all the times I went over to there house. He was well loved. I was blessed to have known him. He will be missed. Prayers to the entire Marquess family.
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Nancy Bush Fazzone left a message on May 9, 2022:
With deep sadness, I read about Mike's passing. He was a very special friend in high school, as I had the pleasure of being his accompanist during high school performances with the trombone. All of the expressed love from and to him is so easy to understand. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting JoAnn, I have wanted, since the first time Mike returned to Covington from college, to tell her how instantly he fell deeply in love with her. I had never seen him so happy, as when he told me about meeting her. I fully understand how much Mike will be missed. It was a special part of high school to know him. With deepest compassion for his passing, Nancy Bush Fazzone
Mike Roumbakis left a message on May 9, 2022:
Mike and Judy and family I am so sorry yo hear about your fathers passing he is in my thoughts and prayers God bless Coach Mike Roumbakis West Lafayette Indiana
Randy Hollis left a message on May 9, 2022:
Mike was my band director at F.C. class of 69’ Great man and I highly respected him. Had often seen him at parades and waved or spoke to him as he was going by. He always remembered me:) Thankful to of known such a great man. Prayers for all that God will comfort you at this time and days ahead. I am sorry for your loss🎼🎺 Randy Hollis
Tanny Dawson left a message on May 9, 2022:
Oh I am so very sorry to hear of this great man's passing. Although Heaven will surely love his trombone! He brought us together at Rensselaer and was such a force to unite and teach! Lasting effect, lasting memories, rest easy Mr. M. ...We will always remember you! Love you! Tanny and Betty Dawson.
Alicia McElwee Bowman left a message on May 8, 2022:
JoAnn, I was sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. I have fond memories of being in the band and when you moved to Henpeck. You are in my prayers Alicia
Michael D Roark left a message on May 8, 2022:
My condolences to the family and friends. I know he will be greatly missed. Being a former band student of his he influenced my life. Such kind soul. Prayers 🙏
Diane Lyons left a message on May 8, 2022:
I have fond memories of being in the band, going to band camp, & having Mr. Marquess as a teacher. He was an asset to the school & community. My sympathy & prayers to the family, Diane Clark Lyons
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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