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MALTA- Mark John Niebur of Malta, Montana, 84-years of age, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Jean, of 59 and a half wonderful years by his side, on January 28, 2016.

    Living Rosary will be 6:00 P.M. Monday, February 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Malta. Wake service will start after the Rosary (6:30pm) in the church basement. Mass will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment of his ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Food For The Poor, c/o Jean Niebur, P.O. Box 753, Malta, MT 59538. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Mark was born on November 11th 1931 in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska to Sylvester and Magdalene Niebur, and raised in Illinois. After high school, Mark served in the United States Airforce as a mechanic while stationed in Germany during the Korean War. On July 7th 1956, Mark married the love of his life, Mary Jean Hickey. Together they raised 7 beautiful children.

    While in Nebraska, Mark sold fertilizer for Olin Matheson Chemical Company. One of his many loves was hunting and fishing in Montana, so much so that in 1968 Mark moved his family to Billings. Two years later, in 1970 they headed north to Malta where Mark could try his hand at being a “green horned rancher.” Mark was a farmer, rancher, and jack of all trades. He was able to build or make anything including his infamous Noah’s Ark. He loved the outdoors, a good round of golf, and debating religion and politics until the end.

    Survivors include his wife Jean, children Bill (Pauline) of Des Moines, IA, Mary (Jay) Hunt of Spokane, WA, Joe (Cathy) of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Mary Jenni) of Lewistown, MT, Tom (Darla) of Malta, MT, Jim (Marcie) of Big Timber, MT, Ann of Malta, MT, 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild arriving in May and his sisters Evelyn Anderson and Bernadette Murphy. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Alice Stein and Verdene Langford.

    Mark’s passion was his family. He will be remembered for being a courageous man, for his never failing devotion to praying the rosary and his overwhelming generosity while continually giving to the poor. He was incomparable. He ruled with an iron fist yet had the most generous heart, giving anything to anyone even when he had nothing to give.

Guest Book

From: Blane Cornell

My condolence to Tom ,Darla and family. Sorry for your loss.

From: Jerry and Geraldine Martinson

Thinking of you and your family. Remembering all of the great times we have had with you. Mark will certainly be missed by all of us. Love you all. Our prayers are with you.

From: Marian and Randy Brodersen

Aunt Jean and family , my prayers and thoughts are with you. Mark will be greatly missed. Love to you all at this time.

From: Gordon & Jill Wuthrich

Our deepest condolences... Our thoughts & prayers are with our dear friends Joe & Cathy & all their family during this time... May God grant you peace...

From: Howard Pippin

Dear Ann My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at the passing of your Dad.
He was a good friend and I really enjoyed our visits together.

From: Ally Stiles Bailey

Dear Jeanie,,
I am sorry that you and Mark had to endure his illness. Now that he is in heaven with my parents, I hope you will find peace and happiness every day for the rest of your life. I have so many cherished memories of your family out at your east ranch. I am a better person from knowing you! May God bless you and all your family.
Love you lots Jeanie,

From: Clint Curley

Dear Niebur family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sending love your way.

From: Carla Curley Timmons

So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Michelle Turner

I was sorry to hear about Mark's passing. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. A big hug goes out to you, Jean.

From: Dave & Dorene Henry

Dear Jean and Families,
So sorry to hear of Mark's passing...God bless you all.
I enjoyed Mark's fortitude at the nursing home and his sense of humor:) He was a spunky guy for sure!!!
Our thoughts and prayers,

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