Lewis D. Markin III

November 10, 2020

Lewis Daniel (Dan) Markin III went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC surrounded by his family.

Dan was born on August 22, 1945 in Glasgow Scotland, son of the late Lewis Daniel Markin II and Jane Flannery Markin.  In the spring of 1946, he sailed with his mother on the Queen Mary to join his family in the United States. Dan and his family settled in Columbus, OH.

After graduating from Grandview High School in 1963, Dan served in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.  He spent thirteen months at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. On October 3, 2020 he was awarded his Quilt of Valor with his family in attendance.

Dan graduated from The Ohio State University and was an avid Buckeye fan.  He believed in love of family, service to our country, lifelong friends and scotch should be drank from a tall glass.

Dan was known as a great listener, a man of genuine integrity and the someone with the unique ability to heal and bring calm in the most troublesome of times.

After concluding a lifelong career in Human Resources, which he loved very much, retirement brought him to South Carolina.  During the sunset of his life Dan traveled the world.  He never met a stranger and always continued to make the world a better place, one interaction at a time.

Dan is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, JoAnn Bonanno Markin; son, Daniel Joseph Markin; daughter, Lindsey Ann Scheumeister and her husband, Michael and granddaughter, Everly Grace Scheumeister.  He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Sowecke and her husband, Tom as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

Dan will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with his immediate family present.  A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Dan to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/volunteernow/.  The family requests you select State: North Carolina and Facility: W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC when making your donation.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Shawn Karasarides

    Dan was a one of the most caring and thoughtful people I had the opportunity to meet during my career. We were fortunate enough to be part of the Wendy’s family and I will always have a special place in my heart for Dan. A truly lovely person who will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • Cory Neff

    My deepest sympathies to you all. Such a massive loss here in life as you know it, and may you all live on with his memories and many gifts wrapped around you all- forever.

  • Jeff Benton

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Dan was so loved by the entire Wendy’s family, and I always appreciated his ability to listen and provide sound guidance. It was my pleasure to know Dan and bear witness to his unique talents.
    Hold onto the good memories, as they will remain in your heart forever. May you find strength in the days ahead. God Bless.

  • Bill Radebaugh

    It is truly an honor to have called Dan my friend and my co-worker. Dan always looked for the best in people and then provided them with the mentoring they needed to become exceptional.
    Since we were both Veterans, we always talked on Veterans Day and wished for Wendy’s to allow that day as a holiday. Dan brought that fighting spirit into his belief system and always fought for his people and the “right thing to do.”
    I will miss you my friend and only want you to rest now.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas Dan!!

  • Consuelo Neff

    My condolences to you and your family. I am sorry I didn’t have the opportunity to meet such an accomplished man.
    Cory’s Mom

  • Janice Rios

    My thoughts and prayers are with Joann and family. I am so grateful to have known such a kind and thoughtful man. I have some wonderful memories and will treasure them. I will miss you Dan.

  • Lynda Beckley

    Thoughts and prayers to JoAnn and family?

  • Julie sowecke

    We would like to let Dan’s dear family and his sister, Patty Sowecke and her family, know that we are so very sorry that Dan has passed. What a kind, caring and generous man he was and he will be missed by so many. A son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and soldier, he seemed to excel in each of these roles. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Love, Tim and Julie

  • Kerry Allen

    My sincerest condolences.I am honored and blessed to have worked with Dan at Wendy's Intl. Dan had so much faith in me. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him.