Jozefowicz, Marques Ryan, 23, loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and devoted friend, died October 14, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 22 at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church to honor and celebrate his life.
Marques was born June 21st, 1996 in Waterloo, IA.
He graduated with honors from Maize High School in 2014. Marques excelled at academics and loved physical sciences the most. Lab work and experimentation were exciting to him. He belonged to the German Club, participated in Scholars Bowl, and at Science Olympiad competitions; he won many medals. Like most teenagers, he spent countless hours playing video games and listening to loud music.
In May of 2018, Marques graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Marques began pursuing his PhD in the same field as a Graduate Research Assistant shortly thereafter. He joined Dr. Hasegawa‘s Cancer Research Group exploring ways to deliver cancer-fighting agents in a safer manner. While attending college, he loved working at the climbing wall inside of the student rec center. He would set routes, teach beginning climbers, and help train new climbing instructors. Marques was always eager to give and receive praise and assistance from his climbing community.
Marques had many hobbies and activities throughout his life. Marques was involved in Cub Scouting, Pack 736, where he earned the rank, Arrow of Light. He loved camping and the outdoors. He was a master at starting fires. Marques was also a talented musician. He began playing the drums at an early age. He then switched to bass guitar and eventually became an accomplished guitarist. He performed at Damm Music’s School of Rock, many student showcases and Maize High School Battle of the Bands. Marques was an avid reader of science fiction and classic novels. As a young child, he enjoyed playing with Legos, Bionicles and Yu-Gi-Oh cards. He poured his heart and soul into every activity that crossed his path.
Marques was always up for a family adventure. Over the years he traveled to the family farm in NE Iowa numerous times. He loved to explore and enjoyed taking the four-wheeler for a spin. Other family travels took him to the banks of the Mississippi River. He loved to visit the River Museum and Aquarium and play with the stingrays. The family enjoyed vacationing in Colorado, whether it be skiing in Keystone or hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. Marques’ many travels took him to Devils Lake, WI, Devils Tower, WY, Arches National Park, UT and Horseshoe Canyon, AR. Last summer he traveled to The Big Island of Hawaii. He was so excited to see the ocean for the first time. His most memorable and favorite adventure was his spring break trip to Red River Gorge, KY where he showed off his camping and climbing expertise.
Marques will be desperately missed by all that his heart touched.
Marques is survived by his father, F. Michael Jozefowicz; mother, Angela Jozefowicz, both of Wichita; sister, Ashley (Clint) Schild of Derby; grandparents, Roger and Karen Winter of Waucoma, IA and Mike and Betty Jozefowicz of Dubuque, IA; uncles and aunts, Cameron and Lisa Fast of Dubuque, IA and Mark and Holly Lyford of Grain Valley, MO; and cousins, Allison Fast of Dallas, TX, Madison Fast of Dubuque, IA and Addyson, Paige and Landry Lyford of Grain Valley, MO. Numerous other family and friends.