VeteranRobert Marshall

Robert MarshallRobert Marland Marshall, 79, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Ipava, died at 10:05 p.m. May 28, 2014, at John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville.

He was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Adair, the son of Robert Philip and Fern Hammond Marshall. He married Martha Hodge in 1956. He later married Lynn Jourdan in 1994. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kathy Marshall of Manchester, Mo., Karen (and Albert) Bussone of Normal and Beverly Marshall of Streamwood; two sons, Robert (and Heather) Marshall of Vermont and Philip (and Corey) Marshall of Oshkosh, Wis.; three stepchildren, Jill (and Mollie) Darke-Schreiber, Matt (and Gina) Schreiber and Jamie Phillips, all of Evansville; one sister, Phyllis (and Marshall) Rutledge of Rushville; four grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

He was a 1952 graduate of Adair High School (The last class to graduate from the school). He attended Western Illinois University until volunteering in the U.S. Army. He began serving his country, completing basic training at Camp Chaffee in Ft. Smith, Ark. He was then based in Ft. Bliss near El Paso, Texas, where he served as a radio operator for the NIKE unit during their guided missile project. He and wife Martha moved to Champaign to complete his bachelor of science degree in agriculture at University of Illinois. Finishing his degree in 1959, he moved to Ipava to begin his 40-year farming career, carrying on the multi-generational legacy of Marshall Farms. He retired in Evansville with wife Lynn, then returned to VIT Community High School to teach agriculture classes for two years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1954-56 with a rank of SP3 (T) in Battery B 495th Missile Battalion.

He served multiple terms on VIT Community Unit School District Board of Education and board of directors for Fulton County Farm Bureau, FS, Fulton County Pork Producers and Vermont State Bank.

He was active in his church where he served as an elder for Ipava United Presbyterian Church and participated in the chancel and hand bell choirs. He served as a camp counselor at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, Ind., for years.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ipava United Presbyterian Church with Reverend Gordon Jones officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria and one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Pennington Point Cemetery, southwest of Adair, with military rites provided by Ipava American Legion.

Memorials may be made to National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., or Camp Pyoca in Brownstown.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/4/2014

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