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Ernest (Ernie) RoyMarshall, beloved husband, father and grandfather died peacefully Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Salinas. Ernie was an avid gardener who brought laughter, joy, jokes and stories wherever he went.
Ernie was born May 25, 1921 in Bonner Springs, KS and was the seventh child of George and Minnie Marshall. He graduated from Manhattan High in Kansas and Santa Monica Junior College before serving his country as a Merchant Marine in WWII. During his service he spent 10 days in a life raft after his ship had been torpedoed. Upon his return he attended Purdue University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and met the love of his life, Annie. Ernie went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Vegetable Crops at Cornell University and was instrumental in the development of chemical compounds that helped increase vegetable crop production around the world.
In his 25 plus years with Union Carbide Corporation, Ernie traveled the world using his intelligence and wit to develop close friendships as well as strong business relationships. His connections resulted in the Marshall Exchange Program. Each of his children was able to experience life with a family in another country and children from Argentina, France, Germany, Japan and Egypt enjoyed a year of American life with the Marshalls.
Ernie and Annie moved to Carmel Valley in 1972 where he continued to be involved with the American Agricultural Society and became an active member of the Carmel Valley Garden Club, Carmel Foundation, Mauian International Shuffleboard Association and Carmel Valley Historical Society. After his retirement, Ernie and Annie continued to travel and he enjoyed being part of Sons in Retirement and Carmel Foundation Men's Discussion Group.
He is survived by his children, Pamela Marshall of Mitchell, IN, Lindasue Marshall of Aromas, Ernest Marshall Jr. of Reedsburg, WI, Cynthia Bigbee of Applegate; and his grandchildren, Tricia Pearlswig, Kile Bigbee, Alisia and Jacob Marshall. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Anna Marie and their children, David and Minnie.
A celebration of the lives of Annie and Ernie Marshall in pictures, stories and food will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2 p.m., at the Carmel Valley History Center, 77 West Carmel Valley Road.
Those wishing to make donations in his honor are encouraged to donate to the Carmel Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 1612, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-1612. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Heartland Hospice and Faithful Care Home for their assistance and support.
Published in The Salinas Californian on Apr. 25, 2013