William Lee Marshall, 76, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on July 30, 2010 at Boone Hospital Center.
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Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia. Burial will follow at 2:30 in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, Missouri. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.
William was born November 11, 1933 in Halltown, Missouri to Elmer and Zelda Royston Marshall and they preceded him in death. He was married in 1967 to Bonnie Gerhardt.
William served for three years in the U.S. Air Force while stationed in Florida. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of Missouri where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He later received three Masters Degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He was very involved in Campus Ministry while serving in the Kansas City area and the states of Kansas and Missouri. William began work as a Civil Engineer in 1975 and started Marshall Engineering in Columbia in 1983.
He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, served as President of Little Bonne Femme Baptist Association and was very active in ministries for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
William was very proud of his Irish heritage and growing up on the farm in the Ozarks. He loved baseball, the Missouri Tigers and enjoyed learning about Native American culture and collecting Pueblo pottery.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bonnie of Columbia; son, Brian Wm. Marshall and wife, Melissa of Jefferson City; brother, Robert T. Marshall and wife, Shirley of Columbia; sister, Kathy Layman of Marshfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Boaz, Cyrus, Gabriel and Sarah Jane; brother-in-law, Dr. Donald Gerhardt and wife, Debbie of Columbia and many other loving family members.
He was also preceded in death by sister, Marlene Curl.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Student Union, 812 Hitt St., Columbia, Missouri 65201 or Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1900 Providence Rd., Suite 209, Columbia, Missouri.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com
Published in Boonville Daily News from Aug. 2 to Aug. 9, 2010