FRANKLIN - Rick E. Marshall, 57, of River Street, Franklin, passed away at home Friday, May 3, 2013.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1955 in Franklin, the son of Robert E. and Gladys H. (Shaw) Marshall of Tilton. Rick attended Tilton-Northfield High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army
at the age of 17 during the Vietnam War
. Rick completed his basic training and graduated with Company A, 5th Battalion on Nov. 29, 1973 from Fort Dix, N.J. He then went on to Fort Gordon, Ga. to the U.S. Army Southeastern Signal School to become a lineman (36C20) and graduated on May 2, 1974 with the rank of SP4. Rick also served 20 years in the N.H. Army National Guard, 197th Field Artillery Regiment, Det.1 Btry C 2D, being honorably discharged on Oct. 19, 1995.
In the private sector, Rick completed the Northeast Career School Tractor Trailer driving program and drove cross country for the Shaffer Trucking Co. of NE and most recently upon his passing with the local firm Vitex Extrusion of Franklin. Over the years, he was employed by the Franklin Foundry, Webster Valve, Polyclad Laminates, and Franklin Regional Hospital.
Rick received numerous citations for his volunteer work for the Adopt-A-Hwy program, Muscular Dystrophy Assn., and the Hurricane Katrina Relief Project. Rick enjoyed membership in the Whiteman-Davidson American Legion Post #49, was a life member in the Franklin VFW
Post #1698, and a Past Exalted Ruler of the Franklin Lodge of Elks #1280 from 2004-05.
Rick especially enjoyed his time with family and friends camping, traveling the United States, listening to country western music and reading.
Family members include two children, Shawn (Marshall) Cote of Rollinsford and Shari (Marshall) Cote of Amesbury, Mass.; his father and mother, Robert E. and Gladys H. Marshall of Tilton; brother, Conrad (Butch) V. Ekstrom Jr. and wife, Carolyn of Tilton; sisters, Vicki (Marshall) Hussman and husband, Charles of Tilton and Dr. Lisa (Marshall) Schwiebert and husband, Dr. Erik Schwiebert of Birmingham, Ala.; his "together forever" companion, Stella (Noyes) Marshall of Franklin; sister, Bonnie (Knight) Sewall and Jay Walsh of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother, Roland Ekstrom and wife, Debbie of Northfield; sisters, Debbie (Ekstrom) Rowell and Tom Stevens of Franklin and Donna (Ekstrom) Bean and Steve Gottardi of Sanbornton; brother, Bentley Ekstrom of Warren; and sister, Dedi (Ekstrom) Sampson and husband Doug of Bow; nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service to honor Rick's life will be held Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Tilton-Northfield Fraternal Assn. building (Masonic Hall), 410 West Main St., Tilton, with burial to follow at Park Cemetery, Tilton with Military Honors.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Marshall, 7 Calef Hill Rd., Tilton, 03276. Memorial donations may be made to a
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home in Franklin (neunfuneralhomes.com
) is assisting with arrangements.