Rev. Frederick W. Marsh, 97, born in Oklahoma and late of Houston and Huntsville, died Sunday night, Dec. 1, following first beloved, Dorothy, by 16 years, and second beloved, Bernece, by two years. Rev. Marsh served as Methodist minister 1943-1986 and as US Navy Chaplain 1943-1946. Met future wife, Dorothy Niewenhous, in Manila, Philippines, at end of WWII, when his ship was there on its way back home. After WWII, Rev. Marsh started Bellaire Meth. Ch. and served as its first pastor. He and Dorothy married after her return from serving in the Red Cross in Japan. Later church assignmts included Port Arthur and Tyler. Served as Assoc. Pastor of First Meth. Ch., Houston, 1962-1986. Known for calming presence, Rev. Marsh imparted comfort each time he entered a hospital room or other gathering of distressed souls. Above all, Dad was a loving father, grandfather and husband. Survived by children Marjory Schwartz and Peter and John Marsh; by Bernece's daughter Barbara; by grandchildren Samuel, Catharine, Caroline, William and Clara, children-in-law Martin Schwartz, Laura and Susan Marsh, and by Barbara's children Robin, Megan and Riley, and their children.
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Mem. Svc.: 10:00 AM Sat., Dec. 7 at First Meth. Ch., Hou., 1320 Main St.; recept'n to follow in Fellowship Hall. Visitation: 1:00-3:30 PM Saturday at Sam Houston Mem. Funeral Home, 1700 Normal Pk. Dr., Huntsville, TX. At deceased's request, burial will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers: United Meth. Committee On Relief at www.umcor.com; or Southern Poverty Law Ctr., www.splcenter.org/.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2013