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Russell Marshall

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MURPHYSBORO - Russell Dean Marshall, 91, passed away at 9:24 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County, in Murphysboro.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, in St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Kim McGuire officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park with military services conducted by the American Legion Post 127, VFW Post 7190 and 2605, and the Jackson County DAV Chapter 69. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's United Church of Christ or Masonic Children's Home in Murphysboro.

Russell was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Murphysboro, to James K. and Jennie Leola (Tyler) Marshall.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years, one month, and 19 days.

Mr. Marshall was a very active member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Murphysboro, where he had served many years as deacon and also as past president of the church council.

He was a member of VFW Post 7190, American Legion for more than 50 years, Lion's Club and Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. He was a Shriner and was a former member of Elks's Lodge.

Russell was very civic minded and was a member of the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce, where he served as past president. He was one of the people very instrumental in getting the UMCA pool here and to keep it running for 12 years. He served on Jackson County Board for five years.

He and his wife started with a neighborhood grocery store in 1946 and eventually sold Marshall's IGA in 1966. After this venture, he farmed for awhile and then started working at SIU Carbondale in negotiating contracts for the college. He then got both his real estate and broker's license.

Russell married Lottie Burnett on Sept. 21, 1943, in St. Louis, and she survives.

Other survivors include three children and their spouses, Barbara Ann and Bill Cosgrove of Murphysboro, David Dean and Julie Marshall of Nashville and Teresa and Charles Rodriguez of Carbondale; five grandchildren, Patricia Thomsic, Steven Etherton, Becky Marshall, Jennifer Kirsch and Caitlyn Marshall; and one great-grandson, Will Marshall Kirsch.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William Ralph Marshall; and his parents.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013
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