Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Gilbert S. Marshall Obituary
Gilbert was born 24 August 1928 in Irvine, Kentucky at home to Thomas and Nell Marshall. Gil from early childhood dreamed of travel and lived the life of a pathfinder throughout much of his life. Serving honorably in the US Navy as a Machinist Mate and during and following WWII he traveled across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe and was a walking encyclopedia of information on geography and many other subjects.
Always the pioneer visionary, he shunned commercialized amusement and instead took his family on adventures like panning for gold in the Rockies, hiking the trails of the American ranges and forests, hunting and fishing the choicest of lakes, ponds, and streams, searching rock quarries for fossils, roaming Americas deserts for exotic wildlife, and venturing from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Salt lake, the Texas Gulf coast and the waters of the Great lakes.
Gilbert spent much of his life as an expert Tool and Die maker in machine shops across the country. He was heavily involved in the development of the Lockheed C5A project in Marietta, Georgia and the F4E project at McDonnell-Douglass in St. Louis, Mo. and in later years a “Gold Hat” for Brown & Root in the Middle East as a Pipe Superintendent.
Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Sgt. Nick Marshall. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marian, his daughter, Connie Byrd (Michael), sons, Bert Marshall (Sandra), Gordon Marshall (Cindy), Terry Marshall (Debbie) and Bruce Marshall (Linda), his brother Harry Marshall (Mary) and sister Jean Koglman (Johnny), along with many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Never the one to be selfish with his life, Gilbert asked to have his body donated to science and then cremated. A memorial service will be held at Christmas for friends and family. The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love in this difficult time and celebration of his life. Bubba, you did good.
For those desiring, memorial donations may be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA).
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