Sunday, July 26, 2009

Edward C. Marshall, Jr. 2000

Edward C. Marshall, Jr.
Died January 28, 2000
EAST LELAND - Edward C. Marshall, Jr., 71, died quietly Friday in his home on Lake Leelanau of complications resulting from lung cancer. The son of Edward C. Marshall, Sr. and Edith Durrell Marshall, he was born on June 4, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Mary Allen (Mallie) Marshall; daughter, Elizabeth Collier Marshall of Ann Arbor; two sons, Edward Clark Marshall III of Greenville, S.C. and John Durrell Marshall of Seattle and Patagonia, Chile; two grandsons, Edward Clark Marshall IV and Joseph McKean Marshall of Greenville, S.C.; and his sister, Ann Whitley of Amherst, Va.

Ed attended Culver Military Academy of Culver, Ind. and is a 1945 graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. He graduated in 1951 from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. with a bachelor of science degree in forestry. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953, fighting in Korea with the 1st Marine Division. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

He began his career with Champion Paper Company and was selected as their first sales trainee. He worked in sales in their Hamilton, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Philadelphia, Pa. and Canton, N.C. divisions. Later he worked for Lee Paper Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. In 1961 he returned to his home of Cincinnati and became a sales associate with Herron, Hansen and Rebhun Realtors.

He first came to Leelanau County, Mich. as a child in the 1920's, returning every year until he moved his family there permanently in 1966. He worked for the planning department of the City of Traverse City until he opened his own business, Edward C. Marshall and Company in Suttons Bay in 1967. He was a real estate broker, licensed appraiser, building contractor and registered forester. He retired in 1997.

In 1971 Marshall joined the Suttons Bay Rotary Club, serving as its president from 1974 to 1976. He started the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 1974 and participated locally until his death. He also served on the Rotary International District 6290 Youth Exchange Committee for 21 years. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by his club in 1991 for his work on behalf of students everywhere. In the 1980's, he was one of several Rotarians who worked to keep the Suttons Bay Grange open and preserve it as a meeting place for the club.

Marshall was a member of several boards, clubs and organizations, including Traverse City Board of Realtors, Leelanau County Construction Board of Review, Leland Township Board of Review, American Society of Foresters, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cadillac Sportman's Club, Snug Harbor Hunting Club, Military Vehicle Collectors Club and the Leland Yacht Club. Through 4-H, he taught Hunter Safety for many years. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He was quietly passionate about improving zoning in Leelanau County and early on helped members of the Odawa tribe secure their right of access across private lands to ancestral burial grounds. After single-handling his sailboat from the Atlantic Ocean to Charlevoix, Mich., Ed operated one of the first charter yacht services in the northern Great Lakes. He always said that a "part of your pay is a view of the bay." Ed cared deeply about the land and his community, but his family always came first.

A visitation celebrating Ed will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay. Memorials may be directed to the Suttons Bay Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program.

Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper