SIKESTON -- John William Marshall, 88, died Oct. 9, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born Dec. 2, 1923, in Sikeston, son of the late James A. and Willa Hammon Marshall, he was a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps First Division during World War II serving from January 1943 to December 1945 in the Pacific Theater with landings in Milne Bay, New Guinea, New Britain, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Okinawa and Ryukyu Island. He owned and operated Marshall Oil Company and also worked in real estate before retiring and moving to Florida where he enjoyed his deep sea fishing hobby.
A member of the Sikeston Jaycees, having served as president, Mr. Marshall was one of the organizers of the Sikeston Bootheel Rodeo and the Sikeston Golden Gloves program. He was a Shriner and was honored as Man of the Year in 1954.
On Jan. 20, 1946, he married Bettye Limbaugh who preceded him in death Sept. 20, 1999.
He was also preceded in death by one son, John L. Marshall, on Sept. 17, 1990, two sisters, Amanda Hutchison and Nana Lou Bowman, and one half brother, Bill Pierce.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Christy Marshall of Kennett and Beth and Moe Gaines of Sikeston.
No services are scheduled.
The Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.