Published DateTILTON — Mr. Robert "Bob" E. Marshall, 91, of Tilton, passed away on May 15, 2013 at Franklin Regional Hospital following a recent period of failing health.
Born on Nov. 19, 1921 in Manchester, NH he was the son (Buddy) of Lucy (Annis) and Robert R. Marshall of Manchester.
Bob graduated from Manchester Central High School and the University of NH and at the age of 20 enlisted in what was then called the US Army Air Corps. During World War II he served in Southeast Asia on active duty for 8 years; returning home to the US in 1949. He continued to serve on active duty status in the US Air Force until being discharged after the 1966 Cuban Missile Crisis.
In the private sector, Bob worked in Tilton at the Arthur S. Brown Endless Belts MFG. Co. for 17 years as a chemist until their closing and then for Quality Controls also in Tilton until his retirement.
Bob was active in several local civic organizations including Treasurer of the T-N Congregational Church, Master of the T-N Cub Scouts, the Doric-Centre Masonic Lodge #20, serving as Master in 1974-75, the Peabody-Mt. Washington Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Pemigewassett Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls as Advisory Board Chairman for over 10 years and Master of the Grand Cross of Color. He was also a frequent participant in the Belmont Senior Center and the Laconia Friendship Club for 20 years.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather affectionately known as "Greepa," he especially enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends, traveling to the Foxwoods Casino, reading, solving crossword puzzles, and gardening.
Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years Gladys (Shaw) Marshall, a son: Conrad (Butch) Ekstrom and wife Carolyn of Tilton, daughters, Vicki (Marshall) Hussman and husband Charles of Tilton and Dr. Lisa(Marshall) Schwiebert and husband Dr. Erik Schwiebert of Birmingham, AL, a brother, Donald (Skip) Marshall and wife Doris of Quincy, MA, 7 grandchildren, Shawn (Marshall) Cote of Rollinsford, Shari (Marshall) Cote of Amesbury, MA, Susan Ekstrom and fiancé, Keith Jones of Ridgewood, NY, Karen (Ekstrom) Cote and husband Chris of North Hartland, VT, Mackenzie Hussman of London, England, Elisabeth Schwiebert and Turner Schwiebert of Birmingham, AL, a cousin, Dr. Richard Marshall and wife Jean of Auburn, ME, and 3 great grandchildren.
Bob was predeceased by a sister; Marion Anderson and a cousin; Dr. David Marshall both of Manchester, and a son, Rick E. Marshall of Franklin on May 3, 2013.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Park Cemetery in Tilton.