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William Marshall

In Memory of BT3 William A. Marshall, USN

January 7, 1966 – December 18, 2016

USS Cayuga LST 1186

Bill Marshall was born January 7th, 1966 in Saginaw, Michigan to Jerry and Vola Marshall, he was their second born, after his older brother Ed. He grew up with 3 younger brothers and sisters, Christine, Mike, and Nancy. Growing up Bill loved the outdoors, playing sports, and spending time with his family. Trips to the family cabin happened frequently where Bill discovered his love for hunting and fishing. Bill graduated from Reese High School in 1984 and then went on to join the Navy. He served from 1984-1988 on the USS Cayuga LST 1186 and traveled around the West Pacific, Australia, and the Philippines. After his years of service, Bill went on to become a propane truck driver in his hometown of Reese. He excitedly welcomed a son, Jerry, in 2001. He spent most of his adult life doing what he loved the most, hunting, fishing, bowling, and spending lots of time with his family. Along with his son, Bill also welcomed many nieces and nephews into his life, Larissa, Emily, Ashley, Meagan, Ayden, Preston, and Charleigh. Bill had a huge heart, a goofy personality, and he loved tremendously; family was always his number one priority. Bill tragically lost his silent battle to depression December 18th, 2016. His family had no idea of the struggles he was facing in his heart and mind. His whole family survives him, and we miss him terribly. If love alone could have saved him, Bill would have lived forever.

Remembrances from his Tribute Wall:

“I enjoyed lots of hunting trips with Bill and his family – playing cards, sleeping in that tent, getting lost in the woods, and lots of laughs.”  “We sure did have fun. I am so sad to hear of his passing. RIP Bill- You touched a lot of hearts with your kindness.” “I love you, Bill, and I cherish all the memories we had together, hunting, fishing, bowling, and just sitting around campfires.” “One of the nicest guys anyone could know.” “I am so very sorry for your loss. Billy will be missed dearly; he was like a brother to me and never will be forgotten.” “We love you so very much, brother and you will be greatly missed by us all!” 

States Bill called home: Michigan

Final Rest: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Reese, MI

Bill’s Hunting Spot – Cedar River, MI

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