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Robert "Bob" Marshall, 89, died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. A recent resident of Saline, he had been a longtime resident of both Lake Leelanau and Ann Arbor. He had been under hospice care for four weeks and passed away peacefully from a heart-related illness.
Robert will be warmly remembered for his passion for science, the environment, and peace.
Robert is survived by his wife, Mary M. Easthope; and his children, Thomas (Lois) Marshall, Mary (Robert) Sturtz, Margaret (Andrew) Foster, Denis (Cathy) Marshall, Stephen (Shari) Marshall, Elizabeth (Terry) Marshall and Ann (Jeff) Marshall; his 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind Thomas (Margaret) Easthope, Tracey Easthope, Mary Jo Easthope Desprez, Joseph Easthope, Patrick Easthope, Christopher Easthope; and their eight grandchildren. Betty Mulvey, his sister and longtime friend, survives him as well.
Robert was preceded in death by his spouse, Mary T. Marshall; mother, Verna Dwyer Boynton; and sisters, Marilyn Gottschalk and Jeanne Moss.
Born on Christmas Eve, 1927 in Chicago, Robert was the oldest of four. He studied to become a Christian Brother in high school at La Salle Institute in Glencoe, Missouri. Always curious, he continued studies in philosophy at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, math at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and Informatica at the University of Michigan. Robert's work included test engineer for Bendix Missile Division, research engineer at Willow Run Labs, research engineer for Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, and medical engineer at the University of Michigan.
Robert's passions in life included canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, birding, and family. He devoted extensive personal time to researching and supporting issues of global warming, the environment, peace and justice. An inveterate "letter to the editor" writer, Robert was an active supporter of the policies and candidates of the Democratic Party. "Robert was a philosopher and an engineer. He will always be my compass. He did his part, and a better thing, I think, cannot be said." - Daughter, Ann Marshall.
Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Church in Ann Arbor on Monday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following charities: Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services, Doctors Without Borders, or Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor.
Published on April 23, 2017
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