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Donald H. Marshall

Donald H. Marshall, 86 of Champaign, Illinois, passed peacefully with family on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

His body will be cremated and a private service with full Military Honors will be held.

Donald H. Marshall was born June 26, 1935, in San Diego, California., the son of Henry A. Marshall and Emma L. Marshall. Don was raised in the Mennonite Religion in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Manual Training High School and in October 1953 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving until 1973 with the rank of Master Sergeant and full Military honors. During his time in the service Don received training for Aircraft Structural Mechanic (Metalsmith). He was stationed many places, but Japan was where he met and married his first wife, Kazuko (Horiike) Marshall. After some time, Don and Kazuko returned to the states and later he was deployed to combat duty in Chu Lai, Vietnam. After Vietnam Don trained Marine Reserves in California and Texas. He held the position of Assistant Manager of the CPO Club.

After retirement from the service, Don, and his wife both obtained employment at SPS Technologies in Santa Ana, California. Don worked as a class (A) Machinist for twelve and a half years. He received numerous awards and commendations for developing and manufacturing critical money saving features for machinery. After the passing of Kazuko, Don worked at GMF Postal Facility until retirement. During his time at GMF he received many awards for improvements he designed and manufactured to improve productivity. During this time Don met and married Shirley Kay Barbee whom he would state was his soul companion.

Don’s hobbies include Painting (Landscape, Wildlife, Cartoon and Religious), Master Woodworking, Poetry and Bowling.

As with anything Don did, he received awards through his hobbies as well.

Survivors include three daughters: Vicki Maisel (Illinois), Suzanne (Steve) Dyson (Illinois), and Kimberly Martinez (California); five grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

Preceding Don in death is his father (Henry), mother (Emma), brothers (Gerald and John), first wife (Kazuko) and second wife (Shirley Kay).

Memorial Contributions can be donated to Three Wet Dogs, https://threewetdogsinc.com.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Don loved his church: Trinity Lutheran, in Urbana. He was a good friend to me. As a retired pastor I taught a Bible class which Don faithfully attended. We enjoyed his paintings. My sympathy to his family.

—Pastor Ehlers

I love you for an infinite number of reasons. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life. You are a magnificent man, a loyal, loving and devoted father, and a true friend. Please know that my list of gratitude is endless and continues to grow with each passing day. 

Thank you for providing me with a never-ending sense of physical safety and emotional security whenever I’m with you, even if we are with my husband.

Thank you for loving and accepting my husband.

Thank you for loving and accepting me and always making me feel like I am good enough.

Thank you for showing me what it means to be a good man, a great teacher, an extraordinary husband, and an outstanding father for the past 34 years of my life.

I love you.

—Suzanne Dyson