Marshall K. Willson

Obituary for Marshall K. Willson

December 19, 1922 - February 15, 2018
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 95

Obituary

Marshall K. Willson, 95, resident of Avon Lake, OH, formerly of Valley City, ND, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 15, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 19, 1922 to parents Milton and Bernice Willson. A graduate of North Dakota State Agriculture College, he continued on with his education, earning a Master's in Organic Chemistry in 1949 from North Dakota State Phi Beta Kappa, and he was the oldest living alumni from North Dakota State. Proudly serving his country, Marshall served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a machine gunner in the Pacific Theatre, Battle of Leyte. A Paint Chemist and Entrepreneur; Marshall and his wife Ruth started Center Sales Corp. in 1962 where he worked for many years before retiring. Marshall was also a very active member of the United Church of Christ and in the community. He was a proud member of the Avon Lake American Legion, Lorain County Shrine Club, Lorain County Fire Brigade, Mid Century Lodge No. 0725, Al Koran Temple AAONMS, Valley of Cleveland Scottish Rites, Royal Order of Jesters Cleveland Court #14 and was Chairman of the Al Koran Shrine Circus in Cleveland. Marshall is survived by his children Patricia Lawrence (Ron), Plano, TX, Steven Willson (Gregrie), Avon Lake, OH, John Willson (Jane), Warrenton, MO, Diane Curry (Robert), Avon Lake, OH, Laurie Land (George), 29 Palms, CA; grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 13. Marshall is preceded in death by his wife Ruth of 72 years; parents Milton and Bernice Willson; brothers Douglas, Stanley, Harland, Richard, and Philip; great-grandson, Jacob; and son-in-law, Fred Adams. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to AL Koran Shrine Center 1000 E. Edgerton Rd., Broadview Heights, OH 44147. A memorial service will be held at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH on Monday, February 19 at 10:30am with Rev. Kelly Brill officiating. Masonic Services and Military honors to follow at The American Legion Post 211, 31972 Walker Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 www.buschcares.com 440-933-3202

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