Frank Melvin (Bud) Marshall, 87, passed away on May 8, 2013, in Sanford Hospice Care in Vermillion, SD.
Bud was born on Aug. 2, 1925, in Astoria OR, to Frank and Leona Artress Melvin Marshall.
The family lived in Oregon and Washington before settling in 1933 in Walla Walla, WA, where Bud attended elementary and high school.
Just before high school graduation, in the spring of 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Farragut Naval Training Station in Idaho. After boot camp he trained as a radio operator at the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he earned credits to qualify for a high school diploma.
Bud served in the South Pacific on the destroyer, USS Anderson, as a Radioman 2nd Class Petty Officer during WWII and received the Purple Heart in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.
After the war, he attended Washington State College in Pullman, WA. In 1948, he transferred to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, when he married Jean Lucas Auld on Aug. 7, 1948. At Whitman, he was initiated into Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration and Economics.
That fall, Jean and Bud moved to the Seattle area where he took the position of assistant office manager at the Libby, McNeil, & Libby food processing plant in Kent, WA. Over the next 25 years he held several positions with Libbys and in 1963 he was promoted to assistant purchasing manager for the Frozen Foods Division at Libbys corporate headquarters in Chicago, IL. The family lived in Naperville, IL for 12 years. Bud retired from Libbys to embark on a new career with Dennis Sales, a food brokerage in Salisbury, MD.
Thirteen years later he started his own food brokerage, Marshall Sales. His son, John, moved to Maryland to help in what turned out to be a successful business. In Salisbury, Bud was active at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, secretary in the Rotary Club, and was a volunteer emergency radio operator.
In 1994 Jean and Bud retired and moved to Vermillion, where they became active in their new community. Bud served on the Dakota Hospital Board of Directors, was president of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the American Legion, the Clay County Republicans, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a 32nd degree Mason and a Mason for over 50 years.
He oversaw the construction of St. Paul’s new parish hall and through Rotary, headed up the committee to restore wheel chairs for Hope Haven. With Hope Haven teams, he flew to Romania and Viet Nam to distribute refurbished wheel chairs to those in need.
He and Jean traveled to Spain, Hong Kong, Thailand, and spent two weeks in Scotland for the Rotary International convention in 1997. After Eastern Europe was opened, he traveled by train through Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Russia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sister, Helen Gradwohl, and a granddaughter, Sarah Anne Roe.
He is survived by three children, Anne Marshall, Vermillion, Sandra (Dave) Roe, Moorhead, MN, and John (Minda) Marshall, Castle Rock, CO; six grandchildren, Matt (Shannon) Breske, Amanda Breske, Rachel Roe Longtine (Steve), Allison (Mitch) Rice, Graham Marshall, and Trevor Marshall; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Mason Breske.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Linden and Main Streets, Vermillion.
Internment will be in The Black Hills National Cemetery in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota.
Memorials may be made to Hope Haven International, Rotary Club of Vermillion, or St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vermillion.
Arrangements are being made by Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion