Services Held for Chas. Marshall, 97, Monday Afternoon

Impressive private funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Charter Grove family farm home for Charles E. Marshall. 97, prominently known retired farmer and an honored and beloved resident of that area for the past 90 years. Mr. Marshall quietly passed away at his home in the late morning on Friday, January 2.

Rev. Wayne Leighty of the local Methodist church officiated, his comforting message paying high tribute to the life of this fine Christian gentleman. Internment was in the family lot at the Charger Grove cemetery. The body was at the Johnson-Van Natta Funeral Home, where friends called until noon Monday.

Born November 11, 1855, in St Charles, Mr. Marshall was very active for many years in DeKalb couty farm affairs, and was a director of the foruer old Citizen's National Bank in this city.

He was the sone of John and Eliza Baker Marshall. When he was seven years old the family moved to Charger Grove where he has since resided. He attended the rural schools there, and on March 4, 1880 he married Ann Westlake. To this unioin five children were born, Eliza and Jennie King, both deceased, and John of Sycamore, Lester D. of Charter Grove, and Merrill of Rockford. Mrs. Marshall died in 1915. On May 12, 1926 he married Florence Arnold in Sycamore. When retiring from farming several years ago his son Lester took over his farm.

Mr. Marshall possessed the highest traits of character. He was outstanding as a true friend and kind neighbor, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. He was very devoted to his home and family, and to his church, having been a lifelong member of the Methodist churh. His genial presence will be sorely missed in many circles.

Left to mourn his passing are his widow, Florence; three sons, John of Sycamore, Lester of Charter Grove and merrill of Rockford; also nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Besides his two daughters, three sisters and one brother have preceded him in death.

Sycamore True Republican, January 6, 1953