Arthur Marshall, 94, avid outdoorsman, CCC veteran

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Arthur Clarence Marshall, 94, of Oak Park, died on Jan. 5, 2010. Born on Feb. 24, 1916 in Chicago to Ephraim and Emilie Marshall, who emigrated from Germany at the turn of the century, he spent his summers as a teenager on his uncle's farm in Kiel, Wis. From those experiences, he developed a love for the outdoors and cultivated his longtime hobbies of hunting and fishing.

During the Depression, from 1934 to 1936, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on the development of the New Salem and Starved Rock state parks. During WWII, he worked on the construction of war-effort plants. But he met his wife Beverly at his "fun" job — as a roller rink guard.

He was employed by the Railway Express Agency in Chicago for 35 years. In 1959, the couple moved to Oak Park where they lived for 51 years and raised six children. Every summer he and his family made their way to the North Woods of Wisconsin to stay at the Liberty Lodge in Hayward. The tradition continued with his grandchildren.

He was also active with Boy Scouts Troop 66 at Grace Lutheran Church, where two of his sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

He was one of the lucky few who had a longer retirement than years of employment. He spent his retirement years going to a family friend's farm, fishing and hunting, working on his house and yard, and serenading the neighbors with Polka music from his garage. His years of construction experience enabled him to assist his children with extensive renovations of their homes as well as the construction of a cabin in the woods near Waupaca, Wis. For many years, he spent quality time in the spring and fall fishing on the Wolf River and enjoying this rustic retreat.

Art Marshall is survived by his children, Richard, Pat, Tom (Ruth), Jacky (Manuel) Gonzalez, and Laury (Steve) Metken; his grandchildren, Jaime, Bobby, and Lauren Gonzalez and Joe, Tom, Michael, and Kara Marshall; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Beverly, his wife of 61 years; his son, Bob Marshall; and his brothers and sisters.

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