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Ronald W. Marshall

September 7, 1935 - January 2, 2023

Service Date: January 6, 2023

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Ankeny First United Methodist Church

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Ronald Wayne Marshall of Ankeny, Iowa passed from this life into the presence of His Lord January 2, 2023.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St). A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023, also at the church. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023, at Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa. The funeral will be livestreamed at the following link: https://boxcast.tv/view/ron-marshall—memorial-xhakldn1blr9vihnrapu

Ron was born September 7, 1935 to parents Enola Iota Troxel and Robert Howard Marshall in Muscatine. He was the youngest of six children, with three brothers and two sisters. He grew up outside of town, with the nickname, Butch, learning to work on cars at his father’s Mobil gas station in downtown Muscatine. He attended, played football for and graduated from Muscatine High School, where he met the love of his life, Kathleen Barry. They were married February 18, 1955 and had one son, Randy. Ron and Kathy shared life, love, adventures and challenges together for nearly 68 years.

Ron went to work for Kent Feeds, Inc in ’55 on the loading docks. Three moves, many promotions and 40 years later, he retired from Kent in 1995 as Western Regional Vice President of Plant Operations. His career was marked with many accomplishments and awards, including Feed Mill of the Year 1988. Ron and Kathy moved to Ankeny, IA in 1966 when Ron was tapped by Kent to open a new feed plant in Altoona.

He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and yard work, but he enjoyed fishing even more, whether it was walleye and northern pike in Northwest Ontario or crappie and bluegill on Big Creek. His greatest love was his family: his wife, Kathleen “Kathy”; his son, Randy and his wife Robin, their two children, Jennifer and Barry, along with Jennifer’s husband, Michael, and their two sons, Bailey and Brennan, as well as Barry’s wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters, Natilee, Brianna, and Elizabeth; and his sister, Sherry (Cecil) Bumgardener. Their lives, accomplishments and hugs always gave him great joy. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Enola Marshall; four siblings, Robert Marshall, Jr., Edward Marshall, James Marshall, and Janet Howard; and parents-in-law, Edward Leo and Ethel Mae Sander Barry.

Ron was a faithful member of Ankeny First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. After surviving a blood clot through his heart into his lungs, two major heart attacks, seven bypasses, a burst aortic aneurysm, a knee replacement, a heart ablation, several heart catheterizations, and countless other surgeries, tests, and exams, he passed away quietly at home from natural causes.

He is already missed by all who loved him and will always be a part of those who knew him well.

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