Services to honor the life of Johnnie Lee Marshall will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 in the Proctor-Sanders Community Cemetery in Proctor, Okla. Dear family friend, Scott Craig will share words of remembrance. Military honors will follow to signify time of service in the United States Navy.
Johnnie passed away at his home in Claremore after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family by his side. He was 73. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. Friends may visit the funeral home Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. with family there to receive guests.
Johnnie was born Sept. 30, 1942 in Tahlequah, Okla., the son of John Mark and Peggy Lee (Neugin) Marshall. He spent his childhood in the Tahlequah and Proctor areas and completed his education at nearby Westville High School-a part of the graduating class of 1960. With his father's death just weeks before graduation, Johnnie made a choice to enlist in military service. He joined the Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga.
He was stationed in Millington, Tenn. While there he met Sue Wilson in nearby Memphis. They were married July 19, 1963 in West Memphis, Ark. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, the young Marshall couple returned to Proctor, then on to Tulsa before settling permanently in Claremore in 1965.
Johnnie began his long career in the aircraft industry with McDonnall Douglas. A short time later he went to American Airlines where he enjoyed a 35 year career as an aircraft mechanic before his retirement.
Johnnie was a man who enjoyed rich and lasting friendships which were made during his school years, during his military service and at his work place. He was also devoted to Sue and to his daughters Cindy and Johnna. His girls never wanted for anything. But for Johnnie, he needed very few things-- the simpler the better for him. He possessed the genuine quality of contentment. The happiness provided by having his loving family and his dear friends was the best part of life for him.
When there was time to relax, he enjoyed playing dominos, watching sports and playing golf. And according to his proud family, he was good at everything he attempted.
This kind, generous and very satisfied man leaves his family with a rich heritage. Those who survive are his wife, Sue Marshall of their home in Claremore; daughters, Cindy O'Mary of Claremore and Johnna (Wally) Jansma of Pebble Beach, Calif.; two grandsons, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren; sister, Nancy (Paul) Turtle of Proctor, Okla.; nephews Wayne Turtle and John (Shelly) Turtle, Proctor, Okla.; and also, many wonderful friends who have been a source of great support during his illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Peggy Marshall and one sister Geraldine.
Published on August 30, 2016