John Leo Marshall, 72, of Norman, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born in Vienna, Austria, on November 21, 1947. At the age of one month, he and his mother left war torn Vienna on Christmas Day, 1947. They moved to the U.S. to join his father in Pennsylvania eventually settling in Maryland. After graduating from Central High School in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, John attended the University of Maryland where he majored in Architectural Engineering. During his high school and college years, John was a volunteer fireman for the Hillside Fire Department.
John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Okinawa and Vietnam. He always said he was grateful to the Army for giving him a background in electronics, which paved the way to his career with the Postal Service, first as an electronics technician until November 1983, at which time he became an instructor at the U.S. Postal Training Center in Norman, retiring in 2010, after a career spanning 42 years.
Among John’s many interests were all genres of music but especially jazz and opera, working crossword and Sudoku puzzles, bowling, and all sports but especially those involving OU, the University of Maryland, the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Orioles and the OKC Thunder. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his children, volunteering as a coach for their various sports, acting as a Den Leader, going on school field trips and attending music and sporting events.
John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley; daughter, Carisa McCarty (Mike) and granddaughter Shianne of Norman; sons, Johnny (Jenna) and grandchildren Max and Nora of Highlands Ranch, CO, Jeryl of Norman, and Jason of Locust Grove, OK; and his beloved dog, Chrissy, one of the many he rescued throughout the years. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Yvonne) of North Beach, MD; sister, Patricia Bosse of Ocean View, DE; brother Jeff Harding (Beth Brandt) of HI; step-father, Lynwood Harding of West Hills, CA; many nieces and nephews, and by beloved extended family members, Maria Ensey and Filiberta Chittum of Oklahoma City and Mary Ann Hallman of Ninety-Six South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Louis Marshall and Elfriede Harding.
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St, Norman. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 1266, Norman, OK 73070.
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Second Chance Animal Sanctuary
PO Box 1266, Norman OK 73070