DUBLIN- Jerry Dean Marshall, 84, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandpa, passed away Wednesday evening March 22nd, 2023 after a brief illness. Jerry was born in Cambridge City, Indiana on May 9th, 1938, and was raised on Maple Street. He lost his father as a teenager and as a result developed a strong work ethic which he maintained his entire life. As a young boy he mowed yards, delivered newspapers and any other odd job that came along. While in high school, Jerry began working for Les Donieker at his service station, he looked up to Mr. Donieker and was grateful for his positive influence and mentorship. Jerry graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1957 “Wampus Cats”. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with his friend, Gary Verpooten. They didn’t stay together long, as Jerry was stationed in the Far East and was honorably discharged in 1960. Anyone who knew him knew how much the Marine Corps shaped his life.
Returning home to Cambridge City, he met Corena Mae Fink and they were married at Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church on April 15th, 1961. Jerry eventually purchased the service station from Mr. Donieker and began a life-long career of self-employment. His most rewarding profession was becoming a funeral director. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1967 and received the Frigid Fluid Award for outstanding scholarship and leadership qualities. Jerry began his funeral service career at Fisher Mortuary in Cambridge City. In 1971, he purchased the Doll Funeral Home in Dublin. He was honored by the trust placed in him by the families he served. Some of Jerry’s other businesses throughout his life include: Marshall’s Ambulance Service, Rent-a-Shelf, Dublin Sandwich Shop, Cambridge Oak Shop and Eastern Indiana Crematory. Jerry never retired but did take time throughout his life to do the things he loved. He was always up for an adventure, as a Boy Scout leader taking a group of Scouts down the East Fork of the Whitewater River all the way to the Ohio River or “going out to Pierce’s” looking for car parts. He enjoyed spending time in Florida, Flea Markets, car shows and talking to people. He was an avid Ford car enthusiast and completed several restoration projects. In 2005, with his friend Dick Carey as co-pilot, he participated in the Great Race Across America in his 1954 Ford Sunliner. Jerry was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169, several car clubs, former member of the Cambridge City Volunteer Fire Dept. and 59 year life member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Corena; their two children, Jerome (wife Karen) Marshall, and Regina (husband Chris) Erlewein; six grandchildren, Jessica Marshall, Jacob (wife Danielle) Marshall, Katie (husband Jordan) Rohrer, Max Erlewein, Madeline (husband Jesse) Merrill, and Macy Erlewein; six great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Marshall, Sophia Holder, Azara and Jaxen Marshall, Noah Rohrer, and Audra Merrill; brother Jim (wife Rita) Marshall; several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Edward B. Marshall; his mother, Dorothea Fern “Babe” Bird; two brothers, Sherman “Joe” and John E. Marshall; and great-grandson Jonathon Robert Marshall.
Jerry loved all animals, friends and family are encouraged to make Memorial Contributions to Liberty Acres Rescue Animal Sanctuary - 3546 E. Mitchell Road/Liberty Indiana 47353.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 27th, 2023 at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Cambridge City. Fr. John Hall will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 26th, 2023 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin, Indiana.
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Liberty Acres Rescue Animal Sanctuary
3546 East Mitchell Road, Liberty IN 47353