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Merton S. Marshall, construction executive Jan. 23, 1921 -- Feb. 12, 2006

LEWISTON -- Merton S. Marshall, a construction executive and prominent community leader, died Sunday in his Lewiston home after a long illness. He was 85.

Mr. Marshall was born in Chili and earned a civil engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

He then joined Walter S. Johnson Building Co. of Niagara Falls, eventually becoming its vice president. He was still affiliated with the company at the time of his death.

During World War II, Mr. Marshall served for three years in Europe with the Army's 850th Aviation Engineer Battalion. After the war, he joined the Corps of Engineers Reserve and retired with the rank of captain.

In 2002, Mr. Marshall received the Lewiston Civic Pride Award. His long list of Lewiston community activities included stints as deputy town supervisor and chairman of the town Zoning Board, as well as membership on the Planning Board. He also was a past chairman of the Niagara County Planning Board.

Mr. Marshall stepped down as chairman of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross in 1994 and was honored with the Clara Barton Award for his many years of service. From 1979 to 1991, he was a director of the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Niagara Falls Beautification Commission and the Niagara Falls Community Housing Resource Board.

He was a president of the state and county Building Industry Employers; chairman of the board of trustees of the Niagara-Genesee District Council of Carpenters pension and welfare funds from 1958 to 1985; a member of the American Arbitration Association; and a member of the board of directors of the Niagara Falls YMCA.

Mr. Marshall was a 33rd-degree Mason in the Valley District of Buffalo; a longtime vestryman and warden of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Niagara Falls; a past president of the Niagara Falls Country Club; and a member of the Niagara Club, the 1-3 Club, Elks Lodge 346 in Niagara Falls and the Moose Lodge in Lewiston.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Hornsby Marshall; a son, Peter of Lewiston; a daughter, Patricia Doyle of Phoenix; a sister, Melva Ann Owens of Spencerport; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Peter's Church, Rainbow Boulevard and Second Street, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery.


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