He was born Sunday, Oct. 30, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo. to the late Willis Edgar and Myrtle (Clayton) Rankin.
He and Patricia Ann Hyslop were married Sunday, April 20, 1947, in Bloomfield, Mo.
Marshall served in the US Army Air Corp during WW II and served in the US Marines during the Korean War.
He was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Benton, and worked in auto sales, both locally and in California. He was employed with Potasnik for more than 10 years as a parts manager, and owned and operated a service station in California and in Cape Girardeau until 1972. He then managed Rhodes City Truck Plaza until 1976 and was sales manager for KAR products from 1976 until 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Rankin of the home in Benton; a son, Mark Rankin of Benton; two daughters, Marsha Ann Lacy (Rodney) of Mesa, Ariz., and Melanie Ruth Shultz (Rick) of Chandler Ariz.; three sisters, Viola Smith of Kenosha Wisc., Wilma Berry of Nakomis, Fla., and Mary Ann Egner of O'Fallon, Mo.; six grandchildren, Michelle Lacy Abercrombie (Josh), Brandon Lacy, Jessica Rankin, Bailey Shultz, Briana Shultz, and Patrick Marshall Shultz; and one great-grandchld, Logan Davis Rankin.
Marshall was preceded in death by a sister, Verna Thompson and one brother, C.C. Rankin.
Visitation took place on Monday, July 9, 2012, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church in Benton, Mo. with Rev. Dennis Lowe, Rev. Dan Stevens and Rev. Kevin Eskew officiating.
Burial followed at Bloomfield Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Southeast Hospice.
Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.