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William Henry Marshall Jr.

September 4, 1942 ~ August 7, 2020 (age 77)


William H. Marshall Jr., 77, of Urbana passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

William was born on September 4, 1942 in Champaign to parents William H. Sr. and Cora Marshall. They preceded him in death. Also preceded him in death is his stepson James Redenbaugh; and his sister Sue Goyne.

In their backyard, Bill and Rebecca married the love of their lives on August 3, 1996 in Urbana Illinois. During their years together Bill and Rebecca were the ying to each other’s yang and he would pick beautiful flowers from the garden to give to his wife. There were great times and times of struggle, but they were always there for each other through it all.

Also surviving are his children William H. Marshall III (Lynn) of Homer, John W. Marshall (Jeannie) of Mahomet, Tamara S. Redenbaugh of Champaign, Benjamin R. Redenbaugh of Champaign, Scott W. Redenbaugh (Vanka) of Belfast, Ireland; his brother James Marshall (Diana) of Urbana; his sister Nancy Davidson of St. Joe, Barbara Johnson of St. Joe, and Patsy Butler (James) of Urbana; his brother-in-law Ernest Goyne of St. Joe; his grandchildren Christopher Marshall (Kendria) of Chicago, Kristen Henderson (Alec) of Champaign, Cole Marshall, Brittany Isaksen, Zac Isaksen, Kaitlyn Overman, Tim Pruitt, and Bailie Jobe; his great grandchildren Lilian Marshall, Phoebe Marshall, Zoey Marshall, Kendal Isaksen, Kadence Isaksen, and Tyson Isaksen.

Bill graduated from Urbana High School and worked as an entrepreneur, firefighter, and carpenter during his career. He was a man of his word and was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved his family and was always the first in line to eat at family gatherings and Bill loved to give sweet hello and goodbye kisses whenever the family got together. His hobbies include restoring and driving old cars, NASCAR, hunting, and watching the Cubs. Bill enjoyed gardening and using it to make fresh salsa and pickles to share with folks who loved it. Whenever he was in the kitchen, he made extra in case a guest came by. Bill loved his dog Roger and could always be seen with a toothpick in his mouth. His grandson, Cole will miss his salsa and vegetable soup.

A posthumous quote from Bill reads “I have had cancer since I was 12 and it finally got me.”

Cremation rights have been accorded and there will be no services at this time.

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