Edward L. Marshall, age 78, of Sumpter, Oregon passed away at his residence on May 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
Ed was born on January 23, 1940 in Eugene, Oregon to Edis and Grace (Wilson) Marshall. He attended Springfield High School. On August 19, 1963 he married the love of his life, Constance J. Duhig in Eugene, Oregon.
“Purple Eddy” lived a life full of hard work, adventure, and love. He was an award-winning painter, a gold miner, a pilot, a hunter, a country singer, a guitar player, a mayor, a husband, a grandpa, and so much more. His and Connie’s adventures took them from Springfield to Sumpter, Seattle to Anchorage, and back again.
Ed was a wonderful example of everything a man should be. He taught the women in his life how they should be treated, always leading by example, and he taught the men to live off the land, from panning for gold and how to shoot a gun, to gathering wood for winter and field dressing wild game. He loved the old country songs, and when he would sing and play them on his guitar you had no doubt that you were witnessing something really special. Ed was a big, strong, tough man with a gentle heart and love in his eyes. He was the best of the good ol’ boys, and he will be dearly missed.
Edward is survived by his wife, Connie Marshall of Sumpter, Oregon; daughter, Debra Jones of Bend, Oregon; daughter, Susan Bland of Kennewick, Washington; son, David Marshall of Oak Harbor, Washington; son, Daniel Marshall of Boise, Idaho; son, Rodney Marshall of Bonney Lake, Washington; and sister, Jackie Easton. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edis and Grace Marshall.