Wallace “Wally” Arthur Marsh, Sr., 94, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully at Villa St. Francis in Olathe on January 6, 2016. His funeral service will be held 2PM, Saturday, January 16th at the Overland Park Funeral Chapel, 8201 Metcalf Avenue with visitation to begin at 1PM. Military burial will be at Corinth Cemetery, 83rd and Mission Road, following the funeral service.
Wally was born May 21, 1921 to Arthur Cecil Marsh and Ella Mae (Pickering) Marsh in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Wichita State University and graduated in 1943 with a degree in Business.
He joined the Army Air Corps in August, 1943 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served as a passenger freight and transportation officer in the India-Burma Campaign. He was a member of the 5331st Air Supply Dropping Platoon where he participated in 39 flying combat missions. The Platoon provided food, clothing, mail, medical supplies and other war materials, through means of parachute dropping not only to the US troops but also to the Indian, British and Chinese allies. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Victory Medal for his service. In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After his time in the service he returned to Wichita and married Eleanor Beth Myers on February 22, 1946.
Wally and EB decided to settle in Kansas City to raise their family, Nancy, Marti, Wally Jr., and Sara. The majority of Wally’s career was spent with the JC Nichols Company as a realtor, sales manager and manager of corporate relocation before he retired.
Wally and EB enjoyed their retirement years together spending time at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks and the winter months at Siesta Key, Florida with their beloved Boston Terrier, Hobbes. They especially enjoyed the time they spent with their grandchildren; Debby Alexander, Rebecca Benson, Megan Cleaver, Ryan Marsh, Kimberly Kem, Mike Marsh, Sarah Malanaphy, Josh Ault, Christopher Ault, Emily Ault and Stephanie Ault. Their lives were then further enriched with the addition of their great grandchildren; Parker Alexander, Benjamin Alexander, Mason Benson, Maricella Benson, Sawyer Benson, Madeline Cleaver, Jaxon Marsh, Avalyn Marsh, Miles Kem, Noah Kem, Henry Kem, Grace Malanaphy, Elias Malanaphy, Kellen Ault and two great granddaughters coming this April.
Wally and EB were married for 65 years before EB’s passing in February, 2011.
The family wishes to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to the staff of Cardiology Services of Olathe, Kansas, Compassionate Care Hospice of Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Villa St. Francis of Olathe, Kansas for their loving care of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 10200 W. 75th St., Suite 100, Bldg. B, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204 or The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.