In memory of
Gardner "Jim" Marshall
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In memory of
Gardner "Jim" Marshall
Gardner “Jim” Marshall, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed peacefully from this realm on September 8, 2019. He was born into rural poverty at the onset of the Great Depression on March 8, 1929, in Cohocton, NY, and from early childhood he lived a life of hard work, integrity, dedication to family and nation, and a love of all living things. In his ninety years on this earth, Jim was never known to have made an enemy or missed an opportunity to befriend a person, animal, or plant. He loved his God, and he loved and treated all he met as he would wish to be treated. Shortly after graduating from high school at the age of fifteen, Jim began a twenty-year career in the United States Armed Forces. It was his lifelong honor to be stationed at the Supreme Headquarters of our occupation forces in Japan. During this service among our nation’s former enemies, he met, fell in love with, and married Kyoko Nini Saito, and the two would live fifty years of mutual devotion and love until her passing in 2009. Jim and Nini raised their two sons with ever-present love and affection and gratefully sacrificed anything to provide security and opportunity to their family. Jim, through strength of character, humility, and inner confidence to do what was right, never was afraid to display his love and compassion in either word or deed. For his sons, his life stands as a monument to all that is truly important in a man’s life – decency, love of family, community and country, and a life truly well-lived without regrets. Jim will continue to be well-loved and well-remembered by his sons, Paul and his wife Nancy of San Diego, CA and Alan and his wife Janine of Hampden, MA. He was predeceased by his sisters, Lois and Iola, and his brother, John. A public visitation for Jim will be held on Thursday, September 12th from 4-7pm at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Rd Springfield. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. If anyone so desires, a memorial contribution may be made in Jim’s name to either Grace Union Church of 10 Chapel St., Wilbraham, MA 01095 or Action Centered Tutoring Service (ACTS) of 35 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01103.
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Springfield, MA 01129
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In memory of
Gardner "Jim" Marshall
Gardner “Jim” Marshall, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed peacefully from this realm on September 8, 2019. He was born into rural poverty at the onset of the Great Depression on March 8, 1929, in Cohocton, NY, and from early childhood he lived a life of hard work, integrity, dedication to family and nation, and a love of all living things. In his ninety years on this earth, Jim was never known to have made an enemy or missed an opportunity to befriend a person, animal, or plant. He loved his God, and he loved and treated all he met as he would wish to be treated. Shortly after graduating from high school at the age of fifteen, Jim began a twenty-year career in the United States Armed Forces. It was his lifelong honor to be stationed at the Supreme Headquarters of our occupation forces in Japan. During this service among our nation’s former enemies, he met, fell in love with, and married Kyoko Nini Saito, and the two would live fifty years of mutual devotion and love until her passing in 2009. Jim and Nini raised their two sons with ever-present love and affection and gratefully sacrificed anything to provide security and opportunity to their family. Jim, through strength of character, humility, and inner confidence to do what was right, never was afraid to display his love and compassion in either word or deed. For his sons, his life stands as a monument to all that is truly important in a man’s life – decency, love of family, community and country, and a life truly well-lived without regrets. Jim will continue to be well-loved and well-remembered by his sons, Paul and his wife Nancy of San Diego, CA and Alan and his wife Janine of Hampden, MA. He was predeceased by his sisters, Lois and Iola, and his brother, John. A public visitation for Jim will be held on Thursday, September 12th from 4-7pm at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Rd Springfield. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. If anyone so desires, a memorial contribution may be made in Jim’s name to either Grace Union Church of 10 Chapel St., Wilbraham, MA 01095 or Action Centered Tutoring Service (ACTS) of 35 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01103.
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Sampson Chapel Of The Acres
21 Tinkham Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Past Services ╲╱
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