Dale E. Marshall

Age 88, died on December 9, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Williamston, MI. He was born on August 13, 1934 in Pinckney, MI to Clarence and Irene Marshall of Gregory, MI.

He graduated from Stockbridge High School, then went on to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Michigan State University, specializing in agricultural engineering. Dale married Patricia J. Cochran in Gregory, Michigan, in 1955. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in April of 2021. Patricia preceded him in death on January 30, 2022. Dale was very involved in church at Lake Lansing Baptist Church (East Lansing, MI), Prince Avenue Baptist Church (Athens, GA), and then Holt Baptist Church (Holt, MI).

He was a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) for many years. He was employed with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for over 30 years where he received several patents for harvesters as well as mechanical fruit and vegetable handling equipment. He worked with oranges, grapes, cucumbers, rhubarb, peppers and apples. He retired from USDA in 1998 in Athens, Georgia. He loved the soil, agriculture, and everything mechanical.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Glen E. Marshall. Surviving are his children, Brenda Collins (Mark), Todd Marshall (Kelly), and Tricia Miller; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Holt Baptist Church, 2020 Dean Ave., Holt, MI 48842. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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The Ostrander Family
December 10, 2022 at 1:56 pm

Our family sends condolences. Your family has been hit very hard this year. So sorry to hear about Dale.

Kirk Dolan
January 10, 2023 at 2:49 pm

I remember Dale as a kind and friendly colleague when I was a graduate student in BAE in the 1980s. He always had a smile and an encouraging word for me. Winnie and I send condolences. We are sorry for your loss.

Ted Loudon
January 10, 2023 at 3:32 pm

Dale and Pat were wonderful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ! Dale was always more than enthusiastic about his work as an Ag Engineer, but he was also always up front about his faith and belief in our savior. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Don Edwards
January 31, 2023 at 5:02 pm

Dale and Pat were dedicated to the service of our Lord. Dale was a true professional engineer. I thoroughly enjoyed the years we had together at Michigan State University. He was a mentor to me. I often turned to him for guidance and advice.


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