Marshall Hines

Age 88, of East Lansing, passed away October 22, 2012. He was born December 29, 1923, in Chicago, IL, to Herbert W. and Helen (Gartside) Hines. He married Janet Young Hines on July 28, 1945, at her parents’ home in East Lansing.

During WWII, Marshall served in the U.S. Army, as did eight of his siblings. After basic training, he went to the University of Kentucky for an Army’s specialized training program. After service, he returned to East Lansing and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Michigan State University. He was an engineer and vice president of The Christman Company, retiring in 2008 after 60 years of service. In 1994 he was awarded Engineer of the Year by the Grand Valley Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. From the time he was a small boy, Marshall loved to watch construction sites.

A longtime MSU fan and supporter, he held season football tickets for over 50 years and season basketball tickets for 22 years. He had a passion for gardening and loved working in the yard and his many flower beds. All of his life, his family vacationed at Little Point Sable on Lake Michigan and, he and his family enjoyed a summer home at The Point.

He was a faithful member of the Downtown Lansing Rotary Club and Builder’s Exchange and was a member of and active in the University United Methodist Church in East Lansing.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by children Karen L. Hines of East Lansing, Keith D. Hines of East Lansing, Dori H. (Tom) Alton of Mendota Heights, MN; grandchildren, Chris (Beth) Hines of Ridgeland, SC, and Brenna and Brad Alton of Mendota Heights, MN; brothers, Donald A. (Jan) of East Lansing, Wallace (Lydia) of Kalamazoo, Burton A. (Dorothy) of Cadillac; brothers-in-law, Louis Schuler of Clear Lake, IA, and Kenneth J. Duncan of Solon, OH; 31 nieces and nephews; extended family members; and foster son, Chris (Geri) Suse of Tulsa, OK. He was preceded in death by his brothers Herbert, Bedell, Harold and Paul, and sisters Marion Dexheimer and Mildred Schuler.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, at University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Dr. William Dobbs
October 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

Marshall was an amazing man and I am grateful to have known him. His friendship and zest for life was a blessing to me and all whose lives were touched by his, but it was Marshall’s love of family, his humility and his embrace of hard work and service to others that was his most enduring epitaph! I thank God for Marshall Hines!

James Palmer
October 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

Marshall in my father words “The best person you could ever work for” My father so much respected Marshall that my middle name is in honor of him. My father was George (Buck) Palmer, I still remember the day that Marshall stayed with my sisters, my wife and I after the viewing for my father. He told us some great stories about our father some good and some bad. He even said that my father was the only man he never laid off in all his years working for Christmas Construction. Marshall was a great man and will be missed by the whole Palmer Family. God Bless

Lothar Andries
October 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

Marshall was a great man. I felt proud to have worked with him. What always amazed me is that he always took the stairs on every job, never the elevator! He was always willing to help you be a better person! He will be missed very much by everyone who knew him. Our prayers go out to the Hines family.

Jan Hines
November 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Marshall was loved dearly by our whole family and we had so many happy times with him and Janet. They were times filled with stories, lots of laughs and family memories. Our children referred to him as “Uncle Marshmallow” because he was sweet and a real softy. He will be forever missed.


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