Richard D. Marshall 1926-2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Richard D. Marshall passed away at home Easter morning, April, 12, 2020, with his wife Valerie by his side. Dick was born in Twin Bridges on May 16, 1926 to Frank Marshall and Norabel Robbins. The family lived in Twin Bridges on the family ranch and at age four moved to a ranch on Jackson Creek, east of Bozeman, where he grew up. He attended Malmborg Elementary School and graduated from Gallatin County High School. He enlisted and served in the United States Army Air Force as a Corporal from 1944-1946.

Upon returning from the service he attended Montana State University on the G.I. bill and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. He married Lenore Jean Wilson June, 15, 1952. Dick worked as a ranch manager in Montana and Wyoming, and Lenore as a teacher. They raised two children, Ellen Gail Marshall and James Wilson Marshall. The couple retired and moved back to the family ranch in 1984.

Lenore passed away in 1993, and Dick later married his present wife, Valerie Lake, and gained another daughter, Julie Noel Leavitt. Dick and Valerie enjoyed 27 years together, and they had fun raising Julie in the valley.

Dick loved being involved in the community. He held leadership positions in the Twin Bridges Rotary Club, the American Legion, and the VFW. He was a board member of the Twin Bridges Cemetery, the Big Hole Watershed Committee, and the Twin Bridges Historical Society Museum, of which he was a founder. Dick was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On several occasions Dick said, “You have to do what makes you happy,” and that is how he lived his life. Dick enjoyed hours of games with his friends and family, working on the ranch, tending to his animals, watching birds, learning about family history, taking drives, and packing into the Bob Marshall with his cousin, Delos Robbins, and relatives. All who knew Dick knew of his quiet strength, his cheery smile, and his quick wit. According to Dick, his greatest accomplishment was raising three kids.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; Lenore; parents in-law Alma and Eric Wilson; brother-in-law Richard Kovash; uncles Tom and Jim Marshall; nephew Brendan Reints; niece Amy Lake.

He is survived by his wife Valerie of Twin Bridges; parents-in-law Harvey and Boots Lake of Dillon; children Ellen (Steve Rose) of Twin Bridges, James (Tammy) of Worland, Wyoming, and Julie of Twin Bridges; grandchildren Matthew Baird (Marisol), Elizabeth Hetland (Travis), Brandon Stone (Amy), Kate Vail (Jeff), Carrie Rose, and Vince Rose (Kristen); eight great-grandchildren, Joshua, Beau, Caleb, Liam, Wesley, Evelyn, Norah, and Wheeler; cousin Hope Mommer; brothers and sisters in-law, Marlene Kovash, Ronnie Lake (Nancy), Shelly McDonald (Jerry), Nolan Lake (Erin), Robin Reints (William), and Harvey Lake Jr. (Patty); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private burial has taken place at the Twin Bridges Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Twin Bridges Historical Association at P.O. Box 227, Twin Bridges, MT 59754.