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Allen Ray Marshall
Dec. 5, 1922-May 27, 2011
CARMEL â€”Â Allen Ray Marshall of Carmel passed away May 27 at Zionsville Meadows at the age of 88. He was born to Ray and Charlotte Marshall in Culver Dec. 5, 1922. â€¨While growing up in Culver, he loved going fishing after refurbishing his grandfatherâ€™s boat, loved singing, acting in plays, played basketball and ran track, and at the age of 16 traveled throughout the state as a member of the Culver Rifle and Pistol Team. He was proud of his first solo flight in a Cub airplane in 1942. â€¨Allen continued his love of flying when he enlisted Dec. 2, 1942 for active duty in the United States Army Air Corps. He graduated as a pilot May 23, 1944 and was assigned to the South Pacific theater of operations. In August, 1947, the USAAC became the United States Air Force and Allen advanced to the rank of captain. â€¨April 26, 1947, he married Betty Mae Boswell who later passed away in 1963 leaving him with their three children, Rebecca Denaway, Retired Col. Rex Marshall (Eva), and Alicia (Todd) Lewis. During their family years, Allen worked within the life insurance industry and spent most of the time with New York Life. â€¨Allen began working for Manpower, Inc. in Indianapolis and fell in love with Esther Becker Battenberg. They married Oct. 30, 1965, and he gained another daughter, Dr. Janice Battenberg. Allen was then employed by the Truck Equipment and Body Company (TEBCO) where he spent 16 years with the company and retired as an executive manager in December, 1984.
During his retirement years, Allen and Esther volunteered many hours behind the scenes helping Janice establish Midwest Academy, Inc. dba Academy Plus School. Several years later, he worked a few hours a month to help with the schoolâ€™s maintenance. â€¨Allen loved to travel and would joke by saying, â€śI have traveled the world over and some of the better parts of Michigan.â€ť He loved genealogy and was quite a historian and leaves behind many albums of family history. Through his love of photography, he compiled many pictures to accompany all his volumes of writings. â€¨Other family members he leaves behind are a sister-in-law, two nieces, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His two brothers, Thomas (Mildred) Marshall and James (Martha), preceded him in death.
The family wishes to thank those at Zionsville Meadows who became his new friends and caregivers during his last year and a half struggle with dementia. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the Broad Ripple #34 American Legion Post or the Carmel #155 American Legion Post or the Indiana Hamilton County Humane Society in honor of Allenâ€™s canine lap blanket and sleeping buddy â€“ Cody Jack.
Visitation was May 31, 2011 at the Carmel Flanner and Buchanan Mortuary. Allen is interred at the Indianapolis Washington Park North Cemetery.