Harlan Kay Marsh, of Marquette, Wis., passed away surrounded by his family at his home on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 83 following a brief but valiant fight with lung cancer. He was born on November 11, 1937 in Eagle Bend, Minn. to Arlie and Nellie (Pierce).
They moved to the Dalton area, where he met Donna Jacobson in Portage, Wis. in 1955. He was driving with another couple, and they stopped to pick Donna up while she was walking home. The rest is history. Donna was immediately taken by his black, Elvis style hair, and they married on January 14, 1956, when Harlan was 18 and Donna was 16. After moving around a few times, they settled in the Dalton area, where they raised four children.
Harlan worked for Fred Rueping Leather in Fond du Lac for 17 years, then took great pride in owning Marsh’s Texaco (now the Wayside Amaco) as well as working as a crane operator for Glover Metal Building Erectors for more than 30 years. After the kids left the nest, Harlan and Donna moved to Marquette. Never one to be still, Harlan took to driving the Amish in his retirement.He will be remembered for his quick wit, skilled card playing, and for being a dedicated member of the Kingston Lions Club for over 58 years. You always knew where you stood with Harlan, as he didn’t mince words and didn’t hesitate to share his strong opinions.
Harlan was preceded in death by his mother and father and his seven siblings. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna, his children Tammy and David Grender, Sandy (Rich Boldt) Messer, Randy and Julie Marsh, and Julie and Eric Lemon; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He will be missed deeply by his family and many friends.
A visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1:00 p.m. and a service at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Kingston, followed by a luncheon at the Legion Hall in Kingston.
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