Charles E. ‘Gene’ Marshall, 82

Charles E. “Gene” Marshall, 82, a longtime resident of Grafton, left his mortal shell to be in the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 11, 2009.
Charles was born on Jan. 1, 1927, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Herbert and Kathleen (nee Cottingham) Marshall. He graduated from Collinsville Township High School in 1944. After high school, Charles met Dororthy Ellen Bowles. They were married on June 20, 1948, in Collinsville, Ill., and moved to Milwaukee in 1950. Later, they moved to Grafton in December of 1957.
Charles served his country in the Army in San Antonio, Texas, earning the World War II Victory Medal.

Charles was a wonderful woodworker. He liked to make cabinetry and made the cabinets in both his home and a daughter’s home. Charles also made several Scottie lamps for friends and family. A grandson also helped him make a coat rack.

Electronics was also a passion of his. Charles would build tape recorders from kits, occasionally letting his children help by passing him resistors or letting them hold the soldering iron. He had an expert license for ham radio, building a few of his own radios along the way. Charles would also play the stock market for fun, using big spreadsheets and ledgers to track his picks. He also was an avid golfer until a doctor told him he had to wear a hat due to his fair skin. Charles also loved photography, having his own darkroom until the advent of color photography.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy; loving children, Linda (Luke), Racine, Charles Eugene (Karen) Marshall Jr., Janice (Christopher) McCann and Debra Haddad; cherished grandchildren, Kara, Mica (Janie), Eric (Marcy), Beth Ann, Phillip (Darcy), Jeremy (Jenny), Benjamin, Joshua and Erin (Brian); great-grandchildren, Halle, Evan, Henry, Carter and Karis; sisters-in-law, Marie Marshall and Catherine Ann Bowles; and other relatives and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his two brothers, Harold and William “Bill.”
A funeral service for Charles will be held Friday, June 19, at noon at Cedar Creek Community Church, 1414 First Ave., Grafton. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.
Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting