Robert Connally Marshall passed away on Friday October 5, 2012 at the age of 75. He was born January 30, 1937 in Garden City, Kansas to Robert Appleton Marshall, a longtime member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Redondo Beach, and Mattie Nell Connally Marshall, a teacher and Assistant Principal at Hillcrest in Redondo Beach for many years. Robert attended schools in Redondo Beach graduating from RUHS in 1954. His athletic achievement was in high school basketball on the Jr. Varsity and Varsity teams. He joined the USAF after graduation and served several years as a radar operator in Japan and New Mexico. He worked for Senator Clair Engle (Dem-CA) in Washington, D.C. where he met Beth Ellen Hudson, a secretary for Senator Robert S. Kerr (Dem-OK). They married in 1959 in DC and moved to Redondo Beach in 1962. Robert continued his college education and received a degree in Business from CSULB. He worked for several accounting firms before establishing his own practice as a licensed Enrolled Agent for income tax preparation. He had a way of making clients feel comfortable and reassured about the tax process. Robert and Beth welcomed the birth of their son Michael Connally Marshall in 1963 and daughter Melissa Cathleen Marshall in 1967. Happy memories include many camping and fishing trips with the family as the children grew. Robert was a devout Christian and a true conservative. He believed in our country's ideals and lived the values of honesty and integrity and inspired others to do the same. His compassionate regard for others, his sage advice, his presence in the home and his wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He is in the arms of his Savior together with his parents, relatives, friends, and countless dogs that loved and preceded him. Robert leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Beth; sister Mary Marshall Harper (David); son Michael Marshall; daughter Melissa O'Malley (Sean); grandchildren Breanna Griego, Emma Marshall, Cassidy Griego, Matthew Marshall, Liam O'Malley, Grace Marshall, Nita O'Malley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held at the White & Day Colonial Mortuary Chapel, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, on Thursday October 11, 2012 from 4 to 8pm. The Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel on Friday October 12 at 4pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Robert's name be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with Bobby Marshall’s family. Bobby and I were classmates at Redondo.

  2. So many years ago, Bobby and I were classmates in junior high and high school. He was always one of the nicest guys.
    My deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this sad time.

  3. As Bobby’s younger cousin, he was always my hero and I send my love and condolance to Beth and Cousin Mary.

  4. So many memories of my Cousin Bobby come to mind, but one of my favorite: Early on a doctor told my Aunt M’Nell that her son had what is know as ‘perfect pitch,’ thus any out-of-tune sound was very irritating to his ears. His Uncle Bob, whom many knew as “Gr’uncle Bob,” could not hold-a-tune-in-a-bucket, and he would say that on himself….. He used to call his nephew on Bobby’s birthday, just to sing him “Happy Birthday.” Perfect pitch Bobby would cringe at what was to his ears, as off-putting noise, but “You know,” he’d say to his Mom later, “It’s so special for Uncle Bob to sing the song to me that I wouldn’t have it any other way!” The music in Heaven is perfect, Bobby! Love you! Cousin Jane Marshall-Wrightsman

  5. Beth, Melissa, Sean and family,

    We share in your sorrow at this time but we also rejoice in the knowledge that Bob is with the Lord! Our prayers are with you all.

    With love, the Laskowskys

  6. Bobby and I were classmates at RUHS many years ago. I remember him as being such a nice person. Mary and David were classmates of my late husband. He only attended RUHS his senior year but he and the Marshall family became good friends. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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