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11/15/2010 Email this articlePrint this article 
Donald Marston
Donald F. Marston
Donald Franklin Marston, 88, formerly of Rockford, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Elizabeth Residence Assisted Living, Caledonia, Wis.

A military graveside service by the Eugene McManus American Legion Post No. 238 of DeWitt, was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Mound. Burial followed.

A memorial service will be held at Severson Dells in Rockford Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m.

Schultz Funeral Home, Grand Mound, is in care of arrangements.

Donald was born May 13, 1922, in Rockford to Robert and Nellie Marston. He married Elnora Soenksen June 23, 1946, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound.

He attended Coe College until he entered the Army and was a member of the Coe 22, a group of Coe's students who fought in Word War II. Following War II, he attended Oxford University for a semester. Donald also attended master classes at the University of Iowa and received his master's degree at Northern Illinois University.

He served his country in the European theater during his service in World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.

Don started his teaching career at Calamus High School, teaching history. He continued teaching in Monticello and finished his teaching career at Rockford Auburn High School.

After retiring, Donald enjoyed volunteering at numerous organizations, including Dells Environment Education Center, Rockford Art Museum, Tinker Swiss Cottage and Midway Village.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing and history and government and was an avid reader of both throughout his life.

Donald attended Redeemer Lutheran Church recently Court Street Methodist Church.

Surviving are daughters Bobbe (Jim Ziv) Marston of Chicago, Ill., and Becky (Douglas Stansil) Marston of Racine, Wis.; two granddaughters; a great-grandson; a sister, Betty Blake; and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, an infant son and two brothers.

Memorials may be made to Severson Dells and Court Street Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.schultzfunralhomes.com.

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