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William Joseph Marshall

April 21, 1933


William Joseph Marshall, 87, of Oakland City, Indiana for most of his life, recently of Princeton, died on April 28th, 2020. William was born April 21st, 1933 to Joseph Rufo Marshall and Dorothy (Bryant) Marshall. During most of his public-school years, he lived with his grandparents, Jesse F. Bryant and Carrie H. Bryant with a lot of help from his aunts, Madge Bryant McAtee and Belle Bryant Colvin.

On August 28th, 1950, he was the youngest of 10 Oakland City boys that left Evansville on a troop train to Camp Pendleton, California to serve in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon release from the Marines Corps, he returned to Oakland City High School for his senior year graduating in 1953. He used the G.I. Bill at Oakland City College and graduated in 1956. Subsequently, he taught at Vincennes Township Junior High School for two years. He had been attending the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana during the summers and then enrolled full time until graduation in 1960. Upon graduation, the Indiana School of Law employed him as a teaching associate of the 1960-1961 school year. Following that, he entered the private practice of law in Princeton. In 1966, he was elected prosecuting attorney. After his term ended, he returned to the private practice of law until he returned to the prosecuting attorney’s as chief deputy for George Ankenbrand. In November of 1995 he retired from the practice of law.

William is survived by his daughter, Deborah Kay Carroll; grandsons, William Jamison Carroll and Bryan Joseph Carroll (Amber Nicole); great-grandchild, Jacob Matthew Carroll; brothers, James Ray Marshall and Patrick Bryant Michael; sister, Dixie Lynne Michael Wann; and several nephews and great-nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents; several aunts and uncles; nephew, Michael Joseph Fisher; and a son-in-law, Carlos Ray Carroll.

Due to the COVID-19 guideline restrictions, a private service was held.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Oakland City University located at 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660 to honor William Marshall. We encourage sharing your condolences with the Marshall family online at where you may also light a memorial candle in William’s name. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Marshall family.


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