Richard Dale Marsh, 76, of Man, WV went to be in the presence of his Savior on Monday, December 28, 2020, after succumbing to long-term illnesses.
The son of the late Wesley âBrownieâ Marsh and Madge Totten Moore, Richard was born on May 29, 1944 in Chauncey, WV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Ann Cassell Marsh; his three brothers: Robert âDickieâ Marsh, Wesley âTubbyâ Marsh, and Philip Marsh; four of his sisters: Barbara Browning, Patricia Workman, Kay Marsh, and Sharon Marsh; stepson Ken Runyon; and step-granddaughter Brandy Long.
Richard is survived by a large family who will cherish the memories they have of him and the fun times they shared. This family includes his loving wife of over 20 years, Anna Sue Parsons Marsh; his children from his first marriage, son Richard Lee (Ginger) Marsh and stepson Earl (Marie) Kaar; family from his last marriage, stepsons Bill (Rena) Runyon, Gary (Joyce) Runyon, Mike (Kandi) Runyon, stepdaughters Lisa (Mike) Dickerson and Angie (fiancÃ© Josh Collins) Bailey; daughter-in-law Lisa Marie Runyon; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his sister Ann Courtney, sisters-in-law Grace Marsh, Linda Marsh, and Peggy (Barry) Yeauger; brother-in-law Jack (Lisa) Parsons; lifelong friend Richard âSkeeterâ Greene, and a host of nephews, nieces, extended family, and close friends he considered family.
Richard graduated from Logan High School in 1962 where he lettered in track. He entered the United States Army in 1966 and served our country in the Vietnam War as a decorated Artilleryman. After his honorable discharge, Richard began a long career servicing the mining industry in southern West Virginia. His longest tenure was with Central Hydraulic Company where he worked as a driver salesman until he retired after 25 years. During those years you could find him driving around the coalfields in his red truck or sitting at Randyâs Steakhouse drinking coffee with his brother Tubby after work. After his retirement and moving to Man, Richard enjoyed sitting on the front porch of his home waving at all those he knew as they passed by. Retirement gave Richard an opportunity to continue serving his country and other honorable veterans through his association with the Vietnam Veterans of America Logan post and the Veterans Administration Logan office. He drove thousands of miles as he helped other veterans make their way to receive medical care. He was presented countless awards and recognitions from the VA and the State of West Virginia for his volunteer service including the Order of the Gold Seal Award by the WV Secretary of State in 2008.
Richardâs love of sports and desire to help others led him to volunteer in various roles throughout the years in Logan county; beginning first as a coach and umpire in youth athletic programs and then later as a committee member for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 217 in Justice Addition. He coached young men and then saw their children play sports later on. Richard was shaped by his time in the military and then lived his life committed to hard work, dedication, service to others, and a job well done. He taught these values to his children and the other youth with whom he worked. This is his legacy.
The Marsh family would like to send their sincere thanks and gratitude to the doctors and nurses that cared for Richard during his time spent at the VA Medical Center, CAMC Memorial Division, Glasgow Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Montgomery General Hospital.
The funeral service for Richard will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 02, 2021 at Akers-James Funeral Home in Logan, WV; graveside service and burial to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pecks Mill, WV. Friends may call on Saturday beginning at 12:00pm at the funeral home. Those who are not able to make it to the services may still view a broadcast of the service and pay their respects at www.jamesfh.com. Those in attendance are asked to follow the CDC guidelines of practicing social distancing and are required to follow the WV mandate of wearing face masks.