Marshall Davis Word died suddenly on August 17, 2001 in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born in Elk City, Oklahoma, on June 28, 1915 to James Cole and Bertha (Ernest) Word. He moved to Bulter, Oklahoma in 1924 and graduated from Butler High School in 1933. Marshall attended Southwestern State College In Weatherford, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1938 with a degree in history and government. He was a member of the OU National Championship Wrestling Team and the Big Six Wrestling Champion for three years. He graduated from OU Law School in 1940. Marshall married Elta L. Hibler on May 16, 1942 in Sacramento, California. They made their hoe in Arnett, from 1947 to 2001. In July 2001 the Words moved to Rivermont Retirement Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Marshall enlisted in the Army Air Corps in August of 1941 and srved as a pioet for five years during World War II. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five clusters, and few 26 combat missins in Europe with the 451st Bonb Group, 272th Squardron. During a mission to Poland, he and his crew were shot down over Yugoslavia in December 1944. Yugoslav Partisans aided them in evading the Germans. The crew was rescued in January 1945 and returned to their base in Italy. He left active military service in May 1946 and retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Col. in 1975.
Marshall practiced law in Butler and Clinton Oklahoma. In May of 1947 Marshall and Elta moved to Arnett where he opened his law practice. Elta served as his legal secretary and assisteant. He closed his law practice in June of 1978. He was amember of the Oklahoma and Ellis County Bar.
Marshall was an active member of the Arnett United Methodist Church. Through the years he served as Sunday School teacher, Youth Sponsor, Administrative Counil, Trustee and Choir member. Marshall was also active in numerous comunity activities. He was a Past Master of St. Alban Lodge #192, AF & AM, Past President of the Arnett Kiwanis Club, NRA Rifle Instructor for 25 years, retired Volunteer Fireman with 20 years service, Service Officer for Oca J. Collar Post 313 American Legion for over 20 years, served on the Arnett School Board for six years and Boy Scout Master for over 30 years. Marshall was a member of the Order of the Arrow and was presented theSilver Beaver Award by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Oklahoma's First Lady Cathy Keating, presented Marshall the "Outstanding Older Oklahoman" award from OEDA in 1997. Marshall and Elta delivered lunches to shut-ins for nine years and were active in literacy workfor many years with the Hispanic community. In 1995 they received the State Literacy Award, "Celebrate Literacy".
Marshall was preceed in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister. He is survived by his loving wife, Elta, of the home; two sons and their wives, William (Bill) and Janie of Enid, Oklahoma and Richard (Rick) and Joan of Oklahoma City; and five grandchildren, Jeffrey Word of San francisco, California, Lindsey Word of Houston, Texas, Eric Word of Oklahoma City, Kirsten Word of Brownsville, Texas and Joshua Word of San Diego, California, and two foster children Tom and Bruce. (Note: Rest of obit missing.)
Obit transcribed by Webmaster from unknown Ellis County newspaper submitted by Linda Fox
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