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Russell E. Marshall

March 1, 1967 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 56) 56 Years Old

Russell Marshall Obituary

Russell E. Marshall, 56 of Geneseo IL passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on January 5, 2024, at the University of Iowa Health Care Clinics & Hospitals in Iowa City.  A visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory - Geneseo Chapel, with a memorial service at 1:00 pm. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Service will be livestreamed at  Friends and family are invited to a luncheon immediately following the service. Burial will take place in a private ceremony at Oakwood, on a later date. In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set up at Central Bank of Illinois for his daughter Mia Marshall’s education.


Russell was born March 1, 1967, in Canton, IL the son of Jinne Marshall of Atkinson, IL and the late Gilbert Marshall of Canton, IL. He graduated from Canton High School, class of 1985, and Black Hawk College East Campus in Kewanee, IL. Russell worked as the general sales manager at Ed Morse Ford North (Formerly Crowe Ford Sales) in Geneseo, IL. He had worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years.


Russell married Jodi Wirth in Kauai, Hawaii, on April 23, 2008. He leaves behind a daughter Mia Marshall (11) who was the greatest joy and blessing of his life. His family meant the world to him, and he took great pride in being the oldest sibling in his family. He was known as “Unkie Russ” to many of his family and friends. Russell was a hard worker and was a wonderful provider for his family. He had the biggest heart and was always so very kind to others. He loved animals and agriculture after growing up on a family farm. His favorite thing to do was to cook, bake, and grocery shop for his family. He especially loved making his weekly Fareway and Costco shopping trips. Russell always looked forward to his yearly trip to Michigan, and playing in the sand with his daughter Mia. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, “unkie”, and son.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife and daughter Jodi & Mia Marshall. Mother, Jinne Marshall of Atkinson, IL. Siblings, Keith Marshall of Mackinaw, IL, Ryan (April) Marshall of Bettendorf, IA, Tracey Marshall of Geneseo, IL, and Emily Frey (Drew) of Canton, IL. Father-in-Law Ray Wirth of Geneseo, IL. Sister-in-Law Wendy (Mark) Shannon of Geneseo, IL. Brothers-in-Law Cory (Marcia) Wirth, Ki (Deb) Wirth, Jason (Sara) Wirth all of Geneseo, IL. Nieces and nephews, Keri Marshall, Riley, Lucy & Sophie Marshall, Ryder Marshall, Clifton & Annaleise Frey, Danica (Nate) Caulkins, Derek (Renae) Shannon, Kelsey (Tanner) Ackerman, Mallory Wirth, Mitchell, Annie & Kyle Wirth, Brendan & McKenzie Caulkins, and Ella & Reese Shannon.


Russell was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Marshall, and his mother-in-law Judy Wirth. Russell passed away on Judy’s birthday, and we know he is telling her all about her granddaughter Mia, whom she never got to meet.



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January 12, 2024

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Vandemore Funeral Home - Geneseo
580 E. Ogden Avenue
Geneseo, IL 61254

Memorial Service
January 12, 2024

1:00 PM
Vandemore Funeral Home - Geneseo
580 E. Ogden Avenue
Geneseo, IL 61254


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