Marshall ‘Marsh’ Bushard

GIBBON – Marshall “Marsh” Bushard, 91, of Gibbon, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Center in Winthrop.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, June 19 at St. Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon with Father Jeff Horejsi celebrating the Mass.

Burial will follow at the St. Willibrord’s Catholic Cemetery in Gibbon with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Marshall is survived by his daughters, Connie (Donnie) Haas of Gibbon, Colleen (Mike) Bruns of Breckenridge, Debbie (Brian) Fischer of Gibbon; son, Michael (Susan) Bushard of Crosby; grandchildren, Jackie (Mike) Leverson (Haas) of Jordan, Jason (Jennifer) Haas of Gibbon, Wade (Valerie) Haas of Winthrop, Dustin Bruns of Breckenridge, Josh Bruns of Chanhassen, Travis (Sara) Veigel of St. Peter, Anthony Veigel of Marshall; Paul (Hannah) Bushard of Montrose, Jon Bushard of Carver; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillian Meder of New London, Alice Payne; sisters-in-law, Myra Bushard of Gibbon, Eunice Lingenhag of San Antonio, TX; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Blanche Bushard on January 23, 2014; son, Bradley; sisters, Bernice, Ellen; brothers, Willard, Larry, and Leo.

Marshall Louis Bushard was born on January 2, 1923 in Severance Township, Sibley County, to James and Eleanora (Seifert) Bushard. He graduated from Gibbon High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Marsh was stationed in Iceland. After his honorable discharge, Marsh was united in marriage to Blanche Lingenhag on June 16, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Marsh was a baker his entire life. He began baking as a child, continued to bake during his service with the Navy, and then owned and operated his own bakery, Marsh’s Bakery, in Gibbon for the next forty years. Marsh also enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, playing cards, gardening, dancing, watching sports, and playing for the Gibbon Reds baseball team. He was a fireman with the Gibbon Fire Department, a Post Commander with the American Legion Post 226 in Gibbon, a member of the Sportsmen’s Club, and a lifetime member of the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. Marsh was a member of St. Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon.

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