Marshall Edward Friend of Wadsworth, OH, was promoted to glory on Saturday, April 22, 2023 surrounded by family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. At the time of his death, he was married to his lovely wife, Roann L. Friend, for almost 64 years. He was father to five children: Valerie, Bryan, Karen, Julie and Tina. He had ten grandchildren and five great grandsons.
Marshall loved spending time with his family and riding his John Deere tractors whether he was mowing his lawn or plowing snow. He loved going to garage sales and flea markets and bargaining for items he wanted.
He was born August 30, 1937 to Clarence and Mary (Fitzwater) Friend in Clay, WV. He was number seven of eight children to whom he remained close all of his life.
He worked hard to provide for his family and passed that strong work ethic to his children. He is known for his wonderful sense of humor and wit and would definitely be considered a prankster.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Karen, and siblings; Ilo Griffith, Evelyn Murphy, Hazel Walker, Opal Weiler, Paul Friend, and Leo Friend. He is survived by his wife, Roann Friend, his children, Valerie (David) Carey of Chester, MD, Bryan (Janette) Friend of Akron, OH, Robert (Karen) DeVries of Valparaiso, IN, Julie (David) Bartel of Rockford, IL and Tina Bushi of Norton, OH, and sister Faye Baker of Wooster, OH.
Calling hours are Wednesday, April 26, 2023 from 12 – 2pm at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 North Lyman Street, Wadsworth, OH. Service will follow at 2pm. After the service, committal will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, 200 College Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281.