On Monday, April 20, 2020, Eugene Ralph Marshall (Babe), loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and cousin, passed away at the age of 88.
Babe was born on October 12, 1931, in Clairton PA to the late Albert and Lillie Marshall. After graduating from Clairton High School, he attended Howard University for two years and served in the United States Army. Babe returned to Clairton to own and operate the Schmidt Hotel for a number of years before working and retiring from United States Steel Coke Works in Clairton. He later obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
As a lover of music and books, he later became the sole proprietor of Sights & Sound located in North Versailles where he was known as the music man who sold vintage albums, movies, and other collectibles. An avid sports fan, he rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent hours watching sporting events. He was well-read, enjoyed arts and entertainment.
Known for his quick wit, gift of story-telling, and unique sense of style, Babe was an inspiration to many and stressed independence along with the importance of obtaining an education and putting it to good use. He was a hard-working man, who was loving, generous, and a loyal friend. He fought for what he believed to be right and protected those he loved.
Eugene was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert, Herbert, Charles, James, Mary, Virginia, Madge and Martha, and son Derek Anthony McClellan. He is survived by his children, Derrik L Marshall of Florida, Valda L. Warren of Clairton, Lorie D. Marshall of California, Eugenia M. Mosby (Babette) of McKeesport, Kent D. Jones and Mark Jones of Pittsburgh, John McClellan of Maryland, Gradie Andrew McClellan, Frank McClellan and Sean Corey McClellan of McKeesport, Roxanna Williams (Meredith Williams) of Virginia and 40 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the National Ataxia Foundation in tribute to Eugene R Marshall.
*PRIVATE SERVICE FOR FAMILY WILL BE HELD AT ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME 449 MITCHELL AVENUE, CLAIRTON, PA *
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