Alvan W. Marshall, age 82, of Wilmington, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford following a lengthy illness.
Alvan was born on May 2, 1929, in Gloucester, MA, he was the dear son of the late Alfred and Amy (Spurling) Marshall, he grew up in Gloucester and was a graduate of Gloucester High School. Upon his completion of High School, Alvan enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18 and that’s where an impressive career began. Alvan made the most of his years in the Air Force, he served during Korea and Vietnam. Alvan educated himself, taking advantage of every course he could handle. Alvan was trained in Air Proving Management, Ground Safety, Advanced Vocational Training, Air Training Command, Airplane Electrical Mechanic Repair Man, Air Proving Management, ACFT-MSL Electrical Mechanic, just to name a few. He also attended Officer Candidate School and was awarded the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the 4050th Field Maintenance Squadron in 1960.
Some of Alvan’s missions included being part of the Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis and he was sent overseas as an Advisor for the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked on the B-52 Bombers and was part of Operation Ranch Hand which dealt with Agent Orange. He was instrumental in the Aero Space Systems, dealing with the heavy construction. Alvan was well regarded and respected for his service to the country, he earned the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in September of 1960 and he was awarded many commendations over the years. Alvan retired after 22 years of Honorable Service in 1969.
During the Korean War, Alvan was stationed in Germany and that’s where he met his future bride Berta Kampfl, Alvan and Berta married on July 12, 1953, celebrating nearly 58 years of marriage and raising two children.
After Alvan retired the family moved to Wilmington in 1970 and Alvan went to work as an electrician. Alvan was a hard worker, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or fix, he knew about electronics as well as mechanics, a “Jack of all Trades”.
Alvan worked at David W. Marshall Electrical Service along side his son David for over twenty years, until he was well into his late 70’s, he just loved to be busy whether it was at worked or puttering around the house Alvan was always doing something.
Alvan was also very devoted to his family, he loved them with all his heart, and he will be greatly missed by them.
Alvan was the beloved husband of Berta (Kampfl) Marshall, devoted father of Linda Whelton of Latham, NY and David Marshall & his wife Lynne of Wilmington, loving “Grampy” of Amy Whelton & her husband Peter Lasaga of Hoboken, NJ, Hannah Marshall and Shawn Marshall both of Wilmington, “Two Grampy” to Charlotte and Ethan Lasaga, dear son of the late Alfred W. & Amy (Spurling) Marshall, brother of Philip Marshall & his wife Madeline of East Kingston, NH.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Alvan’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.