October 17, 2018

George "Sonny" Marsh Jr.

Died Jan. 16, 2018

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George “Sonny” Marsh Jr. of Mio passed away Jan. 16, 2018. He suffered with the effects of Alzheimer’s for more than a decade.

He was born Sept. 26, 1932.

George is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mavis (Bugg) Marsh. Together they raised five children, Rodney and Sherry Marsh, Connie Marsh Turner and Tony, Roger and Brenda Marsh, Craig and Kathy Marsh and Tracie Marsh Wilson. He has 10 grandchildren, Ashley and Michelle Marsh, Travis Marsh, Clint and Robin Turner, Clay Turner, Shane Bick, Jamie Bick, Casey Bick, Stacy Reinke, T.C. Marsh and Randi Marsh. He is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Gerald Abbe. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and eight great-grandchildren.

During his early years, George worked for Bob Handrich at Surge Products in Fairview. He also delivered Standard Oil products for Dan Nolan in Mio. George and Mavis worked the Marsh family farm on Kittle Road. He raised beef cattle, strawberries, vegetables and hay. He was proud that the land was named as a Centennial Farm with the state of Michigan. It has been titled in the Marsh name since 1894. He was the supervisor for the Michigan Department of Transportation in Mio, retiring after 31 years of service. After retirement, George and Mavis enjoyed traveling and camping. They loved to attend air shows in Oshkosh, Wis. They also drove the full length of the Alaska Highway, sleeping in a tent along the way. They enjoyed collecting antique cars. Together they collected numerous trophies and awards with their vehicles at local car shows. In their later years they chose to give each one of their five children one of their five prize-winning vehicles.

George is predeceased in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth Marsh; and two sisters, Margie Marsh Troyer and Lorraine Marsh Dietrich. He is also predeceased by one great-grandson, Taylor Marsh.

Services are handled by Lashley Funeral Home in Mio. Visitation will be held at Lashley on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, from 1-4 p.m., and again from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. Pastor Steven Thiel will be officiating the services. Interment will be held at Kittle Cemetery. Memorials may be made in George’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.

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