Roger Marshall Obituary, Death – We are sadden to announce the passing of Roger Marshall. Nashville recording artist Roger Dale Marshall, 72, of Columbia City, Indiana, died Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Parkview Whitley Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was a talented country and rock guitarist, father, and grandfather. Claude and Ruby Jean (Blackburn) Marshall were his parents. “I never wanted no more than was mine/ And to lay down someday and go home/ With a satisfied mind,” Roger sung on his 2005 album “Hiding In the Wide Open.”
Roger played music as a child of a Kentucky coalminer. Roger attended Bluffton-Harrison High School after his family moved to Michigan and Bluffton, Indiana. Roger played guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bass, and piano with country music legends Crystal Gayle, Freddie Fender, Alabama, Hank Jr., Carl Perkins, Jerry Reed, and Mel Tillis. He produced recordings with the Silver Dollar Band, DJ Band, and Marshall Law. Alabama’s Harold Shedd produced Silver Dollar Band’s self-titled CD. Roger was famed for playing guitar solos with his teeth in his final songs, entertaining his fans to the end.
Roger moved to Columbia City from DeKalb County in 2018. Roger attended all his grandchildren’s sporting and dancing events. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing outdoors. Roger was a multifaceted artist. He loved hard, life, and others less fortunate. He was a trickster, hilarious, and ornery. His taunting showed how much he liked you. Roger is survived by his longtime partner Julia Fanson, his five children—Shawn (Erin), Jesse (Beth), Brandon (Sarah), Jessica, and Jamie Marshall—and 16 grandkids. He is also survived by siblings Priscilla “Sis” Johnson, Claude “Jr” (Zella “Chava”) Marshall, David (Linda) Marshall, Claudette “Punk” Bowlin, Ruthie Robinson,
Albert (Desire) Marshall, Elbert Marshall, Susie Betz Gamble, Luanne Gerig, LeAnn Barnes, and Rita Betz. His parents, stepmother Doris Marshall, stepfather Cooper Turner, newborn brother James Grover Marshall, and stepbrother Ron Betz died. On Sunday, July 23, 2023, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, Roger’s life will be celebrated from 1-6 pm.