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Ellsworth “Al” Marshall

Ellsworth “Al” Marshall, age 89 of Park Ridge, Ill., and formerly of Howard Lake, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 at Edward Hospital, Naperville, Ill.

He was born May 6, 1916 in Howard Lake.

Al grew up in the Minneapolis area, where by the age of 18, he owned and operated a service station while attending night school to earn his high school diploma. He worked as a district sales manager for Graco, Inc., a Minneapolis based manufacturer of automotive and lubricating equipment.

Upon moving to Park Ridge, Ill., in 1958, he founded the Al Marshall Company, based in Edison Park, Ill., which represented manufacturers of service station equipment and supplies.

Al was employed as a licensed real estate broker with Fred I. Gillick Company, becoming the first broker in 78 years to achieve two million dollars in sales for 1977-1978.

Al was fondly referred to as “coach” by his family and friends for his lifelong dedication and commitment to youth sports and his love for kids. He coached little league baseball for Park Ridge and Oriole Park District teams, and coached youth ice hockey for several different age groups. His hockey teams won state championships in the 9-10 age group in 1970 and 1972.

Al founded and coached the Maine South High School ice hockey team. He also served as president of the Illinois Youth Ice Hockey League.

Al was featured in the Park Ridge Herald’s “Meet Your Neighbor” in 1967.

In 1974, the Illinois House of Representatives honored Al with a resolution for his accomplishments and efforts to provide recreational opportunities for the youth of Illinois.

He was a member of the Ark Masonic Lodge, Minneapolis, a Shriner and 32nd degree Mason.

Al is survived by three sons: Robert of Naperville, Ill.; James of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Jeffrey of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren: Emily, Andrew, Katharine, Robert, and Michael; a niece, Debbie; a nephew, David; and a sister-in-law, Carol.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean (Tanquist) Marshall, in 1961; his parents, Guy and Olive (Klemz) Marshall; and a brother, Gaylen.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville, with Rev. Doug Bradshaw officiating. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials in Al’s name can be made to: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of DuPage, 222 East Willow St., Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 682-1802.

Arrangements were by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville, Ill.

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