John Robert Marsh, 70 years old, passed away on May 3, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan after a battle with oropharynx cancer. John was born on December 28, 1952 in Chicago, IL, son of Lawrence Gene Marsh and Carmen Nanette Leavitt Marsh Osborn.
He was preceded in death by father, Larry and mother, Nan, brothers Guy Patrick Marsh, Thomas James Marsh, and nephew Ryan Marsh McNeil.
The second of six siblings, John is survived by brother, Mike Marsh (Debbie) St. Louis MO, sisters, Kay McNeil (Greg) Columbia MO, Kim Marsh, Tucson AZ, nephews, Christopher Marsh (Jenny) St. Louis MO, Thomas Marsh (Kathryn) St. Louis MO, nieces Sarah Beran (Brian) Manhattan Beach CA, Alie McNeil (Benton Boice) St. Louis MO, and six great nieces and nephews.
John grew up in St. Louis MO, attending Normandy High School. He was an excellent soccer player and one heck of a ping-pong player. He moved to Detroit, Michigan where he attended and graduated from Michigan State University in 1983. He later started his construction/restoration business which he maintained until his death.
John was the fun uncle to nephews, nieces, and extended family. His antics over the years continue to make us laugh and allow us fond memories of our earlier days together. He was forever young due to his healthy diet and exercise habits. He touted and lived by the benefits of a bowl of steel cut oats each morning, filling his fridge and freezer with bags of veggies, fruits, and nuts.
Although very private with a serious depth to his core, John also had a fun-loving sense of humor which is evidenced by the many cards and letters sent by him over the years. John was loved by everyone he met, including his family and awesome neighbors. His passions included golf and music. He was especially dedicated to his golf league buddies who he played with for over 40 years. John was a gifted musician; a lifelong student of the guitar. There was hardly a genre or song he didn't know and his fellow musicians/bandmates were loved as part of his music family.
He was, as everyone says “just a really good guy!” He will be missed by all of us who loved him. No doubt, he is showing someone a blues lick on the the guitar right now. Rock on Chicken!!
A private service will be held by the family. Donations in memory of John can be made to your local Habitat for Humanity.