Aberdeen: Wayne Marsh, 90, of Aberdeen, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen, following an extended illness.
Wayne's wishes were to be cremated with a private family graveside service to be held at a later date at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery at Eden.
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may sign his online guestbook at schriversmemorial.com.
Wayne Valentine Marsh was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Morris, Illinois to Harry and Ruth (Rose) Marsh. The family lived in various places before settling in Aberdeen in 1931. Wayne attended Aberdeen Central High School, where he was very involved with band and won several competitions. He also enjoyed playing chess, ice skating during the winters and playing baseball in the summertime. However, music was his lifetime love, playing his first real dance job at the age of fourteen at Bristol. Wayne graduated from Central High School in May of 1939. Soon thereafter, he left to travel with a road band. The next nine years, he played with various bands, including the Lawrence Welk Orchestra as a trumpet player and vocalist. While with the Welk Orchestra, one of his vocals Don't Sweetheart Me was on the hit parade for a number of weeks.
Wayne lived in Aberdeen since 1956 and held several jobs, including five years at NADRIC as a counselor, and playing with local bands on the weekends.
On Jan. 13, 1958, Wayne and Marlene Schuster were married in South Dakota and made Aberdeen their home. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing and going out for breakfast with his friends, traveling and visiting with his children and grandchildren. Wayne was inducted into the Dakota Musicians Hall of Fame in 1989 for his dedication to music. He continued to reside in Aberdeen until the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Aberdeen; his son, David of Nampa, Idaho; daughters: Cynthia (Scott) Gleich of East Helena, Mont., Lisa (Mark) Wall of La Crosse, Wis.; five grandchildren: Mike Marsh, Ashley Hull, Ryan Weaver, Elizabeth Wall and Katie Wall; three great-grandchildren, with another expected in October; his sister, Mary Ellen Casanova of Aberdeen; three nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, in 1956; his mother, in 1968; and his sister, Ethel Matteson in 1979.
The family prefers memorials to the charity of your choice.