Bucky became a staple in the Perrysburg Little League as an umpire.
His son, Barry, said there was just something about baseball his father found special and, for the better part of his life, he was involved in it as a player, coach, and umpire. "He loved baseball more than anything in the world," Barry Marshall said. "He felt the game was something that should be enjoyed, and people should have fun playing it." A native of Brownsville, Pa., Bucky Marshall grew up a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and, when he coached and umpired, he took children to Pittsburgh to watch the Pirates play. "He loved playing the game, and when he stopped, someone approached him about umpiring," Barry Marshall said.
He met his wife, Rosella, at a dusty softball diamond in Pennsylvania. Together, they were partners in Bucky Marshall's love affair with the game. They married in 1940. "The first time they met, he had a softball uniform on," Barry Marshall said. "She probably had no idea she'd be seeing him in some kind of baseball uniform for the next 60 years."
Mr. Marshall fought with the Marines in Okinawa during World War II. "He was patriotic and, when it was his turn, he enlisted and served," his son said. After the war, Mr. Marshall worked as a meat packer with the former Swift and Co. for 35 years, rising to superintendent at the Chicago company.
He moved to Perrysburg in 1977 and brought his love for baseball with him. Barry Marshall said his father immediately became involved in the Perrysburg Little League and helped it make great strides.
"In my opinion, I can't think of anyone in the last 25 years who has made a more positive impact on the Perrysburg Little League than Bucky," Dennis Barrett, former president of the league, said. "He helped make it all go. He trained umpires here and later all around northwest Ohio. He was a great teacher." Mr. Barrett said Mr. Marshall's fund-raising abilities went "beyond the call of duty." One year, Mr. Marshall helped the league raise $10,000, eliminating the player's "tag day" fund-raisers. "He never felt it was right for kids to be out raising money, so he came up with a fund-raiser that allowed us to get rid of tag day," Mr. Barrett said. Mr. Barrett was on the executive board of the Little League in the early 1980s when it decided to name an award after Mr. Marshall.
The Bucky Marshall Spirit Award is still given to a player on every team who exemplifies hard work and good team spirit and attitude.
While umpiring, Mr. Marshall worked at Frisch's commissary for 10 years and for five years as a courier for a medical transcription service. When he was not umpiring, Mr. Marshall and his wife worked the concession stands. She died in 2000. "He quit umpiring about six months before she died," Barry Marshall said. "She had Alzheimer's disease, and he needed to be with her all the time."
Surviving are his son, Barry; daughters, Darlene M. McNulty and Marlene DiCola; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.