Wally passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Rimbey hospital on January 23, 2021 to the Marshall family's surprise. Approximately 15 months ago tests concluded he had a lifelong blood disorder that went undiagnosed. Sadly, Wally succumbed to complications from this disorder. God did not take Wally from us; we gave him to God. Wally is survived by his second wife Betty Marshall as well as his two children from his first marriage Tammy Walker (Lonnie Taylor) and Troy Marshall; his six grandchildren: Lindsay, Stephen, Jesse (Brittani), Hannah, Phoenix and Jonas; seven great-grandchildren: Kira, Reece, Page, Vincent, Lacey, Johnny and another baby boy on the way; brothers Leonard and Larry; sisters Margret, Doreen and Jean; as well many nieces and nephews and family members. Wally was predeceased by his parents, first wife Judy Marshall (nee Beamish) and four brothers: Mel, Howard, Al and Stan Marshall; his father Dave Marshall and mother Fern (nee Deems) Marshall.
Wally was born in Stettler, Alberta on September 19, 1941. He went to school and lived in the Nevis, Alberta area. Being a farm boy, he stayed home to help out on the farm. At age 18 he purchased a water truck to haul water for the rigs in the oil patch and never looked back. From his humble beginnings he spent the last 62 years growing in diversifying his business ventures. During that time, he was able to provide comfortably for his family as he did many things that took him and his family across Canada and sometimes into the USA. The one thing that brought him the greatest personal satisfaction was when he purchased his last property outside of Bentley, Alberta. At this time, he started Tall Pine Drilling with his wife Judy and son Troy. As a result of their hard work, they were able to create a successful family owned and operated business. Wally, after losing his wife in 2004, threw himself into his work. Some friends introduced him to Betty and soon afterwards they were married. Betty encouraged and taught Wally how to relax and have fun...as much as you can with a workaholic.
He and his second wife Betty really enjoyed maintaining the grounds of their acreage and caring for their animals. Once winter would hit you could generally find them down in Yuma, Arizona at the condo. They spent many hours relaxing, golfing, socializing with Snowbird neighbors, as well as other Snowbird relatives. He found himself in the air flying back and forth during his holidays to deal with any company issues large or small. Even though Wally and his daughter used to visit between provinces twice a year, Wally was happy when she and his oldest grandson decided to move back to central Alberta from B.C. This gave them all the opportunity to reconnect on a more regular basis. Any spare time he had in the summer, he attempted to include the grandkids by taking them on fishing and camping trips while "roughing it" in the motorhome.
Over the years Wally was great with his parents and took them on many family-oriented trips. Wally, in his business dealings all over the country, became well known and friends with many people. Wally was never hindered in speaking his mind wherever and whenever he felt he should. Wally will be missed!
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Wally’s name may be made to Stars Air Ambulance (S.T.A.R.S.) and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Due to COVID-19 the restrictions the family will have a Celebration of Life by invitation only. The family service will be held at a later date in Bentley, Alberta. The service will be live streamed at that time for those not in attendance. Further information will be provided regarding the Funeral Service details. Wally’s pastor Greg Rathjen, at Wally’s request will conduct the service, live streaming as well as on YouTube at Revgregam (Greg Rathjen).
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