Marshall Carl Petring was born April 24, 1930 in Nebraska City, NE to Alfred and Marian Mote Petring. He was one of five brothers, with Jack surviving. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. As an aerial photographer in the Navy, he photographed naval gunnery practice off the coast of Cuba and Puerto Rico for vessels that included four large battleships the USS Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and the New Jersey.
After serving in the Navy, Marshall attended the University of Colorado where he met Nancy Eckhardt. They were married in 1954. After graduation, they moved to Chicago with Marshall attending graduate school at the University of Chicago. In 1957, they moved to Cleveland, OH where Marshall began his career in hospital administration at Cleveland City Hospital. In 1961, he and Nancy moved to Pittsburgh, PA where Marshall was assistant administrator at Shadyside Hospital. In 1965, he became the administrator of Columbia Hospital and then the president of the Forbes Health System. In 1973, the family, which now included four children, moved to Colorado Springs where Marshall was the Executive Director of Memorial Hospital. The family moved to Fort Collins, CO in 1977. Marshall then worked as a surveyor throughout the country for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and,eventually, retired from the civil service in 1997 from Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center.
Marshall and Nancy enjoyed 52 years of marriage before her death in 2006. They leave daughter Cynthia (Dave) from Erie, CO, sons, Michael (Monica and two daughters, Blair and Katie) from Manassas, VA, Brian (two daughters, Taylor and Emily) from Woodridge, IL, and Eric (Stacie and daughter, Sophie, and two sons, Turner and Bennett) of Nashville, TN.
Marshall and Elva Brackett Alden were married in 2009. She lost her husband, Howard, also in 2006 after 48 years of marriage. Marshall treasured her family of four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Marshall was an active member of his church and enjoyed traveling, watching sports, playing golf and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday May 28, 2022 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with interment in Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, NE.