Joseph Robert “Bob” Marsden, 90, of Sinking Spring, passed away January 14, 2020 at 2:52 PM in the Lutheran Home at Topton Nursing Care Center where he was a guest since September 2018. He was the husband of Bonnie Jackson Marsden. They celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Born in Royersford, he was son of the late Joseph T. and Dorothy Yerk Marsden. Bob started his career at Conn. Mutual Insurance Co., was a supervisor at Parish (Dana Corp.), a quality control manager at the Budd Company, and lastly a District Sales Rep. for John M. Rowe, Co. He was a graduate of Royersford High School, where he lettered in football and baseball. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving on the Destroyer USS Watts. He graduated from Ursinus College on the G.I. Bill. Bob spent 6 years on the Oley School Board, serving 3 years as President, and he was a member of the Berks County Industrial Management Club for 8 years, serving as President for 2 years. While his children were growing, he helped to coach baseball and was involved with their school bands and 4-H activities. A former Eagle Scout, Bob was proud that he designed and constructed his first home in Collegeville. A faithful 32-year member of Immanuel U.C.C., he served as a Deacon and Elder, and on many committees at the church. Bob loved watching his grandchildren play sports. He loved golfing, playing with the Pocono Club and friends, and volunteered at Easter Seals, including the Betsy King events. He and Bonnie had a deep spiritual connection, sharing time in meditation, listening to music, gardening, landscaping, bird watching, and babysitting. He is survived by his children, Dana L., husband of Beverly Marsden, Wernersville, twins Dara L., wife of Paul Breidenstein, Fleetwood, and Dawn L., wife of Bob Kriebel, Leesport; Bonnie’s children, John Scott Jackson, companion of Karen Bettler, Wernersville, Stacey L., wife of John Zubrzycki, Mt. Laurel, NJ, Mark R., husband of Elaine Jackson, Sinking Spring, Kris E. Jackson, companion of Jen Steinmetz, Mt. Penn; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Bob had a brother and a sister. The family would like to thank the D3 Memory Support Unit at the Lutheran Home at Topton and Bayada Hospice for the loving care they gave Bob. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM from Immanuel U.C.C., 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington, PA 19607. Rev. Megan Huesgen will officiate. The family will receive family and friends immediately following services in the church fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Interment with military honors will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, please honor Bob by making contributions to Immanuel UCC Missions/Music Fund (address provided above) or to the Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries (Topton, One South Home Ave., Topton, PA 19562). The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Marsden family. www.kleefuneralhome.com
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Immanuel United Church of Christ
Address:99 S. Waverly Street, Shillington, PA, 19607
Celebration of Life Service – Rev. Megan Huesgen will officiate.
The family will receive family and friends immediately following services in the church fellowship hall.
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 2:30 pm
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery