Marshall Lee was born on January 18, 1927 to Pilot Quabner and BelZora Perryman on the Wagoner Reservation in Wagoner, OK. On Saturday, October 19, 2019, he passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland OR due to complications of Pneumonia, Sepsis Shock due to consequences of Empyema. He was 92 years of age and also suffered from the complications of Alzheimers Disease. Marshall resided in
Portland, OR with his daughter, Gracie, who cared for him for the last twenty years of his life. In more recent years, his grandson, DeWeese, Gracie’s son, also assisted in the care of his grandfather. He was the second to the last of ten children: Bertha, Jesse (Elaine), Grace Mae: Elaine (Deceased), Clarice; William, Leslie, Lester, Viola, Ruth Ella: (BelZora, Louis, Jessie, Celestine, Marian, Jeff, Belinda, Zelery) and Mary: Plez, Ruth Ella, Linda (Michael, Mitchell, Morland, Marshall, Michaeux, Myesha); Opal: Shanita, Chiquita,
Ebony, Cozetta: (Mickeul, Jerome, Shannon): Lawrence: (Dominic, Kenny, Chris,
Phoenix), all his siblings have preceded him in death. He was very close to his brother, Jesse and niece Elaine and great niece, Zakiyyah, who he was able to spend timeprior to Jesse’s passing. Marshall was formally educated from primary school through high school on the reservation. He worked at a bakery, a paper route and Southern Pacific Railroad, prior to going into the military and a host of other jobs afterwards. He served in the U.S. Army with distinction and honor. His duty assignments included a tour in
Germany, in the 545 Signal Depot Co, He was assigned to the Canine Corp, as a dog trainer, as well as a Paratrooper. In conversations with him, it was discovered that he was a Code Talker in his unit during the Korean War. As with so many Native and Black soldiers from various Nations, recognition was not given, for their distiquished and
significant aid in utilizing their Creek language to aid the military during this time period.
Marshall married several times, with his first wife, Iola, three children were born, Janet, Marshall (Deceased) and Claudia. With his second wife, Delia, JoAnn and Gracie were born. With his third wife, Juanita, Robert was born. With his fourth wife Brenda, Marcel, Deshaun (Deshaun) and Quiana (Deceased)(LaMisha, Desiree, Brianna, Shaun, Jive,
Loyalty) were born. Marshall also was father to all other brothers and sisters who were in the family units. All of whom recognize Marshall as being their father. Marshall
absolutely loved children, and made all of his numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grand children feel very special. Marshall loved music and enjoyed listening to gospel, blues and jazz. He also enjoyed participating in the activities as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Association for Black Veterans (NAB Vets). He was religious and regularly attended church, he was a member of Cornerstone
Community Church. Special Gratitude to all family and church family and friends who were loving and kind and helpful during the course of his illness and passing. Also,
special gratitude to Ricky Taylor, who would come every single day to be of assist in the care of Marshall. Again, Marshall Lee Quabner was an ordinary man who in his lifetime, did extraordinary things. May he rest in peace.
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