Dr. C.W. “Doc” Marsh

In Loving Memory

Funeral services for Dr. C.W. “Doc” Marsh will be 10:30 AM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Drexel First Baptist Church in Drexel, Missouri with Rev. Mike Cooper officiating. Visitation Friday evening, 6-8 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel in Drexel, Missouri. Burial will follow services in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Drexel Lions Club or Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Charles Woodard “Doc” Marsh, 92 of Drexel, Missouri passed away August 26, 2014 at his home in Drexel. Doc, an osteopathic physician, practiced medicine for over sixty years, most of these in Drexel.

He was born in Cicero, Indiana on June 25, 1922. He was the only child of C.W. Marsh, Sr. and Olive Woodard Marsh.

Dr. Marsh graduated in 1945 from The College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kansas City, (now known as The University of Health Sciences) where his college expenses were paid from money he received playing his saxophone in bands around the K.C. area.

He met his future wife, Rose Elaine Schwab, while he was an intern and she was a patient in the hospital for an appendectomy. They married on June 25, 1945. To this union four children were born: Donna (Joe) Ziegler and Judy (David) Still, all of Drexel, Mo.; Patricia (Daryl) Deel of Louisburg, Kansas and Charles W. Marsh III, of Shawnee, Ks.

Doc was a fifty year member of the Coldwater Masonic Lodge; a charter member of the Drexel Lions Club, where was active over sixty years; a long time member of the Bates County Shriners Club and a member of several bands in the area. (He played his tenor saxophone or the bass guitar for over seventy years!)

He traveled around the world, visiting every continent including Antarctica, and had been to all fifty states.

He built a clinic in Drexel in 1954 where he had a “no frills” practice. He didn’t take reservations – everyone waited their turn in his waiting room! He answered his own telephone calls because he didn’t have a receptionist. Paper work was a hassle, so he didn’t accept insurance, Medicare or Medicaid – cash or checks were taken. If you didn’t have money, you could pay him next time!

Doc’s parents preceded him in death. He is survived by the love of his life, Rose, of the home, his four children, ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Doc also leaves behind his special Angels on Earth, Angie Jenkins, Delores Halbin and Stephanie Cravens.

He was a very wonderful and compassionate man who will be missed more than words can express!

One of his granddaughters wrote a college paper about Doc in which she stated, “Honesty, integrity, kindness and a heart larger than you can imagine are the characteristics that make my grandpa so special.”


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28 thoughts on “Dr. C.W. “Doc” Marsh

  1. My prayers and sympathy to the Marsh family. ‘Doc’ was as good as they come. I was a patent of his 20 years ago. He was a great survive to the area. How I wish there were more like him.
    Bless you all
    Mary Olive-Burrous
    Bristol Manor of Butler

  2. I can hear God saying, “Hey, Doc, come on up!” and certainly adding, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Doc was one of the finest men I’ve known. I’m sad for all of you in your loss but happy that Doc is resting in peace. Love, Barbara Webb

  3. He was known, respected and loved by so many. The Lord called him to “come on back” just as Doc did thousands of times for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  4. There are no words to express how wonderful Doc was. A great doctor and a great person to be around. An Angel on earth and now an Angel in Heaven. He will be sadly missed by many. My condolences to his family.

  5. I was one of the privileged people to have had Doctor Marsh as my doctor growing up. Many times I’ve shared the stories about going to his office, and waiting for “Next!” to be heard from down the hall. And it was a mighty long hallway during “shot” visits. But there was noone better! Please know that there are many of us out here in the world that will be celebrating his life, and keeping his memory alive by sharing our treasured memories of a man who was definitely one of a kind.

  6. Doc Marsh was one-in-a-million. Everyone within 30 miles (and farther) has a Doc story. He stands out as a positive part of my childhood. What a life to aspire to. “Peace and rest come when good men tire.”

  7. “Doc” was one of the kindest, gentlest men I ever met. I spent many hours at the Marsh home when I was growing up, and have many fond memories.

    He touched the lives and hearts of many, and Drexel has lost one of its best.

    I hope he has found peace and that his family finds the comfort that he gave to so many.


    Kelli (Minks) Miller.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I will always associate “coming back to Drexel” to visit “home” with certain community folks like Coach Hunt, Chet Bullock, and of course “Doc”. He truly was an integral part of our small town life growing up. A part of the “old town” goes each time we lose one of them. God Bless those remaining and those who leaves us as well as their families.

  9. Doc Marsh was one in a million, he was the best Dr anyone could go to. It didn’t matter what was wrong with you he always had to give you a B-12 shot. man I didn’t like them but they sure helped me feel better. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this difficult time. He will be giving those shots in Heaven and saying “next”. I loved him dearly, he was like a Dad to me, I could talk to him and he would give advice. Be assured there will never be another Doc. Kathleen Berry, Nevada, Mo.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Doc was as good as they come. My entire family were patients of his for years. If not for his $10 office charge, alot of people would have never had health care. He will be missed by many.

  11. Our prayers to Rose and family. When thinking of Doc I always remember 1958 when he went with me in the ambulance to
    aid a patient. At the hospital they needed to give the patient a blood transfusion. Middle of the night in Butler. Doc had the same
    blood type so he rolled up his sleeve and donated a pint which saved helped save her life. That’s the kind of person he was!
    We will always remember Doc.

  12. Praying for your family. He has touched so many lives by his kindness and generous heart. He will be missed by so many not only in the Drexel community but all the surrounding communities. May God bless you all.

  13. Doc was a wonderful man with a beautiful and wonderful family. You will be in my prayers in the days ahead. God give you peace during this time of loss.

  14. Doc was always so kind when I went to see him and as everyone else has said i’ll never forget him saying “come on back” he’s in a better place probably chatting with ole friends already….my thoughts are with all the Marsh family.

    Scheryl (Spencer) Meyer

  15. Doc was special to our entire family. During our time in life when we had no insurance and even when we did, he is the doctor we chose. We all still talk about how we miss the B-12 shots-no matter what the ailment, it always fixed it. If only there were only more men like this walking this earth! I can’t imagine how Heaven’s band is jammin’ right now! Johnna, Tim, Luke & Jake

  16. I had gone to Doc Marsh quite a few times as a kid but it was when I was a young adult that I remember he went above and beyond the call of duty. At ten o’clock at night I had cut my ring finger all the way across to the bone. Doc met me at his office and sewed me up…with such expertise you have to get a magnifying glass to see the scar. Thank you Doc…you are a wonderful and compassionate man in an otherwise harsh world. God’s speed.

  17. doc was so awesome in the dr office!! i never got scared when i was there like u did in most dr offices!! i knew he would fix me!! no matter what!! he also did a great job a piercing ears!! lol he gave me my first ear piercing at age 12 and that was lon g before the piercing guns they use now!!! i will miss him very much!!!! my thoughts and prayers are with his entire family!! god bless you all!!! luv to u marcella johnston !!!!!!!!!!

  18. I remember at a very young age having the privledge of meeting “Doc”! He was a wonderful man with a big heart! He will be missed by many! To the family, god bless you all! Talk about him everyday, it makes it seem as if he is still in the room with you! Love ya!

  19. So sad to hear this. Loved Doc Marsh! He was one of kind! Always took care of us when we needed anything! Thinkin about his family!

  20. Judy, David and family, We are so sorry for your loss. What a great man he was! He was so good to everyone he ever came in contact with. He served many generations of families. He will be missed by many.Hugs to all of you. Love Carl and Susan

  21. Doc meant so much to me as a doctor, a fellow musician, and a friend. He played in a band with my Dad, Paul Moudy, for years and years. I was fortunate to have many opportunities over the years to play music with him as well. He also cared for both me and my daughter when I lived in Amsterdam in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was an amazing talent, a great doctor, and a truly wonderful man. I’ll always treasure the memories. My heart goes out to his family and my dad, who will miss him greatly.

  22. Judy- I just read in the paper of your dad’s passing. I am so sorry and know it’s never easy to lose a parent. I hope all your special memories of him help you and the family through the difficult days ahead. With my deepest sympathy.

  23. Thoughts and prayers to your family from our family at this time of loss. The words “come on back” are frequently spoken at our house. Doc and Lucy Hatten, Linda, Susie, Danny, Kevin.

  24. Doc was simply the best! I can almost hear his voice as he called “next, come on back”. The world would be a better place if there were more Doc Marshes! A big thank-you to the family for sharing him with our community. May God bless and comfort you at this time.
    Love Larry and Linda Case

  25. Doc was one in a million we went to him many times after we moved to Drexel. You did not need an appointment you just set in his office and waited until you heard him call “Next” from the back and everyone aways new who the next person was. We missed him terrible when we moved to FL and no longer had Doc to call on. My prayers go out to Rose and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is now watching over us from Heaven.

  26. I will miss “Doc”. I was one of his many patients. He always knew how to make things right and help you feel better. What a great loss for his family, friends and a great community. May God Bless You!

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