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Robert B. Marshall IV, bowling lanes owner

Robert B. Marshall IV, bowling lanes owner
Robert Marshall IV - Original Credit: (HANDOUT)

Robert B. Marshall IV, owner of Harford Lanes who worked at attracting younger bowlers to the sport, died April 26 of lung cancer at his Aberdeen home. He was 60.

The son of Robert B. Marshall III, owner of Harford Lanes, and Isabella England Marshall, a homemaker, Robert Bromwell Marshall IV was born in Havre de Grace and raised at Battle Swamp near Port Deposit.

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After graduating in 1974 from Perryville High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, and after being discharged in 1979, joined his father in the operation of Harford Lanes in Aberdeen, and took over the business after his father's death in 1993.

One of Mr. Marshall's chief interests was expanding an already successful Junior League program which attracted 200 youth bowlers.

Active in the bowling community and an avid bowler, since 1994 he had been an active member of the Maryland Tenpin Council, eventually serving as vice president, by-laws chairman and president in 2008.

Mr. Marshall was a member of the board and later president of the Eastern Maryland Junior Bowling Association, now the Cecil-Harford USBC Youth Association. He was a member of the association's board at the time of his death.

He was a member and former president of the Maryland State Bowling Proprietors Association and also the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, where he was a member of the tournament committee from 2000 to 2010.

Mr. Marshall was a member of the Maryland State USBC Association Hall of Fame and the Rotary Club of Aberdeen, where he organized its bowling fundraiser.

In addition to bowling and youth bowling, he enjoyed traveling and was a Ravens season ticket holder and an Orioles fan.

"He bled orange," said his wife of two years, Kristine Wilkinson.

Funeral services will be held at noon May 3 at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 1811 Hopewell Road, Port Deposit.

In addition to his wife and mother, who lives in Aberdeen, he is survived by a stepson, Tyler Klunk of Aberdeen; two stepdaughters, Stacie Klunk and Danielle Klunk, both of Aberdeen; two brothers, Cory Marshall of Port Deposit and Mike Marshall of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Susan Wright of Powder Springs, Ga.; and seven nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Connie Jewell.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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