Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher

Dec 25, 1925 - Feb 04, 2015

Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher

December 25, 1925 - February 04, 2015


Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher, 89, of Maquoketa, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Marshall's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marshall was born Christmas Day, 1925, the youngest child of Austin and Lucille Pitcher of Collins, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Collins High School 1943.

Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines at the close of WWII for two years (1944-1946).

Upon his return home, he attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1954 receiving his DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at ISU, he was a member of Adelante Fraternity.

He married Else Nielsen on July 23, 1955 and after practicing in Freeport, IL, moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1956 and established his veterinary practice. He worked as a large and small animal vet for 30 years and then in 1987, began work as a veterinary inspector for the USDA, retiring in 2000.

During his 59 years in the community, he served on several boards including the Maquoketa School Board, the Jackson County Board of Health and the Jackson County Demonstration Farm. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and loved music and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Milo, Bobby and Howard (Bun), a sister Velma and a niece MaryAnn.

He is survived by his wife Else, four children - Paul of Reading, PA, Anne ( Michael) Hawks of Maquoketa, Alan (Alicia) of Wichita, KS, and Miriam (Tom) Mackey of Cedar Rapids and eight grandchildren - Marshall & Perry Hawks, Charlie Pitcher, Austin, Amelia, and Arin Pitcher, and Lydia and Helen Mackey.

He loved his coffee buddies, travelling - whether to faraway places or the familiar gravel roads of Jackson County, the farmers and their stories, and anything for a laugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carson Celebration of Life Center

318 West Pleasant Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 10:00 am
First United Methodist Church

Wesley Drive
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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