November 5, 1944 - February 3, 2021
William Ross Marler III, (Bill as everyone knew him or Billy for all his growing up) of Kingwood Texas was born on November 5, 1944 in Beeville, Texas and entered into rest on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. William was the eldest of three children born to William Ross Marler Jr. and Annie Mary Marler. He grew up in Corpus Christi Texas, Fort Worth Texas, and Shreveport Louisiana.
He attended C.E. Byrd High School. He was an Alumni of Marion Military Institute, where he was a rifle champion, and went onto Trinity University, during which time he was married to Frances Eleanor Dobbs of Carrollton Georgia on July 16, 1966. After graduating from Trinity in 1967, he entered the Army of the United States as a Second Lieutenant where he proudly served his country in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He achieved First Lieutenant in 1969 and later was Honorably discharged from the reserves in 1973. During this time Bill and Eleanor moved to Port Arthur Texas where he would start his career at Gulf Oil while finishing his schooling at Lamar University, where he earned his MBA. He retired from his career as a Purchase Analyst at Chevron Chemical Plant in 2005 after 35 years of service.
Bill was gentle, soft spoken, kind, and witty and a devout Christian man of God and loved serving his church. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Kingwood and was a member of the Band of Brothers Bible Study. He enjoyed Photography, dominoes, and traveling with his friends and family. His greatest joys were his marriage, children, and his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father, William R. Marler II; mother, Annie Mary Marler; brother, John Beasley Marler; and daughter, Mary Eleanor Marler.
Bill is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Frances Eleanor Marler; daughter, Martha Cahill; son Barrett Marler and wife Kriston Marler; sister Sally Guise and husband Luther Guise; sister-in-law, Rebecca Marler; and grandchildren, Jackson Cahill, Lily Marler, Tate Marler, Jace Cahill, and Addy Marler.
The family would request any desired memorial gifts to be sent under donor name Bill Marler to Gideons International at Gideons.org for Bible distribution around the world.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Darst Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at Kingwood First Baptist Church, (3500 Woodland Hills Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339), on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30am. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery, (10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77038), at 12:45pm, those in attendance are asked to arrive in Lane 2.
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