Marshall Owen Wilson, 61, a retired colonel in the Army Medical Service Corps who worked for the Veterans Administration here, died of cancer Nov. 20 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

Col. Wilson, who lived in Stevensville, Md., was born in Cleveland. He began his Army career as an enlisted man in World War II, in which he served in Europe. He later was commissioned and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1955.

He served in the Korean conflict and Vietnam. He also was stationed in Germany and at various posts in this country, including Washington, where he retired in 1971 as a full colonel.

Col. Wilson went to work for the Veterans Administration when he left the Army and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

His military decorations included the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and four Army Commendation Medals.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus and St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Chester, Md.

Survivors include his wife, Mary O'Neal Wilson, of Stevensville; a son, Owen Marshall, of King Salmon, Alaska; two daughters, Pamela Kaye McNicol of Stevensville, and Carolyn Sue Lilly of Cary, N.C., and seven grandchildren.