Robert W. Marsh, 82, a minister who retired as senior pastor of what is now Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, Md., died Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Southern Maryland. He had dementia.
His son, Bruce R. Marsh, confirmed the death.
Dr. Marsh spent more than 50 years as a Presbyterian minister and worked at churches throughout the country. He was senior pastor of what was formerly First Presbyterian Church of St. Mary’s County from 1977 until his retirement in 1995.
Dr. Marsh, who wrote hymns, launched an annual community music series at the Maryland church that brought musicians and choral groups to St. Mary’s County, including the U.S. Army Chorus and U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters. He also oversaw the design and construction of a church building.
Robert Wilson Marsh was a native of Weirton, W.Va., and a 1953 graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
He received a master of divinity degree in 1956 from what is now Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. At Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, he received a master of theology degree in 1963 and a doctorate in ministry in 1973.
He served in the Army in the early 1960s and was a chaplain in the Maryland National Guard before retiring in 1990 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He was a Paul Harris fellow of the Rotary Club and a board member of the Hospice of St. Mary’s. He was a resident of California, a community in St. Mary’s County, Md.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sigrun Schuetz Marsh of California; two children, Kirsten E. Marsh of Manhattan and Bruce R. Marsh of Alexandria; and one grandson.
— Adam Bernstein