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‘Super-close family’: Keyesport couple killed in crash remembered for loving their children

Shelly and Micheal Marshall of rural Keyesport died Saturday in a crash survived by their 16-year-old daughter.
Shelly and Micheal Marshall of rural Keyesport died Saturday in a crash survived by their 16-year-old daughter. Provided

The Keyesport-area couple who died in a crash on Illinois 127 will be remembered for their outgoing personalities and devotion to their children.

Micheal Lee Marshall, 36, and his wife, Shelly Marshall, 38, died Saturday in Bond County in a three-vehicle collision that their 16-year-old daughter, Toni, survived.

“They absolutely loved their children,” said Theresa Weckman, of Arnold, Mo. She is Micheal Marshall’s sister.

“They were very outgoing and very devoted to their children and their children loved them,” Weckman said. “They were all a super-close family.”

GUEST BOOK: Micheal Lee Marshall and Shelly Marshall

The Marshalls are also survived by their 18-year-old son, Micheal Lee Marshall Jr. of St. Rose.

Weckman said her niece, who was put on a helicopter at the crash scene and flown to St. Louis, suffered injuries to her ribs, pelvis, back and lungs. She will be cared for by another aunt when she leaves the hospital.

Weckman said her brother, who went by “Mike,” was a construction worker and her sister-in-law was employed by a temp agency.

The couple enjoyed family gatherings and barbecues. They also liked to play pool, go camping and take float trips. Shelly Marshall was particularly fond of bingo.

“They had quite the social life,” Weckman said.

The Marshalls were in their 1989 Ford Ranger pickup truck on Illinois 127 and had stopped to turn left onto Tamalco Avenue when their truck was rear-ended by a 2009 Nissan Versa, the Illinois State Police said Tuesday.

The Ranger caught on fire and two passersby, Dale Kruep and his son Tyler Kruep of Breese, were able to pull the Marshalls’ daughter from the truck but the truck became engulfed in flames and rescuers said they were not able to get the teen’s parents out of the truck.

The Marshall family’s truck was forced into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a Ford Expedition, Illinois State Police said.

Weckman said the Marshalls were headed home after having visited friends on Saturday.

The driver of the Nissan and the driver and a passenger in the Expedition were all hospitalized after the crash.

Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said Tuesday the crash remains under investigation.

The Gray Funeral Home in Wood River is handling arrangements for the Marshall family. A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later date when Toni is able to attend.