Marlin William Abby

December 27, 1924June 14, 2018

Marlin William Abby, age 93, formerly of West Salem, IL died of kidney failure on June 14, 2018 at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Hillsborough, N.C.

Marlin was born December 27, 1924 in Ellery, IL to John and Zeta (Woods) Abby.

On September 28, 1947 he married Dora Etta Gumbrell of the West Village community.

During WWII, he served as Corporal in the 37th Infantry Division in the Pacific. Marlin worked for Southern Illinois Lumber Company in Albion for 15 years and at the West Salem location as Manager for 25 years. During those years he also served as Vice President and later as a Director.

Marlin’s hobbies included gardening, camping and wood working. He and Dora Etta enjoyed winters in south Texas together for over 20 years.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in West Salem where he served as a Deacon and Chairman of the Board, as well as other positions. He was also an active member in the West Salem community with membership in the Rotary Club, Ruritan Club and the Chamber of Commerce was well as a lifetime member of the VFW. Marlin also served on the West Salem Area Development Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and 1 brother, Elmer of Carmi.

Marlin is survived by his daughter, Debbie (and husband David) Ewing of Southport, NC and grandson, Andy (and wife Alison) Ewing of Wilmington, NC.

A funeral service to honor the life of Marlin William Abby will be held at 2PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the First Christian Church in West Salem, IL. Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation from 1PM to 2PM at the church.

Inurnment of cremains will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Albion, IL following the funeral service.

Donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO.

Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is honored to be entrusted with the services.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

Marlin William Abby

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Pat Halterman

July 25, 2018

Debbie and Family,

I was so sorry to see that your dad has passed away. Your dad was so kind to me and always smiling. I have so many good memories of your parents. My sincere sympathy goes out to you at this very sad time.