William “Bill” W. Marshall may have spent his entire career at the Grand Island bank he founded with his father in 1971, but his legacy as an ardent booster for the city touches countless state and local organizations, his daughter said.
Marshall, who was president and chairman of Five Points Bank, died from complications of cancer on Saturday at his home in Grand Island. He was 71.
Kristen Marshall Maser said her father was “all in” for “anything he thought would improve the community and drive progress,” whether that was a successful effort to move the Nebraska State Fair from Lincoln to Grand Island in 2010 or his involvement on the local and state boards of education.
Marshall’s support for the community was matched by his commitment to his family, she said.
Maser said her father was a fixture at the sporting events she and her sister competed in, as well as at those of his six grandchildren.
“He was a tremendous father,” Maser said. “He always made time for the family, whether it was for sporting events and activities or homework.”
In addition to raising a family with his wife, Sherry, Marshall also steered Five Points Bank to become a financial institution that today has the sixth-most deposits among Nebraska-based banks.
With locations in Hastings, Kearney, Sumner and Omaha, the bank grew from Grand Island.
It was from there that Marshall, whose proclivity for academics and athletics in his early years was eclipsed by his acumen for business and community development as an adult, helped build Five Points into a $1.25 billion financial institution.
Meanwhile, Marshall helped champion projects including Grand Island’s Heartland Event Center and College Park, a consortium of public and private institutions of higher education, arts and health.
During his 45-year banking career, Marshall held various executive, board and trustee seats at organizations including the Nebraska Bankers Association, the University of Nebraska Foundation, the College Park Board of Directors and the Grand Island Community Foundation.
“He was pure class and he always exuded it,” said Tom Kelley, Marshall’s son-in-law and president of Five Points’ Omaha market. “As I got into the banking industry, I’ve really grown to appreciate how much his colleagues admired and respected the success he achieved.”
A visitation is scheduled at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m., also at First Presbyterian.