Howard Marshall passed of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 in his room at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles. Although he had Alzheimers and couldn’t use the phone by himself, he still recognized his family and used a wheelchair to get around. He was 79 years old.
Howard came down with a fever and was tested for COVID-19 on April 1, got the results back on April 6th but didn’t have any respiratory symptoms. Suddenly on April 9, his family was told that he was near death. When his family finally were able to set up a video call that day, he was unresponsive and they were told he was sleeping. The next morning the nursing home told his family that his fever had passed and he seemed to be doing better, and his family looked forward to videochatting with him in the afternoon. Howard Marshall was dead by 7pm on April 10.
“He was always there for everyone,” his stepdaughter told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “At the end he was all alone.”
“And the way that it happened, there is just no dignity in the way that he died. There was no respect for him or his family.”‘No dignity’: Forced apart by coronavirus, families of nursing home dead left in the dark – STLToday.com, April 20
Howard Marshall belonged to the Carpenter’s Union Local #1310 and worked installing floors until his retirement. He loved watching documentaries, fishing, working on his car, and helping his friends out. He was known for being a gentle, kind, man. He’s missed deeply by his children, stepchildren, extended family, and large circle of friends.