Marshall Edwin Dunston of Riverhead died May 30 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 72 years old.
He was born June 23, 1940, to Virgia Clyde Robinson and Marshall Lee Dunston of Riverside. He attended Riverhead School District, where he was on the cross-country, track and football teams and also wrestled for a brief period of time.
Mr. Dunston worked as a trucker’s helper before joining the Army National Guard in the late 1950s. In 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was in charge of the motor pool, and served 12 years in Germany. During that time, he taught a class in tank and military management and became a curator and lecturer at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Hanau, Germany. He retired from the Army in 1984 with the rank of master sergeant.
Predeceased by his father, Mr. Dunston is survived by his mother, of Jacksonville, N.C.; his sisters, Cecil Mayo of Riverhead, Virgia Faison of Jacksonville, N.C., and Mali Johnson, of Valley Jo, Calif.; his brothers, Hanson, of Binghamton, N.Y., and Walter, of Riverside; and many other relatives and friends.
The family received visitors June 5 at Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.