Marshall Lincoln Ruchte was from Dubuque, Iowa. He was the son of Mrs. Anne Ruchte.
Marshall left Iowa State College before his expected graduation of 1917. He enlisted in June, 1918, joining the U.S. Army of engineers. He was an inspector for the Emergency Fleet Corporation. He served with Company A, of the Iowa Engineers during Pancho Villa's raids along the U.S. - Mexican border.
He died of influenza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1919.