PEMBROKE. GA. – Kenneth L. Murray, formerly of Wellsville, passed away on Tuesday (June 7, 2022) while visiting family in Wellsville.
Mr. Murray was born on July 20, 1953 in Wellsville to George E. and Wilola I. (Mead) Murray. He was a 1972 graduate of Wellsville Central School and later served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1975. On May 25, 1991, in Columbus, Ohio, he married Shawn E. Rarick who survives.
Ken worked for CSX Transportation as a signal engineer for 40 years, retiring in 2018.
In addition to his wife of 31 years, Ken is survived by four children, Shane (Lydia) Parfitt of Columbus, Ohio, Travis Murray of Wellsville and Dresden Murray and Samantha Murray, both of Pembroke; four sisters, Kathy Hills, Lisa Hitchcock and Michele (Bradley) Speta, all of Wellsville and Jennifer Allen of Elm Valley; his Aunt Esther Kayes of Olean; five grandchildren, Aizen Parfitt, Brantley Parfitt, Dominic Murray, Devyn Murray and Dominic Myers; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, George E. Murray; his mother, Wilola I. (Francis) Jones; a sister, Linda Murray; and two brothers-in-law, Kevin Hills and Randy Allen.
Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed watching the old time Western television shows.
Ken loved spending time with his family. In part he fell in love with his wife while shooting pool together. They competed in a pool league three times a week. A favorite memory of theirs were the early years watching their daughters Dresden and Samantha as they grew and the bond that quickly formed as a young family. Ken enjoyed playing the guitar and taught Samantha how to play as well. His love for his family was never more evident, that in spite of his serious health concerns, he braved the trip up from Georgia to see his siblings one more time.
There will be a time of visitation on Thursday (June 9) from 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Carl Kemp of the Knights Creek Church, officiating. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Shane & kids . I’m in shock from hearing about Cousin Kenny! Im so glad I was able to see him in GA last time we were in town! Kenny was my fav cousin growing up . So deeply sorry for your loss! RIP Cousin Kenny ! Luv Joanne Mead-Morris
My sincere condolences. I will cherish the memories of all the great times we shared. Prayers for comfort and peace to family and friends.
Rest in peace Kenny.
Kathy, I am so shocked & sorry to hear about Kenny. I just can’t believe it. The last time I saw him was at your house and we drank a bunch of beers. Had such a great time. We talked about our Military Service and I bought him a Veteran hat with his Comm. Army Unit on it. I’m so sorry , I didn’t send it, I saved it to give it to him in person the next time we came together. I have it here and will save it for him. We worked together at the Farmers Market , Drank Utica Club up Trapping Brook, Went to my brothers 2nd wedding together in uniform, he even got to drive my Dodge Demon. He was a True Friend that I would Trust with my life. I will miss him forever, such a Great Guy. Really , One of a Kind.. God Bless you and Kenny and all his family.
Your message Sorry to hear about this. I worked with Kenny in Savannah for a good while. he was always nice to everyone. He was a good worker,and friend. I bought his old grey honda civic some years ago. I’m Howie by the way. I know he loved Ya’ll very much. I left Savannah in 2010,but I still saw most everyone atleast once a year. I knew he had retired,and kept in touch with facebook. Just know that we are praying for Ya’ll during this hard time. RIP Kenny