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Kenneth Garrett Marshall

February 27, 1967March 22, 2018
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Kenneth Garrett Marshall, 51, died peacefully at his home in Kingwood in the company of his loving family on Thursday March 22, 2018.

Visitation services will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Highway 59 North, in Kingwood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, 5520 Kingwood Drive, in Kingwood.

Ken is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Robyn and Emily. He is also survived by his parents, Jack and Shirley Marshall, of Kingwood, his brother Jack and wife Julia, of Franklin, Tennessee, his sister Nancy Miley and husband Ken, of Trophy Club, Texas, his brother Jim and wife Alex, of Houston, Texas, his mother-in-law Jane Scelzo, of Kingwood, his brother-in-law Craig Scelzo and wife Beth, of Kingwood, his sister-in-law Jennifer Rodgers and husband Ernie, of New Caney Texas, as well as twelve nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ken grew up in Denville, New Jersey as the second of four children. He attended Morris Knolls High School, where he and Liz first met and began dating. Ken received a B.S. in Industrial Management from Clemson University in 1989, after which he moved to Kingwood. Ken and Liz married in 1990, after Liz’s graduation from Clemson. They then moved into the house where they would live for the next 27 years. Ken had a distinguished career in the Gulf Coast energy industry, spending the last 11 years at Baker Hughes where most recently he was an Operations Manager for the Houston/Corpus Christi region.

Ken enjoyed using his talents in service of his community. Ken was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, where he served in a variety of roles over the years, including as a deacon and as an organizing leader on many youth mission trips. He was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2008 for his extensive volunteer work at the Lake Houston YMCA. Ken’s community spirit and enjoyment of fellowship extended to sports as well. He made some of his closest friends while playing soccer and baseball growing up in New Jersey and here in Houston, and he umpired Kingwood/Forest Cove youth baseball for years with his father. Ken shared his love of Clemson football and the Houston Astros with family, friends and co-workers and, after dashed hopes watching any number of great teams over the years, he was thrilled to see each team win a championship in the last two years.

Ken was a dedicated son that could often be found at the home of his or Liz’s parents. If they needed any help, they knew that Ken would respond immediately; he insisted on being one of their first calls. He was a leader in what is now called the Y Guides and Princesses program at the YMCA when his daughters were young and, as they grew up, Ken would become a proud father watching Robyn play soccer and Emily perform in the Kingwood High School Marching Band and Flagline. Ken and Liz stood out to their family and friends as the embodiment of love, marriage and devotion; few who knew them could remember one without connection to the other.

Ken was happiest when his actions brought loved ones closer. He would cook breakfast for extended family every Christmas morning and was the animating force behind many family vacations to Walt Disney World and the Gulf Coast beaches. Ken’s sense of humor, joy in mild pranks, and “creative” gift giving brought laughter and countless memorable stories and moments to the lives of his family and friends. No family picture was safe from Ken’s often creative poses and use of props.

Aside from Ken’s immediate and extended family, there are many close friends, neighbors, and colleagues who had the privilege to know Ken. He was very happy to spend meaningful time with so many of them during the last few months of his life, and his family is thankful for the love and support they have received from all of them. Memorial contributions may be made to the L3 Foundation at https://www.l3foundation.com or the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Kenneth Garrett Marshall

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Sean Charles

May 3, 2018

I was fortunate enough to get to originally know Ken through my two sons who had him as a mission trip leader and would talk about how great he was. Once I got to know Ken we became instant friends, not only because we were both from the great state of NJ, but because Ken had an amazing way of making people feel comfortable and included. I also had to opportunity to be a mission trip leader along with Ken and that is where I got to see him in his element as a mentor to these kids. I was also blessed because that year my daughter was in Ken's group and she got to know him as see him in action. I was extra lucky that year because I was teamed up with his wife, which I now understand why they call her Crazy Liz! Ken and I shared a passion for sports, which always gave us another thing to talk about, and one year he was able to get 4 tickets to a Houston Rockets game on Christmas. He asked if I thought I could get away with my boys for the game, I responded with an immediate yes. Ken asked if I had to check with Kristin, and I said by that late in the day on Christmas both Kristin and Kaitlyn would be ready for the men to get out of the house! We enjoyed talking to each other about anything and I will miss that, but mostly I will miss Ken for his kind and caring way. May God Bless you my friend!

Anje Potgieter

May 2, 2018

During mission trip in Montgomery, Brown (aka poop group) worked at the local donation center. On the second to last day we decided to grill hotdogs for everyone coming to the Star of Hope, and Ken gave us a list of stuff to buy while he was getting everything set up. While we were at the store, we decided the tong he needed was going to be switched for something else... When he opened the grocery bag he immediately laughed and posed for this famous picture. After coming home, we continued to joke about the tong incident and always laughed about our fun times together during mission trip. He will always be remembered with a smile.

Roland Zavala

April 29, 2018

I considered Ken one of my dearest friends. We found commonality and humor in work, church, and trying to figure out how to be the best father and husband we could be.

Beside taking me to my first Baylor football game, I have a number of memories of Ken but one that stands out was his organization of a cookout at his house for the young of our the church. As a faithful attendee of Men’s Life, Ken knew the importance of connectedness and the need to have mentors and role models. He wanted to do make sure that these young men knew a familiar face in the church so that in the event they had questions or wanted to talk, the door would be open. Ken was all about relationships and this selfless act helped build generational relationships that will last a life time. Plus the burgers were outstanding!

Love ya brother and still miss you. Until we see each other again.....

Peace,
Roland

Noah Zavala

April 29, 2018

I had the privilege of getting to know Ken throughout various mission trips and Octane events. It is rare that you come across someone who truly represents what it means to live life in a kind and Godly way, but thats how Ken lived his life. Every time I saw him at church or out and about I was delighted to see him and converse with him and thats what I think describes him best. Someone who you couldn't wait to talk to, learn from and laugh with. He is part of what inspires me to be the best version of myself that I can be. He will be dearly missed.

Brandon Cambio

April 26, 2018

I was fortunate to get to know Mr. Marshall on a mission trip to Jacksonville, FL. He was quiet at first and made sure to drive the whole way in the 15 pax van. By the end of the week we got to see how amazing he was in how caring he was and how much fun he could have (see picture)! Since then I better got to know the whole Marshall family. While he was a kind and caring person outwardly, his best qualities were shown through how he and Liz raised Robyn and Emily. From the outside it is easy to tell how much he loved his family and how much he dedicated to them throught his life. His loss to us was too soon and he will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched.

John 14:1-4

Jani Maselli

April 26, 2018

I am so sorry to even have to write how much Ken will be missed and all the kindness he bestowed upon Michael and me.
When we moved to Kingwood, he and Liz and their lovely daughters were so nice to us. They treated us like family. He helped clear my yard after Hurricane Rita. He was always so great to us.
What I remember the best was how Ken and Liz came up with the idea to all go to Disney to celebrate Michael’s fifth birthday. They planned everything. They knew everything. And they created memories that we will carry forever.
Ken was truly one of the good guys. Always friendly. Always welcoming. Even after we moved away, seeing him at the Bridge Fest was something we looked forward to very much.
It’s so hard to believe. Much love to the entire family - Jani and Michael

Craig Russell

April 24, 2018

There is not one specific moment that I experienced that can summarize the character of Ken Marshall. It was the culmination of how he treated everyone that makes up who he was. He was, without a doubt, one of the greatest people that I met through First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood’s youth group. He was consistently supportive and caring. He was a hard worker and made himself approachable for students needing someone to talk to or look up to. He was a physical representation of goodness... of a quality man that I strive to be like. The Marshall family has blessed me with love and I am eternally grateful for that. Thank you Marshalls. Thank you Ken.

Jill Simmons Powers

April 24, 2018

I met Ken when he rushed Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity, at Clemson University. He became my Little Brother & quickly was going to have a Birthday. I invited his girlfriend, Liz, to my dorm to make a Snickers Cake for him. Liz & I hit it off and became roommates my Senior year. I’ve shared so many good times with them & will always remember Ken’s smile!

Scott Ahrendt

April 24, 2018

Where to begin? There are so many great Ken stories to share, so here we go. The first time I "met" Ken was when he and Liz were playing for another coed soccer team. We were both much younger, faster and skilled! You quickly realized that Ken was the enforcer for the team. He played at the back and destroyed anyone who tried to dribble by him. So the alternative was to try wind him up and get him off his game because he was so even keeled on the pitch :-) . Frankly, the only way to score against them was to get Ken carded and off the field.

Fortune then favored our team, the Flyers, when Ken and Liz came to their senses and joined the good side. Ken and I would always talk about him "setting the tone" at the start of the game. This usually meant that one of the other team's better players would find himself on the ground. Although, there was the one game where Ken attempted to set the tone with his much better half and Liz gestured to him that he was "number 1"!

The best part of Ken was hanging out after the game and having a beverage. I got to know what an incredible person, husband, father and friend he was.

My favorite memory is from last year's Turkey Day 5K when I got to high five, hug and tell him how much I loved him. We both smiled, he talked about wanting to run it faster next year (Ken, no doubt you are now faster) and I said I would run it with him.

Cammy Bryce

April 24, 2018

Ken was a leader with me on my first FPCK mission trip in 2013. We were the pink prairie dogs! He was amazing! He drove the entire way and even drove the Penske some too. I remember we took some back road instead of the toll road and had no cell service so we were a little worried at one point but we made it! Ken never had a problem wearing pink shirts and even agreed to wear the pink shoelaces I got everyone. It was my first mission trip so I didn’t know quite what to expect, but he made it so easy. The kids loved him and I enjoyed working with him. I will miss his smiling face around our church and the Octane room. However I know he is in Heaven watching over us as Sawyer goes on her first mission trip this summer.

Biography

Kenneth Garrett Marshall, 51, died peacefully at his home in Kingwood in the company of his loving family on Thursday March 22, 2018.

Visitation services will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Highway 59 North, in Kingwood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, 5520 Kingwood Drive, in Kingwood.

Ken is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Robyn and Emily. He is also survived by his parents, Jack and Shirley Marshall, of Kingwood, his brother Jack and wife Julia, of Franklin, Tennessee, his sister Nancy Miley and husband Ken, of Trophy Club, Texas, his brother Jim and wife Alex, of Houston, Texas, his mother-in-law Jane Scelzo, of Kingwood, his brother-in-law Craig Scelzo and wife Beth, of Kingwood, his sister-in-law Jennifer Rodgers and husband Ernie, of New Caney Texas, as well as twelve nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ken grew up in Denville, New Jersey as the second of four children. He attended Morris Knolls High School, where he and Liz first met and began dating. Ken received a B.S. in Industrial Management from Clemson University in 1989, after which he moved to Kingwood. Ken and Liz married in 1990, after Liz’s graduation from Clemson. They then moved into the house where they would live for the next 27 years. Ken had a distinguished career in the Gulf Coast energy industry, spending the last 11 years at Baker Hughes where most recently he was an Operations Manager for the Houston/Corpus Christi region.

Ken enjoyed using his talents in service of his community. Ken was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, where he served in a variety of roles over the years, including as a deacon and as an organizing leader on many youth mission trips. He was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2008 for his extensive volunteer work at the Lake Houston YMCA. Ken’s community spirit and enjoyment of fellowship extended to sports as well. He made some of his closest friends while playing soccer and baseball growing up in New Jersey and here in Houston, and he umpired Kingwood/Forest Cove youth baseball for years with his father. Ken shared his love of Clemson football and the Houston Astros with family, friends and co-workers and, after dashed hopes watching any number of great teams over the years, he was thrilled to see each team win a championship in the last two years.

Ken was a dedicated son that could often be found at the home of his or Liz’s parents. If they needed any help, they knew that Ken would respond immediately; he insisted on being one of their first calls. He was a leader in what is now called the Y Guides and Princesses program at the YMCA when his daughters were young and, as they grew up, Ken would become a proud father watching Robyn play soccer and Emily perform in the Kingwood High School Marching Band and Flagline. Ken and Liz stood out to their family and friends as the embodiment of love, marriage and devotion; few who knew them could remember one without connection to the other.

Ken was happiest when his actions brought loved ones closer. He would cook breakfast for extended family every Christmas morning and was the animating force behind many family vacations to Walt Disney World and the Gulf Coast beaches. Ken’s sense of humor, joy in mild pranks, and “creative” gift giving brought laughter and countless memorable stories and moments to the lives of his family and friends. No family picture was safe from Ken’s often creative poses and use of props.

Aside from Ken’s immediate and extended family, there are many close friends, neighbors, and colleagues who had the privilege to know Ken. He was very happy to spend meaningful time with so many of them during the last few months of his life, and his family is thankful for the love and support they have received from all of them. Memorial contributions may be made to
the L3 Foundation at https://www.l3foundation.com or
the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate