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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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Craig Russell

April 25, 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 25, 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.

Jessica Blevins

April 24, 2018

To Kool Kat Ken who was one of my first leaders on an Octane mission trip. You gave us a really long speech about staying safe before trucking all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although it wasn’t my favorite trip you were so real, kind and funny to all of us tennage mutant ninja turtles. It was such an incredible experience that I will never forget. And then it was so exciting that you were a leader of mine again in Purple reign in Jacksonville, Florida . As I go on my very last mission trip I know that you will be watching down on all of us going to Calarado Springs. You will forever be in my heart.

Megan Cambio

April 24, 2018

Purple Rain Forever! Mr. Marshall always made sure we were on task, but also that we had the most fun doing it. He was a gift to everyone he touched.

Chelsea Koach

April 24, 2018

Mr. Marshall was always so willing to share his advice and contagious smile with me all the time. I so enjoyed him embracing being “Kooky Ken” when Crazy Liz was my mission trip leader. This last summer and time preceding it, it was so special to have him as my last leader for mission trip. Spending time in prayer over him, yet him being so caring in praying over us for the the trip was a huge reminder of the gracious hearts Jesus placed in the entire Marshall family.

Ron Mayott

April 24, 2018

Ken was one of my closest friends in Kingwood. I appreciated his dry sense of humor. He loved serving in youth ministry with me, but he also really cared about me and would check in on me, even while he was battling cancer. He and I enjoyed Astros games, Dyanmo games, Texans games and all kinds of sporting events together. He was the epitiome of a caring, humble and faithful friend. He was a just a good dude who I could always dependable. One of my favorite photos is with him and our youth group on our Jacksonville Mission Trip. He's right by my side, being goofy and having fun. I loved him dearly.

Angie Williamson

April 24, 2018

This will always be my favorite picture of Ken!

Tony Lanson

April 9, 2018

I met Ken in 2001 at a YMCA Princesses meeting in his living room. He was the designated leader that year. But later when leadership passed to others Ken remained the defacto leader. A true leader is the one that everyone else just naturally follows. We anoint our true leaders because they embody to us goodness, trustworthiness, real caring, capability, and strength. He was all that, plus a warm and caring guy who loved a good joke. He could respectfully give it and take it with good humor. He used his leadership for good, he made the time, and made a better community for everyone.

Ken was totally and genuinely devoted to Liz, Robin, and Emily. Ken lived his faith and never wore it on his sleeve. He was God’s man in every sense.
He made me feel special because he always seemed truly interested. From Ken - that was faltering. Ken was a real friend.

There’s a hole in the world now that needs filling. To fill Ken’s space, we have to be like him. That’s a tall order. And that’s the great testament of his life. He gave us all an example of how we should be, of what should aspire to.

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