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From Brendan Schweigart

Kenneth L. Murray, formerly of Wellsville

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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

Memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be made to America Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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