• Kenneth Harold Marshall

    3 Jul 2020

  • Kenneth Harold Marshall

    Kenneth Harold Marshall was born December 16, 1926, the younger of two sons born to Clarence E. and Elsie M. (Lahorn) Marshall in Cedar Vale, Kansas.  He passed from this life to his heavenly home on July 3, 2020 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.  There will be a private family graveside service at the Ozro Cemetery on July 8, 2020 in the Marshall family plot.

    Living near the Caney River as a young boy, many hours were spent fishing, playing and swinging out over the water on a ring along with his brother Eugene and neighborhood boys.  Needless to say this was not known by his parents at the time it was going on.  As was a sport of many small town teenagers, he liked to fish and hunt. He attended elementary and high school in Cedar Vale, graduating in 1945. He was very active in sports, especially basketball and baseball.

    Three days after graduating from high school he was on a train heading to Texas for basic training in the United States Army.  After training he was sent to Giessen, Germany to serve with Occupational Forces.

    After he was discharged from the service he returned to Cedar Vale to work with his father at his Mobil Oil Service Station and drove a school bus.  He resumed his sports activities playing basketball and baseball with the town teams which played surrounding town teams.  Most of the teams were made up of returning veterans.

    He was united in marriage to Leta Faye Utt on December 22, 1947. In 1949 they moved to Arkansas City, Kansas where their two daughters Joyce Ann and Connie Sue were born.  They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1958 where he worked for Arizona Public Service Gas and Electric Company and played on their Semi-Pro baseball team. The teams had been to Wichita several times to play in the August tournaments.  He also played on his church baseball team.  On nights where both teams were playing at different hours, he would change from one uniform to the other in the back of the station wagon as they were driving across town to the next field.  He was a good hitter getting at least a triple or a home run every time he was at bat.    He was also a very fast runner, known for stealing bases.

    Due to his parent’s ailing health, the family moved back to Kansas in 1965 and purchased the grocery store in Udall.  Ken enjoyed this work very much, having been involved in retail business in the early part of his life.  He enjoyed working with their longtime butcher and learning that trade.

    After the girls were out of high school and away from home they sold the store and Laundromat and moved to Wichita, where he worked mostly in retail sales businesses.

    The marriage ended in divorce in February of 1977.

    In October of 1977 he married Marilyn Hensch.  They resided in Cedar Vale where they purchased a service station from his Uncle Freddie Marshall.  When they sold the station they opened a variety store in Cedar Vale and he refinished furniture and sold it also.

    When they sold the variety store he bought a storage shed and sold bait and fishing supplies, getting many a meal interrupted by a customer, but he loved anything to do with fishing.

    They later moved to the Cedar Apartments where he was an assistant to the Manager and did all the mowing and other repairs and remodels.  He retired from the work well into his 80’s, but they continued to reside there where he still helped out whenever or however he could.

    He was preceded in death by his Parents, Grandparents, Brother Eugene Marshall, Sister-in-Law Mary Marshall, his Nephew Robert Marshall and his Wife Marilyn.

    He leaves to mourn his passing his Daughters Joyce (Don) Grams, Connie (Kenny) Pettit, Step-Sons     Dick (Thais), Hensch, Duane (Debbie) Hensch, Grandchildren Misti Miller and fiancé Jeremy Johnson, Amy Bruner, Chad (Tierney) Hopkins and Jessica (Wes) Hoffman, his Great Grandchildren Jordan (Leann) Miller, Jacob Miller, Mariah Miller, Andrew Bruner, Noah Bruner, Levi Bruner, Treyten Hopkins, Paycie Hopkins,  Layke (Becca) Hoffman, Chloe Hoffman and Addison Hoffman, and Great-Great Grandchildren Allannah Fogelman (Miller) and Kayde Hoffman who he was looking forward to meeting in September when he is born, and his first Wife Faye Howell.

    The  family has suggested memorials to the Cedar Vale Museum or the People’s Place, those remembrances can be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

    To view the obituary or leave a message for the family please go to www.dickensfuneral.com.

    Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.


    He was my sweet little neighbor at the cedar apartments. I will miss his sweet smile, fly high Kenny, you will be missed by all here/


    I’m so sorry to here about Kenneth. My great grandma Elsie Wolfe was his neighbor for years. Have so many memories of being at her house and Kenneth always coming to talk to us and have fun with us!! He was such a joy!


    A good guy and one who was always friendly to everyone!


    Will miss him dearly he went to school with my parents. I worked on his vehicles for many years and enjoyed visiting with him. I also had a shop in his old store downtown.


    Kenny was such a fun person! I enjoyed talking to him whenever he was driving around. We probably interupted his meals when we came into town and bought bait. He was a good friend to Dad. Thank you Kenny!


    mr Marshall was a great friend and father figure to us girls. Lots of love for prayers and peace!