Kenneth R. "Ken" Marshall (1929 - 2018)

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Kenneth "Ken" R. Marshall, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband of the late Kathryn "Kay" Bellman Marshall, passed away peacefully at the CRVNA Hospice House, Concord on Tuesday, April 3 as a result of the progression of pulmonary fibrosis. Ken was born in the family farmhouse on Sept. 28, 1929, the youngest of six children to Walter E. and Bessie Bowlby Marshall.

Ken attended local schools, graduating from Penacook High School in 1947 and the University of New Hampshire in 1951, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He was a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

After graduating, Ken returned to the family farm, also known as Stone Porch Lodge, working for many years in the poultry and produce industries. He and Kay married in 1952 and along with their four children operated Marshall's Farm Market. During the winter months Ken worked for Farm Family Insurance, Gould Hill Orchard Apple House and the Penacook Fiber Shop. In 1977 Ken accepted a full time position with the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure, which included legislative lobbying in NH General Court and to the NH Delegation in Congress on behalf of New Hampshire farmers. Ken retired as Executive Director (Administrator) in 1995. He often said he never had a day he didn't want to go to work and it showed!

Ken was an ardent believer in serving his community. In retirement he was elected to two terms in the NH Legislature, serving honorably on the House Environment and Agriculture Committee for 4 years. He was a life long member of the United Church of Penacook. Like his parents before him, he had an abiding belief in his creator and willingly served his church in many capacities throughout his life. He was a volunteer member of the Penacook Rescue Squad serving 18 years, appointed the Boscawen Civil Defense Director serving 9 years, appointed to the Boscawen Zoning Board serving 22 years, appointed Chairman of the former Boscawen Fire Wards Committee, and served on the Boscawen Old Home Day committee.

Ken was a 1983 delegate to the NH Constitutional Convention, and Director and Treasurer of Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment (S.P.A.C.E.) and a long time member of the Merrimack County Farm Bureau. He served as an officer of the former NH Vegetable Growers Association and NH Small Fruit Growers Association. He was a member of the former NH Poultry Growers Association and a member of the former N.H. Technical Institute Advisory Committee. He was a member of B.P.O.E. #1210 Concord/Epsom Elks Lodge, a member of the Aerie #613 F.O.E. Concord, an honorary trustee of NH Eastern States Exposition and Boscawen Outstanding Citizen of 2012.

Ken worked tirelessly in retirement growing strawberries, pumpkins, vegetables and flowers. He was known for his generosity in donating home grown vegetables to area food pantries and churches, and delivering flowers to local people to brighten their day.

Ken's passions were farming and dancing. He and Kay were masters of the dance floor and enjoyed dancing every Saturday night. Ken was never happier than when in his garden or on the dance floor. Hearing him reminisce about the farm and Stone Porch Lodge was always a treat for the family. He was a lifelong avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. A lifetime champion of supporting local business, Ken was often heard reminding people to buy local.

Ken was predeceased by Kay, his wife of 45 years in 1997; three sisters, Eleanor Goodwin Cross Este, Barbara Blackmer and Miriam Gasparini, and his brother, Sumner.

He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his children, Kerri Marshall and husband, Bryan Irving of Benecia, Calif., their daughter Nicole Irving of Arlington, Va., Kimberly Marshall of Boscawen, Kevin Marshall of Bedford, Keith Marshall and wife, Elaine of Boscawen, grandson, Jeffrey LaVallee and wife, Erin and their sons, Jackson and Connor of Kingston, grandson, Joshua Marshall of Boscawen, his sister, Marguerite Clarke and husband, Richard of Wolfeboro, sister-in-law, Agnes Marshall of Franklin, sister-in-law, Mildred Lyford and husband, Frederick of Hollis, sister-in-law, Brenda Bartlett Patterson and her husband, Maurice of Boscawen, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lucy, the family miniature pinscher, was Ken's constant companion the last few years of his life, giving him much love and attention.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home, 42 Washington Street, Penacook.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St., Penacook.

In lieu of flowers, it was Ken's special request to please pass on a kindness to others as often as possible. Memorial contributions in Ken's name may also be made to the Concord Regional VNA Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
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Penacook, NH 03303
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 13, 2018
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