Kenneth Ray Murrell passed away December 10th, 2020 at the age of 84 years. He was born April 8th, 1936, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Orville F. Murrell and Beatrice Pike Murrell. Ken was reared in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He graduated from Shawnee Senior High School in 1954. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma East Central College in 1958.
On December 20th, 1957, he married Karen Rose Hendrix at the First Nazarene Church in Ada, Oklahoma. They stayed in Ada until he graduated and returned from active duty with the U.S. Army. They moved to Oklahoma City where he started his new job as a design engineer with Black, Sivalls and Bryson who designed and fabricated Oil and Gas Process Equipment for the Oil and Gas industry. He also joined the Oklahoma National Guard in which he served for the next six years.
In 1972, he transferred to Odessa, Texas as Manager of their manufacturing plant. In 1974 he joined Texas Tanque Mfg. as a partner and president. In 1982 they sold the company and the family moved to Kerrville, Texas, where they lived until 1988. They then moved to Houston, Texas where he worked for Hudson Engineering/McDermott International and NATCO Group. He retired in 2007 and they moved back to Kerrville.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years of marriage, Karen Rose Murrell (January 1st, 2020), daughter Tamara Renae Graham (January 18th, 2020) and his grandson Naythan Randall Murrell (October 19th, 2020). He is survived by son, Danny Ray Murrell and wife Luci of Houston, Texas, son Steven Randall Murrell and wife Trish of Katy, Texas, and Kimberly Rose Bramlett and husband Jim of Missouri City, Texas, and ten grandchildren, Jaylynn Perkins and husband Terry, Libbey Vasquez and husband Matt, Kenneth Rex Murrell and wife Taylor, Caroline Murrell, Nicole Mohammud and husband Aneal, Clayton Murrell and wife Megan, Chase Bramlett and fiancé Erinn, Mackenzie Bramlett, Kyla Heineman and husband Spencer, Juliann Cuchia and fiancé Aiden, and six great grandchildren Archer, Ada, Abel, Atticus, Anthony and Enzo, as well as many other loving family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church of Kerrville or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830) 895-5111.
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