David Kenneth Murray

Aug 16 1940
May 18 2021
80 Years
Kinzers, Pennsylvania

David Kenneth Murray, 80, of Kinzers, PA, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Lancaster, PA.  He was the husband of Helena Mary Quinn Murray for over 57 years.  Born in Upland, PA, he was the son of the late Granville H. and Mildred Blake Murray.

David completed three years at the PA Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and worked for a time as an artist. He later worked for Mackey Vending Company and most recently as a food captain at Resorts International Hotel and Casino.  He enjoyed gardening.

He was a lifelong chess player and even started exchanging postcards with other players before computers, eventually playing chess tournaments on the internet.  He taught his children, nephews, and nieces, and cousins to play and was able to be patient with all young learners.  

He often stood up for the forgotten man and was a union representative at Resorts casino.  In his later years, he became very interested in politics.  He enjoyed the series Outlander as .he was very proud of his Scotch-Irish heritage and devoured their history in the colonies.  He often spoke with his wife, Helena, about the new facts he learned in the historical novels he enjoyed so much reading.  When younger they often visited historical sights, battlefields forts, and houses.  He saw art everywhere and loved beautiful sunsets.

He is survived by his wife Helena, his children, Kirsten (James) Howard of Gap, and Matthew David Murray of Kinzers, grandchildren, Tyler and Zachary Howard of Gap, great-grandchild, Aidan Howard of Gap, siblings, Richard (Diane) Murray of Chadds Ford, James (Susan) Murray of Media, his lab-mix, "Lucky", and standard poodle, "Brownie".  He was preceded in death by a brother, Granville Murray.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. from Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W. 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, PA, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. 

In order to protect those at-risk, please wear a face mask and practice social distancing while at the Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.  

Service Date: 
May 26 2021 - 10:30am
Service Location: 
Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W. 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, PA


Myself and the kids will miss you. We had alot of good times togerther. You were a great uncle to all of the kids and a good man to everyone. Friends that meet you always ask how you were doing. You are in a better place. I hope you get to see everyone who has pass before you. Tell them we miss them and we Love you all.

Joe, Cheyenne & Joseph

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Kirsten and Family, 

Sorry about your sweet Dad. May he be at peace with the angels, and know he will always be with you. 

-Voices of Praise, OLC

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