Remembering Ken Larkey

In Memory of Kenneth Nelson Larkey
April 27, 1928 – April 1, 2011

Ken Larkey

Supporters of the Long Beach Heritage Museum were saddened to learn that Ken Larkey, the founder and curator of the museum, has passed away. He died peacefully following a long illness due to a stroke. We remember with fondness his sense of humor, his interest in Long Beach history, and his ability to recall obscure facts about the Long Beach of long ago, and in great detail. The museum was his baby, and we are grateful that he devoted his life to keeping for future generations mementos of the city he loved.

A beautiful memorial service was held April 9, 2011. Donations may be made in memory of Ken to the Long Beach Heritage Museum.

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When Ken was no longer able to manage the day-to-day operations of the museum, he asked Marshall Pumphrey to take over these tasks. See “A message from Museum President and Curator Marshall Pumphrey.” Marshall is a long-time and strong supporter of the museum who is passionate about maintaining Long Beach’s heritage and especially the fine collection that Ken has built. We are grateful that he is able to continue Ken’s work on behalf of the people of Long Beach. Please contact Marshall directly for any Museum business. You may reach Marshall at (562) 987-1904 or