Eugene Matthew ‘Gene’ Kennedy,88, died peacefully Thursday, March 30, 2017. He was born May 26, 1929, in Huron, S.D.
His parents, Frank and Laura Kennedy; sister, Lois; and loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Kennedy, preceded Gene in death.
He is survived by his brother, Jack (Helen); children, Nadene, Michele (Fred Hauck) and Mark and Barbara Kennedy; and grandsons, Benjamin (Jessica Pentland) and Matthew (Colleen Sinnott) Kennedy.
In 1948, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served on seven ships, culminating his career in command of USS AFFRAY (MSO-511). He retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service in 1970. Gene then worked at McCallum Testing Laboratories for over 20 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, always focused on his family. He and his wife were active members of Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Church and delivered Meals on Wheels for nearly 20 years.
We would like to acknowledge the great care provided by those at OLPH and Medi Home Health and Hospice.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
You may offer condolences to the family at smithandwilliamskempsville.com.