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January 26, 2021

12/24/2020 7:30:00 AM
Eugene Alvin Kennedy

Eugene Alvin Kennedy passed away peacefully in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 14, 2020.

Eugene was much loved and will be dearly missed. He will be remembered as a kind, empathetic, loving family man who enjoyed traveling, storytelling, music and reading. Also known as Daddy, Uncle Beans, Gene, Ken, Chief, and Grandpa, this verse best describes him: "Love is patient, Love is always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

Eugene was born on March 12, 1925 in Rhinelander. He resided there until joining the Navy in 1944 as a dental technician. He proudly served, achieving the rank of E-9. He served on the USS New Jersey, Siboney and aircraft carrier Randolph before switching to shore duty. After a career spanning 30 years, including being appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor at COMSERVPAC in Hawaii from 1970-1971, Master Chief Kennedy retired in 1974 in Norfolk, Va.

In 1975 he moved to Colorado Springs where he was employed by the Post Office.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Ann (aka Nancy); daughters Kathleen (Ted) McCullough of Richmond, Va. and Sharon (David) Daniels of Eau Claire; grandchildren: Mathew (Amanda) McCullough and Kate (Danny) Fraley of Richmond, Va.; Kennedy Smith of Chippewa Falls, Sarah Jean (Scott) Vissers of De Pere; Karyn Kennedy of Oregon and Baylee Kennedy, Jacksonville, Fla; six great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.J. & Ellen Kennedy & stepmother, Lillian; brother Robert, sisters Lois Wesley and Lorraine Bloomquist; and his son Jon Eugene.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Article comment by: David Milford

Eugene Kennedy was a mentor to me when I needed one the most. Gene and Ann raised their son Jon in Colorado Springs. I met Jon as I worked my very first job at the Target Store there on S Academy Blvd. Jon befriended me at 15 and a half years old, taught me that High School social circles shouldn't define who you are after graduation, broke me out of that distrust and naivity as a teenager, and ultimately made me part of the Kennedy family, where I met his dad. Eugene taught me about a world beyond Colorado Springs, and was full of stories of his love for Virginia Beach, where later - as a Navy submariner - proved that his love for this area was well founded. Thanks, Gene and Ann, for raising such a loving and accepting son, and thanks for helping me to make that decision to join the Navy. May you rest in peace, sir. I have nothing less than great respect, esteem, and honor for the Kennedys - Eugene, Jon, and family.

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