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Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery

7301 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

Don Roger Kennedy

August 3, 1949October 1, 2019
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Don Roger Kennedy Lived in: Crowley, TX Born: Wednesday, August 3, 1949 in Athens, TN Died: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Arlington Memorial Hospital from complications of pancreatic / bile duct cancer. He will be cremated, and his ashes will be shared with his family to spread across the country. As a child his family moved around a lot due to his father’s line of engineering work. Eventually, the Kennedy family settled down in Plano, TX. Personally, he was kindest soul that was always there to help others in need and lend an ear to people troubles. His insightfulness and tenacious personality nearly won over every person who meet him, and it was surprising how much information people would share with him. During the Vietnam war, he honorably served his country in the United States Army where he was stationed in South Korea. After his return and settling back into civilian life, he met the love of his life, Wendy Thelaner. They were married on June 25, 1977 after 2 years of courtship. During their 42 years of blissful marriage, they had three beautiful children which has bestowed upon them with 7 wonderful grandchildren. Throughout his 70 years, he worked many professions, but his expertise in project management came to the forefront as an electrical contractor and estimator for the Texas construction industry. Ultimately, he settled into building his own businesses, so he could provide the finest service possible to his clients.

He is survived by his: • Spouse: Wendy Kennedy;  Married for 42 years • Children: Brandy Gillingham and her spouse Douglas Gillingham;  Grandchildren – Alex, Junah, Mackenzie, and Samuel Stephanie Piper and her spouse Trent Piper;  Grandchildren – Asher, Noah and Cora Shawn Kennedy • Siblings: Les Kennedy: Lives in Pueblo, CO Becky Kennedy: Lives in Sweetwater, TN Tommy Kennedy and his wife Kathy Buttler Kennedy: Lives in North Richland Hill, TX Judy Howard and her husband Rodney Howard: Lives in Argyle, TX • Best Friends: Steve and Doris McNeil: Lives in Normangee, TX

He now enters heaven to join his kin who have previously passed: • Siblings: Shawn Jay Kennedy “Little Cowboy”: July 17, 1966 – June 9, 1971;  Buried in Athens, TN Terry Kennedy: March 1, 1948 – Oct. 1, 2010;  Ashes spread in Yosemite; Tellico River, TN and the Gulf of Mexico • Parents: Virginia June (Fennell) Kennedy: March 23, 1928 – July 31, 1982;  Buried in Athens, TN Hubert Clay (Cecil) Kennedy: April 30, 1924 – Oct. 31, 2013;  Buried in Athens, TN

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2019

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John LaBarba Jr

October 6, 2019

First I wanna send my condolences to the Kennedy family and other families. I work with David Tom Kennedy. During these last couple weeks I’ve heard a lot about Don and their family. A lot of great things nothing bad. They done rest in peace I know that this time so hard but with hard times come good times stay strong sending a prayer for Don and his friend.

David and Debbie Hartis

October 4, 2019

Don, you were a great friend to my brother. I know you will be held in his heart forever and forever missed. You were also a friend to the whole family. As a matter of fact, I think we all thought you were family. Your respect and kindness made us feel that way. From all of the McNeil family, you will be missed and thought of at all the family gatherings.
Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
David and Debbie Hartis

Cathy Lynch

October 3, 2019

Wendy and family, my heart breaks for youall!! I had the fortune of being friends and neighbors with youall for several years! You were such a special couple and good friends!! Don was so supportive and helped me feel safer, during a period of domestic issues going on at my house!! Then we all moved and life went on, but I will always have a special
Place in my heart for Don and for you and your now grown up “kids”!! May our God bless you with comfort and peace, now and forever!! Cathy

ralph rhodes

October 3, 2019

Wendy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Don was like part of our family too. I have known him so long. We will see you again Don.
Rest easy in God's arms.
Ralph and Pat Rhodes

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