Dale K. Kennedy
December 22, 1943 – March 8, 2019
Dale K. Kennedy, age 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8th 2019 with his family by his side. Dale was born on December 22, 1943 in Lancaster, Ohio to the late Andrew and Phyllis Kennedy. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1962 and from Ohio University in 1966, he then joined the U.S. Army. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean Kennedy; a sister, Myrna Figgins of Lancaster; two sons, Matt (Amy) Kennedy of Westerville; Andy (Ashley) Kennedy of Lancaster; five grandsons, Ryan, Brandon, Justin, Adam and Austin; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Jack) Raynor of North Carolina; brother-in-law, CR (Janet) Yates of Virginia; several nieces and nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Figgins. After serving his country in Vietnam he followed a dream of his and opened up The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop. For 36 years he enjoyed meeting new customers and building lasting friendships with people of the community. He also had many wonderful memories from golf trips he had taken with his friends, but what Dale enjoyed most was spending time with his family. He loved to watch his grandkids play sports, showing them how to run trains and was always ready to take them fishing. Dale, aka, Pappaw Choo Choo will be greatly missed by all that knew him, but will always be remembered by the stories he told and the legacy he left behind. Calling hours will be held from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home in Lancaster. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Floral Hills Memory Gardens with Veterans Burial Detail conducting military rites at the cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dale’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans, VA Regional Office, 1240 E 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44199.
Disabled American Veterans, VA Regional Office
1240 E 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio
- Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Burial Thursday, March 14, 2019
Dale K. Kennedy
March 14, 2019
What can one say about Dale...that can be summed up here? Dale for me will always be remembered for his smile, his laugh and his relaxed demeanor. I played golf a number of times with Dale and each time was not only fun, but a lesson on life from someone who had tons of knowledge to share. He was always welcoming to others and interested in hearing about what others were up to in their lives. Dale for me will be missed for not only the above reasons, but because he was a good person with a big heart who cared about lots of things. On a side note he nicknamed me Scully versus Sully, which is funny because Matt told him multiple times it was Sully, but Dale continued to call me Scully and it stuck!
Rest in peace, Dale.
March 12, 2019
One of my memories of him was walking into the shop and purchasing a heritage unit.he will be missed dearly.
March 12, 2019
I remember going into the Smoke Stack as a kid with my Dad. Dale loved my family and we'd always have a great visit with him. His passion for trains was amazing and he helped fuel my dad's passion with his. He truly was an amazing person and I'm so thankful that I had the chance to meet him and make some great memories with him and my dad. He will be missed.