Eugene Gene Matthew Kennedy

May 26, 1929March 30, 2017
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Virginia Beach - Eugene “Gene” Matthew Kennedy died peacefully March 30, 2017. He was born May 26, 1929 in Huron, SD.

His parents, Frank and Laura Kennedy; sister, Lois; and loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Kennedy, predeceased Gene. 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 Navy. He served on seven ships, culminating his career in command of USS AFFRAY (MSO-511). He retired from the 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 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home Kempsville Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6-8 PM. A graveside service will be at 11 AM, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. You may offer condolences to the family at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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Molly Trask

June 16, 2017

I was so sorry to learn of both Dot and Gene's passings yesterday. Marguerite, DiAnn, Ann and I were having lunch, and Marguerite said she had just heard. Didn't know details. So many happy memories of them. I was a neighbor of Myrtle's and met Dot and Gene thru her. We had many pleasant get-togethers at the Village Inn both with Myrtle and after Myrtle passed. Towards the end, they didn't seem to recognize me and were confused when I called, so I didn't call anymore to get together, not wanting to upset them but thought of them often. They were such a joyful couple and fun to be with. Loved hearing their stories of life in SD. They were a real gift!

Debbie Martin

April 6, 2017

Mark, Barb and family, please accept my condolences for the passing of your dad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Caitlyn Morse

April 4, 2017

Eugene and Dot were two of my favorite residents at OLPH. They were a blessing to meet and I love led them both dearly. Two amazing people, that will always be in my thought.

Caitlyn Morse, CNA at OLPH

Charlotte Ebbert

April 4, 2017

As the current president of McCallum Testing Laboratories, we want to let you know our company was very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Many here have fond memories of him, and we owe so much of what we are to his hard work and dedication. A part of Gene will always be here with us. We are grateful to him, and he will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

April 4, 2017

Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Dixie and Dale Andersen

Barb and David Hoiten

April 3, 2017

Oh how we will miss our dear Uncle Gene, so sad that we cannot make it out to the funeral services, but please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers and you have our deepest sympathy. God Bless You!

Diane and Jason Adams

April 2, 2017

Michelle, Nadene, and Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such fond and happy memories of both parents and now they are together in heaven. They are free of this horrible disease. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Ann & Gary Amlin

March 31, 2017

Sweet Michele,
We know this is hard for all of you, but also know you have many happy memories that will help. Hope it is a comfort to know that your Mom and Dad are now reunited for eternity.
Love, Gary & Ann Amlin

Carol and Wayne Wright

March 31, 2017

Wayne and I send our deepest sympathy to Mark, Barb, Ben, Matt, Nadene, Michele and the entire family. I first met Gene at a party Mark hosted while we were in high school. Then we attended church together where Wayne and I sat in the pew behind Gene and Dorothy for years. We will always remember his warm smile and easygoing personality. Gene had a kind word for everyone. We hope your love and wonderful memories sustain you during this sad time.

Greg Marshall Family

March 30, 2017

Dear (Nadene , Michele , Mark , ) Kennedy Family

our heartfelt thoughts and prayers sent to your family , for all the love in the world , the loss of uncle gene .

may he rest in peace during this time of sadness and sorrow , He was such a wonderful uncle to all of us cousins, so kind and gracious . always had a smile on his face .

he will be forever missed along with many memories that will live in our hearts .

Hugs and gods arms around you all as angels carry him home again.

we love you cousins wishing we could be there but we are sending a memorial gift along with flowers and cards .

Dearest love and sympathy , Love the Marshalls , Greg Jill and the girls , lene , carolyn.