Funeral services for Laurence Kennedy, 79, of Denison, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2001, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison.
Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake.
Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. today, April 19, 2001, at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. A Legion of Mary Rosary will be held at 3 p.m. and a Vigil service at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Kennedy passed away Monday, April 16, 2001, at his home in Denison.
Laurence Joseph, the son of Michael and Emma (Schmitt) Kennedy, was born March 24, 1922, in Truesdale. He was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church and attended St. Mary's School in Storm Lake, graduating with the class of 1940.
Mr. Kennedy entered the military on Oct. 22, 1942, and served with the Army Air Corp. During his service, he was a radio operator/mechanic/gunner and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations with the 5th Bomb Squadron. He received the American Theater Ribbon, APT Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 23, 1946.
On May 3, 1952, he was united in marriage to Shirley Pitts at St. Joseph's Church in Sioux Rapids. To this union nine children were born.
The couple made their home in Storm Lake, where Mr. Kennedy worked as a plumber. In 1961, the family moved to Odebolt where he worked at IBP in Denison. The family then moved to Denison in 1963 where he continued to work at IBP until his retirement in 1984.
During his retirement years, Mr. Kennedy did home repair and remodeling. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by two daughters: Deborah and Gwen; one son, Kelly, in infancy; his parents and five brothers: Gerald, Charles, Cecil, Mark and LeRoy.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; six children: Karen Kennedy of Omaha Neb.; Daniel and his wife Joan of Schleswig, Wayne and his wife Sandy of Denison, Gerald and his wife Karen of Schleswig, Thomas and his wife Lee of Denison and Alysen Kennedy of Omaha, Neb.; one son-in-law John Kinsella of Carter Lake; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister Agnes Beauchemin of Monticello, Minn.; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.