Vincent Eugene Kennedy was born Feb. 17, 1932, in Greene County. He was the youngest son of Thomas and Luella (Tiffany) Kennedy. Vince attended East Greene High School.
In 1952, Vince entered the United States Army. He served his country during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Upon his return to Iowa, he met and married Doris Jean Garnett, of Scranton. Together they raised five children.
Vince and Doris farmed for several years until Vince went to work for the United States Postal Service. He worked as a clerk for 30 years. In the evenings he provided janitorial services for local businesses. He also worked for Dial America. When Vince retired from the post office he enjoyed doing seasonal farm work.
Vince was an avid sports fan who never missed his children’s or grandchildren’s games. Vince also enjoyed going to the casino with his dear friend, Don.
Vince loved family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandpa and papa. Vince was also a beloved uncle and friend.
Vincent Eugene Kennedy passed away at his home in Jefferson on Sept. 30. He was 88 years of age. His quick wit and smile will be missed by many.
A service of remembrance was held Oct. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson, with Mass celebrated by Father John Gerald.
Lectors were Kayla Promes and Hannah Promes.
Music included “How Great Thou Art” (Michael Kennedy, soloist), “Amazing Grace” (Joseph Promes, soloist), “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Irish Blessings” (Tiffany Hupp, soloist), with Peg Raney, accompanist.
Honorary bearers were David Wells, Marissa Promes, Nathan Kennedy, Tiffany Hupp, Hannah Promes, Jennifer Kennedy, Kayla Promes, Morgan Minnehan and Don Yepsen.
Casket bearers were Dean Promes, Steve Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Mike Kennedy, Joe Promes and Tom Yepsen.
Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Jefferson, with graveside military rites by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Vince is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Jean Kennedy; his children: Becky Kennedy, of Mediapolis; John Kennedy (Renee Minnehan), of Carroll; Denise (Dean) Promes, of Jefferson; and Thomas Kennedy, of Jefferson; brothers: Jerry (Janice) Kennedy, of Grand Junction, and Dick (Janet) Kennedy, of Jefferson; nine grandchildren: Tiffany (John) Hupp, Kayla Promes, Joe Promes, Jennifer Kennedy, Marissa Promes, Morgan Minnehan, Hannah Promes, Michael Kennedy, Nathan Kennedy; three great-grandchildren: Zachary, Easton and Jett Hupp; and daughter-in-law Diane Kennedy, of Jefferson.
Vince was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Jane Wells; and a son, Robert Dean Kennedy.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home is assisting the family.