John W. Kennedy

John Kennedy obit

John W. Kennedy, 90, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

He was born Feb. 11, 1928, near O’Connor’s Landing, a son of the late William Earl and Olive Shape Kennedy. He was preceded in death by three sisters; Dorothy Kennedy Simpson Sickles, Maxine Kennedy Simpson and Marjorie Kennedy Stevens; and a brother; Robert Kennedy.

In addition to his wife, Betty, whom he married Sept. 16, 1955, at Huntsville United Methodist Church, survivors include three daughters, Sharon (Greg Aliferis) Kennedy of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jodi Kennedy Henricks of Marysville and Kathi (Randall) Kennedy Haight of Haymarket, Va.; a brother, William (Shirley) Kennedy of Belle Center; a brother-in-law, Robert (Pat) Armstrong of Huntsville; and ex-son-in-law, Mike (Jennifer) Henricks of Arizona. Known as “Pops” to his four grandchildren, John (Pam Snyder) Haight of Seattle, Wash., Jesi (Brent) Henricks Daniel of Grove City, Jami Henricks of Columbus and Ashley (Justin) Haight Holbrook of Warrenton, Va.; he also is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins, including Mike (MarJean) Armstrong of Springfield and C. Eugene (Brenda) Stevens of Oxford.

He resided with W.F. and Annabelle Jenkins from age 15 for availability of farm work and was a 1947 graduate of Huntsville High School. He was a United States Army veteran and served from 1950 to 1952. He retired from DAB in Bellefontaine after 31 years. Fond memories of the staff and residents during his short stay at Logan Acres will long be remembered by the family.

On John’s journey called Life, Indian Lake was thoroughly enjoyed with the great opportunities of hunting, fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming, ice-skating (in a good winter), walking, biking, baseball with grandkids and most cherished were the great family gatherings on the shores of Indian Lake, notably the annual fireworks and Ring of Fire. Godspeed, Pops, Godspeed.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Express condolences at