James Kennedy

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died October 15, 2010

James A. Kennedy, age 68, of 412 Minneapolis Avenue, Gladstone, MI passed away Thursday afternoon October 14, 2010 at the Iron Mountain V.A. in Iron Mountain.
James was born August 22, 1942 in Escanaba, MI the son of Lyle and Alice (King) Kennedy. He was raised in Gladstone where he attended All Saints School and he graduated from Gladstone High School, class of 1960. While at Gladstone High, James was a member of the Ski Team. Following graduation, James enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed overseas and he served as a gunner mate. Upon his honorable discharge in 1964 he returned to Wisconsin where he worked for the Levy Ink Company. James returned to Gladstone in 1975 where he worked and retired from the Stang Trucking Company.

James enjoyed cars, especially Mopar Muscle Cars. He loved listening to the Rolling Stones and Blues music. James was a member of All Saints Church in Gladstone.

Survivors include:

Significant other of 15 years: JoAnn Yokeum of Gladstone

Son: Ron Kennedy of Green Bay, WI

Daughter: Brenda (Brian) Gorzinski of Escanaba

Sister: Betty Savage of Grand Rapids, MI

Numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins

Companion dogs; Jiggles and Roscoe

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra (Reubens) in 1984.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday October 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow officiating. Luncheon will follow services in the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Please use the form below to express your sympathy to the Kennedy family, or to leave a memory tribute about James. Special thanks to the Iron Mountain V.A. Clinic for their care and support.

0 Tributes for “James Kennedy

    Ron & Brenda,I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My family sends their prayers and condolences to you and your families. May you find strength in each other and in your memories you’ve shared over the years. Take care of each other. Sending love and hugs.

    Jason & Cindy (Couillard) Wicklund & Family
    Rapid River, MI

    On behalf of the staff at the Oscar G Johnson VAMC I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of James Kennedy. It was truely an honor to care for him and to get to know him and his wonderful family. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

    Selena Okler
    Iron Mountain, MI

    Brenda & Ron ~
    You have my deepest sympathy at the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of you all when we all lived in Westridge Heights. May God grant you all peace.

    Sharon Milkovich Ralston
    Saint Clair Shores, MI

    Brenda -Ron & JoAnn, I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. JoAnn I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed going to so many car shows with Jim, & Tom & Nancy Flynn. Those were the good fun days. My thoughts and blessing are with all of you at this difficult time.Brenda, do you remember all the times your dad & I came to visit with you when Sandra was a baby?You lived upstairs across from the old high school? He will be missed by many of his friends. God bless all of you. Linda

    Linda Lamberg- Erickson
    Ford River, MI

    Jim was a wonderful person although i only knew him as a child…..It is terrible to see what the death of a family member does to a family. How distant and selfish they become. I hope that as time goes on that all of you will realize that this was not the way grandpa Jim wanted things to turn out…and that you may do as you please now that he is no longer here physically but rest assure he is watching in disapproval from above. May God overlook the mistakes that we have made and show us a bright path to a healthy way of not only living but also communicating with each other.
    Jim you will be sadly missed by your ENTIRE FAMILY!!!

    Milwaukee, WI

    Was saddended to hear that Jim had passed on. He was a great guy and have many fond memories of him over the years. We did have a nice visit with everyone at the class reunion and find that so helpful at this time Peace be with everyone God Bless

    Mike and Judy Vanlerberghe
    Neenah, WI

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