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Donald James Kennedy

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Donald James Kennedy

May 24, 1918 - Dec. 5, 2011

LOVELAND, Colorado -- Donald James Kennedy, 93, of Loveland, Colorado, went to be with our Lord Dec. 5th, 2011.

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Don was born May 24th, 1918, in Quick, Nebraska, to Martin and Mable (Schlick) Kennedy.

He was raised on a farm in Nebraska and at 17 left home to travel where he became skilled in various trades. After serving in the army during WWII, he had desired to become a priest until he met the love of his life. He married Lois Louise Larson April 16th, 1947, in McCook Nebraska. He attended McSweeny trade school where he learned auto mechanics; he called himself a "doctor" of motors. He worked at International Harvester in Nebraska before they moved with their three children to Loveland, Colorado in 1955.

Don worked for ABC Coach, and then the Bureau of Reclamation where he retired in 1974. He could fix anything and had a smile for everyone he met. His greatest joys in life came from his faith, family, friends, and helping others. He was a proud Irishman who loved the outdoors and playing games with family and friends. The children could put a smile on his face no matter how he felt or what else was going on. He was a devoted Catholic, and was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence Kennedy; sister, Florence (Leon) Flock; wife, Lois, of 52 years; and son, Warren James Kennedy.

Donald is survived by daughter, Carol (Dan) McCloud, son, David Kennedy, grandchildren, Dennis McCloud, Debbie (Josh) Braswell, Theresa (Clif) Wiggins, Nicole Kennedy, Mary (Shawn) Campbell, Christine (Nathan) Deaver, Michael McCloud, and eight great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation with the family will be on Thursday, Dec. 8th, from 5-7 pm at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. Rosary is at 9:30 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec.9, at Saint John's Catholic Church, in Loveland. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions for the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Johns Catholic Church, C/O Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.