Mike Kennedy 1951-2017
Michael Claude Kennedy, 66, of Soldier, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at his home.
He was born July 1, 1951, the son of Robert and Hazel Bock Kennedy. He graduated from Soldier High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1971 to November 1973 and was stationed in Alaska.
Mike attended the Circleville Christian Church and was a member of Local 1290 Laborers. He loved to farm, garden and share time with the grandkids.
Working for Local 1290, he helped build Jeffrey Energy Center and later worked in maintenance there. He was also a farmer and a stockman.
He married Mary Manning on Aug. 11, 1979 in Topeka. She survives, of the home.
Mike was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Denzel Long; and a sister-in-law, Cathy Kennedy.
Other survivors include his mother, Hazel Kennedy; a son, Christopher Kennedy; a daughter, Michelle Dallas and husband Jeremy, all of Soldier; two brothers, Tom Kennedy and wife Beverly, Silver Lake, and his twin, Patrick Kennedy, Circleville; three sisters, Sue Kennedy, Topeka, Jeanne Long, Plano, Texas, and Karen Othmer and husband Treve, Topeka; and four grandchildren, Jeremy Michael Dallas, Kendra Mary-Kathryn Dallas, Logan Robert-Thomas Dallas and Khloe Grace Kennedy.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Circleville Christian Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Olive Hill Cemetery. Mike will lie in state starting Wednesday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. A rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by visitation until 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Honor Flight or Jackson County Friends of Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com