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Frank J. Kennedy

July 28, 2018

http://Emmett—Frank J. Kennedy, 87, died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Sunflower Memory Center at the Topeka V.A.

He was born February 16, 1931 at Emmett the son of William L. “Bill” and Agnes C. Reilly Kennedy. He attended Holy Cross Catholic Grade School and graduated from Emmett High School in 1949. Frank served in the US Air Force from January 25, 1956 until July 30, 1959.

Frank owned and operated Kennedy Oil Company in Emmett from 1959 until he retired in 1993, although he was at the station every day for many years after he officially retired. He was very active in the Emmett community. He had served as mayor and on the city council. He was a member of the fire department and had been fire chief. Frank was a past member of the Lions Club and had coached baseball in the 60’s. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and served on the church board.

On September 14, 1955 he was united in marriage to Phyllis J. Carr in Albuquerque, NM; she preceded him in death on December 17, 2015. Frank was also preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Eugene and Betty.

Survivors include his children, Joe (Brenda) Kennedy, Debby Fischer and Bill Kennedy all of Emmett; his grandchildren, Chris Kennedy, Adam (Amy) Kennedy, Lacey (Tim) Niehues, Amanda Morgan and Markie (Matt) Berry; great-grandchildren, Landon , Quinn, Abigail, Chase, Kinley, Marek, Liam and Nora.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 3, 2018 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Emmett. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery Emmett. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until the Rosary at 7:00 Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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33 thoughts on “Frank J. Kennedy

  1. Joe, Bill and Debbie sorry for your loss. Your Dad will surely be missed. Emmett was better because of him. In sports, in church, in business a truly all around great guy. Richard and Barbara.

  2. Deb, Joe and Bill,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Both your mom and dad were always so kind and loving, such amazing people in cherished memories of my growing-up-years at Holy Cross school and church, summer ball teams, and in later years stopping by the station, always greeted with that smile. Frank and Phyllis are in our hearts forever!

  3. Many good memories of course came as a result of the gas station business and of Frank, but also from him being such a good community member. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  4. To the Kennedy family:
    I was sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Dorothy (Matyak) Fastrup

  5. So very sorry to hear of Franks passing. May He Rest In Peace & God Speed……
    Jake & Pear Jacobsen
    Dale & Carolyn Jacobsen & Families
    Sis & Wilbur Stum, Jr.
    Mick, Tami & Haylie Stum
    Brent & Teelea Parmer

  6. Our condolences to all the Kennedy family at this difficult time. Frank was a good guy and will be missed by us all. God bless him; thank you Frank, for your service to your country & community.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Emmett just won’t be the same! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. It must be a joyous reunion in heaven…..He will keep an eye on you from there…your folks are good people and raised their children well…RIP Framk

  9. So sorry to hear about your Dad! It is never easy to loose our parents. They are so part of our lives in growing up. Keep those memories alive for both your parents. Now they are back together watching over all of you. He will be missed in Emmett and all the surrounding areas. Frank was always happy and friendly when I would see him. He had a great smile!! Even later years when I returned from Arizona I would always stop in and say Hi ! He always remember me. I was so impressed!! I will keep all of you in my prayers!
    Janet (Kerwin) and Gene Foresman

  10. Frank was truly a good man and will be missed by many.Children and grandchildren should be proud of dad and grandpa.

  11. Sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandpa and good friend. I loved coming into the station and talking to Frank after getting gas. He was a great person. Rest in peace.

  12. To the family,
    Frank will be so missed. We will miss his friendliness at the station most of all where countless memories were made. Love and prayers for this wonderful family.

  13. Sorry for you Dad’s passing. Know you are all happy he is at piece with your Mom. Your Dad was such a wonderful friend. RIP

  14. Dear Kennedy Family,
    I always enjoyed stopping by Kennedy Oil to get gas in my Grandmothers car or have a tire fixed. Your Dad was always friendly. Sympathy to you at this time. Sharon Matthews

  15. When I think of Emmett, I always think of Frank. He was a great man, such an infectious smile and so sincere in his happiness. It was a pleasure to know Frank and Phyllis, and I enjoyed teaching his children and many of his grandchildren. Our sympathy goes out to all of the family.

  16. We are so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Sending all our love and support to the entire Kennedy family.

  17. Joe,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Frank will never be forgotten but will be missed. You and yours are in my prayers.

  18. May his eternal light shine on! My heart felt condolences to Bill, Debby and Joe. God is with younthrough this difficult time. Phyllis and Frank are in each other’s arms at this time. They will always be your footprints in the dirt when you feel you can no longer go on. Love you all

  19. Frank did his part to carry on the Kennedy tradition of kindness and graciousness from his ancestors to his children. On return trips home it was always a treat to stop for fuel and a visit with Frank. The very best wishes to the family.

  20. Heartfelt sympathies to all the Kennedy family. His smile was so contagious. He was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

  21. Debby, Joe and Bill,
    Many fond memories of Frank from as far back as I can remember, living next-door to you and then next-door to the station. He always a smile and a kind word. May he rest in peace.

    Shelly Rezac

  22. We are in sympathy along with the family and many friends. Frank was active throughout his life in many community happenings and will be missed. May he rest in peace.

  23. May he rest in peace he will never be forgotten we keep you all in our prayers unending prayers from the Harmon family

  24. Our prayers are with the Kennedy family with the loss of Frank. Good friend and a great guy, all of us will miss him.
    Richard & Cheryl Carlson

  25. May he Rest in Peace; a long time community member & businessman. Frank & Phyllis are together in heaven

  26. So sorry to read this. He, your father, was a GREAT man. My parents and I felt like he was family. He will be sorely missed by all. May he R.I.P. My prayers go out to you.

    Robert Hoferer, JR

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