March 16 2004


Posted by Kim
Virgil Kennedy, 88
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 19, 2004 at 10:30 am at the Vivian Lutheran Church for Virgil Kennedy, 88, who died Sunday, March 14, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre. Pastor Lori Hope officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 18th from 5 -7 pm at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre. A prayer service will be held Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Chapel in Pierre.

Burial will follow funeral services at the Vivian Cemetery.

Virgil was born May 28, 1915 the oldest son of Frank W. and Alma A (Howland) Kennedy at Pierre, SD. He grew up north of Vivian and attended county school in Stoney Butte Township. Virgil was in the first draft in Lyman county during World War II. For 4 years he served in the army as a cook. He saw action in Europe theartre including the Battle of the Bulge. He received several commendations including the Bronze Star. While stationed in California, he married Ella M. Sletto of Draper on June 8, 1942 at San Luis Obispo California.

After an honorable discharge he returned to Lyman County where he and Ella took up Cattle ranching on the family ranch north of Vivian.

To this union of over 61 years three daughters were born. Lola and Chuck Harens live in Yankton SD, Nancy and Allen Strait are in Gillette Wyoming, Neva Kennedy and special friend Craig Davis reside in Reno NV. Four grandchildren are Scott and Debra Strait of Bellevue NE, Kristene (Strait) and Ben Partlow of Gillette WY; James (Jake) Harens of Rapid City SD; and Matthew Harens of Pierre SD and 2 great grandsons, Connor and Brody Strait. Survivors also include a brother Clifford and Mildred Kennedy of Forest Grove OR and a sister-in-law Leila Kennedy of Olathe KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Vay Chester and a brother Duane Kennedy.

Virgil will be remembered for his love of animals, his many crafts especially quilting, his love of reading and his humor that carried him both the good and bad times.

Memorials may be directed to the Vivian Fire Department.

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