Leonard James Kennedy
January 22, 1923 ~ January 17, 2013
Our incredible Papa, Pop and Daddy passed away on January 17th 2013, just shy of his 90th birthday.
Leonard was born and spent his early childhood in Ferndale, Michigan with his parents Lorne and Marion Kennedy along with his two brothers Glen and Harold. The family then moved to Los Angeles, California, where he spent the rest of his childhood and teen years. It was during this time that he met and fell in love with Margie Clark, while attending an LDS function with one of his friends, whom he promptly told “That’s the girl I’m going to marry!” Talk about love at first sight!
Leonard and Margie were married on December 6, 1943, they were later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. Leonard served honorably in the United States Army during World War II. Leonard and Margie then set up housekeeping in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area where they raised their three children.
Leonard was an entrepreneur, (he didn’t like working for other people) starting several successful businesses in the Los Angeles area.
In 1972, Leonard and Margie moved to Utah, to be closer to their children and grandchildren who had moved to the area. They settled into their charming little cottage in Pleasant Grove, Utah where they and their family have spent many peaceful and happy days over the last 40 years.
Leonard was a loyal and loving husband and father, he was completely devoted to his wife, three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Leonard is survived by his sweetheart and love of his life for 69 years, Marjorie Clark Kennedy, daughter Karen Kennedy Holmstead (Ken), son Stephen Michael Kennedy (Patty) daughter Nancy Lynn Winder (Dee) and brother Harold Kennedy (Vi). Leonard is also survived by nine grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren.
In addition to his family and friends, Leonard loved: Chocolate, A & W Root Beer, his home and property, wearing hats, being Irish, and having the last name of “Kennedy!”
Much gratitude is extended to Alpine Valley Care Center, for the tender and loving care of our sweet but sometimes, “a wee bit cranky” Irish father.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alzheimer’s Association website www.alz.org or by phone 1-800-272-3900.
Services will be held January 26, 2013 at the Olpin Family Mortuary,494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery.
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