Thomas V. Kennedy, 84Mr. Kennedy, 84, retired pharmacist of Lake City, died Thursday afternoon, May 10, at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Lake City Hospital in Lake City.
The funeral Mass for Thomas V. Kennedy will at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City, Minn., with Father Richard J. Dernek officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by Lake City VFW Post #8729 and American Legion Post #110.
Mr. Kennedy, 84, retired pharmacist of Lake City, died Thursday afternoon, May 10, at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Lake City Hospital in Lake City.
Thomas Vincent Kennedy was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Rochester, Minn., to Thomas G. and Helen (Dipland) Kennedy. He attended school in Stewartville, Minn., and graduated from Stewartville High School. Tom served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1948 as a 2nd class petty officer. He served in the South Pacific, Guam, aboard the USS Duluth. From February 1947 to October 1948 he was stationed at Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. Tom received the Victory Medal - WWII; American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Good Conduct and Philippines Independence. Following his tour of duty, Tom attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and received his B.S. in pharmacy in May 1953 and was a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society and the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity.
On Sept. 3, 1952, Tom married Dorothy Bruns in Des Moines. They moved to Lake City in 1953 where Tom worked as a pharmacist at Wheeler Drug. He partnered with Don Wheeler in 1959, when it became Wheeler - Kennedy Drug. The business moved to the current Kennedy Drug building in 1965, and Tom became sole owner in 1970. It continues to be owned and operated by the Kennedy family.
Tom and Dorothy enjoyed traveling and went to Alaska twice, Ireland twice, and they wintered in Texas the last 20 years. He enjoyed playing golf, going fishing and hunting, reading, and going for evening drives in the country. Tom was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City, served on its Cemetery Board, and in the Knights of Columbus since 1953. He was also a member of the Lake City Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Sportsman Club, Old Goats, lifetime member of VFW Post #8729, American Legion Post #110 where he was a former commander. He was a member of the Lake City Golf Club since 1956 and had served as a past president. Tom also served his community on the City of Lake City Ambulance Commission, Economic Development Authority Board, and Lake City Chamber of Commerce and was also a past president.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Kennedy of Lake City; four daughters, Jean (Shawn) Sweeney and Anne (Jon) Beckman, both of Lake City, Pamela (Patrick Justin) Kennedy of Faribault, Minn., and Mary (Matt) Richie of Stillwater, Minn., and four sons, Michael (Stephanie Palubicki) Kennedy of Chicago, Ill., Mark (Deb) Kennedy of Lake City, John Patrick (Meghan) Kennedy of Wausau, Wis., and Brian (Kelly) Kennedy of Lake City; 23 grandchildren, Quinn, Coleman, Nathan, William, Ryan, Benjamin, Timothy, Madeline, Jamie, Shannon, Craig, Kyle, Sarah, Hannah, Samuel, Paul, Patrick R., Lucas, Grace, Katherine, Molly, Lauren, and Patrick K.; one great-grandchild, Lucy; and one brother, Richard Kennedy of Osseo, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Joseph and Paul Kennedy; one brother, Gerald; one sister, Mary; and one grandson, Kelly.
Friends and family may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church - Gathering Area in Lake City, and will continue 1 hour before the service on Thursday. A rosary will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorials are preferred to St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, 1865 S Hwy 61, PO Box 300, Lake City, 651-345-5778. Guest register may be signed online at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.
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