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Louie Kennedy

September 30, 1932 — March 27, 2017

Louis Eugene Kennedy, the son of James and Mary Berenice (Cullen) Kennedy, was born September 30, 1932 on the family farm, in southern Adams County, Iowa. Louie died on March 27, 2017 at CHI Mercy Hospital in Corning at the age of 84.
He grew up in a large Irish family, with four brothers and two sisters. He went to eight years of country school and then graduated from Corning High School in 1951. He married Kathryn Brotherton on September 3, 1960 in Creston, Iowa. They celebrated 56 years of marriage in 2016. They are the parents of two children: Jan (and Mike) Powers of Dubuque; and Greg (and Amy) Kennedy of Glenwood.
Louie’s 40+ years of work life centered around people. He enjoyed driving trucks and interacting with people on his various routes, in his work at: Nodaway Valley Foods, Corning Municipal Utilities, Farner-Bocken Wholesale, Schildberg Construction, and Ron Brown Farms.
When he was 25, he was named the Centurama King, which celebrated Corning’s 100th anniversary in 1957. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and a proud member of the Corning Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. Louie enjoyed being outdoors, whether riding his tractor, mowing hay, puttering in the yard, or working with his herd of cattle. He proudly served with other local volunteers as a fireman and stayed connected to them for many years after his retirement. Most of all, Louie valued the importance of his family. Being a husband, father and grandfather gave him many, many proud and happy moments. His sense of humor, stubborn Irish streak and ‘big hands’ will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; his children Jan (and Mike) and Greg (and Amy); his grandchildren Danielle (and Nick) Burken of Madison, Wisconsin and Brad Powers of Dubuque; and Cole and Nate Kennedy of Glenwood. Also surviving are his brother Dick (and Carol) Kennedy; sister-in-laws Marge Kennedy, Carla Kennedy, Michele Brotherton and Colleen Brotherton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, three brothers, two sisters and two brothers-in-law.

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