Jack O'Neal Kennedy of Battlement Mesa passed quietly into heaven Aug. 18, 2010, at E. Dene Moore Care Center, one week short of his eighty-seventh birthday.
Born in Belle, Missouri Aug. 25, 1923, Jack was the youngest son of David and Carrie Kennedy. The family moved to Arkansas, then to the Denver area. Jack worked happily for thirty-six years for Denver Wallpaper and Paint Company, stocking and delivering product. A perforated eardrum kept Jack from serving in the armed forces during WWII.
After more than thirty years of married life, Jack's first wife, Helen, died in February of 1992. The couple had no children but doted upon nieces and nephews as well as various family pets.
While working in the kitchen of an assisted living facility in Denver, he met and married Denise Hiebert. The following year the couple moved to Battlement Mesa.
Jack was well known in the area as "The #1 Dishwasher of Battlement Mesa," having performed that job in various restaurants with great efficiency until well into his eighties. His reliability, positive attitude and stellar work ethic endeared him to all who were privileged to work with him. Jack's smile bettered the day of everyone he met in his daily life.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, David and Carrie Kennedy: three brothers, Howard, Frank and Jessie Kennedy: two sisters; Hazel Rob and his twin sister Beth, who died in infancy, and his first wife, Helen.
He is survived by his wife Denise (and their beloved cat Georgio); nieces Carol Maxwell and Janice Howard of Oklahoma and nephew Dale Kennedy of Georgia.
Funeral services for Jack will be held Monday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Battlement Mesa, Pastor Lois Smith officiating. Luncheon following.