Dennis J. Kennedy
Dennis J. Kennedy, age 66 of Philip, S.D., died June 29, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Dennis Jay Kennedy was born July 13, 1945, in Philip, S. D., the son of Howard and Dorothy (Aaberg) Kennedy. He grew up in Philip where he attended school through high school. He graduated from South Dakota State University in pharmacy in 1968. Upon graduation, took a job with Walgreen Drug Stores in Phoenix, Ariz.
He worked in Phoenix for approximately a year before being drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., he was stationed at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., during the Vietnam conflict.
Upon his discharge in 1971, he went back to Phoenix to work for two more years. In 1973, he moved to Denver, Colo., and owned a clinic pharmacy for three years. Then in 1976, due to health reasons and a job opening at the drug store in Faith, he moved back to South Dakota. In the fall of 1978, he moved back to Philip to become associated with Howard and Wayne “Duck” at Kennedy Implement and Auto Company. He sold the business in 2010 and retired in Philip.
Dennis developed lifelong friends in high school and college which he would travel to visit, his favorite activity. He loved his cars, clothes and interior decorating. He loved music and was a member of the Haakon County Crooners for many years.
Survivors include brother Kent (special friend Kathy) of Rapid City, sister Judy (Paul) Goldhammer of Wall, brother Scott (Beth) of Philip; Judy’s children Heather, Shane (Val and daughter Angela) and Kempton (daughter Kennedy); Scott’s children Radley, Tyrel and Blayne, and Kent’s step-children Pamela, Michele, James and Jesse.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Dorothy.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 2, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.
Funeral services were held July 3, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and the Haakon County Crooners.
Ushers were Boyce Kennedy, Jack Billington, Mick Kennedy and Tim Kennedy
Pallbearers were Shane Olney, Kempton Olney, Tyrel Kennedy, Radley Kennedy, Rich Colvin, Nick Day, Darral Brooks, and Mark Buchholz.
Honorary pallbearers were the Haakon County Crooners. Kennedy Implement employees, Dr. Coen Klopper, and Karen Snyder
Interment with military honors was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com