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Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy, age 91 of Philip, SD, died June 9, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, June 13, at the Philip High School Gym with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. 

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and the Haakon County Crooners.

Reader was Paul Goldhammer. Eulogy was given by Shane Olney. "Tribute to Grandpa" was read by Blayne Kennedy.

Ushers were Mark Buchholz, Darral Brooks, Jody Brown and Jerry Roseth. Pallbearers were Heather, Shane and Kempton Olney, Radley, Tyrel and Blayne Kennedy.

Honorary pallbearers were James and Jesse Gringas, Don Burns, Rich Colvin, Elry Hoefs, Charles Ekstrum, Mike West, Mel Smith, Roy Roseth, Steve Buchholz, Lynn Weishaar, all employees of Kennedy Implement, and all nieces and nephews.

Interment with Masonic Rites by the Philip Lodge #153 and the Crescent Lodge #210, were held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. 

Howard Kennedy was born in Philip, SD, on July 10, 1917. He was the oldest of five children born to George and Anna (Howe) Kennedy. He attended grade school in Grindstone where George's family homesteaded in 1916.

Howard attended Marietta boarding school his first year of high school and the remaining three years in Cottonwood, graduating with a class of 13 in 1935. Right out of high school he went to Fresno, CA, and picked peaches so that he and his brother, Wayne, could attend college. He attended Black Hills Normal in Spearfish. He then went to Wall and taught grade school for two years where he met his wife, Dorothy Aaberg, the home economics teacher. On March 18, 1941, they eloped to Broadus, MT, and kept the wedding a secret until school was out that spring.

They moved to Denver, CO, where Howard worked as an adjustor for two years for the CCC. He then taught ground school at the Army Glider School in Fort Morgan, CO, for a year. Following, they moved to Riverton, WY, where he worked as an insurance adjustor.

Fate brought them back to Philip in 1944, where they spent the rest of their lives. Later in 1944, Howard purchased the International Harvester dealership from Carl Prichard. He continued to teach and run the business until 1946. Later, he and his brother, Wayne, purchased a ranch together and ran the Kennedy Implement as a partnership until Wayne's death in 1981. Howard devoted over 60 years of his life operating the Kennedy Implement.

To Howard and Dorothy's union were born four children, Dennis Kennedy of Philip, Kent Kennedy and special friend, Kathy Clark, of Rapid City, Judy Goldhammer and her spouse, Paul, of Wall, and Scott Kennedy and his wife, Beth, of Philip.

He is survived by six grandchildren, Heather Olney, Shane Olney, Kempton Olney, Radley Kennedy, Tyrel Kennedy, and Blayne Kennedy; and also one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Marie Olney. Howard is also survived by one brother, Bob Kennedy and his wife, Helen, of Sioux Falls; and one sister, Doris Billington and her husband, Johnny, of Sun City, AZ.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; two brothers, Wayne "Duck" Kennedy and Bryce Kennedy; and his parents, George and Anna.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guest book is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com

A memorial has been established.