Kenneth W. "Bill" Kennedy

Kenneth William "Bill" Kennedy, age 78, of Wall, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.

At Bill's request, there was no visitation or funeral service. Graveside services were held Monday, March 6, at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor William Savery officiating.

Kenneth William "Bill" Kennedy was born January 31, 1928, in Philip, SD, the son of James and Hazel (Guptill) Kennedy. He grew up on a farm-ranch in the Grindstone area and attended the Cottonwood School for three years before moving into Wall. He attended Wall School from the third grade until his junior year at which time Bill's family moved to Midland where he graduated from Midland High School in 1946.

As a young man, he worked for Ted Marshall on a farm-ranch south of Wall. He then entered the United States Army on December 14, 1950, during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on December 13, 1952, and returned to the Wall area.

While in Wall, he worked for various ranchers in Western South Dakota. After he retired, he owned and operated a lawn care service in Wall until 1994, when he sold the business to Mike Rausch.

In January 2001, he moved into the Prairie Village Apartments in Wall, where he has since resided.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herbert H. Kennedy and Bernard James "Bunn" Kennedy; and two sisters, Ruth Ann Bryan and Lexie Ray Kennedy.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of arrangements.