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Donald Kennedy - July 17, 2013

Donald Lee Kennedy was born Nov. 19, 1933, south of Madrid in Perkins County, Nebraska, to Presley Sherman and Effie Stella (Kline) Kennedy.
On May 21, 1952, Don married Jacqueline Lucille Spaulding in Wray, Colo. The couple settled on the family farm northeast of Wauneta in Hayes County. Don was an avid farmer/rancher. Don and Jackie later moved into Wauneta in August of 2006.
Don served on the Galena and Garfield Country School Boards in Hayes County. He enjoyed bowling, golf, shooting blue rocks and hunting. Don also liked to roller skate, and in fact met Jackie at the roller skating rink in Benkelman 63 years ago.
Don passed away Wednesday morning, July 17, 2013, at the Sunrise Heights Nursing Home in Wauneta. He was 79 years of age.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill; sisters Frances Kerchal, Luella Terry; son-in-law John Lantis; father-in-law Milo Spaulding; and brothers-in-law: Dale Blecha and Virgil Kerchal.
Survivors include: wife, Jackie of Wauneta, Neb.; mother-in-law, Lucille Spaulding of Benkelman, Neb.; daughter, Jannette Lantis of Hershey, Neb.; sons: Larry and wife, Gracia, of North Platte, Neb., and Danny and wife, Teresa, of Purdum, Neb.; daughter, Vicki and husband, Dave Jussel, of Waddell, Ariz.;
12 grandchildren: Stacy (Patrick) Ringlein; Sandy (Trevor) Moon; Sherry Lantis; Shad (Megan) Lantis; Misty (Todd) Armstrong; Marcy Kennedy; Micah (Daniele) Kennedy; Candice Kennedy; Christy (Casey) Tucker; Kelly (Kat) Kennedy; Brent Jussel; Michelle (Jeremy) McCarthy;
15 great-grandchildren: Ashley and Sadie Ringlein; Mason and Jackson Moon; JT and Macradee Lantis; Tristan Armstrong; Kipton Kennedy; Brayton and Preston Moschenross; Skyler and Taylor Tucker; Kyra and Dixie Kennedy; and Nolan McCarthy; and
Sister-in-law, Lola Kennedy of Culbertson, Neb.; brother-in-law, Jack Terry of Commerce City, Colo.; sister-in-law, Jeannie Blecha of Benkelman.
Funeral services for Don Kennedy were held Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. MT at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Diana Ham. Congregational hymns chosen were “Hymn of Promise” and “In the Garden.” Recorded musical selections were “When I Get Where I Am Going” by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton and “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray.
Casketbearers were Micah Kennedy, Kelly Kennedy, Shad Lantis, Casey Tucker, Brent Jussel, Patrick Ringlein, Trevor Moon, Todd Armstrong and all grandchildren.
Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
Visitation was held Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. MT at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in Don’s memory.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.