OSKALOOSA — Melvin Kennedy, 94, of Oskaloosa passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, at Oskaloosa Care Center.
Melvin Milton Kennedy, son of John Jennings and Mary Mildred (Morrison) Kennedy, was born, April 25, 1919, in Ottumwa. He was a 1937 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. His first job out of high school was with Harold Mayer at Mayer’s Standard in Oskaloosa. Melvin was united in marriage with Dorothy Jean Shaw, Jan. 21, 1942, in Unionville, Mo. A short four days later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Des Moines. He served in the Southern Philippines and Rhineland and was discharged, Nov. 30, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as a 1st Sergeant. Upon his return to Iowa he was employed by Coca Cola as a truck driver. Oct. 19, 1954, he began working at Iowa Valve now Clow Valve Company, painting valves. After almost 30 years, he retired as supervisor of Inventory Control, May 1, 1984. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, cooking and baking and he and Dorothy spent many hours together remodeling their home at 802 S. C St., a place they have lived since 1947. He was a member of St. Paul Congregational United Church of Christ.
His family includes his wife of 72 years, Dorothy J. Kennedy, of Oskaloosa; his sons and their wives: Stephen and Mary Kennedy, of Marshalltown; Jerry and Cheryl Kennedy, of Chicago, Ill.; two granddaughters: Stephanie and her husband, Alan Osgood, of Marshalltown, and Sarah and her husband, Timothy Schoenfeld, of Council Bluffs; three great-grandchildren: Isaac Schoenfeld, Sophia Schoenfeld and Hanna Osgood; and numerous nieces and nephews including Cristy McCombs, who has been a caregiver to Mel and Dorothy the last several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Betty Smithart and Phyllis Berube, and three brothers: Donald Kennedy, Harry Lee “Buck” Kennedy and his twin brother, Merle Kennedy.
Funeral Services for will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Tom Palmer and Mr. Allen Bowman officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday; and resume Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. to service time. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment of his ashes will be held privately at Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ecumenical Cupboard. Memorial contributions, condolences and memories may be sent by visiting gvlfuneralchapel.com.