Gothenburg Resident: Bruce L. Kennedy, age 78 (1934-2013)

Bruce L. Kennedy, 78, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died June 4th, 2013, in Gothenburg.

He was born July 27th, 1934, in Page, Nebraska, son of J.M. "Ket" Kennedy and Catherine (Loy) Kennedy.

Bruce grew up in Page and Ainsworth, Nebraska and graduated from Ainsworth High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.  He later attended UNL. He married Joanne Carr on December 22nd, 1957, at Ainsworth. Bruce lived at Gothenburg for the last 38 years and worked for Cargill. He retired from Cargill in 1996 after over 20 years of service. Bruce enjoyed antiques, flower gardening and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was an active member of the Gothenburg Presbyterian Church and a former Gosper & Dawson County CASA board member.

Surviving are daughter: Dana (Mike Weckesser) Kennedy of Reston, Virginia; two sons: Jeffrey M. Kennedy of Gothenburg and Jason (Anne) Kennedy of McCook, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Tyler Weckesser of Reston, Andrew Kennedy of Kearney, Nebraska, Kristin Kennedy of Kearney, Mari Kennedy of McCook, Anna Kennedy of McCook; two sisters: Jeane Sorensen of O'Neill, Nebraska and Louise Spear of Ann Arbor, Michigan; mother-in-law: Miriam Carr of Springview, Nebraska; brother-in-law: Harley (Sharon) Carr of Omaha Nebraska; sister-in-law: Helen Kennedy of Texas, special friend: Carol (Rose) Einspahr of Liberty, Missouri; along with many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by wife, Joanne Kay Kennedy; an infant child; his parents; grandson, Alex Weckesser; brother Duane Kennedy; father-in-law, Armand Carr and brother-in-law, William Sorensen.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, June 7th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, June 12th, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Matt Coplen officiating.

Private interment will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, PO Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Foundation, 910 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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