Donald William Kennedy

Born: Sat., Jun. 30, 1928
Died: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 09, 2015
Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Inurnment Following Service

Fri., Oct. 09, 2015
Location: Athena Cemetery

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Donald W. Kennedy – Athena

June 30, 1928 to October 02, 2015


Donald William Kennedy a resident of Athena, Oregon passed away Friday October 2, 2015 at St Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He was 87 years old.

A Memorial Mass is planned for Friday, October 9, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena, Oregon at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will follow at the Athena Cemetery.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Don was born to William and Anna (Kocourek) Kennedy on June 30, 1928 in Hermiston, Oregon He graduated from Umatilla High School in 1946 and worked for Standard Oil Company for 38 years until his retirement in 1985.

He was married to Ellamae Katherine Ewing on August 3, 1947 in Umatilla, Oregon at St. Patrick’s Church.  They were married for 68 years.  They moved to Athena in 1950 when Don went to work for Standard Oil Company Motor Transport in Adams, Oregon.  He retired after 35 years and was awarded by the State of Oregon for one million miles of safe driving.

He visited nine countries and almost every state in the U.S. He loved RV’ing, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed helping family and friends with all their projects.

Don is survived by his wife, Ellamae in Athena, Oregon, sister Agnes (Kennedy) Dyer of Portland, son Tim of Athena, Oregon, son Dennis of Emmett, Idaho and daughter Connie (Kennedy) Merxbauer of La Pine, Oregon.  Don had 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Catherine (Kennedy) Dormaier, Mary Margaret (Kennedy) Bright and his grandson, Roger Kennedy.

Remembrances can be made to the Athena Sacred Heart Catholic Church Scholarship Fund.


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Ed Krumbah
   Posted Sun October 04, 2015
To the Family. Don was the most pleasant person to work for. More than a supervisor, he was a good friend. So sorry for your loss. He will certainly be missed.

Dan Aiken
   Posted Wed October 07, 2015
Kennedy Family:
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Donald, I hope that You All are
comforted by THE LORD at this time.

Dennis Sampson
   Posted Thu October 08, 2015
It was a pleasure to work with Don. He was a great mentor and teacher. Looking back I see he had the patience of Job. I pray for comfort and healing for all the family.

Larry Merxbauer
   Posted Fri October 09, 2015

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Larry Merxbauer.

Our prayers are with the Kennedy family. Larry, Pam, Eric & Jeremy Merxbauer

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue October 20, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and thoughts.

Deborah Hayward
   Posted Sat October 24, 2015
Ella Mae and Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy. I as many others have fond memories of Don, our bus rides to Winnemucca, his wonderful smile, his never ending sense of humor! May your special memories of Don bring you comfort in the days ahead.

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