Wayne Kennedy

Wayne Kennedy

Monday, February 8th, 1937 Friday, April 12th, 2019

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Obituary for Wayne Eugene Kennedy

A Celebration of Life Service for Wayne E. Kennedy, age 82 of Branson, MO. will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Greenlawn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Purvis officiating. Burial will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home Branson.

He died on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab in Hollister, MO.

He was born on February 8, 1937 in Weir, Kansas, the son of Russell Thomas Kennedy and Thelma Frances Dubray Kennedy. He was a retired college professor from College of the Ozarks and veteran of the United States Naval Reserves. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Branson and had been a resident of the area for the past 59 years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bette Kennedy of Branson, MO., three children: Jerry W. Kennedy of Panama City, FL., Linda A. Zimmer and husband Robert of Thompson Station, TN., Nancy Lawver and husband, Jason of Branson, MO., one brother, Edwin Kennedy of Grove, OK., and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until time of service Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to: Preferred Hospice, 5340 N. Towne Centre Dr., Ozark, MO. 65721 or College of the Ozarks P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO. 65726.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Greenlawn Funeral Home - Branson
    708 State Highway 248
    Branson, MO
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Greenlawn Funeral Home - Branson
    708 State Highway 248
    Branson, MO
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
    Rev. Paul Purvis
  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Springfield, Missouri
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

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Steve Eslinger

Mr. Kennedy was my advisor at S of O from ’77-’81. He was a good teacher and an even better person. He was instrumental in helping me get into graduate school at UMR, Rolla. In the years following graduation, I would see Mr. Kennedy at Homecomings and enjoyed hearing about all he was doing after retirement from the college. He had a tremendous positive impact on my life and so many others. His was a life well spent. My condolences go out to his family. Steve Eslinger
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Dana & Bridget Thomas

Bette we are so sorry to hear about your loss. We are praying God’s comforting presence would be very present to you and your family as you grieve.
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Carl Slapshak

Sue and I were lucky enough to call Wayne a good friend. We met Betti and Wayne soon after they bought their first home here in Florida. We enjoyed a lot of good times together. Wayne and I were old car nuts and had many a good conversation about cars. Wayne was always encouraging people to be the best they could be. He must have been a great teacher in stimulating students to higher achievements. When Sue had her major back surgery, Wayne was always talking to her with words of wisdom and comfort. Boy, do I miss him! Carl & Sue Slapshak
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Jerry D. Brannan

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy was a professor at The School/College of the Ozark Las when I Strother in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s.
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