Jack Kennedy 93 of Hastings, passed away on Sunday January 22, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows.


He was born September 28, 1923 in Wheeling, West Virginia to James and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy.


Jack served his country in the Army during WWII in Europe with the 283rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He received 2 battle stars and built pontoon bridges across the Rhine River at Cologne.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1949 with a degree in Engineering.

Jack worked for E.W. Bliss from 1948-1981 and served many years as Manager of Sales Engineering.


He married Gretchen Beverwyk on January 12, 1963. He and Gretchen traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states, most of Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, plus they took many cruises together. He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings and served on many committees there. He belonged to the Hastings Country Club, was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion and enjoyed Golf and Bridge. Jack is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen; and brother, Dr. James Kennedy.


The family would like to thank Woodlawn Meadows Assisted Living for their kind and compassionate care. Jack’s family will receive friends and family on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Lauer Family Funeral Homes-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings from 5-7 PM and 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service on Friday January 27, 2017 at 11 AM.  Dr. James Spindler will officiate. Interment will follow in Rutland Township Cemetery with Military Honors.  


Please consider memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.


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