John D. “Hoagie” Kennedy
Born on December, 1, 1946 in Philipsburg, PA he was the son of the late William & Anna (Kasper) Kennedy. On March 9, 2002 he married the former Susan Dunsmore in Philipsburg, PA; who survives at home.
Mr. Kennedy was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philipsburg, PA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen Association Inc. in Sinnemahoning, PA, the American Legion, Post #6 and the Sons of Italy Lodge #189 both of Clearfield, PA. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5020 of Osceola Mills, PA, the AMVETS Post #159, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3450 both of Philipsburg, PA and he was a life member of the BPO Elks #1173 of Philipsburg, PA.
He was first employed as a mason with his brother’s masonry company. Then employed for 25 years in construction and as a fish culturist with the PA Fish and Boat Commission until his retirement in April 2007. He was a 1964 graduate of the Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by: three daughters, Krista Joyanne Kennedy, Jennifer Ann Kennedy and Erin S. Beish; and two brothers William “Zero” and Karl “Tweet” Kennedy.
Along with his wife he is survived by: a son, Brian G. Beish & his wife, Brea of Philipsburg, PA; three sisters, Joyanne Kennedy of Philipsburg, PA, Marilyn Slother of Philipsburg, PA and Christine Horner & her husband Stan of Hagerstown, MD. He is also survived by: three grandsons, Nolan “Buddy B” and Lucas “Highpockets” Beish and Everett “Jimmy Cricket” Kennedy Maska all of Philipsburg, PA; a sister-in-law, Edith Kennedy and her companion, Ray Gorsuch, of RD Philipsburg; three brothers-in-law, Robert Dunsmore & his wife Joann of Spring Hill, FL, James Dunsmore of Lakeland, FL and Thomas Dunsmore & his wife Beth of Philipsburg, PA; numerous nieces and nephews and one nephew with whom he was especially close, Rick Kennedy & his wife Erin of Nahant, MA.
The Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 East Spruce Street, Philipsburg, PA; with Rev Robert J. Way officiating. Burial will be at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, RD Philipsburg, PA.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
A BPO Elks memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.
Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Moshannon Valley Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Moshannon Valley Veterans Memorial
P.O. Box 1
Philipsburg, PA 16866
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
215 E. Laurel Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
Friends may sign the guestbook at: beezerheathfh.com