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Marion Kennedy12/18/2009
Marion Francis Kennedy Jr, 59 of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

He was born February 25, 1950, in Oskaloosa, IA, the son of the late Virginia and F. Marion Kennedy Sr. He was raised by the late Mildred and Pete Kirtley. He was a Knoxville High School graduate, Class of 1968. He was employed by Maytag and retired with 34 years of service and was most recently working surveillance at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. He was a faithful fan of the Knoxville Raceway, New York Yankees,Green Bay Packers, Iowa Hawkeyes and most importantly, all of his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Kristen Kennedy, whom he married on December 26, 2004; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Jolene Kennedy of Newton, IA; daughter, Dana Kennedy of Clive, IA; step-son, Andy Haning of Ankeny, IA; step-daughter, Caty Haning of Knoxville, IA; grandsons, Nathan, Austin & Collin Kennedy and Street Conner;
granddaughter, Andie Kay Alexander; sister, Phyllis Williams of Oskaloosa, IA; and brothers, Tony Kennedy of Texas; Harry Kennedy of Jefferson City, MO; Cal Stout of Des Moines, IA; and Mike Kennedy of Knoxville, IA.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor, stubbornness, color coordination (or
lack thereof), work ethic and dynamic personality. He has left an ever-lasting imprinton the hearts of the friends and family who love him.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held Tuesday, December 22nd, from 5-7 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. Burial will take place Wednesday, December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Graceland Cemetery.

Donations in Marion’s memory may be sent to the Save Our Stadium Foundation of Knoxville,