Hamilton County


James Jay ‘Jay' Kennedy




His Obituary:

James J. Kennedy, 74, longtime Ellsworth-Jewell area farmer, died Wednesday afternoon at Mary Greeley hospital in Ames where he had been a patient for five and one-half weeks. He had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Foster Funeral home with Pastor Tom Nesbitt officiating and with burial in Graceland cemetery. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Foster Funeral home. Friends may call at Foster’s after noon Friday.

James Jay Kennedy, son of Lee and Rachel McComb Kennedy, was born May 17, 1909 at Kamrar and was educated in the Kamrar schools.

On Feb. 17, 1935, he was married to Erma Beisner at Fort Dodge, and the couple resided in the Kamrar area. She preceded him in death in 1935.

On Sept. 3, 1942, he was united in marriage to Edna M. Thiele at St. Louis. The couple lived in St. Louis, and Mr. Kennedy served with the U.S. Navy Seabees for four years during World War II.

In 1947, the couple moved to the Ellsworth-Jewell community where he farmed until his retirement in 1973.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Gary E. Kennedy of Jewell and James L. Kennedy of Clare; four grandchildren. J.B. and Marlene Kennedy of Jewell and Gayle and Christopher Kennedy of Clare; two brothers and one sister, Marvin Kennedy of Webster City, Lee Kennedy of Fort Dodge, and Mrs. Raymond (Zola) Blue of St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; by his parents and two brothers.

He was a member of the Federated United Church of Christ in Jewell, the Republic lodge No. 468, AF and AM of Jewell, and was a 25-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sharon Chapter No. 148 of Webster City.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - June 16, 1983

James Jay ‘Jay' Kennedy was born May 17, 1909 to Lionel Kenneth ‘Lee’ and Rachel Barbara McComb Kennedy. He died June 15, 1983 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Petty Officer Kennedy served with the U.S. Navy Seabees for four years during World War II.

Source: ancestry.com