John "Jack" Kennedy
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSend by email
July 10, 1954
April 17, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home
Family and friends will gather from 4 - 8 pm, Friday, April 20, 2012 at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, IN


John “Jack” Kennedy, 57, of Peru, IN, passed away at 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He was born July 10, 1954 in Indianapolis the son of Joseph and Phyllis Siler Kennedy.


He married Karmen Grainger on August 4, 1977 in Minot, ND and she survives.  Jack served in the US Air Force and his military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.  He was employed by the City of Peru Street Department and a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church.


Jack was known by many as “Tattoo Jack” and  he had a passion for CB Radio where his CB handle was “Martian”.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and fought it for three years until his passing.


He is survived by his wife Karmen Kennedy; his children Johnny Kennedy of Peru, Courtney Kennedy of Peru, Ashley Stanfield and her husband Andrew of  Peru, and Christie Kennedy of Peru; grandchildren Hayley Townsend, Joseph Townsend, Alexis Stanfield and Austin Stanfield and a brother Michael Kennedy of Peru.  He was preceded in death by a daughter Jennifer Kennedy.


  A service celebrating the life of  Jack  Kennedy will be held at 11:00 AM,  Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main Street, Peru,  with Father Douglas Hungerford officiating.  Burial will be at St. Charles Cemetery, Peru.  


Family and friends will gather from 4:00-8:00 PM, Friday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home. Military graveside services will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Unit.


In lieu of flowers,  memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the American Cancer Society.

Rest in Peace Jack.

Rest in Peace Jack.

Peace is yours now Jack,my

Peace is yours now Jack,my friend. You fought a hard fight,I thought you had it won.My deepest Condolences to Your Family.You seemed destined to shine high in the sky and spread your radiance on everyone below,especially your children. You did real good Jack. I just know you are kicked back,pain free and Floyd is right beside you..Rock on.

Jack was a former in-law and

Jack was a former in-law and I spent time in North Dakota with him and my sister after high school graduation in 1976. I had learned to ride a motorcycle through a classmate and Jack let me take his motorcycle for a ride to prove I knew what I was doing. When attempting to turn the bike around to head back to their house, I laid it over on it's side and broke the side mirror. Jack was very patient, kind and did not yell even though I had caused damage to his motorcycle. Another good memory is of Jack standing against a wall and "beating" his head against it repeatedly. When asked why he would do that, his reply was the same. In a strained, quiet voice, he would say "because if feels so good when I stop." Jack, you will be missed. I didn't realize you were blessed with several children and grandchildren, but my prayers will be with them for comfort during the days and weeks ahead, as well as with your brother, Mike Kennedy. May God continue to watch over and give them peace. Thank you for your service to our country. Rest now, in the arms of Jesus. In Christ, Linda Stokdyk

Dear Kennedy, I am sorry to

Dear Kennedy, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. I know that God chose this time for Jack to join Him, but that does not make this any easier. He will be truly missed. In this unhappy hour, I am reminded of the book of John, which states "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." These words offered comfort to me when I recently experienced a loss, as I hope they will bring comfort to you. We must console ourselves with the knowledge that Jack is walking with our Lord. As for us, now more than ever, know that you are always in my prayers. With love, Tara A. Stone (daughter of Sheila Planck) and Fiancé’ Shane A. Church

Karmen and family Dear ones,

Karmen and family Dear ones, My heart goes out to you on so many levels. I have had the unfortunate yet sharing experience to have lost my father to cancer when I was a teenager and then my husband (Ken Freeman) to a heart attack in 08. I know as you all travel through this journey that there will be many who tell you they understand what you are going through because they have lost someone they loved.. All losses are not the same and at times one of you may feel alone (ie, widow or orphan) and need a friend to talk to ... Please feel free to contact day or night (765-469-7646).. Also know that there is an amazing support group that offers sessions on grief and loss called Grief Share.. It is a 6 week class that is sponsored by varous churches in the area and after Ken's passing the kids and I attended it.. It was a great tool to learn to and understand my (our) own greiving processes. Now about Jack.. My current hubby and I spoke to him less than a month ago and visited about him wanting to have my son do some tattoo work for him.. He got my number and said he would call so you guys could come out and make a visit.. When I told my son he said he would be honored to tattoo the man who did so much art in Miami county.. We then hugged and he got in the car and headed home.. It was so great seeing him looking so well at that time.. Cancer is a nasty sickness to lose too.. Just know that he happily watches down from the Heavens with Ken knowing that he shared his lifetime with you all and will patiently await the moment that there is a party in Heaven for each of your homecomings as there was for him.. With heart felt tears know that my love goes out to all of you. Mary Freeman Buchanan and Family

Leave Condolences

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
1 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.