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.