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John Owen Kennedy (Beanie)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On March 11, 2012, John Owen Kennedy (Beanie), 74, lost his battle peacefully to Alzheimer's disease, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born Nov. 13, 1937, to John Gilbert Kennedy and Phyllis Mitchell Kennedy, Chicago.

John lived in Linton until age 10. His family then moved to Staunton, where he attended Staunton Elementary and Staunton High School. While in high school, John participated in basketball and baseball, and continued to be an avid sports fan throughout his life.

After completing high school, he attended Indiana State University.

Classmates since the fourth-grade, John married the love of his life, Margaret Ellen (Dood) Casassa Kennedy. Beanie and Dood were married for 49 years. During this time, he was very active as President of the Local 103 of the Aluminum, Brick and Glass Workers Union.

His success as the President of the Local 103 led to him being elected Vice President of the Aluminum, Brick and Glass Workers International Union AFL-CIO, CLC.

Known for his charisma, John had a very special way of interacting with everyone he had the opportunity to meet. This talent became very beneficial as he worked with labor and management to resolve contract disputes keeping labor working and production moving. His various achievements led to numerous awards for his dedication to his occupation.

Following his retirement, John became a golf ranger at Hulman Links, Terre Haute, and Forest Park, Brazil.

He enjoyed being around the golfers and the game he loved. His golf game resulted in numerous championships and his claim to fame: Three holes-in-one.

In addition to golf, John enjoyed bowling with his wife and their many friends and large family.

John was also a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil, where he received Jesus Christ as his Savior.

John and Margaret had one daughter, Nona Ellen Kennedy Lancaster. He was a devoted father and loved living life to the fullest. He loved having his daughter and her family live next door. John and his son-in-law, Mitch Lancaster's mutual love of sports helped the two of them develop a special bond that continued until his death.

John loved following Mitch's career at both Rockville and his hometown Northview Knights. His love of sports was even enhanced as he proudly watched his three grandsons, Nick, Trent and Luke Lancaster, as they competed in their various games of football, basketball and baseball.

John is survived by his wife Margaret Ellen Casassa Kennedy, daughter Nona Ellen Kennedy Lancaster, son-in-law Mitch Lancaster, grandsons Nick, Trent and Luke Lancaster, sisters Patty Deakins, Barb Crowley and her husband Albert, Marilyn Douglas, and Margie Kennedy, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Trout and Diane Kennedy, brothers-in-law James D. Casassa and wife Lois, and Jack S. Casassa and wife Pat, many nieces, nephews and cousins, which he loved dearly.

John was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Jap and Tootie Casassa, brother Michael Kennedy, and brothers-in-law Virgil (Buggs) Trout, and Donnie Douglas.

Special thanks to The Waters, Greencastle, and all staff for the loving care they showed John, Harsha Rehabilitation, Agency 7 McMillan House, Horizon Hospice, Intrepid USA Healthcare, and a special thanks to Paula Swearingen, Tommi Eaglin, Wayann Noel for their help, patience and care in our time of need.

Funeral services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, Friday, March 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.

Visitation will take place at the funeral home, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Jim Casassa, Jack Casassa, grandsons Nick, Trent and Luke Lancaster, nephews Joe Trout, Tony Trout, Cam Casassa and Chad Casassa, and honorary pallbearer Troy Casassa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Clay County Humane Society.