US Marine Corps

James "Jim" E. Kennedy

April 9, 1931 ~ February 22, 2021 (age 89)


James ‘Jim’ E. Kennedy, age 89, passed away peacefully Monday, February 22nd at his home.

Jim was born April 9, 1931, in Oxford, IA, the son of Dennis and Rachel Linkhart Kennedy. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1950 and proudly served as Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, he married Rosemary Miller in Oxford, IA on October 21, 1954.

Jim sold Bluebird School Buses, and was later District Sales Manager for Moorman Feed Company. Following retirement, Jim owned and operated Kennedy Car Wash.

Jim was an active member of the VFW and emceed many Memorial Day celebrations in Fairfield. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion and Elks (B.P.O.E. 1192). Jim, along with his wife Rose, was a strong supporter of FHS athletics. He was president of the Fairfield Booster Club and he was the first radio broadcaster for FHS sports along with Don Swan. Jim was also a tour guide for the Maasdam Barns. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Rose, and their children: Barbara (Bob) Kistler of Fairfield, Kevin (Sheila) Kennedy of Ingleside, IL, Tom (Maureen) Kennedy of Quincy, IL, Ted (Barbara) Kennedy of Phoenix, AZ, and Martha (Joe Hobaica) Kennedy of Brooklyn, NY; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his sister, Mary Knowling of Oxford, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021, at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2021, at Behner Funeral Home with Military Honors following the service.    

Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Oxford Iowa.

Memorials may be made to FHS Athletics or FHS Drama Club and mailed to 503 Hillside Drive, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.


During the visitation and funeral service please follow the COVID guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing.


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February 25, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

Funeral Service
February 26, 2021

11:00 AM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

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