Alvin Vernery Kennedy, Jr.
Alvin Vernery Kennedy, Jr., 95, a resident of Grange, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, peacefully surrounded by family, prayers, and phone calls from loved ones.
He was born May 13, 1922, in Ramseytown, Pa., a son of the late Jennie L. (Shaffer) and Alvin V. Kennedy Sr.
On March 13, 1943, he married Genevieve M. (Eshbaugh), who survives. They were married for 74 years. They enjoyed caring for their lawn, celebrated gardening and lively dogs in Grange. Alvin is known for generously sharing produce with friends, especially carrots, garlic and lettuce.
Alvin worked in the coal mines for 50 years as a partner of the Kennedy Coal Company with his father, Alvin Sr. and brothers: Abe and Ronald. Kennedy Coal opened, mined, and closed four deep mines. During the 1940s, the men earned approximately eight dollars a day by mining 25 tons of coal daily.
Following retirement from mining, Alvin played softball on many community teams. He had an adventurous spirit and began snow skiing when he was 65 years old at Cockaigne Ski Resort in New York. Alvin taught many people from several communities how to ski. He was patient and enjoyed teaching everyone. He also loved bowling, water skiing and driving a wave runner on the Clarion River.
Alvin is remembered with love by his wife, Genevieve Kennedy. He was a loving father of Alvin S. Kennedy and wife, Joy of Clarion, Pa., and Arthur V. Kennedy and wife, Connie of Jamestown, N.Y. His blessed grandchildren include: Karla Garbowsky and husband, Jerry, Krista Miceli and husband, Paul, Kelly Harris and husband, Bubba, Kurtis Kennedy and wife, Charmaine, Kim Martin and husband, Seth and Kris Kennedy and wife, Katherine. He has 12 great- grandchildren and counting. He is also survived by a brother, Abe Kennedy and wife, Jean of Grange.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Kennedy; sister, Virginia Kozack; sister-in-law, Betty Kennedy, and brother-in- law, Edward Kozack.
Funeral services were handled by the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, Pa.
Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Punxsutawney.
Alvin respected the Lord and we rejoice in Alvin’s life by remembering his favorite hymn, “In the Garden”, which tells us, “He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing; and the melody that He gave to me within my heart is ringing. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneral home.com.