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Paul Leon Kennedy Sr.

Paul Leon Kennedy Sr.

Paul Leon Kennedy Sr., 90, of Nampa, Idaho, died Saturday, September 12, 2015 in a Boise care center.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2015, at Christian Faith Center, Nampa, Idaho.  A committal service with full military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.

Paul was born on January 30, 1925, in McDonald County, Missouri, the son of Mary and Clarence Kennedy.  He was the only boy in a family of six girls.  Paul attended high school in Florence County where he played football.  He married Stella Parker on April 4, 1946 and they were married for 52 years before her death in April of 1998.

Paul was in the Navy and received high awards for conduct.  He served in three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1965, after 23 1/2 years of service. Paul served on two mine sweepers and then later on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.  Years later his granddaughter, Stormy, also served on this same ship.  Paul was very proud of his military achievements and served his country well.  His daily attire was to wear his veteran Navy hat displaying his service.

Paul raised and raced Greyhounds and after retiring from the Navy he owned and operated Paul's Cider before selling that business and moving to Farmington, NM where he acquired acreage and owned and operated Paul's Produce.  His business was sold and they moved back to Idaho, living in Nampa when Stella passed away.

His hobbies were gardening, dancing, reading and he loved to watch western movies.

On May 8, 1999, Paul married Roberta Tilden.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta;  children, Cynthia Beasley and Paula F. Tucker and her husband, Paul Wayne Tucker;  step-children, Debra Tilden, Kathie Powell and Mark Tilden and his wife Allison;  three grandchildren, three great grandchildren;  eight step-grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella, son, Paul Kennedy Jr., son-in-law, Bud Beasley; and his sisters.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Patriots Honor Flag Corp., Veterans of Foreign War.

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