Paul Leon Kennedy
Sr., 90, of Nampa, Idaho, died Saturday, September 12, 2015 in a Boise care
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.
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
In lieu of flowers
donations are suggested to Patriots Honor Flag Corp., Veterans of Foreign War.