Jack Kennedy was an active volunteer in Columbia

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | 5:43 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — John Phillips "Jack" Kennedy of Columbia died Saturday, May 26, 2012. He was 84.

Mr. Kennedy was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Muskegon, Mich., to Frederick Thomas and Elizabeth Phillips Kennedy.

On March 3, 1962, he married Nancy Gibbs in Columbia.

Mr. Kennedy owned Columbia Brick and Tile, which provided building materials for campus buildings and houses in the city. He had a passion for the history of early aviation and was a member of the Boone County Historical Society and the Mid-Missouri Civil War Round Table. He actively volunteered with the Friends of the Columbia Public Library, and he was a past president and longtime member of the Rotary Club of Columbia.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Nancy Kennedy; his daughter, Mary Radford Kennedy, of Columbia; his son, Thomas Gibbs Kennedy of Orlando, Fla.; his sister, Elizabeth L. Kennedy, of Columbia; his brother-in-law, Joe Gibbs and his wife, Beth;  his sister-in-law, Mary Griffin and her husband, John; and his niece, Maryanne Marvin and her husband, David.

His brother, Frederick T. Kennedy, and his niece, Jane Raje, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Friends may gather from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at 1 p.m. in the Columbia Cemetery.

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