James Kennedy

A service of remembrance was held Thursday, April 5, at the Slinginger-Rossow Chapel in Jefferson for James Kennedy, 80, of Mesa, AZ, former Bayard area resident.

The Rev. Les Borsay, pastor of Central Christian Church in Jefferson, officiated. Marilynn Hoskinson was organist. Casket bearers were David Dettman, Andrew and John Wiegand, Mike and Harold "Sam" Woltjer, and James Hurd. Interment was in Rippey Cemetery.

James William Kennedy, died at his home March 31, 2007. He was born July 18, 1926, at Carroll, the son of James and Margaret Rafferty Kennedy. He grew up in Bayard.

Jim was a self-employed salesman who developed and successfully ran route sales for a variety of food products companies in Iowa and Minnesota, including Iowa Pie Company, Hiland Potato Chips, Pepperidge Farm Bread and Cookies, and Brownberry Bread. Throughout his career he lived in the Des Moines area for 30 years and in the Cedar Rapids area for nearly 20 years.

Upon retiring in 1987, Jim and his wife Cleo enjoyed traveling the U.S. An avid collector of automotive pictures and Crosley cars and trucks, Jim became active in Crosley Automobile Club Inc., serving as secretary/treasurer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jim and Cleo relocated to Mesa in July 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Cleo (Fouch) Kennedy; three daughters, Mary Wiegand of Mesa, Rebecca Kennedy of St. Charles, MO, and Cynthia Dettman of Cedar Rapids; one grandson, Andrew Wiegand of Mesa; and a sister, Margaret "Margie" Woltjer of Marshalltown.