Francis T. Kennedy, Sr., “Red”
Oct 23, 1929 – Dec 8, 2017
Francis “Red” Kennedy, Sr., age 88, of Springfield, NE, died on Friday December 8, 2017. Red was born on October 23, 1929, son to Francis P. and Isabelle. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret McAndrew, in 1950.
Red served during the Korean War and eventually returned to the family farm, the Peaceful Valley Ranch. He loved Irish music so much that he helped organize local concerts, including a benefit for the Madonna School. He retired from Lucent, formally Western Electric, after more than 30 years.
In the early years of retirement, Red and Maggie became Irish music groupies. In order to get their favorite bands to Omaha, Red booked gigs for Irish bands around the Midwest and even volunteered to drive them from city to city. They enjoyed touring in their van in search Irish music and festivals.
Red is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons: Tom, Mike (Connie), John (Sue), and Pat (Elizabeth); daughters: Colleen Smart, Mary Stoops (Roger), Jane, and Kathy Everett; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Patrick; and sister, Lavelle Rice. Preceded in death by parents, Francis and Isabelle; son-in-law, Steve Smart; and grandchildren, Chad and Samantha.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springfield, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, Dec. 14th at 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with luncheon following and burial at 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Millard American Legion Post 374 & VFW Post 8334. Memorials in his name are suggested to Madonna School, 6401 N 71st Plaza, Omaha, NE 68104.