Kennedy, Myrl

Myrl Kennedy
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Fred Myrl Kennedy, 91, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, August 6, 2005 at Good Samaritan Care Center.

Kennedy was born Feb. 23, 1914 in Crosbyton, Texas to the home of Dandridge “Tack” Kennedy and the former Mary Jane “Mam” McDonald. He was raised in Dickins, and Wellmon, Texas and attended Seminole High School.

He made his home in Fort Sumner in 1939 and worked as a cowboy on many ranches, including Ben Hall Ranch and Neal Vaughan Ranch. He also farmed in the Fort Sumner Valley for several years.

Kennedy was a soldier. He was inducted on March 7, 1942, and was a Heavy Artillery Gun Crewman; and Carbine Marksman, he served in the U.S. Army Company G 2730th Infantry. His tour of duty included Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

His citations included the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, five Battle Participation Stars, and the Bronze Star Medal. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 25, 1945.

Kennedy was a member of the Fort Sumner Church of Christ and a past member of the Roping Club and De Baca County Mounted Patrol.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madelyne Kennedy, his parents and a sister, Orene Crenshaw.

Survivors include a son, Fred M. Kennedy (wife Charlotte) of Lovington; four grandchildren, Jeff (Shyla) of Hemet, Calif., Steve (Elena) of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Judy Kennedy of Hemet, Calif. and Daniel (Tonya) of Tatum and nine grandchildren, Colette, Stephenie, Stacee, David, Jonathan, Lera, Nika, Ashley, and Audrey.

Survivors also include a step-daughter Mary Frances Mendoza (Alex) of Dallas; her children, Theresa, Sonia, Kenney, and Jerry; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, and a nephew, Bobby Dan Crenshaw of Carrizozo.

Visitation will be today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gary Good and Charlie Overton will officiate services. Burial will follow in the Kennedy family plot at Fort Sumner Cemetery.

Pallbearers are G.A. Gunn, Dub Head, Charlie Overton, Powhatan Carter, Denzel Finney, Joe Bill Montgomery, George Gonzales, and Herbert Smith. Honorary bearers will be all his many friends including E.E. “Snooky” Fish, Neal Vaughan, and Cecil West.

Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner.