Robert Steele “Bob” Kennedy died April 11, 2012 at the age of 96 from complications of a broken hip. Born September 9, 1915, he was the last surviving sibling of a farm family of 13 children. He was of Lansing, MI.
Following service in the Civilian Conservation Corps, he moved from his birthplace near Palmersville, TN to Lansing in search of work. He joined the Lansing City Fire Department in 1942, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief prior to his retirement in 1976. During his 34 years of service, he was involved in many major fires, suffered numerous injuries and narrowly escaped death on a least one occasion.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Helen Schneeberger Kennedy; two sons, Gary Lynn Kennedy of Lansing and Richard Lee Kennedy of Monroe, NC; two grandchildren, Aimée Kennedy Combs of Waters, MI and Samuel Richard Kennedy of Towson, MD; and four great-grandchildren, Brittany Grace and Chelsea Renée Combs and Anna Grace and Katherine Elizabeth Kennedy. One additional grandchild, Anna Elizabeth Kennedy is deceased.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, pursuing both activities almost like a full-time job. In the winter he was joined by many of his fireman friends in pursuit of local rabbits, aided by his beagle dogs. He especially enjoyed fishing in Lake Michigan in the Ludington area where the family had a second home for many years.
Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local Hospice. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.