Funeral services for W. H. Kennedy of Wilmore, who passed away in the Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kans., on Thursday, September 24, 1953, were held in the Wilmore Christian church Sunday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Maurice Bigger of Skidmore, Mo., in charge. Interment was in the Wilmore cemetery.
Gene Dorsey, Rod Baker, Mrs. F. H. Moberley and Mrs. Austin Cobb, all of Wilmore, sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Rock of Ages," and "There Will Be No Dark Valley," accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Frances Ridge. The active pallbearers were Austin Cobb, Fay Smith, Lester Trummel, C. O. Masterson, F. H. Moberley and Oscar Barber of Wilmore.
The honorary pallbearers were Ord Trummel, Alva Trummel, Earl Ferrin,
E. L. Ferrin, Leo Thornberry and Frank Van Vranken of Hazelton, Kans.
The American Legion Post No. 122 of Coldwater held the flag ceremony and the Masonic service was in charge of the Wilmore Lodge No. 412, A. F. & A. M.
William Henry Kennedy was born to Sarah Elizabeth and William Z. Kennedy in Leoti, Kans., on July 28, 1888, and passed away in the Wesley Hospital, Wichita, on September 24, 1953, at the age of 65 years, 1 month and 24 days.
He had been in failing health since he fell from a pile of hay about a year ago in South Dakota while trucking, seriously injuring his back. However, his death was attributed to cancer of the bowels.
On March 16, 1921, he was united in marriage with Miss Louisa H. McMillen of Wilmore. To this union were born six children, five daughters and one son. One daughter preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Louisa of Wilmore, Harold of Mulvane, Betty Morrow and Thelma Kennedy of Wichita, Sarah Kennedy of Greensburg, Dorothy Evans of Coldwater; two grandsons, Maurice Kennedy, Mulvane, and Danny Morrow, Wichita; also by one sister, Edith Williams, Tustin, Calif. Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
At the age of one year he moved with his parents from Leoti to Mulvane, Kans., where he grew to manhood. He attended the Mulvane grade schools. About 1911 he moved to the Wilmore community to his present home. He was a member of the Wilmore Christian church, the Wilmore Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post No. 122 of Coldwater. He served in the army in
World War I.
He was engaged in farming and trucking. Mr. Kennedy was a kind and loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.
Sarah Elizabeth(Smart) Kennedy, mother of William Henry Kennedy.
February 17, 1918:
Boys In The New Draft List
June 28, 1917:
Red Cross Fund Oversubscribed, The Wilmore News, 28 June 1917.
July 13, 1917:
Complete list of Comanche County boys who are subject to draft.
January 25, 1918:
WORK OF DRAFT BOARD.
Physical Examination to Begin Soon, 84 in Class I So Far.
February 7, 1919:
IN HONOR OF ROY GATES -- Among Our Boys
Robert Asa Cooper, Arthur Fisher, Roy Gates, William Kennedy, Ernest Hecht, Asa Hoofer, Basil Hunt, Oliver McCay, Everett Schultz, Walter Thompson and W.H. Williams.
The Western Star , May 29, 1942.
FOURTH SELECTIVE REGISTRATION LIST
Registration on April 27 Includes Men 45 to 65 Years of Age
Who Had Not Previously Registered in Comanche County.
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