J. Paul Kennedy

J. Paul Kennedy, 88, of Findlay, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Heritage.

He was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Wheeling, W.Va., to the late James Walter and Elizabeth Larue Kennedy.

He graduated from Marietta High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. He attended the Ohio State University (1944-48) and graduated from the College of Dentistry in 1948. He worked at the Traverse City Mental Institute in Michigan, and general practice dentistry in Montgomery, W.Va., before enlisting in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps as a lieutenant. After the service, he had a general dentistry practice in Findlay from 1953-1992. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of the B. P. O. E. # 75 in Findlay, and served as past exalted ruler. He was a member of Rotary and was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a past president and trustee of the Findlay Country Club. He was a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association and Psi Omega dental fraternity. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and everyone who met him, loved “J. Paul”.

He was preceded by his wives, Marjorie (Hendry) Kennedy and Mary (Hardman) Kennedy. He is survived by his brother, Jack L. Kennedy of Hastings, Mich.; children, Terry Kennedy Mancini (Joseph), Upper Arlington, Ohio, and James Edward Kennedy, Memphis, Tenn.; stepchildren, Stephen Hardman (Marianne DiCerbo), Delmar, N.Y., and Michael Hardman (Robin), Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrea Swafford (Graham) and Stephanie Kennedy, Nashville, Tenn., Michael Andrews (Courtney), Lexington, Ky., Carrie, Lauren and Christopher Hardman, Anne Roddy, Jane Henry and Claire Marshall, Joseph Legato and Jon Legato; and great-grandchildren, Zachary and Finley Andrews and Kennedy Swafford.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2330 South Main Street, Findlay, Ohio, with the Rev. Patrick Cherry officiating. A reception will follow the service in fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites contributions to be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com