James David Kennedy

James David Kennedy

December 02, 1929 - March 03, 2024

James David Kennedy

December 02, 1929 - March 03, 2024



James David Kennedy, 94, of South Beaver Township, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Providence Care Center, Beaver Falls.

Born on December 2, 1929, in Morgantown, WV, he was the son of the late Nora (Henderson) Kennedy.

James enlisted into the US Army at the age of 14 with a heart to serve. Upon completion of bootcamp, the US Army discovered his true age, and elected to have James repeat the basic training over from day one, until the paperwork required for release could be processed. On his third completion of basic training, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army.  He then enlisted in the US Marine Corps the moment he was of age and served 2 tours. Beyond the uniform, James was a devoted family man and strong believer in Jesus Christ. Semper Fidelis is the Marine Corps motto, meaning “Always Faithful” and that was clearly written into his heart from birth as he displayed the character of a man who would always persevere, always stand on what’s right, and always choose to follow the steps of his Faithful God. A member of Chippewa Alliance Church, he served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher for many years. James was a humble servant who also had a heart to minister to the elderly and hospitalized.

His unwavering commitment to both his faith in Jesus and his sacrificial love for others will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we bid an earthly farewell to this truly remarkable man, may the memories of his love, faith, and sacrifice continue to bring comfort to those who mourn his passing from this life. Let us rejoice, however, as his soul now rests eternally in the presence of the Most High God whose love endures forever.

In addition to his mother, James was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Treva (Hart) Kennedy; a daughter, Judtih Kennedy; and two brothers, Frederick and Richard Kennedy.

He is survived by his children, James (Bonnie) Kennedy and Alice “Sue” (Richard) Riley; five grandchildren, David (Denise), James (Brigette), Matthew, Kyle, and Cullen; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 11AM at Chippewa Alliance Church, 3629 37th Street Ext., Beaver Falls, PA.  The Beaver County Special Unit will accord military honors prior to the service.

Private interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in James’ name to Chippewa Alliance Church.

The GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., Chippewa Twp., 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, is honored to be caring for Jim and his family.

Celebration of Life

  • Date & Time: March 09, 2024 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Chippewa Allaiance Church
  • Location: 3629 37th Street Ext. Beaver Falls, PA 15010 - (Get Directions)

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