1937 - 2016

Robert Denny “Bob” Kennedy, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Villas of Holly Brook in Pekin.

Born Aug. 12, 1937, in Pekin to Howard and Francis Bolling Kennedy. He married Sandra VonBoeckman in 1958 in Pekin. He later married P. Jean Burgess Daman Aug. 24, 1985, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Sept. 17, 2016, in Peoria.

He also was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Surviving are six children, John F. Kennedy and Suzanne (Jim) Adcock, both of Pekin, Robert (Linda) Daman of Western Springs, Thomas (Gail) Daman and Lynda (Gary) Reis, both of Wausau, Wis., and Sue Ann (Karl) Dietrich of Brimfield; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Francis (Jim) Albee of Oklahoma.

Bob had worked for Getz Fire Equipment for many years. He later worked for Glass Specialty, retiring in 2015.

He was a longtime member of the St. Jude Tazewell County Golf Committee and was instrumental in raising money for St. Jude.

He was a very social person and loved being around people. A sports fanatic, he had been captain of the football team at Illinois Weslyan University.

Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services.

Burial of cremated remains will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Forest City at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

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