John Clifford Kennedy
Funeral for John Clifford Kennedy, 87, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel with Willie Irvin officiating.
Burial will be at Flower Mound Cemetery.
Mr. Kennedy passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Lawton. John C. Kennedy was born Nov. 6, 1930, on his grandmother's farm, located between Meers and Saddle Mountain, to Clifford B. and Nora (Hall) Kennedy. He attended Victory Grade School through eighth grade and later attended Cache Public Schools. After the family moved, he graduated from Lawton High School and drove the school bus his junior and senior years. He then continued working as a custodian and bus driver. He was involved in FFA, showing Berkshire pigs at both Cache and Lawton. While employed by Lawton Public Schools, he and a fellow employee used the school truck to haul rock from his grandmother's place to build a retaining wall around the playground at Lincoln Elementary School.
He married Mildred Allison on March 14, 1951. He was driving a delivery truck for Wertz Fruit Company and had just started working with his uncle as a carpenter when he was drafted into the United States Army on Feb. 14, 1952. After receiving his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., he was sent to a machinist school at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Then he was sent on tour to Korea for a year. Two days after he left for Korea, their only child, Alton, was born. Mr. Kennedy was discharged at Fort Sill.
He then owned and operated a Sinclair Service Station and later became a full-time truck driver, owning and operating John Kennedy Produce for 17 years. He also drove for several other companies, including J.R. Stewart, Malone Oil Company, Glenn Oil Company, Humpty Dumpty, Santa Fe Railroad, Republic Gypsum and Koch Trucking, Minneapolis, Minn. He was very involved in the school events and activities of his two grandsons, Christopher and Derick. He started taking them hiking in the Wildlife Refuge, where he grew up, before Derick was even a year old.
Mr. Kennedy was always there to support his great-grandson, John W., in school archery, baseball and soccer games. He spent several Saturdays, rain or shine, down on the southwest corner of the Lawton Soccer field. Then, there were T-Ball games for great-granddaughters Caitlyn and Micaela. He loved spending time with his great-grandson, Wyatt. John loved collecting old things and was a former member of Poor Boys and current member of Cache Creek Tractor Club and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of 66 years; his son, Alton; two grandsons and their spouses: Christopher and Jessica Kennedy and Derick and April Kennedy; four great-grandchildren: John W. Kennedy, Micaela Wermy, Caitlyn Kennedy and Wyatt Kennedy; two brothers: Theodore Kennedy and Leon Tugmon; four aunts: Cleo Wheeler, Barbara Mannen, Fern Hall and Wilma Hall; and numerous nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford B. and Nora (Hall) Kennedy; his stepfathers: Elton Tugmon and James Rhoenkohl; his grandparents: Tom and Jenny Kennedy Willis and John and Mary Hall; one brother, Larry Tugmon; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
A special viewing and visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the funeral home.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at GrayFuneral.com.