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Joseph Patrick Kennedy

September 20, 1944 — December 30, 2020

Joseph Patrick Kennedy, 76, Frankfort, KS, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Frankfort Community Care Home. He died after a 14 year battle with Alzheimer’s that ended with COVID-19. A public visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m at Padden Funeral Chapel. There will be no family present for the visitation. The private funeral mass with immediate family only will be Thursday, Jan. 7, at 11:00 a.m. with a rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Live streaming will be available through Kinsley Mortuary Facebook page. There will be a private burial following the mass service at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Frankfort, KS. Pallbearers are Jeremy Brandt, Joe Lauer, Roger Jones, Wayne Mitchell, and Bob Roeder. The family would like to recognize all of Joe’s nieces and nephews as honorary pallbearers. Joe was born on Sept. 20, 1944, in Frankfort, KS, the son of W. F. and Opal Kennedy. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1962, and attended Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS. He married Marybeth Vader on Sept. 12, 1964. After living in Kansas City for 6 years, they moved to Frankfort in 1970, when he began his career in banking at First National Bank, Frankfort. He served his family’s organization for 40 years, ending as Chairman of the Board Emeritus. Joe was a lifelong member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Frankfort. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America and many other community activities. He was involved from the beginning, of the Frankfort Community Care Home, serving multiple terms on the board. Professionally Joe was involved in Community Bankers Association of Kansas, serving as chairman 1996-97. He served on the original board of directors of Bankers Bank of Kansas, also served on the board of directors of the Independent Community Bankers of America, including the agricultural committee for ICBA for 20 years. Joe loved fishing, golfing, hunting, card club, and he loved anything grandkids. He was an avid KSU fan and enjoyed many sports and attending numerous sporting events. Joe had a way of bringing laughter to every situation. Whether it be a somber funeral, enjoying time with his grandkids, golfing with friends and family, or at bank conventions, humor was always on the agenda with Joe. Survivors include his wife, Marybeth, of the home. Daughter Ann, (Frank) Kohman, Wheaton, KS. Daughter Kathi, (Duane) Broxterman, Rutledge, GA. Son Jay, (Maggi) Kennedy, Frankfort. Grandchildren Samantha (Kohman), (Wes) Weishaar, Silver Lake, KS. Rebecca (Kohman), (Caleb) Broxterman, Kansas City, KS. Dylan Broxterman, Athens, GA. Austin Broxterman, Smyrna, GA. Maura Kennedy, Alva, OK. Olivia Kennedy, KSU student. Great-grandchildren William Weishaar, Perry Broxterman. Sisters Jean Gose, Sr. Janet Kennedy, Sara Mullen, Martha Miller, Jane Adams. Brother Bill Kennedy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Anne Thoma, Sr. Susanna Kennedy, Judy Kennedy, Nancy Padden, and Patricia who died in infancy. A memorial fund is established for Frankfort Community Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association, and may be sent in care of Padden Funeral Chapel, Frankfort, KS. Funeral for Joseph Patrick Kennedy To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, please visit our flower store.

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