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Services Sunday for Thomas W. Kennedy

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Thomas W. Kennedy, 67, passed away peacefully at home on December 18, 2014 following an eight month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was born December 17, 1947 in Carlisle, PA to William F. Kennedy and Janet C. Cornman Kennedy.

Tom is survived by his best friend and loving wife Faith, children William (Lynn) Kennedy of Valparaiso, Christina Kennedy of Chesterton, Brian (Melynda) Greenfield of Westville and Deborah (Michael) Kurz of Chesterton, brother David (Kathy) Kennedy of Mays Landing, NJ, sister Susan (Jim) Rynard of Carlisle, PA, granddaughter Kaitlyn Kurz, many cousins and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, wife Deborah Bratcher Kennedy who passed away 4/18/1991, and daughter Cassandra Kennedy who passed away 11/7/2014.

Mr. Kennedy had an extraordinary musical career and delighted many with his clarinet performances. He was raised in a musical family, and his father was his first clarinet instructor. Mr. Kennedy was retired from the Duneland School Corporation where he held the position of Director of Music Education for 25 years, taught Intermediate and Middle School band for 33 years and was active with the Trojan Guard Marching Band during his early years at Duneland. Prior to his Duneland career, he was a Band Instructor for 6 years in the Crown Point Community School Corporation. Mr. Kennedy also taught a number of students privately and influenced many young people to begin life long careers in music and music education.

Mr. Kennedy held a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. The clarinet was his principal instrument, although he was also proficient on saxophone. Mr. Kennedy was the principal clarinetist with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Michigan City Municipal Band and the Chamber Winds Woodwind Quintet. He also performed with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Windiana Concert Band.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Liberty Bible Church, 824 North Calumet Avenue, Chesterton, IN 46304 with Pastor Bob Nienhuis officiating. There will be a visitation on Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 2 until 6 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, IN.

Mr. Kennedy requested memorials be given to the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra or the Independent Cat Society. To send an online condolence, please visit


Posted 12/19/2014