We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Owens Funeral Home
Charles R. Kennedy, 84, of Champaign, died on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Accolade Healthcare Center in Paxton.
The funeral service will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens (Champaign) mausoleum on Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 am with Rev. Chris Edmonds officiating. Owens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born on April 12, 1938 in New York, NY, to Charles Kennedy Sr and Harriet Andrews Kennedy.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pamella; 8 children, Charles Kennedy Jr of SC, Diane (Wilson) Pietri of NJ, Stephen Kennedy of NY, Athena Kennedy of Puerto Rico, Patrick (Kristen) Kennedy of Dieterich, Michael Kennedy of Gibson City, Kim (Paul) Whiteleather of Carol Stream and Sherry Hodges of Mahomet; 17 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 1 brother, Bob Kennedy.
He was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Kathleen Kennedy, 1 granddaughter, Veronica Kennedy, and 1 brother, Eddie Kennedy.
Charles joined the 26th precinct of the New York Police Department in 1965. He earned retirement in 1981 and moved his family to Central Illinois a few years later. Charles was always an athlete and was very proud of his various accomplishments in high school sports and beyond. In his retirement years he stayed active as a competitive runner, competing in foot races well into his late 70's. Charles also enjoyed reading and collecting books, comics, baseball cards, music and more. He loved old music, TV shows and movies. His favorite comedians were The Three Stooges. His favorite restaurant was Perkins, where they knew him and Pam by name and were like a second family. He will dearly missed.
The family asks that donations be made to The Dementia Society of America, rather than sending flowers. Friends are welcome to join the family at Perkins after the funeral, (at their own expense) to share stories about Charles.
The Dementia Society of America