Donald P. Kennedy

August 23, 1960 ‒ September 12, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

Donald “Don” Preston Kennedy, 60, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2020 with his family by his side after a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born on August 23, 1960 to Searl and Lois (Evans) Kennedy. Don married his high school sweetheart, Amy Corba, on September 11, 1982.

Don worked for Kokosing Construction for 27 years. Although a hard worker, Don still made the most out of his life. He enjoyed kicking butt on the golf course on Sundays and watching the Buckeyes win, but he was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. Don took pride in his daughters, making them his number one priority, and was the most amazing father. He had an orneriness about him that gave him the ability to make anyone laugh, but above all, he will be remembered for his big heart and kind nature. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Don never hesitated to put others needs before his own. His absence is felt deeply by those who were lucky enough to know him, but the love and memories shared with him will be cherished forever.

Don is survived by his father, Searl (Lynda) Kennedy; wife of 38 years, Amy Kennedy; daughters, Devan (Amanda) Kennedy; son-in-law, Chris Ott; grandchildren, Layla, Wyatt, and Jackson; fur baby, Woody Haze; brothers, Searl “Punk” (Jody) Kennedy, Bob (Deb) Kennedy, Richard (Kandi) Kennedy, and Jim (Connie) Kennedy; father-in-law, John Corba; and sister and brothers-in-law, John (Jimmy) Corba and Beth Corba.

Don is preceded in death by his mother, Lois Kennedy; daughter, Ashley Dawn Ott; and brother, Steve Kennedy.

Friends may call on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 4-7PM at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown.  A service will be held on Friday, at the funeral home, beginning at 11AM with Pastor Patrick Bailey officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio.

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  • Amy. Devan and Family
    May the memories help ease some of the pain. Deepest sympathy and love.
    Joe and Charlotte Gardner

  • To Amy and the extended Kennedy/Corba family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Don’s passing, which was much too soon. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy for your great loss.
    Scott and Julie Shoemaker

  • So very sorry to learn of Don’s health issues and eventual passing. One of the most difficult things in life is not being able to help someone who needs help. Prayers for peace and comfort in days and months ahead. Love the entire family.

  • We were so sorry to hear that Don had passed. I’ve known Don since we were Red Sox in Little League baseball and he was always the life of the party. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kennedy/Corba family.

  • Amy and family, my heart is truly saddened by Don’s passing. May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you the strength to see you through this difficult time.
    René and Scott Hefner

  • Dear Amy and family,
    So very sorry for the loss of Don. Hope and pray that your memories carry you through this difficult time and you find comfort and healing in the love and support from friends and family.

    Edie Spencer Bates and family

  • Amy, Devan, Amanda & extended family & friends of Don’s – our heart aches for your loss of an awesome husband, father & friend. Words can’t express how appreciative we are for the short time Don had to show Amanda what a father should be, showing & giving her his unconditional love & kindness. He will be missed & remembered by so many. May you all find peace & comfort in knowing Don is being highly rewarded for his love & hard work on earth. Love, Linda & Hector

  • Amy & Devon – so very sorry to hear of another untimely loss. No words can ever ease the pain you’re going through. Just know that you are not alone…you have family, friends, a community that grieves with you and who are here for you. May God bless and comfort you through this difficult time.

  • Amy & Family,

    Although no words can take away the sorrow that you have, may you find it comforting to know that others care so very much……thinking of all you during this sad time and sending love.

  • Sorry to hear about this prayers are with you Lady and your family members will god Bless you and your family at this time

  • Kennedy and Corba families
    Don was a very good friend as we grew up chasing the streets wasting gas.. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.. I pray for comfort for all of you at this time.. You all hear he’s in a better place but we actually want them with us forever.. but that saying is only for the ones that fight and can’t win the battle of any disease. So Don Rest In Peace till we meet again.. Donny Cline

  • So sorry for your loss I have known Don since we were little. Hew was good at baseball and yes very ornrey. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Dear Amy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have fond memories of growing up with the Kennedy boys as neighbors and always enjoyed Don and his sense of humor. Prayers for for peace as you endure this difficult time as a family.
    Becky Hines Robertson

  • Sorry to hear about the loss of Don.He was always a really nice man.may god wrap his arms around u (Amy) and Devin and the rest of the family. Prayers coming your way.

  • Amy , so sorry for your loss. He was a nice guy I’d run into at dg lol from time to time. Always had a smile . I’m sorry for all the things you had to deal with this year , look to family and friends during this sad time and they will help you through. A big hug from me to you , your in my thoughts. God bless.

  • To the Kennedy/Corba family,

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Amy, Devan and cherished family,

    Your hearts must be breaking. I pray you are able to treasure the memories and hold them close in your heart until you meet again.

    May the Lord Jesus hold you close because that is the only way you will find any kind of peace and comfort in this messed-up world. You are so loved.

    I am fervently sending prayers so that you may find peace and comfort.

    Love, Tim, Melanie and Destiny Bittinger

  • My condolences to don’s family and loved ones. Had recently heard of his illness and sadly, now his passing. While reading the beautiful remembrance of don i was able to see that he had become in adulthood what I experienced as a youthful cohort of his, a fun loving, genuine, loyal and yes sometimes ornery friend who always made me smile and laugh. His energy and positivity were infectious and always brightened my day. “The Donz” will hold a place in my memories and for that I am grateful. To his loved ones my thoughts and prayers for your loss.

  • The Kennedy family,
    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Very sorry to hear about your loss. We were just found it on Face Book. our prayers are with you guys. Was Don the one one that lived below you guys?

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May you find strength and comfort during this difficult time. You are in our prayers🙏🙏🙏

  • I know I speak for the entire Class of 69-06 United States Air Force Pilot Training Class. Johnny Corba was a member of this group And his daughter’s have always been so close to all the Flying Fokkers. We share your loss and may God bless and keep you as your lost one flies WEST for his final flight ✈️.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for the family, Don will be greatly missed but not forgotten cherish the memories God bless the family and friends .

  • Amy and family,
    Please know you are thought of and loved during this time. May all the good memories bring you laughter and smiles in between the waves of tears and grief. May you be comforted by all those who love you and with the love of our heavenly Father who has your husband and daughter reunited together to watch over you.

  • Heartfelt sympathy to Amy and the entire family. Heaven has gained another Angel way too soon. Prayers for strength and peace during this time!

  • Dear Amy and family. So sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine what you have been thru. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories. Love to all.

  • Dear Kennedy and Corba families, We were so very sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. We have great memories of our boys and Donnie growing up and playing ball together. We offer thought and prayers today and the days to come . Please be comforted knowing how much others share your grief. God Bless.

  • Dear Amy , Thinking of you at this sad time and sending, LOVE, HUGS and Prayers , and deepest sympathy to you and urging you to hold on and hang on.Much love, Mabel Weller.

  • Our hearts are breaking with yours. Praying the Father of all comfort continue to be huge for you Amy and family. We are lifting you up in prayer.
    Charlie and Joanie

  • So sorry to hear this news. My condolences and prayers for strength to the entire family. I have great memories of that ornery smile, fun loving nature and sneaky competitiveness in our youth. Surely gone way too soon but not forgotten.🙏🏼💪❤️

  • Sending love, hugs, and prayers to your family. Only the Lord can mend your broken heart. I will be praying for your family in the upcoming year.

  • Amy and Family, Our hearts go out to you. We pray for strength for all of you to endure the loss of Don. Cherish all of the family memories. Bless you. Ray and Pat Davis

  • It was with deep regret I learned of Don’s passing. I have fond memories of coaching Don and will always appreciate that opportunity. My deepest sympathy to the family. Don left us much too soon.

  • It was with deep regret that I learned of Don’s passing. I have great memories of coaching Don. My deepest sympathy to the Kennedy and Corba families.

  • Amy:
    Darla and I are so sorry to hear about our good friend passing. Going to miss my golf buddy on Sunday mornings, never a dull moment with Don in the golf cart with you and his famous beef jerky. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for all your family. My buddy left us way to soon!!

    Greg and Darla Frazier

  • So very sorry to learn of Don’s health issues and eventual passing–too young. Also sorry for all you have had to go thru. Many hugs and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love ya

  • Amy, family and all who loved Don, so very sorry for for ur loss. May God help u all through this hard journey.Bless u all.
    Dave and Jackie(Pence)Montgomery & family

  • This news is so Very Sad. Any ,Devan and your families and Don’s family. know my heart goes out to you. So sorry I am far away . My thoughts are always with you and Prayers. I love you and your family. I have Wonderful memories I hold in my thoughts of you and Don. You have a SPECIAL place in my heart and know God Loves You . You are Never alone God takes your sorrows, Trust him to carry you through today and tomorrow.My Deepest Sympathies HUGS and LOVE you. Connie Lee

  • We are sending our deepest sympathy to the Kennedy and Corba families. Although we didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Don, we consider other members of the families as our friends and we are saddened by your loss. Hope Don gives Bonnie a big hug for us as he meets up with her in Heaven. Hope your fond memories will help you through this loss. You are in our thoughts. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

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