Jim was born to the late Clay and Minnie Markus Kennedy on Oct. 18, 1926, in Massac County. He graduated from Cairo High School in 1944. Jim served our country in the Army for two years during World War II. He married Mary Lillian Hilgeman on June 22, 1948. They were happily married for 64 years.
Jim worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years. He was a dedicated Christian and charter member of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Metropolis.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kennedy; one brother, Virgil Kennedy of Montgomery, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cindy Kennedy of Metropolis; son Mark Kennedy of Metropolis; grandchildren, Michael and wife Christy Kennedy of Metropolis, Heather Kennedy of Metropolis, Amber Kennedy and husband Josh of Paducah and Caleb Kennedy of Princeton, N.J.; his great-grandchildren, Kelsey Kennedy of Metropolis; and Karson Powell of Paducah; one aunt, Edna Markus of Metropolis; his sisters-in-law, Ruth Schmidt of Omaha, Neb. and Martha Henry and husband Lowell of Metropolis; as well as many other close relatives and friends.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Emma Kennedy; daughter-in-law, Teresa Kennedy; and sister-in-law, Shirley Kennedy of Montgomery.
Funeral service was held Monday at Lutheran Church of the Cross with Rev. David Deem officiating.
Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Chris Markus, Larry Markus, Lee Markus, Johnny Markus, Greg Henry and Mike Hillebrand.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.