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“Jim was not only the eldest son of close friends and neighbors, he was our paperboy. His little bulldog "Archie" accompanied him on this usual rounds...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kay Fischer - frankfort, MI

“So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. God's peace be with you and the family.Pastor John and Sharon Sorenson ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: John and Sharon Sorenson - Sumner, IA

“So sorry for your loss. We are sending our love and prayers to all of the Kennedy family. Love, Elizabeth and Brian Aubel ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Elizabeth Aubel - Marietta, GA

“We are so sorry and shocked to receive the news of Jim's death and offer our deep sympathy to Margaret and the family. Dave and Barb Hennessey ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: DAVID Hennessey - Sumner, IA

“Margaret and family, sad news to hear of Jim's death- thinking of all of you at this sad time ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Wells - Sumner - Friend

“We were so sorry to read of Jim's passing. Have many find memories of conversations with Jim at CMH and of the remodeling projects completed with him...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mike and Nancy Petersen - AZ

“Margaret & Family our deepest sympathy & prayers to All. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jan & Dwight Wedemeier - Sumner, IA


James Robert Kennedy, 75, passed away March 20, 2020 in his home after a short battle with cancer.

Jim was born in Iowa City, IA on May 26, 1944 to Robert and Mary Louise Kennedy. He graduated from City High in Iowa City in 1964. He attended the University of Iowa before joining the Navy in 1967 where he attained the rank of Radarman 3rd Class. In April of 1968 he married his wife, Margaret Steele, before shipping out to Vietnam on the U.S.S. King for the next three years. After leaving the Navy, Jim attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating with a degree in Pharmacy in 1975.

Jim was the longtime pharmacist and owner of Sumner Pharmacy in Sumner, IA. He was a member of the Sumner American Legion. He also served on the board of Wilson Grove Cemetery and the Planning and Zoning Committee for the city of Sumner. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, cowboy action shooting, his horses, rebuilding old John Deere machinery, and the Friday Night Round Table.

Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret; his four children, Michael (Lynn), Matthew, Mary-Margaret Gabrielsson (Henrik), and William (Amanda); grandchildren, Madelyn, Joshua, Gabrielle, Grayson, and Adaline Kennedy and Rebecca and Benjamin Gabrielsson. He is also survived by his siblings, Richard (Cindy), David (Cristina), Patricia McBride-Fedder (Steve), Carol Keenen (Patrick); and nieces, nephews, cousins, and his faithful furbaby, Connor. He is preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Wesley Michael Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Israel Hospice House in Ames, IA, a hospice of your choice, or Puppy Jake Foundation (providing and training service dogs for veterans).

A memorial service will be scheduled in the future. Please check back for details on a memorial service for Jim.