Major Jack A. Kennedy (USMC retired), 88, of Olathe, passed away March 26, 2009 in Olathe, KS.

Major Jack A. Kennedy (USMC retired), 88, of Olathe, passed away March 26, 2009 in Olathe, KS.
Major Kennedy was born on December 21, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Walter and Emily Kennedy.  He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Air Science while on active duty in the Marine Corps.
Major Kennedy served in the South Pacific during World War II, participating in the battle for Guadalcanal.  He decided to become a career Marine and received his aviator wings in 1946.  He flew jet fighters during the Korean conflict and served 2 tours of duty as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam during the 1960’s.
A high point of Major Kennedy’s career was his assignment as a White House helicopter aircraft commander from 1958 through 1962.  He served both Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  He retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of active service.
In 1982 he and his wife, Mary retired to Pittsburg, Kansas.  They were avid golfers and longtime members of the Crestwood Country Club.  In 2005, they moved to the Kansas City area to be nearer to their daughter.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Bernice Goble.  He is survived by his daughter Merry Quackenbush of Leawood, KS, his son Jack Kennedy, Jr. of Tulsa, OK, two nieces – Nancy and Kathy Kennedy, as well as 2 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m, Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home.  Family will receive friends for one hour at 12:30 p.m. until service time.  Burial will be in the Ft. Scott National Cemetery.  Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS  66762.