Charles (Chuck) Gardner Kennedy, age 59, passed away at his home on October 25th, 2010.       

Charles (Chuck) Gardner Kennedy, age 59, passed away at his home on October 25th, 2010.        

Chuck was born and raised in Pittsburg, by Verne “Bub” Kennedy and Helen Kennedy.  He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1969.  He graduated from Wichita State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

Chuck was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country with honor.

To describe Chuck, one must envision diplomat, historian, and human rights activist.  He was the man behind the scenes and truly made a difference.  As director of Community Action Programs in both Missouri and Iowa, Chuck eased the suffering and touched the lives of thousands of children and families in those states.  Chuck helped develop and was the first Executive Director of the Missouri Family Health Council and had a rewarding career in health care consulting.

As a member of the American Legion, Chuck fulfilled his responsibilities in promoting patriotism and advocating honor and devotion to veterans.

To know Chuck, one must be prepared to debate.  An avid historian and political activist; Chuck enjoyed communicating with those of like and of opposite beliefs.  He was a devoted Democrat and served the Clinton election campaign.  Chuck was a true sportsman and enjoyed the fellowship of friends and family, especially during a great football game.  His greatest love was holidays with his children, grandchildren, and family.  Chuck had excellent culinary skills and delighted in preparing lavish holiday meals; old family recipes were in high demand.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Kennedy; stepmother, Margaret Kennedy; daughter, Casie Stephens (husband, Kirk Stephens), daughter, Cori Schmidt (husband, Kyle Schmidt) and grandsons, Solomon and Samuel Stephens; sister, Jeannette Minnis (husband, Daniel Minnis); step-brother, Larry Septak (wife, Debbie Septak); step-sister, Linda Spain (husband, Herb Spain) and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members who can all relish in his devotion and accomplishments to those less fortunate.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher; and beloved father, Verne “Bub” Kennedy.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday (Oct. 28) at the Brenner Mortuary.  The family will receive friends, following the service, until 8:00 p.m.  The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.  These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS  66762.  Friends may also leave condolences online at  Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.