Edward Kennedy – August 18, 2008

Edward Leo Kennedy
In Loving Memory
Born May 12, 1918 in Seattle to Edward H. and Louise S. Kennedy.  Passed away August 18, 2008, after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mildred; children Corinne Kennedy (Douglas Ring) and Bruce Kennedy (Barbara); granddaughters Suzanne Hunter (Bill) and Renae Kennedy; and great-grandson Shaun Hunter.  As a young man, Ed was an avid member of the Mountaineers and climbed many Northwest peaks.  He was an original member of REI, with a member number of 5.    Ed’s love of the mountains led him to serve in World War II with the Ski Troops, the 10th Mountain Division, 86th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company I, as a Staff Sergeant.  In the Army, he served as a climbing instructor and saw combat in Italy.  Ed was awarded the bronze star for bravery at Mt. Della Torraccia, and later received the purple heart.  He was discharged at Baxter General Hospital in Spokane, and although the Army gave him a generous amount of money for travel expenses, he hitchhiked home.  Following the war, he spent the summer of 1946 as chief guide on Mt. Rainier; he and Mildred were married that September.  After 33 years at S.S. White Dental Mfg. Co., working in sales and management, he retired in 1979.   Ed enjoyed hiking and skiing with longtime friends, and he and Mildred had many years of travel together, both here and abroad.  He was very active in the Mount Rainier Chapter of the 10th Mt. Div. Association.  He will be interred with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on Sept. 10th at 11:30AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Trails Association or Disabled American Veterans.
Washington Trails Association
2019 Third Ave., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121
Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250
Attn. Gift Processing

One Response to “Edward Kennedy – August 18, 2008”

  • Beth and Jon Schneidler says:

    What a wonderful article about Ed! We were so interested to hear about his service in the army. What we remember best is his warm, genuine smile and gentle manner. We will see you on Wednesday. Love, Beth and Jon

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