Born Feb. 23, 1937, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late John F. and Catherine I. (Ricketts) Kennedy.
John had worked for Dow Jones in Silver Spring, Md., and was a machinist at The Herald-Mail for more than 20 years. John retired in 2001 from Canteen, where he repaired vending machines.
He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed yard sales, feeding birds in his yard and driving. He was a huge Baltimore Orioles fan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Vera G. (Garton) Knight Kennedy; a daughter, Debra K. Norman of Cumberland; a sister, Lovalene Jones of Hagerstown; a brother, Vernon P. Kennedy of Tucson, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Michelle N. Evitts and husband, Eric A., of Fairplay, Md.; a great-grandson, Ethan A. Evitts of Fairplay; a niece, Julie Chase of Hagerstown; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Wayne C. Knight; and a sister, Monica Kennedy.
A funeral service will be Friday, May 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Mark C. Mooney officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday one hour before the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, or directly to the family.