James L Kennard

January 22, 2014 

James L Kennard

Jim Kennard, 77, passed away unexpectedly at the home on Jan. 15, 2014.

He was born Feb. 13, 1936 in Kansas City, Mo. to George A. Kennard and Lorna G. Brockway Kennard. He grew up in the Kansas City area. Jim met and married his beloved wife, Nancy, in 1957 when they began their life together in a tiny cabin at Lake Lotawana. The Kennards made homes for their family in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and eventually back to Lake Lotawana where he happily lived for more than 35 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Kennard Bracken, Pleasant Hill; his son, Kurt Kennard and his wife, Jana, Warsaw, Mo., daughter-in-law Linda Kennard, Grain Valley; sisters Gina Berry, Eaglesville, Mo. and Anita Drumright, Topsham, Maine; sisters-in-law Meredith Hahn, Cameron, Mo. and Beverly Kennard, Phoenix, Ariz.; grandsons Jimmie Bracken, John (Julia) Bracken, Doug (Erin) Bracken and Andy Bracken; step-grandchildren Michael (Danet) Bracken, Scott (Jennie) Bracken, Tiffany (Jamie) Parks, Josh (Melanie) Grote, Jared (Brianna) Grote; his great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his sons Kris and Kip, brother George and his parents.

Jim was more than 55 year member of IBEW LU No.124. He always looked forward to his monthly breakfast and lunch plans with his high school buddies and electrician brothers. In particular, Jim enjoyed family gatherings, visits with the neighbors and living at the Lake.

Jim will be cremated. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Floral Hills East Cemetery. An opportunity to enjoy lunch and visit with the family will follow immediately after at the Kennard home, Lake Lotawana.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care in support of the tremendous work this group provides.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our family, friends and neighbors for their steadfast love and care.

(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, 816-524-3700)

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