Leon Kennedy

Born: Sun., May 23, 1937
Died: Fri., Mar. 20, 2020

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Leon Kennedy

May 23, 1937 to March 20, 2020

Leon Kennedy, 82, a life-long resident of South Bend passed away peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness on Friday March 20, 2020. After graduating from South Bend Central High School in 1955 he entered the military and served his county in Korea. After an honorable discharge he returned to South Bend where he worked at Bendix, South Bend Range, Transpo and Allied Stamping. Leon eventually retired from Studebaker Golf Course in 2018. An avid Hall of Fame bowler Leon held a 200 plus average for over 30 years and rolled 11 perfect games. Leon also loved to play golf. After shooting his age he would often say I am not that good I am just old.

Leon is survived by countless friends and will always be remembered for his love for life. He will be dearly missed.

Cremation will take place. Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus and there will be a celebration of Leon’s life at a later date. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy. Condolences may be expressed via email at www.welsheimers.com.

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Val Medich
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
My condolences to his sons and families. I spent a lot of time with Leon. Rest In Peace my friend

Becky Schermerhorn
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Rest in Peace Leon, I considered myself blessed to have called you friend and coworker. So many years between Howard Park and Studebaker. More like a park and Rec family member.
You will be missed.

William H Quirk
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
R.I.P. Leon Great guy. Always had a joke. I was a Bartender at the Ewing Cafe where you would stop for a minute. At Ease, Brother... We have the watch now.

Ruby Smith-Larkin, Chicago Illinois
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
I and my brothers Charles, Leroy and George and my sister Rosie, all ,of Chicago, extend our sincere condolences. We knew Leon many years. He was always a fun person to be around. We pray that he will rest in peace.

Harry and Peg Mathes
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
RIP sweet man

Sue Cruise
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Leon. You were a great golf buddy who never let us win! Hope you are sipping on VO. We'll miss you.
Liz & Sue

Robert Nawrocki
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
A true American and Veteran fellow Bowler from the 60’s
Rip Bob Nawrocki

Jackie Jewell and Willam Jewell
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Love from your cousins Jackie and William Jewell in Indianapolis. You will be missed

Shirley Alcorn
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
With love from Shirley in Indianapolis

Margaret Clements
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
On behalf of the Clements family, we send our sincere condolences to your loved ones. We thank you for your service and have cherished your contributions to our community.

Gary and Karen Deardurff
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to the Kennedy family. Leon was fun to be around. His personality sparkled throughout a crowd. A good man has gone to Heaven.

Marietta Tyks
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Leon’s family. He was a great person and I will miss him dearly at the All Central Reunions and the golf course. He was a sweet man, always loving and caring for others. My prayers are with Leons family at this time of sorrow.

   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Leon you will missed tremendously by so many especially me.

Walter T Trzop
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
A life well lived and still cut short. You will be missed. Thanks for all you have done and accomplished. From all your adopted son's may you rest in peace.

Larry Watson
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Leon has been a friend for 40 years, we shared many enjoyable moments & watched the other grow.

Thank you for handling this solemn part of his life.

Sandra Anderson
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
We are all saddened of the homegoing of our cousin.We have so many fond memories of our youth and adult years spent together. Leon loved bowling and golf and we shared these fun outings and family gatherings when he often came to visit.
We love and will miss him.
Alvin & Sandra Anderson

Bob Craft
   Posted Thu April 02, 2020
I met Leon when I started golfing at Studebaker G C. He ran the clubhouse with integrity, humor, and a certain no-nonsense quality. He was a joy. He once chased me off of the putting green in no uncertain terms, because I was chipping there. (I didn't know any better.) We often carried on long conversations after a round about his life, golf and golfers, bowling, warm muggy weather (he loved it; I hate it!),South Bend and the Benton Harbor Schools, and anything else that struck our fancy. He spoke honestly and directly and without hate. I missed him when he retired. I miss him more now. May you, his family, find peace in your mourning. He is at rest.