OBITUARY: Warren Karr Kennedy

Warren Karr Kennedy passed peacefully from life on this earth to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Warren was born in Newton, on June 22, 1939, to Carl and Maurine Kennedy. He is preceded in death by his parents, and two half-brothers, Kermit and Lawrence.

Warren grew up in Newton, and, even as a boy, had the unique gift of observation and appreciation of nature and would often point out something he saw that others might not notice at all. Warren enjoyed camping, was active as a Boy Scout and took great pride in attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout in 1954. His love of the outdoors was definitely fostered in his scouting days

Warren graduated from Newton High School in 1957, from Bethel College in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from Kansas State University in 1963 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Warren served in the United States Army (Reserves) 1963-1969. Warren married Judy Thompson on June 14, 1964, in Arkansas City. He was employed by the Gas Service Company as an engineer and later moved into management in gas distribution, ultimately serving as the superintendent for the Wichita area. He worked for the same company for 35 years (Gas service company, KPL Gas Service, Western Resources, OneOK Inc., OneGas) until his retirement in 1998.

Warren was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Even though his work was demanding, he always made sure that his family came first. Warren, with Judy, attended hundreds of ball games, concerts and activities of his children and grandchildren, faithfully showing by his presence that he loved and cared for them.

Warren loved his Lord and was very active in his church life, serving as elder, on missions and finance committees and through teaching both adult and young adult Sunday School classes. Warren, with Judy, served as a faithful member of Riverlawn Christian Church for many years.

Warren’s heart was to quietly and sacrificially serve the needs of others. When his mother was in a care home, he drove on his lunch hours to visit her almost daily. Once he retired, he delivered friendship meals, drove others to health care appointments and took the time to provide godly counsel to many. In addition to his time, Warren gave generously to many individuals and organizations. He volunteered for several organizations like the Lion’s Club International and ministries, such as Wichita’s Union Rescue Mission, which was a real love of his. He was intentional about getting to know the men personally and truly valued their friendship. He had a Christ-like compassion and love for those who were struggling through addictions and hardships and was a source of encouragement and support for many years.

Throughout his adult life, hunting, hiking, fishing and K-State football were all sources of enjoyment for him. Many family vacations were spent in Colorado and no one loved the mountains more than Warren. On numerous occasions, he would say, “Just scatter my ashes over the mountains.” Warren enjoyed all kinds of music, played the trumpet in his high school band and was always excited to see his grandchildren perform in their many musical concerts. Warren had artistic ability, which he expressed in working with stained glass and woodcarving of different types.

Warren is survived by his wife, Judy, his son, Todd (Kristi) Kennedy of Valley Center, his daughter, Staci (David) Landis of Newton and his grandchildren, Joshua and Maddie Landis of Kansas City, Abbi and Brennyn Pankratz of Wichita, Lizzi Landis, Jake Landis and Christian Kennedy. Warren had one great-grandchild, Emmersyn Rae Pankratz.

A visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 18, 5-7 p.m., in the Fireside Room and a Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Both were held at Riverlawn Christian Church, 4243 N. Meridian, Wichita.

Memorials may be made in Warren’s name to the Union Rescue Mission, 2800 N. Hillside, Wichita, Kan., 67219, or Riverlawn Christian Church, 4243 N. Meridian, Wichita, Kan., 67204.

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