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Douglas Owen Kennedy

December 14, 1918 ~ November 29, 2017 (age 98)

Douglas Owen Kennedy, 98, a resident of Country Meadows, Wyomissing, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2017 at Reading Hospital.

He was the widower of Evelyn (McClain) Kennedy.

Born December 14, 1918 in Wylam, AL, he was a son of the late Douglas Harkness and Annie Laurie (Owen) Kennedy.

Douglass was a 1936 graduate of Hueytown High School, Hueytown, AL, and a 1950 graduate of Georgia Tech, where he majored in chemistry.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War, ranking as Captain.

He was employed as a Petroleum Chemist for many years, retiring from Windsor Service, Inc. in 1984.

Douglas was a member of West Lawn United Methodist Church, West Lawn, and a past member of Holy Cross United Methodist Church, Reading.

He enjoyed reading, gardening, exercising and traveling.

A supreme family man, Doug’s passion was spending time with family.

He is survived by his three children: Laura Kennedy, widow of Van C. Crouch of Bel Air, MD; Douglas Owen, Jr., husband of Christine J. Kennedy of Wyomissing and Pamela Kennedy, wife of Frank M. Ferrara of Plymouth Meeting.

Other survivors include his eight grandchildren; Erin M. (Wadkins), wife of Jimmie Redmon; Shannon L. Wadkins, fiancée of Waylon Smith; Douglas O. Kennedy, III.; Laurie B. (Kennedy), wife of Jason Woodward; Andrew R., husband of Melissa (Cornell) Kennedy; Jacob R. Kennedy; Christina M. (Ferrara), wife of William Jackson; and Frank M. Ferrara, Jr.

There are also seven great grandchildren: Jimmie, III, Paige, Liam, Brody, Colby, Owen and Bradley.

Douglas was predeceased by his two brothers: Craig B. Kennedy and Newton E. Kennedy.

Services will be private in Laureldale Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: West Lawn United Methodist Church, 15 Woodside Avenue, Reading, PA 19609.

Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Laureldale is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit

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