Leonard Ray Kennedy, age 70, died Monday November 26, 2018 at home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The cause of death was a heart attack and though sudden, came after a long period of
increasing health concerns.
Leonard was born October 14, 1948 in Kittanning Pennsylvania to Leonard R. and Carrie A.
Kennedy. After the death of his father, his mother married Charles Lee Padgett and the family
moved to Alaska in the spring of 1960. Len attended Fairbanks schools and graduated from
Lathrop High School in 1966. Leonard was a long-time member of Plumbers and Pipefitters
Union 375 graduating from the Apprenticeship program in Fairbanks under the guidance of
Leonard married his good friend Buck Power's sister, Elizabeth (called Tinker) and adopted his
beloved son Tegemo. Len and Tinker later divorced and he and Tegemo moved to Kansas City
in 1984. Leonard became a member of United Auto Workers Union and worked for General
Motors for the next 23 years. After his move to Kansas City he married Doretha Madden and
they shared a love of Tegemo, Harley Davidson motor cycles and travel (especially cruises to
the Bahamas). After Doretha's passing and Len's retirement from General Motors, Leonard
returned to Alaska to be with his Alaskan family. He especially enjoyed poker outings at the
Elks and socializing with good friends Ernie Stolen and Marlys Powers. During his declining
health he was generously cared for by Shuxiang Sun (Todd) and younger sister Lee.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Doretha, parents, and stepfather C. Lee Padgett.
Leonard is survived by his son Tegemo, spouse Jennifer and grandchildren Jonathon,
Alexandra, and Ronald of Kansas City, Kansas. He also leaves behind two sisters, Sandra R.
Wilson and P. Lee Padgett, and brother-in-law Rockne S.Wilson of Fairbanks.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers and donations we would ask that you hug and enjoy your family.
Online condolences may be made to the family at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com