Lawrence Ray ‘Larry’ Kennard - Athens, Alabama


June 23,1927 – Aug. 28, 2018

Lawrence Ray “Larry” Kennard passed away on August 28, 2018.  Larry was born June 23, 1927,  to Percy and Jenny (nee Willey) Kennard in Brookings.

  He attended school in Brookings, graduating in May 1945.  After basic training in Mississippi, he was transferred to Germany for the entirety of 1946.  

After returning home, he attended South Dakota State College and graduated in June 1950.  Larry married Janet Caroline Nielsen, of Tyler, Minnesota in October 1950.  In January 1952, he joined Standard Oil of Indiana (AMOCO) in Huron.  

He moved to a number of towns in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas, before retiring after nearly 34 years of service.  After retirement, Larry and Jan traveled to all 50 states and made eight trips to Europe. 

They spent winter seasons in Arizona, eventually moving there permanently.  After Jan’s death in 2014, Larry lived in Alabama with his son Terry and family until his death.  

He is survived by his children Terry (Candy), Lynn, Mark and Jill (Duane), grandchildren David, Jonathan, Nicole (Jason) and Alexis and great-grandchild Emma.  He is survived by siblings Dona and Patti and preceded in death by siblings Roland and Maxine.

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