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September 21, 2017

Merle Leslie Kennedy – Randolph, Ohio

obits_kennedy_merleflagMerle Leslie Kennedy, Sr., 86, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Merle was born to parents Frank S. and Ruth I. Hagerty Kennedy on Aug. 27, 1930, in Monongahela. Merle was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Monongahela and had attended the Randolph United Methodist Church. Merle was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and also of Mount Union football. He was a big prankster and always sported a big smile. Merle would talk to anyone about anything and was always willing to help out those in need. Merle is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lenore Patterson Kennedy and his children, Jeffrey L. (Jane) Kennedy, Merle (Nicole) Kennedy, Jr. and Patty (Joseph) Gray. He also leaves his loving grandchildren, Michael (Emmalisa) Kennedy, Matthew (Michelle) Kennedy, Christopher (Zorina) Kennedy, Melissa (Dave), Langston, Melanie (Ryan) Pepper, Patrick (Lauren Mazza) Kennedy, Kayla and Dylan Gray; and great-grandchildren, Brynn and Jack Kennedy. Surviving also is his sister, Miriam Kennedy; many loving nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law, Ruthann Kennedy, mother of Melissa, Melanie and Patrick. Merle was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Jim Kennedy and five siblings. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at WOOD-KORTRIGHT-BORKOSKI FUNERAL HOME, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. Merle’s family would appreciate memorial donations in his name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Coleman Adult Day Services. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to staff of University Hospital Portage Medical Center and University Hospital’s Hospice for their excellent care of Merle.