Joseph Stephen Kennedy, age 12, and his father Steven Joseph Kennedy, age 55, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Steven was born in Hastings, MI on June 12, 1963, the son of the Alfred and Elizabeth (Ivory) Kennedy. He was raised in the Hastings area and attended local schools graduating from Hastings High School.
He was the husband of Wendy (Purchis) Kennedy. The couple was married on April 17, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home together in the Hastings area, where they raised their two sons.
Steven was employed at Middleville Tool & Die for several years before an injury forced him to shift his career focusing on construction trades. Steven & Wendy owned and operated a seamless gutter business in Hastings for over 20 years. Most recently, he worked part-time at Save-A-Lot in Hastings in the receiving department.
On October 10, 2006, Steven & Wendy were blessed the birth of their second son Joseph Stephen Kennedy.
Joseph spent his early years attending Southeastern Elementary School in Hastings, where he establish a tight knit group of friends. As he transitioned to the middle school, Joseph discovered his passion for music, participating in both the Band and Choir programs. Joseph currently played the Clarinet in the band, but his true passion was the Saxophone. With the love only a brother understands, his older brother Dalton surprised Joseph with a new Saxophone on Christmas morning. Joseph practiced diligently at home during his spare time, determined to make the transition to the Saxophone section of the band as soon as possible. Most weekends, Joseph could be found at the Hastings Roller-Rama, spending time roller-skating with his friends.
Spending time together as a family just came natural for Steven & Joseph. They shared a love for the open road and took every opportunity they could to capitalize on an afternoon ride on the Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Each year the family enjoyed time exploring Michigan hunting mushrooms in the spring, visiting the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, heading North for a family camping trip, and floating down the river on a beautiful summer afternoon. As an active young man, Joseph loved swimming and being in the water. It didn't matter whether was the water freezing cold Lake Michigan water, or "questionable" pool water Joseph was going to go swimming!
Steven and his son Joseph are survived by wife & mother Wendy, son & older brother Dalton. Steven's siblings, Sandy (Gene) Greenfield, Debbie Kennedy, Lynn Moule, Kitty (Steve) Hoke, Anne Kennedy, Carol (Steve) VanDerRoest, Barry (Evie) Kennedy, Robert (Mary) Kennedy, Joseph's grandmothers Elizabeth (Ivory) Kennedy, & Deb Seeber Also surviving are by Several nieces, nephews cousins and beloved friends
They were preceded in death by Steven's father Alfred Kennedy Wendy's father Doug Seeber, grandfather Ed Purchios, & Uncle Steve Moule
A Memorial Service will be at The Hastings Performing Arts Center at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23rd, with Chad Seeber officiating.
There will be a time for friends and family to gather immediately after the memorial service with light refreshments in the High School Cafeteria.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made at any branch of Thornapple Credit Union where an account has been established for the Kennedy family.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net