Paul Robert Kennedy, 88, of Auburn, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Paul was born March 11, 1935 in Plymouth, Indiana, first child of George C. Kennedy and Frances L. Petterson Kennedy
Paul grew up in Plymouth, graduating from St. Michael Academy and Lincoln High School, both in Plymouth. He earned money for future education by working for Kroger when in high School. After high school, he attended Valparaiso Technical Institute, graduating in 1955.
He was drafted into the Army in December 1957, having already worked in both consumer and military electronics. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was sent to the Army Engineer School, then located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia for military Engineer basic training before starting technical school in the Redstone missile section. Paul was assigned as an instructor in the Redstone section after graduating at the top of his class. He was proud to wear the Engineer Castle and “Essayons” pin and was then honorably discharged in December 1959.
Paul was united in marriage to Linda Howe on May 18, 1974 in North Webster, Indiana. Linda put up with his quirks and foibles over the years.
Paul was an inventor, designer and developer of products and processes having worked for many companies. He was motivated by “you can’t do that” or “it can’t be done”. A job brought Paul to Auburn in 1992 from which he retired in 2002, but still maintained an interest in research and development.
Although Paul was not a musician, he enjoyed listening to jazz and baroque chamber music. He also liked to read spy novels.
He was a member of S.H.A.R.E., a group of sharing genealogies and histories. He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Auburn.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kennedy of Auburn; nephews, Robert (Carrie) Kennedy of Warsaw and Michael Kennedy of Plymouth; nieces, Debra (Ronald) Coleman of Indianapolis and Sara Kennedy of South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence Kennedy of Warsaw and David Kennedy of Cameron, North Carolina.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 500 East Seventh Street, Auburn. Father Mark Enemali will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 22, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. A rosary service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday also at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Auburn. Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Mayo Clinic. To sign the online guest book, visit www.pinningtonfh.com.
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