Clyde William “Sonny” Kennedy, 84, St. Helen, died Aug. 14, 2020, in West Branch, following complications from a stroke.

Given the current circumstances in the country, his family will not be holding funeral services at this time. They will be giving him the Irish wake he would have wanted as soon as it is safe for all to travel and congregate.

Born in Pennsylvania May 11, 1936, he was immensely proud of his service to his country in the U.S. Air Force and continued work with the U.S. Armed Forces, which took him and his family all over the country and all over the world.

Never one to stay still, even in retirement, he lived in New York, North Carolina, Maryland and Michigan, always moving to be close to family and forming close circles of friends wherever he went. He was always the first person to greet you and make you feel welcome, to buy you a drink and ask you to sit down and debate politics. His genuine affection for those around him will be one of his lasting legacies.

In his later years, he found happiness in his house on the lake, fishing with his sons and grandchildren, and holding court with neighbors and friends around the campfire out on his back porch. He taught his sons a love of nature and the outdoors, and instilled in them a strong sense of moral courage and a drive to stand up for what they believed to be right.

He was a hard-working, self-made man who never met a stranger. He was a good man and a one-of-a-kind bright light who lived life on his own terms. His family and friends believe they are all better for having known him and poorer for having lost him.

He was most proud of his two sons, their service to their country and their successes. A modest man in most regards, he was never shy to brag about his family and their achievements.

Surviving Mr. Kennedy are his wife, Dawn; sons, Mike and Mark; and grandchildren, Joseph, Elizabeth, Molly and Hannah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior project,, or the National League of POW/MIA Families (

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