Terry Don Kennedy, 60, of Wynona, Oklahoma, passed away on August 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Terry was born on December 29, 1959 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Billy Joe Kennedy and Pearl Marie Keigley. He is survived by his parents; siblings Tracy (Renee) Kennedy, Amanda (Mike) Skelly, and Amy Miller; children Katie (Patrick) Wilson, Brian Gordon, Missy Traylor, Jennifer Kennedy, Faith (Jacob) Murphy, Hope (Jason) Steele, and Charity (Tyler) Tebbs, many grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by Nannie - Cara Mae (Papa) Edwards, Bill (Dorothy) Kennedy, and Troy Kennedy.
He graduated from Pawhuska High School in 1978. He wrestled in high school and went on to wrestle in college. He was a member of the Osage Nation. He served in the Marine Corps for 13 years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. He also played rugby for the USMC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved his time serving on the High Council.
Terry was spontaneous and adventurous and accomplished many of his life goals. He became a PADI Master Scuba Dive Instructor and led many dives on abandoned shipwrecks. He became a USCG Master Captain and loved sailing and being on the water. As well as his love for exploring the sea, he loved exploring the sky, which led him to receive his private pilot’s license. He enjoyed writing stories, snowboarding – which he learned at age 59, playing golf, foreign travel, cooking, and visiting friends and family. He lived a full life and will be missed.
Due to Covid-19, services are for immediate family and by invitation only. Please share memories and condolences below by signing the guestbook.
Life Story Info
Terry helped me coach high school wrestling on Okinawa in the early 1990s when his 3 youngest daughters were babies. He was a faithful friend and a smart guy who never tried to get glory for himself but was always thinking about how to promote the team's progress. I wanted to send condolences to his wife, but she's not mentioned in the obituary, but I hope his family is well and has great memories of him.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just read about his passing online. I served with Terry at Camp Lejeune in '83-'84. Our battery (TAB 10th Marines) wasn't a tight-knit unit, but I called him in '08 when I was driving through Oklahoma. After more than 20 years, he invited me to his home, and we talked for a couple of hours. Same Terry; always ready to make time for his fellow Marines and share stories with them. Last July ('20), I spoke with Terry on the phone for almost an hour. He told me he traveled frequently, and might have the chance to stop through KS on his way back to OK. Instead, I'll remember him from CLNC, full of youth, energy, and wisdom; driving his red Jeep CJ.
Semper Fi, Marine
I know this comment is late, but I was not aware of T.K.'s passing, it was one of his friends and teammates that texted me just an hour ago. I was his coach at Labette Community College (Parsons, Ks) . A little over one year ago, he made the trip back to Parsons to visit with his teammates out of the 1970's. He was the same guy, telling stories and entertaining those there. I can still hear his laughter in my mind. I have a sad heart, and would like to express my condolences to his family and close friends. Once a Cardinal always a Cardinal. T.C.O.B., R.I.P. T.K.