John Hue Kennedy Jr.

john kennedy

November 23, 1960 ~ April 8, 2024

Born in: Glendale, AZ
Resided in: Cedar Hill, TX

John H. Kennedy, Jr. (63), of Cedar Hill, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024. He was a beloved husband, father, and Air Force veteran. John was surrounded by the love of his family at the time of his death following a brave battle with cancer.

He was born on November 23, 1960, to John H. Kennedy Sr. and Addie ‘Sue’ Kennedy at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

John graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois before joining the Air Force in July 1980. He received numerous awards during his service including an Air Force Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, Longevity Service Award, and several others.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor’s degree while enlisted. Following an honorable discharge in 1989, he embarked on a new chapter of civilian life in Sioux City, Iowa forging a successful career as a finance manager. He held numerous positions in sales and finance before finishing his career at Sabre Industries in Alverado, Texas. His years of military service instilled in him values of honor, discipline, integrity, and commitment which he carried with him throughout his professional endeavors and personal life.

Following a whirlwind courtship, he married Lisa Breidenbach on January 30, 1980. Throughout their 44 years of marriage, they built a life together filled with love, laughter, and countless cherished memories. He was a devoted father to his three children and a doting grandfather to his three grandsons. He treasured every moment spent with his family showering them with affection and wisdom.

John may have been seen as introspective and reserved by many, however, those who had the privilege of knowing him best understood the depth of his humor and the warmth of his spirit. He had a remarkable ability to find joy in the simplest of moments and to spread laughter wherever he went. He enjoyed boating and fishing, woodworking, and casual moments spent with family and friends playing cards or games over a drink. His fun-loving nature brought light to the lives of all who knew him, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to call him a friend. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him.

John was preceded in death by his father John Kennedy, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Addie ‘Sue’ Kennedy; his wife, Lisa Kennedy; children Angela Kennedy, Kate (Kevin) Beabout, and John Kennedy III; three grandchildren, Lucas, Ryan, and Oliver Beabout; and two sisters, Janet (Van) Flournoy and Deborah (Johnny) Martinez.

Memorial visitation will be Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas. Memorial services will begin at 1:00 pm. Celebration of Life beginning at 2:00 pm at Shady Valley Country Club in Arlington. Inurnment will be Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 10:15 am at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.


Memorial Visitation: April 24, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Memorial Service: April 24, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Celebration of Life: April 24, 2024 2:00 pm

Shady Valley Golf Club
4001 W. Park Row Dr.
Arlington, TX 76013

Inurnment: April 25, 2024 10:15 am

DFW National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

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  1. God bless John and his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You are an incredible family and always have a special place in my heart. Unfortunately our daily lives and situations didn’t allow us to spend more time together but you all were in my thoughts always. May you all be comforted by the Lord and know that we all will be together again in heaven. He will always be remembered as one of my best friends and never forgotten. Love you all, Brett

  2. Mr. Kennedy will be greatly missed at Sabre. To John’s family, you are in our thoughts in this difficult time. We wrap our arms around you. So very sorry for your loss.

  3. Sincere condolences for John’s family. May you find peace and comfort knowing that John is no longer in pain and with our Lord. He was a great man, co-worker and friend. He will be missed by all that knew him. Until we meet again….

  4. Expressing deep appreciation for the faithful US Air Force Service of Sgt John H. Kennedy, Jr. for our nation. Prayers are ascending to heaven for comfort for his family and many friends in their loss. May he rest in his new “heavenly deployment” with his Lord and preceding loved ones. Don Huffman Army Vet (Capt) and Dallas Honor Guard member.

  5. I will never forget how kind and patient you were to me trying to explain the cuts and dimensions of poles when I worked at Sabre. I’m still confused thinking of it but you never gave up trying to teach me. 🙂 You were one of the smartest men I’ve ever met! I can still see your kind smile. They just don’t make them like you anymore and you are so so missed. I pray God holds and comforts your family during this time. Rest in peace John and look up my Dad up, “Wild Bill” He will absolutely love you. Until we meet again…

    Love Kristi

  6. Our condolences to John’s family, to his mom and sisters. Prayers lifted for comfort and peace.

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