Victor Thomas Kennedy (1946 - 2017)

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Victor Thomas Kennedy was unexpectedly welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on June 20, 2017, at the age of 71.
Vic was a husband, father, teacher, coach and an Alaskan to his very core. He was born in Watertown, S.D., on Jan. 13, 1946, to Thomas and Lorraine Kennedy. Victor and his beloved brother, Bill, grew up working hard on their parents farm. He graduated from Gary High School and General Beadle State College in Madison, S.D., with a double major in Education and Social Studies.
Victor married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Sylvia, on June 8, 1968. They shared many adventures, but their greatest adventure of all was the life they pioneered together in Alaska. Victor was a passionate history teacher and coach of wrestling, basketball, gymnastics, football, and track and field. He was inducted into the State of Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport and his gift for coaching.
Although he faced many physical adversities in life, his unwavering faith, strength, positivity and humour brought joy to those around him. Victor travelled the world and went to Hawaii, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and many other places that he dreamed of traveling to as a young man. Victor loved people, sports, flowers, history, hunting, art, gardening and politics.
Victor was preceded in death by his mother and father.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his children, Tom and Gail, Terrace, Joy and Hannibal, Delight and Derrick, and Camilla and Joe; his grandchildren, Austin, Andrew, Riga and Mika; his brother, Bill and sister-in-law, Judy; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Victor was an incredible man who fought from humble beginnings to forge a wonderful family and life in the last frontier.
Several celebrations of Victor's life will be held to remember him: A service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, at the First Assembly of God on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.; in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 3 p.m.; and in Gary, S.D., where he will be laid to rest at a time to be announced.
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First Assembly Of God Church
1540 C St
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 276-1115
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 23, 2017