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DOVER-FOXCROFT and OAKFIELD - Rodney E. Kennedy, 51, died unexpectedly Dec. 6, 2001, in Wilton. He was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Houlton, the loved son of Edward and Jacqueline (Goodall) Kennedy. He graduated from Oakfield High School in 1968, and from the University of Maine in 1970, with a degree in forestry. In 1971, he briefly attended Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Presque Isle, before volunteering for military service, and served for two years as a member of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Small of Smyrna Mills, July 10, 1970. They raised three sons, Jason Kennedy, who resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with his wife Julianne, and their two children, Taylor, 4, and Tanner, 7 months, Jeremy Kennedy of Portland and Dover-Foxcroft, and Jacob Kennedy, also of Portland and Dover-Foxcroft. Rodney was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved the outdoors, and spent most of his life as the project forester of the Northeast Region for International Paper. Rodney loved the Lord, and lived a Christian and charitable life, giving in generosity to his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, and various Christian ministries and missions. His friends and family remember him most as one who was always willing to lend a helping hand, or give a word of encouragement and support. Rodney lived life to the fullest with his beloved wife, Linda, and was a proud father, who loved hunting with his boys, playing with his grandchildren, working on his land, and sharing good times with family and friends. Rodney will be sadly missed, and never forgotten by those who knew and loved him. He is also survived by his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy of Oakfield; a sister, Nancy and her husband, Dennis Lawrence, and their children, Sean, Heather, and Jonathan, all of Augusta; a brother, Roland and his wife, Karen Kennedy, and Roland's children, Stewart and Courtney, all of Houlton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends are invited to call 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, at the United Baptist Church, Dover-Foxcroft, with Pastor Ray Beless, of the Abbot Evangelical Free Church, officiating. Burial will be in the South Dover Cemetery.

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