Graduation temporarily ended the baseball career of "Big Jim" Kennedy. He finished his Tuscarora Valley High School with a .680 batting average and an outstanding pitching record. His picture appeared in the Port Royal Times because he entered the US Army and was stationed at Newport News, Virginia.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 1/3/11 - Image Year: 1944
JAMES RICHARD KENNEDY, 44, of Port Royal RD2 was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lewistown Hospital at 12:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon [25 Feb 1968]. Death was attributed to a heart seizure. Mr. Kennedy had suffered a slight heart attack several weeks ago.
Mr. Kennedy was born Feb. 1, 1924, at Port Royal, a son of W. Banks and Jessie Saffill Kennedy of Port Royal RD2.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kennedy is survived by the following brothers and sisters: William A. Kennedy of Port Royal RD1, Daniel H. Kennedy of Port Royal; Mrs. John (Shirley) Groce of Newark, Del.; Mrs. Theodore (Jeanne) Wagner of Mifflintown RD2; Mrs. Glen (Faye) Stitt of Mifflin Star Rt.; Mrs. Thomas (Ruth) Wynn of Dauphin, Dauphin County; Mrs. Darwin (Jessie) Nace of Mifflintown; Mrs. James (Patricia) Walters of Lancaster; Mrs John (Paula) Rosenstengel of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, and Mrs. Laird (Betty) Robinson of Carlisle, Cumberland County.
Mr. Kennedy was a salesman and repairman for Bashore's Television Sales and Service at Port Royal.
He was prominent in baseball circles in Juniata County having played with Port Royal of the Perry-Juniata Baseball League for many years.
A veteran of World War II, he served overseas as a staff sergeant with the Military Police.
Mr. Kennedy was a member of the Port Royal Methodist Church, the Juniata County Veterans Council, the Amvets of Thompsontown, the Juniata Sportsmen's Association and the Crawford-Brubaker Post Veterans of Foreign Wars of Mifflintown and was a past commander of the American Legion at Mifflintown.
Services will be held in the Stimmel Funeral Home at Port Royal Thursday morning at 11 o'clock in charge of Rev. William Baker Herd. Interment will be made in the Old Church Hill Cemetery at Port Royal with full military rites by the American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening.