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Michael K Kennedy

June 8, 1947 - February 17, 2023

U.S. Veteran
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Michael “Mike” Kenneth Kennedy passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday,
February 17, 2023.
Mike was born in Alpena, MI on June 8, 1947, to Eugene and Mary (Swalley)
Kennedy. They lived in many places in Washington, eventually settling in
Bremerton in 1966.
In Bremerton, he attended East High where he met his High School Sweetheart
Janet Curtis, who would become his wife in 1969.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1968, serving in Vietnam from 1969
to 1970. He was proud of his time in the Marine Corps and was a proud member of
the VFW and The Fleet Reserve.
Mike retired from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Sub Base Bangor on August
3, 2015, after 37 years and 24 days, a feat many joked would never happen! He
spent most of his time at the Shipyard/Bangor in Shop 38. He took immense pride
in his work and was requested to work specific jobs by more than one
Commanding Officer.
Mike and Janet had two daughters, Sarah Lizbeth, and Amy Michelle. He loved to
travel all over with his family in their VW Camper Van and later a larger
Motorhome. Sometimes the trips were all four of them, other times just he and
Janet. Either way, they had many adventures and always came back with great
He gave everyone nicknames, sometimes several, for the same person. He had a
great laugh and he laughed often. He sucked at golf but enjoyed playing with his
son-in-law Brett and friends. He had an incredibly special relationship with his
mother-in-law Betty, and loved her dearly. Mike loved going to concerts, sitting by
the pool, campfires, the Blues, Sunsets, looking at the Stars, nature and riding his
Harley. He was obsessed with firewood (amongst other adored idiosyncrasies), he
was generous, he was kind, he was funny, he was always up for mischief and one
of his truly enduring traits… Mike would help anyone that needed it, even if he
didn’t know them. He spent lots of time with his 4-legged buddy Sam and most of
all, his grandkids who he loved immensely.
Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet, his daughters Sarah Kennedy, Amy
(Brett) Bodine, his grandkids Ashley (Danny) Tai, Connor Kennedy, Brayden
Bodine, Ella Bodine, and Bishop Bessler, his mother-in-law Betty Cooper, his
sister Debbie (Sonny) Raymond, his brother Scott (Linda) Kennedy, three great
grandkids, several nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Both of Mike’s
parents, two father-in-laws and a brother-in-law preceded him in death.
Mike will be interred at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery.
There will be a celebration of Mike’s life in the Spring.