“Grampa” John Brandt 86
“Grampa” John Brandt, 86, of Stites passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Vernon “Crow” Kennedy, 88
Vernon “Crow” Kennedy, 88, died Jan. 21, 2017 at his Stites home. Vernon was born May 8, 1928 at Winchester, to Harry and Jessie (Massey) Kennedy. The family soon moved to Stites, where he grew up and graduated from high school.
At 12 years old he lost his left thumb, but this didn’t slow him down much. During his high school years while playing basketball, he gained the nickname “Crow” which stayed with him his lifetime.
After high school life took him on many paths, cat skidder, crane operator, bartender, car salesman and logger for many years until he became a mill worker. He retired after 25 years of service as a white hat for Clearwater Forest Industries, being Bob Krogh’s right hand man.
He grew up attending the first established Church of God in Idaho at Stites where his mother was a founding member. Later he became a Deacon and member of the advisory board. The Stites Church of God is now Gospel Lighthouse Church and he was still an active member.
He was very busy before and after retirement with many interests, Ram Booster Club president, School Board member, Prison Ministry, Gideon member, Civil Air Patrol, Lions Club, bowling, gardening and he loved to fly-fish and hunt.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; his parents, Harry and Jessie Kennedy; and his sisters, Doris Pate and Grace Robeson.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son, Steven; step-daughters, Sharon Davenport and Alta Fay Thompson; many children he helped raise like his own, and many grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Jan. 28, at the Life Center, Kamiah. A covered dish dinner followed the service at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Stites. Private interment was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia.
Memorial gifts in his memory may go to Gideons International or Syringa Hospice, 607 W. Main, Grangeville, ID 83530.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
His life is a testament to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.