Wednesday, September 14, 2011

John Edward Kennedy, 71, of Bountiful, Utah, passed away at his home Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, to Vernie Smith Long Kennedy and William Kennedy. He resided on a farm in Monett the first 17 years of his life. In 1948, he moved to Bountiful, Utah, and graduated from Davis High in 1950. He was of the Baptist faith.

He opened the House of Customs auto upholstery shop in 1957 and was in business until his passing. Among his many achievements were: forming the Corvette Club of Utah in 1964; being selected to be a Bloomington Gold Corvette judge; serving as a long-time National Corvette Restorers Society member; and he was appointed as the NCRS National Tech advisor for tops and interiors. His restorations on these early Corvettes became the standard from which all others are judged.

He is survived by one brother, Wayne Kennedy, of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vernie Kennedy; brothers Austin Long and Olen Long; and sister, Opal Long Terry.

Funeral services were held in Utah today (Wednesday) at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Lee Neill will conduct the services. No visitation is planned.

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