WADENA -- Judge Charles W. Kennedy, 90, Wadena, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
He was born April 13, 1913, in Presho, S.D., to Grace Dunlop and Charles Garfield Kennedy. He attended school in Pukwana where his family farmed. They moved to Deadwood, S.D., where he graduated from high school in 1929. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1931 and graduated with a law degree in 1936. He married Sigrid Rempel on March 6, 1937. They moved to Wadena where he began his law practice. In 1941, he was drafted into the Navy and served as a communications officer in Guam until the end of the war. He served briefly as attorney general on the island of Samoa after the war. He returned to Wadena to continue his law practice. In 1962, he was appointed district judge of the Seventh Judicial District by Gov. C. Elmer Anderson. While on the bench he held court in the 10 county district until mandatory retirement in 1983. He also served for a short time as a visiting judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court. After retirement he served with the law firm of Kennedy and Nervig LLP in Wadena until 1998 when he retired from the practice of law.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Charles, Wadena, and John, Westport, Conn.; a daughter, Patricia Kennedy, New York City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Wadena.
Friends may call an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are with Johnson Memorial Funeral Home in Wadena.
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