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Forrest Plumstead

From the Mission Park Website:

Craig KennedyBorn in Kerens, Texas on Aug. 10, 1924
Departed on Oct. 3, 2011 and resided in San Antonio, TX.Visitation:
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm<>
Service:Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
4:00 pm<>
Cemetery:Mission Burial Park
click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.
Craig "Tex" Boden Kennedy passed peacefully from this life on October 3,
2011. He was born on August 10, 1924 to Custer B. and Magdalene Affholter
Kennedy in Kerens Texas. Tex was preceded in death by his parents,
mother-in-law Mary Rieper and wife Asuncion "Cionny" Kennedy. Tex is
survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna Marie "Ed" Kennedy, sons Craig B.
(Debbie) Kennedy, Edward (Nancy) Kneupper, Kevin (Mary) Kneupper and
daughter Karen (Scott) Chambers, grandchildren Jeremiah Kneupper, Brandon
Kneupper, Kevin (Kali) Kneupper, Matt Robbins, Ben Chambers, Stephanie
(Chris)Miller, and Lora Robbins, and one great grandson Logan Miller. He is
also survived by his sister Ann Stubbs and father-in-law Floyd Rieper. Tex
enrolled at Texas A & M University to study Electrical Engineering in 1941,
joining the Army during his sophomore year. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in
the Signal Corps, stationed in the Philippine Islands with the 86th Division
until 1946. After his honorable discharge from the military, Tex worked for
the Boliano Electronic Corporation in Manila where he became the
vice-president in charge of engineering. One year later he built the radio
station, KZOK, and became the engineering advisor for the Philippines
Broadcasting Corporation. When the political environment in the Philippine
Islands became unstable, Tex returned to Texas A & M University with his
young family to continue his undergraduate work. While finishing his degree,
Tex was employed by the electrical engineering department of the University
to design, build and maintain laboratory equipment as well as sponsoring the
Freshmen Ham Radio Operators Club. In the early '50s he relocated to San
Antonio to become the head of Security Service at Brooks Air Force Base. In
1955 Tex partnered with RCA and founded two-way radio communications in the
San Antonio area. He opened Kennedy Associates and focused on commercial
two-way and Ham Radio communications, electrical engineering and
construction. The first Sigmor Shamrock gas stations in San Antonio were
designed and built by the construction division of Kennedy Associates, led
by Tex. Kennedy Associates operated successfully for over 50 years. Tex
never retired, serving as the president of BKT Corp and staying active as a
Ham Radio Operator until his death. Just some of Tex' many memberships,
certifications and associations include: member of the Philippine Amateur
Radio Association, the Texas VHF-FM Society, the Japan Amateur Radio League,
a Life Member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, a member of the Texas Board
of Professional Engineers for over 50 years, Quarter Century Wireless
Association, an Honorary Deputy Constable for Bexar County- Precinct 2,
president of the San Antonio Bowling Association 1969-1970, president of the
Six Meter International Radio Klub (SMIRK), served on the board of the
Aransas Princess Condominium Association, National Association of Business
Educational Radio, and licensed Master Electrician.
Visitation/viewing for Tex Kennedy will be held at Mission Park Funeral
Chapel, 1700 S.E. Military Dr., San Antonio, on Thursday, October 6th from
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Service will be on Friday, October 7th at 4:00 PM with
interment to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests any charitable
donations be sent to the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M,
College Station.

N5TX out

WB5HQO Forrest
Ham Radio WB5HQO
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