Mark Kennedy

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Mark Kennedy

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Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy

The world according to Mark: Second place is first place loser. Been there done that, got the t-shirt. I’m a lover, a fighter, a ballroom dancer and a friend of the ladies. It’s easy to make a buck, but it’s tougher to make a difference. Life is tough and if you’re stupid, it’s harder. Birds of a feather flock together, so do you want to soar with the eagles or peck with the prairie chickens? Mark was born on March 31, 1959, during a blizzard in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Frances Isabelle Mackley Kennedy and Thomas Elsworth Kennedy. The world was never the same again. He was the oldest of seven siblings. He went to Baseline Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Will James Middle School, and graduated from West High School in 1977. Following graduation, he moved to Texas and Florida, igniting a passion for tropical weather than lived with him the rest of his life. He loved his home in Sayulita, Mexico. As a senior, he was a member of the first construction class at Billings Career Center, and began his long vocation in residential, commercial and property development. He had an incredible talent for turning a buck and creating the deal. He could’ve taught Donald Trump a lesson! He formed Mark Kennedy Construction in the early ’80s. In 1986, he married classmate Teresa Osman Kennedy. Daughter Rebekah was born in 1987, followed by son Benjamin in 1990. In 1990, Kenmark Construction Corp. was born. He loved doing the Parade of Homes! He was a past president of the Billings Home Builders Association. He was also the recipient of a Green Spike award for bringing so many more builders into the industry. Due to his intense perfectionistic nature, he led Kenmark on to become one of the top building companies in Billings. He received awards for Montana State Builder of the Year (1998), Builder of the Year for the Billings Homebuilder’s Association (1998) and awards for Best Master Bedroom, Best Kitchen, People’s Choice, and Best Interior Decorating. He was involved with the Playhouse Parade and Habitat for Humanity. He was very competitive, and loved cribbage, fishing, golfing, old Western movies, Tony Soprano and, in later years, he enjoyed creating art. He enjoyed fishing at the Sportsman’s Club in British Columbia, and in marlin tournaments in Mexico. He applauded and celebrated the success of others. He valued the trip of achievement and success. For many years, he attended weekly bible studies with his brothers. While not a religious man, he was a man of faith and conviction. He is survived by his daughter, Rebekah (Jason) Eddy of Denver; son Benjamin Kennedy of Denver; brothers Matt (Cindy), John (Kim), Dan (Denise), Chris (Johanna); sisters Marie (Tom), Margaret (Charlie) Lees; 21 nieces and nephews; Christian Barry; good friend Teresa Osman Kennedy (Bill Baldi); and a large extended family. He was thrilled to know he was going to be a grandpa for the first time this March. He is also survived by many dear friends worldwide. He was a friend of Bill W’s for many years, but was currently estranged. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Please join us in a celebration of his life following the service at Eagle’s Club in the Heights. Memorials to the Billings Career Center Construction program.

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  1. Debra Goodheart

    Maggie-So sorry for the loss of your brother.May you find comfort and peace in his legacy and all the memories you all shared. Live in his honor, he loves you now in spirit, RIP.♡

  2. Sending prayers to all of the Kennedys. God is good, let Him help you get through this. He was a good man, and an awesome big brother.

  3. Kathy Lamberson (Prahl)

    Sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing the Kennedy Family. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Mark is now at peace with his struggles over the past few years! My thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends.

  5. Cindy (Kroetch) Gessler

    My condolences to the Kennedy family. .what a great man..lots of memories and funny times..he will be missed!

  6. Very saddened to hear about Marks passing. We were glad he was back in Billings. Prayers to all of you. Mike and Laura Rust

  7. Sad loss for everyone who knew Mark. I was one of those builders in the Home Builders Assoc that he helped and encouraged. He gave me my first “parade of homes” project.He was the first builder to sponsor my race car and came to a few races to cheer me on.(he thought it was hill billy stuff but enjoyed it nonetheless) A great sense of humor with a big heart. He will be sadly missed.
    Condolences from The Mannions in Ireland

  8. Thelma Cade Albrecht

    I regret losing touch with your family. I couldn’t get over the sudden loss of your Mother. Seems that branch of the family is lost. Its one of those sad life passages we all endure. Sorry that Frances first born son is gone—-too young and too soon

  9. mike and jeanie marr

    Jeanie and I want to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Mark to his family and
    friends. He was a great person and will be sorely missed! Thanks for the memories Mark!
    mike and jeanie marr

  10. Oh Mark, So sad and stunned to hear you are gone. Our condolences to your family, especially the kids. Ben and Becca, your father was a good man, he meant well. He saved my life, literally. I had cancer, your Dad made sure I got the surgery and treatment needed to save my life. A lot of people just talk, your Dad was all about action. I know the last years were tough. Just please know that your Dad. I know he made it hard to believe at times, but he really did love you. He always spoke highly of both of you, and of your Mom. He loved you. Hopefully he has found some peace now. I hope you kids find some now too. Let him go, forgive him.

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