Elijah James Kennedy

June 15, 1937 - March 20, 2019

06/15/1937 - 03/20/2019

Elijah James Kennedy, 81, of Barnesville, passed away on March 20 at Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire.  He was surrounded by family and loved ones.

He was born in Bellaire on June 15, 1937 and was the son of the late Elijah B. Kennedy and Lucy (Shopper) Kennedy.

Elijah attended Bellaire High School and left school early to serve in the US Army. He previously worked at the Belmont Casket Company and was a long time employee of the North American Coal Company #3 mine in Dilles Bottom. He was instrumental in bringing the Oprah Winfrey show to Bellaire in May 1988, focusing on the local economy at that time.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister , Barbara (Nemec), and a brother, Daniel (1938.)

Elijah is survived by  his wife, Janice (Carman), of Indianapolis; children James (Findlay, OH) and his wife; Cindy Knoll (Indianapolis) and her husband; Scott (Bridgeport), and Greg (Columbus); grandchildren Miranda (Cindy) in Germany, Lena (James) of Ypsilani, MI and Ian (James) of Findlay.

His family will be holding a private Celebration of Life to honor him.

Arrangements by Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory Bellaire Ohio.

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Jeff Mooney
3 years ago

Jim you will be missed by many, you where a wealth of knowledge sir. I will miss our sit downs. God bless !
To the family, sorry for your loss .

Carma Kovalo
3 years ago

To the Kennedy Family, please accept my condolences upon Mr. Kennedy’s passing. As my brother mentioned, our Dad Fred and Jim we’re great friends. Two men of intelligence and integrity who really respected each other. Rest in peace buddies.

Chery J Skinner, Military Veterans Museum
3 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Elijah James Kennedy, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Elijah James Kennedy, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Jim Kovalo
3 years ago

Mrs. Kennedy and family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Jim and my father, Fred Kovalo, were the best of friends. They worked at #3 for many years together. They were also Union officers. Many people commented on the wonderful job they did. He will be greatly missed. He was a great man!
Jim Kovalo and family

Jeff Finnicum
3 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Kennedys passing. He was a great man. I’ve been friends with Scott and Greg for many years, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Kennedy family. Scott, Greg, Jim, Cindy, my heart goes out to you. I am going to miss seeing your dad around.