Dr. Lowell Estes Kennedy passed onto Glory to be with Jesus at home in Hillsboro, Missouri, in the early evening of October 5, 2021, at the age of 90. He was born June 28, 1931, in Russellville, Arkansas, too late Vida Mae Kennedy (Mother) and Calvin Estes Kennedy (Father). Lowell was an ordained Minister and Teacher. He was then called to be a Missionary. Lowell was joined by his wife, Norma Lou Kennedy, as they together dedicated their lives to missions and worked side by side for almost 50 years in Nigeria, Columbia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Lowell enjoyed reading and writing and walking really fast. Lowell E. Kennedy graduated High School with the academic achievement of Valedictorian, was a graduate from Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, and in 1994 received his doctorate from Biola University in California. He knew at a young age he would be a Pastor, Husband, and Father. God blessed him with all of these. Lowell wanted to be remembered, in his words, “As a person who loved to preach the Word of God and proclaim Jesus to the world as a missionary.” He desired his loved ones to know, “I will see you in the next life with Jesus.” He stated that he was most proud of “establishing an outreach of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Warao Indians in the Delta Region of Venezuela and of speaking one other language (Spanish) other than my mother Tongue which is English.” Lowell was pensive but very much aware of his surroundings and the love of his life, Norma, and his children. His favorite Christian celebrations were Christmas and Easter as they became a way to proclaim the birth of Jesus and later, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Lowell E. Kennedy was preceded in death by his firstborn son at age 2, Charles Allen Kennedy; his wife of 62 years, Norma L. Kennedy; and daughter-in-law Noelle Kennedy. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Inez Flay Kristensen (Kennedy); brothers William Verely Kennedy and Calvin Fredrick Kennedy.
He is survived by his four children: Catherine May DeRoos (husband Les), Daniel Estes Kennedy (wife Joy), Linda Sue Kennedy and Timothy Ray Kennedy (wife Brenda); twelve grandchildren: Rachelle (husband Nathaniel), Josiah (wife Karis), Zachery (wife Olivia), Jonathan, Autumn, Andrew, Amanda (husband Hamza), and Alexander; Autumn (husband Chris), Faith, Micah, and Isaiah; 10 great-grandchildren: Jerry, Isaiah, Lilia, Hadassah, Micah, Ezra, Jude, Jesse, Jamie, Joseph, and Justice. In addition, Lowell is survived by his brothers James Worley Kennedy and Kenneth Eugene Kennedy.
Memorial Fund-Not only was Lowell a Husband, Father, Pastor and Missionary, He dedicated his life teaching others and helping them do what he did. One of those ways was holding a position as President of Faith University, Inc., an organization that provides funding for Faith Bible College and Seminary in Nigeria West Africa. He would make several trips per year to oversee the school’s progress and to meet and teach directly to the students in attendance. In honor of Lowell's long-standing work in the cause of spreading God’s word, a memorial fund has been set up for contributions to be given instead of flowers to “Faith University Scholarship Fund,” to help continue the work he so loved. His family asks that if you are so moved, you make a donation to this fund in his memory and earmark your gift “Faith University Scholarship Fund” on the memo line, so an honored student can continue his or her’s learning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please make out your gift to Christian Outreach Church and mail it to Christian Outreach Church c/o Connie 4430 Outreach Dr, Hillsboro, MO 63050
The church will combine the givings and present them to Faith University, Inc.