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Nelson Kennedy, former state representative, dies

Former State Rep. Nelson D. Kennedy, 69, of Georgetown died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany.
Kennedy, a Democrat, was first elected in 1964, but was defeated in the 1968 general election. He was reelected in 1970, serving until he was defeated by current State Rep. Paul Robertson in the Democrat primary.
Kennedy’s daughter, Beth Drury, 39, of Ramsey, said she was young when he served in the Indiana State House and she doesn’t remember much about his service.
‘All I remember is him bringing candy bars home to me every week,’ she said.
Drury said Kennedy ran for the District 46 State Senate seat in 1982, but was unsuccessful. She said he didn’t talk much about his time in Indianapolis, or even politics.
‘Dad was a pretty private person,’ she said.
Kennedy sold insurance in the early 1980s and then worked for a few years at Wick’s Lumber before owning his own siding and home improvement business for about the past 20 years.
Drury said her father also enjoyed spending time with friends at Sam’s Food & Spirits at Highlander Point.
‘He will be missed,’ she said.
Born in Harrison County, Kennedy was the son of the late Oral and Catherine Wolfe Kennedy.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Kennedy.
Survivors besides his daughter include a grandson.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey. The Rev. Jeff Reed officiated. Cremation was chosen with interment in Central Barren Cemetery. Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey handled arrangements.