Rep. Howard Kennedy, 1928-2017

A memorial service was held earlier this month for former legislator Howard Kennedy of Beresford. He died Oct. 31. He was born April 13, 1928.

Kennedy, a Republican, served Lincoln County as well as parts of Turner and Union counties in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1981 through 1992.

For years he and his wife, Alice, farmed and fed livestock. They had five children.

Kennedy served 14 years on the Lincoln County planning commission and eight years on the local school board.

He lost his 1992 re-election bid against Democratic incumbents Mike O’Connor of Alcester and Roland Chicoine of Elk Point, who moved back to the House from the Senate.

Kennedy and Chicoine had been part of the same freshman group in the House in 1981 but represented neighboring districts. The Legislature placed them in the same district for the 1992 elections.

Chicoine served through the 2000 session. He died in 2016 at age 93.