Ronald Dee Kennedy died July 20, 2014 following a brief illness. He was born on May 13, 1968 to Gary and Rita Kennedy in Ogden. He was only three minutes behind his twin brother Russell. They have been constant companions ever since. Ron and Russ are medically identical and they were hard to tell apart at first. Through the years they each developed their own personalities and appearances.
At the age of four months, the family moved to Longview, Washington, staying there for nine years. At that time they had an older sister and brother, Laurie and Ken, and in a short time they welcomed a new baby brother, Jonathan, that made the family complete. They moved back to Utah in 1977 settling in Woods Cross.
Ron grew up in Woods Cross and enjoyed being a scout and learning many skills. He enjoyed cooking; his first job was at Lee’s Cafe in Bountiful. He then started working for Benchmark Hospital in Woods Cross, and was quickly given the nickname of “Smokey,” which he carried the rest of his life. After many years, he was offered the position of kitchen manager at a Cottonwood treatment center where he worked for about 10 years.
Ron loved flying kites and made several. He enjoyed racing his R.C. cars either by himself or against others. He enjoyed music, everything from Pink Floyd to the Bagpipes. Ron loved playing guitar, thunder and lightning and being around people. Ron also enjoyed riding a skateboard until he broke his knee and had to be in a cast for eight weeks.
Ron married Lori Baird and became an instant grandpa to her grandchildren, which he loved more than anything else. He and Lori later divorced.
Ron is survived by his parents, Gary and Rita Kennedy; his brothers, twin brother Russell, Steve, Jonathan and sisters, Laurie, Vicki and Penny.
A memorial service will be held to honor Ron on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Woods Cross 5th Ward, 2064 S. 800 West. The family would like to express their appreciation for those in attendance and for all the love and support they have received. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.