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William C. Kennedy

May 30, 1937 — December 10, 2019

William C. Kennedy, entrepreneur, founder and inventor of Udderly Smooth® creams and lotions passed away on December 10, 2019 at the Inn at Poland Way in Poland, Ohio. Bill’s life will be honored with a Funeral Mass officiated by Father Terry Hazel. Visitation with the family will be held an hour prior to the funeral at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 16, 2019 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 300 N. Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio 44406.
Bill was born in Youngstown to H. Dale and Iola Kennedy on May 30, 1937. Born the in the middle of three sons, and grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He was married to Margaret Kelch for 62 years and enjoyed a lifetime full of adventure and hard work.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1961, Bill worked for Thrift Drug, SupeRx Drug and King Drug throughout Ohio from 1961-1970. In 1971, Bill moved from retail to industrial pharmacy as Technical Director for United Cooperatives in Alliance, Ohio; overseeing Animal Health and producing veterinary pharmaceuticals throughout the US and Canada.
In 1978, Bill and Marg Kennedy purchased the Animal Health manufacturing division of Universal Coop and founded Redex Industries, Inc., the makers of Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream. Redex Industries remains operated by 3 generations of the Kennedy family and distributes a family of products sold throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Australia and Korea
Bill is a former Poland Township Trustee, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, was a member of the Association of Ohio Commodores and in 2006, Bill was awarded Distinguished Alumni from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Bill had an adventurous spirit and earned his private pilot’s license.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, H. Dale and Iola Kennedy, brothers Robert and Paul Kennedy and infant daughter Lisa Kennedy.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Kennedy; four children and their spouses: Lorraine Winterink (Tom), Bill Kennedy Jr. (Diana), Linda Kuzior (Ken), Colonel Brian Kennedy USMC (Retired) (Heather); twelve grandchildren: Mike, Eric, Caitlin, Madison, Grace, Brendan, Alex, Molly, Maggie, Jason, Josh and Stephanie and nine great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Saint Michael Family Life Center, 300 N. Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio, 44406.
The William Kennedy family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. George Ellis Jr., the nurses, caregivers and staff of the Inn at Poland Way; especially Brenda, Debbie and Teresa for their loving compassionate care. We are grateful for the caregivers of First Light and Special Senior Care. We also want to thank the employees of Redex Industries, Inc. who helped Bill to realize his dreams.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

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