2002 Pat Kennedy


Pat Kennedy was born October 9, 1933 to Paul and Theone Kennedy in Benton County. He graduated from High School in 1952 and attended John Carroll in Cleveland, Ohio for one year and then transferred to Purdue University. Pat was drafted in the military in 1954 where he trained in combat engineering at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was then sent to Mineral Wells, Texas where they built runways for the Air Force. While in the military, he married Pearl Hardebeck in 1955 and in 1956 they moved back to Oxford, Indiana. Pat resumed his college education at Purdue University and graduated in 1960 with a degree in Agriculture Economics.

Pat and Pearl have eight children; John, Kathy, Steve, Tom, Rosanne, Joe, David, and Chris. John and his wife, Benita, live in Columbus, Indiana with their son and daughter; Kathy and her husband, Thomas Kniola, live in Ogden Dunes, Indiana with their son and daughter; Steve and his wife, Laura, live in Lake Forest, Illinois with their son and daughter; Tom lives in St Joseph, Michigan; Rosanne and her husband, Steve Burge, live in Carmel with their son and daughters Joe and his wife, Donita live in Cutler with their three daughters; David and his wife, Suzie, live in Jacksonville, Florida with their two sons and daughters and Chris lives in Flora. Seven of the children are college graduates and four have went on and received their masters degrees.

In 1963 Pat managed a 700 head beef cattle farm in Murphy, North Carolina. Two years later, they moved back to Indiana where Pat took a job with Ralston Purina. He worked in sales in the Flora area for a short time before Charles Yeager hired him to run Morning Star Fertilizer. The plant was sold to Custom Farm Service two years later and Pat worked for CFS for five years. In 1973, Pat and Maurice Robeson bought the plant, and in 1975 Pat bought out Maurice and was sole owner. Pat was the owner – operator of Morning Star Fertilizer until he sold the plant to his son, Joe in 1997.

Pat and Pearl have enjoyed living and raising their family in Carroll County. He considered it a great pleasure to serve the farmers of Carroll County who he feels are the most innovative and knowledgeable people of the entire farming and livestock industry.

His family attends St. Joseph Catholic Church where Pat has served on the Parish Council. He served on the board of directors of the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemical Association. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Other community service involvement has been with the Township Advisory Council, Carroll County Pork Producers, Habitat for Humanity, and the Farmers Home Administration Board. Pat is active in the John Purdue Club and the Purdue Club of Carroll County.

February 11, 2010

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