WALKER, La. – Ricky Kennedy passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Walker, La. He was 49 years old, having been born on Independence Day, 1967, in Waterbury, Connecticut.

“Rick” is survived by his precious wife of 17 years, Amy Boyles Kennedy and his treasured son, Cole Maddox Kennedy, both also of Walker. He is also survived by his loving parents, Normand and Fernande Beaulieu Kennedy, of Waterbury; his adoring sister and brother-in-law, Michelle Kennedy Baranoski and husband Johnny; and brother Danny and wife Anna Kennedy, all of Waterbury. Also, brothers and sisters-in-law Matt and Sarah Boyles and Ginny and Bretton Somers; nine nieces and nephews, Mackenzie Baranoski, Charlie, Jack, Sam and Brady Boyles, Soleil, Wilder, Zen and Maisie Somers.

Honorary pall bearers will be Matt Boyles, Johnny Baranoski, Bill Jenkins, Lance Hodges, Brad Gregory, Jonathan Gregory, Tyler Baugh and Jason Dendy.

Rick was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in the Middle East during the Gulf War on the USS Coral Sea.

Rick was a kindhearted, selfless giver and loyal friend, who never wanted recognition or praise for his thoughtfulness. He always put others first in everything that he did. Rick was an exceptionally devoted husband and father. His life revolved around the joy of being an amazing father to his beloved son, Cole.

Through his death and testimony, Rick would want others to come to know Jesus as their personal savior, as he did.

Visitation will be 12 to 3 p.m., today, January 8, 2017, with services beginning at 3 p.m. at Rabenhorst East, 11000 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, La. Services will be conducted by Bro. Joey Beeson and Bro. Todd Gregory. The eulogy will be delivered by Matt Boyles and music will be provided by David St. Romain.

In lieu of flowers, Rick would have asked for memorial donations to be made to The Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (firstskinfoundation.org) in honor of his niece, Mackenzie Baranoski or to Disabled American Veterans.