Bruce Kennedy
(1938-2007)
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Tribute to a great family & a wonderful man  / Dennis &. Peggy Osterdock (Life friend & co-worker )  Read >>
Tribute to a great family & a wonderful man  / Dennis &. Peggy Osterdock (Life friend & co-worker )
Peggy & I and our 2 children moved to Fairbanks in 1970. Our first Sunday found us at the First United Methodist Church where we were introduced to Bruce & Karleen.  Our friendship grew and Bruce started talking to us about his dream; taking a little company with big dreams and big heart to prominence. I was sold on his vision and joined him as his administrative assistant.  His dream and that of the ALCO team was taking on a goliath: Alaska Airlines.  This was accomplished on May 2 of 1972 and all our lives changed as we invested nearly all waking hours in turning the airline to stability, profitability and glory.  

Bruce and I occupied the same office for nearly two years, me as the student and Bruce as the master.  When Bruce & Karleen moved to Seattle, Bruce & I maintained nearly the same relationship as I flew back & forth to Seattle as often as twice per week in support of his efforts.

Though my education was that of a CPA, my education from Bruce in building relationships, in serving those who worked for us, in team building and of ethical business practices ,dramatically overshadowed the formal education that I had received.  Bruce's life reflected humility, their marriage reflected commitment, his leadership reflected service. Their faith, love of people and values stands as a testimony and legacy for Kevin & Karin and the grandchildren.  These qualities will burn bright in their posterity.

A man child came to this Earth but a wonderful husband, father and a truly great leader returned to till the vineyards of the Lord.  We grieve over the loss but rejoice over his life and are thankful to have been a small part of it.
Love, Dennis & Peggy Osterdock
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Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you  / Anneka Bear   Read >>
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you  / Anneka Bear

Karin, Ken and family,
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.  I know that God will carry you through. May you find peace as your share your memories and begin the journey of healing. We are praying for you here in Sunnyvale and will continue to support you when you return.
Anneka and Stephen Bear

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The man of great example!  / Yury&Inna Chernyetsky (Friends)  Read >>
The man of great example!  / Yury&Inna Chernyetsky (Friends)
Dear Karleen and Family,

The sadness you are feeling is felt by loved ones around you. Our loss here on earth, is the Lord's gain in heaven. May you find comfort in knowing that you're not alone.
My wife Inna and I have a wonderful memories of Brother Bruce, he was such a an inspiration and great example to us. I've remember, during our mission trip to Magadan, Far East Russia. To my great surprise, one day Bruce has managed somehow, to find out my phone number there and have called me and ask to have a lunch together. He was visiting Magadan city just for one day! Right before he left, he gave some money and asked to give it to the most needy people in that cold and freeze city. I was very touched by his gesture. Bruce have help thousands of refugees including Russian community.

With great respect

Pastor Yury Chernyetsky Close
Our thoughts and prayers are with you  / Bill And Camilla Kellogg (Friends of Karin and Ken at Trinity )  Read >>
Our thoughts and prayers are with you  / Bill And Camilla Kellogg (Friends of Karin and Ken at Trinity )
May God comfort you in this time of grief and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.  We count ourselves blessed for having gotten to know you. Close
Praying for you and your family  / Sue Slavik (sunnyvale pres )  Read >>
Praying for you and your family  / Sue Slavik (sunnyvale pres )
Karin and Ken,

How my heart is aching for you and your family.  I worked the front desk today and, I cannot tell you how many phone calls came for in for you.  What a tribute to you both for the short time you have been with us.

One call was from MPPC asking where donations could be made.  I referred them to one of the many websites.

Looking forward to  having you both back in our fellowship.

Sue Close
Memories Last Forever  / John &. Maggi Kelly (Friend & Co-worker )  Read >>
Memories Last Forever  / John &. Maggi Kelly (Friend & Co-worker )
Our prayers are with Karleen, Kevin, Karin, and the rest of the family, but our hearts celebrate Bruce's life and all that he accomplished. He was a true friend to so many of us--far and wide over a large cross-section of disciplines--and a larger than life leader, from Eagle Scout to CEO to humanitarian. We will miss his integrity, his passion, and his persistent smile, but we will always have the memories of our time with Bruce. And memories last forever. Close
Co-Chair of Praise Covenant Church, Tacoma, WA. Mission Team  / Bill &. Gloria Warter   Read >>
Co-Chair of Praise Covenant Church, Tacoma, WA. Mission Team  / Bill &. Gloria Warter
The Mission Team of Praise Covenant Church, Tacoma, WA. (supporter of Quest) sends condolences to the family and thanks for Bruce's involvement in the Kodiak. Close
What a leader and !  / Arland Fagerstrom (Former employee )  Read >>
What a leader and !  / Arland Fagerstrom (Former employee )
Bruce was a man of vision and heart.  I appreciated his compassion and sincerity throughout the years that I knew him.

When I was the Bethel station manager for Alaska Airlines from 1984 until 1989, Bruce frequently provided support and encouragement.  I remember his joking comment to me after a couple of years there--"How is your banishment holding up?"  He said it with a smile and a knowing heart.  While it wasn't banishment, it was challenging and he fully understood and cared.

Later in my career, I went back to college to finish my BA in Business.  One of my assignments was to write a paper about a leader that impacted my life.  That was easy...I wrote about Bruce Kennedy.  His leadership style, his personal faith, and his dedication to his organization is the epitome in my mind of what a leader should be.

We have lost one of the greatest men I have ever known. Close
Tribute to a friend  / Bobby Parker (business)  Read >>
Tribute to a friend  / Bobby Parker (business)
I was fortunate to serve on the Alaska Air Group Board with Bruce for 24 years. Bruce was a true practicing Christian both personally and in business. I want to pay tribute to someone who had a real effect on my life and many others. The amazing work for God Bruce did after his "retirement" from Alaska Air demonstrates the way Bruce lived his life on this earth. God Bless you Bruce. Close
cigar.fan@hotmail.co-m / John Cavanaugh (friend)  Read >>
cigar.fan@hotmail.co-m / John Cavanaugh (friend)
Kennedys, I am deeply saddened by your loss. Almost every major event in my most formative years was attended by Bruce. I was always most impressed that such an accomplished man could be so humble, approachable, and unassuming. I truly grieve the loss of such a great champion of the faith. My prayers are with you in this extremely difficult time. I can say in all honesty that I am a better man for having known Bruce and the whole kennedy clan. Close
Grieving with the Happy Eskimo  / Greg Asimakoupoulos (new friend )  Read >>
Grieving with the Happy Eskimo  / Greg Asimakoupoulos (new friend )
It's a happy face
we've come to love.
But if you look closely,
you just might see
a teardrop rolling down
the face of one who
graces the tail section
of Alaska Airlines planes.
That smiling Eskimo
can't fully hide his broken heart.

And for good reason.
He just heard
the same bad news I did.
Bruce Kennedy is gone.

The one who brought
a smile to the countenances
of contented Alaska customers
for more than three decades
died last night.

A crash in Cashmere
claimed the life
of one who spent his life
honoring his God
and serving God's people.

After growing a regional airline
into an international fleet,
Bruce began a quest
to improve the plight of
missionary pilots.

His radical idea
refused to be grounded.
Bruce's faith gave lift
to a God-given vision.

And while we mourn
his unexpected death,
his undaunted dream is airborne.

But please notice one more thing.
Can you see it?
The Eskimo is still smiling.
He knows a secret
many might be tempted to overlook.

Our sorrow is Bruce's joy.
The object of our grief
has taken the flight of his life
to the destination of a lifetime.
Bruce Kennedy is home at last. 

by Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos
Mercer Island Covenant Church
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A Blessing to So Many  / Brianne And Brian Vertrees (Friends of Kevin and Kelley )  Read >>
A Blessing to So Many  / Brianne And Brian Vertrees (Friends of Kevin and Kelley )
Brian and I had the opportunity to meet Bruce several times through our dear friends Kevin and Kelley.  As business people we were always impressed by his long list of accomplishments and as believers in Christ his ability to bridge the gap between the two often contradictory worlds of Faith and Business.  Bruce touched so many during his life and his legacy continues to impact people even after his death.
Karleen, Karin, Ken, Kevin and Kelley we are praying for you as you make this difficult transition into life without someone you treasured so much.  We pray that God's grace, love and peace would permeate every day that you struggle and every day that you rejoice in the time you had with Bruce.
The world is a much better place having had Bruce in it for 68 years! Close
You're in our hearts and prayers (Svale Pres)  / Susan Watts (friend of Karin )  Read >>
You're in our hearts and prayers (Svale Pres)  / Susan Watts (friend of Karin )

My kids and I introduced ourselves to Karin at the Open House at Sunnyvale Pres. My youngest, Samuel, who is 4 1/2, remembers you from VBS and said he was sad to hear about your father and that he wanted to go and see you so he could give you a hug...awww.
May God and the Holy Spirit wrap their ever-lovin and ever-comforting arms around you and your family. You are in our hearts and prayers.
With all our love and hugs, 
-Susan, Dave, Katie and Samuel Watts, SVPC Family

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Driven / Joel And Kimberly Banks (Friends of Kevin and Kelly )  Read >>
Driven / Joel And Kimberly Banks (Friends of Kevin and Kelly )

Anyone who was fortunate enough to meet Bruce could see what a driven individual your father was Kevin. Your family has so much to be proud of. I can remember Bruce speaking at Seattle Christian way back in grade school about missions. He was so passionate about it. Something as small as his talk back then still sticks in my mind to this day. Most of us just sit back and wonder what it would be like to be that full of energy day after day........ And to use it all for the Lord's work! God saw a willing and determined heart and was very thankful He had a servant in Bruce to carry out His mission on Earth. May God bless your family. I know Bruce will be dearly missed.

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peterandmarie@earthl-ink.net / Peter Morton (Friend)  Read >>
peterandmarie@earthl-ink.net / Peter Morton (Friend)
I've know about Bruce for many years as a customer of Boeing and a leader of Alaska Airlines. I've known Bruce personally starting with the Quest Aircraft work in May of 2002 when I offered to do some constructive consulting on the Kodiak. Then in May of 2006, Bruce and I started a dialog that ended up with his presentation as a Pathfinder at The Museum of Flight in October. As the MC or the Pathfinder ceremony, I had the incredible privilege of delving into his and the family's history to create the brief story of his life, his accomplishments, and his faith to the Museum patrons. The audience included several dozen young people from middle and high schools, and he served as a role model for leadership and service for teenagers who will grow up to take their place in America's culture and industry. I was deeply saddened by the accident; and at the same time at ease with the knowledge that Bruce's faith is absolute and unwavering. My heart goes out to the family. After a few short weeks of my association with Bruce he serves as my role model, too; a person who lived a principled life and added greatly to the society he serves. I deeply appreciate the family creating a venue like this web site whereby we who are admirers of Bruce Kennedy can express our feelings. Thank you very much. Close
God Speed, Bruce  / Jeff Priest (Quest Aircraft Participant )  Read >>
God Speed, Bruce  / Jeff Priest (Quest Aircraft Participant )
Bruce's generous benevolence and love was personally shown to me following my house fire.

Bruce - Your reward is great, of this I am certain.  

His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.  Matthew 25:21

God Speed,,,

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Great Role Model  / Zachary Lark (Went to School with Kevin )  Read >>
Great Role Model  / Zachary Lark (Went to School with Kevin )
Bruce was and always will be one of the finest examples of leadership, stewardship and balanced life. Growing up at Seattle Christian, Kevin's dad was great role model. He knew how to work hard, play hard and still make time for his family. I think many of us who he came in contact with while we were young didn't realize it at the time what a powerful example he would play in our lives - even after 25 years or so! God Bless the Kennedy family. Close
Thankful for Bruce's service with MAF  / Jordan Gene (MAF)  Read >>
Thankful for Bruce's service with MAF  / Jordan Gene (MAF)
I appreciate my interaction with Bruce while he was on the MAF Board of Directors.  Our prayers are with you.  May God grant you "peace that surpasses ourunderstanding".

Gene Jordan
Director, Personnel
Mission Aviaiton Fellowship Close
I'm so sorry for your loss  / Cheri Barkhau (Friend of Karin's )  Read >>
I'm so sorry for your loss  / Cheri Barkhau (Friend of Karin's )
I was very sad to hear what happened.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Although I didn't know Bruce, my interactions with Karin and this website tell me he must have been an incredible man.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family!  Close
Family Man  / Maxine Scheevel (Friend)  Read >>
Family Man  / Maxine Scheevel (Friend)

Dear Karleen and Family,  Throughout our many years of friendship we witnessed Bruce as an outstanding business person. His talents were many and to be admired. However, we also watched another side of Bruce. He was first a Christian who loved the Lord Jesus and second a family man who loved being home.  As friends we saw your family closeness and dedication to one another.  Bruce was a "regular guy" who changed things in the world while having time to play with his kids and go to their school events.  The kindness and tenderness of your husband/dad will never be recorded in any business journal, but it is imprinted in our memories.  Last week, the world lost a "servant" and the Lord received His "Saint".   He will be missed.

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