A humble man / Amy Walz (friend of Karin & family )Read >>
A humble man / Amy Walz (friend of Karin & family )
Karin & family,
Knowing your dad since I was a child I always called him Mr. Kennedy. I remember once after I became an adult,he asked me to call him "Bruce" and I just couldn't bring myself to do it! He was a man I deeply repected and was full of humility. He will be missed. Love and peace to you all. Close
Remembering the Kennedy's / Lorre (Larson) Floyd (family friends )
Bruce and Karleen have been a part of the Larson family for as long as I can remember. During my visits to Seattle, I watched as their beautiful children, Kevin and Karin grew from youngsters into accomplished adults.
Bruce and Karleen always brought joy with them to any event. I am forever indebited to them for watching over my grandparents and extending their friendship and grace always. When you take two dynamic individuals such as Karleen and Bruce and team them up, they become an amazing unit. It has been a privledge to know them both.
I was so saddened to hear of the tragic accident that claimed Bruce's life, yet the next day, when I went out to get the mail, I saw a beautiful full arch rainbow and in the quiet of this sight there was the sound of a single engine plane. When it came into view, it was one of those moments where I felt a divine peace and assurance that Bruce was in God's loving arms.
Our family will forever miss Bruce and be grateful for his presence in our lives. But the love and grace that he and Karleen began many years ago will carry though forever.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. / Susan Goodspeed ((friend of Kevin & Kelley) )Read >>
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. / Susan Goodspeed ((friend of Kevin & Kelley) )
Kevin, Kelley, Hallie and Braden, I was so saddened to hear of the crash that took Bruce's life. Having gone through the loss of my parents so suddenly, I understand the pain and sadness you feel. This scripture was very comforting to me during those days (and even still), and I hope you will find peace and comfort knowing that Jesus has His arms around you and is with you. "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord....plans to prosper you and not to harm, to give you a future and a hope". Jer 29:11 We are praying for you all, Love and Blessings- Mark, Susan, Tyler and Kyra Goodspeed Close
Note from Mountain View to Karin and family. / Christl Kirchner (Friend of Karin and Ken )
I also had the privilege of meeting Mr. Kennedy outside of church in Menlo Park. I remember him and Mrs. Kennedy as being so loving and genuine in that brief meeting. I have been blessed by hearing wonderful stories of his heart for missions and helping others and realize how much of that now is being lived out in Karin.
I am greatly saddened by your loss. Please know that we are grieving with you and are praying for you, Karin, and your family during this time and that we love you very much.
Our prayers are with you / Grace/Tracy Treffers/Stout (Friend of Son Kevin )Read >>
Our prayers are with you / Grace/Tracy Treffers/Stout (Friend of Son Kevin )
Tracy called me about the news. I would like to say we Love you and are thinking about you. I lost my father in 1986 at sea fishing in Alaska. I know in my heart he cryed out to God. Thank God that your father and his legacy. It changed my life when my father went, but I am so much more focused on what the Lord wants for my life. Kevin, be that Father, Son and live that legacy and continue on that life for your father. The Lord is talking to you and your heart. He will never leave you. You have such an opportunity to follow not only your fathers legacy, but start your own for your family.
James 3:13a / Jay, Angie, JAcob, Sammie And Macyn Lovin (Friends of Kevin and Kelley )Read >>
James 3:13a / Jay, Angie, JAcob, Sammie And Macyn Lovin (Friends of Kevin and Kelley )
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that come from wisdom." Bruce was a wise man, and will be missed by so many. There are no words to express our sorrrow for your loss. It kills us that we are so far away right now and can't be there to help support you through this. We love you guys and are praying for you.
Praying for you in Sunnyvale / Pam &. Dennis Leitterman (Friend of Karin & Ken )Read >>
Praying for you in Sunnyvale / Pam &. Dennis Leitterman (Friend of Karin & Ken )
Karin, Ken, and family,
Embrace the tears of loss and the laughter of joyful remembrance. We weep with you in grief and rejoice with you in the knowledge that Bruce has passed from life to greater life. We pray that the Comforter will comfort you, and that you will be strengthened by the One who intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
Heartfelt Sympathy / Beth Treitel
Praying for you as you grieve; yet also aware of the extraordinary privilege you have had to share life with such a wonderful man. May God be very near and very real. Close
Thoughts and prayers from Sunnyvale / Lynne Page Read >>
Thoughts and prayers from Sunnyvale / Lynne Page
Karin, Ken and family, my heart goes out to you now as you come to terms with life without your amazing father. I know that God is with you all to help in so many ways. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers and we will be here for you when you come back to Sunnyvale. Love, Lynne and Larry Close
Our Prayers are With You / Ramon And Annie Gupta (friend)Read >>
Our Prayers are With You / Ramon And Annie Gupta (friend)
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. The life Bruce lived and the way that your family shared the love of Christ with so many others in so many ways will always be an inspiration to me. I am eternally blessed for having known Bruce and being a part of your lives while living in Seattle. May God's peace surround you in this difficult time. Annie and I are so sorry for your loss. God bless you. Close
Grateful for your father's life. / Cheryl &. Dan Sharpley Read >>
Grateful for your father's life. / Cheryl &. Dan Sharpley
Karin (and Ken), Although we have only known you a short while since you came to Sunnyvale Presbyterian as our pastor, we have already grown to love and appreciate your joyful and gentle spirit and your heart for our less advantaged neighbors. Reading about your father's life, we thank God for the wonderful role model he was and mourn with you and your family his passing. Please know that we will be holding you in our hearts and in our prayers. Close
Bruce, our friend and hero / Lauren And Anne Rice (friend)Read >>
Bruce, our friend and hero / Lauren And Anne Rice (friend)
We were so saddened to learn today of Bruce Kennedy's death. Both he and Karleen were our friends for 37 years. Bruce was a month younger than me but I always considered him to be a bit older and wiser. Through scouts, years on the church session together, Sunday school classes, "talk time" with the refugees, and other social events I got to know him well. We retired at the same time and age, but he took up flying and bought his first plane, the plane he crashed, several years before I returned to flying. He took me flying shortly after he got his private license which inspired me to think seriously about getting back into flying.
All of us who knew Bruce greatly admired him for his creative thinking, his business skills and leadership abilities, his integrity, but most of all as a humble servant of God. I must admit having put Bruce up on a pedestal because of all he accomplished and the manner in which he did it. One Sunday at the social hour between church services I asked Bruce how he could be so successful in business and have accomplished so much as a leader. I can't remember what he said immediately, but the next week he approached me and said he'd been thinking and praying about the important question I'd asked. He said it couldn't just be him it had to be God working through him.
A story I like to tell about Bruce and Karleen is about how concerned and caring they were for the refugees from countries like Cambodia during the 1980's. They started "Talk Time" at John Knox Church to help them learn English and meet some Americans, as well as to become comfortable at church. They led a group of volunteers who collected used items of household items and clothes to get them started. They also helped them get though all the other social and educational issues. Karleen used to go out to SeaTac Airport to help the families who were transferring flights, or meeting sponsors. One day the Yap family arrived with three young boys. There had been a "mess up" and they had no sponsor. Well, the Kennedy's immediately volunteered to take them in and set the family up at their house. After only a few days the Kennedy's had to leave for an important trip. Now can you imagine leaving a family of five that you didn't really know and couldn't speak a word of English in your home for a week. When the Kennedy's returned the house was immaculately cleaned, with the trees pruned, grass mowed and beds weeded! That started a wonderful relationship of mutual support and friendship which continues today. Early on Bruce and Karleen approached me about Cory, the oldest son, joining scouts. His first overnight outing was building igloos. He was such a hard worker. Cory became a strong leader in the troop, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, along with his younger brothers.
Building on his goals at the time of retirement, Bruce invested his considerable skills, his time, and money in mission work. It was natural that he should take a leadership role in Mission Aviation Fellowship. He began to see that the available aircraft, primarily from Cessna, just weren't up to the tasks that the missionaries needed in remote third world areas. So over the past six years Bruce has worked tirelessly, often 60 hour weeks, to achieve his goal of building and certifying a rugged single engine plane which could carry huge loads and use short rough landing fields. In addition to putting together a team, and construction site, one of his huge accomplishments was obtaining the millions of dollars of funding required through donations and investments to keep Quest Aircraft going. Certification of the Kodiak aircraft from the FAA is imminent. A big plus is that this plane uses kerosene which is a more readily available fuel in remote areas.
Do you remember the small pieces of paper with a verse of scripture printed on them that was inserted with the meals on Alaska Airline Flights? Even though it caused a controversy that small thing speaks hugely of who Bruce was and of his commitment to his Savior Jesus Christ. Like thousands across the world we will miss his greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the wonderful family Bruce left behind, especially Karleen, and his children Karin and Kevin.
My prayers are with the family / David Bentley (friend of Karin's )Read >>
My prayers are with the family / David Bentley (friend of Karin's )
Words are truly inadequate to express feelings at a time like this. Just know that I along with the entire Sunnyvale congregation are holding Bruce's family in our prayers. Close
You are in our prayers / Ginna Traina (friend of Karin )
Karin, Your church family holds you and your loved ones in our prayers. I pray that you feel God's presense on this journey. Ginna and Jim Close
A Man of God / Don Wood (friend of Keven and Kelly )
Mr. Bruce Kennedy visited my place of business just a few days before his accident. He was a great blessing to us in those few minutes and was surrounded by his family, of which he was obviously very fond and proud. The quality of the bond of the family is a testament to the example he lived. We were among the hundreds that have been permanently changed because of his example and committment to God. May the Lord bless you all during this time of difficulty. Close
Bruce was a mentor in more ways than one. / Loran Lichty (Friend of family )Read >>
Bruce was a mentor in more ways than one. / Loran Lichty (Friend of family )
Bruce was the father of my high school friend Kevin. I spent many days and evenings through high school hanging out at the Kennedy home and getting to know the family. Bruce was a mentor to me and encouraged me to pursue a career with Alaska Airlines. He did great things in his time as the leader of Alaska but I think he did greater things outside of his corporate leadership role. Bruce & his family showed me how to love people from other countries and do everything possible to help them. Karleen corrected my english every chance she had....and I'm grateful for that. Bruce was a great father to his kids and many of us as well. He modeled for me what was important in life by leaving what most would percieve as the "top of his career" and continued serving others in the name of Jesus Christ. We are sad that he's not with us anymore yet envious because he's with Jesus right now. I am a better man today because I knew Bruce Kennedy. Close
To the entire Kennedy Family / Rob And Meegan Carlson (Friends of Kevin and Kelley's, my uncle Greg Stafford in also involved in Quest with Bruce )Read >>
To the entire Kennedy Family / Rob And Meegan Carlson (Friends of Kevin and Kelley's, my uncle Greg Stafford in also involved in Quest with Bruce )
Bruce is a great example of what it truly means to leave a Legacy! We are praying for your entire family that you will have strength beyond measure and peace without fear........you are loved! Rob, Meegan, Mikey, RJ, Chandler and Tonyia Carlson Close
My deepest condolences / Betty Boeving (Karin's friend )Read >>
My deepest condolences / Betty Boeving (Karin's friend )
My heart is deeply pained in hearing the news. Although I never met Bruce, I will cherish his memory by celebrating the everlasting impact that his loving care, guidance and wisdom had on his daughter Karin, our good friend and sister in Christ. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Close
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family / Sheina And Bob Curtis (friends of Karin and Ken )Read >>
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family / Sheina And Bob Curtis (friends of Karin and Ken )
We were so shocked to hear of Bruce's passing. We are thinking and praying for your family.
I (Sheina) only met Bruce on one occasion -- when he visited Karin in my home, and graciously fixed my toilet during his visit! I was humbled by his kind and generous gift. Surely it is a rare, beautiful person who would do this. I have enjoyed reading about his life on this website and in articles online. He passionately led a full life -- professionally, personally and spiritually -- and he has made a difference in this world.