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Roberto A. Kennedy

Roberto A. Kennedy, 54 of Streator passed away Monday evening (March 27th) at the Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana.

Following cremation a visitation will be held Sunday from 2 – 5 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home.  Services will be held Sunday at 5 PM at the funeral home.

Roberto was born on March 19, 1963 in Chicago to Joe Acevedo and Lila Kennedy Powers.

Surviving are sons Matthew (Brittany) Kennedy of Lexington, SC and Josiah Kennedy of Fairbury, IL, sister Sandy Rizzo of Streator, brother Charles Powers of Streator, step-brother Robbie Powers of Kentucky, and other family members in Kentucky and “little brother” Bobby Boivin of Chicago, Fiancée’ Tabatha Ralls of Streator, mentors Dale and Judy Ralston of Streator, Sensei Michael Rideout Sr. an Senior instructor of the White Tiger Combat Academy, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and aunt Delores Higdon.

Roberto graduated from Streator High School in 1981, served in the US Army and was an active member of the Marshall Arts Hall of Fame as a 10th degree black belt.  He was affiliated with the Restoration Christian Church in Shorewood.

On March 27, 2017, we lost a great man who fought a good fight of faith.  Roberto Antonio Kennedy would like you to know that his work here is done, he received a call and offer that his soul and spirit couldn’t refuse and so went on to glory to be with the Lord.

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A candle was lit in memory of Roberto Kennedy

Angela Sustek Nov 29 2019 12:00 AM

Master Roberto Kennedy was a father figure in my life when I was in my teens. We met at a Japanese class at College of Lake County where he told me about martial arts. We had many long conversations about life and I learned the value of investing in others because of him. He also taught me discipline and started me on a journey of martial arts that has been lifelong. Master Kennedy was the leader of his own martial art called Ketsugo Jitsu which he was the official 10th Dan. He impacted many lives through his love of martial arts. His life was not easy and he had many struggles, but by his faith God accomplished much through him.

Okinawa, Japan Oct 19 2019 12:00 AM

Darling Robert,

You will be truly missed. I just discovered your passing, on this day of August 20th.

I pray your sister is holding up and my prayers are with her. Your life was a hard one and a big struggle your now sitting at the right hand of the father and your at peace

Cindy DeCarlo

Cindy Decarlo Aug 21 2017 12:00 AM

To the family,
For many years, I led crews of kids through the cornfields growing hybrid seed corn for the Cargill plant in Grand Ridge. One summer, in mid-season, we needed more workers and one of Bob's friends brought Bob. He was a tremendous worker and a very interesting young man. That was the beginning of several seasons that he worked for me. Through the years, we would see one another around town, and he was always the cheerful and talkative Bob. We became good friends. I moved from Streator in 2000, but living in Mendota, I still would come to Streator on occasion. I then moved to the Kansas City area 11 years ago. I regret that distance prevents me from paying respects to you in person. Please know that I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the difficult task of life without this great young man.

Larry Sebby Apr 5 2017 12:00 AM

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