John David Kennedy

March 23, 1980 - December 05, 2021

John David Kennedy, affectionately known as JK, 41, Topeka, Kansas, passed away December 5, 2021 unexpectedly.  He was born March 23, 1980, the adopted son of John Hubert Kennedy and Cynthia Ann (Craig) Kennedy Perez in Kansas City, Kansas.  He attended Most Pure Heart of Mary and graduated from Topeka High School in 1998.   

He is survived by his two sons Jameson Nathaniel Kennedy and Kian Michael Kennedy who he had with his ex wife, Amber (Urton) Kennedy; sister En Sook Kim (Kennedy) Strickland New and husband Allen New; nieces Elyse Katherine Strickland and Allison Lynn New; nephews Jasper Ryan Rhen and Ethan Gregory New; mother Cynthia Perez and husband Manuel Perez.

John was passionate about many things like cooking, grilling for his friends that were patient enough to wait, playing golf, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and camping.  John was proud of Jameson and Kian and loved being on the sidelines cheering them on.  He enjoyed playing Canasta with family and almost enjoyed making excuses about losing more than the actual game.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Hubert Kennedy.

The family will hold a celebration of life service and will be announced at a later date.

The family wishes memorial or financial contributions, which will be held in Trust for John’s two boys, to be made in care of his sister Kim New at 2334 SE Crestwater Dr., Topeka, Kansas 66605. Kim may also be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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