John Thomas Kearney
John T. "Jack" Kearney, 82, of Driftwood, Texas, formerly of Kokomo, Indiana, and Fort Dodge, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, Texas, where he was honored by hundreds as a veteran. He was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to C.J. and Mary (Johnston) Kearney. On Dec. 28, 1957, in Peru, Indiana, he married Carol (Snyder) Kearney, and she survives.
Jack graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1954. He served from 1955 to 1958 in the United States Air Force as an intelligence operations specialist, attaining the rank of airman first class ("buck sergeant"). He earned a technical degree in electronics from United Electronics Laboratory, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1961. Jack retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1974, and he also repaired electronics at Martin Brothers, Russiaville, Indiana, from 1970 to 1985.
A consummate do-it-yourself repairman and craftsman, Jack had an amazingly inventive mind and skillful hands; this was his lifelong passion. His family is surrounded by his creations, both practical and artistic, which he freely shared. Family being his first priority, Jack traveled all over the country to visit his children, grandchildren and other family members, always bringing joy and new pieces of his craftwork. He also enjoyed sightseeing with family and being outdoors, especially trout fishing in Wyoming.
Jack is survived by his wife, of Driftwood, Texas; his son, Tom Kearney and wife Jackie, of Odenton, Maryland; his son, Mark Kearney and wife Elsa, of Sunset Valley, Texas; grandchildren, Christine and Katelin, of Grants Pass, Oregon, Matthew, of Odenton, Maryland, Maura and Alan, of Sunset Valley, Texas; and sister Mary Estes, of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, James "Jim" and Joseph "Joe" Kearney.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, Texas. Messages of condolence may be left online at
Published on June 5, 2019


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