Funeral services for Daniel Joseph Kennelly, 53, of Killeen, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. The Kennelly family will be accepting guests at Dan’s residence immediately following the funeral.
Mr. Kennelly died Feb. 15, 2014. He was born Nov. 18, 1960, in Nancy, France, to Eiko Kennelly and the late Joseph Kennelly of Killeen.
Daniel was better known as Dan to loved ones and friends.
The second-born to a decorated soldier and amazing mother, Dan enjoyed the adventures that military life provided. He moved nearly 10 times during his childhood, calling Japan, Germany and countless states home.
Moving to Killeen in 1975, he attended Ellison High School, where he graduated in 1979. He met the love of his life, Neva Houde, in 1982. Together, Dan and Neva built a warm and loving home, which expanded with the additions of two beautiful daughters, Renessa in 1983, and Rebecca in 1987. Dan embraced fatherhood with a unique combination of fierce dedication and playful whimsy, cultivating extraordinary bonds with his daughters that remain unwavering despite his untimely passing.
Being highly entrepreneurial-minded, Dan became a successful financial planner and, in later years, tax preparer. His tireless work ethic, innate charisma and natural intellect became the cornerstones of his rewarding career, which spanned three decades.
Beyond his professional pursuits, he had a lifelong passion for football.
He prided himself in his robust football magazine collection and impressed many with his seemingly endless knowledge of the sport.
He also was a noted animal lover and spent his life surrounded by dogs that he often considered an extension of his family.
Mr. Kennelly was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kennelly of Killeen; and a sister, Joanne Kennelly of Addison.
Survivors include his mother, Eiko Kennelly of Killeen; his wife, Neva Kennelly of Killeen; brother, Ken Kennelly and sister-in-law, Karen Kennelly of Garland; daughters, Renessa Kennelly of Austin and Rebecca Kennelly of Greenville, S.C.; dog, Clyde Kennelly of Killeen; and numerous friends and other loved ones.
Visitation is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.