John E. Kennedy, age 58 of Columbus, died Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital after an extended illness. John was born October 13, 1963 in Columbus to Stephen F. and Doris J. (Willard) Kennedy. On July 2, 2016 he married his partner Doug Kennedy in Perry County in addition to one year of marriage, they shared 26 years. In addition to his husband Doug, John is preceded in death by his father Stephen F. Kennedy, brothers Scott and Matthew Kennedy, a nephew Phillip and his maternal grandparents. He is survived by his mother Doris Kennedy, sons Eric and Josh Kennedy, granddaughter Faith Kennedy, grandsons Josh Kennedy,II and Elias Kennedy, a sister Linda Kennedy, many nieces and nephews. John was a produce manager for Kroger and a store manager for Certified Gas Stations. John was a goofball, he loved to have fun, dancing, playing the lottery and Ohio State football. The family will receive friends from 3-5pm Monday, October 18, 2021 at Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, 5464 North High Street Columbus, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5pm Monday.