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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:00 PM (Mountain).

Philip High School Gym
Philip, South Dakota

Memorial visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Philip High School Gym in Philip.

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In memory of

Scott Kennedy

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 in a horse accident in Wickenburg, Arizona at the age of 70

Scott James Kennedy was born on February 10, 1954 in Rapid City, SD. Scott was the fourth child of Howard & Dorothy Kennedy. He attended school in Philip from elementary through high school, graduating in 1972. During his school days, he played football, baseball, basketball and rodeoed. His basketball team went to state his senior year, which was quite a highlight to his life thus far. Scott started team roping after graduating high school.

In the fall of 1973, the Kennedy families bought a ranch in Faith, SD.

Shortly after high school graduation, at the age of 19, Scott moved to Faith with his cousin, Mick, and brother, Kent, to work on the family ranch up there.

Scott met Beth (Schuelke) of Mud Butte, SD while living in Faith, SD. Scott and Beth were united in marriage on October 3rd, 1980. In 1981, Scott and Beth were blessed with their first son, Radley, while living in Faith, SD. Also in 1981, Scott lost his uncle, Duck (Wayne), in a horse accident. Scott, Beth and Radley moved to Philip in the Fall of 1982 and he continued ranching and partnered with his dad (Howard Kennedy) at the ranch just west of Philip. Scott and Beth were blessed with their second son, Tyrel, in 1985. The family of four continued to live in Philip while he ranched with his dad. In 1989, Scott and Beth completed their family when they were blessed with their daughter, Blayne.

In 1991, Scott and Beth built a home on the ranch west of Philip and moved their family of five to the country. Scott and Beth raised their three children on the Kennedy Ranch.

He was a member of the West River Grazing Association for many years, was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and a member of the United Church of Philip.

His love of rodeo and basketball never faded. Scott coached boys basketball in Philip for several years and always supported his kids, and many others, in rodeo.

He enjoyed ranching and time with his family. Horses were always a true passion for Scott throughout his life and he spent his last moments horseback, doing what he loved.

Survivors include his wife Beth Kennedy of Philip; two sons Radley Kennedy (Cassidy) and her two daughters Izzabella and Emberlyn; and Tyrel Kennedy, both of Philip; daughter Blayne (Kenny) Feidler of New Underwood; two grandsons, Townes and July; brother Kent (Kathy) Kennedy of Rapid City; sister Judy Goldhammer of Wall; one niece Heather Olney; two nephews Shane Olney and Kempton Olney; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Dorothy Kennedy; his grandparents George and Anna Kennedy; his brother Dennis “Denny” Kennedy; and his brother-in-law Paul Goldhammer.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 495 Philip, SD 57567.

Memorial visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Philip High School Gym in Philip.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Philip High School Gym in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 5-7 p.m.
Philip High School Gym
Philip, South Dakota

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 7:00 p.m.
Philip High School Gym
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 1:00 p.m.
Philip High School Gym
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney
Pastor Harold Delbridge

Kenny Feidler - "Scott's Song"
Casey Sheldon - "Where Rainbows Never Die"

Scott Pippert - Todd Trask
Tom Miller - Greg Shearer

Jody Brown - Steve McDaniel - Zach West
Shayne Porch - George Paul Michael
Steve Buchholz - Rorey Brown - Travis Thompson

John Miller - Ray Smith - Simpson Ranch and Family
Roxanne Hauk and Family - Roger Williams
Marty Burns - Chaney Burns - Irvin Jones
Rachel Clark - DJ Rush - All Family, Friends, and Neighbors


  • Kent, Judy and Scott's families,
    Blessings to you all at this sad time. Prayers to have the strength to move forward.
    ~ Mary Lou (McKay) Fellows Puyallup, Washington (3/4/2024)
  • Your family and friends are in our hearts and prayers. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. ~ Jill and John Villeggiante Fruitland, ID (3/2/2024)
  • What a beautiful tribute video. My heart breaks for your great loss. I never have the right words of comfort. I will be praying that God holds you close as you journey forward without Scott. I can't wrap my head around a loss so sudden and tragic. ~ Roxy and Ray Formanek Philip SD (3/2/2024)
  • Condolences and prayers to Scott's family. What a dynamic and beautiful soul. ~ Kory & Robin Bierle Midland (3/1/2024)
  • Our hearts are broken. We loved Scott and remember all the conversations we had around the table. We are keeping your family close to our hearts during this difficult and tragic time. He left behind a legacy. ~ Madalyn and Logan Willemsma Texas (2/29/2024)
  • My heart breaks for the Kennedy family. May you cherish your memories and lean on God to give you strength at such a difficult time. Prayers and love to you all. ~ Val Solano Rapid City, SD (2/28/2024)
  • Our condolences for your loss. Scott was a great man and a great coach! We will be keeping you all in our prayers. ~ Brody and Olivia Jones Dickinson, ND (2/28/2024)
  • My condolences to Scott's family. Scott will be missed. ~ Deborah Bryan Wall, SD (2/27/2024)
  • Thoughts and prayers to Scott's family. ~ Susan(Schulz) Hoyme Sioux Falls,SD (2/27/2024)
  • Sending heartfelt condolences to all of Scott's family. ~ Ron & Marilyn Gartner Casa Grande AZ (2/27/2024)
  • Beth and families, we are thinking of you folks during this hard time. Hold on to all the memories. Scott will be missed by many. Prayers to everyone. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (2/25/2024)
  • North Carolina ~ Susan A Bandel McKay (2/25/2024)
  • Sympathy and prayers for Scott's family and friends. ~ Donna Bodkin Craven Rapid City (2/23/2024)
  • Beth, my heart goes out to you and your family. I will be thinking about you in the days ahead. If you ever need to talk to someone, please contact me. I understand what you are going through. ~ Susan Lettau Sturgis, SD (2/23/2024)
  • Tim and I are sending our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Scott was a wonderful man and cousin and will be very much missed. The cousins gathering at Christmastime that you and Scott graciously hosted, is already a family favorite memory. He was a generous man and fun to be around. May your faith strengthen you and may your memories sustain you in the days ahead. We love you all very much, Tim and Cathy ~ Cathy Buckley Onalaska, Wisconsin (2/21/2024)
  • Such heartbreaking news, there are no words to express my sympathy Beth and Family ~ Mary Kay Sandal Hartford, SD formerly Plainview. (2/19/2024)
  • Beth, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong and remember all the memories you shared. Blessings to you and your family. ~ Beverly Schlosser 2577 Little Missouri Road (2/18/2024)
  • Beth and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Scott was a wonderful husband, father, and rancher and we are privileged to have known him. ~ Stephen And Helen Parke Concord, Virginia (2/18/2024)
  • Beth & family, my most sincere condolences to you all over the loss of Scott. Lifting you all up in thought & prayer. ~ Cindy Nuzum Wall, SD (2/18/2024)
  • Dear Beth & Family my heart goes out to you all at the loss of Scott, husband, father and darned good neighbor. God bless and keep you all. ~ Lyndy Ireland Philip, SD (2/18/2024)
  • Beth and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Scott's passing. May the precious memories you have bring comfort. ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City, SD (2/17/2024)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Rebecca (Tootie) Formanek York,Nebraska (2/17/2024)
  • Thought and prayers to Scots family ~ John ptak Central City Sd (2/16/2024)
  • We are so sorry to hear about Scott. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family during this time. ~ Mark and Karen Foland Midland (2/16/2024)
  • Beth & Family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler 2130 Ellen St (2/16/2024)
  • So sorry for your tremendous loss. Hugs & prayers as you grieve & prepare to celebrate his life. ~ Hallie Konst Philip SD (2/16/2024)
  • My deepest condolences Beth and family. Pass and hugd ~ Mary Lee Marty Spearfish SD (2/16/2024)
  • So sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you during this difficult time ~ Kari Porch Pierre SD (2/15/2024)
  • So Sorry for your lose. ~ Dennis & Donna Moses Green Valley AZ (2/15/2024)
  • SD ~ Trudye and Dan Fosness Sioux Falls, (2/15/2024)