William H. Kennedy, 83, of New Milford, formerly of Nesconset, N.Y., died Oct. 25, 2010, at home. He was the widower of Theresa Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy was born July 13, 1927, in Queens, N.Y., son of the late Mary and Henry Kennedy.

Being the first born American of his family, his bassinet was draped with an American flag; it was that flag that followed him throughout his life.

Mr. Kennedy was a decorated war hero. He served in the MP's and later continued his education as a nurse for part of World War II, the Korean War, the Berlin Wall Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He remained an element of the Army Reserves until his retirement.

He later worked as a nurse for the State of New York. He continued to stay active in the American Legion.

Mr. Kennedy married the love of his life, Theresa, and they made a family together. He often called his wife the "greatest spoke in the wheel," as she made a home for him and their children, Teresa and Bruce, while he was away.

In their golden years, they enjoyed trips to Hawaii and parts of Europe.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by a daughter, Teresa Justesen, and her husband, Rich, of New Milford; a son, Bruce Kennedy, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Werner, of Rhode Island; six grandchildren, Ross Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Richard Justesen, Elizabeth Justesen, Christian Justesen, and his wife, Liz, and Luca Gaudino; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kennedy was predeceased by a grandson, Bruce Kennedy, and two sisters, Jeanette Stone and Alice Barr.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.