Public Relations Official
Kenneth Youel, 89, a retired public relations official of the General Motors Corp. and a past president of the Public Relations Society of America, died of pulmonary fibrosis Dec. 30 at his home in Earlysville, Va.
Mr. Youel, who lived in Washington from 1961 until moving to Earlysville in 1970, also was a consultant to the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency and a former newspaperman.
Born in Doon, Iowa, he grew up in Silverton, Ore. He graduated from the University of Oregon, where he was editor of the student newspaper. He began his career on the Oregonian in Portland, Ore. He later worked for the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Eagle and the New York Post.
He joined General Motors in 1931. He worked in New York and Detroit, and he was director of television and press relations for GM when he retired in 1961 and moved to Washington.
Mr. Youel was a founding member of the Public Relations Society of America. He was its president in 1961, and he received its Gold Anvil Award in 1964. He also was a member of the International Public Relations Association.
In Washington, Mr. Youel was president of the Public Members' Association of the Foreign Service and a member of the St. Andrews Society of Washington, the Scottish-American Heritage and the Clan Buchanan Society of America.
In Earlysville, he served three years as president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Chapter of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and he was a member of the English-Speaking Union, the Farmington Country Club and the Thomas Jefferson chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Mr. Youel had a winter residence in Palm Beach, Fla.
His first wife, Frances Rose Youel, died in 1958. His second wife, Jan DiMarco Youel, died in 1989.
Survivors include two children by his first marriage, John Kenneth Youel Jr. of Earlysville and Adele Youell Chappell of Penfield, N.Y.; three stepchildren, Jon R. DiMarco of Richmond, Toni Robinson of Vero Beach, Fla., and Donna DiMarco of Palm Beach; five grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.
JOHN C. KENNEDY JR.
Printing Concern President
John C. Kennedy Jr., 31, who had been president, general manager and part owner of the Bel-Jean Copy Print Center in College Park since 1982, died of leukemia Dec. 31 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Laurel.
Mr. Kennedy, who was born in Philadelphia and came here when he was 6 years old, grew up in Silver Spring. He was a graduate of Blair High School and a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland.
He had served as local treasurer and board member of the National Association of Quick Printers and served on the local board of the Salvation Army. He also was a Rotarian.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie Kennedy, and a son, Ryan John Kennedy, both of Laurel; his parents, Margaret and John C. Kennedy Sr., both of Silver Spring; and three brothers, Christopher, of Baltimore, and Thomas and Brian, both of Columbia.
JESSIE P. BOOKER
Jessie P. Booker, 87, an area cosmetologist from 1936 to 1985 who was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Dec. 29 at the Washington Nursing Facility.
Over the years, she worked at a variety of establishments. She retired from the Mirror Beauty Salon at 1911 11th St. NW. Mrs. Booker, who lived in Washington, was native of South Carolina. She came to the Washington area in 1932.
Her husband, Eddie Booker, died in 1969. Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn J. Anderson, and a sister, Bessie Boyd, both of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
RAYMOND A. SHEPANEK
Raymond Albert Shepanek, 74, a former Federal Aviation Administration official and retired captain in the Naval Reserve, died Dec. 31 at Manor Care nursing home in Fairfax after a stroke. He lived in McLean.
He worked for the FAA and its predecessor agencies for about 25 years before retiring in the early 1970s. He held a variety of posts during the years, including that of head of its noise abatement group. He also had served at the U.S. Embassy in London
Mr. Shepanek, who came here in 1957, was a native of Chicago. He was a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and the American University Law School. He flew anti-submarine patrols in South America and Hawaii on active Navy duty during World War II and retired from the reserves in the 1960s.
In the mid-1970s, he lived in New Hampshire before returning here.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
His wife, the former Mercedes Ford, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Robert Ford Shepanek of Falls Church; a daughter, Nancy S. Kfoury of Reston; a brother, Norbert, of McLean; a sister, Gloria Sieben of Chicago; and four grandchildren.