The son of Brandyn Kennedy and Anna Peffer, Dakota was born in Ellwood City on February 20, 1998. He had attended Lincoln High School and the Lawrence County Vo-Tech. Dakota loved riding and racing his dirt bike, cars, and fishing.
He is survived by his mother, Anna (Matt) Peffer of Portersville, his father, Brandyn (Taryn) Kennedy of Ellwood City, his sister, Alania Peffer of Portersville, his maternal grandfather, James Massioni of Ellwood City, his maternal great grandmother, Bertha Wright, his paternal grandparents, Connie Kennedy (Rich Gnarra) of Beaver, and Don Kennedy of Chewton, his paternal great grandmother, Dorothy McGarrity of Beaver, and his great grandmother, Anna M. Nicotero.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Karen and Richard Ottaviani, and Elizabeth Phillips, and his maternal great grandfather, Richard Wright.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Rev. Phil Conklin officiating. Interment will follow at the Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home.