December 2, 2013
Clyde Kissell passed away Nov. 21 at the age of 85 years young.
A celebration of his life will take place Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 62 Primrose Lane, Grass Valley.
He was born March 31, 1928, in the small mining community of Victor, Colo. The goldmines of Victor were his playground growing up. At 18, he joined the Army Air Corps. In 1949, he eloped with the love of his life, Patricia. They moved to California in the early 1950s and eventually settled in Grass Valley in 1962. He operated his own auto repair for a few years before becoming the lead mechanic at Nevada County Imports. For the last couple of years of his career, he built engines for Bart Industries.
Clyde's greatest joy besides his family was building cars and auto racing of all forms. He started building his first car at 11 after his father said he could drive it when he got it running, thinking it would take many years to complete. Challenge issued, he was driving at 13. At 16, he built and raced a car in the Pikes Peak Hill climb and won. He went on to build cars for a variety of drivers and eventually for Harry Stewart. They were a successful duo racing in the Sports Car Club of America. During his retirement, he rebuilt cars, including a 1972 MG his daughter still has.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia; son Paul (Connie); daughter Kathy (Michael); grandchildren Mistie, Joshua and Christopher; great-grandchildren Zachary, Amber, Ava and Alexander; and many other family members. He will be dearly missed by all.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Elks Lodge of Nevada City, 518 State Highway 49, Nevada City, CA 95959.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.