Memorial services for James Bennallack Kendrick of Nevada City will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 212 Spring St. in Nevada City. Burial will be at Forest View Cemetery.
Mr. Kendrick died Thursday, Nov. 7, in Nevada City. He was 64.
He was born Jan. 30, 1938, in Nevada City to Eldon William and Florence Elizabeth (Bennallack) Kendrick. He attended local schools and graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1956. He joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Following his discharge in 1960, he worked part-time for the U.S. Forest Service as a lookout at Banner Mountain and drove school bus while he attended Sierra College.
He then interned for Fireman’s Fund Insurance in San Francisco before returning to work with his mother in the Kendrick Insurance Agency until 1971. He then became an original partner of Gold Cities Insurance, where he worked until 1977. He worked for Gene West Logging as a skidder driver for two years. In 1991, he went to work as a bus driver for Durham Transportation, where he worked until his death. He was chosen as “Driver of the Year.”
He was associated with the Nevada City Fire Department. He was a member of the 49er Fire Department, member and past exalted ruler of Nevada City Elks Lodge and a past member of the Gold Country Lions Club.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Phil Christiansen of Eldorado Hills; daughter, Elizabeth Kendrick of Grass Valley; sisters Irma Mehrmann of Grass Valley and Josephine Parker of Yuba City; and grandchildren Hanna, Caleb and Caitlyn of Eldorado Hills.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada Joint Union Alum Association, 1645 Ridge Road, Grass Valley 95945; or the 49er Fire Protection District, 10014 N. Bloomfield Road, Nevada City 95959.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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