Percy Adams Rideout
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November 28, 1918 - January 25, 2013
After 94 years of non-stop living, Percy died of cardiac arrest at the Rideout Hospital in Marysville.
Percy was born to Phoebe Nutting Rideout and Harold Cushing Rideout in Ashburnham, Mass. He was the middle child of five. His parents were innkeepers and educators. He graduated from Cushing Academy, where he excelled as both an athlete and a scholar. He continued on to Dartmouth College and graduated in 1940. He contributed to Dartmouth's dominance of New England collegiate skiing and captained the team in his senior year. After college he hitchhiked West, stopping here and there to test his hand at gold mining and mountain climbing, finally reaching Hollywood, where he enjoyed an extremely short-lived acting career.
He was drafted in 1942 and served in the 10th Mountain Division, the US Army's elite Mountain Forces. He became Captain of Company F, 86th Regiment. In 1945 he was wounded, shot through the cheek, in the Battle of Riva Ridge in the Italian Alps. For his heroic action, he received a bronze star, a silver star and a purple heart.
After the war, Percy and a few men from Dartmouth and from the 10th Mountain Division went to Aspen, Colorado. In Aspen, they were instrumental in creating what has become one of the foremost ski resorts in the world. It was while giving a ski lesson in Aspen that he met Jean Kelly of Omaha. They were married in May of 1946.
In 1953, he moved to Yuba City California, with his wife and two young daughters. Besides farming peaches, prunes and walnuts during the 50's and 60's, he and a group of friends also founded the Peach Tree Golf and CC in Marysville. In 1967, daughters safely in college, Percy and Jean moved to Europe where Percy served as a Trade Promotion Director for the California Cling Peach Advisory Board.
They took full advantage of their time in Europe, traveling extensively. Three years later, he was brought back to San Francisco, to become Managing Director of California Valley Exports. At this post, he was able to continue promoting sales of canned fruit to Europe and Asia. In the mid '70's he returned to Yuba City for good.
For the past 40 years, Percy has been a vibrant contributing member of the community. He served on the Sutter County Levee District Board in 1994. He has cemented many friendships, often while enjoying his favorite pastimes: Playing dominoes, playing golf, hunting ducks and traveling. Peach Tree was perhaps his favorite spot, satisfying his insatiable appetite for social give and take. A sports fan too, Percy attended Giants and 49'er games into his 90's. He farmed his walnut ranch on Garden Highway until 1995, when he sold the ranch to the J. S. Johal family. The health and prosperity of this property under the direction of Tirath Johal was a source of tremendous pride and satisfaction to Percy. Percy kept a rigorous schedule until the end.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tamsen and John Weekes of Buhl, Idaho, his grandson, Lincoln Rideout of Berkeley, his sister, Jenny Ruth Stein of Oakland, his brother, Harold Cushing Rideout of Honolulu, several nieces and nephews, and his close friend of the last six years, Lois Lloyd of Roseville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Kelly Rideout, his daughter, Lucy Thatcher Rideout, his older brother, Granville Nutting Rideout and his older sister, Annette Rideout Clark.
Always in the middle of the action, Percy was a natural gamesman and a truly colorful character. We will miss him!
The family is beholden to Dr.s Cosmo Fraser and Narinder Basra for guiding him through this final year. We also thank Dr. Chuck Kryski, long time family friend, for coming to Percy's rescue many times. And we will never forget Percy's harem: Brenda, Anna, Earlene, Amy and Vernita. Thank you all!!
A "PARTY FOR PERCY" will be held at the Flamingo Duck Club, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 3:00 p.m. Directions: From Marysville HS - Proceed North on Hwy. 70 (approx. 5 1/2 mi.) and turn right on Magnolia Rd. (Well marked). The Flamingo Duck Club is at the end of Magnolia Rd., about a mile from Hwy. 70.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013