Harry Mills Kendrick, an angel on earth to man and beast, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2013. He was born on Thanksgiving Day making us all thankful to know him. He was everyone's best friend. If you didn't know Harry, he would become your best buddy within minutes. He brightened everyone's day and lifted their spirits, and folks knew him wherever he travelled whether it was in a restaurant here in Santa Rosa or in the middle of a lake fishing in Oregon. Harry was a track star at Inglewood High School before finishing his senior year in Lakeport. In the 1946 Inglewood Junior Olympics Harry won first place with a whopping 42 yard punt, he also placed first in the 60 yard dash (7.0s), the 40 yard dash (4.9s), and the foot ball throw. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy to see the world and ended up in the Korean Conflict serving on several ammunition ships, minesweepers, the USS Endicott and ended his career on the now famous USS Iowa. He was very proud of his service to our country. After leaving the Navy, Harry took a position at the Press Democrat where he was Circulation Manager for several years prior to joining the postal service. Harry delivered mail for the post office in Santa Rosa for decades covering almost every neighborhood in town. After separating from the post office, he was a courier for a private delivery service where he continued to make people smile. Harry loved horse racing, fishing, and enjoying a great meal. He loved spending time with his family and friends and took care of everyone in the neighborhood. He was a life long member of the American Legion post 21. Harry was also active as a little league coach in Rincon Valley. He also enjoyed and was quite adept at oil painting. He was preceded in death by his son Kirby Kendrick, his mother Flo Kendrick, his father Mills Kendrick, and sister June Brown. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Valerie Kendrick, his son Robert Kendrick and fiancée Allison Holtzen, his daughter Cheri Kendrick and son-in-law Derick Houghton, his brother Mills Kendrick and fiancée Linda Georgedes, his nephew Scott Kendrick and family, his sister and brother in law, Irene and Richard Vegar, his nephew John Vegar, and his many friends. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park at 1900 Franklin Avenue. Family and friends are invited to Celebrate Harry's Life together on Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at his home located at 8490 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel 545-3747.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2013