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Lodi, CA

"JD" Jennings D. Gentry

July 28, 1929 - December 6, 2009

"JD" passed away at the age of 80 in Lodi, CA. He is preceded in death by his first wife Georgia Gentry and son Michael Gentry. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Connie Gentry, his children Jim Gentry (Connie), Joe Gentry (Michelle), Mark Atkinson (Patti), Michael Atkinson (Paula); 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.

He will be deeply missed, but his memory will live on indefinitely in the many lives he has touched. He treasured the many special friendships he had developed over the years. JD owned a wheel shop for years and he also drove truck and is a retired member of the Teamsters Union. He was well known for his racing cars at "99" Speedway during the 50's, fast boats and his "Ham" radio buddies. He lived the good life and leaves us all with memories to treasure forever.

There will be a memorial on January 9, 2010 at 1 p.m.. Eagles Hall, 1492 Bourbon St., Stockton, CA.


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Published in The Record from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2009.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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25 entries
January 9, 2010
Goodbye JD, you will be missed. See ya when I hit the wall. My sincere condolences to the family and my heart felt sympathies to you aunt Connie.

Wade Bell and family.
Wade Bell
January 8, 2010
J.D. was a character and we remember him fondly. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave & Liz Ollar
January 7, 2010
My thoughts and prayers to Joe, Connie, and Jim..I have fond memories of Uncle JD and the family growing up in Stockton, spending time at the 99 speedway, the shop, and skiing behind "bye bye baby" at 50hr...haha until I fell and bounced on the water like a skipping stone! What a time we had on the river! and the speedway!
God bless you JD, thank you for all the fun and memories!
January 2, 2010
Uncle JD, You will always be remebered! I Loved the way you made me laugh and the way you always had a great big hug and happy to see me no matter how long we've been apart, Uncle JD was a very speical uncle to me, It was always fun at uncle JD's and auntie Connie's, I love you both very much. My Paryers and thoughts go out to you and your family.
April Klaproth
December 30, 2009
Uncle JD I Have Wonderful Memories Of Camping At Hogen Lake Riding In The Speed Boats (By By Baybe & X Rated) and The Family Get to gethers And Race Cars, May God bless you and your family in this time.
Charles Dougherty III
December 30, 2009
J.D, There's many here,that will miss you,like me. But someday,we all will
share that big tower up there.Then there will be a great reunion for all of us.......
Frank Elizarraraz
December 30, 2009
Joe,
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Charles and Stacy Dougherty
December 29, 2009
JD, You were one of the first hams I met when I got my tech class license. You helped me along, and you were one of the real "characters" in life that I will always remember.

Geo - K6GTC
George Cusack
December 27, 2009
J.D. you were a good friend and we all loved chatting with you.
Each time I get on the tractor that you used to have to use with your sawmill I think of you Ron WA6WIY
Ron WA6WIY
December 26, 2009
We know J.D. from the Amador County Amateur Radio Club. He was an asset to the club and was always willing to talk on the radio. We enjoyed knowing him and Connie when they lived near West Point. J.D. will missed as
"Silent Key". Donna (KL0DM) and Van (KL7AN) Van Lone, Soldotna, Alaska
December 26, 2009
Thanks JD for all the times on the repeater and helping Cheryl find her way home during the rains of 97. We hope you are stilling listening. 73
Ray and Cheryl Parker
December 26, 2009
73's JD. Your voice on the air will be missed in our radio community.

Chuck Bland - na6br
President
Amador County Amateur Radio Club
December 24, 2009
I WAS JUST A KID HANGING OUT WITH THE RACES WHEN I MET JD AND HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF OUR VISITS THROUGH THE YEARS
PAT(SMITTY) SMITH
December 20, 2009
Uncle JD, Although you are dearly missed on this earth, I know you are up there smiling and whole again!
Aunt Connie, Our thoughts & prayers are with you and all of the family.
With love from your neice,
Debbie
Deborah Webb
December 14, 2009
I did not know J.D. real well but when i did meet him he welcomed me with open arms..Our time together was short but we kept in contact by phone..
He will be missed..
Carol Plowman
December 14, 2009
Dear Connie and family -

I was sorry to hear of JD's passing and I know he will be missed by many. I was always appreciative of your and JD's hospitality at your home in the mountains and welcoming heart. I also thoroughly enjoyed your playful banter and learned from you both that any comment followed with "sweetie, honey, cupcake or dear" was fair play. :) My thoughts are with you.

Amy Carmona
Amy Carmona
December 14, 2009
Hi JD
I WILL MEET YOU AT THE BIG RACE TRACK IN THE SKY.I KNOW MOW YOU WILL BE ON THE POLE.I GUESS GOD NEEDED A FEW WHEELS STRIGHTEN
SEMPER FI
T- TEXAS TATUM \
AND JOHNTATUM
CHUCK TATUM TATUM
December 13, 2009
We Love you J.D. (BOB)

The Atkinsons..........
December 13, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. JD was a real good person. Our racing memories are great ones. He will be deeply missed.
sign: Shafer Brothers Racing
Larry Shafer
December 12, 2009
JD and I met and worked at DiSalvo Trucking for a few years back in the late sixties. We have been friends all this time.
Watching car and boat races. When JD was with Georgia and
when JD and Connie got together. Connie our prayers and thoughts go out to you and all the family. JD was a very special person who never met a stranger.

Burrell and Rosemary Raney (Placerville, Ca)
December 12, 2009
To a wonderful man big teddy bear with a heart to match.You will be sadly missed as a great friend as part of our family that we spent many wonderful times with.First there was one then there were two and then there were three muskateers.Who spent alot of time doing many things.But sadly there is only one left as the others have been called home with the last one holding up the mountain. RIP [BOB]Greatly missed lov chuck and darlene condolences to the family
December 12, 2009
Meme I love you so much... We think of you everyday and your in our thoughts...J.D. Was the best father in law I could ask for...We loved him more than you know...He was a wonderful grandfather to my children and he will be missed by us and many people....

Love, Mark, Patty, Cody, and BreAnna
Patty Atkinson
December 12, 2009
It's been a long time since Joe and I stopped by your house. But friends are something you never forget.

I know right now JD, Joe Johansen and Joe Guisti are probably up there talking about racing and deciding how to set up their cars for 99 Speedway.

My thoughts and prayers go with you as I know your loss.
Ellen Johansen
December 12, 2009
I have many many fond memories of my uncle JD, my father and I send our love to his family.
Robin Rayborne
December 12, 2009
I have known J.D. since the 1950's when I worked at Woolley motors. MY THOUGHT'S GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.
DON SERNA
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