James Reese Kendrick
October 26, 1925 ~ February 14, 2021
James Reese Kendrick passed away in Twin Falls, Idaho on February 14, 2021 at the age of 95. He was born on October 26, 1925 to James C. and Hazel Reese Kendrick. Jim was the third of four children. He grew up on a farm learning to work hard from his parents. He was often was up and at it before the sun came up. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He spent most of his time in the Pacific Theater.
Jim was a member of the Filer Post of the American Legion for several decades and enjoyed many card games there. After the war was over he returned to Idaho and met Helen Francis Harlow and they were married on November 7, 1948. Jim farmed and Helen was a registered nurse. Together they raised three daughters. Jim was an excellent farmer and many times had the highest yield of sugar beets in his area. If there was a weed in any of his fields, it was one too many! He and Helen had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. One of their trips took them to Australia and New Zealand for a month. During that time they stayed with farm families and shared their farming experiences. They were able to see the pyramids in Egypt, as well as sites in Greece and Ireland.
After Jim retired he was not content to sit still. He worked for several farmers working ground for planting and harvesting crops. He worked in the beet and potato harvest driving truck until he was almost ninety. He always shared, "I quit farming too soon." In retirement he took up woodworking. Many was the morning that he was in his garage cutting out shelves, knick-knacks and clocks, much before the sun came up. After he was not able to continue with woodworking he took up collecting, shelling and selling English Walnuts. He would spend the fall gathering the nuts. He put them in his garage to dry and then spent the winter shelling, bagging and selling them. Even as he neared the end of his days he kept looking for things he could do to stay busy.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Jim and Hazel Kendrick, his wife Helen, sister Beth Blaimires, sister Rosie McHargue, grandson Brian Ohlensehlen and great-grandsons Jamie Peyman and Izaiah Gonzales. He is survived by his daughters Darlena (Bob) Ohlensehlen, Rhonda Gassert and Judy (John) Fisher. Grandchildren - Jim (Wendy) Ohlensehlen, Cindy Bell, Brandie Ayers, Michael (Sonam) Gassert, Shannon Alexander, and Stacey Nelson. Jim had seven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Nelda Rae Tommer of Missouri.
The family would like to thank the staff at Chardonnay Assisted Living, Dr. Daniel Preucil and Visions Hospice for their kindness and care for our dad during his final years and especially his final days. At Jim's request there will be no services. Those who wish may share memories and condolences on his memorial page at www.magicvalleyfuneralhome.com.