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Richard Byrd McKendry

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October 29, 2010 Richard (Dick) McKendry passed on. Born October 22, 1930 in Fillmore, California to William and Rachel McKendry one of 5 brothers and sisters. After having served honorably in the U.S. Navy and honorably discharged in the early 1950's, he came home to wed his high school sweetheart Jean Briggs. He began his career with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department where he served as a deputy and detective. He then transferred to the District Attorney's Office where he worked as an investigator and later became a death investigator for the Coroner's Office. His distinguished investigative abilities led to his appointment to Chief Investigator. After several years in Ventura County, he moved to Bakersfield where he finished his long and distinguished 26 year career applying his investigative expertise to the Kern County Coroner's Office where he retired in 1986. He also spent time volunteering for the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. Dick loved fishing, golfing and barbequing with friends and family. His life's legacy of hard and ethical work and his loyalty to his family and the community he served. He will be forever loved and remembered by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. He is survived by his loving wife, Melba; sons, Jeff, Mike and Mark and daughter, Judy. He is graced with 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 4, at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd. Arvin, CA 93203, on Friday, Nov. 5 at 10:15 a.m., with reception to follow at the Elks Lodge in Bakersfield, at 1616 30th St., Bakersfield, CA 93301-1908.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on November 3, 2010. 


​Bakersfield National Cemetery
Arvin, Kern County, California


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