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Kendall, Richard "Dick" C.

by Alice (Van Gundy) Kendall
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“Dick” Kendall was born on the home farm in Northeast Pennsylvania. The vineyard and farm had been in the Kendall family since the early 1800’s.

He graduated from high school in Erie, Pennsylvania. Lake Erie was his backyard and he dreamed boats. Off to California where he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He married Alice Van Gundy in 1942. His first tour of duty was Ketchikan, Alaska, aboard the Prince of Wales. The ship burned near Rocky Island claiming the life of one crewman. The Westfall brothers who were logging in the area plucked the crew out of the water and took them to Ketchikan. The next assignment was the Minana 2. This ship, plus routine duty, was assigned to Governor Gruening for transportation to Southeast towns for business meetings. Dick had papers in the mill for admission to the Coast Guard Academy. The war ended and he chose to take discharge in Ketchikan. One year later he was fishing his 32-foot troller.

Pelican years were busy and full serving on the City Council and Fishery Boards. Dick was happy fishing the southeast waterways and hunting the mountains that he knew so well. He reached his dream when he had the 54-foot fiberglass Sundowner built.

On return to Douglas he designed and built the present home on Second Street.

Richard expired May 1982.