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“Eileen, You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts. It was such an honor to know Jack and work with him in the interest of the Club. His...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Mike and Diana Moe - Lake Almanor, CA

“Eileen, You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts. It was such an honor to know Jack and work with him in the interest of the Club. His...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mike & Diana Moe - Lake Almanor, CA

“Will always remember the positive energy Jack brought into this world. Thanks Jack. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Frank Brown - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

“Dear Eileen, I was sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I wanted to send you a card but I do not have your Peninsula Drive address. I enjoyed knowing you...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Trammell French - Corvallis, OR

“To Eileen and family: Shirl and I send our heartfelt condolences upon Jack's passing. Eileen, please call on us if we can assist you in any way. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ray and Shirl Lagroue

“I'm sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a special person and I have many fond and funny memories of our work together. He added energy and spirit...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Peter Galanis - Menlo Park, CA

“Eileen and Family: Bill and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of you at Jack's passing. Bill talks about the wonderful job Jack did as head...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Bill & Marie Stuersel - CA


Lake Almanor Peninsula resident John "Jack" Patrick Kennelly, Jr. passed from this life peacefully Thursday morning, October 31, 2013 under the compassionate care of the staff at Seneca Health Care District's Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born November 19, 1936 in Grafton, North Dakota to the late John, Sr. and Ethel (Prigge) Kennelly, Jack was raised in Grand Forks, ND where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Central High School. He went on to further his education at the University of North Dakota.

Jack fell in love while working alongside a pretty young lady named Eileen Flovik at the local pharmacy in Grand Forks. The couple was united in matrimony on June 28, 1958 in Los Gatos, California and to this union a son and daughter were born.

Out of college Jack went to work for the Sylvania Corporation and later Palo Alto Engineering before beginning what became a thirty-five year career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, CA, where he was instrumental in the design and development of geothermal instrumentation used to measure precise heat flow temperatures in the earth's crust and for aerospace applications; he retired in 1995 as one of their Engineering Technicians. Jack was an inventor and patent holder. He enjoyed the freedom of flight through his private pilot's license and proudly constructed a high-performance Lancair aircraft. He also took great pride in the fact that both his children took up the joy of flying. Jack was a Licensed Contractor and built a number of custom homes in the San Francisco Bay Area; in 1971 he built the families vacation home on the Lake Almanor Peninsula that in 1993 became his and his wife's retirement home. For many years he served as Chairman of the Lake Almanor Country Club's Architectural Review Committee. He enjoyed boating along with target and trap shooting.

In passing, Jack leaves his loving wife of fifty-five years, Eileen, of Lake Almanor Peninsula; son, Brett and his wife Susan of Kamuela, HI; and daughter, Erin Merritt of Redding, CA; his beloved grandson Ryan Merritt, also of Redding; and his sister Vicki Everly of Fremont, CA. Jack was predeceased by his brother Robert
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A celebration of Jack's life is being planned for a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com

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