Dan died November 24, 2015 in Fortuna, Calif.

Dan was born in Bakersfield on Feb. 20, 1949. He grew up in Fortuna and spent most of his life there, and graduated from Fortuna High with the class of 1967.

Dan never met a stranger, always had a smile and kind word. Dan enjoyed visiting and telling jokes, and for many years he was a fixture at Pepper’s in Fortuna, where he sat outside drinking his coffee, smoking a cigarette and opening the door for customers. He loved sports events and was a true Giants fan. Dan was very proud of his over 20 years of sobriety.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Elnora Kennedy. Dan is survived by his brothers Jim Kennedy and Larry (Sherry) Kennedy and his sisters Nancy (Doug) Griffith and Barbara Schroeder. Dan is also survived by several nieces and nephews and best friends Larry and Ruth Dekat and family, who cared for and helped him for many years, as well as best friend Mike Steadman.

Friends are invited to join us at 3 pm on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at the Fortuna Adventist Community Services Center at 2331 Rohnerville Rd., Fortuna, to share memories of Dan, have something to eat, and to celebrate his life.


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