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Kendall James Ridgebear
Kendall Ridgebear

(Oct. 28, 1988 - Jan. 12, 2009)

LAKE FOREST ESTATES, Calif. - In need of another angel, our precious Lord called Kendall James Ridgebear to his eternal home early Monday morning, Jan. 12, 2009, from his home in Lake Forest Estates. Kendall's loving family was at his side following a courageous four-year battle with bone cancer.

Born just 20 years ago to Gerald and Patsy (Dyer) Ridgebear on Oct. 28, 1988, in Susanville, Kendall was raised and educated in Susanville, attending Lassen High School until health conditions forced him to remain home.

Kendall had a God-given talent for writing short stories. He was very proficient in working with and setting up computers and loved texting and receiving texts from his family and friends. Kendall also had a love for long walks. He loved reading the Bible and attending the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Susanville. He was adventurous, fun-loving, humorous, deeply intuitive and precocious.

In passing, Kendall leaves his parents, Sam and Pat Ridgebear of Susanville; brothers, Willie (Jennifer) and Eric (Kristin Anglin) of Oroville; sister, Abigail (Thomas) of Missoula, Mont.; grandmother, Margie Russell; great-uncle, Winfield Russell; great-aunt, Johanna Red Neck; cousin, Aubrey Ridgebear of Lame Dear, Mont.; along with countless close and supportive relatives from the Northern Cheyenne and Choctaw Nations, in which Kendall was a proud member of.

Kendall also leaves behind numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and a nephew, along with some of his dearest friends, McCrury (Katrina), Eric (Jamie) Jessie, Clinton and Brian. Kendal loved his cat "Frost," his constant companion.

Kendall joins in his eternal home his grandparents, Bill and Ruby Dyer of Susanville and Jerry Ridgebear of Lame Deer.

Many people loved Kendall, evident by all the prayers, love and support extended to him by the entire community of Susanville and beyond. Special thanks and gratitude to Pastors Bruce, Rick, Jackson, and Rich, the staff at Banner Lassen Hospital, Honey Lake Hospice, Quincy Home Health Care, Dr. Rich Carlton and the staff at Lassen Indian Health Center, medical staff at U.C. Davis Medical Center, Kathryn and her staff at Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento, SEMSA Ambulance Service, Lincare and Owens, Diamond Mountain Casino, the Susanville Indian Rancheria, the American Cancer Society, Northern Cheyenne Board of Health, UPS Store, Make A Wish Foundation and all the volunteers who contributed to the numerous fundraisers for Kendall.

In the custom of his Native American heritage, a wake was held at the family home on Thursday, Jan. 15. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 16, at the Susanville Gospel Tabernacle Church. Interment followed in the Diamond Crest Cemetery.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at The family suggests any remembrances in Kendall's memory be made to the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, PO Box 803 Greenville, CA 95947.

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