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9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA

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Johnnie Bruce Tenney - Capt. Tenney

March 8, 1935July 24, 2020
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Johnnie Bruce Tenney - Capt. Tenney, age 85, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020. Johnnie was born March 8, 1935 in El Reno, Oklahoma to Clarence and Velma Ruth Tenney. He was the oldest child of five. His siblings are, Buddy (deceased), Edna, Carl and Dixie.

John was a graduate of BHS, Veteran of the US Air Force, retired Kern County Fireman and many years ago, a part time letter carrier.

He marred Wilma in 1958 and had three children, Donna (deceased), David and Susan. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Shawn, Sammy, Rebekah, Austin and Colton and three greatgrandchildren, Robbie, Phoebe and Brooks as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and great, great grand nieces and nephews in Oklahoma, stepson, Gilbert and stepdaughter, Renee plus many of Neva's extended family who also knew an loved John.

John was very sociable, a people person and had a boisterous laugh. Many observed that he would witness the love of Jesus to people caring for him in doctor's offices, his home care aides and people he met in stores. He would ask them if they were Christian and if they had Jesus in their hearts and were ready to go to Heaven when they die. His brother Carl observed that John would witness to anyone, even the devil himself.

John was an avid outdoorsman, a prankster and mostly importantly a servant of God. His was a life well lived and he will be missed dearly but best of all, he is now resting with Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the LORD's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the LORD, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the LORD himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

A visitation for Johnnie will be held Monday, August 3, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306, followed by a funeral service from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillcrestmemorial.com for the Tenney - Capt. Tenney family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

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Sherry Jackson

August 5, 2020

Uncle Johnny was a blast! =) He knew how to enjoy his family and friends. He would play innocent fun pranks on his neighbors by putting a "For Sale" sign in their front yard and when asked if he knew anything about it, he would just act all innocent until he would get caught. The stories were hilarious! I remember when we visited the fire station where Uncle Johnny worked, He showed us around the station, demonstrating what he did, how to work the ladder and other things. He allowed us to get on his fire truck, wear his hat, etc.. I really enjoyed my trip to the fire station. I loved Uncle Johnny, he made me laugh and enjoy life. he helped me through some difficult times and although I haven't been able to see him or the family in quite sometime, I love them all very much and miss them! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know that Uncle Johnny loved the Lord and his family and that he is in Heaven and Thanks to Jesus! this is not the finalization, for we will see him someday. But until then, He will definitely be missed.

Cindy Simmons

August 2, 2020

Little Edna and Johnnie.

Susan Girado

August 1, 2020

When I sat down to write about my memories with Dad, I've found myself doing more laughing than crying. Dad was a very fun person. Thinking back over the years, I realize there was never a lack of adventure in our lives and I really don't ever recall saying "I'm bored." We did a lot of camping and I also specifically recall a harrowing backpack trip-"Sue stand up and walk across that narrow log" ( over that 7 foot drop with a rushing river below, with a 28 pound pack on your back) "you can do it". (I didn't-I scooted on my butt all the way across.) Before Mom passed away in 2016, I asked her why she let us do a lot of the dangerous stuff we did. She said in a flabbergasted voice SHE didn't. Dad told her to let us be kids! So we swam in water moccasin infested ponds in Oklahoma and walked on railroad tresses, climbed up the middle of Minarette Falls where we upset the owners of a hornets nest-what great memories thanks to Dad! He didn't neglect our spiritual growth either. We had many family bible studies. I wasn't crazy about them once I found out that my kid sized teddy bear "Ted" wasn't coming to Heaven with us. Seriously though, I know we were blessed to be raised in a Cristian home. People may not realize that when they have children but aren't living a Godly life and being a good example for their children, even if they themselves become Christians later in life, sometimes the children are already headed down the wrong path. I don't know how many generations back in my family were Christians, but I know my Dad's parents were Godly, especially Grandma and that carried forward, and now 5 more generations of our family have been blessed because of them. Add that to our Godly mom, Wilma, and we had a very good start in life! We were very blessed to be able to thank Dad for raising us in a Christian home before he passed away. It's comforting knowing Dad is in Heaven, but I don't think they allow pranks there, so he will have to behave!

Cynthia Simmons

July 30, 2020

Unckie, I remebered when you took me hunting for the first time. This big bear handing me the shot gun and showing me how to aim. Next thing I knew we had a rabbit. I let you do all the work but learned how to skin it. You told me rabbit tastes like chicken as i bit down into it. That was my first love to shooting guns. Love and miss you.

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