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Douglas G. Pendell

Douglas G. Pendell, age 69, of Ithaca, long known for his unique wit and humor, passed away with his family by his side at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant, on May 16, 2017.

Doug was born in Alma on February 29, 1948, the son of Kenneth and Barbara (Bennett) Pendell, and was a lifelong resident of Gratiot County.  Doug graduated from Carson City High School in 1966 and explored a number of jobs before settling into a career as a truck driver.  If he wasn’t driving his truck across the country, he was building, racing, and rebuilding his beloved ’62 Impala.  He pursued both circle track and drag racing with his lifelong friends (or co-conspirators).  In his later years, Doug continued to pursue his hobby of restoring classic cars.

Doug is survived by his daughters, Leigh Ann (Kirk) Olson and Carla (James) Patrick; his grandsons, Eric, Joshua, and Dane Macha and Jacob Patrick; his granddaughter, Katie Ann Patrick; and his sister, Kathy Pendell.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Marla Carey-Pendell; his parents, Ken and Barb Pendell, and his brother, Bradley Pendell.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca, with Pastor Dave Perry officiating.  Interment will be in New Haven Cemetery.  Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (14)

Sorry to hear about Doug,,he was a very unique guy.We will always remember the fun times we all had at the race tracks.A good guy and he will be missed.
Doug was our best man at our wedding. We also drag raced for years and when I bkew up my 400 he helped me put a new 440 in and refurbish the 73 Charger! We had a great time, he sometimes teased me about giving my wrenches flying lessions. We will not forget you big guy! We are praying for your great family too.
Our deepest sympathy for you Leigh. An to all your family
So sorry to you all in the loss of your Dad, Brother, and Grandpa. Sounds like he had so many things he enjoyed and he will definitely be greatly missed. Will be praying for you all during this time
May 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Whitmore
So sorry for your loss. RIP Doug.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda Fowler
Doug had a full life. Was a kind man and a friend to all. God comfort you and keep Doug in His care.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarla Macha
Leigh, Carla and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBob and Nancy Lohrer
So sorry about Doug's passing. my condolences to his family.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Lombard
Carla & family,
Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCorky Dettra
Although gone there remains a legacy to be proud of. You're all in my prayers.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary Paddock
I had a lot of good times with Doug back in the day at the drag races, he always had a great sense of humor and wit, never seen him get to excited amount anything, he was a great guy to have know.
Patrick Brennan
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Bennan
Cathy & family our deepest condolences on your loss .doug will be missed
Doug was an old family friend. I grew up around the corner from where Doug was growing up. I used to babysit his children when they were babies. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl Wetzel Roeder
I am so sorry for your loss.
The Kiser's & the Pendell's lived about a mile from each other.
We all rode the bus together. A wonderful family.
Doug was a great guy. I will keep the family in my prayers.

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