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James Edwin

August 14, 1922 – May 4, 2024

James Messick
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Obituary for James Edwin Messick

James, known as ‘Jim,’ was born at home on the Messick Ranch in the rural countryside of Linden, California. His parents were Edwin Francis and Rose Estelle Lorch Messick. He attended Linden schools, graduating from Linden Union High School in 1940, and later attended the College of Pacific in Stockton, California.
Jim served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Corp Reserves as a flight instructor and pilot from 1941-1945. After his service, he was a sewing machine salesman and engineering aide; he owned a second-hand clothing store and a mail-order business and operated the Pathfinder Driving School in Stockton, California. At the same time, he was operating the Messick farm in Linden.
Jim married Barbara Marie McCandless in 1950. Three daughters were born into this union: Barbara, Kathryn, and Mary.
Jim had a boundless enthusiasm for antique vehicles, including his 1915 Ford Model-T coupe and 1922 Model-T. He restored both. Jim would frequently drive his 1922 Model-T to the Linden ranch from his home in Stockton, a round trip of about 32 miles. In May 2018, with Jim behind the wheel, he drove the 1915 Model-T to the Linden Cherry Festival, where he entered the ‘grand lady’ in the car show. It was the oldest original horseless carriage in the show. Jim was generally a man of few words. Seeing such an impressive vehicle on the roads gave pause and, according to the then 96-year-old James, ‘“driving was a bit slow.’”
Jim was proud of his heritage and loved his farm. In June 2018, he placed the once 260 (late 1850s) now 84-acre ranch with the California Farmland Trust, which the Messick family had worked or lived on since 1855. At Jim’s passing, it is still a protected, working farm, being in the family for 169 years.
In remembrance of his life, Jim leaves his three daughters, Barbara Roehrick, Kathryn Tamaki, and Mary Albante, four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a profoundly devoted caregiver of many years, Jinny Leung. His parents, a sister, Merriel Marie Westing, brothers William, Robert, and Norman Messick, and his wife, Barba McCandless Messick, preceded him.
A private memorial service with military honors will be at the Linden Cemetery, Linden, CA, on Friday, May 24, 2024.

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Service Information

Friday, May 24th, 2024 11:00am
Linden Cemetery
Cady Lane
Linden, Ca 95236

Interment Information

Linden Cemetery
Cady Lane
Linden, Ca 95236
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