Nnanedu Odeluga

Born: Flint, Michigan on 31 May 2000

Passed away: Bakersfield, California on 10 July 2015

Aged: 15 years

Funeral Date: 25 July 2015

Service Details

Please join us in celebrating the life of Nnanedu Odeluga. Everyone is welcome.

Last updated: July 21st at 9:26am

Friday, July 17th
What: Candlelight Service
Where: Stockdale High School, 2800 Buena Vista Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93311
When: 8:30pm-10:00pm

Saturday, July 18th
What: Potluck Gathering
Where: Riverwalk Park
When: 11am

Friday, July 24th
What: Viewing
Where: Basham Funeral Home, 3312 Niles St, Bakersfield, CA 93306
When: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, July 24th
What: Wakekeeping/Celebration of Life
Where: St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93311
When: 8:00pm-12:00am

Saturday, July 25th
What: Memorial Service
Where: The Oaks Community Church, 10200 Campus Park Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93311
When: 9:00am-11:00am

Saturday, July 25th
What: Interment
Where: Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93313
When: Following the Memorial Service

Saturday, July 25th
What: Reception
Where: The Oaks Community Church, 10200 Campus Park Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93311
When: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday, July 26th
What: Sunday Service
Where: The Oaks Community Church, 10200 Campus Park Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93311
When: 10:45am-12:30pm

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nedu Odeluga Memorial Fund.

Donations can be made online:


Donations can be made at any Kern Schools Federal Credit Union branch or mailed to:

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 9506
Bakersfield, CA 93389-9506

Checks must be made payable to: Kern Schools F.C.U. Acct# 59951


Donations can also be made at Chase bank:

Nedu Odeluga Memorial Fund
Account Number: 445028744
Routing Number: 322271627

If you visit a Chase branch in person, you can make a donation with check, money order, or cashier's check (not cash).

If you have a Chase account, you can make a transfer via QuickPay. If you use a different bank, you can use your online system to make a transfer.

Hotel Accommodations:

1. DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield
3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, California 93308, USA
(661) 323-7111


If you call, ask for Patrick- $85/night for a single or double bed

2. Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
5101 California Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93309, USA(661) 325-9700

If you call, ask for Jessica- $96/night for Studio Suite; $109/night for 1 Bedroom Suite

3. Super 8 Bakersfield/Central
901 Real Rd., Rt. 99

Funeral Company

Basham Funeral Home

The Story

Nnanedu Odeluga was beloved by all who knew him. He was 15 years old when he lost his life in the Kern River. Nedu was about to enter his sophomore year, was a strong believer in Jesus Christ, and a fun-loving boy with an infectious smile. Our goal for this page is not only to spread the word about his wonderful life through #CelebrateNedu, but also raise awareness of the dangers of the Kern River, especially in the Canyon.

Using #CelebrateNedu on social media (https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateNedu), you can join us in remembering the life of this wonderful boy. Please use this site to share pictures, videos, stories, and other memories of Nedu.
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Ebele Aroh


Lovely is the heart that passes away but still remembered by all and sundry ... Nedu, it goes to show that life is not all about how long we spend on earth but the impact we made in the life of others and the lives we have been able to touch ... despite the fact that you have only lived 15yrs on earth ,,, it looks as if you have lived for a very long time,, My heart grieves because i met you as a little boy while you were on a visit to Nigeria,, and that memory has remained indelible in my heart ,,, but at this point i want to remember and celebrate your life hearing the stories/testimonies from people that love you dearly of how you have become a wonderful christian child. I know Heaven will rejoice to welcoming one of their own.. Adieu little cousin Nnanedu!!! CONTINUE TO REST IN THE BOSSOM OF D LORD.

Ebele Aroh


Ebele Aroh


B. Michelle Almaguer


B. Michelle Almaguer


I'd like to share a sermon series from Saddleback Church. It's an 8-part series entitled "How to Get Through What You're Going Through" and was preached after the Warrens' son passed away. There's a lot of comfort and practical application in the sermons: https://saddleback.com/watch/media/how-were-getting-through



I'd like to share a poem excerpted from "Faith in the Night Seasons" by Chuck and Nancy Missler. It was given to me when my aunt went home in 2013: When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown. But now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me if grieve you must, but then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away, for life goes on. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all of my love around you loud and clear. And then, when you come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and say "welcome home.”



Nnenna Odeluga