Obituaries: Dallas R. McKennon

Dallas McKennon, man of merry heart, is remembered by friends up and down the coast

RAYMOND - Dallas R. McKennon, 89, recently residing in Raymond, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in the Willapa Harbor Care Center. He was born July 19, 1919, in LaGrande, Ore., to Raymond and Grace (Carter) McKennon.

For over 40 years he had an extensive career in the entertainment business including radio, TV, movies on camera and off.  He has been officially credited with over 160 various character voices such as Gumby, Buzz Buzzard and Archie. A career starting in radio at KGW in Portland moved on to dreams of Hollywood. His 'Captain Jet' was one of the first daily children's TV shows in Los Angeles.

He enjoyed many years of voice work with Walt Disney and Walter Lantz and became 'Cincinnatus' on Fess Parker's 'Daniel Boone' TV series. Through the years he worked with many interesting people such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elvis Presley and Johnny Carson. 

Mr. McKennon had been a member of AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild for 57 years. After residing in the Hollywood area for 16 years the McKennon family moved back to Oregon to Cannon Beach where he began writing and performing his musical productions including Johnny Appleseed, Kaintuck and Wagons Ho.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army signal corps.

On Dec. 6, 1942, he married Betty Warner in Portland. She survives in Aberdeen. Survivors include his six daughters, Dalene Lackaff of Woolwich, Maine, Barbara Porter and Linda Strozyk both of Raymond, Gayle McKennon of Hyannis, Mass., Tamara Rock of South Bend and Wendy McKennon of North Bend, Ore.;  two sons, Jerald McKennon of Tualatin, Ore., and Steven McKennon of Newberg, Ore.;  21 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 1, in the Cannon Beach Community Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

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