Sadly, we have lost another friend of the NLAS. Dal McKennon
was a guest at the NLAS Conventions of 2002 and 2003. His
costars in Mena, Arkansas were Ginny Tyler and Nancy Wible
(2002) and Kay Linaker a.k.a. Kate Phillips (2003) with whom he
shared a birthday. Many of us grew up hearing his work and
often seeing him in films and on television. His daughter
Tammy Rock, who accompanied him in 2002, sent the following
information composed by her sister Barb Porter. often seeing
him in films and on television. His daughter Tammy Rock, who
accompanied him in 2002, sent the following information
composed by her sister Barb Porter.
information composed by her sister Barb Porter.
Dallas R. McKennon, 89, recently residing in Raymond,
Washington, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Willapa
Harbor Care Center. He was born July 19, 1919 in
LaGrande, Oregon to Raymond and Grace (Carter)
For over 40 years Dallas 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, Oregon 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. Dallas 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.
Dallas 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 at Cannon Beach where Dallas
began writing and performing his musical productions
including Johnny Appleseed, Kaintuck and Wagons Ho.
Dallas was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army
signal corps. He married his wife Betty Warner on
December 6, 1942 in Portland; she survives in
Aberdeen, Washington. Dallas is survived by six
daughters: Dalene Lackaff of Woolwich, Maine;
Barbara Porter & Linda Strozyk both of Raymond,
Washington; Gayle McKennon of Hyannis,
Massachusetts; Tamara Rock of South Bend,
Washington; Wendy McKennon of North Bend,
Oregon; two sons: Jerald McKennon of Tualatin,
Oregon; Steven McKennon of Newberg, Oregon; 21
grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 1,
2009 at 2:00 PM at the Cannon Beach Community
Presbyterian Church in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in
We wish to extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of
Dallas McKennon. It was an honor to host his presence at our NLAS
Conventions. We hope you will enjoy the accompanying photos of
Dal from our gatherings. As you can see, he was having a ball!
NLAS "ZECKATIF OSSIFERS":
"Uncle Donnie" Pitchford, President
"Singin' Sam" Brown, Vice-President
Tim Hollis, Executive Secretary
|Dal McKennon poses in the Lum and Abner Jot 'Em Down
Store and Museum in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Curator Kathy
Stucker's poster has caught Dal's attention.
Looks like a good show!
|Dal performing dozens of voices in a new script written for
the 2002 NLAS Convention held in Mena, Arkansas.
|Dal McKennon displaying his Lum and Abner Memorial Award
|During a visit to the Jot' Em Down Store and Lum and Abner
Museum in Pine Ridge, Dal launched into an ad-lib routine
as Gumby immediately after autographing a Gumby comic
book for an enthusiastic fan.