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Michael (Sally) Kennon

Michael (Sally) Kennon passed away at St. Louis University Hospital on January 11, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

Mike was born in Bonne Terre, MO. on April 7, 1950, the son of Carnell and Margaret (Mason) Kennon. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Clayton; and his brother, Tom Kennon.

Mike is survived by his wife of forty years, Sherry (DuVall) Kennon; Son, Daniel (Shieba) Kennon of Alabama; daughter, Teresa of Texas; and son, Alan (Lori) Kennon of Missouri and three grandchildren.

Mike was retired from Asarco/Doe Run Company after thirty years of service where he was better known as Sally. He was a helicopter crew chief/ machine gunner with the 135th Assault Helicopter CO. in Vietnam during the Tet offensive. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, being shot down by enemy fire. He received the highest South Vietnam Award for bravery – The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Army Commendation Medal and Air Medal.

Mike was a free spirit who walked to the beat of his own drum. He loved horses, antique cars, wide open spaces, and Sherry. He will be greatly missed.


Funeral services were held on Wednesday , January 13, at 7 P.M. from Bryson Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Smith officiating.  Visitation began at 5:00 p.m. Interment was in Jefferson Barrack’s National Cemetery on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.  Online condolences may be made to the family at


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