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Chester "Skip" McKune



On July 15, Chester “Skip“ McKune passed away from leukemia. He passed away on his terms, surrounded by his family who loved him very much. Skip fought his cancer with courage, strength and grace.

Skip was born in The Dalles, Ore., to Chester and Eva McKune. He happily spent his first 18 years in Goldendale, Wash. He always said that growing up in Goldendale was like “Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.”

He graduated in 1962 from Goldendale High School and enlisted in the Air Force to see the world. He spent most of his four-year career at Castle Air Force base in Merced, Calif.

After leaving the Air Force he attended Modesto Jr. College and in 1969 received his associate degree i...

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