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Richard L. KANOFF (d. 8.12.1956)

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Richard L. KANOFF (d. 8.12.1956)

Posted: 15 Sep 2001 12:36PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Kanoff
Funeral Services Wednesday for Richard Kanoff

Detroit Lake claimed another life early Sunday morning when a car driven by Richard Kanoff, 21, missed a curve 1 ½ miles east of Detroit and plunged into the lake. Three other occupants of the car escaped with only minor injuries and were able to get out of the car and swim to shore.

Eye witnesses said the car was traveling fast when the accident occurred. A witness said the vehicle left the highway and careened and rolled some 350 feet along the right shoulder of the highway before it went over the bank into the lake. Another mishap at almost the identical spot some two months ago took the life of Ray Watkins, Idanha. It will also be noted that all who have lost their lives in accidents on this stretch of road are residents of the area who are familiar with the highway.

Kanoff’s body was recovered from about 40 feet of water, about 12 hours after the 2:30 a.m. Sunday accident. The body was recovered by two Portland skin divers, Frank Chase and Leonard Bannisted. One of these young men was vacationing at a lake above Detroit and his companion was going up to join him Sunday, when he came upon the scene of the accident. He immediately located his friend and through their efforts brought the body to the surface. In an interview with Lawrence Kanoff, father of the deceased, he stated that much credit is due these young men for their services, and stated he would like to do something to aid these young men, who are trying to form a “skin diving” club to help out in cases of this type.

Other occupants of the car were Phillip Goble and Clifford Swift of Mill City and Floyd Langascher of Fox Valley.

Funeral Services Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church with Rev. Freeman of the church with Rev. Clyde Freeman of the First Christian church at Stayton in charge.

Music for the service consisted of numbers by a trio made up of Mrs. Shields ReMine, Mrs. Carl Kelly, and Mrs. Russell Kelly, with Mrs. Lee Ross as accompanist.

Pallbearers were Merle, Stewart, Bob Baltimore, Redmond, Leroy Podrabsky, Lyle Fleetwood, Mauier Bassett, and Jerry Stewart.

Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

Richard LeRoy Kanoff, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kanoff was born here February 20, 1935. He attended both grade and high school here, graduating with the class of 1953. Dick was active in sports during his high school years, being exceptionally good at both football and basketball all four years in school. He attended Oregon Tech at Klamath Falls, where he took up body and fender work.

Survivors are his parents, Mr and Mrs. Lawrence Kanoff, and a brother Larry, and his grandmother Mrs. Louis Kanoff, all of Mill City.
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Caption under photograph: Three out of four occupants of the above car by some miracle lived following a crash early Sunday morning east of Detroit. The car went into the lake after hitting the guard rail and rolling down the steep bank. Dick Kanoff owner and driver of the car lost his life in this accident. The other young men, Clifford Swift and Phillip Goble of Mill City, and Floyd Lengascher of Fox Valley, got out of the car and swam to safety after it landed on its top in about 17 feet of water. They were shaken up but not serious injured. Kanoff’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon by Frank Chase and Leonard Bannister, skin divers from Portland.

The Mill City Enterprise, Thursday, August 16, 1956, front page
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Car Dives Into Detroit Lake; Mill City Youth Dies, 3 Escape
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Vehicle Rolls Over 100-Foot Embankment

DETROIT, Ore. – A 21 year-old Mill City youth died early Sunday morning when a car plunged off the North Santiam Highway into Detroit Lake about two miles west of Idanha. Three other youths in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries, state police said.

The victim was identified by Officer Stanton Zelmer as Richard Kanoff, 21, who reportedly was driving the vehicle when it dived over a 100-foot embankment. His body was recovered is dragging operations Sunday afternoon, some 12 hours after the 2:30 a.m. tragedy. The 1956 Chevrolet coupe involved in the accident had been pulled from about 10 feet of water a few hours earlier.

The three youths who escaped serious injury were listed as Clifford Swift, 28; Phillip Goerbel, 22; and Floyd Landgasher, all of Mill City. They reportedly freed themselves from the submerged car and swam ashore. Swift and Goebel were taken to Santiam Memorial Hospital but released shortly.

Young Kanoff’s death raised the 1956 traffic toll in Marion County to 12 and pushed the fatality total in the Marion-Polk area to 15.

Officers said Kanoff apparently was trapped in the car after it smashed a guard railing, plunged over an embankment and sank in the waters of the lake behind Detroit Dam.

Indications were that the victim may have gone to sleep as the vehicle was traveling east towards Idanha. A witness said the vehicle left the highway and careened and rolled some 350 feet along the right shoulder before hurtling over the steep, high embankment into the lake. The car was located about 30 feet from shore.

Left Falls City

The party of four had been seen in Falls City shortly before the accident.

The victim was the seventh person to die in a car plunge into Detroit Lake, according to unofficial figures. Another mishap at almost the identical spot some two months ago proved fatal to Ray Watkins of Idanha.

Kanoff was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kanoff of Mill City and was a graduate of Mill City High School, where he was a member of the basketball team.

Other surviving in addition to the parents include a brother, Larry.

Funeral arrangements are in care of Weddle Mortuary at Stayton.

The Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon, Monday, August 13, 1956, front page

Caption under photograph: Above is Dick Kanoff, who lost his life in an automobile accident last week. A group of his classmates are at this time raising money to be used to erect a drinking fountain at Allen Field in his memory. Those wishing to contribute to the fund are asksed to see Frances Ward or LeRoy Podrabsky.

The Mill City Enterprise, Thursday, August 23, 1956, front page.

From the Oregon Death Index:
Name: Kanoff, Richard L
County: Marion
Death Date: 12 Aug 1956
Certificate: 9476

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