Before embarking on his journalism career, Kenney played trombone in various big bands including those of Henry Busse, Frankie Carle, Charlie Barnett and Billy May. After his retirement, he co-founded Big Band Alumni, made up of former members of big bands. He also served in the Navy during World War II. Kenney is survived by daughters Erin Kenney White and Kristine Kenney. He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Karen Marie, and a sister, Marie Kenney. A wake will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 W. Arden Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the USC/Norris Cancer Research Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles 90033. A private service will be held today in Lompoc for former sports writer George F. Kenney Jr., who died Feb. 28 in South Pasadena. He was 82. Kenney had worked as a sports writer and cartoonist during the early 1970s for the Valley News and Green Sheet, the forerunner of the Los Angeles Daily News. He went to work in the mid-’70s as sports editor for the Las Vegas Sun and retired as editor of the South Pasadena Review in the early 1990s. Kenney was born on Nov. 23, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to George and Anne Marie Theusen Kenney. He attended the University of Arizona and University of Southern California and graduated from the Westlake College of Music. [email protected] (818) 713-3705160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!