The exact date of James Arness's funeral was not disclosed because his loved ones wanted the service to be a private ceremony with family only in attendance. Arness died at his Brentwood, California home in his sleep on June 3, 2011.
Arness is best remembered for his role as U.S. Marshal Dillon on the popular television series "Gunsmoke." He played the role for 20 years, a television feat matched only by Kelsey Grammer as Doctor Frasier Crane on two different series. Arness was recommended for the role by John Wayne, who had turned it down. Arness initially turned "Gunsmoke" down for fear of being typecast before deciding to take on the character of Dillon.