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Leilani Lois Cherpak 
Oct. 28, 1937 - Sept. 18, 1999
Leilani Lois Cherpak, 61, of Caballo, N.M., entered eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, in William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. She was born, Oct. 28, 1937, in Puyallup, Wash. Mrs. Cherpak had been a resident of Caballo for the past five years after coming from Huachuca City, Ariz. She retired from civil service as an accountant on Fort Huachuca.
Survivors include her loving husband, Ronald A. Cherpak of the family home; two sons, Robert Soll and wife Jeannie of Clearlake, Calif., and Greg DeMerit Sr. and wife Debbie of Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Marla DeMerit of Tucson, Melissa DeMerit of Vacaville, Calif., Tanya Smith of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Deanna Montgomery of Midland, Texas; a brother, Earl Rice of Puyallup, Wash.; and 13 grandchildren, Glen, John, Aubry, Greg Jr., Jason, Tia, Ryan, Danielle, Amy, Levi, Brigett, J.J. and Kayla.
At Mrs. Cherpaks request, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Caballo.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bacas Funeral Chapels and Bacas Mimbres Crematory in Las Cruces, N.M

Rosemary Aldrich 
Dec. 19, 1919 - Sept. 19, 1999
Rosemary Aldrich, 79, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at her residence. She had been a local resident for the past six years.
Rosemary was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Tulare, Calif., to Otto and Ida (Green) Parlier. She traveled the state of California extensively while growing up. She attended Mills College in California and obtained her degree. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by Lee, her husband of 47 years, in 1990. She is survived by her only son, Steven (Mary) Aldrich of Sierra Vista; four grandchildren, Kristen, Stephanie, Frederick and Kenneth; and three great-grandchildren, William, Sam and Byanca.
At the request of Rosemary, no funeral services will be held. Her desire is to have her spirit free as the wind to meet in heaven with her spouse.
Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home of Sierra Vista

Bobby N. Phillips 
May 1, 1930 - Sept. 18, 1999
Bobby N. Phillips, 69, of Whetstone, Ariz., passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. He had been an area resident for more than 40 years.
Bobby was born May 1, 1930, in Daranelle, Ark., to Neil and Modene Phillips. His family moved to the Phoenix area at an early age where he grew up and attended school. After high school, he spent four years in the Navy as an electrician in a construction battalion. He started work at Fort Huachuca in January 1957, working at Raymond W. Bliss Hospital and also at Greely Hall before becoming chief of the electrical section. He retired from civil service after 29 years.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Norma Phillips of Whetsone; a daughter, Linda Currier of Dexheim, Germany; a son, Rodrick Phillips of Whetstone; a sister, Nancy Marshall of Goodyear, Ariz.; a brother, Harry Phillips of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Hatfield Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. H. Lee Erwin officiating. Interment will be private.
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista, Ariz

Donald Paul Carter 
Nov. 18, 1933 - Sept. 18, 1999
Donald Paul Carter age 65, a nine-year resident of Huachuca City, Ariz., passed away at home Saturday morning, Sept. 18, 1999. He was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Table Rock, Neb., to JP and Margaret Carter.
Donald served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and also as a Merchant Marine. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9972 of Sierra Vista. He also enjoyed golfing the 19th hole on Fort Huachuca when health permitted.
His brother George Carter precedes Donald in death. He is survived by his daughters, Donna Phillips (David) of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Diana Dittmar (David) of Austin, Texas; sisters, Patricia Carlson of Arkansas, Ethel Mosher of Washington and Joann Sommerkorn (Martin) of Arkansas; grandchildren, Cynthia Phillips and Michael Phillips (Laurie); and great-granddaughter Shanee Marie Phillips.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary (One block east of Highway 92 at Ramsey Road). Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. with Pastor Robert Drake officiating. Interment will take place Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC

Mary Peck 
April 14, 1930 - Sept. 22, 1999
Mary Peck, 69, of Carlisle, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Hospice of Dayton, Ohio.
She was born in Wolfe County, Ky., on April 14, 1930, the daughter of Courtney and Elizabeth (Culbertson) Tolson.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband Clayton Peck In 1990. She is survived by her son, David Peck and wife Ruth of Eaton, Ohio; daughters, Brenda Karns of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Susie Rice of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brothers, William Tolson of Franklin, Ohio, Fred Tolson of Las Vegas, Porter Tolson of Middletown, Ohio, and Emerson Tolson of Miamisburg, Ohio; sisters, Maxine Wilson, Garnet Neal, Opal Bolin and Ada Shackleford all of Middletown, Ohio; and four grandchildren Beth, Michelle and Travis Peck and Nicholas Rice.
Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Unglesby Anderson Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St. Franklin, Ohio. Burial will be at the Springboro Cemetery, Springboro, Ohio. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton OH 45420

Jeanette M. Wohlfarth 
Jan. 10, 1930 - Sept. 23, 1999
Jeanette M. Wohlfarth, 69, a 13-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away at home Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999. She lost her battle with cancer, but she can now rest in peace. She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in El Reno, Okla., to Jasper Dewey and F. (Hahn) Crawford.
Jeanettes ambitions included golfing, traveling and supporting various animal rights groups.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We love you.
Jeanette is survived by her husband of 46 years, Howard of Sierra Vista; son, Keith Wohlfarth of San Diego; daughters, Susan Call (Gene) of Sierra Vista, Ann Hecht (Mike) of Timberlake, S.D., and Jane Wohlfarth of Los Alamitos, Calif.; sister, Pat Farris of Milan, Mich.; and grandchildren Steven, Troy, Valerie, Aaron, Nathan Rachael.
At her request she will be cremated. No services will be held. No flowers please, but if you desire to make a donation send it to your favorite charity in her memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC

Debbie Burnside 
March 12, 1961 - Sept. 18, 1999
Debbie Burnside, 38, a 13-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., entered into Gods embrace Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center.
She was born March 12, 1961, in Limestone, Maine, to Ira and Viola Burnside.
She was preceded in death by her son, Frankie. Debbie is survived by sons Sean Burnside, Bryan Burnside and Seth Burnside of Sierra Vista; daughter, Tiffany Burnside of Sierra Vista; parents, Ira and Viola Burnside of Newport News, Va.; sisters, Kim Gleave of Sierra Vista and Madelyn Blue of Richmond, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and special friend Sue Bailey.
Private family services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Jensens sierra Vista Mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC

Gildardo S. Renteria 
Nov. 20, 1929 - Sept. 25, 1999
Gildardo S. Renteria, also known as Gil and Cuate, age 69, of Bisbee, Ariz., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee. He was a very well-known Bisbee resident.
Mr. Renteria was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Bisbee, the son of Ysauro and Ana (Serrano) Renteria. He married Ramona Figueroa on Oct. 31, 1968.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korea War and the Vietnam War. During his military career he toured Germany, Japan and Korea and also served one tour with the 1st Calvary Division of which he was very proud. Gil served as a dietitian for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and retired after 21 years of service as a staff sergeant. During that time he received numerous honors and citations. 
Following his discharge from the Army, he worked for the Department of Corrections, worked several years as a dietitian and cook at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, and was also employed by the Douglas Port of Entry. His hobbies included an interest in gems and minerals.
He was a most loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was loved by everyone and saw everyone as a part of his family.
Gildardo is survived by his wife, Ramona of Bisbee; one son, Joe (Ruby) Renteria of Colorado; five daughters, Angelica Renteria of Colorado, Rosita Anita Weinrich of Germany, Carmen Renteria (Norman Davis) of Tucson, Ramona Renteria (Fernando Figuero) of Bisbee, Marisol Renteria (Dustin Lewis) of Bisbee; his father, Ysauro Renteria of Bisbee; five brothers, Arturo, Gilbert and Eddie Renteria both of Bisbee, Richard Renteria of San Diego, Alfonso Renteria of Sierra Vista; a sister, Josephine Ruter of Sierra Vista; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and many honorary grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ana in December 1982 and one son, Michael, in 1997.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday after the visitation at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church.
Mass of the Resurrection will be said on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church with Father Stanley Nadolny officiating. Interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Bisbee, with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard at Fort Huachuca.
Mr. Renteria will be honored at the upcoming Gem and Mineral Show in Bisbee, the weekend of Oct. 9.
Arrangements are with Dugan Funeral Chapel in Bisbee.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
- Irish Blessing.

William Bill Whitney 
May 29, 1925 - Sept. 27, 1999
William Bill Whitney, 74, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. He had been a resident for the past 15 years.
Bill was born May 29, 1925, in Salt Lake City to Clyde and Golda Whitney. Bill moved to East Los Angeles, Calif., at an early age. He joined the Army in 1942. His first duty station was in Dundee, Scotland, where he was trained by the British Commando for Darbys Rangers. The 1st Ranger battalion. He served in the Army for more than 20 years, retiring in 1965. He was the superintendent of linen at Fort Carson, Colo., until he retired from civil service in 1976. He was preceded in death by a son, William G. Whitney in 1965.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly J. Whitney of Sierra Vista; daughter Geri (Jon) Hutchinson of Clarkston, Wash.; a son, Kyle (Kim) Whitney of Vista, Calif.; three step daughters, Carol (John) Seffern of Lyndon, Wash., Joanne Aucoin of Edmonds, Wash., and Marilyn Ward of Krikland Wash.; and 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Hatfield Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. A time of visitation will be one hour prior. Interment will follow at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Mary Amaro Nunez 
March 6, 1926 - Sept. 28, 1999
Mary Amaro Nunez, 73, of Brawley, Calif., died from a lengthy illness on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, Calif.
She was born March 6, 1926, in Bisbee, Ariz. She was also raised in Bisbee. Mary and Ramon R. Nunez were married on Aug. 30, 1974, in La Puenta, Calif. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1996. She was a homemaker for most of her adult life, but worked for several years at El Minuto Tortilla Factory in Bisbee. She was a member of St. Patricks parish in Bisbee. After her marriage they moved to Brawley, Calif. She remained a very active person and was an excellent cook.
Mrs. Nunez is survived by her daughters, Anna Marie Salomon of Bisbee, Jeanne (Alex) Montoy of Bisbee and Carmen Valencia of Holtville, Calif.; stepsons Ray Nunez Jr. of McCleary, Wash., and Ruben Nunez of McCleary, Wash.; stepdaughters, Barbara Morton of McCleary, Wash., Monica Aguirre of Globe, Ariz., Terri Warner of McCleary, Wash., and Christina Verdugo of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was the youngest and last survivor of 12 children.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1250 B Street, Brawley, Calif. with Father Jorge Moreno officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Frye Chapel, Brawley, Calif. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Brawley, Calif. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Frye Chapel, Brawley, Calif.
A Memorial Mass will be scheduled in Bisbee at a later date.
Arrangements are by Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley, Calif.

Dana Nicole Beam 
May 5, 1979 - Oct. 8, 1999
Dana Nicole Beam, 20, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 1999. She had been an area resident for the past 18 years.
Dana was born May 5, 1979, in Omaha, Neb., to Joseph and Geraldine (Merold) Beam. Growing up in the Sierra Vista area, she attended Sierra Vista Middle School, Buena High School and graduated from PPEP TEC in 1998.
After graduation, she attended Eastern Arizona College and worked at Barnett and Delaneys. Dana also worked for Cochise Eye and Laser, Sears Optical, Sears Portrait Studio and the Sage Brush. She was an accomplished photographer and artist, and she won the heart of every person she met.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Joseph and Janice Beam of Sierra Vista; her mother, Gerry Beam of Broadview Heights, Ohio; two brothers, Brad and Erik Beam both of Tucson, Ariz.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hatfield Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at 1 p.m. at Hatfield Memorial Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made in Danas name to the Forgach House, Domestic Crisis Shelter, P.O. Box 1961, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista

Kyong Suk Dillon 
Nov. 15, 1956 - Oct. 9, 1999
Kyong Suk Dillon, 42, of Sierra Vista,Ariz., passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999. She had been an area resident for the past five years.
Kyong was born Nov. 15, 1956, in Sangju, Korea, to Mun Hwa and Tae Sun (Kim) Oh. Since arriving in Sierra Vista five years ago, Kyong has been highly active in the local performing arts community. She was a strong supporter of musical education in Southern Arizona and an ardent fan of the Sierra Vista Ballet. She was also an active member of Holy Family Parish.
Kyong never won any public awards but she was the most loving, hardworking and dedicated mother and wife possible. She will be missed by all.
She is survived by her husband, Henry J. Dillon, Jr.; a daughter, Tamara Michelle Dillon; siblings, Oh, Kyong Sun of Seoul, Korea; Oh, Sei Dong of Chongju, Korea, and Oh, Sei Ik of Seoul, Korea. She also is survived by her parents, Oh, Mun Hwan and Tae Sun of Ulsan, Korea.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at the Main Post Chapel, Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., in Sierra Vista.

Dale Lee Williamson 
Aug. 6, 1947 - Oct. 9, 1999
Dale Lee Williamson, 52, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at home in Mescal, Ariz. Dale was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Indianapolis to William V. and Virginia P. Mock Williamson. He came to Arizona 30 years ago and worked as an electrician. He had been a member of the Moose Lodge in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Dale served his country in the U.S. Army.
Those who survive him are: his parents, Bill and Virginia of Mescal (Benson), Ariz.; son, Dale Lee Jr. of Kentucky; son, Kevin of Louisiana; daughter, Tammy Joe of Georgia; daughter, Cathy of Indiana; daughter, Jackie Angel of Missouri; daughter, Crystal Gayle Williamson of Oregon; brother, David Earl (Paula) of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Susan Kay Crowe (John) of Louisiana; sister, Janice Elaine Williamson of Louisiana; and 10 grandchildren.
Cremation has been selected as final disposition. Arrangements through the Bisbee/San Pedro Funeral Homes.

Antonio Cesar Salomon 
Feb. 8, 1942 - Oct. 12, 1999
Antonio Cesar Salomon, 57, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999. He had been an area resident for the past 14 years.
Antonio was born Feb. 8, 1942, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was raised and also attended university in the Dominican Republic. He married Migdalia in 1966, the same year he joined the military. He was an active member of the military serving as a sergeant first class and working as a chef. He was transferred to the Sierra Vista area in 1985. After retiring in 1987, he worked for NAF at the La Hacienda Club on Fort Huachuca as a chef.
Antonio was one of a kind. He was always there to help anyone in need. He was a loving father and a great friend to all who knew him and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Migdalia Salomon; his two children, Cesar Anthony Salmon and Karin Altaberia Salomon; four sisters, Aura Ruiz, Dulce Salomon, Frangie Croslin and Altabeira Salomon; three grandchildren, Cesar Anthony Salomon II, Jasmin Alicia Salomon and Don Antonio Salomon.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, at Hatfield Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Melvin L. Fischer 
Oct. 18, 1941 - Oct. 2, 1999
Melvin L. Fischer, 57, former resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., since 1980, passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in Columbia, S.C.
Melvin was born Oct. 18, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Harry and Harriet Fischer. He joined the Army at an early age serving over 20 years before retiring in 1983. 
Melvin was an owner of many businesses in the Sierra Vista area. He sold and retired from business and moved to the San Carlos, Ariz., area in early 1990. He had recently moved to Camden, S.C. to start a business prior to his untimely death. He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Fischer and her family and grandchildren; two sons, Lance and Neal, both residing in Tucson.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18, at the Post Cemetery on Fort Huachuca with full military honors.
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Rosemarie J. Phillips 
Sept. 3, 1926 - Oct. 12, 1999
Rosemarie J. Phillips, 73, longtime resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center.
Rosemarie was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Lawrence and Mary Marr. As a child, Rosemarie lived on Fort Huachuca where her parents were employed. She graduated from Bisbee High School. 
She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St. Louis. She was a commercial pilot in and around the Flagstaff, Ariz., area during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She worked at the Navajo Army Depot outside Flagstaff up until it was closed and then transferred to Fort Huachuca.
She is survived by three sons, Harley, Larry and Richard; daughters-in-law, Debbie and Sandy; and grandchildren, Kristen, Shelly, Erin, Stacy and Branden.
A time of visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rosemaries name to the Sierra Vista Lions Club Eye Bank, PO Box 1147, Sierra Vista AZ 85636.
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

Minnie Thomas 
May 31, 1917 - Oct. 15, 1999
Minnie Thomas, 82, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. 
Minnie was born May 31, 1917, in West Liberty, Ky. She came to Arizona from Kentucky in 1939. Her parents were Jack Shaver and Josephine Parks Shaver. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include son, Edward I. Thomas (Marsha) of Hereford; her sisters, Edna Calvert of Sierra Vista and Daisy Ballinger of Indiana and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Bisbee Funeral Home. Pastor Dale Stoner of the Palominas Church will officiate.

William C. Avey 
March 11, 1930 - Oct. 16, 1999 
William C. Avey, 69, a 27-year resident of Hereford, Ariz., passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. 
He was born March 11, 1930, in Yellville, Ark., to Thomas and Margaret Avey.
William served his country in the Army both in Korea and Vietnam. His service metals include the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V. He retired from the Army after 30 years in 1979 at Fort Huachuca with the rank of command sergeant major.
Sisters Bernice and Faye and brothers John and Clyde preceded Mr. Avey in death. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Mary of Hereford; sons, Thomas Avey of Houston, Texas, Robert Avey of Toledo, Ohio, and Timothy Avey (Jill) of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Ed Avey (Sibyl) of Harrison, Ark.; a sister Ruth Duffy (Bill) of Yakima, Wash., and grandchildren Danielle, Taylor, William, Tyler, Mitchell and Perri.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at the post cemetery on Fort Huachuca.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your favorite charity in Williams memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Carroll B. Tommy Thompson Jr. 
Dec. 3, 1921 - Oct. 17, 1999
Carroll B. Tommy Thompson Jr., LTC (AUS Ret) of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999. 
He was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Quincy, Mass., to Carroll B. and Gertrude Thompson. The family moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated from Philadelphia High School. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1939 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 29, 1943, at Fort Benning, Ga. He met his wife, Eleanor, there and they were married on Nov. 9, 1943.
During WWII, he served in the Philippines, where he was wounded in action. Immediately following Japans surrender in 1945 he was sent to that country for occupational duty with the 24th Infantry Division. In 1948, he was transferred to Germany, where he served with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. In 1953, he was sent to Korea, again assigned to the 24th Infantry Division.
Tommy was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge and the Bronze Star, along with many other medals and citations. He was very proud of his 22 years of military service.
Upon his retirement in 1962, he became a Civil Service employee with the U.S. Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Md., and moved to Sierra Vista when the school was relocated to Fort Huachuca, in 1971.
Tommy is survived by his wife Eleanor of Sierra Vista; sons, Richard of Alabama and Bruce (Nancy) of Sierra Vista; daughters, Eileen Craig of Texas, Patricia Boone (Tom) of Maryland, and Laurie Mercer of Virginia; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Marilyn (George) Welsh of Pennsylvania, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him deeply and will miss him very much.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Fort Huachuca Cemetery. A reception for friends and family will follow at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Sierra Vista.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his memory may be sent to the National World War II Memorial Campaign, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington VA 22201. This project was very special to him.
If we cannot do him honor while hes here to hear the praise, then at least lets give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say "Our Country is in Mourning for a Soldier Died Today."
From Just A Simple Soldier.

George Edward Hardt 
Dec. 13, 1913 to Oct. 17, 1999
George Edward Hardt, 85, of Bisbee Junction, Ariz., died on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at the Copper Queen Community Hospital.
Hardt was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Bisbee Junction to Gustave Andrus Hardt and Emma Mary Magdaline Weber Hardt. He was raised and lived in Bisbee, Ariz., his entire life and attended Bisbee Public Schools.
Hardt served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during World War II as a camp cook. He worked for Phelps Dodge Corp. for more than 35 years as a crane operator before he retired in 1979. He was also a member of the Elks for more than 35 years. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warren, Ariz.
Grandpa Great Heart, as he was known to his great-grandchildren was a gentle, compassionate, loving man who taught three generations of his family to love and honor Jesus Christ. Even though he suffered in recent years from a leg injury and subsequent surgeries, he never complained.
Hardt is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorene Mina Hardt of Bisbee; three daughters, Judith Fisher and her husband Joe of Thatcher, Ariz., Mary Ellen East and her husband Leon of Bisbee, and Carol Ellis and her husband Dave of Mt. Home, Idaho. He also is survived by nine grandchildren, Skip Fisher, Terry Fisher, Karen Caylor, Diana Wilson, Adam East, Cynthia East, Don Ellis, Kristi Mader and Derek Ellis; and 12 great-grandchildren, Travis Fisher, Sharisse, Whitney and Brianne Fisher, Stephany and Jennifer Caylor, Kailah and Logan Wilson, Paul and Michael Ellis, and Cory and Casey Mader.
He also is survived by a sister, Fay Owens of Tucson, Ariz.
A public viewing will be held at the Bisbee Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, from 4 to 7 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at 2 p.m. Pastor Frank Peters will officiate.
The family has suggested that those wishing to send donations or flowers in George Hardts memory direct them to Trinity United Methodist Church of Warren. For more information, call 432-5992

Edna Bullard 
Sept. 2, 1906 - Oct. 18, 1999
Edna Bullard, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Oct. 18, 1999, at the Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz., after a brief illness. She was born in Louise, Texas, on Sept. 2, 1906, to Robert and Elizabeth (Ivy) Tally.
Her stamina and testimony have always been an inspiration to her immediate family and to her church family. She was a charter member of the San Jose Bible Baptist Church and served as a deaconess in the church for many years, also with the ladies auxiliary and youth groups. As a mother and homemaker, she represented a strong, determined personality, but also was gifted with a loving compassionate demeanor.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Frank Bullard; two daughters, Doris (Harold) Foster of Tonto Basin, Ariz.; Sylvia (Leonard) Dworshak of Phoenix; and a son, Bob (Jan) Bullard of Bisbee. She also is survived by four granddaughters, Linda Bahm of Phoenix, Renee Mace of Spokane, Wash., Doris Ann McCord of Phoenix, Barbara Mooney of Phoenix. And four grandsons, Frank Foster of Prescott, Ariz., Mike Foster of Phoenix, Robert Dworshak of Phoenix, and Daniel Matich of Phoenix. And numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the San Jose Bible Baptist Church, with Pastor Bob Newman officiating. Arrangements by Bisbee/San Pedro Funeral Homes

Gertrude Parke Adair 
Dec. 28, 1914 - Oct. 15, 1999
Gertrude P. Adair, widow of George Thomas Adair, passed away at the Life Care Center of Sierra Vista on Oct. 15, 1999. Trudie, as she was known to her friends and family, was born Dec. 28, 1914, in Alexandria, Va., to Phillip and Sadie (Lyle) Parke. Following the premature deaths of both her parents, she was adopted by the person she always considered her mother, Pamelia Tiffany Mullen of Middleburg, Va.
After moving to Washington, D.C., Trudie trained as a laboratory technician. In 1938, she married her beloved Tom, and spent most of her life as an Army wife, living in Germany and Alaska in addition to many different parts of the United States. Their marriage lasted for 55 years, until his death in 1995. She was a warm and gracious hostess, and loved nothing better than helping other people, especially if she could cook for them.
Trudie is survived by one daughter and her husband, Pamelia and Michael Steiger of Sierra Vista; four grandchildren and their spouses, Tiffany and Kyle Holt of Missouri, Kelley and Ken Knox of Maryland, Thomas and Jessie Steiger of Virginia, and Peter and Jennifer Steiger of Sierra Vista; as well as five great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Cameron Holt, Taylor Kinney, and A.J. and Daniel Knox.
Trudie will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Anyone wishing to remember her is encouraged to make a contribution in her memory toward research aimed at finding a cure for Alzheimers disease. 
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

Mary S. Stratton 
May 30, 1929 - Oct. 19, 1999
Mary S. Stratton, a 23-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999. She was born May 30, 1929, in Dansville, N.Y., to Floyd and Ethel Selbig.
Mary married Robert J. Stratton Jan. 22, 1955. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Early in her married life, she traveled with her husband on military duties in Oklahoma, Maryland, Italy and Germany until an accident in 1972 left her paraplegic.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, a brother Earl Selbig and sister, Faith (Duane) Bowen. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Patricia (Rick) Cartier of Sierra Vista and Michelle Stratton of Greeley, Colo.; granddaughters Rashelle Best, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and Alison Best of Sierra Vista; sisters, Martha (Roland) Norwood of Canaseraga, N.Y., and Helen (Floyd) MacPherson of Grifith, Ontario, Canada, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Hatfield Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the First Assembly of God, 840 N. Lenzner Ave., in Sierra Vista. Burial will follow at the Miracle Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marys memory to the First Assembly of God or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

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