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
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
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
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
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
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
She was born March 12, 1961, in Limestone, Maine, to Ira and Viola
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
May the road rise to meet you.
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 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
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.
May 31, 1917 - Oct. 15, 1999
Minnie Thomas, 82, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, in Sierra Vista,
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
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
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.
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
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
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.