Keith Blighton Sr.
Keith Blighton Sr., a Kingman resident, died July 13, 1999 in Van Nuys,
Calif. He was 70.
Mr. Blighton was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He participated in "Operation
Cross Roads" in the Bikini Atoll. He was a salesman and the owner of several
businesses over his lifetime. He was a member of the Masons for more than
Mr. Blighton is survived by: wife, Catherine; son, Keith E. Blighton
of Kingman; three daughters, Stephanie Blighton, Glenda Tatge, and Debra
Ilimelski, all of the Los Angeles area; sister, Maxine Shiffer of Panora,
Iowa, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. No services were
Dorotha Emma Coon
Dorotha Emma (Coder) Coon, a former Kingman resident, died July 15,
1999. She was 87. Mrs. Coon was born on March 13, 1912 in Russell, Kan.
She married James Allen Coon, Sr., on March 14, 1932. Following their
marriage, they lived and farmed in Kingman for several years before moving
to Grimes, Calif., and then to College City, Calif. Several years later
they moved to Vallejo, Calif., before settling in Yuma in 1972.
Mrs. Coon is survived by: three sons, James Jr., Clifton and Donald
Dean; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, James Allen Coon Sr., and son Wayne.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 19, 1999 at Sunset Funeral
Home in Yuma.
Lloyd Russell died July 21, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 70.
Mr. Russell was born April 9, 1929 in Pontiac, Ill. He moved to Kingman
20 years ago from Covina, Calif., and worked at a truck driver and salesman.
Mr. Russell is survived by two sons, Richard Russell and David Russell,
both of Las Vegas.
A memorial gathering is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 1999 at
the ABC Restaurant on Andy Devine Ave. in Kingman.
Donations will be accepted at ABC and given to Nathan Adleson Hospice
in Las Vegas.
William Dan Reichert
William Dan Reichert died Friday, July 23, 1999 in Kingman. He was 77.
Mr. Reichert was born Nov. 28, 1921 in Sandport, Idaho. He worked in
the airline industry, and served in the United States Navy.
Mr. Reichert is survived by: one sister, Frances Shire of Kingman.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Reichert, and a sister, Francel
No service is planned. Sutton Crematory is handling cremation.
Elmer "Gene'' Silk died Saturday, July 24, 1999 in Kingman. He was 74.
Mr. Silk was born Feb. 12, 1925 in Skiatook, Okla. He worked in the
grocery business for 39 years.
Mr. Silk is survived by: one daughter, Ruth Guinn of Kingman; two sons,
Silas Kendall of Farley, Mo. and Odis Kendall of Wathena, Kan.; one brother,
Robert Silk of Owasso, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Silk will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July
27, 1999 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. A service will follow at 11 a.m.,
after which he will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery.
Helen Louise Miller
Helen Louise Miller died Tuesday, July 20, 1999 in Kingman. She was
Mrs. Miller was born June 14, 1919 in Denver, Colo. She was a Kingman
resident for 35 years.
Mrs. Miller is survived by: son Thomas Boggio of Kingman; daughter
Joann Garoutte of Shallow Water, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren
and three great great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 22, 1999 at College Park
Baptist Church. Cremation was handled by Sutton Crematory.
Herbert K. Biddulph
Herbert K. Biddulph, a former Kingman resident, died Friday, July 16,
1999 in Scottsdale. He was 87.
Mr. Biddulph was born in Seattle, Wash. He lived in the Los Angeles
area before moving to Buckeye during the Depression. There he worked at
his uncles auto dealership, Walter Butler Motors. In the years after World
War II, he became a partner in an auto dealership, Biddulph and Dunton
Ford Motor Co., in Kingman.
He was instrumental in incorporating Kingman and was elected as its
first mayor in 1952. He lived in Kingman for eight years. He continued
his career as an auto dealer in Las Vegas. He helped his two sons establish
dealerships in California and Arizona. He retired in the mid-1970s and
moved to Walnut Creek, Calif. to raise Arabian horses. In 1987 he moved
Mr. Biddulph was a member of the Arizona and Nevada Auto Dealers associations.
Mr. Biddulph is survived by: wife Margaret; three sons, Kemp, Ben and
Barry; daughter Markey; brother Burton; three sisters, Lois Ogan, Edith
Root and Sylvia Berry; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bruce I. Wells
Bruce I. Wells died Wednesday, July 21, 1999 in Kingman. He was 75.
Mr. Wells was born June 22, 1924 in Blackwell, Okla. He was a Kingman
resident for 11 years. He moved to Kingman from California.
He worked in dry cleaning and as a Realtor. He served as U.S. Marine.
Mr. Wells was a member of the American Legion and a Mason.
Mr. Wells is survived by: wife, Betty; two sons, Bruce and Richard;
daughter Wanda Jean; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
No services are planned. Sutton Crematory will handle cremation.
Marjorie Jo Loucks
Marjorie Jo Loucks died Saturday, July 17, 1999 in Kingman. She was
Mrs. Loucks was born Sept. 26, 1922 in Dallas, Texas. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Loucks is survived by: husband Joe Loucks of Kingman; four sons,
Don, Bob, Rick and Bill all of Kingman; daughter Linda of Kingman; eight
grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Elmer and Pearl Gray.
Graveside services, to be presided over by Rev. Byron Owens of Melody
Assembly of God, will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 22, at Mountain
Roy D. Lawrence Jr.
Roy D. "Danny" Lawrence Jr. died July 18, 1999 in Seligman. Mr. Lawrence
was born Feb. 16, 1947 in Roswell, N.M.
Mr. Lawrence served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was
a heavy equipment operator and construction worker.
Mr. Lawrence is survived by: wife Vicki Lawrence of Seligman; daughter
Dusty Murdock of Duncan; two sons, Vernon Lawrence of Lancaster, Calif.
and Zane Lawrence of Duncan; three sister, Wanda Lawrence of Kanab, Utah,
Loretta Reaves of Eureka, Kansas, and Rebecca Gross of Golden Valley; brother
David Lawrence of Kingman; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Hazel A. and Roy D. Lawrence Sr.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, July 23, 1999
at Seligman Cemetery.
Kenneth Earl Nowning
Kenneth Earl Nowning died Saturday, July 17, 1999 in Kingman. He was
Mr. Nowning was born Nov. 9, 1916 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. He was a motel
manager and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He also
was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Kingman, and was a life member
of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 10 and Seabees.
Mr. Nowning is survived by: his wife, C. Marie Nowning of Kingman;
one son, Mark Lee Nowning of Klamath Falls, Ore.; a stepson, James A. Hinckley
of Kingman; two stepdaughters, Linda D. Brewer of Beddias, Texas and Janine
A. Helten of Kingman; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
A service for Mr. Nowning, under the direction of Sutton Memorial Funeral
Home, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 1999 at Trinity Episcopal
Church with Rev. John McLeester officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain
The family has requested any donations be made to Trinity Episcopal
Church at 423 E. Spring Street, DAV Chapter 10 or the Alzheimer's Association.
Don Westreicher died Sunday, July 18, 1999. He was 65.
Mr. Westreicher was born Oct. 6, 1933 in Norwalk, Calif. He moved to
Kingman, where he lived for the 20 years before his death, from Turlock,
Calif. He was retired from the city parks and recreation department. Mr.
Westreicher served in the Korean War, from 1953-1955.
He is survived by: wife Colene Westreicher of Kingman; son Randy Westreicher
of Kingman; brother Robert Westreicher of Turlock, Calif.; sister Clara
Collum of Kingman; and one grandson.
No funeral services are planned. Cremation will be handled by Sutton
William A. Montgomery
William A. Montgomery died Wednesday, July 14, 1999 in Dolan Springs.
He was 88.
Mr. Montgomery was born March 4, 1911 in La Pine, Ore. He worked as
a sheet metal worker for various construction companies. He served in the
Mr. Montgomery is survived by: his wife, Alexandria "Lucky" Montgomery,
Dolan Springs; two daughters, Joni Irwin of Los Angeles, Calif., and Barbara
Abad of Corona, Calif.; brother James Montgomery of Lake Oswego, Ore.;
seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his parents, William A. and Helen J. Montgomery.
No services are scheduled. Sutton Crematory will handle cremation.
Ruth E. Miller
Ruth E. Miller died Wednesday, July 14, 1999 in Kingman. She was 85.
Mrs. Miller was born June 28, 1914 in Evansville, Ind. She worked as
a department store clerk and as a homemaker.
Mrs. Miller is survived by: her husband, Arthur W. Miller of Kingman;
two daughters, Patricia Gail McDaniels of Nashville, Tenn., and Betty Pheral
of Evansville, Ind.; three sisters, Hazel Kenaebel of Pahrump, Nev., Dorothy
Mahon of Evansville, Ind., and Betty Kingman, also of Evansville, Ind.;
and four brothers, David Corn of Phoenix; Harry Corn of Fort Meyers, Fla.,
Jim Corn of Washington; and Tommy Corn of California.
Services are pending. Sutton Crematory will handle cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1599
Clifton, Road, N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30329.
Owen Bernard "Barney" Platel
Owen Bernard "Barney" Platel, a former Kingman resident, died Sunday
July 4, 1999 in Laughlin, Nev. He was 79.
Mr. Platel was born in Woolwich, England. He grew up in India and returned
to England as a young adult. He served in the Royal Air Force during World
War II. He came to Canada in 1947 where he served in the Royal Canadian
Air Force and contributed to the development of NORAD.
Mr. Platel moved to Kingman in 1965 from Ottawa, Canada. While in Kingman,
he was employed at Wright Electric. He was a resident of Laughlin, Nev.,
where he worked as an electrical engineer, since the mid-1970s.
Mr. Platel is survived by: his wife, Shirley Platel; two daughters,
Lynn Nichols of Tucson and Penelope Platel of Toronto, Canada; one stepdaughter,
Patricia Mitchell of Austin, Texas; one stepson, Michael Lewis Golden of
Booneville, Ark.; and five grandchildren.
Ashes will be interred at a later date in Montreal, Canada. The family
suggests memorial donations to the Humane Society.
Adela T. Chavez
Adela Chavez died Tuesday, July 6, 1999 in Kingman. She was 85.
Mrs. Chavez was born May 31, 1914 in Soham, N.M. She came to Flagstaff
in 1942 and moved to Kingman in 1994 to live with her daughter.
She is survived by: her children, Emma Roberts of Flagstaff, Bernice
Martinez of Kingman, Phillip Chavez of Flagstaff, Leroy Chavez of Flagstaff,
Flaviano Chavez of Phoenix, Vera Tapia of Kingman and Margie Tiede of Flagstaff;
16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Jacob Chavez; one daughter,
Phyllis Chavez; and one son, Ralph Chavez.
Rosary and vigil services were held Thursday July 8, 1999 at the St.
Pius X Center. Mass of the Christian burial was held on Friday July 9,
1999, also at the church. Burial was at Calavay Cemetery.
Dolores Murillo died Thursday, July 8, 1999 in Kingman. She was 65.
Mrs. Murillo was born Oct. 8, 1933 in Kingman. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and of the Teamster Retirees.
She is survived by: two daughters, Patricia Murillo Lewis and Becky
Turner, both of Kingman; three sons, Manuel Murillo, Steven Murillo and
Robert "Bob" Murillo, all of Kingman; and six grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by: her husband, Frank E. Murillo.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with Rosary at 6 p.m. July
11, 1999 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10
a.m. Monday July 12, 1999 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be
at Mountain View Cemetery.
Mildred Cunniff died Friday June 25, 1999, in Kingman. She was 77.
Mrs. Cunniff was born March 29, 1922, in Joplin, Mo., and was a self-employed
seamstress for 40 years. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge.
Mrs. Cunniff is survived by: two daughters, Dovey Wacker of Kingman,
and Virginia Ostrander of Richmond, Calif.' two sisters, Mazie Hall of
Ridgecrest, Calif., and Dorothy Hutchinson of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; five nieces; and seven nephews. She was preceded
in death by: her husband, John Cunniff; and her parents, James and Dove
Visitation was held on Sunday June 27, 1999 at Desert View Funeral
Chapel. Services were on Monday June 28, 1999, also at Desert View. Burial
is in Mountain View Cemetery.
Robert Lee Spear Sr.
Robert Lee Spear Sr., of Kingman, died Sunday, July 4, 1999. He was
Mr. Spear was born on Oct. 10, 1932 in San Andreas, Calif. He worked
as a police officer for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office for 15 years
until his retirement in 1995. He also worked as a driver for Ford Motor
Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Spear is survived by: daughter Lei Nelson of Kingman; two sons,
Robert Lee Spear, Jr., of Yucaipa, Calif., and Charles Arthur Spear of
Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Ed Spear of North Carolina and Paul Spear
of California; five grandchildren; two nieces; five nephews; two aunts;
one uncle and one godson.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, July 9, 1999,
at Desert View Funeral Chapel. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m.,
Saturday, July 17, 1999, also at Desert View.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to either U.C.
California, Irvine, 4900 Berkeley Pl., Irvine, Calif., 92697, or National
Spinal Cord Injury Association, 8300 Colesville, Road, Ste. 551, Silver
Spring, Md., 20910.
Henry Ellison Tyree
Hentry Ellison Tyree died Saturday July 3, 1999, in Kingman. He was
Mr. Tyree was born May 13, 1960, in Williams, Ariz.
He is survived by: his wife, Lisa Tyree; two sons, Troy E. and Trey
E. Tyree; one daughter, Tedra L. Tyree; one sister, Robin Medlin of Kingman;
one brother, John Tyree of Green Bay, Wisc.; and several aunts, uncles,
nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by: his mother,
Alva Mae Sanderson; one brother, Benjamin S. Tyree; and his father, Benjamin
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday July 10, 1999, in Prescott.
Cremation was handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.
Noreen A. Overson
Noreen A. Overson died Tuesday June 15, 1999, in Phoenix. She was 33.
Miss Overson was born June 25, 1965, in Norwalk , Calif. She came to
Arizona from Oregon six years ago.
Miss Overson is survived by: her mother, Elaine Ferch of Kingman; one
sister, China Billings of Kingman; and one niece.
Cremation was handled by Camino del Sol in Sun City, Ariz.
Roland Joseph Laramee
Roland Joseph Laramee of Wilmington, Calif., died Sunday, June 27, 1999,
in Bakersfield, Calif. He was 81.
Mr. Laramee was born June 21, 1918, in St. Etienne de Bolton, Quebec,
Canada. He moved to the United states as a youth and grew up in Pawtucket,
R.I. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Laramee and his family moved to California in 1952 and worked in
the aerospace industry. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Santa
Monica, Calif., and retired in 1980.
After retiring, he and his wife of 56 years, Rita Desautel, moved to
Kingman. He moved back to California after his wife died several years
He is survived by: one son, Robert Laramee of Bakersfield; one brother,
Bernard Laramee of Pawtucket; two sisters, Fauvette Choiniere of North
Attleboro, Mass., and Yolande Lepine of Pawtucket; four grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Josephat and Victoria Robitaille; his wife, Rita
Desautel; one daughter, Elaine De La Vega; and one brother, Claude Laramee.
Services were held Tuesday, July 6, 1999, in the Mausoleum Chapel of
the Hopson-Anspach Family Mortuary in Bakersfield, with interment following.
The family of Mr. Laramee asks for donations to be sent to the American
Cancer Society or a favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
Arthur Lee Finch Jr.
Arthur Lee Finch Jr. died Wednesday June 30, 1999, in Kingman. He was
Mr. Finch was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Kingman. He was employed as a
security guard for the Ford Motor Co. at Yucca. He was also a veteran of
the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II.
Mr. Finch is survived by: three sons, Kenneth L. Finch of Kingman,
Larry A. Finch of Kingman and Marty D. Finch of Kingman; two brothers,
Owen Finch of Kingman and Chuck Finch of Scottsdale; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Finch.
A visitation was held today Tuesday July 6, 1999 from 9
to 10 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at
10 a.m., also at Sutton. Burial is in Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman.
Clarence "Ron" Stuerke
Clarence "Ron" Stuerke died Thursday July 1 in Prescott. He was 50.
Mr. Stuerke was born July 29, 1948, in Brawley, Calif., to Clarence
Edward and Edna Elgin (Stumpfe) Stuerke.
Mr. Stuerke was a social worker for Narcotics Anonymous in Kingman
and a volunteer at the Mohave County Museum. He served in the U.S. Army
during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, and mother, Edna Elgin (Stumpfe)
Stuerke of Kingman. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Ann Marie
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church on Bank Street in Kingman. Pastor John E. Jaster will officiate.
There was cremation. Memory Chapel Mortuary of Prescott is in charge
Carl Knight, a former Kingman resident, died Monday, June 28, 1999 in
Stanton, Calif. He was 80.
Mr. Knight was born June 4, 1919 in California. He came to Kingman,
where he remained for 30 years, from California. Mr. Knight worked as a
school bus driver. He retired and moved to California five years ago. He
was a member of Moose Lodge No. 1704, Mohave County Sheriff's Air Search
and Rescue and a radio control aircraft club.
He is survived by: wife Lillian; son Donald Treylia; and several grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
No services will be held.