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Henry Kozlowski
Henry Kozlowski, 77, of Prescott Valley, Arizona died March 11, 2000 at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.  He was born on November 30, 1922 in Poland the son of  : Felix and Angelique Kozlowski
Life Experiences : 
Henry served in the Second World War with the allies serving in Europe.  He met and later married Margaret Kapalchik on December 28, 1961.  Henry worked for Stroh’s Brewing Company for ten years as a checker and retired in 1985.  In February 1991 Henry and Margaret moved to Prescott Valley from Rochester Hills, Michigan.  Henry was a member of the Roman Catholic Church, he loved to read anything concerning World War II as well as the histories of all of the nations.  Henry loved to travel and visited all of Europe and Asia except Australia which he planned to visit.  He enjoyed gardening, tending to his vegetables and flowers which he would share with his neighbors.
Survivors Include:
Spouse: Margaret Kozlowski of Prescott Valley
Services (time, date and place): A private cremation was held at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley
Memorial Contributions: family suggest contributions to the American Cancer Society, Arizona Division, 2724 East Larkin Suite #9, Flagstaff, AZ  86001

Alvern Crosby Hewitt
Al Hewitt, 76, of Dewey, Arizona died Thursday, March 16, 2000 at his home in Dewey.  He was born on Thursday, May 3, 1923 in Otranto Township, Iowa; the son of Charles and Olga (Nelson) Hewitt
Life Experiences : 
Al grew up in Iowa and served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  He married his first wife, Margery Ann Brown in July of 1943.  Margery, the mother of his children, died in October of 1991.  On February 14, 1997, Al married Frances Marguerite Sandlin and they shared three years together.  Al worked for many years as Comptroller for Armour in Mason City, Iowa, and other locations.  He retired in 1980 and moved to Mesa from St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1983 and to Dewey in 1998.  Al was a member of Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa and later Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott.  He enjoyed traveling, working with stained glass, and singing in the church choir. 
Al is Survived by:
Frances his loving and caring wife of three years. 
Daughters: JoEllen Hemberger of Round Rock, Texas and Jan Beery of St. Paul Minnesota
Sons : Jerry Hewitt of Riverside, California and Jack Hewitt of Richfield, Washington 
Brothers : Ray of Clear Lake, Iowa, Don of Waterford, Wisconsin and Bob Hewitt of New Hope, Minnesota
Grandchildren:  Wade and Heather Hewitt, Stephanie, Christian, Charles "Charlie", Marni, Benjamin and Jacob     
Services (time, date and place): 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2000 at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona with Rev. Roger Stressman officiating
Memorial Contributions: family suggest contributions to American Heart Association, Arizona Office, P.O. Box  78851, Phoenix, Arizona  85062 or Prescott United Methodist church, 505 West Gurley Street, Prescott, Arizona  86303

Dwayne L. Frayne 
Cottonwood resident and U.S. Army veteran Dwayne Frayne died May 26 in Prescott. 
He was 67 years old.
Mr. Frayne was born June 26, 1932 in Bisbee.
He worked as an automobile mechanic. 
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, working on cars and cutting wood.
Mr. Frayne was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Dyer of Michigan, Debra Bunch of Tennessee and Tracy Sexton of Cottonwood; three sons-in-laws, Matthew Dyer, Randall Bunch and Tracy Sexton; a sister, Eileen Tamplen of California; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service is scheduled for today at 1 p.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7400 providing military honors. 

John C. Thrasher 
Lake Montezuma resident John Thrasher died May 23.
He was 66 years old.
Mr. Thrasher was born Oct. 30, 1933 in Floydada, Texas.
He was a retired dry wall contractor in the construction industry.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Pam, Pat and Peggy; three sisters, Polly, Lorraine and Lou; a brother, Wayne Thrasher and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held May 26 at the Hepler Funeral Home Chapel in Camp Verde.

Kevin Ellis Dunne 
A memorial service is scheduled June 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Town Mission for Cottonwood resident Kevin Dunne.
Mr. Dunne died May 23.
He was 44 years old.
Mr. Dunne was born March 25, 1956 in Oceanside, Calif.
He moved to Cottonwood from California five years ago. 
Mr. Dunne was a physical therapist.
His hobbies included golf, softball and he liked to fish. Mr. Dunne was a member of the Old Town Mission.
Survivors include his parents, Donald Dunne of Mexico; his mother, Mary Dunne of California; three brothers, Kelly, Patrick and Regan of California; two nieces and one nephew.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Mission, 116 E. Pinal Cottonwood 86326.

John G. Simonis 
John George Simonis, 82, of Cottonwood died May 19. 
Mr. Simonis was born March 21 in Edgar, Mont.
He worked as an auto body repairman. He was a World War II veteran serving with the US Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1102 in Washington, a member of the Moose and American Legion Post #93.
Mr. Simonis is survived by his wife, Dottie Anne Simonis;; a daughter, Judith Michelle Christie and son in law, Sarah L. Brandau-Simonis of Phoenix; a sister, Rose Carrington of Billings, Montana and Lilly Scollard of Laurel, Montana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A visitation will be held Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.in the Westcott Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 21 at 2 p.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek. 

Joseph E. Bentley 
Lake Montezuma resident Joseph Bentley died May 20.
He was 96 years old.
Mr. Bentley was born in Middlesex, Pa., Feb. 26, 1904.
He was a former engineer.
Survivors include his caregiver, Louise McCauley and one nephew.
A memorial service was held May 22 at Lake Montezuma Chapel.

Karen Whalen O’Brien 
A memorial Mass was held May 24 at St. Cecilia’s Mission Catholic Church in Clarkdale for resident Karen Whalen O’Brien.. Father Michael Hurley officiated the service.
Mrs. O’Brien died May 22 at the age of 63.
She was born in Boulder City, Nevada Oct. 29, 1929.
Mrs. O’Brien received her master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Mrs. O’Brien belonged to the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and she was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Jerry Francis O’Brien; two daughters, Kerry Colleen George of Flagstaff and Shelia Maureen Sittinger of Kentucky; two sons, John Michael O’Brien of California and Erin Kevin O’Brien of Nevada; a sister, Patsy Nolan of Washington and five brothers, Dennis Whalen of Louisiana, Don Whalen of Colorado, Barry Whalen of California, Brian Whalen of Nevada and Luke Whalen of Iowa; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Louis Albert Demerschman 
Cottonwood resident and U.S. Navy veteran Louis Demerschman died April 12. 
He was 79 years old.
Mr. Demerschman was born Sept. 27, 1920 in Alameda, Calif.
He served in World War II and from 1963 until his retirement in 1988. he owned and operated a wholesale plumbing supply business in Long Beach, Calif.
Following his retirement he and his wife lived several years in Sedona and later relocated to Cottonwood.
Survivors include his wife, Martina Demerschman; two daughters, Laura Crawford of Cottonwood and Karen Dressel of California; a sister, Jan Meyer of California and a grandson, Jeff Dressel of California.
A memorial service was held April 15 at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

John Vernon Evans 
Private family services were held for John Evans of Cottonwood.
Mr. Evans died May 21 at the age of 70.
He was born March 9, 1930 in Lynn, Indiana.
Mr. Evans was a Korean War Veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952.
He retired in 1989 from Reynolds Metals Company in Messena, N.Y.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Evans; two sons, John Evans of Michigan and David Evans of North Carolina; two daughters, Joyce Evans of California and Janet Catron of Texas, and four grandchildren.

Betty Jean Serilla 
Cottonwood resident Betty Serilla died May 19.
She was 76 years old.
Mrs. Serilla was born March 15, 1924 in Phoenix.
She worked many years as a secretary and was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Sides of Cottonwood; a son-in-law, Thomas; two sons, James W. Evans of Tucson and Daniel R. Evans of Cornville; two daughters-in-law, Liz and Suzanne; two sisters, Virginia Hudson of Phoenix and Bernice Roy of Florida; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held May 23 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St. Phoenix, 85282. 

Former Clarkdale Police Chief Thomas Dean Wall dies at 50.
Former Clarkdale police chief and U.S. Army veteran Thomas Dean Wall died Sunday. 
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at the Jerome Elks Lodge in Clarkdale.
Mr. Wall was 50 years old.
His friends and colleagues remember him as a conscientious man dedicated to his community.
“You know the most wonderful thing about him professionally was Tom always had the best interest of Clarkdale at heart,” remembers Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery.
Mr. Wall served with the Clarkdale Police Department from 1982 until 1999. 
Cottonwood Police Chief Pat Spence hired Mr. Wall. “Tom was really involved and good at his job. I could always depend on him. He was very dedicated and held the respect of those who worked under him.” 
Mr. Wall was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Sac City, Iowa.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1975. 
Mr. Wall was a member of the Jerome Lodge of Elks #1361 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1449. 
He also served as a volunteer fire fighter and donated his time for the annual Fourth of July barbecue in Clarkdale.
“Tom knew everyone in town,” said Mabery. “It was very important to him to have a relationship with the community.”
During his tenure at the Clarkdale Police Department, Mabery remembers Mr. Wall encouraging officers to be involved in the community by helping to build the town’s park and even hooking up coolers for residents before the heat of the summer.
His professional contributions to the community were remembered by Clarkdale Mayor Rennie Radoccia.
“Tom was a great man and great friend of mine,” said Radoccia. “He definitely strengthened and built the Clarkdale Police Department over the years. We have strong and dedicated men at the department and I credit a lot of that to Tom Wall.”
Mr. Wall also took time to enjoy the simple pleasures outside the town limits by traveling to Mexico. A dedicated family man, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies included golf and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Donna; two sons, Troy Vickers of Clarkdale and Bradley Wall of Tucson; a daughter-in-law, Anne Vickers; three daughters, Becky Vickers of Rimrock, Melanie Young of Tucson and Denise Vickers of Clarkdale; a son-in-law, Carl; three grandchildren, Branden and Jeremiah De Tar and Hope Tuma of Clarkdale; mother-in-law Louise Martin and father-in-law Harold Martin of Cottonwood.
“Tom had a wonderful sense of humor. He brought a lot of laughter to the things he did,” remembers Mabery. “He always kept us smiling.”
Memorial donations to help defray medical expenses may be sent to the Thomas Wall Memorial Fund, c/o County Bank, 1 E. Arizona 89A, Cottonwood, 86326; account #070016043.

Reta Rae McBain 
Reta Rae McBain, the mother of William McBain of Camp Verde died May 12.
Mrs. McBain lived in Tennessee but was born in Casper, Wyo. April 4, 1940.
She was 60 years old.
Mrs. McBain was a former cashier for Circle K.
Survivors include LaWana Giovonnetti of Sacramento, Jane McBain of Las Vegas; a son, William McBain of Camp Verde; two sisters, Ruthann Roberts and Kim Rogers; three brothers, Tip, Tom and Pat Roberts and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held May 22 in the Hepler Funeral Home chapel. 

John William Veatch 
Private family services were held for Lake Montezuma resident, John Veatch. 
Mr. Veatch died May 18.
He was born Dec. 9, 1923 in Mitchell, S.D.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Veatch received his doctorate in education from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Washington. 
He was a member of the Acacia Fraternity, the Elks and Unity Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Veatch of Lake Montezuma; a son, Dean Veatch of Washington and one grandchild.
Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare (for patient care only) 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326. 

Trenton Duane Loper 
The infant son of Mark and Nicole Loper of Cottonwood died peacefully May 17. Trenton Duane Loper was 5 days old. 
Survivors include grandmothers Patricia Falcon and Lu Anne Loper; aunts and uncles, Renda Lord, Jeff and Patty Scalf and Russell and Renee Flaherty.
A visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. Funeral services will be May 22 at 11 a.m. in the First Assembly of God Church in Cottonwood with burial at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale. 

Betty Josephine Minter 
A Cottonwood woman, Betty Jo Minter, formerly Wood, died May 17 at her home.
She was 80 years old. 
She was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Lloyd Adam and a grandson Dale Wampler, all of Seattle; a daughter-in-law, Eileen Wood Flugum of Tucson; two step-sons, Lew Minter of Phoenix and Jim Minter and wife Sandy of Cottonwood; and a sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Orv Falk of Los Osos, Calif. She is preceded in death by her oldest son, Bruce Wood, in 1974 and her youngest son, John Douglas Wood, on May 2, 2000. A step-son, Lee Minter, died March 1999.
Betty graduated from Central High School in Lansing, Mich. in 1937. She attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH and graduated from Lansing Business College.
In 1940, Betty married Vern Moon of Delta Township, Mich. A son, Bruce, was born in 1942. After Vern’s death, she married Jack Wood of Williamston, Mich., and a daughter, Nancy, was born in 1947 and son, John, in 1957.
After moving from Michigan to Tucson in 1949, Betty Jo and Jack settled in Cottonwood in 1954. Betty worked for Sexton Agency of Cottonwood for many years, initially as a secretary and later as office manager. She was a long-time member of the Verde Baptist Church, where she served in many functions. She was also a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Beta Zeta Chapter in Cottonwood and served as a volunteer at Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital for more than 15 years. In 1980, Betty married Lee Minter, a jeweler and long-time Cottonwood resident. She was widowed again when Lee passed away in November 1997.
Services will be held at the Verde Baptist Church on May 27 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial bequests be made to the building fund of the Verde Baptist Church. 
Her ashes will be interred at Cottonwood Cemetery alongside her husband Lee and son John. 

Pastor Philip B. Lewis 
Retired Presbyterian pastor and Cottonwood resident Philip B. Lewis, 85, died April 30.
He was born March 31, 1915 in Seattle.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Helen M. Lewis of Cottonwood; two sons, James Howard Lewis of Portland, Ore. and Timothy Robert Lewis of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Bethlyn Wright of Wilmington, Mass.; a sister, Ruth Taylor of El Cajon, Calif.; and four granddaughters, Kristin Dunder of Eugene, Ore., Lisa Lewis of Portland, Ore., Jennifer Lewis of Davidson, N.C. and Emily Lewis of Lawrence, Ga.
Pastor Lewis attended the McCormick Seminary in Chicago receiving a master’s degree in divinity in 1939. Throughout his career, he served congregations in Michigan, Oregon, Minnesota and Iowa. From 1958 until his retirement in 1977, he served as pastor at the Eastminister Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Colorado where they resided until 1994. While in Colorado, Pastor Lewis was instrumental in starting two new Presbyterian churches, and served as interim pastor.
A service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Pastor Lewis’ life will be May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church. Pastor Kyle Weir will conduct. Following services, Presbyterian women will serve refreshments.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church Library Project, or to the Memorial Garden and Columbarium Fund. 

Loretta Quenzer
Cottonwood resident Loretta Quenzer died May 15. 
She was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Herreid, S.D.
Mrs. Quenzer was 76 years old.
She worked as an administrative secretary for the state of South Dakota. 
Mrs. Quenzer and her husband of 57 years, Eugene, lived in South Dakota until 1998 when they moved to Cottonwood.
She was a member of the Verde Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Quenzer, a daughter, Joyce Gerlach of Clarkdale, two sons, Davis Quenzer of Oregon and Douglas Quenzer of Wisconsin; two sisters, Hilda Hesse of Oregon, Elma Helm of Clarkdale; two brothers, Benjamin Berreth of South Dakota and Edwin Berreth of Oregon; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held May 18 in Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale. Pastor Bill Hutchinson officiated the service.

Philip B. Lewis 
Retired Presbyterian Pastor Philip Lewis died April 30. 
He was 85 years old.
Mr. Lewis was born March 31, 1915 in Seattle, Wash.
A service of witness to the resurrection and celebration of Lewis’ life is scheduled Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church. Pastor Kyle Weir will officiate the service and following the service refreshments will be served.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church Library Project or to the Memorial Garden and Columbarium Fund.

Bertie Hargis 
Cottonwood resident Bertie Hargis died May 12.
She was 74 years old.
Mrs. Hargis was born in Drumwright, Okla. Jan. 14, 1926.
Survivors include her husband, Robert M. “Bob” Hargis; three sons, James, Bob and Tom Hargis; a sister, LaVonne Hegeous; three brothers, Glen, Bert and Wesley Sparks; three grandchildren, Ryan, Diana and Leslie and two great-grandchildren, Peaches and Wesley.
A memorial service was held May 17 in Westcott Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hargis is remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was loved, respected and admired by all who knew her. 

James L. Faust 
Cottonwood resident James Faust died May 12. 
He was born Sept. 27, 1953 in Pasadena, Calif.
Mr. Faust was 46 years old.
He was a self employed computer technician and a private investigator.
Mr. Faust was a graduate of Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University.
He was a past member of Coconino County Search and Rescue. 
Mr. Faust was the web master for an Internet gaming clan.
Survivors include his wife, Edie Faust; a daughter, Karyn R. Faust of Amado; a son, John E. Faust of Camp Verde; his father, Dr. Robert M. Faust; his mother, Shirley H. Faust of Sherman Oaks; a brother, Robert H. Faust of California; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Faust Cushman and Ann Marie Bucholz.
A memorial service is scheduled May 22 at 1 p.m. in the Mountain View United Methodist Church. 

Homer C. Brunton Jr.
Homer Brunton Jr. died in Snowflake on May 14.
He was 74 years old.
Mr. Brunton served in the US Navy for 30 years until retiring. He served in World War II and in Korea.
Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Jergins; a son-in-law Larry Jergins and a grandson, Jeremiah Jergins.
A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Middle Verde Cemetery in Camp Verde. Services will be presented by the Camp Verde Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Unit # 93.
Donations may be made to Fletcher’s Mortuary for the funeral account of Homer Brunton.

Franklin Daley 
Funeral services are scheduled today for Camp Verde resident Franklin “Twink” Daley. The service begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Camp Verde United Methodist Church.
Mr. Daley was born Sept. 7, 1920 in Baltimore, Md.
He was 79.
Living in Arizona since the age of 12, Mr. Daley graduated from Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix College. In 1942 he joined the US Army as a civilian flight instructor where he taught airmen how to fly gliders and power planes. He was stationed at Wickenburg and Thunderbird Airfield.
In 1943, Mr. Daley married Esther Adele Robart “Babe,” the love of his life.
In 1944 he joined the Air Corps and participated with Army of Occupation in Germany until his discharge in 1946. 
In 1947, Mr. Daley joined the Phoenix Fire Department and remained a firefighter until he retired as a captain in 1973.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Esther Adele; two daughters, Paula and Joanne Allen; a son, Dan; a son-in-law, Dexter Allen; four grandchildren, Robin, Ryan, Reed and Laura and two great-grandchildren, Desi and Trevor.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan Marie.
Contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326.

Fred A. Simon 
Village of Oak Creek resident Fred Simon died May 10. 
He was 80 years old.
A Mass was held May 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona.
Mr. Simon was a native of St. Paul, Minn. and graduated from the school of Associated Arts. He was employed as a graphic designer for Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul and as a creative director of Messenger Corporation of Auburn, Ind.
During WWII, Mr. Simon served with the 503rd Parachute Infantry and three years in the South Pacific. He was awarded the bronze star. 
He and his wife Ruth retired to Sedona in 1985. 
Mr. Simon was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and the Oak Creek Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruth; a son, Fred Simon Jr. of Minnesota and two nieces, Mary Simon of Minnesota and Jean Huberty of Iowa. 
Mr. Simon was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Anne.
Memorial donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, 86326 or to Catholic Social Services, 736 N. Main St., Cottonwood 86326. 

Peter Groseta Jr.
Peter Groseta Jr., 82 of Cottonwood, died May 4.
Mr. Groseta was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Jerome, Arizona to Croatian immigrants Peter and Antonia Groseta. His family moved from Jerome to a ranch in Middle Verde in 1922, where Mr. Groseta attended school and graduated from Camp Verde High School in 1935. 
In 1936, his family moved to a ranch in Bridgeport and he started to work in the Phelps Dodge Smelter until it shut down in 1953, where he was shift boss and “pulled the plug” on the last pound of ore that went through the concentrator.
On Sept. 18, 1946, he married Katherine Maglich in St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Clarkdale. Mr. Groseta and his father raised alfalfa hay and sold it to the local dairies, which provided milk to the entire Verde Valley, including the miners in Jerome. They also did a lot of custom hay baling on farms and ranches throughout the Verde Valley. In addition, they raised cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys, fruits and vegetables, of which they sold to neighbors and to families in Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood.
In 1948, Mr. Groseta and his wife Katherine purchased the W Dart cow outfit where they raised commercial cattle. Four generations of the Groseta family have raised cattle in the Verde Valley from Tapco, above Clarkdale, to Camp Verde. Also, during the time that he ranched, he worked for Yavapai County Roads Department for several years. Mr. Groseta served on the school board of Willard School in Bridgeport. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the Cottonwood Ditch Association where he was ditch boss, vice president, and secretary/treasurer.
Also, Mr. Groseta served on the board of directors of several agricultural organizations, including Farmers Home Administration (FHA) and the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association where he was honored in 1996 as an “Honorary Lifetime Member.” He was a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association. He served on the Grazing Advisory Committee, representing the grazing permittees on the Prescott National Forest. 
He was involved in the origination of the Verde Valley Fair in 1964 where he has supported 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth for decades. In the late 1960s, the Mingus Union FFA Chapter recognized him with the “Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree” for his outstanding support of youth interested in agriculture. He was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Lodge, where he served as vice president for several years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he served on the Parish Council. Also, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife Katherine, of 53 years, and a sister, Anne Mongini of Rohnert Park, Calif. He was preceded in death by younger brother Frank of Phoenix. He is survived by his sons Peter Andrew “Andy” and wife Mary Beth and three grandchildren, Paul, Katy and Anna; George Stephen Groseta and wife Bernadette. In addition, he has four nephews and two nieces.
A rosary will be held May 9 at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Services will be held May 10 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church Building Fund of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at P.O. Box 995 in Cottonwood, 86326-0995; or the American Diabetes Association at, 9034 North 23rd Avenue, Suite 8, Phoenix, AZ, 85021-2850.

Billy Gilliland 
Camp Verde resident Billy Gilliland died May 4.
He was born in Southland, Texas, May 4, 1924.
Mr. Gilliland was 76 years old.
He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Camp Verde and a founding member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Mount Shasta, Calif. 
Mr. Gilliland worked as a Sunday school superintendent, deacon and usher.
He was a machinist at Millwright Company and a shop steward. He was a member of the International Paper Union.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara; a son, Ron; a sister, Ruthel; a brother, Harold; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Camp Verde. A visitation will be held following the service. 

Burnis L. Moore 
Camp Verde resident Burnis Moore died April 27 in Scottsdale. 
He was 68 years old.
Mr. Moore was born July 16, 1931, in Bethel, Okla.
He worked as a heavy duty equipment operator and truck owner and operator for Southwest Forest Industries at Happy Jack.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Moore especially enjoyed caring for his vegetable garden.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Moore, a daughter, Tonya Short of Camp Verde; two sons, Hoyt Lee Moore and Doug Moore of Camp Verde; five sisters, Lorene Brantley of Oklahoma, Aline Moore, Ruth Porter, Carol Leckron and Jonni Cole of Oregon; two brothers, Jake Moore of Flagstaff and Frank Moore of Laveen; Six grandchildren, Levi Short of Phoenix, Latahana Short of Sedona, Trapper, Breanna, Dani and Brooke Moore of Camp Verde and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Moore.
A funeral service was held May 3 at the First Baptist church in Camp Verde followed by a burial in Middle Verde Cemetery.

Kenneth E. Perkins 
Funeral services were held April 29 at the First Baptist Church for Camp Verde resident and U.S. Navy veteran Kenneth E. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins died April 26.
He was 72 years old.
Mr. Perkins was born in Roca, Neb., Sept. 11, 1927.
He was a member of the Senior Citizens Caregivers of Camp Verde and an elder in the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; four daughters, Deborah Webb of Bullhead City, Janet Diaz-Martin and Elizabeth Perkins of Spokane, Wash., and Rebecca Walter of Seattle, Wash.; three sons, Stephen Perkins of Missouri, Benjamin Perkins of Tucson and Patrick Perkins of Spokane, Wash.; a sister, Alice Chadwell of Tennessee and 14 grandchildren.

Pastor Philip B. Lewis 
Retired Presbyterian Pastor Phillip B. Lewis of Cottonwood died April 30.
He was 85 years old.
A memorial service is scheduled May 25 at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dave Weed and Pastor Kyle Weir will conduct the service.
Mr. Lewis born March 31, 1915 in Seattle, Wash.
He attended McCormick Seminary in Chicago where he received his master’s degree in divinity in 1939. Mr. Lewis served congregations in Michigan, Oregon, Minnesota and Iowa. From 1958 until his retirement in 1977 he served as pastor at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Lewis and his wife of 60 years, Helen, moved to Colorado after his retirement 1944. While living in Colorado he was instrumental in helping to start two new Presbyterian churches and served as interim pastor.
Survivors include his wife, Helen M. Lewis of Cottonwood; two sons, James Howard Lewis of Portland, Ore., and Timothy Robert Lewis of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Bethlyn Wright of Massachusetts; a sister, Ruth Taylor of California and four granddaughters, Kristin Dunder of Oregon, Lisa Lewis of Portland, Ore., Jennifer Lewis of North Carolina and Emily Lewis of Georgia.

Lee Clemson 
Cornville resident Lee Clemson died May 2.
Mr. Clemson was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Warren, Ohio.
An Arizona resident since the age of 13, Mr. Clemson was a builder who enjoyed such hobbies as hunting, hiking and the outdoors.
Services are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Evangel Worship Center, 1380 Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Lanora Clemson; his mother, Louise Clemson; two sons, Lyle and Larry Clemson; two daughters-in-law, Marty and Lisa; a daughter, Lora Lea Clemson and two grandsons, Tyler and Chase Clemson. 

Thelma M. Turner 
A memorial service was held April 29 for Cottonwood resident Thelma Turner.
Mrs. Turner died April 25 at the age of 79. She was born July 16, 1920 in Center Township, Iowa.
Mrs. Turner worked for Verde Floral for many years. An artist, she enjoyed oil painting, especially those with western themes and scenery. While in Iowa she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Turner will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and friend.
Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Sample, Texas; two sisters, Ruth Dunn and Shirley Simpkin of Iowa; a brother, Irl Brandmyer of Iowa, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St. Tempe, Ariz. 85282. 


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