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
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.
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)
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
John C. Thrasher
Lake Montezuma resident John Thrasher died May
He was 66 years old.
Mr. Thrasher was born Oct. 30, 1933 in Floydada,
He was a retired dry wall contractor in the construction
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,
He moved to Cottonwood from California five years
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
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
He was 96 years old.
Mr. Bentley was born in Middlesex, Pa., Feb.
He was a former engineer.
Survivors include his caregiver, Louise McCauley
and one nephew.
A memorial service was held May 22 at Lake Montezuma
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,
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,
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
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
Mr. Wall was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Sac City,
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
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
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
Cottonwood resident Loretta Quenzer died May
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
He was 85 years old.
Mr. Lewis was born March 31, 1915 in Seattle,
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
Cottonwood resident Bertie Hargis died May 12.
She was 74 years old.
Mrs. Hargis was born in Drumwright, Okla. Jan.
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
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
Mr. Faust was the web master for an Internet
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
Donations may be made to Fletcher’s Mortuary
for the funeral account of Homer Brunton.
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
Camp Verde resident Billy Gilliland died May
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
He was 68 years old.
Mr. Moore was born July 16, 1931, in Bethel,
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.
Mr. Perkins died April 26.
He was 72 years old.
Mr. Perkins was born in Roca, Neb., Sept. 11,
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.
Cornville resident Lee Clemson died May 2.
Mr. Clemson was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Warren,
An Arizona resident since the age of 13, Mr.
Clemson was a builder who enjoyed such hobbies as hunting, hiking and the
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
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.