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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 30 years.
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 held.

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

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 Nelson.
No service is planned. Sutton Crematory is handling cremation.

Elmer Silk

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 90.
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 to Scottsdale.
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 76.
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 View Cemetery.

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 82.
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 View Cemetery.
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

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 Crematory.

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 U.S. Army.
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

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

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 Lyster.
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 66.
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 38.
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 F. Tyree.
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 ago.
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 75.
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 Stuerke.
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 of arrangements.


Carl Knight

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.

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