Daniel (Dan) Nuelsen Lotz
September 7, 2011
Daniel (Dan) Nuelsen Lotz, 90, went to be with the Lord on September 7, 2011, in Prescott, Arizona. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, to Ernest G. Lotz and Ruth (Pfund) Lotz.
In 1942, he graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was the captain of the swimming team and an All-American during his junior year. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served four years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Most of his time served was in the Pacific.
After his service to his country, he married Marion (Bebe) Skinner. They had one child, David N. Lotz. They lived many years in Tucson as owners of Desert House Tile and Pottery. Being Christians and desiring to serve their Savior, they traveled the U.S. for Christian Women's Club with a pottery demonstration and personal testimony called "Formed of Clay." Dan also served with the Bible Way Mission in Tucson.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Prescott for 38 years.
Dan started swimming at the age of eight and swam at Yavapai College until two months before his passing.
Dan would always say how God had blessed him. These blessings continued with his marriage to Joan Lowry in 2006. The friendships he cultivated through his life remained very important to him.
Dan was preceded in death by his first wife Marion (2001) and his son David (2011). He is survived by his loving wife, Joan; stepchildren Robert (Jill) Lowry, Robin Minton and Randall (Maria) Lowry; and six step-grandchildren.
Interment was at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.
A Celebration of Life with military honor presentation was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the First Baptist Church (Solid Rock Center).
Frances Margaret Johnson
Aug. 26, 2011
Frances passed away at Good Samaritan's Marley House in Prescott. She was born May 3, 1922, in Berwyn (Chicago), Ill., the daughter of Wallace F. and Margaret (Lauritsen) Johnson.
Classical music was Fran's life, beginning violin lessons when she was 10, Fran played in several orchestras in Chicago and Three Oaks, Mich. She moved to Phoenix in 1966, when she was a violinist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for several years, even after moving to Chino Valley in 1971.
In retirement, Fran played with the Yavapai College Orchestra and Prescott Strings. She was forced to give up playing after breaking a wrist in 2006. Fran taught numerous individuals to play violin or piano over the years. Teaching music and watching her pupils gain skill and confidence gave her great joy. Fran was a graduate of Andrews University, Niles, Mich., and was certified to teach home economics in public schools in Michigan and Arizona. Fran loved to sew. She also was an unrepentant punster.
Fran is survived by her cousin Joyce Lauritsen of Bainbridge Island, Wash., who loved her deeply and misses her greatly; and by many friends.
Gratitude and thanks to David Duncan, M.D., for his attentive and gentle care of Fran, to the fine nurses and aides at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, 4 West, and to Good Samaritan's Marley House Hospice and Las Fuentes Care Center. You were all wonderful.
Februaruary 7, 2011
Helen Dietz, age 76 of Prescott, passed away on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at the Willow Wind Assisted Living Facility in Prescott.
She was born Nov. 11, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Samuel and Anna Vitas. Helen graduated from South High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as attending Yavapai Community College in Prescott. She has lived in Arizona for the past 50 years During her life, Helen was a medical receptionist prior to becoming a high school bookstore manager at Prescott High School from which she retired. As an employee of the high school, she received an honorary letter from the PHS football team for her outstanding support throughout the years. Her hobbies included speed walking, crafting and ministering to the needs of others.
Helen is survived by Melissa Ann Glaze (Eddie), Samuel Joseph Dietz, David Glaze (Sara), Michael Glaze, Cynthia Glaze; great grand-daughter Ashlyn Glaze; sisters, Mildred Poljak and Ann Mansmann. She was preceeded in death by parents Samuel and Anna Vitas; and husband Edmond Carl Dietz.
A Memorial service will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott, Ariz. Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhome.com to sign Helen's guest book.
May 19, 2010
The College lost a dear friend when Randy Weatbrook passed away on May 19, 2010. He and his wife Linda have been actively involved with Yavapai College as members of the Performing Arts Charitable Endowment group since 2003, giving gifts to sustain artistic excellence, cultural diversity and developing audiences of the future. They were significant major gift donors to the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center and the Preschool Wing is named for their family. Randy was also a member of the RoughRider Club. Below is the memorial that appeared in the Courier.
Randy left on his final journey May 19, 2010 from his home in Prescott Arizona. He was born December 18, 1942 in LaPorte, Indiana. Randy is survived by his wife Linda, and three children; Dan Weatbrook, Seattle, WA, Sue Lewis and Judy Strickler, Prescott, AZ as well as his grandchildren Alex, Peter, Jack, Sophie, Sam and Perrin.
Randy was in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966 and while stationed in Spokane, WA met Linda Peterson and married in 1965. He and Linda started a drywall business in 1968 in Spokane and after they expanded into the Puget Sound they moved to Bellevue WA.
Randy was an adventurous man, he did many things, bungee jumping, sky diving, scuba diving, motorcycling and skeet shooting.
In 1992 he and Linda rode their tandem bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. He climbed monstrous rocks with his jeep and he loved traveling. They spent the last 12 years taking many trips all over the world. He was a fun man to be around, always with a joke and a hearty laugh.
He enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren and taking them on adventures. He rarely missed a new movie when it came out. Randy was a very generous and kind hearted man. His wife Linda, and children as well as his extended family in Utah and Spokane will miss him and have many happy memories of fun times with him.
Ellen Ann Lilliquist
January 12, 2010
We will sadly miss Ellen. She was instrumental in the development of the Yavapai College Friends of Art Sculpture Garden and a strong supporter of the arts.
Ellen Ann Lilliquist died unexpectedly on Jan. 6, 2010, at her home in Prescott, Ariz. Ellen was born to Elmer and Mabel (Anderson) Lilliquist on Oct. 8, 1928, in Beaver Dam, Wis.
Ellen graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1946. During her senior year, she was selected to be the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, a position she had for two years following her graduation.
In 1948 she moved to Denver, Colo., and worked as a Stenographer-Auditor for United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company. She returned to Wisconsin in 1950 and began her career with Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors as a stenographer, and a year later was promoted to secretary to the zone manager for the Milwaukee zone.
In 1973, after working for nearly two decades in a secretarial capacity, Ellen became the first woman promoted to a managerial position with General Motors. Following an intensive training course at General Motors Institute in Michigan and an internship at a dealership in Wilmington, Del., Ellen was appointed to the position of District Sales manager for the Little Rock, Ark., district, a position that involved extensive travel to the zone's 37 dealerships. A year later, she was promoted to car distributor for the Memphis zone. Her next move took her to New Jersey, and she ended her career with Pontiac in Michigan, as coordinator for the GM Protection Plan in 1987.
Following her retirement, she moved to Prescott, Ariz., where she immersed herself in the community. Ellen served on the Board of Directors for the Yavapai College Symphony, and was instrumental in the development of the sculpture garden. She worked with the Cemetery Association to preserve and maintain the graves in Prescott's Pioneer Cemetery. She was an art docent and enjoyed the many trips taken with this group. Ellen also was a member of CO Chapter of PEO, the General Motor's Retirees Club and the Prescott United Methodist Church.
Ellen had a lifelong passion for travel, and enjoyed her trips to China, Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East and all of Europe as well as Mexico, Canada and all of the United States. She enjoyed sports, both as a spectator and a participant, and was an enthusiastic patron of the performing arts. Ellen was a member of the "Round Robins" - currently a group of 12 high school classmates who have maintained a continual correspondence for 54 years. While living in Milwaukee, she was the women's club champion at Sunset View Golf Course for four years. No matter what her zip code, she always cheered for the Green Bay Packers.
Ellen is survived by one sister, Jean Sheskey of Beaver Dam, Wis.; one niece, Cindy Sheskey of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; a special cousin, Sandra (Lilliquist) Abney and her husband Robert of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; other cousins and relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Gail Elsesser; and two brothers-in-law, Rodney Sheskey and Elden Elsesser.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at the Prescott United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam, Wis., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Fund, the Yavapai College Symphony Association, the PEO Program for Continuing Education or the Prescott United Methodist Church would be appreciated.
Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit Hampton Funeral Home to sign Ellen's guestbook.
Alberta Grace Whipple
February 24, 2009
Alberta Grace Whipple, age 89, passed away Feb. 22, 2009. She was born April 4, 1919, in Bridgeville, Pa., to George and Lizzie (Franks) Davis.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas E. Whipple, who died in 1968.
In 1945, she moved to Prescott, Ariz., where she lived until moving into Fellowship Square, Phoenix, Ariz., in December 1999. For many years, Bert was employed at Yavapai College and was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Prescott.
Alberta is survived by her children, Thomas Wayne Whipple (Karen) of Phoenix, Ariz., George Chris Whipple (Carol) of Chico, Calif., Howard Roy Whipple of Phoenix, Ariz., and Darla Lynn Wells (Richard) of Glendale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Dawn L. Waldman (David) of Chandler, Ariz., Thomas Wayne Whipple Jr. (Christina) of Bloomfield, N.J., and Elizabeth Wells of Glendale, Ariz.; two great-grandsons, Brian Robert Waldman and Andrew James Waldman, both of Chandler, Ariz.; and her niece Mona Lorraine Wilkinson of Bullhead City, Ariz.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Heritage Memory Mortuary, Prescott, AZ. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott.
Heritage Memory Mortuary assisted the family with final arrangements.
David Clark Haynes
April 06, 2009
David Clark Haynes, age 81, died April 3, 2009, in Phoenix
David was born May 23, 1927, in Stratford, Conn. to Beatrice and Charles Haynes.
After graduating from high school, David served in the Army from 1944 to 1946, where he was assigned initially to the infantry and later to the Judge Advocate General Corps. After the Army, he completed his undergraduate work at Marietta College in Ohio. He started graduate work at Stanford University in California where he met his future wife, Janice Jaques. They were married in 1951.
David's first career after college was in advertising and marketing. He worked for Pan American Airways and Ampex in California, and Clark Floor equipment in South Bend, Ind. In 1973, he and Janice moved to Gila Bend, Ariz. where they owned a motel and he worked as city manager.
In 1982, David completed his Masters of Arts at ASU and soon thereafter, his teaching credentials. In 1984, David and Janice moved to Prescott where he taught English for many years. He taught at Bradshaw Mountain High School, Yavapai College, Embry Riddle and Tri-City Prep. David loved theater and was active in the Prescott Fine Arts Association as both a director and actor. David and Janice were active members of Saint Luke's and Cursillo.
His two children, Judy and David and four grandchildren, Tamara Haynes-Norton, David Haynes-Norton, Jessica Kendra Haynes and David Jaque Haynes, survive David.
A memorial service took place on April 6, 2009, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Prescott, Ariz. Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
March 3, 2009
Bradley "Brad" George Malm, age 57, one of Prescott Fire Department's own, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 at the Banner Baywood Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.
Brad was born on Feb. 17, 1952 in Brunswick, Maine to George Henry Malm and Geraldine Orissa Hadley. After spending his first three years in the cold country, Brad's family moved to sunny Arizona in 1955. Brad graduated from Douglas High School and later received his AA in Fire Science from Yavapai College. He started his firefighting career with the Winslow Fire Department over 30 years ago.
In 1977, Brad made the move to Prescott and worked with Prescott Fire Department until his retirement in November 2007. His distinguished career had a major influence on the Prescott Fire Department: from becoming one of the department's first paramedics to becoming Fire Scene Commander to Instructor and Academy Coordinator at Yavapai College to leading Prescott Fire's Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Teams to overseeing the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Program, to serving as a Battalion Chief for 11 years. Firefighting was a huge part of Brad's life. He was a pioneer in the advanced life support arena.
Brad was also an avid softball player, winning competitions across the state. He had a genuine love for the outdoors; he enjoyed hiking and was an extensive traveler. Besides being fiercely loyal to his fellow fire fighters, family was a major part of Brad's life. He loved his family and missed no opportunity to visit them.
Brad is survived by his daughter Orissa Walters and son Nathan Malm; Patsy Malm; Beth Malm; Erin Bennett; granddaughter Sheldyn Malm-Savage age 13; grandsons, Colton Walters age 5, Ashtin Walters age 3, Edward Walters age 3; nephews, Phillip Carr, Chuck Carr, Shawn Carr and George Carr.
Services will be Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Watson Lake Park in Prescott, Ariz. The family requests that memorial donations in Brad's name be made to Prescott Firefighter Charities at the Prescott Fire Administration Office, 2086 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86305 Please designate particular use if so inclined.
Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit Hampton Funeral Home to sign Brad's guest book or to leave a message for the family.
Rayond Musser Brubaker
December 28, 2008
Raymond Musser Brubaker was delighted to take many geology field trips through Yavapai College classes.
Having started college classes late in life, he often said that if he lived long enough he wanted to earn a Bachelor Degree in geology. He was able to earn his Associate Degree, of which he was proud.
Before he retired to Prescott, Raymond owned and operated a dairy farm in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and built homes there. He raised five children with his wife, Mary Ellen Herr Brubaker who preceded him in death. The children are Susan, wife of Glen Greenwald, Simeon, husband of Heidi Hanson, Sarah, Seth, and Sharon. They have six grandchildren.
Raymond traveled to every state in the United States except Alaska and also explored Canada, Mexico and Europe. Upon retiring to Prescott, he built several more homes, did remodeling construction, and built small furniture. During this time he went to Nairobi, Kenya with the Mennonite Central Committee for three years. His goal there was to teach people how to use the local clay to build enclosed stoves for cooking and heating in their homes.
In Prescott, he was a member of the Mile High Square Dance Association, serving as President with his second wife, Bonnie Rae Greenwald. He liked "moving to music" and promoted square dancing often handing out flyers during the weekly summer "on the plaza" square dances. His days were filled with keeping up with repairs on rental homes, attending Yavapai College classes, and attending performances at the Yavapai College performance hall and the two other performance venues in Prescott.
He made several cross-country road trips and numerous hiking and camping field trips. There were not many things Raymond liked better than sitting around a campfire chatting with friends and classmates after a day of exploring the great outdoors. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1927, he lived a full life loving his family, loving Lancaster County and the Southwest, and enjoying his travels around the United States and the world, until his death on December 28, 2008.
Levi J. Dennis
November 14, 2008
Levi J. Dennis, 21, left us Nov. 11, 2008, as the result of a tragic accident. He attended Yavapai College from 2004 to 2006.
He was born Jan. 26, 1987, in Phoenix, Ariz. He is devastatingly missed by his family, friends and fellow Navy "SARC" team members.
Levi completed his Associates Degree at Yavapai College at age 19, was accepted to the Naval Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman training program and completed it with the rank of Hospital Corpsman Third Class. He was preparing to deploy to Japan later this month to serve as a Special Operations Combat Medic.
Locally he was involved in helping younger people through Awana and community activities. He earned his Awana Citation for 10 years of service and leadership. A pastor said of him: "Levi challenged us to think."
Levi is remembered for his mischievous smile and charismatic personality. His family is comforted by his acceptance of Christ and his habit of openly telling them how much he loved them. They are also very proud of his service, accomplishments and the person he was.
He is survived by his parents Ben and Mary Dennis and siblings Shane, Kristy, Jesse, Heather, Dasia, Galen and Ian of Wilhoit. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Geraldine Patrick, of Alaska and paternal grandparents Janette Hanson and Virgil Dennis of Texas.
Arrangements are by David's Desert Chapel Funeral Home in Wickenburg.
John Peter Watson
November 04, 2008
John Peter Watson, age 91, of Prescott, Ariz., died on Nov. 3, 2008, of complications related to Alzheimer's disease.
John was born on April 5, 1917, in Youngstown, Ohio, the second of five children, to the late Peter and Helen Watson. John's parents immigrated from Greece prior to his birth, and John grew up with a love of both his Greek heritage and the United States. His father owned several successful restaurants in Ohio and it is there that John first learned about cooking and the restaurant business.
John proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, first as part of the 107th Cavalry, the last horse cavalry in history, and then as a technical sergeant, instructor of cooking, baking and meat cutting.
John and his brother were partners in Watson's Restaurant in Kenmore, N.Y., for almost 40 years. The business was renowned in Western New York and its candy-making business is legendary to this day.
John was president of the Lion's Club, Kenmore, N.Y., chapter in 1973. He was also a Master Mason.
Over the years, John received more awards and acknowledgments for his leadership, service, creativity and integrity in the food service industry than can be listed here. Many of these were while he was a member of the International Food Service Association.
In addition, he was a member of the U.S. armed forces food service evaluation team. During these trips he was given the temporary rank of one-star general. John volunteered duty in places such as Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Germany, Italy and Spain.
John volunteered for SCORE and helped many budding restaurateurs.
John was a gregarious storyteller with a great sense of humor and zest for life. He spoke three languages. He loved to solve crossword puzzles, play golf and travel. He was a talented woodworker and artist and received an AA degree from Yavapai College in 2001.
John is survived by his wife, Constance, of Prescott; his children, John (Susan) Watson of Valrico, Fla., Nick (Pam) Watson of Williamsville, N.Y., Elaine (Bob) Finn of Phoenix, Ariz., and their children and grandchildren; his step-children Susan Caldwell of Brazil, Steven Caldwell of Romania, Sandra Caldwell (Nancy Newbold) of Redwood City, Calif., and their children and grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, Katherine Jamesson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mary Hample of Moline, Ill. and Colleen Mansfield of Rochester, N.Y. and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Helen Watson, first wife, Mary, and brother Louis and is survived by Louis' family.
John requested not to have a memorial service. His cremains will be interred at Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, N.Y. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Yavapai College.
Catharine Donovan Rhoads
October 7, 2008
Cathy Rhoads, 77, died at home peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2008. A resident of Prescott for 32 years, she and her husband, Mark C. Rhoads (Chuck), who passed away in 2002, loved their life here.
Born in Denver, Colo., Cathy married Chuck, her first and only sweetheart on June 18, 1950. She accompanied him through his career as an army officer, raising their four children, Scott, Susan, Thomas and Elizabeth.
As an early proponent of women's rights, Cathy was one of the first of those dynamic women who had the drive to return to school after years as a homemaker. She obtained her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in 1970, at the age of 40.
After retiring in Prescott, both Cathy and Chuck threw themselves wholeheartedly into the arts, she discovered her true medium, ceramics. For the rest of her life she was a perpetual student in ceramics as well as an ongoing assistant for the clay lab at Yavapai Community College.
A passionate devotee of music, she also had a "voice" in the music department at the college for many years.
Cathy is survived by two of her children, Susan Rhoads, MD and Thomas Rhoads; five grandchildren, Robin V. Rhoads, Charlie and Sam Rhoads, and Steven M. Romanek and Meghan Romanek; and three great grandchildren, Destiny, Ryan and James.
Tom, her son believes that Cathy has left for that "great Clay Lab in the sky."
Her daughter, Susan, ran the following pre-posthumous epitaph by her, which she approved with great glee:
Yon Cathy is ceramics besotted, Clay, from slip, stab to wheel, is allotted. When its finished by glazing, She says, fondly gazing, "When I'm planted? Just have me potted!"
Joy Sewell, her longtime friend, adds a meaningful quote also appreciated by Cathy, from The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser:
"Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please."
Cathy's death and that of her youngest daughter, Beth, were due to cancers caused by the radioactive fallout from the aboveground nuclear testing in Nevada in 1962, while the family was stationed at Ft. Douglas, Utah. In lieu of flowers, please make any donation to help the many unacknowledged victims still alive to obtain the screening needed to enable earlier detection and the chance of more successful treatment.
Donations may be made to Downwinders, 254 West 500 North, Malad City, ID 83252.
Alternatively, donations may be made to the Yavapai College Foundation, to the benefit of the Ceramics Dept. on behalf of Cathy Rhoads, 1100 E. Sheldon, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Roy Roland Stringer, Jr.
February 28, 2008
Roy Roland Stringer Jr., 55, beloved son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, went to be with the Lord in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, alongside his wife, Valerie. He was born Jan. 8, 1953, at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif., to Joanne and Roy Sr.
Born into a military family, Roy traveled throughout the United States and the Philippines, settling into Fallbrook, Calif., until moving to Prescott in 1968.
There he became a local baseball hero at Prescott High, graduate of 1971, where his level of performance and accomplishment set the highest standards, and his legacy lives on in the baseball record books and in the Hall of Fame. Roy was the ultimate team player, and helped lead his team to the State Championship in 1971. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy" for his outstanding ability on the mound and at the plate, he received a baseball scholarship to Yavapai College (as the only player from Arizona) where he led the nation in RBIs and home runs. His accomplishments are only surpassed by his humility, and Roy often had to be reminded of these records and accomplishments. That same year, 1972, Roy met the love of his life, Valerie Garcia, at the local Yavapai College Icebreaker Dance. Transferring to the University of Texas, El Paso, on a baseball scholarship, Roy and Valerie continued their education together.
Soon after, they were married, and Roy had graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Roy and Valerie returned to Prescott to start a family and 32 years later, they continued to exemplify what true love, devotion, and family should represent.
Roy served the Prescott community as an estimator/engineer for Fann Contracting; was a Yavapai County road superintendent; and later started his own business in asphalt and paving. He then joined Neal Klein Homes where he worked for 16 years and was vice president of corporate affairs until January 2008.
Above all athletic and professional accomplishments, Roy was known as a "gentleman's gentleman and a silent force." He served as mentor to his family, friends, and to all kids who were eager to learn from him. His joy came from his time spent coaching baseball, tennis, soccer and golf through numerous clinics, camps (such as Doyle Baseball school) and anytime someone had the desire and drive to learn as he did. As a life coach, Roy influenced many kids throughout his life, as well as being an example to others of what a husband, father, friend, colleague, and neighbor should be.
God was the center of his life, and as a faithful servant of the Lord, he lived and shared the love and grace of Christ to all those who knew him, and now he is home with the Lord!
Roy is survived by his wife Valerie; son Royce; daughter-in-law Holly; and daughter Raquel of Prescott; his mother Joanne; brother John; and nieces Justine and Danielle of New Pine Creek, Ore.; brother-in-law Chuck Garcia of Phoenix; and sister-in-law Yoli Bounds (Leo) of Prescott. His father, Roy Sr., father-in-law Carl Garcia and mother-in-law Vera Garcia preceded him in death.
A celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2008, at Calvary Chapel Church. For those wishing to attend the viewing, it will be an hour before at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 2313 E. Highway 69, in Prescott, Ariz. If so desired, donations are being made, in memory, to the Roy Stringer Memorial Fund at Country Bank.
Emily Dickinson once said, "Life is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." That was certainly true for Amy Wesselhoft, who packed a whole lot of living into her all too short life.
Amy earned a B.S. in biology from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was in nurse's training at Yavapai College and employed as a certified nurse's assistant at Good Samaritan at the time of her death. Although fighting a serious illness, her death was still unexpected. A quiet, gentle and loving soul, Amy deeply touched the people around her.
Predeceased by her husband, best friend and soulmate, David, Amy is survived by three of her greatest loves: her Labrador retrievers Dinkens, Eme and Katy.
Riley Dennis Litchfield
June 24, 2011
Riley Dennis Litchfield was the beloved son of Ron and Kelly Litchfield. Riley touched the hearts and lives of all of those who have met him. This young man's life abruptly ended and his spirit was called home to the Lord. Out of this tragedy brings the knowledge that Riley has joined his Lord and Savior in Heaven and his smile shines upon us as the rays of the sun.
He graduated from Tri-City Prep High School in 2009. Riley had begun his college studies in fire science and emergency medical services at Yavapai College. The endless love Riley possessed emitted in his relationships with family, friends and even those he had just met for the first time. Riley was always the first to volunteer for any cause or to help anyone in need.
This incredibly special young man is survived by his parents, Ron and Kelly Litchfield; maternal grandparents Ken and Susan Lewis; paternal grandmother Darlene Litchfield; sister Kaeden; brothers Kyler and Keian Litchfield; aunt and uncle Denise and Russ Goslow; aunt and uncle Denene and Dave LaPoint; and uncle Kevin McNamara.
God's love was evident in Riley's life and the Lord still has great plans in store for him. His viewing took place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011, at Sunrise Funeral Home, 8167 E. Highway 69, Prescott Valley. A Celebration of Life service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury Ave., Prescott, with a burial service and reception to follow.
An account has been set up in memory of Riley at Bank of America. Riley, our little angel from God, will live on in all of our hearts and minds forever.
Arthur Frank Wickersham, Jr.
June 21, 2011
Arthur died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Hospice Family Care, the Crossings, in Prescott Arizona. He was born June 20, 1922, in San Francisco, California, the son of Arthur Wickersham Sr. and Lillian Carpenter. Arthur was 89 years old.
He graduated from Berkeley with a B.S. before serving in the United States Army from 1943-1946 during World War II.
Arthur then went back to Berkeley, where he obtained his Ph.D. in nuclear physics. He was an assistant at Berkeley and then went to San Jose State. Arthur worked 11 years for Sylvania in research and then SRI (Stanford Research Institute). He had numerous patents while working for SRI.
Arthur then taught electronics at San Mateo Community College and in 1979 moved to Prescott and taught at Yavapai Community College for about 8 years. After he retired, Arthur taught physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 39 years.
A memorial mass took place 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Northern Arizona V.A. Chapel in Prescott. The private internment took place at the Prescott National Cemetery.
You are invited to log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Arthur's guestbook.
The Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Bryan Daniel Rascoe
June 5, 2011
Born January 23, 1980, "Rascoe" was a loving father, son, brother and friend. He loved everyone around him. He truly enjoyed his job as an emergency room tech, and was studying to be a paramedic while working at YRMC ER. He also taught classes at Yavapai College, was a member of the Masons, and served in the United States Marine Corps. Beneath Rascoe's tough-guy exterior was a heart of gold.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Ella Neuhart, grandfather Homer Rascoe, and grandfather Ray Hicks.
He will be forever missed and loved by his wife Heather Williams; son Kaden Rascoe; mother Lori Williamson; brother Jason Rascoe; father Danny Rascoe; stepmom Jan Rascoe; sister Amanda Rascoe; grandmother Margie Hicks; grandfather Odell Moser; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.
April 2, 2011
Friends of Karen Clymer gathered on Saturday, May 14th in Chino Valley to remember the longtime advocate of responsible dog ownership in the Quad Cities. Clymer unexpectedly passed away on April 2.
She was a dog trainer and instructor who completed multiple herding championships and obedience titles. She founded the Chino Valley Canine Training Club in 1989 and remained active in its activities. She was a certified herding judge and an AKC Rally and obedience judge.
Clymer actively supported local dog rescue organizations, and promoted dog training and herding with numerous demonstrations throughout the county. At the time of her death, she was teaching a canine behavior course at Yavapai College.
A potluck gathering to remember Karen's contributions to the quad-city dog community took place on Saturday, May 21 at the Chino Valley Memory Park, W. Palomino Road and Road 1 West, Chino Valley.
Those who attend were invited to bring a potluck dish to share. People were also invited to bring a special memory of Karen - a written story, photographs, newspaper clippings, poetry - for a memory book for her family. The evening ended with a candle-lighting ceremony. For more information, email The Lucky Club Animal Rescue Group at email@example.com.
Julianne Therese Windsor
February 6, 2011
Julianne Therese Windsor of Prescott, born Nov. 29, 1988, passed away at Phoenix Children's Hospital in the arms of her parents on Feb. 6, 2011 at the age of 22.
A few of Juli's accomplishments include loving Jesus, being a Girl Scout, assisting youngsters at Head Start, singing in the PHS and Mission Santa Maria choirs, graduating from Prescott High School in 2010, joining the staff at Goodwill Industries, participating in classes at Yavapai College and claiming the title of Donny Osmond's #1 Fan of Gen Y.
Hours after receiving Sacraments of her Catholic faith, her last words were, "...I will love you forever." Julianne will be missed in this life by her proud parents, Scott and Katie Windsor of Prescott; siblings, Scott Jr. (Erin) of Houston, Texas, Richard of Chandler, Ariz., Russell (Nathalie) of Fountain, Colo., James of Norfolk, Va. and Nicholas. She will also be remembered by her grandmothers Mary Marks of Allegany, N.Y. and Janice Antes of Chino Valley; nine aunts; eight uncles; 22 cousins; two nieces; and two nephews. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Francis Marks and Richard Windsor.
Julianne's mother is an instructor in the Yavapai College nursing program.
February 2, 2010
We are deeply saddened to announce that Yavapai College founding faculty member John Haynes passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 6:12 p.m. in Prescott. He was surrounded by family including his son, Keith Haynes, English Faculty.
John Haynes received his degrees from Arizona State University and Redlands University before arriving at Yavapai College in 1969 from San Bernardino Valley College. During his years at Yavapai College, John taught English, Journalism, Philosophy, U.S. History, and Golf. He also served as the English Department Chair and the Liberal Arts Division Chair. John retired in 1996 but continued teaching English through fall of 2002. He was awarded emeritus faculty status in 1997.
John will be remembered not only for the decades of service he gave to Yavapai College, but also for his influence in shaping others. Former faculty Edith (Crow) Baker wrote that "John was a powerful figure in my developmental life as a professor at Yavapai... I still use some of his notes from when we team taught American literature." One of John’s former English 101 students, Yavapai College Curriculum and Articulation Coordinator Patti Schlosberg, recalls that one of John Haynes’ comments on an essay inspired her lifelong interest in editing and grammar. The skills developed in his course became a recurring asset and a valuable part of her career today.
John recently recorded a video for Yavapai College's Oral Histories project. Click to see the video of John's remembrances of the college.
For those who wish to make a gift on John's behalf, donations may be made to the following organizations:
John Lance Grundvig
June 16, 2009
John Lance Grundvig passed away June 14, 2009. Born in 1934 to Lance and Marie Grundvig, he grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduating from the University of Utah in 1965 with a Ph.D. in psychology, he spent his professional life working for the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Salt Lake City, as Chief of Psychology in Knoxville, Iowa, and Tampa, Fla., V.A. Hospitals, and as a clinical psychologist in Prescott, Ariz. He also served as an instructor of psychology at Drake University, the Virginia Military Institute and Yavapai College.
John's interests included membership in the Prescott Camera Club and serving as director of the Prescott Family History Center. He had a love for the outdoors, and enjoyed hiking, camping, backpacking and fishing with his family and friends. He spent over 60 nights in the inner Grand Canyon. He was active in community youth sports coaching his sons in basketball and soccer and serving as a referee and regional commissioner of the AYSO in Prescott.
He also found joy in a wide variety of music, and was an avid concert and opera patron as well as choir member in community and college choirs wherever he lived.
He passed these interests on to his children, who will always cherish his influence in their lives, most importantly his testimony of Jesus Christ, who he endeavored to follow as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife Virginia; his children, Kathleen, Jeff, Lance and Mark; his sister Jeanne; and 18 grandchildren.
Thayne Nelson Higgins
June 06, 2009
Thayne Nelson Higgins passed away May 1, 2009, in Sun City, Ariz. He was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Safford, AZ, to Heber Claude and Marion Higgins. He was a lifelong Arizonan.
He attended Catalina High School, Eastern Arizona College, UofA and ASU.
Thayne enlisted in the Air Force in 1962. He worked in ground radio communications and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1968.
As a broadcast engineer, he worked at KGLU in Safford, KVOA/KCUB in Tucson, KOOL-TV, KOOL-FM and KARZ Radio in Phoenix and KUSK-TV in Prescott. He was telecommunications manager at Yavapai College in Prescott and contributed to the development of the Distance Learning program. He retired as the ITS Department Senior Telecommunications Network Analyst.
His hobbies included ham radio, K7QCX and KE7GT, country western dancing, playing acoustic guitar and singing old country western tunes. He performed with the Arizona Old Time Fiddlers, Phyllis & Friends, and formed the band The Silver Spurs. He played at Sharlot Hall Museum's Folk Music Festival and Folk Arts Fair, Arizona Cowboys Poets Gathering, Margaret T. Morris Center and senior day care centers.
Thayne is survived by his wife of 41 beautiful years, Anne; brothers-in-law James (Christina) Weidinger and John Weidinger; sister-in-law Christine (Ken) Smith; nephews John Jr., Joseph (Lara) Weidinger and Michael Weidinger; and great-nephews Maxwell and Broderick Weidinger.
A memorial service and luncheon will be at noon on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 Sandretto Dr., Prescott, Ariz.
Contributions may be made in Thayne Higgins' memory to Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Music Festival, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301.
Heritage Funeral Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. Please log on to Heritage Funeral Chapels to sign Thayne's guestbook.
Cyndi (Richards) Kuffel
We were saddened to hear form Bob Richards that his daughter Cyndi (Richards) Kuffel, passed away in July 2008. He shared with us in a recent letter:
My daughter, Cyndi (Richards) Kuffel, had such a wonderful experience attending Yavapai College.
After college, Cyndi married and moved to Wyckoff, New Jersey, where she was busy working and being a mom to two wonderful children. In November 2007, Cyndi developed a very rare health problem and, tragically, passed away in July 2008. During her illness, we and other family members traveled to New Jersey to care for her, as she was unable to be alone or care for herself and her children.
Albert Edwin Lovejoy
March 8, 2009
Albert Edwin Lovejoy, age 85, died March 8, 2009. He was born in Meredith, N.H., April 19, 1923, to John Augustus Lovejoy and Mary Blanche Knowles Lovejoy. He grew up in Meredith and graduated from high school there. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his training to teach sociology at the college level. He was on the faculty at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., from 1950 to 1957 and on the faculty at Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, from 1957 to 1988.
In 1988, he and his wife, Eunice, moved to Prescott, Ariz., following his retirement from teaching. He took classes at Yavapai and Prescott Colleges, usually in creative writing, American and English literature, and philosophy. He was active in the local chapter of the Archaeology Society, the Prescott Audubon Society, the Prescott Art Docents, the Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. His hobbies were tent camping, hiking, reading, writing, gardening, traveling and people watching.
After his service in the Army Air Corps as a weather observer, 1943 to 1946, he became an enthusiastic supporter of the United Nations and was in several organizations supporting the UN. He saw the UN as humankind's best hope for peace, stability and prosperity in the future.
Dr. Lovejoy is survived by his wife of 62 years, their sons and their families: Ed and Susan of Tucson and Ed's daughter Elisa of Madison, Wis.; David and Amparo Rifa of Prescott; and Stephen and Cathy Stamper of Gambier, Ohio; their daughter Andrea and her husband Rudy Rodriguez of Columbus, Ohio, and their child and Albert's first great-granddaughter, Adela Beatrice, born on March 11. Albert has always been very proud of his wife, his sons and their families.
The family suggests that memorial gifts may be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 130 Prospect Ave., Cambridge, MA 02128; to the American Civil Liberties Union, P.O. Box 96266, Washington, D.C.; or to The Bernadine Edwards Endowed Award which Dr. Lovejoy recently established at Otterbein College, Westerville, OH 43081, to provide financial assistance to adult female students at least 40 years of age.
Holly Kristin Detjen-Reynolds
February 4, 2009
Holly Kristin Detjen-Reynolds passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
Recently diagnosed with cancer, Holly was receiving treatment at the new Cancer Treatment Center of America in Goodyear, Ariz., when her body was overcome with illness. With her family by her side, she, with amazing grace, was released from her body-bound life, and returned to the angels from whom she came.
Holly was born Feb. 23, 1951, in Big Fork, Minn. She is survived by her high school sweetheart of 40 years, and husband Steven Reynolds; her "litter" of children, Ashleyanne (Dante) van Detjen-Poles of Boston, Mass., Jeremy Reynolds of Phoenix, Ariz., Detjen Jones of Tucson, Ariz., Courtland Jones of Cambridge, Mass., Jeffery Reynolds of Phoenix, Ariz., Alexandria van Detjen of Prescott, Ariz., Katelin Reynolds of Prescott, Ariz.; and all the critters she saved along the way.
Holly has been a native Arizonian since her family moved from Minnesota in 1959. Holly worked for Yavapai College as the ticket sales manager at the Performance Hall. She was a beloved member of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Prescott Ambassadors. Additionally, Holly volunteered her time to the Yavapai County Election Board. She was well respected for both her dedication and her enthusiasm to the organizations and the people she loved. XOXO Holly.
A celebration of Holly's life will be noon Feb. 8, 2009, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, Prescott, Ariz. Those wishing to make donations in Holly's name in lieu of flowers may send them to P.O. Box 10283, Prescott, AZ 86304.
Katherine Rose Wood-Ayala
February 05, 2009
Katherine Rose Wood-Ayala was born at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, N.J., on Jan. 28, 1965. She passed away on Feb. 4, 2009, in Prescott, after valiantly fighting cancer since 2003.
She resided in Wayne, N.J., until 1978, when the family moved to Prescott, Ariz. Kathy attended Wayne, N.J., elementary schools and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, serving as acolyte. In Prescott, she was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where she served as acolyte for many years. She also attended the Church of the Nazarene. She was a student at Granite Mountain Middle School and at Prescott High School, graduating in May 1983.
Kathy was very active in sports, YMCA gymnastics, local 10K races, high school cross-country and gymnastics teams, winning many awards and varsity letters in both cross-country and gymnastics. She was active in Hazel Swensen Rainbow Girls Assembly #29 through high school.
After attending Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University, Kathy received a dental assistant certificate from Crestwood Academy in Phoenix.
She was married to Jose Ayala in North Hollywood in 1990 and lived in Southern California for many years. Kathy returned to Prescott often, but her favorite place was California and its beaches.
Survivors include husband Jose of Lancaster, Calif.; son Rockie of Lancaster; daughters Tahra and Sonia of Prescott Valley and Prescott; parents Bette and Edward Wood of Prescott; brothers Edward J. of Prescott Valley and Daniel of Prescott; aunts K. Frances Greene of New Jersey and Arizona, E. Joan Greene of New Jersey, Elsie Cole of Wyoming, and Roseanne Bjork of Pennsylvania; grandmother Rose Wood of Pennsylvania, and many cousins.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Arizona Pioneers Home and/or Hospice Family Care on Sheldon St. in Prescott.
Hampton Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for the family. Please visit them to sign Kathy's guestbook and to leave a message for the family.
Dagoberto "Beto" Ruvalcaba Jr.
October 22, 2008
Dagoberto "Beto" Ruvalcaba Jr. passed away Oct. 22, 2008 at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. He was born Aug. 27, 1990 in Vallejo, Calif. Beto was 18-years old.
Beto is survived by his loving mother Carin and stepfather Robert Nicoletti of Paulden; brothers, Robert and Sean Nicoletti; sisters, Tiana Ruvalcaba and Amber Nicoletti; grandparents Salvador and Martha Ruvalcaba; god-son Domanic Ruvalcaba; nephew Jacob Nicoletti; his high school sweetheart Aly Wargo; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Dagoberto Ruvalcaba, Sr.
Beto moved to Paulden with his family in 2004 from the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated from Chino Valley High School, class of 2008 where he was president of the F.B.L.A. He attended Yavapai College as a computer science major. He enjoyed spending time playing War Hammer on his computer, riding his dirt bike and was unbeatable at chess since the age of 12. Beto was a handsome young man both inside and out. He was loved by many and gave of himself tirelessly to every life he touched. If you were different, he was your champion. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.
A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at the Arizona Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton with visitation two hours prior.
A celebration Mass of Beto's Life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury, Prescott with final farewell and commendation with his father at St. Joseph's Cemetery in San Pablo, Calif.
The family suggests a memorial in Beto's name to the Computer Science Department at Yavapai College or to Flinn Foundation (asthma research) Northern Arizona University; P.O. Box 5774, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5774.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. You are invited to log onto to sign Beto's guestbook, view a tribute to him and share a memory with the family.
Christina Michelle Curtis
July 3, 2008
Christina Michelle Curtis, age 35, passed away suddenly on July 3, 2008. She was born June 2, 1973, in San Jose, Calif., to Patrick and Deborah Curtis (now Davis). Christy graduated from Sunnyslope High School in 1991.
Her greatest wish was to work with children and she had just recently received her two-year certificate in the Early Childhood Education program at Yavapai College.
Christy is survived by her father, Pat Curtis; her mother and stepfather, Debbie and Richard Davis; and her grandparents, Cathy and Harold Verley. Christy left many friends in the Prescott area and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service and reception were held at the Mount Vernon Church of Christ, 120 N. Mt. Vernon, Prescott, Ariz.
Martha L. Guthrie
May 18, 2008
Martha L. Guthrie, almost 94 years old, passed away May 18, 2008. She was born May 26, 1914, to George and Sybil Rae Walker at Blue Island, Ill.
Martha retired from Qwest after 25 years. She took classes and worked at the wood shop at Yavapai College. Martha gave to and constantly supported her family and the community of Prescott, her beloved home.
Martha is survived by her daughter Joan Hardison; six grandchildren, Marci O'Shaughnessy, John Hardison, Dan Hardison, Ken Hardison, Carol Heim and Anne Birmingham; 11 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Her daughter Jean Pearson, her parents, her sister Wilma Manor, and brothers Sonny Walker and Ray Walker predecease her.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, Buckeye, Ariz., Broadway Road, east of Watson.
March 21, 2008
Our first full-time enrolled student at Yavapai College
Diane Grace Weaver passed away Friday, March 21, 2008. She was born June 28, 1950, in Bradford, Pa.
Diane graduated from Paramount High and then moved with her parents, Jeanne and Jack Clinkenbeard to Prescott, Ariz. Diane was the first full-time enrolled student at Yavapai College and graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts. Upon graduation, she worked for the Yavapai Sheriff's Office and then went to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C., as a fingerprint specialist. Upon her return to Prescott, she spent many years as a resident "Dorm Mom" at Yavapai College. She also volunteered at the Prescott Valley Police Department in the fingerprinting department.
Diane loved to cook, gave wonderful parties for her friends, was active in local drama productions and traveling was a passion. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3600, and was Madam Conductor F.O.E. Auxiliary in 2006.
She is survived by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Private family services will take place at a later date.
Opal Tenney Goodman Allen
March 27, 2008
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend. Her husbands, Everett Lee Goodman, father of her eight children, Merle M. Allen and son Larry Dean Goodman have preceded her in death.
Opal is survived by seven children, Jackie (Goodman) Singleton of Utah, William Hardy Goodman of Arizona, Lynda (Goodman) Barney of Utah, Sandra (Goodman) Reid of Arizona, April (Goodman) Roundy of Arizona, Rock T. Goodman, Arizona, and Lark (Goodman) Cyr of Arizona; 45 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eudora (Tenney) Patterson and Pearl (Tenney) Romney; and one brother, Lyman Tenney.
Opal was born in Sunset, Ariz., on March 29, 1913, to Nathan O. and Myrtle Tenney. She was the fourth of their 10 children. When Opal was 12 years old, she moved with her family to Prescott, Ariz. On Nov. 30, 1932, she married Everett Lee Goodman. They moved to Idaho in 1942 where she lived until 1960.
In 1957 her husband Everett passed away, leaving Opal a widow with seven unmarried children. In July of 1960, Opal married Merle M. Allen of Prescott and has resided there for 48 years.
She is known as the "Mother of Yavapai College" in Prescott for her diligent work in its foundation. She was State PTA President and was devoted to her community and country. She has held various leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved serving others. Opal was a resident of the Arizona Pioneers' Home at the time of her passing. Opal also served as a Republican Precinct Committeeperson for 65 years.
Opal has left an indelible legacy and will be greatly missed. She will always be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, her love of family and her patriotism. She walked the talk of a positive mental attitude.