3/28/01

Robert Roy Kreller

Robert Roy Kreller, 72, Cottonwood, died March 15. He was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Detroit, Mich.

Mr. Kreller was a retired builder. He and his wife moved to Arizona from Montana in 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia; a daughter, Alicia Stiers of Gilbert; a son, Robert Kreller Jr., of Eureka, Mont.,; two sisters, Betty Nenad of Phoenix and Mary Jane Click of Washington, Penn.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Private family services were directed by Westcott funeral Homes. Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare, 269 s. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, Ariz., 86326

Bud Marcus Hilbert

Bud Marcus Hilbert, 75, Camp Verde, died March 17. He was born June 2, 1925, in El Kadur, Iowa.

Mr. Hilbert was a retired plumber. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mr. Hilbert was a member of the Camp Verde Nazarene Church.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters Linda Cue of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wanda Ballejos and Cindy Brown, both of Pinetop, and son Larry Hulbert of Show Low; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Hepler Funeral Home in Camp Verde handled funeral services. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Camp Verde United Christian School.

Michael Joseph Krmpotich

Michael Joseph Krmpotich, 72, Tempe, passed away March 17. This beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather was born in 1928 in Clarkdale and graduated from Clarkdale High School.

Mike attended the University of Arizona on a football scholarship and received his bachelor of science degree in 1951. Mike served in the U.S. Army just after the Korean War, earning a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He returned to Ajo after his tour of duty and married Marlene Creighton in May 1958.

Together they raised three extraordinary sons, Mark Louis Krmpotich of Fayetteville, Ga., Michael Joseph Krmpotich Jr. and Dean Kevin Krmpotich of Tempe.

Mike used his mechanical engineering degree to build a cement plant in Clarkdale and managed the plant after construction was complete. The young family moved to Tempe in 1964 where Mike was responsible for building the Spreckels Sugar factory in Chandler, which he managed until he retired.

Upon retirement, Mike spent his time restoring a home in Jerome. Mike enjoyed his lifetime association with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He also enjoyed traveling during his retirement, highlighted by his trip to Croatia to visit his aunts. In recent years, Mike enjoyed making jewelry using stones and precious metals indigenous to Arizona. He particularly enjoyed making a turquoise bola tie of the state of Arizona 15 counties outlined in silver.

Mike is survived by his sister Martha Krmpotich Slaven of Fresno, Calif., his daughters-in-law Vera Andrews Krmpotich and Kimberly Meder Krmpotich, his sisters-in law Bridget Genovese Krmpotich and Doris Krmpotich Duke. Mike's brothers, John Lewis Krmpotich and George Anthony Krmpotich are awaiting him in heaven, as are his two grandchildren Angel Mary and Brandon Angel Krmpotich. Mike will be missed by his nieces and nephews George, Robert, Andrew, Katherine and Mary Anne Krmpotich of California, aw well as many dear friends.

A rosary was held Tuesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 850 Main Street, in Clarkdale, and a funeral mass will take place today at 10 a.m. with graveside services following at the Clarkdale Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Jerome Historical Society or the Jerome Elks Lodge in lieu of flowers. A luncheon will be held at the Jerome elks Lodge in Clarkdale immediately following the graveside service.

Arrangements were made by Westcott Funeral home.

Joaquin R. Cardenas

Joaquin R. Cardenas, 86, Cottonwood, died March 16. He was born March 12, 1915 in Jerome, the sone of Manuel and Raquel (Rivera) Cardenas.

He was a retired machinist. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed the great love of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Cardenas leaves his wife Elvira T. Cardenas, a son Lionel Cardenas and a daughter Loli C. Fulps, both of Cottonwood; two sisters, Molly Verdugo and Ramona Parra, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother, Manuel Cardenas of Kingman; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held March 20 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Bud Pelletier was the celebrant. Mr. Cardenas will be buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery. A rosary was held March 19 at Westcott Funeral Home.

James "Woody" McKeehan

James "Woody" McKeehan, 28, Great Falls, Montana, died at this home. He was born Feb. 16, 1973 in Mesa.

James grew up in Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School in May 1991. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was stationed at Malmstrom in 1993 and received a degree in criminal justice from Park College in 1999 and a bachelor's degree in computer science last July.

He was president of the Squadron Booster Club and volunteered at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind. He was a respite worker for physically and mentally disabled children.

James enjoyed natures, hiking and spending time with his son.

He is survived by his son, Paysen James McKeehan of Great Falls; his mother, Pamela Allred of Moab, Utah; a sister, Kari Bailey of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Michael McKeehan of Williams, Ore.; and a grandmother, Dorothy Edgecomb of Dexter, Main.

Services were held in Montana and his ashes will be scattered in Payson at a later date.

Annie Rayburn

Annie Rayburn, 53, of Fountain Hills passed away March 20 at the home of her parents in Cottonwood.

She was born on Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 25, 1947. She attended high school in Glendale and attended the University of Iowa. She lived in Alaska, where she worked on the Alaskan Pipeline. Most recently, she had been self-employed as a massage therapist.

Annie is survived by her son Eric Rayburn of Tennessee; her parents Louis and Domenica Chavez of Cottonwood; two brothers, Tim Chavez of Cottonwood and Val Chavez of Ilwaco, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Brimhall of Show Low and Michelle Cutting of Anchorage, Alaska; several nieces and nephews, and her dog and constant companion Pancho.

Annie was preceded in death by her brother Michael.

A visitation is scheduled Saturday at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood beginning at 5 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 6 p.m.

James Alfred "Woody" Woodson

James Alfred "Woody" Woodson, 68, of Camp Verde died March 19.

He was born Oct. 7, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas.

Mr. Woodson was a retired truck driver and a deacon at the Verde Valley Church of Christ. He was also the self-appointed "Grandpa" to all the little children at church and also those whom his wife Sybil babysat. He was a loving, devoted father and husband.

Mr. Woodson served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He leaves his wife Sybil Louise Woodson; three sons, Alfred Daniels Woodson of Peoria, John Alvin Woodson of Nixa, Mo., and Kenneth Henry Woodson of Knott's Island, N.C.; a sister, June I. Cox of Warren, Mich.; a brother, Danna Woodson of Natalia, Texas; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Robert Woodson, in 1997.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Church of the Nazarene in Camp Verde.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Verde Valley Church of Christ's Brothers Keeper Fund, P.O. Box 157, Rimrock, 86335.

Arrangements were handled by the Westcott Funeral Home.

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