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Kenneth Paul Ruckman

Cottonwood resident Kenneth Ruckman died Jan. 20.

He was 92 years old.

Mr. Ruckman was born Dec. 3, 1908 in Afton, Iowa.

He was raised on a farm and later moved to Laramie, Wyoming in 1929 where he met his wife Elsie Lawrence.

The couple was married in 1930.

While living in Laramie, Mr. Ruckman worked as a meat cutter and as a fireman on the Union Pacific Railroad. Upon his retirement in 1974 he moved to Phoenix where he lived until 1998. He later relocated to Cottonwood.

Survivors include his son, Don Ruckman; his daughter-in-law, Frances; one daughter, Barbara; a son-in-law, Marvin; one brother, Marion Ruckman; seven grandchildren, Kerry Hasulak, Kendall Ruckman, Kelly Negherbon, Kirk Ruckman, Chris Chapman, Jeff and Corey Copple; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

His wife, Elsie Ruckman and brothers, Carl Charles and Harry preceded Mr. Ruckman in death.

Private memorial services are scheduled.

Jessie Louise Jones

A visitation is scheduled for homemaker Jessie Jones at the Hepler Funeral Home Chapel today from 1 to 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Clear Creek Cemetery in Camp Verde.

Mrs. Jones died Jan. 19.

She was 75 years old.

Mrs. Jones was born April 21, 1925 in East Liverpool, Ohio.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #93 in Camp Verde and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post #6739.

Mrs. Jones lived most of her life in Arizona and spent the last six months in Ohio.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Talbot of Ohio; a son, Jack Barnhart of Los Angeles; a daughter-in-law, Nita; a half-brother, Dick Fraizer of Ohio; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Her parents Richard and Estella Whithem Frazier preceded Mrs. Jones in death.

Geraldine B. Whipple

Long time Cottonwood resident Geraldine Whipple died Jan. 18.

She was born in Provo, Utah June 28, 1924.

Services were held Monday at Westcott Funeral Home followed by burial at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

Mrs. Whipple enjoyed working in stained glass, playing golf and camping with her husband, Ford. She was an avid bowler and belonged to several leagues.

Mrs. Whipple was the first paid director of Volunteer Services of Verde Valley Medical Center and a long-time member of the Cottonwood ward of the Church of Latter-day Saints. She also belonged to the PEO Sisterhood for many years.

Survivors include her husband, LaFord Whipple of Cottonwood; two sons, Michael Morris of Cottonwood and Chad Russell Morris of California; a sister, Betty Lou Carver of Utah; a brother, John David Boyd of Cottonwood; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Verde Valley Medical Center Hospital Volunteers, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326 to the attention of Diane Hunt.

Elise Valentine Sprenkel

A private family gathering to celebrate the life of Sedona resident Elise Sprenkel is scheduled Saturday.

Mrs. Sprenkel died Jan. 18 at the age of 69.

She was born Dec. 10, 1931 in San Francisco to Harry and Bertina Valentine.

She was an accomplished tap dancer and in her early years worked in Hollywood in the film Mid Summer Night Dream and several of the Our Gang comedies.

Mrs. Sprenkel attended Beaverton High School in Oregon and was a graduate of Whitman College where she majored in speech therapy and was a member of the Tri-Delta sorority.

In 1952 she married Donald Sprenkel and relocated to California where she worked for AT & T.

Mrs. Sprenkel and her husband retired to Sedona in 1993 where she enjoyed crafts, collecting dolls, building dollhouses and was an active member of the model railroad club, Sedona Railroaders.

Survivors include five children, Keith of California, Reid of Indiana, Julie Perry of California, Emilie Cramer of Oregon, Heidi Dempsy of New York and 11 grandchildren.

Her daughter, Valerie Fromherz preceded Mrs. Sprenkel in death.

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