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9/26/01

Howard L. Westcott

A rosary is scheduled today at 6 p.m. followed by a funeral service Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood for Howard L. Westcott.

Mr. Westcott died Sept. 22 at the age of 83.

He was born in Norwood, Colo., Feb. 13, 1918.

In 1924, Mr. Westcott moved to Jerome, where his parents operated several restaurants including the New York Café. As a boy, he worked in several mines in the area, including those that were underground in Jerome. During his early years, he learned how to speak Spanish, a language that helped him help others throughout his entire life.

Mr. Westcott graduated from Jerome High in 1936 and was an Arizona State champion trombonist. Later he and many of his friends joined the National Guard known later as the 158th Infantry Bushmasters, described by the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur as one of the greatest fighting units in history. Mr. Westcott was promoted to major during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. While fighting the Japanese on an island in New Guinea, he led a small detachment of men in search of two lost American units. He was wounded the next day.

After working in Phoenix in 1948, Mr. Westcott and his wife, LaVerne returned to the Verde Valley and began operating the Cottonwood Funeral Chapel, now home of the Old Town Mission. He also operated the one and only ambulance service in the Verde Valley for over 25 years while busy raising five children.

Mr. Westcott was voted Verde Valley Man of the Year and was a life member of the American Legion Post #25, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a lifetime member of the Jerome Lodge of Elks #1361, a former member of the Knights of Columbus and a charter member of the Cottonwood Lions Club. Mr. Westcott served on the first Cottonwood Town Council.

Survivors include his son, H.L. Michael Westcott and wife Roberta of Clarkdale; two daughters, Victoria Johnson and her husband Jerry of Washington State, and Diane Westcott of Cottonwood; two sons, Anthony Westcott of Camp Verde and Pat Westcott and his wife Debby of Cottonwood; three sisters, Jenny Kruckenberg, Gussie Loveridge and Erma Mooreland of Colorado; a brother, Jack Westcott of Colorado; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

His wife Laverne Westcott preceded Mr. Westcott in death in 1994.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Lung Association, 102 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 85006.

Danielle Renee Petro

Camp Verde resident and former Yavapai College student Danielle Petro died Sept. 22.

She was 19 years old.

Ms. Petro was born in Monterey, Calif., June 2, 1982.

She was a member of the 2000 graduating class of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale and was employed by Wells Fargo Bank in Camp Verde.

Survivors include her mother, Nadine Petro of Camp Verde; her father, Andrew Petro of Cottonwood, two brothers, Nicholas Arthur Petro and Donald Bradley Wing of Camp Verde; her maternal grandmother, Mildred Crandall of Camp Verde and her paternal grandfather, Arthur Petro of Monterey.

A visitation is scheduled for today from 9 to 11 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 631 S. First St. in Camp Verde. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be sent to Wells Fargo Bank Account # 9955136925 at P.O. Box #2559 Camp Verde, Ariz., 86322.

Ernie E. Smith

Private services were held for Cornville resident Ernie Smith.

Mr. Smith died Sept. 20 at the age of 71.

He was born May 1, 1929, in McCammon, Idaho, to David A. and Carrie (Romriell) Smith.

Mr. Smith retired from the U.S. Forestry Department where he worked on the campus of Arizona State University.

He was known for his great respect for nature and all wildlife. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading poetry. A thoughtful, pensive man, who always helped his family, Mr. Smith was known for his great sense of humor and his storytelling abilities.

He was proudest of his daughter and grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Vaughn of Mesa; a brother, Donald Smith of Cornville; two sisters, Lois Schwarz and Lora Smith of Washington State; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Cleo Werner.

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