Sun, Sept. 15


Etta I. Neilson

Camp Verde resident Etta Neilson died Aug. 17.

She was 77 years old.

Mrs. Neilson was born Nov. 15, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa.

She resided in the Verde Valley for 40 years, 17 of which were spent in Camp Verde.

Mrs. Neilson worked as a dental assistant and enjoyed painting, especially water colors and oil.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Neilson; two daughters, Sharon Swapp of Colorado and Judy Miles of Mesa; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Camp Verde.

Duane P. Thompson

A memorial service is scheduled for today at 1 p.m. in the Hepler Funeral Home Chapel in Camp Verde for Cottonwood resident and U.S. Army veteran Duane Thompson.

Mr. Thompson died Aug. 17.

He was 67 years old.

Mr. Thompson was born April 9, 1933 in Colton, S.D.

He retired from the Phoenix Fire Department where he worked as an engineer.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly A. Thompson; three daughters, Lynn Pittenger and June Ruetsch of Phoenix and Gail Abbatiello from Georgia; a son, Keith Thompson of Phoenix; a sister, Audrey Conner; a son-in-law, Jerry Conner; a brother, Jerry Thompson; a daughter-in-law, Carol Thompson; 10 grandchildren, Amy, Jeff and Jenny Thompson, Melanie and Michelle Pittenger, Joseph and Christian Abbatiello, Krystal, Sherri and Brad Ruetsch; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.

George R. Shill

Former Camp Verde resident and Arizona native George Shill died Aug. 13 in Mesa.

He was 89 years old.

Private services were held in Mesa Aug. 18.

Mr. Shill was born Sept. 11, 1910 in Lehi, Ariz. to Wright Paynter Shill and Lillie Emma Rothrock.

Mr. Shill graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelors of arts and masters degrees in education. He was a life-long elementary school teacher and taught U.S. Navy cadets in World War II.

During the 1950s, Mr. Shill taught ground school at the U.S. Naval base in Cottonwood, now the Cottonwood Airpark.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Olga; three daughters, Georgia Burley of Mesa; Nancy Fish of Utah and Brenda Daw of Nevada; two brothers, Henry and Don Shill; two sisters, Ruth Wakefield and June Bueler; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund, in care of Bishop Steve Walters, 334 E. Huber St. Mesa, 85201, or the Arizona Cancer Society.

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