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Patrick H. O’Brien

Patrick H. O’Brien, Cottonwood, died Jan. 4. He was 72.

Mr. O’Brien was born in Madison, Wis. In 1928 and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. O’Brien was a retired real estate broker. He was a former president of the Jerome/Clarkdale Council of the Knights of Columbus and Verde Village Property Owner’s Association. He was also a former president of the Middleton Optimists and served on the board of supervisors for Dane County, Wis.

Mr. O’Brien is survived by his companion Gerry Provencal, Cottonwood; three daughters, Lori Malicki, and her husband James, Middleton, Wis., Christine Boys and her husband Todd, St Paul, Minn., and Lisa O’Brien, Sauk City, Wis.; a sister, Gloria O’Brien, Madison, Wis. and three grandchildren, Michelle Malicki, La Crosse, Wis., and Joseph and Kathryn Boys, St. Paul, Minn.

A memorial mass will be held Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Mission Church in Clarkdale.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Jerome/Verde Knights of Columbus Council #2493, 1260 W. Hwy 260, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Jack E. Briggs

Clarkdale resident and U.S. Marine Corp. veteran Jack Briggs died Jan. 6

A graveside service was held Jan. 9 at Valley View Cemetery.

Mr. Briggs was born July 4, 1936 in Portland, Ore.

He worked in the manufactured homes industry.

Survivors include four daughters, Karrie Kindell of California, Joni Newman of Florida and Barbara Davenport and Patty Beaver of Nevada; a sister, Judy Ritchi of Oregon; a brother, Kim Briggs of Mexico and nine grandchildren.

His wife, Kaye, two sons, Mark and Mike Briggs and one grandson, Jacob Briggs, preceded Mr. Briggs in death.

Mr. Briggs was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who was dedicated to his family. He was loved immensely by his family and will be deeply missed.

Gerald T. Patton

Former Cottonwood resident and U.S, Navy veteran Gerald Patton died Jan. 6 in Tucson.

He was born April 27, 1933 in Edinburg, Ill to Virgil and Mildred (Rigg) Patton.

He was 67 years old.

Mr. Patton served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Intrepid, Essex, Forrestal and Independence and was assigned to recruiting duty in Sandusky, Ohio when he retired in 1971. During his military career he received many awards and commendations as a member of carrier squadrons sent to the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Tonkin, the Middle East and Cuba.

Mr. Patton was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Fleet Reserve Association and the VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association.

Following his retirement, Mr. Patton and his family moved to Arizona and settled in Cottonwood in 1974. He was employed by Sedona Sheet Metal and Tupper Trees of Sedona and later owned and operated the Exxon Service Station in Clarkdale before relocating to Tucson in 1978. While living in Tucson, Mr. Patton was employed by Gates Learjet prior to relocating to Mescal.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Virginia; two daughters, Diana Lee Patton and husband, Rod Fleischman of Phoenix, and Kelly Kathleen Boutin and husband, Todd of Mescal; two sons, Gerald Alan Patton and wife, Susie of Phoenix, and David Thomas Patton and wife, Kristi of Mescal; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Diana and Sarah Boutin, and Christopher Patton of Mescal, Heather Patton of Nebraska, Fallon Patton of Massachusetts and Samantha Patton of Tucson; three brothers, Phillip Patton and wife, Phyllis of Carson City, Richard Patton of Edinburg and John Patton of Cornville, and a sister, Patricia Patton of California.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Richardson’s Benson Mortuary in Benson, Ariz.

Mary Schweigel

Cottonwood resident Mary Schweigel died Jan. 6

She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Schweigel was born April 15, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She worked as a seamstress in the coverall rental business in Indiana before relocating to Arizona nine years ago.

While at Rio Verde Healthcare Center in Cottonwood, Pastor Ken Railey was a frequent visitor and met with Mrs. Schweigel in prayer.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Boyd of Cottonwood; two sisters, Roselyn Helblig of Mesa and Nora Buie of California; two brothers, Wilbur Brindle of Michigan and Edwin Brindle of Indiana; one granddaughter, Carrie Campoy; three great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan 9 in the Westcott Funeral Home with burial following in Valley View Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the activities fund of Rio Verde Healthcare Center, 197 S. Willard, Cottonwood 86326.

Lois E. McDonald

A memorial service is scheduled Friday at 4 p.m. at the Lake Montezuma Chapel in Lake Montezuma for homemaker and Cottonwood resident Lois McDonald.

Mrs. McDonald died Jan. 7.

She was born June 1, 1912 in Grover Hill, Ohio.

Mrs. McDonald graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1930 and later from the International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In 1931 she moved to La Verne, Calif. and married Emmert Allen.

Following her husband’s death she married Arthur McDonald in 1955 and retired to Sedona in 1962 before relocating to Lake Montezuma in 1968.

She was a member of Lake Montezuma Chapel where she served as church organist.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne Weaver of California and Barbara McAhren of Scottsdale; three sons, Jon Allen of California, James Allen of Cottonwood and Larry McDonald of Scottsdale; a sister, Arline Koogler of California; a brother-in-law, Jack Beckman of Rimrock; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lake Montezuma/Rimrock Fire Department Emergency Fund Box 5455, Lake Montezuma 86342 or to the Lake Montezuma Chapel, PO Box 5053, Lake Montezuma 86342.

Billy Millar Kratzer

Clarkdale resident Billy Kratzer died Jan. 1.

She was 76 years old.

Mrs. Kratzer was formerly of Colorado Springs. She was an accomplished artist whose trademark was hand sculpted southwestern figures and ornament. Her work was sold throughout he country and treasured by all that owned them. Her family, friends and neighbors and her faithful German Shepherd, Lex, appreciated Mrs. Kratzer’s generous and sensitive nature. She will be truly missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Karla Davis and husband, Jim; two grandsons, Miles and Hunter Davis of Clarkdale.

Her husband, Bill Kratzer, preceded Mrs. Kratzer in death.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 5.

Memorial contributions may be made to the agility/fly ball Course fund at the Doggy Dude Ranch, 24 E. Cottonwood St., Cottonwood, 86326 or the building fund at Peace Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Fir St.. Cottonwood. 86326.

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