Walter Thomas Keith
Cottonwood resident Walter Keith died Jan. 30.
He was 83 years old.
Mr. Keith was born March 26, 1917 in Canton, S.D.
While in South Dakota, Mr. Keith spent years farming and later became a machinist with the U.S. Air Force in Utah and then the U.S. Army until his retirement.
A resident of Cottonwood since 1983, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret Keith; a son, Thomas Keith of Flagstaff; a sister, Clara Keith of Richmond, Va.
A rosary prayer service was held Feb. 1 in the Westcott Funeral Home followed by a graveside service Feb. 2 in the Calvary Cemetery in Flagstaff.
Dean C. Thorson
Camp Verde resident and U.S. Navy veteran Dean Thorson died Jan. 29.
He was 72 years old.
Memorial services were held Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church in Camp Verde.
Mr. Thorson was bon Nov. 14, 1928 on the farm of his parents, Andrew and Martha Thorson near Vincent, Iowa. He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1946.
He was a proud veteran serving four years during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge he returned to Fort Dodge and married Ila Vinnes. Mr. Thorson later became a professional firefighter for 10 years.
After relocating to Phoenix in 1965 he retired from the Bureau of Reclamation where he was a construction representative on the Central Arizona Project water canal. He moved to Camp Verde in 1997.
Mr. Thorson was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1856 and of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix.
He enjoyed working crosswords and was an avid sports enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Ila; a daughter, Tamira Woodward; a son-in-law, Tim Woodward; a grandson, Andrew Dean of Camp Verde; two sisters, Hildred Schick and Fern Anderson of Pasadena and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Arch Thorson preceded Mr. Thorson in death.
Cottonwood resident Thomas R. Ricker died Jan. 27.
He was born April 13, 1959 in Phoenix.
He was 41 years old.
Mr. Ricker worked as a self-employed auto mechanic and in circuit assembly.
Survivors include his mother, T. Lea Standish of Cornville; a sister, Catherine Ann Ricker of Williams; three brothers, Rodney, and Frank Ricker of Camp Verde, Richard Bruce Ricker of Cornville, and James Vincent Ricker of California.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Bert H. Wood
Private family services were held for Camp Verde resident Bert Wood.
Mr. Wood died Jan. 30 in Cottonwood.
He was born Jan. 19, 1907 in Mesa.
Mr. Wood was 94 years old.
A horse breeder and rancher, he belonged to the Ranch Management Society and was named Rancher of 1967 by the organization.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy K. Wood; a daughter, Kathleen Cormier of Prescott Valley; two sons, Clifford Lysle Wood of Tucson and Roger Martin Wood of Camp Verde; one brother, Charles Clifford Wood of Winkleman; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to the Camp Verde Library Endowment Fund, PO Box 566, Camp Verde, Ariz. 86322.
Delmas Conrad Weese
U.S. Navy veteran Delmas Conrad Weese of Cottonwood died Jan. 27.
At Mr. Weese’s request, there are no scheduled services.
He was born June 21, 1909 in Topeka, Kan. to Augustus Conrad Weese and Elizabeth Little Weese.
Following his graduation, Mr. Weese worked for the Santa Fe in Topeka and later served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
While living in California he worked as a claims adjuster and was promoted to swing claim adjuster before his retirement from the Phoenix office in 1974.
A talented musician, Mr. Weese played organ, banjo and guitar. He was also a skilled cartoonist and calligrapher.
Mr. Weese belonged to the Orient Lodge #51 AF & AM of Topeka and is a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star in California. He was also a member of the Diamond Chapter #9 of Cottonwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Critter Crater Rescue Ranch Humane Society, PO Box 2005, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86003-2995 or a charity of choice.