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George T. Siler

Cottonwood resident and native George Theodore Siler died July 21.

He was born Sept. 30, 1923.

Mr. Siler was 77 years old.

A former student of Clemenceau Elementary and a graduate from Clarkdale High School Mr. Siler later graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin,

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in World War II.

Mr. Siler was politically active and served on the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He owned several small businesses including the Barker Village Motel, the Starlite Bowling Alley in Flagstaff and the Clemenceau Water Company of Cottonwood.

A voracious reader and avid gardener, Mr. Siler enjoyed storytelling, hunting for wild mushrooms and exploring Arizona.

He was a member of the Verde Baptist Church, the Jerome Lodge of Elks and the American Legion.

Mr. Siler's most cherished pursuit was his family and his greatest love and joy of his life was Rosalie "Poppy," his wife of 55 years. He was also a loving and committed father and grandfather.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Rosalie Siler; six children, George T. Siler Jr., Bill Siler, Anne Harlen S. Flores, Candace S. Harrison, Sally S. Cancino and John Siler; his sister, Marjorie McDonald; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled today at 11 a.m. at the Verde Baptist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

Harry 'Gene' Peterson

Private family services were held for Harry Eugene "Gene" Peterson of Cottonwood.

Mr. Peterson died July 20 at the age of 71.

He was born in Milford, Conn. Sept. 2, 1929.

A veteran of the United States Navy for 23 years, Mr. Peterson was later employed through civil service for 20 years.

He was a member of the National Association of Federal Employees and the Fleet Reserve in Imperial Beach, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Rose Peterson; a son, Kip Peterson of San Diego; a daughter, Pepper Smelser of Oregon; a son-in-law, Joe Smelser and a grandson, Christopher Jones of California.

Memorial donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane Cottonwood.

Harold A. Ludwig

Cottonwood resident Harold Ludwig died July 20.

He was 86 years old.

Mr. Ludwig was born May 29, 1915 in Little Black, Wis.

He was self-employed for 17 years following his retirement in silver reclamation.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice A. Ludwig of Cottonwood; a son, Donald H. Ludwig of Florida; a daughter, Judith Deuecetta of Minnesota; four sisters, Lucille, Betty Farhamback and Ruth Reimer of Wisconsin, Marianne Olsen of Washington; three brothers, James Ludwig of Colorado and Art and Denny Ludwig of Wisconsin; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Private services have been held.

William M. Murie

U.S Air Force veteran William M. Murie of Cottonwood died July 21.

He was 81 years old.

Mr. Murie was born March 27, 1921 in Langdon, N.D.

He was a five-year veteran in World War II.

Funeral services were held July 24 at the Mountain View United Methodist Church in Kingman. Burial followed at the Citizen's Cemetery in Flagstaff.

His brother, Robert J. Murie and a son, William H. Murie, preceded Mr. Murie in death.

Survivors include his wife, Nyla H. Murie; a son, Richard D. Murie a sister, Alice Torgeson and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arizona Elks Major Project at PO Box 2619 Sierra Vista, Ariz. 85636 or to Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, 3160 Geneva S. Los Angeles, Calif. 90020.

Herbert Allen Harper

A memorial service is scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Verde Baptist Church for Herbert Allen Harper of Camp Verde.

Mr. Harper died in Taylor, Ariz. July 19.

He was 86 years old.

Mr. Harper was born Feb. 17, 1915 in Flora Vista, N.M.

He moved to Flagstaff in 1918 where his grandfather started a furniture business in 1922. Mr. Harper became a partner in Harper's Used Furniture Mart. Mr. Harper also owned and operated Sno-Flake Laundromats in Flagstaff and later partnered with his sons in Herb Stevens' Quick Print, Harper's Manufacturing in Flagstaff and Eunique Cabinet Shop in Camp Verde and Cottonwood.

He was a founding member and deacon of First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, sang choir and was a member of various quartets. Mr. Harper was a member of the Christian Businessmen's Committee International, The Gideons, Kiwanis Club and a member of Civil Defense.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, June Elizabeth Harper of Camp Verde; three sons, Don of Page, Stephen of Flagstaff and Timothy of Missouri; two daughters, Patricia Shackleford of Taylor and Cheri Bertinetti of New Mexico; a sister, Marian Barnett of Washington; two brothers, Harold of Flagstaff and Laurence of New Mexico; 21 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends in Action General Fund, PO Box 168, Mansfield, Mo. 65704.

Arnold Smidt-Hayer

Former Rimrock resident Arnold J. Smidt-Hayer died July 13.

He was born June 9, 1910 in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands to Fredrick and Anna (DeBruin) Schmidt.

He attended high school in the Netherlands and from 1929 to 1931 served in the Dutch Army. He received his agriculture engineering degree from the college in Apeldoorn and later received his master's degree in chemistry from the University of Sorbonne in France.

In 1936 he married Greta Hayer in Holland where in 1939 he became active in the Dutch resistance during World War II. The couple immigrated in 1954 to the United States. Mr. Smidt-Hayer than worked as a chemist and retired in 1975 from the Department of the Treasury in Washington DC before moving to Rimrock in 1975.

Mr. Smidt-Hayer received a civic award for the development of a chemical process used in the printing of money. He was an accomplished artist and enjoyed painting, reading and collecting stamps.

Survivors include his daughters Anneke Bennet, of Idaho and Winifred Arland of Colorado; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews in the Netherlands.

A private memorial service is scheduled.

Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is in charge of arrangements.


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