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Calvin Eugene Lash

Calvin "Gene" Eugene Lash Sr. died July 4, 2001. Mr. Lash was born September 10, 1914 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He grew up in Colraine, Ohio and Wheeling, W.Va. before moving to Des Moines, Iowa with his parents.

While farming near Carlisle, Iowa he met Helen Runciman whom he married in 1939.

The couple's three sons, Calvin Jr., Richard and John were born in Iowa before the family moved to Phoenix in 1950. Three daughters, Carol, Jo Ann and Mary Jane were later born in Phoenix.

Mr. Lash went to work for Safeway grocery stores at 7th Avenue and Thomas Road, just one block from where he passed away at Barrows Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was the president of the Associated Grocers Employees Union during his employment in the Grocery industry.

Mr. Lash later worked at Salt River Project as a Zanjero in 1956 and retired from SRP in 1979. The couple moved to Munds Park near Flagstaff where they helped establish a church. In 1990 they moved to Cottonwood.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Lash; three sons, Calvin Jr., Richard, and John; three daughters, Carol, Jo Ann and Mary Jane: eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Three brothers predeceased Mr. Lash.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

James Alvin Allen

Former Cottonwood resident and U.S. Navy veteran James Allen died June 30.

A visitation is scheduled Wednesday at Westcott Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. A graveside service is scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

Mr. Allen was born Dec. 5, 1930 in Longview, Wash.

He was 70 years old.

Mr. Allen relocated to Washington from Cottonwood five years ago. He attended school in Bridgeport and received his General Equivalency Diploma in 1967.

Mr. Allen was a member of the U.S. Navy for four years and served in the Korean Conflict. He later worked as a service mechanic for the Yavapai County Road Department.

Mr. Allen loved to fish, hunt and read. He also enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards and camping. He loved being with his family and enjoyed family life.

Mr. Allen was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Virginia Allen; two sons, Jim R. Allen of Texas and Dale Patton of Oregon; two daughters, Donna Bissell of Washington and Joyce Halverson of Oregon; a brother, Derel B. Allen of Cottonwood; a sister, Linda Cox of Winslow; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Irene Allen; two brothers, Francis Allen and Ben C. Allen, and a sister, Lorain Sobley, preceded him in death.

John F. Moore

Funeral services were held July 7 for Cottonwood resident and veteran John Moore.

Mr. Moore died July 4, 2001.

He was born Oct. 9, 1916 in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he grew up and graduated from high school.

Mr. Moore served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1943.

He moved to Arizona in 1936 where he began a 37-year career with the State of Arizona.

Mr. Moore was a member of the First Baptist Church in Phoenix until he relocated to Cottonwood last year.

Survivors include his wife, Naoma, a daughter, Linda of San Jose; a stepdaughter, Brenda of Camp Verde; two sons, Bob of Chicago and Bruce of Phoenix; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Moore is remembered as a man with a quiet, gentle nature who provided memorable blessings over many holiday dinners. He loved sports.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Camp Verde. Burial was held in Clear Creek Cemetery.

Family members request that memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity.

Eldon Robert Wood

Lake Montezuma resident Eldon Wood died July 4.

He was born in Brunswick, Neb. on July 21, 1911.

Mr. Wood was 89 years old.

He worked from 1935 to 1940 for Safeway Grocery in Southern California. As World War II began, Mr. Wood worked for Bethlehem Steel Shipyard from 1941 to 1945 where he repaired ships returning to San Pedro from the Pacific Theater. At the conclusion of the war he started his own home building and remodeling business which he operated until his retirement at age 75.

For the last six years, Mr. Wood has been a member of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Lake Montezuma.

Survivors include his daughter, Marlene Thorson of Lake Montezuma; a sister, Marilyn Scranton of Nebraska; a sister-in-law, Iris Mae Wood of Nebraska; two brothers, Garland Wood of Colorado and Robert Wood of Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne and Alice Wood; four grandchildren and seven grandchildren.

His wife, Marjorie, preceded him in death in 1991.

A graveside service is scheduled at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif. July 10 at 1 p.m. Pastor Ken Miller of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church will conduct the service.


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