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Obituaries, Dec. 11, 2005

Betty Jo Eaton

Betty Jo Eaton, 78, resident of Camp Verde, died Dec. 7, 2005.

She was born in Chickasha, Okla., on Oct. 3, 1927, to Campbell and Nellie Montgomery. She attended the Madison Grade School and she went to high school in Phoenix at North Mountain High.

Betty was a very talented individual, and very skilled with her hands. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and making various crafts. She also loved camping and fishing and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, William James Eaton and her parents.

She leaves behind her son, Steven James Eaton; five daughters, Brenda Hickman, Stephanie Chaney, Debbie Hough, Penny Morrow and Shelly Sanchez; brother, J.C. Montgomery of California; two sisters, Pauline Lowe of California and Jeanette Pruiett of Arizona, as well as 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at

Gene Cripe

Eugene Howard "Gene" Cripe died Dec. 6, 2005, at 9 a.m. He was 96 years old. Gene was born in Ockley, Ind., to Perry and Clara Roth Cripe. He was the middle child in a family of three brothers and two sisters, all of whom preceded him in death. His family moved to Delphi, Ind., during his childhood and he graduated from Delphi High School. Gene went on to college at Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1932.

Soon after Gene moved to Southern California, where he worked as a design engineer in the appliance industry for the next 50 years, rising to the position of chief design engineer. He was responsible for many inventions in his field.

In his spare time Gene could often be found on the golf course, where he was a near-scratch golfer. During the summer he loved to visit his siblings, whom he remained very close to throughout his life, and their families back in Indiana.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Faye Maxine Cripe, and four children: Sally Cripe Tylman, Angela Figy, George Weathers and Daniel Santillan, and five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at the Wescott Funeral home.

"Poppie" will be greatly missed.

Ellery 'Al' Whitmer Jr.

Ellery "Al" James Whitmer Jr., 78, resident of Cottonwood, died Dec. 6, 2005.

Al was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 8, 1927 to Ellery Sr. and Margaret Whitmer.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and also a member of the American Legion.

In his youth he attended COE College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he majored in music. He had an appreciation for music his entire life, even retiring as musician and printer.

Al was an avid baseball fan. He also enjoyed gardening and reading. His greatest enjoyment, however, was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Mark of Claremaore, Okla., Steve of Huntington Beach, Calif., Danny of Sahuarita, Ariz., Sherry Louden of Clarkdale, Sue Hessey of Simi Valley, Calif., and Julie Zimmer of Corona, Calif.; his brother, Harold Whitmer of Clinton, Iowa; sister, Mary Burns of Santa Ana, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Donations in Al's name can be made to the American Legion or the VFW Post 7400

An online guestbook is available at

Harold L. Thomas

Harold Linley Thomas, 91, of Camp Verde, died Dec. 6, 2005, in Prescott at the Veterans Administration Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Middle Town, Mich., on May 8, 1914. Mr. Thomas was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps, from 1942 until 1946.

Mr. Thomas was a retired rancher, and he enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader and he liked to work in his gardens. He enjoyed raising fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 33 years Violet; and two sisters; Doris Hunter of California and Margie Bishop of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his first wife Bernice, to whom he was married for 30 years.

Graveside services will be Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Herbert D. Sexton

Herbert D. Sexton, 78, resident of Cottonwood, died Dec. 8, 2005.

He was born July 27, 1927, in Seminole, Okla., to Herbert and Cora Sexton.

Herbert served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He worked for and retired from the Clarkdale cement plant as an electrical engineer. He enjoyed wood-working in his spare time.

Herbert is preceded in death by his wife Betty Monette (Bérubé) Sexton. He is survived by three sons, Steve Sexton, Daniel Sexton, Jeffery Sexton all of Porterville, Calif.; two daughters, Lisa Sexton and Monette Fanning both of Cottonwood, and one sister, Melba Rudisill of San Jose, Calif.; as well as four grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to: The Arizona Cancer Society.

An online guestbook is available at

Edward R. Nelson

Edward R. Nelson, 79, resident of Clarkdale, passed early Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2005.

He was born to Edward and Mary Nelson on March 4, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Edward loved to travel, and since his retirement to Arizona he had enjoyed many journeys around the country.

He was a member of the American Baptist Church in Illinois. He taught Sunday School and stayed active in many church activities. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and other sports that his children joined.

Edward leaves behind his loving wife and companion of 53 years, Joan Nelson; his sons, Patrick (Barbara) of Arizona and Tim of Illinois; two brothers, Gene of Illinois and Bob of Mississippi, as well as, four grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the VFW Post 7400 in Cottonwood on Dec. 15 at 11 am.

In memory of Edward the family requests that contributions be made to the VFW or American Legion, American Diabetes Association or other favorite charitable organization.

An online guestbook is available at

Edward D. Jacobs

Edward Daniel Jacobs, 78, of Cornville, died Dec. 6, 2005. He was born June 16, 1927, in Flagstaff to Donald and Ida Jacobs.

Ed is survived by his wife Jeneth Jacobs; daughters Caroline Tristano and Colleen Wilson; son Daniel Jacobs; stepson Michael Sallee; sisters Virginia Marcus and Helen Blair; stepsons Robert and James Rawlinson; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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