Obituaries 5/11/05

Betty R. Carmichael

Betty Carmichael, 74, of Cornville, died May 2, 2005, in Cottonwood. She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Christmas Day, 1930, and was immediately adopted by Fred and Irene Huber Carmichael.

She was raised in Bath, Ohio, and graduated from Bath High School. She attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she found herself in trouble over exercising harness horses at the local track, as ''ladies do not drive race horses!" Betty's passion was horses and she felt very fortunate to have learned from her father, a World War I veteran, as well as many retired cavalrymen.

In addition to her horse skills, she was a professional ballroom dancer for several years in California, and also managed several top class restaurants around the country. She was the founding coach of Stanford (California) University Equestrian Team. Her first show ribbon was earned in the 1930s, her last in 2004, at a local dressage show. She delighted in riding the non-traditional horse successfully in different events, such as her saddlebreds and appaloosas in open jumping and dressage, as well as sharing her knowledge of her art.

She was very proud of having trained students who did well in many disciplines, from local shows to A circuits, to breed shows to trail riders, saddleseat to open jumping to western.

Intensely interested in people, she rarely met a person she didn't like or quickly make into a friend.

She is survived by a sister, four nieces and their families, all of California, and many, many friends throughout the country.

A celebration of her life will be at her home in Cornville on May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information call Nancy at 634-0952.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Raymond L. Gilbert II

Raymond LeRoy Gilbert II, 59, of Cottonwood, died May 2. He was born Aug. 31, 1945, in Wickenburg.

He was a retired truck driver with Teamsters Local #104.

Mr. Gilbert was a huge NASCAR fan, raced motorcycles, enjoyed cooking and baking, television and movies, cars, was an animal lover and also had been a photographer.

He leaves two sons, Mark Landa, of Phoenix, and Robert Gilbert, of Scottsdale; his mother Norma L. Gilbert of Cottonwood; brothers, Larry L. Gilbert, of Buckeye, and David L. Gilbert, of Glendale; and one grandchild.

His father Raymond L. Gilbert preceded him in death.

Services will be held at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Frederick L. Bensen

Mr. Frederick L. Benson, of Cottonwood, son of Olive and Earl Bensen, died May 6, 2005, after struggling with cancer for the last eight years.

He was born in Jackson, Mich. He was preceded by his brother Robert and is survived by his brother John of Walnut Creek, Calif., and his Lois, of Cottonwood.

He leaves behind his loving and caring wife, Betty, of 53 years, his devoted children, Matthew of Great Fall, Va., and Roy of Vienna, Va., and Laura Lee of Henderson, Nev. He had five grandchildren, Melissa Perozich, Jessica Bensen, Michael and Hannah Bensen, Callen Peet and one great-grandchild, Michael, son of Melissa and Michael Perozich.

He was a member of the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Cottonwood in which he was a member of the church council. Additionally, he was a Charter Member of the U.S. Marine Corp League of Cottonwood, and a devoted volunteer of the Old Town Mission.

In addition to his armed forces service he served his country as a systems analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense for 53 years.

His hobbies included reading, bridge, golf and hiking. He was a very kind and generous man who had traveled extensively sharing his love.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: American Cancer Society, sent to American Cancer Society/Town of Clarkdale, P.O. Box 308, Clarkdale AZ 86324, Benefiting Verde Valley Relay for Life.

Memorial services were May 9, conducted by Pastor Rick Alpers of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church.

Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood is assisting with arrangements.

Alejandro Vega

Alejandro Vega, 16-month-old son of Jesus Vega and Elsa Velazquez died May 4, 2005, in a tragic accident. He was born Dec. 11, 2003.

He also leaves a brother, Joseph Pacheco and a sister, Yocelin Velaquez, both of Cottonwood.

A Rosary was May 10 in the Westcott Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will be today, May 11, in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Boude C. Moore

Boude Clisby Moore, 80, of Clarkdale, died May 6, 2005. He was born March 11, 1925, in Nagasaki, Japan, to the Rev. Boude Chambers Moore and Anna MacAlpene.

On March 18, 1944, he married Ramona Faye Smith and attended Caltech, graduating with a master's degree in 1950. He worked for McDonald Douglas for 35 years in the vacuum chamber field.

He is survived by two sons, Boude Clyde Moore, of Sepulveda, Calif., and John Walter Moore, of Colorado; four daughters, Anna Quincy, of Spokane-Cheney, Wash., Melinda Reins, of Bakersfield, Calif., Mona Lyddon and Jeana Corbett, both of Chester, Calif.; his wife of 25 years, S. Leigh; a step-daughter that he gained, Jan E. Treosper, of Clarkdale; two stepsons, William Johnson, of Cottonwood, and Preston Johnson, of Cottonwood; a sister, Katherine Moore, of Washington; brothers James Moore and Lardner Moore, both of Ashville, N.C., and Dan Moore, of Ohio; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Boude and Leigh moved to Cottonwood in 1994 after six years working at Caltech on the gravity wavedetecion project, LIGO. He continued consulting after retirement, sang in the Mountain View United Methodist Church Choir and was a member of the Verde Valley Voices.

Memorial services are planned for June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View United Methodist church in Cottonwood.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Verde Valley Voices, c/o Westcott Funeral Home, P.O. Box 352, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Fairy C. Pierce

Fairy Cole Pierce, 82, of Camp Verde, died May 6, 2005. She was born July 28, 1922, in Craig, Okla.

She retired from Boeing Aircraft. Mrs. Pierce was a member of the Calvary Chapel of Camp Verde. Her hobbies included sewing and bingo.

Surviving her is a sister, Earlene Gage, of Sand Springs, Okla.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There are no public services.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Donna K. Appleton

Donna Kaye Appleton, 58, a resident of Sedona died May 6, 2005. She was born Feb. 3, 1947, in Anadarko, Okla.

Donna attended beauty school and worked as a receptionist and a waitress. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing cards and bingo.

She leaves two daughters, Shelli Dickison and Denise Juricek, both of Sedona; her mother, Alice Lisk, of Cottonwood; a brother, Clint Lisk, of Phoenix; and two grandchildren.

A private burial was held. A memorial service is set for May 13 at 5 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church.

Frederick V. Tully

Frederick V. Tully, born May 13, 1931, finally lost his long and courageous battle with prostate cancer on May 5, 2005. He peacefully left this world with his family at his side in his home in Sedona.

He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Frederick V. Tully of Rensselaer, N.Y. He attended Christian Brothers Academy and Van Rensselaer High School, where he excelled in basketball and as a pitcher in baseball. From 1951 to Œ54 he was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, and served his country with distinction in the Korean War. Later he studied acting in Sandy Meisner's Professional Class in New York and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

As a TV announcer and actor, Fred worked on New York and Los Angeles stages, in several dramatic television series in the United States and Italy, and in international films in Europe. He is survived with great love, gratitude, and the fondest of memories by his wife Catana, his son Patrick, and daughter-in-law Bunok. His integrity, decency and courage, and his delightful humor will be greatly missed by those in his extended family and countless friends spread through the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

A memorial service will be May 13 at the Church of the Good Shepherd where Fred worshiped in Beverly Hills, Calif. Donations in his name may be made out to the "San Carlos Foundation/Fotokids," in Guatemala, and sent to Fotokids, P.O. Box 661447, Miami Springs FL 33266

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

David Elder

B. David Elder died May 3, 2005, at the age of 74. David was born July 22, 1930, in Welch, Okla., to Bliss D. and Cecil Elder.

He was raised in Chetopa, Kan., where he spent his youth working in the family business. In 1954, David moved to Riverside, Calif., where he began working for Riverside Cement as a laborer in the quarry.

In 1970 Elder transferred to the Clarkdale plant, which is now Phoenix Cement, where he worked for a total of 43 years. During that time he advanced to Maintenance Field & Shop supervisor and retired in 2000.

In 1995 he and his wife moved to Camp Verde. He enjoyed old country music, weight lifting and riding motorcycles. He was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing, camping and animals, especially his dogs. After retiring he especially enjoyed gardening and visiting friends.

Elder was preceded in death by his father, mother and only sister.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dixie Elder, of Camp Verde; his children David Wayne Elder, of Salem, Ore., Theresa Carlton, of Sacramento, Calif., and Candice King, of Torrence, Calif.; step-children Christi Myers and Dawn Jones, of Cottonwood, Richard Peterson and Loy Bowman, of Port Angeles, Wash., Cindy Trewern, of Tucson, and Paul Bowman, of San Leandro, Calif. He had 16 grand children and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Human Society. There will be a viewing May 11, 5-7 p.m., at Westcott Funeral Home. Funeral services will be May 12 at 1 p.m., at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

Daniel Schroedle Sr.

Daniel B. Schroedle Sr., 75, of Port Orchard, Wash., and formerly of Cottonwood, died May 1, 2005, at Harrison Hospital. He was born Jan. 14, 1930.

He was born in Chicago to Louis and Eleanor (Ross) Schroedle. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1953, stationed in Norfolk, Va., aboard the USS Grand Canyon and attaining the rank of boatswain's mate first class.

On June 19, 1954, he married Marilyn Pitts in Harvey, Ill. Mr. Schroedle went on to work as a pipefitter at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 22 years, retiring from Shop 56 in 1990.

He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton where he was a group advisor. He loved camping, fishing, animals, home repair and helping others.

Mr. Schroedle will be remembered as a "devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend."

He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis, and a nephew, Michael. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Mark and his wife, Dee Dee, of Grapeview and twins, Danny of Manchester and David and his wife, Debbie, of Port Orchard; three brothers, Richard Roman and Robert "Sonny" Roman and his wife, Sharon, both of Phoenix, and Gene Roman of Chicago; a sister, Louise Raymond and her husband, Kenny, of Phoenix; five grandchildren, David, Tracie, Mike, Matt and Luke; and four great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Marjorie L. Stalnaker

Marjorie Lenore Stalnaker, 93, of Camp Verde, died May 3, 2005. She was born July 15, 1911, in Cardiff, Calif.

She enjoyed gardening, being with her family, eating out, cards and board games.

Her husband of 70 years, Eldon C. Stalnaker, preceded her in death.

She leaves a son, Jim (and his wife Bobbi) Stalnaker, of Flagstaff; two daughters, Martie Ryan, of Camp Verde, and Ginger Hershman, of La Mesa, Calif.; four sisters, Janette Lohman, of San Diego, Jody Beyer, of San Diego, Pat Hodges, of Seal Beach, Calif., and Jere Sorensen, of Salt Lake City; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Danny "Pappy" Robertson

Danny "Pappy" Robertson died May 5, 2005, at the age of 84. Pappy was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Higgins, Texas, to I.Q. and Rosa Robertson.

He was raised in Higgins, farming with his dad and three brothers (Nelson, Bill and Herman). In Higgins he met and married Dorothy. They were married for 65 years of wonderful bliss. While in Texas, Pappy farmed until he was called by his country to serve in the U.S. Army from July 1943 to November 1945.

While in the Army, Pappy served in Normandy, Rhineland Ardennes, Northern France, and Central Europe. When he returned home, he became a welder in the oil fields, pipeline and construction.

While in Texas with his four children, one child (Charlotte) became ill with polio in 1950. She was too small to be in an iron lung and Pappy built a rocking bed known as "The Bed That Daddy Built," which he donated to the hospital (Hendericks Memorial.) He and his family followed the oil field and construction to New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

In 1973 Pappy and wife moved to Camp Verde, where he made his home until be became ill. He then moved to Phoenix to live with his youngest some, Danny and wife, until his death.

Pappy was a member of Operating Engineers Local 428. Pappy enjoyed playing, singing, and listening to Bob Wills and good ole country music. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing and hunting and never gave up his love for animals.

Pappy was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Charlotte, and one son-in-law, Vernon Stafford. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, Harley, of Camp Verde, and Danny, of Phoenix, two daughters, Dianne, of Hurrah, Okla., and Bernha, of Phoenix, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was May 10 in Peoria. Burial services will be at 10 a.m., May 11, at the Veterans Cemetery.

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