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Obituaries, Nov. 16, 2005

Kenneth C. Balcomb Jr.

Kenneth Chester Balcomb Jr., 85, of Rimrock died Nov. 10, 2005. He was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was World War II veteran of Marine Corps where he was discharged as a captain.

Mr. Balcomb attended the University of New Mexico and received his LLB degree from the University of Colorado. He was a retired attorney.

Mr. Balcomb was a member of the National Rifle Association, the American Handiman's Association, the Colorado and American Bar Associations and Ducks Unlimited.

He was a lifelong hunter, outdoorsman and Labrador retriever owner. He was also a golfer, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Balcomb appeared before the Supreme Court and was a water rights law specialist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Michelle Balcomb; sons, Scott (and his wife Janet) Balcomb of Glen Springs, Colo., Mark (and his wife Lisa) Balcomb of Silt, Colo., and Kenneth Balcomb III of Friday Harbor, Wash.; a stepson, Scott Baker of Alabama; daughter, Katherine Balcomb Kippy (and her husband Dow) of Silt, Colo.; stepdaughter, Lori Strong; brothers, Edward Balcomb of Albuquerque, N.M., Robert Samuel Balcomb of Bremerton, Wash., and John Douglas Balcomb of Wickenburg; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Donations in his memory may be made to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tenn., 38120

An online guest book is available at

Rosemary Murphy

Rosemary Murphy, 83, a retired nurse and longtime resident of the Verde Valley, died Nov. 5, 2005, after a lengthy illness.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Shimek, of Chino Valley; two grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Sharma of Glendale and Robert Shimek of Heber; four sisters, Patricia of Glendale, Myra of Cornville, Connie of Phoenix, and Sandra of Black Canyon City; and one brother, Michael, of Black Canyon City.

No services are scheduled at this time pending return of cremated remains.

Romeo 'Bill' Ainaire

Romeo J. "Bill" Ainaire, 81, died Nov. 7, 2005, in the Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott, where he and his loving wife LaVerne had lived since July 2004.

He leaves his wife and family and many friends in the Cottonwood area.

Veral L. Hutt

Veral Loren Hutt, 82, of Cottonwood died Nov. 11, 2005. He was born July 3, 1923, in Newman Grove, Neb. He graduated from Newman Grove High School.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and was serving at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed.

He was a retired automobile dealer.

Mr. Hutt was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. He enjoyed sports (especially the Dallas Cowboys), Country Gospel music, movies, working on cars, reading, walking, watching "Dr. Phil," crossword puzzles and he loved animals.

His wife Lurleene S. Hutt preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, Douglas L. Hutt of Rockwell, Texas; daughters Diane L. Davis of Dallas, Texas and L.Gayle Kirsch of Sedona; brothers, Rod Hutt of Madera, California and Don Hutt of Modesto, California; a sister, Dona Short of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held on Tuesday, November 22 in Restland Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.

Donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, P O Box 2013, Cottonwood AZ 86326

Shirley E. Meyer

Shirley Elizabeth (Massey) Meyer, 80, of Cottonwood, died Nov. 11, 2005, at Infinia of Cottonwood, with her husband, Robert; son, Robert Jr.; and daughter, Carol, at her bedside. She was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Peabody, Mass.

While at Peabody High School, Shirley was a member of the 1942 Massachusetts state champion basketball team. During World War II, she was an electronics specialist at Sylvania in Salem MA and later retired from Varian Associates in Beverly, Mass.

For the first two years of their retirement, Shirley and Bob traveled the United States, crisscrossing the country multiple times before settling in Cottonwood, where she immersed herself in Native American culture. Shirley and Bob started the annual Verde Village Antique and Collectible show in the early 1980s. Shirley was also accomplished in caning and rushing chairs, building dollhouses, and in rose marling and gold-leaf painting.

Shirley was a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, who had been falsely accused, and later hanged, during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The family lineage also included one of the first patriots to fall at the battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bob; son Bob Jr. of Castle Rock, Colo.; and daughter Carol (Ed) Kenney of Abilene, Kans. She was preceded in death by son Don. She is also survived by sisters Barbara Bozek, Lois Fellows, Trudy Dearborn, and Phyllis Bartkiewicz. She was preceded in death by sisters Alice Massey and Eleanor Spinale. She also leaves seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, 70 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, Sedona AZ 86351, or to Old Town Mission, 116 E Pinal St, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

An online guest book is available at

June R. Wilson

June Rose Wilson, 81, of Cottonwood, died Nov. 12, 2005. She was born July 13, 1924, in Los Angeles, the daughter of Ben K. and Katie Peru Rose.

She was a graduate of Hoover High School and Glendale City College.

Mrs. Wilson had worked as a bank clerk and an artist. She enjoyed painting.

Her memberships included the Christian Science Church.

She leaves her husband of 59 years, Ralph A. Wilson; daughters Kim Gertz and Kevin Chamberlain; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

An online guestbook is available at

Lucile E. Majeske

Lucile Emma Majeske, 94, of Cottonwood, died Nov. 12, 2005. She was born Nov. 9, 1911, in Chicago.

She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church.

Her hobbies included playing cards, volunteering, cooking and baking, bowling and visiting with her many friends.

Her husband, Edward Fredrich Majeske preceded her in death.

She leaves a son, Kenneth Majeske of Chicago; a daughter, Gloria Heidman, of Clarkdale; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Peace Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Fir St., Cottonwood AZ 86326.

An online guestbook is available at

Bobby Gene Hudspeth

Bobby Gene (Sonny) Hudspeth, 65, of Chino Valley, died Nov. 13, 2005. He was born April 29, 1940, in Tallahany, Okla.

He worked as a blade operator in construction.

Mr. Hudspeth enjoyed his weekly horseshoes and darts and also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He leaves his wife of 30 years, Mary Hudspeth; sons Bobby Hudspeth of Phoenix and Danny (and his wife Connie) Hudspeth of Glendale; daughters, Kerry Hudspeth of Cottonwood and Kimberly Herrick of Sedona; sisters, Louise (and her husband Rodney) Allen of Prescott Valley, Shirley (and her husband Randy) Eoff of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Betty (and her husband Johnny) Cole of Dana Point, Calif.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

Maurice G. Butler

Maurice George Butler, 81, of Cottonwood, died Nov. 12, 2005. He was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Montreal, Canada.

He served in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Maurice resided in Arizona for the last 18 years where he is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ellen Butler. He is also survived by four children, Carol DiBello, Maureen (Robert) Leahy, Sandi (Kim) Tabeling and Rick Florida; five grandchildren, Leeh DiBello, Merryt (Michael) Jackman, Cristina (David) Wallace, Rick (Sarah) Vinson, Levi Florida; two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

Maurice is also forever survived by his inspiring love of animals, his love for his family and his example as a gentleman, a friend and a humanitarian.

At his request no public services are planned at this time. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Humane Society of the Verde Valley, P O Box 1429, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

An online guestbook is available at

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