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Obituaries, Oct. 9, 2005

Joseph A. Ziskoske

Joseph Ziskoske, 81, of Cottonwood, died peacefully on Sept. 30, 2005.

He was born in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1924, and served in the 871st Army Engineers in New Guinea and Luzon Campaigns in the Pacific in World War II. Joseph and his wife, Alberta, were married at St. George's Catholic Church in Chicago. They lived in the Chicago area until moving to Arizona in 1962. Joe worked for 40 years in the wholesale grocery business, 15 of those at Associated Grocers in Phoenix. Joe and Alberta retired to Ellsworth Heights in Show Low, and relocated to Cottonwood in 1989, living on Larkspur Drive and at Pine Shadows.

Joe enjoyed fishing, music and gardening, especially tending to his extraordinary roses and tomatoes. He was a devoted husband and exceptional father, who appreciated the simple things in life. He left this life peacefully, with a smile.

He is preceded in death by his wife and partner of 58 years, Alberta, who died on May 13, 2005.

Joe is survived by his sisters in the Chicago area, Marie Knetl and Eleanor Nemec; his son John Zisk(oske) of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; daughter Nancy Titus, of Cottonwood; granddaughter Specialist Katherine Titus, U.S. Army, Fort Belvoir, Va.; and soon to-be-born grandson, Christopher Joseph.

There are no public services planned.

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Gene L. Budd

Gene Lois Budd, 81, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 7, 2005. She was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Budd retired after a career in real estate sales.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking and walking.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Richard Budd; sons Mark Stephens and his wife Pam, of Visalia, Calif., and Gerald Stephens, of Oklahoma City; daughter Carol Noble and her husband Bill, of Fullerton, Calif.; a brother, Robert Aldridge, of Houston, Texas; a sister Ruth Dutro and her husband Ken of Costa Mesa, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

An online guestbook is available at

Billy D. Latimer

Billy Don Latimer, 69, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 7, 2005. He was born in Electra, Texas, on Sept. 24, 1936.

He was a Korean War veteran.

Mr. Latimer was a retired truck driver. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and road travel.

He is survived by his sons Steve, of Santa Fe, N.M., Michael, of Cornville, and Brandon, of Colorado; a brother, Wesley Latimer, of Texas; and five grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

An online guestbook is available at

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