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Obituaries, September 18, 2005

Neil J. Wallace

Neil J. Wallace 63, of Maui, Hawaii, died Sept. 7, 2005. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., on May 24, 1944.

Neil is survived by his mother Mary L. Wallace, of Cottonwood, sister Carol A. Robertson, brother-in-law Joe Robertson and daughter Monique A. Robertson, stepbrother Raliegh Burt and his Sandra Burt and family. Neil's father, John R. Wallace preceded him in death.

Neil lived with his sister Carol and Joe Robertson, as Joe was away from home working a lot. Neil graduated from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., as his father and sister did. Soon after graduating he joined the National Guard for six years. When he came home he attended Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif.

He married Susan Milligan on March 21, 1970; they had no children. He worked for the telephone company in Long Beach until he moved to Hawaii. They lived in Maui for 25 years.

Neil will be missed by his family and friends. He loved sports, traveling and surfing.

A funeral service will be held on the ocean, as he wished. A memorial service will be held at the home of Joe and Carol Robertson on Maui, Hawaii.

Lottie A. Ciocchi

Lottie A. Ciocchi, 81, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 8, 2005. Born June 26, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, she then moved to Alaska.

Lottie is survived by her daughters Sandra Perrin, of Camp Verde, and Karen Ciocchi, of Anchorage, Alaska; son David M. Ciocchi, of Anchorage; and a grandson, Michael E. Perrin of Gilbert.

No services have been scheduled.

David Speicher

David Speicher, 58, died Sept. 10 of a heart attack. Born Oct. 18, 1946, in Indianapolis, David had lived in central Arizona for seven years and was the owner of Verde Tax Service in Cottonwood.

He is survived by his former wife, three daughters, two brothers, sister, father and stepmother. A "celebration of life" ceremony was held at Murphy's Grill Sept. 16 in Cottonwood.

Mason H. Dreyer

Mason Henry Dreyer died Sept. 14, 2005. He was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Caldwell, Idaho.

Mason was known around Cottonwood as "The Cookie Man." After the loss of his wife Dorothy, he took pleasure in baking his special cookies for his favorite people around the Valley - the bank tellers, grocery clerks, nurses and doctors, his mail carrier and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by Dorothy. He is survived by sons Rawlin H. Dreyer and Steven E. Dreyer, both of Cottonwood; daughters Alice (Rick) Rowden, of Cottonwood, and Linda (Ben) Lear, of Garden City, Mo.; sister Myrtle Hopper, of New Meadows, Idaho; grandchildren, Brent and Lisa Lear, Sheena and Corey Abrams, Joshua and Allison Dreyer, and Brian and Mara Dreyer, all of Missouri; and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Mason's ashes will be interred at Clear Creek Cemetery in Camp Verde next to his wife's.

Chester J. Tingley

A resident of Cottonwood for 31 years, Chet Tingley died Sept. 12, 2005, at 77 years of age. He was born in Peckville, Pa., in 1928, graduated from Blakely High School and earned a BA degree in chemistry from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.

For 24 years Chet worked as an analytical chemist for Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y. before retiring to Arizona in 1974.

He was an all-round handyman and improviser. Living in the Southwest provided opportunity for year-round camping, hiking, and canoeing.

He is survived by Lynne, his wife of 54 years; brother Rollin of New Milford, Pa.; twin brother Calvin, of Hudson, Fla.; and sister Jeanne Whitbeck of Roanoke, Va.

A Time of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Wesleyan Methodist Church across the street from the Tingley home on Rainbow Road in Cottonwood. Donations or flowers are not necessary.

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Carroll A. Gabrielson

Carroll Ann Gabrielson, 69, a long time resident of the Verde Valley, died after a short illness on Sept. 5, 2005.

Carroll was born in Prescott on Feb. 14, 1936, and raised in the Verde Valley. She attended Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville, and graduated from Cottonwood High School. She then attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Phoenix, and graduated as a registered nurse in 1956. After marriage, she returned to the Verde Valley where she worked at Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital in Cottonwood, as well as serving as a nurse in several doctor's offices.

She was very active in a variety of activities. She served on the Yavapai County Board of Adjustments, the board of the Verde Valley Manor, member and officer in the Rio Verde Roverettes, in addition to many other activities. She taught arts and crafts, life-long hobbies of hers, at several locations throughout the Valley.

Carroll is survived by her husband, Ernest and two children: Mike of Tucson and Janet of Dewey. Brian, a grandson, lives in Tucson.

The family has indicated that according to her wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to, may send a contribution to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326 or to the Cottonwood Boys and Girls Club, 817 N. 2nd St., Cottonwood 86326.

An online guestbook is available at

Arnold I. Krause

Arnold I Krause, 85, of Cottonwood, son of J.W. Krause and Alice Mockelstrom Krause, died Sept. 13, 2005. Arnold was born in Harvard Ill.

Arnold was a master sergeant for the U.S. Army Ordnance. He served in the battles and campaigns at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe.

He was vice president of Tumpane Co Inc., and director for Smith Tool International.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 63 years, their four children Douglas E. Krause of Des Peres, Mo., Corliss B Schalburg of Sumerduck Va., Timothy A. Krause of Clearwater Utah, and Arnette M. Reed of Jamul, Calif., eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his brother James J. Krause of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Arnold was a resident of Del Webb Cottonwood Ranch for nine years. He loved gardening fishing on the White River in Arkansas, playing cards, and traveling.

God grant him peace and tranquility ever after. He is loved and will be missed by many.

There are no public services planned.

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Charles W. Hearin

Charles Wallace Hearin, 80, died Sept. 4, 2005, in Prescott. He was born Feb. 13, 1925, in El Dorado, Ark., the son of Charles Lee Hearin and Elizabeth Murphy Hearin.

He had been in the Verde Valley since 1974, the last 20 years in Cornville. He was a retired painting contractor and, in his spare time, loved to garden and fish.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Agnes M. Hearin, on Nov. 5, 2001 and by his parents.

Mr. Hearin is survived by his two daughters, Charlene Hearin-Lopez, of Cornville, and Diane Scott, of Cameron, Mont.; a son, Arthur DuBord, of Altadena, Calif.; a sister, Audrey Ambrose, of El Dorado, Ark.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado, Ark., conducted by Young's Funeral Directors, 508 Champagnolle Road.

Willie A. Simpson

Willie A. Simpson, 96, of Clarkdale, died Sept. 9, 2005. He was born May 14, 1909, in Hodges, Texas.

Mr. Simpson was a retired operating engineer and previously had worked as a cowboy, mechanic and as a carpenter.

He was a Baptist and a member of the Pinnochle Club. His enjoyments were playing cards, RVing, Camping, fishing, playing with his great-grandchildren and resting in his La-Z-boy.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Hahn; a daughter Freda Steele of Cottonwood; a sister, Alma Caperton of Normangee, Texas; three grandchildren, Paul Simpson, Laura Simpson and Keith Steele; three great-grandchildren, Katrina Steele, Kristie Steele, and Keenan Steele.

He was preceded in death by his wife Olive Marie (Dean) Simpson and a son, Billy Simpson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept.24 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the National Heart Association.

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