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Obituaries, Jan. 25, 2006

Ralph J. Ahlen

Ralph J. Ahlen, 92, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 15, 2006. He was born on Dec. 31, 1913, to Minnie Walquest and Joseph C. Ahlen in Kansas City, Mo., where he grew up and graduated from Northeast High School.

Ralph also attended the Army OCS, where he held the rank of first lieutenant. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943-45.

Professionally, Ralph worked in industrial sales, and dedicated himself to such until his retirement.

After his retirement, he was able to spend his time doing the things he enjoyed most. While living at Table Rock Lake his activities included fishing and boating. He also enjoyed traveling, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda; his brother, Vernon; and his sister, Dorothy.

Ralph leaves behind his wife and sweetheart of 65 years, Dorothy Eileen Ahlen of Cottonwood; his beloved daughter, Donna Michael of Camp Verde; his two adored granddaughters, Tiffany and Lauren; and his four precious great-grandchildren.

In his memory, Memorial Services will be Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church, where he was proud to be a member.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to any favorite charitable organization.

An online guestbook is available at

Barbara Piper

Barbara Piper, 69, of Camp Verde, died Jan. 17, 2006 in Tucson.

She loved crafts and camping.

She is survived by her husband Ira Piper; four children, Norma, Ivan, Mickey and Barbara; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.

Viola Moseley

Viola "Vi" Moseley, 72, of Sedona, died Jan. 21, 2006, at her home. Vi was born Jan. 20, 1934, to Alton A. Van Kirk and Gladys V. Campbell of Syracuse, N.Y.

Vi has been a resident to the Verde Valley for the last 40 years. She has worked at what was the Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital and also in the banking industry. She married Tom F. Moseley in 1987, and then moved to Sedona.

Her sunny disposition and heart of pure gold brought joy into the lives of all who knew her. She was truly one of God's Angels on earth. She will always be remembered by those who loved her with a smile and a happy heart.

Vi was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Moseley. She is survived by her sister Wanda L. Bryan of Sedona, her brothers Wayne P. Van Kirk of Chandler and Bruce M. Van Kirk of Alaska.

At the request of the family, memorial contributions can be made to the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliff Road, Sedona AZ 86336.

A memorial service was held at the Sedona United Methodist Church on Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Greer's Mortuary of Sedona assisted the family with the arrangements.

Mary T. Duckworth

Mary Thelma Duckworth, 93, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 22, 2006. She was born in Rock River, Wyo., to Harmon and Ida DeBuhr on Dec. 6, 1912.

Memorial Services will be held at the Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome. Services are tentively set for Friday, Jan. 27; the time is yet to be established. A more detailed obituary will be published in the Friday edition.

Confirmation of services and a guestbook can be found online at

Gurtha M. Olney

Gurtha Mary (Zuercher) Olney, 94, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 23, 2006. She was born in Monument, N.M., on Sept. 23, 1911, to Arthur and Rutha Lea Brookin.

She started working by the time she was 8 years old, milking cows and delivering milk from the back of a truck for her father's dairy in Brawley, Calif.

Her first child was born while she was 16. Two years later she convinced Leo J. Zuercher, a good Catholic boy, to elope to Mexico to marry a divorcee with a baby daughter. Gurtha and Leo had two more children and raised all three in Arizona and California.

She was a cook in restaurants and hospitals, including the Cottonwood Hospital. After she retired, she drove vans for the Cottonwood Senior Center and for CATS.

After the death of her husband, Leo, she married an old family friend, George Richard "Dick" Olney, who later succumbed to cancer resulting from a lifetime of uranium mining.

Gurtha enjoyed traveling in the United States and crossed the continent at least four times to visit her children and be with relatives. She was active in her church and in the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by daughters, Christine Killebrew of Merced, Calif., and Rosalie Hess of El Dorado, Kans.; son, Leo A. Zuercher and daughter-in-law, Marlene Zuercher of Cottonwood; 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Step-sons Jamie and David Olney of Utah, with their families; and ex-son-in-law, Jim Millsap, also survive her, and whom she always considered a part of her family.

Her courage, insight and helpfulness will be missed.

Rosary and a Visitation will be held at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood, on Friday, Jan. 27. Rosary will begin at 5 p.m. and Visitation will follow 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will follow Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N. Bill Grey Road.

An online guestbook is available at

Georgia B. Yeager

Georgia Belle Yeager, 81, new resident of Cottonwood, and former 60-year resident of California, died Jan. 22, 2006. She was born to Harry and Pearl Bounds on Jan. 14, 1925, in Kansas City, Kans.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Yeager.

Georgia leaves behind her sons, Terry (Jenny) Yeager of Hemet, Calif., Jeff Yeager of Rock Island, Ill., and Tom (Jennifer) Yeager of Alpine, Calif.; her daughters, JoAnn (Danny) Kobrick of Las Vegas, Nev., Karen (Gabe) Bowen of San Diego, and Kathy (Craig) Tewanger of Cottonwood; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held in honor of her life in San Diego, California at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at

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