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Obituaries September 1, 2006

John David Boyd

John David Boyd, 78, of Cottonwood, died Aug. 29, 2006.

He was born Dec. 10, 1927, in San Pedro, Calif.

Mr. Boyd served in the merchant marines. He was a retired business owner, having owned and operated his own roofing company.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints. He was the founder of the Verde Valley Relay for Life, which began in 1995. He was also a member of the Elks and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Dan (Chris) Boyd, John Boyd, and David (Lori) Boyd; daughters, Janet (Randy) Lopez, Pam (Gary) Kostelney, Loriana Anderson, and Carrie (Robert) Campoy; sister, Betty Lou Carver; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the LDS Church Building on Hombre Drive in Cottonwood on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. A viewing will begin at 9 a.m. and the funeral service will follow at 10. John will be laid to rest at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund, 1380 Hombre Drive, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326.

Rhea Mae Sommer

Rhea Mae Sommer, 82, a resident of Sedona for 38 years, died Aug. 30, 2006. She was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Lima, Ohio.

Rhea served her country in the U.S. Navy as AS, S2C during World War II. Later she worked for Wells Fargo Bank as a banker, dedicating 18 years before retiring. Rhea was also a member of the BPOE of Sedona.

She loved fishing, camping and dancing.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack. Rhea leaves behind her companion and friend for 20 years, George Tice of Sedona; son, Michael J. (Chisato) Sommer of Mesa; daughters, Nancy (Randy) Elmer of Camp Verde, and Jacque Sommer of Kansas; brothers, Dean (Eileen) Hollar, Jim (Jerry) Hollar, and Bill (Bonnie) Hollar all of Ohio; sister, Glenna Rose Barnett also of Ohio; as well as seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2 at noon at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood. Contributions can be made to any hospice facility or to the Arizona Chapter - American Parkinson Disease Association, 2033 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 203, Tucson, Arizona 85719

An online guestbook is available at

Ray Byron Olson

Ray Byron Olson, born in Ray, N.D., Nov. 17, 1926, died Aug. 21 at his home in Cottonwood.

Mr. Olson grew up in Missoula, Mont. He left home at the age of 17 to join the Marines in their struggle against the Japanese. He fought in Okinawa, Tarawa and Saipan with the 2nd Marine Division before landing in Nagasaki, Japan two weeks after VJ day. He spent the next two years in Nagasaki, and Saga, Japan.

Upon returning from Japan, he earned a degree in geology from the University of Montana, married Violet Broman - who bore him three sons, and worked as a geologist in Wyoming and Montana.

Then he returned to Missoula, obtained a degree in Law, practiced law in Montana and Wyoming and then settled awhile in Tucson with his wife, the former Virginia Fairbanks. Upon retirement, he made his final home in Cottonwood, where he was very active in the American Legion, Post #25 until his death.

Ray is survived by his sisters, Marian Oberlander and Joan Swords-Cribb; his sons, Bruce, Clay and Marcus; as well as several grandchildren.

No local services are planned.

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