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Obituries Dec. 31, 2006

Donny Todd Loring

Donny Todd Loring, 35, a resident of Clarkdale, Arizona, died Dec. 27 in Cottonwood.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1971, to Victor Gerald and Sharon Loring in Cottonwood, where he grew up and attended the Clarkdale-Jerome School, and graduated from Mingus Union High School.

Todd worked for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, holding various positions, such as payroll clerk, and most recently a music teacher. His work was his hobby, he loved being a musician. He was talented in playing the guitar, both acoustic and bass, as well as, the drums.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Todd is preceded in death by his father, Victor Gerald Loring; his grandmother, Flora Kinsey; and two grandfathers, Phillip Loring and John Kinsey. He leaves behind his sweetheart and companion, Darlene Manuel and her son, Gary James of Clarkdale; his mother, Sharon Loring of Clarkdale; his brothers, Michael Loring with Sherri Ann James of Clarkdale and Dushane Loring with Jennifer Martinez of Middle Verde; as well as, many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Funeral services took place Dec. 31 at Westcott Funeral Home.

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Russell I. Johnson

Russell I. Johnson, 88, of Cottonwood, died Dec. 28. He was born Sept. 16, 1918, in Colfax, Washington, to James and Nellie Johnson.

Russell graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II and after the war, he settled with his family in southern California, where he worked as a chemist. Wanting to go into education, he became certified to teach and also received his Masters in Education. He and his wife Bettie left California and retired in Clarkdale.

Russell is survived by his son, Jim (Pat) Johnson, of Essex Junction, Vt.; a daughter, Cynthia Orr of Seattle; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Bettie, his wife of 60 years, died September 2004.

A memorial service will be held at Cottonwood Village, located at 201 E. Mingus Ave., at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Randolph 'Randy' Lloyd Cook

Randolph "Randy" Lloyd Cook died Dec. 23, 2006 in Camp Verde.

He was the second child of Cecil Lloyd and Elizabeth Rosalee Cook. Randy is survived by his parents of Riverside, Calif.; his step-sons, Kenyon Lee Evans and Cammron Cody Evans; his sister, Elaine Knutzen (Stephen) of Hollister, Calif.; his brother, Robert Cook of Riverside, Calif.; one granddaughter; three nieces and one grand-niece.

Randy was a very artistic person; he was a talented painter and added to his talents when he discovered his love of glass etching. His work with glass etching can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the country.

Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the chapel of Bueler Funeral Home in Camp Verde. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Montecito Memorial Park in Loma Linda, Calif. Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Dominic Joseph Guadagni

Dominic Joseph Guadagni, born Aug. 21, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Dec. 22 in Camp Verde.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Guadagni of Camp Verde; his three children, Leanna R. Guadagni of Redding, Calif., Daniel T. Guadagni of Mountain View, Calif., and David D. Guadagni of Redding, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dominic was a retired millwright in the cabinet business. H

Services will be private. Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Robert Settle

Robert Settle, 81, of Camp Verde, died Dec. 12.

Robert was born Oct. 15, 1925, in Westminster, Calif., to the late Ora and William Settle. Robert is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lura Settle of Camp Verde; his stepsons, Ed Weiss and Sandy Burchett; his step-daughter Carol Stott; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Robert served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years. Following retirement from the armed services, Robert owned and operated an electronic repair business.

Services will be private. Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family

Desa Vick

Desa Vick, 83, of Cottonwood, died Dec. 29. She was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Croatia, the daughter of Vladimir and Anastasia Stanic.

Mrs. Vick came to the United States after the Croation War.

She was the wife of the late Ray Vick.

She leaves two sons, Chad Charles Vick of Ojai, California and George Vick of Palmdale, California and a sister Vera Merser of Cottonwood.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Verde Valley Humane Society, P O Box 1429, Cottonwood, 86326.

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