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Obituaries Jan. 14, 2007

Ivan F. Finley

Former Sedona Mayor Ivan Francis Finley, 81, died Jan. 8, 2007, at his home in Sedona. Ivan was born in Curtis, Neb., on Dec. 14, 1925, and lived for most of his youth in Oregon.

He served in the Army Air Corps in 1945. He married Thelma A. Kinslow on Jan. 4, 1945, and their 62nd wedding anniversary had just passed before he died.

In his professional life Ivan was manager of multiple stores of the J.C. Penney Company in the Bay area and Stockton, Calif. The Finleys moved to Sedona in 1978, and he managed Sunset Mobile Home Park. He was managing broker for Foothills Real Estate for many years and retired in 2000.

Ivan was very active in civic affairs and local politics. He had belonged to and served in leadership of the Sedona Mid-Day Rotary Club and Rotary Club of the Red Rocks, Sedona-Verde Valley Association of Realtors, Sedona Men's Republican Club, and Citizens for an Alternate Route (CFAR).

Finley was elected to Sedona city council in May 1992, winning in a recall election. He was elected again in March 1994. He served as mayor of Sedona from May 1996 until June 1998.

Ivan's hobbies and pastime included reading American history, writing a political column, cooking, hunting, and family genealogy. He was a counselor and mentor to many candidates, office holders, and friends. He had been diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis many years ago, which prevented him from walking, but was seen regularly cruising on his scooter in Uptown Sedona and the neighborhood.

Ivan Finley is survived by his wife, Thelma; daughters Elizabeth Ernst (Jerry) of Lodi, Calif., and Victoria Williams of El Cajon, Calif.; son Terry Finley (Jami) of Queen Creek; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial celebration will be Friday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona.

Lawrence Crosek

Lawrence Crosek, 68, of Clarkdale, died at home after a lengthy illness on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007.

He was born Oct. 22, 1938, to John and Barbara Crosek in Hammond, Ind., where he grew up; attended and graduated from Hammond Tech. He attended his first year at the University of Washington, following which, he resided in Griffith, Ind., for many years.

Lawrence and his wife, Mary Lou, moved to Clarkdale in 2001 following his retirement. He was a member of the Local 150 IUOE, and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood.

Lawrence leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Mary Lou Crosek of Clarkdale; his son, Jim Crosek of Colorado; his brother Jerry Crosek (Pattie) of Indiana; his sisters, Barbara Johnson (Jule) also of Indiana, and Linda Smith (Patrick) of Tennessee.

There are no local services planned.

Please send donations, made in Lawrence's name to either: The American Cancer Society, 2724 East Lakin, Suite 9, Flagstaff AZ 86001 or to any local Hospice Organization.

An online guestbook is available at

Scott Duane Switzer

Scott Duane Switzer, 56, of Sedona, died Jan. 4, 2007. Scott was born July 27, 1950, in San Pedro, Calif., to Jean and William Switzer.

Scott worked as a food server at the Heartland Café in Sedona. He also worked as a painter.

Scott is survived by his wife, Cathy Switzer of Sedona; his sons, Sean Switzer of Kauai, Hawaii, Wyatt Switzer and Wesley Switzer, both of Sedona; his father, William Switzer; his brother, Steve Switzer of Redondo Beach, Calif.; his sister, Shelly Vargas of Rohnert Park, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. Scott is preceded in death by his mother, Jean Switzer.

A celebration of Scott's life is being planned.

Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Gary Floyd

Gary Floyd, 56, of Camp Verde died Jan. 9, 2007. Gary was born May 29, 1950, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Dolores and Robert Floyd.

Later, Gary moved to Arizona and worked in construction. Gary was a true Corvette man, and was a member of the Verde Valley Vettes club and could often be seen cruising in his '84 yellow Corvette.

Gary is survived by his brothers, Robert Floyd, Jerry Floyd, Dennis Floyd, and Randy Floyd; his sisters, Beverly Perry and Gwen Cash.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel of Bueler Funeral Home, 143 Arnold St., in Camp Verde.

Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Carroll A. Benson

Carroll A. Benson, 79, of Sedona, died Jan. 8, 2007. Carroll was born Dec. 14, 1927, to the late Quma and Oscar Anderson.

Carroll is survived by her son, William Benson of Cottonwood; her daughters, Elizabeth Holmgren of Sitka, Alaska, and Katherine Lee Beckstrom of Port Orchard, Wash.; her brothers, John B. Anderson and Sherman Anderson, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; her sister, Sally Whitting of Billings, Mont.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 14, at the chapel of Bueler Funeral Home, 143 Arnold St., in Camp Verde.

Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family

Carol J. Dunaway

Carol J. Dunaway, 68, of Camp Verde, died Jan. 6, 2007. Carol was born July 28, 1938, in Milwaukee, Wis. She moved to Arizona in 1967.

Carol is survived by her husband of 50 years, Paul; her sons, Paul Daniel (Becky), Kenneth Alan (Mary), Steven Arlen (Annette); her daughter, Denise Ann (Jeffery); her father, Michael Dubiak; her sister, Charlene Lenzen (Leroy); one niece, three nephews, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place at a future date.

Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

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