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Obituaries, Jan. 24, 2007

George E. Dalton

George E. Dalton, 78, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 16, 2007. He was born Sept. 27, 1928, to Richard and Wilma (Fulcher) Dalton in Fort Stockton, Texas. George was raised in Alpine, Texas, which he loved, and has always held a tender spot in his heart.

George was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, who served his country following World War II as a fireman, and received the WWII Victory Medal.

Professionally, he was an operating engineer and heavy equipment operator, in the construction industry. Prior to his retirement, George dedicated 55 years to the Local Union 428, located out of the Verde Valley; during which time, 10 years were spent working in Alaska.

George leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Jane E. Dalton of Cottonwood; his sons, John L. Dalton (Judy), and Kelly B. Dalton, all of Cottonwood; his daughters, "Rocky" Dalton of Apache Junction, and Denise Bodam of Mesa; his brother, Richard Dalton; his sisters, Mary Lou Hunsaker, and Marcella "Sis" Theune, all of Kearny; as well as, six grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service, honoring the life of George, will be at Westcott Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Following the Memorial Service, George will be taken home to Texas, where he will be laid to rest on the family ranch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made, in George's name, to any local charitable organization.

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Lydia C. Hunseder

Lydia Christine Hunseder, 73, of Cottonwood died Jan. 21, 2007, at Country Care, under the care of Northern Arizona Hospice. She was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Tehran, Iran, to Russian parents.

The family came to the United States in 1946 and became naturalized citizens. Lydia attended Hollywood High School. She met the love of her life, Fred Hunseder, while on a train going to California. They married in 1952 and lived in Goodyear while Fred was stationed at Luke AFB. Later, they moved to Southern California.

After 33 years of marriage, Fred died in 1985, and she moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1993. After 13 years alone she married Brooke Blackwood in 1998. He also preceded her in 2004. Lydia came to Cottonwood in November 2006.

She leaves behind her only son, Nick Hunseder (Debbie) of Clarkdale.

A memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Verde Valley Humane Society building fund or to Northern Arizona Hospice.

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Ira 'Boots' Barto

Ira Earl "Boots" Barto, 90, of Cottonwood, died at home Jan. 20, 2007. Boots was born in Melrose, New Mexico, in the days of the covered wagon, and lived into the space age.

He was the youngest of six children born to George and Oda Gustavo (Laney) Barto. As a youngster, he moved to Riverside, Calif., with his family, where he grew up and graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School.

Following high school, being skilled as a handyman, he worked as a cowhand and farmhand until World War II, at which time he went into the construction industry.

In July of 1939 he met and married the love of his life, LaVersa M. McKean. After the war, they bought some acreage in Safford, where they and their first two sons, Gary and Ron, tried farming for a while. When they moved back to California, Boots sold washing machines for his brother, Carl, for several years.

Boots finally found his "niche" when he became a camp manager for the Mountain View United Methodist Church. At the Mingus Methodist Church Camp on top of Mingus Mountain, he was well known by thousands of campers as "Mr. Boots." He took his retirement in 1980.

Boots leaves behind his wife of 67 years, LaVersa Barto of Cottonwood; his three sons, Gary, who is serving in the U.S. Navy, Ron (K.J.) of California, and Ray (Mary) of Arizona; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at 4 p.m. at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, where he was a very loyal member for many years. Because he so loved his church family, and the position in which he served, contributions may be sent to: the United Methodist Church, c/o Youth Fund for Camping, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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Pearl J. Hostetler

Pearl J. Hostetler, 87, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 21, 2007 in Sedona. She was born on Sept. 17, 1919, in Grayhawk, Ky., to Sam and Scettie (Hubbard) Sandlin.

Pearl loved sewing, and worked professionally as a seamstress. She was married to the late Leo Hostetler.

She leaves behind her sons, Marvin Rader (Ann), of Cottonwood, and Terry Rader of Oklahoma; her daughter, Dianna Snowberger (David) of Rochester, Ind.; step-children, Larry Hostetler (Sharon) of New Mexico, Janice DeLange (Cliff) of Plymouth, Ind., and Verha Six (Jerry) of Longmont, Colo.; her brother, Earl Sandlin of Richmond, Ind.; her sisters, Beulah Wigget of Eaton, Ohio, and Davie Hensley of Richmond, Indiana; as well as seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at Manuel Funeral Home in North Liberty, Ind., following which she will be laid to rest at the East Lawn Cemetery.

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