Obituaries for March 2009

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Keith Gifford

Keith Gifford, 70, of Payson, died Feb. 26, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Mr. Gifford served four years in the Navy and later worked in sawmills in Montana and Arizona and also at Payson schools. He retired from ...

Robert Varney Miller

Robert Varney Miller, formerly of Payson, and more recently of Scottsdale, died Feb. 27, 2009 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He earned a bachelor’s in mathematics from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Syracuse University in ...

Robert (Bob/Grizzly) Goodwin

Robert (Bob/Grizzly) Goodwin died Feb. 24, 2009. He was born Nov. 30, 1950. He served at North Phoenix Baptist Church and The Phoenician Resort. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marty; children, Andrea, Amanda and Alex (Lisa); ...

Robert James

Robert James, 81, died Feb. 25, 2009 at the RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born in Pace, Mich. and for the past 18 years he lived in Pine. Mr. James was a member of the First Baptist Church of ...

Patricia (Patty) Ann Lanese

Patricia (Patty) Ann Lanese died Feb. 24, 2009. She was born April 5, 1937 in Johnstown, Pa., the youngest of seven children, to Francis and Helen Long. Mrs. Lanese moved to Arizona in 1958. She worked at G.E. and then ...

Timothy Allen Bradley

Timothy Allen Bradley, 66, of Star Valley, died Feb. 25, 2009 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Nov. 9, 1942 in San Bernardino, Calif. to Herb and Dorothy Bradley. He was raised in Manhattan Beach, Calif. ...

Kelsey Lyle Ohlinger

Kelsey Lyle Ohlinger died Feb. 20, 2009 in RTA Hospice House of Payson. He was born Feb. 14, 1931 in Dinuba, Calif. to Arthur and Elizabeth Ohlinger. Mr. Ohlinger was a 20-year Navy veteran and served proudly in the Sea ...

Robert Varney Miller

Robert Varney Miller, 59, formerly of Payson and more recently of Scottsdale, died Feb. 27, 2009 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 3, 1949 in New Castle, Pa. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree ...

Jerry Lee Perry

Jerry Lee Perry died Feb. 21, 2009 at RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born Oct. 29, 1944 in Honaker, Va. Mr. Perry served as a fireman and cook in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked locally ...

Ralph K. Anderson

Ralph K. Anderson, of Pine, died March 6, 2009 after a brief illness. Mr. Anderson was born in Miami, Ariz. in 1930, where his father, Alton (Slim) Anderson was supervising the building of Highway U.S. 60; and his mother, Lucile ...

Nelia M. Gusimat

Nelia M. Gusimat, 59, died March 5, 2009 in Payson. She was born May 28, 1949 in the Philippines and graduated from high school and college in California. She was self-employed at Payson Chiropractic Center. Mrs. Gusimat was preceded in ...

R. E. “Whit” Whittington

R.E. “Whit” Whittington died March 9, 2009 at his home in Deer Creek Village. He was born March 16, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio to E.H. and Dorothy Whittington. Mr. Whittington served in the U.S. Navy and owned and operated several ...

Juanita Packer

Juanita Packer died March 12, 2009 in Payson. She was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Oil Trough, Ark. Mrs. Packer was preceded in death by her son, Leroy Packer. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Neese of Payson; five grandchildren, Jennifer ...

Julie Gryka

Julie Gryka died March 14, 2009. She was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1917 and resided in Warren, Mich. most of her life. She loved music, dancing and playing cards. In 2004 she moved to Payson to be with her ...

Elizabeth Grant

Elizabeth Grant, 75, of Mesa and formerly of Payson, died March 8, 2009 in Mesa. She was the wife of the late Patrick Grant, who died in 2003. She is survived by her son, Hugh Grant; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; step-daughter, Denise ...

Ted Silva

Ted Silva died March 4, 2009 after a difficult but brave battle with cancer. Mr. Silva worked construction in the area since 2001. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, who loved family, music and animals. He also loved to make people ...

Tom Amerson

Tom Amerson, a Master Plasterer, died March 17, 2009. He was born in Abilene, Texas in 1928. Tom moved to Phoenix in 1946 where he met Betty, his wife of 59 years, and they were married in 1949. Mr. Amerson ...

Patricia Papineau

Patricia Papineau died March 10, 2009 in Payson. She was born Jan. 19, 1953 in Union City, Ky. to James and Donna Leahy. She is survived by her husband, Gary Papineau; daughter, Patty May (Christopher) Johnson; son, Christopher R. Pierce; ...

Paul Rakisits

Paul Rakisits, loving husband and father, died March 8, 2009 at the RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born June 28, 1926 in LaCrescenta, Calif. He was first and foremost an aviator. His love of aviation began at a very ...

Donna Jean Helvig

Donna Jean Helvig died March 15, 2009 at Payson Care Center. Mrs. Helvig was just short of her 89th birthday — she was born March 23, 1920 in Rochester, Minn. Mrs. Helvig and her husband, Greg, moved to Pine in ...

Kenneth Dale Zissler

Kenneth Dale Zissler died March 18, 2009. He was born Jan. 20, 1958 to Arthur and Betty Zissler of Coleta, Ill., and was raised in Illinois and Salem, Ore. He and his wife, Gwen, moved to Payson in 1998. He ...

Mary D. Baran

Mary D. Baran, 91, died March 18, 2009 at RTA Hospice & Palliative Care in Payson. She was born in West Hazleton, Pa. and was the last surviving child of John and Mary Stashko. Mrs. Baran was a resident of ...

Edward L. Blose

Edward L. Blose, 71, of Mesa del Caballo, died March 22, 2009 at the RTA Hospice Home in Payson, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Blose was born April 7, 1937 in Craigsville, Pa. to Earl and Vivian ...

Rosa Davies

Rosa Davies, 77, of Payson, died March 21, 2009 in Gilbert. She was born Feb. 25, 1932 in Norton County, Kan. to Louis and Florence Boatman. She attended Bliss High School Business School in Boise, Idaho and was married to ...

Carl Frank Eyler

Carl Frank Eyler, 89, of Mesa, died March 17, 2009. He was born March 7, 1920 in Douglas, Kan. to Carl and Marva Whan. Mr. Eyler served in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning, he went back to ...

Lallah E. Hargett Sparks

Lallah E. Hargett Sparks died March 16, 2009 in Scottsdale. A heart attack was the cause of death. She was born Sept. 7, 1956 in Phoenix to William (Bill) Hargett, deceased, and mother, Margaret P. Hargett. She graduated from Snowflake ...

Evelyn Chebowski

Do you want to know a secret to a long life? Evelyn Chebowski often said, “The key to a long life is a positive attitude … and a lack of gossip!” Mrs. Chebowski, a resident of Pine since 1992, died ...

C.“Chuck” A. Simpson Jr.

C. A. “Chuck” Simpson Jr., 70, of Star Valley died March 25, 2009 after prolonged battle with COPD. He was born Feb. 11, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Simpson served in the United States Marine Corps and was employed as ...

James Kevin Newman

James Kevin Newman, resident of Paradise Valley, Ariz. since 1957, passed away March 21, 2009. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 17, 1923, to James J. and Marie Kevin Newman, he was raised in Akron, Ohio. He attended Choate Preparatory ...