Obituaries for January 2011

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Robin McDowell Morse

Robin McDowell Morse was born in Phoenix. He passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2010 in Payson. Mr. Morse is survived by his loving wife, Ygnacia; daughters, Ellen and Robin; son, Steve; brother, David; sisters, Jean, Priscilla and Judy; grandchildren ...

Ignacio “Nash” Rivera

Ignacio “Nash” Rivera, a former, longtime resident of Payson and a weekly visitor to the Beeline Cafe, died Dec. 31, 2010 in Phoenix. He was born April 15, 1919 in Mexico to Jesus Rivera and Herminia Cordova. A veteran of ...

Doris M. Maddux

Doris M. Maddux, 92, went to be with the Lord Jan. 2, 2011 in Payson. She was born July 14, 1918 in Tacoma, Wash. to Julia and Henry Gonseth. She graduated from Northwest Bible Institute (now Pacific Northwest Bible College) ...

Sandy Oberhart

Sandy Oberhart, passed away Dec. 28, 2010 in Pine. She was born Aug. 26, 1941 in Dekalb, Ill. to Lloyd A. Napeir and June Lamae Napier. Mrs. Oberhart is survived by her loving spouse, George Oberhart of Pine; daughters, Tammy ...

Alfred Jr. Strunk

Alfred Strunk Jr. died Dec. 27, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Pine Knot, Ky., where he lived with his family until his high school graduation. Mr. Strunk then enlisted in the ...

Billy Joe Winchester

Billy Joe Winchester, formerly of Payson, died Jan. 1, 2011 in Albuquerque, N.M. His home at the time of his death was in Edgewood, N.M. He was born Feb. 7, 1951 to Noble Butler Winchester and Barbara Jean Winchester in ...

Barbie Hensler

Barbie Hensler passed away Dec. 6, 2010. A celebration of life will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. A potluck, music and silent auction will take place. For more information, contact Kristen ...

James Jr. Weaver Bagley

James Weaver Bagley Jr. passed away Dec. 27, 2010 in Payson. Born June 11, 1935, Mr. Bagley was a retired air traffic controller who served in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in ...

Larry Leland Helms

Larry Leland Helms, age 66, of Tonto Basin, passed away Dec. 30, 2010 at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born June 2, 1944 in Howard, Kan., the son of Lela (Kelsey) and Sidney W. Helms. He was ...

Donald Kenneth Bower

Donald Kenneth Bower, 84, of Star Valley, beloved husband of Audrey Bower, died Jan. 6, 2011. He was born Feb. 9, 1926 in San Diego, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Bower; sons, David Bower, Douglas Bower and ...

Essie Fern Norton

Essie Fern Racer Norton was born Dec. 1, 1921 and died Jan. 9, 2011 in Payson. She was a resident of Strawberry for 39 years. Mrs. Norton taught elementary education in Phoenix for 20 years, retiring and moving to Strawberry ...

John Alfred Kruger

John Alfred Kruger, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2010 in Fort Collins, Colo. from complications for cancer treatment. He was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Elmont, N.Y., to Walter Kruger and Marie Heiser. He attended Elmont High School and ...

Joseph Francis Gasiel

Joseph Francis Gasiel died Sunday evening, Jan. 9, 2011 at Hospice Compassus in Payson. He was born May 23, 1934 in Chicago, Ill. He was an Army veteran and a graduate of De Vry Institute in Chicago. He worked for ...

Patricia Ida Grennon

Patricia Ida Grennon, a fantastic wife, wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Dec. 26, 2010 to join the Lord. She fought various forms of cancer for six years, all the while staying strong and active in her church ...

Emmett Jr. L. Brazier

Emmett L. Brazier Jr. was born July 19, 1923 in Franklin, Texas and passed away Jan. 6, 2011 in Payson. Mr. Brazier served in the United States Army during World War II, served in the United States Navy Reserves after ...

Billy Joe Winchester

Billy Joe Winchester, formerly of Payson, died Jan. 1, 2011 in Albuquerque, N.M. His home at the time of his death was in Edgewood, N.M. He was born Feb. 7, 1951 in Detroit, Mich., to Noble Butler Winchester and Barbara ...

Erma Marie Crose

Erma Marie Crose, a former resident of Pine, died Jan. 9, 2011 in Cottonwood. She was born Nov. 15, 1927 in Calumet, Mich. to George and Hilda Sleep. She married Robert “Bob” Crose on June 29, 1946 and worked at ...

Rose Marie McClellan

Rose Marie McClellan passed away in Payson on the morning of Jan. 7, 2011 after suffering a sudden stroke on Dec. 3, 2010. She was born July 12, 1931 in Sitka, Alaska to parents John Williams and Ada Williams, and ...

Steven Robert Schmidt

Steven Robert Schmidt, formerly of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2010 in Wasilla, Alaska. He was born Dec. 22, 1953 in Phoenix to Robert E. Schmidt and Florence (Dottie) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt attended Payson Public Schools and Winslow High School and ...

Maxine “Mickey” Kitts Kitts

Maxine “Mickey” Kitts was born Oct. 27, 1931 in Greenfield, Iowa. She passed away Jan. 13, 2011 at Payson Regional Medical Center. She left behind daughter, Erin Roggenstein; granddaughters, Heidee and Ashlee Koch and Kalynn Roggenstein; great-grandchildren, Fischer Pelto and ...

Pearl Louise Reynolds

Pearl Louise Reynolds passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in Payson. She was born June 18, 1920 in Shelbyville, Ind. to Roy Chester and Lulu Surber. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by daughter, Janet McPartling of Payson; sister, Mary Jo Washmuth; ...

Betty Lou Lusson

Betty Lou Lusson was born Feb. 17, 1930 in Battle Creek, Mich. and passed away Jan. 14, 2011 in Payson. Her family moved to Nashville, Tenn. when she was an infant and lived there until she moved to Phoenix in ...

Linda Sue Brammer

Linda Sue Towner Brammer, of Strawberry, was born Aug. 14, 1941 in Urbana, Ill. to Eugene “Duke” Wellington Towner and Flossie Margaret Towner. She died Jan. 18, 2011 in Scottsdale from breast cancer. She attended the University of Illinois and ...

Mary Katherine Green

Mary Katherine Green, age 86, a seven-year resident of Sierra Vista, passed away Jan. 16, 2011 at the Life Care Center in Sierra Vista. She was born Sept. 27, 1924 in Lincoln, Ill. to Guy and Lorene Webb. After graduating ...

Frank Jr. Shicky

Frank Shicky Jr., of Payson, was born July 20, 1920 to Frank and Anna Shicky, and passed away on Jan. 12, 2011. He was self-employed in the Phoenix area and was an active member of the Gospel Center Church of ...

Barbara Ann Fear-Romero

Barbara Ann Fear-Romero, age 64, passed away, Jan. 17, 2011 at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community in Payson, after a long battle with COPD. She was born May 29, 1946 in Flagstaff, and was the daughter of the late ...

Philip L. Phillips

Philip L. Phillips passed away Jan. 19, 2011. He was born March 9, 1936 on a farm at Beanblossom, Ind.; moving to Arizona in 1955. Following service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was employed by the Phoenix Police Department ...

Elbert “Earl” Cheek

Elbert “Earl” Cheek, 94, of Payson, passed away Jan. 25, 2011. He was born in Craig County, Okla. to Thomas and Dora Cheek. He married his childhood sweetheart, LaVerne, in 1937. They enjoyed 68 happily married years together. Mr. Cheek ...