Obituaries for January 2012

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Ruth V. Craig

Ruth V. Craig, a longtime resident of Payson, Ariz., passed away Dec. 23, 2011 at the age of 86. She was born May 14, 1925. Mrs. Craig was retired from the telephone company and was a Town of Payson councilor ...

Cleo Hevelone

Cleo Hevelone stepped into the arms of Jesus on Dec. 30, 2011, following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was surrounded by her loved ones as the angels came to escort her into eternity. Cleo was born Dec. ...

James Russell Neal

James Russell Neal, born Jan. 9, 1953 in Ft. Campbell, Ky., passed away Dec. 29, 2011 in Payson, Ariz. He was a five-year Payson resident. He moved to Payson from San Diego, Calif., where he worked as the property manager ...

Stanley A. River

Stanley A. “Buzz” River of Payson, Ariz. passed away Dec. 28, 2011. Mr. River worked for Kaibab Industries for 40 years and for Reid Smith trucking for 12 years. He was married to his wife, Ruby for 58 years and ...

Charles E. Rohrbacher

Charles E. Rohrbacher, retired U.S. Navy officer and retired sergeant from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and former Payson, Ariz. resident, passed away peacefully, at age 72, on Dec. 25, 2011. “A beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and wonderful ...

George D. Wilson

George D. Wilson took his final journey home on Dec. 28, 2011 to be with our Lord. He was born Sept. 16, 1926 in Anderson, Ind. He came to Arizona after serving in the Army in World War II. He ...

Elinor Lucille Asdell

Elinor Lucille Asdell passed away Jan. 3, 2012. She was born Nov. 7, 1931 to Alexander C. Hooper and Dorothy A. Lent in Orange, Calif. Mrs. Asdell is survived by her husband, James Asdell of Rye, Ariz.; daughter, Mary (Douglas) ...

Tom Sr. L. Goddard

The distinguished gentleman, Tom L. Goddard Sr., went home to his heavenly father on Dec. 17, 2011. Mr. Goddard was born Jan. 22, 1945, in Casper, Wyo. to Les and Lucille Goddard, along with 13 brothers and sisters. He lived ...

Stephen Lester Gunzel

Stephen Lester Gunzel, age 60, a Payson resident from 1985 to 1999, died Jan. 2, 2012 at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., after “beating the odds” by living two-and-one-half years with brain cancer. He was a resident of Sierra ...

Kenneth Russell

Kenneth Russell, retired vocational auto shop teacher and World War II Marine Corps veteran, peacefully passed into the presence of his Lord Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 with his family at his side. In late 2007, Mr. Russell and his wife ...

Keith Ferdinand Nielsen

Keith Ferdinand Nielsen was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather. He was born Sept. 20, 1932 on a farm in Friend, Neb. A Payson resident since 1997, he peacefully passed away Jan. 1, 2012 after suffering many years with ...

Cleo Hevelone

Cleo Hevelone stepped into the arms of Jesus on Dec. 30, 2011, following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was surrounded by her loved ones as the angels came to escort her into eternity. Cleo was born Dec. ...

James Russell Neal

James Russell Neal, born Jan. 9, 1953 in Ft. Campbell, Ky., passed away Dec. 29, 2011 in Payson, Ariz. He was a five-year Payson resident. He moved to Payson from San Diego, Calif., where he worked as the property manager ...

Douglas Ray Belcher

Douglas Ray Belcher, 59, died peacefully with his family at his side, on Dec. 27, 2011. He was born Nov. 27, 1952 in Phoenix, Ariz. The family moved to the Payson area in the 1960s and built a cabin in ...

Theodore Berkstresser

Theodore Berkstresser, 83, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Payson, passed away peacefully at his son’s house in Mesa the morning of Dec. 26, 2011. Mr. Berkstresser had a full and rewarding life. He was born in Johnstown, Pa. and ...

Arthur Buckner

Arthur “Buck” Buckner, 72, went to heaven on Jan. 7, 2012. Mr. Buckner was born in Phoenix, Ariz. After serving in the National Guard he worked for Cudahy for 23 years. He retired and moved to Payson in 1989. He ...

Johnny Ray Gooch

Johnny Ray Gooch, born July 1, 1953 in Ypsilanti, Mich. passed away Jan. 8, 2012 in Payson, Ariz. He is survived by his father, Jack Gooch; mother, Lena Gooch; stepmother, Barbara Gooch; brother and sisters, Mark, Patrick, Michael, Wayne, Jon, ...

Paul R. Fry

Paul R. Fry died Jan. 3, 2012 at his home in Overgaard, Navajo County, Ariz. from causes incident to his age. He was 92 years old. Mr. Fry was born on Jan. 31, 1919 in Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, Mich. to ...

Bob J. Jacobs

Bob J. Jacobs, 89, passed away Jan. 7, 2012. He was born March 13, 1922 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was the oldest of 10 children. He attended high school and St. ...

Ronnie F. Marking DC

Ronnie F. Marking, DC, 77, was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Parkston, S.D. and past into rest with God on Jan. 1, 2012. He lives on in the hearts of his adoring wife, Betty, and their children, sons, Randy Marking, ...

Robert Grant Wills

Robert Grant Wills, born Aug. 27, 1940 in Compton, Calif. to parents OH and Carmen Wills, passed away Jan. 5, 2012 in Payson, Ariz. Mr. Wills is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ivy J. Wills; his sons, Bob ...

Sandra L. Russ

Sandra L. Russ peacefully passed away on Dec. 31, 2011 at the Olivia White Hospice Home. She was born to Walt and Vera Worman on a farm in Illinois. At the age of 6, her family moved to Tucson, Ariz. ...

Harry Joseph Barnes

Harry “Bud” Joseph Barnes, 81, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Payson, Ariz., died Jan. 3, 2012. He was born July 19, 1930 in Elmhurst, Ill. Mr. Barnes was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, ...

Ellen I. Childers

Ellen I. Childers, 72, born Oct. 23, 1939 in Rostock, Germany, passed away Jan. 6, 2012 in Payson, Ariz. after a two-year battle with cancer. A devoted wife, precious big sister and inspirational aunt, she is survived by her husband ...

Lillian M. Salgot

Lillian M. Salgot was born Feb. 03, 1924 in Visalia, Calif. and went to our Lord peacefully in her home on Jan. 6, 2012, surrounded by three generations of family. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, James; ...

Leanne Campbell

On Jan. 8, 2012, Leanne Campbell, born April 10, 1952, left this world, but not the hearts of those who knew her. She is forever remembered and loved by her husband, Gary Campbell; her children, Traci and Marc Harisay, Steven ...

Gertrude Catherine Vance

Gertrude Catherine Vance, formerly of Payson, Ariz., passed away at 99 years young on Dec. 15, 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1912, she graduated from Ursuline College with honors. After college, she worked in ...

Viola May Kelly

“Her worth is far above rubies.” Viola May Kelly of Star Valley died Dec. 23, 2011 in Payson. She was born March 2, 1916 in Winnigan, Mo. to Everett and Gladys Westfall. Mrs. Kelly came to Arizona in 1961 and ...

Gerry Mark Sterling

Gerry Mark Sterling was born Oct. 12, 1950 and died Jan. 13, 2012. Mr. Sterling was a resident of Payson for eight years and was an entertainer in the Valley for most of his life. He is survived by his ...

Thomas Simeon Booth

Thomas Simeon Booth, age 76, went to be with our Lord Jesus, on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Throughout most of his life, he worked as a senior field engineer ...

Bob Mueller

Bob Mueller died Jan. 26, 2012 as a result of a fast moving cancer. He is survived by his wife, Judy; who volunteers at the Pine Thrift Store. Also surviving are a daughter, Julie; a son, David; and two grandchildren. ...