Earl O. Herring
Earl O. Herring, 81, of Wittmann, entered into rest on July 29, 2003. He is survived by his sons Steve and Dean. Earl lived in the Wickenburg area for 35 years and in Arizona for a total of 48 years. He worked as an auto mechanic and was in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery
of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road. Arrangements were made by Sunwest Funeral Home.
Ella G. Hovis
Ella G. Hovis, 90, passed away On Oct. 6, 2003 at the Life Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She had resided in Sierra Vista with her daughter and son-in-law for the past seven years. Ella was born March 17, 1913 in Gainesville, Texas.
Ella was preceded in death by her son, John S. Hovis, Jr.; four sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra L. Daniel of Sierra Vista; granddaughter Stephanie A. Daniel of Las Vegas, Nev.; a number of nieces and nephews; and many who called her "a friend."
Ella will be lovingly remembered as a true pioneer. She left east Texas and came to Arizona in the spring of 1935 with her husband, Sheldon and baby son, John. With all of their belongings loaded in a 1934 pickup, they made the trip and settled west of Wickenburg, Arizona. With a tent to call home and a campfire for cooking, Ella began her long and adventurous life as a pioneer rancher's wife. In her later years, Ella became an accomplished artist and she recorded much of her life through her paintings.
Words written by an unknown author best describe Ella Hovis: "Some people come into our lives and quietly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on each of our hearts and we are never the same." Ella has left lasting footprints on each of our hearts, through her life, her memories, her love and her art. Rest in peace our Precious Mother, Gram, Aunt and friend.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Life Care Center of Sierra Vista for their dedication and the heartfelt kindness extended to our loved one.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 at the Wickenburg Mortuary. Ella was laid to rest in the Wickenburg Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Jensen's Sierra Vista Mortuary and Wickenburg Mortuary.
Marybelle Pelkey of New Milford, N.J., a former resident of Wickenburg, went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, Oct. 5, 2003. She was 64.
She was born in Paterson, N.J. on Feb. 26, 1939. She lived in Paterson, Bogota and Teaneck N.J. for most of her life. She and her husband, Gordon Pelkey moved to Wickenburg in 1997, where she resided until June 2002.
While in Wickenburg she was a member of First Presbyterian Church and its choir. Marybelle was a member of the Emmaus Group. She volunteered at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and in the Wickenburg Public School System.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Shuler of Oradell, N.J., and her son Fred Crum of Branchburg, N.J.; a sister Virginia Liesegang; and four grandchildren, Michael and Stephen Shuler and Meghan and Kelly Crum.
A celebration of her life was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg on Thursday Oct. 8, and at the First Congregation Church of River Edge, N.J. on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, inc. (Pancan.org) or the First Presbyterian Church in Wickenburg.
Louis Walter Wurl
Louis Walter Wurl was born Feb. 2, 1914 in the town of Wheatfield, N.Y., Niagara County, to Eleanora and Walter Wurl. He passed away on Oct. 13, 2003 at his home in Wickenburg, Ariz. where he had lived for the past 26 years.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte of 57 years; their two children Eric and Holly residing in Montana; two nieces Faith Weller and Martha Tate.
Lou lived and worked in New York until 1938, when he moved to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa. After graduating in 1942, he served in the U.S. Army, including two years of service in China. After the war he resumed graduate studies at the University of Iowa. For 26 years he worked in the Mental Health Field in Montana.
No services have been scheduled.
Reginald H. Clake
Reginald H. Clake passed away Dec. 16.
He was born Jan. 17, 1922 in Canada to British parents Giles and Elsie.
Reg left home at an early age and worked his way north to Alaska, helping to build the Alaska Highway. Later, he worked throughout Alaska as a plumber and pipe fitter.
He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Union, and was a small-aircraft pilot.
He first retired to Sweet Home, Ore., and then moved to Wickenburg in 1993.
He is survived by sister Ivy Deacon of Idaho; brother Ted Clake and his wife Bobbie of Manitoba, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.
Reg was especially close to niece Brenda.
He was preceded in death by brother Cecil; brother-in-law Earnest Deacon; and sister-in-law Joan Clake.
Viewing will be at noon Thursday (Dec. 23) at Wickenburg Funeral Home.
The memorial will be graveside at 2 p.m. at Eagle Eye in Aguila.
Happy trails, beloved Reggie.
Longtime Wickenburg resident Harold Goodman, 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 13 at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City.
He was born July 20, 1915, in Dows, Iowa.
Harold came to Arizona in 1929 from Minnesota with an uncle at the age of 14 to find work in the mines. It was while he was working at the Harquahala Mine south of Salome that he met Florence Wilkinson. Florence was waiting tables at Kitty Dalton's Café.
Harold did not like the chow at the mining camp, so he found a way to go into town every chance he got.
Harold and Florence were married June 18, 1936, in Prescott, while en route to a new mining operation that had opened up between Mayer and Cleator, Ariz.
Harold worked at a number of different mines throughout Arizona during the depression years, including Swansea, Tonopah, Octave, Silver Cord and Santa Maria mines. He and Florence later moved back to the Wenden/Salome area, where Harold worked on and off for the Arizona State Highway Department for about 12 years.
Harold entered into active service with the United States Army on March 18, 1944, just a month before Florence gave birth to their son. He served in India, Burma, China, and the continental United States with a service group attached to the 10th and later the 14th Air Force.
He operated a D-8 type caterpillar bulldozer and automotive equipment in a variety of construction and clearing jobs. Those included clearing areas of brush for motor pools and barracks and filling in water holes and ditches in malaria control.
He worked improving the Yukon Dock area in Shanghai, China, by clearing rubble and buildings. He also did general road construction and performed maintenance and minor repairs on vehicles and equipment.
Harold was honorably discharged from the service on March 25, 1946.
After his discharge, Harold joined his wife and son, who had made their home in Wickenburg while he was overseas. Harold went back to work for the Arizona State Highway Department at their Peeples Valley maintenance yard for a while before moving back to Wickenburg.
Harold then worked for Snyder Transfer and then Chapman Construction, where he helped to construct the Wickenburg Theater (Saguaro Theatre). He also did some carpentry and masonry work for the Flying E and Los Caballeros dude ranches.
In 1948, Harold went to work for the Maricopa County Highway Department as a Motor Grader Operator. Initially, he maintained all of the county roads between Wittmann and Aguila, but as this area continued to grow, the county added additional motor grader operators in those areas, and Harold had only the Wickenburg area to maintain.
He earned many awards for accident-free driving and for his integrity and dedication to the job. Harold retired from Maricopa County in 1980 after 31 years of service.
Harold has been a life member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 428, which he joined in 1946. He served as a member of the Wickenburg Volunteer Police at the time Dick Savage was Chief of Police. He also served as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church when the church was being built at its present location on Adams Street. Dr. Poling was pastor at that time.
Even after retirement, Harold continued to maintain an active life. He enjoyed working on lawn mowers, small engines, woodworking, and gardening. He received the Top Homestead award in August 1988, presented by the Roundup Club of Wickenburg for attractive maintenance of his home on Madison Street.
He also enjoyed taking visitors out to tour the Vulture Mine and showing them how to pan for gold in the back yard. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, honest character and love for his family.
Harold is survived by son Harold Allen Goodman and daughter-in-law Cheri of Glendale; grandchildren Michelle (Tom) Chastain of Glendale, Michael (Dianna) Goodman of Sahuarita, and Melissa Goodman of Gilbert; great-grandchildren Jillian and Chelsea Chastain, and Dwight and Blaine Goodman.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife Florence. They were married for 66 years at the time of her death.
Graveside services will be held at Wickenburg Cemetery
by Frey Funeral Home at a later date to be determined by the family.
Helen Mallicoat called Wickenburg home for 57 years. She passed away at 91 years old on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
Helen was born to Dora and Walter White on Sept. 4, 1913 in a log cabin on a farm near Arenzville, Ill. She and her husband Carl and their young family moved to Wickenburg from Illinois in 1947. Here, they raised three sons, three daughters and one foster daughter. Their descendants now number 119.
Helen was an avid writer. Many of her writings have been compiled into books. Hallmark published "Listen for the Lord" in 1980. The most widely read of all her writings is the poem "I Am," which was published in 1982 on a poster by Argus Communi- cations. Almost weekly since then, Helen has heard of it being meaningful to someone. It has been copied in books by several authors, read from pulpits both in churches and on TV and has been reprinted many times. She also wrote a series of her memories of everyday things and happenings that granddaughter Pam printed as a delightful book entitled "Grannie's Memories." She wrote one work of fiction called the "I Love You Story" that she hoped and prayed would someday be published.
When Helen was in grade school, she responded to a pen pal section in a Sunday School paper. She got more than 100 letters in reply. That started her life-long correspondence friendships with pen pals all across the United States and eight foreign countries.
Helen was a member of the Angel Club of America. She had a beautiful collection of more than 250 angels and many fellow collector friends. She made hundreds of quilts that she called comforters because as she sewed, she prayed that God would cover all who received the quilts with His comfort.
Her grandchildren Wayland, Natalie, Zack and Luke Weatherbee have shared a home with her and cared for her for the past five years. A warm thanks to Margaret, who not only helped take care of Helen but also shared her faith in God in ways that enriched every day. A special, gentle granddaughter, Stephanie, put her life on hold to care for her 24 hours a day for the past several weeks. Stephen, Christie, Joanie and Sammy were there to brighten her days, too. Hospice of the Valley was a support to all.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Carl, her son Gordon, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is survived by children Carol, Ronald, Sharon, Steve, Karla and Shirley, 26 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
(They all know that they were her favorite!) One sister, Betty, still lives in Illinois, as do numerous nieces and nephews. They were great to keep in touch with her.
Donald T. Bryant
Donald T. Bryant, 66, of Wickenburg passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004.
Don was born Jan. 6, 1938 in Logansport, Ind., to Leighton T. Bryant, who survives in Michigan City, Ind., and the late Helen E. Appleberry Bryant.
On Aug. 19, 2000, Donald married Karen Cummings McCauley, who also survives him.
Survivors also include his children, Air Force S/Sgt. Nathaniel T. (Marilyn) Bryant of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark T. (Brenda) Bryant of Porter, Ind., Marine Sgt. Rogan P. McCauley of Okinawa, Japan, and Jillian A. McCauley of Michigan City, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and sister Carol (John) Trent of Carrollton, Texas.
Also preceding Don in death was his first wife, Helga R. Bryant, who died in 1990.
Don had been a resident of Michigan City, Ind., for 56 years. He had been self-employed as a homebuilder for 20 years and was currently building homes in Wickenburg.
He served in the U.S. Army as a medical technician and heavy weapons expert in Germany.
Don was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and also enjoyed politics, reading, hunting, shooting sports, and was an avid outdoorsman.
Don loved Wickenburg and was a resident since 1994.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Wickenburg.
Services were held for family and friends on Dec. 6 in Michigan City, Ind.
Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery.
Contributions can be directed to the Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.
Leon Peterson, 69, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Nov. 17, 2004 peacefully in the home he and his son built together and loved in Congress.
He was born Aug. 15, 1935 to Edward V. Peterson and Helen Oliver Sagendorf in Sandy, Utah.
He is survived by children Dale Leon Peterson of Sandy, Utah, Tamara Sue Brand (Jeff) of West Valley, Utah, stepchildren Kirk R. Jensen (Wendy) of Sandy, Utah, and Cheri J. Zundel (Dan) of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren Alisha, Michael, Christina and Jessica; and great-grandchildren Nathan and Canyon; brother Kenneth Peterson (Marlene) of Bountiful, Utah; and his parents.
Early in his career, he was a truck driver for Associated foods. He then worked as a salesman for Henry S. Day Ford dealership and finished his career as a foreman with Associated Foods.
At 55 years old, he retired to travel with his wife and work at his real talent - creating beautiful wood crafts. He enjoyed traveling around selling his woodcrafts and walking his second love, his dog Corky.
He will be loved and missed by many.
Arrangements were made by Frey Funeral Home in Wickenburg.
Alvy L. Adair, Jr.
Alvy L. Adair, Jr. passed away Oct. 22, 2004 in Texas.
He was born in Waco, Texas on May 1, 1924.
He is survived by sister Chris Brandsford, brother Raymond Divin and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday (Oct. 29) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wickenburg Funeral Home. Services will be on Saturday (Oct. 30) at 11 a.m. at the Wickenburg Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.
Pastor David Gray will officiate.
Arrangements were made by Wickenburg Funeral Home.