Paul Edwin Andrews
Paul Andrews of Cottonwood died Sept. 7, 1999.
He was born in Erie, Pa. Aug. 11, 1924, the son of J. William and Dorothy Sweyer Andrews.
A memorial service is scheduled at the Clear Creek Historical Church in Camp Verde for Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. Pastor Gailin Nesham will officiate the service.
Mr. Andrews was a graduate of Academy High School, Houghton College and Gordon Divinity School.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a signalman aboard a landing craft transport that took tanks onto Utah Beach on D-Day. Mr. Andrews also served in the Pacific along the California coast training amphibious forces.
He pastored churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut before coming to Cornville in 1989. Mr. Andrews served as a caretaker at the Springs of Life Retreat, he retired in 1994.
In addition to his service in the ministry and the U.S. Navy, Mr. Andrews worked as a milk carrier, paper maker, paint maker, video store manager, shipping clerk and driver education teacher.
He was part of a home ministry and worked as a volunteer teacher with AARP in their driver education program.
Mr. Andrews leaves his wife of 52 years, Lydia; two brothers, David W. and John M. Andrews of Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Bernice and Marilyn Andrews; four nephews and two nieces; eight grand nephews; two grand nieces; an uncle, George H. Ruschhauph of Georgia; a brother-in-law, Charles E. Denonn of California and numerous cousins.
His gentle, loving ways will be missed by all whose lives he touched in service to his Lord Jesus Christ.
Memorial gifts may be sent to SEARCH Home Ministry or Hospice.
G. Frances Eppler
Clarkdale resident and homemaker G. Eppler died Sept. 19, 1999 in Cottonwood.
She was born Feb. 9 in Dickens, Mo.
A funeral service is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Mrs. Eppler had worked as an office worker but she enjoyed her role as a house wife.
Her hobbies included oil painting and both growing and drying flowers for pictures.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Eppler.
Survivors include a brother, James Bookout; a sister, Josephine Marsh and nieces and nephews in Missouri.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, PO Box 13141 Prescott 86301.
Richard Bruce Erno, Jr.
Funeral services were held for Richard Bruce Erno, Jr. Sept. 9 in the Verde Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Cottonwood Cemetery.
Mr. Erno died Sept. 6, 1999.
He was born to Richard Gabriel and Edith Earle (Stafford) May 11, 1923 in Boyne City, Mich.
Mr. Erno married Edith "Joyce" VanSickle June 15, 1949 in Lansing, Mich.
He was awarded a bachelor of arts degree with honors in English and Language and Literature in 1950 from Michigan State College, a master of arts degree in creative writing in 1951 from the University of Denver and a doctor of philosophy degree in American Studies in 1961 from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Erno was active in the military serving as a technical staff sergeant with the 3147th Signal Battalion, U.S. Army in the Burma Theater during World War II.
Mr. Erno instructed college classes at the George Washington University, the McCook Junior College in Nebraska and the Teachers' College in Havre, Mont.
He resided in Arizona for the last 42 years. He retired a professor emeritus from Arizona State University in 1985 after 28 years of full-time service in the English department. Mr. Mr. Erno was also employed as a proof reader for the Arizona Republic in the early 1960's.
Mr. Erno was a published author of novels, non-fiction, poetry and short stories, and a collection of his works ins established in the Boston University libraries.
Twelve years ago the Ernos moved to Cottonwood to relax and enjoy their remaining retirement years.
He was a master craftsman in wood turning, carving and furniture. Mr. Erno also enjoyed painting and wood burn art. He loved the study and sharing of nature with those around him, particularly through fishing and walks by the river during his later years.
Mr. Erno was always a teacher, an example in loving family and friends. One of his greatest joys was spending time with friends and family, particularly his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Edith Joyce Erno of Cottonwood; one sister, Joanna Stark of Michigan; a brother-in-law, Don Stark; three daughters, Deborah Ann Hocking of Sierra Vista, Joanna Lynn Scott of Cottonwood, Janice Marie Peterson of Tucson; three sons, Bruce Allan Erno of Mesa, Richard Galen Erno of Page, Christopher Charles Erno of Mesa; three sons-in-law, Doug Hocking, Danny Scott and Tony Peterson; three daughters-in-law, Donna Erno, Lenita Erno, Cathy Erno; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Erno was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Gabriel and Edith Earle Erno and one brother, Allen Ferno of Michigan.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Arizona State University Foundation, Friends of English.
Edwin Beal Starkey
Former Clarkdale town councilman Ed Starkey passed away Sept. 10, 1999. He was 90 years old.
Born in San Marcos, Texas, Mr. Starkey came to Arizona after he graduated from high school. He worked and played baseball for one of the large lumber mills in the McNary area.
Baseball brought him to the Verde Valley, where he met his future wife Dorothy Wombacher. His move to the Verde Valley eventually landed him a job with Standard Oil and a place on the Clarkdale Bears ball team.
Little League came to the Verde Valley when he joined two other men with that goal in mind. He donated all the top soil, machinery and his time to make the ball field at the Lower School in Clarkdale usable.
By this time, he had joined his father-in-law Lou Wombacher in the business known as Clarkdale Transfer. They moved or hauled everything and anything. Eventually the emphasis was placed on the sand and gravel portion and remained that way until he leased out his interest.
Mr. Starkey and his wife, Dot, managed the VV Country Club at two different times and owned the Newstand, which was commonly called Starkey's for many years.
Together with a handful of other people who believed that the people of Clarkdale should have a voice in public affairs, he donated his time and money to the cause of incorporation, which became a reality in 1957.
His election to the town council several times with the most votes automatically gave him the mayor's seat. However, he felt his lack of higher education would not best represent the citizens of Clarkdale, so he stepped aside for someone he felt would be better qualified.
Mr. Starkey was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Dorothy. He is survived by on son Louis Starkey of Cottonwood; three daughters, Pat Fairfield of Bertram, Texas, Jayne Hamilton of Flagstaff and Mary Beal of Santa Fe, N.M.; a brother Joe Starkey of Carlsbad, N.M.; sisters Wilhemina Davis of Spokane, Wash., and Annie Bragg of Phoenix; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Sunday at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. Andy Peterson of the Jerome Elks Lodge 1361 conducted, and family members shared their memories and family history.
Interment was in Valley View Cemetery. The family has requested that donations be made in Mr. Starkey's memory to a charity of choice.
Julia R. Avalos
A memorial Mass for Julia De La Riva Avalos of Cottonwood is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Immaculate Conception Church at 2 p.m. Father Pelletier will be the celebrant.
Mrs. Avalos died Sept. 11, 1999. She was 88 years old.
She was born in Bermejillo, Durango, Mexico. She lived in Arizona for 86 years and attended the Clemenceau school.
Mrs. Avalos is survived by three sons, Jose R. Avalos of Yorba Linda, Calif., Edmond Avalos of Huntington Park, Calif., and Alfred Avalos of Clarkdale; three daughters, Nellie Jo Voris of Cottonwood, Helen M. Avalos of Tyler, Texas, and Maria Puzas of Cottonwood; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery. Westcott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mildred K. Craver
Mildred K. Craver of Clarkdale died Sept. 11, 1999 in Clarkdale. She was 83 years old. Memorial services will be held in Palm Springs, Calif.
Mrs. Craver was born in Blaisdell, N.D., July 28, 1916.
Mr. and Mrs. Craver were in the Verde Valley for four months after living many years in Cathedral City, Calif. Mrs. Craver was a volunteer assisting retarded citizens in California.
She leaves her husband Ray T. Craver; sons Duane Benell, Larry Craver, Michael Craver and David Craver; two brothers, Duane Berg and Joe Berg; one sister, Clara Bobbitt; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Robert Howard Richmond, Sr.
A memorial Mass for long-time Mingus Union teacher and coach Robert Howard Richmond, Sr., is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Clarkdale. Father Michael Hurley will be the celebrant.
Mr. Richmond passed away Sept. 11, 1999.
He was born Oct. 10, 1920 in Benton Harbor, Mich.
While serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he met his future wife Dorothy at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, where she was serving in the Women's Army Corps. After the service, they moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., where he attended college to complete his teaching certification.
Mr. Richmond was quite an athlete during his younger years. He played football in college, basketball for the House of David and was a pitcher on several semi-pro baseball teams.
His early teaching assignments included time in Ignatio, Colo., on the Ute Indian reservation as a counselor. He also spent several years at Meeker, Colo., where he got into coaching basketball.
He had several state tournament teams there in the early 1950s and developed friendships that have lasted until his death.
After about a year in Spokane, Wash., Mr. Richmond moved to Litchfield Park, where he taught and coached football, basketball, baseball and tennis at Agua Fria High School. He spent a year building houses in Dallas, Texas, before moved to Clarkdale in 1959.
He was a guidance counselor and teacher at Mingus Union High School for over 25 years until his retirement. Over the last 40 years, Mr. Richmond coached many summer league and Mingus athletic teams. His teams won numerous honor, including championships in Babe Ruth summer baseball and conference championships in baseball and basketball.
He coached the 1963-64 state championship men's basketball team at Mingus.
His coaching and counseling gave him the opportunity to work with many young people and parents in the Verde Valley, where he developed friendships that will survive his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy Stricklin Richmondm and a brother, Russell.
He is survived by three sons and their spouses; Rob and Marian Richmond of Dallas, Texas, Scott and Mary Richmond of Cottonwood, and Grant and Clara Richmond of Spring, Texas; eight grandchildren, Aaron, Marie, Ward, Scott, Jonathan, Thomas, Valerie F. and Valerie E. Richmond; and two siblings Valerie Gelder and Don Richmond, both of St. Joseph, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare, 202 S. Willard St., Cottonwood, 86326.
Johnie Lee Fain
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Johnie Lee Fain was held Monday at Faith United Community Church in Dewey.
Mrs. Fain was 93 years old. She died Sept. 10, 1999.
Mrs. Fain was born in Snyder, Texas. She was one of the top hands on the Rafter Eleven Ranch, past president of the Arizona Cowbelles, past Worthy Matron Order of Eastern Star, member of PEO, chapter Y of Prescott, member of Faith United Community Church, where she played the piano, founder of Arizona Boys Ranch, contributing author of Echoes of the Past, authored articles published in Arizona Cattlelog, wrote and narrated a series of ranch stories on the radio, and worked directly with Reg Manning and the National Cattlemen's Association on a successful nationwide beef-promotion campaign.
Survivors include her former husband Norman Fain; two daughters, Donna Lee Fain Tryba and Carolyn Sue Fain; a son Bill Fain; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering for former Cottonwood Mayor Joe Jones is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cottonwood American Legion Post 25.
Mr. Jones died Aug. 15, 1999 in Phoenix after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Cottonwood City Council for 12 years and was mayor for six years.
He was born in Knoxville, Iowa on Nov. 8, 1926, and moved to Phoenix in the early 1950s. He was a men's diving champion for Arizona State.
Mr. Jones was chief surveyor and engineer for the city of Scottsdale, then formed his own surveying company, J.D. Jones and Associates.
He was a member of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Arizona Professional Land Surveyors and Engineers and the American Legion.
Mr. Jones was a board member for the Cottonwood-Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce, the State of Nevada Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the State of Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, and the Verde Valley Manor.
He is survived by four daughters, Jo Ellen Evans of Scottsdale, Marsha Holsen of Phoenix, Kym Steininger of Prescott Valley and Celina Jones of Cottonwood; one brother, Rees Jones of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley.
Margaret Anita Robinson
Margaret Anita Robinson of Camp Verde passed away Sept. 6, 1999 in Camp Verde. She was 78.
Services were conducted by Hepler Funeral Home in Camp Verde.
Mrs. Robinson was born in Indianapolis. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, the Senior Citizens and the VFW Women's Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband Hassel "Robby" Robinson; three daughters, Linda Saunders, Paula Grimsley and Lisa Steele; two sons, Jim Maners and Dave Bland; a sister, Jean; five brothers, Charles, Cates, Bob, John and Jerry; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.