7/11/01

James Kenneth Baker

Graveside services were held July 6 for James Kenneth Baker of Cornville.

Mr. Baker died July 2 at the age of 72.

He was born Aug. 16, 1928 in Boston, Mass.

Mr. Baker worked installing heating and air conditioning in California before his retirement. He enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Vonda Baker; a daughter, Susan Evangelho of California; a son, Steven Baker of California; two sisters, Sarah Caven of Colorado and Bonnie Harris of Oro Valley; three brothers, Philip Baker of Nevada, Ernest Baker of Florida and Willie pate of Las Vegas; two grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Emily Boweter of Long Beach.

James Alvin Allen

Former Cottonwood resident and U.S. Navy veteran James Allen died June 30.

A visitation is scheduled Wednesday at Westcott Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. A graveside service is scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

Mr. Allen was born Dec. 5, 1930 in Cornville, Ariz.

He was 70 years old.

Mr. Allen relocated to Washington from Cottonwood five years ago. He attended school in Bridgeport and received his General Equivalency Diploma in 1967.

Mr. Allen was a member of the U.S. Navy for four years and served in the Korean Conflict. He later worked as a service mechanic for the Yavapai County Road Department.

Mr. Allen loved to fish, hunt and read. He also enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards and camping. He loved being with his family and enjoyed family life.

Mr. Allen was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Virginia Allen; two sons, Jim R. Allen of Texas and Dale Patton of Oregon; two daughters, Donna Bissell of Washington and Joyce Halverson of Oregon; a brother, Derel B. Allen of Cottonwood; a sister, Linda Cox of Winslow; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Irene Allen; two brothers, Francis Allen and Ben C. Allen, and a sister, Lorain Sobley, preceded him in death.

Richard E. Dreyer

A memorial service was held July 6 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church for Cottonwood resident Richard E. Dreyer. Pastor Bob Jones of the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church conducted the service.

Mr. Dreyer died July 3 at the age of 74.

He was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Seattle, Wash.

Mr. Dreyer served in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a retired maintenance foreman for a national airline. He was a member of the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church and also served as treasurer for the Homeowners Association of Cottonwood Ranch.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Pauline C. Dreyer; a daughter, Kristen Vanryswyk; a son, Steven Dreyer; two grandchildren, Ivan Dreyer and Regan Vanryswyk and father-in-law, Arnt Paulson.

A son, Scott Dreyer preceded Mr. Dreyer in death.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Building Fund, 14 S. Main St. Suite F Cottonwood, Ariz.

Robert Franklin Mead

Private funeral services were held for Camp Verde resident and U.S. Navy veteran Robert Franklin Mead.

Mr. Mead died July 6.

He was born May 15, 1926 in Beedeville, Ark. to Robert and Fannie Mead.

Mr. Mead was 75 years old.

He was a trail guide for the U.S. Forest Service.

Survivors include his son, James F. Mead of Mesa; a stepson, Bill Raper of Camp Verde; a sister, Faye E. Chapman of Washington State; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and 24 nieces and nephews.

His wife, Lynn Mead preceded him in death in 1988.

Roy William Emery

Cottonwood resident and World War II veteran Roy Emery died July 8.

He was born January 22, 1920 in Loudonville, Ohio.

Mr. Emery served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge from the service he made his home in California where he worked as a tool and dye maker at Del Monte Corporation in Oakland. Following his retirement, Mr. Emery moved to Stockton, Calif. and purchased his first home in Pioneer, Calif.

Mr. Emery loved the outdoors and his new hometown nestled in the High Sierras. While living in Pioneer he pursued his hobby of making black powder guns.

He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.

He moved to Cottonwood in 1995 and enjoyed the beautiful Arizona desert.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Perry Emery of Ohio; five nieces, Frances Fowler of Cottonwood, Shirley Everitt and Virginia Marshall of California; Faith Dye and Linda Shoup of Ohio; four nephews, Lyle Emery and Jerry Wheaton of California, Jack and Ronald Emery of Ohio; 17 great nieces and 12 great nephews.

Mr. Emery was preceded in death by his wife Cecil Juanita Lanham, his parents, John Wesley Emery and Mary Jane Miser; three brothers, Robert lee, Arthur True and Walter Alonzo Emery and two sisters, Sara Maude Dieter and Bertha Isa Eliff.

A viewing was held July 10 at Westcott funeral home. Graveside services are scheduled today in Cave Creek at 9 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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