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Obituary: Robert James Bakula

Robert James “Jim” Bakula (November 29, 1932 – August 4, 2017 ) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the eldest of four children born to Robert James and Evelyn Bakula: his twin sisters Barbara and Nancy, and the youngest, Bonny. They lived in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Bend, Wisconsin.

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Obituary: Henry Miles Shill

Henry Miles Shill, 94, longtime Verde Valley resident passed away June 29, 2017. Henry was born January 6, 1923 in Lehi, Arizona to the late Wright Paynter and Lillie Emma (Rothrock) Shill.

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Obituary: Frosty G. Duncan

Frosty G. Duncan, 52 of Cottonwood, passed away on July 21, 2017. She was born on August 30, 1964 in Arcata, CA to Stanley Harlan Jackson and Edie M. Henderson.

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Obituary: Elinor Simson Benes

Elinor Simson Benes passed away peacefully of natural causes at her home in Cottonwood, AZ on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, with family and loved ones present. She was 92.

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Obituary: Florence Mae Copper

Florence Mae Copper (July 10, 1930 to July 28, 2017)passed peacefully at home with son Boyd, holding her hands, and daughter K alongside. We were able to tell her how much we loved her, how she will be missed, and to let go and be in the arms of her beloved Perry (our dad).

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Obituary: Fawn E. Parks

Fawn E. Parks was born in Kearney on 2/9/1926 to Frank Bendorf and Alice Gillespie Bendorf. Fawn married George R. Parks in Rivers, Manitoba on 11/9/1943. Fawn and George lived in Canada, the USA, Panama and Venezuela, having 10 children along the way.

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Obituary: Gloria Morris

Gloria Morris, born March 19, 1929, Williams, AZ.

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Obituary: Richard Albert Strauss

Richard Albert Strauss, 80 of Cornville, AZ passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at AZ Angels Hospice Facility. The second to the youngest of 7 children. Richard was born on June 21, 1937, in Denver, Colorado to Maude Greene and Maurice Strauss. Richard attended Clayton College for Boys and Emily Griffith Opportunity School.

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Obituary: Priscilla M. Wiley

Priscilla M. “Pat” Wiley (nee Jepsen), 90 left this world July 3, 2017 in Cottonwood, Az. She was born March 4, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her parents, George and Bessie (nee Todd) Jepsen, preceded her in death.

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Obituary: James ‘Dick’ Tackitt

James “Dick” Tackitt passed away on August 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife Helen of 65 years; sons Rick (Nancy) and Dan (Lore); grandchildren Emili Daniels, Elissa (Rich) Jewell and Ashley, Jerry and Brian Tackitt; great-granddaughter Sara and great-grandsons Shawn and Cody.

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Obituary: Curtis Robert Colony

Curtis Robert “Bob” Colony passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 in Cottonwood, AZ. Bob, a Cornville, AZ resident for more than twenty years, was an integral part of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

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Obituary: Fawn E. Parks

Fawn E. Parks passed away on August 9, 2017.

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Obituary: Robert L Sheidler 1926-2017

Sheidler, Robert L, 91, passed away on July 30, 2017

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Obituary: Twyla Faye Hough 1934-2017

Twyla Faye Hough, 82, passed away on August 5, 2017.

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Obituary: Gail Pierce

Gail was born in La Grande, Oregon to Gwendalyn Hall and Roy Hall.  She grew up in La Grande, Elgin and Athena, Oregon.  She met the love of her life at McEwen High School in Athena, Oregon.  They married on August 24, 1957.  They had four children with this union. 

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Obituary: Irena Jonynas

Irena Jonynas, 85 of Clarkdale, passed away on August 2, 2017. She was born on December 5, 1931 in Vilnius, Lithuania to Stasys and Barbora Grieze-Jurgelevicius.

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Obituary: Gloria Morris

Gloria Morris, 88 of Clarkdale, passed away on August 1, 2017. She was born on March 19, 1929 in Williams, Arizona to Frank and Gladys Buss. Gloria attended school in Williams and worked as a Nurse’s Aide for Williams Hospital.

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Obituary: Virginia H. (Hutchins) Bragg

Virginia is survived by her beloved Husband and companion of 34 years John E. Bragg, her son Gary and Stacy Barnes, Grandchildren Mykel, Vinita, Dusty, Destiny, Brody and Brylee and one great grandchild Ryak.

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Obituary: Venna Lee ‘Bennie’ Blake

Venna Lee “Bennie” Blake passed from earth to heaven July 12, 2017. She was 92 years old but would rarely admit it, even to family. She was active, vibrant and healthy until suffering a massive stroke on July 5, 2017.

Obituary: Alene K. Wood

Alene K. Wood was born on July 7, 1920, in Franklin, PA, and passed away peacefully on July 25, 2017 in Cottonwood, AZ. She is predeceased by her first husband, Michael Triz, second husband, Robert Wood and son Robert Wood Jr.

Obituary: Duane Wyatt

Duane “Smiley” Wyatt, 93, of Cottonwood, passed away on July 1, 2017. He was born on June 26, 1924 in Flagstaff to Horace and Mary L. Wyatt. Smiley attended Flagstaff Elementary school and Flagstaff High School. He worked for the US Forest Service for 38 years. He was a Contracting Officer for Region 3.

Obituary: Rodney G Brown

Rodney Brown (September 6, 1925 – July 22, 2017), 91, of Cottonwood, died July 22. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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Obituary: David Williams

David “Coach” Williams passed away peacefully on June 30, 2017 in his home, surrounded by family. David was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 3 years ago. David was born September 3, 1933 in Johnson City, New York to Hayden and Emma Reed Williams.

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Obituary: Rodney G Brown

Rodney Brown (September 6, 1925 – July 22, 2017), 91, of Cottonwood, died July 22. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was preceded in death by wife Clara, sister Leila, and brother Leonard.

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Obituary: Michael Allen Baker

Michael Allen Baker, 55, passed away on July 21, 2017 at his home in Cottonwood, Arizona surrounded by his devoted family. He was a lover of people, diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a fancy dresser, a great dancer, and an amazing son, brother, uncle, and friend.

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