February 2005

Bernard L. Ruiz (Barney)

was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 18, 1924, and passed away in Kingman on Feb. 1, 2005. He battled cancer and succumbed at home with wife Dorothy at his side. He said goodbye to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. At his request, he will be cremated and no services will be held. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to KRMC Hospital, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman AZ 86401.

Lois L. Koch

Lois Lena (Dodd) (Wright) Koch was born on Dec. 10, 1920, in Hugo, Okla., to Jether and Irene Dodd and left us on Feb. 3, 2005, from Kingman.

From the time of her birth, Lois was a precocious child and although her formal education was limited, she made up for this with her astute and candid comportment.

She met and married George Wright and between the two of them produced seven offspring. Both were proud parents of their brood and watched them grow. George passed away, leaving Lois after 25 years of marriage. Lois was lost after George’s exodus until she had the good fortune of meeting Leonard Koch. Leonard and Lois were married and for the next 38 years shared a wonderful life together. As any person can plainly see, Lois found two exceptional men in her life and lived life to its fullest with both of them.

Lois was an exceptional cook and spent the majority of her life composing extensive meals that not only was the family lucky enough to consume, but friends as well. As a chef, she prepared epicurean meals for restaurants she co-owned and worked in throughout the Southwest. Lois did not use recipes; she was a cook that used her wisdom in preparation. Her carte du jour’s were to die for.

Lois was not only an outstanding mother, grandmother, wife, homemaker and a brilliant chef, but was a lady you could count on in the time of need.

She was always there for you. She was a robust lady and was never afraid to get her hands dirty, no matter the task. Lois would share a tear with you or give you the back of her hand if need be. She was a hard worker and kept herself and home spotless.

In youth she was a beautiful young lady, and in her waning years, this youthful beauty turned into a splendor of sharp-witted loveliness.

As the hackneyed cliché goes, “Parents are not supposed to bury their children.” Regrettably, Lois had to endure the passing of three of her children. Two children she gave birth to, Billie Freeman and Leroy Wright, the third child was Sherry Wright, and although Sherry was not born of her body, she was not a daughter-in-law, but more like a daughter. These losses were devastating and she spoke of all three of them often. If it had not been for Lois’ inner strength and the companionship of Leonard, she surely would have suffered more over these losses.

Lois leaves behind the many, many people who loved her. Her sister, Dorothy Foutz of Albuquerque, N.M.; a half brother, Lane Dodd of Mesa; two half sisters, Terri Bushman of Joseph City, Ariz., and Diane Barba of Mesa; and an aunt, Dorothy Gardner of Dallas.

Three of her children she is already with, Billie, Leroy and Sherry. Her other children she leaves behind miss her deeply. Her daughters, Donna Cowan of Flagstaff, Kathy Spendlove of Camp Verde, and stepdaughters, Pam Koch of Reno, Nev., and Lillie Budd of Franktown, Colo. Her sons, Keith Wright of Kingman, Craig Wright of Salome, Ariz., and Johnny Wright, who calls home from anywhere on terra firma he happens to be.

Lois also leaves behind sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, both current and ex, 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and three great, greatgrandchildren.

The friends she has touched in her 84 years on earth are innumerable. To list all the people who knew and loved Lois would be an impossible task and require a special section in the newspaper; however, if there is one thing that will stand out in the minds of all the people who knew Lois, family and friend alike, this, without a doubt, would be Lois’ frankness, forthrightness, guilelessness and honesty. With Lois, you always knew exactly how she felt and where she stood on any given subject and/or person. This Saucy Lady said exactly what was on her mind. Even at 84, she did not pull any punches. When she spoke, you knew, after all, she was Lois and more often than not, was intensely straightforward.

The family had endured an enormous loss and this bereavement was eased by the caring and help extended to them by the doctors, nurses and staff at Kingman Regional Medical Center on this occasion. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the KRMC personnel for all their help and compassion during this time. Special thanks must go to John Anastoff, the float nurse at KRMC, for his support and going beyond any call of duty for his unwavering benevolence.

There are doctors and there are doctors, but a doctor’s doctor has to be Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Lois truly loved this man, and with his hands of magic, his brilliant mind and his resolute treatment, Dr. Kalanithi brought Lois through many serious illnesses in the past. Lois had complete confidence in this doctor of doctors and has stated on many occasions that she was a very fortunate person to have Dr. Kalanithi for her doctor. If Dr. Kalanithi ever had a motto or should acquire a platitude, it would surely be this, “A Zeal to Heal.”

Dr. Kalanithi, the family would like to extend their most profound gratitude to you for being the person you are.

Lois will have a viewing on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home and in interment service to follow immediately after the memorial service at Mountain View Cemetery.

Pastor Weston Burnside of Hilltop Southern Baptist Church will conduct both services.

Any person who wishes is welcome to attend these services.

Jonathan R. Bone

Jonathan Richard Bone, beloved baby boy, born Oct. 5, 2004, went home to Heaven on Feb. 3, 2005.

He is survived by his parents, Jeffery Bone and Johanna Kristine Bone; sisters, Jordan (9), Jackie (6), and Jessica (2); grandparents, Richard and Glenda Bone of Golden Valley and Ted Allan and Mary Allan of Layton, Utah; eight uncles, four aunts and many cousins.

Although Jonathan has left us at such a young age, he has touched many lives and hearts and he will never be forgotten.

Services will be held Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center; 610 Eastern Ave.

Viewing is at 10 a.m. with the funeral following at 11 a.m.

Anyone wishing to send a card to the Bone family, address is 6600 W. Oatman Way, Golden Valley, AZ 86413.

Hazel A. Long

Hazel Agnes Long was born Aug. 19, 1923, to Margaret and Blaine Cowden. She lived in Denver for 45 years, where she married Herman Long. They had three children, Sue A. (Gene Gordon), Robert (Peggy) Long and Georgiann Long. Grandchildren Jammie and Wayne Haseqawa, Jeremy Benetti, Adam and Diana Benetti, and Jesse Enoch Benetti survive her. Great grandchildren Brooke (12 years old), Kevin (9), Gabriel (6), Christopher (4), Brandon (1), Aaron (1) and Kayli due in four weeks survive her.

She is also survived by her brother, Jack Cowden.

Hazel and Herman moved their family to Dolan Springs in 1968.

Hazel was a member of the DAV and VFW, serving as Commander of the Ladies Auxiliary and Chaplain.

Hazel moved to Kingman in 1997 and had been a member of the KRMC volunteers since 1999. Her sense of humor has touched many hearts and souls. She was afraid of nothing and accomplished everything she set her mind to.

On Feb. 8, 2005, Hazel passed on into the spiritual world. Her smile will be truly missed but never forgotten. We love you, Grandma.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m., Feb. 19, in the Chloride Cemetery.

Mildred Davidson-Leonhart

A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Davidson-Leonhart, a longtime Kingman resident, was born Matha Mildred Buck on Aug. 6, 1917, to Charlie Luther and Celia Ada Foster Buck of Altus, Ark., the first daughter and second child of their six children.

In 1938 she married Dave Harris and moved from Paris, Ark., to Salinas, Calif., where they raised their two daughters. They divorced in 1963. She remained in the family home, twice becoming a widow, until marrying Chester Leonhart and moving to Kingman. His death in 1994 also left her a widow. Her youngest brother, Alvin Buck, a widower, lived with her until her death on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005.

In keeping with her wishes, her ashes will be dispersed at a date and location yet to be decided.

She joins her parents; her eldest brother, Elmer Ray Buck; his daughter, Melba Jane Buck Barton; her middle brother, Charlie Earl Buck; his grandson, Billy Mike Sharp Jr.; and her sister, Flora Jane Buck Collins, in eternity.

She is survived by her brother, Alvin; her sister, Damaris Sewell-Douglas; her daughters and their spouses, Linis F. McHenry and her husband B.K. of Oregon and Damarideth R. Hansen and her husband Bruce of California; two grandsons and three granddaughters, Michael D. McHenry of Washington, KiAllen Hansen of California, Deidre J. McHenry-Helmer of Oregon, Kimberly D. Hansen and Kirstein D. Hansen-Gimenez of California. Her great granddaughters are Courtney M. McHenry and Samantha L. McHenry and Kaylee and Sarah Hansen and Autumn Gimenez.

She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, all residing in Arkansas, Larry and Bobby Buck, Bucky Sewell and Deborah Buck Sharp.

Frank M. Bell

Frank Marvin Bell was born on March 12, 1920, in Pass Christian, Miss., to Buford and Christine Bell. He passed away on Friday Feb. 4, 2005.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years during WWII, with 34 months overseas.

Frank met and married the love of his life, Agnes, and remained married to her for 63 years.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Bell; his daughter, Nancy Sue Metz; grandchildren, Jennifer Miller, Kelly Metz, Lori Cubwell, Steven Metz; and great grandson, Frank Maez. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Jane Miller.

Frank Bell worked for Atlantic Richfield for 32 years in Wilmington, Calif., as a pipe fitter and was active in the Oil Workers Union.

Frank Bell is greatly missed by his family and friends and will be in our hearts forever.

He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., on Feb. 11.

Hazel A. Long

Hazel Agnes Long was born Aug. 19, 1923, to Margaret and Blaine Cowden. She lived in Denver for 45 years, where she married Herman Long. They had three children, Sue A. (Gene Gordon), Robert (Peggy) Long and Georgiann Long. Grandchildren Jammie and Wayne Haseqawa, Jeremy Benetti, Adam and Diana Benetti, and Jesse Enoch Benetti survive her. Great grandchildren Brooke (12 years old), Kevin (9), Gabriel (6), Christopher (4), Brandon (1), Aaron (1) and Kayli due in four weeks survive her.

She is also survived by her brother, Jack Cowden.

Hazel and Herman moved their family to Dolan Springs in 1968.

Hazel was a member of the DAV and VFW, serving as Commander of the Ladies Auxiliary and Chaplain.

Hazel moved to Kingman in 1997 and had been a member of the KRMC volunteers since 1999. Her sense of humor has touched many hearts and souls. She was afraid of nothing and accomplished everything she set her mind to.

On Feb. 8, 2005, Hazel passed on into the spiritual world. Her smile will be truly missed but never forgotten. We love you, Grandma.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Chloride Cemetery.

Edward J. Voorhees

Edward Jay Voorhees, born July 7, 1938, in Delta, Colo., passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, in Kingman.

Ed married Joanne on April 9, 1960. They lived in Henderson, Nev., until the summer of 1981. They then moved to the beautiful Hualapai Mountains, where they were befriended by many people. Ed has been in the construction industry for 45 years including the Local’s Carpenter Union #897 of Nevada.

Edward also received an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces in 1958.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; seven children, Debbie (Randal) Fortenbury of Henderson, Pam (Robbie) Disipio of Las Vegas, Chris (Sue) Voorhees of Portland, Texas, Teresa Voorhees of Kingman, Tony Voorhees of Kingman, Vicky (Jeff) Shaw of Kingman, Angie (Jim) Tucker of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Voorhees is also survived by his brothers, Bernard Lemaye of Utah and Bill May of California; sisters, Eva Haggerman of Colorado, Evelyn (Jack) Findley of Idaho and Marion Meredith of Nevada.

Ed will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Services are at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Family and friends will be gathering at Pine Lake Fire Dept. #2 in the Hualapai Mountains following services.

Richard Oxsen

Richard Oxsen of Kingman lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 13, 2005. He was 57.

Born on Feb. 5, 1948, Richard was a native of Pleasanton, Calif. After first attending Amador High School, he graduated from Sunset High School in Hayward, Calif., in 1966. Richard overcame childhood physical disabilities including leg braces to later serve his country in the Vietnam War in 1968 as a sergeant with the 173rd Airborne. His awards include a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Air Medal.

Before moving to Kingman in 2004, Richard and his wife Laura lived in Reno, Nev., where Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He was a member of the Mohave Sportsman Club, where he loved to target shoot.

His wife Laura was especially proud that he was invited to deal and did in the “World Series Poker Tour” back in the 1970s and 1980s.

He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Mills-Oxsen; his stepdaughter, Lisa Sandra Hunt and her husband Robert Hunt of Hutto, Texas; his daughters, Liea Thompson of Los Angeles and “Riki” Thompson of Auburn, Wash.; his brother, Robert “Bob” Oxsen and sister in-law Carol Lee; his brother, James “Jim” Oxsen and sister in-law Jo Ann of Kingman; and Carol Oxsen of Chico, Calif.

Services to be held privately.

Gwen Pearson and Brandon Pearson

Gwen Pearson was born July 20, 1953, and Brandon Pearson born Nov. 7, 1989. Both passed on Feb. 11, 2005. They were residents of Kingman for the last 12 years. Gwen was the manager of Circle K and Brandon was a student at the Kingman Academy of Learning.

Gwen is survived by her husband, Michael Pearson, Sr.; her children Michael Pearson, Jr. Phillip and Crystal Pearson; her four grandchildren, Brandon, Kirsten, Tyler and Amber; and her sisters, Marsha, Janet, Retha and Colleen.

Brandon is survived by his parents, Michael Pearson Jr. and Lori Lopez; his step-brothers, Dustin and Troy; his grandparents, Michael Pearson Sr. and Gwen Pearson; his grandmother, Rose Martinez; and Uncle Ricki and Aunt Veronica.

Viewing services (open to the public) will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home

Natalie N. Desrosiers

Natalie Nicole Desrosiers of Kingman passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 15, 2005, in Kingman.

Natalie is survived by her mother, Tammie Mohr of Kingman; her father, Sean Desrosiers of Kingman; grandmother, Carol Mohr of Turlock, Calif.; grandfather, Ed Mohr of Kingman; grandfather, Paul Desrosiers of Modesto, Calif.; brother, Shane Desrosiers and sister, Cherie Desrosiers, both of Modesto; brother, Paul Mohr of Stephen, Va.; sister, Rene Murray of Turlock; and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

A private memorial service will be held.

Virginia Leach

Virginia “Ginger” Leach of Kingman passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, in Kingman. She was born on March 23, 1939, in Glendale, Calif.

Ginger graduated from high school in N. Hollywood and spent two years in college in California and later came to own the Critter Salon.

Ginger’s remains will be cremated in Ft. Mohave.

Ginger is survived by her husband, Robert Leach of Kingman; stepson, Bobby Leach of Los Angeles; sister, Donna Stone of Sparks, Nev.; and two grandchildren.

Richard A. Evans

Richard Alan Evans graduated from this life at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2005. He was a Vietnam veteran.

His wife, Claudina Ann Evans of Kingman; his daughters, Lynda, Tracy and Laura Evans of Layton, Utah; his sons, Michael Rutherford of Layton, Utah, and Russell Evans of Wyoming; and his brother, Russell Evans of Lewes, Del., survive him.

Services were held Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Rutherford Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial services and interment were at the Chloride Cemetery.

Bonnie J. Shires

Bonnie Jean Shires, 73, went home to her Lord and Savior on Feb. 17, 2005. All who knew and loved her will dearly miss her. Bonnie lived in Kingman for 10 years. She was an active member of Kingman Christian Church and loved her church family.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard; son William of Kingman; daughters Debi (Ed) Legan and Rebecca Shires; grandchildren William (Tami) Shires, Richard, Chad and Hank Shires, Andy Bailey, Dennis (Jenny) McGlone, Aymi (Adam) Kanthack, Brian (Misty) Legan and Amy (Jeremy) Dillman; and great-grandchildren Sarah, Arrianna, Kain, Savannah and Hunter.

Bonnie was and always will be the heart and soul of a very special family, a family that admired her, appreciated her and loved her. Life brings many changes, but nothing will ever undo the wonderful legacy of her love that will go on and on for us. She was God’s love in the love of a Mother.

Services are to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Kingman Christian Church.

Charles Havatone

Funeral services for Charles “Chuck” Havatone, 46, of Peach Springs, who died Feb. 22, 2005, in Flagstaff, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Peach Springs Multipurpose Building. The traditional wake was held in the same location at 2 p.m. Saturday.

He was born on June 7, 1958, in Kingman and was a 1976 graduate of Kingman High School. He was a member of the Hualapai Tribe and was employed as a laborer.

He is survived by his wife, Regina; sons Dennard and Charles “Hoss” Jr.; a daughter, Erlinda; his mother, Linda Havatone; two sisters, Janette and Earlene Havatone; two brothers, Don and Eagle Havatone; and six nieces and four nephews. All are residents of Peach Springs.

Chuck will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Fred Palmer

Fred Palmer, 81, of Kingman passed away on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Kingman. He was born on April 3, 1923, in Whittier, Calif.

Fred was a disk jockey for KFI Radio and an audio engineer for KTTV Channel 11 in Hollywood, Calif. He retired in 1985.

His wife Joan Palmer, stepson Michael Maroney of Temple City, Calif., and cousins Mary Rainbolt, Joan Klein, and Sharon Treadway survive Fred.

Patricia L. Jones

Born on Nov. 9, 1937. She found peace on Feb. 25, 2005. Loving and devoted wife, loved sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and best friend. One journey for her has come to an end. Another has just begun. We wish her well and love. May her new journey be filled with peace.

We will all miss you and know that you won’t be far when we need you.

“See you soon or see you later.”

Lela R. Querido

Lela R. (Jones) (Major) Querido, born on May 29, 1924, in Big Cove, Ala., to Pearl and Robert F. Jones left us on Feb. 27, 2005, from her home in Kingman.

She met and married Jim Major in 1949 at Davis Camp, Ariz. They moved to Phoenix for 10 years. She then moved to California where she received her nursing degree and practiced nursing for 35 years.

She returned to Arizona in 1986 where she worked doing food demos in various store locations in the Kingman/Bullhead area. While doing a store demo, she met Manuel Querido in 1998 and they were happily married in 1999.

She leaves behind a sister, Mildred Groves of Decatur, Ala.; her loving husband, Manuel Querido; and her nieces from California, Dorris Hueter, Donna Jones and Lynda Lee.

She will be greatly missed by her family.