Obituaries

Grover Everett Keller

Grover Everett Keller, 85, of Kingman went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, with his family at his bedside. Grover was born May 21, 1920, in Bisbee. He was the only child of Clinton and Claudia Keller. While living in Bisbee, he met his wife of 63 years, Juanita Arene Stemen. They were married on Aug. 29, 1942.

From 1942 to 1945, Grover served as a sergeant technician in the United States' first "Draftee Division" in the 349th Battalion, 88th Division, known as the Blue Devils during World War II. During the war, he traveled to Africa, Morocco and Italy. He received many medals, including a Bronze Star, for his service in the war.

After the war, Grover worked for Phelps Dodge Hardware Department in Bisbee.

He moved to Kingman with his family in 1952 and began working as an assistant manager for Central Commercial, hardware department. Later, he was hired by the Pennzoil Corporation and worked as a safety supervisor at the Duval Mine located at Mineral Park near Kingman. In the 1960s, he also served on the city's Addressing Committee of the Kingman Chamber of Commerce. In the mid 1980s, Grover and Juanita opened the ceramic store, JP Greenware, in downtown Kingman.

Grover joined the First Southern Baptist Church in Kingman in 1952 and became a deacon in 1954, where he remained a deacon until his death.

He led the boy's organization, Royal Ambassadors, for 28 years where he taught loyalty to God, family and community. He was firmly dedicated to providing service to the church and its members. He was very active in all aspects of servicing the Lord and stressed this same importance to his family.

In addition, Grover was deeply involved in Boy Scouts of America for 64 years. He joined the Boy Scouts Troop 6 in Bisbee in 1932, and became its scoutmaster in 1939, when he was 19 years old.

When he moved to Kingman, he became the scoutmaster for Troop 28 until he retired from scouting in 2003. During his lifetime, he served as a scoutmaster to more than 3,000 boys. He also helped 79 scouts become Eagle Scouts, who have become community and industrial leaders nationwide. Throughout the years, he received numerous honoring ceremonies for his years of dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, including a key to the city of Kingman.

Grover was a loving and dedicated son, husband, "Pop," grandpa, "Wow" (great) grandpa and friend.

Grover was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Juanita of Kingman; his six children, Sharon (Lee) Haywood of Golden Valley, Zelda (Richard) Wright of Kingman, Don (Debbie) Keller of Kingman, Clint (Loni) Keller of Kingman, Danielle Keller of Kingman and Lana (Steve) Keller-Robinett of Kingman.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Ken (Anne) Haywood, Jon Haywood, William "Bear" (Huyen-Tran) Haywood, Shelley (Eric) Oestmann, Debbie Wright, Suzzanna (Alex) Keller-Duval, Jenny (Hans) Christensen, Mike Keller, Ted Peters, Dana Keller, Kyle Keller, Amber-Lee Marie Robinett, Sherry Robinett; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at First Southern Baptist Church in Kingman.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund.

Ralph Edward King

Ralph Edward King of Golden Valley, born July 4, 1928, in Huntington, Ark., died Dec. 19, 2005, in Kingman. He retired from Imperial Irrigation District in Indio, Calif., in 1992 after 34 years. After his retirement, he moved to Kingman. He was affiliated with the Ham Radio Operators organization.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Whitlock King; and son, Calvin Bliss King, 1955 to 2005. He is survived by his son, Samuel King; and his brother, Thomas King of Fort Smith, Ark.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at the Golden Valley Assembly of God, 3355 North Magma Road, Golden Valley.

Bertha Laura Pineda

Bertha Pineda passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Las Vegas. She was born in Chicago April 15, 1961, to Manuel Garza of Phoenix and Yolanda Mortlock of Kingman. Bertha was employed at Harrah's Hotel and Casino VIP reservations in Laughlin, Nev.

Bertha is survived by her husband, Carlos Pineda of Bullhead City; her mother, Yolanda Mortlock of Kingman; her father, Manuel Garza of Phoenix; her sister, Lety Gaspar of Chicago; and brother, Daniel Garza of Kingman. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Richard Mortlock; and brother, Manuel Garza.

Memorial services were held at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center located at 1776 Airway Avenue, Kingman, on Wednesday, Dec. 28

Cremation is being handled by Valley Funeral Home in Las Vegas.

Remains will be put to rest in the family mausoleum located in Phoenix.

Arthur B. Callis

Arthur B. Callis of Kingman was born Nov. 12, 1948, in Norwich, Conn. He died Dec. 21, 2005, at Kingman Regional Medical Center from pancreatic cancer, diagnosed in January, 2005. He was 57 years old, lived in Kingman for the past year and a half and loved it here.

Arthur was preceded in death by his father, Basel Callis. He is survived by Diane Callis, his wife of Kingman; his mother, Stella (nee Kypreos), now Stella Tatem; his sister, Priscilla Dickman of Connecticut; his brothers, Stephen and Alex Callis of Connecticut; his nephew, Damon Callis, USMC, of Connecticut, of whom he was very proud.

Arthur served in Vietnam in the USMC, '67-'69, was wounded and disabled, and was very proud to be a Marine. He received an honorable discharge. He was a member of Dean W. Reiter #887 Marine Corps League and The American Legion in Kingman.

Arthur was happiest in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. He owned and operated Art's Espresso Plus for many years and enjoyed that a lot. His second love was being Santa for the kids each Christmas.

He was in the process of trying to get the VA to establish a Veterans' Hospital in Kingman for the 40,000 veterans, so they wouldn't have to drive so far for care. He has touched a lot of lives and we will miss him terribly.

A Memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 29, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. He will be buried in Boulder City, Nev., at the Veterans' Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to PanCAN (Pancreatic Research), 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245. If you want to honor Arthur Callis, please include his name with your donation.