Obituaries Sept. 15, 2005

Ken Reeves

The Rev. Ken Reeves, pastor of Meadview Baptist Church and Kingman resident, went to be with the Lord Wednesday night.

Pastor Ken had served in the ministry for more than 50 years. Area churches include First Southern Baptist Church of Camp Verde, Hilltop Baptist Church of Kingman, Chloride Baptist Church and was the pastor of Meadview Baptist Church until his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Reeves, and is survived by his daughter, Vonda; son-in-law, Dave and grandson Sean McNeil of Los Angeles; and sisters, Glena Farr of Lubbock, Texas, and Nell Bickley of Minneola, Texas.

Services will be held on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church of Kingman located at 3120 Hualapai Mountain Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the River Valley Christian Family Services in Lake Havasu, at 1605 S. McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.

Robert Eugene Brown

Robert Eugene Brown of Kingman died Sept. 14, 2005, in Kingman. He was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Collinsville, Okla.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home with services following at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery.

James Fredrick Walker

James Fredrick Walker of Kingman passed away at the age of 70 on Sept. 15, 2005. He was born on Oct. 30, 1934, in Lakeland, Fla.

Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard James Gallagher Sr.

Richard James Gallagher, Sr. (Dick) passed away Sept. 7, 2005, at 83 years old peacefully at home following a long illness in the presence of his loving wife, Esther C. Gallagher.

Richard was born Nov. 12, 1921, to Doris May Wilcox and James P. Gallagher of Waverly, Iowa.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945. He spent his life as a welding engineer for McDonald Douglas, retiring from Bowing.

Richard was a longtime member of the Elks local #468. He loved traveling in his motor home and spending years as a chapter member for F.M.C.A.

Dick spent the last five years of his life out of retirement as a salesman for a longtime friend, Perry Trotter of Trotter's R.V. here in Kingman.

Mr. Gallagher is survived by his wife of 18 years; three sons, Richard A. Padilla and his three children of Stockton, Calif., Michael A. Ellis and his two sons of Peach Springs, Larry A. Ellis, Jr. and his four children and their five children all of Kingman; one beloved daughter, Diruie Thurber and three children, Randy Thurber, Lisa La Rocco, and Terry La Rocco and their five children, all of San Diego, Calif.; and one son, Richard James Gallagher Jr. and his four children and their two children of Quitman, Texas.

Mr. Gallagher is preceded in death by his parents, one sister and his daughter-in-law, Lorraine Ellis.

There will be no services or visitation for Mr. Gallagher. His cremated remains will go home with his loving wife, Essie.

Christine Romeo

Christine Romeo of Kingman passed away at age 89 on Sept. 14, 2005. She was born Jan. 26, 1916.

Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Rose Barnett

Dorothy Rose Barnett passed away in Las Vegas on July 24, 2005, the result of a fall in her Kingman home.

Born into modest circumstances on Christmas Eve 1923, her early years at home were largely devoted to caring for her seven brothers as they all grew up near Grand Coulee, Wash.

She married Ray Tipton during World War II, and while he was deployed overseas, gave birth to twins, Karen and Sharon. In the late 1950s, Dorothy and Ray suffered every parent's nightmare, their beautiful, athletic daughters, 13 years old, were killed in a car accident caused by a drunken driver. Karen and Sharon remained vividly alive in Dorothy's memory for the rest of her life, and their talents and accomplishments were familiar to all who came to know Dorothy.

Dorothy pursued her career, working in personnel for the federal government. After Dorothy and Ray divorced several years later, Dorothy met and married James Nichelini, a vintner in California's Napa Valley. Dorothy devoted her energies to entertaining and to supporting James in his management of the Nichelini winery until his premature death.

In time, Dorothy met and married Barney Barnett. Their life together was full and happy. They enjoyed four-wheeling in the Arizona desert and long RV trips to visit family and friends. They participated in many gatherings of ex-POWs from the World War II era (Barney had been a POW in Japan during the war) and especially enjoyed creatively remodeling a series of homes in Yuma and Mesa, finally building their last home in Kingman.

Barney died suddenly in 2001, and since that time Dorothy had continued at home, her grief alleviated by the company and support of her retired federal employee and Teamster friends and of a truly uncommon set of neighbors.

The loving support of her neighbors enabled her to remain living independently, as she wished, until her death.

Those who knew Dorothy best will remember how much she enjoyed engaging with people and especially her love of humor, which was evident even as paramedics prepared her for her final trip to the hospital.

In accordance with her wishes, there was no funeral service, but a celebration of her life was held in her home on July 30, attended by many neighbors and friends.

She is survived by her brothers, Dennis Best and Bert Best of the Grand Coulee, Wash. area; and step-children, including John Barnett of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Steven Barnett of Napa, Calif.

Hilda L. Neldon

Hilda L. Neldon of Kingman passed away at the age of 85 on Sept. 14, 2005. She was born on Jan. 12, 1920, in Beverly, Ill.

Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.