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John Henry Joost - Ruth B. Williams - Donald F. Etter - Patrick J. Fenton

John Henry Joost, 45, of Kingman died Friday, April 14, 2006, in Bullhead City. He was born July 3, 1960, in Chicago. He moved to the Kingman area 17 to 18 years ago from Oceanside, Calif.

John trained at the Culinary Institute of the Arts in Napa, Calif. and became executive chef at the Flamingo, Laughlin, Nev. He was a member of the American Legion, Posts 40 and 8 and was a United Way contributor. In the U.S. Army, he was an E-5 gunnery sergeant.

John is survived by his wife, Jamie Joost of Kingman; his daughter, Mellisa Gambrell of Oregon; and sons, Justin Joost of Hesperia, Calif., Joey (Nicole) Joost of Kingman and John W. Joost, also of Kingman. He is also survived by his sisters, Sandra Zimlich of California and Patty Helmsworth of Orange, Calif.; brothers Jim (Melinda) Joost of Illinois, Henry Joost of California and Bill Joost of Las Vegas; plus many nieces and nephews. John had the love and respect of all he worked with and knew.

A service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Flamingo.

Ruth B. Williams, 87, of Kingman passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Kingman. She was born July 3, 1918, in Olden, Mo., to Mack and Minnie Turner.

She married Wayne Collins on April 2, 1935. Ruth is survived by two daughters, Phyllis A. Allison of Kingman of the same address as Ruth for 11 years and Linda K. Pritchett of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Wayne; her second husband, Jack Williams of Kingman; two brothers and three sisters.

Arrangements were handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Donald F. Etter, 69, of Kingman died on Friday, April 14, at his home in Kingman. He was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Phoenix.

Donald has lived in the Kingman area for 36 years, coming here from California. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees during the Vietnam War. He served with honor as a police officer with the Kingman Police Department for 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Etter; two daughters, Zelda and Linda; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. Desert View Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Patrick Joseph Fenton, 86, of Kingman died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in Kingman. He was born to John Fenton and Mary Fitzgerald, one of 12 children. He had seven sisters and four brothers. Patrick was born in County Cork, Ireland, on Nov. 4, 1919.

He drove a mail truck over there and shared many stories of how he picked up passengers on his route and told how they would stop at the pub and have a beer.

He came to America in 1949 and lived in Chicago, where he worked for the Transamerican Freight Lines. After a few years, he moved to New Lenox, Ill., and married Evelyn Fenton.

While there he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a signalman. He enjoyed his garden and raised all kinds of vegetables. He also enjoyed making a beautiful flower garden and had leprechaun statues all over.

He and Evelyn moved to Kingman in 1981 and again here he had his gardens and leprechauns.

His wife preceded him in death in 1992, as did his seven sisters and four brothers.

He is survived by his niece, Mary (Ed) Bathauer; nephew, John (Vivian) Mitchell of Kingman; niece, Bette (Bill) Brown of Scottsdale; niece, Mary (Tom) Stone of Wyoming; nephew, Tom Moylan of Ireland; niece, Mary Lou (Tom) O’Grady; niece, Eileen Wrona; nephew, Ray (Sally) Light of Illinois; niece, Catherine (Tom) McGowan of Wisconsin; niece, Mary Lou (Chuck) Haugh of California; step-grandchildren, Tina (Keith) Velenur, Mark (Bonnie) Norton of New Lenox, Patrick Norton and Lori (Greg) Giffin.

Patrick was a happy little leprechaun with many friends in Kingman. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave. The service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery after the church service. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton.