Longtime resident and former general contractor Charles M. Orr passed away Friday evening, May 19, at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Charles Munson “Chuck” Orr was born on Jan. 31, 1928, in Buckhannon, W.Va., the son of Uriah Newton Orr and Sarah Munson Orr. When the depression hit West Virginia in 1930, the family moved to Tucson and then Ajo, Ariz., where his father, a pharmacist by trade, eventually found work as an assayer at the Phelps Dodge copper mine. When the depression hit Arizona and the copper mine shut down, economic circumstances caused the family to live for several years in a tent house (a two-room dwelling with a crude wood frame covered with canvas). These impoverished circumstances didn’t prevent Chuck from becoming an Eagle Scout and excelling in music. During his freshman year, he earned the honor of making first chair as the bass clarinet player in the All-State Band.
Chuck attended Ajo High School during the war years. Due to gas rationing and limited budgets, he excelled at the only organized sport offered, which was boxing. He also played the saxophone in a dance band from that time until the 1950s, when big band music lost favor to rock and roll.
Between 1946 and 1950, Chuck attended Arizona State Teachers College in Flagstaff (now NAU), paying his own way working part time as a bellhop, janitor, and of course, playing in a dance band. He earned his undergraduate degree from ASTC Flagstaff and later received his master’s in Industrial Arts from ASTC Tempe (now ASU). While studying in Flagstaff, he met Lorraine Bellwood, whom he married in 1950. After graduating and a short stint as an industrial arts teacher in St. Johns, Ariz., he began a teaching and coaching career in Kingman in 1953.
Nine years as an assistant and head coach in football and track at Mohave County Union High School culminated in a Northwest Conference football championship and an Arizona Coach of the Year nomination in 1961. As an industrial arts and mechanical drawing teacher, Mr. Orr inspired many a student to pursue careers in related fields.
He left the teaching profession and went into business, starting Orr Construction, Inc., a general contracting firm, in 1962. Between 1962 and his retirement in 1998, Orr Construction, Inc., built hundreds of homes and some 50 commercial buildings in the area.
Chuck was a civic-minded, active member of the community. He was a member of the Kingman Elks and Rotary Club, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, Country Club, and Mohave County Contractors Association, and served on the City Council from 1990 to 1994 as well as the Northern Arizona University Foundation board of directors.
He was also a master bridge player and lifelong sports fan who was not to be disturbed when watching a football game. In addition to coaching high school, he sponsored, coached and played on a number of local softball teams and was an avid tennis player.
He is survived by a brother, Newton Orr of Lacey, Wash.; sons, K.C. and Toby Orr of Kingman; a daughter, Jeanne Orr Mathiesen of Kansas City, Mo.; and six grandchildren: Marcy, Randy, Bobby, Jenny, Tony and Michael. Memorial donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America or to the Mohave Museum Mining Exhibit.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Kingman.
Carlos Andrew Bufano, 72, of Kingman died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 4, 1934, in Los Angeles. He grew up in Alhambra, Calif., and went to Alhambra High School. He moved to Kingman 14 years ago from West Covina, Calif. He was in the grocery business for 37 years and ran Hualapai Quik Stop for 10. He was active in the Prospectors Club and was a baseball coach for many years for all his sons. Carlos was in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1954.
We lost our beloved husband, father and friend to a battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully on May 17 with all his loved ones by his side. He was loved by many family and friends. We will always have a beautiful memory of our Carlos Bufano. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Bufano of Kingman; four sons, William Bufano of Navarre, Fla., Andrew Bufano of Kingman, Robert Bufano of Kingman, and Carlo Bufano of Portland, Maine; one daughter, Anna Bufano of Kingman, eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation and burial will be at Covina Hills Forest Lawn Mortuary, Covina, Calif. Arrangements in Kingman are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.
Judy Horner, 62, of Kingman passed away May 19, 2006. She was born Aug. 6, 1943, in Ipswich, S.D., to Arnold and Mary Kienow.
She is survived by her children: Michelle Sahawneh, Michael Horner, Melissa Lemus; siblings, Vicki DuBraw, Peggy, Dale, Dennis, Butch and Larry Kienow; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson’s Valley West Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, with Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.
Carol Kinsey Spears died Saturday, May 20, in Kingman. She was 68.
Mrs. Spears was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Mesa to Charles and Clara Kinsey. Within weeks she moved to Chloride, where she lived throughout her school years. She graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1956. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mrs. Spears was married to Wilbern Spears in 1958. She is survived by one son, Nephi Spears of Richfield, Utah; three daughters, Telitha Scofield and Mary Ellen Spears of Kingman, and Clara Elizabeth Roos of Layton, Utah; one sister, Florence Bunker of Delta, Utah; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at the LDS church on Rutherford. Burial will be in the Chloride Cemetery.
Stephen W. Simpson Sr., of Kingman passed away Friday, May 19, 2006, at his home in Kingman. He was born July 29, 1921, in Chicago.
He came to Mohave County from Chicago.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as an M.P. and interpreter in the Persian Gulf.
After his discharge, he worked for 19 years in the trucking business, Simpson Motor Service, in Chicago. After moving to Kingman, he served two years in the Kingman Police Department, then started his own business, Bike City, which he ran for 18 years.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Lorraine Simpson of Kingman; his son, Stephen W. Simpson Jr., also of Kingman; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at Mountain View Cemetery. Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
John Samuel Davidson, 62, of Golden Valley died Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Golden Valley. He was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Burns, Ore.
Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.