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Hillman / Messerschmidt

Muril Hillman

Muril Robert Hillman of Kingman, formerly of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at the age of 72. A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at his residence.

Muril was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Los Angeles, the son of Muril and Evelyn Hillman. He was raised in Yucca, and as a young man, he worked on area ranches as a cowboy.

After retiring in 1997 from Civil Service at Mountain Home Air Force Base, he and his wife moved to Kingman where he was able to continue working on area ranches. One of his biggest joys later in life was riding his horse, Stormy, with his many riding companions.

Survivors include his wife of more than 30 years, Charlotte M. Hillman; daughters, Roberta Hillman and Illa LeFan, all of Kingman; son, Leonard Hillman of Mountain Home, Idaho; and son, Joshua Hillman of Las Vegas; brother, Burt Hillman of California; and sister, Betty Frazier of Phoenix. He was the grandfather of eight and the great-grandfather of one.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Velma and Mary; and daughter, Lavina.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you for all the love and support given us during our loss.

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David Messerschmidt

David Bruce Messerschmidt, born March 8, 1925, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. Mr. Messerschmidt lived in Kingman five years after moving from Vancouver, Wash.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Jeanne; three children; 11 stepchildren; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one remaining sister. He was a loving family man and kind person to all of us and will be greatly missed from our lives.

Mr. Messerschmidt retired from the Navy after serving in two wars. He earned the Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, a Korean Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Asiatic Campaign Medal, American Theatre Campaign Medal and numerous good conduct medals.

Mr. Messerschmidt served in the medical field during his Navy career and donated his body to Science Care to help the medical community. After retiring from the Navy, he also retired from Alcoa.

He did not wish to have any formal services but stated anyone wishing to could tip their glass for him and remember his life and years spent with family and friends as a caring human being. With sad hearts we bid him good-bye.