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December 2004

Dennis F. Welch

Dennis Frederick Welch, 61, passed away Dec. 11, 2004, in Kingman. He was born April 29, 1943, to Frank and Frieda (Schumacher) Welch in Elgin, Ill.

Dennis had been a resident of Kingman for the past three and a half years, coming here from Truth or Consequences, N.M. He had worked at The Gardens Care Center in Kingman for 19 months and loved working with the elderly there. He was a proud Vietnam-era Army veteran.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of four years, Sharon; son, Timothy S. Welch of Herndon, Va.; stepsons, Jared Jankowski of Truth or Consequences and Mark Jankowski of Kingman; a sister, Mary Krackenberger of Skokie, Ill.; and one grandson, Ryan Welch.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the family home. Graveside services will begin at noon Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

The family requests donations be made in Dennis’ name to KRMC Hospice, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman AZ 86401.

Arrangements were by Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

Helen L. Houghton

Helen Louise Houghton was born in Broadripple, Ind., on March 1, 1924 to Helen Margarette Belles and Earl Issac Belles.

She was the oldest of six.

She was preceded in death by both parents and her little sister Alma Jane in 1988.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil Leroy; two children, daughter Linda Lee Morton and partner Gloria and son James William Houghton and wife Linda Leethree; three brothers, James Earl Belles, Robert Issac Belles (Nadine) and Richard Lee Belles (Darlene); a sister, Mary Margaret Adams (Charles); eight grandchildren, Cindy, Carrie, Richard (Jennifer), Steven, Aaron, Durbin, Nichole and Jamie Houghton; 17 great grandchildren, Troy, Lacy, Kalleen Wise (David), Crystal, Samantha, Michael, Sarena, Steven III, Catrece, Shantel, Joshua, Hailey, Kylie, Jade, Albert Jr., Johnie and Aryn; two great-great grandchildren, Georgia Lillian Wise and Alexas Ann Marie Stoneking; and one unborn great-great granddaughter.

Helen will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her.

Services were Saturday at Sutton Mortuary with graveside services at Mt. View Cemetery.

Evan O. Rood

Evan Owen Rood passed away on Dec. 1, 2004, in Las Vegas. He was born on Dec. 1, 2004, in Las Vegas.

Evan is survived by his father, Steven D. Rood; his mother, Christy L. Rood of Las Vegas; grandparents, Richard and Jeannie Montez of Kingman and Dale and Karen Rood of Las Vegas; and brothers, Thomas Steven Rood and Cameron Wesley Rood of Las Vegas.

No services will be held.

Brian C. Schritter

Brian Christopher Schritter, 26, of Phoenix died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in Phoenix.

Born Dec. 20, 1977 in Tucson, he attended high school in Glendale and Syracuse, Ind. He also attended classes at IPFW in Warsaw, Ind. His hobbies were restoring muscle cars and stereos. He was a former employee for the town of Syracuse. He was a private contractor in the Phoenix area for the past six years.

He is survived by a daughter, Sara Ann Schritter, age 2; his parents, Aldo and JoAnn Schritter of Peoria, Ariz.; one brother, Brandon, of Bullhead City; one sister, Schawnte Schritter Rosales of Peoria; two nieces, Kiersten and Lauren Rosales of Peoria; and his maternal grandparents Dorothy and William Evans of Milford, Ind.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Alfred and Orpha Schritter of Pioche, Nev.

Funeral services were held Nov. 26, 2004, at the Chapel of the Chimes in Glendale. Burial was at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale. Memorials can be made to Sara Ann Schritter.

Carroll F. Miller

Carroll French Miller, 72, of Kingman died on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, after a prolonged illness. He was born on Dec. 24, 1931, to Carroll and Blanche Miller in Quincy, Mass.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Before retirement, he had his own business as a personnel consultant. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. The Millers came to Kingman six years ago from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Valerie Jean Miller; brother, G. Duncan; sister-in-law, Jan; sister, Anne Lee Tomkinson; his stepdaughter, Donna White and her husband Stephen; his stepson, Christopher Parella and his wife Lisa; six grandchildren, Ryan, Rebecca and Caitlyn White and Samuel, Adam and Davis Parella; as well as many nieces and nephews throughout the United States. His daughter Kristin Ann Antonucci preceded her father in death in 1999.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends. He was a dear, sweet man who adored those of us he loved so very much. Until we meet again, dance with your new heavenly body and save a dance for me!

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Kingman Presbyterian Church at 2425 Detroit Ave. In lieu of flowers, please give or send donations to the Kingman Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Your loving wife,


Cheyenne L. Davis

Cheyenne Lee Davis, 28, of Kingman passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Kingman.

She was born on April 10, 1976, in Paradise, Calif. Cheyenne moved to Kingman two years ago from Oroville, Calif. She worked as a waitress for Chili’s and loved working with ceramics.

Cheyenne is survived by her son, Alex Davis, 5, of Kingman; her father, Paul Davis of Kingman and her mother, Trena Davis of Oroville; a sister, Shawnee Tonsing and brother, Sam Gray Jr., both of Oroville; grandmothers, Charlotte Davis of Kingman and Deloris Roderick of Yuma; aunts and uncles, Judy and Mark Childress of Reno, Nev., and Dory Carroll and Ray Scarlett of Lake Havasu City; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cheyenne will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen J. Crame

Helen Jean Crame, born in Illinois, passed away Dec. 15 in Mesa, Ariz. She and her husband were Kingman residents for 17 years and Catholics.

A son, Joseph, preceded Helen in death. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Joe; a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Alan Wade; and two grandsons, Blake and Brandon, all of Mesa; as well as many friends. She will be greatly missed. No services will be held in Kingman.

Christopher Atkins

Christopher J. Atkins, 33, of Phoenix passed away Dec. 2, 2004, in Tucson.

Chris fought all his life with the terrible disease of cystic fibrosis. On Dec. 14, 2003, Chris was rushed to surgery and had a bilateral lung transplant. Chris found a new way of breathing and lived every day to its fullest. At an early age, Chris wanted to be a police officer, but with his disease he was unable. The 100 Club of Arizona was able to have five officers visit him in the hospital before his transplant. Chris was very dedicated to the church; he became a Eucharistic minister to the homebound and was beginning to take classes to become a deacon. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made everyone around him feel loved.

Chris is survived by his wife, Lena Atkins, of Phoenix; his parents, James and Carla Atkins of Surprise; a brother, Scott Atkins and his wife Robyn of Kingman; and a niece, Katie Atkins, and nephew, JC Atkins, of Kingman. Services were held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Glendale. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Christopher Atkins. Please give the gift of life. Be an organ donor.

James E. Zumwalt

James Edward Zumwalt, a beloved husband, father, son and brother, was received by God on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at 4:20 in the afternoon through the help of his best friend Paul Lee Allen and his mother, Marjory Mae Zumwalt, who both preceded him in death.

He has an enormous family that loved him and will miss him greatly: his father, William J. Zumwalt, and siblings, Bill Zumwalt, Patty Duggar, Sue Davison, Joseph Zumwalt, Dorothy Schubert, Cathy McConaughy, David A. Zumwalt and Johnny Zumwalt and their many children and grandchildren. His wife of 31 years, Rebecca Allen Zumwalt, has loved him from the time she was a little girl and first saw him running the small desert town streets of Kingman. James was second oldest of 10 kids and had two boys of his own, Jason Michael of New York City and Jared Allen of Walnut Creek, Calif.

He was 52 years old and spent 31 years working for the United Food Commercial Workers Union, for Safeway and ABCO Foods.

After five and a half years of battling cancer, he finally succumbed at home, where he wanted to be, with the people he loved most. There will be no services or memorial at the request of James. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in remembrance of him.

Steven L. Cowden

Steven Lee Cowden, 42, of Kingman, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born Nov. 2, 1962, in Lake Charles, La.

He is survived by his father, Bill Cowden of Kingman, and his mother, Pat Newton of Herndon, Va.; brothers, Chris Cowden of St. Peters, Mo., and Larry Cowden of Wellington, Nev.; sons, Stephen Cowden and Jamie Cowden, both of Piper City, Ill.; daughter, Rachel Cowden of Piper City; and girlfriend, Stephanie Rosskilley and her two children, Joe Evans and Amanda Evans, all of Kingman.

The service will be private.


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