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Darrell Page

In Memory of Darrell Page ­ patriot, husband, father and friend. Darrell was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Cambridge, Neb. He left this world on Nov. 19, 2005, in Kingman.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Mildred Wallace Page; son, Darrell Dennis Page; daughter, Donna Lea Page; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jessica, James and Andrew Page; and his great-grandchild, Lori Page. Darrell and Mildred celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Feb. 25, 2005. They were married in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 25, 1945.

Darrell served in the Navy during WWII as a signalman on an LST that was sunk by a kamikazi in the Pacific. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries and was honorably discharged. Darrell joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1948 while attending college to become an aeronautical engineer.

Darrell's 40-year career in aviation included being a draftsman, engineer, chief engineer, and after obtaining his master's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, an administrative vice president. Darrell obtained patents to include an ejection seat for jet aircraft and many others in every aspect of in-flight refueling systems and external fuel tanks. He performed consulting work after his 1989 retirement and was a 55-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Darrell loved to design and make things, which included the first house Darrell and Mildred owned, balsawood models, jewelry and small statues. He loved the outdoors, vacationing with the family in Yosemite, snow skiing, travel and hunting for precious and semi-precious stones with Mildred. He was a Boy Scouts scoutmaster, a member of rock clubs in Georgia and Arizona, and a member of two horse-riding clubs in California. Darrell had several horses over the years and always had a dog. He loved to ice dance with Mildred; was a natural-born illustrator, preferring pencil; and a pianist, being able to play very well by ear. He enjoyed playing pinochle with family and friends. Darrell continued his education after retirement and obtained an associate's degree in Art while living in Kingman.

Although his career was important to him, Darrell was also a family man. On Dennis' and Donna's birthday mornings, he always started the day by playing "Happy Birthday" on the piano, even if he had to do it over the telephone. He frequently helped Dennis and Donna with their homework and was always supportive in their music programs, hobbies and college educations. Darrell and Mildred took their young grandson, Jeffrey, with them on several vacations and supported his private education.

Darrell was a patriot, husband, father and friend. He had a dynamic mind, a wonderful sense of humor, showed respect for others and was loved and respected. He had a good life. We will miss him.

John Ray Nippins

John Ray Nippins, 70, of Kingman died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, in Kingman. He was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Mount Holly, N.J.

Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ann Helen Dickinson

Ann Helen Dickinson, 91, of Kingman died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, in Kingman. She was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Chicago.

Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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