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Bertha M. Skinner - Laszlo Rabai - Charles J. Shipp - Genina Armstrong - Glen Elden Jensen

Bertha M. Skinner, 99, of Kingman died Friday, April 14, 2006, in Kingman.

She was born June 21, 1906, in Douglas, Ariz.

Viewing will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, April 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Eastern Avenue at Southern, with services to follow at 10.

Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Laszlo “Larry” Rabai was born on Jan. 10, 1939, in Budapest, Hungary. His parents were Laszlo and Maria Rabai. Larry and his mother escaped from Hungary in 1956 shortly after the death of his father. They arrived in the United States on Christmas Eve. Larry and his mother moved to New York City where he learned the English language by watching movies. He would spend a day in the theater watching the same movie several times.

In 1959, Larry joined the U.S. Army where he met his lifelong friend, Tomas Udvari. He requested to be stationed in Germany but was sent to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. While in Hawaii, he was a mechanic in the motor pool and played the accordion in the entertainment unit, an instrument he had played since he was a child.

In November 1961, he became a U.S. citizen and was discharged from the Army in December of the same year. He moved back to New York to be near his mother. In the mid-1960s they both moved to Los Angeles.

Larry worked as a mechanic in Los Angeles He met his wife Diana in 1969 by offering to buy her dinner if he didn’t fix her car correctly. They met again four months later when she stopped by the gas station. Her car was still fine.

Larry and Diana were married Dec. 19, 1970, and on May 10, 1973, their daughter Katherine was born. They lived in California until 1981, when they moved to Kingman.

During his 26 years in Kingman, he worked at Dunton Motors, K-Mart and Stockton Hill Tire. He also had his own mechanic shop for a couple of years, which he called Larry’s Car Care. In 1993, Larry started work for the city of Bullhead. Larry was happy every day he got to go to work, especially when he could ride his BMW motorcycle.

He liked and respected the people he worked with and loved learning new things about the city government. He was proud of the job he was doing and loved getting a good deal. For anyone who sold parts or equipment to him, he loved to get the “Larry Rabai Discount” which was usually lower than anyone else’s prices.

Larry belonged to the Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association and was recently asked to be on the Policy and Procedures Committee for the American Public Works Association. He was proud to be a member of the RMFMA and was honored to have been chosen for the APWA.

Larry loved his wife, daughter and new son-in-law Patrick Fish. He was also glad to have been welcomed so warmly into the Fish family and would be glad to know they will be taking care of his wife and daughter.

Larry loved his extended family and his friends. He loved getting together for golf games, dinner and cards, and his special New Year’s Eve tradition of “sandwiches.”

Larry Rabai passed away April 16, 2006. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Kingman Hospital Foundation.

Charles J. Shipp, 87, of Wikieup died Friday, April 14, in Prescott. He was born July 2, 1918, in Turlock, Calif.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Bob Stump V.A. Medical Center Chapel in Prescott.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, on the family ranch in Wikieup.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

Genina Belle Armstrong, 75, born May 16, 1930, in Leede, Okla., passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, at the Desert Highlands Care Center in Kingman.

She is survived by her husband, Russell Marion Armstrong Sr., and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all loved her with all their young hearts. Thank you, Mama, for all your love and affection.

Memorial services will be private.

Glen Elden Jensen died Saturday, April 15, 2006, in Kingman. He was 79.

Glen was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Ryder, N.D., on the family farm to Jens and Emma Jensen. Glen was the youngest of 10 children. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Army.

Glen received an associate’s degree in Business from Wahpeton School of Science. Glen then pursued a career as a heavy equipment operator, building dams and power lines across the United States.

Glen had a love for music, especially playing the piano for his friends and family. He enjoyed flying and dreamed of one day owning his own plane.

Glen is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Forrest Fleming of Yellow Jacket, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Alice Jensen of Kingman; son, Bill Jensen of Kingman; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David Hammer of Glendale; daughter and son-in-law, Noel and Richard Hood of La Plata, N.M.; 12 grandchildren, Troy Fleming, Tiffany Fleming-Hempelman, Rachelle Jensen, Erica Jensen, Breck Jensen, Morgan Jensen, Adam Jensen, Jason Hammer, Bryan Hood, Sarah Hood, twins Dylan and Tyler Glen Hood; and four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kyla Fleming and Audree and Wyatt Hempelman.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Helen Jensen, his parents and nine siblings. To celebrate Glen’s life, his family will have a private gathering at one of his favorite locations.


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