Edward R. Bruce - Harry “Joe” Ervin Glentz - Willa Mae Thomen
Edward R. Bruce, born Aug. 8, 1937, lost his battle with cancer Friday, Jan. 20, 2006. He was 68 years old. Ed was born in South Bridge, Mass.
He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, moved to Riverside, Calif., in 1960, and was stationed at March Air Force Base.
Ed worked at Sages Department Store for eight years before getting his real estate license and becoming one of Riverside’s top agents. Ed spent 20 years in Riverside and was a member of many clubs. He was once president of the Sons of Norway.
Ed moved to Kingman in 1980 where he went into land sales, eventually getting his broker’s license and opening E.R. Bruce Realty Land and Development. Ed had a zest for life and those who knew him could not help but be touched by him in some way. He loved to golf and he loved Kingman.
He is survived by his sons, David of Kingman and Todd (Roxanne) of Riverside; his fiancée, Diane Noyes of Kingman; his sisters, Jackie Reynoso of Perris, Calif., and Peggy Vera of Covina, Calif.; and his most precious grandchildren, Mckenna, Dana and Conner of Riverside. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Cory.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Mountain View Cemetery, Kingman.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Kingman Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, 1739 Beverly Ave., Suite #103, Kingman, AZ 86401 or the Kingman Regional Medical Center Hospice, 1790 Sycamore Ave., Suite #3, Kingman, AZ 86401.
Harry left us in peace on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. He fought a two and a half year battle with cancer like a true hero.
He was born in Rodger City, Mich., on Nov. 18, 1931.
He proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1949 to 1953.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Blanche Glentz; two sisters and one brother.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Doris Glentz; five adoring sons and their spouses, Lenny and Faye Glentz of Kingman, Randy and Yvonne Glentz of Kingman, Jerry and Michelle Glentz of Kingman; Joel and Tammy Glentz of Corona, Calif., and Darren and Lou Ann Glentz of Kingman; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Charles and James Glentz of Florida.
Harry and his young family left Michigan in 1960 and moved to California in search of better employment opportunities.
Harry worked for the City of Artesia, Calif., for many years before retiring to Kingman in 1993.
Harry was an accomplished oil painter and received a congratulatory letter from Walt Disney for winning a first-place prize at the Artesia Art Association where he was president of the club.
Harry loved body building and worked out faithfully until his illness prevented him from doing so. Pizza was ordered every Friday night by the Glentz family and the tradition lives on with his boys.
Private services will be held for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KRMC Hospice for the loving care and service provided to the family.
Rest in Peace, Pops, we miss you already!
Willa Mae Thomen passed away in Kingman on Jan. 19, 2006, at the age of 63. She is survived by her devoted husband, David J. Thomen; her loving children, Davette, John and Mark Thomen, Melody Puentes and their spouses; her 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Willa Mae was born on June 13, 1942, to Stanley James Chittenden and Willa Grace Robinson in Safford, Ariz. She was the third child of her five brothers and two sisters.
Willa Mae was married to David Thomen on April 11, 1959. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Willits, Calif., where they raised their children.
She received her state licensing in cosmetology in 1987 and opened her business, Mae’s Cut ‘N Curl, in Brooktrails, Calif. In 1991, she was forced to close her shop due to illness. Yet this illness did not prevent her from pursuing her favorite hobbies such as painting, drawing and crocheting. In April of 2004, Willa Mae’s great love of desert bluffs and a longing for home sent her and her husband back to Arizona. During her time here, Willa Mae had touched many lives through her love of God and has left them all with fond memories of her love and happiness. She will be greatly missed by all.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
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