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Wayne Carnes - Russell B. Ellis Sr.

Wayne Carnes was born in Paoli, Colo., on Jan. 28, 1927.

He went to be with our Lord on June 28, 2006, at the age of 79. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jackie Carnes.

Mr. Carnes was a 30-year member of Operating Engineers Local 12 and resided in Golden Valley since 1998.

Mr. Carnes was a veteran of World War II, served as a reserve deputy sheriff and rodeoed in his early years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Laurel Snyder of Richland, Wash.; brother, Malcolm Carnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughters, Luan Roberts of Golden Valley and Jodene Thompson of Mesa; and son, Dale Carnes of Marlow, Okla.

His grandchildren are Rob Smith, Amber Leserra, Larry Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Jessica Thompson, Raymond Thompson, Joey Carnes and Noah Carnes. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, July 7, 2006, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home in Kingman.

Russell B. Ellis Sr., born Nov. 5, 1918, in Cape Cod, Town of Bourne, Mass., went with the Lord on July 3, 2006.

He was a veteran, having served his country with the Navy on the U.S.S. California just prior to WW II.

Russell was a very proud 11th generation American. Several of his ancestors arrived in the United States on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a member of The Mayflower Society as well as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was a carpenter by trade until 1972, when a serious building accident left him disabled from the construction business for five years.

During that time he became a locksmith known as “Don’t Cuss – Call Russ” in Highland Park, Calif.

He and his wife, Sarah, moved to Kingman in 1977, where he continued to be a locksmith until 1995 when he retired.

In California, he was scoutmaster for 15 years with Troop 335.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Sarah; his daughter, Grace Van Horn (Rick); his son, Russell B. Ellis II (Cindy); his son, Jerry Ellis (Jane); granddaughter, Olivia Rose Ellis; grandson, Jason; brother, Alex Ellis of Thomasville, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

Russell was always a kind, compassionate person with a smile and a joke for everyone.

He did a lot of free work for people who could not afford his services, especially the elderly. His favorite greeting on the phone was, “Hi, old Jellybean.”

He will be sorely missed by all, especially his family who loved him very much. There will never be another like him.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 425 E. Spring St.


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