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Wed, Jan. 22

Ellars / Letham

Jess Ralph Ellars Jr.

Jess Ralph Ellars Jr., born Sept. 18, 1923, to Jess Ralph Ellars Sr. and Thelma Stella Burgess in Huntington Park, Calif., went to be with our Lord the morning of Dec. 31, 2006.

Jess grew up in Huntington Park and graduated from Huntington Park High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps on Feb. 6, 1942. He served in Guadalcanal during World War II, and was honorably discharged July 7, 1945.

Jess cooked all his life, rising to executive chef of Northwest Orient Airlines. He retired from Byerly's as food service chef, and he and his wife, Betty, moved to West Yellowstone, Mont. While there, he snowmobiled in the winter and chopped wood in the summer.

Together, Jess and Betty RV'd for 10 years throughout Canada and the United States, permanently settling in Kingman.

Jess knew Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and went willingly and joyfully into His arms.

Jess is survived by wife, Marion (Betty); sons, Michael (Anna) Rolph, John (Delrane) Rolph; daughter, Kim (Marvin) Dahl; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Kingman Missionary Alliance Church, 4435 N. Shadow Road.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude's Childrens Hospitals.


Edward Lee Lethem

Edward Lee Lethem, 71, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at his home in Golden Valley.

He was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Flagstaff to Emmett and Burnadean Lethem.

Edward graduated from Glendale Union High School, and served in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1974.

He worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation for 10 years, and retired (for a second time) in 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie Lethem of Golden Valley; daughters, Cindy Morris and Danielle Sorace of Kingman, Deborah Bowers of Phoenix and Barbara Messer of Las Vegas; brothers, Charles Lethem of Moody, Mo., and Ray Lethem of Tonto Basin, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edward chose to donate his body to science, therefore there will be no services.

He will be loved and missed by all who were privileged to know him.

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