Rosella VerPlank, 93, of Yuma, died Sept. 10, 2003, in Yuma.
Born July 28, 1910, in Conesus, N.Y., she was a homemaker.
Guadalupe R. Chacon
A graveside service for former Yuman Guadalupe Rosadillo Chacon, of Douglas, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Desert Lawn.
Born Dec. 23, 1929, in Douglas, she died Sept. 7, 2003, in Tucson. She was a homemaker.
Corintha E. Madison
Funeral services for Corintha Edward "Curley" Madison, of Yuma, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Yuma Mortuary chapel.
Madison was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Bartlesville, Okla. He died Sept. 9, 2003, at his Yuma residence. He had been a gas station attendant.
Hattie M. Smith
Hattie Mae Smith, 65, of Yuma, died Sept. 8, 2003, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 14, 1937, in Newburgh, N.Y., she was a homemaker.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church.
Cressie F. Bateman
Cressie Florence Bateman, 85, of Yuma, died Sept. 11, 2003, in Yuma.
Born Dec. 21, 1917, in Comanche, Okla., she was a homemaker.
A memorial service is set for 9:30 a.m. today at the Pentecostal Church of God in Yuma.
F.C (Frosty) Braden
F.C. (Frosty) Braden, 94, passed away September 12, 2003 at his home in Yuma. He was born November 3, 1908 in Eureka, Kansas to Arthur C. and Nellie Stewart Braden. He graduated from the Eureka public schools and for two years attended Kansas State University.
It was Frosty’s job as a Southwestern US Credit Manager for the John Deere Company that brought him to Yuma in early 1943. Frosty was the owner of Braden Machinery Company, located first on 4th Avenue and 8th Street, and later a new building was built on the corner of 16th Street and Arizona Avenue. Frosty sold John Deere and Caterpillar Machinery into the agricultural valleys of southwestern Arizona, the Imperial Valley, and the Mexicali Valley of Mexico. In 1963, he and a partner took over the farming operations at Texas Hills Farms in the Wellton-Mohawk Valley.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture Life Time Achievement award and the Yuma Community Foundations Philanthropist of the Year recognized Frosty’s commitment to agriculture and the Yuma community. He served as Vice President of the Yuma Crossing Foundation, on the Parkview Baptist Hospital Board, Arizona Western College, Advisory Director of Arizona Bank and Southern Arizona Bank of Yuma and Arizona Highway Commission are examples of his commitment. The F.C. Braden airport terminal recognized his service to the Yuma Airport Authority. He wasa member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, one of the organizers of the development of Yuma Golf and Country Club, and a supporter of Mesa Del Sol Golf Course.
Mr. Braden is survived by his daughter, Barbara L. Braden of Boxborough, Massachusetts; sons, Robert M. Braden (Lodema), of West Palm Beach, Florida, F.A Braden (Sandy) of Yuma; five grandchildren, Shannon, Barbara, Nikki, Meghann, and Charles as well as niece, Elizabeth, and three nephews, Bert, Richard and Phillip.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret M. Braden.
Graveside services will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 9:00am. A celebration of life service will be held at the Yuma Golf and Country Club, Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 1:30pm. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please support the F.C Braden Education Fund in care of Texas Hill Farms, 50505 E. County 1st St., Roll, Arizona, 85347.
John “Jack” Hamilton
John “Jack” Hamilton, 76, passed away September 11, 2003 in Yuma. He was born August 8, 1927 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Jack was a graduate of Yuma High School, and also attended Arizona Western College. He served in the US Army from 1946-1948. For his service in the Army he received the WWII Victory medal and the Army of Occupation medal. Jack also spent 40 years as a ditch rider starting in the Wellton-Mohawk area, and then retiring in 1989 from Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District.He was active in Yuma area veterans activities, and was a Life member of VFW Post 1763, where he served as Sr. Vice Commander. Jack was also a blood donor for 15 years and was a volunteer at La Mesa Rehabilitation.
Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years , Jessie Lee Hamilton, of Yuma; son, John (Lynette) HamiltonJr., of Yuma; daughters, Judith (Jeff) Clark, of Canton, Ohio, Sue (the late Milford) Reed, of Kane, Pennsylvania, and Jessie Faye (Ed) Donovan, of Hurlock, Maryland; and brother Paul Hamilton, of Roswell, New Mexico. He is also survived by five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Callie Parr; son, Thomas James Hamilton; sisters, Bonnie Hamilton, Charlye Erwin, and Dixie Howard; and brother, Bob Hamilton.
Visitation will be held at Johnson Mortuary, Tuesday, September 16, 2003 from 6:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at Johnson Mortuary on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 10:00am.Reverend Darren Hawkins of Sierra Vita Presbyterian Church will officiate the service. Jack’s final resting place will be Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be: Charles Kimbal, Rex Oare, Frank Colllins, Jeffrey Clark, Edward Donovan, and Benny Orta.
Honorary Bearers will be: Gene Dewhirst, Thomas Cole, Fred Reese, and Orvel Dewhirst.
Caleb Jay Tillou
Caleb Jay Tillou of Yuma died Sept. 14, 2003, in Tucson at 24.
He was born May 31, 1979, in Yuma and was a tire technician.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Wellton ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Burial will be at the Rider family ranch in Wellton.
Yuma Mortuary & Crematory is handling arrangements.
Lois Hallman, of Yuma, died Sept. 15, 2003, at Yuma Regional Medical Center at 77.
She was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Spraggs, Pa., and was a retired nurse at YRMC.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Kammann Mortuary.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, with burial to follow at Desert Lawn.
Kammann Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Kwan Choh Chu
Former Yuman Kwan Choh Chu died Sept. 13, 2003, in Lewisville, Texas, at 93.
He was born Feb. 21, 1910, in Shanghai, China, and was a retired writer living most recently in Flower Mound, Texas.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Greenwood Mortuary in San Diego.
Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Desert Lawn.
Johnson Mortuary is handling local arrangements.
Laura Hardy, of Yuma, died Sept. 15, 2003, in Yuma at age 70.
She was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Yuma and was a retired accounting technician.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Desert Lawn.
Johnson Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Dale W. Bullington
Dale W. Bullington of Yuma died Sept. 15, 2003, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 64.
He was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Lake Preston, S.C., and was a retired manager of manufactured home dealerships in Yuma.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Vista Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.
Jack Henrikson, 76, of Yuma, died Sept. 14, 2003, in Yuma.
He was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, and had been a retired supervisor for a commercial airline.
Mass will be at 9 a.m. today at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Burial will take place at Sunset Vista Cemetery.