From Yavapai County, Arizona:
Gail T. Back, 76, a Prescott Valley resident, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997 in Prescott. He was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Flagstaff.
Mr. Back served in the Yavapai Sheriff's Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department at various times in his law enforcement career. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his son, Bill Back of Prescott; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 5, in the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood, which assisted with the arrangements.
Edwin Vernon Dougherty III, 69, died Sunday, August 31, 1997, at Mi Casa Care Home in Prescott Valley. He was born December 6, 1927, in Media, Pennsylvania, to Edwin V. Dougherty Jr. and Virginia Kemble Dougherty.
Mr. Dougherty was a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and retired from Honeywell after 35 years. He moved to Prescott in July of 1990, after retiring in Phoenix. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Prescott.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Dee" Dougherty; daughters, Jeanne Dougherty of Phoenix, Shannon Schaefer of Gilbert, and Marjorie Dougherty Enriquez of Chico, California; step-daughter, Connie Stewart of Abilene, Texas; and one grandchild.
A graveside service was held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Prescott.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 225 Grove Avenue, Suite B, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Bern E. Wilson, 55, died Monday, September 1, 1997, at his home in Prescott Valley. He was born May 16, 1942, in Huntington, West Virginia, to Joseph and Fern Wilson.
Mr. Wilson sold real estate for many years. He moved to Arizona from Hollywood, California, in 1971.
Survivors include his sister, Beverly Wilson of Greenville, South Carolina, and mother, Fern Wilson, also of Greenville.
Private family services were held.
Velma G. Lyon, 83, died Tuesday, September 2, 1997, at Prescott Samaritan Village. She was born December 21, 1913, in Hiram, Ohio, to Edwin and Bertha (Foote) Barholt.
Mrs. Lyon moved to Dewey from Long Beach, California, three years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Auburn, Indiana, and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She married Clifford Lyon in 1933 in Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1967.
Survivors include sons, Paul of Ruskin, Florida, and Charles of Auburn, Indiana; daughter, Maxine Pomeroy of Dewey; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Prescott Samaritan Village, and also in Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prescott Samaritan Village, 1030 Scott Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Ellen P. Young, 82, died Wednesday, September 3, 1997, at Las Fuentes Care Center in Prescott. She was born September 16, 1914, in Brattleboro, Vermont, to Henry and Pauline (Nygren) Anderson.
Mrs. Young married Lewis E. Young on August 18, 1935, in Brattleboro. Mr. Young preceded her in death in 1983. She moved to Arizona five years ago from Vermont.
Mrs. Young was a Woolworth store employee for many years before retiring. She was a member, in Vermont, of the Hillendale Homemaker Club and the Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies' Guild. She played the cello in the Brattleboro symphony orchestra. She crocheted over 150 pairs of gloves for people in need.
Mrs. Young was a very loving and caring mother and a friend to anyone in need.
Private family services were held.
Gilbert Gonzales, 73, died at his home in Prescott Valley on Friday, September 5, 1997. He was born September 23, 1923, in Montebello, California, to Manuel and Luz (Villavicencio) Gonzales.
Mr. Gonzales worked for Uniroyal Tire Company for 32 years, and Sears, Roebuck and Company for six years.
Mr. Gonzales married Pola M. Aguilera on July 17, 1961, in Martinez, California. They moved to Prescott Valley two years ago from East Los Angeles, California. Two of his greatest pastimes were golf and casual conversation with friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Pola of Prescott Valley; sons, Gilbert Jr. of Connecticut, Daniel of Fullerton, California, Richard of Whittier, California, and Paul of Prescott Valley; daughters, Gloria Leos of Bell, California, and Malena Peraza of Prescott Valley; brothers, Manuel of Clayton, California, and Ramiro of Whittier, California; sisters, Virginia Juranek of Concord, California, and Anita Quesada of Pittsburg, California; and seven grand-children.
Visitation and a vigil service were held at Sunrise Funeral Home. A memorial Mass was held at St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley. The Rev. Gerald Yaeger officiated at both services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Arizona Division, Inc. Northern Region, 2724 E. Lakin Drive, No. 9, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Terry Paul Wampler, 42, died Saturday, September 6, 1997, in Prescott Valley. He was born October 11, 1954, in Farmington, Missouri, to Lyman Paul and Verna Evelyn (Marler) Wampler.
Mr. Wampler was a long-haul trucker who had worked as a driver for T&H Construction and Earth Products in Prescott Valley. He moved to Phoenix in 1972 from Florisant, Missouri, then to Prescott Valley in 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Terri Lynn Wampler of Prescott Valley; sons, Terry James Wampler of Luebbering, Missouri, Kevin Kelley and Brandon Kelley, both of Phoenix; daughters, Kimberly Dawn of Luebbering, Missouri, and Jessica Lynn of Phoenix; sisters, Debbie Hernandez of Prescott and Connie Brightwel of Phoenix; his mother, Verna Wampler of Phoenix; one grandchild and several nieces and nephews. His father, Lyman, died in 1979.
Services were held at the Potter's House Christian Center, with the Rev. Wayman O. Mitchell officiating. Graveside services followed at Paradise Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scottsdale.
Olga J. Sunberg, 79, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997, in Prescott Valley. She was born June 24, 1918, in Carroll, Iowa, to A.H.C. and E. Mattilda (Stepfensen) Andersen. She moved to Prescott Valley from Audubon, Iowa, in 1974.
Mrs. Sunberg loved to bake Danish traditional foods to share with family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading to them and teaching them to read. She was a good dancer and enjoyed dancing with her husband, and evening cards games with family and friends.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, John; daughters, Janet Dews of Flagstaff and Mary Somers of Redfield, Arkansas; sisters, Erma Phillips of Audubon, Iowa, and Izro Lane of Marietta, Georgia; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna, and sons Paul and Michael.
A memorial scripture rosary service was held at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Star presiding. A memorial funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Frank Pyka, C.M.F., presiding. Cremation will be followed by inurnment in the family plot at St. Patricks Cemetery in Audubon, Iowa.