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Lester Eli Oskerson

Lester Eli Oskerson, 86, of Prescott, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at the Margaret T. Morris Center in Prescott.

He was born Feb. 27, 1914, in Granada, Minn., to William and Anna (Garrison) Oskerson.

Mr. Oskerson married Irene White on Aug. 7, 1945. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, and was a volunteer for VA Visitor Services.

He worked as a nursing assistant, and retired in 1973 after 16 years with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix and Prescott. He moved to Prescott 55 years ago from Minnesota.

Mr. Oskerson was a life member of D.A.V. Chapter 16 and V.F.W. Post 541.

Surviving are his wife, Irene; daughters, Karen Beason and Katherine Zenor, both of Phoenix; sons, Allen and Terry, both of Prescott; brother, Harold of Phoenix; sister, Shirley Laufer of Phoenix; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

His son, David, preceded him in death.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prescott Free Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior to service time.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Margaret T. Morris Center, 826 Sunset Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Memory Chapel Mortuary helped the family with arrangements.

Robert Herman "Herm" Peck

Robert Herman "Herm" Peck, 63, of Prescott Valley, died Monday, July 17, 2000, in Prescott Valley.

He was born Dec. 12, 1936, in Ashland, Ohio, to George R. and Ethylene (Evans) Peck.

Mr. Peck married his wife, Rita, on Oct. 24, 1964, in Tucson. Mr. Peck lived in Tucson from 1946 to 1963, and moved to Prescott Valley from Phoenix in 1996.

He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1963, and worked for Sperry Honeywell until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Peck was a member of the Baptist church in Tucson. He enjoyed golf, white water rafting and the out of doors. Survivors include his wife, Rita; mother, Ethylene Peck of Tucson; sons, Ralph of Surprise, Ross of Long Beach, Calif., and Derek of Glendale; brothers, Ronald, Tom, Joe and John, all of Tucson, Dan of Fallbrook, Calif., David of Oracle, and Bill of Phoenix; sisters, Ruth Mitchem of Scottsdale and Alice Fuller of Village of Oak Creek; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley, with Jim Cunningham officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association, Arizona Affiliate, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Elmer Clair Richberger

Elmer Clair Richberger, 78, of Prescott, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

He was born March 14, 1922, in Oakland, Calif., to William and Hazel (Ross) Richberger.

Mr. Richberger served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., in 1982. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol and Junior Cadet Squadron for seven years, and was secretary for the Civitan Club.

He married Joan Dunn on March 23, 1946, in Berkeley, Calif., and they moved to Prescott from Oklahoma in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons, Ross of Prescott Valley and Rex of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers, Virgil and Charles, both of California; sisters, Rita West and Laverne Shelton, both of California; and seven grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Francis "Bud" Streit

Francis "Bud Streit, 84, formerly of Prescott, died Monday, July 10, 2000, in Aiken, S.C.

He was born Feb. 18, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Mr. Streit served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott from 1954 to 1981, and had lived at Antelope Hills Golf Course. He moved to Aiken from Arizona in 1994.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling and was a sports fisherman.

Survivors include his sister, Verna Harding of Morrisville, Pa. His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death in 1994.

Funeral services were private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's, P.O. Box 2010, Grand Rapids, MI 55745-2010.

George Funeral Homes in Aiken, S.C., helped the family with arrangements.

Richard Lee Rossen

Richard Lee Rossen, 61, of Prescott, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

He was born Dec. 7, 1938, in Kearny, Neb., to Merrill Marion and Lois Virginia (Adkins) Rossen.

Mr. Rossen served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and in the Army Reserve. He worked as a stuntman in the movies and was self-employed as a repairman.

He moved to Arizona from California in 1997. He was a member of American Legion Post #6 in Prescott, and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his daughter, Christina Moy of Phoenix; son, Derrik of Phoenix; brothers, Michael of Seattle, Wash., Melvin of Tucson and Maynard of Stonewall, Okla.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ernest Love American Legion Post #6 in Prescott. Private cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

The family suggests memorial donations to Ernest Love American Legion Post #6, 202 S. Pleasant St., Prescott, AZ 86303.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.


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