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03/22/01

Gene Roark McClurg

Gene Roark McClurg, 65, of Copperas Cove, Texas, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at a hospital in Killeen, Texas.

He was born Sept. 13, 1935, in New Mexico.

Mr. McClurg was a college professor and was an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott from 1987 to 1994. While there he taught courses in the math/physics, aeronautical science, computer science and electrical engineering departments.

He also was chief instructor for the Flight Instructor Recertification Clinic in Prescott, and a coach on the National Champion Flight Team.

Mr. McClurg received his bachelor's degree at Texas Western College, and his master's and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. He wrote numerous articles for professional publications and presented several papers during the years he was in Prescott.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; stepsons, James Holdamf of Big Spring, Texas, and Barry Holdamf of Salado, Texas; daughters, Terri Robles of Odessa, Texas, and Kimberly Paris of Austin, Texas; stepdaughters, Sheri Rountree of Sheridan, Wyo., Christine Yengst of Austin, Texas, and Danette Stallings of Marble Falls, Texas; and 14 grandchildren.

Services were March 17 in Killeen, Texas.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas, helped the family with arrangements.

Ruth Virginia Gerber

Ruth Virginia Gerber, 77, of Prescott, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Grider Guest Home in Prescott.

She was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Victor and Dorothy (Ludtke) Lundstrom.

Mrs. Gerber moved to Arizona from California 18 years ago. She was proudest of her family and of her service with the WAVES in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Surviving are her daughters, Susan Barrett of Prescott, Virginia Harrison of Oakland, Calif., and Peggy Fowler of Woodbridge, Va.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 33 years, Clarence "Scotty" Gerber, preceded her in death in 1984.

There will be private family services. Inurnment was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Yavapai Regional Medical Center Hospice, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

John Howard Martin

John Howard Martin, 58, of Prescott, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

He was born Aug. 15, 1942, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Howard and Mary (Young) Martin.

Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Navy and worked in the automotive business as a mechanic. He moved to Prescott from California five years ago.

Private burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association of Arizona, 102 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Hampton Funeral Home helped with arrangements.

Kathleen "Kay" Willoughby

Kathleen "Kay" Willoughby, 79, of Prescott, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

She was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Madison, Wis., to Leo and Nora (Hanan) Kivlin.

Mrs. Willoughby served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. She worked as a public school and city librarian in San Diego, Calif., for more than 20 years. She moved to Prescott in 1984.

She enjoyed bird watching and reading about birds. Her family knew her as one who was devoted to them.

Surviving are her sons, Bruce of Prescott and Graeme of El Cajon, Calif.; daughter, Wendy Thomas of Prescott; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Chapel in Prescott, with Deacon Bill Davis of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating.

Cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

John George "Jack" Verkamp II

John George "Jack" Verkamp II, 84, of Prescott Valley, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at the Las Fuentes Care Center in Prescott.

He was born June 13, 1916, in San Diego, Calif., to John George and Catherine (Wolfe) Verkamp.

Mr. Verkamp took over the souvenir store on the south rim of the Grand Canyon that was founded in 1906 by his father. He co-managed the store with his sister Margaret Verkamp and retired after 55 years of building the business.

He raised money for the construction of the Shrine of the Ages Chapel at the Grand Canyon and for the March of Dimes. He also helped build a shower facility for early Grand Canyon High School six-man football teams.

Mr. Verkamp was a member of the Grand Canyon School Board, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed bowling and hunting deer, antelope and elk in the lands surrounding the Grand Canyon National Park.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; children, John, Michael, Stephen, Susan, Jane Pritchett, Kelly Martinez and Lisa Moffitt; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Mary, and a grandchild preceded him in death.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. today at the Shrine of the Ages Chapel in Grand Canyon National Park.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Northland Family Help Center, 2501 N. 4th St., Ste. 18, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.