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05/01/01

David John Buetemeister

David John Buetemeister, 36, a Prescott resident since 1994, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Prescott.

He was born Dec. 22, 1964, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Edward Charles and Barbara Corrine (Seklund) Buetemeister.

Surviving are his parents, of Prescott; and brother, Thomas, of San Marcos, Calif.

Cremation and scattering of the ashes at sea were private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Association, Northern Arizona Chapter, 255 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Leonard S. Lindstrom

Leonard S. Lindstrom, 86, of Prescott, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

He was born Sept. 12, 1914, in Long Beach, Calif., to Jack and Esther Lindstrom.

Mr. Lindstrom moved to Prescott four years ago after living most of his adult life in Whittier, Calif., and was a long-time owner of J&C Auto Supply in Whittier.

He was active in the Whittier Museum, garden club and with church activities.

Surviving are his daughters, Chris Freeman of Prescott and Karin Beard of Laguna Hills, Calif.; sons, Marty of Prescott and Gary of San Clemente, Calif.; sister, Thora Rundquist of Victorville, Calif.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His wife of 65 years, Miriam, preceded him in death in June 2000.

Services will be later at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, Calif.

Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

David J. Patterson

David J. Patterson, 92, of Ramona, Calif., died Sunday, April 29, 2001, in Ramona.

He was born Aug. 13, 1908, in Skamokawa, Wash.

Mr. Patterson married Gladys L. Tharp on May 22, 1934, in Forgan, Okla. He moved to Phoenix in 1951, where he was employed at Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 27 years and was the division manager for large appliances.

He was a longtime member of the Western Saddle Club and had served as president of the club twice. He was also a member of the Sheriff's Posse of Maricopa County. He enjoyed riding horses and started working with cattle at the age of 14.

Mr. Patterson lived in Prescott from 1982 to 1998.

Surviving are his wife; son, David of Ramona, Calif.; sister, Kay Millham of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at Bonham Bros. & Lee Ramona Chapel in Ramona, Calif., with Pastor Richard Williams of Emmanuel Faith Community Church officiating.

Entombment will be at the Desert Star Mausoleum at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.

Nelson Story Wirick

Nelson Story Wirick, 90, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at his home in Prescott.

He was born April 22, 1911, in Maplewood, Mo., to Charles and Emma (Goodman) Wirick.

Mr. Wirick had lived in Arizona since 1927. One of his first jobs in Arizona was as paymaster at the Works Progress Administration camp in Prescott. He then began a long career in the lumber business as mill foreman for Jennings Lumber Company of Safford, running the Snowflake mill and Heber operation.

Along with the Merrill brothers he began American Cable Vision, the predecessor of Cox Cable. He also owned and operated a commercial landscape company that landscaped numerous apartment and office buildings in the Phoenix area.

Mr. Wirick was employed at Turf Paradise until his retirement at the age of 76. He was active in Rotary, Kiwanis and Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, and was a charter member of the 20/30 Club. When he moved to Prescott in 1986 he enjoyed playing golf and volunteering for the Prescott Unified School District, where he was honored as volunteer of the year in 1995.

His family knew him as a man who possessed a sharp mind, a keen sense of humor and a heart full of love.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mary Sue; daughters, Timilie Woodruff, Kathleen Lyons and Paula Belak; sons, Nelson Story Nelson and Stan; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mr. Wirick's life will be held later in Prescott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301, or Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 103 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.