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04/12/01

Steven Mark Casey

Steven Mark Casey, 45, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his home in Prescott Valley.

He was born Feb. 9, 1956, in Phoenix, to John and Kay Casey.

Mr. Casey worked for Phoenix Water Company. He enjoyed his family, fishing, hunting, antiques and motorcycles. He was proudest of his grandson, who was born the day before his death.

Surviving are his parents, of Prescott Valley; daughter, Angela Clayton of Phoenix; son, Steven II of Phoenix; sister, Paula Mick of Phoenix; brother, Tim of Phoenix.; and one grandchild.

His wife, Debra, and sister, Patty Baker, preceded him in death.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on 56th Street, one block north of Indian School Road, Phoenix. Pastor Kirk Anderson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley will officiate.

Mortensen King Funeral Center in Phoenix helped the family with arrangements.

Harold Edmund Kloss

Harold Edmund Kloss, 86, of Humboldt, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tucson.

He was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Michigan City, Ind.

Mr. Kloss served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a building contractor for 40 years in Indiana and Arizona.

He moved to Humboldt in 1970. After his retirement he enjoyed making wood models that he sent all over the world for people to enjoy.

Surviving are his wife, Alice (Cook) Kloss; daughters, Cathy Calhoun of St. Louis, Mo., Irene Blakely of Mesa and Margie Nelmes of Weed, Calif.; sons, Leroy, Donald and Vern, all of Indiana, Phillip of Winder, Ga., and Tim of Prescott; stepsons, Wendell Cook of Prescott and Charlie Cook of Dewey; 37 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Bernice, a grandchild and a great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Sunrise Funeral Home, 8167 E. Highway 69, Prescott Valley. Pastor Gary Simons from Prescott Valley United Methodist Church will officiate.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Tucson Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice, 3601 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85723.

Nina Geraldine Merryman

Nina Geraldine Merryman, 83, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at her home in Prescott.

She was born June 7, 1917, in Wells County, Ind., to William and Clara (Brase) Lipp.

Mrs. Merryman moved to Prescott from Orange County, Calif., 11 years ago. In California, she was a hospital volunteer for eight years and volunteered for six years at a Lutheran church thrift shop.

Surviving are her daughter, Lorna Tillery of Prescott; sons, Eugene of Redding, Calif., and Kenneth of Irvine, Calif.; sisters, Neoma Armstrong of California and Frieda Scholenbarger of Ohio; brother, Delbert Lipp of Michigan; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death in 1987.

There will be private family services.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 E. West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Dixie Lee Taylor

Former Prescott resident Dixie Lee Taylor, 76, of Camp Verde, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Camp Verde.

She was born Aug. 11, 1924, to Robert Lee and Cloe (Coeger) Holland.

Mrs. Taylor married her husband, Paul, on Aug. 10, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas. She was a volunteer at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

She was active in her church and prayer groups, including working on church banners and with youth groups. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed working crossword puzzles, camping and reading. She was proudest of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband; daughter, Diane Schaffer of Chino Valley; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Francis Cabrini in Camp Verde. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the National Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek.

Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel helped the family with arrangements.

Billy M. Waddle

Billy M. Waddle, 85, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at his home in Prescott.

He was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Greenville, Texas, to William A. and Mabel (Swann) Waddle.

Mr. Waddle served in the U.S. Army from March 1941 to December 1945. He entered the service as a private in a cavalry assignment and was discharged following three years of service in the Pacific theater as a captain, unit commander.

He graduated with a doctorate in plant breeding from Texas A&M University in 1954. He was an agriculture research administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Waddle started his career at the U.S. Field Station in Sacaton, and after more than 30 years ended his career in Beltsville, Md.

His expertise was in the research and development of cotton, and as a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundations he traveled around the world helping countries develop their cotton programs. He moved to Prescott in 1977.

Mr. Waddle enjoyed gardening, hunting, stream trout fishing, camping, reading, and playing golf and poker. He built a basement hobby room so that he could use the woodworking skills he learned at Yavapai College. He was proudest of his research accomplishments and his family.

Surviving are his wife, Joy, whom he married Dec. 23, 1975; daughter, Beverly McMurray of Albuquerque, N.M.; sons, William of Halifax, Va., and Michael of Winslow, Ark.; and four grandchildren.

His first wife, Catherine Myers, preceded him in death.

A celebration of Mr. Waddle's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prescott United Methodist church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott.

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

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

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