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Norbert L. Decell

Norbert L. Decell, age 83, was born June 13, 1921, in Hyde Park, Vt. He passed away on June 11, 2005. He was a loving husband and father.

He married Esther Magoon on June 29, 1948. He graduated from the Vermont Agricultural College. He was a successful dairy farmer for over 30 years. He retired to Prescott in 1977. He enjoyed gardening and living a simple country life.

His father, Lewis Decell; mother, Avis Page Decell; brother, Norris Decell; and sister, Leola Decell, passed away before him. He is survived by his wife, Esther, and three sons and a daughter, Duane Decell from Saint Albans, Vt., Maryann Edwards from Durango, Colo., Peter Decell from Prescott Valley and Kevan Decell of Prescott Valley. He had five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

No funeral will be held. There will be a celebration of his life Aug. 7, 2005.

(Information provided by survivors.)

C.E. "Chuch" Sheppard

C.E. "Chuck" Sheppard died June 14, 2005, at his home, with his family by his side. He was born April 15, 1916, in Globe, the son of Arizona pioneer ranchers Horace "Shep" and Georgia (Young) Sheppard. Chuck was 89 years old.

Chuck was World Champion RCA Team Roper in 1946 and World Champion IRA Calf Roper, 1951. He helped to organize the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. In 1985, he was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City and in 2001 Chuck was awarded the prestigious Ben Johnson Award. The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, in 2000 inducted Chuck as a top All-Round Cowboy.

Chuck is survived by his daughters, Stella (Bob) Brown of Chino Valley and Lynda (John) Kieckhefer of Prescott; grandchildren, Jairi, Charlie (Trisha) Kellie Vee, Johnny (Kelli) and Rick (Sarah); eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Lynn (Nancy) Sheppard of Globe and Carlotta Everest of Sacramento, Calif. Chuck was preceded in death by his beloved Gwen, Dec. 14, 1998.

A gathering of friends will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez. A celebration of Chuck's life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 20th, in the grandstand at Prescott's Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds, 825 Rodeo Dr., with a cowboy barbecue to follow. Please enter from east by way of Grove Avenue. Designated handicap parking will be behind the grandstand. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Gardens, Fain Road, Dewey.

The family suggests memorials to the Chuck and Gwen Sheppard Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund, University of Arizona Scholarship Development, 1111 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721 or Chuck Sheppard Memorial Fund, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Please visit our Web site at to view a tribute to Chuck and sign the guest book and to leave a message for the family.

(Information provided by survivors.)

L. Christine Harding

L. Christine Harding died June 13, 2005, in Forsyth, Mo. She was born Nov. 24, 1913, in Aubry, Ark., the daughter of Albert and Gussie (Burns) Wooten. Christine was 91 years old.

Christine moved to Bagdad in 1940 with her husband, Dean Harding. She enjoyed cooking for all her family and friends and was a cook at the Bagdad Hospital for over 10 years. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, especially enjoying Bible study groups. She was most proud of her close life-long friendships. Christine was widowed in 1975 after 44 years of marriage. She remained in Bagdad four years before moving to California, then just last year she moved to Missouri to be closer to her daughters.

Christine is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Brian) Weatherhead, Wyladean (Robert) White and Naoma and Russell Brown, all of Forsyth, Mo.; four brothers and three sisters, eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A gathering of friends will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today, June 17, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez, with graveside services at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 19, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1051 Willow Creek.

The family suggests memorials to Community Hospice of America, 1756 Bee Creek Rd., #G, Branson, MO 65616.

Please visit our web site at to sign the guest book and to leave a message for the family.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Marian K. Lewis

Marian K. Lewis, age 92, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Prescott. She was born July 22, 1912, in Ishpeming, Mich., to Rev. Lewis and Elisabeth Keast.

After graduating from Ishpeming High School, she enrolled at Albion College, and then received an MA degree from Northern Michigan University. In 1934, she married Paul C. Mitchell; he died in 1969. They had three sons who survive him, David of Prescott, Bruce of Ishpeming and Dan of Guilford, Conn.; also eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Marian resided in Scottsdale over 20 years when she married Raymond H. Lewis, who died in 1995. After two and a half years in Connecticut, she returned to Arizona in 1998 and took up residence at Las Fuentes Resort Village. At her request, her body was cremated and the remains will be interred in the family plot in Ishpeming.

The family wishes to thank YRMC Hospice for their care of Marian in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to YRMC Hospice, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

Local arrangements were handled by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Josephine Boyer

Josephine Boyer, 80, of Dewey, born July 30, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo., died Monday, June 13, 2005, in Dewey.

Memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Robert Road Baptist Church in Prescott Valley.

Private cremation at the Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel in Prescott Valley.

Helen Vann, 85, of Prescott, born March 21, 1920, in El Reno, Okla., died Wednesday, June 15, 2005, in Prescott.

Private cremation took place at the Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Dana Oliver Dunham

Dana Oliver Dunham, 18, of Paulden, born July 14, 1986, in Bend, Ore., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Chino Valley Funeral Home Chapel.

Richard L. Swihart

Richard L. Swihart, 88, of Scottsdale, a former resident of Prescott, born June 4, 1917, in Coldwater, Mich., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Scottsdale.

Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. today, June 17, at South Mountain Mortuary, 7007 S. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Arrangements by Samaritan Funeral Home in Phoenix.


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