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Richard "Dick" Walter Charo - Charles "Jim" Dennison - Patricia R. Coomer - Philip A. "Sonny" Lawrence - Dorothy Evelyn Sears - Paul S. Graham

Richard "Dick" Walter Charo

Richard "Dick" Walter Charon died on Tuesday Feb. 21, 2006, in his residence in Chino Valley. He was born the son of Azim and Aurile (Latulipe) Charon on Sept. 29, 1926, in Cloquet, Minn. He was 79 years old. Richard was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran and had served on the USS Whetstone, USS Ozbourn, USS Collett and the USS Loyd Thomas. He had received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

Richard truly enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer and duck hunting. He also enjoyed quiet times carving and painting his birds and duck decoys. He was often the center of attention at the craft shows he attended with Marcia; he was her mobile display, walking around the show with her hats.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Aurile Johnson; and three brothers, Fred, Bert and Louie Charon.

Funeral service will be at one p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Bob Stump VA Medical Center Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Visit for thre online guest book and video tribute. Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Charles "Jim" Dennison

Charles "Jim" Dennison, 72, died Feb. 22, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Jim was born Sept. 29, 1933, in Centerburg, Ohio, the son of Raymond W. and Mary M. (Jones) Dennison.

After completing high school, Jim served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in June of 1956. Jim met and later married the love of his life, Beverly Barker, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on July 13, 1957, and they shared 48 loving years together.

Jim was a member of Prescott United Methodist Church, Prescott Noon Lions Club and Earnest Love Post #6 American Legion in Prescott. He was proud of his home and family, whom he dearly loved. Jim was a passionate traveler and enjoyed his many motorcycle adventures. He liked visiting historic sites and enjoyed reading American history. He enjoyed sports, especially NCAA basketball.

Jim is survived by his loving and caring wife, Beverly, of Prescott Valley; his daughter, Shauna L. Weltmann and her husband, Gary of Bend, Oregon; and his son, Quinn J. Dennison and his wife, Debbie of York, Pa. Jim is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Libby Dennison of Columbia City, Ind. and his sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Kenneth Hamilton of Sun City West, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, April, Eric, Kyle and Holly.

A celebration of Jim's life will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott, with full military honors. lnurnment will take place at a later date at the Prescott National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to the Prescott United Methodist Church-building fund or the charity of your choice.

Visit Jim's obituary and video tribute at

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Patricia R. Coomer

Patricia R. Coomer, 79, of Chino Valley, died Monday Feb. 20, 2006.

Mrs. Coomer was born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 1, 1926. An Arizona resident since 1966, she was known for her service and advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Albert Coomer; sons, John of Chino Valley, William of Florence, Patrick of Gladstone, Ore., and Daniel of Prescott; sister, Althea Welch of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Prescott, with a memorial service and celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, in Florence.

Memorial gifts can be made to Special Olympics Arizona or Yavapai Exceptional Industries.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Philip A. "Sonny" Lawrence

Philip A. "Sonny" Lawrence, age 76, died Feb. 21, 2006, in Prescott. He was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Blue Anchor, N.J., to Rocco and Lillian (Hubbard) Laurenzano.

Philip and his family moved to Arizona in 1966 where he worked for the Salt River project retiring in 1989. Later he and his wife Jean moved to Prescott Valley.

Philip was a member of the National Association for Amateur Radio. An avid outdoorsman, Phillip belonged to several local shooting ranges; he also enjoyed gunsmithing and playing the guitar.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Jean Lawrence of Prescott Valley, his daughters Linda DiBiase (Camillo), of Phoenix, and Nancy Miller (Brian), of Chino Valley, and two grandchildren, Nicholas DiBiase and Mary Miller.

No services are planned.

Arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home. All friends and relatives are encouraged to visit for additional information and to sign the online guestbook.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Dorothy Evelyn Sears

Dorothy Evelyn Sears, age 89, died Feb. 20, 2006, in Prescott Valley. She was born Dec. 31, 1916, in New York, N.Y., to George J. and Virginia (Manning) Oelhers.

Dorothy loved the outdoors and fishing. She was a lover of animals especially her own dogs and cats. She will be missed by all that knew her.

Commemoration services in honor of Dorothy will be held at 4 p.m. on March 1, 2006, at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel with visitation held one hour prior to services, Pastor Bill Kolb officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home. All friends and relatives are encouraged to visit for additional information and to sign the online guestbook.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Paul S. Graham

Paul S. Graham, 86, of Prescott Valley, born April 8, 1919, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, in Prescott.

Commemoration services in honor of Paul will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley, with the Rev. Dan Vollmer officiating. Inurnment will be at Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey.

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