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Loren Earl Barton, of Golden Valley, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was 69. Mr. Barton was born Nov. 23, 1948 in Turlock, Calif. A viewing will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints in Kingman, with services following at 2 p.m. Internment will be at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. The family contact is Mr. Barton’s daughter Heather Nicole Hedges. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Bernarda Rodriquez Gray, of Kingman, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018. She was 86. Mrs. Gray was born Aug. 16, 1932 in Durango City, Durango, Mexico. A service will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kingman with interment following at Mountain View Cemetery. The family contact is her son Martin Joel Gray. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Richard Donald Torgerson, of Kingman, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018. He was 80. Mr. Torgerson was born Jan. 1, 1938 in Willmar, Minn. The family contact is his wife Judith Therese Torgerson. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Wilfred (Fred) Nelson Bitgood passed peacefully from this life on October 11, 2018 at the age of 90, surrounded by family.  Fred was the youngest of seven children (five boys and two girls) born to Joseph and Mary (Burdick) Bitgood on September 20, 1928 on the Bitgood Farm in Voluntown, CT.  

Fred served in the United States Air Force from 1946-1952 earning the WW2 Victory Medal and was honorably discharged.  Fred later was a long-haul truck driver eventually operating his own handyman business (B&B Enterprises) in Danbury, CT. He eventually relocated to Inglewood, California where he operated his own plumbing business known as “Fred The Plumber” for many years. Fred retired to Kingman, AZ in 1994 where he was known around town for his smile and quick wit. He spent much of his time reading his Bible, writing letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and interacting daily with fellow Seniors at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center while also playing Santa Claus at Christmas time.

Fred was preceded in death by his four brothers and two sisters, Joel (1983), William (1988), Margaret (1991), Donald (1994), Grace (1997) and Clifton (1999).  Fred is survived by four children, Michael Bitgood, Houston, TX, Caryn Perry, Pomona, CA, Stephen Bitgood and his wife Jill, Burke, VA and Brenda Bolanis, La Habra, CA. Fred was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Alyssa McNamara, Santa Cruz, CA, Jessica Perry, Pomona, CA, Brandon & Lindsay Bitgood, Burke, VA, Michael Peter Bitgood, Houston, TX, and Bernadette & Dominic Bolanis, La Habra, CA, and numerous extended family members.  

Final internment to include military honors will occur on 6 June, 2019 (75th anniversary of D-Day) at Riverside Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, CA. Donations in Fred’s memory can be made to the Friends of the WWII Memorial at wwiimemorialfriends.org.

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Mohave Community College employees are mourning the loss of one of the college’s most ardent supporters. 

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Clarence Gordon Tatum of Kingman died Saturday, October 20, 2018. He was 82. Mr. Tatum was born July 16, 1936 in Prescott, Ariz. The family contact is his wife Beverly Ann Tatum. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Helen Jean Walker, of Kingman, died on Thursday, October 11, 2018. She was 86. Helen was born on Tuesday, November 27, 1931 in Michigan. The family contact is her son Peter Mickael Sheehan. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Denise Ann Baggs, of Kingman, died Saturday, September 29, 2018. She was 50. Ms. Gaggs was born June 29, 1968 in Durango, Colo. The family contact is her son Joseph Williams Baggs. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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David Kurt Eller, of Golden Valley, died on Friday, September 28, 2018. He was 70. Mr. Eller was born on Saturday, December 27, 1947 in Winnemucca, Nevada. The family contact is his daughter, Sitori Dawn Holbroon. Arrangements were made by Desert View Funeral Chapel.

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Patricia Evelyn McQueen of Kingman died Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was 77. Mrs. McQueen was born November 20, 1933 in Chicago, Ill. A viewing will be held Wednesday, October 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held the following day, Thursday, October 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kingman. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. The family contact is Mrs. McQueen’s daughter Lu Ann Johnson. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Barbara Jean Whitley of Kingman died Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was 77. Mrs. Whitley was born April 28, 1941 in Los Angeles, Calif. The family contact is her husband Gerold Edwin Whitley, Jr. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Arthur Gaspar Dias passed away August 19, 2018 at Hospice Home in Kingman, Ariz. He was born Oct. 1, 1925 in Newark, Calif.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII in the South Pacific. He retired from the railroad after 33 years of service in Calif. He went on to help with scenic trains in California and Arizona. In the 1990s, he worked as a cowboy on the Grand Canyon steam train. He played in several groups here in the Kingman area as a cowboy entertainer. Also in the 1980s he was an extra in several movies made in Calif.

He leaves a son Michael of Grover Beach, Calif., a daughter Janice of Center, Missouri; a sister Angie of Angels Camp, Calif.; many friends and a longtime companion Judy Spencer; and his pet dog Emmett. We all miss him dearly.

Donations may be made to Hospice in Kingman.

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Edward Lee Davis, of Golden Valley, died Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was 24. Mr. Davis was born July 15, 1994 in Kingman, Ariz. The family contact is his father William Edward Davis. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Pamela Nash Plew, of Kingman, died Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was 56. Mrs. Plew was born April 24, 1962 in Phoenix, Ariz. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Kingman. The family contact is her husband Monty Earl Plew. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Kathryne Frances De Shields died Thursday August 30, 2018, in Kingman. She was 99.

Kathryne was born May 12, 1919, in Kingman, Arizona. She graduated from Mohave County Union High School, attended St. Vincent Hospital College of Nursing in Los Angeles, and in 1941 became a registered nurse. In 1943, she married Robert Lee De Shields and lived in Richmond, California before moving to El Sobrante, California. She moved back to Kingman in 1979 after retiring.

She worked at Richmond Hospital as Assistant Head Nurse until retiring in 1979. She was active at St. Joseph’s Parish in Pinole, her local Mom’s Club, PTA’s, and became an amateur radio operator while raising her family. In Kingman, she was a member of the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers, the Mohave Historical Society, volunteered at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and belonged to St. Mary’s Belles. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Kingman for 38 years and was Deputy Grand for Arizona & New Mexico.

Kathryne is treasured by her family and friends. She was devoted to her faith, enjoyed sharing time with her friends and family, playing games, doing crosswords, needlework, and recording daily events. She was always up for a fun time and her bright smile will be dearly missed.

Mrs. De Shields is survived by: two sons, Frank De Shields of Kingman, AZ, Mike De Shields of Rio Vista, CA; and daughter, Helen Siciliani of Woodstock, GA; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her son, Robert Casey De Shields, husband, Robert Lee De Shields, daughter, Mary Joann Fonseca, and her two brothers, Bill L. Casson and Frank A. Casson preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. on Thursday September 6, 2018 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401. Scriptures will be read at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 N. Stockton Hill Rd, Kingman, AZ, 86401.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moose Lodge in Kingman or the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.

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On Sunday, August 26, 2018, Virginia Sue (Susie) Simmons, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 65.

Susie was born on June 28, 1953, in Kinmundy, Illinois to Steven and Fern Mulvaney. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Arizona and was an educator for nearly three decades in both Tucson and Kingman, Ariz.

On September 7, 1985, she married Kent Timothy Simmons. She was a model Christian in lifestyle and shared her faith regularly serving in Sunday Schools, worship teams and Bible studies. By all accounts, Susie was honest, patient, kind, forgiving, and nurturing—a true model of Galatians 5:22-23. An excellent teacher and well-respected by her peers and colleagues, Susie helped and guided the course of many students and teachers to becoming successful and impactful. She loved children and especially her grandchildren. The beach was her favorite place to be whenever she travelled.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by three brothers, her husband Kent, and her four adult children, Deborah, Kelley, Sarah, Holly, several nieces and nephews, eight grandchildren, Kayla, Caroline, Emily, Lauren, Bryce, Tucker, Joshua, Abigail, and one great-grandson, Landon. Susie will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday September 1 at 11 a.m. at College Park Baptist Church located at 1990 Jagerson Avenue, Kingman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susie Simmons Memorial Fund through Canyon Community Church in Kingman, Ariz., at canyon-church.com.

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William Bentley Hopkins

William Bentley Hopkins, class of '78, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack at his home this past Friday, August 17, 2018. He was 57. Rather than a funeral, a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Bentley at the Desert Church of Christ located at 2345 Gordon Dr. in Kingman, which is on the corner of Gordon Dr. and Lomita. The service will begin at 3:30 pm on Saturday the August 25, an open mic will be available. A Social Gathering will be immediately following at Walleck Ranch Park located at 3851 N. Willow Rd.

Bentley is survived by his wife Donna, their son Troy, their daughter Cara Dennonville, their grandchildren Triton and Jennifer Hopkins, as well as Bentley’s sister Trevyah Hopkins. Other family members include their daughter-in-law Jennifer Hopkins, son-in-law Pat Dennonville, Bentley’s uncle Laron Cross and his wife Chris, as well as his two aunts Billie Griffin, Neda Cook and several cousins.

The family contact is his wife Donna E. Hopkins. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Eddie Ray Dollarhide of Big Water, Utah, died Monday, August 13, 2018. He was 73. Mr. Dollarhide was born Oct. 18, 1944 in Kingman, Ariz. The family contact is his daughter Rayedda May Webber. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Yvonne Felicia Rodriguez

8/23/56 –8/11/2018

Yvonne was called into our Lord’s arms on August 11, 2018. She was born on August 23, 1956 to Rudolph and Hortensia Rodriguez of San Jose, California.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph and Hortensia Rodriguez.

She is survived by Avette and Lea Torres, Kevin and Elena Hall as well as 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She loved knitting and making blankets for her grandchildren and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will hold a private celebration of life for Yvonne.

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Patricia Ruth Conley, of Kingman, died Saturday, August 11, 2018. She was 82. Ms. Conley was born Sept. 24, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri. The family contact is her son Glen Patrick Conley. Arrangements were made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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