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Angelo DiPaolo
Photo from Tse Ho Tso Yearbook -1974-1975)

Angelo DiPaolo
Math & Athletic Director, Window Rock Unified School District, 1971 - 1979

Area educator Angelo DiPaolo dies in Texas by Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola Gallup - Angelo DiPaolo, a widely-respected, long-time area educator, died Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.  He had been battling cancer.

DiPaolo, A Gallup native, enjoyed a long career as a teacher, coach, school administrator, and athletic director for the Window Rock Unified School District, the Gallup-Mckinley County Schools and Gallup Catholic School. During this tenure at the Gallup schools, many school employees and community members hoped DiPaolo would one day become school superintendent.

In June, DiPaolo and his wife, Diane, temporarily relocated to San Antonio so DiPaolo could receive treatments for an aggressive, malignant and inoperable brain tumor.  his family set up an online website, which served to notify family and friends about his medical challenges and which also served to relay messages of support from the local community.

In October, DiPaolo was notified he would be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association's Hall of Fame in March. According to his family's website services for DiPaolo will be held in New Mexico.

From the Gallup Independent, Saturday, November 8, 2014; Page 6 by Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola

Here is a portion of Mrs. DiPaolo's Facebook page from Valerie T. Harrison :

Good morning. There are not enough words to truly express our gratitude for all the prayers, masses, visits, gifts, calls, texts, cards, meals, FB and CaringBridge tributes and love that we have been blessed with from everyone near and far! The combination of all these validate the love and life that Angelo and I shared for 43 treasured years as husband and wife and best friends. Our love for each other will be carried on for generations by our amazing children, Tony and Maggie and Angela, and their beautiful sons, and through our extended families whose dedication and love is never ending.

Over the next few days, I will be preparing to return to Gallup. Angela, Jairdan and I will be driving back at the end of the week It is finally time to bring Angelo home.

We are now able to proceed with Angelo's Celebration of Life.  His services will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, NM Monday, November 24, 2014 9:45am. Rosary  The Eulogy will be read immediately following the Rosary  10:30am. Mass with Most Rev. Bishop James Wall presiding Reception will be held following the Mass at the Sacred Heart Family Center. Internment: Friday, November 28, 2014 11:00am. Gate of Heaven Cemetery  7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM.

In lieu of flowers we are, again, asking that you consider making a donation to the three causes listed in my previous post or to a charity of your choice. I am asking that you continue to pray for our family's strength as we move on with our lives as Angelo would want us to do. As he told many of you, "everything is going to be ok", he also told us, everyday of our lives! If we don't have family, we don't have anything. Tony's and Angela's love and support that they have given me every step of this journey and modeled for their own families is priceless. Together, with their families we fought the battle, and never gave up. We often asked "why our husband/ dad/ Papa/brother/uncle?" Maybe part of the answer is so that other families will begin to forgive and forget and start to share the love we share..... May God continue to bless you all each and everyday.

With great love and sincere gratitude, ~Diane



Nathan W. Taylor
March 21, 1945 - October 20, 2014

Nathan W Taylor
WRHS Class of 1963

Funeral services for Nathan W. Taylor, 69, of Crystal, N.M., were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Western Indian Ministry Church in Tse Bonito, N.M., with David Brian officiating. Burial followed at the Taylor family plot in Crystal.

Nathan was born March 21, 1945, in Fort Defiance, into the Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). He died Oct. 20, 2014, in Fort Defiance.

Nathan graduated from Window Rock High School and was employed with the Navajo Nation and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute as a graphic arts instructor. He enjoyed printing, ranching with cattle and riding his ATV.

Nathan is survived by his son, Brian J. Taylor; sisters, Effie M. Curtis and Leah J. Beyal; and five grandchildren.

Nathan is preceded in death by Betty L. Taylor, Daniel N. Taylor, Mariam P. Same, Daniel and Anna Taylor, Mary A. Damon, and Doris R. Spinney.

Pallbearers were JayCee D. Taylor, Jason L. Taylor, Joseph St. Ledger, Darrell D. Stewart, Scott Salazar, and Angel Santos.

Honorary pallbearers were Brian J. Taylor, Alfred S. David, James J. Irving, Simon Damon III, Sam One Skunk, Jeff Hill, and Gordon Peywa.

A reception was held at Crystal Chapter House.

As Published in the Navajo Times - October 23, 2014



Frank R. Roanhorse Jr.
WRHS Class of 1984

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Frank R. Roanhorse Jr., 49, of Oak Springs, Ariz., were held Oct. 3 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Schafer officiating. Interment and a reception followed in St. Michaels.

Frank was born Feb. 8, 1965, in Fort Defiance, into the Tódik'—zhi (Salt Water Clan), born for Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). He died Sept. 26, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Frank graduated in 1984 from Window Rock High School and earned a electrician certificate from the University of New Mexico. He was employed with GNA Electric and various electric companies in the Phoenix metro area. He enjoyed watching NFL, working on his vehicle and helping others.

Frank is survived by his parents, Ethel and Frank Roanhorse; brothers, Leander, Lorenzo, Elvin, Fernando, and Jeffery Roanhorse; and sisters, Brenda Roanhorse, Linda Carl, Valerie James, and Jacqueline Roanhorse.

Frank is preceded in death by his brother, Harrison Roanhorse; maternal grandparents, Kaydoyah and Anadesbah Hale; and paternal grandparents, Betty Gon and Ralph Roanhorse.

Pallbearers were Elvin Roanhorse, Fernando Roanhorse and Mark Jordan. Honorary pallbearers were Leander Roanhorse, Jeffery Roanhorse, Frank Roanhorse Sr., Lorenzo Roanhorse, and Elvin Roanhorse Jr.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


As Published in the Navajo Times - October 10, 2014



Guy Clauschee
US Marines WWII - Code Talker

Guy Clauschee
WRHS Parent

Funeral services for Mr. Guy Clauschee, will be on Monday September 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church..

Burial will be at the Fort Defiance Veteran's Cemetery.  Reception to follow at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at (480) 600-2748.

As Published in the Navajo Times - September 16, 2014

Regis Michael Clauschee
WRHS Class of 1967

FORT DEFIANCE - Regis Michael Clauschee, born Jan. 6, 1949, passed away July 23, 2014, in Fort Defiance.

Regis proudly served his country in the Vietnam War, then came home and earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Utah. He returned to Window Rock to serve as a counselor for the Navajo Scholarship Office and eventually became the director of the scholarship department. After retiring he opened Rimrock Chainsaw with his son.

Regis is survived by his son, Ashiih Ashkii; daughters, Maya and Regina; and several grandchildren.

The family will have a small, private ceremony to set a memorial stone in accordance with his wishes.

As published in the Navajo Times on July 31, 2014 



Thompson Yazzie
WRHS Class of 1961

Funeral services for Thompson Yazzie, 73, of Fort Defiance, were held July 28 at the Catholic Church in Fort Defiance, with Father Gilbert officiating. A reception followed at the Catholic Church Parish Hall following services.

Thompson was born Feb. 10, 1941, in Fort Defiance, into the Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tsénjikini (Cliff Dwellers People Clan). He died July 23, 2014, in Fort Defiance.

Thompson attended Window Rock High School and was employed with various agencies of the Navajo Tribe, Fairchild Semiconductor, and was currently unemployed.

Thompson is survived by his daughter Wilma, brother Harrison, and sisters, Ella M. Upshaw, Marie Klah, Shirley Y. Lewis, and Vera Begay.

Thompson is preceded in death by his parents, Sarah and Willie Yazzie; grandparents, Desbah and Thomas Watchman; and paternal grandparents, Margaret and Joe Gail.

Pallbearers were Harrison Hardy, Richard Kaaloa II, Richard Kaaloa III, Kainoa Kaaloa, and James F. Upshaw III.

Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Johnson, Lance D. Lewis, Carlos D. Yazzie Jr., Devon D. Yazzie, Harrison Yazzie, and Virgil Hardy.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Navajo Times - July 31, 2014 


Walter Meyers
April 24, 1924 - June 18, 2014

Walter Meyers
WRHS Parent

MEYERS, WALTER F. JR. April 24, 1924 - June 18, 2014 Walter F. Meyers, Jr., 90, passed away June 18, 2014. He was born on April 24, 1924 in Columbia City, Indiana.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nellie Grey Meyers. He will be missed by his surviving five children, Jeffrey, G. Meyers (Pam Meyers); Mary Margaret Meyers-Walker (Eugene Walker); Nellie G. (Nela) Faddis (Tom Faddis); Roxanna Meyers (Stanley Mount); Monica Meyers; eleven grandchildren, six great- grandchildren; and many friends.

Walt Meyers earned his civil engineering degree from Purdue University and later obtained his Masters degree in Public Health Service at the University of Michigan. He is a life-long member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He began his professional career in Venezuela for Creole Oil and worked for a private engineering company in Albuquerque and Chief Engineer of the Navajo Tribe, before joining the Indian Health Service, a branch of the U.S. Public Health Service, where he retired with the rank of Captain in 1989. He was a member of the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus and gave generously of his time and money to many non-profit organizations.

Many were touched by his generosity and kindness and he was dearly loved by all who knew him. A 9:00 AM Mass will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town and a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: NM Boys & Girls Ranch at the website: or checks may be sent to: The Ranches, PO Box 9, Belen, NM.

Published in the Albuquerque Journal  - June 29, 2014  



Dr. Charles S. McCammon
November 6, 1919 - May 1, 2014

Dr. Charles S. McCammon, MD
WRHS Parent

My father, Charles S. McCammon, passed away this morning around 4:30 am. Funeral arrangements are pending. There will be one service here in Phoenix and another in Maryville TN where he will be buried.

For anyone in the Phoenix area, Dad's funeral is Saturday May 3 at 2:00 pm at Whitney Murphy Funeral Home 48th Street and Indiana School. Please come early between 1 and 2, we'd love to see you. Maryville arrangements not yet set

Laura McCammon
WRHS Class of 1966

Dr. Charles S. McCammon, 94, a career medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, died on May 1, 2014.  He was born on November 6, 1919 in Maryville, TN, and graduated from Maryville College.  He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1945 and a master’s in Public Health Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1952 and became board certified in preventive medicine and public health in 1954. Charles spent the majority of his career as a physician and administrator in the Indian Health Service supporting the health of numerous Indian Nations.  His last duty assignment was as Area Director, Arizona Area, Indian Health Service 1966-1977.  When he retired, he held the rank of USPHS Captain. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Thornburgh McCammon and five children:  Laura of Tucson, Charles, Jr. of Littleton CO (Jane), Phil of Scottsdale (Diane), Mark of San Antonio, TX (Karen), and Sara McCammon Perdue of Midway, KY (Kevin).  He was blessed with eight grandchildren: Nielle, Sam, Kate, Hannah, Mac, Maure, Robert and Marie and one great-grandchild—Jack.  Family was extremely important to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Effa McCammon of Maryville, TN and his daughter-in-law Patricia, mother of Maure. Charles was an avid horseman and loved to hunt and camp.  He was a student of Indian and Western history.  Since retirement, he has written articles on Western history and edited a book about two East Tennessee Regiments during the Civil War. Visitation will be held at 1:00pm with a Funeral Service at 2:00pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix.  Interment will be in Maryville, TN.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to St Mary’s Food Bank, Arizona Humane Society or a favorite charity.

As Posted on the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home Website - May 2, 2014



Mrs. Lee

My sweet Mom this past Christmas which was also her 89th birthday!
Now she's celebrating with Jesus face to face!!!

My Mom just passed away from an embolism! She had been totally bedridden since Jan but had kept her precious spirit! I had had a sweet visit with her this morning via phone! I'm very very sad yet know she is face to face with Jesus and finally reunited with my Dad! Thank You Jesus for our Blessed Hope and complete Assurance of Heaven because of Your great Salvation to us!!!

Paula Jo Lee Mahon
WRHS Class of 1969



John McLane
WRHS Class of 1965

John McLane passed away in Tucson, AZ over the Christmas Holidays due to complications from heart surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

Funeral is scheduled for January 6, 2014, in Crystal, New Mexico.

Provided by
Oleta Elliot
WRHS Class of 1965



Lenora Maire Begay-Watson
April 14, 1957 - September 5 2013

Lenora Maire Begay-Watson
WRHS Class of 1977

Funeral services for Lenora Maire Begay-Watson, 56, of St. Michaels, Ariz., were held Sept. 13 at the Mary Mother of Mankind Church with Father Patrick Schafer officiating. Interment and a reception followed in St. Michaels.

Lenora was born April 14, 1957, in Fort Defiance, into the To'áhani (Near the Water) Clan, born for Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House) Clan. She died Sept. 5, 2013, in Albuquerque.

Lenora graduated from Window Rock High School in 1977. She was employed as a bus driver with Gallup McKinley County School for 20 years and with McDonald's for five years. She loved her children and her job as a bus driver. She liked meeting people, always smiling and greeting people.

Lenora is survived by her sons, Theron Begay, Brent Watson and John Michael Watson; brothers, Lewis Begay and Leonard Begay; sister, Laverne Rintala; and grandchildren, Crysta Begay and Thaliah Begay.

Lenora is preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Alice Begay; brother, Leo Begay; and sister, Laura Begay-Spencer.

Pallbearers were Calvert Tso, Cordell Price, Marlin Mark, Norman Begay, Adrian Spencer, and Howard Billy.

Honorary pallbearers were Theron Lee Begay, Brent Watson, Curron Hannon, John Michael Watson, Lewis Begay, and Leonard Begay. Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Rupert Earl Bailey Jr.

Published in the Navajo Times - September 25, 2013 





Bernard Davis Cayatineto
WRHS Class of

Funeral services for Bernard Davis Cayatineto, 50, of Fort Defiance, were held Sept. 16 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Chan Anaya officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Fort Defiance.

Bernard was born June 10, 1963, in Fort Defiance, into the Tábaaahá Clan, born for Tl'ááshchi'i Clan. He died Sept. 12, 2013, in Gilbert, Ariz.

Bernard attended Window Rock High School and was employed with MJB Electric in Phoenix. He enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing, doing construction around the house, cooking, and being with his family and friends.

Bernard is survived by his mother, Charlotte Cayatineto; brother, Benjamin Cayatineto Jr.; and sisters, Berlinda Yazza and Charlinda Cayatineto.

Bernard is preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Cayatineto Sr.

Pallbearers were Benjamin Cayatineto Jr., Anthony Begay, Lyle Begaye, Clifford Little Elk, Frank Aspaas, Cecil Yazza, Lance Todakonzie, Rueben Begaye, and Elroy Tso.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Yazza, Joseph Yazza Sr., and Lephi James. Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Navajo Times - September 25, 2013



Mrs. Bonnie Gertrude Aday
March 31, 1918 - September 14, 2013

Mrs. Bonnie Gertrude Aday
Faculty - Window Rock School System

Hi Nancy - I wanted to let you know my Mom passed away on Saturday morning. She was 95 and had lived a long full life. She was ready to go, and I would certainly call it a good home going.

Her years among the Navajo people were among the best in her life. She taught third grade at Fort Defiance Elementary beginning in 1961 for two years and then moved to Window Rock Elementary where she was principal for several years. She later moved back to the classroom at Window Rock until we moved back to Arkansas in 1974.

Maybe you could pass on the information to the WRHS Alumni. Here is the link to the funeral home with all the service information:  

Gary Aday  

A Little History of Days Gone By:

The Adays were good friends of the Aveys, both being from Clinton, Arkansas.

I first met Jud Avey when I was in the first grade when my dad brought him by our house.  He was a huge All State basketball player at the time, known throughout the state, and it was kind of like meeting a giant.  My mom remarked not long ago that if Jud got the ball, he would score.

The Adays were dear friends of the Aveys including Jud's parents who also lived in Clinton.  Clinton was a small town not too far from where we lived, in Greenbrier.  My parents grew up in Conway, also not far away.  My mother grew up next door (in Conway) to Maggie Matthews and knew also knew Jody Matthews.  Jody was the first principal at WRHS. Maggie had produced several plays before my mom assumed those duties.  That eventually led to the National Thespian Society.  It was a "small world" and several of our teachers came from this small area in Arkansas.

 We were blessed to have so many good and caring teachers from many different parts of the country.

Hi Gary Those of us that remember your family send out prayers and condolences. "Moms are precious"   We hope to see you again at broken arrow Bible Ranch. We enjoyed how your church ladies have served The Lord. Let them know we love them.

Georgia Ashley
WRHS Class of 1966

Thank you for the post.   My sincere and deepest condolences to the Bonnie Aday family.

Valerie Baldwin
WRHS Class of 1983

 So sorry for your loss. I remember your mom. She was a wonderful teacher, always loved her students. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Jerry Skiles
WRHS Class of 1973

Gary,   Sending you my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom.  I remember her and your dad very well.  Your dad was my 6th grade teacher and will always remember his kindness and gentleness with all of his students. Your mom was a gem, so sweet, but firm in her job as principle at WR Elementary.  I remember and loved her "Arkansas accent". She was a very close friend to my mom who was the school nurse.  I also remember the Loften's and as a child I was in awe that your mom and Mrs. Loften were sisters.

I have warm memories of you all.   My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Carol McCabe Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1972

Wonderful, beautiful, graceful, teacher, mentor, leader, role model. She was an inspiration to us all. Mrs. Aday was in my thoughts today when I was thinking about teachers that inspired me. She did just that. She was my third grade teacher and my principal at Window Rock Elementary School. I will always remember her smile and how she very lovingly took care of us. I am fortunate she was a part of my life.  

God Bless,

Pandora Haven-Watchman
WRHS Class of 1976

Memorial for Josephine E. & Ronald F. Nez

Jim Fredenberg - WRHS Class of 1970

 On August 27, 1972, Josephine E. Nez died from a motor vehicle accident along with her brother Ronald F. Nez. Josephine was 20 years old, and Ronald was a month away from his 17th birthday. I have never forgotten hearing the heart breaking news of Josephine and Ronald's death. It affected me deeply, but I couldn't bring myself of attend the funerals because of the pain I felt inside. I carried that pain and sorrow all the years since, and not being there to say good bye or offer condolences to the Nez family and all their friends. I know what a tremendous loss it was for everyone.

Two weeks ago, my brother Lacey and I, along with his son-in-law Chris Quihui , drove from California to Keshena, Wisconsin to spread our youngest brother Tom Fredenberg's ashes at the family lake lot, and bury his ashes at our parent's grave site on the Menominee Reservation. Six family members said some prayers and buried Tom along with his pipe, tobacco, pouch, sage and sweet grass. Our spirits felt lighter afterward.

While returning home from Wisconsin, we stopped at the Desert View Cemetery in Winslow, Arizona to try and find Josephine & Ronald's burial marker. After much searching, Chris found the marker and I took a picture. I was finally able to express my sorrow, shed some tears, and say good bye to my good friend Josephine. My heart feels somewhat relieved, but I never will forget the loss of a good friend. Rest in Peace Josephine & Ronald, you were loved by many and you have never been forgotten.

Posted September 1, 2013 by permission from Jim Fredenberg




Thomas Milo Bennett
June 29, 1992 - August 3, 2013

Thomas Milo Bennett
WRHS Class of 2010

Funeral services for Thomas Milo Bennett, 21, of Fort Defiance, will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Gallup LDS Stake Center. Bishop Gene Martinez will officiate. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.

Thomas was born June 29, 1992, in Fort Defiance, into the Tl'ógi (Weaver-Zia) Clan, born for Dibélzhini (Black Sheep) Clan. He died Aug. 3 2013, in Casper, Wyo.

Thomas graduated from Window Rock High School in May 2010 and attended Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. He was employed with various Navajo Nation offices and Denny's in St. Michaels, Ariz. He enjoyed the company of his friends and family and excelled in graphic arts and computer technology. His hobbies included fishing with his father and X-box tournaments with his friends.

Thomas is survived by his parents, Darrell and Lavern Bennett; brother, Brandon Bennett; sisters, Rochelle Rivera and Raini Bennett; maternal grandparents, Willard and Annie Parker; and paternal grandparents, Sam and Aileen Begaye.

Thomas is preceded in death by Lafie N. Bennett and Barbara Ann Norris.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Bennett, Adam Parker, Eric Billy, Uriah and Isaiah Wauneka, and Roman Cooke.

Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Parker, Wade Parker, Raymond Parker, Mike Bennett, Rob Bennett, Anthony Ashley, Keith Toddy, Travis and Joe Wauneka, and Tommy Bennett.

A reception will be held at the Gallup LDS Stake Center following services. Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Navajo Times - August 8, 2013  




Reuben Tracy Charlie
WRHS Class of

Funeral services for Reuben Tracy Charlie, 36, of Tse Bonito, N.M., were held May 21 at the Mary Mother of Mankind Catholic Church with Father Patrick Schafer officiating. Interment and a reception followed in St. Michaels.

Reuben was born June 29, 1976, in Ganado, Ariz., into the Weaver-Zia Clan, for The Red House People Clan. He died May 17, 2013, in Albuquerque.

Reuben attended Window Rock High School and Tucson College. He was a self-employed tattoo artist and enjoyed driving his 1964 Chevy Impala, spending time and loving his children, hunting, and fishing.
Reuben is survived by his son, Reuben Tracy Charlie; father, Richard Tom Charlie; brothers, Irvin Billy, Howard Billy Jr., and Ervin Billy; and sisters, Regina Vaquez, Teresa Manarelli, Treva Wyaco, Josephine Nelson, Johanna Benallie, and Joanna Charlie.

Reuben is preceded in death by his daughter, Riana Teresa Charlie; mother, Mabel Charlie; sister, Charlotte Chow; maternal grandparents, Mike Yazzie Smiley and Hanasbah Marie Yazzie; and paternal grandparents, Tom Charlie and Marie H. Yazzie.

Pallbearers were Irvin Billy, Howard Billy Jr., Paul Vaquez, Jason Yazzie, Leotto Wyaco, Roger Porter Jr., Herman Upshaw, and Rick Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were Spencer Chow, Robbie Day, Ervin Billy, Richard Tom Charlie, Patrick Atcitty, Landon Curley, Mertis Begaye, Raymond Rintala, Thomas Rintala, Art Rintala, Tom Yazzie Sr., and Tom Yazzie Jr.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Navajo Times - May 29, 2013  



William "Jumbo" Collins III


William "Jumbo" Collins III
WRHS Class of 1969

William "Jumbo" Collins III FORT DEFIANCE - Funeral services for William "Jumbo" Collins III, 63, of Blue Canyon, Ariz., were held Dec. 5 at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance. Jumbo was born in Gallup to William Collins Jr. of Iyanbito, N.M. and Frances Collins of Shiprock. His clans were Tábaahá (Water's Edge) Clan, born for Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House) Clan with Dibélzhini (Black Sheep) and Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People) as his maternal and paternal grandfather's clans, respectively.

Jumbo died Dec. 1, 2012, in Fort Defiance.

Jumbo served in combat with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action against an enemy of the United States and the Bronze Star for heroic/meritorious achievement/service.

After being honorably discharged, Jumbo continued his career in public service as a Navajo Nation Police officer, Navajo Nation EMS technician, Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mine safety officer, Window Rock Volunteer Fire Department firefighter/paramedic, and American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/Fire Safety instructor. Jumbo had also been a Big Mountain Sundancer for nearly 30 years.

Jumbo is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathleen Collins; daughters, Leanne Lee and Anna Marie Collins; sons, William Collins IV, Randy Collins, Robert Collins, Gabriel John Collins, Joseph Collins and Sonny Collins; siblings, Richard Emerson, Wilma Adams, Wilma Jean Nelson, Wayne Collins, Forrest Collins, Marlene Collins-Pioche, Walter Collins, Marvin Collins and Laura Anne Giroux; and 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jumbo is preceded in death by his parents, William Collins Jr. and Frances Collins; maternal grandparents, Grant Baloo and Louise Bennett; paternal grandparents, William Collins Sr. and Lenora Collins; and siblings, Donald Collins, Lenora Grey and Kevin Collins.

Pallbearers were William Collins IV, Randy Collins, Robert Collins, Gabriel John Collins, Joseph Collins, Sonny Collins, Lacey Fredenberg and Justin Pioche.

Honorary pallbearers were Steven Collins, Francis Collins, Dondi Begay Jr., Gabriel Anslem Collins, Isiah Collins, Kyle Jensen and Desmond Collins.

Jumbo was laid to rest at the family plot in Blue Canyon.

Published in the Navajo Times - December 6,  2012




Homer Martin Ashley


Homer Martin Ashley
WRHS Class of 1964

Funeral services for Homer Martin Ashley Sr., 67, of St. Michaels, Ariz., will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church in Rehoboth, N.M. Rev. Wilburn C. Abbott and Rev. William Kempkes will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Michaels community cemetery.

Homer was born into the Táchii'nii Clan, for Ashíí Clan. He died Oct. 29, 2012, in Phoenix. Homer graduated from Window Rock High School in 1964 and attended Los Angeles Technical College for two years.

He was employed with BIA for six years and owned his own business, Ashley's Trucking. He played basketball, football, track and baseball in high school, and enjoyed playing in the Navajo Nation Band for 20 years.

Homer is survived by his wife, Kathryn W. Ashley; sons, Jared Ashley, Homer M. Ashley Jr. and Bart Myron Ashley; daughters, Shelly Platero, Kimberly Ashley-Whitelock and Natalie Ashley; mother, Maggie Ashley; brothers, Timothy Ashley Sr., Martin Ashley, Jonathan Ashley Sr. and Irving Cayedito; sister, Rosemary Johnson; and 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Homer is preceded in death by Bart Ashley, Mary Alice Ashley, Lynnette Stewart and Michaelene Ashley.

Pallbearers will be Kyler Ashley, Ryan Ashley, Timothy Ashley Jr., Jake Ashley, Lyle Pete and Taylor Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bart Myron Ashley, Homer M. Ashley Jr., Jared Ashley, Timothy Ashley Sr., Martin Ashley, Jonathan Ashley Sr., Irving Cayedito, Bo Bear Whitelock, Stanley Shorty and Dennis Williams.

Published in the Navajo Times - November 1,  2012



After a long battle with various health issues, Homer Ashley, Class of 1964, passed away yesterday, October 29.

Terry Bennett
WRHS Class of 1973


So sad to hear of Homer's passing. Homer taught me how to drive a stick-shift car. My condolences to his family and friends.

Eileen Kyselka Scales
WRHS Class of 1965

There is a great deal of sadness in hearing of any scouts' passing.

Bunkie Witten
WRHS Class of 1965




Birdie Eleanor Lorraine Ashcroft
January 6, 1928 - October 18, 2012


Birdie Eleanor Lorraine Ashcroft
WRHS Parent & Booster Club Member

Passed away on Oct. 18, 2012 following a lengthy illness. Birdie was born on Jan. 6, 1928 to Wales and Minnie Smith. As a young girl, Birdie attended the day school near Ganado, Ariz., the Durango, Colo. school system, and graduated from Gallup High School in Gallup, N.M. Birdie spent her youth on her family’s cattle ranch that bordered Chaco Canyon on the Checkerboard area of the Navajo Reservation. The vast ranch covered 39 sections of land.

Birdie worked alone in remote outposts as a messenger girl for the Santa Fe Railroad. She was responsible for hoisting pouches of mail on long sticks to the engineer as the train roared by her station.

Birdie’s sweetheart, Jay Earl Ashcroft, asked her to go to the movies. Earlier that same day he reported to the Navy Induction Center in Santa Fe, N.M. Surprisingly, he was activated that very day and was charged with moving other inductees to San Diego, Calif. Two years later, Earl reappeared on Birdie’s doorstep asking if she still wanted to go to the movies. She accepted and they were married two months later on November 9, 1946 in Gallup, N.M.

Mr. and Mrs. Ashcroft lived a life that seems to be taken from a wild-west movie. Their first home was in Fort Defiance, Ariz. where they managed Dunn Mercantile Company. Both fluent in the Navajo language, the couple then moved to manage the trading post at Coppermine, Ariz., near the future site of the Glen Canyon Dam. The trading post was 150 miles from the nearest town of any size. They recalled they had “no car, no phone, no running water, no electricity, no roads, and no money”, but they had each other and wonderful Navajo friends. Birdie and Earl would hitch rides in the back of a wagon and travel with their Dineh friends to squaw dances, ye be chii dances, and fire dances. From Coppermine they moved several times to manage the Tohatchi, N.M. Trading Post, the Divide Trading Post, where they were living when their daughter, Sharon, was born, the trading post at Wildcat, N.M. and finally back to Fort Defiance, Ariz. Trading Post. They managed the trading post in Fort Defiance for over 30 years. While living in Fort Defiance, Birdie assisted UNM linguist Robert Young complete the first Navajo language dictionary. Birdie and Earl’s son, Mike, was born at the Public Health Service Hospital in Fort Defiance where Birdie was employed at the time. The total cost of his delivery was $2.

The couple purchased retirement property at Summit Lake, Colo. After moving to Summit Lake, Birdie worked at Don Woodard’s Trading Post in Cortez, Colo. She also owned and operated the Ponderosa Cabins for several decades.

Birdie was a 4-H leader in Fort Defiance, Ariz. and organized the first Girl Scout Troop on the Navajo Reservation. She was a life time member of the Fort Defiance/Window Rock Bonita Canyon Sportsmen’s Club. Birdie was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary in Mancos, Colo. Mrs. Ashcroft was instrumental in getting Highway 184 paved from Mancos to Dolores, Colo. She was also a lifetime member of the Southwest Colorado Cowbelles, and was voted Cowbelle of the Year in 1998.

Birdie loved to hunt, snowmobile, fish, read, play cards and tell stories of her exciting and colorful life on the Navajo Reservation.

Birdie and Earl are members of the LDS Church and were married and sealed together for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Birdie was lovingly cared for during her lengthy illness by her husband, Earl, the love of her life, and companion for 66 years. One of Birdie’s favorite songs was “I want to be a Cowboys’ Sweetheart”, and she was.

Mrs. Ashcroft is survived by her husband, Earl; daughter Sharon (Harold) Walter of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; son Mike Ashcroft (Jane E. Duncan) of Dolores, Colo.; Jason Walter (Clancy) of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; Mindy Impagliazzo (Fabio) of La Maddalena, Italy; Jamie Walter of Lakewood, Colo.; Amy Melvin (James) of Cortez; Heather Varney (Robert) of Dolores; great-grand children, Dakota Walter, Morgan Walter, Burke Walter, Hailey Melvin, Logan Varney and Keegan Varney; and other family members, Trevor Ince, Emily Duncan, and Ameé Mann. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Oscar.

In honor of Birdie’s wishes, no services will be held.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.


As Published in the Cortez Journal - October 22,  2012

Condolences are welcome at:

Earl Ashcroft
            37125 Road P4
            Mancos, CO 81328


Sharon Walter
PO Box 775
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Sending sincere condolences to the Ashcroft family especially Sharon and Mike who were classmates. I remember Ms. Ashcroft as a very sweet, pretty and soft person and Mr. Ashcroft with his pointed cowboy boots. Warm thoughts and prayers to you all.


Carol McCabe Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1972


Carol and I are sadden to hear of the loss of your Mother. Having just gone through that with my Mom, I have an idea how hard it must be on you. I knew some about your Mom from our time at WR, but was not aware of all the wonderful things she accomplished in her life. She was an amazing woman and I know you are so proud. We will keep you and your family in our prayers as you move on with out her.

God Bless,

Carol Nelson
WRHS Class of 1965
Larry Nelson
WRHS Class of 1966





Roger C. Davis
Father to Tony Davis, WRHS Class of 1968

Funeral services for Roger C. Davis, 84, will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Visitation and viewing will take place Friday, Aug. 17, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Rollie Mortuary. Burial will be held at the Sunset Memorial Park.

Roger was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Chinle, into the Kiiyaa'aanii Clan, for Kl'aashchii Clan. His nali is Dibelizhini; chei is Todich'ii'nii. He died Aug. 14, 2012, in Fort Defiance.

Roger attended Rehoboth School, Ganado Mission Presbyterian High School, Bacone College and the University of Arizona graduating in 1951. He received the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver National Award for outstanding service.

Roger is survived by his spouse, Florence B. Davis; sons, Roger Davis and Tony Davis; daughters, Grace Davis-Gorman and Charlene Davis; sisters, Grace M. Ryan, Dorothy Denny and Lena Wilson; and brothers, James Davis and Spencer Johnston.

Roger is preceded in death by his sister, Edna Mae Davis; and parents, Roger and Grace Davis.

Pallbearers will be Maj. James Nilsen, Bobby White, Nick White, Art Sanderson, Ray Tsingine and George Gorman.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


As Published in the Navajo Times - August 16,  2012




Joquetta "Jo" DeGroat
WRHS Class of 1983

It is with great sorrow, I have been asked and have been given permission to share with you news of the passing of our classmate/friend/sister Joquetta "Jo" DeGroat - WRHS Class of 1983. This news came very unexpectedly yesterday, June 19 from Theresa "Pixco" Galvan.

The family is making the necessary arrangements through Rollies Mortuary in Gallup, New Mexico. A family meeting will be held at her parents residence in Fort Defiance at FHA housing #32 on Wednesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. Tentative funeral services will be held either Saturday or Monday at the Rehobeth Christian Reform Church. Burial services will take place at the family plot in the mountain area of Mariano Lake, New Mexico. She is survived by her father Jack and sisters Laura Tewksbury and Joy...cetta "Shash" DeGroat. The Gallup Independent will post final funeral proceedings along with an update later this week.

Please join me in prayer for the family during this time of loss. I will post more information as it is received.

Thank you,

Vickie Baldwin (via FaceBook)
WRHS Class of




Stanley Ross Van Keuren, Sr.
August 8, 1927 - February 21, 2012

Stanley Ross Van Keuren, Sr.
WRHS Teacher, Counselor, Principal, Administrator

Stanley Ross Van Keuren, Sr., 84, went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 21, 2012. He was a longtime resident of Window Rock, AZ and had only recently moved to Mesa, AZ. Born at home in Elkhart, Indiana on August 8, 1927, he grew up to dedicate his life to serving Jesus and living by His Biblical example.

In 1945, he attended Cleveland Bible College where he also enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Service and met his future wife of 62 years, Virginia. They moved to Arizona where Stan attended Southwest Christian Seminary in Phoenix receiving a B.A. degree in Theology and Arizona State College in Flagstaff receiving a B.S. and a Master's degree in Education. Stan's service to the Lord was in various capacities from Sunday school teacher, Pastor, Elder, Deacon,and board member of Western Indian Ministries. and a member of the Gideons International out of Gallup NM. He was also dedicated to youth education working in several Navajo Nation communities from 1955 - 1992 in various capacities from teacher, counselor, principal to administrator, with the majority of time spent working for the Window Rock School District.

Stan Sr. was a loving and devoted husband, father, papa, uncle and friend. He enjoyed working on his house and garden, and was always willing to pick up a tool to help others. His other favorite hobby was traveling with family and friends throughout the U.S. and especially to Mexico. He touched the lives of all who knew him and he left an indelible mark on the community.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Tonalea and grandson, Stanley Atcitty. Survivors include his wife, Virginia and children: Stephen, Brian, Stanley JR, Kayenta Atcitty, Montee and their spouses; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 Beagles. A private family burial will take place in Cottonwood, AZ. A memorial service to celebrate his 84 blessed years of life, will take place on March 10th, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tsehootsuoi' Elementary School in Fort Defiance, AZ located near the new Ft. Defiance IHS hospital.

Stanley requests instead of flowers Donations may be made in Stanleys Name to Stanley's favorite charities; Community Bible Church P.O. Box 249 Window Rock, AZ 86515 OR Gideons International P.O. Box 2025 Gallup NM 87301.

There with be a Memorial for Stanley R. Van Keuren Sr. at the Tsehootsoi Elementary School on March 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a celebration of Stan Sr.’s life and will have a Mexican flavor to honor his wishes. Potluck dishes, particularly Mexican type food, mutton stew and fry bread, salads or desserts would be appreciated.

Thank you.
The Van Keuren family




Stanley Ross Van Keuren, Sr.
Picture taken at the 2010 All Class Reunion

My deepest and sincere sympathy to his family. Mr. Van Keuren was a wonderful principal who I didn't get to know very well (probably because I didn't get sent to his office) however, he is remembered with great respect.

Eileen Kyselka-Scales
WRHS Class of 1965

Stan was the HR Dir at WRUSD who hired me to teach and coach back in 1973. He was a good man.

Bill Floor
WRHS Faculty

A very sad day indeed, to learn of the passing of Mr. Van Keuren, who was the first administrator-faculty member I met at WRHS. He informed Carl Hillis and I we had been selected to go to Boy's State. A super individual that I'll always have fond memories of.

Bill Bill Speicher
WRHS Class of 1965

Prayers and blessings to both Mr. Van Keuren who was a gentle mentor and was also the person who informed me I had been selected to attend Girl's State. It was an honor to hear it from him as I held him in deep respect. I am happy to have known him.

Deniece Fournier
WRHS Class of 1965

I would like to extend my condolences to Virginia and the entire Van Keuren family in the passing of Mr. Van Keuren, as I have always called him. I have known Mr Van Keuren as a teacher when I was in 6th grade, later when I became a teacher at Window Rock Unified Schools, he was still in the school system as a school administrator. I worked with him in various capacities such as interview teams, negotiations team, curriculum teams, and as a colleague promoting and dedicating our time to educating our students. His dedication to our schools and students on Navajo was long lasting and committed. We thank him and his entire family for the commitment.

Gloria Hale-Showalter
WRHS Class of 1968



Calvin Clauschee
June 1, 1947 - February 28, 2012


Calvin Clauschee
WRHS Class of 1966.

FORT DEFIANCE - Funeral services for Calvin Clauschee, 64, will be held Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church.

Clauschee was born June 1, 1947. He died Feb. 28, 2012.

Survivors include his children, Rachel, Joshua, and Sarah Clauschee; grandchildren, Caleb and Lois; parents, Guy and Lois Clauschee; and siblings, Patricia, David, Gilbert, and Gayle Clauschee, and Kelly Hopper.

He is also survived by his sisters, Mae Alice Nalwood and Laura Woody; and brother, Peter Mitchell Jr.

As Published in the Navajo Times - March 2, 2012

FORT DEFIANCE - Services for Calvin Clauschee, 64, will be at 10:3S a.m. Saturday March 3, 2012, at Fort Defiance Presbyterian church. The Rev. Roger Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Defiance cemetery.

Clauschee died Feb. 28, 2012, in Fort Defiance. He was born June 1, 1947, in Chinle.

Clauschee graduated from Window Rock High School in 1966. He attended several colleges and universities. He worked as a police officer and EMT.

Survivors include his son Joshua Caleb Clauschee, of Chandler, Ariz.; daughters Rachael Sue Clauschee, of Glendale, Ariz., and Sarah Ruth Clauschee, of Window Rock; parents Guy and Lois Clauschee, of Fort Defiance; brothers Gilbert and David Clauschee, of Fort Defiance; sisters Kelly Hopper, of Vancouver, Wash., Gayle Clauschee Keller, of Chandler, Ariz-, and Patricia Clauschee of Fort Defiance; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Clauschee, David Clauschee, Gilbert Clauschee, John Van Eyke and Terry Prell.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Presbyterian Social Hall.

As Published in the Gallup Independent - March 2, 2012

Calvin passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2012, about11 am,  in Fort Defiance. Silver Creek is in charge. Calvin will be missed; he was so sweet, funny, and loved by many! Thinking of all the fun we had in high school. I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in my prayers,

Charlotte Gooluck
WRHS Class of 1965

Hi Larry, I just saw the notice on Nancy's link. I agree that he was a great guy and someone I liked. He had a smile that was as big as his face.

Jim Medlock
WRHS Class of 1966

Calvin was in the Letterman's Club, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Spanish Club, All-State First Team Basketball, Senior Class- Treasurer. I have attached his senior picture.

Nancy Martin-Rikel
WRHS Class of 1966 & Co-Web Master 

Please except our sincere condolences. It saddens me to say goodbye. Calvin was a good athlete and fun to tease. I can remember all the girls wanted to wear his Letterman’s Jacket. I was one of those girls. I did get to wear it for 2 class periods. I was so proud! Calvin, you will be remembered and missed. We will meet again. God bless to you and your family.

Evelyn Reed Herzog
WRHS Class of 1967

His passing makes me so sad, I loved dancing with Calvin we had a good connection "way back when" I'm so sorry to hear that. Funny I had out the old yr book recently and he had signed it, so sorry.

Mary Jo Beach-Batt
WRHS Class of 1965

I'm very saddened to hear this news of Calvin's passing. I knew Calvin growing up and also worked with him at the Ft. Defiance Hospital. Calvin worked for the Navajo Nation Emergency Medical Service Program as an EMT for many years. I worked with him for several years in the Ft. Defiance ER. He was a good friend and will leave fond memories. He is now free of all life's challenges and onward to his next journey. My deepest and sincere condolences to his family and children, Rachel, Josh and Sarah. My prayers, hugs and thoughts to all of you.

Carol McCabe Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1972

I will miss Calvin. He was always kind to me and I have thought of him often since my days at Window Rock High School in the ‘60s. My heart goes out to his family after his much too early passing.

Murphy Fair
WRHS Class of  1968

My condolences to Calvin's family. I remember him as a friendly individual who loved to make people smile and/or laugh. May he rest in peace.

Eileen Kyselka-Scales
WRHS Class of 1965

Calvin lived down the hill from us in W.R. I can truly say, I NEVER saw Calvin that he didn't have a huge smile on his face, that could light up a room, or a gym. Another super guy that I'll always have fond memories of. Bless them both.

Bill Bill Speicher
WRHS Class of 1965

I am sadden to hear of calvin's passing. I grieve with Calvin's family and his children. I will always remember Calvin as a Window Rock Scout - basketball and baseball player. I remember him as a very outsanding basketball guard and baseball pitcher. One fond memory is when we went to 1965 Az State tournament and he was selected 1st Team All State and we were all proud of him. He was a true friend and we will all miss him. My deepest condolence to his family.

Leonard Foster
WRHS Class of 1967 .

He was my classmate, fellow senior officer(treasurer), class of 1966. On behalf of my family,(Sorrells, Ashleys), My condolences to the family. to the children, Rachel, Joshua, and Sarah. My children and his children grew up together in WR., to the whole Clauschee and Mitchell family. "So Long, Cal. Now you are free from the battle of Diabetes, and have eternal life in heaven, that beautiful place."

Love in Christ
Georgia A. Ashley
WRHS Class of 1966

Calvin's friendship and smile and how he always played his heart out for the Team. How fortunate to have known both of them. How fortunate to have known him!

Deniece Fournier
WRHS Class of 1965



Norman Kelly McLemore
WRHS Class of 1969

Funeral Services for Norman Kelly McLemore, 62, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3, 2012 at Rollie Mortuary. The Rev. Roger Davis officiated. Burial was at the Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Norman died Dec 24, 2011 in Albuquerque. He was born Oct 29, 1949 in Fort Defiance into the Edge of Water People Clan born for the Nakai People Clan. Norman graduated from Window Rock High School. He started his career as a police officer for the Navajo Nation and went on to work various departments for the Federal Government for more than 20 years.

Survivors include his sons Ernie McLemore, Robert Q. McLemore, Shiloh McLemore; mother Marion McLemore; brothers Glenn “Buddo” McLemore, Bobby Ray Kelly and Marvin McLemore; sisters Carol McLemore and Kimberly G. Martinez; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Robert E. McLemore.

Pallbearers were Ernie McLemore, Robert McLemore, Milo McLemore, Bobby Ray Kelly, Derrick Ebertt and Leonard Martinez.

The family received relatives and friends at the Fort Defiance Chapter House. Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

As posted in the Gallup Independent – December 31,2011



Robert Weaver
WRHS Class of 1971

My brother, Robert Weaver class of 71 passed away September 21, 2011, in Seal Alabama.

Terry Weaver



Myrtle Robbins-Hickson
July 6 1949 - September 2, 2011

Myrtle Robbins-Hickson
WRHS Class of 1967

Services for Myrtle G. Hickson, 62, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Defiance, Ariz. The Rev. Gilbert will officiate. Burial will be on private family land in Deer Springs, Ariz. Visitation will 9-10 a.m. at the Catholic church.

Hickson died Sept. 2, 2011, in Fort Defiance. She was born July 6, 1949, in Fort Defiance into the Bitter Water People Clan for the Waters Edge People Clan.

Hickson graduated from Window Rock High School in 1967. She also attended a two year business school in Phoenix and attended Dinè College. Hickson was employed with Window Rock Elementary School for three years and retired from the Navajo Nation Police Department after 26 years of service. She was a longtime resident of the Fort Defiance and Window Rock Area and enjoyed her time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence Hickson; sons Arlan Hickson and Lawrence M.B. Hickson; daughters Lisa Hickson, Melissa Hickson and Kimberly Gallen; mother Mary Ann Robbins; brothers Benny B. Robbins Jr, Leonard Robbins and Stanley Robbins; sisters Marjorie Frame, Victoria Birch, Charlotte Damon and Christine Hale and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father Benny B. Robbins Sr.; brothers Joseph Robbins and Franklin Robbins; sister Virginia Jones; nephews Irvin Jones and Merle Jones and granddaughter LeAnn Jones.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence M.B. Hickson, Arlan Hickson, Wendell Birch, Rodney Birch, Leonard Wauneka and Michael Blackman.

The family will meet at Fort Defiance Chapter House at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Posted In the Gallup Independent - September 6, 2011



Myrtle Robbins-Hickson passed away Friday, Sept. 2. She is spouse of our classmate Lawrence (Iggy/Blood) Hickson/class of 1966. I think she is class of 1967. She is Marjorie Robbins-Frame's sister, Leonard Robbins' sister. Memorial services are at FD Catholic Church, viewing at 9 am. Burial at family land, Deersprings, AZ.

Provided by Georgia A. Ashley - WRHS Class of 1966




Vincent Dahozy
July 4, 1942 - July 16, 2011

Vincent Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1962

Funeral services for Vincent Dahozy, 69, will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Family Church-Assembly of God, Fort Defiance. The Rev. Milton Shirleson will officiate. Burial will be in Rainbow Ridge Family Plot in Fort Defiance.

Dahozy died July 13, 2011, in Fort Defiance. He was born July 4, 1942, in Fort Defiance, into the Salt People Clan for the Bitter Water People Clan.

Dahozy graduated from Window Rock High School. He was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He worked for BIA Roads, McKinley P&M Mine, Nielson Construction and was a member of Local Union 1332. He loved being with his grandkids and was a dedicated Dallas Cowboy and Phoenix Suns fan.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Dahozy; son, Virgil Dahozy; daughters, Valerie Dalton, Bertina Jones; brother Wilson Dahozy Sr.; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Dahozy was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rose Dahozy; son, Vernon Dahozy; sisters, Lillian Atcitty, Irene D. Moore; brother, Ellison Dahozy Sr.

Pallbearers will be Duane Platero Lyle Jackson, Ryan Smith, Aaron Milford, Lionel Jackson, Jimmie Hoskie, Clay Jackson, Oliver Aviso.
The family will receive relatives and friends at their residence in Fort Defiance.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Posted in the Gallup Independent - July 15, 2011
And Provided by Ella Notanabah  WRHS Class of1962



Margaret Morgan


Margaret Morgan
June 13 1921 - May 22, 2011
The voice on the other end of the line when you picked up the phone in W.R.

Memorial services for Margaret M. Morgan, 89, will be held Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church. Burial will follow Thursday, June 30, at the Greeley family plot in Tuba City.

Margaret was born June 13, 1914, in Leupp, Ariz. She died May 22, 2011, in Window Rock.

Margaret was married to the late Wilbur E. Morgan Sr., son of Jacob C. Morgan, the first elected chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council (1938-1942). They lived in Shiprock, Cortez, and Farmington, settling in Window Rock in 1940.

In 1942, Margaret began work as the BIA chief telephone operator for the reservation in Window Rock. Her voice was on the other end of the line when you picked up the phone to make a call.

Before retiring Margaret traveled by her personal car to complete an inventory of all telephones and radiotelephones on the Navajo Reservation, which took three years. This survey enabled her to have keen knowledge of the entire Navajo Reservation and names of trades and desolate locations, where there was a phone it was tagged.

Margaret retired from the BIA in 1970 with 29 years of service. After retirement she worked seven years with the Navajo Tribal Judicial Department in records management. From 1978 she managed the Shoe Corral store in Tse Bonito, N.M., until it closed in 1994, and in the Fedmart store in the cash vault.

Margaret enjoyed traveling and spending family gatherings in San Diego, Albuquerque, and Window Rock. The lung disease that took her life was first diagnosed in December 1999.

Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Ritz and Brenda Crooks, both of San Diego; and nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, George and Katie (House) Greeley; son, Wilbur E. Morgan Jr.; brother, Robert G. Greeley; sisters, Ora Brodie and Evelyn Luna; and stepmother, Stella Greeley.

Urn bearers will be Ric Morgan, Frank Crooks, Karen Nerat, Brian Ritz, and Frankie Ritz.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Navajo Times June 24, 2011


From Brenda Morgan-Crooks

First, to those who have sent e-mails and cards of condolences, Thank you.

In response to your queries, we plan to have a memorial service for mom the last week in June, possibly Wed. the 29th or 30th, in Gallup. We haven't finalized any date, time or location. At her request she will be buried in Tuba City, Arizona, with her sisters and father after the memorial and on a different day. Mom was cremated. She didn't go alone on her trip to heaven, her gang-- Miss Piggy, Kermit, and ET are with her.

Though we knew mom's final day was coming, with her Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, a lung illness, for the past two years getting worse, Kath and I thought we had time or at least a warning--we were caught off guard. Planning and making arrangements for her memorial is complicated with the distance involved between Window Rock and San Diego. On June 13th mom would of turned age 90. I had planned to put a Happy Birthday announcement in the newspapers without her knowledge to surprise her, however, like Frank Sinatra's song, 'mom did it her way." By doing it her way she was not in a hospital, not hooked up to life support machines or in a nursing home, she was at home. I will be keeping mom's house in Window Rock (....and no, I'm not retiring).

Frank' wife, Susan and Kath's daughter, Karen, are school teachers. Great Grandchildren Melinda and Morgan are still in school. School is out in San Diego June 15th or 17th. Kath and Frank have an out-of-state prepaid trip from 18 to 24 June, mom knew of this trip. Thus the best possible date is the last week in June.

No obituary has been released. The mortuary prefers to release one prior to the memorial service in the newspapers, Navajo Times and Gallup Independent and through radio stations KGAK, Gallup and KNET, Window Rock (Navajo station).

For planning purposes I will let you know the final preparations, but it will be a day in the last week in June.





Raymond "Ray" F. Showalter


Raymond "Ray" F. Showalter
WRHS Class of 1961

A memorial service for Raymond "Ray" F. Showalter, 67, will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at Tse Bonito Mortuary. Pastor Roger Davis will officiate.

Ray was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Fort Defiance, into the Red Running Into the Water Clan, born for the Salt Clan. He died Jan. 31, 2011, in Phoenix.

Ray grew up in Fort Defiance and graduated from Window Rock High School in 1962. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he majored in accounting. He worked for the ONEO, NTUA, BIA, Autom, and recently retired from the Philosophy Corporation in Phoenix.

He enjoyed bowling, golf and played "rez" basketball and softball. He participated in many local and national basketball tournaments with the Clay Fultz Bruins where he achieved many all-tourney awards.

Survivors include his sons, Darren Showalter of Nashville, Tenn., and Brian Showalter of Bernalillo, N.M.; daughters, Valery Brandow of Tempe, Ariz., and Erin Showalter of Phoenix; brother, Richard Showalter of Window Rock; sister, Mary Richards of St. Michaels, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel M. Showalter Sr. and Marjorie Showalter; brothers, Daniel M. Showalter Jr. and Robert Cupp Sr.; and daughter, LaPrima Nicole Showalter.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Navajo Nation Museum following services.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to Valerie Showalter-Brandow  at:

Submitted by Georgia A. Ashley

I remember Ray very well. We played basketball together. I always enjoyed being with him and playing ball together. Great guy! My sincere condolences to his family.

Wes Cook



Beatrice Emroy "Betty" (Powell) Nelson
April 17, 1917 – January 23, 2011


Beatrice Emroy "Betty" (Powell) Nelson
WRHS & St. Michaels Parent

Beatrice Emroy "Betty" Nelson died January 23, 2011 at the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, MN at the age of 93.

Betty was born in Minneapolis on April 17, 1917. She graduated from Anoka High School in 1935. Betty attended MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis as a young woman where she studied voice.  Her children recall her beautiful soprano voice coming from the kitchen as the smell of her fresh baked bread filled the house.

Betty met her future husband Patrick at her family farm. Through Pat's job as a police officer, the family moved from Minneapolis to Wisconsin and on to Window Rock where Pat served as Superintendent of the Navajo Police Department from 1954 until 1965. Betty considered her time in Window Rock as the best times of her life.

Her parents, Lew and Ada, her brother, Warren and her husband, Pat, preceded her in death. Survivors include her eleven children, Marvin, Robert (Marcia), Donald (Mary Kaye), Lawrence (Carol), Michael (Debby), Thomas, Kathleen (Neil), Susan, Jeffrey (Tina), Vernon (Kathy), Donna (Randy), 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial was held at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 4 PM. Guardian Angels is located at 400 Evans Ave., Elk River. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of MN.




Stanley Morgan
WRHS Class of 1971

Funeral services for Stanley Elliot Morgan, 58, will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Fort Defiance. Deacon Joseph Gonsalves will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Defiance Community Cemetery. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m., Dec. 1, prior to services.

Morgan died Nov. 22, 2010, in Phoenix. He was born Sept. 30, 1952, in Fort Defiance, into the Water Edge People Clan for the Black Streak Forest People Clan. Morgan graduated from Window Rock High School in 1971. He attended Arizona Western College in Yuma. He was a self-employed auto mechanic. His hobbies included repairing cars for friends and family.

Survivors included his brothers, Wilbert Morgan, Anthony Morgan, William Morgan Jr., Russell Morgan, Clifton Morgan; sisters, Maxine M. Bahe, Cynthia Morgan, Delphine M. Kewanwytewa. Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Desbah Morgan; sister, Dorothea Johnson; one granddaughter. Pallbearers will be Jon Hunt, Lyle Kee, Glen McLemore, Jeffery Morgan, Jeremy Morgan, Richard Morgan.

Published in the Gallup Independent November 30, 2010




Peggy Brady-Fournier
August 27, 1949 - October 9, 2010


Peggy Brady-Fournier
WRHS Class of 1967

Peggy lost her battle with cancer Saturday Oct. 9. At her request, there will be no funeral or memorial service, she will be cremated. As legal permits can be obtained, her ashes will be scattered in the mountains around Santa Fe, NM.

There will be a church service conducted during regular Sunday services at Mr. Bill Brady Sr.'s Methodist Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The family requests NO flowers please. The family requests NO emails.

Anyone wishing to donate should consider the following:

  • Saint Jude’s Hospital (Memphis)
  • John Wayne Cancer Institute
  • Breast Center
  • Saint John's Health Center
    2121 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Wounded Warrior Project.

Evelyn Herzog
WRHS Class of 1976

This has saddened me greatly, Peggy was my best friend growing up in Window Rock. My sincerest condolences go to her family.

Mitzi Adams
WRHS Class of 1970

My condolences to the Brady-Fournier family. Peggy was my "sis" and I feel blessed to have known her and happy that we re-connected after not seeing each other since I graduated in '65.

"Some People come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same"
 - an Irish Bereavement Blessing

Christine Pitts-McDonald
WRHS Class of 1965

So tough; all this loss.

I still remember Peggy dancing with Bill, her brother, in Amahl and the Night Visitors. They were so involved in their performance, so simple and honest in movement and sincerely how they accomplished their shepherd dance and created a unison and a believability to the whole story.

Sadly enough, there was another loss from that same next door house to mine. It was also the residence of Reba Rumsey whom I have also lost as a dear friend. I can look at it though as a gift of friendships that I have been given..yet, I feel the loss as if a tear and a smile.

Oh my, getting older can be so lonely and I miss my friends wherever you all are.

Bunkie Witten
WRHS Class of 1965

Sorry to hear of Peggy's passing. I never got to know her since we moved away from Window Rock in 1963.

A note to Bunkie Witten. I remember a few years after moving away from Window Rock I was watching the "Price is Right" game show for some reason and who should be picked as a contestant? Bunkie Witten! It was fun to see him again. I have often thought of all you at Window Rock High through the years and wonder how your lives have turned out. I am glad to be able to go to this site and receive emails to let me know how some of you are doing.

One of your class mates,

Stephen Krause
WRHS Class of 1966




Edgar Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1971

Funeral services for Edgar E. Dahozy, 57, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at family church Assembly of God. Kenneth Delaney will officiate. Burial will be in Rainbow Ridge, family plot.

Dahozy died Sept. 15, 2010, in Gallup. He was born Dec. 5, 1951, in Fort Defiance, into the Folded Arms People Clan for the Salt People Clan.

Dahozy graduated in 1971 from Window Rock School. He was a United States Army Vietnam veteran and employed with the Navajo Nation Water Resources Department and and electrician.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Day of Hunters Point; son, William Dahozy of Hunters Point; daughters, Yolanda Allen of Kayenta, Desiraye Dahozy of Chinle, Larissa Dahozy of Hunters Point, Clarissa Dahozy of Hunters Point; brothers, Edison D. Dahozy, Victor Dahozy, both of Tohatchi, Herman G. Dahozy of Tse Bonito, Ellison G. Dahozy Jr. of Tohatchi; sisters, Ruthie Alexius, Ella Smith, Ertha Ahasteen, Loretta Bennett, Alberta Dahozy-Campos, all of Fort Defiance, Rosie D. Bryant of Window Rock; nine grandchildren.

Dahozy was preceded in death by his parents, Ellison Dahozy Sr., Frances Dahozy; grandparents, Tom D. Howard, Elizabeth Howard, William and Rose Dahozy.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Othermedicine, Ryan Smith, Vernon Morgan, Casey Dahozy, Sean Ahasteen, Darwin Dahozy, Charles Day, Lynal Damon.

The family will receive relatives and friends in Hunters Point, following services. Cope Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.






Gerald Notah
WRHS Class of 1976

Services for Gerald Bruce Notah, 57, will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 19, at St. Michaels Mission. The Rev. Gilbert will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michaels Cemetery.

Notah was born July 3, 1957, in Oceanside, Calif., into the Red Running Into the Water People Clan.

Notah graduated from Window Rock High School in 1976, New Mexico State University for water technology and Crownpoint Institute of Technology for culinary arts. He worked at Denny’s restaurant in St. Michaels. His hobbies included cooking, being outdoors, traveling.

Survivors include his brothers, Paul W. Notah of Window Rock, Louis C. Notah of Phoenix.

Notah was preceded in death by Francis Notah, Rhoda Notah, Larry Notah.

Pallbearers will be Foy Finley Jr., Nathan Etsitty, Brian Upshaw, Bobby Nez, Leon Yazzie, Stan Etsitty.

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Michaels Chapter, following services.

Published in the Gallup Independent July 17, 2009




Virginia Mary Jones
WRSD Faculty - 33 Years

Funeral services for Virginia Mary Jones, 67, will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 9, at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Fort Defiance. The Rev. Gilbert Schneider will officiate. Burial will be in Deer Springs. Visitation will be 12 p.m., Friday, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Fort Defiance. A rosary will be 6:30 p.m., tonight, July 8,at Rollie Mortuary.

Jones died July 6, 2010, in Fort Defiance. She was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Fort Defiance.
Jones had a bachelors of Education from Prescott College. She was retired from Window Rock School District #18 after 33 years. She loved being with family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Jones of St. Michaels; son, Eldon Wayne Jones of Fort Defiance; daughters, Loretta A. Jones of St. Michaels, Mary Alice Best of Gallup; mother, Mary Ann Robbins of Fort Defiance; brothers, Benny Robbins Jr. of Albuquerque, Leonard Robbins of Fort Defiance, Stanley Robbins of Prescott; sisters, Victoria Birch of Fort Defiance, Marjorie Frame of Fort Defiance, Myrtle Hickson of Window Rock, Christine Hale of Deer Springs, Charlotte Damon of Window Rock; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Jones was preceded in death by her sons, Irvin Jones, Harold Jones Jr., Merle Jones; father, Bennie B. Robbins Sr.; brothers, Franklin Robbins, Joseph Robbins.

Pallbearers will be Wendell Birch, Arlan Hickson, Lawrence Hickson, Emerson Notah, Christopher Hosteen, Ray Thomas, Tom Best, Phillip Hale, Daniel Damon Jr., Daniel Damon Sr.

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Dominic’s Hall, Fort Defiance, following service.

Published in the Gallup Independent July 8, 2009




Hoskie "Hoss" Bahe Bitsilly Jr.
October 7, 1959 - June 2, 2010


Hoskie "Hoss" Bahe Bitsilly Jr.
WRHS Class of 19??
(Need help with the class year)

Funeral services for Hoskie "Hoss" Bahe Bitsilly Jr., 50, were held June 7, 2010, at the Mary Mother of Mankind Catholic Church in St. Michaels, Ariz., with Gilbert Schneider officiating. Interment followed at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Hoskie was born Oct. 7, 1959, in Phoenix. His clan is Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People Clan), born for Kinlichíi'nui (Redhouse Clan). His nali is Tsénjínkiní (Honeycombed Rock); his chei is Bear Ute Clan. He passed away June 2, 2010, in Gallup.

Hoskie graduated from Window Rock High School and attended various vocational training in carpentry, masonry and was a motorcycle mechanic. He was an Army veteran stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, specializing in engineering where he received his security clearance to escort military personnel.

His biggest and greatest passion was riding his Harley and taking part in the many bike rallies and memorial poker runs for friends and family. He enjoyed fishing, music, cookouts, and good company.

Surviving Hoskie are his brothers, Benjamin Bitsilly of Navajo, N.M., Jonathan Bitsilly of Mesa, Ariz., and Mickey Bitsilly of Navajo; and sisters, Sarah Bitsilly of Navajo and Barbara Crawford of Fort Defiance.

Hoskie is preceded in death by his parents, Hoskie and Grace Bitsilly of Navajo, and niece, Chelse R. Duffel of Window Rock.

Pallbearers were Nathan Crawford, Kallen Crawford, Jack Keams Jr., Hoskie Brown Jr., Barry Barber, and Lesley Barber.

Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Bitsilly, Jonathan Bitsilly, Mickey Bitsilly, Michael Brown, Ronald Bitsilly, Arnold Bitsilly, and Ernie Bitsilly.

Tse Bonito Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

As published on the Navajo Times Website - June 10, 2010



Phillip E. Stewart Jr.

Phillip E. Stewart Jr.
WRHS Class of 1977

Funeral services for Phillip E. Stewart Jr., 51, will be held today, May 13, at the LDS Church in St. Michaels, Ariz. Burial will follow at the family plot in Red Lake, N.M.

Phillip was born Aug. 14, 1959, in Fort Defiance. His clan is Meadow People, born for Zuni. His nali is Bitterwater; chei is Water Edge People. He passed away in Albuquerque. 

Phillip graduated from Window Rock High School in 1977 where he participated in wrestling, football and baseball. He received All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1977.

He then attended Navajo Community College, Arizona Western College and Mesa Community College. He worked with the Navajo Nation Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads in Gallup, Soil System Inc. in Phoenix, and was a certified asbestos worker with Spray Systems. At the time of his death, he worked with the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department.

He enjoyed playing baseball, football, fishing, archery, bowling, camping, pool (billiards) and spending time with his goofs.

Surviving Phillip is his mother, Sonya B. Stewart of Window Rock; sisters, Philene S. Herrera of Gallup, and Victoria Stewart of Mesa, Ariz.; and brother, Vernon S. Stewart of Window Rock.

Phillip is preceded in death by his father, Phillip E. Stewart Sr.; sister, Lynnette R. Stewart; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Vernon Stewart, Eric Stewart, Darrell Stewart, Eugene Shurley, Gary Shurley and Dewayne Waseta.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As published on the Navajo Times Website - May 13, 2010

To WRHS Alumni....

I am very sorry to hear about this sad news. Phil was a very close friend of mine during my High School Days at WRHS. He was a year ahead of me (Phil was in the Class of 77). He was extremely friendly and cheerful to everyone - we spent hours cracking jokes at school and before and after football practice. I don’t think I ever saw Phil get mad at anyone – with the exception of when he competed in sports – he was pretty serious during football practice and at games. I remember Phil as being a pretty darn good football player. He had quick feet and strong hands, he could shed his blocker and make the tackle on the quarterback or running back.

I remember in particular one play….we were playing Page at Home (in the Fall of 1976 - Phil's Senior Year). We were ahead 12 to Zero with about 30 seconds before the end of the first half. The quarterback for Page - Max Hamblin - went back to throw a bomb to a Page wide receiver (I think the wide receiver’s name was Jerry Duncan – but I could be wrong about that). At any rate - the wide receiver was way down field and he wide open for an easy touchdown - I thought for certain Hamblin was going to get the ball to him, just before he through the ball, Phil shed his blocker and sacked the quarterback who still had the ball - to end the first half of the football game. WRHS went on to win that game 12 to Zero.

Over the years I have thought a lot about Phil, and although we lost contact with each other shortly after high school – (I had not seen him since) - I always hoped that I would see him again.... my heart goes out to his family.

To the WRHS Class of 1977 - you have lost a good class mate.


Bob Schryver
WRHS Class of 1978



Keith "KJ" Donnell Bowen Jr.
August 6, 1991 - April 19, 2010


Keith "KJ" Donnell Bowen Jr.
Grandson of Georgia A Ashley
WRHS Class of 1966

PEORIA, Ariz. - KJ was born Aug. 6, 1992, in Phoenix, to his mother, Tina Sorrell Bowen, and father, Keith Bowen. He grew up loved and cherished by his friends and family here in the Valley as well as relatives in southern California, and the Navajo Reservation.

KJ was very proud of his Navajo heritage, born to the Tséníjíkiní (Cliff Dwellers Clan), born for the Zhinii (African American). His maternal grandfather was Tl'aashchí'í (Red Cheek People Clan).

KJ was a proud Panther at Peoria High School, and had recently accepted a full-ride football scholarship to Glendale Community College. An outstanding athlete with impeccable work ethic, KJ competed in track and field and football. As a member of the Arizona Rising Suns Track & Field Club, he was a champion on the local, regional and national level.

In 2003, KJ received the Valley's Native American Recognition Days "Outstanding Native American Student of the Year Award." In 2008, KJ was awarded the Peoria HS Track and Field "Most Improved Athlete" Award, and the "Breakthrough Performance" Award. For his accomplishments during his senior year in football, KJ received the 2009 First Team All-Region 4A Kick Return Specialist, First Team All-Region 4A Wide Receiver, and Peoria HS Coach's Award.

KJ was baptized at First Institutional Baptist Church and took pride in participating in the children's choir and other youth activities. Just recently, KJ rededicated his life to Christ and was honored to be a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

On Monday, April 19, 2010, Keith "KJ" Donnell Bowen Jr. was called to his heavenly home and into the arms of our Almighty God. He was 17 years old.

He will be missed by many, including friends like Steven, De'saan, Jamal, Demetrius, TJ, Jeremy and AJ, his beautiful girlfriend Miranda, the Rising Suns Track Club, kids he grew up with like Bianca, James, Brittney and Serene, and of course, the family that adored him.

His mother, Tina Sorrell Bowen, said, "KJ was so easygoing, loved being around all the women in his family, and never got upset. Sometimes all the women in the family would visit too long, he'd get frustrated and say, "Mom, OK, OK, can we go?" But he always loved and hugged all of them.

His father, Keith Bowen, said, "Something I'll always think about when I think about my son is his heart and passion."

And to many of people, those that didn't even have the privilege of knowing him, KJ represented hope. The Arizona Republic newspaper created a tribute page where thousands of people have left comments.

KJ Bowen is survived by his mother Tina Joy Sorrell Bowen; sisters, Tameka Bowen and Savannah Martha Bowen in Peoria, Ariz.; his father, Keith Bowen in Mesa, Ariz.; his half-sister Savannah Marie Bowen in Fort Defiance; his maternal grandmother, Georgia Ashley in Window Rock; his maternal grandfather, Ben Sorrel Jr. in Manuelito, N.M.; his aunts, Sandra Sorrell and Robin Sorrell in Glendale, Ariz., Reshonda Lewis in Inglewood, Calif., and uncle Randolph Bowen and his wife Bridgett in Los Angeles, Calif.

KJ's mother's extended family includes grand aunt, Shirley Nez, and her children, Cheryl Nez Longie, Arron Nez and Michael Nez; grand aunt, Betty Showalter-Bizardi, and her children, Pam Showalter Conley, Rachel Showalter Claw and Dwayne Showalter; grand uncle, Wilford Ashley, and his children, Heidi Ashley, Garrett Ashley and Audrey Ashley.

KJ's father's extended family includes grand aunts, Augustine Perry, Dorothy Bennett, as well as grand uncles, Roy Johnson, Ivy Johnson and James Johnson. He loved his cousins, Ashley Moore and Marlon Moore, as well as Randall Bowen and Montel Horner.

Several family members preceded KJ in death, including maternal great-grandparents, William and Elsie Ashley; grand uncles, Rick Nez and Daniel Showalter Jr.; paternal grandmother, Julia Lewis; grand aunt, Thelma Swain; aunt and godmother, Laura Cain; and Peoria HS friends, Matthew Walton and Jamal Sutton.

A memorial fund has been set up to assist the family with expenses related to the car accident and funeral. Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to the "Keith KJ Bowen Jr. Memorial Fund".

As Published in the Navajo Times Online Edition - May 7, 2010



Keith "KJ" Bowen
Grandson of Georgia A Ashley
WRHS Class of 1966

We received some very sad and tragic news. Keith "KJ" Bowen, 17 year old son of Tina Sorrell Bowen and grandson of Georgia A. Ashley was fatally injured in a car accident. Tina and her daughter Savannah were also injured in the accident, but are stable and doing ok. Please offer prayers of strength and comfort for this family.

Thank you,

Carol McCabe Dahozy
WRHS Class of 1972


Dear Georgia,

As you grieve know that we all are remembering you with hope and prayers.

God Bless,

Evelyn Reed Herzog
WRHS Class of 1967

My heart goes out to the Bowen family. I know exactly what the family is going through during and after their loss. My prayers goes out to the family. God bless.

Please convey to Georgia my condolences in the loss of her her grandson. Is so very tragic. Our prayers and thoughts to the entire Ashley/Bowen families.

Please pass along. Thoughts and prayers go out to Tina and her family.

Yvonne Baldwin-Smith and Family


I wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your loss. What a tragedy! I have 3 Grandson's and I cannot imagine losing them. Please know your old classmates are thinking of you.

Dorothy Mineer - Hailey
WRHS Class of 1963


So sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. May God bless you and your family with peace and assurance. I was always impressed with you when we were in class together and your family has followed in your shoes. My prayers go out for you and yours.

Your friend,
Stephen Krause
WRHS Class of 1966



Timothy "Timmy" Alex Jackson

Funeral services for Timothy "Timmy" Alex Jackson, 17, will be held today, March 25, at 10 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission Episcopal Church in Fort Defiance. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at the Fort Defiance community cemetery.

Timothy was born Nov. 23, 1992, in Fort Defiance. His clan is Tli'zi'lhani, born for Nato'Dine'e. His nali is Tachine; chei is Ki'ya'anii. He passed away March 20, 2010, in Navajo, N.M.

Timothy attended Tse Ho Tso Middle School, Window Rock High School and Holbrook Seventh Day Adventist. His hobbies included listening to music, going to concerts, hanging out with friends and spending time with his family and his dog "Princess." He enjoyed collecting rocks, seashells, CDs, T-shirts, etc. He loved playing his guitar and had dreams of one day starting his own band.

Surviving Timothy is his parents, Regina Sandoval-Jackson and Melvin A. Jackson Sr.; sister, Melissa A. Jackson; and brother, Melvin A. Jackson Jr.

Timothy is preceded in death by his grandmother, Sarah J. Jackson; grandparents, Rodger and Rita Sandoval; aunts, Sandi and Birdie Sandoval; uncles, Gil Sandoval and Jerry Jackson; and great-grandparents, Jack and Julia Kyselka.

Pallbearers will be Melvin Jackson Jr., Gabriel Jackson, Ervin Jackson, Dustin Sandoval, Melvin Begay and Chris Yazzie.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in The Navajo Times Online Edition




Elmer "Zuni" Francisco
January 22, 1946 - February 25, 2010


Elmer "Zuni" Francisco
WRHS Class of 1965

Funeral services for Elmer "Zuni" Francisco will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 25 at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance. Burial will be on family land in Fort Defiance. Zuni died on February 18, 2010 in Gallup, New Mexico. He was born on January 22, 1946 in Fort Defiance. He was Bit'ahnii born for Tabaahi.

Survivors include his children: Erik Francisco, Micah Francisco, Shaunaci Francisco Calamity, Delmer Francisco, Chato Francisco; his brother, Eugene "Spade" Francisco and 8 grandchildren.

Zuni was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Jimmy Francisco, Sr; his brothers, Jimmy "Jimmy Jack" Francisco, Jr., Frank "Froggy" Francisco, and Marvin "Mooie" Francisco,

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

There will be a community meeting on Monday, February 22 at 4:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church. Contact Regina Johnny Francisco for further information 928-266-7433.

Provided by Diana J. DeChilly

I would like to ask for the websites help. My name is Delmer Francisco. My dad Elmer "Zuni " Francisco, passed away February 18, 2010, he was born January 22 1946. I need the sites help to get the word out. Services will be held Thursday February 25 @ 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, Fort Defiance. Any questions please contact Regina Francisco @ (928)266-7433.
He graduated the Class of '65. He left behind 5 children, Erik Francisco, Micah Francisco, Shaunaci Francisco, Delmer Francisco, and Chato Francisco. He had 8 grandchildren, and his brother Eugene Francisco. He is proceeded in death by Frank "Froggy" Francisco, and Marvin "Mooie" Francisco. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Delmer Francisco




Ronald Gilbert Husband of:
Patsy Dale-Gilbert WRHS Class of 1964

Please let our old classmates know that Patsy Dale - Gilbert's husband Ronald (30 years married) passed away yesterday. He was a wonderful man and they had a beautiful marriage. Please think of Patsy.

Dorothy Mineer Hailey
WRHS Class of 1963

Please let Patsy (and Dorothy) know that we send our condolences to Patsy and her family. May our Lord comfort and bless them during this difficult time.

Ernie & Loretta Tsosie
WRHS Class of 1961

Please convey my deepest and sincere condolences to Patsy. My husband and I met Ronald and Patsy for lunch once in the Phoenix area and it was a pleasure meeting Ronald - they seemed very happy - had a nice time with them. If possible could I please get Patsy's mailing address so I can send a personal card and note? Thank you, Dorothy, for informing Nancy of this sad news.

Ella Natonabah Jones
WRHS Class of  1964



Arline Hobson

Arline Hobson
Faculty, WR Elementary (Jr. Hi.) School 1962-1972

TEMPE, Ariz. - A memorial service for former Fort Defiance teacher Arline Hobson will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Tempe Friends Meeting House (318 E. 15th St.) following her recent death in Tempe.

Hobson, who taught elementary school in Fort Defiance for 11 years, will be buried Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery (3015 N. Oracle Road) in Tucson, where she lived for many years after leaving the Navajo Reservation.

Hobson's involvement with Native Americans started in 1940, when she and her husband Arthur began working with Osage Indians in Hominy, Okla., as representatives of Indiana Quakers. The end of World War II took them to the Navajo Nation, where they truly found their spiritual home.

However, Art's multiple sclerosis eventually forced the couple to move to Tucson. There Arline served as American Indian student advisor at the University of Arizona from 1969 until she retired in 1983.

Prior to the advisor's position she was a research associate with Marie Hughes in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory at the University of Arizona. She also taught four years at Safford Junior High School in a special immersion project.

Arline meanwhile nursed her husband, and also their youngest son Richard, whom they lost to brain cancer in 1984. In 1987 Art died, leaving Arline to seek new avenues of service.

The passage of time is not always generous. Aging is not usually easy. Arline should be remembered together with her husband and best friend Art for their commitment to service and to social justice, their joyful adventuring to remote parts of the West, and as young people for their love of dancing, something fondly remembered but denied to them in their later years.

Yet while they declined physically, their spiritual unity became more profound. Arline read and wrote prolifically. She was recognized among Quakers and her friends for her wise words, her sharp intellect, her oral ministry and her deeply spiritual writings.

She is survived by three children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also had a circle of those she held as part of her extended and spiritual family. All will miss her and pray that she is lifted into the light, perhaps into the loving embrace of her dance partner Arthur.
Tempe Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

As Published in The Navajo Times Online Edition, January 7, 2009


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Phillip Dawes
July 29, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2009


Phillip Dawes
WRHS Class of 1964

Funeral services for Phillip Melvin Dawes, 65, will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance. Deacon Abel Olivias will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Defiance. Visitation will be 9 a.m., Dec. 31, at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance.

Dawes died Dec. 28, 2009, in Gallup. He was born July 29, 1944, in Fort Defiance, into the Water’s Edge People Clan for the Bitter Water People Clan.

Dawes graduated from Window Rock High School. He worked for Window Rock School District.

Survivors include his son, Lionel A. Dawes of Fort Defiance; daughter, Bernadine R. Letcher of Santa Fe; sisters, Vivian Milford of Fort Defiance, Arlene Thompson of Wingate; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Dawes was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Dawes, Polly Balone Dawes; brother, Irvin Dawes, Wayne Dawes; sister, Joan Keedah Dawes; son, Ivan Dawes.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Letcher, Chantee Letcher, Paul Diaz, Michael Dawes, Lionel Dawes, Marcellus Thompson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, following services.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Gallup Independent December 30, 2009




Teresa Wilson
WRHS Class of 1961

Funeral services for Teresa Arviso Damon Wilson, 61, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at Mary Mother of Mankind, St. Michaels. The Rev. Cormac Antram, OFM, will officiate. Burial will be in family land, Asayii. A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m., tonight, Nov. 13, at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Wilson died Nov. 10, 2009, in Albuquerque. She was born Jan. 22, 1948, in Fort Defiance, into the Honey Comb Rock People Clan for the Bitter Water People Clan.

Wilson graduated from Window Rock High School and nursing school in Los Angeles, Calif., and attended UNM. She received her AA in Social Sciences, AA in Liberal Arts from Tsaile Dine College, BA in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. She was employed with Navajo Nation Child enforcement, NTUA, DPA with Window Rock Unified School district. Instructed Adult Education at St. Mary’s and was briefly employed at FDIHS. Wilson was an Entrepreneur and owned Rose Bud Floral. She was an active community representative with District #14, NAC President, GIMA Board member, served on the Indian Youth education committee for JOM, and was a member of the Tohatchi Chapter. Her hobbies include horseback riding, weaving, story telling, cooking, sewing, ranching, farming, food vending, collect antiques and was a Navajo linguistic advisor.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Wilson; son, Jimmie Wilson; daughters, Shawne T. Benally, Cheryl L. Mitchell, Rhianna Wilson; sisters, Phyllis P. Damon, Louise D. Hubbell, Sarah V. Morgan, Mary Arviso-Damon; 11 grandchildren.

Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Florence Arviso Damon; brothers, Edison A., David, Andrew, Benjamin, Levi Damon.

Pallbearers will be David Draper, Ernest Edward Hubbell, Michael Little, Tim Benally, Ron Wilson, Leroy Peterson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Catholic Parish Hall, St. Michaels, following services.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Gallup Independent November 13, 2009




Another Scout, Wayne "Bunny" Nez passed away Sunday night (10-18-09) at his home in Fort Defiance. Wayne was a student of WRSD from the 1st. grade until he was graduated in 1966. He was employed by the Indian Health Service at the Ft. Defiance Hospital. More coming as details are available.

Ron Benally
WRHS Class of 1966

As most of you may already know, our hospital has lost a wonderful friend and co-worker , Wayne Nez, who will be missed greatly.

Rosary and Funeral Services for Wayne will be held at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church (Catholic Church) in Fort Defiance, Arizona

  • Rosary October 22, 2009 @ 7:00 P.M.

  • Date: October 23, 2009

  • Viewing: 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

  • Mass: 10:00 A.M.

  • Burial: Crystal, New Mexico at family plot, directions will be announced at the services.

  • Reception: Tentatively scheduled at St. Dominic’s Hall

  • Donations: Please see Gina Upshaw, Medical Staff Office.




Eldon McCabe
September 16, 1947 - October 15, 2009


Eldon McCabe
WRHS Class of 1965

Memorial services for Eldon Maurice McCabe, 62, will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be in Rehoboth.

McCabe died Oct. 15, 2009, in Window Rock. He was born Sept. 16, 1947, in Crownpoint, into the Red Running Into the Water People Clan for the Salt People Clan.

McCabe attended Window Rock High School, Fort Lewis College and University of New Mexico College of Law.

Survivors include his son, Sean Maurice McCabe; daughter, Taunya Christine McCabe Frank; brother, Henry Norman McCabe; sister, Carol Jean DaHozy; one grandchild.

McCabe was preceded in death by his grandmother, Christine Whipple; parents, Maurice McCabe, Katherine McCabe.

Pallbearers will be Wilson DaHozy, William McCabe, Robert Allen, Roger DaHozy, Jason DaHozy, Lucas Frank.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Rollie Mortuary.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Posted in the Gallup Independent - October 19, 2009


In response to my brothers classmates and friends who have expressed condolences and offered prayer for us, I sincerely thank you all. Me and my sister, Carol, and Eldon's 2 children are doing well as we prepare to have his funeral and burial tomorrow.

Eldon's' funeral will be at the Rehoboth Mission Chapel, east of Gallup, and he will be laid to rest in the Mission Cemetery at Rehoboth.

The services are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM.

Once again, thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers.

Henry "Hank" McCabe
WRHS Class of 1970



Dustin Wendell Mortensen
Son of Cheryl Jennings (formerly Cheryl Rodriquez)
WRHS Class of 1965

Funeral Mass for Dustin Wendell Mortensen, 41, will be 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mesita (I-40, exit. 117.) The Rev. Don will officiate.

Mortensen died Oct. 11, 2009, in Phoenix. He was born July 4, 1968, in Gallup.

Survivors include his sons, Dillon Mortensen of Phoenix, Nicholas Mortensen of Phoenix; parents, Cheryl Jennings (formerly Cheryl Rodriquez, Class of 1965) of Albuquerque, Wendell Mortensen of Flagstaff; sisters, Teresa Peterson of Albuquerque, MacKenzie Mortensen of Denver; brother, Wade Mortensen of Denver; grandparents, Jerry and Phyllis Hannah of Winslow.

Mortensen was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray Rodriguez, Ethel Cheromiah.

A reception will be at Mesita Recreational Center, following services





Gil (Gilly) Sandoval
WRHS Class of 1972

Funeral services for Gil (Gilly) Sandoval, 55, will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at the Fort Defiance Community Cemetery.

Gil was born May 15, 1954, in Ganado, Ariz. He passed away Oct. 13, 2009, in Fort Defiance.

Gil is a 1972 Window Rock High School graduate. He played football, basketball, baseball, and softball. He attended college at Navajo Community College and Sinte Gleska College in Rosebud, S.D. He received certificates in elementary education. His ambition was to be a sign language interpreter.

He worked as an asbestos abatement worker up until his death. His hobbies included playing softball, attending powwows, leatherwork, and wood carving.

Surviving Gil are his brothers, Mike Sandoval and Patrick Sandoval, and sister, Gena Sandoval-Jackson.

Gil is preceded in death by his parents, Rodger and Rita Sandoval; sisters, Sandi Sandoval and Birdie Sandoval-Williams; and son, Lee Scott.

Pallbearers will be Gary Lewis, Wally Peshlakai, Lenny Renolds, Martin Stevens, Ernest Taliman, and Cecil Yazza. Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Time On-Line Edition - October 15, 2009




Barbara Mae (Osler) Mann
September 13, 1920 - August 24, 2009


Barbara Mae (Osler) Mann
WRSD Faculty

Tahlequah, OK – Funeral services for Barbara Mae (Osler) Mann, age 88, will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday August 29, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Allen Schneider officiating. Interment will follow at the Tahlequah City Cemetery with services provided by the Order of the Eastern Star. Services have been entrusted to the Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Barbara Mae Mann was born on September 13, 1920 in Elsie, NE, the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Girton) Osler. Upon completing high school in 1937, Barbara decided to dedicate her life to teaching. Barbara attended Dana College in Blair, NE. On June 11th, 1938, Barbara married the love of her life, Edward Wilson Mann, in Nebraska. This union was blessed with three children, Gary, David, and Patricia. Barbara finished her teaching degree and certificate during the summers at NSU. Together, Barbara and Ed taught school in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Barbara taught for seventeen years on the Navajo reservation, most of that in the Window Rock School system, and five in Oklahoma. When she wasn’t working, Barbara was active in the Order of the Eastern Star from 1942 until 2004. She served in many aspects of the order including Worthy Matron several years. She and Ed loved to dance and were members of the Kuntry Kuzzins and Keenagers Clubs of Tahlequah. Traveling was another favorite pastime. Volunteering at Tahlequah Community Hospital, The Thrift Store, and the College Theatre were important to Barbara. She continued volunteering at the Clarksville, Texas Hospital until her passing. Barbara was a dedicated wife and mother who loved the time she spent with her family and friends. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Tahlequah, and was an active member of McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Texas, at the time of her passing. Barbara went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 24, 2009. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those preceding her in death include her parents, her husband Ed in 1998, two brothers, Frank Osler Jr., and Robert Osler, and one sister, Dorothy Fuehrer.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three children, Edward Gary Mann and wife Candy of Frisco, TX, David Mann and wife Susan of Tahlequah, OK, and daughter, Patricia (Mann) Cochran and husband Jim of Clarksville, TX. Her legacy lives on in her six grandchildren, Mike Mann of Lawrence, KS, Melinda Robinson and husband Roy of Northhampton, England, Amy Smith and husband Paul of Allen, TX, Dean Cochran and wife Lauren of Seattle, WA, Robert Mann of Tahlequah, OK, and Karen Mann of Tahlequah, OK. Barbara’s sister Kay Horn of Liberal, KS and brother John Osler and wife Joan of Imperial, NE. survive her along with her five great-grandchildren, Michael Mann and wife Katie of Gardner, KS, Matthew Mann of Lawrence, KS, Blake Robinson of Northampton, England, Ethan Smith of Allen, TX, Audrey Smith of Allen, TX as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Patricia (Mann) Cochran
WRHS Class of 1965

David Mann
WRHS Class of 1961



Lafie Norman Bennett

Father of WRHS Alumnus; Barbara, Beverley, Terry and Tom

Funeral services for Lafie Norman Bennett, 84, will be held today, Aug. 20, at Our Lady of Mankind Catholic Church in St. Michaels, Ariz. Burial will follow at the veterans cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Lafie was born May 21, 1925, in Bayfield, Colo., to Milo Foster Bennett (Bilagaana) and Louise Watchman Brown Bennett (Tabaaha and Todichiinii). He passed away Aug. 17, 2009, in Fort Defiance.

Lafie enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 14, 1942, in headquarters battery 462nd parachutists field artillery of the 101st airborne division. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He fought with courage and valor and was honorably discharged Dec. 26, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal, American Campaign medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, World War II Victory medal, Philippine Liberation medal, Army Good Conduct medal, Marksman Weapons Qualification badge, Mortar bar, and Army Presidential Unit Citation, Silver Star, three bronze stars, and one bronze arrowhead. His tour of duty included more than 300 parachute jumps.

Lafie returned home to begin his civilian life as a farmer in Parker, Ariz., and working several years with the BIA, which took him all over the Southwest. He ended up choosing law enforcement as his lifetime career.

He served as a police officer for the Navajo Tribal Police in Fort Defiance. He then worked for the Pine Ridge South Dakota Police Department, the Grants Police Department, and was captain for the Shiprock Police Department, retiring as superintendent of police for the Navajo Nation Police in 1973 or 1974. He once served as a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. He worked for the Labor Union in Arizona and United Nuclear in Church Rock as a site safety superintendent where he once again retired from the work force.

Lafie is survived by daughters, Beverly M. Sarmiento of Albuquerque, Teresa L. Bennett, Margaret J. Bennett of Fort Defiance, and Cecille P. Bennett-Luna of Belen, N.M.; sons, Darrell P. Bennett and Ernie Mike Bennett of Fort Defiance, Thomas A. Bennett of South Dakota, Robert L. Bennett of Tempe, Ariz., and Anthony Ashley of Gallup; and sisters, Marion McLemore of Window Rock, and Josephine Waddops of Dove Creek, Colo. He had 37 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.

Lafie is preceded in death by his father, Milo Bennett; mother, Louise Watchman Brown Bennett; daughter, Barbara Ann Norris; sisters, Francis Collins and Donna "Pinky" Reyes; brothers, Paul "Corky" Bennett and Wilford "Buddy" Bennett; and Edith Lynch Bennett and Helen Ashley.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Norris Jr., Kelly Ann Sarmiento, John Bennett, Thomas Milo Bennett, Allen Bennett, and Keith Toddy.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas A. Bennett, Darrell Bennett, Ernie Mike Bennett, Robert Bennett, Anthony Ashley, Daniel Norris III, Phillip Bennett, Jean Michael Bennett, Jacob Bennett, Brandon Bennett, Kyle Toddy, Samuel Luna, Adam Bennett, Ryan Sarmiento, Dante Bennett, "Bucky" Salway, and retired and current police officers of the Navajo Police Department.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Time On-Line Edition - August 20, 2009





George Burns


George Burns
WRHS Principal and Superintendent

I wanted to let you know that my father, George Burns passed away from liver cancer on August 1st. 2009.

His memorial service will be held on Sunday August 23 at 2:30 . The service will be held at the Mountain View United Methodist church located at 901 South 1st Street in Cottonwood, Arizona.

Both Gary and I want to thank everyone for their messages and their prayers. They meant a lot to dad and us.
Thank you so much for all the support.

Roxann Smith Burns
WRHS Class of 1972

Burns, George Edward 79 of Cottonwood, passed away at home on August 2, 2009. Born August 15, 1929 in Flagstaff to Nelson & Althea Burns. Survived by his 2nd wife Virginia, Mother Althea 103, son Gary, daughter Roxann Smith, 3 children by marriage, 10 grandchildren, brother Tom, Twin brother John, sisters Mary Hughes & Elaine Hansen. Proceeded in death by 1st wife, of 45 years, Ida Mai "Jackie",& Father. Graduate of ASU & NAU, 58 year member of Elks, served in Navy 1949 on the USS Bairoko CVE115. His career: teacher at Grand Canyon & Creighten Schools, administrator at Granado, Window Rock, Cave Creek, Ehrenberg and Kingman schools. Retirement years were spent in Cottonwood. He was an active member of Mtn. View UMC. Throughout his life George enjoyed the outdoors with camping, boating, hunting, and fishing . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. View UMC, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood AZ 86326 or Hospice Compassus, 70 Bell Rock Plaza, Ste A, Sedona AZ, 86351. Memorial Services will be at Mts. View UMC, Sunday August 23rd at 2:30PM.

As Published online   - 19 August 2009





Margaret Mae Taliwood-Holden

Margaret Mae Taliwood-Holden
WRHS Class of 1961

Shirley, Betty, and I would like to share that our 1st cousin, Margaret Mae Taliwood-Holden passed away here at Fort Defiance Hospital, on Monday, August 3, 2009, due to a terminal illness. Margaret Mae was a member of the Class of 1961.

Funeral Services will be held at the Family Church in Fort Defiance, AZ. at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
Burial will be at the Fort Defiance Cemetery following the services. Reception will be held at the Family Church grounds following the burial services.

We know Margaret Mae had many friends when she was attending school at WRHS. When she was a junior, she was selected as Prom Queen in School year 1959-1960. She was a cheerleader during her senior year, member of the Pep Club, and member of the girls basketball team.

Friends and classmates are welcome to extend condolences to her daughter, Nizhoni Holden-Jacob, and her two sons, Larry Holden, Jr. and Michael Holden. You may send via email to: or  I shall be glad to get any condolence messages also to her sisters Mary Lou Taliwood-White, Barbara Taliwood-Todakonzie, and Lula Taliwood-Bia/class of 1967.Margaret also has a brother, Richard Taliwood.

Georgia A. Ashley
WRHS Class of 1961

Prom Queen in School year 1959-1960
Margaret and Levi Damon




Laura Long
WRHS Class of  ?

FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Laura A. Long-Peshlakai, 40, will be 10 a.m., June 19, at Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance. Burial will be in community cemetery, Fort Defiance.

Long died June 15, 2009, in Fort Defiance. She was born July 9, 1968, in Fort Defiance, into the Keeyonie People Clan for the Red Running Into the Water People Clan.

Long graduated for Window Rock High, 2 years UNM, 1 year Phoenix College. She was employed with Window rock School District for 14 years as a day care provider, security and with building and grounds and St. Michaels Special Education General Store.

Survivors include her sons, Steven Peshlakai, Kevin Milford; daughters, Stacey and Shelby Peshlakai; mother, Irene Long; sister, Erica Long; grandmother, Sarah Long.

Long was preceded in death by her father, David Long.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Nelson and Sarah Long residence 1 1/4 mile south of Fort Defiance Chapter House.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Gallup Independent June 18, 2009



John Brown Jr.

Funeral services for John Brown Jr., 88, Navajo Code Talker and Navajo Navajo Council delegate, will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 10 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Stake Center, north of the Chinle IHS turnoff in Chinle.

A viewing will be at 9 a.m. A private burial will be at Brown's residence in Crystal, N.M. A post-burial reception will be held at the Crystal Chapter House.

John died Wednesday morning, May 20, 2009, at his home in Crystal. He was born Dec. 24, 1921, in a traditional hogan on the rim of Canyon De Chelly, into the Coyote Pass Clan for the Cliff Dwellers Clan.

John Brown Jr. is survived by his wife Loncie Polacca Brown and his children Dorothy Whilden, Preston Brown, Everette Brown, Virgil Brown and Frank Brown. His other children were the late Dale Brown and the late Ruth Ann McCombs. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John served in the U.S. Marine Corps as one of the renowned "original 29 Navajo Code Talkers" who developed the secret code, which was never deciphered by the Japanese and contributed to victory in the Pacific theater of World War II, saving the lives of thousands of GIs.

He was trained as a welder, journeyman and master carpenter and cabinetmaker. He was elected a Navajo Tribal Council delegate in 1962 and served until 1982. He also served as Crystal Chapter president for three terms. John also served the Navajo Nation as a traditional counselor for the Division of Social Services in Chinle.

John attended Navajo Community College, receiving an "A" in tribal government. He was fond of saying, "I have 4.0 at Navajo Community College."

John received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush at the Capital rotunda on July 26, 2001.

As Published in the Navajo Times on May 22, 2009

As you may know from previous email or news circulations, my grandfather John Brown Jr. has passed away. He was one of the remaining few of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. He left us on Wednesday, May 20th. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26 in Chinle, AZ. Let me know if you'd like more information to attend.

Any donations will now be accepted to help the family with all costs for our beloved Grandpa John Brown, Jr. of Crystal, NM.

There is a donation account set up at Four Corners Credit Union in Kirtland, NM under the name of "John Brown Jr. Funeral Donations" they can be reached at 505-598-6632. We will additionally set up a second account that can receive electronic fund transfers under the same account name at the Wells Fargo in Tse Bonito, NM. For that account you should call 1-800-432-1000 and ask to be transferred to that branch. We are hoping other sources outside the family will contribute.

Here are a few of many news clippings that are in circulation.

Thank you very much for your outpouring love and support for Grandpa, Grandma and family.
Val and Kee Brandow and Family

(Our thanks to the Gallup Independent for permission to reproduce the following on John Brown Jr.)

Original Code Talker dies
John Brown Jr. was member of first top-secret group

Copyright © 2009
Gallup Independent
By Karen Francis
Diné Bureau

WINDOW ROCK — John Brown Jr., one of the original 29 Code Talkers and a former Navajo Tribal councilman, died Wednesday morning. He was 88.

Flags have been ordered to be flown at half-staff by President Joe Shirley beginning Thursday in Brown’s honor.

A community meeting is scheduled Thursday at 6:30 at the Crystal Chapter House, the president’s office stated. Funeral arrangements are pending.

“Today, with sadness, we heard of the passing of Mr. John Brown Jr., one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers and one of the Navajo Nation’s great warriors,” Shirley said. “For so long, these brave men were the true unsung heroes of World War II, shielding their valiant accomplishments not only from the world but from their own families. The recognition and acknowledgment of their great feats came to them late in life but, for most, not too late. These heroes among us are now a very precious few, and we, as a nation, mourn their loss. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. John Brown Jr.”

Brown was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Chinle, near Canyon de Chelly to the late Nonabah Begay and the late John Brown. His mother died two years ago at the age of 102.

Brown attended Chinle Boarding School and graduated in 1940 from Albuquerque Indian School.

He was playing basketball when he heard about the bombing at Pearl Harbor, said his son Frank Brown.

“Sometime after that he remembered a number of Marine recruiters started talking to the young Navajo boys,” Frank Brown said.

Brown ended up going to Fort Wingate to the military installation.

His father remembered being signed up, sworn in and given his physical right then and there, Frank Brown said. Brown was immediately sent to Camp Pendleton for basic training.

“They weren’t allowed to go home to say goodbye to their family or write letters,” Frank Brown said.

“At some phase in their basic training, they were taken into one big room and a commandant told them they were all there for a special reason, and they were to devise a code in their language,” Frank Brown said. “The boys were left there in the room and they didn’t know what they heck to do. But they devised the code using names of animals and mammals to describe what would go with the alphabet.”

That code consisted of translations for 211 English words and was later expanded to 411 words, according to the president’s office. The code also included Navajo equivalents for the letters in the English alphabets so the Code Talkers could spell out names and locations. The code and the Code Talkers would help end World War II.

Navajo Code Talkers participated in battles in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. Frank Brown said his father served in four major battles at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Guadalcanal.

The code was not declassified until 1968.

Brown was one of the original 29 Code Talkers presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush on July 26, 2001 — 56 years following World War II.

At the presentation at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Brown said that it was an honor to be there representing his fellow distinguished Code Talkers.

“I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, not to become a Code Talker — that came later — but to defend the United States of America in the war against the Japanese emperor.

My mother was afraid for my safety, so my grandfather told her to take one of my shoes, place an arrowhead in it, take it to the mountain called Two Little Hills, and go there every day to pray that I would remain safe. Maybe she was more successful than she imagined because the Marine Corps soon had the Navajo Marines develop a secret code using our language. My comrade and I volunteered to become Navajo radio operators, or Code Talkers,” Brown said at the presentation.

“Our precious and sacred Navajo language was bestowed upon us, not a nation, but a holy people. Our language is older than the Constitution of the United States. I’m proud that, at this point in American history, our native language and the code will developed came to the aid of our country, saving American lives and helping the other U.S. armed forces ultimately to defeat the enemies.

“After the original 29 Code Talkers, there are just five of us that live today: Chester Nez, Lloyd Oliver, Allen Dale June, Joe Palmer and myself. We have seen much in our lives. We have experienced war and peace. We know the value of freedom and democracy that this great nation embodies. But our experience has also shown us how fragile these things can be and how we must stay ever vigilant to protect them, as Code Talkers, as Marines.

“We did our part to protect these values. It is my hope that our young people will carry on this honorable tradition as long as the grass shall grow and water shall flow,” Brown said.

President Richard Nixon awarded Navajo Code Talkers a special certificate in appreciation for their patriotism, resourcefulness and courage in 1971. They were included in the Bicentennial Parade in Washington July 4, 1976.

The U. S. Senate passed a bill declaring August 14 National Code Talkers Day in May 1982.

Frank Brown said his father lived a hard life, first training as a welder, then becoming a journeyman and master carpenter and cabinetmaker.

He was one of the veterans who returned to Navajo land and helped to build the Navajo government by serving as a member of the Navajo Tribal Council from 1962 to 1982. He also served three terms as Crystal Chapter president.

“He was always active in politics,” Frank Brown said. “He was a wonderful speaker.”

Brown began a second career as a traditional counselor for the tribe’s Division of Social Services, driving 130 miles to Chinle and back each day.

After that, he went on a lecture tour speaking about the Navajo Code Talkers around the country and becoming active in the Navajo Code Talkers Association, his son said.

“Dad was also a traditional practitioner, constantly learning the traditional way of life but at the same time he was always active in the Mormon Church,” Frank Brown said.

Brown is survived by his wife Loncie Polacca Brown and his children Dorothy Whilden, Preston Brown, Everett Brown, Virgil Brown and Frank Brown. His other children were the late Dale Brown and the late Ruth Ann McComb.




Hardy Lee Phelps
WRHS Faculty 1966 - 1992

Memorial services for Hardy Lee Phelps, 80, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Community Bible Church, Tse Bonito. The Rev. David Hilderman will officiate.

Phelps died in Aztec. He was born Dec. 11, 1928, in Monteliger, Idaho.

Phelps taught school for the Window Rock School District from 1966-1992. He co-owned Royal Burger in Fort Defiance.

Survivors include his sons, Hardy David Phelps, Wylie T. Phelps; daughters, Dawn Marie Sells, Mary Ellen Warren; brother, Royal Phelps; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Phelps was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores.

As Published in the Gallup Independent April 29, 2009




Keith Yazzie
WRHS Class of

Graveside Services for Keith Yazzie, 22, will be Saturday, April 18, in family plot, Bah loh kai Mesa, 14 miles N. of Steamboat Chapter House. Burial will be in family plot, Bah loh kai Mesa. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., tonight, April 17, at Desert Memorial, Tuba City.

Yazzie died April 13, 2009, in Flagstaff. He was born April 22, 1986, in Fort Defiance, into the Tangle People Clan for the Honey Comb Rock People Clan.

Yazzie attended Greasewood Boarding School, Tse ho tso Middle School, Window Rock High School, Greyhills High School and Kicking Horse Job Corps in Montana. He was working as a maintenance man at IHS, Tuba City. He enjoyed horseback riding, taming horses, powwow music, rodeos, working out, spending time with his son, family, friends and helping out others.

Survivors include his son, Kenan Yazzie of Tuba City; partner, Michelle Hubbard of St. Michaels; parents, Christine Gorman of Steamboat, Kenneth Yazzie of Low Mountain; brothers, Cornallsen Diaz Cortez of St. Michaels, Kendall Yazzie of Tuba City, Ken Yazzie; sister, Candelaria Yazzie of Steamboat; adoptive parents, LaTanya Diaz Cortez, Raymond Curley; Nathaniel Diaz Cortez, Ramon Curley, LaTalia Curley, Coolio Curley, Enrico A. Diaz Cortez Curley of St. Michaels; grandparents, Frank Gorman, Grace Begay.

Yazzie was preceded in death by, Rose Gorman, Dorothy Gorman, James Gorman Sr., James Gorman Jr., Johnny Gorman, Paul Gorman, Jerry Gorman, Bertha Gorman, Benjamin Begay Jr., Kee Yazzie, Juanita Yazzie.

Pallbearers will be Kendall Yazzie, Ken Yazzie, Cornallsen Diaz Cortez, Nathaniel Diaz Cortez, Ramon Curley, Frederick Butler.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Christine Gorman’s residence, following services.

As Published in the Gallup Independent April 17, 2009




Julian Manuelito
WRHS Class of 1984

Services for Julian Manuelito, 43, were at 10 a.m., April 14, at Mary Mother of Mankind Catholic Church, St. Michaels. The Rev. Gilbert Schmmedier, OFM, officiated. Burial was in family plot, Buell Park Sawmill.

Manuelito died April 10, 2009, in Phoenix. He was born Dec. 27, 1965, in Monument Valley, Utah, into the Towering House People Clan for the Mountain Cove People Clan.

Manuelito graduated from Window Rock High School in 1984. He attended Plaza Three Modeling School in Phoenix and was an AIDS Activist and Educator who spoke publicly about his experience, living with HIV to promote HIV prevention and awareness, particularly focused toward the youth, in conjunction with Navajo Nation Division of Health and the public school systems on the Navajo Nation.

Survivors include his mother, Marie A. Manuelito of Buell Park; brothers, Phillip Billiman of St. Michaels, Anthony Manuelito of Mesa, Dennis Manuelito Jr. of Oakland, Calif., Orlando Manuelito of Buell Park, Ariz., Cornelius Manuelito of Farmington; sisters, Velma Yazzie, Linda Kenny, both of Buell Park, Antoinette Short of Anadarko, Okla.

Manuelito was preceded in death by his brother, William; father, Dennis Sr.; grandparents, Zonnie Billiman, Gladys Manuelito, Sam Manuelito; sister, Lynette Manuelito.

Pallbearers were Dennis Manuelito Jr., Lawrence John, Ryan Kenny, Alvin Kenny, Errol Valteau, Ortega Wauneka.

Family express the appreciation of the expressed condolences and support by all to the family of the late Julian Manuelito.

Rest In Peace Julian.

Submitted by Billiman Family April 16, 2009




Patrick Anderson
WRHS Class of 1987

Funeral services for Patrick Nelson Anderson, 39, will be 10 a.m., April 4, at Rollie Mortuary. The Rev. Bobby Boyd will officiate. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery.

Anderson died April 1, 2009, in Tsaile. He was born July 13, 1969, in Gallup, into the Coyote Pass People Clan for the Red Flowing into the Water People Clan.

Anderson graduated from Window Rock High School in 1987, PPEP Tech in 1993, with a certificate in Data Processing, and Dine College in 2005, with an Associate of Arts in Social Science.

Survivors include his wife, Tonita Anderson of Tsaile; son, Austin Mathew Anderson of Tsaile, daughter, Megan Ashley Anderson of Tsaile; parents, Edward N. and Ruby J. Anderson of Fort Defiance; brothers, Charles C. Anderson, William E. Anderson, Paul A. Anderson, all of Fort Defiance; sister, Chery R. Anderson of Fort Defiance.

Anderson was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anson and Lettie Damon, Eddie and Elsie Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Austin M. Anderson, Jerald Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Duane Hanley, Winchell Tso, Paul Anderson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Patrick and Tonita Anderson’s residence, Tsaile, at 7 p.m.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Gallup Independent





Cooper Johnny

FLAGSTAFF — Services for Cooper Ryne Johnny, 3 months old, were 10 a.m., today, Tuesday, April 7, at St. Isabell Catholic Church in Lukachukai. Burial followed.

Johnny died Friday April 3, 2009. He was born January 6, 2009 into the Red Running into the Water-Ute People Clan for the Black Streak Wood People Clan.

Johnny was a happy little boy with bright shining eyes, a crooked smile and lots of dark soft hair.

He touched so many hearts and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Buffy Shirley, Brian Johnny; grandparents, Rita Lee, Kenneth Shirley, Diana Dechilly, Steven Milford; great-grandparents, Eva and Albert Lee, Chee A. Begay, Sallie Johnny.

Johnny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Alice Begay, Dan Shirley, Vernon Begay, Earl Johnny.

To send condolences go to .

As Published in the Gallup Independent April 7, 2009

Can you please put this on the WR Scouts website? This obituary is about my nephew's baby boy, Cooper Ryne Johnny. Bryan Johnny graduated from WRHS in 1992; Bryan's dad, Steven Milford graduated in 1966; Bryan's mother, Diana Johnny Dechilly graduated in 1976; and Bryan's grandmother, Sallie Johnny retired from the WRHS snack bar in the 1990s.

Thank you.

Regina Johnny Francisco (Bryan's aunt)
WRHS Class of 1972                                                                                                                                            




George Sutton
September 27, 1933 - December 22, 2008)

A traditional Indian wake service will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2008 at the Canton Community Center for George F. Sutton, 75, of Canton, OK. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Canton Community Center with Reverend Lawrence Hart and Reverend Gerald Panana officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Canton Indian Mennonite Cemetery under the direction of Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home, Canton.

George was born September 27, 1933 at Concho, OK to William McKinley and Mary Susie (Antelope) Sutton. He departed this life on Monday evening, December 22, 2008 at Okeene, Oklahoma. George graduated from Canton High School in 1952, and then attended Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff for two years on an athletic scholarship. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served our country during the Korean Conflict. George served one term on the Cheyenne & Arapaho tribal council and two terms on the business committee. He was one of the original founders of the Medicine Wheel Coalition for Sacred Sites of North America in 1990, and was elected the vice chairman. He kept this position until 2005 when he became the chairman of the organization. He remained chairman until his passing. George also represented the Arapaho tribe at the Medicine Lodge, KS pageant and became a chief in the early 1980’s. He currently served as the supervisor of the Howard Goodbear Wellness Center in Watonga, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child; brother Robert Whitehorse; aunts Bessie Hutchinson and Edna Cleveland; niece Leah Rochell Mahseet; Sundance grandfathers Roy Bullcoming – Cheyenne, Tony Wolfrain – Arapaho, and Anthony Sittingeagle – Arapaho; Survivors include his wife, Edna Mae (Buffalomeat) Sutton; children, Patricia Sutton, Donald Sutton, Brian Sutton, Martha Sutton, Timothy Sutton, Chauncy Sutton, Holly Longwarrior, Chuck Campbell, Frank Campbell, Edna Ruth Longwarrior, Larry Buffalomeat and Raymond Buffalomeat; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers Moses Starr, Chester Whiteman, Roy Dean Bullcoming, Joe Birdshead, Albeno Lujan; sister Fawn Stittman; Condolences may be made online at

Courtesy Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home

George Sutton
Father of Pat Sutton

Sorry to inform you of our Dad, George Sutton's passing. He died at his home in Canton, OK, yesterday evening. Services are pending and will keep you inform of the arrangements. He was a Boy Scout Leader to many of WRHS alum, a colleague to many of our parents working with the Tribe and a charter member of the WR/FD Lions Club.

Pat Sutton
WRHS Class of 1976

In Canton, OK Friday, December 26, 2008
WAKE 7-10 PM at the Canton Community Building.

Saturday, December 27, 2008.
Funeral Services at Canton Community Building.Funeral Arrangements by Haigler Pierce Bros. Funeral Home
Cards may be sent to:
C/O Tillie Sutton; P. O. Box 302; Window Rock, AZ 86515

Children and grandchildren alumni of Window Rock.

Patricia/Class of 1976
Donald/class of 1978
Bryan/class of 1980
Martha/class of 1982
Candace, daughter of Patricia: class of 2003
Brent, son of Donald/class of 2003
Bryce, son of Donald/class of 1999




Marilyn Williams

WRHS Class of 1985

I'm sorry to report that Marilyn Williams, class of '85, passed away Nov 21st in Fort Defiance. Here is some more info.

Michael Duchek
WRHS Class of 1985


Hello everyone,

I made the funeral arrangements for my sister today and the funeral is scheduled for Friday, November 28th at 10:00 am at the Window Rock Christian Reformed Church in Window Rock, AZ. This is Marilyn's home church and wanted the service to be here. The burial will be at the Rehoboth Mission Cemetery at Rehoboth, NM and the reception will be at the Rehoboth Campus Dining Hall located within the grounds of Rehoboth school campus.

Thank You everyone.
Jasbert Williams

On November 21, 2008, Marilyn Williams lost her battle with colon cancer. And today I opened an account with Bank of America to help aid her family during this difficult and sad time. If you would like to contribute visit any Bank of America and make a donation to the account below. The account will be active until December 5, 2008.

Keep her family in your prayers as they have lost a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, friend and all that she meant to us and still does.

ACCOUNT # 4390 0287 5998

Thank You all.
Julie Richards (Dawes)




James Bennett
WRHS Class of 1963

Funeral services for James Allen Bennett “Gent”, 62, will be 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 29, at the Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance. The Rev. Richard Stevens will officiate. Burial will be in family plot, Sawmill.

Bennett died Aug. 22, 2008, in Fort Defiance. He was born Feb. 19, 1946, in Fort Defiance, into the Mud People Clan for the Tangle People Clan.

Bennett graduated from Window Rock High School in 1963. He entered the US Army in 1966-1969, during the Vietnam Era. He worked for Navajo Pine, Navajo Nation Division of Youth and Social Services. Bennett enjoyed bull riding, fly fishing, and hunting. He was an avid reader, a story teller, and he had a gentle nature which earned him the name Gent.

Survivors include his sons, Shane Bennett of Glendale, Dustin Bennett of Maricopa; brothers, Ralph P. Bennett Jr. of Crystal, Benjamin Bennett of Fort Defiance; sister, Lorene Fergueson of Albuquerque; two grandchildren.

Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph P. Bennett Sr., Mabel Bennett; wife, Gloria Bennett; brother, Nelson Bennett; sister, Bernice Begay; son, Duane Bennett.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements




Gary Benally
November 16, 1975 - August 16, 2008


Gary Benally
WRHS Class of 1994

Funeral services for Gary Duane Benally, 32, will be 10 a.m., Aug. 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Michaels. LDS Church officials will officiate. Burial will be in Piñon, Ariz.

Benally died Aug. 16, 2008, in Fort Defiance. He was born Nov. 16, 1975, in Provo, Utah, into the Edge Water People Clan for the One Who Walks Around You People Clan.

Benally graduated from Window Rock High School in 1994. He attended University Technical Institute in Phoenix. He worked for Spurring Builders Construction in Winslow and Pace Pacific Corp in Phoenix. Benally enjoyed fishing, camping, and always kept busy building projects.

Survivors include his wife, Crystal Benally of Winslow; sons, Forrest Coye Benally of St. Michaels, Powen James Benally of St. Michaels; Brandon Kobe Chavez of St. Michaels, Silas Nathan Benally of St. Michaels; daughter, Kaci Rose Benally of St. Michaels; parents, Thomas Benally, Ruby Benally of St. Michaels; sisters, Terrilyn J. Cook of Queen Creck, Ariz., Christine J. Haven of Queen Creek, Kimberlee J. Craig of St. Michaels, Kameo R. Benally of Mesa, Tiffani A. Benally of St. Michaels; grandparents, Pauline Whitesinger, Ruth W. Benally. Benally was preceded in death by Etsitty Benally.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Jones, Herman Dahozy, Aldo Jones, Forrest Coye Benally, Powen Benally, Ty Wauneka, George Y. Cook Jr., Gabriel Benally.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                            As Published in the Gallup Independent – August 20, 2008



John Morgan Shackelford
October 22, 1949 - February 18, 2003


John Morgan Shackelford
“Shack” & “Stoneface”
WRHS Class of 1968

This is in memory of my Father, John Morgan Shackelford who passed away 5 years ago on February 18, 2003 in Albuquerque NM, but thankfully to the people who created this website I can let his legend live on and reconnect with those who knew him. John was born in Gallup, N.M., October 22, 1949 as a premature baby weighing 2&½ lbs. He had many back and hip problems as a kid and had to wear leg supports until about age 12. No one would have known since it seemed he was involved in football, wrestling and track. My father had a lot of accomplishments and a lot of hardships thru out his life; he was only 53 when he passed. Two brain aneurysms which put him into a coma in which he never came out of. Now I am his voice where he cannot speak and his arms where he cannot reach.

John’s hobbies were reading, rock n roll and motorcycles. He was always a hard worker and dedicated to his life and even out of high school he kept his Indian culture close to him. Cherokee and Choctaw are in our bloodlines. John was passionate in all aspects of life, whether it was friends, family, learning, or working. His past jobs included, Construction Painter, sales rep, Albuquerque’s Help for the Homeless, newspaper industry, taxi cab driver in Chicago, fence builder and many other jobs in between.

Some of John’s favorite memories were when he attended St. Michael’s school where the nuns made homemade bread, fresh out of the oven with butter and honey on it. Another was sitting on John Wayne’s lap and learning to play poker as a young kid at the El Rancho Motel in Gallup N.M. with his father.

I hope anyone who knew John will open your heart to him and remember the good old days at Window Rock High School. I know in my heart he is happy and healthy and shining his light and wisdom on all of us.

John is survived by his son, John Morgan Shackelford III, and daughter, Layla Lionne Shackelford

Thanks to everyone for making this site and reconnecting old friendships and memories.

Layla L. Shackelford

John III




Phillip Benally
WRHS Class of 1967

SHIPROCK — Services for Phillip D. Benally, 61, were 10 a.m., today, July 21, at the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance. The Rev. Berard Doerger officiated. Burial was in Community Cemetery, Fort Defiance. A rosary was recited 9:30 a.m., today, at the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

Benally died July 14, 2008, in Gallup. He was born June 8, 1947, in Fort Defiance, into the Zia People Clan for the Red Running into the Water People Clan.

Benally was a lifelong resident of Fort Defiance. He graduated from Window Rock High School with honors. He received his B.S. Degree from NAU-University of Colorado, Denver, Colo. He was a medical technologist and worked with various Indian Health services throughout the Navajo Reservation. Benally also worked with the Navajo Tribe with water rights. Benally took care of elderly extended family and provided health care, voluntarily. His hobbies included reading, gardening, yard work, and spending time with people. He loved his granddaughters, and grand-nephews. He also loved traveling and his sisters and brothers.

Survivors include his=2 0brother, Nicholas Benally of Fort Defiance; sisters, Eleanor Nabahe of Shiprock, Roselyn B. Lovato of Santo Domingo.

Benally was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ovah Benally; father, Paul P. Benally; mother, Margaret Benally; brothers, Cecil P. Benally, Eugene Benally; grandparents, Alth Kee Desbah Muskett, The Man with White Hairs; daughter; Clah’tso Beyah (Little Ute).

Pallbearers were Lee Benally, Garrett Begay, George Begay Jr., Matthew Nabahe, Keith D. Benally, and Ronnie Reed.

The family will meet at Good Shepard Mission, Fort Defiance, following services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                As Published in the Gallup Independent – July 21, 2008




Thomas Notah Jr.

WRHS Class of 1973

Funeral Mass for Thomas "Tom" R. Notah Jr., 53, will be 10 a.m. June 25, at the St. Michaels Catholic Mission, St. Michaels. The Rev. Gilbert Schneider, OFM, will officiate. Burial will be on private family land, St. Michaels. Visitation will be 9 a.m., one hour prior to services. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m., tonight, June 24, at the St. Michaels Mission.

Notah died June 22, 2008, in Fort Defiance. He was born March 22, 1956, in Fort Defiance, into the Bitter Water People Clan for the Red Streak on the Forehead People Clan.

Notah graduated from Window Rock High School in 1973. He attended Eastern Arizona College, Mesa Community College, and Eastern N.M. University. Among the jobs he had were, working in accounting at hotels, Circle K, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Phoenix.

Survivors include his father, Thomas R. Notah Sr. of St. Michaels; brothers, Ferdinand Notah of Tempe, Emerson Notah of St. Michaels, Timothy Notah of Tempe, Ed Notah of St. Michaels; sisters, Jenny Notah of St. Michaels, Gloria Tom of St. Michaels, Sharon Notah-White of Albuquerque.

Notah was preceded in death by his mother, Alice W. Notah; sisters, Louella Notah, Brenda Notah; grandparents, John and Onebah Watchman, Mildred and Tay Notah.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert White, Jimmy Tom, Ed Notah, Timothy Notah, Emerson Notah, Ferdinand Notah.

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Michaels Mission Hall, following services.

Cope Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Notice courtesy of Wylie Phelps - July 1, 2008       


Please offer my deepest condolences to the Notah family. Thomas was a schoolmate from my own graduating class. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the close friends and family of Thomas Notah Jr.

God Bless,

Dave Radcliffe
WRHS Class of '73



C. Mac Eddy
October 13, 1924 - May 21, 2008

Cletus "Mac" Eddy , 83, of Lakeside, Arizona, passed away on May 21, 2008 at Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West, AZ. Mac was born to Elbert & Ester Eddy on October 13, 1924 in Liberty Center, Ohio. He grew up there and was a veteran of World War II in the Army Aircorp. When he returned from the war, he married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Mary Hoffer on June 30, 1947. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage until she passed away in 1997. He spent 16 years as a Journeyman Electric Lineman at Buckeye Rural Electric in Gallipolis, Ohio. He then moved his family to Window Rock, Az where he was General Manager for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for 9 years. He then spent 4 years working for the Navajo Tribe. In 1976 he accepted a position as General Manager for Navopache Electric Co-op in Lakeside, Az. He retired from Navopache in 1990. He is survived by his daughter Carol (Larry) Nelson of Burbank. Ca; his son Robert E (Diane) Eddy of Simsbury, CT; Granddaughter Sheri (Brant) England and his great-grandchildren Katelyn & Cody Follansbee and Jacob England of Lakeside, Az. He is also survived by his companion for the last 9 years Norma Laity of Sun City West, Az. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Owens Mortuary, 320 N 9th Street, Show Low, Az 85901. Burial Services in be in Ohio at a later date.





Willard Yellowhair
WRHS Class of 1981

WINDOW ROCK — Services for Willard Arthur Yellowhair, 47, were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Community Bible Church, Tse Bonito. Pastor David Hilderman and Nelson Betony officiated. Burial was in Community Cemetery, St. Michaels.

Yellowhair died Feb. 14, 2008, in Fort Defiance. He was born Aug. 29, 1960, in Fort Defiance, into the Red Running Into the Water People Clan for the Zuni People Clan.

Yellowhair graduated from Window Rock High School in 1980 and in 1981, received a welding certificate from Crownpoint Skill Center. He was accepted into the apprenticeship program for plumbing and pipe fitting trade school in Phoenix. At the time of his death, he was a member of the United Association of Local 469 as a journeyman pipe fitter and welder.

Survivors included his sons, Shane, Sean, Christopher, Kody Yellowhair, Derrick Everette, Andy Lynch, all of Window Rock; daughters, Keeka, Kimmie Yellowhorse, both of Window Rock; parents, Skeet and Shirley Yellowhair, of Window Rock; brothers, Edward Yellowhair of Fort Bragg, N.C., Kem Yellowhair, of Casa Grande, Skeet Yellowhair Jr. of Canoncito, Stephen Yellowhair of Window Rock; sisters, Leann Yellowhair of Window Rock, Rochell Yellowhair-Rico of Twin Lakes.

Yellowhair was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta McLemore; brother, Steed Yellowhair; grandparents, Arthur Nez Sr., Esther Nez.

Pallbearers were Shane Yellowhair, Sean Yellowhair, Kem Yellowhair, Edward Yellowhair, Skeet Yellowhair Jr. and Frankie Hoskie.

The family received relatives and friends at St. Michaels Chapter House, following services

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Gallup Independent –




Ronald Stanley Jones
WRHS Class of 1969

WINDOW ROCK — Funeral services for Ronald Stanley Jones, 56, will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the Cope Memorial Chapel. Rev. Hilderbanet will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Jones died Dec. 13, 2007 in Albuquerque. He was born March 4, 1951 in Ganado into the Charcoal Streak Division People Clan into the Red Running Into Water People Clan.

He graduated from Window Rock High School in 1969 and worked at various construction jobs in New Mexico and Arizona. Jones had his own window cleaning company in Hawaii and Colorado after military services. He served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his daughters, Crystal Jones of Grover Beach, Calif.; mother, Helen E. Jones of Window Rock; brothers, Paul Jones Jr. of Gamerco, Stewart M. Jones of Gallup, Harold J. Jones of Window Rock; sisters, Helene Grigsby of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pauline Cardenas of Cleveland, Ohio, Cynthia Mendez of Vancouver, Wash., Gerri J. Harrison of Gallup.

Jones was preceded in death by his father, Paul Jones Sr.; brother, Morris Paul Jones.

Pallbearers will be Harold Jones III, Patrick Jones, Joshua Harrison, Dennis Morgan, Benjamin Cardenas.

As Published in the Gallup Independent –




Richard "Dick" MacKeen

TAHLEQUAH -- Memorial Services for Richard "Dick" MacKeen, 70, of Proctor, will be 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Grace Baptist Church in Tahlequah.

Richard was born on Sept. 22, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., son of Richard Charles MacKeen and Virginia Barker MacKeen. He passed from this life on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Tahlequah.

Richard, known as "Pastor Mac," left a legacy of full-time ministry, including working with the Navajo Indians in New Mexico and Arizona. He had also worked with youth in the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma; and recently had a jail ministry in Tahlequah. He was not afraid of what he believed, and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. He loved playing games and being outdoors.

He wed Joan Carolyn Hall in Newark, Del., in 1950.

Richard is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home; daughter, Sandi Tagg and husband, Michael, of Park Hill; sons Richard P. MacKeen and wife, Mary, of Millstadt, Ill., and Robert MacKeen and his wife, Becky, of Amarillo, Texas; 17 grandchildren, including Richard Riemann of Tahlequah, whom he raised; a brother, William Mackeen and wife, Kathy, of Chesterfield, Mo.; two sisters, Sherie Clark and husband George, of Lutz, Fla., and Ginger MacKeen of Wagoner; many other friends and relatives; and loved ones too numerous to mention.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 458-5055

In lieu of flowers, Joan MacKeen, is requesting that donations be made to the Western Indian Ministries and/or Summit Ministries and can be mailed to:

Joan MacKeen
24454 East 728 Road
Proctor, OK 74457



Chester D. Hubbard
November 1, 1950 - October 14, 2007


ALBUQUERQUE — Funeral services for Chester David Hubbard Jr., 56, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Ganado Presbyterian Church. Pastor Custer Lowe Jr. will officiate. Burial will in Del Muerto Draper Family Plot. Visitation will be Oct. 17 4 to 6 p.m. at Cope Memorial. Viewing will be at the church from 10 to11 a.m. Oct. 18 in Ganado.

Hubbard died Oct. 14, 2007 in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 1, 1950 in Ganado.

Hubbard graduated from Window Rock High School in 1968 and attended Northern Arizona University. He was employed by the Boy Scouts of America and Fred Harvey Hospitality Corporation. He was an active member of the Navajo Nation Band for 43 years.

Survivors include sons, Christopher D. Hubbard of Va. U.S. Navy Chester David Hubbard III of Gallup, Michael Chester Hubbard of Phoenix; daughter, Candace Susan Hubbard of Gallup; brothers, Joseph H. Hubbard of Reno, NV, Donald F. Hubbard of Phoenix; sisters, Lydia Hubbard-Pourier of Phoenix, Cleora Shunkamolah of Gallup; two grandchildren.

Hubbard was preceded in death by mother, Louise Draper Hubbard; father, Chester D. Hubbard Sr.; grandparents, Henry and Garnet Draper, David and Annie Jose Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be Will Shunkamolah, Jeff Pourier, Joe Hubbard Jr., Matthew Shunkamolah, Phillip Hubbard, Kelvin Boggs.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Del Muerto Presbyterian Church.

As Published in the Gallup Independent – August 4, 2007





Anna Ruth Bohanan

WINDOW ROCK— Funeral services for Anna Ruth Bohanan, 84, of Window Rock, will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Community Bible Church, Tse Bonito, N.M. Pastor David Hilderman will officiate. Burial will be in Community Cemetery St. Michaels. Visitation will be 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Community Bible Church.

Bohanan died Sept. 13, 2007 in Fort Defiance. She was born April 23, 1923 in Fort Defiance into the One Who Walks Around People Clan for the Towering House People Clan.

She attended school at Good Sheperd Mission, Albuquerque. Indian School, Haskell Jr. College.

Survivors include son, Vincent Bohanan of Window Rock; brothers, Willie Anderson, Edwin Anderson, Edward Anderson, Nelson Anderson; sisters, Charlotte Greenstone, Anna Mae Plummer, Agnes Reed and Mary Jane Catron.

Bohanan was preceded in death by husband, Silas Bohanan; daughter, Diana Bohanan; mother, Josephine Catron.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Sangster, Clarence Catron, Shy VanKeuken, Curran Hanaron, Fernando Garcia, Roderick Tsosie.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 As Published in the Gallup Independent – September 17, 2007


In Memory




Laura Anderson-Dennison

Laura Kathleen Dennison
WRHS Class of 1978

Laura Kathleen Dennison (Anderson) aka "Dur", 47, passed away in Flagstaff, AZ; Saturday, August 11, 2007. Memorial services will be held at Navajo Bible Church, Fort Defiance, AZ; 10:00 am (MDST); Friday, August 17, 2007. Pastor Dean Baker will officiate. Internment will be at Fort Defiance Community Cemetery.

Laura was born October 26, 1959 in Fort Defiance, AZ. She was of the Sleep Rock People Clan for Red-Running-Into-The-Water People Clan. Surviving her are husband, Ernest "Chills" Williams of Window Rock; son, Jayson P. Dennison of Window Rock; daughter, Tasha L. Dennison of Phoenix, AZ; father, Nelson Anderson of Fort Defiance; and mother, Gladys L. Anderson; brother, Dean M. Anderson; and sister, Valerie T. Harrison--all of Window Rock.

Laura was preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin C. Wallace and Stewart N. Anderson; maternal grandparents: Ida and Lewis Cambridge; and paternal grandparents: Elsie and Edward Anderson.

The Anderson, Dennison, Harrison, and Williams Families will receive relatives and friends at Navajo Bible Church (T) following the service. Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

August 12, 2007




Katherine Leona McCabe


Katherine McCabe

WINDOW ROCK — Funeral services for Katherine Leona McCabe, 85, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 6 at the Christian Reformed Church in Window Rock. Burial will follow at Fort Defiance Community Cemetery.

McCabe died August 3, 2007 in Gallup. She was born November 22, 1921 in Rehoboth into the Red Running into the Water People Clan for the Red Bottom People Clan.

McCabe Worked as a Registered Nurse for the Window Rock Elementary School. She was involved with her church, Miss Navajo Pageant and served as a hostess for state and federal dignitaries. McCabe enjoyed her grand kids, being a home maker, sewing, and knitting.

Survivors include her sons, Eldon McCabe , Henry Norman McCabe, Sr. both of Window Rock,; daughter, Carol Dahozy of Chandler; brother, Henry Whipple, Jr.; sisters, Angeline Allen of Window Rock and Florence McCabe of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

McCabe was preceded in death by her husband, J. Maurice McCabe; and parents, Henry Whipple, Sr. and Christine Whipple.

Pallbearers will be Jason Dahozy, Roger Dahozy, Fred Henley, Jon McCabe, Sean McCabe, and Henry N. McCabe, Jr.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 As Published in the Gallup Independent – August 4, 2007

In Memory


Michael Tomlinson


Michael Tomlinson
WRHS Class of 1963

Michael Tomlinson died May 18th, 2007 from complications with Small Cell Carcinoma. (Cancer) He died in his home with members of his family by his side. Michael is survived by his wife Jan, his daughters Michelle and Sheila, brother Joseph Tomlinson and his sister Patricia Tomlinson-Towsley

Michelle Tomlinson, Daughter of Michael

                                                                                                            May 28, 2007

Please send my condolences to the Tomlinson family. Mike was in my graduating class. I always thought he was a gorgeous guy and he always had a smile on his face. I will never forget going to the drive-in one night with him and Wally Paisano. We laughed a lot.

Dorothy Mineer Hailey
WRHS Class of 1963





Dr. Maunelle Martin Belles

October 29, 1919 – April 29, 2007 

            Dr. Maunelle Waggoner Martin Belles, 87, passed away on Sunday, April 29, as a result of a stroke. She was surrounded by her loving family.

            Maunelle was born in Lonoke, Arkansas, to John Cooke Waggoner and Nelle Dawson Waggoner.  She is the sister of Betty Waggoner Mitchell. 

            Maunelle received her Bachelors Degree in Social Science from then-named Arkansas State Teachers College and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.

            During World War II, Maunelle took time off from teaching to go to work at Convair in Ft. Worth, Texas.  She was the only female parts inspector at that aircraft factory and got the job because of her college degree and a proficiency in math.

            In 1957, she, her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Nancy, moved to Ft. Defiance, Arizona, and lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Bill, who passed away in 1978, was the first high school principal at Window Rock High School and later became superintendent. Maunelle taught Latin, Speech, Drama, English and Math and formed the National Thespian Society.

            Maunelle continued with her education and obtained her Doctorate in Education from Arizona State University where she wrote her dissertation, Current Problems and Promising Innovations in Curriculum and Instruction. She went on to teach for 30 years at Mesa Community College and was chosen as Teacher of the Year at MCC/Mesa before her retirement.  She also served two years as President of the Arizona Classroom Teachers Association and was awarded ACT’s “Outstanding Contribution in Education”.  She served on National Education Association Committees.

            In 1978, Maunelle received an invitation from the government of Egypt to be part of an advisory panel comprised of representatives of different professional groups.  She traveled to Egypt and spent two months there, working with Egyptian officials, advising them of ways to implement changes to their educational system.

            Maunelle taught for 50 years, and aside from her family, it was the overriding passion of her life.  She loved to teach and could not wait to get to the classroom each day.  She retired from teaching at the age of 80.

            The “Dr. Maunelle Martin Memorial” scholarship has been established by her Mesa Community College associates.  Contributions to this scholarship can be made out to Maricopa Colleges Foundation and mailed to:

Care of Deb Devore
1833 W. Southern Avenue
Mesa, Arizona  85202

            At the family’s request, there will be no funeral services.

            Maunelle is survived by her daughter, Nancy Martin Rikel, grandson, Christopher Rikel, great-granddaughter, Niccolette Rikel; three stepsons, Mark David Belles, Mitchell Walker Belles, and Steven Patrick Belles, and stepdaughter, Carol Williams; and a sister, Betty Mitchell and niece, Mindy Mitchell Barlow.



Reunion 2005

A scholarship fund has been established in Dr. Martin's memory. Donations may be sent to the Maricopa Colleges Foundation, 1833 West Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202. Please include "Dr. Maunelle Martin Memorial" on the check memo line.

                                                                                                    April 29, 2007




Douglas Williams, Jr.

It is with great sadness that I let you all know that our classmate, Douglas Williams, Jr. passed on from injuries after being beaten-up and robbed at a Gallup motel last month. He was hospitalized in Albuquerque and was on life-support due to a head injury.

Snookie's dad will be officiating a memorial service for him on Saturday, April 21, 2007 @ 10:00 am @ the Ft. Defiance Presbyterian Church.

Pat Sutton
April 12, 2007




Robert Natonabah, Sr.
WRHS Class of 1960

Dorothy and Ella Natonabah wanted to inform Scout Country about the death of their brother, Robert Natonabah, Sr. They could not remember exactly when he graduated, they thought maybe in the 50's. His funeral is on Monday, April 9 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Arizona. His obituary will be in the Gallup Independent tomorrow too. Just keep them all in your prayers.

FT. DEFIANCE, Ariz. — Funeral Services for Robert Natonabah Sr., 65, were at 10 a.m. today, April 9, at the Church of the Good Shepherd Mission in Ft. Defiance. Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald will officiate. Burial will follow on family land in Coal Mine, N.M.

Natonabah died April 5 in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 14, 1939 in Gallup into the Red Running Into the Water People Clan for the Tangle People Clan.

Natonabah attended Window Rock High School. He was a member of the Native Ministry Committee for the Diocese of Arizona and Episcopal Church of Navajoland. He was a former Tribal Councilman from Ft. Defiance (1972-1983), and was a roadman for the Native American Church.

Survivors include sons, Albert Natonabah and Robert Natonabah Jr., both of Santa Fe, Christopher Natonabah of Bayfield, Colo.; daughter, Christine Natonabah of Coal Mine; sisters, Ella Jones and Helen McCabe, both of Santa Fe, Ruth Tso of Ft. Defiance and Dorothy Saucedo of Tempe; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

Natonabah was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Nellie; brother, Paul; sisters, Mary Alice, Nancy and Virginia; grandparents Mike and Amelia Francisco.

Pallbearers will be Albert Natonabah, Christopher Natonabah, Gary McCabe, Brendan Jones, Sam Natonabah, and Robert Natonabah Jr.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Church of God Shepherd Mission Parish Hall in Ft. Defiance.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                        As Published in the Gallup Independent – April 9, 2007




Levi Damon
WRHS Class of 1960

Levi Damon:  Was a Vietnam Veteran. Born August 22, 1940, passed away August 3, 2006

                                                                                                         March 18, 2007




Julie Ann Sherer-Luckenbaugh

It is with great sadness in my heart to inform the WR Scouts family of the passing of one of it's cherished alumni. Julie Ann Sherer-Luckenbaugh passed away at the young age of 42, on March 8, 2007 after her valiant battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, two little girls, her parents, sister, brother, nieces, nephews, and many others who love and cherish her. The Sherer family lived in Ft. Defiance in the early '70s and moved in 1978. I know WR/Ft. Defiance held a special place in Julie's heart. I met Julie when I was 8 and she 9; we were saved together by Rev. Tom Koontz at Vacation Bible School in Fort. I have many fond memories playing with Julie in the wash where the old Fort used to be. One of Julie's favorite movies is " The Phantom of the Opera", from which I dedicate to her an excerpt from one of the songs- " REMEMBER ME, FOR I'LL REMEMBER YOU!". Rest in peace my dear friend, you have and always will be in my heart!

Julie Ann Sherer-Luckenbaugh, April 29, 1964 - March 8, 2007

With love, Lisa Dixon-DiGann March 14, 2007



David Andrew Folsom, Sr.
WRHS Class of 1959

Funeral mass will be held for David A. Folsom, Sr, 67 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parrish in Fort Defiance, Arizona at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, December 22, 2006, interment will be at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fort Defiance, AZ.

David A. died December 18, 2006 in Mesa, AZ after a lengthy illness. He was born December 20, 1938 in Fort Defiance, AZ to Andy and Homer Folsom. He was a life long resident of the Fort Defiance, St. Michaels area.

David A. attended St. Michaels and Window Rock High School. He served two tours of duty with the United States Marine Corps in the Viet Nam conflict. He worked in Paramount, California, Anaconda Mine, and as a bookkeeper for ONEO and the Navajo Nation Dept. of Labor. He was a avid hunter and fisherman; he thoroughly enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching sports of all kinds; and spending time with family and friends.

David A. is survived by his children, David A. Folsom, Jr. and Regina Clauscheee of St.. Michaels, AZ; Daylene Renee Folsom and Wilfred Upshaw of Phoenix, AZ, Kevin Folsom and Lena Kenneth of Tempe, AZ, and Tamara Wise and Franklin Bell of Albuquerque, NM; mother Ethel A. Folsom; sisters Linda Swan of St. Michaels, AZ and Sharon Cavanaugh of Phoenix, AZ; brother Jerry Folsom of Santa Fe, NM; and he has been blessed with six beautiful grandchildren. David A. was preceded in death by his father Homer Folsom.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

                                                                                                                December 21, 2006





Taken Reunion 2005


Sharon's battle with cancer is finally over; and life without her becomes a little less painful, a little less tearful, and a little more bearable with each passing day. Most of that easement is due to you folks, my good friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. Your emails, phone calls, and visits have been very encouraging, supportive, and have helped tremendously. Please accept my apologies for not responding to emails individually, but my schedule is rather hectic at this time.

Funeral services for Sharon will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery next Thursday, November 9th at 10:15am, Staging area #2. The funeral will be followed by a reception at our home in Corona. And of course, everyone cc'd on this note is invited to join our family on this memorable day. Please be early to the staging area, or stop by here first, (we're leaving here at 9:00am). I've been to enough funerals there to know they are extremely prompt, and annoyingly persistent in prodding stragglers and slower groups. The cemetery does not hold funeral services on weekends or holidays, and Friday is Veteran's Day; so Thursday is the first week-day that I believe our son can make it home from Kuwait in time for the services.

I don't know if asking for an RSVP is out of line, but I'll be checking local hotel rates for those of you whom I already know are flying into town. I'll send the hotel names and rates sometime tomorrow to those who respond. I'll block a set of rooms, if they'll commit to a reasonable discount.

I look forward to seeing some of you for the first time in months, or years in some cases. I know Sharon would be pleased you joined us.

You can look up these addresses on Mapquest for directions if needed.

If you wish to send flowers, you may do so at my address below, and we'll transport them to the site. Since we'll only have about 20 minutes at the pavilion where the services will be held, I'm afraid flower deliveries may not be coordinated close enough to arrive in time.

Address for funeral services: Address for flowers and reception:
Riverside National Cemetery Dave Radcliffe
22495 Van Buren Blvd. 517 E. 8th St.
Riverside, CA 92518 Corona, CA 92879
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Delbert Benally
WRHS Class of 1969

Delbert Benally passed away on Sunday in Shiprock, September 22 and his funeral is September 27. He graduated with the class of “69”. He was an avid rodeo person. God Bless Him and may he rest in peace.

Betty "Bea" Boyd-Bowman
WRHS Class of 1969

                                                                                                                        September 27, 2006

FORT DEFIANCE — Services for Delbert L. Benally, 56, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Rollie Mortuary Palm Chapel. Deacon Mike Sullivan will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Benally died Sunday, Sept. 24 in Farmington. He was born May 7, 1950 in Fort Defiance into the Red Bottom People Clan for the Big Water People Clan.

Benally attended Window Rock High School and Colorado State University. He was in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was employed by the Navajo Nation for 25 years. His hobbies include Rodeo-Dine Land Senior Rodeo Association, All Indian Rodeo Association, National Barrel Horse Association, AW4D, and his hobbies reading history and western books, football and horseback riding.

Survivors include wife, Margaret Morgan-Benally of Fort Defiance; father, Steven Benally, Sr. of Fort Defiance; sons, Tyree Benally of Fort Defiance, Adrian Morgan of Standing Rock, Delbert Benally, Jr., Alden Benally, both of Crownpoint, Aaron Benally of Alamosa, Colo. and Delain Benally of Chinle; daughter, Stephanie Eversole of Durango, Colo.; sister, Nanlee Benally of Madison, Wis. and Nita Cummings of Newton, ND. and five grandchildren.

Benally was preceded in death by his mother, Nettie Benally.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                    As Published in the Gallup Independent – September 28, 2006

Please send my sympathy to the Benally Family and especially Nita that was in my Class of 1971!
Thank you!

Mitzie Cordes Heydt
WRHS Class of  1971

Please send my condolences to the Benally family. In addition to being a friend to the Tapahe family in Fort Defiance, Delbert was a long-time community and chapter official who helped many people as a person and an organization. I had the opportunity to work with him on several occasions at the Chapter level. He was an avid horseman, and I will always remember his long pants, the back bottom ends frayed because of the length.

On behalf of the Susie Tapahe family our sympathy for the loss to the Benally family.

He was a fine man.

Loren Tapahe
WRHS Class of 1971



Leslie Joe
WRHS Class of 1975

Leslie Joe, Class of 1975, passed away on September 22 in Phoenix. His funeral will be held onThursday, September 28 at the St. Michaels Mission at10:00am.

Pat Sutton
WRHS Class of 1976

                                                                                                                            September 27, 2006

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Services for Leslie James Joe, 49, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 28 at St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. Michaels. Burial will follow in the St. Michaels Community Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Joe died Sept. 23 in Phoenix. He was born Oct. 23, 1956 in Fort Defiance into the Towering House People Clan for the Big Water People Clan

Joe graduated from Window Rock High School in 1975, attended Mesa Community College, Tsaile Community College, UNM-Gallup, TVI in Albuquerque and worked for NASBA, the Navajo Tribe, Navajo Arts and Crafts, Springer Sand and Gravel in Albuquerque, was a diesel mechanic, assistant manager at Thrifty Drug Store, a mechanic at Rico Motor Co. and worked at P&M Coal Mine and the Navajo Census office. His hobbies included basketball, watching Family Feud, Jay Leno and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife Ralphalita Joe; daughters, Maria Arviso and Clarissa Joe, both of Phoenix; brother, Colbert Joe Sr.; sisters, Jerilene Joe of Santa Fe, Darlene Tullie, Shirley Joe, Charlene Johnson, all of Phoenix, Arlene Joe of Tempe, Cindy Joe of St. Michaels; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Navajo Joe and Mary Tabaha, Albert and Gloria Nelson and his mother Lucille Mae Joe.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Arviso, Ralph Johnson, Kevin Anderson, Colbert Chischilly, Daniel Tullie and Richard Francisco.

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Michaels gymnasium next to the Catholic Church following burial.

                                                                                     As Published in the Gallup Independent – September 28, 2006

During the month of September, we lost a classmate Leslie James Joe. Leslie was a 1975 Graduate from Window Rock High School. Leslie played basketball for Window Rock Scouts and was name All State, All conference and Honorable Mention during the 1973-74 and 74-75 Basketball season. I would be great to add memories of Leslie to your web site. To get more information please contact Tom Arviso Jr. with the Navajo times. Tom wrote of Leslie in the local papers and talked about the years at Window Rock High School.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

David Bryant Jr.





Cynthia Hubbard-Bagley
WRHS Class of 1968

PHOENIX — Funeral services for Cynthia Marie Bagley will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 26, at Our Lady of Fatima. Interment will be on family land.

Bagley died on Tuesday, May 23 in Arizona. She was born on April 20, 1950 in Rehoboth, N.M.

Bagley is survived by husband, Darrell Richard Bagley of Phoenix; parents, Arthur J. Hubbard and Ellen Hubbard; sons, Everest Wyaco and Virgil Wyaco III; daughters, Eartha Wyaco and Crystal Wyaco-Little; brothers, Arthur J. Hubbard Jr. and Fred Hubbard Sr.; sisters, Catherine Beck, Muriel Goldtooth, Karen Hubbard, Valerie Hubbard, Linda Sisneros, Francis Stout, Audrey Tortorica and Ronnie Towne.; and three grandchildren.

Bagley was preceded in death by grandparents, David and Annie Hubbard; sister, Tina Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                                As Published in the Gallup Independent – May 25, 2006



Loren Delbert Loftin

WRHS Faculty, 1960's

Loren Delbert Loftin went into the arms of Jesus April 24, 2006. He was born on February 24, 1940 in Witt Springs, Arkansas. Loren is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Patti. He is also survived by his mother, Phoebe Loftin, his two sons, Kevin and wife Sharon, and four grandchildren, of Colorado, and Darren and wife Tami and seven grandchildren, of Illinois. Loren received his undergraduate degree in education in 1963. Loren was a math teacher in the Sunnyside School District for 23 years. He served five years in the United States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge. After retirement he and Patti served with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, assisting in the construction of churches and camps across the country.

Loren was a math teacher at Window Rock High School in the early 60’s. His parents, Paul and Phebe Loftin, were teachers in the elementary school at Fort in the 60’s and early 70’s.

Loren was a committed, born again Christian, who loved the Lord Jesus. For Loren, it was more than a religious relationship. It was a personal relationship with God made possible through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Loren was an avid student of the Bible and enjoyed sharing it with others.

On May 13,, 10:00am at First Southern Baptist Church, 445 East Speedway Baptist Church, Tucson, Arizona, a Celebration of Life service will be held. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 346, Warrenton, Missouri, 63383.

Contributed by
Patsy Cowan Michel
WRHS Class of 1965


                                                                                                                            May 14, 2006




Faith Marguerite Ingraham Allenegui
WRHS Class of 1981

With the deepest sadness, I regret to inform you of the passing of my wife and best friend Faith Marguerite Ingraham Allenegui On May 9th at 2:30 AM

Faith was born in Monterrey, California and graduated Valedictorian Window Rock High School, Class of 1981, Fort Defiance, Arizona. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Big Sisters and joined the United States Air Force in 1987. Early in her career, as a Radio and Satellite Communications Technician she was recognized as Airman of the year for all of Korea She joined marches in the fight against AIDES, was active in the PTA, and was one of the first certified military counselors of Financial Peace University in Europe.

As a Craftsman of Information Management, she gained respect as resident expert in Computer Security for NATO Regional Headquarters of Northern Europe. Brunssum, Netherlands. Her latest duty assignment was as the training liaison for Foreign Military Sales, United States Embassy, London, England. At home, she was a beautiful and intelligent wife, an incredible nurturing Mother, avid gardener and had a sense of humor like no other.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, currently residing at Travis Air Force Base, California Sons Jonathan of Tucson, Arizona and Elijah of Travis AFB, and Daughters, Madeline and Aimee, both of Travis AFB. Her Father, Earnest E. Ingraham of Eureka, California, and sisters Scarlett of Fairbanks Alaska, Hope Ingraham of Arcata, California, and Charity Ingraham of Alameda, California Her beloved Grandmother, Laura Ludlum, of Eureka, California, joined Faith 12 hours later. She is predeceased by her Mother Joyce E. Ingraham and Father-in-law, Duane C. Allenegui Our lives, and certainly the world, will be empty without her.

Contributed by
Michael Duchek
WRHS Class of 1985

                                                                                                                                May 13, 2006


Please extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Faith M. Ingraham Allenegui. Faith graduated a couple years prior to our class; however, her sister Charity was my classmate from the Class of '83.

The Ingraham sister's all had their own unique talents to share with WRHS, and Faith was no exception. The family will be in thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Vickie Baldwin
WRHS Class of 1983




Janel Smiley
WRHS Class of 1997

TSE BONITO — Funeral services for Janel Smiley 27, be at 9 a.m. May 6, at the St. Michael Catholic Center, St. Michaels. Father Gilbert Schneider will officiate. Burial will be at the family plot, Tse Bonito. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Smiley died May 1, in Albuquerque and was born Jan. 23, 1979 in Fort Defiance, Ariz. into the Mexican People Clan for the One Who Walks Around People Clan.

Smiley graduated from Window Rock High School in 1997. Her occupations included accounting and she was employed with cable relations in Albuquerque. Her hobbies included music, and being around friends and family.

Survivors include her parents, Jasper and Eva Smiley, of Tse Bonito; sister Melvina Smiley of Tse Bonito.

Smiley was preceded in death by her brother Melvin Jay Smiley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

                                                                                                As Published in the Gallup Independent – May 5, 2006




Edison "Ox" Anderson
WRHS Class of 1964

SAWMILL, Ariz. — Services for Edison "Ox" Anderson will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 20 at Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance. Father Peter Turner will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot, Sawmill. Visitation will be at 9 a.m., one hour prior to services.

Anderson died April 16 in Sawmill. He was born Sept. 30, 1945 in Fort Defiance. He was born of the Mud People for the Tangle People Clan.

Anderson graduated from Window Rock High School class of 1964, and received his BA from N.A.U. in 1985, and was working on his masters degree at W.N.M.U. He worked for BIA. At the time of death he was employed with the Navajo Nation. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, reading, rodeos, John Wayne movies and dancing.

Survivors include his wife, Velda M. Anderson of Sawmill; son, Shea I. Anderson; daughters, Kellie Yazzie, Ettie Anderson, Hollie Kulago and Carrie Anderson, all of Sawmill Ariz.; parents, Edwin B. Anderson of Window Rock and Ruth S. Benally of Fort Defiance; brothers, Ronnie Harris of Fort Defiance, and Vernon Harris; sister, Elouise Spencer, both of Phoenix, Ariz.

Pallbearers will be Randy Yazzie, Jeremy Kulago, Michael Spencer, Vernon Anderson and Steve Silversmith.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Sawmill Chapter House after services.

                                                                                                As Published in Gallup Independent 4/19/2006



Melvin "Sid" Smiley
WRHS Class of 1965

FORT DEFIANCE Services for Melvin "Sid" Smiley, 60, will be held on Friday, April 7 at at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance. Pastor Rodger Davis will officiate. Burial will be at the Navajo Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

Smiley died on April 3 in Window Rock. He was born Sept. 1, 1945 in Tohatchi.

He graduated from Window Rock High School in 1964. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He was employed with D.N.A Legal Services, B.I.A Roads Dept. heavy equipment. He enjoyed coaching, playing sports and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his brother Louis Smiley of Window Rock; sisters, Alberta B. Arlington of Window Rock, Winifred Roubideaux of Sioux Falls, S.D., Kathy Scott of Window Rock and Norma J. Watts of Window Rock; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Karen Willie; father, Frank Smiley; mother Nora B. Smiley; sisters, Ella Mae Tom and Roselyn Smiley.

Pallbearers will be Mario Watts, Benjamin Phillip-Stewart, Adrian Watts, Calvin Arnold Jr., Wesley White, and Nathan Watts.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance following services.

                                                                                                     As Published in Gallup Independent 4/6/2006





Tommy Hardy
WRHS Class of 1970

FORT DEFIANCE Services for Tommy Hardy will be Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance. Pastor Milton Shirleson will officiate. Burial will be on family land in Wildcat, N.M.

Hardy died April 3. He was born Nov. 6, 1950 in Fort Defiance into the Water's Edge Clan and born for the Towering House Clan.

Hardy attended and lettered in sports at Window Rock High School, upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. and won medal awards. He was a member of the Damon Boxing team, and was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, hiking, he was a rancher and a member of the Twin Warriors Society and N.R.A. of America. He retired from service as a wildland firefighter with the Navajo Nation Forestry Dept. and the BIA. He was employed at the USPHS Hospital in Fort Defiance.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Hardy; sons, Brandyn Hardy and Colin Hardy; brothers, Andrew Hardy, Timothy Hardy and Wayne Hardy; sisters, Arlene Yazzie, LaCinda Hardy, and Charlene Curley and one grandchild.

Hardy was preceded in death by his father Navajo Code Talker-Tom C. Hardy; mother Helen Clark Hardy; brother's Ronald Harvey and Freddie Hardy.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Hardy, Robert Archuleta, Frankie Archuleta, Tommy Archuleta, Len Foster, and Darryl Bahe.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Rock Springs Chapter after services.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                                As Published in Gallup Independent 4/8/2006





Clyde P. Hillis
WRHS Class of 1968

My uncle, Clyde P. Hillis (Class of ’68 and WRHS wrestler/USMC Vietnam Vet) passed on early this morning in Fort Defiance. I’m sure many people knew him out there. Funeral is on Saturday, don’t know what time.

Marc W. Hillis
                                                                                                                                April 4, 2006

FORT DEFIANCE Services for Clyde Paul Hillis, 55, will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 8 at the Navajo Bible Church in Fort Defiance. Pastor Ray Dean Baker and Don Fredericks will officiate. Burial will follow in Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Tse Bonito Mortuary.

Hillis died April 4 in Fort Defiance. He was born July 11, 1950 in Fort Defiance into the One Who Walks Around People Clan for the Towering House People Clan.

Hillis graduated from Window Rock High School in 1968 and New Mexico Highlands University in 1970. He served in the Marines during Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. He joined the IBEW with Local 640 and retired with Local 611. He owned Hillis Electric. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and farming.

Survivors include his son Clyde Hillis II of Fort Defiance; daughters, Autumn Hillis, Iris Hillis, both of Fort Defiance, Amber Hillis of Tacoma, Wash.; mother, Katherine Hillis of Fort Defiance; brothers, Carl Hillis, Mervyn Hillis, both of Fort Defiance, and Russell Hillis of Phoenix; sisters, Alberta Scarcella of Jerome, Ariz., Lydia Bennett of Flagstaff; and one grandchild.

He was receded in death by his father, Carl Hillis Sr. of Cornfields; son Hoske Hillis; brothers, Allen Hillis, Lowell Hillis; and grandparents, Hoska and Florence Cronemeyer of Sanders, Ariz., and Claude and Hasbah Hillis of Cornfields.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hillis, Marc Hillis, Patrick Hillis, Allen Bennett, Alfred Dempsey and Erwin Anderson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Fort Defiance Chapter House after services.

Tse Bonito is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                                        As Published in Gallup Independent 4/6/2006

My condolences to the Clyde Hillis family.

I went to school with Clyde for a number of years, and what I remember of him, was, he always had a smile, and a good word for everyone. He was One of the Good Ones. He will be missed.

Tom Nelson
WRHS Class of 68 


Clyde was a Gentleman in the finest definition of the word. He was a Decorated Vietnam Veteran, a Successful Businessman, a caring father and a loyal and genial friend. Clyde was a big person, with a big heart who was respected not only for what he did, but for the respect he showed to all around him.

I spent more time with Clyde and his family than I did with my own during my time in Ft. Defiance. I feel I am a better person for that experience.

The Hillis family as a whole is a very special group of people and Clyde was a very important part of that family. His passing leaves us all a little poorer. His having been with us all of these years has made us all a little richer.

May God Bless Mrs. Hillis and her Children and may God Bless my brother Clyde.

Mark Vice
WRHS 1967                                              

It saddens my heart that Clyde Hillis has passed away. He really put up a good fight which is just like him. Clyde was in my brothers class and Carl was in mine, but they are a great family and I came to know, love and respect these boys. Great personalities and a lot of fun. I know he will be greatly missed and I offer my condolences to the Hillis family.

Carol (Eddy) Nelson
WRHS Class of 1965

My deepest condolences to the family of Clyde Hillis. I remember him as student at WRHS and he was very good football player and earned All-State wrestler. He became a Marine and went to Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

I had the privilege of Sun Dancing with him at Crow Dog's Paradise in Rosebud, South Dakota during the early 1980's.

Clyde was a friend and a relative who will be missed by all who knew him and we grieve with his family.

Len Foster
WRHS Class of 1967

Claudia Dugan was kind enough to contact me and tell me the sad news of Clyde's passing. I can't remember not knowing Clyde, Mervyn, and Carl. When we were all little kids we already knew each other and were friends. Janet Benally, Herman Fredenberg, Chubbie Manuelito, Clyde, Beverly Bennett, and later Charlie Parks, and I used to have such a great time in Ft. Defiance. Some friendships truly do last a lifetime.

Clyde will be dearly missed. What a great smile and wonderful friend! Although our hearts are heavy, we are comforted with beautiful memories of past times. We have all been blessed by knowing him.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Hillis family and friends.

Sharon Ashcroft Walter
WRHS Class of '68




Phillip Stewart, Sr.

It is with great sadness that I pass this message on to those who knew my uncle Phillip. He passed on, on Saturday April 1, 2006. He was a long time resident of Window Rock.

Survivors include his Wife Sonya Stewart, Daughters Philene and Victoria (Vicky), Sons are Phillip Jr. (Sonny) and Vernon (Bloop) Stewart.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday April 5, 2006 at 10:00 am at the LDS Church in St. Michaels. Interment will be at Redlake, Arizona. Following will be reception which will be held at the LDS Church Hall.

Obituary will be in Gallup Independent tomorrow.

If you wish to send cards the address is below.

The Stewarts address is P.O. Box 323 Window Rock, Arizona, 86515

Yvonne L. Baldwing-Smith
Daughter of Minnie Stewart

                                                                                                                                April 2, 2006

I went to school with Philene Stewart; as well as, attending the same LDS church which her parents attended, in St. Michaels. I send my sincere respects to Philene and her family regarding her father passing away into the spirit world...May GOD bless her and her family with comfort and strength during this time.

Debbie Little
WRHS Class of 1979




Michael Slinkey
WRHS Class of 1970

FORT DEFIANCE — Services for Michael Francis Slinkey, 53, will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 at Fort Defiance Catholic Church. Father Gilbert Schneider, OFM, will officiate. Burial will follow in Fort Defiance Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., today, March 28 at the church.

Slinkey died Thursday, March 23 in Gallup. He was born Sept. 3, 1952 in Fort Defiance into the Bitterwater People Clan for the One Who Walks Around People Clan.

Slinkey attended Fort Defiance Elementary School and graduated from Window Rock High School. He worked for Navajo Nation Forestry. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing baseball.

Survivors include his son, Francis M. Slinkey of Gallup; daughters, Charity Slinkey, Michelle Slinkey, both of Fort Defiance; brothers, Eldon Slinkey, Gerald Slinkey, Richard Slinkey (“Rummy”), all of Fort Defiance; sisters, Rita Hernasy and Linda (“Dee”) Slinkey, both of Fort Defiance, mother, Ella Mae Slinkey of Fort Defiance, grandmother, Maggie Slinkey of St. Michaels; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Slinkey Sr.; brother Ronald Slinkey (“Scooter”) and grandparents John E. Watchman, Onebah Watchman and Mark Slinkey Sr.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Scott House, Eldon Jones, Dwight A. Slinkey, Eldon Slinkey, Gerald Slinkey, and Joe Valdo.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                                            As Published in Gallup Independent 3/28/06





Mr. Lawrence M. Lee
Faculty, Industrial Education WRHS1962-1972

Just to let you everyone on the web site of WR, Daddy (Larry Lee) went to be with the Lord Monday the 20th of March, first day of spring as it was gently snowing in Prescott. He died at exactly 12:00 PM with all three of us girls and Mom at his side. His private burial is Friday 9:30 AM at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. His Memorial Service, a celebration of his 84 years is at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Prescott, this Saturday, March 26th. Anyone who would like to come to the Memorial is welcome. Flowers are welcomed, or if you would prefer there has been set up a loving memorial to my Dad. In lieu of flowers, you can send a check to my mom but make it out to First Baptist Church, for Missions and Missionaries. His passion and desire was for all to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and His grace for all mankind. Mom's address is: Mrs. Willie Lee, 352 Pioneer Dr, Prescott, AZ 86303. No one needs to feel any obligation to give any thing. This is just info for those who would want to.

Thank you for all the letters, calls, and visits from all over the state and from Ft. Defiance. How our hearts were blessed and encouraged by your loving thought and cards. We rest assured he is in the presence of the Lord and no longer in any pain or stress.

With grateful hearts, knowing with absolute assurance we will all be together again with him in Heaven because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Love Paula , for Jan and Susan, Mom and Dad

                                                                                                                                March 21, 2006


Lawrence "Larry" Lee

Lawrence "Larry" Lee, a 33-year resident of Prescott, died at his home on March 20, 2006, of leukemia. He was born in Tucson on Oct. 30, 1921, to Monroe and Leona (Wilson) Lee. He grew up in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mr. Lee served in the Pacific in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. A master craftsman, he was a journeyman in the sheet metal trade and earned a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, and Education Specialist from NAU.

For 10 years, Mr. Lee taught vocational arts at Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Ariz. In 1973, he joined the faculty of Yavapai College as a teacher and career counselor.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Willie Brown Lee; three daughters, Susan Powell, of Prescott, Paula Mahon, of Cottonwood, and Jan Winebrenner, of Plano, Texas. He was also the grandfather of six and the great-grandfather of twelve.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Prescott First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry Lee Memorial Fund, c/o Prescott First Baptist Church.

Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

                                                                                                        As Published in Daily Courier newspaper 3/24/06




Kerry Larimore

I don't have much info. I spoke to a classmate who informed me of the passing of my favorite teacher Kerry Larimore. She lived in Kansas and apparently passed in her sleep sometime last week. If anyone has anymore info please let us know.

Mary Warren (Phelps) WRHS Class of 1978

As a former WRHS student (from 1975-1979), I remember Kerry Larimore. I was not in any of her classes that she taught, but I am sad to hear of her passing on to the spirit world. I want to express my sincere sympathies to her family.

Debbie Little  WRHS Class of 1979

                                                                                                                            December 7, 2005




Ellouise D. DeGroat

It is with great sorrow and sadness that the Navajo Nation has lost a beloved health care ambassador to the Navajo people. On December 6, 2005, Ellouise D. DeGroat died in Fort Defiance, Arizona. She was 66 years old.

Ellouise is remembered as a health care ambassador who traveled throughout the United States advocating for the Navajo people to address health care disparities and wellness. She worked a majority of her professional life with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service serving as a Tribal Affairs Officer in Window Rock, Arizona.

In her years of service, she served as a tribal liaison between the Indian Health Service and the Navajo Nation Government. She helped to create the Department of Health Improvement Service (DHIS) which today is now known as Navajo Division of Health (NDOH) She assisted the Navajo Nation Government to craft health care codes for the betterment of the Navajo people. She retired from the Indian Health Service in December 1993.

Throughout her life, she served on numerous boards and advisory councils, such as the Fort Defiance Hospital Steering Committee, National Indian Health Board, National Indian Education Association, St. Michaels Special Education Association, Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board, Christian Reformed Church, to name but a few.

She is survived by her beloved husband Jack DeGroat; daughters Laura Tewksbury, Joquetta DeGroat, and Joycetta DeGroat; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Sisters Rosaline Kaibetoney and Leita Pinto. Ellouise was preceded in death by her mother Mae W. Dennison and sister Garnett D. Yazzie.

Funeral arrangements will be made with Rollies Mortuary, Gallup, New Mexico. Family meetings and final arrangements will be listed through the local newspaper and radio stations.

Contributed by:
Betty Boyd-Bowman WRHS Class of 1969

                                                                                                                   December 7, 2005




Candy White Williams

My fellow Scouts, my dear friend, George White, has witnessed his sister, Candy White Williams, passing to the next life. She had severe health complications and was carefully cared for by George and his family members.

Candy put an indelible mark on the lives she touched and will be missed ; although her memory will live on in the hearts, spirits and minds of those who remain. Her spark of humor and undeniable love of life shone through her relationships and any time spent with her made one feel a supreme exhilaration and thrill of life at it's best.

Please take the time now to show your friends your love and how much you really value them and the effect they have had on your life. Make new memories...Do as Candy did; turn challenges into opportunities and love doing it!

Contributed by:
Bunkie Witten WRHS Class of 1965

                                                                                                                December 5, 2005



Dan Magnuson

ALBUQUERQUE - Dan Magnuson class WRHS1977 was killed by a drunk driver on November 23, 2005.

Contributed by Sean Callan

A cab driver and two passengers died early Thursday after their taxi collided with another car that had run a red light, Albuquerque police said. The Thanksgiving Day crash killed Daniel Magnuson, the 46-year-old cab driver, and passengers Ray Martinez, 50, and his cousin, 36-year-old Kenneth Martinez.

Police identified the driver of the other car, a white Oldsmobile, as Gabriel Gurule, 21, of Northeast Albuquerque.
(As Published in the Albuquerque Journal )

                                                                                                                November 23, 2005




Elton R. Bailey

FORT DEFIANCE — Memorial services for Elton Ray Bailey, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Rio Grande Presbyterian Church, 600 Coors N.W., Albuquerque. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Bailey died Oct. 11 in Nova Scotia. He was born July 25, 1926, in Wedowee, Ala

Bailey received his bachelors from Auburn University and his masters in education. He was a teacher of sciences and horticulture at Tse Ho Tso Middle School and Albuquerque Indian School. Bailey was a member of the Elks Lodge and enjoyed gardening, and traveling the world.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hurt Bailey; son, Michael Ray Bailey of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Marsha E. Smith of Navajo, Margaret Ann Aviles of Hinkley, Calif.; step-daughter, Susan Sotelo of Rio Rico, Ariz.; brothers, Malcom Bailey; sisters, Sara Bartlett, Mavis Gilbert, Dorothy Mooney; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bailey was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe Conklin and Frances Jeanette Bailey; brothers, Talmadge Bailey, Terrel Bailey, Glynn Bailey, Byron Bailey; sisters, Eudelle and Ermice.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Rio Grande Presbyterian Church following burial services.

                                                                                                            October 23, 2005




Ruth Stewart

I am the daughter of Minnie Stewart-Baldwin Class of 1967. She and her brothers lost their mother on Wednesday September 14, 2005. She was 94 years old. Her name was Ruth Stewart. She does not have an e-mail address at this time but any kind words I will print and share with her. Thank you.

Yvonne Baldwin-Smith Class of 1985.

                                                                                                                September 19, 2005

My condolences and prayers for you and your family.

Loren Tapahe Class of 1971





Raymond Nakai

Raymond Nakai, 86, passed away on August 14, 2005. He served as Tribal Chairman from 1964-1971 and is being remembered as the first modern Navajo leader

                                                                                                                August 14, 2005

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Robert E. McLemore

Funeral services for Robert E. McLemore, 80, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance. Roger Davis, Jr. officiated. Burial followed at the Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

McLemore died July 20 in Fort Defiance. He was born May 20, 1925 in Barber, Oklahoma.

McLemore retired after 30 years of service with the federal government. He was a member of the N.R.A. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing musical instruments.

Survivors include his wife, Marian McLemore; sons, Marvin McLemore, Milo McLemore, Norman McLemore, Glen McLemore, Bobby Ray Kelly; daughters, Paula Holmes, Carol McLemore, Kim Martinez, Roberta McLemore; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

McLemore was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lillie McLemore; one brother and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Marvin McLemore, Glen McLemore, Robert McLemore, Norman, McLemore, Milo McLemore and Matt McLemore.

As published in the Gallup Independent

                                                                                                                July 25, 2005




Ted Arviso, Sr.

My sincere sympathies to the family of Ted. I remember him as he is pictured on the web site. The Arviso family were my neighbors in Ft. Defiance. My prayers are with the family.

Elouise "Dinker" Laughing (Tsosie) Class of "66"

My heartfelt condolences to the Arviso family. May the good Lord guide him on his final journey to everlasting joy and peace.

Thank you Nona for sharing the news of Ted's passing.

God Bless All of You.
B. Boyd - Class of "69"

YAHTAHEY — Services are pending for Ted Arviso, Sr., 55 of Yahtahey.

Arviso Sr. died May 8 in Albuquerque. He was born Dec. 31, 1949 in Rehoboth into the Salt People Clan for the Water Flows Together People Clan.

A family meeting will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the Crownpoint Chapter House.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As published in the Gallup Independent on May 11, 2005

                                                                                                        May 9, 2005

Ted Arviso, Sr., Class of ' 68, passed away on May 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the Gallup Independent. Your prayers will be appreciated. His son Ted Arviso, Jr. is taking care of the arrangements.

Winona R. Shebala-Lonjose
Class of  1971

                                                                                                        May 9, 2005



Leigh  Hubbard

WINDOW ROCK — Funeral services for Leigh Paul Hubbard, Sr., 88, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services. Roger C. Davis will officiate. Burial will follow in the Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Visitation will be held today, April 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Silver Creek Mortuary.

Hubbard Sr. died April 25 in Fort Defiance. He was born Nov. 11, 1916 in Luepp into the Tohono O'dam People Clan for the Water Edge People Clan.

Hubbard Sr. attended the Ganado Mission and the University of Arizona. He worked for the BIA, PHS, and the Navajo Forest Products Industries. Hubbard Sr. was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Lions Club and Navajo Nation Tribe. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy.

Survivors include his sons, Leigh P. Hubbard, Jr of Tucson, Emery Hubbard, Sr, Franklin Hubbard, both of Fort Defiance, William Lloyd Hubbard of Window Rock; daughter, Leah Nephi, of Window Rock; brother, Arthur Hubbard Sr., of Ganado; sister, Katherine Quimayousie of Gamerco, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Hubbard was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jenkins Hubbard; son, Benjamin Hubbard Sr.' parents, David Hubbard, Sr., and Annie Jos Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be Arthur Hubbard, Jr., Emery Hubbard Jr., Michael Nephi, Benjamin Hubbard Jr., Calvin Quimayousie, John Beck and Patrick Cook.

                                                       As Published in the Gallup Independent April 29, 2005

  • From Lydia Hubbard Pourier

My Uncle Leigh should have been known to many of the alumni. He worked for the Navajo Forest Products Industry up at Navajo for many years. All of his children, my cousins, went to WRHS.

The funeral is on Saturday, April 30, 10:00am at the Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church.

  • From Sylvia Harding-Etsitty

To those who wish to know, our office received information that Mr. Leigh P. Hubbard, Sr., who once served as the president of the Fort Defiance Hospital Steering Committee, has passed away. Memorial service is scheduled on April 30, 2005.

Mr. Hubbard was the first president of the Steering Committee who relentlessly worked to secure support for the new Fort Defiance Hospital. He delivered the first testimony before the Senate Committee on Appropriations in 1984 requesting support for construction of the new hospital to provide high quality health care to the Navajo people in the Fort Defiance Service Unit. At that meeting he boldly told the Chairperson of the committee, "I know you will take care of us"!

He was a true leader and he will be dearly missed.

  • From Christine Pitts-McDonald

I am so sorry to hear about Leigh. He and his wife were very good friends of my parents as my dad worked for Navajo Forest Products too, and they lived next door to each other on "Executive Hill" in Navajo. Please extend my condolences to the family.

                                                                                                        April 25, 2005



Richard Johnson, a.k.a. Darkmoon Cliffdweller
Class of 1963

Richard Johnson aka Darkmoon Cliffdweller Class of 1963, passed away in Albuquerque in December 2004.




Mafa Nagurski Walker
WRHS Class of 1968

Passed away on December 13, 2004, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The following was provided by Terry Bennett per her conversation with the family:


Date: Friday ~ December 17, 2004
Location: Direct Cremation & Funeral Services (505-343-9008)
2919 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

It is our understanding from the family that there is not be any funeral services.

                                                                                                        December 13, 2004




Dr. Samuel Billison

FORT DEFIANCE — Dr. Samuel Billison, 79, died Nov. 17 in Fort Defiance. Billison was born March 14, 1925 in Ganado.

Dr. Billison graduated from Albuquerque Indian School. He obtained his associate degree from Bacone Junior College, Okla., his Bachelors of Arts from East Central State University, Ada, Okla., his Masters of Arts from Oklahoma University and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Billison has the distinction of being the first Navajo of the Navajo Tribe to earn a doctorate. He was a certified K-12 teacher, principal and superintendent. He taught in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Dr. Billison was a high school principal in Oklahoma and Texas; Principal of Kinlichee Boarding School; Agency Superintendent for 11 Bureau of Indian Affairs elementary schools in Fort Defiance; head Master of Navajo Academy, and Principal of Ganado Middle School. He taught at Florida State University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Dr. Billison was an officer of Sage Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.

Dr. Billison served on the Navajo Nation Council for two terms in his home chapter Kinlichee. The first term he was elected in 1960 and served four years. He was chairman of the Navajo Police Committee and a member of the Education Committee during that term. The second term he was elected in 1998, member of the Education Committee and completed his term recently in Jan. 2003.

Dr. Billison, most notably, served as President of the Navajo Code Talkers Association. He served in the US Marine Corps, Reconnaissance Company, 5th Marine Division and participated in the capture of Iwo Jima. He also served in the Occupational Forces in Japan after WWII. He has been instrumental in obtaining national recognition of the Navajo Code Talkers and traveled widely on their behalf making presentations to various organizations on how the code developed and was used in World War II. Dr. Billison provided the voice of a GI Joe Code Talker action figure and donated the proceeds to the Navajo Code Talkers Association.

Dr. Billison is survived by his wife, Patsy Billison; sons, Samuel Billison, Jr., Robert Billison, John Billison, Larry Billison, Steve Billison and his seven grandchildren.

As Printed in the Gallup Independent, November 18, 2004

                                                                                                        November 17, 2004



Thoughts and Prayers

Kristen Roberts
Daughter in Law of
Eileen Kyselka-Scales -  Class of 1965

Kristin Roberts will begin interferon treatment in January for a diseased liver, HVC, caused by infected blood she received as a newborn with RH factor. Should the interferon not do it's job, Kris' name will be placed on a donor list for a liver. Kris and Mike have two boys, Dane and Nick, ages 9 and 6 respectively. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.




Henry Arch ‘Hank’ Elliott, Jr.

September 3, 1926 – August 18, 2004

Henry Arch Elliott, Jr., age 77, died Wednesday, August 18, 2004, in Duncan, Oklahoma. Masonic graveside services were held August 23, 2004, in Jones, Oklahoma.

Hank was born September 3, 1926, in Hominy, Oklahoma, to Lettie Young Elliott and Henry Arch Elliott, Sr. He was married to Margie M. Fowler for 23 years. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nina R. Adams Elliott.

He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1944. He was honorably discharged after serving two years in the Seabees, stationed primarily in the Philippine Islands. Following his discharge, he joined the Los Angeles County District Council of the Carpenters and Joiners of America. In January of 1949, Mr. Elliott was hired by the newly formed Atomic Energy Commission Protection Force in Los Alamos, New Mexico, beginning a 35 year long career in federal and state law enforcement.

In addition to the Atomic Energy Commission, he worked for: Los Alamos Police Department; New Mexico State Police; Bureau of Indian Affairs, serving in New Mexico (Shiprock, Zuni, and Mascalero) and Window Rock, Arizona. In 1975, he began teaching for the Department of Treasury at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia. He was still teaching when he retired March 31, 1980.

Unable to leave law enforcement behind, he continued to teach Criminal Justice Studies at Trinidad Community College in Colorado and various state and local police schools and academies, as well as maintaining his certification in Police Firearms Instruction.

He was a Presbyterian and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, joining in New Mexico in 1950, then serving as Master in Kettle Falls, Washington, in 1982. During his time in Kettle Falls, 1981-1984, he built a beautiful log house.

Survivors include his wife, Nina, of the home; his daughter, Oleta Elliott, Mesa, Arizona; two grand-daughters, Charmain S. Hopkins, Chandler, Arizona, and Dawna M. Floyd, Conifer, Colorado; and one great-grandson, Donovan D. Floyd, Conifer, Colorado; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospitals or to the Stable Ranch for Boys, Rt.. 1, Box 205, Waukomis, OK 73775.

                                                                                            October 17, 2004



Veronica Morgan Begay

MANUELITO — Services for Veronica M. Begay, 48, will be announced at a later date.

Begay died Aug. 18. She was born Jan. 7, 1956 in Manuelito into the Black Sheep People Clan for the Water Edge People Clan.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                            August 21, 2004



Thoughts and Prayers

Charlotte Goodluck

Charlotte Goodluck is in good spirits and recovering from open heart surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.
                                                                                                        August 10, 2004




Samuel Edward Day

ST. MICHAELS — Memorial rosary and Mass for Samuel Edward Day IV, 44, will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Day died July 26 in Gallup. He was born May 4, 1960, in San Pedro, Calif.

Day graduated from Window Rock High School in 1978 and went on to attend Arizona State University. He was on the Board of Toyie Industries, which his father created. Day was member of the Elks Lodge, Gallup.

Survivors include his mother, Dolores Greene of Gallup; daughter LaTasha Day of Mesa; brothers, Wayne Day of Blanding, Utah, Steven Day of Bloomfield; grandmother, Frances Greene of Gallup.

Day was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Edward Day III, grandfathers, Sam A. Day, II and John B. Greene.

A reception will follow the mass at the Gallup Elks Lodge. (back to top)

                                                                          As printed in the Gallup Independent on July 30, 2004




James "Jim" Robertson, Class of 1965, and Kim Lawson were married on May 22, 2004 in Burbank, California. Best Wishes to this happy couple! See Reflections/Today.



Kyle Lee Hale

ST. MICHAELS, AZ - Services for Kyle Lee Hale, 22, will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lupton. President Dedegen Bushman will officiate. Burial will be on family land in Oak Springs.

Hale died July 23 in Tulsa, Okla. He was born May 24, 1982 in Fort Defiance.

Hale graduated from Window Rock High School, were he received numerous awards including National Honor Society, U.S. Achievement Academy Award, All American Scholar, Navajo Times Wrestling Award, State Champion Wrestler for Arizona in class 3A, he also participated in football. Hale attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa. He worked for North Star, Gallatin, Tenn., and Basil in Tulsa, Okla. His hobbies included listening to music and hunting.

Survivors include his parents, Cindy Hale and Ray Price both of Oak Springs; brother, Cameron Burbank of Oak Springs; sisters, Shalan Hale, Tanya Burbank and Amanda Burbank, all of Oak Springs.

Hale was preceded in death by his grandfather, Hoskie L. Hale and grandmother, Sarah T. Hale.

Pallbearers will be Blaine Tso, Mike Kee, Chris Spencer, Neil Damon, Ray Price, Cameron Burbank, Tony Begay and Jai Etsitty.




Gene Roy Hawthorne

LUPTON, Ariz., - Services for Gene Hawthorne, 48, will be at 10 a.m. (MST), Tuesday, May 18 at the Tse Si Ani Missionary Baptist Church in Lupton. Pastor Regan Hawthorne and Dr. R.O. Hawthorne will officiate. Burial will follow on family land, Lupton.

Hawthorne died May 11 in Brawley, Calif. He was born April 11, 1956 in Fr. Campbell, Ky., for the Red House People Clan.

Hawthorne graduated from Chinle High School in 1975 and served with the U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center in Ft. Greely, Alaska and with the 7th Infantry Division. He received commendations citing expertise, leadership and influence on others. He was a steel worker and welder and his hobbies included spending time in the outdoors and scouting. At the time of his death he lived in San Felipe, Baja, California, Mexico.

Survivors include his daughter Geneifer; son Jared, both of Delanco, N.J.; parents, Dr. and Mrs. R.O. Hawthorne of Lupton; brothers Jerry Hawthorne of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Regan Hawthorne of Lupton, Charles Blackburn of Nashville, Tenn.; sister Ann Galya of Nashville and one grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Jared Hawthorne, Jerry Hawthorne, Kyle Hawthorne, Tim Clements, Raymond Smith Jr. and Larry Yazzie.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                                       May 18, 2004


From Vernon Manuelito, WRHS Class of 1968:

This is a very difficult time to bring about sad news to the class of 1968, we have lost a friend, uncle, Mr. Willie Francis passed on April 20th from cancer. The family has set Friday, 23rd for burial.


TOMLINSON -- Thomas Emery Tomlinson has moved on to the next phase. Tom was born on Friday, June 21, 1940 in Libby, MT and died of an illness on Monday, April 20, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM. In between those years, he lived a full and productive life. He grew up and attended schools in numerous logging camps in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. He often told of many a morning when he woke up on the back of a pick up while his parents moved the whole family to a new logging camp. In 1960, after high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served stints in North Africa and Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star. He left the service in 1968 to explore challenges as a civilian. He was a major player at McReynolds Construction in the 70's until 1984 when he became a Co-owner and General Manager of RHOMBUS Engineers and Consultants. He immersed himself in politics and became Horse Racing Commission Chairman and a big presence during Governor Toney Anaya's administration. His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family whether on the banks of the waters of Platoro, CO or in the family backyard. He cultivated deep and meaningful relationships and considered his friends an extension of his loving family. He was extremely generous of his heart and possessions. He worked hard and played hard. Tom is survived by his wife of 35 years, Celia Ruiz Tomlinson; sons Michael David Tomlinson of St. Louis, MO and Thomas Clay Tomlinson and his wife, Ana Andzic Tomlinson, of Albuquerque; daughter Michele Andrews of Albuquerque; sister Trisha Towsley of Visalia, CA; brothers Joseph Clay Tomlinson of Tucson, AZ, Michael Tomlinson of Lake Havasu, AZ, and Gary Hubbard of Albuquerque; grandchildren Christopher, Jonathan, Zachary, Krystal, and Hanna. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Othello Clay and Kathleen Peggy Tomlinson and his daughter Cynthia Yvonne Degnan. Services will be held Friday, April 23, 2004, 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE with Pastor Lemuel Boyles officiating. French Mortuary, Inc 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

As Published in the Albuquerque Journal on April 23, 2004

Thomas Emery Tomlinson, born in 1940, passed away on April 20, 2004 He was the older brother of Joe and Mike Tomlinson.

My brother Thomas Emery Tomlinson was born in 1940 and passed on this a.m. in 2004 -- he is truly resting in a better place after several months of a hard fight for life -- He was the brother we all dream of having and more -- the love that came from this man was unmatchable -- he left us children that are precious and awesome to just hang with -- should you have been fortunate to have been a friend of Tommy's overjoyed in his love the same as a family member, totally unyielding of your personal faults -- once you had Tommy's love you were never the same person !!

Tommy had friends in the Window Rock area and I now believe it would be appropriate to share this on the web site if you have time -- I would appreciate this very much --

Joe & Bertha Tomlinson
WRHS Class of 1976

If you would like to send a personal note or e-card to Joe and Bertha, the email address is:

                                                                                                    April 20, 2004


New Arrival

Josiah Riley Norris

Proud Grandmother, Terry Bennett, WRHS Class of 1973, reports the birth of her new grandson, Josiah Riley Norris on Feb 29, 2004, at the Chandler Regional Hospital. Josiah’s parents are Traci & Daniel Norris, also graduates of WRHS. Josiah was 8 pounds, 4 oz, 21 inches long and born at 12:59 am. He was the first Leap Year baby at the Chandler Regional Medical Center. Big brother Elijah Justice is totally thrilled about his new baby brother!!. Terry says, “I got to watch it all - it was so cool”.



Denise Kaye Haven
WINDOW ROCK — Services for Denise Haven, 46, will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6 at First United Methodist Church, Gallup. Pastor Roscoe Smith and Brother Doyle Hales will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Haven died Jan. 1. She was born March 12, 1957 in Riverside, Calif. into the Cherokee Bear Clan for the Bitterwater People Clan.
Survivors include her husband, Felix Todicheeinie of Window Rock; son, Duane Haven of Window Rock; daughter, Waheulla R. Haven of Window Rock; brothers, Floyd Haven of Tuba City, Ariz., Adrian Haven and Glenn Haven both of Fort Defiance, Ariz.; sisters, Janelle Allen of Des Moines, Iowa, LaDonna Mackeen of Enid, Okla., Pandora Watchman of Fort Defiance, Julie John and Sharyl Williams both of Window Rock.

Haven was preceded in death by her parents, Amelia K. and Leo Haven.

Pallbearers will be Adrian Haven, Floyd Haven, Glenn Haven, Randy Haven, Larry John, and Elmer Williams.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



        Amelia Katherine Haven
WINDOW ROCK — Services for Amelia Haven, 71, will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6 at First United Methodist Church, Gallup. Pastor Roscoe Smith and Brother Doyle Hales will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Haven died Jan. 1. She was born June 29, 1932 in Salina, Okla. into the Cherokee Bear Clan.

Survivors include her sons, Floyd Haven of Tuba City, Ariz., Randall Haven of Church Rock, Adrian Haven and Glenn Haven both of Fort Defiance, Ariz.; daughters, Janelle Allen of Des Moines, Iowa, LaDonna Mackeen of Enid, Okla., Pandora Watchman of Fort Defiance, Julie John and Sharyl Williams both of Window Rock; brother, Norman Ross of Bartlesville, Okla.; sisters, Maxine Kauley of Lawton, Okla.; 31 grandchildren; and three grandchildren.

Haven was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Haven; parents, Maggie and Field Ross; daughter, Denise Kaye Haven; brother, Floyd Ross and sister, Norma Jean Saunders.

Pallbearers will be Craig Haven, Duane Haven, Jason Haven, Jeremy Haven, Joshua Haven, Michael Haven, Alan Williams and Ivan Williams.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
(As Published in the Gallup Daily Independent)

Dear WRHS Scouts,
It is with deep regret that I must inform those alumni members who are interested that Amelia and Denise Haven were killed in a car accident on January 1, 2004. Their funerals have been set for Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at the First Methodist Church in Gallup, NM @ 11:00 am. They will both be buried at the Sunset Memorial Park also located in Gallup. A reception will be held immediately after the the First Baptist Church in Tse Bonito, NM.

Amelia was the wife of Leo Haven who was a  WRUSD Governing Board member in the late 1960's to the early 1970's. She was also the mother of ten graduates of WRHS and was truly a die hard "Fighting Scout" fan and supported her children in all their activities while in high school. She is survived by nine children, thirty-one grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Four of her children currently work for the WRUSD and still keep close ties with the school district.

Denise Haven graduated from WRHS in 1975 and is survived by her two children who are also graduates of WRHS. The families are asking for any financial donations you may be able to provide. We appreciate your prayers and support and realize what an impact these two ladies provided to a lot of people in our communities. Please keep them in your prayers as they complete their journey to be with the Lord. Thank you!

"Fighting Scout" Pride!
Glenn Haven
Class of 1971

Donations can be sent to:
Adrian ("AJ") Haven
PO Box 5012
Window Rock, AZ  86515
(Make Checks Payable to Adrian Haven)





Paul Natonabah

Paul Natonabah passed away in Flagstaff, Arizona on February 12, 2003. Paul was the brother of Dorothy Natonabah Saucedo, Ella Natonabah Jones and Robert Natonabah, Sr. All graduated from WRHS.

Born on November 8, 1941, Paul graduated from WRHS in 1961. He was a member of the Student Council his senior year and served as a class officer for three years. Paul was a member of the Letterman's Club and participated in Track and Field, Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He was also a member of the choir.

Paul was drafted into the US Army Corp in 1966, with the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile Unit. He received the Vietnam Combat Certificate, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Paul was honorably discharged in 1970.

                                                                                                                                        July 14, 2003


Prayers are requested for the son-in-law of Jill Robertson, Chris aged 22, who was in a dirt bike accident on June 20. He is in the hospital with his right arm broken, pelvis fractured, tailbone broken and another bone broken in that area.


Prayers are asked in regards to fellow classmates who are struggling with serious health problems and wish to remain anonymous.



Michelle Davis Burrow

Michelle departed this life on April 25, 2003. Her parents were Dr. Anslem Davis (former Superintendent WRUSD) and Rosemary Davis. Wife of Terry Burrow (WRHS Alumni) Daughter-in-law of Dr. Lehamen Burrow, Sr. (former Principal) WRHS and Winona Hazel Burrow. Beloved sister to Sara Davis (alumni) and beloved sister-in-law to Teresa Burrow-Wilson (alumni), Sherry Burrow-John and Maurice John (alumni), and Jim Burrow, Jr. (alumni).

                                                                                                                                         June 1, 2003


Rite Kyselka

Rita, sister of Eileen Kyselka Scales, passed away on May 15, 2003 after a long illness.
                                                                                                                            May 29, 2003




Emmerson Shirley
WRHS Class of 1966

Passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. While at WRHS, he played football and track. He also served in Vietnam with the Army.

Emmerson is survived by his sister Letha, his wife and three wonderful children: Warren, Jimmy and Sheryl.
                                                                                                                                       April 23, 2003

Prayers and Concern

Thoughts and prayers are extended to Kimmel Jones, Class of 1965, who recently lost his father, Oscar.

                                                                                                                     April 14, 2003

Prayers and Concern

For Lynn Crow Cole WRHS Class of 1966. Her daughter, Meredith, is serving in Iraq and specializes in Intelligence.

                                                                                                                                       March 22, 2003

Prayers and Concern

 For Cheryl Phillips Stewart WRHS Class of 1965 and family on the loss of her son of 26 years.

                                                                                                                                      February 12, 2003


Warren O. Cordes
Father of
Mitzi Cordes Heydt
WRHS Class of 1971

Warren O. Cordes, at the age of 80 went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2003. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a dedicated member of the communities where he lived. Warren was a native of Arizona, born March 22, 1922 in Mayor, AZ. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth E. Evans, three daughters Janet Polasky husband Paul of Wayne, PA; Mitzie Cordes Heydt husband Bob of Gilbert, AZ; and Laura Rogers husband Lynn of Springerville, AZ; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, sister Edna Warren and brothers’ Henry and Calvin Cordes. Warren is a veteran of WWII where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was a farmer/stockman all his life. He retired from the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in 1984. He served on the Apache County Farm Bureau, Fair Commission, Soil Conservation boards; and was active in youth organizations of 4 H and FFA throughout his adult life. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Arizona 4 H Foundation, P.O. Box 210036, Tucson, AZ 85721, or the Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation, 1303 E. University Blvd., Box 20864, Tucson, AZ 85719 0521. Services will be Monday, January 20, 2003 at Serenity Mausoleum Chapel, Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery located at 719 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Visitation will be 12:00 noon and the funeral at 1:30 pm, burial to follow. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Springerville, AZ.

                                                                                                                                        January 17, 2003


Prayers and Concerns

Prayers and Concern are offered for Frank Cordova, husband of Cheryl LaFave Cordova, who suffered a heart attack on Monday, December 23, 2002.


Frank A. "Bud" Weaver III
Father of
Robert Weaver
WRHS Class of 1971

Terry Weaver
WRHS Class of 1974

FRANK A. "BUD" WEAVER III, born July 27, 1932 in Houston, Texas to Frank A. Weaver Jr. and Grace Causey Weaver, died December 7, 2002 in his home in Kingwood, Texas at the age of 70. Mr. Weaver served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. For 20 years he worked for George Weaver Inc., custom home builders in Kingwood and The Woodlands. He was an outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting, and as a member of Kingwood Country Club, he also enjoyed golfing. In his youth he played basketball, baseball and football, and in recent years still liked watching sports. But his real passion was his family, for whom he had infinite patience and always a good ear for listening. Mr. Weaver is survived by his wife of 52 years, "Betty" Weaver; mother, Grace Weaver; daughter, Kimberly A. Koch, her husband, Richard and their children, Ashley and James Koch; sons, Robert A. Weaver, his wife, Lynne and their daughter, Katherine Nicole Weaver, and Terry F. Weaver, his wife, Michelle and their children, Terry Jr., Christopher, Ryan, and Cierra Weaver; sister, Joann Weaver Grose and her husband Dayle; and brother, George Causey Weaver and his wife, Debbie. Friends may call at Kingwood Funeral Home Tuesday, December 10, 2002 after 3:00 p.m. where the family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kingwood Funeral Home with the Reverend T. Dayle Grose officiating. Interment will follow in the Veterans Cemetery in Cave Creek, Arizona.

                                                                                                        As Published in the Houston Chronicle   December 9, 2002




Bill & Joanne Speicher

Joanne Speicher
WRHS Booster Club

Joanne Speicher, mother to Jim, Billy, Jill, Joan and Susie, passed away at 1:30 am November 13, 2002.  Jim, Joan and Susie were with her.  Prayers are requested for the family.

Joanne Speicher was a very active parent at WRHS from 1961 80. She put together the parent Booster Club, an organization to promote parent involvement in all team sports at away and home games. Through that club, the Judd Avey Award and Sports Banquet was founded. The award was given to the student who personified sportsmanship and the award was in memory of Avey as the ultimate coach soon after is death. The Booster Club had many fund raisers to supplement road trips, and other sports needs not met by the school. I can still see my mom and dad in the bleachers yelling "huba huba, big blue!" My folks loved the school, the kids, and the reservation.

Both Joanne and Bill served on the School Board and Bill organized the donation of the school's victory bell, for the Class of 1965 who purchased it, from the Santa Fe railroad. (The bell was still around when I graduated in 1980, don't know if its still around.)

Mom made millions of cupcakes for many a bake sale for her cheerleading daughters and built many floats for homecoming!! She even designed a float or two for the Booster club.

Through all of this she sold Avon Products, coached baseball, delivered newspapers, and was a friend and second mother to many. After twenty years of dedication to WRHS, I can only hope to be half as successful in my own children's lives.

Rest in peace. I will keep your spirit alive!!

Sue Speicher McCauley
                                                                                                                                November 13, 2002



George 'Nubs' Begay

George 'Nubs' Begay passed away this past Saturday, November 9, 2002 at 3:00 a.m. at the tender age of 37 years. He is survived by his parents, Walter Sr., and Mary Begay of Ft. Defiance, AZ; three brothers, Anthony and Walter Jr. of Ft. Defiance, and Tim of Phoenix; one sister, Sandi of Ft. Defiance, AZ.; and two sons: Robbyn of Denver, CO and Brett of Ft. Defiance. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

                                                                                                                                        November 12, 2002


Ted Belles

Ted Belles, Nancy Martin Rikel & Maunelle Martin Belles
Christmas, 1998

Ted L. Belles, loving husband of  Maunelle Martin Belles, passed away on October 18, 2002. Dr. Martin taught at WRHS from 1957 through 1966 and is the mother of Nancy Martin Rikel, WRHS Class of 1965.

                                                                                                        October 18, 2002


Ted L. Belles, a resident of Phoenix since 1964, passed away October 18, 2002. Born in Blakesberg, Iowa, September 22, 1926, he had a long career with Bankers Life & Casualty Insurance Company and in recent years had worked as an insuracne broker.

A World War II veteran, Ted served in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Navy and received numerous awards for meritorious service including the Air Medal and the Distinquished Flying Cross.

Survivors include his wife, Maunelle W. Belles; three sons: Mark David, Mitchell Walker, and Steven Patrick; two daughters: Carol Williams and Nancy Rikel (Yorba Linda, CA); a sister: Bonnie Seager (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa), a brother, Lawrence W. (Rochester, NY); seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

                                                                                                            October 29, 2002



Harrison Naswood

Services for Harrison Naswood, 62, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance. Burial will follow at Fort Defiance Cemetery.

Naswood died Sept. 5 in Fort Defiance. He was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Chinle, Ariz., into the Edgewater People Clan for the Tangle People Clan.

Naswood attended Window Rock High School and Baylor Business College, Dallas Texas. He was employed with the Navajo Nation Purchasing Department. He was a former athlete, referee and champion bull rider.

Survivors include his sons, Elton Naswood of Los Angeles, Calif., Elmer Naswood, Elbert Naswood, and Elroy Naswood all of Fort Defiance; daughters, Evangeline Naswood of Mesa, Ariz., and Evangelita Samora of Pueblo, Colo.; brother, Wilson Naswood of Fort Defiance, Ariz.; sisters, Louise Naswood of Chinle, Ariz., and Judy Armstrong of Whiteriver, Ariz., and three grandchildren.

Naswood was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Naswood and Yanabah Naswood and son, Eldon Ebba Naswood.

The family will receive friends and relatives after the burial services at Saint Dominic Hall, Fort Defiance.

Cope Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

High School Record

Who's Who 5; Latin Club 4; Letterman's Club 1,2,3,4; Football 1,2; Basketball 1,2; Track 1,2; Baseball 1,2; Football Student Mgr 3; Student Coach 3.

                                                                                                        September 5, 2002




                                            Donna Little and Brian Callan
                                         Junior Senior Prom

Donna Little and Brian Callan
Reunion 2002

Brian Callan
WRHS Class of 1976

Brian Callan died September 1, 2002 in Phoenix.

Brian was a 1976 Window Rock High School Graduate. He was an accomplished and recognized student athlete.

Brian was a retired Chief Warrant Officer II U.S.M.C. He was awarded numerous academic and athletic honors and received medals of distinction from serving in Granada, Panama, Beirut, Gulf War, and Somalia. Brian was an avid reader and a compassionate human being who served others. He was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather.

Brian is survived by: son Michael J. T. Callan; daughter Cheryl J.Y. Callan; parents mother Jerri Glover; father Laurence B. Callan; brothers Sean Patrick Callan, Peter Gerald Callan, Timothy Mark Callan, and Christopher Robert Callan; maternal grandmother Eileen Glover; and two grandchildren Seandeen Elizabeth Callan and Bahazhonii Dawn Callan. Callan was also preceded in death by a maternal grandfather Billy Glover and paternal grandparents Laurence Joseph and Ceciela Callan.

Brian completed the following information on the questionnaire at Reunion 2002:

Occupation: Retired Educator Disabled Veteran, Former Chief Warrant Officer, 15 years service, USMC, Retired. Served in 24 countries such as: Hawaii, 29 Palms California, Okinawa, Japan, London England. Four combat tours including Desert Storm.

Favorite teachers: Papa Seal, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hines

Fondest Memories: Football Games, Homecomings, spirit, camaraderie, white washing WR on Black Rock.

Funny Stories: Too many to relate, most can't be admitted!

Secret to Life: Perseverance

                                                                                                        September 4, 2002



Lennie R. Reynolds Sr.
aka Leonard Tsosie

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. — Services for Lennie Reynolds Sr., 55, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at Fort Defiance Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the private family cemetery, Sawmill, Ariz.

Reynolds died Aug. 31 in Fort Defiance. He was born Sept. 7, 1946 in Fort Defiance into the Mud People Clan for the One Who Walks Around You People Clan.

Reynolds graduated from Window Rock High School and attended vocational school in Oakland, Calif. and Lawrence, Kan.

He was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Nation, Navajo Housing Authority, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, carpenter's union, soil conservation service as a soil conservationist, a range technician, range rider, electrician apprentice and carpenter. His hobbies included rodeos and ranching. He was a former member of the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA).

Survivors include his wife, Carol J. Reynolds of Fort Defiance; son, Lennie R. Reynolds Jr. of Fort Defiance; daughter, Lynette K. Reynolds of Fort Defiance; brother, Jimmy Tsosie of Sawmill, Ariz.; sisters, Ruth S. Benally of Fort Defiance and Lillian S. Mitchell of Sawmill; and four grandchildren. Reynolds Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, Alchidesbah and Hoskie Jim Tsosie; and Mabel S. Bennett.

                                                                                                        August 31, 2002





We are saddened to announce that the husband of Evelyn Reed Herzog , Keith, who had been fighting a courageous battle against cancer for more than a year, passed away on June 24, 2002.  Evelyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Keith Fenton Herzog

(As published in the Salt Lake City Tribune, Thursday, June 27, 2002)

God took the strength of a mountain The majesty of a tree The warmth of a summer sun The calm of a quiet sea The generous soul of nature The comforting arm at night The wisdom of the ages The power of the eagles' flight Then God combined these qualities His masterpiece was now complete I've lovingly called him Keith Keith passed peacefully at home at the age of 55 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born June 17, 1947 to Charlotte and George J. Herzog in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married his best friend and constant companion, Evelyn Reed Herzog, Sept. 16, 1969.

Keith had a long sales career where he made numerous friends. He was employed by ADT at the time of his passing.

Boating, ice hockey, scuba diving, sky diving, riding his Harley Davidson, and most of all, his dedication to the game of golf, were some of his favorite pastimes that he enjoyed doing with family and friends. His charm, genuineness and beautiful head of hair will be remembered by all as trademarks of Keith. He was very proud of his "Wings at 16" trophy presented for attaining a pilot's license before he earned his driver's license. At age of 19 he found sky diving, a sport he treasured in the innermost part of his soul, logged more than 450 jumps and made numerous long standing friends. He enjoyed boating with Evelyn. They began with a small sail boat, which led to a cabin cruiser, the Gee Gee III, where fishing and water skiing were favorites.

His passion for golf and love of travel led him to invent and design a golf travel bag under the company name of The Golf Travel Bag. In 1985 he joined Hidden Valley Country Club, where he enjoyed countless rounds of golf with Evelyn and friends.

His FXR became his last sport he loved riding as well as showing which gave him great pleasure. His bike received four First Place Trophies and one Best Overall Paint Trophy.

He will be missed by all family members and friends whose lives he touched.

Left behind are his most priceless treasures: Evelyn (Fred) of Salt Lake City; mother, Charlotte Herzog of Price, Utah; sisters Christine (Jerry) Hurd, Port Sydney, Canada; Coleen Herzog and brother Scott (Laury) both of Price, Utah; numerous loving in laws; innumerable friends and best "Little friend" five year old Nicholas Story, who shared every outdoor chore, Hockey and especially motorcycle riding. "Niki, I wish you the very best life offers and all your dreams realized." He was preceded in death by sister Karen (infant) and father George J. Herzog.

Keith courageously fought to stay with us and humbly accepted a greater will. A husband, son, brother and friend, we have not lost. Rather, we welcome to be blessed by his presence in life's journey onward.

Keith Fenton, may all your drives be straight, all your putts drop and your Harley Davidson never run out of gas   God Speed.

A farewell service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday June 29, 2002 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Friends are invited to join the family for hugs and last goodbyes, Friday evening from 6 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the service. Dedication of grave will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn immediately following the service.

Special thanks to the many close friends, neighbors, relatives, doctors, and nurses for their love and support as they served Keith.

                                                                                                         June 24, 2002

Herman Charles Fredenberg III


Dr. Fred, a well known and well  loved local dentist affectionately known as the Tooth Shaman, died March 17, 2002, from complications following a successful liver transplant on February 5th. Fred was born Herman Charles Fredenberg III in Keshena, WI on 11/16/49, a member of the Menominee Nation. He was the oldest of 9 children born to Herman II and Pauline Wychesit Fredenberg. Fred was an exceptional man and a born athlete. He lettered in every sport in high school at Window Rock, AZ by the time he graduated in 1968. He also won the prestigious Jud Avey Sportsmanship Award his senior year.  He attended the University of New Mexico on a full scholarship to play football, being honored as a Sports Illustrated Player of the Week.

Herman  receiving the
Jud Avey Award in 1967

But Fred wasn’t just an athlete, he was also a scholar, winning a Kellog Scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky Dental School where he completed a four year program in just three years. Fred is the second American Indian in the country to become a dentist and was a long time member of the Society of American Indian Dentists. Fred moved to Alaska in 1974 to fill a short term position for the Public Health Service at the ANS hospital. Like many of us, he fell in love with Alaska and never left. He started a private practice in Anchorage which he maintained until May of last year when he moved his practice to his family farm in Palmer, Alaska.

Fred was a strong, gentle, kind, generous and loving soul. A man with a genuinely good spirit who touched all who crossed his path. He is a man who will be deeply missed by his many patients, friends and extended family. Fred’s death is a tragic loss to our world, but he creates a bright light in the heavens which must comfort and inspire us all. Fred leaves behind his soul mate and wife, Connie Fredenberg, and eight lovely young people who are proud and blessed to have called him father and stepfather. Five children: Sean Irvin, Tecumseh Fredenberg, Satanta Fredenberg, and Dorthy Wychesit Fredenberg of Anchorage; Nakatla Fredenberg of Ada, Oklahoma. Three stepchildren: Grace and Othniel Oomittuk of Pt. Hope, Alaska; and Kayuktuq Oomittuk of Palmer. There are also three grandchildren: Jared and Sarah Rose Oomittuk of Pt. Hope and Justin Leigh of Ada, Oklahoma. Fred is survived by his four brothers: Jim and wife Veronica of San Diego, CA; Lacey and wife Bunni of Gallup, NM; David and partner Rusty Stechman and brother Tom of Tuscon, AZ and his two sisters: Clara and husband Mark Darby of Mesa, AZ; Denise and husband Orin Kettering of Gallup, NM. Fred’s large extended family includes many cousins, nieces and nephews scattered throughout the Southwest and on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dennis and Craig and nephew Dennis Joseph.

Donations can be made in Fred’s name to the Dr. George Blue Spruce Scholarship Fund, a program initiated by Dr. Fred to encourage Native Americans to become dentists. Send donations to: The Society of American Indian Dentists, PO Box 15107, Phoenix, AZ 85060.

H. C. Fredenberg, DMD a.k.a. Dr. Fred Age 52.

                                                                                                        March 17, 2002


Mrs. A. C. Rudeau

Mrs. A. C. Rudeau, mother of Diane, passed away during the Christmas Holidays, 2001.


Patrick H. Nelson

Patrick H. Nelson 81, of Mesa AZ, died on December 30, 2000. Born March 17, 1919 in Portal, North Dakota, Patrick served in the US Army in Italy during WWII. After the war, he began his police career in law enforcement with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1947.  During the 1950's & 60's, he was the Chief of Police of the Navajo Nation. He was President of the Arizona Police Chiefs Association and held office in the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He finished his career as Police Chief in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings. He is survived by Betty; eight sons; three daughters; 22 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

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WRHS Wall of Honor
Anderson, Edison "Ox" 
Anderson, Patrick 
Arviso, Sr., Ted 
Bailey, Elton R
Begay, George 'Nubs' 
Begay, Veronica Morgan 
Belles, Ted 
Benally, Delbert 
Benally, Gary 
Benally, Phillip 
Bennett, James 
Billison, Dr. Samuel 
Bohanan , Anna Ruth 
Burrow, Michelle Davis 
Callan, Brian 
Cordes, Warren O. 
Charlie, Reuben Tracy
Collins III, William "Jumbo"
Damon, Levi 
Day IV, Samuel Edward 
DeGroat , Ellouise D. 
Dennison, Laura Kathleen 
Eddy, Cletus "Mac" 
Elliott Jr., Henry Arch ‘Hank’ 
Folsom, Sr., David Andrew 
Francis, Willie 
Fredenberg III, Herman Charles 
Hale, Kyle Lee 
Hardy, Tommy 
Haven, Denise Kaye 
Hawthorn, Gene Roy 
Herzog, Keith Fenton 
Hillis, Clyde P. 
Hubbard Bagley, Cynthia 
Hubbard Jr., Chester David 
Hubbard, Sr., Leigh Paul 
Ingraham Allenegui, Faith Marguerite 
Joe, Leslie 
Johnny , Cooper 
Johnson, Richard 
Jones, Oscar
Jones, Ronald Stanley 


Katherine Haven, Amelia 
Kyselka, Rite
Larimore, Kerry 
Lee, Lawrence M
Loftin, Loren Delbert 
MacKeen, Richard "Dick" 
Magnuson, Dan 
Manuelito, Julian 
Martin Belles, Dr. Maunelle Waggoner 
McCabe, Katherine Leona 
McLemore, Robert E
Nagurski Walker, Mafa 
Nakai, Raymond 
Naswood, Harrison 
Natonabah, Paul 
Natonabah, Sr., Robert 
Nelson, Patrick H. 
Notah Jr., Thomas 
Phelps, Hardy Lee 
Radcliffe, Sharon
Reynolds Sr., Lennie R. 
Rudeau, Mrs. A. C. 
Shackelford, John Morgan 
Sherer Luckenbaugh, Julie Ann 
Shirley, Emmerson 
Slinkey, Michael 
Smiley, Janel 
Smiley, Melvin "Sid" 
Speicher, Joanne 
Stewart, Ruth 
Stewart, Sr., Phillip 
Sutton, George 
Tomlinson, Michael 
Tomlinson, Thomas Emery 
Weaver III, Frank A. "Bud" 
Williams, Candy White 
Williams, Jr., Douglas 
Williams, Marilyn 
Yazzie, Keith 
Yellowhair, Willard 




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