Obituaries

MSGT John O. Fullerton, Ret.

John Oscar Fullerton, 84, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away April 17, 2015, at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center after a very short illness.

John was born in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Evans and Edith Fullerton. He was raised on a farm during his youth and was a farmer at heart. He graduated from Wahoo High School, Wahoo, Neb. In 1949, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served 22 years until his retirement in 1971.

Ruth Carolyn Coulter

Ruth Carolyn Coulter, 71, of Sierra Vista, passed away at Cornerstone Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., on April 29, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ruth was born in Spangler, Pa., to Robert and Ruth Krouse and was the eldest of four children. Most of her youth was spent in Johnstown, Pa., where she lived until she was an adult.

In 1966 she married James Dravis and their daughter Kellie was born in 1968. James died in Vietnam in 1969. In 1973, Ruth married Bill Coulter and their son Jeremy was born in 1976. A second son, Moreland, joined the family in 1988 by adoption. Moreland passed away in 2013.

Anton "Tony" Emil Zahradnik

Anton “Tony” Emil Zahradnik, 84, of Sierra Vista, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 26, 2015. 

Tony was born on April 8, 1931, in Czechoslovakia, to Anton Milan Zahradnik and Angela Zahradnikova. He was raised and educated in Slovakia. He was sent to a camp in Italy, when old enough he ran away and there joined the U.S. Army. He proudly served for more than 25 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired at the rank of Sgt. First Class. Tony then worked at Fort Huachuca Intelligence Center training new recruits. In 2001 he married Betty Scheibe in Las Vegas, Nev. Tony loved to play tennis and his many awards attest to his excellence. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista for over 40 years.

Michael Rager Pine

Michael Rager Pine, 79, passed away at home on Monday, April 27, 2015. He was born on March 24, 1936, in Ajo, Ariz., to Beulah Ferris Pine and Kenneth Rager Pine. He attended grades one through eight at the Empire School near Sonoita, Ariz., and was a graduate of Patagonia High School.  

He was a highly regarded professional land surveyor living and practicing in the states of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, where he has been a resident for 29 years. He was also an avid hunter and sportsman who delighted in passing those traditions on to his children and grandchildren.

Augustus J. Bock “Gus”

Augustus J. Bock “Gus” passed away on April 26, 2015, peacefully at home, after a long battle with cancer. He was the son of Augustus W. and Grace Margaret (Buckley) Bock of New Jersey. He was born on April 18, 1933, in Newark, N.J.

His sister, Judith, died in 1980 and his grandson, Dwayne Celestine Jr., passed on April 24, 2014.

Mary Lou Clayton

Mary Lou Clayton, 75, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2015, at Life Care Center in Sierra Vista. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 2 p.m at First Christian Church. Interment will take place at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. Further information will be in a later edition. Local arrangements are under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.

  

Roger Vander-Heyden

Roger Vander-Heyden

Roger was born on Davis Monthan AFB on Sept. 29, 1955, and died at age 59 on March 31, 2015, after a devastating bout with cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on May 2, 2015, at 9 a.m.

Lawrence Michael Schroeder

Larry passed away at home from cancer with his family present.

Larry was born in Milwaukee, Wis., to Joe and Helen Schroeder.

He was one of five brothers: Ron Flees, Bob, and Clarence (wife, Mary), and his late brother, Stephen.

He started working early in life to help family, due to his father’s illness. He worked in a foundry for 40 years.

Larry met the love of his life, Barbara, and together they had one son, Steven; five stepchildren, Frank, Pat, Susan, Gordon and Cindy; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Carlos Saavedra Ramirez

Carlos Saavedra Ramirez was called home by his Lord and Savior on April 22, 2015, as a result of being shot to death.

Carlos was born in Bisbee, Ariz., on June 18, 1963. 

Carlos was preceded in death by his father, Manuel A. Ramirez Jr.; uncle, Luis Tena Saavedra; sister, Lorraine Salome Ramirez; and daughter, Lyndsey Michelle Ramirez.

He is survived by his mother, Alicia Ramirez; sister, Maria del Carmen Ramirez, brothers, Manuel Ramirez, George Ramirez of Bisbee, Ariz., and Jose Luis Ramirez of Tucson, Ariz.; his daughters, Alicia Marie Thompson Ramirez, of Tuscon, Ariz., and Monae Barry. He is also surivived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Carlos is also survived by lifelong friend, Johnny Rabey.

Anton "Tony" Emil Zahradnik

Anton “Tony” Emil Zahradnik, 84, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at his home in Sierra Vista. Graveside services will be on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 10 a.m at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Further information will be in a later edition. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.

  

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