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April 24, 2014


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Virginia Ann Walker

KINLICHEE, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Virginia Ann Walker, 47, will be held today, April 24, at 10 a.m. at the catholic church in St. Michaels, Ariz., with Father Patrick officiating. Burial will be at Kinlichee Cemetery.

Virginia was born Jan. 22, 1967, in Ganado, Ariz., into the Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water's Edge Clan). She died April 18, 2014, at the Flagstaff Medical Center.

Virginia graduated from Window Rock High School and was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, cleaning, playing cards, walking, and traveling.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Danny Walker; sons, Brandon Walker, Garrison Les Walker and Garrett Lee Walker; daughter, Yolanda Hubbard; brothers, Harry Hubbard, Jonas Hubbard Jr., Ned Hubbard, Raymond Hubbard, Herbert Hubbard Sr., and Bobby Hubbard; sisters, Emma Hubbard, Eleanor Hubbard, Linda Riggs, Caroline Dokey, Genevieve Hubbard, Pauline Hubbard; and three grandchildren.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, Jonas Hubbard Sr. and Lena Hubbard; and nephews, Delbert Riggs, Neil Hubbard and Harris Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be Danny Walker, Brandon Walker, Bobby Hubbard, Kenny Keams, Harrison Gorman, and Cameron Largo.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Hubbard, Jonas Hubbard Jr. Ned Hubbard. Raymond Hubbard, Herbert Hubbard, Bobby Hubbard, Hambert Watchman, and Lawrence Watchman.

A reception will take place at the late Jonas Hubbard Sr. and Lena Hubbard's residence in Kinlichee.

To make a donation, contact Caroline Dokey at 505-406-3239.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.




Dr. Kevin Sweeney

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. - A funeral mass for Dr. Kevin Sweeney, the long-standing chief of pediatrics at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, will be celebrated Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Michael Mission in Saint Michaels, Ariz.

Kevin was born May 30, 1957, in Alsip, Ill., to Maureen and Daniel Sweeney. He died suddenly and unexpectedly on April 19, 2014.

Kevin graduated from the University of Chicago and Rush Medical School. Believing firmly that access to quality health care is a right not a privilege, Dr. Sweeney devoted his life work of 25 years to the Indian Health Service as pediatrician, chief of staff, and administrator. He cared deeply about his patients and their families, following them as babies through their teens and, feeling a bit older, seeing those children's children and occasionally grandchildren. He always enjoyed catching up with patients when in the community and worked hard to make health care delivery more accessible and to alleviate some of the hardship families have caring for children with severe disabilities.

Whether as colleague, caregiver, supervisor, and-or friend, Dr. Sweeney always offered an empathetic ear and a voice that strived to seek and speak the truth. Our community has lost one of our clinical pillars, a person who is truly irreplaceable. He will surely be missed and he will never be forgotten.

Kevin's wife of 23 years, Judy, and his daughters Jillian, Jacelyn, Jami, and Julieta, invite you to celebrate Kevin's life at a community memorial service Friday, April 25, at the Rehoboth Christian School gym at 6 p.m. Please bring stories to share.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Jim Harlan Community Pantry, 1130 Hassler Valley Rd., Gallup, NM 87301 or Gallup Special Olympics-Area 6 (checks may be sent to Janet Li-Tempest, 1705 Linda Drive, Gallup, NM 87301).

Wilfred Tes Yazzie

SANTA FE -- Graveside services for Wilfred Tes Yazzie, 85, will be held today, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Wilfred was born Nov. 15, 1929, in Burnham, N.M., into the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle Clan). He died April 15, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

Wilfred was a carpenter by trade. After retirement he enjoyed reading his Bible and the daily newspaper, and whatever little tasks to keep busy in addition to his daily walks.

Wilfred is survived by his brothers, Frankie T. Yazzie of Ya-Tah-Hey, N.M., and Jasper Littletree of Kirtland, N.M.; daughter, Deborah C. Lucero of Window Rock; sons, Michael Yazzie of Window Rock, and Gregg Yazzie of Chandler, Ariz.; and 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Wilfred is preceded in death by his parents, Louie Dix and Matilda Dixon Yazzie; brother, Rev. Sampson T. Yazzie; sister, Rachel Stevenson; son, Douglas Yazzie; and great-grandson, Bryant K. Tungovia.

Forrest Adison

RICHFIELD, Utah - Funeral services for Forrest Herman Adison, 80, will be held Saturday, April 26, at 12 p.m. at the Richfield 1st LDS Ward Chapel (985 South 400 West) in Richfield, Utah, where friends may call for viewing Friday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or Saturday prior to the services from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Burial with military honors accorded by the VFW Sevier Post No. 5050 and the Utah Honor Guard will be at the Richfield City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

Forrest was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Shonto, Ariz., to Fred and Mae Calamity Adson, into the L—k'aa' dine'é (Reed People Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water's Edge Clan). He died April 20, 2014, at his home in Richfield, after a brave battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Forrest attended Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Ore., graduating in 1954. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, and resided in Richfield since 1968.

Forrest married Esther Jones on July 27, 1957, in Salem. She died Jan. 7, 1999.

Forrest worked for Boeing Aircraft, Bureau of Indian Affairs as an instructional aide, Chemawa Indian School, Magdalena Dormitory, and the Richfield Dormitory. He was involved with student activities such as camping, hiking, cookouts, field trips, and starting a rodeo club mentoring and building skills and fundamentals in the sport of rodeo and roping, competing locally and in the Western states. Practicing was an important part of roping. Everyone was welcomed to practice with him or learn from him and use his horses, ropes, cattle, and whatever he had.

Forrest had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all their accomplishments and activities by attending and supporting them. He loved his family, relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Forrest is survived by his children, Forrest H. and Rita Adison Jr. of Castle Dale, Utah, Ernestine J. and Donald Crank of Payson, Ariz., Sylvia J. and Steve Nielsen of Monroe, Utah, and Sophie Z. Adison and Eugenia A. Adison, both of Richfield; siblings, Grace Yazzie, Alice Adson, and Russell and Julia Adson, all of Shonto, Ariz., Ruth and Sam Yazzie of Sanders, Ariz., and Emma and Larry Watts of Fort Defiance; and 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Forrest is preceded in death by his wife, Esther; parents, Fred and Mae Adson; and siblings, Helen Herder, Rose Adson, Mike Adson, and David Adson.

Online guest book is available at www.springerturner.com.

Hugh Atcitty-Begay Jr.

FARMINGTON -- Mass of Christian burial for Hugh Atcitty-Begay Jr., 70, of Newcomb, N.M., will be held Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (414 N. Allen Ave.) in Farmington, with Father Anthony Dike as celebrant. Visitation will take place today, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home (103 E. Ute St.) in Farmington. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery (6917 E. Main St.) in Farmington.

Hugh was born April 14, 1944, in Shiprock, to Hugh Atcitty Sr. and Jessie Redshirt Atcitty, into the Tábaahá (Water's Edge Clan, born for Kinlichii'nii (Red House Clan). He died April 19, 2014, in Farmington.

During his life, Hugh worked for and retired from Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority, Diné Nation. He also worked for Plateau Refinery.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Rena Teller; sons, Leonard and Gilbert Atcitty; daughters, Nadine Norberto (Nelson Jr.) and Hughetta Atcitty (Don Shorty); stepchildren, Donnell Hnat (Rik), Tracey Phoenix-Lyons (John), Christopher Teller (Earlphia), and Harriet Talk; brothers, Edward and Calvin; sisters, Lorraine Smith, Jean Rose Bidtah (Elliot), Eleanor Antonio, Rose Bahe, Valeria Garner, Betty Barbone, and Nellie Atcitty; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kaleb English, Shawn Henderson, John Lyons, Bryan Norberto, Don Shorty, and Chris Teller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Kee, Ernest Kenneth, Dugan LeBeaux, Glenn Nakai, Vernon Teller, and George Werito.

The family would like to thank the San Juan Regional Nephrology Department, Dr. Pandya, Dr. Pokharel, and the San Juan Rehab Center.

Arrangements are with Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington.

Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.

Al J. Stewart Sr.

FORT DEFIANCE -- Funeral services for Al J. Stewart Sr., 65, of Sawmill, Ariz., were held April 17 at The Church of Good Shepherd in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Chan Anaya officiating. Interment followed at the family plot in Red Lake, N.M., north of Fort Defiance.

Al was born April 12, 1949, in Fort Defiance, into the Naaneesht'ézhi Táchii'nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for T—dich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan). He died April 14, 2014, in Flagstaff.

Al graduated from Window Rock High School in 1968 and attended Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif. He worked with many general contractors as a master carpenter and built beautiful homes for many families and friends. He was a member of the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association and a champion saddle-bronc rider. His favorite team was the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Al is survived by his wife, Flora R. Stewart; sons, Casey Stewart and Al J. Stewart Jr.; daughter, Courtney Stewart; brothers, Alfred Stewart, Harry Stewart Sr., and Franklin Stewart Sr.; sister, Minnie Baldwin; and five grandchildren.

Al is preceded in death by his daughter, Tammie Stewart; parents, Benjamin and Ruth Stewart; brothers, Bennie, Wilson, Nelson, Leonard, Phillip, and Willis; and sister, Mae Upshaw.

Pallbearers were Casey Stewart, Randy Stewart, Leon Stewart, Kevin Stewart, David Ornelas, and Joshua Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were James Begay, Al J. Stewart Jr., Harry Stewart Sr., Franklin Stewart, Alfred Stewart, Vernon Roanhorse, Marvin Roanhorse, Orlando Julianto, and nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Roderick Ronald Russell

OAKLAND, Iowa -- Roderick Ronald Russell, 67, passed away April 8, 2014, at Oakland Manor in Oakland, Iowa. He was laid to rest beside his parents in Braddyville, Iowa.

Roderick was born Nov. 12, 1946, to Jennie Louise (Hardee) and Galen Frank Russell in Elmo, Mo.

The one-room Wilcox School was where Roderick began his education. In 1958 it closed and he attended 6th grade at Ravenwood. When his family moved to a farm near Villisca, Iowa, he completed his middle school and high school education, graduating in 1964. Going to reunions gave him the opportunity to reminisce with classmates about a happy time in his life when he continued his interest in science, played football, basketball, and ran track.

Roderick attended Clarinda Community College before transferring to Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., graduating in 1968. He then entered the Air Force and flew 570 hours of combat missions over Vietnam from a base in Thailand and served until 1980. During that time, planes he flew landed at air bases at Torrejon, Spain; Incerlik, Turkey; Mildenhall, England; Thule, Greenland; Eielson, Alaska; Hickam, Hawaii; Kadena in Okinawa, Japan; Anderson, Guam; Clark, Philippines; U-Tapao, Thailand; Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean; and various bases in the United States.

During these trips, Roderick took advantage of the opportunity to tour those places and regaled stories about cheering the Spanish bullfighters, being awestruck by English medieval cathedrals, and walking on icebergs in Greenland. He told about flying a tanker that refueled the SR-71 and loved seeing the "Black Bird" at the SAC Museum.

After the Air Force, Roderick graduated from Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, Calif., and, as class president, planned the reception. During those years, he served in the California Air National Guard. Then he practiced in Phoenix, and later moved to the Navajo Reservation with clinics in Window Rock, Kayenta and Chinle.

In 2004, a brain tumor forced Roderick into retirement, but he continued to live in Fort Defiance, and appreciated spectacular sunsets, gorgeous red rocks, and fresh air. He valued the Navajo culture, collected rugs, jewelry, and art over the years, contributed to the Navajo Museum in Window Rock, and supported the local rodeo and basketball teams. He worshiped with his friends at Mount Michael's Baptist Church where he was a member.

In December 2013, when circumstances made living alone impossible, Roderick returned to the Midwest to the love and companionship of his many relatives whom he leaves behind to grieve.

We will miss his warm, generous nature, extreme patience, and his ability to live in the moment. His motto was to "stay positive."

Roderick is survived by his sister, Gayle Strickland and her husband Robert of Oakland; niece, Jenna Strickland and husband Adam Schlismann; aunts and uncles, Emory Jr. and Doris Hardee of Bedford, Iowa, Cathy Hardee of Corning, Iowa, Ron and Betty Hardee of Belton, Mo., Smith and Shirley Hardee of Belton; Naomi and Paul Reed of Waukee, Iowa, Betty Russell of Mound City, Mo., and Wilma, Sharley, and Katie Jones; great-nephews, Jack and Tom Schlismann of El Centro, Calif.; and over 50 first cousins and numerous friends, including the staff at Oakland Manor will also miss him.

Roderick is preceded in death by his parents, Jennie and Galen Russell; grandparents, Joe and Nell Russell and Emory and MaryBelle Hardee; companion, Julia Jones; and aunts and uncles, Raymond and Ella Russell, Helen and Earl Snodderly, Emmett Russell, Lee Russell, Mary and Art Kenning, Marjorie Gear, Lola Jean and Ray Burns, Bob and Beverly Hardee, Inez and Carroll Hulbert, and Iris and Dorman Milligan.