Obituaries

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July 31, 2014


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Bennie L. Cleveland

FORT DEFIANCE -- Funeral services for Bennie L. Cleveland, 77, of Fort Defiance, were held July 30 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Chan Anaya officiating. Interment followed at the Tse Teel Naaghii family plot.

Bennie was born April 24, 1937, in Fort Defiance, into the çshiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water's Edge Clan). He died July 25, 2014, in Flagstaff.

Bennie attended Wingate High School and was employed with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Water Development. He served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.

Bennie is survived by his sons, Melvin Cleveland of Fort Defiance, and Perry Cleveland of Mescalero, N.M.; daughters, Joann Tso of Window Rock, and Sherry Baldwin of Winslow, Ariz.; brothers, Mark Cleveland of Fort Defiance, Kenneth Cleveland of Fort Defiance, and Daniel Cleveland of Fort Defiance; sisters, Betty Cleveland of Fort Defiance, and Mary Cleveland of Fort Defiance; and 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bennie is preceded in death by his wife, Verna Bahe Cleveland; parents, Woodrow and Phoebe Cleveland; and brother, Leslie Cleveland.

Pallbearers were Gabriel Cleveland, Kevin Cleveland, Rodrick Cleveland, Marshall Baldwin, Steven Bahe, and Manuel Cleveland.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Cleveland, Mark Cleveland, Daniel Cleveland, Steven Cleveland, Raymond Cleveland, Delfred Baldwin, Harry Tso, Perry Cleveland, Melvin Cleveland, and Marcus Cleveland.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Joe Brown

NAVAJO STATION, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Joe Brown, 86, of Navajo Station, Ariz., were held July 30 at the Nazarene Church in Navajo Station, with Pastor Justin Johnson officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Navajo Station.

Joe was born in 1929 in Navajo Station, into the Tsénjikini (Honey Combed Rock People/Cliff Dwellers People Clan), born for Kinlichii'nii (Red House Clan). He died July 26, 2014, in Show Low, Ariz.

Joe worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, Papermill in Show Low, and Navajo Tribal Water Development. He loved to sing gospel and Navajo songs, and sang with a Klagetoh song and dance group. He was a Native American Church member and renewed his membership with the Nazarene Church in the latter part of his life.

Joe is survived by his son, Petersen Taliman; daughters, Marie Taliman, Rena Taliman, and Mary Ann Arnold; and sister, Rose Benally.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Sam Brown; sister, Marie Becenti; and wife, Mary Brown.

Pallbearers were family members and extended family.

Tse Bonito Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.




Kingsley J. Yazzie

LUPTON, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Kingsley J. Yazzie, 31, were held July 30 at the Lupton Valley Community Church. Interment followed at the family plot.

Kingsley was born Nov. 8, 1982, into the Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Dibélzhini (Black Sheep Clan). His nali is Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House); chei is Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People). He died July 22, 2014.

Kingsley graduated from Valley High School in Sanders, Ariz. He enjoyed drawing and was a community volunteer.

Kingsley is survived by his brothers, Emerson Charley, Darrell Yazzie, and Perry Yazzie; sister, Janita Cleveland; and son, Kylan Yazzie.

Kingsley is preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Yazzie; and grandparents, Tom and Mary Charley.

Pallbearers were Emerson Charley, Darrell Yazzie, Perry Yazzie, Troy Charley, Norman Benally, and Wyman Whitman.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Yellowhair

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Prayer service for Ruby Yellowhair, 75, were held July 26 at the Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow. Interment followed at the Desert View Cemetery.

Ruby, an accomplished rug weaver, was born May 21, 1939, to John and Ella Mae Yellowhair in Low Mountain, Ariz. She died July 22, 2014, in Lakeside, Ariz.

Ruby is survived by her sons, Jackie Yazzie and Lorenzo Keams; daughters, Rita Keams-Yazzie, Stella Keams-Bahe, and Alfonda Manybeads; sister, Eleanor Lee; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ruby is preceded in death by her father, John Yellowhair; mother, Ella Mae King; brothers, Sam H. Yazzie, Benjamin Garner, Tony Kenny, and Bennie Kabinto; and sisters, Esther Chee and Elouise Cambridge.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer's Mortuary of Winslow.

Regis Michael Clauschee

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.

Andy Sandoval

TORREON, N.M. -- Funeral services for Andy Sandoval, 51, of Torreon, N.M., were held July 26 at the Torreon Mission. Interment and a reception followed in Torreon.

Andy was born into the Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Natazh’. He died July 18, 2014, in Torreon.

Andy attended Torreon Day School, Ojo Encino School, Cuba High School and TVI. He was employed with Ferreri Concrete Structures and enjoyed mechanical work and was a jack-of-all-trades.

Andy is survived by his wife, LaVern B. Sandoval; sons, Titus Sandoval and Sonny Sandoval; daughter, Kessler Tara Sandoval; mother, Nellie Sandoval; brothers, Benjamin Toledo and Lorenzo Toledo; and sister, Theodora Sandoval.

Andy is preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Thompson.

Pallbearers were Benjamin Toledo, Benjamin Toledo Jr., Tyron Toledo, Silvester Castillo, Jerfino Martinez, and Jonathan Herrera.

Honorary pallbearers were Titus Sandoval and Sonny Sandoval.

Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Thompson Yazzie

FORT DEFIANCE -- 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.