Robert “Bob” Leroy Hunter passed away May 28, 2019, at age 87 from complications related to a faulty heart valve.
Bob married his high school sweetheart Verlee Jean Sondergard in 1952, and they were married for 62 years until she passed away in 2015.
Bob attended Iowa State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. Rather than take up farming as his family had expected, he joined the Army, where he proved himself an exceptional pilot of helicopters and small fixed wing airplanes. Bob served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, receiving the Silver Star, the military’s third highest decoration for valor in combat. He also received the Legion of Merit and attained the rank of Colonel.
The family traveled the world, as Bob was stationed in the Canal Zone (Panama) and Germany, as well as Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Colorado, California, Kansas, New York, Washington, and Alaska.
After 22 years in the Army, Bob retired from service, and he and Verlee built their own home on the Kenai River near Soldotna, Alaska. They also spent many winters touring the Lower 48 in an RV, and moved to Green Valley, AZ in 2004. Following an illness, Bob moved to Cottonwood, AZ in 2018 and then to Flagstaff, AZ in May 2019.
Bob was known for his sense of humor, strength of character, devotion to Verlee, and love of fishing.
He leaves behind his two daughters, Deidre (Phil Massey) of Flagstaff and Kim of Wasilla, AK, and granddaughter Rita of Flagstaff, plus his two cats, Grizz and Cylde.
We are grateful to the many folks who helped Bob in his last several months including those from Country Care Assisted Living in Cottonwood, the Flagstaff Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Assisted Living at The Peaks Senior Living Community, Compassus Hospice, Comfort Keepers, Northland Hospice and Pallative Care, and the Olivia White Hospice House. Thank you.
Zella Jeanette Cole, 78, a resident of Ash Fork, AZ passed away in Flagstaff on June 4, 2019. Jeanette was born in Clermont, Florida on January 14, 1941 to Leroy and Kathleen Crawford. She started her career helping others by becoming a LPN after high school. She returned to school after havingher children and obtained her bachelor’s degree at Jarvis Christian College and a master’s degree at Northeastern State University graduating in the top of her class with each.
She was a successful grant writer for the Hopi Tribe and then Hotevilla Bacavi Community School. Jeanette enjoyed singing and was in multiple choirs. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Jeanette is survived by her daughters Debbie Murphy (Clay) and Tammy Doering (Brantley); her sons Henry Hayes (Lisa) and Troy Cole; brothers Ken Crawford (Pat) and Wayne Crawford (Susan); 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband Haward Cole, her parents Leroy and Kathleen Crawford, and great-granddaughter Trinity Estrada. The family would like to thank Compassus and Northland Hospice and Olivia White Hospice Home.
My father “Ed” was born on April 12, 1932 at Peck Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dad was born to Swedish immigrants Ingrid and Pehr. Dad always said, his dad stuck him with his own name, “like the fruit, but not spelled the same”.
Dad moved our family to Flagstaff in January 1971, and shortly thereafter he boght some property then known as Trail Riders Inn; on the corner of Route 66 and Woody Mountain Road. Dad always wanted to own his own business, and since he always loved to take us kids camping, he decided to start (what is still known as) Woody Mountain Campground. Dad put his heart and soul into the campground, and made many friends in the process. Dad sold the business in the early 1990’s.
Dad was a member of the ‘infamous’ Brooklyn Club in New York. He was also a lifetime member of Kiwanis. Dad had twenty three years of perfect attendance in Kiwanis; but more importantly, he spent most of his life donating time, energy and commitment to helping under-privileged children. He spent many an hour selling Christmas trees, taking children out to buy presents and clothing, and doing anything that Kiwanis needed of him. Dad was notorious for always ‘stepping up to the plate’.
Dad passed away on May 31, 2019. I always joke to others that I was my Father’s 30th birthday present, as I was born on Pop’s birthday, in the same hospital no less! I will miss celebrating our birthdays together. I am Dad’s daughter, and I am truly blessed that I had a father as wonderful as him.
Thank you Pop, for all that you are. We love you, and we miss you.
Leanne Elinore Rumery, age 81, passed away May 25, 2019. A resident of Flagstaff for 48 years, she first taught stringed instruments in the Flagstaff Public School System, and later played violin in the Flagstaff Symphony. In 1978 she began her career as an innovated senior instructor in the Northern Arizona University Speech and Communication Department, retiring as Division Chair in 2000.
Born in Kalamazoo, MI in 1937, she grew up in Cleveland, OH, Buffalo, NY, and Omaha, NE. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where she was a member of the famed St. Olaf Choir. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and did doctoral studies at the University of Boulder, Co, and at NAU.
Leanne was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth (also an NAU professor,) son David, and grandson Tyler. She is survived by her sister Marjeanne Blinn of Manhattan Beach, CA.
Plans for a private graveside service are pending. In lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts in her name are gratefully directed to Elaine’s Forest House, or High Country Humane, both of Flagstaff.