Obituaries

Bill Mote
B: 1916-11-01
D: 2017-09-16
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Mote, Bill
Bernard Meyer
B: 1947-02-15
D: 2017-09-12
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Meyer, Bernard
Loren James
B: 1946-03-20
D: 2017-09-12
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James, Loren
Richard Dinneen
D: 2017-09-04
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Dinneen, Richard
Anna Patton
B: 1930-05-19
D: 2017-09-03
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Patton, Anna
Asbery Combs
B: 1928-09-09
D: 2017-09-02
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Combs, Asbery
Cheryl Devins
B: 1950-08-16
D: 2017-08-27
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Devins, Cheryl
James Meyer
B: 1943-09-25
D: 2017-08-25
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Meyer, James
Michael Spurling
B: 1952-09-22
D: 2017-08-25
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Spurling, Michael
Margaret Mescher
B: 1949-03-09
D: 2017-08-23
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Mescher, Margaret
Charles Wamsley
B: 1935-09-22
D: 2017-08-21
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Wamsley, Charles
Donna Brunswick
B: 1937-07-19
D: 2017-08-12
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Brunswick, Donna
Carol Bauer
B: 1939-06-03
D: 2017-08-11
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Bauer, Carol
Haile Abraham
B: 1955-08-20
D: 2017-08-09
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Abraham, Haile
Paula Fleming
B: 1950-02-17
D: 2017-08-07
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Fleming, Paula
Bonnie Steele
B: 1937-07-25
D: 2017-08-05
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Steele, Bonnie
George Kidwell
B: 1941-07-25
D: 2017-08-03
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Kidwell, George
Christy Dillon
B: 1951-12-17
D: 2017-08-02
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Dillon, Christy
David Ross
B: 1932-05-18
D: 2017-08-02
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Ross, David
Paul Stewart
B: 1924-04-21
D: 2017-08-02
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Stewart, Paul
Donna Straley
D: 2017-07-30
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Straley, Donna

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