Obituaries

Van Ingraham

Van Ingraham, 87, of El Cajon, Calif., passed away on Jan. 11, 2008.

An Arizona native, he was born in Prescott and attended high school in Jerome. The family moved to Williams in 1936, where his father, Larry Ingraham, was a manager for Babbitt's Department Store.

He attended the University of Arizona, where he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While he was in the Navy, he married a local young lady, Louise Butler, whose family were Williams pioneers. After being discharged, they moved to the San Diego, Calif. area where he started and owned a very successful electrical contracting company, Del Rio Electrical. He and Louise had eight children. Louise passed away in 1994.

Van was a very warm, generous person who donated many, pro bono custom electrical jobs to deserving businesses, charitable organizations and individuals.

He was married to his current wife, Lenore, who brought nine stepchildren to a wonderful stepfather.

Van is also survived by many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His wishes were that he be returned to Williams, a place always in his heart. He will be interred in the Williams Cemetery. His family will miss him always.

Manelle D. Johnson

Manelle D. Johnson, 96, of Williams, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 at the Peaks Assisted Living in Flagstaff.

She was born in Tarkio, Mo. to William and Minnie Davis.  

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed being a homemaker, occasionally working outside the home. She also enjoyed the opportunities she had to travel, but the time she spent with her family was most enjoyable.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Bill Johnson.  

She is survived by her daughter Peggy (John) Vest of Williams; son Clark  (Marsha) Johnson of Topeka, Kan.; and five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A family memorial service was held.

Condolences can be sent to www.norvelowensmortuary.com. Norvel Owens Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Kassi Irene Rawlinson

Kassi Irene Rawlinson, 17, of Bullhead City, left this world and entered into heaven on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 as the result of an auto accident.

Kassi was born on Feb. 3, 1991 in Phoenix. She spent most of her life in Williams and Bullhead City.

Kassi touched a lifetime's worth of people and their hearts in her very young life. She was dedicated to her education and continuing onto college. Her life was filled with music and art. She entered every room with a bang. She filled each space with excitement. Kassi could never have too many friends; she could always find room for one more. She was not just the life of the party; she could single-handedly be the party. Kassi was all about family and friends. She gave of herself and opened her heart to all those around her.

She is survived by her parents, John and Shellie Rawlinson; sisters Diedre (T.J.) Rawlinson Soto and children and Rachelle Barras; brothers William Rawlinson and Robert Barras; grandmother Audrey Darling; aunt Sandy Darling and daughter; uncle Bill Rawlinson and children; godmother Opal Means; and many extended family member and friends.

A viewing was held 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel, 2620 Silver Creek Rd., Bullhead City. Services were held 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, also at Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel.

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