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DOWNER, CAROL  
CAROL DOWNER Carol Downer, of Las Vegas, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015. She was born May 9, 1944, in Johnsonberg, Pa., one of eight siblings. She is survived by her husband, of 44 years, Tom; son, Jeffrey (Joy); and her amazing granddaughter, Hazel. Carol had a career in the hotel business at the Las Vegas Hilton, the MGM Grand Hotel, the Tropicana Hotel and was the business manager for the home builders annual convention in Las Vegas. She was a 25-year member of the Assistance League of Nevada, as well as an active room mother at the Meadows School. With her busy schedule, she received a BS degree in education from UNLV in 1998. In 2004, she took up ballroom dancing and traveled with the Delgado Studio around the country performing and competing in dance shows. She now is truly dancing with the stars! Carol was a devout Catholic and a long-time member of Christ the King Catholic Community Church. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Christ the King Catholic Community Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas.
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HEDRICK, NORMA  
NORMA HEDRICK Norma Louise Hedrick, 95, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Boulder City. She was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Marion, Ind., to Bundy and Eva Pearl Keever. She married Jack Dent Hedrick July 17, 1960, in Acuna, Mexico. Jack preceded her in death Sept. 10, 1974. Norma moved to Las Vegas in 1999 from Powers, Ore. to live with her daughter, Rosalee Sue Hedrick. While living in Oregon, Norma was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Powers Senior Center. She enjoyed sports including golf, basketball and football. She was a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. She was a wonderful cook and loved to sew. Services will be at noon Monday, April 27, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. You can sign the online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com Flowers may be sent to the service, or memorial donations in honor of Norma Hedrick's name may be made to the Veterans Association of America Organization, Inc., at www.vetsaa.org
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McDonald Jr., Al W.  
AL McDONALD JR. Al W. McDonald Jr., 61, of Las Vegas, passed away at home Thursday, April 9, 2015, after battling cancer. He was born Oct. 8, 1953. Before moving to Las Vegas, Al was a manager of a restaurant in Warrensburg, Mo. In 1985, Al and his wife moved to Las Vegas, where he was employed at Friendly Ford as new truck manager for 15 years. He was then promoted to general sales manager and later general manager at Team Ford Lincoln, where he was employed from 2000 to 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth and stepdad, Robert Downing of Warrensburg. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Alice; father, Al W. McDonald Sr.; his stepmother, Bess; his brothers, Rick and David and his wife, Karen, all of Illinois; sister, Robin Dubler and her husband, Kurt, of Ohio; sister-in-law, Rue Ann Miller-Browning and her husband, Allen, of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed by all. Services will be at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas. He will be laid to rest in Carrollton, Mo. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6165 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118.
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OWENS, PATRICIA  
PATRICIA OWENS Patricia Owens, 89, of Las Vegas, passed away April 19, 2015, after a short visit to the hospital. She was in the airline and travel agency business most of her life. In her retirement years, Pat spent much of her time enjoying and taking care of her youngest grandchildren, Savannah, Carissa, Hannah and Jack. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Juanita Gallagher; sister, Kathryn; and brothers, Jimmy and Bill. Pat is survived by her sons, Patrick Owens, Richard Randall and Johnny Randall; daughter, Kelly Simon; adopted daughter, Yu Yun Chang; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, with services following, both at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in Patricia's name.
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SALOVICH, GEORGE  
GEORGE SALOVICH George Salovich, age 95, a 48-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away at Las Ventanas Skilled Care, following a year-long struggle with the effects of a subdural hematoma. George was born in 1919, San Francisco, and raised in Butte, Mont. He had a head for numbers, beautiful penmanship, and a gift for the written word which lead him to a business school education. World War II erupted, and George was able to hone these skills clerking in the U.S. Armed Forces. He moved to Las Vegas in 1968 from Montana with the love of his life, Ethel. George retired from the State of Nevada as a tax auditor. In retirement, George and Ethel played many hours of Bingo at the Boulder Station, where they developed many friends over the years. George is survived by his four children, Sandy Rydell (Jay) of Spokane, Wash., George Salovich (Marcia) of Boise Idaho, Judy Sheldon (Michael) of Las Vegas, and Jeanne Salovich of Palm Springs, Calif.; five grandchildren; and six great-grand-children, who will miss his wit and charming smile. There will be a celebration of his life 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Las Ventanas, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd., in the library.
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WALKER, GENE  
GENE WALKER Allen "Gene" Walker, 77, of Las Vegas, passed away April 2, 2015. He was born Dec. 18, 1937, the son of Abe and Lillian Walker, in Haskell, Texas. Gene was a dealer at the Flamingo and Sahara hotels until he retired. He is survived by his son, Gavin Walker; daughter, Regina Walker; two grandsons, Sean and Matthew Armstrong; granddaughter, Kayla Schoneberger; brothers, Lloyd and Denny Walker; and sister, Peggy Scott. Services will be at noon Thursday, April 23, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City.
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ANDERSON, TOM  
TOM ANDERSON Paul Thomas "Tom" Anderson, of Henderson, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was born March 3, 1943, and received a bachelor of science degree in economics at the University of California at Berkeley, in 1964. He also received an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. Tom married Karen Ann Olsen, Oct. 24, 1985, in Hong Kong. Tom excelled in his early career as a financial consultant, then became an owner and manager of a German car dealership, Carrera Motors in Bend, Ore., for 32 years. The business grew steadily under his leadership, and was very successful. He sold the business in February 2014. Carrera Medford, a high-end used car dealership is still in business in Medford, Ore. Tom was always an active member of Porsche clubs wherever he lived. He was on the board for his homeowner's association and was a member at the South Shore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. Tom enjoyed cars, particularly Porsches, golf, travel, houseboats, water-skiing, poker, skiing, tennis and reading. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas John Bach; his father, Marvin John Anderson; and his mother, Eda Bach Anderson. Tom is survived by his wife, Karen Olsen Anderson; sons, Michael Scott Anderson and Mark Olsen McInnis; daughter, Erika Leigh Wagner (husband, Todd); grandchildren, Serena and Gavin Wagner; brother, Ted L. Anderson (wife, Shirley); a niece; two nephews; and his beloved collie dog, McKenzie. A lunch reception in his honor will be at noon Wednesday, April 29, at The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas, 210 Grand Mediterra Blvd., Henderson. Donations in his name may be made to Opportunity Village, Walters Family Campus, 451 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, NV 89015.
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DAMER, DEAN  
DEAN DAMER Dean F. Damer, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was born April 26, 1945 in Janesville, Wis. He was retired from NV Energy and enjoyed camping and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his father; mother; stepfather; daughter, Jeanne Damer; and brother, Richard. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughter, Michelle Crump; son, Doug Chittenden; daughter Deanna Cox; brother, David Damer; grandchildren, Rebecca, Ashley, Tyler, Cory, Jessica and Dawson; and great-grandson, Scott. No services are scheduled. Donations may be made to Nevada ASPCA. A very special thanks to Geri Net Hospice.
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KAYDAS, DICK  
RICHARD KAYDAS Richard "Dick" Kaydas, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was born May 10, 1925, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late John Kajdasz and Mary (nee Guziolek) Kajdasz. He married the late Alfreda (nee Morris) Kaydas in 1947, and had three sons, Richard, Gary, and Lawrence. Dick was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. In 1959, Dick moved to Las Vegas, to pursue a career in the gaming industry where he met and married the late Charlene (nee Kostka) Kaydas. Dick achieved career success as charter coordinator at the MGM Grand Hotel and as casino host at the Las Vegas Hilton. In May 1985, Dick was honored to receive the Maltese Cross of the Knights of Malta. Founded in 1099, the Knights of Malta is the oldest existing order of chivalry in the world. Anyone who knew Dick will attest that he truly was prince among men. In 2009, Dick left Las Vegas and moved to Port Charlotte, to live with family. An avid golfer, upon retirement Dick pursued his lifelong ambition to create his own golf course. Dick is survived by his two children: Richard Kaydas of Hollywood, Fla. and Lawrence Kaydas of Port Charlotte; two daughters-in-law, Marlene and Barbara; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of his remarkable life will be Saturday, May 30, in Port Charlotte.
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KEENER, BILLY  
BILLY KEENER Billy D. "Buddy" Keener, 77, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Billy was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Fairmont, W Va., to parents Charles and Olive Keener. He came to Nevada in 1998 and was the apartment manager at Rancho Arms for ten years. Prior to that Billy worked as a supervisor for many years for Urich Oil Company and James White Oil Company. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the Desert Sage Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. "Buddy" or "Papa" will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Billy was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Keener in 1997. He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Sally A. Keener; sons, William D. Keener of Aurora, Mo., Robert B. Keener of Las Vegas, and Charles L. (Nicole) Keener of Victorville, Calif.; brothers, Arda Keener of Salinas, Calif., John Keener and Larry "Jack" Keener, both of Fairmont, and Donald Keener of Orange Park, Fla.; sisters, Sarah Bloebaum of Vincennes, Ind. and Doris Mowrey of Fairmont; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 24, with services following, both at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Billy's memory.
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