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Empty Saddles - Obituaries

 Roland J. Christiansen, Sept. 4, 1922 - July 15, 2017  

Roland Christiansen, 94, died at Highland Manor in Fallon, Nevada on July 15, 2017.

Roland was born in Anaconda, Montana on Sept. 4, 1922. He grew up helping on his family’s ranch and loved being able to hunt and fish. In 1940, he graduated from Anaconda High School. He worked for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company for awhile, but then enlisted in the Marine Corps and left for boot camp in December, 1941. He was deployed to Pearl Harbor in January, 1942. From there his unit was sent to various islands in the South Pacific, including Midway and the Marshall Islands.

 Byron Wilkerson  

Wordy Byron Wilkerson, age 54, passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, May 28, 2017 surrounded by the ones who loved him most.

Born in Morenci, Arizona, August 9, 1962 to William Gordon and Carol (Shelley) Wilkerson at 11 lbs. 2 oz. and 21.5 inches. Byron graduated from Duncan High School in 1980 and attended Cochise Community College and New Mexico State University on rodeo scholarships. 

 Richard "Dick" Renfroe  

Richard Royce Renfroe, 92, entered into eternal rest on April 23, 2017 in Merced, Calif. He was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Magna, Utah.

Richard was a Navy Tail Gunner in a torpedo plane during WWII. After his service he worked as a crop duster for more than 40 years, starting at Precissi Flying Service, Lodi Calif., and ending with his own business, Renfroe Flying Service in Acampo, Calif.

 Christopher "Rudy" Clark

Courtesy Arizona Jackpot

Son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend were a few of the titles that referred to Rudy but the two titles that he cherished the most were dad and grandpa. Rudy was a hardworking man that had a mile long list of accomplishments, from being in the Cowboy Hall of Fame to being one of Arizona’s most prized and appreciated team roping producers. 

 Florence Branco

CHOWCHILLA, CA – Florence Mary (Maddalena) Branco, 86, passed away in Chowchilla April 25, 2017 after a long illness. Florence was born March 24, 1931 at home to Peter and Aurelia Maddalena in Chowchilla. They were proud Swiss Italians. She had three brothers and four sisters.