Apr 202011

Weybourne Irish Stilwell, 100, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at his daughter’s home in White Mountain Lake. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Holbrook Methodist Church, with Rev. Bob Cutlipp officiating.

He was born May 20, 1910, in the Township of Oasis, Waushara County, Wis., to Walter and Ethel (Irish) Stilwell. He attended school in Plainfield, Wis., and worked with his father on his farm.

Weybourne married Ethel Shepard on April 22, 1930. They celebrated 77 years of marriage before Ethel passed away on Jan. 14, 2008, at 95 years of age.

Weybourne, or “Irish,” as he was called, owned a Shell station in Plainfield. During the war, he and Ethel worked at Badger Village in the rocket factory making munitions. Later he was a cheese maker in the creamery, and they owned the Chatterbox Cafe in Wisconsin.

In 1960, they moved to Casa Grande, then to Mesa and Holbrook. At this time he did carpenter work and drove a truck for Morgan’s Laundry. After retiring, he and his wife traveled back and forth to Plainfield, and he was a gifted handyman around home and the family.

They belonged to the Holbrook Methodist Church. Irish was a charter member of the Holbrook Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his daughter, Regina Wrasse of White Mountain Lake; four grandchildren, Carl Wrasse of White Mountain Lake, Clayton Wrasse of Show Low, Cynthia Teigen (Michael) of Kingman and Heather Saunders (Dan Laszlow) of Phoenix; five great-grandchildren, Michael Holliday (Tanya) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Olivia Wrasse, John Wrasse, Ben Wrasse and Sam Wrasse, all of Show Low; two great-great-grandsons, Cameron and Caelan Holliday; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Judith Saunders; his granddaughter, Regina Michelle Saunders; and his son-in-law, Carl Wrasse Sr.

Black’s Mortuary of Show Low is in charge of the arrangements.