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AVERY, WILLIS  
WILLIS AVERY Willis V. Avery, 93, of Boulder City, passed away May 13, 2015, following his wife, Miriam, and son, Raymond. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Sanders of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; son, Bill Avery of Boulder City; grandsons, Chris, Jason and Tim Avery and Greg Sanders; and two great-granddaughters. Willis grew up on a dairy farm in Vestal, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Navy at 18 years old prior to the beginning of World War II. He served as a first class pharmacist mate aboard the USS Solace, a hospital ship that was moored alongside Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He and members of his crew went aboard the burning USS Arizona to give aid to the wounded and help them abandon the sinking ship. He was given a Naval Commendation of Service for his "distinguished devotion and extraordinary courage and disregard for his own safety." Willis hosted the first USS Solace Reunion 49 years later. Willis played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy band in Auckland, New Zealand, where he met his wife, of 54years, Miriam. Willis enjoyed a 33-year career with IBM Corporation in Endicott, N.Y., as a computer trouble shooter. A devoted husband and father, Willis had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and enjoyed telling a good story. His interests included raising Beagles, Ham radio and golf. He continued to play clarinet throughout his life. He and Miriam retired to Lady Lake, Fla., and then to Boulder City in 1991. Much of his time in later years was spent enjoying the company of friends and playing pool at the senior center. Services will be at 10:40 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St., Boulder City, NV 89005.
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Published in Boulder City Review on May 21, 2015
MONTOYA, PHILIP  
PHILIP MONTOYA Philip Martin Montoya, age 36, of Boulder City, passed away May 14, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. He was born July 12, 1978, in Gallup, N.M., to Fred and Nancey Montoya. He moved from New Mexico to Boulder City in 2002. Philip was an intelligent person that enjoyed astrology and geology. He loved to look into the night sky and had a passion for gems and crystals. He enjoyed playing darts and bowling. He was raised Catholic and had a strong faith in Jesus. He is survived by his mother, Nancey (Henry) Acuna of Boulder City; father, Fred Montoya of Santa Fe, N.M.; a sister, Martina Goetz; brother, Fred (Melissa) Montoya; and nieces and nephews, Shaun, Brandon, Courtney, Carey, Emma and Sutton. Services will be private. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
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