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Newton Reay

Posted 2012-01-18 by Sharla
The Verde Independent, Cottonwood, Arizona
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newton Reay, 82, of Wikieup, Arizona passed away January 13, 2012 at his home in Wikieup. He was born on September 21,1929 in Winkleman, Arizona, the son of Miles and Lucile Reay.

Newton is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosemary Reay and his eight children John Reay, Linda (Reay) Parker, Cynthia Reay, Elizabeth (Reay) Tedford, James Reay, Robert Reay, Joseph Reay and Kathryn (Reay) Wilson. He has 28 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; his sister Emma Peart of Peoria, AZ and brother Luke Reay of Laveen, AZ.

Native of Arizona, Newton was born and raised on a farm and ranch in Winkleman, AZ. Newton married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary Nay in 1948. He continued his love for farming in the early Glendale, Peoria and Scottsdale days then moved his growing family to Flagstaff in 1961.

Striking up a construction business, Newton was a big part in the development of Fourth Street and the Greenlaw area subdivisions.

In 1967, he moved his family to Beaver Creek to continue his passion for farming on the old Culpepper Ranch while commuting to Flagstaff for the next ten years. In 1979 Newton and his boys started a sand and gravel business on Beaver Creek and called it Rimrock Excavating and Materials until 1992.

Newton was instrumental in the volunteer work in the preparation of the groundwork and landscaping of the new Beaver Creek School gymnasium.

On December 18, 1980 the school dedicated it to him and named it “The Newton Reay Building” as it is still named today. After retiring, Newton spent the next six years looking for the farm and ranch of his dream and discovered it in Mohave County on Trout Creek Ranch in 1998.

His family is dedicated to continue on the legacy of his life.

A memorial service for the Celebration of Newton’s life will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the family ranch outside of Wikieup at 12 pm.

For more information and directions call 928 765 2447 or 928 300 1014 or email trout2creeker@yahoo.com

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Newton’s name to KRMC Hospice at 1790 Sycamore, Ste. 5, Kingman, AZ 86409

Information provided by survivors.

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