Pasenelli, Burdena “Birdie”

Burdena “Birdie” Pasenelli, 2018 Inductee Birdie moved to Tonto Verde with her husband, George in 1999. George still lives in Tonto Verde. She died in 2016. After her 26 years of service with the FBI, Bridie and George moved to Tonto Verde to enjoy golf, hiking and biking in retirement..Birdie enjoyed all these activities but […]

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Hood, Hiawatha

Hiawatha Hood, 2018 Inductee One of the most respected members of his tribe, Hiawatha Hood is this year’s inductee into the Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. He was born in Camp Verde, Ariz., in 1912. He was elected Tribal Chairman in 1977. He was a strong, passionate leader and […]

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Legacy Award: Verde Cares

Verde Cares, 2017 Legacy Award Winner The Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame has announced that  VerdeCares, a non-profit home health provider based in Rio Verde, will be the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s 2017 Legacy Award.The volunteer organization was nominated by the Verdes Hall of Fame members. “We feel strongly that VerdeCares best represents […]

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Urban, Jim

Jim Urban, 2009 Inductee A retired orthopedic surgeon, Jim Urban has been one of the Verde Communities’ premier volunteers since moving to Rio Verde in 1999. He began assisting another Hall of Fame member, Bob Mason, in the Rio Verde hiking program in 2001 and assumed his role as hike leader in 2005. An active […]

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Ritchie, Dave

Dave Ritchie, 2006 Inductee A Flint, Michigan native and Williams College graduate, Mr. Ritchie worked in the banking industry in Michigan prior to moving to Rio Verde in 1974. He served on the first Rio Verde Community Association as treasurer. One of the original five incorporators of the Rio Verde Country Club in 1979, he […]

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O’Reilly, Peter

Peter O’ Reilly, 2012 Inductee Peter O’Reilly has been an active community member of the Verdes since he and his wife, Lea, purchased their home in Rio Verde in 1998. He was born and worked for most of his career in New York City. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in marketing management from […]

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Mooty, Jane

Jane Mooty, 2004 Inductee Jane and her husband, Ken Glaseer, enjoyed success in the automotive sales, leasing and car rental business in Minneapolis. While vacationing in Arizona during the 1950s they found the Box Bar Ranch on the Verde River. They loved the area and visited it frequently with their two children. Later they heard […]

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Mooty, John

John Mooty, 2005 Inductee Throughout his life, John Mooty practiced the words he would like to say to future generations of children who visit the River of Time Museum. That is, “You are the beneficiary of a fabulous past. Your job is to improve it.” In his native Minnesota, he had served in numerous posts including […]

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Mason, Robert

Robert Mason, 2004 Inductee Robert and Dottie Mason moved to Rio Verde in 1983. Bob became active in an archaeology club, taking extension classes from ASU, then excavating at five sites. He has led 118 hikes for residents of the Verdes and others, also speaking to civic and historical groups about the Verde River Valley. […]

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Lundgaard, Lin

Lin Lundgaard, 2005 Inductee After serving as a fighter pilot in World War II and a successful career that culminated in his position as vice president of sales for Cargill, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., this Rio Verde resident has been most active in that community’s affairs. Mr. Lundgaard has served as Treasurer and President of […]

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