"The deceased came to his death at the hands of an unknown party who was a damned good pistol shot." - Judge Roy Bean
Thank you, because by visiting this page it keeps the memory of these dear people alive in our hearts. Everyone had a story and each of their lives is precious, not just to their families, but to all of us. May they rest in peace.
"Some people come into our lives and quietly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same...."
1963 - 2021 According to her family, Miss Kitty unexpectedly passed away from complications of epilepsy. Some of you may have met her recently at the encampments. We were told she regarded the Mojave Muleskinners as her second family. She was a sweetheart. We will miss her.
Louis E Cuyler
1940 - 2021 Louis passed away in his winter home of Apache Junction, AZ. He loved history. Was a Civil War reenactor for 52 yrs; the 24th Michigan Infantry, Iron Brigade, SUV, Battery C and 3rd Battery Michigan Light Artillery. He was a background artist in 3 Civil War movies portraying officers & privates; a US Senator “Senator Will E. Spendit”; “Rev. Mason", a circuit rider, mountain man, revolutionary soldier, and his latest venture a cowboy “Shorta Cash” with the Goldfield Gunfighters.
1955 - 2021 James Carr: "AJ-199" on CB radio; "Coach James" in Little League, youth basketball, youth football; "Alabama James or AJ" with Goldfield Gunfighters and Mojave Muleskinners. He retired from Bell Steel, as a welder fabricator in 2019. After 22 years, and days before his passing, he wed the love of his live, Ms. Trixy Rose. We will miss him.
James "Jim" G. Murphy
1933 - 2020
1943 - 2020
Connie Black Moorehead
1943 - 2020
William "Bill" Wright
1949 - 2020 Calico Ghost Town Hall of Famer, Henry Fencepost, passed on July 4, 2020. Since 1968, Henry was a pianist and entertainer at Calico Ghost Town. Henry played it all and entertained thousands from all over the world. From ragtime to classical, from character to tales he was a true musician and entertainer. He will be missed. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joanna, better know as Nushkie ~ Mojave Muleskinner #110. May they Rest In Peace
1966 - 2020 Sad news that our friend and fellow Mojave Muleskinner, "Rudabaugh" Dave Halseth, passed a couple of months ago. Most of you would remember him as the carriage driver at Goldfield Ghost Town. He was a horse wrangler by trade and had an honest heart of gold. Godspeed.
1934 - 2019
2018 Tom passed away peacefully on March 12. Even though he has been fighting various illnesses, after his latest surgery he became very ill with a septic blood infection and it took over his body rapidly. What followed was multiple organ failure, Dialysis and eventually loss of brain and organ activity throughout. We are all so saddened by this. His pain is finally gone. Rest In Peace.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our friend Miz Eula, Mojave Muleskinner #49, beloved wife of Weakeyes Cody, MM #15. She passed away quietly Saturday January 2, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cody and his family.
1935-2015 Sadly our own Tumbleweed "George Austin", Mojave Muleskinner #142 and a Goldfield Gunfighter passed away. He had been fighting cancer for over a year. This man lived for keeping the Old West alive. Even during his treatments he would drag Lotta out whenever he could because he loved it so much. Rest In Peace, Tumbleweed, you will be missed.
Robert S. Melgoza
1955 - 2012 He didn't have the chance to make it to an event and was looking forward to doing so and meeting everyone. Here is man who followed the Mojave Muleskinners on the websites & Internet and just had to be a part of the group even though he lived in Oregon. This is yet another humbling reminder of what a remarkably special group of reenactors the Mojave Muleskinners are and how we touch people's lives around the world by simply keeping the Old West alive.
"I remember how funny Doc was and how much he liked chocolate cake, I took one to Calico and half of it was left and I was worried it wouldn't get eaten. He said." Not while I'm around" and not only did he eat it all there wasn't a crumb left. There used to be a restaurant here in Lucerne Valley and I would go there every Wednesday after work for their meatloaf. Every time, Doc and Flo were there and Doc was eating a big piece of chocolate layer cake. Funny the things you remember about people!"
1947 - 2012
"This is Judy Van Metre AKA Calico School Mistress from years ago. I just wanted you to know that Lanna Bow my sister passed into heaven on Saturday morning last. Please notify the Muleskinners who knew her as Sissy Sew n So or Sweet Lanna Bow. Thank you and God Bless you all." @ November 26, 2012
1942 - 2011 All were there to Show Homage and Pay Their Respects to a Man that Walked Tall and Lived Life at it's Fullest, A United States Army Viet Nam Veteran, Police Officer, Father, Son, Brother Member Of The Mojave Muleskinners and Dedicated Member of The Reenactment Guild of America, Harvey Higley was a Legend That Few can Ever Replace
Patrick "Ski" Sikorski
1945 - 2010 "What, are you goofy?" After a long bout with cancer, Ski quietly passed away on Sunday May 9, 2010. A Marine and a gunfighter, he was a wonderful soul full of life that always had a smile and his quick wit always put a smile on our face. He was one of those rare people and we are all better having had him in our life. He will be greatly missed. His memorial was held May 15, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona at his home with the Marine Color Guard performing the ceremony.
1937 - 2009 Buck Thorn passed away on August 6, 2009 from cancer. Always the gentleman, Buck was a very friendly and giving person who would give the hat off his head if you needed it, and in some cases he did just that. His pain is finally gone. May he rest in peace.
1960 - 2009 Sugar Britches suddenly passed away on Friday February 13, 2009. She was a shy floozy that always had a smile for everyone. A life cut too short, she will be missed by her family, friends and all of the visitors that visit Goldfield Ghost Town. Her funeral was held February 20, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A personal gunfighter memorial was held on Sunday February 29, 2009 at the Church On The Mount in Goldfield Ghost Town.
1945 - 2007 Art had the soul and spirit of a cowboy and chose to live his life as one on his own terms. He was an actor and traveled through the Southwest participating in Reenactments as a member of the Mojave Muleskinners. Art appeared in the 1993 movie, "Tombstone" which starred Kurt Russell; Val Kilmer & Sam Elliot. Art's first love from his Chateauroux schooldays was his talented hand at drawing and painting.
Richard Lee Boyd
1934 - 2003 Richard was born to James Boyd and Daisy Barnes in Los Angeles. Richard was an honored Air Force veteran who served during the Korean War 1952 - 1956. He grew up in the movie industry during the heyday of the western movies where his father, Oliver James Boyd, worked and it fueled his interest in the old west. It wasn't until Richard's son Lucky Sumtyms got involved in western reenactments that his interest piqued again and he joined his son performing.
Dennis Edward Moore
Beloved brother of Purgatory
1976 - 1996 The son of Peter Menyhart, aka "German Pete" owner of the Whitehorse Ranch, Chris was only 20 years old when he sadly passed away on November 10, 1996. He had a bright future ahead of him. He just bought his first house, was a mechanic ready to take on the family business, worked as a stuntman and performed as a reenactor with his father.