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December 2014
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Keesler, Minnie Voneita

Mrs. Minnie (Mamaw) Voneita Keesler, 71, of Cashion, AZ died December 8, 2014 in Cashion, AZ.  She was born March 5, 1943 in Cahone, Colorado to Athel and Fern Hampton.  She is survived by her daughters Athalea Crossno and Wanda Combee, sister Voncille Scamp, 4 grandchildren Amber Crossno, James Crossno, Brandi Kowalezyk, Shawn Combee, and 14 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Keesler.  Private services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Blackmon, Donald

Donald Glenn Blackmon, 69, of Buckeye, AZ died December 7, 2014 after a 1 year battle with cancer.  He was born January 17, 1945 in Harrison, Arkansas to Cecil and Veda Blackmon “Lawson” and raised in King City, CA. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966. Made a career and retired from Natividad Medical Center serving in different positions. He married Deborah Blackmon on October 28, 2003 and lived in Buckeye, AZ. Religion is Christian, Southern Baptist. He is survived by his wife Deborah Blackmon, Stepchildren Denny Jackson, Dustin Jackson, Dawn R Jackson, Son-in-law Michael Johnson, Grandchildren Thayne Jackson, Kiera Davis, and Father-in-law Herbert Roehl. Services will be at 2pm on Sunday, December 14th at White Tanks Southern Baptist, 1420 N 192nd Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85396 with a viewing one hour prior.   Burial will be at 10am on Monday, December 15th at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Reardon, William

William Thomas Reardon, Jr. age 78, of Goodyear, AZ died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at home, after suffering a stroke associated with Alzheimer’s.  He was born December 30, 1935 to William Thomas Reardon Sr. & Valentina DeBodt Reardon in Boston, MA. He was a proud Marine Corps veteran, serving from January 1954 to January 1957, remaining a Reservist until 1962.  While in the Marines he played for the branch’s baseball team, living one of his passions—to be a baseball player. William was a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, never missing a game.  The 49ers always came first—trumping honeymoon or births. After separating from his first wife in 1966, he was a single father of two small children, with sole custody, at a time when a father was rarely, if ever, awarded the responsibility. In August 1969 he met his second wife, Robyn, & they were married 3 months later on November 22nd.  The couple celebrated their 45th Anniversary shortly before his passing. While working a full-time job at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA & supporting his family, he attended San Jose State University at night, graduating with a BS in Business Administration, while also volunteering as a Little League umpire. William was consistently involved in the activities of his children.  Whether it was umpiring softball & baseball games or selling ads for the high school football team Booster Club, he was ready & able to help.  He also served as President for Bobby Sox.  Players would regularly come to the door, asking him to come umpire a game, & he would drop everything to go. He was also known to be the life of the party.  Whether at reunions, birthdays, or weddings, he was the man always ready to dance with the wives & friends, making sure all the women got out there to boogie!  He always said dancing was in his Irish blood. After retiring from Lockheed in 1992 he & his wife moved from San Jose, CA to Goodyear, AZ where they both lived until his passing.  He is survived by his wife Robyn Everitt, daughter Kristine, son Ronald, brother James, grandchildren Ashley, Nicholas, Katelynn, & Kelsey.  He is predeceased by his parents William & Valentina, brother Robert, sister Carol Frith, & daughters Terri & Kimberly.  William was a man with a quick wit, exaggerated humor, strong loyalty, great intelligence, & a deep love for family.  One running gag in the family is that William knew everything.  When his kids, & later his grandkids would ask a question, but he didn’t have the answer he would say, “that’s the one my dad knows”.  Another running gag was no matter where you were in the car, if you asked “are we there yet?” or “how much longer?” it was always 20 minutes, without fail.  A politically incorrect favorite was when someone was having issues with their undies & backside, William called it “Indians” because “they creep up on you”.  When traveling, he would also distract his kids by telling them to look out for signs of Chief Falling Rock & his friend Deer Crossing. A memorial service with military honors will be held Tuesday, December 30th at Sacramento National Cemetery promptly at 2pm.  Address is:  5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620 with lunch to follow at:  Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 250 Dorset Court, Dixon, CA 95620. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care (seasons.org).

Foster, Robert

Robert Dalton Foster, 71, of AuGres, MI and most recently a resident of Goodyear, AZ died on December 3, 2014 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on June 15, 1943 in Breckenridge, MI to Dalton and Barbara Foster. Robert was a member of the AuGres Boat Club, Huron Breeze Golf Club, Knollview Golf Club, Pebblecreek Community, AZ, and Pebblecreek Gun Club. He was a high school counselor, phys.ed. teacher, and wood shop instructor. He was also a building contractor. He participated in both backgammon and fishing tournaments. He also had a passion for playing golf and day trading. Robert is survived by his wife Jeanne V. Foster; daughter Kathryn Dupuis; son Rex Foster; brother Dennis Foster; and 2 grandchildren, Bryce and Brandy Rose Dupuis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and Dalton Foster. Memorial services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, December 27th at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bldg A, 918 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Family and friends may attend a wake on June 13 or 14, 2015 at 2880 S. Santiago Rd, AuGres, MI. Hours from 12 to 9 pm on either day. In lieu of flowers or contributions, please plant a tree in his memory. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Everett, James

James Thomas (Tom) Everett, 67, of Goodyear, AZ died December 6, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born March 7, 1947 in Smithville, Missouri to James T. and Ruth Everett, Sr.  He served in the US Air Force from July 23rd 1965 to July 31st 1985 as a Master Sergeant/MSGT.  Tom, a Vietnam Veteran, retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service.  He also had 29 years of service at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer.  Husband, Father, Grandfather and Dutiful Patriot, Tom is survived by his wife Shary A. Everett; son James T. Everett III; sisters Linda Chase and Ruthann Wade; brother David Everett; and granddaughter, Mariah C. Bland.  A visitation will be held from 10am to 11:30am, service at 11:30am, on Monday, December 15th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Burial will be held at 2pm at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW.

Gausnell, Rueben

Rueben “Grant” Gausnell, 66, of Avondale, AZ died November 28, 2014 in Avondale, AZ.  He was born June 29, 1948 in Myrtle Creek, OR to Reuben and Willa Gausnell.  Attended Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada for 2 years. After completion of bible school, he joined Operation Mobilization and was a missionary in India for a year.  He was a member of Live, Love and Laugh Fellowship Church in Goodyear, AZ.  He loved his career as a timber cutter; he loved being in the outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature.  He is survived by his wife Mary Gausnell; step-daughter Kristina Tharp; son Adam Gausnell; sisters Diane Simon, Chris Gross, Gail Colemon; brother Ronnie Gausnell; and 3 grandchildren: Brandon, Bryan and Alex.  Memorial services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Obrey, Joyce Ann

Joyce Ann Obrey, 77, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on November 27, 2014.  She was born April 6, 1937 in New Boston, Ohio to Howard Skidmore and Opal Stone.  She was a member of the LDS Church from 1963 to 2014 and performed various church duties.  Mrs. Obrey is survived by her husband Jerry Bruce Obrey; daughters Cathy Scarborough, Holly Mrozinski, Melissa Beeson, Rebecca Obrey; son Darren Obrey; sister Linda Wood; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother Opal Stone, father Howard Skidmore, stepfather Norman Long, sister Sherrie Feist, granddaughter Taylor Couiston and grandson Braden Scarborough.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 4th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center, 425 N. Estrella Pkwy in Goodyear, AZ.   Burial will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Veretto, Ryan

RYAN W. VERETTO
1978-2014

Ryan W. Veretto, beloved father, son, brother and friend went to be with Jesus on Thursday, November 27th, 2014, at the young age of 36 years old in Peoria, Arizona. Ryan was born on February 3rd, 1978 in Roswell, New Mexico. Ryan and his family moved to Arizona when he was 6 years old and was a longtime resident of the Phoenix area and spent most of his life living in Glendale and Litchfield Park. Ryan spent most of his childhood playing sports, watching wrestling, and watching over his two little brothers, occasionally making them practice wrestling moves for his own entertainment. Ryan graduated from Independence High School in 1996 and developed an outstanding work ethic that became legendary to those around him later on in his life. Ryan went on to marry Lisa Sanchez in 2001 and had two children, Mariah and Isaiah. Ryan later divorced before marrying Marissa Munoz in 2009 and had another child, Jordan as well as gained a stepson Kaden. He and Marissa later divorced. Ryan was most known for his love of football, being a longtime dedicated fan of the Arizona Cardinals, and watching WWE, especially Shawn Michaels and Rick Flair. Ryan loved being with his children and enjoying every precious moment he had with them. Ryan was known to have a sarcastic and clever sense of humor and being such a presence in every room he walked in. Ryan made such a positive impact on his family and friends, always making those around him laugh and smile.  Ryan was employed by Acura of Peoria at the time of his death, a job he enjoyed and people he loved working around. He has received numerous unprecedented awards and certificates in his position as Service Advisor. Previous to that Ryan worked at Fry’s Food Stores for over 15 years and was the youngest employee ever promoted to store manager.  Ryan is survived by his three children, Mariah, Isaiah, and Jordan; by his mother and father Carina and Vernon Koshinski: his siblings Jeremiah Koshinski, Seth Koshinski, Jon-Shane Koshinski, and Shilo Thompson; sister-in-law Marcy Koshinski: maternal grandmother Irene Foster, step-grandfather Roger Stokes, his uncles and aunts John and Randa Skipworth, Ailbe and Cynthia Skipworth, Rusty and Heather Skipworth, Wayne and Vonn Koshinski, Bill and Kathy Lowe; his nephews Taylor, Micah, Kenneth, Nathan and Caleb; and niece Annabel; along with many beloved cousins and friends. Ryan accepted Christ into his heart at a young age and over the years looked to the Lord for strength.  We will see Ryan again one day in heaven and what a joyous time that will be. Celebration of Life services will be held on December 9th, 2014, at 10:00am at the Desert Springs Community Church located at 14440 West Indian School Road, Goodyear. Flowers can be sent to the Thompson Funeral Chapel located at 926 South Litchfield Road, Goodyear or in lieu of flowers a donation in Ryan’s name to The American Heart Association is appreciated.

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