Obituaries

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Arthur Gomez

Arthur Gomez, 78, of Goodyear AZ, died on March 17, 2017 in St Petersburg FL. He was born August 05, 1938 in Flagstaff AZ to Emeterio and Regina Gomez. He was a veteran and served both in the United States Army and the Arizona National Guard. His career spanned over 30 plus years in the transportation field primarily as a truck driver and was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 104 working for Milum laundry in Flagstaff AZ, Cactus Beverages in both Flagstaff and Phoenix; and ending his career with United Beverages. Throughout his adult life Arthur was active in his Catholic faith serving in many roles as member of various parish councils, member of legion of Mary, Member of Cursillo Movement, involved with Marriage Encounter and was a Eucharistic Minister for the diocese of Phoenix. Through his retirement in 2001, Arthur remained very active enjoying life, family and friends. Arthur was very involved as a Committee Member for the Chavez Reunion for many years. In 2005 our lives were changed with his debilitating stroke. Like a true warrior Arthur continued on for the next 12 years never complaining about his condition or the obstacles he dealt with daily. He continued his unwavering spirit of praying daily and growing in his Catholic faith.

Arthur is survived by his wife of 57 years, Charlotte Gomez; sons Anthony (Colleen), Alex (Genevieve); and Tom; sisters Rosie Griego and Olivia Pacheco; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Emeterio and Regina Gomez; brother Jimmy, sisters Marcella Gutierrez and Mary Padilla.

A visitation / Rosary will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Sunday April 2nd, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

2 Timothy 4:7 ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ Dad/Grandpa we thank you for shaping our lives leaving behind your great legacy of integrity, passion and tremendous self-sacrificial love.

To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Richard (Richie) Landrey Martinez

Richard (Richie) Landrey Martinez of Goodyear, AZ

Richie Martinez 37, passed away at Abrazo West Valley Hospital on Saturday March 25 surrounded by his family. Richie was born on August 20, 1979 in Blacksburg, VA, to Richard E. Martinez and Karen L. Mclean. Richie walked with his Osborne High School (Manassas, VA) graduating class in 1997 before moving to Arizona. He was a 2001 Graduate of Agua Fria High School and remained active by participating in the Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) and more recently the Choices Day Treatment Program. He was a long time Special Olympic athlete competing in a variety of different sports over the years and bowled regularly as well as being an avid fisherman. He particularly enjoyed Medieval Camping with his family. In addition Richie was an ardent Video Gamer. His positive outlook on life and infectious smile was an inspiration to anyone he met.

Richie is survived by his parents, Richard and Karen and his two brothers, Joseph E. Martinez and his wife Samantha of Maricopa City, AZ and Benjamin T. Martinez of Tempe, AZ and his fiancée Alyssa Witte of Manhattan, NY. He also had extensive family members in Virginia. Richie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Ellen Martinez of Lynchburg, VA and Charles and Katherine McLean also from Lynchburg, VA. He was also preceded in death by two uncles Lanny McLean and Peter A. Martinez, both from Lynchburg, VA.

Richie was born with Down’s syndrome which meant he faced obstacles from the time of his birth to the time of his death. He met every obstacle with a determination that was an inspiration to many he met. Learning to read, being mainstreamed into regular classes and graduating from High School were all challenges he accepted and overcame. As a High School Senior at Agua Fria High School Richie was invited to dress out with the football team and sit on the bench with the team during a game. He was introduced to the crowd at halftime. Running into a former classmate of Richie we were told “you could be a gang member or president of the student body and everyone knew and liked Richie.” Well before Nike invented the phrase Richie told anyone contemplating an action, “Just Do It Then.” Frustrating but true anyone searching for a lost item and looking for Richie’s help would hear “Where did you put it last.” His unfiltered wit and wisdom will be forever missed.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 31st at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Maria Teresa “Terri” Oviedo

Maria Teresa “Terri” Oviedo, 74, of Avondale, AZ died March 23, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born on December 24, 1942 in Laredo, TX to Porfirio and Alvina Martinez.

Terri was a wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother and a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear. She worked for Community United Methodist Church as a child care worker.

Terri is survived by her husband Jesus Oviedo Sr.; daughters, Anna, Raquel, Liza, and Cristina Oviedo; son Jesus Oviedo Jr.; sisters Juana Herrera, Rebecca Rangel; brothers, Guadalupe, Jesus, Sotero, and Porfirio Martinez; and 3 grandchildren, Bryana Marin, and Cristian and John Oviedo.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am, Rosary at 10:30 am, on Monday, April 3rd at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in procession to West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ. Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Koontz, Sharon Suzanne Tomas

Sharon Suzanne Tomas Koontz, 61, of Waipahu, Hawaii died on March 19, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.  She was born on December 16, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Benjamin and Emily Tomas.

She graduated from Waipahu High in 1973.

Sharon is survived by her husband Robert T. Koontz; daughters Dolores Parks (Shan), Lucia Acidera (Chester); sons Armando Salazar (Cathy), Roberto Salazar (Heidie), Carlos Salazar; mother Emily Tomas; sisters Lina Tomas, Linda Felipe, Shirley Rauguindin (Doug), Beverly Tomas, Roxanne Tomas (Jay); brothers Melvin Torricer (Charmine), Clifford Alan Tomas (Mary); and 13 grandchildren: Austin, Elijah, Kaila, Ashlynn, Averie, Ava, Bryson, Brandon, Christian, Jeremiah, Jeriah, Anthony-Noah, Abrahm.  She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Tomas.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Rosary on Thursday, March 30th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, March 31st at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. 

Peggy Ruth Wootten

Peggy Ruth Wootten, 85, passed away on March 18, 2017 in Avondale, AZ.  She was born in Oklahoma on Sep 29, 1931 and raised in Woodlake, CA. Peggy is survived by her 2 daughters Ruth and Cheryl and son Bardin. She was blessed to have 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Peggy and her late husband Robert Wootten had a successful life racing Greyhounds. They retired in 2004 and Peggy spent the rest of her life serving the Lord. Her faith, strength in Christ and loving heart will live on in all our hearts forever.  Graveside services will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 28th at Holy Cross Cemetery located at 9925 W. Thomas Rd in Avondale, AZ.

Brian Ignatius Canavan

Brian Ignatius Canavan, 83, of Litchfield Park, AZ died on March 11, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born July 26, 1933 in Galway, Ireland to Patrick Canavan and Tess McDermott.

Brian was a member of Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Civil Engineers for over 50 years. 

He is survived by his sons Colin Canavan and daughter-in-law Laura McClure-Canavan; sisters Angela Cormican, Una Carey, Philomena Curren, Ethra Shryan; brother, Peadar Canavan; and 1 grandchild, Tyler McClure. He was preceded in death by his wife Ann Canavan, his parents, sister Clare Byrne, and brother Dermot Canavan.

Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd in Avondale, AZ.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ. 

Barbara Ann Allen

Barbara Ann Allen, 82 of Buckeye, AZ died March 15, 2017 in Surprise, AZ. She was born April 23, 1934 to John and Margurite Knapp in Ravenna, Ohio. Barbara lived most of her life in Garrettsville, OH. After retiring from the Portage County Health Department she helped her husband run TOM C-TOYS. She retired to Buckeye, AZ in 2006, where Barbara was an involved grandparent. She loved collecting antiques, baking, traveling, watching sports and crocheting.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Thomas Allen; daughter Denise Garrett Scruggs; sister Connie Reedy; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Terri Lynne Garrett.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield, Road, Goodyear, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley. https://www.hov.org/donate/

Richard C. Skelly

Richard C. Skelly, 72 of Buckeye, AZ passed away March 17, 2017 in Sun City West, AZ. He was born November 2, 1944 in Rochester, Minnesota to John and Evelyn Skelly. He worked in construction in the Rochester area for 20 years then retired to Arizona in 2009.

Richard is survived by his sons, Scott L. of Yuma, AZ and Jason J. of Goodyear, AZ; his sisters, Pat Skelly (Loqua) of Mazeppa, Minnesota and Pam Skelly (Helder) of Pine Island, Minnesota; his brothers, Joseph Skelly of Elgin, Minnesota, James Skelly of Tonopah, AZ and Verne Lietz of Rochester, Minnesota; 5 Grandchildren; and 1 Great Grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Skelly (Wittlief), 2 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 son.

Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday March 24th at 1:00 followed by interment at Louis B Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ at 2:30pm.

David Pascucci

David Michael Pascucci of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away on March 16, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born on May 15, 1952 in Medford, Massachusetts to the late Antonio and Edna Pascucci.  Dave is survived by his loving wife Vicki, two children Chelsie (Jeremy) Schlesinger & Challis Pascucci, brother Phil Pascucci, two grandchildren Easton & Nixon Schlesinger.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, March 25, 2016, 9:00-9:45AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 301 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ. Funeral services will begin at 10:00AM.  Burial will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park 200 W Beardsley Rd.

Andre Cuenoud

Andre Gustave Cuenoud, 89 of Scottsdale, AZ. died March 16, 2017 in Surprise, AZ. He was born March 30, 1927 to Gustave and Juliette Cuenoud in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was preceded in death by his wife Marguerite Cuenoud; his sister Yvette Diserens and his parents Gustave and Juliette Cuenoud; he is survived by Claude Diserens and family of Switzerland, Jocelyn Borgeaud and family of Switzerland and Jean-Pierre and Heidi Dupuis and family of Avondale, AZ.

He served as a soldier in the Swiss Army in 1948. He studied horticulture in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 1950. In 1958 he opened Landscaping by Andre in Scottsdale. In 1991 he received the Arizona Landscaping Contractors Association Award. He was a member of EL ZARIBA SHRINE, Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, past-President of the Arizona Swiss Society as well as a Boy Scout Leader.

No services will be held. Condolences may be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com

James Gage

James Gage, 68, of Prescott Valley, AZ, formerly of Danville, KY, died on March 14, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born December 27, 1948 in St. Louis Missouri to James Franklin and Mary Lucille Gage. He served in the Army from January 17, 1966 to January 16, 1972 and was a Vietnam Veteran. James was accomplished at everything he did. He was an owner of multiple successful businesses. Even through his retirement, he remained very active in the community. James is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheree Gage; daughters Christina Aragon (Dino), Mindi Robbins (Michael); sons Darrin Gage, Christopher Monk; sisters Frances Russert, Mary Evelyn; brother Richard Gage; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; James Franklin and Mary Lucille Gage; brothers Clyde , Johnny and Leonard Gage.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com

Norman Green

Norman Green, 68, of Buckeye, AZ died March 12, 2017 in Sun City, AZ. He was born May 1, 1948 in Monterey Park, AZ to Frank Joseph and Igerna LaVerne Green. He served in the US Navy from 1974 to 1980. He worked for 32 years in the Department of Corrections, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Green. He received his Bachelors and Masters in his 50’s. Norman loved riding his motorcycle and he loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara Green; daughters, Tracy Yandell (Anthony), Sharon Best (Jason), Amanda Green; sister, Charlene Palmisano (Jim) of FL; brother, Frank Green (Francine) of CA; and 8 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 25800 W. Southern Ave. in Buckeye, AZ.

Francisco “Don Pancho” Bailon

Francisco “Don Pancho” Bailon, 80, of Phoenix, AZ died peacefully at home on March 12, 2017. He was born October 4, 1936 in Mexico to J. Remedios Bailon and Flavia Banda. He is survived by his sons Salvador Bailon (Maria), Sergio Bailon (Angelica); daughters Elida Bailon, Benita Bailon (Francisco Rodriguez), Doris Maya (Salvador) and Virginia Bailon; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Magdalena Fuentes and daughter, Linda Bailon.

A vigil will be held at his home on Sunday, March 19th at 5:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 20th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Albert “Al” Luna

Albert “Al” Luna, 62, of Avondale, AZ died on March 13, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. He was born October 7, 1954 in Flagstaff, AZ to Roberto and Juanita Luna.

He is survived by his wife Emily Luna; daughters Veronica (Ruben) Vargas, Christina (Joseph) Rodriguez; son Michael Lopez Jr.; sisters Margie Luna, Mary Luna; brothers Robert, Mike, Ruben, and Tony Luna; and 4 grandchildren, Irie, Mason, Kingston, and Jaxon. He was “Our Super Hero”.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 22nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel located at 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Gregory Henry Henke

Gregory Henry Henke, 52, of Litchfield Park, AZ died March 9, 2017. He was born March 4, 1965 in Denver, CO to Cyril and Carol Henke.

He is survived by his wife Margie Henke; daughters, Leticia and Emma Henke; parents, Cyril and Carol Henke; sisters, Teri Henke and Angie Jostes.

Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd (Corner of Central Ave. and Loma Linda), Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow to Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ. Immediately following the burial will be a celebration of Greg’s Life at Bourgade Catholic High School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Greg Henke Scholarship Fund at Bourgade Catholic High School. Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

William “Bill” Gerveler

William “Bill” Gerveler, 75, of Avondale, AZ died March 12, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born April 26, 1941 to Francis Conrad and Rose Mary Gerveler in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Bill loved to work with wood and was great with tools. His grandchildren loved to spend time in grandpa’s workshop, even the girls.

Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathleen Gerveler; daughters, Donna Dumont (Anthony Glanis), Diane Smith (Kermit Meth), Debra McClurg; sons, Kevin Gerveler (Missa), Patrick Gerveler (SueAnn); sister, Mary Jane Tiemann (Tom); brothers, Jack Gerveler (Sharon), Thomas Gerveler (Billie Jean), Bryan Gerveler; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Conrad and Rose Mary Gerveler.

Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Deborah L. Tharp

Deborah L .Tharp of Buckeye, AZ died March 10, 2017 at the age of 68. She was born January 16, 1949 in Dayton, OH to James L and Buleah Gay Agin. Deborah was a licensed realtor in Fairbanks, AK. She was a master gardener and cared for the outside flowers at the Pioneer Home in Prescott, AZ. She also volunteered on “Suicide Help Hot Line,” in Prescott, AZ. She was an avid hiker, skier, and a fantastic cook even on a wood stove in a cabin and hunted and fished in Alaska. She was involved in many activities at Sundance Adult Active Community in Buckeye, AZ since moving there in July of 2005.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Wallace “Wally” Tharp; mother, Buleah Gay Agin; step-daughter, Ingrid E. Schunder; sisters, Rebecca L. Anderson and Cheryl J. Agin; brother, James L. Agin.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at her home in Buckeye. Her ashes will be sent to the wind in her favorite hiking place. Donation memorials can be made in her honor to ASPCA- for cats.

 

Colonel Paul “Rex” Hammock USAF (Ret.)

Rex Hammock, 83, loving father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on March 8, 2017, after a long hospital stay.

Born on May 27, 1933, in Long Beach, Rex spent the majority of his youth in San Diego. A seven-year boarding student at Army-Navy Academy in Carlsbad, he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball, served as Class President as well as Cadet Major, and was voted Outstanding Senior upon his graduation in 1951. In 1956, Rex graduated from San Diego State College, where he played baseball, participated in AFROTC, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He later earned a Master’s Degree from Shippensburg State in Pennsylvania.

The joy of his professional life came in the 24 years Rex spent as a fighter pilot, “the greatest job in the world,” in the United States Air Force. Most of his time was spent flying the F-100 Super Sabre and the F-4. His many career highlights include: flying 100 missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War in which he earned the Silver Star for “gallantry in action against the enemy;” graduating from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA (1972); living abroad as U.S. Air Force Attaché to the Republic of Iran; serving as Director of Operations for the F-4 Wing at Luke A.F.B.; and molding young men and women as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander of the AFROTC at Arizona State University (1977 – 1980). He was a proud member of The Super Sabre Society, The Order of Daedalians, Command Bar Stool Association, and the Military Officers Association of America.

Following his Air Force retirement in 1980, Rex spent 20+ years in various management and leadership roles, ultimately retiring “for good” as Director, Motor Vehicles Division, for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Rex was a 40-year resident of Litchfield Park, AZ, and spent the final year of his life near his family in Encinitas, CA.

What he loved most were his family and friends, flying, playing golf, sports of all kinds, and his Catholic faith.

Rex is survived by his son Steve (Maureen) of Encinitas, CA, his Aunt Charlotte Webster of National City, CA, his “oldest and dearest friend” of 73 years, Chuck Freebern of Del Mar, CA, and his eight grandchildren – Mick, Maggie, Rebecca, Rex, Kat, Phillip, Kelsey, and Bennett. He was preceded in death by sons Phillip (1978) and Kevin (2013), and his wife of 40 years, Sharon (2015).

A public visitation will be held at 9:30am followed by a rosary at 10:00am with Mass at 10:30am, Monday, March 27, 2017 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd in Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.

Oscar Richard Salas Jr.

Oscar Richard Salas Jr., 60, of Avondale, Ariz. died on March 13, 2017 in Goodyear, Ariz. He was born on November 21, 1956 in Phoenix, Ariz. He is survived by his daughter Monica De La Huerta; mother Gloria Lopez; father Ruben Lopez; sisters Kathy Salas, Sonya Romero, Gloria Morales; brother Danny Salas; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Ruben Mendoza.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, Ariz. Burial of the urn will be at a later date. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Ernest Passaro

Ernest Passaro of Litchfield Park, AZ and Rochester, NY passed away March 10, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine (Burgo) Passaro. He is survived by children, Sharon (Mark Molinari) Passaro, Mary Ellen Passaro, Ernest (Lori) Passaro, Elisa Passaro; brother, Donald Passaro; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

The Passaro-Burgo family cherishes the many memories of Ernie with joyful and thankful hearts. We can best describe him as incredibly loving, gentle, kind, and supportive, always willing to help anyone who was in need. Hardworking and creative, he could often be found in the cellar working at his tool bench creating or repairing a plethora of things or spending time at his cottage in the 1000 Islands boating and fishing on the St Lawrence River. Ernie had many hobbies such as exercising in fitness classes at the Wigwam resort, hunting, and taking long walks in the woods. He loved animals and raised many dogs in his lifetime leaving behind ‘his Molly’ who was faithful to the end. He was known best for ‘helping others and showing up’ at any hour of the day.

His family will receive loved ones from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, 570 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617. Please join his family Wednesday, 11 AM at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Chapel, 2461 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612 for a service and entombment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association(alz.org) or Sun Valley Animal Shelter(sunvalleypets.org/how-to-donate/) in his memory.

2 Timothy 4:7 ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ Dad/Grandpa we thank you for shaping our lives leaving behind your great legacy of integrity, passion and tremendous self sacrificial love. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas Edmond Allen

Thomas Edmond Allen of Phoenix, AZ died March 9, 2017 at the age of 84. He was born January 13, 1933 in Ajo, AZ to Benjamin E. and Myrtle E. Allen.   Thomas served in the US Air Force from 1952 – 1956. He was a member of Gideons International and a Life Member and Golden Eagle Member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Allen; daughters, Genell Dawson (Clyde) and Lynn Snow (Stuart); sons, Thomas, Jr. (Donna), Harry, and Hugh Allen (Pam); 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Myrtle Allen and brother, Benjamin S. Allen.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A viewing will be held at 9:30 am followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. The family suggests that donations be made to The Gideons International.

Brian Dale Askeland

Brian Dale Askeland of Goodyear, AZ died March 10, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 60. He was born August 10, 1956 to Oscar and Darlene Askeland. Brian enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He loved to spend time with his family and especially his grandbabies.

Brian is survived by his wife, Laura Askeland; daughter, Carrie Gabriel (Matt); sons, Trevor Askeland (Ashley), and Andrew Askeland; parents, Oscar and Darlene Askeland; brother, Calvin Askeland (Bev); and seven grandchildren, Austin, Terril, Elizabeth, Lilly, Emma, Aubree, and Dixon. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Askeland.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Michael O’Neal Mann

Michael O’Neal Mann of Buckeye, AZ died March 7, 2017. He was born July 10, 1950 to Gardner and Melvean Howe-Mann in Carlsbad, NM. Michael served in the US Marine Corps from 1969 – 1975 achieving the rank of Corporal E-4. He was awarded the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Medal, Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Mast, and Good Conduct Medal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from New Mexico State University. He was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Superior and Quality Work in support of the Palo Verde nuclear generating station. He was a member of the Masons of Arizona.

Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee Mann; daughter, Jodie Dawn Miller; sons, Britt Liles, Michael S. Bostwick, and Howard, Mickey, and James O. Mann; brother, Rick Mann; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gardner and Melvean Mann; wife, Darryl Constance Mann; and son, Stephen Mann.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at White Tanks Southern Baptist Church, 1420 N 192nd Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85396. Burial will take place at 12:30 pm, Monday, March 20, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Hazel Dorothy Barnes

Hazel Dorothy Barnes of Goodyear, AZ died March 7, 2017 at the age of 78. She was born August 28, 1938 to William and Edna Fitzpatrick in Liverpool England. She is survived by her daughter Lois (Barnes) Castro; sons, Steve and Kevin Barnes; sister, Linda Cain of Australia; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her son, Greg Barnes.

Jeffrey James Thimgan

Mr . Jeffrey James Thimgan, 21, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on Thursday, December 7th, 1995, to Russ Thimgan and Nelly Thimgan in La Junta, Colorado.

Jeffrey was an eagle scout from Troop 99, following the example his older brothers set before him, and he had a passion for exploring the beautiful outdoors. Whether it was canoe trips on the Colorado River, hiking up the plateau of the Superstition Mountains with his father without ropes, taking camping trips to Wet Beaver Creek, or scuba diving in Emerald Bay and in the Florida Keys, he was a lover of all the life he saw around him and never wasted a chance to experience it. He graduated from Millennium High School in 2014, and it was here that he was a part of several organizations. He was the FFA Chapter’s Vice President, and was a starring member of their National Parliamentary Procedures team. He was an inspiring public speaker, and was always proud of his debating skills, since, as he put it, “I was the only debater to ever get a perfect score at state.” He competed at many other competitions, too: Ag Issues, Job Interview, and Ag Sales, to name a few. Each one was indicative of a special characteristic Jeffrey had. Ag Issues demonstrated his drive to be involved, and to excel in all his pursuits– an ambition which he’s carried with him the rest of his life. Job Interview proved that he could forget to submit all his materials to the contest and still get into the final 10 out of 60 on pure public-speaking merit. And Ag Sales proved that, even when half the team had quit, he would stand by his team captain, and sister, no matter what. He also was a part of several sports teams at Millennium, swimming for a year, and running on the Cross-Country Varsity team for a year too. He had a gypsy spirit in him that made him try everything, and that wouldn’t let him stay in one place. He was also a member of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), and proved himself yet again to be a star teammate that helped bring our team to nationals while making our whole chapter laugh and turn against each other as he facilitated rounds of “Mafia,” with cards he made himself and an announcing voice you couldn’t replicate. Band and the band community played big roles in his life. He played the trumpet in middle school and the french horn in high school, and met many loyal individuals whom he loved fiercely; he continued talking about them in the years after he graduated.

He loved Theater, and pursued his love of the dramatic arts in college where he was a leading actor in a play named “All In the Timing,” one of his roles being that of Lenin the Revolutionist. He was, as expected, hilarious and moving, with the only repercussion being that every accent he’d try to do thereafter would fall into an exceptional Russian accent. He attended the University of Arizona, first as an Agricultural Economics major, then as a Theater Arts, major, and then as a Creative Writing major. That gypsy spirit never did let him get tied down to one path; there was too much in the world for him to learn to limit himself so greatly. He was the ASUA Student Body Parliamentarian at the University, where, as he’d always say, he’d “protect the will of the majority and the rights of the minority.” He was a part of too much to name all the beautiful things he did. He loved food, he loved the Renaissance Festival, he loved music, he loved trying to win when he played Risk against his dad, he loved plays, especially Alexander Hamilton, he loved his friends, he loved cats, he loved playing in the rain with his mom, he loved books, he loved visiting his grandparent’s ranch in Colorado, he loved working out, he loved arguing, he loved racquetball, he loved paintballing with his brothers, he loved food so much I’ll mention it twice, and he loved people. He loved people with all his heart, and couldn’t stand to see anyone wronged, and wouldn’t stand it if he could. His jokes both made people roll their eyes and cry from laughter, and his wit was always sharp, poignant, and far beyond his years. He’s probably making the powers that be double over with laughter from his terrible jokes today. The force with which he loved the people around him sustains his memory in all our minds, and will make remembering him more beautiful with time.

He is survived by his grandparents Garth and Barbara Thimgan, his parents Russ and Nelly Thimgan, his brothers Paul and Andres Thimgan, his sister Leah Thimgan, and his cousins and extended family across the United States and Ecuador.

A service will be held in Litchfield Park, Arizona, on Saturday, March 11th at the Church of Litchfield Park (300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340), with an open casket viewing at 2:00 PM, followed by the service at 3:00 PM, and a reception to be held after. He will be laid to rest in Colorado, and there will be a gathering of friends at the First Church of God (901 Carson Ave, La Junta, CO 81050) on Monday, March 13th, 2017 at 12:00 PM, and then the burial and graveside service will be held at the Rocky Ford Cemetery (27980 Co Rd 20, Rocky Ford, CO 81067) in Rocky Ford, Colorado, at 2:00 PM with a reception held after by Gary and Ann Thimgan at the Baggage Car in the Rocky Ford Gobin Building (105 North Main Street, Rocky Ford, CO 81067).

We invite all those who knew and loved Jeffrey to attend these services, and to wear white clothes or accessories to honor the bright life he led, and the pure heart he always had. If not possible, we still welcome everyone to come and celebrate his life with us. He will be remembered always.

Mildred R Stender

Mildred R Stender of Chicago, IL residing in Arizona died March 5, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born April 14, 1926 in Chicago, IL to John George and Rose Stadler. Mildred’s primary satisfaction in life was caring for her home and family. She skillfully raised two daughters, cared for her husband and managed her home. She loved to go ballroom dancing and enjoyed shopping, taking vacations and watching horse races.

Mildred is survived by her daughters, Laura Bonner and Arlene Stender; sister, Sylvia Marie Ludwig; six grandchildren, Robert W., William S. (Colleen), Michael J (Nancy), James P (Tricia), and Timothy S. McKenna (Angela), and Alyson Mullins (Bob); several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Stender; brother, George “Jack” Stadler, and her parents John George and Rose Stadler. A service will be held in May, date and time to be determined, at St Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, IL.

Cecil Raynard Davis

Cecil Raynard Davis, of Tonopah, AZ died February 26, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ at the age of 60. He was born June 3, 1956 in Detroit, MI to Arenzo and Clara Davis. Cecil served in the US Army from 1973 to 1977. He was a model citizen of his community and often assisted the 4H Club children with their animals. Cecil received the best husband of the decade award and was a firm believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Carolyn Davis; daughters, Kevelyn Davis, Cecily Davis, Angelica Knuckles (Timothy), Antoinette Davis, Katrina Davis; son, Jared Davis; sisters, Cheryl Davis, Crystal Gillespie; brother, Andre Davis; two grandchildren, Amiyrah Cambron, and Joshua Knuckles; and countless nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 N. Miller Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at Louis B Hazelton, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. The family suggests that donations be made to www.gofundme.com/cecil’s-funeral-fund.

Jennifer Ophelia Nealy

Jennifer Ophelia Nealy, of Goodyear, AZ passed away February 10, 2017 at the age of 44.  She was born January 31, 1973 in Dallas, TX to Kenneth and Doris Nealy.  A visitation will be held at 10:00 am with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Palm Valley Church, 431 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Judy S. Barmore

Judy S. Barmore of Goodyear, AZ died February 25, 2017 at the age of 80. She was born July 11, 1936 in Atlanta, GA to Roy and Florence Shoemaker. Judy was the oldest of three children and with the large difference between each sibling she grew up quickly. She was a very good student and wanted to become a lawyer, however her life took a different course after meeting her husband, Bill Barmore. It wasn’t long until her first daughter Laura was born. About one and half years later her second daughter Josie came along. As they grew up they spent lots of time with their grandparents. Judy’s father Roy was an entrepreneur and thus she spent lots of time working at the Peach Bowl Speedway and at her father’s used car lot. Her daughters would help as much as they could. As the girls got older, Judy and Bill decided to move to Roy’s farm. He trained horses, so it was a lot of fun to move to the country.

Judy enjoyed needlepoint, prolific reading – mostly history, travel, bowling, watching Bill O’Reilly, and family gatherings. She loved antiques! A few years after Bill passed away she decided to get a part-time job with the IRS, which became a full-time job. She retired from the IRS in 1996. She received many awards, but for those who knew her, she was much too shy to brag.

Judy was a hard worker, always willing to help others while never expecting anything in return. Because she was so shy, people misinterpreted her as not being as sharp, but she just smiled politely. Judy had a strong will and a fighting spirit and a huge heart. She will be missed by her daughters every day, but they know she is finally at peace and in a better place with their daddy.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Laura Fellhoelter and Josie Barmore, and her sister Frances Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Barmore. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Hacienda Del Rey, 12917 W. Las Cruces Drive, Litchfield Park, AZ.

Michael “Tim” Lee

Michael “Tim” Lee of Buckeye, AZ died February 25, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ at the age of 61. He was born April 7, 1955 in Phoenix, AZ to Henry Dewey and Imogene Lee. He served in the US Army from 1971 to 1974 as a clerk. Tim was a musician. He diligently practiced to perfect his guitar playing. He also played drums and bass. He enjoyed sharing his love of music with others and would teach his family and anyone else that was interested how to play.

Tim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Violet Eleanora Lee; daughters, Kathy Brown, Debra Wolfe, Diane Salinas, Jennie Ramirez, Ali Hughes; sons Terry McReynolds, James Williams, Timothy Lee; sister, Kimberly Young; brother, Samuel Lee; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Imogene Lee and his brother, Jonathan Lee.

Gilbert “Gibby” Morales

Gilbert “Gibby” Morales of Goodyear, AZ died February 27, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born July 10, 1934 to Mike G. Morales and Martha Contreras Morales in Jerome, AZ. He graduated from Mingus High School, served in the US Army for 2 years, and was honorably discharged in 1957. Upon his return he married Eleanor Rodriguez. Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State College in Flagstaff, a master’s degree from NAU, and an Administrative Certification from University of Arizona. After Eleanor’s passing he married Belia Sanchez Lucero in 1970 and together they raised their seven children.

Gilbert began a 35 year career in Seligman, AZ as teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. The last years of his career were spent in the administration in Avondale and Laveen Elementary School districts.

Gilbert is survived by his spouse, Belia S. Morales; daughters, Elizabeth Robles, Kathleen Morales, Noreen M. Diaz, Jordan Morales; sons, John Lucero, Daniel, Thomas, and David Morales; sister, Rosemary Hirales (Edmund); brothers, David Morales (Barbara), Bill Morales (Veronica); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am with a rosary at 10:30 am and mass at 11:00 am, Friday, March 10, 2017 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Interment will be at 11:00 am, Friday, March 17, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

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