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November 2019
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William B. Stough

William B. Stough, age 83 of Goodyear, AZ died November 11, 2019. He was born November 4, 1936 in Terre Haute, IN, the only child born to Ernest and Margaret (Scott) Stough. He graduated from Glenn High School in Seelyville, IN and studied business and marketing at Oklahoma State University and Indiana State University. He served in the US Air Force as a crew chief for F-100 jet fighters. Bill always felt that the Air Force molded him to be a more responsible individual. After his honorable discharge, he began selling advertising for a television station. A born leader with high standards and a strong work ethic, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming President and General Manager. His career took him to CBS affiliates WISH-TV channel 8 in Indianapolis, IN (three times), WANE-TV in Ft. Wayne, IN, KTSP-TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ, and WGME-13 in Portland, ME.

Bill was highly respected by his family and peers. He was a bottom-line guy, practical and balanced in his approach to life. A man of few words, he quietly listened to absorb the conversation before responding. He made every effort to understand other’s strengths and weaknesses and gave advice in a way that was easily grasped. He led by example, inspiring his family members and employees with his wisdom and principles. He was a God-fearing man, full of compassion, encouragement and love.

Bill led a healthy lifestyle. He enjoyed golf, gardening and caring for his lawn. Reading, especially history, was always enjoyable. He was a sports fan and loved the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Ravens. His disciplined life continued even as his health failed. He was a model of strength and courage to the end. He was a strong follower of Jesus Christ, a loving husband, an endearing father and grandfather. His greatest joy came from his family. Classy and disciplined, he was known to let his hair down when he was with his grandchildren. Each member of his family felt his love and protective care deeply. One hug from Bill and the cares of the world would go away.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy Stough; sons, Scott Stough, Reed Stough and his wife Tona; 10 grandchildren, Caroline Wyatt, Cassandra Robison, Scott Wyatt, Andrew Stough, Aubrianna Stough, Nathanael Stough, Ella Stough, Hannah Stough, Coralee Stough, and Emmaline Stough; three great-grandchildren, Allie Robison, Luke Robison, and Lyra Jean Wyatt; and brother-in-law, Jim Jerrels.

A visitation will be at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial with military honors will be at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. The family suggests that donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club https://www.bgca.org/ways-to-give, or the HealthWell Foundation https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/.

Douglas Warren Boggs

Douglas Warren Boggs, age 80 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 11, 2019 in Litchfield Park, AZ.  He was born November 16, 1938 in Burlington, CO and was raised in Steamboat Springs, CO by Harold and Sylvia Boggs.  Doug graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Education.  He worked as a ski instructor to pay his tuition, and he married Jan Wilkinson in 1961.  Doug taught for several years, then moved back to Steamboat Springs to run the family’s hardware store, Boggs Hardware, with his brother Gerry.  Doug had a strong work ethic and was a successful businessman.  He was highly respected in Steamboat Springs.  His family had lived and worked in the community for generations.  He was elected as a Commissioner on the Board of County Commissioners for Routt County, CO from 1980-1984.

Doug loved Colorado and enjoyed all the outdoor activities that the beautiful state afforded.  A vibrant man with a free-spirit, he was passionate about the mountains.  Each weekend was spent with his family on the ski slopes, camping, or hiking.  He was a kind and loving father who taught his children to take responsibility for their actions while showing mercy for their mistakes.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife Jan, especially to the warmth of Mexico.  Doug loved his dogs and spoiled them nightly with bowls of ice cream.  He lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years, but his kindness, quick wit and love for his family never wavered. His caring and loving wife Jan, remained by his side, through it all.

Doug is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan Boggs; daughter Carlynn Boggs; son, Greg and Tami Boggs; and three grandchildren, Bryce, Jack and Cole Tanner.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Sylvia Boggs; brother, Gerry Boggs; and an infant son, Van Boggs.

Asher Benjamin Ariel Ruthenberg

Asher Benjamin Ariel Ruthenberg, age 17 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 10, 2019, in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born June 2, 2002, in Kingman, AZ to Mark Ruthenberg and Tatyana Tskhai. He was a student at Millennium High School. Asher was funny. Whether cracking jokes, acting silly or a little bit crazy, he enjoyed making people laugh. Like most teenage boys, he loved to play video games. Call of Duty and UFC were his go-to games and Ricky, Connor, Brody, Kyle, and Brandon were his buddies. He was a fan of MMA and wrestled for three years.

Asher was also politically inclined and enjoyed conspiracy theories. He lived in Russia with his mother for four years and was bilingual in Russian and English. His time abroad opened his eyes to a world view that was uncommon for someone his age and he became concerned about political and economic situations in Russia and Korea. He was a brilliant writer and often expressed his feelings and apprehensions in poetry. Though prodded by his English teacher, he never felt comfortable openly sharing his prose.

Asher is survived by his mother, Tatyana Tskhai; sisters, Sarah McCovery, Rachel Ruthenberg, Gracie Tskhai, and Jazmyn McCovery; and brothers, Micah, Efraim, and William Ruthenberg, and Clarence McCovery. He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Ruthenberg.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, November 22, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Kay Acuff

Kay Acuff, age 81 of Goodyear, AZ died October 22, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born November 14, 1937 in LaGrande, OR, the only child born to Tom and Garnet Ruckman. Kay grew up on a farm in the small town of Imbler, OR. Community service came naturally to her, inspired by the examples of her father who served as the mayor of Imbler and sat on the board of the local hospital, and her mother who was a state representative and also sat on several boards. She graduated from Imbler High School in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 1959. She completed graduate courses at the University of Oregon as well as at Portland State University.

Kay began her life of service to the community teaching business education, typing, and bookkeeping to high school students. She taught in schools in Reedsport, OR, LaGrande, OR, Portland, OR and later in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to teaching, Kay was the advisor to the dance team, drama, rally squad, and yearbook.

While living in Portland, OR, Kay met and married Richard Acuff in March 1966. She was a loyal and dedicated wife who sacrificed her own career advancement to follow her husband all over the country as he climbed the corporate ladder. Her children were always her first priority. She served as a PTA President for the Cherry Park Grade School in Portland, OR and slowly eased back into teaching as her children grew. In due course Kay turned her talents to the corporate community. She was a member of the State Board of Realtors of Oregon from 1975 – 1979. She worked as the Assistant to Real Estate Development and Executive Assistant to the Director of Human Resources at Carl Karcher Enterprises. She was the Assistant to the President at Macon Development in Naperville, IL. She was the Education Development Assistant to Weichert Real Estate in West Chester, PA, and the Administrative Assistant to the Manager of Prudential Preferred Real Estate in Exton, PA.

When Richard retired the couple moved to the PebbleCreek community. Kay’s desire to serve her community was as strong as ever and she began the Architectural and Landscape Office. She worked as the Architectural Committee Administrative Assistant for the PebbleCreek Homeowner’s Association from September 1998 to June, 2018 when she said a tearful goodbye.

Kay was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as a Mother Advisor to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Blue Mountain Chapter, Elgin, OR. She had a love of music and was a member of a traveling University of Oregon choral group. As a cancer survivor she appreciated every day. She enjoyed sewing, latch hooking, and arts and crafts. Her ultimate happiness came from her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind a house covered with photos of her children and grandchildren, memories of the joy that they brought into her life.

Kay is survived by her son, Matthew Acuff, daughter, Libby Achenbach, and grandchildren Jake and Ashton Achenbach. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Inurnment will be at 10:00 am, Friday, November 29, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you contribute in Kay’s honor to the charity of your choice.

Josefina Camargo

Josefina Camargo, age 76 of Phoenix, AZ died October 28, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. She was born July 1, 1943, in Guadalajara, Mexico to Leon Contreras and Maria Refugio Carrillo. Josefina was a hard-working pillar of her family. She was a great cook who showed her love through her food. She always had a kind word to say and would give anything for her family. She often sang to her grandchildren and would make up songs especially for them. Her love was immeasurable.

Josefina is survived by her husband, Manuel Camargo; sons, Efrain Camargo, Oscar Camargo, and Marco Antonio Contreras; brother, Jesus Contreras; and eight grandchildren. A visitation and rosary will be held at 9:00 am followed by a mass at 10:30 am, Friday, November 8, 2019, at Mission San Fernando Rey de España, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Burial will follow at the San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, CA 91345.

David Barnes

David Barnes, age 57, of Surprise, AZ, went to be with the Lord on October 26, 2019. He was a native of Charlotte, NC.

He was a graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill College(University), in Mars Hill, NC, and a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Education & Leadership from Spalding University, in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Barnes’s career in serving higher education students spans some 26 years. He served as Associate Vice President for Adult Programs at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He also served as Provost of Ottawa University in Arizona, Executive Vice President of Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University), and as President of Grace University in Omaha, NE. His last post was with Ottawa University (OUAZ) in Surprise, Arizona, as Executive Director for Advancement, Church and Alumni Relations.

David was passionate about what he felt God had called him to do – working in higher education, mentoring and helping college students succeed. He was a devoted husband and father. He had a gentle spirit and was kind to everyone. He was a good listener and encourager, a “glass is half full” kind of thinker.

David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Isabel Barnes; his two sons, Noah (21) and Lucas Barnes (18) from Surprise, AZ; his parents, Bob and Betty Jo Barnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister, Donna Melton (Alan) from Landrum, SC; his niece, Jennifer Curasco (Tony), of Jacksonville, FL; and nephew, Ryan Melton (Melinda), of Travelers Rest, SC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the Faith Arena at the Ottawa University Surprise Campus, 14470 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to Ottawa University, Surprise, https://secure2.convio.net/ouni/site/Donation2 via the Alumni heading on the university’s website.

Joseph Anthony Dobis

Joseph Anthony Dobis, age 70 of Goodyear, AZ died November 3, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born December 6, 1948. Joseph was a high school teacher in New Jersey until his retirement. Friendly, caring and helpful, he moved to Arizona and worked as a caregiver in Tucson. He was very thoughtful and loved to talk. He had a beautiful smile and a happy-go-lucky personality.

Joseph was energetic and had a difficult time sitting still. He was a good dancer and singer. He really enjoyed going to the casino. He loved to drink coffee and enjoyed eating Filipino food. He is survived by his fiancé, Nenita Clark.

Beatrice Kay Schreiber

Beatrice Kay Schreiber, age 49 of Phoenix, AZ died October 30, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. She was born July 3, 1970, the much-loved daughter of James and Ruth Schreiber. She attended Harris Elementary School, Borman Jr. High School, Maryvale High School, and Glendale Community College on a volleyball scholarship. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She was an excellent teacher and really cared about “her kids”.

Beatrice had a big, caring heart. She was part of the clown ministry at St. Vincent de Paul and her Aunt Kay’s caregiver for the Relay for Life. She was a coach for many sports teams and enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. She was a belly dancer and a licensed massage therapist. Beatrice will be greatly missed, but her suffering has passed and she is at peace.

Beatrice is survived by her parents, James and Ruth Schreiber; sisters, Anna Norris (Kyle), and Linda Baker (Ron); brothers, John Schreiber (Missi), Patrick Schreiber, and Daniel Schreiber (Stella); five nieces; six nephews; one great-niece; and one great-nephew. She leaves behind her loving God-parents, Aunt Mary and Uncle Harry, her medical advocate, Chris, and good friend Coach Shack.  Private services were held.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Douglas Peter Pratt

Douglas Peter Pratt, age 39 of Buckeye, AZ died October 29, 2019, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born January 3, 1980, in Wichita Falls, TX, one of five children born to Allen and Deborah Pratt. The family moved to Great Falls, MT when Doug was six and he became completely immersed in all the outdoor activities that Montana provides. Hunting in the mountains, canoeing, and kayaking in the Missouri River, and playing in the snow in Glacier National Park were his favorite pastimes. He was a good student and graduated from Great Falls High School.

A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Doug served a mission in Taipei, Taiwan where he became fluent in the Mandarin language.   Upon returning from his mission he enlisted in the US Army where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a linguist in military intelligence, a classification that required him to be deployed in undisclosed locations. After discharge, Doug began working in security at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant.

Doug was very artistic. An avid pyrographer, he was passionate about sharing his woodburning techniques with others.   His creativity spilled over into his cooking where he enjoyed making decadent desserts such as his famous chocolate tsunami cake, filled with every type of chocolate.   He took pleasure in celebrating the holidays, watching fireworks, decorating for Halloween, and making Christmas magical for children. He was a favorite uncle of his nieces and nephews. When he visited his family he would often fill pantries and freezers with food, bring new toys for the children, and assist in any way that was needed.  He loved his family fiercely and cherished his children deeply.

Doug is survived by his daughters, Nathalie Ward, Emma Ward, Janna Ward, and Katelyn Deborah Pratt; son, Daniel Thomas Pratt; parents, Allen and Deborah Pratt; sisters, Mary Emmett and Rachael Cowling; and brothers, Jacob and Eric Pratt.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

A gathering will be held at 9:00 am, followed by a funeral at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 9, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 22487 W. Sundance Parkway, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Burial will follow at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 28090 W Broadway, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

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