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Obituaries

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John J. Campbell

Lt. Col. John J. Campbell, age 80, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on July 27, 1939 to Phil Campbell and Mabel Campbell in Lincoln, New England.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1985 and made it to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the title Navigator. He had over 6000 hours in the Air Force KC-135 as a Master Navigator. He is the recipient of the meritorious service medal with one leaf cluster, the Air Medal with four leaf clusters, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After his retirement he served for 10 years with the California Contractors state license board as a deputy registrar of contractors. He was a member of Ben Ali Shrine, the Union Kit Carson Lodge #58, the National Sojourners, New Hope OES, he was a life member of the American Legion AWO and a life member of the Military Officers Association of America.

He is survived by his wife; Wally Campbell, his daughter; Suzanne Wininger, his sons; Steve Brown, Stuart Brown, and John Campbell II, as well as his 7 Grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his sisters; Phillis Latham and Carol Touvelle.

Kathleen Ann Jacobs

Kathleen Ann Jacobs, age 74, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on August 17, 1945 in Anoka, Minnesota to Chester Henry Gale and Florence Johnson.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ronald John Jacobs.

Services are private.

Darron Wade Street

Mr. Darron Wade Street, age 53, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on July 6, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born on October 2, 1966 to Sherman Street and Irma Lee Clark in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

Darron is survived by his wife Kathleen Anne Street (Cosgrove), his sons; Tyler Anthony Street, and Nicholas Wade Street, his sister; Sharon Cassidy, his brothers and their significant others; Michael Street and Gerda, Larry Street and Donna Jordan, Gregory Street and Phyllis, Kenneth Street and Margaret DeMarco, and Mark Street and his mother Doris Street. He was preceded in death by his son, Darron Wade Buckalew and his parents, Irma and Sherman Street.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Delaware. The family has asked that for anyone that would like to make a donation that they make one in Darron’s honor with the American Heart Association at www.heart.org

Albert C. Lueck

Albert C. Lueck Jr., 80, passed away July 7, 2020, at his home in Buckeye, Arizona, surrounded by loved ones.
Big Al was born April 25, 1940 in Phoenix, Arizona to Albert Sr. and Melva Lueck. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a dairyman.
He attended Agua Fria High School and graduated in 1958. In July 1958, Al met the love of his life, Jerry Ruth. They married January 1, 1959 and even after 62 years he couldn’t walk by her without a smooch. Al & Jerry raised 4 children. He loved his family, cows, and the cattle auction. Al was a respected dairy farmer in both Arizona and Texas.
Al is survived by his wife, Jerry Ruth, 4 children Ann (Mark) Knister, Nanci (Paul) Budge, Carl (Salena) Lueck, and Alan (Helen) Lueck; his brothers Bob, Bill (Mary), and Fred (Judy), 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren who he dearly loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert Sr. and Melva and his grandson, AJ.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 11 at 11 am at Estrella Mountain Church, 10485 S Estrella Parkway, Goodyear AZ 85338. Lunch will be served after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoenix Children’s Hospital or Buckeye FFA Alumni.

Chris Michael Loftus

Mr. Chris Michael Loftus, age 53, of Laveen, Arizona passed away on June 29, 2020 in his home in Laveen, Arizona. He was born on October 25, 1966 to Michael Loftus and Lynne Loftus in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Chris will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend to many. He grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1997 and continued to live there with his wife and young son. As a child Chris was always the funny kid and could make anyone laugh, he continued that into adulthood and always seemed to have a way with people which helped make him a very successful sales manager. For the last few years he had worked for Air Comm with their partner Motorola and was loved by all he worked with. Chris was a very athletic child and played soccer, softball, and basketball, and loved all sports and continued to love and talk about sports into adulthood. He loved his family and loved being a dad to Hunter. Hunter shares the same sense of humor as his father and has helped create laughter since the day he was born. Chris has many lifelong, childhood friends whom he loved dearly and had special bonds with. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Chris is survived by his wife; Rachel Loftus, his son; Hunter Loftus, his sister; Kelly Loftus, his father; Michael Loftus and his mother; Lynne Loftus. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents; Ralph and Sarah Loftus and Thomas and Virginia Steichen, as well as his aunt; Peggy Pedersen.

A viewing has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family has asked that if anyone would like to donate that you please use https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-chris-loftus?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

David Robert Elemen

David Robert Elemen, age 43, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on June 30, 2020. He was born on April 25, 1977 in San Jose, California.
David moved his family to Arizona 18 years ago from California to start a new life and be closer to his older brother, Michael. He began working at Western Container as soon as he moved to AZ and worked there for 18 years, working his way up to Manager. He was well respected and will be greatly missed by all.
Our David was an amazing man, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, coach, and friend! He was loving, caring, dedicated, fun, and a little bit crazy, lol….but most of all he had a huge heart, a good heart, such a beautiful soul, he was there for everyone, not just his family!
David loved his children and grandchildren more than life itself, and was dedicated to them. He was so proud of them.
David was a die hard Raiders and SF Giants fan!! The guys in the family had an annual Raider game every year, it was a huge event they all looked forward to. He spent many Sundays at his brother Michaels watching games together with everyone, but stay clear if they lost haha!! Many liked to give him a bad time about his teams, especially his Raiders, but he gave as good as he got.
Since he was a little boy he has always loved fishing and baseball cards. Even though he was grown, his mom and dad would still put some baseball card packs in his stocking every year for Xmas.
He had a love and passion for coaching his girls in softball. They played from the time they were in elementary school, all the way through college. They traveled a lot of places together for softball, the three of them. Those are precious memories his girls will cherish. David was a beloved coach to many.
He was a prankster, a kid at heart. He would get this look on his face (he had this little laugh too) as he was being mischievous. Just this last birthday, all he wanted to do was have a big water balloon fight for his party, so that’s what he did. He had so much fun with his girls and all his friends! His children, Geaky,(the way her daddy spelled it) Beanie and Stephen have so many stories from their childhood. One story that Stephen shared was: the kids would be sitting on the couch watching tv with their dad and all of a sudden, he would yell out “Alright kids…ZigZag” and the kids had to jump up and run. David would chase them all around the house with the air soft gun, that was just him, a big kid at heart. There are so many stories, moments, and memories to share and hold onto through this unimaginable time of grief.
All the kids just loved him, whether they were family or not. He was that guy, Uncle David, to all of them, the one that got them the crazy gifts parents wouldn’t buy. It made him so happy! He would get that look…..his smile was infectious!
David loved his motorcycles and being involved with the motorcycle club.
He loved his hats, especially his straw hats! And you rarely saw him without a styrofoam cup in his hand from the QT, sometimes with a four loco, it was one of his favorites!
If you were part of David’s life, you knew the unconditional love he had for you. He would do anything for his family and friends, his extended family….all the people he loved, even complete strangers. He loved hard, and he played hard!
David touched so many hearts. He is loved beyond words, and will be missed more than words can ever describe. Our families Circle of Life will forever be broken and missing him. He will forever be in our hearts and with us.
He is survived by his daughters Angelique and Sabrina Elemen, his son Stephen Medrano, his granddaughter Trinity Kannegaard, grandson Ridley Medrano, his sisters Teresa Chan (Tom), Michelle Millard (Jason), Laura Esqueda (Richard), Roberta Elemen, Connie Rodriguez, his brothers Michael Zaragoza (Jessica), Anthony Elemen, Brandon Zaragoza, his Momma Cheryl Zaragoza, his Dad Joe Zaragoza, his father David Elemen and numerous other family members, including nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
He is preceded in death by his nephew Leonidas Oakley, uncle Dennis Ilfeld, uncle Abe Elemen, grandfather James Ilfeld.
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be!
Momma loves you more my son❤️
A private service will be held in Arizona due to COVID-19 and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in California.

Thomas McKennon

Thomas Lloyd McKennon, age 85, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on June 29, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on March 2, 1935 in DeWitt, Arkansas to Thomas F. McKennon and Bessie L. Hughes.

Services are private.

Valerie McCarrel

Valerie (Switz) McCarrel age 78 of Goodyear Arizona, beloved wife of the late Mac McCarrel, died Friday (June 26th, 2020).  She was born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Joseph Switz and Rose Vallera Switz.  Resided in Connecticut 74 years and Arizona 4 years.  Valerie graduated from Conard High in 1959.  She worked at CT General after high school.  She then moved to Washington DC where she met her future husband who was stationed at Quantico Marine Base.  They married in CT but moved to VA and moved to CT 1 year later.  Valerie worked for the City of Hartford as a Supervisor in the Personnel Department and later retired.  She then worked for the Cathedral of St. Joseph for 10 years and then worked for St. Peters Church in New Britain.  She was deeply devoted to her faith and taught all grade levels as a Minister of Adults for CCD.  She was commissioned as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Luke in Hartford, CT and became Director of Religious ED.

Valerie is survived by her daughter Tracy Chmielecki and husband Andy, her sisters Elaine Stevens and husband Jay and Joselyn Switz, nephew Robert Stavinsky, Jr. and many cousins.  The family would like to thank Good Hands Adult Home Care Group for providing her with excellent and loving care.  A private burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT. on 7/16 at 12:00.  Contact family for more info if you would like to attend.

Samuel Edward Uptegrove

Samuel Edward Uptegrove, age 66, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on June 28, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born on November 4, 1953 to Samuel Uptegrove and Barbara Ceason in St. Louis, Missouri.

Samuel was known for his sayings over the years, his most memorable ones are, “Life is 90% what happens to you and 10% how you handle it,” and “Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all small stuff.” Another one that he was proud of was “SSNS, Super Secret Ninja Shit.” Take everything “One step at a time,” and “Hindsight is 20/20.”

Samuel is survived by his wife; Annette Uptegrove, his daughter; Mary Ann Green, his son; Samuel Fermin Uptegrove, his sister; Cathy Roberts and his 5 grandchildren; Hannah, Clayton, Connor, Cade and Zackery.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Cotton Lane Baptist Church, 6240 N. Cotton Ln. Waddell, Arizona 85355.

Gerald “Jerry” Mezek

Gerald “Jerry” Mezek, age 78, of Goodyear, Arizona went to peacefully to be with Jesus, his heart’s desire, Thursday, June 8th at the age of 78. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois Mezek. Loving father of Dina Timerman, Mindi Mezek and proud “Papa” to Chloe Mezek. He will be remembered as a “good guy”, his light always shone to those around him. He ministered to many through his friendship, strong ethics and his anecdotal story telling. He will be missed but we know that he is sitting at the feet of Jesus sharing stories and his various interests.

Arthur Donald Harris

Arthur Donald Harris, 47, passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2020 of natural causes.

Don was born June 14, 1973 in Murray, Utah.

He is survived by his sons Arthur Devan & Thomas, his mother Pam, his brothers and their spouses Matt (Malinda), Chad (Analeah), Brad (Crystal), his nieces and nephews, Alexa (Daven), Matthew, Zack, Bryan, Sam, Alyssa, Zenon & Kayla.

He is preceded in death by his father Arthur Charles.

Don had a great sense of humor and easily made many friends though out his life.  To those who knew him well Don was a kind man who truly loved his sons and family. He enjoyed going to the movies, playing pool, drawing, the Pittsburgh Steelers and was not afraid to tell people exactly what he thought.

The world has lost a great son, brother, father, uncle and friend.

Memorial services will be held July 11, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Home 926 S Litchfield Rd Goodyear, Arizona between 6-9 pm

 

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