Obituaries

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Wesley Daniel Ashlock

Wesley Daniel Ashlock, of Glendale, AZ died July 9, 2019 in Glendale, AZ at the age of 95. He was born August 20, 1923 in Doby Springs, OK to Harley and Sarah Ashlock. Wes grew up on a farm in OK during the depression. He moved with his family to Wichita, KS where he graduated from North High School. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was recalled to service during the Korean War.

Wes married his high school sweetheart, Harriett Ellen Rose on December 23, 1943, just before he went into the Navy. They lived in California and Hawaii before returning to Wichita to raise their family of three boys.

Wes moved his family to Tempe, AZ in 1959 for a job opportunity as a machinist with Air Research. He was a self-taught Master Machinist. In the 1970’s, Wes and Harriett, assisted by their sons, built an A-frame cabin from the ground up in the Clear Creek Pines subdivision in Happy Jack, AZ. They retired and lived there for many happy years.

Wes enjoyed being a handyman, helping neighbors, and creating many things from wood, including furniture, clocks, and keepsakes. He also enjoyed leather crafting. He was very active and high-ranking in both the Masonic Lodge and Shriners organization.

Wes was an amazing father and husband, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a fulltime caretaker for Harriett for over eight years after she suffered a debilitating stroke. He lent a hand to all who needed help. He became a father figure to some of his nieces and nephews when their fathers weren’t in their lives. He taught his boys how to be gentlemen and to love family and live to the fullest. He adored all of his grandkids and they adored him. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Wes is survived by his sons, Daniel E. (Patricia) Ashlock, and Kenneth L. (Heather) Ashlock, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife off 50 years, Harriett; his parents, Harley and Sarah Ashlock; son, James C. Ashlock; brothers, Roy (Betty) Ashlock, Bill (Margaret) Ashlock; and sisters, Celinda (Roscoe) and Nina.

A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. The family suggests that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation, ALZFDN.org or Shriners Hospitals, lovetotherescue.org.

Marvin Charles Engel

Marvin Charles Engel, age 82 of Glendale, AZ died July 6, 2019, in Glendale, AZ. He was born July 5, 1937, in Hampshire, IL to Harlon and Bertha Engel. He is survived by his daughter, Marva Ann Engel; sons, Sam Edward Engel and Stephen Rae Engel; sister, Antoinette Chapman; brother, Duane Engel; and two grandchildren, Ashley Rene Engel and James Thomas Engel.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Vineyard Church, 6250 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale, AZ 85302. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Maxine Wilson Willis

Maxine Wilson Willis, 89, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away July 7, 2019, at her home surrounded by close family. She was born on June 18, 1930, in Bixby, Oklahoma to Rowe Harrison “R.H.” and Emma Lucretia “Crete” (Gifford) Wilson.

Maxine spent her childhood in Leonard and Bixby, OK where she made many fond memories growing up with her 2 brothers and 5 sisters in a two-room house on “Snake Creek.” Maxine was proud to have been a star player on the Varsity Women’s Basketball Team for Bixby High School, where she was the first of her siblings to earn a High School Diploma.

In 1948, she met and married her husband of 52 years, Mack H. Willis, after only one official date. Maxine was a strong, hardworking, and loving woman who was known to work three jobs to help support the six children they had together. She enjoyed working at Cashion Circle K, the United States (Tolleson) Postal Service, as well as owning and operating the Willis Greyhound Racing Kennel. A member of the National Greyhound Association, she was very successful raising, training, and racing greyhounds, and she had many winning greyhounds at Black Canyon, Apache Junction, and Phoenix Greyhound Parks. She enjoyed all of her jobs, because she truly loved all people, and she never met a stranger. Her heart, home, and pocketbook were consistently open to anyone who needed a hot meal or a warm bed. She was a member of the Tolleson Homemakers Club, and she took great pleasure in volunteering with them as well. Maxine reluctantly retired from racing in 2005, and she moved from her Tolleson farm to a suburban neighborhood in Goodyear. Retirement initially was a bit too slow for her liking, however, she began to enjoy it, especially the time she spent with family and friends in all areas of the country. Her all-time favorite pastime was playing Skip-bo with her best friend of sixty years, Iva Del “Ike” Albo. Maxine had a competitive nature, and the two had many heated battles, sometimes ending when one or the other would throw the cards away! Maxine also had a passion for all sports watching almost every televised game of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and the Phoenix Suns.

She truly loved life, and she lived it well. Her vivacious personality was sprinkled with just enough sassiness to keep everyone entertained. Her beautiful, infectious smile radiated her warmth and kindness. She encouraged her children and grandchildren with this advice: “Smile at everyone you see today, because it may be the only smile they get.” Maxine had the unique ability to make every single person feel important, loved, and special. She leaves behind a legacy of strength, courage, character, faith, and love etched into the minds and hearts of those who knew her best.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her four sisters, Neva, Sybil, Nora, and Lucy, and her two brothers, Erbie and Joe. She is survived by her six children, Marion R. (Cara) Willis, Gary M. (Sharon) Willis, Brenda (Ted) Greene, Zelma Stressman, Marie (Derek) Alves, and Stephanie (Daniel) Romero, 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at noon at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Arizona Adopt-A-Greyhound, Inc.

Rachel Cadena Rubio

Rachel Cadena Rubio, age 62 of Glendale, AZ died June 24, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. She was born February 7, 1957, in Artesia, NM to Antonio and Blondina Cadena. Her life will be honored in a private memorial service.

Daniel Adam Torres

Daniel Adam Torres, age 26 of Buckeye, AZ died July 3, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born July 28, 1992 in Phoenix, AZ to Ricardo and Hilda Torres. He worked in construction and solar installation. He was always willing to learn new things and to pick-up work on a moment’s notice.

Daniel was the life of the party. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh and smile. He was handsome with a pleasant smile, deep dimples, and a charming personality. He made friends easily and they remained loyal to him because of his kindness and big heart. He loved his family, nephews, nieces, and especially his children.

Daniel is survived by his daughters, Lilyanna, Sophia, and Danielle Torres; son, Benjamin Torres; parents, Ricardo and Hilda Torres; sisters, Irma and Vanessa Torres; brother, Ricardo Torres, Jr.; and grandmother, Clara Hernandez. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Benjamin Torres, Juan Torres, and Octavio Hernandez, Sr.

A visitation will be at 9:30 am followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Palm Valley Church, 431 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Arthur F. Santarina

Arthur F. Santarina, age 57 of Litchfield Park, AZ died July 6, 2019, in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born July 11, 1961, in the Philippines to Dominador and Lilia F. Santarina. He graduated from high school at Collegio de San Juan de Letron. He finished his B.S. Medical Technology degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. He worked at Spectra Lab, Holy Name Medical Center, and Clara Maass Medical Center.

Arthur is survived by his sisters, Marilou S. Manipon, Eleanor F. Santarina, and Josephine S. Sampilo; and brothers, Dominador F. Santarina and Homer F. Santarina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominador and Lilia Santarina.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm, Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral mass will be at 10:30 am, Monday, July 15, 2019, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Tiffany Holly Montgomery

Tiffany Holly Montgomery, age 52 of El Mirage, AZ died June 22, 2019. She was born July 24, 1966 in Altoona, PA to Thomas G. Montgomery, Jr. and Mara G. (Chittester) Daffron. In 1984 she graduated from Kings Park High School in Kings Park on Long Island, NY. She attended Penn State University where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education. She worked as a guidance counselor and as a counselor in private practice in Altoona, PA.

Tiffany was an avid do-it-yourselfer. She could fix anything and make anything. Every Halloween she made elaborate costumes from scratch for her daughter, Ezri. Her gifts were always thoughtfully customized to maximize the recipient’s enjoyment. She continually looked for ways that her personal touch could lift and bless another’s life.

Tiffany knew how to live every moment of her life! She had a beautiful smile and a charming sense of humor. She was always able to see the funny side of life. She loved to share her wit even in the most difficult of times. Seeing others smile brought her great joy. Tiffany was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Her courage to fight the disease intensified when she found that she was also pregnant with her daughter, Ezri who was born in 2005. When she learned that the disease had metastasized to her bones she fought with extra fervor. Her bravery and determination increased the original time given her of six months by another eight years. She used every second of that time to lift others and make memories with her family.

Tiffany’s days were often spent with the ordinary aspects of life that become so extraordinary when they are gone. She called her parents daily, spoke with and listened to her friends, and loved and cared for Ezri. In the midst of everyday moments she opened her home to a woman who was also battling cancer and had no place to live. Her big heart allowed her friend to live in dignity until she passed away. She also took extra care to make memories with her mother and daughter. She enjoyed a Caribbean cruise with her mother, Ezri, and a niece, Mara Rose. She celebrated with pronounced joy her mother’s special birthdays. She recognized that every moment was a gift that she could give her family.

When the time came for her friends and family to help Tiffany in her battle, they quickly rallied around her with open arms and open hearts.   The many monetary donations as well as gifts of time, strength, and service that have been extended to her and her family touched her heart greatly and eased the final trials of her life! Tiffany was blessed to see the love she had shared with so many returned to her when she needed it most! Though her body has surrendered to the cancer, her love will forever surround her family and friends.

Tiffany is survived by her beautiful daughter, Ezri Montgomery-Rhoades; former partner and father of her child, Duane L. Rhoades; mother, Mara G. (Chittester) Daffron and step-father Thomas A. of Litchfield Park, AZ; father, Thomas G. Montgomery, Jr. of Duncansville, PA; sister, Lisa R. Daffron (Eric); brothers, Thomas C. Daffron (Launi), Christopher J. Daffron, Thomas Kelly Montgomery; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bryn M. Daffron, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 4:45 – 6:00 pm, Sunday July 21, 2019, at Bell Road Church, 3427 E. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to The Singletons, 13832 N. 32nd Street, 134-B, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (480)818-5285; www.thesingletonsAZ.org, 501(C) 3 tax id: 35-2280372 or Reclaim Church, 21200 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382; www.reclaimchurch.com.

Loraine E. Long

Loraine E. Long, (nee Bruggemeyer) age 96, a resident of Litchfield Park, AZ and a former long-time resident of Lombard, IL passed away on June 28, 2019, at La Loma Care Center in Arizona surrounded by family members. Loraine was born November 1, 1922, in Chicago, IL at Grant Hospital and spent most of her life in Lombard.

Loraine was primarily raised in Oak Park attending Oak Park-River Forest High School but graduated from Proviso High School in 1940 because of a family move to Maywood. Loraine was an Honored Queen in Jobs Daughters and worked at Amertorp, a torpedo manufacturer in the early 1940s in Forest Park. Loraine was a member of the First Church of Lombard for over 55 years before moving to Arizona.

Loraine was the beloved wife of Warren (Bud) Long for over 68 years before his passing in 2011. They were Lombard residents dating back to 1957. Loraine moved to Litchfield Park, AZ in 2015 to be near her daughter after residing in Beacon Hill in Lombard.

Loraine is the loving mother of Judy Reinking (Paul) of Goodyear, AZ (both formerly of Lombard), and Jeff Long (Jodi) of Naperville, IL. Loraine was the adored grandmother of Kristin Jackson of Peoria, AZ; Jeff Reinking of Portland, OR; and of Kevin and Ryan Long of Naperville. She is the great grandmother of Amanda, Trey and Zach Woodard of Peoria, AZ. Loraine leaves one brother, Roger Bruggemeyer of Grand Rapids, MN and many nieces and nephews.

A small service will be held at La Loma Village in Litchfield Park, AZ. Donations can be made in Loraine’s name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF, 1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602.

Michael Andrew Zuga

Michael Andrew Zuga died peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2019. He was born in Warren, Ohio on February 14, 1968. A perennial Valentine’s Day gift, Mike brought endless joy to his family and friends with his sweet disposition, big bear hugs, and mischievous spirit. He spent his early years in Warren. Spending time with his Zuga and McLeod cousins, taking part in Zuga family lamb and pig roasts, and working on his Uncle Gary and Aunt Terry’s farm were among Mike’s happiest childhood experiences.

When he was a teenager, Mike’s family lived in Johnson City, Tennessee and Newnan, Georgia where he developed his natural athletic ability on basketball, wrestling, and football teams. In Newnan, he was a center on Coach Max Bass’s football team from 1983-85, and made the Bally All American team, while also being named Newnan Cougars’ Most Valuable Senior. Recently, he was inducted into the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. Mike was recruited by many SEC universities. Coach Bass’s guidance and Coach Sylvester Croom are why he ultimately chose to attend the University of Alabama. He became a starting center where he lettered for three years on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line. Following his freshman season, he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team and was awarded the University President’s Award for the Highest-Grade Point Average on the team. In his senior year, his team won the SEC championship. Mike graduated with a BS in Commerce and Business Administration/Corporate Finance and later obtained an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Graduate Management.

Professionally, Mike applied his teamwork and leadership skills in executive positions in home health companies, including NPHC, Inc. and Ambient Healthcare, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. For the past two and a half years, Mike and his wife, Leah, lived in Tempe, Arizona, where Mike worked for Preferred Home Care/Lifecare Solutions, AccentCare, Inc., and Triangle Healthcare Advisors, LLC.

Mike was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing and discussing spy and military thriller novels with his mother. He also loved to play golf, grill out and prepare meals for others, and travel. He was very proud of his Slovenian and Scottish heritage. Among his favorite trips were his and his wife Leah’s honeymoon to Slovenia and Italy and family visits to his McLeod ancestors’ Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He also loved tailgating with his ‘Bama crew. Whether a day was spent at a football game, watching a NASCAR race at home, or cooking out in the backyard, Mike enjoyed capping it off with a good cigar and a fine scotch with his friends and loved ones.

He is survived by the two loves of his life, his wife, Leah, and daughter, Annabeth; parents, Margaret Benton and William Zuga; siblings Jean Jaeger; nephew Jahn Jaeger (and spouse Meghan and their son Jack); Matt Zuga (and spouse Leslie); nephews Alexander and Nicholas Zuga; sister, Katherine Zuga; Uncle Gary Zuga and Aunt Marlene Karush; extended Zuga and McLeod families; Leah’s extended Lowrey family; his ‘Bama Psi Phi brothers, including his closest friend, Joe Demos; and Havanese dogs, Ozzy and Nugget.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the fund established for his daughter Annabeth’s mission trip: https://www.gofundme.com/annabeth-zuga039s-world-race-semester-mission-trip or to CTE research. Mike and several of his teammates recently participated in the current NIH CTE Study: http://DiagnoseCTE.com. Donations can be mailed in Mike’s honor to CTE Research/Ann McKee, M.D. Research Fund, Boston Medical Center Office of Development, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor Boston, MA 02118-2393.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard 108 Cleveland Ave, NW Huntsville, AL 35801 on Saturday, July 27 from 4 – 6 p.m. All who knew Mike and his family are welcome to attend.

Henrick “Hank” Lange

Henrick “Hank” Lange passed away at the age of 90 on June 30, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on a farm near Stockholm, SD on October 16, 1928, to Johanna Katrina “Treena” Anderson Lange and Ole S. Lange. He was the oldest of four children. He had an aptitude for machinery that remained with him his entire life.

Hank served in the US Army. He married Iris Nadine Nelson in 1951 shortly before shipping out to join the 25th Infantry Army forces fighting in the Korean Conflict. Upon his return he became a certified mechanic and began working at Sanders, later to become Sharp Chevrolet in Watertown, SD, where he worked until his retirement. He and Iris raised three children in Watertown. They were long-time members of Grace Lutheran Church.

After retirement, Hank and Iris enjoyed traveling in their RV all over the United States. They also took several trips to Europe. They moved full time to Phoenix, AZ in 2003.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Esther, brothers, Leo and Russell, and many beloved uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Hank is survived by his wife, Iris; children, Linda (Gary) Nelson of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Vikki) Lange of Griffin, GA, and Laurel (Jeff) VanDenBerg of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Colin (Sara) Nelson of Phoenix, AZ, Kirstin (Seth) Nelson Yates of Phoenix, AZ, and Trevor Nelson of Detroit, MI; great-granddaughter, Eva Nelson; sisters-in-law, Camilla and Annette Lange; and many treasured nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  Hank taught his family the values of hard work and education and leaves them a legacy of a strong faith.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, July 29, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A celebration of life and interment of ashes will be held in SD at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to Evergreen Cemetery Association, 47175 155th St., Stockholm, SD 57264.

Edward Ashby Hunter

Edward Ashby Hunter, Sr, age 83 of Avondale, AZ died June 24, 2019. He was born September 4, 1935 in New York City, NY to Melvin and Mary (Hill) Hunter. Edward served in the US Air Force, from 1955 – 1981, retiring after 26 years of active duty with the rank of Sr. Master Sergeant. He was married to Jacqueline Hunter for 42 years before she passed away on September 13, 1997. He married Pauline Hunter on January 16, 1999 and they celebrated 20 years of marriage this year. Deeply religious, Edward was a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to the Association of Marian Helpers.

Edward is survived by his wife, Pauline Hunter; daughters, Tamara Hawthorne, Terrence Hawthorne, and Kirsten Benford; sons, Edward Hunter, Jr., Rodney Hunter, Reginald Hunter, and Trevor Hardeman; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Jacqueline Hunter; and his daughter, Adrienne Hunter.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am, followed by a rosary at 10:30 am, with mass at 11:00 am, July 3, 2019 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. LaPasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ.   Burial with military honors will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.

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