Obituaries

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Jack Leroy Fox

Jack Leroy Fox, age 76, of Arlington, AZ passed away on July 8, 2018.  Jack was born in Mankato, MN on July 30, 1941 to the late Robert and Maxine Fox.  His family moved to Scottsdale, AZ when he was just 4 months old.  He graduated from Scottsdale High School in 1959.  He was in the Arizona Army National Guard from 1964 – 1968.  He retired from SRP after 30 years and then went on to work for AZGF for 14 years.  He was married to his loving wife Sharla for 25 years.

Jack grew up riding horses, fishing, hunting, and barbequing.  He roped for many years and went on many trail rides with family and friends.  Most summer weekends, when his children were young, they could all be found at the family’s cabin in the White Mountains or at the lake.  After he retired he enjoyed spending time with his wife and visiting with friends.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He often made trips to visit his son and daughter-in-law in KS, and never missed a hunting season in TX with his daughter, son-in-law and his grandsons.  If anyone needed help with anything he would be right there to lend a hand.

He is survived by his wife, Sharla; his son, Nick Fox and wife Kathy of KS; daughter, Jody Studer and husband Robert of TX; his wife’s children, who he loved as his own; daughter, Dawn Johnson; and son, Joe Lee.  He is also survived by his brother, Dick Fox and wife Carolyn; his grandchildren, Kelly, Kevin (Fachon) and Kodey Pohlman, Brittney (Alex)  Moreno, Jarred and Clayton (Kaitlyn) Studer, Trinity Johnson, Sean Lee; one great-grandson, Grayson Moreno; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services are pending.

James Francis Bates

James Francis Bates, age 92 of Prescott, AZ died July 11, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born October 30, 1925 in Buffalo, NY to Frank J. Bates and Lena Copper.  James served in the US Army Air Corp from April, 1943 to May, 1945 achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  It was his service to his country during WWII that shaped his life.  He served as a ball turret gunner on a B24 Liberator in the 464th Bomber Group based in Italy.  He flew 35 missions and was part of battles in Northern Apennines, Central Europe, Po Valley, Rhineland and air combat in the Balkans.  For his valiant service he earned the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, Air Medal with 2 Bronze Clusters and an Overseas Service Bar.

After his discharge James’ love of flying endured.  He began working in operations for American Airlines and remained with the company until his retirement.  He obtained a pilot’s license so that he could continue to fly.  In his downtime he enjoyed making model airplanes.  Each plane was meticulously crafted to resemble in every detail the real-life version of the airplane he was modeling.  In the end he had assembled an entire fleet of airplanes. 

Independent and self-sufficient, James loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting and camping in the Adirondacks.  His free-spirit led him on many road trips to places like Alaska, Texas, Las Vegas, San Diego, and any place that his bomber reunion was being held.   He loved to be with his fellow veterans where his wit and wisecracks were most appreciated.  He was privileged to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC with his daughter-in-law, Ellen where he, along with other veterans, was honored for his service to this country.  Though often quiet, if the mood was right, he would tell a great story!

James is survived by his sons, Thomas Bates and his wife Ellen, James Bates and his wife Deborah, brother, Bob Bates; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Rob Bates.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the future. 

Shaylynn Leeanne Elizabeth Kennedy

Shaylynn Leeanne Elizabeth Kennedy passed away in a tragic pool accident on July 12, 2018 around 6:00 PM. She was a little over 1 years old.

She was survived by her parents Kristal Kennedy, Ashley Leon and Sean Capps, along with 3 siblings Nevaeh Kennedy and Giovanni and Donté Falzone. Additionally, she left behind 14 grandparents, 7 cousins, and 15 aunts and uncles.

Shaylynn was a precious baby girl that was a ray of sunshine in many people’s lives. She was always happy and the center of attention wherever she went. Her smile was tender and infectious and could melt any heart.

Though a baby, Shaylynn was outgoing and well traveled. She could sing her ABC’s and loved to shake her tail feather when her favorite song “Get Down Low” would come on the radio. She has probably done more in her 1 year than many people have in a life time. She has visited rich and majestic sites such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Six Flags and Knotts Berry Farm. She had a chance to sin a little in Las Vegas and Laughlin and even showed her wild side by riding on a Sea-Doo and went tubing with her mama. Like many women, Shaylynn loved to go to the beach just to stick her feet in the sand and let her hair down.

She was an All-American Gal who loved to take selfies, always sticking out her tongue and showing off one of her 233 pairs of bows. When it was time to settle down, you can find her relaxing on the couch watching her favorite movies “Moana” and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Shaylynn will be greatly missed and could never be replaced. She will always be remembered by her loved ones and reside in all our hearts. We love you Shaylynn. Our goodbye is not forever, just for now.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338. 

Keith Linwood Schall

Keith Linwood Schall, age 75 of Goodyear, AZ died July 12, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born April 29, 1943 in Milwaukee, WI to Eugene and Dolores Schall.  Keith became a well-known artist.  His work can be viewed at www.KeithSchall.com.

Keith is survived by his wife, Larryetta Schall and granddaughter, Nicole Bishop.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Colleen Schall.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Eaton

Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Eaton passed on July 3, 2018 in her home in Litchfield Park, AZ as the result of a severe stroke she suffered on May 8 of this year. Dottie was born in South Bend, Indiana on June 20, 1931 to Russell and Stalle Eaton. She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, and by her former husband H. Dale Rerick. She is survived by her five children; Don, Bob, Cindy, Chuck, and Al, as well as eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 Dottie was a hard and uncomplaining worker all her life and was rarely idle.  She had a very successful Pet/House Sitting business that kept her extremely busy and very happy. She loved her family and friends but she absolutely adored  her pets!  Dottie was also a very creative and busy crafts person; sewing, knitting, quilting, rug hooking, basket weaving, greeting cards, and ceramics,  just to name a few.  She was also a member of many related crafting groups and got together regularly with her her Bunco group. Dottie was an integral and loving part of her large family and of the pets she cared for.  She was loved by them all and will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.   

A Memorial Service will be held for her on August 4 at 11:00 at The Church at Litchfield Park.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Arizona Humane Society. 

Carla Diane Taylor

Carla Diane Taylor, age 64 of Avondale, AZ died July 11, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born February 10, 1954 in Glendale, AZ to J.W. Miles and Betty Lou (Ford) Miles.  Carla loved books and was fascinated by biographies.  She enjoyed music and was a Stevie Nicks fan.  She was a loving, caring person who adored her cats.  She is survived by her husband, Mike Taylor; son, Damon Taylor; and mother Betty Lou Miles .  No services are planned at her request. 

Jesus M. Salazar

Jesus M. Salazar, age 75 of Avondale, AZ died July 9, 2018 in Surprise, AZ.  He was born February 5, 1943 in El Mulato, Chihuahua to Manuel Salazar and Epifania M. Holguin.  Jesus worked until he retired for the City of Goodyear where he earned several awards and acknowledgements for his excellent work ethic and attention to detail.

Jesus is survived by his daughters, Rosemary R. Gutierrez and Jessie San Miguel; son, Manuel Salazar; brothers, Elijo and Richard Salazar; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Gerardo Daniel Trevino

Daniel Trevino, age 17 of Cashion, AZ died July 6, 2018.  He was born January 7, 2001 in Phoenix, AZ to Gerardo J. Trevino and Blanca E. Rocha.  Daniel had a great sense of humor.  He loved running and working out.  He always tried to be helpful to others.  He is survived by his parents, Blanca Rocha and Gerardo Trevino; sister, Yvette Trevino; brothers Nathaniel, Elias, and Christopher Trevino; and grandparents, Gerardo and Juanita Trevino and Ramona Rocha.

A visitation will be held at 4:00 pm with a funeral service to follow at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at La Mision Jubliee Center, 11147 W. Buckeye Road, Avondale, AZ  85323.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Leon Thompson Sr.

Leon Thompson Sr. was born on January 30, 1942 to Thomas and Patsy Thompson in Phoenix, AZ.  The family migrated from OK settling in Phoenix and then relocating to Fresno, CA to be with their large extended family.  Leon attended Fowler High School where he graduated in 1959.  He was a star basketball player and was known for scoring winning points!

In 1965 Leon entered the military during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Ft. Eustis, VA.  After rendering his service Leon returned to Los Angeles, CA to a career in production management and traveled to locations around the country developing high rise buildings.  Leon was a hard worker and kept his high work ethic his entire life.  Leon relocated to Perris, CA.  He was an avid horseman with an appreciation for the outdoors and livestock.  He taught his children to ride horses, barrel race, and together they raised chickens, pigs, and goats before relocating to Riverside, CA.

Leon loved to cook; that’s how he won the heart of his wife Arlyne.  He owned and operated a successful barbeque business.  Everyone could always count on a Sunday dinner at his home with enough food to take home.  Leon accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Vine Life Christian Fellowship where he proudly won the Senior’s bake off with his famous Sweet Potato Cobbler.

Family and good friends meant the world to Leon.  He possessed a spirit of hospitality and extended his home to those who needed shelter, including exchange students.  Leon spent countless hours hanging out with his best friend, Donald Brown, reminiscing about their upbringing and would say, “these young people don’t have a clue.”  Anyone who knew Leon knew he loved western movies and loved to dance.  He was famous for his signature finger dance.  He just loved to see people have fun.

In 2009, Leon and Arlyne returned to his birthplace in AZ settling in Litchfield Park, AZ where he attended Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.  Leon was able to travel the world with his sweetheart, Arlyne.  They traveled to Amsterdam, Paris, Luxemburg, Holland, Germany, Jamaica, and Mexico.  He had the opportunity to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, pray in Notre Dame Cathedral, and enjoy multiple cruises.  One of his fondest experiences took place in Cost Rica.  He loved to tell the story of how Juliet helped to make it a special trip.  Leon loved driving his BMW and listening to the sounds of Bobby Womack, Maze, Bobby Blue Bland, and the O’Jays!  He was adored and well known as “Mr. Thompson” in his community.  Father’s Day of 2018 was very special to Leon as he heard from all his children whom he loved dearly.  Leon lived life his way and never compromised, even in the end when he quietly went to sleep.  He parted this life on July 4, 2018 and we know that there were fireworks in heaven when he arrived.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Patsy Thompson; sister, Ezella Kemp, Wilmington, NC; brothers, Thomas Thompson, Jr., Fresno, CA and Harold Thompson, Bowley, OK.  He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 38 years, Arlyne Thompson; his seven children, Leon Thompson, Jr., Stephen Yorke (Stephanie), Sean Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Courtney Thompson (Memory), Shane Thompson, and Michael Samuels (Carla); nephew, Darryl Thompson.  For the last ten years of his life Leon nurtured, raised, and cared for three of his granddaughters, Deja, Yevette, and Janiya.  He also has eight more grandchildren, Diontre, Stephvontre, Stephanie, Daniel, Jourdan, Casey, Terek, Zana, and Avry; eight great-grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ  85034.  Burial will take place at 11:00 am, Monday, July 16, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. 

Richard Doyle Newland

Richard Doyle Newland, age 76 passed away July 4, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, AZ with his beloved wife and soul mate by his side and their granddaughter Amber.  Originally from Texas he has lived in Goodyear, AZ since 2010.  He loved the outdoors and being with his family.  He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Graham.  He owned and operated auto repair shops most of his life.

Richard is survived by his wife of 40+ years, Mary Newland of the home; sons, Neil Eugene Newland (Lori) of Katy, TX, Christopher Wade Patterson (Penny) of Eliasville, TX, Rodney Allan Patterson of Wylie, TX and Richard Doyle Newland, II (Lindsay) of Kaufman, TX; daughter, Laurie Newland Kinder of Irving, TX; brother, Robert Newland (Sue) of Katy, TX; sisters-in-law, Janie Lewellyn of London, AR, Pat Johnson of Jonesboro, AR; and brother-in-law P. F. Johnson, Jr. of Jonesboro, AR.  He was blessed with nine grandchildren, Christopher and Chelsea Kinder, Cameron and Morgan Patterson, Amber and Rodney, Jr. Patterson, Caleb, Nolan and Scarlett Newland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Ethel Newland, originally from Forrest, TX; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, P. F. and Lorene Johnson, originally from Dallas, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers that family requests any donations to be made to your favorite charity or Hospice of the Valley, 9435 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ  85345.  Services will be scheduled at a later date.

Daniel Torres

Daniel Torres, age 51 of Cashion, AZ died July 1, 2018 in Avondale , AZ.  He was born July 9, 1966 in Lubbock, TX to Santiago J. Torres and Paula Gonzales.  Daniel is survived by his wife, Andrea Torres; devoted companion, Debra Quihuis; parents, Paula Gonzales and Santiago J. Torres; daughters, Sophia Coy, Maribel Torres, Jessica Torres; sons, Daniel Perez, Joseph Torres; sisters, Cece Medina, Monica Torres, Lorriie Reilman, Jennifer Torres; brothers, Eddie Torres, Jeff Torres, Steven Torres, and 14 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Santiago Torres, III.

A gathering will be held at 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Troy Da­niels Ganley

 Troy Da­niels Ganley entered this world on August 21, 1990 and left us far too early on June 25, 2018. A gifted athlete, Troy was awarded the prestigious AIA Athlete of the Year Award his Senior year of high school and excelled at baseball, football and wrestling. He later devel­oped a love for golf and spent many afternoons on the links with his dad. It is with a grateful heart that we share that Troy and Steve played a final round the day Troy left us, beating his dad yet again at 4 under par.

 We will forever hold in our hearts the wonder­ful memories we made with Troy at the cabin, hunting, and skiing at the lake. His beautiful smile and gentle eyes would melt your heart. We lost a beautiful soul and are heartbroken but take com­fort in knowing his spirit is free and that his love will always surround us. Troy is survived by his parents Jennifer Bruehl (Jeff Seevers) and Steve Ganley (Wendy Ganley), brother Zak Nicholson, sister Shelby Nicholson, grandparents Gary and Katy Bruehl, Phil and Karen Ganley, and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Troy was preceded in death by his cousin Derick Bruehl.

Services will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2018 with a visitation at 9:00 a.m. and funeral at 10:00 a.m. Services to be held at First Southern Baptist Church of Buckeye, 405 N. 3rd St. Buckeye, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in honor of Troy to Not My Kid 5230 East Shea Blvd. Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 or www.notmykid.org.

John Eugene Gullett, Sr.

John Eugene Gullett, Sr., age 84 of Buckeye, AZ  died June 28, 2018 in Buckeye, AZ.  He was born October 27, 1933 in Adams Township, OH to Fredrick and Mary Gullett.  John served in the US Coast Guard from 1954 to 1962 achieving the rank of SNBM and receiving the National Defense Service Medal.   By trade he was a journeyman mason, carpenter, and cabinet maker.  He became the Vice President in charge of new construction with Valley National Bank.  He also worked as the superintendent for Desert Crest Builders, Inc.

John is survived by his wife, Joan Ellyn Gullett; daughters, Cynthia Kay Gullett, Mary Catherine Tanaka; sons, Fredrick Leslie Gullett, III; John Eugene Gullett, Jr.; sister, Nila Jean Starkey; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick Leslie and Mary Ellen Gullett, brothers, Richard Gullett, Fredrick Leslie Gullett, II; and sister, Mary Lou Bretz.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. A reception will follow at 21837 W. Winston Lane, Buckeye, AZ  85326. The family suggests that donations be made to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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