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December 2019
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William David Krohn

William David Krohn, age 59 of Goodyear, AZ died December 10, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born August 25, 1960, in Madison, WI to William E. and L. Suzanne Krohn. Bill grew up in Madison, WI and Palatine, IL where he attended Palatine High School. Extremely gifted, Bill went on to a very successful business career. Though not formally trained, he was brilliant and comfortable making big decisions. He was a pioneer and an innovator in the e-commerce industry specializing in car sales. He was the Vice-President of ADP Dealer Services where he developed Auto Connect. He also served as the President and General Manager of Cars.com.

Bill is survived by his brother Jeffrey D. Krohn; his father William E. Krohn; and his dear friend Bridgette Horn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven D. Krohn and his mother, L. Suzanne Krohn. A memorial service will be held at a date and time yet to be determined in Richland Center, WI. Interment will be at the Woodstock Cemetery, Richland County, WI. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Judith Ann Kuentzler

Judith Ann Kuentzler, age 72 of Goodyear, AZ died December 9, 2019, in Glendale, AZ. She was born October 16, 1947, in York, PA to Harold and Madeline (Bryer) Crumling. She graduated from West York High School and received a degree in accounting from ITE. Judy worked as a waitress at the Sunflower Restaurant as a teenager, then at the Town Tavern when she turned 21. After receiving her degree, she worked as a shipping clerk for Sullivan Graphics where she was responsible for ensuring that the right coupon inserts were delivered to the right newspapers. She later worked in the Assessor’s Office at the York County Courthouse. After being diagnosed with MS, Judy began working in a home-based business as a customer representative for Market America. She excelled as a virtual shopper and was able to retire at the age of 50.

Judy was an avid shopper. She would spend hours visiting multiple stores patiently hunting for the exact item that she needed. Christmas was her favorite holiday because she loved the thrill of searching for and finding precisely the right gift. Greeting cards were equally as important to her as gifts. If a card didn’t express her complete sentiment, she would give multiple cards to ensure that her feelings were clearly articulated. Her habits earned her numerous Gold Crown points from Hallmark Cards over the years.

Judy loved with all of her heart and cared for life-long friends and adoptive kids with equal dedication. She volunteered as a child advocate and served on several boards for at-risk children. Intelligent and very determined, she never let the disabilities that came with MS get in the way of her living a full life on her terms.

Judy is survived by her husband and best friend of 47 years, Elwood C. Kuentzler; daughters, Melissa Fry and Christine Brooks; sisters, Patricia Detwiler and Linda Sullivan; brothers, James, Robert, and Kenneth Crumling; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a date and time yet to be determined. The family suggests that donations be made to the National MS Society.org. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Timothy Randolph Rich

Timothy Randolph Rich, age 62 of Shasta Lake, CA died December 5, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born August 14, 1957, in San Francisco, CA, the oldest of three sons born to Douglas and Marjorie Rich. He grew up in Redding, CA and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1976. He continued his vocational training and received his C-38, California Refrigeration Contractor License.

Curious and intelligent, Timothy and his brothers provided a challenge for their parents to raise. The traits that were so challenging as a teenager became some of his greatest strengths as he matured. He had a mischievous sense of humor that would garner either appreciation or frustration, depending on the situation. He loved to socialize and was often the life of the party. An excellent listener, his genuine interest in others endeared him to a diverse group of friends.

A consummate outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, camping, and gold mining. He loved to travel and would immerse himself in the history of where he was visiting, often reading all he could from books and the internet to fully understand a place and time. He was a collector.   Historical items, things that captured his imagination, and equipment that he could recycle were all part of his collection.

Timothy is survived by his partner, Georgia McNeil, who loved and supported him, especially through his illness; and brothers, Jeffrey and Patrick Rich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Douglas Rich. A memorial service will be held at a time and place yet to be determined. The family suggests that donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Frederick Jon Daniels

Frederick J. Daniels, died peacefully on 2 December 2019, at Hospice of the Valley-Sherman Home. He was born 14 July 1936 in Casper, Wyoming, the son of Frederick and Helen (Forman) Daniels.

Fred graduated from North High School, Phoenix, Class of 1954. Following graduation, he attended New Mexico State University to study engineering where he met and married Josephine Pearce. Jo and Fred celebrated 62 years of marriage in January. After college Fred was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In his twenty year career Fred rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a Master Navigator. Following his Air Force career Fred engaged in his passion for aviation as an instructor of Air Frame & Power Plant Mechanics at University of North Dakota, Chandler-Gilbert Airport campus. As a civilian Inspection Authorization mechanic, pilot, and flight instructor, Fred was an avid general aviation enthusiast and member of AOPA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother William. Fred is survived by his wife, Jo (Pearce) Daniels; his daughter, Leslie Quinn and her husband Kevin, of Fountain Hills; his son Jay Daniels and his wife Paige (Chapman) Daniels, of Tucson; and three grandchildren, Cassie Van Omen, Ryan Daniels and Kyle Daniels.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday 16 December at Tuscany Falls Clubhouse, Bordeaux Ballroom, with a reception to follow. If you would like to attend, please navigate to the entry gate at 15872 W. Clubhouse Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85395, and ask the gate guard for directions to the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse. The address of the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse is, 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ, 85395. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Donald Earl Fritsche, Sr.

Donald Earl Fritsche, Sr. was called home by his Heavenly Father on November 28, 2019 “Thanksgiving Day” at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix, AZ after a brief stay on hospice.

Don was born on April 22, 1935, to Earl Fritsche and Emma Fay Fritsche in Orange, CA.  In 1953 he graduated from Lincoln High School, Los Angeles, CA. He then studied and completed courses at Mt. San Antonio College in Hydraulic Systems Design, basic engineering, and descriptive geometry.  He met the love of his life, Rose Marie Bartko, at the Free Methodist Church, in Highland Park, CA and married her in 1955.

Don loved the Lord and was never shy about sharing his faith in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, God, and friend.  Don took part in planting the Free Methodist Church, in Orangevale, CA.

As he began his career Don was extremely gifted and sought out for his excellent engineering skills.  He was employed from 1953-64 by Areojet General and then went on to work for Lockheed Martin from 1965-69 in Redlands, CA.  As Don traveled for business he built a relationship with Les Fike, Sr. and accepted an offer as Chief Engineer, at Fike Metal Products beginning in 1969 located in Blue Springs, MO.  During his time there, Don also served as a deacon and member of Blue Springs Baptist Church.

He and his wife Rose Marie moved to Goodyear, AZ in 2002.  They made their new home in the PebbleCreek Community and are members of the Pebble Creek Community Church in Goodyear, AZ.

Don was creative and enjoyed woodworking with his hands.  He had a fabulous sense of humor, loved great conversation, and eating out with family and friends whom he loved and adored.  He enjoyed traveling.  Some of his most memorable vacations were to the Holy Lands, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Rose Marie Fritsche, of Goodyear, AZ;  daughter, Debi George and son-in-law, Ken of Goodyear, AZ; son Donald Earl Fritsche, Jr. of Bates City, MO; son, Randy Alan Fritsche, and daughter-in-law Martha of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Lynelle Sanders and son-in-law Jim of Springfield, MO.

Surviving grandchildren include granddaughter, Lori Marchasault and her husband Doug and great-grandsons, Mason and Myles of Coventry, RI; grandson, Brandon Coats, wife, Jenn, and great-granddaughters, Averi and Addison of Roanoke, TX; granddaughter, Shauna Parks, husband, Brett, great-granddaughter Breanna and great-grandson Amos of Oak Grove, MO; granddaughter, Dustie Foster, husband, Matt, and great-granddaughters, Wilah and Vedah of Oak Grove, MO; grandson, Ethan Fritsche and wife Bree of Blue Springs, MO; grandson, Jaxon Pierce Fritsche, and granddaughter, Piper Rose Fritsche of Lake Lotawana, MO; granddaughter, Amanda Foley, husband, Stephen, great-grandson, Lincoln Noah, and great-granddaughter, Violet Mae of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandson, Zack Fritsche of Oak Grove, MO; granddaughter, Whitney Bruette, husband, Dave, great-granddaughter, Adlee Raymond and great-grandson, Gentry of Sparta, MO; grandson, Alex Sanders of Scottsdale, AZ; grandson, Brian George, great-granddaughter, Claire, and great-grandson, Cohen of Nixa, MO; grandson, Chris George, wife, Scotti, and great-grandson, Ryker of Spokane, MO, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Fletcher Fritsche; his mother, Emma Fay Fritsche; uncle, Bill Broyles; aunt, Betty Broyles, Auntie Ruth Duplice, grandson Amos Fritsche, along with many other loved ones.

A gathering will begin at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338. Pastor Bob Ripley of Pebble Creek Community Church will officiate. There will be time to visit and share memories with family and friends in the foyer following the service with coffee, tea, and cookies.

A pending date for the burial of ashes will be announced for family and friends at a later date in Oak Grove, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Americare Hospice & Palliative Care, 1212 N. Spencer Street, #2, Mesa, AZ 85203 Tel: (480) 726-7773, www.americarehospice.com. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Larry Brown

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Larry Brown currently of Arizona, formerly of Gooding, ID, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his sleep after a full day of family fun at his sister’s house in Waddell, AZ at the age of 71. He and his wife, high school sweethearts since 1966, enjoyed their retirement in good health and to the fullest with two years of full-time RVing and traveling throughout the U.S. They had the best of times with friends and family making memories. In retirement, Larry enjoyed helping many with projects whether it was in Kenai, AK or in Kingman, AZ. He was always ready and willing to see it done to completion. His grandkids were the pride and joy of his life. He always had a special and unique nickname for all of those he loved. He is survived by his wife Jackie, and children Justin (Crystal) and Jenni (Jason) and four precious grandchildren, Lainee, Brylee, Alec and Rhia. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. No services are planned at this time but will be announced at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

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