Although your loved one or friend is no longer here in person, they will forever be in our hearts. Find their name, and sign the guest book with a fond memory or note for their family.

December 2018
Submit Obituary

Joshua Michael Goggans

Joshua Michael Goggans, age 40 of Avondale, AZ died November 30, 2018. He was born April 29, 1978 in Denver, CO.

A man with humor as his guide and a love for his son beyond all others, Josh was well loved by those lucky enough to know him. Born in Denver, Colorado, Josh spent most of his life in Washington State, and the last 7 months in Arizona.

At an early age, Josh made friends with the people who remain in his life today. Nicknamed ‘Lumpy’, Josh and his buddies grew from boys to men together. He enjoyed exploring the beauty of the northwest through camping and hiking. Some of his best memories were camping in Cle Elum with the guys. He loved swimming, especially with his son Ryan. If you couldn’t find him during the summer… just look for him at the lake.

A huge football fan, his #1 team was the Denver Broncos followed closely by the Seattle Seahawks. His tailgate party antics are popular stories among his friends, and he made a fierce jalapeno popper!! Josh will always be remembered by his friends for the happy times they had hanging out and joking around. He was always the life of the party….Yahtzee!!!

He and Ryan were not just father and son, but also best friends. They played video games, watched movies, cooked meals, rapped their favorite songs, and enjoyed just being together. He was a good Dad and so very proud of the man he could see in the boy. Ryan has memories to last a lifetime.

Our hearts are broken that Josh is gone. Our memories keep us smiling as we think of the dad, son, brother, friend, and coworker who always had a quick joke and a grin never to be forgotten. Rest in peace, Josh, we love you.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Thomas “Bill” James

Thomas “Bill” James, age 89 of Goodyear, AZ died December 7, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born November 30, 1929 in Youngstown, OH to Fred James and Anna Marie Suthann.  Bill served in the US Navy from October 10, 1950 to August 9, 1954 as a control tower operator.  He is survived by his partner, Melanie Jankausky and sons, David James and Mark James.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna; and brothers, Bob and Pork.

Harry Wesley Belyew

Harry Wesley Belyew, age 81 of Phoenix, AZ died November 29, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born January 1, 1937 in Leachville, AR to Harry and Irene Belyew.  Harry was a member of the US Army from 1962 to 1965 achieving the rank of Sergeant​.  He was an electrician by trade.  Harry was a loving father and grandfather and a man of great faith.  He belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church where he happily served in whatever capacity that was needed.  He was a true servant of God.

Harry is survived by his son, Jimbo Belyew; daughter, Gerri Hall; son, John Belyew; daughter, Lisa Hulchanski; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild with one on the way.

Keith Russell Wanderi

Keith Russell Wanderi, age 65 of Buckeye, AZ  died November 27, 2018 in Buckeye, AZ.  He was born May 29, 1953 in Perham, MN to Alvin and Hazel Wanderi.  Keith is survived by his daughter, Jessica Montgomery; son, Jason Wanderi; mother, Hazel Wanderi; sisters, Jill Fanning and Sherry Wanderi; brother, Brian Wanderi; and grandchildren, Breanna, Preston, and Ethan.  He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Wanderi.

A gathering will be held at 8:00 am followed by a memorial service at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  The family suggests that donations be made to Lung Cancer Foundation of America.  Condolences for the family may be left at

Jean Herzog

Jean Herzog, age 76 of Phoenix, AZ died December 3, 2018, in Surprise, AZ.  She was born June 10, 1942, in Hannibal, MO to John and Velda Rowden.  Jean was the youngest daughter in her family of seven children and had four brothers and 2 sisters.  She enjoyed growing up on her family’s farm and was always grateful to have learned the skills needed to take care of her own family.  As a young woman, Jean loved getting into mischief with her older sisters.  Dancing was one of her favorite pastimes and she could be found occasionally visiting local establishments.  She met a young, hardworking man named Victor as she and her boyfriend were giving him a ride back and forth to work in December of 1960.  They were married in February of 1961.  Though it seemed to be a whirlwind romance, their marriage lasted 57 years, 10 months and 1 day, and produced 4 children.

Generous, loving and caring, Jean was born to be a mother.  Not only did she raise her four children, but she and Victor welcomed more than 30 other individuals into their family over the years, giving them food, shelter, love, and support.  Jean was ready to take in anyone on a moment’s notice; friends instantly became a part of her family.  Her home was always full of hugs, not handshakes, and everyone was loved unconditionally.

Jean was employed at Motorola and the Sperry Corporation where she made circuit boards, but her favorite job was working in the shoe department at a very busy Kmart.  She loved the responsibility and the interaction with the public.  It wasn’t long before she became the “store mom.”  Jean and Victor worked hard together providing for the family but also made time to make memories.  They often went camping and Jean would prepare a feast of beans, potato salad, and cinnamon rolls.  She enjoyed the occasional luxuries like a week-long trip to Disneyland, Knot’s Berry Farm and other California attractions.

In her spare time, Jean liked to crochet and work on word puzzles.  She loved watching TV, never missing “the judges,” Love Comes Softly, Wheel of Fortune,  or her absolute favorite Chip and Joanna Gaines.  She also loved watching westerns, enjoying every scene as if it were her first time watching.  Her zest for life and love for others was always evident in every aspect of her life!

Jean is survived by her husband, Victor L. Herzog; daughter, Tina Troyanek (Dave); sons, Victor (Roy) Herzog, Bert Herzog (Sonya), and David Herzog; sister, Alma Billington; brothers, Thomas and Richard Rowden; and nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Pete), Josh, Ashley, Alexa, Alyssa, Alison (Carlos), Easton, Camille, and Noelle.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Velda Rowden.

A visitation will be held at 10:30 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:45 am, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Christ Church of the Valley, 15025 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023.  Burial will take place at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.  Immediately following the graveside service will be an Open House reception at Christ Church Assembly of God, 22225 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ  85027.

 Previous Month