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Colleen Dorothy DenDulk
Colleen Dorothy DenDulk, age 80 of Litchfield Park, AZ died February 20, 2020, in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born August 22, 1939, in Passaic, NJ to Louis and Nellie DeVries. A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, February 26, 2020. A visitation will be held at 11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 am, Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
Eva Mae Martin
Eva Mae Martin, age 99 of Cashion, AZ died February 17, 2020, in Surprise, AZ. She was born February 4, 1921, in St. John’s, AZ to Bertie and Laura Alice (Yockey) Amator. Eva was a second-generation Arizonian and grew up working on her family’s dairy farm in Tolleson with her sister and four younger brothers. She graduated from Tolleson High School at the age of 14. She and her husband Otis built their family home in Cashion in 1954, which was only five miles from the family farm where she grew up. She was always content with that fact. She was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother to her family and they came first in everything that she did.
Eva was a wonderful cook. She worked as the Cafeteria Manager for the Littleton Elementary School District for 37 years. Her hot rolls and cinnamon rolls became well-known to several generations of children in the district. Many of the students that she fed still remember her delicious homemade lunches and would often stop by her home to let her know how much she was appreciated. When she retired she volunteered for the Avondale Senior Center and joined her women’s bowling league. A hard worker and fiercely independent, she mowed her own lawn well into her eighties and lived alone and drove herself until she was ninety. Kind and giving, she always asked if there were anything that she could do for you – even in her last days.
Eva liked to do crafts and enjoyed playing bridge, puzzles, and marble games. She loved animals and always fed the birds several times a day. Her goal was to live to be 100 – she almost made it! She had a great sense of humor. She often reminded her family and friends, “I may have my faults, but being wrong isn’t one of them.”
Eva is survived by her daughters, Sharon Donnafield, and Starlett Weltzin (Steve); 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis William Martin; daughter, Linda Elaine Johnson; parents, Bertie and Laura Alice Amator; sister, Ernestine Shahan; and brothers, Glen, Bert, Gene, and Fritz.
A visitation will be at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Friday, February 28, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The funeral cortege will follow in procession to Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.
Patricia Ann Ritchey
Patricia Ann Ritchey, age 81 of Litchfield Park, AZ succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease on February 14, 2020. She was born October 31, 1938, in Brea, OH to John and Alice (Mulica) Filipek. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a degree in Education.
Patricia was a resident of Litchfield Park for over 52 years and was very active in her community, helping to nurture it into the thriving town it is today. She was a founder of the original “Country Fair,” which benefited the Library Guild, substitute taught for Agua Fria and Avondale School, and offered countless hours of volunteering for her children in the classroom, with Boy and Girl Scouts, St. Thomas Aquinas, Little League, and many other organizations. She and her family were one of the 35 founding families of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and watched it blossom into the vibrant church that it is today.
Patricia married James Ritchey in 1961 and enjoyed a 58-year marriage. They were blessed with three children and six grandchildren. Jeff, his wife Caiti, and their children, Grace, James, and Colleen Ritchey; Laurel Ritchey, and her daughter Alyssa Stokes; and Kevin, his wife Sue and sons, Matt, and Garrett Ritchey; and two sisters, Judith (Roger) Ecker, and Peg Dylag. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Alice Filipek.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 21, 2020, at St. Thomas Aquinas, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85395, with a reception to follow at 1:00 pm at the Old Pueblo Café, 102 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Litchfield Park Historical Society at 13912 W Camelback Road, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Hacienda Del Rey for their care, dedication, and love. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Ryan Jason Charley
Ryan Jason Charley, age 34 of Litchfield Park, AZ died February 14, 2020, in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born June 19, 1985, in Shiprock, NM to Robert Charley and Helena Johnson. With a broad smile, a kind word, and a great sense of humor, Ryan brightened the lives of everyone he met. He was a talented photographer and was passionate about music. A lover of animals, he adored hiking with his dog Emory. He had to earn the love of his family’s cat, Kiddo, but once earned they both protected each other. He loved his family and friends freely and without judgment and always encouraged them to be their best selves. Ryan received an Associate’s degree from Estrella Mountain Community College. He was employed by Air Comm Telecommunications as their Logistics Manager.
Ryan is survived by his father, Robert Charley; mother, Helena Johnson; sister, Lillyan Ball; brothers, Robby and Benjamin Charley; and grandmother, Violet Johnson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Lilly Charley; and grandfather, Amos Johnson.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Building B, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A Go Fund Me page has been set up by his friends, https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-ryan-charley. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com/obituary/ryan-jason-charley/.
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Lynn Gail Bullington
Lynn Gail Bullington, age 75 of Goodyear, AZ died February 14, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born on May 3, 1944 in Vineland, NJ, to Ernst and Ruth (Gill) Tharp. She lived a full life of sun, sand, and fishing from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the emerald water of the Gulf in Pensacola, FL. Lynn’s life was dedicated to childcare. She had a degree in Early Childhood Education and was a Director of Childcare for childcare agencies in Florida. She was a hard worker and very thoughtful in all that she did.
Aside from fishing, she enjoyed gardening, boating, and stopping for a bite to eat at AJ’s and Crabs. Loving and kind, she always looked for ways to help others. She moved to Arizona to help her sister only to be diagnosed with a sudden, aggressive illness. She loved her children, grandchildren, and sister with all of her heart. She leaves a legacy of strength and courage in the face of sudden trials, and love that will always remain in the hearts of her family and friends.
Lynn is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Circone and husband Mario of Vineland, NJ; sons, Scott Pilling of Pensacola, FL, and Brian Bullington and his wife Kristen of Pensacola, FL; twin sister, Karen Harris and husband Jim of Goodyear, AZ; grandchildren, Hope, Cristina (Courtney), Mario (Jordan), and Logan; great-grandchildren, Mya, Liam, Miles, and one on the way; niece, Shannon Miller of Henderson, NV; nephews, Steve and John Messing of Pensacola, FL; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bullington. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Janice Laree Feather
Janice Laree Feather, age 79 died February 13, 2020, in Goodyear, AZ. She was born on a spring day, April 10, 1940, in Gehring, NE to Lucille and Harold Brown. Jan lived her early years in Cheyenne, WY. She married Ken Feather and they had three children. She worked in Ken’s insurance agency in Burien, WA. They retired and lived as snowbirds traveling between PebbleCreek and Orting, WA.
Jan was quite the gardener. She was known to work in one of her gardens for hours. She enjoyed reading and was a member of the Page Turners Book Club for many years. She loved to travel and enjoyed camping and golf. Jan also did a lot of volunteering at her church.
Jan is survived by her husband, Ken Feather; children, Michelle, Michael, and Kenny Dean; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held in PebbleCreek at a date and time to be determined, and later in Washington. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Diana Sue Ruehrmund Mikolic
Diana Sue Ruehrmund Mikolic, age 53 of Yuma, AZ died February 12, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ. She was born December 29, 1966, in Jacksonville, AR to Paul and Margaret (Vermillion) Ruehrmund. She attended Agua Fria High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College. She worked as a 911 operator for 14 years helping others at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and the Army and Marine bases in Yuma, AZ. Diana was a successful businesswoman operating a Kettle Corn & Fresh Lemonade concession trailer at the Yuma County Fair Grounds and at other events and festivals in Yuma, Arizona. She was a hard worker and took pride in the work she did. Diana loved and showed kindness to animals of all kinds, especially her dogs.
In her free time, Diana enjoyed camping with her husband, friends, and family. She liked to do beadwork, needlepoint and made beautiful handmade jewelry. She was a friend to everyone that she met. Her kind and generous attitude made it easy to like her. She loved helping people and always chose employment that allowed her to help others. Her greatest enjoyment came from serving her family. She loved being with her husband, children, and grandchildren. They were her greatest pride and joy. As a friend wrote, “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they are gone the light remains. Diana had that light.”
Diana is survived by her husband, Aaron Scott Mikolic; daughters, Danielle Marie Ruehrmund, and Hannah Sue Mikolic; son, Aaron Lorenzo Mikolic; father, Paul Ruehrmund; sister, Denise Summit; brothers, Robert and Richard Ruehrmund; and grandchildren, Kenzie, Teagan, Wyatt, and Hannah’s baby girl expected June 8th, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Ruehrmund, who passed away on 2/9/2020, they are now together in heaven.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E Plaza Cir, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Trinity Lutheran School, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Margaret Ellen Vermillion Ruehrmund
Margaret Ellen Vermillion Ruehrmund, age 82 of Litchfield Park, AZ died February 9, 2020, in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born August 24, 1937, in Sunbury, OH, the oldest of four children born to William and Mary McKay Vermillion. Margaret grew up in Marengo, OH and graduated from Marengo High School in 1955 and obtained a nursing degree from Grant Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse for over 50 years and worked at the VA Hospital in Phoenix for 28 years.
Family was everything to Margaret and they always came first. She accompanied her husband, Paul throughout his military career living in Massachusetts, Arkansas, New York, and Ontario, Canada, with the only exception being his tour of Vietnam. They finally settled in Litchfield Park in 1976. Vacations were always a family affair and included children, then grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. They visited exotic places like Hawaii, Hilton Head, SC, Florida, and Mexico. She loved Sedona, AZ. But they also spent many vacations just visiting family in Ohio. She always reunited with her nursing school classmates from Grant when she came home to Ohio. She liked to sew, but her favorite pastime was cooking and entertaining her family in her home. She loved people no matter who they were or what situations they found themselves in. She was an unselfish giver of her heart to her family, friends, and profession. She had great faith and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Paul Ruehrmund; daughter, Denise Summit; sons, Robert and Richard Ruehrmund; sister, Martha Conley, brother, Dave Vermillion; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and beloved daughter, Diana Mikolic, who tragically passed away two days after Margaret. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Vermillion, and sister Mary French.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E Plaza Cir, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Trinity Lutheran School, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
Lorraine C. Hagen
Lorraine C. Hagen, age 89 of Goodyear, AZ passed away peacefully February 4, 2020. Born August 5, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, Lori and her husband of 66 years, George were married in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, MO in 1952.
Lori’s parents were one of the founders of St. Michael Russian Orthodox Church in St. Louis, MO. She enjoyed sharing her Russian heritage with her family and friends. Lori took great care and pride in providing a warm and welcoming home for her family as they relocated throughout the Midwest for George’s career. Lori held several administrative support positions in St. Louis, MO and while in Chicago, IL she enjoyed her executive administrative position at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Lori was an accomplished seamstress; her creative and artistic ability was evident in the homes she and George built and decorated over the years. She was gifted and shared her many talents with her neighbors. While living in Barrington, Illinois Lori taught the art of ‘Ukrainian Pysanka’, the traditional hand decorating wax and dye technique of eastern Europe Easter eggs at the Barrington Library.
Lori and George retired in 1989 and moved to Tempe, AZ to be near their grandchildren. In 1996 they moved to Pebble Creek. Lori was very active in the quilting club and made numerous quilts for family and friends. Lori and George were one of the first to move into Unit 18 and enjoyed making new friends as the neighborhood developed.
Lori was a loyal friend and confidant to many. She enjoyed many life-long friendships and always enjoyed sharing her home with those who did not have family over the holidays.
Lori loved life and never knew a stranger. She is survived by two daughters, Chris Velez (Ralph), and Jill Crompton (David); granddaughters Liz (Anthony) Flores, Anita (Paul Murray) Crompton; grandson, Joel (Katie) Crompton; and great-grandchildren Anthony and Brianna Flores, and Aberly Murray Crompton. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and her husband.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am with a rosary at 10:30 am and a funeral service at 11:00 am, Friday, February 21, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Jomore Curtis Currie
Jomore Curtis Currie, age 48 died on February 2, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on December 7, 1971, in Los Angeles, CA to his parents Charles Currie, and Margaret Jo Johnson. Jomore graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He later would receive his Associate Degree from South Mountain Community College, and Real Estate License where is sold homes in Maricopa County. He always had a great entrepreneurial spirit that led him to start a few businesses in his hope to be self-reliant. He looked at every day as an opportunity to better himself, and those around him.
Jomore loved organized sports and coaching his children and others in youth flag football, and basketball. He cherished the values that could be instilled in our youth through the power of teamwork.
Jomore was a loving father beloved by his children, and many lifelong friends, and family. He believed in educating himself and those around him. He was an avid reader of the Bible and a believer in the development of his spirituality. He was a private person that kept to himself, but if given the opportunity he would always look to uplift others. He enjoyed the art of spoken word and left his beautiful poetry as a legacy. He enjoyed cooking and participating in family cooking competitions. His specialty was a seven-layer dip, which he brought to every party. He was a wonderful example to his siblings and children in everything that he said and did.
Jomore is survived by his parents Charles Currie, and Margaret Jo Johnson; his children; his brothers and sisters Clayton Currie, Tracey Currie, Matthew Brooks, Lucille Lilly-Robert, and Christine Lilly; his former wife Tamicia Currie; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousin, and friends.
A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm with a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left below.
James Lee Pruett, Jr.
James Lee Pruett, Jr., age 84 of Goodyear, AZ died February 5, 2020, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born November 12, 1935, in Roba, AL the first of nine children born to James Lee and Essie Pruett. He served in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of Sergeant. Jim worked as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority for 31 years. After retiring he was bored and became engrossed in the Home Shopping Network, so at his family’s insistence, he began driving a bus again. When his first granddaughter was born, he retired to take care of her, then returned to driving again until his grandson was born when he again retired to care for him. Jim’s family always came first.
Jim loved to play games. Pinochle was his game and he played every weekend. He enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of every Chicago sports team. He collected coins and had a habit of giving his children and grandchildren stacks of crisp, fresh $2 bills. Always kind, he never had a bad thing to say to anyone. He was everybody’s friend and never failed to wave or stop to chat whenever he passed by. He loved and respected his wife, daughters, and grandchildren in all that he did and said.
Jim is survived by his wife, Loretta J. Pruett; daughters, Lisa Joseph and Gayle Sanford; sister, Dorothy Laurent; brother, Alto Richardson; and two cherished grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Lee Pruett, Sr. and Essie Mae Pruett; and siblings, Sydney Pruett, Cora Tyson, James Hancock, Alma Ashford, Dow L (“DL”) Pruett, Nathaniel (Bud) Pruett, Charles Pruett, and Ed Pruett.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. The family suggests that donations be made to the Leukemia Foundation, https://www.azlfac.org/donations.html. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Fred Lewis Henninger
Fred Lewis Henninger, age 77 of Litchfield Park, AZ died February 6, 2020 in Tolleson, AZ. He was born June 5, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to George R. and Marjorie (Wallace) Henninger. A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Skyway Church, 14900 W Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
Judy Lynn Zuccala
Judy Lynn Zuccala, age 75 of Goodyear, AZ died February 4, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born July 8, 1944 and raised on a farm in Akron, IA. She worked in the airline industry for over 30 years where she had the responsibility of managing the weight and balance of the aircraft. She was hired by TWA and retired from American Airlines. Her husband, Ken Ridgway also worked for the airlines as a pilot and they retired together to the PebbleCreek community in Arizona.
When Ken passed away not long after retirement, Judy found friendship and a rich social life in her community. She was a member of Lunch Bunch 2, and met for lunch with the group for 21 years. She loved to sing (her license plate was NTEMAME) and was a member of the PebbleCreek Singers. She was a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 20 years and faithfully sang in the choir and enriched the congregation.
Judy liked to sail and met her next husband, Joe through a sailing group. Together they sailed through the Sea of Cortez, the British Virgin Isles, and from the Winward Islands down to the tip of Granada.
Judy is survived by her husband, Joe Zuccala, her brother Gaynor Klemme, and several step-grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Beverly Ann Thompson
Beverly Ann Thompson, age 79 of Goodyear, AZ died February 1, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born February 7, 1940 in New York City, NY to Charles and Ruby Evans. She was a true New Yorker: stubborn, sassy, and a little bit nosy. She loved to gossip and knew everything that was happening in the projects where she lived. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and had beautiful handwriting. She liked to color and make little crafts, often including her grandchildren in her activities. She was a good cook and was famous for her fried chicken and potato salad. An avid collector of knick-knacks, she had an impressive ashtray collection and loved her glass figurines. She liked to gamble, especially playing the slots. A good afternoon was spent watching Jerry Springer and Friday evenings were reserved for WWE Smackdown.
Beverly loved children! She was a foster parent for the New York City foster system. She welcomed many, many children into her “projects penthouse” top floor apartment where she loved and nurtured them and nursed them back to health. A few of them were formerly adopted into her family, but each child found a special place within her heart. When grandchildren came along, she loved them, too and helped their parents to raise them.
Beverly is survived by her daughters, Debra D. Thompson Cancel, Debbra A. Thompson Martinez; and Frances V. Thompson; son, Maurice E. Thompson, Jr.; brother, Charles D. Evans; sister-in-law, Gina Evans; nine grandchildren, Carlos, Christopher, Darryn, Zachary, Thatiyannah, Nevaeh, Jeremiah, Tiana, and Atreyu; three great-grandchildren, Jayiah, Jalen, and Brayden; and nephew, Bruce A. Evans and his children, Samantha and Spencer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Evans, father Charles L. Evans. and her sister, Yvonne M. Reese. Beverly loved everyone including her Michael, Providencia, Jessie and so many more. You know who you are and how Beverly touched or impacted your life. Gone but never forgotten💕. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Allan Burnet Ray Leno
Allan Burnet Ray Leno, age 54 of Litchfield Park, AZ died January 28, 2020 in Glendale, AZ. He was born February 10, 1965 in Santa Clara, CA to Arthur Leno and Bobbie Lipps. He served in the US Air Force achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. While serving, his team achieved Load Crew of the year three times. Allan was a phenomenal artist. He enjoyed drafting blueprints for architecture, shooting photography, and drawing wherever his mind led him. His proudest accomplishment included a detailed sketch of an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, which he submitted to a contest and won first place.
Allan is survived by his wife, Kum Chu Leno; son, Bryan Leno; parents, Arthur Leno and Bobbie Jean Lipps; and brothers, Rick and Gary Leno. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Robert Aguila was born August 22, 1955, in Glendale, AZ and passed away January 28, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Sheree, six siblings, and their spouses, six children and their spouses, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Robert was many things: kind, compassionate, and most of all patient. He was funny, outgoing, and inspiring. Robert always had a love for sports and R&B soul. You would never see Robert in a bad mood. No matter what he had been through in life he would always tell you, “I’m alright.” He was the strongest man who ever lived, no matter what level of sickness he had. Robert was a warrior, the fiercest of all. He will be forever in our hearts. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Rodrigo Reyna passed away on February 2, 2020. He was born on June 16, 1922. Rodrigo met Julia Medina and they were married. They wanted many children and had Thomas. Rodrigo is survived by Thomas (Tracy). He is also survived by his grandchildren Julia (Walter), Thomas (Nicole), Michael (Valerie), Justin (Kachie), and Jason (Genet); 16 great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Rodrigo is predeceased by Julia and his son Jesus. He is also predeceased by his mother and father and siblings Jesus, Refugio, Santiago, Zoyla, and Cruz. Rodrigo is also survived numerous nieces and nephews in Phoenix, Tucson, and New York. A graveside service will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 3900 N Santa Fe Trail, Avondale, AZ 85392. Condolences for the family may be left below.
Tyler Michael Wilson
Tyler Michael Wilson, age 31 of Phoenix, AZ died January 29, 2020, in Glendale, AZ. He was born July 20, 1988, in Phoenix, AZ to Michael and Patricia (Doyle) Wilson. Tyler grew up in Goodyear, AZ and graduated from Millennium High School in 2006. He began working as a tile setter, a trade that he learned from his father. An excellent cook, he practiced as a chef for 5-6 years until he decided to follow his true passion for refurbishing cars. He was a car fanatic – the older the better. He worked as a mechanic, welder, and fabricator at Purgatory Industries. He was also working on starting a new clothing line, “Wilson Work Wear”.
Tyler lived life to the fullest and on the edge. He was sarcastic, a prankster, and a huge daredevil. He enjoyed the rush of his motorcycle hurtling down the highway. He loved fishing with Levi, camping, and being outdoors. He was passionate about music and enjoyed heavy metal and rock, especially Tool. He was enthusiastic about art and enjoyed everything from painting and drawing to tattoos. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a 100% family man. He lived by his creed, “Be simple, honest, respectful and loyal.”
Tyler is survived by his mother Patricia “Trish” Wilson; sister, Tiffany Johnson and her husband Levi; and grandfathers, Pat Doyle, and Fred Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Wilson, and grandmothers, Virginia Wilson and Ruth Doyle. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Christ Church of the Valley, 1565 N 113th Ave, Avondale, AZ 85392. The family suggests that donations be made to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, http://webaz.alsa.org . Condolences for the family may be left below.
Robert Conrad Price – Conrad McLaren
Robert Conrad Price, who acted professionally under the name of Conrad McLaren, passed from this earth, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones, at his home in Litchfield Park, Arizona, on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
He is survived by his domestic partner of more than fifty years, Daniel Kruger, and his beloved friend David Nunamacher; his children Robert C. Price II (Caralee), San Clemente, California; Robbin Jean Price (David Dana), Bellevue, Washington; and Jennie Lee Price Voyce (Jonathan), Casa Grande, Arizona. He was a proud grandfather to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister.
He was born November 13, 1926, in Greenfield, Illinois, to Leo Kinser and Florence Edna Price. Valedictorian of his graduating class of Greenfield (IL) High School, 1944, he served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in 1944/1945, and upon his return, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) in 1950, followed by post-graduate studies at the University of Iowa.
He married Billie Lou Brummell of Alton, Illinois in 1953, and although they ended their marriage in 1970, they remained close friends for many years until his passing.
He worked for the U.S. Army in Europe throughout the mid-1950s as Field Entertainment Director, staging a variety of productions in support of military personnel stationed in Germany, receiving the Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service. He eventually returned to Bloomington, where he taught and served as an advisor in the IWU Theatre Department, and later worked as an advertising executive for State Farm Insurance. During this time, he was extremely active in community and professional theatre in Bloomington and throughout central Illinois, directing, producing, and acting in more than a dozen productions staged by the Community Players, and serving as Director of the American Passion Play for five years.
Adopting the stage name of Conrad McLaren, he began a career as a professional actor in the late 1960s, relocating to New York City and building an extensive resume of theatre, film, television, and commercial work. His career highlights included roles in the Broadway productions of “Guys and Dolls” and the award-winning “Ragtime,” in which he originated the role of Grandfather. His film and television credits included “Green Card,” “Stephen King’s Silver Bullet,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Addicted to Love,” “Ironclads,” “Summer Heat,” “The Cosby Show,” and “Kate and Allie.”
He had a song, a story, and a ready quip for any occasion and will be remembered forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later in the spring.
He took his final bows with this quote by Noel Coward, which guided his life: “I never cared who scored the goal, or which team won the silver cup. I never learned to bat or bowl, but I heard the curtain going up.” Condolences for the family may be left below.