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October 2021
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Barbara Arnold

Barbara Potter Arnold, 92, of Goodyear, Arizona died October 19, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born April 25, 1929 to William and Rowena Buck-Friis. Barbara arrived just prior to the 1929 stock market crash and the following Great Depression. Despite the hardships of that time, she had a very happy childhood.

She met the love of her life, Jerome W. Potter, at Fresno State. He was completing his degree after serving as a WWII pilot in Europe. They married three months later, and raised four wonderful children. Sadly, Jerome died in 1984, but Barbara followed her dreams of traveling to far away places, with Africa being first on her list.

It was on the tennis courts in Lafayette, California that she met Stewart Arnold. They fell in love and married in 1991.

Barbara and Stewart retired to Goodyear, Arizona and joined the Active Adult community of Pebble Creek where she continued her athletic lifestyle of tennis, golf, and Bocce Ball.

Just like when she was raising her four children, her home was always open. She was an amazing cook and hostess for marathon card games for the ladies, which often ended in the wee hours with Biscuits and Gravy.

Barbara had a servant’s heart, often sowing her love through acts of kindness to everyone she met. She was a loving wife, mother, and beloved “Mere” to her grandchildren.

She’s completed her journey here on earth, and “Oh Boy” what a life she had.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Susan (Jim – deceased) Tearpak, sons Thomas (Julie) Potter, Rob (Carole) Potter, and Rich Potter. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband Jerome W. Potter, Stewart Arnold, daughter-in-law Brenda Potter, son-in-law Jim Tearpak, and granddaughter April Potter.

The family suggest that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are private at this time.

Richard Hauck

Mr. Richard Ervin Hauck (66) of Phoenix, Arizona was born in Portland, Oregon on March 5, 1955 to Ervin and Billie Anne Hauck. He died on October 7, 2021 after a long four-year battle with Glioblastoma Stage 4 brain cancer. Rick grew up in Oregon with his family until joining the United States Air Force at age 18, making a 30-year career out of it. His duties included aircraft maintenance and embassy work that led him to travel all around the world. Rick retired at the highest rank of Chief Master Sargent from Luke Air Force Base in 2004.

After retiring from the Air Force he worked as a maintenance handyman at Trinity Lutheran Church and School where he also worshipped God with his family. In 2007, he went back to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Rick was heavily involved in his children’s lives which lead him to be the PTA President of their grade school, Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 99, and attended many band competitions and volleyball games of his children. He enjoyed working on his cars, hiking, camping, and being outdoors soaking up the sunshine.

Rick was a loving husband and father who always provided for his family and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Debbie Hauck, sons Ken, Richard and Chad Hauck, daughters Alene and Marcella Hauck, granddaughters Sasha and Shaylene, and great-granddaughter Aubrey. He is also survived by his father Ervin Hauck and siblings Linda, Pattie, and Bernie.

If you would like to make a donation in Rick’s memory, please do so to any of the following organizations:

Barrow Neurological Institute
240 West Thomas Road, Suite 403
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Hospice of the West
21410 North 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Trinity Lutheran Church and School
830 East Plaza Circle
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Memorial Services will be held November 13th at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11am.

Julia Brandt

Julia Ann Brandt:  June 13, 1952- October 12, 2021

Julia Ann Brandt entered into heaven on October 12, 2021.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter R. (“Ike”) and Mary J. Iglehart, and sister, Mary Kay Iglehart.  She is survived by her sons and their families, Eric Brandt (Jack and London), and Kristopher & Heather Brandt (Madison and Dylan), as well as her lifelong friends, Rebecca Newberry and Julie Barry, and loving dog Izzy.

Julia was born in Tucson, Arizona and traveled the world early in life, living on US Air Force bases as the daughter of a Chief Master Sargent.  When the family returned to Tucson, she attended Salpointe Catholic High School where she graduated in 1970.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Arizona in 1974.  After practicing nursing several years, she attained her Masters of Nursing degree in 1980.

Her nursing career was focused on cardiology and cardiac research.  As an ICU nurse, she was one of the first nurses to be trained in advanced technology and used her knowledge and passion to educate physicians, nurses, and patients.  She took this experience to the VA Medical Center in Tucson where she was the Cardiology Research Coordinator, working closely with the physician staff to help patients going through heart failure and other cardiac problems.  She was responsible for attaining multiple grants and funding for the continued success of the program for many years.  Due to health issues in the past 10 years, she worked part-time as a cardiac study nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and then as a home infusion nurse.  She developed Chronic Immune Deficiency Syndrome and dealt with her numerous treatments bravely and with grace.

Through the years, her career in nursing was a calling and a responsibility she took to heart, using her knowledge to help family and friends with their health care issues.  She frequently attended appointments with them, advocating for their health issues.  She was the kind of nurse who would stop at an accident and take charge, assuring the patient had the best care possible until she could hand off care to another professional.  Many people were fortunate to have her care and attention during their health challenges, and each of them are forever grateful to her.

Although she was a highly esteemed advanced practice nurse, her true love was her family and raising her sons Eric and Kristopher was the greatest accomplishment of her life.  She extended that love, care, time, and attention to her grandchildren and being their ‘G-Ma’ was her greatest joy in the last 11 years of her life.  She did every kind of art and craft imaginable with the children, volunteered at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, and attended athletic practices and games with loud support and love for them.

She loved to travel and spent much time in Omaha, Nebraska with her ‘second family’ – Becky, Maggie, and Gabrielle – who loved spending time with her.  Other travels took her to Hawaii and the California coast with her dear friend Julie.

Julia was a lifelong lover of nature, the arts, education, adventure, animals of all shapes and sizes, the Arizona Wildcats, her ‘boys’ Eric and Kris, and ‘grandbabies’ Maddie, Dylan, Jack and London.  Always a bright and shining star in our world, her presence will be dearly missed by all those blessed to have had her in their lives.

Funeral Services will be held 1pm, November 1 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Avondale, Arizona. Burial will be at Our Lady of the Desert in Tuscon, Arizona.

Alfonso Holguin Jr.

Mr. Alfonso Holguin Jr., 31, of Phoenix, Arizona died October 21, 2021 in Phoenix. He was born June 21, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona to Alfonso Sr. and Estela Holguin. He is survived by his daughter Ciani Holguin, son Fabian Holguin, sisters Christina and Michelle Holguin, brothers Michael and Angel Holguin, parents Alfonso Holguin, Sr. and Estela Bojorquez, and grandparents Margarito and Thelma Juarez.

Alfonso loved to draw and mastered anything and everything he put his heart into especially art and music. He was witty and loved to make everyone laugh with and at him. He loved his children with all his being, and always made his daughter feel like a princess. Alfonso made sure to tell EVERYONE that he loved them before saying goodbye.

Visitation with funeral services following will begin at 10am, November 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery following the service.

Noriko Langley

Mrs. Noriko Yogi Langley of Goodyear, Arizona died October 19, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born October 26, 1949 to Takagelo Yogi and Michiko Yogi in Okinawa, Japan. She is survived by her husband the Reverend Donald Randy Langley, Sr., daughter Laura (Jason) Fralix, sons Randy (Donna) Langley and Don (Carrine) Langley, and sisters Cheiko Sato of Tokyo, Japan and Lako Yogi. She also leaves behind eleven grandchildren: Holly (Robert) Pengilly, Ashley, Travis, Shelby, Memphis, Alisha, Luke, Jace, Macy, Charlotte, and Aiden, and one great-grandchild Lula Mae.

A visitation with funeral services following will begin at 9am November 2 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 12:30pm.

To view the service remotely you can join the zoom meeting: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/9248223897?pwd=Z1NZQjJ3c0FZZEk1NHNmN2oyUnhLdz09

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Robert Jackson

Robert Kenneth Jackson of Phoenix, died on October 21, 2021. Mr. Jackson was born on January 23,1933 in New York City to J. Kenneth and Elise J. Jackson.

He graduated from Stuyvesant Hight School and New York University.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957 as an electronic warfare specialist with duty in Taiwan and Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

In 1957, he married Helen E. Crawford at Fort Huachuca.  They had one daughter Beth.  After several years in Utah, the family returned to Arizona in 1962.  Mr. Jackson was employed by Goodyear Aerospace Corp., retiring after 28 years of service as manager of engineering publications.

Robert enjoyed sailing, tennis, traveling, good food, and wine. Above all, he loved his family and enjoyed gatherings and quality time with his great grandchildren.

Robert is survived by wife Helen, daughter Beth, grandchildren Ondrea (Dustin) Petty, David (Jamie) Sheppard, and great grandchildren David Jacob, Addison, and Sloan. Preceded in death by his grandson Trae.  He will be greatly missed.

Private services will be held at a later date.

 

Christy Lal

Ms. Christy Celeste Lal, 31, of Goodyear, Arizona died October 16, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born May 19, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona to Benjamin and Jolena Lal.

Christy attended school at Skyway Christian School and Northwest Christian High School. She went on to graduate from Dysart High School in 2008. A Born-Again Christian, Christy loved praise, worship, and singing gospel music. Her hobbies included collecting elephants, shopping, and dressing in costumes for Halloween and birthdays.

She is survived by her parents Benjamin and Jolena Lal, sister Melody Stockton, brothers Ryan Lal, Rick Lal, Shannon Thomas, and Brad Lal.

She was preceded in death by grandparents: Darrell and Virginia McLemore and Oscar and Juanita Herrin; great-grandparents: Frank and Liddie Barnes, S.A. and Nina McLemore, Thomas and Nellie Lyle, and aunts: Priscilla Maharaj and Isabel Boyd.

A visitation will be held at 9:00am on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Skyway Church of the West Valley in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral service will be held at 10:30am, Friday October 29, 2021 at Skyway Church of the West Valley. Burial will be at West Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona.

Jacqueline Garbutt

Jacqueline Sue Garbutt, 83, of Tempe, Arizona died on August 23, 2021, in Mesa, Arizona. She was born on February 6, 1938, in Wellsville, Ohio to Donald Elliott and Bernice Felton Heil. She married the late Peter M Garbutt in 1962 and lived in Akron, Ohio for 30 years before relocating to Albany, Georgia and then Orlando, Florida and then spent the last several years in Arizona. Jackie is survived by three daughters, Judy Chalker in Orlando, FL, Kim Baron in Florida and Leslie McKay in Surprise, AZ. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Jackie was predeceased by her loving husband of 46 years in 2008. Preceded in death by 2 brothers Jim and Tom Elliott of Wellsville, OH. Survived by Ruth Hepp of St. Augustine, FL, and Becky (Lenny) Piko of Wintersville, OH. Jackie was a remarkable woman overcoming the challenges of becoming deaf at age 6. She was a strong woman and an excellent mother. She had a great sense of humor and loved pulling pranks on her family, always looking for smiles and laughs. She loved her family unconditionally and always looked for ways to help whenever she could and was still helping to raise some of her great grandchildren until her passing. Always putting others’ needs before her own. We can only imagine her as a special angel in heaven with our dad and her mom and all those that loved her, and she loved so much and even all the animals she cared for and loved so much throughout her life. Thank you mom and we will never forget your love for us and all the wonderful memories you have left for us to talk about forever.

Message from Becky Piko: Jackie was amazing. She graduated from high school in Youngstown, OH. There she learned to lip read and speak. She went to the prom and belonged to the Girls Athletic Association in high school. After graduating from high school, she graduated from business school in Steubenville, OH and then was employed at the former St. John’s Hospital in Steubenville. It was around that time that she and Geri Patrick Artis became friends. Geri did know sign language, Jackie not so much. She and Geri started traveling to Akron to go to the deaf club there. There is a huge deaf community in Akron/Cleveland/Canton area. It was at the deaf club that she met her future husband, Peter. Jackie would come home after being out with him (and Geri and Carl) and wake me up and teach me sign language she learned while she was out with them. I was about 9. Jackie was great to me growing up. I could write volumes! She and Peter got married on my 10th birthday. I cried all day because Peter was taking her away from me! Jackie was so funny and such a prankster. You had to keep an eye on her playing games because she was always cheating! She loved her girls and grandkids. A special angel has joined Peter and Mom. Miss and love you, Jackie. Thank you for all you did for me.

A private family memorial is planned for a future date back home in Florida where her ashes will be spread with her husband’s where they both lived for so long and until her husband’s death in 2008.

Martin Guillermo Escudero Chavez

Mr. Martin Guillermo Escudero Chavez, 58, of Cathedral City, California died October 12, 2021 in Cathedral City, California. He was born October 21, 1962 to Raul Escudero Gutierrez and Ma. Del Pilar Chavez Delgado in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.

Martin was an accomplished horticulturist, prolific multi-media artist, fearless outdoorsman, a TRUE craftsman, lover of motorcycles, and a rolling stone.

He is survived by his daughter Isabella Escudero (Ryan) Humphries, son Martin Guillermo Escudero, sister Marisa L Escudero Chavez, brother Aldo Cesar Escudero Chavez, and his mother Ma. Del Pilar Chavez Delgado.

Martin is preceded by brothers Alfredo Escudero Chavez and Raul Arturo Escudero Chavez, and his father Raul Escudero Gutierrez.

A visitation will be held at 6pm October 26 and a funeral service at 10am October 28 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

 

Billy J. Brown

Mr. Billy J. Brown, 88, of Sun City, Arizona died October 12, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. He was born December 15, 1932 in Tillatoba, Mississippi to W.E. Brown and his wife.

Arthur Hossenlopp

Mr. Arthur Hossenlopp, 78, died October 14, 2021 at his home in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born November 18, 1942 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Arthur M. Hossenlopp and Ruth S. Hossenlopp.

Art was a dedicated family man and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha Hossenlopp, daughter Jennifer (Lance) Kilkenny, and Charlie (Elizabeth) Hossenlopp, sister Ruth Anne (George) Keller, and twin brother Peter (Kathy) Hossenlopp.  He also leaves behind six grand-children Ashley (Andrew) Williams, Liam Hossenlopp, Jeremy Kilkenny, Benjamin Kilkenny, Connor Hossenlopp, Jack Hossenlopp, and great-grandson Troy Williams.

Art graduated from Kokomo High School in Kokomo, Indiana in 1960.  From there he joined the United States Army serving 3 years until his honorable discharge. He was the Owner and C.E.O. of G and H Printing in South San Francisco, California. During his career, he was active in many professional organizations. he also received numerous Litho and Printing House Craftsman awards. He retired and sold the business in 1999.  In that same year, Art and Martha moved to Goodyear, Arizona where he enjoyed being an avid golfer.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9435 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, Arizona 85345 and/ or Community Foundation of Howard County, 215 West Sycamore Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901. C/O Kokomo High School Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time.

Dorothy McKenzie

Mrs. Dorothy McKenzie, 60, of Goodyear, Arizona died October 16, 2021. She was born October 18, 1960 in Bronx, New York to John Maerling and Joan Maerling.
She is survived by her husband Michael McKenzie, Sr., daughter Jillian Lucas, sons Michael McKenzie, Jr. and Matthew McKenzie, sisters Margie Wilson, Jo-Ann Trevizo, and Kay Cagno, and brother Bill Maerling. She also leaves behind four grandchildren Andrea McKenzie, Ashley McKenzie, Zachary Lucas, and Dylan Lucas.
Dorothy loved her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends so very much. She also enjoyed a good crime show and doing word searches. She had a love of humming birds and wind chimes.
A public visitation will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona on October 30 at 1pm with the funeral service to follow.

Wilda Quarantino

Mrs. Wilda Quarantino, 82, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away October 17, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born at home June 5, 1939 in Young Harris, Georgia to Frank and Beulah Deitz. She is survived by her spouse, Bob Quarantino. They had two daughters, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Her sass, her wit, and pure joy of life will never be forgotten.

Funeral arrangements are private at this time.

Joseph Hernandez

Mr. Joseph Hernandez, 79, of Avondale, Arizona died October 17, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born June 13, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona to Albino and Alejandra Hernandez. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia.
He is survived by his daughter Lori Hernandez, sons Roy and Gabriel Hernandez, sisters Lupe and Carmen Hernandez, and brothers Richard and Greg Hernandez. He also leaves behind three grandchildren.
Joe came from a big family of two girls and eight boys. Joe served in the United States Army right out of high school. He later married Virginia Silva and had three children with her. He had three grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
A visitation will be held 6PM on October 27 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Curtis Malaise

Mr. Curtis Mark Malaise, 52, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died October 6, 2021. He was born February 13, 1969 in Ottawa, Illinois to Curtis Merle Malaise and Helen Ann Malaise. He was predeceased by his father Curtis Merle Malaise and his granddaughter Reia Elyse Dungan.
Curtis is survived by his daughter Morgan Elyse Dungan and her husband Douglas Anthony Dungan, his mother Helen Ann Malaise, three grandsons Caleb Malaise, Axl Dungan, and Damien Dungan. He also leaves behind uncles, aunts, cousins, and many great friends.
Curtis spent his early childhood years in Illinois with his mother, father, and extended family. He and his parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1983 where he attended and graduated from Maryvale High School. He then attended Long Technical Institute and graduated in 2005 with an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy. He later chose to begin long-haul truck driving, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He continued being a truck driver until his death. His other interests included off-roading, a love of music, and playing pool. Curtis brought joy and laughter to many and was always willing to extend a helping hand of friendship. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing
Times and bright sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun of happy memories I leave
When my life is done.

The family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Evelyn Eskridge

Ms. Evelyn Eskridge, 87, of Goodyear, Arizona died October 13, 2021. She was born June 10, 1934 in Edinburg, Texas to Harry Pray and Mary Dobson.

Service information is private at this time.

Ruben Rodriguez

Mr. Ruben Rodriguez, 62, of Goodyear, Arizona died October 10, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born June 11, 1959 to Goya and Guadalupe Rodriguez in Wasco, California. He was preceded in death by Carmen Olague.
Ruben is survived by his daughter Georgia Hernandez and her husband Jesse Hernandez, and son Abel Rodriguez and his wife Maya Martinez. He is also survived by his parents Goya and Guadalupe Rodriguez, sisters Miné, Juana, Lala, Ofelia, and Sally, brothers Tom, Wally, Ray, Henry, Santos, Mario, and Philemón. Ruben also leaves behind five grandchildren Adam, Ashley, Lila Xavier, and Issac, and one great-grandchild Baby Adam.
Ruben was a loving man with a very huge heart. He loved his family and friends and every second he was able to spend with them. Ruben enjoyed music, dancing, and always making people laugh with his silliness. His grandchildren were very important to him.
A visitation will be held at 6PM October 22 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Bobby Mitchell

Mr. Bobby R. Mitchell, 72, of Avondale, Arizona died October 15, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born October 11, 1949 to John Mitchell and Effie Ellis in Phoenix Arizona. He was preceded in death by his sisters Jacqueline Davis, Catherine Trotter, and Abilene Perkins.

He is survived by his sons Shane and Rayfield Mitchell, sisters Sally Nimer, Shirley King, and Patricia Ijidakinro, brothers Johnny, and Ronald “Ronnie” Mitchell and one grandchild Sayvion Mitchell.

A service will be held October 29 at 1PM via Zoom meeting invitation.

Albert Jacques

Mr. Albert Jacques, 54, of Tempe, Arizona died October 15, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born February 4, 1967 in Phoenix, Arizona to Gilbert Jacques and Duvy Gurule. He is preceded in death by his mother Duvy Jacques, father Gilbert Jacques, and brother Randy Vega.
Albert is survived by his daughters Sabrina Suniga and Alicia Jacques, and son Albert (Patricia) Suniga. He is also survived by his sisters Grace Vega and Cathy (Joey) Pompa, and brother Gilbert (Margie) Jacques Jr. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Aric Rubio, Audrina DeLeon, Aubrey DeLeon, Alex Jr. DeLeon, Alana Suniga, and Avery Suniga.
A recitation of the Holy Rosary followed by funeral services will begin at 6:30PM October 28 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Glenn Peters, Sr.

Glenn Gene Peters Sr. of Arizona passed away on Oct. 14th, 2021. Glenn was born in Bellingham, WA to Raymond Glenn Peters and Docia Ruth King on March 12th, 1948. As a young child his family moved around a lot but he ended up in Raleigh, NC where he grew up with his sister Rosa. When he was 17 he hitchhiked to Bellingham, WA to live with friends of the family the Bests. He left a note for his parents and just took off, but they knew where he was heading. He made it across the country in 3 days hitchhiking mostly getting rides with truckers. When he arrived in Bellingham Charlie Best told Glenn that he could stay with their family if he went to school, so Glenn agreed to attend Bellingham Highschool. Susan Tooker was friends with Carolyn Best and visited the Best home often. When Susie came over and met Glenn for the first time, he was working on a 1955 Chevy with Richard. When Glenn met Susie she was wearing shorts and he said that as soon as he checked out her legs that was it. Glenn and Susie both say that when they met there was an immediate attraction that turned into a lifelong love and a marriage of 54 years.
In the early years they started dating and Glenn bought a 1954 Plymouth for $25 and would take Susie to the drive-in movies. They dated that whole Summer and by the end of it they were both in love. They decided to run off and get married and made it from Bellingham to Tacoma and were back home within a couple days. Susie’s father Bob and her uncle Bill were quite upset when they found out and were planning on tracking them down. Glenn and Susie were heading home and lost their brakes on the Lakeway Dr. exit. After getting back home and working things out Glenn finally got the blessing to marry Susan Marie Tooker on Jan. 20th, 1967. They moved into a small apartment on Holly St. and started their life together.
Glenn was working at Bellingham Cold Storage and Sue was home preparing to start a family. On Sept. 19th, 1967 Trisha Marie was born into the family when Glenn and Sue were living on Garden St. At that time Sue’s father Bob was in the hospital so Sue’s younger siblings Rick and Judy were staying with them for a few months. Shortly after they moved back into the family home on Russell St. to save money and take care of the kids. They were able to save $500 to buy their first home on Sunset Drive for $15,000 so they could continue to raise their family. On Aug. 27th, 1969 Tina Marie was born but unfortunately due to premature birth was unable to survive. On Nov. 11th, 1970 Gina Marie was born into the family who became the second oldest living daughter. On March 22, 1973 Glenn Jr was born and became the first and only boy in the family. They had planned on naming him Eric but at the last-minute Glenn decided to name him Glenn Jr. after him. On Jan, 9th, 1975 Kara Marie was born to become the baby of the family. The family eventually built a home on the Smith Rd. where they raised, they continued their family. Glenn worked at RG Haleys for years and then moved over to Brooks Manufacturing where he was forced into retirement by a bad accident that crushed his leg and made it impossible for him to work.
Glenn’s children share the following stories of their Father:
Trisha remembers having to ride in his 1964 Chevy Malibu’s wagon when Glenn gave her rides to school. She would get picked up and dropped off down the street and would duck down so her friends wouldn’t see her.
Gina remembers one time when Glenn was trying to quit smoking and she was carving pumpkins with Jr. on the back porch. It seemed like their pumpkin seed flicking set him off and he went into rage mode. He threw the pumpkins in the woods and the kids ran for the hills to hide. After he took off in his sweet Malibu wagon to cool off, he came back home to say laughing “You guys were scared weren’t you”?
Glenn Jr. remembers all the tv dinners and secret Kraft macaroni and cheese recipes. Susie would work until 8pm at night and Glenn would make dinner for the kids. We watched a lot of tv and ate a lot of prepared foods. He took good care of us and always worked hard to take care of the family.
Kara remembers watching MASH, going to Wins drive Inn and eating in the car by the water, and going to a of Antique auctions and garage sales.
Glenn and Sue moved out of Washington to Mona Utah in 2005 where they lived by Glenn Jr. and his family. In 2013 they moved to Arizona to live by Sue’s brother Rick and his family.
Glenn has always loved old cars and could tell you the make and model of any car from a mile away. He was also a huge NASCAR fan. He loved collecting antiques with Susie and enjoyed traveling around and seeing what they could discover together. Glenn and Sue have always been best friends and in their later years did everything together. They enjoy each other’s company and share the same hobbies.
Glenn is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Glenn Peters & Docia Ruth King, sister Rosa Shaw, and daughter Tina Marie.
Glenn is survived by his wife Sue, 4 children and spouses (Trisha Peters, Gina & Troy Cummings, Glenn & Carrie Peters, Kara & Dean Tryon), brother-in-law Rick (Rick & Liyan Tooker), Sister in-law Judy (Judy & Casey Haugness), 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews, and his beloved cat Charlie. Glenn could be friends to just about anyone he met and will be dearly missed.
There will be a viewing at 2pm Tuesday Oct. 19th, 2021 at Thompsons Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ followed by a Celebration of Life at a later date in Bellingham, WA.

Mary Ann Walsh

Mary Ann Walsh (nee Borck), age 88, a resident of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away peacefully on October 12, 2021 at La Loma Village in Litchfield Park. Mary Ann was born May 10, 1933 in Chicago, IL. A surgical RN, Mary Ann was a lifelong resident of Chicago until moving to Arizona in 2014. A lover of classical as well as Irish traditional music, she had a passion for travel and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Walsh, her daughter Denise Nelson, her son Michael Walsh and her sister Bryde Carter.

She is survived by her loving children Maureen Mittermann (Bill) of Litchfield Park, AZ, James Walsh (Susan) of Plainfield, IL and Eileen Sears (Sean) of Windham, NH. Mary Ann was the adored grandmother of Kimberly, Julie, Michael, Ryan and Kevin and great grandmother of Jonathan. She is also survived by her beloved brother, Jack Borck of Crest Hill, IL.

Services will be held in Hinsdale, IL and Mary Ann will be laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org) 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix AZ 85014

Jone Oliver

Jone A. Oliver, 67, of Buckeye, passed away on October 11, 2021 in Goodyear, when she lost her battle with Cancer and pneumonia. Jone’s dream was to be a nurse, it was the only job she ever wanted; she accomplished this goal when she went back to school at the age of 40. For 27 years she did exactly what she dreamed of. She was well respected and loved by patients and colleagues. She enjoyed spending time with her family and sewing.
Jone is survived by her daughters Christina and husband Michael Wilcox, Jennifer Cardiel, her husband Rigo Cardiel, her four beloved grandchildren Shaun, Hailey (fiancé James), Logan, and Riley, and her great-grandson Oakley. She is also survived by siblings David (wife Nancy) Blow, James (wife Jodi) Blow, and Janet (husband Steve) Bissonette. She also had many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jone was predeceased by her parents Harvey and Catherine Blow, sisters Joyce and Mary, and brothers Kenneth and Raymond. Jone grew up in Colchester, Vermont. Her family lived on a farm where she rode horses and helped her family work the farm. She loved to cook and bake, especially when it came to competing against her son-in-law Mike. They would often have a “who made it best” competition. She won, of course, but it was all in good fun.
There will be a Celebration of Life ice cream social for her. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cancer Treatment Center of America – Phoenix, Arizona location.

Jerry F. Knight

Mr. Jerry F. Knight, 89, of Goodyear, Arizona died September 30, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born July 12, 1932, to Hubert Knight and Zula Meers in Brady, Texas. He served in the Air Force from December 29, 1950 to October 13, 1954. He is survived by his daughter Teri Peck (Chris), two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Knight and daughter Geri Knight Spencer. The family suggests that donations be made to any animal rescue of your choice.

Zella Adams

Ms. Zella Adams, 86, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died October 7, 2021. She was born to Clarence Fager and Blanche Waite of Muscotah, Kansas on February 9, 1935. She is survived by her daughters Leta Zulegar and Cindy Coleman, four grandchildren Samantha, Heather, Tyson, and Laesha, and five great-grandchildren Zachery, Kierstyn, Abigle, Zion and Nehemiah. She is preceded in death by her son David Stewart.
Zella came to Arizona in 1950, married twice and divorced. She received her GED as an adult and worked at a sewing company and then as a greeter for Wal-Mart. Zella lived a full and happy life.

Maria Perez

On October 12, 2021, while surrounded by her husband and children, Maria (Lupita) Perez, age 67, went home to be with our Lord. Maria was born in Hermosillo, Mexico to Ernestina and Jose Reyes in 1954. She married her husband of 42 years, Seferino Perez Jr, on March 10, 1979 in Avondale, AZ. Maria is survived by her husband, Seferino, her children, Joshua (Adriana), Elizabeth (Junior), Tabitha, and 15 grandchildren. Maria truly exemplified the love and goodness of Christ throughout her Christian walk. She was dedicated to her family as wife, mother, and guela. She faithfully and joyfully served in her church as leader of the women’s ministry and in other capacities. Maria was a godly woman and will leave a legacy of God’s amazing love and grace to her family and friends. We will love and cherish her as we wait for the day we will be reunited in heaven.

2Timothy 4:6-8

Funeral services will be held 10AM October 20 at New Life Baptist Church.

 

El 12 de octubre de 2021, mientras estaba rodeada de su esposo e hijos, María (Lupita) Pérez, de 67 años, se fue a casa para estar con nuestro Señor. María nació en Hermosillo, México hija de Ernestina y José Reyes en 1954. Se casó con su esposo de 42 años, Seferino Pérez Jr, el 10 de marzo de 1979 en Avondale, AZ. A María le sobreviven su esposo, Seferino, sus hijos, Joshua (Adriana), Elizabeth (Junior), Tabitha, y 15 nietos. María verdaderamente ejemplificó el amor y la bondad de Cristo a lo largo de su caminar cristiano. Se dedicó a su familia como esposa, madre y guela. Ella sirvió fiel y alegremente en su iglesia como líder del ministerio de mujeres y en otras capacidades. María era una mujer piadosa y dejará un legado digno de imitar no solo para sus hijos pero tambien para todos los que la conocieron. La amaremos y apreciaremos mientras esperamos el día en que nos reuniremos en el cielo.

2Timothy 4:6-8

George Reynolds

George Joseph Reynolds was born on February 15, 1939 in Newport, RI to parents Joseph & Ann. After serving in the Airforce, he found his way out West and settled in Arizona. It was there that he met his wife Kay, and raised sons Kurt & Scott, and daughter Beverly.

George started a career with Western Electric in 1961, retiring from upper management from then AT&T in 1989. Leveraging his business experience, he would team up with his daughter Bev & son-in-law Jerry in 1985 to found Avanti Industries, Inc., an Arizona based window company serving home builders throughout the Southwest. Along with son Kurt, they worked to grow the company, eventually selling to the Jeld-Wen Corporation in 1996. George was an avid trap shooter, excellent friend, and passionate family man; working hard to support all with his knowledge, generosity, & friendship. He was extremely supportive of all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; wanting them to have every opportunity possible.

He once again showed his support and belief in the abilities of the family in 2014, as a partner in Avanti Industries, LLC, a manufacturer and installer of vinyl window and door systems throughout the Southwest. Acquired by the Pella Corporation in 2018, his legacy continues to live on with Avanti though his family members and more than 800 employees and their families that benefit from its continued success.

George is survived by wife Kay, brother Joseph, sisters Ann, Barbara, and Pauline. His son Kurt (Karen) Reynolds and daughter Bev (Jerry) Petty, grandchildren Dustin (Ondrea) Petty, Kristen (Austen) Moore, Daniel (Marisela) Reynolds, & Julian (Terra) Petty, and his 11 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 9:30 AM October 21, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Mrs. Ann L. Roum

Mrs. Ann L. Roum, 73, Buckeye, Arizona died on August 17, 2021 in Sun City, Arizona.  She was born June 17, 1949 in Salamanca, New York to Arthur O. Pierce and Allison C. Pierce.

She is survived by her spouse, Stephen D.N. Roum, sister, Pam Hamilton, brother, Arthur O. Pierce Jr., and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Society of America.

Mr. Stephen D. Roum

Mr. Stephen D. Roum, 35, of Buckeye, Arizona died August 16, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born March 9, 1986 in Dunkirk, New York to Stephen D.N. Roum and Ann L. Roum.

He is survived by his daughter, Ava Roum, brothers, Geronimo J. Roum, Dale G. Roum, and William A. Roum, and father, Stephen D.N. Roum.

A funeral will be held at 1pm on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Native American Education Fund.

Marilyn McDonald

Marilyn Grace (DiMeola) McDonald, 78, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Born July 3, 1943 in New Haven, Connecticut, to Richard and Doris DiMeola, Marilyn grew up with her parents and two sisters, Joan and Doreen, in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Growing up she enjoyed the arts, and took ballet and piano lessons. She became an aunt at the age of 10. At Amity Regional High School she joined many activities including the cheer leading squad, the national honor society, the prom decorating committee and school newspaper. In 1965, she graduated from The College of New Rochelle, NY with a BA in art.

During the summer break she worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson’s in Milford, CT, where she met William (Bill) McDonald. After graduation she taught art to elementary students. Bill enlisted in the Army and while on leave in December of 1966, they became engaged. They married the following year on November 4, 1967. After honeymooning in New York City they moved to the Army post at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

The Arizona desert captivated them and inspired her southwest artwork. Their son, Billy was born shortly before Bill’s discharge and they returned to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Marilyn resumed teaching art to students and in 1976 they moved to Tucson, AZ and then Yuma the following year.

In Yuma, she taught art at Gwyneth Ham Elementary School until Shannon was born in 1980, when she started teaching 4th grade. During the summers from 1987 to 1991, Marilyn attended Northern Arizona University with her husband and earned her Master of Education in Counseling. She continued to teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade, moving to Otondo Elementary where she became the school counselor. She loved every child she taught, the difficult ones twice as much because she knew they needed it. When Shannon participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, she volunteered as a judge, but continued after Shannon left for college becoming head judge.

Marilyn and Bill’s faith and love had deepened after attending Marriage Encounter. In Yuma, they became directly involved at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, initially as music ministers. At Sunday morning mass, Marilyn played the piano and Bill would lead the congregation. They were also members of the pastoral and building committees, and led the charismatic prayer group and youth group. Marilyn’s artistic talent created several sets of original iconic church banners and the parish logo. When they answered the call for Bill to become a deacon, she attended the same deaconate classes with him.

In 2002, they moved to Avondale/Goodyear to be closer to their son’s family. There she worked as the assistant vice principal at Lattie Coor Elementary school until retiring. She enjoyed traveling the country and painting her uniquely styled desert landscapes. Her small painted saguaro cactus Christmas ornaments were a favorite seller of her southwest art business. Some became gifts for family, signed “Made with Love from Marilyn”. She was active in the local art club and showcased her works at the local gallery.

Over the years, Marilyn and Bill were active in Marriage Encounter, Amway and a spiritual sharing group. She enjoyed traveling across the country, mostly in the western US, often camping first in tents and later in their popup tent trailer. They visited many national parks, sometimes connecting with her sister’s family out west. She also enjoyed their trip to Ireland and Italy. She loved sharing her life long passion for art and crafts, especially with her children and grand children.

Marilyn enjoyed a good laugh, dancing, a good romance novel or murder mystery. She also played card and board games. Soon the tradition of specific games at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve began when sharing the holidays with long time family friends the Fischbachs. She loved attending the symphony and ballet but also camping and going to a sports event. She was a University of Arizona basketball and football fan and loved her local professional teams – Arizona Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Phoenix Suns – cheering them on, yelling at the players through the TV.

She would save various things in places and not easily recall their location a long time later. But she would reassure us that they were in a ‘safe spot’. The problem became that there were many ‘safe spots’ and recalling which one hid the item sought created a dilemma. Invariably, the item was usually located in the second ‘safe spot’ after an exhaustive search of the first. One summer she handed an extra belated Christmas gift to Shannon she had found in a ‘safe spot’ while looking for something else.

She was an honest, sincere and compassionate person who connected with everyone she met. She loved her family and friends dearly and every opportunity to spend time with them. The many pictures of family she proudly displayed testified to her love for them especially her sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii with her soulmate and could never imagine them not being together. Their loving relationship and family profoundly inspired Billy and Shannon to seek their own.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years William Joseph McDonald, their son William James McDonald and two granddaughters Eileen and Meghan, and their daughter Dr. Shannon Skevakis and grandson Timothy. As well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Richard DiMeola and Doris DiMeola (Roy), her sisters Joan Keeley and Doreen Pulisciano and her husband Michael Pulisciano, her nephews Raymond Keeley, Michael Pulisciano Jr., Timothy Keeley and Kyle McDonald, and her in-laws Eileen and Roy McDonald.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Monday, October 18th, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, October 19th at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, 800 W Loma Linda Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

To view a memorial slide show, click HERE.

 

Kara Weldon

Ms. Kara Jean Weldon, age 37, of Santa Monica, CA ended her cancer battle on October 7 ,2021.  She was born July 28, 1984 in Edina, Minnesota. She is survived by her parents Robert and Karen Weldon and sisters, Patricia Weldon, Tara Weldon, Kim Weyer, (Adam), nieces Oliva and Taylor and her beloved dog Lucky

Kara graduated from Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, CO. She attended Texas A&M University. In order to pursue her passion in the fashion industry, Kara transferred and graduated from Texas State in fashion merchandising. She accepted an internship in Los Angeles with BCBG where she climbed the corporate ladder for over seven years. The past six years, Kara worked at Forever21. Her most recent position was the Sr. Manager of Web Merchandising.

Kara loved living by the ocean, her many trips to Las Vegas, but most of all spending time with her family, cousins and friends. `

We would like to thank most of all her cousin and best friend, Jackie Shenoo and her Aunt Mary Shenoo for all of the daily support they have given over the past two years.

Johnny Edward Dupree Jr

Johnny Edward Dupree Jr. was born September 18, 1968 to Johnny Edward Dupree Sr. and Vernell Smith Dupree in Marlin, Texas, where he was baptized into The Church of the Living God.  He passed away on October 2, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Johnny attended Marlin ISD schools where he excelled in all his classes and was inducted into the National Honors Society. From the ages of 8 to 18, he was a member of the 4-H club and won many medals and awards for his show of animals, cooking, and arts and crafts. He played football and participated in other track and field events as a star athlete. In 1987, he graduated as the first black Valedictorian to come out of Marlin.

After graduating, Johnny attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He majored in petroleum engineering and was the Bonfire Crew Chief for Hart Hall. Soon after, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Johnny served our country from 1991-1995. From then on, he worked in the tech industry, primarily at American Express.

Johnny lived to make everyone around him brighter. He didn’t meet strangers, he met new friends. People from all walks of life were drawn to him, and he welcomed them with open arms. He loved to attend weekly karaoke, go salsa dancing, and he really loved dining out. He believed in living his life to the fullest, and although Johnny had a full social calendar, he always made time to help those in need.

Johnny was preceded in death by both his father and mother. He leaves behind his sister Beverly Dupree-Bailey of Waco, Texas, his brother Edgar Dupree of Marlin, Texas, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The most important part of his life was fatherhood. He leaves behind four children: Bethany Dupree, 27; Jessica Dupree, 22; Abigail Dupree, 20; and Johnny Dupree III, 15. Johnny was unmarried at the time of his death, but he always said that he already had the loves of his life. His world was made complete by his children.

Not everyone is capable of leaving such a legacy of love and friendship. He will be forever missed by his hundreds of friends, admirers, and family members.

A service will be held for Johnny at 2pm on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel and a wake will follow La Perla Sports Cantina.

You can view a slideshow HERE.

Irma J Allen

Ms. Irma J. Allen, 78, of Buckeye, Arizona died September 27, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born September 16, 1943 to Earl and Ella Mae Allen.
Shaka was kind-hearted and humble; she had the sweetest soul and the most beautiful smile. She lived a good life. She was loved by everyone she met. She leaves behind her companion Joe L. Johnson, four daughters, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be held 11:30AM, October 9 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Margaret “Peggy” Morentin

Ms. Peggy Morentin, 72, of Goodyear, Arizona died September 23, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born September 6, 1949 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Royal Puddy and Marie Puddy. She is survived by her daughters Dionne (Joel) Gonzalez and Debbie Reid, son Dana (Patty) Morentin, sisters Mary Atkinson, Liz Peterson, Nancy Pit, brother Jim Puddy, and 12 grandchildren Nicolaus Morentin, Cassandra Greene, Joseph Gonzalez, JoJo Gonzalez, Jordan Gonzalez, Justine Gonzalez, Johnny Gonzalez, Adrianna Morentin, and Justin Reid. She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Morentin, her parents Royal and Marie Puddy, brothers Dick, Danny, Michael, and David, and her sister Elaine.

Peggy was raised in Lakewood, California. After graduating from Mayfair Highschool in 1967, she attended beauty college, and became a hairstylist. She married Dennis Morentin in 1968, and together they had three children. She worked at Hangten and became an excellent seamstress. She used her skills to begin quilting. Eventually, she made quilts for all of her grandchildren. She loved painting, creating art, and baking the most delicious monster cookies. She taught many of her family members how to swim. She was a dedicated parishioner to Saint Christopher’s Parish and volunteered there often.

Services will be held October 24, at 1 PM, at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Scott G. Muse

Scott G. Muse, 55, of Avondale, Arizona died peacefully at home with family by his side on October 3, 2021.  He was born April 21, 1966 to David and Donna Muse in San Bernadino, California.

He is survived by his wife, Albertina (Berta) and sons, Scott Anthony Muse and Manuel Muse, sisters, Beth and Kori, brothers, Joe and Chris, and many nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his father, David Sr., brothers, David Jr., Mark, Brian, and Brad.

Scott attended high school at Agua Fria where he played football, basketball, and baseball.  Upon graduating he attended GCC where he also played football.  He was well known around Avondale for his witty personality and friendly nature.  He will be remembered by his family and friends.

A future date will be announced for the memorial services.

The family suggests that donations be made to his GoFundMe account.

Michael Cota

Mr. Michael A. Cota, 33, of Avondale, Arizona died September 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born December 29, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona to Ronald Harris and Sandra Cota. Services will be held at 1PM on October 5 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Malcom Duane Kimble

Mr. Malcom Duane Kimble, 77, of Buckeye, Arizona died on September 28, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born August 24, 1944 to Russell Kimble and Marvel Ruth Mitchell Kimble in Centerville, Iowa.

Malcom worked hard to raise his family of five children.  In 1972 he became a Police Officer for the city of Lisbon, Iowa and their Police Chief in 1974.  He retired after 32 years with the most rewarding sense of pride from the career he loved.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kimble, daughters, Patty (John) Gately and Jeane (Samuel) Santos, sons, Dewayne Kimble, David Kimble, and Stephen Kimble, sister, Debra Corse, brothers, James Kimble, Russell Kimble, and Anthoney Vincent, 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  Malcom was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father, and grandparents.

A visitation and funeral will be held at 6pm on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A burial will be held at a future date.

Raymond L. Sparling

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Raymond Lewis Sparling on September 28, 2021. Ray was born May 13, 1947. He attended Juanita Elementary school, Kirkland Junior high and graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1965. After high school Ray was drafted into the Army and was scheduled to go to Vietnam before the Pueblo Navy ship crisis sent him and his unit to South Korea. In Korea Ray drove his fellow soldiers to and from their camp and the DMZ. After returning from Korea, Ray worked briefly at Midas Muffler in Bellevue before pursuing his passion, selling cars. Ray started buying and selling cars before he was old enough to drive. Ray worked at several dealerships including Lee Johnson Chevrolet, and Dick Balch Chevrolet before he joined the staff at Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner. Ray stayed at Sunset for decades and became an owner while making this dealership one of the most successful in the State of Washington. Ray enjoyed taking his team from Sunset fishing in Canada many times.

Ray sold his part of the dealership and moved to Arizona where he commuted back to Washington to do the radio ads for Sunset Chevrolet. Ray stayed retired for a little more than six months before he bought a dealership in Wickenburg, Arizona. When the economy collapsed in 2008, he again retired, this time to spend time on his other passions of spending time with family and fishing with his brother Steve.

Not wanting to spend the hot summers in Arizona, Ray purchased a home in Helena, Montana, one of his favorite fishing spots. Ray had decided that fishing the coastal rivers in Washington in the winter was way too cold and wet, something he didn’t want to do anymore.

Ray’s health took a turn for the worse when he was diagnosed with IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) Ray still fished, but it became difficult until he received a double lung transplant. After months of recovery Ray went back to Helena where the fish feared his return.

Ray was then stricken with Covid-19 and it took a huge toll on him. He fought back again and again against Covid-19 but the onset of a bacterial infection behind his eye ended his fight.

Ray was a lover not a fighter, except for fighting for his life. Like a cat with nine lives, Ray continued to fight off this deadly infection spending many weeks in the hospital more than a few times. Ray’s always positive attitude and his warm smile helped him through the last years of his life. He always knew he’d get better and that he would catch more fish than anyone fishing with him.

Ray was preceded in death by his father Victor, mother Roxanne, sister Shannon, and brother Steve. Ray is survived by his wife, Jenni, former wife Shari, sons Victor Sparling (Rachel), Sky Sparling (Trish), daughter Kennedy Walters, sisters Vicki Mead (Dee), Harriet Arnold (Tim), and Heidi Williams (Dave), and grandchildren Roxie, Jack, Summer and great-granddaughter Jade. Ray wouldn’t want any of us to be sad, but to enjoy every day.

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