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November 2020
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Matthew Calles

Matthew Calles, age 9, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on November 18, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born October 6, 2011 to Francisco Calles and Jenett Munoz in Phoenix, Arizona.

Matthew is survived by his brothers; Marcus Calles, Jeremiah Calles, and Jason Calles, his parents; Francisco Calles and Jenett Munoz, and his grandparents; Lorraine Quijas and Rosa Seanez. He is preceded in death by his Grama, Linda Rosales and his aunt, Yvette Rosales.

Services are private at this time.

John Theodore Gimon

Mr. John Theodore Gimon, 82 of Goodyear, Arizona passed away November 21, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born November 7, 1938 to John and Ella Gimon in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

Services are to be held at a later date.

Knoble Loyal Wiley Jr.

Mr. Knoble Loyal Wiley Jr., 83 of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away November 20, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born March 27,1937 to Knoble and Annie Wiley in Richmond, Virginia.

Services are private at this time.

Jose Manuel Chavez

Mr. Jose M. Chavez, age 88, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on November 19, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born January 9, 1932 to Manuel Chavez and Charlotte Chavez in Douglas, Arizona.

Jose served in the Army from September of 1952 to December of 1953 with the 7th armed division. He earned the National Defense medal and was a veteran of the Korean war where he earned the Korean service medal.

He is survived by his daughters, Liz Castellano (Angel), Melba Miller (Jerry), and Gilda Johnson (Tom), as well as his five grandchildren.

Jose was preceded in death by his wife of over 55 years, Eva in 2014. He leaves behind his mark in the world through the love he gave his daughters. Family was everything and his biggest honor was being “Tata” to his 5 grandchildren and extended family. Tata enjoyed playing Bingo and loved it when his family joined him. He was immensely proud to be a retiree from the City of Phoenix. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and especially his daughters and son-in-law’s.

Services will not be held at this time.

Diane Lynn Moldenhauer

Mrs. Diane L. Moldenhauer, age 72, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on November 21, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born February 18, 1948 to Norman and Ilene Stieve in Bay City, Michigan.

Diane is survived by her husband, Lucky Moldenhauer, her daughter; Lisa Wardlaw, her son; Marc Moldenhauer, her sister; Karen Hodge, her brothers; Michael Stieve, David Stieve, and James Stieve, and her mother, Ilene Stieve. She is also survived by her four grandchildren; Stephanie, Tyler, Jackson and Ethan.

A private prayer service was held for the family on November 24, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family suggests that donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Jack Edward Corder

Mr. Jack Edward Corder, 83 of Goodyear, Arizona passed away November 17, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born January 6, 1937 to Arnie and Lillian Corder in Jenkins, Kentucky.

Services are private at this time.

Harold Lauren Miller

Mr. Harold Lauren Miller of Buckeye, Arizona passed away October 27, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born August 30, 1938 to Harold and Lois Miller in Glendale, California.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Miller, his daughter Christina Denelsbeck, his son, Tim Miller and his 7 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by Tim Miller, Tim Miller Jr. and Kaylyn Funk.

A visitation will be held at 8:00am on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral services will follow the visitation at the same location. Burial services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona following the funeral service.

Virginia Hernandez

Mrs. Virginia Hernandez, 73 of Avondale, Arizona passed away November 15, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born May 1, 1947 to Martin Silva Sr. and Aurora Sandoval in Phoenix, Arizona.

She was a homemaker and a janitorial custodian for the Avondale School District. She enjoyed her interactions with the school students. She also enjoyed spending time with her 3 grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Hernandez, her daughter Lori Hernandez, her sons; Roy Hernandez and his wife Tanya, and Gabriel Hernandez, her sisters; Angela Silva and Ramona Silva and her 3 grandchildren; Diana Hernandez, Steven Hernandez and Brandan Puit.

She is preceded in death by her parents Martin Silva Sr. and Aurora Sandoval Silva.

Services are scheduled for 6:00PM on November 20, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Abraham Moore

Abraham Moore was born October 2, 1938 to Robert and Laura Moore in Macon, Mississippi.

After graduating from High School, Abraham joined the Army and served his country until he was honorably discharged.

He enjoyed driving a cab in Chicago, Illinois for many years and never drove his cab without one of his favorite caps.

Abraham retired from driving his cab and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2010, eventually moving into the Arizona State Veteran’s home in Downtown Phoenix. The staff at the VA home enjoyed Abraham’s many funny stories and his sense of humor even though he suffered from a debilitating form of arthritis throughout his body.

Abraham is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Laura Moore, his brother; Leon Moore, his sister; Bessie Moore-Fowler. He is survived by his eldest sister, Edna Moore, along with many friends from the Arizona Veteran’s Home in Downtown Phoenix and Chicago, Illinois.

A service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on the 9th of December, 2020, at 1PM.

Janet Emilie Haning

Janet Emilie Haning, age 81, of Peoria, Arizona passed away on November 10, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. She was born November 7, 1939 to Frank and Mildred Spethmann in New Effington, South Dakota.

Janet received her Undergraduate degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and her Master’s degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of Phoenix. She volunteered with the Helping Hands and Arizona Lost Boys organizations. She was also a precinct committee person for the Arizona Democratic Party.

She is survived by her daughter, Maureen Miller(Boyd), her son, Ronald J. Kennedy Jr.(Melinda), her step-son, Robert D. Haning, her sister, Ruth Ann DeForest, and her brother, Thomas Spethmann (Diane). She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as multiple extended family members and her beloved cat, Ramona. Janet is preceded in death by her second husband; Robert E. Haning and her son; Dean F. Kennedy. There are no services planned at this time.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation.

Carole Jae Lennartson Babbitt

Carole Jae Lennartson Babbitt, a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother, a resident of Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Arizona, passed away peacefully at age 78, early Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Carole had spent the past 13 months in a beautiful assisted living home in Surprise, Arizona – visited nearly everyday by her loving husband, John.

Carole was born to Clifford and Joyce Mottenldi on January 16, 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was actively involved in her high school as a spirited Cheerleader and attended the Minneapolis Vocational Technical Institute after graduation. Carole followed with a career at the Minneapolis Shiner’s Lodge for over ten years, as an accountant.

John Anthony Babbitt became the love of her life and they married on a Caribbean cruise ship in June 1987.

They moved to the Pebble Creek Resort Community in Goodyear, Arizona in 2003. Carole had many friends and was involved in several activities. She loved to party and dance. They traveled the west with other PC RV’ers in their motor coach for many years.

Carole was known for her witty sense of humor and was able to put a smile on anyone’s face. She touched many and will be missed by all.

Mrs. Babbitt is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Anthony Babbitt, Goodyear, Arizona, two brothers; Lee Lennartson, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Guy Lennartson, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, three sons; Brian Harrod, Butte, Montana, Bruce (Lisa) Harrod, Eagan, Minnesota, and Jim (Debbie) Harrod, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren ad 14 great-grandchildren. Carole was preceded in death by her father, Clifford, her mother, Joyce Mottenldi and her brother, Terry Lennartson.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at 11:00am at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 North Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, Arizona. A luncheon gathering will follow in the church auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, the Babbitt family requests that donations be made in Carole’s name to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Foundation c/o Phoenix Shiner’s Lodge, 552 North 40th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85008-6441.

Shirley Marie Hirth

Mrs. Shirley Marie Hirth, age 82, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on November 15, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born January 11, 1938 to Marinus and Margaret Scholten in Larchwood, Iowa.

Shirley was the valedictorian and homecoming queen of Larchwood High school and was a teacher for over 25 years. Shirley was a farm girl from Iowa and graduated from the University of South Dakota where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She had an adventurous spirit and always enjoyed traveling.

After graduating, the young school teacher moved to Europe, where she met the love of her life, Mick, an American fighter pilot stationed at Lakenheath AFB in England. Together they enjoyed all of the finer things in life including, traveling, dining and the arts. Shirley and Mick adopted their children’s love for the University of Arizona and became season ticket holders for over 30 years!  Shirley’s children and grandchildren always enjoyed Christmastime at her house where she carried on special Swedish traditions.

Shirley is survived by her daughters; Jenni Petersen(Tim), and Suzy Brimmer(Robb), her son; Mike Hirth(Jena), and her brother; Lyle Scholten(Joyce), she is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Jake, Hutton, Max, Luke, Madeline, Cole and Kaitley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mick Hirth, her brothers; Ralph and Monte Scholten, and her parents; Marinus and Margaret Scholten.

There will be a private family memorial service that will be live-streamed so that everyone who wishes can still attend.  It will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Check Facebook for the link https://www.facebook.com/mike.hirth.58 A reception will be held in the future to honor Shirley.

The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley or to a performing arts organization of your choosing.

Shelley Kaye Watson

On November 12th, 2020, at 12:26am, beloved wife, mother and daughter, Shelley Kaye Watson went home to be with the Lord, her precious granny and many fur babies.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 41 years, Philip Lemond Watson, three daughters, Brandon (Brandi) Watson, Amber Watson and Kelsey Watson. She also has two beautiful grand babies Landon Watson Hall and Kayedance Watson Hall, step-grandson Sean Walker Hall, sister Donna Crabb, her mother, Sandra Dishion, father Bob Crabb and step-mother Georgia Crabb, also, son-in-law Michael Hall.

Her family and friends will forever miss her wonderfully loving heart, vivacious, selfless and generous nature, infectious laugh and crazy sense of humor. She loved her family and the Lord with all of her heart. We will love you forever, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, till we are together again, you’re always in our hearts.

The family suggests that donations be made to your local animal rescue and towards Lupus research.

Carroll W. Jones Jr.

Carroll W. Jones Jr., age 47, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on November 15, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born October 4, 1973 to Carroll W. Jones Sr. and Elizabeth T. Taylor in Texarkana, Texas.

Services are private at this time.

Jennifer Cathey

Jennifer Cathey, 52, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on November 11, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born October 10, 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Elizabeth Town, Kentucky by her mom and dad Hue and Frank Catalano.

She always gave everyone the opportunity to succeed, she was honest, loving and fair. Jennifer left an impression on everyone she met and will be truly missed.

“We love you mom.” – Love, The family.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Chris Cathey; her daughters Marquita Davis and Mariah Cathey; and her sons, Martell Davis and Marcus Cathey. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Rulan Davis and Noelle Lozania.

A visitation will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

Cathy L. Thompson

Cathy L. Thompson, age 49, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on November 2, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born December 5, 1970 to Willie J. Thompson and Dorothy J. Hunter in Phoenix, Arizona.

Services are private at this time.

Barbara Jane Brugger

Barbara Jane Brugger, age 64, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on November 3, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 22, 1956 to Frank H. Wilson and Melva Adkins in Kenton, Ohio.

Services are private at this time.

Carroll L. Brogdon

Carroll L. Brogdon, age 81, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on November 4, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born January 6, 1939 to Lee Roy Brogdon and Lola C. Robertson in Tolleson, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Lorna Brogdon; his daughter, Lynnette Brown and his son Travis Brogdon. Carroll is also survived by his seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Philip Brogdon.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Skyway Church of the West Valley, 14900 W Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Evelyn Ann Mazzocco

Mrs. Evelyn Ann Mazzocco, 73 of Goodyear, Arizona passed away November 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born June 9, 1947, to John Nez and Ann Teslovich in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Services are private at this time.

Donald Dean Morgan

Donald Dean Morgan, 85, of Goodyear, Arizona, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 27, 2020. He was born in Columbus Junction, Iowa, on February 22, 1935. He graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve for 8 years. He earned his degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa after discharge from active duty in the Navy.

He married Barbara (Rosene) Morgan in 1954 and they had two daughters, Donna Morgan and Deana (Morgan) Irvine. They moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1963 where Don served as Chief Pharmacist at Yavapai Community Hospital.

Starting in 1973, Don was an officer in the United States Public Health Service for 31 years working in the Indian Health Service.  He worked at various locations including San Carlos, Towaoc, Cibecue, Kotzebue, Phoenix, Anchorage, and Denver.  He worked as pharmacist, facilities planner and personnel director. He received many medals and awards during his service. After 35 years of Navy and USPHS service, he retired in 2004.

In 1992, he married Rachel (Lopez) Morgan. They resided in Anchorage and Colorado before returning to Arizona and settling in Goodyear in 2005.  Since then, they have been members of Avondale Baptist Church (formerly First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale). Don was a deacon in the church and has faithfully served his Lord.

Don was deeply loved by so many. He was an amazing man!  He was a kind, loving, patient, funny, generous, gentle man who loved his Lord, his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and many, many friends! He loved to spend quality time with his family and friends. He loved to read his Bible and every book on Heaven that he could find.

He loved football, baseball, basketball, board games, card games, movies, reading, traveling, fishing, crossword puzzles, the comics (especially the Sunday comics), Mexican food and ice cream! He was an excellent singer, musician, and actor in his younger years. His life-long dream to visit his ancestral home in Wales came true in 2013, praise God!

He is survived by Rachel Morgan, his wife of 28 years, his daughters Deana Irvine (David) and Donna Morgan, stepdaughter Julieta Noble and stepson Morgan Ellig (Natalie), brother Dave Morgan (Jane), sister Nancy Fischer (Jerry), 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several “adopted” grandchildren (especially in our church), and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Donald Emlyn and Carrol Irene Morgan, and his sisters, Rosalie Reed and Margaret Arnold.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Avondale Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central, Avondale, Arizona 85323. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. There will be no reception afterwards. A private interment in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek Rd. will take place on Monday, Nov. 16.

Charitable donations may be made in Don’s name to Avondale Baptist Church, http://www.abcaz.net or to Hospice of the Valley, http://www.hov.org/donate.

Patricia Ann Redcloud

Patricia Ann Redcloud, age 69, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on October28, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born October 13, 1951 to Curtis Mares and Deloras Mares in Spokane, Washington.

Patricia was an accomplished Escrow Officer/Manager, working with family in the field for over 30 years. After retiring she spent part-time working as a realtor. She enjoyed taking her daughter and nieces and nephews on yearly trips, when they were younger. Whether to Disneyland, Magic Mountain or Amtrak trips up the coast to Washington. She loved the slot machines as a past-time, but her greatest love was that for her only daughter and her only grand-daughter. The bond between mother and daughter is one that’s hard to put into words. It’s unconditional, it’s strong, it’s something not to be reckoned with and it’s forever. Our family has lost a thoughtful, loving and giving woman. Our lives are forever changed. We love you Mom.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Neanover; her sisters, Vicki Covel and Susan Matcham; her brother, Delbert Mares; as well as one grandchild. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Curtis Mares; her mother, Deloras Mares; and her sisters, Janet Adrian and Sandra Smith.

Services are private at this time.

Nancy Jane Stallings-Woods

The morning of November 1st, 2020, Nancy Jane Stallings-Woods, a loving wife, mother, and mema passed away at the age of 71.

Nancy was born on July 5th, 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona to Pete and Pauline Stallings. She dedicated her career to the staff and students at Westwind Elementary School.

She is survived by her husband, Don of 50 years; her daughters, Kelli Flores, Stephanie Graham (Robert), and Karri Woods. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Victoria, Mark, Jordan and Mia, and her fur baby, Nomo.

Nancy was known for her witty sense of humor and was able to put a smile on anyone’s face. Nancy has touched many lives and will be truly missed.

Services are private at this time.

Henry M. Rodriguez

Henry M. Rodriguez “Pelo Shine” went to be with the Lord and his two sons on October 28, 2020. He was 75 years old. Henry is survived by his wife Stella, his sons Steve (Cece) and Rick, his daughter Suzanne (Art), nine grandchildren (Melissa, Daniel, Sierra, Averie, Alex, Gabriel, Jacob, Samarah and Liviyah), four great-grandchildren (Emmet, Elias, Lylah and Ibrahim), four brothers and three sisters. Henry was preceded in death by his parents and by two of his sons, Henry Jr. and Gabriel.

Henry was born on January 31, 1945, to Julio and Elida Rodriguez in Phoenix, Arizona.  He grew up in El Mirage and met his wife Stella Moreno in 1963. Henry and his family lived in the West Valley throughout his life. At the time of his death, Henry and Stella resided in Avondale.

Henry worked in masonry for more than 40 years. He was a hard worker who took great pride in what he did.

Henry was also known for being a good neighbor and friend, someone you could count on to help whenever it was needed. Many times, you didn’t even need to ask; Henry would step in and do what needed to be done.

Henry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. As the grandkids started to make their appearances, Henry would bounce them on his knees, sing silly songs, and make sure they were smiling and having fun. Henry also enjoyed fishing, especially with his sons and their boys.

The exact story of how Henry received the nickname “Pelo Shine” is unclear, but Henry enjoyed nicknames. He handed them out as soon as he met you, and they were good, the kind that stick and draw a smile.

Henry will be remembered for the way he took care of those close to him. He loved his family very much and was extremely proud of his wife and of his children. Henry will be remembered as a caring father and as a generous and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. His friends will remember Henry for his big smile, and his neighbors will remember him for his helping hand.

Henry’s service will be Wednesday November 4, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear at 6pm. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Resthaven Park Cemetery.

Donald J. Bock

Donald J. Bock, age 91, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away on October 25, 2020 in Sun City, Arizona. He was born February 11, 1929 to Alvin H. Bock and Josephine S. Mikalowsky in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

He was passionate about fastpitch softball and loved coaching Little League baseball. He also enjoyed fishing. He spent much of adult life traveling both stateside and abroad, with friends or family at every stop. He was the kindest, most generous man you could ever meet.

Donald is survived by his son, Jerry Bock, as well as his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338 at 8:00AM.

Kenneth Wayne Chapman

Kenneth Wayne Chapman, age 23, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on October 21, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August 16, 1997 to Wayne Chapman and Lucy Chapman in Fountain Valley, California.

Kenneth served in the United States Marine Corps from August of 2015 to present as a Flight Equipment Technician where he had attained the rank of Corporal. His final assignment was Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America- Order of the Arrow, in 2014; and was a Letterman for Football with Fountain Valley High School. He was a two-time rifle expert in the United States Marine Corps. Kenneth was a Senior Patrol Leader and Jr. Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America Troop 412.

Kenneth is survived by his Fiancé, Jenelle; his sister, Alicia Chapman; his parents, Wayne and Lucy Chapman; and his grandmothers, Marge Chapman and Carrol Lou Jensen as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers.

A visitation will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338. Burial services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Ryan House, or the Wounded Warrior Project in Kenneth’s name.

Burniece Jeanette (Pfanz) Couch

Burniece Jeanette (Pfanz) Couch

Burniece Jeanette Couch, 97, of Goodyear, AZ, passed away on October 29, 2020, in her home with her family after suffering from cancer. She was born in Pekin, Illinois, to George and Elizabeth Pfanz on June 4, 1923. She married James M. Couch on February 11, 1945, in Tremont, Illinois. Following their wedding Burniece accompanied Jim to California while he was serving in the Marines. They resided in Pekin, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa, while Jim was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company. Burniece worked for several companies in the business offices during her life. The couple retired to the Nisswa and Crosslake areas of Minnesota in 1980 to enjoy fishing, swimming, and snowmobiling. When their son Jim moved to Goodyear in 2011, they followed .

In her spare time Burniece enjoyed gardening, baking and antiquing. Together with Jim at the grill, they hosted many dinners and parties for friends and family. They were also great bridge players and enjoyed playing locally at Starpointe in Estrella Mountain Ranch.

Burniece was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Eugene Pfanz and sister Marjorie Rushford. She is survived by her husband James of 75 years; son Jim (Lynn) Couch of Goodyear, AZ, and daughter Pam (Fred) Cadamagnani of Nederland, CO; grandchildren Michelle (Tom) Maier, Jennifer (Tom) Schmitt, Brian Cadamagnani and Laura Cadamagnani.

A private family service is being held at Thompson Memorial of Litchfield Park, AZ.

The family wished to extend thanks to the staff of Canyon Hospice for its service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to any local food bank.

Walter Richard Merkel

Walter Richard Merkel, age 83, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on October 25, 2020. He was born December 4, 1936 to Walter V. and Dorothea (Groenke) Merkel in Oak Park, Illinois.

Originally from Maywood, Illinois, Walt was a fan of Chicago sports. He graduated from Michigan State University, where he commissioned into the United Sates Air Force through the ROTC program. He went on to serve in the Air Force for 22 years, including multiple overseas assignments, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then retired for a second time from the Property and Casualty division of CIGNA after 19 years.  Upon being stationed at Luke AFB, he moved to Arizona in 1976, and resided in both Glendale and eventually Goodyear.  Walt enjoyed traveling throughout the country/world, and also had deep appreciation for nature and wildlife conservation.  He was a skiing enthusiast through much of his adult life, with favorite spots across Europe and Colorado, as well as being an avid tennis player.  In his later years, he became a dedicated member of the Rock-Steady Boxing group as he battled Parkinson’s disease, which ultimately took his life.

A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his spouse of 55 years, Jean, of Goodyear, AZ; his daughter, Kristin Merkel of Phoenix, AZ; and his son, Tyler Merkel of Chantilly, VA. Walt is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lani Harrington.

He will be interred at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (AZ Veterans Memorial Cemetery) with military honors, in Phoenix, AZ on 4 December 2020 at 1030am. Due to the cemetery’s Covid restrictions on attendance, the service will be private.

Loy R Rose

Loy R Rose
Loy passed away at his home in Goodyear, Arizona on October 20th, 2020, after a short illness. He was 97 years old. Loy Ruble Rose was born on May 11, 1923 to Ola Rose & L.C. Rose in Pyatt, Arkansas. He was the middle of five children born to the couple. Growing up, Loy was nicknamed “Funny”. He was at ease visiting with anyone he came in contact with. He never knew a stranger. He was an optimistic person, who had a smile for everyone. A favorite quote his son remembers hearing from him was, “We have lots of options”. He loved his family, and his family loved him. He also loved The LORD, and could be heard just a few weeks ago in bed, saying his nightly prayer. He said the most thoughtful public prayers too. Loy possessed an excellent work ethic all his life up until his retirement. He was in grade school during the Great Depression, and only attended through the 8th grade. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (known as the CCC) for 2 years, when he was 16-17 years old. He was paid $1 a day and was able to send $25 a month home to his family. After this, he worked for his father as a farmhand on a 300 acre farm. He drove a team plowing, planting cultivating and harvesting of cotton, corn and wheat. He also drove a 1 1/2 ton truck hauling supplies and produce. His last day of employment for his father was December 8, 1942. On February 8, 1943, during WWII he entered the Army, just a few months short of his 20th birthday. He spent some time as a cook & baker. This may have been where he perfected his Cabbage Soup, filled with root vegetables. He made this for his family twice within the last 8 years.

Loy also received training as a Gunman & Light Artillery. This training was put to use when he arrived with his outfit in February 1944, and took part in the Invasion of France. Six months later, on August 22, 1944, Loy was wounded in battle with a wooded bullet in his right arm, which earned him a Purple Heart. He spent many months in the hospital. He was discharged from the Army on April 9, 1945, just a month short of his 22nd birthday. Like so many Veterans, Loy did not speak of the memories he had until much, much later. He also never told us about the nightmares, until a
year ago when his Dr. prodded it out of him during a check up at the VA. Back home in Arkansas sometime after he was discharged, he was in an auto accident while riding with a buddy. He ended up having to be in a body cast for months. Sometime later, Loy made his way to Washington State. It was there that he met and married Oniva M. Brown in Ellensburg, WA. on February 3, 1947. He used his GI Bill to purchase his first apple orchard in Tieton, WA. He had other business ventures over the years, and also worked in road construction. Lastly, his time was spent as an orchardist in Selah, Washington.
Loy and Oniva had their son on September 3, 1952, and named him Ricky, after watching a new sitcom, I Love Lucy, staring Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo which made its debut on October 15, 1951.
Loy was baptized into Christ in 1960, and was a faithful member of the Church of Christ for 60 years. After a time, Loy served as a deacon in Yakima, Washington for a several years.
After the death of Oniva’s sister Janice, her daughter, Sue became part of the Rose Family in 1972, at the age of 13. With Rick away at college, she was a cherished daughter of Loy and Oniva and kept them young. Together, Loy and Oniva were a steadfast Christian couple and were wonderful examples for all who knew them. They were very hospitable and entertained numerous friends and family into their home for meals. Oniva was a great cook and loved to treat others. There was a lot of laughter during these times. They also spent good times boating and camping with friends and family. Loy also enjoyed water skiing. One of his last times doing that was in his 50’s. He enjoyed swimming in their pool, and sharing it with others. Loy was the one who decided to purchase their first snowmobile, and we all had so much fun in the snow around the orchard. Some of our most memorable times, were when we went snowmobiling in a large group of 20 and went up to Ryegrass.

Loy and Oniva were married 36 years, when Oniva passed away from cancer on June 12, 1983 at 57 years young. Rick was always closest to his Mom, with her having more time to spend with him growing up. When she passed away, Loy and Rick became closer and enjoyed a lasting bond with each other. Rick’s lasting memory of his Dad was when he came home October 16th, after spending 12 days in the hospital. Rick wanted to assure him that he was home, and make sure he recognized him, asking “Who am I?” They shared a single word that brought back memories of them working in the orchard, and it was “Prop!” When Rick said that, his Dad looked up at him, gave him a big smile, reached out to touch his face, and said “Tricky Ricky!” We believe it was a gift from God. Loy married his 2nd wife, Jean Shepherd, in August of 1985. She was also a widow in the church in California, whose husband had passed away from cancer a week before Oniva. Jean and Loy had many great years together, traveling, and entertaining friends and family in their home with meals and conversation. Jean was a great cook, and had a love for beautiful things, and it was a treat to visit them.
After living in Selah for a few years, they moved to Sun City, Arizona. They had a wonderful group of friends that they enjoyed from their church home at West Olive Church of Christ. Loy enjoyed playing pool at the clubhouse and they shared meals out with friends every Sunday. Loy was very generous, and many times, picked up the tab of others. They lived in Sun City for about 10 years. After a time, Jean experienced some health issues, and they moved close to her daughter in California. When a decision was made for Jean to enter assisted living, she stayed in California next to her daughter, and Loy moved to Washington State. Loy came to live with Rick, and his wife, Chris, in their lakefront home in Moses Lake, Washington. Loy loved being there, and spent many hours sitting and rocking in his recliner and enjoying all the wildlife. He took many naps there too. He also enjoyed his great- grandchildren. He shared a special bond with Skylar who was just 6 weeks old when Loy arrived. Loy had a stroke a few years after moving in with Rick and used a walker after that. He also had a few other medical issues, but they were resolved with surgery or hospitalization.
After he enjoyed living on the lake for 7 years or so, and Rick was between jobs, we all decided as a family, to move to Arizona on January 8, 2017. Loy was thrilled to be back to warm weather. He said he never thought he would be able to move back to Arizona. He was blessed to have celebrated 4 birthdays with us here. Every day, Loy displayed the “Fruits of the Spirit” spoke of in the Bible in Galatians chapter 5 verses 22 & 23. He was a faithful Christian, a dedicated husband, a wonderful Dad, a super Grandpa, and a loyal friend. He never complained, didn’t argue, and never “gave his 2 cents” when others around him, were less than perfect.
Loy Rose was preceded in death by his parents, Ola (Davis) Rose, Dodd, & L.C. Rose, his first wife of 36 years, Oniva Rose, his sister, Moyra Tabor and brothers, Warren, Gerald, and Eugene Rose. He is survived by his second wife of 35 years, Imogene (Jean) Rose along with her family, his son, Rick (Chris), his daughter Sue (Doug), 5 Grandchildren~ Kayla Rose Warner (Jeremy), Gavin Richard Rose, Jenna Marie Rose, Rachel Rose Waldon (Ben) and Jennifer Nicole Short. 11 Great Grandchildren~ Levi James Warner, Miles Jacob Warner, Lexi Rachelle Rose, Skylar Davis Erickson, Addison Melody Rose, Carter Logan Short, Sophia Rose Waldon, Aurora Kay Waldon, Priya Rose Short, Sydney Nicole Mings, and Wynne Gracie Mings, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and his church family.
Loy was laid to rest on October 29, 2020 at Terrace Memorial Park, Yakima, Washington next to his first wife, Oniva Madge Rose. The family plan to have a memorial service in June 2020 in Yakima, Washington, with full military honors. The date TBD. The family wishes to thank Savior Hospice of Phoenix, AZ, who made it possible for their Dad to return home and be with his family.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to: Sacred Selections at Sacredselections.org in lieu of any flowers.

Thank you.

Ronald Gene Bergman

Mr. Ronald Gene Bergman of Buckeye, Arizona, formerly of Maui, Hawaii, Thousand Oaks, California, and Detroit, Michigan, passed away October 23, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born December 13, 1943 to Ernest and Irene Bergman in Detroit, Michigan.

Ronald studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of
Business Administration. He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Martha Bergman, his son Marc Bergman and wife Sarah of Buckeye, AZ, his daughter Dana Confair and husband Robert of Friendswood, TX, his brother Gary Bergman and wife Dianne of Montpelier, OH, his brother Michael Bergman of Madison Heights, MI, and 6 grandchildren (Rachel, Andrew, Rebekah, Emily, Katelyn, and Jeffrey).

The family suggests that donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  (www.stjude.org)

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