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Obituaries

Although your loved one or friend is no longer here in person, they will forever be in our hearts. Find their name, and sign the guest book with a fond memory or note for their family. All comments are moderated and will be posted after review. Obituaries are updated Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Christopher Robin Rice

Christopher Robin Rice, 41, of Glendale, Arizona died April 22, 2022. He was born October 1, 1980 in Fullerton, California to Curtis Rice and Robin Conkey.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 7 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Dylan Lucas Buensuceso

Dylan Lucas Buensuceso, 13, of Goodyear, Arizona died April 26, 2022. He was born June 5, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona to Frederick Buensuceso and Sumi Mathews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Shan Kem and grandfather, John Mathews.

He is survived by his father, Frederick Buensuceso; mother, Sumi Mathews; sister, Celine Buensuceso; step-mother Tammy Powell; and his mother’s fiancé Mark Schaff. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Carmelo and Emma Buensuceso; maternal grandmother Thankamma Mathew; his extended family, and friends.

A visitation will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Estrella Mountain Church. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 am.

Lola Jean Golden

Lola Jean Golden, 94, of Goodyear, Arizona died April 25, 2022. She was born November 23, 1927 in Iowa to Wayne Rock and Violet Groff. She was preceded in death by her brother, Billy Joe Rock.

Jean was raised on a farm near Villisca, Iowa. She married her first husband and traveled with him to Arizona on trips for his health. After his passing, she met Cody Golden in Clarinda, Iowa. It was not long before they were married on St. Patrick’s Day 1957. Arizona held many opportunities for a young family, so the Goldens packed up everything and moved to Phoenix in 1960.

Jean was always a caregiver. Her proudest accomplishment was her family. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And, even though she didn’t enjoy cooking if it was your special day, she was going to make you home-made noodles with chicken and mashed potatoes. It was her specialty dish along with cheesecake and pumpkin pie. She never missed watching her daughters perform with the marching band and was in frequent attendance at many of her grandchildren’s activities. Jean and Cody enjoyed going on long road trips with their daughters to visit family back in Iowa and Missouri. Once the girls were grown, they enjoyed going on RV trips throughout the United States.

She was known as an amazing “organizer” in her work and personal life. She was employed as an accounting clerk for over 40 years, with much of this time spent working for banks.  She loved all the details she kept in her ledger books. She preferred using pencil and paper to keep accounts, and that habit served her well. As she got older, Jean enjoyed painting ceramics, working on puzzles, watching the Arizona Suns play basketball, and watching NASCAR racing.

Jean leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Cody Golden; daughters Linda (Kevin) Burns and Diane (Craig) Artrip. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Ethan (Kaixi) Burns, Schuyler Burns, Colton (Jessica) Artrip, and Kendall Artrip; along with two great-grandchildren: Logan and Emma Burns.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Dennis (Rick) Moore

Sunrise: April 5, 1951

Sunset April 12, 2022

Dennis’s journey through life began in Chicago, Il. April 5, 1951, born to George E Moore Jr. and Corrine Dennis Moore Threalkill.

During his life span Rick worked in sales as a wardrobe consultant, pursued modeling, worked in security for Pinkerton Agency in Chicago as well as security with Oprah Winfrey’s security staff. During his line of work he met many dignitaries and celebrities who found him not only professional, intelligent, intriguing, but a person they admired.

One story to remember—Rick attended Thornton Township High School from 1967 to 1971. As a freshman in high school, he was instantly popular with everyone from men, women, athletes, everyday students, coach’s and teachers. He played on the championship basketball team for Washington Junior High and for Thornton High School’s Freshman basketball team during his first year. However, Rick’s actual athletic claim to fame was that he was Thornton High School’s first black quarterback. Before his time, he was described as having “a rocket arm”.

Rick was charismatic everyone wanted to be around him. Rick was a that man who would give you the shirt off his back. There is no way a man of his stature can ever be replaced. He takes with him a big very big part of us and he left us so much, that’s a big part of him. He will be remembered as that funny, happy, inspiring, loving, caring and charming man with a big smile.

Dennis leaves to cherish his memories into the hearts of his siblings: Sister Paulette Smith and husband Lester Smith, sister Tamara Avant Paulsen and husband James Paulsen and his brother Michael Moore and wife Gina Moore. His nephew’s: Marius Powell and Johnnie Avant III , and 11 great nieces and nephews: Nodia Powell, Jesse Miranda, Jonathan Miranda, Jacob Miranda, Joshua Miranda, Kyla Powell, Aubrie Avant, Armani Avant, Alijah Avant, Amiri Avant, Angelique Avant, and many extended family members from across the world who miss and love him dearly.

From day one our Lord God tasks us with a purpose while we visit this place called earth. Only God knows what that is and we walk this journey being utilized as an instrument for his purpose and when it is done he brings back home. Our Brother Rick has been called home to rest his spirit for awhile until our Lord Jesus comes again to bring us all home and what a day that will be!!! No more pain, no more laboring, no more worrying, no more concerns.

Dennis (Rick) will be missed deeply by many, for he brought joy and laughter to all of us and lived life to the fullest.

Mignonette Stanford

Ms. Mignonette Stanford of Buckeye, Arizona died April 10, 2022. She was born September 30, 1953 in Portland, Jamaica to Keith and Ina Richards. Funeral Services will be held at 1pm, Friday, April 29 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Marietta Anderson

Ms. Marietta Anderson, 84, of Goodyear, Arizona died March 17, 2022. She was born June 4, 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa to William Reeves and Muriel Pierce.

Services were private.

Sharon Lingel

Ms. Sharon Lingel, 84, of Goodyear, Arizona died April 7, 2022. She was born May 15, 1937 in Ellensburg, Washington to Raymond Jeffries and Elois Mason. She is survived by her daughter, Shanna Lingel; son, Richard (Patricia) Lingel; and sister, Sharla (Richard) Freeze. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Wenatchee, Washington.

Robert Sims

Robert “Bob” Michael Sims, 70, died February 21, 2022 at his home in Buckeye, AZ. He was born October 18, 1951 in Oxnard, CA to Arlan James Sims and Margaret Aileen (Jameson) Sims.

Bob attended Oxnard schools and graduated from Rio Mesa High School in 1969. He studied Pre-Med at Ventura Junior College. He served in the US Navy as a combat Corpsman in Viet Nam, and later transferred to the Naval Reserves at Port Hueneme Naval Base in California where he was stationed until 1974. He was employed by the Ventura County Fire Department as a Fireman and a Fire Prevention Officer II for 22 years. He moved his family to Arizona in 1996. He worked for the Mesa, Arizona School District for 10 years before retiring. In 2012, Bob married Maureen (Cassens) Brown in Goodyear, Arizona, where they made their home. The last several years were spent between Illinois and Arizona.

Bob loved surfing in the Pacific Ocean, a skill he learned at just eight years old along with his older brother Rod. He often spoke of that time fondly. He adored his family and especially his grandchildren. He cherished the time spent with each of them. He had a very outgoing personality and loved meeting and talking with his friends – old and new.

Bob is survived by his wife, Maureen; daughters, Misty (Kenneth) Camenisch of Avondale, Arizona, Heather Sims of Goodyear, Arizona, Heather (Stephen) Zoellner of Waddell, Arizona, and Heidi (Ronnie) Wakefield of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters, Judith (Donald) Morin of Camarillo, California and JoAnn (Dan) Rule of Burns, Tennessee; and her brother, Rodney (Cathy) Sims of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Mackenzie Rowell, Morgan Fuller, Wyatt Fuller, K.J. Camenisch, Grace Fuller, Logan Dietrich, Hannah Dietrich, Zoe (Nathan) Anderson, Stevie Zoellner, and Anthony Wakefield; several nieces, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Scott Rule; and former wife, Natasha Hershey Sims.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A military graveside service will be performed at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona on December 16, 2022 at 1PM. Ashes will also be spread in the Pacific Ocean by his family.

Nancy Ritter

Ms. Nancy Ritter, 74, of Phoenix, Arizona died April 2, 2022. She was born January 11, 1948 in Pekin, Illinois to Paul Stone and Aline Meyers.

Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Nancy worked as a secretary for Mountain Bell and then the City of Phoenix for most of her life. She was known as one of the best secretaries in existence. Everybody who met Nancy loved her. In her free time, she enjoyed watching CNN and was always up for watching a movie. She was a simple woman who cooked amazing meatloaf and spaghetti. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and dogs. Nancy was loyal fan Chevy cars, Elvis, and country music.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Victor Ritter; son, Brian Ritter; sisters, Amy Dolores, and Florence; brothers, Paul and Hugh; and special friend Ken. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Franky, Michael, Nicholas, Brian, and Brianna; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diedre, and sisters Doris and Earla.

A visitation will be held Saturday, April 9, at 1pm with funeral services beginning at 2:30. Final interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date.

Charles “Jacob” Galvan

Mr. Charles Galvan, 45, of Goodyear, Arizona died March 28, 2022. He was born March 1, 1977 in Fort Worth, Texas to Nelda Galvan.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 7 at 2pm, with Military Honors beginning at 3pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Charles Jacob “Jake” Galvan, 45, was born in Fort Worth, TX on March 1, 1977, and tragically passed away in Goodyear, AZ on the morning of Monday, March 28, 2022

Jake lived in Goodyear, AZ with his wife and their four children. Growing up in Texas, Jake was involved in baseball and football and after high school joined the United States Marine Corps where he served his country with honor for 8 years as an aircraft mechanic, safety and recovery specialist, sniper, and several other capacities until his honorable discharge in 2004. Jake used his military experience, charisma, and familiarity with rank-and-file hierarchies to work his way up in the Arizona Department of Corrections, from an entry-level Correctional Officer to a Deputy Warden at the time of his retirement in 2021 from Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye, AZ.

Jake had a knack with children and his gentle and guiding spirit was felt by all. No one ever entered Jake’s home as a guest that didn’t leave feeling loved, welcomed, and well-fed…likely stuffed from his infamous and delicious cheesecake. Jake loved being a father, both in words and action, and was present and engaging with his children as he would lovingly sprinkle life lessons and mini how-to sessions into conversations with them as they went about their days. Jake shared special bonds over golf with his older sons while still enjoying a good bedazzling craft session with his only daughter. Jake and Courtney were married in Sedona, AZ on December 16, 2017, and have always held that place as their special spot – taking several weekend getaways there after their wedding day. Jake was into reading Sci-Fi novels, working out, swimming, hiking, taking walks with his family and enthusiastically playing with his children. Jake was a video game tactician and truly enjoyed playing games like Destiny, Empires & Puzzles, and Call of Duty. Jake’s love of the movies, especially Marvel movies, was something he truly found captivating and was able to share in that excitement with all of his children.

Jake is survived by his wife, Courtney Galvan (33) of Goodyear, AZ, and 5 children (3 stepchildren and 2 biological children): Jackson Fleming (13) Goodyear, AZ, Jarren Reed (11) Goodyear, AZ, Emmerson Reed (9) Goodyear, AZ, Jonah Galvan (3) Goodyear, AZ, as well as Jacob Galvan (13) of Phoenix, AZ. Jake is also survived by his three younger sisters: Jacqueline Escobedo (TX), Julia Selman (WY), Jennifer Mayfield (WY). Jake is leaving behind his Stepfather, John Ranelle (WY) and several nieces and nephews: Jackson Escobedo, Madeline Escobedo, Isabela Escobedo, Elijah Stafford, Morgan Stafford, Maxwell Mayfield, and Lincoln Mayfield.

Funeral services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel – 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338 on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to the family’s GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/a91b5f5c

 

Written with the utmost honor and respect by Andrew Fleming

John Fowlie

Mr. John Michael Fowlie, 75, of Glendale, Arizona died March 31, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born January 12, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to John Paul Fowlie and Louise Fowlie (Layton). After relocating to Arizona with his family John attended Central High School where he played football and he graduated in 1965.

John was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. John married the love of his life, Beverly, on October 2, 1971. John never met a stranger. He loved meeting new people and making new friends; which helped as an employee of Bashas’ for over 40 years, retiring as manager of the meat department. A life-long learner, John was a self-taught computer guru and a self-proclaimed computer nerd.

John was a fan of Volkswagen Beetles and he loved driving around in his 1977 Chevy truck. He loved talking to anybody about his vehicles and could often be seen out on Sunday mornings driving around town with his daughter. John also enjoyed restoring his mother’s older Nissan Sentra with his son, JJ, so he could have it as his first car. In his free time, he loved going to the local animal shelter to visit; John had a soft spot for all animals. He also spent time building and flying radio control airplanes; this was one of his biggest passions. John loved adventure. He looked forward to the yearly big family summer vacations to San Diego, where he would hunt for shells, build sandcastles and spend time on the beach. His biggest adventure was visiting his daughter and son-in-law in Alaska. He ended up loving everything about Alaska, especially the fresh crab legs, salmon and halibut.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly Jean Fowlie (Heller); daughter, Ashley (Charles) Hodge; son, John James (Amberly) Fowlie; sisters Patti (Rick) Dye and Terri (Dan) Becktold; and brother Daniel (Annette) Fowlie. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Kassia Hodge (13), Kylie Hodge (9), Avery Fowlie (7) and Hudson Fowlie (4). He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and John Fowlie.

Because of John’s love for animals and his local animal shelter, he has requested that friends and family please send a memorial gift in his honor to Sun Valley Animal Shelter. You can visit their website at www.sunvalleypets.org or their mailing address is as follows:

Sun Valley Animal Shelter
7150 N 110th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85307

Funeral services are private at this time.

Linda Fry

Linda was born in Bakersfield California, but also spent some years in Modesto California. She met the love of her life, Roger Fry, at an early age. After they married, they lived in Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado, and Maryland before settling in Arizona. During this time, they also completed a two-week mission trip to Ghana.

Linda accomplished many things in her professional life and retired in 2010 as Director of Inflight for U.S. Airways Phoenix Operations (formerly America West).

Linda was a steadfast and devoted wife to her husband Roger for 58 years. They raised 3 Godly children: Ted, Gail and Melissa. Everyone will tell you, she loved her children, their spouses, and their children with a deep, caring passion for each and every one. During their 58 years of marriage, and when not visiting extended family, Linda and Roger loved traveling all over the world together.

Linda’s smile was infectious and amazing! She was lovely, beautiful, funny, and so very strong with a special gentleness and sweetness. She always had time for someone in need.

Her children say, you can write words, but they will never be able to express their mom’s true beauty, her love, and what she means in their lives!

Linda’s greatest accomplishment was living the example of Christ to her family, friends and all who met her. She had hold on life and wanted to share it with everyone. She fully believed the eternal truth and ached for others to know as well. She could lead and be led. Yes, kindness was her motto, but Love was her goal (1 Cor 13:13).

We all wanted more time with Linda and weren’t ready to let her go, but we long for heaven’s grand reunion.

 

Linda is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roger Fry

Son: Ted (Rochelle) Fry

Daughters: Gail (Jeff) Brown, Melissa (Tommy) Perez

Sisters: Sandra Misener, Freda (Gene) Martin, Myrna (Larry) Oehlerts, Wanda (Luke) Tillett

Brothers: Norman (Carol Sue) Fry, Dennis Fry, Darrell (Laura) Fry, Charles (Sue) Fry

Grandchildren: Anastasia (Brandon) Savage, Becky (Richard) Hunt, Michael (Amanda) Brown, McKenna Perez, Raegan Perez

Great grandchildren: Alexander Keep, Autumn Hein, Cheyenne, Charles, and Caroline Brown and Callum Savage

Linda’s extended family included many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and dear friends.

 

Linda was preceded in death by parents Louis L. Parker and Lula L. Simmons; sister, Janis Roberts; and brother, Rusty Louis Parker.

Because of Linda’s love for children, the family requests, if you choose, please send a memorial gift in her honor to support the work done by Hope Children’s Home at their Honduras mission site.

Mailing address for the home campus:

Hope Children’s Home

11415 Hope International Dr

Tampa, Florida 33625

 

Or you may also use the online site

https://raisedonors.com/hopechildrenshome/inhonormem

 

Celebration of Linda:

May 5, 2022,(1pm) @ Christ Church of the Valley

25 N 113th Avenue

Avondale, AZ 85392

Aurora Sandoval

Aurora Bette Sandoval, 80, of Goodyear, Arizona died March 29, 2022. She was born December 30, 1941 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Jose and Refugio Guzman. She was preceded in death by her son; Mark Sandoval and eight siblings.

Aurora is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank; daughter, Francine Sandoval; and brother Felix Guzman. She also leaves behind grandson, Brandon Sandoval; two great-grandchildren; Reagan Sandoval and Raina Sandoval; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and beloved friends.

Funeral services are private.

Sybil Davis

Ms. Sybil K. Davis, 75, of Sierra Vista, Arizona died March 30, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born August 31, 1946 in Bellevue, Michigan to Morris H. King and Edith M. King.
Sybil was a loving mother and grandmother. She especially adored all of her grandchildren. Her home was a “Mecca” for all souls. Anybody was welcome at her table, and there were no taboo topics. Some say her home was the center of happy chaos, but to most her home was a place of caring and love.
Sybil enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to go camping, have family game night, and spending holidays (especially Christmas and Halloween) with them. Her caregiving nature was not limited to her friends and family. Sybil also spent much of her time working with animal rescue groups. She was “mom” to several animals through the years. And, though she couldn’t have them as pets, Sybil adored Black Bears and Tigers. When she wasn’t spending time with her family, Sybil could be found playing at the slot machines and attending arts and craft fairs. She also really loved dressing up for and attending the Renaissance Festival. Sybil had one vice: manicures. Her nails were always immaculate.
But there was another side to Sybil; a feisty and adventurist side. She was up for any adventure, anytime. She even rode motorcycles while she was pregnant. She loved to laugh and had a sharp wit, and some might say she was stubborn. But those who knew her, knew she was just standing up for what she believed.
Her loss leaves a gaping hole in the lives that she touched. She will be missed by family, friends, and the animal rescue community.
Sybil is survived by her daughter, Kaylee Bunnell; son, Shawn (Cynthia) Davis; and step-daughter Brenda Bezayiff. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Joseph (Danielle) Davis, Dakota (Klara) Davis, Colton Davis, Travis Arpan, Braxton Arpan, Aiden Arpan, and Evan Bunell along with one expected great-grandchild.
Funerals services will be held at 1pm, April 18 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Shirley Rios

Ms. Shirley Rios, 73, of Avondale, Arizona died March 25, 2022. She was born May 17, 1948 in LaJunta Colorado to Filiberto Leyba and Molly Madrid.

Shirley loved her family. She liked to walk everywhere around town. If she wasn’t having a yard sale on the weekends, she was out looking for them. She could frequently be found eating hot wings and drinking a Coke. Shirley also volunteered at the Agua Fria Food Bank for ten years.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Victoria Beltran, Kimmie Montano, and Jessica Rios; sisters Molly Estrada, Nancy Ruiz, Paula Ybarra, Sarah Leyba, and Bernadette Herrera; and brothers, Phil Leyba and Felix Leyba. She is also survived by ten grandchildren; Nina Beltran, Nathan Beltran, Briona Montano, Brissa Montano, Adam Montano, Jr., Siriah Segovia, Miriah Segovia, Adrian Segovia, Zayden Rios, and Kataleya Rios; and five great-grandchildren; Audrie Amparan, Zoey Amparan, Zeke Amparan, Niko Amparan, and Jeremiah Beltran.

A visitation will be held at 8am, April 14 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will begin at 10am with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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