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Ronald George Popejoy

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Ronald George Popejoy, age 72 of Goodyear, AZ died November 26, 2018, in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born October 8, 1946, in Dodge City, KS to Glen and Nola Popejoy.   In 1968 George received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Kansas State Teachers College.  He taught high school social studies for two years in Strong City, KS.  In 1970 he became the owner of Popejoy Highway Construction Company where he worked for the next 18 years.  After retirement, George enjoyed collecting antiques, specifically Coca-Cola memorabilia, sports cards, and children’s lunch boxes.

George was a man of faith who loved God.  He was very active in his church communities wherever he lived.  He was a long-time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ulysses, KS where he served as the Junior and Senior Warden of the vestry.  He was a lay delegate to the General Episcopal Convention for six years and served for many years on the commission on ministry as well as serving on the search committee to find a bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas.  From 1982 – 1988, George served as the managing director of Mission Outreach Renewal Evangelism in Eureka Springs, AR.

George married Bonita Ann Elliott in April of 1989.  He is survived by his wife, Bonita; daughter, Michele Popejoy; sons, Russel Popejoy and Ryan Jones; and grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Popejoy.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Luke Chapter of Military Officers Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 5072, Sun City West, AZ  85376. 

18 Comments on “Ronald George Popejoy

  1. Dear Bunny and family:
    Just a short note and special hug. Sending our deepest sympathy. May the smiling memories hold you strong in this tough time.
    Sincerely,
    Doug DeBacker

  2. My heart is heavy to learn of George’s passing. He was a kind and loving man who will be missed by all who knew him. His wife Bonita and his children gave him so much happiness and God gave him a life he lived with values and purpose. God bless his Family

  3. So very sorry. Will be in contact when I return to USA on December 16. I have been praying for both of you.

  4. We loved George. We love you. At times like this we are grateful for our faith.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless. Love, Jim and Jerre’

  5. Jackie and I first met George and Bonita when we moved to Fayetteville in 1989. They have been friends ever since. George invited me to Rick’s bakery for a morning coffee group, and I feel that we became close friends at that time. George was a wonderful person to know, and we kept in close contact after they moved to Az. We thought and prayed for George for the whole time he was going through cancer treatments and were very sad to learn he didn’t make it. I know that he will live on through his wonderful family, and by his friends here in Fayetteville.

  6. Carey and I wish to extend our condolences to all of the Popejoy family…………May George rest in Peace……….

  7. George was a great fraternity brother and friend. I have fond memories of our going to college together. You are going to be missed brother and may you rest in eternal piece.

  8. Bunny,
    I recall George always having a warm smile for me and the “cut&paste” group.
    Please know that I’m reaching out to you and your family with the warmth of sympathy and friendship.
    Always, Barbara

  9. Thank you so much. I do appreciate your thoughtfulness.
    Bonita

  10. I am so sorry to hear about George. Tom and I always enjoyed spending time with you two. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Love Angie

  11. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  12. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family from your cousins in Redding.

  13. My heartfelt love and condolences to my dear friend, Bunny, and all the family. George was a fine devoted family man. He showed extraordinary courage and fight through the long hard battle he fought on a daily basis. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Much love, Judy Sholmire

  14. Bonita, just got back from a month in Florida to this very sad news. You both are so very sweet and kind-hearted. I know that you will always keep George in your heart, and he will always smile on you from heaven. I am sorry for your loss. But, God calls back the good ones when they have completed their assignment here on earth. May the good Lord surround you and your family with love and comfort. Love Linda Wolverton

  15. Bonita and family, Greg and I are heartbroken to hear about George. He will be forever remembered for his smile, love of God and family and for his generosity. We love you.💕

  16. George was a great influence. I pledged Theta Xi after his words of encouragement during rush week. He was a natural leader. RIP, my brother…Ray Henkle, BP89…

  17. Bonita,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. 🙏
    Claire and Ed
    (Former residents of PebbleCreek.)

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