Obituaries: March 22, 2017

Barbara Ann Allen

Barbara Ann Allen, 82, of Buckeye died March 15, 2017, in Surprise.

Mrs. Allen was born April 23, 1934, in Ravenna, Ohio, to John and Margurite Knapp.

She spent most of her life in Garrettsville, Ohio, where she worked for the Portage County Health Department and helped her husband run TOM C-TOYS.

She retired to Buckeye in 2006.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Terri Lynne Garrett.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Allen; one daughter, Denise Garrett Scruggs; one sister, Connie Reedy; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley at hov.org/donate.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Brian Ignatius Canavan

Brian Ignatius Canavan, 83, of Litchfield Park died March 11, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Canavan was born July 26, 1933, in Galway, Ireland, to Patrick Canavan and Tess McDermott.

He was a member of Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Civil Engineers for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Canavan.

He is survived by one son, Colin Canavan; four sisters, Angela Cormican, Una Carey, Philomena Curren and Ethra Shryan; one brother, Peadar Canavan; and one grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. March 29 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, followed by interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

William Daugherty

William Daugherty, 49, of Buckeye died March 13, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Daugherty was born July 26, 1967, in Phoenix to Betty and William Daugherty.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Heather; five sons, William Jr., Anthony, Aaron, Michael and Lazarus; five daughters, Jennifer, Ashley Nicole, Katherine, Ashley-Marie and Alisha Darlene; his parents, Betty and William Daugherty; one brother, Richard; two sisters, Betty and Sherri; and nine grandchildren.

Services have been held.

Condolences for the family may be left at advantagefunerals.com.

 

William ‘Bill’ Gerveler

William “Bill” Gerveler, 75, of Avondale died March 12, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Gerveler was born April 26, 1941, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Francis Conrad and Rose Mary Gerveler.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathleen Gerveler; three daughters, Donna Dumont, Diane Smith and Debra McClurg; two sons, Kevin Gerveler and Patrick Gerveler; one sister, Mary Jane Tiemann; three brothers, Jack Gerveler, Thomas Gerveler and Bryan Gerveler; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Norman Green

Norman Green, 68, of Buckeye died March 12, 2017, in Sun City.

Mr. Green was born May 1, 1948, in Monterey Park to Frank Joseph and Igerna LaVerne Green.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1980.

He worked for 32 years in the Department of Corrections.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in his 50s.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara Green; three daughters, Tracy Yandell, Sharon Best and Amanda Green; one sister, Charlene Palmisano of Florida; one brother, Frank Green of California; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was March 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buckeye.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Gregory Henry Henke

Gregory Henry Henke, 52, of Litchfield Park died March 9, 2017.

Mr. Henke was born March 4, 1965, in Denver to Cyril and Carol Henke.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Henke; two daughters, Leticia and Emma Henke; his parents, Cyril and Carol Henke; and two sisters, Teri Henke and Angie Jostes.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale and a celebration of life at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to the Greg Henke Scholarship Fund at Bourgade Catholic High School, 4602 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Walter Lee Kerwood

Walter Lee Kerwood, 83, of Tonopah died March 15, 2017, at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear from pneumonia.

Mr. Kerwood was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Norwood, Ohio, to Clarence and Gertrude Kerwood.

He worked for Ford Motor Co., as a police officer in Palo Alto, Calif., and as a land developer.

He moved to Arizona in 1999.

He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Buckeye.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine; and one grandchild.

He is survived by his wife, Avelina Kerwood; two daughters, Denise Paviol and Teresa Robbins; two sons, Michael Kerwood and David Kerwood; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. April 8 at Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 N. Miller Road, Buckeye.

The Rev. John Brecke will officiate.

 

Albert ‘Al’ Luna

Albert “Al” Luna, 62, of Avondale died March 13, 2017, in Tucson.

Mr. Luna was born Oct. 7, 1954, in Flagstaff to Roberto and Juanita Luna.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Luna; two daughters, Veronica Vargas and Christina Rodriguez; one son, Michael Lopez Jr.; two sisters, Margie Luna and Mary Luna; four brothers, Robert, Mike, Ruben and Tony Luna; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

David Michael Pascucci

David Michael Pascucci, 64, of Litchfield Park died March 16, 2017.

Mr. Pascucci was born May 15, 1952, in Medford, Mass., to Antonio and Edna Pascucci.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki; two children, Chelsie Schlesinger and Challis Pascucci; one brother, Phil Pascucci; and two grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m., with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 301 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, with interment at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.

 

Anita Marie Yocham Pigman

Anita Marie Yocham Pigman, 81, of Buckeye died March 6, 2017, at LifeStream Senior Living at Cooks Health Care in Youngtown.

Mrs. Pigman was born June 28, 1935, in Love County, Okla.

She was a member of the West Valley Church of Christ in Goodyear.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Johnny Ray Yocham and Leon Pigman.

She is survived by four sons, Mike Yocham, Greg Yocham, Harvey Yocham and Tim Yocham; one daughter, Tami Huff; two brothers, Lue Rodgers and John Rodgers; 21 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 9 at West Valley Church of Christ in Goodyear.

The Rev. Joe Jandacek officiated.

Memorials may be made to any Alzheimer’s charity.

 

Oscar Richard Salas Jr.

Oscar Richard Salas Jr., 60, of Avondale died March 13, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Salas was born Nov. 21, 1956, in Phoenix to Ruben and Gloria Lopez.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ruben Mendoza.

He is survived by one daughter, Monica De La Huerta; his mother, Gloria Lopez; his father, Ruben Lopez; three sisters, Kathy Salas, Sonya Romero and Gloria Morales; one brother, Danny Salas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear. Interment will be at a later date at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Richard C. Skelly

Richard C. Skelly, 72, of Buckeye died March 17, 2017, in Sun City West.

Mr. Skelly was born Nov. 2, 1944, in Rochester, Minn., to John and Evelyn Skelly.

He worked in construction in the Rochester area for 20 years, then retired in Arizona in 2009.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Skelly; and one son.

He is survived by two sons, Scott L. Skelly of Yuma and Jason J. Skelly of Goodyear; two sisters, Pat Skelly of Mazeppa, Minn., and Pam Skelly of Pine Island, Minn.; three brothers, Joseph Skelly of Elgin, Minn., James Skelly of Tonopah and Verne Lietz of Rochester, Minn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, followed by interment at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Magdalena R. Velez

Magdalena R. Velez, 92, of Avondale died March 14, 2017.

Mrs. Velez was born May 25, 1924, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Natividad and Josefa Rojas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adelaido Velez; and one daughter, Janie Gonzalez.

She is survived by five sons, Robert Velez, Adelaido Velez Jr., Daniel Velez, Manuel Velez and Rick Velez; three daughters, Angelica Velez, Terri Meza and Sylvia Binion; three sisters, Cleo Cruz, Rosa Galindo and Tiburcia Banda; two bothers, Victor Rojas and Jesse Rojas; 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, with interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale.

 

Imogene ‘Gene’ Walker

Imogene “Gene” Walker, 86, of Litchfield Park died April 11, 2016, at Hospice of the Valley.

Mrs. Walker was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Laveen to Ethel and Archie Otis Tucker.

She is survived by two daughters, Sammie Gene Walker and Deborah Leuthold; two sisters, Essie Coxon and Sarah Gale; two brothers, Jon Tucker and Wayne Tucker; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Interment was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

 

Tammara Lynne Marie Wheeler

Tammara Lynne Marie Wheeler, 43, of Phoenix and formerly of Avondale died March 10, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Wheeler was born Oct. 30, 1973, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Steven and Cindy Wheeler.

She moved to Arizona in 1978.

She is survived by her parents, Steven and Cindy Wheeler; one sister, Jeanne; two brothers, Shawn and Derick; four children; one grandmother, Nancy Franklin; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences for the family may be left at avenidasfuneralchapel.com.

 

PAID OBITUARIES

 

Colonel Paul “Rex” Hammock USAF (Ret.)

Rex Hammock, 83, loving father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on March 8, 2017, after a long hospital stay.

Born on May 27, 1933, in Long Beach, Rex spent the majority of his youth in San Diego. A seven-year boarding student at Army-Navy Academy in Carlsbad, he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball, served as Class President as well as Cadet Major, and was voted Outstanding Senior upon his graduation in 1951. In 1956, Rex graduated from San Diego State College, where he played baseball, participated in AFROTC, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He later earned a Master’s Degree from Shippensburg State in Pennsylvania.

The joy of his professional life came in the 24 years Rex spent as a fighter pilot, “the greatest job in the world,” in the United States Air Force. Most of his time was spent flying the F-100 Super Sabre and the F-4. His many career highlights include: flying 100 missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War in which he earned the Silver Star for “gallantry in action against the enemy;” graduating from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA (1972); living abroad as U.S. Air Force Attaché to the Republic of Iran; serving as Director of Operations for the F-4 Wing at Luke A.F.B.; and molding young men and women as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander of the AFROTC at Arizona State University (1977 – 1980). He was a proud member of The Super Sabre Society, The Order of Daedalians, Command Bar Stool Association, and the Military Officers Association of America.

Following his Air Force retirement in 1980, Rex spent 20+ years in various management and leadership roles, ultimately retiring “for good” as Director, Motor Vehicles Division, for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Rex was a 40-year resident of Litchfield Park, AZ, and spent the final year of his life near his family in Encinitas, CA.

What he loved most were his family and friends, flying, playing golf, sports of all kinds, and his Catholic faith.

Rex is survived by his son Steve (Maureen) of Encinitas, CA, his Aunt Charlotte Webster of National City, CA, his “oldest and dearest friend” of 73 years, Chuck Freebern of Del Mar, CA, and his eight grandchildren – Mick, Maggie, Rebecca, Rex, Kat, Phillip, Kelsey, and Bennett. He was preceded in death by sons Phillip (1978) and Kevin (2013), and his wife of 40 years, Sharon (2015).

A public visitation will be held at 9:30am followed by a rosary at 10:00am with Mass at 10:30am, Monday, March 27, 2017 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd in Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Gerald Lee Feinberg

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Lee Feinberg, 92, died March 9, 2017, at his home in Litchfield Park, AZ.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 27, 1924. Jerry graduated first from Long Island University in 1946, and then from New York University School of Medicine in 1950. While practicing at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Jerry met his wife, Maureen Marray, a recovery room nurse. They married in 1973 in the chapel at the hospital. Shortly thereafter, they welcomed their two daughters into the world. In 2004, at age 80, Jerry retired from active medicine. Jerry was an avid tennis player, enjoyed studying languages, and sculpting. Jerry and Maureen travelled the world extensively.

He was the proud grandfather to four grandchildren. He was loved and cherished by his wife, their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Jerry lived a long and adventurous life. He will be missed deeply, always.

A graveside service will be held at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ on March 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. Following the service, a celebration of life will be held at Litchfield’s Restaurant at the Wigwam Resort from 12:30-3p.m. Friends and family are welcome.

To read the full obituary and leave condolence messages for the family please visit www.sunlandmemorial.com.

 

James Gage

James Gage, 68, of Prescott Valley, AZ, formerly of Danville, KY, died on March 14, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born December 27, 1948 in St. Louis Missouri to James Franklin and Mary Lucille Gage. He served in the Army from January 17, 1966 to January 16, 1972 and was a Vietnam Veteran. James was accomplished at everything he did. He was an owner of multiple successful businesses. Even through his retirement, he remained very active in the community. James is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheree Gage; daughters Christina Aragon (Dino), Mindi Robbins (Michael); sons Darrin Gage, Christopher Monk; sisters Frances Russert, Mary Evelyn; brother Richard Gage; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents James Franklin and Mary Lucille Gage; brothers Clyde , Johnny and Leonard Gage. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com

 

Deborah L. Tharp

Deborah L. Tharp of Buckeye, AZ died March 10, 2017 at the age of 68. She was born January 16, 1949 in Dayton, OH to James L and Buleah Gay Agin. Deborah was a licensed realtor in Fairbanks, AK. She was a master gardener and cared for the outside flowers at the Pioneer Home in Prescott, AZ. She also volunteered on “Suicide Help Hot Line,” in Prescott, AZ. She was an avid hiker, skier, and a fantastic cook even on a wood stove in a cabin and hunted and fished in Alaska. She was involved in many activities at Sundance Adult Active Community in Buckeye, AZ since moving there in July of 2005.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Wallace “Wally” Tharp; mother, Buleah Gay Agin; step-daughter, Ingrid E. Schunder; sisters, Rebecca L. Anderson and Cheryl J. Agin; brother, James L. Agin.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at her home in Buckeye. Her ashes will be sent to the wind in her favorite hiking place. Donation memorials can be made in her honor to ASPCA- for cats. Condolences for the family can be left at

www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

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