Obituaries: June 28, 2017

Adolpho Joseph Baca

Adolpho Joseph Baca, 36, of Avondale died June 22, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Baca was born Oct. 17, 1980, in Phoenix to Adolpho Santos Baca and Delores Yolanda Baca.

He was a student.

He is survived by one daughter, Nevaeh Renee Baca; three sons, Joseph Isiah Baca, Joshua Jacob Baca and Alex Matthew Gutierrez; his parents, Adolpho and Delores Baca; two sisters, Genevie Baca and Francina Flores; one brother, Jacob Baca; and two grandparents, Jesus and Lupe Gonzales.

A visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale.

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John Soto ‘Little John’ Bandin

John Soto “Little John” Bandin, 61, of Buckeye died June 22, 2017, in Buckeye.

Mr. Bandin was born May 15, 1956, in Maricopa.

He attended Tolleson High School and worked on the farms.

He is survived by one daughter, Joanna Webb; one son, Joseph Webb; his parents, Guadalupe Bandin and Delfina Bandin; four sisters, Mary Ellen Lara, Delfina Bandin, Eleanor Sade and Connie Hansen; and five brothers, Ralph Rodriguez, Guadalupe Bandin Jr., Ismael Bandin, Ernie Bandin and Raul Bandin.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ganley’s Buckeye Funeral Home, 104 Baseline Road, Buckeye.


James Harold Blain

James Harold Blain, 80, of Litchfield Park died June 20, 2017, in Avondale.

Mr. Blain was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Powell, Ohio, to George and Frances Blain.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of second lieutenant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna M. Blain.

He is survived by two daughters, Nicole Blain and Michelle D. Younger; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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


Bill Morse

Bill Morse, 78, of Buckeye died June 22, 2017, in Goodyear of heart failure.

Mr. Morse was born March 16, 1939, in Phoenix.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one daughter, Billie Ortiz; three sons, Frank Morse, Perry Morse and Kevin Morse.; one sister, Lorrain Marquez; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the family at 29520 W. Pierce St., Buckeye, AZ 85396.


Gilbert J. ‘Jack’ Nowlin

Gilbert J. “Jack” Nowlin, 92, of Litchfield Park and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died June 22, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Nowlin was born July 2, 1924, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to Gilbert and Mae Nowlin.

He served for four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Idaho and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He was a member of the Antioch Shrine, Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Nowlin.

He is survived by his wife, Marijo; one daughter, Pamela Cooke; three sons, Tom, Tim and Paul Nowlin; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Diana Lynn Olson

Diana Lynn Olson, 60, of west Phoenix died June 9, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Olson was born July 28, 1956, in Oak Park, Ill.

She moved to Arizona in 1971.

She was a member of Palm Valley Church in Goodyear.

She is survived by her husband, Rex Olson of Phoenix; two daughters, Christine Thompson of Goodyear and Amy Olson of Phoenix; her father, Robert White Sr. of Buckeye; one sister, Barbara White of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Robert White Jr. of Litchfield Park; and three grandchildren.


James Michael Popoff

James Michael Popoff, 39, of Buckeye died June 10, 2017, in Buckeye.

Mr. Popoff was born Sept. 11, 1977, in Glendale.

He worked for the city of Surprise, the city of Buckeye and Sunland Co.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Popoff of Buckeye; two daughters, Ariana F. Popoff and Alexa L. Popoff, both of Buckeye; his father, Mike Popoff of Peoria; his mother and stepfather, Dolly and Randy Huron of Tolleson; one sister, Pamela J. Baldwin of Tolleson; one brother, David J. Popoff of Peoria; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022.


William Lloyd Price

William Lloyd Price, 88, of Waddell died June 13, 2017.

Mr. Price was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Hannibal, Mo.

He lived in St. Louis and attended St. Louis University.

He joined the U.S. Navy at age 16 and served on the USS Providence and USS Hobson as well as shore duty at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

He was a detective with the St. Louis Police Department and joined the Army National Guard and was recalled to active duty as a medic during the Korean War.

He moved to Phoenix in 1972 and received a physician assistant license and practiced in Goodyear, Sun City and Phoenix and continued practicing in the West Valley until he retired in 2004.

He was a Mason and a member of the DAV Ritual Team, Elks and Shriners. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans for more than 40 years, recently serving as the department chaplain, and was recognized for his efforts at this year’s DAV state convention.

He was a Boy Scout leader, serving as a commissioner, camp inspector and scoutmaster. He received the Silver Beaver, Order of the Arrow and Vigil awards as well as the St. George Emblem for service to Catholic Scouting. He manned the Health Lodge at Camp Geronimo, recruited medical staff and performed free camp physicals.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; six sons, James, Fredrick, William, John A., Joseph and Daniel; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were June 20 at Arizona Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter One, Treasurer Tom Linton, 12615 N. 35th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032.


Antonia S. Rodriguez

Antonia Sandoval Rodriguez, 95, of Tolleson died June 15, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Rodriguez was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Nochistlan, Zacatecas, Mexico.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Felipe; and one son, Francisco.

She is survived by four children, Josefina Rodriguez, Delia Palafox, Jesus Rodriguez and Alvaro Rodriguez; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were conducted June 11.

This obituary is being rerun with additional information.


Elaine J. Vinci

Elaine J. Vinci, 84, of Goodyear died June 20, 2017, in Surprise.

Mrs. Vinci was born June 14, 1933, in Newark, N.J., to Anthony Lawrence Pace and Minnie Kaplan Pace.

She worked in business, accounting and office management positions in the insurance industry and in bookkeeping for AAA, retiring as an internal auditor in the reinsurance business.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Vincent Vinci; two sons, Mark Vinci and Vincent Vinci; two daughters, Susan Vinci Lucero and Patty Vinci; and three grandchildren.

A gathering was held June 23 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear and a memorial Mass celebrated June 24 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix.

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Barry L. Vonder Mehden

Barry L. Vonder Mehden, 88, of Litchfield Park died June 15, 2017, in Litchfield Park.

Mr. Vonder Mehden was born Feb. 17, 1929, in San Francisco.

He graduated from Cal-Poly University and Boston College.

He earned medals while serving in the U.S. Army and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

He moved to Arizona in 2006.

He was a writer, with a story published in Chicken Soup for the Veterans Soul.

He is survived by two daughters, Oriana Mehden of Katy, Texas, and Tanya Carlson of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Henry Vonder Mehden and Lloyd Vonder Mehden, both of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 10 a.m. today at Ganley’s Buckeye Funeral Home, 104 Baseline Road, Buckeye, followed by funeral services at 12:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.


Nathan Andrew Waddell

Nathan Andrew Waddell, 36, of Buckeye died June 17, 2017.

Mr. Waddell was born Jan. 24, 1981, in Danville, Va., to John Waddell and Tama Collins.

He served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Corinna Waddell; two daughters, Jacqueline and Sedona; one son, Anthony; his mother, Tama Collins; his father, John Waddell; and one sister, Vanessa Nelson.

A visitation will be at 5 p.m., followed by a funeral service and military honors at 6 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

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Paid Obituaries


Alex Keaveny

Alex was born on December 1, 1998. He passed away on June 20, 2017 at the age of 18. His parents are Jason and Karen Keaveny and he has a twin sister, Makayla, who he was proud to make fun of for him being a minute older.

In his short time here he became an accomplished soccer player. His team, Banat, won 3 consecutive state titles. He was known throughout the soccer world as number 18. As a freshman at Verrado High School, he played on the varsity soccer team and won the Agua Fria player of the year. He also enjoyed skateboarding. When he tried a new trick, he would not stop until he mastered it.

He is survived by his parents Jason and Karen Keaveny, his twin sister Makayla, his half brother Mark Sullivan (Tina), his half sister Leanne Sullivan (Benny), his Grandmother Juanita Gall and his Grandfather Doug Hersey. He was preceded in death by his nana, Margret Keaveny and his papa, Mike Keaveny.

Alex was a beautiful soul, loved by many and he will be truly missed. We all love you Buddy Boy and can’t wait till we are together again.

Alex’s services were held on Tuesday June 27. Arrangements were handled by Thompson Funeral Chapel. The Keaveny family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation for all the prayers, love, and support that they have received.

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