Seidel, Verne-obit

Seidel, Verne Daniel, Jr.

Verne D. Seidel, Jr., 88, passed away on May 15, 2013. He was born in Phoenix to parents Verne D. and Helen E. Seidel on May 15, 1925. In the early 30’s, his family moved to Holbrook, AZ. At Holbrook High, he was actively involved in several sports, was the drum major of the marching band, and performed in their theater productions. In 1943, while still in high school, Verne enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after turning 17. He served four years in the Pacific in the Naval Air Corps, and was decorated multiple times, including the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he attended the University of Arizona, receiving a degree in Business Administration in 1950. While there, he met his future bride, Lila F. Hopper, whom he married in 1949. After graduation, they moved to Flagstaff, AZ, where Verne started and operated several successful small businesses, culminating in a chain of tire and automotive parts stores and warehouses serving much of northern Arizona. After selling this business, he became a real estate broker and was one of the founders of the Bank of Northern Arizona. Over his entire life, Verne was always committed to public service, beginning with his early enlistment in the Navy. In the early 50’s, he was a member of the committee who wrote the charter that incorporated the city of Flagstaff. He later served on the Flagstaff United School District Governing Board, was elected to the Coconino Board of Supervisors and the Arizona House of Representatives, and served on the Arizona Public Service Board of Directors and the Arizona Department of Transportation Board. He was also on the Board of Directors of Flagstaff Hospital, which became a regional medical center (FlagstaffMedicalCenter) during his term as chairman. More recently, he served on the Litchfield Greens Homeowners’ Association board, and was heavily involved in the Garden of Memories at the Church at LitchfieldPark. Verne had many hobbies and interests. He loved the outdoors, and his family and friends have fond memories of numerous picnics, fishing and hunting trips, and cowboyin’ on his friends’ ranches. Verne was an avid dancer, loved playing golf, and became an accomplished artist. He was devoted to his family and loyal to his many friends. He was always ready to volunteer his help with his children’s activities ranging from scouting outings to little league coaching, which he somehow fit in between the many long hours required to build and maintain a successful business. Verne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lila; son David and his wife Toni, of Albuquerque, NM; daughter Janis Schutte and her husband Mike, of Lakeside, AZ; and son Kenny and his wife Connie, of Litchfield Park, AZ. He has eight grandchildren, and at latest count, nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:30AM on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Church at LitchfieldPark, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd, LitchfieldPark. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Church at Litchfield Park. Condolences can be sent to   Arrangements are under the direction of  Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Walker, Leonard-obit

Walker, Leonard

Leonard Arnold Walker, 87, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on May 2nd, 2013. He was born on July 18, 1925 in Flint Michigan. Beloved Pastor, Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He also served in the Navy in WWII. He is survived by his beautiful wife, 8 children, 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The celebration of his life will commence at 5pm on Saturday, May 4th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear. Donations welcomed to the Hospice of the Valley in lieu of flowers.






Rivera, Antonia-Obit

Rivera, Antonia

Antonia Ruiz Rivera, 85, of Tolleson, died on April 29, 2013 in Phoenix.  She was born on June 13, 1927 in Phoenix, Arizona to Alejandro and Carmen Ruiz.  She was an Arizona native and a lifetime resident of Tolleson.   She was Co-founder along with her husband of Los Compadres Dance Hall.  Her hobbies included baking and cake decorations with her specialty being wedding cakes. She was a loving wife and beloved mother and is survived by her daughters Nancy (David) Sausedo, Norma Lopez, Natalie Rivera; sons Alex Rivera, Frank (Sylvia M.) Rivera; brother Ramon Altamirano; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank O. Rivera; sister Carmen Ruiz; and brothers, Mariano Ruiz and Alex Ruiz.  A vigil will be held from 9:30am to 10:30 am, Rosary at 10:30am, Mass will follow at 11:00 am on Monday, May 6th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd in Goodyear.  Condolences can also be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

McCullion, Michael-obit

McCullion, Michael J.

Michael J. McCullion, 86, of Buckeye, died on April 29, 2013.  He was born on December 23, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio to Michael and Rose Ann McCullion.  He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Insurance Union of America, the Democrat Precinct Committee, and the Ursuline Boosters.  He was the 1st ward councilman for 10 years, the President of City Council for 4 years, and the Registrar for the State of Ohio for 8years. He was under the administration of Governor Richard Celeste.  He worked for John Hancock LIC for 30 years. He was also a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Alma Jean Vrabel McCullion; daughter Nancy Ann Stiver; and two grandchildren, Gerald and Kevin Stiver; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Rose Ann (McGovern) McCullion; sister Mary McCullion Murphy; brothers Bartley, Joseph, Charles, and Robert McCullion.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 4th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear.  In honor of Michael McCullion, donations can be made to Ursuline H.S. Activity Fund, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.  Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Martinez, Maria A.

Martinez, Maria

Maria A. Martinez, 64, of Avondale, died April 24, 2013. She was born on September 10, 1948 in Texas to Anestacio and Jesusa M. Arredondo. She is survived by her partner of 26 years, Jose and her daughters Mary Ellen, Estella, Rachel, Yolanda, Lupita, AnnaLisa; sons Jesus, Robert, Alfredo, Iran, Alex; sisters Paula, Celia, brothers Victor, Andres, Pete, Tony, Anestacio; 28 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Juan, Camilo and Teofilo. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Thursday, May 2nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear. Condolences can be sent to Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Pirtle, Carolyn

Pirtle, Carolyn

Carolyn Sue Pirtle, 62, of Buckeye, died April 23, 2013 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born on November 3, 1950 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Tib and Francis Sikes.  She was a beloved mother and grandmother (nana) and a beloved wife of 47 years.  She is survived by her husband Robert (Bob) Pirtle Sr.; daughters Candy (David) Staub, Karen (Nacho) Estrada; sons Bobby (Betsy) Pirtle, Steven Pirtle, Kenny (Kim) Pirtle; sisters Janice Smith, Billy Pearson; brother Lloyd Sikes; 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Sherry Smith, sister Joe Sikes, brothers Irvin, Tom and Lucky Sikes.  A graveside service will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 4th at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Rd in Buckeye.  Donations can be made to Candy Staub Memorial Fund.  Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Quiros, Charles

Quiros, Charles Michael

Charles Michael Quiros, 82, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on March 30, 2013. Charles was a retired Madrid elementary school teacher and retired teamster with Fry’s Grocery stores. He is survived by his brother Armand; children Sandra, Greg, Eric and Alan; grandchildren Michael, Nick, Genna, Gabby, Adam, Matthew, Charlie and Will. A memorial service will be held 10am on May 4th at Skyway Church of the West Valley. Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Key, John

Key, John

John Joseph Key Sr, 79, of Glendale, died April 23, 2013.  He was born on April 15, 1934 in Teaneck, New Jersey to Alfred and Clara Key.  He was an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA from 1969 to 1992 and served in the US Army and Air Force.  He is survived by his daughters Debbie Flanigan, Leah (Phillip) Cushman, Tammi (Clint) Shreeve; son John Joseph Key Jr; sisters Clara Durham, Susan Dorman; brothers Alfred (Mary) Key, Robert Key and Thomas Key.  He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Ann Key and sister Madeline Carrigan. Services will be held at 8:00am on Saturday, April 27th at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Rothacker, Chuck

Rothacker, Charles

Rothacker, Charles John (Chuck) 60, of Goodyear died on April 20, 2013 after a valiant fight against cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, March 16, 1953, to John (deceased) and Anne, Chuck was an avid hockey enthusiast.  He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and enjoyed working for the Diamondbacks and Suns.  Chuck is survived by his mother, Anne; stepfather, Jerry; wife, Alyce; sister, Diane; brother, Stephen; children, Joshua and Misty; stepdaughter, Ramona; children-in-law, Helle, Adam, and Jacques; and grandchildren, Maverick, Zander, Sebastian, JP and Alex; as well as many honorary children, grandchildren, and dear friends. A memorial celebration will be held Friday, April 26 from 4-5pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Chuck’s name to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.    Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Roach, Bettie

Roach, Bettie

Bettie Jo Marsh Roach of Goodyear, AZ died April 15, 2013 at the age of 88 years young.  Mrs. Roach was born Feb 20, 1925 in Phoenix, AZ to Claude and Laura Belle Medlock Marsh and attended Roosevelt Elementary and Phoenix Union High School.  Bettie Jo married John Roach on Dec 14, 1941 and spent the next few years out of state while John served in the Army during WWII.   In 1945 Bettie Jo and John returned to Arizona to begin their farming career in Litchfield Park through the Goodyear Farms Apprentice Program, and continued farming until retirement.  She also worked for the Dysart School District and was an avid genealogist who spent countless hours researching the family history.   She enjoyed many years of travelling and looked forward to visiting family across the country.  She is survived by her husband of 71 years John, one daughter Barbara McReynolds (Topper) of Wenden, AZ,  three grandchildren, Kim Woodhead (Daniel) of Goodyear, AZ,  Lisa Apolinar (Paul) of Litchfield Park, AZ, Tom McReynolds (Donna) of Scottsdale, AZ, five great-grandchildren, two sisters Bernice Kidd and Lois Jean Daniel and numerous nieces and nephews across America.  Private Services to be held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.  Condolences can be sent to  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.