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Obituaries: July 5, 2013

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Thelma L. ‘Patsy’ Butler

Thelma L. “Patsy” Butler, 88, of Litchfield Park died June 22, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Butler was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Los Angeles to Bishop and Marion Patterson.

She was raised in Buckeye, where she graduated from Buckeye Union High School.

She married William Butler and they later moved to Litchfield Park and Wickenburg.

She is survived by one daughter, Leslie Krumtinger; one son, Byron Butler; and two brothers, Sammy and Byron Patterson.

Services were Tuesday at the Community Church of Buckeye.

Memorials can be sent to the church at 810 E. Eason Ave., Buckeye, AZ 85326.

Edward ‘Vavy’ Conde

Edward “Vavy Conde, 81, of Avondale died June 28, 2013, in Avondale.

Mr. Conde was born April 21, 1932, in Agua Caliente to Guillermo and Concepcion Conde.

He was a retired chef. He was a private in the Army and an airman second class in the Air Force, and served in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon Conde.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Tover Conde; one son, Edward Conde Jr. of Phoenix; five daughters, Sandra Conde of Goodyear, Susan Morales of Yuma, Sally Conde of Los Angeles, Sarah Cabeza of Avondale and Sophia Conde of Avondale; three sisters, Kay Villa of Buckeye, Mollie Salazar of Avondale and Jeannie Rodriguez of Fresno, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. July 9, with a Rosary recital at 6 p.m. at Greer Wilson Chapel, 5921 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. July 10 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Road in Buckeye. Interment will follow at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road in Buckeye.

Condolences can be sent to Janie Conde at 750 S. Fourth St., Apt. A2, Avondale, AZ 85323.

Chuck Lakin

Chuck Lakin, 92, of Phoenix died June 29, 2013, in his home.

Mr. Lakin was born June 11, 1921, in Fort Scott, Kan. to Lloyd and Ethel Lakin.

He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona. Just shy of graduating, he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a platoon leader and instructor in the Cavalry.

While in the Army, Mr. Lakin’s unit was sent to Burma as part of the Mars Task Force. The unit helped open up the Burma Road so supplies could make it to Kunming, China.

While there, Mr. Lakin helped organize what could possibly have been the first rodeo in China.

He was awarded a Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service.

Following his discharge in 1945, he worked for the Lakin Cattle Co. managing cattle operations.

Mr. Lakin was a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Breeders Association and an honorary vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.

He was also a past president of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse; founder and past president of the Estrella Rotary Club; a director of the Arizona Horsemen’s Association; past president of the University of Arizona Agriculture “100” Council; member of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation; board member of the Arizona National Livestock Show; board member of the Arizona Agribusiness Council; past chairman of the Arizona Cattle Feeders Association; and a member of the Verde Vaqueros.

Mr. Lakin is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine; four daughters, Linda McCann, Charlene Bergland, Sally Lindsay and Patty Carroll; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Phoenix in the fall.

Condolences can be sent to the Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience: Heritage Center at Lakin Farm, 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Condolences can also be sent to the Charles and Maxine Lakin Agriculture Endowment, College of Agriculture and Life Services, University of Arizona Foundation, P.O. Box 210109, Tucson AZ, 85721.

Richard Bruce Perry

Richard Bruce Perry, 58, of Glendale, and formerly of Litchfield Park, died June 27, 2013.

Mr. Perry was born Jan. 24, 1955, in Beaumont, Calif., to Winfred and Fannie Perry.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristina.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; one daughter, Melissa; one step-daughter, Christina; and five grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at the Desert Springs Community Church East Campus, 447 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Jeune Ellsworth Thomas

Jeune Ellsworth Thomas, 97, of Litchfield Park died June 23, 2013, in Litchfield Park.

Mrs. Thomas was born Jan. 8, 1916, in

Mount Pleasant, Pa., to H. Mehrl Keck and Jessie Francis Silvis Keck.

She was a homemaker, president of the Idaho Falls Medical Society Auxiliary and Idaho Falls Music Club, and was for a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader for years. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, P. Blair Ellsworth, and second husband, Jack Thomas.

She is survived by one daughter, Kayla Bowen Peters of Sun City; two sons, Preston B. Ellsworth of Santa Fe, N.M., and Mehrl Keck Ellsworth of Litchfield Park; one sister, Kayla Bowen Peters of Sun City; 14 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Services were June 29 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Rev. Larry Cudmore officiated.

June E. Shields

June E. Shields, 86, of Avondale, died June 28, 2013.

Ms. Shields was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Uniontown, Pa.

She moved to Arizona in 1954 and worked for Mountain Bell from 1956 until 1990.

She is survived by her husband, Tom; three children, James. S Shields, Jerry S. Shields and Joan E. Forwith; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation services will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Holy Cross Mortuary, 9925 W. Thomas Road in Avondale.

A memorial service and grave site interment will be at 10 a.m. July 12 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road in Avondale. 

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