Obituaries: January 28, 2014

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Kenneth ButlerKenneth O. Butler

Kenneth O. Butler, 94, of Buckeye died Jan. 23, 2014.

Mr. Butler was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Phoenix to LeRoy and Alma Butler.

He and his family owned and operated Butler Dairy in Phoenix and later in Buckeye.

He was a teacher for more than 50 years.

He was a member of the Community Church of Buckeye, the Lions Club, the Elks Lodge, the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Holstein Friesian Association of America.

He served as a leader in the 4-H Club and Boy Scouts.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne.

He is survived by two sons, Kent and Kenny; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Church of Buckeye, 808 Eason Ave., Buckeye.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the same location.

Condolences can be sent to

Joe GallegosJoe F. Gallegos

Joe F. Gallegos, 80, of Tonopah died Jan. 19, 2014.

Mr. Gallegos was born May 19, 1933, in Prescott to Cresecio and Luisa Gallegos.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ofelia; one son, Joseph; two daughters, Mary Cabrera and Lisa Gallegos; one sister, Rachel Villanueva; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, with a funeral Mass following at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave., Tolleson.

Interment will be private.

Virginia GoodwinVirginia Goodwin

Virginia Goodwin, 95, of Goodyear died Jan. 23, 2014.

Ms. Goodwin was born Nov. 30, 1918, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Earl and May Montgomery.

She is survived by one son, Tom Goodwin; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 104 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale.

Memorials may be made to Christ Community UMC, 104 W. Western Ave., Avondale, AZ 85323.

Condolences can be sent to

Rock GroupRock Benjamin Groupe

Rock Benjamin Groupe, 42, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 21, 2014, in Goodyear from cancer.

Mr. Groupe was born Feb. 14, 1971, in Gettysburg, Pa.

He attended the University of Central Florida.

He moved to Arizona in 1997.

He worked for Avnet, as a contract administrator at Lockheed Martin in Goodyear and a Realtor for DPR Realty.

He was a basketball coach for Litchfield Park’s Recreation Department, a member of Compass Church in Goodyear and a past elder at Shepard of Grace in Litchfield Park.

He is survived by his wife, Erin Genevieve Groupe; two daughters, Faith and Grace; one son, Isaac; his parents, Ted M. Groupe and Judith Shetter Groupe of Buckeye; three sisters, Wendy Groupe Rodkey of Louisville, Tenn., Cathy Groupe Miller of Alexandria, Va., and Pebble Groupe Persico of Kissimmee, Fla.; and one brother, Ted Morro Godsey of Midway, W.Va.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Desert Springs Community Church, 447 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

The Rev. David Haley will officiate.

Memorials may be sent to the Rock Groupe Memorial Fund at Thrivent Financial, 17505 N. 79th Ave., Suite 101, Glendale, AZ 85308.

Checks should be made payable to “Thrivent Financial Desert West Community” with “Rock Groupe Memorial Fund” written in the memo field.

Memorials will be sent to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Boys & Girls Club and Hospice of the Valley.

Robert HydeRobert Austin Hyde

Robert Austin Hyde, 69, of Avondale died Jan. 21, 2014, in Phoenix, from cancer.

Mr. Hyde was born April 7, 1944, in Mather, Pa.

He moved to Arizona in 1964.

He retired from Qwest Communications after working for 30 years as a communications technician.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as a teacher, missionary and bishop’s counselor.

He sang with the Orpheus Male Chorus and in other church choirs and musical productions.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hyde; four daughters, Carrie Villarreal of Wittmann, Nikki Frisby of Surprise, Harmony Sautter of Phoenix and Jenny Macias of Avondale; eight sons, Rob Hyde of Surprise, Jim Hyde of Surprise, Gareth Hyde of Surprise, Joe Hyde of Goodyear, Austin Hyde of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kenny Bigler, Preston Bigler and Spencer Bigler; two sisters, Nora Steele of Washington, Pa., and Kathy Underwood of Tucson; and 31 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27.

Nathan JohnsonNathan Tremayne Johnson

Nathan Tremayne Johnson, 40, of Avondale died Jan. 22, 2014.

Mr. Johnson was born March 6, 1973, in 29 Palms, Calif., to Richard Johnson and Wendy Velarde.

He is survived by his wife, Laura E. Johnson; two daughters, Emily Johnson and Elizabeth Hengst; one son, Justin Johnson; four sisters, Shannon Pells, Heather Johnson-Brown, Monica Johnson and Kelley Bailey; six brothers, Scott Coons, Sean Coons, Steve Coons, Travis Johnson, David Neitz and Adam Neitz; his parents, Richard and Peggy Johnson; his mother, Wendy Rieley; four grandparents, Juanita Johnson, Roberto Ramos, and Mike and Colleen Velarde; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Condolences can be sent to

Dolores ReynoldsDelores Imogene Lee Reynolds

Delores Imogene Lee Reynolds, 79, of Avondale died Jan. 18, 2014.

Mrs. Reynolds was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Uniontown, Ky., to Arthur Lee and Lorraine Lindsey.

She moved to Arizona in 1959.

She was a day care provider for more than 20 years in Avondale.

She was a member of Truth Tabernacle Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell Reynolds; two daughters, Deborah Sue Pine and Lynda Diane Margerum; four sons, Richard Lowell, Kenneth Murel, David Wayne and Steven Dale; two brothers, Richard and Charles; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Truth Tabernacle Church, 825 N. Central Ave., Avondale.

The Rev. Ray Brown will officiate. 

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