Charles "Ed" Clarke
Charles "Ed" Clarke, age 76 of Litch- field Park, AZ died November 26, 2017 from complications of Parkinson’s Dis- ease Dementia as a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was born December 1, 1940 in Jackson, MS to Cyrus Augustus and Louise Smith Clarke. He served in the US Air Force from 1963-1983 as a fighter pilot achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. Ed is survived by his wife of 50 years, Heather Clarke; sons, Tim and Dan Clarke; five grandchildren, Anthony, Misti, Vivian, Jesse and Simon Clarke and one great grandchild, Chloe Clarke. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17450 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85378. The family suggests that donations be made to Mo- hammad Ali Parkinson’s Center, 240 W. Thomas #302, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrange- ments are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Daniel Joseph Karas
Daniel Joseph Karas, Jr., age 58 of Sur- prise, AZ died November 20, 2017 in Sun City, AZ. He was born March 5, 1959 in Oak Park, IL to Daniel Joseph Karas, Sr. and Shirley A. Karas. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Lynn Karas; daughter, Maryellen M. (Matthew) Turner; grandchild, Bradley W. Turner, sister-in-law, Colleen (Patrick) Murphy, and their children, Kathleen, Shannon and Ryan; sister-in-law Phyllis Santi and her children, Elyse, Elizabeth, and Chris- topher; mother, Shirley Karas; sister, Anita Voss; and brother, David Karas. He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Joseph Karas, Sr. and brother-in-law, Robert Santi. A memorial service was held at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family sug- gests that donations be made to the American Heart As- sociation. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Harold Wayne Porter
Harold Wayne Porter, 87, of Litch- field Park, AZ passed away November 26, 2017. He was born in Higden, Arkansas on February 3, 1930 to Mitchell and Oneta Porter. He is sur- vived by his sons, Darryl Wayne Port- er and Curtis Wayne Porter (Kerri); grandchildren, Dominique (Justin) Unverzagt, Samantha Porter, and Curtis Grant Porter; great granddaughter, Anastasia Unverzagt; and brother, Dewey Porter of Scottsdale, AZ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Jean Porter and his sister, Doris Ahrens of Kansas City, KS. Following graduation from Arizona State Uni- versity, Mr. Porter served two years in the United States Air Force followed by 28 years in the Air Force reserves, retiring as a colonel. He spent 36 years in education including 24 years as superintendent of Agua Fria Union High School District (1966 - 1990). This was followed by 16 years as Executive Director of the Arizona School Administrators Association, (ASA). The executive board named the association office building the Harold W. Porter ASA office building. While superintendent of Agua Fria, Mr. Port- er was elected to serve as President of the AASA Century Club, (the membership was comprised of two superintendents from each state.) In college Mr. Porter was Vice President of the student body, Pres- ident of the Blue Key National Honorary fraternity and played baseball. He was a member of the ROTC and Delta Chi fraternity. He was selected by the alumni association to chair the "52" class reunion. During Harold's leadership roles as a school princip- al, superintendent and association executive direct- or he enjoyed unconditional support from his loving wife Barbara. Barbara taught for 34 years, the last 22 at Litchfield Elementary. This was followed by six years at Grand Canyon College; together they gave 86 years to education. A visitation was held from 6:45 - 9:00 pm, Friday, December 1, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A memorial ser- vice will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, December 15, 2017 at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneral- chapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel.
Harry Charles Misener
Harry Charles Misener, 59, of Goo- dyear, AZ passed away on Novem- ber 25, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born March 2, 1958 to Harry Misener and Eileen McAfee in Highland Park, MI. He is survived by his loving wife Jayne Griffith Misener; son Matthew Misener (Jennifer); 3 granddaughters (Braelynn, Melanie and Bailee); mother Eileen McAfee-Misener; siblings Patty (Ron) Kur- ylo, Pam Misener, Mary Misener Harms, Shelly Misener; and Mike (Char) Misener; father-in-law Marcus Mack; sisters and brothers-in-law Debbie Griffith (Rick Rice), Kathy Griffith Thompson, Tom Griffith (Lori), Mike Grif- fith (Toni), and John Griffith (Kim); 9 nieces, 6 nephews, 4 great nieces, and 5 great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Harry Joseph Misener and grandpar- ents Alice and Joseph McAfee and Marion and Harry Misener. Harry served in the US Navy from 1976-1980 as a Morse Collection Specialist/Crypto-logic Tech Operat- or/Analyst where he received the National Defense Service Medal. He also served for 21 years with the Westland, MI Police Department as a Sergeant, field training officer, and D.A.R.E. officer, and as the Director of Training for Shooter’s World in Phoenix. Most of all, Harry will be remembered for being a lov- ing husband, father, son, brother, friend, hockey coach, and mentor. A first Memorial Service was held at 2:00 pm on Sat- urday, December 2, 2017 at the Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 with a reception to follow from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church hall, 918 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear. A second Memorial Service and reception will be held from 12:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Bova VFW Hall, 6440 N. Hix Rd, Westland, MI 48185. Condolences and memories can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Thompson Funeral Chapel and will be made in Harry’s memory to charitable or-
Robert “Lincoln" King
Robert “Lincoln“ King, CW0-3, 78, of Buckeye, AZ, died November 22, 2017 in Buckeye. He was born February 16, 1939 to Eugene and Mary King in Long Beach, CA. Robert graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Occupa- tional Education. He retired from the US Navy in 1980 after 23 years of meritorious service. A veteran of the Vietnam war, he received numerous commendation medals including the Bronze Star. As part of his service, Robert served in the elite Special Forces as a Navy SEAL, Underwater Demolition Team 13 and fulfilled his child- hood dream of making a difference to his country by serving in the military. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and the UDT-SEAL Association. Robert is survived by his wife Patti Ann King; sons Robert King Jr., Michael King, James King, step-son John Francis; sister Anita L. Batz, brother-in- law Charles Batz and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Committal services will be held at 10:30 am on Tues- day, December 5th at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the VFW, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the UDT Seal Association Inc at: 1619 D Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23459 or call 757.363.7490, ext.203 Condol- ences to the family can be left at www.ThompsonFuner- alChapel.com.
Lorraine Edna Held
Lorraine Edna Held, devoted follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother and grand- mother passed away peacefully on November 16, 2017. Lorraine is survived by her sons and daughters Tim, Mark, Lori and Lisa, one grandson, Jake, son in laws Scott and John, her sister Dorothy and husband Don, niece Peggy and husband John. Services were held December 4th, 2017 and her inter- ment will be with her husband Roger, at the Arizona Na- tional Memorial Cemetery.
Mariano ”Rick” V. Manriquez
Mariano ”Rick” V. Manriquez, age 91, passed away peacefully at home in Litchfield Park, AZ, Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born April 16, 1926 in Hum- boldt, AZ to Higinio and Manuela (Villacaña) Manriquez and was the sixth of nine children born. Mariano graduated valedictorian from the ninth grade in Clemenceau and was the salutatorian of the Clark- dale High School class of 1944. After graduation he en- listed in the Army Air Corps. While in basic training he joined five fellow recruits who called themselves The Gospel Team and would go out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Army sent him to Guam for further training, but before he finished his training the war ended and he was honorably discharged. Using the G.I. bill he enrolled in the University of Arizona and gradu- ated in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He leaves behind his beloved wife Emma (Bátrez) Man- riquez; son, Rick Manriquez and his wife Cheryl of Fed- eral Way, WA; daughter, Julie Rataezyk and her husband Jack of Litchfield Park, AZ; daughter, Jean Manriquez of Kent, WA; and son, Dean Manriquez and his wife Mar- cela of Irvine, CA. He enjoyed spending time with his 6 grandchildren Alex Rataezyk, Brandt Rataezyk, Gilbert Rataezyk, Cole Rataezyk, Paloma Manriquez and Ivana Manriquez. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Guadalupe Ochoa, Cecilia Anisa, Ysmael Man- riquez, Honorato Manriquez, Maria Eliza Manriquez, Car- men Manriquez, Helen Kallenback, and Jimmy Man- riquez. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. The family suggests that donations be made to World Vision. Condolences can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com. Ar- rangements are under the direction of Thompson Funer- al Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Reyes Medrano passed away on November 16, 2017 at the age of 68. He was born on January 6, 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tolleson. A man of great character, Reyes was incredibly kind, dignified, caring, and generous. His philosophy was that the heart's capacity to love is unlimited and will grow to ac- commodate all who enter it. He lived life to the fullest as a family man, cherished friend, teacher, mentor, coach, ath- lete, world traveler, barber, and Chicano activist/leader who fought for affirmative action and bilingual education. Reyes served on the Tolleson City Council and the Tolleson Ele- mentary School District board in the late 1970s. He is greatly missed by his family and his many friends whom he considered family. Many of us consider Reyes to be the kindest person we've known. He is remembered for always offering a helping hand, a thoughtful perspective and advice, a humorous anecdote, and providing love and sup- port in any way he could. As his family, friends, and thou- sands of students can attest, he made it a mission to encour- age scores of people to stay in school and reap the benefits of a strong education. Reyes is survived by his wife, Francia Parmenter, and her children and grandchildren, his children, Reyes Jr. (Elisa), Juan (Dani), Hubert, Manuel, Zanya, Adriana and numerous grand- children and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Candelario and Rita Medrano and his sisters, Julia Villarreal, Vicki Trejo, and Maria Elena Medrano. A celebration of his life was held on December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at King of Kings Church, 3095 N. 140th Ave., Goo- dyear, AZ with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Reyes' name to the His- panic Leadership Forum for student scholarships at P. O. Box 371, Avondale, AZ 85323. Condolences can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
SMSGT (Ret.) Richard "Rick" DeVlaeminck
SMSGT (Ret.) Richard "Rick" DeVlaeminck passed away December 1, 2017 at the age of 73. Rick was born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1944 and grew up in nearby Madison Lake. He proudly served in the Air Force 21 years in ever-in- creasing responsibilities. After Rick retired from the Air Force, he continued making his home in the West Val- ley, primarily Avondale. He was a successful business- man with a passion for old Chevy trucks and building hot rods. Rick leaves behind his wife Ann; siblings Carol Haley (Dennis), Gary DeVlaeminck, Sue Schaub, Deb McQueen (John), and Nancy Johnson (Duane); children Rick DeVlaeminck and Kim Heffington (John); grandchildren Iain and Tatum Heffington; stepson Joe Morgan; many beloved nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Maria, infant sister Jeanne, brother-in-law Wally Schaub, his first love, Sandy DeVlaeminck, and sister-in-law Brenda DeVlaeminck. Services are pending at Holy Cross Mortuary. For more information, see http://www.hccfh.org/obituary/
Sally "Sarah" Card Trueblood Lentz
Sally "Sarah" Card Trueblood Lentz, 82, of Peoria, Arizona passed away on November 26, 2017. She was born in Lima, Ohio to the late Ralph and June Card on July 26, 1935. Sarah's life was Christ centered. She travelled as a missionary to many countries including Spain, Korea, China and the island of Vanuatu, was a Staff Writer for Christ for the Nations & University of the Nations and studied Pastoral Leadership at CFNI. Her educational experience included Phoenix Union High School graduate, Grand Canyon University gradu- ate as well as attending AZ College of the Bible and Gl- endale Community College. Sarah is survived by her 5 children: D. Liana Trueblood Hinds Heaton, Sharanne Trueblood Hornburg Lee (Brad), Christi Trueblood Janco, Katherine Trueblood Carter Clucas (Jeff) and John David Trueblood (Sumika), grandchildren: Nicholas Hinds (Marianne), Christopher Hinds, Bethany Hornburg Barnes, Charles "Chip" Horn- burg III (Whitney), Matthew T Hornburg, Aaron Carter (Andrea), Malisa Trueblood and Elika Trueblood as well as 14 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her spouse Gary Lentz, parents Ralph and June Card and sister Marilyn Card Huron Roberts. A Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thun- derbird Rd, Peoria AZ 85381. A Funeral Service will be held on, Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 am also at Heritage Funeral Chapel. A graveside interment will fol- low at Arrowhead Memorial Gardens 21000 N 75th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308. Thank you for your dedica- tion to our family and investing in us, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We love you.
Thomas Leldon Hice
Thomas Leldon Hice passed in Buck- eye on November 25th, 2017. He was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama on December 18, 1939 to Dan Thomas and Myrtle Alexander Hice. After years driving for others he started his own business, Hice Hay Sales. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother. Thomas is survived by his wife Roxie; three sons, Dan (Bethany), James (Jodi), Michael (Debra); two daughters Tammy (David) and Carol; 11 grandchil- dren and 16 great grandchildren. six brothers Frank (Patty), Doyce, Royce, Charles (Kim), Doug (Nan), Jimmy (Angie); sister Brenda; many nieces and nephews. Services were held December 1, 2017 at Gantleys Fu- neral Home. Graveside Buria was at Louis B Hazelton Memorial Cemetery.
Bernard Jerome Babcock
Bernard Jerome Babcock, 73, of Goo- dyear, AZ died November 25, 2017 in Goo- dyear, AZ. He was born November 3, 1944 to Bernard C. Babcock and Marjorie Tefft in Fostoria, Ohio. Bernie is survived by his wife Linda Eileen Babcock; daughter Amy Jo Babcock; son Bernard J. Babcock, Jr.; sister Pamela Costello; brother David Gil- man; and one grandchild. A memorial service were held November 30, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Sun City West. In honor of Bern- ard Jerome Babcock, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, Sun City West building fund or the New Life Center. Condoleces can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com
Brian Keith Sell
Brian Keith Sell, age 41 of Payson, formerly of Waddell, died November 27, 2017. He was born October 30, 1976 in Phoenix to James and LaDonna Sell. He is survived by his daughters, Kayla Carpenter; Brooke Sell; son, Colton Sell; father, James Sell; sister, Valerie (Warner) Lamb; and brothers, Brent and Todd Warner, David Sell. He was preceded in death by his mother, LaDonna Sell and brother Jamie Sell. A visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19322 W. Indian School Road, Litchfield Park, AZ. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Captain Michael G. Smith
Captain Michael G. Smith, 69, died after a 9 year battle with brain cancer, November 22, 2017 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was a 30 year Veteran committed, dedicated, respected, and a thoughtful person; a true Officer and a Gentleman. Michael is survived by his wife, Agnes Ann “Aggie” of 43 years; sons Gregory and Kyle; daugh- ter LeAnn. Captain Smith will be laid to rest at the Vet- erans Memorial Cemetery.
Tony Ray Gallardo
Tony Ray Gallardo, 31, of Avondale, unexpectedly passed away on November 22, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona. He is sur- vived by his parents Leonard Gallardo, Maria Gallardo, two siblings Ali & Michael & his grandparents Manuela Ortiz and Manuela Padilla. Tony attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church and loved Nascar. Visitation was held at 9:30am on Friday December 1, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic church, Rosary and Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30am with burial to take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 12:30pm. Condolences may be made at www.Avenidasfuneralchapel.com