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CLASS OF 1960

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Our deceased classmates are listed below.  Some recent or recently discovered obituaries follow the complete list.  Take a moment to remember those you knew.  Remember also that every one of them, whether you knew them or not, played a part in making our class the great class that it was and is.  May they all be with us in spirit whenever we gather to celebrate our class.
Judith 'Anne' Adams
Donald Allan
Alvin 'Ed' Alvey
John Awalt
Bonnie Bachtel
Gary Baier
M. Dale Bailey
Ron Ballard
John Banderet
Everett Bateman
Mary Anne Beal
Myra Beall
Jacquie Bean
Richard Beddome
Chuck Beebe
Judy Birt
Guy Blackburn
Ken Boozer
Bonnie Bowen
Bonni Bowersock
Phyllis Bradley
Darlene Brown
John Brown
Ronald Brown
Jerry Burnett
Rusty Carney
Ken Caron
David Clark
Christine Cobb
Lyn Connin
Rick Covey
James Crary
Brenda Davis
Jerry Ditzen
Kenneth Earl Doyle
Gary 'Mike' Emmett
Wanda Fant
Lorraine Faulkner
Robert Fike
Ron Fitzgerald
Sharon Friedman
Connie Gaffney
James 'Jim Bob' George
Gayle Gerrard
Nadara Gilmore
Keith Godbold
Jim Gorge
Pat Hamberlin
Mike Hanna
John Hardy
Helen 'Sherry' Harper
Sharolyn Harper
Alan Harris
Doug Harsha
Pam Hartley
John Heffron
Dick Hennessey
Bill Heskett
John Hilsdorf
Carol Hudson
Rose Marie Ingraham
Fred Irwin
Linda Jennings
Jerry Jerome
Marie Kendrick
Linda Kerner
Robert Kittrick
Bill Koczka
Kurt Kuenstling
Lloyd Leech
M. Christine Loges
Grover Manes
Mike Matousek
Herbert Manning
Pete McClintock
Jean McCullough
Doug McFate
Ron McKinney
Danny McMillan
Ladd Metzner
Trudy Miller
Dave Nelson
Scott Nelson
Sherry Nelson
Bob Neve
John Newsom
Nelson Nofsinger
Raymond 'Dick' O’Clair
Elaine Olsen
Kay Parker
Sondra Pinney
Don Raskin
Nancy Robbins
David Roberts
Val Robichaux
Darlene Ross
Dan Roth
David Rowland
Lois Ann Rutherford
Bob Savittiere
Bob Schaff
Bob Schedler
Herbert Schibelle
Ken Schmehl
Mickey Scott
David Setter
Judy Severson
Jack Sharp Sr.
Georgia Shrewsbury
Bob Shumway
Gay Simancek
Pat Skully
Richard Alan Smith
Bob Stephenson
David Storts
Bruce Stoyer
David Thorla
Voula Tsouclidou
Darrell Tussing
John Varming
Alice Weaver
Jerry Wiese
Bill Wilcox
Phil Williams
Jim Wilson
Carol Wood
Ron Zamora
Martin Zieger
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The forty-eight classmates whose obituaries appear below with their senior yearbook photos are those who passed most recently (to our knowledge), and those we learned of only recently.  They are shown in reverse chronological order of the date of passing, i.e. most recent first.  We've sadly added their names to the list above.

Gayle Gerrard
In addition to the following obituary, click here to read a heartfelt note by Nick Alsever, to whom Gayle was a very dear classmate/friend.  Then click the 'back' button in your browser to return here.

Glendale – Gayle Myers (Gerrard), 78, of Glendale, Arizona passed away peacefully on October 9, 2021.  Gayle was a lifelong resident and a 2nd generation Arizona native.  She grew up in Phoenix and was the daughter of Winona and H.B. "Tex" Gerrard.  She graduated from Camelback High School in 1960 followed by NAU in 1964.  Gayle started her adult life in Snowflake, AZ and later moved to the Phoenix area where she went on to teach at both Sunnyslope and later Moon Valley High School.  She was married to Ray Myers and was the sister of Tom Gerrard, both of whom preceded her in death.  Gayle was a wonderful mother of two boys and a lifelong gardener who enjoyed her roses, fruit trees and garden almost as much as she enjoyed buying more plants! She thoroughly enjoyed sewing, quilting and maybe most of all, buying more fabric! She was a dedicated mother, friend, teacher, mentor and philanthropist.  She loved helping others and often did so no matter what the circumstances.  Always willing to give someone another chance, she was an exceptional role model for her children and students.  She is survived by her two sons, Eric and Matt Myers and their families.  The family will host a celebration of life in the coming weeks.  Given Gayle had so many different roles in life that touched many people, any wonderful stories or fond memories can be sent to mmyers2327@gmail.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary's Food Bank – one of her favorite charities.  Please contact mmyers2327@gmail.com if you would like information about the celebration of life event.

John Awalt
John D. Awalt Sr. of Harwich (MA) passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on October 8, 2021.  He was the loving husband of Mary (Wagner) Awalt.  John served in the US Coast Guard from 1960 - 1964 where he spent time in the Philippines.  He enjoyed a thirty year career starting as a Call Fireman and a Police Officer in Harwich before becoming a Correctional Officer for the Barnstable County Sherriff's Department.  In addition to his wife Mary, he leaves his children John Jr. (Tina) and Eric (Darlene), his grandchildren Phelicia, Jacob and Nicole.  He also leaves his "adopted sons" Dwayne and Troy Bearse.  A memorial service is being planned for the spring of 2022.  Details will be provided on this website when confirmed.  (http://www.chapmanfuneral.com)

Bonnie Bowen
Bonnie Lee Mooreman, age 79, of Cave Creek, Arizona passed away on Saturday August 14, 2021.

Keith Godbold
Keith Gates Godbold (K.G.), 79, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2021.  He was where he most loved to be, at Roosevelt Lake, fishing with his loving wife (Barbara) and granddaughter (Gracie) when he passed.  Keith was born on February 15, 1942 in Phoenix, AZ and remained an Arizona native all of his life.  He graduated from Camelback high school in 1960.  He then spent the next year working in Guatemala.  He grew up with a love for adventure and the outdoors.His best days were on the water fishing!  If he didn't have a fishing pole in his hand he was talking about it.  He loved to scuba dive, water ski, camp, raft, hike and explore the oceans and lakes around Arizona, Colorado and Mexico.  When he wasn't on the water or off exploring the wilderness, he loved to spend time with his family and friends.  He was loyal to the core and he loved with all of his heart.  He knew the importance of hard work, often working several jobs, even after becoming a Phoenix firefighter.  Keith loved the camaraderie of his job and helping others.  He was a Phoenix firefighter for 32 years and retired in 1998.  He made many friends and some were like family.  He valued each friend and talked of them with great respect and honor.  Keith would do anything for his family and friends, except venture back down to the valley once he retired.  He had a great sense of humor with just a little orneriness.  Keith loved good food, fishing, family and the fabulous music of his close friend, Fred.  He always had a pocket full of dog treats, even when he no longer had a dog of his own.  He was a great role model, devoted husband and loving father and grandfather.  The world lost a great man and he will forever be remembered in the hearts of all those who loved him.  He is survived by wife Barbara; brother, Gary Godbold; children, Kim Proto, Marni Dowell, Jason (Michelle) Elquest, and Karen (Robert) McGuire; and grandchildren, Dante Keith, Bechét and Mirei Proto, Brandon and Elias Dowell, Gracie, Everett and Rylee Elquest and Morgan and Zoey McGuire.  Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Martha (Skip) Godbold.  A private service will be held for family and close friends.  Keith's ashes will be scattered with those of his parents in beautiful Colorado.  In lieu of flowers please make donations in Keith's name to Tonto Basin Fire Department @ tontofire.com.

Trudy Miller
Our classmate Gail Ehlenberger reported finding a facebook post by a friend of Trudy's, indicating that Trudy passed away on May 18, 2020.  She had a son, Brandon Kitzmiller.  We have no other information.

Pat Skully
Patricia “Pat” Borup was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  She left this world on April 30, 2021.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 16, 1942.  The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona before Pat’s senior year of high school.  Pat met her husband, Alan Borup in Phoenix.  They were married on February 7, 1970 and had two daughters, Karen and Kim.  Pat loved reading, playing games (especially Scrabble), and was a devoted Christian.  She retired to Texas in August 2013.  She remained active in bible study group, “Senior Circle”, and volunteering at the local food bank.  She enjoyed being close to her grandchildren.  Pat is survived by her two daughters, Karen Beris and Kim Kuperman; her sister Roberta “Bobbie” Besenczky; her grandchildren, Joseph and Abigail Beris; and other family and friends.  Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Alan Borup, and her parents, Edward and Josephine Skully.  A vigil is scheduled for May 21, 2021 at 2 pm at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Cedar Park, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or Hill Country Community Ministries on her behalf.

Linda Kerner
Linda (Kerner) Ladd passed away on December 5, 2020.  There is no published obituary for her, but her brother Ken Kerner notified us.  Ken was in Camelback's Class of 61.

Bob Neve
Robert Hyrum Neve passed away in December 2020.  There is as yet no published obituary for him, but his wife Jackie notified us.  Jackie was in Camelback's Class of 62, maiden name Zajac.

Lorraine Faulkner
Lorraine Faulkner Derie passed away in December 2020.  We've not found a published obituary for her, but her husband Gene Derie notified us.

Darlene Brown
Darlene (Brown) Dominguez passed away on October 2, 2020, losing a battle with cancer.  There was no published obituary, but her daughter Lisa Kaiser, of Phoenix, reported this to us.

Rusty Carney
Edwin "Rusty" Clement Carney was born March 6, 1942, in Winthrop, MA, and died June 19, 2020, in Peachtree City, GA.  Known as Rusty, he moved to Phoenix as a child after World War II with his parents Ed and Barbara Carney.  He loved growing up in Phoenix in the 1950's.  Rusty graduated from Camelback High School 1960; he was President of the Student Body and Quarterback of the Football Team.  He attended Phoenix College 1961-62 and Graduated from Arizona State University 1964.  He enjoyed a long career with General Electric followed by Consolidated Electric and All-Phase Electric.  Rusty passed peacefully in his sleep following a lengthy battle with kidney disease.  He is survived by his sisters Jeanne Carney and Alison Carney Brown.  He was the father of 6 children: Bruce Farmer, Alison Chandler, Brian Carney, Adrienne Weisz, Lindsey Clardy and Flynn Carney.  And proud Grandfather of 9 Grandchildren.

Dave Nelson
David Arthur Nelson, July 10, 1942 - February 29, 2020:  Anyone who has reached the Nelsons’ answering machine has heard David’s signature greeting, ”Heeeeeeeello. You’ve reached the Nelsons over here, and we’re busy countin’ our blessings, so I reckon it’s gonna take a while ...”  Quintessential David, the message conveyed his characteristic friendliness, moseying pace, and mindset of gratitude.  A man of great faith, David was also a prolific reader and loving grandfather.  He delighted in daily walks with his beloved black lab, Clair, and the opportunity to talk with neighbors along the way.  David continued walking until the last week of his life, when he came down with pneumonia.  He passed away on February 29, 2020, surrounded by his family.  David was born in 1942 in Ligonier, Indiana to Margaret Alice Kelley and Charles William ’Bill’ Nelson.  His fond memories of childhood included, ”family farms, lakes and rivers, woods, peacefulness, knowing everyone in town because it was small, and basketball.”  1955 the Nelson family, including David’s sisters Mary Kay and Jody, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where David made lifelong friends at Camelback High School, ran for the track team and broke a state sprinting record.  David went on to live in Arcadia, California and Clearwater, Florida before enlisting in the US Army.  He served three years as an in-air demolition technician in Germany where, as he later explained to his kids, he ”jumped out of airplanes and worked on bombs.”  During his service Dave traveled around Europe with his best friend Corky, later remarking on the ”constant beauty and discovery and HISTORY around every corner!”  Upon returning to the United States, David settled in San Diego and became a pilot and flight instructor.  In 1971 he met Therese Dennis, with whom he went on to share 48 years of marriage and raise five children: Jennifer, Jolene, Jessica, Jonathan and Jill.  David provided for his family over the years as a trucker, often working two jobs to ensure the family was safe and cared for.  Despite long working hours, David sought out ways to spend time with each of his children.  He backpacked with Jenni and Jolene, worked on cars with Jonathan, hiked Cowles Mountain with Jill in a baby carrier, and travelled as far as Paraguay to hear a children’s choir that Jessica directed.  The autonomy of trucking suited David, he took great pride in his work.  Always recognizable with his white beard, cowboy boots and wide brim hat; he maintained a truck that was spit-polish clean.  Co-workers knew him affectionately as Papa Smurf.  David had a deep appreciation for the natural world and recognized in it the generous abundance of a loving God.  He anticipated and cherished the seasons as they unfolded in the landscape around him, collecting leaves between book pages and sharing stories of "pink skies” at dawn with his grandsons.  He carried a tiny laminated quote about autumn by Lin Yutang in his wallet for years.  He began every morning reading his well-worn Bible, marking favorite passages in the Gospels and the Psalms with underlining and exclamation points.  Each year on Easter morning, he delivered Easter lilies to the doorsteps of dozens of family and friends around San Diego and always ended his circuit with mass at his local parish.  David’s interment at Miramar National Cemetery is (was) yet to be scheduled.

Bonni Bowersock
Bonni Jo Tsushima November 17, 1942 ~ January 2, 2020:  With profound sadness we announce the passing of Bonni on January 2, 2020, peacefully in her sleep, while recovering from a fall and her long fight with respiratory illnesses  Bonni is the wife of Tim Tsushima; sister of Wendy Favero; mother of Victor (Cheryl) Tsushima & Teri (Liam) Haselhorst; grandmother of Taylor (Tsushima) Bell, Torie Tsushima, Shea Haselhorst, and Keli Haselhorst; great grandmother of Lily, Scarlett and Ivy Bell  She was preceded in death by parents Woodrow & Vera Bowersock amd sister Beverlee Wilson  She was born in Waukegan, IL, and moved to Phoenix Arizona where she enjoyed the outdoors and loved the weather  She later moved to Orange County, California where she married Tim Tsushima on August 30, 1963, later had two children (Vic & Teri), and eventually moved to Syracuse, UT and then West Point, UT, where she lived the remainder of her life  Early in her life she enjoyed time with her grandparents at the lake where she got to swim and play by the lake and developed her love for the outdoors  She also loved most animals (with a special fondness for horses and dogs), was an avid reader, and often worked on puzzles  Her greatest joy was her children and family  She absolutely adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and would lovingly speak about them and loved to watch them grow.

Jerry Ditzen
Jerald E. Ditzen: My Jerry, 77 years young at heart, died in Flagstaff October 14th, 2019, our 47th anniversary!  He was born in Chicago in 1942  His family moved to Phoenix in 1952 from Glenview, Illinois  Jerry graduated from the University of Arizona and The Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in the mid-to-late 60's  Prior to graduate school and fresh out of college, Jerry was assistant ad manager at the Del E Webb Corporation, promoting the Sun Cities retirement communities  Following grad school he moved to NYC to pursue an ad agency career  He did so at BBDO (Campbell Soup & Pepsi Cola) and Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample (Life Savers candy and gum)  He met his future wife, Alison Eubank Ward  In the early 70's they decided to move sight-unseen to Denver, Colorado where he worked for Downtown Denver doing advertising and promoting Denver's central business district  After working and living there for several years they picked Phoenix as their final destination  Jerry started his own one-man ad agency in 1980 and kept the doors partially open until his death  Jerry served in the National Guard for six years  He became a devout long-distance runner, completing some 57 marathons and longer distance races of which he was very proud!  Ditzen had a cynical, snarky, irreverent sense of humor (remember those Christmas card inserts?)  So he created a line of greeting cards that showcased his best thinking  They are called "Ditzoids"  Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Walt and Connie, and his sister Judith Sherwood  He is survived by his wife, Alison.

Dan Roth
Phoenix - Dan Roth, 77, passed away October 2, 2019.  Dan is survived by his wife Diane and extended family.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday October 26, 2019 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Bob Savittieri
Robert Savittieri, 78, of Hernando, Mississippi passed away on May 25, 2019 at North Delta Hospice in Southaven, Mississippi.  This is the only part of the obituary we were able to retrieve.  Our search result indicated that funeral services were handled by Brantley‑Phillips Funeral Home, of Hernando, Mississippi.

Mike Matousek
Michael Lyle Matousek was born 9/18/42, and died 12/29/2018 of cancer.  While in high school at Camelback he wrestled, played Football, and married classmate Linda Fike.  He later became the novice boxing champion of AZ, and went on to fight professionally, never losing a bout.  He worked as a Foreman for cement companies.  He went into weight lifting, as a heavyweight, held the record for bench press for 3 years while benching over 550 lbs.  He went into super heavy weight and was 3rd in the world lifting over 2,100 lbs in 3 lifts.  He became a christian, was in Athletes in Action, and was in a prison ministry.  He loved the Lord, his 3 sons, 5 granddaughters, and 6 great grand children, and his second wife Virginia.

Jacquie Bean
Sorry, we can't find a published obituary for Jacquelyn (Bean) Kearsley.  Her death was reported to us by her friend and our classmate Mary Ann (Schimm) Lemons in July 2018.

Chuck Beeby
Chuck's death in March of 2019 was reported to us by his wife Linda.  There was no published obituary.

Bob Shumway
Robert Gale Shumway was born on April 5, 1942 and passed away on February 14, 2018 in Kingman, Arizona, and is under the care of Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel

Jerry Wiese
Jerry Allen Wiese, was born March 11, 1942, in Hendricks, Minnesota, to Fred and Nellie Wiese, and passed away early morning February 3, 2018 after 75 faaantastic years of life.  Jerry was a successful and compassionate man who left each place better than he found it.  He led by example, teaching the value of hard work, good judgment, courage and integrity.  He lived well, laughed often and loved much, gaining the respect of his peers and the love of family and friends.  A hero to many, Jerry exemplified hard work throughout his life, loving and providing for his family.  He reached people in deep and positive ways and his significance will be remembered every day.  Jerry's inspiring work ethic, perseverance and determination thrust him into the entrepreneurial world resulting in a successful Pepperidge Farm business in Las Vegas.  His self-discipline and commitment allowed him to create a thriving career that he loved.  Jerry was respected by the community and his colleagues.  Jerry also enjoyed serving in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most recently in the temple baptistery and was beloved there as well.  Jerry married Judith Marie Hirko June 8, 1963 and they proceeded to raise three children.   He was heartbroken when she passed away in 2005.  He soon fell in love with and married Debbie Miller, Sept 8, 2007, happily doubling the size of his family.  Around this time, he also began the process of retiring, selling his last Pepperidge Farm route in 2015, allotting him the time to discover a love for traveling.  He and Debbie explored many new destinations and developed new friendships along the way.  When Jerry wasn't traveling, he and Debbie enjoyed fun with their family and their beautiful dog, Angel.  He lived life to the fullest in the simplest of ways.  Jerry approached every situation with humor, never failing to find joy through life's hardships.  The quote, "I am ready to meet my Maker.  Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter," by Winston Churchill, exemplifies how he might have joked, with a wink, about this next great adventure.  Jerry was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Judith Marie Wiese.  He is survived and forever missed, by his loving wife, Debbie; his beloved children, Jerry (Kris) Wiese, Kim (Jeff) Green, Steven (Katie) Wiese, Gidget (Ron) Morris, Tami (David) Bramlett and Todd White; 17 loving grandchildren; four adoring great-grandchildren; as well as five brothers; and extended family and friends.  Viewing will be 6-8pm Friday, Feb 9 at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146.  Viewing before service will be from 10-10:45am Saturday, Feb 10, with service following at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8801 W Alexander Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89129.  Internment will follow service at 12:30pm at Palm Cemetery.  Everyone who knew and loved Jerry are invited.  Please come and celebrate his life with us.

Mary Anne Beal
Mary Anne (Beal) Hudson was born on August 5, 1942 and passed away on November 9, 2017.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Hudson Jr, a US Air Force Staff Seargent and then a beloved teacher at Camelback High for many years.  She was laid to rest at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix.

Doug Harsha
Douglas Wayne Harsha, 75, passed away after battling cancer, with his family by his side.  He is survived by his wife Pamela; his daughters and sons-in-law Stacey & Chuck Inderieden and Lorina & Danny McCabe; and five grandchildren Kyle & Ella Inderieden and Sylas, Kelty, & Maizie McCabe.  We are all going to miss him terribly.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Prescott United Methodist Church, at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, Sept 30,2017.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Marley House Hospice, 1065 Ruth St, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Judy Severson
Judy (Severson) White passed away on August 4, 2017.  Sorry, we have not found a published obituary.

Connie Gaffney
Constance Gaffney Marinello, April 26, 1942 – July 28, 2017.  (This simple announcement was posted by Dignity Memorial in Rancho Mirage, CA)

Jean McCullough
Wiloma "Jean" (McCullough) Bagley, age 75, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 20, 2017.  She is survived by her loving daughters Lori and Deean (Philip); 2 brothers Lynn and Michael (Sally); Proud Nana to 2 grandchildren Torrie (Andrew) and Trevin; Nee Nee to Jay, Kelsey, and Hannah; niece, nephew, many cousins and close friends.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents Wilson and Deloma McCullough and loving husband Galen Patrick "Pat" Bagley.  She would be the first to say her greatest joy in life was her family and children she took care of in her home.  Jean's beautiful life will forever be sustained by her family and friends through their precious memories.  We love you more, always and forever.  Jean's children have requested that a donation be honored in her name to Hospice of the Valley or St. Mary's Food Bank.  Services were held Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am at Green Acres Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ.

Ron Ballard
Ronald Lewis Ballard, 74, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on February 16, 2017.  Ron was born in Concordia, Kansas, but has been in the valley in the car business for 60 years.  He had a fantastic sense of humor and loved making people laugh.  He would often say he would like to be a doctor but he didn't have the “patience”!  Ron spent most of his career in the car industry in managements positions.  He worked at Madison Chevrolet and Courtesy Chevrolet as well as a VW dealership.  He spent the last 20 years refurbishing cars in his own garage and then reselling them.  He loved his family very much including all of his Kansas relatives.  Ron valiantly fought lung disease for the last 12 years.  Ron is survived by his loving wife, Sue Ballard; his two children, Kelly Vaupell and Dean Ballard; his three grandchildren, Drew Ballard, Madison and Sydney Vaupell; and his two sisters, Cheryl Keenan and Rhea Sack.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley.  Services were private.

Darlene Ross
Darlene Ross Morton, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on December 11, 2016 at age 74.  We do not have a published obituary to post here, but click here to see the program card from her memorial service.

Alan Harris
Alan B. Harris, of Laveen, AZ, passed away on October 24, 2015 at age 73.  He was born in Tacoma, Washington.  His family moved to Prescott, AZ and after a few years came to Phoenix.  Alan went to Camelback High School and later joined the Coast Guard.  Upon returning to Phoenix worked as a manager at Regal Service Stations.  Eventually started driving dump trucks for his former father-in-law.  Alan was the founder and owner of Alan Harris Trucking, Inc. for over 45 years before retiring in 2014.  An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, boating, hunting, and riding his ATV's.  Alan is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Mandy & husband Chris, son Damian & wife Le, and grandchildren Nicole, Rachel and Drake.  There were no services, as requested by Alan, however, the family is having a Celebration of Life in his honor on Dec. 5, 2015.  Please contact family members for information.

Brenda Davis
Brenda Davis Baldensperger passed away peacefully at home on July 5th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Brenda was born in Memphis, TN, in 1942 and moved to Phoenix in 1951 with her family where she graduated from Camelback H.S. and attended Phoenix College.  While working for Motorola she met, and in 1982 married, Art Baldensperger, creating a blended family that included six children.  Together they enjoyed golf, travel and made yearly trips to Hawaii.  After Art's retirement Brenda became a successful realtor.  Brenda also loved traveling with her sisters and brother-in-law.  She was adventurous and outgoing, a fabulous cook, and a loyal caregiver who recently advised us all to, "Eat well, do right, and have fun."  Brenda's love for life was obvious to all who were blessed to know her and she will be forever missed.  Preceding her in death were her husband Art Baldensperger and her parents Elaine Davis and Jesse Davis.  She is survived by sisters Deanne Drake (Jerry) and Crystal Davis, sons Don Cline and Mitchell Cline (Conchita), stepdaughters Sherri Kerr (Steve), Sandi McCoy (Mike), Stephanie Stahl (Steve), and stepson Rick Baldensperger (Carol).  She is also survived by ten grandchildren.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Steve Turner and the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care.  Please consider making a donation to carcinoid cancer research or Hospice of the Valley in Brenda's honor.

Bill Heskett
William Mark “Bill” Heskett, was born November 7, 1942, and passed away on June 26, 2015 in Murrieta, CA at his residence  He is survived by his spouse Regina “Gina”, son Chris, sons Mike and Scott Hughes, sister Bobbie, her daughters Gina and Christy plus his cousins Alynn, Sandy, Dianne, Sharon, Ron, Robin, Stacy, Lorrie, Jim, Rob and Mary Alice  Gina (maiden name Durbin) has brothers Art, Ralph and sisters Mary and Jan who along with their spouses, children and grandchildren all loved Bill with all their hearts  Bill worked for 32 years as a school psychologist at Saddleback School District in Mission Viejo after graduating from USC and made many wonderful friends there who will also miss him  Anyone who ever met Bill loved his sense of humor and the way about him that let them know he really cared about them  He was not afraid to pass on but only concerned about the pain it caused those left behind especially his wife and sons  Bill’s wishes were to be cremated and scattered in the Arizona desert once Gina joins him they will be scattered side by side on the Arizona side near Lake Mead where they had many great memories camping, boating and house boating with family and friends  It is the boys' job to get a party together and fulfill both of their last wishes!

Don Raskin
Donald Norman Raskin, beloved patriarch, passed away in San Diego May 17, 2015 at the age of 72.  Don Raskin was born July 26, 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is survived by his wife, Sherri Raskin; daughters Julie, Stacy, Jennifer, and Tammy Raskin; son Ferrel Raskin; brother Harvey Raskin; and grandchildren Lauren and Alexander Littenberg, Mackenzie and Samuel Kessler, Alyse Price, and Ryan and Rosie Raskin.  Family and friends remember Don as a loving family man, a maverick businessman, and an indomitable ALS survivor.  He deeply touched the lives of all who knew him.  Graveside services are being held Monday, May 25th at 2 PM, Beth Israel Memorial Cemetery, 305 South 35th Ave, Phoenix

Rick Covey
(abbreviated)  On May 4, 2015, Rick Covey teed up for his first round of heavenly golf, after spending 73 years honing his skills in preparation for this new course.  We smile at the thought of the joyous 19th hole welcoming he received from family and friends.  Rick was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 17, 1942, the oldest son of Rich and Mitzie Covey.  (Brothers) Steve and Rob joined the family a few years later.  He spent his youth tormenting his younger siblings while ice skating, sledding, and vacationing in Canada.  His fondest early memories were of swimming and fishing in the lakes near Park Rapids, Minnesota.  Rick’s love of cars started in his teens and never ended – Precious, his cherished Corvette, will miss his tinkering.  In 1959, Rick’s parents moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona, right after buying Rob that famous never-to-be-used sled.  Rick completed high school at Camelback High, lettering in track.  He went on to earn his BA in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.  To enhance his university experience, he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity in his freshman year.  Through this organization, strong bonds of friendship were created, including the one with life-long friend, Richard Parker.  The highlight of these years came with a senior year decision to enroll in an education class "to meet girls."  His mission was accomplished when he met Sue Williams.  Not only did he meet her, they married shortly after graduation, on October 17, 1964.  After a brief honeymoon in Vegas, the newlyweds embarked on a new and challenging adventure: parenthood. Mindy, Rich, and Jenny made Rick a father three times over. It (his marriage) was a partnership meant to endure: last year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while cruising the North Atlantic, with stops ashore to enjoy the fall colors.

Ron Fitzgerald
Ronald Fitzgerald, 72, of Big Creek (CA) died March 10.  He was a retired courier service owner.   Services to be held at a later date.  Arrangements: Farewell Funeral Service.

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Gary Baier
Gary Dwane Baier 72, of Henderson, NV passed away peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Sunrise Hospital.  He lived in the Las Vegas area since 1996 and was previously from Simi Valley, CA.  Gary was born July 16, 1942 to Dwane and Ila Jean (McCabe) Baier in Harlan, Iowa.  He graduated from Camelback High School, Phoenix, AZ in 1960.  On May 17, 1973 he married the former Constance Haeckner in Las Vegas.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, wildlife, and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife Constance, David Baier (Son) of Henderson, NV, Brenda & Pat Gifford (Daughter) of Clarksville, AR, Kimberly and Paul Lester (Daughter) of Henderson, NV, Judy Deforest (Sister) of San Marcos, TX, 6 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwane and Ila Jean, his sister Beverly (Baier) Bain, and daughter Tracey (Baier) Johnson.  A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00pm, Sunday, February 8 at 177 Laguna Hills Ct, Henderson, NV 89002 (Paul & Kim’s House).  Memorials may be sent to the above address.

Georgia Shrewsbury
Georgia (Shrewsbury) Johnson, 72, a Phoenix native, passed away in Phoenix from natural causes on January 1, 2015.  Georgia was the oldest child of Clif and Grace Shrewsbury.  She graduated from Camelback High School in 1960 and married Jim Johnson in 1960.  Together they started an electronic company, selling it in 1984 to start an orchid company, which they sold in 1994 and retired.  They happily celebrated their 55th Anniversary on December 30th, just before her passing.  Georgia had other interests besides orchids.  She loved cross stitching, sewing and children.  Over the years she was a nanny to seven children which she cared for from diapers to their first day of school.  Georgia was predeceased by her parents and two sisters Marsha (CHS 64) and Dixie (CHS 67).  Survivors included her husband Jim, daughter Barbara (Johnson) Lee, grandsons Justin Lee and Tristan Lee, and Granddaughter Caitlin Lee.

Carol (Wood) Longstaff
Carol Longstaff passed away December 8, 2014.  She is survived by her beloved husband Derek, mother Irene, sons Will and Rodney, brothers Bill and Don and grandsons Keifer, Hunter and Tony along with her countless friends.  Carol was passionate about family, food, work, and traveling.  We will all miss her.  A memorial service to celebrate her wonderful life will be held at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, December 17 at 10am.  Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.

Myra (Beall) Banes
After her brave battle with lung cancer, Myra Lenore Banes, 72, went home to be with the Lord Jesus October 9, 2014.  Myra, eldest of seven siblings, was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 12, 1942.  In 1952, her father moved the family and business, Beall's Plumbing and Air Conditioning, to Phoenix, Arizona.  Myra learned bookkeeping from her grandmother and married Wayne R. Francis at the young age of 17.  During their 15-year marriage, they had three children together.  Myra later married her late husband, Robert Banes whom she worked with at Beall's Plumbing.  For 37 years, Myra and "Bob" were constant companions in work, family and leisure.  They kept busy raising their eight children, running the plumbing company, and serving their Lord together at North Phoenix Baptist Church.  With their free moments together, they savored the beauty of God's creation as they traveled and fished the many lakes of Northern Arizona, Montana, and Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her father James Robert Beall, mother Edna Meissner Beall-Bugbee, husbands Wayne Francis and Robert Banes, infant son Jeffery Francis, and infant grandson Derek Michael.  She leaves behind four sisters, Peggy, Julie, Karen, and Crystal, her two brothers Edward and Alan, her eight children Steve, Mike (Mara), Rick, Brenda, Cynthia (Brian), Dale, Chris, and Jennifer (Vincent), 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 18th at North Phoenix Baptist Church.  The visitation and viewing will be at 9am prior to the funeral service at 10am.  Interment to follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 West Van Buren Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valiey, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Bob Schedler
The following biographical info was provided by Bob's wife Karen.  Robert Otto Schedler passed away peacefully on August 29, 2014.  He was surrounded by family that supported him through a long period of illness.  Bob entered the US Navy upon graduation from CHS and spent three years seeing the Pacific from a sailor's vantage point.  Upon leaving the Navy, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Arizona State University.  His first year of teaching was at Coronado High in Scottsdale, and subsequent years (35 in all) were in the Mesa Public Schools - at Fremont Jr. High, Poston Jr. High, and ultimately at Dobson High School where he served as the social studies department chair and history/geography teacher.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years (Karen), his two children (Kurt and Susan), and two grandchildren.

Sondra (Pinney) McMenimen
McMenimen, Sondra Kay, 71, of Tempe AZ passed away on 7/28/14.  Born on 7/29/1942 in Indiana, Sondra moved to Arizona at the age of seven.  She is survived by her husband, Jim McMenimen, her daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Murray Hocking of Tempe, Arizona, and her son and daughter-in-law Todd and Missy McMenimen, of Bayfield, Colorado.  She is also survived by her beloved grandsons Stephen Hocking, Austin McMenimen, and Colter McMenimen.  Those who have been touched by Sondra's abundant love, humor, kindness, and strength are invited to join her family for a celebration of life to be held at Doubletree by Hilton, 2100 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282, 8/23/14 at 11am.

Mickey Scott
Scott, Michael "Mickey" E, 72, Owner/Operator of Payson Radiator Sales, Inc of Payson/Rye, AZ passed away on June 18, 2014 after battling a short illness.  Mickey moved from LaPorte, IN to Phoenix, AZ area with his parents in 1954, and after graduating Camelback High School moved back to LaPorte/Michigan City where he had a gas station/automotive shop.  Mickey moved back to Payson in 1988, where he worked for Walmart several years before starting his radiator business presently located in Rye, AZ.  Mickey is survived by his mother, Maryann Scott-Allen, sister Jacquelyn Jantz and daughters Gina Keeling-Hatcher and Jennifer Wilson.  His dog "Rusty" also greatly loved Mickey and misses him, as we all do.  Mickey's daughters are presently continuing to run his radiator business.  At a date to be determined, Mickey's ashes will go to Green Acres Mortuary in Scottsdale.

Bob Stephenson
Stephenson, Robert B. "Bob" passed away on Nov. 21, 2013.  Dear dad of Greg (Lori), Wayne (Nichole) and Danielle Stephenson; dear grandpa of Kadan Stephenson; dear brother of Diane (Thomas) Waters; our dear uncle, cousin and friend of many.  Bob loved sports and fishing.  Memorial Service 12:00 PM Wed. Nov. 27, 2013, at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Alice Weaver
Alice Weaver, Phoenix native, passed away from natural causes on February 21, 2013, in Phoenix.  Alice was the youngest child of Ed and Laura Weaver, born on February 25, 1942.  She graduated from Camelback High School in 1960, joined the American Foreign Service and served in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Washington DC.  Her favorite place in the world was Guatemala.  Alice retired to Phoenix in 1997, where she volunteered at the Arizona Humane Societ and the Area Center for Aging. She will be remembered for her dry wit, large laugh and generosity of spirit.  All who knew her are richer from her time on earth.  She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Teresa.  Alice is survived by her nephews, Frank and Dan; her nieces, Kathi and Kristi; her cousins, Pam, Judy and Jan; and many more grand-nieces, grand-nephews and second cousins.  Services will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013, 11am at Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale.  Donations can be made in Alice's name to the Arizona Humane Society.  Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolence.

Scott Nelson
Robert Scott Nelson, March 14, 1942 - February 16, 2013:  Long time resident of Gresham, Oregon, Scott Nelson passed away in his home at the age of 70.  Born in La Jolla, California to Jesse and Opal Nelson, Scott is survived by his wife, Caryn; their children: Jana, Holly, J.R., Eric, Lindsay, and Aimee; seventeen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Julie Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona.  In addition, Scott was a foster parent to many children in the Portland area.  Scott served in the military as a Captain.  He also worked in real estate and corporate sales, and most recently was the owner and proprietor of Harvest Mill Bakery for over fifteen years.  He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as a volunteer in several community organizations. With a lively sense of humor and genuine interest in people, Scott touched the lives of many throughout his life.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Denny and Jim.

Bonnie (Bachtel) Schwarz
There was no obituary published.  The following was composed by Sharon (Grimes) Troutt after consulting with Bonnie's daughter Laura.  Bonnie (Bachtel) Schwarz passed away on January 30, 2013 from a stroke.  She had been struggling the last few years with multiple medical conditions but was still enjoying all the activities with her family.  She was a wonderful homemaker and at her happiest when surrounded by children and grandchildren.  Her side project for the last couple of years was to knit baby caps and donate them to the newborn infants at Thunderbird Hospital.  She loved to shop and never missed a yard sale.  Her focus was always on her family and though she hated having her picture taken, we are sure many favorite memories were captured through the years.  She is survived by her daughter Laura, son Darrell, granddaughters Jessica & Amanda, and grandson Kyle.  In addition, Bonnie was graced with 5 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Richard Bachtel, of Montana, who was also our classmate.  We know she is missed by all who knew and loved her, and our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Sharon Friedman
Sharon Edith (Friedman) Lynch:  Sharon E. Lynch, 68, of Warrenton, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, while on vacation in Gallup, N.M.  She was born March 14, 1943, in Buffalo, N.Y.  She was raised in Phoenix, Ariz.  She attended high school and received excellent grades.  On Dec. 24, 1964, she married Peter C. Lynch in Phoenix.  He survives, residing in Warrenton.  The couple moved to the North Coast about seven years ago.  Mrs. Lynch was a customer service representative for Honeywell.  She retired in 1997.  She also worked in antique sales, and as a clerk at Phog Bounders in Astoria.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church.  She volunteered at the Tri-City Spay & Neuter Thrift Store for approximately five years.  Family members said she loved Oregon, especially the coast.  \In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Peter David Lynch of Quincy, Ill., and Thomas C. Lynch of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren.  A memorial will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St. in Warrenton.

Ken Schmehl
Kenneth Gordon Schmehl, October 10, 1942 - May 9, 2012: Kenneth Schmehl, age 69, of Granger, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  He was born in Alamosa, California to parents Gordon Schmehl and Edna Smith Schmehl.  A memorial service to celebrate Kenneth's life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Gabriel Oaks Church of Christ at 1904 South Austin Avenue in Georgetown, Texas.

John Hardy
John Smith Hardy, 69, passed on October 30, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born on November 27, 1942, in Phoenix, Arizona to parents William and Mildred Christine (Black) Hardy and had a brother, William Hardy.  John was a Vietnam veteran and suffered with ill health for quite a few years before his passing.  Internment will take place on December 9th, 2011, at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.