Bill Renfroe

Services for Bill Renfroe were held Thursday August 9th and were well attended.
He was buried with USAF Military honors. He worked at GAC/Loral for 45 years and met his wife, Wanda at work and they were married for 45 years.

He was a gifted Structures design engineer working on many mobile missile transporter and erector programs.

He designed and built an experimental airplane, flew a Cessna 172.
He and Wanda installed a sound system in their church with Wanda doing the soldering, a skill she had developed at GAC. Together they built a cabin north of Prescott.
He had been in a Nursing home for the last 2 yrs.
Find a lot of family pictures by clicking on the link below…

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Wanda Clark Ward

We have been informed by her daughter, Christene Gore, that Wanda Alice Ward passed away on May 16, 2018 at her home in Duchesne, Utah, at age of 83.
She was born on December 10, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Wilda Lydick Wilhelm. She married James Richard Clark and he later died, she married James Blane Ward and he later died.
Wanda worked for Goodyear Aerospace for 30 years and retired as a Quality Control Supervisor. She is survived by her children, Christene Gore of Duchesne, Utah, Victoria Clark of Seaside, Oregon, Richard Clark of Surprise, Az., Ronald Clark of Germany, 6 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.
A memorial service may be planned at a later date.  Further information will be forwarded when available.

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Shirley Muise

09/08/1930 – 04/19/2018
Service Date: 04/30/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Willowbrooke United Methodist Church, 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85373
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Shirley June Hoppa Muise passed away at her home on April 19, 2018 at the age of 87. She was the loving wife of James B. Muise who preceded her in death.

Shirley was born on September 9, 1930 in Breckinridge, Minnesota, the only child to loving parents Victor Hoppa and Ruth Osborne Hoppa.

On Monday, April 30th Shirley’s funeral will be held at Willowbrook United Methodist Church at 19390 N 99th Ave. Sun City, Az, 85373. A one hour viewing will begin at 9AM, followed by the church service at 10AM. She will be buried with her husband at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Shirley’s grew up in Minnesota and moved to Whittier, California in the fifties where she met and married her husband of over 50 years James. Together they traveled extensively and lived in several places including New York, San Francisco, India, and Page, Arizona, prior to settling in Sun City. She was active in the Sun City Players and the Aqua Sun Swim Team. She volunteered as a poll worker for all major elections. Shirley loved the Arizona climate for over 40 years.

Shirley was an organized and efficient person. She was employed as an administrative secretary, security manager, and school secretary at various businesses. She worked for the Goodyear Company in Goodyear, AZ in the 70’s and 80’s where she was highly regarded. She often spoke about her experiences with humor and candor. Her family especially enjoyed her antidotes about the time she and James spent in the country of India.

Shirley had a quick wit, no nonsense approach to life. While she professed to hate cooking and said her ideal home would be one without a kitchen, she was a wonderful cook and a delightful hostess.

She was a loving aunt to her nieces Madeleine Kempf Zimmerman of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Christine Kempf of Cincinnati, Ohio. She will be greatly missed by her grandnieces Krista Zimmerman Super and Melissa Zimmerman as well as great grandnephew Nick Super and great grandniece Brooke Super. The family of Judge Robert Spears, her cousin in Minnesota, his wife Margo and children Connor and Hannah, fondly care for and remember Shirley. Shirley’s many friends and acquaintances will also miss her infectious laugh.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested for Handi-Capables and
mailed to 10118 West Deanne Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351.

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Chuck Willey

The Memorial for Chuck will be held at 11:00 next Saturday, March 17th at Sun City Christian Church (9745 W. Palmeras Drive, Sun City, AZ 85373).

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Amelia Gloria (Rojas) Carlock

Phoenix – September 14, 1924 – February 7, 2018

Gloria Passed away “at work” on February 7, 2018 in the company of friends and caregivers at the Suntree Adult Center and School for Seniors. She is survived by her daughters Phyllis Wheeler (John), Sandra Ferniza (Juan) and JoAnn Hesson. In addition, she was beloved by 8 grandchildren: Jaime and Javier Ferniza, Micaela Inman (John); John “Chuck”, Michael and Colleen Wheeler (Jon Bowser); James Hesson (Lee) and Ken Hesson; 18 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter, two great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carlock; mother, Petra “Lupe” Rojas; father, Bernardo Rojas; sisters, Margaret and Ester Rojas; and, brothers, Ralph and Henry Rojas and two great grandchildren. She was a native Arizonan and a witness to history that 93 years of an active and well-lived life illuminated.

She graduated from Tolleson High School and joined friends in the manufacturing plants of Goodyear during WWII. She loved to dance and was a jitterbug queen with her brother Ralph; and sang off key when listening to favorite boleros and mariachi music.
She followed the example of her mother as a community volunteer at SS Simon & Jude Parish engaging her daughters with CYO activities. Later she played Scrabble and other games with participants at the Phoenix Center for the Blind where she met her late husband, Jim. She supported his business by doing the books after a day of work at Motorola in Quality Control. Her Spanish-speaking skills and her QC skills earned her a place on the team Motorola sent to Guadalajara, Mexico to train employees at the new plant. When she retired from Motorola she joined their outstanding team of volunteers serving the Fiesta Bowl events.

Late in life her memory faded as a result of Alzheimer’s but it never robbed her of a strong work ethic. She “worked” at the Foundation for Senior Living Monsignor Ryle Adult Center and the Suntree Adult Center where she passed peacefully. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 13, 2018

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Ken Van Meter

The service for Ken will be this coming Saturday (February 10) at
77545 W Rose Garden Ln, Glendale, AZ 85308.

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Robert Snyder

Robert Snyder was a senior Tech on the SR-71 Program, he passed away this past February 4, 2018) and the services are at the Thompson Funeral Home Goodyear,Az this Friday.

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