Lucy V Moreno

Lucy V. Moreno, age 91 entered into the arms of God on 09-27-2020 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Camp 50 Litchfield Park, AZ on 03-02-1929 to parents Manuel & Emeteria Villa. She was second oldest to 9 children. On Feburary 4th, 1951 she married Henry S. Moreno. They had 3 children.

She had a career at Goodyear Aero Space for 25 years before retiring where she helped build the air ships for the Goodyear blimps.

She was a beautiful women, had a career and was able to balance her life with her children, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and many friends. Making each and everyone of them feel special. She was a great cook, and loved entertaining in her home. She had a green thumb to grow flowers, roses and many plants. She could knit, crochet, and macrame. To know her was to love her.

Surviving are 3 sisters, Josie, Sallie, Hope (Eddie) and 1 brother Nate. Two children Henry, Diane (Danny) and Connie who predeceased her Nov. 1, 2017. Three grandchildren Monica, Carlos and Jennifer. 10 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren with 2 on the way; and many, many nieces and nephews who adored her.

In addition to her husband and parents and daughter Connie, she was also predeceased by her brother Manuel, Tony, Raymond, and Arnulfo.

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Robert K. (Bob) Spitler

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Phoenix – Robert “Bob” Spitler, 94, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on April 3, 2021.

He was born in Fresno, California on January 27, 1927. Bob earned his Associates Degree from Pasadena Jr. College.

Bob was married to Ruth Anne Alexander on May 25, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob had a career as an Aerospace Engineer at Goodyear & Lockheed for 40 years.

Bob was a member of the NRA and had a passion for hunting and fishing.

Bob is survived by his love of 65 years Ruth Anne Spitler; his children Laura Rose, Cindy Jepsen and Gary May; 3 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Bob is preceded by his parents and brother Harley.

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Marcella Williams

Marcella Williams passed away on March 25th.

There will be a Memorial Service at White Tanks Park, Area 4, Black Rock Trail Head, on April 29, at 9 AM.

Masks will be required.

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Don Turner

Donald Wendell Turner 63, a longtime resident of Avondale, died early in the morning of February 2, 2021. He had been diagnosed with cancer just two days before Thanksgiving. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Fairy May and Carl Parker and Carroll and Hazel Turner; his mother, Myrtle May Parker Turner Meller; and his two older brothers, David Wayne and Dennis Wade Turner. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Dubbins Turner; his son, Phillip Carroll Turner; his heart-adopted daughter, Nicole Coster; his father, Warren Harvey and loving step mother Judy Ainsworth Turner; brother, Douglas Warren Turner and his family; Sister, Joanne Lynn Turner Pekich and her family all of Pennsylvania; Nephew and niece, Joseph and Samantha Edmonds; Niece, Rachael Turner; the extended Ainsworth family and also by his buddies, Looper and Scruffy.


Don was employed by Arizona State University as an Environmental Systems Analysist. Previous to that he was employed by Goodyear Aerospace/ Loral Defense Systems / Lockheed after graduating from IUP in Indiana, Pennsylvania. His goal after graduation was to return to Arizona.


Don was loving son, caring brother, wonderful husband and loving, supporting father. He was an active mentor not only to his family but to the Scouts of Troop 90 BSA, the Phoenix Boys Choir, his son’s basketball teams in the Litchfield Basketball League and to his co-workers who were just beginning their careers. He was an active genealogist, and supporter of his wife’s students. He loved his 47 Ford and was always planning on working on it. He loved restoring old furniture. Most of all he was a movie buff. One of his favorite was “Groundhog Day”. He chose that day to pass.


He was a friend to many including Shary, Mary Ellen, and Rich who made up his Arizona family.
We thank Holy Cross Funeral Home and Cemetery for al l their help. A memorial get together will be held at a later date with lasagna, diet coke optional.

He will be missed by many. Till we meet again, Sweetheart. We love you.

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Flite Goodyear takes off

By Tom Scanlon, West Valley View Managing Editor

Jan 27, 2021

Flite Goodyear, which cranked out fighter jets and tranquil blimps in the early days of the West Valley, is taking off again.

Daryl Burton, owner of Reliance Management of Phoenix and of Flite Goodyear, said the campus is growing fast from 60 tenants. “At the end of this year, we’ll probably have 80.”

Ultimately, he expects 120 to 150 companies here….

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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Virginio Munos Fimbres (Tata Moo)

Virginio Muños Fimbres, 96, of Tolleson died Jan. 30, 2021, in Phoenix.
Born to Jose Fimbres and Luisa Muños, Mar. 6, 1924 in Phoenix.


Married to Isabell Cuen Fimbres Nov. 30, 1943, who preceded his death in 2013, along with 6 brothers, Antonio, Jose, Manuel, Juan, Jorge, and Federico Quinonez and 3 sisters, Leonor, Francisca, and Bertina.


Virginio was a very proud Marine Veteran who served in WWII as a 1st division Amphibious Tractor Crewman. Retiring from Goodyear Aerospace, he spent his remaining years enjoying life on the Fimbres ranch.


Survived by his children Virginio II (Beverly), Christopher Sr. (Angelina); 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 9 great-great grandchildren.

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Gary Bernard (Godsil) Shepard

(Godsil) Shepard, Gary Bernard 3/11/1941 – 1/15/2021 Phoenix, AZ Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and avid Hot Rod enthusiast, Gary Bernard (Godsil) Shepard (aged 79) passed away on 01/15/21 from complications of Covid-19, resulting in multiple organ failure. He is preceded in death by his parents Bernard L. Godsil and Helen M. Godsil of Galesburg, IL; Brother, Greg T Godsil; Spouse, Virginia (Ginny) B Shepard; Step-Son’s, Brian K. Shepard and Kevin S Shepard.

He is survived by his youngest son, Gary B. Shepard II; Sister Pam Dykema and her husband, Bob Dykema; 1st Spouse, Dixie Godsil with 4 other son’s, Robert Godsil, Michael Godsil, Tom Godsil, and William Godsil; Grandchildren, Broghan B. Shepard, Andrew and Eliana Shepard; Daughter-In-Law, Diane M Shepard.

Born in Galesburg, IL Gary was of the Catholic Faith. He attended catholic school and graduated from Corpus Christi / Lyceum High School . Gary loved to go fast, take risks, and more importantly have fun! He spent most of his younger years, building, refurbishing, and even pin-striping classic cars. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, sometimes riding snowmobiles, as well as collecting and selling antiques.

He served in the United States Airforce from 1961 – 1965, with an Honorable Discharge and ending rank of A1C. He was stationed at Grissom Air Reserve Base (Bunker-Hill) in Kokomo, IN. His assignment while serving in the Air Force specialized in Aircraft Maintenance, part of the 305th Bomber Wing. He serviced the B58 Hustler and KC-135 aircraft.

After leaving the military, he took on the role as Manager of a First Federal Savings & Loan Branch located in Vicksburg, MI where he remained until relocating to Litchfield Park, AZ. During his initial time in Arizona, he utilized his mastery carpenter skills to hang doors “the right way” and several other home construction projects for new builds in Sun City. Gary soon after became employed with Goodyear Aerospace, which later became Loral Defense Systems and eventually was purchased by Lockheed Martin. He served in a financial role managing several Defense Contracts under the Skunk Works program and associated with Engineering Planning for the SR-71 Blackbird. He retired shortly after the passing of his sincerely beloved wife, Ginny in 1999.

Gary did not have any directives in regards to donating to charities or other organization’s recognized in his honor. His wishes were to be cremated and his remains reunited with his late spouse at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ. Any thoughts, memories, prayer’s, or condolences are at the request to be submitted to Best Funeral Services in Peoria, AZ or directly to his youngest surviving son at: shep2itive@gmail.com. Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 https://www.bestfuneralservices.com/

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Robert Marque

Robert Marque passed away on December 13, 2020 at the age of 81. He leaves a legacy of love to his family and friends, and will be missed forever. A private Celebration of Life will be held on a future date.

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Delbert (Del) John Schoephoerster

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Delbert (Del) John Schoephoerster

Phoenix – After 91 incredible years on this earth, Delbert (Del) John Schoephoerster died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, December 13 surrounded by loved ones at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Born February 25, 1929 in Porter, Minnesota to Ida Schultz and Elmer Schoephoerster he was the second of 6 boys: Dale, Del, Merle, Harold, Ralph and Roy. The Schoephoerster Boys were legend for their honesty, kindness, hard work and humor. Growing up in frigid North Dakota, when Del stepped off the plane in Phoenix in December 1956 for a job interview at Goodyear Aerospace, he knew Phoenix was the place for him. Shortly after moving to the land of sun and citrus, he met the love of his life, Helen, on a blind date. They were married on December 27, 1958, and lived an amazing, full, and loving life together for nearly 62 years.

Born during the Depression, hard work was a lifestyle for Del. He worked his way through college at North Dakota State University where he graduated with honors with a degree in electrical engineering. He was part of a group of pioneers in the field of radio and satellite engineering and dedicated 35 years of his career to Goodyear Aerospace, now Loral Space & Communications. Much of the technology we enjoy today, we know we owe in some part to this group of esteemed men.

He was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church for 60 years where he and Helen were founding members of All Saints Episcoal Day School. He was a life-long avid reader, especially of history, and loved exploring our world through travel especially with friends and loved ones. He was known for his playful pranks, good nature, love of animals (especially dogs), and incredible athleticism in his younger days. A gentle, just, intelligent, and compassionate man beyond measure, he was respected and loved by truly all.

Del was the last of The Schoephoerster Boys to leave this earth, and while many mourn his earthly absence, we rejoice in the reunion of the boys at last. He is survived by wife, Helen, and daughters Susie and Gwen, their respective spouses Bill Hunter and David Ficklin, adoring grandchildren Chloe, Charley, Nicole and Ryan, and countless nieces and nephews.

A private funeral ceremony will be held Friday, December 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona. His ashes will be committed in the All Saints Close Garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Visit hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.

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Loretta Kuhler

Loretta Kuhler of Litchfield Park Passed away on November 11, 2020. She was born in Littlefield Texas in 1941 to Delila and Phillip Simnacher. She was the youngest of four children and the last survivor of that family. She married her spouse Ronald Kuhler in 1962 at St Philip Catholic Church in Pep, Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Ron, and four children, Ron Jr. (Jill), Lance (Susie), Amanda (Dave), and Kent (Diane) and eleven grandchildren.

She attended Pep High School, graduating in 1959. She earned a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and worked for Del Webb and the State of Arizona where she was manager of payroll for DHS and subsequently DES. She retired from the state in 1998.

Her favorite hobbies included hiking, fishing, gardening, traveling by motorhome and birding, with the objective being to observe and identify all the species endemic to North America.

While she has enjoyed travel and forays into exotic places, her most enjoyable parts of life were her family and grandchildren. She held them as babies, took them on outings and watched them grow to beautiful individuals. She watched grandchildren in volleyball games, swim meets, wrestling matches and basketball games. She attended many graduations with 3 now in high school, 6 in college and 1 graduated from college.

Fall and spring gardens were always an active time of year where planting and care of fruits and vegetables brought her back to her early childhood of growing up on a farm in the Pep community.

Her most notable and enjoyable travels included the 4 biennial lenten “pilgrimages” led by the Archbishop of Santa Fe to Spain, Rome and Israel, central Europe, and finally the “Footsteps of St. Paul” thru Greece and Turkey.

In her travels she saw the peaks of Kilimanjaro, Everest, Denali, Mont Blanc, stood on the Serengeti plain and climbed the steps of Machu Picchu. She crossed the Andes and rafted on the headwaters of the Amazon, entered the great pyramid of Giza, jumped with the Masai, walked thru the Taj Mahal, stood on the heights of Montserrat, and visited and worshiped in most of the holy places of Israel and Rome. She visited many of the great cathedrals of Spain, England, Italy and central Europe. She stood on the equator and tested the coriolis effect. She walked on the sands of Bora Bora and the other French Polynesian islands. She motorhomed in 49 states and visited the 50th many times. She lived a full and beautiful life and will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and will be terribly missed by all.

She was a member of St Thomas Aquinas since its inception as a parish and was a eucharistic minister for many years. She was a catechism teacher and assisted her spouse with the RCIA instruction in the early days of the parish.

Loretta’s Memorial services will be held at 10 am on November 20th, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with interment of the ashes in Holy Cross cemetery immediately following.  Click here for full details.

 In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hospice of the Valley.

The Beautiful Life of Loretta Kuhler

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