Phyllis Jean Hayes

March 23, 2011

Phyllis Jean McKelvey Hayes: Beloved mother, grandmother, friend…left this world on February 26, 2011 to be with her Lord and Savior. She served here on earth as a school teacher, wife, mother, professional decorator, realtor, and house remodel designer. Sun City, AZ was her home for the last 23 years. She is survived by her three daughters Glenna Bray, Ginny Fennelly and Sherry Faith. She had six grandchildren: Travis, Nicki, Hallei, Daron, Jennifer and Stephanie. She had 10 great-grandchildren: Desiray, Cameron, Mason, Audrey, Sean, Jazmine, Jack, Sarai, Brayden, and Stevie Ray.

Funeral services will be held on April 16, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City at 1pm.

The family would appreciate in lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Valley. You can either send them in to Hospice of the Valley, Fund Development, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Or you can go online:

Ruth Freidaricka Thompson, Becker, Keehn

March 21, 2011

Ruth F. Keehn was born August 26, 1918 in Inver Grove, Minnesota to John and Christine Elizabeth Schindeldecker Thompson. Ruth was the second born of four children including, Henry, Leonard and Delmar Thompson. All the above preceded her in death.
Ruth was baptized at Old Emanuel Lutheran Church and confirmed at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ruth lived in different areas in Minnesota and attended both parochial and public schools; and later in life attended business school.
Ruth married Ignatius D. Becker, November 5, 1938 at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota. They had two sons, Roger I. and Allen D. Becker. Ignatius preceded Ruth in death March 17, 1953. Ruth then attended business school and was employed at Paper Calmenson Steel, where she met Robert L. Keehn. They were married, August 29, 1961. They both retired from Paper Calmenson Steel, May 1980. Ruth and Robert came to Sun City, Arizona in 1981 on vacation as snow birds and in 1991 they became permanent residents. Robert preceded Ruth in death July 21, 1994 both were members of Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, Sun City, Arizona.
Ruth is survived by her sons, Roger I. (Betty) Becker and Allen D. (Patty) Becker. Four grandchildren, Debby Ruth (Kent) Stone, Roger A. Becker, Christina M. (Michael) Garden and Patrick A. (Shannon) Becker; four great granddaughters, Elizabeth, Natalie, Holly Ruth Stone and Isabel Becker.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 09, 2011 at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, 11025 N. 111th Avenue, Sun City, AZ 85351-4020. Visitation is at 10:30 AM and the service is at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers a memorial gift is preferred to Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church. 623-933-1359.

Interment at Elim Lutheran Church Cemetery, 20971 Olinda Trail Scandia Trail North, Scandia, Minnesota 55073, 651-433-2723.

LaVerne “Cliff” Cox

March 18, 2011

Cliff, as he preferred to be called, was born July 23rd,1940, at his home in Leland, Iowa. He attended country elementary school and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1958. Cliff went onto to complete carpentry trade school. He made a career out of building homes throughout the Albert Lea area. On September 3rd, 1960 Cliff married Jean Ulstad in Casper, Wyoming. They lived in Casper for around 10 years before heading back to the Midwest. Cliff and Jean lived most of their married life in Albert Lea where they raised four children, Ron, Arlene, Audra and Janel. They were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran church back in Albert Lea. Cliff and Jean retired in Sun City West, AZ over seven years ago. They enjoyed club square dancing as a couple, both in Minnesota and most recently in Arizona. Cliff and Jean truly treasured their retirement years together in Arizona, from the luxury of all the fruit trees that were right at hand, in their own back yard, to just being able to get out and enjoy all the winter months, leaving their old snow shovels behind. Cliff and Jean celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past September while at the same time celebrating Cliff’s 70th Birthday with family and friends.

Cliff had a great love of the outdoors; he was a true outdoorsman. He was an avid wild game hunter and enjoyed fishing as well. What people will probably remember most about Cliff is his sense of humor. His conversations typically began with a joke, which were not always the most appropriate ones you were prepared to hear. He always loved a good laugh. Cliff enjoyed time spent with his eight, beautiful grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.

We will always remember you, Cliff.
You were a wonderful husband,
a dear father, a special grandpa and great friend to many!

Cliff is survived by his wife Jean T. Cox; children Ronald Cox, Arlene (David) Long, Audra Cox, Janel (Patrick) Lacke; brothers, Kenneth (Mavis) Cox, Wallace (Elaine) Cox; brother-in-law Rev. Harold Krentz; sisters, Dorothy Olson & Georgia (Wayne) Andersen; grandchildren, Jordan, Cody, Jenna, Logan, Taylor, Bain, Jaren & Julia.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Mabel Cox, his brother Virgil Cox and sister Vivian Krentz.
Visitation and service 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Visitation also will be held 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Bayview-Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea, MN with funeral services to follow at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN. Burial will be at his old country church in Lake Mills, Iowa

Emerson B. Laibe

March 17, 2011

Emerson B. Laibe of Sun City passed away March 16, 2011. He was born in Pandora, Ohio, on May 1, 1909 to Edward W. and Lois (Bowers) Laibe. He attended school in Pandora and Kelvinator School of Refrigeration in Detroit. Lavera, whom he married in 1937 preceded him in death July 8, 2008. He is survived by one daughter Patricia (William J.) Baker of Peoria; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 brothers. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with scripture service at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memoriams may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.

John Patrick Convey, Jr., Lt. Col. U.S.A.F., Retired

March 15, 2011

John Patrick Convey, Jr. passed away peacefully in Sun City, AZ on March 7, 2011 at the age of 85. John was born to Mary and John Convey on September 26, 1925 in Olean, NY and was raised in Roulette, PA where he maintained a lifelong home.

John joined the military during World War II and left the service in 1945. He was recalled to service during the Korean conflict and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. He served in Honolulu, HI, Sacramento, CA and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado where he taught the first class of cadets at the Academy. John was awarded the Bronze Star for service in the Viet Nam conflict. John also served as a Chief Systems Engineer for the Titan III missile project in Los Angeles, CA. He retired after 27 years of service in 1970 and worked as an engineer and executive for 10 years.

John graduated St. Bonaventure’s College, UCLA and achieved his Master’s Degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. John had a lifelong commitment to education and taught at the Air Force Academy, American River College and Embry Riddle University.

John was an avid fly fisherman, golfer, and traveler. He was also an active and dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth Council 12144.

John married Susan Alday on March 3, 1945 in Phoenix, AZ and they had four children: Cynthia, Michael, Tricia and Mark and five grandchildren: Brian, Sara, Susan, Andrew and Michelle. John married Josephine Adams on June 3, 1989 and traveled the world with her.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Susan; and his son, Mark. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ and a celebration of his life will be held in June, 2011 at St. Gabriel’s in Port Allegany, PA.

Vera Johanna Cummings

March 15, 2011

Vera Johanna Cummings died suddenly in Sun City, AZ, on January 3, 2011. She was over 103 years old. She was born August 10, 1907 to Paul and Charlotte (Moeller) Nickel.

She is being buried beside her beloved husband Stanley in Hastings, MI. During many decades of living in Hastings she was very active in the local community including with several area Ben Franklin stores.

She is remembered by her family as a gentle dignified and loving mother and gramie. They were blessed to have her for such a unique length of time. Even the governor of Arizona just recently recognized her as a special citizen.

Vera is survived by her son, Tom (Betty Lou) Cummings of Westport, CT; grandsons, Mark (Lisa) Cummings of California, Matthew (Michele) Cummings, Todd (Kate) Cummings all of Connecticut; five great grandchildren; Matthew Jr., Caroline, Toby, Ella, and Zoe.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. A time of remembrance will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in the spring.

Douglas Lin Smith

March 15, 2011

Douglas Lin Smith (54) was called to his Heavenly home on March 14, 2011 after a short but valiant fight with cancer. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, he dedicated his life to his faith, his family, and his country. He left behind a legacy of love and a strong testimony of Jesus Christ that is mirrored in his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to all who knew him and hero to his family. He is survived by his wife (Allene “Bobbi” Smith) their children (Mary and Eric Talbot, Michelle and Ryan Rodgers, Leslie Smith, Kathryn and Luken Grace, John Smith and Charity Smith), 12 grandchildren, his parents (Clarence and Loraine Smith), his siblings (Scott and June [McClure] Smith, Stephen and Lethia Smith, Miles and Barbra Smith, Kristen and Aaron Coon, Jon Paul Smith, Patti Ann and Robert Spicer, and Jamie Smith) and numerous other friends and loved ones. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lake Pleasant Ward, 9543 W. Jomax Rd., Peoria, AZ 85383 with interment to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

James Michael Boyum

March 9, 2011

James Michael Boyum – November 19, 1950 – March 5, 2011. Loving husband, son, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, went home to be with his Lord. Jim was an avid hunter and woodworker who had a passion to play softball. But, his heavenly father and family were the most important things in his life. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Gia Boyum, BJ (Carla) Boyum, Shane (Lauren) Boyum and April (Ryan) King; his parents Jim and Teresa Boyum; his three brothers Tom (Janet), Mark (Cindy) and Dan (Pam); his sisters Kathy (Michael) and Sue and his 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services to be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at Grace Bible Church, 4002 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, Arizona 85308. Donations are suggested to the Sun City Softball Assn., 10842 W. Acacia Dr., Sun City, AZ 85373 or to the Grace Bible Church.

Kenneth Albert Lilly

March 8, 2011

Kenneth Albert Lilly, 80, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away March 6, 2011. Born in Bosoco, West Virginia, Mr. Lilly moved to Arizona in 1946. He was U.S. Navy veteran of Korea and was employed as a sheet metal worker for Goettl Brothers Co. He was a member of the Church of God A.W.A. (A Worldwide Association); the Phoenix Sportsmen’s Association, the Goettl Bros. Search & Rescue Unit and a member of Rotary Club International-Estrella. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Private interment will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Wesley Richard Koenig

March 7, 2011

Wesley Richard Koenig was born October 30, 1919 in Muscatine, Iowa to Carl Koenig and Manila Nyenhuis. He went to his Lord on March 5, 2011 in Sun City, Arizona. He is survived by seven children and their families; Wesley and Maureen Koenig in Arizona; Gerald and Gabby Koenig in Nevada; Susan and Joseph Hernandez in Iowa; Carol and Rick Frier in South Dakota; and in Illinois, Beverly Koenig, Darrell and Cathy Koenig, Dale and Jane Koenig in Illinois. Surviving siblings are William and Catherine Culbertson in Florida; Ruth and Don Reilly in Texas and Helen and Charles Culbertson in Missouri.

He was honorably discharged from both the Army and the Air Force between 1944 and 1953. Although he was trained as a baker, he spent the majority of his work experience operating a crane for Alcoa. His early retirement was spent in Tennessee. He eventually ended up in 2001 in Arizona where his last years were spent on the golf course. His last accomplishment was playing a round of golf before going into the hospital.

He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Memorial services will be held in two weeks in East Moline, Illinois. In lieu of cards and flowers, please make donations to the Heart Fund.

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