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James Tuggle

Apr 02, 1932 - Nov 29, 2023

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Sun City West, AZ

James David Tuggle, age 91, of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. A visitation for James will be held Friday, December 15, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. A funeral service will occur Friday, December 15, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. A committal service will occur Friday, December 15, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 200 West Beardsley Road...Read More

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Bernard J. Gill

Oct 28, 1934 - Feb 15, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

Bernard J. Gill, 89, of Sun City West AZ, (formerly of Chicago IL), passed from this life on February 15, 2024. Loving husband of Nancy for 20 years. Bernie then met Ruth thru their church and spent the remainder of their lives together. Father of four, Stepfather of six, Grandfather of 22, Great Grandfather of 11, Uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews as well.  Not long after they married, Bernie and Ruth relocated from the frigid Chicago winters to AZ, where they lived for many happy, fun filled years in Sun City West. Bernie always referred to AZ as 'Paradise'. Bernie was a very generous man, contributing to many charitable organizations such as National breast cancer, St Jude's Children's Hospital, St Mary food bank, the Sisters of St Francis, and many others. He was also generous in constantly giving to those around him… from $2 Bills to children he would see in restaurants, to Flag label pins, mini flashlights and so many other thoughtful trinkets.  It brought him Joy to give to others!  He was also an avid golfer and was a longtime member at Rolling Green in Illinois and then Briarwood Country Club in Arizona. Lastly, he loved to sing, entertain and go out to dinner with family and friends.  He and Ruth participated in many performances and parties out in Sun City West, and he enjoyed every single one of them. Family and friends may gather for celebration of Bernie’s life Friday, March 1, 2024.  Camino Del Sol Funeral Home, 13738 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West AZ 85375. 9 am viewing, 10 am Memorial Service  Burial at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N Cave Creek, Phoenix AZ 85024 Luncheon to follow.  

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Thomas Christopher De Werth

Jun 26, 1958 - Feb 13, 2024

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null, AZ

Thomas Chistopher De Werth passed away on February 13, 2024, after a courageous battle against liver cancer. He was born June 26, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona to Mary and Fred De Werth, Jr.  Tom is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, brothers Fred De Werth, III and Richard De Werth and many nephews and nieces.  His parents and brother, James De Werth, predeceased him. A celebration of life service will be held later in April with a date and time yet to be determined. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Meals on Wheels, Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, 13049 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 623-465-6000

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Ralph Cecil Dempsay

Aug 12, 1936 - Feb 11, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

Ralph Cecil Dempsay August 12, 1936 - February 11, 2024 Ralph Cecil Dempsay, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 12, 1936, to Alpha and Elmer Dempsay in Washington County, Illinois. Ralph was one of seven siblings, raised in a rural setting where he developed his enduring love for family, faith, and the great outdoors. Ralph proudly served his country in the US Army from 1958 to 1962. When briefly stationed in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, he met the love of his life, Diane Dempsay. They were married on September 3, 1959, and shared 65 years of devoted companionship. After his military service, Ralph embarked on a successful career, working with esteemed companies such as Caterpillar, IBM, Kodak, and Danka Office Imaging. His unwavering work ethic and diverse skill set were admired by colleagues and loved ones alike. Throughout his life, Ralph found joy in various passions, including baseball, camping, hunting, fishing, and golf. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and cherished time spent in nature with his family and friends. Ralph was a man of deep faith, dedicated to his Catholic beliefs. His commitment to God and family served as a guiding light through both joyous and challenging times. He imparted valuable lessons of honesty, humility, compassion, and integrity to his children and grandchildren, leaving a lasting legacy of love and strength. In his final days, Ralph was surrounded by the love and care of his devoted family, including his wife, Diane, his children Gina, Nicole, and Jason, his grandchildren, and great-grandchild. His memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. A funeral service was held to honor Ralph's life in Arizona and another will be held in Illinois in May, with further details to come. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, in memory of Ralph's compassionate spirit. Ralph Cecil Dempsay will be deeply missed, but forever remembered for his unwavering love, devotion, and kindness. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Jean Ellen Novak

Sep 22, 1951 - Feb 14, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

Jean Ellen Novak, 72, beloved wife, stepmother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024, in Sun City West following a brief illness with family by her side.  Jean was born on September 22, 1951, in Huron, South Dakota where she grew up with her parents and sister Joann.  She graduated from Disabled Children’s High School in 1969 and Sioux Falls College in 1974.  Even though Jean faced polio at a very young age prior to a vaccine, she did not let the physical limitations get in the way of her goals and aspirations.  Jean moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1979 and retired from the Southwest Gas Corporation in 1999 as a customer service agent.   She met the love of her life, Rick Novak, on St. Patrick’s day in March of 1993 and they married on March 29, 1997.  Jean was loved by all who met her and was dedicated to her family and friends.  She had a passion for traveling with many adventures in their RV visiting destinations all over the U.S.  She also had a love of the ocean and lived in a beachfront condo down in Rocky Point, Mexico for several years with her husband and kitties.   Jean had a soft spot for animals and over the years adopted several cats and always ensured the hummingbirds were well taken care of.  She was known to always keep up on the latest news going on in the world along with being witty, caring, determined, and a truly beautiful person inside and out.  She is survived by her loving husband Rick Novak of 27 years, stepson Chad (Susan) Novak, stepson Brad (Tammy) Novak, stepdaughter Chelise Novak-Matousek, stepdaughter JD (Dave) Powers, niece Katie (Mike) Madison, great nephew Dallas Madison, sister-in-law Vicky Rae Novak, and 9 grandchildren Zack, Jake, Connor, Katelynn, Elizabeth, James, Dylann, David, and Christian.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents Gordon and Esther Hook, sister Joann Kolsrud, and nephew Matt Kolsrud.  The family will have a private celebration of life on March 2, 2024.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Sun Cities 4 Paws Cat Rescue, 11129 W. Michigan Ave Suite 1 Youngtown, AZ 85363.

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Jean Ellen Novak

Sep 22, 1951 - Feb 14, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

Jean Ellen Novak, 72, beloved wife, stepmother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024, in Sun City West following a brief illness with family by her side.  Jean was born on September 22, 1951, in Huron, South Dakota where she grew up with her parents and sister Joann.  She graduated from Disabled Children’s High School in 1969 and Sioux Falls College in 1974.  Even though Jean faced polio at a very young age prior to a vaccine, she did not let the physical limitations get in the way of her goals and aspirations.  Jean moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1979 and retired from the Southwest Gas Corporation in 1999 as a customer service agent.   She met the love of her life, Rick Novak, on St. Patrick’s day in March of 1993 and they married on March 29, 1997.  Jean was loved by all who met her and was dedicated to her family and friends.  She had a passion for traveling with many adventures in their RV visiting destinations all over the U.S.  She also had a love of the ocean and lived in a beachfront condo down in Rocky Point, Mexico for several years with her husband and kitties.   Jean had a soft spot for animals and over the years adopted several cats and always ensured the hummingbirds were well taken care of.  She was known to always keep up on the latest news going on in the world along with being witty, caring, determined, and a truly beautiful person inside and out.  She is survived by her loving husband Rick Novak of 27 years, stepson Chad (Susan) Novak, stepson Brad (Tammy) Novak, stepdaughter Chelise Novak-Matousek, stepdaughter JD (Dave) Powers, niece Katie (Mike) Madison, great nephew Dallas Madison, sister-in-law Vicky Rae Novak, and 9 grandchildren Zack, Jake, Connor, Katelynn, Elizabeth, James, Dylann, David, and Christian.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents Gordon and Esther Hook, sister Joann Kolsrud, and nephew Matt Kolsrud.  The family will have a private celebration of life on March 2, 2024.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Sun Cities 4 Paws Cat Rescue, 11129 W. Michigan Ave Suite 1 Youngtown, AZ 85363.

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James Joseph Conway

Jun 15, 1934 - Jan 31, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

It is with great sadness that the family of James Joseph Conway announce his passing on January 31, 2024, at the age of 89. He passed away in his loving wife’s arms at their home in Sun City West, Arizona. He was born on June 15, 1934, to Nelson and Marie Conway, and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. He was preceded to heaven by his siblings and his son James. In 1959, he married the love of his life, Catherine and they were married for 64 devoted years. They were blessed by three children; James (Karen), Julie (David) McBee, and Janette (Jeff) Liebling along with ten grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, as well as a fond uncle to Kathy (Steve) Krause and Jackie (Peter) Weber. He was a faithful member of the Palm West Community Church in Sun City West, Arizona. He will be dearly missed by his wife Cathie along with family and friends who loved him. A “Celebration of Life & Memorial Service” will be held on March 2, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Palm West Community Church, 13845 W. Stardust Blvd. Sun City West, Arizona, 85375. The Celebration of Life & Memorial Service will be live streamed for anyone wishing to attend, through the Palm West Community Church website.  Those who so desire may make a memorial donation to Palm West Community Church in memory of Jim. Please join the family in sharing memories, pictures or videos on Jim’s tribute wall at www.caminodelsol.com.

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Steven D. Hanson

Mar 27, 1951 - Jan 26, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

STEVEN “STEVE” D. HANSON MARCH 27th, 1951 - JANUARY 26th, 2024 On Friday, January 26th, 2024, in Sun City West, Arizona, Steven D. Hanson passed away at the age of 72. Born on March 27th, 1951, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Howard and Betty (Anderson) Hanson, Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father. From an early age, Steve had a passion for the hospitality industry. From bussing tables at the age of 13, to mastering the intricacies of the kitchen, Steve's innate talent and culinary expertise charted the course of his career. In 1971, Steve earned a Chef Management Degree from Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, taking on the role of Chef at the Adams Hotel, a Wold Family Property. A unique opportunity compelled Steve to return back to Fargo with the Wold Family, opening the new Fargo Holiday Inn in 1972. From Chef to General Manager to Partner, The Fargo Holiday Inn not only became the canvas for his flourishing career but also the backdrop for the growth of his family. On August 27th, 1977, Steve married Eldean (Elli) Langlie. Over the course of their 46 years of marriage, they created unforgettable memories traveling the world, raised their two children, Andrew and Amy and found immense joy in becoming grandparents to Mason and Wesley. Steve was a loyal and caring friend to many. He had a way with his words, they were always calculated, honest, full of knowledge and when necessary… sarcastic. Steve was a natural operator; he had an eye for detail and a work ethic that was commendable. Steve became a partner with the Wold Family forming Dakota Hospitality Company (DHC), a Hotel Management and Development company that managed various hotels spread over 6 states. Under his leadership, DHC had properties recognized and awarded for excellent quality service and operations by the International Hotels Group (IHG) and in 2000, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Holiday Inns (IAHI) holding 2 terms. Steve was a founding board member of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the non-profit organization, Daily Bread. Steve loved the game of golf. If he wasn’t on the course playing, he was watching it from afar. More importantly, he loved what the game gave him, lifelong friendships, and heartwarming memories. He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Fargo and a devoted christian. In 2019, after 45+ years in the hospitality industry, Steve retired and together with Elli they embarked on a new journey as ‘snowbirds’ enjoying summers at Pelican Lake in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and winters in Sun City West, Arizona. We want to convey our heartfelt and sincerest gratitude to the nurses and physicians who played a crucial role at Banner Del E Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Arizona, Dr. Mike Lillestol at IMA Healthcare in Fargo, North Dakota and Dr. Gordon Grado at Southwest Oncology Center in Scottsdale, Arizona for their compassion and exceptional care of Steve. Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother, Howard and Betty, brothers Doug, Greg, Dennis, and Mike. He is survived by his wife Eldean (Elli), his two children, Andrew of Fargo, ND and Amy Boen of Nixa, MO, grandsons Mason and Wesley Boen of Nixa, MO, several cousins, nieces, and nephew. At Steve's request a small private family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of sending flowers or donations to the family please consider donating to Cancer Research and the Fight Against Cancer. Steve taught us the importance of love, gratitude and being humble. He challenged us to find joy in every day and to be grateful for every sunrise. We are extremely proud of him and his impact on our lives will forever carry on. With love, Elli, Andrew & Amy

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Robert C Miller

Oct 15, 1939 - Jan 28, 2024

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Sun City West, AZ

Robert C Miller October 15, 1939 -January 28, 2024 Robert Clark Miller of Sun City West, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024. He was 84 years old Bob was born in Seattle Washington to Elvin and Lavonne Miller.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and attended college at the University of Kansas and Pittsburg State College.  He attended Wilson Aircraft Pilot Training and became a licensed pilot in 1964.  In 1966, he married Linda Bartley, his high school sweetheart. He loved his family and he and his wife Linda raised their two children, Melinda Lee Miller (Mindy) and Robert Bartley Miller (Bart) at Lake Quivira, Kansas, where he was a volunteer f