In Passing


Walter Alvin Hiskett

Walter Alvin Hiskett was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on September 3, 2018. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Walter is survived by his wife Karen, sons David, Gregory and Andrew and grandchildren. Proceeded in death by his wife Marilyn and brothers Claude (Hap) and James. Services were held on September 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie Street, Chandler, AZ 85225.

Walt served his country for over 30 years, both in the United States Marine Corps, United States Navy and Chaplain of the Marine Corps. Throughout his military service, he was awarded many honors; The Purple Heart, Medal of Valor and Gray Shepherd Award. He loved art, music, spending time with his family, cooking and traveling. He never missed an opportunity to share his journey of faith and commit a random act of kindness.

Donations can be made in Walter A. Hiskett’s memory to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Program or Wittenberg University.

Arlis Leola Freed

Arlis Leola Freed entered into eternal life on July 28, 2018. The daughter of Ed and Martha (Martin) Riedlinger, Arlis was born on March 14, 1933, in Hebron, North Dakota, and raised on a farm north of Hebron. She was a graduate of Dickenson State Teachers College and earned a Master of Reading Degree from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota.

While attending Dickinson State, she met her future husband DuWayne Freed. They were married on June 6, 1955, in Dickenson, North Dakota. DuWayne and Arlis resided in Dufur, Oregon; Mott, Dickenson, Bismarck and ultimately Fargo, North Dakota, where they raised their two children Edward and Jolynn. Arlis had a rewarding career in teaching. Her dedication to teaching and mentoring students was a gift many of her former students will remember. She started teaching in a rural setting north of Hebron and also taught in Mott, Dickinson and Fargo, North Dakota.

In 2001, Arlis and DuWayne retired and moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona. Arlis loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren! She was always the smile in the room and enjoyed playing cards and watching sports with family and friends.

Arlis was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, DuWayne, in 2012. Arlis is survived by her son Edward, daughter Jolynn, son-in-law Tim, grandson Spencer, granddaughter Sophie and sister Vernetta.

A Celebration of Life for Arlis will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Road, Sun Lakes, Arizona, and in the Summer of 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson, North Dakota.

Kathy Atkins

Kathy Atkins, 73, passed away on July 26, 2018, after a tough battle with COPD. She was born in Santa Monica, CA, and grew up enjoying the ocean and sandy beaches of Venice, CA.

Kathy and her husband Tom moved to Sun Lakes in 2001 from Port Ludlow, WA, and have dearly enjoyed every minute!

Kathy had many friends from the ILGA golf groups, Ladies of Leisure Bridge Group, Mah Jongg gang and being the neighborhood block captain.

She is survived by her husband Tom; son Brad (Kathryn) Klaus, Aidan and Ashlyn of Atherton, CA; daughter Kira (David) Swaim, Mina and Coda of San Anselmo, CA; also, stepson David (Eve) Atkins, Riley and Nolan of Foothill Ranch, CA; and stepdaughter Cristi (Mike) Kirisits, Erin and Kate of Marietta, GA.

She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

Bonnie Kathleen (Lyons) Cheuvront

Bonnie Kathleen (Lyons) Cheuvront of Sun Lakes, AZ. Passed away Saturday morning, September 15, 2018 at her home in Sun Lakes, AZ with her husband Forrest B. Cheuvront Jr. by her side.

She was born March 22, 1934 in Parkersburg, WV and was the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. A. Clayton & Bertha (Biles) Lyons. While attending High School, Bonnie worked after school at the Parkersburg News telephone switchboard. Attending PHS, when a senior, she was a member of the Senior Cabinet and had a leading role in the senior operetta of the Acapella Choir and graduated from PHS in 1952.

Bonnie and Forrest’s life has taken them to many areas of the USA to live in and raise their children Bryan & Tim. From Parkersburg, WV to Tucson, AZ, Grand Prairie, TX, Gaithersburg, MD, McGregor, TX, DeSoto, TX and Lancaster, TX where they lived the longest. Prior to moving to their current home in Sun Lakes, AZ. Son Bryan and family live in California and son Tim has passed.

She is survived by immediate family, husband Forrest B. Cheuvront Jr., son F. Bryan Cheuvront III and spouse Virginia, Grandson Christopher of Fairfield, CA. In addition, she is survived by four brothers, David Lyons of Parkersburg, WV, Douglas Lyons of Walker, WV. Tom Lyons of Bernie, TX, Barry Lyons of Lynchburg, VA, including their wives and many nieces & nephews; Jon Hicks and family and Lisa Stephens and family of Petersburg, WV; Charlotte and Angela Dye of Fort Wayne, IN.

A service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery in Chandler, AZ, officiated by Marvin Arnpriester, Senior Pastor, Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

Gary Greg Parsons, Sr.

Gary Greg Parsons, Sr., passed away on July 14, 2018, after a long battle with two terminal conditions. We are sad to see him leave but know that he is no longer fighting a battle and can now be at rest. A loving and caring man, Gary was born on February 6, 1940, to Sias William Parsons and Mayme Gregg Parsons in Ogden, Utah. He served in the Utah National Guard in college and then joined the U.S. Army. While at Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1961, he met Laural Elaine Avery. They married in Renton, Washington, on June 29, 1963. Gary had several jobs and businesses in his early years, but in 1972 found his calling in sales and management with Pitney Bowes where he won many national awards and retired when he was 58. He was always the proudest of his family and only son Gary Jr., born November 8, 1965.

He and Laural lived in many places, hunted, boated, fished and traveled extensively before they decided to sell the home they had built on Fox Island, Washington, to retire and enjoy boating. Instead, they decided to go to warmer weather and build a home in Ironwood and retired in Sun Lakes in 1999. Gary was an avid golfer and belonged to Ironwood Men’s Club and Couples Golf League (Ironwood Men’s Club Champion 2005) (Hole-in-One Couples April 2004) and with the help from Dennis Allan, started the Lady Niner’s Golf in 2003. In an Oakwood Men’s Golf League Tournament, he also had a (Hole-in-One March 2003) He joined Cottonwood Golf Men’s League in November 2007. He loved to socialize at Cottonwood Karaoke, belonged to the Road Runners RV Club for five years and made many fishing trips to Alaska and Montana and, of course, sales – he liked people. He and Laural went back to school and received their real estate licenses in February 2005 and started selling homes here in the Sun Lakes area he loved so much. He was sad that he had to retire in April 2016 because of his health.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Sias William and Mayme, brother Sias William Jr. (Vernona), sisters Virginia Rounkles (Wendell) and Lavone. Gary leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Laural, only son Gary Jr. (Cindy) of Spokane, Washington, and grandson Gary, III, of New Jersey and granddaughter Shauna of Pennsylvania and two great-grandchildren, Dahlia and Kayden, seven nephews and a niece and their children and grandchildren, all residing in Utah.

The family is having an informal Celebration of Life and Farewell for Gary at his home in Ironwood on October 13 at 2:00 p.m. The family would like to extend an invitation to friends who would like to attend. At Gary’s request, this is to be a Happy Celebration. Please email Laural at [email protected] and let her know if you plan to attend, and feel welcome to share a story about Gary. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Gloria Jane Zinke

On August 15, 2018, Gloria Jane Zinke passed peacefully in the comfort of her home. Born to Annis Mueller and Eugene Vanhorn, Gloria entered the world on November 2, 1936. She grew up happily in the lakeside city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. When she wasn’t in Central High School, she could be found tearing up the lanes in the local bowling alley. After graduating in 1955, she became the assistant in the Assessor’s office. Soon after, she stumbled upon a real heartthrob – Bernard Zinke. In no time at all, the two lovebirds married and started a family. In pursuing dairy farming, the growing family moved to Chandler, Arizona. Now with three rowdy sons, Curt, Craig and Chris, the couple adjusted quickly to the new lifestyle. Gloria took charge of the accounting and feeding the calves smoothly and efficiently. She was known for being exact to the penny and correcting others’ mistakes with grace. Gloria was the foundation of the Zinke farm as well as a considerate and soft-hearted mother.

The farm continued to thrive as her children grew. Soon, they found families of their own. Curt with Janina, Craig with Leslie, Chris with Margaret, the couples gave Gloria many grandchildren. Their names were Craig Jr., Kadie, Kyle, Sarah and Cassidy. There were also four lovely step-grandchildren – Dawn, Michelle, David and Amie.

After many bustling years at the farm, Gloria and Bernie finally settled down in Sun Lakes in 2011. Gloria made friends immediately who kindly invited her to play bridge. Little did they know she was an expert player and beat them many times. Fortunately, their bruises could heal when facing her in bingo which, though she loved playing, she rarely won.

Gloria’s favorite time was Christmas, because she got to celebrate with the family she helped create. She put everyone above herself, listening to their stories of joy and struggles with an open heart. She never judged people or lost her temper. Instead, she accepted everyone for as they were and loved them for it. Gloria will never be forgotten. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend. She will be cherished forever.

Bryan Gary Bagwell

Bryan Gary Bagwell, 74, of Sun Lakes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Bryan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Sam and Marjorie Bagwell. He graduated from Edison High School in 1962, from Oklahoma State University in 1967 and received his Master of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University in 1974.

Bryan moved to Phoenix after graduation in 1967 and worked for Motorola for 27 years as an electrical engineer. Bryan loved the outdoors, biking, swimming, hiking, tennis and, later, just walking in his Sun Lakes neighborhood with close friends.

Bryan was the youngest of three children. He is survived by his sister Bonnie (Nathan) Richards of Sarasota, FL; brother Dave (Cindy) Bagwell of Boerne, TX; and longtime dear friend Maureen Hall of Chandler, AZ. He is also survived by nephew Evan Versprill of CA and nieces Karin (Andy) Tugendhat of FL, Laura Bagwell and Lisa Bagwell of NJ and his two beloved kitties Sargie and Otis.

Bryan touched the hearts of so many of his neighbors. He selflessly offered his skills in resolving computer problems, general handyman solutions and gardening advice. He will be missed by all who knew him!

Janice Nadine (Beeman) Schupbach

Jan Schupbach was born August 30, 1929 in Conrad, Iowa, and died at home in Sun Lakes, Arizona, on September 11, 2018, at the age of 89. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00 am at Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler, Arizona, with Rev. Jonathan Arnpriester officiating.

Jan was one of five children born to William and Dena Beeman. She graduated from Dike (Iowa) High School and Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI), Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1949. She then went on to teach home economics at Monona High School, where she met the love of her life, Bill Schupbach, who was the math teacher and basketball coach. They were married November 23, 1951.

Jan was a faithful member of Chandler UMC and was known to befriend first-time visitors. She was active in the adult Sunday school class, Tuesday morning Bible study, the Women of the Word group and served a Stephen Minister. She was also a member of the local chapter of PEO.

Jan and Bill were married 62 years and raised six daughters. They were supportive of all their girls’ many activities. Jan had a flair for interior design. She enjoyed designing and decorating each home they lived in. Their home in Cedar Rapids was featured on the Tour of Homes and showcased in the Cedar Rapids Gazette for its unique design. While living in the Detroit area, Jan obtained her real estate license and her claim to fame during her career was selling a home to Detroit Tigers star pitcher, Jack Morris. Jan and Bill enjoyed playing bridge, entertaining friends and family, square dancing, golf, and sports. Jan is a lifetime Iowa Hawkeyes fan, often having iowa hawkeyes basketball tickets, university of iowa – ticket club, and in her years in Arizona, became an avid Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and ASU fan.

Through the years, Jan and Bill enjoyed traveling to foreign ports as well as the homes of family and friends. In 1984, they fulfilled a dream when they retired to the Valley of the Sun.

Jan is survived by her sister Betty and Duane Habben (Dike, Iowa); daughter Marsha and Tim Lowe (Iowa City, Iowa), grandson Marc and Doreen Lowe (Donovan and Colleen), granddaughter Carrie and Dave McGuire (Clare); daughter Karen Pic (Chesterfield, Missouri), grandson Chris and Annette Pic (Andrew, Rachel, Rebeca, and David), granddaughter Erin Crim (Curtis, Caila, and Coen); daughter Juli and Bob Goerend (Urbandale, Iowa), granddaughter Jolene Goerend and grandson Russell and Becky Goerend (Henry, Wesley, and Calvin); daughter Valerie and Jeff Malos (Eugene, Oregon), grandson Jeffrey Malos and Hollie (Jase and Henley), granddaughter Jessica Malos and Joevan (Joe’Mari and Joevion), granddaughter Alexandria Malos and Markus (Paityn and Tatum), grandson William Malos; daughter Pamela Calhoun (Sun Lakes, Arizona), grandson Kelley Johnson, granddaughter Katie and Charles Hallstrom (Charles, Christopher, and Chance); Jody and Steve Bogoshian (Scottsdale, Arizona), grandsons Steven Bogoshian Salim, Zachary and Mandy Bogoshian, and Matthew Bogoshian. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, brother Russell, sisters Jean Schmid and Shirley Fredrick, and son-in-law Cass Pic.

Her family is so thankful for all the support and prayers in recent weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Chandler United Methodist Church, The Perfect Place at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, or Hospice of the Valley.

Sharon Kaye (Hinton) McKoy

It is with broken hearts and great sadness that the family of Sharon Kaye (Hinton) McKoy share her unexpected passing on July 27, 2018, at the age of 76.

Sharon will be forever remembered and missed by her best friend and loving husband of nearly 58 years, John, their two daughters Elizabeth Anne and Jennifer Lynne (Keith), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and sister, along with extended family, friends and honorary children and grandchildren across various states.

Sharon loved spoiling her grandchildren and spent countless hours volunteering during her time in Lompoc, CA, as well as in Sun Lakes, AZ. Truly an angel here on earth, she has earned her wings in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, Sharon’s family would like to request that you volunteer your time someplace important to you for the benefit of others.

Plans for a celebration of Sharon’s life will be shared at a later date.

Kathleen Prosapio

Brian Curry

Kathleen Prosapio, 83, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and formerly of Fountain Hills, passed away on July 13, 2018.

Born in the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx in New York City, Mrs. Prosapio was retired from a career in elementary school teaching, first in the Patchogue-Medford school district and retiring from the Connetquout school district, both on Long Island in New York.

Predeceased by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 64 years, Phillip, last September, the Prosapios moved to Fountain Hills in 1994, relocating in Sun Lakes three years ago.

Mrs. Prosapio is survived by her daughters Debra Curry and her husband Brian of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and Jennifer Schordine and her husband George of East Moriches, New York, and son Phillip Prosapio and wife Susan of Little Falls, Minnesota, along with eight grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Shutts

Ken Shutts passed away on September 4, 2018. He was born on November 27, 1925, in Sully, Iowa. He will be greatly missed by his wife Rosemary, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Ken retired from Maytag in 1981. He loved golf and was proud of his three holes-in-one. He was also an avid bridge player. September 19 would have been his 72nd wedding anniversary.

Ken enjoyed 37 years of retirement and traveled to every place in the world that he wanted to. He also had a great love for his Cardinal football team.

In his younger years, he enjoyed doing things for other people and would say, “Just give me a call, and I’ll be there.” He was a life member of the Elks.

Mary Rita Henry

Margie Scott

Mary Rita Henry of Chandler, Arizona, passed away on the evening of July 28, 2018, in Estes Park, Colorado. Mary was born in Sterling, Illinois, on October 23, 1941, to Jack and Elizabeth (Lease) Gartner. She attended Sterling High School and graduated with the Class of 1959. Mary was married to Joseph Ervin Henry on September 2, 1962, in Sterling, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her father Jack Gartner, mother Elizabeth (Lease) Gartner, brothers Charles and Bill Gartner and sister Helen (Gartner) Krone. She is survived by her three loving daughters, Jodi Taylor (Mike), Janet LoCascio (Joe) and Margie Scott (Jeff); six grandchildren, Garrett, Travis, Andrew, Luke, Lauren and Julia; three great-grandchildren, Broc, Sadie and Maddox; and her brothers Dave and Peter Gartner (Nancy).

No service will be held, as it was not Mary’s wishes. The immediate family gathered in Arizona to celebrate Mary’s wonderful life.

Lois and Jerry Ahrens

Wendy Ahrens

We celebrate the lives of Jerry and Lois Ahrens, who originally met at the roller-skating rink in Windom, MN, and were married 62 years ago, on July 11, 1956. Jerry was born on May 26, 1938, in Lakefield, MN, and died at home in Sun Lakes on June 19, 2018. Lois was born on December 18, 1937, in Windom, MN, and passed away at her son’s home in Broomfield, CO, on August 5, 2018.

They both enjoyed traveling and shared many memories of their excursions to Europe, Russia, Alaska and many more.

Lois and Jerry were very proud of their children: Randy (Wendy) Ahrens and Rick (Debby) Ahrens, and grandchildren: Ashley Ahrens, Amy Ahrens, Bennett Horton (Nakita), William Horton (Deidre) and Jordan Godwin (Mark).

James (Jim) Taylor Garrison

James (Jim) Taylor Garrison, 99, passed away on August 26, 2018. Jim was born in Vallejo, California on October 31, 1918. He worked for General Mills for 47 years, residing in Vallejo, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Ogden, UT and Great Falls, MT, where he retired in 1984.

Jim was a past president of the Ogden Lions Club and former member of Gideon’s International. He volunteered at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse, MT and also served in several churches during his adult life. At the time of his death he was an active member of First Baptist Church Sun Lakes, Chandler, AZ.

Jim loved God’s creation, enjoying the outdoors as an avid hunter, fisherman, hiker and camper. He especially enjoyed his years living near Glacier National Park, MT. He also enjoyed home projects and was a talented builder and handyman.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Taylor and Gladys Garrison, and his first wife, Alberta (Bertie) Garrison. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie (Marge) Garrison, his seven children, Ginnie (Garrison) Wirtala, Richard Garrison, Susan (Garrison) James, David Legas, Richard Legas, Alan Legas, Jean (Legas) Allen, his sister, Ruth Marcacci (103 on Oct 9), 22 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Jim will be remembered for his humility, abiding faith, and strong endurance.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, October 30, the day before he would have turned 100, at First Baptist Church Sun Lakes, Chandler, AZ.

Alan Swanson

Alan Swanson passed away at the age of 78. Originally from Chicago, Alan lived in Sun Lakes for the last 15 years or so. He was a caring and generous person to all of his friends and neighbors. Alan was a proud Republican , a golfer, and loved all animals. Alan will be missed and remembered by many, including his good friends: Stanley Silverman, Norm Landry, Cy Warshaw, Joseph Carbacio and his good friend Frank in Chicago.

Robert O. Purcell

Robert O. Purcell passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2018, with his wife Donna and son Mark by his side. He was born February 5, 1932, in San Bernardino, CA, and had resided in Sun Lakes for the last 24 years.

During his career with Northrop Corp., he traveled to 51 different countries. Bob and his family lived in Kenitra, Morocco, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for seven years. He also lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for one and a half year and was at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas as the Tech Rep with the Thunderbirds Flying Team.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Donna, sons Larry and Mark and daughter Sandra, along with sister Pam Suino and grandsons Chris and Bryan and great-grandson Logan. Private interment was at Sun Lakes Methodist Church.