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BENASSI, WANDA  
WANDA BENASSI Wanda Marie (nee Wiley) Benassi, of Las Vegas, lost her two-year battle with cancer Saturday, June 27, 2015. She was born Feb. 6, 1948, in Warren, Ohio, was a resident of Las Vegas for over 50 years and worked in the service industry for over 40 years. A captain of a pool league for many years, she still loved to run the table on anyone willing to take the loss. Also a lover of trivia, it often took a team banding together to beat her at Trivial Pursuit. In recent years, she loved to fill her days with cooking, gardening, crossword puzzles and being loved on by, and loving back on, her three grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Erin Fisher of Las Vegas, Brooke Rivard of Wyoming, Mich., and Joshua (Kelly) Rivard of Las Vegas; siblings, Ellyn Aaron, Carole Cullins, Mark (Patty) Tyler and Lisa (Jeff) Ames; and three very cherished grandchildren, Kristopher, Devon and Alyssa Rivard. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015. For more information, e-mail brookedrivard@gmail.com.
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BLACK, COL. KENNETH  
COL. KENNETH BLACK U.S. Army, Retired Retired Colonel Kenneth Bertram Black, 92, of Las Vegas, passed away June 22, 2015. He was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Boise, Idaho, to the late William and Ruth Black. Ken served in the Pacific during World War II and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, retiring after over 35 years of service. He was also preceded in death by his wife, of 67 years, Margaret Black; brother, William Black Jr.; sister, Joan Keene; and grandmother, Lola Gill. He is survived by his children, Maria Barth, Kenneth (Kathi) Black Jr. and Paul (Anne) Black; grandchildren, Jennifer Robillard, Danielle Cardona, Heather Alwardt, Jessie Wilson, Kevin Black and Keith Black; and great-grandchildren, Jake and Rocco Cardona, Grace, Sophie and Faith Alwardt and Liam Wilson. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday June 25, at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Graveside service will be at noon Friday June 26, at Southern Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005.
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BLAKE, MILDRED  
MILDRED BLAKE Mildred Spencer Blake, 96, of Las Vegas, suffered a fall and passed, returning to stardust, in the evening Wednesday, May 6, 2015, her loving and devoted daughters and kitties by her side. A star fell on Alabama, April 6, 1919, when Mildred was born to Martha and James Abbott in Troy, Ala. Mildred always thought of her childhood on the family farm as idyllic, a childhood shared with seven beloved siblings. In time, the Abbotts moved from their country farm to one in the city, Phenix City, Ala., where Mildred earned her license as a cosmetologist. Being the beauty she was (and remained), Mildred was crowned Miss Phenix City of 1937. Soon after, fate brought her together with Albert Blake, and it was, as it's said, love at first sight. Mildred and Albert shared a loving life for 64 years, producing two daughters, Gerrie and Dannie. In 1951, Albert left his family in Columbus, Ga., to enter the gaming business in Las Vegas, bringing his wife and girls out west in early 1952. Ever gracious, Mildred, one of the last of the true southern belles, made life as beautiful as she could for her loved ones. She loved roughing it, too, rock hounding with Al and friends, then relaxing in her gardens, tending flowers and cacti. An immensely talented woman, life changed utterly for Mildred when she discovered china painting and, later, doll making at the senior center, leaving a wall in her studio lined with prize ribbons. She always said she was most happy, most at peace, with her paints and porcelains, listening to Robert Goulet. Granddaughter Amanda wrote "Grandmama is, was, one thing and one thing only to me: love. She had great love for people, animals, plants, humor and I could go on" She speaks for all of us left behind. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; her husband, Al; and infant granddaughter, Jennifer. Mildred is survived by her daughters, Gerrie Blake of Las Vegas, and Dannie Blake of Fresno, Calif; granddaughters, Joslyn Thomason of Fresno, and Amanda Thomason of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Blake, Francis and Ashley Corgiat; great-great-grandchildren, Summer, Nicholas, Annika, and Avary; along with several nieces, nephews and countless friends who adored her. There are no services scheduled. Found in Mildred's desk was this clipping: "So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart."
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BOPP, MICHAEL  
MICHAEL BOPP Michael Dean Bopp, "Bopp", passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015. He was born Sept. 2, 1956, in Phoenix, and spent the last 47 years of his life in Las Vegas. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dollie; and his father, George. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Bixler; his brother, Steven (Rita); his sister, Sandra Harmony; and his two nephews, Matthew and Tyler Samson. Mike loved to laugh and have a good time. He was fond of saying "if you can't be good, be good at it." A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Bixler residence, 1640 Fairgate Court, Las Vegas, NV 89117.
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CAMPBELL, GLENN  
GLENN CAMPBELL Glenn Hans Campbell, 78, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was born in Akron, Ohio, to the late Colin and Jennie Campbell. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired painting contractor in Denver and Las Vegas. He is survived by his loving wife, of 38 years, Barbara Campbell; children, Kimberly (Paul Lemming) Dembecki, Tracey (George) Richey, Kenneth (Rhonda) Campbell and Derek Campbell; sister, Eunice Viering; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123.
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CAPP, MARTIN  
MARTIN CAPP Martin Capp, age 99, of St. Paul, Minn., and formerly of Las Vegas, passed away June 25, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ruth Capp; and sister, Shirley Silberman. He is survived by his loving wife, of 67 years, Esther; children, Rand, Lisa, Sami and Amy; grandchildren, Ellyn (Christopher) Mortimer, Nancy Scibora, Susan (Bill) Tervola, Lindsay (Michael) McQuay, Alyson, Adam, Sarah and Dylan Straub, Zachary, Joshua and Daniel Capp; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Haley, Charlie, Lily and Finley; sister, Sylvia Gertsman; son-in-law, Tom; and many loving nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be Sunday, June 28, in St. Paul. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul JCC, Temple of Aaron, Sholom Home East or the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements made by Hodroff-Epstein Funeral Home, 126 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404, (651) 698-8311, www.hodroffepstein.com
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CARLSON, JASON  
JASON CARLSON Jason Daniel Carlson, 29, of Las Vegas, passed away Friday, June 26, of complications due to cancer. Jason was born Feb. 10, 1986, at Sunrise Hospital, to Jeffrey and Elizabeth Carlson, and was raised in Las Vegas, with his two siblings, Joshua and Jane. He attended Bonanza High School, where he played football, was a member of the debate team, the student news program and developed a passion for creating skits and movie making. Jason worked as a master control operator for Channel 8. He enjoyed playing video games, being with friends, spending time with his nephews and was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan. He was known by all for his fun-loving attitude, gentle spirit and incredible sense of humor. He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Elizabeth; older brother, Joshua (April); younger sister, Jane; nephews, Cruz and Cristian; as well as loving grandmothers, Yvonne Carlson and Phyllis Waltman. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas. A celebration of life will follow at Jason's parents' home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jason's name to The American Cancer Society.
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CASTIGLIA Jr., PETER  
PETER CASTIGLIA JR. Peter Paul Castiglia Jr., 70, of Estero, Fla., passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. Formerly of Las Vegas and Bradenton, Fla., he was a Estero resident for the last two years. He was born Dec. 3, 1944, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a military policeman with the 410th Combat Defense Squadron, Strategic Air Command, at KI Sawyer AFB Michigan. Peter was an executive in the gaming industry in Las Vegas for 17 years and a business owner for 12 years with his wife, Barbara, before retiring to Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Paul Castiglia Sr. and Gina (nee DiNardo); and by his grandparents, Louis and Josephine DiNardo and Giuseppe and Terase Castiglia. Mr. Castiglia is survived by his loving wife, of 25 years, Barbara Jean (nee Spotts); his children, Pamela (Samuel) Wylie of Las Vegas, Frank (Misty) Castiglia of Maryville, Tenn., Jennifer (Michael) Martinez of Las Vegas, and Michael Castiglia of Las Vegas; his brother and sisters, Diane (Walter) Henry of Bakersfield, Calif., Linda (Greg) Geiselhart of Hyde Park, N.Y., Debra Vespa of Wingdale, N.Y., Gina Piccolo of Baltimore, Md., and Brett Piccolo of Atlanta; eight cherished grandchildren; and his beloved pets, Marco and Vinny. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, 19680 Cypress View Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33967. Military honors will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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CRUZEN, CHRISTOPHER  
CHRISTOPHER CRUZEN Christopher M. Cruzen, age 43, of Chanhassen, Minn., passed away unexpectedly June 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Vicki Heilman. He is survived by his wife, Misty; son, Christopher; stepdaughter, Celina; parents, Patrick and Anna Marie Cruzen; brothers, Sean (Angela) and Pat (Monika) Cruzen; niece and nephews, Addison, Connor, Keagan and Samuel; uncles, Dennis and Danny; cousins, Stacy Juedes and Jessie Heilman; and many other loving family and friends. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 26, with services following, both at Huber Funeral Home, 520 Second St., Excelsior, MN 55331, (952) 474-9595, www.huberfunerals.com Burial will be private.
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DAVENPORT, JAMES  
JAMES DAVENPORT James Lowell "Jim" Davenport passed away June 19, 2015, in Las Vegas, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 88. He was born Jan. 31, 1927, to James B. and Laura E. (nee Crew) Davenport in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His early working years included smoke jumping with the U.S. Forest Service in Coos Bay, Ore., and serving with the U.S. Army's 43rd Infantry Division in Richmond, Va., as well as in Germany during the Korean War. He then lived in Denver, working for Gates Rubber Company as a quality auditor from 1952 to 1961, while completing his engineering degree. In 1961, he moved to Worland, Wyo., where he farmed and ranched until his retirement in 1985. He was an active member of the VFW (life member), Elks Lodge and the Presbyterian church, where he was an ordained deacon and served as a ruling elder from 1963 onward. While in Worland, he served two terms as a county commissioner and as a governor's appointee on Wyoming's Environmental Quality Council. In retirement, he lived in Billings, Mont. (1988-1999), Carson City (1999-2010) and in Las Vegas for the remainder of his life. He married Betty Erma Gay Dec. 29, 1950, in Richmond, Va., she preceded him in death May 3, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne; and his grandson. He is survived by his three children, Cheryl (Merle) Kleinschmidt of Benicia, Calif., Cori (Richard) Goulson of Las Vegas, and Bill (Monica) Davenport of Fairfield Glade, Tenn. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m Saturday, June 27, at First Presbyterian Church in Carson City. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108. In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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