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ABEL Sr., THOMAS  
THOMAS ABEL SR. Thomas Paul Abel Sr., 77, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2016. He was born April 15, 1939, in Chicago. Thomas spent six years serving proudly in the U.S. Navy Thomas is survived by his four children; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his sister, Shirley. No services are scheduled.
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GAMACHE, SOPHIE  
SOPHIE GAMACHE Sophie Gamache, 94, of Las Vegas, passed away July 8, 2016. She led a full and creative life filled with a close family and good friends. She is survived by her children, Dennis (Tammy), Gary (Peggy) and Michele (Ken) Fowler. She will also be missed very much by her granddaughter, Rosa (Casey) Reynolds; and great-grandchildren, Brandy, Jamie, Kendall, Emily, Kyle, Lindsay and Kaden. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Sophie's favorite charities, Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.
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KENYON, EMMETT  
EMMETT KENYON Emmett "Mike" Kenyon, 67, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016. Mike was born Dec. 23, 1948, to Margaret and Walter Kenyon. Mike loved the sport of rodeo and in his younger days. He was an active member of the NCA, IPA and IPRA. He will be dearly missed by many and forever in our hearts. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Kenyon; and stepfather, William Compton. Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; sons, Tyler and Walter; sisters, Judy Martinson and Cil Davis; granddaughter, Paisley Jaymes Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Church of Latter-day Saints, 5800 Carl Ave. Celebration of life will immediately follow at the Bacon Bar, 3520 N. Rancho Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests making donations to the UNLV Rodeo Team or Windy's Ranch and Rescue.
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MILLER, JOAN  
JOAN MILLER Joan Miller, 83, passed away July 22, 2016. She was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Camden, N.J., and was a 55-year resident of Las Vegas. As a young woman in New Jersey, she was a competitive ballroom dancer and instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Once she relocated to Las Vegas, she was the office manager for Clifford Miller, Inc., General Contracting. In the 1970's, she started and oversaw the junior golf program for members at Paradise Valley Country Club. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends at Spanish Trail Country Club. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Ferguson (Denis); grandchildren, Myles, Paige and Hailey Ferguson all of California, and Dwight Miller; and great-granddaughter, Jasmine, both of Nebraska. There will be a celebration of Joan's life at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Spanish Trail Country Club, 5050 Spanish Trail Lane. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Joan's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org
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NORWOOD Jr., FRED  
FRED NORWOOD JR. Fred Lewis Norwood Jr. passed away July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, at the age of 64. He was born Dec. 13, 1951, in Rantoul, Ill., and was a resident of Las Vegas since 1963. He married Wanda Barnum Sept. 7, 1974, in Las Vegas, and they were later sealed in St. George Utah Temple April 8, 1989. He worked as a grocery clerk for most of his life. Fred loved fishing, shooting, genealogy, reading history books and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Lewis Norwood Sr. and Dorothy Iva Mosley. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Norwood; two daughters, Christina (Cameron) Steinagel and Alyssa (Jared) Grover; two sisters, Mozella (Edward) Seltzer and Nancy Curtiss; and seven grandchildren, Hailey Steinagel, Payton Steinagel, Taylor Steinagel, Kennady Steinagel, Zeik Grover, Vadie Grover and Torstun Grover. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 29. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, both at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 5975 Clayton St., North Las Vegas, NV 89031. Arrangements by Davis Funeral Homes and Memorial Parks, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119.
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RAMEY, NIMROD  
NIMROD RAMEY Nimrod Junior Ramey, 85, of Las Vegas, passed away July 25, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy and and retired from the U.S. Air Force. Memorial service will be private.
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SCHAFER, RUTH  
RUTH SCHAFER Ruth Ann Schafer, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away July 25, 2016. She was born June 22, 1947, in Cadiz, Ky., to Tandy and Margaret Dunn. Ruth met and married the love of her life, Henry, Dec. 21, 1972. Together, they settled in Colorado, and raised Ruth's son, Michael, and their son, Patrick. Ruth worked as a sales associate in retail, real estate and as a groundman in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) with her husband until she began selling radio advertising in Colorado. Ruth retired in 1996 and relocated with her husband to Las Vegas, where she could enjoy the desert heat. Ruth was a loving and outgoing wife, mother and grandmother, who loved spending time with her family, skiing, traveling, mountain biking and making jewelry. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Michael. She is survived by her husband, of 43 years, Henry; son, Patrick (Amanda); sisters, Brenda and Janice; brother, Mike; and two granddaughters, Anika and Natalya. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to the American Cancer Society.
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TAORMINA, JOSEPH  
JOSEPH TAORMINA Joseph A. Taormina, 65, of Las Vegas, passed away July 20, 2016, surrounded by family and his beloved dog, Peppe. He was born in Akron, Ohio, and was a Las Vegas resident for 12 years. He was a retired limousine driver for the Aria Hotel and Casino. Joe is survived by his wife,, of 22 years, Kim; son, Vincent; sister, Joanne; aunt, Carol Friend of West Virginia; cherished pets, Peppe, Stewie and Loki; as well as many lifelong friends in Ohio, California, and Las Vegas, whom he considered his family. Joe's greatest joys in life was watching his son play baseball, spending time with family and friends and hot rods. We would like to thank the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Southern Hills and the Nathan Adelson Hospice Center for their care and compassion during his battle. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Green Valley Baptist Church, 270 N. Valle Verde Drive.
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WOODS, JERRIE  
JERRIE WOODS Jerrie Ann Woods, 63, a devoted wife, an amazing mother and a selfless friend to all who knew her, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her residence in Henderson. She was born in Presque Isle, Maine, to Joseph and Ruby Turner. Jerrie was a graduate of East Hampton High School, in New York, in 1971, after spending her first two years overseas at Bitburg High School in Germany. She spent much of her life as an outstanding insurance underwriter, even earning a title at one point of Insurance "Woman of the Year." While working full-time in insurance, Jerrie also worked as a waitress because she enjoyed being around people. She touched hearts from all over and was an example of how we could all be nicer to others. Jerrie was preceded in death by her husband, of over 36 years, Timothy John Woods. She is survived by her two sons, Timothy John Woods Jr. and Travis Woods; her two daughters-in-law, Kerri Maxey and Korina Woods; her three grandchildren, Trevor Woods, Kayla Woods and Dylan Woods; and her cherished dog, PJ, who now is cherished by her grandchildren. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, in Henderson. For more information, please visit Palmboulderhighway.com
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BAILEY Sr., RICHARD  
RICHARD BAILEY SR. Richard Willis Bailey Sr. passed away July 20, 2016. He was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Battle Creek, Mich. Richard and Ruth (nee Wallace) were married Dec. 30, 1950. They were married for 50 years until her death Sept. 8, 2001. Richard graduated from Battle Creek High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served four years. He was an electrician at various places in the country until he settled in Las Vegas, where he continued to work at the Nevada Test Site and for the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the state of Nevada. Richard was retired for 24 years. Richard was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Las Vegas for 51 years, an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Richard was interested in collecting coins, hunting and reading in his leisure time. He is survived by his son, Richard Willis Bailey Jr. and his wife, Bertha; daughter, Virginia Anne Bailey; son, Roger and his wife, Kristine; his grandchildren, Michelle, Roxanne, Ryan and Adrian; and great-grandchildren, Erin, Emmett and Austin. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Reformation Lutheran Church, 580 E. St. Louis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104. In lieu of floral arrangements, please send donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107, or Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119.
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