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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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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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BOYD M.D., SUSAN  
SUSAN BOYD, M.D. Susan L. Boyd, M.D., of Las Vegas, passed away June 25, 2016. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the INternational Church of Las Vegas-Prayer Mountain, 3425 Cliff Shadows Parkway.
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BRAUN Sr., KARL  
KARL BRAUN SR. Karl Braun Sr., passed away July 20, 2016. He was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Grand Rapids, Mich. As a young man, he served six years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After a long career as a purchasing/manager in Michigan and California, he retired in 1995 and moved to Las Vegas, where he served many years as president of the Nevada Association of Manufactured Homeowners and, more recently, on the Board of the South Valley Ranch HOA. Karl's warmth, generosity and sense of humor drew people to him and he was blessed to have many close friends and family who were there for him during his darkest of hours as well as times of happiness. He was truly loved by all who knew him and he will be missed terribly. Karl is survived by his wife, of 51 years, Sandra; son, Karl Braun Jr. (Cheryl); daughters, Jean Neary (John) and Sheryl Braun Heflin (Michael); and two grandchildren, Kanaan and Kai. There will be a private gathering for family and friends to honor his life and love of such a wonderful man. For further information, please contact family members.
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COOMBS, RUTH  
RUTH COOMBS Ruth Sara Ritchie Coombs, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away July 17, 2016. Ruth was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, July 12, 1926, to James Draper and Cora Carver Ritchie. She was the seventh of nine children. She lived most of her life in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, but she graduated from Washington-Lee High School and attended George Washington University while living with her sister, Beth, and her brother-in-law, Jim Sundquist, in Virginia during World War II. When Beth and Jim were sent to Germany to support General Clay, she returned to Salt Lake and attended the University of Utah, where she met and married Dick Elden Coombs. She learned bookkeeping in the Department of the Navy and working with her husband, earned her real estate brokerage license in Salt Lake, and later spent over 20 years working in the accounting department of the Las Vegas law firm Lionel, Sawyer, and Collins. She was also a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Willard, Ward, Verl, and Dean; her sisters, Beth and Maye; her stepmother, Hermine; her half-brothers, Dave and Joe; her stepsister, Alice Rae; and her cherished husband, Dick, of 60 years. She is survived by her brother, Earl Don Lee Ritchie; her sons, Damon (Becky), Richard (Helen), and Jeffrey; her grandchildren, Amy, Rachel, Nathan (Natalya), and Mary; and her great-grandchildren, Aleksander and Nina. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org .
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DENEZZA, BILLIE  
BILLIE DENEZZA Billie F. Denezza passed away peacefully June 22, 2016, at Centennial Hospital, from respiratory failure. Billie was born Jan. 12, 1934. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed travelling. Billie was cremated at Desert Memorial and, per her wishes, her ashes will be spread at Red Rock.
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DUFFNEY, DONALD  
DONALD DUFFNEY Donald Henry Duffney, 81, a retired salesman, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016. He was born June 12, 1934, in Glendale, Calif., and resided in Las Vegas for 57 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whom enjoyed entertaining his family and friends, cooking and hosting pool parties and boating on the lake. Donald was preceded in death by his wife, of 45 years, Clarice; and son, Doug. He is survived by his daughter, Dee Dee (Ed); sons, Bruce, David (Linda), Bradley and and Richard (Beth); 17 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Memorial gathering will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave.
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ESCARCEGA, STEVE  
STEVE ESCARCEGA Steve Martinez Escarcega, 58 of Las Vegas, entered into eternal rest July 19, 2016. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing. Steve was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Casa Grande, Ariz., to Juan and Rosa Escarcega. He was raised in Eloy, Ariz., and graduated from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. After graduation, Steve worked for Hexcel Corporation, the Noranda Mines and Hanson Spas of Albuquerque, N.M. Steve later purchased Hanson Spas and became the owner and operator of Spa Pro, a very successful spa company based out of Las Vegas. He was a hard-working man who was known for his kind and generous spirit. He was a contributor to the Children's Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada and was able to provide therapeutic spas to children in need. Many people referred to him as "MacGyver" because he could fix almost anything. On the rare occasion when he wasn't working, Steve loved watching the Arizona Diamondbacks play and camping with his family. He will be remembered for his handsome smile, his great sense of humor and his amazing heart. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Escarcega; his former wife, of 20 years, Cyndie Jackson Escarcega; as well as by a son, Wade Walker. He is survived by his wife, of 10 years, Janet Walker; three sons, Stephen Escarcega of Phoenix, Brandon Baker of Phoenix, and Phillip Wolfe of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Melayne Wooten of Portland, Ore.; one brother, John Escarcega of Eloy; two sisters, Lupe Garrison of Eloy, and Anna (nee Escarcega) Lucas of Casa Grande; as well as nine beautiful grandchildren. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, with celebration of life service following, led by Pastor Ed Bradford, both at First Baptist Church, 107 W. 6th St., Eloy, AZ 85131.
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FRAGIADAKIS, STAMATIS  
STAMATIS FRAGIADAKIS Most beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Stamatis Fragiadakis, 75, passed away July 23, 2016. He was a thoughtful and kind man, always ready to help anyone in need. A most gentle soul, he enriched the lives of all who knew him. His love of photography was surpassed only by his deep devotion and commitment to family. Stamatis worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 31 years in Athens, Greece, and Rochester, N.Y. In Las Vegas, he was employed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 15 years and retired in 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters. Stamatis is survived by his adoring wife, of 45 years, Linda; loving sons, Costaki (Diana) and Joseph (Natalie); precious grandchildren, Sophia, Emma and Alexander; two sisters and brother in Athens, Greece; aunt and uncle; and many dear friends, especially Tina Gitchoff, Alan Eisenbraun and David Philips. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church, 3050 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Stamatis's name to Friends of Parkinson's, 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128.
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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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