Jul 112012

Kenneth Sherman Lofthouse, 60, passed away on July 7, 2012, in Snowflake. Visitations will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at Owens Livingston Mortuary Heritage Chapel in Snowflake and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Snowflake Pioneer Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

He was born on May 9, 1952, to Wayne Parks and Dorothy Lee Oxley in Murray, Utah.

Kenneth lived in Kearns, Utah, until he was 7 years old, and then he and his family moved to Mesa. After moving to Mesa they moved to Peoria, where he graduated from Cortez High School.

At the age of 24 in March 1976 he joined the Navy. He went to San Diego, Calif., and also to NTC Great Lakes, Ill. He then proceeded to the USS Ranger, the USS Cochran and then taught in Mare Island, Calif. Following his time there he went to the USS Ramsey, the USS Waddel, Comdesron 33 San Diego, FCTC PAC San Diego, the USS Steteham, and to NAS Pensacola, Fla.

After he retired he went to DeVry for his B.A. in computers.

When moving to the White Mountains he loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. Kenneth also worked for the American Red Cross and volunteered in the community for Meals on Wheels. He also dedicated his time to the American Legion in Show Low.

He loved his country, and loved his children and grandchildren. A member of the LDS church, he was an elder and served in various callings.

Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Susan (Bateman) Lofthouse of Snowflake; five children, Richard Mark Kent (Pam) of Phoenix, Jodi Lynne Wells (Trilby) of Avondale, Nicholas Glen Kent (Cheryl) of Phoenix, Misty Ann Mattox (Chris) of Phoenix and Alisha Sue Buck (Jason) of Show Low; seven grandchildren, Audryanna, Monica, Malarie, Jacob, Brandon, William and Collyn; his mother, Dorothy Lee Lofthouse; his brother, William Ray Lofthouse; two sisters, Linda Mulberry and Bonnie Tracey; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, LaRay Hall Lofthouse; and a sister, Anne Mattick.