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West Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Park Cemetery

6450 West Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

William Van Pfaff

January 8, 1934January 5, 2020

William Van Pfaff passed away peacefully on January 5, 2020, three days before his 86th birthday, surrounded by his family.

He was a Vietnam veteran who served with the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for over 40 years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Dolores, three sons, David, Daniel & Derek, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2020

Memories

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Cas Castelhano

January 10, 2020

I knew Bill at the 161st while we both worked there. He was a great fellow Airman and just a fun person to be around. He could dish out a lot of fun and he could enjoy having others giving him a lot too. He will be missed. God Bless all of you with your loss.

Dwayne Fisher

January 10, 2020

I always loved hearing Bills loud laughter and the sound of his voice at family gatherings. He was always so laid back. One memory i had was when he brought his truck one day to the shop wanting a stereo system which i took him up front to purchase. Then we came back and he sat in the shop talking while i installed it for him. I was thrilled to hear how much joy he had listening to it and that i was able to do this for him . My Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the whole family. When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure.

Fred Groenke

January 10, 2020

I was not aware that Bill had some health concerns. I would see him many times when shopping at Fry's located at 35th & Peoria. He worked as a bagger there and even if he wasn't bagging in the same lane that I was in, I always made sure to visit with him before leaving the store. Our visits were always happy ones, irrespective of their length. I always goaded him about not being "Fully" retired. He would laugh and say, "If I quit, I wouldn't be able to play the Lottery anymore." Well, it appears that for him, he won't have to play the Lottery anymore as he won eternal happiness. I just wonder if he is telling the Lord that he(the Lord) can trust him to control the engines. He would, of course, be doing that with a smile.

Lena Maguire

January 8, 2020

Because I married into this huge and always getting bigger family, I didn't know you as well as the immediate Family. When Terry and I would run into or see Uncle Bill, he was always so kind, warm, welcoming and had a sense of humor that would never quit. He had the highest respect for animals and because of that respect, I respected him. It was the one connection that we both completely understood. I realized that Uncle Bill was most likely the reason Dave and Dan have such a Love for animals...
I am grateful and Thankful that I was given the chance to know him. It wasn't the quantity of time spent talking with him, it was the quality.
Terry always spoke about him in the highest regards. He would go to Uncle Bill's to help with projects, painting, moving furniture and whatnot. When Terry would come home, he always had a story, joke or conversation between himself and Uncle Bill, to talk and or laugh about.

He will be truly missed by many. This crazy world will be minus one very great and kind Man that added something always good in someone's day, moment or life. Your presence will be missed by many.

May you Rest and Ride on the Wing's of Angels...

Christina Graves

January 7, 2020

Spending today with Aunt Dolores in the house that I had & still have such good memories in since I was child had this different aura about it. I knew the circumstances, but I still expected Uncle Bill to walk through the door around 4 p.m. from work as he had done so many times when I was over there hanging out with Aunt Dolores. He would come home, grab his favorite beer, relax in his favorite chair & our conversation would begin. Amongst other things, we'd mainly talk about our animals & the things they did & laugh. Anyone who knew Uncle Bill knew he loved his animals as much as Aunt Dolores does. We had that in common. I always said if a stranger overheard our conversation, they’d think we were talking about children, which to us they were. I will miss our laughs. Uncle Bill you're already missed.

David Pfaff

January 7, 2020

Mostly growing up since he flew all over the world in the Az. Air National Guard 161st I looked forward to him getting home. He would bring a present. He had a great sense of humor and laughed loudly. He was a great provider. He taught me that no owes you a living in a serious moment. As I got older I realized more and more what a sweet man he was. I owe everything to him. I miss him so much.