In Memory of Bill Verboon
October 14, 1939 April 28, 2023
William Bill Douglas Verboon passed away peacefully in his Lake Havasu City, AZ home surrounded by the love of family and friends on April 28, 2023, at the age of 83.
Bill was born in Corcoran, CA on October 14th, 1939, to William and Doris Verboon. He was the older brother to siblings, Carole and Ricky. When Bill was eight years old, he and his family relocated to Hanford where they settled at Gold Top Ranch farming cotton, corn, and walnuts.
At 18 years old, Bill joined the Air Force in 1958. He worked on B-52 bombers and GAM-72 missiles at Beale Air Force Base. During his time in the Air Force, he met the love of his life, Karen Mayﬁeld, while cruising Mooney Boulevard in Visalia, CA. He was a standout on Mooney that day in his turquoise '57 Chevy, dubbed The Flying Dutchman for his Dutch heritage and love of fast driving. Bill had an eye for beauty too, and from that day forward, he and Karen were inseparable.
Bill and Karen married on November 25th, 1960 in Woodlake, CA. They welcomed their ﬁrst child, Sandra Lee, in 1962. Shortly after their second child, Doug, was born in 1963, Bill left the Air Force and relocated his young family back to Gold Top Ranch. As a family, they traveled to numerous National Parks throughout the western United States, with one of their ﬁrst trips to Jackson Hole, WY. They spent evenings and weekends riding dirt bikes and water skiing together, even skiing in canals and reservoirs near the ranch.
From early childhood, Bill showed a passion for motor vehicles, ranging from motorcycles, snowmobiles, vans, boats, dune buggies, and especially Corvettes. Five days after their wedding and while still on their honeymoon, Bill and Karen purchased a 1959 Corvette, jumpstarting a lifelong fascination and love for the vehicle. In 1987, Bill bought and restored a 1960 Corvette and showed it with the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). His meticulous attention to detail and mechanical know-how gained him the prestigious Top Flight and Duntov awards. From this achievement, a business and lifelong hobby was born. Unsurprisingly to anyone that knew him, Bill purchased and restored another Corvette (1962), earning another set of Top Flight and Duntov awards.
Bill's Corvette obsession led to his entrepreneurial dream of starting a Corvette restoration business. Bill and his son, Doug, restored more than 25 vehicles under the name Gold Top Restoration, earning them national fame and recognition for their ﬁne quality, craftsmanship, and head-turning style. Car shows were a true family affair, and Karen was never far from sight, decked out to the nines in coordinating colors to match the cars. His daughter, Sandy, was often found by his side in the shop helping to prepare the cars for various events and showing her support at car shows every weekend. In addition to several other hot rods, Bill also bought and restored a '57 Chevy identical to his high school favorite, The Flying Dutchman.
Aside from his car restoration business, Bill and Karen operated Gold Top Ranch. Bill took over the family farm in 1985 from his father before retiring in 2005 and passing the reigns to the next generation. As a farmer, Bill won numerous awards and national recognition for his ranch. In addition, he participated in agriculture research for UC Davis and held a Sequoia Walnut Advisory board position for over eight years. He was personally invited to Chicago, IL, to test prototype tractors and make recommendations for further advancements.
Bill was very active with his community and family. In 2005, he and Karen relocated to Teton Valley, ID, where they lived after retirement, often spending their time gardening, traveling through Yellowstone Park, and entertaining numerous friends and family members at the picturesque sanctuary that was their Idaho home. In 2013, they purchased another home in Lake Havasu City, AZ, where he enjoyed gardening, hanging out with his car club, and spending time with his family. Bill and Karen traveled worldwide, extending to Canada, Barbados, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and throughout the United States. He often joked his weekend started Thursday and ended Tuesday. Wednesday was for laundry and reloading the car for another adventure.
Wild Bill was a man of many talents and achievements, but most of all he was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather that will be dearly missed. He will always be our Best of Show.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Doris and William Bill Verboon, and his brother, John Ricky Verboon. He will live on through his loving wife of 62 years, Karen Verboon; his daughter Sandra Verboon; his son Doug Verboon (Jill); his grandchildren Cassandra Verboon, Courtney Verboon Haley (Jonathan), Arie Verboon, Chelsea Verboon, Kari Barba, Kelsey Pasqual (Michael), Chase Reed; and his great-grandchildren, Drake Valdivia, Quinn Pasqual, and Liam Pasqual; and his sister Carole Delap (Chuck), as well as many nieces, cousins, and beloved friends.
In Memory of Bill Ensley
On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, our favorite Southern Gentleman, William Fletcher Ensley (Bill), passed away. He was 89 years old, just one-week shy of his 90th birthday. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Donna and his parents, Fletcher and Nettie Sue Ensley. Bill was born and grew up in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. He grew up in the country, tending animals, hunting, fishing, and spending as much time out of doors as he could.
After graduation from Mt. Vernon High School he enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the USS Los Angeles. Bill enjoyed his time in the military. His experience with engineering and electrical work led him to his future career. After discharge, he returned to North Carolina. He completed two years at North Carolina State University. He went to work for Rockwell Corporation in Downey, CA, where he eventually became Director of Facility Services. During his time at Rockwell, he worked on a variety of projects, many of them requiring various secret security clearances. One of his favorite projects and one that he was most proud of was the work he did on the B-1 Bomber.
Donna and Bill retired to Lake Havasu City, AZ and built their dream home. Bill was very active in the community. He helped start a new chapter of Over the Hill Car Gang Car Club, served on the Elks Scholarship Committee, was active in The Deuces Car Club, and lent his support to a variety of community projects.
Bill is survived by his two sister, Sibyl Lee of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, Francis Hope Honeycutt of Lewisburg, Tennessee, nephew and wife Bill and Marcie McDaniel of Forest City, North Carolina, nephew and wife Ben and Anne McDaniel of Boiling Springs, North Carolina as well as several great and great, great nieces and nephews.
Bill was a friend and mentor to all that knew him. He will live on in our hearts and memories as the True Southern Gentleman that he was.
The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude for all the kindness and expressions of sympathy.
In Memory of Donald D Sauberan 2023
Until we meet again our friend!
Donald D. Sauberan of Lake Havasu City, passed away on Jan. 1, 2023 at the age of 81 following a battle with blood cancer. Don was born on Aug. 6, 1941 in Milwaukee.
Following his high school graduation from Boys' Tech, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving overseas in Germany mainly as the driver for the company commander (a duty that he loved). Following his military service, he returned to Milwaukee and became a City of Milwaukee ﬁreﬁghter in 1965. He proudly served as a ﬁreﬁghter protecting the city for 33 years until his retirement from the department in 1998. Despite his busy work schedule, he always found time to be at nearly every sporting activity of his children (which was incredibly appreciated and served as an aspirational model). Following his retirement, he escaped the snow and cold of Wisconsin to the sun and warmth of Lake Havasu City. In 2001, he married Patricia Warzynski. While in Lake Havasu City, he continued to indulge his lifelong passion of cars (and hot rods in particular) by co-founding local car clubs The Over The Hill Gang and Havasu Deuces.
Don was a loving father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Donald P. (Jen) Sauberan, son Jay (Pam) Sauberan, stepson Raef (Danielle) Warzynski, stepson Jason (Abbey) Warzynski, grandchildren Nathaniel Sauberan, Abigail (Chase) Huether, Noah Sauberan, and Elizabeth Sauberan, along with many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by former wife Nancy Sauberan. There is no funeral or memorial service planned at this time. The family would like to extend a special thank you for the care provided by Beacon of Hope Hospice. We are going to tremendously miss this wonderful man.
Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz Fraze Funeral Home.
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