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Kathy Lawhead-Simpson-Goltz

Passed Away on July 26, 2019


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Age 61 of Mesa, Arizona passed away 7/26/2019 at Banner Baywood Hospital.  Born to Don and Wally Lawhead on 10/03/1957 in Des Moines, Iowa. Kathy attend Dexter-Redfield High School, where she played softball & basketball throughout High School. During high school she taught many children swimming lessons and continued after high school thru the present. She married Gary Simpson in 1976.  Kathy spent most of her life living in Iowa until moving to Arizona to help manage her family business American Self Storage for many years. Later she married John Goltz in 2011. 

        Family was everything to Kathy. Kathy was a devoted and loving mom. She was very proud of her family loved spending time with her grandkids.  Kathy loved holidays and family get togethers. She would love spending hours cooking. Kathy was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

        Kathy was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She cherished all family gatherings and being around all her family. She was very involved in the ROTC scholarship program and the backpack program thru the Woman’s Auxiliary of the American Legion along with many other projects they did for the chapter.  She loved dolphins and she had the opportunity to swim with them twice in Hawaii & once in Cancun.  She also loved the Iowa Hawkeyes & Pittsburgh Steelers as she was an avid Football Fan. 

She is survived by her mother Wally, husband John, children Melissa & Jason (Michelle), Grandchildren Trista, Scott, Taylor & Tyler, Stepchildren Mary Ann (KJ) & Keith (Laura), siblings Nancy (Jim), Diane, Donna (David), Linda (Kirk), & David (Janeen).  Many Step Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren as well as Nieces and Nephews.  For Family members and friends there will be a Memorial Service on October 5th at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E Main St Mesa, AZ.  After which there will be a Celebration of Kathy’s life at 559 N 95th Place in Mesa at 2pm for family and friends.

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  1. Sue Bair says:

    Thinking of all the family and sending hugs and prayers. Lots of great memories of Kathy. She will be missed?

  2. Teresa Crowl Nolan says:

    So sorry for your loss. I graduated with Kathy. She was way to young.

  3. Linda/Kirk Schuller says:

    We all miss you and love you so much Kath!! Thank-you for all the wonderful memories you gave us. God bless you!! RIP Sis

  4. Robert and Dode Reynolds says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing and the loss to her family and friends. We fondly remember the kids growing up as our friends and neighbors in the rural Redfield/Dexter area.
    It was quite unusual for anyone to have an in ground pool, but they did and Kathy gave swimming lessons to many kids including Juliane and Justin.

    May Peace Be With Everyone at this time!

  5. Sherrill Ress says:

    So sorry for your loss. Kathy and I were classmates. Way to young.

  6. Brian Smith says:

    Very saddened for your loss. I to graduated high school with Kathy and considered her a good friend. Her older sisters we guys always adored. May peace be with you.

  7. Mandy Legan (johns step daughter) says:

    I’m completely shocked and worried about my dad. My hearts breaks for him! I know how much they loved each other! She literally taught my 2 oldest kids how to swim! She will be missed and I couldn’t be more sad!

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Kathy Lawhead-Simpson-Goltz

Passed Away on July 26, 2019


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Age 61 of Mesa, Arizona passed away 7/26/2019 at Banner Baywood Hospital.  Born to Don and Wally Lawhead on 10/03/1957 in Des Moines, Iowa. Kathy attend Dexter-Redfield High School, where she played softball & basketball throughout High School. During high school she taught many children swimming lessons and continued after high school thru the present. She married Gary Simpson in 1976.  Kathy spent most of her life living in Iowa until moving to Arizona to help manage her family business American Self Storage for many years. Later she married John Goltz in 2011. 

        Family was everything to Kathy. Kathy was a devoted and loving mom. She was very proud of her family loved spending time with her grandkids.  Kathy loved holidays and family get togethers. She would love spending hours cooking. Kathy was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

        Kathy was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She cherished all family gatherings and being around all her family. She was very involved in the ROTC scholarship program and the backpack program thru the Woman’s Auxiliary of the American Legion along with many other projects they did for the chapter.  She loved dolphins and she had the opportunity to swim with them twice in Hawaii & once in Cancun.  She also loved the Iowa Hawkeyes & Pittsburgh Steelers as she was an avid Football Fan. 

She is survived by her mother Wally, husband John, children Melissa & Jason (Michelle), Grandchildren Trista, Scott, Taylor & Tyler, Stepchildren Mary Ann (KJ) & Keith (Laura), siblings Nancy (Jim), Diane, Donna (David), Linda (Kirk), & David (Janeen).  Many Step Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren as well as Nieces and Nephews.  For Family members and friends there will be a Memorial Service on October 5th at 11:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home 7900 E Main St Mesa, AZ.  After which there will be a Celebration of Kathy’s life at 559 N 95th Place in Mesa at 2pm for family and friends.

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7 responses to “Kathy Lawhead-Simpson-Goltz”

  1. Sue Bair says:

    Thinking of all the family and sending hugs and prayers. Lots of great memories of Kathy. She will be missed?

  2. Teresa Crowl Nolan says:

    So sorry for your loss. I graduated with Kathy. She was way to young.

  3. Linda/Kirk Schuller says:

    We all miss you and love you so much Kath!! Thank-you for all the wonderful memories you gave us. God bless you!! RIP Sis

  4. Robert and Dode Reynolds says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing and the loss to her family and friends. We fondly remember the kids growing up as our friends and neighbors in the rural Redfield/Dexter area.
    It was quite unusual for anyone to have an in ground pool, but they did and Kathy gave swimming lessons to many kids including Juliane and Justin.

    May Peace Be With Everyone at this time!

  5. Sherrill Ress says:

    So sorry for your loss. Kathy and I were classmates. Way to young.

  6. Brian Smith says:

    Very saddened for your loss. I to graduated high school with Kathy and considered her a good friend. Her older sisters we guys always adored. May peace be with you.

  7. Mandy Legan (johns step daughter) says:

    I’m completely shocked and worried about my dad. My hearts breaks for him! I know how much they loved each other! She literally taught my 2 oldest kids how to swim! She will be missed and I couldn’t be more sad!

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