1960 Arizona Death Certificates are online at genealogy.az.gov

BANKS, Robert Wesley

Funeral services for Robert Wesley BANKS, 71, who died yesterday in Memorial Hospital, will be in Memory Chapel, A. L. Moore and Sons, Mortuary, 333 W. Adams. The Rev. Louise Webster will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Mr. Banks, who was an electrical engineer for the City of Houston, Texas, came to Phoenix after retiring in 1955. He was a member of the Four Square Gospel Church and the Masonic Lodge in Globe. He lived at 1314 W. Lynwood. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gwinn Parkinson CATES and Mrs. Frank THUMA, and a son, Robert W., Jr., all of Glendale; two sisters, Mrs. H. L. LINDSEY, Payson, and Mrs. Ethel BANKS, Phoenix; his mother, Mrs. Mattie L. WILLIAMS, Phoenix; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 31 January 1960.


Rosary recited at Whitney and Murphy Chapel for Mrs. Emma Barbier, 85, who died Wednesday, January 20, 1960, in a Phoenix nursing home. Mrs. Barbier, a native of Illinois, came to Phoenix 40 years ago. She lived at 5445 S. Third St. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Survivors include a son, Charles, Phoenix; a daughter, Mrs. Alice O'Brien, Englewood, Calif.; a half-brother, John Jeoffray, living in Illinois; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic Jan. 22, 1960.

BARCLAY, Harold M.

Harold M. Barclay, 60, lived in Phoenix 14 years. Came to Phoenix from Indianapolis and was a member of the Masonic lodge in Indianapolis. Wife, Leota, M.; daughter, Mrs. William H. Guthrie; sister, Mrs. Marvin Cochrane, both of Indianapolis; brother, Maj. Charles H. Barclay of Arlington, Virginia. Greenwood Memorial Park, 2300 W. Van Buren. The AZ Republic June 17, 1962.

BATEMAN, William

Prescott. Funeral services for William Bateman, 28, who was killed in a mine accident at Grants, New Mexico, Saturday will be today in the Ruffner Funeral Home. Mr. Bateman, born in Wickenburg in 1931, was a resident of that area 23 years until he moved to New Mexico. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and two children, Grants, New Mexico; and his mother, Mrs. C. R. Denney, Phoenix. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Published in The Arizona Republic Tuesday, January 5, 1960.

BAUGHN, Letitia Caroline

Funeral services for Mrs. Letitia Caroline Baughn, 80, who died Tuesday (29 Dec 1959) at her home, 805 S. 21st Pl., will be Tuesday in Palms Chapel Grimshaw Mortuary, 334 W. Monroe. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Mrs. Baughn was born in Texas and came to Phoenix in 19?9 from Yamhill, Oregon. She is survived by three sons, William Harry of Portland, Oregon, ... of Annapolis, Maryland, and Harold of Tacna; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Nettie) Henderson, of Missoula, Montana; and one sister. The Arizona Republic Sunday, 3 January 1960.


Lee J. Beauvais, 68, retired Swift and Co. branch executive from Montreal, Canada, died January 11, 1960, en route to Memorial Hospital. Mr. Beauvais retired to Phoenix in 1954 after 23 years as branch manager of the meat packing firm in Montreal. His home here was with his daughter, Mrs. John G. Labelle. He was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In Phoenix, he was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Gregory's Catholic Church. He was a World War I veteran. Besides his daughter, surviving are a son, Charles, Long Island, N. Y.; his mother, Mrs. Anna Beauvais, Pueblo, CO; three brothers and four sisters, all out of state and four grandchildren. Burial in Pueblo, Colorado. AZ Republic 12 Jan 1960.

BEAVER, William Herbert

William Herbert Beaver, 49, died January 13, 1960, in his home. Services were in the Arizona Funeral Home, the Rev. S. O. Redacre officiating. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. Mr. Beaver was employed by the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. 20 years. He was a Mason and a member of the First Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Vera; a daughter, Lawana Mullen; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Beaver, Waurika, Oklahoma; five brothers and two sisters, all living in Oklahoma, and a grandson. The AZ Republic 14 Jan 1960.


Graveside services will be today in St. Francis Cemetery for Mrs. Naomi L. Becerra, 27, who died Wednesday in her home, 11 N. 20th St. Rosary was held last night in the Camelback Chapel and Funeral Home, 21 W. Camelback. Mrs. Becerra, who was born in Phoenix, is survived by her husband, Pedro, and a foster mother, Mrs. Mary Fowler, Charleston, South Carolina. Published in The Arizona Republic Tuesday, January 5, 1960.


George BECHTOLT, 67-year-old Wickenburg business man, died of a heart attack at his home Friday. A former advertising director for the Cincinnati Inquirer, Bechtolt had been in semiretirement for several years. Since 1951, he and his wife had operated a fashionable apparel shop in Wickenburg. The son of a minister, he was born in Litchfield, Nebraska, and lived his early years in Nebraska and Wisconsin. In 1917, he joined the Phillip Carey Co., a Cincinnati building material firm, and worked his way up to a vice presidency in a few years. While in semiretirement, he was asked to take over the advertising department of the Inquirer. He was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. Funeral services and burial will be in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Mrs. Edward H. JONES, Cincinnati; and two grandchildren. Published in the Arizona Republic 31 January 1960.

BEEDE, Frederick Neman

Frederick Neman Beede, 62, retired manufacturer of laundry and dry cleaning equipment, came to Arizona three years ago. He was a Mason in Pawtuckett, vice president of the Cave Creek Improvement Association and a member of the Scottsdale mounted sheriff's posse. Wife, Marjorie, son, Herbert Brice BEEDE of Maricopa; daughter, Mrs. Smith K. TYLER, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Robert Beede, Seakonk, Mass. Rev. William Van Wyck will officiate. Private cremation. Memorial services and interment in Pawtuckett, R. I. Published in the Arizona Republic June 17, 1962.

BEHLER, Albert, 6 January 1960


Albert A. Beitinger, 46, of 1906 E. Thomas, died at his home January 9, 1960. He was a native of Wisconsin. He moved to Phoenix four months ago. He was superintendent of a box factory in Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Clara, and a daughter, Mrs. Gloria Andreas, of Wausau, Wisconsin. Funeral services and burial in Wausau. Grimshaw Mortuary handled the arrangements. 10 Jan 1960.

BELL, Joseph Wilton

Services for Joseph Wilton Bell, 70, Phoenix electrician, were held Tuesday, January 2, 1960, in Palms Chapel of Grimshaw Mortuary, 334 W. Monroe. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Bell died Wednesday in Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a veteran of World War I. He was born in Lousiana and lived in Texas until he moved to Phoenix in 1906. He was a retired employe of the former Central Arizona Light and Power Co. His home was at 2725 W. Keim. Mr. Bell was a member of Arizona Mas... Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Mary Inez Bell, Phoenix. Published in the Arizona Republic Saturday, January 2, 1960.

BENA, Joe, Interment in Victoria, Texas. 8 January 1960 announcement only


Funeral services for Elmer Bennett, 53, who died in Gila General Hospital yesterday, will be tomorrow in Walker's Globe Mortuary. Mr. Bennett, born in French Lick, Indiana, owned and operated a TV and radio repair shop here for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Linda Lou and Mary Lou, both of Globe; his mother, Mrs. Eva Bennett, Indiana; two brothers, Clarence, Muncie, Indiana; and Ted, Eureka, California; two sisters, Miss Edith Bennett, Muncie, and Mrs. Esther Deel, Lafayette, Indiana. 21 January 1960

BENNETT, Harold C.

Friends in Phoenix were notified of the death of Harold (Hal) C. Bennett, 77, in Los Angeles yesterday, January 18, 1960. Mr. Bennett was member of an Arizona pioneer family which came to Phoenix in July 1891. His father, a widely known attorney, served as mayor of Phoenix during territorial days. He operated the Bennett Lumber Co. here until 1919 then went to Los Angeles where he founded the Utility Trailer Co. with his brother, Ernest W. Bennett. Mr. Bennett married Miss Ella Eyer of Phoenix in 1910. She survives him. Other survivors are two brothers, Ernest and Paul Bennett, two sisters, Mrs. Charles Stauffer and Mrs. Ben Cravens, all of Phoenix. Funeral services were in Los Angeles. 19 January 1960.

BERGERON, Richard R.

Richard R. Bergeron, 56, born in Canada, died in the VA Hospital at Whipple. He was a member of the American Legion post in Scottsdale. Daughters, Mrs. Arlette Fraze of Indiana and Mrs. Scharlette Sherlock of Phoenix; sons, Richard of New York and Lawrence of California; four sisters and two brothers out of state. Burial in the Veterans Cemetery, Prescott. Arizona Republic June 15, 1962.

BERTRAND, Bernard Alexander, 3 January 1960 announcement only

BESHEARS, Rufus S., 73, 21 January 1960

BEVAN, Alicks

Services for Alicks Bevan, 45, who died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1960, in Good Samaritan Hospital, will be tomorrow in Grimshaw Mortuary, 334 W. Monroe. The Rev. William A. Buford will officiate. Cremation will follow. Mr. Bevan, a native of Michigan who came to Phoenix in 1950, lived at 4648 N. 23rd Ave. He was an auto parts salesman. He is survived by his wife, Genevieve. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1960.

BICKET, Electa Wyllie

Mrs. Electa Wyllie Bicket, 76, retired piano teacher, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1960, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Bicket, a native of Marissa, Illinois, came to Phoenix from that city 27 years ago. She taught piano 50 years in Illinois and Arizona, retiring in 1956. Surviving are two sons, Robert A. Bicket, Phoenix, and Harold Bicket, Los Angeles. Private services were conducted by Dr. George Hunter Hall. Burial was in Marissa. AZ Republic 12 Jan 1960.

BIGLER, Mildred E.

Funeral services and burial for Mrs. Mildred E. Bigler, 57, will be in Canton, Ohio. Mrs. Bigler died in the Williams Air Force Base hospital Thursday. Born in Ohio, she had lived in Tempe six months with her son-in-law and daughter, Capt. and Mrs. Robert E. Rankin, 607 Encanto Blvd. Captain Rankin is attached to the ROTC unit at Arizona State University. She also is survived by four sons, Wayne, Darwin, Roy, and Renny, all of Canton. 31 January 1960.


Mayer -- Funeral services and burial for Melvin D. Billings, 47, Mayer area rancher, will be held in Del Rio, Texas. Mr. Billings, who was born in Texas, died Friday, January 1, 1960, in a Prescott hospital. He came to Arizona six years ago and had lived here two years. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Melva, of Del Rio; and a brother and sister both out of state. The Arizona Republic Sunday, January 3, 1960.

BIRD, Ada E.

Rites for Mrs. Ada E. Bird, 91, who died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1960, in San Diego, were in Palms Chapel, Grimshaw Mortuary. Mrs. Bird, born in Illinois, came to Phoenix at an early age. She lived here until 1943 when she moved to La Jolla, California, to live with a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Perry. Services were conducted by Dr. Fletcher H. Scharer. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. Her late husband, Hal Bird, Phoenix contractor, built the Jefferson and Arizona hotels. She was a member of the First Methodist Church here. Other survivors besides the daughter are a son, Howard Bird, Phoenix; a sister, Mrs. Delia Lytton, Brookport, Illinois; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 20 Jan 1960.

BISHOP, Elson J.

Elson J. Bishop, 63, was born in Glasco, Kansas, and came to Phoenix ten years ago from Amarillo, Texas. He was a clerk at Circle K markets. Wife, Mildred, daughter, Mrs. Don Archer of Monroe, Louisiana.; a son, John L. Bishop of Phoenix; six grandchildren. Rev. James R. Staples, the Rev. C. N. Hall and the Masonic Funeral Committee will officiate. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. Arizona Republic June 17, 1962.

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