A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

All obituaries were taken from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise indicated.

ABBEY, Col. Walter W.

Yuma -- Col. Walter W. Abbey, 67, U. S. Army (ret) died yesterday (May 17, 1967) at Yuma Proving Ground Hospital following a long illness from cancer. Col. Abbey recently underwent surgery at the U. S. Naval Hospital in San Diego and had returned a montha go to the proving ground hospital. The Abbeys had resided at their home at 1233 W. Second St. in Yuma since his retirement as Yuma Test Station commander in 1958. The colonel first came to Yuma in 1952, 38 years after he had joined the Army for service on the Mexican border. He served a total of 32 years in the Army with service in France and Germany during World War I and in the United States and Japan in World War II. The Oregon native adopted Yuma as his home and became active in community and civic life. Among his honorary titles were those of honorary chief of police, honorary mayor of Yuma and honorary deputy sheriff in both Yuma and Imperial, California counties. Arizona Gov. Ernest W. McFarland highlighted Col. Abbey's six-year command on April 5, 1958, by proclaiming that day as "Col. Abbey Day" in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the country and the state of Arizona. On his retirement, Col. Abbey was presented the Presidential Legion of Merit medal for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" as commanding officer of the test station. Surviving are his wife, Juanita; a son, Army 1st Sgt. Richard Abbey, serving in Vietnam, and a sister, Mrs. Arthur Larsen of Eugene, Oregon. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. 5/18/1967.

ABRAHAMS, Shirley E.

Mrs. Shirley E. Abraham, 54, of 1702 W. Tuckey Lane, died Sunday, August 6, 1967, in Good Samaritan Hospital. She had been a Phoenix resident since 1961, moving here from Tucson. She was born in Chicago. Funeral services and burial will be in Chicago. Survivors include her husband, Howard; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Coppa of Awahehee, Nevada, and Mrs. Sue Ellen Kaufman of Phoenix; and one grandchild. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1967.


Edward C. Ackerman, 56, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, died Thurs., Aug. 3, 1967, at Luke AFB Hospital. He retired from the Air Force in 1952 after almost 25 years in the service including service in World War II and the Korean War. He moved to Phoenix 10 years ago from Hampton, VA. Survivors include his wife, Lydia; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia WELDON of Flagstaff; a son, Edward M. ACKERMAN of Hampton, VA; three brothers out of state; and three grandchildren. Services at Green Acres Mortuary, 5830 W. Missouri. Private cremation; 8/5/1967.

ACOSTA, Alejandra C.

Superior -- Alejandra C. Acosta, 76, died Fri., Sep. 22, 1967, in Magma Hospital. She was born in Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico, and came to Arizona 46 years ago. Four sons, Albert, Jr., Pete, Aurora and Tony, all of Superior; a daughter, Mrs. Victoria VALENZUELA of Superior and Mrs. Estrella QUIROZ of San Gabriel, CA; and 15 grandchildren. Burial in Fairview Cemetery. 9/24/1967.

ACUNA, Ramon G.

Willcox -- Ramon G. Acuna, 54, an Arizona native, died at his home Sun., Sep. 3, 1967. He was born in Bonita and was a disabled veteran of World War II. Sisters, Mrs. Isabel CASTILLO, Mrs. Helen CLARK, Mrs. Rosa GONZALES, and Miss Joseta ACUNA, all of Willcox. Mass of Requiem was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial in Sunset Cemetery. 9/6/1967.

ADAIR, Robert D.

Robert D. Adair, 34, a boar repairman who had resided in Phoenix four years, died Wed., Sep. 6, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a Michigan native and a veteran of the Korean conflict. Wife, Patricia; son, Robert Michael; mother, Mrs. Vonda ADAIR of Oak Park, Michigan. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 9/9/1967.


Cora Adams, 80, 1104 W. Hadley, was born in Texas and lived in Phoenix since 1958. Survivors include a son, A. D. SADDLER of Phoenix; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial in Mobile Cemetery. 8/18/1967.


Paul Adams, 62, owner and operator of a barber shop in the Arizona Title Bldg, died Thurs., May 18, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mr. Adams moved to Phoenix in 1946 from Chicago. He was born in Illinois. His wife, Irene, survives. Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Cremation. 5/20/1967.

ADAMS, Zora Elli

Winslow -- Zora Elli Adams, who came to Polacca on the Hopi Indian Reservation in 1926 as a registered nurse, died May 11, 1967, in Winslow Manor Rest Home. She was 87. Mrs. Adams was a native of Blunksville, AL, came to the reservation as a nurse with the then Indian Service and had worked as a missionary there throughout her life. Her husband, Byron, is a retired Linotype operator for one of the first newspapers in Winslow. He survives and a son, Buster of Polacca; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah HONAWA of Keams Canyon and Mrs. Hazel RAY of Holbrook; 11 grandchildren. 5/12/1967.


Jose M. Ahumada, 79, died Thurs., May 11, 1967, in Memorial Hospital. He was retired after 36 years with Southern Pacific Co. as a boilermaker. He was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and came here in 1916 from Nogales. Surviving are his wife, Josefina G.; sons, Antonio of Mexico, Louis, Alex and Fermin Espinoza, all of Corcoran, CA, Larry Espinoza, San Jose, CA; daughters, Mrs. Donna Griego, Mrs. Margaret Hernandez and Martha Espinoza, all of Corcoran, and Mrs. Connie Balazar, San Jose; three brothers out of state; two sisters of Mesa, Mrs. Carmen Huerta and Mrs. Delfina Montoya; and two other sisters out of state. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 5/14/1967.

ALBE, Mary R.

of Globe; 53; Lifetime Globe resident; Husband, Joe; Sons, Rev. LeRoy ALBE, Jo. Published 21-Aug-67


Mrs. Ruby C. Albillar, 60, died Thurs., Sep. 21, 1967, in a Phoenix hospital. She was a native of Fort Worth and moved to Phoenix 35 years ago from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mother, Mrs. Nancy MOORE of Marlow, Oklahoma; sisters, Mrs. Jewel GRESHAM of Bremerton, Washington; Mrs. Audie COOK and Mrs. Iris MEW, both of Marlow. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/23/1967.

ALE, Luna F.

Funeral services tomorrow in A. L. Moore & Sons Mortuary, 333 W. Adams, for Mrs. Luna F. Ale, 91, who died yesterday, August 7, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mrs. Ale, of 301 W. Cambridge, was born in Fairmont, Indiana, and moved to Arizona 15 years ago from Nebraska where she was a ready-to-wear clothing merchant. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Alliance, Nebraska, and the Encanto Community Church in Phoenix. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Bryant of Phoenix; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1967.


George Alexander, 77, a cabinetmaker 45 years, came to Arizona 35 years ago from California. He was born in Syria. Survivors include a brother, George FERRIS; and a sister, Mrs. Dolly HUARD, both of Phoenix. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 9/27/1967.

ALLEN, Lawrence Larry

Prescott -- Lawrence Larry Allen, 70, died Tues., May 16, 1967, in Ft. Whipple VA Hospital. He was born in Mexico, MO, and had resided at in Phoenix the last three years. He retired as a farmer in Missouri. He was a veteran of World War I, having served in the Army. Wife, Permelia; two brothers out of state. Burial in the VA Cemetery, Prescott. 5/20/1967.

ALLEWELT, Virginia Arnold

Miami -- Services for Miss Virginia Arnold Allewelt, 63, who died Monday, May 15, 1967, at the Gila General Hospital in Globe, will be today in the Miles Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Syracuse, N. Y. Miss Allewelt was a native of Syracuse. She had been a resident of MIami for the past two years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frederick Whiteside and Mrs. Norma Lindsey, both of Syracuse; and one brother, Emil, Palm Beach, Florida. Published Wednesday, May 17, 1967, in the Arizona Republic.


Clinton Altpeter, 66, a utility operator for 20 years at Reynolds Metals, died Sep. 22, 1967, in Doctors Hospital. He was a member of the First Nazarene Church. He moved to Phoenix in 1942. Wife, Mildred; three sons, Paul of Phoenix; Clinton in Florida and Thurman in Ohio; and four grandchildren. Burial in Memory Lawn Cemetery. 9/23/1967.

ALLOWAY, Donald Wayne
State Employee Found Dead

An auditor for the State Tax Commission died yesterday, Aug. 19, 1967, apparently of an overdose of barbituates, police said. Investigators identified him as Donald Wayne Alloway, 40, a resident of the Sands Motel, 3320 E. Van Buren. Detective Arnold Carlson said an employee of the motel discovered Alloway's body when she went to clean his room. A note indicating despondency was found near the body, Carlson, said. The Arizona Republic Sunday, August 20, 1967.

ALTIMIRANO, Tranquillino N.

of Chandler, 87, Sons, Geronimo of Marana; Catarino of Chandler and Carlos of Chandler; Mesa City Cemetery. Published 21-Aug-67.


Scottsdale -- Gus Louis Anderman, 76, a resident here the past few months, died Aug. 25, 1967, in Lakeside Hospital in Wakefield, MI. He was born in Arlington, Iowa, and had been a factory employe of the 3M Co from which he retired 11 years ago. Wife, Flossie, son, Vance, both in Scottsdale; two sons, Leo and Mora, in Minnesota; and Carl in St. Cloud; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret DeLONG, Scottsdale, Mrs. Gladys DERGVIG, Pine City, MN, and Ruth PROCHASKA, Hinkley, MN; three sisters out of state; and 17 grandchildren. Burial in Green Acres Cemetery. 9/10/1967.

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