A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

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

LAIRMORE, James Doyle

Yuma -- James Doyle Lairmore, 36, died May 16, 1967, as a result of a two-car accident on US 80 a few miles east of Yuma. He was born in Moyer, OK, and moved to Yuma in 1936 where he attended school. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Suriving are his mother, Dora LAIRMORE, Yuma; five brothers, Charles, Casa Grande, Jack and Bill, both of Yuma, Leon, Whittier and Donald, all of Tucson; three sisters, Mrs. Naomi McKINNEY, Yuma, Mrs. Loren BRUSKAS and Mrs. Merle SCEIS, both of Albuquerque. Burial in Desert Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 5/17/1967.

LAKIN, Everett Edward

Coolidge -- Services for Everett Edward Lakin, 62, a guard at the State Prison in Florence, will be in Cole and Maud Mortuary here. Burial in Valley Memorial Park in Coolidge. Mr. Lakin, a native of Macon County, Illinois, died Friday, May 4, 1967, in Pinal General Hospital in Florence. He had lived in Coolidge for the past 16 years. Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Coolidge; a daughter, Mrs. George Conrad of Houston; a son, Robert, of Louisville, Kentucky; a stepson, Jack Williams of Buckeye; and four grandchildren. The Arizona Republic Monday, May 8, 1967.

LANGHOLF, Douglas R.

81, owned a cattle ranch in his native Laramie, Wyoming. He came here last week from Walden, Colorado. Sister, Mrs. Bessie GREEN of Mesa. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 9/1/1967.


78, a blacksmith for U. S. Steel Corp. in Joliet, Illinois, was born in Wilna, Russia, and an Army veteran of World War I. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale. 9/1/1967.

LARA, Robert

24, a native of Morenci, was a relief shift worker for the Phelps Dodge Corp. Wife, Paula; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben LARA of Morenci; grandfather, Jesus LARA of Clifton; brother, Ruben, of Morenci; brothers and two sisters out of state. Burial in Bunker Cemetery. 9/2/1967.


Apache Junction -- Myra A. LaStrange, 65, a member of St. George Catholic Mission, died Thurs., May 18, 1967, in Mesa Hospital. Mrs. LaStrange moved here seven years ago from Long Lake, MN. She was born in Minneapolis. Survivors include her husband, Maurice; and a son, Tony, of Apache Junction; three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Chapman, Mrs. Sarah Anderson, and Mrs. Georgia English, all of Wayzata, MN; and 22 grandchildren. Services and burial were in Long Lake. 5/20/1967.


77, moved to Phoenix in 1951 from St. Louis. She was born in Glens Falls, N. Y. Husband, Raymond P.; daughters, Mrs. Bernice WILLERS of Phoenix. Burial in St. Louis. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/21/1967.

LAZEAR, Cassie M.

Pima -- Funeral services for Cassie May Lazear, 66, a resident of Arizona for 56 years who died Monday, August 28, 1967, at her home, were in Pima Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A native of Mexico, Mrs. Lazear came to Arizona and lived in Mesa until 1929 when she moved with her husband to Pine. They resided in Pima for the past seven years. Sue is survived by her husband, William; two daughters, Mrs. Anna Jane Jarvis of Pima and Mrs. Alice Faye Long of Phoenix; four brothers, Julius R. Johnson of Mesa; Clyde R. Johnson of Sunflower; Vernon R. Johnson of Mesa; Lionel H. Johnson of Stewart Mountain; three sisters, Mrs. Ann Peterson and Mrs. Dot Smith, both of Mesa, and Mrs. Naomi Appleton of Chandler. Friends may call in the Caldwell Funeral Home in Safford and at the Pima Ward Relief Society Hall in Pima. Graveside services Saturday at Pine Cemetery. The Arizona Republic August 31, 1967.

LEAVELL, Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae Leavell, 61, 4019 N. 63rd Dr., died Sat., Aug. 19, 1967, in Luke AFB Hospital. Mrs. Leavell was born in Hopkinsville, KY, and moved to Avondale in 1960. She resided in Tucson five years before moving to Phoenix a month ago. Survivors include three sons, Joe Hooks and Will Bell, both of Hopkinsville, and Douglas Fox, Jr., of Avondale; three daughters, Mrs. Susan Butler, Mrs. Laura Fox and Mrs. Virginia Nelson, all of Phoenix; a sister, Emma Lou Jones, Kansas; 30 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial in Glendale Cemetery. 8/24/1967.

LEE, Clara B.

Holbrook -- Services for Clara B. Lee, 94, who died Wednesday at the Arizona Pioneers Home, Prescott, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Graveside services by members of Liberty Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, will follow at Holbrook Cemetery. Mrs. Lee, a native of Virgin City, Utah, came to Winslow in 1894, moved to Woodruff in 1904, and settled in Holbrook in 1909. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, and the Holbrook Women's Club. Surviving are two sons, C. F. Lee of Holbrook and W. A. Lee of Pinetop; a daughter, Mrs. Millie Felsch of Holbrook; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Alcorn Mortuary from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Holbrook Cemetery. Published in The Arizona Republic Friday, September 29, 1967.

LEE, Lester R.

Lester R. Lee, 50, an electrician for the Salt River Valley Water Users Assn since Feb 1963, died Wed., May 10, 1967, in Mesa General Hospital. He had been injured when a vehicle overturned during a weekend camping trip in the Superstittion Mountains. He was a member of Electrical Workers Local 266. He was born in Mansfield, MO, and moved here 18 years ago from New Mexico. Survivors include his wife, Coreen; a daughter, Inga Lee; and a son, Richard; all of Phoenix. May 12, 1967.

LEE, Robert E.

61, was born in Macon Lake, Arkansas, and moved to Phoenix in 1956 from Arkansas. Son, Robert, Jr., of St. Louise and a sister, Georgia WOODS of Phoenix. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 9/1/1967.

LEETH, Betty L.

Youngtown -- Betty L. Leeth, 42, died Friday, May 5, 1967, at home. She was born in Garden Grove, Iowa, and was a graduate of Iowa State University. She came to Arizona in 1957. Surviving are two sons, Dan and John Leeth, both of Youngtown, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Stevenson, Youngtown. May 7, 1967.


60, was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Phoenix from Pittsburgh in 1943. Husband, Nathan; daughters, Ruth, Florence, Sandra LEIBOVITZ, all of Phoenix; one sister in Argentina and one sister in Russia. Burial in Beth El Cemetery, Rabbi Adam NEUBERGER officiating. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/21/1967.


Yuma -- Frank Leidendeker, 80, founder of the Yuma Wall Drilling Co., died Tuesday, May 2, 1967, in Elks Hospital in Tucson. He was born in Champagne, IL, and moved to Cochise County in 1904. He was a graduate engineer and farmed in the Wellton-Mohawk area. He served as a captain in the Army during World War I. He also served as an engineer with the Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ruby A.; one daughter, Mrs. Nan Harman; and one son, F. H. Leidendeker, both of Los Angeles; one sister out of state; four grandchildren. Burial in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. 5/4/1967.

LENZ, Arthur F.

(gravestone is for "Arthur D. LENZ".) 67, Prescott, lived in Flagstaff five years, moving here from Prescott. He was a World War I veteran. Daughter, Mrs. Ted JONES of Flagstaff; a brother and a sister out of state. Burial in Veterans Cemetery. headstone 9/6/1967.

LEPIEN, Lupina

Mesa -- Services for Mrs. Lupina V. Lepien, 88, a resident of Arizona 68 years, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Desert View Chapel, 9702 E. Apache Trail. Mrs. Lepien, 10130 E. Apache Trail, died Saturday in Mesa Southside Hospital. She made dolls and had a shop in her home here. She had resided most of her life in Phoenix before moving here three years ago. Born in New York City, she had no known survivors. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Published in The Arizona Republic August 29, 1967.

LERICHE, Roy William

Roy William Leriche, 68, died May 6, 1967, in a Phoenix hospital. Mr. Leriche was a broker affiliated with Westamerica Securities, Inc. He was a native of Jacksonville, IL, and was president and treasurer of First of Iowa Corp in Des Moines before moving here in 1963. He was a member of First Methodist Church, Phoenix Executive Club and El Zaribah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. Past director of the Royal Order of Jesters, he also was a member of Acanthus Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; a stepson, Gary S. Haag, Des Moines; a brother and sister, both in Iowa; and five grandchildren. Burial in Glendale Resthaven Park. May 7, 1967.

LESNETT, Wilson S., Sr.

Wilson S. Lesnett, Sr., 79, a visitor here the past 10 winters from Bridgeville, PA died Thurs., May 4, 1967, in Phoenix Memorial Hospital. He was born in Bridgeville. Survivors include four sons, Richard, Grayson and Wilson, Jr., all of Phoenix, and D. M. of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Mrs. Martha GENDT of McDonald, PA; brother, A. M. of Phoenix; two brothers and three sisters out of state; 10 grandchildren and two gr-grandchildren. Burial in East Resthaven Cemetery. 5/6/1967. (wife, Laura Violet McKown died in 1956.

LEVITIN, Catherine R.

Services for Catherine R. Levitin, 74, of 1622 W. Vernon, who died Monday, August 7, 1967, in Phoenix Baptist Hospital will be Friday at Sunset Chapel, 301 W. Camelback. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Levitin, a 20-year resident of Phoenix, was born in Osseo, Wisconsin, and came here from Madison, Wisconsin. She was a member of the Congregational Church and the Sunnyslope, Maryvale and Verde Park Senior Citizens' clubs. Survivors include her husband, Sam, of Phoenix; a daughter, Mrs. John Van Guilder of Phoenix; an adopted daughter, Mrs. Mary Joan Bordinaro of New York State; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Arizona Republic, Wednesday, August 9, 1967, p.74.

LEWIS, Mrs. Frank (Amanda)

Davenport, Iowa -- Funeral services for Mrs. Frank R. (Amanda) Lewis, 78, who died here August 26, 1967, were held in Runge Mortuary. A native of Davenport, Mrs. Lewis was a winter visitor to Phoenix for the past 13 years. The AZ Republic Monday, August 28, 1967.


Ogden, Utah -- Mrs. Mae Lewis, 70, formerly of Phoenix, died here Saturday, April 29, 1967, in a hospital. Born in Safford, Mrs. Lewis lived many years in Mesa and Phoenix before moving to Ogden in 1963. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services were in the Chapel of Flowers Mortuary here. Burial in the Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden. Survivors include her husband, John D. Lewis of Ogden; two sons, Dr. Gail Lewis of BOuntiful, Utah, and Jarrold Lewis with the Navy in North Africa; two daughters, Mrs. Blaine Coy and Mrs. Paul Visser, both of Ogden; her mother, Mrs. Euphima Mae Zundel of Phoenix; five brothers and three sisters and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The AZ Republic Mond., May 1, 1967.

LICK, James Clyde

71, was born in East Dubuque, Illinois, and was a WWI veteran. He was a division manager of McKesson and Robbins Drug Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wife, Beulah; son, James of Milwaukee; daughter, Mrs. Barbara ... , Detroit. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/23/1967.

LIDGARD, Clarence Harry

18 July 1907 - 8 May 1967
Apache Junction -- Clarence Harry Lidgard, 59, a member of the First Baptist Church and a past member of the Rotary Club, both in Tempe, died Monday, May 8, 1967, in Mesa Southside Hospital. Mr. Lidgard was born in Star City, IN, and moved to Tempe in 1948 from Plymouth, MI. He owned the Cactus Gardens Trailer Court in Apache Junction. He had operated a motel in Tempe until 1962. Survivors include his wife, Verena; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Shannon of Tempe and Mrs. Kay Thomas of Paradise Valley; two sisters and three brothers, all of Michigan; and eight grandchildren. Burial in East Resthaven Cemetery. 5/10/1967.

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