A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

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

TACKE, Alvin W.

Services for Alvin W. Tacke, 89, who died yesterday, Aug. 13, 1967, at Good Samaritan Hospital, were at Mercer Mortuary, 1541 E. Thomas. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. Mr. Tacke was a prospector in Apache Junction. He came to Phoenix in 1930 from Tampa, Florida, and moved to Apache Junction in 1942. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida, and Mrs. W. C. Dennis of Milton, Florida; two sons, Frederick A. of San Jose, Calif., and Ellis T. of Phoenix; two sisters and one brother living out of state; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Arizona Republic Monday, Aug. 14, 1967.


Mrs. Mary E. Takach, 68, who moved here in 1959 from Lakewood, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 3, 1967, in Phoenix Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Takach, 2328 E. McDowell, was born in Czechoslovakia. Rosary was recited at Mercer Mortuary, 1541 E. Thomas. Mass of Requiem was sung in the Church of St. Agnes, 1954 N. 24th St. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Andrew, Sr.; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Bielek of Phoenix; a son, Andrew Jr., of Parma, Ohio; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Published Friday, May 5, 1967.


Alice Talbott, the daughter of the late George H. Rawlins, a pioneer Globe and Phoenix attorney, died May 8, 1967, in Mesa Southside Hospital. Mrs. Talbott was born in Globe and had resided in Phoenix since 1932. Her father headed the law firm of Rawlins, Ellis, Burrus and Kiewit when he died in 1963 in Phoenix. Survivors include her husband, Arthur M.; a daughter, Louise V. Talbott; and her mother, Mrs. George H. Rawlins, all of Phoenix; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Dewar of Hermosillo, Mexico, and Mrs. colleen Gillham of Scottsdale. Services were in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

TANNER, Rollin C.

81, founded the Tanner Construction Co. in 1929. He was born in Joseph City. Wife, Lula; sons, G. Stephen, Maurice, John, all of Phoenix; daughters, Louise GERBER and Norma WOOLLEY; brothers, Arthur of Winslow, George of Salt Lake City; sisters, Ida ROGERS, Donnett FULLER. 9/1/1967.


Inez Tapia, 40, a native of Miami, died Sun., May 14, 1967, in a Phoenix hospital. She moved to Phoenix in 1959 from Miami. Survivors include her husband, Manuel; two daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Chisholm and Norma Tapia; two sons, Edward and Ernest, all of Phoenix; a sister, Mrs. Antonio Gutierrez of Superior; three brothers, Antonio Sermeno of Superior, Jesus and Lino Sermeno, both of Miami. Mass of Requiem was said in St. Vincent dr Paul Catholic Church. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale. 5/17/1967.


Mass of Requiem for Mrs. Mary E. Taubitz, who died August 18, 1967, in her home, 1122 W. McDowell, was said at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3424 N. 18th Ave. Mrs. Taubitz moved to Phoenix 22 years ago from Detroit. She was born in Pittsburgh. Survivors include her husband, Marshall; a son, Ronald Marshall Taubitz, of Scottsdale; a brother, Andy Banks of Pittsburgh, PA; and a half-sister, Mrs. Helen Pestok, Dearborn, Michigan; and one grandchild. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Sat., August 19, 1967.

TAYLOR, Elitha Wilson

42, was born in Phoenix. Sons, Leonard in the Army, Emmeric, Mansfield and Michael, all of Phoenix; daughters, Elitha, Ann, Joyce, August, Caroletta, and Michelle; sisters, Mrs. Curstine WALTON and Mrs. Juanita FLOUNTROY, all of Phoenix. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/28/1967.

TELLEZ, Guadalupe M.

Rosary for Mrs. Guadalupe M. Tellez, 57, who died Friday, April 28, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital, was in Mortensen-Kings Funeral Center. Mass was in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 919 S. 16th Place. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Mrs. Tellez was a resident of Phoenix for 40 years. She came here from New Mexico. Survivors include her husband, Remedios; four sons, Carlos, Tony, Joe and Angelo; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Esparza and Mrs. Jennie Flores, all of Phoenix; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. AZ Republic May 1, 1967.

TEMPLE, Oscar Robert, Jr.

Parker -- Oscar Robert Temple, Jr., of Parker, died Saturday when fire destroyed his home. A two-year resident of Parker, Mr. Temple came here from Phoenix, his birthplace. He was manager of the Corral Motel bar in Parker. Mass of Requiem in St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 2038 W. Van Buren, Phoenix. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Cynthia Ann and Kelly Lynn; a brother, James D. and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R. Temple, Sr., all of Phoenix. The Arizona Republic Monday, Aug. 7, 1967.


Lillian R. Templeton, 79, a resident of Phoenix 12 years, died May 17, 1967, in Sacred Heart Home. Mrs. Templeton had been in the home the past four years. She was born in Minnesota. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Howard Place of Portland, OR. Cremation followed services in Mortensen Kings Funeral Center. 5/18/1967.

TENNEY, Walter D.

Tolleson -- Walter Don Tenney, 24, drowned Wed., July 26, 1967. Mr. Tenney was born in Sand Point, ID, and came to Tolleson in July 1966 from Seattle WA. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Phoenix Sand & Rock Co. He served fouryears in the U. S. Army and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is survived by a son, Wayne; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Tenney of Tolleson; two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Coffey of Tolleson and another out of state; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Tenney of Bonners Ferry, ID, and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Max Rollins of Glendale. Burial in East Resthaven Park Cemetery. Aug. 1, 1967.

TERRELL, Richard D.

50, a native of Columbus, Ohio, came to Arizona in 1929 and lived in Prescott since 1932. Wife, Dorothy Lee; son, Erwin of Mesa; daughter, Claudette DENNY; brothers, Grover of Mayer and Jack of San Francisco; sisters Frances BURGE of Los Angeles; Florence COTURRI of San Francisco; Ethel BAKER and Dorothy COBLE, both of Prescott. Burial in Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 9/5/1967.

TEXTER, Marie B.

Marie B. Texter, 79, a Connecticut native who moved to Phoenix in 1950 from California, died Monday, May 8, 1967, in her home. Mrs. Texter is survived by a grandson, Ronald R. Texter, of Madison Heights, Michigan. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 5/10/1967.

THEIS, Claira

An 82-year-old Phoenix woman was killed yesterday, July 31, 1967, when the car in which she was riding rolled off Arizona 87 approx 11 miles north of Payson and slammed into a tree. The victim was Mrs. Claira Theis of 16027 N. 40th St. The car was driven by Mrs. Theis' daughter, Mrs. Hazel Theis King, 59, of the same address. Mrs. King was hospitalized in Payson with a broken ankle. Aug. 1, 1967.

THOMAS, Louis W., Sr.

78, a native of Hungary, moved to Phoenix in 1956 from Cleveland. Wife, Helen; son, Louis, Jr. of Independence, Ohio; a brother and a sister out of state. Burial in Cleveland. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/22/1967.

THOMAS, Willie Mae

70, sister, Mrs. Anna STEVENSON of Phoenix; brother, Lonnie PERKINS in Oklahoma. Burial in Mesa Cemetery. 5/20/1967.

THOMPSON, Catherine

Mrs. Catherine A. Thompson, 60, who came here 30 years ago from her native New York City and was a secretary 10 years for Arizona Public Service Co. before retiring in 1965, died yesterday, Aug. 29, 1967, in her home, 6702 N. 42nd Drive. Survivors include two sons, Donald L. of Phoenix and Aubrey O. of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Rose P. Ackerman, New York City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association. Private services were held at A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. The Arizona Republic Wednesday, August 30, 1967.

THOMPSON, Ellsworth B. (Tommie)

Survived by wife, Mildred; brothers, Lloyd Martin, Kenneth Thompson; sisters, Mrs. Mary Trometer and Mrs. Gertrude Kitterman out of state. Services in Paradise Chapel and Funeral Home. Interment Greenwood. Funeral announcement only. 5/12/1967.


25 May 1940 - 29 Jul 1967
Lonnie B. Thompson, 27, died Saturday, July 29, 1967, in Stockton, CA. Mr. Thompson, 1232 S. 11th Ave., was born in Phoenix and was a laborer. Surviving are his wife, Louise; a son, Lonnie B., Jr., at home; his mother, Mrs. Elmira Benjamin of Phx; his father, Fred Thompson of OR; two sisters, Mrs. Velma Carroll and Mrs. Helen Bell; and seven brothers, Fred, Edward, Rayshell, Riley, Herbert, Kenneth, and Bill, all of Phoenix. Burial at Double Butte Cemetery. Aug 4, 1967.


Mrs. Rebecca Thompson, 85, a charter member of the Methodist Church in Beresford, S. D., died yesterday, Friday, May 5, 1967, in Acacia Nursing Home. Mrs. Thompson, 3633 E. Fairmont, was born in Beresford and moved to Phoenix in 1959. Services were in Grimshaw's Bethany Chapel, 710 W. Bethany Home. Burial in East Resthaven Cemetery. Survivors include two sons, Lyman W. of Phoenix and Fred L. of Lake Andes, S. D.; two sisters in California; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic Saturday, May 6, 1967.

THORNTON, William E.

37, was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a native of Rockford, Ill. Wife, Marjorie E.; children, Pamela, Becky and Tommy, all of Tempe; mother, Mrs. Dorothy THORNTON of Park Ridge, Ill.; brothers and sister out of state. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/27/1967.

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