A Few 1970 Arizona Obituaries

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

KEASTER, Phyllis Joan

Queen Creek -- Mrs. Phyllis Joan Keaster, 26, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Genieve Rodriguez, 20, were killed in a light plane crash Sunday, Dec. 13, 1970, at Crismon and Queen Creek Rd. Mrs. Keaster was born in Eufaula, OK, and came here in 1947. Survivors include her husband, Charles; two sons, Tracy and Toby; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip VanAllan; three brothers, Billy, James and Marty VanAllan; and a sister, Mrs. Joanne Crewse, all of Queen Creek.
Genieve Rodriguez was born in Saffell, Ark, and was brought here as an infant. Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Ft. Ord, CA; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Crewse; four brothers, Buford, Billy Ray, Kenneth and Austin Crewse; and a sister, Mrs. Brenda Pryor, all of Queen Creek. Services were in First Baptist Church of Queen Creak. Burial in Gardens of Peace Cemetery, Chandler. Tues., 12/15/1970.

KEEFER, Henrietta A.

Sun City -- Henrietta A. Keefer, 76, formerly a drugstore owner in Warsaw, Missouri, died Jan. 3, 1970, at Mtn View Pioneer Hospital. She was born in Warsaw and came here in 1961. Husband, Kenneth; brother, W. Y. BIBB of Yuma; another brother out of state. Burial in Sunland Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.


Ashfork -- Harry L. Kelchner, 78, of Ash Fork, died March 7, 1970, in the Prescott Veterans Hospital. He was born in Hebron, Illinois, and came to Ash Fork from Colorado Springs in 1911. Before retiring he was a warehouseman and general clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was a veteran of World War I. Wife, Anita; three daughters, Mary H. BRUNSBOLD of Santa Clara, CA, Marie E. DeCLUE of West Covina, CA, and Delores E. HARLAN of Flagstaff; one brother and one sister out of state; and six grandchildren. Burial in the VA cemetery. 3/8/1970.

KELLEY, Sherman F

Hayden -- Sherman F. Kelley, 62, operator of the Tri-City Bowling Alley, was reported dead on arrival at Kennecott Hospital in Kearny after suffering a heart attack at his place of business, Sat., Jan. 3, 1970. He was born in Stella, Missouri, and came to Phoenix ten years ago and to Hayden four years ago. Wife, Grace; sons, William G. of Sydney, Nebraska; Donald J. of Hayden; daughters, Sandra L. EDWARDS of Phoenix, Aimee L. KIMBALL of Eden, Utah, and Mrs. Sherma KIMBALL of Denver; stepsons, Robert L. FOX of Phoenix and Clyde E. FOX of Northridge, Calif. Burial in Mountain View Memorial Gardens. 1/5/1970.


Scottsdale -- Bural W. Kessens, 65, a US Steel Corp employee 40 years in Chicago, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1969, in Scottsdale Hospital. Mr. Kessens moved here in 1967 from Crown Point, Indiana. He was born in Anderson, Indiana. Wife, Frances; son, Bural F.; a brother of Chicago; and two grandchildren. Services in Messinger Mortuary with cremation following. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/1/1970.


14 Nov 1904 - 12 Dec 1970
Scottsdale -- Wade Ketchum, 66, who came to Queen Creek in 1932, died Sat., Dec. 12, 1970, in Scottsdale Hospital. He had been manager of Cotton gins in Queen Creek and Kyrene. He came to Arizona from his native Loco, OK, and lived in Scottsdale since 1942. Survivors include his wife, Jewell; two sons, Donald W. of Scottsdale, Charles F. of Mesa; a daughter, Mrs. Patsy Harkins of Houston; a sister out of state; and four grandchildren. Burial in Green Acres Cemetery. Tues., 12/15/1970.

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