All obituaries are from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise indicated.


Sun City -- Muriel M. Wagemann, 62, died Sunday, July 14, 1974, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Wagemann, of 10342 Bayside Road, had been a bank teller-bookkeeper 10 years in Alton, Illinois. Husband, Raymond. Services and burial were in Donnellson, Illinois. 7/17/1974.

WAGNER, Bernard Joseph

Bernard Joseph Wagner, 78, died Monday, June 3, 1974, in the Medicenter. He retired as branch manager of the Remington Rand Corp. in Baltimore, Maryland, after 50 years in the accounting machine business. He was a World War I veteran. Survivors include his wife, Carrie, and a sister. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 6/4/1974.

WAITE, Hazel

Hazel Waite, 84, died Saturday, June 15, 1974, in a Phoenix hospital. She was a member of the Eighth Church of Christ Scientists in Detroit. Son, Herbert J. Waite. A.L. Moore & Sons Mortuary. Burial in Deer Valley Cemetery. 6/19/1974.

WAITE, Stella

Safford -- Stella Waite, 67, died Thursday, June 6, 1974, at the Mt. Graham Community Hospital. Husband, Robert; son, Stewart; sisters, mrs. Melba Lee, Mrs. Grace Lamb, Mrs. Lilly Norton, and Mrs. Clara Golden; a brother, Walter Stewart, and four grandchildren. Caldwell Funeral Home. Burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. 6/7/1974.

WAKEFIELD, Florene Mae

Williams -- Mrs. Florene Mae Haave Wakefield, 51, a former advertising manager of The Williams News, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1974, in Williams Hospital. She had also worked as a general insurance agent for the Arizona Daily Sun of Flagstaff. Husband, Grant; sons, Maurice and Marvin; daughters, Mrs. Jana Rowley, Mrs. Debra Chevelier and Mrs. Verda Rush; two brothers out of state; and three grandchildren. Walker Mortuary. Services at the Williams Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial in Taylor Cemetery. 10/27/1974.

WAKELAND, Charles Franklin

Charles Franklin Wakeland, 66, of 4483 N. 49th Drive, a retired maintenance man who had worked at Maryvale Samaritan Hospital, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1974, in a local hospital. Survivors include his wife, Eathel G.; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Robinson; sons, John and Charles; a brother out of state; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were in Memory Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 719 N. 27th Ave. Burial in Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic Sunday, October 27, 1974, p. 26.


Paul Wallace, 65, a produce worker, died Sunday, June 2, 1974, in Mesa General Hospital. He had lived in Arizona 25 years. Wife, Opel; children, Dennis, Gary, Robert, Barry, Rickie and Paula Kay Wallace and Mrs. Barbara Wagner; brothers, Dennis, Cledy and Curtis; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel McAllister. Mesa City Cemetery. 6/5/1974.

WARE, Charles O.

Charles O. Ware, 84, died Monday, July 1, 1974, in Doctors Hospital. He was a retired teamster and mechanic. Children, mrs. Dorothy Brown, Mrs. Mildred Appleby, Charles and Robert F.; a sister; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services and burial in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. July 2, 1974.


Wade T. Warren, 69, who owned and operated the R & W Coin Laundry from 1963 to 1969, died Saturday, June 8, 1974, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. He was also a retired farmer. Wife, Victoria; a son, Archie; a daughter, Thela Warren; two brothers and a sister out of state, and five grandchildren. Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. 6/11/1974.

WATSON, Harva J.

Harva J. Watson, 85, a farmer, died Saturday, June 22, 1974, in his home at 351 S. LeSeuer, Mesa. Wife, Zealia; children, Mrs. Luril Vaught, Mrs. Viola Carroll, Mrs. Theda Bickman, and Mrs. Greta McRae, Thomas, Kenneth, Verne and Loren; five stepchildren, 52 grandchildren and 85 great-grandchildren. Burial in Mesa City Cemetery. 6/25/1974.

WEBB, Velma Q. T.

Velma Q.T. Webb, 69, died Saturday, June 15, 1974, in Good Samaritan Hospital. She had lived in Phoenix 34 years. Husband, Theodore; children, Necola Nicholson Jr., Mrs. Norene Sanfie and Mrs. Velma Breckenridge; a sister, Mrs. Verna Allen; and four grandchildren. Services in the First Institutional Baptist Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 6/19/1974.


Sun City -- Services for Ray Weber, 78, who died Monday en route to Valley View Hospital, will be at 9 a.m. today in Lundberg Golden Door Chapel, 11211 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Burial will be private. Mr. Weber of 10701 N. 99th Ave., a Navy veteran of World War I, had been a plumber 60 years in Milwaukee. Survivors include his wife, Belle, and a sister. Published in The Arizona Republic July 3, 1974.

WELKER, Mary Ellen

Mesa -- Mary Ellen Welker, 85, was born in St. David, and died Thursday, July 18, 1974, in her home at 1437 W. Garden. She was a temple worker in the Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Children, Marvin E., Roman A., Elmen A., Eldon A., Mrs. Velva Overson, Mrs. Luella Mae Cluff and Mrs. Hazel Goodman; a brother, Alonzo Bingham; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren. Gibbons Bunker Mortuary. Burial in Mesa Cemetery. 7/19/1974.

WELKER, Rosana E.

Rosana E. Welker, 63, was born in Boone, Iowa, and died Wed., Oct. 23, 1974, in a Phoenix hospital. She taught 18 years in the Scottsdale School System including Ingleside Elementary and Scottsdale High School. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Husband, Stirling T. Welker; and a brother, Jack Leland. Services in Paradise Chapel, 3934 E. Indian School Rd. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 10/24/1974.

WELLS, Charles T., Lt. Col.

Show Low -- Lt. Col. Charles T. Wells (USAF-Ret.), 57, died Friday, June 14, 1974, en route to Navapache Hospital at Lakeside of an apparent heart attack. He had served 32 years in the Air Force and was advisor to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1963 to 1964. He was a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War and the inspector general of the Air Force from 1971 to 1973 when he retired and moved to Show Low. Wife, Mariam; daughters, Jenny L. and Valerie L.; three brothers and two sisters out of state. Mas in St. Rita's Catholic Church. Jackson Mortuary. Burial in Show Low Cemetery. 6/16/1974.

WELMAN, Robert G.

Robert G. Welman, 55, came to Phoenix 49 years ago from his native Oklahoma City and died Tuesday, June 4, 1974, in Desert Samaritan Hospital of cancer. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1953 and was a pilot in World War II. Wife, Mildred; daughters, Mrs. Donna Guelich and Mrs. Jeanne Dodson; his mother, Mrs. Ida Mae Welman; a brother, Val S.; sisters, Mrs. Etta Imboden and Mrs. Clara Barber; and three granddaughters. Services in Grace Community Church. Carr Mortuary. Burial in East Resthaven Cemetery. 6/5/1974.

WELTY, Jacob C.

27 Septemb 1874 - 26 June 1974
Jacob C. Welty, 99, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, died Wed., June 26, 1974, in Beatitudes Care Center. He had been a salesman in 1914 for the New Idea Spreader Co. and served as branch manager of the firm from 1917 to 1943. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Phoenix since 1944. Daughter, Mrs. Mary Lucile Holmes; a brother, Albert B.; and two grandchildren. Grimshaw Bethany Chapel. Entombment in Greenwood Mausoleum. 6/27/1974.

WEST, Annie

14 Nov 1905 - 6 July 1974
Annie West, 68, died Sat., July 6, 1974, in a local hospital. She worked for the American Cancer Society during its fund drives. Husband, Stanley; sons, Stanley, Jr. and Robert J.; daughters, Mrs. Grace Sague, Mrs. Beverly Petti and Diann West; two sisters out of state; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Grimshaw Bloom Chapel. Private cremation. 6/15/1974.

WEST, Hildur Margaret

Hildur Margaret West, 71, moved here in 1959 from her native Chicago and died Sunday, Oct. 20, 1974, in John C. Lincoln Hospital. Children, Walter C. West, Jr., and Mrs. Mabel Furr; and four grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 10/24/1974.

WEST, Jake A.

27 August 1898 - 4 June 1974
Tempe -- Jake A. West, 75, died Tues., June 4, 1974, in Desert Samaritan Hospital. He retired in 1963 as a water shed superintendent after 45 years with the Salt River Project. He was an honorary life member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, a member of the Southwest Snow Conference, Roosevelt Roughriders, and Tempe Congregational Church and active in the Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was born in El Capitan, N.M. and came to Arizona in 1913. Wife, Ruth K. West. Carr Mortuary. Burial in Double Butte Cemetery. 6/6/1974.

WEST, Mason

Mason West, 65, of Scottsdale, died Wed., June 26, 1974, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. He retired from the Phoenix Police Department in 1960 and was a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2. Wife, Kitty; and a son, Johnnie. Entombment in Memory Lawn Mausoleum, 719 N. 27th Ave. Messinger Mortuary. 6/29/1974.

WHEELER, Della Nelson

Della Nelson Wheeler, 79, of Mesa, was born in Thatcher and died Wednesday, June 26, 1974, in Mesa Lutheran Hospital. Husband, Joseph E.; children, Bingham Nelson, Mrs. Leora Toftdahl, Mrs. Evelyn Mill, Mrs. Pat Clark and Mrs. Medge Mikkelsen; brothers, Archie and Irvin Bingham; sisters, Mrs. Nettie Dodge, Mrs. Bertha Stewart and Mrs. Effie Naylor; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the 10th Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meldrum Mortuary. Burial in Mesa Cemetery. 6/28/1974.

WHETSON, J. George

Prescott -- J. George Whetson, 81, died Sunday, June 23, 1974, in Yavapai Community Hospital. Wife, Catharine; children, Lionel, Mefford, Mrs. Vivian Seigfried and Mrs. Verna Mae Deas; a sister out of state; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services in Memory Chapel. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 6/25/1974.


Oracle -- Mrs. Inez Whiddon, 56, died Thursday, July 4, 1974, in Magma Copper Hospital at San Manuel. Husband, Ben L.; son, Gary C.; and two sisters out of state. Burial in Memory Lawn Memorial Park. 7/7/1974.

WHIPPO, Carrie

Douglas -- Carrie Whippo, 72, died Sat., June 1, 1974, in Cochise County Hospital. She had been secretary to the Douglas chapter of the American Red Cross. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Martha Kilgore and two other sisters and two brothers out of state. Brown-Page Chapel. Burial in Albuquerque, N.M. 6/3/1974.

WHITE, Azilee

Mrs. Azilee White, 52, died Wed., June 26, 1974, in St. Joseph's Hospital. She was an employe of United Bank. No immediate survivors. Universal Memorial Center, 1100 E. Jefferson. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 6/30/1974.

WHITE, Fay Edward "Ed"

F. E. "Ed" White, 69, who had owned and operated the Home Grocery Store at 24th St and Monte Vista from 1924 until retiring in 1959, died Wed., Oct. 23, 1974, in his home. He was honored with a "This Is Your Life" program in 1959, was chairman of the Elks Bellringers for the Salvation Army and a member of the Bola Tie Society of Arizona. He came here in 1928 from his native Sparta, Illinois. Wife, Margaret; children, Dennis Edward White of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Sally Mystrom, Payson; step-children, Mrs. Betty Munk of Tempe and William W. Seidler; his mother, Mrs. Sarah W. Walker; 16 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 10/25/1974.

WHITE, Jane C.

Jane C. White, 92, a native of Spring City, Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 16, 1974. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Bruce A. Smith; a sister; two grandchildren and tow great-grandchildren. Hansen Mortuary. Private cremation. 7/20/1974.

WHITE, Pauline A.

Pauline A. White, 84, died Monday, July 15, 1974, in Maricopa County Hospital. Survived by grandchildren, Thomas J. and John L. White, Penny A. Blinston and Linda Erb; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services in Mountain View Wesleyan Methodist Church. Hansen Mortuary. Burial in Phoenix Memorial Park. 7/17/1974.

WHITE, Verna Otelia

Winkelman -- Mrs. Verna Otelia White, 83, died Thursday, July 4, 1974, in St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson. Sons, Jesse and Jep; daughters, Mrs. Gussie Upshaw, Mrs. Christine Reece, Maxine White; sister, Mrs. Blanche Parker, and another sister out of state; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services in Dudleyville Baptist Church. Griffin Mortuary of Winkelman. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 7/7/1974.

WHITEMORE, Theodore F.

Sun City -- Theodore F. Whitemore, 71, of 9524 Cedar Hill Circle, died Friday, June 14, 1974, in St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a veteran of both world wars and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949 with a degree in interior design. Wife, Vivian. Lundberg Golden Door Chapel. Burial in Sunland Cemetery. 6/15/1974.


Eugene Whitmore, 62, a truck driver, died Wed., June 26, 1974, in a local hospital. Wife, Ira Mae; sons, James and Glenn; brothers, Vernon and G. D. and two other brothers and three sisters out of state; his father, James Whitmore. Services were in Phillips Memorial Methodist Church, 1401 E. Adams. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. July 1, 1974.

WHITWORTH, Earl Albert

Earl Albert Whitworth, 69, of Mesa, a retired glazier, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1974, in a Mesa hospital. He was a caretaker and maintenance employe at Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa. Wife, Dorothy Ellen; children, Jack, Mrs. Evelyn Shaw and Mrs. Donna Calhoun; three brothers and a sister; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Melcher Mission Chapel. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 10/24/1974.


Miami -- Mrs. Frankie E. Wilbanks, 51, died Sunday, July 14, 1974, in Miami Inspiration Hospital. Services were in Miles Mortuary Chapel. Burial in Globe Cemetery. 7/16/1974.

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