All obituaries are from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise noted.

DANA, Laura Lee Wingfield

Laura Lee Wingfield Dana, 32, was born in Phoenix and died after a short illness on June 23, 1978, in the Medicenter. Husband, J. Steven; children, James Lee, Holly Rochelle, Stuart Edward and Jeremey Gregg; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Skillman; a sister, Carol Spears, of California; and a brother, John Semseney, Phoenix. Interment Mesa Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 6/24/1978.

DAVIS, Wilbert Leo

06 Aug 1889 - 16 April 1978
Wilbert Leo Davis, 88, of Mesa, a rancher who was brought to Arizona 85 years ago, died April 16, 1978. Wife, Mabel Clara; children, Wilma Bradshaw, Virginia Walker, Frieda Chambers, Mildred B. Day and Jack; 21 grandchildren. The Arizona Republic April 19, 1978

DEATON, Edward

Apache Junction -- Services for Edward Deaton, 76, a retired supervisor for General Motors, will be Friday in Desert View Chapel, 9702 E. Apache Trail. Mr. Deaton, 552 W.Teepe St., died April 17, 1978, in Desert Samaritan Hospital. He was a meber of the Church of Christ here and a Masonic Lodge in ...langer, Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; children, LuVenia DeGraw, James Ralph, Keith and Jerry; four sisters and two brothers. Rev. P. L. Winchell and Apache Lodge No. 69 F.&A.M. officiating. Interment Mesa City Cemetery. The Arizona Republic Thursday, April 20, 1978


Anthony DeBenedetto died April 18, 1978. Survived by wife, Catherine of Scottsdale; son, Vincent, of Phoenix, daughter, Josephine Robson of Phoenix; one brother and six sisters, all out of state; 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. St. Daniel's Catholic Church. Interment St. Francis Cemetery. The Arizona Republic, Thursday, April 20, 1978

DEEGAN, Charles J.

Charles J. Deegan, 75, of Scottsdale, died April 20, 1978, in Scottsdale Christian Home. Mr. Deegan came to Arizona in 1950 and was a member of the Masonic Shrine and Elks Lodge in Globe. He had retired from quality control after 21 years with AiResearch. Survived by daughter, Connie Shelin of Flagstaff; three grandchildren. Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. The Phoenix Gazette Friday, April 21, 1978


Fred A. Dehmlow, 76, died Sat., April 22, 1978, in a local retirement home. Dehmlow was a former sand and rock company dispatcher and moved to Arizona from Algonquin, Illinois, in 1973 and was a member of the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. Daughter, Joanne Kettner; son, Robert; two brothers; and two grandchildren. Interment in Algonquin, Ill. The Phoenix Gazette Tuesday, April 25, 1978

DENNIS, William J. "Billy"

William J. "Billy" Dennis, a student at Apache Junction High School and a cadet fireman, was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident March 30, 1977. Survived by his father, Raymond; two brothers and three sisters. The Arizona Republic 4/2/1977.

De SHETLER, Shirley

Shirley De Shetler, 64, died June 26, 1978, in her home. She came here 27 years ago from New York and was a member of the Self Realization Fellowship. Children, Gloria Bradshaw, Jacqueline Peabody and Philip; a sister; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Camelback Sunset Chapel. Arizona Republic 6/29/1978.

DeVORE, Mary M.

Mary M. DeVore, 72, of Glendale, died April 18, 1978, in Bells Lodge Nursing Home. She was a school teacher before retiring to Arizona from New Mexico. Husb and, Jack; children, June Watts, Jean Young, Joy Hopkins and Jack, Jr.; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; a sister and a brother. First Southern Baptist Church. Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. The Arizona Republic Friday, April 21, 1978