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

BABCOCK, Clifford Shreve

31 July 1896 - 28 Oct 1979
Tempe -- Cifford Shreve Babcock, 83, who retired from the marble and stone supply business, died Oct. 28, 1979, in Phoenix Veterans Hospital. Mr. Babcock moved here 32 years ago from Minnesota. Survivors include his wife, Thelma P.; children, Mrs. John W. Sherwood and Shreve. Memorial Services First Congregational Church, 101 E. Sixth St. Oct 30, 1979.

BACA, Ernest

Holbrook -- Rosary for Ernest Baca, 67, of 144 E. Hampshire, who died Oct. 4, 1979, in Holbrook Hospital, was in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mass was in the church. Mr. Baca, who lived in Holbrook 63 years, had been a hospital maintenance worker. He is survived by his wife, Eliselda; children, Molly Gonzales, Barbara Mazon, Linda Gaboa, Ernestine Young, Ted and Ernest Jr.; a sister; a brother; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Published in The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 7, 1979.

BACCHI, Alfred

1 Oct 1908 - 3 Oct 1979
Alfred Bacchi, 71, who moved here 14 years ago from Chicago and had been in air conditioning and maintenance work, died Oct. 3, 1979, in Doctors Hospital. Mr. Bacchi, 1635 N. 27th Place, is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Eugene G. and Benigno L.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Scripture services in Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Chapel. Mass in St. Mark Church, 400 N. 30th St. The Arizona Republic 5 Oct 1979.

BACON, Cleo Gaither

3 June 1915 - 13 Oct 1979
Cleo Gaither Bacon, 64, who was born in Phoenix and lived in California in recent years, died Oct. 13, 1979, in her home at Newark, California. Services were in Newark Memorial Chapel. Mrs. Bacon is survived by her daughter, Anna Arlett; a sister; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The AZ Republic 10/19/1979.


18 April 1914 - 4 Oct 1979
Sun City -- Erich W. Badziong, 65, who retired here in 1976 after 34 years as a bus driver with the Milwaukee Transit Co., died Oct. 4, 1979, in Boswell Hospital. Mr. Badziong was a past master of Masonic Lodge 259; a member of its sick committee and Royal Arch Masons. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; and a sister, Gertrude Kraus of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Services were in Milwaukee, Menke Funeral Home announced. Interment in Milwaukee Memorial Park. The AZ Republic 6 Oct 1979.

BAKER, Dorothy Mae

21 Oct 1912 - 30 Oct 1979
Dorothy Mae Baker, 67, a charter member of Maryvale Baptist Church, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary who had been a secretary for Honeywell, Inc., died Oct. 30, 1979. Mrs. Baker, 4127 W. Glendale, moved here in 1953 from Ohio. She is survivved by her husband, Ralph; children, Letitia Lewis and Dennis; six grandchildren; a sister and a brother. Services were in Sunset Chapel, 301 W. Camelback. Nov. 1, 1979.

BAKER, Earl E.

Earl E. Baker, 88, a World War I Army doctor, died Oct. 12, 1979, in Sacred Heart Home where he had been residing. Dr. Baker was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and came to Phoenix in 1973. He is survived by his children, Ann Curtin, Marueen and Earl J.; a brother; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchidlren. Mass was in Sacred Heart Home Chapel. Further services and burial was in New York City. The AZ Republic 15 Oct 1979.


Louis Bakondy, 53, a World War II veteran who lived here five years and was owner-operator of Lou's Sprinklers, died Oct. 11, 1979, in Doctors Hospital. Mr. Bakondy, 2455 E. Amelia, is survived by his wife, Lenore; children, Kathleen Thompson, Pamela Fournier, Deborah Miskanis, Ruthann Hawkes, and James; two brothers and 12 grandchildren. Services were in Mercer Chapel in the Garden, 1541 E. Thomas. Published in The Arizona Republic October 13, 1979.

BANES, Esther E.

26 Jan 1884 - 12 Oct 1979
Services for Esther E. Banes, 95, were in A.L.Moore & Sons Mortuary. She died Oct. 12, 1979, in Hillhaven Health Center. She was born in Calhoun County, Georgia, and came to Phoenix from Jerome in 1917. She was a member of West Phoenix Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Sue Janssen, Ruth Steele, George Dollar and Robert Dollar; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 14 Oct 1979

BARAJAS, Foster A.

Glendale -- Foster A. Barajas, 81, a gardener at Greenwood Cemetery for 22 years, died Oct. 5, 1979, in a local hospital. Mr. Barajas, who moved to Arizona 69 years ago from Texas, is survived by sons, Faustino and Thomas; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Mass was in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5614 W. Orangewood. Published Mon. Oct. 8, 1979.

BARBER, George D.

31 August 1905 - 20 Oct 1979
Central -- George D. Barber, 75, died Oct. 20, 1979, in an automobile accident near Sanders. He was an Oklahoma native and was moving to Central from Oklahoma. He was a retired U.S. Forest Services employee. Survivors include a sister. Safford Funeral Home Chapel. 24 Oct 1979


Services for Joan T. Barker, 44, were in St. Francis Xavier Church. She died Oct. 12, 1979, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mrs. Barker, a member of Janes Auxiliary, was born in Gallup, New Mexico, and came to Phoenix in 1935. She is survived by her husband, Stanley; daughters, Trudy and Cindy and a brother. AZ Republic 15 Oct 1979.

BARNARD, Charles L.

24 Jan 1915 - 29 Sept 1979
Graveside services for Charles L. Barnard, 64, who moved here 15 years ago from California, were in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. Mr. Barnard, 6420 W. 22nd St., died Sept. 29, 1979, in a Phoenix hospital. He is survived by his children, Diane C. O'Neill and RObert L.; a brother and nine grandchildren. AZ Republic Oct 2, 1979.

BARNES, Mabel Kempton

25 Feb 1910 - 8 Oct 1979
Chandler -- Mable Kempton Barnes, 69, who came to Arizona in 1920 from Utah and taught in the Balsz School District from 1929 to 1935, died Oct. 8, 1979, in Mesa Christian Nursing Home. Mrs. Barnes graduated from Gilbert High School in 1927 and what is now Arizona State University in 1929. Her husband, Jack Barnes, died in 1974. Survivors include her children, Jackie B. Hall, Linda B. Passey, Phillip and Col. William A. Barnes; two sisters and 11 grandchildren. Bueler Mortuary. 10 Oct 1979

BARNETT, Crystal G.

Crystal G. Barnett, 48, who came to Phoenix 34 years ago from Chicago, died Oct. 17, 1979, in Dhahram, Saudi Arabia, where she lived the past 14 months. She was a member of the Northrup Flyers Club Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Mickey Ray; children, Vickey Lynn and Alan Jay; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pakan; and three brothers. Oct. 14, 1979.

BARNETT, Irving George

Irving George Barnett, 86, who retired as a master sergeant in 1961 after his Army service included World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict, died Oct. 14, 1979, in Doctors Hospital. Mr. Barnett moved to Phoenix 25 years ago from California and was a member of Elks Lodge 335. Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise; daughter, Julia Belmont; a brother; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were in Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Chapel, 4800 E. Indian School. The AZ Republic 10/16/1979.


4 Aug 1897 - 20 Oct 1979
Lee A. Barnette, 82, who was born on a ranch near Globe and served as Wickenburg chief of police and constable there seven years, died Oct. 20, 1979. Mr. Barnette was also in security for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. In 1940 he served as purchasing agent and auditor for the State Prison at Florence. Survivors include four sisters, Nettie Heutoth, Ethel Johnson, Alice Whadford, Ivy Wolley; and brother, J. W. Barnette. Services were in Arizona Funeral Home and graveside rites followed in Wickenburg Cemetery. 25 Oct 1979


26 Jan 1890 - 29 Sept 1979
Mesa -- Services for Joseph F. Barranco, 80, were in A.L. Moore & Sons Mortuary. Mr. Barranco died Sept. 29, 1979. He was a retired barber who moved to Phoenix in 1954 from New York. He is survived by his children, Catherine, Mary, Michael, John and Joseph. 2 Oct 1979

BARTELT, Richard Louis

Services for Richard Louis Bartelt, 23, who came to Phoenix in 1965 and was manager of Manuel's Restaurant, were in Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St. Mr. Bartelt died of Hodgkin's disease Oct. 13, 1979, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bartelt; two brothers and three grandparents. The AZ Republic 10/16/1979.

BAVERMAN, Mitchell Howard

14 Nov 1951 - 15 Oct 1979
Mitchell Howard Baverman, 27, died Oct. 15, 1979, of auto accident injuries. Mr. Baverman came here in 1972 and had been a manufacturer of leather and cutlery goods. Surviving are his wife, Cassandra; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harond Baverman; and a sister. Paradise Memorial Gardens 18 Oct 1979


David W. Beasley, 18, of 5623 W. Meadowbrook, a student at Maryvale High School, was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident Oct. 5, 1979, at 7100 W. Indian School. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Beasley; three sisters and a brother. Services were in Green Acres Mortuary, 5830 W. Missouri. Published in The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 7, 1979.

BECK, Anna Barbara

2 Dec 1887 - 14 Oct 1979
Tempe -- Rosary for Anna Barbara Beck, 91, was in Carr Mortuary, 26 E. 5th St. Mass was in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2121 S. Rural. Mrs. Beck lived here 22 years and died Oct. 14. 1979, in Desert Samaritan Hospital. Survivors include her sons, Robert L. and James. The AZ Republic 10/16/1979.

BECK, Charles Henry

14 July 1926 - 1 Oct 1979
Charles Henry Beck, 53, who moved here 31 years ago from Ohio and was self-employed in the hardware business, died Oct. 1, 1979, in the home of a son. Mr. Beck, 2406 S. 18th Drive, is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Ruth Steen, Lindia {sic} Martin, Dennis, Dwight and Larry; mother, Ruth Rowland; and five sisters. Services in Gospel Center Church, 919 E. Mohave. Whitney & Murphy Chapel, 330 N. Second Ave. 4 Oct1979

BECKER, Walter

16 Nov 1895 - 2 Nov 1979
Scripture services for Walter Becker, 83, of 1100 E. Apache, were at Sunnyslope Sunnyside Mortuary. He died Nov. 2, 1979, in Veterans Hospital. He came to Arizona 40 years ago from Albany, N.Y., and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include a sister, a niece and three great-nephews. Nov 5, 1979.

BEDFORD, William

Services for William Bedford, 17, a senior at Shadow Mountain High School, were in Shadow Mountain Mortuary, Greenway and Cave Creek Road. William, 2549 E. Sahuaro Drive, moved here in 1974 from Idaho and was found dead north of Phoenix Oct. 2, 1979. Surviving are his parents, Larry and Carolyn Bedford; a sister, Danna of Phoenix; four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Dunlap, Jr., and a great-grandmother, Winnie Weverka, all of New Mexico. In lieu of material remembrances the family suggests contributions to the Crisis Center, 2601 E. Roosevelt. Published in The Arizona Republic Thursday, October 4, 1979.

BEES, Duane G.

9 June 1920 - 12 Oct 1979
Services for Duane G. Bees, 59, of 3939 W. Caron, an Arizona Bank warehouseman, were in Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Maryland. He died Oct. 12, 1979. He came to Phoenix nine years ago from California. Surviving are his wife, Virginia; sons, Gary and Steven; a sister and a brother. 14 Oct 1979


Scottsdale -- Hope Behringer, 51, who moved here in 1959 from her native New York, died Oct. 10, 1979, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Behringer, 23644 N. 84th St., is survived by her husband, Norman; children, Nancy, Stephen, Kenneth and James; mother, Hope Smith; a sister and three brothers. Mass in St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 6261 N. Granite Reef. Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School. The Arizona Republic Friday, 10/12/1979.


Services for John Belee, 58, who moved here 24 years ago from Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, and was a truck driver for a bakery, were in Maryvale Mortuary. Mr. Belee died Oct. 18, 1979, in his home. He is survived by his wife, Adele; sons, Gary and Tim; and two grandchildren. The AZ Republic 10/19/1979.

BELEW, Nita Ione

Nita Ione Belew, 86, who came to Phoenix in 1955 from Illinois and was a performer with Christy Brothers Circus until retiring in 1959, died Oct. 2, 1979, in Maricopa County Hospital. Mrs. Belew, 2234 E. St. Catherine, was a member of Arizona Showmens Association. Graveside services in Greenwood Memorial Park, 2300 W. Van Buren, A. L. Moore & Sons Mortuary announced. The Arizona Republic 4 Oct 1979

BELL, John W.

16 September 1903 - 13 October 1979
Services for John W. Bell, 76, who came here 50 years ago and ws a retired City of Phoenix maintenance employee, were in Phillips CME Church, 1401 W. Adams. Mr. Bell, 1341 E. Madison, died Oct. 13, 1979. He is survived by his wife, Mattie Bell; children, Nancy Jane Stein and John, Jr. Webber & Sons Mortuary. 17 Oct 1979

BELTRAN, Maria Urquijo

Mesa -- Mass for Maria Urquijo Beltran, 75, who was born in Douglas and lived in Mesa 60 years, was in Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 36 W. 1st St. Mrs. Beltran died Oct. 16, 1979, in a Phoenix hospital. Survivors include her children, Mollie Martinez, Pauline Senteno, Esperanza Martinez, Margaret Martinez, Robert, Bert and Louis; 35 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic 10/19/1979.

BENDER, Dorothy (Laman)

Funeral announcement only: of Wallington, N. J., beloved wife of Bernard T.; devoted mother of Arlene Kershowski, Lawrence William Katz; loving sister of Cele Kedes; adored grandmother of Evan Lee and David Arron Katz, Brian J. and Michael T. Kershowski and Melissa Wolfman. Services were held in Hackensack, New Jersey on Thursday, Oct. 4, 1979. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to UNICEF. Published in The Arizona Republic Thursday, October 4, 1979.

BENNETT, Harold Olivett

7 Feb 1900 - 23 Oct 1979
Services for Harold Olivett Bennett, 79, who came to Phoenix in 1961 from Lincoln, Nebraska, and retired after 32 years with the U. S. Postal Service, were in Sunnyside Chapel, 614 E. Townley. Mr. Bennett, 9430 N. Third Ave., died Oct. 23, 1979, in John C. Lincoln Hospital. He was a member of Sunnyslope First Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Hazel; children, Vera Mae Traudt, Max and Bryon; two brothers; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Interment Phoenix Memorial Park. Published in The Arizona Republic Friday, October 26, 1979, p. C11.


17 Feb 1896 - 2 Oct 1979
Services for Maud M. Bennett, 83, who moved here 50 years ago and was a member of the First Baptist Church, were in Mercer Mortuary, 1541 E. Thomas. Mrs. Bennett died Oct. 2, 1979, in Crestview Lodge. She is survived by her sons, Jay C. and Clay; and three grandsons. The Arizona Republic 4 Oct 1979.


27 Sep 1906 - 6 Oct 1979
Bert A. Benson, 73, of 3701 E. Camelback, died Oct. 6, 1979, in Chandler Community Hospital. Mr. Benson was owner of Interstate Tool, Inc. Survivors are his wife, Olga Leona and daughters, Karen A. Winston and Nancy A. Benson. Services were at Paradise Chapel. Published in The Arizona Republic Monday, October 8, 1979.

BERGNER, Amburg C.

26 Oct 1979 61 from Springfield, Ill. In 1974 24 Oct 1979 Eleanor Craig, Daniel, David, Donald, Duane, Dennis and Dale

BESHEARS, Russell C.

Youngtown -- Services for Russell C. Beshears, 81, of 11333 Jersey Ave., were in Lundberg's Golden Door Chapel, 11211 Michigan Ave. He died Oct. 4, 1979, in Boswell Memorial Hospital. Mr. Beshears came here in 1962 from Plainville, Kansas, where he retired as a supervisor for the Kansas Pipe Line Co. after 29 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Masonic lodge. He is survived by his wife, Edna; son, Richard; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Published in The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 7, 1979.

BIONDI, Francis P.

Francis P. Biondi, 66, a retired building contractor who lived here 16 years, died Oct. 9, 1979, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mr. Biondi served in the Army in 1930-38, was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9400 and Maryvale Elks Lodge 2369. Surviving are his step-children, Lucille Byers, Frances Fisher, Alfred Woods, George and Edward Correa; two sisters; three brothers; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Serivces were in Renova, Pennsylvania. The AZ Republic 11 Oct 1979.


6 Dec 1939 - 6 Oct 1979
Services for Joe W. Bishop, 39, owner of Bishop Business Machine Co. here five years were in A.L.Moore & Sons Memory Chapel. Mr. Bishop, 5808 W. Rosewood, moved to Phoenix 13 years ago from Texas and died Oct. 6, 1979, in Flagstaff. He was a member of the National and Arizona Office Machine Dealers associations and Maryvale Moose Lodge 1299. Survivors include his wife, Sally; children, Dawn DeLisle, Cheryl Booth, Renee Sloan, Joni, Kim and Gaylord; mother, Mrs. Gordon Glanville; father, Joe Bishop; three grandchildren; a sister and a brother. 9 Oct 1979

BISSELL, Arthur O.

6 May 1899 - 6 Oct 1979
Services for Arthur O. Bissell, 80, a former motel owner who died Oct. 6, 1979, in his home at 2670 N. 41st Ave., were in Camelback Sunset Chapel, 301 W. Camelback. He came to Arizona 11 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida and was a Moose Lodge member. His wife, Ruth, and three sisters survive. Published in The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 7, 1979.


15 Dec 1923 - 11 Oct 1979
Rosary for Edna Mary Blackley, 55, of 3834 W. Sheridan, was in St. Mary's CHurch, 234 N. 3rd St. She was born in England and came to Phoenix 27 years ago from Canada. She died Oct. 11, 1979. She was a Woolworth Co. employee. She was a member of British Ladies Club and is survived by a sister and two brothers. 14 Oct 1979

BLAIR, Robert R.

Robert R. Blair, 53, who was a past moderator and member of the board of directors of Church of the Beatitudes, died Oct. 2, 1979, in his home at 201 W. Linger Lane. Mr. Blair served in the Navy in World War II and moved here in 1959 from California. He was a member of Phoenix Rotary Club 100. Survivors include his wife, Patricia C.; daughters, Cynthia B. Thomas, Joyce B. Buekers, and Linda A. Blair; mother, Lillian Blair; and a brother. Services were in Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale. 5 Oct1979

BLANTON, Dorotha J.

12 September 1921 - 15 October 1979
Sedona -- Services for Dorotha J. Blanton, 58, who died Oct. 15, 1979, at her home here, were at the Sedona Funeral Home. Mrs. Blanton, an Indiana native, moved to Sedona in 1946. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband, Loyde; three daughters, Diane Johnson, Lindy Strand and Glenda; two sons, Robert and Ricky; and 10 grandchildren. 17 Oct 1979

BOBAR, Margaret A.

24 March 1891 - 19 Oct. 1979
Mesa -- Services for Margaret A. Bobar, 88, a retired school teacher who came to Arizona in 1967 from Sterling, Colorado, will be Monday at Larry J. Melcher Mortuary, 43 S. Stapley Dr. She died Oct. 19, 1979, in Mesa General Hospital. She lived at 4622 E. Hannibal Place and was a member of Church of All Christian Faithers, Eastern Star and American Legion. She is survived by three nephews. The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 21, 1979

BOEDEKER, Orval "Dutch"

Orval "Dutch" Boedeker, 66, a Wickenburg resident for the past 13 years, died Saturday here. He was born in South Dakota and was owner of the Sacramento Fright Lines. Surviving are his widow, Georgie; a daughter, Sondra Guthrie, Sacramento, Calif.; three grandsons; a brother, two sisters, two nephews and one niece. A memorial service was Tuesday morning this week in the Wickenburg Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. W. Hutchison officiating. There was private cremation. The Wickenburg Sun March 29, 1979, p. 8
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BOGDAN, Helen R.

Services for Helen R. Bogdan, 62, who moved here 17 years ago from California and died Oct. 3, 1979, in Good Samaritan Hospital, were in Grimshaw Chapel, 710 W. Bethany Home. Mrs. Bogdan, 7213 N. 23rd Ave., is survived by her husband, Wesley; children, Penny Allen, Rebecca Bogdan and Arthur G. Morrison; five grandchildren and two brothers. 5 Oct 1979


26 September 1919 - 13 October 1979
Services for Alfred F. Bogdanski, 60, a retired architect who came to Phoenix in 1971 from St. Clair Chores, Michigan, were in Detroit. He died Oct. 13, 1979, in Veterans Hospital. Surviving are his wife, Elaine; daughters, Linda Fox, Cristian Schebil, Francine Laenen and Laura; and a sister. The AZ Republic 15 Oct 1979.

BOLES, Blanche W.

14 Jan 1887 - 29 Sep 1979
Blanche W. Boles, 82, died Sept. 29, 1979, in Highland Manor Nursing Home. She had lived here since 1920 and was a member of the Eastern Star 50 years, Roosevelt Neighborhood Club and Arizona Homemakers. Mrs. Boles lived 35 years on the Bartlett-Heard Ranch where her late husband, Sheldon, was superintendent. Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. R. Kenneth Bailey and Mrs. A. I. Nash; stepdaughter, Mrs. H. H. Mann; and four grandchildren. Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe 2 Oct 1979

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