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

WADE, Evelyn Marguerite

Services for Evelyn Marguerite Wade, 67, who lived here since 1953 and died Oct. 9, 1979, in her home, were in Oklahoma City. A. L. Moore & Sons Mortuary. Mrs. Wade had been a concession stand operator with Arizona Sports Service at dog racing tracks. Surviving are her daughter, Darlene Halaz; a grandson and four great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic 10/11/1979.

WAGENKNECHT, Kathryn (Kathy) L.

Glendale -- Kathy L. Wagenknecht, 29, who was born in Phoenix, died of an illness Oct. 24, 1979, in her home. Miss Wagenknecht, 6742 W. Flynn, attended Grace Lutheran School and Glendale High School. She is survived by her parents, William and Lucille Wagenknecht; and three bothers. Services were in Grace Lutheran Church, 56th Ave & Palmaire. 10/26/1979.

WALDECK, August W.

Glendale -- August W. Waldeck, 83, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, died Oct. 25, 1979, in Phoenix Veterans Hospital. Mr. Waldeck was a retired iron worker and once worked as a machinist at The Arizona Republic. He moved to Arizona in 1950 from Michigan. Survivors include his wife, Ida; children, Mrs. Marion Burbeck and Roland; a sister and six grandchildren. Interment Resthaven. 28 Oct 1979

WALLER, Wanda Louise

Wanda Louise Waller, 34, who graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1963, died after a long illness Oct. 10, 1979, in Good Samaritan Hospital. She was brought to Phoenix from California as an infant. Surviving are herhusband, Charles R.; children, Kerie Lynn and Jeffrey R.; parents, James and Wilma Sloane; and four sisters. Graveside services were in Memory Lawn Memorial Park, 719 N. 27th Ave. 10/12/1979.

WALTERS, Lillian I.

Lillian I. Walters, 66, from Ovala, Texas; came from Oregon, died 23 Jun 1978, Survivors include Roedal Martin TAYLOR, Billie SORENSEN, Bettie WILLIAMSON June 25, 1978.

WALTON, Rev. Thomas M.

Services for the Rev. Thomas M. Walton, who had retired after 52 years as a minister, were in First Christian Church, 6750 N. 7th Ave. Mr. Walton had served churches in Missouri and Iowa and 10 months in Tolleson after moving here 17 years ago. He was a member of Masonic and Odd Fellow Lodges. Survivors include his wife, Orpha A.; children, Marcella Huff, Marian Claman, Vilas, Melvin and Thomas; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A. L. Moor & Sons Mortuary. The AZ Republic 10 Oct 1979, p. C8.


12 Sept 1919 - 27 Oct 1979
Bert Warbritton, 60, who had served as an Army officer in World War II and had been a warehouse foreman, died Oct. 27, 1979, in Long Beach, CA Veterans Hospital. Mr. Warbritton came to Phoenix 33 years ago from Nebraska and moved to La Puente, CA, in 1972. Survivors include his wife, Jean; daughters, Mary Frances Beranek and Sandra Rulapaugh; father, Ralph; five grandchildren and four brothers. Oct 30, 1979.

WARD, Ernest M.

Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Cave Creek, AZ Funeral Announcement only 10/25/1979.


Harry Warren, 93, died June 24, 1978. Survivors include Hilliard and Harold. 6/24/1978.


25 Aug 1923 - 12 Oct 1979
Raymond Washabaugh, 56, who came to Arizona 16 years ago from California and had been an administrator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, died Oct. 12, 1979, in Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a member of the Elks. He is survived by a brother. Private cremation. Memorial services were held in the Elks Lodge at Winslow. 10/13/1979.


7 Feb 1906 - 18 Oct 1979
Services for Louie I. Watkins, 73, who lived in Arizona 63 years and died Oct. 18, 1979, in Phoenix Baptist Hospital, were in Sunset Chapel, 301 W. Camelback. Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband, John W.; children, Edna LaGue, Clifton W. and Grady W.; two brothers; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic 10/20/1979.

WATTS, Merle Keith

20 March 1929 - 29 Sept 1979
Mesa -- Merle Keith Watts, 50, who had taught guitar at Hartnell Junior College in Salinas, CA, and elementary school at Soledad, CA, died Sept. 29, 1979, in Phoenix Veterans Hospital. Mrs. Watts served in the Army in 1952-54 and moved here in 1976 from California. His two sons, Adam and John, survive. Graveside services in Arizona Veterans Cemetery with honors by a Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 1 funeral committee. Tempe Mortuary. 3 Oct 1979

WATTS, Ruth Eleanor Crain

Ruth Eleanor Crain Watts, 49, a registered medical technologist who moved here in 1959 from Columbus, OH, died Oct. 11, 1979, in John C. Lincoln Hospital. Mrs. Watts was president of Cholla Elementary School Boosters and taught a decision making class at the school. She was an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church at Columbus and locall was a choir member and held other offices in Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Wesley Allan; children, Suzanne, Allan Wesley and Michael Andrew; and a brother. Memorial services were in the church, 3039 W. Cactus. 13 Oct 1979

WEBER, William Louis

Apache Junction -- William Louis Weber, 80, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and retired truck driver who lived here since 1963, died Oct. 3, 1979, in his home, 10220 E. Apache Trail. Mr. Weber was a member of Masonic Lodge 10, Niles Commandry and Grand Rapids Consistory, all in Michigan. His wife, Marjorie, L., survives. Memorial services were in Pacific Mobile Manor Club House. Oct. 6, 1979.

WECKESSER, Todd Arthur

Glendale -- Todd Arthur Weckesser, 19, who was born in Phoenix, died Oct. 15, 1979, in a Valley hospital. He attended Glendale High School and worked as a carpenter. Survivors include his mother, Dale H. Ellerholtz; father, John F. Weckesser; two sisters; a brother; a half brother; two grandparents and a great-grandmother. Services were in Concordia Lutheran Church, 4901 W. Indian School. 10/18/1979.

WEECH, Tammy Lyn

Pima -- Tammy Lyn Weech, 16-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodell Weech, died Oct. 12, 1979, in an automobile accident. Other survivors include three sisters; a brother; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen B. Weech and Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Flake and great-grandparents, Mrs. May Weech and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Batty. 14 Oct 1979

WEHRLEY, Robert W.

2 Sep 1914 - 12 Oct 1979
Robert W. Wehrley, 65, of 802 E. Hayward, owner of Bob Wehrley Realty, died Oct. 12, 1979, in John C. Lincoln Hospital. He was born in Aline, OK, and came to Arizona 20 years ago from Portland, OR. Surviving are his wife, Virginia; daughters, Susan CORDELL and Sylvia MANGAN; a sister; four brothers and three grandsons. Mass was in Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central. 10/14/1979.


11 Jan 1906 - 31 Oct 1979
Sun City -- Werner Weitzel, 73, who came here in 1973 from Ann Arbor, MI, where he had been an accountant 15 years for the city, died Oct. 31, 1979, in Boswell Hospital. He graduated from a business college in Heidelberg, Germany. Surviving are his wife, Louise; son, W. G.; and two grandchildren. Mass was in St. Clement Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd. Thurs., Nov. 1, 1979.

WELCH, Niles Thomas

The Rev. Niles Thomas Welch, 69, a retired priest who served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Chaplain Corps in World War II, died Oct. 28, 1979, in Doctors Hospital. Father Welch came to Phoenix in 1967 from Maryland. He is survived by a sister and a brother. Services in Delta, Pennsylvania. Arrangements were made at Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Chapel. The AZ Republic Wed., Oct. 31, 1979.

WELLINGTON, Marina Priest

26 May 1883 - 25 Oct 1979
Tempe -- Marina Priest Wellington, 96, daughter of a pioneer Arizona family, died Oct. 25, 1979. Mrs. Wellington was a native and lifelong resident of Tempe. Her father was James P. Priest, a former state legislator and Maricopa County Supervisor. Priest Road in Tempe was named after him. Mrs. Wellington taught school for seven years after graduating from Tempe Normal School in 1906. She is survived by her children, Dorothy E. Osborn, Justine R. Hunsaker and Albert; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Carr Mortuary. 28 Oct 1979.


Rosary for Leslie Weninger, 64, who died Oct. 13, 1979, in Doctors Hospital, were in St. Mary's Catholic Church. He came to the Valley 18 years ago from Canada and had been a music teacher and organist at St. Mary's Catholic Church seven years. He last worked as organist at Registry Resort in Scottsdale. Surviving are his wife, Tamara; a sister and a brother. The AZ Republic 15 Oct 1979.

WENSEL, Vivian Frances

Carefree -- Vivian Frances Wensel, 59, who owned Vivian's Gifts in the Spanish Village and had been active in community affairs, died Oct. 21, 1979. She moved here from Burlington, VT. Mrs. Wensel served on the board of Tumbleweed Home, was second vice president of Saguaro Foothills Soroptomist Club, a member of Carefree Chamber of Commerce and Desert Forest Womens Club. Survivors include her children, Jane Ann Perry, Dr. Barry I. and Dr. C. Gene Wensel; a sister and seven grandchildren. Services were in Messinger Chapel, Scottsdale. Oct 24, 1979.

WEST, LaMont

Sun City -- LaMont West, 79, a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers who retired in 1967 from the Pennwalt Chemical Corp., died Oct. 17, 1979, while visiting in Oklahoma City. Mr. West lived severn years in Sun City before moving to Santa Barbara, Calif. He graduated from the University of Arizona and University of MIssouri. He was a 32nd Degree Mason in Deming, N.M., Lodge 12, and a past patron of Hassayampa Eastern Star Chapter in Wickenburg. Surviving are his wife, Frances Evelyn; a goddaughter, Sandra Wilson; a brother and two granddaughters. Services were in Lundberg Sunland Chapel. The AZ Republic 10/20/1979.

WEYELL, Theresa

Graveside services for Theresa Weyell, 83, of 2151 E. Maryland, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. She died Oct. 6, 1979, in Crest View Lodge. She moved to Arizona 10 years ago from New York and is survived by her children, June and Andrew; a sister; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Published in The Arizona Republic Monday, October 8, 1979.

WHALEY, Margaret

Sun City -- Services for Margaret "Peg" WHALEY, 60, a member of the Amateur Athletic Union, Womens Gold Association and Pi Beta Phi Sorority of Iowa State University, were in All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church, Burns and Hutton drives. Mrs. WHALEY, 9307 Garnette Drive, died July 3, 1979, in Boswell Hospital. She is survived by husband, Roy H.; daughters, Pamela ANSHURZ and Patricia LANDIS; three grandchildren and a sister. Published in the Arizona Republic Friday, July 6, 1979, p. C-5.

WHITE, Harold John

Winslow -- Services for Harold John White, 78, of Winslow, were at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Mr. White, who died Oct. 12, 1979, in Flagstaff Community Hospital, moved here in 1925. He had managed a J.C.Penney's store and retired in 1954 as manager of the Babbitt Department Store in Holbrook. He is survived by his wife, Mabel. The AZ Republic 10/15/1979.

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