A Few 1980 Arizona Obituaries

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

BAKER, William Taylor

Mesa -- William Taylor Baker, 52, who was born in Glens Fork, Kentucky, and came to Arizona from Michigan 35 years ago, died Oct. 12, 1980. He was owner of the Associated Architects firm, was a member of Baseline Rotary Club and active in United Fund and Young Mens Christian Association. Survived by wife, Shirley; children, Candice Lynn Van Sciver, Amy and William L.; mother, Pauline Baker; and five grandchildren. 10/15/1980


12 Feb 1907 - 12 Mar 1980
Chandler -- Gene Baldwin, 73, a disabled World War II Army veteran, died March 12, 1980, in Chandler after living here two years. Mr. Baldwin retired from sales with Burns Sporting Goods Co. in Denver. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Masonic Shrine in Deadwood, S.D. His wife, Lillian A., survives. 3/15/1980.


17 Aug 1926 - 29 Mar 1980
Charles F. Bamberger, 53, who retired as a conductor after 18 years with Penn Central Railroad, died March 29, 1980. Mr. Bamberger was a native of Chicago and lived in Arizona 12 years. He served in the Navy during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Doris; a sister, Mary Pacanowski; and two brothers, George Bamberger, Chicago, IL, and John Bamberger, Schaumberg, IL. Mass was at Sts. Simon & Jude Cathedral, 6351 N.27th Ave. 3/31/1980.


18 Dec 1898 - Oct 1980
Sun City -- Erna P. Bansch, 79, who came to Arizona in 1972 from Pittsburgh, died Oct. 11, 1980, in Boswell Hospital. Mrs. Bansch was born in Germany and was a member of the Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church. Survived by husband, Fred, of Sun City. Entombment Sunland. The Arizona Republic Monday, Oct. 13, 1980.

BARBER, Lee Arthur

4 April 1932 - Oct 1980


28 Apr 1911 - 26 Mar 1980
Miami -- Gwen Barela, 66, a native of Safford, died March 26, 1980, in Phoenix Good Samaritan Hospital. She had lived in the Miami area 55 years. Husband, Waldo; son, Ralph; daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Corson; three sisters; eight grandchildren. Miles Mortuary. Graveside services in Pinal Cemetery. 3/29/1980.

BARELA, Rafael P.

Safford -- Graveside services for Rafael P. Barela, 49, a laborer for Phelps Dodge Corp. who died Oct. 5, 1980, at his home here, were at the Clifton Cemetery. Mr. Barela, a Clifton native, recently moved to Safford. Survivors include his father, Felix; stepmother, Maria; and a sister. Caldwell Funeral Home of Clifton made arrangements. Published in The Arizona Republic Wednesday, October 8, 1980.

BARKER, Dr. George Thomas

21 Oct 1945 - 24 Mar 1980
Dr. George Thomas Barker, 35, of Cave Creek, a dentist, was found dead March 24, 1980, in a house at 1640 E. Thomas. Dr. Barker was brought to the Valley as an infant from Texas. He was a member of the Arizon Dental Society and his call letters as a Ham Radio Operator were K7SWX. Survivors include his daughter, Loraine Barker; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Clyde J. Barker, Jr; a sister, Sharon Anderson, and a brother, Clyde Barker, III; nephew, Dr. Robert Barker, Payson, AZ. Interment Greenwood. 3/26/1980.

BARNES, Mabel B.

14 Jan 1900 - 23 Mar 1980
Mabel B. Barnes, 80, a former restaurant owner who moved here 33 years ago from Oklahoma, died March 23, 1980, in her home. She was Baptist Church member. Surviving are her children, Frances Willis Decker and Louise Willis Pyle, both of Oregon, and Edgar O. and Jack A. Willis, Phoenix; a brother, David Brown McCarty, NY, NY; five grandchildren. Grimshaw Chapel, 710 W. Bethany. 3/26/1980.

BARNETT, Elbert Lee

Elbert Lee Barnett, 79, who came here 29 years ago from Kansas, died Oct. 12, 1980. He was a carpenter for John F. Long Homes, Inc., until retiring in 1966. Survived by children, Sherry Beck, David and Danny; nine grandchildren; and four sisters. Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. 10/15/1980.

BARNEY, W. M. "Mitch"

Safford -- W. M. "Mitch" Barney, 26, was killed in a motorcycle accident March 23, 1980. Mr. Barney was an all-state football player at Safford High School. He worke as a blocklayer. Survivors include his wife, Colleen; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Barney; two brothers; a sister and a grandmother. Caldwell Funeral Home. 3/26/1980.


27 Dec 1938 - 14 Mar 1980
Las Vegas, NV -- Roger J. Barnson, 41, who played baseball for Arizona State University from 1959 to 1962, died March 14, 1980, in an auto accident near Tacna, 35 miles east of Yuma. He was the assistant athletic director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for the past 10 years. Mr. Barnson is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Leigh and Roger, Jr.; mother, Mabel; and three brothers. 3/17/1980.


Roman G. Barreras, 20, died Jan. 27, 1980, of vehicle accident injuries at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he was stationed in the Air Force. He attended Roosevelt Elementary and Phoenix Union High schools. Surviving are his parents, Rudy and Eleanor Barreras; two sisters; two brothers and two grandparents. Published 1/31/1980.

BARRY, Kenneth D.

28 Jan 1943 - 4 Oct 1980
Pima -- Kenneth D. Barry, 37, died Oct. 4, 1980, in a helicopter accident at Silverton, CO. Mr. Barry was an Arkansas native and came to Morenci as a child and later lived in Pima. He was a drill foreman for the American Mines Corp. at Silverton. Survivors include his wife, Sharlotte; sons, Jimmy, Danny and Kenneth D.; a daughter, Kendra; his mother, Mrs. Bonnie Barry; a sister and a brother. Oct. 8, 1980.

BARTOW, Betty Lee

Scottsdale -- Betty Lee Bartow, 64, who had been a house mother at Cotty College in Nevada, Missouri, and came here in 1973 from Mission Village, Kansas, died Sept. 27, 1980, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Bartow, 6700 E. Thomas, was born in Denver. She is survived by her mother, Flossie Lee. Cremation was arranged at Messinger Mortuary. Published in The Arizona Republic Saturday, October 4, 1980.

BARTZ, George W.

13 Jan 1926 - 24 Jan 1980
George W. Bartz, 53, died Jan. 24, 1980. He retired here in 1971 from Chicago where he had been a machine operator for Motorola, Inc. Wife, Shirley; parents, John and Philomenia Barczynski; two sisters and four brothers. 26 January 1980.

BAUBLITS, John Edmund

22 Feb 1913 - 15 Mar 1980
John Edmund Baublits, 67, who had retired in 1962 as office manager of Western Union in Phoenix, died March 15, 1980. Mr. Baublits came here 43 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO. He began his career with the Postal Telegraph Co. in Colorado which later merged with Western Union. He was a member of the Unity Church and the Mystic 13 of Elks Lodge 335. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; son, John, Jr.; two grandchildren and a brother. Interment Paradise Memorial Park, Scottsdale. 3/18/1980.


9 Dec 1902 - 12 Mar 1980
Florence -- Graveside services for Mary E. Baylis, 77, who died March 12, 1980, at her home, were at the Florence City Cemetery. Mrs. Baylis, a New York native, moved to Florence in 1974. Husband, Charles; a brother and a sister. 3/15/1980.


Congress -- Guy E. Bearden, 71, a Texas native, moved to Congress in 1971 from North Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Jan. 21, 1980, at his home. He was a retired carpenter. Survivors include his Wife, Rosena; sons, Richard and Norman; daughter, Mildred Bartkus; a brother and two sisters. 24 January 1980.

BEATLEY, Louise Thomas

Scottsdale -- Louise Thomas Beatley, 54, a retired executive secretary with the Greyhound Corp., moved here in 1973 from California and died Jan. 20, 1980. Husband, James R.; a sister and two brothers. 24 January 1980.

BEATTY, Thomas Quentin

Mesa -- Thomas Quentin Beatty, 61, executive vice president of Arizona Cottong Growers died of a heart attack Jan.27, 1980, while attending the National Cotton Council's annual meeting in New Orleans. He was a World War II Air Force veteran and attended school in Hurricane, UT, and Brigham Young University. Survivors include his wife, Georgena; children, Mrs. Beverly Richards, Mrs. Loring Lee, George, Quentin, Ronald, Paul, John and Robert; six sisters; three brothers; and 13 grandchildren. Published 1/31/1980.

BECKMAN, Dorothy W.

21 Feb 1916 - 10 Mar 1980
Sun City -- Dorothy W. Beckman, 64, who had been a volunteer worker for the mentally retarded 15 years and a member of Boswell Hospital Auxiliary, died March 10, 1980. Mrs. Beckman moved here two years ago from Cincinnati and was a member of the Quail Run Ladies Golf League here. Her husband, Elmer, survives. Private arrangements at Lundberg Golden Door Chapel. 3/15/1980.

BECKMAN, Dorothy H.

16 June 1909 - 13 March 1980
Dorothy H. Beckman, 70, who was a cashier 15 years at Turf Paradise and retired in 1971, died March 13, 1980. Mrs. Beckman came here 35 years ago from new York. She is survived by a son, Richard Sprague; two sisters and two brothers. Services at Camelback Sunset Chapel. Interment Floral Lakes. 3/17/1980.

BEECHER, William Fleming

Tempe -- William Fleming Beecher, 101, a retired dry goods and grocery store manager, died Oct. 9, 1980, in his home. He was born in Mexico, Pennsylvania, and came here in 1957 from Traer, Iowa. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Saturday, Oct. 11, 1980.

BEHREL, Edythe L.

Sun City -- Edythe L. Behrel, 68, moved here in 1976 from Des Plaines, IL, and died March 24, 1980. She was a member of Church of the Palms and Union Hills Country Club. She was a past matron of the Eastern Star. Husband, Herbert; children, Mrs. Barbara Newmann, Tempe, and Walter Stengel, Leadville, CO; eight grandchildren. Services were in Sunland Mausoleum Chapel. Interment Sunland. 3/26/1980.

BEIMER, Dorothy D.

18 July 1906 - 16 March 1980
Dorothy D. Beimer, 73, who came here in 1960 from Wisconsin and retired in 1972 as a secretary for Anderson Aviation Co., died March 16, 1980. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. There are no known survivors. 3/17/1980.

BENFER, Dr. Merrill M.

17 Oct 1897 - 26 Mar 1980
Sun City -- Dr. Merrill M. Benfer, 82, a retired Iowa physician who became a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons in 1947, died March 26, 1980. Dr. Benfer moved here in 1965 from Davenport, Iowa. He was a graduate of University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1928 and later was an instructor a year at University Hospital in Iowa City. He was World War I Army veteran and was listed in Who's Who in Iowa. Survivors include his children, Mrs. Thomas W.(Virginia) Clithero, Atlantic, Iowa, Mrs. John L. (Judy) Phillips, Dunlap, IL, and Lawrence M. Benfer, Fresno, CA; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Vernon, Lawrence and Arthur Benfer, all out of state; and five sisters, Doris Palmer, Alma Kleppe, Bess Polhemus, Irene Renson, Lenora Turpin. Services were in United Church of Sun City. 3/28/1980.


1 Aug 1919 - Oct 1980
Mesa -- Alice M. Bengtson, 61, 8050 E. Jacob, died Oct. 8, 1980, in a Phoenix nursing home. Mortensen-Kings Funeral Home. No other information.


Edwin W. Bennett, 65, a retired Civil Service aircraft model maker who moved here from Pennsylvania in 1970, died Sept. 30, 1980, in DOctors Hospital. He was a charter member of Los Olivas Senior Citizens Club. Wife, Beatrice; children, Blanche Smith, Edwin, Jr., and Samuel; nine grandchildren; a sister and a brother. 10/3/1980.

BENTON, Neome Myrtle

Chandler -- Neome Myrtle Benton, 57, died Jan. 24, 1980. She lived the past 10 years in Chandler Heights. Husband, William A.; sons, George, William and John Benton. Mass was in St. Mary Catholic Church, 280 W. Galveston. 26 January 1980.

BERGH, Hazel I.

13 Oct 1897 - 14 Mar 1980
Hazel L. Bergh, who danced for the Monte Carlo Ballet Co. and worked 40 years for a dance studio in Sioux City, Iowa, died March 14, 1980. Miss Bergh, an Iowa native, retired to Sun City 10 years ago. She was graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City and was a member of Dance Masters of America. She was of the Lutheran faith and is survived by a sister, Orpha Bergh. Services and burial in Sioux City, Iowa. 3/16/1980.


Floyd H. Berglund, 65, a hotel desk clerk who came here from Colorado in 1977, died Oct. 10, 1980, in a Phoenix hospital. Survived by his children, Beverly Harp, Dennis, Robert and Tommy; two brothers; 11 grandchildren. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1980.

BERKLAND, Rosemary

10 May 1926 - 24 Jan 1980
Rosemary Berkland, 53, who lived in Phoenix 20 years, died Jan. 24, 1980, in her home. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church. Survivors include her mother, Florence E. Bosson, and three sisters. 1/27/1980.


23 Jun 1930 - 5 Oct 1980
Buckeye -- Gloria Berkley, 50, a California native, died Oct. 5, 1980, in a Mesa hospital. Mrs. Berkley moved to Buckeye as a child. She had lived in Salinas, CA, since 1970. She was a housewife. Husband, Doug; mother, Dora Zelner; daughters, Debbie Cannon and Vicki King; son, Carter Tibbs; a brother; four grandchildren. Graveside services were at Lewis B. Hazelton Memorial Park. Oct. 7, 1980.

BERNSON, Harold Bernard

10 Jan 1912 - 26 March 1980
Harold Bernard Bernson, 68, came here in 1966 from Dayton, Ohio, and died March 26, 1980. He had been a plant security officer for American Motors Corp. before taking medical retirement. Mr. Bernson served in the Army in World War II. Survived by his wife, Ada; two sisters and three brothers. Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Chapel, 4800 E. Infian School. 3/28/1980.

BERRETT, Walter T.

21 Aug 1888 - 24 Mar 1980
Walter T. Berrett, 91, a retired interior decorator, died March 24, 1980, in his home. Mr. Berrett moved to Arizona 15 years ago from Illinois. Survived by daughter, Sylvia T. McCoy; a grandchild and three great-grandchildren. 3/26/1980.


Safford -- Dick Berryhill, 51, died Oct. 13, 1980, at Mount Graham Community Hospital. He was a local businessman and a Safford native. He was a charter member of the Graham County Sheriff's Search and Rescue unit. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; sons, Michael and Arthur; daughters, Deena Lynn Friederichsen, Lauri Jayne Windsor and Trisha Fon; and five grandchildren. Services were at Safford Elks Lodge. 10/15/1980.

BERUMEN, Betty Lou

San Carlos -- Betty Lou Berumen, 41, died Oct. 9, 1980, from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident. Mrs. Berumen was a housewife and San Carlos native. Survivors include her husband, Carlos; daughters, Angelia and Evelyn; three brothers and 11 grandchildren. 10/15/1980.

BESS, Harry J.

28 Jul 1907 - 29 Sep 1980
Services for Harry J. Bess, 78, who died Sept. 29, 1980, in Doctors Hospital, were in Fountain City, Wisconsin, A.L. Moore & Sons Mortuary. Mr. Bess, 2950 N. 46th St., had been a real estate broker before retiring here in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Vera; sons, Robert and Harry Jr.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The Arizona Republic Friday, October 3, 1980.

BEYER, Hazel M.

8 Sep 1908 - 24 Mar 1980
Hazel M. Beyer, 71, who came here 31 years ago from Wisconsin, died March 24, 1980. She was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Daughters of the Nile, White Shrine and Order of Eastern Star. Husband, Walter A.; children, June Borisch, Brookfield, WI, Faith Nanetti, West Bend, WI, and Walter Russell Beyer, Phoenix; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Loretta Monien, Stevens Point, WI; and brothers, Fred Sherman, Milwaukee, WI, and Ray Sherman, Lake Geneva, WI. Services and burial were in Valhalla Memorial Park, Milwaukee. 3/26/1980.

BIDAK, Frances Mae

Apache Junction -- Frances Mae Bidak, 58, who had driven a bus for Maricopa County, transporting the elderly and delivering meals, died March 10, 1980, in Mesa Lutheran Hospital. Mrs. Bidak moved here in 1978 from Chicago. She is survived by her children, Janet Van Der Molen and Loren Bidak; two grandchildren; a sister and two brothers. Graveside services were in Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N. Center. Arrangements were made at Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home. The Arizona Republic Thursday, March 13, 1980.

BILLETER, Janetta A.

24 April 1906 - March 1980
announcement only Survived by husband, Ollie, of Mesa; a son, Emerson of Mesa. Interment Green Acres Memorial Gardens. 3/31/1980.


Lemuel W. Billingsley, 69, died Jan. 21, 1980, in his home. He was a retired heavy construction equipemtn company owner and moved to Phoenix in 1972 from Quincy, Washington, where he was a member of the Shrine and other Masonic bodies. Sister, Thelma Nicks, survives. Burial information at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 1/25/1980. http://interment.net/data/us/az/maricopa/national/arizona_bernbla.htm


, 95, a practicing Navajo medicine man who lived in the Tees Toh-Seba Dalkai area on the Navajo Rexervation most of his life, survived by daughters, Mary Susie BEGAY, Irene CANUHO and Leora BILLINGS. He was born in Tuba City in 1885 and had worked for the Santa Fe Railway. 3/17/1980.

BLACK, Byron J.

22 April 1895 - 20 March 1980
Prescott -- Byron J. Black, 84, a Michigan native, died March 20, 1980, at Whipple Veterans Hospital. Mr. Black moved to Prescott in the 1930s. He was a retired land developer. Survivors include his wife, Murler; son, Bud; daughters, Patricia Zimmerman, Grace Templeton and Flora; four sisters; five brothers; 10 grandchildren. 3/27/1980.

BLACK, Freda M.

16 May 1924 - 21 Mar 1980
Green Valley -- Freda M. Black, 55, lived in Green Valley for one year and died March 21, 1980, at her daughter's home in Phoenix were she was visiting. Mrs. Black retired as a computer and keypunch operator with Floyd Patterson Air Field in Ohio and came here from Richmond, IN. Husband, Lloyd; children, Judy Brag and Danny; a brother and three grandchildren. Services and burial in Eaton, Ohio. 3/24/1980.

BLAKE, Queen M.

26 Sept 1892 - 24 March 1980
Safford -- Queen M. Blake, 87, died March 24, 1980, in Springfield, Missouri. She was a Tennessee native and moved to Safford in 1904 and was a retired school teacher. Daughters, Jay Alberta Bell and Sally Hoopes; son, Edgar; 13 grandchildren. 3/28/1980.


20 Jun 1910 - Mar 1980
(announcement only) Survived by husband, Homer; son, Eugene Blattman, San Ramon, CA; two sisters, Mrs. Lorraine Linscott, Mrs. Martha Wuffert, Wala Wala WA; five grandchildren. Burial in Mtn View Memorial Gardens. 3/26/1980.

BLAZEK, Marian Jean

Tempe -- Marian Jean Blazek, 55, who came here in 1965 from Minnesota, died Oct. 1, 1980. Husband, James J.; children, Nancy Topping, Debra, Terry, James R. and Tom; mother, Agatha Long; a grandchild; three sisters and two brothers. Graveside services were in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. 10/3/1980.

BLOOD, Leonard P.

Wickenburg -- Leonard P. Blood, 80, of Wickenburg, died Sept. 29, 1980, in Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Sun City. He was a contractor 38 years in Los Angeles before coming here in 1970 from Long Beach. He was a member of the Masons, Elks and Shriners. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte. 5 October 1980.


26 Dec 1922 - 21 Jan 1980
Edward Bloomer, 57, died Jan. 21, 1980. He moved here ten years ago from Dumas, Texas, and was employed by Shure Electronics of Arizona and Phillips Petroleum Co. in Texas. He was a former scoutmaster 23 years and a member of Dumas Masonic Lodge and First Baptist Church. Wife, Evelyn; children, Mari Elise, Jon Michael and Randall Craig; a sister and nine grandchildren. 1/25/1980.

BOCHAN, Victor

18 June 1905 - 26 Mar 1980
Victor Bochan, 74, a retired tailor who moved here in 1971 from New York, died March 26, 1980, in Monterey Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Sophie; son, Richard; two sisters and four brothers. Mass was in St. Daniel Catholic Church. 3/28/1980.

BOERES, Sylvesta Rose

25 Jan 1903 - Oct 1980
Sylvesta Rose Boeres, 77, who lived in Arizona 60 years, died Oct. 6, 1980, in her home. She was a native of Ohio and a former business woman. She was a Roman Catholic. Graveside services were in Greenwood Memorial Park, 2300 W. Van Buren. Burial Greenwood Memorial Park. Oct. 9, 1980.

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