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"R" Surnames, 1994 Arizona Obituaries and Abstracts

1994 Arizona Obituaries & Abstracts


Earl Rackley, 66, of Tempe, died Feb. 12, 1994. He was born in Stuart, Oklahoma, and was a retired steelworker. Wife, Ruby; daughters, Judy BEDWELL and Debbie McGLIBERY; sons, Ken and Danny; sister, Etta Mae; brothers, Harvey, Virgil, Henry and Verl; eight grandchildren. City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. Published in the Arizona Republic 2/15/1994.

RADEBAUGH, Charles Milburn

Charles Milburn Radebaugh, 89, of Mesa, died Feb. 11, 1994. He was born in Paxton, Illinois, and was a retired salesman and a mason. Wife Ethel; dau. Sally Jo; sisters Marie KLINGENBERGER and Juanita THOMPSON; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Falconer Funeral Home. Published in the Arizona Republic 2/12/1994.

RADEMACHER, Robert Wilford

Robert Wilford Rademacher, 62, of Sun City, a realtor, was born in Hillside, N. J., and died Oct. 31, 1994. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post No. 62. Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughters, Sandra Woods, Deborah Moore, and Jennifer; sons, Robert, Jr., Stephen, John and Jeffrey; stepdaughter, Sandra White; sisters, Nancy Hobart, Carol Koenig, Mary Sue Fredericks and Marlene Kleindeist; 11 grandchildren. 2 Nov 1994.

RADER, Blanche E.

Blanche E. Rader, 91, of Glendale, died Aug. 1, 1994. She was born in Paris, Texas, and was a retired packing supervisor. Survivors include her several nieces and nephews. Services Epworth Methodist Church, Phoenix. Thursday, August 4, 1994.

RAINEY, Braiden Ford

Braiden Ford Rainey, 10, of Gilbert, died July 31, 1994. He was a fifth grade student at Houston Elementary School and a Boy Scout. Parents, Nylene and Kevin; sister, Kilie J.; brother, Jenson M.; grandparents, Jean and Vert Gillespie and Carolyn and Larry; and great-grandparents. Tempe Mortuary. 8/3/1994.

RAJSKI, Patrick Nahs

Patrick Nahs Rajski, 32, of Chandler, an assistant manager of new opportunity development with U. S. West, died June 14, 1994. He was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Survivors include his wife, Lori Ann; son, Nash; mother, Patricia; sisters, Pamela Keller, Mary Gorski, Laurie, Patti and Peggy; and brothers, Peter, Paul, Christopher and Scott. 6/18/1994.

RALSTON, Henry Louis

Henry Louis Ralston, 75, of Las Vegas, formerly of Arizona, died June 14, 1994. He was a salesman. He was born in Rockaway, New York. Wife, Maxine; daughter, Audree Thurman; son, Jeffrey; sister, May McCracken; two grandchildren. Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale. Published in the Arizona Republic 6/16/1994.

RAMBERG, Helaine

Helaine Ramberg, 74, of Chandler, died Aug. 3, 1994. She was born in Elmhurst, N.Y., and was a retired secretary for Sperry Electronics. Survivors include her daughter, Joan Drake; son, James Foley, Jr.; brother, Edward Barnola; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chandler. Bueler Mortuary. Thursday, August 4, 1994.

RAMBO, Jack M.

Jack M. Rambo, Sr., 81, of Gilbert, died Jan. 31, 1994. He was born in Cadillac, Michigan, and was an aircraft machinist. Daughter, Barbara; sons, Jack M., Jr., and Dick; sisters, Dorothy Rockwell and Edna Williams; brothers, Walter and William; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Valley of the Sun Memorial Park, Chandler. 2/2/1994.

RAMEY, Joyce L.

Joyce L. Ramey, 64, of Glendale, died Feb. 11, 1994. She was born in Star Junction, Pennsylvania, and was a homemaker. Husband, Daniel; daughters, Pamela S. Lambie and Sandra L. Paul; brothers, Byron E. and George B. Connor; and three grandchildren. Published in the Arizona Republic 2/15/1994.

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RAMIREZ, Francisco 'Poncho'

Francisco "Poncho" Ramirez, 74, of Salome, died Feb. 16, 1994. He was born in Mexico and was a farm worker and a U.S. Army veteran. Wife, Evangelista; daughters, Lupe, Margie, Angie, Esther, Irene, Suzanne, Sylvia and Gloria; sons, Frank, Augustine and Rosendo; sister, Elodia; brothers, Richard and Vacilio; 33 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. Botimer Funeral Home. 2/18/1994.


Joe R. Ramirez, 63, of Casa Grande, died Feb. 3, 1994. He was born in Miami, Arizona, and was a laborer. Wife, N. Annette; sisters, Pina Guadiana, Tommie Lopez and Delores Barret; and brothers, Paul and Manuel. Simes Casa Grande Funeral Home. 2/5/1994.

RAMIREZ, Luis Martin Jr.



Rudy Ramirez, 65, of Tolleson, died Feb. 11, 1994. He was born in Tolleson and was a farm laborer. Survivors include his sister, Maria ORTEGA and brother, Raymond. Services Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 312 N. 93rd Ave. Tolleson Funeral Home. Published in the Arizona Republic 2/16-17/1994.

RANDALL, Elayne K.

Elayne K. Randall, 69, of Prescott, died March 22, 1994. She was born in Cincinnati, and was a former travel agent. Husband, Frank; daughters, Carol Diezel, Sandie Mawhinnie and Debbie Robson; seven grandchildren. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Prescott. 3/24/1994.

RANDALL, Virginia E.

Virginia E. Randall, 92, of Cottonwood, died May 16, 1994. She was born in Iowa and was a homemaker. Survivors include her stepdaughter, Betty Lou Wagstaff. St. Cecelia's Mission, Clarkdale. 19 May 1994.


Dale L. Rasmussen, 61, of Tempe, died Jan. 29, 1994. He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and was a retired computer analyst. Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughters, Kathryn Crane and Susan Hite; sons, David and Gary; mother, Margaret; brothers, Robert and Neil; and four grandchildren. Services Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Tempe. 2/1/1994.

RAU, Rosella M.

Rosella M. Rau, 81, of Scottsdale, died Reb. 9, 1994. She was born in Fayette County, Iowa, and was a cosmetologist. Survivors include her daughters, Car..., Joann Wilson, Linda Tingstrom... Karen; sisters, Leona Ulbr..., ... Bauer, Doris Wegner, Helen D., Virginia Lamm; and three grandchildren. Services Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church, Scottsdale. 2/11/1994. RAUBA, Richard Ronald Sr. Richard Ronald Rauba, Sr., 58, of Kuttawa, Kentucky, the owner of the Family Tree Flea Market, died Feb. 5, 1994. Survivors include his sons, Richard, Jr., and Douglas Michael; brothers, Ronald and John; friend, Phyllis Beck; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held in Kentucky. Dunn's Funeral Home, Kentucky. The Arizona Republic Thursday, Feb. 10, 1994.

RAYMOND, Marjory E.

Marjory E. Raymond, 81, of Tempe, a teacher, died May 12, 1994. She was born in California and was a teacher. Survivors include her husband, John C.; sister, Joyce Edmonds. Services were at Friendship Village Activities Center in Tempe. 19 May 1994.

REBER, Theodora


REDDING, Julia Amy


REED, Minna P.

Minna P. Reed, 55, of Mesa, died July 26, 1994. She was born in Lansing, Michigan. Husband, Jack L.; daughters, Brigitte and Tanya Kephart and Linda Meuchel; son, Charles Kephart; parents, William Keuster Topping and Ester Sackrider; sister, Marian Coffey; one grandchild. Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa. 8/6/1994.

REESE, Reanie May

Reanie May Reese, 91, of Tucson, died Feb. 14, 1994. She was born in Maple, Oklahoma, and was a homemaker. Daughters, Pauline Lutz and Betty Hammond; son, Lawrence Watts; 17 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren and 50 great-great-grandchildren. Caldwell Funeral Home, Safford. 2/17-18/1994.

REINCH, Virginia Katherine

Virginia Katherin Reinch, 87, of Avondale, a homemaker, died May 15, 1994. She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Survivors include her daughter, Dotty Baker and two grandchildren. Services have been held. Avondale Funeral Home. Friday, May 20, 1994., CL18.

REITZ, Arthur Lee

Arthur Lee Reitz, 69, of Phoenix, died June 10, 1994. He was born in Wheatland, Wyoming, and was a government inspector and a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. Wife, Marguerite; three brothers. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 6/15/1994.

RENDON, Manuel M.

Manuel M. Rendon, 83, of Ajo, a retired gas car operator for Phelps Dodge Corp., died Feb. 5, 1994. He was born in Mexico. Survivors include his wife, Helen; daughters, Rachel Hess, Norma McKay and Virginia Leatherwood; sons, Arthur and Manuel; sisters, Dolores Chase and Florencia Nevarez; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Visitation Tuesday Douglas Funeral Home, Ajo. Rosary Tuesday Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ajo. Mass Wednesday at the church. the Arizona Republic Tuesday, February 8, 1994.

RENFRO, Robert James Sr.

Robert James Renfro, Sr., 75, of Phoenix, died Jan. 30, 1994. He was born in La Porte, Indiana, and was a retired supervising auditor and a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Son, Robert J., II, survives. Services were in the Life Center of Beatitudes Campus of Care, 1694 W. Glendale Ave. 2/1/1994.

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RENNELL, Virginia A.

Virginia A. Rennell, a dental secretary, died Feb. 6, 1994. She was born in New York City. Survivors include her husband, James; daughters, Christine and Lynn; sons, Michael and James; sister, Donna Gardon; six grandchildren. Memorial Mass Tuesday St. Mary' Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston St., Chandler, with a second Mass to be held in Plymouth, Michigan. Botimer Funeral Home, Inc. the Arizona Republic Tuesday, February 8, 1994.

RENNER, Mildred

Mildred Renner, 77, of Sun City, died May 19, 1994. She was born in Chicago and was a homemaker. Husband, James C.; sons, Gary and Thomas; sister, Ruth Palmer; and four grandchildren. Sunland Memorial Park. 5/23/1994.

RENNISON, Margarete Elsa

Margarete Elsa Rennison, 79, of Sun City, was born in Germany and died March 21, 1994. She was a homemaker. Husband, Wallace; daughter, Edda Davis; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Services Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. Sunland Mortuary. 3/24/1994.

REYES, Annie Sanders

Annie Sanders Reyes, 79, of Globe, a retired National Park Services employee, died March 19, 1994. She was born in Ballinger, Texas. Husband, Frank; daughter, Patty Weech; sons, Mel Sanders, Lamar Sanders and Ted Ruddell; brother Jack Moreland. Globe Cemetery. The AZ Republic 3/24/1994.


John H. Reynolds, 65, of Mesa, died Feb. 10, 1994. He was born in Bay City, Mich., retired real estate broker and a Korean War Air Force veteran. Wife Lucille; dau. Rosemary; two sisters; three brothers. Green Acres Mortuary. Published 2/12/1994.

REYNOLDS, Mildred Neoma

Mildred Neoma Reynolds, 80, of Apache Junction, died March 22, 1994. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughters, Louise Sheppard and Neoma Buhl; sisters, Anna Belle White, Eva Heidi and Esther Kidder; brothers, Edgar and Raymond Stoumbaugh; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 3/24/1994.


Pauline D. Rheinlander, 87, of Scottsdale, died May 22, 1994. She was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and was a homemaker. Daughter, Pauline R. Adams; son, Robert H.; brother, Dr. Harvey Rey Dearstyne; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 5/24/1994.

RICCI, Helen Naylor

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Helen Naylor Ricci, of Phoenix, died Aug. 4, 1994. She was born in Philomath, Oregon, and was owner of the Phoenix Academy of Beauty. Son, Gary; sisters, Gladys Luther, Mary Rankin and Louise Ellison; and brother, Harry Cromwell. Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St. Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 8/6/1994.

RICHARDSON, David Charles

David Charles Richardson, died Feb. 1994. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and was a salesman and an Army veteran. Wife, Linda; daughters, Jeanelle; Rhonda Bohland and Cynthia; sons, Edward and Timothy; brother, Carl; and grandchildren. 2/11/1994.

RICHARDSON, Geraldine A.

Geraldine A. Richardson, 73, of Mesa, died Oct. 30, 1994. She was a homemaker and was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Husband, Harry; daughter, Donna PRATT; son, Ronald; sisters, Annabelle AKE and Betty BANEY; brother, Bernard GRIM; four grandchildren. 11/1/1994.


Pauline Richmond, 76, of Gorham, Maine, died Feb. 7, 1994. She was born in Boston and was a homemaker. Husband, Donald; daus. Lynn Rook, Judy FAMOLARI, Ginny PEMBERTON, Jeanne; sons Donald Jr., Lance; sisters Dorothy Stella, Olive JAMIESON; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Apache Junction Mortuary. Published 2/12/1994.

RICHTER, Arthur G.

Arthur G. Richter, 84, of Flagstaff, retired employee of Western AT&T, died June 13, 1994. He was born in Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Loramay; son, Edward W.; stepchildren, Lauragene Stewart and Herbert Couch; sister, Betty Nichols Dress; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were private. Flagstaff Mortuary. The AZ Republic June 17, 1994.

RIESE, Catherine "Kitty"

Catherine "Kitty" Riese, 91, of Show Low, died May 17, 1994. She was born in New York and was a secretary and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughter, Mable-Jane Lutz; son, Stephan; sister, Margaret Moeller; brother, Richard Thompson; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 19 May 1994.

RIGGS, Grady Arthur

Grady Arthur Riggs, 86, of Glendale, a carpenter, died June 14, 1994. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Wife, Hazel; daughter, Carole Decosmo; son, David; sisters, Evelyn Walker and Carrie J.; and one grandchild. Resthaven Park Cemetery, Glendale. Published in the Arizona Republic 6/16/1994.

RIGGS, Melvin E.

Melvin E. Riggs, 85, of Show Low, a retired mail carrier, was born in California and died March 19, 1994. He was an Army Air Corps and Air Force veteran. Daughters, Linda Bell and Kathleen Pinson; son, William J.; and five grandchildren. Private services in Show Low. 3/24/1994.

RINEHART, Blossom M.

Blossom M. Rinehart, 85, of Glendale, died Aug. 1, 1994. She was born in Oakland, Calfornia, and was a secretary. Survivors include her daughter, Amy B. Alves; and three grandchidlren. Private services Best Funeral Services. Thursday, August 4, 1994.

RINELLA, Vincent J.

Vincent J. Rinella, 79, of Sun City, died Feb. 2, 1994. He was born in Stanford, Connecticut, and was a hotel bell captain. Wife, Emma; daughters, Janet Hitchins and Lisa Olsen; son, Vincent, Jr.; eight grandchildren. Mass at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Sun City. Sunland Mortuary. 2/4/1994.

RINGER, Jonas Raymond

Jonas Raymond Ringer, 70, of Glendale, owner and operator of the Sugar Beet Factory, died June 14, 1994. He was born in New York City and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his son, Phillip; and sister, Irene Morgan. Services Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. Contributions: American Heart Association. The AZ Republic June 17, 1994.

RINGLE, David Carlton

infant son of Nancy T. Bivens and Brent, of Phoenix, died Feb. 7, 1994. Survivors also include his grandparents. The Arizona Republic 2/12/1994.

RIOS, Arturo DeJesus

Arturo DeJesus Rios, infant son of Socima and Arturo, died Aug. 20, 1994. He was born in Phoenix. Immaculate Heart Church. Brown's Colonial Mortuary. 8/23/1994.

RIPEPI, Albert G.

Albert G. Ripepi, 73, of Mesa, died Aug. 5, 1994. He was born in Cleveland and was a retired business man and World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Wife, N . . . (illegible) Maryvale Mortuary. National Cremation and Burial. 8/19/1994.


Jerry A. Ritchie, 43, of Mesa, died May 16, 1994. He was born in Marion County, Kentucky, and was a real estate broker. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Robin M.; son, Jerry A.; mother, Esther; sisters, Arlene Wilson, Helen Thomas, Cathy Anderson, Christy Boone, Cindy Burke and Renee Kim; brothers, Mike, Wayne, Randi, Kevin and Keith. Christ the King Catholic Church, Mesa. 19 May 1994.

RITTER, Augusta F.

Augusta F. Ritter, 82, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Chandler, a minister, died Feb. 8, 1994. He was born in Oklahoma. Survivors include his daughters, Joan Williams and Pauline Austin; sons, Bob, Howard, Donald and Harold; sister, Vivian Sweigart; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler. The Arizona Republic Thursday, Feb. 10, 1994.

RITZ, Bernice A.



Isidro Rivas-Cordova, 27, of Gilbert, died Jan. 30, 1994. He was born in Mexico and was an auto detail worker. Mother, Dolores; and nine brothers and sisters. No services. Melcher's Chapel of the Roses. 2/5/1994.

RIVER, James R.

James R. River, 34, of Mesa, died August 15, 1994. He was born in Newton, Iowa. Wife, Lois; daughter, Sabrina; son, James Allen; parents, Hazel and Carrol; sisters, Carol and Cheryl; and brothers, Larry and Richard. 19 August 1994.

RIVERS, Lynne J.

Lynne J. Rivers, 54, of Scottsdale, died Feb. 11, 1994. She was born in New York and was the owner of a graphic design company. Survivors include her husband, Frederick; daughters, Lauren Ulrich, Jill Janes, Jacque Janes, Ann and Sarah; sons, Kenneth Mott and Fred; sister, Merrilee Hughes. Hansen Mortuary. Services Church of the Holy Cross, 3001 N. Hayden. Contributions: Church of the Epiphany. The Arizona Republic 2/16/1994.

RIX, Gertrude M.

Gertrude M. Rix, 89, of Apache Junction, was born in Portage, N. Y. and died March 21, 1994. Brother, Everett Lee and several nieces and nephews survive. 3/24/1994.