Originally Published: April 7, 2012 9:59 p.m.
Louis Henry Wingfield of Humboldt, Ariz., went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2012. He was born in Camp Verde, Ariz., on Aug. 1, 1920, to Minnie and Frank Wingfield.
He was part of a large extended agricultural family whose immediate members included seven boys and two girls. His math ability and outdoor skills help prepare him to serve in the South Pacific as a forward observer during World War II. He returned home after 38 months overseas and attended the University of Arizona, where he met Billie Burke Osborne, another Arizona native. They were married Feb. 2, 1947, in Phoenix.
Louis and Billie moved to Arlington, Ariz., where he worked with his father-in-law, John Osborne, to build the first automated Cattle Feed Yard in Arizona, which became one of the largest cattle-feeding operations in the state. Louis enjoyed the cattle business and went on to own several ranches in Yavapai County: the A-Y Ranch, the 51 Ranch and the Horseshow Ranch. He purchased the Horseshoe in January 1960 and he and Billie called it home for 34 years. They made major improvements to the ranch including the construction of a large home on the banks of the Agua Fria River. He also operated the Valle Ranch in Coconino County for many years in conjunction with the Horseshoe. Louis was a member of Arizona Cattle Growers, Arizona Cattle Feeders and Yavapai Cattle County 4-H Show and Sale.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie; daughter Shawn (Cameron); son-in-law Dean Cameron; son John Kit; and daughter-in-law Lori. He had three grandchildren, Dee Ann (Cameron) Littlefield, Brooks Cameron, Kacie (Cameron) Tomerlin, and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Humboldt Bible Church. Donations may be made in his memory to Granite Mountain Hospice.
Bueler Camp Verde Funeral Home assisted the family.
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