Posted on Jun 19, 2019
Frank “Joe” Guderyahn 1953 - 2019
Frank “Joe” Guderyahn , 66, from Tonto Basin, Arizona died due to complications from heart by-pass surgery. Joe surprised his parents by being born two months too early March 10, 1953 and saddened
family and friends by leaving this earth too soon June 8, 2019 to join his mother Rosemary, father Frank, and half-brother Tony Veronda . Joe was an Electrician by trade and ran his own business for 30+ years. But, he was lured to the Cowboy life during his high school years working summers on local ranches and became interested in roping where he practiced on anything that moved.
He attended college for a while but with fellow Cowboys took to the road to rodeo traveling all over the West and worked on several ranches in California and Wyoming. Eventually he came back to Phoenix with a family and started his own electrical business. He also became heavily involved in roping either at his home arena or neighboring arenas on Dynamite Boulevard and Cave Creek, Arizona. In the winter Cowboys from “up north” would turn his place into a way station parking horses and trailers for the season. Eventually all good things end and he liquidated his assets and moved to Oklahoma for a while then he lived and worked in Colorado awhile and then he found his way to Tonto Basin, Arizona where he has resided at the H-4 Ranch for 10+ years “Cowboying” in his retirement. Throughout his life experiences
he became the ultimate Jack of all Trades, Master of none (except electrical) and had a creative streak enabling him to do just about anything and do it well.
He loved animals, kids, friends, wide-open spaces and Miller Hi Life. He was confounded by those who didn’t get his humor, fish that didn’t bite, and rules he didn’t agree to. Joe is survived by his lovingDaughter Tracy Henderson, his two grandsons Joseph and Acea Henderson, sister-in-law Lynn Veronda and his favorite sister Cathy Stephens, extended family members, plus many friends old and new.
His sister Kay Stevens along with his daughter Tracey Guderyahn would like to invite you to a celebration of life in Joe’s honor on Jun 28th, at 5:00. This will be held at the Browns Ranch south of Payson at the Brunson Place, 53569 N Hwy 188, 3 miles below Jakes Corner on left at Browsville. After a short ceremony we will share stories and have a BBQ dinner.