Submitted by Marge Womach 


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Radonich, Dennis,            11-20-1980

“The bodies of two Medical Lake men were recovered Monday morning in Sprague Lake by a volunteer team of divers from Grand Coulee after a hunting excursion for the two turned into a tragedy Saturday. The bodies of Dennis Radonich, 25, and Joseph R Kokinda, 25, were found about 20 minutes after the search began Monday morning by three divers from the Gold team, a search and rescue diving squad which serves Grant, Okanogan, Lincoln, Adams and Douglas counties.  The Gold team, with nine divers, unsuccessfully searched the lake’s bottom Sunday for about five hours. Radonich and Kokinda were accompanied on the hunting trip by Ron Jenson, 23, also of the Medical Lake area, who stayed on an island on the north end of the lake while the other two departed from the island in a 10-foot aluminum pram to pull up some decoys. According to Lincoln County Sheriff Joe Merz, the boat tipped while the two were trying to pull up the decoys and both, attired in heavy hunting clothes and Radonich with ammunition, fell overboard…. The boat was found two hours after the accident, according to Merz, and the bodies were found about 120 feet from shore in 15 feet of water. He estimated the water temperature to be about 45 degrees.” (excerpt Davenport Times:  11-20-1980) 


Rasman, Mary,                             8-07-1908

“Died: Mary Rasman, 9 years, Wilbur.” (Citizen: 8-07-1908)


Ray, John ‘Jack’ H.,             5-28-1981

“Memorial services for longtime postal inspector in this area, John ‘Jack’ H Ray of Hunters, will be held today, May 28 at 1 p.m. in the Hunters Presbyterian Church. Ray died Friday, May 22 at his Hunters home and is survived by his wife, Nadine, at the home; one daughter, Roberta Neesvig, of San Antonio, TX; two grandchildren, Tami Ray and  Burton John Neesvig, both of San Antonio, TX; one sister, Mrs Ruth Frost of Billings, MT.  Ray was a retired US Army lieutenant colonel and a World War II veteran. He worked 36 years for the postal service and lived in Hunters for about 17 years. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge No. 216 and the Hunters Chamber of Commerce. He was also an honorary member of the Republican party.” (Davenport Times: 5-28-1981)


Reagan, Nedra M.,               2-04-1988

“Nedra Marie Reagan, 73, of Davenport died Jan 20, 1988 in this city. Mrs Reagan was born July 6, 1914 in Carelston, Alberta,Canada. She was a teacher for the Job Corps and was retired.  Survivors include a son, Rick Reagan of Cut Bank, MT; two daughters, Galen Rhoades of Auburn and Rosemary Reagan of Davenport; three brothers, Galen Galbreath of Browning, MT, Jack Galbreath of Browning and Duffy Galbreath of Cut Bank;  a sister, Sue Fairbairn of Salt Lake City, Utah; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were held Jan 25 in the Browning Latter Day Saints Church. Scot Gage officiated. Burial was in the Cut Bank Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport and Riddle Funeral Home were in charge.” (Davenport Times:  2-04-1988) 


Reed, Dan,                                   11-29-1935

“Wilbur Wheat Man is Dead.  Dan Reed, 69, holder of extensive wheat land in the Wilbur region, died at a Spokane hospital on Saturday. Born in California, he came to Washington in 1891 and homesteaded at Riverside, Okanogan County. He married Miss Emma Sheffels of Wilbur in 1896.  He was elected sheriff of Okanogan County in 1896, later moved to the coast, but returned to the Big Bend locating near Wilbur in 1905. His body is being sent to San Jose, CA, for burial. He is survived by his widow, a son and daughter.” (Odessa Record: 11-29-1935)


Reeker, Walter,                  2-19-1981

“Walter Martin Reeker, 69, a resident of Ephrata, died at McKay Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb 10, 1981.  He was born July 16, 1911 on a wheat farm near Harrington.  He attended Harrington schools and graduated in 1929. He  received a BA degree from Eastern Washington University and advanced degrees from WSU and Cornell University. Reeker taught school in Ephrata and at Central Washington University from 1969 to 1973.  He organized and supervised special education work-study programs at Ephrata High School. He was a member of the Ephrata City council from 1948 to 1950. In 1961, he organized the Wannigan Trailer Club and was a life member.  He had been a resident of the Ephrata area since 1946 and was a veteran of World War II, serving as an officer in the US Navy.  He married Frances Miles on July 29, 1940 in Tacoma. Survivors include his wife, Frances, at the home; a son, Larry Reeker of Australia; a sister, Florence Levy of Douglas, Arizona and three grandchildren. Memorial funeral services will be held Monday, Feb 23 at 2 p.m. at Holy

Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev Harry Sorenson officiating. Nicoles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 2-19-1981)


Reinhardt, Wallace           12-18-1971

“Wallace Reinhardt. Died: 12-18-1971, Odessa, WA. Spouse: Divorced. Father: William Reinhardt. Mother: Mildred Graves. Burial: Priest River Cemetery, Priest River, Idaho.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Richter, Mable S.,                      8-21-1980

“Mable S. Richter died Aug 16 in Colville at the age of 80.  She was born Jan 2, 1900 at Larvik, ND, to Matthias and Anna Larson as the youngest of three children. Randolph and Amalia preceded her in death in 1979 and 1966.  At the age of two she moved with her family to the present Larson farm near Enterprise. Her education began in a one-room school house and she finished her formal education at Creston High School. She was married to Edwin H Richter in December of 1921. They celebrated their golden anniversary nearly nine years ago. A daughter, Nadine Ann, was born to them in 1925. Mrs. Richter was a charter member of Enterprise Grange and for many years was pianist and played for many Grange activities and funerals. She was confirmed at Creston in the Lutheran Church. She has been a resident at the Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville for the past several years. Survivors include her husband, Ed; daughter Nadine a Johnston; grandsons Edwin A Johnston and Wayne A Johnston; nieces Alma Tye and Dorothy Larson; one nephew, Don Larson; one uncle, Magnus Johnson; numerous grand nieces, nephews and cousins.” (Davenport Times: 8-21-1980)


Rinker, Samuel C.,         est. 4-15-1927

“The Oregon Mortgage company filed suit against George Bandy, administrator of the estate of Samuel C. Rinker, seeking to recover $2,595 on a foreclosure action and $300 attorney fee.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1927)


Robinson, Everett H .,                  9-28-1978

“Funeral services for Everett H Robinson, son of local pioneers, were held Sept 12 in Genesee, Idaho, after he died at age 77 Friday, Sept 8 in a Moscow, Idaho hospital.  Burial was held at a Pullman, WA cemetery.  Robinson was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Robinson, Bluestem pioneers, in Bluestem on Aug 3, 1901. He and his parents then moved to Davenport where he attended the local schools.  On Jan 9, 1927, he was married to Hazel Rouse at Reardan. They lived in Davenport a number of years before moving to Pullman where he managed a garage before becoming manager of the Grange Supply for 18 years. He owned and operated the Robinson Cash Hardware Store in Genesee and also worked for the US Dept. of Agriculture as crop insurance salesman. He also was owner of the Blue Fur Chinchilla Ranch. Robinson was active in the Chinchilla organization and received many awards for his prize animals. He was a member of the Genesee Civic Club, Community Church and Whelan Grange at Pullman.  In addition to his widow, he is survived by a son, Dwight of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Glena Nelson of Lenore, CA; a brother, Dewey of Davenport; and four sisters, Ellen Holderby and Lillie Teel of Davenport, Maybelle Keiser of Wenatchee and Verna Welch of Walla Walla; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. One brother, Ernest, preceded him in death. Pall bearers were Jim Holderby, Jim Teel and Ernie Holderby, all of Davenport.” (Davenport Times:  9-28-1978)


Robinson, Hazel ,                          2-29-1996

“Funeral service for Hazel Ruth Robinson, 89, was held on Saturday, Feb 24, at Kimball’s Funeral Home in Pullman.  Mrs. Robinson was born on Nov 16, 1906, on a farm at Mondovi to George Miller Rouse and Julia A Plummer Rouse, early pioneers of the area. She attended school at Bald Ridge and Davenport , graduating from Davenport High School in 1925. She worked at the Banner Meat Co a few years.  She married Everett H Robinson on Jan 9, 1927, in Reardan and they lived in Davenport where he was employed in a local garage. Both of their children were born while they lived in Davenport.  In the early 1930s, the couple moved to Pullman, where Mr .Robinson became manager of the Pullman Grange Supply. Mrs Robinson served as bookkeeper.  IN 1942, Mrs. Robinson baked a three-tiered cake for her niece, Verla, and Wes Bly’s wedding, which started her into the catering business for weddings and other events for the next 40 years. In 1949, the Robinsons moved to Genesee, Idaho, where they owned and operated the Robinson Cash Hardware Store and later the Blue Fur Chinchilla business. Mrs. Robinson worked several years for the University of Idaho in Moscow and for the Idaho State Dept of Education. Afterward, she was a cook for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity in Moscow for several years, until a broken hip from a fall prevented her from continuing. Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Whelan Grange for 65 years and the Genesee Community Church. She also belonged to the Pythian Sisters. She is survived by a son, Dwight Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Glena Nelson of San Dimas, CA; 7 grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces, including Verla Bly of Davenport. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; her parents; a sister, Arlina Manly of Spokane; and two brothers, Romyne Rouse of Spokane and Clifford Rouse of Battleground, WA. Because of many fractures and ill health, Mrs. Robinson resided at the Latah Care Center in Moscow from 1992 until her death Feb 19, 1996. She was buried beside her husband in the Pullman Cemetery. Pall bearers were Bill Haxton, Joe Nowakowski, Wallis Friel, Dave Burt, Dennis Bly and Dale Bly.”  (Davenport Times: 2-29-1996)


Roden, Cara,                      10-28-1982

“Cara Ann Roden, daughter of Dan and Connie Roden of San Antonio, Texas, died Oct 23 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She was born with lissencephaly, a brain disorder. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Shawnda, at the home; grandparents, Jim and Millie Rinker of Reardan, Dan and Marilyn Roden of Coeur d’Alene, ID; great grandparents Loren and Frieda Rhoads of Colbert, Lillian Rinker of Davenport and Ruth James of Coeur d’Alene, ID.  She is also survived by one uncle, two aunts and one cousin. Memorial services were held at the John Calvin Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and were preceded by cremation.” (Davenport Times: 10-28-1982)


Rollen, W. R .,                 est. 7-16-1926

“Order appointing H.T. Jones, R. S. Jones and Claude Kunz as appraisers of the estate of Washington R. Rollen has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 7-16-1926)


Roske, Carolyn R.,             12-12-2007

“Carolyn R. Roske. Born Feb 11, 1945, peacefully left us to be with Our Heavenly Father on Dec 12, 2007. Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Joseph Roske; daughter Dixie (William) Friesen; son Danny (Brenda) Roske; 5 grandchildren, Amber, Danielle, Courtney, Michaela, and Briana; sister, Violet Hemenway; brother, Donald Davis; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Indian Trail Church, 9010 N. Indian Trail Rd, Spokane. Community Cremation Service, Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman-Review)


Rouse, Renee,                    8-26-1969

“Renee Rouse. Died: 8-26-1969, Spokane, WA. Spouse: Kenneth J Rouse. Father: Henry Nubsen. Mother: Myrtle Olsen. Burial: Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Rudolph, Kenneth,             7-21-1988

“Kenneth Rudolph of Miles died July 16, 1988 in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Spokane.  He was 73.  Mr. Rudolph was born May 10, 1915 in St Paul, MN. He was a US Army veteran serving during WW II in Europe. He was a lumber mill worker most of his life and was retired. He was an avid fisherman.  He had resided in Miles since 1974. Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. in the Egypt Community Hall. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home is in charge.” (Davenport Times:  7-21-1988) 


Russell, Bertha M.,       d. 11-03-1987

“Bertha Marian Russell. Died: 11-03-1987, six miles East of Sprague. Spouse: Hugh Allen Russell. Father: Alvin James McDowell. Mother: Alice Way Burial: Cremation: Ball and Dodd Crematory, Spokane, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Rux, Harold E.,                               1-07-1988

“Harold Everett Rux, 86, died Dec 29, 1987, in the Lincoln Nursing Home, Davenport.  Mr. Rux was born in Rocklyn on Sept 14, 1901. He worked for the Chrysler Corporation. He also was a barber and operated a shop in Harrington during the early 1930s. On June 18, 1936, he married Bertha Koegler of Edwall. In 1941 he and his family moved to his parents farm west of Reardan and farmed there until about 1970. He was a member of the Mondovi Grange for more than 50 years and was a Gold Sheaf member. He and his two brothers and sister-in-law formed a dance band during the early 1920s in the area. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Rux Meye. Survivors include his wife, Bertha Rux of Reardan; a son, Robert Rux of Omaha, Nebraska; a brother, Virgil Rux of Reardan; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services were held Dec 31 in the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Rev Phil Falk officiated.” (Davenport Times: 1-07-1988)


Ryker, Wm,                                5-30-1930

“William Ryker, W1208 Knox avenue, died suddenly Friday at the Genesee Hotel. He was 84 and is survived by his widow; two sons, George M. Ryker of Yakima, and P. A. Ryker of Grandview, and a daughter, Mrs. R. A. Zell of the Genesee. The funeral was held on Monday, May 26, from Hazen & Jaeger’s.  Mr. Ryker is a pioneer of the Edwall and Sprague sections. After his family grew up Mr. and Mrs. Ryker moved to Spokane. His son George M. Ryker was at one time located in Harrington, and his son P. A. Ryker farmed near Edwall for many years. Mr. Ryker was a very fine gentleman and made friends every place he lived. Thus passes a true American citizen, at the ripe old age of 84 years.” (Citizen: 5-30-1930) 



Lincoln County, Washington obituaries submitted December, 2008

to the Lincoln County WAGenWeb by Marge Womach

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