Creston Cemetery Burials and Obituaries 

                Submitted by Marge Womach


              Introduction to Cemetery on Page A

               Creston News and Notes addendum at bottom of page




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Ratcliffe, -;  ( ½ empty; listing) 

Ratcliffe, -;  (empty; listing)

Ratliff, Claude:  (unconfirmed)  “Liberty Ratliff, residing on his farm six and a half miles east and one mile north of Creston, was born Nov 17, 1859, in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa, the son of Tipton H and Jane (Collier) Ratliff.  Feb 15, 1881, Liberty Ratliff was married to Loretta J. Durham, at St Johns, Kansas. To Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff have been born ten children: Bessie, wife of John M. Hostetter, Reardan; Jesse, married to Ida Rose, Lincoln County; Clyde C., Tipton R., Rudy S., Pearley M., Naomi, Penelope, Liberty L., and Claud, deceased.”  (excerpt of History of Big Bend-1904; see news under Ratliff) 

Reed, Caryl L. Haight: (Added;  b. 1914; d. 2000);  “Funeral service for Caryl L. (Haight) Reed, 86, a former Creston resident, was Saturday, July 29, at the Creston Christian Church. Pastors Gale Davis and Ron Greene officiated. Vault interment followed in the Creston Cemetery.  Mrs. Reed died July 25, 2000 at her home in Nine Mile Falls.  Born March 10, 1914, in Creston to Seneca ‘Arthur’ and Jennie (Chamblin) Haight, she married Daniel ‘Boone’ Reed on Oct 3, 1933, in Davenport.  The couple lived in Creston, where they farmed and built and operated Boone’s Café until their retirement.  Her involvements included the Creston Town Council, Creston Cemetery Association and the Creston Christian Church and was an associate member of the Creston Alumni Association.  This past January, she moved into a ‘grandma’s apartment’ with Glenda and Mike West in Nine Mile Falls, where she enjoyed a bumper crop of irises.  Her husband died in 1971; step-children Erma J. (Reed) Kenney and Lloyd ‘Buzz’ Reed died in 1987.  She leaves a step-daughter, Erma J. Kenney of Creston; five grandchildren, Janet and Bob Young of Creston, Susan K Reed of Spokane, Glenda and Mike West of Nine Mile Falls, Steve and Connie Reed of Creston, Mike and Janet Kenney of Lincoln, WA; 10 great grandchildren… and nine great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur handles arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 8-03-2000); 

Reed, Dan ‘Boone’;  (b. 1897; d. 1971; listing)

Reed, Elzie Owen;  (b. 4-26-1908; d. 10-21-1974; US Navy WW II; listing) 

Reed, James Crayton;  (b. 4-16-1912; d. 5-14-1921; listing)

Reed, Lloyd Glenn ‘Buzz’; (b. 8-12-1923; d. 11-20-1987; US Navy WW II; listing)

Reed, Lou or Lon V.;  (b. 8-06-1884; d. 6-16-1970; listing)  “Lou V Reed.—Her home, Creston, WA. Survived by one son, Elzie O Reed, Creston, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Nola B Lowell, Eugene, OR; one granddaughter, Joanne Lowell, Eugene, OR.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. from the Creston Christian Church, the Rev Roger Otis Kuhrt officiating. Interment Creston, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 6-14-1970; scrapbook item) 

Reed, Margaret;  (b. 1900; d. 1932; listing) “Margaret Elsie Reed.  Died: 31 Aug 1932, age 32, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Alexander Joseph Black. Mother: Elsie Hawkins. Spouse: Daniel Taylor Reed.” (WA State Death Records);

Reed, William Fredrick;  (b. 12-07-1880; 3-15-1963; listing) 

Reed, Zachary;  (d. 1921; listing)  “Decree of discharge of C. E. Funkhouser as administrator of the estates of Z. Taylor Reed and Artiamissia Reed has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 1-01-1926; edit: may not be correct person)

Ring, William;  (no dates; born Ireland; listing) “William Ring, Died: 6 Jan 1907; old age; Creston Cemetery .” (Wilbur Catholic Death Ledger);

Roby, Delilah A.;  (b. 1-31-1879; d. 5-11-1969; listing)  “Delilah Roby. Died: May 1969, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA.  Birth: 1-31-1879.” (SS Death Index); “Delilah A. Roby.—Her home Creston , WA . Survived by 2 sons, Thomas and Vilas Roby, both Creston, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Florence Hills, Creston, WA; Mrs. Rachel McNew, Wilbur, WA; Mrs. Edith Murbach, Four Lakes, WA; one sister, Mrs. Jane Irons, Nebraska. Funeral services Wednesday May 12, 3 p.m. from the Creston Christian Church, the Rev Roger Otis Kuhrt officiating. Interment Creston, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-14-1969; scrapbook item)

Roby, Infant;  (b. 2-11-1915; d. 3-26-1915; s/o Calvin & Delilah A.; listing)

Roby, Jean V.;  (b. 1913; d. no date; s/w Vilas; marr. 58 yrs.; listing) “Jean V. Roby died Oct 5, 2002, in Davenport. She was 89 years old. She was born May 11, 1913, in Peach to Charles and Nona (Kirby) Widener. In 1930, she married Vilas C. Roby in Davenport. The two resided in Creston. The farmed until retirement in 1980. After 58 years of marriage, Vilas died in 1988, and Jean continued living on the farm until she became ill. Her grandson Donald Sieverkropp has been farming since. She is survived by a daughter Dolores (and Don) Sieverkroop, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Donald (and Shelley) Sieverkroop, and Carol (and Mike) Garneau; 6 great grandchildren, Leslie, Karl, Karrie and Kayla Sieverkroop, and Dustin and Matthew Garneau; two brothers, Chester (and Irene) of Spokane, and Ray (and Wilma) of El Cajon, CA. Jean enjoyed her great grandchildren, music and playing the piano and organ. She was an excellent cook. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct 11, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Concluding services and vault interment will follow at Creston Cemetery. Pastor Don Smith will officiate. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-10-2002)

Roby, Thomas L.;  (b. 1900; d. 1993; listing) “Thomas L. Roby. Died: Aug 8, 1993, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA. Birth: 10-17-1900.”  (SS Death Index);

Roby, Vilas C.;  (b. 1904; d. 1988; s/w Jean V; listing)  “Vilas C. Roby of Creston died June 12, 1988 in Davenport. He was 83. Mr. Roby moved to the Creston area in 1908 with his family. He attended Creston area schools and later helped (on) his family farm. IN 1930, he married Jean Widener and together they purchased the Hannas farm about one and a half miles northwest of Creston.  He and his wife had been semi-retired since 1970. They remained on the farm.  He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Creston; one daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Donald Sieverkropp of Odessa; two grandchildren, Donald Sieverkropp of Creston and Carol Garneau of Moses Lake; three great grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Roby of Creston; two sisters, Edith Murbach of Four Lakes and Rachel McNew of Wilbur; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Services will be held today, Thursday, June 16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Strate Funeral Home in  Davenport.  Pastor Ronald C Greene will officiate. Interment will be in the Creston Cemetery. Strate Funeral Homeis in charge.” (Davenport Times:  6-16-1988) 

Rustemeyer, Ora H.;  (b. 5-13-1895; d. 3-05-1968; listing)  “Ora H. Rustemeyer.—Her home Langley, WA. Member of the Christian Church. Survived by her husband, Peter A Rustemeyer, at the home. Two sons, Daniel Rustemeyer, College Place, WA ; Andy M Rustemeyer, Creston, WA. Three daughters, Mrs. Milly White, Clarkston, WA; Mrs. Ardell Morgan, Edmonds, WA; Mrs. Jo Robertson, Creston, WA; 14 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m. from the Creston Christian Church, Rev Arthur De Lona officiating. Burial services Creston Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur,WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-09-1968, scrapbook item) 

Rustemeyer, Peter Andrew;  (b. 1893; d. 1974; listing)  “Services for Peter Andrew Rustemeyer, Creston, were held Saturday in the Creston Christian Church with the Rev James Farrell officiating. Burial was in the Creston Cemetery.  Rustemeyer is survived by two sons, Daniel E. Rustemeyer of College Place, and Andy Rustemeyer of Creston; three daughters, Mildred White, Clarkston; Ardell Morgan, Edmonds; and Jo Robertson, Creston; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; his brother, Otto L. Rustemeyer, of Portland, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was an associate member of the Creston Christian Church; past president of the Spokane district council; AFL-CIO Lumber and Sawmill Workers’ Union; member of the Wilbur Grange and a Democratic precinct committeeman.”  (Davenport Times: 9-12-1974); “Serving as pall bearers were 6 grandsons, Kim Morgan, Kelly Morgan, Lynn White, Ben White, Bill Rustemeyer and John Rustemeyer… Peter Andrew Rustemeyer was born March 9, 1893 in Uniontown, WA, one of eight children of pioneer parents. When just a young boy, his family journeyed by covered wagon to Greencreek, Idaho, to settle on a homestead. Later, in the neighboring town of Cottonwood, he met and married Ora Helen Robbins. To this union were born three sons and thee daughters. Earl Wayne Rustemeyer passed away in 1936. ‘Andy’ (PA) and Ora had been married 54 years when she passed away in 1968. Throughout their life together many young people found refuge in their home where all were loved and made a part of the family. The Rustemeyers moved to Lincoln in 1938. While in Lincoln , Andy was employed at the sawmill and was instrumental in establishing Local No. 2935 of the AFL-CIO Sawmill Workers’ Union. He served as its first president and also as a president of the Spokane District Council of the AFL-CIO Lumber and Sawmill Workers’ Union. Following Andy’s retirement in 1955 from the Lincoln sawmill, he and Ora moved toLangley on Whidbey Island ….” Excerpt Wilbur Register: 9-12-1974}    


Creston News and Notes  


(Misc. Ledgers: B-108) Presbyterian Church of Creston, filed Dec 6, 1899, with J. W. Maib (Pres) W. R. Foster (Sec), and D. F. McKay (Treas).

Ratliff:  Liberty L. Ratliff is a man who, having experienced various vicissitudes in both the middle west and west, may well be proud of the resoluteness that brought him through the privations of pioneer life to the prosperity of his present home. Mr. Ratliff resides on his farm six and a half miles east and one mile north of Creston. He was born Nov 17, 1859, in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa, the son of Tipton H and Jane (Collier) Ratliff.  The father, a native of Indiana, was one of the first settlers of Clarke County, and a soldier from its ranks, enlisting at the outbreak of the Civil War, in the 25th Iowa Volunteers, and dying form a wound received in battle.  The mother was born in Kentucky and removed to Iowa in an early day. She is now living in Cedarville, Dade County, Missouri.  Mr. Ratliff has one brother, Lloyd, of Alva, Oklahoma, and one half-brother, Fred Morrison, of Dade County, Missouri.  At the age of 13, Mr. Ratliff left Iowa going to Barton County, Kansas, arriving there in time to pass through the buffalo and Indian stage of the state’s development, and later the grasshopper period. In the fall of 1878, his crops having been destroyed by the last named, in the memorable plague, he went to railroading on the Santa Fe railroad in New Mexico.  Soon after he worked in the smelter at Pueblo, Colorado.  In July, 1889, he came to Lincoln County, where, with his wife and five children, he took up a pre-emption claim, then a homestead and a timber culture.  In the interval between 1880 and 1889, Mr. Ratliff traveled throughout the west, visiting Kansas, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Indian Territory and Montana. Arriving in Lincoln County with little but health and grit, the family endured the usual privations of the pioneer. M. Ratliff worked for a small salary to support his family while he was preparing his ranch for planting. He finally succeeded in fencing his entire farm, four hundred and eighty acres, plowing the most of it, and building his house and barn. He suffered heavy losses in the panic of 1893, but, though badly crippled, he was not discouraged, and entirely regained his former footing with the heavy crop and high prices of 1897.  In the spring of this year he removed his family to Bachelor Prairie, where he now lived. His present holdings are about eighteen hundred and twenty acres, three-fourths of which is good grain land, eight acres in orchard, the balance being timber and pasture land, and a good home. His specialty is raising grain and stock.  Feb 15, 1881, Mr. Ratliff was married to Loretta J. Durham, at St Johns, Kansas. Mrs. Ratliff was born in Oakland, Illinois, daughter of Edwin and Jane (McDowell) Durham.  To Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff have been born ten children: Bessie, wife of John M. Hostetter, Reardan; Jesse, married to Ida Rose, Lincoln County; Clyde C., Tipton R., Rudy S., Pearley M., Naomi, Penelope, Liberty L., and Claud, deceased.  Mr Ratliff is a charter member of Creston lodge, IOOF, of which lodge he is also a past grand.”  (History of Big Bend-1904) 

Ratliff: “The Dunnings, arrested as suspects in the Lewis murder case, were released, nothing of an incriminating nature developing against them. There are many rumors of moves in this case floating about. It was reported here that Cleve Comer had been arrested at Wilson Creek while on his way to Chelan, and afterward released. It is also denied that he was arrested at all. The report was circulated here that L. L. Ratcliff, nephew of the murdered couple, had been arrested as a suspect, and again reported that certain parties of Wilbur attempted to procure a warrant for his arrest, but that it was refused at Davenport. There are other minor bits of talk afloat, but not of much apparent weight. No important clue seems to have been discovered up to this time.—Creston News.” (LCT: 1-13-1903)

Reed:  “The 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Reed, Creston, has a badly cut tongue as well as a burned mouth due to biting into a Fourth of July torpedo Tuesday morning.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1929) 

Reed:  “Fred a Mangis, pioneer Creston rancher, complained to officers this week that Thel Reed, Creston, came to his place early Wednesday, hit him over the head with some weapon and when he regained consciousness he found that he had been beaten badly. Dr J. F. Poynter treated the injured man. A justice court warrant, charging Reed with second degree assault was issued. When Deputy Sheriff Charles E. McCaffery went to Creston he could not locate Reed, reported to have left for Idaho.”  (Odessa Record: 6-03-1937) 

Rhodes:  William Wallace Rhodes, residing four miles northeast of Creston, was born in August 1861 in Missouri, son of William Wallace and Sevilla J. (Hall) Rhodes. Wm Sr. Rhodes died Sept 29, 1879 in Denver and Sevilla married H. F. Warren, a veteran of the Civil War. Wm Jr. Rhodes came to the Sherman vicinity of Lincoln County in 1882. In 1891 he married Miss Anna, daughter of John and Mary (Wynhoff) Verfurth. Mrs. Rhodes was born in Wisconsin on April 9, 1860. Wm and Anna Rhodes have two children, Survilla M. and Hilda Wynona. (details taken from 1904 History of Big Bend-p. 289, photo)


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