Lentz Cemetery & Obituaries


                                                                                                            NW ¼ Sec 34 T 23 R 31

                                                                                                        Submitted by Marge Womach


The Cemetery is located on Lentz property, about ½ mile west of the where the old Zion Congregational church stood which was reportedly moved to Marlin. It was also near the old Kallenberger school. Stones recorded by the Lartigues in 1974 are all present, with additional burials and tombstones now present. Recorded and photographed in Oct 1999. A bench in the SW corner of the cemetery was placed and dedicated “In loving memory of Mom and Dad, Edna and Fred.” This cemetery is well maintained and a “current use” cemetery.


Burial List: 

Kern, Louise                          1912-1912 (#10) (sister to Eddie Kern per Lartigue)

Kern, Marcella                      1920-1920 (#11) (sister to Eddie Kern per Lartigue)

Lentz, Barbara J.                  Sept 18, 1934-________ (#24) shared stone w/Victor

Lentz, Charlie E.                   1900-1968 (#17)

Lentz, Christian                    1859-1942 “Father” (#3)

Lentz, Christian                    1908-1912 (#7-A) shared stone

Lentz, David                            1957-1958 (#13) shared stone

Lentz, Delbert                        1951-1958 (#12) shared stone

Lentz, Edna                             July 9, 1923-June 26, 1990 (#20)

Lentz, Emma                           Apr 29, 1891-Oct 30, 1958 (#4)

Lentz, Esther                          1915-1915 (#7-B) shared stone

Lentz, Fred N.                         Mar 6, 1920-Mar 27, 1993 (#21)

Lentz, Fridarika                    1832-1903 “rests here” (#1)

Lentz, Gottlieb                        1894-1973 (#18

Lentz, Jacob H.                       1897-1963 (#16)

Lentz, Jody                              1955-1959 (#14)

Lentz, Lillie                            Feb 2, 1922-Apr 17, 1925 (#6)

Lentz, Lydia                            1861-1940 “Mother” (#2)

Lentz, Nathaniel                    1887-1970 “Father” (#9)

Lentz, Pauline                        1903-1903 (#5)

Lentz, Solomon                      Apr 13, 1918-July 5, 1984 “US Navy WW II” (#15)

Lentz, Sophia                          1888-1954 “Mother” (#8)

Lentz, Victor P.                      Sept 5, 1925-Oct 1, 1990 (#23) shared stone w/Barbara

Schuh, Kyle Christopher     May 7, 1980 “Our Little Angel” (#22)

Wilson, Ralph B.                   1946-1968 “Beloved husband ‘Tigers’ ” (#19)



Kern, Louise,  1912-1912 (#10) (sister to Eddie Kern per Lartigue)  


Kern, Marcella , 1920-1920 (#11) (sister to Eddie Kern per Lartigue)

            “Frederick Kern...born in Russia, Feb 5, 1885, and came to America in 1905, locating at Marlin, where he made his home for 15 years. He was married Nov 29, 1910 to Miss Marilda Weishaar, who survives him. Other survivors include three sons, Oscar, Eddie and Harold, all at home...” (Obituary of Frederick Kern in Odessa Record of 1-04-1935)  


Lentz, Charlie E.  ,  1900-1968 (#17)

            “Charles Lentz, Burial date 6-15-68; 68 yrs 5 dy; heart attack; burial Lentz Cemetery” (Rev Hausauer’s ledger; Odessa Museum) (Edit: Date of death June 12, 1968, per Lincoln Co Health)  


Lentz, Christian , 1908-1912 (#7-A) shared stone

         “Christ Lentz. Died: 1 Aug 1911, age 2, St Luke’s Hospital, Spokane , Spokane Co, WA. Burial: Krupp , WA . Father: C A Lentz. Mother: R Westhart. Batch Id #275592.” ( WA St ate Death Records).


Lentz, Esther,   1915-1915 (#7-B) shared stone  


Lentz, Christian,  1859-1942 “Father” (#3)

            “Christian Lentz. Burial date 1-28-42; Age 83 yrs 0 mo 1 dy; cause of death = lung ailment; Burial: Marlin” (Funeral record of Rev Hausauer, on display at Odessa Museum) “Christian Lentz. Male, white, widowed, retired farmer. Birth: Jan 24, 1859, Russia. Age: 83 yrs 0 mos 1 day. Usual residence: Rural 7 miles NE of Marlin, WA.  54 years in US. Father: Henry Haueser Lentz born Russia; Mother: Lydia Menderlin born Russia; Informant: Carl Lentz of Marlin. Death: Jan 25, 1942 at 10:30. Rural, 10 miles NE of Marlin. Cause of death: pneumonia. Wm Heitz, MD, of Odessa, WA. Burial: Kallenberger Cemetery 7 mi. NE of Marlin, Glen Strate, funeral director of Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death.) “Christian Lentz. Died: 1-25-1941 at 10:30, at home, 7 ¼ miles NE of Marlin, WA. Retired farmer. Male, widowed. Informant: Carl Lentz. Date of birth: Jan 24, 1859, turned 83 yesterday. Born: Russia. Father: Henry Haueser Lentz born Russia; Mother: Lydia Menderlin, born Russia. In US since 1888. Dr Wm Deitz, physician. 5 Sons: Christian Reinhold Lents (Tacoma), Nathaniel Lentz (Marlin), Gotlieb Lentz (Marlin), Jacob Henry Lentz (Marlin), Carl Edward Lentz (Marlin); 2 daughters: Mary Theresia Krause (Dryden), Emma Lentz (Marlin); 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger; altho it specifically reads 1941, etchings at the bottom show 1942 minus 83, born 1859) “Christian Lentz. Dated: 25 Jan 1942; age 83 yrs 1 day; lung ailment.” (Congregational Church ledger by Hausauer)  


Lentz, Lydia,  1861-1940 “Mother” (#2)

            “Lydia Lentz. Burial date 9-01-40; Age 79 yr 6 mo 6 dy; Burial: Marlin; cause: old age.” (Rev Hausauer’s ledger; Odessa Museum) “Lydia Lentz. Residence: Rural, Marlin, WA. Date of death: Aug 30, 1940, 8 p.m. at the home, 7 ¼ miles NE of Marlin. Informant: Christian Lentz, of Marlin. Birthplace: Russia. Date of Birth Feb 24, 1861. Female, white, married, housewife. Husband: Christian Lentz. In Marlin since 1903. In US since 1888. Father: Christian Mandelen born Russia. Mother: ____ Jund born Russia. Previous residence to Marlin: Unburk, Oregon. Leaves: Husband, Christian, 5 Sons; Christ R Lentz (Tacoma, WA), Natheniel Lentz (Marlin), Gotlieb Lentz (Marlin), Jacob Lentz (Marlin), and Charlie Lentz (Marlin); 2 daughters: Mary Krause (Dryden, WA) and Emma Lentz (Marlin); 22 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Lydia Lentz. Birth: 24 Feb 1861 in Brienne, S. Russland. Died: 30 Aug 1940. Buried: Marlin; Age: 79 yrs 6 mos 6 days. Gatte, 7 kinder, 5 sons, 2 daughters.” (Congregational Church ledger by Hausauer)  


Lentz, David,  1957-1958 (#13) shared stone

            “David Lentz. Burial 11-21-58; age 11 mo 4 dy; Burial: Lentz Cemetery; Cause: burned.” (Rev Hausauer’s ledger; Odessa Museum)  


Lentz, Delbert, 1951-1958 (#12) shared stone

            “Delbert Lentz. Burial date 11-21-58;  Age 7 yrs 3 mo 0 dys; cause of death: burned; Burial: Lentz Cemetery” (Funeral record of Rev Hausauer; Odessa Museum)  


Lentz, Emma,  Apr 29, 1891-Oct 30, 1958 (#4)

            “Emma Lentz. Burial date 10-30-58; Age 67 yrs 5 mo 28 dy; cause of death:  cancer; Burial: Marlin family cemetery.” (Funeral record of Rev Hausauer)  


Lentz, Fred N. ,  Mar 6, 1920-Mar 27, 1993 (#21)

            “Fred Lentz, 73, Spokane, died Saturday, March 27, 1993, in Valley Crest Care Center in Spokane. He was born March 6, 1920, on the family farm in Marlin to Nathanial and Sophia (Dormaier) Lentz. He grew up in Marlin and attended schools there. He was a wheat farmer all of his life. Mr. Lentz was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ; Central Washington Wheat Growers; Odessa Grange; and Washington Farm Bureau. Survivors include two daughters, Judy  Singer, Spokane, and Lena Hardt, Othello; one brother, Ernest Lentz, Bremerton; two sisters, Helen Streich, Chatteroy, and Lydia Umbough, Virginia; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, in 1990 and a brother. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook obituary, no source.) Fred Nathanael Lentz’s funeral was officiated by Pastor Jim Dowdy; the casket bearers were Bob Kuch, Floyd Kuch, Bob Zimbelman, John Hardt, Lonnie Schorzman and Elmer Sonnenberg, as shown by the funeral program, March 30, 1993.  


Lentz, Edna,  July 9, 1923-June 26, 1990 (#20)

            “Edna (Klettke) Lentz of Marlin, born near Kulm, North Dakota July 9, 1923 to Sam and Mary Klettke, died June 26, 1990 in Othello at the home of a daughter. She was baptized May 23, 1924 and later attended school at Ellendale, North Dakota, where she received recognition for three years perfect attendance. In the early 1940’s, she moved to Marlin, where she met and in January 1945 married Fred N Lentz. During the early years of their marriage they attended Zion Congregational Church near Marlin and, after it closed in 1974, they transferred their membership to what is now Heritage United Church of Christ, Odessa. As her daughters grew up, she was a room mother at school and a Sunday School teacher. A member of the Ladies Aid in Marlin, she was later a member of the Women’s Fellowship at Heritage UCC. Following their retirement, Mrs. Lentz worked at remodeling the home the couple had built after their marriage. She also crocheted the afghan raffled off by Heritage United for the benefit of Parkside Day Care Center. Mrs. Lentz is survived by her husband of 45 years, Fred, at the family home; by two daughters: Judy (and husband Del) Singer of Spokane, and Lena Hardt of Othello; by three brothers: Emil Klettke of Ephrata, Ervin Klettke of Wisconsin, and Gary Klettke of Minnesota; by four sisters: Hulda Kuch of Marlin, Elsie Sonnenberg of Ephrata, Viola Schneider of Minnesota, and Wilma Fischer of Maryland; and by three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and by a brother, Lloyd Klettke. Funeral service was held at Heritage United Church of Christ, Pastor Glenn Gettinger officiating. A graveside service at Lentz Cemetery near Marlin preceded burial, which was under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casketbearers included Lani Schorzman, Floyd Kuch, R D Thrall, John Hardt, Bob Kuch and Ron Hardt.” (scrapbook obit)  


Lentz, Fridarika,  1832-1903 “rests here” (#1)  


Lentz, Gottlieb,  1894-1973 (#18) (did not marry)

            Burial date 10-06-73; Age not shown, Lentz cemetery, Cause: stroke.” (Rev. Hausauer’s ledger; Odessa Museum) “In Memory of Gottlieb Lentz; Born Apr 6, 1894, Newberg, Oregon.  Passed away Oct 3, 1973, Odessa, WA.  Funeral Services: Sat. Oct 6, 1973, 11 a.m. from the United Congregational Church, Odessa, WA.  Rev A Hausauer, Officiating.  Concluding Services and Vault Interment: Lentz Cemetery, Marlin, WA. Honorary Casket Bearers: Dan Janke, Alvin Kramer, Edwin Cook.  Casket bearers: Loren Totusek, Loren Schlimmer, Bob Cook, Bob Engle, Allen Goetz, Melvin Zimbelman.” (Funeral Program)  


Lentz, Jacob H. ,  1897-1963 (#16) (did not marry)

"Jacob H Lentz. Burial date 8-13-63; Age 65 yr 9 mo 29 dy; cause: cancer." (Funeral record of Rev Hausauer; Odessa Museum) "Funeral services for Jacob H Lentz, Marlin, were held from the English Congregational church in Odessa on Tuesday afternoon. The Rev A. Hausauer officiated, with burial in the Lentz Cemetery near Marlin. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Pallbearers were Al Kramer, Robert Schlimmer, Edward Kuch, Dan Janke, Bobbie Engle and Ivan Hemmerling, all of the Marlin area. Vocalists were Mrs. Don Zeiler and Mrs. Delbert Cook, with Mrs. James Lyons as organist. Mr. Lentz was a member of a pioneer farming family of the Marlin area, where he and three brothers combined their farming operations. Born Oct 4, 1897, at Newberg, OR, Jacob Lentz came to Washington with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Christian Lentz, in 1900, the family locating on a homestead 6 ½ miles northeast of Marlin. Jacob spent the remainder of his life on this farm, until about 10 weeks ago when he entered the Memorial hospital. Survivors include four brothers, Christ Lentz of Snohomish, WA; Nathaniel, Gottlieg and Carl E Lentz, all of Marlin; one sister, Mrs .Mary Krause of Dryden; also nephews and nieces in the area." (Odessa Record: 8-08-1963)


Lentz, Jody, 1955-1959 (#14)  


Lentz, Lillie,  Feb 2, 1922-Apr 17, 1925 (#6)

            “Lilie Lentz. Female, white, single, aged: 3 yrs 2 mos 16 days. Birth: Feb 2, 1922, near Marlin, WA. Father: Nathaniel Lentz, born Russia; Mother: Sophia Dorimerer, born ND; Informant: Nathaniel Lentz, Marlin, WA.  Death: 4-18-1925. Died before aid could reach her. Cause: Flu and pneumonia. Contributory: Flu and bronchitis, duration 10 hours. Signed: L. M. Thompson, MD. Odessa, WA. Burial: Dry Lake School House Dist #127. Apr 20, 1925. J. G. Eckhardt, minister.” (WA State Register of Death)


Lentz, Nathanie, 1887-1970 “Father” (#9)

            Burial date 12-04-70; age 83 yr 8 mo 26 dy; pneumonia; Lentz cemetery.” (Rev. Hausauer’s ledger, Odessa Museum) “Nathanael Lentz.—His home, Marlin, WA. Survived by 4 sons, Saloman Lentz, Tacoma, WA; Ernest Lentz, Bremerton, WA; Fred and Victor Lentz, both of Marlin; 2 daughters, Mrs. Helen Ramm, Spokane, and Mrs. Lydia Jenkins, Herndon, VA; 20 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one brother, Gottlieb Lentz, Marlin; one sister, Mrs. Mary Krause, Wenatchee, WA. Funeral services Friday Dec 4, 1 p.m. from the English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA, the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Interment Lentz Cemetery. Marlin, WA.  The Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. in charge.” (scrapbook item, possibly Spokane Review) “Funeral services are set for Friday, Dec 4, at 1 p.m. at the English Congregational Church for Nathanael Lentz, who passed away Monday night at the Holy Family Hospital in Spokane. Mr Lentz, who was a pioneer resident of the Marlin area, had fallen last week and broken his hip. He was 83 years old, having been born in Russia on March 4, 1887. Rev. A. Hausauer will officiate at the services. Burial will be in the Lentz Cemtery.  Mr. Lentz is survived by four sons: Solomon of Tacoma, Ernest of Bremerton, Fred and Victor of Marlin; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ramm of Spokane and Mrs. Lydia Jenkins of Herndon, Virginia; 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. One brother, Gottlieg Lentz of Marlin and a sister, Mrs. Mary Krause of Wenatchee also survive him.” (Odessa Record: 12-03-1970)  


Lentz, Sophia,  1888-1954 “Mother” (#8)

            “Sophia Lentz. Burial date 7-7-54; Age 65 yrs 11 mo 11 dys; cause: diabetes; Burial: Marlin, WA.” (Funeral record of Rev. Hausauer; Odessa Museum)  

Lentz, Pauline, 1903-1903 (#5)  


Lentz, Solomon,  Apr 13, 1918-July 5, 1984 “US Navy WW II” (#15)

            “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 10, 1984 from the United Congregational Church in Odessa for Solomon Lentz of Hermiston, Oregon who passed away at Walla Walla, WA on July 5, 1984. Rev Randy Middleton officiated. Solomon Lentz was born April 13, 1918 at Marlin, WA. He entered the Navy in 1942 and was discharged in 1946. On February 14, 1947 he was married to Marjorie Cheyney. To this union four children were born. Following his service in the Navy, Solomon worked in a cement plant at Concrete, WA; did a variety of truck driving jobs and worked the past three years in Hermiston, OR in a potato processing plant. He was a member of the Zion Congregational Church in Marlin, WA. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Tina Lentz, Portland; one granddaughter, Brandy Lea, Portland, OR; three brothers, Victor Lentz and Fred Lentz, both of Marlin, WA, and Ernest Lentz, Bremerton, WA; two sisters, Helen Streich, Chatteroy, WA and Lydia Umbaugh, Leesburg, VA; numerous nieces and nephews. Special music for the services was provided by Ione Zeiler and Del Kirstein who san “Amazing Grace” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” accompanied on the organ by Wilma Schmidt. Honorary casket bearers were Dan Janke, Edward Kuch, Melvin Zimbelman and Ben Kuch. Casket bearers were Bob Zimbelman, Ron Hardt, Michael Jones, Tom Schuh, Laddie Schlimmer and Bob Kuch. Interment was in the Lentz Cemetery, West Lincoln County, with military graveside services and vault interment. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-26-1984)  


Schuh, Kyle Christopher,  May 7, 1980 “Our Little Angel” (#22)

 “Greveside services were held Wednesday, May 14, 1980, for Kyle Christopher Schuh, infant son of Tom and Kathy Schuh, who was born prematurely May 7, 1980 at a Spokane, WA hospital. He weighed 1 .b 13 oz at birth.  Kyle is survived by his parents; one brother, Jamison; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Schuh of Odessa, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Lentz of Marlin; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Borgens and Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Schuh of Odessa, and Mr. and Mrs. .James Phillips of Tacoma; 3 aunts and 3 uncles.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-1980)


Lentz, Victor P. ,  Sept 5, 1925-Oct 1, 1990 (#23) shared stone w/Barbara

            “Victor Phillip Lentz of Yakima, WA, born Sept 5, 1925 to Nathaniel and Sophia Lentz of Marlin, passed away Oct 1, 1990. A long-time Marlin resident, he had moved to the Yakima area to retire. He attended Dry Lake school northeast of Marlin, and at 15 was confirmed in the Pilgrim Congregational Church of Odessa by the Rev. Albert Hausauer. A member and trustee of Zion Congregational Church until it closed, Mr. Lentz became a member of the United Congregational Church, where he served six years as a deacon. He was married Oct 10, 1953 to Barbara Jean Phillips, and the couple bought the Lentz family farm at Marlin where they reared two daughters. In addition to working the farm, he also worked at the sugar beet factory. He was a school bus driver for the Marlin schools, and served on the Krupp Union Warehouse board of directors for six years. Mr. Lentz is survived by his wife, Barbara, at the family home in Yakima; by their two daughters: Kathy and her husband, Mike Jones of Burbank, WA, and Denise and her husband, Mike Jones  of Spokane; by three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; by two brothers, Fred Lentz of Marlin and Ernest Lentz of Bremerton; and by two sisters, Helen Streich of Chatteroy and Lydia Umbaugh of Virginia. Funeral service was held Oct 5 at the Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Concluding services and interment followed at the Lentz Cemetery north of Marlin, Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Bob Kuch, Bob Engle, Emil Klettke, Dave Kuch, John Hardt and Dale Pfeifer.” (Odessa Record: scrapbook obituary, not dated. Duplication of Mike Jones occurred in the originals of two different obits.)  


Lentz, Barbara J,  Sept 18, 1934-________ (#24) shared stone w/Victor


Wilson, Ralph B.  , 1946-1968 “Beloved husband ‘Tigers’ ” (#1,   “That peace which the world cannot give”

 “Ralph B. Wilson. Burial 9-24-68; age 22; Cause: killed.”  (Rev. Hausauer’s ledger) “Buster Ralph Wilson. Died: 9-21-1968; Buried: Lentz Cemetery, N. Marlin, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)



Plotting with East end 1-4; North side is 1, 5, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22


1                      2  3                  4


5          6


7A &B                                            8 & 9


10  11              12  13                  14            15


16                    17               18


19                                               20  21


22          23  24


Possible additions to this cemetery record:

Kuch, Lary ,  Rev Hausauer’s ledger, burial on 1-02-42 at Marlin, premature birth, age 9 days.

Schell, Rodney Otis,   Rev. Hausauer’s ledger, burial on 3-24-58 at Marlin, accident, age 10 yrs 3 mo 21 dys

     TS at Krupp Cemetery in Marlin; not Lentz

Schmitt, Mary Gans Zimmer,  Death certificate shows “6 mi NE of Krupp”Possibly Friedensfeld or Lentz Cemetery.

     b. 5-01-1848; d. 7-29-1917

Frick, Mrs. Fred,  Rev. Hausauer’s ledger, burial on 4-24-59 at Marlin



Lentz Cemetery Obituaries, submitted to the Lincoln County

WAGenWeb on October 03, 2005 , by Marge Womach

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