Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                         Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach


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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Carkeek, Bernice, w/o Stephen  (d. 1999; b. 1927; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Bernice Wacker (Carkeek) Gaspard, an Odessa native, were held on June 15 in Spokane. Private interment followed at Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Gaspard died Thursday, June 10, 1999, in Spokane, where she had lived for 50 years. She was born Feb 8, 1927, near Irby, the daughter of Jacob and Katherine (Kuch) Wacker. She attended Odessa schools and was graduated from Odessa High School in 1945. She attended St David Episcopal Church in Spokane. She worked in the insurance business with R. J. Martin Insurance Company, Travelers and Carkeek Insurance Agency in Spokane.  She was past president of the Quota Rotarians. She served as senior volunteer for the Spokane Police Dept for five years. She is survived by her husband, Major Robert P Gaspard (ret. USAF), a daughter, Barbara Carkeek Ardans, of Dewey, AZ; four grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dave Wacker of Davenport, and Gerald Wacker of Odessa; two sisters, Ruth Jacquot, of Odessa, and Florence Brevet, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen Carkeek in 1988.” (Odessa Record: 7-01-1999)

Carkeek, Stephen, h/o B.  (d. 1988; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit) “Stephen B. Carkeek.—Entered into rest May 7, 1988 in Spokane, his home for over 48 years. Survived by his wife Bernice Carkeek, at the home; one daughter, Barbara Ardans and son-in-law Peter Ardans, Scottsdale, AZ; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Member of WA Pond Blue Goose International, SCORE, Past President of North Spokane Rotary, Past member of Independent Insurance Agents Assoc., PNG-Samaritan Lodge #52, IOOF, Captain Ret, Patriots Militant, Canton #2 IOOF, St David Episcopal Church. Funeral Service, Wednesday, May 11, 1988 at 1 p.m. St David Episcopal Church, Rev Peter Stretch, officiating. Family Graveside Service at Odessa City Cemetery. Under the direction of Riplinger Funeral Home.” (scrapbook item)

Carlson, Carl Oscar,    (d. 1954; b. 1895; TS; OC; dc) “Carl Oscar Carlson. Died: 9-09-1954, Lamona, WA.  Father: Victor Carlson;  Mother; Ida Johnston.  Spouse: unmarried. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Carl Carlson, well-to-do pioneer bachelor farmer, was found dead at his ranch home on Wednesday, where he had apparently taken his own life by hanging.  He had been absent from his usual visiting places for some time, but had talked of a vacation trip and it was believed he had left on this. A brother, Harold Carlson, had gone to the home, with Mrs. Carlson, to see if he had returned, and found the body, it is reported.  Dr J. F. Paynter, acting coroner, was called, and he called the Strate Funeral Home to the home, who brought the remains to Odessa. Mr. Carlson had appeared to be in good health and good spirits. He had made plans for his next season’s crop, after which he planned to retire, make a trip to his birth place in Sweden, before settling down in retirement. He had purchased new tires for his pickup for winter use, during the past month. Graveside services have been set for Friday morning at 10 o’clock with the Rev John D. Frese officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Carlson, 58, was born in New Bridge, Kolmar County, Sweden, Nov 25, 1895. He was confirmed in the Madesjo Lutheran church at the age of 14, and came to the United States in 1923. He had farmed at Lamona since 1924. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Edith Fox of Spokane and Mrs. Anna Gardner of Solvang, CA, and one brother, Harold Carlson, of Lamona.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1954)

Carlson, Harold Victor,  h/o Virg.  (d. 1976; b. 1901; TS; OC; dc) “Harold Victor Carlson. Died: 1-21-1976.  Birth: 7-17-1901-Sweden.  Spouse: Virginia Wilson; Father: Victor J. Carlson. Mother: Charlotta I. Johnson. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Harold V Carlson was born in Nybro, Sweden on July 17, 1901. His parents were Victor and Ida Carlson.  He came to America in the year 1919 at the age of 18 years. He married Virginia Wilson of Harrington on July 3, 1926. Harold farmed for 43 years five miles north of Lamona. He retired in 1967 and moved to Odessa where he made his home until he became ill in May, 1974, and spent the rest of his life in the Odessa Convalescent Home where he passed away on Wednesday, Jan 21, (1976), at the age of 74.  He is survived by his wife, Virginia, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Norma Jantz, Odessa; two sons, Lloyd Carlson of Colville and Melvin Carlson of Lamona; and 9 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Edith Fox of Spokane and Anna Gardner Salvany, CA.  The funeral service was at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 24, 1976, Pastor Kenneth Schauer conducted the service. He was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-29-1976)

Carlson, Melissa Ann,   (d. 12-05-1996; b. 12-05-96; TS; OC; dc) “Melissa Anne Carlson. Died: 12-05-1996. Birth: 12-05-1996, Lincoln Hospital, Davenport, WA. Fetal death. Father: Michael Allen Carlson. Mother; Pamela Sue Baldwin.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Carlson, Melvin D.,   (d. 2-26-2003; b. 11-30-1932) “Melvin D. “Tuffy” Carlson, a life-long resident of Lamona, died Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003, in Davenport. He was 70 years old. He was born in Odessa on Nov 30, 1932, the son of Harold and Virginia (Wilson) Carlson. He was raised on the family farm at Lamona. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1951. He was a wheat farmer. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, at the home at Lamona; a son, Mike (and Pam) Carlson of Lamona; two daughters, Tammy (and Warren) Tokas of Milton-Freewater, OR, and Karen Carlson of Lamona; a granddaughter, Jenifer Carlson of Lamona; a brother, Lloyd Carlson, of Colville, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three grandchildren and a sister, Norma Jantz. He was a member of Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (March 6, 2003-Odessa Record) 

Carlson, Roy Jr.,  (US Army;  d. 3-04-1996; b. 8-11-28; TS; OC; obit)  “A memorial service will be held for Roy Carlson Jr. at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Heritage United Church of Christ Sanctuary in Odessa. Mr. Carlson died on Monday, March 4 in Portland. His home was in Portland. He was born in Jacksonville, IL, on Aug 11, 1928. At the age of 16, he joined the Merchant Marine. He enlisted in the Army in 1940, and served for 26 years, retiring as a sergeant major. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1976 he was employed by the Military Dept of the State of Oregon, working there for 14 years. he retired in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Carlson, and son Michael and his wife Robin, all of Portland; son Mark and his wife, Janet, of La Center, WA; grandchildren, Carina, Nicole, Nathan and Christine; his mother, Juanita Bourn, of Morris, IL, and aunts and uncles. At his request, private graveside services will precede the memorial service. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-07-1996)

Carlson, Virginia,   (w/o H.; d. 1987; b. 1907; TS; OC; dc) “Virginia R. Carlson.—Passed away April 29, 1987 in Odessa, WA. Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Merlin (Norma) Jantz, Odessa, WA; two sons, Lloyd Carlson, Colville, WA, Melvin Carlson, Lamona, WA; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Past member of Lamona Women’s Club, attended Rocky Springs School, lived in Lamona area most of her life. Funeral services, Monday, May 4, 1987 at 11 a.m. Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor David Blair, officiating. Interment, Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit)  “Virginia Rosa Carlson. Died: 4-29-1987, Odessa, WA. Father: Stewart J Wilson. Mother: Lillie Tibbs. Spouse: Harold Victor Carlson. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Virginia R Carlson of Odessa, born Dec 31, 1907 at Harrington to Stewart J. and Lillie O. Wilson, passed away at Memorial Convalescent Home here on April 29, (1987). She was the sole surviving member of the S. J. Wilson family.  She attended Rocky Springs school, then married Harold Carlson of Nybro, Sweden in Harrington in July, 1926. The couple raised three children, and they farmed for 43 years in the Lamona area before moving to Odessa in 1967.  Mrs. Carlson was a member of Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She became ill in June, 1986, and spent the remainder of her life in Memorial Hospital and Convalescent Home. Her husband preceded her in death in Jan 1976.  Survivors include a daughter, Norma Jantz, and husband, Merlin, of Odessa; two sons, Lloyd Carlson and wife Frieda of Colville; and Melvin Carlson and wife, Marilyn of Lamona; and 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Funeral service was held May 4 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor David Blair officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Casket bearers were her grandsons: Kendall Carlson, Melvin Jantz, Steve Jantz, Michael Carlson, Paul Charlton and Bruce Schuh.” (Odessa Record: 5-14-1987)

Carr, Anna M.,   (d. 1975; b. 1880; TS; OC; dc) “Anna M. Carr.—Her home was Marlin, WA. She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Emma Mettie/Mettle of Spokane, Miss Ione Beck of San Francisco, CA, three nephews, Harvey F Beck of Lacey, WA; George F Beck of Yakima, WA; and R Stanley Beck of Bakersfield, CA; 9 grandnieces and nephews. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church of Marlin, WA. Funeral  services will be held Monday, Jan 13, at 2 p.m. from the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Odessa, with Pastor Fred Riedel, officiating. Interment, The Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “In Memory of Anna Margaret Carr, Born Jan 24, 1880 in Hommell, Germany; Passed Away Jan 9, 1975, Odessa, WA; Funeral Services, Monday, Jan 13, 1975 at 2 p.m., Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA... Casket Bearers: Russ Michel, Camas Lenz, Henry Kallenberger, Robert Havnaer, Reinhold Weber, and Richard Goetz.” (Funeral Program) “Anna Margaret Carr. Died: 1-09-1975. Birth: 1-24-1880-Germany. Widowed. Father: Freidrich Moeller. Mother: Maria Moeller. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Anna Carr, resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center since July 2, 1971, died here on Jan 9, 1975. She had reached the age of 94 years, 11 months and 15 days. Funeral services were conducted from Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, with Rev Fred Riedel officiating, on Monday, Jan 13. Pall bearers were Russ Michel, Camas Lenz, Henry Kallenberger, Robert Havnaer, Reinhold Weber, and Richard Goetz.  Mrs. Walter Tanke was organist. Congregation hymns sung, at the request of the deceased, were, ‘Asleep In Jesus’ and ‘Nearer My God To Thee’. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Anna Moeller Carr, daughter of Friedrich August Moeller and his wife, Maria, was born near Schleswig Holstein, Germany on Jan 24, 1880. She came to this country with her parents in 1882. They settled in Luzerne, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Keystone, Iowa. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church of Marlin at the time of her death.  The deceased came to the Marlin area in the early part of 1900. In 1908 she was married to Alva Homer Carr, in Spokane. Together they operated a hardware store in Marlin until 1950 when he died. His body was shipped to Hicksville, Ohio for burial.  Her sister, Emma, lived with her until 1969, time of her death. Mrs. Carr’s parents, two brothers, and four sisters all preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 1-16-1975)

Carr, Charles,  (WWI)  (d. 7-05-1969; b. 11-30-1896; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the English Congregational Church for Charles Carr. Rev John Birchard officiated.  Mr. Carr was born in Werkshire, England, Nov 30, 1896. He passed away in Spokane on July 5, at the age of 72 years.  Mr. Carr came to America with his parents in 1899 and the family settled for a time in the midwest. They came to Washington in 1903, and Mr. Carr attended school near Odessa.  He was united in marriage to Mary Gettman at Odessa on Aug 20, 1944. After many years of service on the Great Northern Railroad, he retired in 1961. Mr. Carr was a member of the English Congregational Church, Odessa Lodge No 156, Free and Accepted Masons, and a 50 year member of the Odessa American Legion.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Carr, one son, Robert G Carr, and one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Carr, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-10-1969)

Carr, John,  (WW II)  (d. 7-22-1964; b. 8-24-1898; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for John Carr, 65, long time resident of the Odessa area, were held on Friday afternoon from the English Congregational church, the rev John A. Birchard officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, the Odessa Masonic lodge holding the committal service. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.  Pall bearers included D B Wilskie, John Deife, Al Wagner, Joe C. Laney, W. M. Richardson and L. O. Williams.  David Weber acted as master for the Masonic service, with David Birge as chaplain.  Music for the service was brought by Loren Wenz as soloist. Mrs. B. M. Schafer his accompanist. Mrs. James Lyons was organist.  John Carr, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carr, was born Aug 24, 1898 in Manchester, England.  He came with his parents to Iron River, WI, at the age of three, and two years later moved to Odessa where he has lived the past 60 years. He held membership in the Odessa Masonic lodge, American Legion and the English Congregational church. He married Miss Rachel Gettman on Aug 3, 1943. Survivors include his wife, Rachel, at the home; one brother, Charles, Odessa; nephews and nieces.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1964) 

Carr, Mary,   (d. 1-12-1990; b. 12-19-1908; TS; OC; dc; obit) “Mary Gettman Carr, born on a farm east of Odessa Dec 19, 1908 to George and Anna Gettman, passed away at the Odessa Convalescent Center Jan 12, (1990). A lifelong resident of the area, she moved with her family to a farm south of Odessa in 1914, and attended a one-room country school nearby. After finishing the eighth grade, she stayed home to help on the family farm while also working away from home. In 1933 she and her sister bought a restaurant in Odessa, operating it for the following ten years. After it was sold, she married Charles Carr in August 1944, and they made their home here, where they reared their two children. Mrs. Carr was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Preceded in death by her husband in 1969, she entered the center after suffering a stroke in 1984. Her parents and a sister, Rachel Carr, also preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Robert G ‘Bob’ Carr of Spokane; by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Morse of Spokane; by two brothers: Fred Gettman and Dan Gettman, both of Odessa; by two sisters: Martha Gettman of Odessa and Elnora Lewis of Spokane; by two grandchildren, two nieces and three nephews, and by other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held Jan 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were Tyler Carr, Tom Schafer, Tom Wolsborn, Rick Walter, Jack Scrupps and Gary Schmierer.” (Odessa Record-Jan 18, 1990) “Mary Carr. Died: 1-12-1990. Birth: 12-19-1908-WA. Widowed. Father: Jacob Gettman. Mother: Anna Kammerzal. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Carr, Mary Anna E.,  (Scrupps)  (d. 3-02-26; b. 11-02-1875; TS-Mrs.  Robt; OC; DC) “MaryAnna Carr.  Died: Mar 2, 1926 in Lincoln County. Female, white, married; housewife.  Born Nov 2, 1875 in Lincolnshire, England. Age: 50 yrs 4 mos.  Father: Henry Scrupps born England.  Mother: Sarah Brackenborn, born England.  Informant: Robert Carr, of Odessa.  Cause of death: failure of compensation, duration a few months. Contributory: metral lesion. L M Thompson, MD. Odessa, WA.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 3-05-1926. Undertaker: Turner of Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death)  “Mrs. Robert Carr, age 50, passed away at her home east of Odessa at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday after an illness of about 7 months of heart disease.  Mrs. Carr’s health had appeared to be improving recently and she was in town Saturday, so her death comes as a shock to her friends.  Miss Marianna Scrupps was born in Lincolnshire, England, where she spent her girlhood and in 1896 married Robert Carr. In 1902 they came to America, settling in Wisconsin and a year later they came to the Odessa country, worked for others for a time, but finally settled on a homestead, which has been the family home ever since. Besides her husband, Mrs. Carr left two sons, Charles and John to mourn her loss. Arrangements have been made to hold her funeral at 2:30 this afternoon at the English Congregational church. The Rev W. C. Rhea will officiate and burial will take place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-05-1926)

Carr, Rachel,  (d. 1971; b. 1907; TS; OC; dc) “Rachel Carr. Died: 5-28-1971, Odessa, WA. Father: George Gettman. Mother: Anna Gettman. Spouse: widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Rachel Carr, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Gettman, was born on Jan 6, 1907 in Odessa, WA. She passed away unexpectedly at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane on May 28th, 1971. Mrs. Carr was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, as taught by the Lutheran church. She was a life-long member of Christ Lutheran Church. She received her formal education in the Odessa schools. She and her sister, Mary, operated Brooks’ Restaurant for over ten years. On July 3, 1943 she was united in marriage to John Carr. Her husband died in July 1964. Because of her health, Mrs. Carr moved into her father’s house and has made her home there, with her father and sister, Martha, for the last seven years. Her illness confined her to bed for several weeks in March. On May 27th she was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital, where she passed away suddenly on the 28th. She was preceded in death by her mother, her husband John, and by one brother. Mrs. Carr is survived by her father, Geo Gettman of Odessa; by two brothers, Fred and Dan Gettman; by three sisters, Mary, Mrs. Charles Carr; Martha Gettman, and Mrs. James (Elnora) Lewis of Spokane; by 7 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1, 1971 at Christ Lutheran Church at 2 p.m., Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Richardson, Floyd Derr, George Gies, Emmanuel Yuckert, Jim Scrupps and Ray Schorzman.” (Odessa Record: 3 June 1971)

Carr, Robert, h/o Mary A. E.  (d. 5-15-41; b. 8-10-1866; TS; OC; dc; Strates) “Robert Carr. Residence: 6 miles east of Odessa, WA. Death: 5-15-1941 at 3:10, at the home. Informant: Charles Carr of Odessa. By whom called: Jack Carr. Birth: Aug 10, 1866, England. Age: 74 yrs 9 mos 5 days. Male, white, widowed. Occupation: Railroad. Last worked: 14 yrs. Husband of Mary Anna Elizabeth. Resided Odessa 20 yrs. Previous residence: Wisconsin. In US: since 1902. Father: John Carr born England; Mother: Sarah Anna Brackenborough, born England. Cause of death: carcinoma of pancreas. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Relatives: 2 sons: Charles Carr, Odessa; John Carr, Odessa; 2 sisters: Mrs. Polly Yallup, England; Mrs. Arthur Chesters, England.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Robert Carr. Died: 5-15-1941, Odessa, WA. Father: John Carr. Mother: Sarah Ann Brackenborough. Spouse: widowed, Mary Anna Elizabeth.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA” (Lincoln Co Health death card) Suchland’s listing shows this burial in B-09-27.

Carssow, Anne (Luiten),   (d. 12-20-1915; b. 8-13-1880; w/o Geo C; TS; OC; DC) “Annie Carssow.  Female, white, married, housewife. Died: Dec 20, 1915; County of Lincoln, Town of Harrington. Birth: Aug 13, 1880 in MN; aged 35 yrs 4 mos 7 days. Father: Jake E. Luiten, born Germany; Mother: Elizabeth Kuhlman, born Germany.  Informant: George C Carssow, Lamona, WA. Cause of Death: diffuse Suppurative Peritonitis. Duration: 5 days. E. E. Langley, MD of Harrington, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on Dec 22, 1915. Undertaker: J. E. Turner, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death)  “Mrs. Annie Carssow, wife of George C. Carssow of Lamona, died at the Harrington Hospital Monday, the 20th, diffuse supperative peritonitis. She was 35 years, 4 months and 7 days of age, having been born in Minnesota August 13, 1880. Mortician J. E. Turner prepared the body for burial and it was shipped to Odessa where the funeral was held and interment made in the Odessa Cemetery. The Carssows are old residents of Lamona where they own a farm, and are generally known throughout this end of Lincoln County. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of their many friends in this sad loss.” (Citizen: 12-24-1915) “The sad news of the death of Mrs. George Carssow spread over our community Monday after relatives received the report that she had passed away early that morning. While the death was not wholly unexpected, as she was considered at death’s door immediately after her operation for peritonitis at the Harrington hospital last Wednesday, the shock was all the harder to bear for she had been reported as rallying nicely and was thought to have a fair chance for recovery when the silver cord of life snapped and she was wafted from time to eternity, after an illness of only one week’s duration.  Mrs. Carssow was a woman of most estimable character, a loving helpmate and wife, a kind and affectionate mother and a generous and considerable neighbor. That her efforts for good were not confined alone to the home circle, but went abroad among those about her as was the best evidenced by the number of friends not bound by kindred ties that came from unusual distances to pay7 tribute to her memory and view for the last time her remains, proving conclusively that to know her was to love her. Mrs. Carssow was the daughter of Jacob E. Luiten, who has lived in the Ritzville country for the past 23 years. She was born in MN, and at 12 years of age came to WA with her parents, where she grew to womanhood. Fifteen years ago she was united in marriage with George Carssow and they took up their abode on the Carssow ranch near Lamona. Six children blessed their union, the eldest a girl of 14 years, and the youngest just a little tot, all of whom will have to finish life without a mother’s guiding hand. Besides these little ones she leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, her aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Luiten, six sisters, Mrs. C. A Simpson of Odessa; Mrs. Henry Amen, Miss Lizzie Luiten and Mrs. Fred Bourgard, of Ritzville; Mrs. G. W. Hildebrand, of Buckeye, WA; Mrs. Fred Westerman of Portland, OR, and 4 brothers, Peter, John, Alfred and William, all residing in the Odessa or Ritzville countries.  The funeral services were held at the English Congregational church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Rev G. Graedel of the Emmaus Congregational church, who was pastor of the Ritzville church when her father’s family came to Washington, and who officiated at her confirmation into the Congregational church and later also at her wedding ceremony, delivered a very touching ceremony in German after which the closing and burial services were given in English by Rev W S Pritchard, the local pastor, when interment took place in the Odessa Cemetery.—Odessa Record.” (WA State Journal and Ritzville Times: Dec 30, 1915)

Carssow, George Charles,   (d. 5-24-45; b. 7-26-1874; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Funeral services for George C.  Carssow, San Antonio, Texas, are being conducted today from the English Congregational Church, the Rev M J Galle officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Carssow was an early settler north of Lamona and had left this area a number of years ago, following the death of his wife, who is buried here. Death came in Texas and the body was shipped here. He is survived by two sons, Major John E. Carssow, San Antonia, Texas, and Sgt Boyd Carssow, Kearns, Utah; four daughters, Mrs. Hans Norlan, Granite Falls, OR; Mrs. Elsie Cusick, Berkeley, CA; Miss Edna Carssow, CA, and Mrs. Clinton Coffin, Spokane; three brothers, Rudolph, San Antonio, TX; Arthur, Colville, WA; and Eugene, Big Sandy, MT; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Frost, San Francisco, and Mrs. Ida Merrill, Alabama.” (Odessa Record: 5-31-1945) “Born in Missouri, July 28, 1877, he came to the state of Washington and settled on his father’s farm north of Lamona. Oct 20, 1900 he was married to Anna Luiten, the Rev G. Graedel performing the ceremony. In Dec 1915, she died and he remained on the ranch until 1921, when he went to Lewiston, Idaho, and from there to California in 1923. He visited at the home of various children until the war broke out, when he took a defense job at a California shipyard. In January he had a heart attack and was hospitalized three weeks but returned to his duties until ill health forced him to quit. He decided to visit a brother, Rudolph, at San Antonio, and while there his son, Major John, a doctor in the army, returned from 18 months service in India and was stationed there. He is survived by...” (Odessa Record: 6-07-1945; edit: note birth discrepancy)

Case, Agnes Marie,  (d. 1908; b. 1907; TS; OC; DC) “Agnes M. Case.  Female, white. Birth: Nov 14, 1907, Spokane; age 2 mos 15 days. Father: Clara F. Case, b. OR; Mother: Ida B. Smull, b. Iowa. Occupation of father: well driller. Death: Jan 29, 1908, 6 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County. Coppillary pneumonia of few hours duration. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa, Jan 30, 1908; Undertaker: H. E. Stone, Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death)  Suchland’s listing shows this burial in A-07-25. There are 3 graves designated to the Case surname, no dates or identity to the other two. No research was done to determine if other burials occurred.

Cerny, Edward,   (d. 7-19-1934; b. 2-17-1889; TS; OC; obit; This tombstone for Cerny was the only one visible for the 1974 survey by Lartigues.)  “Edward Cerny, 45, former Odessa resident, recently a resident of Spokane, was buried in the Odessa Cemetery on Sunday, after funeral services in the English Congregational church, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Mr. Cerney, who left here 12 years ago for Spokane, working with the Great Northern railway, had been ill for several years, with a cancer. In the spring of this year he submitted to an operation and his suffering became more intense, so he sought relief in a sanitarium there. It was at this place he passed away on Thursday, at the age of 45 years, 5 months and 8 days.  Born in Chicago, Feb 11, 1889, he came with his family to Odessa in 1902, settling on a farm north of Odessa. He is survived by his step-father, Mike Nichols, four sisters, Mrs. R. F. Wolf, Spokane; Mrs. Bert Kitt, Harrington; Mrs. Al Trejbal, Odessa; and Mrs. Martin Kramer, Ritzville; four brothers, John and George Cerney, Chicago; Tony and Mike Nichols, Odessa. Pall bearers were selected from former school mates and included Carl and Zeig Praetorius, Tony Groh, Mark Smith, George Trejbal and Tom Havlicak.” (Odessa Record: 7-27-1934)

Cerny, Emily,  (d. 1979; b. 1893; TS; OC; Suchland’s listings shows this burial in A-09-12A)

Cerny, George,  (d. 1965; b. 1891; TS; OC; Suchland shows this data much differently. He shows for George Cerny the birth as 1889 and the death date as 1934 with burial in A-09-12. Due to the location of the grave it is herein assumed that the actual date of death would be in 1934. No research was done to determine the actual year of death. This stone was not reported by Lartigues in their 1974 survey.)

Chapman, Elsie; Mrs. F. A.,  (added; d. Feb 4, 1909; obit; DC) “Mrs. F. A. Chapman died at her home in this city Wednesday from tuberculosis, after an illness extending over two years, being unable to leave her bed for the past four months. A husband and eight children are left to mourn their loss. The family came here from Tennessee a number of years ago and took up a homestead northwest of town. About a year ago they moved into town and Mr. Chapman has been engaged in the draying business since. Five of the children are quite young and will suffer most by being deprived of a mother’s care and the case is one that excites the pity of nearly every citizen of the community. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church this afternoon and the burial took place at the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa record: 2-05-1909) “Mrs. F. A. Chapman, of Odessa, died on the 27, ult.  She leaves a husband and eight children.” (Citizen: Feb 12, 1909) “Elsie, Mrs. F. A. Chapman. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Feb 27, 1865, Texas. Age: 43 yrs 11 mos 7 days.  Father: Robert Alford, b. TX; Mother: Elsie Evans, b. TN.  Informant: Chas P Chapman, Odessa, WA.  Death: Feb 3, 1909, 2 p.m.  Cause: pulmonary tuberculosis, 1 ½ days duration; C. E Remaly, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Feb 5th. Undertaker: H. E. Stone & Son” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Chapman, Frank,  (added) d. 10 Oct 1916 “The bride is a daughter of Frank Chapman, recently deceased, ... (Sept 7, 1917 Kucera-Chapman wedding in Odessa Record) “Frank Chapman. Lincoln Co Probate file #1826, filed Oct 25, 1916. Frank Chapman died 10 Oct 1916 at St Luke’s Hospital, in Spokane, WA. He was 52 years of age. The file contains the will of Frank Chapman, dated 30 Sept 1916. His surviving widow, Amelia Chapman, was named executrix of the estate. They held property within Sec 28 Twp 22 Range 32. The heirs were shown as: 4 sons: Charles, 33, of American Falls, Idaho; Clayton, 21, Odessa; Marcus, 17, Odessa; Frank, 13, Odessa; and four daughters: Bertha, 31, Odessa; Georgie, 27, Odessa; Esther, 19, Odessa; and Elsie, 16, Odessa. The file contains interesting property and possessions in the appraisals. A bill from W. L. Michaelson of Odessa, itemized, for $301.” (notes from Lincoln Co Superior Court Probate file)

Choan, Joseph A.,   (d. 1937; b. 1869; TS; OC; obit; Suchland’s listing: B-06-20)  “J. A. Chaon, 68, who died at Wichita, KS, May 27, was cremated there and his ashes sent to Odessa for burial. Services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Odessa Cemetery, with the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating in a commitment service. Mr. Chaon, with his family, came to Odessa in 1914, and opened a motion picture theatre, operating it until 1920, going from here to Soap Lake where he built and operated a theatre until a short time ago. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. C. P. Merry, Bluestem, and a son, Frank Chaon, Essex, MT.  Mr. Chaon had gone to Kansas in the interests of his health and to visit a brother and several sisters when death overtook him.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1937)

Chrisman, Eva I.,  (added) d. Nov 9, 1985 “Eva I Chrisman of Quincy, born Jan 11, 1917 in Adams County, passed away Nov 9 following an extended illness.  Married to Frank Kappel, the couple farmed in the Hartline area until his death in 1949, when she moved to Colorado. She returned to Quincy in September.  She was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Canon City, Colorado, and had attended St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Quincy.  Preceded in death by her parents and by three husbands, three sisters, two brothers, two sons and a daughter, Mrs. Chrisman is survived by a daughter, Diane Focht of Quincy; by a son, Merle Moberly of PA; by two brothers, Jake and Carl Melcher, both of Odessa; by eight sisters: Esther Reihs of Odessa, Pauline Linger of Yakima, Helen Mohler of Quincy, Alma Fisher, Mary Dobson of CA, Alvina Haase of Spokane, Eleanor Schell of Ritzville and Clara Becker of Sprague; and by 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov 12, from St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Quincy, the rev Robert McCoy officiating. Concluding service and interment followed at Odessa City Cemetery. Arrangements were by Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy.” (scrapbook item-Odessa Record- Nov 1985)

Clausen, Alexander C.,   (1881-1942; shown only in Suchland’s listing, apparently no stone, location of grave B-06-34-AC) 

Clausen, Christine.,   (1889-1985; shown only in the Suchland listing, apparently no stone, location of grave B-06-33-AC)  

Clemensen, Lydia M.,  (Melcher): (added) “Lydia M. (Melcher) Clemensen, age 88.—Passed away April 21, 2004 in Spokane, WA, her home for nearly 50 years. She was born July 23, 1915 in Odessa, WA to George and Mary Melcher. Lydia is survived by sons, Gary Clemensen, Spokane, and Archie (Jeri) Larson, Cashmere, WA; six grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Larson. A private family memorial will be held at a later date and inurnment will be in Odessa, WA. Community Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.” (Spokesman-Review: 4-25-2004) 

Compton, Chas E.,  s/o C. M.  (d. 1-16-17; b. 7-06-16; OC; DC) “Chas E. Compton.  Male, white, single. Birth: 7-06-1916, WA. Aged: 6 mos 10 days. Father: C. M. Compton, born IL;  Mother: Irene Bradshaw, born IN. Informant: (not shown). Death: Jan 16, 1917; Cause of death: pneumonia both lungs. Contributory: La Grippe. H. Mitchell, MD, of Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, on 1-17-1917. Undertaker: (not shown). (WA State Register of Death) “The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas Compton died at their home near Irby Tuesday morning of pneumonia. Funeral services took place Wednesday and the little one was buried in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-19-1917; Suchland showed a Compton grave in B-08-19 with no name or dates; it is assumed that it represents this death record.)

Cook, Alex,   (d. 1980; b. 1896; TS; OC; dc) “Alexander Cook.  Died: 8-30-1980. Birth: 9-07-1896. Father: Henry Cook. Mother: Marie Katherine Schafer. Spouse: Marie Kissler. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Final services for Alex Cook of Odessa were held on Wednesday, Sept 3 at 11 a.m. at the UCC in Odessa. Rev Everett Schoessler officiated at the services. Sacred selections... Pallbearers were Robert Kissler, Merlin Kissler, Roland Schafer, Dave Wacker, Jerry D Schafer, and Laurence Lenhart. Honorary bearers were Wayne Gunderson, Steve Fountain, Rick Cook, Frank Els, Erwin Cook and Tom Weishaar. Alexander Cook was born Sept 7, 1896 at Hyannis, Nebraska, the son of Henry and Marie (Schafer) Cook. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Hastings, NE on Apr 18, 1897. Shortly after beginning school in Nebraska, he and his family moved to Washington in 1903, coming first to Lamona, then to a farm southwest of Odessa. Mr Cook attended the country school of that area. On Dec 22, 1912 he was confirmed into the Christian Faith at the Emmaus Congregational Church by the Rev G. Graedel. On Aug 31, 1919 he was married to Marie Kissler at her parents’ home by the Rev Albert Reiman. The couple worked for his parents for a time, then moved to Dryden, WA, where Alex was employed in an orchard business. In 1923 they moved back to Odessa, where they began farming. They moved to town in 1945, but Mr. Cook continued with the farming operation with his son, Lavene, on a ranch purchased in 1947 near Wilson Creek. He remained actively involved in this work until about 1971. He was always busy taking care of yards for those unable to do so, along with doing many other good deeds and kindnesses to others. He was a faithful member of the United Congregational Church. Mr. Cook’s activity came to an end about six months ago, when ill health kept him from doing the things he loved to do. He was hospitalized briefly as a result of several heart attacks. He passed away at the Odessa Memorial Hospital on Aug 30, 1980, at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 23 days. On Aug 31st, he and Mrs. Cook would have been married 61 years. Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Marie of Odessa; two sons, Lavene of Wilson Creek, and Delbert of Odessa; one daughter, Frances, Mrs. Maurice Weishaar of Odessa; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; one brother, George of Wenatchee; two sisters, Alma Burge of Wenatchee, and Pauline, Mrs. William Bauer, of Ritzville; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and one granddaughter, Judy Weishaar. May our loving God and Father richly bless these who mourn the loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-04-1980)

Cook, Harry,  (d. 1961; b. 1910; TS; OC; dc) “Harry Cook. Died: 3-12-1961, Odessa, WA. Father: Henry Cook. Mother: Katherine Schaffer. Spouse; divorced. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) 
 “Funeral services for Harry Cook, 50, were held from the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon, with the Rev A. Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.  Singers were Mrs. A. A. King and Mrs. Martha Walter, with Mrs. James Lyons as organist.  Nephews served as pallbearers, including David, Alvin and Jerry Wacker, Lavene and Delbert Cook and Albert Haase. Born in Odessa, March 16, 1910, Mr. Cook spent his earlier years in the Dryden area and returned here in recent years.  He was employed by the Kupers ranch near Harrington and lived at his home in town between seasons. He was found dead at home last Tuesday morning. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Harriett DePue, Long Beach, CA; three brothers, George and Jake Cook, Wenatchee, and Alex Cook, Odessa; four sisters, Mrs. Pauline Bauer, Ritzville; Mrs. Katherine Wacker, Odessa; Mrs. Alma Burge, Wenatchee, and Mrs. Freda Els, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1961; scrapbook)

Cook, John,  (added: d. 5-01-1948 obit)  “Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the Odessa Baptist church for John Cook, 78, who died Sunday at the Ritzville hospital of a heart ailment. The Rev A. Foll is conducting the service, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Born in South Russia, April 15, 1870, Mr. Cook emigrated with his parents to Roumania, where in 1892 he was married to Miss Wilhelmina Jabert, who died August 16, 1939, in Odessa. He and his wife came to America in 1902, farming for 25 years in North Dakota, coming to Odessa in 1928. In 1940 he was remarried to Mrs. Christina Liedtke, who survives. In addition to his widow, Mr. Cook is survived by two sons, Jacob of Vancouver, WA, and Fred, of Boise, Idaho; 7 daughters, Mrs. Christina  Beckel, Walla Walla; Mrs. Martha Lane, Heppner, OR; Mrs. Marie Renken, Freewater, OR; Mrs. Esther Hoffman, MN; Mrs. Emma Safford, Alaska; Mrs. Tillie Carlson, Oswego, OR; and Mrs. Anna Chandlee, Entiat, WA; 10 step-children; 27 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, one sister, in Canada.” (Odessa Record: 5-07-1948; Suchland’s listings show the ownership of nine gravesite for the Cook surname with only three names: Alex, Harry and Marie.)

Cook, Lavene (added); “Lavene Cook passed away peacefully on Jan 20, 2010 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA. Lavene was the oldest of three children of Alexander and Marie (Kissler) Cook, born in Odessa, WA on Sept 25, 1922. He is survived by one brother, Delbert Cook; and one sister, Francis Weishaar of Odessa, WA; a son, Richard Cook; and daughters, Diane Cramer and Patricia Fountain, all of Spokane, WA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lavene and his wife Alma, who preceded him in passing in December of 2006, had 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Lavene and his wife lived and farmed in the Wilson Creek, WA area for more than 50 years before moving to Spokane, WA in 2001. Prior to their farming career in Wilson Creek, Lavene served in the US Marine Corps from May 1944 to August 1946. He participated in the landing at Okinawa during WW II, followed by a three year occupation in China. During their time in the Wilson Creek area, Lavene served several terms on the Wilson Creek School Board, was a member of the Marlin Gun Club and a 60-year charter member of the VFW, in Odessa, WA, Post 7895. Lavene and Alma were also members of the United Congregational Church in Odessa, WA. During his life, Lavene also enjoyed the sports of fishing, hunting and trap shooting. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel in Odessa, WA with Pastor Jon Hayashi, officiating. Military Graveside services will follow the funeral service, with a reception immediately following interment. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review; submitted)

Cook, Marie,  (d. 1994; b. 1902; TS; OC; dc; obit) “Funeral services for Marie Cook, 92, were held July 7 at the Heritage UCC in Odessa, with Rev Dexter Edwards officiating. She died Sunday July 3, 1994, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she was a resident. Marie Cook was born June 4, 1902 to Fred and Anna Marie (Lesser) Kissler. She was born on her parents’ farm 15 miles southwest of Odessa. She was baptized on June 29, 1902, in the Rev Gottfried Graedel’s home south of Moody, and she was confirmed at the age of 15 by the Rev Albert Reiman at St Matthew Congregational Church in Odessa. She was married to Alex Cook on Aug 31, 1919. They had four children. Their first born, a son, died at birth. Her surviving children are Lavene Cook and his wife Alma, of Wilson Creek; Delbert Cook and his wife Delores, of Odessa, and Frances and her husband, Maurice Weishaar, of Odessa. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Clara Kissler, of Odessa; one brother-in-law, George Cook, of Wenatchee, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, 5 brothers, 7 sisters, and a granddaughter, Judy Weishaar, in 1974. She was member of Heritage UCC and a long-time and faithful member of the former Ladies Aid and United Daughters. The Cooks were wheat farmers in the Odessa area for many years, and then purchased a wheat and cattle ranch near Wilson Creek, where Lavene and Alma Cook still live. Marie’s husband Alex died August 30, 1980, one day before their 61st wedding anniversary. After his death, Marie continued living in her Odessa home until it became difficult to keep up a house and yard. In 1983 she sold her home and moved to an apartment at Riverview Terrace Retirement Center in Spokane. She enjoyed life there until her failing eyesight caused her to move to the Odessa Convalescent Center in 1989. At the funeral services, Ruth Suchland was the organist and Delbert and Delores Cook sang a duet, ‘Gott ist die Liebe.’  Casket bearers were grandsons Rick Cook and Tom Weishaar and nephews Melvin Kissler, Robert Kissler, Delbert Schafer and Clarence Lenhart. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Marie Cook. Died: 7-03-1994. Birth: 6-04-1902-WA.Widowed.  Father: Fred Kissler. Mother: Anna Marie Lesser.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Cook, Wilhelmina w/o John,  d. 8-16-1939 (added)

Cordes, Carl Heinrich,   (d. 1928; b. 1897; TS; OC; dc; son of J. H.  & Metta) “Karl Heinrich Emil Cordes. Died: 22 Dec 1928, Odessa, WA. Birth: 14 May 1897, MN; Spouse: single.  Father: Heinrich Cordes, born Germany; Mother: Meta Anna Peper, born Germany. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Carl Cordes, aged 31, was the third victim of the influenza epidemic in the Odessa country. He died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cordes, Sr., early Saturday morning after an illness of only two weeks.  Three times after contracting the disease Carl rallied and his condition improved so he was able to get up. With his third relapse he developed pneumonia after which he grew steadily worse until death came to relieve his suffering. He was born at Lake City, MN, May 14, 1897. In the year 1898 his parents moved to WA, settling near Ritzville where they resided until 1900, when they took up a homestead south of Lauer, where Carl grew to manhood and received his education in the public schools. He never married, but made his home with his parents, who 11 years ago left the farm and came to Odessa to retire from active farm work. In 1918 he enlisted in the US Army at Fort Wright and was later transferred to Camp Lewis, where his period of service terminated with the signing of the armistice. He was a member of the local American Legion Post and also captain of the degree team of the Odessa Modern Woodmen Camp.  He is survived by his parents, six sisters, Mrs. John Kupers, Mohler; Mrs. Peter Luiten, Mrs. L. L. Zicha and Miss Martha Cordes, Odessa; Mrs. G. J. Luiten, Edwall; Mrs. George Zicha, Kennewick; and 5 brothers, William, Thornton; Henry Jr., Ritzville; Rudolph, who is in the US Navy, stationed at San Diego, CA; John and H. G. Cordes, Odessa.  His funeral services were held at the English Congregational Church on Monday, Rev George E Glasspool officiating, after which burial took place in the family lot at the Odessa Cemetery.—Odessa Record.” (Ritzville Journal Times: Jan 3, 1929)

Cordes, Henry A. M.,  (IOOF; d. 1944; b. 1890; TS; OC; Suchland’s listing shows this grave as A-04-02)"Henry Cordes Well-Known In Big Bend Area. Funeral services for Henry Cordes, 54, manager of the Marcellus Farmer Elevator Co., for the past 16 years and well-known in Ritzville, were held this afternoon at the Emanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. F. J. Ahrendt officiating. Burial was in the Odessa cemetery. Mr. Cordes died suddenly from a heart attack Monday morning. He suffered an attack last October and had been in failing health since then but he felt strong enough to continue working. His death came asquite a shock to his family and many friends since he had appeared to be improving recently. Having lived here and in the Odessa country most of his life, Mr. Cordes was well-known by nearly every one and took an active part in grange and lodge work. He was master of the Marcellus grange shortly after its organization and went through the chairs in the Odd Fellows lodge. Born at Belvedere, Minn., Feb. 3, 1890, he came west with his parents to Ritzville in 1898. They homesteaded south of Odessa the following year and he attended rural school. He was married June 2, 1915, to Mary Lauer, and the couple moved to Marcellus where he operated a general merchandise store until October, 1926, when the store burned down. Mr. and Mrs. Cordes left Marcellus but returned a year later, when he accepted a position as manager of the elevator, which he held until his death. Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marcella Hilding and Miss Marian Cordes, both at home; six sisters, Mrs. Katherine Kupers, Harrington, Mrs. Anna Luiten, Odessa, Mrs. Martha Ochs, Burlingame, Calif., Mrs. Mary Luiten, Edwall, Mrs. Della Zicha and Mrs. Rebecca Zicha, both of Odessa; three brothers, William, Spokane, Herman, Pullman, and Rudolph, Los Angeles, Calif., and one grandson." (undated scrapbook item submitted by family)

Cordes, infant of Henry,  (added) d. 9-25-1916 DC  “Infant Cordes. Male, white. Birth: Sept 25, 1916, WA. Father: Henry Cordes, born MN; Mother: Mary Lower, born WA. Informant: Henry Cordes, Marcellus, WA.  Death: Sept 25, 1916, Marcellus, Adams Co. Stillborn. D. A. Hanit, MD, Ritzville, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on Sept 27, 1916.” (WA State Certificate of Death; this burial is not shown in the Suchland listing.)


Cordes, J. Heinrich,  h/o Metta  (d. 1930; b. 1855; TS; OC; dc) “J Heinrich Cordes. Died: 23 June 1930, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 17 Jan 1855, Germany. Spouse: Metta A. (nee not stated); Father: Carl Cordes, born Germany; Mother: Katherina Baumgarten, born Germany. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; Suchland’s listing shows this grave as A-11-41.)

"Henry Cordes Died Monday. The death of Henry Cordes Sr., age 75, at his home in Odessa Monday night, took another of the fast diminishing number of the Odessa country’s early pioneers. Mr. Cordes’ end was a peaceful one as he passed away while asleep shortly after having retired for the night. Although he had been an invalid for a number of years, Mr. Cordes’ death was unexpected and came as a shock to his friends. His first illness dates back to the year of 1916 when he suffered his first paralytic stroke. Seven years later he had another hard stroke, which left him an invalid, obliged to spend most of his time in a chair. After that time he had two minor attacks of apoplexy before the final one claimed him. Johan Heinrich Cordes was born in Stade, Province of Hanover, Germany. At the age of 27 he emigrated to the United States, settling near Lake City, Minn., where three years later he married Miss Meta Anna Peper, who proved a faithful helpmate during his life and still survives him. Twelve children were born to their union, nine of them in Minnesota, and three after they came to Washington and settled on a homestead south of Odessa in October 1898, where by hard work and good management Mr and Mrs. Cordes built up one of the best farm homes in this section, and in the fall of 1917 had gained a competence which permitted them to retire from the farm to a good home in Odessa, where he resided until his death. He is survived by his widow; six daughters, Mrs. John Kupers, Mohler; Mrs. G. J. Luiten, Edwall; Mrs. George Zicha, Kennewick; Mrs. Peter Luiten, Mrs. L. L .Zicha and Miss Martha Cordes, Odessa; and five sons, William, who resides at Thornton; Rudolph, in the US Navy, with headquarters at San Diego; Henry, a grain buyer at Marcellus; John and Herman G., the former in the employ of the Shell Oil company, and the latter, assistant cashier of the Security State Bank at Odessa. Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral today (Friday), from the English Congregational church. J. B. Patterson, former leader of the Christian Science church at Spokane will read the service, after which interment will be made at the Odessa Cemetery." (June 24, 1930)


Cordes, John R  (d. 1940; b. 1892; TS only; burial Walla Walla; son of J H & Metta) “Mr and Mrs John Kupers, Mrs Evelyn Fuller of Spokane, and Mrs John I Kupers went to Walla Walla Friday morning to attend the funeral services of Mrs John Kupers Sr’s brother, John Cordes.  Mr Cordes, 48, of Connell, fell from a high gasoline storage tank more than a month ago, and sustained injuries which resulted in his death. A member of a pioneer family, he spent much of his time in the Odessa country; he worked as a mail carrier from the Odessa post office and then was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse company there. Following service with the US Army during the World War, he worked with gasoline companies, for a time with the Shell Oil company.  He was hospitalized in the Veteran’s hospital in Walla Walla where he received treatment for a paralyzed condition of the legs. Funeral services were conducted from the McMartin Chamberlain funeral home. Graveside services were conducted by the Odessa Masonic Lodge of which he was a member.  Survivors include besides his sister, Mrs Kupers, his widow and an adopted daughter at home; his mother, Mrs Meta Cordes, Pullman, sisters, Miss Martha Cordes, CA, Mrs George Zicha, Odessa, Mrs G J Luiten, Edwall; Mrs L L Zicha, Odessa; and Mrs Peter Luiten, Seattle; brothers, William, Pullman, Henry, Marcellus, Herman, Pullman, and Rudolph, Los Angeles, California.” (Citizen: 8-16-1940) 


Cordes, Marian Jean,   (d. 1951; b. 1929; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Marian Jean Cordes, 21, daughter of Mrs. Henry Cordes of Spokane, will be held from the Smith Funeral Home at Spokane at 11 o’clock Friday morning, and the body will be brought here for burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  The girl died Wednesday morning from what a coroner’s report said was barbiturate poisoning. Firemen and an emergency hospital attendant worked on the girl for half an hour but failed to revive her. Police reported that she had been given a prescription for sleeping tablets Tuesday and apparently took an overdose. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Cordes, at the home; one sister, Mrs. Marcella Hilding, and one nephew, Eric Hilding, both of Colfax, WA.  Her father, the late Henry Cordes, is buried here. They were former residents of the Odessa and Marcellus area.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1951) “Following funeral services at Spokane on Friday morning, the body of Miss Marian Jean Cordes, 21, was brought to Odessa for burial. Acting as pallbearers were a group of cousins, including Ray Schorzman, Robert Kramer, Walter Kupers, Howard Luiten, Donald Zicha and Virgil Zicha.  Accompanying the funeral group here were Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Cordes, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Zicha, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Luiten and Mrs. John Kupers Sr., of Spokane; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kramer, Mrs. John Kupers, Jr., Mrs. L. L. Zicha, of Harrington; Mr. and Mrs. William Cordes of Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kupers of Mohler, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burghard and Mr .and Mrs. Fred Luiten of Ritzville.  Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Cordes, at the home in Spokane; one sister, Mrs .Marcella Hilding, and one nephew, Eric Hilding, both of Colfax.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-1951)


Cordes, Mary (Lauer),   (d. 1981; b. 1893; TS; OC; obit)  “Mary Lauer Cordes of San Jose, CA, passed away there on May 9, 1981. She was buried at the Odessa Cemetery on Wednesday, May 13, 1981. She was born on August 22, 1893, to John F. Lauer and Martha Miessner in Adams County, WA. She was active in social and community affairs both in Washington and California. Mary lived throughout the homesteading years to the age of moon landings and electronic marvels. She had a zest for life and lived it with courage. Her strong faith carried her through the loss of the family Marcellus Mercantile business and home fire in 1925, the loss of three children at early ages, and the loss of her husband, Henry, in 1944. In April of 1980 she flew from San Jose, CA to Ritzville where she was awarded a 50-year pin as a charter member of the Marcellus Grange. She devoted much of her life to church, God, her daughter, grandson, sisters and many relatives and friends. Christian Science Funeral Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. on May 13, 1981 from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Mr. John Wagner from the First Church of Christ Scientist of Spokane was 1st Reader. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-1981) 


Cordes, Metta Pepper,  (d. 4-24-43; b. 2-28-1864; OC; Strates; LL) “Mrs. Metta Cordes—born in Hanover province Germany, Feb 28, 1864. Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Wm Peper. To US at age 18, to MN. Married here to Heinrich Cordes. To Odessa, WA, in 1898. Retired to Odessa from farm 1917.  Husband died 1930. Two sons, John R and Carl H, died ages 48 and 31. Survivors (children): Mrs. Cathr. Kupers, Mrs. Anna (Pete) Luiten (Odessa), Wm Cordes, Mrs. Mary Luiten, Henry Cordes, Mrs. Martha Ochs and Rudolph W. Cordes. Died in Deaconess hosp. Spokane, April 24, (1943 listing). (April 25 was Easter). Funeral service in English Congr’l Church. Odessa Cemetery. Age 79 yrs 1 mo 26 days. Marin Pempeit, pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mrs Meta Cordes, 79, pioneer resident of the community, was buried in the Odessa Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev M. Pempeit of the Christ Lutheran church officiating, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Owing to the size of the funeral, the services were held from the auditorium of the English Congregational church. Pall bearers were grandsons of the deceased and included Fred, Clarence and John Kupers, Jr., Walter, Howard and Alvin H. Luiten.  Mrs. Cordes was born in Hanover, Germany, Feb 28, 1864, and came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Pepper, at the age of 18. They located in Minnesota where she was united in marriage with Heinrich Cordes. To this union 12 children were born, six boys and six girls. The family moved and homesteaded south of Odessa in 1898, living on the ranch until 1917, at which time they retired to Odessa. Mr. Cordes died in 1930. Also preceding Mrs. Cordes in death were her parents, a brother and two sons, John R and Carl Cordes. Other sons and daughters who survive her are Mrs. Katherine Kupers, Harrington; Mrs. Anna Luiten, Odessa; William Cordes, Pullman; Mrs. Mary Luiten, Edwall; Henry Cordes, Marcellus; Mrs. Martha Ochs, San Francisco; Mrs. Ardella Zicha, Odessa; Mrs. Rebecca Zich, Odessa; Herman G. Cordes, Pullman, and Rudolph W. Cordes, Los Angeles; 13 grandsons, 18 granddaughters and 20 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 29 April 1943)


Costlow, Jack W.,  (added) d. Mar 19, 2004 (obit) “Jack W. Costlow died Friday, March 19, 2004, in Odessa at the home of his son, Daryl, of an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old. Mr. Costlow lived in Odessa for several years before moving to Moses Lake 1 ½ years ago. Jack was born March 13, 1938, in Port Angeles, WA, the son of Harold E .and Alaska F. (Berry) Costlow. He married Carol Stone. He was a heavy duty diesel mechanic, learning this trade during his 11 years as an engine man first class in the US Navy. He worked in engine rooms of ships. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17.  During his tour of duty he spent 18 months at the Naval Air Station at Adak, Alaska and on a supply ship delivering weapons in Vietnam. Jack was severely injured on a construction job site in 1973. In 1982 he and his wife Carol bought the Odessa Motel, remodeling it and operating it for seven years. He is survived by his wife, Carol Costlow, at the home in Moses Lake; four children, Dean Costlow, of Libby, MT; Darrin Costlow, of Ephrata; Denise Kissler and Daryl Costlow, both of Odessa; 7 grandchildren; two brothers, Ron Costlow of Odessa, and Don Costlow, of Chehalis, WA; one sister, Karen Jackson, of Bellingham, and numerous nieces and nephews. Military memorial services will be held at 12 o’clock noon, Saturday, March 27, at Odessa Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-2004)


Coulter, John F.,  s/o R. G. & S.  (d. 4-09-17; b. 1-21-17; OC; DC) “John F. Coulter.  Died: 4-09-1917, County of Lincoln, Dist. #6. Male, white, single. Birth: Jan 21, 1917, WA, aged 2 mos 19 days.  Father: R. G. Coulter, born MO.  Mother: Susie Richard, born MO. Informant: J. M. Dallahil of Irby. Cause of death: pneumonia of both lungs following la grippe. H. Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa. Date of burial: 4-11-1917. Undertaker: (not shown). (WA State Register of death; cemetery not specified).   Suchland’s listing shows one grave for the Coulter surname in A-06-48, with no further identity or dates. "John F. Coulter, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Coulter, died at their home south of Irby early Monday morning of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev W. S. Pritchard officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 4-13-1917)

Cox, Clare H. Kallenberger,   (d. 6-16-1992; b. 12-03-1915; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Clare Helen Cox, who was 76 years old, were held June 20, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. Mrs. Cox, who was born Dec 3, 1915, near Marlin, died Tuesday, June 16, 1992, in Gresham, Oregon. She was the youngest daughter of Jacob and Eva Kallenberger, of Marlin, and was raised there with her 10 brothers and sisters. She was graduated from Marlin High School and went on to Cheney Normal School (now Eastern Wash. Univ.) She married Harold Cox on May 6, 1936, and they lived in Spokane, Walla Walla, Yakima and the greater Portland area.  She worked as a secretary at Rose City Park Elementary School in Portland for many years. Her high degree of professionalism and her caring attitude toward school children was widely acknowledged by parents, teachers and principals. She and a dozen other mothers of children at Beaumont Grade School in Portland formed a group known as Ami, to strengthen and maintain friendships. She was a member of the Beaumont school Mother’s Chorus and of the Portland Public Schools Retired School Secretaries’ Assn, in which she held several offices. Mrs. Cox traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Mideast and North Africa. In her later years, she organized a second home in Madras, Oregon. She and her husband enjoyed the outdoors. Interested in flowers and birds and the geology of the Pacific Northwest, she frequently attended Audubon lectures. She also belonged to a literary group which met at the main branch of the Portland Public Library. She is survived by her husband, Harold Cox, and her children, Dennis, of Canby, Oregon, Terry of Bethel, Alaska, and Kathy Shinn of Canby; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ida Schorzman, of Marlin; three brothers, Henry Kallenberger, of Marlin; Ollie Kallenberger, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and Ray Kallenberger of Box Elder, Montana. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The Rev Roger Muisiner, of Davenport, officiated at the funeral services. Interment was at Odessa cemetery. Pall bearers were Robert Zimbelman, Delbert Cook, Dale Pfeifer, Dennis Cox, Dan Cox, and Craig Shinn. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, and Forrest Lawn Funeral Home, Gresham, were in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-June 28, 1992)

Cox, Harold Everett,  h/o C.  (d. 3-26-1996; b. 9-30-1916; TS; OC; obit) “Harold E. Cox, a former Spokane resident, died on Tuesday, March 26, in Canby, OR, and was buried Saturday, March 30, in the Odessa Cemetery. He was born on Sept 30, 1916 in Moscow, ID, and grew up near Potlatch, Idaho. In 1936, he married Clare Kallenberger, who grew up near Marlin and was the daughter of Eva and Jacob Kallenberger. Mr. Cox worked for Nalley’s, Inc, for 26 years. He and Clare moved to the Portland area in 1948 after living in Walla Walla, Spokane and Yakima. He entered the real estate business in Portland in 1959 and became a partner in Boyer and Cox Realty in 1960. He retired in 1975. His wife preceded him in death in 1992. He is survived by his sons, Dennis Cox, of Hubbard, OR, and Terry Cox, of Portland; a daughter, Kathy Shinn, of Canby; 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record-April 4, 1996)

Crossley, David E.,   (d. 6-03-1992; b. 7-28-1963; TS; OC) 

Crowe, Myra E. Juris,  d. 1981; b. 1925; Suchland only. Myra E. Juris was born 17 May 1925 and died on March 18, 1981 in Lincoln Co, WA. Her residence at the time of her death was Cle Elum, Kittitas Co, WA. Death Certificate #008807. Myra Ellen Schlimmer was born May 17, 1925 in Odessa to Conrad E. Schlimmer and his wife Hattie Schorzman. Conrad Schlimmer was born in Bessarabia on August 24, 1897. Hattie Schorzman was born in Menno, South Dakota on Feb 15, 1899. Myra Schlimmer married Edwin Juris. Her second marriage was with John Crowe Jr. on April 29, 1945. Myra had two known children. Myra died March 18, 1981 in Lincoln County, WA. (contributed data)

Crowl, James Stanley, s/o R.  (d. 4-02-1908; b. 8-24-1906; TS; OC; obit; Suchland’s listing as A-06-25. A second grave ownership is shown in A-06-27, Crowl surname only, no dates, no known burial.)  “The sympathy of all the representatives of the press in Lincoln County will go out to the Editor R. S. Crowl, of the Odessa Record, and his estimable wife in the loss of their little son, James Stanley Crowl. For 19 months only had the little one been the light of a household that is now desolate. Medical science proved powerless to compete with that dread enemy of childhood, croup. He passed away Thursday evening, Apr 2nd, and the Reaper, Death, had gathered one more flower that, for a brief period, had nestled among the bearded grain. Saturday afternoon Mr. Crowl was missed from the meeting of the editorial association at Harrington, and several noted his absence and spoke of it. The members knew not the same morning the sorrowing parents had laid their little one to rest. Rev Redfern officiated at the funeral, and the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges attended in a body at the interment which was had in the German Lutheran Cemetery, Odessa.” (Citizen: 4-10-1908)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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