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.


Feachner, Louisa,  (Mrs. Micheal)  (d. 1-25-44; b. 10-28-1850; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Louisa Fechner. Died: 26 Jan 1944; aged: 93 yrs 2 mos 27 days; pneumonia.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Hausauer; edit: death of daughter, Lydia Speck shows mother’s maiden name as Louisa Grauman) “Mrs. Louisa Feachner. Residence: Odessa, WA. Widow of Michael Feachner, deceased. Birth: 10-28-1850 in Russia; Death: Jan 25, 1944, at the home of Gottlieb Hemmerling. Age: 93 yrs 2 mos 27 days. Female, white, widowed. Parents: not obtainable. Born: Russia. Cause of death: broncho-pneumonia; Dr L. F. Wagner of Harrington. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.  Funeral: Pilgrim Cong. Church at 2 p.m. Interment: 1-29-1944, Rev Hausauer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Louise Feachner, 93, who for the past several years had had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Gottlieb Hemmerling, died at the daughter’s home on Tuesday evening, after a four-day illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Feachner was born in Tarodia, Bessarabia, Oct 28, 1850, and was married there to Michael Feachner. Following his death she came to the United States about 40 years ago and has lived in the Odessa area since. She is a member of the Pilgrim Congregational church and funeral services will be held from there on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gottlieb Hemmerling, Odessa; one son, Dan Feachner, Hanna, Alta.; 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1944) “Funeral services were held on Sunday for Mrs. Louise Feachner, 93, from the Pilgrim Congregational church, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Louise Feachner, nee Grauman, was born Oct 28, 1850 in Daradina, Russia. In 1871 she was married to Michael Feachner, who died 30 years later. To the union were born 12 children, 10 of whom preceded their mother. During 1903 she came with her family to the United States, locating near Odessa. Since 1910 she has made her home with her daughter, Martha, Mrs. Gottlieb Hemmerling. She had been confined to the home for three years, and had been ill with pneumonia for nine days when death came. Survivors...” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1944)

Fendel, Clara A.,  d/o Jacob  (d. 4-22-17; b. 5-05-16; OC; DC; LL)  “Fendel, Clara Emilie. Died: 22 April 1917; Birth: 7 May 1916; Daughter of Jacob Fendel and Amalie Klippert.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Clara A Fendel.  Female, white, single. Birth: May 7, 1916, age 11 mos 15 days; Born: WA. Father: Jacob Fendel born Russia; Mother: Mollie Klippert, born Russia. Informant: Jacob Fendel. Death: Apr 22, 1917, Odessa, Dist #6, Lincoln Co.  Cause: Whooping cough. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa. Date of Burial: 4-23-1917. Undertaker: (not shown)” (WA State Register of Death) Harold Suchland’s listing of the cemetery plots shows one ‘Fendell’ plot in A-06-49 with no names and no dates. "Clara Fendel, the five months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fendel, died at their home at Odessa Sunday of whooping cough. Funeral services took place from the German Lutheran church, Rev John Eichhorn officiating, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 4-27-1917)

Ferderer, Connie I.,  (d. 1966; b. 1951; TS; OC;  obit) “Connie Ferderer, 15 year old daughter of Mrs. Lois Ferderer and the late William Ferderer, died Tuesday evening at approximately 7:30 at the Deaconess hospital in Spokane. Connie had had heart surgery one week earlier, on Dec 6th. Recovery was rapid and plans were being made for her discharge yesterday when the sudden death occurred. Miss Ferderer is survived by her mother, two sisters, Carol and Susan, and a brother, Ron. Prior to the heart surgery, arrangements had been made here and at Ritzville for blood donors. Thirty-five pints of blood had been volunteered by friends and neighbors. Connie was a sophomore at Odessa High School.  Funeral arrangements are pending. Services will be held at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-1966)

Ferderer, Lois A.,  w/o Wm  (d. 1989; b. 1918; TS; OC; obit) “Lois Ferderer.—Passed away March 4, 1989 in Odessa, WA. Her home, Odessa. Survived by one son, Ron Ferderer, Odessa; two daughters, Carol Sackmann, Lind, WA, Susan Ferderer, Spokane; 3 sisters, Mrs. Elsie Miller, Spokane, Mrs. Verna Winter, Odessa, WA, Mrs. Marciel Smith, Ritzville, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. A very active member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa. Funeral Services Tuesday, March 7, 1989 at 11 a.m. at the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa. Pastor David Blair officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Lois Amelia Ferderer of Odessa, born Jan 27, 1918 at Menno in Adams County to Frederick and Amelia Sackmann, passed away March 4, (1989) at Odessa Memorial Hospital. After receiving her education in the country school known as Hoefel School, she was married to William Ferderer in Sept 1935. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, Bible class teacher, and where she was a member of the choir, LWML, and the quilters’ circle.  Preceded in death by her husband, by a daughter Connie, and by a brother August Sackmann, Mrs. Ferderer is survived by a son Ron Ferderer of Odessa; by two daughters: Carol Sackmann of Lind and Susan Ferderer of Spokane; by three sisters: Verna Winter of Odessa, Elsie Miller of Spokane and Marciel Smith of Ritzville; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral service was held from Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church March 7, Rev David Blair officiating. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Charles Miller, Tim Smith, Jeff Greenwalt, Merrol Ferderer, Larry Swift and Steve Potts. Honorary bearers included Ed Kern, Weldon Walter, John Greenwalt, Walt Scheller and Larry Winter.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1989) 

Ferderer, William,  (h/o Lois)  d. 1965; b. 1912; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services will be held from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church at 2 o’clock this afternoon, Aug 26, for William Ferderer. The Rev Elmer Wenzel will officiate and burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge.  Son of a pioneer family, Mr. Ferderer has ranched in the Odessa area since attaining manhood. His family home is in Odessa where he was also employed as a tractor mechanic during part of the year.  Children of the family are active in school work and student activities.  William Ferderer was born April 1, 1912, at Wishek, ND, and came with his parents to Washington in 1920 to farm 14 miles west of Ritzville. He attended school near the farm and continued farming until his marriage to Lois Sackmann, Sept 29, 1935. They located in Ritzville where he was employed as shop foreman for the county garage for a number of years. They then farmed the Fred Sackmann place for six years, moving to Odessa where he was employed by the Wenz Tractor company. Since 1963 he has farmed the Henry Moellering place. Survivors include his wife, Lois Ferderer, at the home; one son, Ronald Ferderer, three daughters, Carol, Connie and Susan Ferderer, all at the home; seven sisters, Mrs. Rosie Scheller, Mrs. Leah Swift, Ritzville; Mrs. Bertha Rieker, Moses Lake; Mrs. Emma Livingston, Tacoma; Mrs. Freda Brown, Portland; Mrs. Maggie Woehloff, Wishek, ND; Mrs. Lizzie Trautman, warden; four brothers, Leonard, Henry, Matt, and Ted Ferderer, all of Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 8-26-1965) 

Ferguson, Marion,  (added) d. Feb 26, 1908 “Marion, the little three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Ferguson, died Tuesday of bronchitis. The funeral was held from the home yesterday at 10 a.m., Rev Redfern, pastor of the ME church officiating, following which the remains were interred in the German Lutheran cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.” and “Mrs Wm Haller came down from Spokane Tuesday evening in response to a telegram telling of the critical illness of her little granddaughter, Marion Ferguson, and was greatly grieved to learn upon her arrival that the child was dead.” (Odessa Record: Feb 28, 1908) This burial is not confirmed to be in this cemetery, however, this is what was then the German Lutheran Cemetery. Other German Lutheran cemeteries existed in the rural areas around Odessa. Suchland’s research did not reveal any burials with this surname.

Filek, Anna Stydel,   (d. 9-03-42; b. 6-06-1873; TS-shared with James Filek; OC; Strates; DC) “Anna Stydel Filek. Female, white, married, housewife.  Born: June 6, 1873, Germany, Aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 27 days. Spouse: James Filek, age 67 yrs. Father: Joe Stydel born Germany; Mother: not obtainable. Informant: James Filek, address Marlin, WA.  Burial: 9-06-1942, Odessa Cemetery. Funeral Director: Strates Funeral Home. Death: 9-03-1942, rural Lincoln Co. Residence: 12 miles SW of Odessa; 22 yrs; In US 58 yrs. Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage, due to Hypertension. L. J. Bonney, MD, of Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “Anna Stydel Filek. Residence: Rural 12 miles west of Odessa, WA. Death: 9-03-1942, 4:45 p.m., at home. Informant: James Filek, Marlin, WA. Birth: June 6, 1873, Germany; aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 27 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Last worked: Aug 1942. Time in occupation: 23 yrs. To US: when 11 years old to USA. Father: Joe Stydel born Germany. Mother: unknown. Previous residence: Spokane, WA. Leaves: husband; one sister, at Bothell, WA, nieces and nephews.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Anna Stydle Filek, 69, was buried from the English Congregational church on Sunday, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers included a group of neighbors, including Jack Hennessey, Jacob Ott, M. Totusek, Rudolph Westkirch, William Frederick and Ray F. Cater.  Mrs. Filek was born in Neumark, Germany, June 6, 1873, the youngest of five children, four sisters and one brother.  In 1884 the Stydl family came to this country, settling in Minnesota and then in North Dakota. She came to the state of Washington in 1917 and was married to James Filek at Spokane in 1919, settling on a farm 12 miles west of Odessa in 1929, where she lived until her death. Following a brief illness of about a week she died on Thursday, Sept 3.  Survivors include her husband, James Filek, at the home, and one sister, Mrs. Seaberg of Bothell, WA, and other relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 9-10-1942) 

Filek, James,  (d.          b. 1875; TS; shared stone w/Anna; burial unknown, grave assigned was A-11-53.  No death record was found.)

Filion, Dixie L. Schuh,   (d. 12-18-1996; b. 2-19-1963; TS; OC; obit) “Service for Dixie L. (Schuh) Filion, 33, will be at 11 a.m. today at Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa. Burial will follow at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in Odessa is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Filion died Wednesday. She was born in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School. She attended Spokane Community College and received a two-year degree in one year. In 1982 she married Jeff Filion in Odessa.  She had worked for the Odessa Grange Supply for two years and then for the Odessa School District as a grade school secretary for 11 years. She left work in 1995 due to poor health. Mrs. Filion was a member of the Heritage UCC and the Odessa Golf Club. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Brandon and Aaron Filion, both at home; her parents, Don and Corrine (Borgens) Schuh of Odessa; and three brothers, Tom Schuh of Odessa, Bruce Schuh of Coeur d’Alene and Craig Schuh of Deer Park.” (scrapbook item)

Finck, Joel Adam,   (d. 1-26-1988; b. 12-03-1986; s/o Gary & K. ; TS; OC; dc)  “Finck, Joel Adam.  Died: 1-26-1988, Odessa, WA. Spouse: none;  Father: Gary Lee Finck; Mother: Kristi Lynn Meise.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Joel Adam Finck, 13 month-old son of Gary and Kristi Finck, passed away Jan 26, (1988), at the family home at Odessa. He was born here Dec 3, 1986 and was baptized at St Joseph Catholic Church Jan 18, 1987. In addition to his parents, young Joel is survived by a sister, Shannon Rae Finck, at the family home; by grandparents Curtis and Sylvia Finck and Earl and Ramona Meise, all of Odessa; by a great grandmother, Lillian Burghard of Ritzville; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral service was held Jan 29 at St Joseph Catholic Church, Fr William Hanly officiating. A special reading by Laurie Cornell was included in the rites. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jay Reihs, and Steve Lobe, and honorary bearers were Chuck Meise, Steve Miller, Marty Meise and Brad Finck.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1988)

Finck, Sylvia A.,   (d. 12-18-1998; b. 1-04-1933; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Sylvia A. Finck were held Monday, Dec 21, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Finck died Friday, Dec 18, 1998, in Moses Lake. She was 65 years old. She was born Jan 4, 1933, in Odessa, the daughter of Adam and Elsie (Haase) Bartalamay.  She married Curtis Finck on June 1, 1951, in Odessa. They made their home in Odessa. Mrs. Finck was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, the church choir and the Women’s Organization of the church. She was a member of the Odessa Historical Society and was active in the Odessa Quilt Club. Silvia is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Curtis Finck, at the home; four children, Nancy Gillen, of Pasco; Gary Finck and wife Kristie, of Odessa, Brad Finck, of Spokane, and Melanie Miller and husband Steve of Tualitin, OR; 7 grandchildren, Jason Gillen, Deanna and husband Jason Simmons, Whitney Gillen, Shannon Finck, Jared Finck, Jesse Finck, Breanne Miller and Andy Miller; one great grandchild, Andrea Simmons, and many aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Elsie Bartalamay, and a grandson, Joel Finck. Pastor Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Burial followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-24-1998)

Fink, Alvin Harvey  (d. 2-24-1926; b. 8-16-1921; TS; OC; LL) “Alvin Harry Fink. Son of Conrad Fink and his wife Anna nee Stumpf on 21 Aug 1921 and died 24 Feb 1926 of spinal meningitis. Funeral 28 Feb at the church.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Alvin Fink. Residence: Irby, WA.  Male, white, infant. Birth: Aug 16, 1921, Irby, WA. Age: 4 yrs 6 mos 8 days. Father: Conrad Fink, born Russia; Mother: Anna Stumpf, born WA. Informant: Sister Pancratius, Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane. Death: Feb 24, 1926, 11:20 p.m.  Spokane.  Cause: Acute Epidemic cerebro spinal meningitis, duration 4 days. Physician: George A Rohrer, MN. Burial: Odessa, WA on Feb 25, 1926. Undertaker: Hennessey & Calloway, Spokane.”  (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Fink, Annie Stumpf w/o Con  (d. 1-11-34; b. 9-01-1887; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Mrs Annie Fink, wife of Conrad Fink of Odessa, passed away Thursday morning at Spokane, where she had been taken recently for hospitalization, following a severe illness. Mrs Fink was born in Bickelton, WA, later coming to Odessa, where she was married to Conrad Fink 29 years ago in February. She has been actively associated with church work at the Odessa Lutheran Church.  She is survived by her husband and eight children: four sons, Reubin, Sam, Harry and LaVerne, and four daughters, Mrs Joe Gering, Schrag; Mrs Reinhold Kuest, Irby; and Viola and Jean, at home. Funeral services are planned for Sunday afternoon at the Odessa Lutheran church, Rev H P Christensen officiating. H H Strate and the Smith Funeral Home will be in charge, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: __ Jan 1934) “Anna Fink nee Stumpf, born 1 Sept 1887 in Bickelton, WA. Confirmed. Married 15 Feb 1905 by Rieke. Children: Ruben, Samuel, Harry and Lavern Fink. Pearl Gehring, Leona Kuest, Viola Fink, Jeane Fink. Preceded by Alvin Fink.  Died 11 Jan 1934 at 2 p.m. in Spokane hospital after an operation. Survived by Con. Fink and 8 children, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 8 grandchildren. Funeral: 14 Jan at the church. Age: 45 yrs 4 mos 10 days. H P Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mrs Annie Fink. Death: Jan 11, 1934, 2”06 a.m., Sacred Heart Hospital, room 301. Informant: Conrad Fink, Odessa, WA. Birth: Sept 1, 1887, Bickelton, WA. Age: 46 yrs 4 mos 10 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Father: Conrad Stumpf, born Russia. Mother: Anna Schaeffer, born Russia. In hospital: 7 days. Residence in Odessa: 30 yrs. Cause of death: myocarditis, acute nephritis. Dr Lohrer. Leaves husband: Conrad Fink. 4 sons, all of Odessa, Reuben, Samuel, Harry, Laverne; 4 daughters of Odessa: Pearl, Leona, Viola, Jean. Physical: Brown hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 7 inches, 165 lbs. own teeth.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Fink, Conrad,   (d. 3-21-1960; b. 6-03-1883/7; TS; OC; dc)  “Fink, Conrad.  Died: 3-21-1960, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 6-03-1887, Russia; Spouse: Widowed-?  Parents: Samuel and Annie (Bott) Fink.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Conrad Fink. Born: June 3, 1883, Husenbach, No. Russia. Died: March 21, 1960, Service Thursday, March 24, 1960. Interment, Odessa, WA. Survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, 30 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren. Heb. 13:14. C J Fritz, Pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Fink, Derald Eugene,  s/o Sam  (d. 3-21-34; b. 3-20-34; TS; OC DC) “Infant Fink. Male, white, infant. Birth: March 20, 1934, Odessa, WA; Age 21 hours. Father: Sam Fink born Odessa, WA; Mother: Lydia Roloff born Odessa, WA. Informant: Sam Fink of Odessa, WA. Death: March 21, 1934, 9 miles SW of Odessa, R-II, Adams County, WA.  Cause of death: Prematurity, 7 mos; Oliver J. Morehead, MD, of Ritzville. Burial: Odessa, WA, March 22, 1934, Undertaker: self, Sam Fink, Odessa, WA.” (State of WA, Register of Death.)  

Fink, Elizabeth,  w/o Reuben  (d. 3-31-2001; b. 4-02-1911; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services are being held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 5, at Christ Lutheran Church for Elizabeth Fink. Mrs. Fink died Saturday, March 31, 2001, in Odessa, two days short of her 90th birthday. She was born April 2, 1911, at the family farm southwest of Odessa, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Zeiler) Homburg. She was baptized and confirmed at Emmaus Congregational Church. She attended the Odessa schools, and during her freshman year at Odessa High School, she lived with Ilah and Jake Hopp, working for board and room. When the Hopp family moved to Harrington, they asked her to go with them. She graduated valedictorian from Harrington High School in 1930. She married Reuben Fink on July 7, 1930, in Spokane. They had four children, Alvin, Marvin, and twins, Maurice and Marciel. They had celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Elizabeth was a dedicated farm wife. In 1955 she and Reuben decided to build a home and move into town to retire. Her love of cooking and baking was her life. Family members always thought that had he blessed her fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, she too could have fed the 5000. Gardening and yard work gave her great enjoyment—especially her roses. She was an outstanding teacher in her own right. besides the many years she taught Sunday school at Christ Lutheran Church she also taught her whole family the art of cooking and gardening. Elizabeth was actively involved and dedicated to the Lutheran Church. She was an active member of Odessa Grange #931 for 53 years. She enjoyed bowling and was a hard-core bridge-player, and she loved fishing. She and Reuben also enjoyed many years of traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben, in 1996; two brothers, Jake and Samuel Homberg, and three sisters, Minnie Gettman, Martha Pritchard and Katie Kissler. She is survived by three sons, Alvin (and Janet), Marvin (and Marilyn), all of Odessa, and Maurice (and Helene), of Anacortes, WA; one daughter, Marciel and son-in-law Orrie Morse, of Davenport; 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Miller, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Robert Edwards will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-2001)

Fink, Esther Ella Kallenberger Hoff, (d. 1981; b. 1910; Suchland only; TS is Hoff)

“Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 29, 1981 at 10 a.m. from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake for Mrs. Esther Ella Fink of Moses Lake who passed away on Friday, July 24, 1981 form injuries received in a car-pedestrian accident in Moses Lake on Thursday, July 23, 1981.  Rev Daniel Stime of Moses Lake officiated at the services. Esther was born at Krupp (Marlin), WA, on Sept 3, 1910, the daughter of Jacob and Eva Kallenberger, pioneer residents of the area. She was married to Edward Hoff and they lived in the Cashmere area for a time before moving to the Marlin area.  Mr.  Hoff passed away in 1954. In 1956 she was married to Sam Fink.  Survivors include her husband, Sam Fink, Moses Lake; 2 sons, Darrell Hoff, Portland; and Duane Fink, Moses Lake; 3 daughters, Joyce Smith, Pasco; Janice Kamback, New York, NY; and Myrna Blakely, Quincy; 25 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Oscar Kallenberger, Milton-Freewater, OR; Henry Kallenberger, Marlin, WA; and Raymond Kallenberger, Box Elder, MT; 3 sisters, Emma Zimbelman, Odessa; Ida Schorzman, Marlin; and Clare Cox, Portland; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Duane Hoff. Pallbearers were Eugene Schorzman, Melvin Zimbelman, Howard Pfeifer, Alvin Fink, Gayle Gering, and Marvin Fink. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery at 2 p.m. with the Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home of Moses Lake was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1981; Burial was shown in E-02-52; the burial of Sam Fink is shown in B-10-39; Edward H Hoff is shown in E-02-51. Baby Sharon Hoff is shown in E-02-51-A in 1963.)

Fink, Lauretta,   (d. 1988; b. 1919; TS; OC; obit) “Lauretta Fink of Coeur d’Alene, born Dec 30, 1919 in Odessa to Conrad and Anna Marie Schauerman, passed away Aug 16, at Kootnai Medical Center. She attended local schools, then married Harry Fink in 1937. They settled here and began raising a family, farming locally from 1944 to 1948 when they moved to St Maries, Idaho. They lived there, then on a ranch near Athol. In 1958, they moved to Pasco where they were partners in a farm equipment dealership, and Mrs. Fink was also employed as a clothing sales clerk. They returned to the ranch at Athol in 1963, and moved into town there five years later. In the mid-1970s she began work as a postal clerk, where she remained until her retirement last June. They had moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1986. Mrs. Fink was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was  a past leader of the Athol 4-H Club. She was also a member of the garden club in Athol, and performed volunteer work, raising funds for Coeur d’Alene Homes. She is survived by her husband Harry, at the family home; by a son, Bryon Fink of Pasco; by 6 daughters: Sheryl McDaniel and Alexa McDaniel, both of Athol; Judy VanWinkle, Pat Holmes and Sandy Poland, all of Pasco, and Sue Lenz of Kennewick; by 5 sisters: Irene Nichols, Helen Schimke, Martha Bartalamay and Rosie Michaelsen, all of Odessa, and Lena Stuhlmiller of Quincy; and by 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Aug 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene, Rev Richard Hermstad officiating. Yates Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-undated)

Fink, Lydia Ruth Roloff,  (d. 1955; b. 1913; TS; OC, grave B-10-36)  “Lydia Ruth Fink – Died June 1, 1955; b. 1913.   Funeral services for Lydia Roloff Fink were held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cheney, WA.  Burial in the Odessa City Cemetery.  Mrs. Fink died of cancer at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.  She was born to David E. and Emma Roloff of Odessa.  Lydia married Sam Fink on June 2, 1932.  They had five children, Verna Irene and Derald Eugene, who died as infants, and Janice Kamback of Staten Is., N.Y., Myrna Fink and Duane Fink at the home.  She is also survived by her husband, Sam Fink, by her parents, David E. and Emma Roloff, one brother, Reuben Fink of Odessa, and one sister, Juanita Harig, of Kirkland, WA.” (submitted by family) 

Fink, Megan M.,   (added) “Megan M. Fink, age 13, died in Odessa on Wednesday, Dec 7, after a long battle with cancer. Her home was Odessa. She was born on June 9, 1992 in Moses Lake, the daughter of Neil and Lecia (Libsack) Fink.  She was an eighth grader at Odessa Junior High School. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.  She is survived by her parents Neil and Lecia Fink and sister Sara Fink, at the home; brother Brian Fink at Washington State University, Pullman; her grandparents Marvin and Marilyn Fink, of Odessa; aunts and uncles, Mary Beth and Jerry Mitchell, Kim and Diane Floyd, Jay and Sandy Libsack; cousins, Laura, Kristen, Ben, William, Andrew and Colton. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Laurence and Shirley Libsack, and cousin Adam.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec 10, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-2005) 

Fink, Reuben,   (d. 11-12-1996; b. 1-01-1906; TS; OC; dc)  “Fink, Reuben.  Died: 11-12-1996.  Birth: 1-01-1906, Odessa, WA. Spouse: Elizabeth Homberg.  Father: Conrad Fink.  Mother: Annie Stumpf.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Funeral services for Reuben Fink, a community leader and lifetime resident of Odessa, were held on Saturday, Nov 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mr. Fink died on Tuesday, Nov 12, 1996, in Odessa. He was 90 years old. He was born on Jan 1, 1906, on the family farm 10 miles southwest of Odessa, the son of Conrad and Anna (Stumpf) Fink. He was a prominent wheat farmer in the area, operating the family farm and acquiring other farms in Lincoln County. He married Elizabeth Homburg in 1930. They retired from farming in 1955, when they built a home in Odessa and moved into town. They traveled extensively and were active in agricultural and community affairs until recent years. The couple’s children assumed farming operations. After retirement, Mr. Fink continued to help his children in the farming operations which they had assumed. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and served as church treasurer for 20 years and on the church council. He was a member of the board and treasurer of Odessa Grange #931 for many years and of the board of directors of the Odessa School District for eight years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth, at the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin and Janet Fink, of Odessa; Marvin and Marilyn Fink, of Odessa, and Maurice and Helene Fink of Anacortes, WA; one daughter and son-in-law, Marciel and Orrie Morse, of Davenport; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harry Fink, of Coeur d’Alene; three sisters, Pearl Sackman, of Ritzville, Leona Kuest, of Odessa, and Jean Biermann of Bellevue, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sam Fink, Alvin Harvey Fink, and Vern Fink, and one sister, Viola Weizel. The Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Greg Fink, Mary Beth Mitchell, Steven Fink, Jon Fink, Sherri Stockman, Neil Fink, Kathy Stockman Fisher and Maurene Stanton. Honorary bearers were Tim Fink, Aileen Fink, Diane Floyd, Julie Schmick and Sue Stockman. All are grandchildren of Mr. Fink. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record-Nov 21, 1996)

Fink, Samuel Alexander,  (d. 8-05-1985; b. 1910; TS; OC; dc) “Funeral service for Samuel A. Fink, 75, of Moses Lake will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard Hays officiating. Burial will be at the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Fink died Monday at his Moses Lake home. He was born at Odessa June 3, 1910 and was schooled in Odessa. He married Lydia Roloff, and she died in 1955. He married Esther Hoff in 1957, and she died in 1981. Mr. Fink had farmed at Odessa and Spangle, and worked for 10 years at the Carnation plant in Moses Lake before retiring in 1977.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Moses Lake Eagles Lodge.  He is survived by one son, Duane N. Fink of Moses Lake; two daughters, Janice Kamback of Staten Island, NY and Myrna Blakely of Quincy; one stepson, Darrell Hoff of Beaverton, OR; one stepdaughter, Joyce Smith of Mt Vernon; 21 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; two brothers, Reuben of Odessa and Harry of Athol, Idaho; four sisters, Pearl Sackmann of Lind, Leona Kuest of Odessa, Jean Biermann of Bellevue and Viola Weizel of Ritzville. Chapel of Memories is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item) “Fink, Samuel Alexander.  Died: 8-05-1985, Grant County, Moses Lake, WA. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health burial card) “Samuel A. Fink of Moses Lake, born in Odessa June 3, 1910 to Conrad and Annie Stumpf Fink, passed away Aug 5, (1985). After attending school in Odessa, he farmed in the local area and at Spangle. He was married to Lydia Roloff June 2, 1932, and she died in 1955. In 1957 he married Esther Hoff, who died in 1981. Mr. Fink worked for Carnation in Moses Lake ten years prior to his retirement. Survivors include ... Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug 8, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Moses Lake, Pastor Richard Hays officiating. Burial will follow at the Odessa Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Aug 8, 1985)

Fink, Vern Virgil,  (WW II)  (d. 5-09-1952; b. 6-30-1924; TS; OC)“Young Teacher Taken By Death. Ritzville, WA, May 10.—Vern Virgil Fink, 27, died yesterday at Ritzville general hospital. He was a teacher in the Ritzville schools. Born in Odessa, he had lived there 25 years and two years in Ritzville. He was a World War II veteran, graduate of Pacific Lutheran College in 1949 where he received a bachelor of arts degree in education. He was president of the student body at the college in 1948-49, member of the Alpha Psi Omega national dramatic honorary fraternity, and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1949. Surviving are his widow, Grace; one daughter, Beth, and two sons, Wesley and Gary, at the home; his father, Conrad Fink, Odessa, WA; three brothers, Reuben, Odessa; Sam, of Spangle, Harry of Worley, Idaho; four sisters, Mrs Joe Gering, Ritzville; Mrs R J Kuest and Miss Viola Fink, both of Odessa, and Mrs Arnold Biermann of Tekoa.  Mr Fink was scoutmaster of Ritzville Boy Scouts, member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev F J Ahrendt officiating. Burial will be in Odessa Cemetery, with Danekas-Duncan Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item) 

Fink, Verna Irene,  d/o Sam  (d. 3-22-1933; b. 2-08-1933; TS; OC; LL; dc)  “Fink, Verna Irene.  Died: 3-22-1933, Irby, Lincoln, WA.  Birth: 2-08-1933, Irby, WA.  Spouse: never married; Parents: Samuel & Lydia (Roloff) Fink.  Burial:  Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Verne Irene Fink. Daughter of Sam Fink and wife Lydia nee Roloff. Born: 8 Feb 1933, Died: 22 March 1933. Funeral from the house of Con Fink on 23 March 1933. H P Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Verna Irene Fink, aged six weeks, died at Odessa on Wednesday of heart trouble. Funeral services were held from the Fink home on Thursday afternoon, with the Rev H. P. Christensen officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. The infant was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fink.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1933)

Finkbeiner, Doris E.,  w/o R.  (d. 1991; b. 1933; TS; OC; obit)  “Doris E. Finkbeiner.—Passed away Sept 22, 1991 in Spokane. Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by her husband, Rueben Finkbeiner, at the home; 5 children; 12 grandchildren: Bruce Finkbeiner and son, Nick, Odessa; Brian Finkbeiner and wife, Diana and their son, Brent and daughters, Katharine and Amanda, Odessa, Debra Binder and her husband Greg and their son Matthew and daughter Melissa, Mead, WA; Peggy Goetz and her husband Rick and their sons, Jeffery, Justin, Jason and daughter Jennifer, Odessa; Steve Finkbeiner and his wife Angie and their daughter, Miranda and son Kurtis, Odessa; brother, Don Wacker and wife, Jan, Odessa; sister-in-law, Dora Wacker, Odessa; uncle John and Aunt Martha Wacker, Portland, OR; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Wacker and brother Delmar Wacker. Active member of Heritage UCC serving on various committees, Odessa Grange, and an avid bowler, enjoyed Wednesday morning bowling league. Funeral Service, Thursday, Sept 26, 1991 at 2:30 Heritage UCC sanctuary, Odessa. Rev Glenn Gettinger, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, in charge. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (scrapbook item) “She was born on June 12, 1933 in Odessa to Henry P and Helen (Schmidt) Wacker. She was a lifetime resident of Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1951. She was also a graduate of Kinman Business University in Spokane. Doris married Rueben Finkbeiner in Odessa on April 11, 1944. She was employed by the Odessa State Bank until her first child was born. In 1957 Doris and Rueben moved to the family farm and continued to farm until they retired in 1978 and moved back to Odessa. The operated the BD and R Market in Odessa until the mid-1980s. They continued to reside in Odessa until Doris passed away... She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Delmar Wacker...” (excerpt-scrapbook obit)

Finkbeiner, Reuben,   (d. 2002; b. 1920; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel Monday, April 1, for Rueben Finkbeiner, a longtime Odessa area resident. Mr. Finkbeiner died Friday, March 29, 2002, in Medical Lake. He was 82 years old. He was born Feb 13, 1920, in Crowrock, MT. He moved to the Odessa area in 1933. He married Doris Wacker on April 11, 1954. They farmed near Odessa until 1978, then moved into town, where he owned and operated BD&R market until his retirement. He was a member of the Odessa VFW and a lifetime member of the Grant County Rodeo Association. Rueben was an avid pinochle player. He enjoyed watching wrestling on television. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, in 1991, 10 brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his children, Bruce Finkbeiner and wife Mary, of Odessa; Brian Finkbeiner and wife Diana, of Odessa; Debbie Binder and her husband Greg, of Mead; Peggy Goetz, of Odessa, and Steve Finkbeiner and his wife, Angie, of Odessa, and Rick Goetz, of Moses Lake; grandchildren, ...., great grandchildren, ..., one sister, Lydia Norton of Kokomo, IN; sister-in-law, Dorothy Finkbeiner of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 4-04-2002)

Finlay, James,  br/o John  (d. 10-06-1917; age abt 77; OC; DC; dc)  “Finlay, James.  Died: 6 Oct 1917, Odessa, Dist #6, Lincoln Co, WA. Death: Unattended. Cause: found dead, unknown cause. Lee Ganson, MD, of Odessa.  Birth unknown, app. 1840, age about 77, Scotland.  Mother: Jane Finnie, b. Scotland. Father: Alex Finlay, b. Scotland. Informant: John Finlay, brother, Cahlotus, WA.  Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card shows ‘cemetery’; Register of Death shows only Odessa)  “Attorney James Finlay, who for a number of years has also filled the office of local justice of peace, was found dead in a room at the rear of his office Saturday afternoon by Marshal Jenks, F. M. Fleisch and F. J. Hoagland. He was first missed by Mr. Fleisch for whom he had been doing notary work and it is thought that he had been dead about 24 hours when found, as he was last seen Friday about noon. The country authorities were communicated with and Dr Lee Ganson deputized as coroner and the jury he impaneled pronounced that death came from unknown though natural cause. Decomposition had set in so it was necessary that burial be made at an early date and he was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery Sunday morning. Mr. Finlay had been a resident of Odessa over ten years. He was one of the best classically educated men to be found in this section. He spoke four languages, English, German, French, Italian and was a finished Latin scholar, but was a peculiar character, and kept his business and family matters strictly to himself. He was supposed by many to be wealthy but the arrival of a brother, George Finley, from Kahlotus, whose whereabouts was learned by searching his effects after death, brought out information that indicate that his means were quite limited at the time of his death and that he left very little and his brother has made application to be administrator of his estate.” (Odessa Record: 10-12-1917; Suchland’s listing does not show the surname Finlay, but no evidence was found of the removal of his remains from Odessa.)

Finney, Beulah A.,  *  (d. 4-04-1899; b. 7-30-1893; buried Lamona; TS) “Beulah Finney, the 5 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Finney, died at Dr Setter’s last Tuesday of tubercular meningitis of the brain. The child has been ill for some time and her death created little surprise to the many friends of the family, nevertheless, the end was a sad bereavement to the fond parents and they have the sympathy of the whole community.” (Harrington Citizen of Apr 7, 1899; though the TS has appeared in the Odessa Cemetery, there is no evidence to show that the remains were removed from the Lamona Cemetery. The burial originally occurred at Lamona and the stone is now in Odessa. The TS is posited in A-07-20.)

Finney, Dorothea M.,  (d. 2002; b. 1923; TS; OC)(obit) “Funeral services for Dorothea (Eckhardt) Finney will be held on Friday, May 24,
at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa. Mrs. Finney died May 20, 2002 in Yakima, where she had lived for the past four years. She was born June 12, 1923, the daughter of Conrad and Katie (Walter) Eckhardt. She grew up and attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1941. She married Lloyd Finney on May 18, 1941, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They made their home in Odessa. Lloyd died in 1977, and Dorothea continued to live in Odessa until she moved to Yakima. She was a member of the Heritage Church, of Odessa. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one great grandchild, six sisters and one brother. She is survived by two sons, Larry and Bev Finney, of Pasco, and Michael and Marnie Finney, of Yakima; nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one sister, Ruth Cluckey, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Larry Snyder will officiate at the funeral. Concluding services and interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2002)

Finney, Emily R. Durland,   (d. 5-05-1935; b. June 11, 1870; TS; OC; Strates; dc)  “Finney, Emma R. (Emily).  Died: 5-05-1935, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 6-11-1870, Iowa.  Spouse: Married-? George Wesley Finney. Parents: Adrian F. & Rebecca (Clary) Durland.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Mrs. Emma R. Finney. Mrs. Geo W. Finney. Odessa, WA. Death: 5-05-1935, 7 a.m., Odessa. Birth: June 11th. Iowa. Age: 65 yrs 10 mos 24 days. Female, white, married, housewife for 32 yrs. Residence in Odessa: 35 yrs. Father: Adron F. Durland, born IN; Mother: Rebecca Clary born unknown. Previous residence: Iowa. Physician: Bonney. Leaves husband, Geo of Odessa. 2 daughters: Mrs. Trella Wagner, Odessa; Mrs. Pearl Frank, Odessa; 2 sisters: Mrs. Alice Low, Odessa; Mrs. Clara Post, Hebron, IN; 2 brothers: Otho F. Durland, LA, CA; Dewitt H. Durland, Odessa, WA. Physical: blue eyes.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Finney, George Wesle,y  (d. 5-14-1946; b. 6-24-1861; OC; Strates; dc)  “Finney, George Wesley.  Died: 5-15-1946, Odessa, Lincoln, WA.  Birth: 6-24-1861, New Barton, Missouri.  Spouse: Widowed-Emily Finney.  Parents: Franklin & Nancy Jane (Heizer) Finney.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) (Edit: Odessa Record of Jan 10, 1908, Finney Family Re-union, shows that his mother made a trip to Odessa from Missouri, to visit her 3 sons here: George, Sterril and Richard.) “G W Finney, who settled on the present townsite of Odessa in 1886, and who was prominent in early community development, died at his home here on Tuesday night. He would have been 85 years old in June.  When Mr. Finney located here he dug his well by hand, and set out a few apple trees, one of the crab apple trees still here, 54 years after planting.  Neighbors were Lester Popple at Sylvan Lake, Jimmy DeSpain, two miles west of Odessa; Isam Irby at Irby Station, and W. L. Smith on Lake Creek.  The Great Northern railway built through here in 1892, and six years later the townsite of Odessa was laid out. In the spring of 1898 Roy Trantum and Warren Schoonover built the first store in Odessa. Mr. Finney’s firm, the G. W. Finney Lumber Company was started in 1899, when he shipped his first car of lumber. He remained with the firm until his death. Other community interests were the building of modern store buildings, serving as president of the First National Bank, and real estate activities. He remained in good health and active until a few months ago, driving his own car about the country to look over land interests, and handling his other business affairs.  One of 13 children he was born in Missouri, where some of his brothers survive. Survivors here are two daughters, Mrs. Trella Wagner and Mrs. Pearl Frank, and four grandchildren, Roscoe L Wagner, Mrs. Dorothy Grening, and Donna and Harley Frank. Funeral services are planned for Sunday with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1946)

Finney, Lelia A, *  (d. 10-23-1896; b. 4-30-1895; bur Lamona; TS) (Edit: The Finney early burials all took place in the Lamona Cemetery, including: Lelia A. Finney, born April 30, 1895 and died Oct 23, 1898. Her stone also is now posited in the Odessa Cemetery. No mention has yet been found to determine when or if the Finney bodies were removed to Odessa. Finney relatives recall visiting the graves in the Lamona Cemetery.)

 Finney, Lloyd Geo,  (d. 4-27-1977; b. 3-22-1918; OC; dc)  “Finney, Lloyd George.  Died: 4-25-1977.  Birth:  3-22-1918, WA.  Spouse: Dorothea M. Eckhardt.  Father: Walter Finney.  Mother:  Edith Low.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Lloyd G. Finney was born March 22, 1918 of Walter and Edith Finney on a farm of his great uncle, George Walter Finney, near Ruff, WA.  In his infancy he moved to Odessa and Spokane. He met and married Dorothea Marie Eckhardt on May 18, 1941. Their two sons, Larry G. Finney and Michael D Finney, were raised primarily on the family farm near Ruff. During the twenty year that he farmed near Ruff, Lloyd was active in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Moses Lake, he served as Grant Co Fire Commissioner and he enjoyed a good reputation among the farm community. After selling the farm in 1974, the Finneys moved to Odessa in semi-retirement. He was an employee at William’s Garage until the time of his death.  Survivors are his wife, Dorothea of Odessa; his sons, Larry of Kennewick and Michael of Yakima; his mother, Edith Bertrand of Spokane; and 8 grandchildren: Michael, Tammy, Kari and Lisa Finney of Kennewick; Teresa and Leland Finney of Moses Lake; Spencer and Michelle Finney of Yakima.  Services were Thursday, April 28, at 11 a.m. in the English Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Roberts officiating. Joyce Roberts played the organ and Donna Schafer sang. Burial rites were by the Masons and interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-05-1977)

Finney, Mary S.,  *  (d. 10-19-1901; b. 8-22-1860; bur Lamona; TS; obit) “Mrs. Geo W. Finney, wife of Geo W. Finney, one of the pioneers of Odessa, died last Saturday and was buried at the Lamona Cemetery Sunday.” (Harrington Citizen-Odessa column-Oct 25, 1901) “Mrs. George Finney died at her home in this city about 7 o’clock this morning (Saturday), from a complicated disease from which she had been suffering for some time, although she was considered entirely out of danger. On Sunday last she was up and around and apparently was a well woman, but the sudden change came and she passed away. Mrs. Finney was born in Missouri, and was 38 years old, she was married to George Finney in 1892 in Colorado and had lived in this city since that time, being one of the pioneer settlers of this section. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband and two little girls, Tressa, age 5 years and Pearl, age 2 years; and a brother James Ray of this city. The grief stricken husband and little family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Services will be held at the house at 10:30 Sunday. Interment will take place at Lamona.” (Odessa Record of Oct 18, 1901; no evidence has been found to indicate that the remains were moved to Odessa.)

Finney, Sterling P.,  (d. 12-09-1919; b. 11-24-1862; TS; OC; DC) “Sterling P. Finney.  Male, white, married, lumberman.  Birth: 11-24-1862, MO; Age: 51 yrs 0 mos 14 days. Father: Frank Finney, b. VA; Mother: Nancy J Hizer, b. KY. Informant: G W Finney, Odessa, WA.  Death: 12-09-1913, 1 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County. Cause: tuberculosis of brain and spinal cord. Duration: 8 months. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death; burial not stated) "Sterling Price Finney, a pioneer citizen of Odessa, died at 1 o’clock last Tuesday morning, after a lingering illness of several weeks, the immediate cause of his death being tuberculosis of the spinal chord. Mr. Finney’s death was not unexpected for the past week or more, but it came as a complete shock to the citizens of Odessa when it was learned that morning that he had passed away. The most expert medical attention in the Inland Empire had been given Mr. Finney in the hopes of saving his life, but to no avail, and his demise caused a pall of sadness to overspread this entire community. The funeral services were held from the English Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and were conducted by the Rev W S Pritchard, and interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. During the time of the funeral all of the Odessa business houses were closed, as well as the city schools, and the funeral was one of the largest ever known here. Sterling Price Finney was born in Linn County, Missouri on the 24th day of November, 1862, and was one of a family of thirteen children, ten brothers and three sisters, all of whom survive him except one sister. Two of the brothers, George W, of this city and Zach, of Wilson Creek, are pioneer residents of the Big Bend country, the other brothers and sisters residing in Missouri. In early manhood he became affiliated with the Baptist church, and has ever shown implicit faith in Christianity. On the 20th day of April, 1892, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Ray, and to this union five children were born—Iva, Gladys, Lois, and Raymond, all of whom were present during the illness of their father, the other child having been called in infancy by its Keeper. In the fall of 1901 he removed to Odessa, just after this town was founded, and has taken an active part in its upbuilding ever since he lived here. He had always enjoyed the very best of health and knew not one sick day until his recent illness first came over him about three months ago. He rallied from the first attack, and was up and about for some time, but it left him is such weakened condition that he was unable to withstand a second siege and he passed away at the age of 51 years and 15 days. The people of the entire community extend heart-felt sympathy to the grief-stricken family in their deep sorrow, for in the death of Mr. Finney, Odessa has lost one of her noblest and grandest men, and his loss is keenly felt by all." (Odessa Record: 12-12-1913)

Finney, stillbirth, of G. W.  & Emma; (added) “Finney, Stillbirth.  Sex of child: __ (not shown). Birth: May 23, 1909. Father: G. W. Finney, residing Odessa, white, aged 48, b. MO, lumberman;  Mother: Emma Durland, residing Odessa, white, 40, b. IA, housewife.  Number of children born to this mother: 3; Number of children of this mother now living: 0.  I attended the birth of this child and that it occurred on May, 1909, at 8 p.m. Lee Ganson, MD. Filed: June 1, 1909, Lee Ganson, Registrar.”  (WA State Register of Births; no record has been found regarding the burial of this infant, born to George and his second wife.) 

Finney, Walter E.,   (d. 12-07-1918; b. 4-28-1883; TS; OC; DC; obit) “Walter Finney, a prominent young rancher of the southwest country died at his home just south of Ruff about noon Saturday of pneumonia following influenza, after an illness of less than a week. The disease made its appearance just six days before death, and was in such a light form that no physician was called. He developed pneumonia Thursday, went to bed and called Dr H Mitchell, but the disease made such headway that the doctor entertained little hope for his recovery and his powers of resistance lasted but two days when the end came.  Walter Finney was a nephew of G. W. Finney and son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Finney. He was born in Missouri where his parents now reside and was at the time of his death thirty-five years of age. About 18 years ago, he came to the Odessa country and worked at different places until four years ago when he engaged in farming near Ruff and by hard work and good judgment became one of the most successful farmers of this section. Four years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Edith Low and to them two children have been born, who will have to go through life without a father’s care. He was a good husband and kind father. The shock caused by his death prostrated his wife who was recovering from an attack of the flu and she is still confined to her bed, but reported improving at this writing. Short funeral services were held on the Finney farm at Odessa Tuesday, Rev J. C. Evans officiating after which his remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Dec 13, 1918) “Walter E. Finney. Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: aged 35 yrs 7 mos 9 days. Born: St Catherine, MO. Father: L Sam Finney, born New Boston, MO; Mother: Mae Bulcar, born St Catherine, MO. Informant: G. W. Finney, Odessa, WA. Death: 12-07-1918, 12 noon, Ruff, Grant County, WA. Cause of death: broncho-pneumonia, 5 days; Contributory: influenza, 4 days. Disease was contracted at home. No operation preceded death. No autopsy. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on 12-09-1918. Undertaker: G B Stone, Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Fitzgerald, Helen, (added) obit “Graveside service for Helen Fitzgerald, 71, is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Odessa (WA) Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Fitzgerald, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died Monday. Her parents, Andrew and Lydia (Bier) Jeske J.r, homesteaded in Odessa. Survivors include her five daughters, Janice Johnson of Chattaroy, Gloria Humiston of Bayview, ID; Barbara Chauza of Spokane; Kay Johnson of Kennewick; and Kathy Gray of Tacoma; two sisters, Olga Huntzinger of Yakima and LaVerna Campbell of Burlington, WA; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.” (scrapbook obit: undated-1993) “Fitzgerald, Helen.—Passed away July 5, 1993 in Spokane, WA. Her home, Odessa, WA. She is survived by 5 daughters, Janice Johnson, Chattaroy, WA, Gloria Humiston, Bayview, ID, Barbara Chauza, Spokane, WA, Kay Johnson, Kennewick, WA, Kathy Gray, Tacoma, WA. 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Olga Huntzinger, Yakima, WA, LaVerna Campbell, Burlington, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services Thursday, July 8, 1993 at 11 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Pastor Jim Dowdy, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review-undated) This burial is not shown in the listings by Harold Suchland of the Odessa Cemetery.

Fitzgerald, Leland,  (WW II)  (d. 1990; b. 1924; TS; OC; obit) “Leland W. Fitzgerald of Odessa, a former resident of Connell and Spokane, who was born Sept 24, 1924 in CA, passed away June 25 in Spokane. He was a retired grocery produce manager, and a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Helen, at the family home here, and by two children in CA, Betty and Robert Fitzgerald. Eight other children and their mother, Shirley King, of Spokane, also survive, including five daughters: Michelle Mikelson of Post Falls, ID; Susan Goodrick of Coeur d’Alene; and Judy Fitzgerald, Cheryl Fitzgerald and Dawn Fitzgerald, all of Spokane; and three sons: Mycol Fitzgerald of Coeur d’Alene, Dale Fitzpatrick of Spokane, and Leland Fitzgerald IV of Minnesota. He is also survived by 5 step-daughters: Janice Johnson of Chattaroy, Gloria Humiston of Medical Lake, Barbara Chauza of Spokane, Kay Johnson of Hatton, and Kathy Gray of Tacoma; by a sister, Lily Morgan; and by 30 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Graveside services were held June 28 at the Odessa Cemetery, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Arrangements were through Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record-July 5, 1990)

Flath, Anna,  (added) d. 9-01-1902 obit  “Flath.—Anna, the one-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Flath, died last Monday, of dysentery, after a short illness. The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday, Rev Doescher officiating. The remains were interred in Heimbigner’s Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-05-1902) “Anna Flath, daughter of Johan Flath, died 1 Sept 1902, aged one year one month. Burial on 2 Sept 1901 from Heimbigner’s Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger in German script) Suchland shows four Flath graves, Fredericka (1955), Ludwig Sr (1946), Ludwig Jr (1928) and one unidentified grave in A-09-48. It is assumed herein that the two daughters were buried in one grave. {Edit:  Anna Flath and her twin Louise were born on Aug 2, 1901 in Java, Bowdle, SD, to Johan Flath and his wife, the former Christina Gottschalk. Anna died Sept 1, 1902 in Odessa with burial in what is now the Odessa City Cemetery. It is

Flath, infant of John,  (added) d. 9-06-1902 obit “The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Flath died last Saturday. Funeral services were held at the house Monday, Rev Doescher officiating.” (Odessa Record: 9-12-1902) “Ottilia Flath, daughter of Johan Flath, died 6 Sept 1902, aged 17 days. Burial 8 Sept 1902 from the Heimbigner’s cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger in German script) {Edit: Otilia Flath was born on Aug 20, 1902 and died 17 days later, on Sept 6, 1902, just five days following the death of her sister Anna. Otilia was the daughter of Johann Flath and the former Christina Gottschalk. Johann Flath was the brother of Ludwig, who is buried in Odessa. (Data furnished by family)}

Flath, Fredericka, w/o Lud. Sr.  (d. 10-02-1955; b. 11-11-1877; TS; OC)“Funeral services are being held this afternoon for Fredricka Flath, 77, who died at the Memorial hospital on Sunday.  She had been at the hospital the past two months. Services are from the United Congregational Church, with the Rev E G Klein officiating.  The Strate Funeral Home is in charge, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Flath was born in Russia, November 11, 1877, and was married there in 1898 to Ludwig Flath. They came to the United States 54 years ago, and had spent the past 30 years in Odessa.  Survivors include four sons, Al, of Willows, CA; Robert of Corcoran, CA; Emil, Dryden, WA; and Ed, Willows, CA; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; two brothers, Fred Schmauder, Odessa, and Jacob Schmauder, at Ritzville.” (Odessa Record:  10-06-1955)

Flath, Ludwig,  (d. 2-13-1928; b. 4-06-1913; TS; OC; DC)  “Ludwig Fluth, residence: Odessa, WA. Male, white, single. Birth: April 6, 1913, WA, aged 14 yrs 10 mos 7 days. Father: Ludwig Fluth, born Russia; Mother: Frederick Schmander, born Russia.  Informant: L. Fluth, Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 13, 1928, 6:30 a.m., Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Cause: Thrombo-Phlebitis, Rt Ileac veins-acute cardiac dilation, duration: 1 day; Contributory: Ruptured appendix with general peritonitis, duration 6 days. Operation preceded death on 2-09-1928. Robert L Rotchford, MD. Burial: Odessa, WA on Feb 16, 1928. Undertaker: Hazen & Jaeger, Spokane, WA.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Flath, Ludwig Sr.,   (d. 9-10-46; b. 5-20-1873; TS; OC; Strates; obit; Cong) “Ludwig Flath. Birth: 20 May 1873; Died: 10 Sept 1946.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Ludwig Flath. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of Death: Odessa. Birth: May 20, 1873 in Russia. Death: Sept 10, 1946. Age: 73 yrs 3 mos 20 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Father: Ludwig Flath born Russia; Mother: Barbara Burnacant born Russia. Burial: Odessa. Funeral: United Cong. Church, 2 p.m. 9-13-46; interment at 3 p.m.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Ludwig Flath, 73, died of a heart attack at his home on Tuesday morning. He had been in failing health for some time. Born on May 20, 1873, at Kloestitz, Bessarabia, Russia, he was married Nov 26, 1898 to Frederika Schmauder. Mr. Flath and family came to America in 1901, temporarily taking up residence with a brother at Bowdle, SD. A year later he came to Ruff, where he homesteaded and resided for 25 years. Then he moved to Lamona and later to Odessa, where he has lived since 1925. Funeral services will be held from the UCC on Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, the Rev E. J. Eslinger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Survivors include the widow and six children: Alexander, Robert and Edward, all of Willows, CA; Emil, Dryden; William, Harrington; and Mrs. Pauline Groh, Odessa. He has a brother at Lodi, CA, two brothers and a sister in Germany and 10 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-12-1946)

Flather, Richard,  s/o Alex.  (d. 4-25-1934; b. 3-03-30; TS; OC; Strates; obit; Cong) “Richard Flather. Birth: 3 March 1930. Died: 25 April 1934. 4 yrs 1 mo 22 days.  Alexander and Melicena Flather.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Funeral services for Richard Flather, foster son of J. B. Loeffelbein, who was found drowned last week in the watering trough at the Loeffelbein ranch, were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Friday afternoon, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating. A packed church was had, the many friends of the ...respects. Four high school boys acted as pall bearers. They were Roland Schafer, Alvin Iltz, Milton Frieske and Harold Kern. Born near Ritzville, Richard lost his mother soon after birth, and was taken by his aunt, Mrs. Loeffelbein, to raise. She had since died and the boy remained at the home, living with his foster father and his family. He had been in the field with his foster father and had been sent to the house. Later his body was discovered lying in the water trough, dead. Survivors include his father, Alex Flather, Ritzville; two brothers and two sisters, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Haase, Ritzville, and his foster father, J. B. Loeffelbein.” (Odessa Record: May 4, 1934) “Richard Flather. Death: 4-25-1934, 11 a.m., 7 miles southwest of Odessa. Occupation: child. Informant: Alexander Flather, Lind, WA. Birth: March 3, 1930, Ritzville, WA; aged: 4 yrs 1 mos 22 days. male, white, child. Father: Alexander Flather, born Russia; Mother: Milliacana Haase born Russia. Residence in city: 4 yrs southwest of Odessa. Previous residence: Ritzville, WA. Cause of death: drowning. L. J. Bonney, physician. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Relatives: Father: Alexander Flather, Lind, WA; 2 brothers: Fredrick and Binnerd Flather of Lind; 2 sisters: Erma and Lenoa Flather of Lind, WA; grandfather and grandmother of Ritzville, WA. (Mortuary Ledger) “Richard Flather, aged four, foster son of J. B. Loeffelbein, was found dead in the horse watering trough at the Loeffelbein ranch about noon on Wednesday, by Emma Herschel, who is caring for the Loeffelbein home. The boy had made one round of the field with his foster father and had returned to the house, later coming back to the field to get to ride on the final round. Mr. Loeffelbein sent him back to the yard and started his last round. Meanwhile, Miss Herschel, believing the boy to be out in the field, started to the water trough to get water for the chickens, only to find the boy lying in the 18 inches of water the tank contained. Funeral services are to be held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Friday afternoon, the Rev J. B. Schwabenland officiating. Burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery. Survivors include his widowed father, Alex Flather, Lind, and two brothers and two sisters, his grandparents, M.r and Mrs. John Haase, Ritzville, and his foster father, J. B. Loeffelbein. His mother died when he was very young, at which time the Loeffelbein family took him to their home to raise.” (Odessa Record: 4-27-1934)

Floch, Andrew P.,   (d. 8-28-2001; b. 4-07-1982; TS; OC; obit) “Ryan Geoffrey Floch, age 21, and Andrew Phillip Floch, age 19, died Tuesday, Aug 28, 2001, near LaPush, WA. They were doing what they loved, fishing with their grandfather and cousin.  Ryan was born in Spokane on Dec 20, 1980, and Drew was born in Spokane on April 7, 1982. They lived in Odessa since 1984. Ryan graduated from Odessa High School in 1999 and Big Bend Community College in 2001. He was enrolled at EWU. He loved basketball, rattlesnake hunting, music and being with his friends. He was a 1999 State B Basketball Player of the Year. He played basketball for two years at Big Bend College. Drew was graduated from Odessa High School in 2000. He attended Big Bend Community College in 2000-2001. He loved football, hunting, fishing, rattlesnake hunting, cliff jumping, music, racquetball and being with his friends. The brothers are survived by their parents Clay and Jewel (Starr) Floch, of Odessa; grandparents, Ed and Esther Floch, of Valleyford, and Betty Starr of Spokane; great grandfather Charles Starr, of Spokane; 14 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins and many friends too numerous to count. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Sept 9, at the Odessa High School gymnasium. Strate Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-2001; photo)

Floch, Ryan G.,   (d. 8-28-2001; b. 12-20-1980; TS; OC) “Ryan Geoffrey Floch, age 21, and Andrew Phillip Floch, age 19, died Tuesday, Aug 28, 2001, near LaPush, WA. They were doing what they loved, fishing with their grandfather and cousin.  Ryan was born in Spokane on Dec 20, 1980, and Drew was born in Spokane on April 7, 1982. They lived in Odessa since 1984. Ryan graduated from Odessa High School in 1999 and Big Bend Community College in 2001. He was enrolled at EWU. He loved basketball, rattlesnake hunting, music and being with his friends. He was a 1999 State B Basketball Player of the Year. He played basketball for two years at Big Bend College. Drew was graduated from Odessa High School in 2000. He attended Big Bend Community College in 2000-2001. He loved football, hunting, fishing, rattlesnake hunting, cliff jumping, music, racquetball and being with his friends. The brothers are survived by their parents Clay and Jewel (Starr) Floch, of Odessa; grandparents, Ed and Esther Floch, of Valleyford, and Betty Starr of Spokane; great grandfather Charles Starr, of Spokane; 14 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins and many friends too numerous to count. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Sept 9, at the Odessa High School gymnasium. Strate Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-2001; photo)

Floether, Gary Otto,   (added; d. 4-06-2009);  “Gary Otto Floether, lifetime Odessa resident, died Monday, April 6, at the age of 66.  He was born to Otto and Emma (Fode) Floether on June 16, 1942. Gary graduated from Odessa High School in 1960 and obtained a degree from Central Washington State College (now CWU) in 1971.  He began his career in the agribusiness field with Ab Davies at Odessa Aviation. He also worked for the Grange Supply of Odessa, the Harrington Grange Supply, Walter Implement and Western Farm Service. He ended his career at the Odessa Trading Company.  Gary enjoyed harvest at the Batum elevator and was known for giving out Tootsie Pops as a treat for the truck drivers. Gary served as the Odessa Chamber of Commerce President. He volunteered his time at Deutschesfest, and his favorite part was working in the sausage booth. He was an active member of Heritage Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, and Trustee. He always enjoyed a church potluck, and his favorite time of the month was the First Wednesday as a member of the Fi-We fellowship group.  Gary’s hobbies included reading, listening to music, going to the movies, eating out, traveling and his model railroad layout. He especially enjoyed sharing his layout with others and attending railroad swap meets to acquire another engine or building for his ever-changing town. Gary is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy; brother, Douglas (Mary) of Burien; sister, Janice Wasson of Spokane; mother-in-law, Betty Wilson of Colfax; brothers-in-law, Monty (Carolyn) of Colfax, and Richard (Prisca) of Spokane; two nieces and six nephews; and many friends of all ages.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon. Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery with a Celebration of Life memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church. Pastor Jon Hayashi will officiate. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 4-09-2009)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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