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.


Ils:  see Els

Iltz, Alvin R.,   (d. 1984; b. 1919; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct 3, 1984 for Alvin Rudolph Iltz, who died on Sept 30, 1984, at 65 years of age. The service was held at the United Congregational church in Odessa with Rev Randy Middleton officiating. Alvin was born on March 21, 1919, the son of George and Kathryn Iltz, on a farm west of Odessa near Moody. He went to many schools in the area, being able to attend most of his grade school days at the Scheller School. He was able to attend part of his junior high years and all four years of high school in Odessa. On Sept 14, 1952 he was united in marriage to Margaret Miller. To this union three daughters were born, Mary Jane, Sharon and Carol.  Over the years, Alvin was involved in several different careers: a mechanic at Williams Garage for over 28 years, owner of Odessa Drug for 6 years, a deputy sheriff for 6 years, and working for the Dept of Transportation, retiring from that position after working over 12 years. Following his retirement he served on the Town Council and as a trustee of the UCC. During his lifetime, he was a member of the United Congregational Church, American Legion, Modern Woodmen of America and a charter member of the Odessa Gun Club and Odessa Historical Society. He also was a volunteer fireman from 1944 until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, one infant sister, and 2 infant brothers.  Survivors are his wife, Margaret; 3 daughters, Mary Jane Iltz of Tumwater, WA; Sharon Fink and Carol Iltz, both of Odessa; one son-in-law, Jon Fink of Odessa; two brothers, Sam Iltz of Odessa; and Howard Iltz of Spokane; 2 sisters, Frieda Kissler of Odessa and Emma Crow of Clark Fork, ID; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Sacred music of ‘My God And I’ and ‘In the Sweet By and By’ were sung by a men’s quartet of Del Cook, Gale Salo, Del Kirstein, and Neil Jeske, accompanied by Delores Cook on the organ. Honorary casket bearers were Reinhold Schuh and Charlie Jeske. Casket bearers were Walt Scheller, Tod Schrauger, George Miller, Herb Burghard, Jim Zimprich and Steve Sackmann. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-1984) 

Iltz, Bertha,   (d. 2-15-1979; b. 1-03-1916; TS; OC; obit)  “Bertha Iltz passed away Feb 15, 1979, at the nursing home in Othello, where she had resided after suffering a stroke in Nov of 1978. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb 19, 1979 at the UCC in Odessa with Rev Everett Schoessler officiating.  Bertha was born on Jan 3, 1916, near Ruff, WA, and was the daughter of John and Katherine Willging. She attended school in the area.  On Oct 29, 1936, Bertha was united in marriage to Dave Iltz at Ritzville, WA. The couple then lived in the area for a number of years. Those who remain to mourn Bertha’s passing are her husband, Dave, of Odessa; three grandchildren, Tom and Todd Lobe of Odessa and Mrs. Lonna Miller of Portland, OR; two grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Katherine Willging of Davenport; one sister, Mrs. Emma Hurliman of Othello; two brothers, Gus Willging of Springdale; and Rudy Willging of Othello. She was preceded in death by her father, a son and a daughter...” (Odessa Record: 2-22-1979)

Iltz, David A.,   (d. 9-15-1980; b. 1-27-1912; TS; obit; OC)  “David Alfred Iltz.  Died: 9-15-1980, Odessa, WA.  Father: George Iltz, Sr.;  Mother: Katherine Walter.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Graveside funeral services will be conducted today, Thursday, Sept 18, 1980 for David A Iltz, who passed away Sept 15, 1980 in Odessa. The services will be at Odessa Cemetery with Rev Ernest Schoessler officiating, at 2 p.m.. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record:  9-18-1980) “David Alfred Iltz passed away on Sept 15, 1980 in Odessa, WA. He was born on Jan 27, 1912 in Adams County, WA, the son of George and Katherine Elizabeth (Walter) Iltz, sr. He was baptized on March 24, 1912 in the Emmaus Congregational Church. He attended schools in the county and high school in Odessa. On June 20, 1926 he was confirmed into the Christian faith in the Emmaus Church. On Oct 29, 1936, he married Bertha Willging in Ritzville. The couple farmed near Odessa until he retired and they moved to town. David worked at various jobs around town until his ill health prevented him from doing so. David had been in poor health for about 3 years. He was recently hospitalized in Odessa Memorial Hospital, where he passed away at the age of 68 years 7 months and 19 days.  Those remaining to mourn his passing are three grandchildren: Lonna, Mrs. Cody Miller of Oregon City, OR; Tom Lobe of OK; and Todd Lobe of Odessa; 2 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Sam Iltz of Davenport, Alvin Iltz of Odessa and Howard Iltz of Spokane; 2 sisters: Frieda Kissler of Odessa and Emma Crow of Clark Fork, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, a daughter, two brothers and one sister. Graveside funeral services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on Thursday, Sept 18, 1980 with Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-25-1980)

Iltz, Dean James:    “Dean James Iltz died February 7, 2012 at the age of 69. He was born May 21, 1942 at Ritzville to George and Katie (Kissler) Iltz. He was raised on the Graedel place outside Odessa and graduated in 1960 from Odessa High School. After graduating, he worked various odd jobs including at the local IGA Grocery Store in Ritzville and the Ritz Theatre, where he ran the movie reels. Later he worked at the gas company in Ritzville known as Columbia Gas. He entered the US Army in 1964 and served as a supply clerk at Fort Bragg, NC and was honorably discharged in 1966. He made his way back to Ritzville and continued working at Columbia Gas (later Washington Water Power). He worked on various projects including furnace line locations. In the 1980s, the company was purchased by Avista and he continued to work his way up to be the local gas Representative for Lincoln County. He retired after 44 years of employment with them.  On July 3, 1998, he married Donna Kay Lee in Ritzville, living together in the house he built earlier in the 1980s. He was a member of the NRA, VFW and the Ritzville Gun Club. He enjoyed trap shooting, deer hunting, and restoration of his beloved classic Chevy Impala, his pride and joy. Dean had an abundance of wonderful friends whose company he enjoyed. He loved trying out new restaurants, going to the Civic Theater and traveling. He loved a good movie, popcorn and a coke. Dean was a true friend, husband, father and brother, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughter, Tami (Kevin) McCoy, Spokane; two sons, Daryl Iltz, Ellensburg, and Daryn Iltz, Selah, WA, two stepsons, Jeffrey (Carley Ann) Lee, Onalaska, WA, and Garrett Lee, Spokane; two sisters, Louella Praetorius, Odessa, and Lorranine (Lorane) Becker, Kennewick; two sisters-in-law, Janice Iltz, Ritzville, and Dorothy Frederick,  Odessa; former wife, Jean Fifield Iltz; two grandchildren, Justin and Bradley McCoy, Spokane, two step-grandchildren, Shawn and Cole Dahm, Onalaska and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Leonard, Harvey, Marvin and Elmer Iltz; sister-in-law, Ella Iltz, and brother-in-law, Bob Praetorius. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Odessa Heritage Church at 11 a.m., Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Funeral services were in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.”  (Odessa Record: 2-16-2012) 

Iltz, Edward W.,  (WW II)  (d. 12-01-1952; b. 8-05-1916; TS; OC; Cong) “Edward Iltz. Birth: 5 Aug 1916. Died: 1 Dec 1952. Aged: 36 yrs 3 mos 26 days; car accident.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev E G Klein)

Iltz, Ella,   (added)  “Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services for Ella Iltz at the Odessa Cemetery on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the Heritage Church to celebrate her life. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: May 29, 2008) “Ella Sauer Schaal Iltz died Feb 27, 2008, in Odessa at the age of 93.  She was born July 13, 1914, in Lind to Gottfried and Christine (Kleinknecht) Sauer. She grew up in Lind and graduated from Lind High School in 1932. She was married to Reinhold Schaal Nov 16, 1937. They had three children, Gary Janis and Loren Schaal. Reinhold died Feb 2, 1946. Ella married Elmer Iltz Aug 25, 1950, and they had two daughters, Lois and Linda Iltz. Ella and Elmer lived in Odessa where he was employed at Williams Heating and Plumbing. They later purchased the business and operated it until their retirement. Elmer died March 24, 2003, and Ella remained in Odessa until her death. Ella is survived by her children Lois (Iltz) Ferguson and Arthur, Loren Schaal and Norma, Janis Cornelia and Thomas, ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Reinhold Schaal and Elmer Iltz, one son, Gary Schaal, one daughter Linda (Iltz) Lyons and two granddaughters, Christine Erin Cornelia and Michelle Lee Schaal. Family services will be held for her. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-2008)

Iltz, Elmer E.,  (added)  “Elmer E, Iltz, a lifelong resident of the Odessa area, died Monday, March 24, 2003 in Odessa. He was 79 years old.  He was born July 30, 1923, the son of George and Katherine (Kissler) Iltz.  During World War II, he served in an infantry company of the US Army’s Seventh Division in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  He operated Williams Garage and a plumbing business for many years.  Elmer was a member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Heritage Church.  He is survived by his wife, Ella, at the home; his children Gary Schaal, of Cripple Creek, CO, Janis Cornelia, of Las Vegas, NV, Loren Schaal, of Seabeck, WA, and Lois Ferguson, of Phoenix, AZ; two brothers, Marvin and Dean Iltz, both of Ritzville; two sisters, Louella Praetorius, of Odessa, and Lorraine Becker, of Kennewick; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Lyons. A private family inurnment was held at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-April 3, 2003)

Iltz, George,  h/o Katie  (d. 1978; b. 1898; TS; OC)  “George Iltz, Jr.  Died: 1-08-1978, Odessa, WA.  Father: George Iltz, Sr.; Mother: Katherine Walter.  Spouse: widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “A pioneer of the Odessa area, George Iltz, Jr., died Sunday, Jan 8, (1978) at the Davenport Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the UCC, Odessa. George Iltz, Jr., was born in Walter, Russia on Oct 20, 1898, the son of Katherine Walter and George Iltz. He arrived in the United States at the age of two and settled at Lincoln, NE until 1902 when the family moved to the Odessa area. He had been an area resident for 75 years. George was confirmed at the Emmaus Congregational Church by the Rev Gottfried Graedel in 1915. He married Katie Kissler at Ritzville on April 21, 1921. The couple retired from farming in 1951, moving into Odessa where he worked for the Town for several years. Mr. Iltz has been a resident of the nursing home at Davenport since Jan 1973. Survivors include three sons, Elmer of Odessa, Marvin and Dean of Ritzville; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Louella) Praetorius and Mrs. Lorane (Lorraine) Becker, Kennewick; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Iltz of Odessa; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four brothers, Sam Iltz, Davenport; Dave and Alvin of Odessa, and Howard of Spokane; two sisters, Mrs. Frieda Kissler of Odessa and Mrs. Emma Crow, Clark Fork, ID. Preceding him in death were his wife, Katie, who died in October, 1964; and sons Leonard, Dec, 1971, and Harvey, August 1977. George was a member of the UCC and the Odessa Grange. Funeral services, yesterday, were conducted by Rev Everett E. Schoessler. Sacred selections by the men’s chorus of the church were ‘Going Down the Valley’ and ‘Wo Finder Die Seele Die Heimat, Die Ruh’? Pianist for the service was Wilma Schmidt with Delores Cook, organist.  Casket bearers were Karl Kissler, Louis Pavliska, Ivan Hemmerling, Calvin Miller, Al Scheibner, and LaMar Heimbigner. Honorary casket bearers were Charles Jeske, Harry Tompkins, Melvin Kissler, Bill Frederick, Ted Tschritter, Everett Kissler, Garrett Crow and Merlin Kissler. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-1978)

Iltz, George Sr.,   h/o Kath.  (d. 4-18-1945; b. 2-12-1876; TS; OC; Strates)  “George Iltz.  Died: 4-18-1945, Odessa, WA.  Father: George Iltz.  Mother: Elizabeth Roth.  Spouse: Married (Katherine);  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “George Iltz. Aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 5 days. Dated: Apr 22, 1945. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Ledger) “George Iltz, Sr. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 2-12-1876, North Russia. Death: 4-18-1945, Odessa, WA. Aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 6 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Husband of Katherine. Father: George Iltz, born Russia; Mother: Elizabeth Roth, born Russia. Cause of death: carcinoma of stomach. Physician: L J Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: St Mathews Cong. Church, Sunday, 2 p.m., Rev J. P Flemmer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “The will of George Iltz of Odessa was admitted to probate last week and his widow, Katherine Iltz, was named executrix. The $12,000 estate will go to the widow, six sons and three daughters of Mr. Iltz.” (Harrington Citizen: 5-25-1945) “George Iltz, Sr., retired rancher, died at his home here following 21 months of illness, on Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held from the St Matthews Congregational church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Iltz was born at Walter, North Russia, Feb 12, 1876, and followed the trade of a tailor there until coming to America in 1900. After a year at Lincoln, Nebraska, he came to Odessa, taking up a homestead 16 miles southwest of Odessa. He had married before leaving Russia. In 1933 he retired and has made his home in town since. Survivors include his widow, Katherine; three daughters, Mrs. Frieda Kissler, Odessa; Mrs. Emma Crow, Burbank, CA; and Mrs. Hannah Smith, Tacoma; six sons, George, Sam, David, Edward, Alvin and Howard; one brother, Henry Els, Odessa; and 11 grandchildren. Edward, a staff sergeant in the army, is with the forces in Germany. (Odessa Record: 4-19-1945)

Iltz, Grace E.,  w/o Samuel  (d. 1984; b. 1910; TS; OC)  “Grace Elizabeth Iltz.  Died: Feb 1, 1984, Davenport, WA.  Spouse: Sam Iltz.  Father: Stuart Wilson; Mother: Lillie Tibbs.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Funeral services were held last Friday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home for Grace Iltz who passed away Feb 1 in Davenport. She was a native of this area having been born in Odessa June 16, 1910. She married Sam Iltz, and the couple lived in Odessa prior to moving to Davenport in 1956. She is survived by her husband, Sam at the home and by two sisters, Cloe Kittilson, Spokane and Virginia Carlson, Odessa. The Reverend R. E. Middleton and Pastor Stanley Williamsen officiated at the services, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. Casket bearers were Marvin Iltz, Merlin Jantz, Toots Bales, Melvin Carlson, Al Cook and Randy Cook.” (scrapbook item-undated) “Funeral services were held on Feb 3, 1984 for Grace E. Iltz, who passed away on Feb 1, 1984 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. Rev Rancy Middleton officiated at the services held at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport and at the graveside services in Odessa.  Grace was born on June 16, 1910, the daughter of Stewart and Lillie Tibbs Wilson. She was a pioneer of this country and was born on a farm north of Odessa near the Duck Lake area. She received all of her formal schooling in the Duck Lake School District. On April 12, 1948 Grace was married to Samuel Iltz.  They resided in Odessa until 1956 when they moved to Davenport, making their home there since. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fred Wilson and Peter Wilson; and one sister, Olli Belle Cook. Survivors include her husband, Sam; two sisters, Cloe Kittilson and Virginia Carlson, and many nephews, nieces and friends.  Special music was ‘God Will Take Care of You’ and ‘In The Garden’. Casket bearers were Marvin Iltz, Merlin Jantz, Toots Bales, Melvin Carlson, Al Cook and Randy Cook. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-09-1984)

Iltz, Harvey G.,   (d. 8-15-1977; b. 12-16-1926; TS; OC; obit)  “Harvey Iltz died Monday morning, August 15, (1977) at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane following a stroke which occurred on July 27.  Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. from the UCC, Rev Everett Schoessler officiating. Military services and interment will be at the Odessa Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, at the family home; two daughters, Lorrie Kaye at the home and Mrs. Tad (Glenda) Farley, Kent, WA; one son, Jason, at the family home; twin granddaughters, Katie and Kristie Farley of Kent; his father, George Iltz of Davenport; three brothers, Elmer of Odessa; Marvin and Dean of Ritzville; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Louella) Praetorius of Odessa and Mrs. Lorane (Lorraine) Becker of Kennewick.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1977) “Funeral services for Harvey G. Iltz, who died at a Spokane hospital on Aug 15, (1977), were held from the UCC... Sacred selections were presented in duet by Delbert and Delores Cook, ‘Only a Touch’ and in a solo, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ by Ione Zeiler. Wilma Schmidt was organist for the service. Graveside military services and vault interment were at the Odessa Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Milo Timm, Dave Wacker, Lee Stehr, Leland Frederick, Melvin Kissler, Albert Saccomanno, Rod Kittilson and Harold Kern. Casket bearers were Claude Rainey, Walt Renner, Bob Hemmerling, Paul Horak, Earl Null and Jim Farley.  Harvey was born in Odessa on Dec 16, 1926, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Iltz. He was married to Dorothy Kremsreiter on Sept 11, 1955. Two daughters and a son were born to this union. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 and returned to begin working at the post office. He was postmaster in Odessa prior to his resignation in 1963 to farm. Mr. Iltz was elected to the School District 105 board of directors in Nov 1969, and was re-elected by a write-in vote in Nov of 1973. He continued serving until his resignation, on doctor’s orders, effective Sept 30, 1976. He had been ill since March of that year. Harvey was a member of the UCC, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.” (Odessa Record: 8-25-1977)

Iltz, Katherine,  w/o Geo Sr.  (d. 12-12-1973; b. 1880; TS; OC)  “Katherine Elizabeth Iltz.  Died: 12-12-1973.  Birth: 2-19-1880, Russia. Widowed. Father: Henry Walter.  Mother: Eva Kister.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Mrs Katherine Iltz, the daughter of Henry and Eva Walter, was born Feb 19, 1880 in Walter, Russia. She came to the United States to Lincoln, Nebraska in Feb of 1900. In 1901 she and her husband homesteaded a farm 15 miles southwest of Odessa and she lived there until 1932 when they retired to Odessa. She moved from Odessa to the Davenport Nursing Home in May of 1970. Katherine Iltz was united in marriage with George Iltz, Sr., on Sept 13, 1897 in Frank, Russia. God blessed them with 12 children. Five of those preceded her in death. Her husband George died in 1945. She lived for 28 years as a widow. Mrs. Iltz was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran tradition in Russia. She became a member of the Congregational Church in 1903 and remained a member in good standing of the United Congregational Church until her death. She was for many years a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Ladies Aid, past president of the Ladies Aid, a member of the Brotherhood Fellowship of United Church. Throughout her adult life she was a serious student of the Bible. Family members who survive her are: five sons: George Jr, Howard of Spokane, Samuel of Davenport, Alvin and David of Odessa; two daughters: Frieda Kissler of Odessa and Emma Crow of Chatsworth, CA; 15 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; three sisters and one brother. Memorial services were held in her honor on Dec 15, 1 p.m. from the United Congregational Church, Dr B M Schafer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1973) 

Iltz, Katie,  w/o Geo  (d. 1964; b. 1902; TS; OC; dc; obit)  “Katie Iltz.  Died: 10-13-1964, Odessa, WA.  Father: Jacob Kissler; Mother: Anna Zeiler.  Spouse: Married; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Funeral services for Mrs. George Iltz, 62, who died Tuesday in Odessa have been scheduled Friday, Oct 16, at the UCC here.  Mrs. Iltz, who has been in failing health for the past several years, is reported to have died of a heart condition at her home.  Mrs. Iltz was born Katie Kissler on June 5, 1902 in Frank, Russia, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Kissler. She attended school in Odessa and Ruff and was married to George Iltz Jr. on April 21, 1921 at Ritzville. She is survived by her husband, five sons, Leonard, Elmer, and Harvey of Odessa, Marvin of Ritzville and Dean with the US Army in Fort Bragg, NC; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Louella) Praetorius, Odessa, and Mrs. Lorane (Lorraine) Becker, Ritzville. She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Harry Tompkins, Ritzville; Mrs. Ted Tschritter, Spokane; Mrs. C R. Jeske, Odessa; and Mrs. Edw. Reiner, Spokane, as well as two brothers, Rueben of Odessa and Karl of Spokane. Mrs. Iltz was a member of the United Congregational Church where the services will be held tomorrow. Interment will be in the Odessa Cemetery.  Pallbearers selected are Vern Tompkins, Glenn Tompkins, Paul Lightbody, Howard Ragsdale, Ronald Frederick and Lonnie Lobe. Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin Miller, Tommy Tompkins, Harley Tschritter, Galen Pavliska, Dan Haase, Larry Reiner, Michael Reiner, Everett Kissler, Ronald Kahler and Garrett Crowe.” (Odessa Record: Oct 8, 1964)

Iltz, Leonard D.,  (WW II)  (d. 12-15-1971; b. 2-06-1922; TS; OC)  “Leonard Donald Iltz.  Died: 12-15-1971, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: unmarried; Father: George Iltz, Jr.; Mother: Katie Kissler; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Leonard D. Iltz, who made his home with his father, George Iltz, J.r, at 2 Marjorie avenue, died suddenly Wednesday evening, Dec 15, of an apparent heart attack.  Funeral services were conducted from the United Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec 18, with Rev B M Schafer officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery. Leonard Donald Iltz, who was 49, was born on Feb 6, 1922 in  Irby. He was the son of George Jr. and Katie Kissler Iltz. He spent most of his life in this community, graduating from Odessa High School in 1942. Leonard served with the US Army in Europe during World war II. Following his discharge from the service he returned to Odessa and went to work for Henry Hopp as a carpenter. He had worked with Henry ever since, except for occasional harvest leaves or vacations. Leonard was a member of the American Legion Post 105, a charter member of VFW Post 7395, a past post commander, and a member of the Odessa Gun Club. Mr. Iltz was not married. He is survived by his father; brothers Elmer and Harvey of Odessa, Marvin and Dean of Ritzville; sisters, Lorraine Becker of Kennewick and Louella Praetorius of Odessa; and grandmother Katherine Iltz of Davenport.” (Odessa record: 23 Dec 1971)

Iltz, Margaret,  (added) d. 11-06-2002 obit  “Margaret Jane Miller Iltz, for many years a resident of Odessa and a community leader, died Wednesday, Nov 6, 2002, at her home, Hearthstone Inn, Moses Lake.  She was 77 years old.  She was born in Thornton on Nov 24, 1924, to James W. and Ruby L. Wooddy Miller. She was graduated form St John High School and went on to Washington State College, where she graduated in 1945 with a degree in pharmacy.  She came to Odessa to work as a pharmacist, and it was there she met her future husband, Alvin R Iltz. They were married on Sept 14, 1952. They owned and operated the Odessa Drug Store. After selling the store, Margaret worked as a relief pharmacist especially in Odessa but also in neighboring communities until her retirement. Margaret spent her life in service to her family, church, the community and various organizations. She was a commissioner of Lincoln County Public Hospital Dist. #1. She was a board member of the Odessa Healthcare Foundation. She was active in the Big Bend Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, an honorary lifetime member of the WA State Pharmaceutical Assn and a member of the WA State University College of Pharmacy. Margaret was an avid bridge player and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlework. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin in 1984, her parents and one brother, Allison W Miller. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Iltz, of Kenmore, WA; Sharon and Jon Fink of Odessa; and Carol and Mike Schroeder, of Newman Lake; on e granddaughter, Jessi Dale Fink, of Odessa; her brother, James Kenneth Miller and wife Opal, of St John; and two aunts, Hilda Miller Hynes and husband Emery, of Spokane, and Mary Wooddy Haden, of Milwaukie, OR; and many nieces and nephews. Her memorial service was celebrated Nov 12, at Heritage Church, Odessa, of which she was a member, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. An interment service was held at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: Nov 14, 2002)

Iltz, Robert D.,   (d. 1960; b. 1939; TS; OC; dc)  “Robert David Iltz.  Died: 4-01-1960, Odessa, WA. Spouse: unmarried.  Father: David Iltz; Mother: Bertha Willging.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)

Iltz, Samuel,  h/o Grace E.  (d. 1997; b. 1907; TS; OC)  “Samuel Iltz.  Died: Aug 16, 1997.  Birth: Feb 7, 1907, Odessa, WA. Spouse: widowed; Father: George Iltz, Sr.;  Mother: Katherine Iltz.  Burial: Aug 20, 1997, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Graveside funeral services for Samuel Iltz were held on Wednesday, Aug 20, at Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Iltz, who was 90 years old, died at the Odessa Convalescent Center on Saturday, Aug 16, 1997. He had been a resident of Odessa since 1984. He was born Feb 7, 1907, the son of George and Katherine (Walter) Iltz, at the family farm north of Moody. He farmed in the Moody area and later moved to Odessa. He married Grace Wilson on Apr 12, 1948, in Odessa. They moved to Davenport in 1956, where he worked as a plumber. They lived there for 28 years. After Grace died in 1984, Sam moved back to Odessa. He is survived by a sister, Emma Crow, of Coeur d’Alene, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Grace, he was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and five brothers. Pastor Charles Smith officiated at the funeral. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa record-undated)

Irving, George, Aug 16, 1918 (notes) George Irving died at Vera on Aug 9, 1918, aged 69 years. He was buried in the Odessa cemetery next to his wife who died 10 years ago. (Odessa Record)  

Irving, Grace B.,   (d. 8-25-1908; b. 3-19-1852; TS; OC)  “Mrs George Irving, one of the pioneer women of the Odessa country, died last week. She was born in Scotland 56 years ago.”  (Sept 4, 1908-Harrington Citizen) “Mrs George Irving, one of the pioneer women of the Odessa country, died Tuesday morning, of cancer of the uterus, after a long illness. Mrs. Irving, whose maiden name was Grace Scott, was born in Scotland in 1852, being 56 years old at the time of her death.  She was left an orphan by the death of her parents early in childhood and emigrated to Canada with relatives when twelve years old. Thirteen years later she was married to Mr. Irving at South Mountain, Ontario, and they moved west in 1890 and settled on a ranch in Adams County, twelve miles south of Odessa, where they resided until three years ago, when they moved to town on account of Mrs. Irving’s failing health.  Mrs. Irving has been an invalid for ten years but bore her suffering bravely and uncomplainingly. Kind and loving, and of a gentle disposition, she greatly endeared herself to her family and friends, by whom her death will be sincerely mourned.  She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. John Kirby, who has shown true devotion to her invalid parent during her many years of suffering.  The funeral, which was held yesterday, consisted of a short service at the house at 1 p.m., followed by regular services at the Presbyterian church at 2 p.m., Rev J Gilmore Smith preaching the funeral sermon and speaking words of comfort and hope to the sorrowing relatives and friends. Interment took place at the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (8-28-1908-Odessa Record) 

Isaak, Elizabeth,  (Gall)  (d. 6-29-18; b. 3-11-1858; OC; DC)  “Mrs. Elizabeth Isaak.  Female, white, married, housewife.  Birth: March 11, 1858, Russia. Aged: 60 yrs 3 mos 18 days.  Father; Michael Gall, born Russia; Mother: don’t know; Informant: John Isaak Jr., of Odessa, WA.  Death: June 29, 1918, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. Cause of death: diabetes. Duration: 5 years.  Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA, on July 1, 1918; Undertaker, G B Stone.” (WA State Register of Death) "Mrs. John Isaaak died at her home in Odessa Friday morning at 6:30 o’clock of diabetes, after an illness of over five years, the last 23 weeks of which she was confined to her bed. Her age was 60 years, 3 months and 28 days. Mrs. Isaak was born in South Russia and emigrated to this country 46 years ago, settling in South Dakota where six years later she married John Isaak. They resided in South Dakota until nine years ago, when they came to Washington, where they purchased a farm 20 miles northwest of Odessa where they resided until last fall, when they retired and moved to town. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and son, John Isaak, Sr., and John Isaak Jr., both residents of Odessa country. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon, Rev Emil Huber officiating, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 7-05-1918  

Isaak, John C.,    (d. 4-29-22; b. 4-29-1857; OC; DC) “John C. Isaak.  Male, white widowed, farmer-retired about 9 yrs. Birth: April 29, 1857, Russia; Age: 65 years.  Father: __; Mother: __; Informant: G .Graedel, Odessa, WA. Death: 4-29-1922, Dist #6, Lincoln County. Cause of death: pneumonia. Contributory: arthritis. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 4-30-1922. Undertaker: none.” (WA State Register of Death)

Iverson, E. W. Bill,   (d. 1995; b. 1925; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial service for Earl William (Bill) Iverson will be held at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec 15. Mr. Iverson died Thursday, Dec 7, 1995, in Ilwaco, WA. He was 70 years old. He was born in Wilbur on Oct 13, 1925, the son of Earl and Iva Iverson. He began school in Wilbur. He moved with his family to Odessa in 1940. He was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1943. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the US Navy and became a fighter aircraft mechanic with Carrier Aircraft service Unit 50 at Pasco. He received his training at naval stations at Farragut, Idaho; Norman, OK, and Whidbey Island, WA. While in the service, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Lucile Luiten, on May 5, 1945, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick. After honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Bill worked in Pasco as a clerk typist for the US Army and as an automobile mechanic at Finch Motors in Wilbur. In 1948, Bill and Lucile took over the farm of her parents, the Luiten homestead south of Lamona. There they raised their family of five children and continued farming until Bill’s health forced him to retire in 1982. During these years, Bill worked at many jobs to help supplement the farm income. He was an auto mechanic and welder at Birge’s Garage and Wolf Motor Sales in Odessa. He did farm and mechanic work for neighbors. He drove the Odessa School District’s Lamona bus route for 19 years. He was a member of Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church and was chairman, elder, Sunday School teacher, choir member and delegate to church conventions. He was a member of several organizations, including the American Legion and its drum and bugle corps and the Farmers Home Adm. board and other farm-involved groups. He served as president and membership chairman of the Holiday Rambler Club. After retirement, Bill and Lucile joined a group called Rovers, and they roamed the Pacific Northwest in their RV. During these travels, Bill and Lucile enjoyed meeting many interesting people. They also played and sang sacred songs and golden-oldies—Bill on the saxophone and Lucile on the keyboard—at convalescent, retirement and senior centers, campgrounds and churches. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lucile, at home; son David Iverson and his wife Sharon, of Davenport; daughter Judith Iverson of Odessa; daughter Sandra Zingelmann and her husband, Jim, of Longview, WA; son Larry Iverson and his wife, Claudia, of Lamona; son Norman Iverson of Harrington; daughter-in-law, Merry C Iverson, of Spokane; granddaughters (names herein deleted), grandsons (names herein deleted), great-grandson Conner VanPevenage, of Harrington; brother, Jack Iverson, of Spokane; sister Margaret Schadendorf, of Algona, Iowa; stepmother Helen Iverson, of Spokane, and numerous aunts, nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record-Dec 15, 1995)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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