Odessa City Cemetery
Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach
Page Ka through Kinz
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.
Kagele, Darlene, (added) “Darlene Kagele died Saturday, March 14, 2009. She was 82 years old. She was born Oct 17, 1926, to Charles and Lena Schell in Ruff, WA, where she grew up and attended school in Marlin, graduating with the class of 1944. She attended Cheney Normal School for one year before coming home to marry Lewis Kagele in Ruff on Nov 18, 1945. The couple moved to a newly purchased farm 10 miles southwest of Odessa where they raised three children, Jack, Susan and Clark. In 1979 they became owners/operators of the Odessa Golf Course and moved to their new home on the fifth fairway. Darlene loved to entertain friends and family and was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and working with the women’s group on many projects. She was a member of the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteer for the Odessa School District’s HOSTS program. She is preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jack Kagele. She is survived by her husband, Lewis at the family home in Odessa; daughter Susan and Cho Larson of Cottonwood, AZ, and a son Clark and Charlene Kagele. Grandchildren Mike (Tara) Williams, Jessica Kagele, Melissa Kagele, Ian (Marissa) Loudon, Andrew Loudon and Matthew (Sally) Kagele; two sisters, Helen Dashiell of Liberty Lake and Betty and Gordon Littig of Alexandria, VA; brothers-in-law Richard and Darleen Kagele of Ritzville; sister-in-law Ursula Kagele of Seattle and many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. There will be a graveside burial at 10 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery on Thursday, March 19, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-2009)
Kagele, Jack L., (d. 1967; b. 1947; TS; OC) “Jack L. Kagele.—His home Odessa, WA. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Kagele at the home; one brother, Clark Kagele and one sister, Miss Susan Kagele, all at the home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Kagele, Ritzville, WA; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schell, Marlin, WA. Funeral services Wednesday, Jan 3, at 2 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, WA, Rev Herman Cronrath and Rev John Birchard officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-02-1968)
Kagele, Lewis, (added) Suchland
only, no dates
Kallenberger, Eva Allmer, (d. 1958; b. 1872; TS; OC) “Funeral services for Mrs. Eve Kallenberger, 86, were held from the English Congregational Church in Odessa on Monday afternoon. The Rev A. Hausauer, pastor of the Marlin Zion Congregational church officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Grandsons acted as pallbearers. Mrs. Kallenberger was born May 13, 1872 in Worms, Russia, and came to America with her parents at the age of six. They located at Scotland, South Dakota, and there in 1892 she married Jacob Kallenberger. In 1907 the family came to Marlin where they homesteaded 8 miles northeast of town. The Kallenbergers had a decisive part in the growth of their area, and the Zion Congregational church is on part of their property, formerly used for a school. After farming until 1929 they retired to a home in Marlin. Mr. Kallenberger died in 1949. Mrs. Kallenberger has been in failing health for several months, during which she was in and out of the hospitals. She spent the past three months at the Memorial Hospital here. Death came on Friday evening. She is survived by 10 children, including five daughters: Mrs. Phillip Pfeifer, Mrs. Gus Zimbelman, Mrs Gus Schorzman, Marlin; Mrs. Clara Cox, Portland; and Mrs. Sam Fink, Fairfield; five sons, Walter and Otto, Wilbur; Oscar, Sprague; Henry, Marlin; and Raymond, Box Elder, MT; 38 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.” (Odessa Record-Nov 13, 1958)
Kallenberger, Jacob, (d. 1949; b. 1869; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Jacob Kallenberger, 80, Marlin pioneer, were held from the United Congregational Church Sunday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Active pall bearers were grandsons of Mr. Kallenberger, including Melvin Zimbelman, Howard, Ray, Gen and Dale Pfeifer, and Eugene Schorzman. Honorary pall bearers were G E Engle, J R Goetz, Jacob Quast, Robert Bauer, Claus Peterson and Ed Wagner. Born in Russia April 29, 1869, Mr. Kallenberger came to the United States at the age of 17, locating at Scotland, South Dakota. After residence at Eureka, South Dakota and in Montana, he came to Washington, where he located on a ranch eight miles north of Marlin, living there until 1929, when he retired to live in Marlin. Survivors include his wife, Eva, at the home; five daughters, Mrs. Nettie Pfeifer, Mrs. Emma Zimbelman, Mrs. Esther Hoff, and Mrs. Ida Schorzman, all of Marlin, and Mrs. Clara Cox, Portland; five sons, Walter and Otto, Creston; Oscar, Lamont; Henry, Marlin; and Ray, Havre, Montana; three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Isaak, Odessa; Mrs. Sophia Beck, Lenton, North Dakota; and Mrs. Christina Kurly, Eureka, South Dakota; two brothers, John of Eureka, SD; and Andrew of Selah, WA; 35 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: June 16, 1949) “Jacob Kallenberger, 80, Marlin pioneer, died at his home there on Wednesday night. Funeral service arrangements were not completed at press time, but will likely be held on Sunday, at Odessa, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Details will be published next week. A native of Russia, Mr. Kallenberger came to the state in 1907, and has lived in Marlin since 1929, when he retired from farming. He was in good health until the past several months, and had been hospitalized on several occasions. His final illness was of about a week’s duration. Survivors...” (Odessa Record: 6-02-1949)
Kalkworf, Anna (Burkhart), (d. 2-27-1926; b. 4-24-1855; see Tipke plot; TS; OC; DC) “Anna Kalkworf. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Apr 24, 1855, Germany. Age: 70 yrs 10 mos 2 days. Father: Albert Burkhart, born Germany; Mother: do not know, born Germany. Informant: Fred H. Tipke, Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 27, 1926, Dist., Ritzville, Adams County, WA. Cause of death: Carcinoma Ventriculi. Wm F. Armann, MD, Ritzville, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, March 1, 1926. M. F. Haight, Undertaker, Ritzville, WA.” (WA State Register of Death; Edit: Buried with first husband, Henry Tipke) (Kalkworf not listed Suchland, see Tipke) “Anna Burkhart Kalkwarf. Ordered by Fred Tipke and Peter J. Kalkwarf. Death: Feb 27, 1926, 1:45 p.m., at home in Ritzville. Funeral: March 1, 1926, Lutheran Church, Rev I. T. Just. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Age: 70 yrs 10 mos 2 days. married, housewife, born Germany. Father: Albert Burkhart, born Germany; Mother: unknown, born Germany. Cause of death: cancer of the stomach. Dr Wm Armann.” (Ritzville Mortuary Archives) “Mrs. Pete Kalkwarf, better known as Anna Tipke, died at Ritzville at the age of 70 years 10 months. She was born in Germany and came to the US in girlhood. In 1875 she married Henry Tipke in Minnesota. Mr. Tipke died in 1896. In 1900 she married Peter Kalkwarf. Burial will take place in the Odessa Cemetery.” (notes from Odessa Record of March 5, 1926)
Kammerzell, Pearl, (d.
1966; b. 1894; TS; OC; (b. Mar 14, 1894; d. Oct 1966-Odessa?) “Funeral
services will be held at the; UCC for Mrs. Pearl Kammerzell on Friday at 2 p.m.,
Rev B. M. Schafer conducting the service. Interment will be in the Odessa
Cemetery. Pearl Kammerzell died on
Oct 18, at the age of 72, in the Deaconess hospital in Spokane. Mrs. Pearl
Kammerzell, the daughter of Carl and Katherine Borgens, was born March 14, 1894
in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was united in marriage to Jake Libsack on June 22,
1916 in Odessa. They made their home in the Odessa area until 1933, at which
time Mr. Libsack died. She was later united in marriage to Mr. John Kammerzell on
Dec 22, 1937 in Tacoma. They lived in Portland until 1962 when Mr. Kammerzell
died after an extended illness. Pearl then moved to Odessa and has made her home
here until her death. Mrs. Kammerzell was a dedicated church member and was
baptized and confirmed as a child in the Congregational tradition. She was a
member of the Prayer Fellowship, the Ladies Aid Society and the Pairables at the
UCC. Survivors include two
brothers, Dan Borgens, Ritzville, and Ed Borgens, Davenport; two sisters, Mrs.
Lydia Heizelmann of The Dalles, Oregon, and Leona Gates, Tacoma; three
step-children, Mrs. Amelia Strait, Mrs. Evelyn Hahn and Harold Kammerzell, all of
Portland.” (Odessa Record: 10-20-1966)
Kanzler, George J., (d. 1-09-1905; b. 3-20-1873; TS; OC; LL) “Kanzler, George Jacob. Died: 11 Jan 1905; Birth: 20 March 1873; Married: (1) Katherine Lizzie Bauer; (2) Anna Marie Miller, parents of two children; Died from typhoid, aged 31 yr 9 mos 8 days.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger; ? buried in same coffin with Reuben; German script?)
Kanzler, Reuben, (d. 1-11-1905; b. 7-13-1903; TS; OC; LL) “Kanzler, Reuben. Died: 11 Jan 1905; Birth: 13 July 1903; Aged: 1 yr 5 mos 29 days.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)
Kappel, Andrew, (d. 1965; b. 1915; TS; OC) (b. Sept 1, 1915; d. Jan 1965) “Funeral services for Edward Kappel, who died on his farm near Deer Lake January 17thof a self-inflicted gunshot wound, were held here at the English Congregational church on Tuesday, Rev A. Hausauer conducting the service. He was born in Ruff, WA, Sept 1, 1915 and married Mabel Bischoff at Ritzville in 1938. He has lived near Stratford, Tekoa, Cheney, Prosser and on the farm 25 miles southeast of Chewelah, since October. Survivors include two sons, Delbert L, Spokane; Andy at home; three daughters, Mrs. Delyla Miller, Walla Walla, Sharon and Peggy at home; two ....” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1965 His obit was under one name, Edward, but his wife's obit shows him as Andrew.
Kappel, Eva Irene Melcher, (d. 11-16-1985; b. 1-11-1917; TS; OC)
Kappel. Frederick, (d. 1949; b. 1893; TS; OC) “Frederick Kappel, 56, former Ruff area resident, recently of Hartline, was buried from the English Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev Benj. W. Schuldheisz officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Kappel died at the sacred Heart Hospital at Spokane Friday noon, after a 20-hour stay at the hospital. The Strate Funeral Home was called to take charge of his remains and conduct the funeral. Mr. Kappel was born April 10, 1893, at Boyd City, Nebraska, coming to Washington later, and for the past 17 years has been residing in Grant County, in recent years in the Hartline area. He was married on Dec 30, 1935 to Miss Eva Melcher. She survives, together with a son, Leonard, and two daughters, Carol and Diana; his mother, Mrs. Katie Kappel of Ritzville; four brothers, William, Hartline; Albert, Ritzville; John, Ruff; and Andrew, Wilson Creek; and one sister, Mrs. Louise Caples, Tacoma, WA.” (Odessa Record: 13 Oct 1949)
Kappel, Gene Louis, s/o Fred (d. 3-17-1944; fun.22nd ; b. 12-11-1936; TS; OC; Strates) “Gene Louis Kappel. Residence: 5 miles south Hartline, WA. Died: at home, aged: 7 yrs 3 mos 6 days. Male, white, single. Birth: Dec 11, 1936, rural Hartline, WA. Father: Fred Kappel, born Boyd Co, NE; Mother: Eva Irene Melcher, born Odessa. Cause of death: pneumonia, secondary: measles. Physician: Dr Anderson of Wilbur. Funeral: English Congregational Church, March 22, 1944, 2 p.m., Rev Benj. Schuldheisz. Burial: Odessa, WA.” (Mortuary Ledger)
Jimmy, (buried not given, 1-14-1961 see Hausauer ledger)
Kappel, Mabel M., (added) d. 2-14-1963 obit “Funeral services were
held on Monday from the English Congregational church for Mrs. Mabel M Kappel,
43, who died of pneumonia at her home near Prosser on Feb 14.
The Rev A. Hausauer officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under
the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mrs.
Kappel was born May 13, 1919, the daughter of the late William Bischoff and Mrs.
Bischoff. She grew to womanhood in the Ruff area and married Andrew Kappel. They
have made their home at Wilson Creek and Cheney and recently moved to Prosser to
their present home. She is survived
by her husband, Andrew Kappel; two sons, Delbert and Andy Wayne; three
daughters, Delyla, Sharon and Peggy; one granddaughter, all at the home; her
mother, Mrs. George Welton of Moses Lake; four brothers, Milton Bischoff and
Billy Bischoff, both of Lind; Harry Bischoff, Chatteroy; Norman Bischoff, Ruff;
2 sisters, Mrs. Alice Spies, Ruff; and Mrs. Shirley Irvin, Troutdale, OR.”
(Odessa Record: 2-21-1963)
Kehrer, Alice H., (d. 1930; 1906; TS; OC)
Kehrer, Edward E., (added) “Edward E. Kehrer.—Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, Sept 6, 1995 at 2 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery Chapel, Odessa, WA. Pastor Tom Sayre, officiating. Mr. Kehrer will lie-in-state at the cemetery chapel from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook notice) Kehrer, Elton; d. Sept 3, 1995 “A memorial service for Elton Kehrer, 65, who died on Sunday, Sept 3, 1995, was held on Wednesday, Sept 6, at the Odessa cemetery Chapel, with Rev Tom Sayre officiating. The service followed interment at the Odessa Cemetery. He was born Dec 27, 1929, in Spokane, the son of Paul and Alice (Wagner) Kehrer. He was a lifetime resident of Marlin. He attended school in Marlin. He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin. He is survived by an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner, of Kennewick, and numerous cousins. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-undated)
Keller, Harold L “Corky’ (b. 10-02-1928; d. 3-10-2010); “Harold L ‘Corky’ Keller died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Tacoma, March 10, 2010. He was born Oct 2, 1928, in Wilson Creek and graduated from Wilson Creek High School in 1946. In 1950, he received a Pharmacy degree from Washington State College. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Walter from Odessa, to whom he was married for 60 years. He served in the US Navy from 1950-1953, as a pharmacist on the floating hospital ship, the USS Repose. Beginning in 1953, he worked in retail drug stores in Moses Lake and Connell before he opened his own store in Odessa. He ran Keller Rexall Drugs in Odessa from 1955-1973. An accomplished businessman, he remodeled and modernized his business in Odessa, creating a popular old-fashioned ice cream parlor, along with many gift, camera and sundry items. For these efforts he was recognized nationally by Rexall. In Odessa, he was also active with the Chamber of Commerce and Lion’s Club, and in 1970 was one of the initial founders of the Deutschesfest. Additionally, he worked as the scout master for Odessa Boy Scout Troop #84, eventually organizing several Cascade Mountain trips, culminating in a 50-mile hike through the Pasayten Wilderness area. In 1973, Harold and Joanne moved to Spokane, where he ran the Card ‘n’ Candle gift shop in the Northtown Mall. Three years later he purchased a Hallmark card shop as well. He and Joanne visited many factories in Europe to stock his store with one-of-a-kind items. For his sales efforts, Harold was selected as Northtown’s ‘Merchant of the Year’ for 1976 and 1980. He continued with this work as a well-respected and engaged businessman until moving to Mt Vernon in 1991. Harold Keller is survived by his wife Joanne (Walter); three sons, David (Shelly), Nuh (Besa) and Will (Jan) Keller; daughter Nancy (Rick) Keller-Scholz; sister Margaret Siegenthaler; nine grandchildren, Megan Keller, Jack Keller, Emmanuel Keller-Scholz, Claire Keller-Scholz, William Keller-Scholz, Shane Keller, Sheyenne Keller, Shileah Keller, Shanna Keller; and six great grandchildren, Jordan, Jayme, Travis, Benjamin, Robyn, Rebecca and Amanda Keller. A funeral service was held at 12 noon March 13, 2010, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma. Interment followed at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Odessa Memorial Cemetery in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-18-2010)
Keller, infant, s/o Joseph (d. 9-23-1921; b. 9-23-21; TS; OC; DC) “unnamed Keller. Male, white, stillborn Sept 23, 1921, Odessa, WA. Death: Sept 23, 1921, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Joseph Keller, born Kansas; Mother: Winnifred M. Hanly, born Idaho. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, no attendant.” (WA State Register of Death)Keller, Harold L “Corky’ (b. 10-02-1928; d. 3-10-2010); “Harold L ‘Corky’ Keller died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Tacoma, March 10, 2010. He was born Oct 2, 1928, in Wilson Creek and graduated from Wilson Creek High School in 1946. In 1950, he received a Pharmacy degree from Washington State College. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Walter from Odessa, to whom he was married for 60 years. He served in the US Navy from 1950-1953, as a pharmacist on the floating hospital ship, the USS Repose. Beginning in 1953, he worked in retail drug stores in Moses Lake and Connell before he opened his own store in Odessa. He ran Keller Rexall Drugs in Odessa from 1955-1973. An accomplished businessman, he remodeled and modernized his business in Odessa, creating a popular old-fashioned ice cream parlor, along with many gift, camera and sundry items. For these efforts he was recognized nationally by Rexall. In Odessa, he was also active with the Chamber of Commerce and Lion’s Club, and in 1970 was one of the initial founders of the Deutschesfest. Additionally, he worked as the scout master for Odessa Boy Scout Troop #84, eventually organizing several Cascade Mountain trips, culminating in a 50-mile hike through the Pasayten Wilderness area. In 1973, Harold and Joanne moved to Spokane, where he ran the Card ‘n’ Candle gift shop in the Northtown Mall. Three years later he purchased a Hallmark card shop as well. He and Joanne visited many factories in Europe to stock his store with one-of-a-kind items. For his sales efforts, Harold was selected as Northtown’s ‘Merchant of the Year’ for 1976 and 1980. He continued with this work as a well-respected and engaged businessman until moving to Mt Vernon in 1991. Harold Keller is survived by his wife Joanne (Walter); three sons, David (Shelly), Nuh (Besa) and Will (Jan) Keller; daughter Nancy (Rick) Keller-Scholz; sister Margaret Siegenthaler; nine grandchildren, Megan Keller, Jack Keller, Emmanuel Keller-Scholz, Claire Keller-Scholz, William Keller-Scholz, Shane Keller, Sheyenne Keller, Shileah Keller, Shanna Keller; and six great grandchildren, Jordan, Jayme, Travis, Benjamin, Robyn, Rebecca and Amanda Keller. A funeral service was held at 12 noon March 13, 2010, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma. Interment followed at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Odessa Memorial Cemetery in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-18-2010)
Kelso, Clara B., (d. 8-20-1967; b. 2-14-1888; TS; OC) “Clara Kelso. Died: 8-20-1967. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit);
Kelso, Fred O., (d. 3-05-1916; b. 3-06-1880; TS; OC; DC) “Fred O Kelso. Male, white. Birth: March 6, 1880. Aged: 35 yrs 11 mos 29 days. Died: March 5, 1916, Lincoln County, WA. Cause of death: Strychnine Poisoning, self-administered; Duration: 15 minutes. Contributory: Temporary Insanity. J. M. Corpening, MD, Harrington, WA. Registrar: H S Bassett, March 6, 1916, R.=3. Burial: Odessa, WA on March 7, 1916. Undertaker: J. E. Turner, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death; no family information on form) “Fred O. Kelso (or Kelsy) aged 36 years lacking one day, committed suicide Sunday afternoon, March 5th, at the farm home nine miles west of Harrington of George Kitt, by taking strychnine. The deed was done while Kelso is said to have been temporarily insane. He kept everybody on the place at bay, for a time, with a revolver while he shut himself into a room where he swallowed the dose of deadly poison. Geo Kitt was worried about the fellow, who was his hired man, having the gun, and finally gained admission to the room and asked Kelso for the gun. Mrs. Kelso’s voice announced from near by that she had gained possession of the gun. Mr. Kitt noticed the box of strychnine on the table and asked Kelso if he had taken any of it. He indicated that he had. Stepping from the room where Kelso was sitting in a chair, Kitt heard him fall. Going back into the room he found Kelso on the floor. Dr J. M. Corpening was summoned, and with Oscar Andrews as chauffeur they made a record run, but notwithstanding the good time made over the poor roads, Kelso was dead in fifteen minutes from the time he took the poison, and some time before the physician reached him. Kelso is thought to be a native of Ohio and has been a resident of this state for seven years. He is survived by a wife and small son. The cause of death is given as strychnine poisoning self administered. Undertaker J. E. Turner was called, prepared the body for burial and on Tuesday took it overland to Odessa for interment. Deceased has relatives residing there. Kelso had worked for Mr. Kitt for some time.” (Citizen: March 10, 1916)
Kennedy, Clara, (d. 1970; b. 1895; TS; OC; obit) “Services were held from the Odessa Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon Oct 20, for Mrs. Clara Kennedy Gulhke. She passed away on October 17. Rev Albert Richardson and Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the services. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Guhlke was born in Missouri on Aug 5, 1895, and came west as a young girl. She was united in marriage to Homer Kennedy on Sept 23, 1916, and they resided in Odessa for 44 years. Mr. Kennedy died in November of 1965. On Oct 6, 1967, she was married to Henry Guhlke, who survives her. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Parr of Harrington, and Mrs. Bill Hardt of Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Bill Gayhart of Webb City, MO; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Jim Moore of Spokane, Mrs. Jim Ross and Stanley Parr, both of Seattle; and 3 great grandchildren. Mrs. Guhlke was a member of the Odessa Grange, Royal Neighbors and the Baptist Church.” (Odessa Record: 22 Oct 1970)
Kennedy, Homer, h/o Clara (d. 1965; b. 1893; TS; OC; d. Nov 1965; b. June 28, 1893) “Death came suddenly to Homer Kennedy on Friday, Nov 19, while working at the Odessa Grange Supply where he had been employed for 20 years. He was born at Edwall, WA, on June 28, 1893, and was married to Clara Sharp of that community on Sept 23, 1916 in Spokane, WA. The couple farmed at Edwall the first 11 years of their married life before moving to Odessa in 1927. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Clara, and two daughters, Mrs. Bill Hardt (Laura), Odessa; and Mrs. Robert Parr (Jean), Harrington; and 3 grandchildren, Mrs. James Moore, Spokane; Stanley Parr, Seattle; and Nancy Parr, Spokane; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Sawyer of Davenport and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the English Congregational Church and the Odessa Grange. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov 22, at the Odessa Congregational Church with Rev John A. Birchard and Rev A. Hausauer officiating. ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ were sung by Al Scheibner, Ralph Heimbigner, Bill Schillinger and Clarence Schmidt, accompanied by Mrs. Leo Stout. Pall bearers were C. E. Schlimmer, Dan Schell, Charlie Jeske, Jim Walter, Al Wacker, and Ed Miller. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 11-25-1965) “Not so long ago a national weekly featured a group picture of a family in Germany, noted for longevity. The combined ages of the seven is 527 years, an average slightly better than 75 years. The Inland Empire has a family that will put the German group to shame, with 11 members with a total age of 813 years, an average of about 74 years, slight below the German family in average. A family Bible proves the facts. They are children of Mr. and Mrs. James Boardman Robinson, former Waukon residents. Homer Kennedy is a son of one of the family, and that makes a closer connection to this community. From the family Bible we find that family had 12 children, 11 still living, grouped as follows: son born 1851; son, 1853; daughter, 1856; son, 1858; son, 1860; daughter, 1861; son, 1863; daughter, Mrs. Emma Kennedy, Edwall, 1865; daughter, 1867; daughter, 1871; daughter, 1872; and daughter, 1874.—Odessa Record. Mrs. Muriel McKee, former Harrington resident, now of Bluestem, is a daughter of Mrs. Emma Kennedy of Edwall, as is Mrs. Cal Sawyer, mother of Miss Alma Sawyer; Mrs. Kempken and Mrs. Harry Strauss of Edwall are also daughters of Mrs. Kennedy.” (Citizen: 2-25-1938)
Kern, Fred, (d. 1-02-35; b. 2-05-1885; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Friedrich Kern. Birth: 5 Feb 1885; Died: 2 Jan 1935; 49 yr 10 mos 28 days. Gattion, 3 sons.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Fred Kern. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 2, 1935, 11:45 a.m., Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Birth: Feb 5, 1885, Russia. Age: 49 yrs 10 mos 27 days. Male, white, married, farmer. Last worked: Dec 1934, total time in occupation: 28 yrs. In US: 29 yrs. Father: John Kern born Russia; Mother: Rose Weisser, born Russia. Cause of death: Acute Intestinal Obstruction. Leaves: wife Matilda, 3 sons: Oscar, Eddie and Harold of Odessa.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Frederick Kern, 50, resident of the south country, died at a Spokane hospital on Wednesday morning, following an emergency operation. The body will be brought to Odessa on Friday and funeral services will be held from the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Sunday, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Born in Russia, Feb 5, 1885, he lived there as a young man and came to America in 1905, locating at Marlin, where he made his home for 15 years. During the last nine years he has made his home south of Odessa, in the Lauer region. He was married Nov 29, 1910 to Miss Matilda Weishaar, who survives him. Other survivors include three sons, Oscar, Eddie and Harold, all at home; three brothers in Russia and a brother Adam at Soap Lake. Mr. Kern was taken ill while in town on Monday afternoon and was given medical attention. On Tuesday it was decided to rush him to Spokane for an operation which was performed that night. He died on Wednesday morning. Relatives who went to Spokane on Wednesday arrived a few moments after his death.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-1935)
Kern, Harold A., (added) “A funeral mass for Harold A. Kern will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct 30, at St Joseph Church in Odessa, with the Rev W. Roy Floch officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Kern died Sunday, Oct 26, 2003, in Odessa. He was 85 years old. Harold was born in Marlin on Feb 8, 1918, the youngest of three sons of Friedrich and Matilda (Weishaar) Kern. He grew up on the family farm near Lauer. After graduating from Odessa High School in 1936, he worked on the construction of Grand Coulee Dam until he joined the US Navy, where he was a machinist first class assigned to the battleship USS Nevada that was involved in the attack at Pearl Harbor. He was later stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, where he completed seven years of service. In 1944, he married Marie Joyce, of Chicago. She died in 1972. Their family of two daughters was raised in Michigan City, IN, where he was active in Toastmasters and the Historical Society. He served on the Port Authority during the development of the marina on Lake Michigan. In 1974, he married Mary Louise Horak, of Odessa. Following his retirement from Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Harold and Mary moved back to Odessa from Michigan City. Harold served as mayor of Odessa from 1988 to 1991. He was instrumental in organizing the Primetimers, a local group of golden agers. He was also a building inspector for the town of Odessa. In October 1993, Harold ended a career as a reporter and writer for the Odessa Record which had spanned 61 years. When he was in the eighth grade at the Lauer School he was The Record’s Lauer community correspondent. Beginning in 1982, he authored a column, Ancient Fossils, reminiscing on Odessa area history. This feature ran in the newspaper for six years. Later, he returned to The Record to report for the Odessa Scene page. He also researched historical data for The Record’s series of articles about the communities of Marlin, Ruff and Lamona. His memberships included Lions Club International, Odessa Grange, Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn. and life membership in the Veterans of Foreign wars and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife Mary Louise, at the family home in Odessa; daughters Kathleen Roberts, of Kalamazoo, MI, and Karen Finkbonner, of Ferndale, WA; stepchildren, Ann Haugen, of Colfax, Paul Horak, of Odessa, Steven Horak of Leonia, NJ, and Carol Kniola, of Odessa; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and brothers Edwin Kern, of Odessa, and Oscar Kern, of Spokane.” (Odessa Record-Oct 30, 2003)
Kern, Joyce Frentz, (added: d. 5-03-2007; b. 9-24-1920) “Joyce Kern died May 3, 2007, in Odessa. Her home was in Odessa. She was born on Sept 24, 1920, in Wolfpoint, MT, the daughter of Harold and Pearl (Breckenridge) Frentz. She is survived by her husband, Edwin Kern, at the home; and one son, Ken Kern, of Clatskanie, OR. She has several nieces and nephews. She attended high school in Grand Coulee. Joyce married Edwin Kern on Aug 2, 1937. They lived in Grand Coulee until 1939. She was a member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran church, where she was very active; teaching Sunday School, Women’s Guild, and was historian for several years. She worked at Keller Drug and the Odessa Bowling Alley and enjoyed being with friends and family. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Donna Charles and June Snyder. Memorial services were held Monday, May 7, 2007, at the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Barry Warpness, officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-2007)
Kern, Mary Louise Geissler Horak (added; b. 1-05-1920; d. 5-27-2010) “Born into a pioneer farming family in Odessa Jan 5, 1920, Mary Louise Geissler Horak Kern died May 27, 2010, after a short illness. The only daughter of Fred and Genevieve Geissler, she will be remembered for her indomitable spirit and for her loving influence on her large family and her community. Mary’s interests and talents were varied and far-reaching, beginning at an early age as a musician and teacher. Her marriage to Frank Horak in 1942 produced four children. IN addition to the family farm, she was active in many organizations including the Odessa Grange, as a long-time leader in the 4-H Clubs of America, as a member of the Altar Society of St Joseph Catholic Church of Odessa and as organist for that church. She was a teacher to several generations of piano students and a substitute teacher in the Odessa schools. Several year after Frank’s death in 1971, she married Harold Kern and moved to Michigan City, IN, where she had a successful career in real estate and as an income tax preparer. She served on the Board of Directors of the Odessa Memorial Hospital for 18 years. She also became an avid quilter, expressing her artistry until shortly before her death. Mary is survived by her children: Anne Haugen and husband Jim of Colfax; Paul Horak and wife Deb of Odessa; Steven Horak and partner Mark Flint of Leonia, NJ; and Carol Kniola of Odessa; by her step-daughters: Kathy Roberts and husband Fred of Kalamazoo, MI, and Karen Finkbonner and husband Jerry of Ferndale; and by her 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Horak, husband Harold A Kern and her two brothers, Raymond and William Geissler. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, with Father Mike Ishida, officiating. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 6-03-2010; photo)
Kern, Matilda Weishaar, (d. 1962; b. 1893; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services are to be held today (Thursday) at 2:00 from the Zion-Emmanuel Congregational Church for Mrs Matilda Kern, who died unexpectedly during the early hours of Mother’s Day. The Rev Elmer Wenzel will officiate and burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery. Nephews will act as pallbearers, including, Robert, Clarence and Ivan Hemmerling, Maurice, Donald and Wallace Weishaar. Mrs. Kern, who had been in poor health for several years, had been hospitalized the week before in a critical condition but seemed fully recovered. Sunday morning she became ill and went to the home of a neighbor to summon a doctor, death occurring within a few moments. Born in Bessarabia, Oct 1, 1893, she came to America with her parents in 1903, and the family home was in Nebraska until 1906, when they moved to Quincy. She lived there until her marriage in 1910 to the late Fred Kern, then locating near Marlin. In 1926 she moved to the family farm here. Mr. Kern died in 1935 and she moved to town to make her home. Survivors include three sons, Oscar, of Mahnomen, MN; Harold, Michigan City, IL; and Eddie, Odessa; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Fred S Weishaar, Odessa, and Louis Weishaar, Seattle; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Weitzel, Portland; Mrs. Louise Hemmerling, Odessa; Mrs. Emma Lane, Lakeside, CA; and Mrs. Hilda Dye, Post Falls, ID.” (Odessa Record: 5-17-1962)
Kern, Oscar, (owner of plot B-07-38 per Suchland data)(added) 1914-2010 “Oscar Kern died Jan 19, 2010. He was 85 years old. He was born nine miles north of (Krupp) Marlin, on Jan 22, 1914, to Frederick and Matilda (Weishaar) Kern. He graduated from Lauer grade school in 1930 and worked on the family farm until work began on the Grand Coulee Dam where he worked until completion of the project. While at the dam site, he married Lanorma Martin. They had two children, Almon and Thiry. They left Grand Coulee for California where he worked on the Shasta Dam until its completion. Lanorma died in 1941. He left California and moved to Seattle, where he worked in the shipyards during the war years. While there he married Laretta Pitman. To that union four boys and four girls were born. After the war he moved to Minnesota where he managed a natural gas business. From Minnesota, he moved back to Moses Lake and went to work at the sugar beet factory as foreman in the maintenance department. When the plant closed he went to work at Hallmark Inn in Moses Lake, again as a maintenance worker. When Laretta died, he left Moses Lake for Spokane. Preceding him in death were his wives, Lanorma and Laretta and four sons, Almon Kern, Calvin Kern, Scott Kern and Jerry Kern. He is survived by one brother, Edwin Kern of Odessa, one son Kenneth, five daughters: Thiry of Denver, CO; Cheryl of Clarkston, WA; and Linda, Leslie and Twila, all of California.” (Odessa Record: 1-28-2010)
Kiehn, Carl , (d. 1949; b. 1900; TS; OC; Cong.) “Carl Kiehn. Birth: 29 Mar 1900; Died: 20 Nov 1949” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Carl Kiehn. Died: 11-20-1949. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the United Congregational church for Carl Kiehn, 49, resident of this area all his life. The Rev E. J. Eslinger officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Kiehn died at the Deaconess Hospital shortly after noon on Sunday, where he had spent the past 13 days. During the past several months he had been dividing his time between the hospital and home. He was born in Ritzville, March 29, 1900, and was reared in the Batum area in Adams County. In 1921 he married Miss Pauline Cook. He was employed originally at the Odessa Trading company plant at Batum, and came to town in 1933 to continue with the company, where he was yard foreman at the time of his illness. Survivors include the wife; three daughters, Miss Evelyn Kiehn, Mrs. Leland Boyk and Mrs. Albert Haase; one sister, Mrs. Dan Borgens, Ritzville; two brothers, Edward and Jacob, and two grandchildren, all of the Odessa area.” (Odessa Record: 11-24-1949)
Kiehn, Conrad, h/o Anna (d. 10-14-45; b. 11-16-1869; TS; OC; Strates; Cong.) “Conrad Kiehn; Aged: 75 yrs 11 mos 29 days; Dated: Oct 14, 1945, Odessa” (St Mathew Congregational Ledger) “Conrad Kiehn. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 11-16-1869, Russia. Death: 10-14-1945, at home. Male, married, white, retired farmer. Husband of Anna. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: English Cong. Church, Rev M. J. Galle, 2 p.m. Interment: 10-17-1945” (Mortuary Ledger) “Conrad Kiehn. Died: 10-14-1945. Birth: 10-16-1869, Russia. widowed. Father: Faltin Kiehn. Mother: Anna Margarette Goodman. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) (Edit: not to be confused with Conrad A Kiehn, born 1871, died 1944, burial in Harrington) “Conrad Kiehn, pioneer resident of the area, was buried from the English Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Born in Frank, Russia, Oct 16, 1869, he grew to manhood there and was married in 1890 to Anna Maria Schaub, and the family came to America in 1899, settling first at Ritzville, and two years later taking up a homestead 12 miles southwest of Odessa. May 25, 1930, his wife died and about four years later he moved to town. Death came early Sunday morning while he slept, just two days short of his 76th birthday. Survivors include three sons, Carl and Jacob, Odessa, and Edward, who has just received his discharge from the United States Navy; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Borgens, Ritzville; 10 grandchildren, and one brother, J. H. Kiehn, Cashmere, WA. He was a member of the St Matthews Congregational Church.” (Odessa Record: 10-18-1945)
Kiehn, Edward, (WW II) (d. 5-27-1992; b. 8-16-1906; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Edward Kiehn were held Monday at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary. Mr. Kiehn, who was 85 years old, died May 27, 1992, at the Veterans Adm. Hospital in Spokane, where he had been confined since April 16. He had suffered from multiple sclerosis and for many years had been a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center. He was born Aug 16, 1906, southwest of Odessa, the youngest son of Conrad and Anna Marie Schaub Kiehn. He was baptized and confirmed at the Emmaus German Congregational Church, which was located in the area southwest of Odessa, and he completed his education through the eighth grade at a country school also located there. In his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball, and he starred as a center fielder. The exploits of Ed and his teammates on the diamond were frequently reported in the sports columns of The Odessa Record 65 years ago. He worked on the family farm until 1927, when he and his brother, Jake Kiehn, began farming together. Later, he was employed by the Odessa Trading Co. During World War II he volunteered for duty in the UAS Navy and served on a Liberty ship until his discharge in Oct 1945. He returned to his position at the Odessa Trading Co, working until he was disabled by his illness. He was a member of the Odessa posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He assisted in coaching American Legion-sponsored Little League teams, for which he was awarded the American Legion Junior Baseball Citation. He is survived by one brother, Jake Kiehn, of Odessa, and one sister, Marie Borgens, of Ritzville. Rev Gettinger officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion and VFW members. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-June 4, 1992) “Edward Kiehn. Died: 5-27-1992. Birth: 8-16-1906, WA. Never married. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)
Kiehn, Emma, w/o Jake (d. 1973; b. 1914; TS; OC; dc) “Emma Kiehn. Died: 5-14-1973. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Emma Kiehn. Died: 5-14-1973. Birth: 4-04-1914, WA. Spouse: Jake Kiehn. Father: Conrad Kissler. Mother: Anna Marie Eckhardt. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Funeral services in honor of Mrs. Emma Kiehn of Odessa are being planned at the United Congregational Church on Thursday, May 17th, at 11 a.m. Dr B M Schafer will officiate, with interment at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Mrs. Kiehn died on May 14, 1973, at the age of 59. Mrs. Kiehn was the daughter of Conrad J and Anna Marie Kissler. She was born April 4, 1914 in Odessa. She was married to Jake Kiehn on Dec 20, 1934 in Odessa. They lived on a farm 14 miles southwest of Odessa until 1969, when they retired to their home in town. Emma worked at the Memorial Hospital as a kitchen aide for eleven years. She was a member of the United Congregational. Church, United Daughters and the Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors, in addition to her husband, Jake are two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Heimbigner of Harrington and Mrs. Martha Ferderer of Ritzville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 5-17-1973)
Kiehn, Evelyn E., (d. 5-16-1999; b. 11-11-1921; TS; OC; dc) “Evelyn Elsie Kiehn. Died: 5-16-1999. Born: 11-11-1921 in Odessa, WA. Never married. Burial: May 19, 1999-Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)
Kiehn, Henry, h/o Marie (d. 8-20-1940; b. 11-04-03; TS; OC; Strates) “Henry Kiehn. Residence: Hartline, WA. Death: Aug 20, 1940, 3:10 p.m., Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Birth: Nov 4, 1903, Odessa, WA. Age: 36 yrs 9 mos. Male, white, married, laborer. Grain Warehouse. Last worked: Aug 14, 1940. Time in occupation: 5 yrs. Stay in hospital: 3 days. Father: Conrad Kiehn, born Russia; Mother: Anna Shaw, born Russia. Cause of death: streptococcus systemcemia. Dr J. W. Lynch, Spokane. Leaves: wife, Marie; 2 sons & 2 daughters: Lawrence, Vernon, Johan, Carol Jean, all at home; Father: Con Kiehn, 3 brothers: Carl, Jake, Ed, all of Odessa; 1 sister, Marie ____ of Ritzville.” (Mortuary Ledger: illegible names)
Kiehn, Jake, h/o Emma (d. 1998; b. 1902; TS; OC; dc) “Jake Kiehn. Died: Nov 3, 1998. Birth: July 2, 1902, Odessa, WA. Spouse: widowed, name not given. Father: Conrad Kiehn. Mother: Anna Maria Schaub. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Jake Kiehn died Tuesday, Nov 3, 1998, in Odessa. He was a resident of Odessa. He was born July 2, 1902, in rural Odessa, to Conrad and Ana Marie (Schaub) Kiehn. He was a lifetime resident of Odessa, where he was a wheat farmer. Numerous nieces and nephews survive him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma Kiehn in 1973, his parents, four brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Heritage Church, Odessa. Funeral services will be held Nov 6 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Church sanctuary in Odessa, with Pastor Art Finney officiating. Mr Kiehn will lie in state at the Heritage Church on Friday, Nov 6, from noon until 2 p.m. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1998)
Kiehn, Marie, w/o Henry (d. 12-10-1990; b. 11-24-1903; TS; OC)
Kiehn, Pauline, w/o Carl (d. 1986; b. 1903; TS; OC)
Kiesz, Bertha Raugust, (d. July 1978; b. Mar 29, 1901; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Saturday morning July 22, for Bertha Kiesz, who passed away Tuesday evening, July 18, (1978), in a Spokane Hospital. She was 77. Bertha was born on March 29, 1901 in Bessarabia, South Russia, and was one of eleven children born to Jacob and Christina Raugust. She came to this country with her parents in 1903 and landed at Ritzville, WA. On March 6, 1920 she was united in marriage to Edward Kiesz. They had four children. The young couple farmed for many years southwest of Odessa until 1949 when they retired to Odessa. Eighteen years later in 1967 her husband passed away. Her parents, four brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. Bertha was a faithful member of the United Congregational Church, the Ladies Aid and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her four children: two sons, Virgil Kiesz of Danville, CA, and Gordon Kiesz of Odessa; two daughters, Marian (Mrs. Robert Monroe) and Joyce (Mrs. Larry Fisher), both of Spokane; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild; one sister, Emma Goede of Odessa; two brothers, Rudolph of Odessa and Christ Raugust of Pasco; and many relatives and friends. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. from the UCC of Odessa with the Rev A. Hausauer officiating. ‘He Touched Me’ and ‘In The Garden’ were sung by Peggy Salo and Ione Zeiler with Wilma Schmidt, the organist. Pallbearers were Weldon Goede, Walt Ottmar, Gene Raugust, Tom Sauber, Russ Fisher and Lyle Raugust. Graveside services and vault interment were in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 7-27-1978)
Kiesz, Edward, h/o Bertha (d. Feb 1967; b. April 6, 1896; TS; OC; obit); “Edward Kiesz.—His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Bertha Kiesz, at the home; 2 sons, Virgil Kiesz, Moraga, CA, Gordon Kiesz, Odessa, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marion (Robert) Monroe, Odessa, WA, Mrs. Joyce (Larry) Fisher, Spokane; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Gottlieb Kiesz, Ritzville, WA; Arthur Kiesz, Milwaukee, OR; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma Borgens, Ritzville, WA, Mrs. Lydia Dorn, Tacoma, WA. Funeral service Friday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. form the United Congregational Church of Odessa, WA. Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Interment Odessa, WA, Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 3-03-1967)
Kiesz, Gordon, (d. 1989; b. 1925; TS; OC; obit) “Gordon O. Kiesz of Odessa, born southwest of the community at the family homestead Oct 2, 1925 to Edward and Bertha Kiesz, passed away March 29. He attended local schools and lived and farmed in the Batum area all his life. He was a member here of the Heritage UCC, of Odessa Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Odessa Lions Club and the Odessa Riders Club. He was also a member of the Moses Lake Elks Club and the Moses Lake American Legion. Mr. Kiesz was married in Nov 1948 to Marjorie Gill, who preceded him in death in 1985. The couple resided at the farm near Batum. He is survived by a son, Michael (Gus) Kiesz of Moses Lake; by a daughter, Vickie Davidson of Kennewick; by a brother, Virgin Kiesz of Penn Valley, CA; by two sisters, Marian Monroe and Joyce Fisher, both of Spokane; by a mother-in-law, Minnie Gill of Grangeville, Idaho; by a grandson and two granddaughters; by a special friend, Darlene Kittilson of Odessa; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Roxy Jones, in 1975. Funeral service was held April 1 at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers included Clarence Dirks, Robert Melcher, Gary Mills, Earl Null, Cliff Mooney and Robert Schafer.” (Odessa Record-undated)
Kiesz, Marjorie, (d. 1985; b. 1928; TS; OC; obit) “Marjorie L. Kiesz of Odessa, born in Grangeville, Idaho, Oct 10, 1928 to Harry and Minnie Gill, passed away April 20, (1985) at Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She attended Big Butte school for eight years and graduated from Kamiah (Idaho) High School in 1946, later graduating from Kinman Business University, Spokane. Employed as a secretary at Kaiser Aluminum, Spokane, until her marriage to Gordon Kiesz in November, 1948, the couple moved to a farm southwest of Odessa where she took an active part in farming while working with flowers in her garden and such other handiwork as sewing and cooking. Mrs. Kiesz was a member of the UCC, the Odessa VFW auxiliary, the Odessa Riders Club and the North Idaho Saddle Mule Club, and was active in numerous community projects. Before the onset of her illness several years ago, she was an active league bowler. She is survived by her husband, Gordon, at the family home here; by a son, Michael Lee Kiesz, Moses Lake; by a daughter, Vicki Sue Davidson, Kennewick; by her mother, Minnie Gill, Grangeville, Idaho; by three brothers, Richard, Glen and Dale Gill, all of Kamiah, Idaho; by a granddaughter, Kristi Lee Jones; and a grandson, Kurt Edward Kiesz; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held April 25 at the UCC, Odessa, the Rev R. E. Middleton officiating. Delbert and Delores Cook presented duets, ‘In the Garden’ and ‘He Touched Me’ accompanied by Wilma Schmidt, organist. Interment followed under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers included Robert Schafer, Bob Melcher, Earl Null, Allen Kuest, Gary Mills and Dick Dashiell.” (Odessa Record: 25 April 1985)
King, A. A., (d. 1969; b. 1881; TS; OC; obit; dc) “The last rites for A. A. King, pioneer resident of the area, were conducted at the English Congregational church, Monday afternoon, Rev John Birchard pastor. Mr. King died Thursday after being hospitalized again for nine days. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. Grandsons Larry Bunker, Albert (Bud) King, Keith Tiegs, Wayne King, Jack Hentges and Gary King served as pallbearers. Paul Lillengreen was organist while Claudia Lyons sang. Atlee Aldon King was born Oct 15, 1881 at Piney Flats, TN. His parents were Rutledge and Pauline Gross King. He died Apr 17, 1969, at the age of 87 years and 6 months. A A King was married in Nov 1900 to Effie A Sanders who died on Nov 7, 1930. The couple moved to CA in 1902 and to Odessa in 1904. Mr. King married Cora M. Scheibner Pennington on Aug 25, 1933. They have farmed north of Odessa and were in the dairy business just east of town. Survivors include his wife, Cora, at the home; 5 daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Susie) Smith, Mrs. Walter (Condie) Tiegs and Mildred Earll, all of Creston; Mrs. Louis (Alma) Koster and Mrs. Elwin (Esther) Bunker, Spokane; two sons, Arnold King of Davenport and Richard King of Angola, IN; 3 sisters, Mrs. A. C. Shell of Piney Flats, Beulah McKinney of Bluff City, TN; and Retha House of Monrovia, CA; one brother, Claude King of Erwin, TN; 19 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 4-24-1969; picture in original) “Atlee Aldon King. Death: 4-17-1969. Birth: 10-15-1881, TN. Spouse: Cora M. Scheibner. Father: Rutledge King; Mother: Pauline Gross. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
King, Cora M., (d. 11-26-1993; b. 2-10-1897; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Graveside services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at Odessa Cemetery for Cora King, a Lincoln County native and a long-time resident of Odessa. Mrs. King, who was 96 years old, died Friday, Nov 26, 1993, in Odessa, where she had lived for the past 60 years. Recently she had been a resident of Odessa Convalescent Center. She was born Feb 10, 1897 in Wilbur, the daughter of William and Kittie Scheibner. She was graduated from Wilbur High school in 1914. She attended the College of Puget sound, where she was graduated with a degree in mathematics. She taught in various high schools, then returned to the College of Puget Sound for her master’s degree. She married A A King, one of the first settlers in Odessa, in 1933. For many years, they operated a dairy at the eastern edge of Odessa. Mr. King died in 1969. Mrs. King was a member of the Heritage UCC, and she had been active in one of Heritage UCC predecessor congregations, the English Congregational Church of Odessa. She was a charter and 50-year-plus member of the Odessa Grange and a member of the Women of the Woodcraft and the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers. She is survived by two sons, Arnold King, of Davenport, and Richard ‘Dick’ King, of Howe, IN; three daughters, Esther Bunker, of Vancouver, WA, and Mildred Earle and Cordie (Teigs) Porter, both of Spokane; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother, al Scheibner of Odessa; one sister, Nellie Scheibner, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item) “Cora Mae King. Death: 11-26-1993. Birth: 2-10-1897, WA. Widowed. Father: William Scheibner; Mother: Kittie Sherrod. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
King, Donald Arne, (d. 6-22-44; b. 5-09-1942; s/o Arnold A.; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Donald Arne King. Died: 22 June 1944; 2 yrs 1 mo 12 days; pneumatic fever.” (Congregational Church ledger by Hausauer) “Donald Arne King. Residence: Almira, WA. Place of death: Johnson Hospital, Wilbur, WA. Birth: May 9, 1942, Seattle, WA. Death: June 22, 1944. Age: 2 yrs 1 mo 11 days. Male, single, white; Child of Arnold A. King. Father: Arnold A. King, born Odessa, WA; Mother: Dorothy Dodd born Anatone, WA. Cause of death: rheumatic endocarditis. Physician: Dr Anderson of Wilbur, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA. Funeral: English Cong. Church on Sunday, 6-25-1944 at 2 p.m. by Hausauer.” (Mortuary Ledger)
King, Dorothy L., w/o Arnold (d. 2000; b. 1919; TS; OC)
King, Effie Augusta, (d.
11-06-30; b. 1879; TS; OC; Strates; dc)
“Mrs. A. A. King was buried in the Odessa Cemetery. Her age at the time of
death was 50 years, 9 months, 8 days. She was born in Piney Flat, TN, to Mr. and
Mrs. John Sanders. In 1900 she married Atlee A. King. The funeral was held
Sunday.” (Nov 14, 1930-notes from Odessa Record) “Effie Augusta King. Death:
Nov 6, 1930, 3:45 a.m., seven miles east of Odessa, WA. Informant: A .A. King,
Odessa, WA. Age: 50 yrs 9 mos 8 days. married, housewife. Father: John Sanders,
born TN; Mother: Sarah Scalf, born TN. Birth:
January. Birthplace: Piney Flat, TN. 6 yrs at present residence; previous
residence: 15 miles north of Odessa. Physician: L M Thompson. Interment: Odessa
Cemetery. Person in charge: H. H. Strate. Leaves: husband, Atlee A. King, 2 miles
east of Odessa; 9 children: Lloyd King of Odessa; Ralph King of Odessa; Arnold
King of Odessa; Susie Weiser of Odessa; Margaret Hentges, of Chewelah; Alma King
of Odessa; Esther King of Odessa; Mildred King of Odessa; Garcia King of Odessa.
Physical: dark hair, Brown eyes, 5 ft 6 inches; 145 lbs.
Funeral: Sunday, Nov 9, 1930, 2:30 p.m. Odessa, WA, minister: C. E.
Schoenleber.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Effie Augusta King. Death: 6 Nov 1930,
Odessa, WA. Birth: 29 Jan 1873, Piney Flatts, TN.
Spouse: A King. Father: John Sanders, born TN; Mother: Sara Scalf, born
TN. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
King, Mary, (d. 1967; b. 1908; TS; OC)
King, Mildred Earll, (d. 1998; b. 1915; TS; OC)
King, Ralph Edward, (d. 1955; b. 1908; TS; OC; dc) “Ralph Edward King. Death: 5-21-1955. Birth: 9-19-1908, Odessa, WA. Married. Father: A. A. King; Mother: Effy Sanders. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
“Ralph King, long-time Odessa rancher, was instantly killed Saturday by a cave-in of a ditch which he was digging for a cesspool drainage at his home. Two sons, Wally and Bud who were working a short distance away in the same ditch, were uninjured. Mr. King was Cattleman of the Year recently. He was a charter member of the Odessa Grange, and the Washington Cattleman’s Association. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the English Congregational church at Odessa. Rev W. Houser officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Survivors include his widow, Mary; two sons, Albert and Wallace; daughters, Mrs. Marion Pfeifer and Mrs. Effie Frick, both of Marlin; six grandchildren; parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. King, Odessa; 3 brothers, Lloyd, Odessa; Arnold; Richard, Angola; sisters, Mrs. Susie Smith, Creston; Mrs. Alma Kloster, Mrs. Esther Bunker, Spokane; Mrs. Mildred Earll, Medical Lake; Mrs. Corda Tiegs, Creston.” (scrapbook item: 5-23-1955)
Kinzel, Caroline Horn, (d. 8-06-1960; b. 9-13-1890; TS; OC; LL) “Wilhelmina Caroline Kinzel. Born: Sept 13, 1890, The Dalles, Oregon. Died: Saturday, Aug 6, 1960, Spokane, WA. Service: Danekas Funeral Home, Aug 10th, Ritzville, WA. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. She was a daughter of Pastor Carl Horn, Pioneer Pastor, Buried in Odessa. John 3:16. W. J. Fritz, pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)
Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, submitted
to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach
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