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.



Kirstein, Albert E.,   (d. 1973; b. 1902; TS; OC; obit) “The community of Odessa was saddened and shocked by the sudden death on Thursday, March 8, of Albert Kirstein. Mr. Kirstein and his family had lived in Odessa since they moved here in 1952. He has been involved in many of the civic and church affairs of the community.  Mr. Kirstein was born in Madison, South Dakota on Aug 22, 1902. His parents were Albert and Pauline Kirstein. He moved with them to Sultan, WA in 1903, where they lived until 1924, when he moved to the Peshastin-Dryden area to operate an orchard for many years. Al was united in marriage to Martha (nee Lenhart) on June 7, 1936. The couple had two sons. They owned and operated a grocery store in Dryden until 1942, when they moved to Grand Coulee where Al worked on dam construction for 11 ½ years. Following this they moved to the Odessa area and Al farmed southwest of Odessa until his death. Mr. Kirstein was a member of the United Congregational Chruch and served on many boards and committees. He sang in the church choir and was a member of the Board of Deacons at the time of his death. ‘The church was a big part of his life, and he will be deeply missed by the many friends that he worked so faithfully with’ Pastor B M Schafer commented at funeral services held to honor him on Monday, March 12.  Surviving Mr. Kirstein are his wife, Martha and two sons, Delmar of Odessa, and Kenneth of Munich, Germany. Two brothers, Lenard of Yakima and Emil of Seattle, also survive him as well as three sisters, Thresa Bartell of Seattle and Emma Radach and Martha Reiman, both of Cashmere, WA. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: March 15, 1973)

Kirstein, Delmar (Del),  (obit: 2005) “Funeral services for Delmar (Del) Kirstein will be held Saturday, Dec 17, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating.  Interment will be at Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Kirstein died Sunday, Dec 11, 2005 at his home in Odessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Martha (Lenhart) Kirstein. He is survived by his brother Ken (and Mary) Kirstein, of Herscher, IL, and four nephews, Joel (and Sara) Kirstein and children Katherine Rose and Jonah; Jason Kirstein; Gabe (and Jenny) Kirstein and son Tayven, and Micah Kirstein. A complete obituary will be published in the Dec 22 issue.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-2005) “Delmar Eugene Kirstein died Sunday, Dec 11, 2005, at his home in Odessa. He was 67 years old. He was born in Wenatchee Sept 17, 1938, the son of Albert and Martha (Lenhart) Kirstein. The family lived in Dryden, where his father operated a store. In 1941, they moved to Coulee Dam, where Del’s father was employed by the US Bureau of Reclamation and his mother taught elementary school.  In 1952, the family moved to Odessa, where his father began farming the Lenhart land.  Del graduated from Odessa High School in 1957. He attended Kinman Business University in Spokane and later Moler Barber School.  He was employed in Wenatchee and Ritzville before opening his barber shop in Odessa in 1963. Del cut the hair of multiple generations of people, not only in Odessa but all over Lincoln County.  Del served in the Air National Guard Reserve from 1961 through 1966, where he was assigned to the 560th Air Force Band. Del was one of the founders of Odessa’s Deutschesfest and the Oom Pas and Mas German band. Over the years, he played tuba, trumpet, baritone, flugelhorn and valve trombone. He was part of a barbershop quartet and played Taps for a number of funerals for veterans. He was a member of the Crab Creek Trio, which later was called ‘Preacher, Teacher, Snip and Doc,’ and the Desertaires, both of which performed during Deutschesfest. Del was an active member of the Heritage Church, as a deacon, moderator, teacher and musician. He was a member of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Martha.  He is survived by brother ken (and wife Mary) Kirstein, of Herscher, IL, and four nephews, Joel (wife Sara, children Katie and Jonah), of Plainfield, IL; Jason, serving as a Ranger with the US Army; Gabe (wife Jenny and son Tayven), and Micah, all of Joliet, IL, and many friends.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec 17, at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” 

Kirstein, Martha L.,   (d. 1991; b. 1907; TS; OC; obit) “Martha Kirstein, a member of a pioneer Odessa family and a former teacher, passed away in Odessa on June 12. (1991). She was born Nov 15, 1907, to Henry and Johanne Lenhart on the family farm southwest of Odessa near Moody. She was baptized in April 1908 and later confirmed at Emmaus Congregational Church. She attended country grade schools in Lincoln County and was graduated from Dryden High School in 1930. She financed her college education by working in the college kitchen, graduating in 1932 from Central Washington College of Education (now Central Wash. Univ.), Ellensburg. Her first teaching position was at Ruff in a country school. In 1936, she married Albert Kirstein and lived in Peshastin, where they owned an orchard. Later, they moved to Dryden and then to Coulee Dam.  Two sons, Delmar and Kenneth, were born to this union. In 1952, the family moved to Odessa, where Albert farmed and Martha returned to teaching in 1960. She retired in 1972. Martha leaves four grandsons, born to Ken and Mary Kirstein—Joel, Jason, Gabriel and Micah. She had an active part in their lives, as well as in the church. She was a member of the Heritage UCC. Funeral services were Friday at the Heritage UCC, with the Rev Glenn A. Gettinger officiating. During the services, the choir sang ‘Saved By Grace’ and ‘In The Garden’ and a mixed quartet, consisting of Fred Allington, Neal Jeske, Peggy Salo and Joyce Luiten, sang ‘Amazing Grace’. Burial was in Odessa Cemetery. Martha was an avid gardener. Her home and yard on East Second Avenue was filled with plants and flowers. Also among her pastimes were quilting, crocheting and tatting snowflakes.” (Odessa record-June 20, 1991) “Active in church work, she had been a Sunday School and Bible studies teacher and also taught children’s Bible school She was a member of the Christian Ladies Fellowship. Her husband died in 1973. Survivors include two sons, Delmar E. Kirstein of Odessa and Kenneth W. Kirstein of Herscher, IL; 3 sisters, Marie Chittick of Greenacres and Hanna Heimbigner and Edna Aikens, both of Redwood City, CA, and four grandchildren.” (excerpt from Spokesman Review of June 13, 1991) “Casket bearers: John Price, Gale Salo, Don Wacker, Eldon Kirstein, Norman Bischoff, Richard Kirstein.  Honorary bearers: Henry and Rose Michaelsen, Henry and Olga Weber, and Otto and Doris Amen.” (Funeral Program)

Kissler, Anna,  (d. 1958; b. 1871; TS; OC)(?nee Lesser)  “Anna Kissler.  Died: 24 April 1958, age 87, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Conrad Lesser. Mother: Elizabeth Mayer (sic; Maier); Batch Id #281704.” (WA State Death Records) “Mrs. Kissler Had Full 87 Year Life.  Funeral services were held from the United Congregational church on Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Anna Marie Kissler, 87, pioneer resident of the Odessa area. The Rev H G Pfeif officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Music was by a quartet including Henry Walter, Paul Hoefel, Mrs. Henry Hopp and Mrs. Eugene Raugust. Pall bearers were Alvin Lenhart, Melvin Kissler, Lavene Cook, Robert Schafer, LaVern Schafer and Robert Kissler.  Mrs. Kissler, Anna Marie Lesser, was born in Frank , Russia , Jan 20, 1871, and came to the United States in 1899. She was married in Nebraska to Fred Kissler Sr. and they came to Washington to locate near Ritzville about 1900. Mr. Kissler worked for a time and then homesteaded. They lived on the homestead until 1937, when they retired to live in Odessa . Mr. Kissler died in December, 1944.  She continued living in her own home, and until she sustained a bad fall on March 25 was able to care for her own home and garden, keep up her membership in the United Congregational church and aid. Friends marveled at her activity for a person of her age.  Survivors include four sons, the Rev George Kissler, H B Schafer, Jacob F. Kissler and Fred Kissler, Jr., all of Odessa; seven daughters, Mrs. Henry Bauer, Loveland, Colo.; Mrs. Jacob Lenhart, Ritzville; Mrs. Alex Cook and Mrs. Dan Frieske, Odessa; Mrs. Elton Gibbs,  Beaverton, OR; Mrs. A. R. Breuer, Mill Valley, CA, and Rachel Schultz, San Francisco, CA; two brothers, Jacob Lesser of Greeley, CO, and Henry Lesser, Oakland, CA; 35 grandchildren and 57 great grandchildren. One step-son and one daughter preceded her in death.” (Odessa Record: 5-01-1958)

Kissler, Anna M.,   (d. 12-03-1948; b. 12-18-1881; TS; OC; obit) “Following funeral services in the chapel at the Newman and Danekas Funeral Home at Ritzville on Tuesday, the body of Mrs. Jacob Kissler was brought to Odessa that afternoon for burial in the Odessa Cemetery. F J Hastings had charge of the funeral for the company. The Rev P Ruder of Ritzville and the Rev A. Hausauer of Odessa officiated. Anna Kissler came to the United states from her birthplace in Frank, Russia, in the spring of 1913, and she and her husband lived southwest of here in Adams County for several years and later at Wilson Creek. In recent years, following Mr. Kissler’s death, she has lived in the Ritzville area. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Ted Tschritter, Ritzville; Mrs. George Iltz, Jr., Mrs. Charles R. Jeske and Mrs. Louis Pavliska, Odessa; Mrs. Harry Tompkins, Hatton, and Mrs. Edwin Reiner, Spokane; two sons, Carl and Reuben, Ritzville; 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-09-1948)

Kissler, Clara Eckhardt,   (d. 1998; b. 1895; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Clara Eckhardt Kissler will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan 22, at the Heritage UCC, with the Rev Arthur Finney officiating. Mrs. Kissler, who was 102 years old, died on Sunday, Jan 18, 1998, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she had been a resident for several years. Clara was born on Mar 27, 1895, in Bickleton to Conrad and Margaret Goetz Eckhardt. She was the fourth of seven daughters. Three brothers died in infancy. She was baptized in Walla Walla on Sept 27, 1895. Her parents migrated to the US from the Volga region of Russia in 1891. They went first to Hastings, Neb.  In 1894 the family purchased a farm and engaged in stock raising and farming three miles east of Bickleton in Klickitat County. Clara attended Bickleton Grade School and completed the eighth grade. The family lived in Walla Walla for 5 years, and in 1908, moved to a farm seven miles east of Odessa. Clara recalled, as did her other sisters, that as there were no boys in the family, the girls helped with the work in the fields on the Odessa farm.  Clara married George Kissler on May 18, 1915 in Odessa. George decided to become a minister and attended college in Red Field, SD.  He was a minister for Congregational churches for 37 years, serving 18 churches.  George and Clara had four children, Oletha, Roland, Miriam and Norman. They lived in North Dakota, Canada, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, California, Wyoming and Washington. Clara helped her husband in many ways. She played the piano for the church services and accompanying the choir, and she taught Sunday School. George retired from the ministry in 1957, and he and Clara moved back to Odessa. Clara cared for her husband who suffered from Parkinson’s disease at home until his death on June 6, 1965. They were married for 50 years. Clara was devoted to her family and grandchildren and cared for all her relatives. She helped with the Eckhardt family reunion picnic, which she enjoyed. She was active her entire life. She crocheted and made quilts. She loved flowers and raised a garden. She enjoyed being outside in her flower beds. Heritage UCC honored her with an open house on her 90th birthday on March 30, 1985. She celebrated her 100th birthday with an open house at the Odessa Convalescent Center, with a large gathering of family and relatives on March 26, 1995. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Kissler, on June 19, 1965 daughter Oletha Borgans, March 21, 1986; son Norman Kissler, March 7, 1985; grandson Clinton Kissler, son-in-law Adolph Borgans, sisters Annie Buddrius, Katherine Derr, Esther Smith, Emma Eckhardt, Julia Hagelganz and Lydia Hopp, and three infant brothers. Survivors are two children, Roland Kissler and wife Lillian of Moses Lake, and Miriam Knopp and husband Roy, of Yakima; daughter-in-law Beverly Kissler, of Lincoln, Neb., and brothers-in-law Jack Hagelganz, of Portland, and Henry Hopp, of Odessa. She had eight grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ and the Ladies Aid. She was a member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the American Legion Auxiliary. Interment will follow the funeral at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Jan 22, 1998; picture with original obituary)

Kissler, Clara A. Dormaier,   (d. 1992; b. 1917; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Clara A. (Dormaier) Kissler, 75, of Wenatchee, a former longtime resident of Odessa, were held Wednesday at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary in Odessa. Mrs. Kissler died on Friday, Oct 9, 1992, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born on Sept 7, 1917, at Wheeler to Christian and Clara (Roduner) Dormaier. At a young age she moved with her parents to Hartline, where she grew up and received her education. After the eighth grade, she attended the Northwest Bible College, at Kirkland, wash., following which she returned to Hartline. She married Fred Kissler, Jr., on Nov 27, 1940, at Hartline, and they made their home at Odessa. Mrs. Kissler was employed by the Job Corps in Moses Lake as a cook and later worked at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Mr. Kissler preceded her in death on Oct 28, 1978, and she continued to reside in Odessa. She moved to Spokane in 1982 and came to Wenatchee in March 1987. Mrs. Kissler was a member of the Heritage UCC, Odessa Grange #931 and the Royal Neighbors of America. Survivors include four sons, Robert E Kissler, Odessa; Albert D Kissler, East Wenatchee; Charles F Kissler, Kennewick, and Howard W. Kissler, Steilacoom, WA; 8 brothers, Harry Dormaier, Spokane; Leo Dormaier, Medical Lake; Allen Dormaier, Kirkland; Raymond Dormaier, Coulee City; Ted Dormaier, Ephrata; earl Dormaier and George Dormaier, both of Hartline; and Laurence Dormaier, Moses Lake; 15 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, two brothers, one sister and one infant grandson. The Rev Glenn Gettinger officiated at the funeral services. Concluding interment services followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Delbert and Delores Cook sang. Ruth Suchland was the organist. Casket bearers were Brent Kissler, Jeffrey Kissler, Lonnie Kissler, Andy Dormaier, Gerald Dormaier and Roger Dormaier. Honorary bearers were Steven Williams, Terren Walter, Lance Kissler, Donnie Kissler, Duane Kissler, Kevin Shipman, and Mark Shaw. Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee, and Strate Funeral Home were in charge.” (Odessa Record-Oct 15, 1992)

Kissler, Clarence George,   (d. 2-06-1998; b. 4-24-1920; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Clarence G. Kissler will be held today, Thursday, Feb 12, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Heritage United Church of Christ Sanctuary in Odessa, with Pastor Arthur Finney officiating. Mr. Kissler, who was 77 years old, died in Spokane on Sunday, Feb 6, 1998. He had been a resident of Spokane for many years. He was born in Odessa on April 27, 1920, the sons of George J. and Lena Borgens Kissler. He attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1937.  He was a veteran of WW II, serving with the US Seventh Army in the Tunisian campaign and later in the battle for the liberation of France. He received the Silver and Bronze stars and a battlefield commission to the rank of second lieutenant. After the war, he joined his brother Reinhold Kissler in the grocery and appliance business in Odessa. Later he was employed by Safeway Stores for 20 years in Spokane before his retirement. He was a charter member of Odessa Post #7395 of the VFW and also a member of Spokane Valley Post #1435 of the VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Reinhold and Alvin Kissler, and one sister, Lydia Scrupps. He is survived by three daughters, Vicki Kissler and Von Spencer, both of Spokane, and Mysti Whittekiend of Phoenix, AZ; one son, Kelly Kissler, of Spokane; 6 grandchildren; two brothers, Reubin Kissler of Spokane, and Larry Kissler, of Boise, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews. Following the funeral, there will be VFW graveside services at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-12-1998)

Kissler, Conrad J.,   (d. 9-15-1937; b. 5-26-1883; TS; OC; Strates) “Conrad J. Kissler. Residence: Odessa. Death: Sept 15, 1937, 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital. Birth: May 26, 1883, Russia; Aged: 54 yrs 3 mos 19 days. Male, white, widowed, farmer, own farm. 20 years in occupation. Wife: Anna Marie. 25 years in US. Father: Jacob Kissler, born Russia; Mother: Kate Kline born Russia. Dr Lee, physician. Wife: deceased. 5 daughters: Mrs. Henry H. Hein, Ritzville, WA; Mrs. Adolph Heimbigner, Harrington, WA; Mrs. John Becker, Cashmere, WA; Mrs. Jake Kiehn, Odessa, WA. Mrs. Leonard Ferderer, Ritzville, WA. 5 grandchildren. Physical: dark gray hair; brown eyes; 5 ft 4 inch; 145 lbs, no teeth.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Conrad Kissler.  Died age: 54 yrs 4 mos 18 days; Funeral: Sept 1937 ? Spokane” (St Mathew Congregational Ledger) “Conrad J. Kissler, 54, pioneer resident of the Odessa area, former shoemaker here, died Wednesday at a Spokane hospital from injuries received when his car left the road near Sprague on Tuesday night. Mr. Kissler had finished taking a hay crop off his ranch near Cheney ... (damaged paper) to his own home at Cheney. Particulars of the wreck are not known, but it is established that it must have happened about 1 o’clock. He was not found until daylight and at that time he was taken to Ritzville, where it was found that his injured were severe and he was sent on to Spokane.  He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Henry H. Hein and Mrs. Leonard Ferderer, Ritzville; Mrs. John Becker, Cashmere; Mrs. Adolph Heimbigner, Mohler; and Mrs. Jake Kiehn, Odessa; and 5 grandchildren.  The body is at Smith Funeral Home in Spokane and will be buried at Odessa with the Strate mortuary in charge. The funeral will be on Saturday at 2 o’clock from the St Matthews Congregational church. Mr. Kissler was born in Frank, Russia, in 1884 and in 1911 came to America, locating on a ranch near Odessa, where he farmed for 18 years. Moving to town he opened a shoe repair shop, operating it until last fall, when he returned to ranching on a hay ranch near Cheney, where he lived until his death.” (Odessa Record: 9-16-1937) “Funeral services for Conrad Kissler, pioneer rancher and shoemaker of the Odessa area, killed in a car wreck last week, were held on Saturday from the St Matthews Congregational church with the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating. Pallbearers included Henry Scheller, Henry Walter, Con Walter, George K. Walter, Sam Schafer and August Loeffelbein. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Kissler came to America in 1911 from Russia, where he was born and located on  a ranch near here, living there until about 7 years ago, when he retired and moved to town, operating his shoe business here. During the past fall he moved to a dairy ranch near Cheney to make his home and was returning there from a visit to Ritzville when the accident causing his death occurred. He died at a Spokane hospital where he had been taken.  Survivors include ...” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1937)

Kissler, Corey Melvin,   (d. 1-19-1985; b. 10-01-1964; TS; OC) “Service for Corey M. Kissler, 29, of Odessa will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Congregational Church in Odessa, Rev R E Middleton to officiate. Burial will be in Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Kissler died Saturday in an auto accident near Odessa. He was a 1983 graduate of Odessa High School and a member of United Congregational church. Survivors include his parents, Marlys and Melvin Kissler, Odessa; two brothers, Terry and Tracy, both of Odessa; a sister, Kelly Koch of Moses Lake; his grandmother, Katie Kissler of Odessa; and several nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook obit) “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan 22, 1985 for Corey Melvin Kissler, who was killed in a car accident near Odessa on Saturday, Jan 19, 1985. The 1 p.m. services were at the UCC in Odessa with Rev Randy Middleton officiating. Corey was born Oct 1, 1964, the youngest child of Melvin and Marlys Kissler. He was a 12 year student of the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1983. He was a baptized and confirmed member of the UCC and a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.  During his senior year, Corey worked for Cornel Tenneson at the Odessa Body Haus. Following graduation, he worked at Rob’s Chevron and was employed there until his death.  He always enjoyed working on all kinds of vehicles, repairing and improving them. Throughout his lifetime and during his spare time while he was employed, he was always willing to help on the family farm.  He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Tracy and Terry, both of Odessa; one sister, Kelly Koch of Moses Lake; grandmother, Katie Kissler of Odessa, and four nieces and four nephews.  Sacred selections of ‘Does Jesus Care’ and ‘Thank God for the Promise of Spring’ was sung by a mixed quartet of Neil Jeske, Carol Schott, Del Kirstein and Peggy Salo. Wilma Schmidt accompanied on the organ. Casket bearers were Rob Weishaar, Todd Lobe, Luke Walter, Rob Melcher, Bruce Haase and Steve Schmierer.  Honorary casket bearers were Troy Kissler, Brian Woodard, Cornel Tenneson, Steve McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Colin McLaughlin, Tracy Rice and Tim Schoonover.  Concluding services and vault interment were at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1985)

Kissler, Erma H.,  (Derr) (added; d. 9-20-2007) “Erma H. (Derr) Kissler died Sept 20, 2007, in Spokane Valley at the age of 92. She was born on Dec 3, 1914, in Odessa to Henry and Katherine (Eckhardt) Derr. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1932. Erma married Reinhold Kissler in Odessa in 1933.  They owned and operated a grocery store in Odessa until his health forced them to sell and move to Davenport. She then continued to work at a title office in Davenport. In 1968 they moved to Ritzville where she worked for Big Bend Electric and later the Adams County Treasurer’s Office. At her last job, she was meals coordinator for Gritman Senior Center.  Reinhold died in 1990 and she continued to live in Ritzville until her health forced her to move to Spokane to be near her daughter. In May 2003, she moved to an assisted living facility. In January 2005, she moved to Spokane Valley Good Samaritan, where she lived until her death on Sept 20, 2007. She is survived by her children Arlene Koth and Frank of Spokane Valley; Ronald Kissler and Judy of Mukilteo, WA; and Gerald Kissler and Cathy of Portland; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Suchland, of Auburn, WA; and one brother, Arthur Derr of Memphis, TN; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Reinhold Kissler. Graveside services were held Monday, Sept 24, 2007, at Odessa Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ in Ritzville, with Amos Smith and Nancy Goodwin officiating. Strate Funeral Home, of Davenport, is in charge.” (Odessa Record: 9-27-2007)

Kissler, Fred.,   (d. 12-10-1943; b. 3-08-1866; TS; OC; Cong; Strates; DC) “Fred Kissler. Residence: Odessa, WA, Lincoln County, 7 yrs; in US 44 yrs.  Male, white, married, retired rancher. Birth: March 8, 1866, Russia.  Wife: Mary. Father: Fred Kissler born Russia;  Mother: Annie Reider born Russia. Informant: Mrs. Jacob Lenhart, daughter, Ritzville, WA.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery by Strates Funeral Home, H H Strate, director, Odessa, WA.  Death: Dec 10, 1943 at 5:30 a.m. at Odessa, WA. Cause: Visceral carcinoma, probably stomach. L. J. Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “Friedrich Kissler. Aged: 77 yrs 9 mos 2 days.  Dated: Dec 14, 1943. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Fred Kissler. Residence: Odessa, WA. Husband of Mary. Birth: March 8, 1866, (place not given); Death: Dec 10, 1943, at residence in Odessa. Aged: 77 yrs 9 mos 2 days.  Male, white, married. Occupation: (not given). Father: Fred Kissler born Russia; Mother: Annie Reider, born Russia.  Physician: L J Bonney of Odessa, WA. Funeral: St Mathews Church, 2 p.m. Rev J. P. Flemmer. Interment: Odessa Cemetery, 12-14-43.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon from the St Matthews Congregational church for Fred Kissler, 77, who died last Friday after an extended illness, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers included H. H. Scheller, Con H. Eckhardt, George Amen, Jacob Schauerman, J. C. Michaelsen and Dan Haase, Jr.  Mr. Kissler was born in Russia, March 8, 1866, and came to America 44 years ago, living for a time in Nebraska and Colorado before coming to the Odessa area. He retired from active farming about seven years ago and has made his home in town since. Survivors include his widow, Mary, aged 70, three sons, Jacob F and Fred, Odessa; and the Rev George Kissler, of Burt, ND; one stepson, Henry Schafer, Odessa; seven daughters, Mrs. Anna Lenhart, Ritzville; Mrs. Katie Bauer, Laughlin, CO; Mrs Rachel Schultz, San Francisco; Mrs. Martha Gibbs, Portland; Mrs. Helen Brener, San Francisco; and Mrs. Lydia Schafer, Odessa; 31 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 16 Dec 1943)

Kissler, Fred Jr.,   (d. 1978; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Fred Kissler, Jr., a life-long resident of the Odessa area, passed away at the Davenport Hospital on Oct 28, 1978. He was born Nov 30, 1909, the son of Fred and Anna Marie (Lesser) Kissler, on the family farm north of Moody, WA. He attended Adams County Schools.  Mr. Kissler was married to Clara Aletta Dormaier at her parents’ home in Hartline on Nov 27, 1940 by the Rev B P Wilson. The couple farmed near Moody until Mr. Kissler retired in 1972. He remained on the family farm and maintained his interest in the operation of the farm. Fred was a pioneer in the development of deep-well irrigation in this area. He served on the ASCS Committee; was Irby precinct Committeeman; and a Lincoln County Fire Commissioner for 16 years. He was a member of the UCC. After a brief illness, Mr. Kissler passed away at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 25 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two half-brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife Clara, of Odessa; 5 sons: Robert E of Odessa, Albert D of Wenatchee; Richard D of Spokane; Howard W of Kennewick; and Charles F of Odessa; 6 grandchildren; 5 sisters: Lydia Frieske and Marie, Mrs. Alex Cook of Odessa; Rachel Schultz of Spokane; Annie Lenhardt of Ritzville; and Martha, Mrs. Elton Gibbs of Beaverton, OR; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held in the UCC on Tuesday morning, Oct 31, 1978 with Rev Everett E Schoessler officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Sacred selections, ‘God Understands’ and ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ were sung by Delbert and Delores Cook with Wilma Schmidt as organist. Honorary pall bearers were Robert Schafer, Laurence Lenhart, Steve Dormaier, Roland Kissler, Roger Dormaier, and Dwayne Dormaier. Casket bearers were Andy Dormaier, David Dormaier, Alvin Lenhart, Larry Dormaier, Merlin Kissler, and Lavene Cook.” (Odessa Record: 11-02-1978)

Kissler, Frieda,   (d. 12-29-1993; b. 11-21-1903; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Frieda Kissler were held Monday, Jan 3, 1994, at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary. Mrs Kissler, who was 90 years old, died on Wednesday, Dec 29, 1993, in Odessa. A resident of the Odessa area for most of her life, she was born on Nov 21, 1903 at the farm home of her parents, George Iltz Sr and Katherine Walter Iltz, near Moody, in Adams County, southwest of Odessa. She married John C. Kissler in 1925, and for a time the couple lived in the Wenatchee area where they worked in the fruit orchards. They farmed for many years near Batum, south of Odessa and then operated a wheat and cattle farm north of Odessa. they retired from farming in 1950, moving to Odessa, where they built a home. Mr. Kissler died in 1976. Mrs. Kissler was a member of the Heritage UCC, a 50-year member of the Odessa Grange, a charter member of the Odessa American Legion Auxiliary and a charter member of the Odessa Historical Society. She also had been active in the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as well as in church and school and other community affairs. She is survived by a son, Everett E. Kissler, of Shelton, WA; a daughter, Ardyce K. Kahler, of Medical Lake; a sister, Emma Crow, of Coeur d’Alene; two brothers, Sam Iltz, of Odessa; and Howard Iltz, of Spokane; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one sister, Hannah Smith, and three brothers, George Iltz Jr., Edward Iltz and Alvin Iltz. The Rev Dexter Edwards officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers, all Mrs. Kissler’s grandsons, were Joel Kissler, Roy Kissler, Bruce Kissler, John Kissler, Lyle Kissler, Boyd Kissler, Brett Kissler, Scott Kahler and Tom Kahler. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook item)

Kissler, George,  (Rev) (d. 1965; b. 1892; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Rev George Kissler will be held today at 2 p.m. in the United Congregational Church with Rev B. M. Schafer officiating.  Rev Kissler was born in Frank, Russia on Jan 21, 1892 and died in Odessa on June 6, 1965 at the age of 73. He was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational tradition. On May 18, 1915 he was married to Clara Eckhardt at the farm home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Con Eckhardt.  Rev Kissler served in the active ministry for 37 years in the Congregational church of Canada and in seven states of the United States. He served 18 churches in his long and faithful ministry. Survivors include his wife, Clara, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Adolph Borgens, Spokane and Mrs. Ray Knopp, Selah; two sons, Roland, Moses Lake, and Norman of Lincoln, NE; also seven sisters, Mrs. Jake Lenhart, Ritzville; Mrs. Henry Bauer, Loveland, CO; Mrs. Alex Cook and Mrs. Lydia Frieske, Odessa; Mrs. Rachel Schultz and Mrs. Alson Breuer, San Francisco, CA; Mrs. Elton Gibbs, Bremerton, OE; and three brothers, H. B. Schafer, Jake Kissler and Fred Kissler, all of Odessa. Interment will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strates Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1965; photo deleted herein)

Kissler, George,  s/o Geo  (d. 3-02-1917; b. 7-18-15; TS; OC; DC; Cong) “Kissler, Johannes George.  Birth: 18 July 1915; Died: 2 March 1917; Age: 1 yr 7 mos 12 dy; whooping cough; Parents: George Kissler and Frau.  Buried: 4 March 1917.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; Burial location not given)  “George Kissler, little two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kissler, died at their home north of Odessa Friday of convulsions. Funeral services were conducted at the Pilgrim Congregational church, Rev W F Essig officiating, after which the little one’s remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record-March 9, 1917) “George Kissler. Male, white. Birth: July 18, 1915, Age 1 yr 7 mo 13 days. Born: Odessa, WA. Father: Geo Kissler, b. Russia; Mother: Lena Borgens, born Russia. Informant: Father, Odessa, WA. Died: March 2, 1917, Dist #6, Lincoln County. Cause: convulsions following probable pertussia infection. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa on March 4, 1917.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified)

Kissler, George J.  (d. 3-28-1960; b. 1-26-1888; TS; OC)   “George J. Kissler. Mr Kissler was born Jan 26, 1888, in Frank , Russia , and grew to manhood there. He was married Feb 14, 1906, to Miss Magdalena Borgens, who preceded him in death on July 1, 1955.  The family immigrated to the United States in 1907 and settled on a farm near Odessa until 1918, when they moved into town. He followed the carpentry trade and was an active member of the United Congregational church since 1910.  For the past five years he has been living in Spokane . He attended the Westminster Congregational church regularly until he was confined to a rest home following a paralytic stroke in June of 1958.  Survivors include five sons, Reinhold Kissler, Odessa ; Rubin Kissler, Spokane ; Alvin Kissler, Seattle; Laurence Kissler, Salt Lake City ; Clarence Kissler, Spokane ; one daughter, Mrs Lydia Scrupps, Odessa ; 19 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Among those attending the services: Mr. and Mrs. George Borgens, Spokane; Miss Rachel Borgens, Ritzville; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Borgens, Harrington; Mr. and Mrs. John Ellestad, Kennewick; Ruben Kissler, Mrs. Harry Tompkins and Mrs. Howard Ragsdale, Ritzville; Mrs. Edward Reiner, Spokane; Mrs. Karl Kissler, Spokane; Mrs. Henry Borgens Jr, Ritzville; Mr. and Mrs.  George Amen, Ritzville; Mr.  and Mrs . Harry Hester, Mrs . Mary Neff, Mrs. Al Barnes and Mrs. Paul Siemers, Spokane, and William Strohmeier, Lind.” (Geo Beck card file: Odessa Record: 4-07-1960)

Kissler, Jacob,   (d. 7-30-1941; b. 11-06-1881; h/o Anna; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Jacob Kissler. Died: 1 August 1941, aged 59 yrs 8 mos 24 days; stroke.” (Congregational Church ledger by Hausauer) “Jacob Kissler. Residence: 9 miles north of Wilson Creek, WA. Death: 7-30-1941 at 10:30 a.m. at Johnston Hospital in Wilbur, WA. Cause of death: Pneumonia and heart failure. Physician: Dr Anderson of Wilbur.  Male, white, married, farmer. Age: 59 yrs 8 mos 24 days. Birth: Nov 6, 1881, Russia. Father: Jacob Kissler, born Russia; Mother: Katie Klien born Russia. Residence previous to present: Schragg, WA. Leaves: wife, Anna; 2 sons: Ruben Kissler of Wilson Creek, and Carl Kissler of Wilson Creek;  6 daughters: Mrs. Katie Iltz, Odessa; Mrs. Harry Tompkins, Hatton, WA; Mrs. Ted Schritter, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Charles Jeske, Odessa; Mrs. Ed Riener, Ruff, WA; Miss Elsie Kissler, Wilson Creek, WA; 14 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Kissler, Jacob F.,   (d. 1978; b. 1900; TS; OC; obit)  “Jacob F. Kissler was born Oct 21, 1900 in Ritzville, the son of Fred and Anna Marie (Lesser) Kissler. He attended the Adams County school. On Oct 11, 1920 he was married to Katherine (Katie) Homberg in the home of his parents by the Rev J. G. Eckhardt. The couple farmed southwest of Odessa until moving into town in the late 1940’s. However, he continued active in the farming operation for a number of years. Following several strokes, he became a resident of the Crestview Convalescent Nursing Home in Moses Lake and lived their 13 months. Mr. Kissler passed away in the Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake on April 28, 1978 at the age of 77 years, 6 months and 7 days. Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Katie of Odessa; two sons: L Melvin and Merlin, both of Odessa; one daughter, Virginia Humble of Napa, CA; one brother, Fred Kissler of Odessa; 5 sisters: Mrs. Lydia Frieske and Marie, Mrs. Alex Cook, both of Odessa; Martha, Mrs. Elton Gibbs of Portland, OR: Mrs. Annie Lenhart of Ritzville; and Mrs. Rachel Schultz, Spokane; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in the UCC on Tuesday, May 2, 1978 at 2 p.m. with the Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-04-1978)

Kissler, John C.,    (d. 11-21-1976; b. 11-25-1894; TS; OC; obit) “John C. Kissler died at a Spokane hospital on Sunday evening. Funeral services will be held from the UCC on Wednesday afternoon, Nov 24, at 2 p.m., Rev James A Moore officiating.  Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Kissler was born in Frank, Russia, on Nov 25, 1894, the son of Conrad and Katherine Kissler Benzel (sic). He came to the United States in 1913 and was married to Frieda Iltz in 1925. Two children were born to this union. They farmed near Odessa until retiring here in 1951. Kissler served in World War I and was a charter member of the American Legion Post 105, having been a member for 58 years. He was also a member of the United Congregational Church and the Odessa Grange. Death came at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane after an extended illness. Survivors include his wife, Frieda, at the family home; a son, Everett of Tacoma; a daughter, Ardyce Kahler of Spokane; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Pianist for the memorial services this afternoon will be Wilma Schmidt. Donna Schafer will be singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘My Faith Looks Up To Thee’. He will be buried with military honors by the American Legion.” (Odessa Record: 11-25-1976

)Kissler, Karl:  “Karl Kissler was born Nov 16, 1925 and died on Sept 19, 2011, preceded in death by his wife, Pauline. He is survived by his two children Margaret Simpson and Dennis Kissler and daughter-in-law Margaret Rose; four granddaughters Karlene and Leonard Logg, Dawn and Troy Pace, Courtney and Adam Hawkins and Becky and Brian McLaughlin; four great grandchildren, Ashleigh, Claire, Maxine and Trent. A graveside service for immediate family will be Oct 8, 2011 at the Odessa Cemetery with a family gathering at the Old Town Hall in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 10-06-2011)  

Kissler, Katie,  (d. 1992; b. 1902; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Katherine (Katie) Kissler, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, were held Wednesday, Jan 22, at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, in Odessa. Mrs. Kissler, who was 89 years old, died in Odessa on Jan 19, (1992). She was a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center.  She was born on March 31, 1902 in Adams County southwest of Odessa, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Dorothy Zeiler Homberg. She was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational faith. She was the second of seven children. She married Jacob F. Kissler on Oct 11, 1920. They farmed southwest of Odessa until 1948, when they retired, moving into Odessa. Although they continued their interests in farming, they enjoyed hobbies such as fishing and rock hunting. Mrs. Kissler, who enjoyed crocheting, made numerous afghans and other items for members of her family and friends. She also had an impressive collection of antique bottles. She took great pride in maintaining the yard of her Odessa home. Mr Kissler died in 1979 following a lengthy illness. When Mrs Kissler’s health began to fail in 1984, she entered the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she lived until her death. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, L Melvin and Marlys Kissler, Merlin and Nelly Kissler, all of Odessa; one daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Roberson Humble, Sr., of Napa, CA; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Sam Homberg, of Odessa, and two sisters, Elizabeth Fink and Mary Miller, both of Odessa. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Corey Kissler, three infant granddaughters, two sisters and a brother. The Rev Glenn Gettinger officiated at the funeral service. Casket bearers were Troy Kissler, Albert Kissler, Jaime Kissler, Ron Homburg, Neil Fink and Steve Fink. Honorary bearers were Lamar Homberg, Al Fink, Robert Kissler, Clarence Lenhart, Katie Koch, Roberson Humble Jr., Roger Jake Humble and Virgil Krell. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Jan 23, 1992)

Kissler, Lamar Melvin (b. 1-08-1922; d. 8-19-2010)  “Lamar ‘Melvin’ Kissler died August 19, 2010, in Odessa, WA at the age of 88.  He was born in Odessa on Jan 8, 1922 to Jacob and Katherine (Homberg) Kissler. Melvin was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7395 and member of the American Legion 109, Disabled American Veterans and served as Service Officer for both organizations since 1971.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlys, at the home; three children: Kelly Korpinen and Don of Odessa; Terry Kissler, Sr and Rose of Sprague, and Tracy Kissler of Eagle River, Alaska; 10 grandchildren: Jaime Kissler and Sarah Anderson of Spokane; Katie Ramirez and Tobias of Moses Lake, Jesse Kissler and Christy of Spokane, Joel Koch and Sarah Bragg of Moses Lake, Melinda Canaday and Chris of Lamont, Cindy Inge and Ned of Hayden, Odaho; Sarah Kissler and David Parkin of Sprague; 9 great grandchildren… He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Corey Kissler in 1985 and brother, Merlin Kissler. On Thursday, Aug 26, 2010, a Military Graveside Service and Vault Interment was held at the Odessa Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (excerpt Odessa Record: 9-09-2010)

Kissler, Lena,  (d. 7-01-1955; b. 8-07-1885; TS; OC)

Kissler, Merlin,  (d. 12-16-1996; b. 4-15-1929; TS; OC; obit) “Merlin Kissler, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died on Monday, Dec 16, 1996, in Moses Lake. He was 67 years old. He was born in Odessa on April 15, 1929, the son of Jacob and Katherine (Homberg) Kissler. He grew up in the Odessa area and attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1947. He served in the US Navy following World War II. He married Nelly Bueschke on July 23, 1960, in Coeur d’Alene. They operated a wheat farm southwest of Odessa. He was a member of the Heritage UCC, the Odessa VFW, the American Legion and a life member of the Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Nelly Kissler, at the home; one daughter, Julie A. Buckland and her husband Carl, of Salt Lake City, UT; one son, Troy Kissler, of Odessa; one brother, Melvin Kissler and his wife Marlys, of Odessa; one sister, Virginia Humble and her husband, Roberson, of Napa, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Dec 20, at 11 a.m. at Heritage UCC Sanctuary in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Pierson officiating. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (scrapbook obit-undated)

Kissler, Nelly A.,  (added) d. 12-10-2002 “Funeral services for Nelly A. Kissler were held Monday, Dec 16, at the Heritage Church in Odessa. Mrs Kissler, a long-time resident of the Odessa area, died Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was 63 years old. She was born July 21, 1939 in Szlodov, Poland.  Nellie was active in the Heritage Church in Odessa. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She was known for being a fun person, and her family enjoyed being with her, regardless of what the occasion might be. She was very supportive of her children and grandchildren, and she enjoyed traveling with them and cooking for them.  Nelly was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Kissler, in 1996, her mother, Martha Bueschke, in 1998, and her brother, Ted Bueschke, in 2000. She is survived by her two children, Julie (and Carl) Buckland, of Salt Lake City, and Troy (and Denise) Kissler, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Drake and Cole Kissler, and one brother, Edgar (and Solveig) Bueschke, of Spokane. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Concluding rites and interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-19-2002)

Kissler, Pauline F.,  (d. 3-18-1997; b. 8-01-1927; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Pauline F. Kissler will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Kissler died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in Spokane. She was a resident of Spokane. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, a member and past Madam president of the Spokane Valley Eagles. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Karl Kissler, at the home; two children, Margaret Simpson, of Spokane; Dennis Kissler and his wife Margaret, of Spokane; four granddaughters, Karlene, Dawn, Courtney and Rebecca; one great-granddaughter, Ashleigh; one sister, Doris Tompkins, of Pasco, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Scott Jurgens will officiate at the funeral. Interment will be at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 20, 1997)

Kissler, Reinhold N.,   (d. 1990; b. 1900; TS; OC; obit) “Reinhold N. Kissler, a resident of Ritzville and formerly residing in Odessa and Davenport, passed away Dec 17, 1990 at Life Care Center of Ritzville. He was born Jan 17, 1909 at Odessa to George J and Magdalena (Borgens) Kissler, attended schools here and graduated from Odessa High School in 1927. Mr. Kissler was married to  Erma Derr here in Sept 1933, and the couple made their home in Odessa for a number of years while he was manager of the Odessa Trading Company hardware department and owned an appliance and grocery store. He was later field representative for the Eastern Washington Food Retailers Assn, and in 1963 the couple moved to Davenport when M.r Kissler became Lincoln Co Assessor, a post he resigned in 1968 due to ill health. Since that time, the couple had lived in Ritzville. A former member of the United Church of Christ in Odessa, he was a member since 1968 of Philadelphia Congregational Church in Ritzville. Preceded in death in 1989 by a sister, Lydia Scrupps of Odessa, Mr. Kissler is survived by his wife Erma; by two sons: Ronald Kissler of Mukilteo and Jerry Kissler of Eugene, OR; by a daughter, Arlene Koth of Spokane; by four brothers: Reubin Kissler of Spokane, Alvin Kissler of Seattle, Clarence Kissler of Spokane, and Larry Kissler of Boise, Idaho; and by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Graveside services are scheduled at the Odessa Cemetery at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Dec 21), the Rev Ben Schafer officiating. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec 27, at Philadelphia Congregational Church of Ritzville, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville in charge.” (Odessa Record-Dec 20, 1990)

Kissler, Reuben,  (d. 11-08-1965; b. 2-18-1920; TS; OC; obit) “Military funeral services were held at the Christ Lutheran Church, for Reuben Kissler on Nov 11 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Werner J Fritz officiating.  Reuben was born at Ruff, WA on Feb 18, 1920 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kissler and died on Nov 8, at the age of 45. He served in the armed forces during WW II and has been making his home in Spokane and Odessa since he retired from farming several years ago. Survivors include one brother, Karl Kissler, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Jeske, Odessa; Mrs. Lydia Tschritter and Mrs. Anne Reiner, Spokane, and Mrs. Mary Tompkins, Ritzville; also numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers were Robert Praetorius, Lorane Becker, Ronald Frederick, Paul Lightbody, Calvin Miller and Howard Ragadale. Musical selections were sung by Ralph Heimbigner, Curtis Finck, Clarence Schmidt and William Schillinger, accompanied by Mrs. Leo Stout.  Participating as Colors and Guards were Bob Monroe, Don Zeiler, Winston Weber, and Harold Suchland. The firing squad were Weldon Richardson, Art Melcher, Jake Reihs, Melvin Schauerman, Rueben Els, Otto Schell, Ken Hofstrand and Weldon Walter. The bugle was sounded by Jim Suchland. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the supervision of Strates Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1965)

Kissler, Robert Sammy , (d. 9-19-1974; b. 9-19-1974; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside services for Robert Sammy Kissler, infant son of Robert and Pat Kissler, were held on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Odessa Cemetery. The funeral was under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home with Rev A Hausauer officiating.” (Odessa Record: 9-26-1974)

Kittelson, Bradley J.,  (added) d. Feb 14, 1999 obit “Memorial services were held at the Heritage Church in Odessa on Feb 19 for Bradley J Kittilson. Mr Kittelson, who was 44 years old, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb 14, 1999, in Seattle. He was a resident of Seattle. He was a great-grandson of George W Finney, the founder of Odessa.  Only three days before his death, Bradley had been in Odessa visiting his cousin, Dorothy Grening. He was born Nov 4, 1954, in Odessa, the son of the late Rod Kittilson and Donna (Frank) Kittilson. He enjoyed his profession as a shipbuilder. He was devoted to his family and friends and loved all outdoor activities. He is remembered for lending a helping hand to others.  He is survived by his mother, Donna Kittilson, of Seattle; one daughter, Coire Jade, of Billings, MT; one sister, Ronda Caudill, Seattle; Uncle Harley Frank and wife Brigitte, and Aunt Darlene Edredge, all of Spokane; and two nephews, Justin and Jared and fiance Terri Matti, of Seattle. Pastor Arthur Finney officiated at the Memorial services. Inurnment preceded services at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1999)

Kittelson, Marvin,  (added) d. Sept 16, 1983 obit  “Memorial services will be held for Marvin Dale Kittelson on Friday, Sept 23, 1983, at 1 p.m. at the English Congregational Church in Odessa, WA. Marvin Dale Kittilson was born to Edwin H. and Cloe Kittilson on Aug 29, 1929, in Spokane, WA. After spending his childhood in that city, Marvin attended college in Cheney, after which he enter the service and played in the United States Air Force Band. He was honorably discharged on Valentine’s Day, 1952. During his time in the service, he took as his wife, Loyal Darlene Caldwell of Wenatchee. Marvin and Darlene made their earlier homes in Spokane and Wenatchee, finally settling in Odessa in Sept 1961.  Marvin worked for Ben Meyer at the ‘Cook House’; the Grange Supply of Odessa, and also at the Odessa Trading Company. In 1970, he was disabled by a heart attack, and until his passing, occupied his time with numerous interests. Besides being a member of the local VFW and Camera Clubs, he dabbled in art and woodworking, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting, and camping. Marvin died peacefully in his sleep sometime Friday morning, Sept 16th. Survivors include his wife, Loyal Darlene; two sons, Chris S Kittilson and Erik L. Kittilson, both of Spokane; one daughter, Denise Masiello, Spokane; his mother, Cloe Kittilson, Spokane; one brother, Rod Kittilson, Odessa and one grandson, Robert Edwin Kittilson, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 9-22-1983)

Kittilson, Rodney James,  (added) d. Mar 24, ___ “Rodney James Kittilson of Odessa, born July 3, 1927 in Spokane to Edwin and Cloe Kittilson, passed away March 24. He lived in Spokane until joining the military service during World War II. After his discharge, he spent the remainder of his life in Odessa. He was a member of WW II Vets and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a past manager of the VFW here. He worked on the Graedel farms west of Odessa until disability forced an early retirement. Mr. Kittilson, preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Marvin Kittilson, is survived by a son, Bradley Kittilson of Seattle; by two daughters, Ronda Caudill of Seattle and Toni Kittilson of Spokane; and by 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held Wednesday, March 29, at the Heritage UCC Chapel in Odessa, Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in  charge.” (Odessa Record-undated)

Klempel, Emma L. Mayer,   (d. 5-13-39; b. 6-17-1897; w/o Herman; TS; OC; Strates) “Emma L. M. Klempo. Died: May 13, 1939. Funeral Thursday, May 18, 1939, 2 p.m. at English Congregational Church, Rev Galle. Bearers: Henry Schiewe, Dan Koth, Sol Reiman, William Schorzman, George Schiewe, Johnny Goetz, Bob Brower, Gus Weber. Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Emma Lydia Mayer Klempel. Residence: Farm near Aberdeen ID. Female, white, married (Herman Klempel), housewife. Birth: 6-17-1897, Stafford, Oregon. Death: May 13, 1939, American Falls, Idaho, County of Power, Idaho. Father: Samuel Mayer: born Odessa, Russia; Mother: Lydia Schlecter, born Odessa, Russia.  Informant: Herman Klempel of Aberdeen, Idaho. Cause of death: Large pulmonary embolism. M. C. MacKinnon, MD. A. W. Davis, undertaker, American Falls, Idaho. Place of burial: Odessa, Oregon. (sic) Shipping Undertaker: Davis of Amer. Falls. Permission is hereby granted to remover for burial at Odessa, WA, the remains of Emma Lydia Mayer Klempel....” (State of Idaho, Certificate of Death, Transportation of Corpse)

Klima, James,   (d. 3-25-1940; b. 1-06-1859; TS; h/o Rose; OC; Strates)   “Vaclav (James) Klima was born in Pisek, Czechoslovakia on Jan 6, 1859 and died March 25, 1940 in Odessa, WA. It was suspected that he died from a heart attack at the age of 81 years. James was educated in Bohemia and Germany. He served in the German Army. His primary occupation was locksmith and gunsmith, and later he became a farmer. He became a US citizen on August 16, 1893. He married Rosalie Kusova (Also seen as Kus or Kusa) on June 3, 1897 in Chicago, IL. He was 39 years old when his son Stanislov Paul Klima (Stanley) was born on Apr 29-30, 1898 in Chicago. James and Rosalie moved to Lamona, WA in July 1902 and homesteaded land. He built a house there and Stanley lived there until he grew up. James raised horses, mules, cattle and crops, and had a small orchard and garden. His family for 6 generations back were foresters. He made a beautifully carves shelf and picture frame which the family cherishes as a keepsake. He also played the violin and  gave lessons.” (Contributed by Sherrill Hansen of Davenport, WA in 2002; see also June 13, 1940) The records of Strate Funeral Home identify his parents as Frank and Mary Klima. “James Klima. Residence: 9 miles north of Odessa, WA. Death: March 25, 1940, between 2 and 6 p.m., at home. Informant: Stanley Klima, 41 yrs, of Odessa, WA. Birth: Jan 6, ___, Czechoslovakia. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Last worked: Jan 1935, 40 yrs in occupation. 40 yrs at residence. Father: Frank Klima, born Czechoslovakia; Mother: Mary ____, born Czechoslovakia. Previous residence: Chicago, IL. Leaves: wife, Rose; one son, Stanley of Odessa, one sister, 2 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Stanley Klima, Odessa farmer, last week filed a petition to be named administrator of the $1500 estate of his parents, James and Rosie Klima. The estate will go to him.” (Citizen: 8-03-1945)

Klima, Rosie,  (d. 6-13-1940; b. 3-05-1869; TS; OC; Strates)  “Rosalie Kusova Klima was born in Pisek, Czechoslovokia on March 25, 1869 and died in Medical Lake, WA on June 13, 1940 at the age of 71 years. She was buried in the Odessa Cemetery. Her mother was Katerina Manselska; her father was Vaclav Kusova (also seen as Kus and Kusa). Vaclav was a casket maker. Rosalie was creative and talented, a dressmaker by trade. She also did beautiful wheat weaving and had even made a table from her wheat weaving. One of these tables had been in the museum in Odessa but was lost when the museum burned to the ground. Rosalie had three sisters and one brother. One sister was Anna Kusova, educated in Bohemia. Rosalie married James Klima on June 3, 1897. She had one son, Stanislov (Stanley) Paul Klima, born April 29-30, 1898. Rosalie was 29 when Stanley was born; this was a hard birth and she could have no more children. Rosalie brought dishes with her from her home town in Czechoslovakia that are now family treasures. About 10 years prior to her death Rosalie was confined at the Medical Lake institution where she did sewing and mending for the other patients. Her need for confinement was questionable. Rosalie had a nice soprano voice and sang a lot. She was under five feet in height.”  (Contributed by Sherrill Hansen) “Rosie Klima. Death: June 13, 1940, Medical Lake Hospital. Informant: Stanley Klima of Odessa, WA. Birth: March 5, ___; in Czechoslovakia. Age 65 yrs. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Last worked: 1930. Length of residence in city where death occurred: 10 yrs. To US in 1895. Previous residence: Chicago, IL; Iowa. Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Physician: Don S. Wallace, Reg. Relatives: son Stanley Klima, 2 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Kling, Edward,  (added) d. 26 Mar 1903 LL  “Edward Kling, died 26 Mar 1903 aged 9 yrs 10 mos 4 days; pneumonia; Buried on 27 May by Pastor A. Merz at Zion Cemetery in Odessa. Survivors: parents and a sister.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger-German script) “Born 11 March 1890, buried 1 June at the cemetery of E. Heimbigner, Odessa, Buried by P. A. Merz.” (page 264 addition to #13-Eduard Kling) (edit: born abt July 22, 1893, the apparent son of John Kling and Johanna Lind Kling. He would have been born prior to their arrival in Odessa.)

Kling, John,  s/o Christof  (d. 1-14-27; b. 9-02-1852; OC; DC; LL)  “Johann Kling. Born 8 Sept 1854 in Poland. On 16 Jan 1882 was married to Hannah Lind. Six children were born to them. Since 1902 in Odessa, WA. On 14 Jan 1927 he died of lung fever and on the 16th of the same month was buried. Age 72 yrs 4 mos 6 days. Survivors: his widow and ____.  Died: 14 Jan 1927” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger; see also Johanna Kling and Amelia Marr) “Funeral services for John Kling were held at the Lutheran church at two o’clock Sunday afternoon. Mr. Kling died suddenly of pneumonia at his home just outside the Odessa city limits early Friday morning. He had had the disease three days. His age was 73 years and 4 months. Deceased was born in Poland and he and his wife were residents of Odessa for over 20 years. During the first flu epidemic their only daughter, Amelia, died. The wife he leaves has been an invalid for several years and is very feeble. The Rev Mittemeier of Quincy officiated at the service, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Jan 21, 1927) “John Kling.  Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Sept 2, 1852, Poland. Age: 73 yrs 4 mos. Father: Christof Kling, born Poland. Mother: Mary Kal born Poland. Informant: Mrs. John Kling, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 14, 1927, Dist #6, Odessa, WA. Cause: heart failure. Contributory: pneumonia. L. M. Thompson, MD, of Odessa. Burial: Odessa, WA. 1-16-1927. No attendant.” (WA State Register of Death) Data on his wife follows, as gathered: Johanna Lind Kling; (Mention is made of the death of Johanna Kling immediately following the listing of John Kling, her husband, showing only that she died at Sacred Heart. No date was given, no birth, no burial. The next entry in the Lutheran ledger was dated Aug 19, 1927, hence one can assume that Johanna died between Jan 15, 1927 and Aug 19, 1927. See also: Amelia Kling Marr, who was born in Plum Coulee, Canada. “Hanna Kling. Female, white, single, domestic. Age 70 yrs. Born: Russia. Parents: not obtainable. Informant: Dr Thompson of Odessa. Death: June 24, 1917 at 5 a.m.; Cause: Aortic Stenosis from arterio sclerosis. D. A. Hewit, MD. Burial: Greenwood on July 1, 1927. Undertaker: Hennessey & Calloway of Spokane.” Certificate of Death)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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