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.


Leedy, Katherin,  (d. 1928; b. 1850; TS; OC; DC) “Carterine M. Leedy, resident of Odessa, WA. Female, white, widow. Birth: Oct 7, 1850, OH; aged: 77 yrs 5 mos 10 days. Father: Widner, born IN; Mother: Elizabeth Glover, born OH. Informant: O. T. Leedy, Odessa, WA. Death: March 17, 1928, 11 a.m., Mr. Carmel, Town of Colville, Stevens Co, WA. Cause: Myocarditis; Contributory: senility & intestinal impaction of 10 days’ duration.  Physician: W. H. Gray, Colville, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on March 20, 1928. Undertaker: Quinn McCord, Colville, WA.” (WA State Board of Health-Certificate of Death)

Leedy, Milton D.,  s/o Sam  (d. 2-04-1926; b. 10-05-1845; TS; OC; DC) “Milton D. Leedy.  Male, white, married, contractor. Birth: Oct 5, 1845, IN. Age: 80 yrs 3 mos 27 days. Father: Samuel Leedy, born Ohio; Mother: Lanie Debelbliss, born PA. Informant: Mr. Chas Leedy, Odessa.  Death: Feb 4, 1926, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Apoplexy, duration a few minutes. Contributory: arteriosclerosis. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Feb 7, 1926. W R Lee, Undertaker, of Sprague.” (WA State Register of Death)  

Leffelbein, August, (d. 1955; b. 1879; TS; OC) “August Leffelbein.—His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Margaret, at the home; 3 brothers, Alfred Leffelbein, Cashmere, WA; John Leffelbein, Odessa, WA; Reinhold Leffelbein, Olympia, WA. Member of the United Congregational church of Odessa. Funeral Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m. from the United Congregational Church at Odessa. Rev A. Hausauer officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery at Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home of Odessa, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-13-1955; Beck data card collection)

Leffelbein, Margaretha,   (d. 26 Jan 1969; b. 1882; TS; OC; obit)  “Mrs. Margaretha Leffelbein, a patient at the Odessa Memorial Convalescent Home, passed away on Jan 26, at the age of 86. Funeral services were held in her honor at the UCC in Odessa on Jan 30 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Leffelbein was born in Russia in 1882, daughter of Jacob and Eva Schlimmer. In 1903 the family came to the United States and settled on a farm southwest of Odessa. She married August Leffelbein on May 1, 1904. They farmed in the Ruff area for six years and then moved to Odessa in 1910. Her husband passed away in 1955. In 1963 Mrs. Leffelbein suffered a severe stroke, and has been confined to the convalescent home since that time. Mrs. Leffelbein is survived by one brother, Con Schlimmer, Odessa, and numerous other relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1969)

Leitz, Albert G.,   (d. 10-01-1965; b. 12-18-1893; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Albert G. Leitz were held from Christ Lutheran Church on Monday afternoon. Pastor Werner Fritz officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Odessa Post 105, American Legion, had charge of the graveside service. Mr. Leitz had 46 years of membership. Colors and color guard included Winston Weber, Harold Suchland, Don Zeiler and Bob Monroe. The firing squad included Weldon Richardson, Weldon Walter, art Melcher, Melvin Schauerman, Reuben Els, Otto Schell and Ken Hofstrand. Buglers were Miroslav Totusek and Terrie Deife.  Albert Leitz was born at Waverly, WA, Dec 18, 1893. He was baptized and confirmed by two ministers who later became pastors of Christ Lutheran Church here. These were the Rev Henry Rieke and the Rev H P Christensen.  He served with the armed forces during WW I from 1918 to 1919. On Sept 14, 1934, he married Edna Hemmerling of Odessa. They farmed near Waverly until 1939, then moving to Odessa to farm in the Lamona area.  Mr. and Mrs. Leitz enjoyed traveling. Their travels took them to Russia, around the world and the orient.  Mr. Leitz held member ship in Christ Lutheran church, American Legion, Odessa Grange and Odessa Gun Club. He died Friday, Oct 1, after a lingering illness.  Survivors include his wife, Edna Leitz, at the home; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Lindemann, Denver, and Mrs. Ida Hariecher, Rosalia; three brothers, John of Fairfield, Idaho, Adolf and Eric of Fairfield, WA.” (Odessa Record: 10-07-1965) 

Leitz, Edna O.,    (d. 9-14-1985; b. 6-06-1912; TS; OC)

Lenhardt, George,*  (d. 10-08-1924; b. 5-15-1852; TS; OC; Cong) “Geo Lenhardt. Aged: 72 yrs 4 mos 23 days.  Dated: Oct 4, 1924. Burial: Spokane.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “George Lenhart.  Resident: Odessa, WA. Male, white, widower, husband of Katherine Margareta, retired farmer. Birth: May 6, 1842, Russia; aged: 72 yrs 5 mos 2 days. Father: not obtainable, born Russia; Mother: not obtainable, born Russia. Informant: Conrad J Lenhart. Death: Oct 8, 1924, 3:15 a.m. at St Lukes Hospital, Spokane. In US, 35 years. Cause of death: Lobar Pneumonia, entire right lung, of 10 days duration. 3 days in Spokane hospital. S. E. Lambert, MD, Spokane. Burial: Odessa. Undertaker: Turnbull Undertaking Co.” (WA State Board of Health: Death Certificate)

Lenhart, Henry George, (added: d. 3-31-1915) "Henry George Lenhart, 4 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Con Lenhart, of Moody, died last week Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock from convulsions. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery on Friday afternoon." (Odessa Record: 4-09-1915

Lenhardt, Mary,   (d. 11-09-20; b. 1-19-1898; TS; OC; DC) “Marie Katherine Lenhart. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Jan 19, 1898, Russia. Age: 22 yrs 9 mos 20 days. Father: George Walter born Russia; Mother: Kathern Kauzer/Kanzer/Kaufman, born Russia. Informant: Fred Lenhart.  Death: 11-09-1920, Dist #6, Lincoln County, WA. Cause: uremia, duration 5 days; Contributory: nephritis, duration 9 mos. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Nov 12, 1920, G. B. Stone, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death)   (Shared stone with George; edit: ck spelling of Lenhart on stone) “One of the saddest events that the Record has had to chronicle for some time is the death of Mrs. Fred Lenhart, who passed away Monday morning of uremic kidney trouble. She leaves besides a young husband, a six day old babe which will have to go through life without a mother’s care. Her funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. from the Lenhart home and two o’clock at the St Mathews church, the Rev J. G. Eckhart officiating, after which interment will be made at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12 Nov 1920)

Lenhart, Anna E.,  (d. Nov 1980; b. 1885; TS; OC; shared with Conrad; obit) “Private graveside services were held on Nov 8, 1980, for Anne Elizabeth Lenhart who passed away on Nov 5, at Riverview Convalescent Home in Spokane.  Anne Elizabeth Lenhart was born Sept 23, 1885 in Odessa, Russia, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Horst. She was baptized as an infant in Russia. She came to the United States with her parents to the Walla Walla area. In 1905 she came to Odessa. She was married to Conrad C. Lenhart on Jan 21, 1909. Rev William F. Essig officiated at the ceremony.  In 1914 Mr. and Mrs. Lenhart moved to the Moody area where Mr. Lenhart operated a grain business for about five years. They returned to live in Odessa until the grain business was sold in 1940, They then moved to Spokane. Mr. Lenhart passed away in July 1967. Mrs. Lenhart then moved to the Riverview Terrace, living there until she became ill in 1977. She then moved to the Riverview Convalescent Home where she remained until her death. She was 95 years of age and a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Spokane. Those who remain to mourn her include 5 daughters: Dorothy, Mrs. Lester Kamlin; Mrs. Flobelle Frieske, and Mrs. Ruth Schutz, all of Spokane; Lucille, Mrs. Del Turner of Gladstone, OR and Bernice, Mrs. John Davis of Seattle; one son, Clarence of Spokane Valley, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 nieces.  Memorial services were held at noon on Nov 8th from the UCC in Odessa with Rev Everett Schoessler officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Nov 27, 1980)

Lenhart, Conrad,   (d. July 1967; b. 1884; TS: OC; shared with Anna) “Conrad Lenhart.—His home, N2514 Wall. Husband of Mrs. Anne Lenhart, at the home. Father of Mrs. Del (Lucille) Turner, Portland, Or, Mrs. John (Bernice) Davis, Seattle, WA, Mrs. Lester (Dorothy) Kamlin, Spokane, Mrs. Reinhold (Flobelle) Frieske, Spokane, Mrs. Jerome (Ruth) Schutz, Modesto, CA; Clarence Lenhart, Kellogg, ID; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother of Mrs. Jake Weizel, George Amen, John Lenhart and Jake Lenhart, all of Ritzville, WA and Fred Lenhart of Odessa, WA; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church. A longtime resident of this area. Funeral services Friday, July 21 at  11 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Dr David E. Dilworth officiating. Graveside services July 21 at 2:30 at Odessa, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 7-21-1967)

Lenhart, David, (added) (d. 9-13-1918; b. 6-13-1899; TS, OC, Lartigues; obit) “John David Lenhart, better known to most of the people of Odessa as Dave Lenhart, died at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane Friday morning of pneumonia after a prolonged illness. Dave was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lenhart and was born on Crab Creek in Adams County, June 13, 1899 and was just a little over nineteen years of age at the time of his death. He was taken ill over two months ago and taken to the hospital at Spokane where after an operation but little hope was entertained for recovery and he gradually grew weaker until death relieved his suffering. He was a young man of excellent qualities and besides his parents, six brothers and a sister, leaves many friends to mourn his loss. The body was brought to Odessa and funeral services were held at the St Mathews church Sunday afternoon, Rev Albert Reiman officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1918)

Lenhart, Dorothy Darlene,   (d. 6-09-1939; b. 5-22-1933; d/o Fred; TS; OC; Strates) “Dorothy Lenhart. Residence: Ritzville, WA. Death: 6-09-1939, 2:38 a.m., St Lukes Hospital, Spokane, WA. Birth: May 22, 1933, WA.  Informant: Fred Lenhart, Ritzville, WA. Female, white, single. Shipping Funeral Director: Smith Funeral Home. Father: Fred Lenhart, born WA. Mother: Katie Walter, born Russia. Previous residence: 11 miles SE of Odessa, WA. Cause of death: septicemia general peritonitis. Dr J. G. Matthews. Relatives: Mother, Father, one brother, Wayne, 3 sisters: Lorette, Laverna and Wilma, all at home; aunts, uncles, cousins. Physical: blonde hair, blue eyes, 49 inches, 55 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Dorothy Darlene Lenhart, six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lenhart, were held from the St Matthews Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. The Rev J. C. Schwabenland, pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, officiated. Pallbearers included Leroy Weitzel, Harvey, Lester and Alvin Lenhart. A mixed quartet sang. Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lenhart; one brother, Wayne; three sisters, Loretta, Laverna and Wilma, all at home.” (Odessa Record: 6-15-1939; edit: ruptured appendix)

Lenhart, Elmer,  s/o Fred  (d. 1-10-27; b. 8-13-26; (ns-Suchland A12-42) DC) “Elmer Lenhart. Male. white, single. Birth: Aug 13, 1926, RFD Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Age: 4 mos. Father: Fred Lenhart born USA; Mother: Katie Walter, born Russia. Death: Jan 10, 1927, Dist #6, near Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: Broncho pneumonia. Dr Went F. Arman, MD.” (WA State Register of Death; no burial information)  

Lenhart, Fred,   (d. 4-14-1973; b. 5-07-1896; TS; OC; shared stone with Katie)  “Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. April 17, 1973 for Fred Lenhart, who died on April 14 at the age of 76. Services were at the United Church, with Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Lenhart was born on May 7, 1896, in Walla Walla, WA. He was the son of George and Katie Lenhart. The same year the family moved to homestead south of Odessa, on what is presently the Weizel ranch. There Fred lived until he entered the Army in 1917, serving for 18 months during WW I.  After his discharge in 1919, he farmed what is today the William Schmidt ranch.  Fred and Mary Walter were married on May 29, 1919, but Mary died on Nov 9, 1920. The couple had one daughter, Loretta. On April 8, 1921 Fred married Katie Walter, and six children were born to them. One son and two daughters died as children.  Mrs. Walter (sic) passed away on Dec 16, 1957.  Mr. Lenhart farmed south of Odessa until 1952, when he retired because of illness.  He was a charter member of the Odessa American Legion and an active member for 54 years. He was also a member of the United Congregational Church.  Mr. Lenhart is survived by one son, Wayne, of Spokane; three daughters, Loretta Lenhart of Spokane; Laverna Koch of Seattle and Wilma Schmidt of Ritzville; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Jacob of Ritzville and John of Spokane; and one sister, Mrs. Katie Weizel of Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1973)

Lenhart, Geo, see Lenhardt

Lenhart, Helen K., d/o A. E. ( d. 11-14-1912; b. 7-07-1912 TS-Lartigues only) “The home of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Lenhart was saddened Tuesday by the death of their little four months old daughter. The funeral was held from the German Congregational church Thursday afternoon, Rev Reister officiating, and interment took place in the Lutheran cemetery west of town.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1912) (edit: Conrad’s wife was Anna E)

Lenhart, Katie,   (d. 12-16-1957; b. 9-14-1900; TS; OC; shared stone with Fred) “Mrs. Katie Lenhart died at the Deaconess hospital at Spokane on Monday after a brief illness. Funeral services will be from the United Congregational Church at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, with the Rev E. G. Klein officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs Lenhart, who moved into town with her husband, Fred Lenhart, from their ranch in the Packard area, was an active member of the United Congregational church and ladies aid, and of the American Legion auxiliary. She was born Sept 14, 1900, in Russia. Survivors include her husband, at the home; one son, Wayne, of Spokane; three daughters, Miss Loretta Lenhart of Odessa, Mrs. Laverna Koch of Seattle and Mrs. Wilma Schmidt of Odessa and 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Walter of Marlin and Sam Walter of Wenatchee; seven sisters, Mrs. Mary Stueckle, Colfax; Mrs. Alma Koch, Wenatchee; Mrs. Freida Lind, Kittitas; Mrs. Hanna Ils, Ritzville; Mrs. Helen Zeimer, Sprague; Mrs. Martha Kuch, Ritzville, and Mrs. Loretta Pankow, Kirkland.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1957; Beck card collection)

Lenhart, Laurence George,   (d. 1995; b. 1924; TS; OC; obit) “Laurence G. Lenhart, of Odessa, died Wednesday, Mar 28, 1995, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. He was 70 years old. He was born on the family farm southwest of Odessa on Dec 31, 1924, the son of Jacob and Anna Kissler Lenhart. He grew up on the farm and attended Odessa High school. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1943, serving in the Pacific theatre. He was wounded in action in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He was honorably discharge from the service in 1946. Returning to Odessa, he worked on the family farm and in 1949 began employment at Odessa Union Warehouse Co. He married Miriam Wahl, of Ritzville, on Jan 15, 1949. Their daughter Cheryl was born in 1950 and son Gary in 1953. They moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1957, where Laurence was employed by Neil A. Maclean Co, an agricultural supply company. In 1967, they returned to the Odessa area, where Laurence operated the family farm. He retired in 1988, and he and Miriam moved to Odessa in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Miriam Lenhart, Odessa; his daughter, Cheryl Lenhart, Portland; his son, Gary Lenhart, Seattle; two brothers, Alven Lenhart and Clarence Lenhart, both of Ritzville; 4 sisters, Rachel Anderson, Spokane; Florence Griffin, Mill Valley, CA; Erma Kautz, Spokane; and Elvera Randall, Riverview, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Harvey Lenhart and Lester Lenhart, and one sister, Helen Eldora Lenhart. At Laurence’s request, no formal services will be held. However, there will be an informal open house memorial for friends and family on Saturday, April 8, between noon and 4 p.m. at 718 East Second Avenue, Odessa.” (Odessa Record-April 8, 1995)

Lenoch, Anna,  (d. 11-09-1910; b. 3-25-1834; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs. Anna Henoch, age 76 years, mother of Mrs. Fred Obervict, died Tuesday night at her home on the Obervict ranch near Odessa. The deceased was a native of Bohemia and her death was caused by an attack of pneumonia. The funeral was held Friday afternoon, Rev J. F. Reister of the German Congregational church conducting the service.” (Odessa Record: 11-11-1910) “Frau Anna Lanoch. Born 25 Mar 1833 in Oestreich (____-script). Parents: Martine and Elisabeth Dervorak; baptized and confirmed. At 24 years of age married Joseph Lanoch... 1878 to America, to MN, 1888 to Spokane, WA, 5 yrs later to Lincoln Co, at Odessa. Died 9 Nov 1910... Age: 77 yrs 7 mos 15 days. Burial: Odessa on 11 Nov 1910. H. Rieke.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger; intricate German script)

Lenoch, Joseph,   (d. 10-30-1922; b. 10-09-1832; TS; OC; LL; DC) “Joseph Lenoch. Male, white, widowed, retired. Birth: Oct 9, 1832, Bohemia. Age: 90 yrs 21 days. Father: Francis Lenoch born Bohemia; Mother: don’t know. Informant: Jos Lenoch, Odessa, WA. Death: 10-30-1922, Dist #6, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: dilation of heart, arterio schlerosis. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, 11-03-1922; J. E. Turner, Undertaker, of Harrington.” (WA State Register of Death)  “Joseph Lenoch. Birth: 9 Oct 1832; Died: 31 Oct 1922 in Odessa. Funeral 2 Nov. Aged: 90 yrs 22 days. H. P. Christensen, pastor.” (Christ Lutheran church ledger) 

Lentz: see Lentz Cemetery north of Odessa

Lenz, Fred,  (d. 1952; b. 1879; TS; OC) “Had Served City as Water and Street Superintendent.  Funeral services for Frederick Lenz, pioneer resident, 72, were held from the United Congregational Church on Monday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers included Henry Schiewe, Leonard Mills, Con Schauerman, George Kissler, Jacob Quast and Robert Hoefel.  Mr. Lenz, who was born Jan 1, 1879 in Russia, and who came to this country as a young man, had lived for 49 years in Odessa. He was married at Spokane in 1909 to Miss Lydia Frieske. For several years he served the town as its street and water superintendent, until ill health caused him to resign. Mr. Lenz died May 30 at a Spokane hospital where he had spent six days. Survivors include his wife, Lydia, at the home; three sons, Theodore, San Francisco, CA; Jacob, with the US Navy and David, with the US Air Force in Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Salo, Odessa; Mrs. Marsha Sassman, Wilbur, and Mrs. Alma Hurley, Seattle; five grandchildren; one brother, Jacob, in Germany; one sister, Susanna Jerkey, in North Dakota; and one half-brother, Simon Labranz, in Minnesota.” (Odessa Record:  6-05-1952)

Lenz, Lydia,  (d. Aug 1980; b. 1891; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Aug 15, 1980 from the United Congregational Church in Odessa for Lydia Lenz, who passed away Aug 13, 1980. Rev Everett Schoessler officiated. Lydia Frieske Lenz was born June 30, 1891, the daughter of Christoph and Wilhelmina Frieske, in Paris, Bessarabia, Russia. She was baptized as an infant in Russia and at the age of twelve she came with her parents, to America in December of 1903, where the family settled on a farm 14 miles south of Odessa. She was confirmed at the age of 13 by the Rev J. C. Schwabenland in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Odessa. On July 6, 1909 Lydia was married to Friedrich Lenz and they lived in Odessa. Mr. Lenz passed away May 30, 1952. Following his death, Mrs. Lenz maintained her own home until May 26, 1976 when she became a resident at the Convalescent Center. She was a member of the UCC  and the Ladies Aid. Mrs. Lenz was hospitalized July 12, 1980 at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane where she underwent surgery to correct a broken hip. She recovered from the broken hip, but on August 2, 1980 she suffered a massive stroke and remained in a coma until her death at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, four sisters and a son-in-law, Edward Salo.  Those who remain to mourn her passing are three daughters, Mary Salo, Odessa; Martha Sassman, Wilbur; Alma Hurley, Seattle; three sons, Theodore Lenz, Hayward, CA; Jacob Lenz, Ogden, Utah; David Lenz, Yorktown, VA; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one brother, Gust Frieske, Odessa; 2 sisters, Tillie Lobe, Odessa and Bertha Sauer, Lind. Her many friends will long remember her many kindnesses and handicraft which she did for them throughout her lifetime... Casket bearers were Gale Salo, Roy Sassman, Doug Sassman, Marvin Fink, Neil Fink, and Rick Haase. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Aug 21, 1980)

Lesley, Florence Marie,   (d. 4-30-1911; b. 4-28-11; d/o W. R.; TS; OC; DC; obit) “Infant Lesley. Female, white, single. Birth: 4-02-1911, WA. Father: Wm R. Lesley, born MO; Mother: Mary F Gordon, born MO. Informant: Wm R Lesley, Odessa, WA.  Death: April 30, 1911, at 12 midnight, Odessa PO, Adams County, WA. Cause of death: Inanition or unknown congenital. H Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lesley, which died Sunday, was buried at the Lutheran Cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev Bradley conducting a short burial service at the grave. The Odd Fellows, of which body Mr. Lesley is a member, met the funeral procession near the outskirts of town and acted as an escort to the grave.” (Odessa Record: 5-05-1911)   

Lesley, infant. s/o A. A.  (d. 12-16-1908; b. 12-14-1908; TS; OC; DC) “Infant of A. A. Lesley. Male, white, infant. Birth: Dec 14, 1908, WA.  Age: 2 days.  Father: Albert A. Lesley, born Missouri; Mother: Edith Belkuap, born Oregon. Informant: W. R. Lesley, Odessa, WA.  Death: Dec 16, 1908, #SO, Adams County, WA. Cause of Death: convulsions. Duration: 4 hours. Physician: C. E. Reinaly, MD, Odessa, WA.  Burial: Odessa, WA on Dec 17, 1908, H E Stone & Son, Undertaker.” (WA State Certificate of Death)  “Burial services over the remains of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Lesley, who died Wednesday, were held at the German Lutheran cemetery yesterday. A number of sympathetic friends and relatives of the bereaved parents followed the remains from their ranch south of town to the cemetery and listened to the burial service read by Rev Bolin, pastor of the M E church. The little one’s stay on earth was very brief, being two days old when it was called from this world to a home with the angels above.” (Odessa Record: 12-18-1908)

Lesser, Carol Ann,  (baby)  (d. 1-29-1948; b. 1-23-1948; d/o Harold & M.; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Carol Ann Lesser. Born: Jan 23, 1948 at Ritzville, WA. Died: Jan 29, 1948 at Ritzville, WA. Buried: Jan 30, 1948, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage (birth injury). Age: 6 days. Mourned by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lesser. Text: Titus 3:4-7. E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Carol Ann Lesser. (baby). Residence: Ritzville General Hosp.  Birth: Jan 23, 1948; Death: Jan 29, 1948; Age: 5 ½ days, female, infant. Father: Harold Lesser, born Odessa, WA. Mother: Marie F Olson, born Monmouth, IL. Funeral: chapel, 2 p.m.; Interment: 1-30-1948, Odessa Cemetery, between Henry Lesser Sr. and wife’s grave.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services were held from the Strate Funeral chapel on Friday afternoon for Carol Ann Lesser, 5-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lesser. The Rev E. R. Pflueger officiated with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Survivors include the parents, grandparents, and uncles and aunts.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1948)

Lesser, Conrad Sr.,   (d. 1-12-1933; b. 1-06-1850; h/o Katherina; obit; OC; Strates) ”Conrad Lesser, sr. Death: Jan 12, 1933, 8:30, at Odessa, WA. Occupation: laborer. Birth: Jan 6, 1850. Age: 83 yrs 5 days. Male, married, white. Born Russia. Father: John Casper born Russia; mother: not obtainable. Residence in city: 24 yrs. If foreign born, residence in US: 32 years. Came to America in 1900. Previous residence: Russia. Physician: L J Bonney. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Leaves wife: Katherine of Odessa; daughter, Anna Maria Kissler, of Irby; sons: Conrad Lesser of Longmont, CO; Jacob Lesser, Greeley, CO; Johannes Lesser, Akron, CO; and Heinrich Lesser, Denver, CO. Physical: Blond hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 3 inches; apparent weight: 95 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger) “An order setting aside the property of the estate of Conrad Lesser, Sr., to Katherine Lesser, his widow, has been signed. The estate consists of two Odessa lots.” (Odessa Record: 11-10-1933) “Con Lesser, Sr.  Aged: 83 yrs 0 mos 5 days.  Dated: Jan 1933. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Funeral services for Conrad Lesser, Sr, aged pioneer of the Odessa region, were held from the St Matthews Congregational church on Sunday with the Rev Paul Kalmbach officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Lesser, who enjoyed the distinction, while alive, of being the oldest man in Odessa, had passed his 83rd birthday on Jan 6, six days before his death. Born in Russia he had come to America 32 years ago, moving into the Odessa region eight years later and living here until the time of his death. Survivors include his widow, Katherine Lesser; four sons, Con, John, Jacob and Henry, all living in Colorado; and one daughter, Mrs. Fred Kissler, living near Odessa. Pallbearers for the funeral included Con H. Eckhardt, Jacob Schauerman, Conrad Schauerman, Wentel Weber, George K Walter and Henry Smith.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1933)

Lesser, Elizabeth,   (d. 10-17-1910; b. 1848; TS; OC;  DC)  “Mrs. Conrad Lesser. Female, white, married. Birth: Oct 28, 1848, Russia. Age: 61 yrs 11 mos 17 days. Father: Henry Maier, born Russia; Mother: Katrina Daudurfur, b. Russia. Informant: Conrad Lesser, Odessa. Death: Oct 17, 1910, 12 midnight, Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage, right side. 6 days duration. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Oct 18, 1910. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Lesser, Harold Roland,  (added) (b. 9-09-1920; d. 6-26-2009);  “Harold Roland Lesser, of Wilson Creek, passed away on Friday June 26, 2009, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. He was 88 years old. Harold was born Sept 9, 1920, on a farm south of Irby, to Henry and Amelia (Walter) Lesser Jr. He attended a country school through the eighth grade traveling there by buggy and horseback.  He graduated from Odessa High School in 1938 and worked on the farm until he was drafted into the US Army in WW II. He served in England, went to France on D-7. and was then in Belgium during The Battle of the Bulge. While stationed in Illinois, he met Marie Olson of Monmouth, IL, at a dance. They were married on April 10, 1946 in Odessa and soon made their home on the family farm.  Dancing continued to be a theme throughout his life, from square dancing to the senior center dance later in life. In 1954 they moved to Marlin, raising wheat, cattle and horses until retirement.  In 1987 they moved to Wilson Creek where he loved spending time with and teasing their grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie (Olson) Lesser, daughter Carol Ann Lesser; and one sister, Dorothy.  He is survived by sons Timothy Lesser of Spokane; Ronald (Linda) Lesser of Marlin and Tracy (Katherine) Lesser of Marlin; daughter Gayle (Bryce) Hicks of Gervais, OR; brother Loren (Phyllis) Lesser of Spokane; sisters, Eldora Ball of Everett; Laverna Dormaier of Spokane; and Janice Eckhart of Moses Lake; grandchildren Holly (Lesser) Finkbeiner, Wade Lesser, Eric Kyle and Stacia Lesser and Dallas and Jacquelyn Hicks; and one great granddaughter, Madison Finkbeiner, and a very dear friend Laverne Peterson of Dryden, WA. Following a family graveside service at the Odessa Cemetery, a memorial service was held at the Grace Baptist Church in Wilson Creek on Thursday, July 2, 2009.”  (Odessa Record:  9-03-2009) 

Lesser, Henry Jr.,   (d. 1970; b. 1895; TS; OC)  “In Memory Of Henry Lesser Jr.  Born in Russia Nov 21, 1895.  Passed Away In Odessa, WA Feb 8, 1970.  Services Thursday, Feb 12, 1970 at 1 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA.  Pastor Daniel Cronrath, Officiating.  Concluding Services and Vault Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Funeral Program.) “Last rites for Henry Less, Jr., who died here on Feb 8, were held last Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, with Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Terry Ball, Dennis Dormaier, Tim, Ron, Bruce and Allen Lesser. Honorary bearers were: Al Wagner, Fred Lenhart, Frank Groh, Sr., Ed Salo, William Beck, Roscoe Wagner, Don Haase, Jeff Lesser, and Greg Lesser. Soloist for the service was Mrs. Gerald Schafer and organist, Mrs. Leo Stout. Henry Lesser, Jr., was born in Russia on Nov 21, 1895, the son of Henry Lesser, Sr., and Mary Kammersell. At the age of 11 he came to the USA with his parents. They settled near Ritzville. Henry Jr. received his formal education in the Ritzville area. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Christ Lutheran. Mr. Lesser was married to Molly Walters on Sept 30, 1961 (sic). Six children were born to this union. His wife died on Nov 17, 1958. On Aug 11, 1960 he married Helen Elliot at Odessa.  He is survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters, Eldora, Mrs. Charles Ball, Seattle; Laverna, Mrs. Paul Dormaier, Spokane; Janice, Mrs. Allan Eckhardt, Stratford. One daughter, Dorothy died in 1949. Other survivors include two sons: Harold R. Lesser, Marlin; Loren of Spokane; three step-children, Mrs. Mildred Ervin, Sacramento, CA; Sterling Elliot, Los Angeles, CA; and Ed Elliot, Okanogan; four brothers, John, Moses Lake; George, Endicott; Conrad, Spokane; and Reinhold, Reardan; 16 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Lesser had been hospitalized for one month prior to his death.” (Odessa Record: 19 Feb 1970)

Lesser, Henry Sr.,   (d. 12-15-45; b. 9-29-1869; h/o Mary; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Henry Lesser, Sr., Born: Sept 29, 1869 at Frank, Russia. Died: Dec 15, 1945, at Odessa, WA. Buried: Dec 19, 1945, at Odessa, WA. Age: 76 yrs 2 mos 16 days. Death Cause: Stroke or acute myocarditis, due to pneumonia. Mourned by widow, 5 sons, 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Text: Col. 1:12-14 (German) and Ps. 56:13. ERP.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Henry Lesser, Sr. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 9-29-1869, Frank, Russia; Death: 12-15-1945, Ritzville General Hospital, Ritzville, WA. Husband of Mary Lesser. Aged: 76 yrs 2 mos 16 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Father: Henry Lesser, born Frank, Russia.  Mother: Anna Marie Berius, born Frank, Russia. Physician: Dr Lindsay of Ritzville, WA. Funeral: Christ Lutheran Church, Wednesday, 2 p.m., Rev Pflueger. Interment: 12-19-45, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Lesser, Josephine C.,   (d. 1966; b. 1915; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine C Lesser of Ford, WA, were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., Pastor Werner J Fritz officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strates Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Mrs. Lesser is survived by her husband Reinhold Lesser, one daughter, Mrs. Lois Brown, Spokane; one son Gary Allen; two brothers, Harold and George Gies, Odessa; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Kuest, Dryden; and Mrs. Dorothy Tanck, Odessa and 8 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-21-1966)

Lesser, Justin D.,  (d. 1972; b. 1961; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church for Justin D. Lesser, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lesser of Spokane.  Justin died suddenly while playing near his home at E 8418 Mission. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Deanna, two brothers, Blaine and Scott; grandparents, Reinhold Lesser of Davenport, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Thomas of Spokane. Pastor Herman Cronrath officiated at services and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 6-22-1972) 

Lesser, Katherine Rieser,   (d. 1-18-38; b. 8-29-1849; widow; obit; OC; Strates; Cong) “Kathryn Lesser. aged: 88 yrs 4 mos 20 days. Dated: Jan 18, 1938. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Katherine Lesser. Residence: At home in Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 18, 1938, 1 p.m., at home, Odessa, WA. Birth: Aug 29, 1849, Russia. Informant: Karl Kass of Odessa, WA. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Last worked: Jan 1932. Time spent as housewife: 54 yrs. Husband: Conrad Lesser. Length of residence in city: since 1911, 27 yrs. In US: 27 yrs. Previous residence: Canada. Father: Gotlieb Rieser, born Russia; Mother: not obtainable. Physician: L. J. Bonney of Odessa. Widowed. Leaves: 2 sons, Gotfried Sautter, Ervin, Alberta, Canada; Karl Sautter, Vauxhalle, Alberta, Canada; 1 daughter, Katherine Kass, Odessa, WA; 11 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs Katherine Lesser, 89, pioneer resident of the Odessa community, died at her home here on Tuesday, after a long illness. Funeral services may be held Friday afternoon from the St Matthews Congregational Church, with the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating and interment in the Odessa Cemetery. The body is at the Strate Funeral Home. Born in Russia, Aug 29, 1849, she lived there during her greater lifetime, coming to America in 1911, living for 27 years in the Odessa vicinity. Her husband, Conrad Lesser, preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons: Gottfried Sautter, Ervin, Alberta, Canada; Karl Sautter, Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada; one daughter, Mrs. Karl Kass, Odessa, and 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Kass has been caring for her mother during recent years.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1938) “Burial services for Mrs. Katherina Lesser, 89, pioneer, were held from the St Matthews Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon with Rev J. H. Wacker officiating.  Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Mrs. Lesser was born in Teplitz, South Russia, in 1849, and was married to Frederick Sautter in 1870, moving from there to North Dakota and on to Medicine Hat, Canada in 1906, where her husband died in March, 1907. She remained a widow for four years and was then married to Conrad Lesser on Feb 24, 1911, coming with him to Odessa, where they lived together 22 years, until his death in 1933. Since then she has lived with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kass.  Pallbearers were chosen from church intimates and included Con H. Eckhardt, Henry Schmidt, Jacob Schauerman, Jacob Maier, Conrad Schauerman and Con Hopp Sr. Survivors include two sons: Gottfried Sautter, Ervin, Alberta, Canada; Karl Sautter, Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada; one daughter, Mrs. Karl Kass, Odessa, and 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Kass has been caring for her mother during recent years.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1938) 

Lesser, Marie F.,   (d. 24 Sept 2000; b. 10 Apr 1922; TS; OC) 

Lesser, Mary C.,   (d. 1956; b. 1866; TS; OC; LL) “Mary Katherine Lesser. Born: July 17, 1866, Frank, Russia. Died: Oct 8, 1956, Spokane, WA. Buried: Oct 12, 1956, Odessa, WA. Survived by 5 sons, Henry, John, George, Conrad, Reinhold. Texts: Heb. 4:9-10 (English); Matt. 25:21b (German). W. J. Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Lesser, Mollie,    (d. 1958; b. 1897; TS; OC; LL) “Mollie nee Walters Lesser. Born, Walla Walla, WA, July 6, 1897. Died: Odessa, WA, Nov 17, 1958. Service: Thursday, Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, Nov 20, 1958, 1 p.m. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Survived by husband Henry, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Text: Ps. 126:5-6. W J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mollie Lesser.—Her home was in Odessa, WA. Survived by her husband, Henry Lesser at the home; 3 daughters, Mr.s Eldora Ball, Seattle, WA; Mrs. Laverna Dormaier, Spokane, and Mrs. Janice Schuler, Ritzville, WA; 2 sons, Harold Lesser, Marlin, WA, and Loren Lesser, Spokane. 11 grandchildren. 4 sisters, Mrs. Katie Walenta, Ritzville, WA; Mrs. Lydia Rutheruff, Portland, OR, Mrs. Leona Clark, Shelton, WA; and Mrs. Alice Stewart, Olympia, WA; 3 brothers, George Walters, Tacoma, WA; Josn Walters, Coulee Dam, WA; and Adam Walters of Spokane. Funeral services Thursday, Nov 20 at 1 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home of Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-17-1958)

Lesser, Reinhold,   (d. 1978; b. 1911; TS; OC; d. Jan 1979; b. 1 Sept 1911)“Reinhold Lesser. Died: Jan 1979, Florence, AZ. Last Residence: 85232. Birth: 9-01-1911.” (SS Death Index)

Lesser, Robt Leroy,  s/o Con  (d. 11-22-1935; b. 11-20-1935; TS; OC; LL; DC) “Robert LeRoy Lesser. Male, white, single. Age: 2 days, born Ritzville, WA. Father: Conrad Lesser born Russia. Mother; Amelia Horak, born WA. Informant: Conrad Lesser, Endicott, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on Nov 24, 1935. Undertaker: M. F. Haight, Ritzville, WA. Filed: Nov 23, 1935, Oliver J. Morehead, MD. Death: Nov 22, 1935, Ritzville, Dist m 1/1, Adams Co, WA.  Cause: Patent Foramen Ovale. Clinical diagnosis. No autopsy. Wendell H. Sweet, MD, Ritzville, WA.”  (WA State Register of Death) “The two year old daughter (sic) of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Less Jr. of Endicott was buried Sunday at the Odessa Cemetery, following her death in the Ritzville hospital on Friday night. Mrs. Lesser is the daughter of Mrs. Louis Horak Sr., who was buried here Thursday morning. She was unable to attend her mother’s funeral, having gone to the hospital.” (Odessa Record: 11-29-1935) “Robert Leroy Lesser, born 21 Nov 1935 in Ritzville, WA, died Nov 23, 1935 with funeral in Odessa. G F Busch.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Robert LeRoy Lesser, 2 day old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Lesser of Endicott, WA, died Nov 22 in Ritzville and was buried Nov 24 in Odessa, Miles Haight, mortician, reported yesterday.” (scrapbook item) “Robert LeRoy Lesser. Funeral: Nov 24, 1935. Ordered by Conrad Lesser, Billed to Endicott, WA. Death: Nov 22, 1935, 11 p.m.; Place of death: Sweet Hospital. Funeral: Odessa. Interment: Odessa. Birth: Ritzville; Age: 2 days; Father: Conrad Lesser, born Russia; Mother: Amelia Horak, born WA. Cause of death: initation. Certifying physician: Wendall H. Sweet.” (Ritzville Mortician Archives)

Lester, Edna M  (d. Jan 1994; b. 22 Dec 1900; TS; OC);  “Edna M Lester. Died: Jan 1994, Soap Lake, WA. Last Residence: 98851. Birth: Dec 22, 1900.” (SS Death Index)


Lester, Gilbert L  (d. 26 Nov 1998; b. 8 Sept 1921; TS; OC); “Gilbert L Lester. Died: 11-26-1998, Soap Lake, WA. Last Residence: 98851. Birth: (9-08-1921.” (SS Death Index)


Lester, Marion  (d. 12-07-1907; b. 4-02-1907; TS; OC)


Lester, Roy V  (d. 1952; b. 1895; TS; OC); “Roy Charles Lester. Died: 2 Aug 1942, age 57, Mount Vernon, Skagit Co, WA. Father: Charles F Lester. Mother: Sallie Redoute. Batch Id #277109.” (WA State Death Records)


Lester, Ruth K  (d. 29 Aug 1998; b. 10 July 1922; TS; OC);  “Ruth K Lester. Died: 8-29-1998, Soap Lake, WA. Last Residence: 98851.  Birth: 7-10-1922)

Leuschner, Christina H.,   (d. 12-01-1943; b. 9-30-1853; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Mrs. Herman Leuschner, nee Christiane Henriette ?Jung (sic) was born Sept 30, 1853 in Germany. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church May 26, 1867 in Rudelstadt by Pastor Richter. Came to America with her husband, a miner, when she was 28 years old, settled in Clark City, IL.  Later they moved to Lakefield, MN. In 1901 moved to a farm near Odessa, WA, and retired to Odessa in 1931. Two years later, her husband died. Since then she lived with her daughter, Emma, in Odessa. She passed away Dec first (Wednesday noon). Survivors: two daughters, Emma (Mrs. Leroy A. Mills) and Clara (Mrs. Geo Goede of Chauvin, Alta., Canada) 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Funeral (private) in funeral parlors; Odessa Cemetery, Dec 6, 1943. Age 90 yrs 2 mos 1 day. Text: Phil. 1:23. M. Pempeit.” (Christ Lutheran ledger) “Mrs. Christina Henrietta Leuschner. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Birth: Sept 30, 1853, Germany; age 90 yrs 2 mos 1 day. Father & Mother: not obtainable. Informant: Daughter, Mrs. Emma Nills of Odessa, WA. Burial: 12-06-1943, Odessa Cemetery, Strates Funeral Home. H. H. Strate, director, of Odessa, WA. Death: 12-01-1943, 12 o’clock noon, Odessa. Cause: cerebral thrombosis due to arterio-sclerosis. L. J. Bonney of Odessa. Usual residence of deceased: Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA, 12 yrs.  In US: 62 yrs. (WA State Certificate of Death) “Christina Henrietta Leuschner. Residence: Odessa. Place of death: at residence of Mrs. L. A. Mills, Odessa. Female, widow of Herman Leuschner, white, housewife. Odessa Cemetery. (Mortuary Ledger excerpt, other details duplicate of above) “Death came on Wednesday afternoon to Mrs. Christina Henrietta Lueschner, 90, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Mills, with whom she had made her home since the death of her husband, Herman Lueschner, some 10 years ago. Mrs. Lueschner was born in Germany, Sept 30, 1853, was married there and came to America at the age of 28, living for a time in Minnesota and Illinois before coming to Odessa in 1901, where she and her husband operated a ranch a few miles north of town, retiring 12 years ago to make their home in town. Mr. Lueschner died two years later. Private funeral services will be held from the Strate Funeral Home, arrangements to be completed upon word from Canadian relatives. The Rev M. Pempeit will officiate, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Emma Mills, Odessa, and Mrs. Clara Goede, Chauvin, Alberta, Canada, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 2 Dec 1943) “Funeral services for Mrs. Christina Henrietta Lueschner, 90, were held from the Strate Funeral Home chapel at 1:30 Monday afternoon, the Rev M. Pempeit officiating, at a private service. Pall bearers were grandsons, including Leonard Mills, Herbert Mills, Weldon Mills and James Kadlec. Mrs. Lueschner, a native of Germany, was a pioneer resident of this area, retiring from active ranching about 12 years ago, and following the death of her husband, had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. L. A. Mills. She had been bedridden for several months. Survivors....” (Odessa Record: 9 Dec 1943)

Leuschner, Herman,   (d. 4-13-1934; b. 10-10-1853; TS; OC; Strates) “Mr. Herman Leuschner. Died: Apr 13, 1934, 1 a.m., Odessa, WA. Retired farmer. Birth: Oct 10, 1853, Germany.  Age: 80 yrs 6 mos 3 days. Informant: Wife, Christina Leuschner of Odessa, WA. Parents: not obtainable, born Germany. Residence in Odessa, 30 yrs, In US 45 yrs, previous residence to Odessa, MN.  Physician: L. J. Bonney. Leaves: wife, Christina; 2 daughters: Mrs. Leroy Mills, Odessa; Mrs. George Goede, Chauvin, Canada. 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Physical: gray hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 2 inches, 130#. (Mortuary Ledger) “Herman Julius Lueschner, 80, for 30 years a resident of the Odessa region, was buried on Sunday from the English Congregational church, the Rev C. E. Schoenleber officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Lueschner died at his home on Friday, following an illness that kept him confined to his home for the past two years. During recent weeks he had shown enough improvement to walk up town. Born in Germany on Oct 10, 1853, he grew up there and was married to Miss Christina Young, coming to the United States soon after, locating in Illinois, where the family lived for 10 years, following which they moved to Minnesota for six years, coming to Washington from there. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Christina Lueschner; two daughters, Mrs. Leroy Mills, Odessa, and Mrs. George Goede, Chauvin, Canada; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral were Peter Luiten, John Luiten, John Frank, J. P. Weber, Adam Bartalamay and L. C. Delzer. The Baptist church choir sang special numbers. The funeral service was in the English and German languages.” (Odessa Record: 4-20-1934)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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