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.


Michael, Elta,  d/o Philip & A.  (d. 3-05-1916; b. 10-07-1915; DC) “Elta Michael. Female, white, single. Birth: 10-07-1915, WA.  Age: 4 mos 27 days.  Father: Philip Michael born Russia; Mother: Anna Lesser born Russia.  Informant: Philip Michael.  Death: 3-05-1916 at 1 a.m., Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: unknown, died suddenly in bed. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa on 3-07-1916.” (WA State Register of Death)  

Michaelsen, Anna,   (d. 1972; b. 1886; TS; OC; obit) “On Friday, Dec 15, 1972, at an 11:00 a.m. service, held in the English Congregational Church of Odessa, Anna Ropte Michaelsen, Sr., a long time resident of the town of Odessa, was honored with a final memorial service and laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.  Anna Michaelsen, who had been in failing health for some time, passed away on Monday, Dec 11th, lacking just 29 days of reaching her 87th birthday. Mrs. Michaelsen was an early resident of Odessa, spanning a period of some sixty-four years.  Anna R. Michaelsen was born on Jan 9, 1886 at Humboldt, Iowa, the third child of ten children born to Fred and Liesette Ropte. Her father farmed land in the Iowa countryside and her early training was obtained from life on the farm and from attendance at a country school. During these earlier years her parents and family moved to Coleridge, Nebraska, where she continued her education. Anna went on to receive more specific training at a Business College located in New Hampton, Iowa. When she reached eighteen years of age, Anna and a girlfriend decided to go West. After the train ride out west, a short stop-over in Spokane, Washington to stay with relatives, Anna R. Michaelsen came on to Odessa. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krell, who had been good friends and neighbors of Mrs. Michaelsen’s parents in the midwest, were now residents of Odessa. Mrs. Michaelsen made her home with the Krell’s and sought employment in Odessa. The Odessa Mercantile employed her as a salesgirl. It was during this time that she met her husband, Henry Michaelsen, Sr., who was one of the partners in the Odessa Mercantile Co.  They were united in marriage on Sept 15, 1910 at the home of her parents in Oelwein, Iowa. Three sons were born to this couple: Elmer of Walla Walla, Henry of Odessa, and Howard, now in Spokane. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Newmeyer of Harlan, Iowa, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous relatives. Mrs. Michaelsen was an active member of the Odessa community. She belonged to the original Odessa Women’s club, ladies who were instrumental in founding the Odessa City Park. Among her other community activities, Mrs. Michaelsen was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star, of which she was a past matron.  Anna Michaelsen was also one of the original members of the English Congregational Church and took an active part in its work. She taught Sunday School for many years, and was a member of the Women’s Fellowship group and served in many other capacities. Pastor Douglas Roberts conducted the funeral service for Anna R. Michaelsen. Music was provided by Mrs. George Gies and Al Scheibner, who sang ‘Near to the Heart of God’ and ‘Have Rhine Own Way Lord’ as a duet with organ accompaniment by Ruth Suchland. Pallbearers were Virgil Michaelsen, Robert Michaelsen, Lonny Suko, James Ellis, Arthur Schimke, and Rudolph Raugust. Pastor Roberts held the committal service at the church because of the severe weather conditions. Mrs. Michaelsen’s death is mourned not only by her family, but by the many friends she had. She will be missed by the community of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 21 Dec 1972)

?Michaelsen, Dorothy, (added) d. Dec 1928 obit  “Miss Dorothy Michaelson, aged 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Michaelson of Odessa, died at St Luke’s hospital in Spokane Sunday of meningitis. She leaves her parents and three brothers. The family is well known in Adams County, having resided at Odessa for a number of years.” (Ritzville Journal Times: Dec 20, 1928)

Michaelsen, Dorothy I. Harris, (added) d. 12-27-1997  “A memorial service for Dorothy I. Michaelsen, a former Odessa resident, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 3, 1998, at Heritage United Church of Christ Sanctuary, The Rev Arthur Finney officiating. Mrs. Michaelsen died in Walla Walla on Saturday, Dec 27, 1997. She was 87 years old. She was born in Spokane on Sept 8, 1910, the daughter of Evan A and Imogene Harris. She was graduated from Cheney Normal School and at the age of 19 began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1933 she came to the Odessa schools, where she taught the first grade for several years. She married Elmer L. Michaelsen, of Odessa, on June 6, 1936, in Spokane. They lived briefly in Spokane, then moved to Walla Walla, returning to Odessa where they raised their family and where Elmer was an owner and operator of Michaelsen’s Mercantile. They returned to Walla Walla in 1959. Elmer died in January 1989. Dorothy continued to live in Walla Walla until the time of her death. Dorothy was known as an outstanding homemaker, supportive of her husband and children. She enjoyed gardening and volunteering for community service. She was an excellent seamstress, and she enjoyed cross-stitch, knitting and crocheting. She was a member of Daughters of the Nile, El Karnak Club #3, the Odessa chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Better Gardening Club, Sunshine Club and Retired Teachers Assn.  She is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Dickinson, of San Jose, CA; Marcia Suko, of Yakima; and Gretchen D. Clintworth, of Renton, WA; six grandchildren, Brian and Christine, Jill and Jennifer, and Joli and David, and one great-grandchild. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Elizabeth Blodgett and Mildred Anderson and brother Evan Harris. The memorial service will be preceded at 12 noon by a graveside service at Odessa Cemetery, at which Pastor Finney will officiate. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-01-1998)

Michaelson, Mrs. Ludwig, (deleted to Nebraska) d. Nov 1911

Michaelsen, Dorothy I.,  (d. 1997; b. 1910; TS; OC)

Michaelsen, Elmer L.,   (d. 1989; b. 1912; TS; OC; obit)  “Elmer L. Michaelsen of Walla Walla, born in Odessa July 14, 1912 to Henry and Anna Michaelsen, passed away Jan 21, (1989) at St Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.  After attending schools here and graduating from Odessa High School, he attended Washington State University before becoming associated with his brother, Henry, in the retail business locally. The two did business as Michaelsen Mercantile Center, the successor to Michaelsen and Koth here.  In 1956, he became an insurance representative with Loyal Protective Life Insurance Co, moving to Walla Walla where he was active in that business for more than 30 years.  Mr. Michaelsen was past president of the Walla Walla Life Underwriters and of the Shrine Oriental Band, past master of Odessa Lodge No 156 F & AM, and past vice president of the Blue Mountain Shrine Cycle Patrol. A 50-year member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he was a member of El Katif Shrine in Spokane, the BPOE No 287, the Scottish Rite Bodies, and the First Congregational Church in Walla Walla.  He was married in August 1936 to Dorothy Harris in Spokane, and she survives at the family home in Walla Walla. Other survivors include three daughters: Marcia Suko of Yakima, Gretchen Clintworth of Renton, and Suzanne Dickinson of San Jose, CA; two brothers, Henry Michaelsen Jr. of Odessa and Howard Michaelsen of Spokane, and six grandchildren.  Memorial service was held Jan 26 at the First Congregational Church, the Revs Roger and Patricia Robbennolt officiating. Ritualistic services were conducted by the Walla Walla Lodge No 7, F & AM. Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record:  2-02-1989) 

Michaelsen, Helen M.,   (d. 1983; b. 1902; TS; OC; obit) “In Memory of Helen M. Michaelsen. Born Sept 22, 1902. Passed Away July 24, 1983. Services at Evanson Funeral Home, Ellensburg, WA, July 28, 1983, 10 a.m. Officiating: Rev Greg Thorson. Organist: Mrs. Ralph Kramlich. Soloist: Mrs Don Ringe. Concluding Services and Vault Entombment at Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Washington.” (Funeral Program) “Helen Margaret Michaelsen, 80, died Sunday, July 24, 1983, in Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, Ellensburg, WA, following a heart attack.  Helen Michaelsen was born Sept 22, 1902 at Odessa, WA to William L and Josephine (Josie) Michaelsen. She received her early education at Odessa graduating from Odessa High school in 1920. She later attended the University of Washington where she earned Master of art and Master of Science degrees in Home Economics. She also did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at Central Washington University in Ellensburg in 1937, she taught high school at Kennewick and Ridgefield, WA.  Helen was founder of the Home Economics Department at CWU, where she taught from 1937 until her retirement in 1970. The Home Economics’ wing of the university’s Fine Arts complex was named in her honor at the time of her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellensburg’ Delta Kappa Gamma, PEO and Friday Club. She was an active supporter of the Public Broadcasting System, Salvation Army, Odessa Historical Society and the Scientific Research Society.  Survivors include a brother, Harvey Michaelsen; a niece, Barbara Quigley, and nephew, Gerard Michaelsen, all of Sunnyside.  Also several grand nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by a brother, William Michaelsen in 1973.  Memorial services were held for Helen Margaret Michaelsen at Evenson’s Funeral Home in Ellensburg, Thursday morning, July 28th with Rev Greg Thorson officiating. A graveside service was held Thursday afternoon at the Odessa Cemetery with Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. After the services, family and friends gathered at the home of Heinie and Rose Michaelsen in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-04-1983)

Michaelsen, Henry E.,   (Sr.)  (d. 1971; b. 1882; TS; OC; obit) “Henry E. Michaelsen, Sr., died on August 28, 1971, at the Odessa Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Michaelsen was born in Schuyler, Nebraska, on Dec 28, 1882. In his youth he moved with his parents to California. In 1903 he followed two older brothers, William and J. C. Michaelsen, to the Odessa area where he homesteaded near Ruff. Later he moved to Odessa, where along with a third brother, Alfred, he went into the pioneer business world of this community.  Henry was first employed by the Odessa Mercantile Company department store as a clerk, where later he was made head of the grocery department until the business was destroyed by fire in 1913.  Shortly thereafter, Mr .Michaelsen and his brother, J. C. Michaelsen, along with Edward Koth and Nathaniel Koth, formed the firm of Michaelsen and Koth, in the general mercantile business across the street from the Odessa Mercantile Company. There they remained until a new building was built which they then occupied. Mr. Michaelsen continued active in the business until 1957 when he retired at the age of 74. On Sept 15, 1910, he married Anna Ropte in Coleridge, Nebraska, to whom were born three sons, Elmer of Walla Walla, Henry Jr. of Odessa, and Howard of Spokane. Mr. Michaelsen and his wife would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this Sept 15. Henry Michaelsen Sr. was an early member of the English Congregational Church, having been a member of the congregation for over 60 years. He served as treasurer of the church for over 40 years and as a deacon for a number of years. He was a past Master of the Odessa Lodge 156, F & AM of which he was a member for over 50 years. Mr. Michaelsen leaves as survivors his wife, Anna, at the home, three sons, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held on Monday, August 30, from the English Congregational Church in Odessa, the Revs Douglas Roberts and Albert Hausauer officiating. Pall bearers were Robert Michaelsen, Harold Michaelsen, Virgil Michaelsen, E. J. Wachter, Fred Stehr and Al Wagner. The Odessa Lodge 156 officiated at the graveside.” (Odessa Record: 2 Sept 1971)

Michaelsen, Henry R.,   (d. 1997; b. 1913; TS; OC; obit) “Memorial services for Henry E. ‘Heinie’ Michaelsen Jr., a lifetime resident of Odessa and a prominent business and civic leader in the community, were held on Tuesday, Sept 23, at the Heritage UCC in Odessa. Mr. Michaelsen, who was 84 years old, died on Tuesday, Sept 16, 1997, at his home in Odessa. He was born in Odessa on Aug 3, 1913, the son of Henry E. and Anna (Ropte) Michaelsen. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1933 and attended WSC (now WSU) where he played in the WSU marching band. He married Rose Schauerman on Sept 23, 1941. The had four children, Carol, Mary, Henry Dean and Margaret. He was a member of a pioneer family father and uncle were partners in the Michaelsen & Koth Mercantile, for years one of the town’s largest stores. As teenagers, Heinie and his brother Elmer worked part-time in the store, delivering groceries and assisting with other duties. He founded the Corner Drug Store in 1936, which he operated until 1945, when he and Elmer took over Michaelsen & Koth, renaming it Michaelsen Mercantile, which they operated for many years. He built the Circle M Motel in Odessa, which he and his wife Rose owned until they sold the property in 1987. Heinie also owned wheat land and was active in farming operations from 1955 until the present. He served 5 ½ years as Odessa’s mayor, being elected in 1979. He is remembered for his positive, take-charge approach in directing the clean-up of the ash fall-out caused by the eruption of St Helens on May 18, 1980, which paralyzed the community. He was a charter member and past president of the Odessa Lions Club, and he played the trumpet in the Lions Club Band, which in the 1940s provided music for dances at the Odessa Community Hall and for dances in neighboring communities, including the Sprague Lake pavilion. He was also an active member of the Odessa Historical Society. When the original Odessa Historisches Museum was destroyed by an arson fire in 1971, he and Rose became a driving force in efforts to raise funds for a new museum building. within two years, the new museum, regarded as one of the finest and most complete of its kind, was reopened. He relinquished his position as president of the society earlier this year. He was a life-long member of the English Congregational  church, transferring that membership to the Heritage UCC, when the two congregations merged in 1988.  He was past Worshipful Master of Odessa Masonic Lodge #156, a Rainbow Dad, Worthy Patron of the OES and a member of the El Katif sage Shrine. An avid golfer and hunter, he was a member of the Odessa Golf Club and the Odessa Gun Club. Heinie enjoyed following the activities of his grandchildren. He was their greatest fan.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rose Michaelsen at the home in Odessa; four children, Carol Evavold and her husband Jon, of Mukilteo, WA, Mary Kirstein and her husband Ken, of Hersher, IL, Henry Dean Michaelsen, of Puyallup, WA, and Margaret Praetorius and her husband, Jack, of Odessa; eight grandchildren, Jonna Evavold Skokan, Jessica Evavold, Joel Kirstein, Jason Kirstein, Gabe Kirstein, Micah Kirstein, Michelle Praetorius and Jared Praetorius; one brother, Howard Michaelsen and his wife Fayette, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Elmer Michaelsen. The Rev Arthur Finney officiated at the memorial services. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1997; portrait of Heinie Michaelsen drawn by son-in-law Jon Evavold in original)

Michaelsen, infant, twin  (d. 5-05-1907; b. 5-05-1907; TS; OC) “Babes of Julius C. and Pauline; May 5-12, 1907” (TS listing by Lartigues in 1974)

Michaelsen, infant, twin  (d. 5-12-1907; b. 5-05-1907; TS; OC) “Babes of Julius C. and Pauline; May 5-12, 1907” (TS listing by Lartigues in 1974)

Michaelsen, Josephine,  (d. 4-02-1935; b. 6-01-1871; w/o Wm; TS; OC; obit; Strates) “Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Michaelsen, 63, who died April 2, at Spokane, were held from the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery, with H. H .Strate as funeral director. Pall bearers were selected from Odessa pioneers and included G. W. Finney, L. C. Weik, Jno C. Jantz, H. C. Phillips, J. P. Keller, and Judge W. M. Nevins, Davenport. A brief ceremony was read and the church choir sang. Mrs. Michaelsen had been identified with the community life of Odessa for 40 years and had maintained a place as one of the community leaders. Her family have held prominent places in the community and while attending school here ranked high in athletics and school activities. Survivors include her husband, W. L. Michaelsen; one daughter, Helen, teacher in the Kennewick school; two sons, William P, deputy county clerk, Davenport, and Harvey B., of Dryden; one sister, Mrs. S. S. Barney of Metalline Falls, and two brothers, C. M. Bentley of Rockford, and M. P. Bentley of Dryden.” (Odessa Record: 4-12-1935) “Mrs. Josephine Michaelsen. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 4-02-1935, 4 p.m. at 1228 W Spofford (local sanitarium). Birth: June 1, 1871, Creighton, Iowa. Age: 63 yrs 10 mos 1 day. Female, white, housewife.  Date last worked: Dec 13, 1934. Total time spent in occupation: 40 yrs. Length of residence in city where death occurred: 5 wks; 40 yrs in Odessa. Father: Charles F Bentley, born NY; Mother: Lephia Riddell, born NY.  Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage. Dr Francis E Rose. Leaves husband, William J. Michaelsen; 2 sons: William P. Michaelsen of Davenport, and Harvey B. Michaelsen of Dryden; 1 daughter: Helen of Kennewick, WA; 2 brothers: C M Bentley of Rockford, WA; M P Bentley of Dryden, WA; 1 sister: Mrs. S. Barney of Metaline Falls, WA. Physical: Grey hair, brown eyes, 5 ft 4 inches, 100 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Michaelsen, Lephe Katharine,    d. 8-18-1902; b. 1y 6m 22d; d/o Wm; TS; OC; “Died.—Sephe Katherine Michaelsen, little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Michaelsen of Odessa died Monday night Aug 18 of cholera infantum, after an illness of five days. She was one year seven months and eight days old. The little one was taken sick last Wednesday and Dr Goodenow was called. Her case was not considered serious until Sunday, when Dr Mitchell of Wilson Creek was called to consult with Dr Goodenow. Even then both physicians were very hopeful for her recovery. Monday morning she was much brighter and the fond parents’ hearts rejoiced but at about 4 p.m. there was a change for the worse and those about her realized that the end was near. She died at 9:40. The funeral services were held at the church Wednesday morning, conducted by Rev Phipps of Spokane, assisted by Rev Finlayson of Odessa. The remains were interred in the new cemetery that has been laid off adjoining Mr. Michaelsen’s ranch. The Record joins with the entire community in extending sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Michaelsen in their bereavement.” (Odessa Record: 8-22-02 & Aug  29, 1902-Citizen)

Michaelsen, Marion Riddell,    (d. 7-06-1903; 5y4m12dy; d/o Wm; TS; OC)

Michels, Rachael Marie,  (d. 7-12-1983; b. 7-12-1983; TS; OC)

Mikes, Mary Trejbal,  w/o James (added) d. 2-14-1910; b. 1891 obit, no LL mention; “Mrs. James Mikes, living with her husband on a homestead ten miles northeast of town, committed suicide by taking strychnine Monday afternoon. The young woman was married to Mikes last April, after he had been arrested on a warrant sworn out by her father John Trejbal, charging him with criminal assault. Mikes was as that time employed by Trejbal as a ranch hand, and fell in love with the girl. She reciprocated his affection, and they made plans to marry, but the girl’s father did not look with favor upon the match, until events took a turn that made a legal union necessary. Following their marriage the young couple took up their home on a piece of government land filed on by Mikes adjoining the Trejbal ranch and have lived together happily. But the father could not forget his daughter’s former indiscretion and frequently upbraided her for it. Recently, Mikes’ funds became low, and when a neighbor offered him employment for a few days, he gladly accepted. But when he told his wife he was going she urged him to remain with her, saying she was afraid to stay alone on the ranch. He suggested that she could stay with her parents while he was away, to which she said little and a little later, while Mikes was at the barn, she took the poison, not having the courage to again brave her father’s wrath. She then rushed out and told her husband what she had done and he administered such antidotes as were at hand but all to no avail as she was dead in fifteen minutes. The father, according to reports that have come to us, is seeking to place the blame for the young woman’s death upon Mikes, but the sympathies of the neighbors are with the young husband, whom they exonerate of all blame. Rev Rieke conducted the funeral, which was held from the German Lutheran church in Odessa Wednesday afternoon, the remains being interred in the German Lutheran Cemetery. Deceased was hardly nineteen years of age.” (Odessa Record: Feb 18, 1910) “Vaclav Mikes was arrested yesterday by acting constable John Scrupps on a warrant sworn out by John Trejbal, charging the young man with the crime of statutory rape upon the person of Mr. Trejbal’s 17 year old daughter, Mary. The preliminary hearing has been set for Saturday at 9 AM in the local justice court.” (Odessa Record: April 2, 1909) Edit: The German Lutheran ledger signed by Rev Rieke failed to have entered her funeral. Her tombstone shows “Mary Trejbal,            d. 1910; b. 1891”; see also Trejbal listings. “Mary Mikes. Female, white, married. Birth: June 1, 1891, MN; Age: 18 yrs 9 mos 13 days. Father: Jno Trejbal, b. Bohemia; Mother: Anna Koupa, b. Bohemia. Occupation: farmer. Death: Feb 14, 1910, Odessa, Lincoln County. Cause: Suicide, strychnine poisoning. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Feb 16, 1910. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Miller, Alice Hacke OR Anna Elizabeth, (Mrs H. J.)  (d. 3-30-1918; 5-01-1846; OC; DC; obit) “Mrs H J Miller (added, Alice). Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: May 1, 1846, Russia; Aged: 71 yrs 10 mos 30 days. Father: Haike born Russia; Mother: Anna E. Huike, born Russia. Informant: H J Miller of Odessa. Death: March 30, 1918, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA.  Cause: arterio sclorosis. Contributory: bile obstruction. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 4-02-1918, G B Stone, Undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death) “Mrs H J Miller is reported very ill this week. She was so low Wednesday that her daughter, Mrs. George Miland and her husband of Hooper, WA, came Wednesday to attend her bedside.” (Odessa Record: March 1, 1918) "Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Miller died at her home in Odessa Saturday evening at 7 o’clock of arteroschlerosis, at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 30 days. Mrs. Miller was born in Kolb, north Russia, May 1, 1845. In her youth she united with the Lutheran Church and at Christmas, 1865, was married to Henry Jacob Miller, her now surviving husband. Ten children were born of this union, five of them preceding the mother in death. In 1885 the family emigrated to America and settled in Nebraska and afterwards came to Washington, where for about twenty years the family have made their home in or in the vicinity of Odessa. Mrs. Miller had been an invalid for two years, and for the past six weeks had been confined to her bed. Besides her husband, the following children mourn her loss: George Miller, Conrad Miller and Mrs. Frank Arnst, all of Odessa; Adam Miller of Valier, MT; and Mrs. Katie Mailand of Hooper, WA. Funeral services were conducted from the Odessa German Lutheran Church Tuesday, Rev Groscup of Spokane officiating, after which interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 4-05-1918)


Miller, daughter of W. H.,  (added) d. May 1903 “The three year old daughter of W. H. Miller living 10 miles SE of Odessa died Monday from burns she received while playing in a burning straw pile last Saturday. The pile was set on fire nearly two weeks ago and it was thought that the fire was extinct. Strange to say, the little one’s clothing was not burned, but her body and limbs shows frightful burns from which she died. The funeral was held at the Congregational church in Odessa Wednesday, the Rev J. Hargert of Walla Walla officiating and the remains were interred in the Heimbigner Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: May 8, 1903)


Miller, Edwin Leo,  h/o Violet  (d. 5-25-1985; b. 1919; TS; OC; DC) “Edwin Leo Miller. Died: 5-25-1985, Davenport, WA. Spouse: Violet Gladys Schmierer. Father: Harry Miller; Mother: Catherine Laugerman. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card). "Edwin L. Miller of Davenport, born in Tiffin, OH, April 8, 1919, passed away May 25.  He attended school in Tiffin and 

 worked in the area before joining the Army, in which he served 6 years at Fr Stevens, Oregon where he commanded a minefield attending boat off the mouth of the Columbia River. While in the service, he married Violet Schmierer in Odessa in Jan 1944, and after finishing his military career as a staff sergeant, the couple moved to Odessa, where he worked for the Odessa Union and for Henry Hopp. In 1954, when Emanuel and Bertha Schmierer bought a ranch near Davenport, the family moved there to farm. They still lived there at the time of Mr. Miller’s death. In addition to his widow, Mr. Miller is survived by three daughters, Carol Ann, Sharon Kay and Debra Lynn. Graveside services were held May 28 under the directio of Strate Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. The Cheney and Odessa Posts, American Legion, presented the flag and completed the services with Taps." (Odessa Record: 6-06-1985)


Miller, Fred,  s/o John  (d. 10-24-1965; b. 1910; TS; OC; DC) “Fred Miller. Died: 10-24-1965; Birth: 1910 in Tacoma, WA. Father: John Miller; Mother: Maria Reiber. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” .” (Lincoln County Health death card)  


Miller, Hazel M.,  (d. 1985; b. 1904; TS; OC)


Miller, Henry Jacob,  h/o Alice  (d. 12-13-1930; b. 11-21-1844; LL; (OC); DC) “Henry Jacob Miller.  Died: 13 Dec 1930, Davenport, WA.  Spouse: Widower, Alice, nee not stated.  Father: unknown Miller, born Russia; Mother: unknown, born Russia. Burial: Odessa, WA-cemetery not stated.” .” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Jacob Miller, born 21 Dec 1843 in Russland, Died in Davenport, WA on 13 Dec 1930, burial on 15 Dec. Age: 76 yrs 11 mos 22 days. H P Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “H. J. Miller (Henry Jacob Miller) died in Davenport, WA at the age of 87. The funeral was  held at the Odessa Lutheran Church. He was born in Russia on Dec 21, 1843. He married Alice Hinkleson. in 1870 they emigrated to America to Nebraska, then Walla Walla, WA, Ritzville, and Odessa. His wife died 12 years ago. He is survived by 3 sons: Adam of Spokane, George of Wapato and Conrad of Toppenish. He was buried in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Dec 19, 1930-notes from Odessa Record)


Miller, infant of Geo,  (added) d. Jan 1908 obit  “The nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller died last Sunday, of pneumonia, after a short illness. The funeral was held Tuesday from the German Lutheran church, Rev Rieke officiating. Interment at German Lutheran cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Jan 10, 1908


Miller, Jacob Jr.,  h/o Hazel  (d. 4-12-1981; b. 1905; TS; OC; DC) “Jacob Miller, Jr.  Died: 4-12-1981, Odessa, WA. Natural Causes, parkinsonism. Mother: Marie Kuch. Father: Jacob Miller, Sr. Spouse: Hazel Holman. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” .” (Lincoln County Health death card)   “Funeral services were held for Jacob Miller of Odessa on Wednesday, April 15, 1981, from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Kenneth Schauer officiated. Jacob Miller was born to Jacob and Marellas Miller on Oct 6, 1905 at Ritzville, WA. He was baptized on Dec 3, 1905 at Ritzville and later confirmed in 1916 at Marcellus, WA. On Jan 18, 1928 he was united in marriage to Hazel Holman at Ritzville, WA. He passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital on April 12, 1981. Jake was very active and faithful to his church. He was a trustee for six years, and an usher and on the building committee. He farmed at Lamona until he retired in 1974.  Survivors include his wife, Hazel; one brother, Solly and one sister, Marie Heimbigner; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Special music sung by Lucile Iverson and Alice Melcher was ‘My Jesus as Thou Wilt’ and ‘Each Step I Take’. Mrs Eileen Tanke was organist. Casket bearers were Ed Borgens, Al Winter, Chet Smith, Merlin Jantz, Dan Roloff and Larry Iverson.  Honorary bearers were Bill Iverson, Lester Luiten, Walt Tanke, Henry Reihs and Carl Melcher. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-23-1981)


Miller, Jacob,  s/o Fred  (d. 6-06-1958; b. 1-20-1866; TS; OC; LL; DC) “Jacob Miller. Died: 6-06-1958. Birth: 1-20-1866, Russia. Married. Father: Fredrick Miller.  Mother: unknown. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Jacob Miller Sr. was born Jan 20, 1866 at Kolb, Russia. In 1887 he married Marirlis Koch in Russia and in 1902 the family came to the United States, settling in Ritzville where M.r Miller worked five years in the flour mills. In 1927 the family moved to Odessa, on a farm which Solly Miller now farms. Mrs. Miller died Oct 11, 1931. In Sept 1934, Mr. Miller and Pauline Schmierer of Odessa were married. Mr. Miller has been ill a number of months, and died June 6, at Memorial Hospital in Odessa. Funeral services were held June 9, at 1 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church of which he was a member. Rev Werner J Fritz officiated. Pall bearers were Herman Schmierer, George Zier, Dan Lobe, Henry Moellering of Lamona, Philip Schmierer, Odessa, and George Wagner, Ritzville; Julius Winter and Mr. Spiers of Odessa were honorary pall bearers. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Miller, besides his wife Pauline at the family home, are sons, Jacob Miller Jr., Lamona, and Solly Miller, Mohler; daughters, Freda Sterkle, Kittitas, and Marie Heimbigner, Puyallup; step-sons, Emanuel and Edward Schmierer; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother Conrad Miller of Tacoma.” (Citizen: June 13, 1958)   “Jacob Miller. Born Jan 20, 1866, Kolb, Russia. Died: June 6, 1958, Odessa, WA. Buried: Monday, June 9, 1958. Service: Christ Lutheran Church. Text: Ps. 39:4-7. Survived by widow Pauline nee Quast, former widow of Wilhelm Schmierer, sons: Jacob Jr, Lamona, Solly Miller, Mohler, Freda Sterkel, Kittitas, Marie Heimbigner, Puyallup; one brother, Conrad, Tacoma. Diabetes. W J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)


Miller, John Henry,  (d. 4-04-1996; b. 5-01-08; TS; OC; DC)  “John H Miller. (Age 87).—Passed away April 4, 1996 in Spokane, WA, his home Spokane. Formerly of Odessa, WA. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Loretta Miller at the home in Spokane; one daughter, Marilu Person and her husband, Wendell, of Phoenix, AZ; one son, LaMar Miller and his wife, Annette, of Veradale, WA; 5 grandchildren, Gregory Person, Phoenix, AZ; Susan Person, Arcadia, CA; Paige Laws, Greenacres, WA; Kara Miller, Vancouver, WA; Jason Miller, Spokane; two great granddaughters, Ashley Person, Phoenix, AZ, Madison Laws, Greenacres, WA; one brother, Abe Miller, Sun City, AZ; two sisters, Eva Glover, Wenatchee, WA, Clara Jingling, Moses Lake, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and 13 brothers and sisters. Member of the Westminster Congregational church, BPOE, Elks, Masonic Lodge F & AM of Odessa, WA, El Katif Shrine, Eagles Lodge of Spokane, Corbin Center and Sinto Center.  Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, Pastor Ron Baer officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (scrapbook item)  “He was born in Ruff on May 1, 1908, the son of Heinrich and Louisa (Hochstetter) Muller. He grew up in the Ruff and Odessa areas. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1928. He married Loretta Hopp, of Odessa, on Sept 9, 1936. They lived in Odessa until moving to Spokane 43 years ago. Mr. Miller was one of the original employees of the Odessa Trading Company. In Spokane, he was in investment sales for many years....” (excerpt Odessa Record-April 11, 1996) “John Henry Miller. Died: 4-04-1996. Birth: 5-01-1908. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” .” (Lincoln County Health death card)


Miller, John P.,  (d. 1967; b. 1890; TS; OC)  “John Phillip Miller died here Sunday after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held today at 2 o’clock at the Baptist Church in Odessa. The Rev Mr. Richardson will conduct the service. Mr. Miller had been a patient at Adams County Memorial Hospital since Nov 1 and a resident at Hillcrest Manor the past three years. Prior to that he lived at Odessa, having come there from North Dakota and working for the city of Odessa before his retirement. He was 76 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Louisa, at home in Odessa; a son, Richard of Ritzville, and a son, Paul, of Vashon. There are four daughters who survive their father. They are Mrs. Anna Laib of Red Oak, OK; Mrs. Alta Chrisman of Spokane; Mrs. Al Kruckenburg of Spokane; Mrs. Orville Richter, Stanton, North Dakota. There are also 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren surviving. Strates Funeral Home of Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (Scrapbook obit-11-16-1967)

Miller, Katherine, (Gies) (added) “Katherine (Gies) Miller, longtime Odessa resident, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, in Odessa. She was 94 years old.  She was born to Conrad and Anna (Derr) Gies on Dec 23, 1910, in Russia and as a young girl came to the Odessa country with her parents. She was raised on the family farm and attended a rural school. In 1936, she married Fred Miller, and they farmed near Odessa. She continued to live in Odessa until moving to Davenport in 1955.  She later moved to Quail Court in Odessa, and then to the long term care unit of the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center, where she resided until her death.  Katherine was a member of the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family.  She is survived by her two sons, Clark Miller and Hazel, of Davenport, and Myrl Miller and Mary, of Odessa; four grandchildren, Vince Miller, Lisa Miller, Colleen Cochran and Matthew Miller; 8 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Gies and Henry Gies, both of Spokane; two sisters, Charolette Batterman, of Wenatchee, and Dorothy Case, of Lacey, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, in 1965, one brother and four sisters.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 5, at Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-2005)

Miller, Katie,  (d. Feb 20, 1913; b. Mar 4, 1875, w/o Geo; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs. Geo Miller of Odessa, aged 38 years, died at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, the 20th inst. Burial in Odessa Cemetery.” (Citizen: 2-28-1913) “Mrs. George Miller died at her home here last Thursday morning after a long illness. She came to this country in 18909 with her parents and was married to Mr. Miller some sixteen years ago in Ritzville. She is survived by her husband and nine children, two brothers and four sisters. The funeral services were held from the German Congregational church today, the Rev J. F. Reister officiating, and the remains were interred in the Lutheran Cemetery.” (Davenport Tribune, Odessa Column, 2-27-1913) “George Miller has returned home from Spokane where he had been with his wife who is receiving medical treatment in the Sacred Heart hospital and reports that she is much improved.” (2-20-1913 of Dav. Tribune, Odessa Column.)

Miller, Loretta D Hopp:  “Loretta D Miller died Feb 28, 2011 at the age of 96 in Spokane, formerly of Odessa, WA. She was  born May 24, 1914 to John and Mary (Weber) Hopp at Odessa. She is survived by  her children: Marilu (Wendell) Person of Peoria, AZ and LaMar (Annette) Miller of Veradale, WA. Grandchildren: Gregory (Marisela) Person, Susan Person, Paige (Michael) Laws, Kara Miller, Jason Miller. Great Grandchildren: Ashley, Melanie and Gregory Person, Madison and Hailey Laws; Step Grandchildren: Oscar and Stephanie Hernandez and numerous nieces and nephews.  Loretta was preceded in death by her husband John H Miller in 1996, per parents and 3 sisters: Helen Borgens, Leona Luiten and Dorothy Gies.  Loretta was born on the family farm 3 ½ miles SE of Odessa, worked at JC Penney in Odessa, farmed with John at Mohler and Odessa, then moved to Spokane in 1952. While in Spokane she worked for The Crescent and at RussAnns’ women’s clothing stores and also was a great Mother and wife. She loved her many friends, relatives, church activities, sewing, crocheting, cooking, ceramics, dancing and especially painting. Loretta was always busy and fun to be around, she will be greatly missed. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 8 at Odessa Cemetery. Memorial service will be held Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m., at Heritage Congregational Church, 1801 E 29th, Spokane, WA. Dr Bob Christian, Pastor will be officiating. Strate Funeral  Home, Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-10-2011) 

Miller, Louise Weil,  (d. 5-20-1976; b. 4-18-1894; TS; OC; DC) “Louise Miller. Died: 5-20-1976. Birth: 4-18-1894, South Dakota. Widowed. Father: Fredrick Weil.  Mother: Philipina Schmidt. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for Louisa Miller, 82, were held at the Odessa Baptist Church on May 22 at 11 a.m. with Rev Albert W Richardson officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Louisa Miller was born on April 18, 1894 in Eureka, SD, where she lived until 1907 when her parents moved to a farm south of Beulah, ND. In 1911 Louisa married John P Miller. They resided in and near Beulah until 1946 when they moved to Odessa. Mr. Miller preceded her in death.  Louisa Miller entered the Odessa Convalescent Center in Oct 1966, and remained a resident there until her death on May 20, (1976). Survivors include two sons: Paul Miller, Vashon, WA, and Richard Miller, Ritzville; four daughters: Mrs. Anna Laib, Seminole, OK; Mrs. Elta Christmann, Moses Lake; Mrs. Ruth Kruckenberg, Odessa; and Mrs. Martha Richter, Stanton, ND; 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-27-1976)

Miller, Louise Hochstatter,  d. 3-18-1942; b. 8-24-1869; w/o Hen.; TS; OC; Strates; DC) “Louisa H. Miller. Died: 3-18-1942. Birth: 8-24-1869, Russia.   Widowed-Henrich.  Father: Jacob Hochstatter. Mother: Louisa Meinzer. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Louise Miller, burial on 3-20-1942, age 76 yrs 6 mos 25 days; cancer; burial Odessa” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Louise Miller. Died: 16 Mar 1942; 72 yr 6 mos 25 days; cancer.” (Congregational Church Ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Mrs Louisa H Miller. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 3-18-1942, 1:20 a.m., Odessa, WA. Birth: Aug 24, 1869, Russia. Age: 72 yrs 6 mos 24 days. Female, white, widowed-Henrich Miller; Residing in Odessa since Aug 1930. To US at about 15 yrs of age. Father: Jacob Hochstatter born Russia; Mother: Louisa Meinzer born Russia. Previous residence: Ruff, WA. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Informant: John Miller of Harrington, WA. Surviving relatives: 5 sons: Henry of Portland; John of Harrington; Benjamin of Portland; Christian of Portland, OR; Abraham of Sunnyside, WA; 8 daughters: Mrs. Rosena Jantz, Edwall; Mrs. Louisa Roth, Harrington; Mrs. Caroline Rennich, Lind; Mrs. Amelia Ottmar, Harrington; Mrs. Magdalene Klemmer, Spokane; Mrs. Lydia Roth, Marlin; Mrs. Eva E. Spiva, Wenatchee; Mrs. Clara Jingling, Wheeler; One brother: John Hochstetter, Cleveland, ND; One sister: Mrs. Barbara Blessing, Chicago, IL; 31 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs Louisa Miller, 72, was buried from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Friday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Grandsons acted as pallbearers. A resident of the Ruff and Odessa areas since 1903, she had made her home in town for the past 12 years. A native of Russia, she came to this country at the age of 15, and in 1887 was married to Henry Miller at Ashley, ND. Those surviving are 8 daughters, Mrs. Rosena Jantz, Edwall; Mrs. Louise Roth, Harrington; Mrs. Caroline Rennich, Lind; Mrs. Amelia Ottmar, Harrington; Mrs. Magdalene Klemmer, Spokane, Mrs. Lydia Roth, Marlin; Mrs. Eva Spiva, Wenatchee; and Mrs. Clara Jingling, Wheeler; 5 sons, Henry, Benjamin, and Christian, Portland; John, Harrington; and Abraham, Sunnyside; 31 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. All the children with their families were present for the funeral services.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-1942)

Miller, Marie Cath. Saebel, (d. 2-05-1920; b. 3-24-1882; w/o Jacob; OC; obit; LL; DC) “Mrs Jacob Miller.  Female, white, married, housewife.  Birth: March 24, 1882, Russia. Age: 38 yrs 11 mos 11 days. Father: Conrad Saebel, born Russia; Mother: Marie Saebel born Russia.  Informant: Jacob Miller, Odessa. Death: Feb 5, 1920, Dist #6, Odessa, WA. Cause: pneumonia lobar. Contributory: Influenza. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death; no burial information on certificate; no tombstone was located)  “Maria Catherina Miller. Birth: 21 March 1882 in Brunenthal, Russland. Died: 6 Feb 1920. She leaves a husband, Jacob Miller, and 5 children. Burial was 8 Feb 1920 in Odessa. Age 37 yrs 10 mos 16 days. Influenza.” (German script Christ Lutheran Ledger). Edit: An inventory of the graves and markers by Harold Suchland wrote her name as Mrs. Jacob F. Miller. “Mrs. Jacob Miller of Odessa died Feb 6th, from pneumonia following the flu, leaving five children.” (Citizen: 2-20-1920) “Mrs. Jacob Miller died of pneumonia Friday morning, Feb 6. A case of influenza had developed at first, this was followed by a severe attack of pneumonia, which finally caused death. Mrs. Jacob Miller, formerly Mary K. Seibell, was born in Brunnenthal, Russia, March 21, 1882. In the year 1904 she married Mr. Jacob Miller, with whom she immigrated to this country in 1910. They came to the state of Washington and have resided in the vicinity of Odessa ever since. Mr. Miller has been farming until recently when he moved to reside in Odessa. Mrs. Miller leaves a husband and five children to lament the death of a beloved mother. As Mr. J. Miller and children were also quite sick at the time of her death, they were unable to attend the funeral. The funeral services were held Sunday, Feb 8, and the remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery. The Rev C. Christianson conducted the funeral services. Many persons certainly showed a fine spirit of succor and charity, during the bereavement of the Miller family. The Red Cross gave a helping hand of assistance while several business men collected donations.” (Odessa Record: 13 Feb 1920)

Miller, Mary Cook,  (d. 10-11-1931; b. 8-20-1870; TS; OC; Strates; LL; DC) “Mary Miller. Died: 11 Oct 1931, Odessa, WA. Birth: 20 Aug 1870, Russia. Spouse: Jacob Miller. Father: Henry Cook, born Russia; Mother: Mabel Prupp, born Russia. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Frau Jacob Miller, Maria Elizabeth nee Koch, born 20 Aug 1870 in Kolb, Russland. 1884 confirmed. 1888 married Jacob Miller. 9 children. 1902 to America, Ritzville, WA. 1927 to Odessa. Died following an operation, aged 61 yrs 1 mo 21 days, 11 Oct 1931. Four children remain: Mrs. Henry Sterkel, Jacob and Solomon, and Mrs. Sam Heimbigner. H. P. Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mrs. Mary Miller. Death: 10-11-1931, 4:57 a.m., Odessa, WA. Housewife. Informant: Jacob Miller, Odessa, WA. Birth: Aug 20, (1870), Russia.  Female, married, white. Age: 61 yrs 1 mo 21 days. Father: Henry Cook, born Russia; Mother: Mable Prupp, born Russia.  Residence: Odessa, 24 yrs. Physician: Dr L. J. Bonney. Leaves: husband, Jacob, of Odessa; 2 sisters: Mrs. May Katherine Vogel, of Beltine, MT, and Mrs. Elizabeth Gray in South America; 2 brothers: Fred Cook and Pete Cook, both in Russia; 2 daughters: Mrs. Frieda Sterkel of Yakima, WA and Mrs. Marie Heimbigner of South Prairie, WA; 2 sons, Jake Miller and Sol Miller, both of Lamona; 6 grandchildren. Physical: Grey hair, brown eyes, 5 ft 8 inches; 135 lbs.  Funeral: Lutheran Church at Odessa, Rev Christensen, Oct 13, Tuesday, 2 p.m. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Miller, Mary Homberg,  (d. 2-01-2009; b. 3-28-1914) w/o Glen ‘Tex’ Miller; “Mary H. Miller died Feb 1, 2009 in Moses Lake at the age of 94. Her home was Odessa.  She was born in Odessa March 28, 1914, to Jacob and Dorothy (Zeiler) Homberg. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1931. She was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Evening Star Chapter of Almira and Past Worthy Matron, and a member of the Elk Ladies of Moses Lake.  She is survived by her son, Virgil Krell of Moses Lake; six grandchildren, two adopted children, Kevin Miller and Linda Daniels, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen ‘Tex’ Miller; her companion, Ivan L. Harruff; one son, Norman Krell; two brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Miller will lie in state on Friday, Feb 6, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church. Concluding services and vault interment will follow at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1009)

Miller, Nina,  (d. 6-20-1907; b. 7-25-1885; TS; OC; obit) “The people of Odessa were shocked to learn this morning of the death of Miss Nina Miller, who died last evening at 9:15 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Miller, on upper First avenue, after a three weeks’ illness of typhoid fever. The deceased was just entering womanhood, being nearly twenty-two years of age, and has spent the greater part of her life in this neighborhood, coming to this country with her parents from Russia when but two years of age. She is survived by her parents, three brothers and two sisters, who have sympathy of all in their sad bereavement. The funeral will be held from the German Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon  after which the remains will be interred in the German Lutheran Cemetery. ” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1907)

Miller, Ora E.,  (Oliver) w/o G. J.  (d. 8-02-1925; b. 8-17-1887; OC; DC) “Ora E Miller. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Aug 17, 1887, Seymour, IN; aged: 38 yrs 11 mos 17 days. Father: F M Oliver, born IN. Mother: Lena Duppert, born IN. Informant: George J Miller.  Death: Aug 2, 1925, Dist #6, near Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Hypostatic pneumonia, of 2 days duration; Contributory: metral lesion of 15 yrs duration. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, 8-06-1925. Undertaker, Turner, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death) "Mrs. George A Miller, age 38, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lena Oliver, at 3:00 o’clock Sunday morning after a short illness from a paralytic stroke. She was stricken while working at the Sol Walter ranch last Wednesday afternoon and never rallied enough to regain her power of speech. Ora Oliver was born Aug 17, 1887, at Semour, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood. Nineteen years ago with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Oliver, she came to Washington where she married George A Miller. She had lived with her mother practically ever since her father’s death several years ago, and had been afflicted with a heart lesion for 15 years. The paralytic stroke which killed her was the fourth in her life, the first coming when she was only 19 months old. Her funeral was held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Lutheran Church, the Rev H P Christensen officiating, after which her remains were buried at the Odessa Cemetery beside those of her father and brother." (Odessa Record: 8-07-1925) 

Miller, Pauline Quast,  (d. 3-06-1964; b. 11-10-1869; bur TS Schmierer; DC) “Pauline Miller.  Died: 3-06-1964, Birth: 11-10-____. Widowed. Father: Samuel Quast. Mother: unobtainable. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card; Edit: Twice widowed, 1st: Wilhelm Schmierer, under whose surname she is buried; and 2nd: Jacob Miller, Jr.; her tombstone reads “Pauline Schmierer 1869-1964”)  “Funeral services were held from the Christ Lutheran church on Monday for Mrs. Pauline Miller, 94, Odessa resident for 65 years. Mrs. Miller died at the Memorial hospital nursing home, where she had been a resident several months. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiated. Singers were Mrs. Dorothy Gies and Mrs Donna Schafer, with Mrs. Florence Stout as organist. Burials was in the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Miller was born in Bessarabia, South Russia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Quast, on Nov 10, 1869. She came with her parents to America in 1879. She married the late William Schmierer on Sept 30, 1888 at Parkston, South Dakota. The family moved from South Dakota to Oregon in 1891. In 1899 they came to Odessa and homesteaded north of town, living on the ranch until 1917 when they retired to a home in town, where Mr. Miller (sic) died in 1929. In 1934 she remarried, to Jacob Miller, who also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Emanuel Schmierer; 7 grandchildren; two step-sons, Jacob Miller Jr. of Lamona; and Solly Miller, Mohler; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Heimbigner, Puyallup.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1964) (edit: Schmierer, Wilhelm h/o Pauline: died 10-06-1929)

Mills, Clara C.,   (d. 1979; b. 1898; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral mass for Clara C. Mills will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov 15, at 11 a.m.  Rosary was said on Wednesday evening, Nov 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Church with Father Anton Flour officiating. Clara passed away Sunday, Nov 11, (1979), in Spokane, following a short illness. She is survived by her husband, Weldon Mills, at the home in Odessa; two sons, Mark A. Cosgrove, Spokane; and Donald E. Cosgrove, Madras, Oregon; one brother, Edward J. George, Boise, Idaho; 8 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mills was a resident of Odessa since 1938, when she moved here with her husband, Mark A. Cosgrove, Sr., who died in 1944. Clara and Weldon were married in October 1945 and farmed north of Odessa for many years. She was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church and a very active member of the Altar Society, holding various offices. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1979)

Mills, Dorothy F.,   (d. 1985; b. 1914; TS; OC; obit)  “Dorothy Francis (Smith) Mills of Odessa, born Oct 2, 1914 at Batum to Frank and Christina Smith, passed away May 24, (1985) in Spokane after a brief final illness.  A lifelong resident of the area, she graduated from Odessa High school in 1932, took training as a dental assistant, then married Herbert William Mills on Christmas Day 1933. They spent most of their lives on the Batum ranch, moved to Odessa in 1969 and lived at 309 First Avenue, the former home of her grandmother in which the couple had been wed. Mrs. Mills was a member of the English Congregational Church and its Women’s Fellowship, a past member of the Odessa grange, and a charter member of the Odessa Golf Club.  Preceded in death by her parents and by her husband who died in March, 1981, Mrs. Mills is survived by two sons: Gary Mills of Odessa and Noel Mills of Anchorage, AK; by 7 daughters: Sharon Braun of Odessa; Joan McClain of OK; Joann Wright and Kathy Rogers, both of Spokane; Linda Mills McMichael of Hermiston, OR; Patricia Sackmann of Cheney, and Trudy Haglund of Wenatchee; by a brother, Floyd Smith of Colbert; by a sister, Louella Streeter of Spokane; and by 26 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Wednesday morning, May 29, at the English Congregational Church, Pastor Robert Shofner officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. The grandsons of the deceased served as pallbearers: David Mills, Tom Mills, Darin Mills, Bill Braun, Steven Braun, Mike West, Brad Murphy, Tim McClain and Robbi Mills.” (Odessa Record: 5-30-1985)

Mills, Emma C.,   (d. 1966; b. 1885; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug 31, for Mrs. Leroy Mills at the English Congregational church with Rev Birchard officiating. Music was provided by Milton Sackmann, soloist, and Mrs. Orville Moeller, accompanist, both of Ritzville. Emma Mills passed away Aug 28, after being confined in Memorial hospital since May 14th. Mrs. Mills was born on Aug 22, 1885, in Clark City, IL, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Leuschner. She moved with her parents to Odessa when a young girl. On June 14, 1905 she married Leroy Mills, who preceded her in death in 1961. She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter, Mrs. James Kadlec, Ritzville; three sons, Leonard, Weldon and Herbert, all of Odessa; 16 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.  Mrs. Mills was a member of the English Congregational Church, Women’s Fellowship and sustaining member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased: Gary Mills, Noel Mills, Tom German, Tom Kadlec, Mark Cosgrove and Dan Cosgrove. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strates Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 9-01-1966)

Mills, Herbert W.,   (d. 1981; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 18, 1981 for Herbert William Mills, from the English Congregational Church. Pastor Robert Shofner officiated.. The Odessa community was saddened by the sudden death of Mr Herbert William Mills, of 309 First Street in Odessa. He was stricken on March 13th and died peacefully March 15th at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.  Herbert William Mills was born Sept 12, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Mills of Odessa. He was raised on a farm north of town with his sister, Mabel Kadlec, now of Ritzville, and his brothers, Weldon and Leonard, both of whom live in  Odessa. On Dec 25, 1933 Herb married Dorothy Smith, and together they farmed north of Odessa and raised a family of nine children. After 39 years of farming, Herb and Dorothy retired to Odessa in 1972. Herb was a life-long member of the English Congregational church, a past member of the Odessa Grange, and a charter member of the Odessa Golf Club. While retired, he enjoyed golf in the summer months and making rug wall hangings for his children and grandchildren during the winter.  Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Dorothy, and his nine children: Gary Mills, Odessa; Joan McClain, Tahlequah, OK; JoAnn Wraight, Spokane; Noel Mills, Odessa; Sharon Braun, Odessa; Linda McMichael, Hermiston, OR; Kathy Rogers, Spokane; Patricia Sackmann, Cheney; and Trudy Haglund, Wenatchee; 22 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.  Sacred selections of ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘In The Garden’ were sung by Delores Stehr and Linda Burghard. Joyce Roberts accompanied them on the organ. Casket bearers were grandsons, David Mills, Tom Mills, Bill Braun, Robbie Mills, Mike Murphy and Brad Murphy.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-1981)

Mills, Ida L.,   Giese(d. 1998; b. 1901; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Ida L Mills will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan 8, at the Heritage UCC Chapel, with the Rev Arthur Finney officiating. Mrs. Mills died in Bremerton, Wash., on Friday, Jan 8, 1998. She was 96 years old.  She was born in Hebron, ND, on Feb 10, 1901, the daughter of Samuel and Katherine Giese. When she was 3 years old, she moved with her parents to a homestead near Ruff, and later, when her father retired, to Odessa. She married Leonard A Mills, of Odessa, on July 10, 1930, in Seattle.  She was long-time member of the Heritage United Church of Christ, where she served as Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Women’s Circle; the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, of which she was its first president; the Girl Scouts of America, where she was a local leader and area council member, and the Odessa Historical Society.  She is survived by three daughters, Veda Lucas and Melba Evans, both of San Antonia, TX, and Kay Wilk, of Silverdale, WA; one son-in-law, Edgar Wilk; eight grandchildren, Charles, Tom and Kirk Lucas, Mark and Charlie Evans, Micheline (Evans) Vocal, Alison (Wilk) O’Sullivan and Philip Wilk; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Kadlec, of Ritzville, and Verl Giese, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; two sons-on-law, John C Lucas Jr. and Carlie E Evans Sr.; 7 brothers and 5 sisters. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Jan 8, 1998)

Mills, Leonard A.,   (d. 1989; b. 1906; TS; OC; obit) “Leonard Arthur Mills of Odessa, born here May 19, 1906 to LeRoy and Emma Mills, passed away Sept 23, at Odessa Memorial Hospital. After living on the family homestead four miles north of Odessa, the eldest of four children, Mr. Mills joined the US Marine Corps in 1924; he was honorably discharged in 1928. In 1930 he was married to Ida Giese, and the couple had three daughters: Veda Virginia, Malba Annette and Brenda Kay.  He became a member of the English Congregational Church in 1936, and was baptized in the Christian faith. His membership and support of that church continued until his death. Mr. Mills was employed by the Town of Odessa for 27 years in several capacities; at the time of his retirement in 1968, he was water superintendent. He was a member of the Odessa Historical Society, the Second Amendment Foundation, and a charter member of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation. Preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Herbert Mills, he is survived by his wife, Ida, at the family home; by their three daughters: Veda Lucas and Melba Evans, both of San Antonio, TX, and Kay Wilk of Silverdale; by a brother, Weldon Mills of Odessa; by a sister, Mable Kadlec of  Ritzville; and by 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept 26 at Heritage UCC Chapel, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed with concluding services at the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were Charles Lucas, Tom Lucas, Edgar Wilk, Philip Wilk, Tom Kadlec and Elmer Iltz.” (Odessa Record-Oct 5, 1989)

Mills, Leroy A.,   (d. 6-14-1961; b. 1878; TS; OC; Cong) “Leroy A. Mills. (age not given), Dated: June 14, 1961. Burial: Odessa” (English Congregational Church ledger, original handwritten) “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational church on Wednesday, June 14, for Leroy A Mills, 82, a pioneer resident of Odessa. The Rev John A Birchard officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Grandsons acted as pallbearers. These were Gary Mills, Tom Kadlec, Mark Cosgrove, Tom German, Noel Mills and Don Cosgrove. Music was furnished by Mrs. Joe C. Laney and Mrs. Ab Davies, accompanied by Mrs. Florence Stout. Mr. Mills entered the Deaconess hospital at Spokane May 25, where he underwent surgery and was to be discharged June 3, when he suddenly took a turn for the worse and passed away June 7, at 10 p.m.  He was born Sept 4, 1878, in Montevideo, MN.  He came west in 1901 and homesteaded on a ranch north of Odessa, now farmed by his son, Weldon.  In 1917, having disposed of the ranch, he spent a year in California. Upon his return to Odessa he worked as a mechanic and later joined J P Keller in what was known as the Mills-Keller Motor Co.  In the early 30’s he sold his interest in the garage business and returned to farming with his sons, returning in 1940.  He was married on June 14, 1905, in Spokane to Emma Leishner, who survives at the home. Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Kadlec, Ritzville; three sons, Leonard, Weldon and Herbert, Odessa; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Hartley, Ontario, CA; and Mrs. Myrtle Norman, Minneapolis, MN.” (Odessa Record: June 15, 1961; scrapbook item)

Mills, Weldon L.,   (d. 1995; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside services were held Monday, March 13, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel for Weldon L Mills, a lifetime resident of Odessa. Mr. Mills died Tuesday, March 7, 1995, at his home in Odessa. He was 85 years old. He was born July 31, 1909, in Odessa, the son of LeRoy and Emma (Leuschner) Mills. He grew up in Odessa, and was graduated from Odessa High school. He farmed north of Odessa for several years before retiring in 1972. He married Clara Cosgrove on Oct 21, 1945. She preceded him in death in 1979.  Weldon is remembered for his volunteer service to St Joseph Church and Altar Society. His concern for the community’s betterment and well-being was expressed at every levy election for the Odessa schools and the Odessa hospital district in the past 20 years, even last month during his final illness. He would park his car with a ‘Vote Today’ sign on its roof in front of the polling place during voting hours. He was a fan of Odessa’s women’s softball league. It is recalled that he rarely if ever missed attending a game from 1974 through the season last summer. He is survived by two step-sons, Mark Cosgrove and his wife, Margaret, of Spokane, and Donald Cosgrove and his wife Joanne of Madras, OR; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; one sister, Mabel Kadlec, of Ritzville; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Cornelius Verdoorn officiated at the services. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Minard, Albert L.,  (WW I)  (d. 3-16-1951; b. 12-17-1892; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Albert Lawrence Minard, 58, were held  from the St Joseph Catholic Church on Monday morning. The Rev W. J. Brennan conducted the requiem mass. Members of Rudolph M. Stumpf Post No 105, American Legion, had charge of the military honors at the cemetery. Mr. Minard, who had served as an ensign in the navy in WW I, had been active in post offices and activities.  Serving as pallbearers were Ray Spores, Win M. Self, Louis Kremsreiter, Frank Groh, Frank Horak and E. M. Reisenauer. Honorary pall bearers included Charles Porter, Joe C. Laney, Mark Smith, B. J. Lyons, and F. B. Totusek. Howard Moore acted as commander at the American Legion rites.  Mr. Minard was born at Olympia on Dec 17, 1892, and was married at Spokane on Sept 18, 1918. He had lived on the Minard ranch here for the past 20 years. Through his American Legion activities he took an active part in sponsorship of the Boy Scout movement here, serving as institutional chairman. Survivors include his wife, Mary, at the home; three sons, Gordon of Savanah, GA; James, Portland; and John, at home; one daughter, Ruth Minard, at Seattle; his mother, Mrs. Clara Minard, Elma, WA; three brothers, Ralph Minard, Ocean City, WA; George Minard, Bremerton, WA; and Phillip, with the army in CA; three sisters, Miss Clara Minard, Elma; Mrs. Emma Tanner, Aberdeen, and Miss Louise Minard, Elma.” (Odessa Record: 3-22-1951)

Minard, Ellis,   (d. 1-05-1914; b. 1863; TS; OC; DC) “Ellis Minard. Male, white, single. Birth: May 6, 1863, Rockford, IL. Age: 50 yrs 8 mos 30 days. Father: Edwin W. Minard, born Vermont. Mother: Mary L Adams, b. NH. Occupation: invalid. Informant: Barney Minard, Odessa, WA.  Death: Jan 5, 1914, a.m.; Cause: obstruction of bowel. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Jan 6, 1914; Undertaker: Stone.” (WA State Certificate of Death)"Ellis Minard, a brother of Barney Minard, a farmer residing at the foot of Sylvan Lake, five miles east of here on the Crab Creek flat, died last Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock, paralysis being the cause of his demise. The funeral services were held at the English Congregational church here on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev W S Pritchard conduction the services, and interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery, on the west limits of town. Deceased was born in Rockford, Illinois, on the 6th day of May, 1863, and at the time of his death was aged 50 years, 7 months and 30 days. When a young man, at the age of 21 years he removed, with his brother, from Illinois to Kansas, remaining there for three years, coming from that state to this locality in 1887, where he has since made his home. About 15 years ago, while sick with the grip, he suffered from a stroke of paralysis, and has been sick since that time, and an invalid for the past ten years. He leaves a brother to whom the people of this community extend sympathy in his bereavement." (Odessa Record: 1-09-1914)

Minard, Mary Josephine,   (d. 9-12-1978; b. 1-29-1893; TS; OC; obit)  “Mary Josephine Minard passed away Sept 12, 1978 at Lake Oswego, OR. She had resided in a nursing home there for sometime. She was a former resident of Odessa.  Rosary was held Thursday, Sept 14, at 7 p.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father Aloysius Breznik officiating.  Services were held at St Joseph Catholic Church on Sept 15, 1978 at 11 a.m. with Father Leo Gaffney officiating. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge. She is survived by three sons: Gordon Minard of Atlanta, GA; James and John Minard of Seattle, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Kessinger of Republic, WA; 12 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Pallbearers were James Kessinger, Michael Minard, Frank Groh, Steve Minard, Dick Laney and Gary Mills. Her husband, Albert Minard preceded her in death.” (Odessa Record: 9-21-1978)

Mitchell, Charles M.,  (d. 1970; b. 1914; TS; OC; obit) “The ashes of Dr Charles Monroe Mitchell, only son of pioneer parents, Charles W. and Elizabeth York Mitchell, were interred in the Odessa Cemetery on April 18. Rev Albert Hausauer conducted the graveside service. Dr Mitchell was born near Wheeler on Jan 14, 1915. He died in Mill Valley, CA, January 13, 1970.  Son of early homesteaders, he accompanied his parents to Odessa for their mail. A monthly trip was made in a spring wagon. The deceased graduated from Moses Lake High School, the University of Washington and the Los Angeles College of Osteopathy and Surgery. He was on the staff of the Waldo General hospital and had a Laboratory for Pathology in Seattle.  Later he moved to Pasco where he was in general practice until he moved to Marietta, Georgia, with his Georgia-born wife, Arreta Oliver. From there they moved to Mill Valley, CA.  He is survived by his wife and a son, Alton H. Brauson of Mill Valley; three sisters, Mrs. Tafel Keison of Ritzville; Mrs. Willard Taft of Spokane and Mrs. Charles G. Thompson of Mill Valley; one nephew, Perry R. Sloop, MD, Portland.” (Odessa Record: 5-14-1970)

Mitchell, Charles W.,   (d. 1946; b. 1866; TS; OC; obit) “The body of Charles William Mitchell, 80, of Moses Lake was found July 4 crushed in a pasture where he had been charged by a Red Polled bull. He was born at McMinnville, OR. He came to Washington in 1887 and homesteaded near Moses Lake in 1900. Mr. Mitchell was a former Grant County commissioner, serving two terms starting in 1910. He raised registered red Polled cattle and was a member of the Polled Cattle club. Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth, at the home; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Sydney, San Francisco; Mrs. Evelyn McInnis, Moses Lake, and Mrs. Kathleen Taft, Spokane; and one son, Charles N Mitchell, Los Angeles, and one grandson, Russell Sloop, Moses Lake. Mr. Mitchell was buried in the Odessa Cemetery on Monday following funeral services at Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 7-11-1946)

Mitchell, Henry,  (Dr)  (d. 7-06-1923; b. 3-29-1849; TS; OC; DC) :  “Henry Mitchell, MD. Male, white, married, doctor.  Died: 6 July 1923, Odessa, WA. Birth: 29 March 1849, Obion, TN.  Spouse: married, no name given.  Mother: unknown Jackson; Father: W. R. Mitchell, born, North Carolina. Informant: T C Mitchell of Ethel, MO. Cause of death: Endocarditis; TB lungs of 15yr duration. L. M. Thompson, MD. Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA on 7-08-1923; J. E. Turner, Undertaker, Harrington.” (WA Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card)

Mitchell, Elizabeth York,  (d. 1948; b. 1874; TS; OC)

Mitchell, Jean,  (d. 11-23-1902; b. 8-06-1902; TS; OC)

Mitchell, Mary Sidney,  (d. 1991; b. 1902; nee Thompson; TS; OC)

Moellering, Elsie,   (d. 1983; b. 1896; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on March 30, 1983 from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa for Elsie Albrecht Moellering, who passed away on March 26, 1983 after a brief illness and hospitalization at the Davenport Hospital. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated at the service. Elsie Albrecht Moellering was born in Elk Rapids, Michigan on Dec 16, 1895. She was baptized in infancy, and later confirmed in the Christian faith on Jan 21, 1917 in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Menno, WA. She moved from Michigan to Vashon Island, WA with her parents and their family, later to a homestead taken by her father south of Odessa. On July 1, 1937 she was united in marriage to Henry Moellering. They farmed northeast of Odessa for many years before retiring to live in Odessa in the 1950’s.  Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; by her parents; by 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Survivors include nieces, nephews and friends.  Sacred selections of ‘Safe In The Arms Of Jesus’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ were sung by Cindy Dozier, accompanied by Myrna Wolsborn at the organ. Casket bearers were Ron Ferderer, Gerald Smith, Loren Lesser, George Nagel, Chet Smith and Charles Miller. Honorary bearers were Alfred Giese, Albert Winter, Robert Lubold, Norman Schillinger, Fred Yuckert and William Schillinger, Jr. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-1983) 

Moellering, Henry W.,   (d. 1974; b. 1895; TS; OC; obit)  “Last rites for Henry Moellering were held from Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, on Monday at 2 p.m., Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. After 7 ½ years of illness, Henry died Feb 7, 1974 at Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Martin. Henry William Moellering was born May 4, 1895 at Faulkton, SD. AS a young child he came to the Lamona area with his parents. He grew up there and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Lamona.  At the age of 22 he enlisted in the Army and served in World War I. He served 18 months overseas. After his release from the service he worked for some time as a farm laborer, eventually entering farming for himself. Mr. Moellering was united in marriage to Elsie Albrecht on July 1, 1937 in Seattle. The couple made their home on the family farm northeast of Odessa in the Lamona area until their retirement to Odessa in 1963. Survivors of the deceased are his wife, Elsie; one brother, August, of Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Clara Haug of Lamona; and a niece, Paula Kramer, Harrington.  Casketbearers for the last rites were Albert Winter, Ron Ferderer, Loren Lesser, Norman Schillinger, Chester Smith, and Fred Yuckert. Organist was Mrs. Leo Stout. Singing duets, ‘My God and I’ and ‘O Take My Hand, Dear Father’ were Mrs. George Gies and Mr. Al Scheibner. Burial was in the local cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1974) 

Moody, Shason,  (d. 1996; b. 1986; TS; OC)

Moody, Sheila Downey,  (d. 1996; b. 1957; TS; OC)

Mooers, Harley N.,   (d. 10-18-1958; b. 1911; TS; OC; LL; WW II) “Harley Niel Moores. Born: Orofino, Idaho, Dec 27, 1911. Teacher and Principal of Odessa High School (1946-1958). Died of heart attack, Saturday, Oct 18, 1958. Service Christ Church. Thursday, Oct 23, 1958, 2 p.m. Music by High School chorus. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Survived by wife, Helen, children: Marilee, Denise, Judy, Neal. mother, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Cor. Thrombosis. Text: Job 4:3-4; Ps. 23. W J Fritz” (Christ Lutheran ledger)

Mooers, Helene E.,  (d. 1994; b. 1914; TS; OC) "Service was held Monday for Helen Mooers, a longtime Davenport school teacher, at Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. Mooers, 80, died Sept 6. She was buried in Odessa. Mrs. Mooers was born in Ortley, SD. She attended Dakota Weslyan in Mitchell, SD, and Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham. She taught school in Wessington Springs, SD; Winetka Valley, Alaska; Austin, TX; Labam and Renton, WA; and Odessa, where her husband, Harley, was high school principal. He died in 1958, and she and her family moved to Davenport in 1961, where she continued teaching. Mrs. Mooers was a member of Hope Circle at Zion Lutheran Church and served on the Care and Share board of directors. She volunteered with the American Cancer Society and at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport. She traveled extensively in the US and abroad. She is survived by her children, Marilee Hertig of Kelso, WA; Denise Woodbury of Naples, Idaho; Judy Scouten of Pittsburg, CA; and Neal Mooers of Enid, OK; one sister, Ruth Groo of Miami, FL; three brothers, Ed Melander of Charlotte, NC; Cliff Melander of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and Paul Melander of Mesa, AZ; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Harold Melander in WW II and Phil Melander in 1993." (Davenport Times: 9-15-1994)

Moore, Clayton C.,   “Clayton C Moore died Dec 13, 2007, in Odessa. He was born April 21, 1928, to William Harper and Bertha Moore in Colvis, NM. He graduated from high school with a college scholarship to play basketball. After college, he played for two years for the Detroit Pistons basketball team. Moore served in the US Army from Jan 7, 1951 through Oct 7, 1952, at which time he received an honorable discharge. While in the army, he served in the Korean conflict. His brother, Billy Joe Moore, also served in Korea and died there. Following his discharge from the service, he worked at a ranch south of Cowdry, CO and also spent time in Durango, CO. He participated in rodeo, performing calf-roping and as a rodeo clown, where he was known as ‘Slim’ Moore. He later worked at White Sulfur Springs, MT, on  a large ranch, before moving on to various other locations. In Moses Lake, he worked at the Monty Holmes Scrap Iron Yard, where he also repaired bicycles that came in. The bicycles were then given to needy children. After that he worked at John Harshburger’s dairy east of Odessa. He was a member of the Odessa American Legion Post #105. He retired in Odessa, where he remained until his death. Services will be held Friday, Dec 21, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa. A military service will follow at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Dec 2007)

Morley, Charles,  (added) d. Nov 1933 obit (Suchland shows Morley in A-07-62) “Funeral services for Charles Morley, 69, pioneer resident of Washington, were held from the English Congregational church here on Sunday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating.  Mr. Morley had lived in Washington since 1882, coming from England, where he was born. He was stated to be an exceptional cook, having followed this profession for some time traveling widely in the course of this work.  He is survived by no known relatives. Death came at a Spokane hospital from bronchial pneumonia, where he had been staying for the past year seeking relief from an ailment. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11-24-1933)

Morris, Lois E.,  (obit dated 10-19-2000, memorial at St Joseph Church, burial not given)

Morris, Lydia,   (d. 1998; b. 1917; TS; OC) “A graveside service for Lydia Giese Morris was held Thursday, Dec 31, at Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Morris, who was 81 years old, died Sunday, Dec 27, 1998, in Selah.  She was born Nov 11, 1917, the daughter of August and Magdelena Giese at the family farm near Moody, southwest of Odessa. She is survived by two daughters, Janice Naugle, of Medical Lake, and Dorraine Prouse, of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Giese, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and three sisters, Dorothy Catlow, of Ephrata, Ruth Law, of Orland, CA, and Lorena Oster of Moses Lake.  Pastor Scott Jurgens, of Christ Lutheran Church, officiated at the graveside rites. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1999, d. 1998)

Murchie, Andrew Alan,  (d. 3-29-1974; b. 3-28-1974; TS; OC) “Andrew A Murchie. Died: 29 March 1974, Spokane City, Spokane Co, WA. Residence: Lincoln Co, WA. Certificate #006844.” (WA Death Index: did not view certificate)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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