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.


Pack, Pearl S. Fox Kremsreiter,  (added) d. March 28, 1988 see Kremsreiter “Pearl S. Pack of Spokane, a former Odessa resident born Dec 16, 1910 in Piney Junction, TN to John and Winnie Fox, passed away March 28, (1988) at Valley Hospital, Spokane. She had been married to Joe Kremsreiter, who preceded her in death, and was a 30-year resident of Spokane.  Survivors include a son, Joe Kremsreiter, and a daughter Sue Coleman, both residents of the Spokane Valley; a sister, Johnnie Morgan of Pasco; and 3 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Rosary services were held Sunday, April 3 at Thornhill’s Chapel of the Valley, Spokane. Funeral Mass followed on Monday, April 4 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Spokane. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-1988)

Parr, Warren Phillip,  (d. 9-18-1999; b. 6-13-1925; TS; OC; obit) “Warren P. Parr (Age 74).—of Odessa, WA, died Sept 18, 1999 in Spokane. Warren was born in Garfield, WA. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon, at the home; 5 children, Justin of Odessa, Everett of Tukwila, WA; Jan Spaid and husband Robert) of Spokane; Cindy Ingalls of Spokane; Debbie Hinthorne (and husband Reese) of Othello; 5 step-children, Laurie, James, Casey, Stephen and Corey Boss; brothers, Louis of Spokane and Leon of Cornelia, GA. He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Parr of Harrington and Wayne Parr of Mohler. Private inurnment at Odessa Cemetery.” (scrapbook item)

Parrish, Katherine R.,  (??added) d. Aug 9, 1992 “Katherine R. Parrish.—Passed away Aug 9, 1992, in Odessa, WA. Her home, Odessa. She is survived by her husband, William C. Parrish, at the home; two children, Katherine Finstuen of Spokane, James G Parrish of The Dalles, Oregon; 6 grandchildren; one brother, Dr John S. Rathbone of Santa Barbara, CA. Several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one son, William Scott Parrish, 1974. While attending the University of California at Berkeley, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Aug 22, 1992, at 2 p.m. from the Odessa Cemetery Chapel, Pastor John N. Finstuen, officiating. Cremation preceded the services. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook item; burial not confirmed)

Parrish, John R.,   (d. 1-01-36; 39 yrs; h/o Stella; OC; Strates)  “John R Parrish. Ship in from Walla Walla. Death: Jan 1, 1936, 4:30 at hospital in Walla Walla. Male, white, married, age 39, druggist. Wife is Stella. Funeral: Jan 4, 1936, Odessa, WA, Rev M. J. Galle and Masons officiating. Member of Masons. Casket open at service. Mrs. Galle organist. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “John Roscoe Parrish, former Odessa druggist and community leader, died on Wednesday morning at the Veteran’s Hospital at Walla Walla, where he had bone on Tuesday for medical care. Funeral services will be held from the English Congregational Church on Friday at 2 o’clock, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating and the Masonic lodge in charge of the funeral rites.  A personal request of Mr. Parrish was that there be no flowers at his funeral.  Mr. Parrish came to the community in 1921 from Wilbur, purchasing the Odessa Drug Company from Fred Thiel, later selling it, returning in a short time to again assume charge of the store.  He operated it until about four months ago when it was sold to its present owners.  During his residence in Odessa Mr. Parrish was one of the community leaders, serving on the town council for many years, on the school board, was commander of the American Legion, president of the Commercial Club, a past master of the Masonic lodge and an ardent political worker. A republican for many years, he worked hard during the past election for the democratic group, taking an active part in the campaign for Senator J P Keller.  On Tuesday morning his condition became serious and he was removed to Walla Walla for treatment, where his death followed the next day. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Jack and James of Odessa, and a sister, Mrs. Jack Altmeyer of Yakima.  Mr. Parrish was an ardent sportsman and took and active lead in promoting this work. He was a winner in the Spokane trapshoots during the past summer, taking first at a shoot held there. The Gold Club, Rifle Club, Gun Club, magpie shoots and other sportmen’s activities were given their impetus through his efforts. He permitted the construction of the present rifle range in the basement of the drug store.” (Odessa Record: 1-03-1936)  “J. R. Parrish, 39, who died at the Veteran’s Hospital at Walla Walla last Wednesday, was buried from the English Congregational church... The casket was draped in an American Flag, signifying that Mr. Parrish had served in the U S Army, in which he held the rank of a second lieutenant. A simple service was presented, in keeping with his expressed wishes while alive. At the cemetery, the Masonic lodge took charge of the service, followed by the American Legion. Mrs. Parrish was presented the flag, while the post bugler played taps.  Pall bearers were selected from lodge brethren and included Jake Hopp, Jr., Harrington; Dr T. F. Bresee, L .W. Lee, E. J. Wachter, Sol Reiman, and J. C Michaelsen.  Visiting dignitaries from surrounding towns were present at the funeral, including many from Wilbur, his former home; Davenport, Creston and Harrington.  Born at Wilbur, WA, March 20, 1896, Mr. Parrish graduated from the Wilbur high school and later attended the University of Washington, returning to Wilbur to work as a pharmacist. He was married to Miss Estella Pershall and then came to Odessa, where he purchased the drug store and has made his home here since, except for a short interval which he spent on the coast. During the World War he spent two years in active service, working thought the ranks to a commanding position as second lieutenant. In Odessa he took an active part in all community activities, serving as officer in the various lodges, president of the commercial club, active in the social and business life of the community.; His outstanding characteristic was his willingness to give of his time and money to the betterment of the community or to assist any of the people therein.  His death came at the hospital at Walla Walla, where he had been rushed for medical treatment the day previously. He is survived by his widow, two sons, James and Jack, and a sister, Mrs. Jack Altmeyer, of Yakima, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Foster, Creston, an uncle and aunt.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1936)

Parrish, William C.,   “William C Parrish, 83, died Saturday, Nov 21, 1998, in Spokane. Mr. Parrish was born in San Francisco and raised on a farm near Porterville, CA. He was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with  a BS degree in mechanical engineering with honors in 1940. He married Katherine Rathbone in 1941. He went on to receive a master’s degree in sanitary engineering in 1965 at WSU. Mr. Parrish worked as a mechanical engineer for several engineering firms throughout his career, primarily in the aerospace industry. He worked for many years for the US Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. He retired from WSU as associate professor of civil engineering in 1975. For his outstanding research and contributions to his field, Mr. Parrish received many commendations, among them honorary memberships of Pi Tau Sigma and Pi Omega chapters from the University of California. He was a member of Mensa, a certified professional engineer in the states of California, Montana and Washington and a Diplomat of American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is survived by daughter Kappy Finstuen, of Spokane; son Jim Parrish of Odessa, and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 51 years Katherine Parrish, and son W Scott Parrish. A memorial will be held Saturday, Nov 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman. The Cremation Society of Washington, Spokane, is in charge of arrangements and cremation.” (Odessa Record: 1998; burial not confirmed) 

Patterson, Kenneth,  (added) d. Nov 1907 obit  “Kenneth Patterson, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Patterson, died Sunday evening from heart failure, following an attack of diphtheria. The little fellow was just recovering from the latter disease and was able to move about the house. He ate dinner with the rest of the family Sunday but shortly afterward was taken with a sinking spell, from which he never rallied, and death came about 7 p.m.  The remains were interred on Monday but owing to the contagious nature of the disease from which he had been suffering, there was no public ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.” (Odessa Record: 22 Nov 1907, page 5)

Pavliska, Anna,   (d. 1981; b. 1889; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Friday, May 22, 1981 at the English Congregational Church for Anna Pavliska, who passed away at the Odessa Convalescent Center on Tuesday, May 19, (1981). Pastor Robert Shofner officiated. Anna Pavliska was born in St Paul, MN on Aug 23, 1889, to John and Anna Trejbal. The Trejbals brought their family to Odessa in 1899, where they settled on a homestead north of Odessa. Anna lived in the Odessa community for 81 years and was a charter member of the Royal Neighbors of America. For the past two years Anna was an active, interested resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center. Survivors include one son, Louis Pavliska, Odessa; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kruse, Spokane; Mrs. Anna Bennett, Sandpoint, ID; and Mrs. Josephine Macintosh, Clemmons, NC; one brother, Albert Trejbal, Liberty Lake, WA; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  Sacred selections ‘Rock Of Ages’ and ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ were sung by Donna Schafer. Sharon Eide was accompanist on the organ. Honorary pallbearers were Clem Groh Sr., Stanley Wraspir, Charlie Jeske, Louis Frederick, A. E. Scheibner, and Albert Nechanicky.  Pallbearers were Galen Pavliska, Roger Kruse, Phil Cunningham, John Trejbal, Pat Bennett, and Rick Haase. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Attending the services from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Al Trejbal, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nechanicky, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mithoug, Mr. and Mrs. Eral Trejbal, Mrs. Vera Siemers, and Mrs. Val Trejbal.” (Odessa Record: 5-28-1981)

Pavliska, Elsie E.,  (d. 10-11-1958; b. 6-15-1917; TS; OC; LL) “Elsie Pavliska. Born: June 15, 1917, Ruff, WA. Died Oct 11, 1958, Odessa, WA. Stroke. Buried: Oct 13, 1958. Service: Christ Lutheran Church. Interred: City Cemetery. Survived by husband, Louis J. Pavliska and son Galen Jacob Pavliska. Psalm 4:8 text. Cause of death: apoplexy. W. J. Fritz, Pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Pavliska, Florence Irene Dobson,  “Florence Pavliska died peacefully at Palm Springs Healthcare on Feb 13, 2006. She was born in Odessa, WA in March, 1916 to Sybil and C C Dobson. She graduated from Reardan and Odessa High Schools. She attended Kinman Business School and worked for the US Dept. of Agriculture in Portland. At an alumni banquet in Odessa, Florence became reacquainted with Louis Pavliska whom she married in October of 1962. Florence is survived by her daughter, Ann of Palm Springs; and her husband Louis of Spokane, WA. She is also survived by Louis’s son and daughter-in-law, Gale and Graycen; her sister, Claudine West of Moses Lake, WA; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brother, Leon Dobson of Spokane. Florence and Louis were very active in their community as members of the Grange, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the Historical Society. Florence was particularly proud of her work with HOST, a program providing one-on-one tutoring for students who have reading difficulties. She traveled extensively with both Louis and Ann, making several trips to Europe and many US destinations such as Hawaii, the Oregon Coast, Seattle and the Grand Canyon. Florence loved to read, cook, sew and work in her wonderful vegetable garden. She also enjoyed many hours with her cat, Winkers. In 1999, Florence was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and came to live in Palm Springs to be cared for by her daughter, Ann. She missed Odessa and her lifetime friends, but she always greeted new people with a smile and a twinkle in her eye.  Ann is most thankful that she had this time with her mother to be a friend as well as a daughter. She would like to thank the many people who kept Florence in their hearts and prayers. Ann is bringing her mother back to Odessa and her friends and family that she loved so much, just as she promised. May she rest in peace, forever, next to Crab Creek, her home. Rosary Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, WA. Funeral Mass will be held after the Rosary at 11 a.m. also at St Joseph Catholic Church, Father Floch will officiate. Concluding services and Vault interment to follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 2-12-2006)

Paxman, Elizabeth Bays,  (added) d. Nov 1910 “Mrs. D. Paxman, who has been living in Seattle for some time, died there last week, and the body was brought to Odessa for burial Sunday by Mr. Paxman, who had been in Seattle for the week past. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, the Rev Frederick Tonge officiating. Mrs. Paxman’s maiden name was Elizabeth Bays, and she was born in Ontario, Canada. She was married to David Paxman on May 23, 1872. Five children were born to them, all of whom are living.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-1910) (Edit: The Paxman surname has been attributed by Suchland’s numbering to A-11-graves 12 & 13. In the cemetery at that location is a tombstone approximately 2 ft high with no legible markings to read in August of 2005. Suchland shows two burials at that location. The directory for 1910-1911 shows listings for Calvin, Daniel and Daniel W. Paxman.) “Elizabeth Paxman. Female, white, married, housewife.  Birth: Oct 16, 1851, Ontario. Age: 59 yrs. Father: Joseph Boyes, born England; Mother; Mary Woodruff, born Canada. Informant: D. Paxman, Seattle.  Death: Nov 24, 1910, 12:30 p.m., Seattle, King Co, WA. Cause: Cancer-primary; metastases-throughout abdomen. Contributory: Ascetes. Physician: C F Davidson, MD, Seattle. Burial: Odessa, WA., on Nov 27, 1910. Undertaker: (listed, not legible). (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death) 

Paxman, (possible other per Suchland) (see Elizabeth)

Peebles, Maxine,  (?added) d. 5-11-1926 obit  “Word reached here Tuesday that Maxine Peebles, the six year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peebles of Odessa, had died that day about 10:30 a.m. of scarlet fever and complications. She had been ill but a short time and the shock was very great to her parents, especially as she was their only child. Mr. Peebles conducts a variety store in Odessa. Mrs. Peebles was formerly Miss Cleo Brown and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cortez Brown of this city (Harrington).” (Citizen: 5-14-1926; burial not confirmed; no record by Suchland for Odessa burial; not buried Harrington)

Peper, Catharina, (w/o H. W.)  (d. 10-15-1917; b. 8-18-1838; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Katie Pepper, female, white, widowed. Birth: 8-18-1838 in Germany. Age: 79 yrs 1 mos 29 days. Father: unknown; Mother: Katie Rieges born Germany. Informant: Henry Cordes of Odessa. Death: 10-15-1917 Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co. Cause: old age and acute indigestion. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on Oct 18, 1917, G B Stone, undertaker, of Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death) “Catharina _ippers, widow of Wilhelm Peppers, born 18 Aug 1838, died 15 Oct in Odessa, WA and buried 17 Oct 1917 in Odessa, WA. Age 79 yrs 2 mos less 2 days.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Peper, (Hein) Wilhelm,   (d. 7-01-1915; b. 3-05-1846; TS; OC; DC) “Wilhelm Pepper. Male, white, married, farmer; Birth: 3-05-1846 in Germany. Age: 68 yrs 3 mos 26 dy. Father: Henrich Pepper born Germany; Mother: Kathrine Regers born Germany. Informant: Martha Cordes.  Death: 7-01-1915, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: pneumonia left lung, followed by acute indigestion; Contributory: chronic indigestion of 2 yrs duration. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA” (WA State Register of Death: cemetery not specified, no undertaker signature) "Wilhelm Pepper, aged 69, a pioneer farmer of Adams County and the Big Bend country, died at the home of Heinrich Cordes, near Lauer station 10 miles southwest of Odessa, last Friday after a sickness of a few weeks. The funeral services were held at the Odessa German Lutheran church on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, and were conducted by Rev H. Rieke of Marcellus. Interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Deceased was born in Germany in 1846 and came to Adams County in 1896 from Minnesota. He resided on his farm near Packard until four years ago, and has since lived with his daughter, Mrs. Cordes. His wife survives him." (Odessa Record: 7-09-1915)  

Peterson, Charles,  h/o Rose  (d. 4-15-1945; b. 2-03-1870; TS; OC; Strates) “Charles Peterson. Residence: Marlin, WA. Husband of Rose. Birth: 2-03-1870, Kalmar, Sweden. Death: 4-15-1945, at McKay General Hospital, Soap Lake, WA. Age: 75 yrs 2 mos 12 days. Male, white, married, farmer. Father: Olaf Peterson, born Sweden. Mother: Christine, not obtainable, born Sweden. Cause of death: toxemia, Dr Kenneth Ward of Ephrata, WA. Funeral: Baptist Church, Saturday, 2 p.m., Rev Course of Wilson Creek, WA. Interment: 4-21-45, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Opening and closing of grave-Frick.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Charles Peterson, 76, pioneer Marlin cattle rancher, died Sunday evening at Soap Lake, where he had been taken following a car accident six days previous, when the light coupe in which he was driving crashed into a concrete bulkhead on a road culvert, in which he sustained internal injuries. Mr. Peterson, who was born in Kolmar, Sweden, Feb 3, 1869, came to the United States as a young man in the fall of 1888, spending a year in Michigan, then coming to the Sprague area in 1889, following the cattle business throughout this area and acquiring his holdings at Marlin. He was married to Miss Rose Zimbelman at Spokane, March 16, 1912. She survives, as does one son, Ed Peterson, Jr., one grandson, Gordon Charles Peterson, and a brother, Eric Peterson, all of Marlin.  Funeral services will be held from the Odessa Baptist church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with the Rev H. M. Course, Wilson Creek, a friend for many years, in charge, assisted by the Rev A. Foll, local pastor.  Burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. (Odessa Record: 4-19-1945) “Pallbearers included Jack Schroeder, Anton Schumacher and Hans Thomsen, Wilson Creek, Harvey Beck and Bert Hull, Marlin, and John Erickson, Odessa.” (Odessa Record excerpt: 4-26-1945)

Peterson, Eric Ed,   (d. 3-19-1948; b. 2-03-1872; TS; OC; Strates)  “Eric Peterson. Residence: Marlin, WA. Birth: Feb 3, 1872, Kalmar, Sweden. Death: Mar 19, 1948, Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Aged: 76 yrs 1 mo 16 days. Male, single, white, retired farmer. Father: Adolf Peterson, born Sweden. Funeral: Lutheran Church Odessa, 2 p.m.. Interment: Odessa Cemetery, 3-24-1948, Row 2 grave 4 new section.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Eric (Ed) Peterson, 76, resident of the Marlin region for about 60 years, died on Friday at a Spokane hospital and was buried from the Christ Lutheran church in Odessa on Wednesday, the Rev A. Grabow of Marlin officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were chosen from neighbors and included L A West, Joe Mende Sr., Bert Hull, Harry Hull, Harvey Beck and Henry Zimbelman, with Jacob Kallenberger, A. H. Carr and Claus Peterson as honorary pallbearers. Born in Sweden, Feb 3, 1872, Mr. Peterson came to the United States in 1888, at the age of 16, remaining for a year at Stanton, MI, and coming to the Sprague area the following year, long before there was a town of Sprague, with Walla Walla as their outfitting town. He engaged in the cattle industry with his brother, the late Charles Peterson, and sold his interests to his brother in later years. He homesteaded on a wheat ranch at Marlin, keeping this property until his death. When the Odessa Record started publication in 1901, he became one of the first subscribers, continuing until his death. He is survived by a nephew, Ed Peterson, Jr., at Marlin, and one niece, Miss Edna Johnson, Glendale, CA.  Among pioneer friends coming to the funeral were Jack Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Oestreich, Harrington; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey beck and Mrs. Rose Peterson, Spokane; and George Beck, Ellensburg. His passing leaves the town of Marlin with only one of its very early pioneers still living, Mrs Urquhart, a native of Scotland that came here to share pioneer days with her husband, and now lives with a daughter, Mrs. Otis Cater, at Marlin.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1948)

Peuck, Mrs. Antje,  (added: d. 2-27-1915) "Mrs. Antje Peuck, an aged resident of the Lauer section, died at the home of her grandson, Fred Peuck, last Saturday night at 11 o’clock from paralysis, at the age of 82. The funeral services were held at the Lauer church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev H. Rieke, of Marcellus, and interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Deceased had been a resident of the Odessa country for the past 11 years. She was born in Germany on the 8th of September, 1832. Her husband, Nicholas Peuck, preceded her in death having passed away in the fall of 1909. A grandson, Fred, who is engaged in the blacksmith business at Lauer, survives." (Odessa Record: 3-05-1915)

Pfeifer, Marie Sofie,   (d. 8-12-38; b. 8-02-1860; w/o Philip; Strates) “Marie Sofie Pfeifer. Residence: Marlin, WA.  Death: Aug 12, 1938, 2:30 p.m. at home in Marlin. Informant: Philip J Pfeifer of Marlin. Birth: Aug 2, 1860, Russia. Female, white, married, housewife-56 yrs. Husband: Philip Pfeifer. 10 yrs residence in Marlin. Previous residence: 7 miles north of Marlin. In US: 46 yrs. Father: George Henry Audolph born Russia; Mother: Siebert born Russia.  Physician: L. J. Bonney. Leaves: Husband, Phillip; 3 sons: Philip J Pfeifer, Marlin, WA; Henry Pfeifer, Okanogan, WA; August Pfeifer, Wilson Creek, WA; 4 daughters: Mrs. Bert Hull, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Harry Hull, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Henry Zimbleman, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Helen Dunn, San Francisco, CA; 20 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger; burial not confirmed)

Pflueger, Ruth  “A memorial service was held for Ruth Esther Pflueger on Feb 24, 1984, at Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend, WA with Pastor Wesley Sackmann officiating. Interment was in the cemetery at Carnation, WA.  Ruth Pflueger passed away suddenly on Feb 21, 1984, following a month and a half of hospitalization. Even though her life of 57 years, 7 months and 9 days was terminated much too soon, still Ruth touched and helped the lives of many people, not only through her daily life of Christian service, but also in her work as a physical therapist.  Ruth was born on July 12, 1926 at Vancouver, British Columbia to Pastor Edward R And Hilda (nee Fuhr) Pflueger. Considered as born abroad of American parents, she was registered with the American Consulate Service to be assured of American citizenship.  At the age of two years, her parents moved to Seattle, where her father was Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran church. She attended Columbia Grade School and graduated from Franklin High School in 1943. Ruth then attended and was graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. She was awarded a Polio Foundation Scholarship, which made it possible for her to attend Stanford University where she earned a Masters degree in Physical Therapy.  In 1949, Ruth began her career as a certified physical therapist in Seattle, working first with children having Cerebral Palsy. When the Polio outbreak was so severe in Wenatchee in the early 1950s, Ruth then did therapy with the Polio patients.  After the epidemic subsided, she returned to Seattle, at which time Ruth and a fellow classmate, Cecelia Gardlin, from Stanford, formed a partnership and opened a physical therapy clinic, first located in the Cobb Building, then expanding to Ballard General Hospital and most recently occupying their own facilities as Aurora Village Physical Therapy Clinic. Ruth was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith as a child and remained true to that faith her entire life. During her adult years, Ruth was also a member of the Naval Reserve. Always a very athletic person, Ruth’s many trophies attest to her outstanding performances in tennis and bowling, as well as for honors won while playing on semi-pro baseball and basketball teams. Ruth enjoyed life, especially her Lake Joy home, which she shared with L J Middleton, her lifelong friend and companion. Together they had improved and developed the property for year-round living. In spite of crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis since 1974, resulting in several surgeries, Ruth was still able to conduct business at her clinic. However, in January of this year, due to bone cancer and other complications, her fight for life ended. Her father preceded her in death in 1962. Surviving are her mother, Hilda E. Pflueger, of Odessa, WA; one sister, Florence E. Stout of Odessa; one brother, Paul E Pflueger of Seattle, WA; seven nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1984, page 3)

Pflueger, E. R.,  (Pastor)  (d. 1962; b. 1893; TS; OC; LL) “Pastor Edward R. Pflueger. Born: Toledo, Ohio, Aug 31, 1893. Died: Odessa, WA, Sept 3, 1962. Survived by wife, Hilda; daughters, Florence Stout. Both Pflueger. son Paul. Preacher-L Ludwig. Greetings by S Siefkes for North Pacific District. Foege-Graveside Service. W J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger; edit: entries by E. R. Pflueger in the Christ Lutheran ledger occurred consistently from 1944-1955, each clear, legible and most showing the Scriptural text used for the funerals.) “The Rev E. R. Pflueger died at his home, Odessa, Wn. He is survived by his wife, Hilda, at the home, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Florence Stout, Odessa, Miss Ruth Pflueger, Mont Lake Terrace, WA. 1 son, Paul E. Pflueger, Seattle; grandchildren, 2 brothers, William Pflueger, Cleveland, Ohio; Herman Pflueger of Indiana. He was a retired pastor of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services, Friday, Sept. _, at 2 pm. from the Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa. Pastor W Fritz of Odessa and Dr Ludwig _____ of Columbus, Ohio officiating.” (scrapbook item) “Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. for the Rev E. R. Pflueger, who retired last year after a lifetime in the Lutheran ministry. Services will be from his former charge, the Christ Lutheran Church, with the Rev Werner J Fritz officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Rev Pflueger, who had served the Lind Church on Sunday as a supply pastor, died Monday evening of complications following a stroke he suffered after noon the same day. He had been taken to the Memorial Hospital. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Pastor Pflueger graduated from Capital University at Columbus, Ohio, and also from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus. He was ordained in 1918, and following his marriage went to Vancouver, BC, where he remained as pastor of Christ Lutheran church for 10 years. The next 16 years were spent at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Seattle. He came to Odessa in 1944 to take charge of Christ Lutheran Church, remaining here 11 years. In 1955 he took the pastorate at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Almira, remaining there until last year when he retired to a home he had purchased in Odessa.  Rev Pflueger served as district secretary of the Lutheran Church for years, was active during the war assisting in Servicemen’s Centers in Seattle, worked diligently with mission board activities and was particularly remembered for his work with the youth of the church.  Survivors include his wife, Hilda; two daughters, Mrs Leo (Florence) Stout of Odessa, Ruth Pflueger of Seattle; one son, Paul Pflueger of Seattle; brothers, William of Cleveland, Ohio; and Herman of Indiana, and 7 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-06-1962) “Ministers of the surrounding area and from Columbus, Ohio, came on Friday to conduct funeral services for the Rev Edward R Pflueger, retired Lutheran minister. The service was in the Christ Lutheran Church, where the Rev Mr. Pflueger served 11 years, with Pastor Werner J Fritz, present pastor, as officiant. The funeral sermon was delivered by the Rev L Ludwig, DD, of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus. An address followed by the rev S Siefkes, DD, administrative assistant of the North Pacific District. Dr Ludwig and Pastor Pflueger were roommates and classmates for 10 years at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. The Rev L Leikauf, Quincy, sang a solo, ‘My Hope Is Built’ and the men’s quartet, Curtis Finck, E Scheiber, William Schillinger and Clarence Schmidt, sang ‘Son Of My Soul’. Ellen Tanck was organist.  Serving as pallbearers were the Rev Ralph Fischer, Wilbur; the Rev S. Goldenmann, Colville; the Rev M. Keller, Davenport; the Rev L. Leikauf, Quincy; the Rev K. Torvick, Almira; and the Rev E. Wagner of Walla Walla. The Rev William Foege of Walla Walla gave the committal service. Pastor Pflueger was born in Toledo, Ohio, Aug 31, 1893. He was baptized in St Paul’s Church in the same city. They later moved to Crestline, Ohio, where he was confirmed and 10 years later was ordained. On June 6, 1918 he was united in marriage to Miss Hilda Fuhr of Columbus, Ohio. Their honeymoon was the trip to his first pastorate in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  In 1928 he moved to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Seattle where he worked for 16 years. In 1944 he came to Christ congregation in Odessa, remaining here until 1955 when he went to Almira, serving the congregation there until his retirement on July 1, 1961, when he moved back to Odessa.  Survivors include his wife, Hilda; two daughters, Mrs. Leo (Florence) Stout of Odessa, Ruth Pflueger of Mountlake Terrace; one son, Paul Pflueger of Seattle; brothers, William in Ohio and Herman in Indiana, and seven grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-12-1962; see Odessa Museum for his records)

Pflueger, Hilda E. Fuhr,   (d. 1986; b. 1894; TS; OC)

Pierce, Robert A,  (added) d. Dec 21, 1996 “Funeral Mass for Robert A Pierce, a long-time Odessa resident, was celebrated on Tuesday, Dec 24, at St Joseph Catholic Church. Mr.  Pierce, who was 72 years old, died on Saturday, Dec 21, 1996, at Odessa Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb 25, 1924, in Chelan, the son of Evan and Florence Pierce. He was graduated from Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee and served in the US Navy during World War II.  He married Helen Groh, of Odessa, on Nov 28, 1948. Mr. Pierce was on the staffs of the Chelan and Lincoln County road depts. for 38 years. He began with the Chelan County dept in 1947, transferring to the Lincoln Co department in 1951, where for many years he was foreman of the Odessa district. He became superintendent of county roads, but ill health forced him to return to the Odessa position, which he held until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of St Joseph Church in Odessa and the Odessa VFW. He is survived by his wife, Helen Pierce, at the home in Odessa; four sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Debbi Pierce of Spokane; Gary and Jan Pierce of Spokane; Jack and Jolie Pierce of Colfax; and Randy and Vicky Pierce of Spokane; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews, and three cousins. The Rev C. A. Verdoorn officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Dec 26, 1996)

Pittman, Hattie & infant,  (added?) d. June 1916 “Mrs Jesse Pitman was taken to the Sacred Heart Hospital Monday morning where she underwent a caesarian operation.  The child was dead at birth and Mrs. Pitman’s condition is very critical at this writing.—Later, Mrs Pittman passed away at 2:30 this afternoon.” (Odessa Record: June 16, 1916) "The body of Mrs. Hattie Pittman, who died Friday at the Sacred Heart hospital, was returned to Odessa Saturday night and funeral services conducted from the Stone undertaking parlors Sunday at 2 p.m. Interment followed in the Odessa cemetery." (Odessa Record: 6-23-1916)


Poggensee, Hans Amos-delete to Ruff; d. vague 10/31; b. 9-11-1852;


Popple, James P.,  (d. 10-12-14; b. 6-13-1836; OC; DC) “James P. Popple. Male, white, single, farmer. Birth: June 13, 1836, NY; age: 78 yrs 4 mos.   Father: don’t know; Mother: don’t know; Informant: Lin Jenks, Odessa, WA. Death: Oct 12, 1914, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. at 1 p.m.  Cause: Arterio-Sclerosis. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, on 10-14-1914; H E Stone, Undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death) (Edit: The wife and daughter of Lester Popple are reportedly buried in the cemetery at Ritzville)

"James Popple, one of the oldest residents of the Odessa country, died at the home of his nephew, L. D. Jenks, Monday at 1 p.m. of general debility, at the ripe old age of 78 years and four months. Mr. Popple was born in York state, and when a boy emigrated to Minnesota, residing in that state until the year 1888 when he came to Washington and engaged in the sheep business with his brother, Lester Popple. They were very successful in this industry until an unusually hard winter about twenty years ago killed off almost their entire herd, after which they turned their attention to the stock business, Lester Popple retaining the Odessa ranch and raising cattle, while James took up a place below Wilson Creek which he stocked with a herd of horses. He followed this business until a few years ago when he disposed of his horses and has since divided his time between Wilson Creek and Odessa. The death of his brother Lester, about a year ago was a shock from which he never fully recovered and since that time he has lived in feeble health at the L D Jenks home. Mr. Popple was a typical pioneer, a wholesouled generous neighbor and one of the salt of the earth in a new country. Like all of us he had his peculiarities but they were far over-balanced by a warm and generous heart and love for his fellowmen. He was unmarried, but leaves an adopted son, Al Popple, as well as two nieces, Mrs. Ralph Ingle and Mrs. L. D. Jenks to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the Stone undertaking parlors, Rev Pritchard officiating after which the remains were interred in the Lutheran Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 10-16-1914)


Porter, Wesley Allen,     (d. 10-03-1943; b. 5-04-1943; TS; Cong; OC; Strates)  “Wesley Allen Porter (child). Residence: Odessa; Place of death: Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane; Birth: May 4, 1943; Death: Oct 3, 1943; Age 4 mos 29 days; male, single, white; Birthplace: Odessa, WA;  Father: Kenneth W Porter born Odessa, WA; Mother: Ednes Lobe, born Odessa, WA.  Cause of death: Lobar Pneumonia. Physician: Dr E J Barnett of Spokane, WA.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong. church at 2:30 p.m. on 10-05-43, Rev Hausauer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Wesley Allan Porter. Died: 27 Sept 1943; 4 mos 29 days; infection.” (Congregational Church Ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Funeral services for Wesley Alan Porter, six-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Porter, were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. The infant, born May 4, 1943, had died on Sunday at a Spokane hospital of pneumonia. The child had the measles a few days after birth and had never recovered his strength. Survivors include the parents and an older brother, Larry, at home, his grandparents and many uncles and aunts in the community.” (Odessa Record: 7 Oct 1943)

Powell, Mollie Walter,  (d. 1967; b. 1908; TS; OC) “Mollie Walter Powell.—Her home, Puyallup, WA. Survived by 4 brothers, J. J. Walter, Ben Walter, Carl Walter, all of Odessa, WA; Dave Walter, Chicago; 6 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Scrupps, Odessa; Miss Margaret Walter, Miss Martha Walter, both Spokane; Mrs. Esther Wilson, Miss Alva Walter, both Seattle, WA; Mrs. Hannah Huddle, Harrington, WA; 11 nieces and nephews. Funeral services Monday, Nov 13, 3 p.m. from Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, WA. Burial services Odessa Cemetery, Tuesday, Nov 14.”  (Spokesman Review: 11-13-1967; Beck data card collection) 

Praetorius, Carl Wm,   (d. 7-24-1945; b. 2-07-1893; single: TS; OC; LL; Strates) “Carl William Praetorius. Born Feb 7, 1893 at Castletown, ND.  Died: July 24, 1945 at Odessa, WA. Buried: July 27, 1945, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: self-inflicted. Age 52 yrs 5 mos 17 days. Mourned by 3 brothers, 3 sisters. Text: Ps. 25:16-18. ERP” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger.) “Carl William Praetorius. Residence: Odessa, WA, rural, 6 miles NE of Odessa. Place of death: on ranch; Bachelor. Birth: 2-07-1893 at Castletown, ND. Death: 7-24-1945; age: 52 yrs 5 mos 17 days. male, white. Father: Henry Praetorius born Germany. Mother: Ida Bergen, born Germany. Cause of death: suicide by 22 rifle. Certifying physician: coroner, Davenport, WA. Place of burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: Christ Lutheran Church, 2 p.m. Friday. Interment: 7-27-1945. Rev E. R Pfluger.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Sheriff Charles E. McCaffery and Prosecuting Attorney Fred G. Campbell were called to Odessa, July 24, on receipt of word that Carl Praetorius, age 52, had shot and killed himself on a farm about seven miles north of Odessa. No inquest was held. Mr. Praetorius, who farmed with a brother, S. F. Praetorius, had been in poor health for some time. He performed chores about the farm that morning, then went into a barn and shot himself with a .22 caliber rifle.” (Citizen: 8-03-1945) “Seigfried Praetorius of Odessa has petitioned the superior court to name him as administrator of the estate of his brother, Carl W. Praetorius, who killed himself July 24 in the Odessa area. The $33,300.00 estate will go to three brothers and three sisters of Mr. Praetorius.” (Citizen: 8-10-1945) “Carl William Praetorius, 52, well known wheat rancher and cattle man, was found dead in a barn at the family home, a self inflicted bullet hole in his forehead, on Tuesday morning.  Mr. Praetorius, who had spent the preceding day in town working on a truck, had arisen as usual Tuesday morning and had completed farm chores. The only unusual thing noticed was the fact that he had finished milking, then fed the fresh milk to the hogs rather than take it to the house.  Coroner Fred Campbell and Sheriff Charles E. McCaffery were called and they found that the death wound had been caused with a .22 caliber rifle. The body was removed to the Strate Funeral Home.  Born in Castletown, North Dakota, Feb 7, 1893, he came to this area as a boy in 1901 with his parents. He remained unmarried and in later years was in partnership on the ranch with his brother, S F Praetorius, making his home with that family. Survivors include three brothers, Siegfried, Odessa; Henry, Spokane; and Edward, Medical Lake; three sisters, Margaret, Medical Lake; Mrs. Lillie Lanning, Baker, OR; and Mrs. Ella Scheibner, Odessa. Funeral services have been set for Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the Christ Lutheran church, the Rev E. R. Pflueger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 7-25-1945) “ Funeral services for Carl William Praetorius, 52, north area wheat rancher and cattle man, were held from Christ Lutheran church on Friday afternoon, the Rev E. R. Pflueger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Neighbors, including Frank Groh, John Deife, W. P. Smith, Marcus Weber, Joseph Pavliska and Henry Moellering, were pall bearers. Mrs. E. M. Bartalamay was pianist and singing was by the ladies’ quartet, including Mrs. R. H. Giese, Mrs. George Gies, Mrs. Emanuel Yuckert and Mrs. E. R. Pflueger. Survivors...” (Odessa Record: 8-02-1945)

Praetorius, Edward,   (d. 1988; b. 1899; TS; OC; obit)  “Edward Praetorius, a resident of Royal Vista Care Center at Ellensburg and a former Odessa resident, passed away May 8, (1988).  Born at Casselton, ND on Aug 23, 1899, he came here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Praetorius Sr. in 1901.  He was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church by Pastor John Eickhorn on Dec 13, 1914, and committal services were conducted Wednesday, May 11, in the Odessa Cemetery Chapel by Pastor Daniel Cronrath. Family survivors are a brother, Henry Praetorius Jr of Lacey, and two sisters: Ella Scheibner of Odessa and Lillie Lanning of Kennewick.” (Odessa Record: 5-19-1988) 

Praetorius, Heinrich,  (d. 10-24-1915; b. 10-18-1869; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Heinrich Richard Theodor Praetorius. Born 18 October 1869 in Hebron Damnitz, Kreis Holp, Deutschland, Died 22 Oct 1915 in Odessa, WA. Buried: 25 Oct 1915 in Odessa, WA. Aged: 46 yrs 4 days.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)  “Heinrich Praetorius. Male, white, married, farmer.  Birth: Oct 18, 1869, Hebron, Germany. Age: 46 yrs _ days. Father: Ferdinand Praetorius; Mother: Friedericka Jachlman. Informant; Mrs. H. Praetorius. Death: Oct 24, 1915, 10 p.m., Lincoln County. Cause: cancer of stomach. Lee Ganson, MD, of Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Oct 26, 1915. G B Stone, Undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death) “The family of Henry Praetorius arrived in this city during the week from North Dakota.” (June 14, 1901-Odessa Record) "The family of Henry Praetorius arrived in this city during the week from North Dakota." (June 14, 1901-Odessa Record) "Heinrich R T Praetorius, a well known farmer of this community, who died at his home, seven miles northeast of Odessa last Saturday, was born in Hebrondamnitz, Kreis Stolb, Germany, Oct 18, 1869, and was married to Ida Bergann in Germany June 7, 1892, settling at Everest, North Dakota. After living there 9 years, Mr. Praetorius and family arrived in Odessa in the spring of 1901 taking up his homestead 7 miles from here the next year. He has resided on his farm ever since, being one of Odessa’s most prosperous farmers. Twelve children were born to Mr and Mrs Praetorius, eight of whom, besides the widow, Mrs. Ida Praetorius, are still living and are all at home. They are Karl, Siegfried, Margarete, Hugo, Edward, Lilly, Henry and Ella Praetorius. Funeral services were held from the German Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, the Rev John Eichhorn, pastor of the church, officiating. The body was placed to rest in the Lutheran Cemetery just west of town. Mr. Praetorius will be missed by his many friends, and the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is with the bereaved family." (Odessa Record: 10-29-1915)

Praetorius, Hugo R.,   (d. 1917; b. 1897; TS; OC; LL; obit)  “Praetorius, Hugo Robert.  Died: 28 Dec 1917; Birth: 12 Dec 1897 in North Dakota; son of Heinrich Praetorius, Buried: Jan 6, 1918 in Odessa, WA. Aged: 20 yrs 17 days. ” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Odessa Soldier Boy Buried. Hugo Praetorius First Boy to Enlist From That Town. Odessa, WA, Jan 6.—The funeral of Hugo Praetorius, son of Mrs. Praetorius of this city, who died at Washington, DC, of tuberculosis, which developed after a severe attack of pneumonia, was held here today from the Lutheran church, the Rev W Schmidt of Spokane, officiating. Mr. Praetorius was 20 years of age, and was the first Odessa boy to enlist, offering his services to the US Navy, in which service he served at Bremerton, and then was transferred to the USS New Orleans. His body was placed to rest beside that of his father in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Citizen: Jan 18, 1918) “Mrs Margaret Praetorius received a telegram Friday from the war department at Washington DC that her son Hugo Praetorius had died at five o’clock that morning while in the service of his country of tuberculosis. Although the family had known that he had been sick since September and for a time considered near death’s door, letters that he had written led all to believe that he was on the road to recovery and would soon be home to recuperate, which made the shock all the harder to bear. The message asked as to his mother’s choice as to the disposition of the body, whether it should be buried at Arlington Military Cemetery or be sent home by the department and orders were immediately sent to forward him to Odessa. Hugo was twenty years and sixteen days old at the time of his death. He was born at Casselton, ND and fourteen years ago came to the Odessa country with his parents. He was the first Odessa boy to offer his services to his country, having enlisted in the navy immediately after war was declared on Germany. He finished his training in July at Bremerton and came home on short furlough and on his return was transferred to the USS New Orleans. In early September he had an attack of pneumonia and was taken to the naval hospital at Norfolk, VA where he lay for a time at the point of death. Although he rallied from this attack, tubercular germs had fastened themselves in his system and his powers of resistance had been so taxed that he was unable to cope with them. He was very sanguine, however, and when ordered to Washington Thanksgiving for honorable discharge. He wrote his mother that he thought his trouble was only temporary and that he would soon be back in the service. His trip to Washington was evidently a hard one for him, for he soon had a relapse and then a message came stating that he was very low and finally the human link snapped asunder, and Odessa gave her first boy as a sacrifice on the altar of her country. Death is a hard master. He takes from us our brightest and our best but he cannot bar memory. That always remains to serve as a balm for wounded hearts. The remains were shipped from Washington at noon Friday, but on account of poor train service they have not arrived at this writing, but are expected this morning. A perfect bank of flowers, the last tokens of remembrance from friends, awaits its arrival at the Stone undertaking parlors. If the body arrives as expected, funeral services with the Rev Grosscop of Spokane officiating, and his remains will be laid to rest beside those of his father, who died two years ago, at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Jan 4, 1918) “There was a large attendance at the American Legion’s Memorial Day exercises at the English Congregational church Sunday afternoon. Washington’s birthday was selected for the occasion as a fitting tribute also to the ‘Father of our Country’. It was also deemed a most appropriate time for the presentation of the Honor certificates presented by the French government to all fallen heroes of our late war. Of the latter, however, only one arrived in present time here. That was from the Navy Department for Mrs. Ida Praetorius, mother of Hugo Praetorius, the first Odessa boy to enlist in the late war and the first one to give up his life for his country. The certificates from the army were in some manner delayed.  Following is the program of the services: Selection by the orchestra; opening remarks by Post Commander, J A Schoonover; scripture reading and prayer, the Rev J Chas Evans; ‘America’, audience; patriotic address, Attorney W. M. Nevins; piano selection ‘Marsellaise’ Marion Evans; address, the Rev Chas Evans; ‘Star Spangles Banner’; benediction, the Rev Father Karl Philipp.” (Odessa Record: 2-27-1920)

Praetorius, Ida M.,   (d. 7-25-1938; b. 1870; TS; OC; LL) “Ida Praetorius nee Bergan. Born in Germany, baptized in her youth and confirmed. Married in 1892 and moved to Csstleton, N Dakota. Came to Odessa in 1901 and stayed till 1934. Mr. Praetorius died 1915 Oct 23rd. Died in Becker, Oregon July 25, 1938. Was buried in Christ Luth. Church, Odessa, WA on July 27, 1938. Age 67 yrs 9 moths and 15 days. Leaves to mourn: 3 sons and 2 daughters. Text Ps 4,9. G. F. Busch, Ev. Luth. Pastor” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Praetorius, infant,  (added) d. 23 Aug 1912 “Infant child of Frau Pratorius, born 22 Aug 1912, died 23 Aug 1912. (pastor) Wm Rhode” (German script entry in the Christ Lutheran ledger).

Praetorius, Jeffrey Paul,   (d. 3-15-1995; b. 6-21-1951; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial Mass for Jeffrey Paul Praetorius was celebrated on Friday, March 24, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, with the Rev Cornelius Verdoorn officiating.  He died March 15, 1995, in Spokane.  He was born in Odessa on June 21, 1951, the son of Paul and Joyce Praetorius. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1969. He is survived by one daughter, Julie Praetorius, of Spokane; his mother, Joyce Praetorius, of Odessa; one brother, Jack Praetorius, of Odessa; three sisters, Donna Praetorius, of Lake Stevens, WA, Barbara Rector, of Redmond, WA, and Leslie Rasulo, of Boise, Idaho, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul (Bud) Praetorius, in 1991, and one nephew, Matt Watson, in 1990. Inurnment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was  in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: March 1995)

Praetorius, Margaret,   (d. 1971; b. 1895; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug 23, at Christ Lutheran Church for Margaret Praetorius. The daughter of Henry Praetorius, Sr., and his wife, Ida Bergann, she was born on Nov 3, 1895 at Casselton, ND. She was baptized in the Christian faith at Casselton and was later confirmed in this faith in Odessa. Miss Praetorius received her formal education in the Odessa schools. The past few years she was a resident of a nursing home in Soap Lake. She died on Aug 19, 1971 as the result of complications following the fracturing of her thigh.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. She is survived by three brothers: Sieg of Odessa, Edward of Soap Lake, and Henry Jr of Spokane; by two sisters, Mrs. O. D. (Lillie) Lanning of Hood River, Oregon; and Mrs. Al (Ella) Scheibner of Odessa; and nephews. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated at the services and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Al Scheibner, Robert Praetorius, Paul, Jack and Lee Praetorius and Robert Watson.” (Odessa Record: 26 Aug 1971) 

Praetorius, Paul Wm,   (d. 4-24-1991; b. 1-01-1926; TS; OC; obit) “Paul W. ‘Bud’ Praetorius, a lifetime resident of Odessa born to Siegfried and Sophia Praetorius, passed away April 24. He was 65.  He was raised on the family farm, graduated from Odessa High school in 1944 and after serving with the US Navy in the SeaBees during World War II, attended Wash. State Univ.  He was married to Joyce Marquardt in 1947 and since that time they had lived northeast of Odessa on property homesteaded in the late 1800’s, now a fourth-generation family farm. Mr. Praetorius was a member of the Odessa Grange and actively attended local sporting events, especially those involving his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and by a grandson, Matthew Watson, he is survived by his wife Joyce; by two sons, Jack Praetorius of Odessa and Jeff Praetorius of Spokane; by 3 daughters: Donna Praetorius of Lake Stevens, Barbra Rector of Woodinville and Leslie Rasulo of Boise, ID; by a brother, Robert Praetorius of Odessa; and by 8 grandchildren and a great grandson. Funeral Mass was celebrated for Mr. Praetorius on Saturday, April 27, at St Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Odessa, where he was a member.” (Odessa Record-May 2, 1991)

Praetorius, Robert L:  “Bob Praetorius died peacefully in his sleep May 6, 2011 in Odessa at the age of 87 following an extended illness.  He was born January 6, 1924 in Odessa to Seigfried (Zeke) and Sophie (Havlicak) Praetorius. He attended school in Odessa , graduating from Odessa High School in 1943.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and proudly served with the First Marine Division from 1943-1946. Robert was stationed in the South Pacific, spending time on Guadalcanal , Palau , Okinawa and in China . He earned a sharp shooter medal, and was discharged with the rank of corporal.October 20, 1950, Bob married Louella Iltz of Odessa . They lived in Odessa , farmed and raised a family, spending 60 years and six months together. Bob enjoyed traveling by motorhome, bird hunting, fishing and metal detecting. He was a member of the Odessa Heritage Church , a charter member of the Odessa VFW, and a member of the Odessa Grange. He is survived by his wife Louella of Odessa, daughter Susan Ballo and husband David of Kennewick, son Lee Praetorius and wife Debra of Odessa and four grandchildren, Britney and Cody Praetorius of Odessa, and Erin and Spencer Ballo of Kennewick. He is preceded in death by his parents Seigfried (Zeke) and Sophie, and one brother Paul Praetorius. Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 11 at the Odessa Cemetery , with a Memorial Service following at the Heritage Church with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating.  Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” ( Odessa Record: 5-12-2011)

Praetorius, Siegfried F.,  (d. 1974; b. 1894; TS; OC; obit)  “Siegfried Frederick Praetorius, a resident of the Odessa area since 1901, was buried here last week, after he passed away from a heart condition and other complications at the Lincoln Hospital Nursing Home in Davenport on Feb 26, (1974). Mr Praetorius was the son of Henry Praetorius and his wife, Ida Bergann, and was born at Casselton, ND on Jan 9, 1894. He came to Odessa with his parents in 1901, where the family farmed northeast of Odessa. On March 3, 1923 he was united in marriage with Sophia Havlicak at Spokane. They farmed the original family farm until the fall of 1947 when they retired to their home in Odessa. Mrs. Praetorius preceded her husband in death on Sept 6, 1956. Mr. Praetorius moved to the Nursing Home in Davenport in April of 1973 because of failing health. He is survived by two sons, Robert and Paul, who farm the home place northeast of Odessa together; by two brothers: Edward Praetorius of Ellensburg and Henry Praetorius of Mead, WA. by two sisters: Mrs. O. D. (Lizzie) Lanning of Hood River, OR; and Mrs. Al Scheibner (Ella) of Odessa. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; 13 nephews and one niece.  Sieg was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Odessa Grange, a long-time member of the Lincoln County Fair Board, and was instrumental in getting a 4-H Club organized in this area.  He served for a number of years on the board of the Grange Supply of Odessa and on the Board for the Odessa Grange Frozen Food lockers. Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church on March 1, 1974 at 11 a.m. with Daniel Cronrath, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casketbearers were Leon Walter, Art Schauerman, Clem Groh, Jr., Louis Pavliska, Dan Gettman and George Zies. Organist was Mrs. Leo Stout, and Mrs. Gerald E Schafer was soloist.” (Odessa Record: 3-07-1974)

Praetorius, Sophia C.,   (d. 1956; b. 1904; TS; OC) “Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock Monday morning from St Joseph Catholic Church for Mrs. Sophia Praetorius, who died Thursday evening, after several years of illness. Rosary was held on Sunday at 8 o’clock in the Strate chapel. The Rev Roy E. Thelen officiated, with interment in the Odessa Catholic Cemetery under direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers included Joe Kremsreiter, Henry Moellering, Dan Giese, Homer Kennedy, Frank Groh and Frank Els. Mrs. Praetorius was born near Odessa Nov 24, 1904, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Havlicak Sr. She attended the schools here and at Spokane and was married in Spokane on March 3, 1923 to Seigfried F. Praetorious. They made their home on a ranch north of town until 1947, when they retired and moved to Odessa.  Although suffering from a long illness, which required hospitalization at intervals, Mrs. Praetorious was outstanding for her cheerfulness and regard for others. She was a charter member of the Odessa Grange, member of St Joseph Catholic church, and during the early days of 4-H work in this area, worked with the club members, one of her main interests.  Survivors include her husband, S. F. Praetorious, at the home; two sons, Robert and Paul Praetorious, Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Anna Smith, Odessa; six brothers, Thomas Havlicak, Odessa; Frank, Joe and Henry Havlicak, American Falls, Idaho; William and John Havlicak, Rockland, Idaho; five grandchildren; one niece and 13 nephews.”  (Odessa Record: 9-13-1956)

Preston, Kathryn Wilskie,  (d. 8-02-42; b. 1904; 38 yrs; (?OC); Strates) “Kathryn Preston. Died: 29 July 1942; Age: 37 yrs 9 mos 21 days; unknown cause” (Congregational Church ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Kathryn Preston. Residence: Seattle, WA. Death: Aug 2, 1942, King County Hospital. Birthplace: Ruff, WA. Birth: 1904. Age: 38 years. Female, white. Husband if deceased: Preston. Father: Edward Wilskie born Russia; Mother: (not shown) born Russia.  Previous residence: Portland, OR. Cause of death: Bichloride of mercury poisoning. Informant: Dan Wilskie of Odessa. Other relatives: one son, Orvil (Preston; no address); 2 brothers: Dan and Charlie Wilskie of Odessa; 3 sisters: Sarah   Reilly of St John; Louise Heimbigner of Sprague; Christine Caulren of Seattle.” (Mortuary Ledger, partially filled in)

Price, Lydia Zimbelman,  (added) d. Aug 19, 1991  “Lyda Price.—Passed away Aug 19, 1991 at her home in Spokane. She is survived by 5 nieces, Verna Matthews, Portland, OR, Florence Schlimmer, Odessa, WA, Viola Syring, Spokane, Rhea Strate, Spokane, Ione Zeiler, Odessa; four nephews, Melvin Zimbelman, Odessa, Don Zimbelman, Othello, WA, Bob and Herb Zimbelman, both of Odessa, WA; 24 great-nieces and nephews; 38 great-great nieces and nephews; 2 special friends, John Woodhead, Spokane, Kenneth Smith, Spokane. Preceded in death by her husband, Mark Price, in 1975, 3 brothers and one sister. She was a member of the Universal Dance Studio in Spokane. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Aug 22, 1991 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Dr Charles Smith, officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery.” (scrapbook item) “...She was born March 27, 1898, in Johannasthal, South Russia, to Philip Zimbelman and Magdelena (Schatz) Zimbelman. The family with five children sailed from Antwerp, Belgium, aboard the vessel Zeeland, arriving at Ellis Island, New York, on Oct 22, 1901. Their objective was to join Magdalena’s mother’s family, the John Schatzes, in the United States. They made their way to Sutton, Neb., and from there to Loveland, CO, and finally to Odessa, where they took up a homestead on a wheat farm. Lydia attended the Kallenberger country school and attended Odessa High School for two years. As a young woman she moved to Spokane, where she worked as a dental hygienist for Peerless Dentists. She married Beaumont Loweer in 1927 and lived in Portland, where Beau died the same year. Lydia married Mark Price in Los Angeles in 1931 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. They lived in Los Angeles, where Mark was a stock and bond broker for G. Breashears & Co. Mark died in 1975. Lydia then moved to be with her brother’s families and made her home in Spokane until her death.... Her father died in 1924 and her mother in 1938. Three brothers preceded her in death, Phillip Zimbelman, in 1966, in Orting, WA; Henry Zimbelman, in 1956, in Spokane; and Gus Zimbelman, in 1969, in Odessa. A sister, Rose Beckner, of Spokane, died in 1965.” (scrapbook obit excerpt)

Price, Mark Brophy,  (added) d. 6-25-1975; obit  “Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 1975 for Mark Brophy Price at the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Rev Albert Richardson of the Odessa Baptist Church officiated. Organist was Mrs. Delores Cook and soloist, Mrs. Ione Zeiler sang, ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’. Casket bearers were Melvin, Leo, Weldon, Donald, and Robert Zimbelman and Donald Zeiler. Honorary bearers were Harry Wolsborn, Frank Matthews, Roger Schlimmer, Herbert Zimbelman, Robert Syring, LaMar Strate and Gordon Peterson.  Concluding services and vault interment were held at the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Price was born Oct 22, 1894 at Butte, MT. He passed away June 25, 1975 at Los Angeles, CA. He was a stock broker and had been in the Investment Security business in Los Angeles since 1924. He was associated with Hornblower, Weeks, Hemphill and Noye, members of New York Stock Exchange and Los Angeles. He also served in World War I in the 42nd Engineers, stationed at Washington, DC.  Surviving are his wife, Lydia Price, nee Zimbelman, whose parents lived in Odessa many years ago; also, sisters-in-law, Lizzie Zimbelman of Spokane and Emma Zimbelman of Odessa. Twelve nieces and nephews including Verna Matthews, Portland, OR; Florence Schlimmer and Melvin Zimbelman of Marlin; Leo Zimbelman of Almira; Viola Syring, Rhea Strate and Weldon Zimbelman of Spokane; Bernice Wolsborn, Ione Zeiler, Donald, Herbert and Robert Zimbelman of Odessa, also survive. Earlier memorial services had been held Saturday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. from the Recessional Chapel at Forest Lawn in California.” (Odessa Record: 7-03-1975)

Price, Lydia Zimbelman, (added) “Lydia Price, a former resident of Odessa, died Aug 19 in Spokane. She was born March 27, 1898 in Johannasthal, South Russia, to Philip Zimbelman and Magdelena (Schatz) Zimbelman. The family with five children sailed from Antwerp, Belgium, aboard the vessel Zeeland, arriving at Ellis Island, NY, on Oct 22, 1901. Their objective was to join Magdelena’s mother’s family, the John Schatzes, in the United States.  They made their way to Sutton, NE, and from there to Loveland, CO, and finally to Odessa, where they took up a homestead on a wheat farm.  Lydia attended the Kallenberger country school and attended Odessa High School for two years. AS a young woman she moved to Spokane, where she worked as a dental hygienist for Peerless Dentists. She married Beaumont Lower in 1927 and lived in Portland, where Beau died the same year.  Lydia married Mark Price in Los Angeles in 1931 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. They lived in Los Angeles, where Mark was a stock and bond broker for G. Breashears & Co.  Mark died in 1975.  Lydia then moved to be with her brother’s families and made her home in Spokane until her death.  She was active in the Universal Dance Studio, where she danced both in competition and exhibition, winning many trophies and awards through her 15-year association with the studio. Her father died in 1924 and her mother in 1938. Three brothers preceded her in death, Phillip Zimbelman, in 1966, in Orting, WA; Henry Zimbelman in 1956, in Spokane; and Gus Zimbelman, in 1969, in Odessa. A sister, Rose Beckner, of Spokane, died in 1965.  Survivors are her nieces and nephews, Verna Matthews, of Portland; Florence Schlimmer of Odessa; Viola Syring of Spokane; Rhea Strate of Spokane; Ione Zeiler of Odessa; Melvin Zimbelman, Herb Zimbelman and Bob Zimbelman, all of Odessa, and Don Zimbelman, of Othello. Nephews Weldon Zimbelman and Leo Zimbelman and a niece, Bernice Wolsborn, preceded her in death.  Funeral services were held Aug 22 at the chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. The Rev Charles Smith officiated. Delbert and Delores Cook sang sacred selections. The organist was Ione Zeiler. Casket bearers were Mel Zimbelman, Herb Zimbelman, Bob Zimbelman, Harry Wolsborn, Don Zeiler and Bob Syring. Concluding services and vault interment were in Odessa Cemetery.  Attending the rites from out of town were Beverly Barela and Robyn Norwood, of Spokane; Debra and Lori Carpenter, of Moses Lake; Edith and Dianne Zimbelman, of Spokane; Michael and Shirley Zimbelman, of Almira; John G Woodhead Sr and John G. Woodhead Jr., Janice Streatton and Gloria Menegas, all of Spokane; Don Zimbelman, of Othello, and Gordon Peterson of Marlin. The family gathered for luncheon at the Farmers Inn in Odessa following the interment.” (Odessa Record: 8-21-1991)

Pritchard, Martha Homburg,  (d. 1985; b. 1904; TS; OC; obit)  “Martha J. Pritchard, born Sept 22, 1904 in Odessa to Jacob and Marie Homberg, passed away May 4, (1985) at Moses Lake.  After completing all her schooling in the Odessa schools, she moved to California where she met and married Lonnie Pritchard in 1923. The couple lived in California throughout their marriage and in 1980 she returned to Washington, where she resided at Crestview Nursing Home, Moses Lake, until her death.  Preceded in death by her husband, Mrs Pritchard is survived by two brothers, Jake and Sam Homberg, and three sisters, Katie Kissler, Elizabeth Fink and Mary Miller Howarth, all of Odessa; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held May 7 at the UCC, Rev R E Middleton officiating. Concluding services and vault interment followed at Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were Ron Homberg, Neil Fink, Troy Kissler, Terry Kissler, Steve Fink and Loren Homberg.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1985)

Provost, Cecil L.,  (WW II)  (d. 4-21-1963; b. 2-04-1918; TS; OC; obit) “Cecil Leroy Provost, 45, young Odessa business man, died Sunday at the Memorial hospital unexpectedly, following a heart attack. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. this morning from the English Congregational church, the Rev John A. Birchard officiating, with interment in the Odessa cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. stores closed. With his brother, Leonard, he operated Cecil’s Electric. He served as a city councilman for several years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, present junior warden of the Odessa Masonic ledge, and a member of the Odessa Gun Club and Chamber of Commerce. Born in Melvern, KS, Feb 4, 1918, he later moved to Colorado, where he graduated from the Granada, Colorado high school. He came to Washington in 1937, lived for about 3 years at Omak, then moving to Hoquaim. There he married Jeraldine Colin on Sept 24, 1940.  On Aug 6, 1942 he enlisted in the army signal corps, and spent the next 12 months at college signal corps training schools. That began his association with Odessa, as Charles Wilskie had enlisted in the corps the same day, and they had their schooling together. They determined that if they both came back from service they would try to get together and go into business.  Accordingly, Mr. Provost came to Odessa and he and Mr. Wilskie started a partnership in an electric firm. This later dissolved as Mr. Wilskie went into other fields, and provost carried on alone, until joined by his brother. For two years he left the firm and lived at Oregon City, OR, at which time he returned here. He has remained with the firm since. During the past week he returned from Montana, where he had completed a house wiring job. Survivors include his wife, Jeraldine, at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Provost, Hoquiam; one brother, Leonard E Provost, Odessa, and a sister, Midra St Clair, Everett, WA.” (Odessa Record: 4-25-1963) “Funeral services were held Thursday morning from the English Congregational Church for Cecil Leroy Provost, 45.  The Rev John A. Birchard officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Larson of Davenport sang, ‘The Touch of His Hand’ and ‘In the Garden.’  Mrs. Claudine Lyons was organist. Pallbearers were James Scrupps, Dick Dashiell, Weldon Haase, Jacob Reihs, Jud Perkins and Louis Frederick.  Born in Kansas, Mr. Provost had made his home here since shortly after his return from military service in WW II, operating an electrical firm. His brother, Leonard, was associated with him.  Survivors are his wife, Geraldine, at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Provost, Hoquiam; his brother, Leonard E Provost, Odessa; and a sister, Midra St Clair, Everett, WA.” (Odessa Record: 5-02-1963) 

Putty, James,  (d. 1998; b. 1939; TS; OC)

Quast:  see also Quast-Friedensfeld Cemetery (north of Odessa)

Quast, Bruce David,  (d. 1953; b. 1953; TS; OC; dc) “Quast, Bruce David.  Died: 5-22-1953, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Marilu Giese.  Father: Loren Lamar Quast.  Spouse: Unmarried.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Bruce David Quast. Burial: Odessa, dated: May 21, 1953.” (English Congregational Ledger, typed list, not original script)

Quast, Clara J.,  (d. 1970; b. 1899; TS; OC)“Clara Johanna Quast.—Her home, W1625 12th Ave. Wife of Emanuel Quast, at the home; mother of Mrs. Dan (Arlene) Steinman, Mrs. Loretta Sloan and Leonard Quast, all of Spokane; 6 grandchildren; sister of Mrs. Dorothy Finkbeiner, Spokane; Mrs. Emma Quast, Mrs. Ida Roloff, and Oscar Widmer, all of Odessa, WA; and Alfred Widmer, Spokane. A member of the Congregational Church and Moran Prairie Grange. Funeral services Monday, Oct 19 at 11 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, the Dr G. Don Gilmore officiating. Graveside services Monday, Oct 19 at 3 p.m. at the Odessa, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 10-19-1970)

Quast, Daniel Walter,  (d. 1956; b. 1956; TS; OC)

Quast, David,  h/o Elizabeth  (d. 11-15-1934; b. 4-28-1860; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Quast, David.  Died: 11-15-1934, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Rosia Rieman.  Father: Samuel Quast.  Spouse: Married.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “David Quast. Birth: 28 April 1860. Died: 15 Nov 1934; age: 74 yrs 6 mos 17 days. Frau Elizabeth, 2 sons, 3 daughters.” (Congregation Church ledger by Schwabenland) “David Quast. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Nov 15, 1934, 1:42 p.m., Odessa, WA. Informant: William Quast, Odessa, WA. Birth: Apr 28, 1860, Russia. Age: 74 yrs 6 mos 17 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Last worked: Fall of 1915. Previous residence: CA. How long in US: 55 yrs. Father: Samuel Quast, born Russia; Mother: Rosie Rieman, born Russia. Physician: Dr L. F. Wagner, Harrington.  Leaves: wife, Elizabeth, at home; 2 sons: William Quast and Emanuel Quast, both of Odessa; 3 daughters: Mrs. Jennie Brauer, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Lena Hoff, Lodi, CA; Mrs. Bertha Schuetze, Shiner, TX; 4 sisters: Mrs. Louise Neuman, Spokane, WA; Mrs. Pauline Miller, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Helen Eberhart, Scotland, South Dakota; Mrs. Sophia Ullrich in Montana; 10 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “David Quast, 74, early pioneer of the Odessa region, was buried from the Pilgrim Congregational church here on Monday, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland, assisted by the Rev K. K. Maier of Walla Walla, the Rev C. E. Schoenleber and the Rev G. Graedel, officiated at the services. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers were chosen from among old time friends of the family and included C. E. Weber, Jacob Maier, Emmanuel Salo, Fred Weishaar, J. P. Weber and Fred Kramer.  Mr. Quast had been a resident of the Odessa region for 35 years, part of which he spent in California, after retiring from the farm, but keeping his residence here. He returned here three months ago, when it was seen that he had but a short time to live. Death came last Thursday afternoon.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Quast, and five children, William, Odessa; Mrs. Robert Brauer, Odessa; Emmanuel, Odessa; Mrs. Gust Hoff, Lodi, CA; and Mrs. Rev R. P. O. Schuetz, Shiner, TX; four sisters, Mrs. Andrew Neumann, Spokane; Mrs. Jacob Miller, Odessa; Mrs. Emmanuel Eberhart, Scotland, SD; and Mrs. Sophia Ulrich, Montana, and 10 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 23 Nov 1934)


Quast, DeLora Violet,  (d. 1-20-1929; b. 12-20-1915; d/o Wm; TS; OC; Strates) “Quast, DeLora Violet.  Died: 1-20-1930, Odessa, WA.  Mother; Minnie Deife, born Russia.  Father: William Quast, born Dakota. Spouse: Unmarried.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 21 Dec 1915, Odessa, WA." (Lincoln Co Health death card) “DeLora Violet Quast. Birth: 21 Dec 1915. Death: 20 Jan 1930, pneumonia. Eltern, gromeltern, 3 sisters.” (Congregational Ledger by Delabarre)


Quast, Edna Elsie Cora,  (d. 6-02-1919; b. 2-07-1909; TS; OC; DC) “Quast, Edna Elsie Cora. Female, white, single. Birth: 7 Feb 1909, Odessa, WA.  Mother; Elizabeth Schmierer, born Russia.  Father: David Quast, born Russia. Informant: Elizabeth Quast of Odessa. Died: 2 June 1919, Odessa, WA, 7 a.m. Cause of death: abscess of duodenum; Dr Lee Ganson, Odessa, WA.   Burial:  (Odessa Cemetery), Odessa, WA, G. B. Stone, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card; cemetery in altered script) 

Edna Quast’s grave had been marked with a monument apparently 5 ft high on a granite bases of about 18 inches in height. The original monument read: "Edna Elsie Cora, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D Quast. Feb 7, 1909-June 2, 1919. Safe in the arms of Jesus. QUAST." A photograph of this monument is archived at the museum in Odessa. The monument is no longer in the cemetery marking her grave. The tombstone on her parents’ grave has her name and with the birth and death years only engraved on the back side.


Quast, Elizabeth Schmierer,  (d. 5-12-1946; b. 4-08-1865; TS; Cong;  OC; Strates; dc) “Quast, Elisabetha.  Died: 5-12-1946, Odessa, WA.  Mother:  Magdolina Winterbauer.  Father: William Schmierer.  Spouse: Widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Elizabeth Quast. Birth: 8 Apr 1865. Died: 12 May 1946.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Elizabetha Quast. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of death: at home. Birth: 4-08-1865, Russia; Died: 5-12-1946. Age: 81 yrs 1 mos 4 dys. Female, widowed, white, retired housewife. Father: William Schmierer born Russia; Mother: Magdalina Winterbauer born Russia. Physician: Dr L. J. Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: United Cong. Church, Friday 1 p.m. Interment: 5-17-1946” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabetha Quast are to be held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon from the UCC, the Rev E. J. Eslinger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mrs. Quast, 81, was one of the early pioneers of the area, and had lived in town for the past 11 years, after making her home for a time at Lodi, CA. Her husband, the late David Quast preceded her in death in 1934. Survivors include two sons, William and Emanuel, both of Spokane; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Jennie Brauer, Odessa; Mrs. Lena Hoff, Lodi, CA; and Mrs. Bertha Schultze, Corpus Christi, TX; and 3 brothers, John and P. H. Schmierer, Odessa, and Frank Schmierer, Stockton, CA.  Mrs. Quast was born in Russia and came to America as a young woman, where in 1885, she was married to David Quast. After 14 years in Dakota, they came west and lived for 21 years in Washington, moving to CA to retire. After 14 years there, they moved back to Odessa about 11 years ago. Death came of a heart attack after only an hour’s illness.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1946)


Quast, Emanuel,  (d. Oct 21, 1980; b. 1892; TS; OC; obit) “Emanuel Quast was born March 22, 1892 in Scotland, South Dakota, the son of David and Elizabeth (Schmierer) Quast. Some years later, he moved to Odessa. On Oct 21, 1917 he was married to Clara Johanna Widmer in the Pilgrim Congregational Church by the Rev W. F. Essig. The couple farmed in the area until the later 1930’s when they moved to the Spokane area. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Spokane. Mr. Quast passed away Oct 21, 1980 in Spokane. Survivors include one son, Leonard W Quast of Spokane; two daughters: Arlene, Mrs. Daniel Steinman of Spokane and Loretta, Mrs. Joe Mann of Sun City, AZ; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Jenny, Mrs. Robert Brauer of Odessa and Bertha Schuetze of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, a daughter, Lilas, his parents, a brother, William and 2 sisters: Elsie Quast and Lena Hoff. Funeral services were held Oct 24 in the Plymouth Congregational church in Spokane and graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery with Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiating. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Oct 30, 1980)


Quast, Emma Widmer,  (added) “Emma Quast died July 31, 2007, at the age of 96, in Odessa. She was born May 17, 1911, to Daniel and Magdalena Widmer. She married Lawrence Quast Sept 14, 1931, in Dryden, WA. They lived on the family farm until they retired and moved to Odessa in 1962. Emma has resided at the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center since 2003. She was a faithful member of the Heritage Church, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher, member of the ladies’ aid, and the church choir. She was also an active member of the Odessa Grange.  Emma is survived by son Verl and daughter-in-law Nadine of Puyallup, WA, daughter-in-law Janelle Williams of Sunnyside, WA; five grandchildren, several great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a sister, Tillie Finkbeiner, of Spokane. Preceding her in death were her husband Lawrence, son Dennis, two sisters and three brothers. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Aug 18, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Aug 2007)


Quast, Esther H.,  (d. 7-13-1986; b. 6-15-1905; TS; OC; obit)  “Esther Quast of Odessa, born June 15, 1905 to Paul and Martha Zagelow on the family farm north of Odessa, passed away July 13, (1986) in Spokane.  She was married in Nov 1927 to Walter Quast at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Odessa, and the couple farmed in this area until their retirement, when they moved into town.  Mrs. Quast was a member of the English Congregational Church and of the Order of the Eastern Star, both in Odessa. She is survived by her husband, Walter, at the family home; by a daughter-in-law, Marilu Quast of Spokane; by two brothers, Bill Zagelow of Odessa and Leonard Zagelow of Spokane; by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Zagelow of Odessa; by a brother-in-law, Albert Zemke of Madras, OR; by 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and by numerous nephews and one niece. Funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at the English Congregational Church, Pastor Bob Shofner officiating. Interment will follow at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Bill Zagelow, Steve Zagelow, Bob Zagelow, Larry Zagelow, Jim Zagelow, Dick Zagelow, Gary Zagelow, Albert Zemke Jr., Verle Quast and Dennis Quast.” (Odessa Record: 7-17-1986) 


Quast, Lawrence, (added) d. March 19, 2004 “Lawrence Quast died Saturday, March 19, 2004, at the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. He was 97 years old. He was born Aug 6, 1906, on the family farm north of Odessa, the son of Jacob and Justina Quast. He married Emma Widmer on Sept 14, 1931, in Dryden. They lived on the family farm and continued to farm even after moving into Odessa in 1962. For the past three years Lawrence had resided at the Odessa Memorial Healthcare center. He was a member of the Heritage church and for many years served as a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Supt., a deacon and as a member of the church board. He was also a member of the Odessa Grange. Lawrence is survived by his wife Emma, son Verl and daughter-in-law Nadine, of Puyallup, WA; daughter-in-law Janelle Quast Williams, of Sunnyside; 5 grandchildren, Sheri Quast and Lisa Quast, of Bothell, WA; Linda Quast of Odessa; Tim Quast of Roseville, CA; Heidi Horn of Caldwell, ID; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his son, Dennis, and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 26, at the Heritage Church, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record-March 25, 2004)


Quast, Lilas W.,  (d. 6-27-1929; b. 1922; TS; OC; Cong) “Liles Wilma Quast.  Birth: 30 Nov 1922, Odessa. Died: 27 June 1929, Spokane; diphtheria. 6 yrs 6 mos 27 days. Eltern, brother, sister, Buried: Odessa.” (Congregational Ledger by Delabarre) (Edit: see obit of Emanuel Quast, having been predeceased by a daughter, Lilas.) "Lilas Quast, residing Odessa, WA. Female, white, single. Birth: Nov 30, 1923, Odessa, WA. Aged: 5 yrs 6 mos 27 days. Father: Emanuel Quast, born SD; Mother: Clara Weidmer, born Russia. Informant: Emanuel Quast, Spokane, WA. Death: June 27, 1929, &;25 p.m. at Rivercrest Hospital, Spokane, WA. Cause: diphtheria of 5 days duration; Contributory: Sepsis of 3 days duration. George A. Rohrer, MD, Spokane, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on June 30, 1929. Undertaker: Smith & Co." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)


Quast, Lorus L.,   (d. 1982; b. 1930; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan 11, 1982 from the English Congregational Church in Odessa for Lorus Quast, who passed away on Jan 6, 1982 at the San Diego Naval Hospital in California. Pastor Bob Shofner officiated at the 1 p.m. service. Lorus Lamar Quast, son of Walter and Esther Quast of Odessa, was born at their farm home north of Odessa, WA, on April 28, 1930. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed on Palm Sunday, 1943, at the English Congregational Church. He attended the local schools. On Dec 21, 1950, Lorus was married to Marilu Giese at the English Church.  He was graduated from Washington State College June 1, 1952, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.  Lorus and his family lived many places during his career, among which are: Fort Monmouth, NJ; Eritrea, Africa; Fort Meade, MD; Fort Huachuca, AZ; Paris, France; Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA; Fort Gordon, GA; Erzurum, Turkey; Bangkok, Thailand; Fort Campbell, KY; Dahnang, Vietnam; and as Senior Advisor to the Delaware National Guard, in Dover, Delaware. Lorus retired from the Armed Services in June, 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  His distinguished service was honored by many awards and decorations, including: the Legion of Merit Medal; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; three awards of the Army Commendation Medal; two awards of the National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; and the Delaware Conspicuous Service Medal.  Following his retirement from duty, Lorus and his family came back to Washington State, and located in Spokane. He was employed as Clerk of the Works for Bouten Construction Contractor until the time of his death. Lorus was a member of the English Congregational Church, Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Marilu, his daughter Suzette, and his son-in-law Len Jennings of Tacoma, WA; his son, Jim Quast and daughter-in-law, Judy, of Spokane; 2 grandchildren, Amy and Danny Jennings; his parents, Walter and Esther Quast of Odessa; and many friends and relatives. Two infant sons preceded him in death. Special music was provided for the service by Delores Stehr and Linda Burghard singing ‘In The Garden’ and ‘My God and I’. Joyce Roberts accompanied them at the organ. Casket bearers were Bob Hemmerling, Don Weishaar, Wayne Lenhart, Walt Deife, Laddy Schlimmer and Art Winter. Concluding services were at the Odessa Cemetery with the VFW Post No 7305 displaying a show of arms. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-14-1982) 


Quast, Minnie,  (d. 2-02-1944; b. 3-22-1889; TS; OC; dc) “Quast, Minnie.  Died: 2-02-1944.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; no other data on card) “Minnie Quast. Died: 4 Feb 1944. Age: 54 yrs 10 mos 10 days; death following operation.” (Congregational Church ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Word was received here this morning of the death of Mrs. William Quast at Spokane. Particulars were not received and funeral arrangements have not been made. A daughter is buried at the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Quast was a member of the pioneer Deife family and she and her husband had pioneered here, retiring some years ago to make their home at Spokane, where their daughters were employed.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1944) “Spokane and Odessa services were held on Tuesday for Mrs. William Quast, Odessa pioneer, who had died at Spokane last Wednesday. The morning services were held at the Westminster Congregational church at Spokane, Dr Joel Harper officiating. That afternoon services were held at the Odessa Pilgrim church, with the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, with burial in the family plot here. Pallbearers included Jacob Quast, Hugo and William Zagelow of Odessa, and E. P. Olson, C. R. Neumann and Ted Smith, Spokane. Minnie Deife was born March 22, 1889 in Wilhelmsthal, Russia, and came to America with her parents in 1904, coming directly to Odessa. On Nov 19, 1911, she was married to William Quast. Six children were born to the union, three having died. In 1937 the family retired from farming and moved to Spokane. She is survived by her husband, William; three daughters, Lorraine (Mrs. Maynard Clauson); Lucille (Mrs. E. Henry Copeland); and Irene, all of Spokane; two grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Diefe of Spokane; Lucy (Mrs. Fred Weishaar) of Odessa; Martha (Mrs. Kenneth Nash) of Vancouver, WA; four brothers, William, Fred and John Diefe of Odessa, and Sam Diefe of Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1944)


Quast, Theodore,   (d. 5-31-1913; b. 5-30-1913; TS; OC; DC) “Quast.  Male, white, infant. Birth: May 3_, 1913, Lincoln County, aged 5 hours. Father: William Quast, b. SD; Mother: Minnie Deife, b. Russia. Informant: father.  Death: May 31, 1913, 12 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause: unknown. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: (illegible: May 2-Church Cem. or Near Q-Church Cem); Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death; edit: the death index shows the name Theodore, which is not on the certificate)


Quast, Walter V.,   (d. 3-05-1991; b. 1-06-1905; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Walter V. Quast of Odessa, born north of town on the family farm, passed away here on March 5, 1991, He was 86.  He operated the wheat farm for many years, living there until 1961 when he and his wife, Esther, moved into town. In 1967 they turned the farm over to a renter. A member of Heritage United Church of Christ, Mr. Quast had been a deacon and Sunday school teacher, also serving on the church’s board of directors. He was a former member of the Odessa School Dist. board of directors, and of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co-op board of directors. Preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Esther (Zagelow) Quast in 1986, and by a son Lorus Lamar Quast, he is survived by a daughter-in-law Marilu Quast of Spokane; by a brother Lawrence Quast of Odessa; by 2 grandchildren and their spouses: Jim and Judy Quast of Spokane, and Suzette and Len Jennings of Marysville; and by 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 9, at the Heritage UCC chapel in Odessa. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record-Mar 14, 1991) “Quast, Walter Victor.  Died: 3-05-1991.  Birth: 1-06-1905, WA.  Widowed.  Father: Jacob Quast, Sr.  Mother: Justena Rozella Karsten.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Quast, William,  (d. 12-30-1964; b. 11-05-1887; TS; OC) “William Quast.—A resident of S1414 Walnut. Survived by his wife, Clara M. Quast, at the home; 3 daughters, Loraine Earsley, Lucille Copeland, both of Spokane; Irene Hendrichs, Pullman; 8 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Emanuel Quast; one sister, Mrs. Jenny Brauer, Odessa, WA. He was a member of the Westminster Church and the Moran Prairie Grange. Funeral services Saturday, Jan 2 at 11 a.m. from the Smith Funeral Home. Rev Willard F. Johnson officiating. The Strate Funeral Home in charge. Graveside service 2 p.m. at the Odessa, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 1-02-1965)

Quast, William Jr.,  (d. 11-21-1924; b. 11-20-1924; TS; OC; DC)  “Quast, William Jr. Male, white, single; Birth: 20 Nov 1924, lived 24 hr, 15 min; Lincoln Co, WA.  Mother: Minnie Deife, born Russia;  Father: William Quast, Sr, born South Dakota. Informant: Wm Quast. Died: 21 Nov 1924, Odessa, WA, 10:15 p.m.; congestion of lungs; contributory: chilling of body. L. M. Thompson, MD.  Burial: not stated.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card)  


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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