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.



No names beginning with X

Yanke, see also Janke, (edit: see also Haase-Delzer Cemetery in Lincoln Co and Hoffnungsburg Cemetery in Adams Co.)  


Yanke, Christ,  h/o Justine  (d. 10-03-1923; b. 4-23-1853; Odessa; DC (Janke) “Christ Yanke. Male white, married; Birth: April 23, 1853, Russia; Age: 70 yrs 5 mos 9 days; farmer; Father: Christ Yanke, born Russia; Mother: Susanna Hopp, born Russia; Informant: Eustine Yanke, Odessa, WA. Place of Death: Lincoln Co, Town of Odessa; Date: Oct 3, 1923; Cause: cancer of the prostate, duration one yr; Burial: Odessa (cemetery not specified); Burial date: Oct 5, 1923; Undertaker: Jennie Turner, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Board of Health: Register of Death)


Yankee, Justina,  (see also Janke),   (d. 10-24-1934; b. 3-05-1856; OC; DC; Cong; Strates)  “Justina Yankee. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 10-24-1934 in Odessa, WA. Informant: Mrs. Elsie Bartalamay of Odessa; Birth: Mar 5, 1856 in Russia;  Age 78 yrs 7 mos 19 days.  Female, white, widowed. Husband: Christof Yankee. Residence in Odessa: 36 yrs; Residence in US: 56 yrs. Previous residence: N Dakota. Physician: L. J. Bonney.  Other relatives: 3 daughters: Mrs. Christine Delzer, Mrs. John Heimbigner and Mrs. John Haase, all of Odessa; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hair: Gray; Eyes: Blue; Height: 5’1”; weight: 225 lbs. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong Church, Oct 8, at 2 p.m., Rev Schwabenland. Bearers: Fred Weishaar, Manuel Salo, Robert Hoefel, Jacob Suchland, and Dan Friske. Cemetery: Odessa.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Justina Janke. Birth: 5 Mar 1856. Died: 24 Oct 1934; 78 yrs 7 mos 19 days; 3 tochter, 1 bruder.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Mrs Justinia Yankee. In US 56 years. Female, white, widowed, wife of Christof Yankee. Birth: March 5, 1856, Russia. Age: 78 yrs 7 mos 19 days. Father: Yankee, born Russia; Mother: Pottser, born Russia. Informant: Mrs. Elsie Bartalamay, Odessa, WA. Death: Oct 24, 1934, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: Pulmonary Hemorrhage and caused from a fall, 2 days duration. Fracture of ribs, 2 days’ duration. L. J. Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on Oct 28, 1934. H. H. Strate, Undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Board of Health-Certificate of Death)


Yuckert, Carl,  (WW II)  (d. 9-26-1980; b. 11-06-1906; TS; OC)  “Carl Yuckert.  Died: 9-26-1980.  Birth: 11-06-1906.  Never married. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)


Yuckert, Elizabeth,  w/o Peter  (d. 1966; b. 1886; TS; OC; died as Gies surname) “Mrs. Henry Gies died at her home in Odessa Wednesday morning, March 23, at the age of 80. She had suffered a mild stroke, with pneumonia following but a few weeks ago. Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev Werner J. Fritz officiating.  Elizabeth Uhrich was born Feb 20, 1886. She married Peter Yuckert on June 26, 1904. He passed away Jan 23, 1932.  On Sept 28, 1942, Elizabeth married Henry Gies who died approximately 12 years later, on March 22, 1954. The deceased is survived by Emanuel and Carl Yuckert of Odessa; Fred Yuckert, Bremerton; and Mrs. Margaret Davie, Tacoma. Step-children surviving are George and Harold Gies, Odessa; Mrs. Marie Kuest, Dryden; Mrs. Josie Lesser, Ford, WA; and Mrs. Dorothy Tanck, Odessa; also 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A son, Reinhold Yuckert, and two step-sons, Loren and Sol Gies, preceded her in death.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1966)


Yuckert, Emanuel,  (d. 1986; b. 1905; TS; OC)  “Emanuel Yuckert.  Died: 12-27-1986, Spokane. Spouse: Pauline Speck. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Emanuel Yuckert of Odessa, born March 16, 1905 in Tacoma to Peter and Elizabeth Yuckert, passed away at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane Dec 27, (1986).  After beginning his education in the Tacoma area, he completed schooling in the Schrag and Lauer areas when he moved with his family from the coast in 1916. In 1935, he was married to Pauline Speck, and a son Robert was born to this union. For many years, the family farmed the home place, even after moving into Odessa. Later, he continued in other work in Odessa until his retirement. Baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith, he was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent and as Deacon. Preceded in death by his son Robert; by his parents; by two brothers, Reinhold and Carl, and by a sister Margaret Davie, Mr. Yuckert is survived by his wife, Pauline; by a brother, Fred Yuckert of Bremerton; by a granddaughter, Deborah Yuckert of Bellingham; by two step-brothers, George Gies and Harold Gies, both of Odessa; by two step-sisters: Dorothy Tanck of Odessa and Marie Kuest of Dryden; and by six nieces, two nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were held Dec 30 at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Concluding services and vault interment followed at Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were Jerry Lobe, Alan Voise, Roger Voise, Mark Cronrath, Del Kirstein and Cecil Schell. Honorary bearers were Curtis Finck, Marvin Fink, Jake Greenwalt, Leo Stout, Dan Gettman, Ed Kern and Richard Voise.” (Odessa Record: 1-01-1987)


Yuckert, Pauline,   (d. 2002; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Pauline Yuckert, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, were held on Friday, May 17, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Yuckert, who was 92 years old, died Monday, May 13, at the Odessa Life Care Center, where she had been a resident.  She was born Sept 9, 1909, at Batum, the daughter of John and Mary (Lobe) Speck. She attended the Batum School. She married Emanuel Yuckert on Nov 17, 1935. The couple farmed south of Odessa for several years, also driving school bus for the Odessa School District. They built a new home in Odessa after retiring from the farm. Pauline was employed in various positions, including as a cook at the Odessa School District, the Odessa Motel, Odessa Drug and Smith’s Café. She was custodian at Christ Lutheran Church for many years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She is survived by a granddaughter, Debra, a great granddaughter, Courtney, a brother and his spouse, John and Jeane Speck, of Klamath Falls, OR; two nieces, two nephews, and many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel, son Robert, sister Martha and her parents. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated at the funeral. Burial was at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Hone was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: May 2002)


Yuckert, Peter,  h/o Lizzie; (d. 1-23-1932; b. 8-09-1880;TS; OC; Strates; DC; LL) “Mr. Peter Yuckert, male, white, married; Birth: Aug 9, 1880, North Russia; Age 51 yrs 5 mos 4 days; Father: Phillip Yuckert, born Russia; Mother: Margaret Schaffer, born Russia; Informant: Lizzie Yuckert, Odessa, WA. Place of death: Adams County, SW of Odessa, Dist R II: 20 miles SW of Ritzville; Date: 1-20-1932. Cause: carcinoma of rectum; Duration 9 mos; Secondary cause: anemia. L. J. Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery on Jan 26, 1932. Undertaker: H H Strate, Odessa, WA.” (State of WA. Dept of Health. Register of Death.) “Mr. Pete Yuckert. Death: Jan 23, 1932, southeast of Odessa; farmer; Informant: Lizzie Yuckert of Odessa, WA.  Birth: Aug 9, 1880, North Russia; Residence in US: 34 yrs; Father: Phillip Yuckert b. Russia; Mother: Margaret Schaffer b. Russia; Physician: Dr L. J. Bonney; Wife: Lizzie Yuckert of Odessa. 4 sons: Emanuel Zuckert, Odessa; Carl Zuckert, Odessa; Reinhold Zuckert, Odessa; Fred Zuckert, Tacoma; one daughter, Miss Margaret Zuckert, Odessa; two brothers: Alex Yuckert, Tacoma; Henry Yuckert, Tacoma; 4 sisters: Mrs. Mollie Lind, Tacoma; Mrs. Anna Kimball, Tacoma; Mrs. Mary Rawley, Centralia, WA; Mrs. Anna Rehn, Russia. Hair: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Height: 5’11”; Weight: 140 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Peter Yuckert.  Died: 23 Jan 1932; Birth: 9 Aug 1880; Son of Phillip Yuckert.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) 


Yuckert, Reinhold P.,  (d. 1963; b. 1910; TS; OC)  “Reinhold P Yucker(t).  Died: 12-08-1963.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Funeral services for Reinhold Paul Yuckert, Tacoma, were held from the Christ Lutheran church in Odessa last Wednesday afternoon, following earlier services at Tacoma on Tuesday where Pastor Paul Sestrand of First Lutheran church officiated. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiated at Odessa. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Acting as pallbearers were former neighbors and friends, including Harry Wolsborn, Otto Schell, Leo Lobe, Edwin Lobe, Dan Gettman and Eddie Kern. Yuckert, who was born Dec 25, 1910, grew to manhood in the Odessa area. He moved to Tacoma more than 20 years ago and was an employee of the St Regis Paper Mills. He married Miss Fern Belt in 1954, who survives him.  Mr. Yuckert became ill while at work the previous Wednesday and was placed in a hospital. Death came on Sunday, Dec 8.  Surviving are his wife, at the Tacoma home; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Gies, brothers Carl and Emanuel of Odessa, Fred of Bremerton, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Davie of Tacoma; also step sisters and brothers, Mrs. Marie Kuest, Dryden; Mrs. Josie Lesser, Deer Park; Mrs. Dorothy Tanck, Odessa; George and Harold Gies, Odessa; numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 12-19-1963)


Yuckert, Robert D.,  (d. 1970; b. 1937; TS; OC)  “Robert Dean Yuckert.  Died: 3-04-1970; Birth: 6-22-1937, WA. Divorced.  Father: Emanuel Yuckert.  Mother: Pauline Speck.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “A funeral service for Robert Dean Yuckert, 32 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Yuckert, was held here Friday afternoon at Christ Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Rev Daniel Cronrath officiated at the 2 p.m. service. Organist was Mrs. Florence Stout. Singing ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ was Mrs. Donna Schafer.  Pallbearers for the final rite were Jerry Walter, Cecil Schell, Gale Salo, Bill Zagelow, Norman Krell and Delmar Kirstein.  Robert Dean Yuckert, the son of Emmanuel Yuckert and Pauline Speck, was born  in Odessa on June 22, 1937. He attended Odessa schools, graduating from here from high school, then attending Kinman Business University in spokane for two years. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith as held by the Lutheran church and was a life  long member of Christ Lutheran. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his daughter, Deborah, of Sacremento, CA, his grandmother, Mrs. John Speck, aunts and uncles.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1970)


Zeiler, William Albert,  s/o Jac.  (d. 9-05-1938; b. 1-29-1924; TS; OC; Strates; LL; DC) “Willie Albert Zeiler. Born: Jan 24, 1924; Died: Sept 5, 1939; Father: Jacob Zeiler; Mother: Catherine Scaup; Buried: Odessa Cemetery. (Lincoln Co Health death cert excerpt) “Willie Albert Zeiler.  Residence: 6 miles S-E Odessa, WA. Death: 9-05-1938 at 2:15 p.m. on Highway to Harrington from Odessa. Informant: Jacob Ziler, Odessa; By whom Called: Dr Bonney of Odessa.  Birthplace: Lincoln County. Age 15 yrs 7 mos 6 days; Birth: Jan 29, 1924. School boy. Father: Jacob Ziler born Russia. Mother: Catherine Schaup born Russia. Physician: L J Bonney.  Relatives: Father, Jacob Zeiler; 7 brothers: Ed, Jack, Fred, Roy, Ernie, Sam, Donald;  4 sisters: Mary King, Rachel Christenson, Alma Lesser, Viola. Many aunts and uncles.  Color of Hair: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Height: 5’7” Weight: 135 lbs.”  (Mortuary Ledger)  “Zeiler/Zailer, William.  Died age 15 yrs 7 mos 5 days. Birth: 29 Jan 1924.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Truck Accident Fatal to Youth.  Odessa, Wash., Sept 5.—William Zeiler, a young son of Jacob Zeiler, farmer residing east of here, was fatally injured in a fall from a truck, which ran over him while he was hauling straw at his ranch today. He was brought here, where Dr L. J. Bonney gave him first aid. He died in the ambulance en route to Spokane.”  (Scrapbook item: undated)



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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