Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Jeske:  “Funeral services were held March 13 from Dryden Community Church for Daniel Jeske, age 76, a resident of Peshastin-Dryden area for the past 55 years.  Mr Jeske passed away March 10, at a Wenatchee convalescent center, after a short illness. He was born in Odessa, WA, on June 9, 1903, to Jacob and Dorothea Jeske (nee Kinder) and grew up and attended the Odessa school. In 1924 he moved to Peshastin. In the year 1934 he married Lillian Peters of Moses Lake. She passed away in 1936.  On Dec 9, 1938 he was married to Lydia Knecht at Orland, CA. They lived at lower Naches in 1942, moving back to Peshastin in 1943, where he apple farmed until 1951. He accepted employment with Peshastin-Dryden school district from 1951 until his retirement in 1968. Survivors include two sons, John Jeske of Valsetz, OR, and Neil Jeske of Peshastin, and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lydia in 1977, one brother and two sisters.  Rev Don Hautchens officiated, assisted by Rev James Farries, and Rev Wesley Jeske, a nephew.  Organist was Mrs Walter Goehner, with the Goehner quartet singing two hymns. Casket bearers were friends of Mr Jeske. Ward’s Funeral Chapel of Leavenworth was in charge of arrangements, with concluding services and interment in the Cashmere Cemetery.  Those attending from Odessa were Mr and Mrs Alfred Giese; Mr and Mrs Art Jeske, and Mr and Mrs John Neumann, Mr and Mrs Walter Catlow of Ephrata also attended.” (Odessa Record: 3-20-1980)

Jeske:  Henry Jeske was born Feb 22, 1899 at Neu Elft, South Russia. In 1901 his parents, the late Mr and Mrs Jacob Jeske, immigrated to Odessa, WA, where they homesteaded. Mr Jeske grew up and attended school there, and in 1919 he moved to Peshastin. On June 27, 1925 he was married to Hulda Gross at Peshastin. He retired in 1968. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hulda, in 1973; one son, Ervin, in 1957; and one brother and two sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs Milton (Dorothy) Frieske and Mrs Arelene Smathers, both of Spokane; one son, Rev Wesley J Jeske of Lynnwood. Concluding services and interment were in the Peshastin Cemetery with Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-29-1982)

Jeske: “Funeral service was held Thursday afternoon, Feb 24 at Dryden, WA, for Lydia A Jeske, age 68. Wife of Daniel Jeske, well known among the older people of Odessa, Lydia A (nee Knecht) Jeske was born Sept 20, 1908 at Moody, WA, where she attended school. At the age of 12 years she moved to California with her parents and family. On Dec 9, 1938 she was united in marriage to Daniel Jeske, a son of the late Jacob Jeske, at Orland, CA. They made their home at Peshastin for 38 years. Death came at Cashmere nursing home on Monday night, Feb 21.  Mrs Jeske was a member of Peshastin Assembly of God church. Officiating at the service was Rev James Farris assisted by Wesley Jeske, a nephew of the Jeskes. Mrs Walter Gochner was the organist. Mrs June King sang ‘In The Garden’ and ‘Good Night, Good Morning.’  Pall bearers were Dan Avey, Bud Schmitten, Clarence Hall, Leon Yonaka, Loren Hills and Narmand Poquette. Interment was in Cashmere Cemetery.  Surviving are her husband, Daniel, at the home; two sons, Neil Jeske, Peshastin and John Jeske, Valitz, OR; two brothers, Daniel and Bill Knecht of Hamilton, CA; one sister, Mrs Carl (Lucy) Albers, Littleton, CO; and six grandchildren. Those attending the funeral from Odessa were Mr and Mrs Alfred Giese, Mr and Mrs Arthur Jeske, and Mr and Mrs John Neumann.” (Odessa Record: 3-31-1977)

Jeske: “Word has been received of the death of Otto Jeske, who passed away Feb 6, 1980 at Soap Lake, WA. he was a former resident of Odessa. Graveside services were conducted by Rev Malcolm White, pastor of the Soap Lake Baptist Church. Interment was in the Soap Lake Cemetery.  Otto Jeske was born at Odessa on Nov 6, 1900, the son of William and Katherine Jeske, who homesteaded in 1899 and operated a wheat ranch near Odessa. William Jeske and two brothers, Andrew Jeske Sr and Jacob Jeske, along with their mother, Justine Jeske, came to Odessa from Bessarabia around 1897 to 1902. All had homestead in Odessa. Otto lived in Odessa until 1917, when he moved to Dryden. In 1933 he moved to Coulee Dam and worked on the Grand Coulee Dam project. He then was foreman of the Adams Ranch for 40 years.  Mr Jeske spent several years at the Quincy Inn and in the McKay Memorial Hospital, where his last several years he helped other patients at the hospital. He was commended for his kind attitude and  helpfulness toward the patients and staff.  Otto is survived by three brothers, Emil Jeske, Ninilchik, Alaska; Oscar Jeske, Portland; and Joe Jeske, Metler, GA; three sisters, Mrs Claude Hower, Cashmere; Mrs Bob Rawson, Seattle; and Mrs Emma Cohn, Nashua, NH; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 3-13-1980)

Johnson:  “Funeral services for Edward Johnson of Almira were held on Friday afternoon of last week from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church there. Pastor Kenneth Torvik officiated. Music was provided by Miss D’Anne Buddrius, who played the organ and accompanied Mrs Howard M Long when she sang, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘Rock of Ages.’  Pallbearers were grandsons, Russell Rosenberg, Ronald Rosenberg, Kenny Tolonen, Duane Tolonen, Melvin Herdrick and Dennis Herdrick. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Eckhart, John Lome, N K Nansen, Hans Christensen and Martin Monson. A native of Sweden, Mr Johnson came to the US in 1887, and came to Washington in 1904. They have lived in the Almira area since that time, retiring in 1935. He and Mrs Johnson held membership in the Canniwai Grange.” (Odessa Record: 10-25-1962)

Jones: “Funeral services for Arthur L Jones, who died at his Odessa residence on Friday afternoon, May 20, were held from Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, on Tuesday morning. Rev Roger V Muisiner officiated. Graveside services followed at 1:30 p.m. at the Newport (WA) Cemetery. Arthur Leroy Jones was born on Dec 16, 1908 in Indiana to Charles and Lola Jones. He ahs been a commercial painter in Odessa for many years. He is survived by his wife, Elna, at the family home; by one son, K C Jones, Tok, Alaska; three grandchildren; six sisters: Leona Thompson, Lethbridge, Canada; Orintha Gable, Everett; Georgia Baskett, Cataldo, ID; Edna Rickett, Bucoda, WA; Elizabeth Hilsen, Spokane; and Roberta Lilly, Tillamook, OR. Art was a member of the Odessa F&AM Lodge 156 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, and a member of the Knights of Pythias, Newport.” (Odessa Record: 5-26-1977)

Jones:Darold O Jones, 60, 3212 Lakeshore Drive, Moses Lake, died Sunday morning in Deaconess Hospital at Spokane. He was born Dec 5, 1915 in Utah, where he spent his childhood. Mr Jones worked in various sugar processing plants in Idaho, Utah and Washington for 40 years and was a foreman at U and I Sugar in Moses Lake for 17 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles Lodge of Moses Lake. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chapel of Memories with Bishop Scott Forsyth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial will follow at Logan, Utah. Survivors include his widow, Ednes, of Moses Lake; two sons, Wayne D Jones of Moses Lake and Gary L Jones of Burley, Idaho; a daughter, Mrs Rhoda Davis of Burley; four step-children, 15 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs Arva Nelson of Tucson, AZ. Ednes Jones is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Dan Lobe, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1-29-1976)  

Kading:  Fred Kading, 75, blacksmith and long time resident of Ruff, south of here, was buried from Ephrata on Monday, following his death at Ruff. He had been in failing health for many years and when his strength permitted worked at his trade. Born in Germany , he came to the United States years ago. He is survived by a nephew, C S Case at Wenatchee, and a sister in Oregon. Many from Ruff attended the funeral.” ( Odessa Record: 7-05-1935)

Kammerzell:  “Word has been received of the Feb 27 death of John Kammerzell, Portland, just seven hours before his 75th birthday. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 2, with vault interment in the Rose City Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Pearl Kammerzell, at the home; two daughters, Mrs Evelyn Hahn and Mrs Amelia Strait; one son, Harold Kammerzell; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs Jacob Bernhardt and Mrs John Groskob.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1962)

Kappel:  “Area relatives were notified this week of the death of Delbert L Kappel, age 45. Mr Kappel passed away Jan 29 in an Elko, Nevada hospital. Delbert was born Sept 7, 1939 in Odessa, WA, and was raised near Wilson Creek. He spent the past years working and living in the Wells-Elko, Nevada area. Mr Kappel was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mabel Bischoff Kappel and by one brother, Jimmy.  Survivors include two daughters, Shannon Galbraith, and Ginger Maples, and one grandson, all of the Tri-Cities area; a brother, Andy Kappel, Moses Lake; three sisters, Delyla Doyle, Clarkston, WA; Sharon Miller, Moses Lake; and Peggy Baken, Yakima, WA; several nieces and nephews. Surviving uncles and aunts form this area include: Mr and Mrs Norman Bischoff, Ruff, WA; and Mr and Mrs Walt Spies, Moses Lake, WA. Interment was in an Elko, Nevada cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1985)

Kappel:  John Kappel, 76, died at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on Feb 4, 1976. John was the son of Andrew and Katherine Pfaff Kappel and was born in Boyd County, NE on Nov 20, 1899. He came with his parents two years later and settled near Ruff where he grew to young manhood. He married Edith Sims on Oct 12, 1923 in Ritzville. His parents and four brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Edith; four daughters: Aloma (Mrs Norman Bischoff) of the Ruff area; Mackie (Mrs Jim Garrison) of Moses Lake; Georgie (Mrs Verlin Elliot) of Everett; and Mrs Claudia Cloud of Corona Del Mar, CA; one sister, Mrs Louise Caple of Tacoma; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Interment was made in the Pioneer Memorial Gardens, at Moses Lake. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-12-1976)

Keller: “Funeral services were held at Port Angeles, WA, on Dec 29 for Charles Keller, 75, who died at his home there of a heart attack on the day after Christmas.  He is survived by his wife, Elmina, and three married daughters, Helen, Kathryn and Marjorie, all of Port Angeles; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, George Keller of Port Angeles and J C Keller of Wilson Creek; 5 sisters, Katherine Libsack of Odessa; Mrs George Hein, Mrs Bertha Goetz, Mrs Minnie Goetz; and one sister in South Dakota, Mrs Elizabetha Gatzkie. All the brothers and sisters were present at the funeral except Mrs Gatzkie.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1963)

Kemp:  Belle Key Kemp  “She was named for the Ohio river, Belle Key. …Her family settled in Indiana in 1852 where she grew to womanhood and in 1870 was married to W R Kemp and soon after she and her husband moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in its pioneer days where for 15 years they engaged in the hotel business, after which they trekked on to Spirit Lake, where they became proprietors of the old Crandall House, one of the best known hostelries of the Iowa lake district in the early days.  They resided there until 1899 when Mr Kemp came to Odessa and took a ranch southwest of town as a homestead. A year later his family followed him and Mrs Kemp built and operated Odessa’s first hotel, the Belle Key. Like most structures of pioneer day, this hotel was small but the hospitality it afforded its patrons and the meals served there are still remembered by its patrons as something that made friends for the town. In addition to caring for her business, Mrs Kemp was very active in church work. She took a special interest in the boys and girls of the community, helped organize the first Sunday school here which was held in the little one-room school building and was the head of the first children’s day program. Her religion was one of her chief sources of comfort. She died at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane ….” (damaged by fire paper: Odessa Record: 1-17-1930)

Kennedy: “The Ephrata recreation hall building was the scene of funeral services on Wednesday for Charles Albert Kennedy, 50-year pioneer of the Stratford area. He was a charter member of the Adrian Grange, first past-master of Grant County Pomona Grange, state deputy Grange master, member of the Columbia Irrigation association, Quincy district, board of directors of McKay hospital at Soap Lake, past regent of the Central College of Education of Ellensburg. He is survived by his wife, Hattie, at the home; one son, Col. Kenneth Kennedy, US Army, England; three sisters, Mrs Dora Smith of Ceres, CA; Mrs Emma Howell, of Spokane; Mrs Belle Thompson of Wilbur; two brothers, Robert Kennedy, Wilson Creek; and Joseph Kennedy of Wilbur; daughter-in-law, Mrs Marjorie Kennedy of Stratford, and two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 4-22-1954)

Kern:  Marie Elizabeth Kern, 53, of 129 Orchard St, Michigan City, Indiana, died at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov 18, 1972 at St Anthony’s Hospital after an illness of five months. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Nov 21 at St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Rev Albert Zimmerman officiating. Burial was in Praying Hands Circle, Greenwood Cemetery in Michigan City.  Mrs Kern was born May 2, 1919 in Chicago, and lived at Michigan City 24 years. She was employed as buyer for Carson, Pirie Scott and Co.  She was the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth Clarey Joyce. She was married at Odessa, WA, June 18, 1944 to Harold Kern, who survives her.  Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs Fred Roberts, Kalamazoo, MI, and Karen, Michigan City, IN; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs Reta Reed, Stevensville, MI; and a brother, Earl Joyce, Burbank, IL.  She was a member of St Mary’s National Home Fashion League, Monday Musicale, an affiliate of National Federation of Music Clubs, Marquette Questers HiTri Sorority, Carson Pirie Scott Women’s Club and Festival Players Guild.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1972) 

Kiesz:  John Kiesz, former resident of the Ritzville area, died at his Spokane home on Tuesday, according to word received that day by his daughter, Mrs David Birge, who went in to Spokane to be with the family.  Survivors include his wife, Freda Kiesz, at the home; three sons, John Kiesz, Glendive, MT; Henry Kiesz, McCluskey, ND; Edwin Kiesz, Alaska; four daughters, Emily Rosenau, Spokane; Lydia Birge, Odessa; Martha Skoog, Northport, and Edna Imhoof, Ventura, CA; 14 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; one sister, Eva Stabler, in Canada.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1956)

Kissler:  Norman D Kissler, 56, of Lincoln, NE, passed away March 7, 1985. he was the son of Mrs Clara Kissler, Odessa, and the late Rev George Kissler.  He had been a resident of Lincoln for 36 years, having joined his family there after military service in 1948. He met and married his wife Beverly there, and was employed until 1965 by Nebraska Typewriter Co, when he opened his own business, Kissler Cash Register Co, which he still owned at the time of his death.  Mr Kissler was born Sept 28, 1928 in Laurel, MT, and served in the US Army and in both the Naval and Air Force Reserves. A member of Faith United Church of Christ he was also past commander of American Legion Post 3, and a member of VFW Post 131, 40 et 8, Moose Club and Eagles.  He was a past manager of the Admiral Drum and Bugle Corps and Young Admirals Drum and Bugle Corps.  Mr Kissler is survived by his wife, at the family home; by two sons, Donald and Steven, both of Lincoln; by a daughter, Cindy Stern, Grand Island, NE; by his mother in Odessa; by two sisters, Oletha Borgens of Spokane and Mirian Knopp of Selah; by a brother Roland of Moses Lake; and by 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Service was held Monday, March 11, at Butherus-Maser-Love Mortuary in Lincoln, the Rev Stephen C Evans officiating. Burial followed at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln with military graveside services under the direction of American Legion Post #3. Pall bearers included Kenny Sitzman, Gene Conrad, Roger Wild, Carl Quist, Jack Krumm and Norm Dirks. Honorary casket bearers were past commanders, American Legion Post 3.” (Odessa Record: 3-21-1985)  

Klee:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Tuesday for Daniel L Klee, 60, who died at his home there Saturday. Burial was in Riverside Park Cemetery.  Mr Klee was born in Spokane and lived there most of his life. He married an Odessa girl, Emma Frieske.  He was master of the Browne school Boy Scout troop there for several years. He is survived by the widow, Emma; a daughter, Mrs Gladys Stallings, and a son, Leonard Klee, all of Spokane; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Maria Weis and Mrs Aurelia Oglesby, both of Spokane; and Mrs Lydia Frieske, Walla Walla; and two brothers, John Klee, Walla Walla; and Emanuel Klee, Sacramento, CA.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1952)

Klima:  “Memorial services will be held on Friday, Sept 4 for Gladys Florence Weetman Klima at 2 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Daniel Cronrath will officiate. Mrs Klima passed away suddenly in Spokane on Aug 31.  Gladys was born on Nov 4, 1897 in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of six children born to James and Lillian Weetman. She came to the US as a young child and later became a naturalized citizen. She attended school in Spokane, and received her teaching certificate from Holy Names Normal in 1920. She taught school in Idaho and Washington for nine years, including terms at the Quast and Cottage Schools north of Odessa. On July 12, 1930 Gladys was married to Stanley P Klima at Spokane. They farmed north of Odessa and resided at the farm home. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. She enjoyed hobbies of gardening and botany. Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters: Grace and Ruth Weetman, and one brother, Grant Weetman. Survivors include her husband, Stanley of Odessa; two daughters, Rosemarie Schmierer, Odessa, and Joy Erickson, Sioux City, Iowa; two brothers: Avon and Katy Weetman, and Roger and Helen Weetman, all of Spokane; one sister-in-law, Velma Weetman, Cheney; eight grandchildren: Mrs Rick (Marilyn) Smith, Odessa; Mrs Ryan (Debbie) Walter, Odessa; Bill Schmierer, Odessa; Steve Schmierer, Odessa; Mrs Kevin (Sherrill) Hansen, Spokane; Will Erickson, San Diego, CA; Miss Chris Erickson, US Army, Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Ben Erickson, Sioux City, Iowa; 5 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.” (Odessa Record: 9-03-1981) 

Knapman:  “Jack S Spiecker, 18, and Jack Knapman, 86, both known in Odessa, and a friend, Howard Taylor of Sequim, were killed when a blast from two boxes of high powered dynamite wrecked the home of Spiecker’s step-father, Henry Emery, near Dungeness, Wash.  The Emery family were moving into a new home and were busy arranging their belongings when the blast occurred, the cause not being known. Velma Spiecker, blown through the side of the house, was found 20 feet away with both ankles broken. The bodies of the boys were found, one 430 feet from the house and the other 300 feet, badly dismembered. Parts of clothing were found a quarter mile away. Knapman was caught under debris and rescued, but died later. Mr Emery was absent from home at the time and Mrs Emery was in the garden 100 feet away. She felt the blast and looked up to see the house crumbling and the bodies flying through the air, although she did not know they were bodies at the time.  Jack was born in Waterville in 1917 and would have graduated from the Sequim high school next year. He is a son of Herb Spiecker, former Odessa resident. His grandfather, Jack Knapman, 86, is the last of the English pioneers who settled in the Dungeness valley. A sailor aboard an English man of war, he deserted his ship 68 years ago and alone, with a canoe, he drifted to the Olympic peninsula, where friendly Indians took him ashore. He has many descendants in this state. The Emery family had just moved into their new home. The carpenter had finished his work and the family were busy, trying to get settled, when the blast came.” (Odessa Record: 6-14-1935)

Kramer:  “Funeral services for Dale M Kramer, who died on April 16 at Sacred Heart hospital, were held Thursday, April 20, at Newport, WA. He was born at Downs, WA, on Aug 20, 1929. He married Leona Kramer, Marlin, daughter of Mr and Mrs Alvin Kramer, and worked in the area for many years. His home was at Newport. Survivors include his wife, Leona, at the Newport home; one son, Michael of Spokane; and one daughter, Lauriel, also of Spokane.  Attending the service were Mr and Mrs Warren Beck and family of Odessa, Dale and Marian Pfeifer, Mr and Mrs Tom Fiess and Kristie, and Mr and Mrs Alvin Kramer, all of Marlin.” (Odessa Record: 4-27-1978)

Kramer:  Ernest L Kramer, 56, Kelso, WA, died Sept 4 at his home. He was born Sept 25, 1915 at Marcellus, WA, and lived in Kelso for 25 years, where he was employed by Longview Fibre Company as a stock preparation foreman. He was a World War II Veteran and a member of the Moose and Eagles lodges, the VFW and American Legion, and the Alpha Chi fraternity at WSU.  Survivors include his father, John J Kramer, Odessa; a brother, Howard Kramer, Odessa; two half-brothers, Edward Kramer, Snohomish, WA; George Kramer, Yakima, WA; sisters, Mrs Viola Noone, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs Verna Funk, Everett, WA; Mrs Edna Deiche, Seattle; step-sisters, Mrs Olga Browning, Everett, WA; and Mrs Hilda Richardson, Everett.  Funeral services were held Friday, Sept 8, at the McVickers Chapel in Kelso with interment in Cowlitz Memorial Cemetery. Those attending from here were John Kramer, Mr and Mrs Howard Kramer, Mrs Dave Weber, Mrs Wayne Lenhart, Mr and Mrs Vic Kramer, Mr and Mrs Martin Kramer, Eugene Weber and Mrs Ida Wahl.” (Odessa Record: 9-14-1972)

Kramer:  John J Kramer, resident of the Odessa Nursing home since early fall, and father of Howard Kramer, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov 14.  He was 79 years and one day old. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov 17, from the English Congregational Church, with Pastor Albert Hausauer officiating.  Mr Kramer was the son of Peter and Katherina (nee Kaiser) Kramer. He was born Nov 13, 1893 in New York and grew up in the Ritzville area. He married Anna Weber on Jan 5, 1915, and the couple had five children. Anna passed away in 1927, and four years later, Mr Kramer married Lydia Drager. They had two sons. Mrs Kramer died in 1957.  Other survivors, in addition to Howard Kramer, are sons Edward Kramer of Snohomish and George Kramer of Omak. Also surviving are five daughters: Mrs Viola Noone of Moses Lake; Mrs Verna Funk , Mrs Hilda Richardson and Mrs Olga Broning, all of Everett, WA, and Mrs Deichl of Seattle. Mr Kramer had 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Mike Kramer of Seattle. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. His son, Ernest, passed away this Labor Day.  Pall bearers at the final services were Victor, Conrad, Martin and Alvin Kramer, Jerry Weber and Jimmy Kinzel. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery at Everett, WA.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1972)

Krause:  “Funeral services for Mrs Tillie Krause were held in Spokane on Saturday, July 15, with the Rev Willard Johnson of the Westminster Congregational Church officiating. Mrs Krause was the daughter of the late Michael and Julianna Reiman, who came to Odessa in 1900. She had been a resident of Spokane since her marriage in 1909 to Arthur A Krause, also a former resident of Odessa.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Lawrence  (Evelyn) Hickman, Colfax, and four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Those attending the services included Mr and Mrs Henry Els, Mrs Edna Nicholls, Mrs W F Zagelow, and Mr and Mrs Henry C Gies of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-20-1972) 

Krell:  “Word has been received here of the death of Gus Krell of Spokane. He was buried at Green Acres last week. Gus is a brother of Fred Krell of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-1966)

Kuest:  Clara Grening Kuest died at the University hospital, Seattle, on Sunday, March 28, of a brain hemorrhage. She had had surgery one and one half weeks earlier, it is reported. Born and raised in Odessa, she was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Jake Grening. Survivors include two sons, Harley Kuest of Spokane and Steven Kuest of Pasco; two daughters, Geraldine Saltz of Spokane and Kim Kuest of Pasco; one brother, Art Grening of Odessa and a sister, Jackie Winfrey, Odessa, and five grandchildren. Private services are being scheduled in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 4-01-1976)

Kunkel:  “Mrs Marie Kunkel, former Odessa resident, died recently in Seattle at the age of 95. Marie was born in Vining, Iowa on Jan 7, 1884. She was raised in MN. In 1907 she came to Odessa and homesteaded just north of Deer Springs Lake. She was a seamstress until she was married to Arthur Kunkel in 1910. Arthur Kunkel operated a barber shop in the area until 1927. The couple moved to the Seattle area in 1927. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Eugene (Gertrude) Daje of Seattle and Mrs Albert (Florence) Nechanicky of Oklahoma City, OK; one granddaughter, Mrs Donald (Beverly) Mitchell of Chelmsford, Mass., and four great grandchildren. She was a member of the Northminister Congregational Church. Interment was in Evergreen.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1979)

Laib:  “Funeral services were held on Feb 7 in Dayton for Mrs Albert (Sarah) Laib.  She passed away on Feb 2, at the Dayton General Hospital at the age of 58.  Albert Laib and Sarah Koch were married in Warden on April 26, 1936. They farmed in the Lind area three years, five years in Odessa, and in the Dayton area since 1944. They were the parents of five children.  She is survived by her husband, Albert, three sons, Dennis, Loren and Alan, all of Dayton; one daughter, Carol Maynard of Chico, CA; 10 grandchildren; 6 brothers; 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Norene, while they lived in the Odessa area.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1977) 

Lantz:  Frederick Douglas Martin Lantz of Odessa died Monday in a Spokane hospital, after several weeks of illness. He worked as a cook at both the Cook House and Smith’s Cafe and as a bartender at the latter business. Survivors include his mother, Mrs Nellie Lantz, Huxley, Iowa.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1962)

Larson:  Ben R Larson, supt. of Intermediate School District 101, died Tuesday night, Aug 19, 1975, at his summer home on Diamond Lake of an apparent heart attack. He was 53 years of age. He was reared in Peerless, MT. He taught in Reardan and Ford before serving as principal of Odessa High School from 1959 to 1965. He was supt. of the Oakesdale School Dist. from 1965 to 1969. He is survived by his wife, Kaye; two daughters, Pam in CA, and Sylvia at the home, and a son, Ben also at home. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-04-1975)  

Lee:  “Services were held at Multnomah Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oct 9 for Leslie Ward Lee, who died on Oct 7. Mr Lee was born Aug 4, 1922, in Colville. He attended schools in the Odessa area where his father, the late Leslie Lee, had been superintendent of schools. Mr Lee had served as principal and administrator in Portland Public schools for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Wilma M Lee, at the home; Mrs Lee is the former Wilma Sackmann of Odessa and the sister of Milton Sackmann of Ritzville. Other survivors are a daughter, Barbara L Hull, and a son, Ronald B Lee of the Portland area; his step-mother, Zella Lee of Spokane; sisters, Margaret Fea of Eugene and Patricia Lee of the Portland area; a brother, Robert Lee of California and two grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-1976)  

Lesley:  W R Lesley, Chewelah, formerly a prominent resident of Odessa, died at his home there on Friday night. Funeral services were held on Tuesday. Born in Missouri, he came west and located near Odessa about 40 years ago and filed on a homestead here as soon as he was old enough. At that time Odessa could boast of but two crops, sagebrush and jackrabbits. Mr Lesley later acquired several sections of fine wheat land and still owned much of it.  For many years he was president of the Union Security or First National Bank of Odessa and served as a councilman and member of the school board, taking active leadership in religious, lodge and other groups. At Chewelah he served as mayor and put in 14 years on the school board. He leaves his widow, an only daughter, Mrs Ray Blackstone, Chewelah; a grandchild, a sister, Mrs J E Taylor, and several brothers and sisters at Spokane.” ( Odessa Record: 10-11-1935)

Litzinger:  Mary Louise Litzinger, the daughter of Fred and Mabel Schmitten, was born on July 9, 1926 in Wenatchee, WA, where she attended grade school and high school. On July 15, 1944 she was united in marriage with Thomas Litzinger. At the time of her death they had been married 31 years.  They lived in Wenatchee from 1944-1948, in CA from 1948-1950. In 1950 they moved to Odessa and have been living here since that time. Mary was employed by Dr Gudgel and Dr Anderson from 1956-1969; and by Dr Anderson from 1969-1975. Mary was a member of the United Congregational Church since 1955. She died on Dec 15, 1975, at the age of 49. She leaves to mourn: her husband, Tom, of Odessa; daughter, Mona, and granddaughter, Crystal of Spokane; her mother, Mabel Carroll of Wenatchee; brother, R I Schmitten of Wenatchee and William Schmitten of Whidbey Island, WA; and a sister, Mrs Charles Brothers, Wenatchee. Memorial services were held in the United Congregational church in her honor on Dec 18 at 11 a.m., Dr B M Schafer officiating, the Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery, Leavenworth, WA, Dec 18, 1975, 3:00.”  (Odessa Record: 12-25-1975)

Lobe:  Craig Lobe, 20-year-old son of Don and Ramona Lobe, Moses Lake, was electrocuted while moving irrigation pipe near Moses Lake on Thursday. A pipe came in contact with an overhead power line, it is reported. Funeral services were held from the Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, on Monday morning with burial in the Pioneer Cemetery there. Rev Donald Griffith of the First Presbyterian Church officiated. Craig Steven Lobe, born Jan 13, 1956, in Odessa, attended schools here until the 5th grade then transferred to Moses Lake, graduating from Chief Moses High School in 1974. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Moses Lake. Survivors include his parents and grandmothers, Mrs Eva McLaughlin, Spokane, and Mrs Nathaniel Lobe, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7 Oct 1976)

Luiten:  “Funeral services were conducted last Tuesday at Spokane for Henry Luiten of Everett, a former pioneer resident of the Ritzville area. The Rev Theodore Dorpat officiated.  Luiten, with his parents and brothers and sisters, migrated from Glenco, MN, in 1886 to homestead in the Ritzville area near the Adams-Lincoln county line. The home site is now owned by Clarence Lenhart of Ritzville.  In 1913 Luiten moved to Spokane where he remained nearly 30 years before retiring and making his residence in Everett. He was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran church in Everett and of St John’s Lutheran church in Spokane.  Survivors include the widow, Martha, at home; one sister, Mrs Agnes Sandbrink of Ritzville, four brothers, Fred of Ritzville; Jake of Davenport; John and Gerhard of Spokane; five step-daughters, ten grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Interment was at the Fairmont Memorial cemetery in Spokane. Attending the services from Ritzville were Mr and Mrs Fred Luiten and daughter, Mrs Carl Krudwig of Pasco and son Earl Luiten, Mrs Paul Meyer, a niece; and Mrs Emil Hille, also a niece.—Ritzville Journal Times.” (Odessa Record: 2-18-1954)

Luiten: James Earl Luiten, a resident of Colville, passed away on Aug 30, 1983, at Colville at the age of 56. Graveside services were held Sept 2 at the Highland Cemetery. Rev Tim Solberg officiated.  James Earl Luiten was born March 9, 1927 at Lamona, WA, the son of Jake and Louise Luiten. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1945, and served with the US Marines during the Korean conflict. After the service he farmed with his father at Lamona and at Colville until 1970. In 1954 he was married to Shirley Hansen of Colville.  Survivors include his wife, Shirley, at the home; one daughter, Cindy Riley, Colville; three sons, Jack, Dale and Jake, all of Colville; one sister, Evelyn Lenhart, Spokane; one brother, Dick Luiten, Odessa; his mother, Louise Luiten, Odessa and two grandchildren.  Casket bearers included Wayne Hansen, Steve Hansen, Dan Hansen, Ron Hall, Merle Goff, and Jim English. The Danekas-Bastian Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-15-1983)

Lundquist:  Ernest Lundquist, retired farmer and resident of the Wilson Creek area, died unexpectedly at his home there on Friday. Born in South Dakota, he had lived in the Wilson Creek area for 60 years.  Mr Lundquist is survived by his wife, Laura, at the home; five brothers, Alfred and Joe of Portland; Charles of Colville; and George and Edwin of Addy; two sisters, Mrs Christine Gillman of Addy and Mrs Thelma Nelson of Addy. Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Ephrata funeral home with the Rev John Groschupt of Spokane officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1962)


Odessa Obituaries, unspecified burial location, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted March 2006 by Marge Womach

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