Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Mansfield :  Walter O Mansfield, 78, a resident of Washington nearly 50 years and one of Davenport's most prominent citizens more than 40 years, died Thursday night at his home in Olympia, where he moved in 1931.  A native of Illinois,  Mr Mansfield came to the county in 1890 and was in the grain business from 1891 to 1927, when he retired. He served four terms as representative in the state legislature, in 1919, 1920, 1921 and 1929. He was mayor of Davenport, served many years on the council, and was court commissioner many years. He was active in the republican party and was an ardent supporter of Governor Hartley, who gave him an appointment with the department of business control. He is survived by his widow and a son, Claude D, Davenport, who went to Olympia to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 3-08-1935) 

Martin:  “Letters of administration over the estate of Lela D Martin, who died last May 30, were issued in superior court this week to Henry T Martin, Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1935) 

Mayer:  William Arthur Mayer, a former resident of the Odessa area, passed away in Spokane on May 17, 1974. He was 71 years old. Services were conducted by Pastor Douglas Roberts on Tuesday, May 21, 1974. Mr Mayer was born March 10, 1903 in Odessa. His parents were Samuel and Lydia Mayer. He was raised on the farm and attended rural schools. His father died when he was 15 and Art took over the family farm. In 1942 he joined the Navy and served in a construction unit in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1945. After the war, he returned to the Odessa-Spokane area and worked as a carpenter. In 1958 he moved to Spokane.  Art was a member of the Eastern Star, the Masons, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion in Odessa. In Spokane he was a member of the BPOE, the Moose Lodge and was a charter member of the Guadalcanal Square and Compass club.  He is survived by a sister, Mrs Lillian Davis of American Falls, Idaho, and a brother, Robert Mayer of Everett, WA. There are also numerous nephews and nieces.” (Odessa Record: 5-23-1974)

Michaelsen:  Julius C Michaelsen, retired Odessa merchant and banker, died Sunday in the Odessa hospital at the age of 86. A resident of Spokane, he had come to Odessa Saturday for the annual Wild Duck Feed of the Masons. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Spokane.  Interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery.  Julius C Michaelsen was a well-known figure in the business and civic life of Odessa, having been associated with the leading mercantile firm of Michaelsen and Koth when it was first founded. His interests had also extended to many other phases of the life of Odessa, which he served in past years as city councilman and mayor.  Julius C Michaelsen was born in Schuyler, NE. He received his early education in Nebraska schools, later moving to California with his parents, then coming to Odessa in 1902. Upon his arrival here he entered the employ of the grain business conducted by Tidmarsh and Gehr. One year later he purchased an interest in the Odessa Mercantile Company, having as his associates, S S Barney, W L Michaelsen, an older brother, and John Schafer. This business was destroyed by fire in 1913. Afterward a partnership was formed consisting of J C Michaelsen, H E Michaelsen Nathaniel Koth and Edward Koth.  As a member of the town council from 1912 to 1920 and as mayor of Odessa from 1920 to 1924, he brought to the business of the community the soundness of judgment which distinguished his business career. He was also a member and clerk of the Odessa school board and for four years was its president.  Mr Michaelsen served for ten years as a director of the First National Bank of Odessa and was affiliated with Odessa Lodge No. 156, of which he was a Past Master. he was also a member of Davenport Charter, Royal Arch Masons.  Mr Michaelsen lived 20 years after retirement at Riverview Terrace in Spokane. He was a member of the Congregational Church. Mr Michaelsen is survived by a daughter, Mrs Jams G (Olga) Ellis, Spokane; a granddaughter; three great granddaughters; and two brothers, Henry E Michaelsen, Odessa; and Alfred M Michaelsen, Colfax.” (Odessa Record: 12-08-1966) 

Miller:  “A long time resident of the Columbia Basin, Glenn ‘Tex’ Miller, 60, died Monday in Spokane at the Deaconess hospital after a long illness.  A resident of Odessa, Mr Miller was born Dec 22, 1911 in Oklahoma, and moved at an early age to Shamrock, Texas, where he was schooled and graduated form Shamrock High school in 1933.  He worked at Oregon State College in Corvallis at their extension station in 1940 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane form 1946-47.  Mr Miller went to the Basin area in 1947 and worked for the Washington State University bureau of plant industries... In 1955 Miller went to work for the Odessa Trading Company until 1962 when he became head field man for Sun Basin Growers... Survivors include the widow, Mary, at the family home here; a daughter, Mrs Lynda DiMarco of Spokane; two sons, Virgil Krell of Moses Lake and Norman Krell of Odessa; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs Helen Sloss, Shamrock, and Mrs Muriel Evans, Brownfield, TX; six brothers, Stanley, Brownfield; Orville, Shamrock; Lionel, Tahoka, TX; Boyd, Lubbock, TX; Edsel, Van Nuys, CA; and Forrest of Burbank, CA... Burial was at Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 4-27-1972)

Miller:  “Funeral services for Mrs Helen Miller will be held Friday, Aug 14, at 11 a.m. in Dryden, WA, at the Congregational Church. Mrs Miller had been residing at the Convalescent Center in Odessa when she passed away August 10.  Mrs Miller was born in South Russia on Dec 26, 1874. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Stach, Deer Park, and Reinhold Stach, Alberta, Canada. Two daughters preceded her in death. Mrs Miller is also survived by six stepsons and two step-daughters.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-1970)

Millhorn:  Charles Robert Millhorn died June 30, 1979 in Casa Grande, AZ. He was born in Krupp (Marlin), WA, on Sept 9, 1906 to Duff and Margaret (Malone) Millhorn. He married Hilda Haase in Odessa. She and their three children survive: Bernice Lehman and John Millhorn of Mead, WA, and Harlin Millhorn of Colville, WA. He also leaves two sisters, Dorabelle Haase of Spokane and Ruby Widmer of Odessa; 9 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Graveside services at the Greenwood Terrace in Spokane, with Smith Funeral Home in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-12-1979)

Milward:  “Funeral services for Mrs James Milward, 29, former Odessa girl, were held at Spokane on Friday morning, the Rev David E Steckman officiating. Burial was in Fairmont.  Five cousins, Dennis Delzer, Stanley Delzer, Louis Hauber, Gary Ramm and Lloyd Harding, and a brother-in-law, Rodney Milward, were pallbearers.  Bonnie Jean Delzer was born in Spokane and spent her girlhood at the family home here. She graduated from Odessa high school with the Class of 1953 and was married eight years this September to James Milward, the family home then being Spokane.  She had had a pituitary malfunction since birth, but her death was caused by toxic encephalitis which was an after-effect of a throat infection. She had spent eight weeks in a hospital before death.  While at Spokane she was a member of the Morgan Acres Community church and the area’s Betterment Club.  Surviving are her husband and two children, Frank, 4, and Donna, 5, at the home; her parents, Mr and Mrs Richard G Delzer, Odessa; a brother, Harvey Delzer, and a half-brother, Walter Hamilton, of Tacoma; three sisters, Mrs Della Melaas, Spokane; Mrs Marianne Achey and Mrs Devonna Mackie, both in California.” (Odessa Record: 8-16-1962) Bonnie Jean Delzer Milward. (8-09-1962)

Mitchell:  (Ethelyne Mitchell)  “Mrs Al Mitchell, Wenatchee, the former Ethelyne Black of Odessa, died Wednesday noon at Wenatchee, states word received here on Thursday morning. Mrs Mitchell completed her education in the Odessa high school and after taking advanced work taught school for two years. She was married during the past two years and has made her home at Wenatchee. She has been ill for four months. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs L L Black, former Odessa residents, and a sister to Mrs John Nechanicky of Spokane.” ( Odessa Record: 6-14-1935)

Mohler, Helen:  “Quincy.—Helen Mohler, 83, a 40 year resident of Quincy, died Friday, Oct 19, 1990, in the Quincy Valley Hospital, following a short illness.  She was born Helen Melcher on Nov 28, 1906, to Henry and Catherine (Kammersal) Melcher in Stratford. She attended country schools and, during WW II, worked at Boeing in Seattle as a riveter. She moved to Marlin with her husband where they owned and operated the Marlin Hardware Store for a number of years. She moved to Quincy in 1950 where she worked in agriculture. She was also employed as a cook for the Quincy School District for a number of years.  Mrs Mohler was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Survivors include a son, Phillip Miller, Quincy; two brothers, Jake Melcher, Moses Lake, and Carl Melcher, Odessa; six sisters: Esther Riehf of Odessa; Mary Dobson of Dana Point, CA; Alvina Haase of Spokane; Eleanor Schell of Ritzville; Clara Becker of Sprague; and Elma Fisher of Creston; and a special niece, Diana Focht, Quincy. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and four sisters. Scharbach’s Columbia Chapel, Quincy, is in charge of arrangements.”  (scrapbook item: undated; d. 10-19-1990)

Moore:  Howard Moore, business operator and prominent Odessa community figure died Monday in Odessa Memorial hospital. Funeral was held from the English Congregational church. His remains were taken by Strate Funeral Home to Spokane for burial in Riverside Park Cemetery. Mr Moore would have turned 72 on Sept 13. He served overseas in WW I. He with his wife came to Odessa 17 years ago and operated a retail store. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-27-1954)

Morrison:  “Mrs Alvina C Morrison, 48, prominent matron of Odessa , died at Spokane on Sunday, after having been there two weeks following an operation. She had been expected to return to her home here next Sunday. Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning from Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral at Spokane, with the Rev Father John Blake officiating and interment at Holy Cross cemetery there. A large number of Odessa people were there to attend.  She is survived by her husband, Frank W Morrison, at the home here; one daughter, Mrs William P Michaelsen of Davenport; one son, Eldon Durgey of Everett; her mother, Mrs H Halverson of Laclede, Idaho; and three sisters, Mrs Jennie Edwards of Diamond Lake, Wash. , Mrs Mabel Nelson of Spokane; and Mrs Louis Swenson of  Seattle. Mrs  Morrison moved to the community some years ago with her husband, who is agent for the Great Northern railway at Odessa. She became prominently identified with club and church work in the community. The Morrison home is one of the beauty spots of the community. Her death came as a great shock to the community, as she had been improving rapidly from an operation, and it was stated Mr Morrison had intended to take her to Davenport Sunday, to spend a week recuperating at the home of her daughter there, after which she would return to her home here.  In addition to membership in church groups, she belonged to the Royal Neighbors lodge, the Fortnightly club and the recent Octagon club.” ( Odessa Record: 8-02-1935)

Motycka:  Stanley Motycka, former Odessa resident, died Wednesday at his home in Spokane, where he had lived for 25 years. Funeral arrangements have not been set. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs Helen Smith, and three sons, Elmer, Stanley and John Motycka of Spokane; two brothers, Emil Motycka of Spokane and Al Motycka, Davenport; a half brother, Jerome Velek, Odessa; two half-sisters, Mrs Clara Totusek and Mrs Lottie Braun, both of Odessa; 6 grandchildren. Vaclav Velek, Odessa, is his step-father.” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1954)

Muir:  “The Spokesman-Review this week recorded the death of Mrs Mary H Muir, former Odessa resident. Funeral services were held on Saturday with entombment in the Riverside Mausoleum. Survivors include her husband, James A Muir, at the home; one son, Lowell H Carter, Portland, OR; one stepson, Dr James C Muir, San Jose, CA; one sister, Augusta Wagner, Excello, Ohio; five grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1962)  

Nechanicky:  “Mrs Helen Nechanicky, 98, who with her family was well known in this area, passed away Nov 12 in Spokane.  She had been a resident of Madison South Convalescent Center. Funeral services were held from St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Spokane on Nov 17.  Mrs Nechanicky was survived by 121 descendants. She had seven sons: Richard A of Spokane; John and Vit, Seattle; Cyril of Salmon, Idaho; Mito of Salt Lake City, Utah; Albert of Oklahoma City, OK; and Ted of Lewiston, Idaho. Also surviving are five daughters, Mrs Vera Simers of Mead, WA; Mrs Anna Hister and Mary Neff, Spokane; Helen Barnes of Los Vegas, NV; and Mrs Agnes Plunkett, Veradale, WA; 40 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren, and 18 great great grandchildren. One sister, Vera Zmolek, of Traer, Iowa, also survives her. Mr and Mrs Al Scheibner attended the funeral last Tuesday.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1970)

Nechanicky: John E Nechanicky, former Odessa resident, died March 3, 1980 in Seattle at the age of 83. John was born in Hector, MN, Nov 13, 1897. He came to Odessa with his parents Joseph and Helen Nechanicky in 1900. In 1930 he moved to Spokane and in 1932 he married Marine Black, formerly of Odessa. In 1933 he formed a partnership with Lewis Black, his father-in-law, to build homes on Spokane’s south side. In 1935 he formed a partnership with Carl Peterson to build homes in Spokane, Kahlotus and Odessa areas. He joined Henry Leffingwell in Portland, Oregon in 1942, as general manager of Canteen Service Co. He went into partnership with his brother Vit in 1947 to buy and operate Canteen Service Co, of Seattle. In 1959 he sold his interests in Canteen to Vit to retire, in Seattle. In 1966 while returning home from a trip around the states a deer jumped into the road causing a car wreck near Bend, Oregon, in which Marine was killed. He was married to Lilian (Hauschild) Bittrick in 1967. He was stricken with a stroke in 1977, which left him disabled the remainder of his life. Survivors include his wife Lillian, a daughter Mrs Terrance (Sharon Lee) Van Easton of Eatonville, WA; a son, Noel, of Yakima; 6 grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Neff, of Los Osos, CA; Anna Hester, of Camarillo, CA; Helen Barnes of Las Vegas, NV; Vera Siemers of Mead, WA; and 6 brothers, Cy of Salmon, Idaho; Milo of Palm Springs, CA; Vit of Seattle; Albert and Richard of Spokane; and Ted of Lewiston, Idaho. Entombment was at Holyrood Mausoleum in Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 3-27-1980)

Nechanicky:  “Mrs Marine L Nechanicky, 62, 3047-37th Ave W, Seattle, was killed prior to Christmas when the automobile in which she was riding hit a deer near Bend, Oregon. Her husband, John, 69, has back and chest injuries. Her mother, Mrs Anna Selk, 79, Seattle, has three broken ribs and multiple bruises. Both are hospitalized at St Charles Hospital in Bend, and will be for at least a month, according to Mrs Vit Nechanicky. Mrs Walter Claytor, a friend, was uninjured.  Relatives in Seattle said the steering gear locked and that the car went over a 15-foot embankment on Highway 97 about seven miles south of Bend. Mrs Nechanicky was thrown form the car.  The others were freed when a truck driver forced open a door.  The group was returning to Seattle after a trip to California. The funeral was held Friday, Dec 23, at 3 p.m., it is reported.  Besides her husband, Mrs Nechanicky is survived by a daughter, Mrs Terry VanEaton, Eatonville; a son, Noel, Spokane; and three sisters, Mrs Vit Nechanicky, Erma Black and Mrs Walter Johnson, all of Seattle. Mrs Nechanicky was born in Odessa, had resided in Seattle for 17 years. She was a telephone operator for the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company.” (Odessa Record: 12-29-1966)

Neeley:  “Death Claims Wm U Neeley. Pioneer School Man Was Leader in Education. Funeral services for William U Neeley, pioneer school man of this area, were held at Olympia Monday afternoon, from the Mills & Mills chapel. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. The Rev J Edgar Pearson officiated.  Mr Neeley, who for many years was assistant state superintendent of schools, died at his Olympia home early Thursday morning. Born in Olney, IL, Jan 7, 1880, Mr Neeley graduated from the old Puget Sound College, Tacoma, and did graduate work with the University of Washington and Columbia University in New York. He spent his years in educational work.  Mr Neeley was superintendent of the Odessa schools from about 1909 to 1912, was superintendent of the Davenport schools, county superintendent of schools for Lincoln County, before he became assistant state superintendent. Later he spent eight years in educational work in Alaska. During World War I he was instructor in the educational corps, United States Army, in Beaune, France.  He was a member of the Alfred M Leach post, a member of the United churches, the Modern Woodmen lodge; the grange, state and national; OES No. 36 of Olympia, and the Masonic lodge in Odessa.  Surviving are his wife, Leah Smith Neeley; two daughters, Mrs George Schiewe, Olympia; and Mrs George Gale, Fairbanks, Alaska; three brothers, Jesse and Roy, both of Seattle; and Oscar in Aberdeen; three sisters, Mrs Jed Palmer in San Francisco; Mrs Jennie Higgins and Mrs Nora Helm, both in Tacoma; four grandchildren and a great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 7-01-1954)

Nelly: ( Roselle Nelly) “Word was received this week by Mrs Fred Krell telling of the death of her sister, Mrs Harry Nelly, at Beverly , Iowa . Mrs Nelly was a former Odessa resident, known here as Miss Roselle Schandfeld, who worked for the old Odessa Mercantile company, now the Mich aelsen & Koth firm. Mrs Krell visited at her sister’s home following harvest last fall.” ( Odessa Record: 5-31-1935) 

Nethercutt:  “A fatal accident, in which two people lost their lives, was viewed by many Odessa people on Friday, as they drove to Fairfield to attend the Christensen funeral. A sedan skidded and crashed into an oil tanker truck of the Aero Transport company killing George Nethercutt, Spokane attorney, and injuring Mrs Percy E Norris, Spokane, to the extent that she died next day. Her husband was injured, but not severely.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1935)

Neumann:  “Mrs Ida Neumann, 76, of 5301 S Trafton St, died Monday, March 15. She was born in Rumania and had lived in Tacoma 34 years coming from Wenatchee. Mrs Neumann was a member and past president of the Madison Garden Club and a member of the South Tacoma Christian Church.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs Robert (Aileen) McMahon of Puyallup; a son, Allen of Tacoma; three brothers, Leo Wolf of Deer Park, Albert Wolf of Odessa and Ruben Wolf of Tacoma; two sisters, Mrs Elsie Wolbert of Tacoma and Mrs Dorothy Orcutt of Deer Park; 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-08-1976)  

Neyland: “Mrs Maxine Neyland, 26, sister of Elmer H Kuhlman of Odessa, died this week at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane, following injuries received last Tuesday in an auto accident near Greenacres. It was reported that the back fender of the car apparently hooked on to a passing truck, forcing the car into a telephone pole when it swerved off the highway. It was raining. Survivors include her husband; parents, Mr and Mrs Deitrich Kuhlman, Opportunity; two sisters, Mrs C Aarli, Opportunity, and Miss Annie Kuhlman, Forest Grove, CA; and two brothers, Alfred D Kuhlman, Forest Grove, and Elmer J Kuhlman, Odessa. Funeral services were held Monday with burial at Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 5-03-1935)

Norris: “A fatal accident, in which two people lost their lives, was viewed by many Odessa people on Friday, as they drove to Fairfield to attend the Christensen funeral. A sedan skidded and crashed into an oil tanker truck of the Aero Transport company killing George Nethercutt, Spokane attorney, and injuring Mrs Percy E Norris, Spokane, to the extent that she died next day. Her husband was injured, but not severely.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1935)

Oliver:  “Mrs Lena Oliver, a former resident of Odessa, died Feb 19 at Indiana, MO, where she had made her home recently. She left Odessa about eight years ago. She raised two children, who with her husband, preceded her in death.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1935)

Ottestad:  Harold F Ottestad, 78, former postmaster at Odessa for 25 years, died suddenly early last Tuesday morning, Apr 9 at Freeland Hospital in Freeland, WA. He was born at Bellingham on July 9, 1895 and resided in Odessa for 45 years, following which he moved to South Whidbey in 1965 upon retiring as Odessa Postmaster. He was an army veteran of World War I; a fifty year member of  the American Legion, and a member of the South Whidbey American Legion Post #141, which recently honored him for his 50 year membership. He also belonged to the Freeland Activity Club. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, at the family home; two sons, Douglas and Jon Ottestad, both of Seattle; two sisters, Mrs Lucy Larson of Burlington, WA and Mrs Eunice Marchand of San Diego, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews. Three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were Thursday, April 11, 1974 at 2 p.m. in the Hedgcock Funeral Home, with Rev August L Royer officiating. Interment was in the veteran’s section at the Bayview Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-17-1974)  

Ottmar:  Ed Ottmar, Chewelah, formerly of the Wheeler district, was killed this week at Chewelah when caught under 200 tons of rock in a slide at a quarry there. Otto Schultz, working with him, looked up in time to see what he described as ‘an immense black curtain’ descending over him, shouted a futile warning to Ottmar and leaped into a 40 foot pit to safety. Ottmar went to school at Wheeler and had lived at      Colfax and Spokane, where he went to business college. He is survived by a widow and son, his parents, Mr and Mrs John Ottmar, LaCrosse, two brothers and three sisters.” ( Odessa Record: 3-22-1935) 

Ottmar:Richard Ottmar, 69, a long-time resident of the Columbia Basin, died in a Moses Lake hospital Friday night. Born in South Dakota, he came west with his family in 1904, settling in Odessa. The family then moved to the Ruff-Wheeler area. In 1930 Mr Ottmar married Mary Jeske at Ephrata. Mr and Mrs Ottmar lived at Moses Lake until 1939 where he operated a service station and trucking firm. He then went into row crop farming. He had been semi-retired the past several years.  His survivors include his wife, at the home; a daughter, Mrs Donald Swanson, Moses Lake; a son, Harvey, Moses Lake; 5 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs Mike Paff, Garfield, and a brother, John W, at Harrington.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 at Moses Lake, the Rev Donald Griffin of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Pioneer Memorial Garden, Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1970)

Padgett:  Morris Melvin Padgett died Dec 14, 1982 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Portland. Following military service, burial was at Willamette National Cemetery at Portland. He was born Nov 21, 1908 to Claude C and Mable Johnson Padgett at Park Rapids, MN. He served in the Air Force from 1941 to Aug 19, 1945. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-30-1982)

Parker:  “Mrs George N Lowe was called to Wenatchee last Friday by the illness of her uncle, Frank Parker, a pioneer of the Odessa country, who in the days of stockmen had a homestead on Mar in Hollow. Mr Parker was called by death Monday night and Wednesday his remains were taken via the Great Northern to Spokane for burial.” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1921)

Parks:  “Funeral services were conducted for Mrs Mabel Parks, 81, in Moscow, Idaho, May 20, with Pastor Robert Boney officiating. Mrs Parks passed away May 15, 1974 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Sally Ott, in Odessa. Her home was in Palouse, WA, but she had been with her daughter for the past month because of ill health. She was a member of the Moscow, Idaho SDA church and a former school teacher of 35 years in the Moscow,Deary, Idaho area.  After retirement she answered the call of the ‘Northland’ and taught again for five years at Bristol Bay Mission School in Aleknagik, Alaska. She is survived by five children, Vernon Parks, Pullman; Mrs Harv (Ella) Spengler, Grangeville, ID; Vestal Parks, Winkelman, AZ; Darrell Parks, Palouse; and Mrs Walt (Sally) Ott, Odessa; one brother, Abner Russell, Colfax; fourteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Interment was held at the Moscow Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport and Shorts Funeral Home of Moscow handling the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-23-1974)  

Peters:  “Word was received in Odessa yesterday that Henry Peters of Ruff had passed away. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug 19, at 11 a.m. at the Menno Mennonite church with Rev Harris Waltner officiating.  A 2 p.m. graveside service will be held at the Quincy, WA, cemetery, according to Glen Strate.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1966) “Funeral services for Henry Peters, Ruff, who died August 16 in Odessa, were held Friday morning at the Menno Mennonite church with graveside services at Quincy Friday afternoon. Rev Harris Waltner officiated.  Henry Peters, son of D J Peters and Anna Friesen, was born Oct 5, 1886 at Henderson, NE.  He married Marea Reimer at Dallas, OR, on Feb 9, 1910. His wife preceded him in death on March 28 of this year. Mr Peters was employed by the White-Delaney company at Quincy from 1905 until 1940. He managed the grain elevator at Ruff for the Odessa Trading Co from 1940 until his retirement in 1959. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Helena Roberts of Seattle and Mrs Anna Bell Lightel of Ephrata; two grandchildren, Steve Roberts of Lynden, and Sandra Carsten of Seattle; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.” (Odessa Record: 8-25-1966)

Philbrick:  “Relatives going to Monroe to attend the Jan 23 funeral services for James C Philbrick were Mrs Emanuel Witt, Odessa, and Mr and Mrs Fred Bohnet, Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1976)

Phillips:  “Private funeral services were held in Spokane, under the direction of Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, for Maurice E Phillips, who passed away on Dec 2, 1984. Maurice E Phillips was born Jan 9, 1907 at Brothertown, WI.  He was a veteran of WW II and a member of VFW Post #7395, Odessa, WA, and also a member of IBEW Union Local #73, Spokane.  Maurice and his wife, Dorothy, lived in the Odessa area for a number of years before moving to Spokane, where he entered Madison North Nursing Home, living there until his death. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Phillips, N 6123 Lidgerwood, Spokane, WA, and one sister, Mildred Estep of Costa Mesa, CA. Cremation preceded the private services with inurnment at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1984)

Phillips:  “Unexpected death came to Neal Howard Phillips of Poona, India, after a three day illness in a hospital in Bombay, India. Neal was the son of Mr and Mrs Howard E Phillips. Neal had been in good health prior to the short illness and was planning on being home in Odessa for Christmas and spend several months. He had a lengthy happy conversation with his parents several weeks prior to his death. Neal attended local grade and high school and was active in Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Washington, a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and The Sorbonne in Paris, France, living in Europe and Africa where he became skilled in many languages before going to India, where he pursued his work as a political writer.  In addition to his parents, surviving him are his wife, Eve, a daughter Chittara, sisters: Sue Huff, Austin, TX; Sandra Phillips, Seattle, WA; Nancy Burris, Cheney, WA; and Kathleen Garrett, Federal Way, WA; and a brother, Ned Phillips, Odessa.  Nieces and nephews surviving are Nancy Reass, Tracy, CA; Karen Huff and David Huff, Austin, TX; William Burris, Cheney, WA; and Trevor Garrett, Federal Way, WA. Neal was a member of the English Congregational Church of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 12-21-1978)

Pipkin:  “Funeral services were held from the Braun Funeral Home of Cashmere for Mrs Ruth Pipkin on Friday, June 29. Mrs Pipkin is the sister of Mrs Leonard Lobe.  Mrs Lobe was called on Sunday evening, as well as other times, because of her sister’s illness. Mrs Pipkin passed away Tuesday morning, the victim of multiple sclerosis. Those attending the funeral services from here were Mr and Mrs Leonard Lobe, Larry, Jerry and Donna, Mrs Tillie Lobe, Mrs Julia Lobe and Steve, Mrs Roland Schafer and Mrs Henry J Wacker.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1962)

Porter:  “A former Odessa resident, Robert Lyle Porter, died March 11, 1971, in Downey, CA, at the age of 58. He was born in Odessa on April 15, 1913. Funeral services were held in Downey at the McKinley Chapel on March 15. Interment was at the Rose Hills memorial park in Downey. The services were attended by his brother, Kenneth, of Odessa. Robert Lyle Porter attended schools in Odessa. He entered the army during the Second World War, receiving the Purple Heart citation during the Battle of the Bulge with General Patton’s Third Army. He returned to the states to live with his wife, Kathleen at Downey. They have a daughter, Carol. Another survivor is a brother, Glen, of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1971)  

Pratt:  Charles Stuart Pratt, brother of Mrs W B Kelly, formerly of Odessa, was killed last Saturday night when his car skidded and plunged down an embankment on the Fourth of July canyon highway, a mile west of the summit tunnel.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Spokane, with the Masonic lodge in charge of the ritual at the grave. Other survivors are his widow, Ruth, and two daughters, his father, the Rev Wesley A Pratt, retired Methodist minister, Spokane, three brothers and an uncle at Chicago.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1935)

Pyne:  Dustin Eugene Pyne, 11, son of Mr and Mrs James Pyne, died at Portland on Saturday. He was born in Odessa, July 16, 1951; his father had worked for the county road crew from 1950-54. Burial was in Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. “The grandparents, Mr and Mrs G A Pyne, and the family were well known here. Mr Pyne worked with the Odessa Record staff. He and a son, John, now publish the Kalama Bulletin. A daughter, Florence, now Mrs M N Jorgenson, lives at Forest Grove, OR. Stanley Pyne, who played baseball here, is married and in the air force now. A son, Ernest, also in the air force, teaches at the Air Academy in Colorado.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1962)

Radach: “Word was received last week of the death of Fred Radach in California with burial being June 29th. Mr Radach was formerly from Warden and has owned property in the Odessa area.” (Odessa Record: 7-08-1976)

Ramm:  “Funeral services for LaVern Ramm were held Saturday at the Ascension Lutheran Church, Spokane, with Pastor Bjerkestrand officiating. Ramm died on July 6 at Spokane.  Interment was in the Fairmount Cemetery. Casket bearers were nephews: Carl G Melass, Ronald, Gary L, Jack, Loren and Jerry Ramm.  LaVern Herman Ramm, the youngest child of the last Gottlieb Ramms, was born April 3, 1925 on his parent’s farm south of Odessa. He grew into boyhood and attended the Odessa schools.  He was baptized on July 5, 1925 and confirmed June 14, 1942 at the Christ Lutheran Church.  During World War II he was called to duty and served his country in the Army. During the three years, he spent two years in Germany where he met his wife, Rita, a daughter of Fredrich Westhoff of Hoya, Germany, and married on July 17, 1948.  He was discharged from the Army on Nov 18,1948, and returned to the States with his wife.  They made their home on the family farm until July 5, 1959 at which time he and his family moved to Spokane.  In October he found that he had the start of a serious illness which doctors attempted to help with treatments. Ramm entered the hospital again on June 15 where his condition grew worse. Death came on July 6. LaVern Ramm is survived by his wife, Rita, two daughters, Leona and Debra, and a son, Roger, at the home. He is also survived by three sisters: Mrs Elsie Delzer and Mrs Florence Giese, Odessa, and Mrs Martha Hardung, Spokane; six brothers: Albert and Emil Ramm, Odessa; John of Chewelah; Harold of Cashmere; LeRoy of Mr Hood, OR; and Elmer of Spokane; plus 22 nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 7-14-1966)

Ramm:  Rudolph H Ramm, 71, died March 19, 1977 in Garfield. He was born Dec 12, 1905 at Moody, WA, to Herman and Magdalena Ramm. He grew to manhood and farmed in the Ruff area until 1936. He married Elizabeth Loeffelbein at Cashmere on Feb 18, 1934. Burial was at Enterprise, Oregon following services in Pomeroy. Rudolph Ramm was survived by his wife, one son, Kenneth of Pomeroy; two brothers, Adolph L Ramm of Marlin and H C Ramm of Joseph, OR; two sister, Lena Ohlson of Spokane and Lydia Urquhart. One son, Richard, and one daughter, Jeanie, preceded him in death. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-31-1977)   

Ratliffe:  Harry Ratliffe, 30, St John, Wash . , was killed and three others severely injured at 8:30 Monday evening in a car wreck east of Davenport, when a sedan crashed into the rear of a Pacific Packing Co truck parked on the pavement while the driver, Harold J Hilleary, Spokane, was wiping frost from the windshield. Hilleary suffered cuts on his head and internal injuries, but was sent home. The sedan, owned and driven by W H Jackson, 25, Steptoe, careened and skidded, and went right-side-up into a ditch and burst into flames. Ratliffe and G M Blackburn, 30, Steptoe, were riding with Jackson. Blackburn suffered a broken left leg, cuts and bruises. Neither Ratliffe, who was knocked unconscious, nor Blackburn could get out of the machine, but Jackson was thrown out, suffering cuts and bruises. He dared the flames to pull the men out, receiving bad burns. The men had gone to the Coulee Dam site to look for work and were returning home, when the truck appeared ahead of them. The driver gave the wheel a quick turn but it was not enough and the car crashed. Officers will make a thorough investigation of the wreck.” ( Odessa Record: 3-08-1935)  “J C Phillips, Davenport mortician, this week took the body of Harry Ratliffe, 30, of St John, to that city, where the funeral was held. Ratliffe was killed east of Davenport on Monday night when a car driven by W H Jackson, Steptoe, crashed into the rear of a truck driven by H J Hilleary. Officers have not completed their investigation.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1935)

Ray:  “Graveside services were held at Spokane on Saturday for Genevieve Ray, former Odessa resident, recently living at Lebanon, Oregon. She was a member of a pioneer Odessa family.  Survivors include her brother, Edward W Ray, Spokane, and her sister, Mrs Myrtle Owen, Upland, CA.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1962)

Redman:  Ella Redman, 70, Long Beach, CA, formerly of Wenatchee and Waterville, died Thursday in a hospital in Long Beach. She was born Ella Ramm on Jan 11, 1909, at Odessa, attending school here and in Waterville. She was employed by an auto dealership in Wenatchee from 1928 through the 1930s. She moved to Long Beach about 1935, where she married Bill Redman on Oct 28, 1931. She was employed for an insurance and real estate firm there for 20 years before her retirement. Surviving are her husband, Bill, at home in Long Beach; two sisters, Anna Homberg, Odessa, and Evelyn DeVaney, Moses Lake; and three brothers, Eugene Ramm of Quincy; W C ‘Bing’ Ramm of Soap Lake; and Kenneth Ramm of Othello. Memorial services and interment arrangements in Waterville are pending. Arrangements will be made by the Waterville Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1979; apparent discrepancy in dates underscored.)

Reihs:  “Private funeral services were held Dec 23, 1974 at Mountain View Chapel in Tacoma for Ernest W Reihs, 64, of Tacoma. He passed away Dec 22 at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle. His wife preceded him in death two years ago this month. Survivors include two brothers, Henry Reihs, Irby, and Jacob Reihs, Odessa, two sisters, Margaret Blunk, Almira, and Marie Schorzman, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 12-26-1974)  

Reiman: “Word was received here this week of the death of Gottleib Reiman, 69, Lodi, CA, former Odessa resident, who left for California in 1920 after living in the Odessa region for 10 years. Particulars about his death were meager. He is survived by his widow and three children, and by four sons and three daughters by a previous marriage. These include Garfield, Spokane; Alfred, Ritzville; Eugene and Hildreth of Lodi; Lillie, Portland; Freda, San Francisco; and Mrs William Claudius, Ritzville. He was a brother of Sol Reiman and Mrs C E Weber of Odessa.” ( Odessa Record: 4-05-1935)

Reitner:  “Word has been received of the death of Mrs Joe Reitner at Tacoma on March 2. She was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Jacob Bastrom of Odessa, and the Reitners were wheat ranchers here before leaving for the coast. Members of the Bastrom family surviving include Jake, Rudolph and Dan, and a sister, Lydia Gobel.” (Odessa Record: 3-08-1962)  

Rhuby:  Mrs Joe Rhuby, 55, Seattle was buried Thursday in Seattle. Survivors include her husband, Joe, and two sisters and three brothers. Her husband is a brother of Mrs A A Kunkel, who formerly lived in Odessa.” ( Odessa Record: 7-19-1935)

Richter: “Two men paid with their lives for a happy homecoming plane ride over a Big Bend wheat ranch near Ritzville Friday.  The dead are Leroy Arlt, 31, son  of Carl Arlt, Ritzville wheat grower, and Mrs Lydia M Billesbach, Odessa, operator of the Hotel Odessa, the pilot, and his passenger, Ray Richter, 30, native of California, who had been discharged from the army Thursday at Fort Lewis after completing service with the US occupational forces in Germany. The plane, a four-place Stinson, nosed into a wheat field scarcely 200 yards from the farm home of John Hennings, 13 miles east of Ritzville, after hitting rural telephone lines over the Telecky farm. The plane was demolished and Richter killed outright. The wreckage did not burn. Arlt died shortly after arriving at the Deaconess hospital, Spokane. The plane had taken off from Ritzville airport.  The fatal flight was a salute to the parents of Richter’s wife, Anne, Mr and Mrs C H Hennings, whose farm adjoins the John Hennings ranch. Richter and his wife and their small daughter, Linda, were staying at the C H Henning farm home. It is not believed the parents or Richter’s wife saw the plane crash. John Hennings witnessed the accident. CAA officials, Deputy Sheriff Clinton Rowe and Coroner Richard Whitmore investigated.  Funeral services for Richter were held Monday morning and the Arlt service from a funeral home chapel at Ritzville in the afternoon. Robert Walter and David Schrag, Odessa, were among the pallbearers. Richard Zelmer of Davenport also acted. From Ritzville were Don Schwizow, Ben VanBuren and Orville Moeller. The Rev F Ahrendt officiated. Members of the Odessa post of Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted the graveside service, Rev Ahreandt giving the committal. Arlt had four years with the US Navy. He farmed his own land in connection with his father, and was also an employee of the Norkem Company. He was also a member of the Odessa Gun Club. In addition to the parents, he is survived by two brothers, William of Lamont, and Howard of Rosalia.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1954)

Rodeck:  “Mrs Karl Rodeck returned home last week form a ten day trip to Anaheim, CA, where she was called by the death of Mrs Fred Rodeck, who was killed in an automobile accident. Fred Rodeck, stepson of Mrs Karl Rodeck, was very critically injured and is reported to be slowly improving. Mr Rodeck will be hospitalized for sometime in the Dr Martin Luther Hospital, Room 116 B, 1825 West Ronneye, Anaheim, CA.” (Odessa Record: 9-27-1962)

Ruff:  “When the cornice of a building at Yakima crumbled this week, one person was killed and 25 seriously injured. The one killed was Victor Ruff, while a brother, Godfrey Ruff, was severely hurt. Both lived at Wapato. Eugene Gans, son of Reinhold L Gans, formerly of Odessa , was among those injured. A Mr and Mrs Alex Rehn, thought to be former Odessa region residents, were also on the list. When the wall crumbled the entire group dropped to the pavement, two stories below.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1935)


Odessa Obituaries, unspecified burial location, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted March 2006 by Marge Womach

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