Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Anderson:  James Lewis Anderson, MD, died at his home in Union, Wash., on Sept 4, 2007, at the age of 77. He was born April 16, 1930 in Marquette, Kansas to Rueben and Josephine (Hall) Anderson. He served in the US Navy for five years and was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann, in 1952. They married in Coral Gables, FL. James graduated from the University of WA Medical School in 1960 and practiced medicine in Odessa and Seattle, as well as Hillsboro, Oregon. He and his wife retired to Mason County in 1995. he is remembered as a dearly. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, classical music, traveling and, in particular, the ocean. He is survived by his three daughters, all of Seattle: Marilyn Burt (Jim); Julie Ruef (Jim) and Susan Fagan; five grandchildren, all of Seattle: Aaron and Ryan Burt, Nick and Morgan Fagan and Sadie Ruef; siblings Arlyne Loacker of Seattle, and Edwin Anderson of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, his parents, his brothers Frederick and John, and his sister Rosalee Goebel. A memorial service will be held at Hope Chapel, Shelton, WA on Saturday, Sept 15, 2007. Arrangements are under the direction of McComb Funeral Home of Shelton, WA.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Aldrich: “A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 27, in Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, for Carl G Aldrich, who died Wednesday, Feb 27, 1999, at the age of 91. Mr Aldrich was born Aug 27, 1907 in Odessa. He had lived in the Portland area off and on for many years. He worked for Van Kirk’s Florist and Powell Valley Water for a number of years until retiring and moving to the Puyallup, Wash. area in 1972. His wife Marie preceded him in death. Survivors include his son, Terry, of Portland; brother, Harvey Stump, of Portland; sister, Pearl Poland, of Aloha, Oregon; three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Arlt: "William Arlt, a resident of Wilson Creek for several years, died Monday, Nov 1, 1999. He was 74 years old. Mr Arlt was born in
Ritzville. In 1953 he married Patricia Hackley. They were divorced in 1964. He was a farmer in the Ritzville area and later a heavy
construction machinery operator in Australia. He returned to the United States in 1992 and moved to Wilson Creek in 1996. Survivors include his mother, Lydia Owens, of Coeur d’Alene; two daughters, Valerie Birdsong, of Vancouver, WA, and Billie Kay Arlt, of Long Beach, CA; a brother, Howard Arlt, of Stites, Idaho; a granddaughter; four nieces and one nephew; several aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. At his request, no services were held. Cremation followed.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Arthur: John F Arthur(Jack)—Passed away Nov 28, 1990 in Spokane. Survived by his wife, Jackie Holm Arthur, at the home; step-children, Apryl Wraspir, Odessa, WA; Mark Holm, Bremerton, WA, Donel Griggs, Bellingham, WA; 7 grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ellen and Frank Menzel, Spokane. Lifetime member of the community. Major U S Army, Graduate of WSU, member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. F & AM, Kiwanis, El Katif Shrine, Spokane Club, Hayden Lake Country Club, Alumnus WSU and member of Cougar Club, Owner Operator of Jack Arthur Tire Co. Memorial Service and Inurnment, Saturday, Dec 1, 1990 at Riverside Mausoleum Chapel, N 211 Government Way. Pastor James Burford, officiating. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, N2203 Division St. Spokane.”

Adkison: "Jewell F Adkison, 63, a former Odessa resident, died Friday, June 3, 1994, in Asotin. Mr Adkison was retired. He was in the
irrigation well-drilling business, and he drilled several of the wells on farms in the Odessa area and elsewhere in eastern Washington. He
designed and built three well-drilling machines. He was born in Center, Texas, on June 12, 1930, the son of Willis and Fannie Mae Sanford
Adkison. He attended elementary and junior high school in Mount Herman, Texas. When he was 25 years old, he moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he worked as a self-employed well driller. He married Lorraine Paris in Jan 1972, and that year they moved from Albuquerque to Odessa. IN 1986 they moved to Asotin, following an accident which left him a quadriplegic. He enjoyed his work. He held a private pilot’s license, and enjoyed flying as a hobby. He was preceded in death by his father, three brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife and son Andrew of Asotin; his mother, Fannie Mae Adkison, of Center; a son by a previous marriage, Larry Adkison, of Aztec, NM; two step-daughters from an earlier marriage, Debbie Vicory, of Lenore, Idaho; and Lorie Miller, of Moses Lake; one step-son, Jody Paris, of Asotin; two brothers, Ray and Royce Adkison, of Center, and 16 grandchildren. A memorial service was held Monday, June 6, at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.” (Odessa Record:1994)

Barnes: “Graveside services for Helen Nechanicky Barnes, a native of Odessa, were held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane on Thursday, June 8, 1995. Mrs Barnes died Monday, May 22, 1995 in Las Vegas, NV. She was 93 years old. She was a member of the pioneer Nechanicky family which settled in the Odessa area at the turn of the century. She is survived by her husband, Dr A G Barnes, of Las Vegas; two brothers, Richard Nechanicky, of Spokane; and Ted Nechanicky, of Lewiston, ID; two sisters, Anna Hester, of Spokane, and Vera Siemers, of Greenbluff, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Robert Goebel officiated at the service.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Bartalamay: "Lydia Bartalamay, 85, of Lacey, WA, died of natural causes Friday, Jan 6, 1995, in Adult Care Home, Lacey. She was born Apr 30, 1909, the daughter of Jacob Hoff and Marie Katherine Herbst, in Lind. She was a resident of Thurston County for approximately 74 years.  She married Fred Bartalamay Sept 2, 1928, in Olympia. He preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs Bartalamay worked at Olympia Cannery. She was a clerk typist at Fort Lewis until her retirement in 1977. She belonged to the Faith Lutheran Church in Lacey. She is survived by one son, Don Bartalamay, of Everett; two daughters, Frances Hanna, of Wenatchee, and Rosemary Winbeckler, of Olympia; two sisters, Frieda Richards and Edith Johnson, both of Olympia; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother-in-law, Ben Bartalamay, of Spokane; one sister-in-law, Martha Bartalamay, of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Berry: Charles Leslie Berry_ died Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at home on Isom Ranch near Echo, Oregon, of cancer. He was 38 years old. He was born Sept 26, 1960, at Pendleton, Oregon, the son of Eugene and Charlotte Laughlin Berry. He grew up at Echo, graduating from Oregon Trail High School in 1978. He attended Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University and Spokane Community College, where he met Debbie Hopp in 1980. The couple was married Dec 11, 1982 in Odessa. Mr Berry was employed by Pendleton Grain Growers for 17 years…. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; daughter, Ashley, and sons, Chase and Drew; his parents, Eugene and Charlotte Berry; sisters, Diane Berry, Bonnie Berry and Carol Marcum, and grandmothers, Mildred Berry and Velma Laughlin, all of Echo; father-in-law, Paul Hopp of Odessa; and brother-in-law and family, Rob and Michelle Hopp, Rochelle and Megan, of Kennewick. Funeral services were held on May 15 in Echo, with interment at Echo Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Birchard: "Shirley Birchard, a former resident of Odessa, died on Monday, Jan 16, 1995. She was 70 years old. She was born and raised in
Omaha, NE. Later she moved with her family to Eugene, OR, where she graduated from high school. She attended the University of Oregon and Warner Pacific College in Portland. She was married to the Rev John A Birchard, who for many years was pastor of the English Congregational Church in Odessa. She was a mother advisor for the Rainbow Girls I Odessa and also a leader in the Girl Scouts of America. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Blue River Chapter, in Eugene. The Birchards moved to Spokane in 1970. Survivors include her husband of 48 years; a daughter, Karen Catey, of Moxee, WA; her mother, Karolina Glasgow, of Eugene; a brother, Robert Glasgow, of Beaverton, OR; two sisters, Elaine Morgan, of Umpqua, OR, and Mary Lou Potter, of Eugene; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Birge: "Alvin Willard Birge, a former Odessa resident died Feb 18, 1994 in Roseville, CA. He was born on Aug 25, 1925, in Chewelah, the son of Al and Suzie Birge. He moved with the family to Odessa in the early 1930s. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1943. He then served in the US Navy in South Pacific 1943-1946. He married Clare M Loomis, of Seattle, in 1953. They had three children. He was survived by his wife, Clare, of Orangevale; two sons, Randy Birge of Elizabeth City, NC; and Dean Birge, Union City, CA; a daughter, Diane Van Streefkerk, of Lotus, CA, a brother, Don Birge of Camas, WA, and 3 grandchildren. Memorial services were held Feb 23 in Sacramento. (excerpt of Odessa Record)

Birge: “Graveside service for George T Birge was Friday at Fairmont Memorial Park. Mr Birge, 50, died Tuesday. (Nov 2, 1993). He was born in and raised in Odessa, Redmond and Kirkland, WA. He moved to Spokane in 1971 and worked as a construction laborer, working out of Laborers Union Local 238. He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which caused him to retire in June. Mr Birge served in the Air Force in the early 1960s. Survivors include his wife of nearly 25 years, Paula Birge, at the home; two sons, T J Birge of Spokane and Geromy Birge, at the home; one daughter, Pollyanne Birge of Tempe, AZ; one brother, RichardBirge of Sisters, OR; one sister, Betty Honz of Bothell, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (scrapbook item)

Briant: “A memorial service for Ruth Briant, a former resident of Odessa, at Vancouver, WA. Mrs Briant died suddenly from congestive heart disease on Saturday, Jan 30, 1999, at Vancouver, WA. She was born Dec 20, 1930 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She later moved to Spokane with her parents and met and married her husband of almost 50 years, Kenneth Briant, in June 1949. The couple had two sons, James K Briant and Kenneth P Briant. Ken and Ruth came to Odessa in 1954, where he, along with Clinton (Bud) Thompson established Empire Electric. The Briants moved to Spokane in 1969. In 1976, they owned and operated Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company in Kent, WA, until 1998, when they retired and moved to Vancouver. Ruth loved to do things for her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, James Briant, of Richland. Survivors include her husband, at the home in Vancouver, and one son, Kenneth P Briant of Portland, and daughter-in-law, Mona Briant of Richland. Private inurnment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Buchanan:  Rose Evelyn Harberson Buchanan, a former Odessa area resident and teacher, passed away Feb 20 in Winslow (Bainbridge Island), after a brief illness. Born in 1903, she grew up in Harrington and graduated from high school there. She earned a teaching certificate from Cheney Normal School (now EWU) and taught eight grades in the rural Walter School south of Odessa. A resident here from the early 1920s until the early 1940s, she was married in 1925 to David W ‘Buck’ Buchanan, for many years Odessa High School principal. They moved to Endicott when he became school superintendent, and later to Davenport, where he was also superintendent. Mr Buchanan died in 1961 while he was superintendent at Winslow. In addition to her husband, Mrs Buchanan was preceded in death by her parents, Mr and Mrs Sam Harberson, and by a sister, a brother, an aunt and several cousins, all of Harrington. She is survived by a son, Robert Buchanan of Seattle; by a daughter, Joyce Olsen of Winslow; by 5 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. A memorial service in Winslow followed cremation. Inurnment in an eastern Washington cemetery is planned later this year.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Burns: “Doris Virginia (Buchanan) Burns, 82, died Friday, Aug 30, at her home in Columbia Falls, MT. She was the mother of Donna Thrall of Marlin. She was born in Davenport on October 22, 1908, to Duncan and Nettie Buchanan. She was raised in eastern Washington but moved to the Flathead Valley in Montana in the late 1930s. After attending Teachers’ Normal School in Billings, MT, she returned to the Flathead Valley in 1941 and taught school at Deer Park. In 1942 she was married to Henry J Burns. They had five children. A lover of animals, she celebrated her 80^th birthday by going horseback riding. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh and Wayne Buchanan, and by two sisters, Phyllis Lattin and Beatrice Duncan. She is survived by one sister, Constance Whaley of Columbia Falls; five children, Maurice Burns and Cynthia DeCamp of Martin City; Gregory and Donald Burns of Kalispell, MT, and Mrs Thrall, and by 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept 10 in Columbia Falls.” (scrapbook item: 1990)

Campbell:LaVerna Louella (Jeske) Campbell, a former resident of Odessa, died on Tuesday, May 7, 1997 at Skagit Valley ConvalescentCenter in Sedro Woolley, WA. She was 71 years old. LaVerna was the youngest of four children born to Andrew and Lydia (Beier) Jeske on the family farm southwest of Odessa near Moody on April 15, 1926. She moved with the family to Odessa in June 1931. She started her first grade that fall at the age of 5. She attended school until 1943, when she went into restaurant work, which she followed for 40 years. She worked in Ritzville, Spokane and Mount Vernon, WA. She worked the last 19 years at Axelson’s in Burlington, WA. She married Harold E Campbell on Dec 20, 1952, in Seattle. They made their home in Burlington, WA. She is predeceased by her husband Harold in 1984, her father in 1959, her mother in 1978, a sister, Helen Fitzgerald, in 1993, and a brother, Harold Jeske, in World War II in 1945. She is survived by one sister, Olga R Huntzinger, and her husband, John, of Yakima; five nieces, 15 great nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews. At her request, there will be no funeral services. Burial was at Hawthorne Cemetery at Mount Vernon, with Hawthorn Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 1997)

Case: “A graveside service for Lester N Case, a former resident of Odessa, was held at Greenwood Memorial Park on Wednesday, April 19. Mr Case died on Saturday, April 15, in Spokane, where he had made his home for the past 34 years. He was 77 years old. He was born in Moxee. He was an electrician employed by the Odessa Trading Company during the 1950s and early 1960s. He is survived by his wife, Eunice Case, of Spokane; a daughter, Barbara Case, of Elk; three sons, Lloyd Case, of Spokane; Denny Case of Tacoma; and Don Case, of Marina del Ray, CA; one sister, Thelma Bender, of Moses Lake; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. The Rev Bruce Rodda officiated at the service, which was preceded by cremation. Riplinger Funeral Home, of Spokane, was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Castle: Edith G Castle, a native of Odessa who had lived in Spokane for 62 years, died on Wednesday, Oct 4, 1995, in Spokane. She was 82 years old. She was born on Jan 29, 1913, in Odessa, the daughter of Thomas Patrick and Goldie G (Schoonoever) Estes and the granddaughter of northwestern Adams County pioneers Levi and Eliza Schoonover. She grew up in Harrington and Starbuck. She was graduated valedictorian from Starbuck High School with the class of 1930. She married F Everett Castle on Feb 8, 1935. He preceded her in death on Oct 30, 1982. A life-long lover of flowers and an avid gardener, she won a blue ribbon at the 1995 Spokane Interstate Fair for her hydrangeas. She was also a talented dressmaker, enjoyed cooking and was interested in genealogy research. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances E and James L Mahoney, of Spokane; granddaughter, Colleen F Mahoney, of Spokane; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Michael J and Ann Dickinson Mahoney, of Hillsborough, CA; her sister, Bertha I Lloyd, of Waitsburg, and two brothers, Raymond E Estes, Ridgefield, WA, and Robert O Estes, of Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Chamberlain: Patricia (Weisser) Chamberlain died on Sunday, Aug 31, 2003. She was born in Odessa on June 9, 1952, the daughter of Raymond and Betty Weisser. For the past 31 years she was employed by the US Dept of Labor. Patty was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Weisser. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Chamberlain; children Les Chamberlain, Tennille Escatel, Kevin Chamberlain and Denay Chamberlain; 8 grandchildren; father Raymond WEisser; brother Donald Weisser, and sisters Kathleen Gustafson and Diannne Bianche. A memorial service for Patty was held on Sept 4 at Highland Community Church in Renton, WA.”(Odessa Record: 2003)

Christman:  Andrew Christman, 83, a former resident of Odessa, died on Friday, April 21, 1995, at Terrace Heights Nursing Center in Moses Lake. He had lived in Moses Lake many years. He was born June 25, 1911, in Beulah, ND, the son of Jacob and Catherine Christman. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He married Elta Miller on Sept 13, 1938 in Hazen, ND. In 1941, they moved to Odessa, and he was employed by the Odessa Trading Company as a truck driver for 22 years. He and his family moved from Odessa to Othello 25 years ago. They later moved to Moses Lake. Mr Christman had been in retirement for 20 years. He enjoyed the rodeo, riding horses, roping calves and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elta, of Moses Lake; four daughters, Gladys Marie Strader and husband Warren, of Othello; Violet Ruth Riley and husband Lee, of Alaska; Dorothy Ann Flint and husband Lyle, of Moses Lake; and Judy Jeane Buchman and husband Vern, of Othello; one son, Andy Christman, Jrand wife Gidget, of Moses Lake; 15 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Leroy Andy, six brothers and four sisters. Memorial services, preceded by cremation, were held April 25 in Othello.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Conklin: Charles P Conklin, 28, an employee of the Odessa Trading Company in Odessa, died shortly before midnight Sunday in his parked pickup truck on Highway 28 one mile west of Harrington, in an apparent suicide. Lincoln County Sheriff Dan Berry said a coroner’s autopsy completed Tuesday indicated Conklin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was recovered from the pickup by investigating sheriff’s deputies. Conklin, who had lived in Odessa, recently moved to Harrington.” (scrapbook item: 1997) “Charles (Chuck) Paul Conklin Jr died on Sunday, April 28, 1997. He was 28 years old. He was born Feb 11, 1969, in Spokane, the son of Chuck and Joyce (Els) Conklin. For three years, when he was between the ages of 7 and 10, Chuck boxed for the Spokane Eagles, winning his first tournament and trophy at age 7. He had a night paper route. One year before he was old enough to hunt, with abow and arrow he got his first of many deer and elk. In his junior year at Rogers High School in Spokane he joined the Army National Guard and got his training during the next two summers at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was a sergeant in the guard for six years as an auto mechanic. After graduating form Rogers, he attended Spokane Community College for two years to become an auto mechanic. After completing his course, he was employed as a mechanic at the Odessa Trading Company for eight years. Chuck’s interest in working on automobiles began when he was a 7-year-old, helping his father in the family garage. During his years with the Guard, he drove a tank retriever in the Spokane Lilac Torchlight Parade. Chuck enjoyed his work, the outdoors and hunting, children and helping his friends.” (Odessa Record: 1997; burial not specified) (Edit: Harry O Conklin, grandfather of Charles P Conklin, Jr, is buried in Harrington’s Hillcrest Cemetery, as is Harry’s father.)

Deife: Rozella Deife(age 75).—Passed away Aug 28, 1992, in Spokane, WA. A longtime resident of the Rockford area. She is survived by one son, Kennith Deife, Spokane; two daughters, Marguerite Rogers, Colfax, WA; and Ella Mae Holm, Rockford, WA; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Rockford Women’s Club, Rockford Historical Society, 50-year member of the Macintosh Grange, and 50-year member ofthe Order of Eastern Star. Funeral Services Tuesday, Sept 1, at the Rockford United Methodist Church, Rockford, WA. Rev Ron Fulkerson, officiating, Interment Fairview Cemetery, Rockford, WA. SchanzenbachFuneral Home, Fairfield, WA in charge.” (Spokesman: 1992)

Deiter: “James Starchman, age 65, was instantly killed, and George Deiter, 58, was fatally injured Sunday when their automobile skidded inloose gravel and turned over a half mile west of Hanson station. Mr Deiter was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane where he died soon after his arrival. He had been night clerk at the Hotel Almira for the past six months. Little is known of him and as this is written no definite arrangements have been made for his funeral. Mr Starchman was a painter, who has resided in Almira and Nespelem for three years. He was born in Illinois and went to Alaska during the gold rush at Nome. He was also a pioneer in the Slocan, BC, gold fields and had prospected from the Mexican border to Alaska. His remains were taken to Spokane for burial Monday, by his sister, Mrs Bessie Wood, who resides in the city. Starchman and Deiter were returning from looking over the country on the ridge north of Almira, when the accident occurred.” (Odessa Record:8-01-1930)

Earling: David Earl Earling, 74, a resident of Odessa for the apst 26 years, died April 17, 2000, at Odessa Memorial Hospital following along illness. He was born Nov 20, 1920 in Grant Valley, MN, the son of John P and Bertha Rose Earling. He is survived by two daughters, three grand children, five great grandchildren, three sisters and numerous friends in Odessa. Interment was at Lewiston, Idaho.” (Odessa Record: 2000)

Ellis: * “A funeral Mass for Olga Michaelsen Ellis, a native and former resident of Odessa, was celebrated yesterday at St AugustineCatholic Church in Spokane. Mrs Ellis, who in recent years had lived in Yakima, died there on Jan 8, 1993. She was born on July 30, 1903, in Odessa, the only child of Julius C and Pauline Hammling Michaelsen. Her father was a pioneer merchant in Odessa, being a partner in Michaelsen & Koth mercantile. Olga was graduated from Odessa High School in 1921 and Washington State College (now Univ.). She was an accomplished musician, in both voice and piano. She taught piano for more than 20 years in Spokane and also taught in Harrington and Colville. She married James G Ellis in 1925, and they lived in Odessa and Harrington until they moved to Spokane in 1942. They moved to Colville in 1945, but returned to Spokane in 1948. Mr Ellis died in 1983, and in 1986 Mrs Ellis moved to Yakima. She was a diamond-pin member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, an active member of Chapter CQ, PEO, in Spokane, and a member of St Augustine Parish in Spokane. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Ellis Busse and Robert Busse, of Yakima; three granddaughters, Cynthia Hall, of Seattle; Tamara Gore, of Hillsboro, OR, and Jennifer Busse, of Bothell, WA, and two great grandchildren. The Rev Joseph Pash officiated at the funeral Mass. Interment was at Holy Cross cemetery in Spokane. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1993)

Engle: “Harvey W Engle died Saturday, Apr 15, 1995, at his home in Sumner, WA, following a heart attack. He was 72 years old. Memorialservices were held on April 19 at the Sunrise Baptist Church in Puyallup, where he was a member. He was born in Odessa on July 12, 1922, to G E and Irene Engle, of Marlin. He was graduated from Marlin High School in 1940, then worked on the family farm until he joined the US Army in the fall of 1942. He served in India until he was discharged in Jan 1946. He then worked on his parents’ farm until the fall of 1947, when he moved to Spokane. He married Marjorie Tate on Apr 26, 1948. The couple had three sons and one daughter. The family moved to Seattle, where Harvey worked for Consolidated Freight Lines until he retired in 1982. He and Marjorie lived in Sumner for several years before his death. He is survived by his wife, sons William Engle, of Anchorage, Alaska; Larry Engle, of Los Angeles, and Walter Engle, of Bremerton, WA; daughter Marilyn Reynolds, of Federal Way, WA; several grandchildren, and five brothers, Roy Engle and Bobbie Engle, of Spokane, Don Engle, of Sagle, Idaho; Jimmie Engle, of Eugene, OR; and Fay Engle, of East Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Engle: “Service for Roy H Engle, 85, will be at 1 p.m. today at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North. Burial will follow at Fairmount MemorialPark. Born in Marlin, WA, Mr Engle died Thursday. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1929 and in 1930 married Arberta Hatley in Moscow, Idaho. Mr Engle worked as a manager at the General Store for 20 years,retiring in 1975. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Roy Engle, of Opelika, AL, Earl Engle, of Yakima; and Dwayne and Bobbie Engle, both of Spokane; six daughters, Linda Barry of Spokane; Mary Miller of Salmon, Idaho; Judy Sciuchetti, of Mean; Roberta Dunham of Colville, WA; Cindy Barline, of Elk; and Dona Blocher of Airway Heights; four brothers, Don Engle of Sagle, Idaho, Jim Engle, of Eugene, OR, Bob Engle of Spokane and Charles Engle of Wenatchee; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Engle: “Charles Fay Engle, 78, a longtime resident of East Wenatchee, died Monday, July 21, 2003, in East Wenatchee. Mr Engle was born in Spokane on Feb 9, 1925, to G E and Irene Engle. He was the 10^th son born to the Engles. Fay attended the Marlin schools, graduating from Marlin High School in 1943. He served in the US Navy from 1943-1946. He attended Washington State University. He retired from the WA State Dept of Revenue in 1982. Mr Engle was a longtime member of the American Legion and Forty & Eight. He married Lucille Grant in 1969. Lucille preceded him in death in 2001. Mr Engle is survived by three brothers, Don, of Sagle, Idaho; Jimmie, of Eugene, OR, and Bobbie of Spokane; a stepdaughter, Kathy, of San Jose, CA; three step-grandchildren and 26 nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee on July 26.” (Odessa Record: 2003)

Fink: “Funeral services for Byron Fink were held Feb 14 in Kennewick. Mr Fink died of leukemia on Feb 10, 1992, at his home in
Richland. He was 54 years old. He was born in Odessa, the son of Harry and Lauretta Fink, and spent his early childhood here. He graduated from Spirit Lake, Idaho, High School, after which he served in the US Navy for four years. He was part owner of Sargent Pump and Irrigation in the Tri-Cities and was currently employed as an agent for Coldwell Banker. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Kennewick. Survivors include his wife, Marlene Fink, of Richland; sons Michael Fink, Pasco; Donald Fink, Prosser; and Kevin Fink, Kennewick; his father and step-mother, Harry and Margaret Fink, Coeur d’Alene, ID; sisters, Sheryl McDaniel, Athol, ID; Judy Van Winkle, Pasco; Sandy Poland, Pasco; and Alexa McDaniel, Elk City, ID; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lauretta Fink.” (scrapbook item: 1992)

Finkbeiner: “Edward Finkbeiner of Spokane, born July 19, 1914 in North Dakota to George and Katherine Wolff Finkbeiner, died at his home Sunday, Feb 4, after an extended battle with cancer. He moved to the Odessa area in 1934 and married Dorothy Widmer the following year. From 1946 to 1961 he was employed here by Odessa Trading Company. After the family moved to Spokane, he was employed as a salesman by the J C Penney Co until his retirement in 1979. In Odessa, Mr Finkbeiner was a member of the United Congregational Church, functioning as a Sunday School Supt and as an adult class teacher. After moving to Spokane, he became a member of Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon and elder. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Finkbeiner, at the family home; two daughters: Eileen Byram of Spokane and Janet Colby of Sant Maria, CA; three brothers: Rueben Finkbeiner of Odessa, Jake Finkbeiner of Richey, MT; and Emil Finkbeiner, of Coeur d’Alene, ID; three sisters: Anna Chambers of Spokane; Caroline Brenneise of Circle, MT; and Lydia Kress of Orlando, FL; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb 9, at Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, the Rev Richard Avery officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery, Hazen –Jaeger Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Brian Finkbeiner, Steve Finkbeiner, Bruce Finkbeiner, Leonard Schauer, Jim Colby, and Jeff Colby.” (Odessa Record: 1990)

Finkbeiner: Emil Finkbeiner.—A retired wheat rancher, formerly of Deer Park, WA, Passed away Jan 4, 1991 at Coeur d’Alene, ID. Husband of Bernice Finkbeiner, at the Coeur d’Alene home; father of Karen Finkbeiner, Deer Park, WA; brother of Reuben Finkbeiner, Odessa, WA; step-brother to Jake Finkbeiner, Richy, MT, Carrie Brenneise, Circle, MT; and Christina Gragert, St Edwards, NB. Funeral services, Tuesday, Jan 8, 1991 at Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, WA. Interment Woodland Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: undated 1991)

Fisher: " A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa for Larry D Fisher. Mr Fisher died Saturday, Aug 7, 2004, in Yakima from cardiac arrest. He was born June 9, 1954 in Libby, MT, the son of Bob and Dorothy Fisher. Survivors include his companion, Laurel, of Otis Orchards; sons Lawrence Devin Fisher, of Otis Orchards, and Kendall Fisher, of Odessa; daughters Jessica Fisher and Chelsea Fisher, both of Odessa; stepson Aaron Rose, of Otis Orchards; parents Bob and Dorothy Fisher, of Otis Orchards; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Jody Fisher, of Otis Orchards; grandmother Meg Cartwright, of Sidney, MT; granddaughter Angel Noel, of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 2004)

Fisher: “Ruth F Fisher, of Newport, a native of Odessa, died on Thursday, Jan 18, 1996. She was 86 years old. Mrs Fisher was the
daughter of Mr and Mrs Chris Weber, Odessa pioneers. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1927. She was a graduate of St Luke’s Nursing School and worked for the Newport Hospital before retiring in the late 1950s. She was a member of the Newport Assembly of God Church. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Kruckenberg, of Ellensburg; 5 sisters: Edna Nicholls, of Spokane, Alice Els, of Davenport; Delora Gies and Vera Zagelow, of Odessa; and Arlene Meyer, of Silverton, OR; and two grandsons. Funeral services were held in Newport on Tuesday, Jan 23, with interment in the Newport Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1996)

Gabe: “Funeral services for Leslie E Gabe were held Feb 6 in Pullman. Mr Gabe died following a heart attack before his automobile
struck a pickup truck and trailer on Feb 11 in Pullman. Born in North Dakota, he moved with his family to WA in 1921. He attended North
Central High School in Spokane, graduating from there in 1936. Mr Gabe moved to Pullman in 1936 and worked for the Pullman Herald print shop. He later joined the WSU print shop, where he retired in 1976 as shop foreman after more than 30 years. He was a member of the WSU Cougar Club, Pullman Gun Club, Clear Water Flycasters Club, Whitman Lodge #49, Royal Arch Masons; El Katif Shrine, in Spokane; Pullman Golf Club, Colfax Golf Club, and Crescent Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Gabe, at the home in Pullman; two daughters, Cheryl Jeske of Odessa, and Karen Baumgartner, at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan; two brothers, Charles and Douglas, both of Spokane; and one sister, Dorothea Tesarik, of Spokane, and 3 grandchildren: Lanae, Michael and Kimberly Jeske, of Odessa.” (scrapbook item: 1992)

Gettmann: “A memorial service was held on Nov 22 in Canby, OR, for Benjamin Paul Gettmann,_ who died Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003, at age 86. Mr Gettman was born Dec 27, 1916 in Odessa. He moved to Canby, Oregon, in 1948 and was a farmer. In 1941 he married Blanche Worthington. Survivors include his wife; sons, Allen, David and Gary; daughter, Nancy Niccum;
sisters Florence Hayter and Virginia Barnes; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 2003)

Gibbs: “Funeral services for Martha Kissler Gibbs were held Nov 23 in Portland. Mrs Gibbs died on Nov 18, 1992, in Spokane. She was 80 years old. She was born in Irby on April 24, 1912, the eighth child of Fred and Anna Marie Lesser Kissler. Her parents had come to the Odessa area from Frank, Russia. She attended country schools in Adams County for her elementary education and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1930. She and many of her classmates celebrated their 50^th anniversary at a class reunion in 1980. She married Elton L Gibbs in 1937 at St Matthew Congregational Church in Odessa. They lived most of their married life in the Portland area. Mr Gibbs was shop foreman at Interstate Tractor and Equipment Company before his retirement after 41 years there in 1979. He died in 1986. Mrs Gibbs was a member of the Bethel Congregational Church in Beaverton, OR. She was employed by Tektronix, Inc, in Beaverton for 18 ½ years. She is survived by a sister, Marie Cook of Odessa, and a sister-in-law, Clara Eckhardt Kissler of Odessa, the wife of the late Rev George Kissler. Other survivors include brothers-in-law Les Gibbs and his wife, Audrey, of Spokane, and sister-in-law Marian Reedy, of Pullman. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Anna Lenhart, Katie Bauer, Rae Schultz, Lydia Frieske, Ruth Kissler and Helen Averill, and brothers George Kissler, Jacob F Kissler, John Kissler, Fred Kissler Jr, and Henry B Schafer, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Robert L Thoma officiated at the funeral service, which was at the Skyline Funeral Home Chapel in Portland. Interment was at Skyline Memorial Gardens.” (Odessa Record: 1992)

Giese: Arthur Giese, age 24, son of William Giese, an Odessa pioneer, died of peritonitis at a Portland hospital, July 19. Arthur was
born near Odessa and grew to manhood here, working at different places in the community. This spring he started work near Lind, but was taken sick and went to Portland to live with his sister, Mrs Pauline Stevens, while taking treatment. He spent six weeks at her home, when he was sent to a hospital where later an operation and his death followed. His funeral services were held at Portland, and his remains were buried beside those of his mother, who died there before his father came to Odessa. His surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs Pauline Stevens,Portland; three brothers, Oscar and Otto, Dryden; and Adolph, Odessa; four half sisters, a half brother, and step-mother, Mrs L Fredricks, and Hulda, Olga and Frieda Giese, Gottleib Giese and Mrs Leontina Giese, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-01-1930)

Giese: Marjorie Giese, age 88, died Monday, Sept 10, in Spokane. Marjorie was born Oct 30, 1920, in Odessa, the daughter of George and Rebecca (Cordes) Zicha. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper, including 20 years at Camp Chevrolet in Spokane. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge, loved to square dance and had a program on KXLY Channel 4 as a ‘caller’. Mrs Giese is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Malta and Claude Davey, of Spokane, sisters: Florence Wilson and Maxine Divito, both of Spokane, and Marilyn Kramer, of Kansas. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Eunice Zicha, of Spokane, and son-in-law Terry Williams, of Spokane. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Gottlieb (Pete) Giese, son William, and daughters Linda Zeller and Donna Williams. At her request, no services will be held. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Glanzman: “A memorial service was held on April 8 in Portland for Donald Dale Glanzman, who died on Sunday, April 2, 1995, at age 81. He was the husband of the former Gertrude Weber of Odessa. They were married May 14, 1945 and had lived in the Portland area for 34 years. Mr Glanzman, a US Navy veteran of WW II, retired in 1978 after 37 years as a land and tax agent for the Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to his wife, of Tigard, OR, he is survived by sons, Charles F Glanzman, of Memphis, TN; Robert M Glanzman, of Seattle; and Dr William D Glanzman of Victoria, BC.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Godwin: James Curtis Godwin died Thursday, April 5, 2007 in Spokane. He was 77 years old. He was born Sept 27, 1929, in Ash Flat,Ark., the sixth child of Elijah Ransom and Martilia (Horton) Godwin. Curt was raised on the family farm at Myron, Ark. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1945, serving as a flight engineer in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Curt married Lila Kuest, of Odessa, and together they raised their three children, Sheryl Ann, James Curtis Godwin Jr, and Pamila Kay in Spokane, except for the two years when he was stationed in for Inland Monument, where he became manager until he retired. Curt was devoted to his family. He enjoyed traveling, frequently taking his family down home to Arkansas for reunions which drew relatives and friends from all over the country. He also enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and swimming and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the lake cabin he built. Curt is survived by his wife Lila at home, daughters and sons-in-law: Sheryl (Roger) Sussman, of Marydel, Del., and Pamela (Paul) Bewick, of Spokane Valley; grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother William Godwin, of Udall, KS, and sisters, Ruby Hastings, of East Wenatchee, and Jackie Arnold, of Grand Coulee. He was preceded in death by son James Curtis Godwin Jr, two grandchildren, his parents, two brothers and a sister. Graveside services were held on April 10 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Graedel: Kenneth Eugene Graedel, a member of a pioneer Odessa area family, died unexpectedly at his home in Concord, CA, on May 7, 2002. He was born in Odessa on March 1, 1917, the son of Paul and Emma Graedel. He was graduated from Odessa High School and attended EWC (now EWU). He entered the military following the attack on Pearl Harbor and served honorably with the US Air Force Signal Corps during WW II. After his discharge, he married Irene Robinson on March 12, 1945. They settled in Concord, CA, where he worked with the Cement Finishers and Masons Union for 30 years. He was elected their business agent and served in that capacity until he retired. Irene died in 1982 after 37 years of marriage. Ken then met and married Evelyn Baker on Oct 8, 1985, in San Francisco. The couple divided their time between their two homes in Pacifica and Concord, CA. They traveled abroad together extensively. Evelyn died in a tragic accident in 1989… Mr Graedel has two surviving sisters, Doris Butler, of Seattle, and Carol Hartung, of Rosalia; two stepsons, Dennis and Glenn Baker; cousins Dorothy Walter Kissler, of Spokane, Calvin Graedel Jr of Spokane, and Irwin W (Bill) Graedel of Odessa; nieces and nephews…” Odessa Record: 2002)

Gray:Theresa J (Kremsreiter) Gray, 76, died on June 26, 1992, in Wenatchee following a brief illness. Mrs Gray was born at Odessa on July 15, 1915 on the farm of her parents, Mr and Mrs Louis Kremsreiter Sr. Her only surviving brother, Louis Kremsreiter, still lives on the farm, six miles south of Odessa. Theresa Kremsreiter married Walter Brennan at Auburn, WA, in 1933. After his death in 1936, she came back to Odessa and kept house for her brother, Joe Kremsreiter, until 1942, when she married Ralph Gray and moved back to Auburn. They moved to Wenatchee in 1951 and then to Cashmere in 1952, where she lived until her death. She is survived by two daughters, Bobbi Null, Odessa, and Linda Ingraham, of Cashmere; one son, John Gray, of Spokane; one brother, Louis Kremsreiter, of Odessa; three sisters, Mary Schtelzbaum, of Puyallup, Annie McDonald and Margaret Higgelke, both of Auburn; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: 1992)

Greenwalt: “Memorial service for Arlys S Greenwalt, 53, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Riplinger Funeral Home. Strate Funeral Home of Odessa, WA, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Greenwalt, who died Thursday, was born and raised in Onida, SD. She attended the Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, SD, for three years and graduated from Onida High School. She attended college at Huron State College, Huron, SD. She moved to Pomeroy, WA, and worked as an office manager for the Pomeroy Grain Growers for 14 years. She later moved to Odessa. Survivors include her husband, Marvin Greenwalt, at the home; two daughters, Renae Powell and Shelley Cook, both of Spokane; a son, Michael Ambach of Spokane; four step-daughters: Carrie Greenwalt of Spokane; Wendy Meise of Odessa; Diane Ball of Seattle; and Laura Greenwalt of Othello; her mother, Edna Hofer of Onida; two brothers, Dean Hofer of Aberdeen, SD; and Gary Hofer of Onida; two sisters, Shirley Voeltz of Pierre, SD, and Debbie Johnson of Onida; and 6 grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Greenwalt: William D Greenwalt, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Porcupine Bay, near Davenport. He was 52 years old. His home was in Cheney. He was born Feb 15, 1947, the son of Benjamin J and Edna (Hein) Greenwalt. He attended Odessa schools. He entered the US Army and was released when his father died in 1965 to help on the family farm. He worked for several farmers in Lincoln County and later was employed by Colville’s Garage in Reardan, where he was responsible for gasoline and diesel deliveries. For the past 11 years, he had been in apartment maintenance in Cheney. He is survived by his special friend and companion, Tricia Johnson, at the home; three daughters, Donelle, Billie Jo and Shellie; seven grandchildren; his mother, Edna Baker of Odessa; one brother, Marvin Greenwalt, of Odessa; two sisters, Judy Greenwalt, of Odessa, and Sally Ronio, of Davenport; one brother-in-law, Charles Dahm, Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Greenwalt, and sister, Norrita Dahm. Wake services were held on Monday, July 5, at the Eagles Lodge Aerie #2 in Spokane.Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Gustafson:Lucille Hardung Gustafson died on Dec 30, 2006, at the age of 86. She was born on Aug 13, 1920, to David and Mary Hardung and was the oldest of five children. She spent her childhood living on the family farm southeast of Odessa. She had three brothers, Joe, LaVene and Herbert, and one sister, Marcene. Her elementary school years were spent at the Joyner School, a former country school located near what is today the farm of Lorus Scrupps. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1939. After leaving Odessa she attended nursing school, where she graduated with an RN degree. Lucille was working in Longview, WA, when she met Lars Gustafson. They were married on Aug 25, 1943. During her  career as an RN, she and Lars raised four children, Larry, Ron, Vicki  and Fred. Lucille was the supervisor of nurses for Olympic Memorial  Hospital in Port Angeles, WA, until she retired. At the age of 80, she  traveled with her church group to Africa, where she used her nursing skills to administer to the needy. The Africans were in awe of this 80-year-old woman who could still walk and work all day long. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary; her husband, Lars Gustafson, and two siblings, Joe Hardung and Marcene Hardung Deife. Lucille is survived by her four children, Larry Gustafson and wife Linda; Ron Gustafson; Vicki and husband Wayne Yonke; and Fred Gustafson and wife Paula. She is also survived by four grandchildren…; two brothers, LaVene Hardung and wife Vera, and Herb Hardung and wife Tana; and many nieces, nephews and cousins…. Funeral services will be held on Jan 13, 2007, at the Holy Trinity Church in Port Angeles, WA.” (Odessa Record: 2006)


 Odessa vicinity deaths submitted to the Lincoln County,  

Washington GenWeb, January 2008, by Marge Womach.

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