Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Laib:  “A funeral for Herbert Edmund Laib of Oregon City was held June 30 (1989) at Cochran & Waud Sunset Chapel in Gladstone.  Burial followed at Willamette National Cemetery. Mr Laib died Tuesday in an Oregon City care center of complications arising from diabetes. He was 71.  Born June 26, 1918 in Warden, he lived in the Portland area for about 28 years before moving to Oregon City in the early 1970s. He married Mabel Lynch on April 27, 1942 in LasVegas, Nevada.  Mr Laib worked as a repairman, installer and consultant in the heating and air-conditioning business for 43 years. He was self-employed for a number of years and later worked for Modern Heating Repair and Fullman’s Heating and Air Conditioning. He retired in 1983. He was a WW II veteran of the US Navy.  Survivors besides his wife include his sons, David of Vancouver, Tom of Aloha, Ron of Oregon City, Don of Forest Grove, Steve of Portland and Bob of Newberg; sisters Irma Floether and Lenora Sackmann, both of Lind, Edna Langenheder and Della Kiesz, both of Ritzville, Lillian Nix of Kennewick and June Larsen of Vancouver ; brothers Alvin of Spokane, Delmar of Warden, and Harvey of Sacramento, CA; and 12 grandchildren.” (scrapbook item)

Laib:  Raymond R Laib died April 8, at the age of 81. The services were in Dayton, WA, with the Rev Steve Edwards, Bill Graham and Milton Laib doing the service. He was born March 26, 1916. He is survived by his wife Lydia; a daughter and son-in-law, Christine and David Hilt and two grandchildren, Angela and Eric Hilt; a sister, Ella Scheller of Odessa; Milton Laib, of Puyallup and a sister, Annette Gray, of California.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Lanning:  Lillie Charlotte Frieda Praetorius Lanning was born May 2, 1904, the daughter of Henry and Ida Bergaam Praetorius, and died Aug 18, 1994, age 90 years. In 1927 she married Oscar Dayton Lanning. They lived in Baker for 40 years. She was a teacher. She is survived by two sons, Dr Lanning of Hampstgead, NH and Donald Lanning of Kennewick; a brother, Henry Praetorius of Lacey, WA. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Carl, Siegfried, Hugo and Edward Praetorius, and sisters, Margaret Praetorius and Ella Scheibner. Graveside services were held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Hood River County, Oregon. (notes from Odessa Record: 1994)

Lee:  Zella Lee died April 4, 1995 in Spokane, age 91. She was born Aug 27, 1903 in Mount Vernon, Oregon. She was a teacher at one time in Odessa. She married Leslie W Lee in Odessa in 1933, while he was superintendent of Odessa schools. She is survived by daughters Patricia Leeof Sackville, New Brunswick, and Margaret Fea of Eugene, Oregon. A graveside service for Zella Lee was held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: April 1995)

Lesser:  Funeral services for Clara Lesser were held on Monday, June 12, at Grace Lutheran Church in Moses Lake. Mrs Lesser, who was 89 years old, died on Wednesday, June 7, 1995, at Terrace Heights Nursing Center in Moses Lake. She was born in Odessa on Dec 23, 1905, the daughter of Henry and Katherine (Melcher) Becker. She married John Lesser on Oct 30, 1928, at the Becker family homestead near Odessa . . The couple made their home in the Odessa area, where they farmed before moving to Moses Lake in 1959. John died on May 10, 1987. Clara was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Moses Lake Senior Citizens. She enjoyed crafts, sewing and gardening. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Leroy and Barbara Lesser, of Moses Lake; a daughter, Ruth Peppler, of Moses Lake; a sister, Lucille Becker, of Seattle; three granddaughters, Gwen Woods, of Beaverton, OR; Becky Paris, of Connecticut; and Dawn Varnum, of Ellensburg, and four great granddaughters. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Interment was in Pioneer Memorial Gardens. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, was in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Odessa Record: June 1995)

Lesser:  Helen F Lesser died Monday, Nov 4, 2002, in Wenatchee. She was 96 years old. She was born Oct 4, 1906, on the family farm south of Odessa, the daughter of Louis and Emma (Zicha) Horak.  She grew up in the Odessa area. She was a former member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She married Henry Lesser. Together they enjoyed fishing. She also enjoyed crafts, crocheting and knitting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. While at Parkside Care Center in Wenatchee, she was active in various social activities.  She is survived by her daughter, Mildred Huff, and son, Sterling Elliott, both of California; daughter-in-law, Chris Elliott, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and the extended family of Henry Lesser. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov 9, at the Bethel Baptist Church, East Wenatchee, with Pastor John Sterk officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”             (Odessa Record: Nov 2002)

Lightbody:  “A memorial service for Wayne E Lightbody was held on Friday, March 31, at Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane following a burial service at Fairmount Memorial Park. Mr Lightbody, who was 74 years old, died on Monday, March 27, 1995, in Spokane, where he had lived for the past 44 years. He was born on the Lightbody family farm southeast of Odessa, the son of William L and Ada Lightbody. He was graduated from Ritzville High School. He worked for the State Dept of Agriculture for more than 30 years. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Viola Hemmerling, formerly of Odessa; one daughter, Lynette Peterson, of Lake Oswego, OR; one sister, Audrey Shill of Longview, WA; and one granddaughter.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Litt:  Jacob Litt, 85, a long-time resident of Hartline and since 1998 a resident of Odessa, died at Lincoln Hospital on Sunday, August 6, 2000.  He was born March 20, 1915, at the family homestead near Wilson Creek , the son of German Russian immigrants George and Anna Litt.  He attended school in Wilson Creek and Hartline, graduation as salutatorian from Hartline High School in 1935. He played basketball on the Hartline team, which won the Grant County championship in 1935. After graduation, he farmed the family land three miles south of Hartline until he was drafted into the US Army, where he served from 1942 to 1945 as a mechanic in northern Africa and Italy. After discharge from the Army, he returned to the family farm, where he farmed until his retirement in 1973. He then moved from the farm into Hartline.  He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Coulee City. He held the church offices of treasurer and president. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, bingo and working crossword puzzles. Mr Litt moved into the Odessa Convalescent Center in Oct 1998. He participated in almost all the activities at the center.  He is survived by one brother, William Litt, of Odessa; sisters, Louise McLeod and Mollie Fish, both of Spokane; one niece, Doris Wilson of Lamona, and several nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Pete Litt and sisters, Anna Murphy, Lena Tschritter and Elizabeth‘Betty’ Litt.  At his request, no services will be held. Burial was at Hartline Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1998)

Lobe:  Allen Ray Lobe, of Esko, MN, died on Saturday, Jan 20, 1996, in Duluth, MN. He was 46 years old. He was born in Ritzville on March 1, 1949, and lived in Odessa, Spokaneand Kennewick before moving to Minnesota in 1986. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold V Lobe. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Lobe, of Esko, MN a sister, Linda Owens, nephews, Kyle Owens and Ryland Pollard, and nieces, Kim Pollard and Kelly Pollard, all of Waldron, AR; grandmother, Tillie Lobe, uncle, Leonard Lobe, aunt, Bernice Melcher, all of Odessa; uncles, Carl Sonneson, of Hermantown, MN, and Clarence Sonneson, of  Isanti, MN, and aunts, Mildred Granhol, of Duluth, Verna Puline, of Esko, and Barbara Carlson, of Negaunee, MN.” (Odessa Record: 1996)

Lobe:  Harold V Lobe, an Odessa native and former resident, died June 18 in Brawley, CA. He was 68 years old. He had lived in the Brawley area for about 25 years.  He was born in Odessa on Sept 13, 1925 and attended school in Odessa. He served in the US Army during WW II. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as post commander of the VFW in Brawley.  He married Margie Annie Lee in 1970 in Gresham, Oregon. She died in 1992. Survivors include a daughter, Linda K Owens, of Waldron, AR; a son, Allen Lobe, of MN; his mother, Tillie Lobe, a brother, Leonard Lobe, and a sister, Bernice Melcher, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Logsdon:  “A memorial service for Edna D Logsdon will be held on Thursday, Dec 31, at the Rockwood Manor Chapel in Spokane, with the Rev Don Kaylan officiating. Mrs Logsdon, who was 93 years old, died in Spokane on Dec 17, 1992. She was the mother of Dorothy Schafer, of Odessa. She was born in Chattanooga, TN   She had lived in Spokane for more than 50 years and was a founding member of the Rockwood Retirement Home, where she had resided there for 32 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O Logsdon, who for many years was postmaster in Sprague and later was in the hotel business in Spokane.  In addition to her daughter, she is survived by four grandchildren, Keith Schafer of Odessa; Dr Evan Schafer of Spokane; Jane Hilliard, of Connell; and Reid Schafer of Kahlotus, and 10 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1992)

Lounder:  “Funeral services for Norma Jean McDermott Lounder were held on Nov 28, in Cheyenne ,WY. Interment was in Roy, Utah. Mrs Lounder, who was 69 years old, died Nov 23, 1992 in Cheyenne. She was born Aug 3, 1923, in Odessa, the daughter of Tom and Emma (Kuest) McDermott. She attended the Odessa Grade School through the eighth grade, when she moved with her parents to the Seattle area.  Survivors include her husband, Richard Lounder, of Cheyenne; a step-son, Richard W Lounder, of Atascadero, CA; a step-daughter, Laura Cline, of Avenal, CA; a brother, Tom McDermott, of Auburn, WA; a sister, Dorothy Reinsto, of Santa Barbara, CA; four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Cousins in Odessa include June Weber, Imogene Schafer and Florence Pavliska.” (Odessa Record: 1992)

Lovett:  Lovett, Ila Margaret. A funeral for Ila Margaret Lovett of Milwaukie was held Saturday in Peake Memorial Chapel in Milwaukie. Mrs Lovett died of cancer Thursday in a Milwaukie hospital. She was 77. Born March 6, 1912 on a ranch near Odessa, WA. Her maiden name was Webber. She moved to Woodburn (Oregon ) with her family as a teenager and was a 1929 graduate of Woodburn High School. She had lived in Portland since 1931. She married Alfred E Lovett on April 21, 1956 in Vancouver, WA. He died in 1988.” (Odessa Record: reprinted from The Oregonian newspaper of July 29, 1989)

Luce:  “Funeral services for Adeline Delzer Luce, an Odessa native, were held on Wednesday, Nov 12, at Beacon Chapel in Spokane.  Mrs Luce, who was 95 years old, died on Sunday, Nov 9, 1997. She was a resident of Spokane.  She was born on April 7, 1902, in Odessa , the daughter of Louis and Juliana Delzer, Odessa area pioneers. In 1926, she married Clarence Luce and was graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in hospitals of the Spokane area and retired from private nursing in 1965. She was a member of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local #400 and a 50-year member of Beacon Chapel.  She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers, Richard Delzer, Herbert Delzer and Edwin Delzer and a sister, Ruth Schoessler. She is survived by a son, Thomas Luce, of Tacoma; a daughter, Betty Jean Hannaman, of Honolulu; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and relatives and friends, many living in Odessa. The Rev Matthew Boswell officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: Nov 1997)

Lyons :  Linda C Iltz Lyons was born Aug 24, 1954, in Ritzville, the daughter of Elmer and Ella Iltz. On Sept 28, 1974, she married David Lyons in Odessa. Linda C Lyons, age 47, of Post Falls, Idaho, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. She is survived by her husband, David, sons: Shawn, Scott and Shane, all of Post Falls; her parents, Elmer and Ella Iltz of Odessa; sisters: Lois Ferguson, Phoenix, AZ; Janis Cornelius of Henderson,NV; Gary Schaal, Woodland Park, CO; Loren Schaal of Seabeck, WA; and four grandchildren, Kayla, Ashlee, Zachary and Raiden. Memorial services at Heritage Church in Odessa. (Odessa Record: July 2002)

Mackintosh:  Josephine Pavliska Mackintosh, of Clemmons, NC, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb 23, 1995. She was born in Odessa , the daughter of Joseph and Anna Trejbal Pavliska. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1940. She was active in Real Estate work and with family and friends until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Fraser Mackintosh in 1988. She is survived by five children, Donald Mackintosh II, of Reston, VA; Christie Mackintosh, of Beaver Falls, PA; Dorris Robinson, of Belvedere, SC; Douglas Mackintosh, of South Boston, VA; and Robert Mackintosh, of Advance, NC; 13 grandchildren, a brother, Louis Pavliska, of Odessa, and two sisters, Betty Kruse, of Spokane, and Anna Bennett, of Coeur d’Alene. A memorial service was held on Feb 26 in Clemmons, NC, with the Rev H Samuel Carter officiating.” ( Odessa Record: 1995)

Mahar:    “A memorial service for Michael Robert Mahar, 44, was held on Friday, Dec 8, at Heritage Congregational Church in Spokane.  Mr Mahar, who was born in Spokane, died Sunday, Dec 3, in Odessa, his current residence. He was graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane and EWU. He formerly was a manager of Fossum Paint Stores in Spokane.  He is survived by one son, Shawn Mahar, of Seattle; his mother, Joan Mahar, of Spokane; one brother, Jim Mahar, of Spokane, and two sisters, Margaret Ray of Renton,WA, and Marilee Wavra, of Montana .” ( Odessa Record: undated)

Martin:  Mary Alice Blackmer Martin was born Dec 18, 1937 in Coeur d’Alene, ID, to Max and Martha (Schafer) Blackmer. On Aug 19, 1953 she married Robert E Martin in Coeur d’Alene. She died Jan 27, 1996 in Odessa Convalescent Center. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, one daughter, Maxine Ferderer, of Odessa, and three sons, Robert Jr, of Gillette, WY; Glen Martin, of Boise, ID, and Dallas Martin of Spokane. Mary has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Her mother is Martha Blackmer, who survives in Spokane. Also surviving is a brother Walt Blackmer, of Clarkston ,WA At her request there were no services. (notes from Odessa Record: 1996)

McGrath:  Mary Etta McGrath died April 3, 1995 while visiting in Pullman. She was graduated from high school in Thompson Falls, MTand from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane. She and her husband, Beverly McGrath, lived in Omak, where she worked during the 1940s. They moved to Odessa in 1979 and her husband died in 1984. She is survived by two sons, Jack McGrath of Pullman and Dave Matthews of Chewelah; one daughter, Marlys Johnson, of Pullman; one brother, Leon Greene of Sedro Woolley, WA, and four grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield. (Odessa Record: Apr 1995)

McGuinness:  Alice Kay VanSickle McGuinness died Jan 7, 1995 following an automobile accident east of Spokane. She was a resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Funeral services were held at the Wilbur Lutheran Church, and interment was with her husband at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Brea, CA. She was born June 3, 1943 in Spokane, the daughter of Alice Schafer VanSickle and the late Robert Lee VanSickle. She was married to Harold Eugene McGuinness in May 1966. They had three children. She was widowed at the age of 38. She is survived by a son, Shawn McGuinness, and two daughters, Kathleen of Los Angeles, and Colleen of Coeur d’Alene; her mother, Alice VanSickle of Creston; sister Nancy Todd of Ventura, CA. (notes from Odessa Record: Jan 1995)

Medlin:  Laura Irene Medlin, 89, died Friday, Feb 2, 2007, in Rialto, CA.  She was born Jan 20, 1918, to Gottlob and Mary Ramm on the family farm near Odessa.  She married Hoyle Medlin on Feb 14, 1943, in Odessa. Laura worked as a welder in the shipyards in Vancouver, WA, during WW II, moved to California in 1945 and settled in Rialto in 1949. She was a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Rialto. Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyle; sisters, Helen Martin, Viola Derr, Frances Ramm and Margie Erickson.  She is survived by her sisters Marie Braun, of Deer Park, and Freda Braun of Odessa and sons and daughters, Gloria (Janie) Karches and husband Russ, of  Lincoln City, OR; Mary Rippey and Rich Miller, of Sacramento, CA; Margaret Rousey, of San Bernardino, CA; John Medlin and wife Dorenne, of Las Vegas; Tom Medlin, of Rialto; Joan Liptak and husband Glenn, of Palmer, Alaska; 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb 8, 2007, at McNearney Funeral Home in Rialto, CA.” ( Odessa Record: Feb 2007)

Messerschmidt:  “A graveside inurnment service for William E Messerschmidt, of East Wenatchee, an early day resident of Odessa, will be held on Saturday, Dec 6, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park in EastWenatche.  Mr Messerschmidt, who was 102 years old, died Friday, Nov 28, 2003, in Wenatchee. He was born May 22, 1901, in Odessa. He was employed by Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane before retiring in 1965, when he moved to Wenatchee. He then worked at orchards in the Wenatchee Valley at Entiat.  He is survived by six children, Gloria Johnson, Lydia Messerschmidt and Barbara Walker, all of East Wenatchee; William J Messerschmidt, of Spokane, and Sue Anderson and Jean Melok, both of Post Falls, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 17 great great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: Dec 2003)

Michaelsen:  Harvey B Michaelsen died Sept 23, 1997, at Sunnyside. He was born in Odessa on March 11, 1911, the son of William and Lepha Josephine Michaelsen. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1932 and attended Cheney Normal School. He married Elizabeth Kooken at Wenatchee on Aug 27, 1934. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth; one daughter, Barbara Quigley, of Sunnyside; one son, Jerry and wife Sue Michaelsen, of Prosser; two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Keith Quigley; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Evelyn Michaelsen, who died as a result of train accident in 1973, and a sister, Helen Michaelsen, who died in 1983. At his request, no public services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. ( Odessa Record notes: 1997) 

Michaelsen:  Virgil L Michaelsen died Apr 24, 1999, at the Latah Health Services Care Center in Moscow, Idaho. He was born in Odessa on June 16, 1921, the son of Alfred and Alice Michaelsen. He served in Europe during WW II and was discharged in 1945 after having received two purple hearts.  He married Jane Bryant in Colfax on Dec 29, 1945. They farmed near Pullman until retiring and moving to Pullman in 1982. He is survived by his wife Jane, four daughters, Susan Lee, of Spokane; Peggy Michaelsen, of Coeur d’Alene; Ann Erickson, of Silverdale, WA; and Mary Jane Michaelsen-Bertschi, of Seattle; one son, Bill Michaelsen, of Colfax and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. A private family committal service was held at the Colfax Cemetery . (notes from Odessa Record: 1999)

Odell:  James J Odell, a former resident of Odessa, died April 3, 1992, in Spokane. He would have been 68 years old later this month. Mr Odessa was the son of the later James Odell Jr and Mary Odell of Odessa. He graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1942. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan, of Spokane; daughter, Jan Kathleen Odell, of Reno, NV; son James Crawford Odell; one sister, Bertie May Weber of Quincy, and two brothers, Howard Odell of Kennewick and Arthur Odell, of Umatilla, OR. (notes from Odessa Record: April 1992)

Oman :  Ruby M (Greenwalt) Oman died in Odessa Oct 6, 1999, age 96. She was born on a farm near Ritzville on Feb 16, 1903, the daughter of George and Anna Margaret (Libsack) Greenwalt. She graduated from Ritzville High School in 1921 and then from Cheney Normal and taught school. She married Laurence Oman in 1927, he died in 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a stepmother, a sister, Odelia Hiller Rouse, and brothers Fred and Ben Greenwalt. She is survived by a sister, Elsie Delzer, of Spokane; one grandchild, 7 great grandchildren. She was a cousin of the late Laurence Libsack, of Odessa, and of Helen Abel, Marie Krieger and Esther Trupp. Burial was at Fairmont Memorial Park. (notes from Odessa Record: Oct 1999)

Oster:  Mary Oster.—Died July 16, 1992. A long-time Spokane resident. She is survived by her children: Pauline Walter, Esther Wolsborn, John Oster, Chris Oster, Violet Nerheim, Harold Oster, Eleanor Gassaway, Evelyn Bass, Joyce Andres and Betty Helmer; 22 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Christian Oster in 1937. Mrs Oster was born in Bickleton, WA on Aug 16, 1896, the daughter of early Washington settlers, Jacob Schafer and Maria Stumpf Schafer. Mary’s parents traveled from Nebraska by wagon train toWalla Walla in 1882. Mary married Christian Oster on Dec 19, 1915. Graveside service will be held July 20, 1992 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.” (Spokesman: July 1992)

Peters:  Edna Stroh Peters, 81, died Sept 7, 1999. She had resided in Visalia, CA, for many years. She was born in Odessa, the daughter of Conrad and Lena Stroh. She graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1935. IN 1936 she married Dietrich Peters. Her husband died in 1974. Survivors include a son, Richard Peters, of Ramona, CA; a daughter, Madelyn Hoffman, of Exeter, CA; two sisters, Martha Hart of Spokane; and Alice Schmierer, of Odessa; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A graveside service was held on Tuesday at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: Sept 1999)

Pickering :  Ada F Pickering died Saturday, May 13, 1995, in the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she was a resident.  Mrs Pickering was 100 years old. She observed that anniversary last July 31.  She was born in Canton, Ohio and lived in Issaquah, WA, before moving to Odessa several years ago. She was a former member of Amaranth Chapter, Renton, WA and a member of Eastern Star Lodge #66, of Issaquah.  She is survived by two sons, Daniel A Davies, of Bothel, WA, and Ab Davies, of Odessa; four grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest E Pickering. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. At Mrs Pickering’s request, there will be no service.” (Odessa Record: May 1995)

Pink:  Pearl Rosario Pink died Jan 17, 1999 in Bellingham. Mrs Pink and her late husband, Estevan Rosario Sr, and their family lived in Odessa from 1952 to 1981. She was born Dec 10, 1928, the daughter of Sindick and Susan Malloway Jimmy, at their home on Goshen Road on the Nooksack Indian Reservation near Bellingham.  Mr Rosario died in 1991. Pearl moved to Bellingham. She is survived by her husband, Robert Pink, at the home; one son, Steve Rosario Jr, of Quincy; two daughters, Vecenta Boedcher, of Spokane, and Susan Derogatis, of Federal Way, WA; 8 grandchildren; four sisters, and one brother. Burial was at Sulkanon Goshen Cemetery, on the Nooksack Reservation. (notes from Odessa Record: Jan 1999)

Phillips:  Howard Eldridge Phillips, 97, died in Odessa Nov 30, 2004. Born in Odessa on July 14, 1907 to Odessa pioneers Henry C and Sara H Phillips. Howard graduated from  Odessa High School in 1924 and entered the University of  WA. On Jan 14, 1930, Howard married Juanita Mae Holsten, of Fairfield. Howard was first a teacher, followed by the practice of law for more than 50 years until his retirement in 1987. Howard and Juanita raised six children. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, and two children, Neal and Sandra. He is survived by their remaining children: Suzanne Huff, Nancy Burris, Kathleen Kennell, and Ned Phillips; his brother Merlin Phillips of Walla Walla, and grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: Dec 2004)

Phillips:  Juanita M Holsten Phillips died Nov 18, 2002. She was born Oct 13, 1910, near Fairfield  the daughter of Charles W Holsten and Charlotte Bell Holsten. She graduated from North Central High School in Spokane in 1928. She attended Cheney Normal School until her marriage on Jan 14, 1930 to Howard E Phillips. They moved to Odessa in 1934. She was preceded in death by one son, Neal H Phillips. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Howard E Phillips; daughters Suzanne C Huff, Texas; Sandra M Holmes of NM; Nancy M Burris, of Cheney; Kathleen J Kennell of Federal Way, WA; son Ned E Phillips, of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: Nov 2002)


Porter:  Larry Lee Port er, age 63, died at the Skagit Valley Hospital on Nov 22, 2004. He was born on Sept 28, 1941 to Kenneth Porter and Ednes Melcher (Lobe) in Odessa. Survivors include one brother, Bruce Porter, of Wailua, Kauai; two sisters, Connie O’Brien-Connelly of Cusick and Nancy Case of Spokane. Preceding Larry in death were his parents; one brother Wesley Alan Porter.  There was no funeral service. (no burial information; notes from Odessa Record: Nov 2004)


Praetorius:  Dr H Michael Praetorius, faculty master and professor philosophy at Whittier College inWhittier, CA, died in Whittier on April 28. He was 58 years old. He was the son of Henry and Mary Agnes Praetorius, of Lacey, WA. Henry Praetorius is a native and former resident of Odessa and at one time taught school in Ritzville. Michael Praetorius had been on the faculty of Whittier College for 25 years. Earlier, he had held teaching positions at the University of  California, Berkeley, the University of California, Riverside, and San Diego State University. He is survived by his wife, Paula Radisich, and children, Peter Praetorius, Sara Praetorius-Perez, Patrick Praetorius and Christopher Praetorius.” (Odessa Record: undated)


Praetorius:  Henry R Praetorius died April 28, 2003 at his home in Richland, WA. He was born April 7, 1909, in Odessa, the son of Heinrich and Ida Praetorius, Odessa pioneers. He was the seventh of eight siblings and the last survivor. Henry graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1927. He married Mary Agnes Johnston in 1935. His first position was as principal of the Toppenish Junior High School. He later entered the banking field. In 1980, they moved to the Panorama City retirement center at Lacey, WA, where Henry wrote a book, An Immigrant Settler, chronicling his immigrant family’s settlement in the Odessa area. Henry was preceded in death by his oldest son Michael. He is survived by his wife Mary; son Peter; daughter-in-law Mary, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. At his request, no formal funeral service was held. (notes from Odessa Record: May 2003)


Price:  “Service for Marilu Jane (Schillinger) Price, 69, will be at 10 a.m. today at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Born in Odessa, W., Mrs Price died Sunday. (penned in Feb 20, 2000). She was a Spokane resident for more than 30 years and was a bookkeeper for Huston Hearing Aid Center.  Mrs Price is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Schneider and Debra Price, both of Spokane; two sons, Todd Price of Everett and Buzz Price of Los Gatos, CA; a brother, Norman Schillinger of Kamiah, Idaho; four sisters, Evelyn Fritts and Phyllis Lesser, both of Spokane; Elsie Yuckert of Bremerton, and Shirley Nagel of Eugene, OR; and five grandchildren.” (scrapbook item; undated)

Pyles:  Elbert Earl Pyles, 81, of Portland, former resident of Odessa, died May 24, 2002. He was born in Enterprise, OR, the son of Clarence R and Bessie L Pyles. He served in the US Air Corps I WW II in the European Theater as a turret gunner on a B-17. On his 19th mission on Feb 20, 1944 he was shot down over Belgium. He was imprisoned but later escaped, joining the Free French Fighters, until being reunited with General Patton’s advancing forces. He married Esther Speck, of Montana, on Oct 10, 1046. They bought a walnut farm near Portland.. Elbert is survived by his wife Esther; four siblings, Mansel, Max, Jay and Better Wetter, and many nieces and nephews. Interment, at which John Dale Speck played taps, took place on the traditional Memorial Day, May 30, at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. (notes from Odessa Record: 2002)



 Odessa vicinity deaths submitted to the Lincoln County,  

Washington, GenWeb, January 2008, by Marge Womach.

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