Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Anderson:  “… belonging to Henry Anderson, 52, employed at the Emerson saw mill in Stevens County, north of Davenport which had been left in a bunk house, and the finding of Anderson’s hat and flashlight on a log raft north of the mill early Tuesday, led friends to believe he had either fallen or thrown himself into the river.  Anderson, who has worked at the mill for 15 years, is reported to have told his wife in Spokane she never would see him again. He returned to the camp the latter part of last week. He was not seen after that evening, when he was noticed walking north toward the log boom in the river. Officials at Colville were notified and they asked Sheriff Charles E McCaffery of Davenport to investigate.  Sheriff McCaffery and Deputy Sheriff Frank C Rambo took grappling hooks and lines to the place where the hat and flashlight were found, and, with the assistance of workers from the mill, dragged the waters within the log boom.” (Odessa Record: 7-13-1939; damaged copy) 

Batelaan:  Paul Batelaan, son of Mr and Mrs Peter Batelaan, died in California on May 25 at the age of 68.  Born in Buffalo, NY, he lived in Canada until the age of 13 when he moved to Chewelah, WA, with his parents. He was a resident of LaPuento, CA, at the time of his death.  He leaves his wife, Nellie; three sons, Harold, Irvin and Raymond; two sisters, Pauline Ford of Indiana and Winnie Bean of Spokane; three brothers, John of El Monte, CA, Albert of Ventura and Gordon of Idaho; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA, on May 28 which were attended by Mr and Mrs Dave Birge of Odessa. Batelaan was Dave’s brother-in-law.” (Odessa Record: 6-23-1977) 

Batterman:  Charlotte Gies Batterman, 91, a 74 year resident of Wenatchee, passed away Friday, Feb 24, 2006, at Colonial Vista Rehab Center after a brief illness. Born Feb 20, 1915, at Wheeler, WA to Conrad and Anna Derr Gies who immigrated from Russia in 1913, as Volga Germans, settled on a wheat farm near Batum, WA. Graduating in 1932 from Odessa High School on Nov 24, 1932 married Elmer Batterman of Wenatchee. She was a homemaker, packed apples and worked with her husband on their apple orchard. Later, employed as a seamstress at several local dress shops. Baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith first at the German Congregation of Odessa and St Paul’s Lutheran Church,Wenatchee, taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and active member of LWML. Preceded in death by husband, Elmer in 1997, an infant son in 1938; also, 5 sisters, Alma Gies, Elizabeth Kramer, Madeline Marchel, Martha Womach and Katherine Miller; and one brother, George Gies, who died in Russia. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Diane Phillips (Jack) of Easton, MD; 3 grandchildren, Kimberly Dawn Campbell (Paul) of Millersville, MD; Shelly Kay Sowers of Virginia Beach, VA; and Monica Lynne Phillips of Easton, MD; 3 great grandchildren, Phillip Wade Sowers, William Herbert Campbell and Sarah Grace Campbell; 2 brothers, Henry and Clarence Gies of Spokane; one sister, Dorothy Case of Lacey, WA; also numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 3, 2006, at 2 p.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wenatchee. Private Interment will precede at the Wenatchee City Cemetery. Arrangements by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.” (Wenatchee World: 3-01-2006) 

Bates:  Donald R Bates died Tuesday, May 20, 2008. He was 73 years old. He was born July 5, 1935 to Russell and Crystal Bates in Spokane, WA. He graduated from Cheney High School and was a journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, farmer in the Odessa area for 38 years and ended his career as an electrical inspector for the State of WA.  He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Spokane Valley; a daughter, Kim and son Kirk, both of Spokane; one sister Marilyn of Kirkland, WA. A wake at the lake will be held at Two Rivers Resort pavilion on July 20, 2008 from 2-4 up.me.” (Odessa Record: 6-05-2008) 

Berhens:  “A 19-year old Ephrata woman, Desiree T Berhens, died Sunday afternoon as she was being transported to Odessa Memorial Hospital after being ejected from the car in which she was riding on Highway 28 four miles east of Odessa. She suffered a severe skull fracture, chest wounds and a broken leg, according to state trooper Len Whitney. The car, driven by Kristi Sheldon, of Spokane, was heading east on Highway 28 when it crossed the center line, hitting loose gravel on the shoulder of the westbound shoulder, causing it to roll 1 ½ times.” (Odessa Record reprint in 4-28-1994, in Ten Yrs Ago, representing 4-26-1984)  

Berry:  Jesse Berry, Spokane-Odessa mail haul contractor, died Friday while en route between Edwall and Harrington on his 6-day-a-week run to Odessa. Berry had only recently returned to work after having suffered a heart attack this fall. He apparently was discovered by a passing motorist in his mail truck which had stopped along the roadside. Berry has been carrying mail into this area since 1970. He originally made the daily trip through to Ephrata and return, but more recently the turn around has been made at Odessa. His home was at 1006 Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. He is survived by his wife, a stepson and stepdaughter, two brothers, a sister and his mother. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in Coeur d’Alene.” (Odessa Record: 12-12-1974)

Brandenburg:  Evelyn Mae Brandenburg died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, in Ephrata. She was 84 years old. She was born April 20, 1923, to Timon and Mary Torgrimson in Bemidjie, MN.  She married Willard A Brandenburg on Oct 6, 1941, in Kalispell, MT. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Ephrata. She is survived by her three daughters, Donna Leighter, Sharon and Jack Hester, and Billie Ann Middleton, all of Ephrata; three brothers, Stan, Robert and Keith Torgrimson; grandchildren Roberta Hester, Veronica Gemmell, Brandy Leighter, Tom Middleton, Brenda Middleton and eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, her mother and father, one sister and a grandson, Brad Leighter. Services were held Saturday, March 29 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ephrata. Nicholes Funeral Home in Ephrata was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-03-2008)

Brewer:  William David Brewer, 70, of Yakima, died Sunday, Nov 13, 2005. He was born in Kansas and was a former longtime Wenatchee resident. Survivors include his wife, JoAnne Brewer of Covington; his mother, Agnes Lewis of Wenatchee; four children, Steve Brewer of Federal Way, Tammy Brewer of SeaTac, and Juanita Hogan and Teresa Brewer, both of Covington; three brothers, Don Brewer of Odessa and Ed Brewer and Dick Brewer, both of Wenatchee; and two sisters, Mary Van Rijn of Sherwood, OR, and Betty Williams of Wenatchee. A celebration gathering was held in Wenatchee at an earlier date. Arrangements are by Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, Yakima.” (Wenatchee World: 11-22-2005)

Esslinger:  “Service for John W Esslinger is planned for 10:30 a.m. today at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. Private burial at the Pines Cemetery is planned.  Mr Esslinger, a retired captain of the Spokane Valley Fire Department, died Wednesday. He was 88.  He was born in Ruff, WA, and moved to Spokane 80 years ago. Mr Esslinger was a life member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Aerie. Survivors include a sister, Margareth Grigajtis of the Spokane Valley; a brother, Albert Esslinger of the Spokane Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.”  (scrapbook item: 1-30-1993)

Feil:  Evelyn E (Feleen) (Fiess) Feil.—Passed away June 11, 1993 in Spokane, WA. Her home Spokane, formerly of Reardan, WA. She is survived by two sons, Norman Fiess, and his wife, Nancy, of Pasco, WA, and Dennis Fiess and his wife, Carey, of Edwall, WA; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one brother, John Feleen, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles E Fiess, and William G Feil. She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church of Reardan, former member of the Wilson Creek Grange and Spring Creek Grange. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 16, 1993 at 9:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 16, 1993 at 11 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Reardan, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge.” (Spokesman: 6-13-1993)

Gibson:  Linda F Gibson, 59, of Odessa, died Saturday, Feb 5, 2005. She was a former longtime Moses Lake resident and had lived in Odessa for 11 months. She operated Linda’s Pet Salon in Moses Lake for many years.  Survivors include her husband, Rex Gibson, of Odessa; her children, William Abbs and Gary Abbs, both of Spokane; and Karie Gilszmer of Mukilteo; her brothers, Gary Shippey of Salt Lake City, UT; and Wayne Gibbs of Council Bluffs, IA; and a sister, Sue Goddin of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Memorial services will be 4:30 Thursday at Keyser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee. Arrangements are by Jones and Jones Funeral Directors, Wenatchee.” (Wenatchee World: 2-08-2005)

Glines:  LaMont B Glines (Monty).—Born Jan 16, 1944 in Lethbridge, Alberta to Bruce and Linnea (Howes) Glines. Passed away Feb 19, 2005 in Spokane, WA. His home was Odessa, WA. He is survived by his wife Nancy at the home. One son Grant L Glines of Everett, WA. Two daughters, Stephanie J Alloway and Suzie K (Dalles) Deife, both of Odessa, WA. Grandchildren Haley and Nick Glines of Spokane, Paige and Lexie Alloway and Daeton Deife, all of Odessa. Two brothers, Tom Glines of Bothell, WA and Jim Glines of Spokane, WA. Two uncles and one aunt, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents and son Brent Glines. He was a 1962 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School and proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps. Memorial services will be held Feb 25, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Heritage Church in Odessa, WA, with Pastor Larry Snyder, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman-Review: 2-23-2005)

Gudgel:  Kenneth E Gudgel, MD.  Dr Ken Gudgel died quietly in his home, surrounded by his family on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2009. He was born Dec 30, 1924 in Farragut, Iowa to Earl and Lillian Gudgel. He met his lifelong sweetheart, Helen Pitz, while attending the University of Iowa, presented her with a Phi Rho Sigma pin and married her June 30, 1946.  Ken graduated in 1948 from the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Ken and Helen then came to Spokane where Dr Gudgel completed his internship at Deaconess Hospital.  In ‘retirement’ Ken and Helen did medical practice management in six states. Ken and Helen moved to Odessa in 1949 with the intention of helping the community for about 18 months. However, due to their love for the people, they stayed for 20 years.  After leaving Odessa, Ken became the Director of Family Medicine Spokane for the University of Washington for 13 years. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Spokane County Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He received special recognition for his many years of service to the Academy of Family Physicians, and he was recognized as Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington.  While in Odessa, the Gudgel’s four children were born: Barbara Walter, Ken Jr, Cindy Folsom and Lisa Rogers. Dr Gudgel, known as ‘Doc’, helped initiate building of the new addition to the hospital. He was active in Lion’s Club, being instrumental in the development and building of the Allington Bay recreational area, the Tourist Park, the playing field and signage around the city. Ken was a member of the English Congregational Church. He was an avid hunter, a member of Duck’s Unlimited, a fisherman, photographer and master wood worker. After his move to Spokane, he built ‘the cabin’ at Lake Pend Oreille and spent many weekends and summers with his family, enjoying his boat and sitting on the deck admiring the beautiful vista. His children and grandchildren remember his beautiful Irish tenor voice and harmonica as he shared many folk tunes.  Upon retirement he loved to hit the road with Helen in their RV.  They also traveled to many parts of the world. But in the end, his favorite place was home, his yard and spending time ‘with family al around’.  He touched many lives as he compassionately cared for his patients. His fun wit and story telling are remembered by all.  Dr Gudgel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen, their four children, his brother Robert Gudgel, 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S Schafer Road in Spokane Valley. Dr Gudgel’s final words were, ‘Helen, I love you’.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-2009) 

Herman:  “Funeral services were held Sept 7 at the Thornhill Chapel of the Valley for Mary (Katie) Herman, age 90, who died Sept 3, 1971, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fairfield, WA.  She was born in New Messer, Russia. In 1893, because of persecution of the German settlers, her parents and many of their immediate relations emigrated to America, settling in the Walla Walla, Ritzville and Odessa areas.  Mrs Herman and her husband, the late Joseph F Herman, who passed a way in 1967, were married in 1904 and resided on their wheat farm which Mr Herman homesteaded in 1901 southwest of Odessa. They moved to the Spokane Valley in 1942. Mrs Herman was the last member of a family of seven brothers and one sister. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs Warren W Walker, E 13613-27th Avenue, Spokane; a grandson, Warren H Walker, San Francisco, two granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. Pall bearers were Arthur and Harold Herman, Floyd and Ralph Smith and Virgil Schmidt, all nephews of Mrs Herman, and Gordon Kiesz who has lived on and operated the Herman wheat farm for the past 24 years. Rev Jack P Hansen of Opportunity Presbyterian Church officiated and interment was in The Pines Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1971)

Hildebrandt:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Saturday for William G Hildebrandt, widely known in this area. His home was at Colbert, WA. The Rev A Vincent Carr officiated with burial services in the Dartford Cemetery.  Mr Hildebrandt, brother-in-law of John, Pete and Alfred Luiten, was born in 1874 in Germany and came to the United States as a young man. In 1901 he married Miss Lydia Luiten, who preceded him in death in 1950.  Pall bearers were Roy Westerman, Jim Burghard, Harry Arlt, Jess Graber, Al Luiten and Frank E Wraspir. Survivors include Mrs Margaret Roloff, Mrs Ethel Lindsay and Miss Gladys Hildebrandt, all of Spokane; Mrs Irene Olsson of Opportunity; Fred Hildebrandt, St Paul, MN; William Hildebrandt, Ritzville; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Christine Oberman in Iowa.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-1956)  

Huber:  Keith Huber, a 16-year old Colfax youth was accidentally shot by his father while deer hunting with his father and two brothers about 4 miles south of Colfax on Sunday, Oct 27. He died in a Spokane hospital. Keith was the son of Mr and Mrs John Huber and a grandson of Mr and Mrs Carl Huber, former residents of Odessa. The family is well known here.  Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Colfax on Wednesday, Oct 30. Attending the funeral from the Odessa area were Mr and Mrs Walter Tanke, Frieda Kissler, Lottie Braun and Jeanette Walter.” (Odessa Record: 11-07-1974)

Issler:  “Word has been received of the death of Mrs Karl (Fredricka) Issler of Dryden, following a lingering illness. Mr and Mrs Issler came to the US in 1950 from Germany. Mr Issler passed away several years ago, and Mrs Issler has made her home with her niece, Mrs Logan Fox, and her husband for the past two years.” (Odessa Record: 11-07-1974)

Jasman:  Jason Jasman died an untimely death on April 24, 2008, at the age of 19. Jason was a lifetime resident of Marlin, born Jan 21, 1989. He graduated from Odessa High School June 2, 2007. During high school he played sports, excelling in track and field. He ran the 4 X 400-meter relay, 4 X 100-meter relay, the 200 meters and 400 meters. He won many ribbons, medals and awards for his achievements in track and field and placed in both district and state competitions. Jason loved all sports. He was the number-one fan of the Oregon Ducks. Green and gold were everywhere. However, when he was with Grandma Doris Jasman, he pretended to be a University of Washington fan. Jason attended Big Bend Community College. He worked part-time at the Big 5 Sporting Goods store and found time to be the assistant coach for the Odessa High School track and field team. He is survived by his father, Jerry Dean Jasman of Marlin, his mother Deborah Jasman of Moses Lake, one brother Jeremy and two sisters Jana and Jaylene, all of Marlin; his grandparents Edwin and Doris Jasman of Marlin and Robert and Sandy Donovan of Silverton, OR.  Additional survivors include his godparents, June Jasman, of CA, Julie Donovan of CO and Lt Colonel Marc Stevens of South Carolina; aunts and uncles, June Jasman and Duke Gratiot of CA, Nettie and Reed Austin of SD, and Julie Donovan of CO; his cousins Jared, Heather and Zakery Smith, and Amber, Johnny and Alexandria Blasingame, all of CA.  Jason was a beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, friend who will be missed dearly. His passing has left a deep wound and void in this world for his family and friends. A memorial service was held April 30, 2008 at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 5-01-2008)  

Jenkins:  “Funeral for Rose Jenkins, 98, will be today at 10 a.m. at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home. Entombment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park. Mrs Jenkins, who died Friday, was born in Odessa, WA.  She graduated from North Central High School in 1927 and was a homemaker. Her husband, Harold Jenkins, died in 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Maxine Wetjen of CA and Peggy Heidenreich of Spokane; two sons, Darrell Chappell of Spokane and Arling Chappell of Seattle; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 2-23-2005) {Edit: daughter of John and Caroline (Link) Schmierer, who were buried in Odessa City Cemetery}  

Kuhlman:  “Service for Martha (Suchland) Kuhlman, 81, a lifetime area resident, will be at 2 p.m. today at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Mrs Kuhlman died Saturday at Regency South Convalescent Center. One of 18 children, she was born in Odessa, WA, and came to Spokane in 1944. Mrs Kuhlman was a telephone operator in Odessa and then was manager of the Multiple Sclerosis office in Spokane.  She retired from the Inland Automobile Association in 1979.  She was member of Royal Neighbors of America and the Rebekah Lodge and was active with Theta Rho in Spokane. She was the widow of Elmer Kuhlman. Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Kuest of Wenatchee and Deanna M Kuhlman of Spokane; two sons, Donald E Kuhlman of Springdale, WA, and Dennis R Kuhlman of Tigard, OR; two sisters, Lydia Swanson of Cashmere, WA, and Leona Baulne of Spokane; one brother, Harold Suchland of Odessa; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 4-07-1987) 

Lesser: “Maxine Lesser, age 5, daughter of Mr & Mrs Con Lesser was buried in 1925 in the Hoffnungsburg Cemetery near Batum.” (hearsay) “The five year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Conrad Lesser who reside near Lauer died about two o’clock Tuesday morning hemorrhage of the brain and lungs.  Her funeral was held Wednesday in the Congregational church near the home, with the Rev J G Eckhardt officiating after which burial took place at the church cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 10-16-1925)

Mundinger:  Lavon E Mundinger died Feb 17, 2005. She was born in Wenatchee on June 19, 1925, to Wilbur Elder and Mae Pfueller Elder.  After residing in Omak for nearly 50 years, she moved with her husband, John, to Kennewick in June 2003 to be closer to her family. Lavon is survived by her husband, John, with whom she celebrated her Golden Wedding Anniversary on June 28, 2003. She is also survived by her son, Dave Mundinger and his wife Marcia of Richland, WA; her daughter Mary Mundinger of Anchorage, AK; her grandson, Michael Mundinger and his wife Brianne of East Wenatchee, WA; her granddaughter, Shelby Mundinger of Pasco, WA; her great grandson, Joseph Mundinger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lavon was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ernest Elder; and her sister, Mary Elder Lowe. Graveside Services will be held in Omak, WA later this spring. (notes form Wenatchee World: undated, submitted)

Nealey:  Vee Nealey, age 89,--born Feb 24, 1914, went to be with her Lord Feb 5, 2004. Vee was born on a farm in Okanogan County to Matthew and Sadie (Baker) Nealey. She graduated from Rosalia High School in 1931, and Kinman Business College in Spokane. Vee worked in the grain business with Warmoth and Thom. She started in the office and in later years worked up to a grain merchandiser and eventually bought the company. She was the first female grain broker west of the Mississippi. Among her survivors are a sister, Eunice Ball of Soap Lake; nieces, Bonnie Kjack and Pam McDonald; nephews, Charlie Nealey, Michael Ball and Robbin Ball. Preceded in death by parents, and brother Harvey Nealey. Services will be held at Northwood Presbyterian Church, Spokane. (excerpt of Spokane Review: 2-07-2004, photo in original)  

Ott:  Gerald Russell Ott died at his home on May 6, 2008. He was 75 years old. He was born Oct 1, 1932, to Jacob and Victoria Ott of Irby and was the ninth of ten children. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1950 and attended WSU, graduating in 1956. After graduation he served in the US Army. He taught vocational agriculture in the state of Washington for 12 years before moving his family to Silverton, Oregon in 1970 to teach at Silverton Union High School. He was the advisor of the Silverton chapter of the Future Farmers of America and took great joy in the success of his students achieved. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn Ott; their children, Jennifer and Dusty Rhodes of Camas, WA; Jeffrey Ott of Salem, OR; Judith and Howard Miller of Bend, OR; Jocene and Jay Barton of Monmouth, OR; his sisters, Alice Van Winkle of Santa Clarita, CA; Ruth Schaefer of Spokane; Lois Iksic of Irby; Anna Jean Hedelius of Ephraim, Utah; and Rita Dudley of Bonsecours, Quebec, Canada and ten grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents , brothers, George Ott and Walter Ott; and sisters, Esther Rygg and Grace Parks. A memorial service was held May 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silverton, Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-2008

Patton:  Alice C Patton (age 98).—Passed away Nov 21, 2005 in Spokane, WA, her home, Spokane, and formerly of Harrington, WA. She is survived by three children: Robert (and Joyce) Patton, Beverly (and Stanley) Lazz, Joan (and Gary) LaVerne, all of Spokane, WA; 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Patricia Weipert of Spokane, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sebastian and Florence (Kern) Weipert; husband, A C ‘Pat’ Patton in 1998; and nine brothers and sisters. She was a member of the Davenport Chapter #131 OES, Past Worthy Matron of the Starlight Chapter in Reardan and the Bright Hope Chapter of Harrington, Daughter of the Nile and the American Legion Auxiliary of Davenport, WA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov 26, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Sunset Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery, Spokane, WA with Pastor Phil Falk, officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 11-24-2005) 

Peters:  John Peters, age 92.—passed away Feb 28, 2004 in Spokane, WA. He was a long-time resident of the Rosalia, WA area. He is survived by three daughters: Sheryl and Sam Roberts, Odessa, WA; Marlene Peters and companion, Joe Coombs, Spangle, WA; Kathleen and Tom Strobridge, Spokane, WA; two sons: Denis and Cheryl Peters, Rosalia, WA; Daryl and Charlotte Peters, Reedsport, OR; stepchildren: Roberta Doupe, Plummer, ID and Terry Doupe, Tensed, ID; two sisters, Lillian Anderson, Spokane, WA; and Marie Keene, Turner, OR; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude in 1978; and his second wife, Wilma, in 2002. John operated a creamery in Rosalia and later delivered fuel oil. After retiring, he drove school bus for many years in Rosalia. He was a member of the Rosalia Fire Dept. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, March 11, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. at Pine City Cemetery, Pine City, WA. Schanzenbach Funeral Home, Rosalia, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-07-2004)  

Raugust:  “Funeral Notice. Memorial services for Lyle E ‘Bud’ Raugust will be held Saturday, May 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge #3622 at 1517 W. Broadway, Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 5-15-2008)“Lyle R Raugust, a longtime resident of Moses Lake, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2008 at his home. He was 70 years old. He was born Feb 10, 1938, in Lauer (near Odessa) to Rudolph and Margaret (Reimann) Raugust. In 1950 his family moved off the farm into Odessa.  During his high school years, Lyle became an excellent baseball player and pitcher. Apparently no matter what he threw at what object, hunting, dirt clods… his aim was on target and he was nicknamed ‘dead-eye’. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1956 and went into the US Army in August, 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1958 and remained in the inactive reserves until 1962. Lyle attended Central Washington College, then in 1960 he became the owner of the 76 gas station in Odessa. He sold it and bought the Culligan Soft Water Service franchise. He serviced three counties: Lincoln, Adams and Grant, for 48 years when he retired in 2006. Lyle was active in the community. He played on the local town baseball team until he hurt his knee. He acted as a deputy for the County Sheriff. He started up a Tiger Shop in Odessa, a place for teenagers to hang out. He was a member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge #156.  Around 1976 he moved his business and purchased a home in Moses Lake.  He was active in the Elks, Eagles, VFW, and AMVet. He loved to fish off his dock or by boat. Lyle is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Melvin Raugust and Eugene Raugust and his companion of 22 years, Kelly Hill.” (Odessa Record: 5-01-2008)

Reiman:  Leona Reiman; “Dies in California.  Word has been received in Odessa that Mrs Nathan Reiman of Stockton, CA, died on Tuesday. She was a sister of Mary Hopp.” (Odessa Record: 10-07-1976)  “Leona Reiman. Birth: 3-05-1893, South Dakota. Died: 10-05-1976, San Joaquin, CA.” (CA Death Index) “Nathan Reiman. Birth: 1-16-1888, South Dakota. Died: 2-11-1975, San Joaquin, CA.” (CA Death Index)  “Nathan Reiman, 41; Leona Reiman, 36; Deloris L, 16; Talbert N, 15.” (Stockton, San Joaquin Co, CA 1930 Census).

Rennie:  Frank Rennie, 62, former Washington State patrolman and one of eastern enforcement officers, was found dead in his room in the William Penn hotel in Seattle, state patrol headquarters was advised. An internal hemorrhage was listed as the cause of death. Mr Rennie first gained a reputation as an officer when he served two terms during the prohibition days as sheriff of Lincoln County. Later, he served as deputy under William Cole, sheriff of Whitman County who later became chief of the Washington State patrol. When Chief Cole took over his duties in Olympia, Deputy Rennie went with him and he served continuously as a state police officer from 1928 until May of this year, when he was placed on the state patrol retirement list.” (Odessa Record: 7-13-1939) 

Rice:  Patricia L Rice.—Passed away June 15, 1991 in Odessa, WA. Survived by 5 children, Tracy Rice of Odessa, WA; Tammy Tyler of Moses Lake, WA; Terry Midkiff of Ritzville, WA; David Midkiff of Lynnwood, WA; and Bradley Midkiff of Bothell, WA; 10 grandchildren. Sister, Mearie Andrews of Nespelem, WA.  Mrs Rice was a lifetime resident of the area. Life member of the VFW Post Auxiliary of Odessa, WA. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 1991, at 2 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, North 1306 Monroe, Spokane, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 6-18-1991)

Roth:  Norman J Roth, age 84.—Went home to be with the Lord Nov 27, 2003 in the Spokane Valley. Norman was born in Marlin, WA, Nov 5, 1919. He later moved with his family to Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He was a resident of Spokane for 79 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Jacob Roth, his mother, Emilia (Goetz) Roth, and his brother, Victor Roth. Norman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elma (Buchholz) Roth; his daughter, Marjean and son-in-law, Mel Allerdings of Spokane; two granddaughters and their husbands, Melanie and Tim Figart of Spokane and Melinda and Matt Langrehr of Kettle Falls, WA; three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Norman worked for the Spokane County Treasurer’s Office for 29 years. He enjoyed traveling, gardening and photography. He was a committed Christian and was active in various church ministries throughout his life. He was a member of Valley Assembly of God, Veradale, WA. Visitation is Monday, Dec 1, 2003 at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Rd. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, Dec 2, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Valley Assembly of God, 15618 E Broadway, Rev Al Hulten officiating.” (Spokesman-Review: undated)

Ruff:  Hilda Ruff, age 85, died April 26 at Summerwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Moses Lake, (WA).  Born May 20, 1918, to Gottlieb and Lydia Sackmann, in Lind, as number 14 of 18 children. She was extremely proud of her family and German heritage.  She married Raymond Ruff on Aug 31, 1941, and they made their home in Moses Lake in a dry land farming operation.  They were married 60 years before his passing.  Mrs Ruff was known as a great cook, and loved entertaining whether it was for wheat harvest crews, family dinners, or friends for Sunday dinners. People were always welcome in their home, and serving something she had prepared gave her delight. The business ‘Hilda’s Hobbies’ was a great love. She had a God-given talent for making floral arrangements and crafts whether it was for weddings, church, or just a special friend.  She loved gardening and took great pride in her yard, especially her rose and iris garden.  She was a long standing member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake, and was a choir member for years.  Music was a big part of her life, and she was thought to have a beautiful voice which she shared. She also was a volunteer for Samaritan Health Care Gift Shop for many years. She is survived by children, Harvey and Sue Ruff, Gene and Bonnie Polhamus; two grandchildren; sisters Ella (Neil) Miller, Margaret (Edwin) Jeske, Albert (Elsie) Sackmann and Emil (Janet) Sackmann.  She was preceded in death by her husband and numerous siblings. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake. Interment will follow at the Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake.  Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory, Moses Lake.”  (Adams County Journal, Ritzville, page 10, April 29, 2004)  

Schulz:  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday from the Ephrata funeral parlors for John Schulz, 75, Quincy, who died Saturday. The Rev Ralph Fisher officiated. Burial was in the family plot at the Quincy Cemetery. He had been an active member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church at Quincy. The family had requested that no flowers be sent and that contributions be given to the Memorial fund of the church instead. Born in South Russia, Mr Schulz came to Quincy in 1903. On Sept 28, 1903, he married Mary Doering at Odessa.  Surviving are his widow, at the home; eight sons, Walter, Dave, Eugene and Fred of Quincy, Alvin of Los Angeles, Raymond, Spokane; and Herman, of Wenatchee; two daughters, Mrs Solomon Gies, Odessa, and Mrs Leonard Kristien of Ellensburg; two brothers, Emmanuel of Quincy and Gottleib of Omak; a sister, Miss Otalia Sprycher of Wenatchee, and 15 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-13-1950)

Smith:  Mrs Cecal Smith, 50, Wenatchee Heights, a 30-year resident of this area, died in a Yakima hospital Friday afternoon. Mrs Smith was born in Fort Crook, NE, March 14, 1921. She resided in Nebraska until coming to Wenatchee in August of 1941. She married Claude Smith here Aug 23, 1941. Mr and Mrs Smith operated an orchard on Wenatchee Heights. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wenatchee Heights Ladies Club. Surviving are her husband, at the home; one son, Duane Smith, and a daughter, Mrs Harland (Claudia) Tyler, both of Wenatchee; her parents, Mr and Mrs Laverne Boob, Wapato; four brothers, Ray Boob, Granger; Roy and Alfred Boob, both of Wapato; and Keith Boob, Zillah; five sisters, Mrs Elmer VanCleave, Zillah; Mrs Ed Scott, North Bend; Mrs Clyde Adkins, Wapato; Mrs Dan Razey, Toppenish; and Mrs Ray Hamilton, Chelan.  Jones and Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (undated scrapbook item)

Stein:  Mary Stein died Nov 4, 2008, at the age of 72 after a lengthy illness. Mary was born July 18, 1936, and was raised in and around Valire, MT. She was married to John Stein for 52 loving years. Mary enjoyed life and family while being an avid bowler. Mary also made residence in Spokane, Fruitland and Odessa. Mary is survived by her husband John, her two sons, John P Stein and Cathy of Firestone, CO, and their two children, Jeffrey and Lindsay, and Peter J Stein of Spokane and his two daughters, Kylie and Ingrid. There will be a private Celebration of Life Memorial Service form 3 to 5 pm. Nov 6, 2008, at the Stein home in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 11-06-2008)

Sump:  Sharon Alice Sump passed away on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008. She married Darrell Allen Hoff in the mid-1950s and then moved to Spokane where their two children were born.  Sharon and Darrell divorced in the 1970s and in 1977 she married Don Sump. They lived in Portland with their six children. IN 1986 she earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Central Washington University. After Don retired in 1990, she opened a Wicks n’ Sticks retail franchise store at the Columbia Center Mall. Since her retirement, she spent time pursuing her love of needlework, music, reading, Bible study and keeping tabs on the kids and grandkids. She is survived by her husband, Donald Sump; her children Edward Hoff (Paula), Heide Hoff Moncrief (Gary), Shauna Kennedy (Mark), Shelley Sump, Damon Sump (Collen), and Diedre (Randy) Hess; her grandchildren, and her sister Nancy Fiess and brother, Larry Wagner, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church located at 1322 Kimball Avenue, Richland, on Friday, Nov 21, 2008. Funeral arrangements are made by Einan’s Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 11-27-2008)

Swigart:  Leroy Dale (Bud) Swigart, 79, of Quincy passed away on Jan 27, 2004 at his home peacefully after a courageous 7 year battle with cancer. Born on July 7, 1924 at Ruff, WA to Roy and Fern (Jackson) Swigart. Attended and graduated from Hartline High School in 1942. Immediately after graduation he went to Washington, DC to begin training with the FBI.  Continued his training until he enlisted in the Navy during WW II and served aboard the LST 225 during his time with the Navy. Following the war he chose not to continue with the FBI and instead went into the grocery/hardware business with his dad for 17 years in Medical Lake, also had a grocery store in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Married Carol Carey on March 31, 1945 at St Pauls Lutheran Church in Spokane. Bud later owned and operated a hardware store in Quincy for 10 years, worked for the Jensen Byrd Company a wholesale hardware company as a salesman until his retirement in 1986 when they moved to Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum… Bud is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Swigart of Quincy; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene and Rich Graham of Joseph, OR; Norma and Alan Gilbreth of Fairborne, OH; Six grandchildren and spouses, Mike & Kristie Graham, David and Heather Graham, Stephanie and Rob Strasser, Scott and Julie Gilbreth, Kim and Cully Donovan, Stacy and Troy Ferryman. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Fern Swigart; a sister, Norma, and two infant brothers.  Memorial services will be held on Jan 31, 2004 at 1 p.m. at the Community Church, Quincy, WA. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy in charge of arrangements.” (Wenatchee World: 1-29-2004) 

Totusek:  Josie Rhea Chism Archer Totusek died on Saturday, May 24, 2008. She was 91 years old. She was born March 1, 1917 to Robert Lee Chism and Anna Elizabeth Nicks of Holly Grove, Ark., the sixth child of eight children.  After graduating from high school she married Marvin Archer in 1938. In the midst of raising their three children they also built a successful automotive business. After her first marriage ended in 1971 she relocated to Everett, WA, and married Paul E Totusek. She is survived by her husband Paul; her children, Joanne (Jim) Moss, Mack (Paula) Archer and Camille Archer; her stepchildren, Connie Snider, Debbie (Denny) Rosener and Jeffrey (Julie) Totusek; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. A family gathering was planned for May 31, 2008 in Everett, WA.” (Odessa Record: 6-05-2008)  

Wacker:  “A cousin of H P Wacker died on March 19 at a Portland hospital. George Wacker was a former resident of the Odessa area, living here from 1917 to the 1930s. He farmed southwest of Odessa. Attending funeral services on March 23 at the Evangelical Congregational Church, Portland, were H P Wacker and Mr and Mrs Del Wacker of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-1977) 

Walz:  Fred Walz, 55, died Friday, Aug 19, in the Seattle Veteran’s Hospital. He had been there since January.  Born Nov 14, 1921, at Ashley, ND, he grew up in Ashley and attended schools. Mr Walz entered the Army during WW II. Following his discharge in 1946, he came to the Peshastin area where he married Rose Hopp on Nov 22, 1956.  He was a member of the Peshastin United Church, Cashmere American Legion Post No. 64, and the 40 X 8.  Survivors include his wife, at the home; two sons, Dean and Dale Walz, Auburn; one grandchild; one step-son, Merlin Hopp, Cashmere; one step-daughter, Mrs Inez Scribner, Seattle; five step grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Dufresne, CA; and Emily Jahnke and Esther O’Neil, both of MN.  Those attending the funeral from here were Mr and Mrs Edwin Lobe, Mr and Mrs Henry Hopp, Mrs Bob Kuch and Mrs Bruce Hille, Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 9-01-1977)

Weber:  Daniel (Speed) Weber, a former Ritzville resident, died in Whitefish, MT, Tuesday, June 21, at the age of 72. He was born in Ritzville on July 1, 1904. Cremation services were held at Kalispell, MT, the following day.  A memorial service for Mr Weber was held Wednesday, July 6, in the Chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home at 11 a.m., with the Rev R Kirschenmann officiating.  Mr Weber is survived by his wife, Perle, of the home in Kalispell, MT. Also surviving are one son, Wallace of Issaquah, four brothers, John Weber, Ritzville, David Weber, Odessa, George Weber, Seattle, and Sam Weber of Green Valley, AZ. He also leaves four sisters, Mrs Lena Reiman, Dryden, Mrs Lydia Heimbigner, Ritzville, Mrs Edith Farris, Everett, and Mrs Elsie Caster of Olympia, two granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-1977)

Wederspahn:  Arthur P ‘Art’ Wederspahn died Nov 30, 2008 in Spokane. He was born June 27, 1922, in Odessa. He married Alma Lobe in 1941, and they lived in Portland, OR, where he worked in the shipyards. They later moved to Odessa where they operated a dairy farm. In 1952, they moved to Spokane where Art began working at Kaiser Aluminum and later as a carpenter for Harlan Douglass until retirement.  Art and Alma were snowbirds and rock hounds for several years. Art is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Alma; son, Dennis Wederspahn (Linda); daughter, Joyce Kuest (Allen); seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one sister, Lauretta Wiebe. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Katie Wederspahn and a brother, Harvey Wederspahn. Visitation will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday form 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-04-2008)

Wheeler:  John C Wheeler died Tuesday, March 11, 2008. He was born Jan 1, 1966, in Ritzville to Lloyd and Annabelle (Murphy) Hage. Wheeler worked in construction for several years. He was a member of the AMX Club and enjoyed muscle cars and BMX racing. He was a body builder and practiced weightlifting. He is survived by one son, Vincent Wheeler; his mother, Annabelle Foote, and a brother, Gus Wheeler, all of Odessa, along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Hage. Above all else he loved and enjoyed caring for and raising his son, Vincent. Spending time with his son and going places were what meant the most to John. A celebration of life was held Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Odessa Foursquare Church. Rev Jim Guhlke, of Harrington, officiated.” (Odessa Record: 3-20-2008)

White:  “Word has been received of the death of Jacob White, a former Odessa resident, who passed away at his home in Yakima on Sunday. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept 5 at 1 p.m. in Yakima.” (Odessa Record: 9-05-1974)

Woitt:  “Services were held in Yakima on Sept 5 for Jacob (Jake) Woitt, Jr, who died Sunday Sept 1, at the age of 72 years. He was the brother-in-law of Audrey L Williams of Odessa. Mr Woitt was born on a ship en route to England. His family immigrated to the US in 1901, and settled in Odessa. He moved to Yakima in 1918. He was a lifetime horseman, and for many years a rodeo cowboy. He was well-known at Yakima Meadows, where he had been employed in a variety of jobs since the race track opened 14 years ago. Also a long-time employee of the Central Washington Fair Association, he is well remembered by the rodeo cowboys and the young people who used the barns for horse shows.  Some may remember Woitt as the owner of Old Red, the Arabian hose that was used some years ago by Gary Cooper in the movie ‘The Hanging Tree,’ filmed in the Yakima Valley. Jake had broken Old Red to riding after the animal had run wild on an Arizona ranch for 11 years. Then he had gone into the big barn fire at the Toppenish rodeo grounds to rescue the horse, winding up in the hospital for smoke inhalation.  Mr Woitt is survived by his wife, Mrs Daisy Woitt; three sons, Fred and Dan, both of Snohomish, and Ervin of Tacoma; two daughters, Mrs Elsie Ann Ackles of Yakima and Mrs Rose Harmon of Marysville, CA; two brothers, Henry of Wapato and Edward of Pascagoula, Miss.; three sisters, Mrs Charles Hert of Yakima, Mrs Ann Olson of Seattle and Mrs Esther Reed of Arcadia, CA; 20 grandchildren and one great grandson. Interment was in West Hills Memorial Park, with six former cowboy friends as pall bearers.” (Odessa Record:  9-12-1974) 

Zehm:  Rosalie A Zehm, age 62.—Born April 11, 1938 to Arthur Zehm and Augusta (Klaar) Zehm. Entered into rest on June 16, 2000. She is survived by a sister, Darlene Crosby; a brother, Robert Zehm and his wife, Nancy; five nieces and nephews; two grandnieces and one grandnephew. She attended Waverly Grade School, Fairfield High School, Pacific Lutheran University, Lutheran Bible Institute, and Eastern Washington University. She taught school in Ephrata school district for 24 years. She really loved to travel. Her adventures took her to the Holy Land, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the continental US. Many times she would take her nieces and nephews. She will be remembered as a person who was very giving and had a heart of gold. Spokane Cremation and Burial Service is in charge of Cremation. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Rosewood Cemetery in Fairfield.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-18-2000) 


Zerrenner:  Carl Frederick Zerrenner went home to be with his Lord on Nov 16, 2003 at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center in Colville, WA after a long battle with Parkinsons disease and complications of a stroke. Born Feb 29, 1920 to Otto and Dorothea Schmidt Zerrenner in New London, WI.  Upon graduating from high school there, he moved with family members to Seattle, WA where he worked for the Boeing Co… He entered the Army during WW II and went with the occupation troops into Japan. Upon returning from the Army, he attended The Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle and then went  on to Pacific Lutheran College in Parkland, WA majoring in Sociology after which time he again worked for The Boeing Company. On June 6, 1953 he married Marilyn Jean Russell at Denny Park Lutheran Church in Seattle… He is survived by his wife Marilyn at home; two nieces, Christy Kegg Johnston of Creston, BC, Canada and Nancy Zerrenner Hadrick of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Forest, Earl and Jack Zerrenner; one sister, Venice Kegg; and one nephew, Michael Zerrenner. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine, WA with Pastor Dennis Wildermuth and Chaplain Major Joel Russell officiating. Burial will follow at the Blaine, WA Cemetery with a Military Graveside Service.” (excerpt Wenatchee World: 11-23-2003)





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