Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Allert: William Allert.—His home Benge, WA, survived by his wife Lucille, at home; one step-son, Rod Kinch, Washtucna, WA; one sister, Gertrude Coleman, Ritzville, WA; two brothers, Walter Allert, Ritzville, Fritz Allert, Rosalia, WA; five grandchildren. Member of the Community Church, Benge, WA, member of the IOOF Lodge of Benge, Benge Grange, member of the Benge Fire Department, member of the Washington Cattlemen Association, Washington Wheat Growers Association. Funeral services, Friday, 17th of May at 2 p.m. from the Washtucna Community Church, Rev Howard Stien and Rev Byron Travis officiating. Interment Washtucna Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville in charge of the arrangements.” (scrapbook item: 5-16-1974)

Anderson:  Elizabeth Engdahl Anderson, Hayden Lake, Idaho, formerly of Spokane, and a teacher of the Hoefel School south of Odessa 50 years ago, has died. Funeral services were held in Spokane Tuesday. Among her students were Herb Sackmann and Ed Salo, according to Joe Pavliska who planned to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 5-09-1968) 

Aue:  Mary M Aue.—Her home was as N. 5323 Driscoll Blvd. Wife of Charles Aue at the home; mother of Roy Swigart, Spokane; one grandchildren; one sister in CA. She had been a resident of Spokane 40 years and was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral Tuesday, Oct 6 at 2 p.m. in the Gothic Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N. 1306 Monroe St. Rev John Finney officiating. Burial services Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Spokesman Review: 10-05-1953)

Barber:  “Funeral services for O H Barber, 70-year-old publisher of The Kent News-Journal and veteran newspaperman who died Tuesday night after a long illness, were held Friday afternoon in the Chittenden Funeral Chapel in Kent. Mr Barber is well known in Eastern Washington where he spent several years in newspaper work. Mr Barber moved to Kent in 1930, buying the Kent Valley News which was consolidated last year with The Journal. From the time he became a ‘printer’s devil’ at 17, in Auburn, Nebraska, he spent his life in the newspaper business. In 1926 Mr Barber purchased The Wilbur Register, which he owned until he moved to Kent.” (Odessa Record:  9-03-1936)

Becker: (Katie Becker)  “Called by the death of Mrs John Becker, Yakima, sister-in-law of Conrad Fink, and step sister of the late Mrs Jacob Zeiler, many from here went to attend the funeral held on Tuesday. Death followed a lingering illness, the last six months in a hospital.  Jacob Zeiler, Conrad Fink and Charles Stumpf left on Monday and Mr and Mrs Reuben Fink, Mr and Mrs Sam Fink, Mr and Mrs Reinhold Kuest and Mr and Mrs Joe Gering drove there Tuesday.” (Odessa Record: 6-15-1939) “Katie Becker. Died: 9 June 1939, age 53, Yakima, Yakima Co, WA. Father: Conrad Stumpf. Mother: Katie.  Spouse: John E Becker.” (WA State Death Records: batch id #276987)

Bigham:  “Mr and Mrs M Bigham returned Tuesday evening from Cheney, where they attended the bedside and funeral of Mr Bigham’s mother, who died Sunday of heart failure.  The deceased was one of the pioneer women of Eastern Washington and had a large acquaintance among the early settlers, among whomher death will be sincerely mourned.  Mr Bigham has the sympathy of the community in his bereavement.” (Odessa Record:  8-21-1908)

Birge:  Elnora A Birge.—Her home, E14417 Thirty-second. A member of Rebecca Lodge and the Christian Church. Survived by her husband, Edward W Birge, at the home; One daughter, Mrs Norma L Rhodes, Spokane Valley; one son, David K Birge, Spokane Valley; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services Tuesday, Aug 22, at 11 a.m. at the Cedonia Community Church. The Rev Ernest Lidell officiating. Interment Cedonia Cemetery. The Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, S1400 Pines, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-23-1976 or 1972, scrapbook item)

Birge:  Henry E Birge.—Passed away Dec 20th in a local hospital. His home West 2625 Courtland. Survived by one son, William Birge, Spokane, 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers, David Birge, Odessa, WA; Alfred Birge, Chewelah; Edward Birge, Spokane; George Birge, Spokane; Nettie Batelaan, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Cedonia Community Church, Cedonia, WA and Woodmen of the World.” (Spokesman-Review: 12-20-1970)

Birge:  Mamie E Birge.—Passed away June 17 in a local hospital. Her home, W 2625 Courtland, Spokane, WA. Survived by her husband, Henry E Birge, at the home; one son, William H Birge, Spokane, WA; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Ball & Dodd Funeral Directors, S421 Division St, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 6-20-1970) 

Brown:  Bernece Lorene (Webley) Brown, 88,  Quincy, died Tuesday, Nov 4, 2003 at Quincy Valley Convalescent Center. Born in a small town between Marlin and Odessa, Irby, WA on April 17, 1915 to Glenwood Ethan Webley and Alice Phoebe (McDole) Webley. Bernie’s father worked for the government trapping rabid coyotes in Eastern Washington. The family camped in the summers and then would move to town so the children could go to school, so they lived in many small towns. Her father died when she was 13 years old. Bernie moved to Quincy with her mother, brothers, and sisters in 1930. Bernie played on the Girl’s High School Basketball Team, went to District in Tennis and loved to dance. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1934. On July 21, 1934 she married her best friend and her high school sweetheart, Stanley. They eloped to Wenatchee on the bus. On July 21, 1935 Glendalyn  (Glennie) was born. Bernie developed a Muscular Disease soon after Glennie was born. She never complained and never gave up. Bernie worked in the fruit industry until WW II started and then she and Stanley moved to Seattle to work for Boeing. They moved to Chelan in 1945, then back to Quincy in 1946 to start a trailer park where they became a big part of their Church and the Community…  Her devoted husband, Stanley and her daughter and son-in-law, Glennie and Don Jones of Quincy survive Bernece. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kay Brewer (Jerry) of Hermiston, OR; Anita Lacher (Mark) of Fairfield, MT; Anthony Tony Jones (Kim) of Boise, ID.  In addition, she has three great grandchildren, Dawn Helzer, Maxwell and Andie Lacher. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life. She has one surviving sister, Helen Bepple of Quincy. Bernece had many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Preceding her in death were her parents and her brothers, Alvy and Warren Webley, and a sister, Alice Simmons. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Quincy Community Church.  Officiating will be Rev Robert Poindexter.  Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy in charge of arrangements.” (Wenatchee World: 11-07-2003)  

Eichhorn:  Gary E Eichhorn, age 59, died March 16, 1997 following a six month bout with cancer. He had lived in Spokane since 1992, moving from Bigfork, MT. He was a regionally noted botanist and paleontologist. Born in Forsyth, Montana, he was a retired administrator for the US Forest Service. He is survived by one brother, Larry Eichhorn and wife Darlene of Lewistown, MT, two nieces, Charlotte Wittgow, Dickinson, ND; and Connie Phillips, Livingston, MY and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma Eichhorn of Forsyth, MT. (notes from Spokesman Review: 5-04-1997; a long listing of his works) 

Finney:Harry Finney, nephew of G W Finney of Odessa, was killed at Nevada, Missouri, last week when his motorcycle and an automobile were in collision. Bones in his left ankle were fractured and split in the accident, for a time it was believed he had escaped more serious injury. The next day he became unconscious and death followed. His brother, Marvin, working here during the harvest, was called home, leaving last Monday morning. The bus on which he was traveling turned over enroute and he was delayed several hours, his brother having died before he reached home. Other survivors include his parents, seven brothers and one sister.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1936)

Foust:  “The infant child of Mr and Mrs Jacob Foust died Saturday. Interment took place the following day.” (Odessa Record: 10-25-1907)

Fricke:  A J Fricke Rites Held.  Pasco, Wash.—Pasco Elks Lodge officiated at graveside funeral rites Wednesday for Arnold Joseph Fricke, 62, who died Saturday in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Mr Fricke had owned and operated Golden Grain Trucking Co.  Survivors are his wife, Bess Rogers Fricke; sons, Donald A Fricke, of Kent, and Lonnie of Pasco; his mother, Ida Fricke, Rockford, IL; and brothers, Lawrence of Rockford, Howard, Chicago, and Raymond of Milton-Freewater, OR.” (undated scrapbook item, 1971, possibly in June in Spokesman Review){Edit: Arnold Fricke was born 6-02-1909; died June 1971)  

Glass:  “Word received at Davenport indicates that Homer John Glass, 31, former Odessa boy and later printer at Davenport, was killed early Sunday of last week when his car left the Hetch Hetchy road near Sonora, CA, on a sharp turn. Two companions were thrown clear and escaped injury when the car rolled into the middle fork of the Toulmne River. His body was taken to Vancouver for burial. The young man was reared in Odessa and later attended high school at Ione. During late years he had been employed by the government. A sister, Mrs D Elwood Caples, Vancouver, survives.” (Odessa Record: 11-11-1937)

Good:  Gilbert E Good, 25, and his wife, Rita, 22, were killed in a three car accident Sunday near Union Gap. They are former residents of Odessa. Gilbert taught music in the Odessa schools last year and the year before. He was teaching at Union Gap this year. Funeral services were held in Yakima at Keith and Keith Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Gilbert is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs Gilbert E Good, Sr, 221 Westover Drive, Yakima. Rita’s parents were Mr and Mrs Sylvester Barthel of 609 S 14th Ave., also in Yakima. Apparently the Goods were passengers in a car which was involved in an accident with a pickup and a jeep. No more details of the accident are available at this time.” (Odessa Record: 5-31-1973)

Grening: "Joseph J Grening, 65, a lifetime resident of Ritzville, and well-known in the Odessa area, passed away at his home suddenly on July 18, 1972. He was born at the same home August 16, 1906. Mr Grening was married to Pearl Fink on July 4, 1926. The couple had seven children, three sons and four daughters, all of whom survive him, as does his wife. Sons are Gayle of Ritzville, Sidney of Phoenix, AZ, and Dennis of Spokane. Surviving daughters are Gladys Morales of San Francisco, CA; Joyce McDowell of Dallas, TX; JoAnn Sandberg of San Francisco, CA; and Marcine Giordano of San Jose, CA. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother of Monroe, WA, and four sisters, Lena Schragg of Odessa, Anna Nofziger, Colfax, Martha Moyer of Sutherlin, OR, and Nellie Hardt, of Bremerton, WA. Funeral services have been set for Saturday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville, with Rev Tom Nace, Pastor of the Assembly of God Church officiating. Prior to his death, Mr Gering (sic) had been employed by the U & I Sugar Co in Moses Lake." (Odessa Record: 7-20-1972) 

Grening: “Martin Grening was at Medical Lake the first of the week to make arrangements for the burial of his wife, who died Sunday at the state asylum for the insane.”  (WA State Journal & Ritzville Times: 11-30-1911; Odessa column; Martin Grening’s wife on the 1910 Layton Precinct census was Julia Grening, age 38 with six children: Wm, Elvina, Ida, Anna, Martha and Edward.)

Gross:  Olga Gross.—Her home was in Medical Lake, WA. Formerly of Ritzville. She is survived by one sister, Mrs Ida Wahl of Ritzville; two nieces, Mrs Marion Lenhart, Ritzville, and Mrs Marie Bossert, Kamloops, BC; one nephew, Milton Wahl, Ritzville. She was a member of the Philadelphia Congregational Church of Ritzville. Funeral services Wednesday, Aug 7, 1974, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Interment, Saloma Cemetery, Ralston, The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-09-1974)

Haight:  Lyman E Haight.—His home, Ritzville, WA. Survived by his wife, Ellen Haight at the home; one son, E W Haight, Moses Lake, WA; 4 daughters, Mrs Harry (Zoe) Schultz, Port Orchard, WA; Mrs Everett (June) Schaefer, and Mrs Iris Anderson, both Ritzville; Mrs James (Faith) Micielli, Michigan; 3 brothers, James, John, Wesley Haight of Kamiah, Idaho; 2 sisters, Mrs Ire Lemon, Garfield, Mrs Erma Jacobs, Prineville, OR; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of the Trinity Methodist Church, Marcellus Grange, Ritzville Chamber of Commerce, Adams County Fair Board. Funeral services Friday, Oct 30 at 2 p.m. from the Trinity Methodist Church, Ritzville, The Rev Joseph Castle officiating. Cremation to follow. The Danekas Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 10-30-1970)  

Harland:  Eldora Gettmann Harland (age 78)—Of Caldwell, Idaho, passed away Thursday, Jan 28, 1999 at a Caldwell hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb 1, 1999 at Daken Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Private Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. Eldora was born Nov 4, 1920 at Odessa, WA to Henry and Mollie Gettmann. She graduated from Kinman Business University at Spokane, WA with a private secretary degree. She was employed for over 40 years with Tull and Gibbs in Spokane, General Electric in Spokane and Boise Cascade in Boise, Idaho. After her retirement, she enjoyed her freedom with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Eldora is survived by her husband, Richard D Harland; a son and daughter-in-law, Ferrin and Norma Harland and a daughter Amalia Harland, all of Caldwell; a sister, Elva Richardson and a brother, Elmer Gettmann, both of the Odessa, WA area; five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.” (Spokesman-Review: 1-31-1999) 

Haugen:  Edra H Haugen recently of Pullman, died May 11, 2009, at Avalon Care Center in Pullman at the age of 90. She was born Edra Helen Schorzman on June 13, 1918, at the family home near Marlin.  She graduated from Odessa High School in 1936. She briefly attended WSU. Edra married Abner E Haugen on Sept 26, 1941. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years. She is survived by her two brothers, three children, nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She lived in Royal City from 1965 to 2000, when she moved to Pullman. She was active in the Fraternal Grange, Lions Club and the Gideon’s. Private family services will be held later this summer with inurnment at Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle. Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-2009)

Hildebrandt:  “Funeral Held for Mrs. Hildebrandt.  Spokane.—Funeral services were held Jan. 11 for Lydia M. Hilderbrandt, mother of William P. Hilderbrandt of Ritzville and a  sister of Mrs. Emma Amen and Mrs. Lillie Burghard, both of Ritzville.  Mrs. Hildebrandt also was survived by her husband, William G. Hildebrandt of Colbert; four daughters, Miss Gladys Hilderbrandt at the home, Mrs. Irene Olsson of Spokane, Mrs. Ethel E. Lindsey of Colbert, and Mrs. Margaret Roloff of Spokane; and another son, Fred H. Hilderbrandt at the home.  Survivors also include three other sisters, Mrs. Dena Simpson of Odessa, Mrs.  Minnie Foote of Spokane and Mrs. Lizzy Fisher of Davenport; and four brothers, John, Pete and Alfred Luiten, all of Odessa, and William Luiten of Bellingham.  Mrs. Hildebrandt was a member of the Lutheran church. Services were conducted at the Hazen and Jaeger funeral home with interment at Dartford, Wash.  Pallbearers were her nephews, Harvey Burghard of Ritzville, Kenneth Fisher of Davenport, Herbert Burghard of Odessa, Roy and Lorin Westerman of Spokane, and Alvin Luiten of Odessa.”(Ritzville Journal-Times:  1-26-1950)   

Holman:  Fred Holman.—His home W1214 Shannon Ave. Husband of Mrs Tina Holman at the home. Mr Holman will be sent by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe St., to West & Co Funeral Home, Baker, OR, where funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan 25 at 1:30 p.m. and burial services held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Baker, Oregon.” (Spokesman Review: 1-23-1964)

Holman:  Isaac ‘Hap’ Holman.—729 E Burnside. Services Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Caldwell’s Colonial Mortuary, Sandy Blvd at 14th. Interment Willamette National.” (Oregonian: 11-11-1963)

Janikula:  “Funeral services for Joseph C Janikula, Enumclaw, were held there on Saturday, following his death on Thursday. He had been hospitalized for six days following a stroke. He was 74 years old. He was born in Princeton, MN, on March 11, 1886. From 1910 to 1931 the Janikulas lived in Odessa, where Mr Janikula owned and operated a clothing store. The family members have made frequent trips back to Odessa, keeping up friendships. He was a member of Sacred Heart church in Enumclaw, and the BPOE, Spokane. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, at the home; two sons, Jack Janikula of Seward, Alaska, and Joseph of Enumclaw; two daughters, Mrs Richard Bellach of Neemah, WI, and Murial Janikula, Fort Hood, Texas, and one grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 10-20-1960)

Jingling:  “Funeral services were held on Sunday of last week in the Moses Lake Presbyterian Church for Matilda Jingling, a resident of Moses Lake for 22 years, state the Columbia Basin Herald. A native of Russia, she was 74. She was married to John Jingling in Russia on Jan 14, 1898, and came with him to the United States. The family moved to Washington from Colorado in 1905, settling first at Ritzville. The Jinglings later moved to Warden, then to Wheeler, and finally to Moses Lake, Mr Jingling died on Christmas Day, 1947.  Surviving are six sons, Theodore, Emmanuel, Art, John and Edward, Moses Lake, and Fred Jingling of Ritzville; a daughter, Mrs Martha Willging of Moses Lake; 8 grandchildren and two brothers, Ed Knecht of Acampo, CA, and Simon Knecht of Warden.” (Odessa Record: August 1950)

Johnson:  “Mrs Neil Leary received the sad news Monday that her mother, Mrs Johnson, had just died at Dayton, WA. Mrs Leary left that evening for Dayton to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1918)

Kamlin:  Dorothy N Kamlin died May 7, 2009 in Spokane at the age of 99. She was born in Odessa, Dec 17, 1909, the first of seven children born to Conrad and Anna Lenhart. She attended business school in Spokane, where she met and married Lester Kamlin. Prior to his death, they had been married 65 years. She and Lester enjoyed traveling, gardening and crafts. She was a member of Eastern Star and was involved with the Corbin Community Center in Spokane. She is survived by grandsons Randy Spacek of Spokane and Kim Spacek of Pomeroy, and great grandchildren Jeffrey, Sydney and Cody Spacek. She was preceded in death by her husband Lester Kamlin and by her daughter Anita Nadine Spacek. Memorial services were held May 14 at Unity Church of Truth in Spokane. Arrangements were handled by Ball & Dodd Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-2009)

Kister:  Henry Kister.—Passed away Aug 16 in a local hospital. His home, N4210 Willow Road, Spokane Valley. Husband of Katie Kister, at the home; father of Alma Nelson, Columbia, MO; Floyd Kister, Eugene Kister, both of Spokane; Emil Kister, Chattaroy, WA; stepfather of Florence Sovern, Evansville, IN; Arthur Miller, Spokane; A A Miller, Sunnyside, WA; Ted Miller, Sunnyside, WA; Ted Miller (sic), Menlo Park, CA; 3 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 2 sons from a previous marriage, Harry Anderson and Ira Anderson of California. He is the brother of Anna Wall, Mae, WA; Molly Anspauch, Walla Walla, WA; Freda Magill, Portland, OR; George Kester and Harry Kester, both of Spokane Valley. He was a member of the Congregational church of Odessa, WA. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger in the Valley Funeral Home, Opportunity, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 8-16-1958)

Kister:  (Infant of Henry Kister); “Rev W M Essig returned Thursday from Ruff where he preached the funeral sermon for the two months old child of Mr and Mrs Henry Kister, who died of pneumonia the day before Christmas.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-1918)

Laib:  “Funeral services for David Laib were held in Spokane on Monday. Those from Odessa attending the service were Mr and Mrs Reuben Scheller and Dennis Laib. David Laib was Mrs Scheller’s uncle and great uncle of Dennis Laib, it is reported.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1972) “David Laib.—Passed away Feb 21, Florence, AZ. His home, S. 1108 Bowdish, Spokane. Husband of Hilda Laib, at the home; father of Mrs Larry (Betty) Gady, Rockford, WA; Richard D Laib, Valleyford, WA; Dwayne and David Gady, Rockford, WA. Member of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, Neighborhood Grange No. 891, Spokane County Pamona Grange, State Grange, Realtors Association and Washington Wheat Association. The Hazen & Jaeger Spokane Valley Funeral Home, Opportunity, is announcing funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 2-22-1972)

Lee:  Benjamin F Lee, aged 74 years, died Monday night of old age at the home of his daughter, Mrs D A Darling, in Spokane. Mr Lee was a pioneer of this country, having resided in Ritzville for many years. He was a well read man, a good historian and enjoyed the respect of all. Besides a wife, aged 74, Mr Lee leaves a family of six children—O M and C A Lee, of this city; R H Lee, of Wilson Creek; Frank Lee of Hatton; Mrs Mart Smith of Hatton and Mrs D A Darling of Spokane. From the Ritzville Times.” (Citizen: 1-27-1905)

Lenhart:  “Funeral services for Henry Lenhart, 52, Dryden, were held at Dryden on Tuesday with burial at Cashmere. He died Saturday in the Cascade sanitarium at Leavenworth. He was born in northern Russia and came to the United States in 1890, locating at Yakima and later going to Walla Walla. From there he went to Ritzville and later homesteaded near Odessa, leaving here for Dryden in 1927. He leaves his widow; four daughters, Martha Kirstein, Peshastin; Marie, Hannah and Edna; a sister, Mrs Jacob Weitzel, Odessa, and five brothers, including Con, George, Jake, and Fred, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-08-1937)

Leonard:   Raymond L Leonard.—His home Ralston, WA. Survived by his wife, Margaret Leonard, at the home; 3 sisters, Mrs Virgil Sitton, Washtucna, WA; Mrs Edward Kinzel, Reno, NV; Margaret Leonard, Ritzville, WA; 4 brothers, Carl Leonard, Loveland, CO; Dean Leonard, Robt. Leonard, both Buckley, WA; Howard Leonard, Ritzville. Member of the Christian Church, Ralston Grange, Modern Woodman. Funeral Services Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA. Rev Ralph Smith officiating. Interment, Bemis Cemetery, Ralston, WA. The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-24-1968)

McDermott:  Thomas J McDermott, 83, died in a Goleta, CA, convalescent hospital following a lengthy illness. He was an early day resident of Odessa and attended school here. He was a resident of Seattle until 1967, when he and his wife moved to Santa Barbara, CA. They had been married for 55 years.  Mrs McDermott is a survivor, as well as two daughters, Mrs Joseph Reinesto of Goleta, and Mrs Richard Lounder of Rantoul, IL. Also surviving are a son, Thomas W McDermott of Auburn, WA, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Services were held for Mr McDermott on Monday at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, with interment at the Washington Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs McDermott and daughter, Mrs Reinesto of Goleta, and Mr and Mrs Tommy McDermott of Auburn were guests this past week end in Odessa of the Walt Weber and Bob Schafer families.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1973)

 McEachran:  Katie Elaine Herdrick McEachran, DVM, died May 21, 2009, at her home in the company of her family.  She was born to Mel and Ann Herdrick Jan 13, 1975, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. She grew up on the family wheat farm at Odessa, where she developed her life-long love for animals and the outdoors.  An outstanding high school student and athlete, Katie helped her Odessa volleyball teams to four straight state championships. After graduation in 1993, she attended Washington State University, receiving a BS in Zoology in 1997. Her childhood dream to become a veterinarian was fulfilled in 2002 when she was awarded a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from WSU. Until recently, she served on the staff of Peone Pines  Veterinary Hospital in Spokane. She met her soul mate, Marc McEachran in 1995, and they married Sept 6, 1997. They have three children, Grace Elaine, Josten Richard and Clara Margaret. Katie often proclaimed that of all her accomplishments, she received the most joy and satisfaction from being a mom.  Preceding her in death were grandparents Tom McKenna, Allen Herdrick and in-laws Rich and Margaret (Pegg) McEachran. She is survived by her husband and children, parents Ann McKenna (Tim) and Mel Herdrick (Sylvia), sister Mary Rosman (Joe) and brother Ethan Herdrick, grandparents Anna Elaine McKenna and Emily Herdrick, and an abundance of cherished cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Hills Fellowship, 207 E Lincoln Rd. in Spokane. Arrangements entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St.” (Odessa Record: 5-28-2009) 

Merry:  “Mrs C P Merry of Bluestem received word last week that her father, J A Chaon, 69, had died at Wichita, KS, after an operation Thursday. He is survived by his daughter and one son, Frank Chaon of Montana. AS a peculiar coincidence, Mr Merry, Great Northern agent at Bluestem, lost his father the previous week. Mr Merry Sr passed away at Trail, BC.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1937)

Minard:  Barney Minard, 82, who pioneered in this area and left here about 30 years ago, died last week at Ocean City, WA, relatives here were notified. The Minard place was along Crab Creek east of town.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item.)

Monk:  Hildred Monk passed away in Mount Vernon, WA, Nov 5 at the age of 82. She was married to Jim Monk and lived in Lamona for many years. She was a telegraph operator for Great Northern for 25 years. She suffered a stroke in 1967 and moved to Mount Vernon at that time. She had a heart attack on Oct 23, 1972 and was hospitalized until her death. Survivors include Don Monk, Antioch, CA, Dorothy Wallan, Conway, WA, three grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers. Services will be in Spokane at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home Friday, Nov 10, at 2 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 11-09-1972)

Morrison:  Bernard V Morrison.—Entered into rest April 4 in a local hospital. His home N4914 Haven. Survived by his wife, Margaret, at the home; one daughter, Darlene Joy Briggs, Petersburg, Alaska; 2 sisters, Helen Parrish, Lind, WA; Winnie Mont.; 2 brothers, Jeff Morrison, Lind, WA; Ralph Morrison, Reno, Nevada; 3 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Riplinger Funeral Home, Division St, Spokane.” (Spokesman Review: 4-07-1970)

Morrison:  Charles R Morrison.—His home, W4224 Olympia Ave.  Husband of Emma Morrison, at the home; brother of Mrs Helen Parrish, Lind, WA; Mrs Winnie Richey, Portland, OR; Bernard Morrison, Spokane; Floyd Morrison, Lind, WA; Ralph Morrison, Reno, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Central Lodge No. 202 F & AM, Washtucna, WA. He was a lifetime resident of the Inland Empire and a veteran of World War I. Private funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, 1:30 p.m., Fairmont Sunset Mausoleum, Rev Robert C Ward officiating. Central Lodge 202 F & AM, Washtucna, WA, participating at the Mausoleum. Entombment Fairmont Sunset mausoleum. The Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-29-1969)

Peffley:  “Word has been received of the sudden death of Myrtle Peffley of Tacoma from a heart attack on Sunday. Funeral services were to be held Wednesday in Tacoma. Mrs Peffley was born in Wilbur in 1895, the daughter of John and Mary Robertson, area pioneers. She was married to Lloyd Peffley. She is survived by a son Lloyd John Peffley, in Spokane, a daughter, Barbara, of Kent; and several grandchildren. Mrs Peffley was a sister of the late Bessie Dalton.” (Wilbur Register: 9-01-1977) 

Raugust:  William C Raugust, Jr, died May 10, 2009, in Moses Lake at age 83. He was born May 30, 1925, in Batum to William C Raugust, Sr, and Reca (Heizelmann) Raugust. He grew up in the Odessa area and graduated from Odessa High School. He then attended Washington State College (Now University), where he received his degree in speech. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. He was the manager of Chief Ready foods and potato manufacturing in Othello for several years. He also loved to build things like grain elevators and homes in the Odessa and Batum areas. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheree Raugust, at the home. As per his request no services will be held. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-2009)

Robinson:  “Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday from Plotts Funeral Home for Wesley L Robinson, 51, who dropped dead Tuesday morning at Soap Lake, while reading meters for the PUD.  The Rev Lynn Robbins, officiated at the service. Interment was in the Ephrata Cemetery with the Art Semro Post No. 28 of the American Legion in charge of the service.  Born June 4, 1896 at Jackson, MI, Mr Robinson came to Ephrata 30 years ago just after the first world war. He was a charter member of the Art Semro Post No. 28 of the American Legion. Monday he served as a pallbearer for his long time friend J P Simpson.  Mr Robinson was employed as meter reader for the PUD.  Surviving are his widow; Cate at the home; one daughter, Mrs Charles Sherwood, Ephrata; one son William Robinson, student, Central Washington College of Education, Ellensburg; one brother, Dudley Robinson, Spokane; and one granddaughter.” (Grant Co Journal: Apr 30, 1948

Ruff:  Rueben Harold Ruff, 86, lifelong area resident and member of a Columbia Basin pioneer family, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009 at his home in Moses Lake. Rueben was born in Ruff, WA, Dec 3, 1922, son of John and Pauline (Schmauder) Ruff, German-Russian farmers, who homesteaded in Ruff, WA.  He began his educaton at a one room school  house in Ruff and later attended classes at a school in Wheeler before graduating from Central High School in Neppel. Throughout his youth and young adult years he helped on the family farm in Ruff.  He married Darlene Ramm on Aug 21, 1949 at the Ruff Congregational Church where his parents had been married years before. They continued to live and farm in Ruff for many years. They later purchased other farm land twelve miles northeast of Moses Lake, where they lived and farmed for the next thirty-five years.  Following his retirement from farming in the late 1980s, they moved into Moses Lake where they have lived since. In addition to running his own farm he did custom harvesting in the area, worked at the U & I Sugar Plant for several years, drove school bus for the Moses Lake School District and taught agriculture at Big Bend Community College when the class was held at one of the hangers at the Ephrata Airport. In his down time, he enjoyed tinkering and building things, including items of furniture, many of which are still used by family members.  Rueben and Darlene are former members and served as deacons of the Pilgrim Congregational Church and the Moses Lake Presbyterian Church, past members of the Lakeview Missionary Church and currently attend the Evangelical Methodist Church. Rueben was a member of the Grant County Historical Society and enjoyed the time spent building many of their floats over the years. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly sixty years, Darlene Ruff, Moses Lake; two daughters, Ruby Keenan, Othello, and Connie Kast, Moses Lake; three grandchildren, Lana (Felipe) Keenan Martinez, Kasey Allen Kast and Desiree (Spc. Scott) Sunford; two great grandchildren, Madison Martinez and Maddox Martinez; two brothers, Robert Ruff and Edwin Ruff, both of Moses Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Raymond; one sister, Esther Ruff, two sons-in-law, Keith Kast and George Keenan, and two grandchildren, Echo Marie Kast and Kyle Kelly Keenan. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Moses Lake First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Kayser’s Chapel is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 6-04-2009)

Schaeffer:  “Saturday morning about four o’clock three box cars standing on the side track here were found to be on fire. Two of the cars were partially filled with hay. The body of an unrecognized man almost cremated was pulled out of the smoldering cars. The man must have been sleeping in the car when the fire started, whether by himself or otherwise is not known. An inquest was held over the body by Justice of the Peace, O A Smith. The remains were turned over to C C Elliott, who buried the same Monday in the cemetery south of Warden. A broken bladed knife found in the ashes was identified as belonging to a certain George Schaeffer, a stranger, who has been working at one of the railroad camps near here.” (Lind Leader: 12-10-1909)

Schillinger:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Tuesday for Mrs Minnie Schillinger, Opportunity, former Odessa resident.  The Rev Arthur Berrin officiated, with burial services in the Pines Cemetery at Opportunity.  Survivors include three sons, Herman Fred Schillinger, Walter E Schillinger, and Ernest E Schillinger, all of Spokane Valley; five grandchildren; one brother, Fred Fossler in Germany.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1964)

Schimke:  Edna A (Kuest) Schimke, age 91.—Passed away Dec 19, 1995 in Spokane, WA; her home, Spokane, WA, formerly of Odessa, WA. She is survived by her daughter Janet Eaton of Overland Park, KS; one grandson, Mark Eaton of Overland Park, KS; two granddaughters, Jill Eaton of Kansas City, KS and Lynn Remer of Iowa City, IA.=; two great granddaughters, Rachel and Hannah Remer of Iowa City, IA; two brothers, Oscar Kuest of Wenatchee, WA and Leroy Kuest of Spokane, WA; two sisters, Alma Smith of Bellevue, WA and Maude Giese of Spokane, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Leo Schimke in 1987. Memorial Services will be Tuesday, Dec 26, 1995 at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, Pastor  Scott Jurgens, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 12-24-1995)

Schmidt:  “Funeral services for Ben Schmidt, 61, former area resident, were held Monday at Cashmere.  Mrs F R Day conducted the Christian Science service.  Mr Schmidt came to Washington as a child with his parents when the Menno colony arrived. The family settled at Ruff. He married Bertha Hoefner at Waterville in 1922 and lived in Grant County until 1940, when they went to Cashmere.  Survivors include the widow, Bertha; four sons, Hollis, East Wenatchee; Harry, Vernon and Larry, all of Cashmere; four daughters, Mrs Nora Phillips, Cashmere; Mrs Vera Long, Seattle; Mrs Clara Faulkner, Wenatchee; Miss Hope Schmidt, Cashmere; one brother, John Schmidt, Cashmere; five sisters, Mrs Lydia Schroeder, Twin Falls, ID; Mrs Lizzie Johnson, Wenatchee; Mrs Emma Poggensee, Spokane; Mrs Lena Ottmar, Moses Lake; Katherine Preheim, Monroe; and 14 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-10-1958) 

Schmidt:  “Early Marlin Farmer Dead.  Henry C Schmidt, 73, who had lived in this area most of the time since 1903, died last Wednesday in a Moses Lake hospital following a long illness. Funeral services were held on Saturday. Born in South Dakota, Mr Schmidt came with his parents to the state in 1903 as part of the Mennonite group. He started farming in the Marlin area, later he moved to Harrington. He went to Moses Lake in 1942 where he worked as a carpenter. The family includes five sisters and two brothers.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1958; Beck data card collection)

Schmidt:  “The infant child of Mr and Mrs Carl Schmidt, who live southwest of town, died Monday. Its life was of short duration, being born only about ten days previous.” (Odessa Record:  12-13-1907) 

Schrag:  Clarence C Schrag died June 25, 2009, at the age of 91. He was born April 12, 1918, at the family farm near Odessa to Jonathan and Fannie Schrag. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1935 and from Washington State College in 1939 with a degree in Sociology. He completed an MA in Sociology in 1944 and a Ph D in Sociology in 1950, both at the University of Washington. Much of his career was spent as a professor at the University of Washington in the Sociology Department, which he chaired at the time of his retirement in 1983. The focus of his research was in the field of criminology, and he also worked several years in the Washington State Department of Corrections. His parents, his brothers Alvie and Leslie, and his sisters, Eva Jantz and Iva Jantz, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elissa (Lee) Schrag and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life was held Thursday, July 2, at the Mill Creek Merrill Gardens.” (Odessa Record:  7-09-2009)

Schrag:  Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Schrag, died Feb 12. Funeral services were held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Onecho church about 12 miles south of Colfax. She was one of the many Mennonites, who in the latter part of the last century, emigrated from Russia on account of religious scruples. A son, Charles and daughter, May preceded her in death. She leaves two sons, 27 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and one sister and brother in South Dakota. Rev P R Aeschleman of the Onecho church, Rev M J Galle of Odessa and Rev J J Blazer of Mountain Lake, MN, officiated at the funeral. Ruth Krehbiel, teacher in the Medical Lake high school, came home Friday evening in order to be able to attend funeral services of her grandmother Saturday noon at Onecho.” (Ritzville Journal Times: 2-21-1935) 

Stroh:  “Memorial Mass for Theresa A Stroh, 67, is set for 10 a.m. today at St Thomas More Catholic Church. There will be private inurnment. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Stroh, who died Tuesday, was born in Buffalo, ND, and had lived in Spokane for 42 years.   She was a homemaker and was a founding member of St Thomas More Catholic Church. Her husband, Leo Stroh, died in 1991. She is survived by two sons, Michael Stroh of St Maries and Timothy Stroh of Stanwood, WA; two daughters, Mary Lockaby and Theresa Ayres, both of Spokane; her mother, Margaret VonBank of Buffalo, ND; four brothers, Alfred VonBank of Fargo, ND, Clement and Gary VonBank, both of Buffalo; and Cecil VonBank of Washburn, ND; two sisters, Rita Halland of Tower City, ND; and Claire Naset of Spokane; and 12 grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 3-08-1997)

Stumpf:  “The body of Charles W Stumpf, 59, who died suddenly Thursday morning of a heart attack, was removed on Friday to Seattle, where funeral services were to be held, and where surviving members of the family reside.  Mr Stumpf had climbed a ladder into a tree when he suffered his heart attack and fell to the ground.  Sheriff Charles E McCaffrey, Deputy Sheriff C V Fisher and Dr J F Poynter, who was acting as coroner for Paul Phillips, country prosecuting attorney and ex-officio coroner, who was ill, investigated.. Charles William Stumpf was born May 15, 1885 and spent part of his youth at Walla Walla, later working about Odessa and coastal points. During former years he included prospecting.  Funeral services were held from the Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon.” (Odessa Record: undated, d. 30 Nov 1944) 

Trantum:  Beatrice Evelyn Trantum. Little Beatrice Evelyn, age eight years, daughter of Mr and Mrs R E Trantum died Thursday, October 21, at St Lukes Hospital, in Spokane where she had been a patient for a day. Death came when fat globules, caught by blood currents, lodged in the lungs.  Services were held in the chapel of Smith & Co, at 10 o’clock Saturday, the 23rd inst, the Rev A A Powers of the Harrington Evangelical Church officiating.  The small body was laid to rest in a Spokane cemetery by hands that had tried to make her young life happy. May God’s purest angels guard her slumbers.”  (Citizen: 10-29-1915) “Card of Thanks. We desire to express our deepest gratitude for the loving sympathy of the Harrington people for the loss of our little Evelyn, and for the beautiful floral gifts. It will be a precious memory to us. Sincerely, Mr and Mrs R E Trantum and family.” (Citizen: 10-29-1915) “Little Evelyn Trantum, the 11 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs R E Trantum of Harrington, formerly of Davenport, died in Spokane last Friday, Oct 22 after undergoing a surgical operation. The little girl had been bothered for some years with some disease of the bone, affecting one leg, and it was decided last week that an operation was necessary. She underwent the operation and came from the influence of the anesthetic, but the shock was too much for her frail condition, death following almost immediately. The Trantum family resided in Davenport for a couple of years, Mr Trantum being a former manager of the Farmers Store, coming here from Odessa where they resided for years. He is now employed in Moore Bros store of Harrington.” (Davenport Tribune: 10-28-1915)

Woodruff:  “Trapped in their coupe when it plunged into the South Fork of the Clearwater River and landed upside down in a deep hole, Mr and Mrs P E Woodruff, Grangeville, Idaho, were drowned some time Sunday night. Woodruff, a veteran road contractor and forest service employee, had been employed at Odessa some years back, building the highway grade west of here. He had but one arm, having lost the other when a train ran over him when he was a child. He was known as an expert driver.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-1936)


 Odessa Vicinity Obituaries submitted to the Lincoln County, 

Washington, GenWeb, September 2009, by Marge Womach.

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