Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Bonella: “Bonella.—Mrs Shirley Gene Bonella, 38, died Tuesday in a hospital in The Dalles, Oregon. Born in Ephrata, WA, she had made her home in Oakland, CA, and was visiting her sister at the time of her death. She is survived by her parents, Mr and Mrs Fred Schoonover, Hermiston, OR; five brothers, Wayne Schoonover, Yakima; Jack Schoonover, Brewster; and Russel Schoonover, Naches; Irwin Schoonover, Klamath Falls, and Thomas Schoonover, Portland; three sisters, Mrs Natalie Shupe, Onida, SD; Mrs Ruth Gray, Davenport, IA; Mrs Phyllis Rogers, The Dalles. Mrs Bonella was a member of the Christian Church of Zillah.” (Yakima Herald: 3-12-1954; Beck data card collection)

Campbell: Jeanne M. Campbell, age 90.—Passed away on Aug 16, 2009 in Davenport, WA. She was born on June 17, 1919 in Spokane, to Arthur and Pearl (McKenna) Gassman. She married Frank Campbell on Oct 9, 1949 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by her husband, Frank, at the home; two sons, Michael Campbell of Lake Oswego, OR and Gary Campbell of Boise, ID ; two grandchildren, Sarah Olsen and Chris and Samantha Herbert and Greg, all of Beaverton , OR; two great grandchildren, William and Juliet as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arthur Jr.  Jeanne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, WA, PEO, and Women’s Sewing Club. She enjoyed weaving, sewing, gardening, cooking, traveling and she loved to read. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Davenport First Presbyterian Church with Rev Ted Broadway officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (submitted)

Carlson:  Lloyd E Carlson, a 51-year resident of Colville, died Sept 19, 2009 in Colville at the age of 80. He was born in Lamona Sept 25, 1928, the son of Harold Victor and Virginia Rosa (Wilson) Carlson. He was raised in the Lamona and Odessa areas and graduated from Odessa High School in 1946. He worked on farms around Odessa until the early 1950s, when he joined the US Army and served two years.  He then went to school to learn diesel mechanics in California and returned to Washington after receiving his certificate. He lived in the Colville area and enjoyed going to dances at the Colville Valley Grange. At these dances, Frieda Hydorn caught his eye, and after a short courtship they were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on July 22, 1958. He was a past member of the Colville Valley Grange, the Farm Bureau and St Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his brother Melvin D Carlson and his sister Norma Jantz. He is survived by his wife, Frieda Carlson, of Colville, his daughter Linda Carlson of Colville, his son Kenny Carlson and his wife Glenna of Kettle Falls, his grandson Travis Carlson of Spokane, his brother-in-law Merlin Jantz of Odessa, his sister-in-law Marilyn Carlson of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Lloyd Carlson was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009, at the Colville Free Methodist Church in Colville. The graveside service followed at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville is entrusted with the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-2009)

Davis:  Bernice M Davis, daughter of Ann and Conrad Lenhart, was born in Odessa, WA, on Feb 28, 1923, passed away after a long illness on Dec 11, 2009. Bernice lovingly called Bernie by her friends grew up in Odessa and moved to Seattle after WW II, where she worked at Aetna Insurance. She met and married the love of her life, John. They married in 1949 and enjoyed 60 happy years together. Bernie loved to travel, play golf and play bridge with her friends. Bernie is survived by her husband, John R Davis; her sister, Lucile Turner of Eugene, OR, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3626 34th Avenue West in Magnolia.” (Seattle Times: Sunday Dec 20, 2009; submitted)

Davis:  Mary David. “Mrs Brad Davis of Cashmere died at a Wenatchee hospital last Wednesday morning following an extended illness, at the age of 59 years. Mrs Davis was born Feb 4, 1891, in Adams County, and grew to womanhood in the Schoonover station area. She was united in marriage to Bradford Davis, March 1912, at Ritzville. Following their marriage they lived at Odessa for two years, then moved to southern Idaho, where they lived 13 years, returning to Washington. They have lived at Cashmere since 1929. Mrs Davis is survived by her husband, Brad; two daughters, Mrs Leo Strutzel of Monitor, and Mrs LeRoy LaVigne of Cashmere; three grandchildren; her mother, Mrs L M Schoonover of Odessa; two sisters, Mrs Ruby Curl of Portland, OR, and Mrs Pat Estes of Waitsburg, and two brothers, Otto and Marion Schoonover, both of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-31-1950, Beck data card collection; Mary A Schoonover Davis was a daughter of Levi M Schoonover Sr and his wife Eliza M Thompson Schoonover.)

Eckhart:  Katherine ‘Katie Eckhart. Memorial service for Katherine ‘Katie’ Eckhart is planned for Saturday, Nov 28 at the Almira Community Church at 11 a.m.  Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Chehalis, WA on Monday Nov 30, 2009 at 2 p.m.  Mrs Eckhart died Friday, 20 November, at Serene Meadows in Davenport, WA where she made her home since 2006. Born 7 June 1909, in Great Falls, MT to Charles H Lawrence and Jane Elizabeth Bryans. Katie celebrated her 100th birthday this past June. Katie was gifted at writing poetry. She published three volumes of poetry, ‘A Bird Flew By’, Vol, 1, 2, and 3.’ Katie is survived by her step-daughter, Doris Evans and husband Bill. Step-grandchildren Renae Hengel, Rowena Day, Dusty (Sally) Eckhart, Drew (Valerie) Eckhart, David Evans, Fred Evans, Nancy Evans. Ten step-great grandchildren and three step-great-great grandchildren. Katie also leaves four nieces and nephews: Wayne (Doris) Heigel, Marilyn (Dean() Erickson, Roger (Kay) Heigel, and Patsy Jones. Preceded in death by both husbands, her only sister, Lota Heigel, her step-sons, Henry Eckhart and Ralph Eckhart, and a step-granddaughter, Rita Beal. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review; submitted)

Floch:  “Service for Ryan Geoffrey Floch, 20, and Andrew Phillip ‘Drew’ Floch, 19, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Odessa (WA) High School auditorium. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, WA, is in charge of arrangements.  Both men died Aug 28 along with their cousin and grandfather when their boat was lost at sea. They were both born in Spokane and had been residents of Odessa for the past 17 years. Ryan Floch graduated from Odessa High school in 1999 and was named the State B basketball Player of the Year in 1999. He also played basketball at Big Bend Community College and graduated in 2001. He had enrolled at Eastern Washington University. Andrew Flock graduated from Odessa High School in 2000. He attended Big Bend Community College for one year. Survivors include their parents, Clay and Jewel (Starr) Flock; grandparents, Ed and Esther Floch of Valleyford, and Betty Starr of Spokane; a great-grandfather, Charles Starr of Spokane; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.” (Tombstones are in Odessa City Cemetery; Spokesman-Review: 9-08-2001)

Due to the reference in the Starr obit, there is a reference back to Odessa City Cemetery where better obits are previously posted...


Garber: Bernice Garber. Our loving mother and grandmother, Bernice Garber, passed away on Feb 11, 2010 in Spokane, WA after losing her battle with breast cancer. Born in Espanola, WA to Henry and Fannie Weyen on March 11, 1927, she married her childhood sweetheart, Carl Garber on Aug 9, 1944. Shortly after the wedding, they  moved to New Bern, NC, where Carl was stationed in the Marine Corps. Bernice returned to the Reardan area when Carl was called overseas. After Carl returned to Reardan following his service in WW II, they farmed for several years before moving to Seattle.  Bernice and Carl retired in 198. Bernice was a friend of Bill W’s and was grateful for many years of sobriety.  In later years, they returned to Reardan before moving to Spokane.  Survived by her three children, John (Cindy) Garber of Seattle, Jean (Tom) Leonard of Spokane, and Molly Merrill of Bothell. Bernice is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Beth (Tom) Kovich; Ryan (Cindy) Leonard; Gretchen (Jon) Jones; Paul Garber; Heather (Michael) Roy; Katy ( Dallas ) Summers; and Tanner Merrill. Her fourteen great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces also survive. Preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Carl, on March 27, 2009 and by her parents and her sister Agnes.  There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Feb 27, 2010 at Strate’s Funeral Home in Davenport, WA. Strates Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (submitted)

Goodale:  Robert Goodale of Washougal died Dec 25, 2009, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born May 11, 1932, to Ralph and Winifred Goodale of Puyallup. He graduated from Whitworth (College) University and received his Master of Education degree from the University of Oregon. He taught in Washougal over thirty years before retiring to pursue volunteering and amateur radio activities. He is survived by Joyce (Napier), his wife of 52 years, son John (Deborah) Goodale of Colorado Springs, CO, daughter Mary Ruth (Larry) Thomas of Lynnwood; four grandchildren: Matthew and Suzanne Goodale and Alison and Drew Thomas; brother Raymond (Irene) Goodale and sister Bea (Bill) Hurd. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010, at Columbia Presbyterian Church, Columbia Ridge Drive, Vancouver, WA. Private inurnment will be held at Sumner Cemetery at Sumner, WA.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-2010)

Johnson:  Orpha M Johnson, 69, passed away, Wednesday, July 28, 1993 at her home at Marine View Heights in rural Othello. Born April 1, 1924, in Bowdoin, MT, she was the first of eight children of Bryon and Georgia (Ashby) Bebee. Married to Lloyd Megenity on Nov 18, 1947, and they came to the Columbia Basin in 1952 where they homesteaded a farm off White Trail in Block 71, until 1960, later moving to Ephrata and Grant Orchards, where she worked as manager of Montgomery Wards in Ephrata,later as office manager for House Laundry. In 1965 the family moved to Othello where she was head bookkeeper and office manager for farm machinery businesses until her retirement in 1982.. Lloyd, passed away Jan 15, 1974, and she later married Glenn Johnson on May 23, 1982 in White Swan. They have made their home at Marine View Heights overlooking Mardon Resort and have traveled extensively in the US in retirement. Surviving relatives include her husband Glenn; mother, Georgia Bebee of Malta, MT; three daughters, Faith P Anderson of Soap Lake, Claudia A Hawley of Grapeview, and Georganna I Megenity of Tacoma; three step-children, Nanette Kagele and Rick Johnson, both of Moses Lake, and Jody Hanks of Selah; 6 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; four brothers, Frank, Kenny, Henry, and Gary Bebee, all of Montana; and three sisters, Lois Steels of Addy, and Dorothy Nitz and Lorene Krause, both of Montana. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd, and by her father.  Funeral services were held Monday, Aug 2, at 10 a.m. at Muscott-Stevens Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Bess Hampton Memorial Gardens.” (excerpt The Outlook: 8-04-1993) 

Lee:Evelyn (Grabow) Lee died on Dec 20, 2009. She was born Vancouver, WA, May 30, 1930 to Rev Arthur and Leona Grabow. The family moved to Marlin in 1932; Evelyn attended Marlin school graduating in 1948. She attended Nursing School at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, graduating in 1951. After graduation she was a traveling nurse, traveling all over the United States, ending up in Long Beach, CA, where she met Jim Lee. They married in October 1955 in Marlin. She continued nursing while Jim was in college. After he graduated they moved to Riverside, CA and lived there 50 years. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, brothers, Victor and Harry. She is survived by two sons, Jeff of Riverside, CA, and John (Yvonne) of Laughlin, NV, and one daughter, Lind, of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren and brother Robert of Tucson, AZ.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)

Martin: Dorothy E. Martin, age 95.—Passed away Sept 18, 2009 in Spokane, WA. Survived by two son, John Martin of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Mark Martine of Spokane, WA. She has six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Peter Albert Martin in 1954, one son Michael Peter Martin and one sister, Marian Sampson. Dorothy was a member of the Wilbur Lutheran Church and the Wilbur Sr Center, Chaired the Lincoln County Cancer Foundation, Active in the Wilbur Community. Loved to play bridge, crossword puzzles, and scrabble and was a very caring and loving person. She loved spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct 9, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Wilbur, WA with Pastor Holly Gunby officiating. A family inurnment will precede services at the Pines Cemetery, Spokane, WA. Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.” (submitted)

Mayer:  (Grace Jefferis Mayer)  “Mrs J E Mayer Dies Monday. Community Shocked by Sudden Death. Funeral Held Wednesday. Stores Close for Service.  The entire community was shocked and deeply grieved Monday to learn that Mrs Grace Jefferis Mayer had died at 4:30 a.m. that morning. About 2 p.m. Saturday she had given birth to her second child, a fine boy. Mrs Mayer at the time of her death was twenty-eight years of age, having been born and reared in Harrington. She was well liked by the entire community and was identified with many organizations, all of which will deeply feel her loss. Fate acts strangely in her dealing with human life. Most of us feel that we are entitled to our three score and ten years of life, but there is none who has any real assurance of it. For a young mother, not yet out of her twenties, who was a joy to her many friends, a strength to the community and a necessity in her home, to be called to the great beyond is beyond our ken, and yet it is not ours to complain, but to humbly bow our heads to the will of Almighty God.  The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church Tuesday morning at 9:30, the church being crowded. The Rebekah ladies, dressed in white, marched in a body to the church, as did the members of the IOOF. The pulpit was beautifully festooned in white and a great mass of flowers, the gifts of a host of friends and of different organizations, covered the casket and were banked about it. Rev Alexander Pringle delivered the funeral sermon and his inspiring words did much to comfort the relatives and friends of the departed. At the conclusion of the service the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows formed two lines from the church to the funeral car and down this open aisle the casket was borne by the pall bearers, R S Reid, H O Jones, Frank Charlton, W A Gough, C D Ellis and L O Cummings performing this service.  Special music was furnished by a quartet consisting of Miss Henrietta Gohlman, Mrs George Gilliam, W S Thompson and J Q Thomas, assisted by Miss Claudine Ellis. The body of the deceased was taken to Spokane in an auto hearse driven by J E Turner, who had charge of the body, and the funeral cortege, consisting of automobiles, drove to the Greenwood Cemetery, where interment took place.  Relatives of the deceased who attended the funeral were J E Mayer, W H Jefferis, Mr and Mrs D B Heil of Spokane, and the father, mother and two sisters of the bereaved husband, who make their home at Odessa.” (Harrington Citizen: 5-03-1918)

Oestreich: April Marie Oestreich. This incredible young woman had an aura about her, a pure loving heart and a wonderful infectious smile. April Marie Oestreich passed away while visiting friends in Cadiz, Spain on May 30. She began her adventure in Spain the 2007/2008 school year attending the University of Cadiz as a member of the University of Washington Study Abroad program. Born April 14, 1983 in Spokane, WA, to Gregory and Cathleen (Larson) Oestreich, April began her life in Ritzville, WA. After moving to Bellevue, WA in 1986, April began her academic career at Sunset Elementary in the Puesta Del Sol Spanish Immersion Program. She attended Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue and graduated high school at Fenster School in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Cathleen & Patrick Earley, (Bellevue), step-brother Patrick Earley II, Grandparents, Betty Holman (Ballard), William Larson (Shelton), Robert and Esther Oestreich (Ritzville), Aunts & Uncles, Linda & Darrell Igelmund, Bill Larson, Gary & Laura Larson, Jeff & Lois Oestreich, Darci & Pat Kennedy, Todd & Michelle Oestreich and all the cousins… She was predeceased by her father, Gregory David Oestreich, April 7, 1990.” ( Seattle Times: Saturday, June 13, 2009; submitted).

Ramm:  William (Bing) Conrad Ramm, 88, of Tacoma, former longtime Soap Lake resident and businessman, died March 25, 2009, in Tacoma. Bing Ramm grew up in Central Washington. Following three years of Army service overseas, Bing returned home a decorated WW II veteran, earning a Bronze Star, a Distinguished Service Medal and achieving the rank of master sergeant. Bing met his wife Jennie in Spokane in 1945, where she worked as a railway company clerk. They were married Dec 22, 1945. Shortly after they married, they moved to Soap Lake, where they raised their four children. Bing started a successful oil business in Soap Lake and Ephrata, which became Inland Oil and Propane. He retired in 1982, and the business was purchased by his son, Gerry. During their retirement, Bing and Jennie enjoyed RV-ing, wintering in Yuma, Arizona for 20 years with many friends. They moved to Tacoma in June of 2007 to be near their daughter, Carol. Bing was active in the Soap Lake community, serving as a volunteer fireman, member of the Lion’s Club and Masons, as a Shriner and an avid Eagle Booster. He attended Faith Lutheran Church. Bing is survived by his wife Jennie; his sister Evelyn; daughter and son-in-law Carla and Mario and their children Jennifer and Kristin; daughter and son-in-law Dena and Dick and their son Nathaniel; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Rob and their children, Jonathan and Tyler; son Gerry and his children, Jessica, Adrienne and Deonne. A memorial service was held Sept 12 in Soap Lake.” (Odessa Record: 10-29-2009) {Edit: William ‘Bing’ Conrad Ramm was the son of William Ramm and his wife Anna Marie Fink Ramm. Other siblings to Bing were: Robert; Emil; Eugene; Kenneth; Lydia Ludeman; Anna Marie Homberg; Ella Redmond; and Evelyn DeVaney. (names obtained from the obituary of Bing’s mother.)}

Reeves:  Warren Reeves I died Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009. He was born Sept 8, 1921 to Jake and Gertrude Reeves in Sunnyside, WA. The family farmed until the Depression when the cost of potatoes went far below production costs. The family watered the horses, boarded the windows and moved to Longview.  Upon graduation from Kelso High School in 1939 Warren joined the US Navy. He completed several courses and ended with a radioman classification in the Naval Aircorps.  During 1942 and 1943 Warren flew 103 combat missions in the Aleutian Islands. Twice the entire crew failed to return from a mission. Both times Warren had been pulled off his flight work on compressors and generators. In 1944 Warren married Betty Barbara (Ball) Reeves. They had three children, Charles, Warren II and Jeanna. After several starts and stops the family settled in the Kelso area. There Warren worked as an operating engineer until an accident caused an early retirement. Warren and Betty moved to Odessa with their son and daughter-in-law in 1998. They were active in Christ Lutheran Church family as time and health allowed. He is preceded in death by his son Charles (1953), a brother, Lee, and his wife Betty. He is survived by daughter Jeanna Lee Sebald and son Warren (Kathy), sister Eileen Wheeler of Kelso, grandchildren Erica, Brigetta, Anna, Derrick, Matthew and Amy and numerous nieces, nephews and four great grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 12-03-2009)

Robbins:  Hattie E Robbins, age 97, passed away at her Keizer, OR home on Jan 15, 2010. She was born in Milan, WA to John and Melissa Moberly, the third of eight children. She was raised on the farming communities of Lind, WA, and Green Bluff (Mead), WA. She raised three daughters with husband Clifford Wellington. She operated the first telephone switchboard on Green Bluff and after Clifford’s death, later married Merton Robbins, a farmer-fruit rancher on Green Bluff. She especially loved to embroider, quilt and go fishing. She was a member of Green Bluff Community Church and Grange. She attended Keizer/Clear Lake UMC. She is survived by brothers Jay Moberly and Clell Moberly, both of Spokane; sister Ardith (Richard) Klein of Ephrata, OR; brother-in-law Clayton Wellington of Newman Lake, WA; daughters Leta (Charles) Stucker of Roseville, CA and Marlea (Larry) Sheridan of Keizer, OR; nephew Kim (Charlene) Wellington of Newman Lake, WA; as well as six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Green Bluff Community Church, Colbert, WA on Jan 23, at 1 p.m.  A Celebration of life service will also be held later in Keizer, OR.”  (Spokesman Review: undated)

Schoonover: “Mrs Walter Schoonover received a telegram from Avoca, Wisc., telling of the death of Ed Schoonover there from a heart attack Sunday night. He was Mr Walter Schoonover’s youngest brother.” (Odessa Record: July 18, 1958; G Beck data card collection)

Sterley: Frances ‘Elaine’ (Baumgardner) Sterley, 80, went to be with her Lord on Friday, June 22, 2007. She was born in Davenport, WA on Jan 13, 1927 to Emory and Elizabeth Baumgardner. Elaine grew up in Yakima, WA and graduated from Holy Angels Academy. Elaine is survived by Ralph, her loving husband of 60 years; and their children: Robert (Anne Marie), Donald (Kay), Duane (Jean), Kathy, Dean (Anne), Lori, Glen ( Shari ), Mathew (Kazuko) Fowler, and David Fowler; and preceded in death by son, Mark… Grandchildren and Great grandchildren, and brother, James Baumgardner also survive. She was preceded in death by brother, Edward Baumgardner, and sisters, Gertrude Jokisch and Dorothy Fowler… There will be visitation from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a Rosary Vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Bauer Funeral Chapel in Snohomish. A Mass of Christian Burial and reception will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2007 at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Snohomish.” (excerpt Everett, WA: 6-26-2007; submitted)


Thomas: Dwayne C. Thomas, Sr, age 77.—Passed away Aug 31, 2009 in Spokane, WA. Born May 11, 1932 in Davenport, WA to Charles B. and Millie B. (Logsdon) Thomas. Survived by his wife, Francis (Freudenberger); daughter, Debra Hartley (les) and son, Chuck (Susie); grandchildren Taylor Tingley Thomas, Kerry Hannah Frances Hartley, Lesleigh Jae Marie Hartley and Ryan Wayne Hartley; sisters Karen Richard (Joe) and Elaine Lemen. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Dorothy Russell, Art Hoffman, Inez Hache and Duel Thomas. Viewing will be held Thursday, Sept 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Chapel, Pines Rd, Spokane Valley. Graveside services will be held at Pines Cemetery Friday, Sept 4, 2009, 10 a.m. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home.” (submitted)


Thorp:  Walter Francis Thorp, Spokane, WA. Walt was a ‘Bloomie’, having run all Bloomsday runs. He passed away suddenly while participating in a local run on September 12, 2009, —God speed.  Born on Aug 3, 1927, at Synarep, WA., the third of four children. Following high school graduation, Walt ‘Pete’ was drafted into the Army in 1947. He fought the ‘Battle of Fort Lewis’ and later started his college career at Central Washington University. While there, he played football, was a member of the track team, elected Track Captain and was also Inspirational Leader for three years. He graduated from Central in 1953, with a Bachelor’s degree, and in 1964, with a Master’s degree in Education. It was at CWU, where he met and then married his soul mate, Lorraine. They celebrated their 56th Anniversary on July 11, 2009. From 1953-1969, he was a teacher and coach and Principal at Wilson Creek Schools. He then continued on from 1969-1983, where he was Principal and Athletic Director at Odessa High School. Walt was a recipient of many awards and honors; to name a few, he was the first Athletic Director from WIAA Dist. 7 on the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrator’s (WSSAAA) Board; during his career, he was WIAA Dist. 7 Executive Secretary for 24 years, and elected President of WSSAAA and was their representative at the National Conference in Washington DC in 1972; a member of Washington School Principal Management Team Honor Roll from 1981-82; and he received the SWABS 25 year award from the Greater Spokane Sports Association. He became a fixture at the State B Basketball tournaments, serving as Assistant Boys’ Tournament Director for nine years, and Girls’ Tournament Director for five years. Walt was also a member of WIAA Dist. 6 Board for nine years, and then President for two years; Administrator of the Year for WIAA Dist. 7 Activity Association in 1982-83; Bi-County Administrator of the Year in 1983-84; and was elected to the Washington State Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame in 1991, and to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Hall of Fame in 2008.  Walt will be especially missed by his loving wife, Lorraine; his two daughters and their spouses, Dianne (Doug) Kennedy and Annette (Cal) Barta; and also his two granddaughters, Danielle and Kenzie; along with a special nephew and spouse, Michael (Carla) Darrah. The Celebration of Walt’s Life will be held on Saturday, Sept 26, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at the Tunk Valley Grange, 1345 Tunk Creek Road, outside of Riverside, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Heart Association, 140 S. Arthur Suite 610, Spokane, WA. 99202.  Riplinger Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.  www.riplinger.com”  (Wenatchee World: 9-23-2009, submission)

Weishaar:  Stanley Weishaar, of LaGrande, Oregon, died Dec 31, at the age of 87. A memorial service was held Jan 6 at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Inland City, Oregon. He was born to Fred and Lucy (Lucille Diefe) Weishaar at the family farm near Odessa on June 3, 1922. He grew up on the family farm with one sister and four brothers, graduating from Odessa High School in 1940. He started farming near Odessa with his brother Maurice, until he moved his farming operation to Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He married Barbara Toland Nov 1, 1959, and after a honeymoon in Hawaii moved his family and farming business from Bonners Ferry to LaGrande.  He built a diversified farming operation using good conservation practices for which he was named ‘Man of the Year’ in 1965. He served as a supervisor for the Union Soil and Water Conservation District for 8 years (1961-69) and was chairman for six years. While associate director, he served on the Farm Home Administration Advisory Board and in the Federal Land Bank Advisory Board. He was appointed as a member of the Oregon Soil Conservation Committee by Governor Hatfield, serving from 1963 to 1967. He was a founding board member of the Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, from 1988 until he announced his retirement. Stan was a Charter/Life member of the Lions Club in Island City and active in all their charitable events. He was one of the members who organized the Grange Co-op Scholarship to provide more than $100,000 to Eastern Oregon State College for the ag program to keep education of future farmers in the community. Stan and Barbara traveled a great deal, both in the US and abroad. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Weishaar of LaGrande; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Debra Weishaar of LaGrande; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Peggy Weishaar of LaGrande; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Dee Toland of LaGrande; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Tom McCormack of Rio Visa, CA; and daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Brad Vancura of LaCygne, KS; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Warren and Wallace; sister Laverna; and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Maurice and Donald. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-2010)

Wolgamot:  George A Wolgamot, 62, Wheeler, died at the Ritzville hospital last Wednesday of pneumonia, and the body was taken to Spokane that evening for burial, a son, J E Wolgamot, coming from there to make arrangements for shipping the body. Wolgamot, who has been the section foreman at Wheeler for the past 15 years, had been ill but three days when death came.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1932)

VanWinkle:  Alice VanWinkle passed away Sept 24, 2009. She was 92 years old. She was the second of ten children born to Jacob and Victoria Ott in Irby on Oct 21, 1917. Alice attended school in Irby through ninth grade, graduated from Odessa High School and attended Washington State College. She was tapped into SPURS at WSC and was vice-president of the women’s student association. She obtained her bachelor of science in education and taught home economics at Newport High School. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and numerous service organizations. She journeyed to Boston, Mass., where she married her college sweetheart, Del VanWinkle on Sept 6, 1942. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where Del earned his doctorate degree in physics at Carnegie Tech. Alice also earned her master’s degree and was hired at the Forsyth Dental Institute as dietetic consultant. They moved back to California where she was a homemaker and raised three children: Linda, Vincent and Jeanette. Retiring to Grandview, WA, Alice and Del owned and operated a successful fruit orchard.  She is preceded in death by two sisters, Esther and Grace, and three brothers, George, Walter and Gerald. She is survived by her husband of 67 years; two daughters, Linda (Scott) Deacon and Jeanette (Howard) Deshong III; a son, Dr Vincent VanWinkle (Martha); four sisters, Ruth Schaefer, Anna Jean Hedelius, Lois Iksic and Rita Dudley, 5 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.” (Odessa Record: 10-01-2009)


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 April  2010, by Marge Womach.

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