Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Adams:  Grace M Adams, mother of Raymond E Adams, Odessa Trading Co, hardware department employee, died March 2 at Davenport. She is formerly of Spokane.  Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of Hazen and Jaeger, Spokane, the Rev Donald D Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Memorial Park. Other survivors include a son, Ross Adams of Gold Hill, OR, two sisters and four brothers, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1975)

Bamberg:  “Mrs Elsie Browning has returned home to Odessa from Santa Clara, CA where she attended the funeral services of her eldest son, Jack Bamberg. Jack was killed in a glider plane accident near Minden, Nevada on June 20, 1979. He was born in Knoxville, TN, and baptized as a young man in the German Lutheran Church. Survivors include his mother, Mrs Elsie Browning; his wife, Karen; four daughters; one son; two grandsons; and four brothers. He was preceded in death by his father. Rev Robert Browning officiated at the services and Michael Bamberg and several men from the University of California spoke in behalf of the family. A boyhood friend of Mr Bamberg, Jim Townsend, said the family prayer at the final services. Mr Bamberg will be remembered as competing in a glider plane meet in Ephrata last year, his plane landed on the Kramer ranch near Mohler.” (Odessa Record: 7-19-1979)

Birge:  George L Birge, former resident of Odessa, died at Providence hospital in Seattle on Feb 24, 1975, at the age of 71. He was a resident of Redmond. The son of George K Birge and Minnie Bonneywell, he was born in Davenport on July 11, 1903. Survivors include his wife, Mable; a daughter, Mrs Bob (Betty) Honz, Seattle; two sons, Richard of Kirkland and Tom of Spokane; 6 grandchildren; 2 brothers, David of Odessa and Al of Chewelah; two sisters, Frances E Birge of Spokane and Mrs Paul (Nellie) Batelaan of California. Graveside services were held on Thursday, Feb 27, at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Redmond.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1975)

Bohnet:   “Mrs Wilma Louise Bohnet, 37, of High Hill Road east of Soap Lake , died Saturday in Swedish hospital at Seattle after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug 7, 1929, at Bellingham but had spent  most of her life in the Soap Lake area. Survivors include her husband, Harold, a rancher, four sons, Danny, Jeffrey, Rodney and Kenneth, and two daughters, Sandra and Karon, all of the family home.  Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ephrata, of which she was a member.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-1966)

Cole:  Karl L Cole.—Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan 9, from the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Fifth & Division, Spokane. He was a resident of 1007 S State ST., Tacoma, WA, and a former resident of Spokane. He passed away Monday, Jan 4, 1971, in Tacoma, and had lived in Tacoma for 14 years. Survivors include his wife, Ann Maybell Cole, of the home; one son, Edward L, Des Moines, WA; two daughters, Mrs Marion Brown, Eugene, OR; Mrs Lyla Franklin Reynoldsberg, Ohio; one brother, Maurice C Cole, Everett, WA; one sister, Mrs Eleanor James, Wilson Creek, WA; 9 grandchildren; 2 nephews, Maynard James, Wilson Creek, and Will Cole, Everett.” (Spokesman Review: 1-09-1971)

Cordes:  “Mr and Mrs John Kupers, Mrs Evelyn Fuller of Spokane, and Mrs John I Kupers went to Walla Walla Friday morning to attend the funeral services of Mrs John Kupers, Sr, brother, John Cordes.  Mr Cordes, 48, of Connell, fell from a high gasoline storage tank more than a month ago, and sustained injuries which resulted in his death.  A member of a pioneer family, he spent much of his time in the Odessa country; he worked as a mail carrier from the Odessa post office and then was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse company there. Following service with the US Army during the World War, he worked with gasoline companies, for a time with the Union Oil Company, and later with the Shell Oil Company.  He was hospitalized in Walla Walla where he received treatment for a paralyzed condition of the legs.  Funeral services were conducted from the McMartin-Chamberlain funeral home. Graveside services were conducted by the Odessa Masonic lodge, of which he was a member.  Survivors include besides his sister, Mrs Kupers, his widow and an adopted daughter at home; his mother, Mrs Meta Cordes, Pullman, sisters, Miss Martha Cordes, California; Mrs George Zicha, Odessa; Mrs G J Luiten, Edwall; Mrs L L Zicha, Odessa; and Mrs Peter Luiten, Seattle; brothers, William, Pullman; Henry, Marcellus; Herman, Pullman; and Rudolph, Los Angeles, CA.” (Citizen: 8-16-1940)   

English:  Robert L English, 98, of Wenatchee, died Monday, Nov 13, 2006. He was born in Oliver Springs, TN, and had been a longtime Wenatchee resident. He was grocery store owner and meat cutter and also worked in car sales.  Survivors include his son, Dennis English of East Wenatchee, and his sisters, Ethelyn English and Patty Oberg, both of Wenatchee. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee. Arrangements are by Betts Funeral Service, Wenatchee.” (Wenatchee World: 11-15-2006)  

Fode:  Emil J Fode, a 14-year resident of Colville, passed away July 1. Funeral service was held July 5 at the United Methodist Church in Colville with Rev Richard Dark-Smith officiating. Moser-Danekas Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Born May 24, 1914 in Lind, Fode was a member of the Lind Masonic Lodge, Colville Elks Lodge, Colville Kiwanis Club and the Washington Automobile Dealers Association. He owned and operated the Chevrolet agency in Lind from 1945 until moving to Colville in 1965, where he worked at several automobile dealerships, including Cole Motors, Timberline and Neutz Chevrolet. Fode is survived by his wife, Ferrell, at the home in Colville; one daughter, Wesley Ann Schulhauser, Pullman; one son, Michael K Fode, Spokane; one brother, John Fode, Ritzville; three sisters, Mrs Amelia Kramer, Ritzville; Mrs Edna Flateau, Olympia; Emma Floether, Odessa; 3 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment was in the Mountain View Park Cemetery with the Moser-Danekas Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-19-1979)

Gent: Mrs William Gent, wife of a rancher 8 miles west of Wilbur, committed suicide last Monday morning by taking morphine and strychnine. No cause is assigned for the act which must have been premeditated as the woman is said to have had the poison in her possession for some time.” (Odessa Record:  9-19-1902)

Granfors:  “Word has been received of the accidental death of Steve Granfors, son-in-law of Jack and Sandra Gasser. Jack is well known in the area, he attended the Odessa schools and was graduated from here. Steve was returning home from his job with Texaco Refineries, when he was killed in an automobile accident eight miles east of Anacortes, WA.  Survivors include his wife, Kim; two children, Tamara, age 20 months and Danny, age 6 months; his parents, Marvin and Gloria Granfors; two brothers, Ron and Terry Granfors, all of Mt Vernon, WA; his father and mother-in-law, Jack and Sandra Gasser of Bellevue and grandparents, John and Betty Gasser.” (Odessa Record: 7-26-1979)

Haase:  Vera Zoe Haase. Female, white, born: Aug 9, 1915, Uniontown, WA. Age: one month, 24 days. Father: Rudolf Haase, born Bohemia; Mother: Florence Chase, born Selty, Montana. Informant: Mrs W E Chase, Irby, WA. Death: Oct 3, 1915.” (WA State Board of Health: Register of Death)

Hamm:  “Fatal Accident Near Creston. Emergency officials removed the body  of Larry C Hamm, 26, from a converted bus which was involved in an accident east of Creston Saturday morning. State Trooper Ed Snyder said that Hamm, a Spokane resident, was apparently killed instantly when the bus side-swiped a rock wall on the south side of the highway. A rock flew through the broken window and struck Hamm in the head as he rode in a seat on  that side of the vehicle. Three other Spokane men were taken to the hospital in Davenport for treatment, then released. Hamm was a member of a dance band returning to Spokane from an engagement in Nespelem Saturday night. A passing motorist reported the accident via CB Radio which apparently occurred at approximately 5:15 a.m. Saturday. In the above picture, Coroner Phil Borst, center facing camera, assists Wilbur funeral director Bill Robertson, a Lincoln County deputy sheriff in the bus and a Davenport wrecker operator as the body of Larry Hamm is removed from the vehicle.” (Wilbur Register: 8-25-1977; caption on photo) 


Krause, Milton: flu in 1918:  Milton Howard Krause. Died: 14 Sept 1918, age 0, Ritzville, Adams Co, WA. Father: Ernest August Krause. Mother: Minnie Thorn. Batch id # 275739.” (WA State Death Records)


Krause, Norman: 2001; Norman Krause. Died: 17 July 2001. Birth: 13 Feb 1921. Last Residence: 99208, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. State SS # Issue: WA.” (SS Death Index)


Krause, Robert: 1942 Sprague Lake; “Robert Dewayne Krause. Died: 16 Aug 1942, age 17, Sprague, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Ernest Krause. Mother: Wilhelmina Thom. Batch id # 277104.” (WA State Death Records)


Krause, Vernon: flu in 1918: “Vernon Ernest Krause. Died: 29 Oct 1918, age 1, Adams Co, WA. Father: Ernest Krause. Mother: Minnie Thorn. Batch id # 275739.” (WA State Death Records)

Laing:  Maggie M Laing.—Home at Moses Lake, WA. Survived by one son, Clarence Laing, Spokane; 2 sisters, Sarah Gillespie, Kewanee, IL; Ellen Lang, San Jose, CA. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Moses lake, WA. Funeral Thursday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. from the Galilean Chapel at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Jefferson St at Fourth Ave, Spokane. Interment Riverside Park.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item) “Maggie M Laing. Died: 24 March 1947, age 69, Spokane, WA. Certificate # 487.” (WA Death Index: did not view certificate).

Larsen, Norman S ‘Mick’:  Norman S ‘Mick’ Larsen died Friday, Sept 25, 2009 at the age of 86. A lifelong resident of Wilson Creek, he loved his community and served it in many capacities.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Larsen of Wilson Creek ; his children, Paul Larsen of Wilson Creek , Keith Larsen (Suzanne) of Spangle, Brian Larsen (Elaine) of Redding , CA , Darla Geno (Mark) of Spokane; grandchildren, Rebecca, Janelle, Julie, Ryan, Adrianne, Celeste, Christian, Joseph, and Emma; brother, Chris (Phyllis) Larsen of Spokane; sister, Marianne Saunders of Moses Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private graveside service for the family will be held at Wilson Creek. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 1, 2009, at Moses Lake Baptist Church, with Pastor Andy Grenier officiating. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory, Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 10-01-2009)  

Nuelsen:  (Louis G Nuelsen) “Early Odessa Pioneer Died at Age of 93 in California.  Word from California indicates that L G Nuelsen, early Odessa pioneer, died at the age of 93 in California, of pneumonia. Mrs Nuelsen, 88, is recuperating at a Riverside, CA, hospital. She and Mr Nuelsen were both taken ill with the flu and removed to the hospital, and the death of her husband was kept from her because of her illness. The Nuelsen family came to Odessa early in its history, Mr Nuelsen and George Unsoeld buying the original Trantum & Schoonover store, which included the Postoffice, and Mr Nuelsen succeeded Mr Trantum as postmaster, thus becoming the town’s second postmaster. In this store the stock was mainly groceries, and with the completion of the Finney block, the two opened an expanded store in the new building, the location of the present Strate Furniture store. Mr Nuelsen invested heavily in Odessa, having a part in early banking, serving as president of the Farmers and Merchants bank here. As businessman and banker he was generous to early settlers, helping many survive the homestead days. Upon retiring, he and Mrs Nuelsen made their home in California. They have continued their interest in Odessa, regularly receiving the Odessa Record. While in Riverside on a vacation, Mr and Mrs Hy W Rieke of Cashmere, visited Mrs Nuelsen at the hospital, and on March 19 wrote the Odessa Record, telling of Mr Nuelsen’s death. Mrs Nuelsen, who had been informed of the death of her husband told Mr Rieke ‘Louis died in his sleep. He was good to everyone, especially to early Odessa farmers.’ She expected to return to her home at 7359 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA, at that time.” (Odessa Record: March 1953; G Beck data card collection, also show that Mrs L G Nuelsen was nee Bertha Kyle, born IL.}  

Raugust:  Joseph Lindel Raugust. Male, white, single. Birth: May 6, 1923, premature birth. Odessa. Father: Fred Raugust, born Rumania. Mother: Julie Zundel, born WA. Informant: Fred Raugust, Odessa, WA. Death: 5-06-1923. Premature birth. L M Thompson, MD.” (WA State Board of Health: Register of Death, Lincoln Co, Odessa, Dist. #6; no burial information)  

Reiman:  Howard William Reiman, age 76, passed away on April 5, 2000 in Battle Ground, WA. He was born on Sept 21, 1921 in Odessa, WA. Resided in Seattle most of his life and was a retired burner mechanic. He served in the Marines during World War II and was in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo McCune Reiman.  Survivors include his two daughters, Robin Reiman of Battle Ground and Dru Reiman of Ft Roberts, WA; two sisters, Dorothy Kristek of Seattle and Arlene Tibbits of Poulsbo, WA; one brother, Donald Reiman of Wenatchee; and his beloved parrot, Goldie. He will be truly missed. He was cremated and there will be no funeral services at this time.” (Seattle Times: 4-08-2000)

Roth:  “Final services for Emil Roth, of Olympia, were held on Thursday, Nov 15, 1979 at 3 o’clock p.m., at Mills and Mills Chapel in Olympia. Officiating was Rev Lester Olson of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia.  Emil was born on Oct 18, 1922 at Lind, WA, the son of George Roth and Bertha (Roloff) Roth Schafer. He passed away on Nov 10, 1979 at Olympia, WA. Emil grew up in the Odessa area and attended school at Odessa. Emil and Emma (Lobe) Roth were united in marriage in Olympia. He is survived by his wife, Emma, at the Olympia home; his mother, Mrs Bertha Schafer, Odessa; sisters, Mrs Vineta Weber, Odessa; Mrs Louella Ducey, Dalles, OR; Mrs Martha Humphrey, Lacey, WA, and numerous relatives. Pall bearers were Louis Trudeau, Glen Stuart, Greg Ducey, Anthony Weber, Russell Lobe and Keith Wederspahn.  Interment was at the Masonic Memorial Park in Olympia. Attending from Odessa were Mrs Bertha Schafer, Mr and Mrs Sam Weber, Mr and Mrs Henry Michaelsen, Helen Schimke and Irene Nichols.” (Odessa Record: 11-29-1979)

Schooler:  Thomas Kent Schooler of Kellogg died Sunday, June 21 at the age of 55. He was born in Coeur d’Alene on Nov 17, 1953 to Howard F and Beatrice G (Albertson) Schooler. He attended local schools, graduating from Coeur d’Alene High school in 1972. After graduation he attended North Idaho College for a short time and also worked for the Bunker Hill Mining and Smelting Company. In 1976, Tom married Marilyn Schivley of Coeur d’Alene. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a carpenter by trade and worked on public buildings in Grand Junction, Colorado and Coeur d’Alene. Tom and Marilyn had three children: Jason, Eli and Alicia. The couple divorced in 1982. Tom continued to work as a carpenter in Coeur d’Alene and also spent a short time working in Hawaii. In 1991, Tom met Pamela Renee Schafer, formerly of Odessa. They were married in Coeur d’Alene on Christmas Eve of 1993, and made their home in Coeur d’Alene, Cataldo and finally, Kellogg. Throughout the years, Tom was employed by Polin Construction and other area companies… In 2004, Tom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis… He later was diagnosed with cancer… He leaves behind his wife, Pam, of Kellogg; sons Jason and Eli of Post Falls; granddaughter, Carmin Slaney-Schooler of Post Falls; daughter, Alicia and D J Bolling of Spokane; stepsons, Colby Brown of the Bahamas, and Brady and Heather Brown of Spokane; sisters, Karen and Dave Grindle of Meridian, and Bette and Ray Meredith of Coeur d’Alene; several nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Bea Schooler, and his sister, Sandra Hoss. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d’Alene Chapel. Interment will be in Rice, WA.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-2009)

Smith:  “Word was received in Odessa this week that Verl Smith, former owner and operator of the Odessa Drive In, had died of a heart attack early Monday morning. Funeral services were held yesterday at Dayton where they have been residing. Verl and his wife, Velma, purchased the Drive In in the summer of 1971, beginning operation in September. They had been in business in Spokane and Dayton prior to that time. They sold out to Louis and Marijane Rollman in April of 1973, Mr Smith having had health problems at that time.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1975)

Spanjer:  George Spanjer Taken by Death. Cashmere, WA, Nov. 4.—George Spanjer, 83, Eastern Washington pioneer, died yesterday at a Wenatchee hospital after a long illness. He was born at Minonk, IL, and came to Ritzville, WA, with his parents in 1885. He married Anna Beckman at Ritzville and moved to Quincy in 1904, to Peshastin in 1909, living there till 1924, when he came to Cashmere, where Mrs Spanjer died in 1951. He was a member of the Cashmere Baptist Church. He is survived by seven sons, Walter, Clarence, George Jr, and Lawrence, all of Cashmere; Harold and Kenneth, Wenatchee; Eddie, Rock Island; two daughters, Mrs Roy Dugwyler, Cashmere, and Mrs Gerald Gossman, Wenatchee; three sisters, three brothers, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cashmere Baptist church, with concluding services and burial in the Cashmere Cemetery. The Rev Lorenz Michelson will conduct the funeral rites. The body is at Kuelbs & Braun.” (Spokesman Review: 4-05-1954)  

Staren:  Raymond C Caryl, the Great Northern trainman who captured Paul Staren after he had murdered August Bongoirni west of Marlin last August, has filed suit against the State of Washington for $1000 claimed as a reward for the capture of the murderer of Harry Gregg at Othello in 1920. At the time of Gregg’s murder Governor Hart offered $1000 reward for the apprehension of his assailant. The claim was made that Mrs Gregg identified Staren after his capture as the man who killed her husband. Staren committed suicide at the penitentiary and as there is no one to substantiate Caryl’s claim as to Staren being Gregg’s murderer except the widow of Gregg, the claim has not been paid, and no date has been set for the hearing.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1923)

Swarts:  “Funeral services for William C Swarts, 87, were held at 2 p.m., on Oct 12, 1979 from the English Congregational Church of Odessa. The Reverend Albert Hausauer officiated. Organist was Joyce Roberts and the sacred selections, ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere’ and ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’ were sung by Tamara Iksic, Amy Iksic and Teresa Overen. Mr Swarts died very suddenly while his niece, Bertha Weber was taking him to the local hospital Oct 9. He was born July 26, 1892, in Lind, WA, the son of William A and Ida Mae (Carr) Swarts. He spent his boyhood in the Lind area with his parents and as a young man, helped his father with the farm work. On Sept 22, 1917 he enlisted in the first World War, where he was sent to France with the Signal Corp Commanding Battery F. From July 14, 1918 to Jan 15, 1919, he was with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. After his honorable discharge from the service, he worked at various jobs, especially helping his father putting side track on the railroad.  In 1927 William came to Odessa, going into partnership with George Cozine in the business called Club’s Café. Later on he went into partnership with William Weber in Odessa. After several years they sold their business in Odessa and bought a business in Metaline Falls, WA, which they operated together until 1974 when they retired to live in Odessa. For over 40 years they worked and lived together becoming as close as two brothers. Mr Swarts was a member of the Metaline Falls, WA, American Legion. His real close relatives preceded him in death. He is survived by eleven nieces  and four nephews. Since he had no family, these nieces and nephews looked after him.  Casket bearers were Stanley Wraspir, Stanley Dammel, Ron Jantz, C H Scrupps, Al Scheibner and Dave Wacker. Concluding services and vault interment was in the Lind Cemetery, Lind, WA, with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport, WA, in charge.” (Odessa Record: 10-18-1979)  

Van de Van:  Father H J Vandevan, 73, who will be well remembered by pioneers as the first Catholic priest to serve Odessa, died in his hold home in Holland this week. A cablegram announcing his death was received in Walla Walla, where Father Vandevan was rector at St Patrick Church before he retired. Father Vandevan served Odessa from Sprague between 1900 and 1908.” (Odessa Record: in May 2004, in 75 Yrs Ago, representing 5-03-1929)


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 October  01, 2010, by Marge Womach.

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