Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Brown:  “Mrs Gertrude M Brown passed away in a Mill Valley, CA hospital on Jan 5. Mrs Brown will be remembered here as the sister of Mrs Jacob Walter, Jr.  She had visited many times in the past 30 years, and had made many friends in and around Odessa. She was a long time resident of San Francisco, CA where she will be buried on Jan 8.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1974)

Butler:  “Wapato, Sept. 9.—Funeral services for Claude Otis Butler, 42, who died Wednesday of heart disease in the county hospital, will be held at 10 o’clock Friday in the Sourwine chapel. The family includes the widow, Mrs Eva Butler, and two daughters, Mrs Irma Carrier of Wenatchee and Miss Maxine Butler of Wapato.” (Yakima Daily Republic: 9-09-1937)

Carman:  “A memorial gathering will be held for Lillian E Carman at the Entiat Friends Church at approximately 11:30 a.m. in Entiat on Friday, May 19, 2000, following a graveside memorial service in Chelan. The graveside memorial service will be held at Chelan’s Fraternal Cemetery, beginning at 10:30 a.m. that same morning. Rev Bob Jackson will officiate. Lillian Carman’s friends are all invited to attend the graveside memorial service and the memorial gathering and potluck luncheon at the Friends Church. Lillian passed away on Tuesday, Nov 16, 1999, in Spokane. She was 91.” (Wilbur Register: 5-11-2000)

Coplen:  Henry (Hank) Coplen died Jan 12, 2008, at his home in the Spokane Valley at the age of 80. He was born on Jan 6, 1928, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Charlene Coplen, at the home; two children, Kathleen Coplen Mudge and (husband John) of Reno, Nev., and John Coplen of Pensacola, Fla., and four grandchildren, Luke and Megan Mudge and Hillary and Hayden Coplen. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Jacquelyn Burchell Coplen in 1993. Hank graduated from Rogers High School in 1945. He received his BA from EWU and his MA from Whitworth College. He was a teacher, coach and school administrator for the state of Washington for 37 years. His honors include: The WIAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame, the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame and several awards connected with WIAA State B Basketball. Hank’s community service included working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, as Master of Ceremonies at Officials Dinners and Players Breakfasts, the Special Olympics and wheelchair basketball. He has coached community college basketball state champions at Columbia Basin in Pasco and Spokane Falls and has been Director of State B Basketball. Funeral services are being held Thursday, Jan 17, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Thornhill Funeral Home, Spokane Valley. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-2008)

Deife:  Walt Deife died Feb 9, 2008 in Spokane. He was born July 23, 1930, to Wilhelm and Louisa Deife on the family farm near Odessa. After graduating form Odessa High school in 1948, he took one year of CPA training at Kinman Business University in Spokane. Walt then worked at the Odessa Implement Company until the Korean War started. He joined the US Air Force in 1951, then the Air National Guard in 1961, completing a total of 35 years of military service. Walt married Joanne (Jody) Aubertin in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on July 31, 1951, and together they had two children, a daughter Kristi (Harry) plus grandson Gregory Wilson, and a son, Michael (Mary) Deife, all of Spokane. He is also survived by his brother John (Mildred) Deife of Odessa, sister Lorene (Hershel) Heimbigner of Ritzville, brother Robert Deife of Cheney, sister-in –law Emma Deife of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews. Walt’s family says they were well aware of his love for them and that they will miss him. A graveside memorial service is planned in the spring with details to be given at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 2-28-2008; photo)

Dodge:  Elizabeth (Betty) Holroyd Shipley Swenson Dodge, 93, died Sept 17, 2010 in Odessa. Betty was born Jan 8, 1917, to George D and Mae H Shipley and raised in the tiny town of Oak City, Utah, with her 11 siblings. She was the youngest girl in the family. She married Easten Swensen and was pregnant with their fourth child when he died suddenly. She valiantly raised them as a single mom until she met and married Dana Calkin Dodge and had another son. She was widowed again and worked many jobs to take care of her family.  After retirement, she lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, until she moved to Odessa to live at Quail Court Assisted Living Center. She had a long and fulfilled life, and her family will always treasure the memories that we have of her. She is survived by her children: Evan (Lois) Swensen, Virginia Swensen, Jessica Bieker and Dana (Julie) Dodge along with 23 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings and her daughter LaRue Sanders. Her funeral was held Sept 22, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-2010) 

Everett:  Archie Everett, 52, a former resident of 106 N Mission, died Wednesday following a sudden illness. Mr Everett was born June 12, 1917, at Herriman, TN, and he came to Wenatchee six years ago. He is survived by two nieces, Imogene Newcomb and Genevive Newcomb, both of Herriman, TN.  Betts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Wenatchee Daily World: 4-24-1970, page 2)

Faust:  Clara Faust died on Jan 9, 2008, in Odessa. Clara was born Sept 25, 1933 in Rosemont, WV to Oscar and Esta Wolford, who worked as a coal miner and nurse. She was the eldest of nine children. She graduated high school in May 1952 from Flemington High, in Rosemont. Her husband, Harry Faust, died in Feb 17, 1983. She moved from Arkansas to Odessa to be with her daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Randy Sabala in June of 1986. She is survived by two daughters, Annette (Randy) Sabala, of Odessa and Barbara (Carlos) Alameda, of Cave Junction, OR, and grandchildren: Regina Waddell and son Johnathan of Heppner, OR; Erin Slay of Victorville, CA; Marisa and Ron Bynum and family of Cave Junction, OR; and Shanna Alameda of Cave Junction, OR.” (Odessa Record: 1-31-2008)

George:  Beulah Verona George passed away on Feb 18, 2010 in Spokane, at the age of 102. She was born on Nov 29, 1907, in Washburn, North Dakota to Walter and Susan (Stevens) Jertson. She was a graduate of Minot State Teachers College and taught grade school in North Dakota, Tacoma and Odessa.  She worked at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and was a docent of the Seattle Art Museum. Beulah was a member of Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, Federal Way, and Daughters of the Nile. She was preceded in death by husbands, Raymond Geissler, Odessa, and Al George, Seattle, and by her brother James and her sister Ione. Beulah is survived by niece Susan Henderson, Sacramento, CA; nephew James Jertson, Scottsdale, AZ; 6 grand nieces and nephews, six great grand nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. No local services will be held.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-2010)

Goetz:  Jeffery Alan Goetz, age 32, died Sept 9, 2010, in Calvin, OK. He was born Aug 3, 1978 to Richard and Peggy Goetz in Odessa, where he was raised. He was a 1997 graduate of Odessa High School.  He had a beautiful daughter Sarina Ellen in 2001, whom he loved and adored. He married Kristina Dickey in April of 2008. He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family and friends. He was a life-long member of the Heritage Church where he was both baptized and confirmed.  He is preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Ruben and Doris Finkbeiner and grandfather Allen (Bud) Goetz. He is survived by his daughter Sarina Goetz; stepchildren Shaylee Rice and Michael Dickey; father Richard Goetz; mother Peggy Goetz; brother Justin Goetz; brother Jason (Beth) Goetz; sister Jennifer (Jose) Goetz; grandmother Doris (Howard) Mills; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and uncountable friends.” (Odessa Record: 9-16-2010)

Heimbigner:  Eldon L Heimbigner, 93, died Feb, 2008, in Ephrata. Born Nov 7, 1914 to Jacob and Lydia Heimbigner, he was the eldest of seven siblings. He grew up in Adams –Lincoln County line area. At age 14, he moved in with his uncle David Weber, and worked on his farm  near Odessa. Eldon excelled in baseball, bowling and ice hockey. He played with the Marlin/Odessa baseball team and won two state championships. He also umpired. He loved to fish and hunt. He married Ruth Arlt in 1940. They lived in Odessa. In 1943 he joined the Army and served in the 32nd engineering battalion during WW II before being transferred into the Air Force due to his sharp shooting skills. From England he sailed to Iceland on the Empress of Russia where he served 3 ½ years in Keflavik, Iceland. Eldon returned to Odessa where he was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse Co-op and worked as manager of the plant office in Ephrata in 1955. He remained there until retirement in 1984.  Eldon was an active member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Two Springs and Adrian granges, the Odessa Fire Dept, Mason Lodge of Odessa and the Allied Masonic Club of Iceland. He was active in the Odessa Gun Club, Washington State Grain Dealers and Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Post Commander and State Service Officer. He belonged to both the Soap Lake and Ephrata Senior Centers and drove the People for People van. Eldon was also active in AA.  He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth, his parents, brothers: Walt, Ivan and Martin; sisters: Jane Davis, Selma Telecky and Perry Ahern, and daughter Lynda Ruth. He is survived by two daughters: Lynda Heimbigner of Federal Way and Nancy Lilly of Yakima; two grandchildren, Eric Lilly of Seattle, Jada Addink of Ephrata, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gravesite military interment pending.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1908; military photo)

Hull:  Eva P (Hoover) Hull, a native of Marlin, died Dec 10, 2007, in Bremerton, WA. Eva Hoover was born in 1914 in Krupp, the second of three daughters of Walter and August (Schrader) Hoover, descended from Black Rock pioneers, Joseph and Anna (Hose) Hoover. She was married Nov 14, 1937 to Delbert Hull, son of Harry and Katherine (Pfeifer) Hull. The lived and raised their two children in Spokane Valley, where they attended the Millwood Community Presbyterian Church. Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, Mary 12, 1998, and by her sisters, Edna Lenz in 1998 and Grace Kallenberger in 2003. She is survived by her daughter Diane, son Dennis, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 1-31-2008)

Jenks:  “Cecil Jenks. Died: Dec 1969, Seattle, King Co, WA. Last residence: 98102. Birth: 7-08-1896.” (SS Death Index

Knecht:  Aurilla V  Knecht.  Female, white, married, wife of Joseph Knecht. Birth: Mar 8, 1852, age 73 yrs 22 days. Housewife. Birthplace: Norton, Ohio. Father: William Wutcher, born PA. Mother: Aurilla V Kahorn/Kahow. Informant: Joseph Knecht, Buckley. Died: March 30, 1925, Buckley, Pierce Co, WA, 2 a.m.. Cause: Diabetes.  Duration: 8 years. Contributory: Coma, duration one day. C E Whitney, MD, Buckley.  Place of Burial: (?) Suner Mausoleum, Apr 1st, 1925, Undertaker: Joseph McCaskey, Wilkerson. Joseph, McCaskey.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)


Knecht:  Charles Knecht. Male, white, widowed. Birth: March 13, 1845, Germany, aged: 88 yrs 10 mos. Father: Philip Knecht, born Germany. Mother: Elizabeth Geis, born Germany. Informant: Records, Providence Hospital. Died: Jan 13, 1934, 3 p.m. Providence Hospital, Seattle, King Co, WA. Cause: Fracture Left Hip, Jan 1, 1934; Senile Dementia, 1932; Contributory: Arteriosclerosis, 1932. Specify where injury occurred: St Vincent’s Home for Aged, fall out of bed, fracture left hip. Usual Residence: St Vincent’s Home. Undertaker: Bonney-Watson Co, Seattle, WA.  Burial: Cremation, 2-19-1934.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)


Knecht:  Charlotte L Knecht. Female, white, married, retired, housekeeper. Birth: March 16, 1844, Iowa; age 72 yrs 7 mos 6 days. Father: George Wilkinson, born England. Mother: Hannah Wilkinson, born England. Informant: Chris Knecht, N. Yakima, WA. Died: Oct 22, 1916, 3 a.m., N. Yakima, Yakima Co, WA. Cause: Acute Cardiac Dilatation, duration 3 days. Physician: Jno London, MD, North Yakima, WA. Burial: Tahoma Cem, Oct 24, 1916. Undertaker: Plint Shaw Co., N. Yakima.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Knecht:  Howard D Knecht.  Male, white, married (Mary Knecht). Birth: 12-27-1894, Buckley, Wash.; Age: 35 yrs 5 mos 30 days.  Logger, W R Lbr. Co. Father: Jos/Jas. Knecht, born PA. Mother: Arillia Ventengia, b. Ohio. Informant: Mrs E Wheeluck; sister, Buckley. Died: June 26, 1930, Enumclaw, King Co, WA, R-15. “Dead when call. Tree fell on him. Accidental Killed ___ crushed skull, chest. Burial: Tacoma. June 29, 1930. Undertaker: J F Jones Funeral Parlor, Buckley.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death) “Howard D Knecht. Died: 26 June 1930, age 35, Enumclaw, King Co, WA. Father: Joseph Knecht. Mother: Arillia Ventensia. Spouse: Mary Knecht. Batch Id #534042.” (WA State Death Index)


Knecht:  John Knecht. Male, white, married, laborer, general w.p.a.; Last worked: Sept 1939. Residence: Washington, Thurston County, Olympia, Route 3 Box 588. Length of Residence in city where death occurred: 12 years. How long in US: 40 Yrs. Birth: 4-19-1890, Russia, age: 49 yrs 6 mos, 12 days. Father: Simon Knecht, born Russia; Mother: Williamina Klineknecht, born Russia. Informant: Mrs John Knecht, Rt 3 Olympia. Died: 10-31-1939, 8:20 p.m., Gull Harbor district, R-1, Route #3 Box 588, Thurston Co, WA. Cause: Gastric Carcinoma. Contributory: Generalized Metastasis to abdominal Viscera. (Physician information illegible). Burial: IOOF Cemetery, 11-04-1939. Mills & Mills, Olympia, WA Undertaker.” (WA State Dept. of Health: Certificate of Death)

Knecht:  Joseph Drius Knecht. Male, white, widower, June 4, 1849, PA, age 79 yrs, 2 mos. Retired. Born: PA. Father: Lahne Knecht, born PA. Mother: Levinra Milhelm, born PA. Informant: Mrs Wm Bird, Buckley, WA.  Died: Aug 4, 1928, Buckley, Pierce Co, WA. Cause of death: chronic Myocarditis, duration 6 yrs. Frank C Wilson, MD, Buckley, WA. Burial: (?) Jupnner Mausoleum, Aug 6, 1928. Undertaker: Joseph McCaskey, Wilkerson, WA.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death);  “Joseph Drius Knecht. Died: 4 Aug 1928, age 79, Buckley, Pierce Co, WA. Father: Lahni. Mother: Levina Milhelm. Batch Id #276432.” (WA State Death Records)

Knecht:  Lydia  Knecht. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: 12-13-1862, Russia. Age: 47 yrs 11 mos 14 days. Father: Krause, born Russia. Mother: not known. Informant: Mrs Knecht, Ritzville. Died:; 11-27-1911. Cause: Chronic Nephritis. D A ____, MD. Burial: Adams County, Undertaker: _ _ Haight.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Laib:  “Rev Milton O Laib, area native and member of a pioneer family, died Dec 18, 2007, in Edgewood, Wash. at the age of 85.  He was born in Warden in 1922 to German immigrant farmers, John and Christina (Heizelman) Laib. Milt became a UCC minister who organized Northeast Church in Lincoln, NE, and served at Faith Church in Milwaukee, WI. In Washington, Milt organized Normandy Park, United Church of Christ, was project director for House My People in Sumner, and when retired, was an active member of Wayside Church in Federal Way. Known affectionately as an ‘irreverent reverend’, he was also a good sport, fixer of almost anything and loving husband and father. Irrepressible and irreplaceable, Milt will always live in our hearts. His survivors include his wife, Louise Elbe Laib, whom he married in 1944; two sisters, Ella (Reuben) Scheller, now of Moses Lake, and Annette (Russell) Gray of Visalia, CA.  His children are Randy (Rossana), Nevin (Cathy), Risa (Rich) and Trevor (Soni). Grandchildren are Matt, Ellissa, Eric, Skyla, Shea Lea, Jessa and Leo. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Raymond Laib.  Memorial services were held in Wayside Church of Christ in Federal Way.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-2008; photo)

Martin:  “A Celebration of Life service for Elizabeth M Hersey Martin has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 4102 S Crestline in Spokane in the 99203 zip code.” (Wilbur Register: 5-31-2007) 

Minaker:  David Wayne Minaker died Thursday, Feb 7, 2008 at home in Odessa. He was 41 years old. He was born Oct 20, 1966, in Ft Campbell, KY, to Roger and Marilyn (Newcomb) Minaker. He grew up in the Kentucky area. He joined the US Army where he served for four years. David worked for a short time for the Town of Odessa. He married Jerilynne Justice in August of 200 in Odessa. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, collecting firearms and old matchbox cars and rescuing animals, from household pets to reptiles. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Jerilynne, at the home. Three children, Brittney Shelton and Kayla and Daviane Minaker, all of Odessa. His parents Roger and Debra Minaker of Antioch, CA, and Marilyn and LeRoy Rains, of Odessa; an aunt Jeanie Campbell and grandmother Gladys Newcomb, both of Odessa, and several cousins.  Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008, at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-2008)

Mitchell: Alyne Jones Linson Shaw Mitchell. Born 11-27-1910 in Koshkonong, MO to Jim and Julia (Jewel) Jones. She died Oct 7 at the Odessa Memorial Long-Term Care Facility in Odessa where she had lived for the past 5 years, just 7 weeks shy of her 100th birthday.  Alyne married Ross Linson in August 1927. She married Alfred Shaw in May 1947 and Howard Mitchell in Aug 1984. She outlived all three of her husbands. Survivors include daughter Lou Ann (Bob) Golphenee, Mesa, AZ and Quincy, WA; son Joe Linson, Vancouver, WA; granddaughter Lea Ann (Ken) Schutz, Odessa; grandsons Robert, Brian, Shane Golphenee; and Joey Linson. Alyne was preceded in death by her parents, a still born son, one sister and four brothers. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Oct 9, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima. Arrangements are under the care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home. (excerpt of Odessa Record: 2010; photo)

Myers:  Clifford Myers Dies in New Hampshire. Word was received early Wednesday morning in Odessa of the death of Clifford H Myers, 53, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr Myers died of heart failure at the Veteran’s Hospital there. He and Mrs Myers had been living in the east for about five months. They worked at the Joe Laney farm for 12 years while in the Odessa area. Myers is survived by his wife, three daughters, Beverly Lawson and Kathy Tattison of Seattle and Michelle Martin of Haverhill, Mass.; a sister, Betty Broerman of Dixon, IL, and a brother, James Myers, also of Dixon. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at St James Catholic Church in Haverhill, with burial in Seattle.” ( Odessa Record: 4-04-1974) 

Neblock:  Brian Alexander Neblock, Sr, died at his home in Odessa July 14, 2010. he was born in White Salmon, WA to William and Patricia Neblock on Sept 3, 1961. Raised in Camas and later on in Creston, he then moved to Odessa where he married Marcia Neblock in the 1980s. They had one son, Brian A Neblock, Jr.  Brian is survived by his mother, Patricia Cole, of Ephrata; brothers Steve (and Suzy) Hawley of Camas; Pat (and Osa) Neblock of Montana and Bill Hawley of Ellensburg; daughter Beth Neblock of Ephrata; sister Brenda (and Brian) Homberg of Odessa; granddaughter Ivy Neblock of Ephrata, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his long-time caregiver Celia Heimbigner of Odessa.  He was preceded in death by his father, William Neblock, and one brother, Eric Neblock. At Brian’s request no services were held.” (Odessa Record: 9-09-2010)

Nechanicky:  Joseph Nechanicky, 66, Mead, former Odessa farmer, died at Spokane Wednesday after a long illness. He had lived in Mead for four years, after leaving Odessa. Born in Bohemia he came to the United States, settling first at Iowa and then coming to Washington in 1897, making his home north of Odessa.   Mr Nechanicky was prominent in farming circles here and for a time was a director in the Odessa Union Warehouse Company.  Surviving are his widow, Helen; eight sons, Joe, Albert, Richard and Theodore, of Mead; John of Spokane; and Cyril, Milo and Vit of Ferney, Idaho; and five daughters, Mrs C T Neff of Everett; Mrs H Hester of Spokane; Mrs Helen Luft of Colfax; and Miss Vera and Miss Agnes Nechanicky at Mead. Funeral arrangements were not announced. The body is in charge of Hennessey and Calloway.” (Odessa Record: 9-01-1933)

Perry:  James D ‘Jim’ Perry, MD, died Oct 9, 2010 at his home in Spokane. He was 60 yrs old. He was born Aug 1, 1951, in Denver, CO. He served in the US Air Force from 1968 to 1972. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1975, Univ. of Colorado Medical School in 1979, completed flexible internship at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane where he met his wife Mary Johnson. He served 2 years in the Indian Health Service in Gallup, NM. Jim completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the Univ. of Minnesota in 1986. Jim returned to Spokane to spent the next 23 years working as a respected orthopaedic surgeon. He especially enjoyed his rural clinics in Odessa, Ritzville and Davenport and a year spent working in Timaru, New Zealand. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary of Spokane; daughter Sarah Etter (Billy) of Spokane; son Matt of Spokane; father Donald Perry of Loveland, CO; brother Gregg Perry (Debbie) of Loveland; brother Doug Perry of Loveland; parents-in-law Dr Robert and Marjorie Johnson of Spokane; and others. He was preceded in death by his mother Edna (Weiss) Perry. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 23, at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spokane. (excerpt Odessa Record: 10-21-2010; photo)

Rodeck:  Jacob ‘Jack’ Fredrich Rodeck (Aug 16, 1918—Aug 22, 2010. “Jack F Rodeck died on Aug 22, 2010, shortly after his 92nd birthday. He had resided in Port Townsend for the past 27 years and died at Kai Tai Care Center form an extended illness with cancer. Jack was born and raised in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School. His parents, Karl and Pauline Rodeck, had a ranch near Odessa where they raised nine children. When Jack was 16, Karl was tragically killed, leaving Pauline to raise their children on the farm. After graduation Jack attended numerous trade schools and colleges. He enlisted in the Armed Services (Army) in 1940 and received an honorable discharge in 1945 at the end of WW II. While in the military, Jack served as an instrument repair specialist in the ordnance department. He earned the rank of sergeant and served in the Italian and North African theaters through five major battle campaigns. After leaving the service, Jack moved to Spokane where he owned and operated a jewelry store and was a skilled watch and clock repairman. IN 1947, Jack married Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Armstrong and the couple had two children, John Paul Rodeck and Melody Lynn Rodeck (Stone). Jack’s first marriage ended in divorce in 1967. After closing his jewelry store in 1952, Jack went to work for the John W Graham Co. as a service repair manager in the office machine department… In 1971 Jack married Carolyn Kaye (Vail) Rodeck. He and Carolyn lived in Bellevue, WA during the time he worked for Sunstrand. In 1983 Jack retired… After his retirement, Jack and Carolyn bought a beautiful home overlooking the bay at Port Townsend (at Cape George Village). Jack spent seven years, on and off, remodeling their retirement home. The couple enjoyed many gatherings with neighbors and friends.  In April 1991, Jack’s son John passed away after an extended illness. Eight years later, in 2009, Carolyn passed away. In Nov 2009, Jack moved to Kai Tai Care Center due to deteriorating health.  Over the years Jack enjoyed other interest, including his love of classical music and playing his collection of harmonicas. Above all of his distinguished accomplishments, talents and abilities, Jack possessed a playful sense of humor and a deep, abiding love for God and country.  He had a strong faith in God and possessed a servant’s heart—evident in a lifetime of humble, godly living and sacrifice for others. Jack is survived by his brother George Rodeck and two sisters, Diana Blaskowsky and Janet Heimbigner, daughter, Melody Stone, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Jack was greatly loved by his family, friends and neighbors. We are all very proud to have known him and been a part of his life.” (Excerpt Odessa Record: 9-02-2010)

Sampley:  Audrey Fern Sampley died on Jan 27, 2008, at her home in Odessa. She was born in Morrill, Neb., on Nov 3, 1938. At the age of 6 months she was adopted by Bill and Crosetta Walthers. She was raised in Riverton, WY, where she met her husband Farris Lee Sampley. Farris and Audrey were married July 11, 1952, in Preston, Idaho. Farris served ten years in the Air Force.  She had three children: two daughters, Valerie (Dennis) Finney and Judy Williams, and son Robert (Georgine) Sampley. She has nine grandchildren and four great grandsons. She is preceded in death by her husband. She will be buried at Valley View Cemetery in Soap Lake. A graveside memorial is planned at a later date.”  (photo, Odessa Record: 2-07-1908)

Sandvig:  Johanna Caroline Sandvig died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the age of 93.  Johanna was born Oct 14, 1914, in the small farming community of Odessa. She was the youngest of John and Helena Schimke’s eleven children: Emma, Bertha, Pauline, Alfred, Gustav, Leo, Ruth, Harold, Edna, and Esther. Johanna was a graduate of Odessa High school where she was an outstanding player on the girls’ basketball team. In 1936 she graduated from St Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane. While working at the General Hospital in Wallace, Idaho, she met her husband-to-be, Edward (Ned) Sandvig, one of her patients. They were married in 1938 and spent their early years in Odessa where Ned taught school. During the years of WW II, Ned’s Navy career took them to many places across the US. Following the war they moved to Bellingham, where they raised their two children, Jim and Mary Jo, and Ned started his own business, Merchants Supply.  Johanna loved life, delighted in her family, and was devoted to her church. She spent many happy years boating and attending Husky football games with the love of her life, Ned. She was a loving, nurturing and selfless mother, grandmother and friend.  She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Sandvig, her parents, and all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son Jim Sandvig, daughter-in-law Diane Sandvig, grandsons Michael and Christian Sandvig (Lisa), and great granddaughter Laura; daughter Mary Jo Johansen, son-in-law Paul Johansen, granddaughter Kim Parcher (Mark), great grandchildren Luke and Haley; grandson Steven Johansen (Cindy), great grandchildren Autumn, Levi and Dustin, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Bellingham at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave., on Friday, March 14, 2008, at 2 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 3-13-2008)

Schaal:  Rosina Schaal. Died: 17 June 1915, age 65, Warden, Grant Co, WA. Father: Andrew Tidus; Mother: Katherine Reichart. Batch Id #275687.” (WA State Death Records)

Schell:  Frederick D Schell. Wapato, Sept 9.—Funeral services for Frederick D Schell, 67, who died Tuesday in his home, will be held at 2 o’clock Friday in the Sourwine chapel. The Rev C D Waters will preach. Burial will be in Tahoma Cemetery. The family includes the widow, Mrs Julia Schell; eight sons, Edward, Jacob, Theodore and Emil of Wapato, Frederick and Charles of Ruff, John of Yakima and Adolph of Portland; and five daughters, Mrs Christina Vetter of Quincy, Mrs Elizabeth Giedelhouse of Portland, Mrs Lydia Snodderly and Mrs Marge Hastings of Wapato and Mrs Pauline Warner of California.” (Yakima Daily Republic: 9-09-1937, page 10; submitted)

Schmidt:  “Edwin R Schmidt.—His home, E7925 Harrington. Survived by his wife,  Mrs Ruth E Schmidt, at the home; 3 step-sons, Dean Thames, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Robert J Thames, Freemont, CA, Jerry W Thames, Elko, NV; 3 step-daughters, Mrs Harold (Darlene) Ross Jr, San Diego, CA; Mrs Thomas (Deanna) Wise, Mrs Stanley (Delight) Wise, both of Hayward, CA; 2 sisters, Mrs Joseph (Ann) Bosch, Mrs Eugene (Johanna) Roloff, both of Spokane; 2 brothers, William and Robert Schmidt, both of Spokane; 14 step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Spokane Aerie No. 2, FOE. Funeral services 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec 23 at the Chapel of Chimes of the Thornhill-Geraghty & Langbehn Funeral Home, N1322 Monroe St. The Rev Eugene Muench officiating. Interment Fairmount Memorial…” (Spokesman Review: 12-27-1971, Geo Beck data card)

Smith:  “Dr Charles Elmer Smith, of Spokane , formerly of Indianapolis , IN , passed away Saturday, Nov 7, 2009. He was 88 years old. He was born in Indianapolis on April 18, 1921 to Charles S Smith and Edith Haught Smith.  He married Barbara Helen Trotter on Nov 27, 1946. Dr Smith was educated at Wheaton College , Butler University , Dallas Theological Seminary and Indiana Christian University .  He was pastor of Victory Baptist Church , Indianapolis for 22 years, First Baptist Church , Spokane , for 12 years and churches in Whitestown , IN , Priest River , Idaho , Worley , ID and Odessa , in his early and post-retirement years.  Dr Smith was a professor at Indiana Christian University and Inland Empire School of the Bible in Spokane . A Wheaton schoolmate of Dr Billy Graham, Dr Smith was an organizer of crusades in both Indianapolis and Spokane and served as President of the Ministerial associations in both cities.  He led many tours of the Holy Land from 1968 to 1995. In recent years he had been active in Love Thy Neighbor which ministers to residents of retirement communities. He was a former president of the Cascade Mobile Home Community Assoc. and led regular Bible studies there. He is survived by his six children Pamela Strack (Jerry) of Indianapolis , IN ; Dr C Michael Smith of Dowagiac , MI ; Lucinda Hughes (Larry) of Noblesville , IN ; Richard Smith of Spokane ; Thomas Smith of Deer Park , and Susan Vuong (Brian) of Spokane and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 2002 by Barbara, his wife of 56 years, parents and 3 brothers. Funeral Service 11 a.m. Wednesday Nov 11, 2009 at Trinity Baptist Church, where he was a member, 6528 N Monroe St, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 11-12-2009)

Tilson:  Harvey Tilson died at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport Friday, Jan 29, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 92. He was born in Wilbur November 16, 1917, the fourth of seven children born to Meek and Margaret Tilson. Harvey Tilson and Mildred DeBord were married on May 28, 1938, the day after she graduated from high school. Over the next 14 years they lived in Wilbur and Creston and spent time in Seattle during WW II. Eventually, they moved to Davenport and in 1952 settled into their home in Mondovi. Harvey worked in several positions, ultimately retiring from the Lincoln County Public Works Department. Harvey and Mildred were married 71 years. Both were avid gardeners, working together to make their home and grounds in Mondovi beautiful and fruitful.  Harvey is survived by his wife Mildred, at the home in Mondovi; four children, Terry Tilson, Victoria Tilson-Goode, Barry Tilson and Joanne Mangis; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and numerous great nieces and nephews. The Neptune Society is handling the cremation. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-2010)

Tilson, Ina:  “Ina (Makepeace Boston) Tilson, 93, passed away at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport on May 3, 2000. She had been  at the nursing home since December. Ina was born in Prairie View, Kansas , on March 4, 1907, to David and Elsie Makepeace. She came west with her family as a child and attended the Micah Elementary School . She graduated from Valleyford High School and attended Kinman Business School in Spokane for two years.  IN 1925, she married Abe Boston. The couple lived in a number of places before settling down in Creston in 1941. They bought the Associated (now Deb’s Café) but a short time later, on Aug 4, 1953, Abe passed away.  Ina kept the business for two or three years and in 1954, she married Richard Tilson. They moved to Wilbur and she worked at what is now Constantine ’s Alibi Pub and Eatery and later worked for Davis Variety until retiring.  She joined the Wilbur VFW Post #6268 Auxiliary in 1964.  Family inurnment services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery in Spokane . Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements. Ina is survived by two daughters, Bernice (Boston) Forsmann of Coeur d’Alene and Lois (Boston) Angstrom of Creston; one son, Arthur Boston of Creston; 7 grandchildren, Blake and Carol Angstrom of Creston, Brad and Claudine Angstrom of Creston, Christa and John Distefano of Spokane, Cindy and Russell McInerney of Spokane, Jack and Ellie Forsmann of Grove, OK, Earl Forsmann of Tacoma, and Donna Forsmann of Coeur d’Alene. She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Alma Reyman of Fresno , CA , and Reeva Nelson of Chula Vista , CA ; special friend, Sue Parks of Davenport; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, and two husbands.” (Wilbur Register: 5-11-2000)

Walter:  Darius A Walter of Schoonover Farms near Odessa died Jan 28, 2010 at the age of 87.  He was born Sept 5, 1922, at Lake Byron of Huron, SD to Paul and Rachel Walter. In 1924, the family moved to Felger Farms of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to establish a new Hutterite colony.  In 1947, Darius moved with his parents to Spring Creek Colony near Lewiston, Montana. In 1946, Darius married Annie Wollman of Pincher Creek Colony in Alberta. To this union were born seven sons and three daughters:  Betty (George Hofer) of Flat Willow near Roundup, MT; SaraRose (Peter Hofer) of Schoonover Farms; Rosanna (Kevin Brendler) of Sarasota, FL; Wally (Marie); Frank (Marie); Herb (Kathy); Philip (Suzanne); E D (Becky) of Brocket, Alberta; and John of Schoonover Farms.  Surviving brothers are Minister Henry (Mary) of Forty-Mile Colony at Lodge Grass, MT. Preceding him in death are brothers Paul and Eli.  Surviving sisters are Mary Stahl Ayers of Ranch Colony at Grass Ranch, MT; twins Susie Tschetter of Riverside Colony at Fort McCleod, Alberta and Annie Walter (Mac) of Prairie Elk Colony at Wolfpoint, MT; Katie Walter of Forty-Mile and Rachel Stahl of Pennsylvania. In 1979, Darius moved to Schoonover Farms at Odessa with his own family to establish a new Hutterite community. His wife preceded him in death Jan 16, 2001, as did two grandchildren, Ronald Frank and Travis. He leaves behind 32 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a man of many trades. He was good at cement work, carpentry, etc. in his early years. In his later years, he found his niche as an accomplished machinist. Many useful tools and mementoes that he invented, including snap tools, paper weights and a butter churn for Annie are still in use today. Neighbors would often come and say, ‘Darius, can you fix this for me?’ and he would say, if it’s fixable, I’ll fix it’.  In his last years he developed Parkinson’s but never complained.” (Odessa Record: 2-11-2010)


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 December  2010, by Marge Womach.

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