Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Amen:  Otto Amen (98) died April 24, 2011 in Spokane . He was the son of George and Anna (Schafer) Amen, born July 22, 1912 on a farm between Ritzville and Odessa . He graduated from Odessa High School in 1930, then worked on the family farm and in Odessa before attending Washington State College. At college, he met Doris Jones, whom he later wed.  Otto worked his way through college washing dishes, cleaning chemistry laboratories and stocking merchandise at clothing stores. He graduated in 1937 as a pharmacist and worked in Walla Walla and Spokane for a number of years. Married in 1939, Otto and Doris remained partners for more than 71 years. When Otto’s parents retired from farming, he and Doris took over that operation. He also continued working as a relief pharmacist in Ritzville and Odessa until 1967. Otto became active in the Trinity Methodist Church in Ritzville in various capacities, including lay leader, lay member to the Annual Conference, Sunday School Superintendent and Chairman of the Board. He was also active in farm-related organizations, serving the Washington Association of Wheat Growers as first secretary-treasurer, second and first vice president and president. He helped form the Washington Wheat Commission, served on the Board of the Adams County Soil Conservation District, the Board of Marcellus Grange Cooperative and in the post of State Coordinator of the Food for Peace Program. For 16 years, Otto was a representative to the state legislature in Olympia . He served on the Agriculture Committee, chaired the Budget Committee and was elected to the post of Speaker Pro Tem for four years. After retiring from legislative duties, Otto was appointed to a five-year term on the Public Disclosure Commission. A lifetime WSU Cougar fan, Otto served for several years on the WSU Alumni Board and in 1984 received the Alumni Achievement Award.  Otto and Doris remained on the family farm after retirement until moving to the Rockwood Manor Retirement Community in Spokane in 2004. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home, visiting state and national parks, boating, fishing, golfing, and visiting with friends. Otto’s major hobbies during most of his life included photography and woodworking, but after retirement he also branched out into stained-glass design and oil painting.  Survivors include his wife Doris, residing at Rockwood Manor; two sons, Richard who lives in Del Mar, Calif. with his wife Mary Lou, and Don who lives in The Villages, Fla. with his wife Lucrecia; one grandson Jonathan, who lives in Chicago with his wife Mary and one great-grandson, Miles Otto Amen.  After graveside services for the immediate family, a memorial service will be held at Trinity Methodist Church of Ritzville at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29. Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville is in charge of arrangements.”  ( Odessa Record: 4-28-2011)


Andrews:  Kathleen "Kathy" (Lobe) Andrews, loving mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully at home on August 22nd, 2012 at the age of 69.  Kathy was born on March 15, 1943 in Odessa, WA to Leo & Viola (Zeiler) Lobe. She was raised on a wheat farm the oldest of three children. At age 16, she quit high school to marry Larry Ramm. From this marriage, her three beautiful children were born that survive her.  On June 25, 1966, she married Kermit (Andy) Andrews in Coeur d'Alene, ID. They met in Moses Lake, WA where Andy was stationed at Larson AFB. Less than eight months after their marriage, Andy was sent to serve in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, the family moved to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. Upon Andy's retirement from the Air Force, they moved to McAlester, OK, back to Moses Lake and finally settling in Walla Walla in 1968. This area, Kathy called home.  Kathy finished high school through a correspondence course. She also attended Walla Walla Community College taking business courses. In 1982, she took the Nursing Assistants class at WWCC. In the mid-80s, she attended a business college in Bellevue, WA.  Kathy worked at Sherwood & Roberts, Morrison's Supply, along with many local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most recently, she worked for Walla Walla Community Hospice. She truly loved this job for it gave her a new insight on her career. She dearly loved caring for her patients in their last weeks, days and minutes. Her philosophy was "to give 200%" on a daily basis; even though she worked two jobs for many years. Caring and helping others was her top priority. In 2004, she had to take an early retirement due to breast cancer, but worked what hours she could with Hospice. She then found time to knit, quilt and hang with friends. Kathy enjoyed life in her way.  Kathy is survived by: daughter Kristi & (Mark) Lloyd, Longmont, CO; daughter Denise & (Dale) Macy, Brighton, CO; son Jeff & (Joan) Andrews, Issaquah, WA; six grandchildren; Whitney Forbes, Boulder, CO; Kyle Forbes, Loveland, CO; Evan Andrews, Smokey Point, WA; Amanda Andrews, Oak Harbor, WA; and Jake & Jasmin Wolfe, Issaquah, WA; brother Neil & (Colleen) Lobe, Odessa, WA; brother-in-law Les Wolff and family, Spokane, WA; several nieces & nephews; many cousins, which includes Lonna Lobe; along with many dear and special friends. She was preceded in death by Andy in 1975, her parents and grandparents and her sister Lynnette Wolff in March 2012. The memorial funeral service will be held at the Walla Walla VFW on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1 pm.” (Odessa Record: 9-09-2012)


Badgely:  Wayne Badgley died April 24, 2011 in Spokane.  He was born September 4, 1936 in Wilbur to Vernon and Eva Badgley. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Davenport. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1955. After high school he served in the U.S. Army until August 21, 1963.  He married Jeanne Wahl September 28, 1962 in Davenport. They had three children: Buck, Jenny and John. Both Wayne and Jeanne were very active in the Davenport Fire Dept.  Wayne married Anna Bond on February 14, 1997.  He is survived by his wife Anna at the home; three children, Buck Badgley, Jenny Cate, John (Barb) Badgley, all of Davenport; stepdaughter Katherine O’Brien of Spokane; along with 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale (Marlene) Badgley of Wilbur; two sisters Betty (Bill) Fuzzell of Auburn, Wash. and Nyla (George) Dewey of Eagle Point, Alaska; along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Jeanne, in 1994; granddaughter Hailey Brooke Badgley; great-granddaughter Brianna Marie Becker; two brothers, Jim and Melvin Badgley, and two sisters, Helen Badgley and Shirley Webb.  He was a 35-year member of the Davenport Fire Department and served 24 years as Fire Chief. He was also a member of the Washington State Firefighters Association and a 19-year employee of the Lincoln County Road Department.  Wayne enjoyed fishing, boating, cards and spending time at the family cabin on the Spokane River. He enjoyed remodeling both his home and cabin.  A memorial service will be held Friday, May 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, with Pastor Jim Stern officiating. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 5-05-2011) 

Copeland:  Lucille Copeland died June 6, 2012 at her home after a prolonged terminal condition. She was born in Odessa, WA on January 4, 1920. She attended Odessa High School, Kinman Business School, Eastern Washington State College (BA), and Whitworth University (MA). Mrs. Copeland was a teacher with Community College District 17 from 1962 until her retirement in 1987. She served as senior faculty member for a number of years at SFCC in the School of Business. She was a 55-year member of Crestline Baptist Church, Spokane, Wash., where she was the organist for 52 years and named Organist Emeritus in 2010. She is survived by daughters Marilyn Kissler of Sacramento, Cal. and Carol Eng of Spokane, son William Copeland of Spokane, sister Lorraine Earsley of Sacramento, grandchildren Susan Knittle of Texas, Gary Cooper, Craig Cooper, Todd Copeland-Priddy, Erik Copeland, all of Spokane, Mai Li Lee of Bellevue, Kim Eng Youngquist of Issaquah, Carrie Parker of Bend, Ore., and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary J. Copeland and by a sister, Irene Hinrichs. Funeral service and interment were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Spokane.”  (Odessa Record: 6-21-2012)


Crossley:  “David L. Crossley died May 8, 2011 in Odessa.  He was born January 2, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio to William and Marion Crossley. He lived in Ohio until he joined the Army in 1950. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. He then made his home in Edison, New Jersey where he met and married his wife Florence Clementi in June of 1958. They were married for 32 years before Florence’s death in 1990. David and Florence had three children Joan, David Jr. and William (Bill). David and his family moved from New Jersey to New York for his job with Union Carbide which he remained with until his retirement in 1989. At that time he moved his family to Arizona and remained there until the death of his wife. David and his son Bill moved to Odessa in 1991.  He is preceded in death by his wife Florence in 1990 and his son David Jr. in 1992. He is survived by his daughter Joan Crossley of Citrus Heights, Calif.; his son Bill Crossley, daughter-in-law Christine Crossley and grandchildren Easton, Kolby and Kassidy Crossley, all of Odessa. David was a lifetime member of VFW Post #7395 and the American Legion. He was a Korean War veteran, a lifelong Mason and Shriner.  A graveside service will be held at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 5-12-2011) 


Fink:  Harry Fink of Hayden, Idaho died April 1, 2012, at the age of 95. He was the middle child of nine born to Conrad and Anna Fink on April 7, 1916.  He was a man of his word, called it like it was and known for his bartering ways. Harry married his high school sweetheart, Lauretta Schauerman in 1937. They were married 51 years prior to her passing. They welcomed seven children into their lives. He was a hard-working farmer most of his life. He also worked for the Idaho Fish and Game Dept ., owned a Farm Implement Store and then worked for Lakes Highway District before retiring. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, seven of his siblings, his second wife Margarette, his only son Byron and two grandsons. He is survived by six daughters, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, his sister Jean, nieces and nephews and his special friend Faye Schultz.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel. Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel, is entrusted with the final arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-2012)


Goede:  Norman R. Goede died May 26, 2011 at the age of 94.  He was born and raised on a wheat farm near Odessa . He and his brother helped out in the fields as soon as they were able. He was involved in school athletics, playing football, basketball and tennis, making it to state in all three sports.  After graduating from Odessa High School in 1935, he attended both EWU in Cheney and Kinman Business School in Spokane . It was there that he met Jeanne, and they were married February 2, 1940, making their home in Coeur d’Alene , Idaho .  Norm tended bar at the Athletic Round Table, later starting his own business, Goede Sales and Fuel. He later became a distributor for Canada Dry/Nesbitt in North Idaho .  In 1954 he purchased the Sourdough Club, and he and Jeanne worked all aspects of the business until it was sold in 1969. Norm attempted retirement but soon became a bus driver for school district #271 and also filled in at the Elks and Eagles Clubs as a bartender. He later became a snow bird in Hawaii and the Southwest, traveling for many years.  Norm was a member of the Eagles, Elks and El Katif Shrine.  He was an avid gardener, pinochle player and football fan. He attended Coeur d’Alene Bible Church .  Family was important to him. Family gathered at their home in Fernan at least once a week, and he was always eager to go on family outings.  He is survived by sons Bob Goede of Spokane , Jahn Goede (grandchildren Sammy and Jamey) of Black Diamond, Wash. and daughter Paulette Farmer of Coeur d’Alene (grandson Gary Stott of Post Falls , grandson Jeff Farmer and wife Gina of Hoquiam). He had seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Emma Goede, his wife of 60 years, Jeanne, and a brother, Weldon.  Services were held at Yates Funeral Home, 744 N 4th St. , Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday, May 31.” ( Odessa Record: 6-02-2011) 


Gudgel:  Robert L. Gudgel passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was 91 years old.  He was born on January 19, 1920, in Farragut, Iowa and lived his early years in Boone, Iowa, where he excelled as a cabinet maker.  He met Doris Redfield while in Boone, and they were married in Louisiana before he shipped of to training in the Air Corps. He served in WWII as a navigator on a B-17. The "Blind Date" was shot down over Bremen, Germany, and bob was the sole survivor. Suffering an amputated leg and vision impairments, he spent several months as an MIA/POW and was awarded a Purple Heart and other medals of distinction. While a prisoner-of-war, he received word that Robert Jr. was born.  Following his brother Ken to the state of Washington, he graduated from WSU and taught school for many years in Odessa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in that area and was very active in the Lions Club. He lived more recently in Phoenix, Ariz., under his daughter's care, until his passing.  Bob is survived by his three children, Bob Jr., Rod (Six), and Beck Bainter, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Dodie) J. Gudgel, who passed away in 1993. She was born on April 25, 1921, in Newton, Iowa; she went to Beauty School in Boone and started her career as a hairdresser. She met Robert and they were married soon after, before he shipped overseas. Later, they moved west to Pullman, and then to Odessa where she worked as a receptionist/nurse, and was busy with women’s clubs there. In 1967, they moved to Spokane, where 10 years later she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.”  (Odessa Record: 5-26-2011) 


Hoff:Edward Neil Hoff, 53, died March 18, 2012 at his home in Spokane. Ed was born in Spokane Dec 27, 1958 to Darrell A Hoff and Sharon A (Wagner-Hoff) Sump. Ed attended kindergarten in Spokane before the family moved to Portland, OR in the mid-1960s. After graduating in 1975 from James Madison High School in Portland, he moved back to Spokane where he met and married his best friend, Paula Ann Hoff, and her son, and Ed’s pal, Bo Allen Stewart, on Sept 5, 1987. Ed spent the last seven years employed by Jubilant Hollister-Stier working in the environmental quality assurance unit. He loved his work and took great pride in meeting the high standards required for his job. His strong work ethic set a great example to others. Ed is survived by his wife Paula Ann Hoff, his stepson Bo Allen Stewart of Bellingham, WA, his sister Heidi L (Hoff) Moncrief and brother-in-law Gary of Eagle, ID, stepfather Donald Sump of Richland, WA, stepmother Donna E Hoff of Beaverton, OR, aunt Nancy G (Wagner) Fiess of Richland, uncle Larry Wagner of Fountain Valley, CA, brothers-in-law Larry (Missy) Rickard of Fairfax, VA, Wayne (Sherry) Rickard of Pasco, WA, Darrell (Tammy) Rickard of Rathdrum, ID, and sister-in-law Vickie (Randy) Hayden of Pasco, three stepbrothers and three stepsisters, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, Harvey V and Alma D Wagner of Marlin, and paternal grandparents Edward and Esther (Fink) Hoff, and his beloved German shepherd, Kelly. Funeral arrangements were handled by Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory in Spokane. A memorial service and reception celebrating Ed’s life was held Saturday, March 24, at Hennessey Funeral Home, followed by a burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane. Both services were officiated by his niece, Rev Karisa Hill.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-2012)


Humphries:  Martha Marie Roth Wederspahn Humphries died March 1, 2012. She was born July 14, 1919 in Lind, the eldest of four children of George and Bertha (Roloff) Roth. She and her brother Emil, and sisters Venita and Louella, grew up on the family farm. When she was about 13, her father was killed in an automobile accident, and her mother moved to Odessa with her children, where Bertha met and married Conrad Schauerman. The family became much larger with seven stepbrothers and sisters. Martha went to Odessa High School and married her high school sweetheart Harvey Wederspahn. They had three children: Gary, Karen and Keith Wederspahn.  She married Donald Humphries in 1954 and began life as an Air Force spouse. They had a daughter Lois.  Martha enjoyed being a military wife. The family lived in Mississippi, Idaho, North Carolina, North Dakota and Louisiana and on some bases more than once. She and Don retired in Lacey in 1969.  Martha belonged to the Gloria Dei Lutheran church and was involved with the Wedding Guild and the Quilting Circle.  She was happiest when lots of family and friends were around, and she would cook for them all. Martha liked to cook old German recipes and we had a family favorite called Blena. Whenever a family member came from out of town, there would be a blena breakfast. Blena is a large potato pancake that became an anticipated family tradition. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, who died in 1996.  She is survived by her children Gary (Ann), Karen (Marvin), Keith (Eva), Lois (Blaine) and grandchildren Brad Levine, Kathy Chinn, Kristen Jochum, Maria Wederspahn, Anna Wederspahn and Lisa Wederspahn, as well as by great grandchildren Bradley, Lacey, Brady, Zoe, Makenna, Maddison, Henry and Ellen.” (Odessa Record: 3-22-2012)


Huntzinger:  Olga Ruth Huntzinger died Friday, March 18, 2011 in Yakima. She was born Sept 6, 1909 to Andrew and Lydia Jeske in Odessa. After graduating from Odessa High School in 1927, she moved to Spokane and later moved to Seattle, where she worked for Boeing during WW II.  While working at Boeing, Olga met her husband John. After the war, they moved to Yakima, and Olga graduated from the first nursing class for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) at Yakima Valley Junior College. She worked for St Elizabeth Hospital for a short time, and then became involved full time in designing and building a home in Terrace Heights. Olga and John traveled extensively in the western US and visited a number of relatives discovered through Olga’s genealogy hobby. Olga’s brother Andrew was killed during WW II. Her two sisters, Helen and Laverne, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a step-daughter, Doris Flanders along with her two children, Jan and Steve, and three nieces, Gloria, Kay and Kathy. Viewing will be offered Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors, Yakima. Graveside service will be held Friday, March 25, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-2011)


Kissler:  “Hazel Susan Kissler died January 27, 2011 in Gig Harbor. She was born October 21, 1926 , in Lind.  Hazel was a resident of the Tacoma area for 47 years and attended Unity Church. She was a secretary for Washington State Attorney General, before working for several years at Western State Hospital. Hazel was an avid reader and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, was a big fan of Mariners baseball, and loved to organize family barbeques and picnics. She created beautiful crocheted tablecloths and hankies and sewed dresses for her loved ones. She loved to shop for antiques.  Family members include her identical twin sister, Helen Winter of Odessa, her daughter Marilyn (Pete) Christensen, her sons Joel, Roy (Janie), Boyd, Bruce, Brett and Jon Kissler, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Lyle and by one grandson, Blaine Kissler. A memorial service was held in Gig Harbor.” (Odessa Record: 4-28-2011)    


Kuch:  Melvin Richard Kuch died May 21, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 72. His home was in Moses Lake. He was born October 4, 1938 in Odessa to Richard and Anna Kuch. He was a member of the Moses Lake Assembly of God church.  Melvin grew up on the family farm north of Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1957. He attended Bible College in Kirkland before returning home to farm. He married Faye Wilson of Grand Coulee and settled on the family cattle ranch in Marlin. He raised three boys and ranched in Marlin until his partial retirement in 2004.  Melvin loved his family, especially his grandkids. He was a kind, gentle man who loved people and always reached out to those who needed a friend. He loved the Marlin area and its people. He was also always involved in the churches he attended through the years. He loved the Lord and held a deep Christian faith.  Melvin is survived by his wife, Phyllis Kuch of Moses Lake, his sister Linda and husband Richard Dymond of Spokane, his brother Paul and wife Linda Kuch of Odessa, his son Bill and wife Christina Kuch of Marlin, and numerous grand and great grandkids.  Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Anna Kuch, his wives, Faye and Ina Jean, his sons, Rick and Dan, and his beloved grandson, Kameron. Funeral services will be held at the Moses Lake Assembly of God church on Saturday, June 11 at 2 pm.”  (Odessa Record: 6-02-2011) 


Larson:  James C. Larson died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home in Irby. He was 82 years of age. Jim was born March 23, 1929, in Richland to Faye and William Larson. He married Barbara Pietromonaco in 1949, and they had five children. He married his second wife, Edna Larson, in 1960, and they spent most of their lives in Ravensdale , Wash ., until she died in 1989. He moved to Irby in 2005, where he lived out the remainder of his life doing what he loved: hunting, fishing, gardening and being involved in his church.  Jim served in the Coast Guard and his remains will be placed in the Richland Cemetery with military honors at a later date. During his life, Jim held many different jobs: driving a bakery truck for the Pink Elephant company and MetLife Insurance, and retired as an oiler from the Boeing Company in Auburn , Wash. He is survived by his children Valerie Florin, Judy Stephens, Rob Larson, Steve Larson, Jim Larson and Judy Fee. He is also survived by three siblings: Frankie Stewart, Bud Larson and Oscar Larson. He was preceded in death by his second wife Edna Toman Larson of Ravensdale, and his stepsons, Edward Jewell and Dick Markus. During his last days, Jim was cared for by Carol (Luxner) Giest, whom he thought of as his daughter and she of him as her father. He had 17 grandchildren and 29 great- grandchildren. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1301 E. Division Avenue , Ephrata , WA 98823-1957 on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. After the service, there will be a time of gathering for family and friends at the church.  Arrangements are under the care of Scharbach's Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy.”  ( Odessa Record: 5-19-2011)


Lenhart:  Loretta Marie Lenhart was born on Nov 5, 1920 and died on March 24, 2012 at age 91. She was the daughter of Fred and Mary Walter Lenhart. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary, 5 days after Loretta’s birth. She was also preceded in death by her father Fred and stepmother Katie, sisters Laverna and Dorothy and brother Wayne. Two siblings died in infancy, Elvira and Elmer. She is survived by one sister, Wilma Schmidt of Odessa, sister-in-law MaryAnn (Buzzy) Lenhart of Spokane, and many nieces and nephews. Loretta lived for awhile at Lakeland Village, and group homes in Spokane before moving to Quail Court in Odessa. She passed away at Odessa’s Long Term Care facility. Loretta loved colorful costume jewelry, the more glitter the better, animal print or otherwise colorful socks. She did beautiful embroidered pillow cases and table cloths and in later years did her version of ‘needlepoint’.  She delighted in family gatherings and going to church. Aunt Loretta was very special to her nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Memorial service will be March 31 at 11 at Heritage Church in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-2012)  


Lesser:  Loren L ‘Bud’ Lesser died March 16 at Hospice House of Spokane. He was born in Irby August 22, 1922. He attended Odessa High School through the 11th grade. There he met his wife of 66 years, Phyllis Schillinger. They were married April 9, 1944, in Spokane. As a young man he worked for a local garage in Odessa, and then with the Lincoln County Road Dept and Standard Asphalt doing road maintenance. He enlisted with the US Army on Jan 11, 1945 and served with the Army Corps of Engineers, with a tour of duty in the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant Nov 25, 1946. He returned to Odessa where he was a wheat farmer. The family moved to Spokane in 1951, where he worked as a mechanic. He then went to work at Betts Oil Company, initially working as a home fuel delivery driver while farming in Odessa during the spring and summer. He eventually worked as a heating/cooling technician for Betts Oil until he retired. He was a member of the Odessa VFW and the Odessa Grange. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mollie Lesser, sister Dorothy Cornelius and brother Harold Lesser.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his children Greg (RuthAnn), Bruce (Sheila), Jeff (Tina) and Lori Lesser; grandchildren Stefanie Lesser and Jeff Lesser, Jr (and fiancé Monique Weston); great grandchildren Trenton and Tyler Elizondo, all of Spokane; by his sisters Laverna Dormaier of Spokane; Janice Eckhart of Moses Lake and Eldora Ball of Everett, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, March 21, at Heritage Chapel.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-2011


McAmis:  “Graveside service for Bernice Irene McAmis, 91, of Odessa, took place April 30, at Arlington Municipal Cemetery in Arlington, WA.  Mrs McAmis died April 24 in Odessa, where she was a resident of the Odessa Memorial Nursing Home.  Born Jan 8, 1921 in Campbell, MN, to Bert R and Agnes Emma Huse, she graduated from Campbell High School. She married ‘the love of her life’, Louis LaVerne McAmis on Oct 25, 1939, in Nashua, MN. The couple celebrated 54 years of marriage before his July 19, 1993 death. Since moving to northcentral Washington form the Arlington area, she attended Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport.  A family statement notes her enjoyment of search and circle word puzzles, beautiful embroidery and painting. ‘But Bernice’s great love was spending time with her family, who always knew there would be delicious smells coming from her kitchen. She was a beloved mother who gave all for her children’.  She leaves two sons, Mark (and Luda) McAmis of Creston, and Gary W (and Elena) McAmis of Sequim, WA; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.” (Dav. Times: 5-10-2012)


Miller:  Jim Miller of Aberdeen , Wash. died May 15, 2011 of cardiac arrest at 68 years of age. Born in Florence , Ore ., he was the third child of five born to Roland and Sarah Miller. He graduated from Ocosta High School as an outstanding scholar athlete. He went on to study and play football at Grays Harbor Community College and finished his degree in Education at Eastern Washington University , lettering in football. Jim married Carole Currie October 6, 1963 in Spokane . His first teaching position was at Wishkah Valley Schools as an English teacher and girls basketball coach, taking the girls team to the state playoffs. His daughter, Susan, was born in 1966.  The family moved to Colton , Wash ., where Jim became the football coach and English teacher and where his son Jeff was born in 1968. In 1969, Jim became an English teacher and coach at Columbia River High School . He enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, bowling and taking up golf. In 1974, the family moved to Lake Chelan where he became head football coach and English teacher. During his coaching career he took the football team to their first state playoffs in 1980. He completed his Master’s degree from Central Washington University in 1986 and became assistant principal and athletic director at Chelan High School from 1980-1982. His administrative career brought him to Odessa from 1983-1988, where he was the principal. During that time, his son Jeff graduated from Odessa High School .  He continued as principal at Mary M. Knight in 1988, returning to Wishkah in 1989 to be principal and later superintendent until his retirement in 1998. During his 33 years in education, he touched the lives of many.  He continued to be involved in sports and education with his work with the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and organizing, for the past 18 years, the Southwest Washington District #4 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament.  Jim is preceded in death by his father Roland, Sr. and his sister Florene Williamson. He is survived by his mother Sarah Miller; his wife of 48 years Carole; daughter Susan Mosby; son Jeffrey Miller; brothers Roland, Jr. and Bert; sister Marcia; son-in-law Thomas Mosby; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Miller; granddaughters, Lauren Miller, Katy Miller, Stephanie Miller, Chelaya Mosby, Siara Mosby and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. A celebration of his life and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. Third St ., in Aberdeen. Arrangements are being entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary, 109 East Second St. Aberdeen, WA.”  ( Odessa Record: 5-19-2011)


Pavliska:  Louis J. Pavliska, age 95, died in Spokane Valley April 3, 2011. His home was in Odessa. Louis was born, the eldest of four children, to Joseph and Anna (Trejbal) Pavliska on April 22, 1915 in Dubois, Idaho. He attended school in Odessa and graduated high school in 1933. In 1935, he took over the family farm and continued to operate it for 45 years until retirement in 1980.  In 1941, he married his sweetheart, Elsie E. (Kissler) Pavliska and in 1944, a son Galen J. Pavliska, was born. In 1958, Elsie passed away. In 1962, he married Florence I. (Dobson) Pavliska, who passed away in 2006.  Louis enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Odessa Grange. While living in Odessa, he became a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. After moving to Spokane Valley, he attended St. Paschal Catholic Church. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Galen and Anne (O'Dea) Pavliska of Spokane Valley; three granddaughters: Cindy A. (Pavliska) Simmons, Kristy E. (Pavliska) and Craig R. Schwendeman, and Trisha L. (Pavliska) and John T. Cain; six grandchildren: Jacob J. Cain, Colin C. Cain, Alex T. Schwendeman, Joey R. Schwendeman, Connor P. Cain, and Abby E. Schwendeman; his sister, Elizabeth Kruse of Spokane; one brother-in-law, Karl Kissler of Spokane Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Louis is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna (Trejbal) Pavliska, first wife, Elsie (Kissler) Pavliska, second wife, Florence (Dobson) Pavliska, and his two sisters, Anna (Pavliska) Bennett and Josephine (Pavliska) Mackintosh. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, with Father Roy Floch officiating. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is attending to funeral arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-2011) 


Pfeifer:  (Edna (Eddie Mae) Alling Pfeifer)  “Edna, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in East Wenatchee at the Highline Care Center. A Celebration of Life picnic/potluck will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 1p.m. at Spring Canyon Park in Grand Coulee .”

  (Odessa Record: 6-21-2012)


Reihs:  Henry Hank Jacob Reihs.  “Hank Reihs died March 21, (2012). He was born on Sept 1, 1930 in Irby, the only child of Henry and Esther Reihs. He grew up in the Irby area and on the family wheat farm. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1948. He retired from the Odessa Union Warehouse in 1995. He moved to the Richland area in 2006 where he enjoyed family, friends and retirement. Hank’s favorite activities included spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends, fishing, riding his ATVs, driving his classic convertibles and growing tomatoes. His trip of a lifetime was to the Normandy beaches to visit the WW II sites, as he was a lover of that war’s history. Hank married Eleanor Mae Fahr in 1949. Hank is survived by his three sons, Rick Reihs (Francine), Jay Reihs and Dean Reihs and his two daughters, Sandi (Reihs) Marshall (Tom) and Shawn Reihs-Stubbs (Dave); his four grandchildren, Michelle, Nick, Mellissa and Megan, and his seven great grandchildren, Isiah, Royce, Emelyn, Noah, Mason Henry, Aiden and Elijah. Hank spent the last years of his life with his beloved companion, Doris Forsman. He was a good friend to all and was always there to lend a helping hand. A celebration of his life was held March 24 at Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland. There will be a future celebration of Hank’s life in Odessa, and everyone is welcome to come and remember Hank.” (Odessa Record: 3-29


Schafer:  Linda Diane Orr Schafer died May 21, 2011, at the age of 64.  She was born October 11, 1946 in a log cabin in the mountains of Cascade, Idaho, delivered and placed into the arms of her mother, Jerry, by her father, Jack, when the doctor didn’t make it up the snow-covered incline in time. A year later, on their way west to “somewhere with more of a summer”, they found themselves with a flat tire and few dollars in their pocket stranded in Moses Lake. They never left.  In 1965 she met and married Richard Schafer. The couple, unable to conceive, adopted a son, Kyle, in August of 1969. Two weeks later Linda would find out she was pregnant. Their daughter, Deea, was born in May of 1970. Less than a year later, Linda found herself raising both babies alone when she and Richard divorced.  Knowing she needed to be able to provide for her children she enrolled in Lewis Clark State College and graduated four years later with a B.A. in forensic sciences. When she was not able to find work quickly after graduation, she reenrolled in college for four more years and obtained a B.A. in clinical sciences. Linda immediately found work in several hospital laboratories as a medical technologist, until she was hired in Odessa as the director of laboratory services, where she remained for 15 years.  She returned to Moses Lake in 1998 to help care for her mother and worked at Moses Lake Community Health until January of 2011 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In 2009, Linda fulfilled a dream of going on a work and witness mission to the island of Dominica. Helping others was one of her greatest joys in life. She is survived by her children Kyle Schafer of Moses Lake and Deea Paul and son-in-law James Paul of Bozeman, Mont., three grandchildren Cassia Paul and Malinda Paul of Bozeman and Christopher Paul of Coeur d’Alene, her father Jack L. Orr of Roswell, N.M., two sisters Anita Graham of Moses Lake and Janet Long of Roswell, N.M. and many nieces and nephews.  Services were held at the Nazarene Church in Moses Lake May 27, 2011.” (Odessa Record: 6-02-2011)  


Scheller:  Ruth Scheller, former rural Odessa resident, died Feb 26, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 92. Ruth Matilda Johanna Scheller was born March 9, 1918, to Bernard and Helena Klosky and raised in a suburb of East Detroit with her sister Clara and brother Ben in a home shared with Grandma and Grandpa Jeschke. Family was close, church was important, and summer days were often spent on Lake Michigan or at Boblo Island. She married in her twenties, and while her husband went to war, she worked in an aircraft factory as a ‘Rosie the riveter’ to supply the arsenal of democracy. After the war and the loss of twin baby girls and her husband, she and her sister Clara met two handsome young men from ‘out West’.  Both couples courted during the summer of 1950, and both soon married. Clara married Weldon Walter in November, and Ruth married Weldon’s cousin Walt Scheller in December. Walt purchased a new pickup, and he and Ruth packed their belongings for a honeymoon at Niagara Falls. They then drove west to Odessa, WA, where they farmed southwest of town, a few miles from Clara and Weldon.  Ruth raised three children: Paul (Kerry) Scheller of Odessa, Marlena (Brad) Falk of Reardan and Phillip (Anna) Scheller of Del Rio, Texas.  She belonged to Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she participated in the Ladies’ Aide group. She helped her children through scouts and 4-H. She loved shopping, movies, swimming, her animals, gardening, canning and spending time with her three children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ruth was known for slipping a twenty-dollar bill into her kids’ pocket before parting, then asking if they were keeping warm and remembering to brush their teeth.” (Odessa Record: 3-03-2011) 


Tracy:  Harry Tracy of Odessa died May 24 in Spokane.  He was born to Harry E. Tracy and Carrie Heilman Tracy on April 9, 1935 in Hellmer, Idaho.  Harry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Floyd Tracy; and his son, Harry William Tracy (called Billy).  He is survived by his wife Margaret M. (Peggy) Tracy in Odessa; his twin brother, Larry Gale Tracy; two daughters, Laura Dale Dodd (Steve) and Carrie Ann Cordes (Kurt); and his grandchildren.  Harry was a Vietnam vet and spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, mostly in the submarine service. After leaving the service, he worked in law enforcement for 17 years before retirement. A memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.” (Odessa Record: 6-07-2012)


Wederspahn:  Alma Leona Lobe (Wederspahn) died peacefully on March 28, 2012 in Odessa, WA. Born on December 15, 1924 in Lind, WA, she married Art Wederspahn on Nov. 17, 1941, in Coeur d'Alene, Ida. They lived in Portland, Ore., then moved to Odessa where they operated a dairy farm. In 1954, Art and Alma moved to Greenacres, Wash., where they also operated a dairy farm. From there, they moved to Spokane and lived for some 50 odd years. Alma worked as manager of the bakery department at Albertsons. Art and Alma were snowbirds and rock hounds for several years, going to Yuma, Arizona. Alma's favorite things were working in her yard, baking, crocheting, Gonzaga basketball and the Seattle Mariners. Alma is survived by her daughter Joyce Kuest (Allen); son, Dennis Wederspahn (Linda); six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; brothers Howard, Jerry and Bill; sisters Dorothy and Margaret. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; her parents, Maggie Waymire and David Lobe; one brother Ed and one sister, Evelyn. A memorial service was held Monday, April 2, 2012 at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-2012)


Weishaar:  Wallace F Weishaar. “Wally Weishaar died July 21, 2012 near Odessa. He was born November 1, 1928 in Odessa to Fred and Louise (Deife) Weishaar and was a lifetime resident of Odessa.  He married Gerry Ferguson on July 6, 1951 at Camp Roberts, Calif. He is survived by two daughters Loyce Weishaar (and Bill Keenan) and Cindy (and Scott) Carroll; two grandchildren, Eddy (and Mahki) Carroll and Michelle (and Jacob) Beitinger and great granddaughter, Eliana Beitinger; twin brother Warren Weishaar and sister LaVerna Buddrius, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Gerry in 2007, three brothers, Stanley, Maurice and Don Weishaar, nephew John Weishaar and niece Judy Weishaar.  He was a member of the Heritage Church and sang in the choir. He was also a member of the Odessa Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, Odessa VFW Post #7395, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and was formerly a Scout Master, owner of Hartline Supply and member of the WSU Cougar Club. He is a 1946 Odessa High School graduate and a U.S. Army Veteran.  Wally enjoyed hunting and fishing, boating, snow skiing, golfing, traveling, watching the Seattle Mariners and the WSU Cougars and attending the Odessa Deutchesfest. But farming and family were what was most important to him.  A memorial service will be held Friday, July 27, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Memorials may be made to the Heritage Church. Interment will precede services at the Republic Cemetery in Republic.  Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record:  7-26-2012)


Wolff:  Lynette R Wolff, age 66, passed away at home in Mica, WA on Wednesday March 21, 2012. She was born in Ritzville, WA on Sept 7, 1945 to Leo and Viola Lobe of Odessa, WA. Lynnette is survived by her husband Les Wolff of Mica, WA; son Rod and daughter-in-law Tavi Wolff of Newman Lake, WA; daughter Juanita Wolff of Spokane, WA; brother Neil Lobe of Odessa, WA; sister Kathy Andrews of Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren Jacob and Madison Wolff of Newman Lake, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lynnette loved being a wife to Les, and homemaker, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. She grew up riding and showing horses. She retired in 2004 from Spokane OBGYN, after 30 years in accounts receivable. Her friends called her Lyn, and she enjoyed spending time at any lake, on their boat with family and friends. From florist to gardener, she spent many hours in her flower gardens, admiring the flower’s beauty, pulling weeds and strategizing with her cat Missy, on how to chase out the varmints. As a child of God, and member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lyn was involved in Bible studies, ministries, and volunteered at the Vacation Bible School. Nana, as her grandchildren called her, was often seen cheering and encouraging Jake and Maddie at their events. In the toughest of times, Lyn had the greatest attitude, and knew how to live life to its fullest. We know she is now living eternal life to its fullest, in heaven with her Lord, Jesus Christ. A memorial service and reception will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Spokane Valley, WA on Friday March 30, 2012 at 11 a.m.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-2012)


Wraspir:  Al Wraspir of Tucson, Ariz. died at his home on June 29, 2012, at the age of 78. He was born April 23, 1934, in Irby to Louis and Louise Wraspir and was raised on the family farm. He graduated from Marlin High School.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosemarie Ramm and brother Eugene Wraspir. He is survived by his wife JoEllen; sister Joyce (Lorus) Haase of Odessa; sons Michael (Beverly) of O'Fallon, Mo., Jerry of Odessa and Richard (Janet) of Seattle; and daughters Jennifer of Redmond, Melanie Garrison (Ron) of Canby, Ore. and Billie (Dan) Grahek of Acton, Calif.; eight grandchildren: Stephen, Sarah, Ashley Wraspir and Cammie Wraspir; David and Danny Abeyta; Victor and Lori Garrison and five great grandchildren: Natasha Worline, Nadia Wraspir and Sophie, Ada and Molly Gilliam; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Al spent 39 years at The Boeing Company as Human Resources Manager. He lived in many places while working for Boeing, from Seattle to New Jersey, South Dakota, Missouri, Alabama, Minnesota and California, and internationally in Iran and Saudi Arabia.  Al loved to travel and he and Jo traveled to all 50 states. Until recently, they traveled in their RV to visit family and friends. He also loved to spend time in Alaska in the summer on the Kenai River fishing. Al loved to hunt, fish and be in the great outdoors and spend time with family and his many friends.  Al was a member of the Elks, the Moose and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. A celebration of life will be held for Al at a later date and a memorial celebration will take place at the Bohemian Cemetery in Odessa on Memorial Day 2013.”  (Odessa Record: 7-05-2012) 


Wraspir:  Helen May Wraspir, 92, longtime resident of Quincy, died at home on June 21, 2012. She was born on March 14, 1920, in Everett to Francis and Ordina Pope. She spent her childhood years in the Everett and Marysville area. She married William Wraspir on January 17, 1942, in Everett. After World War II, they moved to Odessa and in 1952, they moved to Quincy and lived there into their retirement. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy.  She is survived by her children, Morris (Janet) Wraspir of Kennewick, Clyde (Nancy) Wraspir of Quincy, Christine (Denys) Parnell of Shepparton, Australia and John (Frances) Wraspir of Burlington, Wash .; and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and a daughter, Marie.  A Celebration of Life Service was held June 26, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Quincy, Wash. Arrangements were under the direction of Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, Wash.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-2012)



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