Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Kagele:  John D Kagele was born Dec 1, 1908 at the family’s homestead near Schrag, southwest of Odessa; son of Jacob and Margaret (Eiseman) Kagele. He grew up on the homestead and received his early education in a one-room country schoolhouse in the Schrag area. When his family moved to Ritzville he completed his schooling there, graduating from Ritzville High School in 1929. He married Esther L Gross on Sept 14, 1933 in Ephrata. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Memorial services for John D Kagele were held July 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-11-1991; burial not stated)

Kaiser:  “(From the Portland Oregonian, Thursday, Jan 31, 1991. Forwarded to The Record by correspondent Marie Krieger.)  Lewis George Kaiser of Clackamas, a serviceman for WEB Service Co, died Saturday in a Clackamas hospital of complications arising from a heart attack. He was 55.  A memorial service was held Feb 2 in the Damascus Community Church, Boring. Private burial followed in Willamette National Cemetery. He was born July 6, 1935 in McClusky, ND, was raised in that state and graduated from Sultan, WA high school. He attended Sioux Falls College in South Dakota and the College of Puget Sound in Seattle, and served in the United States Army in Alaska.  He married Gloria Werner (daughter of Adrian and Addline) August 29, 1959 in Odessa, and moved to the Portland area in 1960. He had worked as a service technician for a number of years.  Besides his wife, he is survived by sons Carl W of Portland and Paul L of Clackamas; by a daughter, Lori Jean of Clackamas, by a brother, Dennis of Sydney, Australia; and by sisters: Esther Weisser of Buckley, Ruth Caughey of Auburn, Lydia Krantz of Minnetonka, MN, Wanda Scheuerle of Leonburg, Germany, and Mitzie Neumann of Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1991)

Kaiser:  Mrs Mabel Kaiser died July 6, 1981 in Spokane. Private graveside services in Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane. Among the survivors: one son, Verle Kaiser of Spokane; four daughters: Dorothy Craig of Spokane; Elsie Schauerman, Odessa; Ruby Williamson of St Maries, ID; Fern Kagele of Spokane. One sister, Viola Schaffer, of Griswold, Iowa, also survives. Preceded in death by a son, Willard Kaiser of VA in 1975 and a granddaughter, Donna Schauerman in 1970. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-16-1981)

Kallenberger:  “Graveside funeral services for Edith E Kallenberger were held on Wednesday April 22, at Spokane Memorial Garden cemetery. Mrs Kallenberger, who was 79 years old, died on Sunday, April 19, 1998, at the Waterford Skilled Care Facility in Spokane. She was born on Feb 4, 1919, the daughter of Leslie and Elvia Williams Swannack, on the family farm near Lamont. She attended Union School near Lamont and then graduated from Lamont High School in 1936. She began college at Eastern Washington College in Cheney, then married Oscar R Kallenberger on Nov 19, 1941 at the Swannack ranch. Oscar entered the US Army in April 1942, serving until 1945. During the war, Edith completed her college education, receiving a teaching certificate. She taught school for two years in Marlin.  After Oscar’s discharge from the Army, he and Edith joined her brother, Walter Swannack, farming at Lamont until 1949. They then moved to Tyler in 1950, where they had a cattle ranch until 1962. In 1965, they moved to Milton-Freewater, OR, where Oscar worked for a nursery until his retirement in 1973. They continued to live in Milton-Freewater until three years ago, when they moved to the Waterford Retirement Center in Spokane. Oscar preceded her in death a year ago, in March 1997.  Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Donna Swannack, of St John, and Ida Schorzman, of Marlin; nieces and nephews, Hope Hale, of Loon Lake; Christi Lynch of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Steven and David Swannack, both of Lamont; and Dr Charles Swannack, of Missoula, MT. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Swannack in 1994. Edith was a 50-year member of the Lamont Grange and a member of the Sprague OES for more than 50 years. She was a member of the M2K&D Dance Band of Lamont and a member of the Sunshine Dance Band at Milton-Freewater. Pastors Jack Pea and David Rajala officiated at the funeral. Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville was in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-23-1998)

Kallenberger:  “Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, (1997) at Spokane Memorial Garden Cemetery for Oscar R ‘Ollie’ Kallenberger, a native and former resident of Marlin.  Mr Kallenberger, most recently a resident of Spokane, died on Wednesday, March 19, 1997,k at the Waterford Skilled Care Facility in Spokane. he was 88 years old. He was born on Sept 10, 1908, at Marlin. He grew up on the family farm and attended the Kallenberger School north of Marlin. He operated the Standard Service Station in Marlin for a short time before his marriage to Edith F Swannack on Nov 19, 1941, at the Swannack ranch near Lamont. He served in the US Army during WW II from April 1942 until his discharge in 1945. He and Edith then returned to Lamont, and joined her brother, Walter Swannack, in farming until 1949. In 1950, they moved to Tyler, where they had a cattle ranch until 1963. They moved to Milton-Freewater, OR, in 1965. There, Oscar worked for a nursery until his retirement in 1973. The couple continued to live in Milton-Freewater until two years ago, when they moved to the Waterford Retirement Center in Spokane. Oscar was a member of the American Legion post at Milton-Freewater, a 50-year member of the Lamont Grange and a member of Sprague Masonic Lodge #40. he loved music and rattled the bones. He was a member of M2K&D Dance Band at Lamont and the Sunshine Dance Band at Milton-Freewater. Surviving is his wife, Edith, at their apartment at the Waterford Care Center, Spokane, sister Ida Schorzman of Marlin, brother Raymond H Kallenberger, of Box Elder, MT; sisters-in-law, Donna Swannack, of Endicott, and Grace Kallenberger, of Marlin, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Jack Pea and Pastor David Rajala officiated at the funeral. Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-27-1997)

Kallenberger:  Ray H Kallenberger, native of Marlin and a well-known Bear Paw, MT, rancher, died on Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at the Benefis West Hospital in Great Falls, MT, following a short illness. He was 79 years old.  Funeral services were held on Friday, May 23, (1997) at the First Lutheran Church in Havre, MT. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.  He was born on May 10, 1918, at Marlin, the youngest of 11 children born to Jacob and Eva (Allmer) Kallenberger. He attended a rural school in the Marlin area and graduated from Marlin High School. Later he graduated from the Molar Barber College in Spokane.  He met Helen Flatness at the Molar Beauty College. They were married on Feb 11, 1940 in Spokane.  The couple moved to Pullman, where he worked as the campus barber at WSC.  Later they moved back to Spokane, where he owned his own barber shop for a short time. He then went to work for the Great Northern Railway in Spokane as a telegraph lineman.  The couple moved to Havre in 1943, where he continued  to work for the railroad until moving to the present ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains, where the couple resided for the past 51 years. During that time, he worked for the Havre Livestock Commission and our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at Rocky Boy, as a caretaker and also as a school bus driver for the Box Elder School District.  He loved ranching and took pride in his cattle and sheep.  His love of music was carried down through his family, and he was especially proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s musical talents.  He was a member of the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department, the North Central and Montana Stockgrowers Assn, the Havre Eagles Club, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Rocky Boy and of the church council. He served on the Hill County Park Board and was a 4-H Club leader for many years.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and five sisters. Survivors include his wife Helen of 57 years; four daughters, Sharlene Molyneaux of Billings, MT; Linda Nystrom, of Hysham, MT; Gail Solomon and Judy Kinsella, both of Havre; one son, Raymond Kallenberger of Havre; one sister, Ida Schorzman, of Marlin; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Among relatives attending the funeral were Ida Schorzman, Marlin; Delores Cook and Ione Zeiler, Odessa; Jim and Marciel Holmes, Ephrata; Dale and Marion Pfeifer, Yakima; Rhea Strate and Viola Syring, Spokane; and Kathy Shinn, Canby, OR.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-1997) 

Kalma:  Mary Kalma, a longtime resident of Wenatchee, WA, passed away on Nov 10, 2001 in Wenatchee. Mary was born on Sept 10, 1907 to Conrad and Anna Stumpf in Odessa, WA. She was the oldest of 10 children, and even as a child she helped with the farm work and learned midwifery while very young. She helped deliver many of her siblings and helped to raise them. She married Cornelius (Casey) Kalma in Everett, WA, on Dec 24, 1923 and the two of them engaged in agricultural work throughout their lives. After living in Wenatchee a short time, they moved to Marysville and purchased 10 acres of land on which they raised as many as 12,000 turkeys at a time. They provided turkeys for restaurants, grocery stores and the wholesale market. In 1948 they moved to Omak, WA, where they owned and operated an apple orchard. When they retired from the apple orchard, they moved to Wenatchee where they packed apples until she was 82 years old. She was known as the best apple packer in the Wenatchee Valley. Mary loved flowers... Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Casey, in 1985. She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Bonnie of Centralia; Richard and Dorothy of Marysville; and Charles and Marcella of Tonasket.... She is also survived by three sisters, Anna Spanjer, Elsie Elder and Lena Heath; two brothers, Dick Stumpf and Philip Stumpf; and a host of other relatives and friends... A private graveside service will be held at Marysville Cemetery. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Purdy & Walters with Cassidy Funeral Home in Everett, WA.” (scrapbook item: undated-2001)

Kalmbach:  Rev Paul Kalmbach died in a Seattle hospital on Aug 12, 1981. He was born in Caucasus near the Kuban River in Russia on Oct 24, 1897. He escaped alone to America in 1913 during the Russian Revolution. He attended school in Canada, and was ordained as Congregational German minister at Ft Collins, CO in 1925. He served the St Matthews Church on Odessa from 1926 to 1933. He is survived by two daughters, Loretta Lorenz of Portland and Dorothy Lane of Seattle. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-20-1980)

Kanzler:  Marie Hein Kanzler of Portland died Feb 17 in a West Linn nursing home. She was born Feb 20, 1906 in Lamona. She moved to Portland in 1922, and she and her late husband, Carl, managed a wheat ranch in Montana during the summers for many years until their retirement in 1962. When he died in 1981, Mr Kanzler was survived by his wife and daughter, and by three sisters living in Ritzville: Elsie Hoefel, Irene Schafer and Martha Moon. Mrs Kanzler is survived by a daughter, Shirley Bakke of Portland; by a sister, Katherine Martin of Portland, and two brothers, Clarence Hein of Tigard, OR; and LeRoy Hein of Wilsonville, OR; and by 3 grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-09-1989; burial not mentioned)

Kappel:  “Funeral services were held at the Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake on Saturday, May 28, 1983 for Edith Johanna Kappel who passed away in the Crestview Nursing Center at Moses Lake on May 25, 1983. She had been in  very poor health for the past five weeks. Pastor Wally Snook officiated at the service with Rev Albert Hausauer assisting.  Edith Sims Kappel was born in Crookston, MN, the fourth child in a family of nine. When she was a few years old, her parents, Walter and Agnes Sims moved west with the family to the state of WA. They lived on farms near Lind, Othello and Russ, WA, before settling at Hunters, WA.  While the family was living near Ruff, Edith met her future husband, John Kappel. They were married on Oct 12, 1923 in Ritzville, WA. They lived and farmed in the Ruff area until John’s death in 1976. Edith then moved to Moses Lake, where she lived until her death. She enjoyed gardening, especially raising flowers. She also enjoyed traveling, the Senior Citizen activities and visiting with her many friends.  During the past year she had been in failing health, but due to the support given her by her family, good friends, caring neighbors, a dear sister-in-law and a lovely lady, who was her companion and housekeeper, she was able to remain in her home. Survivors include four daughters: Aloma (Mrs Norman Bischoff) of Ruff; Jackie (Mrs Jim Garrison) of Moses Lake; Georgia (Mrs Verlin Elliot) of Everett; and Claudia Bushbaum of Seattle; one sister, Loretta (Mrs Paul Cammack) of Wenatchee; one brother, George Sims of Espanola, WA; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.  Special music was provided by Warren Gering, who sang ‘In The Garden’ and ‘In The Sweet By and By’, accompanied by Diane Gering at the organ. Casket bearers were Andy Kappel, Chris Matthews, Manty Ring, Russ Sims, Terry Sims and Bob Trammell. Honorary bearers were Mrs Kappel’s grandchildren. Interment was in Pioneer Memorial Gardens at Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 6-02-1983)

Kastler:  Louis N Kastler, former Standard Oil agent here, died Monday at Palo Alto, CA, the Odessa Masonic lodge was notified Wednesday. He had been a member of the local lodge since 1917. He was born in Amboy, IL, Aug 11, 1884. Masonic funeral services are being conducted by the Palo Alto lodge today, for the local lodge.” (Odessa Record: 7-29-1948)

Kautz:  Erma D (Lenhart) Kautz, a member of a pioneer Odessa family, died Thursday, Oct 9, 2002, in Spokane.  Mrs Kautz, who was 75 years old, was a resident of Spokane. She was born in Odessa, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Lenhart. She attended Odessa schools and was graduated from Odessa High School.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kautz, in 1959.  She is survived by her daughter, Trudy Hoffman, and two sons, Tom Kautz and Greg Kautz, all of Spokane; brother, Clarence Lenhart, of Spokane; two sisters, Rachel Anderson, of Spokane; and Florence Griffith, of San Francisco; grandson, Chris Martello and wife Lara; two great grandchildren, Christian and Ashley, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on October 15.” (Odessa Record: 10-23-2003)

Keebler:  Charles I Keebler of Lake Wenatchee, born Nov 20, 1934 in Williamsport, PA, died Sept 25, 1987 from a logging accident. He came with his family from PA to Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1952. In 1960 he married Ann Moody in CA. Ward’s Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth in charge of pending arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-08-1987)

Keith:  D C (Sandy) Keith, cattle and ranch auctioneer in the Pacific northwest for more than 35 years, died suddenly at his Spokane home on Christmas eve. Last rites were held today.  As a specialist in auctioning pure bred Shorthorns he was familiar with the herds of hundreds of ranchers in each state. He handled the auction sales for the Odessa Trading Company for several years. Born in Montevideo, MN, Feb 10, 1881, he came west and homesteaded in Douglas County and married Miss Vera Putman in 1906. Later they moved to Davenport, where the auctioneer made his headquarters for 20 years. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Col Lyle D Keith, who recently returned to Spokane from overseas, and Con C Keith, Yakima; a daughter, Mrs Verna West, Spokane, and six grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-27-1945)

Keller: “Funeral services for Mrs Elizabeth Keller, who died at her home Saturday night, were held from the Baptist church, with the Rev Schoenleber, assisted by the Rev G Graedel, officiating. Burial was made in the Pilgrim Cemetery at Wheeler, beside the body of Mrs Keller’s husband, and a son, Christof, who preceded her in death.  Elizabeth Kafer was born in Rosenfeld, South Russia, near the town of Odessa, 81 years ago, where she met and married Christof Keller on Feb 14, 1879, her funeral falling on the 54th anniversary of her wedding date.  She moved with her husband and family to the US in 1889, settling near Eureka, SD, where they made their home until 1903, when they took up a homestead near the town of Wheeler. In 1913 they retired and moved to Odessa, where Mr Keller died in July 1916. During the past years of her life, Mrs Keller had been an invalid, although not bedridden. A year ago she suffered a stroke which impaired her powers, a second stroke coming shortly before her death.  She is survived by three sons, Jacob C Keller, Wilson Creek; Charles B Keller and George Keller, of Port Angeles, WA; six daughters, Mrs Elizabeth Gatzkie, Harriet, SD; Mrs Carrie Biel, Java, SD; Miss Katherine, at the home; Mrs Amelia Hein, Seattle; Mrs Bertha Goetz, Seattle; Mrs Minnie Goetz, Marlin; and 30 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. During her lifetime she had been a member of the Odessa Baptist church, where she had been active until advancing year kept her from regular attendance.  Pallbearers included three sons of the deceased, Jacob C, Charles B and George, and Conrad Libsack. Following the services the body was taken to Wheeler, where burial was made.” (Odessa Record: 2-17-1933; damaged paper). 

Keller: “Word has been received of the death of George Keller, 80, formerly of Odessa, resident of Port Angeles, WA, for several years. He died Tuesday morning and funeral services will be held Friday. Going from here will be Jacob Keller of Wilson Creek and Mrs Con Libsack of Odessa. Other sisters include Mrs Amelia Hein, Mrs Minnie Goetz and Mrs Bertha Goetz, all of Seattle. A brother, Charles, died a year ago.” (Odessa Record: 2-20-1964)

Kelley:  “Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug 11, 1983 at St Aloysius Church in Spokane for Father William Kelley, who died of complications brought on by cancer. Rev Wm Kelley grew up in Spokane, attended Gonzaga Prep, served in the US Marine Corp from 1942 to 1946. He was ordained a priest in 1955.  Father Kelley was pastor of St Joseph Parish in Odessa and St Francis of Assissi Parish in Harrington for two years. He died one day prior to his retirement from active priestly duties. Survivors include one brother and two sisters. Rev William Hanly has been assigned to serve as pastor of the Odessa and Harrington parishes.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1983)

Kelly:  “The carnival grounds here Sunday were swept by searing flames when a butane gas tank blew up in a popcorn stand, killing a woman and two little boys, critically burning others.  The dead include two sons of Mr and Mrs Gale Palmer of Odessa , Robert, 2, and Jeff, 3; and the operator of the stand, Mrs Norma Patricia Allen Kelly, 31, 9718 5th Place SW , Seattle , widowed mother of four children. She was killed instantly. Removed to Deaconess hospital after emergency care here were Mrs Palmer, 26, and another son, Billy, 4, Mrs Palmer on the critical list, Billy fairly good; Mrs Claire Morton of Seattle, good condition; her daughter, Kathy, 4, critical; Mrs Evelyn Stevens, Puyallup, good condition; her daughter, Johanna, 10, fairly good; Mrs Elizabeth Zwick, 56, from Hartline, critical, and Glenn Dry, 26, St Louis, a carnival worker, critical. The carnival, King’s Shows, was here for its second year at the Odessa Rodeo. It was just getting underway for a Sunday afternoon play when the tank exploded. The tank, three feet long and a foot in diameter, burst from top to bottom, and life a flame thrower, hurtled fire into two other tent covered concession stands, another trailer concession and the trailer office…” (excerpt Odessa Record: 8-31-1961)(see also Palmer)

Kelly: Robert Kelly, former Odessa resident, died on Monday of last week in Ohio, where he had gone some months ago to live in the town of his boyhood. He is survived by his widow and by one nephew, W B Kelly, Reardan, formerly of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-17-1933)

Kelly:  William Bunn Kelly, 62, grain buyer for the Centennial mill at Reardan, formerly with the Odessa Union Warehouse, died at Spokane, Monday, of a stroke following an operation he underwent during the weekend...Survivors include his wife, Irene Kelly; two daughters, Mrs Harold Dick of Clarks Fork, ID, and Miss Patricia Kelly of Reardan. Funeral services were held.... at Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1939)

Kelly:  William D Kelly, a brief announcement of whose death, occurring last Friday after a long illness from cancer, appeared in this paper last week, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, October 7, 1854...In 1902 with 3 of his brothers, he came to Odessa, and has since made this place his home... The body was taken east for burial on Sunday’s train, by Than Kelly, a brother and W B Kelly, a nephew of the deceased, and will be laid in its last resting place in the little cemetery at West Liberty, Ohio, along side other members of the family who had preceded him....” (Odessa Record: Jan 17, 1913)

Kendall:  Henry C ‘Sarge’ Kendall, 66, Melber, KY, died on Saturday, Nov 21, 1998 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY.  Mr Kendall was the husband of Ruth Sieverkropp Kendall, who was born and raised in the Odessa area. He was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Sieverkropp Kendall; three sons, James H Kendall, of Corbin, KY; Melvin Kendall, of Paducah, and Phillip Kendall, of LaCenter, KY; two daughters, Sondra Page and Sheila May, of Fancy Farm, KY; a brother, James Kendall, of Melber; a sister, Rupayne Osborne, of Paducah, and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. His parents were Theron and Mary Lawrence Kendall. Services were held on Nov 24 in Paducah, with the Rev Paul Donner officiating. Burial was at Liberty cemetery in Graves County, KY.” (Odessa Record: 12-10-1998)

Kendall:  Jim Kendall, 40, of Woodbine, KY, died at his home Aug 27, 1999.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Freda Hill Kendall, his mother Ruth Kendall of Melber, KY; two brothers, Melvin and Phillip Kendall; two sisters, Sheila May and Sondra Page, both of KY. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Kendall. Graveside rites were held at Liberty Cemetery in Folsomdale, KY. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-23-1999)

Kennedy:O W Kennedy, the hustling liveryman from Odessa, passed through Harrington from Davenport last Wednesday where he had been to attend the funeral of his father-in-law, J W Green.” (Citizen: 12-21-1900)

Kennedy: “On Sept 29, 1897, Mr George A Kennedy married Miss Pearl S Burnell. To this couple two children have been born, Marcus, on Aug 21, 1898, and Harold, in 1901. He died on August 31, 1902.” (Hist. of the Big Bend. page 282) “Kennedy, G A: 29, banker,  m, IA; Kennedy, P S (female):  20, m, WA; Kennedy, M W: 4, s, WA; Kennedy, H C: 1, s, WA.” (Lincoln Co 1902 census in Town of Odessa) 

Kern: "Paris Kern. Male, white, married, carpenter. Husband of Ellen Kern. Residence: Spokane. Age: 29 yrs 4 mos 3 days. Father: Paris I Kern, born unknown; Mother: Stella Richardson, born Oregon. Informant: Ellen Kern, E. 3227 Carslile Ave, Spokane. Death: Aug 9, 1920, at Millwood, Spokane Co, WA. Coroner Case. Cause of death: electrical accident. Autopsy? Yes, no other pathology. History of accident and burns. W M Newman, MD, coroner. Burial: Creston, WA on Aug 12, 1920. Undertaker: Hazen & Jaeger, Spokane." (Spokane Health Dept and Bureau of Vital Stats: Death Certificate)

Keuch: “Died. On Monday, March 24, Bertha, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr and Mrs Christ Keuch, living three miles south of Odessa. Diphtheria was the cause of death. There are eight children in the family and three have been taken within a short space of two weeks by the terrible disease; two more are down with it but strong hopes are entertained for their recovery. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their great bereavement. The funeral took place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the home of the parents.” (Odessa Record: March 28, 1902; Edit: These 3 deaths in the Christ Keuch family pre-date the “Heimbigner Cemetery” and were likely buried in the German Cemetery in 34-21-32 which is reportedly still there.)

Kiehn:  Arthur F Kiehn, a 63 year resident of the Cashmere-Dryden area, died Thursday, Jan 4, 1996, in Cashmere. He was 92 years old. He was born May 6, 1903, to Jacob H and Katherine (Kammerzell) Kiehn on the family ranch near Ritzville, where he grew up and received his education. He worked with his father on the wheat farm for many years. He married Gertrude L Buddrius on Jan 31, 1931, in Ritzville. They moved to Dryden in 1932, where they purchased a fruit orchard on Pine Flats. They operated the orchard until 1968, when they sold it to their daughter and son-in-law, LeAnna and Bob Pflugrath.  Mr Kiehn was a member and was instrumental in the construction of Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere. He was a member of the Dryden School Board, Pioneer Fruit Growers and the Peshastin Blue Bird Fruit Growers. Survivors include his wife, at the home; two daughters, LeAnna Pflugrath, of Peshastin; and Lonna Groce of Puyallup, WA; six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.” (Odessa Record: 1-18-1996)

Kiehn:   William J Kiehn, 72, resident of this area for the past 61 years, passed away Monday morning at the Central Washington Hospital. He was born Nov 1, 1908 at Ritzville, moved to Dryden in 1920. He attended school there and married Joan Batt, Jan 29, 1940 at Ritzville. Mr Kiehn was an orchardist in Dryden until 1970 when they moved to Cashmere and he continued in ranch work until this spring when he retired because of ill health. He was a member of Cashmere Grace Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Joan, at home; his son Robert of Chico, CA; two grandchildren; his sister Esther Coates, Cashmere, and his brother, Art, Dryden; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Organist Mrs Bob Pflugrath will play ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘In the Garden.’  Burial will take place in the Cashmere Cemetery with pallbearers Earl Kiehn, Herb Kiehn, Bill Kiehn, Melvin Kiehn, Roland Schafer and Dennis Coates. The Braun Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-29-1981)

Kiesz:  Martha Kiesz, 86, died Wednesday, Oct 13, 1999, in Colville. She was the sister of the late Lydia Birge, of Odessa. She had lived at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center in Colville for the past 16 years. She was born April 28, 1913, the daughter of Johann and Friedaricka (Voegele) Kiesz, in McClusky, ND. She grew up and attended school there. She was a housewife, married first to Leonard Skoog, of Northport, and widowed from Shirley Fletcher, of Republic. She loved music and singing and played the piano and organ. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, three brothers, and three nieces and nephews. Surviving are her son, Delbert Leroy Kiesz, of Spokane; sister-in-law, Hilda Kiesz, of McClusky; brother-in-law, David Birge, of Odessa, and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct 22, at Pinewood Terrace in Colville. Private inurnment will be at Fairmont Cemetery in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1999)

Kimball:  “Preston McMenus and wife and Sam Dunham and mother attended the funeral of the four year old child of Mr and Mrs Fred Kimball at Bluestem Wednesday, the little one, which is a niece of Mrs McMenus and Mr Dunham, dying Monday after a short illness.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1907) 

Kincaid:  “Word from the Odd Fellows home at Green Bay, WI, to Mrs L C Weik, informs her that Nancy Kincaid, guest at the home, died on August 11, after a short illness. She was an early Odessa pioneer and remembered by many friends here.” (Odessa Record: 8-22-1946)

Kine: Mrs Laura Kine, of Spokane, became the county’s third highway fatality this year when the car in which she was riding left the road just inside the town of Edwall.  Mrs Kine was killed instantly in the crash. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday when John Kine, her husband, apparently lost control of his car on  a curve. The car left the road on the right side, traveled across a street intersection, and became airborne into a deep drainage ditch. It hit an embankment head-on. Neither were apparently wearing seatbelts. The accident is currently under investigation by Trooper Dennis English.” (Odessa Record: 7-12-1973)

King:  Don R King, 87, a faculty member of the Odessa school district in the 1950s and later in the lumber and construction business here, died Dec 11, 1999 in Salem, OR, his home since 1979. he was born Sept 21, 1912 in Asotin, WA. In Odessa, he was a partner of Sam Richardson in a lumber and construction business. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Croft, and one grandchild. At his request, no services were held. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-30-1999) 

King:  Marvin Victor John King, 10, passed away Tuesday at the Deaconess hospital in Spokane, WA.  He was the son of Mrs Bertha King of Soap Lake, and the late Fred King, and was a grandson of Mr and Mrs Herman Messerschmidt of Cheney, formerly of Odessa.  He was born Sept 17, 1927 at Cheney, WA, and had been in the hospital for two months preceding his death. Survivors include the mother, one sister, Helen, and two half-brothers, Roy and Ralph, all of Soap Lake.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1937)

Kinne: Mrs Russell Kinne, 59, a resident of Odessa since 1955 died Wednesday morning, Jan 24 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.  Mrs Kinne, the former Taimi Henderson, was born in Elizabeth, PA, Sept 24, 1913. She spent most of her childhood in Ashtabula, Ohio, where she graduated from Edgewood High School. Her mother, Mrs Lydia Henderson and a brother, Albert Henderson, both of Ashtabula, survive her, as well as her husband, Russell Kinne of Odessa. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan 27 in Ashtabula, with the Rev Wilbert Tormala officiating. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-08-1973)

Kinyon: “Funeral services will be held in Portland, Oregon tomorrow morning for Anna B Kinyon, 88, of Spokane. Mrs Kinyon passed away Saturday, Jan 6.  she was the mother of LaVern Gilbert who, with her husband Art, are former Odessa residents now living in Spokane, and of Dorothy Gilbert of Kent, another former Odessa resident. She also had five other children. Among her many descendants are granddaughter Barb Schlimmer and husband Clarke, and grandson Robert Gilbert and wife Kathy and family, all of Odessa. The final service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Finley Sunset Hills Chapel, located at 6801 SW Sunset Highway in Portland.” (Odessa Record: 1-18-1990)

Kirby:  “The Strate Funeral Home today is conducting services at Kahlotus for Lee W Kirby, 76, retired merchant, with the Rev George Latham officiating. Burial will be at Connell. His widow, three daughters and three sons, survive.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1945)

Kissler:  Alvin Alex Kissler, a native of Odessa and a 1935 graduate of Odessa High School, died Sunday, Feb 7, 1993, in Seattle.  He was born in Odessa on March 18, 1917, the son of George and Magdalena Borgans Kissler. He attended WSU for two years and served in the US Air Force during WW II. Mr Kissler began a life-long career with the J C Penney Company at an early age when he was employed at the firm’s Odessa store before WW II. After the war, he continued in positions at other Penney stores, including the management of the Ballard store in Seattle from 1954 to 1965 and of the Everett store from 1965 to 1975. In each community he was active as a Rotarian and a member of the Elks lodge. He organized nine chapters of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and was the past president of the greater Seattle Chapter. He also served on the society’s international board of directors. He was involved in Alzheimer’s disease research with the Veterans Administration and the University of Washington.  He is survived by his wife, June, at the home in Seattle; a son, Michael Kissler; three daughters, Dolly Haakenson, Kim Kissler and Kai Taylor; 8 grandchildren; three brothers, Reubin Kissler and Clarence Kissler, both of Spokane; and Lawrence Kissler, of Boise, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held today, Thursday, Feb 11, at 1 p.m. at the University Congregational Church in Seattle. Family graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Washeli Mausoleum.” (Odessa Record: 2-11-1993)

Kissler:  Blaine Everett Kissler, age 27, son of Joel Kissler, of Tacoma, died on Monday, Feb 23, 1998.  He was the eldest grandson of Everett Kissler, formerly of Odessa and now of Texas, and Hazel Kissler, of Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1998)

Kissler: “Overcast, wet and icy road conditions were contributing factors in the early morning crash on Saturday, Jan 19, 1985, that took the life of Corey M Kissler of Odessa, 20 year-old son of L M and Marlys Kissler, also of Odessa. Corey died at the scene of the 4:14 a.m. accident from head injuries, after being ejected from his car. According to the Washington State Patrol, he was traveling north in a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am on State Route 21 a half mile south of Odessa, when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right and his car went off the opposite side of the road. The car rolled twice before coming to rest upright, it was reported.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1985)

Kissler:  John Kissler, the oldest son of Mr and Mrs Fred Kissler, living 15 miles southwest of Odessa, died at the home of his parents Monday of consumption, after an illness of over five years, the last three years of which time he had been practically confined to his bed. Mr Kissler was 21 years of age and the attack of consumption which resulted in his death was brought on because of his having engaged in too much heavy work on the farm when he was about fourteen years of age, and unable to stand it.  The funeral was held at the home Wednesday, Rev G Graedel conducting the ceremony, and interment being made in the German Congregational Cemetery near there.” (Odessa Record: 4-21-1911) see Schafer-Kiehn Cemetery, Adams County.

Kissler:  “A memorial service for June Corrine Kissler will be held on Friday, Jan 9, 2004, at the University Congregational Church, 4515-16th Ave NE, Seattle.  Mrs Kissler, who was 82 years old, died Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003, in Edmonds, WA, where she had resided for many years. She was the wife of Alvin Kissler, a former Odessa resident; the mother of Michael Kissler, Dolly Haakenson, Kim Kissler and Kal Taylor. She was the grandmother of Angela, Lisa, Johnathan and Allison Kissler, Bret and Bryan Haakenson and Daniel and Aaron Taylor. Among her nieces are Noreen and Frank Groh and Marjorie Schell, all of Odessa. June’s focus in life were her family and friends. She also enjoyed a career as a professional photographer and portrait artist. Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-01-2004)

Kissler:  Reubin Kissler of Spokane for 68 years died Dec 15, 2000. He was born Nov 10, 1913, the son of George and Magdeline Kissler, Odessa pioneers. He attended Odessa schools and married Dorothy Walter of Odessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Reinhold, Alvin and Clarence Kissler; and sister Lydia Scrupps. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, a son, Larry Kissler, a daughter, Tricia Kissler, all of Spokane, and a brother, Laurence Kissler of Boise. Memorial service was held at Westminster Congregational Church in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-28-2000)

Kissler:  Richard Dean Kissler of Mabton died with the memorial funeral service held from the United Congregational Church in Odessa on Feb 29, 1984. He was born June 15, 1947 in Ritzville to Fred and Clara Kissler. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1965. He married Virginia May Atwood in Harrington in 1968.  In 1981 he married Barbara Davis in Reno, NV. He met his untimely death as a result of a mobile home fire in Mabton, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-01-1984; burial not given)

Kister:  “John Weber left on Monday for Bellingham, to attend the Fred Kister funeral at Sumas on Tuesday. Mr Kister shot himself accidently, the report of his death stated.” (Odessa Record: 8-23-1951)

Kittilson:  “Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug 18, 1984 from the Sunset Mausoleum in Spokane at 10 a.m. for Cloe M Kittilson, who passed away on Aug 9, 1984 at Spokane, WA.  Cloe was born May 10, 1900 in Roanoke, VA, the daughter of Stewart and Lilly Wilson. At the age of two years, she came with her parents to homestead northeast of Odessa. She attended grade school at the one-room Rocky Coulee School and was graduated from Harrington High School. She was married to Edwin H Kittilson and to this union, two sons were born.  Besides being a wife and mother, she worked outside the home at various jobs to help maintain the family.  Preceding her in death were her husband, Edwin, and one son, Marvin D Kittilson. Survivors include one son, Rodney J Kittilson, Odessa, WA; grandchildren, Chris Kittilson, Spokane; Erik Kittilson and Brad Kittilson, Seattle, WA; Denise Masiello, Spokane; Toni Kittilson, Odessa; and Ronda Kittilson, Tacoma, WA; three great grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Carlson, Odessa, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 8-16-1984)

Kittilson: Marvin Dale Kittilson died Sept 16, 1983. Memorial service at the Odessa English Congregational Church. Marvin was born to Edwin H and Cloe Kittilson on Aug 29, 1929 in Spokane, WA.  He served in the US Air Force, discharged in 1952. He married Loyal Darlene Caldwell of Wenatchee. They moved to Odessa in Sept 1961. He was survived by his wife, 2 sons, one daughter, his mother, his brother Rod Kittilson, and one grandson. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-22-1983)

Kizer:  Over 100 friends, relatives and business acquaintances attended the funeral Saturday afternoon for Don F Kiser in the main lodge room of the Masonic temple at Spokane Saturday. The room was banked on all sides with flowers, the majority of which were large set floral pieces. Rose Croix conducted the Masonic funeral services in the temple and Blue Lodge members the rites at the grave. The Rev Joel Harper officiated. Many grand lodge officers attended. Mr Kizer was grand master of Washington Masons and a member of Spokane lodge No 228. Attending from here were Sol Reiman, J A Carstens, M E Richardson and David Weber.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1944)

Klages:  “Viola Weber Klagas, an Odessa native and former resident, died in Spokane on Monday, Aug 2, 1994.  She was the daughter of the late Otto and Lydia Weber, of Odessa. She was a graduate of Odessa High School.  She had been a resident of Spokane for the past 66 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Don H Klages, in 1992.  Mrs Klages was a former member of the Bishop’s Guild of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Spokane. She and her husband handled commercial real estate properties through their firm, D H Klages and Associates.  She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mimi and Marc Phillips, of Spokane and grandson and granddaughter, Jon and Lisa Phillips of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-11-1994)

Klarer:  Cleola Klarer, 83, of Stockton, CA, died Wednesday, Sept 30, 1998, following an extended illness. She was born May 19, 1915 in Odessa, the daughter of Gottleib and Marie Schatz. She was raised in Odessa, and moved to the Stockton area in 1929. Mrs Klarer owned and operated Cleo’s Beauty Salon in Stockton and later was employed by Alfred Beauty Salon. She retired after 40 years as a beautician. She was an avid bowler. Mrs Klarer was preceded in death by her husband Ron Klarer and by her son, John Pedri in July 1988. She is survived by a granddaughter, Joanna Pedri, of Sacramento, CA; a brother, Laurence Schatz, of Stockton, and a daughter-in-law, Pat Pedri, of Stockton. Memorial services were held on Oct 6 at the First Congregational Church in Stockton.” (Odessa Record: 10-22-1998)

Klaudt:  “Word was received recently of the death of Pauline Klaudt of Spokane, who passed away Friday, May 11, 1984. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 16, 1984, at Fairwood Memorial Park in Spokane, WA. Pauline Klaudt was born on March 16, 1910 at Beulah, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jacoleah Schafer. Pauline was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Spokane. Survivors include four brothers, Christian Klaudt, Omaha, NE; Rev Reinhold Klaudt, Dorville, GA; Emil Klaudt, Oswego Lake, OR; and Dan Klaudt, Kansas City, KS; two sisters, Frieda Schutt, Jamestown, ND; and Kathryn Hudson, Livingston, MT; 5 grandchildren, Roger Schafer, Soap Lake, WA; JoEllen Wollman, Odessa, WA; Kim Brown, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Pam Brown, Post Falls, ID; and Shannon Sanislo, Seattle, WA; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 5-17-1984)

Klaus:  “Funeral services for Lydia Klaus, who died Sept 7 in Portland, were held on Sept 10 in Clackamas, OR, and burial followed in Albany, OR.  Her maiden name was Lydia Schafer, and her parents were among the early Odessa area pioneers, settling near the Lincoln-Adams County line southwest of Odessa.  She was born Dec 21, 1904 in Adams County. She and her husband, Nicholas Klaus, were ministers throughout the United States for about 12 years before moving to Albany in 1943. He died in 1963, and Mrs Klaus moved to Portland in 1973. She died in a care center there of causes related to age. (This report was submitted by Marie Krieger, of Portland.)” (Odessa Record: 9-26-1991) 

Klause:  Nick Klause, brother-in-law of Sam Schafer, died in Albany, Oregon, last Thursday. Funeral services were Monday. Survivors include Mrs Klause, the former Miss Lydia Schafer, and one daughter. Going from here to the funeral were Mr and Mrs Sam Schafer, Roland Schafer and Mrs Paul Hoefel, also Mr and Mrs Paul L Schafer of Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 11-14-1963)

Klima:  Stanley Klima of Odessa, born in Chicago, Illinois April 29, 1898 to James and Rosa Klima, passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital June 20. The family came to the Lamona area when he was four, and his father worked as a farmer and gunsmith, while his mother did sewing and wheatweaving. When he was 21, Mr Klima homesteaded north of Odessa, and the farm increased to 1600 acres over the years. In 1922 he began work as a rural mail carrier, an occupation he maintained until he retired in 1958 after carrying the mail more than 35 years. He continued to raise cattle on his farm until about 10 years ago. In 1930, he was married to Gladys Weerman, and the couple had two daughters, now Rosemarie Schmierer and Joy Erickson. Each of the two has four children, all of whom survive Mr Klima, who also leaves 10 great grandchildren. He was a member of Odessa Grange 931.  Funeral service was held June 24 at Christ Lutheran Church here, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Cremation followed under the direction of Ball and Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane, and inurnment took place in Spokane. Casket bearers were Bill Schmierer, Steve Schmierer, Ryan Walter, Rick Smith, Will Erickson, Ben Erickson and Kevin Hansen.” (Odessa Record: 6-30-1988)

Kling:Hanna Kling. Female, white, single, domestic. Age 70 yrs. Born: Russia. Parents: not obtainable. Informant: Dr Thompson of Odessa. Death: June 24, 1927 at 5 a.m.; Cause: Aortic Stenosis from arterio sclerosis. D A Hewit, MD. Burial: Greenwood on July 1, 1927. Undertaker: Hennessey & Calloway of Spokane.” (Certificate of Death)

Klippert: Klippert, Emma: Listed in the Emmaus Congregational ledger on page 371. Born 31 Dec 1925 at Irby and died 3 Jan 1926, age 4 days. Buried: Emmaus; Survived by her parents Johannes Klippert and Magdalene geb Rohn. "Infant Daughter Buried. Emma Klippert, the infant daughter of Mr and Mrs John Klippert, who was born Dec 31, 1925, died at the home of its parents Jan 3, 1926, and was buried the following day. The funeral services were held at the home by the Rev J G Eckhardt and the body was laid to rest in the Emmaus Cemetery, southwest of Odessa." (Odessa Record: 1-08-1926)

Knecht:  “Funeral services for Simon Knecht, who homesteaded at Warden 46 years ago, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Warden Community Church, with burial in the Warden Cemetery. The Rev A Hausauer of Odessa officiated.  Mr Knecht died early Monday, one week before his 69th birthday, at Samaritan hospital at Moses Lake after a lingering illness. A member of the Warden church for 42 years, he had been its reader for 20 years. He was born in South Russia and came to the United States in 1902 when he was 19, becoming a citizen in 1911. Surviving are his widow, Mary; a son, Edward, of Warden; five daughters, Mrs Christina Kallenberger of Wilbur; Mrs Pauline Tschritter of Warden; Mrs Ella Pflugrath of Ritzville, Mrs Adolph Stelzer of Cheney; and Mrs Ruth Kuta of Guam, and a brother, Edward Knecht of Lodi, CA.” (Odessa Record: 12-06-1951)

Knight:  Clinton E Knight, 79, of Odessa, died July 30, 2005 at his home. He was born in Junction City, OR, on April 20, 1926, one of seven children of Glenn and Aseneth (Wagner) Bennett. He and Bertha Mellott were married in Vancouver, WA, on March 19, 1954.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. Graveside services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellensberg on Aug 9. Arrangements were by Affordable Funeral Care of Ellensburg. (Notes from Odessa Record: 8-11-2005)

Koch:  LaVerna (Lenhart) Koch died July 10, 2004 in Monroe, WA.  She was born Sept 14, 1922 at the family farm near Odessa to Fred and Katie Lenhart. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1941. In 1946 she married Aaron Koch and moved to Seattle. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Lenhart; and survived by sisters, Loretta Lenhart and Wilma Schmidt of Odessa; four children: Jim Koch, Joan Larsen, Jeff Koch and Jane Slager. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-29-2004)

Kollman:  “The body of a man was found on the bank of the Columbia River, about five miles below Peach, on Tuesday, by William Thornburg. Badly decomposed, it had been left by high water some time previously. Through a social security card and driver’s license it was identified as that of Norman Earl Kollman, 19, Marcus, drowned last March. The body was taken to Davenport. Coroner Howard E Phillips, Deputy Sheriff Frank Ramble and Undertaker Bumgarner of Davenport investigated.” (Odessa Record: 12-28-1939)

Kopf:  “The Rev Ed Kopf, a former pastor of the Odessa Baptist Church, died Friday, April 2, 1999, at his home in Glendale Heights, IL. He served Odessa Baptist Church from 1956 to 1962. He also had pastored churches at Appleton, MN, Plevna, MT, Herreid and Selby, SD, Okeene, OK, and Napoleon, ND.  Edward a Kopf was born April 5, 1928, in Freedom Township, WI.  He graduated from North American Baptist seminary in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1952, and was ordained on June 2, 1952, and later that year he married Adeline Zimbelman in McClusky, ND. He is survived by his wife, Adeline; two daughters, La Vaun Ward, of Orange, CA; and Sandra Krediet, of Glendale Heights, IL; a son, Mark Kopf, of Oklahoma City, OK; 8 grandchildren; 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Burial was at Rock Springs, WI.” (Odessa Record: 4-22-1999)

Korobkin:  Anna Marie Amende Korobkin died July 8, 1994 in Napa, CA. She was born July 3, 1923 in Marlin, the daughter of Arthur and Gladys M Amende. Arthur Amende was at one time the cashier of the Odessa State Bank, and Gladys Amende was for many years the town clerk of Odessa. Anna Marie graduated from the U of W in 1946. At the time of her death she was a teacher of business courses in Napa. She was the widow of Louis Korobkin. Her twin brother, Arthur John Amende, preceded her in death also. Survivors include two stepsons, Karl, of Los Angeles, and David, of San Clemente, CA; two sisters, Muriel Amende Francis, of Pasadena, CA; and Jeanette Amende Pearson of Walnut Creek, CA; two brothers, Max Amende and James Amende, both of Seattle; 2 grandchildren, and 12 nieces and nephews. Her ashes will remain in a rural area of Napa Valley, where she had resided for the past 15 years. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-04-1994)

Kosanke: Mary Rompel Kosanke. "The funeral of Mrs J F Kosanka, who died last Thursday at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane, following an operation, was held at the St Matthews church Sunday afternoon. Mrs Kosanke was formerly Miss Mary Rompel and was raised to womanhood in Odessa. She was married to J F Kosanke Jan 10, 1909 and they moved immediately to American Falls, Idaho, where they resided up to the time she was brought to Spokane to the hospital. She was 27 years and 25 days old at the time of her demise and during the latter part of her life had been a great sufferer, having undergone six operations under the surgeon’s knife, as the outcome of a case of appendicitis. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, two small children, one six and one a year old, her father and mother, a brother and three sisters." (Odessa Record: 7-05-1918; burial occurred in American Falls, ID per the St Matthews Congregational ledger of funerals).

Koth:  “Funeral services for Andrew Q Koth were held from the Gothic chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home at Spokane at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr Koth, a former Odessa and Irby resident, had made his home at Spokane during recent years, operating a rooming house. Survivors include his wife, Josephine, at the home, a son, William Koth, Ritzville, and a brother, Joseph, of Yakima.” (Odessa Record: 3-13-1947)

Koth:  Mrs Ella Bens Koth, died April 9, 1939 in Spokane. She was born Aug 24, 1885 in New York City, the daughter of Rev H G and Paulina Bens. In 1906 she married Edward Koth in Odessa, a pioneer merchant of the firm, Michaelsen & Koth. Burial in Odessa City Cemetery, see file. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-13-1939)

Koth:  Everett F Koth of Longview, born May 27, 1907, in Odessa, died Jan 7, 1987 in Vancouver, WA. Interment Longview Memorial Park. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1924.  (notes from Odessa Record: 1-15-1987)

Koth:  “Word has been received that Fred G Koth, 83, well known here from visits with members of the Koth family here, died Sunday morning, after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Rapid City, South Dakota, with burial at his former home, Draper, South Dakota. He suffered a stroke in September, at which time Mr and Mrs Nath Koth and Mr and Mrs J C Schorzman drove back to visit him at the hospital. Survivors include one son, Emil Koth, Draper, SD; three daughters, Mrs Elda Glotzer of New York City; Mrs Gladys McHenry, Clark, SD; and Mrs Ruth Locket, Phillip, SD; one brother, Nath Koth, Odessa; three sisters, Mrs John Schorzman, Odessa; Mrs Ruth Weber, CA; Mrs Helen Brandt, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 11-14-1963)

Koth:  “Word has been received of the recent death of Mrs Katherine Elizabeth Koth, 82, resident of Yakima since 1941, who died while visiting a daughter, Mrs A Pelletier, in Corvallis, OR. She had gone to Corvallis on Nov 8 and became ill there.  Mrs Koth was born in South Russia and came to America at the age of 17. She settled in Ritzville and later made her home at Irby. She married the late Joseph Koth in 1902 and they celebrated their golden wedding in 1952. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs Barbara Pelletier in Oregon; Mrs Helen Losey and Mrs W C Kunz, both of Yakima; Mrs Edith Glessner, Dexter, OR; Mrs J LeBlanc, Bremerton, and Mrs Sara Erickson, Selah’ four sons, Daniel Koth of Springfield, OR; Joseph Koth, Kelso, WA; Henry Koth, Roseburg, OR, and Harold Koth of Auburn.  One sister lived in Salem, OR. There are 24 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Funeral services were Nov 27 in Yakima and interment was beside her late husband in the Tahoma Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-26-1963)

Koth:  “Services were held on Thursday, Jan 12, 1984, for Milton R Koth of Longview, who passed away on Jan 9, 1984. Pastor Don Davis officiated at the services.  Born in Odessa on June 22, 1911, Milton was the son of Edward and Ella Koth. His father was part owner in the Michaelsen and Koth General Store in Odessa. Mr Koth had lived in the Longview area since 1970, where he moved from Hermiston, OR. He was a guard for the Umatilla Ordinance depot at Hermiston for 22 ½ years. Special selections of ‘In The Garden’ and ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere’ were sung. Survivors include two brothers, Wesley Koth and Everett Koth, both of Longview. Interment was at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR, with Steele Funeral Home of Longview in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-19-1984)

Koth:  Wesley Loren Koth died June 2, 1992, in Longview, WA. He was born in Odessa on Aug 23, 1915, the son of Ed and Ella Bens Koth. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1933, and the U of W in 1938.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett and Milton Koth. He is survived by a cousin, Frank Koth, of Spokane. A memorial service was held on June 6 in Longview. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-18-1992)

Kramer: Delmar Lee Kramer of Moses Lake, born in Spokane July 24, 1933 to Alvin and Anna Kramer, passed away April 2, 1986 at the family home. Burial: Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake. (Odessa Record: 4-10-1986)

Kramer:  Mrs Emil Kramer, 30, of the Wilbur region was instantly killed when the Kramer car collided head-on with a snow plow last Thursday. Others in the car were: Emil Kramer, Mrs Mae Thorpe McQuire and the Kramer’s three year old daughter. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-24-1933) 2005 in Tucson, AZ, aged 96. She was born in Odessa on July 3, 1909, one of eight children of Conrad Kiehn and Catherine Kramer. In 1944 she married David Kramer. In 1980 they retired to Hawaii. Her husband preceded her in death in 1995. Her only child, Robert Kramer of Tucson, AZ, survives. She was buried beside her husband in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-05-2006)

Kramer:  “Double tragedy struck the Fred Kramer home during the week end, Mrs Kramer becoming very ill and was taken to the Memorial hospital by her husband. During the night following, he suffered a paralytic attack and also entered the hospital. Mrs Kramer died on Monday. Funeral services were held from the United Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev E J Eslinger officiating, after which the body was sent to Chicago for interment in the family plot. Mr Kramer’s illness prevented him from attending the service.  Marie Julianna Kramer, 78, was born March 27, 1872, in Germany. She was the sixth child in a family of 12, 6 boys and 6 girls.  In 1884 she came with her parents to Chicago, where she nursed in the Methodist hospital for several years. She married Fred Kramer on Aug 23, 1931. The service was performed by her brother, the Rev W F Essig, now retired, at his Beavercreek, Oregon, church. The Kramers lived on the farm for several years before moving to town to live.  She is survived by her husband, Fred Kramer, at the home; a stepson, Alex Kramer; three grandchildren, Robert Kramer, and the children of the late Rosie Carlson, Donald and Allen; three sisters, Eugenie Essig, Chicago; Karoline Schulz, Mishawaka, IN; and Mrs Julia Lewis, Chicago; three brothers, Rev W F Essig, Oregon City, OR; C F Essig and Otto Essig, both of Chicago; 66 great and grand nephews and nieces. Rev and Mrs W F Essig were here from Oregon to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 12-14-1950)

Krause:  Arthur A Krause, Spokane grocery store operator, formerly of Odessa, died on Friday, and was buried at Spokane on Monday, with Dr Joel Harper officiating and the Elks lodge in charge of services. Interment was in the Elks plot at Riverside Park. During his stay in Odessa, Mr Krause was employed at the Michaelsen & Koth store, leaving here about 10 years ago to start his own business at Spokane. He married an Odessa girl the former Miss Tillie Reiman, who survives him, together with a daughter, Evelyn. Other survivors include his mother, Mrs William Krause of Mayville, WI; three brothers, Edgar and Ray of Mayville and Henry Krause of Helena, MT; one sister, Mrs Hersa Neuman of Mayville.” (Odessa Record: 8-05-1937)

Krehbiel:  “Funeral services for Christ Krehbiel, Lind pioneer, who died at a Spokane hospital on Monday morning after a six-weeks illness, were held at Lind on Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev M J Galle of Odessa officiating. Survivors include a brother, John, at Lind; two sisters, Mrs C L Neare, Lind, and Mrs Voght of Philadelphia, his wife and two sons of Lind. A brother, Dan, died at Lind in August.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1936)

Kremsreiter:  John Kremsreiter was born Jan 20, 1910, at Odessa, the youngest and 5th in the family, the Louis Kremsreiters. Rosary was said June 14 from the Holy Family church at Auburn, WA. Interment was in the mausoleum at Sumner. (Notes from obit in Citizen: 6-26-1942) Kremsreiter, John: d. 6-11-42; b.1910; “John Kremsreiter. Residence: Harrington, WA. Death: June 11, 1942, 10:45 p.m. on highway SE of Mohler. Cause: shot thru chest with rifle bullet. Birth: Jan 20, 1910, Odessa, WA. Age: 32 yrs 4 mos 21 days. Male, white, single, farmer-7yrs; Father: Louis Kremsreiter born Germany; Mother: Theresa Reitner born Germany.  Previous address: Auburn, WA-3 yrs; Dep. Coroner: Paul Phillips, Davenport, WA. Relatives: 3 brothers: Louis (Odessa), Joe (Harrington), and William (Auburn); 5 sisters: Mrs Mary Schletzbaud (Puyallup), Mrs Theresa Brennan (Harrington), Mrs Clara McDonald (Creosote, WA), Miss Annie Kremsreiter (Seattle) and Miss Margaret Kremsreiter, (Auburn), 4 nieces, 1 nephew, many aunts and uncles, grandfather: Mrs Joe Reitner, Wenatchee.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Kremsreiter:  William J Kremsreiter, age 74, resident of Auburn, WA, passed away Friday, Sept 17, 1982 at his residence. He was born on Oct 23, 1907 in Odessa, WA. Mr Kremsreiter spent his early years as a wheat farmer in Eastern Washington. In 1919,he moved to Puyallup, WA, where he worked as a berry farmer until 1929. In 1929, he moved to Auburn, WA, where he operated an egg ranch near the Auburn Academy until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Sept 22, 1982, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn. Entombment was in Sumner Cemetery, Sumner, WA, under the direction of the Price-Helton Funeral Chapel.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1982)

Krieger:  “Funeral services  for Walter Conrad Krieger were held Saturday, Jan 23, 1993, at Rivercrest Community Church in the Portland area. Mr Krieger was the husband of Marie Trupp Krieger, a former Odessa resident. He died on Jan 20 in a Portland-area nursing home of diabetes. He was 79 years old. He was born in Portland on Sept 2, 1913. He attended Albina Homestead Grade and Benson High School in Portland. He was employed by Meier & Frank as an appliance installer until 1943. He then served in the US Air Force in both England and France form 1943 to 1945. Following WW II, he returned to work at Meier & Frank, then worked in a partnership before becoming owner of his own refuse collecting company. He owned the company for 36 years.  He married Marie Trupp in 1941. Mr Krieger was a member of teamsters Local #281, the Oregon Steelheaders’ Assn, Rivercrest Community Church and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Rachel Holmes, of Pleasant Hill, CA. Burial was in Skyline Memorial Gardens in the Portland area.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1993)

Kriegler: Edward J Kriegler, one of the pioneer merchants and a prominent citizen of Odessa, and owner of the Kriegler-Page stores here and at Ruff, died at 11:30 o’clock last Saturday morning, March 14, at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, following a serious illness with kidney trouble for many months past. His death at that time was not unexpected, as he had been unconscious for almost a week prior to it, and although every effort had been made to help him and he had been given the best of medical attention, he passed away without having regained consciousness. The funeral services were held at the Masonic temple in Spokane at 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, and were attended by members of the Masonic and Elk lodges, and interment was made in the Elks Rest of the Greenwood Cemetery of that city. The funeral services were conducted at the Temple by Spokane Oriental lodge of Masons, No. 74, and the services at the grave were conducted by the Odessa Masonic lodge No 156. The bier was surrounded by myriads of beautiful flowers, placed by many friends as well as by several of the lodges and by business houses in Spokane and St Paul, and the funeral was a very large and impressive one. A number of members of the local Masonic lodge as well as several friends from here were in attendance. Deceased was born in Bohemia, on the 27th day of November, 1872, and at the time of his death was aged 42 years, 4 months and 17 days. He came to America in 1887 at the age of 15, and settled first at Casselton, ND. Some years later he entered business in that city with his step-brother, Joseph, remaining there until 1899, when he came to Washington state, settling first at Mohler. He conducted a general merchandise business there for two years and came to Odessa in 1901, where he again engaged in business with his step-brother. Later he bought Joseph’s interest in the business and at the time of his death was practically sole owner of the Kriegler-Page stores here and at Ruff, the latter business having been established by he and Joseph in 1902. In the year 1900, while he was engaged in business at Mohler, he went to Waterville, MN, where he was married to Miss Louise Kanne, who still survives him. He was a member of Masonic lode No. 156 and of IOOF lodge No. 195 of this city as well as of El Kalif temple of the Mystic Shrine and the Elks lodge of Spokane. He is survived by a wife, Louise Kriegler, of this city. a step-brother, Joseph Kriegler, of this city, a father, Joseph Kriegler, of Bohemia, and two sisters, Mrs Julius Weber and Mrs Frank Fiebiger, of Casselton, ND, and a step-sister, Mrs Thos Alme, of Balfour, ND. Mr Kriegler was well and favorably known all over Lincoln County and throughout Eastern Washington and it was with sincere regret that news of his passing away was received. These hundreds of friends, both in Odessa and away from here, extend the deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their sorrow." (Odessa Record: 3-20-1914)

Kriegler:  Joseph Kriegler, former merchant of Odessa, was born in Bohemia and came to US at age 19. Buried in Spokane on Wednesday, died there on Saturday. He is survived by his wife Lois, and a son Joseph; two grandchildren and two sisters. He was a member of the Masonic lodge.  (notes from Jan 12, 1934 Odessa Record)

Kriegler:  “Disturbed by her failure to shop for groceries or pick up her mail at set schedules, officers broke into the home of Mrs Louis Kriegler Monday and found her dead. Complications of old age were believed to have caused a heart attack. Mrs Kriegler lived alone in a large house in the north part of town, one of the show places of early Odessa. She was the widow of one of Odessa’s pioneer merchants, Ed Kriegler. In recent years, she had become deaf and gradually drew to herself, a recluse except for her visits to town.” (From the Odessa Record Jan 27, 1955 in 1-27-2005)

Kronenbitter:  “A former Odessa resident, Mildred Haase Kronenbitter, died Sept 16, 1992, in Zanesville, Ohio, following a lingering illness.  Funeral services were held in Zanesville, and interment was there. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Fred Haase, pioneer Odessa residents. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1933. Mrs Kronenbitter and her husband Clarence were retired and they traveled extensively in their motor home, spending winters in Florida, until her final illness. She is survived by her husband, Clarence F Kronenbitter, at the home; one son, William Benish, of Spokane; three grandchildren, and one sister, Florence Haase, of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-17-1992)

Kucera:  “Jacob Bastrom Jr, while here from Auburn attending the funeral of his mother, reported that his wife’s uncle, Frank Kucera, had died at Seattle on Sunday. Kucera, over 80 years of age, was a long time reside of the Odessa country.” (Odessa Record: 2-22-1951)

Kruse:  “George E Kruse, of Spokane, died Friday, Oct 21. He was 80 years old. He was the husband of the former Elizabeth Pavliska, a former resident of Odessa. Mr Kruse was born in Scotia, NY.  He graduated in 1932 from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. He had been a resident of Spokane for 77 years.  He served in the US Army during WW II. He worked as a carpenter before retiring in 1976.  He was a member of the Carpenters Union, Spokane Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Spokane Yacht Club and teh Sons of Norway.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty (Elizabeth) Kruse; one osn, Roger Kruse, of Spokane; one daughter, Ginger McKnight, of Colbert; two brothers, Clare Kruse, of Los Altos Hills, CA, and Hank Kruse, of Bellevue; one sister, Grace Bayer, of Olympia; 7 grandchildren, and one great grandson.” (Odessa Record: 10-27-1994)

Kruse:  infant Kruse  “The three year old son of Mr and Mrs C F Kruse of Irby died Monday of torsion of the bowels caused by an accident which occurred Friday. Funeral services were held form the home in Irby, Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Rhoede of Odessa officiating. Interment was in the Odessa German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1911; Odessa City Cemetery)

Kruse:  Lynn Marie Kruse, 21 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs Jack Kruse, died at an Everett, WA, hospital on Tuesday morning, friends here were notified. Her immediate survivors include her parents, Mr and Mrs Jack Kruse, and two brothers, Gregory and Michael.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1951) 

Kuch:  Benjamin August Kuch was born June 4, 1913 to Edward and Bertha Kuch on the family farm where he died Dec 29, 1987, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, see file. (notes from scrapbook obit)

Kuch:  Christian A Kuch, born in Odessa, Russia on Nov 25, 1867, died Saturday at Peshastin. He came to the US to the Dakotas at age 18, and to Oregon Territory in 1889. He married Julia Jasmann on Nov 21, 1897 at Salem, OR. In 1898 they moved to Marlin and in 1908 to Peshastin, settling on a fruit ranch. Interment took place in the Peshastin Cemetery. Cashmere Valley Record. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-17-1948)

Kuch:  “Memorial services for Edward Kuch, a long time Marlin area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan 5, 2001, at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. Mr Kuch died Thursday, Dec 14, 2000, at McKay Healthcare and rehabilitation Center in Soap Lake. he was 91 years old.  Ed was born in Peshastin on July 17, 1909, the son of Edward and Bertha Kuch. He attended school at Peshastin until the eighth grade. He worked in the logging industry and also packed apples in the fall. He then moved with the family to a farm north of Marlin. He was united in marriage to Hulda Klettke on Nov 9, 1941, in Marlin. He was involved in farming in the Marlin area until 1961. He then worked for numerous farmers and also at the U & I Sugar Co in Moses Lake. He also worked for the Grant County Solid waste dept in Ephrata until a stroke forced him to quit. Ed enjoyed boxing with his friends and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife Hulda, parents Edward and Bertha Kuch, brothers Richard, Benjamin and Samuel; sister Emma, and one son, Ronald Kuch.  He is survived by a brother, Robert Kuch and wife Norma, of Marlin; two sons, Oscar Kuch and wife Judy, of Snohomish, WA; and Floyd Kuch, of Moses Lake; two granddaughters, Teresa Pellett and husband Doug, of Kirkland, WA, and Kim Fields, of Edmonds, WA; and a great granddaughter, Cassandra Pellett.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-2001)

Kuch:  “Mr and Mrs Richard Kuch were in Oregon last week to attend the funeral services for Mrs Kuch’s aunt, Mrs Elizabeth Kuch, on May 28 from the Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Vault interment was in the Garden of Meditation in the Skyline Memorial Gardens. The Rev Arthur Schwabe officiated. Mrs Kuch, and her husband, Christian Kuch, lived in the Odessa area until 1907, built one of the early homes here. He survive, together with two sons, Jacob C of Albany, CA, and Elmer of Portland; two daughters, Emma Schoessler and Esther L Morasch, both of Portland; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Ertman of Germany.” (Odessa Record: 6-11-1964)   


Kuch:  “Memorial services for Ronald L Kuch will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan 5, 2001, at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake.  He died Saturday, Dec 9, 2000, in Spring Valley, CA, at the age of 54. Ronald was born in Odessa on June 14, 1946, the son of Edward and Hulda (Klettke) Kuch. He was raised on the family farm north of Marlin. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1964.  After attending EWU in Cheney, he went to work for Spruce Canyon Boys Ranch north of Spokane. He was also employed by Spokane Child Protective Services. He worked for Tomlinson Real Estate in Spokane before moving to Victorville, CA, to work for a real estate firm. He later started R & L Kuch Commercial Real Estate Co.  Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home around the US and Mexico. He was preceded in death by his mother. Survivors include two brothers and a daughter-in-law, Oscar and Judy Kuch, of Snohomish, WA, and Floyd Kuch, of Moses Lake; two nieces, Kimberly Fields, of Edmonds, WA, and Teresa Pellett, husband Doug and daughter Cassandra, all of Kirkland, WA.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-2001; edit: his father, Edward Kuch died five days after the death of Ronald.)

Kuch:  Ted H Kuch, 92, an 87 year resident of the Leavenworth area, died May 20, 1992 in the Cashmere Convalescent Center. He was born June 28, 1899 to Christian Adam and Julia (Jasmin) Kuch at Odessa, where he lived at the family homestead until 1904 when the family moved to Peshastin. He married Vera Pershall on March 22, 1925, at Wenatchee. (notes from scrapbook obit, undated)

Kuest:  Aaron L Kuest died April 8, 2002, at his home in Seattle. He was 60 years old. He was born in Odessa Nov 13, 1941, and grew up in the Odessa area. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1959 and obtained a BA degree from WSU. He is survived by one son, Travis Kuest, of Tacoma; his mother, Leona Kuest, of Odessa, brothers Gene Kuest of Tokeland, WA, and Allen Kuest of Odessa; a twin sister, Ann Bates, of Veradale; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Reinhold Kuest. There will be no formal service.” (Odessa Record: 4-18-2002)

Kuest:  Artice Kuest died in Spokane on May 22, 1993 due to complications following surgery. She was the wife of Marvin Kuest, whom she married in 1956. She was born May 29, 1922 in Orofino, Idaho to Charlie and Alma Hendrickson Boehm, she attended school in Weippe. While in Odessa she worked for Art and Dorothy Grening and for Eleanor and Ben Meyer in the Odessa Cafe. Survivors include her husband, Marvin, Grand Coulee; a son, Gary Cole, of Weippe; a brother, Carl Boehm, Weippe; two sisters, Arlene Ball and Bernice Shoemaker, both of Weippe; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-03-1993)

Kuest:  “Edwin ‘Tuffy’ Kuest, a native of Odessa, died Sunday, May 8, 1994, in Spokane. Mr Kuest was 90 years old. He worked as a mechanic at the Odessa Trading Company before retiring in 1960. He then moved to Spokane. His wife, Lydia Kuest, died in 1954.  He is survived by four sons, Marvin Kuest, of Grand Coulee; Donald Kuest and Loris Kuest, both of Spokane; and Gary Kuest, of Phoenix; three daughters, Lila Godwin and Gayle Atwood, both of Spokane; and Mary Oliver, of Odessa; two brothers, Edmond Kuest of Odessa; and Harvey Kuest of Soap Lake; one sister, Esther Becker of Spokane; and 16 grandchildren.  A memorial service was held last Wednesday at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 5-19-1994)

Kuest:  “Funeral services for Emanuel Kuest, 84, were held from Grace Lutheran church at Wenatchee on Monday. The rev E D Tollefson officiated. Interment was in the Wenatchee Cemetery. Mr Kuest died Friday in the Cashmere rest home where he had lived for the past five years. He was born Nov 21, 1879 in Menno, SD, where he lived until 1900 when he moved to Odessa with his family. After marrying Sophie Schultz in 1903 he moved with his wife to Quincy in 1905 where he homesteaded. He lived there until the death of Mrs Kuest in 1936. At this time he moved to Grandview with his children, resuming his earlier trade as a carpenter. From  Grandview he moved back to Odessa in 1938, and from here to Portland, where he lived until moving to Cashmere in 1944.  Survivors include 5 sons, Emil A Kuest, Herbert E Kuest, and Irving D Kuest, all of Wenatchee; Richard G Kuest, Roseburn, OR; and Frederick C Kuest, Seattle; 4 daughters, Naomi O Grim, Entiat; Ida A Coppess, Seattle; and Evelyn D Quesinberry and Agnes L Smith, both of Sunnyside; 5 sisters, Mrs Otillie Reiman, Yakima; Mrs H H Heimbigner, Ritzville; Mrs Phillip Schatz, Stockton, CA; Mrs tom McDermott, Seattle; and Mrs Ella Rapp, Portland; one brother, Herbert L Kuest, Spokane; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. His wife, 6 sisters and 5 brothers preceded him in death. Among the relatives attending the funeral were Mr and Mrs Walter Weber, Odessa, and Mrs Robert L Schafer, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1964)

Kuest:  Herbert L Kuest, 76, W 2136 Riverside, Spokane, a resident of Spokane and Odessa for 67 years, died Sunday, Nov 2, in a Spokane hospital. He had a heart ailment.  He was born in 1893 in Hutchinson, SD, and came to Odessa in 1902. He then moved to Spokane in 1952.  Kuest was a retired carpenter and warehouseman. After moving to Spokane he and his wife, Emma, who survives at the home there, managed the Harvard Apartments, the Collins Hotel and the Westwood Arms Apartments. They were married in Spokane in 1921 and marked their 48th anniversary last August. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs Walter (June) Weber and Mrs Robert L (Imogene) Schafer, both of Odessa, and Mrs Stanlee Z (Darlene) Streeter, Medford, OR; 8 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and four sisters, including Mrs H H (Martha) Heimbigner, Ritzville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Spokane with the Rev Dr Edward H Hastings of Westminster Congregational Church officiating. Burial was in Spokane Memorial Gardens.” (Odessa Record: 11-13-1969)

Kuest:  Irvin David Kuest died March 16, 2000 in Spokane. He was born Dec 22, 1922, the son of Emanuel and Sophie (Schulz) Kuest, at Quincy. He graduated from Odessa High school in 1941. He married Dorothy Kuhlman on Feb 6, 1944 in Spokane. He was with the military police and served in the US Army during WW II, from April 1944 to his honorable discharge in 1946. He was survived by his wife, Dorothy of Wenatchee, one son, Brian; one daughter, Lori Farnell; 3 sisters, Agnes Smith and Aimee Grim, both of Wenatchee; and Evelyn Quesinberry of Sunnyside. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and one sister. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-30-2000)

Kuest:  (Jennie Mottley Kuest)  “Mrs Emil Kuest, Everett, passed away Monday night at a Seattle hospital, following an operation to correct injuries sustained when she was struck by an automobile on Christmas eve, while walking on a street there. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at Everett. Mrs Kuest was the former Jennie Mottley, teacher in the Irby schools. She had remained unconscious since the Christmas accident.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-1948)

Kuest:  Jodie Ann Kuest was born in Spokane on June 10, 1941. She passed away on April 21, 2001, in Spokane. Kuest lived several years in Fort Bragg, CA, before moving back to Spokane last September to be near her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Debbie Kuest, of Spokane, Mike Kuest, of Odessa and Mark Kuest, of Spokane. Her grandchildren are Michael Anthony Kuest, Shannon Kuest, Nicholas Kuest and Derek Kuest. She is also survived by Frances Davis, mother and Delbert Davis, her brother. Kuest enjoyed going camping, fishing, singing and playing guitar. She also had time to listen and encourage others.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-2001)

Kuest:  Marie C Kuest of Dryden, born in Odessa Nov 15, 1906 to Henry and Katherine Gies, passed away June 16 at Cashmere Convalescent Center. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1925 and from Cheney Normal College in 1927, then taught at Moody for two years and at Clarkston for two years. She married Oscar E Kuest in mid-1931 in Odessa, and they moved to Dryden.  She was a charter member of the Cashmere Grace Lutheran Church, a 30-year volunteer at Cashmere Convalescent Center, and a hostess at Chelan County Museum. Survivors include her husband, at Dryden; a son, Bill Kuest of Wenatchee; a daughter, Grace Schauer of East Wenatchee; a sister, Dorothy Tanck and a brother, George Gies, both of Odessa; and one grandchild. Braun Funeral Home, Cashmere, was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-1988)

Kuest:  Oscar E Kuest, 98, longtime resident of Dryden, died March 10, 2002, in Wenatchee. He was born at Odessa, the son of Julius and Rosena (Heth) Kuest. Oscar received his early education at Odessa, where he worked on the farm until 1930, when he moved to Dryden. On July 12, 1931 he married Marie Gies, of Odessa, who preceded him in death, as did a son, two brothers and two sisters. Burial was at Cashmere City Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-11-2002)

Kuest:  Richard G Kuest, 79, of Sequim, WA, died in Jefferson County on June 5, 1994, as a result of an automobile accident on Highways 101 near Discovery Bay. His wife, Irene, died in the same accident. Mr Kuest was born Feb 14, 1915, in Quincy, the son of Emanuel and Sophie Schultz Kuest. He grew up in Quincy from which he graduated high school, and then moved to Seattle. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WW II. He married Irene Joslin in 1947 in Walla Walla. Survivors include one brother, Irvin Kuest, Wenatchee; 3 sisters, Agnes Smith of Wenatchee; Evelyn Quesinberry, of Sunnyside; and Aimee Grim, of Entiat, and 12 nieces and nephews. Survivors also include cousins in the Odessa area. Mr Kuest’s parents and his sister Aimee and brother Irvin were Odessa residents in the 1940s. (excerpt of Odessa Record: 6-30-1994)

Kuest:  Sophia Schultz Kuest:  “The death of Mrs Emanuel Kuest, which occurred Saturday, Feb 1, (1936), at St Anthony’s hospital in Wenatchee following an operation on Jan 29th, came as a distinct shock to the whole community where she had lived since 1905.  A beautiful Christian character, a devoted wife, and mother, beloved by all who knew her, the passing of this splendid woman brings sorrow to all. Mrs Kuest was born in South Dakota on Feb 8, 1882, being 54 years of age. She was a member of the Lutheran church of Quincy.  Mrs Kuest is survived by her husband, 5 sons, Emil, Richard, and Irvin of Quincy; Fred of Spokane; and Herbert of Wenatchee; 4 daughters, Mrs A W Coppess and Mrs C R Smith, Wenatchee; and Evelyn and Amy of Quincy; her mother, Mrs Justina Sprecker of Quincy; three brothers, John and Manuel Schultz of Quincy, and Gotthilf Schultz of Trinidad; one sister, Miss Amy Sprecker of Ritzville. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church in Quincy, with the Rev Ehlen officiating. Burial was made in a Wenatchee cemetery. Grant County Journal.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1936)

Kuhlman: Mrs Kuhlman, mother of D Kuhlman, who for a number of years lived near this place, died at the home of her son at Opportunity last Friday, aged 83 years. Mr and Mrs C A Simpson and John and Peter Luiten of this place and Mrs Geo Carssow and Mrs J Luiten of Lamona went to Opportunity to attend the funeral, which was held Sunday, burial also taking place in the cemetery at Opportunity.” (Odessa Record: 4-18-1913)


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