Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Nadeau:  Mrs Phyllis V Nadeau, Spokane, wife of George N Nadeau, passed away recently in a Spokane hospital after a lengthy illness. She is survived by a son, Jeffery Nadeau, at the home, a daughter, Mrs Judi Derogatis, Spokane, one granddaughter, Kelli Ann Deragatis, Spokane; three aunts and uncles, Mr and Mrs A A Radley and Mr and Mrs Victor Stewart, Spokane, and Mr and Mrs Ray Finney, Whitefish, MT. Her mother was the former Miss Iva Finney.” (Odessa Record: 7-22-1965)  0

Nafziger: “Mr & Mrs Phillip Schrag, Mr and Mrs Joe Gering, Mrs Dorothy Heimbigner and Mrs D B Wilskie drove to Colfax last Saturday to attend funeral services for Marvin Nafziger, nephew of Mr Gering and cousin to the rest.  Mr Nafziger died of a heart attack while harvesting. He was alone on the combine at the time, while his harvesting partner had taken a load of wheat away by truck. Death must have been instantaneous and the machine kept going, its leveling device still working. It went down a hill and reversed itself. As it climbed the hill its cutting bar became imbedded in the ground and forward motion stopped. The wheels continued to turn until the machine dug its way into the ground before the companion returned.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-1964)

Napier:  Frank Napier, 38, son of John Napier, was killed Monday at the Kootenai Valley Farms near Porthill, Idaho, when crushed against a grain elevator by a wheat truck. Funeral services are being held at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, this afternoon.  Mr Napier was born April 6, 1909, at Carthage, MO, came to Sprague with his parents in 1915, receiving his education in the Sprague schools, then coming with his parents to Odessa. he left here in 1934 to take the post as herdsman for the farm company there, later advancing to ranch foreman, and four years ago was placed in full management of the ranch. His mother died in 1919.  He was married in Idaho on Dec 2, 1941, to Ann Shelman, who survives. Other survivors include a son, John Phillip, age 5 months, and 2 step-sons, at home; a sister, Mrs Elmer Cobb, Harrington; his father, John Napier, stepmother, Mrs Napier, his father, John Napier, step-mother, Mrs Napier, and a half-sister, Joyce, Odessa, and one niece and one nephew.” (Odessa Record: 18 Sept 1947)

Nash:  Martha Deife Nash of Vancouver, a graduate of Odessa High School and EWU (then Cheney Normal School), died Nov 21. She was 85. She taught school until her retirement. She is survived by a son, Nelson; by two sisters, Lucy Weishaar and Margaret Deife; by two grandsons, and by many nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held Nov 25 at the First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, WA.” (Odessa Record: 12-01-1988)

Neale:  Virginia (Metzenberg) Neale, 65, died March 9, 2005. She was born March 24, 1939 in McCleary, WA and grew up in Seattle. She married Gordon Neale in 1959. The couple moved to Spokane. In 1962 they moved to Huntington Beach, CA. In 1967 they moved to Metaline Falls, WA, followed by numerous locations returning to Metaline Falls in 1973. The family moved to Odessa in 1983. She became the accompanist for the music program at the Odessa schools. Mrs Neale was a special education paraprofessional in the Odessa schools for 17 years. She also was known as the Concession Queen, raising money for the Odessa High School Associated Student Body for 10 years. Virginia was a fun-loving piano player of Odessa’s Deutschesfest Oom Pas and Mas German band for 20 years. She was active in the Heritage Church. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gordon, and sons David, Kenneth, and Brian; 9 grandchildren; sister Diane and Ron King, brother Steven and Nancy Metzenberg, and 5 nephews and one niece. A memorial service was held at Heritage Church in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-17-2005)

Nechanicky:  Albert George Nechanicky of Spokane, born in Odessa and a resident here until he moved with his parents in 1930 to Greenbluff,  died Wednesday, Aug 6, 1986, at Sacred Heart Medical Center,  Spokane. He was 77. A musician, he had played the concertina from the age of 9, and performed at music festivals throughout the midwest and in Canada. Credited with designing his own instrument and with writing an instruction book for the concertina, he was a member of the Concertina Hall of Fame.  During World War II, Mr Nechanicky served with the Corps of engineers in North Africa and Italy. Following his return from overseas, he purchased a Canteen Service company distributorship in Oklahoma, where he lived until retiring to Spokane in 1974. He is survived by his wife, Florence, at the family home; by sisters Anna Hester of Spokane and Vera Siemers of Greenbluff; by brothers Milo Nechanicky of Palm Springs, CA; Cyrill Nechanicky of Salmon, ID, Richard Nechanicky of Spokane and Ted Nechanicky of Lewiston. Funeral service for Mr Nechanicky was held Monday at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane.  Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. in Spokane.”  (Odessa Record: 8-14-1986) “Last week’s obituary notice relating the death of Albert George Nechanicky, born here and a resident of Spokane, omitted the names of two of the survivors. In addition to those reported, Mr Nechanicky is survived by a fifth brother, Vit Nechanicky of Seattle, and by a third sister, Helen Barnes of Las Vegas, Nevada.” (Odessa Record: 8-21-1986)

Nechanicky:  Dorothy O Nechanicky, 71, wife of Vit L Nechanicky, mother of Gary O Mohr, daughter of L L Black and Anna (Black) Selk, sister of Erma Black and Edith Johnson, died March 28, 1982. She was a member of Northminister Presbyterian Church and the Seattle Milk Fund. Interment was at Evergreen Park. Dorothy was born in Odessa on Dec 9, 1910, went to Odessa grade school and one year of high school. She graduated from the North Central High School in Spokane.  She had been very active in the work of the Seattle Milk Fund. Dorothy’s father built many homes in Odessa and many of the big barns around the Odessa area.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1982)

Nechanicky:  “Funeral services for Florence M Nechanicky, who died in Spokane on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2002, at the age of 88, will be held Saturday, Jan 12, at 11 a.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, N 2203 Division Street in Spokane. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane. She was born in Spokane on Sept 26, 1913, the daughter of Arthur and Marie (Rhuby) Kunkel. She grew up in Odessa, where her father was a pioneer barber, and was graduated from high school in Seattle. She married Albert Nechanicky, of Odessa, who preceded her in death. She was a successful business person in Oklahoma City, and she retired in Spokane. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Carol A Blake and Beverly Mitchell and families.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-2002)

Nechanicky:  James Peter Nechanicky died June 21, 1921 with burial in the old Odessa Catholic Cemetery. His date of birth was July 30, 1894, son of Jos. Nechanicky Sr. (data supplied by family report)

Nechanicky: Marcus A Nechanicky, 11, son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Nechanicky, died at the family home near Green Bluffs on Friday, according to word received here this week. Funeral services  were held on Wednesday from St Patrick’s church, Hillyard, with Father J R Hoomissen officiating. Interment was made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr and Mrs Nechanicky were former Odessa residents, farming on a ranch north of town for many years. Survivors include the parents, eight brothers, Joe T. and John ., Spokane; Cyril F of Challis, ID; Milo A and Vit L, Granite Falls, ID; Albert Richard P and Theodore R, of Green Bluffs, five sisters, Mrs Mary Neff of Everett; Mrs Anna Hester of Spokane; Mrs Helen Laft, Colfax; Misses Vera A, and _____ (damaged paper) E. of Green Bluffs.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1932)

Nechanicky:  “Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, Dec 30, for Richard Paul Nechanicky of Greenbluff, a former Odessa area resident.  He died at the age of 84 on Sunday, Dec 26, in Spokane. He was born in Odessa on April 3, 1915, and grew up in the Odessa area.  As a young man, he moved to Greenbluff. He graduated from Mead High School, where he played on the football team. In 1937, he married Vivian Schafer. She preceded him in death in 1996. He was owner of the Canteen Company in Spokane for 55 years. He was a member of the Elks, Lions, Moose and Rotary Clubs. Survivors include a son, Robert, of Spokane; daughter, Carol, of Bellevue; sister, Vera, of Greenbluff; brother, Ted, of Lewiston; 7 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1999) 

Neeley:  Everett L Neeley, a resident of Seattle died at the Virginia Mason hospital there last Thursday morning at the age of 34 and was buried on Saturday afternoon, with the Rev L Wendell Taylor officiating. Interment was in the Masonic cemetery. Mr Neeley was born in Rochester, King County, WA, Aug 15, 1903. He attended the grade schools at Odessa and was a graduate from Whitman College in the class of 1925. He attended West Point and was employed by the government as teacher in the government schools of Alaska for five years. Of late years he has been doing post graduate work at the University of Washington until forced to resign because of failing eyesight. Mr Neeley is survived by his widow, Mrs Suzanne Neeley; one daughter, Ellen; his father and mother, Mr and Mrs William U Neeley, living near Seattle; two sisters, Mrs George Schiewe of Odessa and Mrs George Gale of Golconda, NV. Mr Neeley was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1938)

Nelson:  Gladys Irene (Pfeifer) Nelson, 85, died Thursday, Dec 16, 2004, in Yakima. She was born May 25, 1919 in Marlin. She attended Marlin and Wilson Creek elementary schools. She graduated from Marlin High School and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.  She worked in the hardware store and telephone office in Marlin, and during harvest, Gladys worked for Bill Schorzman and Harvey Wagner.  She graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, and worked as a clerk and later a teller at Spokane and Eastern Bank in Spokane from 1944 until her retirement.  Gladys and Norman Nelson were married Sept 1, 1948. They had no children. Gladys enjoyed embroidery and canning. She was an excellent housekeeper. She and Norman were very proud of their homes and yards. After retirement in 1975, Gladys and Norman moved to Lacey, WA, then to Salemtown, OR, and later to Yakima, in 2003.  Gladys was preceded in death by Norman, a sister, Lenora Wraspir, and her parents Annetta and Philip Pfeifer. She is survived by brothers and their spouses, Howard Pfeifer and Cecil Pfeifer, both of Wilson Creek; Ray (Bud) Pfeifer, of Soap Lake; Loren and Sharri Pfeifer of Odessa; and Dale and Marion Pfeifer, and Keith and Judy Pfeifer, all of Yakima. Her surviving sisters and their spouses are: Iva (Mrs R D) Thrall, and Lois and Jerry Starkel, all of Marlin; Lorene and Robert Arbuckle, of Ephrata, and Donna Rainey, was of Moses Lake. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The graveside memorial service was held at noon, Dec 22, 2004, at Spokane Memorial Garden in Spokane, WA.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-2004)

Nelson:  Martin Mungus Nelson, 83, pioneer Lincoln County blacksmith, died at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane Friday after being there about a week. His home was at Reardan. Born in Ringsaker, Norway, he came to the United States in 1882, spending his 19th birthday on the ocean. In 1890 he homesteaded near Govan and lived there until 1897 when he went to work for a well-known pioneer, Andrew Nygaard, in a blacksmith shop in Wilbur. He was married to Jennie Judd in 1901 and they later lived at Edwall, then Reardan, where he retired. Survivors are his widow, Mrs Jennie Nelson, Reardan; three daughters, Mrs Nettie Van Skiver, Bluestem; Helen Nelson, Davenport; and Mrs Marion Hagen, Spokane; two sons, Norman Nelson, Davenport, former Odessa Record employee; and Gordon Nelson, Reardan.” (Odessa Record: 11-27-1947) 

Nelson:  Norman Nelson, 86, died May 30, 2003 in Yakima. He was born Sept 26, 1916 and attended school at Thornton. He served in the US Air Force in WW II. Norm married Gladys Pfeifer in 1948. They lived in Spokane. After retiring, they lived in Lacey, WA, Salemtowne, OR, and most recently in Yakima. Burial was at Spokane Memorial Gardens. He is survived by Gladys, her siblings and their spouses. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-05-2003)

Neumann:  Mrs Louise Neumann, 81, for whom funeral services were held at Spokane last Thursday, was a pioneer resident of the west, coming here in 1902. She was born in Russia, Aug 11, 1862, and came to South Dakota in 1879 with her parents, Samuel and Rosa Quast, where she lived until her marriage to Andrew Neumann on Jan 27, 1891. In October 1891 they moved to Eugene, Oregon, living there until 1897, then to Biggs, CA. From there they moved to a ranch north of Odessa, living there 18 years. In 1920 they retired, moving to Spokane, where Mr Neumann preceded her in death in 1939. She is survived by four children, one daughter, Mrs Minnie Smith, Spokane, and three sons, Robert, Spokane; John, Odessa, and Samuel, Tacoma; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs Pauline Miller, Odessa; Mrs Sophia Ullrich, Wolf Point, MT; and Mrs Helen Eberhart, Scotland, SD.” (Odessa Record: 3-09-1944; interment at Greenwood in Spokane per 3-02-1944)

Newkirk: Mrs I N Newkirk, 83 year old mother of Mrs A W Jessett, died at Washougal, WA where the funeral was also held. Mr Newkirk died about 10 years ago. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-04-1963)

Newland:  Ernest Edwin Newland, of Lacy, died Nov 24, 2003. He was born in Peoria, IL, on July 16, 1909 and moved to Puyallup as a child, and where he graduated from high school, followed by his degrees from U of W.  He was Supt. of Schools in Odessa throughout the 1940s, 1041-1949. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Royn, father, Edwin Newland; his wife, Edna Davis Newland, and daughter, Cheryl Barnhart. A memorial service was held at the Yelm Methodist Church on Dec 3. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-11-2003)

Nicholls:  Shawn R Nicholls, 47, died Oct 4, 2005, in Richland. He was a 1976 graduate of Davenport High School and a resident of Airway Heights. He is survived by his wife, Mary and 7 children, Trisha, Josh, Seth, Caleb, Isaac, Joey and Elizabeth, all at the home; his father, William Nicholls and wife Nance, of Davenport; his mother, Georgina (Rodeck) Nicholls, of Spokane; two sisters, Shannon Fleming of Quincy, and Chris Tareski, of Davenport; one brother, Travis Nicholls of Davenport; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. A memorial service was held at the Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church, of which he was a member. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-13-2005)

Nichols:  “Funeral services were held at Denver, CO, on Wednesday for Mrs Esther Nichols of Berkeley, CA, one of the younger daughters of the family of Mr and Mrs Adam Weber. She and a woman companion were both killed in an auto accident near Albany, OR at 4:00 p.m. Sunday while enroute to a church gathering. Survivors include her mother, Mrs Adam Weber, at Ritzville; seven brothers and five sisters. The sisters are: Lena Reiman, Dryden; Lydia Heimbigner and Elsie Caster, Ritzville; Edith Farris, Everett; and Martha Williams, Odessa. The surviving brothers are: Henry, Wenatchee; George, Seattle; Sam, Ontario, OR; Dan, Harold and John, Ritzville; and David, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1965)

Noerenberg:  C M Noerenberg, a merchant of Irby, was found dead in his bed Tuesday. Deceased lived alone, his family being in Spokane where Mrs Noerenberg conducts a millinery store. He was 52 years of age and is survived by his wife and four children. Undertaker Stone of this place took charge of the body, and shipped it to Spokane Tuesday evening, where it will be embalmed, and sent to Milwaukee, where the family lived previous to coming to Washington, for interment. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-15-1911) 

Norman:  George F Norman, 80, Sprague, was found dead Monday morning by a neighbor, who had noticed no fire in the stove at the adjoining house. He found the furniture upset in the room, the bed clothes off the bed and the body of an aged man on the floor. The coroner and a doctor were called and they pronounced the death due to heart failure and believe the man had tried to get on the bed, upsetting the furniture, expiring on the floor. Two sons survive.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1937)

Northcutt:  Robert Northcutt, garage mechanic for Ernest Gilbert at Harrington, was found dead Monday morning when the garage was opened. he is thought to have died sometime after 3:30 Sunday afternoon, committing suicide by lying down after having started the engine of his car. His head was close to the exhaust pipe. A letter addressed to his wife and two sons at Ellensburg, with a dime on top for mailing, was found on Gilbert’s desk. It said Northcutt had nothing for which to live. In the letter was a five-dollar bill, a deed to a cemetery lot in Skagit County and some papers relative to property in Ellensburg. He had been in Harrington three weeks.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1937)

Norton:  Alton Norton estate No. 4587, Notice of Hearing Final Report and Petition for Distribution, County of Lincoln, Roy Joyner administrator. (notes form Odessa Record: 7-05-1945)

Oakvik:  Chris M Oakvik died at his Seattle home on Dec 14, 1989. He was born in Mosjocn, Norway on Jan 18, 1905. He came to the US in 1928. He and his wife Jenny had one daughter, Vivian Zagelow, now living in Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-21-1989)

Oakvik: "Jenny Oakvik died on Monday, Feb 20, 2006. She was 94 years old. She was living at the Royal Park Nursing Home in Spokane at the time of her death. Previously, she was a resident at the long term care unit of the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. Visitors at the long term care unit may recall Jenny as the feisty short Norwegian lady who often took their hand and walked down the hall with them. She was full of life, humor and kindness. Jenny was born on May 30, 1911, on the island of Soroya, close to the town of Hammerfest, Norway. She emigrated to Seattle in December 1939. She married Christ Oakvik in Feb 1940. They had one daughter, Vivian Oakvik Zagelow. Jenny was employed in the food business for many years. She owned and operated the Wedgweeod Cafe in Seattle. Later she was employed at the University of Washington food service department at Husky Hollow. She was active in many organizations, including the Norse Home Guild, the Revenna Bryant Garden Club, Nordlandslaget, Sons of Norway, Faith Lutheran Church and a Scandanavian conversation group at the U of W. Jenny’s husband died in 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Vivian Zagelow, and two granddaughters, Jennifer Zagelow of Seattle and Carrie Zagelow of Austin, TX. In Seattle she is survived by two sisters, Svanhild Chapman and Nancy Kelley. In Norway, she is survived by three sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews." (Odessa Record: 3-02-2006)

Oberg:  Joyce Lorraine Oberg, 69, a long time resident of Wilson Creek, died on Saturday, Dec 18, 2004. Survivors include her partner of 24 years, Cecil Pfeifer of Wilson Creek; her son Jeff Nestegard, of Ellensburg; three grandsons, Luke Nestegard, 24, Levi Nestegard, 24, and Kade Nestegard, 19, of Ellensburg; great grandchild Brendon Nestegard; her twin brother Jerry Starkle, and sisters Carol Spies, Gloria Doak, and Tyke Disciascio. Memorial services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Monday, Dec 27, at 11 a.m.” (Odessa Record: 12-23-2004)

Odell:  Arthur G ‘Art’ Odell died June 26, 2004 at his home in Umatilla, OR. He was born March 2, 1933, in Odessa, the son of James and Mary (Huck) Odell. He graduated from Odessa High School in the Class of 1952. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Doris Albright on Feb 16, 1973 in Hermiston. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Belle Cornwell and Bertie Weber, and a brother, James Odell. Inurnment was in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Umatilla. (notes from  Odessa Record: 7-15-2004)

Odell:  Mrs Mary Lilly Odell, 72 yrs 1 mo 1 day,  wife of James Odell Sr, died in Odessa after a long illness, having resided in Odessa 11 years. Her remains were shipped to Columbus, MT, where she will be buried beside a daughter. She was born in Scotland, May 20, 1860. When a young woman she went to New London, Canada, later moving to MT. In 1882 (or 1886) she married J B Odell at Dillon. She resided in Bear Paw gulch, adjacent to Flaherty Flat community where Mr Odell operated a ranch. Many of her immediate relatives were residing in Odessa at the time of her death. Survivors include: her husband, James; her son James, 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters living in Cleveland, OH; 3 sisters and one brother living in New London. (notes from Odessa Records: 6-24-32 & 7-01-1932 & 7-08-1932, showing discrepancies)

Oelwein:  Pauline Rosine Walter Oelwein, a native of Odessa born of Pioneer parents of this area, died June 24, 1999 in Beaverton, OR. Mrs Oelwein was a long-time resident of Pocatello, ID. She was born May 24, 1904 in Odessa, the daughter of Henry and Anne Marie (Schoessler) Walter. Her parents, her sister Mary and her brother Henry, were Germans from Russia who settled in Odessa in 1903. Conrad Walter Sr, an early settler in the Odessa and Ritzville area, was their sponsor.  Pauline’s family left Odessa in 1914 to live in southeastern Idaho. There they purchased land under the Homestead Act. She had five brothers, Henry, John, Reuben, Harold and Roy, and two sisters, Mary and Leah, now all deceased. Pauline was deputy clerk treasurer of the city of Pocatello during two administrations. she later became credit manager of Montgomery Ward there and then was employed by the Pocatello Credit bureau for 32 years, when she retired. She was a charter member and president of the Pocatello Credit Women International and a 68-year member and longtime financial secretary and treasurer of the Pocatello First Congregational Church. In the late 1980s, she served on the Idaho Hospital Association’s senior advisory council. She was a past president of the Pocatello Council of Camp Fire Girls.  She married Oscar H Oelwein on Sept 3, 1934. He died in Sept 1959. They had one daughter, Paula, in 1946, who married Norman L Gunning in Aug 1967. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Gunning, of Beaverton, OR and two grandchildren. Mrs Oelwein had spent her last years in Beaverton. A memorial service was held in Pocatello.” (Odessa Record: 7-15-1999)

Ogden:  Dorothy Hein Ogden of Spokane, born near Odessa July 6, 1921 to Henry and Anna Margaret Hein, passed away Aug 24, 1986 in Spokane. She married Lewis Ogden and they lived in Walla Walla and later in Spokane. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-04-1986)

Ohland:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane, on Tuesday for Ernest Frederick Ohland, early Lamona resident. Ohland was born on a farm near Lamona and grew to manhood there. His father died very young and is buried in the old section of Odessa Cemetery. His mother provided for her children by running a rooming house and serving meals in the town of Lamona. Through marriage Mr Ohland became related to the Harms family and the Kramer family. He had lived in Spokane 35 years.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1963)

Ohland:  “Word has been received from Seattle of the death of Harry Ohland, youngest son of a pioneer Lamona family. Two brothers, Ernest and Ed, died during the winter in the early part of the year. Survivors include his wife, Stella, at the home; two sisters, Mrs Martha Harms, El Cajon, CA; Mrs Thelma Pearson, Spokane; two brothers, Otto and Alfred Ohland.” (Odessa Record: 7-18-1963)

Olander:  Charles P Olander, pioneer Ruff garageman, was born May 22, 1885 at Plymouth, WI. In 1906 he settled on a homestead in Idaho and in 1914 he married Miss Elenor Kelly. In 1931 he moved with his family to Ruff where he operated a garage, later a grocery store and was postmaster for eight years. His funeral was held from Mellinger Funeral Home at Tacoma last week with the lodge officiating at the cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-24-1944)

O’Leary:  “A memorial service will be held at the Heritage Church in Odessa on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. for Erma Luiten O’Leary. Mrs O’Leary died Sunday, Feb 23, 2003, in Vancouver, BC. She was 89 years old. She was born in Odessa on May 12, 1913, the fifth daughter of John and Elizabeth Luiten. Erma lived a full life. She was a beautician and for many years operated a hair salon in Odessa. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gordon O’Leary, of Vancouver; a son, Lee Roberts, of Mulino, OR; four grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Following the memorial service on Saturday, a reception will be held in the Heritage social hall.” (Odessa Record: 3-13-2003)

O’Leary:  “A memorial service for Gordon O’Leary will be held Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Mr O’Leary died Sunday Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC. He was the husband of the late Erma Luiten Roberts O’Leary, formerly of Odessa, who preceded him in death in Feb 2003. He was born in Vancouver, BC, on April 17, 1918. He married Mrs Roberts in Spokane in 1957, and they lived in Vancouver for many years before moving to Santa Monica, CA in 1962. Mr O’Leary is survived by a step-son, Lee Roberts, of Portland; a nephew Rory and a niece Micky; four grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-2004)

O’Leary:  “Word received here on Tuesday by H C Phillips told of the death of Neil O’Leary, former Odessa resident, now a resident of Fallejo, CA. He died there last Tuesday and was brought to Portland for burial.  Funeral services were held there on Monday of this week. His daughter, Mrs J J Fleck, Seattle, went to California and returned with the body to Portland.  Mr O’Leary was a resident of Odessa for many years, where he was head miller for the Portland Flouring Mills company, leaving here when the mill was cold and dismantled, many years ago.  He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter.” (Odessa Record: Nov __, 1932)

Olson:  Mrs Jennie Olson, Harrington, died there Wednesday morning following a stroke. She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs W J Kerr. Her illness and death come suddenly, having been well and talked with Mrs Kerr earlier in the morning. When Mrs Kerr went to her room at 7, she found her mother unconscious. The body was taken to Spokane. Mrs Olson had a son and her husband buried in a Spokane cemetery. Five grown children survive.” (Odessa Record: 8-05-1937)

O’Neil:  “Mrs Julia A O’Neil passed away at her home in Odessa on Sunday, April 1, 1984. She had lived in Odessa since 1978. Julia O’Neil was born in Butte, MT, on March 17, 1911. She attended schools there and later earned her living working while there. In 1978, she moved to Odessa to be near her daughter and family, Carl and Linda Ryan. She attended the St Joseph Catholic Church.  Survivors include her daughter, Linda Ryan; two grandsons, Bill and Michael Ryan, and one granddaughter, Christine Ryan, all from Odessa. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5, 1984 at 2 ;.m. at the Duggan-Dolan Mortuary in Butte, MT. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery at Butte.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-1984) 

Orr: Luther Melville Orr, s/o RW, born Sept 5, died Sept 26,1910 from whooping cough. Taken from Union City (PA) Times by Odessa Record of 10-07-1910.

Oster:  Aldon Oster, 60, died April 1, 1999 in Spokane, with graveside services at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. He was born Aug 13, 1938, in Ritzville, the son of John and Olga (Weis) Oster. He served in the US Army in Okinawa, Japan. He married Jean Hunt on Dec 10, 1970 in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-08- 1999)

Oster:  C W Oster, 48, former Odessa resident, and E E Easthope, 55, Lamona, railway employee, are dead, the result of injuries received when struck by an automobile about 10:05 Saturday, a mile north of Cheney. The legs of both were fractured according to state patrolmen.  Easthope, died shortly after the accident and Oster died on Monday afternoon. The men were walking toward Cheney. The car that struck them was driven by Collier R Cole, Spokane. He claimed to have been blinded by the light of a car, the driver of which was trying to pass a truck. He was arrested but released on his own recognizance. The victims were placed on a truck stopped by patrolmen for removal to the Deaconess hospital. Patrolman Coshaw said the men were walking in the road rather than the sidewalk and Coroner Collins said they had been drinking. Easthope was 55 and employed as a laborer by the Great Northern at Lamona. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs J E Hancock of Butte, MT.  Oster had moved to Cheney during the past year after farming in the Lamona area for several years. His body was taken to the Jerue funeral home at Cheney. Funeral services for Mr Easthope were held at 11 o’clock this morning from the Turnbull-Merager parlors at Spokane, with burial there. Funeral services for C W Oster are being held at Cheney this afternoon, with burial at Cheney.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1937)

Ott:Dorothy Mildred (Franson) Ott (age 86) of Chewelah, Stevens Co, WA, passed away on the morning of Dec 1, 2005. She was born Jan 16, 1919 at the old Franson homestead on Crab Creek, north of Ritzville , WA , a favorite local gathering place, fishing hole and picnic area. She was the youngest of six children born to Swedish immigrants Augusta Christine Johannsdotter and Carl August ‘Gus’ Franson. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Ott at the home, two sons, Curtis W Ott and his wife, Pam, Addy WA, and Merrill J Ott and his wife, Anne, Addy, WA; 3 daughters, Claudia M Machtmes and her husband Ed, Addy WA, Christine E Ott-Hopkins, Bend, OR and Sally A Eckhart and her husband Dusty, Deer Park, WA; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Friends are invited to join her family at a Memorial Service in Celebration of her Life on Friday, Dec 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Addy New Life Christian Center on Highway 395, just south of Addy. Pastor Danny Stone will officiate. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Colville, WA 99114 is in charge of the arrangements.”  (Spokesman Review: Dec 2005)

Ott: Dr George V Ott, of Kelso, died March 12, 2003, at Longview, WA.  He was born March 30, 1919, in Irby, the son of Jacob and Victoria (Totusek) Ott. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1936 and Washington State College in 1944. He served in the US Army during WW II and Korea, being discharged with the rank of captain. Dr Ott moved to Kelso in 1957 and operated a veterinary practice for more than 30 years. Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Ruth Ott, at home; two sons, Dennis and Don Ott; 3 daughters, Victoria Morris-Ott; Peggy Pickering; and Mary Lou Hunt; two brothers, Walter Ott of Irby and Gerald Ott of Silverton, OR; six sisters: Ruth Schaeffer, Alice Van Winkle, Grace Parks, Lois Iksic of Irby, Anna Jean Hedelius, and Rita Dudley. He was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Rygg, in 1990. Private columbarium placement will take place at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-20-2003)

Ottestad-Robinson: Eleanor Ottestad-Robinson, 95, a Moses Lake resident and former longtime Odessa resident and school teacher, passed away Nov 12, 1998 at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Eleanor was born June 4, 1903, in Parker, SD, daughter of the late John R and Ella (Thompson) Byers. She began teaching high school music and English at Odessa in 1926. She was married to Harold F Ottestad in Odessa in 1931. Upon Harold’s retirement in 1965, they moved to Whidby Island. After Harold’s passing in 1974, she moved to Seattle to be near her sons and in 1989, after the passing of her second husband, Clyde Robinson, she moved to Moses Lake. She was a long time member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake. She is survived by her two sons, Jon Ottestad, Soap Lake, and Doug (and Nita) Ottestad, Moses Lake. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Maurice Byers, and one sister, Mary Ellis. Interment was at Bayview Cemetery, near Langley, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-19-1998)

Ottmar:  Linda Doering Ottmar, 91, died Saturday, Nov 27, 2004. She was born Oct 22, 1913, the daughter of Christian Doering and Sophia (Raugust) Doering, at the family farm near Batum. She grew up in Odessa and Kennewick, graduating from Kennewick High School in 1932. Linda went to Kinman Business University in Spokane and later worked as a cook and a nanny on a large wheat farm in Eastern Washington. She married Walter Ottmar on Dec 6, 1941, in Vancouver, WA. During WW II, they lived in Bremerton, WA, while Walter worked at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Following the war they moved to Harrington, where they lived for 20 years. They eventually moved to Kennewick, where they lived until three years ago when they relocated to Marysville, WA.  While living in Harrington, Linda was active in Eastern Star. She was proud of her German Russian heritage and belonged to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  She enjoyed gardening and was considered an excellent cook. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Glenn, and a sister, Bertha Armstrong.  She is survived by her husband, Walter, two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Sandra Ottmar, of Edmonds, Wa; and Neal and Linda Ottmar, of Kenmore, WA; two grandchildren, Jeff and Stacie Ottmar; 3 great grandchildren; 4 nieces and a nephew. Private committal services were held at Restlawn Memorial Park at Edmonds. A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, Nov 30 by a niece, the Rev Rebecca Ottmar Anderson, at Beck’s Funeral Home in Edmonds.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-2004)

Ottmar:  Walter Ottmar, 86, died Jan 23, 2006 of heart failure in an Everett hospital. He was born April 17, 1919, in Wheeler, to John Ottmar and Amelia Miller Ottmar. At an early age, he moved with his family to Harrington. He married Linda Doering on Dec 6, 1941. She died in 2004. Private graveside services were held Jan 26 at Restlawn Cemetery in Edmonds, WA, with Walter’s niece, the Rev Becky Ottmar Anderson, presiding. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-02-2006)

Oyler:  William H Oyler, 60, Davenport, was found dead on the floor of his apartment in the NP railway station at Davenport on Monday when he was called by R M Dye. He had been railroad agent there for about five years and was one of the oldest in the company’s employ in point of service in the western division.  He had been ill the week before and had driven to Washtucna, to visit his wife, who operates a telephone exchange there. On his way back he was stricken with a heart attack at Harrington and was aided by a Davenport doctor, who took him home and administered to his relief. He seemed to respond and apparently became ill during the night and endeavored to reach the telephone to call for help, as the body was on the floor beneath the telephone. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a brother. He belonged to the Masonic lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite and Shrine.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1932)


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