Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Radley:  Gladys L Radley “Funeral services for Gladys L Radley, a former Odessa resident, were held Oct 18 in Spokane. She died in Spokane on Oct 15. She was 93 years old. Mrs Radley, the former Gladys Finney, was born in Missouri and raised in Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1916. At last year’s meeting of the Odessa Alumni Assoc., she was one of three members of the Class of 1916 recognized as being the oldest living members of the association. The other were Jacob Walter Jr, of Odessa, and Orlou Ganson, of Yakima.  Mrs Radley had lived in Spokane since 1953. She had been a secretary/bookkeeper for law firms. She was a former member of Hillyard Congregational Church, Daughters of the Nile and the Ivanhoe Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.  Her husband, Al Radley, died in 1975. Survivors include one sister, Lois Steward, of Spokane, a nephew, Roscoe Wagner, and cousins, Roscoe Wagner and Dorothy Grening, of Odessa.”  (Odessa Record: 10-24-1991)

Rainey:  Claude J Rainey, 74, died in Spokane Feb 8, 2000. He was born in Wenatchee on March 14, 1925, the son of Clayton and Juanita (Armstrong) Rainey. He served in the US Navy during WW II. Claude and his wife, Charlotte, were married in 1947, and had three children, Clayton, Michael and Karyn. Later he was married to Donna Pfeifer for 10 years. He had had a crop dusting business in Odessa and opened Odessa Air Service. A graveside service was held Feb 16 at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in East Wenatchee with interment following. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-17-2000)

Ramm:  “Funeral services for Anna Marie Ramm, Waterville, were held on Monday at the Waterville Federated Church with the Rev James Jaeger officiating. Burial was in the Waterville Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Bob Dugger, Lamar Homberg, Bob Kissler, Kenny Ludeman, Bob Besel and Lawrence Eggers.  Anna Marie Fink was born in Russia on Feb 14, 1885, and came to America with her parents in 1900. She married the late William Ramm on July 6, 1901. The family took up a homestead southwest of Odessa. Later they moved to Moses Lake and then on to Waterville.  She is survived by five sons, Robert, Orick, CA; Emil, Englewood, CA; Eugene, Farmer, WA; William, Soap Lake; and Kenneth, Othello; four daughters, Lydia Ludeman, Waterville; Anna Marie Homberg, Odessa; Ella Redmond, Long Beach, CA; and Evelyn DeVaney, Moses Lake; two half-brothers, Fred Rink, Walla Walla and Carl Wolsborn, Chelan; 26 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Those attending the funeral from here were Mr and Mrs Sam Homberg and Judy; Mr and Mrs Lamar Homberg; Mr and Mrs Robert Kissler; Mr and Mrs Rueben Fink; Mr Marvin Fink; Mr Alvin Fink; Mr and Mrs Jake F Kissler; Mr and Mrs Reinhold Kuest; Mrs Jod Gering; Mrs Sam Braun Sr; Mrs Harold Derr, Mr and Mrs Adolph L Ramm, and Mr and Mrs Herman Ramm.” (Odessa Record: 8-29-1963)

Ramm:  “Funeral services for Charles A Ramm, 77, retired Lincoln County Auditor, were held on Saturday. The Rev Joseph Woodford of the Methodist Church officiated.  Charles Axel Ramm was born May 8, 1887 at Davenport, son of Edward and Anna Ramm. He was married Dec 30, 1909 to Ethel Phinney of Davenport.  Mr Ramm first served in the auditor’s office when he was appointed a deputy by Auditor C C Leete in 1913. He resigned in March 1914, to accept an appointment as Davenport postmaster, states the Davenport Times. He served as a Lincoln County deputy sheriff in 1935 and 1936 and was appointed a deputy auditor again in 1940.  An active Democrat, Mr Ramm was elected county auditor in 1942 and served four terms in that office. He retired in January, 1959. Survivors include his wife, Ethel, at home; one daughter, Veryl Kirk, Sprague; a granddaughter, Joan Fries, Harrington; and four great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-11-1964)

Ramm:  Elmer Wilbur (Butch) Ramm of Spokane, born to the late Gottlieb and Mary Ramm Nov 25, 1914 on a farm southwest of Odessa, passed away at a Spokane hospital April 21, 1988. He attended school in Odessa, and his Christian education came from Christ Lutheran Church. He moved to Dryden. He married Shirley Gertsch in 1943. They moved to Spokane in 1951. Interment was at Fairmount in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-28-1988)

Ramm:  Harold R Ramm of Wenatchee, born Aug 6, 1917 at the family farm near Odessa to Gottlieb and Mary (Hemmerling) Ramm, died Sept 25, 1990 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.  He attended Odessa schools and received his religious training at Christ Lutheran Church here, and spent his early years managing the family farm here and working the fall apple harvest in the Wenatchee Valley. In August 1941, he married Vivian Brisky of Cashmere, where they made their first home.... Preceded in death by an infant son and by four brothers and his parents, Mr Ramm  is survived by his wife, at the family home; a daughter, Marilyn Thysell of East Wenatchee; three sisters: Florence Giese of Odessa and Martha Hardung and Elsie Delzer, both of Spokane; two brothers: Emil Ramm of Walla Walla and LeRoy Ramm of Colton, OR... Concluding service and interment followed in the Cashmere Cemetery, with arrangements by Braun Funeral Home.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 10-04-1990)

Ramm:  Mary Helen Sauter Ramm, a former teacher in the Odessa schools, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at her home in Colton, OR. She was 75 years old. She was born on the family farm at Lyle, WA, on Aug 21, 1925, the fourth of six children born to Erwin A Sr and Nellie Evans Sauter. She was graduated form Columbia High School in White Salmon in 1941. In 1961, she was graduated from Central Washington College of Education with a bachelor of arts degree in education. She taught school in Odessa, where she met and married LeRoy L Ramm, of Odessa. They lived in the Hood River Valley in Oregon from 1965 until 1983, when they moved to Colton. She was a member of Colton-Foothills Grange #831, the Oregon State Grange and the Central Washington University Alumni Association. She had been a member of the Grange for 59 years. She belonged to the Colton Lutheran Church, Colton Area Seniors and the Colton Area AARP. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy, in 1997, her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne, of Beaverton, OR, and Joyce, of Colton; one sister, Nellie Sorensen, of Lyle, WA; one brother, Richard Sauter, of Salem, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-2001) 

Ramm:  “Funeral services were held at Ripplinger Funeral Home in Spokane on Oct 17 for John William Ramm, who passed away last week. Interment was at Fairmount Park.  Mr Ramm was the son of the late Gottlief Ramms. He was born on a farm southwest of Odessa on Dec 13, 1910, and grew to manhood in the Odessa area, where he attended school He was married to Helen Lentz of Marlin on Sept 11, 1938. In 1945 he and his family moved to Spokane, and then to Chewelah, WA, where he operated a dairy farm until 1966 when his health began to fail. He then sold the farm and moved to N 6829 Dakota, Spokane to be near his children and medical care.  Survivors are his wife, Helen, at the home; two daughters, Mrs Lorena Taylor and Mrs Carol Dassow, both of Spokane; three sons, Duane and Gerald of Spokane, and Loren of Kettle Falls, WA. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs Elsie Delzer and Mrs Florence Giese, both of Odessa and Martha Hardung of Spokane, and five brothers, Albert and Emil of Odessa, Elmer of Spokane, Harold of Cashmere, and LeRoy of Mt Hood, OR. Rev Fred Riedel officiated at the funeral and Merrill Womach gave the music selections.” (Odessa Record: 10-23-1969)

Ramm:  LeRoy L Ramm died Feb 6, 1997 with burial at the Colton Lutheran Cemetery, Colton, OR. He was born on the family wheat farm near Odessa on Oct 25, 1922, the ninth of 10 children born to Gottlieb Ramm Jr and Mary Hemmerling Ramm. He attended Odessa schools. In 1962 he married Mary Sauter. They moved to the Mount Hood area of the Hood River Valley in Oregon. They moved to Colton in 1983. He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters, Suzanne, of Beaverton, OR, and Joyce of Colton; one sister, Elsie Delzer, of Spokane; one brother, Emil Ramm of Walla Walla. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-13-1997)

Ramm:  Richard Eugene Ramm, two months old son of Mr and Mrs Harold Ramm of Elmer City, and a grandson of Mr and Mrs Gottlieb Ramm of Odessa, passed away at the Mason City hospital Saturday morning, where it had been sick for eight days with pneumonia.  The funeral was held at Cashmere, with the Rev Mr Oestrich of Cashmere Lutheran church officiating. Burial was in the Cashmere Cemetery. Mr and Mrs Gottlieb Ramm and son, LaVern, and Mrs Richard Delzer attended the funeral from here.” (Odessa Record: 25 March 1943)

Ramm:  “A graveside service for Rita M Ramm was held on Saturday, Nov 9, at Fairmount Memorial Park. Mrs Ramm died on Sunday, Nov 3, in Spokane. A native of Germany, she was 67 years old. She married Lavern Ramm, of Odessa, in 1948 in Germany. They moved to Odessa in 1948, and then to Spokane in 1959. Mr Ramm died in 1966.  Mrs Ramm was a homemaker. She was a member of the German American Society, Eagles Lodge #2 and Ascension Lutheran Church.  Survivors include two daughters, Leona Risch of Mead, and Debra Brosnan, of Lindamar, CA; a son, Roger Ramm, of Spokane; a brother, Werner Westhoff, of Spokane; 3 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 11-21-1996)  

Ramm:  William Ramm, former resident of the Moody area, died Nov 19 at Waterville, it is reported. Funeral services were held there on Nov 24. Mr Ramm was born in Germany Feb 21, 1875, and came to Odessa as a young man. In 1901 he was married to Miss Anna Fink, who survives. Other survivors include five sons, Robert, Astoria, OR; Gene, Emanuel and Kenneth, Waterville; and William, Coeur d’Alene; four daughters, Mrs Lydia Besel, Waterville; Mrs Anna Homburg, Odessa; Mrs Ella Redman, Long Beach, CA; and Miss Evelyn Ramm, at home.” (Odessa Record: 1206-1945)

Ransom:  Mary Leona Warren Klocke Ransom died in Everett on Jan 2, 2000. She was born in Tanneyville, MO, April 8, 1931, the daughter of Roy L and Fay J Warren. Her husband of 35 years, preceded her in death on Oct 25, 1999 in Milton-Freewater. She was also preceded in death by her brother Kenneth Warren and her first husband, Robert Klocke, of Ellensburg. Survivors include her son, Robert Klocke of Everett, step-children; four brothers, Donald, Jimmy, Roy, and Gary Warren and one sister, Lois Warren of Everett. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-13-2000)

Raugust:  “Alexander Raugust died at the Crestview Nursing Home, Moses Lake, on July 27 at the age of 78. He was the son of the late Jacob and Christina Raugust of Odessa.  Alex was born in Ingeheim, Russia on Nov 16, 1898. He came to Odessa with his parents in 1902. At the age of two he had a high fever which resulted in severe brain damage. After his parents passed away in the 1940’s, Alex resided at Lakeland Village, Medical Lake, WA. In the 1950’s he was moved to the Soap Lake Nursing Home and  in the late 1950’s to Crestview Nursing Homein Moses Lake.  He is survived by two brothers, Rudolph Raugust of Odessa and Chris Raugust, Pasco; two sisters, Emma Goede and Bertha Kiesz of Odessa. Alexander was buried in Moses Lake Friday morning with graveside services at the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery. Pastor Welk of Moses Lake officiated at the services.” (Odessa Record: 8-04-1977)

Raugust:  Eugene C Raugust died Thursday, Feb 5, 2004, at Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. He was 77 years old. He was born May 30, 1926 at Monroe, WA, and as a young child moved with his parents, Rudolph and Margaret Raugust, to the ranch at Lauer, where he grew up and lived for most of his life. He attended schools a Lauer and Odessa, and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1944.  Gene served in the US Army, 7th Cavalry, from 1944 to 1946 in the Philippines and Japan. In 1947, he married Letha Paterson, and they have three sons, Larry, Jerry and Jon.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Melvin Raugust. Survivors include his wife, Letha, at the ranch home, sons Larry, Jerry and Jon, and a sister, Gladys Schroeder. Cremation was performed. A celebration of life will be held at the ranch at Lauer and Tokio roads on April 3 with a potluck dinner and interment at the ranch.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-2004)

Raugust:  “A petition for probate of the will of John M Raugust, Odessa pioneer, and the naming of his widow, Mrs Justina Raugust, as executrix, was filed in superior court on Wednesday. The estate consists of land valued at $6,000. The will directs that $1 each go to his three sons and three daughters and the remainder to Mrs Raugust.” (Odessa Record: 3-17-1933)

Raugust:  Melvin M Raugust died at the home of his brother, Lyle Raugust, in Moses Lake, on Friday, Sept 15, 2000. Mel was born Aug 24, 1921, at Batum to Rudolph and Margaret (Reimann) Raugust, the oldest of four children. He attended school at Lauer and graduated from Odessa High school in 1939. From early on in his life, Mel had a love for cars and the outdoors. He took great pride in his carpentry work and was a perfectionist when it came to any of the wood furniture that he made. He built and remodeled homes in the Odessa area with his father, Rudy, and brother, Gene. He also did finish work for Henry Hopp Construction. Mel was a farmer for a few years and enjoyed helping people who could use his assistance. In 1945, Mel married Delores Hein, and they were blessed with two children. They later divorced. He served in the US Army and received an honorable discharge in 1945. Family members recall a gathering on July 4 this year at Lyle’s home in Moses Lake. All enjoyed visiting with Mel, who made everyone laugh with his great sense of humor, his one liners and his stories. Mel is survived by his son and wife, James and Melody Raugust; daughter and husband, JoAnn and Peter Karlston; four grandchildren; a brother and wife, Eugene and Letha Raugust; of Odessa; a brother Lyle Raugust, of Moses Lake; a sister and husband, Gladys and John Schroeder, of Boise, Idaho; and a good friend, Pat Mason, who gave him the special care he needed both before and during his illness. Mel was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Oct 28, at the American Legion in Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 10-12-2000)

Ray:  “Services were held for Edward William Ray, age 76, a retired auditor for the City of Spokane and former resident of Odessa, on Thursday morning, Aug 23, 1984 at Ball & Dodd-Krumm & Langbehn Funeral Home in Spokane. Burial services followed at Riverside Memorial Park.  Mr Ray passed away on Sunday, Aug 19, 1984 at his home.  The son of James and Leticia (nee Weatherhead) Ray, he was born Dec 23, 1907 in Odessa, WA, and moved with his family to Veradale as a child. He was graduated from Central Valley High School in 1927.  During WW II he worked for McClintock and Trunkey wholesale grocers in Spokane. He joined the city auditor’s department in 1949, and retired in 1972.  In 1956 Edward established Home Typewriter Sales Co, which he still operated out of his home. Mr Ray was a member of Spokane Eagles Aerie 2.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Gene (Judith) Hackney of Spokane and one sister.” (Odessa Record: 9-06-1984)

Ray:  “Word was received this week from Mrs Norris Ray of Palouse that Mr Ray’s mother, Mrs Ellen Ray, an Odessa pioneer, had died Sunday afternoon, July 10, at the home of her daughter, Mrs O S Garber at Breedsville, Michigan. Mrs Ray is well known to old residents of Odessa as she has lived in this country a number of years.” (Odessa Record: 7-22-1921)

Reed:  Homer W Reed, 82, was buried at a private family memorial service held at Hillside Community Church in Tacoma on July 22, 1984. Mr Reed passed away at Tacoma on July 20, 1984. Homer was born and reared at Dayton, WA. His career in teaching was spent in schools in Eastern Washington, with his last superintendency being in Odessa, WA, from 1955 to his retirement in 1967. Survived by wife, Doris, three daughters and 8 grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-30-1984)

Reed:  John W Reed, 94, Sprague jeweler for 52 years, who died in Spokane, was the oldest jeweler in the United States, according to an article in a national jewelers magazine several years ago. He was active more than 60 years in that work. Early in the civil war he received a broken arm and could not enlist as a soldier but acted as a messenger and supply wagon driver. Although he served in the Union Army, General Lee gave him a pass. The funeral was held on Wednesday at Spokane, with burial in the Peace Abbey mausoleum.” (Odessa Record: 10-07-1937)

Reed:  Lucy Doris (Carmody) Reed of Tacoma, a former Odessa resident, passed away March 27 at Humana Hospital, Tacoma, following a long illness. She was born June 3, 1906 near Kettle Falls. Mrs Reed lived in Odessa with her family while her husband, the late Homer Reed, was supt. of schools in the 1950s and 1960s. While here, she was active with the Hospital Guild. Preceded in death by her husband, Homer Reed, and by an infant grandson, Scott Beck, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary E Beck, who passed away 10 days earlier on March 17. Survivors include two daughters: Margaret Fitzkam of North East, PA, and Katherine Yokey of Athens, GA; and 8 grandchildren. Memorial service was held April 4 at Hillside Community Church, Tacoma. Cremation followed.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1987)

Reese:  Robin J Reese, 73, a resident of East Wenatchee for the past 44 years, died May 4, 1996, at her residence. She was born April 14, 1923, to Gilbert and Ida (McClure) Egbert in Spokane and was raised and attended school in Marlin. Following graduation from Marlin High School in 1940, she attended Kinman Business University for two years. She moved to Newport, where she worked in a bank. On May 19, 1943, she married Ellsworth H Reese in Dalhart, Texas. In 1946, they moved to Dryden and in 1947 to east Wenatchee.  Mrs Reese was a member of Alpha Iota sorority. Survivors include one son, Ron R Reese, of Ephrata; one daughter, Linda K Rixe, of Yakima; and two grandchildren, Craig Ellsworth Reese and Kimberly Mae Reese, both of Ephrata. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975 and one brother. Following the wishes of Robin, there was no service.” (Odessa Record: 5-23-1996)

Reeves:  “Funeral services for Belle Reeves, secretary of state, first woman to hold elective office in Washington, were held from the house chamber at Olympia...” (Odessa Record: 1-08-1948

Reihs:  Albert T Reihs, of Tacoma, WA, passed away at Morton, WA of a heart attack on Aug 12, 1972. Funeral services were held at Valley Chapel at 2 p.m. Aug 15, with Rev C Eugene Sabin officiating. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma.  Mr Reihs was a former teacher at the Quast school near Odessa and in recent years was a principal at a Tacoma school. He was born at Irby on Jan 8, 1905. Mr Reihs is survived by his wife, Helen of Tacoma; three brothers, Henry Reihs Sr of Irby, Ernest Reihs of Tacoma and J A Reihs of Odessa; two sisters, Mrs Margaret Plunk of Almira and Mrs Marie Schorzman of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nephews of Mr Reihs were pall bearers, also honorary pall bearers including Louis Wraspir Jr of Irby.” (Odessa Record: 24 Aug 1972, page 4)

Reihs:  Jacob Andrew (Jake) Reihs, of Odessa, born in Irby on Sept 2, 1920 to Jacob and Marie Reihs, passed away at his home here Jan 24, 1991.  The owner of an oil distributorship, Mr Reihs was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7395, of American Legion Post #105, of Odessa Masonic Lodge #156, and of the Odessa Volunteer Fire Dept.  Preceded in death by his parents, by 5 brothers and a sister, and by his wife, Geraldine, Mr Reihs is survived by a sister, Marie Schorzman of Odessa, by a number of nieces and nephews, and by dear friends, Dennis and Annie Schuh. Memorial services following cremation were held at the Heritage United Church of Christ Chapel on Monday, Jan 28, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Sacred selections ‘He Touched Me’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ were sung by soloist Cindy Luiten, accompanied by organist Ruth Suchland. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1991)

Reiman: “Private funeral services were held for Fred William Reiman, 89, at the Peshastin/Dryden Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb 23, 1982. Memorial services had been held earlier from the Braun Funeral Home in Cashmere. He was born to William and Lydia Reiman, Feb 24, ____, in Parkston, SD. At the age of seven he moved with his family to Ritzville and a few years later to Quincy. He served in WW I and was a member of Company H, 305th Infantry. On Nov 23, 1919, he married Lena Weber in Wenatchee. They made their first home in Dryden and then moved to Odessa in 1921. In 1924 they returned to Dryden where they had since resided. Mr Reiman was an orchardist for most of his life. He also worked as maintenance man at the Dryden Independent Warehouse. He was a member of the Dryden Community Church and Rocky Reach Barracks No 1251.  Survivors include his wife, Lena, at the home; two sons, Howard of Seattle; and Done E of Wenatchee; two daughters, Mrs Joe (Dorothy) Kristek, Seattle; and Mrs E G (Arlene) Tibbets, Bremerton; one sister, Helen Radach, Mission Viejo, CA; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers, five sisters and two grandsons.” (Odessa Record: 3-04-1982)

Reiman: Harold G Reiman of Spokane, an Odessa native born Aug 14, 1909 to Solomon and Otillie Weber Reiman, passed away Feb 28 in a Spokane hospital. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1927, attended the University of WA and graduated in 1930 with a degree in pharmacy. After living in Colville where he owned the Colville Drug Store until 1959, Mr Reiman moved to Spokane and worked for several local pharmacies, ending his career at the Sacred Heart Hospital Pharmacy in 1975, when he retired.  He is survived by his wife Norma, at the family home; by two daughters: Trudi Terrell of the Spokane Valley and Vicki Merifield of Shelton; by his mother, Mrs Sol Reiman of the Spokane Valley; by a brother, Ros Reiman of the Spokane Valley; by a sister, Lucille Barron of Bellingham; by 5 granddaughters, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held March 3 at Pines Mausoleum in the Valley, the Rev Robert Haworth of Veradale United Church of Christ officiating. Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home was in charge of cremation.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1990)

Reiman: Juliana Reiman. died: 20 Dec 1930, Odessa, WA. Birth: 25 May 1864, South Russia. widow, no name given; Mother: Elizabeth Bower, b. S. Russia; Father: Christ Weber, born S. Russia; Burial: Quincy, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Reiman:  Lena Weber Reiman died July 13, 1989 at Wenatchee. She was born April 15, 1891 to Adam and Magdalena Weber; the family homesteaded in the Packard area. She married Fred W Reiman in 1919, living in Odessa three years. He died in 1982. Interment was at the Peshastin Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-27-1989)

Reiman:  Otillie E (Peggy) Weber Reiman died Dec 25, 1993 in Spokane, age 103. She was born in Tripp, SD, on June 3, 1890, the daughter of Christian D and Elizabeth Weber. The family moved to Odessa where Mr Weber was a shoemaker. The Reimans were married in 1908. Mr Reiman was the long-time manager of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co. She was survived by her daughter, Lucille Barron of Bellingham; her son Ros of Spokane, and daughter-in-law Norma Reiman, widow of son Harold; four granddaughters, etc. Interment was in Greenacres Memorial Park in Bellingham. (notes from Odessa Record: undated scrapbook) “Burial for Otillie Elizabeth ‘Peggy’ (Weber) Reiman will be at Greenacres Memorial Park. A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church in Bellingham.  Mrs Reiman, 103, died last Saturday. Born in Tripp, SD, she moved to Odessa, WA, in 1908. She and her husband, Sol Reiman, were involved in school and community activities. They were instrumental in the development of the Odessa Park and the swimming pool, which was recently named in their honor.  Mrs Reiman sold war bonds during WW I and rolled bandages for the Red Cross. She was also active in supporting women’s suffrage.  In 1946 the Reimans moved to Bellingham to be close to their daughter, Lucille Barron.  Mrs Reiman was active in the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Nile, the Zenobia Club, and First Congregational Church. She was also a longtime Cancer Crusade volunteer and was a member of the Bellingham Yacht Club.  Mrs Reiman moved to the Good Samaritan Retirement Center in the Spokane Valley in 1983. Mr Reiman died in 1956. Survivors include a daughter, Lucile Barron of Bellingham; a son, Ros Reiman; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-01-1994)

Reiman:  Roscoe L Reiman died Jan 10, 1994 at Greenacres. He was born in Odessa, the son of Sol Reiman and Otillie (Peggy) Reiman. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1930. He was a grain buyer for General Mills in Pendleton, Lewiston and Spokane. He was manager of Odessa Union Warehouse for 15 years. He is survived by his wife Neva Reiman, at the home in Greenacres; two daughters, Linda McCary of Gainesville, FL; and Rose Dias-Wendling, of Bowling Green, OH; a son, Michael Reiman of Kennewick; a sister, Lucille Barron, of Bellingham; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. At his request, no funeral service was held, and instant cremation. (notes from Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Reiman: Sigmund G Reiman, who was born May 27, 1901 in Odessa, died on Oct 5, 1996 in Bellevue after a brief illness. He was the youngest and last survivor of ten children. He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn M Drexel, of Edmonds, WA, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was a long-time resident of the Queen Ann Hill district of Seattle before moving to a retirement home two years ago. He was a long-standing member of Queen Anne Lutheran Church, where his funeral was held on October 8. Obituary submitted by Marie Krieger, Portland.” (Odessa Record: 10-24-1996)

Reiman: Sol Reiman was born in 1885 in South Dakota, moved to Odessa in 1901, married Ottilla Weber in 1910. He died in Lodi, CA, Jan 7, 1956. Funeral services were in Bellingham with burial in Greenacres Memorial Park there. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-12-56 & 1-19-56)

Reiman:  “Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon from the Quincy Presbyterian church for William Reiman, 81, who died there suddenly the previous Monday night. A cousin, the Rev Simon Reiman, spoke in German, and the Rev Mr Frebaus and the Rev Mr Delebarre in English. His six sons served as pallbearers.  Born in Russia June 1, 1864, he came to the United State about 65 years ago and located near Odessa, on the present J J Schmidt ranch. In 1904 he moved to Quincy and later to Cashmere and Dryden, returning to Quincy last December.  He was married Dec 20, 1884 in South Dakota. Surviving are his wife, Lydia, at the home; six sons, Sol of Seattle; Emmanuel of Wenatchee; Fred, Gus, Otto and G B Reiman, all of Dryden; two daughters, Mrs John Weber of Quincy and Mrs George Radach, Escondido, CA; one sister, Mrs Gustine Spreacher of Quincy; 32 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Attending the funeral from Odessa were Mr and Mrs Sol Reiman, Mr and Mrs C E Weber, Mr and Mrs Jacob Wacker Sr, Mrs George Iltz and Mrs Emmanuel Salo.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1945) 

Reinecker:  “Herman Reinecker, 43, Wenatchee, fatally shot while elk hunting Tuesday, is a nephew of Walter Schnell of Odessa. Mr and Mrs Schnell went to Wenatchee to be with the family.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-1949)

Reiner: “Mr and Mrs Fred Schmauder were at Sultan, WA, over Saturday, where they attended the funeral of Mr Schmauder’s sister, Mrs Jacob Reiner. Another sister, Mrs Ludwig Flath, Odessa, and a brother, Jacob Schmauder, Ritzville, were unable to attend...” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 6-17-1948)

Reinesto:  Dorothy McDermott Reinesto died March 9, 1999 with services at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara, CA. She was born Dec 6, 1919, to Tom and Emma (Kuest) McDermott in Odessa, and attended Odessa schools until the family moved to the Seattle area. In 1943 she went to Santa Barbara where she married Joe Reinesto on July 22, 1944. Her husband died in 1974. She is survived by a daughter and grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-01-1999)

Reisenauer:  Philip F Reisenauer, former Odessa resident, died April 11, 1993 in Spokane. He was the son of Emil and Lucille Reisenauer, who from 1949 to 1967 operated the dairy at the east edge of Odessa. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1949 and served in the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1954. He was married to Patricia Busk of Spokane in 1955. She died in 1980.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-15-1993)

Reitner: Joseph Reitner, 96, of Sunnyslope (Wenatchee) and former Odessa pioneer, died at Wenatchee last Tuesday, following an illness of six weeks. He was born on Sept 16, 1852, in Germany, where he grew to manhood and was married. He came to Odessa with his family in 1905 where he engaged in wheat farming. Mrs Reitner died in 1938.  Mr Reitner went to Wenatchee in 1937 to make his home with his daughter, Mrs Anna Stumpf.  Surviving are four sons, Louis Stadler of Monito, Joseph Reitner of East Wenatchee, Max Reitner of Wenatchee, and Steven Reitner of South Wenatchee; two daughters, Mrs Louis Kremsreiter of Auburn, and Mrs Anna Stumpf of Sunnyslope; 48 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held from the Wenatchee Catholic church on Friday. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Clarence, Charles, William, Richard, Phillip and Steven Stumpf. Burial was in the Wenatchee Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 6-02-1949)

Reller:  Marlene J Stuhlmiller Reller died June 13, 2003 in a traffic accident near Stevens Pass. She was born in Wenatchee on Oct 16, 1934, the daughter of Theodore R and Lena (Schauerman) Stuhlmiller, formerly of Odessa. She grew up on the family wheat farm near Trinidad and graduated from Quincy High School. She married Theodore L Reller Jr in 1970. They lived in Redwood, CA, raising two daughters, the marriage ending in 1982. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Reller and Joan Reller, both in CA; sister, Barbara Von Goedert of Edmonds, WA; and other relatives, including Odessa relatives, aunts Helen Schimke, Martha Bartalamay and Rose Michaelson. Memorial services were held at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee. (notes from Odessa Record; 6-26-2003)

Renfro:  “Requiem high mass for Mrs Minnie Carolyn Renfro was held at Reno, NV, on Friday, Aug 21, 1964. Mrs Renfro was born in Odessa, as Minnie Hardung, and made her home here for many years, also at Dryden and then Reno. She died at St Mary’s Hospital there on August 19.  Services were held from the Church of the Little Flower. Officiating were Father Willie Price and Father John O’Connor. Burial was in the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery.  Survivors include her husband, Jim Renfro; one son, L L Kelly; 3 step-daughters, all of Reno; 4 sisters, Mrs Lydia Heimbigner, Chewelah; Mrs Tillie Wagner, Spokane; Mrs Anna Yearington, Wenatchee; and Mrs Lucille Haskins, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-27-1964)

Retz:  Olive M Retz of Odessa, born Sept 30, 1899 in Elyria, OH, passed away Jan 23, at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of the Convalescent Center here for 14 years. She graduated from the Alliance Hospital school of Nursing and was an alumnus of Mount Union College, Alliance, OH. She was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church of Odessa, and a charter member of VFW Auxiliary #5671 of Marysville. Preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Retz, in 1959, she is survived by a son, John Retz of Wichita, KS; by two daughters, Lola Kramer of Odessa and Ruth Pederson of Everett; by three foster sons; and by 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Following Rosary service Jan 25, the funeral Mass for Mrs Retz was celebrated Jan 26 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, Fr William Hanly officiating. Concluding services were held Jan 27 with interment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett. Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Casket bearers were Elizabeth Smith, Marlene Brendell, Rick Haase, Morgan Walter, Ken Pederson and Ron Schroder.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1988) 

Reynolds:  “Mr and Mrs Henry Schiewe received word of the death last Saturday at Othello of Mrs John Reynolds, 88. She was the mother of Lawrence Reynolds, who is married to the former Louisa Schiewe, a niece of Henry Schiewe. Funeral services were on Tuesday.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1951) 

Rice:  Tracy A Rice died June 10, ____ in Odessa. Memorial services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born in Everett on Feb 25, 1965 to Robert and Patricia (Winters) Rice. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1983. he married Julie Parker on May 17, 1986 and they continued to live in Odessa until his death. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, two brothers and two sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Richardson:  Naomi ‘Lee’ Richardson of Odessa died May 29, 2001 in Odessa. A memorial service was held in Ephrata. Lee was born May 30, 1921 near Willowbar, OK, the daughter of Glen Elva and Astera Carlyle (Fenstermacher) Bellomy.  She was a resident of Odessa for about 9 years and worked for the Odessa Memorial Hospital for a short period. She married David Richardson on Jan 12, 1963 in Bellflower, CA; he survives her as do one son and three daughters; 9 brothers; 2 sisters. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-07-2001)(edit: see other Richardson family in Harrington Hillcrest Cem)

Richter:  “Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, July 13, 1984, from the Colonial Chapel of the Jones and Jones Funeral Home in Wenatchee for Christina Richter, 84, who passed away at her home on Wednesday morning, July 11, 1984.  Christina Richter was born Christina Roth on June 3, 1900 in North Dakota. At an early age she came to Washington state with her family. She was married to Edward Richter on Feb 4, 1917 in Lincoln County, WA. They farmed at Odessa before moving to Dryden, WA in 1920. In 1943 they moved to Wenatchee, WA to live. Christina was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Preceding her in death were her husband, five brothers and two sisters. Survivors include one son, Vernon H Richter and one daughter, Mrs John C (Viola) B Price, both of Wenatchee; one brother, Adam Roth, Odessa; two granddaughters and four great grandchildren. Burial was in the Cashmere, WA cemetery with Dr Norman R Lawson officiating. Arrangements were made by Jones & Jones Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 7-19-1984)

Ricker:  Mrs Emma S Ricker, 64, former Odessa resident and longtime Wenatchee resident, died at a nursing home Friday following an extended illness. Born in Russia, March 31, 1900, she moved with her parents to a homestead in the Odessa area when a small child. She attended schools here and 41 years ago married Sam L Ricker in Wenatchee. Employed there for many years, she was executive secretary for Chelan County Chapter, American Red Cross for seven years until her retirement a year ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; the auxiliary of Wenatchee Post 10, American Legion; the 8 and 40 and Alpha Iota sorority. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Miss Lucille Ricker, New York City; two brothers, Con Schlimmer, Odessa; and Gus Schlimmer, Hawthorne, CA, and a sister, Mrs Margaret Leffelbein, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-09-1964)

Riddell:  "Mrs Lucy Ann Riddell died at home of her daughter, Mrs Lephe Bentley, 11 miles SW of Odessa Saturday, congestion of lungs. Age 92 yr 3 mos 6 dys, born NY, married Samuel Riddell, died before coming to WA. 3 daughters to mourn: Mrs Bentley of Odessa, Mrs Susan Dolph of Schuler, NE, and Mrs Emma Barnes of MT. Remains to Schuyler, NE and will “be laid to rest beside those of her husband.” (notes from Odessa Record: 12-29-1916)

Riddell:  Lucy Ann Riddell. Died: 23 Dec 1916, Odessa, WA. Birth: 18 Sept 1824, NY. Spouse: widow, no name given. Father: Nobish Beckurth, born NY; Mother: Marry Bolton, born NY. Burial: Schuyler, Nebraska.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)

Rieke:  Mrs Anna Rieke, mother of the Rieke brothers, bankers at Cashmere, formerly of Odessa, died at Winlock on Thursday, according to word received here. Funeral services were held there on Sunday. Survivors include three sons, Hy W and H H of Cashmere, and Martin at Winlock; three daughters, Mrs Marie Brunner, Mrs Martha Labes and Miss Pauline Rieke, all of Winlock.  She lived for many years in Odessa. Her husband was pastor of the Odessa Lutheran church. Two of her sons, Hy W and H H, remained here as bankers until a few years ago, when they left to establish a bank at Cashmere, where they now live.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1937) 

Rieke:  Herman H Rieke of Cashmere, a former  Odessa resident who was born in Fairfield, WA Dec 29, 1892 to the Rev Henry and Anna Rieke, passed away at Cashmere Convalescent Center June 13, (1990).  After beginning school in Walla Walla in 1898, he transferred here and in 1911 graduated as valedictorian of his Odessa High School class. He attended Kinman Business College for a year, taught school in North Dakota for a year and attended Bible College for a year. After beginning a banking career in Odessa, working with his brother Henry at the Farmers and Merchants Bank here, he enlisted in the Army during World War I, serving in Portland. In 1919 he returned to banking here, and in 1921 he was married to Emma Wendland in Tacoma. Mr Rieke and his brother Henry started the Cashmere Valley Bank in 1932, and he served as cashier and vice president at the bank until his retirement in 1969 at the age of 76. He was a charter member of Cashmere Grace Lutheran Church and held memberships in the Cashmere American Legion Post 64, the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce, The Cashmere Library Board, and the US Highway 2 Association.  For many years, he was a member of the board of American Missions of what was then called the American Lutheran Church. Preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Lou and by three brothers and three sisters, Mr Rieke is survived by his wife Emma at the Cashmere Convalescent Center; by a son, Rev Elwood Rieke of Sioux City, Iowa; by a sister, Pauline Von Fischer of Springfield, MN; and by 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held June 18 from Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere, and interment followed at the Cashmere Cemetery, Braun Funeral home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-1990)

Rieke:  “Dying at the age of 84 in his home in Seattle on Nov 11, Veterans Day, was Henry W ‘Hy’ Rieke, former banker of Odessa and Cashmere. He and Mrs Rieke had lived at the Hearthstone, Lutheran retirement center, in the Green Lake district of Seattle in recent years.  Funeral services for the deceased were held at Faith Lutheran church in Seattle on Nov 14, with interment at Pacific Lutheran Cemetery.  Henry (Hy) William Rieke was born in 1886 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the eldest of eleven children born to Rev and Mrs H W Rieke. When Hy was two years old the family moved to the state of Washington where his father rode circuit as a Missionary preacher.  In 1907, on Oct 23, Hy Rieke and Hutoka Smith were married in Olympia. They made their first home in Odessa. It was here that four sons were born: Rev Marcus Rieke, who, at the time of his death, was president of Texas Lutheran College; Rev Robert Rieke, pastor of Glendale Lutheran Church, Seattle; Dr Luvern Rieke, professor of law, University of Washington; Dr William Rieke, professor of medicine, University of Iowa.  He is survived by  his wife, three sons, two sisters, one brother, eleven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. After 25 years in Odessa the Rieke family moved to Cashmere where Hy and his brother, Herman, founded the Cashmere Valley Bank.  Hy was president of this bank for 35 years. He retired from this position in 1967 to become chairman of the board of directors, which position he held at the time of his death.  Hy Rieke operated the Farmers and Merchants Bank here for 15 years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Cashmere, which he helped to organize, and for the past few years, of Faith Lutheran, 8208 18thth NE, Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1970)
Rieke:  “Funeral services were held on Tuesday from Seattle’s Grace Lutheran Church for Dr Marcus Rieke, 53, a former Odessa youth, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Hy W Rieke, who left here 30 years ago for Cashmere.  Dr Rieke, prominent in church leadership, was president of Texas Lutheran college at Sequin, Texas. A heart attack claimed his life at a board meeting Friday evening, May 18.  Born in Odessa on May 22, 1909, he graduated from the Odessa high school. He attended St Olaf’s college and Lutheran seminaries, receiving his doctor of divinity degree from Capital University Theological School at Columbus, Ohio. He was formerly national Lutheran youth director.  Dr Rieke lacked four days of being 53 years of age, and the funeral was held on his birth date. The Rev Orrin Consear, former Cashmere minister, assisted by the Rev Luther Conrath, present pastor, officiated.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1962)
Rieke:  “Funeral services were held Saturday in Tacoma for Hutoka ‘Tokie’ Rieke, former longtime Cashmere resident and wife of the late Henry ‘Hy’ Rieke, a founding officer of the Cashmere Valley Bank.  Mrs Rieke died April 4. Mrs Rieke was born Hutoka Syvilla Smith on May 12, 1889, in Norton County, Kansas, to the Rev and Mrs Oliver Smith. She was one of 12 children.  She married Henry Rieke on Oct 23, 1907, in Odessa. They lived in Odessa until 1930. They were active in the work of the Lutheran Church, of which she had been a member for 60 years.  They raised their family in Cashmere and in the mid 1960’s moved to Tacoma, where Mr Rieke died in 1970. Their son, Marcus, died in 1962.  Survivors include three sons, the Rev Robert Rieke and Dr Luvern Rieke, both of Seattle; and Dr William Rieke of Parkland; three sisters, Elizabeth Wolff and Nancy Lockard of Warm Beach, and Fadra Coates of Greenville, IL; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1979)

Ring:  Edward J Ring, 84, a retired wheat farmer living in Spokane, who farmed for 35 years in the Odessa and Harrington areas, died Aug 17.  He was a lifetime resident of eastern Washington. His father, Edward Ring, settled in the Wilbur area in the early 1890s.  Mr Ring was graduated from Harrington High School and attended Gonzaga University.  He retired from farming in 1962 due to ill health caused by multiple sclerosis and moved to Spokane that year.  He was a member of the Washington Assoc. of Wheat Growers and the Knights of Columbus and a former member of St Augustine’s Catholic church. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lenora, of Spokane; one son, Edward A ‘Bert’ Ring, of Seattle; two daughters, Marianne Cauby of Covina, CA, and Rosellen Easton, of Tonawanda, NY; two sisters, Mary T Ring and Cecilia M Ring, both of Spokane; 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass was Aug 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spokane, co-celebrated by the rev Joseph Bell and Monseignor David Rosage. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-29-1991)

Ring:  “A funeral Mass for Lenora Lucille (Richardson) Ring, 91, was celebrated Monday, Oct 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spokane. Mrs Richardson died Tuesday, Oct 9, 2001, in Spokane, her home for the past 39 years. She was born March 13, 1910, at Lamona, the daughter of Albert and Emma (Kunz) Richardson, Lamona area pioneers. She was a graduate of Odessa High School and Cheney Normal School, and she taught school in the Mohler and Omak schools. She married Edward J Ring in 1934. They farmed near Harrington until their retirement in 1962, when they moved to Spokane. Mr Ring died in 1991. Mrs Ring was a member of St Augustine and sacred Heart parishes in Spokane. She also was active in the Tawanka Alumni Group of EWU and the Jesuit Auxiliary. She is survived by a son and his wife, Edward (Bert) and Michelle Ring of Spokane; a daughter and her husband, Rosellen and Douglas Easton, of Tonawanda, NY; 9 grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Bill and Alva Richardson, of Odessa; and a sister-in-law, Mirlinda Richardson. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marianne Cauby, in 2000, and brothers Sam Richardson and Pete Richardson. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 10-18-2001)

Ring:  Monty Wayne Ring, 42, long-time resident of Grant County, died Feb 8, 1995 from injuries from a vehicle accident near Warden. Interment was held at  Sunset Memorial Gardens. Monty was born Feb 27, 1952, in Spokane, while his parents were residing in Wilbur. Shortly after his birth they moved to Warden where he grew up. He married Vicki L Bischoff on Dec 18, 1971, who survives, as do their daughter, Sam Ring, his parents, Chuck and Maxine Ring, parents-in-law, Norman and Aloma Bischoff of Ruff, with many other relatives. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories of Moses Lake were in charge of arrangements. (notes from scrapbook obit)

Roach: Carl Roach, age 33, Soap Lake died in Odessa Hospital Nov 1 from accident Oct 29. (Citizen: 11-10-1950)

Robinson:  Charles E Robinson, 23, died instantly when his car overturned east of Odessa. He was a member of the 760th aircraft control and warning squadron. Strate Funeral Home took charge of the body and later an air force ambulance took the remains away. (Odessa Record: 3-22-1956)

Rodeck:  Conrad F Rodeck, 93, died July 18, 2001 at Life Care Center in Lewiston, ID. He was born March 9, 1908 at Spokane to Karl George and Margaretha Louisa Danz Rodeck. Conrad was an honor student at the Irby schools. Con married Mabel Ellen Bott, who survives, and a son, John Rodeck of CA; brothers: Jack Rodeck of Port Townsend, WA; George Rodeck, of Boston, MA; and Fred Rodeck of Anaheim, CA; 3 sisters, Georgiana Nicholls of Spokane; Diana Blaskowski of Wenatchee; and Janet Heimbigner of Odessa. He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Rodeck. A graveside service was held at the Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-26-2001)

Rodeck:  Fred Carl Rodeck, 89, died Dec 15, 2002 in Los Angeles. He was born on the family farm near Irby to Karl and Louisa Danz Rodeck on Jan 23, 1913. He was raised in a family of nine children and attended the Irby and Odessa schools.  In 1936 he was employed at the Grand Coulee Dam project. In 1943, Fred enlisted and became a corporal in the US Army until 1946. Serving in Europe during WW II he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in England. After the war he made his home in Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Conrad and Paul Rodeck, and one sister, Augusta Hopper. He is survived by two brothers, Jack Rodeck and George Rodeck, and three sisters, Diana Blaskowsky, Janet Heimbigner of Odessa, and Georgina Nicholls of Spokane. His remains were to be donated to the University of California. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-02-2003)

Rodenburgh:  “Undertaker G M Stapish was called to Wilson Creek this week to embalm the body of Mrs Stella May Rodenburgh, who died Monday, Dec 1, of typhoid fever. Mrs Rodenburgh was a widow, her husband having died about a year ago. She leaves five children to mourn her loss. The remains were taken to Stevens County for funeral services and interment.—Standard.” (Dav. Trib.: 12-18-1902)

Rodgers:  “Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Davenport Sunday afternoon for James Wilson Rodgers, age 69, who died at his farm home east of there Friday, following an extended illness. He was born in Pittsburg, PA, and came to the Davenport area in 1889, farming east of town most of the time since. He is survived by five sisters, the Misses Adelaide and Elizabeth Rodgers at the farm home east of Davenport, Mrs R R Cathcart, Cheney; Mrs James A Campbell, Oakland, CA; Mrs C R Millard, Spokane; one brother, Robert Rodgers, Davenport; four nephews and one niece.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1944)

Rohn:  George Rohn, 78, former resident, died Saturday night at his home in Yakima following an illness of several years. Born in Russia, Rohn came to the US 50 years ago, farmed near Odessa for a while, and worked at his shoemaking trade here. He went to Yakima 28 year ago to make his home. Surviving are five daughters and three sons, and one sister, Mrs George Gies, Sr, of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 5-13-1948)

Rohn:  Jacob Rohn, early Odessa resident, who has lived at Spokane the past 28 years, died there, and was buried on Tuesday from a Spokane funeral home. He is survived by his widow, Helen Rohn, at home; two daughters, Shirley Rohn, at home; and Mrs Harold Slater, Portland, OR; three sons, Otto and William Rohn, Spokane, and Harold Rohn, US Navy, and 5 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-16-1949)

Roloff:  “A long time resident of the Odessa area, Daniel L Roloff, died of a heart attack Jan 31 in Bremerton, WA.  He was born May 8, 1910, in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Simon and Matilda (Reich) Roloff. He graduated from Odessa High School and attended college in Cheney. He was married to Margaret Jacobson, who preceded him in death in 1988. Dan and his brother John worked on the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. In 1946, the Roloffs purchased the Lamona General Store. Dan was the postmaster and proprietor of the store.  He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Odessa Coin Club. In 1981, he and Margaret retired and moved to Bremerton to be near Margaret’s family.  As a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Bremerton, he served as a volunteer in the church school and was ‘grandpa’ to the preschool children for 12 years. A special treat was taking the children out for lunch each year on May 8, his birthday. Until shortly before his death, he was also a volunteer at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. Dan was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by a brother Harold and his wife Donna, of Cheney, and by many nieces and nephews n the Jacobson and Roloff family. He was known among his relatives as a caring uncle. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law Esther Day, of Minneapolis, and  Elinor David of Bremerton, Madge Roloff, of Portland, and Lolabelle Roloff, of Spokane. A memorial service at Peace Lutheran Church of Friday, Feb 8, included hymns sung by children of the church school. Another service in his honor was held at Harrison Hospital on Feb 13. (Odessa Record: 2-14-2002

)Roloff: "Daniel A Roloff. Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Jan 13, 1869, Russia. Age: 47yrs 3 mos 21 days. Father: August Roloff, born Russia; Mother: Gastafus, born Russ. Death: May 4, 1916 at 7 a.m. Reg. Dist #4, Odessa. Cause: double pneumonia of 12 days duration. Physician: H Nichols, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Adams County; Undertaker: none." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)

Roloff:  Lavina Roloff. Female, white. Birth: Oct 10, 1925, Ralston, WA. Age: 1 mo 4 days. Father: Reinhold Roloff, born WA. Mother: Renetta Schwemaker, born Russia. Informant: Reinhold, Roloff, Ralston, WA.  Death: Nov 14, 1925, Adams Co. Cause: unknown, parents found baby dead in bed, probably enteritis acuta. Wm F Armann, MD, Ritzville. Burial: Ralston Cemetery. N F Haight, undertaker.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Roloff:  Leonard B Roloff died Saturday, April 23, 1994, at Lynnwood, WA. Mr Roloff, who was 80 years old, was born in Odessa. He had lived in Spokane for 47 years. he was a building contractor. He moved to Lynnwood last year. He was a veteran of WW II. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Roloff, at the home; two daughters, Jari Roloff, of Olympia, and Barbara Taylor, of Lynnwood; one son, Dan Roloff, of Bremerton, WA; two sisters, Hulda Seney and Tina Roloff, both of Olympia, and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Roloff:  Louisa Roloff. Female, white, married, wife of Christ Roloff. Age: 73 years. Born: Russia. Housewife. Father: H Burklotz, born Russia. Mother: A Burklotz, born Russia. Death: Jan 19, 1926, Warden, Grant Co, WA. Cause: gangrene feet. F J Shaug, MD of Othello. Burial: Warden Cemetery. Undertaker: A A Mueller, Warden. 19 yrs 6 mos in US. Residence at Warden: 1 yr 10 mos 10 days.” (WA State Board of Health

Roloff:  Margaret Louise Roloff of Bremerton, a former Odessa-area resident, born in Cumberland, WI, Oct 20, 1918, passed away March 10, at her home. She was married to Daniel Roloff in Oct 1939 at Coeur d’Alene, and the couple bought the Lamona Store, which also housed the post office, in Feb 1946. The resided in this area until they sold the store in June 1981, when they moved to Bremerton. Mrs Roloff was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, and the couple were remembered here as members of the Odessa Coin Club. She is survived by her husband, at the family home; by a brother, Norman Jacobson of Seattle; and five sisters: Esther Day of Minneapolis, MN; and Nelda Euteneier, Orpha Col, Lorraine David and Florence Belknap, all of Bremerton. Funeral service was held March 12 at Peach Lutheran Church. Inurnment followed at Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park there.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1988)

Rosario:  “Word has been received of the passing of former Odessa resident, Estaban (Steve) Rosario, who died July 26, 1984. Interment was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane on Tuesday, July 31. Burial rights were performed by Rev Thomas W Howarth. A short eulogy was given by Gus Christ and Nel Johnson.  Survivors include his wife, Pearl; his son, Steve; and daughters, Vecenta Boedeher and Susan Derogatis, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Numerous friends and relatives were in attendance at the service.” (Odessa Record: 8-09-1984)

Rosenquist:  “Elmer Rosenquist, 40, brother-in-law of F B Totusek, was killed in an automobile accident on the Yellowstone trail near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Thursday night, when the car in which he was riding collided with a wood truck, landing in a ditch. Rosenquist was known here, where he had visited on several occasions.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1935)

Rossing:  V C Rossing’s will was admitted to probate and named Rasch Paulsen and C A Pettijohn as executors. Primary heir, his sister, Emma Rossing of Copenhagen, Denmark. Some of his personal books were bequeathed to the Danish Brotherhood at Wilbur. Others mentioned were: Mrs Marie Rossing Hansen, cousin; children of Antonia Lonberg; and children of Marius Bang of Denmark. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-24-1936)

Roth:  “Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb 10, 1984 from Ball and Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane for Emilia Goetz Roth, who passed away Feb 7, 1984, Rev Harvey A Motis of Terrace Heights Baptist Church in Spokane officiated.  Emilia Goetz Roth was born Aug 20, 1888 in South Dakota, the daughter of John and Justena Goetz. The family moved to Oregon and later settled in the Marlin area, where they were engaged in farming. On Oct 31, 1915 Emilia was married to Jacob Roth and they continued to live and farm in the Marlin area until 1925. Due to health problems, they moved to Spokane with their two sons, Victor and Norman. Jacob passed away in 1944.  Emilia was a member of the North American Baptist Association for 65 years. Survivors include two brothers, Emanuel Goetz of Odessa, and Henry Goetz of Seattle; two sons, Victor and Norman of Spokane; 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Interment was in the Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-1984)

Roth:  “Mrs Conrad Schauerman, Mrs Sam Weber and Mrs Harvey Wederspahn went to Olympia over the week end to attend the funeral services for Grandma Roth, who had died there.” (Odessa Record: 1-30-1947)

Roth:  Jacob Roth, 55, died at Spokane on Wednesday, where he had lived for the past 20 years, going there from this area.  Survivors are his wife, Amelia, at the home; two sons, Victor and Norman, both of Spokane; his father, William Roth of Yakima; two brothers, John Roth of  Harrington and Adam Roth of Marlin; three sisters, Mrs Lydia Brendt, Yakima; Mrs Christine Richter of Wenatchee; and Mrs Katherine Trautman of Warden. Funeral arrangements are not complete.” (Odessa Record: 1-13-1944) 

Roth:  Maxine Elsa Haag Roth died Dec 12, 1999 in Portland. She was born Nov 2, 1914 in Odessa, the daughter of Mr and Mrs David Haag. She moved with her family to Portland in 1919. She married Richard Roth in 1946. He died in 1986. Mrs Roth was a licensed practical nurse at St Joseph nursing home in Portland. Survivors include her sons, Steve and Tom; daughter Diana Pettitt; brother Ted Haag; sister, Cora Marks; and 8 grandchildren. Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-23-1999)

Roth:  Robert J Roth, husband of Evelyn Roth of Portland, OR, and son of Mr and Mrs Adam Roth of Odessa, passed away at Portland, Oregon on Aug 12, 1982. He was born on July 10, 1925 on the family wheat ranch in Marlin, WA, where he also attended Marlin Grade and High School. He was a member of Odessa Baptist Church until he moved to Portland, OR, in Sept of 1945. On June 13, 1946 he was married to Evelyn Kuehn Roth in Trinity Baptist Church, where he was an active member until the time of his sudden death. He was employed by Sealy Furniture Company and a member of Upholsterers Union Local 65. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; parents, Adam and Lydia Roth of Odessa; sisters, Elsa Tanke of Mohler, WA; Martha Henkelman of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada; Ruby Henkelman of Portland; and Loretta Strauss of Medicine Hat, Alberta; and brother Delbert Roth of Portland, OR, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were conducted at the Chapel of Mt Scott Funeral Home in Portland on Aug 16, 1982. Rev Michael E Kirkman officiated. Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park at Portland.” (Odessa Record: 8-26-1982)

Roth:  Wenzel D Roth died April 1, 2000 in Odessa. At his request no services were held. Inurnment was in Newburgh, NY. He was a resident of Wilbur. He was born Jan 4, 1908, in New York City, the son of David and Mary (Post) Roth. He is survived by one son, David, of Wilbur; grandchildren; he was preceded by the death of his wife in 1996 and one daughter. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-13-2000)

Rott:  “Word has been received by members of the Odessa Baptist church of the death of Rev J G Rott, on August 28 of a heart attack. The Rotts were residents of Odessa eight years, and left in 1944. Their home is at Oroville, WA.” (Odessa Record: 9-25-1953) 

Roudy: John Roudy, aged 20 yrs, drowned at Coyote Springs 8 miles NE of Odessa last week. Relatives live in Nebraska. no mention of burial. (Citizen: 6-12-1903)

Ruff:  Raymond N Ruff, 84, a lifetime resident of the Columbia Basin, died Wednesday, Dec 26, 2001, at his home in Moses Lake. He was born at Ruff on Oct 26, 1917, the son of John and Pauline (Schmauder) Ruff, German Russian farmers who homesteaded in the Ruff area. He was educated in a one-room school house. He spent his youth and adult life as a dryland wheat farmer. Ray took over the family farm in his early teen years after his father was seriously injured in a farming accident. He married Hilda Sackmann, of Lind, on Aug 31, 1941. They made their home in Moses Lake, where they started their own farming operation. Ray retired from farming in the mid-1980s and started a new venture of community service, volunteering for the Moses Lake Food Bank. He was a long-standing member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake and held numerous positions within the church. Ray enjoyed collecting and compiling photos of pioneer life in the Columbia Basis. He also enjoyed fishing and bowling. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hilda; children, Harvey and Sue Ruff, of Warden, and Bonnie and Gene Polhamus, of Moses Lake; grandchildren, Lori Ruff and Lisa Ruff; sister, Esther Ruff; brothers, Robert Ruff, Rueben Ruff and Edwin Ruff, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake, with Pastor Dale Novasky officiating. Interment followed at Pioneer Memorial. Arrangements were in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory, of Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 1-03-2002)

Rumpel:  “Word has been received here of the death on Jan 7 of John Rumpel, former Odessa resident, with funeral services held at Startup on Jan 10.  Mr Rumpel formerly lived south of here in the Hoefel area, later living in town. Mrs Rumpel died on Jan 12 of last year.” (Odessa Record: 2-01-1951)

Robinson: Jack Robinson, well known pioneer and for 30 years a resident of the region, was found dead at his work in the West service station at Marlin on Wednesday night, apparently from heart failure, which he had suffered for many years.  Mr Robinson came to the Marlin area to take up a homestead in the early days and later moved to town, where he operated a dray line. Ill health caused him to give up this work and during recent years he has aided Mr West with the operation of the service station, operated in connection with the Krupp Garage company.  A motorist, driving to the station for gasoline, failed to attract service so entered the building, where Mr Robinson was found. His body was taken to Ephrata. Funeral services have not been arranged. So far as known he leaves no survivors. His mother formerly lived in Canada, of which country he retained his citizenship. He had never married.” (Odessa Record: 4-09-1936) 

Rygg:  Esther Christina Ott Rygg of Everett, born in Irby to Jacob and Victoria Ott, passed away at home March 11, (1990). After attending the one-room schoolhouse in Irby, she boarded with relatives in Odessa to attend high school. After graduation she waited a year to enter Washington State College (now WSU), then entered the college of pharmacy, from which she graduated, with highest honors. Following her graduation, she accepted a position in an Everett pharmacy, and lived there throughout her life. She was married to Morris Rygg Oct 22, 1939 at the Jacob Ott home in Irby, and last October the couple had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs Rygg earned scholastic honors from the time of her honor medal at Odessa High School, to Spurs and Mortar Board at Washington State. In 1988, she received a certificate of recognition from the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association for 50 years of service. She is survived by her husband, Morris, at the family home; by her son, Dr George Rygg of Belvedere, CA; by 3 daughters, Maureen McNeil of Chimacum, Carolyn Rygg of Everett, and Marilyn Rygg-Nordell of Seattle; by 3 brothers: Walter Ott of Irby, Dr George Ott of Kelso, and Gerald Ott of Silverton, OR; by 6 sisters, Lois Iksic of Irby; Alice VanWinkle of Grandview; Ruth Droz, of Spokane; Grace Parks, of Palouse; Anna Jean Hedelius of Ephraim, Utah; and Rita Dudley of Outremont, Quebec; by 9 grandchildren and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were held March 15 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett, and a memorial service was held at the Savior’s Lutheran Church.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1990)


Odessa Vicinity Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, 

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