Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Safford:  Roger William Safford, 77, many years publisher of the Reardan Gazette, died at his home there this week. He is survived by his widow, Emma, at the home, two sons, a daughter, a brother and five sisters.  He retired from newspaper work several years ago and had been operating a tourist camp several years. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Masonic lodge. The funeral was held Wednesday at Reardan.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1937) 

Sandvig:  Edward E Sandvig, former teacher at Odessa High School in the late 1930s and early 1940s, died in Bellingham on July 11, 1999. he was born in Bellingham July 16, 1914, the son of Olaf and Anna (Jacobsen) Sandvig. He taught science and math while in Odessa. He married Johanna Schimke of Odessa on June 12, 1938. During WW II he served in the Navy. He is survived by his wife, Johanna, a son, James, and a daughter Mary Jo (and Paul) Johansen. Burial was at Bayview Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-22-1999)

Sarff:  Bertron M Sarff of LaGrande, OR, died July 29, 1987 at Portland. He was born March 17, 1917 in Sheridan County, MT. He was an uncle of Audrey Beck of Odessa. Graveside services for Mr Sarff were held at Summerville Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-06-1987)

Schaal: see also Schall.

Schaal:  Jacob Schaal, 49, died Thursday at Colfax from injuries received in a harvesting accident. He was employed by his brother-in-law, Mr Stueckle. Interment was in the Dusty church cemetery. A son, Arthur, was in the employ of a neighbor near there. Other surviving relatives are his widow and five children, Olympia, several step children in Odessa, three brothers and one sister.  “Leontina, Hilda, Anna, Jacob and Barbara Schaal, and their mother, Mrs Jacob Schaal, Olympia, are spending the week in the Odessa country visiting with relatives. They came over on Sunday to be present at the funeral of their father and husband, Jacob Schaal. Andrew Schaal, Lind, David and John Schaal, Odessa, attended the funeral of their brother, Jacob Schaal, at Dusty on Sunday. Mrs Gotthelf Gross attended the funeral of her brother, Jacob Schaal.” Others noted as attending the rites were: R F Raugust of Davenport; Mr and Mrs W C Raugust; Mr and Mrs J C Raugust. (notes and quote from several items in Odessa Record: 8-19-1932)

Schaal:  Jacob Samuel Schaal died Sept 6, 1991 in Seattle following a heart attack. He was born March 19, 1926 in Odessa, son of Jacob and Mary Stueckle Schaal. He was buried in Tacoma. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-19-1991)

Schaal:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Monday afternoon for John Schaal, a former resident of this area. The Rev H J Wackerbarth officiated and burial was in the Pines Cemetery at Opportunity.  Mr Schaal formerly farmed in the Batum area, went to the Wheeler area in 1947 and to Spokane in 1948. He was a brother-in-law of William Weis of the Batum area, and related to many others here.  Survivors include his wife, Helen Schaal, at the home; the children, Mrs Lewis Boyd, Moses Lake; Mrs R E Swanson, Spokane; Mrs Eugene Sweany, Miss Anita Schaal, both at the home; Ruben Schaal, Deer Park; and Elroy Schaal, Opportunity; 12 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs Rosina Gross of Dryden; two brothers, Andrew Schaal, Spokane; and David Schaal, of Dryden.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-1954)

Schafer:  Alfred Schafer, son of George A Schafer, died in Portland Nov 8, 2001. He was born in Odessa Nov 12, 1912. He moved to Portland in 1924. In 1931 he married Nancy Wilson, who survives. Interment was in Rose City Cemetery, Portland. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-13-2001)

Schafer:  George Schafer, former resident of Odessa, now of the Wenatchee area, died in a Seattle hospital on Sunday, relatives here are informed. A son of the late Henry Schafer of Odessa, he grew to manhood here, and married an Odessa girl, Jessie Zeiler, who survives, as do three sons, Laurence, Albert, and Allen, and two married daughters, Mary Ellen and Pearl.” (Odessa Record: 3-04-1948)

Schafer:  Heinrich Schafer, 83, who died Saturday morning at Wenatchee, was buried there on Tuesday, the Rev J P Flemmer of the Odessa St Matthews Congregational church officiating.  Born in Frank, Russia, June 1, 1858, Mr Schafer grew up there and married Miss Katherine Grening in 1879, and eight children were born to their union. The family came to America in 1886, locating in Hastings, NE, later transferring to Wenatchee. They homesteaded at Ritzville and then returned to Wenatchee to engage in orcharding. Returning to Odessa the family home was here until last August, when Mr Schafer sold his interests here and moved to Wenatchee to make his home with a son. His wife died in 1928, and later he was married to Mrs Borgens of Odessa who died in 1937. He maintained his home alone until last fall, during much of the time under care of a daughter, Mrs J J Miller. Survivors include six children, David, George and Fred, all of Wenatchee; Jacob, Walla Walla; Mrs J J Miller, Ritzville; and Mrs M C Peckwood, Dunsmuir, CA. Attending the funeral from here were the Rev Flemmer, Mrs Henry Walter, Mr and Mrs George Amen, Mrs John Schafer, Mr and Mrs Jake Wacker, Jr, Mr and Mrs David Hardung, Mrs George Kissler, Mr and Mrs George Schafer, Mr and Mrs Sam Schafer, H H Scheller, Henry, David and John Frick, and Jacob G Heimbigner.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1942)  (edit: Heinrich’s 2nd wife was buried in Odessa City Cemetery: Schaffer, Kath. Margaretha Loebrack Borgens; d. 10-21-1937; b. 10-04-1862.)

Schafer:  Paul L Schafer of Moses Lake, born Aug 8, 1918 at Irby and raised near Odessa, passed away Aug 3, 1990 at Moses Lake. After attending Odessa schools, he attended Kinman Business School and entered the US Army and served during WW II. Following the war, returned to the Odessa area, farming until 1955, then moving to Moses Lake. Married in Dec 1942 to Claudia Berreth, she preceded him in death in 1958. In June 1961 he married Glenmar Snook, who died in 1975. He sold the farm in the late 1970s after marrying Vivian Ramsay in May 1975. They lived in Moses Lake and AZ. “Survived by his wife Vivian of Moses Lake, he also leaves his mother, Rachel Schafer of Odessa; a son, Richard Schafer of Moses Lake; two daughters: Cynthia Haffner of Richland and Sharon Adams of Pasco; a stepson Scot Ramsay of Ellensburg; a step-daughter, Bonnie Ramsay of Seattle; two brothers, Roland Schafer and Robert Schafer, both of Odessa; a sister, Dora Hoefel of Spokane; and 10 grandchildren and a great grandchild.” Private interment was held at Pioneer Memorial Gardens. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-23-1990)

Schafer:  Robert H Schafer, formerly of Odessa, died Jan 4, 1992 in Spokane. He was born at Irby, the son of Henry and Lydia Schafer. He attended Odessa schools. He served in the US Army in WW II. Funeral services were held in Spokane at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-09-1992)

Schaffer: "The infant child of Mr and Mrs Henry B Schaffer died at their home southwest of Odessa of convulsions. Funeral services were held Monday and interment took place in an Adams County cemetery." (Odessa Record: 4-05-1918)

Schall:  Mrs Jacob Schall died in a Spokane hospital Jan 10 after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. She leaves a husband and nine children. Deceased was 44 years old.” (DT & T: 10-31-1918)

Schatz:  “One of the largest funerals ever held in Lodi, CA, was held there on Saturday, April 21, for Mrs Christine Schatz, 69, former Odessa resident who had died there the Tuesday preceding. Interment was made in the Lodi Cemetery with Lot Lachenmaier, David Roloff, Charles Bender, David Quast, John Hepper and George Szwigler as pallbearers. She was the wife of the late John V Schatz, and mother of eight children: Rev J E Schatz, Crete, NE; Richard T Schatz, Spokane; Mrs Lydia Taylor and Mrs Clyde Fox, Seattle; Gottlieb Schatz, Edward Schatz, Arthur Schatz and Miss Sarah Schatz of Lodi.” (Odessa Record: 5-04-1934)

Schatz:  Mrs Jacob Schatz, wife of Rev Jacob Schatz who lived in Odessa as a boy, has died in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Schatz’ father, John V Schatz, owned a lumber yard and was in the wheat business in this area for many years.  Pastor and Mrs Schatz had served their church for the past 35 years. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the church some months ago, the congregation honored them for their faithful service by giving the couple an expense-paid trip to the Holy Land. Rev and Mrs Schatz had planned to visit in Odessa this year, according to word received by W C Raugust. Funeral services will be held Thursday,  March 20, from the Congregational church in Cleveland. Pastor Schatz’ address is 2100 West 44th St, Cleveland, Ohio.” (Odessa Record: 3-20-1969)

Schatz:  Richard T Schatz, 79, died May 2, 1981 at a Spokane nursing home. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane. He was born in Minot, ND to John and Christina Schatz. Richard was a cousin of Gus and Henry Zimbelman, Rose Peterson Bechner, all now deceased, and Lyda Price, now residing in Spokane. He is survived by his wife, Clara, Spokane; two sisters, Peggy Swanberg, Seattle; Sarah Zimbelman, Stockton, CA; one brother, Eddie Schatz, Stockton, CA. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-21-1981)

Scheib:  “A Soap Lake youth, 16 year old Donald Joseph Scheib, was killed in a car-pedestrian accident on the Rosenoff Road, three miles west of Ritzville early Sunday.  According to Washington State Patrol reports, Scheib, and his 14 year-old brother Walter, were returning from Montana to their home in Soap Lake. The pair sat down beside the roadway to rest and Donald may have fallen asleep in the roadway prior to the accident. He was struck by a car driven by Rueben Finkbeiner, 55, of Odessa as Finkbeiner drove west along Rosenoff between Suko and Bauer Rds.  After the accident, Finkbeiner put Scheib in the back seat of his car and took him to Ritzville Memorial Hospital where he died from massive head injuries. No citations had been issued in the accident as of Monday afternoon.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1974)

Schell:  “Quincy.—Harriett L Johnson Schell, 78, Quincy, died Tuesday Oct 17, 1989, in Central Washington Hospital. She was born Harriett L Sturgill on Feb 26, 1911, at Richmond, CA, to Harry and Minnie Sturgill. She attended Modesto, CA, schools and graduated in 1929. She married G Vernon Johnson in 1929 and they lived in the Modesto area before moving to Quincy in 1961 where they farmed. Mr Johnson died in 1964. She married Adolph Schell in 1967. Survivors include her husband, at home; three sons, Ralph and Richard Johnson, both of Quincy; and Donald Johnson, Newington, CO; two stepsons, Richard Schell of Clarkston and Ronny Schell of Wilson Creek; one stepdaughter, Kathy Scheib of Arizona; one sister, Evelyn Basolo of Tracy, CA; 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Scharbach’s Columbia Chapel, Quincy, is handling arrangements.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Schell: Harvey C Schell, a long time Marlin area resident, died July 31, 2000. Private graveside services were at Pioneer Memorial Gardens in Moses Lake. He was born Feb 17, 1925, in Neppel (now Moses Lake), to Fed and Minnie (Oster) Schell. He married Garnita Foster on Sept 9, 1945, and they have made their home on a farm south of Marlin since. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Garnita Schell at the family home; one son, Gary Schell; one daughter, Linda Sly; grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria Sutton and Ann Kuest. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-03-2000)

Schell: Lydia Ann Schell, 85, died Feb 11, 1998 in Wenatchee. She was a member of a pioneer family of the Ruff area. The third of four children of Jacob and Magdelina Nitschke Oster, she was born at the family homestead on Nov 25, 1912. She attended school through the 8th grade at Ruff. On Feb 14, 1935 she married John C Schell of Ruff, who preceded her in death in 1959, as did her brothers Albert and Jacob and one sister, Louise, and her parents. She is survived by her son, Eugene Schell and her daughter, Carolyn Schell of Moses Lake. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-19-1998)

Scheller:  “Relatives here have received word of the death of John Scheller, 78, at Yucaipi, CA, where he had made his home in recent years. Mr Scheller was a member of a pioneer Odessa family and returned here at intervals for visits. Survivors include his wife and family in California; two brothers, George Scheller of Ritzville; H H Scheller of Odessa; two sisters, Mrs Jacob Walter, Sr, and Mrs Jacob Derr, both of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 10-29-1964)

Scheller: “Relatives here have received word that Mrs John Scheller, of Joshua Tree, CA, died there on March 12. She and Mr Scheller formerly farmed in the Lind area, lived at Odessa for a time, and have spent the past 15 years in California.  Survivors include the husband at the home, and three sons by a former marriage, Mason, Harry and Earl Eckman, all in California.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1956)

Schiewe:  William Schiewe of Weston, Oregon, born in Odessa Jan 30, 1900 to Jacob and Elizabeth Kulm Schiewe, passed away at his home Jan 8. He attended schools in Odessa, and had a wheat farm here for several years before marrying Pearl Dowd in Weston in mid-1925. They moved to Dixie, Oregon in 1930 where Mr Schiewe worked in lumber, then returned to Weston in 1934 where he owned and operated a dairy farm and also did carpentry and electrical work. He retired in 1975. In addition to his wife, Mr Schiewe is survived by two sons, Keith Schiewe of Portland and Kenneth Schiewe of Weston; by a sister, Edith Christensen of Toledo, Oregon; by a half-sister, Dina Haage of Portland; and by 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Jan 12 at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Chapel in Milton-Freewater, the Rev David Paine officiating. Concluding service and burial followed at Weston Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-22-1987)

Schillereff: John J Schillereff, formerly of Dryden, died at Seattle on Saturday of last week, and his son, Major Raymond Schillereff, was killed last Wednesday in an aircraft crash at Ogden, Utah, en route home for the funeral.  The double tragedy reminds early residents that the original Schillereff family built the present John Speck home at Batum, intended for hotel use.  Major Schillereff had been publicized in Life magazine as the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft in the Korean war.” (Odessa Record: 8-16-1951) 

Schillinger:  Herman Fred Schillinger, a native of the Odessa area, died Saturday, Dec 5, in Spokane. He was born at Batum in 1922, the son of George and Minnie Schillinger, and grew up in the Odessa area. He moved with his family to the Mount Spokane area, and he graduated from Mead High School in 1940.  He served in the US Army with General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in the Philippines and Japan. He married Dolores Wimberly in 1951. He was a partner in the Spokane Diesel Pump Repair and later in Spokane Diesel, Inc, retiring from business in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dolores; a son, George Schillinger, of Denver; a daughter, Julie Schillinger Vinales, of Chandler, AZ; two brothers, Walter Schillinger and Ernest Schillinger, both of Spokane; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; two nieces and three nephews. A funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb 10, at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-2000)

Schillinger: Walter George Schillinger died Sept 30, 2005. He was born Sept 1, 1930 in Lamona, WA. He was the son of George and Minnie Schillinger, growing up in the Mt Spokane area before moving to Spokane Valley in 1941.He graduated from Central Valley in 1948. He married the love of his life, Donna James in 1949. Walt retired from WWP in 1987, as an underground network foreman for downtown Spokane, after a 39 year career. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church, member of the Liberty Lake Over-the-Hill Gang and loved to golf.  He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Christopher and brother Herman. He is survived by Donna, his wife of 56 years; brother, Ernie; and his children and spouses: Gayle and Mark Johnson, Neil and Leanne Schillinger and Curt and Sheila Schillinger; and 8 grandchildren: Matthew, Megan, Heidi, Jeremy, Andrew, David, Joel and Ashley; four great granddaughters: Jasmine, Grace, Jordan and Taylor. He will be greatly missed by family and friends but rejoiced over in heaven. A visitation will be held at the Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, Spokane Valley on Monday, Oct 3, 2005 from noon until 4 p.m., a Memorial Service will take place Tuesday, Oct 4, 2005 at noon at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spokane. Arrangements by Haze-Jaeger Valley Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: 10-05-2005) 

Schimke:  Albert Emmanuel Schimke, a native of Odessa and formerly a school teacher in Odessa, died on Friday, May 16, 1997, in Tacoma. He was 90 years old. He was born on Jan 5, 1907, the son of Emil and Otilia (Janke) Schimke. He attended North Central High School in Spokane and Cheney Normal College (now EWU), where he received his teaching certificate and also set the record for broad jump. After several years of teaching, he received a master’s degree in education from the Univ. of WA.  He was a teacher and an administrator in numerous school districts in Washington. While teaching in Odessa he boarded at the home of the Rev and Mrs Henry Brockmann, where he met their daughter, Anna. They were married by Pastor Brockmann at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, south of Odessa, on Nov 25, 1932, and moved to Deer Park, where he taught eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse.  Moving to Monroe, WA, he became the junior high school principal. Later, he moved to Cashmere, where he was a high school history teacher, basketball coach and swimming instructor. He was principal of the Entiat school before moving to Parkland, WA where he taught at Franklin Pierce High School for 14 years until retiring after 35 years as an educator.  He and Anna then spent their winters in Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by Anna. He is survived by his sons, Gerald Schimke, of Seattle, and Dale Schimke, of Tacoma, a daughter, Janet Prevost, of Tacoma; nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Friday, May 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, and inurnment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  (Odessa Record: 5-22-1997)

Schimke: "Mrs D E Schimke, a well known former Odessa woman, passed away at Spokane at the St Lukes hospital Tuesday morning. The news of her death was not unexpected here as her friends had known that she had been in a very critical condition for some time past and had undergone four operations in an effort to save her life. Her age was 43 years, nine months and 26 days. Mrs Elsie Straub Schimke was born and raised in Iowa where at Tipton on July 1, 1902 she was united in marriage to Daniel E Schimke and came to the Odessa country in the pioneer days and they resided here until four years ago when they moved to Spokane. She had not been in her usual health for several years but it was predicted that an operation would bring back health and she went to the hospital filled with hope about two months ago. She failed to rally as expected and as the result of infection, other operations became necessary. her system had become so filled with septic poisoning however, that it could not be overcome, and she gradually grew weaker and finally succumbed. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, who is a federal employee, and three children, two sons and a daughter, Tolbert, a dentist at Almira; Weldon, a high school student at Spokane, and Loraine, also a Spokane school girl, as well as a large circle of friends. Her funeral services were held Wednesday from the Hazen-Jaeger mortuary at Spokane, with the Rev J Chas Evans, her former pastor officiating, after which interment took place at Riverside Cemetery at Spokane. Quite a number of Odessa friends attended the funeral." (Odessa Record: 11-27-1925) 

Schimke:  Emil J Schimke, Spokane, former Odessa resident, died there on Sunday. He had lived at Spokane for about 24 years and while here operated the farm now owned by Vaclav Velek. Following the sale of his property here he lived for a time in the Newport-Cusick district. Survivors include his widow, Ottelia, at home; three sons, Albert of Cashmere, WA; Edwin and Emil Schimke, both of Spokane; two sisters and six grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1945; edit: probable burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane where Otilia is buried.)

Schimke: Leo L Schimke of Tacoma, born Aug 18, 1903 on the family farm northeast of Odessa to John D and Helena Schimke, passed away April 23 at Tacoma Humana Hospital following a severe heart attack. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1924 and later from the U of W in pharmacy. He married Edna Kuest in August 1928 and they moved to Oroville. Survivors included his wife, Edna; daughter Janet Eaton and her husband Bill and 3 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ruth Weber of Odessa, Esther Hansen of Tacoma and Johanna Sandvig of Ferndale. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-07-1987)

Schimke:  Margaret Schimke, a long-time resident and school teacher in Moscow, died on March 25 in Moscow. She was the wife of Weldon Schimke, who survives. They were married on May 10, 1934. He is a member of a pioneer Odessa family and a graduate of Odessa High School. His father, Dan Schimke, was the manager of the Portland Flouring Mills plant in Odessa early in the century. Weldon is a cousin of Ruth Schimke Weber of Odessa. Margaret Schimke taught schools at Gooding and Potlatch, Idaho, and at Moscow High School.  Private funeral services were held. There was also a memorial service for friends and former students at Moscow High School auditorium.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1993)

Schimke:  Dr Tolbert D Schimke, 76, died Spokane on Feb 17 from bone cancer.  He was born at the Schimke homestead about four miles north of Odessa on Aug 27, 1903. On Dec 26, 1910 he and his older sister, Ruth, were injured in an accident when the buggy in which they were riding was struck by a mail train at the grade crossing on 1st Street. Ruth died from her injuries and is buried in the Odessa Cemetery. On Jan 28, 19928 he was married at Colville, WA to Marian Evans, an Odessa High School graduate. She was the daughter of the Rev Dr J Charles Evans, who was pastor of the English Congregational Church, Odessa, from 1916 to 1923. Memorial Services were held at Westminster Congregational Church, Spokane on Feb 23. Survivors include his wife, son Dr Robert Schimke, daughter Barbara Bazemore; brother, Weldon Schimke and many cousins that were listed. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-21-1980)

Schirber:  “The triple tragedy of the Schirber family of Odessa was recalled in Spokane this week when a suit was filed over depreciation of the estate of the automobile crash victims. Charles Carl Schirber, his wife and daughter, were killed in July 1929. The father of Schirber and the father of Mrs Schirber were each given half of the estate. The suit, filed by H E T Herman and Edward Powell, alleges that the father of Mr Schirber delayed the distribution by an appeal and that stocks in the estate depreciated $11,169.” (Odessa Record: 3-10-1933)

Schirber:  Martin Peter Schirber. Died: 30 March 1922, Lamona, WA. Birth: 14 July 1907, Spokane, WA.  Father: Oscar E Schriber, German; Mother: Katherine Volk, born MN. Burial: Spokane, WA, place not specified.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)

Schlotthauer:  Ione H Schlotthauer died in Portland on Nov 23, 2000. She was born Ione Schafer in Odessa on March 24, 1921. She moved to Oregon as a little girl.

Schmidt:  “The little three year old son of Geo Schmidt, who resides south of town, died Sunday from injuries resulting from being kicked by a horse about three weeks ago.” (Odessa Record: 8-16-1907)

Schmidt: Lena Lilly Schmidt, d. 19 Apr 1984, in Spokane. Birth: 5 Feb 1892, WA. Spouse: Widow, Charles E Schmidt. Father: William Beck; Mother: Katherina Auwater; Burial: Cremation.” (Lincoln Co health death card)

Schmidt:  Mrs Mary Schmidt, 78, an early resident of Odessa, died at her home in Puyallup, Sept 23, and funeral services were held from the Emmanual Lutheran church the next Wednesday, the Rev Theo Brockman officiating, with burial in the Woodbine Cemetery at Puyallup.  Sons-in-law acted as pallbearers, including George Schafer, Fred Schmidt, Jacob Grening and Sol Walter, Odessa, and Glen Zastrow and Martin Peterman of Puyallup. Mrs Schmidt was born in Russia, June 26, 1867, and came to the United States in 1892, where she and her husband, John Schmidt, made their home at Hastings, NE, until 1895 when they moved to Walla Walla. In 1902 they came to Odessa to farm and for the past 18 years they have been in Puyallup. She is survived by her husband, John; two sons, Henry and John, both of Odessa, and seven daughters, Mrs Katherine Schafer, Mrs Anna Schmidt, Mrs Lena Grening, Mrs Sol Walter, all of Odessa; Mrs Elizabeth Schafer, Mrs Marie Zastrow and Mrs Freda Paterman, Puyallup, 26 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Mr and Mrs John Schmidt Sr would have been married for 60 years on October 5.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1945) 

Schmierer:  “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 22, 1982 from the Alwin Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane, WA for Albert W Schmierer who passed away on June 19, 1982 at his home in Spokane. He was married on Dec 15, 1928 to Nina Milner. They farmed north of Marlin until their retirement in 1973, at which time they moved to Spokane.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr and Mrs Philip Schmierer, and by his wife, Nina, in Oct, 1981.  Survivors include his children, Pamela Ann McKeehan, Spokane; Judith Kay Jennings, Kirkland, WA; grandchildren Shana Rouse and Brian McKeehan, both of Spokane; and William Christopher Jennings and Jeffrey Shawn Jennings, both of Kirkland, WA.  Mr Schmierer was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and Cannawai Grange at Marlin, WA.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1982)

Schmierer:  Arthur R Schmierer, 33, son of Mr and Mrs Phillip H Schmierer of Marlin, drowned last Saturday in Big Bear Lake in CA, while swimming. His body is being brought to Spokane for burial, after funeral services at Santa Monica, his home.  Survivors include his wife, Elva, of Santa Monica; his father and mother, Mr and Mrs P H Schmierer of Marlin; one sister, Mrs Howard Rowland of Seattle; and one brother, Albert W Schmierer of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-10-1939)

Schmierer:  “Relatives here, who had been seeking the whereabouts of Frank Schmierer, former resident, in California, received word this week of his death on Nov 12, 1946. California authorities had listed him as having no known relatives.  An effort had been made to locate him following the death of his sister, Mrs David Quast, May 12, 1946, and again at the death of his brother, John Schmierer, Sept 26, 1947. Both attempts were unsuccessful. Recently Robert Brauer wrote to his brother, Ben, at Stockton, asking him for information if available, and received the word of Mr Schmierer’s death. The Schmierer home stood where the present high school building stands, and he left this area in 1926.” (Odessa Record: 2-24-1949) 

Schmierer:  Mrs Helen Link Schmierer, resident of the Odessa area since 1903, died March 8, 1970, with entombment at Fairmont Sunset Mausoleum in Spokane. She was born in Scotland, SD, on May 9, 1890, daughter of Wilhelm and Barbara Link. She moved to Oregon with her parents in 1893. After the death of her father in 1903, her mother moved the family to the Odessa area. She was married to Edward Schmierer in August 1913 and the couple farmed north of Odessa. The couple had 3 children, one of whom died at birth. The surviving children are: Mrs George Zier (Leona) of Dayton, WA and Herman Schmierer of Odessa.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1959. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-19-1970)

Schmierer:  Leo Schmierer died Sept 22, 1992 in Odessa. He was born at Odessa on March 1, 1918. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by one sister, Clara Stach. He is survived by 4 sisters: Rose Jenkins, of Spokane; Amelia Finkbeiner, of Spokane, Lorraine Flath, of Los Angeles, and Lillian Daniels of Odessa; one brother, John Schmierer, of Chewelah. Family burial services were held at Fairmount Memorial Park Mausoleum in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-01-1992)

Schmierer:  Lucy Schmierer. Died: 1-29-1966. Father: Fred Dormaier. Mother: unknown.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Christ Lutheran Church for Mrs Phillipp Schmierer who died Saturday, Jan 29, at the local hospital. She was 82 years of age, having been born March 18, 1883 in Russia.  Mrs Schmierer had suffered a skull fracture on Sept 15, 1965 by falling down a flight of stairs, striking a concrete floor. She had been hospitalized in the interim.  Lucy Schmierer arrived in Dawson, ND with her family in 1885. They moved to Ruff, WA, in 1902 and she became the wife of Phillip Schmierer in 1904. She is survived by her husband, Phillip; a son, Albert, Marlin; and a daughter, Mrs Elsie Rowland, Seattle. Another son, Arthur, preceded her in death by drowning at the age of 34.  Other survivors include two grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs Christina Willging, Moses Lake. The Schmierers’ farmed north of Odessa for 16 years, at Fairfield for 6 years and thereafter at Marlin until their retirement to Odessa in 1942.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and also belonged to the ladies organization.  Singing for the service Tuesday were Mrs Dorothy Gies and Mrs Donna Schafer. Jane Schillinger was organist. Rev Werner J Fritz conducted the service. Burial was at the Riverside Park, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1966) 

Schmierer:  Nina Milner Schmierer died Oct 7. 1981 in Spokane, the remains cremated by Hazen & Jaegers. She was born at Farmer, WA, the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Ayers) Milner, one of eight children. She graduated from Almira High School. She was married to Albert W Schmierer on Dec 15, 1928, who survives her, as do two daughters, Pamela Anne McKeehan of Spokane and Judith Kaye Jennings of Seattle; two sisters, Edith Smawley of Spokane and Jessie Schwarzwalter of Yakima; two brothers, Joseph W Milner of Spokane and Robert C Milner of Kennewick. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-15-1981)

Schnell:  “As Henry Schnell, former Odessa resident was walking on Grant Road near East Wenatchee at 9:05 Saturday evening, he was struck by a car driven by Morton Heath, also of East Wenatchee. Schnell died on the way to the hospital.  Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, the Rev A Delebarre officiating. The Eagles lodge had a part in the service.  Mr Schnell had lived at Wenatchee for several years, after growing to manhood in this area. Among surviving relatives is a sister here, Mrs A R Giese, and a brother William Schnell, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-19-1948)

Schoessler: Alma Amen Schoessler died March 30, 2005. She was born Dec 17, 1908, the eldest child of George and Anna Amen of Ritzville. She married David Schoessler on Sept 1, 1934. They lived in LaGrande, OR, and Walla Walla before moving to Yakima in 1936. In Sept 2004, David and Alma celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Burial was at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima. (Notes from Odessa Record: 4-07-2005)

Schoessler:  George Schoessler, a farmer near Gloyd, who was kicked in the abdomen by a horse, suffered internal injuries which caused his death. When Dr Ganson was called, he sent the patient to a Spokane hospital but Mr Schoessler was unable to survive the journey, dying a mile this side of Spokane. He is survived by his wife and several children. The body was sent back to Wheeler, via Odessa Monday night.” (Odessa Record: 7-20-1921; edit: see Ottmar Cemetery)

Schoessler:   Mary Schoessler. Died: Oct 15, 1914, Odessa, WA. Birth: 10 March 1913, Odessa, WA. Father: George William Schoessler, born Russia. Mother: Katie Beck, born Russia. Burial: place not given.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)

Schoessler:  “Graveside funeral services for Ruth Justina Delzer Schoessler were held on Wednesday, Nov 13, at the Grandview Cemetery, Grandview. Mrs Schoessler, who was 82 years old, died on Saturday, Nov 9, 1996, at Terrace Heights Health Care Center in Moses Lake.  She was born in Odessa on Dec 18, 1913, the daughter of Ludwig and Christina (Janke) Delzer. She received her education in Odessa. She lived on a farm near Odessa until she married George Schoessler on Aug 29, 1931.  In Sept 1931, George and Ruth moved to Granger, where they farmed. The Schoesslers also farmed near Prosser, Grandview and Outlook before they bought a farm near Grandview in 1942. Ruth and George continued to farm until 1981, when George made his home at the Grandview Health Care Center.  In 1986, Ruth also entered the Grandview Health Care Center.  George died on Oct 20, 1987. Ruth moved to the Terrace Heights Nursing Home in Moses Lake in 1988.  Ruth is survived by one son, Eugene Schoessler, of Moses Lake; two daughters, Dorothy Cantrell, of Moses Lake, and Della Quaintance, of Amana, Iowa; one sister, Adeline Luce, of Spokane; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ruth became a member of the First Church of God in Grandview. She was active in the church as a teacher and choir member. She had worked at the Prosser Nursing Home since Nov 1965 as a licensed practical nurse. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.” (Odessa Record: 11-14-1996)

Schoonover:  Grover C Schoonover was found dead Tuesday morning (3-06-56) and the funeral will be on Saturday from the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane. He was born in Richland Co, WI, in 1886, one of 15 children. Four of the boys came west. Grover came west in 1912, was postmaster in 1917 in Odessa, and was in the grain business in 1928. In 1916 he married Martha Richter, daughter of a pioneer Spokane family. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-08-1956) 

Schoonover:  Mary Caroline Schoonover, the daughter of Charles and Amelia Frederick, passed away at a Spokane hospital on Aug 25, 1981. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated at the services held at the Valley Thornhill Funeral Home in Spokane.  Mary was born in the family home on March 16, 1903. She was the only daughter in the family with six brothers. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the Christ Lutheran Church of which she was a life-long member. Her formal education was received in the rural schools of Odessa. On April 1, 1921, Mary was married to Royden Schoonover. They farmed at Odessa all of their lives. Mr Schoonover died in 1938, and at that time Mary continued to run the farm and raise her children. During her more active years, she had an egg route in Ephrata for seventeen years and was a private nurses’ aide to many in their homes. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Mary entered the Davenport Hospital on Aug 22 and was transferred to a Spokane hospital on Aug 25, where she died. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and three brothers. Survivors include three sons, Royden, Jr, and Charles of Tekoa, WA, and Edward of Spanola, WA; three brothers, Louis, William and Rudolph Frederick, all of Odessa; by 6 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.  Casketbearers were Curtis Finck, Al Fink, Lewis Kagele, Keith Schafer, Richard Voise and Jerry Walter. Interment was in the Pine Cemetery in Spokane with Valley Thornhill in charge of the interment service.” (Odessa Record: 9-03-1981)

Schoonover:  Olga Giese Schoonover died June 20, 1993 in Keller Ferry. Her home was in Keller Ferry. Memorial service in Odessa at Heritage UCC Chapel. She was born April 2, 1913 at Batum to Wilhelm and Leontine Thillman Giese. She attended school in the Batum area. She married Otto Schoonover on Sept 3, 1933 in Newport. They moved to the original Schoonover family farm in the Odessa area and operated the Schoonover warehouse station.  Otto’s grandfather donated to the original construction of the English Congregational Church in Odessa. Following retirement Olga and Otto moved to Keller Ferry. Otto died in 1988. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Alma Spurling in 1991.  Olga is survived by one brother, Gottlieb Giese, of Spokane; two sisters, Hulde Ingram, of Renton, and Freda Rodgers of Odessa. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record-undated; edit: cremated)

Schoonover:  Tim Schoonover, 32, of Federal Way died in an auto accident near Reardan. Funeral services from Flintoff Funeral Home in Issaquah. He graduated from Odessa high school in 1976. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-21-1989, no date of death or funeral given)  

Schoonover:  “Warren N Schoonover, 65, retired merchant of Odessa, died at his home in Spokane on Tuesday, his death being caused by double pneumonia. Funeral services were held in Spokane today (Thursday), Dr J Charles Evans officiating.  Mr Schoonover, who is credited with building the first store in Odessa, came from Wisconsin in 1890 and settled near Odessa, where he took up a homestead.  Seven years later he came to Odessa and in company with Roy Trantum, another pioneer, built the first building here, a block west of the present city hall and conducted a mercantile business there. Mr Schoonover and Mr Trantum acquired lots in Odessa and platted the Trantum and Schoonover addition to Odessa, engaging in the real estate business and farm implement business during the time.  His career was varied, he being chosen as the town’s first water superintendent and later city marshal. During the remaining years in Odessa he engaged in the furniture business, operated a pool room and confectionery and other businesses. At one time he was a candidate for Lincoln County sheriff, losing in the election.  Mr Schoonover was well known for his hunting prowess, having been conceded the honor as the best long shot in Odessa, getting birds from seemingly impossible distances. During the early part of his stay here he was married to Mrs Emma Becker, who survives him, as do two sons, John A and Marcel V of Spokane, one daughter, Mrs A H Gieb, Wilbur, three brothers, two of which L M and W H Schoonover, live in Odessa, and G C Schoonover of Harrington; and three sisters.  Since leaving Odessa he has made his home in Spokane, where he again engaged in business for a time.  During the past three years he has retired from active business and has operated a small chicken business.” (Odessa Record: 1-13-1933)

Schopp:  Maurice K Schopp, 83, passed away May 10, in Soap Lake. He was born on Sept 6, 1910 in Abilene, KS. Mr Schopp recently lived in Harrington, where he was a member of the Senior Center. He is survived by his wife, Julia, at the home in Soap Lake; a son, Ken Schopp of Mill Valley, CA; 3 grandchildren, Craig and Todd Schopp, and Laurie Hennessey; a brother, Fred Schopp, and a sister, Mary Cooper, Allin, CA; three stepsons, Kenneth, Elden and Stephen Nyquist; and a step-daughter, Marge Mero. Private memorial service will be held at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 5-19-1994)

Schorzman:  Gottlieb Schorzman, 69, Dryden, well known here, was buried at Quincy on Sunday, following short funeral services at Cashmere. He had died the preceding Tuesday after a five day illness. Survivors include 5 daughters: Mrs Manuel Reiman, Dryden; Mrs Barney Dormaier, Cashmere; Mrs Ira Phillippi, Wenatchee; Mrs John Weber, Ritzville; and Mrs Paul Reiman, Ritzville; three sons and two great grandchildren. Two brothers and five sisters also survive.” (Odessa Record: 11-19-1936)

Schorzman:  “Word was received here on Thursday morning of the death of Mrs Gottlieb Schorzman, of Quincy, who died at Dryden Tuesday of heart trouble. Funeral services will be held at Dryden, Friday morning, followed by burial at Quincy in the afternoon. Mrs Schorzman was the mother of Mrs Paul Reiman, Marcellus and Mrs John Weber, Odessa. Other survivors include her widower; three sons, Reinhold, John and William, all at Dryden; three daughters, Mrs Emmanuel Reiman, Mrs B E Dormaier and Mrs I S Phillips, also of Dryden.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1933)

Schorzman:  “Members of the Chris Schorzman family here have received word that their brother, Henry Schorzman, died at Menno, South Dakota, during the week end. None of the family were able to go there for the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 7-18-1946)


Schorzman:  Mrs Martha Amelia Schorzman, 27, died Monday evening with the funeral Wednesday in Dryden. Burial was in Peshastin. She is survived by her husband, William Schorzman, a 6 yr old daughter, Donna Mercedes; her father, Jacob Strehle of Dryden; two brothers, three sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-18-1936)


Schrag:  Colleen Lillian (Oliver) Schrag died Wednesday, Feb 4, 2004, in Vancouver, WA, of stroke-related causes. She was 80 years old. Colleen was born Feb 26, 1923, at Buhl, Idaho, the daughter of Basil and Martha (Walter) Oliver. When Colleen was an infant, Basil and Martha moved to a wheat farm south of Odessa, where Colleen was raised... Colleen marries Leslie Schrag on Aug 30, 1945. They farmed in the Menno area in northwestern Adams County. Colleen owned and operated the Fabric and Sewing Center in Ritzville from 1968 to 1976.... Memorial services were held Feb 7 at Waterford Retirement Center in Vancouver. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver.” (Odessa Record: 2-12-2004)

Schuh:  Anna L Schuh, 70, longtime Quincy resident, was born May 30, 1920 to Carl and Anna O’Neal Jakel in Spokane. She was a former resident of Marlin and widely known in Odessa. She died in Ephrata May 19, 1991 with interment in the Quincy Valley Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-23-1991)

Schuh:  “Funeral services for Christian Schuh were held on March 3 at 9:45 a.m. at the Colonial Chapel of the Jones and Jones funeral home in Wenatchee. Dr Jay Eller officiated. Pall bearers were Art, Don, Gerald, Jerry, Floyd and Wayne Schuh, all grandchildren of the deceased. Chris Schuh was born May 18, 1876 in Tiplitz, Russia and died at the age of 88 years. He was married to Rosina Reiter in Arzeste, Russia and came to the United States and settled in Odessa for one year. He then went to a wheat ranch in Wheeler for six years, the Ruff area for 21 years and then to Moses Lake.  Since 1936 he has lived in Wenatchee and since 1962 has made his home in the Parkside Manor where he lived until his death.  Survivors include his wife, Rosina; 5 sons, Reinhold, Odessa; Otto, Marlin; Ted, Yakima; Chris Jr, Seattle; Oscar, Quincy; 5 daughters, Mrs Charles Baker and Mrs Emma Johnson, Ephrata; Mrs Hulda Stuhlmiller, Spokane; Mrs Glen Clifford and Mrs Lydia Porhst of Seattle as well as one sister, 32 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-11-1965)

Schuldheisz: Pastor Benjamin W Schuldheisz, 65, Hood River, OR, died Saturday at his home.  Pastor Schuldheisz retired Dec 31, 1975, having served in the ministry of the Lutheran Church 38 years.  Before moving to Hood River, he served in parishes in the Columbia Basin, Odessa, Moses Lake, and Quincy.  He served Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Menno and Zion Lutheran church, Lamona, from 1940 to 1950.  Survivors include his wife, Esther, at the home; four daughters, Mrs Rhoda Spidal, Forest Grove, OR; Mrs Anita Eller, Livermore, CA; Karla and Becky Schuldheisz, Hood River; and three sons, Daniel Schuldheisz, Kennewick, WA; Paul Schuldheisz, Gresham, OR; and  Joe Schuldheisz, Hood River.  Services were on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River. Burial was in the Hood River cemetery. Officiating was Pastor Emil Jaech, Portland, OR, president of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.” (Odessa Record: 1-22-1976) 

Schultz:  A. Dale Schultz, a native of the Marlin area, died Sunday, Sept 11, 1999, in Sublimity, Oregon. He was 86 years old. He was born at Marlin October 3, 1912. He graduated from Valley High School in Stevens County.  Mr Schultz worked on the Grand Coulee Dam with the Bureau of Reclamation for six years. He later worked for the US Geological Survey for several years, making topological maps. He retired in 1973 as a topographical engineer in Menlo Park, CA. He moved to Spokane, where he lived for 22 years, and moved to Sublimity in August.  He was a member of centenary United Methodist Church in Spokane. He was a member of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. He enjoyed football and watching the stock market. Survivors include his wife, Florice, who he married in 1935; two daughters, Sandra Onstot, of Turner, OR; and Carol Schultz, of Menlo Park, CA; two sisters, Valdene Morgan, of Deer Lake, WA; and Alice Ewing, of Sandpoint, ID; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial services were held Sept 17 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Spokane. Inurnment was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1999) 

Schultz:  Dan Schultz, former Odessa resident, died Sept 29, 1978. He died in Peoria, AZ. He was born Feb 28 1912 on the family homestead north of Odessa, son of Chris and Katie Schultz. He married Anne Moran on Dec 17, 1934. They farmed near Odessa from 1942 to 1964. Cremation followed the services. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-05-1978)

Schultz:  Harold (Hal) N Schultz died July 13, 2000 at Waipahu, Hawaii with his funeral in Honolulu. He was born in Odessa, the son of Gottleib and Freda (Weishaar) Schultz on Aug 16, 1917. He spent 49 years in government service. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Aileen, a son, a daughter and grandchildren. The funeral was held at the Co-Cathedral of St Theresa. Military burial services were at Kaneohe State Veterans Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-27-2000)

Schulz:  Florence Martha (Weber) Schulz  died March 27, 2004 at Quincy with burial in Tahoma National Cemetery. She was born Feb 22, 1919, the daughter of Thomas and Salome (Goetz) Weber, in Odessa. She graduated from Odessa High School in the Class of 1937. She married Gene Schulz on May 25, 1946 in Seattle. They moved to Quincy later the same year. Florence was survived by her husband, and their children, Alan Schulz, Janeil Kikuchi, and Paula Schulz. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-01-2004)

Schumacher: "Mrs Anton Schumacher of Wilson Creek dropped dead of heart failure last Saturday night in the store she and her husband operated there. She had been a resident of Wilson Creek since 1911, and was prominent in many civic activities. She is survived by her widower, two daughters, Alice of Ephrata, and Marion, Alaska, and one son, William, Spokane." (Odessa Record: 5-13-1943)


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