Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

                                                                                                         Submitted By Marge Womach


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Emerson, Kent T.;  ( b. 1901, d.  1985) 103/12  

“Kent T. Emerson, 84, died here in Davenport Thursday, April 11, 1985.  Funeral services for Mr. Emerson took place at the Community Presbyterian Church in Wilbur last Tuesday, April 16 at 2 p.m.  Burial followed at the Wilbur Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Julia Emerson, of Wilbur; two daughters, Leona Gail Zander of Bellingham , and Carol May Jones of New Richland, WI; one son, Daryl Kent Emerson of Wilbur; and 11 grandchildren.” (Davenport Times:  4-25-1985) 


Engle, Horace G.;  ( b. Oct 25, 1913,  d. Dec 03, 1944)  158/12,  WA PFC 314 Inf   79 Inf Div WWII SS BSM 2 PH  158/12    

"The body of Pfc Horace Greeley Engle has been returned from France where he was killed in action Dec 3, 1944. Graveside services were held at Wilbur Cemetery on Saturday with Chaplain Ernest L. Mitchell of the American Legion post in charge of the service.  Pallbearers were brothers of the deceased: Dick Engle, Oakesdale; Forrest Engle, Marlin; Roy Engle, Spokane; Don Engle, Veradale; Bob Engle, Marlin; Jimmy Engle, Corvallis, OR; Harvey Engle, Spokane, and Fay Engle, Pullman.  Pfc Engle, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Engle, Spokane, was born at Marlin, Oct 25, 1913, and graduated from Marlin high school. He worked on his father’s farm until March, 1942, when he entered the army, serving with the infantry. Before entering the service he was married to Miss Hazel McMillen, of Wilbur, and she and their daughter survive him, along with his parents and eight brothers.” (Odessa Record: 12-09-1948) “Horace G. (Stub) Engle was killed in action in France on December 3, it was revealed in a telegram from the war department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Engle, received on Sunday.  Engle, who was born Oct 25, 1913, at Marl in, was inducted into the army March 21, 1942, and spent most of his training period in California. He went to the Europe an sector in June 1944, and was in several major battles, receiving the expert infantry medal and the purple heart for wounds in action in October. Survivors include his parents; his wife, Hazel, and infant daughter, Irene, and eight brothers, five in the services; Dick, a druggist at Palmer, Ala ska ; Pfc Forrest, with the signal corps in the Philippines; Roy, Marl in; Don, Portland; Pvt Jimmie, Camp Wolters, Texas; Bobbie, R M 2/c in the navy at Treasure Island, Calif.; Sgt Harvey, quartermaster corps in India, and Fay, S 2/c, in the navy, on duty somewhere out of San Francisco.” ( Odessa Record: 12-21-1944)


Ennis, Clara W.; ( b. 1887, d. 1974) 17/7 

  “Clara W. Ennis.— Passed away Davenport, WA nursing home. Her home, formerly W 1618 Nora, Spokane. Member of Rebekah Lodge. Survived by two sons, Richard Ennis, Wilbur, and William Ennis, in Minnesota; five grandchildren. Services Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. at the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery, Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-29-1974)*


Erfurth, William F.; ( b.  1960,  d. Jul 28, 1985) 99/10   

 “A one-car accident west of Creston on Highway 2 Sunday might, July 28 resulted in the death of a 25-year old Wilbur man and injuries to both the driver of the accident vehicle and a second passenger.  Law officers found 25-year old William Frederick Erfurth dead on their arrival to the scene of the accident about three miles west of Creston. Erfurth was a passenger in the vehicle. Francis Eugene Harrington, 21, also of Wilbur, and a passenger in the accident vehicle, suffered a broken neck in the accident. He remains in Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane , according to the State Patrol.  Robert Dale Miller, 21, of Wilbur and the driver of the vehicle, was transported to the Lincoln Hospital here in Davenport following the accident. The accident occurred at nearly 6 p.m. Sunday night when the eastbound vehicle went off Highway 2 on the right-hand side of the road. Miller overcorrected, the vehicle veered to the left of the roadway and went over an embankment, according to state patrol reports.  Miller, Harrington and Erfurth all became ejected from the car as it proceeded to roll two and a half times.” (Davenport Times:  8-01-1985)


Ettenborough, L.; ( b. 1834, d. 1935)  

 “Services were held on Sunday at Wilbur for L. Ettenborough, 86, who died at Spokane Friday. He had farmed near Creston and had operated a hotel at Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1935)



Files, J. G.; ( b. Jan 17, 1893, d. Apr 02, 1901) 84/11   

“J. C. Files, an old pioneer resident and war veteran, died at his home in Wilbur at 2 o’clock last Tuesday morning after two years suffering of cancer of the stomach. The deceased was well known throughout Oregon and Washington. He fought in the early wars in his youth and later he served six years in the Oregon and Washington Indian massacres in company with Marcus Whitman. He was a charter member and helped organize the first Masonic lodge on the coast at Fort Vancouver. He was born in Green Co, Tennessee Jan 17, 1823. He leaves an aged wife and two children: Henry Files who resided with them here and Mrs. Nellie Hulbert of Portland.  The funeral services will be conducted under the auspices of the Masonic order Wednesday at the First Presbyterian church, interment will be made in the Wilbur Cemetery.” (Davenport Tribune: 4-04-1901; tombstone in Wilbur Cemetery as Jackson G. Files.)


Filion, Magloire; ( b. 1859, d.  1937) 194/5  

“Magloire Filion, 78, who died Monday at a hospital at Spokane, was buried Wednesday from Wilbur. Mr. Filion was born in New York and came with his family to Washington more than 32 years ago. Four years ago he moved to Wilbur to make his home.” (Odessa Record: 7-29-1937; burial Wilbur)


Finch,  Charles Clair; ( b. Aug 09, 1905 d. 1971 Jun 26) 17/6       

“Charles Clair Finch.—His home, S1126 Coeur d’Alene. Survived by his wife, Marian Finch, at the home; 2 sons, Burton Finch and Kenneth Finch, both of Wilbur, WA; one brother, Norman Finch, Spokane; 7 grandchildren. Funeral services Wednesday, June 30, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Flowers of the Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane. The Rev Frank G. VanDoran officiating. Graveside services 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Wilbur City Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 6-29-1971)


Fisher, Cecil V.; ( b. Jan 05, 1897, d.  Apr 12, 1969) 56/3  

“Cecil V. Fisher, 72.—Passed away April 12, at the Prosser Hospital. A veteran of WW I, USN, Game Warden in Prosser, WA, for the last 11 years. Survived by his wife, Mary Fisher, at the home; 3 sons, Wayne Fisher, Wilbur, WA; Lyle Fisher, Milwaukie, OR; Dale Fisher, San Francisco, CA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Margie Ozman, Hoquiam, WA; Mrs. Marylynn Gooley, Tempe, AZ; 23 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 6 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services Tuesday, 10 a.m. United Presbyterian Church, Prosser, WA. Burial services 4 p.m. Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA. The Benton Memorial Chapel, Prosser, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 4-12-1969)*  


Fisher, Odessa M.; ( b. Jul 27, 1880, d. Mar 05, 1969) 40/1 

   “Odessa M. Fisher.—Her home Bremerton, WA. A member of the Christian Church. Survived by 2 sons, George T. Fisher, Yakima, WA, Marion L. Fisher, Bremerton, WA; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Roger Otis Kuhrt, officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 3-09-1969)


Flint, Gladys;  ( b. Jun 12, 1885, d. Mar 28, 1903) 36/2  

"Miss Gladys Flint passed away last Saturday morning...after an illness of little more than a week. Several days her life had hung in the balance, hope and fear alternating in the thoughts of anxious watchers as they sought to alleviate her sufferings. Friday evening it was perceived that the end was near at hand, and the next morning she quietly breathed her life away, surrounded by the stricken family. She knew that she could not live, and bid all an affectionate good-bye. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Rodgers, in the Presbyterian church, Monday at 2:30, after which the remains were placed on board a train and taken to Wilbur for interment. The large Presbyterian church was filled to overflowing with friends of the dead girl. A beautiful tribute was paid to the departed, Prof. Perkins speaking at the conclusion of the services. Miss Gladys Flint was born June 12, 1885 at Neitlsville, WI. In 1889, with her parents, she came to this state and about 7 years ago moved to Davenport, where she had since lived. She was an unusually bright girl, and a student of great promise. She was to have graduated this spring from the high school, and was then going to San Francisco to continue her studies and prepare herself for a physician. She possessed a keen and mature mind for one of her age, and her death in the bloom of young womanhood is a sad blow to the family who had been watching her progress and whose hopes were wrapped up in her. A father, mother, and little brother are left to mourn... (Apr 03, 1903, LCT)  


Flohr, Michael; ( b. 1866, d. 1925) 162/6

 “The funeral of Michael Flohr, a resident of the Wilbur district since 1887, was held at the Wilbur Danish Lutheran church with the Rev Charles Milne, officiating. In the early days of this county Mr. Flohr had served as marshal, deputy sheriff and constable.” (Odessa Record: 10-02-1925) “Order admitting the will of Michael Flohr, Wilbur, to probate and naming his brother, G. A. Flohr, as executor, has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 11-13-1925)*


Friedlander, Margaret E. ( d. Mar 18, 2010)

“Margaret E Friedlander, age 92.—Passed away on March 18, 2010 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by her son, Dwain (Debbie) Friedlander of Lynwood, WA; two daughters: Gloria (Andy) Joseph of Elmer City, WA, and Diana (Paul) Bidle of Pullman, WA; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers: Bob Novotney of Wilbur, WA, and Gene Novotney of Republic, WA; and two sisters: Laura Groh and Dorla Reister, both of Wilbur, WA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Wilbur VFW Auxiliary and Sacred Heart Mission Catholic Church in Nespelem, WA. Margaret enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting, she loved flowers and going to the casino. She also enjoyed canning and making jams. She loved her family and being a wife, mother and all of the other various titles she held. She was a great story teller, as well. A Rosary Service will be held on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Concluding services and Vault interment will follow the Mass at the Wilbur Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Funk, Mary Jane: ( b. Feb 27, 1848, d. Nov 10, 1924) 78/5  ( b. Feb 27, 1848, d. Nov 10, 1924) 78/5   

“Record of Funeral: Mary Jane Funk. Born: Ohio. Order date Nov 12, 1924 by sons. Funeral: Nov 12, 1924 at ME church. Rev Soper, clergy. Death: Nov 10, 1924, at Sprague. Cause: apoplexy.  Birth: Feb 27, 1848. Housewife. Widow. Protestant. Aged: 76 yrs 8 mos 17 days. Body to be shipped to Wilbur, WA. via auto.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger) 



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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