Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

                                                                                                         Submitted By Marge Womach


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Kallenberger, Christine M.; ( b. Jan 3, 1909, d. May 22, 1986) 58/12 

“Christine M. Kallenberger, 77, a longtime area resident, passed away on Thursday, May 22, at the Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. Christine was born Jan 3, 1909 at Warden and attended schools there. On Jan 5, 1941 she married Otto Kallenberger at Marlin. They lived in Creston from 1948 until 1953 where they owned and operated the Shamrock Café. She has lived in the area all her life and was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church at Wilbur. She worked at Ma’s Café at Wilbur for many years. Mrs. Kallenberger is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Portch of Wilbur and Janice Brown of Harrison, TN; four sisters, Ella Pflugrath of Spokane, Esther Grogan of Cheney, Ruth Morris of Spokane and Pauline Tschritter of Warden; 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto, and one brother. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Community Presbyterian Church of Wilbur, Rev Dan Grether officiating. Concluding services were in the Wilbur Cemetery. Casket bearers were Leo Zimbelman, Eugene Schorzman, Larry Miller, Sam Miller, Darrell Stelzer and Melvin Zimbelman. Music was provided by Elaine Burton, Jan Goodman and Martha Sassman. The Scharback Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item: Christina Margaret Knecht Kallenberger died in May 1986.)


Kallenberg, Otto; ( b. Jan 30, 1900, d. Apr 17, 1980) 58/12    

“Otto Phillip Kallenberger passed away April 17, at Davenport, his home was in Wilbur. He was born in Gold Butte, Montana on Jan 30, 1900 and came to Washington State with his parents, Jacob and Eva Kallenberger in 1907, to farm north of Marlin.  After his parents retired Otto farmed the home place until he moved to the Wilbur area. He is survived by his wife, Christine, at Wilbur; two daughters, Joann Portch, Wilbur and Janice Brown of Chattanooga, Tennessee; five grandchildren; three brothers, Henry Kallenberger of Marlin; Oscar Kallenberger of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and Raymond Kallenberger of Box Elder, Montana; four sisters, Emma Zimbelman, Odessa; Ida Schorzman, Marlin; Esther Fink, Moses Lake, and Clara Cox, of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Kallenberger and a sister Nettie Pfeifer. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Wilbur, April 19, with Rev J Malcolm McCallum officiating. Burial was at the Wilbur Cemetery. Casket bearers were nephews, Howard Pfeifer, Dale Pfeifer, Melvin Zimbelman, Marlin; Leo Zimbelman, Almira; Eugene Schorzman, Odessa and Ken Kallenberger, Royal City.” (Odessa Record: 4-24-1980)


Kaufman, John; ( b. 1849, d. 1904) 85/8  

John Kaufman died at the home of his brother, near Govan, Feb 20th, leaving a wife and six children. (LCT) March 4th “The remains of John Kaufman, who died at the home of his brother, at Govan last Saturday evening, were interred in the Wilbur Cemetery Monday at about 2 PM. He was afflicted with dropsy for several years and was about 55 years of age at his death. He came here about 5 years ago for his health and on getting some better he returned to his family in the East. He grew worse there and returned to this country last summer. He was being assisted to another room just after having a fainting spell and expired in the arms of those who were assisting just as they passed through the doorway. –Wilbur Sentinel.” ( Mar 01, 1904, Citizen).


Keller, Claude; ( b. Nov 3, 1913, d. Apr 17, 1956)  55/1  

“Funeral services were held Thursday at Wilbur for Claude Keller, 42, former Sprague youth and manager of the Wilbur Grange supply firm. He had died suddenly the Tuesday previous. Keller was born at Uniontown, WA, on Nov 3, 1913. He was married to Alma Melcher, April 14, 1941, at Ritzville. He moved to Wilbur in March of 1943.  He is survived by his wife, Alma; two daughters, Faye and Claudine; and son, Gary, all at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Keller, Sprague; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Doerschlag, Sprague; Mrs. Alfred Keehner, Spokane; several nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1956)


Kennedy, Robert C.; ( b. Apr 1854, d. Apr 1939)  196/5

“An order was signed Friday discharging Robert A. Kennedy of Wilbur as administrator of the estate of Robert C. Kennedy. The $12,835.28 estate will be distributed to children of Mr. Kennedy.” (Citizen: 11-12-1943)


Kiner, Idella; ( b. 1865, d. 1937) 85/1  

“Mrs. Idella Kiner, 72, died Wednesday at her home at Wilbur. She was the widow of the late Frederick Kiner, who died in 1917. Funeral services were held today from the Community church. Survivors include four daughters and one son, the latter being Glen Kiner, well known here for his contacts with the Odessa rodeo.” (Odessa Record: 8-19-1937; burial in Wilbur City Cemetery)


King, Naomi E.;   ( b. 1912,  d.1968)  Mother   105/7

“Naomi E. King.—Her home was Fresno, CA, formerly, Keller, WA. She was a member of Moose Lodge No. 849, Grand Coulee, WA; Mayan Order San Antonia, Texas, and the Christian Church in Colfax, WA. Survived by one son, James Madden, Wilbur, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Janice Armstead, Fresno, CA; Mrs. Norma Ann Mortinson, Zisalia, CA; one brother, Delmar Jackson, Lewiston, ID; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mabel Hendrickson, Orofino, ID; Mrs. Leona Burke, Clarkston, WA; Mrs. Dora M. Swanberg, Palm Desert, CA; 10 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Dec 26, at 2 p.m. at Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. The Robertson Funeral Home, in Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 12-26-1968)


Kramer, Edward T.;  ( b. Nov 15, 1887, d. Oct 21, 1926) 125/4    

“John A. Birchill, Robert Sheffels and W. K. Alderson of Wilbur have been named appraisers of the estate of Edward T. Kramer.” (Odessa Record: 2-18-1927)  

Kruger, Edward C.; ( b. Apr 25, 1883, d. Jun 25, 1969) 116/4  

“Edward C. Kruger.—Resident of Spokane, WA. A member of the Lutheran Church. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services Wednesday, June 25, at 3 p.m. at the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery, Pastor C. E. Dvrud officiating. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-25-1969)


Kunz, George F. Jr.;  ( b. Aug 24, 1897, d. Aug 5, 1974)  25/12  

“Kunz Rites in Catholic Church. Funeral Mass for George Francis Kunz, Jr., who died Monday in the Lincoln Hospital, Davenport, will be held today (Thursday). Father Bernard Oostermann will officiate at the 10 a.m. rites in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilbur. Interment will follow in the Wilbur Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 8-08-1974)“George Francis Kunz, Jr., was born at Charlestown , Iowa , Aug 24, 1897. He died at Davenport August 5. Mr. Kunz came to this area as a very young child and lived north of Creston where he operated a wheat farm and lived most of his life. He moved to Wilbur and resided here for the past seven months.  Mr. Kunz was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilbur and was a Veteran of WW I.  He is survived by his wife Cecelia, at the home in Wilbur; three sons, Randal Kunz, Spokane, David A. Kunz, Yuma, AZ, and George F. Kunz, Creston; two daughters, Mrs. Julie Ring, Wilbur, and Diane Kunz, Spokane; five sisters, Mrs. Alice Copenhaver, Conrad, MT, Sister Mary Alice, Portland, OR, Mrs. Arthur Rettkowski, Reardan, Mrs. Agnes Wylie, and Sister Mary Roberta, both Portland, OR; 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary was said Wednesday, Aug 7, at 7:30 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilbur and funeral mass was Thursday, Aug 8 at 10 a.m., also from Sacred Heart Church, Father Bernard Oosterman officiated. Pall bearers were Larry Kunz, John Rosman, Eddie Johnson, Loren Bodeau, Henry Diedesch, and Rex Wyborney. Burial was in the Wilbur Cemetery. The Robert Funeral Home of Wilbur was in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 8-15-1974)*


Kunz, Mary; ( b. 1889, d. 1976)  153/1  

“Mary Kunz.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. Member of the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Sherman Cemetery Club, Wilbur Civic Club, Wilbur Senior Citizens, 50-year Grange member, charter member of Potlatch Grange.  Survived by three sons: Roy J. Kunz, Okanogan, WA; Gordon G. Kunz; Frank A. Kunz, both of Wilbur, WA. Two daughters: Mrs. Esther Wyborney, Wilbur, WA; Mrs. Hazel M. Wall, Spokane. Two sisters: Mrs. Ida Brock, Spokane; Mrs. Stella Mearns, Wilbur, WA. 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, Feb 7, 1976 at 3 p.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Burial Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 2-07-1976).



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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