Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

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Mager, Nickless; ( b. Feb 14, 1919, d. May 6, 1996)   48/7 

“Graveside inurnment service for Nickless (Nick) Mager of Wilbur will be held today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at the Wilbur Cemetery. Pastor Mike Nelson will officiate.  He was born Feb 14, 1919, in Diamond, IN, to George and Alice (Saltice) Mager. He worked for the State Highway Sept for many years as an equipment operator. Mr. Mager was a member of the Wilbur Lutheran Church and the Wilbur Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Mager is survived by three children, Steven Mager of Stuart, FL, Sheryl Houston of Wilbur, and Suellen Schertenleib of Florence, MT; 5 grandchildren; 6 sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 1986 and five brothers. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 5-09-1996)


Mars, Albert Donald; Infant of Mr. & Mrs. Sam; ( b. Mar 25, 1902, d. Aug 22, 1902)  77/2 

The infant of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Mars died Saturday and was interred in the Wilbur Cemetery. (Wilbur Register, Aug 29, 1902-notes)


Martin, Vincent V.  ( Oct 31,1923-1971 Apr 21) WA PHM 2 US NAV   WWII  126/8

“Vincent V (Bud) Martin.—His home, N5907 Forest Blvd. Survived by his wife, Elizabeth Martin; 3 sons, Larry, Richard and Thomas Martin; one daughter Kay Martin, all at the home; one sister, Mrs Ilene Buckley, Wilbur, WA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A member of the Driscoll Blvd Baptist Church; a World War II veteran. Funeral services, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24 in the Chapel of Chimes of the Thornhill Geraghty and Langbehn Funeral Home. The Rev Lloyd Garrison officiating. Graveside services 2 p.m. Sat., April 24 at the Wilbur, Wash., Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 4-24-1971)


Mason, Clarence; ( b. 1881, d. 1936)  195/10

“Clarence Virgil Mason, 54, died at Wilbur last Wednesday. He came to Wilbur in 1902. His widow, three children, his mother, two sisters and a brother, all of Wilbur, and another brother and sister survive. The funeral was held Friday from the Catholic church with the Rev Father Farelley officiating.”  (Odessa Record: 3-20-1936)


McAlister (McAllister), Fannie; ( b. 1875, d. 1937) 42/11  

“Fannie McAlister, 61, a native of Iowa, died Friday night at her home at Wilbur. She was married in 1892 and came to Wilbur in 1906, her husband dying soon after coming there. She reared and educated four children out of six born to her and took active part in lodge and church work. The Rebekah lodge officiated at her funeral on Monday.” (Odessa Record:  7-29-1937)


McAllister, Frank; ( d. May 5, 1907) 42/11  

Frank McAllister committed suicide May 5 at the home of his brother, a few miles south of Wilbur. The unfortunate man had had suicidal tendencies for some time, but at the time of his death was not considered dangerous. ( Lincoln County Death Index: McALLISTER, Frank, Date of death:5/5/1907, sex: M; race W; married M; Place of death, Wilbur;  Cause of death: Suicide; birth place, Iowa; Residence, Wilbur; Occupation, Farmer; Father & birthplace,  J. P. McALLISTER, PA; Mother & birthplace, S. THOMPSON, PA; Informant: G. E .McALLISTER)

"At about 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon FRANK MCCALLISTER committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor at the home of his brother, four miles south  of Wilbur.  He was in one of the outbuildings and after cutting his throat called for his brother to bid him goodby.  He was 41 years old and leaves a wife and four children.  A desire to get back to this old home, which was prevented by sickness, caused him to commit the deed."( Edit: name should be McAllister) (Lincoln County Times, May 10, 1907) Submitted by Barbara Curtis


McClellan, Fisher;  ( b. 1903, d. 1936)  36/1  

“The body of McClellan Fisher, 33, was brought to Wilbur this week from Pasco for burial. He died of tuberculosis. His father was a Wilbur pioneer and his mother, now the wife of Dr Williamson, lives at Soap Lake. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Wilbur.” (Odessa Record:  11-19-1936; edit: cemetery listing shows: H. Fisher McClellan)


McCord, Myrtle; ( b. Mar 3, 1905, d. Jun 11, 1997)  72/11 

“Funeral service for Myrtle McCord was held Friday, June 13, at Strate Funeral Home in Wilbur, with Intern Cory Fuhrman officiating.  Mrs. McCord passed away June 11, 1997 at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport. She was 92.  She was the daughter of Lucy Faris and Elbert Wassum. She was born in Walla Walla , lived in Spokane close to Natatorium Park, as well as in Creston and in Davenport.  On Oct 17, 1938, she married LeRoy Johnson, and they farmed north of Wilbur on the Keller highway until 1964. When Roy died in 1974, she moved to town. She married Ivan McCord on April  21, 1981, and he died in December 1988. Myrtle was best known for her crocheting, especially her Christmas ornaments and the 71 lap robes she made for the Lincoln Nursing Home.  Mrs. McCord was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Almira and the Wilbur Historical Society.  She is survived by a cousin, Frances Peak of Reardan; lifetime friends Nina Rettkowski, Helen Bahr and Sheron Rosman; and numerous extended family and friends.”  (Davenport Times:  6-19-1998; Edit: burial occurred in the Wilbur Cemetery)


McCord, Thomas W.; ( b. Jul 6, 1860, d. Jul 29, 1937) 72/2  

“Probate of the will of Thomas W. McCord, Wilbur pioneer, was ordered. His daughter, Mrs. Zennie Haden, is executrix. The estate is valued at $5,000.”  (Odessa Record: 10-21-1937; burial in Wilbur)


McCormick, Marie; ( b. Sep 08, 1858, d. Aug 03, 1937) 125/3

“Marie Kramer McCormick, 79, whose funeral was from the Catholic church at Wilbur on Friday, was one of the first white women in this part of the Big Bend. She died at Spokane last Tuesday.  She was a young woman, only recently from Luxemburg, when she filed on a homestead a few miles west of Wilbur, in 1881, while Washington was a territory. In that same year she became the bride of the late Frank Kramer, whose homestead was in the same region. She and Mr. Kramer acquired a large acreage of wheat land and reared four sons. after the death of her first husband she married Dr W. W. McCormick, who died about four years ago. Survivors are Albert Kramer, Spokane; Eugene Kramer, Almira farmer; and Emil Kramer, Wilbur farmer.” (Odessa Record: 8-12-1937)


McCuen, Elizabeth, Mrs.;  ( b. 1821, d. 1906)  7/6  

Mrs. Elizabeth McCuen, aged 85 years, died of pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Foley at Wilbur Wednesday, after an illness of two days. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Friday, Rev. Mr. Morse officiating. (LCT, Dec 14, 1906))


McLean, Mary; ( b. 1861, d. 1935) 31/9  

"Mrs. Mary McLean whose funeral services had been held at Almira, was buried in the Wilbur Cemetery, Sunday.  Her widower survives."

(Citizen: 11-22-1935)


McManis, Rachel; ( d. 1927)  34/12  

“Final account of Netta M. Nelson, executrix of the estate of Rachel McManis, and petition for distribution of the estate have been filed.” (Odessa Record: 11-13-1925)


McMillan, Florence; ( b. 1913, d. 1927)  158/1  

“Florence McMillan, 14-year-olddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. McMillan who reside about 12 miles south of Wilbur, is in serious condition as the result of bad burns on her body which she received Tuesday while along in her room at her home. Her mother and sister, hearing her screams, ran to her assistance and both sustained painful burns in an attempt to tear the burning clothing from the girl. She is unable to explain how the accident occurred.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1927) 


McMillin, Lucy; ( b. May 25, 1910, d. Aug 20, 1990) 58/4   

“Lucy L. McMillin, recently of Ephrata and a former Wilbur resident, died Aug 20, 1990 at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. Born in Odessa May 25, 1910 to Tony and Mary Brown, she attended Marlin and Irby schools.  She lived most of her life in Almira before moving to Wilbur. She was married in 1955 to W. E. McMillin in Wilbur, and was a member of the Wilbur VFW Auxiliary and of the senior Citizens organization there. She moved to a nursing home in Ephrata about a year ago when her health failed.  Mrs. McMillin was preceded in death by her husband in 1977, and by her parents, by brothers Tony Brown and Ray Brown, and by a sister, Julia (Jackie) Brown. She is survived by a brother, Harold Brown of Marlin, and by three sisters: Frances Perkins of Marlin, Jean Fischer of Ephrata and Dorothy Maddox of Texas.  Graveside service was held Aug 23 at the Wilbur Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 8-30-1990)


McNew, Rachel J  (Added; d. 5-04-2009; b. 5-25-1909)

Rachel J McNew, age 99, passed away on May 4, 2009 in Spokane, Washington. She was born on May 25, 1909 in Creston, Washington to Calvin and Delilah Roby. She was a member of Wilbur Lutheran Church.  Rachel is survived by her son, Duane Erickson and Marilynn of Spokane, WA; her daughter, Jean Schmidt and Dick of Hayden, Idaho, 8 grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren.  Mrs McNew was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard McNew, daughter Marie Warnecke, foster son Dale Summerlin, who was killed on his 21st birthday, brothers, Vilas, Thomas and an infant brother, and three sisters, Delilah, Edith and Florence.  A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4 p.m. at the Wilbur Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Wilbur Lutheran Church, Wilbur, WA with Pastor Holly Gunby officiating. Mrs McNew will lie-in-state at Strate Funeral Home on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA is caring for the family.” (Wilbur Register: May 7, 2009)


McRae, Frederick G.; ( b. Apr 18, 1904, d. Nov 30, 1975) 57/3   

“Frederick Gwynn McRae. Died: 11-30-1975. Birth: 4-18-1904, Montana. Widowed. Father: McRae. Mother: Cora Fahey. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


McRae, Lois; ( b. 1912, d. 1972)  57/3  

“Lois F. McRae.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. A Member of the Catholic Church. Survived by her husband, Fred G. McRae; 3 sons, Ronald D. McRae; Richard R. McRae, at the home; and Fred E. McRae, Wilbur, WA. One daughter, Mrs. CoAnn Sumwold, Lacrosse, WA; one brother, Paul Hauchildt, Butte, MT. 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 2 nieces. Rosary will be said Sunday, Feb 13 at 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Funeral Mass Monday, Feb 14, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Father Bernard Oosterman officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA,  Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 2-14-1972)


Menke, Clara; ( b. 1881, d. 1972) 157/5   

“Clara M. Menke.—Her home Wilbur, WA. Member of Wilbur Lutheran Church. Survived by one son, Leonard Menke in Alaska; four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Bergau, Wilbur, WA; Mrs. Betty Lou Ehrenberg, Seattle; Mrs. Alice Krause, Spokane; Mrs. Esther Warren in CA; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 nieces. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept 15 at 2 p.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 9-14-1972)


Menke, Doras; ( b. 1878, d. 1924) 167/11    

“Order admitting the will of Doras Menke to probate and naming John Menke as executor has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 11-06-1925)


Menke, Lelah; ( b.  1913, d. 1929) 157/4  

Miss Lelah Menke, 16 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Menke of Wilbur, died Friday after an operation for appendicitis at Spokane. Her remains were taken to Wilbur for burial. (Odessa Record)  


Meyer, Anna; ( b. 1869, d. 1937)   44/7,  estate-

"The final account of Herman Menke of Wilbur as administrator of the estate of his sister, Anna Meyer, and a petition for the distribution of the $11,710 estate were filed." (Odessa Record: 2-16-1939)


Meyer, E.; (Euphrosene) ( b. Mar 17, 1943, d. Mar 29, 1926) 153/4  

“Inventory and appraisal of the estate of E. Meyer made by E. H. Oswalt, Godfrey Thompson and J. McPherson, Wilbur, show the estate to consist of property worth $6,042.” (Odessa Record: 11-05-1926)


Meyer, Henry; ( b. 1859, d. 1929)  44/7  

“J. McPherson, G. Thompson and Herman Menke of Wilbur have appraised the property of the estate of Henry Meyer, deceased, at $28,452.78.” (Citizen, Jun 6, 1930))


Mickelsen, Andrea K. ; ( b. 1886, d. 1970)  s/w Martin 54/11

“Andrea K. Mickelsen (Mrs. Martin Mickelsen).—She lived in Wilbur,WA. A member of the Lutheran Church.  Survived by 3 sons, Elton Mickelsen, Klamath Falls, OR; Carwald Mickelsen, Seattle, WA; Maurice Mickelsen, Spokane, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Mildred Kramer, Almira, WA; Mrs. Ellen McCollum, Seattle, WA; Mrs. Alta Tisler, Anaheim, CA; one brother, Otto Therkildsen, in Denmark; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept 11 at 2 p.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church . Pastor William Bash officiating. Interment Wilbur,WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 9-10-1970)


Miller, Adolph; ( b. Feb 15, 1891, d. Sep 1981) 200/2  

“Funeral services were held from the Emmanual Lutheran Church in Reardan Monday morning, Sept 14 for Adolph Miller of Reardan.  Graveside services in the afternoon at the Wilbur Cemetery were concluded with Masonic rites, conducted by Reardan Masonic Lodge No. 146 F & AM  Pastor Philip Falk, Reardan, officiated. Pall bearers were grandchildren of Miller.  Survivors are three sons, Stanley Miller, Chewelah, WA; Vernon Miller, DVD Electric City, WA; Donivon Miller, Harrington, WA; two daughters, Jean Angstrom and Joyce Bauer, both of Wilbur; three brothers, Etlar Miller, Seattle, WA; Otto Miller, Spokane, WA; Folmar Miller, Airway Heights, WA; one sister, Flora Jones, Seattle, WA; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Miller was a member and past master of Reardan Lodge No. 141 F & AM; Scottish Rite Bodies; El Katif Shrine, of Spokane; Past Patron of Chewelah Chapter No. 101 and of Starlight Chapter No. 90, Reardan; Reardan Lions Club, and Addy Grange.  Miller was born in Chicago, IL, on Feb 15, 1891 and came with his family to Wilbur when he was 12 years old. He worked and farmed for many years in the area and in 1931, with his wife and five children, moved to a farm near Addy, WA. He later operated a dairy farm on the outskirts of Chewelah, WA. In 1953 he and his wife retired and moved to Reardan, WA, where he lived until the time of his death. His wife, Etta Miller, preceded him in death on Jan 30, 1978.” (Davenport Times: 9-24-1981)


Miller, Ben; ( b. 1891, d. 1974)  25/?  

“Ben Miller, retired farmer who had made his home in Wilbur for a number of years, died Monday evening in the Davenport Hospital. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Wilbur Lutheran Church. Burial in the Wilbur Cemetery will follow.” (Wilbur Register: 1-02-1974)


Miller, Etta; ( b. Sep 19, 1895, d. Jan 30, 1978)  200/1  

“Etta Leona Miller, daughter of pioneer Lincoln County residents John H and Ida E. Jump, passed away at Davenport on Jan 30.  Funeral services were held Friday, Feb 3, from the Reardan Presbyterian Church with Rev Stephen Kleiwer and Rev Harold E. Parrish officiating. The burial service was Friday afternoon in the Wilbur Cemetery and the Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur handled the arrangements. Pallbearers were grandsons and the Eastern Star rite by the Starlite Chapter No. 90 was part of the funeral service.  Mrs. Miller was born north of Creston on Sept 19, 1895. A lifetime resident of the area, she had made her home in Reardan for the past 22 years. She was a member of Starlite Chapter No. 90, OES, Chewelah Chapter No. 101, OES, Three Link Rebekah Lodge of Reardan, the Reardan Garden Club, The Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs and the Addy Grange. She married Adolph Miller in 1918 and he survives at the home in Reardan. Also surviving are three sons: Stanley Miller, Chewelah; Vernon Miller DVM, Davenport, and Donivan Miller, Harrington; two daughters: Mrs. Jean Angstrom and Mrs. Joyce Bauer, Wilbur; a brother, Ray Jump, Everett; five sisters, including Margaret Andersen of Wilbur and Ida Mae Portugue, Republic; 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Wilbur Register: 2-09-1978) "Funeral Pending.  Etta Miller, wife of Adolph Miller of Reardan, passed away at Davenport January 30.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur." (Wilbur Register 2--2-1978)


Miller, George; ( b. 1887,  d. 1972)  Husband,  109/4

“George Miller. Resident of Wilbur, WA. Member of Wilbur Lutheran church and Wilbur Grange. Survived by  his wife, Mrs. Marie Miller at the home; 2 sons, Edgar H. Miller, Spokane; Lawrence A. Miller, Wilbur; 1 daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Lillian) George, Olympia, WA; one brother, Ben Miller, Wilbur; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Kunz, and Mrs. Stella Mearns, both Wilbur; Mrs. Ida Brock, Spokane; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 12 at 2 p.m. form the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Wilbur. Pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-12-1972)


Miller, Harold E.; ( b. 1921, d.  1970)  m/Oct 04,1941, 108/2

“Harold E. Miller.—Lifetime resident of Wilbur, WA. Member of Wilbur Grange. Survived by his wife, Wanda Miller, one son, Monte I Miller of Wilbur, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Onita Stepherson, Livermore, CA; Vicki Jean Miller, at the home; his mother, Inez Miller, Wilbur, WA; 3 sisters, Mrs. Helen Panhrtz, Twentynine Palms, CA; Mrs. Clara Reed, Kennewick, WA; Mrs. Dorothy Fergurson, Republic, WA; one granddaughter; one grandson. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb 5, 2 p.m. form the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Kenneth J Scott officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery.  The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 2-05-1970)


Mitchell, Lloyd; ( b. Nov 08, 1907, d. Aug 24, 1974)  92/11  

“Lloyd W. Mitchell.—Lifetime resident of Coulee City, WA. Died Aug 24 at Ephrata, WA. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Verneta Mitchell at the home; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Sheryl) Nutt, Portland, OR; Mrs. John (Vicki) Kennedy, Kent, WA; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Mitchell, Coulee City, WA; one sister, Mrs. Lois Aston, Kettle Falls, WA; three grandchildren. He was a veteran of WW II, and a member of the VFW. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug 28, at 11 a.m. from the Coulee City Presbyterian Church, the Rev Sidney Sowers officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-30-1974; scrapbook item)


Moller, Albert A.; ( b. 1899, d. Dec 18, 1964)  206/7 

“Albert A. Moller, former Odessa resident, died in Roseburg, OR Dec 18, 1964. Funeral services were held in Roseburg with graveside services in Wilbur with Pastor Fisher officiating. Moller was born June 6, 1899. His wife, Dorothy, was cook at Smith’s Cafe for 3 years. he is survived by his wife, Dorothy, one son, Larry of Arlington, OR and a brother, William, in Tracy, CA.” (Odessa record: 12-31-1964)  


Monson, Harvey T.; ( b. 1884, d. 1969) 159/1  

“Harvey T. A. Monson.—His home was Almira, WA. A member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira. A charter member of Wheatridge Grange, the IOOF, Knights of Pythias. Survived by one son, Edwin G. Ladwig, Almira,WA; 3 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, Jan 25, at 1 p.m. from Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira,WA. Pastor C. E. Ovrud officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home in Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-29-1969)*His home was Almira, WA. A member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira. A charter member of Wheatridge Grange, the IOOF, Knights of Pythias. Survived by one son, Edwin G. Ladwig, Almira, WA; 3 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, Jan 25 at 1 p.m. from Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira, WA. Pastor C. E Dvrud officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home in Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review:  1-24-1969)



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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