Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

                                                                                                         Submitted By Marge Womach


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Reichmann, Pamela Jo; ( d. 1970) 

  “Pamela Jo Riechmann.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; a student at Wilbur Grade School. Survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Reichmann, Wilbur, WA; 3 brothers, Paul, Terry, Tim; one sister, Peggy, all at the home; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray McMillan, and Mr. and Mrs. Ward Draper, all of Wilbur, numerous aunts and uncles. Rosary Monday, Jan 26, at 8 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wilbur. Funeral Mass Tuesday, Jan 27, at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur. Father Ronald Schenk officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home in Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-20-1970) NL


Reinbold, Bernetta; ( b. Oct 31, 1877, d. Jun 16, 1960)  130/11 

“Bernetta Stookey Reinbold.  Died:  6-16-1960/ Birth: 10-31-1877, Illinois. Widowed. Father: Thomas J. Stookey. Mother: Catherine Pulliam. Buried: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Reister, Elizabeth;  ( b. Dec 30, 1896,   d. Jun 15, 1981)  95/8   

“Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 18, 1981 for Elizabeth Reister, who passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital on June 15, 1981. Pastor Malcom McCallum of Spirit Lake, Idaho and Pastor Robert Shofner of Odessa officiated at the 2 p.m. services held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Wilbur, WA.  Mrs. Reister had been a resident of the Wilbur community for the past 40 years. She had moved from her home in Wilbur to the Odessa Convalescent Center in August of 1980. She had been in failing health since she had fallen and broken her hip in April.  Elizabeth W. Reister was born in St Louis, MO on Dec 30, 1896, the daughter of Wilhelm and Charlotte Bockhouse. She was married to Ora Leonard Reister in December of 1919, at Tacoma, WA. To this union five children were born. The family moved to Wilbur in 1940, from the Jerome area. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 6268, Wilbur; a former post mistress at Jerome, WA; and she worked for many years as a clerk of the Foley Variety Store (now Davis Variety) in Wilbur. She was also an active member of the Wilbur Senior Citizens.  Survivors include two sons, Howard W. Reister of Odessa, and Raymond C. Reister of Wilbur; three daughters, Mildred Wagner of Sunnyside; Edith Roloff of Quincy; and Irene Kennedy of Wilbur; two sisters, Minnie Sphyler of Colville, WA and Frieda McDonald of Kettle Falls, WA; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, O. L. Reister in 1963; three brothers; one sister; one grandson, Randy Kennedy, and one granddaughter, Carolyn Angstrom. Providing special music for the services were Faith McCallum on the organ and Jan Goodman and Geraldine Gollehon, who sang ‘In The Garden’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’  Geraldine is a great granddaughter of Mrs. Reister. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Doug Kennedy, Bruce Moeller, Ray Roloff, Ron Cato, Larry Roloff, Jim Deahl, Gerald Gollehon and Gerald Gollehon, Jr.  Interment was in the Wilbur Cemetery with the Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1981)


Rettkowski, Mary Tobler.  (Unconfirmed burial. b. 13 Oct 1945; d. 11 Feb 2005 in Wilbur.)  “Mary Rettkowski enjoyed activities with her grandchildren. Mary Rettkowski passed away on Friday, February 11, 2005, at her home on the family farm south of Wilbur (Washington). She was 59. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, at the Wilbur Lutheran Church with Pastor Sherry Couey of the Sonrise Foursquare Church officiating. Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born October 12, 1945, at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to Jesse and Margaret (Cormier) Tobler. As a child, she moved around from place to place while her father was in the military, but later the family settled in Shelton, Washington. She graduated from Shelton High School (1963) and then attended Washington State University, where she attained a Bachelors degree. She married Gale Rettkowski of Wilbur in Shelton on February 10, 1968. After the wedding, they moved back to Wilbur where they helped run the Rettkowski family farm. They continued to live on the farm throughout the 37 years of their marriage. Mary is survived by her husband, Gale Rettkowski, at the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracey and Jim Prophet of Spokane and Shauni and Kevin Ross of Wilbur; one son, Jeff Rettkowski of Spokane; and six grandchildren, Jaceya, Caleb, Chad, Noah, Jaimie, and Emily. Other survivors include her parents, Jesse and Margaret Tobler of Shelton; two brothers, Donald Tobler of Bossier City, Louisiana and William Tobler of Bear, Delaware; one sister, Norma Kaye of Sandy, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was a member of the Sonrise Foursquare Church of Wilbur. She was a Girl Scout leader and helped with 4-H. She was very involved in the activities of her children and grandchildren, and loved being a wife, mom, and grandma. These were the greatest joys of her life. Mary enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, traveling, taking pictures, water and snow skiing, and golf. Memorials may be made to the Community Swimming Pool Foundation, the Wilbur Community Center, or the charity of the donor's choice.”  (Wilbur Register Newspaper Feb. 17, 2005; submitted by family); Tombstone was posted on website: Find A Grave.


Rettkowski, Yolanda Jean; ( b. 1931, d. 1975) 192/1
“Yolanda J. Rettkowski.—A resident of Yakima, WA. Previously with the US Military Dependent Schools in Japan & Europe. A member of the Lutheran Church, the WEA & Naches Grade PTA, the Cascadian Recreation Club. Survived by her mother, Mrs. Max (Lillian) Rettkowski, one brother, Wendell Rettkowski, both Wilbur. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church. Pastor Ralph Fischer and Pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-17-1975)

Rhodes, Louis F.; ( b. 1916, d. Jan 27, 1972) 104/2
“Louis F. Rhodes.__Of Bremerton, WA, formerly of Coulee City, WA. Passed away Jan 27. Survived by his wife, Josephine, at the home; sons, Stanley Rhodes, Spokane; and Rudy Rhodes, Oregon City; brother, Don Rhodes, Hilton-Freewater, OR; sisters, Mrs. William (Mary) Gallinger, Coulee Dam, WA; and Mrs. Bennie (Anna Lou) Jensen, Coulee City, WA; aunt, Mrs. Iva Rhodes, Spokane; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, Jan 31 ant 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Coulee City, with the Rev Sidney Sowers officiating. Private vault interment in the Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, Milton-Freewater, OR, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-31-1972, scrapbook item) -

Ring Charles A. ; ( b.  ; ( b.  Feb 13,1866, d. 1924 Apr 17) 165/3

“Charles A. Ring.—A resident of Wilbur and Warden, WA. He is survived by his wife, Thelma E. Ring, at the home; one son, Charles (Chuck) Ring, Jr., Warden, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Clarice E. Swent, Othello, WA; one brother, Harold Ring, Spokane; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Gubser, Spokane; Mrs. Elma Whipple, Sprague, WA; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Sacred Heart Church , Wilbur , WA . Rosary will be Sunday, Sept 23, 1973, at 7:30 p.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur , WA . Funeral Mass Monday, Sept 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA, the Father James McGreevy officiating. Interment the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur,WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 9-23-1973)


Ring, Edwin W.; ( b.  Aug 21,1917,  d. 1971 Aug 01)  165/6

“Edwin W. Ring.—His home, Wilbur,WA. A member of Sacred Heart Catholic church, Wilbur, Wilbur, Grange. A God Card member Rodeo Cowboys Association. President of Big Bend Rodeo Company. Survived by his wife, Irene L. Ring, at the home; 2 sons, Larry E. Ring, Moses Lake, WA; Gary M. Ring, Wilbur, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Patricia A. Irish, Belt, MT; 2 sisters, Mrs. Viola McQuade, Bismark, ND; Mrs. Ellen Guise, Wilbur, WA; 4 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary will be held Thursday, Aug 5, 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday, Aug 6. Father Bernard Oosterman officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-05-1971)


Ring, Harold E.; ( b. Jan 18, 1917, d. Sep 30, 1977) 165/10  

“Harold E. Ring passed away Friday, Sept 30, at Idaho Falls, Idaho, a victim of cardiac arrest. Mr. Ring was born Jan 18, 1917, at Wilbur and remained there until his graduation from Wilbur High School. He operated a cattle and wheat ranch at Keller for several years and was also a contractor in rodeo stock. He was a member of the Grange and the RCA. For the past several years, he had been working in construction at Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mr. Ring is survived by his wife, June; his two sons Harold (Mike) Ring of Toppenish, and Robert R. Ring of McMinnville, Oregon; his three daughters, Sharon K. Kintschi of Edwall, Judith K. Hughes of Creston, and Connie Forkner of Spokane; his two sisters Alma Whipple of Sprague, and Edna Gubser of Spokane; thirteen grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 1 pm. at the Wilbur Cemetery, today (Thursday), Sept 6, with Bishop Kent Peterson of Latter Day Saints Church officiating. Pall bearers will be Robert Pickerel, James Mearns, Deb Copenhaver, William Krause, Tom Kunz and Fred Haydon. The Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 10-06-1977)


Rinker, Caledonia; ( b. Jun 12, 1853, d. Apr 14, 1932)  170/8   

“An order admitting the will of Mrs. Caledonia Rinker, Wilbur, to probate and naming her son, Valley Rinker, as executrix, has been signed. The estate consists of residence property in Wilbur.” (Edit: original used spelling of Ringer for Mrs. Rinker; Odessa Record: 12-13-1935)  “A petition for probate of the will of Mrs. Caledonia Rinker, Wilbur pioneer, who died April 14, 1932, and the naming of her son, Valley Rinker, executor, was filed. The estate consists of residence property at Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1935)


Roberts, Anna Mary; ( b. 1884, d. 1946) 51/1  

“Mrs. Anna Mary Roberts, 61, died suddenly at her home at Mason City on Monday night. She was the wife of Frank H. Roberts, who lived at Wilbur for 26 years, then at Mason City for four. Funeral services are being held today at the Christian Church in Wilbur. Surviving are six daughters and two sons, besides the husband. One son, Ival Roberts, was killed in action in the Pacific theatre. Mrs. Ival Roberts, John H. Luiten and Mrs. Frank E. Wraspir went to Wilbur today to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 5-02-1946)  “Wilbur, WA, April 30.—Mrs. Anna Mary Roberts, 61, died suddenly at her home at Mason City last night after a few minutes illness. She was the wife of Frank H Roberts and came to Wilbur more than 30 years ago, living here until four years ago, when they went to Mason City. She was a member of Buttercup circle, Neighbors of Woodcraft, here, many years, and a past guardian neighbor. She was also a member of the Christian Church.  Surviving her are six daughters, and two sons, besides her husband. One son, Ike Roberts, was killed in action in the Pacific theater. Her children are: Mrs. Norma Morgan, Tacoma; Mrs. Ruth Peters, Bakersfield, CA; Herschel Roberts, Seattle; Mrs. Irma Thomas, Boulder City, NV; Mrs. Nadie Jones, Wenatchee; Mrs. Rachel Kinder, Grand Coulee Dam; Donald Roberts, Cedar City, Utah; Mrs. Constance Haines, Grand Coulee Dam. Also surviving are three brothers and two sisters, Clinton Haden, Johnny Haden, Lewis Haden, Mrs. Dave Mundinger and Mrs. Will Kiner, all of Omak, WA. The funeral arrangements are in charge of the Chapman Funeral Home of Wilbur.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item) 


Roberts, Ival H.; ( b. May 16, 1912, d. Apr 21, 1945) 51/3 

“Funeral services for Pfc Ival H. Roberts will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday in Wilbur. The Bryant funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Military services will be directed by the Wilbur post of the American Legion. Private Roberts was killed on Okinawa in April, 1945. He was 32 years old. He received his education in Wilbur, and the beginning of the war was a construction worker on Midway. He came home in 1943 and was inducted in the army infantry in November of the same year. He was married to Miss Erma Luiten of Odessa, on Dec 6, 1942. Survivors are his widow, Erman Roberts, and a 4-year-old son, Lee Ival, Spokane; his father, Frank H Roberts, Wilbur; and six sisters, Mrs. Norma Morgan, Mrs. Ruth Peters, Tacoma; Mrs. Irma Georgeson, Nevada; Mrs. Nadine Jones, Wenatchee; Mrs. Rachel Kinder, Longview; Mrs. Constance Haines, Orofino, ID; and two brothers, Hershel, Seattle, and Don, Utah. His mother followed him in death in April, 1946.” (Odessa Record: 4-07-1949) “Pfc Ival H. Roberts had been on construction work at Midway Island when the Japs made their attack in 1941. After being evacuated to Honolulu, he returned home during the last part of November in 1942 and was married Dec 6, to Miss Erma Luiten. He left for army duty in December, 1943. In Jan Mrs. Roberts joined him at Camp Roberts, until May, when he had a furlough, after which she remained here. He left for overseas again in July. In January, 1945, a son was born. He died of battle wounds on Okinawa on April 21, 1945, at the age of 32. The first news of his death came Friday. Survivors include the widow and a son, Lee Ival, aged 5 months; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Roberts, Coulee Dam; two brothers and six sisters.” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1945) Roberts, Ival H. May 16, 1912-1945 Apr 21,WA PFC 105 Inf. WWII. “Legion to Direct Roberts Services. Wilbur, WA, April 7.—The body of Pfc Ival H. Roberts, who was killed on Okinawa in April 1945, will be received Friday by Bryan Funeral home. An escort of American Legion members will meet the train. The Wilbur post will also direct a military service Sunday afternoon when graveside services will be held at the Wilbur Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Rev E J Mitchell, chaplain of Wilbur post, officiating. ‘Ike’, as he was known to Wilbur friends and relatives, was ___ at the time of his death. He had lived here until he became a construction worker on Midway ___ in the war. He was inducted into the army infantry in 1943. He is survived by his wife, Erma, and a four-year old ___, who now lived in Spokane; father, F H Roberts of Wilbur; six sisters, Mrs. Norma M___ and Mrs. Ruth Peters, Tacoma; Mrs. Irma Georgeson in ____; Mrs. Nadine Jones, Wenatchee; Mrs. Rachel Kinder, ___; and Mrs. Connie Haines, __, Idaho, and two brothers, ___, Seattle, and Don, in Utah. His mother died in April ___.” (damaged scrapbook item: undated) -


Robertson, Nannie Jane; (Nancy Jane) ( b. Mar 06, 1852, d. Jun 6, 1948) 151/2   

“The woman who named the town of Wilbur, WA, Mrs. Nannie Jane Robertson, died Sunday at the age of 96. Mrs. Robertson came west from Missouri in 1887 with her husband, the late J. H. Robertson. They settled first at Sprague, WA, but moved to the site which later became Wilbur shortly after their arrival in the West. Because houses were at a premium, she and her family moved into a shack which had a dirt floor and no windows. She held an umbrella over her children, huddled on the bed, when it rained. She taught ‘Wild Goose’ Bill Condon’s two half-breed sons to read and write. Condon was the original settler in the area. As the rumor spread the town site then being laid out was to be called Goose Town, Mrs. Robertson suggested ‘Wilbur’, honoring Condon, whose name was Samuel Wilbur Condon. The name was adopted. Mrs. Robertson was distantly related to Edgar Allen Poe on her mother’s side. She was a leader in the cultural and religious life of Wilbur in its infancy and remained active in community affairs in recent years. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Dalton of Wilbur and Mrs. Lloyd Peffley of Reardan, WA. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian Church in Wilbur, with the Rev Charles Lennox officiating. Burial was in the Wilbur Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1948)


Rogers, Lester W.; ( b. Jun 12, 1863, d. Jul 7, 1955)  128/4  128/4 

“Lester W. Rogers.  Died: 7-07-1955. Birth: 6-12-1863, Canada. Widowed. Father: Montague Rogers. Mother: Evelyn Watts. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Rosenberg, Clara Louise; ( b. 1895, d. 1990) 203/10       

“Service for Clara Louise Rosenberg, 95, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Almira, WA, where she was a member. Burial will follow at Wilbur (WA) Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee in charge of arrangements.  Mrs. Rosenberg, who died Monday, was born in Illinois and came to the Almira area with her family as a child. Married to Adelbert Rosenberg, they farmed at Almira before his death in 1955. She was a 55 year member of the Grand Coulee Grange 807. Mrs. Rosenberg had been active with the Lincoln County cancer Society and the Tuberculosis Association. Survivors include one daughter, Emily Herdrick of Almira; one son, Russell Rosenberg of Almira; one sister, Esther Tolenen of Almira; one brother, Arthur Johnson of Seattle; 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.” (Spokesman Review: 1-03-1991) 


Rosman, Mrs. Adolph (Georgie); ( b. Oct 31, 1895, d. Jan 30,1944)  205/2

“Mrs. Adolph Rosman, (Georgie), 49, died of a heart attack Sunday. She was the wife of a leading wheat grower. Other survivors are four children.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1944; poor copy)


Rosman, Joseph R.; ( b. 1888, d. 1967) 110/6 

“Joseph R. Rosman.—A resident of Wilbur, WA; member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Survived by his wife, Agnes A. Rosman, at the home; 4 sons, James F. Rosman, Michael R. Rosman, both Wilbur; Joseph John Rosman, William E. Rosman, both Creston; 2 daughters, Mrs. Helen L. Halverson, Davenport; Mrs. Edith J. Rustemeyer, Creston, WA; one brother, Albert M. Rosman, Wilbur, WA; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary Wednesday, Feb 8 at 8 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur,WA. The Rev Arthur A. Joda officiating. Funeral mass Thursday, Feb 9 at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church, The Rev John O’Brien celebrant. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review:  undated; tombstone in Wilbur Cemetery indicates the death year to be 1967.)


Rosman, Mrs. Joseph;  ( b. May 6, 1862, d. Jan 3, 1937)  87/7 

“Mrs. Joseph Rosman, (Katherine), 74, Wilbur, died Monday. Born in Austria , she came to America in 1883. She was married at Denver in 1887. Her husband came to the Big Bend and located on railroad land in 1889 and in 1893 brought his family here. Funeral services were on Tuesday morning. Survivors include the husband, four sons and a brother.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-1937)


Rush, James: No Information. Burial.

Jesse Rush and John Gordon, well diggers, were killed at Wade Cole’s ranch, 16 miles from Wilbur on Tuesday. They tried to thaw out dynamite in the oven, with the usual result.” (Citizen: 12-19-1902) 


Rux, Clara M: ( d. 1967)       

“Clara M. Rux.—A resident of E. 404 Providence, Spokane, WA. A former resident of Wilbur, WA; a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Spokane.. Survived by 2 sons, Walter H. Rux, and Herman F. Rux, both Wilbur, WA; one brother, Walter Glustch, in Germany; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Wilbur, WA. Pastor Ralph Fischer and Pastor Obert Landverk officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-14-1967

-Rux, Olga M.                  1893-1967        m/Feb 08,1913   104/6

“Olga M Rux.—A resident of E1404 Providence, Spokane, WA. A former resident of Wilbur, WA; a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Spokane. Survived by 2 sons: Walter H Rux and Herman F Rux, both Wilbur, WA; one brother, Walter Glustch, in Germany; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Wilbur, WA, Pastor Ralph Fischer and Pastor Obert Landsvark officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-14-1967)


Ryder, Maurine (Moore);  ( b. 1908, d. 1971)  49/5

“Maurine R. Ryder.—Her home, W707 Fifth Ave. Survived by her mother, Mrs. Arthur C. (Vesta) Moore, Spokane; several cousins including Mrs. Vaneta Brown, Mrs. Robert A. McDonald, Mr. Dale Allen, Miss Thelma Porter, all of Spokane. She was a member of the former Valleyford Baptist Church , Spokane Education Association; American Association of University Women; Delphi Chapter OES; Daughters of the Nile . Funeral services 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec 18, at the Chapel of Chimes of the Thornhill Geraghty & Langbehn Funeral Home. The Rev Warren Gordon officiating. Graveside services, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec 18 at the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 12-17-1971)



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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