Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

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Sassman, Roy E.; ( b. 1914)  35/? 

"Graveside service for Roy E. Sassman, 89, will be today at 1 p.m. at the Wilbur Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, is in charge of the arrangements.  Mr. Sassman, a longtime resident of Wilbur, died Saturday. He was born in Payette, Idaho. He worked as a sales representative for the Fuller Brush Co.  Mr. Fuller was a member of the Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Wilbur Golf and Country Club.  Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons, Doug Sassman of Chewelah and Greg Sassman of Ramstein, Germany; and four grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: Edit: Roy E. Sassman was born in 1914.)  


Scarborough, E. F.; (Edwin) ( d. Jan 04, 1910) 117/8  "  

E. F. Scarborough of Wilbur, an attorney and pioneer of Lincoln Co, died of plural pneumonia January 4th. He was 62 years of age and came to the Big Bend in 1883. A wife and six children survive him. "(Citizen, Jan 14, 1910)  


Scheibner, Fredrick Mortz; ( b. Mar 1833, Jul 4, 1906) 9/6  

Fredrick Mortz Scheibner, died at the family home north of Wilbur Wednesday, July 4, 1906. Mr. Scheibner was born in Germany, March, 1833, and came to America at the age of 21 years. He came to the state of Washington in 1873. He is survived by his wife and 8 grown children. (LCT, Jul 13, 1906)


Schneibner, Johanna E.; ( b.  Feb 29, 1836, d. Sept 09, 1909) 9/6 "  

Johanna E. Schneibner of Wilbur, died September 9th, aged 73 years. She was born in Amsterdam, Germany. " (Citizen)    


Scheibner, Kittie May; ( b. Oct 14, 1874, d. Dec 19, 1941) 32/1   “Kittie May Scheibner. Died: 12-19-1941. Birth: 10-14-1874, Michigan. Spouse: Frederick Scheibner. Father: Charles Sherrod. Mother: Sarah Sherrod. Burial: Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death  card)


Scheibner, Nellie B.; ( b. Aug 09, 1901, d. Jul 6, 1977) 16/6  

“Nellie Belle Scheibner. Died: 7-06-1997. Spouse: Never Married.  Father: William F. Scheibner. Mother: Kattie Mae Sherrod. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) Nellie B. Scheibner died July 6, 1997 in Odessa. She was born on Aug 9, 1901 in Wilbur, the daughter of William and Kittie (Sherrod) Scheibner. She graduated from Wilbur High School in 1919. She became a nurse in US government Indian hospitals for 30 years, and retired to Odessa. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Her Native American artifacts were presented to the Wilbur Museum for display. She was survived by one brother, Alfred Scheibner of Odessa, numerous nieces and nephews. Burial was at Wilbur Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-10-1997)


Scheibner, Raymond O.; ( b. Nov 14, 1893  d. Nov 02, 1985) 104/8 

“Raymond O. Scheibner. Died: 11-02-1985, Davenport, WA.  Spouse: Widowed, Vivian M. Covert Thompson. Father: William F. Scheibner. Mother: Kittie M. Sherrod. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card): “Funeral services were held Wednesday for Ray O. Scheibner of Wilbur at the Community Presbyterian Church there. Mr. Scheibner passed away Saturday, Nov 2, at the Davenport Hospital. he would have been 92 years of age on Nov 14. The father of Mary Zeiler and the brother of Alfred Scheibner, Cora M King and Nellie B Scheibner, all of Odessa, he is also survived by a daughter, Betty Bagley of Govan and a son, Ned R. Scheibner of Wilbur. Survivors also include 13 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren."


Scheibner, Vivian M. ; ( b. 1903,  d. 1968) 104/8

“Vivian M. Scheibner.—A resident of Wilbur, WA. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Wilbur, Wilbur Grange, the Friday Club, Community Club and the Neighbors of Woodcraft. Survived by her husband, Ray O. Scheibner, at the home; one son, Ned R. Scheibner, Wilbur, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Betty Bagley, Wilbur; and Mrs. Mary Seiler, Odessa, WA; four sisters, Mrs. Della Weeks and Mrs. Lola Chicken, both of Wenatchee, WA; Mrs. Hazel Reid and Mrs. Beth Cook, both of Wilbur; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 2 p.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment Wilbur ,WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 4-15-1968)


Scheibner, William F.; ( b. Apr 12, 1867, d. Apr 5, 1943) 32/1   

“William Fredric Scheibner. Died: 4-05-1943. Birth: 4-12-1867, Tennessee. Spouse: Kittie May Scheibner. Father: Fredric Martz Scheibner. Mother: Johanna Elizabeth Walter. Burial: Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card.) “Illness Takes Life of Pioneer. Alfred Scheibner has received word of the death of his father, William Scheibner, 76, prominent Wilbur pioneer, who died Monday at his farm home after a short illness. He was a member of an early pioneer family, coming with his parents to Washington territory in 1887 from Tennessee. He married Miss Kitty Sherrod, a member of another pioneer family. She died more than a year ago. Their surviving children are Ray Scheibner, Wilbur, who farmed with his father; Mrs. A. A. King, of Odessa, now in CA; Miss Nellie Scheibner, graduate nurse of Tacoma; and Alfred Scheibner of Odessa. There are five grandchildren. Mr. Scheibner was a stockholder and past officer in the Graingrowers’ Warehouse company, an advocate of farmers’ organizations and prominent in the Farmers’ Union and the Woolgrowers’ association, the egg and poultry cooperatives and was a member of the Neighbors of Woodcraft.” (Odessa Record: 8 April 1943)


Schillinger, Whitney;  (b/d. 1989)    

“Whitney Elizabeth Schillinger. Stillborn. Father: James Edwin Schillinger. Mother: Jana Lynn Johnson. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card, undated) 

Schroeder, Maud D.;  ( b. Mar 31, 1896, d. Dec 15, 1978) 68/2  

“Maud D. Schroeder passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital on Dec 15, 1978. She was a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center for seven years and formerly of Wilbur. She is survived by one son, Archie H Schroeder, Wilbur, WA; one daughter, Jane Kuchenbuch, Wilbur; three sisters, Mrs. Effie Bennett, Redmond, WA; Mrs. Kate Gaege, Walla Walla; Mrs. Maggie Kuchenbuch, Davenport; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Wilbur Lutheran Church.  Funeral services were held Dec 19, 1978 from the Wilbur Lutheran Church with Pastor A. F. Gerstmann and Pastor A. Hausauer officiating. Burial was at the Wilbur Cemetery with Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur in charge.” (Odessa Record: 12-21-1978)


Schroeder, Mrs. Chas; ( b. 1864,  d. Jul 1916)  50/2 

“The body of Mrs. Charles F. Schroeder, (Rosa), age 52, who died at the Deaconess hospital, Spokane, Monday, was brought to Wilbur for burial Wednesday. Mrs. Schroeder came to that vicinity with her family in 1889. She is survived by her husband, three sons and three daughters. The funeral was held from the home, seven miles south of Wilbur, the Rev R. M. Broadbrooks officiating. Interment was made in the Wilbur Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 7-28-1916)


Sheffels, Robert; ( b. Nov 24, 1856, d. Jul 16, 1933)  162/2

“A decree settling the final account of Robert C. Sheffels of Wilbur as executor of the estate of his father, Robert Sheffels, pioneer farmer, and an order distributing the $99,463 property among the heirs, three sons and a daughter, were signed in the superior court on Tuesday.”  (Odessa Record: 7-29-1937; Edit: Burial in Wilbur in 1933)

Shell, Maggie;  ( b. 1885, d. 1933) 30/12   

 “Miss Maggie Shell, 47, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Shell, pioneers, was buried at Wilbur on Wednesday. Miss Shell had been an invalid for 34 years. Besides her parents she leaves two sisters, Mrs. William P. Matthews of the high school facility at Puyallup and Mrs. Daniel Hudkins, Wilbur. Owing to the poor health of both her parents, a private funeral was held.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1933)


Sherwood, Kate V.;  ( b. 1903, d.  1969)  Mother,  105/12

“Kate V. Sherwood.—Her home Wilbur, WA. Member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. Survived by 2 sons, Marvin Sherwood, Spokane; Creighton Sherwood, Wilbur, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Norene Harnasch, Oroville, WA; Mrs. Gladys Yount, Tempe, AZ;  2 brothers, H E McAllister, Wilbur, WA; Ralph McAllister, Spokane, WA; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Sherwood, Wilbur, WA; 10 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug 30, 10 a.m. from Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. Robertson  Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-30-1969)


Sherwood, Wiley H.; ( b. 1902, d. 1969) Father 105/11

“Wiley H. Sherwood.—His home, Wilbur, WA. Survived by his wife, Blanche Sherwood, at the home; one son, John Sherwood, Wilbur, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. James (Margaret) Harris, Mrs. Wesley (Faye) Odenrider, both Wilbur; Mrs. Don (Norma) Ronnfell, Auburn, WA; one brother, Otis Sherwood, Portland, OR; 3 sisters, Mrs. Virgie McAllister, Mrs. Violet Long, and Mrs. Harley Hadley, all Spokane; 13 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. A member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Big Bend Lodge No. 161, IOOF, Big Bend Golf & Country Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Spokane. Funeral services, Wednesday, May 14, at 11 a.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, Rev Kenneth J Scott, officiating. Interment Wilbur,WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-14-1969; Beck data cards)


Snyder, Mary C.  (1847-1942) 207/1

“Widow of Civil War Soldier Dies at Age of 95.  Funeral services were conducted yesterday in the Community Church for Mrs.  Mary Snyder, the widow of a Civil War Veteran. The Rev. Ernest L. Mitchell, pastor of the Christian church, officiated and music was given by Mrs. Charles Watson, Mrs. Ben Stellingware, Mr and Mrs. Russell Magin and Ruben Wolf, with Mrs. Bessie Dalton as pianist. Rev. W. A. Kincaid assisted in the service. Pallbearers were M.E. Portch, Joe Smith, Robt. Bahr, H. McAllister, L. McNew and V. Martin. A profusion of exquisite floral pieces paid silent tribute [to] this lovely little lady. Death claimed Mrs. Snyder at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vern Campbell, Sunday. Her funeral was held on her 95th birthday anniversary. She had lived a Christian of the Methodist faith about seventy-five years. Born in Chicago, Ills., before the Civil War, Mrs. Snyder saw many social, economic, and political changes take place in America. Her two children were daughters and so she had no sons in either of the several wars which took place during her lifetime. She was skillful with needlework and was making exquisite tatting when she became ill about six weeks ago. After she had reached an advanced age, she made more than 100 quilts of intricate design, each with hundreds of tiny pieces sewed together with small even hand-made stitches, which she gave her relatives and friends. Many times she traveled alone from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of
Mexico and to the Pacific Coast. She made several trips after she was 80 and traveled to Texas and back to Wilbur a time or two after she was 90. Her last traveling was done, however, with members of her family. Her survivors are her daughters, Mrs. Vern Campbell, and her granddaughter, Miss Nadine Campbell, of Wilbur, and other grandchildren, Mrs. Janice Gilson, San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Mabel Barlow, Seagoville, Texas; and Merle Kizer, Des Moines Iowa, and six great-grandchildren.”  (submitted by family; assumed to be Wilbur Register: April 1942; Burial: on Mary’s birthday, April 12, 1942)


Sommers, Vincent;  ( d. Jan 7, 1933) 20/3   

“Vincent Sommers, 85, Odessa pioneer, died at Wilbur on Tuesday of Addison’s disease, a rare malady. Mr. Sommers had farmed extensively in the Odessa region for the past 50 years, settling about 15 miles north of Odessa. At one time he was one of the foremost stockmen of the Big Bend and acquired a large acreage of tillable land. While he was successful in agriculture, he was unfortunate in his investments, and suffered reverses, even before the depression. Mr. Sommers was a native of Austria. When he came to Washington territory he was accompanied by his brother, Joseph, and by a Mr. Liebinwalt, who farmed jointly with him for many years. Mr. Liebinwalt died many years ago, but Joseph Sommers is still farming in the north Odessa region. The funeral service was held on Thursday morning from the Catholic church in Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1933)


Sorenson, Anna J.; ( b. 1868, d. 1937) 200/11    

“An order was signed in court appointing C. A. Sorenson, Wilbur administrator of the estate of his wife, Anna J. Sorenson, who died at Spokane March 14. The estate valued at $14,000 includes 439 acres of farm land, 2,900 bushels of wheat, a complete farming outfit and $800 in cash. Heirs are Mr. Sorenson, three daughters and two sons.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1937; burial was in Wilbur City Cemetery.)


Sowers, Eugene C. ;  ( b. Nov 05, 1895, d. Aug 23, 1973) s/w Grace E., 32/9

“Eugene C. Sowers.—Born Nov 5, 1895, passed away Aug 23, in a local hospital. His home, E4247 40th. Survived by his wife, Grace E. Sowers, at the home; one son, Clarence W. Sowers, Spokane; one daughter, Mrs. Francis (Theresa) Loveless, Los Angeles, CA; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; one brother, Wallace S Sowers, Spokane; 2 sisters, Mrs. Eunice Worrell, Spokane; Mrs. Charles (Thelma) Ring, Warden, WA. A member of the Assembly of God Church, Loon Lake, WA. Ball & Dodd Funeral Directors, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: scrapbook item)


Sowers, Grace; ( b. Jan 10, 1896, d. Nov , 1981) 32/9   

Former Lincoln County teacher Grace E. Sowers died Nov 7 in Inglewood , CA. Born Jan 10, 1896 in Hartline, WA, she attended a small county school outside Hartline. She graduated from Hartline High School and Cheney Normal School.  She had taught primary grades in Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane and Lincoln counties for 32 years.  Her husband, Eugene C. Sowers, died in August of 1973. They were married for 57 years and moved to Spokane from Wilbur in 1917 where he worked for Balzer Nursery. In her recent years, she lived with her daughter in California. Mrs. Sowers is survived by a son, Clarence W Sowers of Spokane; a daughter, Theresa Loveless of Inglewood, CA; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Spokane and Loon Lake, WA. She was also a retired member of the state teachers’ association. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov 14, at 11 a.m. at the Ball and Dodd-Thornhill and Langbehn Funeral Home in Spokane. Interment will be at the Wilbur Cemetery in Wilbur.” (Davenport Times: 11-12-1981)


Speegle, Lester F.: ( b. 1900, d. 1972) Father  121/11

“Lester F. Speegle.—His home Colville, WA. Formerly of Spokane, WA, and Wilbur, WA. A member of the Catholic Church and a retired cattle buyer for Carsten’s Packing Co, Spokane . Survived by wife Hazel M. and one son Dennis D. Speegle, both at the home. 2 brothers, Glen Speegle, Wilbur, and Wendell Speegle, Bellingham, WA; 4 nephews. Rosary will be said Thursday, Feb 3 at 7:30 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Funeral Mass Friday, Feb 4 at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA. Father Bernard Oosterman officiating. Interment at the Wilbur WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item)


Starr, John N.; (  b. 1884, d. 1909 @ 79y)   "And his wife"  78/12 

“Dr J N Starr of Wilbur died of heart failure at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, after an illness of only five days.  He was the oldest practicing physician in Wilbur, where he located some 12 years ago. He was a graduate of Rush Medical College, and one of the most skilled doctors of medicine in the Inland Empire. A gentleman in every sense, a man of noble thoughts and aspirations, charitable, just and kind, with a rich store of wit and humor, his presence in the sick room was like a ray of sunshine and brought good cheer and hope. His loss will be keenly felt by his wife and her aged mother, but, other eyes, too, besides those he held most dear, have been bedimmed by tears by this sad news. Dr J N Starr was a wheel-horse among the Odd Fellows of Wilbur and will be laid to rest this afternoon at 2 o’clock. His memory will ever be a pleasant one to his many friends. Rest in Peace.” (Citizen: Jan 29, 1909) “Notice of settlement. In the Superior Court of the County of Lincoln and State of Washington . In the matter of the estate of John N Starr, deceased. No. 1133. Notice of Settlement of Final Account and Distribution of Estate. Notice is hereby given, that Carrie T Starr, as executrix of the estate of John N Starr, deceased, has rendered and presented for settlement, and filed in this court, her final report…” (Citizen: 2-28-1913) 


Starzman, Jeffrey R.; ( b. May 23, 1962, d. Jan 12, 2002)  

“Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 18, for Jeffrey R. Starzman, who died in a car accident near Keller on Saturday, Jan 12, 2002. Jeff was born in Coulee Dam May 23,1962, the son of Ralph and Shirley (Utt) Starzman. He attended school in Creston and was graduated from high school in 1980. Throughout his life Jeff was an avid sports fan and participant. Starting at an early age, he participated in rodeos, continuing this into his 20s. He was a very active person, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, his family and life in general.  On July 15, 1995, Jeff married Catherine Koontz in Harrington. They made their home in Wilbur and together they had three daughters, Amanda, Emily and Amber. Jeff was an employee of McGregor fertilizer company. He was also a member of the Wilbur Fire Dept and EMT’s, Wilbur Swimming Pool Fund Committee and Eagle Raceway Track in Republic. He is survived by his wife Cathy and their three daughters, Amanda, Emily and amber, at the home; his mother, Shirley (and Clem) Groh, of Odessa; His father, Ralph Starzman (and Mickey Lightbourne), of Nordland, WA; two brothers, Kurt (and Rita) Starzman, of Spokane, and Wade (and Traci) Starzman, of Wilbur; two sisters, Robin Ann Starzman, of Bakersfield, CA; and Teresa Starzman, of Creston; his grandmother, Evla Utt, of Omak; parents-in-law Carl and Cheryl Koontz, of Columbus, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Pastor Rob Wilson will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at Wilbur Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-2002)


Stauffer, Cora E.; ( b. 1890, d. 1972) 95/1   

“Cora E. Stauffer.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. A member of Wheatridge Grange and the Democratic Party. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret McGraw and Mrs. Frances Schroeder, both Wilbur; 3 brothers, William J Woods, Spokane; Walter Woods, Dayton, WA; and Ed Woods, Odessa, WA; a sister, Alice Hankel, Portland, OR; 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Malcolm McCallum officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-28-1972)


Stauffer, William E.; ( b. Jun 28, 1854, d. Nov 4, 1895) 159/6   

"Died at his home 14 miles south of Wilbur, Mr. William E. Stauffer in the 42nd year of his age. He was born June 28, 1854 near Toronto, Canada, and died Nov 4, 1895. His death was caused by la grippe, contracted in May from the effects of which his constitution was not able to rally. He leaves a wife and four children besides numerous other relatives to mourn his death." (LCT Sup., Nov 8, 1895))  


Stevenson, Waneta; ( b. 1909, d. 1974) 92/12  

 “Waneta Fay Stevenson.—Her home Sparks, NV. Survived by her husband, Ray N. Stevenson, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Gill Rae Sharkey, Reno, NV; one sister, Mrs. Vernetta Mitchell, Coulee City, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 1, at 11 a.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Roland Meier officiating. Interment the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery, Wilbur, WA. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook item)   

Stirritt, Elizabeth; ( b. 1849, d. 1926) 7/12   “The funeral of Mrs. Jack Stirritt whose death was announced in the Record last week, was held at Wilbur Sunday. The rites were in charge of the Pythian sisters of Marlin, and the Rev Scott Wallace of Wilbur Community church preached the sermon. Pallbearers were Charles Peterson, Ed Peterson, Rudolph Templeton, Arthur Amende, Edward Engles and W. C. Dashiell.  Mrs. Stirritt was an outstanding character of this district during the early pioneer period. She came to Walla Walla in 1884 and 1887 settled in the Big Bend. In 1889 she married Jack Stirritt, a stockman and for 33 years lived on his ranch northwest of Odessa in the Marlin district. She is survived by her husband and three sons.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-1926)

Stookey, F. Loma; ( b. 1876, d. 1966) 130/10   

 “F. Loma Stookey.—A resident of Wilbur, WA. A member of the Sacred Heart Church of Wilbur, WA. Survived by one sister, Mrs. Ione Benway, Nebraska; two nephews, John McKay Jr., Wilbur; Robert L. Stookey, Spokane; two nieces, Mrs. Gladys Jensen and Mrs. Ruth Roback, both in Nebraska. Rosary will be held Thursday Jan 6, at 7:30 p.m. from Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur. Funeral mass from Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur. Funeral Mass Friday, Jan 7 at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur, WA. Father John P O’Brien officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-06-1966)


Storer, A. Elizabeth; ( b.  1910, d. 1969) (Bandy) w/o Henry (Not in records)(1974)

Elizabeth (nee Bandy) Storer.—A resident of Wilbur , WA . A member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, and Neighbor’s of Woodcraft. Survived by one son, James A. Bostwick, Wilbur, WA; 3 grandchildren, Patti Lyn, Terri Jo, and Robert James Bostwick, all of Wilbur, WA. Funeral services Wednesday, Jan 15, at 1 p.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA, Rev Kenneth J. Scott officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-21-1969)


Storer, H. H.; (Henry H.)  ( d. 1937 @ 52y) 113/?    

“A farm truck and a semi-trailer tanker truck loaded with Diesel oil met on a curve 16 miles north of Ellensburg on the Cle Elum highway, killing both drivers. The farm truck was driven by H. H. Storer of Wilbur and the other by Ernest Bruce, Ellensburg.  Fired which broke out in  both trucks immediately after the head-on crash cremated the bodies of both drivers. The conflagration tied up traffic on the highway for nearly two hours… Storer, who had left Wilbur Thursday, was on his way to get a load of coal at Cle Elum. His truck apparently went out of control and forced the tanker into the guard rail, 150 feet above the Northern Pacific tracks along the banks of the Yakima River. The trucks crashed after the tanker had smashed head-on into the rail, meeting head-on. Storer had lived at Wilbur since 1900. Burial will be at Idaho Falls, Idaho, his former home.  He had been night watchman at Wilbur for several terms, but recently operated an independent trucking business.” (Odessa Record: 9-16-1937)  (burial is in Wilbur Cemetery)


Storm, Lesley; ( d. 1937) 170/11  

 “Funeral services for Lesley Storm, 35, Wilbur, have been postponed. The body will arrive there Friday. He died at Wenatchee, where he had been in business many years. His widow survives him, also a stepson, Derral Newman, and a cousin, all of Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1937)  


Sumerlin, Dale F.; ( b. Mar 01, 1936, d. Mar 2, 1957)  55/2 

 Dale F. Sumerlin, 21, Spokane and Wilbur, died a few hours after a week end auto accident near Cheney. Six other persons were injured in the two car crash. Sumerlin, who also used the name of his foster parent, Oscar Erickson, Wilbur, was a passenger in a car driven by Wallace Kluver, 19, Wilbur. They were returning to Spokane after seeing a basketball game at Cheney. It was Sumerlin’s 21st birthday.” (Odessa Record: 3-07-1957)



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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