Zion German Methodist Cemetery

Submitted by Marge Womach


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The Zion German Methodist Church near Rocklyn was organized June 13, 1884 in the Gottlieb Mielke home by the Rev Adam Buehler. The first church was built in 1889. The second church was built in 1905. The parsonage was built in 1909. The 1905 church yet stands atop the hill with the cemetery situated on the hill to the east. The Zion district is 7 miles northwest of Harrington, and about 5 miles south and 2 miles west of the old site of Rocklyn. It is in the NW 1/4 of Sec 29 Twp 24 Range 36, on property dedicated by the Mielke family.

Kruger, Augusta Bursch: (b. 1871; d. 1951; wife of Henry) Augusta Kruger. Born: Nov 24, 1871. Passed away in Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, Aug 12, 1951. Funeral: Aug 15, 1951 in Davenport Methodist Church, Rev Paul Bard officiating.” (Church Diagrams)  (b. 11-24-1871; d. 8-12-1951) “Funeral services for Mrs Augusta M Berg, 79, who died Saturday in a Spokane hospital, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist church with the Rev Paul M Bard officiating. Interment was at the Zion Cemetery at Rocklyn with the Bumgarner Funeral Home in charge. Pall bearers were Sam Knack, Dan F Reinbold, Elwend Kruger, Herb Kruger, Elmer Knack and Claude Rutter. Music at the service was by Gordon Larson, who sang, and Mrs Anna Jarvis, at the organ. Mrs Berg was born Sept 25, 1871, in Minnesota. She came west with her parents in 1883 and settled in the Zion community at Rocklyn. In 1912 she moved to Davenport and recently had been living with her daughters at Greenacres. Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs Bertha Dietrich, Davenport, and Mrs Emma Grob, Greenacres; two son, Walter Kruger, Davenport and Edd Kruger, Rocklyn; a sister, Rose Bartlett, Colbert, WA; a brother, Sam Bursch, Moscow, Idaho; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (Davenport Times: 17 August 1951) “Mrs Augusta Berg, mother of Edd Kruger, died Saturday in Spokane. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Methodist church in Davenport, with Rev Paul Bard officiating. Burial was in the Zion Cemetery. Mrs Berg came to the Rocklyn area with her folks in 1883 from Minnesota. In 1912 she moved to Davenport and recently she had made her home with her niece at Greenacres. She is survived by two daughters, Bertha Dietrich, Davenport and Emma Grob, Greenacres; sons, Walter Kruger, Davenport, and Ed, Rocklyn; a sister, Rose Bartlett, Colbert, and a brother, Sam Bursch, Moscow, Idaho.” (Citizen: 17 Aug 1951) Edit: Augusta Bursch Kruger Berg was a daughter of August  and Henrietta (Mead) Bursch. She was in the large group of immigrants from Wabasha Co, MN, to come to the Zion district by train in 1883 and across the hills from Sprague to Zion by wagons. She married Henry Kruger on Nov 22, 1888 at the Zion German Methodist Church near Rocklyn. Henry died in 1922 with burial in Zion Cemetery. Later, Augusta married Adolph Berg, who also preceded her in death in 1940. (Adolph’s TS: 1858-1940, in Davenport’s Mt View Cemetery.) “Augusta M Berg.—Passed away Aug 11 at a Spokane hospital. Her home was in Davenport, WA. Survived by 2 sons, Walter of Davenport and Edd of Rocklyn, WA; 2 daughters, Bertha Dietrich of Davenport and Emma Grob, Greenacres; one sister, Rose Bartlett, Colbert, WA; and one brother, Sam Bursch, Moscow, Idaho; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Bumgarner Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 15 Aug 1951)

Kruger, Carl Frederick: (b. 8-11-1875; d. 1-13-1948) “Carl Frederick Kruger. Born: Aug 11, 1875. Passed away at his home near Spokane, WA, Jan 13, 1948. Funeral: Jan 16, 1948 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev J Dean King officiating, 11 a.m.” (Church Diagrams) “The Lord is they keeper. Ps. 121:5” (on monument) “The funeral services for Charles Kruger of Spokane, formerly of Rocklyn, were held at the Zion Methodist church Friday morning. The Rev Mr and Mrs King officiated. After the rites, friends and relatives gathered at the Ed Mielke home for a lunch before returning to their homes. Mr Mielke and the late Mr Kruger were cousins.”  (Citizen: 1-23-1948)

Kruger, Emil G: (b. 1863; d. 1928) “Emil G Kruger. Born: Feb 26, 1863. Passed away in Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA, Sept 27, 1928. Funeral: Sept 30, 1928 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev H B Mann officiating, 2 p.m.” (Church Diagrams) “Emil Kruger, 65, died in Spokane Thursday Sept 27 very suddenly from heart trouble, three days before he had expected to return home from Sacred Heart hospital where he had been since about the 9th of July. Mr Kruger suffered an injury to his knee, having the bone split in 1923 and this old trouble came on him again last spring causing such inconvenience that he finally went to the hospital.  He seemed unusually well Thursday morning, walked about the hospital with the assistance of one crutch, and ate a hearty breakfast. He was in the room with his doctor at the time he was stricken—about 9 o’clock—but the physician could do nothing for him, life being extinct in about three minutes.  The funeral was held from the Zion Methodist church, near the Kruger country home 7 ½ miles northwest of Harrington by the Rev able of the Harrington Evangelical church and Rev Mann of the Zion ME church. A large assemblage of friends and neighbors from the pioneer days down to the present attended. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery, J E Turner, mortician of Harrington being in charge. Emil Kruger is survived by his widow, two sons, Herbert and Alvin, one daughter, Ella, one full brother and one full sister, Gus Kruger and Mrs Minnie Miller, and a half brother and half sister, E Mielke and Mrs H A Maurer. Emil Kruger came to this state in 1883 with his people. He was a highly respected pioneer citizen and his demise came as a shock to his many friends. The pall bearers were Henry Kuck, J A Bursch, Charles Rux, George Riehle, Eric Lybecker and William Hardy.” (Davenport Tribune: 5 Oct 1928) Edit: Emil Kruger was born Feb 26, 1863 i8n Hammond, Wabasha Co, MN,  the 3rd born son of Gottlieb and Wilhelmina (nee Kruger) Kruger. His father died in MN on Oct 8, 1873; his mother re-married shortly to Gottlieb Mielke. Migrating to the Big Bend, Emil returned to MN and there met Tillie Reich, who he married on Feb 10, 1903.

Kruger, Erwin:  “Erwin, Baby Boy, (Kruger) stillborn. Funeral in Zion Methodist Church, Rev Ludwig Gaiser officiating.” (Church Diagrams) Edit: Erwin Kruger was the stillborn infant son of Emil and Tillie Kruger. With the officiating minister, Rev Gaiser, present, the time frame would be from 1904 to 1909. The siblings were born: Herbert (1904), Elwend (1909) and Ella (1916) making the probable birth of Erwin about 1906-8, at which time death certificates were not mandated by law.

Kruger, Eugene Levi:  (b. 1917; d. 1995) “Eugene Levi Edward August Kruger. Passed away Renton, WA, June 3, 1995. Funeral: Davenport Assembly of God Church, June 8, 1995, 2 p.m.  Wendle Kruger and family officiating: Mark, Kim, Barry, Janice, Kandice, Rev Ricardo Quintana. Burial at Zion Hill Cemetery, Rocklyn, WA.” (Church Diagrams) “Funeral services for longtime Davenport resident Eugene Kruger will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Davenport Assembly of God Church. Interment will be at the Rocklyn Cemetery. Mr Kruger died June 3 in Renton. He was 78 years. He was born April 25, 1917, in Rocklyn to Edward and Helena (Lopstein) Kruger. He was a lifetime resident of the Rocklyn area, where he was a wheat farmer and cattle rancher for many years before retiring. He married Joann Williams Dec 28, 1948, and they had six children. Mr Kruger was a charter member of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International and attended First Assembly of God Church in Spokane. Mr Kruger is survived by his wife Joann Kruger at the home; six children, Wendell Kruger of Othello, Mark Kruger of Renton; Berry Kruger of Harrington, Kim Kruger of Elma, Janice Kruger at the home and Kandace Proctor of Davenport; 15 grandchildren, Jamie, Chad, Erin, Aimee (Kruger) Lenger, Charlie, Honnie, Roslyn, Sterling, Crystal, Breeze, Nicky and Brandon Kruger, and Daniel, Austin and Kierra Proctor; foster son Ricardo Quintana of Marysville, WA; one sister, Esther Reinbold of Davenport; one niece Nancy Johnson of Mondovi; one great niece, Johanna Johnson of Mondovi; and other numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Mallon Kruger.” (Davenport Times: 8 June 1995) “Eugene Kruger.—Passed away June 3, 1995 in Renton, WA. His home, Davenport, WA. He is survived by his wife, Joann Kruger, at the home; six children, Wendell Kruger of Othello, WA, Mark Kruger of Renton, WA; Berry Kruger of Harrington, WA; Kin Kruger of Elma, WA; Janice Kruger, at the home; Kandace Proctor of Davenport, WA; 15 grandchildren, Jamie, Chad, Erin, Aimee (Kruger) Lenger, Charlie, Honnie, Roslyn, Sterling, Crystal, Breeze, Nicky, Brandon Kruger, Daniel, Austin, Kierra Proctor; foster son, Ricardo Quintana of Marysville, WA; one sister, Esther Reinbold, of Davenport; one niece, Nancy Johnson; one great niece, Johanna Johnson; and other numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one grandson, Mallon Kruger. Charter member of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, attended First Assembly of God Church, Spokane, WA. Funeral services June 8, 1995 at 2 p.m. at the Davenport Assembly of God Church, Davenport, WA. Interment Rocklyn Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kruger, Fredrich Roman: (b. 4-13-1867; d. 1-06-1906; son of Gottlieb) “Friederich Roman (Kruger). Born: April 13, 1867. Passed away at his home near Rocklyn, WA, Jan 5, 1906. Funeral: Jan 8, 1906 in Zion Methodist church, Rev Ludwig Gaiser officiating.” (Church Diagrams) “Und Gott wird abwischen alle thranen von ihren augen, und der todt wird nicht mehr sein.” Off. Joh. 21.4 “Aus gnaden selig” (on the monument of Friederich Roman Kruger) Edit: Fredrich Roman Kruger was born in Wabasha County, MN to Gottlieb and Wilhelmina Kruger. Following his father’s death, his mother was married Gottlieb Mielke, and with them Roman, at age 16, came to Washington Territory in 1883.

Kruger, Gustave John: (b. 4-18-1861; d. 6-25-1940; son of Gottlieb) “Gustave John (Kruger). Born: April 18, 1861. Passed away in a private hospital, Davenport, WA, June 25, 1940. Funeral: June 27, 1940 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev Darrel Iwerks, officiating.” (Church Diagrams) “Gus Kruger who was ill at the hospital of Mrs Bair at Davenport, passed away early Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held from the Zion church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev Darrel Iwerks, minister in charge. Surviving Mr Kruger are Mrs H A Maurer and Ed Mielke, half sister and half brother. The late Mrs Minnie Miller was his sister. Nephews of Mr Kruger, including Melvin and Howard Maurer, Elwend and Herbert Kruger, Ralph Miller and Carl Mielke, were pallbearers. Mrs Frank Scott and Mrs Ernest Cronrath sang. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery. Mr Kruger was born April 18, 1861 in Wabasha County, Minnesota, the son of Mr and Mrs Gottlieb Kruger. His father died while he was a child in 1873. Mr Kruger came west and conducted a butcher shop in Davenport. In recent years he was on a stock ranch in the Rocklyn vicinity.” (Citizen: 28 June 1940) Edit: Gustave Kruger, son of Gottlieb Kruger and Wilhelmina (Kruger) Kruger, lost his father in 1873, rather than 1883 as noted in the obituary. Gottlieb Kruger died from a wagon accident near his farm in Wabasha County, MN. Gottlieb and Wilhelmina’s children were: Henry, Gustave, Emil, Albertina (Ahlf), Friedrich Roman, Jennie, Minnie (Miller), Ida (Maurer) and perhaps another infant death.  Gustave came west from MN to Rocklyn with his mother, then Wilhelmina Kruger Kruger Mielke, wife of Gottlieb Mielke. Gus was never known to have married. “Funeral services for Gus Kruger, pioneer of the Rocklyn community, were held last Thursday afternoon at the Zion Church in the Rocklyn community, in charge of the Bumgarner Funeral Home. The Rev Darrel Iwerks officiated, and Mrs Frank Scott and Mrs Ernest Cronrath of Harrington sang. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery. Pall bearers, all nephews of Mr Kruger, were Melvin and Howard Maurer, Elwend and Herbert Kruger, Ralph Miller and Carl Mielke, all of the Rocklyn community.  Mr Kruger was born in Wabasha County, MN, April 18, 1861. He came west in 1883 and lived in the Rocklyn district or in Davenport from then until his death. He operated a meat market in Davenport for eight years in pioneer days, but spent most of his time ranching. He passed away in Davenport June 25, (1940). Survivors are a half-sister, Mrs H A Maurer, and a half-brother, Ed Mielke, both of Rocklyn.” (Citizen: undated) “Gus Kruger. Davenport, Wash., June 25.—Gus Kruger, 79, a resident of this region for 57 years, died at the Mrs George Bair hospital here today. He had been seriously ill three weeks. Mr Kruger was born in Minnesota, and cam west to the Rocklyn region of what is now Lincoln County, in the fall of 1883. He farmed for many years in that territory, and operated a butcher shop in Davenport for eight years, returning again to farming more than 20 years ago. He is survived by a half-sister, Mrs H A Maurer, and a half-brother, Ed Mielke, both of Rocklyn.” (scrapbook item: 1940)

Kruger, Henry: (b. 1858; d. 1922; son of Gottlieb; h/o Augusta Bursch) “Henry Kruger. Born: Sept 15, 1858. Passed away in Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, Dec 16, 1922. Funeral: Dec 20, 1922 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev A F Hilmer and Rev Albert Cramer officiating.” (Church Diagrams) “Henry Kruger, 64, retired farmer of Davenport, died at the Deaconess hospital in Spokane early Saturday morning of cancer of the stomach. In addition to his widow, he is survived by four children: Ed, Walter and Mrs Fred Dietrich of Rocklyn and Mrs Jake Grob of Greenacres; one sister, Mrs Minnie Miller, Rocklyn, two brothers, Emil Kruger, Harrington and Gus Kruger, Rocklyn; one half brother, Ed Mielke, Rocklyn, and one half sister, Mrs H A Maurer, Rocklyn. The funeral was held at Zion church on Wednesday of this week.” (Citizen: 22 Dec 1922) “Henry Kruger, pioneer Davenport resident, died in a Spokane hospital Saturday from cancer of the stomach. Mr Kruger had been ailing form some time. The body was brought to Davenport Monday evening and the funeral services were held yesterday morning. Short services were held at the Kruger home here yesterday morning, Rev J A Hill making a few remarks, after which Rev A F Hilmer of Spokane, formerly pastor of the German Methodist church here, made an address. The body was then taken to the Zion church near Rocklyn, where further services were held. The body was interred in the Zion Cemetery. Mr Kruger is survived by his wife and four children: Edward, Walter and Mrs Fred Dietrich of Rocklyn, and Mrs Jacob Grob of Greenacres. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs Minnie Miller of Rocklyn, two brothers, Gus Kruger of Rocklyn, and Emil Kruger of Harrington, and a half brother, Edward Mielke, and a half sister, Mrs H A Maurer, of Rocklyn.” (scrapbook obit: undated; d. Dec 16, 1922) Henry Kruger married Augusta Bursch on Nov 22, 1888 at the Zion German Methodist Church. Record of Baptisms (illegible in some cases) showed the baptism of Ema Sarah on Oct 28, 1891, Eddy Samuel on Feb 19, 1893, Bertha L on March 26, 1895 and Walter Benjamin on Dec 18, 1901.

Kruger, Herbert: (b. 2-17-1904; d. 9-03-2005; age 101 yrs) “Davenport.—Funeral for Herbert A Kruger, 101, of Davenport, was Saturday, Sept 10, at the Harrington United Methodist Church with Pastor Cynthia Wuts officiating.  Mr Kruger died Sept 3, at his home. Born Feb 17, 1904, on the family farm in Rocklyn to Emil and O’Tillia (Reich) Kruger, he was a lifetime resident of the Rocklyn and Davenport area. He married Naomi Grob on Oct 22, 1936, in Harrington.  They farmed and raised cattle in the Rocklyn area for many years. He was a member of the Harrington United Methodist Church, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington Cattlemen’s Association, and Liberty Grange. He also served as a former Harrington School Board member and was a volunteer at the Lincoln County Historical Society Museum in Davenport.  Neighbors and friends gathered in February 2004 for a 100th birthday celebration at Harrington United Methodist Church. His parents, an infant brother (Erwin), another brother, Elwend, and a sister, Ella Rutter-Hillsbury, all preceded him in death. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Larry (and Marjorie) Kruger of Davenport; two grandchildren, William (and Lindsey) Kruger of Davenport, and Carolyn (and Gerald) Wesselius of Yakima; a great grandson, Nicholas Kruger of Davenport; and several nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: Sept 15, 2005)

Kruger, Jacob Ismael: (b. 11-04-1872; d. 12-23-1953) “Jacob Ismael Kruger. Born: Nov 4, 1872. Passed away at his home near Spokane, WA, Dec 23, 1953. Funeral: Dec 29, 1953 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev Austin Chamberlain officiating, 2 p.m.” (Church Diagrams) “The Lord is good to all. Ps. 145:9” (on monument) “Ismael Jacob Kruger geb den 4 ten Nov 1872 in Town Zumbro, (Minn), ein Sohn des Herrn Karl F Kruger von seiner Ehegattin Augusta geb Luining empfingam 17 ten Juni 1873 durch den Unterzeichneten die Heilige Taufe. Taufzeugen welches hiermit bescheinigt wird. Die eltern A Muller, Pastor inv, ME Kirch der Rochester, Minn.” (Certificate) Some records of Jacob show his name as Jacob E Kruger, son of Charles Kruger of Hammond, MN.

Kruger, Joann Williams: "Joann Kruger, age 76, passed away on Jan 8, 2007 in Davenport, WA. Joann is survived by six children, four sons and two daughters, Wendell and wife LaDonna of Olympia, WA, Mark of Renton, WA, Barry and wife Darlene of Reardan, WA, Kim and wife Sharon of Elma, WA, Janice at the family home in Davenport, Kandace Thurman and husband Jerry of Tucumcari, NM, 19 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one brother Jack Williams of Colville and two sisters Cletes Francis of Seattle, and Dolores Collins of San Diego. Preceding her in death were her husband Eugene, a grandson Mallon, her beloved brother Kermit Williams, sisters Virginia Plews, Lilly (Dianne) Platt and Leola Williams. Graveside services will be held on Friday, Jan 12, 2007 at Rocklyn Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. at Harvest Celebration (formerly known as Davenport Assembly of God) Church in Davenport, WA at 7th and Logan Streets. Joann will lie-in-state at Strate Funeral Home on Friday, Jan 12, 2007 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is in charge of arrangements." (Spokesman: 1-10-2007) “Davenport.—Memorial service for JoAnn Kruger, 76, of Davenport, took place Friday, Jan 12, at Harvest Celebration Church (Davenport Assembly of God), after a graveside service at Rocklyn Cemetery. Mrs Kruger died Jan 8 in Davenport .  A member of Valley Assembly of God in Spokane Valley , she was a Hospice volunteer. Her family recalled her hospitality, love of games and crossword puzzles (‘she had six of them in front of her’ at the time of her death) and how her life revolved around church ‘because of her great love for God’ and was ‘marked by generosity, love for the unloved and faithfulness.’  A family statement notes how she ‘loved to have the family (or anyone) come to the farm. The house was a place where everyone was always welcome. Thanksgiving was a grand even each year with sometimes more than 50 people sitting down to a fine china dinner with all the trimmings.’  She enjoyed playing games with guests, especially favoring Rook, Scrabble and Nertz, as well as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune on television.  As for church, she encouraged her Sunday guests to attend with her, respecting their right to ‘decide for themselves’, but those under age 18 ‘were expected to come along.’  Preceding her in death were her husband Eugene, grandson Mallon, brother Kermit Williams, and sisters, Virginia Plews, Lilly (Dianne) Platt and Leola Francis. She leaves six children, Wendell (and LaDonna) of Olympia, Mark of Renton, Barry (and Darlene) of Reardan, Kim (and Sharon) of Elma, WA, Janice at the family home in Davenport, Kandace (and Jerry) Thurman of Tucumcari, NM; 19 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; a brother, Jack Williams of Colville, and two sisters, Cletes Francis of Seattle and Dolores Collins of San Diego, CA. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 1-18-2007)

Kruger, Naomi Grob: "Naomi was born to Fredrick and Wilhelmina (Kirsch) Grob on Jan 12, 1913 in Rocklyn, Washington. She was the youngest of five children. Her father ran the Grob and Huesmann General Store in Rocklyn. Shortly after she was born, they moved to the Grob house in Rocklyn. She never really knew her father, as he passed away in 1915. Naomi and her mother moved a half mile east, the Andrew Kirsch’s home (her grandfather, where Larry and Marjorie now live) to care for him. She attended the Rocklyn School and graduated from Davenport High School in 1932. She attended Kinman Business College in Spokane for a short time. She married Herbert Albert Kruger on Oct 22, 1936 at what is now the Harrington United Methodist Church. For a short time, they lived on the Kruger family farm and then moved to what was then called the Old Jantz place along the Rocklyn Road. Larry was born on June 12, 1938 in Spokane. In 1964, they moved to the Kirsch/Grob home place. Naomi had a natural ear for music and played at an early age. She played at the Harrington United Methodist Church for 40+ years. She was also always available to play at weddings and funerals. Naomi worked hard and was an excellent cook. Throughout the years of farming, she cooked for all the crew and hired help. Naomi and Herb had a lot of fun times with neighbors and friends and she had a great sense of humor. She loved to entertain company. They were enthusiastic pinochle players. Naomi was also a member of the Rocklyn Homemaker’s Club. Naomi and Herb were married for nearly 69 years. Herb passed away on Sept 3, 2005. Naomi is survived by her son, Larry and daughter-in-law Marjorie Kruger. She is also survived by two grandchildren William Kruger (and wife Lindsey) and Carolyn Wesselius (and husband Ged). Naomi had one great grandson, Nicholas William Kruger." (funeral program) "Naomi Ruth Kruger. Born: Jan 12, 1913, Rocklyn, WA. Passed away: Sept 5, 2006, Spokane, WA. Memorial Service: Saturday, Sept 9, 2006, at 10 AM, Harrington United Methodist Church, Harrington, WA, Pastor Cynthia Wuts officiating. Congregational Hymns: How Great Thou Art, I Love to Tell The Story. Karla Novotney, Pianist. Billie Herron, Accompanist. Vault Interment Preceded Memorial Services at Rocklyn Cemetery, Davenport, WA. Casket Bearers: William Kruger, Scott Miller, Gerald Wesselius, Dennis Miller, Marvin Miller, Barry Kruger." (funeral program)

Kruger, Sterling N:  “Sterling N Kruger.—Passed away Dec 17, 2009 in Spokane , WA . His home was Reardan , WA . He is survived by his wife Raine Kruger, at the home. His parents, Barry and Darlene Kruger of Reardan , WA , his in-laws, Rev Louis and Tala Claassen of Chelan, WA. One godson, Siaosi Tuaimalo. One brother, Charles Kruger of Coeur d’Alene, ID, and three sisters, Honnie Kruger of Davenport, WA, Rozi Kruger of Wisconsin, Crystal Kruger of Reardan, WA. Great grandmothers, Lorraine Claassen and Birdie Cochran, along with several nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins and friends. Sterling enjoyed making people laugh, reading and learning about different things in life. Funeral services, Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Harvest Celebration Church , Davenport , WA , with Pastors Jeff Doud and Kim Kruger officiating. Interment will be held at the Rocklyn Cemetery , Davenport , WA . Strate Funeral Home, Davenport , WA , is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: submitted).

Kruger, Susanna: (b. 1803; d. 1884) “Susanna Kruger. Date of birth unknown. Passed away in the Gottlieb Mielke home on May 19, 1884. Funeral May 22, 1884 in Gottlieb Mielke home, Rev Adam Buehler officiating.” (Church Diagrams) “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest shall not cease.”  (on tombstone)  “Kruger.—Mother Susanna Kruger died safe in the Lord on 19 May 1884 near Harrington, Lincoln County, Washington Territory, at the age of 81 years. In the year 1854, she came to Minnesota and there (in 1864)  was converted to God and then became a true member of the church until death. October of last year, she came with her daughter, the wife of Gottlieb Mielke and other relatives from the Rochester Mission in Minnesota to Eastern Washington Territory, and there in the circle of loved ones, the sufferings and joys of a new home to share. Life’s evening for this Mother full of age, was long anticipated, and soon it became clear that the end of her earthly journey was near. Although I didn’t see her face to face, and didn’t know her, she spoke often of her longing to see me before her death if even on her death bed. My heart bleeds that I could not fulfill this wish, although the one who can comfort people better than I was near her spirit to enfold it in His Hands. Mother Kruger who was the first to die from this church, and also from the Spokane district in Eastern Washington Territory is now gathered in the Heavenly Assembly. Her husband has been in Eternity since the year 1860. Three children and a number of Grandchildren are left behind to mourn her death in the hope of meeting again. Brother G D Kunke spoke from Philippians 1, 21. 23; For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. (King James Version). New Tacoma, Washington Territory. Friedrich Bonn.”

Kruger, Tillie: (b. 1880; d. 1938) “Tillie A Riech Kruger. Born: Sept 7, 1880. Passed away in Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA, Dec 3, 1938. Funeral: Dec 6, 1938 in Zion Methodist Church, Rev F M Knoll officiating, 1:30 p.m.” (Church Diagrams) “Mrs Emil Kruger (Tillie), who has been ailing for some time but whose condition became acute only a short time ago, passed away at Sacred Heart hospital early Saturday morning, following a major operation the week previous.  Mrs Kruger, nee Tillie Rice (sic) was born in Germany in 1880. She was converted and united with the Lutheran church. She came to America in 1900 and resided for two years in Minnesota. In 1903 she was united in marriage with Emil Kruger and with her husband moved to Washington, locating on a farm near Rocklyn, where she lived with her family for 25 years.  To this union were born three boys, one of whom died in infancy, and one daughter. The family moved to the town of Harrington where they resided for twelve years. In 1928 Mr Kruger passed away, and his widow continued to make her home in and around Harrington and Rocklyn, excepting a little more than a year when she lived in Spokane.  She united with the Zion Methodist church in which church she remained a faithful member until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Harrington Evangelical Woman’s Missionary Society.  Funeral services were conducted from the Zion church Tuesday, with the Rev F Marion Knoll of the Harrington Evangelical church as clergyman in charge. Hazen & Jaeger of Spokane were morticians officiating. Mrs Frank Scott and Mrs Ernest Cronrath sang ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ and ‘The City Foursquare.’ Mrs Cronrath accompanied on the organ. Pallbearers included Orlin Maurer, Ernest Cronrath, Sam Knack, Elmer Knack, George Riehle and Eric Lybecker. Surviving Mrs Kruger are two sons, Elwend and Herbert of Rocklyn, and one daughter, Mrs Ivan Rutter (Ella) of Davenport; one brother and one sister in Germany; a cousin, Mrs Bart Schmitz of Harrington, and three grandchildren, Larry and Jerry Kruger, and Norman Rutter.” (Citizen: 9 Dec 1938)

Kruger, twins: Jerry Leon Jr & Harry John “Twins. Jerry Leon Jr and Harry John (Kruger). Born: Dec 31, 1959. Passed away in Walla Walla, WA, hospital, Jan 1 & 2, 1960. Funeral: Jan 14, 1960 in Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Rev L E Yates officiating, 2 p.m.” (Church Diagrams) These twins were removed from Zion Hill Cemetery on July 28, 2000 and the urn re-interred in Harrington’s Hillcrest Cemetery on Aug 11, 2000. Jerry reportedly died on Jan 1 and Harry on Jan 2, 1960.

Kruger, Walter B: (b. 1901; d. 1986; son of Henry) “Walter B Kruger. Born: June 29, 1901. Passed away Lincoln Hospital, Davenport, WA, August 11, 1986. Funeral: Aug 15, 1986 in Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Rev Carolyn Krupke officiating.” (Church Diagrams) “Funeral service for Walter B Kruger, who died August 11, 1986, in Davenport, will be held Friday, Aug 15, at 10 a.m. at Strate’s Chapel, in Davenport. Pastor Carolyn Krupke will officiate. Interment will be at Zion Hill Cemetery in Rocklyn. Kruger was born June 29, 1901 to Henry and Augusta Kruger in Rocklyn, WA.  He was raised and lived in the Rocklyn and Davenport area where he was a farmer.  He is survived by two nieces, Esther Reinbold, Davenport, and Dorothy Peha, Almira; two nephews, Eugene Kruger, Davenport, and Marvin Dietrich, Harrington; and numerous cousins, including Maggie Knack, of Davenport.” (Davenport Times: undated)

Lee, Henry Allen: (b. 12-26-1875; d. 7-19-1969) “Henry Allen Lee. Born: Dec 26, 1875. Passed away in University Manor Nursing Home, Spokane, WA, July 19, 1969. Funeral: July 23, 1969 in Zion United Methodist Church, Dr L E Yates officiating, 2 p.m.” (Church Diagrams) “Henry A Lee, 93, passed away Saturday in Spokane where he had been a resident of the Bethany Home and the University Nursing Center. Mr Lee was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1875, where he spent his boyhood. He later was a resident of the Davenport area for 43 years. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs Annie Iverson, White Bear Lake, MN; Mrs Ida Wright, St Paul, MN; and Mrs Louise Nord, Turtle Lake, MN, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Zion United Methodist Church near Rocklyn. Burial was in the Zion Hill Cemetery, Rev L E Yates officiating.” (Davenport Times: 7-24-1969) Edit: Henry Lee was a long-time resident of the Rocklyn area. He worked for the Heinemann family prior to working for the Mielke family. He earned a reputation as an excellent teamster while in their employ for 26 years. (local notes)

Lewis, John Lester: (b. 1907; d. 1977) “John Lester Lewis. Born: Jan 11, 1907. Passed away at the Melvin Maurer ranch, Rocklyn, WA, Dec 24, 1977. Graveside Service: Dec 28, 1977 at Zion Hill Cemetery, Rev H A Stocker officiating, 11 a.m.” (Church Diagrams) “Graveside services were conducted by Rev Herb Stocker of Spokane for John Lewis on Wednesday. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery.”  (Dav. Times: Jan 5, 1978)


Zion German Methodist Cemetery Obituaries, Rocklyn, Washington 

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