Zion-Rocklyn German Methodist Affiliates

                                                                               Submitted by Marge Womach

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The following obits were gathered in conjunction with research done on the Zion German Methodist Church near Rocklyn. Some of these obits were in family files with little known connection, perhaps only friends. Others are obvious relations to those involved in the Zion church.

Zion-Rocklyn German Methodist Affiliates unedited at present: 2005

Kelso, Betty:  “Davenport, WA., Nov 10 (UP).—Betty Kelso, 16, Reardan, was fatally injured in an automobile accident Sunday near Reardan, authorities reported. She was riding in a car driven by George Severson, Harrington, 19 year old soldier home on furlough from Fort Lewis. The car apparently struck loose gravel, catapulted off the highway and overturned twice. Severson was uninjured. Grant Severson, 15, brother of the driver, and Marcine Colville, 15, Reardan, suffered cuts.” (scrapbook item: undated). Betty Kelso, Tombstone in Reardan Cemetery, 1925-1941.

Kelso, Leonard H.:  “Leonard H Kelso.—Age 61 years. His home was at Reardan, WA. Survived by his wife, Althea L Kelso, at the home; 3 sons, Everett, Jasper and Clair Kelso, all of Reardan, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs Vinnie Stutheit, Nine Mile Falls, WA; Miss Eileen and Miss Betty Kelso, both of Reardan, WA. Funeral Monday, Jan 6, at 2 p.m., from the Evangelical Church at Reardan, WA. Rev Mr Plowman will officiate. Interment Reardan Cemetery. Hennessey Funeral Home, N 2203 Division St (Spokane), in charge.” (scrapbook item: undated) Leonard H Kelso. Tombstone in Reardan Cemetery, 1879-1941. “Leonard H Kelso, 61, a farmer and resident of the Reardan district for 40 years, died in a Spokane hospital Thursday after a long illness. He was a native of Hardin County, Iowa. Surviving are his widow, Allie and six children, including three sons, Everett, Jasper, Clair, and three daughters, Mrs Vinnie Stutheit and Eileen and Betty Kelso, all of Reardan.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Kern, Emma C.:  “Emma C Kern.—Passed away March 20, 1985 in Davenport, WA. Her home, Davenport, WA. Survived by three daughters, Anna M Norton, Spokane, Ruth C Kern, Davenport, WA, Martha E Green, Kittitas, WA; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 2 nieces, four nephews. Member of Christ Lutheran Church, Egypt, WA. Funeral service, Monday, March 25, 1985 at 1:30 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, WA. Pastor Stanley Williamsen, officiating. Interment, Egypt Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kerr surname: The Zion German Methodist church ledger makes many mentions of the Kerr family. The history of the Kerr family is readily available in Harrington, and most of the burials occurred in the Harrington Hillcrest Cemetery, which see also.

Kiehn, Alvin Lawrence:  “Alvin Lawrence Kiehn.—His home, W 1423 Dean Ave.  Husband of Lila Kiehn, at the home; father of Mrs Edward (Connie) West, Irving Kiehn, Melvin Kiehn, Donald Kiehn, Arvin Kiehn, all of Spokane; 16 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother of Mrs Ella Bethel, Sacramento, CA; Mrs Florence Kramer, Ritzville, WA; Mrs Sereta Yarno, Seattle, WA; Mrs Laura Warwick, Chico, CA; Edward Kiehn, Seattle, WA; LeRoy Kiehn, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. He attended the First Church of the Open Bible. He was a lifetime resident of the area. Funeral services Wednesday, Nov 22, at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Rev C G LeLaCheur officiating. Burial services Riverside Memorial Park.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kiehn, Lila H.:  “Lila H Kiehn.—Passed away July 26, 1981 in Spokane. Her home Spokane. Mother of Mrs Edward (Connie) West, Irving L Kiehn, Melvin G Kiehn, all of Spokane; Donald L Kiehn, Chatteroy, WA; Arvin P Kiehn, Spokane; 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sister of Ruby Womach, Chester Bursch, both of Spokane; Cecil Bursch, Nine Mile Falls, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Attended the Grace Baptist Church & First Church of the Open Bible. A lifetime resident of the area. Funeral services Monday, July 20, 1981 at 11 a.m. at the Alwin Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Rev Tom E Arbogast and Rev Monte LeLaCheur officiating. Burial Riverside Memorial Park.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kienholz, Huldah L.:  “Huldah L Kienholz.—Her home, N 1812 Wall. Sister of Miss Flora Kienholz, David and Edward Kienholz, all of Spokane; Walter Kienholz, Port Orchard, WA; Michael Kienholz, Newport, WA; Bernhart Kienholz, San Diego, CA; daughter of Mrs Margaret Kienholz, at the home; several nieces and nephews. A member of the First Assembly of God church, Washington State Educational Association. Funeral Services Wed., March 25, at 3 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Rev Wallace S Bragg and Rev J E Rasmussen officiating. Burial services, Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery.” (scrapbook obit: undated)

Kik, Margaret Rieker: “Mrs David Kik, 60, a resident of this region for the last 30 years, died Tuesday, Jan 31, at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs J B Smith, in Corona, CA.  Her son, Walter Kik, flew south Tuesday when he learned of his mother’s illness, but she died before he arrived. Mrs Kik went to California with her husband in December. She was born in Germany and brought to the Dakotas when 7 years old. She came west as a girl and married David Kik in Walla Walla in 1907. They went to Mondovi, WA, a short time later and moved to Rocklyn about 29 years ago, farming here most of the time since. Survivors are her son, Walter, and one daughter, Mrs Ethel Boyk, of Rocklyn; two grandchildren; and Mrs William Kiezz, Ritzville; Mrs Lena Carle, Walla Walla; Mrs Tretz of Canada, sisters;  and Chris Rieker of Ritzville and Jacob Rieker of Walla Walla, brothers.  Funeral arrangements had not been made.” (Citizen: 3 Feb 1939)

Kirsch, Martha:  “Martha Kirsch.—Funeral services, Monday, July 8, at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Chimes, Thornhill-Geraghty Funeral Home. Dr Evert Top officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Her home E 6422 Fourth ave.  Survived by her husband, Adam Kirsch, at the home; 4 sons, Edwin A Kirsch, Al H Kirsch, both of Spokane; Fred A Kirsch, Yakima; Lewis A Kirsch, Los Angeles, CA; 8 grandchildren. She had been a resident of this community 40 years.” (Spokesman: undated, 1957) Martha Kron married Adam Kirsch on 19 Dec 1901. Adam was born 28 May 1880 in Baden, Germany and died in April 1973. Martha was the daughter of August and Amelia (Fogt) Kron. Martha was born 29 August 1881 in Yolo County, CA.

Kittelson, Edwin Henry: “Edwin Henry Kittilson.—His home, E 8904 Cataldo, Spokane, WA. Husband of Cloe M Kittilson, at the home; father of Rod J Kittilson, Marvin D Kittilson, both of Odessa, WA; 6 grandchildren; brother of Mrs Cora Johnson, Mrs Selma Keison, both of Spokane; Adolph Kittilson, Salem, OR; numerous nieces and nephews. Attended Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church. A member of the Spetty Quarter Century Club. Funeral services Monday, Aug 4, at 11 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. The Rev Earnest C Phillips officiating. Burial services Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kloster, Adrian:  (TS: Oct 21, 1851-Dec 4, 1939; Mt View Cemetery) “Dad Kloster passed away Monday morning at 9:45 o’clock, at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane. Mr Kloster was in the hospital about one week. His health was good until the last year when he began failing noticeably. Adrian Kloster was born Oct 31, 1851 in Lorraine, France. His parents were German, but he received his education in French. He came the States in 1872, taking passage on the Isle de France. The voyage took fourteen days, and a heavy storm at sea washed waves over the vessel’s deck tearing away 10 feet of bulwarks. Ten years later this ship sailed out of port and was never again heard from. Mr Kloster first went to Cass County, MO, and in 1883 he came to Harrington and bought railroad land for $5 an acre. He married Mary Fortanier in 1891, and to the union five sons and one daughter were born. In 1916 Mr Kloster built a fine bungalow in Harrington and moved to town with his family. During the terrible epidemic of flu in 1918 when so many persons were victims of the disease, Mrs Kloster, two of the sons, and the daughter died. Bereft of so many members of his family, he sold the house in town, and resided with his sons. During the winter seasons he rented apartments in town. Seldom is a person called upon to part with three of his loved ones within such a short time. Though Mr Kloster was deeply grieved, he bravely adjusted himself to circumstances. Mr Kloster became a citizen of the United States in 1876. He was a student of history, especially history of France. He was not affiliated with fraternal orders, or other organizations. During his many leisure hours he read extensively and studied. He was a familiar character about town, and several times daily walked the length of the business district, up one side of the street and down the other, including the side streets. He frequently visited certain of his friends to discuss points of historical interest, or current issues of the day. Mr Kloster accompanied his newly wed son and daughter-in-law, Mr and Mrs George Kloster, on their wedding trip to California this fall where he visited his brother at Fresno. Surviving Mr Kloster are three sons, George, Ernest and Louis; one brother, Julius Kloster at Fresno; and four grandchildren, including Vernon and Glen Kloster. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Community church, with Rev Kenneth Claypool officiating clergyman. Bumgarner Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge. Mrs Frank Scott and Mrs Leo Birge sang ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.’ Mrs Clarence Scott accompanied at the piano. Pallbearers were Charles E Moore, W B Hose, James McKinnon Sr, Guy Wesp, Robert Stone and E W Huber. Burial was in the family vault in the Davenport Cemetery.” (Harrington Citizen: 8 Dec 1939) Notes: “Nickolaus Adrian Kloster”. Birth: 31 Oct 1851 in Lorraine, France, 50 miles from Metz. He was one of 4 sons and 5 daughters. Adrian married Mary Fortanier on 16 July 1891. Mary was the daughter of Robert B and Minnie Fortanier, both buried in Davenport’s Mt View Cemetery. George Kloster was affiliated with the Davenport Museum, where the family history should be documented. Adrian Kloster is also mentioned in Thumbnail Biographies.

Kloster, Alma Mary King: “Alma Mary King Kloster.—Passed away Aug 10, 1983 in Spokane. Her home, Spokane. Wife of Louis Kloster, at the home; Sister of Susie Smith, Mildred Earll, both of Creston, WA; Mrs Elwin (Esther) Bunker, Mrs Glenn (Cordie) Porter, both of Spokane; Arnold King, Davenport, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Lifetime resident of WA. Funeral services Monday, Aug 15, 1983 at 1 p.m. Alwin Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Rev Willis E Shane officiating. Private entombment service. Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Fidelity Mausoleum.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kloster, Julius: “George Kloster received a telegram Wednesday telling of the death of his uncle, Julius Kloster, at Fresno, CA. Born in France, Mr Kloster came to the States in about 1872, and to the Rocklyn district in about 1883, where he was one of the early settlers there. He moved to California more than 25 years ago, but made many visits back to this community. He visited here the last time in 1938 but saw his brother, the late Adrian Kloster, last year when Mr and Mrs George Kloster took him south. Funeral services will be held today (Friday) in Fresno.” (Citizen: 23 Aug 1940)   Notes: He filed on his homestead on 6 May 1891 in Section 20 Twp 24 Range 36. A photo of his homestead appears in the Zion German Methodist Church, photo taken about 1900. He married Mary A Ruppel about 1902. Appears on 1910 Census in Rocklyn vicinity with four children. Made several initial trips to CA, beginning July 1910, but appears to have moved about 1915 to CA. Died: 21 Aug 1940 in Fresno, CA with burial in CA. Local data pertaining to age were unreliable and inconsistent, as was birthplace, reported as France and Germany. Identified children: Louis R, Clementina (Elizie M), Irma Mathilda, and Elmer Edwin. Some baptismal records appear in the Zion German Methodist ledger. Jules Kloster, final proof on May 8, 1897 entry #8020, NW ¼ Sec 20 T 24 R 36.

Kloster, Lennie M.: (TS: 1903-1971; Mt View Cemetery) “Lennie M Kloster.—Her home was Harrington, WA. Survived by her husband Ernest Kloster at the home; 2 sons, Glenn Kloster, Davenport; Vernon Kloster, Harrington; her mother, Mrs Stella Smith, Davenport; 3 sisters, Mrs Olie Hughes, San Francisco, CA; Mrs Edna Morgan, Spokane; Mrs Betty Byler, Clover Dale, CA; 2 brothers, George Smith, Portland, OR; Lester Smith, Davenport, WA; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Member of the American Auxiliary No 136, Harrington, WA. Funeral services will be held June 3, 1971 at 2 p.m. from the Community Church, Harrington, WA, Rev James Updike officiating. Interment Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 6-01-1971)

Kloster, Raymond R.: (TS: Nov 26, 1898-Nov 27, 1918; Mt View Cemetery) “Raymond R Kloster died last Sunday at the age of nineteen. He was the fourth member of the Kloster family to die of influenza. He has a father and a brother who are ill in the  hospital with the same disease. The body was taken to Davenport for burial.” (Citizen: 1 Nov 1918)

Knack, Elizabeth Johannah: (Mt View Cemetery) “Services were held Nov 24 at the Strate Funeral Home for Elizabeth Knack. She died Nov 20 at age 84. Mrs Knack was born to Herman and Johannah Bakenhus at Redfield, SD in 1891. She moved to the Davenport area when she was six years old. She married Elmer Knack in November, 1914, and they farmed in the Rocklyn area until his death in 1953. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Davenport, was active in the Naomi Circle and was also a member of Wilson Grange. Surviving Mrs Knack are three daughters, Mrs Wilma Fouke, San Francisco, Mrs Edwin (Irene) Young of Sprague and Mrs Ted (Lois) Zeimantz, Davenport. A son, Wallace Knack, also survives as well as a brother, Paul Bakenhus, Orange, CA, and three sisters, Hannah Tess, Hartline, Mrs Eleanor Gibson and Mrs Hulah Kraft, both of Orange, CA. Ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive her. Committal services were held at the Davenport Cemetery.” (Davenport Times: Nov 1975)

Knack, Elmer:  (TS: 1891-1953; Mt View Cemetery) “Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church of Davenport Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for Elmer A Knack, 62, lifelong resident of this area. The Rev James E Doak officiated at the service which was arranged by the Bumgarner Funeral Home. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery. Pall bearers were Elwend Kruger, Walter Kruger, Ed Zellmer, Gilbert Gauger, Lew Hutsell and Paul Maskenthine. Elmer A Knack was born June 8, 1891, at the Rocklyn farm home of his parents, Herman and Louisa Knack. He resided with his parents until 1914 and then farmed near Rocklyn until 1925 when he moved to Davenport. He was a member of Wilson Grange. Survivors are the widow, Elizabeth, at home; four children, Mrs Wilma Fouke, San Francisco, CA; Wallace Knack, Davenport; Mrs Arlene Young, Lamont; Mrs Lois Zeimantz, Mondovi; one brother, Sam Knack, Rocklyn; two sisters, Mrs George Borck, Rocklyn; Mrs D F Reinbold, Davenport; and seven grandchildren.” (Davenport Times: 20 Aug 1953)

Knack, Maggie L. Meek:  “After a full life, Maggie L Meek Knack, 96, died Dec 8, 1997. She was born at Newport, WA on April 22, 1901, the oldest of ten children.  In November of 1919, Mrs Knack married Sam Knack of Rocklyn. Together they had three daughters, which was the start of a large and loving family.  The Knacks farmed for many years in the Rocklyn area and Mrs Knack is best known for being a hardworking farm wife, loved by friends and family. In 1955, she and Sam moved to Davenport.  Mrs Knack was an active member of the Wilson Grange and the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Rocklyn Homemakers Club. Her husband preceded her in death in 1960 and her daughter Ruth in 1973. She is also survived by two daughters and their husbands, Grace and Gerald Grunerud and Marjorie and Harry Schneider, both of Davenport; brother Jake Meek of Spokane; sister Marie E Endicott of Oldtown, Idaho; eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec 10, 1997 at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.” (Dav. Times: 1-15-1998; Burial occurred in Davenport’s Mountain View Cemetery.)

Knack, Samuel: (TS: Feb 25, 1899-July 18, 1960; Mountain View Cemetery) Samuel Knack was a son to Herman Knack and his wife Louisa Bursch Knack.

Knack, Verna O: “The Strate Funeral Home in Davenport held services Saturday, July 21, for Verna O Knack of Davenport. She passed away Wednesday, July 18, at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, at age 52. Knack was born July 3, 1932, in Bismark, North Dakota, to Edwin Lange and the former Mabel Hamann. The family lived in Panama and then Fort Wright during her childhood, while her father served in the Army. When she was 8 years old, the family moved to Colbert, where she grew up. She graduated from Mead High School and then EWSC, with a teaching degree. She taught school in Lind for 8 years, before moving to Davenport, where she taught for 22 years. She married Wally Knack on June 8, 1964. Survivors include her husband, Wally; daughters, Sandra Wallace of Seattle; and Michelle Wheland of Kennewick; her mother, Mabel Lange of Davenport; her brother, Ronald Lange of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of Davenport Education Association, Order of eastern Star in Lind and Davenport, the Davenport Gun Club, the American Trap Association, and the Pacific International Trap Assn, of which she was state handicap champion in 1983. Rev Jeff Challender of the Davenport Presbyterian Church led funeral services. Pall bearers included Skip Conner, Chuck Jungblom, Kim McKee, Bill Nicholls, Doug Reinbold and Mike Scharbach. Honorary pall bearers were Ralph Brown, Frank Cummings, Will Gester, Rollin Ricketts and Lloyd Stannard.” (Davenport Times: 7-26-1984)

Knack, Vernon:  “Funeral services for Vernon Knack, age 26, formerly of Rocklyn, who was drowned in Downs Lake southeast of Sprague Tuesday of last week, was held at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger funeral home in Spokane. Many form this district attended. Interment was in Spokane. Mr Knack, with Mason O Petty and Vernard S Chandler, all bus drivers for the Spokane United railways, went to Downs Lake Tuesday of last week, taking a new outboard motor with them, and intending to spend the day fishing. They were expected to return to Spokane by 4 p.m. but called up railway officials and said they had car trouble which delayed their return. When they failed to return by Wednesday afternoon, a search was made. Their car was found where it had been left at a resort at the lake, and their boat was found about 200 feet from shore. It is believed the men were working on the outboard motor, and that the boat tipped on its side precipitating them into the water. The lake is weed-infested and impossible to swim in. Part of the clothing of the men had been torn to shreds in a losing battle against the weeds. Deputy Sheriffs from Spokane and others, including several from Sprague, helped in the search for the bodies on Wednesday night. Grab hooks furnished by the Sprague fire department were used and the heavy weeds made the grappling very difficult. The body of Mr Petty was recovered at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, that of Mr Knack, 25 minutes later, and that of Mr Chandler at 7:40 a.m.  The bodies of Mr Petty and Mr Knack were but a yard apart, and that of Chandler was about two rods away. Mr Knack was born and raised in the Rocklyn district, and graduated from the Davenport High School. He was an outstanding football player while attending school here. Survivors include his widow, who before her marriage was Mary Tess of Rocklyn, one son, Donald, 14 months old; his mother, Mrs Mike Maurer of Spokane; two sisters, Mrs Dan F Reinbold and Mrs George Borck of Davenport, and two brothers, Elmer and Sam Knack of Rocklyn.” (Davenport Times: 19 Oct 1936) “Funeral services for Vernon Knack, victim of drowning in Downs Lake last week Tuesday at the start of a fishing trip, were held Saturday from Alwin Chapel at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Rev Rasmussen officiating. Interment was in Riverside Park Cemetery. Vernon was reared in the Rocklyn district where two of his brothers, San and Elmer, still reside. Many people from that region attended the services. Two other victims of the drowning were mason O Petty and Vernard S Chandler, the latter man being a nephew of Eric Lybecker. Mr and Mrs Lybecker and sons, Gilbert, Harold and Jim, from here were joined by Earl at Cheney and all attended the Chandler funeral services in Spokane, Saturday.” (Citizen: 10-16-1936)

Knappert, E. C.:  “Hanged Himself in Barn. As a result of the recent accident which occurred during the eruption of the veterinary hospital in this city which caused the death of his son-in-law, E C Knappert, a prominent carpenter and contractor hung himself from a rafter in his barn last Wednesday afternoon about 3:15.  Mr Knappert had the contract for the building at the hospital and when the scaffolding gave way and precipitated his son-in-law to his death he was accused, it is said, of negligence in making the scaffolding safe. This accusation together with a mental weakness caused by ___ive dissipation it is said was the cause of his taking his life.  The crime was committed in a barn situated near his home and the rafter from which he hung himself was extremely low making it necessary for him to get on his knees before the rope which he had placed around his neck would become tight.  He was found in this position by his wife immediately after he had died, who cut the rope and gave the alarm. An inquest was thought unnecessary as the manner of his death very evident. Mr Knappert was the father of a large family, and had been married twice, there being eight children, all small. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon.” (Lincoln County Times: 4-03-1908) E C Knappert built the Zion church.

Koch, Herman: “Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spokane for Herman Koch, 92 year old Edwall pioneer, who died following a short illness. he had been a resident of Lincoln County for 54 years. Born in 1863 in Germany, he came to the US in 1883 with his parents, the trip taking 18 days aboard ship. They resided in the middlewest before coming to Washington. He bought the Copenhaver farm near Edwall in 1901. He resided there until 1922 when he turned the farm over to a son, Alvin, and retired to Edwall. His first wife died in 1925 and he was married in 1932 to Mrs Sophia Merkel. He was a member of the Edwall Methodist church and Waukon Grange. The Rev C J Hall officiated at the service. Interment was at the Edwall Cemetery. The casket bearers were all grandsons. Survivors are: widow, Mrs Sophia Koch, at the home. Father of Mrs Ralph Hemry, Brady, MT; Mrs Will Moos, Edwall, WA; Mrs Albert Zellmer, Davenport, WA; Alvin Koch, Edwall, WA.  Grandfather of: Mrs Mary Jean Tichenal, Edwall, WA; Mrs Irma Chevalier, Forestown, MN; Mrs Gladys Hjartarson, Cut Bank, MT; Harold Hemry, Brady, MT; Willard Zellmer, Davenport, WA; Vern Zellmer, Everett, WA; Richard Zellmer, Davenport, WA; Howard Moos and Lester Moos, both of Edwall, WA; 15 great grandchildren.” (a Davenport paper, undated)

Koch, Maria:  “Funeral services for Mrs Maria Koch, age 71, Rocklyn pioneer who died in Spokane Tuesday evening, will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Smith Funeral Home in Spokane with the Rev F M Knoll of Harrington officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Park Cemetery. Mrs Koch lived in Spokane in recent years. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs Della Eastman, Spokane; Mrs Lilian Taylor, Hollywood, CA; Mrs Sadie Maurer, Rocklyn, and Mrs Mildred Johnson, Sharon; three sons, Walter J Koch, Los Angeles, CA; Fred Koch, Rocklyn; and Edwin R Koch, Bellevue, WA, and 9 grandchildren.” (scrapbook obit: undated)

Koegler, Emma F.: “Emma F Koegler. Age 100.—Passed away June 27, 1986 in Davenport, WA. Her home, Edwall, WA. Survived by two sons, Allen C Koegler, Colbert, WA; M J (Joe) Koegler, Davenport, WA; one daughter, Bertha Rux, Reardan, WA; one grandson, Robert H Rux; four great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Bluestem Grange. Lifetime resident of Edwall, WA and a Washington State Certified Pioneer. Funeral service Wednesday, July 2, 1986 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of The Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Pastor Glenn Patterson officiating. Interment Edwall Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Kruger, Aileen Rosella:  “Aileen Rosella Kruger of Spokane died Oct 7, 1988 in her home. She was 82.  Mrs Kruger was born Jan 2, 1906 to Charles Rux and Julia Bursch in Rocklyn. She attended Harrington schools and graduated in 1924. She then earned her teaching degree at Cheney Normal School. After college she taught at Cold Springs and at Earl schools, both in the Rocklyn area.  Mrs Kruger married Elwend John Kruger in 1934 in Spokane. The couple lived and farmed in the Rocklyn area until moving to Spokane in 1980. Mr Kruger preceded her in death on Oct 8, 1987.  Mrs Kruger was a past member of the Zion Methodist Church and the Wilson Grange, both of Rocklyn.  Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Karen Kruger of Spokane; three grandchildren, Deanna Roders of Spokane, Chris Kruger of Newhall, CA, and Jeff Kruger of Boise, Idaho; two great grandchildren, Joshua and Kyle Roders of Spokane; and two sisters, Beulah Olsen and Bessie Rutter, both of Davenport. Services were held October 11 in the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home. Concluding services and interment was at the Mt View Cemetery, Davenport.” (Davenport Times: undated) Aileen Rux Kruger compiled booklets of the descendants of the Rux and Bursch lines that many local family members possess.

Kruger, Edward S.:  “Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Edward S (Edd) Kruger, who died July 13, after a brief illness.  The Rev Gail Ott conducted the service and LaDonna Kruger served as organist. Music was provided by a quartet, LaConna and Wendall Kruger, Diana and Mark Kruger. Pall bearers included Herbert Kruger, Carl Mielke, George Mielke, Robert Stelzer, Norman Stelzer and Donald French. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery.  Kruger, a retired farmer, was born Dec 11, 1892 in Rocklyn, the son of Henry and Augusta Kruger. In 1913 he married Helena Lopstein at Rocklyn. They were the first couple married in the new Zion Methodist Church. (Mrs Kruger, who died last July, was buried exactly a year before her husband.)  The couple lived at Rocklyn until 1960, when they retired and moved to Davenport. Survivors include one daughter, Esther Reinbold, and one son, Eugene Kruger, both of Davenport; one brother, Walter Kruger, Davenport, and one sister, Bertha Dietrich, Spokane. Kruger had seven grandchildren:—Nancy Joy Johnson, Wendall, Mark, Barry, Kim, Janice and Candace Kruger—and one great grandchild, Jamie Kruger, Davenport.” (Davenport Times: 13 July 1974) “In Memory of Edward S Kruger. Born: Dec 11, 1892, Rocklyn, WA. Passed Away: July 13, 1974, Davenport, WA. Funeral Services: Tuesday, July 16, 1974 at 2 p.m. Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Rev. Gail Ott officiating. Organist, LaDonna Kruger. Quartet: LaDonna and Wendell Kruger, Diana and Mark Kruger. Concluding Services and Vault Interment: Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport, WA. Casket Bearers: Herbert Kruger, Carl Mielke, George Mielke, Robert Stelzer, Norman Stelzer and Donald French.” (Funeral Program)

Kruger, Elwend W. (John):  “Elwend W (John) Kruger died Oct 8, 1987, in Spokane. Mr Kruger was a former resident of Rocklyn and a past member of the Rocklyn Zion Church and Wilson Grange. Survivors include his wife, Aileen Kruger, of the home; one son, Jerry Kruger, Spokane; a brother, Herbert Kruger of Davenport; three grandchildren, two great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Ella Rutter Hilsbury. Services were held Oct 12 in the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home. Interment was in Davenport’s Mt View Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Davenport Times: undated)

Kruger, George:  “George Kruger’s funeral services were held from Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane, Thursday. Those attending were Mr and Mrs Herb Kruger, Mr and Mrs Elwend Kruger, Carl and Ed Mielke, Mr and Mrs Fred Dietrich, and Mrs Jake Fichtenberg of Davenport.” (Citizen: 4-16-1954, Rocklyn Column)

Kruger, Helena: “Helena Kruger.—Her home Davenport, WA. She is survived by her husband, Edd Kruger at the home; one son, Eugene Kruger, Davenport, WA. one daughter, Mrs Adolphe (Esther) Reinbold, Davenport; 7 grandchildren: Mark, Barry, Kim, Janice, Kandace Kruger, all of Davenport; Wendell Kruger, Lynden, WA; Mrs Nancy Johnson, Albany, OR; 1 great granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs Dave Stelzer, Davenport, WA; Mrs Lydia Baumert, Los Angeles, CA.  Funeral services will be held Monday, July 16, 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. The Rev James Terry officiating. Interment Mt View Cemetery, Davenport, WA.” (Spokesman: undated) “Funeral services were held Monday for Helena Kruger, Davenport, who died July 11, (1973). The Rev James Terry and the Rev Gale Ott officiated at the services held at the Strate Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery. Born in Berlin, Germany, on Christmas Day, 1892, Mrs Kruger came to the Rocklyn area to visit her sister, Albertina Neuman, in 1910. She married Ed Kruger in Rocklyn on Christmas Eve, 1913; the couple had lived in the Rocklyn area since then and would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary later this year. Pallbearers included Robert Stelzer, Norman Stelzer, Herbert Kruger, Elwend Kruger, Carl Mielke and George Mielke. Survivors included her husband, Edd, at the home; a son, Eugene Kruger, Davenport; a daughter, Esther Reinbold, Davenport; seven grandchildren, Mark, Barry, Ken, Janice, and Kandace Kruger, Davenport; Wendell Kruger, Lynden; Nancy Johnson, Albany, Oregon; one great granddaughter, Jamie Laurel Kruger; two sisters, Mrs Dave Stelzer, Davenport; Lydia Baumert, Los Angeles, CA.” (Davenport Times: 7-19-1973)

Kruger, Mallon R.: “Mallon Ronald Kruger, one year old son of Mark and Diana Kruger of Sedro Woolley, WA, died Aug 19, in Seattle at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital. Born on Aug 19, 1977, he was the grandson of Eugene and Joanne Kruger of Davenport. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Aug 23, at the Burlington City Cemetery with Pastor Tom Howard of the Bethel Assembly of God Church officiating. Lemley Funeral Home in Sedro Woolley arranged the chapel services. The infant is survived by his parents; a sister, Aimee; his paternal grandparents; his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Joyce Daves, Sedro Woolley; great grandparents Mr and Mrs Ronald Newcomb, Sedro Woolley, and Rebecca Williams of Davenport.  Uncles and aunts are Jennifer Savage, the Rev and Mrs Wendell Kruger, Mr and Mrs Barry Kruger, Kim, Janice and Kandice Kruger.” (Davenport Times: undated, 1978)

Kruger, Minnie D.: “Minnie D Kruger.—Her home was at E 1701 DeSmet. Mother of Mrs Minnie Stephenson and George Kruger, both of Spokane; Charlie Kruger of Bayview, Idaho. 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren. Sister of Mrs Ida Browning of Spokane, Mrs Emma Oliver of Zumbro Falls, MN; Mrs Lena Schultz, Albert Dickman and Fernet Dickman, all of Hammond, MN; Art and Harry Dickman of Salem, OR. She had been a resident of Spokane 41 years. Funeral Sat., Nov 26, at 12 noon in the Gothic Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Rev Milton Linhart officiating. Burial services Fairmount Memorial Park. (Spokane).” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Kuchenbuch, Charles: “Charles Kuchenbuch. Male, White, Married, farmer. Birth: Feb 17, 1838; aged: 68 yrs 8 mos 28 days. Born Germany.  Father: George Kuchenbuch, b. Germany; Mother: don’t know. Informant: George Kuchenbuch, address Govan. Death: Nov 15, 1906, 2:30 a.m. Cause of death: Abscess of Lung, James Sutherland, MD, Spokane, WA. Burial: Cheney, WA; Nov 18, 1906; Undertaker: Julius Lyse of Wilbur.” (Census Office. Standard Certificate of death, State of Washington, County of Lincoln, City of Wilbur.)

Kurz, J. Ludwig:   “J Ludwig Kurz, a resident of the Davenport district for many years, died at his home in Spokane, Wednesday evening, following an extended illness. He had lived in Spokane for several years since he retired form farming here.  Mr Kurz was born in Germany in 1864 and came to the United States in 1882, settling at Logansport, IN.  Later he moved to Minnesota and in 1889 to Spokane. In 1891 he came to Lincoln County and took up a homestead where Rocklyn now is located. After improving this homestead, he sold it and bought 320 acres south of Davenport.  He was married March 25, 1891, to Margaret Maurer. He is survived by his widow, five daughters, Mrs W C Stutheit, Reardan; Mrs C W Seegar, Davenport; Alma, Mabel and Meta of Spokane; two sons, Herbert of Spokane, and Harry of Davenport. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.” (14 Aug 1924-Dav. Trib.)


 Zion-Methodist, Rocklyn, Washington obituaries submitted to the

  Lincoln County Washington Genweb by Marge Womach, January 2007

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