Bohemian Cemetery Obituaries 


                                                                                                     (Established 1903)


                                                                    Submitted by Marge Womach


Located in the SE corner of the SW ¼ of Sec 21 Twp 21 R 33; About 1 ½ miles south of Odessa toward Lind on west side of road. Bold Print signifies data on tombstones as recorded on Aug 12, 1999. Although the sign at the gate reads “Established 1903” the deed from Anthony Monroe and his wife, Louisa, to Wencel Totusek, Louis Wraspir, Frank Wraspir and Anthony Monroe, Trustees for “Cesko Evanjelicky Hrbitov”, a voluntary association for purpose of conducting a Bohemian Cemetery, was dated 22 Nov 1907, the consideration was $20.00 and the dimensions were 16 rods by 10 rods wide (a rod is 16.5 feet); thus, 264 feet X 165 feet. Of the known dates of death, the earliest is John Motycka in August of 1901. The earliest date of death as seen on a tombstone is 1903. On Feb 21, 1905 this land was deeded from the NPRR to Anthony Monroe. Two deaths pre-date this transaction. However, Anthony Monroe obtained the rights to the original contract of Friedrich Schulz of 31 May 1899 from the NPRR, and actually had possession of the land by succession. The new cemetery of 1901 in the obituary of John Motycka must rightly be construed as this, the Bohemian Cemetery.  If you have information to add please contact Marge Womach

As always this is a work in progress...



________, _____                          (Mounded, no marker; rumor says a county burial

                                                            between 1910-1919)

________, _____                          (Area not mowed, local people say that a transient may have been buried beyond a pile of   debris within the Bohemian fencing, south of Pavliska’s grave and near the fence.)



Allum, Mary Ann Totusek, 1933-1994  

“Mary Ann Totusek Allum, an Odessa native and former resident, died Wednesday, Sept 21, 1994, in Spokane at the age of 61. She was the schools. She had been a resident of Spokane and Deer Park for the past 15 years. Earlier, she had lived in Saudi Arabia, Germany and The Netherlands and in most of the 50 states during her husband’s career in the US Air Force. Mary Ann was baptized and confirmed in the English Congregational Church of Odessa. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ken Allum, of Deer Park, and daughter Kenna and son-in-law Joseph Davies and their children: John, Janinne, James and Joshua, of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Peggy and son-in-law Eric Bacon and their children: Eric Jr., Amber and Daniel, of Miami; sons Terry L Allum and children, Aron, Jessica and Sarah, of Airway Heights, and son Alan and daughter-in-law Dr Karen Allum and their children, Jason and Adrienne, of Indiana, PA; two brothers, Frank M Totusek, Denver, and Paul Totusek, Everett; two sisters, Dorothy Gallaway, Moses Lake, and Carol Barmore, Livingston, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Max W Totusek. At her request, no services were held. Cremation was to be followed by burial in the Bohemian Cemetery at Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1994)

Allum, Kenneth J. ,  1933-          ) married Feb 1950

Coleman, Deana K,  April 1, 1965,  Our baby   (d/o Robert & Marie)       


Coleman, Marie O.,  Feb 24, 1943-July 28, 1981,  The Lord Is My Shepherd  

Marie Ordina (Wraspir) Coleman, daughter of William B and Helen May (Pope) Wraspir, was born Feb 24, 1943 in Everett, WA, where she was also baptized. She was raised in Quincy, WA, and graduated from the Quincy high school in 1961. On November of 1961 she was married to Robert Coleman and lived in various parts of the US as her husband served for 20 years in the US Air Force. After his retirement, they moved to Pinkneyville, IL where they lived until she passed away July 28, 1981 in the Scottfield Air Base Hospital in Bellville, IL. She is survived by her husband Robert E Coleman; one daughter, Robin of Pinkneyville, IL; her parents, William and Helen Wraspir of Quincy; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ordina Pope, of Everett, WA; one sister, Christine Parnell, in Australia; three brothers, Morris Wraspir of Kent, WA; Clyde Wraspir of Grandview, WA; and John Wraspir of Mr. Vernon, WA. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Deana in 1965. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Pinkneyville, IL. Funeral services were held at 1 PM, July 30, 1981 from the Zion Lutheran Church in Pinkneyville. Graveside services were held August 1st at the Bohemian Cemetery near Odessa, with the Rev A Hausauer officiating. (Odessa Record-Aug 6, 1981)  


Collins, Florence,  Apr 24, 1910-May 10, 1984, 

Florence Collins was born Apr 24, 1910 in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Arthur and Ellen Cox. She died May 10, 1984 at Davenport, WA. Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery near Odessa. (see file; notes from Odessa Record: 5-17-1984)

Dlouhy, Anna , June 29, 1841-Apr 16, 1914,  (Same data in cement stone as 2nd stone) 

Mrs. Dlouthe, an aged resident of Krupp, and the mother of Mrs. Louis Wraspir, died there last Tuesday morning, after a short illness brought on by old age. She was buried today in the cemetery southwest of Odessa. (Apr 17, 1914-Odessa Record)  


Dlouhy, Anton,  Apr 16, 1839-June 25, 1912

(Same data in cement stone, name gone from cement stone, otherwise matches 2nd stone)


Droz, Daniel Verne Jr. Sept 11, 1922-June 8, 1983 ETI   U S NAVY; W W II – Korea  


Galloway, Dorothy (Totusek), Aug 1926-Mar 03, 2009

“Dorothy Galloway passed away March 3, 2009 at the Moses Lake Hospital. She was born in August, 1926, to Frank B and Mary Totusek. She attended Odessa schools where she excelled in music and drama. She played piano and violin with her husband Louie Galloway and entertained often in Moses Lake, Ephrata and Quincy  She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Mary Ann and brother Max, husband Louie, and two sons, Michael and Robert.  She is survived by her daughter Linda Staat, of Spokane and two sons, John and William Galloway of Moses Lake; two brothers, Frank M Totusek of Denver, CO, and Paul Totusek of Everett,WA; and a sister, Carol Baremore of Livingston, TX; and many cousins.  She will be laid to rest on Memorial Day in the Bohemian Cemetery south of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-2009)


Graham, Mabel Clara,  Dec 24, 1907-Nov 27, 1980

Iksic, Louis Jr
. ,  Jan 28, 1931-Aug 8, 1995,  SSGT  U S AIR FORCE  -  Korea

“Funeral services for Louis Iksic Jr. were held August 11, 1995 at the Heritage UCC Chapel in Odessa. Mr. Iksic died on Tuesday, Aug 8, 1995 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane of cancer. Louis Iksic was born in East Pittsburgh, PA, on Jan 28, 1931. He was graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1948. Lou worked in the tobacco fields in Connecticut and the steel mills in Pittsburgh until joining the US Air Force at the age of 18. Serving as a tail gunner on a B-36 bomber, he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. When he was honorably discharged from the service in October 1954, he had attained the rank of staff sergeant. While stationed at Fairchild, Lou met Lois Ott. They were married on June 13, 1953. Following his discharge, he attended Eastern Wash. University, receiving a degree in industrial arts and social studies. He taught in Marlin for four years, then in Odessa for 26 years. Lou and Lois made their home in Irby. After retiring from teaching, Lou became a full time farmer at Irby. Lou was a member of the Monroeville (PA) Presbyterian Church, Odessa American Legion Post #105, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also belonged to the Marlin Gun Club, the National Farmers Union and was a 20 year member of the Washington Officials Assn. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois, at the home; two sons, Mark Iksic and Tim Iksic, both of Irby; five daughters, Martha Bemis, of Chimacum, WA; Tamara Watson, of Fayetteville, GA; Amy Rodman, of Ephrata; Molly Jelic, of Milton, WA; and Julie Iksic, of Spokane; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Dexter Edwards officiated at the funeral. Interment was at the Bohemian Cemetery near Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record)

Motycka, John, (Name in Cement, no dates)  d. abt. Aug 7, 1901

 “John Motycke, a farmer living 6 miles SW of here, committed suicide at his home Wednesday by shooting himself through the heart with an army musket. He had been in poor health about a year and at times became very despondent and it is thought that while suffering from one of these spells, he was tempted to take his own life. At the time of the tragedy, his wife and three sons were working in the harvest field and when they returned found the dead body on the floor in a pool of blood. Word was sent out and Judge Ziegler wired the news to Sheriff Gardner at Davenport and Deputy Sheriff Gardner came down on the late train. The next morning, accompanied by Judge Ziegler, they started for the scene of the tragedy and found the body where it had fallen the day before; it was decided by the sheriff that it was unnecessary to proceed further and Undertaker Stone was ordered to take charge of the body which he prepared for burial and the remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery south of town.  Deceased was 40 years of age and leaves a wife and five children. He was also a brother-in-law of Frank Ardolph, a business man of this city.” (Odessa Record of Aug 9, 1901) Due to an apparent discrepancy with the 1902 census, the date of this obit was confirmed, 1901.


Motycka, s/o John

(John had a son buried here also, per family report. John was the first husband of Rosa. They had come from MN. Rosa married Vaclav Velek, their first child was born Dec 1903. Rosa and Vaclav Velek are buried in Odessa City Cemetery. Rosa Velek was adm. of his estate, not settled until 1916 in Lincoln Co.)


Ott, Jacob,  July 15, 1886-Dec 20, 1964

Funeral services are scheduled today (Wednesday) for Jacob Ott, who died at the family home at Irby on Sunday. The service will be held at the English Congregational Church in Odessa, Rev. John A. Birchard will officiate. Burial will be at the Odessa Bohemian Cemetery. Jacob Ott was born in Eppstein, Germany in July of 1886. He came to the United States as a child with his father, the mother following a year later. He attended schools at Ritzville and Sprague and was a Gonzaga graduate in 1905. In 1911 he moved to a wheat ranch two miles north of Irby; was married to Victoria Totusek in 1914 and in 1923 bought the Irby Investment Co and made his home there to date. This pioneer of the area sent seven daughters and three sons through college at Washington State University while operating a wheat and dairy farm. He was honored on Dad’s Day when his youngest daughter, Rita, entered college in 1953, and the couple was given recognition upon her graduation in 1957. Mr. Ott served on the draft board during WW I, on the Red Cross, as clerk of the local school board, as county commissioner from 1938-1940, as field assessor, and was a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge and Odessa Grange. His wife was chosen “Mother of the Year” for the State of Washington in 1962. The couple was honored this summer on their 50th wedding anniversary when all the sons and daughters and their children were present. They completed 50 years of wedlock on Oct 20, 1964. Jacob Ott is survived by his wife, Victoria, at the home; seven daughters, Esther Rygg, Everett; Alice VanWinkle, Rolling Hills, CA; Ruth Droz, Spokane; Grace Parks, Palouse, WA; Anna Jean Hedelius, Ephraim, UT; Lois Iksic, Irby, WA; Rita Dudley, Montreal, Canada; three sons, George Ott, Kelso, WA; Walter Ott, Irby, WA; and Gerald Ott, Connell, WA; 42 grandchildren; two brothers, John Ott, Ritzville, WA; Richard Ott, Olympia, WA; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Wallenberg and Amanda Bier, both Ritzville. (Odessa Record-Dec 24, 1964)


Ott, Victoria Totusek,  Nov 28, 1892-Dec 24, 1987

Victoria Totusek Ott of Irby, born Nov 28, 1892 in Silver Lake, MN to Cenek and Anna Marie Totusek, passed away at her Irby home on Dec 24. The family moved to Odessa in 1901 where she attended school and after the death of her father, her mother married Louis Wraspir Sr. The family moved to a farm north of Irby, and her schooling continued in the Irby district. She was married to Jacob Ott Oct 20, 1914, and the couple made their home on a wheat farm near Irby until 1920, when they sold their interest to purchase the holdings of Irby Investment Company, a property that was developed into a dairy and hog operation. They continued that business until their retirement in 1959. Mrs. Ott was appointed Irby postmaster in 1924 by then-Postmaster General Harry New. She served that position for 37 years, when age forced her retirement in 1962. As a member of Odessa’s early Presbyterian Church, she served as pianist and organist, then later organized the Irby union Sunday School, where she served in the same capacity with ministers from Odessa conducting services. She was an active charter member of Odessa Rainbow Camp 10309, Royal Neighbors of America and of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 105, Odessa. She belonged to the National League of Postmasters and was a member of the English Congregational Church. In 1957 she was awarded honorary membership in the Washington State Alumni Association and was named winner of a distinguished parent award. In 1962 she was named Washington State Mother of the Year. Preceded in death by her husband Jacob in 1964, Mrs. Ott is survived by the couple’s ten children: Esther Rygg of Everett; Alice Van Winkle of Grandview; George Ott of Kelso; Walter Ott of Irby; Ruth Droz of Spokane; Grace Parks of Palouse; Lois Iksic of Irby; Anna Jean Hedelius of Ephraim, Utah; Gerald Ott of Silverton, OR; and Rita Dudley of Montreal, Canada. She is also survived by 5 brothers: Lidumil Totusek of Spokane, Louis Wraspir of Irby; Stanley Wraspir of Odessa; Arthur Wraspir of Spokane; and William Wraspir of Quincy; by a sister, Anna Uhrich of Mitchell, South Dakota; and by 44 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Dec 29 from the English Congregational Church, the Rev Tom Howarth officiating. Concluding services and interment followed at the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, under the direction of Strate Funeral Homes. Casket bearers were: Clyde Wraspir, Gary Wraspir, Loren Totusek, Eugene Wraspir, Duke Wraspir and Gabriel Lambert. (Odessa Record-Jan 1988)  


Ott, Walter Leroy,  March 16, 1921 - June 22, 2005

“Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 1, at the Bohemian Cemetery for Walter Leroy Ott, a lifetime resident of Irby, who died Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane due to complications from an accident at his home.  Walter was born March 16, 1921, the fourth of 10 children of Jacob and Victoria Ott, of Irby.  He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Irby from grades 1 through 9 and then went on to graduate from Edwall High School. He attended Washington State University, graduating with a degree in agriculture. In college, he was a wrestler. Walter’s military career during WW II was in the US Army Air Force, where he instructed student pilots. He married Sally Parks in May 1951. Walt and Sally farmed in Irby for 40 years. Sally preceded him in death in 2003. When not farming, Walter enjoyed fishing. He was a past master of the Odessa Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion, Canniwai Grange and Heritage Church .  He is survived by his daughter, Marsha Garner and husband Ron and two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jackie, of Buda, Texas; and son Norman Ott and wife Lisa, of Irby; six sisters and one brother, Alice Van Winkle, of Santa Clarita, CA; Ruth Schaefer, of Spokane; Grace Parks, of Palouse; Anna Jean Hedelius, Ephriam, Utah; Lois Iksic, of Irby; Gerald Ott, of Silverton, OR; and Rita Dudley, of Quebec, Canada, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A luncheon at Heritage Church will follow graveside services.”  (Odessa Record: 2005)


Parks, Darrell Lee,  March 26, 1924- April 8, 2002

“Darrell Lee Parks, 78, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at his home in Palouse following a brief illness. He was born March 26, 1924, in Kooskia, Idaho, to Harve and Mabel Russell Parks. He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1942 and received a bachelor’s of education degree in 1950 and master’s of education degree in 1951 from WSU. Darrell was a veteran of WW II, a technical sergeant serving in the 8th Air Force. After completing 34 missions, he returned to the United States in Dec, 1944. he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He taught for 30 years in the Palouse schools. Darrell and Grace Lucile Ott, Irby, were married June 15, 1947, in Pullman. Together, they raised three children. Survivors include his wife; a son, David Parks, of Vancouver, WA; two daughters, Beverly Parks McDonnell, of Everett, WA; and Colleen Parks Hanson, of Port Orchard, WA; four grandchildren; a brother, Vestal Parks, of Emmett, Idaho; and two sisters, HarvElla Spengler, of Cottonwood, and Sally Ott, of Irby. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Parks, who was a Pullman resident. A public celebration of Darrell’s life will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday April 29 at the Palouse Community Center. The family plans a private memorial service at a later date with cremation and burial of ashes at the Bohemian Cemetery at Odessa.” ( Odessa Record: April 2002)

Pavliska, Joseph,  Oct 8, 1888-May 11, 1968,  Father

Funeral services for Joseph Pavliska, 79, were held at the English Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon with Rev John A Birchard officiating. Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery one mile south of Odessa. Pall bearers included Dave Weber, R E Suchland, Art Jeske, Henry Braun, Henry Schafer and C E Meek. Joseph Pavliska was born in Czechoslovakia on Oct 8, 1888. He died approximately May 11, 1968, at his home. When he was about 18 years old he migrated to the United States. He farmed north of Odessa for 30 years and retired in 1948, making his home in Odessa. He was a member of Modern Woodman of America and the Lions Club. Survivors are one son, Louis Pavliska, Odessa; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kruse, Spokane; Mrs. Anna Bennett, Sand Point, ID; and Mrs. Joseph MacIntosh, Cummins, North Carolina; 7 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Odessa Record-May 23, 1968)


Svihel, Alvin,  Born Dec 5, 1909-Died Jan 2, 1910 


Svihel, Elvin,  Born Jan 10, 1907-Died Feb 20, 1907


Totusek, Aline M.,  1916-1990

“Alline M Totusek, passed away May 29, 1990 in Denver, CO; formerly of Odessa, WA. Survived by her husband, Frank M (Junior) Totusek at the home; one daughter, Jolene McEod, Northglen, CO; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother and two sisters; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Denver, CO. Funeral mass will be June 5, 1990 at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Odessa, WA. Father William Hanley officiating. Interment Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, WA.  Strate’s Funeral Home in charge.”  (Spokesman Review)


Totusek, Cenek,  Apr 2, 1850-June 2, 1903


Totusek, Clara,  Dec 6, 1903-Aug 27, 1997

“A graveside service was held at the Bohemian Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept 2, for Clara Totusek. Mrs. Totusek died on Wednesday, Aug 27, 1997, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she was a resident. She was 93 years old. She was born on Dec 6, 1903 in Odessa, the daughter of Vaslav and Rosa (Jilek) Velek. She grew up in the Odessa area and graduated from Odessa High School in 1923. She then was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse Co for a year before attending Cheney Normal College (now Eastern Wash University), where she received her teaching degree. She first taught in a country school north of Irby. She then was a teacher at the Irby school, a position she held for several years. At one time, she was the only teacher for all eight grades and one high school freshman. She married Mirsolav Totusek on June 10, 1930 in Ritzville. They farmed near Irby, raising geese, chickens, sheep and dairy cattle. Mirsolav died in 1969, and Clara continued to live in the Odessa/Irby area until Jan 1992, when failing health necessitated her move to the Odessa Convalescent Center. She was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ and the Royal Neighbors. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. The Rev Charles Smith officiated at the graveside service.” (Odessa Record) {Family report: Clara and Miroslav were married 6-30-30. Clara is the oldest child of Vaclav and Rosa Jilek Motycka Velek. The 2nd child was Lottie Velek (married Henry Braun) and Lottie was buried in the Odessa Cemetery (Dec 18, 1905-Apr 10, 1985. She was my grandmother. Marilyn}


Totusek, Frank B. , Oct 15, 1891-May 23, 1967 Washington,  Bugler  1  CL  147 Field Arty  W W I

 “Frank B Totusek, his home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Mary Totusek, at home; 3 sons, Frank Totusek Jr., Denver, CO; Paul Totusek, Everett, WA; Max Totusek, Odessa, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Gallaway, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs. Mary Ann All, KI Sawyer Air Force Base; Mrs. Carol Barmore, Austin, TX; 18 grandchildren; one great grandson; 7 brothers, Miroslav Totusek, Odessa, WA; Lid Totusek, Spokane, WA; Lid Totusek, Woodburn, OR; Lewis Wraspir and Art Wraspir, Irby, WA; Stanley Wraspir, Odessa, WA; Bill Wraspir, Quincy, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Victoria Ott, Irby, WA; Mrs. Anna Uhrick, Mitchell, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11 AM from the English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Rev. John Birchard officiating. Interment Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review of 26 May 1967)


Totusek, Frank M     1924-2010

Frank Marion Totusek, born March 4, 1924 in Odessa , WA , passed away peacefully Jan 30, 2010 in Wheat Ridge , Colo. He is survived by his daughter, Jolene Smith; 2 granddaughters, Charlene (Ron) Richers and Lisa (Todd) Rupple; 6 great grandchildren ranging in age from 19 years to 19 months, Justin Richers, Corey Richers, Danielle Richers, Tanner Rupple, Colton Rupple and Dawson Rupple, all residing in the Brighton, CO area. He is also survived by two siblings, his sister Carol (Chuck) Barmore, residing in Lake Livingston , Texas , and his brother, Paul Totusek from Everett , WA . Frank was born to Fran B and Mary M Totusek. He was the oldest of six children, Dorothy, Paul, Max, Maryann and Carol. He even named his baby sister, Carol.  Frank served in WW II, stationed in Glenwood Springs , CO , as a medic even though he really wanted to be a ‘mechanic’.  During his tour of duty, he met his wife Aline ‘Blondie’ M Brinkmeier in the food line in the hospital cafeteria. Frank and Aline were married 44 years until Aline passed away in 1990. He was raised a hard-working farmer and decided to move permanently to Colorado to support his family after the birth of his one and only child, Jolene. His heart never left the farm. He went back every summer to help with harvest and was fortunate to stay in close contact with family, especially his cousin Lois (Ott) Iksic, of Irby. He worked as a coffee bean roaster/manager for Millar’s Coffee Company and as a warehouseman for King Soopers for over three decades. Frank remained a very proud Teamsters Local #435 union member until the day he passed away. He was also married to Marie Floyd for eight years until her death. Frank always had a strong passion for music, stemming back to his childhood. He recorded numerous music broadcasts (favorite polka) and attended countless dances, even traveling across the country to attend.  If you had the pleasure of knowing ‘ol’ Frank, you knew that his generosity extended past just picking up the tab but also would include his time and talents. If you ever needed help, Frank was your man. He had the ability to fix anything. He had an infectious smile/grin and an even more boisterous personality. Frank was an exceptional husband, Dad, Gramps, brother, cousin, friend and all around man. We were so fortunate to have him in our lives and he will be missed tremendously but never forgotten. His family will be celebrating his life back where it all began. He will be buried alongside his first wife, Aline, in the Bohemian Cemetery near Odessa on Memorial Day. Frank received outstanding care by the dedicated and loving staff of the Collier Hospice Center .” ( Odessa Record: 2-11-2010; photo with tribute) 


Totusek, Frank Vancel,  Feb 4, 1894-Aug 16, 1963 Washington, PVT 346 Lt Fld Arty  91 Div   WWI

 -  (Brother Emil Totusek is in Odessa City Cem.)

“Funeral services for Frank V Totusek, Marlin, were held from the Marlin Presbyterian Church on Monday, with Rev A Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery at Odessa, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Frank B. Totusek, William Wraspir, Lyd Totusek, M. Totusek, Louis Wraspir and Jerry Totusek. Frank V. Totusek was born at Silver Lake, MN, Feb 4, 1894, and came west with his parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. Vaclav Totusek. The family took up a homestead north of Irby, now farmed by Joe and Jerome Totusek. There were 10 children in this family. On Sept 21, 1917, he left with a group from here for Camp Lewis to serve in WW I. He was enrolled in the 346th light field artillery company, the same group in which his brothers, Emil and Jerome, served, and where Frank B Totusek started his service. He served in France. He married Miss Ruby Hoover, daughter of a pioneer family, that of Mr. & Mrs.Joe Hoover. He was employed by L A West, then at the Rudolph Templin blacksmith shop and garage. Later he started his own garage business, operating it until his recent illness. He had been at the Spokane Veterans’ Hospital where death came. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; two sons, Virgil and Loren; a daughter, Margaret, all at the home; two brothers, Joe and Jerome Totusek, Irby; and Miss Lilly Totusek, Rochester, MN. (Odessa Record obit-Aug 22, 1963)


Totusek, James, (s/o Ladimar & Marie),  (Cement, no dates)


Totusek, Jerome, Oct 4, 1896-Sept 28, 1968 Washington,  PVT BTRY F 346 Field Arty WW I

“Jerome Totusek, his home, Irby, WA. Survived by one sister, Lillian Totusek, Minneapolis, MN; one brother, Joseph Totusek, Irby, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of World War I. Funeral services, Tuesday Oct 1, 1968 at 10 AM from the English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA; Rev A Hausauer officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, in charge.” (Spokesman Review of 29 Sept 1968)


Totusek, Jeroslav “Jerry”, Apr 14, 1901-Dec 8, 1977


Totusek, Joseph, 1889-1970

 “Joseph Totusek, his home, Odessa, WA. Survived by one sister, Miss Lillian Totusek, Minneapolis, MN; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Odessa Grange. Funeral services will be held Sat. Sept 5 at 11 AM from the English Congregational Church in Odessa, WA. Rev A Hausauer officiating. Interment will be in the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review of 3 Sept 1970)


Totusek, Ladimir,  Dec 10, 1896-Oct 2, 1916,  (2 stones, same data; 1 cement crumbling; 1 lamb)

 “Ladimir Totusek, the 19 year old son of Mrs. Louis Wraspir residing north of Irby, died at a tubercular sanitarium at Spokane, Monday. The boy contracted tuberculosis nearly two years ago and for the last two months of which his condition had been very critical. The remains were shipped to Odessa and funeral services conducted from the English Congregational Church Wednesday afternoon, Rev W Pritchard officiating. Interment was afterwards made at the Bohemian cemetery south of town.” (Obit of Oct 6, 1916 in Odessa Record)


Totusek, Lidumil,  1899-1989

“Lidumil (Lid) Totusek of Spokane, born in Silver Lake, MN Feb 14, 1899 to Cenek (Vince) and Marie Anna Dlouhy Totusek, passed away in Spokane Oct 28, 1989. He was a former longtime resident of Odessa and Irby. In 1901 the family moved to Odessa and, after the death of his father, his mother was married to Louis Wraspir Sr.  The family then moved to Irby where they farmed and where Mr. Totusek went to school. While he grew up as part of a musical family, he was also a good mechanic, and he eventually took his business to Spokane, working there through the Depression. A later career change took him from mechanic work into the refinery business in Spokane, and he was a union representative as well until he was forced into retirement by a closure of the business. He was an active member of the Odessa camp, Modern Woodmen of America. Preceded in death by his wife Olga in 1973 and by his parents, brothers Vincent Miroslav, Frank and Ladimir Totusek and Jerry and Stanley Wraspir, and a sister Victoria Totusek Ott, Mr. Totusek is survived by a son Richard Totusek of Spokane; by two brothers: Louis Wraspir of Irby and William Wraspir of Quincy; by a sister Anna Uhrich of Mitchell, South Dakota; by four grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Interment is scheduled at the Bohemian Cemetery south of Odessa at noon, Nov 4, 1989. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”

 Totusek, Lucille (d/o Ladimar & Marie),  (Cement, no dates)


Totusek, Luella Ruth (b. 9-15-1935; d. 12-23-2009)

“Luella Ruth Totusek died Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009. She was born Sept 15, 1935 to Virgil and Alice Buxton in Biggar , Saskatchewan . At the age of six months, she moved with her family to Washington State , settling in Odessa . She raised her family in Odessa , enjoying the hot summer days and picnics by the lake. In 1948, she met Max William Totusek, and they married three years later in 1951. Five children were born to them, Karen, Terry, Gary, Mary Alice and Diane. She became a log scaler in 1970 and worked for the British Columbia Forest Service, eventually becoming the interior check scaler for the Dawson Creek district area until her retirement in 1995. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Max, sister Carol and granddaughter Heather. She is survived by her children, Karen Christie, Terry Totusek, Gary Totusek, Mary Alice Totusek (Merle Donovan) and Diane (Patty) Gayse; her brother Ken ( Nancy ) Buxton, sisters Susan (Lou) Greenway and Cheryl (Mike) Arlt and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009.” ( Odessa Record: 4-08-2010; Photo. Note: a Tribute by a granddaughter appeared in the Odessa Record of 4-15-2010)


Totusek, Mary M,  Jan 4, 1899-May 27, 1983 Loving Wife & Mother,

“Funeral service for Mary Magdalene Totusek will be 10 AM Wednesday at the Totusek family cemetery (Bohemian) in Odessa. Mrs. Totusek, 84, died Friday in Moses Lake. She was an active member of the Odessa English Congregational Church, was a charter member of RNA and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Odessa. She married Frank B. Totusek of Irby, June 13, 1919. He died May 23, 1967. She moved to Moses Lake in 1976 and for the past six years was a resident of Beech Court Apartments. Survivors include three sons, Frank M. Totusek of Denver, Paul of Everett, and Max of Chetwynd, BC; three daughters, Dorothy Gallaway of Moses Lake, Mary Ann Allum of Spokane, and Carol Barmore of Pasadena, Texas. One brother, Luther Fendler of Spokane; 21 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 2 brothers, four sisters, her parents, and her step-mother, Emily Fendler.”

Totusek, Margaret Anna , July 10, 1938-Aug 5, 1992,  Beloved Daughter & Sister,  (daughter of Frank V & Ruby L Totusek)

 “Margaret A. Totusek. Passed away Aug 5, 1992 in Spokane, WA. Her home, Marlin, WA. Survived by her mother, Ruby Totusek, of Marlin, WA; two brothers, Loren and Virgil Totusek, both of Marlin, WA; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her father, Frank Totusek. Member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church and a 1957 graduate of Marlin High School. Funeral services Aug 10, 1992 at the Marlin Presbyterian Church. Rev. David Vanderdoes, officiating. Interment will follow at the Bohemian Cemetery in Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokesman Review)


Totusek, Max W. , July 3, 1931-Nov 4, 1991,   Beloved Dad

 “Max William Totusek (age 60). Passed away in Prince George, BC, Canada. Formerly of Odessa, WA. Max is survived by his wife, Luella Totusek; five children: Karen Totusek Christie and husband Ken; Terry Totusek; Gary Totusek and wife Colleen; Mary Alice Totusek; Diane Totusek Gayse and husband Patrick; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul and Frank Totusek; three sisters, Dorothy Sallaway, Mary Ann Allum and Carol Barmore; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Mary, and father, Frank Totusek. Funeral services will be held Nov 12, 1991 at the Heritage UCC Chapel in Odessa, WA. Rev Glenn Gettinger, officiating. Interment at the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokesman Review Obit) “He was born and raised in Odessa, the son of Frank and Mary Totusek. He was graduated from Odessa High School, and while living in Odessa he was a co-owner of the Odessa Food Center.” (Odessa Record excerpt)


Totusek, Miroslav,  Nov 15, 1890-Jan 15, 1969

 “Miroslav Totusek.—His home was Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Clara Totusek, at the home; 6 brothers, Lid Totusek, Spokane; Jerry Totusek, Woodburn, OR; Lewis Wraspir and Art Wraspir, both of Irby, WA; Stanley Wraspir, Odessa, WA; Bill Wraspir, Quincy, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Victoria Ott, Irby, WA; Mrs. Anna Uhrich, Mitchell, SD.  Funeral Sat, Jan 18, 1 PM from the English Congregational Church in Odessa. Rev. John Birchard officiating. Interment Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Spokesman Review of 16 Jan 1969)


Totusek, Olga                                                                                                           


Totusek, Olga M . , 1889-1973


Totusek, Richard "Dick" Quam,  1938-2006

R.I.P. Musician, conductor, labor leader and reformer, parliamentarian, linguist, and historian Richard "Dick" Quam Totusek.

Richard Totusek, born on January 10, 1938, was the sole child of Lidumil E. Totusek (February 14, 1899 - October 28, 1989) originally of Irby, Washington, and Olga M. Totusek (April 17, 1899 - August 1973) of Spokane, Washington. At the age of 68, he passed away Thursday, June 29th, 2006 at Sunrise Hospital in Los Vegas, Nevada.  He graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University and continued his education at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He conducted in the past for the Spokane Choral Society, and the Spokane Symphony. He served as President of the Professional Musicians Local 105 in Spokane, Washington, as well as Parliamentarian of the Spokane City Council. He also was elected to the International Board of the American Federation of Musicians. In 1993, he moved to Hollywood, California, where he served as Vice President and later as Treasurer of Professional Musicians Local 47 over a period of 8 years. He then retired to Las Vegas, where he was named Honorary Parliamentarian for the Musician's Union of Las Vegas, Local 369.  He is survived by his wife Joan; his ex-wives Leslie Beck and Susan Helbig; his children with his first wife Susan: Martin Totusek, Erika Olsen, Leif Totusek, (his other now pre-deceased son Malcolm Beck, born to Leslie, died on October 11, 2004...); his grandchildren Gabriel, Madeleine, Mariella and Kira; his step-children: Joseph Pedone, Carolyn Kahler, Linda Borghese, William Pedone, Daniel Pedone, Michele Larson, Brian Pedone, Julie Pedone, and his step-grandchildren Ed and Alexis Christensen, Joseph Kahler, Samuel and Collin Borghese, Christopher and Courtnee Pedone, Emma Larson, Kaelyn and Tyler Pedone.  Burial services were held at the Bohemian Cemetery in Odessa (near Irby), Washington, on July 8, 2006 at 11:00 AM. There will be also be a memorial service held at the Unitarian Church of Santa Monica, California, on July 16, 2006.   In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may now be sent to the Professional Musicians Local 105, 1912 North Division, LL105, Spokane, Washington 99207, on behalf of the Richard Q. Totusek Memorial Fund. Submittted by family member, Martin Totusek, July 2006.


Totusek , Richard Q.,  Jan 10, 1938-Jun 29,2006                                                                                                                 Richard Q Totusek died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was born Jan 10, 1938, in Spokane. He was the only child of Lidumil and Olga Totusek. He displayed musical abilities at a very early age, becoming an exceedingly accomplished pianist, conductor, vocal coach and accompanist. He graduated form Gonzaga University, summa cum laude, continuing his post graduate work at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  A lifetime member of Professional Musicians Local 105, he served as president of the local. In 1967, he bought out his partner in the franchise of H & R Block in Spokane and northern Idaho. He continued as owner until 1991. During those years he was involved in various civic and union activities. He served as parliamentarian of the Spokane City Council as well as many other organizations. He was elected to the International Board of American Federation of Musicians. He served as a consultant on bylaws and constract negations throughout North America.  In 1993, he moved to Hollywood, CA, where he served as vice president and later treasurer of Professional Musicians, Local 47 over a period of eight years. He then retired to Las Vegas, NV, where he was parliamentarian for the Musician’s Union of Las Vegas, Local 369. He was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son Malcom. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his three children, Martin Totusek, Erika Olsen and Leif Totusek; eight step-children, Joseph, William, Daniel, Brian and Julie Pedone, Carolyn Kahler, Linda Borghese and Michelle Larson; numerous grandchildren and several cousins in the Irby area.  Burial will be held at the Bohemian Cemetery south of Odessa on July 8, 2006 at 11 a.m.  A memorial gathering will be held at the Suki Yaki Inn, 119 N. Bernard St, Spokane, on Sunday July 9 from 1-3 p.m.  Additional memorial services are being held, including one at the Unitarian Church of Santa Monica, CA, on July 16 at 1 p.m.  Strate Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-06-2006)


Totusek, Ruby Leah, June 16, 1902-Mar 8, 1999, Beloved Wife and Mother,

“Ruby L Totusek, a lifetime resident of Marlin, died Monday, March 8, 1999, in Odessa. She was 97 years old. She was born June 16, 1902, in Marlin, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Margaret (Hose) Hoover.  She married Frank V. Totusek on Oct 19, 1932, in Davenport. A Marlin resident her entire life, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two sons, Loren Totusek and Virgil Totusek, both of Marlin, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank V Totusek, in 1963, one daughter, Margaret Totusek in 1992 and seven brothers. Graveside services will be held March 11, at the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa. Memorial services will follow at 11 AM, Thursday, at Marlin Presbyterian Church, with the Rev Dr Chester R Dorsey officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 11, 1999)


Totusek, Vincent W. ,  ,  Jan 4, 1889-Feb 29, 1908  (two stones, one flat cement stone, crumbling, one a lamb, same data on both)


Velek, Johny,  (cement barely legible; no dates;) d. after 1907

{Family report: Johny was youngest son of Vaclav (Jim)Velek and Rosa Velek. He lived only a few days, date unknown. He was the 4th child. The 3rd child was Jerome Velek, born 5-17- 07 and is buried in the Odessa Cemetery. Marilyn}

Wraspir, Arthur Edward, Oct 2, 1911-May 23, 1994, (saxophone in stone)

“Arthur Wraspir died May 23, 1994 in Odessa. He was 82 years old. Mr. Wraspir was born Oct 2, 1911 in Irby, son of Lidvik and Marie (Dloughy) Wraspir. He grew up in the Irby/Odessa area, attending school in both Irby and Odessa. He was graduated from Odessa High School. At an early age, he became part of the Wraspir family band, in which he played the saxophone. He performed with the band in Odessa and also in a band in Northport. He married Lenora Pfeifer on Jan 31, 1939, and they moved to Northport. Mrs. Wraspir died in 1946. In 1948, he returned to Irby, where he farmed until he retired in the early 1980’s. After he retired, he lived in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area until he entered the Odessa Convalescent Center in 1989, where he was a resident until his death. He is survived by one son and his wife, Gary and Jeannette Wraspir, of Bellevue; one daughter and her husband, Myrna and Arley Bischoff of Harrington; four grandchildren, Cynthia Wraspir, of Los Angeles; Kali Wraspir of Bellevue; Dion Bischoff of Spokane; and DeVonne Dougherty of Bellevue; one brother, William Wraspir of Quincy; one sister, Anna Uhrich, of Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Darlene, in 1939, and nine brothers and sisters. Graveside services will be held May 26 at the Bohemian Cemetery at Odessa. The Rev. Derel Olson will officiate.” (Odessa Record)


Wraspir, Darlene Mae, Jan 29-Feb 1, 1939, Our Baby Sister, (Daughter of Arthur E and Lenora H Wraspir)


Wraspir, Dorothy C.  ,  Jan 27, 1907-Feb 25, 1997

“A memorial service was held on Friday, Feb 28, at the Heritage United Church of Christ Chapel in Odessa for Dorothy C. Wraspir, a former resident. Mrs. Wraspir, who was 90 years old, died on Tuesday, Feb 25, 1997, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, WA. For the past seven years she had been a resident of Ocean Shores, WA. She was born on Jan 27, 1907, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Arthur and Ellen (Hawkins) Cox. She grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Glenville High School in 1924. She lived in the Cleveland area until the late 1940’s, when she moved to Soap Lake, where she owned and operated a taxicab company. In 1958 she married Stanley Wraspir of Odessa. They lived in Odessa and were married 30 years until his death in 1988. Dorothy enjoyed bingo, was a member of the Canniwai Grange and played in Stanley’s dance band, which for many years was popular throughout the region. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, George Ray Kimes, in 1996. Survivors include two sons, Phillip Kimes, of Strongsville, OH; and Robert Kimes, of Ocean Shores, WA; one step-son, Stan Wraspir, of Newport; two step-daughters, Viola Tuttle, of Quincy; and Dorothy Eidson, of Abilene, TX; 27 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. The Rev. Larry Pierson officiated at the memorial service.” (Odessa Record)


Wraspir, Donald E . , Aug 12, 1929-July 6, 1965,  Washington  AIC U S Air Force


Wraspir, Emma T. , 1906-1957,  (wife of Stanley B Wraspir)


Wraspir, Louise L. ,  July 23, 1908-April 4, 1999  Beloved Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother

“Funeral services for Louise L. Wraspir will be held at 1 PM, Apr 10, at the Heritage Church Chapel in Odessa. Mrs. Wraspir, a resident of Irby, died Sunday, April 4, 1999, in Odessa. She was 90 years old. She was born July 23, 1908 in Bowden, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Heinrich and May (Hoover) Hose. She was graduated from Marlin High School in 1926 and married Louis M. Wraspir on June 16, 1926 in Davenport. Mr. Wraspir preceded her in death in 1993. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Odessa Grange #931. She is survived by two sons: Eugene Wraspir of Irby; and Alfred Wraspir, of Odessa; one daughter, Joyce Haase, of Odessa; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. Mrs. Wraspir will lie in state at the Heritage Church Chapel April 9. Pastor Art Finney will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-April 8, 1999).


Wraspir, Lenora H. Pfeifer,  July 28, 1917-May 28, 1946,  (Wife of Arthur E.; Mother of Darlene M.)

“Funeral services were held from the Salem Lutheran Church at Marlin on Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Lenore Helen Wraspir, Northport, with the Rev. A.  H . Grabow officiating. Burial was in the Bohemian cemetery south of Odessa, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Wraspir died at a Canadian hospital on Tuesday morning, while undergoing an operation. Survivors include her husband, Arthur, and small children, Myrna, aged three, and Gary; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Pfeifer, Marlin, and several brothers and sisters in that area. Pall bearers were Henry Reihs, Thomas Fiess, Rudolph Fiess, Bob Engle, Camas Lenz and Reinhold Weber.” (Odessa Record-June 6, 1946)  Family report suggests that Lenore Wraspir died from an allergic reaction to the ether; she was a known asthmatic. Her parents, the Phillip Pfeifers, were buried at Marlin, WA.

Wraspir, Louis Mirumil,  Nov 29, 1904-June 21, 1993,    Loving Father            

“Funeral services for Louis M. Wraspir, 88, who died Sunday, June 20, 1993, were held Wednesday at the Heritage UCC Chapel in Odessa. Mr. Wraspir died at Odessa Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was a life-long resident of Irby. He was born Nov 28, 1904, on the family ranch at Irby. As a young man he worked for the Lincoln Stock Co as a wrangler. In 1926 he married Louise Hose, and they had four children. He farmed at Irby until his retirement. Mr. Wraspir was active in local school administration and politics. He also was interested in music and played in several community bands in the area as a young man and later in life he played in the band of his brother, the late Stanley Wraspir. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and his family, especially the children. Mr. Wraspir is survived by his wife, Louise, at the home; two sons, Eugene Wraspirt and his wife, Gloria, Irby, and Alfred Wraspir and his wife, JoEllen, Redmond, WA; one daughter, Joyce Haase, and her husband Bud, Odessa; 16 grand-children; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna M. Uhrich, Mitchell, SD; two brothers, Arthur E. Wraspir, Odessa and William B. Wraspir, Quincy, WA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Rose Marie Ramm, seven brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the Odessa Grange and the Heritage United Church of Christ. The Rev. James Dowdy officiated at the funeral. Interment was at the Bohemian Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.”  (Odessa Record)


Wraspir, Louis Sr.,  1877-1950,  Dad

Louis Wraspir Dies Suddenly. Pioneer Was Walking On Street When Stricken. Louis Wraspir, 72, Irby area pioneer, died suddenly Saturday afternoon while walking on an Odessa street. In apparent good health, he had visited various business houses while in town. He was discovered immediately after his collapse, and Dr L J Bonney was called. The aged man was dead before he arrived. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the English Congregational Church. The Rev R W Pruitt officiated, with burial in the Monroe (Bohemian) Cemetery on the south hill. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Music was furnished by a women’s quartet, including Mrs. James Lyons, Mrs. A A King, Mrs. Robert Haight and Mrs. D B Wilskie. Pallbearers were from the Modern Woodman lodge and included D G Roloff, H E Michaelsen, G A Weber, Al Wagner, George Zicha and Jos. Pavliska. Born, Sept 10, 1877, in Czechoslovakia, he came to America while still a boy, attending school at Silver Lake, MN, where the family home was established. In 1901 he came to this area, homesteading north of Irby. In 1904 he married Mrs. Marie Totusek, who survives. Other survivors include five step-children, M Totusek, Mrs. Jacob Ott, Frank B Totusek, Lid Totusek, and Jerry Totusek; five children, Louis M Wraspir, Stanley Wraspir, Mrs. Anna Uhrich of Mitchell, SD, and Arthur and William Wraspir; three brothers, Frank Wraspir, Odessa, and Edward and Joe Wraspir, Silver Lake, MN; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Halva and Mrs. Josephine Konerza, both of Silver Lake, MN." (Odessa Record: 6-08-1950)  


Wraspir, Marie Anna, 1868-1955,  Mother


Wraspir, Melissa A.,  Aug 4, 1955-May 25, 1963

“Melissa Wraspir, age 8, drowned and her five year old sister, Audrey, was rescued about 6:45 PM Saturday when the children slipped or tumbled off a steep bank into a new boat basin formed by the newly filled Wanapum Reservoir at Cresent Bar west of Quincy. Parents of the children are Mr. & Mrs. Donald Wraspir of Cresent Bar. They are grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Wraspir of Odessa. Audrey was saved by Sgt. Melvin Nelms of Larson Air Force Base. Authorities said the youngsters had gone to the new basin on their bicycles. Nelms, accompanied by his wife, told officers that he and Mrs. Nelms were across a road a short distance from the steep bank when they heard a splashing and screaming in the water. Nelms saw the older girl lying face down in the water while Audrey was screaming and thrashing in the water about 30 feet from shore, authorities said. After saving Audrey, Nelms swam back for Melissa but she had disappeared. The body was recovered with grappling hooks from a boat at 10:10 PM. Roy Allington of Odessa was one of those who had boats on the scene to assist. Melissa, a student at Mountain View Elementary school in Quincy, was born Aug 4, 1955 in Soap Lake. She had lived in Crescent Bar all her life. She attended Sunday School at the Quincy Free Methodist Church. Survivors include two other sisters: Donna, 13, and Ellen Jane, 8, also her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Wraspir of Odessa and Mrs. Ora Cas of Thorndale, TX. Funeral services have been set for Friday from the English Congregational church in Odessa. Officiating will be the Rev. Harold J. Kopfenstein of Quincy and the Rev. John A. Birchard of Odessa. Burial will be in the Bohemian Cemetery on the south hill.” (Odessa Record-May 30, 1963)


Wraspir, Robert 8 Dec 1930  (Mounded Cement Stone)         

“Bobbie Wraspir, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Wraspir, died Saturday of a hemorrhage brought on by intestinal flu. He had been sick only one day. His funeral was held Monday, the Rev. P. Kalmbach officiating and burial was at the Bohemian Cemetery south of Odessa.” (Odessa Record-Dec 12, 1930-Irby News) (Nov 29-Dec 8, 1930, per Lartigue’s Book) Robert was a son of Stanley B. and Emma T. Wraspir, who are buried in row to the east of Robert’s grave.


Wraspir, Rose Marie,  Aug 24, 1927-Dec 3, 1953

“Funeral services were held Monday from the English Congregational Church for Mrs. Rose Marie (Wraspir) Ramm, 26, who had died at the St Luke’s Hospital at Spokane on Saturday morning, after a long illness. The Rev F William Westwood officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Louis M. Wraspir of Irby, she was born Aug 24, 1927, and received her early schooling in the Irby and Odessa schools, took her high school work at Northport, WA, and following graduation was married to LeRoy Ramm of Odessa. She and Mr. Ramm adopted a son, Archie. Stricken with serious illness, she has spent much of her time in recent years at the Spokane hospital. Repeated blood transfusions were required, and friends from the Irby and Odessa area were regular donors at the Spokane blood bank in her behalf. She had been in the hospital three weeks when death came. Survivors include her husband and son, Archie; two brothers, Eugene Wraspir and Alfred Wraspir, Irby; a sister, Joyce Marilyn, Irby; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Louis M. Wraspir; and her grandmother, Mrs. Louis Wraspir, all of Irby, and many other relatives in the community.” (Odessa Record-Dec 10, 1953) Per family report, the tombstone does not bear the name Ramm. Marie had suffered with leukemia for three years during which time the Wraspir clan felt Leroy Ramm had abandoned her.


Wraspir, Stanley B .,  May 9, 1907-May 7, 1988,  (h/o Emma; f/o Robert)

“Stanley B Wraspir, age 80, passed away May 7, 1988 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. Survived by his wife, Dorothy, at the home; two daughters, Dorothy Kelly, Ovalo, TX; Viola Tuttle, Quincy, WA; four sons, Stanley (Duke) Wraspir, Spokane; Ray Kimes, Yuma, AZ; Philip Kimes, Strongsville, OH; Robert Kimes, Missoula, MT; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Art Wraspir, Spokane; William Wraspir, Quincy; Louie Wraspir, Irby, WA; Lid Totusek, Spokane; one sister, Anna Uhrich, Mitchell, SD; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Modern Woodman of America, the Cannwai Grange, founder of Stanley’s Orchestra and later Stan’s Jazz, which is played every year at the Odessa German Festival. He was the Santa Claus for the Odessa Community for 28 years. A farmer and lifetime resident of the Odessa area. Funeral services May 11, 1988 at the English Congregational Church in Odessa, WA. Interment Bohemian Cemetery in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA in charge.” (Spokesman Review)


Wraspir, William B.,  Jan 17, 1914-Feb 7, 1999

William B. Wraspir, 85, of Quincy, died on Sunday, Feb 7, 1999, at the Quincy Valley Hospital. He was born on Jan 17, 1914, the son of Lewis and Marie (Glohue) Wraspir, at Irby. He attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School with the class of 1934. Bill farmed with his parents until he moved to Everett in 1940, where he worked for Meadowmoor Dairy. He married Helen May Pope on Jan 17, 1942, in Everett. He entered the US Navy in 1942, serving in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Bill and Helen moved to Odessa in 1947 where they owned and operated the Odessa Bakery. In the fall of 1952, they moved to Quincy, where they owned the Quincy Bakery. Mr. Wraspir worked for Pacific Supply from 1954 until he retired in 1978. He was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy. He is survived by his wife, Helen, at the home; three sons, Morris Wraspir, of Kennewick; Clyde Wraspir of Quincy; and John Wraspir of Burlington, WA; one daughter, Christine Parnell, of Australia; a sister, Anna Uhrich, of Mitchell, SD; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Coleman. Memorial services were held on Thursday, Feb 11, at St Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy. The cremated remains of William B. Wraspir were interred in a military ceremony at the Bohemian Cemetery, Odessa, on April 10, 1999. The service was performed by the Quincy Honor Guard. (Odessa Record)




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