Submitted by Marge Womach 


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Anderson, Kenneth W.,    11-24-1966

“Funeral service was held here Tuesday for Kenneth W. Anderson, 42, a sales representative here for the Washington Water Power company for eleven years. He died last Friday after more than a year of a hopeless fight with cancer. The funeral mass was conducted by Father William Dugan at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, following a rosary the previous evening. The interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery at Denver, Colorado. Kenneth W Anderson was born April 22, 1924 at Laramie, Wyoming. He was employed in newspaper work in Wyoming prior to moving to Washington.  He was married to Elizabeth Anne Ruffner on Sept 10, 1943, at Denver , Colorado.  Serving in the Air Force during WW II, he was a member of the Air Force Reserve until his ill health forced him to resign a few months ago. He had been active in the Davenport Lions Club and was secretary during the 1966 term. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth A. Anderson, at home; two daughters, Tersa A. and Catherine M. Anderson, at home; one son, Wesley Anderson, Spokane; his father, Wesley S. Anderson, Cheyenne, WY; two brothers, Robert Anderson, Kimball , NE ; and Ralph Anderson, Torrence, CA.” (Davenport Times: 11-24-1966)


Barbee, Elvera 1-25-2007
“At the family’s request, no service was scheduled for Elvera Barbee, 61, who died Jan 10 in Spokane. Born Feb 21, 1945, in Klamath Falls, OR , she was the daughter of Lawrence and Anna (Erickson) Dodson. Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Leanna Sumpter; grandson Jesse Hauck; and a brother, Roger Dahl. She leaves two daughters, Debbie Taylor (and Ron) of Gifford and Myla Hauck (and Dale) of Davenport; four grandchildren, Jeremy and Ashley Taylor and Kori and Jon Hauck; a brother, George Dodson of Alturas, CA; a sister, Gladys Potski of Flagstaff, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled the arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 1-25-2007)  

Barbee, Ronald,   (d. Jun 04, 2009)

Ronald G. Barbee, Age 90.—Passed away on June 4, 2009 in Spokane, WA; his home, Spokane, WA, formerly of Davenport, WA. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret, at the home; two sons, Jerry Barbee of Spokane, WA, Kim Barbee and Jeri of Spokane, WA; one daughter, Judy Vermeers and Rick of Spokane, WA; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Barbee was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Member of the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church and was involved with People to People for many years. He was a 50-year teacher in the Davenport School District where he founded the Davenport Science Club. Graduated from WSC in 1947, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and in 1949, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Mr. Barbee was a Lt in the US Army, serving in WW II in the European Theatre. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church, Davenport, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-07-2009) {Edit:  Ron Barbee was born in Pullman, WA. No interment is planned. Eventually the ashes of Ron and his widow are to be scattered together on their wedding anniversary.}


Batt, Reuben,    9-13-2007

“Edwall.—Memorial service for Reuben Batt, 83, is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 15 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N Indian Trail Rd, in Spokane. Private interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park. Visitation… Sept 15 at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane. Mr. Batt died Sept 9 in Spokane. Born Oct 3, 1923, in Marlin, he grew up in Ritzville, where he worked on a farm. In 1949, he moved to Edwall to become manager of Edwall Chemical Corp.  He worked for Welk Brothers Fabrication from 1974 until he retired in 1983. He and his wife Stella moved to their lake property in 1987 and have lived the past 2 ½ years at Riverview Assisted Living in Spokane.  Besides his wife of 58 years, he leaves five children, Penny (and Dave) Ragsdale of Spokane; Barbara Keogan of Bothell; LaVerne (Tom) Rettkowski of Reardan; Raymond Batt of Bothell; and Russell Batt of Spokane; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Schell of Ritzville.” ( Davenport Times: 9-13-2007)


Bitter, Dr. Joseph Edmund, Aug 3, 1949

"Dr Joseph Edmund Bittner, Sr., 86, died in St Elizabeth's hospital in Yakima, August 3rd. (1949)  Practiced in Washington 60 years. His death came following a lengthy illness. Born in Canada, Dr Bittner received his medical degree from Laval University in Quebec, then came to the US and began practice in TN. After four years there he came to WA and began practicing in Pasco in 1889. Later he went to Sprague and came to Yakima in 1926. Charter member of the Washington State Medical society. Member of the Holy Rosary Catholic church of Moxee and the Knights of Columbus. Members of his family are the widow, Mrs. Mary Bittner; two sons, Dr J. E. Bittner, Jr., of Yakima, and Godfrey Bittner of John Day, Oregon; a brother, J G Bittner of Quebec; a sister, Sister Gabriel Archangel of the Congregational of Notre Dame in Montreal, and 3 grandchildren." (Sprague Advocate: 8-11-1949)


 Bley , Lorraine M. ‘Rainie’.    2009

“Lorraine Marie ‘Rainie’ Bley of Spokane, WA passed away June 28, 2009 in Spokane. Born, Feb 10, 1922 in Davenport, WA, Rainie graduated from Davenport High School in 1940. Rainie is survived by her children, Bobbie and Bill Palm, Dixie and Bill Amis, Michael and Anne Bley and Carol White, her sister, Lila Howard and her nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Rainie was the daughter of Edward and Lena Lilienthal and was married to Frederick Bley for 62 years (all deceased). Rainie was kind and gentle soul who will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Memorial Services will be held at Fairmount Memorial Park at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 5200 W Wellesley, Spokane. 509-326-3800. Community Cremation Service, Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-30-2009)


Hanes, Drucilla V.,            11-14-1935

“Mrs. Drucilla V. Hanes, age 65, died last night in Spokane, where she had lived for the last 16 years. She was a pioneer of Reardan, and is survived by her husband, Daniel H Hanes, one daughter, two sons, three brothers and a sister. She was a charter member of the Reardan Eastern Star chapter.” (Davenport Times-Tribune: 11-14-1935)


Cannon, Grover,          2-27-1975

“Funeral services were held Monday morning for Grover Cannon, who died Friday.  The Rev David Edwards officiated and pall bearers included Frank Rambo, Lynn Murbach, J. M. Meade, William Hardin, Clarence Coley and Donald Cline. Burial followed in Spokane.  Cannon, who was born in 1891 in Entiat, MI, came west to Oregon when young. He served in the US Navy during WW I and then returned to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Washington. He married Mina Campbell in Medical Lake in 1920 and they moved to Davenport where they operated a creamery for several years. Known as a hunter, Cannon later operated a gun shop.  Survivors of Cannon, whose wife died in 1973, include three sisters, Jill McAllister, Blue Lake, CA, Dema Grove, Bisbee, AZ, and Mrs. William Anderson, Eureka, CA.” (Davenport Times: 2-27-1975)


Casey, Vivian (King),    2-26-2009

“A memorial service was held in Reardan for Vivian Leona Triplett King Casey, 90, who died Dec 14, 2008, in Spokane. She was born March 6, 1918, outside Chester, MT.  She belonged to the Reardan United Methodist Church (formerly Evangelical United Brethren) for about 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Triplett, Leonard King and Curtis Casey. At the time of her death, she was survived by three daughters, Lavina (and Clay Anderson, Virginia (and Sam) Zaagman and Bonnie Jeanne Evans (who died Feb 3 of this year); 11 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.” (Davenport Times: 2-26-2009)


Culverwell, Ethel Klein,      2-27-1975

“Funeral services were held Monday in Spokane for Ethel Klein Culverwell, an Edwall native, who died Friday in Spokane.  Mrs. Culverwell, 58, graduated from Edwall High School and Washington State College, beginning her teaching career at Sprague. In 1940 she became music supervisor for a Wenatchee school, a year later marrying Albert H. Culverwell, who survives her. She later taught at Edwall and a variety of other public schools as well as Whitworth College. Survivors also include two children, John Albert Culverwell, Santa Clara, CA, and Cheryl E. Walters, Bellevue ; her parents, Albert and Meta Klein, Edwall; two brothers, Marvin E. and Gerald W. Klein, both of Edwall; a sister, Marjorie Klein,Palo Alto, CA; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 2-27-1975)


Evans, Bonnie Jean,   2-26-2009

 “Memorial service for Bonnie Jeanne Triplett-Evans, 65, took place at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane following cremation. She died Feb 3 in Spokane.  Born May 10, 1943, in Wenatchee , she worked for many years in the business office at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She leaves her husband Randy, daughter Sherry and grandchildren Ryan and Chelsea, all of Spokane Valley; and two sisters, Lavina (and Clay) Anderson and Virginia (and Sam) Zaagman.” (Davenport Times: 2-26-2009) ("Bonnie Jeanne Evans. Birth: 10 May 1943. Died: 2-03-2009; Last Residence: Newman Lake, Spokane Co, WA." SS Death Index)


Gough, Mrs.,      2-21-1913

“Responding to a telegram from Dayton, WA, announcing that their mother was not expected to live, Mrs. W. A. Gough departed Tuesday morning and Mrs. C. D. Ellis left Tuesday evening for her bedside. Word was received Wednesday that their mother died at 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, before either her son or daughter arrived.” (Citizen: 2-21-1913)


Houston, Jennie,        7-14-1950

“Mrs. Jennie Houston, 75, mother of Mrs. Emmett Phillips, died at the Deaconess hospital in Spokane, July 4. Funeral services were held July 7, from the Wilbur Community Church.  Born in St Claire Bottoms, VA, and after her marriage in 1898, she lived in the Sherman district until Mr. Houston’s death 12 years ago. Since then she had made her home in Wilbur. She was a member of the Sherman Presbyterian Church and Ladies Aid, and the Wilbur Community Club.  Six daughters survive her, including Mrs.Amy Hall, Pasco; Mrs. Vera McKay, Almira; Mrs. Virgie Geib, and Mrs. Naomi Thorson, Wilbur; Mrs. Juanita Gebb, Spokane and Mrs. Phillips; and one son, Robert Houston, Wilbur; 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.” (Citizen:  7-14-1950)

Howitsen, John, 11-14-1935
“John Howitsen, age 83, who came to Wilbur in 1922 and was night clerk at the Madsen hotel there for 10 years, died Saturday. The funeral was held Monday. He was a 32nd degree Mason and had traveled widely in this country and abroad. He was a contractor in California for many years, and had mined in Alaska at one time.” (Davenport Times-Tribune: 11-14-1935)

Judd, Helen M., Nov 13, 1930
Mrs. Helen M. Judd, age 81, the mother of Mrs. M. M. Nelson, passed away at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane Friday Nov 7, of complications following a stroke. She was a resident of Sprague about 23 years, later living at the home of a daughter in Harrington, Mrs. H. S. Bassett for five years. For the last 20 years she was a resident of Spokane. The funeral was held Monday from the Mission Funeral Home with Dr Joel Harper officiating. Interment was at Sprague. She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, Mrs. M. M .Nelson and Mrs. H. S. Bassett; 3 sons, F. E. and C. S. both of Spokane, W. H. of Bremerton; and 13 grandchildren. (Reardan Gazette)


McCoy, Isabelle,       7-17-1930

“Mrs. Isabelle McCoy, wife of Robert McCoy, pioneer settler of the Fruitland district, died at the family home Monday. She is survived by her husband, a son and a daughter. Mrs. McCoy was well known among pioneer residents of this district.” (Davenport Times-Tribune: 7-17-1930)


Moffatt, Ruby,                9-22-1950

“Mrs. Ruby Moffatt, sister of the late Mrs. Charlotte Vick, passed away August 27, in Canada. Mrs. Moffatt spent a year here with Mrs. Vick several  years ago. She is survived by one brother who resides in New Glasgow, NS, Canada; a daughter, Mary, and two sons, Fraser and Lorne, also several grandchildren.” (Citizen: 9-22-1950)


Porter, Edwin J.,              5-31-1918

“Mr. and Mrs. Earl Larrabee, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Larrabee and Helen went to Spokane to attend the funeral of Edwin J Porter, father of Mrs. Earl Larrabee. He was 81 years of age. He was a retired carpenter, and a member of the Masonic lodge at Chelan.” (Citizen: 5-31-1918)


Rasmussen, Boyd W.,   4-15-1927

“Boyd W. Rasmussen, a young locomotive engineer, 18 years of age, was killed at 1:45 a.m. last week Friday, a mile east of Lamona by a dump car when an engine and three cars went into the ditch, and his head was crushed. Undertaker J E Turner was called and prepared the body for burial. The young man was born at Grand Rapids, WI and is the son of Albert C. Rasmussen, who resides at 5128 N. Marlin St , Spokane. The father came to Harrington and accompanied the remains to Spokane.” (Citizen: 4-15-1927)


Schmauder, Ruby P.,        9-13-2007

Davenport. Memorial service for former Davenport resident Ruby P Schmauder, 77, took place Sept 8 at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, WA. Mrs Schmauder died Aug 14.  Born May 28, 1930, in Ada, MN to N. E. and Marie Rasmussen, she graduated from Ellensburg High School and the University of Washington. After her high school graduation, she worked in Davenport, first as a checker at Safeway and then as assistant to Mel Jarvis, title officer for Lincoln County Title Co.  She taught elementary and middle school for many years in the Vancouver School District. After her 1996 retirement, she served as a substitute teacher, tutor and babysitter. Her parents, two sisters (Mae Abbott and Betty Brown) and a brother (Vernon Rasmussen) preceded her in death.  She leaves her children, Angela, Christopher and Kenleigh Schmauder; brothers, LeRoy and Norman Rasmussen; sisters, Alice Barr, Carol McCaffrey, Marie VanHardenberg, Vicky Rasmussen and Deanna Dixon; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.” (Davenport Times: 9-13-2007)


Stewart, Della,                2-26-2009

“Family memorial for Adele ‘Della’ Marie Stewart, 92, are planned at a later date.  Mrs. Stewart died Feb 19 after living nearly 50 years in Seattle. Born to a pioneer family at Rocklyn on the Fourth of July in 1916, she was raised at Egypt and graduated from Davenport High School. As a girl, after a few years working in California, she returned to learn the restaurant business at the White Swan from her brother, Henry Thiringer, in Spokane. She married Ray Stewart in 1960 and settled in Seattle where she continued working in food service until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, camping and baking. Her parents, husband and eight siblings preceded her in death. She leaves a sister, Freida Graham; two brothers, Caril Thiringer of Spokane and Edwin Thiringer of Portland, OR; four stepsons; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 2-26-2009) 


Sutton, Clarence,                9-04-1953

“Brother of Mrs. Baker Dies. Mrs. B. L. Baker received word Wednesday morning of the death of her brother, Clarence Sutton, who died at his home in Athens, Ohio, Tuesday evening, Sept 1.  Mr. Sutton is survived by his widow, Roberta at home; three daughters and two sons: Clarys Helen Holliday and Lowell Sutton both of Birmingham, Michigan; Margaret Bastian, East Detroit, Michigan; Robert Sutton, Athens, Ohio, and Bernice Richmond, who with her daughter left several weeks ago for Japan to join her husband who is in military service there; 8 grandchildren, and three sisters, namely, Mrs. August Baker of Harrington, Mrs. Relda Rogers, Grygla, Minnesota, and Mrs. Alie Smith, Northville.(submitted)


Taylor, John Stevens,   3-07-1958

“The 23rd Psalm… and Matthew 11 were Scripture passages Rev Richard N. England used to preface his message at the funeral service for Jack Taylor, Monday afternoon March 3 at 2 o’clock in the chapel at the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Gordon Larson sang ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’. Mrs. John F Green accompanied at the piano. Following the services which were private, the body was taken to Spokane for cremation.  John Stevens Taylor Jr. (Jack) was born Oct 19, 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. John S. Taylor. He was reared on the Taylor farm west of Harrington and attended the local schools. When he was 15, he moved with his parents to Tacoma where they purchased a residence. Jack was graduated in 1946 from Stadium high school. Sept 19, 1950 Jack enlisted in the Marines and because of a leg injury, was given an honorable discharge Dec 22, 1951. He attended the College of Puget Sound at Tacoma. In 1955 Jack and Miss Joyce Fisher of Davenport were married and made their home on the Taylor farm. Jack died at his home Friday evening Feb 28.  His survivors include his wife Joyce; daughter, Catherine Ann, 2 years old March 9; son, John Stevens Taylor III, 8 months old; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S Taylor Sr., of Tacoma ; and sister, Mrs. J. N. Faber (Ann) of Seattle.” (Citizen: 3-07-1958)


Tierney, W. H.,                7-06-1934

“Son of Former Harrington Man Dies in California.  In a letter from his sister, Mrs. ___ E O’Brien, Olympia, she sends us the following account of the death of their brother, W H Tierney, as it appeared in the Modoc County Times, Alturas, CA. His father was a brother of the late J J Tierney of Harrington. ‘Death struck down William H Tierney, 57, Monday afternoon after he had made a valiant fight against peritonitis at a local hospital. Mr. Tierney had been in the hospital since Thursday. He submitted to a minor operation, and peritonitis resulted from a bowel impediment. He was born in Eureka, Feb 25, 1877, the son of James and Katherine Tierney. He was a railroad mechanic by profession and worked that trade here for both the NCO and the Southern Pacific. The widow, Mrs. Daisy S Tierney, four children, Billie, Cyril, Ke___ and Maxine, survive.  Five brothers and one sister survive, Ray of Alturas, George and Tom of Cedarville, Jack of Idaho, ___ of Livermore and Mrs. P. J. O’Brien.” (poor copy, Citizen: 7-06-1934)


Triplett-Evans, Bonnie J.,     2009

“Memorial service for Bonnie Jeanne Triplett-Evans, 65, took place at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane following cremation. She died Feb 3 in Spokane.  Born May 10, 1943, in Wenatchee, she worked for many years in the business office at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She leaves her husband Randy, daughter Sherry and grandchildren Ryan and Chelsea, all of Spokane Valley; and two sisters, Lavina (and Clay) Anderson and Virginia (and Sam) Zaagman.” (Davenport Times: 2-26-2009)


Turner, Elizabeth G.,   10-14-1937

“Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, 52, wife of H C Turner, Harrington, Friday morning wrote a note for her husband hanged herself. Formerly Elizabeth Glasscock, she had lived at Harrington most of her life. She had suffered a nervous breakdown but she had been considered quite well recently, accompanying her daughter to her home in the country on Thursday.  Surviving are her widower; a son, Harold, in San Francisco, CA, who arrived on Sunday morning and her daughter, Mrs. Helyn Talkington; one sister and one brother.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1937)


White, Leo,         1-17-1974

“Leo White, early day Wilbur resident, died Jan 9 at Monroe, WA. Mr. White, one of triplets born to Mr. and Mrs. Dick White, came to Wilbur with his parents from Iowa in the early 1900s. He grew up in Wilbur. Surviving are his wife, Pearl, in Monroe; the remaining members of the triplets, Lila Foster in the nursing home in Davenport and Lela Foster in a Seattle nursing home; two other sisters, Pearl Anuik and Cloie Cottrell. (submitted)





Lincoln County, Washington obituaries submitted June 2009

to the Lincoln County WAGenWeb by Marge Womach

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