Menno  Mennonite Cemetery  

                                       Ritzville, Adams County, Washington

                                              Submitted by Marge Womach


Also known as Schrag cemetery

This is a work in progress and only a partial listing

Allert, Cornelius: ( b. 1889, d. 1968)  Cornelius Allert. (79).—His home, Ritzville, WA. Survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Hans (Beulah) Skov, Yakima, WA; Mrs. James (Violet) Lucas, Moscow, Idaho; Mrs. Don (Eva) Hollingbery, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs. William (Edith) Nichols, Norwalk, CT; Mrs. Malcolm (Henrietta) Fishback, Silver Springs, MD; 3 sons, Robert Allert, Lacrosse, WA; Richard Allert, Ritzville, WA; Dewayne Allert, Moscow, ID; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Coleman Allert, Ritzville, WA; 4 brothers, Walter Allert, Ritzville, WA; Fritz Allert, Rosalia, WA; William Allert, Benge, WA; John Allert, Medical Lake, WA; 27 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Member of Mennonite Church, Ritzville, WA, Marcellus Grange, Ritzville, WA, Wash. State Cattleman Association, Adams County Wheat Association. Funeral services Wed., Dec 18, 2 p.m. from Menno Mennonite Church, Rev Harris Waltner officiating. Interment Mennonite Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 12-19-1968)

Allert, Marie: ( b. 1887, d. 1965) Marie Franz Allert. Her home, E. 1801 Upriver Drive, Spokane; formerly of Ritzville, WA. Survived by her husband, Cornelius Allert, at the home; 5 daughters, Mrs. Hans (Beulah) Skoy, Yakima, WA; Mrs. James (Violet) Lucas, Moscow, ID; Mrs. Donald (Eva) Hollingbery, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs. William (Edith) Nichols, Mascoutah, IL; Mrs. Malcolm (Henrietta) Fishback, Honolulu, Hawaii; 3 sons, Robert Allert, Lacrosse, WA; Richard Allert, Ritzville, and Dewayne Allert, Spokane; 3 brothers, Julius Franz and William Franz, both of Toppenish, WA; David Franz, Auburn, WA; 22 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. A member of the Mennonite Church, Ritzville, WA; Zenith Chapter No. 55 OES, Ritzville; the Ritzville Women’s Club. Funeral services Sat., Feb 13 at 2 p.m. from the Mennonite Church, Rev Harris Waltner and Rev Edgar Toevs officiating. Interment the Mennonite Cemetery. The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook, 1965)

Claassen, Evelyn: ( b. Sep 15, 1917,  d. Oct 15, 2004) “Evelyn Claassen, 87, a 62 year resident of the Marlin area, died Friday evening, Oct 15, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept 15, 1917 at Ruff, the daughter of Andrew and Wilhelmina (Franz) Jantz. She attended a country school and then was graduated from Ritzville High School in 1935. She then attended Washington State College and Eastern Washington State College. On May 31, 1941, she was married to Clinton C. Claassen at the Andrew Jantz Ritzville Ranch. Following their marriage, they resided at the Ritzville ranch until the fall of 1942, when they moved to the Andrew Jantz Ruff Ranch, which they purchased and operated.Evelyn was a member of Menno Mennonite Church. Survivors include her husband, Clinton C Claassen, at the home; her children, Sharon Meyer, of Moses Lake; Eugene Claassen, of Marlin; Patrice Claassen, of North Newton, KS; Cleon Claassen, of Moses Lake; two sisters, Martha Robinson, of Traverse City, MI; Malinda Zilliox of Moses Lake; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard Jantz and Walter Jantz, and one sister, Mary Precht. A graveside service will take place Friday, Oct 22, at 1 p.m. at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. A service of commemoration will follow at 2 p.m. at Menno Mennonite Church, with Pastor Terry Rediger officiating. Nichols Funeral Home, Ephrata, is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-2004)

Doell, Daniel: ( b. Mar 26, 1880, d. Apr 10, 1939)   Daniel D. Doell died April 10, 1939 in Wenatchee, the body was shipped to Lind where the funeral occurred and burial was in the Mennonite Cemetery at Menno. He was born March 26, 1880 in Manitoba, Canada, and came to the US with his parents in 1903, living with them 13 miles south of Odessa. Survivors include: 3 brothers, H. D. Doell, Lind; Isaac D. Doell, Herbert, Sask.; Abraham Doell, Wayburn, Sask., and two sisters, Anna and Katherine Doell, Odessa.  (notes from Odessa Record: 4-13-1939)

*Doell, Jacob D.,  ( d. 1917)  "Jacob D. Doell died Tuesday at the home of his brother, D. D. Doell, 12 miles south of town after a long illness of a complication of tuberculosis and Brights disease. Mr. Doell was 42 years old at the time of his death. He was born in Russia and emigrated to Canada and came to Washington about fifteen years ago. A month ago he went to the hospital at Ritzville where his case was pronounced hopeless and about two weeks ago returned to die at home. Funeral services were held at the Menno church yesterday afternoon, Rev D B Hess officiating, after which his remains were laid to rest in the Menno Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 8-03-1917)

*Doell, Katherine: ( d. 1943)  Miss Katherine Doell, 54, died with burial in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Miss Doell came here from Canada in the pioneer days, 40 years ago, and later homesteaded. About 20 years ago, with a brother, Dan, and a sister, Anna, she moved to town to make her home.  Survivors include the sister, Anna, at home; a brother, H. D. Doell, Wenatchee, and a brother and sister in Canada. (notes from Odessa Record: 8 Apr 1943)  

*Dyck, Clinton:( d. Sep 26, 2002) “Graveside service for Clinton Dannie Dyck, 81, was Tuesday at the Mennonite Cemetery in Ritzville, WA. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Dyck, who died Sept 26, was born in Ruff, WA.  He was a resident of Lincoln County for 24 years. He grew up on the family farm near Schrag, WA, attended a country school nearby, graduated from high school in Lind, WA, in 1939, joined the Civilian Public Service during WW II and worked near Belton, MT. Mr. Dyck returned to the family farm after the war and also worked for various farmers in Whitman and Lincoln counties for many years. He moved to Egypt, WA, in 1978 and remained there until moved to Davenport. Survivors include two brothers, Ray Dyck of Post Falls and Alven Dyck of Ritzville.” (Spokesman-Review: 10-16-2002)

Dyck, Ella: ( b. 1894, d. 1972) Ella N. Dyck.—Her home, 604 W Main, Ritzville, WA. Survived by one sister, Mrs. Ralph (Hilda) Gering of Ritzville; two brothers, Walter Waltner of Ritzville and Carl Waltner, Salem, OR; three nieces and 5 nephews. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, Ritzville. Funeral Services will be Monday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. from the Mennonite Church, Pastor Harris Waltner officiating. The interment Mennonite Cemetery, Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 7-16-1972)

Dyck, Gerhard: ( b. Feb 18, 1895, d. 1960)  “Funeral services were held last Wednesday for Gerhard Henry Dyck, a resident of the Schrag and Lacrosse areas for many years, at the Mennonite Church. Rev Lester Janzen and Rev P D Unruh officiated at the service. Interment was at the Mennonite Cemetery. He was born near Beatrice, NE, Feb 18, 1895, and moved to Washington in 1902, pioneering near Schrag. In 1930, he moved near Lacrosse and farmed until his health failed. Baptized at the Menno Mennonite church in 1930, Dyck moved his membership to the Onecho Mennonite church in Colfax in 1930. Pall bearers included Leonard Franz, Clint Dyck, Rudy Claassen, Clint Claassen, Percy Schrag and Bert Scruggs.  Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Justina Schragg of Moses Lake, Mrs. Agatha Franz of Lind and Mrs. Helen C. Schragg of Moses Lake; two brothers, Frank and Henry Dyck, both of Ritzville; and numerous nieces and nephews.—Ritzville Journal-Times.” (Odessa Record: 3-31-1960)

Dyck, Lena: ( b. Dec 16, 1891, d. Feb 21, 1984)  “Funeral services were held Friday, Feb 24 at the Menno Mennonite Church, Ritzville, for Lena C. Dyck, 92, who died Feb 21, 1984, at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport.  The Rev Paul Isaak of the Menno Church and Lena’s granddaughter, Rev Sally Dyck, Cleveland, Ohio, officiated at the service with burial following at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Mrs. Dyck was born Dec 16, 1891, in Burrton, Kansas, to Christian and Maria Schrag and was the last surviving member of 12 children.  On Dec 25, 1918, she married Frank I. Dyck, who died in 1977.  Survivors include her daughter, Nora Whiteside, Davenport; four sons, Raymond Dyck, Post Falls, Idaho; Clinton Dyck, Davenport; and Leo and Alven Dyck, both of Ritzville.  There are 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Organist for the service was Sharon Meyer, Moses Lake, with a mixed vocal quartet of Dorothy Franz, Beryl Isaak, Gary Jantz, and Paul Hoefel singing, ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘I Gave My Life for Thee’.  Special music in the form of Bach-Gounod’s ‘Ave Maria’ was provided by Steven Whiteside, violin and Debbie Graedel, piano.  Pallbearers were her six grandsons: Steven Whiteside, Davenport; Jerry Dyck, James Dyck, and Bill Dyck, all of Ritzville; Donald Dyck, Yakima; and Frank Dyck, Kennewick.” (Davenport Times: 3-08-1984) 

Ensz, Isaac I: ( b. 1872, d. 1935)  Isaac Ensz, 63, a resident of the south country for nearly 30 years, was buried from the Menno Mennonite church on Sunday with the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, and the Rev Aeschliman, Colfax, assisting. Pallbearers were chosen from former neighbors and included J. C. Jantz, L. L. Franz, P. L. Franz, J. M. Schrag, Andrew Jantz and H. L. Franz. Survivors include his wife, two sons, one daughter, a foster daughter and three grandchildren, and a host of friends.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1935)

*Franz, Arthur: ( d. Jan 09, 1997) Arthur R. Franz, age 91.—A resident of Lind, WA, passed away on Thursday, Jan 9, 1997 at the Rose Garden Estates in Ritzville, WA. Surviving is his brother, Robert A. Franz of Lind, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth Krehbiel Franz in Dec of 1980. Was a member and former board member of the Lind United Methodist Church, past secretary of the Menno Mennonite Church near Ritzville, and member of the Washington State Wheat Growers Association. Before his wife’s death, they spent a lot of time traveling and vacationing abroad. Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, Jan 14, 1997, 11 a.m. at the Lind United Methodist Church, officiating will be Pastor Laura Dahlstrom and former Pastor Ron McCullough. Private family interment will be held at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, is in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-12-1997)


Franz, Edward: ( b. 1900, d. Oct 06, 1993) Edward W. Franz.—Passed away on Oct 6, 1993 in Spokane. Survived by his wife of 60 years, Katherine K Franz, at the home; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Louise and Ronald Garbin; grandson, Eric Garbin, all of Reston, VA; brothers, Robert Franz, Ritzville, WA, Arthur Franz, Lind, WA, sister, Othiella Claasen, Colfax, WA; sister-in-law, Agatha Franz, Moses Lake, WA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Member of the Mennonite Church, Ritzville, WA. Mr. Franz was a mathematics professor for 33 years, retiring from Santa Monica College in 1966. Memorial services are pending, Hazen-Jaeger Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 10-10-1993) {Edit: Edward W Franz is shown in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery in Adams County, WA.}

Franz, Harold:  ( b. Aug 09, 1917, d. Jan 20, 1999)  a native of Marlin, died Wednesday, Jan 20, 1999, in Wichita, KS. He was a resident of Wichita. He was born Aug 9, 1917, in Marlin, the son of Henry and Anna (Ewert) Franz. He was a retired farmer. He is survived by his wife, LaVona, at the home; a son, Dennis Franz, of Selah; a daughter, Diane Genova, of Chester, NJ; a step-son, Dr Gary Franz, of Wichita; three stepdaughters, Carol Hill, Linda King and Sherry Unruh, all of Wichita; a brother, Earl Franz, of Lind; two sisters, Edna Dalke, of Omaha, NE; and Bernice Krehbiel, of ElCajon, CA; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren, and one step great grandchild. A memorial service was held at the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita on Jan 22. A private graveside service will be held Saturday, Feb 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Menno Mennonite Church southwest of Odessa, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 1999)  

Franz, H. L: ( b. 1882, d. 1936)    H. L. Franz, 53, pioneer Ruff resident, died at Spokane Thursday morning. Funeral is planned for Sunday at the Menno Mennonite church. He was a charter member of the Ruff Mennonite Church, transferring his membership later. He is survived by his widow and six children, 2 sisters, and 5 brothers. (Odessa Record: 1-03-1936)

Franz, Helen: ( b. Aug 28, 1930, d. Jun 02, 1998)  Helen Manchester Franz died  June 2, 1998 at the family home 12 miles south of Lind. She was born Aug 28, 1930 in Snohomish to Anthony A. and Mildred N. Jenney Manchester. Interment was at the Menno Cemetery with Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville in charge of arrangements. (see Menno file; notes from Odessa Record: 6-11-1998)

Franz, Herbert: ( b. Jan 30, 1916, d. May 20, 1996)   Herbert W. Franz, 80, for many years a farmer in the Ruff area, died May 20, 1996 in Moses Lake. Private family interment at Menno Mennonite Cemetery, southwest of Odessa. He was born near Warden to Henry and Anna (Ewert) Franz on Jan 30, 1916. He graduated from Marlin high school in 1934. He married Martha Gerig in 1942. Eight children were born to them prior to her death in 1967. IN 1969 he married Alma Hintz Sharp. She had 3 children. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-23-1996)

Franz, Katherine: ( b. 1904, d. Mar 06, 2003)  Katherine P. Franz, age 99.—Passed away March 6, 2003. Beloved mother of Mary Louise and husband Ronald Garbin, Reston, VA; grandson, Eric Garbin, Reston, VA; brother, Ulric Krehbiel, Kirkland, WA; two nieces, Gretchen Rillos, Mary Kane; nephews, Daniel Krehbiel; great nephew, Nicholas Krehbiel. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edward Franz (1993), two brothers, Walter Krehbiel and Daniel Krehbiel; four sisters, Ruth Franz, Gertrude Krehbiel, Della Krehbiel and Marie Gosnay. A fifteen year resident of Spokane. Mrs. Franz was a member of Menno Mennonite Church in Ritzville, WA. A memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2003 at the Menno Mennonite Church in Ritzville. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane, WA, is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman-Review: 3-09-2003)

Gering, Bertha: ( b. Mar 15, 1904, d. May 24, 1990)  Bertha Gering.  Death: 5-24-1990; Birth: 3-15-1904, WA.  Widowed. Father: Andrew Yankee; Mother: Justina Hess. Buried: Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Ritzville, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Bertha Gering of Odessa, born here March 25, 1904 to Andrew and Justina Hess Yankee, passed away May 24 at Odessa Memorial Hospital.  She attended a country school and the German Congregational Church in Odessa, where she was confirmed at age 15. She was married in late 1927 to Henry Gering, and they farmed southwest of Odessa. After his death in early 1969, she continued to live on the farm, a total of 63 years. Mrs. Gering is survived by six sons: Howard Gering of Odessa; Martin Gering of Ritzville; Virgil Gering of Spokane; Rev Paul Gering of Ontario, Oregon; Kenneth Gering of Salome, Arizona; and Floyd Gering of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; by three daughters: Lois McMillan of Wilbur; Carolyn Lattin of Olympia; and Ann Farrelly of Long Island, NY; by a brother, Paul Yankee, and a sister, Matilda Zink, both of San Diego, CA; and by 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Gering were held Saturday, June 2, at Menno Mennonite Church, Ritzville, where she was  a member. Rev Lee Lever officiated.  Concluding services followed at Menno Mennonite Cemetery, Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville in charge.  Casketbearers were her grandsons: Paul Gering Jr., Tom McMillan, Brian Gering, Chris Lattin, Andrew Gering and Jason Gering. Honorary bearers, also grandsons, were Ed Farrelly Jr., Ron Gering, Bruce Gering, Steven Lattin and Jeff Gering.” (Odessa Record: 6-07-1990)

Gering, Henry:  ( b. Mar 25, 1889, d. Feb 08, 1969) “Funeral services for Henry Gering, Route 1, Odessa, were held Wednesday, Feb 12, at the Menno Mennonite church with the Rev Harris Waltner officiating.  Gering was born March 25, 1889 at Freeman, SD, and died at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane Feb 8.  He was active in farming in this area for 45 years.  He is survived by his wife, Bertha; three daughters, Mrs. Victor (Carolyn) Lattin of Olympia, Mrs. Edward (Ann) Farrelly of Brentwood, NY, and Mrs. Kenneth (Lois) McMillan of Odessa; and six sons, Martin of Ritzville, Howard of Odessa, the Rev Paul of Belfair, Kenneth of Tolleson, AZ, Floyd of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Virgil of Spokane.  Four sisters survive. They are Mrs. Lena Schrag of Odessa, Mrs. Alvin Moyer of Sutherlin, OR, Mrs. Anna Naffzigar of Colfax, and Mrs. Carl Hardt of Bremerton. Surviving brothers include Joe Gering of Ritzville and Martin Gering of Monroe. There are nine grandchildren. A male quartet sang ‘O That Beautiful Stream’ and ‘The Eastern Gate’ at the services. Members were Walter Jantz, Joe Jantz, Leslie Schrag and Ralph Gering. They were accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Joe Jantz. Pallbearers were Sam Graber, Jess Graber, Harold Franz, Walter Gering, David Schrag, and Gayle Gering. Interment was in the Mennonite Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-1969)

Gering, Hilda: ( b. Jun 26, 1910, d. Oct 26, 2000) Hilda M. Gering, a native of northwestern Adams County, died Thursday, Oct 26, 2000, at the Life Care Center in Ritzville. She was 90 years old.  Hilda Gering was born June 26, 1910 in the Menno district south of Odessa. She was the second youngest of seven children born to John and Maria Schrag Waltner. Hilda attended country school and then graduated from Odessa High School in 1929.  On Oct 20, 1934, she married Ralph Gering. They both had grown up together, graduated from the same high school and attended the Menno Mennonite Church.  After the Great Depression, they began farming on their own. In 1946, they continued to farm but moved into Ritzville. In May 1955, Ralph and Hilda moved into a new home in Ritzville where she remained until December 1997, when she moved into the health care facility in Ritzville. Surviving are her husband, Ralph, of Ritzville, and three sons, Gordon Gering and wife Susan, of Ritzville; Curtis Gering, of Lind; and Warren ‘Butch’ Gering and wife, Diane, of Ritzville; four granddaughters, Gretchen Schrag, of Hillsboro, KS; Gabrielle Pagano, of Seattle; Jennifer Gering Kuch, of Ritzville; and Noelle Gering, of Spokane; three grandsons, Christopher Gering, of Ritzville; Jonathan Gering of Oxford, Ohio; and Michael Gering, of Rosalia; and one great grandson, Bailey Kuch. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct 31, at the Menno Mennonite Church, with Pastor Terry Rediger officiating. Concluding services and interment were at Menno Mennonite Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11-02-2000)

Gering, Ralph: ( b. Jul 17, 1906,  d. Jun 03,  2003) “Funeral services for Ralph A. Gering, a lifetime resident of the area, were held Tuesday, June 10, at the Menno Mennonite Church. Mr. Gering died Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at the Life Care Center in Ritzville. He was 96 years old.  He was born July 17, 1906, the son of Adolph P and Elizabeth (Schrag) Gering, on the family farm in the Menno district of northwestern Adams County.  He attended country school and later the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1927. Ralph married Hilda May Waltner on Oct 20, 1934 in Odessa. They lived on the farm until moving into Ritzville in 1946. Ralph continued to farm until retiring in the late 1980s.  He drove the petroleum delivery truck for the Union Oil Company during the Depression years. He then took over the family farm 20 miles southwest of Odessa.  He was active in Ritzville community affairs and the Menno Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Ritzville Lions Club, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Ritzville Gun Club.  He won numerous horsemanship and bowling awards. He enjoyed singing.  He was a former board member of the Ritzville Trading Company and served for 59 years on the Union Elevator board. In recognition of his many years of service, Union Elevator named its latest grain elevator the R A Gering Station.  He contributed finances, equipment and labor in the construction of the present Menno Mennonite Church edifice and parsonage. He was a founding contributor to the Wheatland Community Fair. He was appointed by Governor Dan Evans in 1965 to serve on the Columbia Basin Commission. Mr. Gering served as president of North American Continental Oils, a gas and oil exploration company. He was a founding director of the Family Life Insurance Company. His wife died in 2000.  Survivors include three sons, Gordon Gering and Warren Gering, both of Ritzville; and Curtis Gering, of Lind; a sister, Bertha Graber, of Ritzville; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: June 12, 2003; burial at Menno Mennonite Cemetery)

Grabe, Jacob: ( b. 1872, d. 1933)  Jacob Graber, died Soap Lake, buried Sunday at Menno. see 3-31-1933 of Odessa Record

Graber, Joseph: ( b. 1893, d. 1965)  Joseph J. Graber.—Passed away April 12 at Soap Lake, WA. A resident of Soap Lake for the past 40 years. Survived by his wife, Bertha Graber, at the home, Soap Lake, WA; one brother, Chris H. Graber, Hawthorne, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. The Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook; note with obit: “Joseph Graber died Soap Lake and buried 4-14-1964 at Menno, evidently an associate of Dr Schrag there.” Tombstone shows 1965.)

Hardt, Ernest: ( b. Jun 16, 1897, d. 1989 Jun 23) Ernest Hardt of Ritzville, born June 16, 1897 to Jacob and Katherine Hardt at Dolph, Oregon and baptized in 1902 in a schoolhouse near Ritzville, passed away June 23, (1989). Confirmed in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Menno, he was a member there, then of Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Odessa. He helped construct the Menno church in 1927, and later served as secretary and on the church council of the combined congregation.  Mr. Hardt was married in 1918 to Martha Steffen, and they farmed in Alberta, Canada for two years before moving to Adams County near Ritzville, where they continued to farm until their retirement. He was named Adams County Farmer of the Year in 1958.  He was a 1916 graduate of Sweeney Automotive School in Kansas City, a local fire district commissioner and a board member of the Adams County Conservation District for more than 20 years, and had been a member of the board of directors of Odessa Trading Company. Preceded in death by a son, Melvin, in 1961, Mr. Hardt is survived by his wife, at the family home; by a son, Forrest Hardt of Ritzville; by a daughter, Grace Griffith of Quincy; by a daughter-in-law, Pearl; and by 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral service June 28 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church was followed by interment at the Mennonite Cemetery. Casket bearers were Sean Hardt, Duane Hardt, David Griffith, Don Hardt, Lester Griffith Jr., and John Griffith.” (Odessa Record: scrapbook undated-1989)

Hardt, Martha: ( b. Nov 29, 1899, d. May 27, 1989) Martha Hardt of Ritzville, born Nov 29, 1899 to Edward and Fredrica Steffen near Batum, passed away at Ritzville Memorial Hospital May 27.  She was married to Ernest Hardt in July 1918 at Ritzville, and was a member of Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Odessa. She was also a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Preceded in death by her husband last June and by a son in 1961, Mrs. Hardt is survived by a son, Forrest Hardt of Ritzville; by a daughter, Grace Griffith of Quincy; by 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held May 31, at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor David Blair officiating. Interment followed with concluding services at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery, Danekas Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers included Sean Hardt, Don Hardt, Duane Hardt, Lester Griffith, Jr., David Griffith and John Griffith.” (Odessa Record: 6-08-1989)

Hoefel, Arthur R: ( b. Nov 29, 1911, d. 1961) “Funeral services were held from the Menno Mennonite church on Friday afternoon for Arthur R Hoefel, 49, with the Rev Lester Janzen officiating. Music was furnished by a quartet made up of Leslie Schrag, Walter Jantz, Ralph Gering and Joe Jantz.  Pallbearers were Harold Franz, Herbert Franz, Phil Whitman, Clint Claassen, Henry Franz, and Alvie Schrag.  Mr. Hoefel was born at Odessa on Nov 29, 1911, and grew to manhood in this area.  He was married Nov 4, 1939, to Miss Esther Nightingale, and they have made their home on the ranch in the Menno area since. An active worker, Mr. Hoefel gave much of his time to church work, served as a director of the fire district, of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co-op, and was a member of the Ritzville Soil Conservation district. He had just completed construction of a new home at the ranch, so new that building materials were still on the site.  Neighbors who have been helped by Mr. Hoefel through the years, plan to complete this work for him.  Survivors are his widow, Esther, and one daughter, Kathleen, at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mr. Robert Hoefel, Odessa; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Glasspool and Mrs. Esther Mitchell, Berkeley, CA; two brothers, Paul and Harold Hoefel of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1961 scrapbook)


Jantz, Andrew:  ( b. 1882, d. 1968) Andrew C. Jantz.—Funeral services Saturday, Feb 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Menno Mennonite Church, near Ritzville. Burial the Menno Cemetery. Rev Harris Waltner officiating. Survived by one son, Walter Jantz, Ritzville; 3 daughters, Martha Robinson, Bon Air, VA; Mrs. Clinton Claassen, Marlin, WA; Melinda Zillion, Othello, WA; 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, John Jantz, Ritzville; Abe Jantz, Spokane. Several nieces and nephews. Precht Funeral Home, Omak, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review:  2-17-1968)


Jantz, Iva:  ( b. 1912,  d. 1970)  Iva Jantz.—Her home, Ritzville, WA. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Joy) Benzel of Ritzville; 2 sons, Roger Jantz and Gary Jantz, both of Ritzville; 3 brothers, Alvie Schrag, Odessa, WA; Leslie Schrag, Ritzville; Dr Schrag of Seattle, WA; one sister, Mrs. Walter Jantz, Ritzville, WA; one grandson. Funeral services Tuesday, Jan 13 at 2 p.m. from Mennonite Church at Ritzville. Interment Mennonite Cemetery. The Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-13-1970)


Jantz, Joseph:  ( b. May 14, 1909, d. May 09, 2005)  Joseph S. ‘Joe’ Jantz, age 96, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at the Life Care Center in Ritzville, where he had resided for the past several weeks.  Born March 14, 1909, on the Andrew Jantz farm northwest of Ruff, he and his twin sister Josephine were the second and third of four children of John C and Susie (Kaufman) Jantz.  The Jantz family moved to their new home in Ruff in 1910, then to Odessa in 1921. Joe was graduated from Odessa High school in 1928. He attended Bethel College and after one year transferred to Washington State College, where he majored in business administration. Joe began farming near Ruff in 1934 and lived on the farm until moving to Ritzville in 1954. He was actively engaged in farming until 1965. He was named Grant County Farmer of the Year in 1947. In 1960, he was one of 14 persons selected by the US Dept of Agriculture to travel to Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Soviet Union to study various wheat varieties and their yields and qualities.  He served in leadership roles with several agriculture organizations, including the Columbia Basin Development League. He was a member of the board of directors of the Odessa Trading Company for 32 years and served as vice president for 12 years.  Joe married Lillian Waltner in 1940 and together they lived on the farm and in Ritzville for 31 years, until Lillian’s death in 1971.  Joe and Lillian also had a home on Priest Lake in northern Idaho where they spent several months each year. In 1972, Joe married Marie Stucky, and they lived in Ritzville and the Priest Lake home for 25 years, until Marie’s death in 1997. They traveled extensively, visiting Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  Joe was active in both the Menno Mennonite Church in Northwestern Adams County and the Priest Lake Community Church. At Menno, he served on the church board and was vice chairman of the building committee when the present church was constructed in 1950.  He was a founder and moderator of the Priest Lake Community Church. He was a trustee of the Bethel College Board for 10 years.  Joe was a commissioner, trustee or member of the board of directors of more than 15 companies during his lifetime.  In 2000, Joe moved into the Rose Garden estates in Ritzville, where he lived until being moved to the Life Care Center.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Waltner Jantz, and his second wife, Marie Stucky Jantz, and his three sisters, Jennie Jantz Krehbiel, Josephine Jantz Stucky and Esther Jantz Wiens. He is survived by his special friend, Naomi Clark, of Spokane, and by numerous nieces and nephews.  Graveside services and interment will be on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at Menno Mennonite Cemetery, followed by a service at Menno Mennonite Church at 2 p.m. Pastor Terry Rediger will officiate. Danekas Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-12-2005)

Jantz, Maria:  ( b. Apr 16, 1857, d. Mar 25, 1935) Funeral services for Mrs. Maria Jantz, 78, pioneer resident of the Odessa region, were held from the Menno Mennonite church on Thursday afternoon, with the Rev M. J. Galle, Odessa, officiating. Burial was made in the Menno Cemetery. Pallbearers were selected from grandchildren and included Joe Jantz, Leonard Jantz, David Jantz, Dan Jantz, Walter Jantz and Howard Jantz.  A sextette from the Menno  church choir  sang special numbers. Many from outlying points were present to honor the deceased matron’s memory. Family services were held at the Jno C. Jantz home in Odessa during the morning.  Born in Russia , Mrs. Jantz came to this country at the age of 17 years. Four years later she was married to Cornelius Jantz, who survives her. Other survivors include four sons, John and Peter of Odessa; Abe of Harrington and Andrew of Ritzville; 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-1935)


Jantz, Marie:  ( b. May 05, 1907, d. May 11, 1997) Visitation for Marie (Stucky) Jantz, 90, is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville. Service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Menno Mennonite Church west of Ritzville. Vault interment will be at the Menno Cemetery west of Ritzville. Mrs Jantz, who was born in Moundridge, KS, died Sunday. She was a 25-year Ritzville resident and had attended Central College in McPherson, Kansas, and Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She was a member of the Soroptimist Club, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Menno Mennonite Church of Ritzville and the Priest Lake Ccommunity Church. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Joe; and a brother, Edward Stucky of Snohomish, Wash. ” (scrapbook item: undated)  


Jantz, Rosina: ( b. Sep 03, 1888, d. Nov 19, 1952)  “Funeral services will be held at the Menno Mennonite church on Saturday, at 1 o’clock, for Mrs. Rosina Jantz, who died Wednesday at Spokane. She will be buried in the family lot there.  Mrs. Jantz was a member of the pioneer Miller family, a sister of John H. Miller, and married Jacob Jantz, leaving this area in 1932 for Edwall, and since 1945 living at Spokane with her son, David.  She is survived by four sons, Dan, David and Jonathan, Spokane, and Roland, of Richland, and a daughter, Mrs. Florence LaValle, Spokane. Further details will be carried in the next issue of the Odessa Record.” (Odessa Record: 11-19-1952) “Rosena Jantz.—Her home was at S714 Freya. Survived by 4 sons, Daniel and Jonathan, of Spokane; David of Colbert, WA; Roland of Richland, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Donald LaValle of Spokane; 9 grandchildren; 7 sisters, Mrs. John Roth and Mrs. John Ottmar, both of Harrington, WA; Mrs. Fred Rennick of Lind, WA; Mrs. Fred Klemmer of Spokane; Mrs. Adam Roth, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Harry Glover, Wenatchee, WA; Mrs. Red Jingling, Moses Lake, WA; 5 brothers, Henry Miller and Ben Miller of Portland, OR; John Miller, Spokane; Chris Miller, Clackamas, OR and Abe Miller, Oswego, OR. She was a member of the Menno-Mennonite Church near Ritzville, WA. Funeral Saturday, Nov 22 at 1 p.m. at the Menno-Mennonite Church, Rev Willard Wiebe officiating. Interment at Menno Cemetery, Menno, WA. Sunset Memorial Chapel in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-22-1952)


Kagele, Fern: ( b. d. Nov 22, 1992)  “Memorial services for Fern T. Kagele were held Wednesday at Country Homes Christian Church in Spokane.  Another memorial service was held at the Menno Mennonite Church that afternoon. This was preceded by burial at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery.  Mrs. Kagele died on Sunday, Nov 22, (1992), at the age of 64. She was a member of the Country Homes Christian Church and the Menno Mennonite Church.  Survivors include three sons, Dennis Kagele, of Ritzville; Jay Kagele, of Albuquerque, NM, and Larry Kagele, of Redmond, WA; three sisters, Dorothy Craig, of Spokane, Elsie Schauerman, of Odessa, and Ruby Williamson, of Black Rock, Idaho; eight grandchildren, and one great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 1992)


Kagele, Fred: ( b. 1898, d. 1971)  “Fred Kagele.—His home 505 West 7th, Ritzville. Survived by his wife, Amelia Kagele of Ritzville; 2 sons, Melvin Kagele, Ritzville and Jarry Kagele, Lawrence, KS; 4 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Jacob Kagele, Ritzville; John Kagele, Ritzville; William Kagele, Cheney; Mrs. James (Katherine) Narisch of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Wednesday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Menno Mennonite Church. The Rev Harris Waltner officiating. Interment Mennonite Cemetery, Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-09-1971


Kagele, Gene:  ( b. Jan 03, 1929, d. May 23, 1973)   “Gene Kagele, who was born on Jan 3, 1929 to Jake and Martha Bischoff Kagele, died on Wednesday evening, May 23 at the Memorial Hospital in Ritzville after a lengthy illness. He was 44 years old. Mr. Kagele attended school near his parents farm west of Ritzville, and then graduated from Ritzville High School. From 1949 to 1951 he served in the US Army with the Military Police Corps.  On Dec 14, 1958 he and Patricia Downs were united in marriage. They farmed near his parental home at what is known as ‘Kageleville’.  In 1972 the family moved to a small farm near Ritzville, when Mr Kagele’s health became poor. In February of this year it was discovered that Mr. Kagele was suffering from cancer, which proved immune to all medical treatment. In addition to his wife, Patricia, Mr. Kagele is survived by three children, Keith, Michelle and Colette; his parents, Jake and Martha Kagele; three brothers, Lewis of Odessa, Norman and Richard of Ritzville; one aunt, Mrs. James (Catherine) Marisch of Spokane; two uncles, William Kagele of Cheney and John D Kagele of Moses Lake; and numerous other relatives and friends. One brother, James died on March 16 of this year, following an automobile accident. Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon, May 25 at 2 p.m. in the Menno Mennonite Church. Rev Harris Waltner and Rev Brian Dobson shared in the service. Burial was at the Ritzville Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-31-1973)

Kagele, Jake: ( b. Sep 04, 1896, d. Dec   , 1973) “Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec 19 at the Menno Mennonite Church for Jake Kagele Jr., 77. He died Sunday in his sleep at home in Kageleville west of Ritzville. Mr. Kagele had been active in his business matters until his death. He was a pioneer in cropping with irrigation wells in this area.  He was born in Odessa, Russia Sept 4, 1896 and came to this country with his parents when he was five years old. He farmed in the Schrag area west of Ritzville until his retirement to his home at Kageleville.  He and Martha Bischoff were united in marriage March 22, 1920. He is survived by his wife, three sons, Norman and Richard of Ritzville and Lewis of Odessa; two brothers, Bill of Cheney and John D of Moses Lake; and a sister, Mrs. James (Katherine) Marisch of Spokane.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Two son, James J and Gene, preceded their father in death.  The Rev Ken Peterson conducted the funeral service. A quartet of Gering men sang ‘That Beautiful Land’ and ‘Going Down the Valley’.  The singers were Ralph, Warren, Gordon and Curtis Gering. Organ accompanist was Sharon Meyer.  Pall bearers were frank Shinn, Norman Bischoff, Monte Holmes, Martin Gering, Doug Urquhart and Leo Stout. Honorary bearers were Jim Redwine, Bill Wenz, Al Wolf, John Moberg and Bob Rashford. Burial was in the Mennonite Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-27-1973)


Kagele, James:  ( b. Dec 09, 1921, d. Mar 16, 1973) James J. Kagele, 51, Ritzville, died Friday morning, March 16 in a Spokane hospital as the result of injuries suffered in a head-on, two-car wreck Monday, March 12.  According to the Moses Lake police, the wreck occurred on the Wheeler road at 12:14 a.m., when Kagele was traveling east on the Wheeler road and apparently crossed the centerline, striking the pickup driven by Herbert Wall head-on.  Wall, from Moses Lake, was driving a 1969 pickup.  The Wall pickup was driven back about 16 feet as a result of the impact, while the Kagele vehicle, a 1967 four door sedan, continued to the left side of the roadway, the police said.  Kagele and Wall were both taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Mr. Kagele was treated for massive facial lacerations and was then transferred to a Spokane hospital. Wall was treated for knee injuries.  James Kagele was born on Dec 9, 1921 to Jake and Martha Bischoff Kagele. They lived west of Ritzville, where he attended elementary school, and then was graduated from Ritzville High School. During WW II he served with the Army Air Force from October 1942 until February, 1946. He was united in marriage with Fern Kaiser on Feb 9, 1947. They farmed near his parental home in the area that is known by their neighbors as ‘Kageleville’.  He was especially interested in livestock, and developed a modern automated cattle feeding operation.  Mr. Kagele was a member of the Menno Mennonite Church, where he served for a number of years as church treasurer. Funeral services were held from the church on Monday, March 19, with Rev Harris Waltner officiating. Interment was at the Mennonite Church cemetery.  Mr. Kagele is survived by his wife, Fern; three sons, Dennis and wife Karen, of Ritzville; Jay and wife Christie, of Spokane; and Larry, who is attending Linfield College at McMinnville, OR; one grandson, James Jacob; his parents, Jake and Martha Kagele of Ritzville; four brothers, Lewis of Odessa, and Norman, Richard and Gene of Ritzville; together with numerous other relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 3-22-1973)


Kagele, Martha:  ( b. Jul 24, 1900, d. May 27, 1984)  Mrs. Martha Bischoff Kagele died May 27, 1984 with burial in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. She was born July 24, 1900 in South Russia to Fredrick and Caroline Pfaff Bischoff. Her family settled in the Ruff area. On March 22, 1920 she married Jake Kagele at Ruff. Five sons were born to them. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-07-1984)


Krehbiel, Daniel:  ( b. 1867, d. Jul 23, 1936)  Daniel Ulric Krehbiel.—Passed away July 23 at Moses Lake, WA. His residence, 907 S Evergreen, Moses Lake. Survived by his wife, Pauline Krehbiel, at the home; 5 sisters, Mrs. Ed Franz, Gertrude Krehbiel, both of Santa Monica, CA; Mrs. Marie Watson, Della Krehbiel, Mrs. Arthur Franz, all of Lind, WA; 2 brothers, Walter W. Krehbiel, Ulric Krehbiel, Warden, WA. Resident of Lind for 55 years. He was an associate in the garage business with Krehbiel’s Motors. A member of the Lind United Methodist Church. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, Moses Lake, WA, in charge.” (undated scrapbook. Burial in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery, 1972) Daniel Krehbiel, 69, mayor of Lind, died at his home there on Tuesday of heart trouble. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, came to the US in 1881, and came to Adams County in 1891. He married May Schragg at Menno in 1901. Burial is being made at Menno. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-20-1936


Krehbiel,  Jacob: ( b. Jul 25, 1861, d. Feb 16, 1929)    "Jacob Krehbiel. Male, white, married, husband of Katie Krehbiel; grain dealer. Birth: July 25, 1861, Bavaria. Father: Christian Krehbiel, born Palatinate; Motehr: Magdeline Dester, born Bavaria. Informant: D. Krehbiel, Lind, WA. Death: Feb 16, 1929, 10 p.m. Odessa, WA. Cause: cerebral hemorrhage with paralysis of Rt side, followed by pneumonia. Contributory: High Blood Pressure of 2 yrs duration. C Henderson, MD, Lind, WA. Burial: Menno Cemetery, Feb 19th, 1929. M F Haight, undertaker, Ritzville, WA." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death) 


Krehbiel, Jennie Marie: ( b. Feb 25, 1905, d. May 17, 1999)Jennie Marie Krehbiel, age 94, was a resident of Hesston,Kansas, formerly of Ritzville, passed away on May 17, at a care facility in Kansas. Surviving is a daughter Carol Lee Muirhead, of Bellingham; a son James A Krehbiel and wife Rose, of Newton, KS; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren…. She is also survived by a brother, Joe Jantz, of Ritzville, and sister Josephine Stucky, of Seattle; five nieces and five nephews and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Krehbiel in 1951 and a sister, Esther Wiens in 1982. Krehbiel, the oldest child of John and Susie Kauffman Jantz was born Feb 25, 1905, in the country near Krupp (now Marlin) in the home of her grandparents, Cornelius and Maria Jantz. She spent most of her childhood in Grant County where her father was in the grain purchasing business. Her grade school education was in Ruff. She attended high school in Lind and Odessa where she graduated in 1923. Krehbiel attended Cheney Normal School where she received her teaching certificate. She taught for three years in a one room school in Sheller, then two years at Edwall. Krehbiel then moved to the Ritzville School District where she taught for five years.  On July 8, 1934, she married Arthur J Krehbiel. They lived in Lind where her husband owned the Chevron station. Two children were born: Carol Lee in 1936 and James Allen in 1940. On Jan 1, 1951, Art had a fatal heart attack while working at his station. That same year, Jennie’s mother died in Portland. In 1952, Krehbiel and her father decided to move back to Ritzville where they built a duplex. Shortly after moving, Krehbiel went to work in the Adams County Courthouse Auditors office where she worked for 11 years before retiring. In 1990, Krehbiel moved to Schowalter Villa in Hesston, to be near her children and their families. Krehbiel was a lifetime member of the Menno Mennonite Church . Her interests included reading and gardening, especially growing flowers which she loved to share with the Sunday morning congregation. Funeral services will be held on May 21, at 1 p.m. at the Menno Mennonite Church near Ritzville. Pastor Terry Rediger is officiating. Concluding services and vault interment at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Krehbiel will lie in state at the funeral home tonight.” (Odessa Record: 1999)


Rhea, Rev Wm Clyde  (Oct 11, 1891-Nov 21, 1971, s/w Clara Alice);  “William Rhea. Died: Nov 1971, Puyallup , WA . Last Residence: 98371. Birth: 10-11-1891.” (SS Death Index) “License: Oct 4, 1921. Groom: William Clyde Rhea. Age 29 yrs. First Marriage. Residence: Los Angeles , CA. Birthplace: Seymour , Iowa . Occupation: Minister of Gospel. Father: Charles W Rhea. Mother: Mary Ozela Manning. Bride: Clara Alice Gering. Age 20. First Marriage. Residence: Odessa , WA . Birthplace: Menno , WA . Occupation: Christian Work. Father: Adolph Gering. Mother: Elizabeth Schrag. Marriage: Oct 6, 1921, Menno Church . Officiant: Minister Galle, of Schrag , Wash.   Witnesses: Leon Gering, Odessa , WA . Bertha Gering, Odessa .” (Marriage Return: #327)


Robinson, Martha J.: ( b. Feb 10, 1913, d. Jul 08, 2006) “Martha J Robinson, 93, of Traverse City, Michigan, and formerly of the Ritzville area, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Munson Hospice House, Traverse City.  She was born Feb 10, 1913 at Ruff, WA, the daughter of Andrew and Wilhelmina (Franz) Jantz. Martha attended school at Odessa and was graduated from Ritzville High School in 1931. She then obtained her nursing degree at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. She practiced nursing at Salem, Oregon, and Roanoke, Virginia. She also did further studies in nursing at the University of Washington. In November, 1940, she was married to Donald H. Robinson at Lind.  Cathie Towers, Lewell Boone, Laurene Lee, Laurie Robinson, Debbie Bayer, Robin Bassett and Jacob Robinson; eight grandchildren: Taylor Towers, Madison Towers, Christian Towers, Collin Boone, Kedrick Lee, April Bayer, Savannah Bassett and Julie Bassett; one sister, Malinda Zillios, of Moses Lake.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, on Dec 11, 2001, and her son, Paul Robinson on April 25, 2004. Martha’s hope was to honor and glorify God all the days of her life. We who are left behind agree that she accomplished this goal. We will greatly miss her. A commemoration Service will take place Saturday, Aug 19, at 11 a.m. at Menno Mennonite Church, Ritzville, with Pastor Terry Rediger officiating. A graveside service and interment at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery will take place at 9:30 a.m.  Services are under the direction of Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.” (Odessa Record: 8-10-2006)


Schrag, Anna J  (May 15, 1877-Jan 12, 1945) “Anna Schrag. Died: 12 Jan 1945, age 67, Soap Lake, Grant Co, WA. Father: John Graber. Mother: Mary Gering. Spouse: August J Schrag. Batch Id #277539.” (WA State Death Records)


Schrag, August J (Dr) (Dec 16, 1878-Mar 10, 1952);  “August J Schrag. Died: 10 March 1952, age 73, Sunnyside rural, Yakima Co, WA.  Father: Jacob R Schrag. Mother: Fanny Graber. Batch Id #277985.” (WA State Death Records)


Schrag, Carolyn  (1872-1950, Mother, s/w Andrew);  Carolina Schrag. Died: 4 Sept 1950, age 78, Monroe, Snohomish Co, WA. Father: John Grentz. Batch Id #523656.” (WA State Death Records)


Schrag, Christian: ( b. Jan 04, 1843, d. Nov 29, 1925)  "Christian Schrag, age 82, died at the home of his son south of Odessa, Saturday, Nov 29th. The funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Menno church. The Rev D D King of Lind conducted the German service while the Rev Wm Clyde Rhea of Odessa conducted the English service. The body was laid to rest in the Menno Cemetery. Mr. Schrag was born at Waldheim, Russia, Jan 4, 1843. In 1874 he came to America with his family and settled in South Dakota, residing there till 1882, when he settled in Oregon. In 1900, he and his family settled on a farm near Lind, where he resided until his death. He is survived by his widow, a son, John C Schrag, Odessa; a daughter, Mrs. Kate Krehbeil, Lind; a brother, John Schrag, Schrag; and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Kaufmann, Freeman, SD, and Anna Schrag, Moundridge, KS." (Odessa Record: 12-04-1925)


Schrag, David M ‘Dave’  (1914-2010) “Dave Schrag, a lifelong resident of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday,  May 4, 2010, at his home at the age of 95. He was born Nov 6, 1914, on the family wheat farm located near the Menno Mennonite Church south of Odessa . His parents were Joseph and Lena (Gering) Schrag. He is survived by two sisters, Eileen Jantz (Roland) of Richland and Louise Connelly (Doug) of Blaine , Wash. , and numerous nephews and nieces. Five sisters, Ella Wilskie, Gertrude Park, Martha Hoyt, Viola Hopson and Frances Nevitt, and a brother, Philip Schrag, preceded him in death, as did his life partner of over 30 years, Mildred Wilskie. Dave enjoyed wheat farming and farmed for over 50 years south of Odessa . He was long known, before the time of GPS auto steering systems on farming equipment, for his ability to drive tractor with very straight furrows. In his younger years, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his black Labrador dogs. Dave had a great sense of humor and would tease anyone, including strangers. He was big-hearted and had compassion for others, especially those in need. Dave was ‘one-of-a-kind’ whose memories will live on years after his passing. No memorial service will be held at his request. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of cremation. Interment will be at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery .” ( Odessa Record: 5-13-2010)


Schrag, Edward:  ( b. 1875, d. 1935)  “Edward J. Schrag, 60, who died at Soap Lake on Thursday, was buried from the Menno Mennonite Church on Sunday, with the Rev M. J. Galle of Odessa and the Rev Mr. Scutter of Soap Lake officiating. Born in Freeman, SD, he later moved with his parents to Menno and in 1907 was united in marriage to Emma Gering. In 1917 he moved, with his family, to Soap Lake, where he lived until his death. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Clifford, Louis, and Lester of Grand Coulee; and Vernon at home; one daughter, Stella, at home; one granddaughter; two brothers, Dr Paul Schrag and Dr August Schrag of Soap Lake; two sisters, Leona Gering of Schrag and Ida Allert of Everett.” (Odessa Record: 12-13-1935)


Schrag, Emma  (1890-1946); w/o Edward J;  “Emma Schrag. Died: 4 July 1946, age 57, Ephrata, Grant Co, WA. Father: Peter Gering. Mother: Anna Waltner. Spouse: E J Schrag.  Batch Id #277578.” (WA State Death Records)


Schrag, Henry:  ( b. 1894, d. 1961)  Henry J. Schrag.—His home Ritzville, WA. Survived by his wife, Ella Schrag, Soap Lake, WA; one son, Harlan Schrag, Soap Lake, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Roberta Moffitt, Vanderburg Air Force Base in CA; one brother, Ewalt Schrag, Monroe, WA; one grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Ephrata Nazarene Church. Funeral services Wednesday, Oct 11 at 2 p.m. from the Mennonite Church, rural Ritzville, Rev Henry Hoffman and Rev Lester Janzen officiating. Interment the Mennonite Cemetery. The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: Oct. 1961, scrapbook item)

Schrag, Jacob: ( b. Apr 10, 1873, d. 1946)   Jacob C. M. Schrag, d. at Monroe, WA; Burial: Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Birth; April 10, 1875, in SD, on of a family of 12 children. Came to Adams County in 1900 from Oregon. (see Mennonite file: obit dated 9-12-1946 of Odessa Record)(Tombstone reading 1873)

Schrag, Justina  (1890-1971, s/w Joseph G); “Justina Schrag. Died: Feb 1971, Moses Lake, Grant Co, WA. Last Residence: 98837. Birth: May 1, 1890.” (SS Death Index)

Schrag, Katherine: ( b. Dec 30, 1844, d. Apr     ,1929) "Katherine Schrag. Female, white, widowed, retired. Wife of Christian Schrag. Birth: Dec 30, 1844, Russia; Aged: 84 yrs 3 mos 26 days. Father: Andrew Schrag, born Russia; Mother: Barbara Gering, born Russia. Informant: J. C. Schrag, Odessa, WA. Death: April 26, 1929, 3 a.m. at Ritzville, WA. Cause: chronic myocarditis, aortic insufficiency. Contributory: obesity, old age. Burial: Schrag Cemetery on April 28, 1929. Undertaker: M. F. Haight, Ritzville, WA." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)

Schrag, Joseph:  ( b. Mar 15, 1883, d. Sep 04, 1953)  “Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept 6 at 2 p.m. in the Moses Lake First Presbyterian Church for Joseph Schrag, 72, who died unexpectedly Friday. Services were conducted by the Rev Edgar E. Toevs, with Rev Willard Wiebe of the Menno Mennonite Church of Ritzville assisting. The meditation was presented by Rev Toevs. Scripture and prayer were led by Rev Wiebe. Music was provided by Mrs. Tom Reid, organist, and the men’s quartet of the Mennonite church. They sang two selections.  ‘In the Garden’ was sung by Leslie Schrag. Mr. Schrag was born March 15, 1882 in Freeman, SD. He moved with his family to Dallas, OR, a year later and thence to Eugene, where he was baptized into the Mennonite church. He moved to Lind in 1900 and came to Moses Lake from there in 1935. Mr. Schrag is survived by his widow, Justina D.; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Wilkins, Portland, OR; Mrs. Dorothy Koelling, West Plains, MO, and Mrs. Henrietta Audrey Scruggs, Moses Lake; a brother, Emil Schrag, Ritzville; four sisters in Colfax, Mrs. Evelina Schluneger, Mrs. Eugena Schluneger, Miss Paulina Schrag and Mrs. August Allenbach, and 5 grandchildren. Interment in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery followed the funeral services. He was a long-time member of that church.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Schrag, Lena: ( b. Mar 14, 1891, d. 1978 Sep 15)   “Lena (Gering) Schrag, daughter of Joseph Gering and Frances (Ries) Gering, was born on March 14, 1891 in Dallas, Oregon, the sixth child of a family of nine. She departed this life to be with her Lord and Saviour, whom she dearly loved and served, on Sept 15, 1978 at 87 years of age.... On Nov 6, 1907, Lena was married to Joseph Schrag... Nine children were born to this union... Concluding services and interment were at the Menno Mennonite Cemetery at Menno.” (Excerpt of Odessa Record: 9-21-1978)

Schrag, Mary: ( d. 1944) “Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Schragg, 93, who died at the Menno home and hospital for the aged at Salem, Oregon, were held from the Menno Mennonite church on Sunday, the Rev E. J .Miller officiating. The Rev M. J. Galle of Odessa took part at the request of the deceased. Survivors are five sons and one daughter, Mrs. Lena Dyck of Menno, Peter of Salem, Jonathan of Menno, Jacob of Monroe, Daniel of Pasco, and Edward of Schragg, 36 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1944)

Schrag, William: ( b. 1899, d. May 12, 1970)  William Aaron Schrag.—Passed away May 12, in the Spokane Valley. His home, E17806 Sprague. Survived by his sister, Mrs. Minnie Thomas, at the home; one brother, Benjamin A. Schrag, Spokane; mother, Mrs. Mary Schrag, Spokane Valley; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. A member of the Menno-Mennonite Church, Spokane. The Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-15-1970; edit: burial in the Menno Mennonite Cemetery near Ritzville)

Steffen, Edward:  ( b. Jun 21, 1886, d. 1963)  Edward Martin Steffen, 76, died at Pasco with the funeral at Danekas Funeral home on March 16, 1963. Burial was in the Mennonite Cemetery. He was born June 21, 1886 in Russia, the son of Edward M and Fredericka Steffen. He was married in 1906 to Amelia Graber, who preceded him in death. Eight children survive. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-28-1963; see Mennonite Cemetery, Adams Co.)


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