Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                           Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach


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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Baker, Carl C.,  (d. 1996; b. 1905; TS; OC; obit) “Carl C Baker died on Tuesday, Jan 2, 1996, in Odessa. He was 90 years old. Mr. Baker was born in Binger, OK, on Feb 26, 1905, the son of Robert and Minnie Brittonie Baker. As a young man, Carl operated a bakery in Binger. In the early 1940s, he married Hazel Clapp, a school teacher. They moved to CA, where he worked for the Bur. of Reclamation on the Klamath Basin Project. Hazel died in 1956. Carl and their two children moved to Quincy in 1957, when Carl was transferred to the Bur. of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin Project. He married Edna Baker in 1968. They lived near the Babcock pumping plant in the Basin until his retirement in 1972, when they moved to Odessa. He was a life member of the Elks of Ephrata. He is survived by his wife, Edna Baker, at the home; daughter Karla and her husband Walter Lapsley, of Martinez, CA; son John Baker, of Pasco; 5 step-children, Marvin Greenwalt, of Odessa, Judith Greenwalt, of Harrington, Sally Romo, of Reardan, William Greenwalt of Cheney, and Charles Dahm, of Spokane; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons; one brother, Don Baker, of West Fork, AZ; one sister, Oma and husband Bruce Nesary, of Port Isabel, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. At Mr. Baker’s request, no services will be held. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (scrapbook obit)

Banko, Karoline Viola, d/o J. D.  (d. 5-17-1907; age 3 mo 19 dy; TS; OC; Suchland’s listing shows this burial in A-02-21; Lartigues’ listing shows Karolina Viola as the daughter of J. D. and Emelia.)

Banko, J. D.,  (no data; Suchland’s listing shows only J. D. Banko, no dates with burial in A-06-33. A news item in 1911 shows J D Banko had a brother, G D Banko of Spokane. In 1909 J D Banko was lending money as a profession.)

Bareither, John G.,  (d. 2-17-50; b. 10-04-1864; TS; OC; Cong) “John Bareither. Birth: 4 Oct 1864; Died: 16 Feb 1950.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger)  “Funeral services were held from the UCC Monday afternoon for John G. Bareither, 85, former resident, who had died after a long illness at the Pleasant View convalescent home near Edmonds, WA. The Rev E. J Eslinger officiated and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Bareither was an early resident of the area, born at Gnodenthal, Bessarabia, South Russia. He immigrated with his family to the United States and arrived at Odessa Nov 11, 1903. The following year he farmed the old Schimke place two miles north of Odessa, and in the fall of the same year settled on a homestead 28 miles southwest of Odessa. He lived there until the death of his first wife, Christine, who died in July, 1922.  He remarried, to Rosine Flaig, and they made their home at Moses Lake until her death in December 1941.  He then lived with his eldest son near Bothell and since March of 1949 has lived at the convalescent home where he died. He is survived by three sons, William and Emanuel, who live on the west coast, and George, near Fairfield, WA; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-1950) (edit: Christine Bareither was born Aug 11, 1862 and died July 6, 1922, with burial in what is called “the Ottmar Cemetery”. Apparently there were other family members in that area since George and Anna Bareither buried an infant in that cemetery.

Bartalamay, Adam Jr.,  (d. 3-17-1980; b. 8-14-1904; (Elsie); TS; OC; dc) “Bartalamay, Adam Jr.  Died: 3-17-1980.  Birth: 8-14-1904. Spouse: Elsie Haase.  Father; Adam Bartalamay, Sr.  Mother; Katherine Walter.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) (edit: wedding announcement in 12-13-1929 of Odessa Record) “Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 19, 1980, from the UCC in Odessa, for Adam Bartalamay who passed away March 17, 1980 at Odessa Memorial Hospital. The Rev Everett Schoessler officiated at the 11 a.m. service.  Adam Bartalamay was born Aug 14, 1904 in Walter, Russia, the son of Adam Bartalamay Sr and Katherine Walter Bartalamay. He was baptized one month later and with his family came to the United States in May of 1913. He was confirmed into the Christian Faith on Nov 21, 1920 in the Evangelical Christ Lutheran Church by Rev H P Christensen.  On Dec 5, 1929 Adam was united in marriage to Elsie Haase. They farmed south and southwest of Odessa until 1961.  The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past December.  Mr Bartalamay became a United States citizen in 1932. He was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church and then the United Congregational Church of Odessa. He passed away after a short illness at the age of 75 years, 7 months and 3 days.  Those who remain to mourn him are his wife, Elsie at the home; a daughter, Sylvia, Mrs. Curtis Finck; 3 brothers, Fred of Olympia; Emanuel and Ben of Odessa; 3 sisters, Molly Beadles of Olympia; Marie Kelly of Spokane; and Esther Dooley of Olympia; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Providing music for the service was a men’s quartet, consisting of Delbert Cook, Delmar Kirstein, Wallace Weishaar and Eugene Frieske. Delores Cook was organist.  Pallbearers were David Birge, Maurice Weishaar, Ray Gilbertson, Rudolph Raugust, Jake Kiehn and Delmar Kirstein. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-20-1980)

Bartalamay, Adam Sr.,  (d. 11-03-42; b. 2-25-1881; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Adam Bartalamay was born Feb 25, 1881 in Walter, Russia, Baptized and confirmed in Lutheran Church, a faithful member all his life.  Feb 1901, married to Katharine Walter. Since coming to America, in May 1913, he lived in Odessa except for a few years spent in Sunnyside, WA. For 22 years employee of the Great Northern RR. Became very ill Oct 29. Operation in a Spokane hospital Oct 31. Passed away three days later Nov 3, 1942, at 9 in the evening. Cause of death: ruptured stomach ulcer. Age 61 yrs 8 mos 7 days. Survivors: the wife, 7 children (listed according to age): Fred (of Olympia), Adam B. (of Odessa), Molly (Mrs. Chas Huwald, Olympia), Marie (Mrs. Geo Kelley, Spokane), Emmanuel B (Odessa), Esther (Mrs. Jack Routh, Salem, OR), Corporal Benjamin B. Bartalamay (US Army, somewhere in England); oldest child preceded father in death as an infant; one sister, Mrs. Jacob Gies of Billings, MT; 5 grandchildren. Funeral service in church, Fri, Nov 6, 1942; German text: Rom. 8:38-39; English text: John 8: 51. Interment in Odessa Cemetery. Martin Pempeit.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Adam Bartalamay. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Nov 3, 1942, 8:55 p.m. at Sacred Heart, where he had been since Oct 31, 1942. Birth: Feb 25, 1881, Walter, Russia. Aged: 61 yrs 8 mos 8 days. Profession: Section Hand, GN RR. Residing Odessa: 28 yrs; In US: 1913 from Russia, 29 years. Father: Henry Bartalamay, born Russia; Mother: Katie Kister, born Russia. Previous residence: Sunnyside, WA, about 2 yrs. Physician: Dr Rotchford. Informant: Emanuel Bartalamay of Odessa. Leaves wife, Katherine, age 63; 4 sons: Fred, Adam, Emanuel, Benjamin (in US service), 3 daughters: Mrs. Molly Huwald (Olympia), Mrs. Marie Kelley (Spokane), and Mrs. Esther Routh (Salem, OR). 1 sister: Mrs. Jacob Gies (Billings, MT), 5 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Bartalamay, Elsie Haase,  (d. 11-19-1983; b. 9-02-1909; TS; obit; OC; dc) “Bartalamay, Elsie H.  Died: 19 Nov 1983, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 2 Sept 1909, WA. Spouse: Adam Bartalamay, Jr., deceased.  Mother; Lydia Janke;  Father: John Haase.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov 22, 1983 from the UCC in Odessa for Elsie H. Bartalamay, who passed away at Odessa on Nov 19, 1983. Pastor Randy Middleton officiated. Elsie H. Bartalamay was born on Sept 2, 1909 in Odessa, WA, the daughter of John Haase and Lydia Janke Haase. On Dec 5, 1929, she was united in marriage to Adam Bartalamay at Davenport, WA. To this union one daughter, Sylvia, was born. Elise and Adam farmed southwest of Odessa until his retirement in 1965. Elsie was a lifetime active member of the United Congregational Church. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Adam, and two brothers, Clarence and Weldon Haase. Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia Finck and her husband, Curtis; four grandchildren, Nancy Gillen, Pasco, WA; Gary Finck, Odessa; Brad Finck, Spokane; and Melanie Miller, Moses Lake, WA; three grandchildren; three brothers, Otto Haase, Spokane; Harold Haase, Casa Granda, AZ; and Harvey Haase, Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. Hilda Millhorn, Spokane; Mrs. Esther Schlimmer, Odessa; and Mrs. Delora Yanke of Santee, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Providing special music for the service was Peggy Salo, she sang ‘Safe In the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘My Faith Looks Up to Thee’. Delores Cook accompanied her on the organ. Casket bearers were Merlin Kissler, Delmar Dirstein, Ray Gilbertson, Rudolph Raugust, David Birge and Maurice Weishaar. Final services and interment were in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-24-1983)

Bartalamay, Emanuel,  (d. 12-12-1992; b. 4-17-1913; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Emanuel ‘Blackie’ Bartalamay.—Passed away Dec 12, 1992 in Odessa, WA; his home, Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Martha Bartalamay, at the home; two daughters, Margo Sherer and her husband Dick of Ione, OR, Beth Fry and her husband Ron of Pendleton, OR; one son, Tom Bartalamay and his wife Helen of Spokane; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben Bartalamay and his wife, Ore Lee, of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Member and past board member of the Christ Lutheran Church, charter member and past president of the Odessa Lions Club, served on the Odessa school board for 8 years and served on the Odessa Volunteer Fire Dept. Funeral Services Wednesday, Dec 16, 1992 at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa. Pastor Scott Jurgens officiating.” (scrapbook obit) “Born April 17, 1913 in Hamburg, Germany” (from Funeral Program). “He was born on April 17, 1913, in Hamburg, Germany, to Adam and Katherine Walter Bartalamay. He was baptized on Apr 23, 1913 at St Thomas Lutheran Church in Hamburg, just days before the family, which included four older brothers and sisters, set sail for America. They were en route to Odessa from Walter, Russia. Blackie attended the Odessa schools. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1934. He married Martha Schauerman on Oct 11, 1936. For many years he was employed as a mechanic at the Odessa Trading Co. During World War II, he operated Central Motors in Odessa with Tony Nichols, and after the war he and his brother, Ben Bartalamay, operated the business. Later he was engaged in farming and was supervisor of transportation for the Odessa School District until his retirement. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he served on the church board. He was a charter member and past president of the Odessa Lions Club. He served on the Odessa school Board for 8 years and  also was a member of the Odessa Volunteer Fire Dept. Blackie enjoyed golfing, fishing and gardening. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren...” (scrapbook obit excerpt) “Bartalamay, Emanuel.  Died: 12-12-1992. Birth: 4-17-1913, Germany.  Spouse: Martha Schauerman.  Father; Adam Bartalamay.  Mother; Katherine Walter.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Bartalamay, Helen I. Raugust,  (d. 12-10-1981; b. 1923; TS; OC; dc) “Bartalamay, Helen Irene.  Died: 12-10-1981, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Minnie Heitzelman.  Father: Jacob Raugust.  Spouse: Ben Bartalamay. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services were held at the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Monday, Dec 14, 1981, for Helen Irene Bartalamay, who passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital on Dec 11, 1981. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. Helen Raugust Bartalamay was born to Jake and Minnie Raugust on April 27, 1923 at Harrington, WA. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and received her formal education in the Odessa School system. She was married to Ben Bartalamay in Spokane, WA on Sept 2, 1948. To this union two children were born. Helen and her family made their home in the Odessa area. In her later years Helen cared for elderly people and helped with household chores. She will be remembered for having a big heart and as always being ready to lend a helping hand. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband, Ben, at the family home in Odessa; one son Michael of Odessa; one daughter, Sandy of Spokane; her mother, Minnie Raugust of Odessa; one brother, Robert Raugust, Oceanside, CA; two sisters, Lois Luiten, Odessa and Marjorie MacCormack of Spokane; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Sharon Eide was organist for the 11 a.m. service. Casketbearers were Greg Luiten, Tom Luiten, Tom Bartalamay, Don Bartalamay, Al Kruckenberg and Mike Kramer. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-17-1981) 

Bartalamay, Katherine Walter,  (d. 10-27-1963; b. 7-07-1879; TS; OC; dc; ) “Bartalamay, Katherine Elizabeth.  Died: 27 Oct 1963, Odessa, WA.  Mother; Unknown.  Father: Unknown. Spouse: Adam Bartalamay, deceased.  Birth: 7 July 1879, Walter, Russia. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services for Katherine E. Bartalamay, pioneer Odessa mother, were held from Christ Lutheran church on Wednesday afternoon. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiated and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Pallbearers were Reuben Fink, Henry Michaelsen Jr., Dan Gettman, William Schillinger, Reinhold Kuest and George Gies. The women’s quartet sang favorite hymns. Mrs. Bartalamay was born in Walter, Russia, July 7, 1879, married there and came to Odessa some 50 years ago. Her husband was employed on the railway. He died in 1942.  Mrs. Bartalamay continued to make her home in the family dwelling until two weeks ago, when she entered the hospital. Death came on Sunday at the age of 84.  Survivors include four sons, Fred Bartalamay, Olympia; Adam, Emanuel and Ben Bartalamay, Odessa; three daughters, Mrs. Mollie beadles and Mrs. Esther Dooley, Olympia; and Mrs. Marie Kelley, Spokane; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Chris Walter, Brush, Colorado.” (Odessa Record: 10-31-1963)

Bartalamay, Martha S.,  (added) d. Aug 19, 2004 “Martha S. Bartalamay (age 87).—entered into rest on Thursday, Aug 19, 2004 in Odessa, WA, her home throughout her lifetime. She is survived by her children: Margo and Richard Sherer of Ione, OR, Tom and Helen Bartalamay of Spokane, WA, and Beth Fry of Pendleton, OR; sisters: Helen Schimke and Rose Michaelson, both of Odessa; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Martha was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, the church choir, and the Odessa Reader’s Club. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel, in 1992. Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Aug 27, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review) “Martha S. Bartalamay, a lifetime resident of Odessa, died Thursday, Aug 9, 2004 in Odessa. She was 87 years old. She was born Jan 15, 1917, in Odessa, the daughter of Conrad and Anna (Eisenach) Schauerman. She graduated from Odessa High School. ... (excerpt from Odessa Record: 8-26-2004)

Bartalamay, Michael L., s/o H.  (d. 3-17-1989; b. 1-29-1956; TS; OC; dc; obit) “Michael Lee Bartalamay.—Passed away March 17, 1989. His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his father and step-mother, Ben and Ora Lee Bartalamay, Spokane; one sister, Sandy Bartalamay, Spokane; a special friend, Nancy McLure, Odessa; numerous aunts and uncles. He was a 1974 graduate of Odessa High School and a 1976 graduate of Big Bend Community College. A member of the Christ Lutheran Church. Funeral service Wednesday, March 22, 1989 at 2 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Bartalamay, Michael Lee. Died: 3-17-1989.  Birth: 1-29-1956, WA. Never married.  Father: Benjamen Bartalamay.  Mother: Helen Raugust.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Michael Lee Bartalamay, a resident of Odessa who was born here Jan 29, 1956, passed away March 17, (1989). The son of Benjamin and Helen Bartalamay, he earned his basic education in the Odessa school system, graduating from high school here in 1974. He graduated from Big Bend Community College in 1976. Mr. Bartalamay returned to Odessa then and worked at Grange Supply of Odessa, for Lamar Homberg, and for George Gies. He died while at work at the Gies ranch. He was baptized in the Christian faith at Christ Lutheran Church in 1956, and was confirmed in the faith in 1976. Preceded in death by his mother, Helen, he is survived by his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bartalamay of Spokane; by a sister, Sandra Bartalamay of Spokane; by a special friend, Nancy McClure, and by aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends. Funeral service was held March 22 from Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Casket bearers included Bruce Finkbeiner, Tommy Luiten, Dale Ramm, Doug Tebow, Greg Binder and Brian Homberg.” (Odessa Record: 3-23-1989)

Bastrom, Alvin,  (d. 1926; b. 1910; TS; OC; LL) “Alvin Bastrom born 28 Feb 1910 in Odessa to Jacob Bastrom and wife Anna Elizabeth. Died 28 May 1926 in Spokane. Funeral 31 May 1926.” (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger) “Alvin Bastrom. Resident of Odessa since birth, 14 days in Spokane, place of death, Sacred Heart Hospital.  Male, white, single, student.  Birth: Feb 28, 1910, WA.  Age: 16 yrs 3 mos. Father: Jacob Bastrom, born Germany. Mother: Annie Hinkle, born Germany. Informant: Mr. Jacob Bastrom, address: Odessa, WA.  Death: May 28, 1926, 8 a.m.; Cause: Chronic otitis media of 10 yrs duration; Septicemia, acute, 4 wks duration; Multiple abscesses of liver: duration 106 days. An operation preceded death, multiple abscesses of liver. No autopsy. George A Rohrer, MD. Burial: Odessa, WA on May 31, 1926. Undertaker: Smith & Co.” (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)“Alvin Bastrom, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bastrom, underwent an operation for an abscess on his liver and also for appendicitis at a Spokane hospital Tuesday morning. Reports from the city state that he has rallied from the shock and is now doing well. Later—A telegram from the hospital last night stated that Alvin was worse and not expected to live until morning. Mr. Bastrom, his daughter, Mrs. Donald Cochran and her husband and son, Henry and Daniel, left at once for Spokane via automobile to see him if possible before he died.” (Odessa Record: 5-28-1926)  “The funeral of Alvin Bastrom, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bastrom, who died at Spokane Friday morning after an operation, was held at the Odessa Lutheran church Monday afternoon, with the Rev H P Christensen officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 6-04-1926)

Bastrom, Anna,  (d. 1951; b. 1868; TS; OC; LL) “Anna Elizabeth Bastrom. Born: July 24, 1868 at Kolb, Russia. Died: Feb 18, 1951 at Spokane, WA. Buried: Feb 21, 1951, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Congestive Heart Failure. Age: 82 yrs 6 mos 24 days. Mourned by 4 sons: Jacob, Rudolph, Daniel, Henry; 3 daughters: Mrs. Joe Reitner, Mrs. Kate Warming, Mrs. Wm Gobel; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 brother, Fred Hinkel. Text: Col. 1:20-23a. (Signed) E. R. Pflueger” (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger) “Funeral services for Ann Elizabeth Bastrom, 82, were held from the Christ Lutheran Church on Wednesday afternoon, with Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiating. Burial was in the family plot at the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were divided among pioneer friends and younger friends of the family. including George Grening, George Gettman, David C. Heimbigner, Albert Beck, Reuben Els and G. B. Giese. Florence Strache played the organ music.  Born in Kolb, Russia, July 24, 1868, Anna Elizabeth Hinkle grew to womanhood and was married there to Jacob Bastrom, coming to America soon after. After a short residence at Ritzville, they came to Odessa, and in recent years, after the death of her husband, she lived at Spokane with the children.  As a mother of a pioneer family, her life paralleled much of the growth of the community, and members of the family, were active in town athletics and among the local business firms in which they were employed. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anna Reitner, Puyallup; Katie Warning, Spokane; and Mrs. Lydia Gobel, Tacoma; four sons, Jacob Jr, Auburn; Rudolph, Spokane; Henry, Odessa; and Daniel, Spokane; 15 grandchildren, and one brother, Frederick Hinkle, Portland, Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 2-22-1951)

Bastrom, Jacob Sr., (d. 7-15-36; b. 7-16-1868; TS; OC; obit; Strates; LL; dc) “Bastrom, Jacob Sr.  Died: 15 July 1936, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: Anna.  Mother: Katherine Harding, born Russia;  Father: John Bastrom, born Russia.  Born: 16 July 1868, Frank, Russia. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Jacob Bastrom Sr. was born in Frank, Russia, July 16, 1868, where he grew to manhood. At the age of 20 he was married to Miss Elizabeth nee Henkel. In 1896 they came to the USA and settled in Ritzville, WA, remaining there only 3 years. On a farm west of Ritzville for 5 years. In Odessa Public School. Mr. Bastrom served as janitor for nearly 27 years. Eight months ago he retired and died July 15, 1936 at 2:30, Leaving to mourn: 4 sons, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Age 68 yr less 1 day. (Signed) G F Busch” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Jacob Bastrom, Sr. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: July 15, 1936, 2:30, at home in Odessa. Informant: Dan Bastrom, of Odessa. Birth: July 16, 1868, Frank, Russia. Age: 67 yrs 11 mos 29 days. Male, white, married, retired janitor. Last employed: July 1935. Time in occupation: 27 yrs. Wife: Anne Elizabeth Bastrom. Residence in Odessa: 33 yrs. Previous residence: Ritzville, WA. In US: 41 yrs. Father: John Bastrom, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Harding, born Russia. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis. L. J. Bonney, physician. Leaves wife: Anne Elizabeth Bastrom; 3 daughters: Mrs. Annie Rietner, Puyallup, WA; Mrs. Lawrence Warning, Spokane; Mrs. D. J. Cochrane, Odessa; 4 sons: Jacob Bastrom, Tacoma, WA; Rudolf Bastrom, Spokane; Henry Bastrom, Odessa; Daniel Bastrom, Odessa; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Jacob Bastrom, 68, pioneer resident of Odessa and for more than a score of years, janitor of the Odessa grade school building, died at his home here on Wednesday afternoon, after a lingering illness suffered during the past year. Funeral services have been set for Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Odessa Lutheran Church, with the Rev G F Busch officiating.  Jacob Bastrom was born in Frank, Russia, July 16, 1868, and had nearly completed 68 year of life when his death came. He was married in Frank, Russia, and had been making plans to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary in October.  About 41 years ago the family came to America, settling at Ritzville, where they operated a farm for about 5 years, then moving to Odessa, where Mr. Bastrom accepted work as school janitor, working at this for 27 years, until his health failed him in 1935. Survivors include his widow, Anna Elizabeth; three daughters: Mr. Annie Reitner, Puyallup; Mrs. Lawrence Warning, Spokane; and Mrs. D. J Cochrane, Odessa; four sons, Jacob of Tacoma; Rudolph of Spokane; Henry and Daniel of Odessa; and 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-16-1936) “Funeral services for Jacob Bastrom, former Odessa school janitor and pioneer resident of the area, were held from the Odessa Lutheran Church on Friday afternoon, with the pastor, the Rev G F Busch, conducting a double service, in the German and English languages.  Pallbearers were chosen from old friends and included Jacob Miller, John Kuest, Conrad Homberg, George Gettman, Gottfried Beier and Jacob Hopp. The congregation took part in the singing of a funeral hymn. Born in Russia in 1868, he died just one day short of 68 years of age and would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in October. He and his wife had lived in this country for 41 years, largely in the Odessa and Ritzville area. For 17 years he served as school janitor. Survivors include....” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1936)

Bauer, G.,  (no data; Suchland’s listing shows 2 early Bauer graves in B-13-21 & 22, with one shown as G. Bauer, no dates, and the other with no name or dates. An Annie Bauer died in Jan 1903 died near Sprague at her sister’s home and her parents lived south of Wilson Creek. Her sister was sick as well. Burial was not stated in the obit. The 8 yr-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bauer died in July 1908 but that burial was reported in Ritzville. To date, 2005, this burial is not identified.)

Bauer, Pauline Cook, w/o W. F.  (d. 7-12-1986; b. 10-02-1903; OC; dc)  “Bauer, Pauline.  Died: 7-12-1986, Odessa, WA.  Mother; Maria Katherine Schafer.  Father: Henry Cook.  Spouse: William Frederick Bauer.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Pauline Cook Kiehn Bauer of Odessa, born Oct 2, 1903 to Henry and Maria Cook, passed away July 12, (1986) here. She was recently of Ritzville.  In 1930 she was wed to Carl Kiehn and the couple farmed for a time. Mr. Kiehn died in 1949. In 1960, she married William Bauer, who passed away June 18, 1986. Mrs. Bauer is survived by three daughters: Evelyn Kiehn and Viola Boyk of Odessa and Betty Haase of Moses Lake; by a brother, George Cook of Wenatchee; by four step-sons: Wesley Bauer of Seattle; Davis Bauer of Connell, Harland Bauer of Corvallis, Montana; and William Bauer of Eugene, OR; by 4 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 10 step-great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the United Congregational Church of Odessa, where funeral service was held Wednesday, July 16, the Rev Randall Griffith officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Chuck Boyk, Jarrel Anderson, Michael O’Konek, Ron Jirava, Freddie Bauer and Leland Ruegsegger.” (Odessa Record: 7-17-1986; edit: Wm Frederick Bauer was born March 22, 1896 and passed away June 18, 1986, with burial in Ritzville Memorial Cemetery.)

Beck, Albert A.,  h/o Ella N.  (d. 1989; b. 1915; TS; OC; obit) “Albert A. Beck.—Passed away July 9, 1989 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. Survived by his wife, Ella N. Beck, at the home; son, Jerald D Beck, Renton, WA; grandchildren, Cheri Beck Ejde, Puyallup, WA, Anne Marie Beck Morris, Lacey, WA; Douglas R Beck, Renton, WA; great-grandson, Derek J. Ejde, Puyallup, WA, numerous nieces and nephews. Founding member of Odessa VFW Post #7395. Funeral Service, Thursday, July 13, 1989 at 11 a.m. Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Pastor Daniel Cronrath, Pastor Edwin L. Huff, officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Albert Arthur Beck of Odessa, born Aug 11, 1915 to Henry and Lena Yanke Beck at Ruff, passed away Sunday morning, July 9. Educated in the Odessa schools, he was employed locally as a young adult by the Great Northern Railroad and by Standard Oil Co, and had farming interests in both the Hartline and Wilson Creek areas. During World War II he was employed by the Civil Defense Corps at Portland, OR, prior to his induction into the US Army on Sept 14, 1945. He was honorably discharged Apr 13, 1946 after earning marksmanship, Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and Victory medals. Mr. beck returned to Odessa following his discharge, where he became a founding member of the Odessa VFW Post 7395, managed the Odessa Club and was later employed by Odessa Union Coop. In Oct 1955 he was employed as warehouse supervising foreman for Odessa Trading Co, retaining that title until his retirement in 1981. He was baptized in infancy by the Pilgrim Congregational Church. He was married Aug 22, 1936 to Ella Heimbigner, who survives him at the family home.... Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his parents, by an infant daughter, Janet Lee; by his daughter-in-law Betse Reed Beck; by a grandson, Scott Bradley beck; by two brothers, Wm Beck and Edwin beck; and by two sisters, Lydia Beck Pfeifer and Alvina Beck Fix.... Pallbearers included Charles Shea, Jerry Wacker, Jerry Burghard, Bob Carr, Roy Zeiler, Jim Zimprich and Herb Burghard. Concluding service and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record-undated)

Beck, Dorothy,  w/o Wm G.  (d. 1996; b. 1916; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Dorothy Beck were held on Thursday, June 20, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Beck, who was 79 years old, died Sunday, June 16, 1996, in Odessa. She was a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center. She was born in Odessa, the daughter of Dave and Mary Heimbigner. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Beck, in 1980, her parents, and a sister, Helen Els. She is survived by a son, Warren Beck, of Odessa, a daughter, Jennifer Hensley, of Phoenix, AZ; two brothers, Leo Heimbigner of Portland, and LaMar Heimbigner, of Odessa; three sisters, Edna Jorgenson, Mildred Wilskie and Ella Beck, all of Odessa, and 6 granddaughters. The Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record-June 27, 1996)

Beck, Edwin A.,   (d. 6-30-1943; b. 3-22-1917; TS; OC; Strates; Cong)  “Edwin Beck. Died 30 June 1943. 26 yrs; stroke. (Congregational Church ledger) “Edwin Beck. Residence: Portland, OR. Birth: March 22, 1917 at Ruff, WA. Death: June 30, 1943 at Portland, Oregon. Age: 26 yrs. Single, white, male. Occupation: defense work. Father: Henry Beck born Russia; Mother: Lena Janke born Bismark, SD.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2:15 p.m.. Interment: Saturday, July 3, 1943. Rev Hausauer, officiating.” (Mortuary Ledger) “A telegram was received on Wednesday evening announcing the death of Edwin Beck, 26, at Portland, where he had returned on Monday, after spending some time at home following hospitalization. Taken seriously ill a few weeks ago, Mr. Beck had been released from the hospital and was apparently making satisfactory recovery, have written his mother that his doctor thought he could return to his defense work next week. Funeral arrangements are pending, waiting arrival of members of the family, but will likely be held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Sunday.  Survivors include his mother, Mrs. John Heimbigner, two brothers, William, Ephrata, and Albert, Portland; two sisters, Mrs. Harold Fix, Ritzville, and Mrs. A. I. Pfeifer, Wilson Creek.” (Odessa Record: 1 July 1943) “...Music was furnished by the church quartet... Pallbearers were Reinholt Braun, T. C. Anderson, Alvin Iltz, Weldon Mills, Karl Kiehn and David Haase.  Mr. Beck was born on a ranch near Ruff and moved with his mother and her family to Odessa while still a boy, following the death of his father. He made his permanent home here, while following varied occupations here and at the coast. Several months ago he went to Portland to engage in war work, after rejection by army doctors when he tried to enlist. About a month ago he was taken seriously ill and entered a hospital where he apparently was recovering, and after his release, returned to Odessa to recuperate. He had returned to Portland last Monday and had been pronounced as able to return to work.  Death came suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, after about 30 minutes of illness. Survivors ...” (Odessa Record: 8 July 1943)

Beck, Ella N.,  (d. 2001; b. 1920; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, for Ella N. Beck-Walter who passed away on May 2, 2001, in Odessa at the Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Bob Edwards officiated with vault interment at the Odessa Cemetery. She is survived by three grandchildren, Ann Morris, of Olympia; Cherie Eide, of Poulsbo; and Doug Beck of Bothel. Beck also had 8 great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, LaMar Heimbigner, of Odessa, and Leo Heimbigner, of Portland; two sisters, Edna Jorgenson and Mildred Wilskie, both of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Albert Beck in 1989 and Roy Walter in 2000; one son Gerald Beck in 1992; an infant daughter, Janet Beck and two sisters, Helen and Dorothy. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of funeral services.” (Odessa Record: May 10, 2001)

Beck, infant,  d/o Al & Ella  (d. 7-29-1939; b. 7-29-1939; OC; DC)  “Beck, stillborn female.  Died: 7-29-1939. Fowling of cord during delivery.  Physician, L. Bonney, MD. Father: Albert Beck born Ruff, WA. Mother: Ella Heimbigner. Informant: Albert Beck.” (Lincoln Co Health Death Certificate; These dates correspond with Suchland’s listing of Janet L Beck, born 1939, died 1939, with burial in A-08-29-A.)

Beck, Jerald D., h/o Mary E.  (d. 1992; b. 1937; TS; OC; obit) “Jerald D. Beck died Feb 2, 1992 in Renton, Wash. He was 54 years old. He was born in Odessa on March 3, 1937, the son of Albert and Ella Beck. After growing up in Odessa and graduating from Odessa High School in 1956, he went on to Wash. State College (now Univ.) graduating in 1960. He later received his master’s degree and teaching credentials. He taught at Oak Harbor, Wash., until 1963, when he moved to Renton, Wash., teaching mathematics at Renton High School. He was an active member and former president of the Renton Education Assn. Periodically, Mr. Beck tutored students. He was employed seasonally at Longacres Race Track as a teller for 20 years. In 1990 he retired after 30 years of teaching. In Nov 1959 he married his high school girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth ‘Betse’ Reed. They resided in Pullman before moving to Oak Harbor and Renton. In 1987, after 27 years of marriage, Betse passed away suddenly. He was also preceded in death by one son, Scott Bradley Beck, in 1962, and by his father, Albert Beck, in 1989. He is survived by his mother, Ella N Beck, of Odessa; two daughters, Cherie Ann Eide, of Poulsbo, WA, and Anne Marie Morris, of Olympia; one son, Douglas R Beck, of Renton, and 4 grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb 8, at Stokes Funeral Chapel in Renton, with Pastor E L Huff of Tacoma, officiating. On Wednesday, Feb 12, a memorial service was held in Odessa at the Odessa Cemetery Memorial Chapel and at the graveside, with Pastor Roland A Swanson officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery.” (scrapbook obit)

Beck, Loraine Schlimmer,  (d. 10-29-1934; b. 1-19-12; TS; OC; Strates; obit; Cong) “Loraine Beck.  Birth: 19 June 1912. Died: 29 Oct 1934. Age: 22 yrs 4 mos 10 days.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Mrs. Lorraine Beck, 22, young matron of the Wheeler region, died at a Spokane hospital on Monday afternoon, after two and one half years of illness, from heart trouble. Born near Wheeler, June 19, 1912, she made her home there until June 21, 1931, when she was married to Edwin Beck of Lind. She received her education in the Wheeler school and Neppel high school. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schlimmer, Wheeler. Funeral services will be held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Friday afternoon, at 1:30. The body will lie in state at the Strate Furniture store chapel from 10 o’clock till the funeral hour. Survivors include her husband, her parents, two brothers, Albert and Robert, and one sister, Hulda; four uncles, four aunts, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schlimmer Sr. and Mrs. Wilhelmina Schimke, all of the Odessa region. Rev J. C. Schwabenland, pastor of the Pilgrim church, will officiate at the funeral service, with burial to be made in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11-02-1934) “Loraine Beck. Residence: Wheeler, WA. Death: Oct 29, 1934, Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, WA. Birth: Jan 19, 1934 (sic); Born: Wheeler, WA; Age: 22 yrs 4 mos 10 days. Female, white, married. Father: Jacob Schlimmer, born Russia; Mother: Sophia Haase, born Russia. Cause of death: Acute detitation of heart. Dr C. Mororey. Leaves husband, Edwin; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schlimmer, Wheeler, WA; 2 brothers: Robert Schlimmer, Odessa, WA; Albert Schlimmer, Wheeler, WA; one sister, Miss Hulda Schlimmer, Wenatchee, WA.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Beck, Mary E. Reed, (Betse)  (d. 1987; b. 1939; TS; OC; obit)  “Mary Elizabeth (Betse) Beck, born Nov 24, 1939 in Potlatch, Idaho to Homer and Lucy Doris Reed, passed away March 17, (1987) at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, following a brief illness. A graduate of Odessa High School, Mrs. Beck attended Washington State University until her marriage in 1959 to Jerald D Beck. In 1963, the family moved to Renton, where she was employed as a bookkeeper. Preceded in death by her father, Homer Reed, and by an infant son, Scott Bradley Beck, Mrs. Beck is survived by her husband and by a son, Douglas R. Back, at the family home;  by two daughters, Cherie Anne Ajde of Renton and Anne Marie Morris of Federal Way; by her mother, Lucy Doris Reed of Tacoma; and by two sisters: Margaret Fitzkam of North East, PA; and Katherine Yokey of Athens, GA. Memorial services were held March 21 at Stokes Mortuary Chapel in Renton. Cremation followed, with interment in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1987) (edit: Lucy Doris Carmody Reed, mother of Mary Reed Beck, died March 27, 1987 following a long illness, with her memorial service being held in Tacoma.)

Beck, Scott B.,   (d. 7-11-62; b. 5-20-60; TS; OC; LL) “Scott Bradley Beck. Born: Pullman, WA, May 20, 1960. Died: July 11, 1962. Buried: Odessa, WA July 14, 1962. Services at Christ Church, Odessa, WA. Parents: Jerald and Mary Eliz. nee Reed.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Funeral services were held on Saturday from the Christ Lutheran church for Scott Bradley Beck, age 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald beck of Oak Harbor, wash.  The infant had died at the Mount Vernon hospital, where  he had been taken by ambulance after becoming ill at home. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiated with organ music played by Mrs. Leo Stout. Acting as pallbearers were Merle and Allen Janke, Jerry Wacker and Cecil Schell. Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerald beck; one sister, Cherie Anne Beck, aged two months; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Back and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Reed, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-19-1962)

Beck, William Gus,  h/o Dorothy  (d. 1980; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit)  “Final services for William (Bill) Gus Beck were held at the Christ Lutheran Church on Aug 12, 1980 at 1 p.m. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated at the services. Soloist Mrs. Gerald Schafer sang ‘Be Still My Soul’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ accompanied by Mrs. Leo Stout on the organ. The congregation joined in singing ‘How Great Thou Art.’ . Casket bearers were Lloyd Tebow, Ralph Heimbigner, Harry Wolsborn, Bill Wenz, David Birge and J. D. Hensley. William was born on July 22, 1911 at Ruff, WA, the son of Henry and Lena Beck. He was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant and confirmed in that faith on June 9, 1957. He received his formal education in the schools at Ruff.  On Dec 18, 1936, William was united in marriage with Dorothy Heimbigner. Two children were born to this marriage. He was a man of many talents. He was engaged in farming, as a mechanic, machinery salesman, city policeman, and apartment manager, before retiring to Soap Lake, WA. He was a sports enthusiast, and at one time managed a baseball team. William was stricken by a heart attack on Aug 9, 1980 and passed away very suddenly. He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Janice Beck; one brother, Edwin Beck; 2 sisters, Alvina Fix and Lydia Pfeifer.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Soap Lake; one son, Warren Beck of Odessa; one daughter, Jennifer Hensley of Spokane; 5 granddaughters, Alice, Joyce, and Leona Beck of Odessa, and Shanel and Shauna Hensley of Spokane; one brother, Al Beck of Odessa; numerous relatives and friends. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Aug 14, 1980 of Odessa Record)

Becker, Esther,  (d. 2001; b. 1913; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services will be held Friday, March 23, at Heritage church in Odessa for Esther Becker, formerly of Odessa. Mrs. Becker, who was 87 years old, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in Moses Lake. Her home was in Moses Lake. She was born Aug 20, 1913, the daughter of Conrad and Katie (Walter) Eckhardt. She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1932. She married Fred Becker in Cashmere on Nov 2, 1935. She was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Becker, in 1998, and a daughter, Janet Nash (edit: Becker-Nash), in 1995. She is survived by one daughter, Carol and husband Bud Maurer, of Moses Lake; three grandchildren, Danny and Dennis Maurer, and Rita Bergevin and 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ruth Clucky of Spokane, and Dorothy Finney of Yakima, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Friday will be at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 22, 2001)

Becker, Fred,  (d. 1998; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit)  “Fred Becker, a native of Ritzville, died on Friday, Sept 11, 1998, in Moses Lake. Mr. Becker, who grew up in the Ritzville area and attended rural schools in Adams County through the eighth grade, was a resident of Spokane. He retired from farming in 1979. He married Esther Eckhardt, of Odessa, on Nov 2, 1935, in Cashmere. They farmed in the Harrington area for many years, and retired in 1979, moving to Spokane. In 1996, they moved to Moses Lake when his health required extra care. He was a member of the Heritage Church of Odessa. Mr. Becker was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice, in 1995, and three sisters and one brother.  He is survived by his wife, Esther, at the home in Moses Lake; one daughter and her husband, Carol and Bud Maurer, of Moses Lake; three grandchildren, Danny and Dennis Maurer and Rita Bergevin; four great grandchildren; and one brother, Henry Becker, of Ritzville. Pastor Art Finney officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-17-1998)

Becker, Henry Clarence,  (d. 1920; b. 1892; TS; OC; LL; obit) “Henry Becker Laid to Rest. Relatives attended the funeral Sunday of Henry Becker, son of Henry H Becker of this place. The young man who passed to the Great Beyond was a man of sterling quality and he re-enlisted in the army the afternoon after the war was over. His father received a telegram some time ago that his boy was very sick at the army hospital in San Francisco, he took the first train but was notified that his son had died when he reached Portland. The body was shipped to this place and the funeral was held Sunday. W. D. Boyce was in charge and the American Legion also took a very active part. The soldiers and sailors, all in uniform, marched to the Stone Undertaking Parlors, and with the sailors marching along side of the hearse as body guards, and the soldiers with their firing squad followed the remains to the Lutheran Church where Rev Christensen conducted the funeral services. The funeral procession then slowly moved to the Odessa Cemetery where the remains were laid to their last resting place, after a short address and prayer by rev Evans and Rev H. P. Christensen. The firing squad fired three volleys of shot over the grave which ended the sad occasion.” (Odessa Record: 2-20-1920) “William Redman, Lidamil Totucek, Frank Totucek and Mr. and Mrs. Wegener went to Odessa Sunday to attend the funeral of Henry Becker.” (Odessa Record: 2-20-1920, Irby Column) “Henry Clarence Becker. Born 15 Dec 1892. Died 8 Feb 1920 in military hospital of influenza and buried in Odessa. Age: 27 yrs 1 mos 3 wks and 3 days.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Becker-Nash, Janice,  (d. 1995; b. 1938; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Janice K. Becker-Nash, of Spokane, a native of Odessa, were held Saturday, Sept 9, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. She died on Wednesday, Wept 6, 1995, in Spokane. She was 57 years old. She was born on May 9, 1938 in Odessa, the daughter of Fred and Esther (Eckhardt) Becker. She was a 1956 graduate of Harrington High School. In 1958 she moved to California and worked in a day care. She returned to Spokane in 1988 and continued to work in the same field at Southeast Daycare. She enjoyed arts and crafts, both making and selling them. Survivors are her parents, of Spokane; one sister, and her husband, Carol and Bud Maurer, of Harrington; one niece, two nephews and one step-great-nephew. The Rev Mike Cooper officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook item)

Becker, Katherine,  (d. 1952; b. 1870; TS; OC; LL) “Catherine Becker.  Born: July 23, 1870, at Frank, Russia. Died: Oct 8, 1952, at Spokane, WA. Buried: Oct 11, 1952, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: _____. Age 82 yrs 2 mos 14 days. Mourned by 3 sons: George, John, and Adam Walter; by 5 daughters: Mrs. Joe Walenta, Mrs. H. Lesser, Jr., Mrs. Joe Rutheruff, Mrs. Harry Clark, and Mrs. Robert Stewart; 31 grandchildren; __ great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers: Andrew, Jacob and Henry Lenhart. Text: Ps 62:7-8. (Signed) E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Becker, Minnie (Schell)0),  (d. 11-23-80; b. 6-23-1893; TS; OC) “Minnie Schell Becker.—Passed away Nov 23, 1980 in a Ritzville, WA hospital. Her home Odessa, WA.  Formerly of Ritzville, WA. Survived by two sons, Carl Schell, Ritzville, Harvey Schell, Marlin, WA; three daughters, Mrs. Ann Glese Kuest, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Julie Bennett, Tacoma, WA; Mrs. Gloria Sutton, Ft Wayne, IN; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two brothers, Bob Becker, Cashmere, WA; Johnny Becker, Cashmere, WA; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Kinney, Mrs. Ruthie Simpson, both of Cashmere, WA; Mrs. Gladys Morical, East Wenatchee, WA; preceded in death by a sister, Louise Schmitten, and one brother, Henry Becker. A member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Funeral services Wednesday, Nov 26, 1980 at 10 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Ritzville, WA.  Pastor Duane Ulleland officiating. Interment Odessa (WA) Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “Minnie Schell Becker died Nov 23 at Ritzville Memorial Hospital and her funeral will be held today, Wednesday, Nov 16, at 10 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church.  She was born June 23, 1893 in Freudenta Sud, Russia, (to Michael and Christina Oster). She is survived by two sons, Carl Schell, Ritzville, and Harvey Schell, Marlin, and three daughters, Mrs. Ann Geise Kuest, Odessa; Mrs. Julie Bennett, Tacoma, and Mrs. Gloria Sutton, Ft Wayne, Ind.  There are 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers, Bob Becker and Johnny Becker, both Cashmere, and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Kinney and Mrs. Ruthie Simpson, both Cashmere, and Mrs. Gladys Morical, East Wenatchee. The congregation will sing ‘Rock of Ages’ to the organ accompaniment of Mrs. Amanda Niederkleine. Casket bearers include Gary Schell, Bob Schell, Fred Eccles, Jerry Schell, Duane Giese and Floyd Kuch. Concluding services and interment will be at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Nov 27, 1980-scrapbook obit)

Beckner, Rose Zimbelman (Peterson),  (d. 1965; b. 1892; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held at the Odessa Baptist Church Friday, Nov 26 at 2 p.m. for Rose Zimbelman Beckner. Mrs. Beckner died Tuesday, Nov 23 at Spokane. Rose Zimbelman was born on Jan 4, 1893, at Johnanstahl, Russia. She came with her family to Sutton, NE, in 1901 and then to Loveland, CO. From there they moved to Odessa in September, 1902. In March of 1904 the family moved to their homestead northeast of Marlin where Rose attended school. On March 12, 1912 she was united in marriage to Charles Peterson of Marlin, who passed away on April 15, 1945.  She later married John Harold Beckner on Aug 20, 1949 at the First Baptist Church of Spokane. Mr. Beckner also preceded her in death on March 31, 1961.  She leaves to mourn her loss, a sister, Lydia Price of Los Angeles; two brothers, Phillip at the Soldier’s Home in Orting, and Gus, Odessa; a step-son, Edward Peterson of Marlin, and a grandson, Gordon; two step-children from the Beckner marriage, Virgil of Spokane and Mrs. Geanne Rosentrater of Oregon; 12 nieces and nephews. Organist for the service was Lynnae Roller. Mrs. Donna Schafer sang ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’. Burial was in the Odessa cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-1965)

Behrends, Harold H.,   (d. 1913; b. 1912; TS; OC; obit) “The infant child of Mrs. R. J. Behrends, which has been lingering between life and death for several months, passed away last evening. The child was about 8 months old, and has been sickly since birth. The funeral will be held from the ME church Sunday afternoon.” (Odessa Record: Jan 31, 1913) (edit: see Rudolph J. Behrends, father of Harold)

Behrends, Rudolph J.,  (d. 1912; b. 1875; TS; OC; DC; obit) “The community was grieved to learn last Friday evening of the death of Rudolph J Behrends, which occurred shortly before 9 o’clock, of Bright’s Disease, after a long illness. Deceased was 37 years of age, and leaves a wife and two small children to mourn their loss of husband and father. A brother arrived from Oregon Saturday evening to attend the funeral, which was held from the Methodist Church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev Reister officiating, assisted by Rev Williams, Rev Tonge and Rev Jaeger. The church was well filled with sympathizing friends, who turned out to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased, who was one of Odessa’s best known citizens, having been a resident of this place for the past ten years, during  most of which time he was employed as a clerk in Nuelsen’s store. Interment took place at the German Lutheran Cemetery west of town.” Odessa Record: Apr 19, 1912) (edit: 8-16-07 of Odessa Record: “H. J. Steinman and wife arrived Monday from Bard, NE, and are visiting at the home of R J Behrends. Mrs Steinman is a sister of Mr Behrends.” ) “Rudolph J. Behrends.  Male, white, married, clerk.  Birth: Oct 17, 1874, NE. Father: Albert J Behrends, b. Germany; Mother: Thelea Williams, b. Germany. Informant: Bonnie H. Behrends, Silverton, Oregon. Death: April 12, 1912, 8:15 p.m.  Cause of death: nephritis. Contributory: aortic stenosis. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, April 15, 1912. Undertaker: Stone.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Beier, Gottfried,  h/o Maria  (d. 1956; b. 1867; TS; OC; dc) “Gottfried Beier. Died: 12 Feb 1956, Spokane County, Riverside Sanitarium, Spokane, WA. Birth: 11 Aug 1867. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the United Congregational church for Gottfried Beier, 88, who died at Spokane this week. He had been in a nursing home there since 1948, when advancing age made it hard for him to care for himself. The Rev E. G. Klein officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were John Hopp Jr., Robert Brauer, Reinhold Roloff, Robert Hoefel, John Laib and Ed Kiesz. Mr. Beier was born Aug 11, 1867 and following his marriage in the old country, came to the United States at the age of 26. He lived for a year and one-half in South Dakota, then homesteaded in North Dakota, where he lived until he retired and came to Odessa in 1918. Mrs. Beier died in 1930, and he continued his home here until 1948. Survivors include two daughters, Helen Bishop, Spokane, and Lydia Jeske, Odessa; 8 granddaughters, and 16 great grandchildren. Two grandsons had preceded him in death.” (Odessa Record: 2-16-1956) 

Beier, Marie (Mauch),  (w/o G., d. 1930; b. 1870; TS; OC; Cong;) “Maria Mauch Beier. Birth: 16 Nov 1870. Died: 18 Nov 1930; age 60 yrs 2 days; cancer. Gatten, schwester, kinder.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Delabarre) “Marie Beier died 18 Nov 1930 in Spokane. She was a resident of Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Gottfried Beier, husband of deceased petitioned the court to be appointed administrator of the estate. He resided in Lincoln County. Marie held community interest in property and household items. Hennessey & Calloway, undertakers, presented a bill for $100. Joe Walenta of Odessa was listed as a creditor. Dr G A Rohrer submitted a bill for $250 for an operation and treatment of cancer.” (notes from Lincoln Co Probate file #3190)

Bemis, Jenny,    (d. 1-30-30; b. 3-16-05; TS; OC; DC; Suchland’s A-06-56) “Jennie Jean Bemis. Female, white, married, wife of Earl Bemis. Birth: March 31, 1905, Kaycee, WY; age 25 yrs 9 mos 25 days. Housewife. Father: Frank Weber, born KS; Mother: Nettie Ballinger, born IL.  Informant: Rev Glasspool, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 10, 1930, 5 a.m., Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Toxemia and collapse of lung and emphysemia of 12 days’ duration; Contributory: T B pneumonia of 20 days’ duration. Physician: Thompson of Odessa; Burial: not shown; Undertaker: H H Strate, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Board of Health-Certificate of Death; Suchland lists this burial in A-06-56.)

Bentley, Chas F.,  (h/o Lephe)  (d. 11-26-15; b. 11-28-1842; TS; OC; DC) “Chas F. Bentley.  Place of Death: Lincoln County, Town of Odessa.  Male, white, married.  Birth: 11-28-1842, NY.  Age: 72 yrs 11 mos 28 days. Father: Ambrose Bentley, born NY. Mother: Harriett Taylor, born NY.  Occupation: Farmer. Informant: (not signed). Death: 11-26-1915. Cause: Accidental Fall From Ladder. Attended the deceased from Spring of 1914 to 11-26-1915. H Mitchell, MD of Odessa. Burial: Odessa, Wash. Date of Burial: Nov 28, 1915. Undertaker: G. B. Stone, Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified.)

"The entire community received a severe shock last Friday when it was learned that Chas F Bentley had suddenly died at his warehouse at Irby, Wash. Mr. Bentley was one of the oldest settlers of the southwest Odessa country, having looked over the country with W. L. Kellum and filed on his homestead in the spring of 1898. He was a typical western man, broad-minded, whitesouled, freehearted and with a sense of hospitality that knew no bounds. Though he came here in somewhat limited circumstances, and passed the period of life when a man is suppose to be at his best, by his energy and ambition he acquired one of the best ranches in the Odessa country and had two and a half sections under cultivation for several years before his death, besides owning an elevator at Irby. As a neighbor he had few equals and no superiors and his help and advice lightened the burden of many a sorely pressed homesteader in the early days. He had been ailing for several months, but his condition was not considered critical and he went about his regular routine of work though he missed the strength which had stood by him so long and well. On the morning of his death he had an attack of heart trouble at the Noerenberg store at Irby and was urged not to attempt work for the day. He refused, however, and went to the elevator where he was attending to some seed wheat and climbed a ladder from which he fell to the floor and death was instantaneous. Whether it came before the fall or not will never be known, but it is the general opinion that it was the call of the grim reaper that caused him to lose his hold on the ladder. Charles Franklin Bentley was born at Plymouth, Chenango County, NY, Nov 28, 1842. Had he lived two more days he would have rounded out his seventy third milestone. March 15, 1870, he was united in marriage with Lepha Riddell when he emigrated to Iowa where he lived 15 years and then followed the call of the west and moved to Schuyler, Nebraska, where they resided until May 19, 1898, when they came to the Odessa country, then in its infancy. Seven children blest the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bentley, three of whom died in infancy, the other four reside in Washington, Mrs. S. S. Barney and Marion Bentley at Greenacres, and Mrs. W. L. Michaelsen and Palmer Bentley at Odessa. Besides these children he leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Mrs. Lepha Bentley, her mother, Grandma Riddell, and a brother and sister, Albert Bentley and Mrs. Nettie Hebbard, both of Chicago, IL. He was a member of the Baptist church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Odessa English Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock after which the remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 12-03-1915)


Bentley, Lephe,, (w/o Chas)  (d. 10-02-29; b. 2-07-1846; TS; OC; Suchland’s listing shows this burial in B-06-05. A discrepancy was found between various readings of the TS, showing here the 1974 years for birth and death. In the 2002 reading the birth year was shown as 1848 and the death year as 1928. No attempt was made to re-check the stone nor to find the obituary.) Bentley, Lephe (w/o Chas) (d. 10-02-29; b. 2-07-1846; TS; OC; obit) "Mrs. Lephe Ann Bentley, one of the earliest pioneers of the southwest Odessa country, died early Tuesday morning at the home of her son, M P Bentley at Otis Orchards, at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 25 days. Mrs. Bentley’s death came not unexpected to her relatives and wide circle of friends here. She had been in poor health for over two years during which time, while gradually failing physically, her mental powers never declined and her mind was as keen and active as ever until the end came. Her chief interest and highest ambition were centered in her home and family circle. Mrs. Bentley was a remarkable woman pioneer, one of the kind who took pleasure in performing neighborly offices. She was a high type Christian who was so public spirited that she gave much time to church, educational and civic work. She had no fear of death and months ago realizing that death was not far off, she made all plans for her funeral arrangements, selecting her burial gown and the hymns to be sung at same. Her faith was so great that she freely discussed these matters as though they were every day occurrences. Lephe Ann Bentley was the eldest daughter of Samuel T and Lucy Ann Riddell. She was born at Troy, WI, on Feb 7, 1846. The days of her early childhood were spent in New York, and after completing her education at Norwich, that state, she taught school for several years. She was married to Charles F Bentley at Norwich, March 15, 1870. To this union seven children were born, four of whom survive, three having died in infancy. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bentley moved to Malvern, Iowa, where they resided until 1884, when they moved to Schuyler, Nebraska, where they lived on a farm until 1898 when they came to Washington and located in the Big Bend wheat belt southwest of Odessa, where they farmed extensively for many years. Mr. Bentley passed away Nov 26, 1915. For the past two years she has made her home with her youngest son, Palmer, at Otis Orchards. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Michaelsen, Odessa; Mrs. S. S. Barney, Metaline Falls; and two sons, Palmer, Otis Orchards, and Marion who resides at Rockford, Wash,; a sister Mrs. Emma Barnes, Randolph, NE, and a niece, Mrs. T. P. Ryan, of Omaha, who visited her the last time in June; 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. After a short house service at Otis Orchards, her remains were brought to Odessa where her funeral will be held today, Friday, Oct 5, at the English Congregational Church, with the pastor, the Rev George E. Glasspool officiating, after which they will be laid to rest beside those of her husband in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook item)

Benton/r, Lewis I.,  (d. 1955; b. 1888; TS; OC; Cong) “”Lewis Ivan Benton. Age 67 yrs; Dated: June 15, 1955” (English Congregational Church Ledger-typed, not original script)

Berreth surname: Suchland shows two Berreth graves, Robert and C. W., neither with dates in A-10-06 and A-10-06A. No research was done to find these deaths and burials.

Berreth, Mary B., (baby) (d. Oct 47); 4 hr infant;  “open grave” ns-Strates) “Baby Mary Beatha Berreth. Infant. Female, white; Birth: 10-16-1947, Ritzville, WA; Age: 5 hours; Father: John H. Berreth, born Scotland, SD; Mother: Alma B. Finck, born Elgin, ND; Informant: John H. Berreth, Gd, of Odessa, WA. Death: 10-16-1947, at 11:46 p.m. at Ritzville General Hospital, Ritzville, Adams Co, WA. Cause: (not legible on photocopy); Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 10-18-1947, Glen Strate Funeral Director, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Dept of Health: Cert. of Death)

Berreth, Robert,  (d. 1946; b. 1946; OC; Cong) “Robert L. Berreth. Birth: 20 Aug 1946. Died: 20 Aug 1946. Burial: Odessa.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger)   “Robert Lee Bereth; Male, white, single; Birth: Aug 20, 1946, Odessa, WA; Age: 1 hr 15 min.; Father: John Berreth born Scotland, SD; Mother: Alma Finck, born Elgin, ND; Informant: J. H. Berreth, Odessa, WA. Death: Aug 20, 1946, 6:30 p.m. Cause: Prematurity Abruptio Placenta due to Asphyxia. Place of death: Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. by J. H. Berreth, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Dept Health: Cert. of Death)

Bertrand, Edith C. Low Finney,  (d. 11-06-1983; b. 12-25-1896; TS; OC; obit) “Edith Finney Bertrand of Yakima passed away in Yakima on Nov 6, 1983, at the age of 86 years. She had lived in a Yakima nursing home for the past four years. For a time in her earlier life, Edith, the daughter of Chris and Mary Durland Low, lived in the Odessa area. Preceding her in death were her two children, Lloyd G Finney and Lepha Griffin. Survivors include four grandchildren, Larry Finney, Odessa; Mike Finney, Yakima; and Ray and Charlene Griffin, Portland. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren. Memorial services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov 9, 1983, at 1 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 10 Nov 1983)

Bertsch, Magdalina (Schatz) Zimbelman,  (d. 1-30-38; b. 9-12-1862; in from SD; OC; Strates) “Body shipped from Eureka, South Dakota. Magdalena Bertsch. Death: Jan 30, 1938, Greenway, SD. Informant: Adam Bertsch, Greenway, SD. Birth: 9-12-1862, Russia.  Age: 75 yrs 9 mos 12 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Leaves husband: Adam Bertsch. Father: Velentine Schatz, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Herring/Herning, born Russia. Cause of death: senility. Dr E. E. Stelphine. Leaves: husband, Adam Bertsch. Funeral: Baptist Church in Odessa, Feb 6, 1938, 1:30 p.m., Rev Roth. Bearers: Al Wagner, Ed Koth, Ed Wagner, John Goetz, Jake Schorzman, George Schiewe. Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) (Edit: First husband: Philip Zimbelman, TS (1862-1938)  is Zimbelman; Second husband: Adam Bertsch) “Mrs. Adam Bertch, Greenway, SD, formerly Mrs. Phillip Zimbelman, will be brought to Odessa for burial following her death there this week. Born in Russia, she was united in marriage with Phillip Zimbelman and in the year 1900 came to the United States with her husband and family, locating at Sutton, NE, and going the following year to Loveland, CO.  In 1902 the family came to Odessa, claiming land 18 miles northwest of here in 1904. After ranching until 1915, they moved to Odessa. Mr. Zimbelman died in 1924. After four years a widow, she married Mr. Bertch in 1928 and went to South Dakota to make her home.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Rose Peterson, Marlin, and Mrs. Lydia Price, Hollywood, CA; three sons, Phillip, Henry, and Gus, all of the Marlin area; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.”  (Odessa Record: 2-03-1938)  “Funeral services were held on Sunday for Mrs. Adam Bertch, Greenway, SD, whose body was brought here on Friday night for interment in the Odessa Cemetery. Services were held in the Odessa Baptist Church, with the rev J. G. Rott officiating, starting at 1:30. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge of burial.  Pallbearers included Ed Koth, J. R. Goetz, Ed Wagner, Jacob Schorzman, George Schiewe and Al Wagner.  Born in Russia, Mrs. Bertch and her first husband, the former Phillip Zimbelman, were among those who came to America around the turn of the century, setting first at Sutton, NE, and going during the following year to Loveland, CO. In the year 1902 the family came to Odessa, settling two years later on a homestead northwest of town. After 11 years of ranching they retired and moved to Odessa, where Mr. Zimbelman was called by death in 1924. Four years later she was again married, to Adam Bertch, going with him to make her home in the Dakotas, where death came, as the result of old age. Survivors include her widower, Mr. Bertch...” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1938)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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