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.


Bicknell, Mrs. Richard, (added) d. 2-08-1908 “Mrs. Richard Bicknell died last Friday evening of pneumonia, following a short illness, and a husband and three small children are left to mourn their loss. The family came here about a year ago from Seattle and Mr. Bicknell has been employed for the past several months as bartender in C O Ulrich’s saloon. For the present the children are being cared for by Mrs. Frank Hanus, until the father can make plans for their future. The deceased was 26 years old, and her untimely death cast a gloom over the homes of her neighbors and acquaintances. The funeral was held Sunday from the Methodist church, the pastor, Rev Redfern officiating, and interment was at the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1908) “Ada Nall Bicknell. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: June 20, 1882, San Antonia, Texas. Age: 25 yrs 7 mos 18 days. Father: Geo Null/Nall born unknown. Mother: Lucy unknown, born unknown. Informant: Richard Bicknell, husband, Address: Odessa. Registrar: Lee Ganson. Death: Feb 7, 1908, 3 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: pneumonia of 7 days duration. Contributory: La Grippe. Lee Ganson, MD, of Odessa. Burial: Odessa, Undertaker: H E Stone, of Odessa.” (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death) No listing was found in Suchland for the surname Bicknell.

Bigham, Marion Lester,  (d. 10-07-07; b. 4-02-07; s/o Millard; TS; OC) “The seven months’ old child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Bigham died last Monday morning of cholera infantum, after a short illness. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. Rev Southall officiating, following which the remains were interred in the German Lutheran Cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.” (Odessa Record: 11 Oct 1907, page 5) “Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Bigham came up from Wenatchee Tuesday to attend the funeral of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Bigham.” (Odessa Record: 11 Oct 1907, page 5)

Birge, David K.,  (added) d. 3-22-2004 obit “David K. Birge, 94, a resident of Odessa since 1924, died Monday, March 22, 2004.  He was born in Davenport March 29, 1909, to George Kellogg and Minnie (Bonneywell) Birge. Dave’s father came west in 1882 in a two-wheeled wagon from his birthplace, Geneseo, NY, having American lineage on his father’s side to Richard Birge, who arrived in Dorchester, Mass., in 1630, sailing from England 10 years after the Mayflower. On his mother’s side, lineage is traced to Cotton Mather and Increase Mather, both American clergymen and writers, and Richard Mather, president of Harvard University in 1865. Dave’s mother emigrated with her parents from England and homesteaded in the Odessa-Harrington area in the 1890s. Dave attended grade school in a one-room school at Cedonia and high school at both Hunters and Odessa. He joined his father and brothers in the family business, Birge’s Garage and Machine Shop, established in Odessa in 1924, where he eventually took over ownership and operated the business for more than 50 years. During that time, Birge’s Garage was a dealership for John Deere and Caterpillar tractors and later Willys Jeeps. It was also the Shell service station, an auto parts store, the local wrecker business and auto salvage yard. Following Dave’s official retirement in 1974, he drove the Grant County Senior Van for 10 years. The Washington State Dept of Transportation honored Dave as Driver of the Year in 1987. Dave attended machinist’s school and night school in Seattle in 1930. Over the years, he also attended numerous mechanical repair training schools. He was a 72-year member of the Masonic Lodge, holding most chairs, and was post Grand Master several times. Surviving Mr. Birge are his daughter Alyce Birge Warren and husband Bill, of Lewiston, Idaho; son J. D. Birge, of Odessa; 5 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Birge was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia (Kiesz) Birge, in 1993; one daughter, Frances L. Birge; one grandson; his parents; 4 brothers; and 2 sisters. The funeral service for Mr. Birge will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 27, at Heritage Church in Odessa. Interment will be at Odessa Cemetery.” scrapbook item-3-25-2004)

Birge, Frances,  "Frances Birge died in Portland July 4, 1993 with the funeral in Portland and a memorial service in Odessa. She was born Aug 5, 1939 to David and Lydia Birge in Odessa. She is survived by her father; one sister, Alyce Warren; a brother, J. D. Birge. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-15-1993)

Birge, Lydia Kiesz,  (added) d. 2-19-1993 “In Memory of Lydia Keisz Birge. Born Dec 18, 1908 in Java, South Dakota. Passed away Feb 16, 1993 in Odessa, WA. Funeral Services. Friday, Feb 19, 1993 at 1 p.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Pastor Jim Dowdy, Officiating. Soloist: Cindy Luiten. Organist: Delores Cook. Special Music Tribute by Arthur Rosenau. Concluding Services and vault Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Casket bearers: Jarrett Warren, Stephen Shoemaker, Dave Birge, Dean Witt, Michael Birge, Noel Broenneke, and Ivan Hemmerling. Services Directed by Strate Funeral Home.” (Funeral Program) “She is survived by her husband, Dave Birge, at the home. Two daughters, Alyce Warren, Moscow, ID, Fran Birge, Portland, OR, one son, John (JD) Birge, Pittsburgh, PA. 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. One sister, Martha Kiesz, Colville, WA. Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one grandson, and three brothers and two sisters. She was a charter member of the Odessa OES, and member of Heritage UCC...” (scrapbook obit excerpt) “Funeral services for Lydia Kiesz Birge were held on Friday at the Heritage United Church of Christ Sanctuary in Odessa. Mrs. Birge, a long-time Odessa resident, died on Tuesday, Feb 16, 1993, following a lengthy illness. She was born on Dec 18, 1908 in Java, SD, the daughter of John and Fredricka Kiesz. She spent her childhood in McClusky, ND, where she attended school. She moved to Ritzville in 1933. She married David K. Birge on Aug 4, 1935, and had been a resident of Odessa since then.  She was a charter member of the Odessa OES, and a member of the Heritage UCC.  She was preceded in death by one grandson, three brothers and two sisters.  She is survived by her husband, David Birge, at the home; two daughters, Alyce Warren of Moscow, and Fran Birge, of Portland; one son, John (JD) Birge, of Pittsburgh; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; one sister, Martha Kiesz, of Colville, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Jim Dowdy officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Jarrett Warren, Stephen Shoemaker, David Birge, Michael Birge, Noel Broenneke, Dean Witt, and Ivan Hemmerling. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1993)

Birge, Minnie, (added; d. Jan 8, 1959 Eng Cong. age 84; burial not confirmed)

Bischoff, Cathy Ann,  (d. 1954; b. 1954; TS; OC; Suchland shows this burial in E-01-27)

Bischoff, Edwin, h/o Lydia  (d. 1999; b. 1915; TS; OC; obit) “Edwin Bischoff passed away Jan 6 in Spokane. He was 83. The son of Matthias and Ana Maria (Nitschke) Bischoff, Edwin was born July 9, 1915, in Ruff, WA.  He married Lydia Eckhardt on Sept 2, 1939, in Odessa, and they made their home as farmers in the Odessa area for several years. He was also a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. Edwin is survived by two sons, Don Bischoff of Spokane, and Stan and Linda Bischoff of Palouse; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Emma Schafer of Davenport and June Chartrand of Seattle, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia, in 1997, and son Wayne Bischoff in 1990; and an infant daughter, Cathy Bischoff in 1954. Graveside service was held Jan 9 at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Arthur Finney officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Dav. Times-Jan 14, 1999)

Bischoff, Francis Robt,   (d. 4-03-44; b. 4-02-1944; s/o Matt; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Cemetery committal services were held here at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon for Francis Robert Bischoff, aged 9 hours, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bischoff Jr. of Spokane. The Rev J. P. Flemmer officiated, with burial under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Survivors include the parents, two brothers, Arley and Kenneth, and a sister, Jacqueline. Mr. Bischoff accompanied the body here. The mother is at Deaconess hospital in Spokane. Other survivors include grandparents, Mr .and Mrs. Matt Bischoff, Sr., of Lamona, and a grandfather, Robert Buddrius of Marlin, and many aunts and uncles.” (Odessa Record: 4-06-1944) 

Bischoff, Lydia, w/o Edwin  (d. 1997; b. 1920; TS; OC) “Graveside service for Harrington’s Lydia Bischoff will be held today, Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Bischoff died Oct 12, 1997 in Spokane.  She was a 1938 Odessa High School graduate and a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa. Survivors include her husband, Edwin Bischoff at the home; two sons, Donald Bischoff of Spokane, and Stan and his wife Linda Bischoff of Palouse, WA; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters, Esther Becker of Moses Lake, Ruth Clukey of Spokane, and Dorothy Finney of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Bischoff was preceded in death by her son Wayne Bischoff in 1996 and infant daughter Cathy Bischoff in 1954. Strate Funeral Home in Odessa is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 10-16-1997)

Bischoff, Wayne E.,   (d. 11-24-1990; b. 6-08-47; TS; OC; Obit) “Wayne E Bischoff (age 43).—Passed away Nov 24, 1990 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. Survived by his wife, Priscilla Bischoff, at the home; one daughter, Leslie Hughes, Moscow, ID; one son, Matthew Bischoff, Odessa; two brothers, Don Bischoff, Spokane, WA and Stan Bischoff, Palouse, WA; his parents, Edwin and Lydia Bischoff, Harrington, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. A 1965 Harrington High School graduate. A member of the Heritage UCC and the Wash. Wheat Growers Assn. Funeral Services Wednesday, Nov 28, 1990 at 11 a.m. at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Wayne E Bischoff of Odessa, born in Spokane June 8, 1947 to Edwin and Lydia (Eckhardt) Bischoff, passed away here Saturday, Nov 24. He was raised in the Harrington area where he graduated from high school in 1965, and in Odessa. He was married to Priscilla Schultz in Dec 1971 here, where he was a member of Heritage UCC, the Washington Wheat Growers Assn, and Odessa Grange 931.  Mr. Bischoff is survived by his wife, at the family home; by a daughter, Leslie Hughes of Moscow, ID; by a son, Matthew Bischoff, of Odessa; by two brothers: Don Bischoff of Spokane and Stan Bischoff of Palouse; by his parents, Edwin and Lydia Bischoff of Harrington; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov 28 at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 29, 1990)

Black, Lucile, (d/o Lew & A.)  (d. 12-13-16; b. 11-27-16; DC (Suchland’s listing as A5-42) “Lucile Black.  Death: County of Lincoln, Town of Odessa, Reg. Dist. #6. Female, White, single. Birth: 11-27-1916, age 16 days. Birthplace: Odessa, WA. Father: Lewis L. Black, born IL; Mother; Anna Peterson, born Sweden.  Informant: Louis L. Black. Death: 12-13-1916, 6:30 p.m. Cause: General debility and indigestion. Contributory: Premature birth. H. Mitchell, MD, of Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death; burial not shown) “The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Black died Wednesday night of general debility. The little one had not been strong and from the time of its birth, gradually failed until death claimed it.” (Odessa Record: 12-14-1916) 

Blue, John B.,  (added) d. March 1933 obit “John B. Blue, for many years a resident of Lamona, and during the past few months a resident of Odessa, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. L.. Brooks on Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held from the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, with the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Born in Washington, DC, March 29, 1877, Mr. Blue has made his home in many parts of the United States. He moved to the State of Washington about 30 years ago and has remained here since. For many years he was the operator at the Lamona station of the Great Northern Railway, one of the oldest men in point of service that the railroad employed. Details of his life are limited as he made few confidences. He was a great lover of music and had sang for 11 years in the choir at the Trinity Church in New York City. During the past year his health failed rapidly and he made a valiant effort to regain his strength at various sanitariums, returning to Odessa a few months ago on his final trip. Burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-17-1933) “Funeral services for J. B. Blue, veteran railroad man of Lamona, were held from the English Congregational church in Odessa on Monday afternoon, with the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Bearers were selected from friends with whom Mr. Blue had lived at Lamona during his years there, and included Jerry Luiten, George Luiten, Jacob Luiten, J R Wilson, Jim Carstens and J P Monk. Music was furnished by the choir from the Odessa church.  J. B. Blue was born in Washington, DC, in 1877, while his father was serving in congress from New York state. During the extent of his lifetime he made his residence in the states of Michigan, California, Utah and Idaho, where he worked as a train dispatcher for the Southern Pacific railway company. During the later years of his life he served as depot agent for the Great Northern Railway at the Lamona station. Many friends from both Odessa and Lamona were present at the funeral services. Interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. No survivors are known.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1933) This burial is not shown in Suchland’s listing.

Bohnet, Bertha F.,   (d. 12-03-40; b. 1907; TS; OC; Strates)  “Mrs. Bertha Bohnet. Ordered by Fred Bohnet. Funeral: 12-07-1940 at 1 p.m.  Death: 12-03-1940 at 4 a.m. in Spokane. Place of Funeral: Hartline. Time and Date of Burial: 12-07-1940 at Odessa, WA. Age 33 yrs, married. Complete Funeral.” Mortuary Ledger-Page #38, incomplete form)

Bohnet, Fred Jr.,  (added) d. 8-14-1985 obit  “Fred Bohnet Jr. of Ephrata, born Nov 4, 1901 at Odessa, passed away Aug 14, (1985) at Crestview Convalescent Center in Moses Lake. He was a retired farmer. He married Bertha Schuh in 1926 and the couple farmed south of Marlin until 1932, then moved to Hartline where they farmed for 10 years. In 1942, he bought a farm north of Wilson Creek and farmed there until his retirement in 1969 when he sold the farm to his son, Harvey, and moved to Ephrata. In 1948, Mr. Bohnet married Mary Morris. He was named Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1967, served as president of Port District 6, was secretary and director of the Wilson Creek Grange Supply six years, was a Grange master five years and secretary for many years.  He was an ASCS committeeman, helped build Wilson Creek Grange fair booths, and worked as a carpenter during the remodeling of The First Presbyterian Church in Wilson Creek. At the time of his death, Mr Bohnet was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ephrata.  He married Blanche Hyde in 1982; in addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harold of Soap Lake and Harvey of Wilson Creek; by a daughter, Doris Jasman of Marlin; by an adopted daughter, Marilyn Nelson of Marysville; by 3 step-children, Darlene Parker of Las Vegas, NV; Glen Openshaw of Port Hueneme, CA; and Carl Openshaw of Mesa, AZ; by 6 sisters: Julia Witt of Odessa, Rebecca Philbrick and Hannana Trupp of Monroe; Sophie Schillen of Seattle, and Esther McKingley and Martha Majors of Wenatchee; by a brother, Albert Bohnet of Ephrata; and by 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, by two sisters, by a brother, by a daughter and by two wives. Funeral service was held Aug 19 at Ephrata’s First Presbyterian Church, the Rev Brian Reed officiating. Concluding services and interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Pall bearers were Jeffrey Bohnet, Rodney Bohnet, Rodd Bohnet, Dan Bohnet, Ken Bohnet, Jerry Jasman, and Paul Walker.” (Odessa Record: 9-05-1985) 

Bohnet, Fred Sr.,  (h/o Rosina)  (d. 12-18-40; b. 4-05-1867; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Fred Bohnet Sr.  Born April 5, 1867 in Russia. Baptized  in his infancy and confirmed in his youth. In 1891 he married Miss Rosina Jeske. In 1899 he came to Canada and in 1901 to the USA. Member of the Lutheran Church all his life. 3 Sons and 7 daughters; 29 grandchildren.  Age: 73 years 8 months 13 days. Was buried Sunday, Dec 22, from Christ Lutheran Church, in Odessa Cemetery. (Signed) G. F. Busch. Ev. Luth. P.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Fred Bohnet, Sr. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 12-18-1940, Sacred Heart Hospital. Informant: Mike Winter, of Odessa. Body taken from Smith & Co, Spokane. Birth: Apr 5, 1867, Russia. Aged: 73 yrs 8 mos 13 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. One month and 4 days in Spokane. In US: 38 yrs. Father: Jacob Bohnet, born Russia; Mother: Kathrine Gantner, born Russia. Leaves wife: Rosina; 2 sons: Theodore Bohnet, Odessa; Albert Bohnet, Wilson Creek, WA, Fred Bohnet, Jr., of Hartline, WA; 7 daughters: Mrs. Mike Winters, Odessa; Mrs. Floyd Philbrick, Grotto, WA; Mrs. Robert Mayors, Oakland, CA; Mrs. Emanuel Witt, Odessa; Mrs. Harry Schillen, Seattle; Mrs. Henry Trupp, Camas, WA; and Mrs. Alton McKinley, Wenatchee, WA.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Schuh, Harrington, attended the funeral services of Fred Bohnet Sr., at Odessa Sunday of last week.” (Citizen: 1-03-1941)

Bohnet, Rosina,  (w/o Fred)  (d. 1955; b. 1868; TS; OC; LL) “Rosina Bohnet.  Born: Jan 21, 1868, at Albota, Russia (Bessarabia). Died: June 19, 1955, at Odessa, WA. Buried: June 23, 1955, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Stroke. Age: 87 yrs 4 mos 29 days. Mourned by 3 sons: Theodore, Fred and Albert; 6 daughters: Mrs. F. Philbrick, Mrs. R. Majors, Mrs. E. M. Witt, Mrs. H. Schillen, Mrs. H. Trupp, Mrs. A. McKinley; 25 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren. Text: Ps. 27:1; Luke 2:29-30. (Signed) E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger) 

Bohnet, Theodore,  (d. 1974; b. 1899; TS; OC; obit)  “Theodore (Ted) Bohnet, a resident of Hillcrest Manor in Ritzville for the past six years, passed away on Monday, June 24, (1974), at the Odessa Memorial Hospital.  He was born at Josephburg, Alberta, Canada, Aug 5, 1899. He moved with his parents, the late Mr. and Mr. Fred Bohnet, Sr., to a homestead near Ruff in 1901, where they lived until 1936, retiring to a home in Odessa. Ted made his home in Odessa until he became a resident of the nursing home in Ritzville six years ago. He suffered a stroke on June 20, 1974 and died at the hospital on June 24, 1974. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Zelemia Winter and Mrs Theresa Philbrick.  He is survived by two brothers, Albert and Fred of Ephrata, and by six sisters, Rebecca Philbrick of Monroe, WA; Martha Majors of Bridgeport, WA; Julianna Witt of Odessa; Hanna Trupp of Chehalis; Sophia Schillen of Seattle; and Esther McKinley of Wenatchee. Services were conducted at Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa at 11 a.m. on June 27, 1974, with Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Mrs. Leo Stout was organist and Mrs. Gerald Schafer, soloist.  Casket bearers were Dean Witt, Albert Winter, Arthur Winter, John Greenwalt, Edwin Jasman, and Walter Winter.  Concluding services and vault interment were in Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1974)

Bok, Anton A.,  (h/o Louiza;  d. 1939; b. 1855; TS; OC; Suchland shows this burial in C-04-20) 

Bok, Louiza,  (w/o A. A.)  (d. 12-20-22; b. 3-08-60; TS; OC; DC) “Mrs. A. A. Bok. Female, white, married. Birth: March 8, 1860, Rutnia Hord, Bohemia. Father: don’t know, born Bohemia; Mother: don’t know, born Bohemia. Informant: A. A. Bok. Death: 12-20-1922, County of Lincoln, Town of Odessa, Dist #6. Cause of death: Pneumonia and Toxemia. Contributory: carcinoma of uterus. L M Thompson, MD of Odessa, WA. Burial: Catholic Cemetery on 12-23-1922; no attendant.” (WA State Register of Death) “The death of Mrs. A. A. Bok, wife of one of the pioneer farmers of the Odessa country, Wednesday, came as a shock to the friends of the family. Mrs. Bok had been sick since last April and a little over three months ago underwent an operation which kept her in the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane for seven weeks, but she failed to gain strength after her return home. Diabetes was the cause of her death. Mrs. Bok was a native of Bohemia. She was born at Kutna Hore, march 8th, 1860. She came to Odessa in 1903, and in 1904 was married to Mr. Bok. She leaves besides her husband, a son, Louis Bok, and numerous friends to mourn her death. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at the Catholic Church, the rev Anthony J. Dosch officiating after which her remains will be laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-22-1922)

Borgens, Edward,   (h/o Helen)  (d. 5-15-83; b. 7-19-08; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 19, 1983 from the UCC in Odessa for Edward Borgens, who passed away at a Tacoma hospital on Sunday, May 15, 1983, after becoming ill while attending a bowling tournament in that city. Rev Randy E Middleton officiated at the service. Edward Borgens was born July 19, 1908 at Irby, WA, the son of Carl and Katherine Libsack Borgens. He was baptized in the Christian faith by Rev Gotfried Graedel at Irby, WA. He later became a member of the St Matthews Church, which later became the United Congregational Church. On June 8, 1930 he was married to Helen Irene Hopp. To this union two children, Corrine June and Leota Joy, were born. The couple farmed south of Odessa later moving north of Davenport and then to Rathdrum, Idaho and finally to the Rocklyn, WA area, where they remained until they retired and moved to Odessa in Sept of 1973. Ed was a member of the UCC, Odessa Town Council, Bowling League, Associate member of VFW Post #7395, Odessa Senior Citizens and Board of Directors for the Odessa TV Club. He was a loved and respected member of all of the organizations of which he was a member. He will truly be missed by those he worked with.  Survivors include his wife, Helen at the Lincoln Nursing Home at Davenport; two daughters, Corrine and Donald Schuh, and Leota and Earl Allen, both of Odessa; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Tom and Kathy Schuh and Jamie, Odessa; Bruce and Susan Schuh, Jeffrey and Janesa, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Craig Schuh, Spokane; Dixie and Jeff Filion, Odessa and Julie, Connie and Debbie Allen, all of Odessa; one sister, Leona Gates, Tacoma, and one brother, Dan Borgens, Ritzville.  Preceding Ed in death were his parents; one brother, Carl Borgens; two sisters, Pearl Kammerzell and Lydia Heizelmann; one granddaughter and one great grandson.  Sacred selections of ‘He Touched Me’ and ‘Beyond The Sunset’ were sung by Delbert and Delores Cook while Wilma Schmidt accompanied them on the organ. Casket bearers were Delmar Wacker, Gene Arlt, Laddie Schlimmer, Bill Schlimmer, Lloyd Tebow and Dr Coy Summers.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa record: 5-26-1983)

Borgens, Helen,  (w/o Edward)  (d. 10-16-86; b. 6-27-09; TS; OC; obit) “Helen Irene Borgens of Odessa, born here June 27, 1909 to John and Mary Hopp, passed away Oct 16, (1986) at the Convalescent Center in Davenport, where she had been a resident for 4 ½ years. Mrs. Borgens was confirmed in the Congregational Church in 1923, and was married to Edward Borgens at St Matthews here in 1930. The couple reared two daughters, Corrine and Leota, as they farmed in the Harrington-Odessa area until their retirement in 1972, when they moved to Odessa. She was a member of the choir and of the Women’s Fellowship of the UCC, and of the Women’s Bowling Association in Odessa. Preceded in death by her husband in 1985, Mrs. Borgens is survived by two daughters and their husbands: Leota and Earl Allen, and Corrine and Don Schuh, all of Odessa; by three sisters: Leona Luiten and Dorothy Gies of Odessa and Loretta Miller of Spokane; by 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held Oct 20 at UCC, the Rev Randall Griffith officiating. Concluding services and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Casket bearers were Delmar Wacker, Gene Arlt, Laddie Schlimmer, Bill Schlimmer, Dr Coy Summers and Clem Groh Jr.” (Odessa Record: 10-23-1986)

Borgens, Kati,  (d. 1937; b. 1862; TS; OC) 

Boyk, Leland h/o Viola  (d. 3-27-81; b. 10-20-17; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 31, 1981, from the United Congregational Church in Odessa, at 11 a.m., for Leland Leroy Boyk who passed away on March 27, 1981. Rev Everett Schoessler officiated.  Lee Boyk passed away following a heart attack while playing golf, a sport he dearly loved, at Tacoma, WA. He was 63 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.  Leland Leroy Boyk was born Oct 20, 1917 at Rocklyn, WA, the son of Eugene and Mildred (Abrahamson) Boyk. He was baptized May 12, 1918 by the Rev Groenig in Harrington. He attended the country school near Davenport and the high school in Davenport. He was confirmed into the Christian Faith in 1930 by Rev Kroneman of the Methodist Church. He then graduated from the Davenport High School in 1935, after which he entered Eastern Washington College at Cheney. He was very active in track and football throughout his high school and college years, establishing records in javelin throw. Following his graduation from college in 1941, he came to Odessa on a teaching assignment.  On Oct 11, 1941 Lee was married to Viola Kiehn in her parents home by Rev J P Flemmer. The following year he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a pilot and instructor during World War II. After his discharge, he moved to Aberdeen, WA, where he taught school and coached for three years. In 1950 he returned to Odessa and entered the life insurance business. Thirteen years later he returned to teaching in 1963, teaching sixth grade and coaching in the Odessa school system. In 1968 he became the High School Counselor, a position he held until his retirement in 1980.  Mr. Boyk was a member of the UCC where he served many years as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. He was a member of the Odessa Golf Club and the American Legion.  He will be long remembered for his work with the young people, not only in the school system, but also in the American Legion Baseball and Little League baseball programs.  Survivors include his wife, Viola; one son, Chuck, Tacoma; two sisters, Arloine, Mrs. Ralph Brown, of Davenport; and Lois, Mrs. Del Brown, of Spokane; nieces, nephews and many friends.  Sacred selections ‘Thy Will Be Done’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ were sung by Marita Brown, accompanied by Delores Cook on the organ.  Casket bearers were Greg Strate, Craig Schuh, Forey Walter, Myron Kramer, Jerry Wacker, and Tom Wolsborn.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1981) 

Boyk, Viola L.,  (Kiehn) (added) “Viola L. (Kiehn) Boyk died Sept 29, 2007, at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake with her son Chuck at her
side. She was 82. Viola spent the last three months of her life at the Lakeridge Nursing Home in Moses Lake. From 1953 until June 26,
2007, she lived in her home in Odessa. She was born Nov 20, 1924, in Odessa to Carl and Pauline Kiehn, the middle daughter between Evelyn and Betty. She dearly loved her sisters throughout her life. Vi graduated from Odessa High School in 1942 and married a teacher and coach, Leland Boyk, on Oct 11, 1942. They had one son, Charles, born May 25, 1949. Viola accompanied Lee when he was a flight instructor in WW II, serving in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. After the war, Lee and Vi lived in Aberdeen, where Lee was a junior high school coach and teacher. The Boyks moved to Odessa in 1951, where Lee continued working as a teacher and coach. Vi was a sales clerk at Duncan’s Clothing Store in the 1950s, then joined sister Evvy working at Schmauder’s IGA from 1960 until it closed in 1977. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors Club and the Odessa Ladies Golf Club, taught Sunday school and was Bowler of the Year at Odessa Lanes. The family recalls that from 1972 until 1999, she enjoyed listening to her son Chuck’s radio sportscast. She especially enjoyed the BBCC Vikings broadcasts and the Odessa Tiger football championships in 1989 and 1993. When Chuck went overboard criticizing referees, his mother let him know. She is remembered as a loving wife, an outstanding cook and homemaker and the best mom in the world. In August, Vi won the crochet division at the nursing home and told Chuck to ‘tell it to the newspapers.’ On her last  Sunday, she beat Chuck by five games on the NFL Football Picks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee on March 27, 1981, and her sister Evelyn in 1999. Vi is survived by her son Chuck, of Moses Lake, her sister, Betty of Moses Lake and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct 5, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage church in Odessa,
with Pastor Jerry Malone officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Brandt, Helen (Koth),   (d. 1969; b. 1892; TS; OC)  “Helen Brandt.  Died: 12-20-1969. Birth: 6-18-1892, SD; Widowed; Father: Gottlieb Koth. Mother: Katherine Weiss. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Helen Brandt.—Her home Odessa, WA. Survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Helene Ellingburg of Spokane; 2 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rose Weber, Los Angeles, CA, and Mrs. Amelia Schorzman of Odessa, WA, and one brother Nathanial Koth, both of Odessa. Funeral services will be from the Odessa Baptists church. The Rev Albert Richardson officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home in Odessa in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 12-23-1969; widow of Jack Brandt)

Branen, Mary,  (d. 1957; b. 1887; TS; OC; Lartigues’s 1974 tombstone listing shows this marker, however, it was not reported in the 2002 report by Schmidt. Suchland shows the burial with the dates, however he did not show the location of the grave. Apparently he was not able to locate the marker in 1991 when he was working on the cemetery project.)   

Brauer, Jennie Quast,   (Johana Quast)  (d. 4-02-83; b. 8-19-1890; TS; OC; dc)  “Brauer, Johanna.  Died: 4-02-1983, Odessa, WA.  Father: David Quast. Mother: Elizabeth Schmierer.  Spouse: widowed-Robert Fredrick Brauer.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 6, 1983 from the UCC in Odessa for Johanna (Jennie) Quast Brauer, who passed away at the age of 92 on Saturday, April 2, 1983 at the Odessa Convalescent Center. Rev Randy Middleton officiated at the services.  Johanna (Jennie) Quast Brauer was born in Parkston, SD on Aug 19, 1890, the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Schmierer) Quast.  Jennie’s parents were pioneer wheat ranchers who settled north of Odessa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith and was a member of the United Congregational Church in Odessa. She was educated in the Odessa schools. She was united in marriage to Robert Brauer in a ceremony at Odessa. The couple farmed north and south of Odessa.  Jennie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; two brothers, William Quast and Emanuel Quast; three sisters, Lena Quast Hoff; Bertha Quast Schuetze and Elsie Quast.  Survivors include nieces and nephews: Elsie Schuetze Kincaid, Corpus Christi, TX; Loretta Quast Mann, Sun City, AZ; Arleen Quast Steinman, and Lucille Quast Copeland, both of Spokane; Weldon Schuetze, Yoakum, TX; Donald Schuetze, Houston, TX; Kenneth Schuetze, Corpus Christi, TX; and Leonard Quast, Spokane.  Sacred selections of ‘He Touched Me’ and ‘In The Garden’ were sung by Delores Cook and Ione Zeiler, accompanied by Wilma Schmidt at the organ. Casket bearers were Don Schuetze, Eugene Kuest, Alvin Schmierer, Kenneth Arlt, Henry Michaelsen, Jr., and Daniel Steinman.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 14 April 1983) Family photos may be viewed at the Odessa Museum.

Brauer, Robert,  h/o Jennie  (d. 7-04-61; b. 2-22-1891; TS; OC; obit) “An Odessa man, Robert Brauer, 70, was assumed drowned Tuesday afternoon after the boat in which he was riding in with his wife and William Kuch, 71, Odessa, filled with water and capsized at Banks Lake.  The accident occurred during the wind storm that swept the area the afternoon of the Fourth.  The accident occurred near Steamboat Rock.  Mrs. Brauer and Kuch saved themselves by hanging onto the capsized boat, according to officials at the Grand Coulee Area Hospital, where Mrs. Brauer and Kuch were taken. Both were suffering from shock, and were later discharged.  Mr. Kuch was returned to Odessa, where he entered the Memorial hospital until late Wednesday.  Officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s department and the State Patrol answered the call but were unable to locate Brauer’s body last Tuesday afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be made following recovery of the body.” (Odessa Record: 7-06-1961) 

Braun, Elmer, (d. 1999; b. 1914; TS; OC)

Braun, Freda  (b. 3-22-1915; d. 1-06-2008); “Freda Braun of Odessa died Jan 6, 2008, at the Odessa Memorial Health Center. She was born the oldest of seven girls on March 22, 1915, in Odessa to Gottlob and Mary (Zier) Ramm. While growing up she assisted in her parents farming operation and drove a team of horses during harvest season . She attended Odessa’s schools and was the center on the girl’s basketball team. After graduating in 1933, she attended Kinman “Business School in Spokane. Freda married Samuel Braun on Dec 18, 1938, and together they farmed a wheat ranch between Ritzville and Odessa. They had three sons, Samuel F Braun of Odessa, Gerald D Braun of Spokane and Michael T Braun of Kennewick. In 1959 Freda and Sam moved into a home in Odessa where she resided until 1996 when she moved into Quail Court. After a fall, she moved into the long term care facility at OMHC.  Freda was a life-ling member of Christ Lutheran Church where she was active in Women’s organizations, a Sunday school teacher and helped make and sell apple strudel for the Deutchesfest as long as she was able.  She was also active in the Hospital Auxiliary, HOSTS program at the local school, and a den mother for the Cub Scouts. Many will remember her for her sometimes irascible manner, unreserved comments and her elaborately decorated Christmas cookies. She was preceded in death by her sisters Helen, Laura, Frances, Viola and Marjorie and by her husband Sam in 1975. She is survived by her sons Sam (Sharon), Gerald (Mary), and Mike (Sue), her sister Marie Braun, five grand children, seven great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Interment took place on Jan 15, 2008, at the Odessa Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at Christ Lutheran Church.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-2008; 2 photos) 

Braun, Gary Wayne,  (d. 2-14-87; b. 8-23-61; TS; OC; obit) “Gary W. Braun.—Date of disappearance Feb 14, 1987 in Kihei, Maaui, Hawaii. His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his mother Neva Braun, Odessa; brother Gale H. Braun, Odessa; sister, Nanci Braun, King salmon, AK.  1980 graduate of Odessa High School. 1982 graduate of SCC, attended WSU. Avid hunting and fishing enthusiast. Memorial Service Monday, July 8, 1991 at 11 a.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (see also: Wayne H. Braun) “Gary Braun was born Aug 25, 1961, in Odessa”

Braun, Henry,  h/o Lottie  (d. 11-14-1971; b. 1900; TS; OC; dc)  “Braun, Henry.  Died: 11-14-1971, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Katherine Schroller; (sic; Schoessler); Father: Henry Braun; Spouse: Lottie Velek.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Henry Braun, town councilman and retired farmer, died Sunday morning. He had entered the local hospital on Saturday afternoon. He was 71 years old. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the  United Congregational Church with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, Rev B. M. Schafer officiated at the last rites. Henry Braun, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Braun, was born on Nov 9, 1900, in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the age of six he moved to Ritzville with other members of his family and has resided in the Odessa-Ritzville area since that time. He was united in marriage to Lottie Velek on Oct 25, 1928. Two sons and one daughter were raised by the couple. Henry was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational tradition. He has been an active member of the church, having served on many boards and committees. The Brauns farmed in the Odessa area until 1934 and then operated the Odessa Union Oil Company from 1934 to 1946. He returned to farming in 1946 and continued until retiring in 1957.  Henry has served on the city council for six years. He was a charter member of the Odessa Lions Club. Surviving are his wife, Lottie, at their home; sons Wayne of Marlin and Merle of Bainbridge Island; daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Walter of Odessa; and four grandchildren. Henry had four surviving sisters: Amelia Schafer, Esther Mustola and Laura Miller, all of Ritzville, Dorothy Braun of San Francisco; and six brothers: Sam of Odessa, Reinhold and Aaron of Ritzville, Joel of Tacoma, Elmer of Clayton, WA, and Howard of San Francisco.” (Odessa Record: 18 Nov 1971)

Braun, Lottie Velek,   (d. 4-10-1985; b. 1905; w/o H.; TS; OC; dc)  “Braun, Lottie.  Died:  4-10-1985, Odessa, WA.  Mother:  Rosa Jilek;  Father: Vaslav Velek; Spouse: Widowed-Henry Braun;  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Lottie Velek Braun, born at Odessa Dec 18, 1905 to Vaslov and Rosa Velek and a lifelong area resident, died April 10, (1985). After her graduation from high school here she graduated from Cheney Normal College, prepared for a teaching career, and subsequently taught in several county schools in this area. In October, 1928, she was united in marriage to Henry Braun, a union to which three children were born: Wayne, Eleanor and Merle. She was an active member of the United Congregational Church, and spent her life in the activities of the community.  Preceded in death by her husband, Henry, a brother, Jerome Velek, and 5 half-brothers: John Motycka, Albin Motycka, Emil Motycka, Stanley Motycka, and Irvin Motycka, Mrs. Braun is survived by a sister, Clara Totusek; by her children: Wayne Braun and his wife, Neva, Odessa; Eleanor and her husband, Ivan Walter, Odessa; and Merle Braun and his wife, Emily, Bainbridge Island; and by 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral service was held Friday, April 12, at the UCC, Pastor Randy Middleton officiating. Special music was provided by soloist Peggy Salo, accompanied by organist Delores Cook.  Honorary casket bearers were Leon Walter, Sam Homberg, Lamar Homberg, Reuben Fink, Henry Schmidt and Herb Burghard. Casket bearers were Gerald Braun, Sam Braun, Jr., Dave Braun, Jim Els, Laurence Libsack and Gale Salo. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-18-1985) 

Braun, Merle H.,   (d. 11-19-93; b. 11-14-36; TS; OC; obit) “Merle Howard Braun, of Bainbridge Island, WA, formerly of Odessa, died Friday, Nov 19, (1993) at his home following a heart attack. Mr. Braun was born Nov 14, 1936 in Odessa, the son of Henry and Lottie Velek Braun. He was raised and educated in Odessa and was a graduate of Odessa High School. He attended WSU, where he was graduated with a BA degree in accounting. He was employed by the US Treasury Dept in Seattle as an auditor, a position he held for 23 years. He married Emily Jean Balut on Apr 11, 1970, in Seattle. In 1982, he and his wife established Braun Assoc. tax accounting firm on Bainbridge Island, where he worked until the time of his death.... He is survived by his wife, Emily, at the family home; one sister, Eleanor Walter of Odessa; one nephew, Gale Braun, of Odessa; two nieces, Nanci Morris, Anchorage, AK, and Marilyn Heninger of Odessa, and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wayne Braun. Funeral services were held Nov 24, at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge Island, with the Rev Richard Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Odessa Cemetery on Nov 29 at 1 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Hess Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island, and Strate Funeral Home, Odessa.” (scrapbook item with minor deletions)

Braun, Michael T: (May 17, 1952-Dec 26, 2010); “A graveside memorial service will be held at the Odessa Cemetery Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. for Michael T Braun, formerly of Odessa, who died in a bus accident in Egypt last December.” (Odessa Record: 5-26-2011) “While on vacation, Mike Braun, 58, of Kennewick, WA was fatally injured in a tour bus accident on Dec 26, 2010 in Aswan, Egypt. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and sense of humor; his leadership skills; his ability to repair anything; and his offer to help his friends with any task. Mike was born May 17, 1952 to Samuel and Freda (Ramm) Braun in Ritzville, WA. Mike was proud to be a third-generation German from Russia. He attended school in Odessa, WA and graduated from Odessa High School in 1970. Mike graduated from WSU, Cum Laude, Range Management in 1974.  He was employed as the Coordinator for the Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board. Mike was, also, the Chairman of the Washington State Weed Coordinators Association. He was actively involved in his community. Mike was the current Governor of the Kennewick/Pasco Moose Lodge #482. Mike enjoyed gardening, target shooting, traveling far and wide, attending the special events of his great nieces and nephews and attending the Odessa Deutchesfest. Mike had a great zest for life and will be missed by many friends, relatives and acquaintances. Mike is survived by his partner of 30 years, Sue Flink; step-daughter of his heart, Zenoby Chadwick; brother, Jerry (Mary) Braun and children, Kelly Braun and Molly (Ron) Crawford; sister-in-law, Sharon Braun and children, Bill Braun, Steven (Mandi) Braun, and Kerry Palmer; 8 great nieces and nephews; many cousins; Uncle Howard Braun and Aunt Marie Ramm Braun. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Samuel Braun. Memorial Services will be held on Feb 19, 2011 at the Pasco Moose Lodge, Pasco, WA. Graveside services to be held in Odessa, WA on May 27, 2011.” (Odessa Record: 2-17-2011) 

Braun, Samuel,   (d. 6-08-1975; b. 1902; TS; OC; dc)  “Braun, Samuel.  Died: 6-08-1975. Birth: Nebraska.  Spouse: Freda Ramm; Father; Henry Peter Braun; Mother: Katherine Schoessler. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for Samuel Braun were held from Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.  He died in Odessa on June 8, (1975), after an extended illness.  Rev Daniel Cronrath officiated at the last rites. A men’s quartet of the church sang at the service. Mrs. Florence Stout was organist. Pall bearers were Wayne Braun, David Braun, Ronald Ramm, Richard Derr, Robert Martin, and Gary Mills. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Samuel Braun was born May 22, 1902 in Lincoln, NE.  At four years of age he moved to the Ritzville area with his parents.  His formal education was received in the Willis School District, which is now a part of the Ritzville district.  He became a member of Christ Lutheran Church in 1939.  On Dec 18, 1938 he was married to Freda Ramm. Three children were born to this union: Samuel, Gerald and Michael.  Mr Braun farmed for 40 years 16 miles southeast of Odessa. he moved into Odessa with his family in 1967. He continued farming for two more years before retiring, then lived in Odessa until his death on June 8, 1975. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Henry and Reinholt.  Survivors include his wife, Freda; three sons, Gerald D of Spokane; Samuel F and Michael T of Odessa; four brothers: Elmer of Clayton, Joel of Tacoma, Aaron of Ritzville, and Howard of San Francisco; four sisters: Mrs. Amelia Schafer and Mr. Esther Mustola of Ritzville, Miss Dorothy Braun of San Francisco, and Laura Miller of Moses Lake; and 5 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-12-1975)

Braun, Samuel F.,  (burial not confirmed);  “Samuel F. Braun died Jan 3, 2009, at the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. He was born Nov 7, 1939, to Sam and Freda Braun. He grew up on a farm north of Ritzville and attended school at Ritzville grade school and high school. He graduated in 1958. The summer after his graduation he worked for the city of Ritzville and after that he worked for a farmer in the summer months and for Culligan Soft Water during the winter.  In April of 1962, Sam married Sharon Mills. During their first year of married life, they lived in San Francisco where Sam was stationed in the Army. Their first child, William Samuel (Bill), was born just before Sam was ordered to go to Germany. Sharon and Bill moved to Odessa, and Sam went off to Germany. Kerry Lynn was born while Sam was still in Germany. After leaving the Army, Sam returned to Odessa and went to work for Jerry Schafer on the farm. Son Steven Todd was born in the following years. Sam followed Schafer into the irrigation business and in 1980 bought the business from him. The business became Water-West, with Steve joining Sam in 1989 to help with the business until Sam retired in 2006. Sam was active in town government, serving 10 years on the town council and 4 years as mayor. He was also active with the Economic Development Council and was a member of Masonic Lodge #156 for 25 years, serving as a district deputy and past Master of the lodge. He was a member of the Heritage church, serving on the pastor search committee, and assistant moderator. Sam and Sharon enjoyed traveling, spending time in Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and on the Oregon coast. Sam also enjoyed fishing with Sharon and his sons, Bill and Steve. Sam was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2008, putting up a good fight for six months before the cancer overcame him. According to the family, Sam valued his family above all, and he will be missed by all his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon; his children, Bill (and Audry) Braun, Kerry Palmer, Steve (and Mandi) Braun; his grandchildren, Samantha Palmer, Luke Palmer, Riley Braun, Meaghan Johnson, Mackenze Braun and Steven Braun; his brothers, Jerry (and Mary) Braun, Mike Braun and Sue Flinck; his uncle Howard Braun; aunt Marie Braun; sisters-in-law Kathy (and Bruce) Rogers, Patty (and George) Nauert, Trudy Mills and Joan and Bob McClain; brother-in-law Gary (and Billie) Mills and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Celebration of life services will be held at the Heritage Church in Odessa, Saturday, Jan 10, 2009, at 11 a.m.” (Odessa Record: 1-08-2009; photo)  

Braun, Wayne Henry,  (d. 7-02-91; b. 7-14-29; TS; OC; obit) “A funeral service for Wayne Henry Braun and a memorial service for Gary Wayne Braun were held July 8 in the sanctuary of the Heritage United Church of Christ. Wayne Braun died suddenly following a heart attack on July 2 at Brook’s Camp, Karmai National Park, Alaska. He had been visiting his daughter, Nanci A. Morris, of King Salmon, Alaska. The two were hiking together when he was stricken. Gary Braun disappeared Feb 14, 1987 from Kiheik Maui, Hawaii, and was never seen again nor was any trace of him found. Wayne Braun was born July 14, 1929 in Spokane, the son of Henry and Lotti Braun. He attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1947. He farmed in the Odessa area and was active in several organizations. He was a member of the Heritage UCC and a past board member of the Central WA Grain Growers and of the Grange Supply Co of Odessa. He was a member of the WA Assn. of Wheat Growers and served on the soil conservation board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Neva Braun, at the home; a son, Gale H. Braun of Odessa; a daughter, Nanci A. Morris; a brother and his wife, Merle and Emily Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA; and a sister and her husband, Eleanor and Ivan Walter, Odessa, and an aunt, Clara Totusek, Odessa.  Rev Glenn Gettinger officiated at the service for Wayne Braun. Norma Riebe, sister of Neva Braun, was the organist. Members of the Class of 1947 of Odessa High School who were in attendance included Laurence Libsack, Don Schibel, Eugene Lobe, Joanne Keller, Evelyn McCartney, Louella Praetorius and Joyce Praetorius. Casket bearers were Brad Walter, Lamar Homberg, Don Schibel, Laurence Libsack, Alan Lani Schorzman and Ivan Hemmerling. Graveside rites and vault interment followed at Odessa cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was is charge of funeral arrangements. In the memorial service for Gary Braun, during which Pastor Gettinger officiated, the eulogy was by Todd King, a classmate, and Nanci Morris, Gary’s sister. Kathy Romine was the soloist. Her selections were ‘Somewhere Out There' and ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’. Honorary bearers were Todd King, Wade King, Brad Frederick, Jeff Schibel, Tom Luiten and Brian Schorzman.” (scrapbook item)

Breitmier, Theodore,  (WWII)  (d. 1975; b. 1918; TS; OC; dc) “Theodore B. Breitmier.  Died: 12 Sept 1975-Douglas.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Birth: 1919” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Graveside service for Theodore Oscar Breitmeir, Waterville, were conducted at the Odessa Cemetery Thursday morning, Sept 18.  A resident of Waterville, he died at his home on Sept 12, (1975).  Rev Daniel Cronrath conducted the service with Strate Funeral Home in charge of the interment.  Breitmier was born Feb 8, 1918, at Cashmere. He was baptized in the Dryden Congregational Church. He was the son of  the late Gottlieb Breitmier and Magdalena (nee Kaiser) Breitmier of Dryden.  Breitmier followed the trade of mechanic most of his life. He did mechanical work before entering the Armed Forces during World War II and after being discharged. He entered the Air Force on Dec 28, 1941 and served in the European Theater of Operation, being stationed in Paris, France, and at several other bases. He was discharged from the service on Dec 8, 1945. For the past several years he worked in the apple orchards at Orando while making his home in Waterville. The deceased had  been in poor health for several years.  Breitmier is survived by a son, Richard A, address unknown; by one brother, Richard, of Hollywood, CA; by two sisters: Emma Jasman of Odessa and Lydia Jeske of Walla Walla.” (Odessa Record: 9-25-1975) 

Bresee, Marian w/o T. F.  (d. 1981; b. 1894; TS; OC) “Mrs. Colin (JoAnn) Fraser of Walnut Creek, CA, has been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schmierer for the past few days. Mr. Fraser, daughter of the late Dr T. F. and Mrs. Marian Bresee, had graveside services at the Odessa Cemetery for her parents. Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the service. Dr Bresee will be remembered as a former dentist, who had his office in the Bonney building in Odessa. He passed away in 1942. Mrs. Marian Bresee passed away in June of 1981. Survivors include one son, Tom Bresee, Jr., of Brea, CA; and one daughter, Mrs. Colin (JoAnn) Fraser of Walnut Creek, CA, and five grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-1981)

Bresee, T. F. , (Dr) h/o M.  (d. 1942; b. 1895; TS; OC) “Mrs. Colin (JoAnn) Fraser of Walnut Creek, CA, has been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schmierer for the past few days. Mr. Fraser, daughter of the late Dr T. F. and Mrs. Marian Bresee, had graveside services at the Odessa Cemetery for her parents. Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the service. Dr Bresee will be remembered as a former dentist, who had his office in the Bonney building in Odessa. He passed away in 1942. Mrs Marian Bresee passed away in June of 1981. Survivors include one son, Tom Bresee, Jr., of Brea, CA; and one daughter, Mrs. Colin (JoAnn) Fraser of Walnut Creek, CA, and five grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-1981)

Brockmann, Henry J. E.,  (Rev)  (d. 4-21-40; b. 11-29-1883; h/o M.; TS; OC; Strates) “Rev Henry John Ernest Brockmann. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: April 21, 1940, at home. Birth: Nov 29, 1883, Westpoint, NE. minister, Lutheran. Last worked: 1940. Time in occupation: 32 years. Length of residence in Odessa: 27 yrs. Father: Henry Brockmann, born WI; Mother: Pauline Schleusner, born Germany. Previous residence: Kennewick, WA. Physician: L J Bonney. Leaves: wife, Martha Brockmann, at home; 3 daughters: Mrs. Esther Uhrich, Odessa; Mrs. Lydia Tipke, Greenbluff, WA; Mrs. Anna Schimke, Monroe, WA; 8 grandchildren; 3 brothers: Otto Brockmann, Westpoint, NE; Paul Brockmann, Westpoint, NE; Robert Brockmann, Westpoint, NE.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for the Rev Henry Brockmann of Odessa, 56, pastor for over 26 years of the Emanuel Lutheran church in the Menno district who died Sunday, were held this afternoon at the church, 16 miles west and 1 ½ miles north of the old Neppel road. Burial was in Odessa. Rev Martin Kauth, Kennewick, and the Rev George Schmidt, Seattle, officiated at the services. Reverend Brockmann died suddenly Sunday afternoon following a series of heart attacks at his home in Odessa. He preached his regular Sunday sermon and appeared in usual health when he was stricken about 2:30 p.m.  In addition to serving the congregation of the Menno district in west Adams County, he conducted regular services in Lutheran churches at Warden, Moses Lake and Lamona. Only a little more than a year ago, in January, 1939, the congregation of the Menno church surprised Rev Brockmann on the 25th anniversary of his coming to that pulpit.  He was active in civic and young people’s work and athletics, having been the head of the six-club softball league in Odessa for two years. Born in West Point, NE, Nov 29, 1883, Rev Brockmann received his education at seminaries at Concordia, MO, Milwaukee, WI, and St Louis, MO, graduating in 1907. Shortly thereafter he married Miss Martha Rathert and received his first church in Kennewick, where he preached six years before coming to Adams County.  Besides his widow, Martha, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Esther Uhrich, Odessa; Mrs. Lydia Tipke, Green Bluffs; and Mrs. Anna Schimke, Monroe; three brothers, Otto, Robert and Paul Brockmann, all of West Point, NE.” (scrapbook item: 4-25-1940)

Brockmann, Martha,  w/o H.  d. 1965; b. 1882; TS; OC) “Funeral services for Martha Carolina Brockmann, who died Monday in Odessa, will be conducted today (Thursday) at 1:39 p.m. at the Zion Emmanuel church. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery. An obituary will following next week’s Record.” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1965)“Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan 21, from Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church for Mrs. Martha Carolina Brockmann, 82, who with her minister husband occupied a prominent place in the pioneer history of the community. Pastor Elmer W Wenzel officiated at the service. Five grandsons, together with John Greenwalt, acted as pall bearers. The Rev and Mrs. Henry Brockmann came to serve the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Menno, southwest of town, arriving on Jan 14, 1913. He had been serving a Kennewick church. Mrs. Brockmann was born in Baenf Creek, Missouri, June 12, 1882. She spent her early years in St Louis, MO, and was a member of historic Holy Cross Lutheran Church of that place. July 7, 1907 she married the Rev Henry Brockmann, then a graduate seminary student, and came west to serve at Kennewick. Coming to the Odessa area, the Brockmanns also served the Zion Lutheran church at Lamona, except for a five year period when that church was served from Marlin. They held parochial school at Emmanuel for three years.  During the years, assisted by Mrs. Brockmann, the Rev Henry Brockmann helped start congregations at Moses Lake, Hartline and Grand Coulee. He supplied many of the other area churches when resident pastors were not available. In 1930 Pastor and Mrs. Brockmann moved to a home in Odessa, and Pastor Brockmann died on April 21, 1940. Mrs. Brockmann continued her community work, opening her home… Nine children were born to the Brockmanns, six of them dying in infancy. Survivors include three daughters, Esther Uhrich, Seattle, Lydia Tipke of Mead, and Anna Schimke of Tacoma; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-1965; scrapbook item, cut paragraph)

Brown, Alice M.,  w/o Clar.  (d. 10-16-87; b. 12-15-1896; TS; OC; obit)  “Alice Mary Elizabeth Brown, long-time Odessa resident who recently moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID, passed away Oct 16, (1987). She was born Dec 15, 1896 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Francis and Cecil Heidrick, then moved with her family to Idaho as a teenager. She was married to Clarence Brown in April 1920 at Coeur d’Alene, and the couple had two sons, Avery and Clair. While in Idaho, she had been a teacher.  After the death of her husband in 1963, Mrs. Brown moved to Odessa, where she was active in Royal Neighbors of America, the American Legion Auxili8ary, the Hospital Guild, and pinochle and bridge clubs. A member of the English Congregational Church, she was active there in Women’s Fellowship.  She also enjoyed helping at Senior Citizens functions.  Mrs. Brown is survived by her sons: Avery at Coeur d’Alene and Clair at Kent; and by 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Oct 20 at the English Congregational Church, Odessa, Pastor Robert Shofner officiating. Concluding services and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Casket bearers were Melvin Kissler, Robert Kissler, Norman Ott, Howard Kramer, Louis Iksic and Walter Ott.” (Odessa Record: 10-22-1987)

Brown, Clarence E.,  h/o A. M.  (d. 10-28-63; b. 1-28-1894; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services  for Clarence Eugene Brown, 69, were held from the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon. The Rev John A. Birchard officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Brown, who is the father of Avery Brown of Odessa, was born at Rockford, WA, on Jan 28, 1894, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Brown of that community. He married Alice Heidrick on April 29, 1920.  Mr. Brown worked with the national parks and forest service in northern Idaho and made his home at Moscow, Idaho. He died at Walla Walla, WA, on Oct 28, 1963.  Survivors include his wife, Alice, at the family home in Moscow; two sons, Avery, of Odessa; and Clair, of Garrison, ND; 8 grandchildren; and one brother, Lloyd Brown, Nampa, ID.  Six brothers and sisters preceded him in death.  Pallbearers were friends from Idaho.  Mrs. Ione Zeiler as soloist sang favorite hymns with Mrs. Claudine Lyons at the organ.” (Odessa Record: 11-07-1963) 

Brown, Mary,  (d. 1957; b. 1887; TS; OC)

Brown, Tony S.,   (d. 1956; b. 1874; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Tony S Brown, 82, are being held from the St Joseph Catholic Church this morning (Thursday) at 11 o’clock. Rosary was at 10:30. The Rev Father Roy E. Thelen is officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Brown died at the Coulee Dam Community hospital, where he had spent the past two years, transferring there from Spokane where he had lived in homes for the aged.  His death came Tuesday night. Born in Portugal Nov 12, 1874, he came to the United States in 1891 as a 17-year-old youth. He married Miss Mary Tavers in 1901, and for the next 15 years the family operated a dairy ranch north of town. He then farmed three years northwest of Odessa, later farmed at Irby and north of Marlin.  In 1939 he retired to Odessa, living here until 1953, when advanced age compelled him to give up his housekeeping.  An unusually heavily built man, Mr. Brown possessed a keen sense of humor, which won him a host of friends throughout the area. Survivors include three sons, Tony Jr., Creston; Roy and Harold, Almira; five daughters, Julia Perkins, Almira; Lucy McMullan, Wilbur; Frances Perkins, Almira; Gene Fisher, Coulee City, and Dorothy in Texas; 17 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Barbara Silveira, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 12-06-1956)

Brunner surname: According to the report by Harold Suchland in the 1990’s, the Brunner family owned 6 graves in the early section of the cemetery, A-10-36, 37, 38 and A-11-35, 36, 37. Emma M. L. Brunner was shown in A-11-36, no name was attributed to the other graves.

Brunner, Emma M. L.,  w/o FG.  (d. 9-22-10; b. 10-17-1881; TS; OC; LL) “Brunner, Emma Marie Louise. Birth: 17 Oct 1881. Daughter of Hermann Adolph Kottke and Helene Augusta Mathilda Vorpahl; Born Tigerton, Shawano Co, WI; Baptized 2 Nov 1881; Confirmed 7 April 1895 at Tigerton, WI; Married: Friedrich Wilhelm Georg August Brunner of Wittenberg, WI on 24 June 1903 at Tigerton, WI. Died: 22 Sept 1910. Age: 28 yrs 11 mos 5 days. Funeral on 25 Sept 1910 in Odessa, WA.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Mrs. Fred Brunner died last night, of tuberculosis, after an illness of seven months, most of which time she was confined to her bed. Everything that human skill could devise was done to prolong her life, but it was all to no avail. She passed peacefully to the beyond at 9 o’clock  last evening being conscious even up to the last moment. Deceased was born at Tigerton, WI, and was 30 years old. She was married to Mr. Brunner seven years ago, and to this union was born two children. She has been a resident of Odessa three years, the family coming here from Wisconsin. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her mother, three sisters and two brothers. The sorrowing husband and other relatives have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. The funeral will be held from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, Rev Rieke, her own pastor, officiating, and interment will be at the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1910)

Buchmann, Alan Lee,   (d. 3-31-87; b. 7-17-56; TS; OC; obit)  “Alan Lee Buchmann of Nine Mile Falls, born in Odessa July 17, 1956, passed away Friday, March 13, (1987). He was a member of the English Congregational Church, having been confirmed in 1970. A graduate of Odessa High School in 1974 and a member of the basketball and football teams here, he attended Spokane Community College, earning his degree in mechanics in 1976.  While living here, he worked on the farms of his grandfather, Hank Scrupps, and his uncle, Frank Groh. AS an adult, he worked in St John and, since, 1980, as an auto mechanic in Spokane.  Mr. Buchmann is survived by his wife Diane and his son Joey, at the family home; by his mother and step-father, Marjorie and Cecil Schell of Odessa; by his father, Leroy M Buchmann of St John; by two brothers, Scott Buchmann of Odessa and Greg Buchmann of St John; by a sister, Cindy Hemmerling of Odessa; by his grandparents, Hank and Lydia Scrupps, and an uncle and aunt, Frank and Noreen Groh, all of Odessa; and by three nephews. Memorial service was held March 17 at Lincoln Heights Congregational Church, Spokane, the Rev B M Schafer officiating. Graveside service followed March 18 at Odessa Cemetery, Pastor Robert Shofner officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-1987)

Buchmann, Alex Henry,   (d. 1984; b. 1893; TS; OC) 

Buchmann, Emma Amelia,   (d. 1964; b. 1896; TS; OC; obit)  “Following funeral services from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at Soap Lake Saturday, the Rev Rodney Kastelle officiating, the body of Mrs. Emma A. Buchman, 67, was brought to Odessa for burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Buchman, former Odessa resident, recently of Lakeview Park, died last Tuesday in Soap Lake. A member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church there, Mrs. Buchman was born Dec 27, 1896, at Krem, North Dakota.  Survivors include her husband, Alex, at the family home; four daughters, Mrs. Gus Schmidt of Olympia; Mrs. Alfred Schmidt of Soap Lake; Mrs. Chester Desilva of Chetopa, KS; and Mrs. Murray Reiner of Waterville; seven sons, Edward, Ervin, Elmer and Gordon, all of Moses Lake; Edman of Colville; Marvin of Monroe and LeRoy of Odessa; one brother, Walter Uhl of Soap Lake; five sisters, Mrs. Rudolph Maas of Hazen, ND; Mrs. Alex Ruff of Coeur d’Alene; Mrs. Emanuel Weigum and Mrs. Norman Roland, both of The Dalles, OR; and Mrs. Gerald Akins of Wenatchee; 50 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-09-1964)

Buddrius, Anna M.,  w/o Robt  (d. 1920; b. 1889; TS; OC; notice) “Mrs. Buddrius of Odessa died at St Luke’s hospital, Spokane, from pneumonia, following the flu and leaves a family of seven children ranging in ages from 7 months to 10 years.” (Citizen: 2-20-1920) “Anna Margr. Buddrius (geb Eckhardt) born 18 July 1889 in Frank, Russland. Died age 30 yrs 6 mos 23 days from Influenza on 10 Feb 1920 leaving in sorrow Robert Buddrius and 7 children.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mrs. R. Buddrius succumbs at St Lukes hospital after a severe attack of pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. R. Buddrius is the daughter of Mr. Con Eckardt Sr. and was born in Frank, Russia, July 18, 1889. She immigrated to this country with her parents in 1891 and was married to Robert Buddrius in 1909. After 10 days of constant struggle the condition of Mrs. Buddrius became so serious that she was taken to the St Lukes hospital in Spokane, but this did not bring any relief. Four days later she passed away at the age of 30 years, 6 months and 22 days, leaving a husband and seven children ranging from the ages of 7 months to 10 years to bereave the death of their beloved mother. She has also left her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Con Echardt Sr. and six sisters, Mrs. Con Kissler of Redfield, SD, Mrs. Carl Echardt of Ritzville, and Mrs. Hy Deer and Ester, Lydia and Julia Echardt all of this city. Funeral services will be held in the Lutheran church Friday Feb 13. The remains of Mrs. R. Buddrius will be laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 13 Feb 1920)

Buddrius, Robert L.,  h/o Anna  (d. 1972; b. 1887; TS; OC) (Edit:  Robert Buddrius was the son of Karl Wilhelm Buddrius and Louisa Grant/Grandt. He first married Anna Margaret Eckhardt on Jan 24, 1909. She died in 1920. He second married Bessie Knipp, and three children were born, three surviving, but the marriage ended in divorce before 1927.  Oct 12, 1934 he  married the former Wreath B. Janson. Robert had 7 children by his first wife, 3 children by his second wife, and Wreath had three known children from a previous marriage. The 7 children were: Adeline Irene, Clarence, Richard L., Sam, Gertrude L., Arthur R. and Mildred. The 3 children by Bessie were: Victor, Maxine and Alvin Leroy; Robert’s step-son was George W. His two step-daughters were Esther and Evelyn. In 1920, Robert was on the Enos Precinct census. In 1930 he was on the Finn Precinct.) “Robert Leo Buddrius. Died: 6-10-1972. Birth: 5-16-1887, MN.  Spouse: Wreath B. Johnson (sic). Father: Charles Wilhelm Buddrius. Mother: Louise Grandt. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card): "Robert L. Buddrius.—His home, Almira, WA. A member of the Lutheran Church. Survived by his wife, Wreath B. Buddrius, at the home. 4 sons, Richard L. and Sam R. Buddrius, both Almira, and Clarence G. Buddrius, Everett, WA; and Victor L. Buddrius, Coeur d’Alene, ID; 4 daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Kiehn, Dryden, WA; Mrs. Adeline Bohnet, Ephrata, WA; Mrs. Mildred Bischoff, Wilson Creek, WA; Mrs. Maxine Gaffney, Oakland, OR; one step-son, George W. Buddrius, Albuquerque, NM; one step-daughter, Esther A. Buddrius, Seattle; 28 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. from Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira, WA. Pastor Stanley S. Williamsen officiating. Interment, Odessa, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-13-1972)

Bueschke, Mollie Maureen,   (d. 1-17-86; b. 11-16-39; TS; OC; obit) “Maureen Bueschke of Tacoma, born in Odessa Nov 16, 1939 to Al and Mollie Wolf, died in Tacoma Jan 17, (1986).  She grew up here and graduated from Odessa High School where she was a majorette and a band member. She then graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in education and worked as a high school English teacher. Her teaching abilities carried over into a high school Sunday school class as well. After the 1972 discovery that Mrs. Bueschke was a victim of multiple sclerosis, it was necessary for her to enter Orchard Park Home in Tacoma as a resident.  She had been a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, and was a member of St Mark Lutheran Church in Tacoma. She had led a Young Life group in her home, sharing her faith with those she contacted.  Preceded in death by her father, Mrs. Bueschke is survived by her husband, Ted; by two sons: Eric of Tacoma and Kurt at Central Washington University, Ellensburg; by her mother, Mollie Gra___ of Tacoma; by a brother, Richard Wolf of Fremont, CA; and by a step-sister, Jan Halverson of Tacoma. Following a memorial service at St Mark Lutheran Church in Tacoma directed by Pastor Eugene Anderson, services were held at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, on Jan 21, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers included Edgar Bueschke, D__ Wold, Jerry Wacker, Troy Kissler, Glen Wold and Rod Nichols.” (Odessa Record: 1-30-1986)

Bueschke, Martha M.,  (added) “Martha M. Bueschke, of Odessa, died on Monday, Oct 5, 1998, in Moses Lake.  She was a resident of Odessa for many years, and before her retirement was employed at Odessa Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. Bueschke was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, of Odessa, and the German-American Society, of Spokane. She is survived by two sons, Edgar and Solveig Bueschke, of Spokane; and Theodore Bueschke, of University Place, WA; one daughter, Nelly Kissler, of Odessa; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one sister, Amalia Ofenbeck, of Vernon, BC, Canada, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct 9, at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, with Pastor Scott Jurgens officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-15-1998)

Bueschke, Theodore,   (d. 1-11-2000; b. 4-28-1937; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Monday, Jan 17, at Christ Lutheran church in Odessa for Theodore ‘Ted’ Bueschke, formerly of Odessa. Mr. Bueschke, a resident of Tacoma for 27 years, died Tuesday, Jan 11, 2000 in Wenatchee. He was 62 years old. He was born Aug 28, 1937, in Sladow, Poland, the son of Martha and Willhelm Bueschke. His father was killed during the early phases of World War II. In 1944, when Ted was 7 years old, his family was forced to leave their home and to endure hardships and forced labor until his mother, a widow with three children, managed to escape to Germany in 1946. Ted and his siblings were again able to return to school. In 1948, the family moved to Vernon, BC, and in 1951 they arrived in Odessa. Ted attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Maureen Wolf, on Sept 11, 1960, in Odessa during a brief leave from US Army service. They made their home in Tacoma and had two sons, Erich and Kurt. Maureen was a teacher and Ted was an executive with the Cablecraft Division of the Tuthill Corp.  Maureen, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, died after a lengthy illness on Jan 17, 1986. In addition to his wife and his father, Ted was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by two sons, Kurt and his wife Karen Bueschke, of Orondo, and Erich and his wife April Bueschke, of Entiat; 3 grandchildren..., one brother, Edgar and his wife Solveig Bueschke, of Spokane; one sister, Nelly Kissler, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Bob Edwards officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-2000)

Bueschke, Martha Matilda,   (d. 10-05-1998; b. 7-10-1910; TS; OC)

Burns, Mark H.,   (d. 1955; b. 1873; OC; Cong)  “Mark Hubert Burns.  Died: 12-14-1955, Odessa, WA.  Father: George F. Burns. Mother: Wilhemia LaFere; Spouse: widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Mark H. Burns. Age 82 yrs. Burial: Odessa. Dated: Dec 17, 1955” (English Congregational Church ledger, typed, not original script) According to Suchland, this burial was in grave E-05-06.

Butor, Frank,  (added; d. July 8, 1983 obit, burial not stated; Suchland: bur. WI)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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