Odessa City Cemetery
Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach
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.
Earll, Mildred King, (added) “Graveside inurnment services for Mildred King Earll, 82, formerly of Odessa, were held on Wednesday, March 11, at Odessa Cemetery. Mrs Earll died on Saturday, March 7, 1998, in Spokane. She was a resident of Spokane. The daughter of Odessa pioneers A A And Effie Sanders King, she was born in Odessa on Oct 5, 1915. She is survived by son Elza and his wife Bev Earll, of Renton, WA; grandson Timothy Earll, of Renton; brother, Richard King of Howe, IN; two sisters, Esther Bunker of Sun City, AZ; and Cordie Porter, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1998)
Eastman, Gordon R., (USAF) (d. 4-13-1979; b. 4-29-1932; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held for Gordon R. Eastman on April 16, 1979, at 11 a.m. from the UCC in Odessa. Pastor Russell Burrill of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Spokane Valley, officiated. Mr. Eastman passed away April 13, 1979 in Odessa, WA. He was born April 20, 1932 in Snohomish, WA and was a retired police officer from Monroe, WA. He and his wife were former owners of the Odessa Drive Inn and owners of a drive-in at Wilbur, WA. He is survived by his wife, Alberta, at the home; five sons, Richard A. Eastman, Spokane; Robert Eastman, Monroe; Jay A. Eastman, Ward J. Eastman, Marcus D. Eastman, all of Odessa; one daughter, Barbara K. Eastman, Monroe, WA; his mother, Evelyn Hobert, Odessa; six brothers, Don, Brent and Rodney Eastman, all of Spokane; Byron Eastman, Walla Walla, WA; Dennis Eastman, Odessa, WA; Clifford Hobert, Spokane; one sister, Carol Ludiker, Spokane; one granddaughter, Jaimie Eastman, Monroe, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sacred selections ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ and ‘In The Garden’ were sung by Ione Zeiler with Delores Cook as organist. Casket bearers were LaMar Heimbigner, Orville Preston, Bob Holman, Charles Meyers, Fred Guy and John Hovde. Honorary bearers were Chief Duane Nauman, Ed Bush and Lee Pawnell. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 19 April 1979)
Eaton, Pearl M., (d. 1963; b. 1885; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Pearl Mabel Eaton, 77, will be held from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. She died at a Spokane hospital Monday where she had been taken some weeks ago, suffering from complications of age. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Elmer Wenzel and burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Acting as pallbearers will be William Ferderer, Henry Reihs, August Sackmann, Carl Melcher, Walter Winter and Henry Holman. Mrs. Eaton was born May 10, 1885, at Fulton, IL, soon moving to Kansas with her parents. She went on to San Francisco in 1910, where July 21, 1912, she married Will Eaton. Their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated in July. The Eatons moved to Spokane in 1954, and came to Odessa in 1959, when their son-in-law, Merritt Lawson, purchased the grocery store. She is survived by her husband, Wilfred Eaton, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Lawson, Odessa; two grandsons, Merritt E. Lawson, Jr., and Wayne E. Lawson, Spokane; two great grandchildren, Cathy and Judy Lawson, Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1963)
Eckhardt, Anna Margaret Getz, (d. 8-12-36; b. 4-10-1867; w/o Con Sr.; TS; OC; Strates) “Anna Marguerite Eckhardt. Age: 69 yrs 4 mos 2 days. Dated: Aug 16, 1936. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational ledger) “Anna Margret Eckhardt. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Aug 12, 1936, 9:30 p.m., at home in Odessa. Informant: Mrs. Henry Derr, Jr., of Odessa, WA. Birth: Apr 10, 1867, Frank, Russia. Age: 69 yrs. Female, white, married, housewife. Last able to work: November, 1935. Time Spent in Occupation: In 1888. Wife of Conrad Eckhardt, Sr. Residence in city where death occurred: 21 yrs. To US in 1891. Father: Hans Jacob Getz, born Russia. Mother: Barbra Schafer, born Russia. Previous residence: Bickleton, WA. Physician: L. J. Bonney, MD. Leaves: Husband, Conrad Eckhardt, Sr.; 6 daughters: Katie Derr, Odessa; Emma Eckhardt, Ritzville, WA; Clara Kissler, Culberton, NE; Ester Smith, Odessa; Lydie Hopp, Odessa; Julia Hagelganz, Portland, OR; 31 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 5 brothers; 4 sisters.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Conrad Eckhardt, Sr., 69, was buried from the St Matthews Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon, with the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers were selected from among relatives and friends and included Jacob Schauerman, Con Walter, Henry Schmidt, Henry Schafer of Ritzville, Heinrich Schafer and Adam Weber, the latter of Cashmere. Mrs Eckhardt was one of the pioneer matrons of the community, having lived near Odessa and in town since 1908, retired from active farming since 1915. Her husband and she have made their home together, with a granddaughter as assistant in the household work. Seven children were born to the union, one having died. Survivors include the husband, Conrad, and six daughters: Mrs. Katherine Derr, Odessa; Mrs. Emma Eckhardt, Odessa; Mrs. Esther Schmidt, Odessa; Mrs. Laura Kissler, Nebraska; Mrs. Lydia Hopp, Odessa; and Mrs. Julia Hagelganz, Portland; 31 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1936)
Eckhardt, Anna Mary d/o J. G. (d. 10-01-24; b. 10-01-24; OC; DC) “Anna Mary Eckhardt. Female, white, single. Birth: Oct 1, 1924, Odessa; Stillborn. Died: 10-01-1924. Father: John G. Eckhardt, born Russia; Mother: Anna Mary Uhrich, born Russia. Informant: J. G. Eckhardt of Odessa. L. M. Thompson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Nov 2, 1924, no attendant.” (WA State Register of Death) “Mary Eckhardt. Age: God geboren. Dated: Oct 1, 1924. Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational ledger)
Eckhardt, Conrad Sr., h/o A. M. (d. 5-04-43; b. 9-01-1865; TS; OC; Strates; DC) “Conrad Eckhardt. Male, white, widowed, retired farmer. Spouse, deceased, Anna Margarete. Birth: Sept 1, 1865 in Russia. Father: Johan Eckhardt born Russia. Mother: Anna Margaret Schafer born Russia. Informant: Mrs. Henry Derr, Box 52, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, on 5-07-1943, Strates Funeral Home, director, H. H. Strate. Residence of deceased: Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. In US 52 years. Death: 5-04-1943 at 9 p.m. Cause: coronary thrombosis due to arterio-sclerosis. L. J. Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon from the St Matthews Congregational church for Conrad Eckhardt Sr., who was found dead at his home. The Rev J. P. Flemmer officiated with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were chosen from neighbors and included Charles R. Goede, Henry Schmidt, Chris Hemmerling, J. C. Michaelsen, Wentel Weber and Henry Siebel. Born in Frank, Russia, Sept 1, 1865, Mr. Echkardt was married in 1888 to Miss Anna Goetz, and from this union eight children were born. In 1891 Mr. and Mrs. Eckhardt came to the United States, located at Alma, Nebraska, and from there to Bickleton, Wash. Moving to Odessa they operated a ranch until 1915 when they retired to make their home in town. Mrs. Eckhardt died in 1936. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Henry Derr, Jr., Mrs. Henry Hopp, Jr., and Mrs. Harry Smith, of Odessa; Mrs. Carl Eckhardt, Ritzville; Mrs. George Kissler, Burt, ND; and Mrs. Jack Hagelganz, Vancouver, Wash; 32 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 13 May 1943) “The body of Conrad Eckhardt, Sr, 78, retired pioneer farmer, was found at his home on Tuesday morning. Death had come during Monday evening, apparently, as the aged man was sitting on a chair reading from his Bible. Discovery of his death was made by his daughter, Mrs. Henry Hopp, Jr., on her regular morning visit to the home. He was seated in his chair, and on a table alongside lay his Bible, his eye glasses and watch. She called Dr L. J. Bonney who found that the man had been dead for several hours.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 6 May 1943)
Eckhardt, Conrad H., h/o K. (d. 6-09-1951; b. 4-02-1886; TS; OC; Cong) “Conrad Eckhardt. Birth: 2 Apr 1886; Died: 9 June 1951.” Congregational Church ledger by Rev E G Klein) “Funeral services were held here on Wednesday afternoon from the UCC for Con H. Eckhardt, 65, pioneer builder and civic worker, who died Saturday while attending a church conference at Paul, Idaho. The Rev E J Eslinger, who was also at the convention, returned home for the service, and will continue on to the general conference to be held at Scottsbluff, NE, this week, by airplane. Pallbearers included John Hopp, Jr., H. H. Scheller, Conrad Gies, Conrad Hopp, Jacob Quast, and Mayor John Scrupps. Members of the city council attended in a body. Music was brought by a quartet, including Paul and Harold Hoefel, Clarence Frieske and William Wenz. In the German song the group was joined by Rev Eslinger. Born in Russia, April 2, 1886, Mr. Eckhardt was married there to Miss Katie Walter, and came to the United States 45 years ago. He entered the building business, as a contractor, employing many Odessa men while active in this trade. The most recent large structure which he supervised was the building of the United Congregational Church, from which his services were conducted. He built the Odessa city hall, first city water tank, city swimming pool, elevators and many homes in Odessa, as well as grain elevators and other buildings in towns throughout the district. Since retiring from active operation of his business, he has served with the city council, and on Monday of last week was installed for another two year term. Her he lent his building knowledge to operations of the water department, and in a uniform sidewalk grading plan for the town. He had left here on Tuesday, with Mrs. Eckhardt, as part of a large group attending the church conference in Idaho, and had planned to go on to Nebraska. The group arrived at Paul on Friday afternoon, and death came to Mr. Eckhardt Saturday afternoon. Those who were with Mr. Eckhardt at the meeting stated that he had been active that day in the business session, and had made a motion for the group to consider. AS he sat down he became distressed. Members of the group took him to the church yard, and a respirator from the Paul fire department was used in a vain effort to revive him. Mr. and Mrs. John Hopp Jr. and Rev Eslinger accompanied Mrs. Eckhardt home on Sunday, driving the Eckhardt car back. The body was shipped home in care of the Strate Funeral Home. This firm had charge of the funeral services, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Katie, at the home; one son, Ted W. Eckhardt, Odessa; six daughters, Mrs. Alma Field, East End, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mrs. Emma Paulsen, Spokane; Mrs. Esther Becker, Harrington; Mrs. Ruth Clukey, Spokane; Mrs. Lydia Bischoff, Harrington; and Mrs. Dorothy Finney, Spokane; 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother, George Eckhardt, of Walla Walla. All the children but one were here for the service, Mrs. Alma Field of Canada being unable to come.” (Odessa Record: 6-14-1951)
Eckhardt, Frances, (added) (d. Feb 1963) “Funeral services for Mrs. T. W. (Frances) Eckhardt will be held from the St Joseph Catholic Church here at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev John O’Dea will officiate. Rosary will be said at the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be in Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Eckhardt was a dedicated civic worker, a member of Royal Neighbors of America, St Joseph Altar Society and the Girl Scouts. In the latter she served in district offices and as neighborhood chairman until illness compelled her to retire. Survivors include her husband, Ted W, one son, Paul; four daughters, Elaine, at the home; Brenda and Sylvia, at Spokane; Mrs. Anita Frederick, Odessa; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, Chewelah; one brother, John Miller, Spokane; three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Bresnahan, Chewelah; Mrs. Clara Stroyne, Valley; and Mrs. Marie Lamb, Enaville, ID; 4 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1963) “Funeral services for Mrs. Frances E. Eckhardt, 53, were held... Acting as pallbearers were C. E. Meek, A. W. Jessett, D. H. Evavold, Louis Wraspir, Frank Horak, and Louis Kremsreiter. Francis Miller was born in Mankato, MN, on Sept 27, 1909, and came with her parents to Valley, WA, as a girl. She graduated from Holy Names College and entered the teaching profession, at Waitts Lake and Schoonover before coming to the Odessa schools. On June 11, 1936 she married T. W. Eckhardt, and they have continued their home in Odessa since...” (Odessa Record: 2-21-1963)
Eckhardt, George B., (d. 3-__-44; fun. 3-16-44; b. 8-18-1899; TS; OC; Strates) “George Eckhardt. Residence: Oakland, CA. Place of death: Oakland. Birth: Aug 18, 1899, Ichmont, S Dakota. Death: (not given). Age: 44 yrs 5 mos 22 days. Male, single, white. Occupation: Burner for Moore Dry Dock Co. Father: George Eckhardt, born Russia. Mother: Margaret Hoff born Russia. Cause of death: heart attack. Certifying physician: coroner in Oakland, CA. Burial: Odessa. Funeral: St Matthew Cong. Church, Thursday, 3-16-1944, 2 p.m., Rev Flemmer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “George Eckhardt. Age: 44 yrs 6 mos 21 days. Dated: 4-16-1944. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathew Congregational ledger) Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the St Matthews Congregational church for George Eckhart, 45, former resident, who died suddenly in California last Friday. The Rev J. P. Flemmer is officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Eckhart, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Eckhart Sr., was born at Hastings, Nebraska, in 1899, and came with his parents to Odessa. During recent years he had traveled where his labors took him, the last six years in California, where he was a shipyard worker at the time of his death. Last Friday he reported for work as usual, but was not feeling well and reported to the doctor, who sent him home. He died on his way home. Survivors include three brothers, Carl, Almira; David, Wilson Creek; and Harry, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. William Scott, Cheney; Mrs. Edwin Kent, Spokane; Mrs. John Hansen, Newport; and Mrs. Joe Harding, Ellensburg.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1944)
Eckhardt, Katherine M., (d. 5-17-1986; b. 3-04-1886; w/o Con H; TS; OC; dc) “Eckhardt, Katherine Margaret. Died: 5-17-1986, Odessa, WA. Mother: Ann Margaret Schafer. Father: Jacob Walter. Spouse: Conrad Eckhardt. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Katie Margaret Eckhardt of Odessa, born March 14, 1886 in Frank, Russia, passed away at Memorial Convalescent Center here May 17, (1986). She came to the United States in 1907 with her husband, Conrad Eckhardt, and settled briefly in South Dakota before coming to Odessa in 1909, where her husband was a building contractor and carpenter. The couple raised a family of eight children, including four daughters who survive: Dorothy Finney of Odessa, Lydia Bischoff of Harrington, and Esther Becker and Ruth Clukey, both of Spokane. Mrs. Eckhardt was a member of the United Congregational Church and Ladies Aid, and of the Volga German Society. Her husband preceded her in death 35 years ago. Other survivors include 17 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren. Funeral service took place Tuesday at the UCC, the Rev Randall Griffith officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-1986)
Eckhardt, Maria, (d. 1911; b. 1911; TS; OC; DC) “Marie Eckhardt. Female, white, single. Birth: June 2, 1911, WA; aged: 1 month 2 days. Father: Geo Eckhardt born Russia; Mother: Anna Hoss, born Russia. Death: July 4, 1911 at 6 p.m., Krupp, Grant Co., WA. Cause of death: acute ileo-colitis of 6 days. Jno Knox, MD, of Krupp, WA. Burial: (not shown) Undertaker: (not shown).” (WA State Certificate of Death)
Eckhardt, Martha, d/o Con H. (d. 1-27-17; b. 7-07-16; TS; OC; DC; dc; Cong) “Eckhardt, Martha. Died: 27 Jan 1917, Odessa, WA. Birth: 7 July 1916, WA. Age: 6 mos 20 days; Mother: Katie Walter, b. Russia; Father: Conrad H. Eckhardt, b. Russia. Informant: Con H. Eckhardt of Odessa; Cause of death: double pneumonia; Contributory: La Grippe, chronic indigestion. H Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Date of burial: 1-29-1917. Undertaker: no attendant” (Lincoln County Health death card & WA State Register of Death) “Martha Eckhardt. Age: 0 yrs 6 mos 20 days. Dated: Jan 27, 1917, Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational ledger) "Martha Eckhart, the seven month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Con H Eckhart died at their home Saturday of pneumonia after an illness of ten days duration. Funeral services were held from St Mathews church Monday, Rev A. Reimann officiating, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 2-02-1917)
Eckhardt, Ruth M. Webb, (d. 1-01-1982; b. ns; w/o John; OC; dc) “Eckhardt, Ruth Maureen. Died: Jan 1, 1982, 2nd and Glover, Harrington, WA. Husband: John Eckhardt. Father: James William Webb; Mother: Mary Miller.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
Eckhardt, Theodor Wm, (d. 2-06-1970; b. 5-19-1908; s/o Con; TS; OC; dc) “Eckhardt, Theordor William. Died: 6 Feb 1970, Lincoln, Odessa, WA. Birth: 19 May 1908, South Dakota. Spouse: Widowed. Parents: Conrad & Katherine (Derr) Eckhardt. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Ted Eckhardt died at the local hospital on Friday, Feb 6, at the age of 61. Memorial services were held at the UCC Tuesday afternoon at 1, Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Theodore W. Eckhardt, son of Con and Katie Eckhardt, was born in Redfield, SD, on May 19, 1908. He moved with the family the following year to Odessa and was a resident of this area all of his life. He was united in marriage to Frances Miller in June of 1936. The couple raised one son and four daughters. Mr. Eckhardt was employed as a carpenter during his adult life. He was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational church. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for many years. His wife died on Feb 12, 1963. Survivors of the deceased include his mother, Katie; his son, Paul of Spokane; four daughters, Anita Frederick of Sprague, Brenda Horak of Spokane, Sylvia Miller of St Ignatius, MT, and Elaine Scates of Spokane; 9 grandchildren; 6 sisters, Mrs. Lloyd Fields of Eastend, Sask, Mrs. Glen Paulsen and Mrs. George Clukey of Spokane, Mrs. Fred Becker and Mrs. Ed Bischoff of Harrington, and Mrs. Lloyd Finney of Moses Lake. Pall bearers at the last rites were: Glen Paulson, Lloyd Finney, Fred Becker, Ed Bischoff, Al Wagner and George Clukey. (Odessa Record: 12 Feb 1970)
Eckhart, Allan G., (d. 2002; b. 1929; TS; OC)
Eckhart, Alma, (d. 1981; b. 1908; TS; OC) “Funeral service for Alma M. Eckhart, 73, of Okanogan was 2 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilson Creek, with Rev Edwin Allabough officiating. Burial was at Odessa Cemetery with local arrangements under the direction of Chapel of Memories funeral home. Mrs. Eckhart died Nov 5 at Samaritan Hospital. She was born Sept 2, 1908 in Ritzville and resided in the Wilson Creek area for many years. She married David Eckhart who preceded her in death in May 1966. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lola, in April 1973. Mrs. Eckhart was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Okanogan. She is survived by four sons, Allan Eckhart of Soap Lake, LaVern Eckhart of St Paul, MN, Gerald Eckhart of Wilson Creek and Larry Eckhart of Ephrata; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Babcock of Spokane, Mrs. Mille Sieverkropp of Cheney and Mrs. Emma Albashart of Cheney; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and various nieces and nephews.” (scrapbook obit) “Final services were held on Monday, Nov 9, for Mrs. Alma M. Eckhart. She passed away on Thursday, Nov 5 at the Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilson Creek with Rev Edwin Allabough officiating. She was born on Sept 2, 1908 at Ritzville, WA. She and her husband, the late David Eckhart, had lived in the Wilson Creek and Marlin areas for more than 50 years. Mrs. Eckhart was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Okanogan. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1956, and a daughter in 1973. Survivors include four sons: Allan of Soap Lake, WA; LaVern of St Paul; Gerald of Wilson Creek; and Larry of Ephrata; three sisters: Mrs. Ida Babcock of Spokane; Mrs. Millie Sieverkropp and Mrs. Emma Albashart, both of Cheney; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Final interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Chapel of Memories Funeral Home of Moses Lake in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-12-1981)
(d. 1966; b. 1902; TS; OC) “Dave
Eckhart.—His home, Wilson Creek, WA. Survived by his wife, Alma Eckhart, at
the family home; one daughter, Lola Raver, Ephrata, WA; 4 sons, Allen Eckhart,
Grant orchard, WA; Gerald Eckhart, Wilson Creek, WA; LaVern Eckhart, New London,
CT; Larry Eckhart, USN, Viet Nam; 3 sisters, Mrs. Katherine Kent, Spokane; Mrs.
Rachel Hansen, Newport, WA; Mrs. Hanna Kitts, Ellensburg, WA; 11 grandchildren.
He was a retired city marshal of
Eckhart, Elsie E., d/o Geo A. (d. 12-18-17; b. 12-14-17; OC; DC; dc; Cong) “Eckhardt, Elsie Elisabeth. Birth: 14 Dec 1917; Died: 17 Dec 1917; Age: 3 days; diarrhea; Parents; George Eckhardt and Frau. Buried: 18 Dec 1017.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not given) “Eckhart, Elsie E. Died: 18 Dec 1917, Odessa, WA. Birth: 14 Dec 1917, Odessa, WA. Mother: Anna Willman, b. Nebraska; Father: George A. Eckhart, b. Russia. Informant: Geo A. Eckhart of Odessa. Cause of death: convulsions, duration 3 hours; Contributory: acute indigestion; Age: 4 days; H. Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln County Health death card which shows “Odessa Cemetery”) “The infant child which was born to Mr. and Mrs. George A. Eckhart Friday, died Monday morning of convulsions. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Rev W. F. Essig officiating. Burial took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-21-1917)
Eckhart, Theodore Taylor, (d. 7-20-22; b. 7-19-22; s/o Geo A; OC; DC; dc) “Eckhart, Theodore Taylor. Died: 20 July 1922, Odessa, WA. Birth: 19 July 1922, Odessa, WA, lived 18 hours. Mother: Anna Willman, b. Russia; Father: George A. Eckhart, b. Russia; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. No attendant, undertaker.” (Lincoln County Health death card)
Eckhart, Viola Dolores, (infant
daughter of Geo A.) (d. 4-05-21; b.
4-05-21; OC; DC; dc) “Eckhart,
Infant. Died: 4-05-1921; Birth: 4-05-1921. Infant.
Father: George A. Eckhart. Mother: Anna Wilmer.
Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Infant
Eckhart. Died: 4-05-1921, Odessa, Dist #6, Lincoln Co; Female, white, single,
Birth: 4-05-1921, Odessa, WA. Father: Geo A. Eckhart born Russia; Mother: Anna Wilmer
born NE; Informant: Mrs. Roloff of Odessa, WA. Died: 4-05-1921, age 30
minutes. Cause of death: unknown, no medical attendant. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial:
Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Undertaker: no attendant.” (WA State Register of
Death) “Viola Dolores Eckhardt. Age: 15 menuten.
Apr 5, 1921, Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational ledger)
Edyvean, Frances G., (d. 5-09-1997; b. 3-02-1912; TS; OC) “Florence Gladene Edyvean, 85, of Coulee Dam, died Friday, May 9, 1997 at her home. She was born March 2, 1912, in Irby, WA, to Frank and Frances Wraspir. She married John R Edyvean in Cashmere on Aug 6, 1934. They moved to the Grand Coulee area in 1935. She worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 30 years and retired in 1973. Survivors include her beloved husband, at home; one sister, Helen Campbell, of Opportunity; and two nephews, Harley and Neil Wraspir, both of Odessa. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Frank and Casey. At her request, no services will be held.” (scrapbook obit)
Edyvean, John R., h/o Frances (d. 7-04-1999; b. 6-29-1908; TS; OC) “John R. Edyvean died Sunday, July 4, in Spokane. He was 84 years old. Mr. Edyvean, a long time resident of Grand Coulee, lived in Odessa as a young man. Recently, he had been a resident at Odessa Convalescent Center. He was born June 28, 1908, in Alpina, SD. He came to Odessa in 1924 to live with Dr L M Thompson and his half-sister, Annette Thompson. He worked summers at lookout stations in the Sandpoint, Idaho area. He also worked as a roust-about in logging camps northeast of Hayden Lake, Idaho. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1928. He was on the football team for two years. He also attended Washington State College. On Aug 6, 1934, he married Francis G. Wraspir, of Irby. He was employed by the Union and Shell oil companies delivering petroleum products. He worked for 14 years at the G C Daum cattle ranch north of Grand Coulee Dam. Mr. Edyvean had 14 half-brothers and half-sisters. Survivors include Phyllis Covey, of Seattle; Pat Daulph, of Omak; nephews Harley Wraspir and Neil Wraspir, both of Odessa, and sister-in-law Helen Wraspir Campbell, of Odessa. At his request, no service will be held.” (Odessa Record-July 8, 1999)
Egbert, Betty Mae, (cremated; d. Jan 2, 1955) “Funeral services are being held at Spokane this afternoon for Betty Mae Egbert, former Marlin matron, who died Jan 2, at Wenatchee. Cremation will follow. The Rev John Groschupf is officiating. Mrs. Egbert was the widow of the late Gib Egbert, of Marlin, and she and her husband were prominent figures there. She conducted music and tap dancing lessons in Odessa for several years, coming here from her Marlin home. Following the death of Mr. Egbert she lived at Liberty Lake near Spokane, and during the past year moved to Wenatchee to be near her daughter, Robin. Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Ellsworth H Reese, Wenatchee; one son, John L Peterson, Spokane, and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1955)
Egbert, Gilbert Jefferson, (d. 4-06-1947; b. 4-15-1877; TS; OC; Strates) “Gilbert Jefferson Egbert. Residence: Marlin, WA. Birth: April 15, 1877, Norwald, Iowa. Death: April 6, 1947, Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane, WA. Aged: 69 yrs 11 mos 21 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Father: Henry T. Egbert, born Akron, Ohio; Mother: Nancy Ragsdale, born MO; Physician: Dr James Cunningham of Spokane. Funeral: English Congregational Church at 2 p.m.; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA on 4-09-1947.” (Fees also show purchase of two graves for total of $80; Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services were held at the English Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon for Gilbert Jefferson Egbert, 69, prominent pioneer resident of the Marlin area, who died at a Spokane hospital Sunday. The Rev M. J. Galle officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Born at Norwalk, Iowa, April 15, 1877, Mr. Egbert came west as a young man in 1900 and homesteaded near Marlin, later developing an orchard adjoining Marlin, on which the Egbert home now stands. In 1918 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Betty Mae Peterson, who survives. He took a prominent part in the early development of Marlin in its community and business life until advancing age and illness caused his partial retirement. During the past eight years his health has been failing, during which he spent much time at hospitals. About eight weeks ago he reentered the hospital, and two weeks ago underwent an operation. Survivors include the widow, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Robin Jacqueline Reese, Dryden, WA; one stepson, John L. Peterson, Spokane; one sister, Mrs. Frank Lowe, Des Moines, Iowa; one brother, Frank A. Egbert, Redmond, WA; two grandchildren and 10 nephews and nieces.” (Odessa Record: 4-10-1947)
Eichhorn, Johannes (Rev) (d. 12-26-18; b. 3-12-1867; TS; OC; obit; DC) ‘Johannes Eichhorn. Male, white, married, minister; Birth: Mar 12, 1867, Russia; Age: 51 yr 9 mos 14 days. Father: John William Eichhorn born Russia; Mother: Catherine M Schmidt born Russia. Informant: Martha Eichhorn, Odessa, WA. Death: Dec 26, 1918, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co. Cause of death: diabetes Melitis with abscess of lungs. Duration: 1 yr 3 mos; H Mitchell, MD, of Odessa. Burial: Odessa, WA. (WA State Register of Death; no burial date or undertaker stated) “The funeral of Rev John Eichorn, who died at midnight Friday night, was held Monday afternoon in the open air in front of the Lutheran church of which he was pastor for a little over three years. Two funeral sermons, one in German and one in English were given, the first by Rev Paul Groscupf of Spokane and the other by Rev H. Krenek of Medical Lake. Short talks were also made by four other Lutheran ministers, who came to pay their last tribute of homage and respect to their fellow co-worker, who had been cut down in the midst of his labor. These were Rev H. P. Christensen, present pastor of the Odessa Lutheran church, the Rev E. Schnepe of Quincy, the Rev Mineke of Endicott and the Rev Charles Labes of Lind. Mr. Eichorn was 51 years of age. He was born at Denhof, Russia, graduated from the university there and entered the ministry, serving three congregations, the first at Morganthau for four years; the second at Kolb for six years and the last at Merkel where for nine years strove to lead others to a better life. Just before he reached his 22nd year, in 1889 he was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte Fritzler and to them 12 children have been born, three of which went on before him, but the remaining nine are all ... (damaged paper)... Carl Paul and Arthur and three daughters, the Misses Hannah, Martha and Pauline, are still home. In 1904 he received a call to come to America, and refused it but in 1907 another call was extended to him from the St Paul’s Lutheran church at Hastings, NE, which he accepted. He arrived at Hastings in Nov 1907 and was welcomed by many olds friends and preached there nearly four years when he was called to Denver, CO, where after serving three years in the Christus Gemeinde Lutheran Church he accepted a call from Odessa. Hard work here told on his health and finally a complication of diabetes and tuberculosis forced him to resign. He received the best of medical aid at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane and the Hot Lake, Oregon, sanitarium, but his powers of resistance were unequal to the strong hold the disease had fastened upon him and it was a losing fight. He was a patient sufferer for fifteen months during which time he gradually grew weaker and finally the end came. Mr. Eichorn by his high ideals and genial disposition made many friends here who extend sincere sympathy to his bereaved family. His remains were laid to rest after the services in the Lutheran Cemetery, where a special tract has been reserved for ministers and members of their families.” (Odessa Record: 1-03-1919)
Elledge, Bernice V., (d. 11-24-1997; b. 9-17-1929; TS; OC; obit) “Bernice Verlane Elledge, a native of Irby, died on Monday, Nov 24, 1997, after a long battle with cancer. She was 68 years old. She was a long time resident of Grandview. She was born Sept 17, 1929, the daughter of Adolph and Katherine (Kissler) Heimbigner at the Heimbigner family homestead. The family moved to Mohler in 1935. She attended the Harrington Schools, playing clarinet in the high school band. She also attended Eastern Washington University, where she took secretarial courses. In 1961, she moved to Grandview. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, the Over the Hill Gang and the Lower Valley Musical Company. She is survived by three children, Kenna-Kae Elledge and her husband, Brian Williams, of Spokane; Earl Thomas Elledge and his wife, Jaci Elledge, of University Place, WA; and Verlaine Rae and her husband, Dan Schneider of Grandview; her grandchildren, Zachary Becker, Seth Becker and Samuel Becker, of Spokane, Aaron Elledge of University Place, and Katherine Schneider of Grandview, and a long time friend, Linda Park. A funeral service was held on Nov 28, 1997, at the Grace Brethren Church in Grandview. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery on Nov 28, 1997. Following the graveside service, family and friends met at the home of Bob and Louella Praetorius in Odessa for refreshments and a time of fellowship.” (Odessa Record: 3-05-1998)
Elliot, James H., (d. 1960; b. 1939; TS; OC; burial in E-05-36 per Suchland listing)
Els, Alfred F., (d. 1919; b. 1917; TS; OC; no research done to find this death; Suchland’s listing shows this burial in A-09-64-A, same gravesite as Mary C. Els.)
Els, Alice Irene Weber, (d. 6-27-1998; b. 2-17-1906; TS; OC; dc) “Els, Alice Irene. Died: June 27, 1998. Born: Feb 17, 1906 in Odessa, WA. Spouse: Widowed. Father: Christian E. Weber. Mother: Toney Reiman. Burial: July 2, 1998, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for Alice Irene Els will be held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, July 2, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs Els, who was 92 years old, died in Davenport on Saturday, July 27, 1998. She was born in Odessa on Feb 17, 1906, the daughter of Christian and Toney Weber, Odessa area pioneers. She was graduated form Odessa High School with the Class of 1924 and from Cheney Normal School (now EWU). She taught in rural schools in the Odessa area. She married Henry Els Jr. on Nov 1, 1928, in Wenatchee. Mr. Els died in June 1978. Alice and Henry farmed in the Batum area throughout the 1930s, then moved to the Harrington area to farm in 1941. They moved to Odessa in 1959 and continued farming until retirement in 1965. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She is survived by one daughter, Donna M. Zier, of Olympia; one son, James H. Els and wife Susan, of Harrington; one granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Els of Seattle; 5 grandsons, Brian Els and wife Lisa, of Portland; Steven Zier of San Diego; Bart, Tom and Kirk Zier, all of Olympia; 4 sisters, DeLora Gies, Vera Zagelow, Edna E. Nicholls, all of Spokane; and Arlene Meyers of Silverton, OR. She was preceded in death by brother Eugene C. Weber in 1994 and sister Ruth F. Fisher in 1996. Pastor Scott Jurgens will officiate at the funeral, with interment at Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-02-1998)
(added) “Dee Els, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died
Tuesday, July 19, 2005. He was 94 years old. He was born Oct 15,
1910, on the family farm southwest of Odessa to Henry and Maria (Reitner) Els, Sr. He was a wheat farmer in the Odessa area for many
years. Dee married Kathryn O’Brien on Feb 8, 1947, in Seattle. After retiring he moved into Odessa, where he continued to live until his
death. He was a member of the Odessa Grange. Dee loved gardening and his roses. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Kay Els, of Woodenville, WA; three sisters, Marie Roloff and Viola Schrag, both of Odessa; and Esther Schorzman, of Seattle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn in 1983, four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 23, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2005)
Els, Frank Sr., s/o Henry (d. 2-10-1976; b. 6-15-1909; TS; OC; dc) “Els, Frank, Sr. Died: 2-10-1976. Birth: 6-15-1909, WA. Widowed. Father: Henry Els. Mother: Mary Reitner. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Frank Els, Sr., son of Henry and Mary Els, was born on the family homestead near Odessa on June 15, 1909. He was baptized into the Christian faith on Aug 9, 1909, and confirmed on June 28, 1925. He received his formal education in the Batum school. On Jan 4, 1939 he was married to Marie Fisher. He was engaged in farming with his brothers until retiring in 1973. He lived on the ranch until moving to town in 1952. Frank became suddenly seriously ill on the night of Feb 9th, and died in the Odessa hospital early in the morning of Feb 10th, (1976). He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Marie; by one sister, Lydia Kuest; and by one brother who died in infancy. He is survived by two daughters: Donna Schafer of Odessa and Joyce Conklin of Spokane; by one son: Frank, Jr., of Spokane; by four brothers: Henry, Rueben and Dee of Odessa, and John of Warrington, OR; by four sisters: Theresa Fink of Seattle, Esther Schorzman of Quincy, Marie Roloff and Viola Els of Odessa; by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services were held on Feb 13 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers for the service were: Reuben Fink, Charles Jeske, George Gies, Henry Schafer, Jacob Miller, Jr., and Ed Borgens. Participating in a men’s quartet were Ralph Heimbigner, Al Scheibner, Bill Schillinger, and Curtis Finck. Sung at the service were hymns ‘My Faith Looks Up To Thee’ and ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus.’ Mrs. Leo Stout was organist.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-1976)
Els, Helen M. Heimbigner, (d. 1-18-1985; b. 1922; TS; OC; dc) “Els, Helen Marie. Died: Jan 18, 1985, Odessa, WA. Mother: Marie Heimbigner. Father: David Heimbigner. Spouse: Divorced-Reuben Els. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan 23, 1985 for Helen Marie Els, who passed away on Friday, Jan 18, 1985. The 11 o’clock services were held at the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home at Davenport. Pastor Daniel Cronrath of the Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa, and Pastor Ed Huff of Tacoma, WA, officiated at the services. Helen was born Aug 16, 1922 at Batum, WA, the sixth child of David C and Mary Heimbigner. She was educated in the Odessa Schools. Baptized in infancy, she was a confirmed member of the Christ Lutheran Church. She was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Odessa. Helen was married to Reuben Els and together they celebrated 36 years of marriage. Preceding her in death were her parents. She is survived by two children, Dennis Els, Chelan, WA; and Nedra J Hazenberg of Moses Lake; two brothers, Leo D. Heimbigner, Portland, OR; LaMar K Heimbigner, Odessa; four sisters, Edna Janke Jorgenson, Mildred Wilskie, Dorothy Beck and Ella Beck, all of Odessa; two grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Hazenberg, both of Moses Lake; numerous nieces and nephews. Sacred selections of ‘In The Garden’ and ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again’ were sung by soloist Merrill Womach of Spokane. Casket bearers were her nephews, Frank Els Jr., Warren Beck, Merle Janke, Allen Janke, Jim Els, and son-in-law, Mike Hazenberg. Concluding services and interment were at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-31-1985)
Els, Henry, (d. 1978; b. 1905; TS; OC; obit) Henry Els, Jr., was born at Odessa, WA on Dec 16, 1905 to Henry Els, Sr. and Mary Caroline Reitner Els. He received his formal education at the Batum and Odessa schools. He was married to Miss Alice Weber on Nov 1, 1928. Two children were born to this union. Els farmed south of Odessa until 1941. He then farmed at Harrington until ill health forced his retirement in 1964. In 1959 the couple built a new home in Odessa, commuting to their farming operations the last five years before retirement. After an extended period of illness, Henry died at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on June 27, (1978). He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where last rites were conducted on June 30th, and of the Odessa Grange. Henry leaves to mourn his death, his wife, Alice, of Odessa; one daughter, Donna Marie Zier of Olympia; one son, James H. Els and wife, Susan, of Harrington; one granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Els, Harrington; five grandsons, Brian Els, Harrington; Bart, Tom and Kirk Zier of Olympia, and Steve Zier of Portland; two brothers, Dee and Reuben Els of Odessa; four sisters, Mrs. Marie Roloff and Viola Els of Odessa, Theresa Fink of Seattle and Esther Schorzman of Quincy. Rev Daniel Cronrath officiated at the funeral. Organist was Mrs. Ron Frederick. ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘God Will Take Care of You’ were sung by a men’s quartet whose members were E. A. Scheibner, Curtis Finck, Jim Raum and Clark Kagele. Casketbearers were Reuben Fink, George Gies, Harold Jenkins, Wayne Braun, Ed Borgens and Frank Wraspir. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-06-1978)
Els, Henry Sr., h/o Marie (d. 7-01-46; b. 2-09-1871; TS; OC; LL; Strates; dc; Suchland’s listing shows this Henry in A-09-63) “Els, Henry Sr. Died: 1 July 1946, Odessa, Lincoln, WA. Birth: 9 Feb 1871, Not obt., Russia. Spouse: Widowed, Marie. Parents: George & Elizabeth (Roth) Els. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Henry Els. Born: Feb 2, 1871, at Walter (Kuder), Russia. Died: July 1, 1946, at Odessa, WA. Buried: July 5, 1946, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Thrombosis. Age 75 yrs 4 mos 29 days. Mourned by 5 sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren. Text: Heb. 10:19-22. ERP.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Funeral services for Henry Els, Sr., retired pioneer rancher, who died Monday night, are to be held on Friday afternoon from the Christ Lutheran church, the Rev E R Pflueger officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Els was born in Russia, Feb 9, 1871, and came to the United States at the age of 19. He was married here and farmed for several years on the Adams –Lincoln county line southwest of Odessa, until he turned his farming interests over to his sons and retired. He had been in ill health for some time. Coming to America he lived for a time at Lincoln, NE, then came west to Walla Walla, homesteading here in 1901. He was married here to Marie Carolina Reitner, who died in 1926. He is survived by 5 sons, Henry Jr., Harrington; Frank, Dee, Reuben and John, all of Odessa; 5 daughters, Mrs. John Frick, Seattle; Mrs. Lydia Kuest, Odessa; Mrs. Esther Schorzman, Quincy; Mrs. Marie Roloff, and Mrs. Viola Schrag, Odessa, and 16 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1946)
Els, Kathryn, (d. 1983; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec 28, 1983, from St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa for Kathryn (Kay) Els, who passed away following a long illness. Father William Hanly officiated. Kathryn J. O’Brien Els was born and raised in Spokane. She attended Holy Names Academy, Maryhurst College and Eastern Washington State University. She worked in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane for many years before moving to Odessa. She was most recently employed by Odessa Memorial Hospital. She had been an active member of the Royal Neighbors and Girl Scouts. Kathryn passed away at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Survivors include her husband, Dee Els, Odessa; a daughter, Mary Kay Els, Acapulco, Mexico; a sister, Eileen Cafaro, Los Angeles, CA; a brother, Richard O’Brien, Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. Officiating at the 7:30 Rosary on Tuesday was Father William Hanley. Special music was provided by Donna Schafer, who sang ‘The Our Father’ with organ accompaniment by Nancy Evavold. Pall bearers were Robert Schafer, Wayne Bischoff, Clem Groh, C. H. Scrupps, Walt Weber and Bill Jessett. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements. “ (Odessa Record: 1-12-1984)
Els, Reuben, (WW II) (d. 1999; b. 1912; TS; OC) “Reubin Els, age 87.—Passed away May 5, 1999 in Ephrata, WA. His home, Odessa, WA. He is survived by one son Dennis Els, Soap Lake, WA; and one daughter, Nedra Hazenberg, Moses Lake, WA; two grandchildren; one brother, Dee Els, Odessa, WA; and three sisters, Marie Roloff, Viola Schrag and Esther Schorzman, all of Odessa, WA. Memorial Services will be Tuesday, May 11, 1999 at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Pastor Scott Jurgens, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman-Review: 5-09-1999)
Emmert, Edna L., (d. 1953; b. 1870; TS; OC; burial in E-04-33) “Eden Lydia Emmert. Died: 3 Jan 1953, aged 82, Wilson Creek, Grant Co, WA. Father: Issac Borrowdale. Mother: Mary Maier. Batch id # 278015.” (WA State Death Records)
Emmert, Joshua W., (d. 1958; b. 1868; TS; OC) “Joshua Emmert. Died: 25 May 1958, age 90, Renton, King Co, WA. Father: Phillip J Emmert. Mother: Aliza Pruner. Batch id # 281708.” (WA State Death Records)
Erickson, Cecelia, w/o John; (d. 1969; b. 1887; TS; OC) “Cecelia Katherine Erickson. Born Aug 9, 1887. Passed Away June 4, 1969. Services Saturday, June 7, 1969 at 2 p.m. English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Under direction of Strate Funeral Home. Rev John A. Birchard officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Funeral Program) “Mrs. Cecelia K. Erickson, a resident of Odessa since 1934, passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital June 4 at the age of 81 years. Mrs. Erickson was born in Germany in 1887. She spent her early years in Canada, where she married John E. Erickson at West Minister, BC in July 1910. They moved to the Marlin-Krupp area in 1913, and they farmed for many years before moving to Odessa. Mr. Erickson died in 1951. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 7, at the English Congregational Church. Pastor John Birchard was in charge. Burial was at the Odessa Cemetery. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Flora Belle Quirk; three grandchildren, Richard, Cecelia and Catherine Quirk; and two great grandchildren, all of Wilbur. Mrs. Erickson was a charter member of the Wilson Creek Order of Eastern Star, later transferring to the Odessa lodge.” (Odessa Record: 6-19-1969)
Erickson, John, h/o Cecelia (d. 1951; b. 1880; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the English Congregational church for John E Erickson, 70, pioneer of the region and president of the Odessa State Bank. The Rev R H Satterfield and the Rev A Hausauer conducted the services. The Odessa Masonic lodge had charge of the graveside service. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Musical numbers were brought by the church choir, singing two numbers, and a duet by Mrs. Ingwer Thomsen and Mrs. Robert Haight. Pallbearers were Harry Erickson Jr. of CA; L A West, Pasco; Fred Frick, Marlin; Ingwer Thomsen, Wilson Creek; and E. J. Wachter, H. C. Phillips and C A Bragg, Odessa. Mr. Erickson, in apparent good health had attended the Thursday evening meeting of the Social Club, leaving early when he complained of illness. Later in the evening it was decided to take him to a Spokane hospital. He arrived there in good spirits, but succumbed within the hour. Mr. Erickson, president of the Odessa State Bank, has been an active figure in the life of east central Washington since 1901. As a stock man, banker, lumberman, and merchant, he has had important interests in Lincoln, Douglas and Grant Counties. Born at Hancock, MN, on Jan 20, 1880, he attended high school and business college there. For several years he worked with his father, who was a lumberman and banker in MN and maintained two chains of lumber yards in that state. Coming to Washington in 1901 he entered the horse and stock business in Douglas County, and quickly became a well-known figure. He was county commissioner in 1909, when Grant County was separated from former holdings and moved to Marlin, Douglas County. In 1912 he sold his (stock) to enter the mercantile and lumber business. In 1931 his store burned and was not replaced. Meanwhile in 1915, Mr. Erickson became vice president of the Marlin State Bank, originally the Farmers Bank of Krupp, and in 1922 was elected its president. Following the banking holiday of 1933, it reopened immediately, with 100 per cent liquid condition. In 1934 the institution was moved to Odessa, opening under the name of the Odessa State Bank, to serve a larger community. At Marlin Mr. Erickson was also president of the Marlin Investment Company and owned extensive farming lands. Since he came to Odessa he sold the Marlin Lumber Company to Fred Frick, who operates it now. For several years he held the position as county chairman of the Grant County Republican Central committee. He was a charter member of the Wilson Creek Masonic lodge, a lodge that later was transferred to Moses Lake, where he still held membership. He belonged to Davenport Chapter No 25, Royal Arch Masons. In 1910 John E Erickson married Cecilia Moller, a native of Germany that had come to America at an early age with her parents. This family lived in the Farmington district. They have one daughter, Florabelle, born in 1914, now Mrs. P. J. Quirk of Govan. There are three grandchildren, Cecilia Joan, Katherine Jean and Richard John Quirk. Other survivors include three sisters, Effie Erickson, Compton, CA; Nettie Schmidt, Anoka, MN, and Isabel Frisbee, Hancock, MN; two brothers, Herbert Erickson, Moses Lake; and H. C. Erickson, Compton, CA.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1951)
Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, submitted
to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach
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