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.
Goede, Charles R., h/o Emma (d. 1967; b. 1880; TS; OC; E-10-35 per Suchland listing)
Goede, Emma, w/o C. R. (d. 1995; b. 1894; TS; OC; obit) “Emma Raugust Goede, who would have been 101 years old on July 19, died Sunday, July 2, 1995, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she was a resident. Mrs. Goede was Odessa’s oldest citizen. She was honored last year when she reached the century mark. She also received recognition from the community last September as grand marshal of the Deutschesfest Parade. She had lived most of her life in Odessa, although her birthplace was in the town of Eighenheim, Bessarabia, near the other Odessa, then in Russia, now in Ukraine. She was born on July 19, 1894, and her birth was registered on July 30, 1894. She was the sixth child of Jacob and Christina Raugust. In 1903, the Raugust family sold their vineyard and migrated from the seaport of Odessa to the United States via England, Baltimore and then by railroad to Ritzville. Before their arrival, the father of W C Raugust purchased a relinquishment homestead at Batum, 12 miles southwest of Odessa. Their sponsor was Gottfried Janke, whose wife was a sister of Emma’s father, Jacob Raugust Sr. The family cleared the ground of sagebrush so that farming could be resumed the following year. The children attended the rural school at Batum. Emma married Charles Goede in Spokane on Nov 26, 1915. For a short while, they lived in Ruff, where her husband was a mechanic in the garage of Charley Schell. They then moved to Odessa, where Charles Goede was co-owner of a garage and welding shop. Emma was a homemaker until 1934, when she was hired as a cook by the Odessa Bakery and Cafe. In the years following, she was employed at several different restaurants in Odessa until her husband became bedridden. She took care of him for seven years until his death in 1967. In 1969, she resumed her profession as a cook, continuing to work until she was 85 years old, when she retired. She remained in her home until 1989, when she broke a hip and was hospitalized. She sold her home and had an apartment at Odessa memorial Hospital until a year ago, when she entered the convalescent center, where she died Sunday, 17 days before her 101st birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters. Survivors are her two sons, Norman and his wife Jeanne, Weldon and his wife Madeline, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one step grandson and two step great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 6, at the Heritage United Church of Christ, with the Rev Larry Pierson officiating. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-06-1995)
Goetz, Allen “Bud”, (d. 3-07-1992; b. 9-30-1931; TS; OC) “Odessa—Allen ‘Bud’ Goetz, 60, Odessa, died Saturday, March 7, 1992, in the Odessa Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept 30, 1931, in Marlin to Emmanuel and Matilda (Allmer) Goetz. He was a lifetime resident of the Marlin area and graduated from Marlin High School. Survivors include two sons, Rick, Odessa, and Daniel, Yakima; four daughters, Marilyn Button and Ellen Minkes, both of Grand Coulee, and Tawnya Green and Michelle Goetz, both of Odessa; four brothers, James, Richard and Gordon, all of Odessa, and Stanley of Moses Lake; and 9 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son (Kim Goetz) and one brother (Ross Goetz). Funeral Services Wednesday, March 11, 1992 at Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Rev Glenn Gettinger, officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item)
Goetz, Doris, (d. 1994; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit) “Doris Goetz.—Passed away March 29, 1994 in Spokane, WA, her home, Odessa, WA. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Alvin Goetz of Odessa, WA; one daughter, Martha and her husband, Dick Selander of Seattle; one son, Leslie and his wife, Carolyn Goetz of Marlin, WA; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Frances Brown of Edmonds, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church, Electra Chapter of the OES in Spokane and the Evening Star Chapter of the OES of Almira, WA; Odessa Grange #931, El Karnack Temple Daughters of the Nile in Spokane, WA, Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 1, 1994 at 11 a.m. at Heritage UCC in Odessa, Pastor David Vanderdoes, officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “In Memory of Doris Margaret Goetz. Born Jan 29, 1911 Spokane, WA; Passed away March 29, 1994, Spokane, WA... Casket bearers: Jim Tate, R. D. Thrall, Dick Douglas, Loren Totusek, Loren Schlimmer, Robert Zimbelman. Honorary Bearers: Darin Goetz, Bill Ford, Jeff Goetz, Kevin Goetz, Marc Goetz, Gary Riley, Verne Pratt, Roy Davenport, and Harvey Sauder Jr.” (Funeral Program excerpt)
Goetz, Emanuel. (d. 11-16-1985; b. 3-17-1890; TS; OC) “Emanuel Goetz, born March 17, 1890 in Parkston, South Dakota and a resident of the Odessa area since 1898, passed away here Nov 16. He moved with his family to Oregon, then to the local area while still a child, and lived in the Odessa and Marlin areas until his death. Mr. Goetz was married to Tillie Allmer in July, 1917. The couple had six sons during a marriage that lasted 53 years before her death in 1970. He was a wheat and cattle rancher until his 1947 retirement, and lived in Marlin until 1978, when he moved to Odessa. During retirement, Mr. Goetz displayed his skills as a woodcarver with hand-carved farm scenes showing early practices in agriculture—all a source of joy and pride to family and countless friends. A member of the Presbyterian Church in Marlin, he attended the Odessa Baptist Church since moving here. Preceded in death by his wife, Tillie, and by a son, Ross, Mr. Goetz is survived by five sons; James, Richard, Gordon, Stanley and Allan; by a brother, Henry, of Seattle; and by 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov 19 at the Odessa Baptist Church, Rev Tom Goetz officiating. Concluding service and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Arrangements were through Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were the grandsons of the deceased; active bearers were Terry, Greg, Dennis, Jesse, Ben and Rick Goetz, while honorary bearers were Dan, Mike, Mark and Steve Goetz.” (Odessa Record-scrapbook)
Goetz, Emma, w/o John R. (d. 1967; b. 1887; TS; OC; d.10-16-1967); “Emma Goetz.—Her home was Odessa, WA. Survived by her husband, John R Goetz, at the home; 2 sons, Jack Goetz, Oak Harbor, WA, and Alvin Goetz, Marlin, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Elsie Davenport, Spokane; Mrs. Irene Schell, Odessa, WA; and Mrs Alma Riley, Spokane; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Alfred Wagner, Odessa; and Charlie Wagner, Olympia; 4 sisters, Mrs. Maggie Butte, Spokane; Mrs. Ida Weber, Odessa; Mrs. Claudia Holder, Olympia, WA; and Mrs. Rosie Perkins, Vancouver, WA. A member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Baptist Church, both of Odessa. Funeral services Thursday, Oct 19, at 2 p.m. from the Baptist Church, Odessa, WA, Rev Albert Richardson officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 10-17-1967)
Goetz, Gordon Charles, (d. 11-11-2000; b. 7-13-1923; TS; OC) “Funeral services for Gordon (Rudy) Goetz were held Tuesday, Nov 14, at the Odessa Baptist Church. Mr. Goetz, who was 77 years old, died Saturday, Nov 11, 2000, in Spokane. He had been a resident of Odessa for many years. He was born in Chehalis, WA, July 23, 1923, the son of Emanuel and Tillie (Allmer) Goetz. He was a carpenter in the construction industry. He was a member of the Odessa VFW. Survivors include his brother James (Jim) and wife Gerry, of Odessa; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Goetz of Marlin and Shirley Goetz of Moses Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Roscoe, Allan (Bud), Richard and Stanley. Pastor Charles Smith officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-scrapbook item)
Goetz, John R., (d. 1983; b. 1883; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan 27, 1983 from the Odessa Baptist Church in Odessa for John R. Goetz, who passed away on Jan 24, 1983. He was 100 years, 7 days old when he died. Pastor Myrl Thiesies officiated at the services. John R. Goetz was born Jan 17, 1883, the son of John and Justine Goetz in Parkston, South Dakota. When he was eight years of age he moved to the Salem, Oregon area with his parents and family, where they were raised. In 1898, at the age of fifteen, he, along with his parents, five brothers and five sisters, moved to the Odessa area, where they were engaged in farming. In 1908 John was married to Emma Wagner. To this union five children were born. Mr. Goetz was baptized in May of 1927 on confession of his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and became a faithful member of the Baptist Church, where he served in numerous capacities. John and Emma and their family farmed north of Marlin, WA on a wheat and cattle ranch until they moved into Odessa in 1942. In Oct of 1967, Emma passed away. John moved to the Odessa Convalescent Center in 1976. He was the eldest member of his family of five generations and the oldest senior citizen in the Odessa area. Survivors include two sons, Alvin Goetz of Odessa and Jack Goetz of Oak Harbor; three daughters, Elsie Davenport and Alma Riley, both of Spokane, and Irene Schell of Odessa; two brothers, Emanuel Goetz of Odessa and Henry Goetz of Seattle; one sister, Emelia Roth of Spokane; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. Providing special music for the service were Rev and Mrs. Myrl Thiesies, who sang ‘In Times Like These’ and ‘Beyond The Sunset’. Lynnae Rodenbough was organist. Casket bearers were Marc Goetz, Jeff Goetz, Leslie Goetz, Cecil Schell, Roy Davenport and Mark Smith. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item)
Goetz, Matilda A., (d. 7-08-1970; b. 2-06-1897; TS; OC) “Last rites for Mrs. Emanuel Goetz, who died here Wednesday evening, July 8, at the age of 73, were held Monday morning from the English Congregational Church with Rev Albert Hausauer assisting student pastor Gordon Lam of the Marlin Presbyterian church. Concluding service and vault interment was at the Odessa Cemetery. Music was provided by Mrs. Delbert Cook and Mrs. Ione Zeiler. Pallbearers, all Goetz grandsons, were Steve, Mike, Greg, Dennis, Rick and Benjie Goetz. Matilda Augusta Goetz, daughter of Christian and Anna Allmer, was born at Geidt, North Dakota, on Feb 6, 1897. Later the family moved to Montana for a short while and then to the State of Washington. On July 15, 1917 she was united in marriage to Emanuel Goetz, which union the Lord blessed with six children. One son, Roscoe, preceded her in death. The deceased and her husband lived on a farm north of Marlin until 1947 when they retired to Marlin. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin. Mrs. Goetz had been ill in recent years. On May 2nd of last year she entered the hospital and the last months were spent in the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she passed away Wednesday evening. She is survived by her husband, Emanuel; 5 sons, James and Richard of Odessa; Gordon and Stanley of Marlin and Allan of Almira; 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Warrell of Arcata, CA, and Ruth Moore of Eugene, OR; one brother, John, of Chehalis, WA.” (scrapbook item) (Edit: News item on marriage is in Odessa Record-July 20, 1917, which cites Matilda as the daughter of Michael Allmer. Michael Allmer was buried in the Odessa North Baptist Cemetery.)
Goetz, Richard Leslie, (WW II; d. 9-23-1994; b. 4-25-1920; TS; OC) “Richard L (Dick) Goetz passed away Sept 22, 1994, in Spokane, WA. His home is in Marlin, WA. Dick was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin, the Cannawai Grange and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Goetz at their home in Marlin, WA; tow sons, Dennis R. and his wife Debra, Jesse R. Goetz, all of Marlin; three daughters, Cheryl A. Nichols and her husband Mike of Odessa, WA; Barbara J. Hayleck and her husband Ray of Brookeville, MD, Annette M. Krause and her husband Charles of Ritzville, WA; 12 grandchildren; 3 brothers, James E Goetz and his wife Gerry of Odessa; Gordon C Goetz of Odessa; Stanley R. Goetz and his wife Shirley of Moses Lake, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept 27, 1994 at the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Thomas Sayre will officiate. Burial to follow at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport, WA in charge.” (scrapbook item) “In Memory Of Richard Leslie Goetz. Born: April 25, 1920, Marlin, WA. Passed Away: Sept 23, 1994, Spokane, WA. Funeral Services: Tuesday, Sept 27, 1994 at 11 a.m., Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Pastor Thomas Sayre, Officiating. Cindy Luiten, Soloist; Eileen Tanke, Organist. Concluding Services and Vault Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Honorary Bearers: Joe Jantz, David Frick, Elton Kehrer, Don Frick, David Schorzman. Casket Bearers: Tom Goetz, Rick Goetz, Ron Larsen, Steve Goetz, Don Swartz II, Larry Swartz. Services Directed by: Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Funeral Program) “He was born at Marlin on April 25, 1920, the son of Emanuel and Tillie Goetz. Following graduation from Marlin High School in 1938 he drove school bus and helped on the family farm as well as working for other farmers in the area. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, from 1942-1946. He married Lorraine Frick on April 27, 1946, and they operated the family farm near Marlin until they retired and moved to Marlin in 1991.” (excerpt of scrapbook obit)
Gore, Roy A., s/o H. L. & N. S. (d. 6-18-1910; b. 7-28-1902; TS; OC; DC; obit) “Roy Gore, only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L Gore, was drowned in a swimming pool at Odessa June 18th. It has been only a few months since the little son of Principal and Mrs. Wm U Neely lost his life by drowning at the same place.” (Citizen: July 1, 1910) “Roy Gore, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Gore, was drowned Saturday, June the 18th, while bathing in a pool which has been left by the receding waters of Crab Creek. The accident occurred at the same place where Walter Neeley met death a few months past and came as a culmination of the fatalities which have broken family ties, brought deep pain and anguish to the home and thrown the entire community into gloom. Roy, accompanied by tow of his playmates, had gone to the creek shortly after the dinner hour and undressing entered the water. The pool, which at this place is about five feet deep, has dangerous ledges and stepping off of one of these the little fellow was precipitated into the deepest part. The children, who had been with him, gave the alarm and men were soon there to aid in the rescue. The body had not been in the water over ten minutes before it was found and taken immediately to Dr Ganson who resorted to every means in order to restore life but without avail. Roy Axel Gore was born July 28th, 1902, and had lived in and attended the public school of the town. He was of a vivacious and animated nature, a favorite with his companions and was loved by all who knew him. The last services were held in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon, the Rev Frederick Tonge officiating, and the funeral was one of the most impressive ever held in the city. A father, mother, and two sisters mourn the death of the deceased and the heartfelt love and sympathy of all goes out to them in this hour of bereavement.” (Odessa Record-June 24, 1910) (Edit: H L Gore injured, Sept 3, 1915 Odessa Record, see previous Monday in Spokesman Review) “Roy A. Gore. Male, white, single. Birth: July 28, 1902, Odessa, WA. Age: 7 yrs 10 mos 20 days. Father: Henderson L. Gore, b. WV; Mother: Minnie S. Lilly, b. WV. Informant: father. Death: June 18, 1910, Odessa, Lincoln County. Cause: Accidental Drowning. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, June 20, 1910. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of death)
Goretzky, Elfried, (d. 1990; b. 1924; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside service was held Aug 3, 1990 at the Odessa Cemetery for Elfie Goretzky, 66, with Fr William Hanly officiating. Born in Germany, Mrs. Goretzky came to Odessa in 1970 to be with her daughter and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Karin Wraspir of Odessa; by a granddaughter, Angela Wraspir of Odessa; by a grandson, Wayne Wraspir, stationed with the US Navy in Scotland and unable to attend the service; and numerous relatives in Germany. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record-Aug 9, 1990; Burial in C-05-18-C per Suchland’s listings.)
Grabow, Victor Charles, (added) d. 11-29-2004 obit “Victor Charles Grabow, 76, died Monday, Nov 29, 2004, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born June 6, 1928, to the Rev Arthur and Leona Grabow in Vancouver, WA. The family moved to Marlin in 1930. Victor was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church and graduated from Marlin High School in 1946. He served two years in the US Army stationed in Korea. He moved to Alaska in 1967 and worked as a carpenter on the North Shore oil rigs. He is survived by his son Chuck Grabow and daughters Susie Hardy, of Boise, ID, and Beth Grabow of Seattle; sister Evelyn Lee of Riverside, CA, and brothers Bob Grabow of Tucson, AZ, and Harry Grabow, of Spokane. Graveside services were held at Odessa Cemetery on Sunday, Dec 12.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-2004)
Graedel, Bertha Billeter, (d. 3-24-1937; b. 2-12-1854; TS; OC; obit Strates; dc) “Bertha Dorothea Graedel. Died: 3-24-1937; Birth: 2-12-1854, Switzerland. Married: Rev Gottfried Graedel. Father: Edward Billister; Mother: Venna Baur. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Frau Beertha Dorothea Graedel. Aged: 83 yrs 1 mo 10 days. Dated: March 27, 1937. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Bertha D. Graedel. Death: 3-24-1937, 2 p.m., at home in Odessa, WA. Informant: Gottfried Graedel, Odessa; Birthplace: Switzerland. Birth: Feb 12, 1854. Aged; 83 yrs 1 mo 12 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Last worked: 3-13-1937. Total time in occupation: Married, Dec 18, 1884. Residence in Odessa: 19 yrs. In US: since 1882. Father: Edward Billeter, born Switzerland; Mother: Verna Baur, (birth not shown). Previous residence: on farm near Odessa, WA. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Leaves husband and 3 sons: Paul Graedel of Spokane; Calvin H. Graedel of Odessa; Philip E Graedel of Portland, OR; 4 daughters: Mrs. Con Walter, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Ed Miller of Rosalia, WA; Mrs. Ed Spickerman, Portland, OR; Mrs Henry Pfeif, Yakima, WA; 19 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Funeral: St Mathews Church at 2 p.m., Rev John Wacker. Member of St Mathews Church. Bearers: Roy Walter, Robert Walter, Richard Walter, Kenneth Graedel, Howard Pfeiff, Junior Graedel, Glen Inbody. Odessa Cemetery. Opening and closing of the grave: Gust Lobe.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Bertha D. Graedel, 83, died at her home on Wednesday afternoon, following a short illness. A native of Switzerland, she was born on Feb 12, 1854, coming to America in 1882, where she was married to the Rev G. Graedel on Dec 18, 1884. She and Mr. Graedel observed their 50th wedding anniversary in 1934. During the past 19 years she had made her home in Odessa, and before that time had accompanied her husband through a career of church building and ranching. Her health had remained good until her final illness, when a heart attack caused her death. Survivors include her widower, the Rev G Graedel; three sons, Paul, Spokane; Calvin H, Odessa, and Phillip E, Portland; four daughters, Mrs. Conrad Walter, Odessa; Mrs. Ed Miller, Rosalia; Mrs. Ed Spieckerman, Portland; and Mrs. Henry Pfeiff, Yakima; 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be from the St Matthew Congregational church on Saturday afternoon, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers will include many of her grandchildren, and will be chosen from this group: Roy, Robert and Richard Whiter, Kenneth Graedel, Howard Pfeiff, Junior Graedel or Glen Inbody.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1937)
Graedel, Beth I., d/o Paul & E. (d. 11-26-22; b. 11-22-22; OC; DC) “Beth I. Graedel. Died: 26 Nov 1922, Dist #6, near Irby, Washington. Birth: 22 Nov 1922, near Irby, WA. Mother: Emma E. Swanson, b. Iowa; Father: Paul Graedel, b. WA. Informant: Paul Graedel of Irby, WA. Cause of death: shock; Contributory: intestinal hemorrhage. L. M. Thompson, MD of Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. 10-28-22; no attendant.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; WA State Register of Death)
Graedel, Calvin H., h/o L. D. (d. July 14, 1973; b. 1889; TS; OC; B-12-07 per Suchland’s listings.) “C H (Calvin) Graedel.—Passed away at Santa Barbara, CA. His home, S1504 SE Blvd, Spokane. Survived by his wife, Lucia, Santa Barbara, CA; 2 sons, Cal Graedel, Mr, Odessa; Willard Graedel, Santa Barbara; one step-daughter, Mrs Marguerite Wolvin, Federal Way, WA; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Miller, Rosalia, WA; Mrs Matilda Stickerman, Portland, OR; Mrs Hedwig Pfief, Yakima, WA; Mrs Martha Walter, Odessa, WA. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, S314 Spruce St, Spokane. The Pastor Fred Arndt officiating. Graveside services to follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Odessa Lodge No. 156 F & AM officiating. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-17-1973)“Calvin H Graedel Sr passed away in Spokane on Thursday, July 19, at the age of 83. Funeral services were conducted at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Spokane prior to burial in the Odessa Cemetery, where Masonic rites were conducted on Tuesday, July 24, 1973. Mr Graedel was born in Seattle, Washington, on Sept 10, 1889, of German-Swiss parents. When he was 4 years old the family moved from Seattle to Ballard, WA, where they lived until he was 11 years old. In 1900 the family moved to the Ritzville area where his father, who was an ordained minister in the German Congregational faith, preached. In 1906 the family moved to a homestead located 10 miles west of Odessa, WA, and was settled on by the family in about 1908. The Graedel family now included three boys and six girls. During these early years, Mr Graedel met and courted Laura Sackett, a local school teacher. They were married in 1917 at the home of her parents in the Seattle area. They made their home on the family farm, where he and his brother Paul farmed together. Their first son, Calvin Jr was born June 10, 1923, on the farm. The second son, Irwin Willard, was born March 20, 1932. The farm partnership was eventually dissolved and Mr Graedel moved to the community of Odessa, where he was instrumental in organizing the local chapter of the Grange. He, in fact, became the first manager of the Odessa Grange Supply. The family farm was lost during these years, which was the worst part of the depression. Mr Graedel lost his wife Laura in 1937. He continued working as manager of the Grange and maintained his home in Odessa with the help of his widowed sister-in-law, Mrs Grace Goodrich. In 1939 he bought back the family farm, which he has owned to the present. In 1943, Mr Graedel resigned from his job with the Odessa Grange in favor of a position with the new Grange Wholesale Supply Company. He moved his family to Spokane, where he became the manager of the shipping and receiving department. During these years he met and courted Lucia (Lou) Fendler. They were Married in early spring of 1944, and made their home at 1504 SE Blvd., with his youngest son, Willard. At this time his oldest son, Cal Jr, was in the Marine Corps in the Pacific. In the late 1940s, Mr Graedel left the Grange Wholesale and joined the staff of the Equitable Life Insurance Co of Iowa, where he maintained an office to the present. During the later years of his life, he made many friends throughout the Spokane area, while still maintaining his many friends in Odessa and Big Bend area. Mr Graedel became an active member in the East Spokane Kiwanis Club, where he held a record of perfect attendance for over 20 years.. In addition he was an active member in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the El Katif Shrine. He participated in many civic and community projects for both the Spokane and Odessa areas. His hobbies included gardening, bowling and traveling. His primary love, though, never strayed form the family farm, where up to the present he made frequent trips to observe and marvel at the advanced methods and changes brought to his beloved farm by the machine age. He is survived by his beloved wife Lou; his two sons, Cal Jr and Irwin Willard; a step-daughter, Mrs Marguerite Wolven; four sisters, Mrs Martha Walters, Odessa; Mrs Beth Miller, Rosalia; Mrs Hedwig Pheif, Yakima; and Mrs Mae Spickerman, Portland, OR. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 8-02-1973)
Graedel, Cindy Laine (d. 8-05-1979; b. 12-10-1957; TS; OC; dc) “Cindy Laine Graedel. Died: 8-05-1979. Birth: 12-10-1956. Never Married. Father: Irwin Willard Graedel. Mother; Sandra Marlene King. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Cindy L Graedel passed away Aug 5, 1979, at the family home in Odessa. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, Aug 9, 1979, at 2 p.m. at the Odessa Cemetery. Pastor Daniel Cronrath will officiate. Cindy was born Dec 10, 1956 in Odessa, WA. She lived with her family for a number of years in Santa Barbara, CA, where she was graduated from high school in 1975. She attended the University of Washington for a short time. The family returned to live on a farm in the Odessa area in 1978. Survivors include her father, Willard Graedel, at the home; her mother, Sandra Graedel, of Moorea, Tahiti; 2 brothers, Don and Rick Graedel at the home; one sister, Debbie Falencia of Salinas, CA; and grandparents, Don and Shirley King of Salem, Oregon. Cindy passed away after a lingering illness. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-16-1979)
Graedel, Emma E., w/o Paul (d. 1928; b. 1887; TS; OC; Suchland shows this burial in B-11-04.)
Graedel, George, “brother” (d. 1918; b. 1900; TS; OC; Lartigues only; not shown in the Suchland survey, however there is one un-named Graedel grave in B-12-05; not listed by Harv Schmidt in his 2002 survey of TS.)
Graedel, Gottfried G., (Rev) (d. 1-22-1939; b. 12-18-1850; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Gottfried G. Graedel. Male, white, widowed. Died: 1-22-1939, Dist #6, Odessa; Birth: 12-18-1850, Switzerland. Occupation: Congregational Minister. Widowed: Bertha Dorothea nee Billister; Father: Jacob Graedel born Switzerland; Mother: Marie Rosina Herzig born Switzerland. Cause of death: anemia, jaundice. Contributory: hemorrhage. L. J. Bonney, MD of Odessa. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA on Jan 26, 1939. Undertaker, H. H. Strate of Odessa.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; WA State Register of Death) “Rev G. Graedel. Aged: 88 yrs 1 mo 4 days. Dated: Jan 22, 1939. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Gottfried G. Graedel. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 22, 1939, 6:45 a.m., at home. Informant: Elizabeth Miller of Rosalia, WA. Birth: Dec 18, 1850, Switzerland. Age: 88 yrs 1 mo 4 days. Male, white, widowed. Profession: Minister, last worked: Aug 1933. 53 yrs in occupation. Husband of Bertha D. Graedel. Resided Odessa: 20 yrs; 58 yrs in US. Father: Jacob Graedel, born Switzerland; Mother: Marie Rosina Herzig, born Switzerland. Previous residence to Odessa: 14 miles SW of Odessa. Cause of death: anemia, jaundice. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Leaves: 3 sons: Paul Graedel, Priest River, ID; Calvin H. Graedel, Odessa, WA; Phillip E. Graedel, Portland, OR; 4 daughters: Mrs. Con Walters, Odessa; Mrs. Ed Miller, Odessa; Mrs. Ed Speckerman, Portland, OR; Mrs. Henry Pfeif, Yakima, WA; 19 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Physical: Gray hair, blue eyes, 140 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger) “The Rev Gottfried Graedel, 88, died at the family home in Odessa on Sunday morning, after an illness of several years, during the last two of which he was bed-ridden. He was the oldest man among Odessa residents. Gottfried Graedel was born in Huttwyl, Berne, Switzerland, Dec 18, 1850, the son of Jacob and Maria Graedel, wealthy, long established people of that community. Business reversals wiped away his father’s fortune, and he, as the oldest son, was compelled to work. He obtained a high school education, then found work with a wholesale firm. At the age of 24 he decided to enter the ministry and entered a seminary and later was ordained for a mission in America. His first charge was near Portland, in 1882. In the following year he married Miss Bertha Billeter in Oregon City, Oregon. She died in 1937. In 1897 Mr Graedel received a call to Ritzville’s first German Congregational church. In 1901 he moved to a homestead, still active in the ministry, holding services in school houses, homes and later churches. In 1913 the office of conference missionary was given him, to organize churches and Sunday schools, with the entire Pacific coast as his parish. In 1933 he underwent an operation, but never regained his health and was forced to retire. He had lived in town for the past 22 years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Con Walter, Jr., Cheney; Mrs. A. E .Miller, Rosalia; Mrs. Henry Pfeiff, Yakima; Mrs. E. R. Spieckerman, Portland, and three sons, Paul, Priest River, Idaho; Phillip, Portland, OR; and Calvin H, Odessa. Funeral services were held Thursday from the St Matthews Congregational church and burial was in the family lot beside his wife at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-26-1939)
Graedel, Irwin W. ‘Bill’, (d. 3-18-2008) “Irwin W. ‘Bill’ Graedel, member of a pioneer Odessa area family, and for several years a Lincoln County Commissioner, died Tuesday, March 18, at Odessa Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 75 years old. His grandfather, the Rev Godfried Graedel, arrived in the US in 1870 from Bern, Switzerland and ministered to the Reformed German Congregational church in six Northwestern states. Bill was the son of Laura (Sackett) and Calvin Graedel Sr. He attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School. For several years, he was engaged as an aeronautical engineer in missile and space programs in Southern California. Returning to Odessa, he operated the 3,500 acre family farm in southwestern Lincoln County until 1992. Graedel was a forceful and tireless civic and community leader. He was a 25 year member of the Big Bend Economic Development Council, a board member of the Columbia Basin Resource Conservation and Development District, North Columbia Community Action Council and the Inland Empire Historical Railroad Society. He served three terms as county commissioner, until ill health prompted his resignation. AS commissioner, among the achievements he accomplished was facilitating funding for the revision of State Route 21 through Odessa. He also directed the establishment of Lincoln County’s 911 enhanced emergency communications system. He is survived by his wife Delores; his children Don (Debbie) Graedel of Davenport, WA; Debbie (Rick) Valencia of Thousand Oaks, CA; Richard (Pam) Graedel of Chico, CA; her children DeDe Cregut of Richland; Breck Smith of Ventura, CA; and Deanna (Dennis) Nelson of Odessa; his only sibling brother Calvin (Donna) of Spokane; eleven grandchildren and a great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Cindy Laine Graedel. Services were held March 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-27-2008)
Graedel, Laura Debora,. w/o C. (d. 2-16-1937; b. 2-26-1893; TS; OC; Strates) “Laura Debora Graedel. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 16, 1937, 12:25 p.m., Sacred Heart Hospital. Birth: Feb 26, 1893 at Chicago, IL; Age: 43 yrs 11 mos 20 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Spent 3 days in Spokane prior to death. Father: Robert Sackett, born Michigan; Mother: Jennie Irwin, born (not obtainable). Cause of death: broncho pneumonia. Dr C. M. Anderson. Leaves: husband, Calvin; 2 sons, (Calvin) Junior, Irwin Willard; 1 brother: Robert Sackett of Sacramento, CA; 1 half-sister, Grace Goodrich in CA. Funeral: 2-21-1937, 2 p.m. Bearers: Basil Oliver, Joe C. Laney, W. H. Schoonover, C. L. Callow, Chas Porter, Roy Joyner. Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Laura Debora Graedel, who died Tuesday noon at a Spokane hospital, was buried from the English Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating at one of the largest funerals held in this area. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. A native of Chicago, where she was born 43 years ago, she came west at the age of three, the family seeking a new climate for her father’s health. The family lived at Tacoma and on Vashon Island. Later, as a teacher, she taught at Vashon Island and then at Odessa, where she was married to C. H. Graedel, then ranching west of town. After 16 years on the ranch they moved to town, where they have lived during the past three years. She was active in lodge and church work, members of the Grange and Royal Neighbors assisting in the funeral service. The men’s chorus from the English church sang. Pallbearers included Basil A. Oliver, Joe C. Laney, W. H. Schoonover, C. L. Catlow, Charles Porter and Roy Joyner. Survivors include her husband, Calvin H. Graedel; two sons, Calvin Junior and Irwin Willard, all at home; one brother, Robert Sackett of Sacramento, CA, and one sister, Mrs. Grace Goodrich, San Luis Obispo, CA. (Odessa Record: 2-25-1937)
Graedel, Lucia F., (d. 1977; b. 1897; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery Monday afternoon for Lucia Graedel of Santa Barbara, CA, wife of the late Calvin Graedel, Sr. She had died at Santa Barbara on Thurs., April 14, (1977), at the age of 80. Lucia (Lou) Graedel was born on April 13, 1897 in Germania, Iowa. She lived for many years with her husband in Spokane, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1973. Funeral services were held from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the Rev Fred J. Ahrendt officiating. She is survived by two step-sons, Calvin Graedel of Odessa and Willard Graedel of Santa Barbara; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; two brothers: Luther Fendler of Spokane and George Fendler of Portland; 2 sisters, Mrs. Paula Nelson of Spokane and Mrs. Mary Totusek of Moses Lake. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 4-21-1977)
Graedel, Paul, h/o Emma (d. 1965; b. 1888; TS; OC; obit) “Paul Graedel, 76, Seattle, was buried in the Odessa Cemetery Saturday, Oct 16. He had died Oct 12 at his home of a heart attack. A Seattle native, Mr. Graedel moved to Odessa as a child. He was a wheat farmer until returning to the coast in the ‘30s. He was employed by a paper supply firm and was an apartment manager until retiring in 1961. Surviving are his wife, Jane; a son, Kenneth E. Graedel, Concord, CA; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph P Butler, Seattle, Mrs. Gust Brahe, Spokane, and Mrs. Stanley Hartung, Rosalia; a stepson, Richard H. Cahan, Seattle; a brother Calvin H. Graedel, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. Conrad Walter, Odessa, Mrs. A. E. Miller, Spokane; Mrs. Henry Pfief, Yakima; and Mrs. E. R. Spickerman, Portland; 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 21 Oct 1965)
Graedel, (Paul) Lemar, s/o P. (d. 1-11-1920; b. 7-22-18; TS; OC; DC; obit) “Paul L. Graedel. Died: 11 Jan 1920, Odessa, WA. Birth: 22 July 1918, Odessa, WA; aged 1 yr 5 mos. Mother: Emma Swanson, b. Iowa; Father: Paul L. Graedel, b. WA. Cause of death; ____ pneumonia; intestinal paresio and cold. L. M Thompson, MD, of Odessa. Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA; 1-16-1920; G B Stone, Undertaker, of Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card) “Lemar Graedel, the 18 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Graedel, died Monday morning of pneumonia at the home of his grandparents, the Rev and Mrs. G. Graedel. The little fellow had been sick a little over a week, his illness beginning with a cold about the time his parents had planned to return from a trip to Iowa. He appeared nearly recovered when they started but at Minneapolis his condition was noticeably worse and they stopped over there and consulted a physician who advised them to continue on their journey home. There was no improvement on the way and when they reached Odessa he was a very sick boy, and soon after pneumonia developed and the end came in three days. Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon, the rev J Chas Evans officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record-Jan 16, 1920)
Graves, Erwin “Tug",. (d. 11-23-1991; b. 12-28-1944; TS; OC) “Tug Graves.—Passed away Nov 23, 1991 in Harrington, WA, his home Harrington. Survived by wife Virginia Graves, at the home; four daughters, Shawn Claypool of Spokane; Roberta Telecky of Davenport; Amanda Graves of Harrington, and Wanda Buddrius of Harrington; two sons, Robert Johnson and Jeff Johnson, both of Spokane; two grandchildren, Stacy and Kevin Buddrius, both of Harrington; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He was a member of the Ritzville Eagles. Funeral Services Tuesday, Nov 26, 1991 at 1 p.m. at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge.” (scrapbook item) “In Memory of Erwin B. ‘Tug’ Graves. Born Dec 28,l 1944, Farragut, Idaho; Passed away Nov 23, 1991 in Harrington, WA... Casket bearers: Bill Becker, Lou Jensen, Doug Hatten, Warren Kenyon, John Wagner, Gary Lightbody. Honorary Bearers: Don Hendrickson, Merle Janke and Tim Sewall.” (Funeral Program).
Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, submitted
to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach
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