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.


Jagger, Henry M.,  (Dr)  (d. 4-25-39; b. 2-16-1863; Strates; DC)  “Dr Henry M. Jagger. Residence: Odessa. Male, white, widowed, veterinarian surgeon. Birth: Feb 16, 1863, IL; Age: 76 yrs 2 mos 9 days. Father: James Jagger born England; Mother: not obtainable, but born mid-ocean. Informant: Henry Strate, Odessa, WA. Death: 4-25-1939, 9:50 a.m.. Cause: Pelvic phlebitis with multiple abscess in lungs. Contributory: abscess of spleen. Place of death: Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA.” (WA State Dept of Health Certificate of Death)  “Dr Henry M. Jagger. Death: April 25, 1939, Sacred Heart hospital. Birth: Feb 16, 1863 in IL. Male, white, widowed. Date last worked: Feb 1, 1936.  Physician: Dr Patton. Cause of death: multiple abscesses of lungs. Relatives: leaves 2 sons: Earl Jagger, Fort Warden; M. Jagger, Chewelah, WA, RFD No. 1; one daughter: Mrs. Gheyseger, Berry Moore, Alberta, Canada.” (Mortuary Ledger)

James, Diane Marie,  (d. 11-10-1954; b. 5-04-1954; TS; OC; dc) “Diane Marie James. Died: 11-10-1954, Odessa, WA. Buried: Cemetery, Marlin, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Diane Marie James. Removal of her from the Marlin Cemetery to the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. on 7-30-1979” (Lincoln County Health burial permit) “Funeral services were held from the Odessa Baptist church in Odessa on Sunday afternoon, at 2:30, for Diane Marie James, aged six months. The Rev Orville H Meth officiated. Burial was in the Marlin Cemetery, with Howard Ball of the Sunset Memorial chapel of Spokane as director.  Mrs. Bobbie Engle of Marlin was the soloist, singing ‘Brahm’s Lullaby’, accompanied by Miss Hauff of Wilson Creek. Diane Marie was born to Mr. and Mrs Spencer James of Marlin on May 4, 1954. She had been ill over a period of three weeks with pneumonia, which was the final cause of her death on Nov 10, at the age of six months.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer James, a grandmother, Mrs. Elsie Koth of Spokane, and a great grandmother, Mrs. Anna Zickler of Marlin. Out-of-town relatives coming were Mrs. Elsie Koth, Spokane; Mrs. Spencer James’s sisters and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Yon of Edmonds; Mr. and Mrs. Art Jurgensen, Seattle; and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Jones, Bridgeport, WA.” (Odessa Record: 18 Nov 1954)

James, Inez E.,   (1915-2008); “Inez E, James died Thursday, March 20, at her home. She was born Jan 29, 1915, to John and Josephine Eklof at Cokato, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato. She graduated Cokato High School and of a two year course in elementary education at Winona State College, Winona, MN, and taught for a number of years in her home state. Later, following the example of her sisters, Inez moved to Washington State where she resumed her teaching profession. During this period, she attended Eastern Washington University, Cheney, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. In 1953 she married William Spencer James, of Marlin. The couple shared in the management of their ranch at Marlin, as well as the Eklof farm in Minnesota. The couple had one son, Stuart F James. Mrs. James was a member of the EWU alumni association and of the Washington State Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Wilson Creek Grange Society, State and National. Mrs. James is survived by her son, Stuart and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Spencer, and by an infant daughter, Diane; also her parents, sisters, Ethel A. Jones, Lillian M. Jurgensen and Irene E. Yon. Services will be held at the Odessa Cemetery chapel on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 3-27-2008)

James, Mabel L.,   (d/o Maurice and Mary; d. 1960; b. 1926; TS; OC; dc) “Mabel Lorene James.  Died: 10-22-1960, Seattle, WA. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health burial permit card) “Mabel James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. James, underwent major surgery in Seattle last week. She has been employed in Seattle for several years.” (Odessa Record, Marlin item, June 1960) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon for Mabel L. James, Marlin, who died at a Seattle hospital. The Rev A. Hausauer officiated, from the English Congregational Church, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Mabel Lorene James was born at Marlin, Feb 5, 1926, graduated from the Marlin schools and the University of Washington. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority and the Toastmistress club. She majored in textiles and for the past 10 years had been a cost estimator for the Fibreboard Products Co of Seattle. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice James, Marlin; five sisters, Mrs. Mildred Ottmar, Coulee City; Mrs. Annice Gilbertson, Marlin; Mrs. Eunice Handle, Spokane; Mrs. Florence Smith, Seattle; Mrs. Verna Mae Hayward, New Cumberland, WV.” (Odessa Record: 10-27-1960)

James, Mary C.,  w/o Maurice; (d. 1979; b. 1889; TS; OC; obit) “Mary C, James passed away March 17, 1979 at Soap Lake Hospital at the age of 89 years. Her husband Maurice A James, an infant son and a daughter, Mabel James, preceded her in death. Maurice James passed away in 1961.  Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Chris Ottmar, Coulee City; Mrs. Ray Gilbertson, Odessa; Mrs. Oscar Handel, Spokane; Mrs. Jerry Smith, Seattle and Mrs. Howard Hayward, New Cumberland, WV, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The James’ homesteaded land in the Marlin area and farmed there until retiring to live in Marlin in 1945. Mary James lived the last few years with her daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Chris Ottmar at Coulee City, Washington.  Funeral services for Mrs. James were held at Coulee City, March 19th, at the Assembly of God Church with her granddaughter’s husband, Rev Allen Hultun of Olympia, officiating.” (scrapbook item)  “Mary James—Passed away March 17, 1979 in Soap Lake, WA.... A member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church... Interment Odessa Cemetery. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Mary James.  Died: 3-17-1979. Birth: 8-27-1889, VA.  Widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health burial permit card)

James, Maurice A., h/o MC  (d. 2-21-1961; b. 1880; TS; OC; DC) “Maurice Alvin James.  Died Feb 21, 1961; Born Dec 5, 1880, CA; married; Father: William James; Mother: Fanny Moorman; Buried: Odessa, Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death cards.) “In Memory of Maurice A. James. Born: Dec 5, 1880. Passed away Feb 21, 1961. Services: English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Feb 23, 1961, 2 p.m. Rev Albert Hausauer, officiating. Mrs. Dan Wilske, Mrs Delbert Cook, Vocalists; Mrs. Jim Lyons, Organist; Interment: Odessa Cemetery.” (Funeral Program)  “Funeral services for Maurice A. James, Marlin, will be held from the English Congregational Church Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The Rev A Hausauer will officiate with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  James is a former wheat farmer and for many years operated a service station at his ranch on the highway, known to travelers as the ‘Last Chance’.  He had been a resident of the Marlin area for 60 years.  Survivors include his wife, Mary James, at the home; five daughters, Mrs. Chris Ottmar, Coulee City; Mrs. Ray Gilbertson, Marlin; Mrs. Oscar Handel, Spokane; Mrs. Jerry Smith, Seattle; Mrs. Howard Hayward, New Cumberland, WV; nine grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Moorman James, Wilson Creek.” (Odessa Record: 2-__-1961; scrapbook)

James, Richard J., (d. 1930; b. 1929; TS; OC; dc) “Richard A. James.  Removal of body from Marlin Cemetery to Odessa Cemetery, 4-12-1961” (Lincoln County Health burial permit)  (edit: assumed to be the infant s/o Maurice & Mary)

James, William Spencer,  (d. 1989; b. 1917; TS; OC) “William Spencer James—Passed away Sept 14, 1989 in Moses Lake, WA. His home, Marlin, WA. Survived by his wife, Inez James, at the home; one son, Stuart James, Everett, WA; numerous nieces and nephews; preceded in death by his daughter, Diane James, his parents, one sister, and two brothers. A member of the Wilson Creek Grange, State and National Grange. Funeral services Tuesday, Sept 19, 1989 at 2 p.m. from the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. Rev Clifford Anderson officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home of Odessa in charge.” (Spokesman: undated) “William Spencer James of Marlin, born there July 9, 1917 to Booker and Elsie James, passed away Sept 14 at the Crestview Convalescent Center, Moses Lake. He was a graduate of Marlin High School and Spokane Trade School, and spent his working life as a farmer.  In 1953 Mr. James married Eleanor Inez Eklof, then a teacher new to the state. She and their son, Stuart James of Everett, survive. Because of a respiratory disability, he chose early retirement from farming, but maintained an active interest in the agriculture industry through ownership of his properties in Marlin and the Eklof family farm in Cokato, Minnesota.  Mr. James was a member of the Wilson Creek Grange and the state and national granges. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Diane, by his parents, and by two brothers and a sister. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept 19, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel, the Rev Clifford Anderson of Buffalo, MN officiating. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.” (undated Odessa Record) “William Spencer James. Died: 9-14-1989.  Birth: 7-09-1917, WA.  Spouse: Eleanor Inez Eklof. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit)

Janke, Arthur, (see Janke, infant of Fred; 1920)

Janke, Ben, (WW II)  (d. 3-01-1963; b. 6-07-1905; TS; OC)

Janke, Chriss D.,  s/o Godfred; (d. 1-24-1926; b. 1-10-1897; TS; OC; DC) “Odessa Man Dies.  Chriss D Janke, 29, well known farmer, with wheat land southwest of Odessa, near Batum, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gottfried Janke, after a week’s illness. He leaves a widow and three small children, his father and mother residing at Odessa; a brother, G. W. Janke of Odessa, and three sisters, Mrs. Emil Schimke, Spokane; Mrs. Fred Esslinger, Millwood, Mrs. William German, Zillah, WA, and Elsie Hallas, Seattle.” (Harrington Citizen of Jan 29, 1926) (Burial in Odessa Cemetery in plot A-9-45 per Suchland numbering.) “Janke, Christ. Male, white, married, farmer. Died: 24 Jan 1926, near Odessa, WA, Dist #6; Born: 10 Jan 1897 in Russia; Age 29 yrs 14 days; Spouse: not given; Father: Godfred Janke born Russia; Mother: Julia Jest born Russia; Cause of Death: Escephalitis; Contributory: influenza infectus. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. J E Turner, Undertaker, Harrington.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card & WA State Register of Death)

Janke, Christ,  h/o Eustine  (d. 10-03-1923; b. 4-23-1853; TS; OC; DC) “Yanke, Christ.  Place of death: Odessa, Lincoln County; male, white, married, farmer; Birth: Apr 23, 1853 in Russia; Death: Oct 3, 1923; Father: Christ Yanke born Russia; Mother: Susanna Hopp born Russia; Informant: Eustina Yanke of Odessa, WA; Cause of death: cancer of prostate, duration one yr; Place of burial: Odessa, cemetery not stated, on Oct 5, 1923; Undertaker: Jennie Turner of Harrington.” (WA State Death Cert.) (Tombstone: Christoff Janke 1853-1923; B-8-29 of Odessa Cemetery; Cong. church records also) “Christoph Janke. Birth: 24 April 1853, Plotzke, S Russia. Died: 3 Oct 1923, 70 yrs 5 mos 3 days.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Maier)

Janke, Daniel,  h/o Martha; (d. 11-25-1987; b. 4-23-1908; TS; OC; dc; s/o Gotthilf) “Janke, Daniel.  Died: 11-25-1987, Odessa, WA; Spouse: Martha Speck;  Father: Gotthild Imanuel Janke; Mother: Maria Faechner; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. (Lincoln Co Health Death Cards) “Daniel Janke of Marlin, born near Tabor, Washington on April 23, 1908, passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital Nov 25 following an extended illness. He was a lifelong resident of Lincoln and Grant counties, attending country schools in and around the Odessa area, and farmed throughout his life until 1978 when he moved to Marlin.  Mr. Janke was an active member of the Marlin School Board and served on the Marlin City Council until last spring, when he retired. A member of Zion Congregational Church of Marlin until the doors closed, he attended Marlin Presbyterian Church until his final illness prohibited his presence. He was known in the area as a reliable dowser (water witcher), a sideline he followed for a number of years. He was married in November 1939 to Martha Speck of Fallon, MT. She survives at the family home, and other survivors include three daughters: LaVern Strawn of East Wenatchee, Ellen Schafer of Odessa and JoAnn Hardt of Marlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many cousins at Hanna, Alberta, Canada.  He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother Ben, and by sisters Emma, Emelia, Lydia and Mollie. Funeral service was held for Mr. Janke at United Congregational Church in Odessa on Nov 30, his son-in-law Charles Strawn and the Rev David Mann of Wilson Creek Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery; Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Casket bearers were Laddie Schlimmer, Loren Totusek, Bobbie Engle, Robert Kuch, Dale Pfeifer and Jerry Starkel.” (scrapbook obit)

Janke, Gotthilf Emanuel,    (d. 3-24-37; obit; b. 1-20-1870; buried Odessa; Strates) “Janke, Gotthilf Emanuel; address: Odessa, Wn; Residence: 8 ½ miles southwest of Odessa, Adams County; Date of death: Mar 24, 1937;  10:00 a.m.; Place of death: at home; Informant: David E Roloff of Odessa; Birthplace: Russia; Date of Birth:  Jan 20, 1870; Age: 67 yrs 2 mos 4 days. male, white, widowed, common laborer; farm hand; Date last worked at occupation: 3-17-1937.  Total time spent in this occupation: 30 yrs; Length of residence in city where death occurred: 25 yrs; How long in US if foreign birth: 34 yrs; Father’s name: ‘nott obb’ Janke born Russia; Mother’s maiden name: ‘nott obb’ born Russia;  Previous residence: near Ruff, Wash.  Physician: L. J. Bonney.  Other relatives:  2 sons: Ben Janke, son of Odessa; Daniel Janke, son of Marlin; 3 daughters:  Emma Roloff of Odessa; Emelia Gibson of Seattle, Wash; Lydie Maddox of Kellogg, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild.  Funeral date: 3-26-1937  at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Cong. Church, Odessa, WA.  Minister: Rev Schwabenland.  Member: Pilgrim Congregational Church.  Bearers: Jacob Grening, J. P. Keller, John Kuch, Geo Kissler, Got Hillie, Nat Lobe.  (Mortuary Ledger) (edit note: Preceded in death by his wife, Marie, on Feb 25, 1909, in Adams County with burial at Hoffnungsberg Cemetery) “Gotthilf Emanuel Janke.  Birth: 20 Jan 1870. Died: 24 March 1937. Age: 67 yrs 2 mos 4 days. Mrs. David Roloff, Mrs. Gibson, Mrs Maddox, Ben and Dan Roloff.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Gotthilf Emanuel Yanke, 67, pioneer Ruff rancher, during the past 25 years a resident of the area close to Odessa, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Roloff, on Wednesday. Mr. Yanke, born in Russia in 1879, came to America with his wife in 1902 and made his home on a homestead in the Ruff section, where he remained until 1912, then making his home with the Roloff family, where he spent the remaining 25 years of his life. His wife died in 1909. Survivors include two sons, Ben and Daniel, of the Marlin area, three daughters, Mrs. Emma Roloff, Odessa; Mrs. Emelia Gibson, Seattle, and Mrs. Lydia Maddox, Kellogg, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services have been set for Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, from the Pilgrim Congregational church, with the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1937; same details in  4-01-1937 with Yanke spelled Janke)

Janke, infant of Fred,  (added) d. 24 Feb 1920 obit; DC “The day old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Janke died at the home of Mrs. Janke’s mother, Mrs. Samuel Giese, in Odessa Tuesday morning at seven o’clock. The little one was so weak at birth that its death was not unexpected. Short funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon after which the little one’s remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 27 Feb 1920) “Arthur Janke. Male, white, single. Birth: Feb 23, 1920, age 12 hrs, born WA. Father: Fred Janke, born Russia. Mother: Emma Giese, born N. Dakota. Informant: Fred Janke of Odessa. Death: Feb 24, 1920, 7 a.m., asphixia nousloem; contributory: prolonged labor. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa.” (burial not shown, nor undertaker; WA State Register of Death)

Janke, Justina,  (also as Yankee, Justina)  (d. 10-24-1934; b. 3-05-1856; OC; Cong; Strates; obit)  “Justina Yankee. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 10-24-1934 in Odessa, WA. Informant: Mrs. Else Bartalamay of Odessa; Birth: Mar 5, 1856 in Russia;  Age 78 yrs 7 mos 19 days.  Female, white, widowed. Husband: Christof Yankee. Residence in Odessa: 36 yrs; Residence in US: 56 yrs. Previous residence: N Dakota. Physician: L. J. Bonney.  Other relatives: 3 daughters: Mrs. Christine Delzer, Mrs. John Heimbigner and Mrs. John Haase, all of Odessa; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hair: Gray; Eyes: Blue; Height: 5’1”; weight: 225 lbs. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong Church, Oct 8, at 2 p.m., Rev Schwabenland. Bearers: Fred Weishaar, Manuel Salo, Robert Hoefel, Jacob Suchland, and Dan Friske. Cemetery: Odessa.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Justina Janke. Birth: 5 Mar 1856. Died: 24 Oct 1934; 78 yrs 7 mos 19 days; 3 tochter, 1 bruder.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Mrs. Justina Janke, 78, pioneer resident of the Odessa region, died on Wednesday morning from injured she received in a fall down a flight of steps, suffered at the home of Mr. and Mrs .John Haase, while she was visiting there on Monday afternoon. Mrs. Janke had been standing on the porch at the time of her accident and in turning, stepped over the trap door opening, falling down the cellar. Dr L. J. Bonney was called and rendered first aid and cared for the victim during the time she lived. Mrs. Janke had been mother to a family of 18 children, three of whom survive. They are Mrs. Ludwig C. Delzer, Mrs. John Heimbigner and Mrs. John Haase, all of Odessa. Other survivors include a brother and a sister. Mrs. Janke was born in Russia, where she grew to womanhood and was married, coming with her husband to the United States, locating for a time in South Dakota, then moving to North Dakota, where they spent ten years. They located on a homestead at Odessa 36 years ago and after eight years of farming retired to make their home in town. Funeral services will be held on Sunday from the Pilgrim Congregational church, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating. Burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 10-26-1934) “Funeral services for Mrs. Justina Janke, aged pioneer matron of Odessa, were held on Sunday afternoon from the Pilgrim Congregational church, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Many out-of-town relatives were here to attend the funeral, which brought out a large crowd of Odessa people. Mrs. Janke had lived in the Odessa region for 36 years and for many years had made her home in town, after retiring from the homestead she and her husband occupied north of town. A family of 18 children had been born to her, three of whom survive. They are Mrs. John Haase, Mrs. John Heimbigner and Mrs. L. C. Delzer, all of Odessa. A brother, Andrew Janke, Los Angeles, CA, and a sister at Lodi, also survive. Pall bearers were selected from church associates and included Fred Weishaar, Sr., Emanuel Salo, Robert Hoefel, Jacob Suchland, Dan Frieske, and Fred Schneider.” (Odessa Record: Nov 2, 1934)

Janke, Juliana was buried Spokane Fairmont

Janke, Merle L.,   (d. 10-20-1999; b. 6-07-1932; TS; OC; obit) “Merle L. Janke passed away Oct 20, 1999 in Odessa. He was born June 7, 1932, in Odessa to Reuben and Edna (Heimbigner) Janke. Janke attended Odessa schools and was very active in all sports. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1950. Janke enlisted in the US Navy serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. While home on leave in 1953, he married Coleen Luiten on Sept 26, in Coeur d’Alene. After his discharge, he moved back to Odessa and was employed for many years with the Odessa Union Warehouse. Janke served as the assistant manager for 18 years. He then became a New York Life Insurance agent and was still actively involved serving his clients until his death. He is survived by his wife, Coleen, three daughters: Merleen and her husband Gunner Smith, Kerry and her husband Paul Scheller, both of Odessa, and Cindy Luiten, of Airway Heights. There are 9 grandchildren—Marci, Randi and Cam Smith; Brianna, Korianne, Kaci and Jesse Scheller, and Landon and Bryce Luiten. Janke has one brother, Allen and his wife Sue, of Ephrata and one sister, Delila Huff of Tacoma. There are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Janke was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the Odessa Fire Dept and a former president and sec.-treas. of both the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and the Odessa Lions Club. He was also a member of the Odessa Golf Course Development Committee. Services for Janke were held on Monday, Oct 25 at the Christ Lutheran church with Pastor Scott Jurgens officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1999)

Janke, Reuben,   (d. 1976; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit) “Reuben Janke, the son of Gotthilf Janke and his wife, Catherine Rompel Janke, was born Oct 24, 1909 in Walla Walla. He received his formal education in the rural schools south of Odessa. On Wept 1, 1931, he was married to Edna Heimbigner. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Sept 1, 1976.  Three children were born to this union: Merlee, Allen and DeLila. Janke had been an employee of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co-op for 36 years. Following an extended illness, he died at the local hospital on Oct 25, 1976. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Jake, Emanuel and Roscoe Janke; one sister, Pauline Janke; and by one step-brother, Johnny Swent. He is survived by his wife, Edna; two sons: Merle, Odessa, and Allen, Ephrata; one daughter: DeLila Huff, Tacoma; one sister: Frieda Roark, Coos Bay, OR; one half-sister: Martha Aldridge, Spokane; two step-brothers: Philip Swent and Henry Swent, Endicott; four step-sisters: Mary Smick and Leah Gaffney, Spokane; Katie Lesser, Endicott; and Ryle Horst, Colville; 9 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held on Oct 28 from Christ Lutheran Church, Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Organist for the service was Mrs. Ron Frederick. Mrs. Gerald Schafer was soloist. Hymns sung were ‘Be Still My Soul’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. Casket bearers  for the service were Winston Weber, Eldon Heimbigner, Hank Reihs, Ros Reiman, J. P. Luiten, Dan Gettman and Kenneth Hofstrand. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strates in charge.” (Odessa Record: 11-04-1976)

Jansen, Helen,  d/o A. W.   (d. 9-16-1909; b. 4-25-1909; TS; OC; DC)  “Helen Jansen.  Female, white.  Birth: April 25, 1909, Odessa, WA.  Age: 4 mos 21 days. Father: August W. Jansen, b. Germany; Mother: Sarah Harder/Harden, b. Canada. Informant: father. Death: Sept 16, 1909, 7:30 p.m., unattended by physician. Cause: Cholera infantum. Lee Ganson, MD.  Burial: Odessa; Sept 17, 1909. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Jantz, Cornelius,  (added)  “Cornelius Jantz died Saturday, March 1, 2003, following a lengthy illness. He was 86 years old. He was born at Ruff on May 8, 1916, the son of Abraham and Lydia (Ruff) Jantz. He was raised on his parents’ farm near Ruff. He attended schools in Ruff, Odessa and Harrington. His early farming years were spent working with his father. during the Depression years, he worked in the apple harvests in the Wenatchee area. He married Ruth Wagner, of Harrington, on Jan 20, 1947. They farmed in the Odessa and Harrington areas. Cornelius and his wife retired in Odessa in 1984. In the last years of his life he was in poor health and spent most of his time confined at home. He attended the Church of God and Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, a resident of the Odessa Nursing Home; a daughter, Judy and her husband Gary Gervais, of Bellevue; two sons, Ron and his wife Julie, of Odessa, and Darrell, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Rebecca and her husband Brian Parks, of Twin Falls, ID; and Jeffrey Jantz, of Mount Vernon, WA; two great grandchildren; a brother, Merlin Jantz, of Odessa; two sisters, Bertha Ashley and Irma King, both of Spokane, and several nieces and nephews. Cornelius is preceded in death by a brother, Howard Jantz.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM today, March 6, at the Odessa Cemetery with Pastor Bill Cox officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. (March 6, 2003-Odessa Record) 

Jantz, Norma M.,   (d. 2-02-2000; b. 10-11-1927; TS; OC)  “In Memory Of Norma M. Jantz.  Born Oct 11, 1927, Odessa, WA; Passed Away Feb 2. 2000. Spokane, WA. Funeral Services Monday, Feb 7, 2000, 11 a.m., Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA; Pastor Don Smith, Officiating.  Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Congregational Hymns. Organist: Eileen Tanke. Casket Bearers: Ron Jantz, Jerry Jantz, Darrell Jantz, Don Jantz, Rod Ashley, Tom Wilson. Honorary Bearers: Walt Winters, Gunner Smith, Ed Kern, Mark Smith, Bill Schlimmer, Lynn Barney.” (Funeral Program)  “Funeral services for Norma M. Jantz were held on Monday, Feb 7 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Jantz, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died following a lingering illness Wednesday, Feb 2, 2000, in Spokane. She was 72 years old. She was born in Odessa on Oct 11, 1927, the daughter of Harold and Virginia (Wilson) Carlson. She attended the Odessa schools for 12 years, and was graduated from Odessa High School with the class of 1946. Following graduation she was employed for three years at the Odessa Post Office. She married Merlin K. Jantz on Jan 12, 1951, in Cheyenne, Wyo., while he was in the US Air Force. During the next three years while Merlin served in the Korean conflict, Norma lived in CA. They returned to the family farm north of Odessa in 1954, where Norma lived until her death.  She suffered a stroke in 1992, but although handicapped she continued to be a homemaker. She was a member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Women’s Lutheran Guild and Odessa VFW Auxiliary #7395. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed raising flower and plants and sitting on the patio of their farm home to watch the sunset. She also enjoyed traveling and visiting her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Merlin Jantz, at the home; two sons, Melvin Jantz of Odessa, and Steve and his wife Donna Jantz, of Davenport; two daughters, Sue and her husband Bruce Schuh of Coeur d’Alene, and Peggy and her husband Paul Charlton, of Harrington; 9 grandchildren....; 5 great grandchildren...; two brothers, Melvin Carlson of Lamona and Lloyd Carlson of Colville, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Don Smith officiated at the funeral. Friends and relatives filled the church. Casket bearers ... Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-2000)

Jantz, Ruth I. Wagner,  (added);  “Ruth I. (Wagner) Jantz passed away Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008 at the Odessa Convalescent Center in Odessa. She was 86 years old.  She was born on Jan 20, 1922 in Harrington. She was the daughter of Gottfried and Katherine (Beck) Wagner. After graduation from Harrington High School she attended Whitworth College and Deaconess Nursing School before joining the Navy in 1944 where she served as Pharmacists’ Mate 3rd Class. She married Cornelius Jantz in 1946 and began her life-long calling as a mother and homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Julie) Jantz and Darrell Jantz, both of Odessa; a daughter, Judy (Gary) Gervais of Bellevue; two grandchildren, Rebecca (Jack) Southwick of Buhl, Idaho and Jeff Jantz of Mt Vernon; two great grandchildren, Spenser and Isabel, and one brother, Rudolph (Betty) Wagner of Harrington, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec 12, 2008, at the Odessa Foursquare Church. Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-2008)

Jantz, Merlin K:  “Merlin K Jantz died Sept 10, 2011, at his home near Odessa. He was 83 years old. He was born Sept 7, 1928 in Odessa to Abraham and Lydia Jantz. While he was a young child, his family  moved to the Harrington area, where he attended school until returning to Odessa. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1946.  After graduating, he continued to farm with his brother until he joined the US Air Force in 1950. While in the Air Force, he married Norma Carlson of Lamona Jan 1, 1951, in Cheyenne, WY. After being honorably discharged in 1954, he returned to Odessa where he farmed, raised cattle and began a family. He loved being on the farm. He is survived by four children: Mel and Kathy Jantz of Odessa; Susan and Bruce Schuh of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Peggy and Paul Charlton of Harrington and Steve Jantz of Davenport, along with 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchildren; one sister, Irma King of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife Norma in 2000; three brothers, John, Howard, and Cornelius; and one sister, Bertha. He is a member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Odessa, where he was a Sunday School superintendent and served on the church council for many years. He was a member of the Odessa School Board for 24 years, as well as the Lincoln County PUD Board, the Odessa VFW and the Odessa Grange. He was also a US Air Force Korean War veteran.  He enjoyed visiting friends and family, watching his grandchildren’s activities, farming and raising cattle. He was a supporter of Odessa-Harrington athletics and loved watching his grandchildren in sports. His biggest joy was spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept 19, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, with Pastor Barry Warpness officiating. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 9-15-2011

Jasman, D. J.,   (no dates; Suchland’s listing only; unable to confirm)

Jasmann, D. L.,   (d. 1929 only; TS; OC; Lartigues tombstone listing only)

Jasmann, David,  s/o Geo  (d. 5-08-1924; b. 6-18-1857; TS; OC; obit; DC; Cong) “David Jassman.  Male, white, married, retired farmer.  Birth: June 18, 1857, Russia; Aged: 66 yrs 10 mos 20 days. Father: George Jassman, born Russia; Mother: do not know, born Russia; Informant: Mrs. D. Jassman, Ritzville, WA.  Death: May 8, 1924, Dist. mi, Ritzville, Adams County, WA. Cause: apoplexy cerebralis; Contributory: arteriosclerosis. Wm Armann, MD, Ritzville, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, May 12, 1924, M. F. Haight, Ritzville, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death) “David Jasmann. Birth: 18 June 1857, Worms, S. Russland. Died: 8 May 1924. Aged: 66 yrs 10 mos 20 days.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Maier) (Lartigues show David as well as DL) “David Jasman died last Thursday afternoon at his home here after a week’s illness. He had been a resident of this city but a few months, having moved here from Spokane. He was formerly in business in Odessa. He was one of the organizers of the German American Fire Insurance Co.  Mr. Jasman was born in Worms, Russia, June 18, 1857, and was thus 66 years 10 months and 20 days old. He is survived by his wife, Mary B. Jasman, and a daughter, of Spokane. Funeral services were held in Odessa Monday in charge of Rev Mr. Maier, with three other clergymen assisting. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.”  (Ritzville Journal Times: May 15, 1924) “David Jasmann, a pioneer of the Odessa country, who left it several years ago, died yesterday at Ritzville of an apoplectic stroke, the third of which he had had in the past five years. Mr. Jasmann was one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants Bank here and also of the German American Mutual Fire Insurance Association. He was a large land owner in the southwest country and had financial interest at other places. He had but recently moved to Ritzville after selling an apartment house at Spokane. The Record is unable to get any particulars of his last illness except that he will be brought here for burial beside his son, Roland, who died here during the flu epidemic several years ago. Funeral services will be held Monday from the Pilgrim Congregational church. Obituary will appear next week.” (Odessa Record: 5-09-1924) “The funeral of David Jasmann, who died last week of apoplexy at Ritzville, was held Monday afternoon at the Odessa Pilgrim Congregational church. The Rev K. K. Maier, assisted by the Rev R. P. O. Schuetz of Beaver Creek, Oregon, the Rev Morach of Ritzville and the Rev J. J. Raugust of Endicott, officiated at the service. Interment was made in the Jasmann family lot at the Odessa Cemetery. His age was 66 years, 10 months and 20 days. Mr .Jasmann was born at Worms, Russia, June 8, 1857. In 1872 with his parents he emigrated to America and settled at Scotland, SD. In 1883 he married Miss Bertha Hetzler and two children were born to this union. They were a son, Roland, who died here during the first flu epidemic, and a daughter, Ida, who with her mother, survives him. The family moved to Oregon in 1887 and came to Odessa in 1901. Mr. Jasmann was a large land owner in this as well as other sections and was one of the organizers of the German American Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association as well as of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Odessa. He was an active worker in the Congregational church and for the past three years had been a resident of Spokane where he purchased an apartment house. Last month he moved to Ritzville where he died. He leaves besides his family, many friends that mourn his loss.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1924)

Jasman, Doris Irene,  (added) 1938 date only-Suchland only)

Jasman, Edwin,  (added) Suchland only 1934 date only)

Jasman, Emma,  w/o Julius  (d. 1989; b. 1902; TS; OC; obit)  “Emma Breitmeir Jasman of Odessa, born Jan 25, 1902 in Teplitz, Bessarabia, Russia, died April 28, (1989) at the Odessa Memorial Hospital.  A member here of the Heritage United Church of Christ, she was confirmed in the Christian faith at Dryden in March 1917, and was married there to Julius Jasman on Jan 1, 1922.  The couple farmed in the Ruff area until 1948, when they retired to Odessa. Preceded in death by her husband, Julius, and by a granddaughter, Jan, Mrs. Jasman is survived by four sons: David Jasman of Odessa; Edwin Jasman of Marlin; Harvey Jasman of Moses Lake; and Kenneth Jasman of Renton; by two daughters: Esther Ramm of Marlin and Elsie Jasman of Sacramento, CA; by a brother, Richard Bretimeir of Hollywood, CA; and by 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 2, from Heritage UCC, Pastor Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Jerry Jasman, Lee Jasman, Bobbie Jasman, Allan Ramm, Dale Ramm and Bill Higginbotham.” (Odessa Record: 5-04-1989)

Jasmann, Frederick G.,  s/o G.  (d. 5-15-1917; b. 1-24-1868; TS; OC; DC) “Fred Jasman.  Male, white, married, auto agent. Birth: Jan 24, 1868, Odessa, Russia. Father: Geo Jasman, born Russia; Mother: Katherine, born Russia. Informant: Mrs. Rosa Jasman, Odessa, WA.  Death: May 15, 1917, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. Cause: Sarcoma of spleen. Contributory: unknown. Duration: 3 yrs; Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa on May 17, 1917, G B Stone, Undertaker, Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified)  

Jasmann, Ida A.,   (d. 1966; b. 1886; TS; OC)

Jasman, Jan Edwina,   (d. 9-16-1988; b. 11-29-1961; TS; OC) “Jan Edwina Jasman.—Passed away Sept 16, 1988 at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, WA. Her home, Arlington, WA, a former resident of Marlin. Survived by her parents, Edwin and Doris Jasman, Marlin, WA; a sister and her husband, June and Capt Marc Stevens, Columbus, GA; a brother and his wife, Jerry and Deborah Jasman, Marlin; grandmother, Emma Jasman, Odessa, WA; one niece Amber and two nephews, Jared and Jeremy; a loving friend, Jerry Campbell of Arlington, WA; his mother, Judy of Marysville, WA, his brother and his wife, Brian and Tracy, Marysville; one niece, Nichole, two god-children, Jeremy Jasman, Marlin, and Nichole Campbell of Arlington, WA; numerous relatives and friends. A graduate of Odessa High School in 1980 and pursued her career as a flight attendant until her illness. A graduate of Kinman Business College in Everett, WA. Funeral services Tuesday, Sept 20, 1988 at 11 a.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Pastor Daniel Conrath officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Jan Edwina Jasman of Arlington, born Nov 29, 1961 in Marlin to Edwin and Doris Jasman, passed away Sept 16, (1988), in the Univ. of WA Hospital, Seattle, losing a long battle to Leukemia. She lived most of her life on the family’s Marlin farm and graduated from Odessa High School in 1980. After pursuing a flight attendant’s career until the onset of her illness, she attended Kinman Business University in Everett and earned a diploma as a legal secretary, then did her internship with the prosecuting attorney’s office in Everett. For the past three years, she had lived in Arlington. Besides her parents in Marlin, she is survived by a brother, Jerry Jasman of Marlin; by a sister, June Stevens of Columbus, GA; by her grandmother, Emma Jasman of Odessa; by a niece, Amber, and two nephews, Jared and Jeremy; by a loving friend, Jerry Campbell of Arlington and his mother, Judy, of Marysville; by his brothers, Brian and Tracy, and his niece, Nicole; and by numerous relatives and many friends.  Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church Sept 20, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Casket bearers were Don Bates, Clark Kagele, Merle Janke, Ron Frederick, Wayne Frederick and Bob Rixie. Honorary bearers included Bud Schroeder, Louis Iksic, Ralph Heimbigner and Keith Kolterman.” (Odessa Record: 9-22-1988)

Jasman, Julius,  h/o Emma  (d. 1975; b. 1897; TS; OC) “Julius Jasman.—His home was Odessa, WA. He is survived by his wife, Emma at the home. Four sons: David Jasman of Odessa, Harvey Jasman of Moses Lake, Edwin Jasman of Marlin, and Kenneth Jasman of Renton. Two daughters, Mrs. Adolf (Esther) Ramm of Marlin; Miss Elsie Jasman of Sacramento, CA; 14 grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Raugust of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Anne Moser of Mendhan, Sask.; Mrs. Bertha Hoefner of Cashmere, WA. Numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the United Congregational Church of Odessa. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct 10 at 1 p.m. from the United Congregational Church in Odessa, Rev B. M. Schaefer officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokesman Review:  10-10-1975)  

Jasmann, Mary B.,   (d. Oct 1948; b. 1858; TS; OC; obit) “The body of Mrs. Mary Jasman, 90, Spokane, former Odessa resident, was brought home for burial on Tuesday, after funeral services had been held from the Smith Funeral Home at Spokane that morning, with Dr Joel Harper and the Rev McQueen officiating. She died at Spokane on Saturday after a two month illness. One of the pioneer residents of the community, she and her husband, the late David Jasman, operated a farm here, living for a while in the present Jacob Suchland home, then moving to Spokane and selling their interests here. Known for her knitting hobby, Mrs. Jasman had the distinction of having knitted the greatest number of scarves and stockings for soldiers of World War I of any Spokane woman. She was active in church work at the Westminster Congregational church there. She is survived by one daughter, Ida, of Spokane, and nephews and nieces. Among this group, accompanying the body here Tuesday, were Herman Jasman, Mr. and Mrs. Norman O’Donnel, Mr. and Mrs. Brian O’Donnel, Mrs. Lloyd Taylor and Mrs. Theresa O’Donnel, and also Mrs. Arthur Krause, all of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: Oct 14, 1948)

Jasman, R. J.,  (no dates; has Roland & R. J.  listed Suchland only, not confirmed) “Roland Jasman. Male, white, single. Birth: Aug 24, 1884, S Dakota, age 34 yrs 2 mos 2 days. Laborer. Father: D___ Jasman, born Russia; Mother: Mary Hatcher, born MO. Informant: D____ Jasman, Odessa. Died: 10-26-1918, 6:46 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Lobar Pneumonia, Duration: 7 days. Contributory: Influenza, duration: 7 days. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA.” (Burial not shown; WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death #132) “Roland Jasman. Died: 26 Oct 1918, age 34, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: David Jasman. Mother: Mary Hatzter. Batch Id #275745.” (WA State Death Records)

Jasmann, Roland s/o David  (d. 10-26-1918; b. 8-24-1884; TS; OC; DC; Cong)  “Jasmann, Roland.  Birth: not given.  Died: 19 Oct 1918, age 34. Influenza. Son of David Jasmann. Buried: 20 Oct 1918.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not given) “Roland Jasman, son of David Jasman, died at the age of 34 years 2 months and 2 days. He is survived by his parents and his sister, Ida. He was interred in the Odessa Cemetery.” (notes from Odessa Record: Nov 1, 1918) “Roland Jasman. Male, white, single, laborer. Birth: Aug 24, 1884, SD; Aged: 34 yrs 2 mos 2 days. Father: David Jasman born Russia; Mother: Mary Hatzter born MO. Informant: David Jasman, Odessa, WA. Death: Oct 26, 1918, 6:46 p.m. Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: lobar pneumonia of 7 days duration; Secondary: influenza of 7 days duration. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death: burial nor undertaker shown)

Jensen, Gary A.,   (d. 1-23-2002; b. 7-17-1958; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Gary Jensen were held Tuesday, Jan 29, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Gary was 43 years old. He died Wednesday, Jan 23, 2002, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was born in Seattle on July 17, 1958, the son of Chris and Effie Jensen. He was raised in Seattle and attended school there. Gary married Susan Gies, originally of Odessa, on Nov 21, 1981. They made their home in Seattle, where they raised their two children, daughter Bryonny and son Garrett. In August 2000, they moved to Odessa where they planned and built their home. Gary continued to work in Seattle, commuting to his home in Odessa each weekend. He spent every available moment with his family and continued to work toward completion of his dream home in Odessa. He was a loving father and husband. Gary is survived by Susan, his wife of 20 years, and their two children, Bryonny and Garrett, at the home; his parents, Chris and Effie Jensen, of Seattle; his sister, Linda Jones, of Silverdale, WA, and brother, Bob Jensen, of Seattle. A loving family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends also survive Gary. Pastor Bob Edwards officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 31, 2002)

Jeske, Andreas Sr.,   (d. 9-23-37; b. 2-19-1861; TS; OC; Strates; obit; Cong;) “Andreas Jeske. Birth: Feb 19, 1861. Died: 23 Sept 1937. Age: 76 yrs 7 mos 4 days. Elizabeth Jeske, David, Andreas Jeske.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Andreas Jeske, Sr., Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Sept 23, 1937, 3:50 p.m., at home in Odessa, WA. Birth: Feb 19, 1861, South Russia. Father: Christian Jeske born Russia; Mother: Justina Weis, born Russia. Informant: Elizabeth Jeske, Odessa, WA. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Previous residence: 2 ½ miles south of Odessa, WA. Leaves wife: Elizabeth. 2 sons: Dave Jeske, Odessa; Andrew Jeske, Odessa; 2 brothers: Jacob Jeske, Odessa; William Jeske, Leavenworth, WA. 9 grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Andreas Jeske, pioneer rancher and early farm organization builder of Odessa was buried on Sunday, following his death on Thursday evening. The service was held from the Pilgrim Congregational Church, with the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Born in Russia, Feb 19, 1861, he was married there in 1884 and came to America in 1898.  He retired in 1919 from his ranch and took up his residence in Odessa. Five sons had been born to the family, two of which survive. Three years ago he and Mrs. Jeske celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. As the former Elizabeth Guenther she had been united in marriage with Mr. Jeske at New Elft, Russia.  Survivors include his widow, Elizabeth; two sons, David and Andrew, both of Odessa; two brothers, Jacob, Odessa, and William, Leavenworth; and one sister in Roumania. Nine grandchildren also survive.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-1937) 

Jeske, Andrew Jr.,   (d. 1959; b. 1898; TS; OC)  

Jeske, Arthur I.,   (d. 1994; b. 1915; TS; OC; obit) “Arthur Isidor Jeske, a lifetime resident of Odessa, died at his home on Tuesday, Jan 4, 1994. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Jan 7, at 11 a.m. at Heritage UCC in Odessa. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Art was born Sept 14, 1915, to David and Mathilda Jeske. He attended and graduated from the schools in Odessa. At Odessa High School, he lettered in track, football and basketball. He continued to enjoy and participate in sports by officiating at games in the area. Art worked with his family on the Jeske homestead 3 miles south of Odessa. He married Luella Case of Superior, MT, in 1942. Art and Luella farmed and raised their family on the homestead until 1980, when they retired and moved into Odessa. Art was baptized and confirmed in the Pilgrim Congregational Church. He was a member of the Heritage UCC, where he served as trustee and a choir member. He was a member of the Odessa Lions Club and served on the ASCS Committee for 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Luella Jeske, at the home; his children, Joyce Kenoyer, of Bellevue, Linda and her husband Bill Waddell of Spokane; Donna and her husband Ken Kiehn of Moses Lake, and Neil Jeske and his wife Cheryl of Odessa; 9 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Emma Neumann, of Odessa, a sister-in-law, Esther Gillette, and her husband Harlin, of Colville, and many nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item) “In Memory of Arthur Isidor Jeske... Pastor Dexter Edwards officiating. Casket bearers: David Jasman, Del Kirstein, Ivan Hemmerling, Laurence Libsack, Paul Horak, Paul Hopp.  Honorary bearers: Roy Walter, David Birge, Arthur Deife, George Gies, Harold Kern and Jack Meek.” (Funeral Program)

Jeske, Charlie R.,   (d. 4-16-1996; b. 6-23-1912; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Charlie R. Jeske will be held on Friday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, with Rev Scott Jurgens officiating. Mr. Jeske died on Tuesday, April 16, 1996,k at the home of his daughter in Odessa. He was 83 year old. He was born June 12, 1912, at Warden, the son of John and Kate (Lang) Jeske. He had lived in Odessa for many years. He was noted for the beautiful flower garden he kept at his home on East First Avenue.  Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth, on Oct 9, 1994. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Marge R. and Frank O’Neal; 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Roger M. and Barbara Frederick, of Odessa, Rich A. Haase, of Ogden, Utah; Bradley D. and Cathie Frederick, Angela R. and Steve Finkbeiner, Bruce D. and Terri Haase, all of Odessa, and Joel C. Haase, of Moses Lake; 6 great-grandchildren, (names deleted herein); one brother-in-law, Karl Kissler and his wife Pauline, of Greenacres, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Galen Pavliska, of Spokane. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley A. Frederick, on July 11, 1982, his parents, and two brothers, Oscar and John. Following the funeral on Friday, interment will be at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-April 18, 1996)

Jeske, David,  (d. 1958; b. 1886; TS; OC)“Funeral services were held from the United Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon for David Jeske, 72, 60 year resident of the Odessa area. The Rev H. G. Pfeiff officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pioneer neighbors made up the pall bearers, including Robert Hoefel, Reinhold Roloff, Nath Koth, John Hopp, Jr., John Laib and Nath Lobe.  Born in South Russia on Feb 13, 1886, he came to this country at the age of 12, with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Jeske. They homesteaded on a farm 2 ½ miles south of Odessa, the place later farmed by David Jeske, and now by a grandson, Arthur Jeske.  Mr. and Mrs. David Jeske retired from the ranch in 1941.  Mr. Jeske was married to Miss Mathilda Gross, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gottfred Gross, at Ritzville on Feb 13, 1907. They were long time members of the former Pilgrim Congregational Church, and of the United since the Pilgrim and St Matthews churches united.  He was one of the original founders of the Odessa Union Warehouse Company, and bought share number one in the firm. His passing leaves only one of the original shareholders still living. Survivors include his widow, Mathilda, at the home; four sons, Leo D. Jeske, Odessa; Herbert Jeske, Creston; Arthur Jeske, Odessa, and Rev Elmer Jeske, Fresno, CA; 7 grandchildren and one brother, Andrew Jeske, Odessa.” (Odessa Record:  4-25-1958)

Jeske, Dorothea,  (Kinder)  (d. 4-28-1915; b. 2-09-1867; TS; OC; DC; Cong) “Jeske, Dorothea.  Birth: 9 Feb 1867, Dennewitz, Bessarabia; Died: 28 April 1915, Odessa, aged 48 yr 2 mos 19 dy; ____. 5 kinder, 5 enkelkinder, 1 schwester hier, mutter, 2 bruder Russland.  Buried: 13 July 1915, Odessa.” (Odessa Congregational death ledger)  “Dorothea Jeske. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Feb 9, 1867, Russia; Aged: 48 yrs 2 mos 19 days.  Father: Ludwig Kinder born Russia; Mother: Elizabeth Weiss, born Russia. Informant: Jacob Jeske, Odessa, WA. Death: Apr 28, 1915, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. Cause: Tuburcular pleurisy. Duration: 7 yrs. Lee Ganson, MD.” (WA State Certificate of Death: no burial information) "Mrs. Dorothea Jeske, wife of Jacob Jeske, died at her home in Odessa last Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, following an illness of seven years with tubercular pleurisy. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the German Congregational church, the Rev Albert Reimann officiating, and interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. At the time of death deceased was aged 48 years, 2 months and 19 days. Dorothea Kinder was born in South Russia on Feb 9, 1867. In 1902, 13 years ago, she emigrated to this country with her family, coming direct to Odessa where she has since made her home. She is survived by a husband and five children, two married daughters, Mrs. August Giese of Odessa and Mrs. Tillie Fitz of Lind, and three sons, Henry, Daniel and Reinhold. A host of her friends here extend sympathy to the bereaved husband and children in their sorrow." (Odessa Record: 4-30-1915) 

Jeske, Elizabeth w/o Andrew Sr.  (d. 7-28-44; b. 12-20-1864; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Elizabeth Jeske. Died: 26 July 1944; 79 yrs 7 mos 8 days. Death following operation.” (Congregational Church ledger, assume by Hausauer) “Mrs. Elizabeth Jeske. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of death: Sacred Heart Hospital. Birth: Dec 20, 1864, South Russia.  Death: July 28, 1944. Age: 79 yrs 7 mos 8 days. Female, white, widow of Andrew, housewife. Father: Louie Ludwig born South Russia; Mother: Elizabeth Weise born South Russia. Cause of death: pneumonia. Physician: Dr Wheeler of Spokane. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong. Church. Rev Hausauer, 2 p.m., Sunday, July 30, 1944.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Jeske, Emanuel,  (added) (TS OC 1870-1937)

Jeske, Heinrich F.,  s/o And.  (d. 10-28-1920; b. 10-30-1900; TS; OC; DC; Cong)  “Jeske, Heinrich Friedrich.  Birth: 30 Oct 1900, Odessa; Died: 28 Oct 1920, Odessa, aged 19 yr 11 mos 28 dys; vern gluckt beim holy sagen; eltern & 2 bruder; Buried: 31 Oct 1920, Odessa.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; cemetery not specified)   “Henry F. Jeske. Male, white, single, farm hand. Birth: Oct 30, 1900, Odessa, WA. Age: 19 yrs 11 mos 28 days. Father: Andrew Jeske born Russia; Mother: Elizabeth Kisnder born Russia. Informant: Andrew Jeske, Odessa, WA. Death: Oct 28, 1920, Dist #6, Lincoln County, WA. Cause of death: Shock from injury to brain, hemorrhage; Duration: 15 minutes. Contributory: saw cutting through skull. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, 10-31-20. G B Stone, Undertaker, Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death) “Henry Jeske, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Jeske, was the victim of a fatal accident at the Jeske ranch two and a half miles south of town about ten o’clock yesterday morning. At the time of the accident, he was working for his brother, David Jeske, assisting in sawing some wood  and had just begun work, when the fast turning saw pulled the bolts from the frame which held it and flew upward, striking the boy in the face, splitting the head wide open and killed him instantly. His brother called Dr Thompson, who assisted in carrying the boy to the house and closed the wound to the best of his ability, after which the remains were brought to town and placed in the Stone undertaking parlors, where they will remain until Sunday when funeral services will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational church.  Henry was 19 years of age, and had been born and raised on the ranch where he was killed. He was known as an unassuming young man of excellent qualities and his untimely death was a great shock to the entire community. He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, mother and two brothers, David Jeske and Andreas Jeske Jr. After the funeral services Sunday the remains will be laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 29 Oct 1920)

Jeske, Herbert T.,  (WW II)  (d. 2-27-1981; b. 10-24-1913; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 4, 1981, for Herbert Theodor Jeske, from the UCC at 11 a.m.  Rev Everett Schoessler officiated. Herbert Jeske was born Oct 24, 1913 on a farm near Odessa, the son of David and Matilda (Gross) Jeske.  He was baptized in the Zoar Congregational Church on Dec 28, 1913 by the Rev Gottlob Keppler. He attended the rural Odessa schools.  On May 27, 1928 he was confirmed into the Christian faith by the Rev A C Delabarre in the Pilgrim Congregational Church. He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He later farmed north of Odessa for about four years. On Oct 29, 1965, Herb was married to Vesta Liebing at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The couple then moved to Odessa where Herb worked for the Town of Odessa for 6 ½ years. He retired in 1975 as a result of an injury.  Because of ill health, he entered a hospital in Spokane on Jan 6 for surgery. He remained in the hospital, mostly in the intensive Care Unit until he passed away on Feb 27, 1981. He was a member of the United Congregational Church.  Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Vesta; two brothers, Arthur of Odessa and Rev Elmer Jeske of Boise, Idaho; one sister, Emma Neumann of Odessa; numerous nieces and nephews.  Herb will be missed by the many people he befriended and helped with his many kind deeds. Sacred selections were ‘In The Garden’ and ‘His Yoke Is Easy’ sung by Ione Zeiler and Delmar Kirstein, accompanied on the organ by Delores Cook. Pall bearers were LaMar Heimbigner, Harold Derr, Weldon Goede, Bob Walter, Ivan Hemmerling and Elmer Watters. Honorary bearers were Sol Walter, Ted Schauerman, Dave Birge, Alvin Goetz, Dennis English, and Bob English. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-05-1981)

Jeske, Jacob,  h/o Marie  (d. 6-26-1946; b. 7-26-1867; TS; OC; Strates) “Jacob Jeske. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: July 26, 1867, Russia; Death: June 26, 1946, at Ritzville General Hospital, Ritzville, WA. Dr Luissey of Ritzville. Age: 78 yrs 11 mos 0 days. Male, white, married: Marie, retired carpenter. Father: Christ Jeske born Russia; Mother: Justine Weisz, born Russia. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: United Church: 2 p.m.  Interment: June 30, 1946.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Jacob Jeske, 78, were held from the United Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating. Music was furnished by the male quartet. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Jacob Jeske was born in Russia, where he was married in 1890 to Dorothey Gunther, and came to America in 1901, to locate at Odessa. Mrs Jeske died in 1915, and in 1917 he remarried, to Mrs Marie Roloff. He conducted a carpenter shop until old age caused him to retire. Pall bearers were Jacob Schauerman, Wentel Weber, Con H. Eckhardt, Henry Walter, Jacob Maier and Conrad Gies. Survivors include the widow, two daughters, Mrs. August Giese, Odessa, and Mrs. Matilda Fitz, Lind; two sons, Henry and Daniel, of the Peshastin area, 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Step children surviving include Mrs. Rosie Lobe, Olympia; Mrs. Bertha Schauerman, Odessa; Mrs. Helen Brost and Mrs. Hulda Sloan, Montana; Miss Tina Roloff, Olympia; Vernard Roloff, Olympia; Richard Roloff, Odessa, and Leonard Roloff, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1946) “Jacob Jeske, who had been taken to the Ritzville hospital during the week end, following a stroke, died there on Wednesday morning. Mr. Jeske was born in New Elft, Russia, July 26, 1867, and lacked just one month of being 79 years old. He was married Dec 14, 1890 to Dorothy Gunther, who died April 28, 1915. He was remarried April 29, 1917, to Maria Roloff. Mr. Jeske came to America in July 1901, and operated a carpenter shop for several years at Odessa...” (Odessa Record: 6-27-1946)

Jeske, John, s/o Andrew  (d. 10-21-1918; b. 6-29-1896; TS; OC; DC; Cong)  “Jeske, John.  Birth: not given; Died: 14 Oct 1918, age 22; influenza; son of Andreas Jeske and Frau. Buried: 15 Oct 1918”  (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not given.) “John Jeske.  Male, white, single, farmer.  Birth: June 29, 1896, Russia; Aged: 22 yrs 3 mos 22 days. Father: Andrew Jeske, born Russia;  Mother: Elizabeth Kinder, born Russia; Informant, Father, Odessa, WA.  Death: Oct 21, 1918, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA.  Cause: Influenza; Contributory: Menengitis and lobular pneumonia. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: (altered certificate, deviant penmanship, ‘Odessa Cemetery’)” (WA State Register of Death; addition may have only been made on the copy stored in Lincoln County, verification at the state level was not done.) (notes) John Jeske, the third influenza victim in the vicinity, died at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Jeske, south of Odessa, aged 22 years. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. (Odessa Record)  

Jeske, John W.,   (d. 11-07-1988; b. 2-09-1909; TS; OC; obit) “John W. Jeske, (79).—Passed away Nov 7, 1988 in Spokane. His home, Mead, WA.  Survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Ruth Jeske, Odessa, WA; one niece, Marge Haase, Odessa; 5 great nephews, one great-niece; 2 great-great nephews; one great-great niece; preceded in death by one niece, Shirley Frederick. Funeral service, Thursday, Nov 10, 1988 at 1 pm, Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (scrapbook item) “John W. Jeske of Mead, born in Warden Feb 9, 1909 to John and Katherine (Lang) Jeske, passed away Nov 7 in Spokane. After receiving his formal education in the Warden schools, he was engaged in construction work until his retirement.  Preceded in death by his parents, by a brother Oscar and by a niece, Shirley Frederick, Mr. Jeske is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Ruth Jeske of Odessa; by a niece, Marge Haase of Odessa; by 5 great nephews and a great niece; and by two great great nephews and a great great niece. Funeral service was held Thursday, Nov 10, in the chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Rick Haase, Karl Kissler, Roger Frederick, Brad Frederick, Steve Finkbeiner and Louis Pavliska.” (Odessa Record: 11-17-1988)

Jeske, Justine,   (d. 1912; b. 1832; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs. Justina Jeske died Tuesday, Aug 6, at the home of her son, Wm Jeske, aged 81 years. Deceased was a native of Russia, but emigrated to America thirteen years ago, settling on a homestead southwest of Odessa. During the past few years she has made her home with her son, William, who owns a ranch southwest of this place. Two other sons, Andreas and Jacob, also reside here. The funeral was held from the home Wednesday, interment taking place in the German Lutheran Cemetery just west of town.” (Odessa Record-Aug 9, 1912)

Jeske, Kate,   (d. 1964; b. 1888; TS; OC) “Kate Jeske.—A former resident of Odessa, WA. Survived by two sons, Charles Jeske, Odessa, WA; John Jeske, Spokane, WA; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Kanzler, Tacoma, WA; Mrs. Caroline VanStappen, Spokane, WA; Mrs. Lydia Hougen, Cashmere, WA; one brother, William Lang, Seattle, WA; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. from the Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA, the Rev Rodney Kastelle officiating. Interment The Odessa Cemetery, the Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 4-01-1964)    

Jeske, Leo David,   (d. 1977; b. 1911; TS; OC; obit) “Leo David Jeske was born March 26, 1911, the son of David and Matilda Gross Jeske, in Odessa. He was baptized April 30, 1911 in the Hoefel church and was confirmed on June 6, 1926 by the Rev A. C. Delebarre. Leo was a member of the UCC.  The deceased attended schools in Odessa and worked in the area as a farm laborer. Recently he moved to the Rivercrest Convalescent Center in Spokane where he suddenly became ill and died Sept 12, (1977) at the age of 66 years. Surviving relatives include three brothers: Arthur and Herbert of Odessa, the rev Elmer Jeske of Quincy; one sister, Emma, Mrs. John Newmann of Odessa; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the United Church on Sept 15. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-22-1977)  “Leo Jeske passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Monday, Sept 12, at St Luke’s hospital in Spokane. Funeral services will be held on Thursday (today) at 2 p.m. from the United Congregational Church in Odessa, Rev Everett Schoessler officiating. Obituary will follow next week.” (Odessa Record: 9-15-1977)

Jeske, Luella M.,   (d. 2001; b. 1922; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Luella Mae Jeske were held Monday, August 6, at the Heritage Church in Odessa. Mrs. Jeske, who was 78 years old, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at Regency North Pointe Nursing Home in Spokane. She was born Nov 27, 1922, in Hermosa, SD, the daughter of Charles and Florence Case. Her family eventually settled in Montana. Luella attended school in Deborgia, MT, and also lived in Keystone, where she made many friends. Those friends were later to remember her outgoing personality and her love for dancing.  She married Arthur Jeske, of Odessa, November 17, 1941. On the family farm south of Odessa, they worked side by side, watching their four children and the farm flourish. Like her father, Luella was an excellent baker. Family and friends remember being surprised by the birthday cakes she bakes. She enjoyed being able to be a part of many brides’ wedding day by creating their wedding cakes.  Luella was active in Royal Neighbors and the 4-H Club. She enjoyed teaching Sunday and vacation Bible School at the Heritage Church in Odessa. She was also an active member and enjoyed the fellowship with the Care Bears. Art and Luella moved from the family farm in April 1980, residing in Odessa, where she turned her creative talents to gardening. She provided the Odessa community with a beautiful floral hillside. She was especially proud to have received the community Yard Beautification trophy. Her husband Art died in 1994. Unable to live independently, Luella moved to the Academy in Spokane. She enjoyed her stay there, but declining health required her to live with her daughter Linda, where she remained until being placed in a nursing home facility last December. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, George and Louis Case.  Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Harlin Gillett, of Colville; children and spouses Joyce Kenoyer and Clyde Brown, of Bellevue; Linda and Bill Waddell of Spokane; Donna and Ken Kiehn of Moses Lake; and Neil and Cheryl Jeske of Odessa.  She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-02-2001)

Jeske, Lydia Beier,   (d. 1978; b. 1901; TS; OC; obit) “Lydia Jeske, age 77 years, 2 months and 23 days, passed away on Sept 15, 1978 at the Crescent Convalescent in Yakima, WA, where she had made her home since May 4, 1972 to be near her daughter, Mrs. John (Olga) Huntzinger. Funeral services were held Sept 18, 1978 at 2 p.m. at the UCC with Rev Everett Schoessler officiating. Mrs. Jeske, the daughter of Gottfried and Maria (Mauch) Beier, was born near Manfred (Wells County) North Dakota on June 22, 1901, where her parents homesteaded around 1895. She made her home there until her parents retired from farming and moved to Odessa in October, 1918. She married Andrew Jeske Jr in Odessa at her parents home on Oct 10, 1919. They farmed near the Odessa area until 1929. They moved to Odessa in June 1931 and she made her home here until moving to Yakima. She was mother of four children. Her son, Harold H. Jeske, died in France during WW II in Jan 1945. She was predeceased by her husband in August 1959, her parents and one sister Emma, and two baby brothers.  She is survived by her three daughters, Mrs. John (Olga) Huntzinger of Yakima; Mrs. Lee (Helen) Fitzgerald of Cheney; and Mrs. Harold (Laverna) Campbell of Burlington; one sister, Mrs. Helen Bishop of Spokane, 5 granddaughters; 13 great grandchildren and 5 nieces. Organist for the funeral was Delores Cook and soloist was Peggy Salo. Pallbearers were: E. Roy Johnson, Alert Chauza, Bob Humiston, C. Walter Koch, M. T. Beltz and George Miller. Burial was at the Odessa Cemetery with Shau and Sons of Yakima and Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 9-21-1978)

Jeske, Maria,  (d. 1950; b. 1872; TS; OC)“Maria Jeske.   Died: 21 April 1950, age 77, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Batch Id #277867.” (WA State Death Records){Edit:  Marie’s first  husband was Dan Roloff, who died in May 1916. Mrs Marie Roloff remarried to Jacob Jeske in 1917. When Jacob died in 1946 Maria’s surviving children were: Mrs Rosie Lobe, Olympia; Mrs Bertha Schauerman, Odessa; Mrs Helen Brost and Mrs Hulda Sloan, Montana; Miss Tina Roloff, Olympia; Bernard Roloff, Olympia; Richard Roloff, Odessa, and Leonard Roloff, Spokane.”} “Maria Jeske. Funeral services for Mrs Maria Jeske, 77, were held from the United Congregational Church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mrs Jeske died at a Spokane hospital on Friday night, after nearly two weeks of hospitalization.  Pallbearers included Emmanuel Salo, Jacob Quast, H B Schafer, John Lobe, Wentel Weber and Conrad Gies. Maria Jeske, daughter of Mr and Mrs Wilhelm Janke, was born April 28, 1872, in old Art-Zies, South Russia. On Oct 21, 1893, she was married to Daniel Roloff, and 11 children were born to this union, three of whom preceded their mother in death. Shortly after their marriage they came to the United States and settled for a while at Kulm, North Dakota.  From there they came in 1904 to Washington, settling on a farm seven miles southwest of Odessa.  Later they moved to the Jim Farmier coulee, where May 4, 1916, Mr Roloff died. In April 1917, she married Jacob Jeske, accepting the care of five step-children, one of whom died later. ON June 26, 1946, Mr Jeske died. She lived along until illness compelled her to make her home with her daughter, Mrs Schauerman. On April 12 she was removed to the hospital.  Survivors include three sons, Bernhart Roloff, Olympia; Richard Roloff, Odessa, and Leonard Roloff, Spokane; five daughters, Mrs Solomon Lobe, Olympia; Mrs Conrad Schauerman, Odessa; Mrs Ed Brost, Terry, MT; Mrs Cecil Sloan, Spokane, and Miss Tina Roloff, Odessa; 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, two stp-sons, Henry and Dan Jeske, Peshastin; two step-daughters, Mrs August Giese, Odessa, and Mrs Matilda Fitz, Lind, and 18 step-grandchildren, and three brothers, Rudolph Janke, Ferndale, John and Ferdinand in Germany; four sisters Wilhelmina, Rosina, Lydia and Katharina, all in Germany.” (Odessa Record: 4-27-1950)

Jeske, Mathilda,  (d. 1958; b. 1886; TS; OC)“Mathilda Jeske. Died: 10 Dec 1958, age 72, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Gotfried Gross. Mother: Justine Stren. Batch Id #281733.” (WA State Death Records) {Mathilda Gross married on Feb 13, 1907 to David Jeske, who died in 1958.}  

Jeske, Monnie Louise Pair,   (d. 1965; b. 1907; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Herb Jeske were conducted at the Odessa Baptist Church yesterday with Rev Vern Slater preaching. Mrs. Jeske had passed away Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial hospital in Davenport.  Pallbearers were John H McKay, Laurence Wegner, Ellis Krogh, Howard Whipple and Ed Riggs of the Creston area, and Julius Winter, Connie Schlimmer and Sol Walter of Odessa. Mrs. Don Zeiler and Mrs. Roger James of Marlin sang, ‘I Will Pilot Thee’ and ‘Jesus Will Walk With Me’ for the service.  Monnie Louise Pair was born March 3, 1907 at Cleveland, TN. As a young girl she came with her parents to the Mohler area where she attended public schools.  Later she moved to Rockford and then in 1940 she came to Odessa. Here she joined the Baptist Church in 1942, and has maintained her member ship since that time.  On May 30, 1945 she was united in marriage to Herb Jeske of Odessa where they made their home until 1950. At that time they moved to a farm near Creston.  She leaves to mourn her passing, one brother, Karl Pair of Portland, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.” (Odessa Record: 7-08-1965)

Jeske, Reinhold,  s/o Jacob  (d. 1-13-1931; b. 3-25-1907; TS; OC; Strates; DC; obit; Cong)  “Reinhold Jeske, 1930 high school graduate of Odessa, died suddenly Tuesday night of heart failure, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Lobe. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Jeske. Burial will be in the family lot in the Odessa Cemetery today.” (Odessa Record-Jan 16, 1931)  “Reinhold Jeske. Age: 23 yr 10 mos 10 days. Funeral: Jan 16, 1931, Odessa” (St Mathew Congregational Ledger) “Reinhold Jeske. Death: 1-13-1931 at 7 p.m. at Odessa, WA. Occupation: Fruit orchard laborer. Employer: Henry Jeske. Informant: Jacob Jeske of Odessa. Birth: March 25, 1907, Odessa, WA. Age: 23 yr 9  mos 11 days. Father: Jacob Jeske born Russia; Mother: Dortha Kinder born (not shown). Cause of death: Failure compensation, immediate. L M Thompson, MD. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Person in charge: H. H. Strate. Surviving: Father: Jacob Jeske, Odessa, WA; Brother, Henry Jeske, Peshastin, WA; Sister, Magie Giese, Ruff, WA; Sister, Mathilda Fitz, Lind, WA; and brother, Donald Jeske, Peshastiv, WA. Physical: Light Hair, blue eyes; 6 ft 1 inch; 150 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Reinhold Jeske. Male, white, single, common laborer.  Birth: March 25, 1907; age: 23 yrs 9 mos 19 days. Father: Jacob Jeske, born Russia; Mother: Dorothy Kender born Russia. Informant: Jacob Jeske.  Death: Jan 13, 1931, 7 p.m.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 1-16-1931.” (WA State Death Certificate)

Jeske, Ruth Kissler,   (d. 10-09-1994; b. 7-12-1915; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct 12, for Ruth Kissler Jeske, who died at her home in Odessa on Sunday, Oct 9, 1944. She was born on July 12, 1915, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Margaret Kissler. She attended the Weber School near Schrag. She married Charlie R. Jeske in Ritzville on Sept 26, 1933. The couple farmed in the Hartline area until 1936, when they moved southwest of Odessa, where they operated the Kissler farm. They moved into Odessa in 1946 and continued to farm until retirement in 1977.  Ruth is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charlie R Jeske, at the home in Odessa; one daughter, Marge R. Haase, of Odessa; 6 grandchildren, Rober M. Frederick and his wife, Barb, Rick A. Haase, Brad D. Frederick and his wife, Cathie, Angela R. Finkbeiner and her husband, Steve, Bruce D. Haase and his wife Terri, all of Odessa, and Joel C. Haase, of Moses Lake; 6 great-grandchildren, Miranda and Kurt Finkbeiner, Derek and Jessica Frederick, Bryce and Brady Haase, all of Odessa; one brother, Karl A Kissler and his wife, Pauline, of Greenacres, and numerous nieces and nephews including Galen Pavliska, of Spokane. Ruth was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley A Frederick, in July 1982, her parents, Jacob and Anna Margaret Kissler, one brother, Reuben Kissler, and 5 sisters, Katie Iltz, Mary Tompkins, Lydia Tschritter, Elsie Pavliska and Ann Reiner.  Pastor Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral at Christ Lutheran Church. Graveside services followed at Odessa Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Elmer Ilta, Harley Tschritter, Wally Johnson, Larry Reiner, Dennis Kissler and Vernie Tompkins. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-scrapbook item)

Jeske, Vesta M.,   (d. 10-23-1990; TS; OC; obit) “Vesta Mable Jeske.—Passed away Oct 23, 1990 in Spokane. Her home, Odessa. Survived by two sisters, Lilas Alexander, Ruth Perterson, both of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Jeske. Member of Heritage UCC, Odessa, WA. Memorial Service, Saturday, Oct 27, 1990 at 11 a.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa. Rev Glenn A Gettinger, officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Memorial services for Vesta Mable Jeske, 79, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Heritage UCC sanctuary, Odessa. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She died Tuesday. She was born in Latah and was a member of Heritage UCC. She is survived by two sisters, Lila Alexander and Ruth Peterson, both of Spokane. Her husband, Herbert Jeske, died in 1981.” (Spokesman-Review: 10-27-1990)

?Jessett, Elna Newkirk, (added) Have obit, not shown, d. Aug 2, 1985

?Jessett, A. W. (Bill) , (added)  “Alfred William (Bill) Jessett died Apr 18, 1993, at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Mr. Jessett, who would have been 90 years old on April 27, was a long-time Odessa resident.  He was born in 1903 in Marborough, England. His family moved to Vernon, BC, when he was a young boy. At the age of 17, he went to work in Vancouver. He came to the US when he was 22. He worked as a boilermaker helper in the Great Northern Railway shops in Wenatchee. Later, he attended Washington State College (now University). He then went to work for the Washington Water Power Company. His first job was digging pole holes by hand. Mr. Jessett came to Odessa as manager of the Washington Water Power in 1935, a position he held until he retired in 1965.  He was married to Elna Rowena Newkirk, of Kennewick. They had three sons, William, Loren and Stephen.  He was active in the Odessa Masonic Lodge, of which he was past master. He was past patron of the Eastern Star and a member and past president of the Odessa Lions Club. He was active in numerous civic affairs, including the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, clam digging and travel. He and Mrs. Jessett traveled the world. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elna, in 1985, a son, Loren, in 1992, and by a brother, Thomas. He is survived by two sons, William of Camas, WA; and Alan Stephen, of Spokane; and one sister, Lillian Millikan of Lynnwood, WA. A memorial service will be held today, Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m., in the Heritage United Church of Christ Chapel. The Rev Jim Dowdy will officiate. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-22-1993)

Johnson, Gorden,  (added) (Suchland’s listing only no dates)

Johnson, Michael B.,   (d. 5-20-2001; b. 8-22-1963; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held Saturday, May 26, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel for Michael B .Johnson. Mr. Johnson, 37, was a resident of Odessa. He died in Spokane Sunday, May 20, 2001. He was born Aug 22, 1963 in Montrose, CO, the son of Samuel and Emma (Gallob) Johnson. He attended schools in the Montrose area. He had resided in the Odessa area for the past five years. He was a truck driver in the transportation business. He was a member of E Clapus Vitus, Monteca, CA, and an honorary member of Odessa VFW Post #7395. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Johnson, at the home; three children, Michael Johnson, Jr, James Johnson, and Brianna Johnson, all of Odessa; his mother, Emma Cloud, of Odessa; his father, Samuel Johnson, of Montrose, CO; three brothers, George Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO; Fred Johnson, of Copperopolis, CA, and Gerald Johnson, of Grand Junction, CO; one sister, Deanna Antran, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Bill Cox officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-31-2001)

Jones, Elna, (obit, burial not stated) d. July 8, 1981; b. 1913)

Jones, Roxi D.,   (d. 1975; b. 1974; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside services were held for Roxi Deann Jones Dec 13, 1975, Rev B. M. Schafer officiating.  She was born Jan 2, 1974 and passed away Dec 10, 1975 at Interlake Hospital, Medical Lake, WA. She is survived by her mother, Vickie Jones of 1237 Vandenberg, Moses Lake, WA; sister, Kristi Lee at home; father, Terrance Jones, Moses Lake.  Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Kiesz, Odessa; and Mr. and Mrs. Glen (Bud) Jones, Moses Lake; great grandparents are Bertha Kiesz, Odessa, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gill, Grangeville, ID.  Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-18-1975) 

Juris, Myra E. Schlimmer Crowe,   (d. 3-18-1981; b. 5-17-1925; TS; OC; obit)  “Memorial funeral services were held at the Odessa Baptist Church on Friday, March 20, 1981 for Myra Ellen Juris, who passed away on March 18, (1981) at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. Rev Albert Richardson officiated at the service. Myra Ellen Juris, daughter of Conrad and Hattie Schlimmer of Odessa, was born on May 17, 1925 in Odessa, WA. She attended the Marlin Elementary School and later graduated from Odessa High school in 1943. In 1945 she was married to Jack D Crowe of Cle Elum, WA. He passed away in 1970. In 1971 she married Edwin  Juris of Cle Elum. He passed away in 1977. Myra had lived in Cle Elum for the past 36 years. She had been in poor health for the last five years. While visiting at the home of her parents she became ill and entered the local hospital. She  passed away three weeks later. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Connie Stelling and her husband of Coulterville, CA; one son, Don and his wife of Cle Elum; three grandchildren, Mark and Tracy Stelling and Bryan Crowe; her parents Conrad and Hattie Schlimmer of Odessa, and one brother, Loren Schlimmer, also of Odessa; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Roger, in 1979. Special music sung by Ione Zeiler was ‘Some Day We Will Understand’ and ‘My God and I’. Lynnae Rodenbough accompanied on the organ. Interment is in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-1981)


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