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.


Knapp, infant of Walter, (added) d. 8-20-1909 DC “The seven months old child of Mr, and Mrs, Wm Knapp, of the City bakery, died last Friday of inflammation of the bowels. The funeral was held from the home Sunday, and the remains interred in the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 8-27-1909) “Walter Knapp.  Male, white. Birth: Jan 6, 1909, Lincoln Co, WA, aged 8 months. Father: Walter Knapp, b. Germany; Mother: Gertrude Knapp, b. Germany.  Informant: Father, Odessa, WA.  Death: Aug 20, 1909. 11 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause: Cholera Infantum. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa, Aug 22, 1909; Undertaker: Stone & Son, Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Knodel infant, of Gotfried  (d. 5-25-11; b. 5 days; ns-DC) “infant Knodel. Birth: 5-25-1911. Father: Gotfried Knodel born Rusha, father, 46. Mother: Louisa Winkey, born Rusha, 46 yrs old; farmers. Informant. Odessa, WA. Death: 5-25-1911, Adams County. WA. Cause of death: spasm. Signed: Mr, Gotfried Knodel of Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death; all penmanship appears to be that of Gotfried Knodel, no attending physician or undertaker; no burial information, barely legible)

"The 2 months old child of Mr, and Mrs, John Knodel died Tuesday of whooping cough. The funeral services were held on Wednesday." (Odessa Record: 6-11-1915)

Knodel, infant, d/o John  (d. 6-08-15; b. 4-05-15; ns-DC) “unnamed infant Knodel. Female, white, single. Birth: April 5, 1915, WA. Age: 2 mos 3 days.  Father: John Knodel born Russia. Mother: Teresa Reich, born Russia. Informant: Father, John Knodel, Odessa, WA. Death: June 8, 1915, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: convulsions, no medical attendant. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: (no record)” (WA State Register of Death)  

Knodel, Marie,  (Ruff) (d. 3-03-08; b. 1866; cemetery not shown-DC; LL) “Knodel, Maria.  Died: 3 March 1908; Birth: 13 Feb 1867; d/o Gottfried Ruff and Helene Jansen. Married: Gottfried Knodel; 13 children; typhoid.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Marie Knodel.  Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: 1866, Russia; Age: 42 yrs 1 mo. Father: Gottfried Ruef, born Russia; Mother: not known to informant, born Russia. Informant: J Knodel. Odessa, WA.  Died: March 3, 1908, Lincoln Co. Cause: typhoid fever, complicated by childbirth. John J, Lunz, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: (no record) on March 5, 1908.” (WA State Certificate of Death

)Knoell, Jake:  “Jake passed away Nov 28, 2011. He was born Sept 4, 1911 in Teplitz, a German settlement near the Black Sea in Russia. After marrying Lydia Kern in 1940, their entire village was relocated to Germany and they worked on a state-run farm. In 1945, he was drafted into the German Army and wounded, then captured, spending nearly five years in various labor camps in Western Russia.  Reunited in 1949, Jakob, Lydia and their young daughter immigrated to the United States, arriving in Odessa in 1952. Their son was born later that year. Known as a precise and meticulous craftsman, Jake worked as a carpenter, builder and contractor in the Central Basin for many years. After retirement, Jake and Lydia shared a passion for putting together complex picture puzzles and many are displayed framed in their home. With a twinkle in his eye and an easy laugh, Jake told stories around Odessa about the Old Country and the Knoells’ life there. He was known in Odessa for his hobby winemaking and for sharing the fruits of their large vegetable garden.  Jakob is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lydia; two children Marianne (Ed) Saltz of Soldotna, Alaska, and Vern (Joni) Knoell of Colbert and Lamona; four granddaughters, Jeannette (Dan) Ducker of Kasilof, Alaska, DiAnna (Scot) Leaders of Soldotna, Tami Knoell of Spokane and Kristi (Mark) Lupton of Spokane; six great grandchildren, Crystal Ducker, Samantha Timm, Shara Leaders, Hannah Leaders, Rylee Lupton and Sam Lupton; and great-great granddaughter Lydia Ducker. Funeral services will be Dec 2, 2011, 10 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with vault interment at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-01-2011) 

Knox, Marie,  (added) d. Dec 10, 1990  “Marie Knox (87).—Passed away Dec 10, 1990, Ritzville Nursing Home. Her home, Ritzville, WA. Survived by two daughters, Carol Schuh, Mohler, WA, Mrs, JoAnn Sauer, Ritzville, Wa; two sons, Lawrence Kiehn, Bellingham, WA, Vernon Kiehn, Spokane; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, George Becker, Ritzville, WA; sister, Lavina Brown, Mattawa, WA.  Member of Philadelphia Congregational Church and Grace Chapter, Ritzville Grandmother Club, Gritman Sr, Center, Charter member of FOE #2739 Ritzville Ladies Auxiliary. Funeral Service, Thursday, Dec 13, 1990 at 11 a.m. Philadelphia Congregational Church, Ritzville, WA. Rev Ben Schafer officiating. Private Interment, Odessa Memorial Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge.” (scrapbook item)

Koth, Barbara (Quotier),.  (d. 10-06-1925; b. 3-25-1850; widow; TS; OC; DC) “Barbara Koth.  Female, white, widowed, housewife. Birth: March 25, 1850, South Russia. Age: 75 yrs 7 mos 19 days. Father: Lawrence Quotier, born S Russia; Mother: don’t know; Informant: Joseph Koth, Irby, WA.  Death: Oct 6, 1925, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: Sudden death. Heart failure. Contributory: mitral Lessen. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa on 10-08-25.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified) "The sudden death of Mrs. Barbara Koth at her home here Tuesday morning removes another of the fast depreciating ranks of Odessa country pioneers. The cause of her death was heart failure and her age was 75 years, 7 months and 19 days. She had been in her usual state of health for some time past and had prepared the evening meal for her son, Andrew the night before and had spoken to him when he got up in the morning but when he had breakfast ready she had passed away. Mrs. Koth was born in Alt Dantzig, Russia, March 25, 1850. In 1869 she was married to Henry Koth and three years later they emigrated to the United States settling in Yankton, SD. In 1899 they came to Washington and settled southwest of Odessa. Fifteen years ago they retired from farming and moved to Odessa. Nine years ago her husband died. To their marriage was born five children, only two, Joseph Koth of Irby and Andrew Koth of Odessa are now living. Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev Banke, a Baptist minister from Spokane officiating after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 10-09-1925)

Koth, Christine (Schorzman),   (d. 1991; b. 1893; TS; OC; obit) “Christine (Dina) Koth. Funeral services for Christine (Dina) Koth, who died Dec 6, (1991), were held Tuesday at the Odessa Baptist Church. Mrs. Koth was 98 years old. She was a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center. Born Jan 18, 1893, in Menno, SD, to Christian and Christine (Ulmer) Schorzman, she came as a small girl with her family to Washington. They lived briefly in Colfax and then homesteaded 15 miles north of Odessa. She married Nathaniel (Daniel) Koth on June 28, 1912 in Odessa. A true homemaker and housewife, she took much pride in that fact. She was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church and was active in the Women’s Missionary Society of the church. She worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross in Odessa during both World War I and WW II. She was a charter member of the Odessa Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include one son and his wife, Franklin J and Arlene Koth, of Spokane; three grandchildren, Judy Charles and Nancy Thompson, both of Phoenix, and David Koth, of Cornell University, NY; one sister, Hattie Schlimmer, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband preceded her in death in 1977. The Rev Tom Goetz officiated at the funeral services. Pall bearers were Bill Schlimmer, Clarke Schlimmer, Alan Schorzman, Randy Schorzman, Doug Roller and Todd Ellingburg. Concluding services and interment were at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” Odessa Record-Dec 12, 1991)

Koth, Edward,  s/o Gottlieb  (d. 12-19-1947; b. 10-07-1881; TS; OC; Strates) “Edward Koth. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of death: Ritzville General Hospital. Birth: Oct 7, 1881.  Death: Dec 19, 1947. Age: 66 yrs 2 mos 12 days. male, married. Father: Gottlieb Koth born Russia.  Mother: Katherine Weiss born Russia. Cause of death: renal disease. Certifying physician: Dr Middleton. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral at Baptist Church at 2 p.m.. Interment on 12-23-1947.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Edward Koth, pioneer merchant and former Odessa mayor, were held from the Odessa Baptist church on Tuesday, the Rev A. Foll officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Koth had an active part in the growth of Odessa almost from its inception. He came to Odessa the year after its incorporation as a town, engaged in the mercantile business here most of the remainder of his life. Born, Oct 7, 1881, at Parkston, SD, he attended the schools there, taking advanced work at Mitchell, SD, and Freeman, NE, and getting his early mercantile experience there. At his start here he was a member of the firm of Koth and Son, and in 1906 this firm consolidated with the Michaelsens in the Odessa Mercantile Company, selling his interest in the firm in 1912, then moving to Spokane, where he was with the Jensen-King-Byrd company. Shortly after this the building housing the Odessa firm was destroyed by fire, and the firm was liquidated. Two of the partners, J. C. Michaelsen and Henry Michaelsen were considering a new firm, and Mr. Koth returned from Spokane to go in with them. In the fall of 1913 his brother, Nath Koth, joined the firm, the four partners continuing to operate the store until Sept 1945, when Elmer and Henry Michaelsen, sons of H. E. Michaelsen of the partnership, bought the interests of the three other partners and the firm became known as Michaelsen’s. In August, 1906, Mr. Koth was married to Miss Ella Bens in Wisconsin. Three sons were born to them. Mrs. Koth died in 1939. Late in 1943 Mr. Koth was remarried, to Mrs. Elsie James of Marlin, and after he had disposed of his store interests, they lived for a time at Marlin and in the Spokane area, returning to Odessa this fall. The death of Mr. Koth was the second tragedy to strike with a short time for Mrs Koth, one (of) her sons, John James, being killed, and a second son, Spencer James, seriously injured in an airplane crash. He is survived by his wife, at the home here; three sons, Everett, Longview; Milton, Odessa, and Wesley, Brooklyn, NY; his mother, Mrs. Katherine Koth, Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. John C. Schorzman, Odessa; Mrs. Rose Weber, Los Angeles, CA; and Mrs. Helen Brandt, Spokane; two brothers, Nath Koth, Odessa, and Fred G. Koth, Draper, SD. Wesley Kother, who is taking special training in Brooklyn, was unable to come.” (Odessa Record: 12-25-1947)

Koth, Ella (Bens),   (d. 4-09-1939; b. 8-24-1885; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Ella Koth. Residence: Odessa. Death: April 9, 1939 at Deaconess Hospital. Birthplace: New York on Aug 24, 1885. Age: 53 yrs 7 mos 15 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Resided Odessa 33 yrs. Father: Rev. H G Bens, born Germany.  Mother: Pauline Arnold born Germany. Cause of death: coronary occlusion. Physician: Dr Andres. Husband: Edward Koth of Odessa, WA. Relatives: 3 sons: Everett Koth of Waterville, WA; Milton Koth of Odessa; Wesley Koth of Seattle;  3 brothers: Paul Bens of Aberdeen, SD; Henry Bens of Herreid, SD;  Walter Bens of Strondquist, MN; 2 sisters: Clara Bens of Bismark, ND; Irene Bens of Bismark, ND; Father: Rev H. G. Bens of Bismark, ND.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Ella Bens Koth, 53, died at the Deaconess hospital at Spokane on Sunday night, where she had undergone an operation on Wednesday morning. She had appeared to be doing well and had visited with her family during the day. They returned home and had been here a short time when word was received of her death. Miss Ella Bens was born August 24, 1885, in New York City, the daughter of the Rev H. G. and Paulina Bens. When their family came to North Dakota she became acquainted with Edward Koth, and in 1906 was united in marriage to him at Odessa, where Mr. Koth became a partner in the pioneer firm of Michaelsen & Koth. Mrs. Koth took an active interest in community and church life. Survivors include her widower, Edward Koth; three sons, Everett, instructor in the Waterville schools; Milton, employed at the store here, and Wesley, student at the University of Washington; her father, the Rev H G Bens; three brothers, Paul Bens, Aberdeen, ND; Henry Bens, Herreid, SD; and Walter Bens, Strandquist, MN; two sisters, Clara and Irene Bens, Bismarck, ND.” (Odessa Record: 4-13-1939)  

Koth, Gottlieb,   (h/o Katharina; d. 7-31-1940; b. 2-19-1856; TS; OC; Strates) “Gottlieb Koth. Died: 7-31-1940 at 10 a.m.  Informant: Edward Koth. Birth: Feb 19, 1856 in Russia.  Age: 84 yrs 5 mos 12 days. Retired business man, general merchandise. Date last worked: 1908. 4 yrs spent in occupation. Wife: Katherine Koth. Resided Odessa: 35 yrs; To US in 1879, 61 years ago. Father: Fred Koth born Russia; Mother: Christina Hincel, born Russia. Previous residence: South Dakota. Survived by: wife, Katherine; 3 daughters: Mrs Cacis. Weber, Los Angeles, Mrs. .J C. Schorzman; Mrs. Helen Brandt, Spokane. 4 sons: John Koth, Washburn, ND; Fred Koth, Draper, SD; Edward Koth, Odessa; Nathaniel Koth, Odessa; one brother; 15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Gottlieb Koth, 84, died Wednesday morning at his home here, after a four-hour illness. Mr. Koth had carried his age well and only within the last three years had his health started failing. Funeral services will be held from the Odessa Baptist church on Sunday afternoon, starting at 2 o’clock with the Rev J. G. Rott officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Born in Russia, Feb 19, 1856, he was married there in 1878 to Miss Kathlina Weiss, who survives him, and left shortly after for the United States to make his home. He spent the first 26 years of his stay in this country in the vicinity of Parkston, SD, coming to Odessa 35 years ago, where with a son, Edward, he started a hardware store. After two years the firm consolidated with the Odessa Mercantile company and he retained his membership in this firm until 1908, retiring from active business. His partners continued the firm until 1913, when fire destroyed the store building. Two of his sons, Edward and Nathaniel, in partnership with J. C. and H. E. Michaelsen, started the present firm of Michaelsen & Koth. After leaving business, he started constructing houses, and built five of the present Odessa houses, including those now occupied by J. C. Raugust, C. A. Bragg, Mrs. Andreas Jeske, Roy Haskins, and the present Koth home. He was active in church work, taking an active part in the services at the Odessa Baptist church on the Sunday preceding his death. Survivors include his widow, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Rosie Weber, Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. J. C. Schorzman, Odessa; and Mrs. Helen Brandt, Spokane; four sons, John Koth, Washburn, ND; Fred Koth, Draper, SD; Edward and Nathaniel Koth, Odessa; one brother, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 8-01-1940)

Koth, Henry,   (d. 4-08-1915; b. 1-29-1840; TS; OC; DC) “Henry Koth.  Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Jan 29, 1848, Russia; Aged: 67 yrs 2 mos 8 days.  Father: Henry Koth, born Russia. Mother: Mary Warnspecker, born Russia. Informant:  Andrew Koth, Odessa, WA. Death: April 8, 1915, 12:30 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: arterio sclerosis, contributory: Bright’s Disease of unknown duration.  Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death; burial nor undertaker is given) "Henry Koth, a pioneer of the Odessa country died at his home here yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Mr. Koth’s health had been failing for the past four years, having been troubled with Brights disease, which was the immediate cause of his death. He was 67 years old, being born in South Russia on Jan 29, 1848. When he first came to America he located in South Dakota where he resided for a number of years, coming to Odessa 16 years ago, he located on a ranch 15 miles southwest of Odessa, where he lived until 5 years ago when he sold his place and moved in to town where he has since made his home. The funeral services will be held at the German Baptist church next Sunday afternoon at 1:30, the Rev Huber officiating and burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery. The Record joins a host of friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family." (Odessa Record: 4-09-1915)

Koth, Katharina,   (d. 1949; b. 1857; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs. Katherine Koth, 92, died at the Ritzville hospital Sunday morning, where she had been taken on Saturday , following an early morning fall at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nath Koth, with whom she had been staying during recent weeks. She was believed to have suffered a fractured hip. Mrs Koth headed a pioneer mercantile family of the community. Katherine Weiss was born in Russia, Feb 1, 1857, and came to America at the age of 21, following her marriage to Gottlieb Koth, locating at Parkston, SD. In about 1904 the family moved to Odessa, to start the pioneer business firm of Koth and Son, which later consolidated with the Odessa Mercantile company, and was continued in later years as Michaelsen and Koth. Gottlieb Koth retired from business in 1912. Following his retirement from business, Mr. Koth built and sold homes, four of the Odessa homes having been built by him. He died in 1940.  A son, Ed Koth, who had been associated with his father in the early store died in 1947.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Rosa Weber, Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. J. C. Schorzman, Odessa; and Mrs. Helen Brandt, Spokane; two sons, Fred Koth, Draper, SD; and Nath Koth, Odessa; 15 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the Odessa English Baptist church, the Rev A Foll officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pall bearers were C E Weber, Con Schlimmer, Jacob Schorzman, Henry Schiewe, John Goetz, and Gus Zimbelman.” (Odessa Record: 5-12-1949)

Koth, Nathaniel,   (d. 1979; b. 1886; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held for Nathaniel Koth on Friday, July 6, 1979 at 11 a.m. from the Odessa Baptist Church. Rev Albert Richardson officiated. Mr. Koth passed away July 3, 1979 at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Dinah Koth, at the Odessa home; one son, Frank Kith, Spokane; two sisters, Mrs. John (Amelia) Schorzman, Odessa; Rose Weber, Los Angeles, CA; 3 grandchildren, Judy, Nancy and David Koth, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews.  Sacred selections, ‘In The Garden’ and ‘Beyond the Sunset’ were sung by Delores Cook and Ione. Organist was Lynnae Rodenbough. Pallbearers were Clarke Schlimmer, Loren Schlimmer, Bill Schlimmer, Lee Schorzman, Eugene Schorzman and Art Schorzman. Nathaniel Koth was born Sept 3, 1886 into a family of ten children in Parkston, SD. His parents, Gottlieb and Katherine Koth, farmed in that area 24 years and then for approximately three years operated a hardware store in Parkston, before moving to Odessa with the family in 1904. Soon after, they purchased a hardware and machinery business from the Weber brothers. The entire family worked in the store which was called ‘Koth & Son’.  Around 1912 this business was traded for farm land owned by Joe Kriegler.  Nathaniel then went to work for Odessa Mercantile Co.  This business burned down in 1913. Then Nathaniel, with his brother Ed, went into business with Julius and Henry Michaelsen. It was known as ‘Michaelsen & Koth’.  This business continued until all partners sold out and retired in 1945. Altogether, Nathaniel was in business approximately 40 years in Odessa.  Nathaniel Koth married Dinah Schorzman on June 28, 1912. To this union one son was born, Franklin Koth. Nathaniel became a Christian in 1907 and joined the Baptist church where he remained a faithful member those 72 years. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-12-1979)

Kottke, Albertine,   (d. 8-29-1904; b. 1842; TS; OC; LL)  “Kottke, Albertine Wilhelmine Rosenau.  Died: 29 Aug 1905; Birth: 8 Nov 1842. Married: Ludwig Wilhelm Kottke.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  (The obituary of Ludwig confirms this  burial in the Odessa Cemetery.)

Kottke, Hermann,   (added) d. 24 Feb 1910 DC; obit “Kottke, Hermann.  Died: 14 Feb 1910.  Birth: 20 Jan 1848; married Helene Vorpahl on April 1, 1874.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Herman Kottke, father of Mrs. Fred Brunner, died Monday of hemorrhage of the brain, aged sixty-two years.  About four years ago the old gentleman suffered a stroke of paralysis, and has been almost a helpless cripple ever since.  He is survived by a widow and six children, four girls and two boys.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the German Lutheran Church, the pastor, Rev Rieke officiating. Interment was at the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Feb 18, 1910) “Herman Kottke. Male, white, married. Birth: Jan 26, 1848, Germany. Age: 62 yrs 25 days. Father: Herman Kottke, b. Germany; Mother: don’t know. Occupation: musician. Informant: Fred Brunner, Odessa, WA.  Death: Feb 24, 1910, 3 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln County. Apoplexy. Contributory: previous attack, arterio... Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Feb 26, 1910. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death) (Edit: probable dating error of obit)

Kottke, Julius,   (d. ?Jan 1931; b. Sept 1886; s/o Ludwig; TS 1886-1932; OC; Strates; LL) “Kottke, Julius” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger-no data listed; apparent 1932 listing) “Julius Kottkie. Death: (not filled in at time, later edit shows: ‘1931?’) Place of death: (not shown). Occupation: farmer, self employed. Informant: William Otto of Odessa. Birth: Sept 1886, Germany. Age: 46 yrs. Single, male. Length of residence in city: near Odessa, 30 yrs.  Father: Ludwig Kottkie, born Germany; Mother: Albertina Rosenau, born Germany. In US: 42 yrs. Previous residence: Germany. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Relatives: Brother, William Otto of Odessa; Emma Kottkie, of Odessa. Physical: Fair Hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 8 inches; 200 lbs” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Julius Kottke, 46, for 30 years a resident of the Odessa district, were held at the Lutheran church on Friday afternoon, with the Rev Mr. Meske of Lind officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery.  Kottke died in Spokane on Tuesday night following an emergency operation there. He had been ill only a part of two days. Pall bearers were selected from friends of the deceased and included S. F. Praetorius, Jacob Grening, H. H. Rieke, J. G. Heimbigner, Gottleib Ramm, Jr, and Gottlob Ramm. Kottke had lived in the Odessa region since his arrival in this country from Germany, the land of his birth. He had never married. He is survived by a sister, Emma Kottke, and a half brother, William Otto, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-26-1932)  “Julius Kottke, 46, for about 30 years a resident of the Odessa region, died suddenly Tuesday night, after he had been taken ill at his ranch home and rushed to Spokane for an operation from which he failed to rally. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran church on Friday, with the Rev Mr. Meske of Lind conducting the service, during the absence of Rev H P Christensen. Burial will be made in the Odessa Cemetery.  Kottke had been in a fall at his home and after the fall felt an increasing illness coming on. He worked in the fields on Monday and on Tuesday his illness reached the stage where it was decided to take him to Spokane. Doctors there decided an operation was necessary and operated at once, finding that an abscess had broken in the fall and that poison from it was causing the illness. He never regained consciousness after the operation.  The body was taken to the Smith Funeral Home. The funeral will be in Odessa under the supervision of H. H. Strate. Kottke was born in Germany, coming to this country with his parents and residing here until the time of his death. He had never married. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by a sister, Emma Kottke, Odessa, and a half-brother, William Otto, also of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-19-1932) 

Kottke, Ludwig,  (widowed)  (d. 3-01-1926; b. 5-22-1850; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Kottke, Ludwig Wilhelm.  Died: 1 March 1926. Birth: 22 May 1850; Spouse: Wilhelmina Rosenau Ott” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Ludwig Kottke. The funeral services for Ludwig Kottke, age 75, who died at his home southwest of Odessa Monday morning of lobar pneumonia, was held at the Odessa Lutheran church Wednesday, the Rev H P Christensen officiating. Mr. Kottke was born in 1850 in Germany, where in 1877 he was married to Augustine Rosenau. Thirty-six years ago, they emigrated to this country, settling first at Leeds, ND.  Four years later they came to Washington and settled on a homestead on which he built the home he died in. His wife died there 20 years ago.  He is survived by a daughter, Miss Emma Kottke and a son, Julius Kottke, both who lived at home. After the funeral his remains were laid to rest beside those of his wife, in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-05-1926) “Ludwig Kottke. Male, white, widowed, farmer. Birth: May 22, 1850, Germany. Age: 75 yrs 10 mos 5 days. Father: ___ Kottke, born Germany; Mother: unknown, born Germany; Informant: Julius Kottke, Odessa, WA. Death: 3-01-1926, Dist #6, Lincoln Co. ‘At request of coroner, deceased died suddenly at 4 a.m., lobar pneumonia of 3 days duration, Contributory: Influenza. L. M. Thompson’  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Mar 3, 1926. Undertaker: Turner, Harrington.” (WA State Register of Death) (edit: his wife’s TS is that of Albertine Kottke, died 1904)

Kottke, Willy,  (added) d. 29 Apr 1912  “Kottke, Willy.  Died: 29 April 1912; Birth: 13 Nov 1892.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger; German script) “Will Kottke, aged 19 years, who made his home with his brother-in-law, F. G. Brunner, at various times during the past three years, but recently has been living with his mother at Pasco, was killed by having his skull fractured while working over a gasoline engine on the Cox Investment Co’s ranch, near that place Tuesday.  According to the report of the accident sent out from Pasco, he was soaping the belt of the engine and instead of working on the best away from the flywheel it is said he started to soap the belt toward the wheel. In this way his hand was caught in the belt and he was thrown ten or twelve feet away, his head striking a rock, fracturing his skull. The remains were brought to Odessa for burial Thursday, the funeral taking place from the German Lutheran Church and being conducted by Rev Wm Rhode. Interment took place in the German Lutheran cemetery.” (Odessa Record: May 3, 1912)

Kramer, Alvin Michael,   (d. 2-05-1991; b. 11-29-1907; TS; OC; obit) “Alvin M. Kramer, a former long-time Marlin resident who was born Nov 29, 1907 in Marcellus to Michael and Elizabeth (Griffith) Kramer, passed away Feb 5, 1991 in Spokane at the home of a daughter. He lived in the Marlin area and attended Marlin schools, graduating from high school there in 1926. He then attended mechanic’s school in Portland, OR. As a resident of Spokane after school, he met and married Anna Hester in Dec 1931, and they continued their residence there until 1947 when they moved back to Marlin.  There, Mr. Kramer owned and operated the Marlin Garage until 1973, when he retired. He continued to live in Marlin even after the death of his wife, until last Sept when he moved to Spokane to live with a daughter, Leona Kramer. A member of Marlin’s Salem Lutheran Church, he was past fire chief and long-time city councilman during his residence there. Preceded in death by his wife and by a son, Delmar, he is survived by two daughters: Audrey Beck of Odessa and Leona Kramer of Spokane; by a very special friend, Esther Reihs of Odessa; by three brothers: Clarence Kramer of MT, Cecil Kramer of Chehalis, and Richard Kramer of Bellingham; by two sisters, Myrtle Kramer of Everett and Ann Kerr of Othello; by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Kramer will be held Saturday, Feb 9, at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church here, the Rev David Flair officiating. Interment will follow at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record-Feb 7, 1991)

Kramer, Anna Mae.  (d. 8-27-1987; b. 12-29-1913; TS; OC)  “Anna M. Kramer.—Passed away Aug 27, 1987 in Spokane, WA. Her home, Marlin, WA. Survived by her husband, Alvin M Kramer, at the home; two daughters, Leona Mae Kramer, Spokane, Audrey Beck, Odessa, WA; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lorene Sarff, LaGrande, OR; three brothers, Lloyd and Lee Hester, Spokane, Ben Hester, Everett, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one son, Delmer Lee Kramer, one granddaughter, Janice Lee Beck and a brother, Orville Kramer (sic). She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church, Marlin, WA. Funeral Services Monday, Aug 31, 1987 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Rev David W. Blair officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “In Memory of Anna Mae Kramer.  Born Dec 29, 1913, Mt Pleasant, Iowa.  Passed away Aug 27, 1987, Spokane, WA.... Eileen Tanke, Organist. Honorary Bearers: Delbert Mende, Ed Kuch, Henry Kallenberger, Jerry Starkel, Dick Goetz, Ed Batterman.  Casket Bearers: Don Frick, Jim Friend, Tom Fiess, Keith Fiess, Ray Pfeifer, Dale Pfeifer.” (Funeral Program)  “Anna Mae Kramer of Marlin, born Dec 29, 1913 in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, passed away Aug 27 in Spokane. She was baptized and confirmed at Dishman, WA on March 18, 1934, after her marriage to Alvin M Kramer Dec 9, 1931. For many years the couple had lived at Marlin, where she was a member of Salem Lutheran Church. Preceded in death by a son, Delmer Lee Kramer; by a granddaughter, Janice Lee Beck, and by brother, Orville Hester, Mrs. Kramer is survived by her husband, Alvin, at the family home; by two daughters: Audrey Beck of Odessa and Leona Mae Kramer of Spokane; by three brothers: Lloyd Hester and lee Hester, both of Spokane; and Ben Hester of Everett; by a sister, Lorene Sarff of LaGrande, OR; by 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held....” (Odessa Record-1987)

Kramer, Fred,   (d. 1962; b. 1878; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the United Congregational Church for Fred Kramer, retired rancher.  The Rev B. M. Schafer officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strates Funeral Home in charge.  A resident of the area for 60 years, Mr. Kramer retired about 30 years ago, making his home in town, taking care of properties he owned here. He had kept his ranch interests. Fred Kramer was born Aug 16, 1878, in the Volga region of Russia. There he married Miss Katherine Taut on Feb 25, 1897, coming to America a year later. He settled near Ritzville and in 1903 became a citizen of the United States. In 1904 he moved to a farm near Odessa and in 1912 became a member of the Congregational Church here. His wife, a son, and a daughter preceded him in death.  He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rose Kramer, Spokane; three grandsons, Robert A Kramer, Harrington; Allen and Donald Carlson, both of Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1962) 

Kramer, Jean.   (d. 2000; b. 1912; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 28, at the Heritage Church in Odessa for Jean Kramer, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area. Mrs. Kramer, who was 87 years old, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Lakeridge in Moses Lake. She was born Oct 8, 1912 at the family farm north of Odessa, the daughter of Mike and Barbara Nichols. She attended school in Odessa. On Oct 20, 1930, she married Martin Kramer at Post Falls, Idaho. They farmed in the Odessa area for many years and retired in 1964. She worked as an aid at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Jean and Martin moved to Moses Lake four years prior to her death. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Martin Kramer, of Moses Lake; son Kevin and wife Nancy Kramer, and son Myron and wife Marlene Kramer, all of Odessa; three grandchildren, Karen Christensen and husband Floyd, of Spokane; Kevin Kramer Jr. and wife Jaynee of Tully, NY; and Scott Kramer, of Odessa; two great grandchildren... She was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Nichols and Tony Nichols, and one sister, Mary Trejbal, and granddaughter Kim. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the memorial service. Inurnment at Odessa Cemetery preceded the memorial service. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-29-2000)

Kramer, Katherine Taut,  (d. 5-24-1928; b. 11-02-1875; OC; TS; DC) “Katie Kramer. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Nov 2, 1875, Russia.  Age: 52 yrs 6 mos 22 days. Father: Gotfreid Taut born Russia.  Mother: Elizabeth Utz born Russia. Informant: Fred Kramer, Odessa, WA. Died: 5-24-1928, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: (illegible); Contributory: cancer of stomach. Duration: 2 yrs. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, May 28, 1928, J E Turner, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death)  

Kramer, Kevin Martin,  (added?) “Kevin Martin Kramer, Sr., 71, died Sunday, May 29, 2005, in Moses Lake.  Kevin was born in Ritzville on May 26, 1934, the son of Martin and Jean (Nichols) Kramer.  He was a longtime resident of Odessa and farmed in the Odessa area. He was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa, the Odessa Gun Club and American Legion Post #105.  He served as a member of the Odessa Town Council and was a member of the board of the English Congregational Church. Kevin was an avid trapshooter and loved his farm and family.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, at the home; daughter Karen Christensen and son-in-law Floyd; granddaughter, Mandy and husband Adam Mortenson, and grandson Keith, all of Spokane; son Kevin Jr., daughter-in-law Jaynee and step grandchildren Thad and Tyler, all of Tully, NY. He is also survived by brother Myron and sister-in-law Marlene Kramer, of Odessa, and nephew Scott Kramer. He was preceded in death by daughter Kim Marie. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Church in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 6-02-2005; burial not confirmed)

Kramer, Lola J (Retz),   (added)  “Lola J. Kramer, 77, died Sunday, July 8, 2007, in Kirkland, WA. Until recently a resident of Odessa, Lola was born Nov 2, 1929, in Youngstown, Ohio to Lawrence and Olive (Allen) Retz. She married Howard Kramer in Odessa on April 27, 1952. Lola graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane and spent many years nursing at the Odessa Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of the St Joseph Catholic Church and VFW Auxiliary of Odessa. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Howard; one daughter, Gail Schroder and husband Ron, of Kirkland; one son, Steve Kramer and partner Ray Kriser, of Seattle; grandson, Gavin Schroder, of Kirkland, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.  Rosary will be Friday, July 13, 2007 at 7 p.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 14 at 11 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, with Pastor Roy Flock officiating. Concluding services and burial will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Kramer, Martin,  (d. 2001; b. 1907; TS; OC)

Kranz, Kelli Lynn,  (d. 1968; b. 1968; TS; OC)

Krell, Clarence Virgil,  (added; d. 10-15-1978; obit)  “Clarence Virgil Krell, a lifelong resident of Odessa, passed away at his home on Sunday, Oct 15, 1978. He was born in Odessa on March 6, 1908, the son of Fred and Minnie (Shanfield) Krell. He attended the Odessa Grade school. He worked most of his life as a mechanic and repairman, many of those years at the Wenz Tractor and Implement Co. He brought much joy and happiness to many children with the toy and other things he made for them in his shop at home.  On Nov 23, 1959 Clarence was married to Viola Frase in Coeur d’Alene, ID. The couple resided in Odessa since that time. After being in ill health for more than four years, Mr Krell passed away at his home on Sunday, Oct 15, 1978 at the age of 70 years, 7 months and 9 days. His parents and a son, Norman, preceded him in death. Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Viola, of Odessa; a son, Virgil of Moses Lake; two sisters: Louella Maitlen of Toppenish, WA and Hazel Hale of Electric City, WA; 2 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on Oct 18th at 11 a.m. with Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-19-1978)

Krell, Fred,  h/o Minnie  (d. 1968; b. 1876; TS; OC);  “Frederick Krell.—His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Minnie Krell, at the home; one son, Clarence V. Krell, Odessa, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Luella Maitlen, Toppenish, WA; Mrs. Hazel Hale, Electric City, WA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, Carl Krell, Daytona Beach, FL; Samuel Krell, Agate Beach, OR; Henry Krell, Spokane; Chris Krell, San Jose, CA; Ben Krell, Latah, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lydia Thell, Dysert, IA; Mrs. Bertha Woitt, Latah, WA. Funeral services Monday, Oct 14, 1 p.m., English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA, Rev John A. Birchard officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 10-13-1968)

Krell, Minnie,  w/o Fred  (d. 1971; b. 1879; TS; OC; obit) “Minnie C. Krell, who has been a resident of Hillcrest Manor at Ritzville for about two years, died in Ritzville on Dec 16, 1971, at the age of 92. Funeral services were conducted in Odessa at the English Congregational Church on Monday, Dec 20, Rev Douglas A Roberts, officiating.  Mrs. Krell was born at Alta Vista, Iowa, on May 3, 1879. She was married to Fred Krell at Alta Vista on Feb 8, 1900.  He preceded her passing on Oct 12, 1968. Mrs. Donna Schafer was soloist at the last rites. Mrs. Ruth Suchland was the organist. Pallbearers serving were Walter Quast, Henry Schmidt, Stanley and Duke Wraspir, Louis Frederick and Bill Richardson. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Krell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Luella Maitlen, Toppenish, WA; and Mrs. Hazel Hate, Electric City, WA; one son, Clarence Krell, Odessa; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-23-1971)

Krell, Norman D.,   (d. 1974; b. 1939; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Norman D. Krell were held Tuesday, Nov 19, at 11:00 at the English Congregational Church in Odessa, Rev Douglas Roberts officiating.  He passed away Nov 15, (1974), at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.  He was born March 25, 1939, in Odessa. He attended Odessa Grade School and graduated from Odessa High School. Since graduation he has been a wheat and cattle rancher near Odessa. He was a member of the English Congregational Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.  On Nov 20, 1971, Norman and Wanda Zeiler were united in marriage in Odessa. Norman is survived by his wife, Wanda, at the home; daughter, Ginger Ann, at the home; mother, Mary H Miller, Odessa; father, Clarence Krell, Odessa; brother, Virgil Krell, Wenatchee; a sister, Mrs. Linda DiMarco, Hammonton, NJ; and step-brother, Kevin Miller, Odessa. Pall bearers for the service were Ron Stehr, Gary Melcher, Del Kirstein, Wally King, Kenneth Melcher, and Bob Zimbelman. Soloist was Donna Schafer and organist Ruth Suchland.” (Odessa Record: 11-21-1974)

Kremsreiter, Agnes A.,   (d. 1990; b. 1899; TS; OC; obit) “Agnes A. Kremsreiter of Odessa, born Dec 21, 1899 to James and Christine Vostral, passed away April 19, at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She received her schooling in Marcellus, where she lived until her marriage to Louis Kremsreiter of Feb 28, 1933. They farmed south of Odessa for 57 years, and Mrs. Kremsreiter devoted her life to being wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church and the Altar Society, and the center of her activities was with the church and with her family. Her survivors include her husband, at the home; two daughters, Dorothy Frederick of Odessa, and Lorraine Duffy of Spokane; 6 grandchildren: Jason Iltz of Odessa; Jim Duffy, Glenda Farley, Lorrie Walters and Colleen Quidwai, all of Spokane, and Mike Duffy of Seattle and six great-grandchildren: Katie, Kristie, Kerri and Jerad Farley, Chad Walters and Samina Quidwai, all of Spokane; and several nieces and nephews. After recitation of the Rosary at St Joseph Catholic Church on Sunday April 22, a funeral Mass was celebrated there Monday, April 23, Fr William Hanly officiating. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Jason Iltz, Jim Duffy, and Mike Duffy, her three grandsons, and Tad Farley, John Walters and Ish Quidwai, the husbands of her three granddaughters. (scrapbook item) 

Kremsreiter, Joseph J.,   (d. 1969; b. 1905; TS; OC “Joseph Kremsreiter, 64.—Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec 10 at 10 a.m. form St John Vianney Catholic Church, Father O’Malley officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, S1400 Pines Rd in charge. His home, E11801 Mission, Spokane. Survived by his wife, Pearl Kremsreiter, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Sue K. Coleman, Newport, WA; one son, Joe L. Kremsreiter, attending Seattle University; 2 brothers, Louis Kremsreiter, Odessa; and William Kremsreiter, Auburn, WA; 5 sisters, Mrs. Albert (Mary) Schletzbaum, Puyallup, WA; Mrs.  Ralph (Theresa) Gray, Cashmere, WA; Mrs. Leonard (Annie) McDonald, Auburn, WA; Mrs. Delbert (Clara) McDonald, Bainbridge Island, WA; Mrs. Allen (Margaret) Heiggelke, Auburn, WA. He was a member of the St John Vianney Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.” (Spokesman Review: 12-10-1969)) 

Kremsreiter, Louis,  (d. 1999; b. 1903; TS; OC; obit) “A funeral Mass for Louis ‘Louie’ Kremsreiter was celebrated on Tuesday, Dec 13, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa. Mr. Kremsreiter, a life-long resident of the Odessa area, died Thursday, Dec 9, 1999, in Odessa. He was 96 years old. He was born July 12, 1903, on the family farm in northwestern Adams County, the son of Odessa-area pioneers Louis and Theresa (Reitner) Kremsreiter. He received most of his boyhood education at St Martin Seminary at Lacey, WA.  He married Agnes Vostral, and they lived on the farm for most of their lives. He was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, where, over the years he donated much of his time and woodworking expertise for the rebuilding, remodeling and repair of the church and the parish hall.  For the past year, he has been a resident of Quail Court assisted living center in Odessa.  Louis enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, woodworking and playing poker and pinochle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, on April 19, 1990; three brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Frederick, of Odessa, and Lorraine Duffy, of Spokane; 6 grandchildren, Jason and Kaylene Iltz, Kim Duffy, Glenda and Tad Farley, and Lorrie John Walters, Colleen and Ron Saylor, all of Spokane, and mike Duffy of Seattle; 9 great grandchildren, ..., all of Spokane; three sisters, Mary Schletzbaum, of Puyallup, WA, and Annie McDonald and Margaret Hieggelke, both of Auburn, WA; and several nieces and nephews. Father Roy Floch officiated at the funeral service. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-1999)

Kremsreiter, Pearl S.,   (d. 1988; b. 1910; TS; OC; obit) “Pearl S. Pack of Spokane, a former Odessa resident born Dec 16, 1910 in Piney Junction, TN to John and Winnie Fox, passed away March 28, at Valley Hospital, Spokane. She had been married to Joe Kremsreiter, who preceded her in death, and was a 30-year resident of Spokane. Survivors include a son, Joe Kremsreiter, and a daughter Sue Coleman, both residents of Spokane Valley; a sister, Johnnie Morgan of Pasco; and 3 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Rosary services were held Sunday, April 3 at Thornhill’s Chapel of the Valley, Spokane. Funeral Mass followed on Monday, April 4 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Spokane. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery.”

Kruckenberg, Eldor T.,   (d. 2001; b. 1924; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial service for Eldor (Al) Kruckenberg, a long-time resident of Odessa, was held Saturday, Nov 3, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mr. Kruckenberg, who was 77 years old, died Tuesday, Oct 30, 2001, in Odessa. He was born on March 4, 1924, in Manhaven, ND, the son of Wilhelm and Emma (Boeckle) Kruckenberg. He attended school in Beulah, ND, and then went to welding school in MN.  He moved to Seattle and worked at the shipyards from 1941-1943, until he joined the US Marine Corps in Sept 1943. He was discharged July 11, 1946 and then worked as a carpenter in California for several years. Eldor married Ruth Miller on Sept 29, 1947. Two years later they moved to Odessa, where he worked for Wenz Tractor until the company was sold. He then went to work for Western States as a welder and parts manager until his retirement in 1981.  Eldor had many hobbies which he enjoyed after his retirement. He liked to fish and travel in the motor home. He was also skilled at and enjoyed his fabrication work in his home shop. He and his wife continued to enjoy life in Odessa until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Ruth, at the home; one son, Russel Kruckenberg and his wife Janet, of Spokane, and 3 grandchildren: Sean Kory and Karla. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Rick, in 1992; one brother, and two sisters. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and a former member of the Odessa VFW. Burial at Odessa Cemetery preceded the memorial service. Pastor Robert Edwards officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-08-2001)

Kruckenberg, Rick Allen,   (d. 1992; b. 1955; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Rick Allen Kruckenberg, were held Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Rick, who was 37 years old, died Oct 21, 1992, at his home in Odessa. He was born in Odessa on Aug 28, 1955. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1973. He was a 1975 graduate of Moses Lake Community College with an associate of arts degree in mechanics. He was employed part-time by Wenz Tractor and Implement Co in Odessa while he was going to school. When Western States Equipment purchased the business, Rick worked for the firm until it phased out its operations in Odessa. He then went to trucking and tractor driving for western Flyer, A&D Farms and the Odessa Farming Service. He is survived by his parents, Ruth and Al Kruckenberg, of Odessa; one brother, Russell Kruckenberg and wife Janet, of Spokane; two nephews, Sean and Kory Kruckenberg, and one niece, Karla Kruckenberg, all of Spokane, and numerous friends. The Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral services. Casket bearers were Alan Voise, Rick Goetz, Wade Walter, Mike Kiesz, Seth Smith, Marty Meise, Greg Haase and Doug Hemmerling. Honorary bearers were Gary Finck, Craig Smith, Chuck Meise, Lynn Schmidt and Scott Buchman. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record-Oct 29, 1992)

Kruckenberg, Ruth Miller (added),  (1927-2008) “Death Notice. Ruth Kruckenberg passed away on June 17, 2008 in Spokane. Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs Kruckenberg will lie-in-state at the Christ Lutheran Church on Monday from 11:30-12:30. A full obit will follow in next weeks paper. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 6-19-2008) “Ruth Kruckenberg died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at her home in Odessa. She was born on April 29, 1927 in Beulah, North Dakota to John and Louisa (Neil) Miller. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and she enjoyed quilting, making apple strudel for the Deutschesfest, gardening and traveling with her husband Eldor in their motor home. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Wenz Tractor and Empire Electric for many years.  She is survived by her son Russell and Janet Kruckenberg of Spokane, WA; 3 grandchildren, Sean and Tina Kruckenberg of Orlando, FL; Kory Kruckenberg of Seattle, WA; Karla and Jordan of London, England along with four great grandchildren: Ethan, Olivia, James and Abigail. She also has one brother, Richard Miller of Ritzville, and a sister, Martha Richter of Stanton, ND along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Eldor (Al), one son Rick in 1992, and two brothers Paul and John, and four sisters, Elta, Anna, Frieda and Katie. Graveside services were held Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Odessa Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, has cared for the family.” (Odessa Record: 6-26-2008)

Kruse, Remond,  (added) (d. 14 Aug 1911; Suchland has A1-14; LL) “Kruse, Remond.  Died: 14 Aug 1911; Birth: 4 Aug 1908.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Kruse of Irby, died Monday of torsion of the bowels caused by an accident which occurred Friday. Funeral services were held from the home in Irby, Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Rhoede of Odessa officiating. Interment was in the Odessa German Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1911)  


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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