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.


Kuch, Anna M.,   (d. 10-05-1986; b. 6-24-1903; TS; OC; obit)  “Anna M. Kuch of Odessa, born near here June 24, 1903, passed away at the Odessa Convalescent Center Oct 5, (1986).  She grew up on a farm north of Odessa and was educated in a one-room area schoolhouse. In 1921, she was confirmed in the Congregational Church north of town. Mrs. Kuch lived in this area and in the Greenbluff area north of Spokane, working with her father on the farm, until her marriage to Richard W. Kuch on June 28, 1936.  The couple farmed in the Odessa area until their retirement, then moved in 1963 to Marlin where Mrs. Kuch cared for her husband until it became necessary to enter the Ritzville Life Care Center in 1982. In 1983, she was moved to the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she lived until her death. She was a member of the Assembly of God.  Preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and by two grandsons, Dan Kuch and Melvin Kuch, Jr., she is survived by two sons: Melvin Kuch of Marlin and Paul Kuch of Odessa; by a daughter Linda Dymond of Lamona; by two sisters, Esther Schlimmer and Sara Allington, both of Odessa; by 6 grandchildren and one great grandson; and by numerous nieces and nephews.”  (Odessa Record: 10-16-1986) 

Kuch, Benjamin A.,   (d. 12-29-1987; b. 6-04-1913; TS; OC; obit) “Benjamin August Kuch of Marlin, born June 4, 1913 to Edward and Bertha Kuch on the family farm, passed away there Dec 29, (1987). He received his early education at the Kallenberger country school, and worked on the family farm. He also was employed at other early jobs, one of which was with the REA bringing the first electrical lines to the surrounding rural areas. He was confirmed April 13, 1930 at the Pilgrim Church in Odessa, later becoming a member of the rural Zion Congregational Church near the family farm at Marlin. In April 1942, Mr. Kuch entered the US Army, and served in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters of operation. He was honorably discharged at Fort Lewis, Washington in October 1945. He was a member of the Odessa VFW and the American Legion, and was active in Cannawai Grange, Marlin.  Preceded in death by his parents; by a sister, Emma Wraspir; and by a brother, Richard Kuch, he is survived by brothers, Edward Kuch of Marlin, Sam Kuch of Rainier, WA, and Robert Kuch of Marlin. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was held at the UCC on Jan 2, Pastor Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with full military honors presented by Odessa VFW Post 7395 and American Legion Post 105. Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Casketbearers included Paul Hopp, Laddie Schlimmer, Bob Zimbelman, Jim Goetz, Bobbie Engle and Jake Reihs.” (Scrapbook obit: 1-14-1988)

Kuch, Bertha P.,  w/o Edward  (d. 4-06-1943; b. 1-07-1888; TS; OC; Strates; DC) “Mrs. Bertha Kuch. Residence: rural, Lincoln Co, WA, 37 yrs. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Jan 7, 1888 at Munsburg, Russia. Husband: Edward, age 61.  Father: Gottlieb Schmidt born Russia; Mother: Mary Gans, born Russia.  Informant: Edward Kuch, Marlin, WA. Burial on 4-12-1943, Odessa, WA, H H Strate, funeral director, Odessa, WA.  Death: April 6, 1943 at 12 noon; Cause: cerebral hemorrhage due to hypertensive cardiovascular renal disease. John E. Anderson, MD, Wilbur, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “Bertha Paulina Kuch. Died: 9 Apr 1943; 55 yrs 2 mos 29 days; stroke.” (Congregational Church Ledger, assume entry by Hausauer) “Mrs. Bertha Kuch. Residence: Marlin, WA. Place of death: residence at Marlin, WA. Wife of Edward. Birth: Jan 7, 1888, Munsberg, Russia; Death: April 6, 1943. Age: 55 yr 2 mos 29 days. Female, married, white, housewife. Father: Gottlieb Schmidt born Russia; Mother: Mary Gans, born Russia.  Physician: Dr Anderson of Wilbur, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong. Church by Hausauer at 2 p.m. Apr 12, 1943.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Services were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Monday afternoon for Mrs. Bertha Kuch, 55, Marlin, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Neighbors acted as pallbearers, including Gottlieb, Jacob and Carl Lentz; Otto Kallenberger, Gus Schorzman and Dan Janke. Born in Russia, Mrs. Kuch has lived in the United States since 1904, and at the ranch near Marlin since 1906. Survivors include the husband, at home; five sons, Richard, Odessa; Edward, Samuel and Robert, Marlin; and Benjamin, with the army forces in North Africa; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Wraspir, Irby; two sisters, Mrs. Tillie Grosz, Yakima, and Mrs. Emma Reiman, Quincy, and 7 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1943)  “Mrs. Bertha Kuch, 55, Marlin, died at the family home there on Tuesday, and funeral services will be held from the Pilgrim Congregational church... Bertha Schmidt was born in Munsberg, Russia, Jan 7, 1888, and came with her parents to Quincy in 1904 and to Marlin in 1906, where she and her husband, Edward Kuch, have made their home since. Survivors include...” (Odessa Record: 8 April 1943)

Kuch, Edward,  (d. 1985; b. 1882; TS; OC)

Kuch, Karolina,  (d. 2-03-1956; b. 4-09-1887; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Odessa Baptist church for Karolina Kuch, 68, who died Friday at the Memorial hospital.  The Rev Orville H. Meth officiated, assisted by the Rev A. Hausauer. Favorite hymns were sung by a quartet that included Mr.s John R. Goetz, Mrs. Orville H. Meth, Mrs. Nath Koth and Mr. Conrad Schlimmer as accompanist. Pallbearers were Nath Koth, John Schorzman, John Goetz, Conrad Schlimmer, Adrian Werner, and Gus Zimbelman. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.  Karolina Dormaier was born April 9, 1887, at Eureka, South Dakota. In 1902 she came with her parents from Eureka and settled at Quincy. There in 1912 she was united in marriage to William G. Kuch by the Rev J. F. Reister. They began their married life on a wheat ranch near Marlin where their two sons, Henry and Arthur, were born. In the fall of 1917 they moved to Wenatchee Valley and operated a fruit orchard at Peshastin for 26 years. In the spring of 1944 they came to Odessa to live.  While living at Marlin they became members of the Zion Congregational church. In July of 1952 Mrs. Kuch became seriously ill because of a diabetic condition which was the cause of her death. She was faithfully cared for by her husband.  She is survived by her husband, William G Kuch; two sons, Henry, of Hoopa, CA, and Arthur, of Mead, WA; four grandchildren; five brothers, Calvin Dormaier of Quincy; Barney, of Cashmere; Ben of Naches; Solomon, of Wenatchee, and Albert of Bremerton; six sisters, Mrs. Rose Sanders, Mrs. Martha Schorzman, Mrs. Phyllis Ammeter and Miss Pauline Dormaier, all of Portland; Mrs. Alice Sanders of Dryden, and Mrs. Amilie Rennich of Warden.” (Odessa Record: 2-09-1956) 

Kuch, Richard W.,   (d. 7-05-1983; b. 3-26-1908; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Monday, July 11, 1983 from the United Congregational Church in Odessa for Richard W. Kuch, who passed away on July 5, 1983. Pastor Randy Middleton performed the service. Richard William Kuch was born on March 26, 1908 on the family homestead 5 ½ miles northeast of Marlin, Washington. As a young boy he was baptized into the Christian faith at Zion Congregational Church at Marlin, where he remained active until joining the Assembly of God Church. On June 28, 1936 he was united in marriage to Anna Martha Hemmerling. To this union three children were born.  Richard and his wife lived and farmed in the Marlin area until his retirement.  Illness forced him to live the last four years of his life at the Odessa Convalescent Center.  Richard was preceded in death by one sister, Emma Wraspir and by one grandson, Rick Kuch.  Survivors include his wife, Anna; three children, Melvin and wife, Phyllis, Moses Lake; Linda and husband, Richard Dymond, Bremerton; and Paul and wife, Linda, Odessa; by 7 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Ed Kuch, Ben Kuch, and Bob Kuch, all of Marlin, and Sam Kuch of Milton, and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Sacred selections of ‘Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ were sung by Peggy Salo and Del Kirstein. Delores Cook accompanied them on the organ. Casket bearers were J. P. Luiten, Dale Deife, Fred Lentz, Paul Hopp, Tom Weishaar and Dick Lentz. Concluding services and vault interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Kuch, William G.,   (d. 7-11-1975; b. 10-08-1889; TS; OC; obit) “William ‘Billie’ Kuch, who had been admitted to the Convalescent Center on July 4, died Friday morning, July 11, (1975) after some recent illness and hospitalization. He had worked for many years for the Odessa Union Warehouse prior to taking employment as the bank janitor and doing some yard work in recent years around Odessa.  William Gottlieb Kuch, son of Karl and Theresa Kuch, was born Oct 8, 1889 at Krem, North Dakota. He was 85 at the time of his death. In 1890 he moved to the Portland, Oregon area with his parents. Ten years later they moved to Marlin.  In 1912 he was united in marriage to Karolina Dormaier by the Rev J F Reister. They farmed near Marlin until the fall of 1917 when they moved to the Wenatchee Valley and operated a fruit orchard at Peshastin for 26 years. In the spring of 1944 the Kuchs moved to Odessa where she died on Feb 3, 1956. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at 10 a.m. from the UCC, where he was a faithful member, with Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Mrs. William Schmidt was organist for the service. Ione Zeiler and Delores Cook sang ‘Some Glorious Morning’ and ‘My Go and I’. Pallbearers were Duke Wraspir, Dick Wraspir, Melvin, Paul, Floyd and David Kuch. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The deceased is survived by two sons: Henry of Carmichael, CA; and Arthur of Spokane. There are 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-17-1975)

Kuck, Christina,   (d. 1949; b. 1877; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held from the Odessa Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Christina Kuch, Odessa resident since 1940, who died at Yakima Saturday, after an extended illness. The Rev A. Foll officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were John R. Goetz, Nath Koth, J. C. Schorzman, Jacob Quast, Henry Schiewe and August Loeffelbein.  Mrs. Kuch was born in Russia, July 27, 1871, and came to the United States in 1899. She was married Aug 6, 1900 to Gustav Liedtke, and they farmed near Goodrich, ND, for 34 years, when Mr. Liedtke died. She then moved with part of the family to Startup, WA, living there for five years, and in 1940 was married to the late John Kuch of Odessa, who died eight years later. In April of this year she went to Yakima to live with a daughter.  Survivors include four sons, Robert, Kensil, ND; Emil, Lodi, CA; Albert, Odessa; and Bernard, Dryden; six daughters, Miss Lillian Liedtke, Lester Prairie, MN; Mrs. Ann Stober, Yakima; Miss Lena Liedtke, Tacoma; Mrs. Esther Ealy, Yakima; Mrs. Freda Martin, Harlem, WA; and Mrs. Wilma Peterson, Seattle; nine step-children; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother, one sister, and two half-sisters.” (Odessa Record: 8-11-1949) 

Kuck, Johan,  s/o Wilhelm  (d. 5-23-1948; b. 4-15-1871; 78 yrs; TS; OC; Strates) “John Kuch. Residence: Odessa. Place of death: Ritzville General Hospital. Birth: 4-15-____, Russia.  Age: 78 yrs. Death: 5-23-1948. Male, married, white, retired farmer.  Father: Wilhelm Kuck born Russia; Mother: Flath. Physician: Lindsey. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral service at Baptist church, at 2 p.m.  Interment: 5-27-1948.”  (Mortuary Ledger)

Kuck, Wilhelmina,  w/o Johan  (d. 8-13-1939; b. 1-22-1870; TS; OC; Strates; DC) “Wilhelmina Kuch. Birth: 1-22-1870. Death: 8-13-1939. Father: Simon Gobert. Mother: Wilhelmina Grabertine. Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services for Mrs. Wilhelmina Kuch, 69, wife of John Kuch, were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Wilhelmina Gobert was born in Roumania, where she attained womanhood. In 1892 she was married to John Kuch, later coming to America, where they located in North Dakota. During the last ten years they have made their home in Odessa. She had lived 37 years in the United States. Survivors include her widow, two sons, Jacob, Camas, WA; Fred, Portland; seven daughters, Mrs. Christina Beckel, Walla Walla; Mrs. Martha Lane, Heppner, OR; Mrs. Marie Renchen, Freewater, OR; Mrs. Esther Hoffman, Roseau, MN; Mrs. Emma Safford, Oswego, OR; Mrs. Matilda Carlson, Driscoll, ND; and Mrs. Ann Chandlee, Entiat, WA.” (Odessa Record: 8-17-1939) “Minnie Kuch. Born: 22 Jan 1870; Died: 13 Aug 1939; age: 69 yrs 6 mos 22 days. Gatte 9 kinder.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Hausauer) “Wilhelminia Kuck, Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 8-13-1939 at 6:15 p.m. at home. Informant: John Kuck of Odessa. Birth: Jan 22, 1870 in Russia. Age: 69 yrs 6 mos 21 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Wife of John Kuck. Married 1892. Length in Odessa: 10 yrs; Previous Residence: North Dakota; IN US: 37 yrs. Father: Simon Gobert born Russia; Mother: Wilhelmina Grabertine born Russia. Physician: L. J. Bonney.  Leaves Husband and 2 sons and 7 daughters: Jacob Kuch (Camas, WA); Fred Kuch (Portland, OR); Christina Beckel (Walla Walla, WA); Martha Lane (Heppner, OR); Marie Rencken (Freewater, OR); Esther Hoffman (Roseau, MN); Emma Safford (Oswego, OR); Matilda Carlson (Driscoll, MD); and Erma Chandler (Entiat, WA). 22 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Kuest, Arthur S.,  s/o Jno  (d. 1-09-1915; b. 11-06-1914; TS; OC; DC) “A. S. Kuest. Male, white, single.  Birth: Nov 6, 1914, Odessa. Father: John Kuest, born SD; Mother: Lydia Reimann, born Russia. Informant: John Kuest, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 9, 1915, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. cause: acute indigestion and ____. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death; no burial information)  

Kuest, Christt, s/o Ludwig  (d. 5-03-1917; b. 5-11-1887; (OC?) DC; LL)  “Kuest, Christian.  Died: 3 May 1917; Birth: 10 May 1887; son of Ludwig.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Christ Kuest. Male, white, single, farmer. Birth: May 11, 1887, SD.  Age: 29 yrs 11 mos 22 days. Father: Ludwig Kuest, born Russia. Mother: Dora Kruefef, born Russia. Informant: John Kuest, Odessa, WA. Death: May 3, 1917, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: double pneumonia; Contributory: tuberculosis of lungs, & Lagrippe. Unknown duration. H Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa on 5-05-1917, G B Stone, Odessa, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified) "Christ Kuest, a well known Odessa boy, died at the home of his mother Thursday after an illness of only a few weeks duration of pneumonia following an attack of tuberculosis of the lungs. At the beginning of spring work he was apparently in his usual health and went to Harrington to work on the Turner ranch and it was not until about three weeks ago that, after an attack of the grippe he was forced to give up work and consult a physician. His condition then became known and he was advised to go to California and preparatory to leaving came home where he suffered a relapse which terminated in pneumonia and his death. Mr Kuest was almost thirty years of age. He was born in South Dakota and 18 years ago came to the Odessa country with his parents. He grew to manhood here, was well known and highly respected. He leaves his mother, Mrs. L. Kuest, six sisters and five brothers to mourn his loss. Those residing in this vicinity are Julius, John, Emanuel, George and Herbert Kuest; Mrs. G. Schatz, Miss Emma Kuest. Funeral services were conducted from the German Congregational church, Rev John Eichhorn officiating after which burial took place in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 5-11-1917)

Kuest, Dorothy Kamph,  (d. 10-17-1935; b. 11-10-1853; w/o Lud.; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Kuest, Dorothea.  Died: 17 Oct 1935; Birth: 10 Nov 1853, in Russland; married Gottlieb Kuest. Nov 1874 to America, to Yankton, South Dakota; 1899 to Odessa, WA. Survived by sons: Julius, John, Herbert, Manuel, and George; Daughters: Mrs. H. Heimbigner, Mrs Gottlieb Schatz, Mrs. Ella Rapp, Mrs. Dermott, and Ottilia Rayman; Died at the age of 82 yrs 11 mos 7 days.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger, lengthy German script history) “Dorthy Kuest. Residence: 2 miles southwest of Odessa, WA. Death: Oct 17, 1935, 12:05 a.m., at 2 miles southwest of Odessa. Informant: Julius Kuest, Odessa, WA. Birth: Nov 10, 1853, Russia. Age: 81 yrs 11 mos 7 days. Female, white, widowed, retired farm wife. Wife of Ludwig Kuest. Father: Mathews Kamph born Russia. Mother: not obtainable. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis. Dr L. J. Bonney. Previous residence: Wenatchee, WA. Relatives: 5 sons: Julius of Odessa; John of Odessa; Emanuel of Quincy; George of Seattle; Herb of Odessa; 5 daughters: Mrs. Tillie Rieman, Yakima; Mrs. Martha Heimbigner, Dryden; Tina Kuch, Portland; Emma McDormett, Odessa; Ella Rapp, Wenatchee. Gray hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 6 inches, 200 lbs. Funeral: Sunday, Oct 20, 1935, at 2 p.m., Odessa, English Congregational Church, Rev Busch officiating.  Bearers: George Schafer, Henry Gies, Jacob Miller, Gotlob Ramm, Con Stroh, and John Frank. Cemetery: Odessa.: (Mortuary Ledger)

Kuest, Edmund E.,   (added) d. 8-29-2004 obit  “Edmund E. Kuest died on Sunday, Aug 29, 2004. He was 102 years old.  He was born on Jan 4, 1902 in Odessa, the son of John and Lydia (Reiman) Kuest.  He grew up in Odessa and married Lorena E Hille on Nov 24, 1935 in Odessa. Mr. Kuest was a warehouse foreman at several different fruit packing warehouses in the Wenatchee area. He lived in the Wenatchee area for 40 years before returning to Odessa, where he lived until his death. He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lorena Kuest, at the home; one brother, Harvey Kuest, of Soap Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Sept 3 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Tim Hauge, officiating. Interment will be at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-02-2004)

Kuest, Eugene A.,  (WW II)  (d. 4-11-1989; b. 9-01-1916; TS; OC; obit) “Eugene A. Kuest.—Passed away April 11, 1989 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Ann Kuest, at the family home. Two sons, Merlin Giese of Vancouver, WA and Dwayne Giese of Mercer Island, WA. Two daughters, Patsy (Giese) Scott, Soap Lake, WA; Vicki (Giese) Raugust, Colfax, WA. Nine grandchildren. 4 great-grandchildren. 3 brothers: Edmond Kuest, Spokane; Harvey Kuest, Soap Lake; 2 sisters, Esther Becker, Airway Heights, WA; Anna Vennect, Kent, WA. Numerous nieces and nephews. Lifetime resident of Odessa, WA. Member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa. Eagles Lodge, Aerie 3338, Ephrata, WA. WW II Veteran. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Apr 14, 1989 at 11 a.m. Zion Emmanuel Lutheran church, Odessa, WA, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Eugene Kuest of Odessa, born here Sept 1, 1916 to John and Lydia Kuest, passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital April 11, (1989) after an extended illness. After he received his formal education in the Odessa school system, he worked for Henry Uhrich in the trucking business until he entered the US Army in 1941. After serving at Pearl Harbor four years, he returned to work for the state Highway Dept, a job he maintained until his retirement. He was then employed by the Odessa School District. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, Mr Kuest was married in August 1960 to Ann Giese, and the couple made their home in Odessa with her four children. He was a member of the Odessa Gun Club and of Eagles Aerie No 3338. Preceded in death by his parents, by 3 brothers, and by 2 sisters, Mr. Kuest is survived by his wife, Ann; by 2 sons: Merline Giese of Vancouver and Dwayne Giese of Mercer Island; by 2 daughters: Patsy Scott of Soap Lake and Vicki Raugust of Colfax; by 3 brothers: Edmund Kuest of Odessa, Edwin Kuest of Spokane; and Harvey Kuest of Soap Lake; by 2 sisters: Anna Vennect of Everett and Esther Becker of Airway Heights; by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral service was held April 14 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers included Joe Atwood, Alan Voise, Roger Voise, Kurt Goodwin, Marvin Kuest and Marty Pfeifer.” (Odessa Record:  4-20-1989)

Kuest, Irvin Clarence,   (d. 9-28-1934; b. 12-03-1911; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Kuest, Ervin.  Died: 24 Sept 1934.  Birth: 3 Dec 1911 in Odessa, WA. Son of Julius Kuest and Rosine Heth Kuest. Confirmed in 1927...Survived by: parents, 3 brothers, Oscar, Reinhold and LeRoy; 3 sisters: Alma Kuest, Mrs. Rudolph Giese, Mrs. Leo Schimke. Funeral 30 Sept 1934; aged: 22 yrs 3 mos 25 days. H P Christensen.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger; lengthy history in German script)  “Irvin Clarence Kuest. Death: Sept 28, 1934. Age; 22 yrs 9 mos 25 days. Male, single; Shipping Funeral Director: Grant I. Putnam with C. O. Lynn Co. Place of Interment: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Irwin Kuest, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kuest, who died at Tacoma on Friday from an infected condition, was buried from the English Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev H P Christensen, pastor of the Odessa Lutheran church officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery.  Irwin Kuest was born in Odessa, Dec 3, 1911 and received his education in the Odessa schools, graduating with the class of 1930 from the local high school. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church in 1927. He left Odessa for Tacoma in Jan of this year to work in a drug store.  Members of the graduating class of 1930, the year Mr. Kuest graduated from the Odessa high school, made up the pall bearers. They included Paul Schafer, George Gies, Herbert Mills, Elmer Michaelsen, Milton Koth and John Schmauder.  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kuest, Odessa; three sisters, Miss Alma Kuest, Wenatchee; Mrs. R. H. Giese, Odessa, and Mrs. Leo Schimke, Tacoma; three brothers, Oscar, Dryden; Reinhold, Irby, and Leroy, at home, as well as one niece and one nephew.” (Odessa Record: 10-05-1934)

Kuest, Janet (Starkel),  (added)  “A funeral for Janet L. (Starkel) Kuest was held Monday, Nov 10, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel in Odessa.  Mrs Kuest, who was 61 years old, died Tuesday, Nov 4, 2003. She was born in Almira and had been a resident of Spokane for 30 years. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Emma Starkel; a sister, Jean Hoefel, and one nephew. Survivors include two sons, Don Kuest and Scott and Diane Kuest, all of Spokane; three sisters, Dorothy Wenz, Lorene Repp, both of Spokane, and Mary Bechtel, of Wenatchee, numerous nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Robert Hawkinson, of Spokane. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Strate funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 13, 2003)

Kuest, John,   (d. 5-13-1947; b. 6-23-1878; TS; OC; Strates; obit; LL) “Kuest, John.  Died: 13 May 1947; Birth: 23 June 1878.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “John Kuest. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: May 13, 1947, at Ritzville, WA. Birth: June 23, 1878, SD; aged: 68 yrs 10 mos 20 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Father: Ludwig Kuest born South Russia; Mother: Dorthy Kampf born South Russia.  Burial: Odessa. Funeral: Odessa, 2 p.m.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon for John Kuest, 68, who died Tuesday morning at the Ritzville hospital, where he had been taken on Monday following a short illness. Services will be from the Christ Lutheran church, the Rev E. R. Pflueger officiating, with burial in the Odessa cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Kuest was born June 23, 1878, at Menno, South Dakota, and came west at the age of 21, where he was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Reiman at Odessa, March 28, 1901, farming in the southwest area for several years before moving to town, where they have made their home since. For several years Mr. Kuest operated a dray business here. Survivors include the widow, at home; four sons, Edmund, Dryden; Edwin, Eugene and Harvey, Odessa; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Uhrich, Odessa; Mrs. Everett Hank, WA; Mrs. Henry Vincent, Everett, and Mrs. Emanuel Becker, Odessa, and 20 grandchildren. There are four living brothers and six sisters, including Julius and Herb Kuest, Odessa; George, Seattle, and Emanuel, Dryden; Mrs. Ed Reiman, Wenatchee; Mrs. H. H. Heimbigner, Dryden; Mrs. Christ Rapp and Mrs. Jake Kuch, Portland, OR; Mrs. Gottlieb Schatz, Stockton, CA, and Mrs. T. J. McDermott, Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 5-15-1947) “A pioneer resident of the Odessa area, Mr. Kuest was born at Menno, SD, June 23, 1878, and lived in that vicinity until he grew to manhood, after which he located at Odessa, where on March 28, 1901, he married Miss Lydia Reiman, farming in the southwest area until moving into town. Acting as pallbearers were old friends, including George Schafer, George Gettman, Fred Schmauder, Fred Schillinger, Christ Hemmerling and George Grening...” (excerpt from 5-22-1947 Odessa Record)

Kuest, John F.,    (d. 11-09-1909; b. 8-24-1860; TS; OC; LL)  “Kuest, Johannes.  Died: 9 Nov 1908; Birth: 24 Aug 1860. Spouse: Magdalena Mattheis.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger; ledger shows consecutive dating of funerals, and the 1908 date is shown; see also entry of his wife.) 

Kuest, Julius,   (d. 5-05-1951; b. 10-16-1876; TS; OC; LL) “Kuest, Julius.  Died: 5 May 1951; Birth: 16 Oct 1876. Buried: May 9, 1951, at Odessa. Cause of death: Congestive heart failure. Age: 74 yrs 5 mos 11 days. Mourned by 3 sons: Oscar, Reinhold, Leroy; 3 daughters: Mrs. Alma Smith, Mrs. Maude Giese, Mrs. Edna Schimpke; 9 grandchildren; 3 brothers: Emmanuel, George, Herbert; 6 sisters: Mrs. Ella Rapp, Mrs. Tina Kuch, Mrs. H. H. Heimbigner, Mrs. Marie Schatz, Mrs. Em. McDermott, Mrs. Tillie Reimann. Text: Hebrews 4:9.  E. R. Pflueger.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Funeral services for Julius Kuest, 74, resident of the Odessa area since 1899, were held from the Christ Lutheran Church on Wednesday afternoon. Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiated under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were pioneer friends, including George Schafer, Henry Gies, George Gettman, Gottlieb Spies, David Zier and George Grening. A vocal duet was brought by Mrs. Emanuel Yuckert and Mrs. George Gies, with Florence Strache as accompanist. Mrs. Strache also played organ numbers.  Mr. Kuest was born at Menno, South Dakota, Oct 16, 1876, and came to the Odessa area in 1899, following his marriage  on Dec 6, 1898 to Miss Rosena Heth, a native of Russia.  They homesteaded southwest of Odessa, at the present H B Schafer ranch, and moved to the creek ranch 1 ½ miles west of Odessa in 1914, moving to town in 1935. Mrs. Kuest died Feb 14, 1942.  For the past two months he has been ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maude Giese.  Survivors include three sons: Oscar, Dryden; Reinhold and Leroy, Odessa; three daughters, Mrs. Alma Smith, Seattle;  Mrs. Maude Giese, Odessa; and Mrs. Edna Schimke, Idaho Falls; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Emanuel, Cashmere; George, Seattle; and Herb, Odessa; six sisters, Mrs. Ella Rapp, Portland; Mrs. Tina Kuch, Portland; Mrs. H. H. Heimbigner, Dryden; Mrs. Marie Schatz, Stockton, CA; Mrs. Emma McDermott, Seattle; and Mrs. Otillie Reiman, Yakima.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1951)

Kuest, Leona,   (obit 2005)  “Leona Kuest, age 93, died Friday, Dec 16, 2005, in Spokane. Her home was Odessa.  Leona was born in Odessa on Feb 7, 1912, the daughter of Conrad and Anna Fink.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and the Odessa Grange.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Reinhold; her son, Aaron Kuest, and her grandson, Brian Kuest.  She is survived by her sons, Gene Kuest and Pat, of Tokeland, WA, and Allen Kuest and Joyce of Odessa; a daughter, Ann Bates and Don of Spokane Valley; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one brother, Harry Fink, of Hayden, Idaho; one sister, Jean Biermann, of Bellevue, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. A family graveside service at Odessa Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec 20, preceded a memorial service at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-22-2005)

Kuest, Lorena,   (added) “Lorena Kuest died on Wednesday, May 6, in Odessa. She was 93 years old. She was born Aug 19, 1915 to Gottlieb and Martha (Delzer) Hiller. Lorena married Edmund E Kuest Nov 24, 1935. She worked at several different fruit packing warehouses in the Wenatchee area for 40 years before returning to Odessa in 1988. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, one brother Almond Hille, and one sister, Agnas Banaka. She is survived by sisters Emma Deife, Odessa, Anna Powell and Dorothy Meyer of Portland, Oregon and Rosemary Strocen, Nanaino, BC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Concluding service and vault interment will be held at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-14-2009)

Kuest, Ludwig,   (d. 11-15-1913; b. 2-21-1850; TS; OC; DC) “Ludwig Kuest. Male, white, married, retired farmer.  Birth: 2-21-1850, Russia; Age: 62 yrs 8 mos 25 days.  Father: Johannes Kuest, b. Russ; Mother: Christine Muthler, b. Russia.  Informant: Emanuel Kuest, Quincy, WA. Death: 11-16-1913, 12:30 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln County. Cause: Chronic Brights Disease and heart failure, duration one year; Contributory: rheumatism, 9 or 10 yr duration. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death; no burial info) "After a long illness, in which he steadily failed, Ludwig Kuest, a well known resident of Odessa, and a pioneer of the Odessa country, passed away at his home here last Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, the immediate cause of his death being dropsy, from which he had been a sufferer for some time. For the past two months he had been confined to his bed, and death was not unexpected. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the German Lutheran church, Rev Brockman and Rev Rhode officiating. Interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Ludwig Kuest was born in Russia on the 21st day of February, 1850, and at the time of his death was aged 63 years, 8 months and 25 days. He came to America in 1874 at the age of 24, settling first in South Dakota where he remained until 1899. In that year he came to Odessa, where he took up land and made a success of farming. In 1909 he retired from active farm life and moved to town to spend his declining years. In 1872 he was married to Miss Dorothy Kempf, and to this union seventeen children were born, a son, Jacob, and four daughters, Katherina, Pauline, Anna and Clara, having preceded him in death. His wife and twelve children survive him, these being Julius, John, Emanuel, Christian, George and Herbert Kuest; Mrs. Ed Reiman, Mrs. H. H. Heimbigner, Mrs. J. E. Kuch and Misses Marie, Emma and Ella Kuest, all of whom excepting Mrs. Reiman were with him to the last. He leaves a great number of friends in Odessa who extend sympathy to the bereaved family in their sad loss." (Odessa Record: 11-21-1913)

Kuest, Lydia,   (d. 4-17-1957; b. 1878; TS; OC; LL)  “Kuest, Lydia (nee Reiman). Birth: 20 May 1878 in Mansburg, So. Russia.  Died: 17 Apr 1957 in Odessa, WA. Burial, April 20, 1957, Odessa, WA, 10 a.m., Saturday before Easter. Survived by 4 daughters, Elsie Uhrich, Esther Becker, Laura Hauks, Anna Vennect, 4 sons, Edmund, Edwin, Eugene, Harvey. Text: John 17:11; W. J. Fritz.”  (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Kuest, Magdalene,  (Mrs. John)  (d. 2-01-44; b. 4-13-1867; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Kuest, Magdalena (nee Mattheis). Birth: 13 April 1866 in Briene, Bessarabia. Came to South Dakota in 1875, was confirmed by Rev Bischoff of Parkston, S Dak. Was married in 1886 to John Kuest, died 1908 in Odessa. Lived in Odessa 1907-1913. Moved to Montana. Last eight years she lived with a daughter, Mrs. Clara Ellis in Portland, OR. Survivors: three daughters, Mrs. Clara Ellis, Mrs. Lillian Beck (Marlin), Mrs. Esther Siebrasse (Big Sandy, MT); three sons, Emil F. (Chehalis), H. Casper (Portland) and W. George (Big Sandy, MT); two brothers, (one is Rev Nath. Mattheis of Ryan, Iowa) and three sisters. She passed away Tuesday, Feb 1, 1944, 7:30 p.m. in Portland, and was buried in Odessa Feb 5, 1944. Age 77 yrs 9 mos 18 days. M Pempeit, pastor.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Mrs Magdalene Kuest, 76, was buried on Saturday from the Christ Lutheran Church, the Rev M. Pempeit officiating, with burial at the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Miss Magdalene Mattheis was born in Russia, April 13, 1868, and came to the United States as a girl. She was married to the late John Kuest and lived in the Odessa area for several years before her husband died, after which she made her home at Portland, and with other children. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Clara Ellis, Portland; Mrs. Lillian Beck, Marlin, and Mrs. Esther Stebrasse, Big Sandy, MT; three sons, Emil, Chehalis; Casper, Portland; and George, Big Sandy, MT; 4 grandchildren and 3 sisters and 2 brothers.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1944)

Kuest, Marion Markus,  s/o J.  (d. 1-05-1928; b. 3-08-11; OC; DC; LL) “Kuest, Marion Marcus. Birth: 8 March 1911 in Odessa. Baptized by P. Schlichling on 21 May 1911. Died: 5 Jan 1928; aged: 16 yrs 10 mos 3 days. Survived by parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Kuest; 5 brothers, 4 sisters. H P Christensen.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Marion Markus Kuest. Male, white, single, student.  Birth: March 8, 1911, Odessa, WA. Age: 16 yrs 9 mos 27 days. Father: John Kuest, born SD; Mother: Lydia Reiman born Russia. Informant: John Kuest, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 5, 1928, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Sarcoma of humerous and toxemia. Contributory: Injury of arm, duration 6 mos. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Jan 8, 1928. F. Haight, Ritzville, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death) “The funeral of Marion Kuest, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kuest who died at his home southwest of Odessa last Thursday morning of cancer, was held from the English Congregational church Sunday afternoon, the Rev H. P. Christensen of the Odessa Lutheran church officiating, after which interment took place in the Odessa Cemetery.  Marion had been afflicted with a bone cancer for five months. The disease started in his arm after an injury he sustained while driving a post about five months ago. He was swinging an eight pound hammer at the time the accident occurred and the irritation evidently caused cancer so he was never able to raise his arm again. He was first sent to Soap Lake for treatment and afterwards taken to Seattle, Spokane, Wenatchee and Idaho, and at all these places physicians reported that the disease had advanced so far that his case was hopeless. He was bedfast at his home nine weeks prior to his death during which time his suffering was so intense that the strongest of opiates were required to alleviate his pain. He was a member of the Lutheran church and had a wide circle of friends. He is survived by his father and mother, four sisters, Mrs. Henry Uhrich, and Lora, Anna and Esther Kuest, and five brothers, Edmund, Edwin, Paul, Eugene and Harvey Kuest.” (Odessa Record: Jan 13, 1928)  “Marion Markus Kuest. Death: Jan 5, 1928, 9:50 a.m. at home, 6 miles NW of Odessa. Funeral: Jan 8, 1928, 2 p.m., Congregational Church at Odessa, Rev Christensen, officiating. Interred: Odessa Cemetery. Age: 16 yrs 9 mos 27 days. Father: John Kuest, born SD; Mother: Lydia Reimann, born Russia. Cause of death: sarcoma of humerus, Dr Thompson.” (Ritzville Mortuary Archives)

Kuest, Paul E.,    s/o John  (d. 7-11-1939; b. 6-30-1905; OC; Strates; DC; LL)  “Paul Kuest. Born June 30th, 1905 on a ranch near Odessa, WA. He was baptized in his infancy, instructed and confirmed in his youth. Died: July 11th, 1939 about 3 p.m. when killed in a gravel pit by accident. Age 34 yrs and 11 days. Leaves to mourn his parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and many friends & relatives. May the Lord have been a gracious judge to him. G. F. Busch, Ev. Luth. pastor.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Paul E. Kuest, residing Odessa, WA. Death: 7-11-1939 at 3:45 p.m. at Lyons Pit, one mile SE of Odessa, WA. Informant: John Kuest of Odessa, WA. Birth: June 30, 1905 in Odessa, WA. Age 34 yrs 11 days.  Male, white, single, laborer with Odessa Union Warehouse Co, 3 yrs duration. Father: John Kuest born SD; Mother: Lydie Reiman born Russia. Previous residence: on ranch 7 miles SW of Odessa, WA. Cause of death: accident by dirt slide. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Surviving relatives: Mother and Father John Kuest, 4 Bros: Edmond, Edwin, Eugene and Harvey Kuest, all of Odessa; 4 sisters: Elsie Urich of Odessa; Lora Hanks of Coulee Dam, WA; Anna Vincent of Portland, OR; Ester Becker of Odessa, WA. Many aunts and uncles. Physical: black hair, blue eyes, 175 lbs” (Mortuary Ledger) “Man Killed in Rock Pit. Paul Kuest, 34, unmarried son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kuest, pioneers, was instantly killed late Tuesday afternoon when a cave-in at the Lyons’ gravel pit crushed his body against a truck bed. Fellow workmen, G. C. Haase, Gus Frieske and Reinhold Yuckert, rushed Mr. Kuest to the office of Dr L. J. Bonney, where efforts at resuscitation failed.  The men, loading clay gravel, feared a cave-in and had taken positions that would give protection, expecting any falling rock to come from the face of the cut. The slide broke loose, going sideways, a large mass of earth throwing Kuest heavily against the truck.  Paul Kuest was born on a ranch near Odessa, June 30, 1905, and had spent most of his life in this area. About 10 years ago he moved with his parents from the ranch, and his father started a dray line, with the aid of his sons. Mr. Kuest became one of the employees of the Odessa Union Warehouse company, his employers at the time of death.  Funeral services will be held from the Christ Lutheran Church on Friday afternoon, the Rev G. F. Busch officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kuest; four brothers, Edmund, Edwin, Eugene and Harvey, all of Odessa; four sisters, Mrs. Elsie Uhrich, Odessa; Mrs. Laura Hanks, Grand Coulee; Mrs. Anna Vinett, Portland, and Mrs. Esther Becker, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-13-1939)

Kuest, Reinhold J.,  (added) d. 1-05-1978 obit “Reinhold J. Kuest died at the family home on Sunday, Jan 5, 1978.  A life-time resident of Odessa, Reinhold was born Feb 13, 1907 to Julius and Rosena Kuest at Odessa. Mr. Kuest is survived by his wife, Leona, at the home; three sons, Gene, Nine Mile Falls, WA; Allen, Vernonia, OR; Aaron, Seattle; and one daughter, Ann Bates, Odessa; 11 grandchildren, Brian and Brenda Kuest; Debbie, Mike and Mark Kuest; Kim and Kirk Bates, Travis Kuest, Larry Rider and Cindie and Kent Webb; two brothers, Oscar Kuest, Dryden; and Leroy Kuest, Spokane; three sisters, Alma Smith, Seattle; Edna Schimke, Sequim, and Maude Giese, Spokane.  Reinhold started farming in 1932 at Irby. He was married to Leona Fink on Dec 25, 1932 at Odessa. In 1938 he purchased a farm southwest of Odessa and moved to this farm in 1939. Reinhold and Leona retired from farming in 1961 at which time they moved into their present home in Odessa. He was a member of the Odessa Grange and Christ Lutheran Church, in which he was baptized and confirmed.  Funeral services were held Feb 8, 1978 at 1 p.m. from Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-09-1978)

Kuest, Robert,  (baby)    (d. 6-07-1939; b. 4-08-39; s/o Oscar; (OC); Strates) “Baby Robert Kuest. Residence: Dryden. Death: June 7, 1939, 6:21 a.m., St Lukes Hospital. Informant: Oscar Kuest. Birth: April 8, 1939, Wenatchee. Age: 1 mo 29 days. Male, white, single. Length in city where death occurred: 3 days. Cause of death: inanition thrombass, venous sinus. Father: Oscar Kuest born WA; Mother: Marie Gies, born WA. Relatives: Father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Kuest, Dryden, WA. grandparents: Mr. & Mrs. Henry Gies, of Odessa, Mr. & Mrs. Julius Kuest of Odessa. Physical: dark hair, blue eyes” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Robert Kuest, infant son of Mr. and Mrs Oscar Kuest of Dryden, were held from the Christ Lutheran church on Friday afternoon, the Rev G F Busch officiating, with burial in the Odessa cemetery. The Rev Orin Consear, Cashmere, took part in the service. Pallbearers were Emanuel and Roland Busch, Alvin Fink and Donald Zier. Survivors include his parents, grandparents, and many uncles and aunts.” (Odessa Record: 6-15-1939)

Kuest, Rosina Heth,   (d. 2-14-1942; b. 7-06-1878; w/o Julius; (OC); Strates; LL) “Kuest, (Rosina Heth) Mrs. Julius. Birth: 6 July 1878 in Russian calendar, in Mansburg, Russia. Daughter of Nath. Heth and Carolina Buech. Baptized in infancy; at age of three with parents to a homestead near Parkston, SD. Confirmed March 26, 1893 by Pastor A Bischoff in Immanuel Church in Hutchinson Co, near Parkston. Married Dec 6, 1898 by Pastor Hahn to Mr. Julius Kuest of Parkston. In Oct 1899 moved to a homestead 5 miles SW of Odessa, WA, and in 1917 to a farm about two miles west of Odessa. Since 1935 resided in town. (18 years between each removal). Ill since early Nov 1941. Grew steadily weaker. Doctors diagnosed her illness as hardening of the liver and offered no hope of recovery. Confined to her bed for almost three weeks before the end. Suffered little pain until the last few days. Been very healthy all her life. Bore her last illness in Christian patience and cheerfulness without complaint. She was a faithful and active church member, a good wife and mother. Saturday, Feb 14, 8:30 p.m. she peacefully fell asleep. Survivors: her husband; three sons (Oscar, of Dryden; Reinhold and Leroy of Odessa; one son, Irvin passed away in Sept 1934 in Odessa); three daughters, (Alma, Mrs. S. Smith of Seattle; Amanda [Maud], Mrs. R. Giese of Odessa; Edna, Mrs. L. Schimke of Idaho Falls, ID); 8 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 6 sisters (in S & N Dakota & in CA). German text: Ps. 126; English text: John 3:16. Funeral service in church on Feb 17, 1942, Odessa Cemetery. Age 63 yr 7 mos 8 days. Martin Pempeit, pastor.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Rosena Kuest. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 14, 1942, 8:30 p.m., at home in Odessa. Birth: July 6, 1878, in Russia; aged: 63 yrs 7 mos 8 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Wife of Julius Kuest. Resided Odessa since 1935. Previous residence: about two miles west of Odessa on farm.  In US: 60 yrs. Father: Nathanial Heth, born Russia; Mother; Caroline Beich, born Russia. Physician: Bonney. Informant: Julius Kuest. Leaves: husband Julius Kuest of Odessa; 3 sons: Oscar of Dryden, Reinhold of Odessa, and Leroy of Odessa; 3 daughters: Alma Smith of Seattle; Maude Giese of Odessa; Edna Schimke of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 8 grandchildren. (Mortuary Ledger)

Kuhr, Mrs. Gus, (added) d. May 11, 1920 (obit)  “Mrs. Gus Kuhr died at Medical Lake on Tuesday evening. She was removed there for treatment last week. She was the wife of Gus Kuhr, who resides on the Perkins ranch on the edge of town. She leaves besides her husband, three children, one a babe of four months. The funeral services and burial will take place at Odessa.” (Ritzville Journal Times: May 13, 1920)

Kunkel, Karl Heinrich, * (d. 8-30-1909; b. 12-11-06; s/o Julius; TS; OC; DC; LL)  “Kunkel, Karl Heinrich.  Died: 30 Aug 1909; Birth: 11 Dec 1906; son of ___ Julius Johann Kunkel and Julia Delrick.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kunkel are mourning the death of their three year old child which occurred at an early hour Monday morning, of cholera infantum, after an illness lasting about two weeks. The funeral was held from the German Lutheran church Tuesday. Rev Rieke officiating, and the remains were interred in the church cemetery. Martha Rieke, Mary Klein, Iva Finney and Margaret Duerr acted as pall bearers.” (Odessa Record: Sept 3, 1909) “Karl H Kunkel.  Male, white, single. Birth: Dec 11, 1906, Odessa, WA. Age: 2 yrs 8 mos 19 days. Father: Julius Kunkel born Germany.  Mother: Julia Debrack, born IN. Informant: Julius Kunkel of Odessa, WA. Death: Aug 30, 1909 at 5:30 a.m. Cause: Ilio-colitis, duration 16 days. John J Kunz, MD, Odessa, WA. Place of Burial: near Odessa on Aug 31, 1909. H Stone, Undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death)   

Kunz, Clara Scrupps,  (added) d. Jan 5, 1979  (see Clara Scrupps for TS & obit)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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