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.


Maier, Bertha,  (d. 10-08-1979; b. 1-06-1905; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside services for Bertha Maier were held at the Odessa Cemetery last Thursday, Oct 11, at 11 a.m.  Rev Douglas Roberts and Rev Albert Hausauer officiated. Bertha Maier passed away Monday, Oct 8, (1979), at her home in Odessa. She and her husband, Nat, to whom she was married for 52 years, had worked together in various businesses in Washington. In Odessa, she and Nat had, among other things, run the local theater and the Phillips Petroleum bulk distributorship. Bertha was a native to Odessa, having been born here on Jan 6, 1905 to Gottlieb and Pauline Witt. She grew up in Odessa, attending the local school. She is survived by her husband, Nat; her brother, Emmanuel Witt, and many nieces and nephews. A dinner for the family, at Lydia Weber’s home, followed the service.” (Odessa Record: Oct 18, 1979) 

Maier, Jacob,   (d. 1954; b. 1870; TS; OC; edit: in 1911 typhoid fever; h/o Lydia)

Maier, Lidia,   (d. 1964; b. 1873; TS; OC) (see her daughter: Lydia Weber obit) “Funeral services for Mrs. Lidia Maier, 91, were held in Odessa Monday afternoon at the UCC. She died last week in Lodi, CA.  Pallbearers were Paul Gross, H B Schafer, Robert Hoefel, John Hopp, C. A. Bragg and Harold Suchland. Music was by Mrs. Hy Hopp and Henry Walter. Organist was Mrs. Ruth Suchland.  A native of South Russia, she moved to North Dakota in 1885 and married Jacob Maier in 1891. They moved to Ritzville in 1901 and later to Odessa. Mrs. Maier moved to Lodi eight years ago. She was the mother of Mrs. Lydia Weber and Nat Maier, both of Odessa; Mrs. Emma Curlette of Seattle; Gottlieb Maier of Davenport and Mrs. Margaret Rhodes of Lodi. Other survivors are three grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and 3 brothers, Fred Grauman of Portland, Otto Grauman of Whitefish, MT, and William Grauman of Arcata, CA.” (Odessa Record: Oct 8, 1964) 

Maier, Manuel,   (d. 6-24-1910; b. 2-06-1910; TS; OC) “Emanuel Maier.  Male, white, single. Birth: Feb 6, 1910, Odessa; Aged: 4 mos 18 days. Father; Jacob Maier, born Russia; Mother: Lidia Grauman, born Russia.  Informant: father, Odessa. Death: June 24, 1910, 2 p.m. Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Cholera Infantum of 6 days duration. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cem., June 26, 1910, Stone & Son” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Maier, Nathaniel,   (d. 2-14-1981; b. 6-23-1903; TS; OC)  “Graveside services were held Thursday, Feb 19, 1981 at 11 a.m. for Nathaniel (Nat) Maier who passed away Feb 14, 1981 in the local hospital. Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the services. Nathaniel Maier, son of Jacob Maier and his wife, Lidia Grauman Maier, was born in Odessa, WA on June 23, 1903, where he was also baptized by the Rev Schwabenland. He attended the Odessa school and later worked around the Odessa area.  On Jan 10, 1927 he was united in marriage to Bertha Witt. After their wedding they moved to Leavenworth, WA where he and his brother worked for the railroad, building a tunnel. Later, he and his wife moved back to Odessa where he built a service station, known today as the Wolf Motor Sales. The Schimke brothers, Art and Rudy, had leased the station and later Wolf Motor Sales leased it from the deceased. The deceased was very much involved with not only supplying his service station with the fuel, but also delivered much fuel to local farmers. He also built the building which houses the Bowling Alley. It was erected originally for use as a theater. This lasted for a number of years, then it was converted into the present Bowling Alley.  Mr Maier had health problems for sometime, he finally sold his business, but never fully retired from the work he loved so much. On Oct 8, 1979 his wife, Bertha, passed away, and from that loss he never fully recovered. Last year, while cleaning up after the ash fall, he fell and never completely recovered his health. He was taken to the local hospital Feb 5th, where he passed away Saturday evening, Feb 14th, at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 21 days.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; his parents and one brother. He leaves to mourn his passing three sisters: Lydia Weber, of Odessa; Emma A Curlette of Seattle, Wa; and Margaret Rhodes, of Lodi, CA; one brother, Gottlieb (Shorty) Maier of Spokane, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He will be missed by many. Casket bearers were: Weldon Mills, Alvin Ottmar, Dean Witt, Kenneth Witt, Art Mann and Louis Kremsreiter.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-26-1981)

Malloy, William E.,   (d. 1951; b. 1894; TS; OC; obit) “William Edward Malloy, 57, of Portland, Oregon, who died on a Great Northern train last Wednesday morning, was buried from the St Joseph Catholic Church on Monday morning, Father Joseph Brunner officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers included Frank Horak, Frank Groh, Sr., T. C. Smith, Clem Groh, Jr., Ray Spores and John E. Deife.  It was learned that Mr. Malloy was born May 7, 1894, at Anaconda, MT, and worked as a stationary engineer at the copper mines. He had been at Portland the past four months.  Survivors include two brothers, Frank, of Butte, and Thomas, of Anaconda, MT; three sisters, Mrs. C. M. Tubbs, Missoula; Mrs. W. T. Dougherty, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Mildred Fitzgerald, Carmel, CA; four nephews and eight nieces.  Coming here for the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Huguet of Missoula and Miss Eleanore Dougherty, Los Angeles.” (Odessa Record: 9-27-1951)

Marr, Amelia Kling,   (added) (d. 10-21-1918; LL) “Emilie Marr, wife of Conrad Marr, daughter of (Johann) Kling and his wife (Johanna). Born 8 June 1896 in Plum Coulee, Canada, died 21 Oct 1918 from influenza in Spokane. Funeral in Odessa on 24 October, leaving parents and one ______, Martha.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Marshall, Alice E.,   (d. 1984; b. 1911; TS; OC)  “Alice E, Marshall. Died: 15 March 1984, at St Paul, Ramsey, Co, MN. Age: 73 years. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit)

Marshall, Bob C.,   (d. 1974; b. 1905; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Bob Marshall, who died in St Paul, MN on Oct 2, (1974), were conducted here on Monday afternoon from the English Congregational Church with Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Robert Chester Marshall was born in Holden, MO, on Dec 5, 1905. At the age of nine years he came with his parents to Zilla, WA, where he attended the Zella school. On Oct 22, 1934 he was married to Alice Johnson, to which union one daughter was born.  For many years the Marshalls farmed in the Toppenish area. In 1953 they moved to Odessa where he was employed as a custodian at the Odessa schools until his retirement in 1970. For the past three winters the Marshalls have spent their time with their daughter and family in St Paul where he was employed part-time. They had arrived in St Paul but a few days before his sudden death. The deceased is survived by his wife, Alice; one daughter, Stella (Mrs. Nick Ecklor of St Paul); one foster son, Orlan Johnson of Wapato, WA; 5 grandchildren; one brother, Frank Marshall of Ritzville; two sisters, Mrs. Stella McCrecken of Toppenish and Mrs. May Perry of Knobnoster, MO.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters and his parents. During the funeral service, Mrs. Douglas Roberts and Mrs. Ron Stehr sang ‘In The Garden’ and ‘My God and I’, accompanied by Mrs. Ruth Suchland, organist.  Casketbearers were Cecil Schell, Gary Marshall, Cornelius Jantz, Roger Marshall, LaMar Heimbigner, and Don Lobe, with Art Deife and Henry Reihs as honorary casket bearers. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Arrangements were handled by Strate Funeral Home, Davenport.” (Odessa Record: 10-10-1974)

Martin, baby boy,   (d. 10-26-1967) “Baby Boy Martin. Died: 10-26-1967. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit; no other details)

Martin, Gale F.,   (d. 7-30-1982; b. 6-07-1942; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside memorial services were held for Gale F. Martin on Aug 16, 1982, at 10 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated.  Sid Smith sang ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’.  Honorary bearers were Paul Hopp, C. E. (Todd) Schrauger, Earl Null and Jerry Walter.  Gale was born June 7, 1942 in Spokane, WA, to William (Laddie) and Helen (Ramm) Martin. He passed away on July 30, 1982, in Anchorage, Alaska, where he had lived the past seven years. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and was educated in the Odessa Schools. He served two years (1962-62) in the United States Army.  Survivors include: his father, Capt. W. F. Martin, Anchorage, Alaska; one sister, Mrs. Gary (Billie) Mills, Odessa; two brothers, Jim Martin, Clarkston, WA; and Bob Martin, Davenport, WA, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 8-19-1982)

Martin, Helen,  (d. 1964; b. 1916; TS; OC; dc) “Helen Martin.  Birth: 5-26-1916, Odessa, WA.  Death: 6-20-1964. Divorced. Father: Gottlob Ramm. Mother: Mary Zier. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

??Martin, Mary Alice,  (added) d. 1-27-1996 “Mary Alice Martin was born on Dec 18, 1937 in Coeur d’Alene, ID to Max and Martha (Schaefer) Blackmer. She grew up and attended school in North Idaho and Western Montana. On Aug 19, 1953, she married Robert E Martin in Coeur d’Alene. After their marriage, Mary and Robert traveled due to his work. During this time they raised four children. In 1986 they moved to Spokane for a short time before residing in Odessa where she lived until her death on Jan 27, 1996, at the Odessa Convalescent Center. She is survived by her husband of 42 years at the family home in Odessa, one daughter, Maxine Ferderer, of Odessa, and three sons, Robert Jr., of Gillette, WY; Glen Martin, of Boise, ID; and Dalla Martin, of Spokane.  Mary have 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Her mother is Martha Blackmer, who survives in Spokane. Also surviving is a brother, Walt Blackmer, of Clarkston, WA. Mary also has numerous nieces and nephews. At her request there was no service.” (Odessa Record: 2-15-1996)

Mason, Faith,   (d. 6-09-1973; b. 6-08-1973; TS; OC)

Mayer, Lydia Schlecter,   (d. 4-23-1948; b. 11-17-1866; w/o Sam; TS; OC; Strates) “Lydia Mayer. Residence: Odessa. Birth: 11-17-1866, Russia; Death: 4-23-1948, Odessa. Widow of Samuel. Aged: 81 yrs 5 mos, 6 days; Female, white, widow. Father: Gotfried Schlecter born Russia.  Mother: Elizabeth. born Russia.  Physician: Bonney. Funeral: Baptist at 2 p.m. Interment: Odessa Cemetery, 4-27-1948.  $75 fee charged for the removal of Samuel Mayer and his monument removal $25, $135 for a vault for Sam, and $41 fee for the setting of monument.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Mrs. Lydia Mayer, 81, were held from the Odessa Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev A. Foll officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers included Nath Koth, Henry Schiewe, John R. Goetz, Jacob Schorzman, Jacob Quast and C. H. Scrupps. Mrs. Mayer died at her home on Friday night, after being in failing health for several years. Born in Russia, she came to America at the age of 14, and had lived in this country for 67 years. She and her husband, Samuel Mayer, former county commissioner, lived on a ranch about 14 miles north of Odessa. He died in 1917. She is survived by three sons, Richard, of Pocatello; Arthur, of Seattle; and Robert of Yakima; three daughters, Mrs. Ida Frater, Milwaukee, WI; Mrs. Lilla Davis, American Falls, ID; and Mrs. Anna Reed, Freewater, OR; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother. Mrs. Frater, one of the daughters, had been here with her mother for the past several weeks.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1948)

Mayer, Samuel,  s/o Michael, *  (d. 6-18-1917; b. 8-02-1869; TS; OC; DC) “Samuel Mayer. Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Aug 2, 1869, South Russia. Age: 47 yrs 10 mos 16 days.  Father: Michael Mayer, born Russia; Mother: unknown, born Russia. Informant: Emma Mayer, Odessa, WA.  Death: June 18, 1917, Dist #6, Lincoln County, WA.  Cause: Accidental. Killed by tractor engine while operating same. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Mountain View Cemetery on 6-21-1917, J. E. Turner, Undertaker, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death) (Edit: Wife was buried in Odessa, and their tombstone is in Odessa. This was supposed a clerical error, until the record of his removal was found in the burial record of Lydia Mayer, his wife.)  “Samuel Mayer, a prosperous farmer residing north of Odessa, was run over by a tractor last Monday near his home and instantly killed. He and his son were using a Samson caterpillar tractor to close up a ditch that had been opened for a pipe line and in attempting to kick some rocks from in front of the tractor, he fell and before the machine could be stopped it had crushed him, running over the entire length of his body. Mr. Mayer was well known in Lincoln County, being a county commissioner from the second district in 1909-10. He was an extensive and prosperous farmer of the Odessa country, a man who made and held friends and of much influence in his community.” (Davenport Times-Tribune: 6-21-1917)

Mays, Addline Roloff Werner,  (see Werner, Addline)

Mays, Pearl, (not buried) d. 3-26-1979, remains donated to Medical School.
“A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church, for Pearl Mays, who passed away at her home on March 26, 1979. The Rev Albert Richardson officiated.  Pearl Kunz was born in 1900 at Dayton, WA. She was united in marriage to John Mays in 1926. They farmed in the Hooper area for about 40 years. They moved to Odessa in 1965, where they farmed and raised cattle.  She was a member of the LaCrosse Methodist Church. Since living in Odessa she attended the Baptist Church and was an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society.  She is survived by her husband, John, at the home; one son, Dale, Hooper, WA; two daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Swannack, Lamont, WA and Mrs. Karen Thomas, Bakersfield, CA; 7 grandchildren and two brothers. According to Mrs. Mays wishes, her remains were donated to medical science at the Medical School in Pullman, WA.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1979)

McDole, Albertis E.,   (d. 9-13-1917; b. 3-29-1850; TS; OC; DC) “Albulis E. McDole. Male, white, widower, farmer. Died: 13 Sept 1917, Krupp (Marlin), Lincoln Co, WA. Birth: 29 March 1850, NY; Spouse: Widowed-Catherine E. Harvey. Father: George (Geo.) McDole, (birthplace unknown); Mother: unknown. Informant: Mrs. Alice Weber, Krupp, WA.  Cause of death: partial paralysis following cerebral hemorrhages. E. K. Wolfe, MD, Krupp, WA Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln County Health death card; edit: “cemetery” is not in original penmanship, no burial information)   

McDole, Katie,  (Havey)  (d. 7-26-1915; b. 10-12-1854; TS; OC; DC)  “Catherina E. McDole. Female, white, married, housewife. Died: 7-26-1915, 5 miles north of Irby, Lincoln Co; Birth: 10-12-1854, Iowa.  Married. Father: W W Harvey.  Mother: Sarah Woolf. Informant: A. E. McDole. Cause of Death: found dead at 12 noon, body was cold; cause of death unknown. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Buried: Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card; cemetery not specified & burial not in original penmanship)  

McInnis, Evelyn Mitchell,   (d. 1982; b. 1905; TS; OC)

Meek, Clarence ‘Jack’:  “A memorial service for former Odessa resident Clarence ‘Jack’ Meek will be held at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel this coming Saturday, Sept 24, at 11 a.m.  Pastor Jon Hayashi of Heritage Church will conduct the service. The family invites anyone who knew Jack to join them at the service.” (Odessa Record: 9-22-2011) “Clarence Edward Meek,  long time resident of Burlington, WA died at Highgate Senior Living in Yakima Wash. on July 15, 2011 at the age of 87.  Jack was born on June 12, 1924 in Caruthersville, MO. to Clarence and Maude Meek.  He graduated from Caruthersville High School in Caruthersville, MO in 1942 and joined the Army and became a part of the 928th Engineer Aviation Regiment H&S Company and helped build runways during World War II, first on the Azore Islands off the coast of Portugal and then on Okinawa. He was stationed in Spokane, WA where he met Elsie Sheller of Odessa, WA and was married to her on December 12, 1947. He was married to Elsie for 61 years, who preceded him in death in 2009.  They moved to Odessa in 1950 where he owned the Union Oil 76 distributorship until they moved to Ephrata in 1970. During their time in Odessa they raised two children and Jack was a member of the Odessa Lions Club, American! Legion and United Christ Church.  After leaving Odessa they lived briefly in Ephrata, WA. before moving to Burlington in 1973 where Jack worked for Time Oil Company as the regional auditor for the Jack Pot Gas Stations in the Skagit Region until he retired in 1986.  He was an active member of the Burlington American Legion until his failing health prevented him from contributing.  Jack enjoyed keeping up on the news of the day and discussing politics to any one who would care to listen to his strong Democratic views.  He is survived by his sister Dorothy of Little Rock, AR, daughter Lynette of Quincy, WA and his son, Doug of Yakima, WA. He also has two grandchildren, Emily of Yakima and Scott of Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews.  Jack was preceded in death by his brother Harold and his parents, Clarence and Maude. The family would like to thank all the staff at Country Meadows, Highgate Senior Living and Hospice for all the care they gave Jack during his stay under their care.  A graveside memorial in Odessa is being arranged at a later date.”  (Skagit Valley Herald Pub. Co: 7-20-2011)  “Clarence E Meek. Born: 6-12-1924; Died: 7-15-2011. Last Residence: 98908, Yakima, Yakima Co, WA.” (SS Death  Index) 

Meek, Elsie Scheller,   (added; b. 4-05-1920; d. 7-27-2009); “Elsie Meek, resident of Burlington, WA, died at the Golden Rule Group Home in Mt Vernon, WA, on July 27, 2009, at the age of 89.  Elsie was born on April 5, 1920, in Odessa to Henry and Mary (Walter) Scheller. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1937. She married Clarence (Jack) Meek on Dec 12, 1947 in Spokane, and they raised two children in Odessa before moving in 1970 to Ephrata and then to Burlington in 1973.  Elsie enjoyed cooking sewing and gardening. She was a wonderful homemaker and mother who always put her family’s need first and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jack, her brother, Ray Scheller of Veradale, her daughter Lynette of Quincy and her son Doug of Yakima. She also has two grandchildren, Emily of Yakima and Scot of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was preceded in death by her sister Helen Reider, her brothers Rueben Scheller and Walt Scheller and her parents, Henry and Mary Scheller. A graveside memorial in Odessa is being arranged at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-2009)

Mefte, John,  (d. 10-24-1904; b. 10-11-1874; TS; OC)

Melcher, Arthur, (WW II)  (d. 10-03-1998; b. 9-26-1918; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct 7, for Arthur (Art) Melcher at Christ Lutheran Church. Mr. Melcher died on Saturday, Oct 3, 1998, in Spokane. He was 80 years old. He was a long-time resident of Odessa, but had been confined to a nursing home in Spokane due to illness. He was born in Schrag in northwestern Adams County on Sept 26, 1918, the son of George and Catherine Melcher. He attended the Schrag School and completed his education through the eighth grade at the Batum School. While growing up, Art was especially close to his sister, Lydia, with whom he spent many hours breaking horses, working on the farm and getting into mischief. Prior to entering the US Army, Art farmed with his father, worked in apple harvests and at a sawmill. He served three years in the army during WW II. He spent much of that time in Minchnon, Burma and China working with medics to set up hospital camps. Art’s years in the service were very special to him, and he entertained his friends and families with many stories. He could recall many of the antics in which he was involved. art was also a very kind man. One day he and his Army buddies gave a poor woman some money, and she in turn gave them her baby. One can imagine that the young men had no idea what to do with a baby. Art was discharged from the service in 1945 and returned to Odessa. He was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse and by various farmers. In 1948, he married Ethel Haberstock. He prided himself on raising her two girls, Betty Jo and Mary Lee as his own daughters. In 1951, Marcia joined the family. After a lifetime of interesting experiences and employment, Art retired  from U&I Sugar Company as a warehouse foreman. During this time, he married a girl he had known all his life—in fact, they grew up five miles apart from each other—Ednes Lobe. When Art and Ednes exchanged the wedding vow, ‘in sickness and in health’, Art was truly blessed. Ednes compassionately cared for art during the illness that plagued him the last four years of his life. Art and Ednes enjoyed their friends and family. Together they had nearly 40 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren—and Art always remembered their birthdays! He was overjoyed as his friends and family helped him celebrate his 80th birthday a few weeks ago. Art’s greatest joys included watching wrestling on TV, playing afternoon pinochle with his buddies, Ross Wagner, Marvin Fink, Al Schmierer, Al Hardt and Bud Haase, sharing his German heritage and digging worms with his great grandchildren before they went fishing. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Christ Lutheran Church, all of Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Ednes Melcher, at the home; three daughters, Marcia and Ronald Williams, of deer Park; Mary Lee King, of Odessa; and Betty Jo and Jay Bills, of Pocatello, ID; four step-children; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Lydia Clemenson, of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents and three sisters and one brother. Pastor Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-15-1998)

Melcher, Carl R.,  (added  d. 2004) “In Loving Memory Of Carl R. Melcher.  Born Feb 6, 1915, Odessa, WA.  Entered Into Rest June 14, 2004, Moses Lake, WA.  Funeral Services Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 11 a.m., Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Organist Mrs. Eileen Tanke. Congregational Hymns. Vault Interment Odessa Memorial Cemetery. Casketbearers: Glen Tanke, Edwin Haugan, Ron Ferderer, Melvin Jantz, Paul Scheller, Ronald Jantz.” (Funeral Program) “Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today, Thursday, June 17, for Carl R. Melcher at Zion-Emanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mr. Melcher, who was 89 years old, died Monday, June 14, 2004, in Moses Lake. He was born at Odessa, on Feb 6, 1915, the son of Henry and Katherine (Kammerzel) Melcher. He attended country school before beginning his lifetime of farming. Carl carried Yetta Greenwalt on Oct 10, 1937, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Menno. Together they made their home and raised their family on a farm 23 miles southwest of Odessa. They moved to Moses Lake in 1999. Carl was a member of the Odessa Grange and a member of the Zion-Emmanuel Church of Odessa. Surviving are his wife Yetta, of Moses Lake; a daughter, Alice Kanzler and husband Gilbert of Ritzville; two sisters, Eleanor Schell of Ritzville; and Clara Becker, of Sprague; five grandchildren, Jeff and Rodney Melcher, Lisa Hays, Kim Holt and Teresa Lebsack, and five great grandchildren, Nathan and Alexis Melcher, Emilee and Ben Holt and Trista Lebsack. Carl was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters. The Rev Donald G Smith will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, of Ritzville, is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-2004)

Melcher, Christ,  (d. 1977; b. 1891; TS; OC; obit)  “As a result of injuries received from a fall in his home on Oct 10, Christ Melcher died on Oct 12, (1977) while being transferred to a Spokane hospital.  A long-time resident of Odessa, he had been totally blind for over 70 years. He died at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 7 days.  Funeral services were held in the UCC of which he was a member, on Friday, Oct 14. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Christian Melcher was born May 5, 1891 in Brunnentahl, Russia, the son of Jacob and Katherine Margaret Melcher. His family came to the United States in 1899, settling in Walla Walla. Shortly thereafter they homesteaded southwest of Odessa. Christ became a citizen of this country on Jan 9, 1906. He was confirmed into the Christian faith that same year by Rev G. Graedel on Christmas Day.  It was also in his 15th year of life that he became totally blind as the result of an accident on the family farm. Some time later the family moved into Odessa. On Nov 17, 1939 Christ was married to Katharina Becker in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. The couple has lived in their present Odessa home at 406 South Alder since that time. Survivors include his wife, Katharina; one brother, Reuben of Portland; two sisters, Katie, Mrs. Emanuel Pflugrath of Ritzville and Edith, Mrs. Clyde Bell of Portland; three nephews and three nieces. Christ was an active and dedicated person throughout his life, well-known and loved for his cheery smile and always-friendly greeting.” (Odessa Record: 10-20-197

Melcher, Doris J.,   (d. 1961; b. 1929; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Lobe Melcher, 31, were held from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, with the Rev Elmer Wenzel officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Vocal music was brought by a duet, including Lucille Iverson and Betty Wenzel, with Betty Holman as organist.  Pallbearers were G. Kiesz, Norman Krell, Paul Lightbody, Laurence Smith, Melvin Kissler and Roland Schafer.  Doris Lobe was born here Nov __, 1929, the daughter of John G. and Tillie Lobe. She attended the Odessa schools and on April 4, 1948 was married to Robert Melcher, at Ritzville.  They lived on a farm southwest of town for the past 13 years.  Mrs. Melcher was an active member of the Royal Neighbors and the VFW Auxiliary. In recent months she had undergone operations and had entered the hospital again shortly before her death Friday, after a one-day stay.  Survivors include her husband; one son, Gary, at the home; mother, Mrs. Tillie Lobe; three brothers, Harold Lobe, of the Lind area; Leonard and Stevie, Odessa, and one sister, Mrs. Bernice Melcher, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: Nov 2, 1961)

Melcher, George,  (d. 1955; b. 1991; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services will be held for George Melcher, 72, pioneer of the Batum area, from the Emanuel Lutheran church in Ritzville at 1 o’clock Saturday. The Rev F. J. Ahrendt will officiate and burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery.  A native of Russia, Mr. Melcher had been in the United States for 47 years. He farmed for a time in the Schrag area, then at Batum, retiring from the Batum ranch in 1942 to Ritzville. Following his marriage to Katherine Melcher in Russia, he was called for army duty with the Russian army in the Russo-Japanese war, serving four years. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Manchuria, and remained a captive for nine months and 16 days. He had been in poor health for many months, during which he was in and out of the hospital. Death came at the Ritzville hospital early Wednesday morning.  Survivors include his wife, Katherine, at the home; one son, Arthur Melcher, Odessa; four daughters, Mrs. Reuben Heimbigner of Odessa; Mrs. Harry Baltzor of Pasco; Mrs. William Freauf, Portland; Mrs. Lydia Larson, Peshastin, and 15 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1955)

Melcher, Henry George,   (d. 2-14-1949; b. 2-17-1908; TS;  mapped OC; Strates) “Henry George Melcher. Residence: Marlin. Birth: Feb 17, 1908.  Death: Feb 14, 1949, Place of death: Great Northern train. Age: 40 yrs. Male, white, married. Physician: coroner. Funeral: English Cong Church at 2 p.m. Interment: 2-27-1949, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Grave 2 & 3, Row 2. Cremate. fee for opening and closing grave.” (Mortuary Ledger-no parental info) “Henry Melcher, 40, young Marlin farmer, was fatally injured Monday morning when he apparently drove his light pickup truck directly into the path of the Great Northern passenger train No 5, at the railway crossing just south of Marlin city limits. How the accident occurred is a mystery, as visibility of oncoming trains is good at that point. Reports from Marlin indicate that Melcher lived a few moments after the accident, dying in the offices of a near-by grain elevator. He had driven onto the crossing from the south, trainmen said. The pickup was demolished and the pilot of the locomotive badly damaged. The train was delayed about an hour and a half. Funeral services are being held this afternoon, his birth anniversary from the English Congregational Church, the Rev A. Grabow of Marlin officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Henry George Melcher was born Feb 17, 40 years ago, at Ritzville, and grew to manhood on the Melcher farm near Batum. Following his marriage to Miss Henrietta Walter of Mohler, he was employed on ranches in that area, then came back to Odessa to farm the Chris Melcher ranch, moving from there to the Chris Hemmerling ranch north of Marlin, where he has farmed since. Survivors include his widow, Henrietta, and one son, Karl Arthur, at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Melcher, Ritzville; one brother, Arthur, of Odessa, and four sisters, Mrs. Martha Baltezore, Walla Walla; Mrs. Mary Heimbigner, Odessa; Mrs. Mary Freauf, Portland, and Mrs. Lydia Larson, Peshastin. (Odessa Record: 2-17-1949) “Funeral services for Henry George Melcher, 40, were held from the English Congregational here on Thursday afternoon, with the Rev A. Grabow of Salem Lutheran church, Marlin, officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers included August Sackmann, Tom Fiess, Reuben Janke, Henry Zimbelman, Al Kramer and John Greenwalt. Melcher, who had lived in the general vicinity all of his life, and who was operating a ranch north of Marlin, was killed at Marlin the previous Monday morning, ...” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 2-24-1949)

Melcher, Ida,  (added) d. April 1916 obit  “Schrag.—Ida Melcher, who was badly burned about two weeks ago while burning thistles, died in Spokane last Saturday. Funeral services were held April 25, at the Heimbigner church and interment made in the cemetery near by.” (Ritzville Times: Apr 27, 1916)

Melcher, Jacob,   (d. 6-09-1927; b. 12-09-1861; TS; Cong; OC; obit) “Odessa suffered the loss of another pioneer citizen last week in the death of Jacob Melcher. Born in the village of Brunental, North Russia, on the 9th of December 1861, Mr. Melcher was 65 years of age at his death. The misfortune occurred as the result of an operation to which he submitted at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane early in June. The nature of his ailment, which made it difficult for him to swallow food properly, was unknown to him until the date of the operation when it was pronounced by his surgeon as chronic disease of gall bladder. The real cause of death, however, was his run down condition and weakness of heart which made it impossible to recover from the shock of the operation. Mr. Melcher with his wife, whose maiden name was Miss Katherine Poppenheim, was an immigrant to this country in 1889. They made their first home here in the Walla Walla district, remaining there only two years before settling on a homestead southwest of Odessa. This was their home until 1917, when they moved into Odessa. Mr. Melcher was the possessor of a cheerful personality which was one of the qualities that attracted many friends. He leaves to mourn him his wife, Mrs. Katherine Melcher, three sons, Henry, Christ, Reuben, and two daughters, Katherine and Ida; three brothers, George, Casper and Conrad, and two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Jacobs and Martha Haase and in addition to these other relatives and friends. The body was brought from Spokane by Mr. Hennessey of the Hennessey & Calloway Undertaking parlors, who remained her until after the services Sunday. Funeral services were held at the St Mathews Congregational church by the Rev P. Kalmbach, who preached two sermons, one in English and the other in German, after which the body was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: June 17, 1927) “Jacob Melcher.  Aged: 65 yrs 5 mos.  Dated: June 12, 1927. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) 

Melcher, Jake,  (d. 11-29-1992; b. 9-17-1902; TS; OC; obit) “Jacob (Jake) Melcher.—Passed away Nov 29, 1992 in Medical Lake, WA. Formerly of Odessa, WA. He is survived by one daughter, Frances DeSpain of Sprague, WA; two sons, Robert Melcher and Kenneth Melcher, both of Odessa; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl Melcher of Odessa; 4 sisters, Esther Reihs of Odessa; Eleanor Schell of Ritzville, WA; Clara Becker of Sprague, WA; Alma Fisher of Reardan, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Mollie in 1989. Member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Funeral Services Friday, Dec 4, 1992 at 11 a.m. at the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Pastor Tom Sayre, officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Jacob Melcher, who was 90 years old, died Sunday, Nov 29, 1992. A lifetime resident of the Odessa area, he was born on Sept 17, 1902 at Schrag, the son of Henry and Katherine Kramerzal Melcher. He was married to Mollie Horst at Ritzville on Nov 24, 1922. The couple raised their family and operated a wheat farm in the area south of Odessa for many years. Mrs. Melcher died in Feb 1989. He is survived by... Casket bearers are Rich DeSpain, James DeSpain, Gary Melcher, Wes Melcher, Rob Melcher and Karl Zacher.” (scrapbook obit)

Melcher, Katharina,  (d. 1990; b. 1901; TS; OC; obit) “Katherine Melcher, (88).—Passed away June 13, 1990, Ritzville Nursing Home. Formerly of Odessa. Survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Busch, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Eva Schneider, Ritzville, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Heritage UCC, Odessa, WA. Funeral Service, Friday, June 15, 1990 at 11 a.m. Danekas Funeral Home Chapel, Ritzville, WA.” (scrapbook item)

Melcher, Katie Margarette,  (d. 12-14-1945; b. 10-20-1863; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Katherine Margretha Melcher. Aged: 82 yrs 1 mo 23 days. Dated: Dec 13, 1945. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Katherine Margaret Melcher. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 10-20-1863, Grim, Russia. Death: 12-14-1945, Odessa, WA. Widow of Jacob. Aged: 82 yrs 1 mo 14 days. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Father: Jacob Pappimkin, born Russia. Mother: ____ Mouse, born Russia. Physician: L. J. Bonney of Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: United Congregational Church, Sunday, 2 p.m., Interment: 12-16-1945.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Melcher, 82, who died at 12:30 this afternoon, will be held on Sunday afternoon from the UCC, it is announced. Complete obituary information will be brought next week.” (Odessa Record: 12-13-1945) “Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the United Congregational church for Mrs. Katharina Margarette Melcher, 82, who died Thursday. The Rev J. Kessler of Walla Walla officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Katharina Pappenheim was born Oct 20, 1863, in Krim, North Russia. In 1882 she was married to Jacob Melcher, who preceded her in death in 1927.  The Melcher family came to this country in 1899, lived at Walla Walla for two years and then located on a homestead southwest of here. In 1917 they retired. She is survived by three sons, Henry and Reuben of Portland, and Chris, at Odessa; two daughters, Mrs. George Uhrich, Waterville, and Mrs. Ida Weishaar, Portland; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1945)

Melcher, Kathy Lou,  (d. 9-14-1952; b. 1952; TS; OC; LL) “Kathy Lou Melcher. Born: Aug 12, 1952, at Odessa, WA. Died: Sept 14, 1952, at Spokane, WA. Buried: Sept 16, 1952, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: congenital heart disease. Age: 33 days. Mourned by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Melcher, one sister, Marcia Jean, 2 half-sisters, Betty and Mary Haberstack, and grandparents. Text: Job 1:21b. E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Melcher, Mary K.,   (d. 10-04-1958; b. 1879; TS; OC; LL) “Mary Katherine Melcher.  Born: Oct 12, 1880, Brumenthal, Russia. Died: Oct 4, 1958, Odessa, WA, Memorial Hospital, stroke. Buried: Oct 7, 1958, Service Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, Cemetery. Texts: Gen. 1:31 (English), Rom 12: 12 (German). Survived by 4 daughters, one son. W. J. Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Melcher, Mollie,  (d. 2-06-1989; b. 6-30-1902; TS; OC; obit) “Mollie Melcher, born June 30, 1902 in Odessa to Frederick and Marie Horst, passed away at Odessa Memorial Hospital Feb 6, (1989). She was a resident of the Convalescent Center. She attended schools in Puyallup and in Odessa. She was married to Jake Melcher in Ritzville on Nov 24, 1922. The couple raised a family and lived as farmers in the area for many years. Mrs. Melcher is survived by her husband, a resident of Hearthstone Inn, Moses Lake; by two sons, Robert Melcher and Kenneth Melcher, both of Odessa; by a daughter, Frances DeSpain of Sprague; by 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Feb 9 from Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church here, and graveside services followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record-2-16- 1989)

Melcher, Robert L.,  (d. ________; b. 1925; shared stone w/Doris J) “Robert L Melcher, age 80.—Passed away on Friday, March 10, 2006 in Ritzville, WA. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne Melcher of Odessa, WA; children, Gary Melcher and Lorene of Odessa, WA; Kim Webber and Mark of Cheney, WA; Rob Melcher and Angela of Ritzville, WA; and Jaylene Roberts and Brad of Othello, WA; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Kenneth Melcher and Bernice of Odessa, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Lobe) Melcher; his parents, Jacob and Molly (Horst) Melcher; and one sister, Francis DeSpain. He was a member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Odessa VFW, the Odessa Rider’s Club and the Washington Cattleman’s Association. Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, WA with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Inurnment will precede services at Odessa Cemetery. Services directed by Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Spokesman-Review: 3-12-2006) 

Melcher, Russ,  (d. 4-05-1950; b. 2-22-1885; TS; OC)

Melcher, Yetta,  (added: d. 2004) obit  “Yetta Melcher, 94, formerly of Odessa, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. She was born July 28, 1909, in Odessa, the daughter of John and Sophia (Trautman) Greenwalt. She attended country school before marrying Carl R Melcher on Oct 10, 1937 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Menno. Together they made their home and raised their family on the family farm located 23 miles southwest of Odessa. They moved from the farm to Moses Lake in 1999. They were active in the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Yetta’s husband Carl preceded her in death a week ago, on June 14.  She is survived by a daughter, Alice Kanzler, and husband Gilbert, of Ritzville; a son, Gorden Melcher and wife Alice of Moses Lake; 5 grandchildren, Jeffrey and Rodney Melcher, Lisa Hays, Kim Holt and Treasa Lebsack; 5 great grandchildren, Nathan and Alexis Melcher, Emilee and Ben Holt and Trista Lebsack; and a sister Emma Bischoff of Ritzville.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, with the Rev Donald G Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, is in charge of funeral arrangements.” Odessa Record: 6-24-2004)

Mende, Bell,  (d. 1979; b. 1891; TS; OC) “In Memory of Bell Mende; Born May 9, 1891 in Ritzville, WA; Passed away Jan 16, 1979 at Odessa, WA; Funeral Services: Saturday, Jan 20, 1979 at 1 p.m.; English Congregational Church, Odessa, WA; Rev David Crawford officiating. Concluding Services and Vault Interment: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Casket Bearers: Henry Reihs, Walter Ott, Henry Kallenberger, Louis Wraspir, Stanley Wraspir, Bobbie Engle.” (Funeral Program).  “Funeral services were held for Bell Mende on Jan 20, 1979 from the English Congregational Church with Rev David Crawford of Wilson Creek officiating.  Bell was born May 9, 1891 near Ritzville, WA. She was married to Joe Mende and they farmed in the Marlin area most of their married life. They later moved to a home in Marlin.  Bell passed away Jan 16, 1979 at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she had lived for several years. Her husband preceded her in death.  She is survived by four sons, Joe Mende, Jr., Ephrata, WA; Delbert Mende, Marlin; Ray Mende, Bellevue, WA; Gordon Mende, Denver, CO; 7 daughters, Mrs. Doris Stehr, Odessa; Mrs. Geneva Eipper, Long beach, CA; Mrs. Ida Bradley, Seattle, WA; Mrs. Elaine Scoffield, Seattle; Mrs. Shirley Goetz, Marlin; Mrs. Anne Musgrave, Seattle; Mrs. Lydia Perrira, San Diego, CA;  27 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church.  Pallbearers were Walter Ott, Stanley Wraspir, Louis Wraspir, Henry Reihs, Henry Kallenberger and Bobbie Engle. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1979) 

Mende, Herman,   (d. 9-14-1920; b. 12-30-1851; f/o Joe; OC; DC) “Herman Mende.  Male, white, widowed, farmer.  Birth: Dec 30, 1851, Germany. Age: 68 yrs 9 mos 15 days. Father: Mende, born Germany; Mother: Unknown, born Germany. Informant: Joe Mende (son), Odessa, WA. Death: Sept 14, 1920, 8 p.m., Dist #6, Lincoln County, WA. Cause of death: carcinoma of face, duration 30 yrs. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 9-2_, 1920.” (WA State Register of Death; Undertaker not recorded)   “Herman Mende, a pioneer of the Odessa country, died at the home of his son, Joe Mende, Tuesday evening of cancer of the face. Mr. Mende had been afflicted with the disease for a number of years but during the last year, it made fast inroads upon his once vigorous constitution, but nevertheless, he continued to hold up and took to his bed only a week before the end came. Mr. Ende was 68 years, 9 months and 15 days old when he died. He was born in Germany where he married and emigrated to the United States. He settled in Minnesota and afterwards resided in Illinois, coming to the Odessa country 17 years ago. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the English Congregational church, the rev J Chas Evans officiating, after which burial took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 17 Sept 1920)

Mende, Joe,  (d. 1967; b. 1892; TS; OC) “Joe Mende. Died: Nov 1967, Marlin, Grant Co, WA.  Birth: 8-23-1892.”  (SS Death Index); “Joe Mende.—His home, Marlin, WA. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Dell Mende, at the home; four sons, Joe Mende, Jr.; Delbert Mende, both Marlin, WA; Ray Mende, Seattle; Gordon Mende, El Paso, Texas; 7 daughters, Mrs. Doris Stehr, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Geneva Iipper, Long Beach, CA; Mrs. Ida Bradley, Mrs. Elaine Scoffield, and Mrs. Anne Musgrave, all Seattle; Mrs. Shirley Goetz, Marlin, WA; Mrs. Lydia Pauire, San Diego, CA; 27 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services Thursday, Nov 9, at 1 p.m. at the English Congregational Church in Odessa, WA. Rev David Crawford officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-09-1967; Beck data card collection) 

Merry, Joyce Charlotte,  d/o C  (d. 1-02-1917; b. 4-01-1915; TS; OC; DC)  “Joyce Charlotte Merry. Female, white, single. Died: 2 Jan 1917, Dist #6, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 1 April 1915, Odessa, WA. Age: 33 days.  Father: Cecil P Merry born Canada; Mother: Josephine Chaon born NE; Informant: Father, Odessa, WA. Cause of Death: Tubercular meningitis. Contributory: Pertossia. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA. G. B. Stone, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card) “Little Joyce Merry, the 21-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Merry, died of tubercular meningitis at their home in Odessa after a lingering illness. About 3 months ago she had an attack of whooping cough from the effects of which she never fully recovered and later in her weakened condition, developed a case of pneumonia which refused to clear up and finally terminated into a tubercular condition which terminated in meningitis and her death. Only a week ago hopes were held for her recovery, but then the turning point came and she was taken to Spokane to a specialist who advised her parents of her condition and recommended her return home for treatments. From that time her decline was rapid, the pressure of the germ upon her little brain caused paralysis, first on one side and then on the other, and though every help that medical skill could offer was given her little light soon went out. The taking of this child leaves a sad home and community. Her baby life was so precious to her parents and she was favorite among all their acquaintances. The funeral services were held at the English Congregational church yesterday afternoon, Rev W S Pritchard officiating, after which the little body was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery by hands that had tried to make her young life happy. The entire community extend their sympathy to Mr .and Mrs. Merry in their bereavement.” (Odessa Record: Jan 5, 1917) “Card of Thanks. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and at the death of our beloved daughter and granddaughter, Joyce, also for the beautiful floral tributes bestowed. Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Merry and Mr .and Mrs. J. A. Chaon”.    

Meske, Barbara,  (d. 1972; b. 1892; TS; OC)

Meske, Edwin A ‘Dick’,  (d. 1943; b. 1917; ‘son;’  Lartigues only, listing TS in 1974)

Meske, Gottfried(d. 9-10-1943; b. 2-16-1891; h/o Barb; TS; OC; Strates) “Gottfried Meske. Residence: Ruff, WA. Place of death: at home, Ruff, WA. Husband of Barbara. Male, married, white, farmer & laborer.  Birth; Feb 16, 1891, Russia; Death: Sept 10, 1943. Age: 52 yrs 6 mos 24 days. Father: August Meske born Russia; Mother: Jacobine Schulz born Russia; Cause of death: heart failure. Burial: Odessa. Funeral Service: Emmanuel Lutheran South of Odessa, 2 p.m., Sept 15th, Wednesday. Rev Schuldheisz officiating.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services were held from the Emmanuel Lutheran church south of Lauer on Wednesday afternoon for Gottfried Meske, 52, Ruff.  The Rev Benj. W. Schuldheisz officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Meske, who moved with his family to Ruff about  11 months ago, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, died suddenly of heart failure while walking up a flight of three steps leading into his home. A native of Russia, he had lived in the Dakotas for several years, and at Idaho Falls for two years.  Mr Meske was born in Russia, Feb 16, 1891. In 1903 he came to America, settling at Beulah, ND, and in 1912 was married to Barbara Winkler at Rhein, ND. In the year 1935 he came west to Idaho Falls and in 1941 located at Wheeler. About 11 months ago he moved into Ruff. Death came on Friday, Sept 10.  Pall bearers were Herman Sieverkropp, Fred Sackmann, John Greenwalt, Jacob Greenwalt, Herbert Steffen and Mike Winter. Survivors include the widow, Barbara; three sons, Arnold, Moses Lake, and Albert and Walter, Ruff; four daughters, Mrs. Martha Rasche, Pocatello, Idaho; Mrs. Amelia Getzinger, Wheeler, WA; and the Misses Esther and Dolores, at home; nine grandchildren; two sisters and five brothers in North Dakota. Four children had preceded him in death.” (Odessa Record: 9-16-1943)

Meske, Jacob R.,  (d. 1942; b. 1926; TS; OC)

Messerschmidt, Herman, (added)  “Herman Messerschmidt.  Died: 4-26-1952.  Birth: 5-11-1864, Germany.  Married; Father: Unknown; Mother: unknown; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Herman Messerschmidt, 87, died at his home here about 11:30 last night. He had been in failing health for some time. It is hoped to complete plans for a Saturday funeral, if relatives can be notified. The telegraph strike delays this. Services will be from the Odessa Baptist Church. Survivors include his widow at the home; one daughter, Bertha King of Soap Lake, and one son, William Messerschmidt of Post Falls, Idaho.” (Odessa Record: 4-24-1952); “Funeral services were held from the Odessa Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon for Herman Messerschmidt, 87, who died last Wednesday night at his home here. The Rev A Poll officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Music for the service was furnished by a mixed quartet, including Henry Schiewe, John Schorzman, Mrs. A. Foll, and Loretta Roth. Mrs. Nath Koth was at the organ.  Pall bearers included Robert Brauer, John Schorzman, C. E. Schlimmer, Nath Koth, Adam Roth and Jacob Quast.  Mr. Messerschmidt was born in Posen, Germany, May 11, 1865, and was about 20 years old when he left the old country for Canada, settling for a time at Hanover, Canada, where he, a mason by trade, was employed in a furniture factory.  From Canada he went to the state of Oregon, settling near Salem and engaging in farming. There he married Miss Lydia Goetz. To this union two children were born.  In 1898 Mr Messerschmidt came with his family to the community of Odessa, homesteading here with the elder Schiewe and Goetz families, who colonized here at the same time. For many years he has made his home in town, with his wife.  Survivors include his wife, Lydia, at the home; one son, William, of Post Falls, Idaho; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha King, of Soap Lake, WA; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and one half sister, Louise Stunkert, at Portland, Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 5-31-1952; G. Beck data card collection)


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