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.


Nagel, George N.,   (d. 1992; b. 1908; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside services for George N Nagel, who died on Nov 9, 1992, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Nov 13, at Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Nagel, who was 84 years old, was the husband of the former Shirley E. Schillinger, a former Odessa resident. He was a resident of Eugene, OR. He was born Oct 1, 1908, in Loveland, CO. He married Shirley E. Schillinger in Seattle on April 15, 1943. He had been an engineer at the Bremerton Naval Yard in Bremerton during World War II. Later he was a construction engineer engaged in road building in Spokane. In recent years he was in business in Eugene.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eugene. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Bill Nagel and Larry Nagel, both of Eugene; 3 grandchildren, and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Musgrave Funeral Chapel in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 12, 1992)

Nagel, Shirley E.,  (Schillinger):  “Shirley E. (Schillinger) Nagel died June 19, in Eugene, OR, at the age of 91. She was born March 20, 1915, in Odessa to Frederick and Mary (Albrecht) Schillinger. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1933.  She married George Nagel on Aug 15, 1943, in Seattle.  She was a clerk in the administration office at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for three years. She and her husband then owned and operated a business in Eugene until their retirement. She was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Bremerton, WA and Grace Lutheran Church in Eugene. She enjoyed trips to the ocean, pinochle, dining out with friends, and her Shih Tzus, Teddie and Rosie. She was devoted to her family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George Nagel; her brothers: William Schillinger and Norman Schillinger; and sisters: Elsie Yuckert and Marilu Price. She is survived by her sons, Bill and Larry Nagel, both of Eugene; sisters, Evelyn Fritts and Phyllis and Loren Lesser, all of Spokane; grandchild, Sophie Nagel; five nieces and nephews. Inurnment will be in the Odessa Cemetery at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 8-31-2006)

Neely, Walter Scott s/o Wm   d. 2-05-1910; b. 2-25-1905; TS; OC;  s/o Wm   d. 2-05-1910; b. 2-25-1905; TS; OC; “While playing on the ice on Crab Creek near his home last Saturday morning, Walter, the little five-year-old son of Wm U Neeley, principal of the Odessa schools, fell through an opening and was carried under the ice. Other children who were with him gave the alarm and his father rushed to the rescue, but was too late to save the little fellow.” (Odessa Record reprint in 2010, representing: 2-11-1910) (“Roy Gore, only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Gore, was drowned in a swimming pool at (Crab Creek) Odessa June 18th. It has only been a few months since the little son of Principal and Mrs. Wm U. Neely lost his life by drowning at the same place.” Citizen: 6-24-1910)  

Nestegard, baby,  (d. 5-06-1962; b. 5-04-1962; TS; OC)

Neumann, Emma,  (d. 1994; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Emma Jeske Neumann will be held today, Thursday, Apr 21, at 1 p.m. at Heritage UCC in Odessa. Mrs. Neumann died Sunday, April 17, 1994, at the Odessa Convalescent center, where she was a resident. She was 85 years old. She was born on Jan 28, 1909 in Odessa, the daughter of David and Matilda Gross Jeske. She was baptized and confirmed in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Odessa. She was a member of the Heritage UCC, the Ladies Aid and the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was married to John A Neumann on Nov 8, 1928 in the home of her parents, south of Odessa. After their marriage, they farmed north of Odessa for 17 years. They moved into town in 1945. Emma had spent the last several years in nursing home care in Moses Lake and Odessa. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Luella Jeske of Odessa, and Irene Jeske of Boise, ID; one aunt, Pauline Scarberry, of Fresno, CA; and 8 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Neumann, and 4 brothers, Leo Jeske, Herb Jeske, Art Jeske and Elmer Jeske. The Rev Dexter Edwards will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (scrapbook item)

Neumann, John A.,  (d. 1980; b. 1904; TS; OC; obit) “John Neumann was born Aug 17, 1904 in Odessa, the son of Andrew and Louisa (Quast) Neumann. He was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran Church. He attended the country school and was confirmed into the Christian Faith in the Friedensfeld Congregational Church on Nov 26, 1921 by the Rev Smith.  On Nov 8, 1928 he was united in marriage to Emma Jeske in her parents’ home south of Odessa. The couple was privileged to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 1978. After their marriage, they farmed south of Odessa for 17 years and then moved into town in 1945. After working at various jobs for three years, Mr. Neumann then began working for the Odessa Trading Company and continued at this job for 27 years at which time he retired. He then worked off and on until a severe heart attack struck him in 1978. Suffering ill health from then on, he entered the Memorial Hospital in Odessa recently, where he passed away on May 13, 1980, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 26 days. Survivors include his wife, Emma; two nephews: Allan Neumann of Tacoma, WA; and Edward Neumann of Houston, TX; two nieces: Alene McMahon of Leavenworth, WA and Jean Jobe of Conring, CA; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and one sister.  Funeral services were conducted in the UCC in Odessa on May 16th with Rev Everett Schoessler and Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-29-1980)

Neves, John,  (d. 1958; b. 1889; TS; OC)

Neves, Tony,  (d. 1968; b. 1892; TS; OC)  “Tony Neves, long-time resident of the Odessa area, died Thursday, April 30, at Memorial hospital. Rosary was held at St Joseph Catholic church here at 7:30 p.m. Friday with last rites Saturday morning at 10. Fr. John O’Dea officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pall bearers were Howard Phillips, Leonard Mills, Art Schimke, Lewis Frederick, Stanley Wraspir and Clem Groh, Jr. Tony Neves, 75, was born in Portugal on Oct 18, 1892 to Manuel and Isabel Neves. He came to the United States in 1907. He has resided in Odessa since 1952 when he sold his cattle ranch. Mr. Neves is survived by one sister, Isabel Silva in Portugal. Surviving nieces and nephews include Arnold and Manuel Neves and Maria N. Theodore and Francisco Soares, San Diego; John Soares, Canada; Manuel and Jose R. Soares and Manuel, Marie E. and Norberta Silva in the Azores; Bill Neves, Longview; Frances Erdman and Bernie Ramm, Othello.” (Odessa Record: 5-09-1968) 

Nevins, Wm M.,  (Judge)  (d. July 1963; b. Dec 28, 1880; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning from the English Congregational Church for William M. Nevins, retired Superior Court judge. The Rev John A. Birchard officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pioneer members of the community acted as pall bearers, including A. M. Michaelsen, Colfax; Julius Michaelsen, Spokane; H. E. Michaelsen, Odessa; H. G. Cordes, Spokane; C. H. Graedel, Spokane, and David Weber, Odessa.  Miss Linda K Strate of Davenport and Mrs. Donald Seiler, Odessa, made up a duet to sing, ‘Beautiful Garden of Prayer’ and ‘Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love.’  Mrs. James Lyons was organist. Odessa people have always been proud of their cowboy who became a judge. In the best meaning of the term, Judge Nevins was a self-made man. His father died when he was 11, his mother in 1902. As a judge he distinguished himself for his ability, fairness and honesty of opinion. As a pioneer resident of the community, he had been identified with the advancement and betterment of Odessa. Born in Iowa, Dec 28, 1880, Nevins came to this area in the first year of the present century. He engaged in the stock business for three years, then decided to study law. He matriculated at the University of Washington, from where he graduated and was admitted to the bar in 1905.  During this time he continued to operate his stock business successfully.  Returning here after graduation, he practiced law in Odessa from 1905 to 1928, when he was elected judge of the superior court for Lincoln County. He held this post almost continuously until his retirement. In later years he has made his home at the Lutheran retirement home in Spokane.  He held membership in the Odessa Masonic Lodge, and the El Katif Temple of Spokane. As far as is known there are no survivors. A brother, Charles Nevins, in Iowa, preceded him in death recently.  From a 35 year old item in our files the Odessa Record stated: ‘Mr. Nevins was born in Iowa in 1880 and after finishing high school attended the Western College at Toledo, Ohio, for three years. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War he enlisted in the 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 1898 and served in the United States and Cuba until the close of the war, when he was discharged at Savannah, Georgia, in 1899, attaining the rate of sergeant. He came west in 1900 and taught school in Washington and Oregon, and he first came to Lincoln County as a sack sewer with a threshing outfit which moved from Pendleton, Oregon to Harrington. At the close of the threshing season he again taught school at Bluestem and afterward attended the University of Washington three years and graduated with the degree of LL B. During World war I he again volunteered in the infantry and received notice from the War Department for induction. He got his business affairs in shape to join the army but the signing of the armistice made his service unnecessary.’” (Odessa Record: 7-25-1963) 

Nichols, Barbara. (w/o Mike)  (d. 7-30-1921; b. 12-04-1865; TS; OC; DC) “Mrs. Barbara Nichols.  Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Dec 4, 1865, Czechoslovakia Republic. Aged: 55 yrs 6 mos.  Father: Suebar born Czechoslovakia Republic; Mother: Probspara born Czechoslovakia Rep.  Informant: Mike Nichols, Odessa, WA. Death: July 30, 1921, Dist #6, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: pneumonia, bronchial. Contributory: typhoid of 22 days duration. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, on 8-03-1921, J E Turner, Harrington, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death)

Nicholls, Edna E.,  (d. 2001; b. 1904; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan 5, at 2 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery Chapel for Edna E Nicholls, a member of a pioneer family. Mrs. Nicholls, who was 96 years old, died Tuesday, Jan 2, 2001, in Spokane, where she had been a resident for the past 70 years. She was born in Odessa on May 6, 1904, the daughter of Christian and Toney (Reiman) Weber. She was a graduate of Odessa High School and Cheney Normal School (now EWU). She was an elementary teacher in the Spokane schools for many years and later was associated with her husband, Leigh Nicholls, in the brokerage business. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters and one brother. She is survived by three sisters, De Lora Gies, of Spokane; Vera Zagelow, of Walla Walla, and Arlene Meyer, of Silverton, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Larry Snyder of Heritage Church of Odessa will officiate at the graveside rites. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 4, 2001)

Nichols, Irene,   (d. 1-22-2000; b. 3-27-1913; TS; OC; obit) “Memorial services for Irene Nichols were held Wednesday, Jan 26, at the Heritage Church Sanctuary in Odessa. Mrs. Nichols, a longtime Odessa resident, died Saturday, Jan 22, 2000. She was 86 years old. She was born March 27, 1913, in Fruita, CO, the daughter of Conrad and Margaret Ann (Eisnach) Schauerman. She moved to Odessa with her family in 1915. She attended Odessa schools. On Oct 16, 1932 she married Tony Nichols in Odessa. Mrs. Nichols was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, Rod Nichols and Mike Nichols, both of Odessa; two daughters, Elaine Lawrence of Sunnyvale, CA, and Juanita Pirie, of Seattle; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Lena Stuhmiller, of Quincy, and Martha Bartalamay, Rose Michaelsen, Helen Schimke, all of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-2000)

Nichols, Mike Jr.,   (d. 1964; b. 1908; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services are to be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the English Congregational church for Mike Nichols Jr., with the Rev John A. Birchard officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Nichols, 55, was born May 17, 1909, at Odessa, son of a pioneer family, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nichols, north area homesteaders. He farmed the homestead until 1959 when ill health forced his retirement and he has lived in town since. He died at the Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning. Survivors include two brothers, Tony J. Nichols, Odessa and George Cerny, St Petersburg, FL; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Trejbal, Spokane; Mrs. Jean Kramer, Odessa; and Mrs. Clara Kitt, Harrington; several nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-1964)

Nichols, Mike Sr.,   (d. 6-18-1958; b. 1866; TS; OC; Cong) “Mike Nichols, Sr. Age: 91 yrs. Dated: June 18, 1958. Burial: Odessa, WA.” (English Congregational Church ledger-handwritten) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the English Congregational church here for Mike Nichols, Sr., age 91, who died Monday at Spokane, where he had spent the past four years under nursing care. The Rev John A Birchard officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Grandsons served as pall bearers.  Mr. Nichols was born in Czechoslovakia, Aug 24, 1866, and came to America as a young man. He worked in Chicago and Minnesota, coming west in 1900 to homestead north of Odessa. He has been an Odessa resident 58 years.  While in Chicago he married Mrs. Barbara Cerney, who had five children. She died July 30, 1921. Of the five children, three have died, John, Ed and Julia.  Mr. Nichols retired from the ranch several years ago to a home he had built in town, and lived there until four years ago, when advancing age made it necessary to have care. Survivors include two sons, Tony J and Mike Nichols, Jr., of Odessa; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Trejbal of Spokane and Mrs. Jean Kramer, of Odessa; two step children, Mrs. Clara Kitt of Harrington and George Cerney of St Petersburg, FL; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record:  6-19-1958; Beck data card collection)

Nichols, Tony,   (d. 12-03-1981; b. 7-24-1904; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational Church on Monday, Dec 7, 1981, for Anthony James Nichols (Tony), who passed away at a Spokane hospital on Thursday, Dec 3, (1981). Pastor Bob Shofner officiated. Tony was a strong man and was lucky enough to enjoy good health his entire life. He began to suffer from shortness of breath a couple of months ago and was taken to Deaconess Hospital the week before Thanksgiving. Anthony James Nichols was born north of Odessa on July 24, 1904, the son of Michael and Barbara Sucarda Nichols. At the age of 28 he was married to Irene Schauerman. They lived in the Odessa area all of their married life.  To this union four children were born, Elaine Lawrence, CA; Rod of Odessa; Juanita Pirie, Seattle, and Michael of Odessa. Tony held various jobs during his lifetime. He was employed by the county road department as a mechanic, and was also a farmer. He spent time serving as a volunteer member of the Odessa Fire Department and was a member of the Lions club, the Town Council, and a lifelong member and active supporter of the English Congregational Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and several step brothers and sisters. Remaining to mourn his passing are his wife, Irene at the home; his children and grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Trejbal and Mrs. Martin Kramer. Sacred selections of ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Beyond The Sunset’ were sung by Delores Stehr and Linda Burghard. Joyce Roberts was organist. Casket bearers were John Trejbal, Myron Kramer, Kevin Kramer, Tom Bartalamay, Tom Heimbigner, Dean Michaelsen and Byron Fink. Concluding services and vault interment were at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-10-1981)

Norton, Al D.,  (d. 6-02-1944; b. 6-10-1875; TS; OC; Strates) “A decree has been signed settling the final account of Roy Joyner of Odessa as administrator of the estate of Alton Norton, and the $1,000 estate will go to two brothers and a sister of Mr Norton.” (Citizen: 8-10-1945) “Al D. Norton. Residence: (rural) Odessa, WA. Birth: June 10, 1875, Silex?, (sic) MO. Death: June 2, 1944, at Joyner ranch. Aged: 68 years 11 months 22 days. Male, white, widowed, farm laborer. Parents: not obtainable. Cause of death: coronary occlusion. Certifying physician: coroner Philips and Dr L. J. Bonney. Burial: Odessa. Funeral: English Congregational Church, Wed, June 7, 1944, 2 p.m. Rev M. J. Galle.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Null, Dolores,   (d. 1996; b. 1934; TS; OC)  “Dolores J (Bobbie) Null (age 62).—Passed away April 12, 1996 after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Earl Null, of Odessa; four daughters and their spouses: Pam and Tony Williams, Carol and Bill Bell, Debby and Bruce Walter, Jean and Doug Starkel, and one son and his spouse, Tom and Sue Null, of Odessa; 13 grandchildren, one sister, Linda Ingraham of Cashmere and one brother, John Gray, of Spokane, along with numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was a dedicated homemaker, mother and grandmother as well as an avid fisherwoman. She was a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, a lifetime member of Odessa Riders’ Club, VFW Auxiliary, and HOSTS volunteer at Odessa School District. Rosary will be Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., St Josephs Catholic Church, Odessa, and funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at St Josephs with Rev C. Verdoorn, Celebrant. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “She was born on Jan 29, 1934, in Black Diamond, WA, to Walter and Theresa (Kremsreiter) Brennan. She was baptized on March 25, 1934, at St Barbara’s Catholic Church in Black Diamond. The name ‘Bobbie’ as she was known to everyone, was a nickname given to her by her father. After his death in 1936, she was adopted by her step-father, Ralph Gray, in 1944. She grew up in the Auburn, WA, area as well as spending a few of her younger years in Odessa. She married Earl Null on Dec 8, 1950, in Algona, WA, and they moved to Odessa in 1951 to live and work on the Joe Kremsreiter ranch. They have resided northeast of Odessa ever since...” (Odessa Record excerpt-Apr 18, 1996)

Null, Earl E., (d.2007; b. 1928)“Earl E, Null died April 20, 2007, in Odessa at age 78. He was born on June 27, 1928, in Sloan, Iowa, to Thomas and Pearl (Wells) Null. He is survived by five children, Pam and Tony Williams, of Odessa, Carol and Bill Bell, of Lamona, Tom and Sue Null, Debby and Bruce Walter, Jean and Doug Starkel, all of Odessa; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; three brothers, Merlin Null and Aaron Null, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Virgil Null, of Centerville, SD; four sisters, Vivian McCormick, of Chadborn, NC, Bonnie Monfort, of Lena, WI, Pat Hoffman, of North Sioux City, SD, and Nell Prowse, of Bainbridge Island, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Null, in 1996, his parents and two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Ethel Martin.  He was a member of the Odessa VFW, the Odessa Riders Club (lifetime), Odessa Grange #391, past board member of the Odessa Union Warehouse and the Odessa Rural Volunteer Fire dept.  He was a long time farmer and rancher in Odessa and enjoyed going to cattle auctions and sales. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 24, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Father Roy Flock officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: April 2007)

Ochs, Martha Cordes,   (d. 1987; b. 1894; TS; OC; obit)  “Martha Cordes Ochs, a former Odessa resident born Feb 12, 1894 in Belvidere, MN to Henry and Metta Cordes, passed away June 17, (1987) at Lincoln Nursing Home, Davenport.  She moved to Washington in 1898 when her family homesteaded 10 miles south of Odessa near Lauer, and remained there until 1916 when Henry Cordes retired and moved his family into town. Thereafter, she worked at Michaelson & Koth dry goods store here, until the early 1930s when she moved to San Francisco, working there at the Christian science Benevolent Home. In February, 1942, she was married to Lou Ochs. The couple lived in Burlingame, CA until his death in 1952. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Ochs moved to Spokane, living in an apartment there until a stroke forced her into the Riverview Convalescent Center. In Feb, 1974, she moved again, to the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport, and there she remained until her death. Mrs. Ochs is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Friday, June 19 at the Odessa Cemetery, the Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1987)

Odell, James B.,  (d. 1975; b. 1889; TS; OC; h/o Mary Huck; obit) “Last rites for James Bartlett Odell, 85, were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the English Congregational Church in Odessa. Rev Douglas Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  James Odell was born in Dillon, Montana on July 11, 1889, the son of Jean B. and Mary Odell. He was a tavern owner here for a number of years. The widower has been a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center. Survivors include three sons: James J. Odell of Spokane; Howard H Odessa, of Kennewick; and Arthur G. Odell of Umatilla, OR; one daughter, Mrs. Bertie Mae Weber, Quincy; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1-16-1975) (edit: parents married in Dillon, MT in 1887, celebrated 40th anniversary: see OR: 9-09-1927)

Odell, Jean Bartlett,  (d. 3-06-40; b. Aug 21; 78 yrs; burial not confirmed) family information says buried in Montana.

Odell, Mary K. Huck,   (d. 1962; b. 1900; TS; OC; LL) “Mary Huck, Born July 27, 1879, Died: Feb 26, 1962. Service: English Congregational Church in a double service with oldest daughter, Mary Odell, March 2, 1962. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Mary Huck married Philip Huck in Argentina, SA.; She was survived by 5 sons and one daughter.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mary Odell. Age 62. Funeral date: March 2, 1962. Burial: Odessa.” (English Congregational Church ledger-original handwritten) “Mrs. J. B. (Mary) Odell died unexpectedly at the Memorial Hospital where she had gone during the past week to care for a heart condition. She had been improving, it appeared, and was planning to return home.  Mrs. Odell was born in Argentina, Nov 20, 1900, and came with her parents to Montana in 1907, as a young girl. In 1919 she was married to James B Odell, and the family came to Odessa in 1921, where Mr. Odell and his father operated a temperance hall.  Mrs. Odell distinguished herself for kindnesses to other people. She taught Sunday School classes at the English Congregational Church, was active in the Royal Neighbors lodge, and provided nursery care for children of many working mothers.
During World War II, when an air force contingent was stationed here, Mrs. Odell gave the men free use of a washing machine at her home, had groups for dinner. Expressive of her life was the fact that young and old referred to her as ‘Mom Odell’.  Survivors include her husband, James, at the home; three sons, James Jr., of Spokane; Howard, of Kennewick; and Arthur of Moses Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Bertie Mae Weber of Quincy; and Mrs. Belle Marie Cornwell of Smyrna, TN; and 12 grandchildren; 5 brothers, George and Henry Huck Kansas City, KS; David of Billings, MT; Phillip of Columbus, MT; and Jake of Springfield, OR; 2 sisters, Mrs. Catherine Lundquist, Boise, ID; and Mrs. Molly Knopf of Lincoln, NE.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1962)

"A double funeral was held on Friday morning for Mrs. Mary Odell, 61, and her mother, Mrs. Mary Huck, 82. The two had died the same day, Mrs. Odell as Odessa’ Memorial hospital, and Mrs. Huck at the Ritzville hospital. The Rev John A. Birchard officiated at the service for Mrs. Odell, and the Rev Werner J. Fritz of Christ Lutheran officiated for Mrs. Huck. Musical numbers were brought by Mrs. Ray Suko and Mrs. Don Zeiler, with Mrs. Claudine Lyons at the organ. Pallbearers for Mrs. Odell were W. M. Richardson, Sam Braun, Ben Meyers, Henry Reihs, Al Wagner and T. W .Eckhardt. For Mrs. Huck were Charles Carr, Rudolph Schimke, M. Totusek, John A. Neumann, H. H. Strate and Otto Schell. Burial was in Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Huck had made her home in Odessa since 1946, when she and her husband had moved into a home next door to her daughter and family. Mr. Huck died in August 1955. Mrs. Odell, a resident here since 1921, was born in Argentina when the Huck family was located there. She had come to the United States in 1907, to Columbus, MT, where in 1919 she married James B. Odell. She was an active church, lodge and community worker through all the years..." (Odessa Record: 3-08-1962)


Ohland, Otto J.,   (d. 1909; b. 1866; TS; OC; LL) “Ohland, Otto.  Died: 11 Apr 1910; Birth: 24 June 1866; baptized: 2 Apr 1882. Married: 16 March 1890 to Katie Baumeister; 7 children, 5 sons, 2 daughters.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  Cemetery records prepared by Harold Suchland indicate that the Ohland family purchased a family plot which would accommodate 8 burials, numbering with his system showed: A-08-08; A-08-06*; A-09-05; A-09-08; A-08-07; and A-08-05. The asterisk showing his burial. Communications with family indicate that no other known burials took place in this cemetery. This is the old section of the cemetery which underwent flood damages in the town’s early years. No research was done to determine if any of the plots were used by employees or family friends. “Lincoln County Probate file #1243 for the estate of Otto Ohland shows his date of death as April 11, 1910 occurring in Lincoln County. No will was entered in his probate file. His heirs were identified as: Katie, his spouse, age 43; and his children: Edward, 19; Martha Sophia, 18; Ernest Henry, 17; Otto Wm, 15; Alfred John, 13; Harry Henry, 11; Selma Elsie, 8; all of these heirs residing in Lincoln County. Property identified in the file was in Sections 30 & 31 of Twp 22 R 34 and in Sec 36 Twp 22 R 33. Some of the inventory shown included 6 head of horses at a value of $350; two wagons at $20; and 3 sets of harness at $24.  The bill for burial presented by H E Stone totalled $125.50 of which the casket was $65.  (Burial location was not specified, however, the tombstone of Otto J Ohland is found in the Odessa Cemetery showing the dates 1866-1909. Family records show that Otto Ohland and his wife Katie Baumeister moved from Minnesota, where they had married, to Lamona about 1902. He was one of the founding members of the Lamona Lutheran Church.)  “Otto Ohland, a rancher living northwest of town, died Monday morning of pneumonia, following an illness of but a few days’ duration. Deceased was 43 years old and has been a resident of this county for six years, coming here from Minnesota. He is survived by a wife and seven children. The funeral services were held Wednesday noon from the German Lutheran Church, Rev Rieke officiating, and a procession of sympathizing friends and neighbors followed the remains to the final resting place in the German Lutheran Cemetery (now Odessa Cemetery). Much sympathy is felt for the bereaving family in their loss of husband and father.” (Odessa Record: April 15, 1910)


Oliver, Basil A.,  h/o Martha  (bur. 4-08-49; b. 9-25-1897; TS; OC; Strates; obit;) “Basil Oliver.  Birth: 25 Sept 1897. Died: 5 Apr 1949.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Basil A. Oliver. Residence: Odessa. Place of death: at home in Odessa. Birth: Sept 25, 1897. Male, white, married, farmer. Wife: Martha. Birthplace: Echo, Oregon. Father: E. J. Oliver born MO; Mother: Lilian Asup born MO. Cause of death: heart attack. Physician: Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: United at 2 p.m. Interment: 4-08-1949; Grave 20 Row 3.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Basil A. Oliver were held from the United Congregational church on Friday afternoon, the Rev E. J. Eslinger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, the Odessa Masonic lodge in charge of the committal service. Pallbearers included W. C. Raugust, Fred S. Weishaar, Phillip Schmierer, Robert Lyons, E. A. Schmierer and S. F. Praetorius. The male quartet from the church furnished special songs. At the lodge service David Weber acted as master, H. C. Phillips as Bible bearer. Masonic members acted as pall bearers at this service. Oliver, who was born at Echo, Oregon, 51 years ago, came to the Odessa area in 1923, after service with the armed forces in France, and following his marriage to Miss Martha Walter of Odessa. he operated a ranch near Batum until retiring to a new home in Odessa in the fall of 1947. He died suddenly last Tuesday of a heart attack. In addition to his farming operations, Mr. Oliver was  active in business life and in fraternal groups. He is survived by his wife, Martha, at the home; a daughter, Mrs. Leslie (Colleen) Schrag, and son, Stanley, both of Odessa, and one grandchild.” (scrapbook obit) “Mr .Oliver was born at Echo, Oregon, Sept 25, 1897, and served with the American forces in France during World War I. In 1922, he was married to Miss Martha Walter of Odessa, at Walla Walla, and they farmed at Buhl, Idaho, until the fall of 1923, when they came to Odessa locating south of Batum. They left the farm in the fall of 1947 to live in town...” (excerpt of 4-07-49 of Odessa Record)


Oliver, Francis H.,  s/o Wm  (d. 7-05-19; b. 12-18-1859; marr; OC; DC) “Francis H. Oliver.  Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Dec 18, 1859, IN; Aged: 60 yrs 7 mos 17 days. Father: William Oliver, born NY; Mother: Elizabeth Bonell, born IN. Informant: Ora Oliver, Odessa, WA. Death: July 5, 1919, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Sub-acute nephritis of 1 mos 15 days duration; Contributory: cirrhosis of liver of 6 mos duration. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. G .B. Stone, Undertaker, of Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death)  


Oliver, Martha Walter,   (d. 1986; b. 1904; TS; OC; obit) “Martha Oliver of Odessa, born Feb 16, 1904 to Jacob and Katherine Walter, passed away at her residence here March 1, (1986). She was married in June, 1922 to Basil Adrian Oliver at Walla Walla, and the couple farmed in Idaho until late 1923, when they came to Odessa, locating south of Batum. They remained on the farm until moving to town in late 1947. Her husband Basil preceded Mrs. Oliver in death in 1949.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a charter member of Odessa Grange 931, well known in the  area for her handiwork and oil paintings.  Mrs. Oliver is survived by a son, Stanley Oliver of Odessa; by a daughter, Colleen Schrag of Vancouver; by a sister, Ada Jantz, and by six brothers: Jacob Jr., Solomon, Herbert, Leon, Weldon and Ivan Walter, all of the Odessa area; by 2 granddaughters, Lorna Fitzgerald of Madras, OR, and Rhoda Friesen of Newberg, OR; by a great grandson, 3 great granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held March 4 at the Odessa Cemetery, where interment followed. Zion Lutheran Church Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1986)


Oliver, Stanley B.,  (d. 9-13-1988; b. 9-30-1929; TS; OC; obit) “Stanley B. Oliver of Odessa, born Sept 30, 1929 on the family farm to Basil and Martha Oliver, passed away at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on Sept 13. A 1947 graduate of Odessa High School, he farmed here until 1953 when he entered the military service. After his discharge, Mr.Oliver returned to Odessa and to farming. During the mid-1940’s, he was a member of a band playing on Moses Lake radio, and following that experience, he started the Rocky Coulee Ramblers, a group which played many dances throughout the area for a number of years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign wars local post, of the American Legion post here and of Ducks Unlimited. Preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Oliver is survived by his wife, Mary, at the family farm; by his sister, Coleen Schrag, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sept 16 at Christ Lutheran Church here, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Concluding service and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Laurence Libsack, Wally Weishaar, Don Schibel, Wayne Braun, Duane Childers, Leland Frederick, Shorty Sewell, Bill Smith, Dean Witt, Gordon Melcher, Rodney Melcher and Gordon Kiesz.” (Odessa Record-undated)


Oliver, William G.,  (d. 9-26-1915; b. 6-09-1889; TS; OC; DC) “Wm Oliver. Male, single, rancher. Birth: June 9, 1889 at Seymour, IN; Age 26 yrs 3 mos 17 days. Father: F. M. Oliver, born IN; Mother: Lena Deppert, born IN.  Informant: Ora Oliver, Cashmere.  Death: 9-26-1915, at 7 a.m., Soap Lake, Grant County, WA. Cause of death: uremia with auto-intoxication. Physician: (not legible); Burial: (not shown); Undertaker: (not shown). (WA State Board of Health, Certificate of Death) "Wm G. Oliver, only son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Oliver, well known farmers residing 3 miles east of town, died at 7 o’clock last Sunday morning at the Soap Lake Sanitarium in Soap Lake, where he had gone just a week previous in hopes of benefiting his health. The immediate cause of his demise was uric acid poisoning, and he had been in an unconscious state since the previous Thursday evening. His father and sister, Miss Ora, were at his bedside when death came. The body was shipped to Odessa Sunday evening and the funeral services held Tuesday morning at 10:30 from the English Congregational church being conducted by Rev W S Pritchard. A large number of friends of the deceased were present at the services. Interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Deceased was born in Seymour, Indiana, on the 9th day of June, 1889. In 1907 he came to Washington state and Odessa with his parents, where he has since made his home and where his cheerful disposition and pleasant word made him a host of friends. At the time of death he was aged 26 years, 6 months and 15 days. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother and sister, Miss Ora, of Cashmere. Scores of friends in Odessa and the surrounding country join with the Record in extending kindest sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow." (Odessa Record: 10-01-1915)

Opitz, Anna D. Lenoch,  (d. 6-22-1932; b. 4-26-1860; w/o Joseph F; TS; OC; Strates) “Anna Opitz.  Death: June 22, 1932, 5:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane. Housewife, aged: 72 yrs, 1 mo 26 days. Birth: April 26, 1860, Bohemia. Informant: J. F. Opitz.  Father: Joseph Lenoch born Bohemia; Mother: Anna ___ not obtainable, born Bohemia. Residence: Odessa, 31 years; In US 62 years. Cause of death: chronic endocarditis. Physician: Dr Wheeler. Leaves: husband: Joseph F. Opitz of Odessa. Physical: Grey hair, blue eyes, 5 ft tall, 105 lbs. Funeral: English Congregational Church, June 24, 1932, 1:30 p.m. Rev Galle. Interment: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) On the 1900 census, Anna is found in Spokane with her parents, and she was shown as their only child.  “Mrs. Anna Opitz, age 72, died in a Spokane hospital on Wednesday after a short illness. She had resided in Odessa for the past 31 years. Her husband, Joseph F Opitz, survives her. Funeral services will be held in Odessa from the English Congregational church on Friday, June 24, at 1:30, with the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Interment will be made in the Odessa Cemetery. The Opitz family was well known here, where they had a host of friends. Two years ago they decided to retire from ranching and bought a house in town, but changing conditions caused them to decide to remain on the ranch, where  they had lived until the fatal illness. H. H. Strate will be in charge of the funeral services. Anna D. Lennoch was born in Bohemia, Apr 26, 1860, where she lived until the age of 10 years, at which time she moved with her parents to the United States, where they located in Minnesota. They moved to Spokane in 1888. She was married to Joseph Opitz in 1902 at Odessa, where the two made their home during their married life. Her parents are buried in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1932) “Funeral services were held at the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon for Mrs. J. F. Opitz, who died at a Spokane hospital during the week. The services were conducted by the Rev M. J. Galled. The Congregational ladies’ quartette, made up of Evelyn Durfey, Mrs. H. G. Nopson, Mrs. Al Wagner and Mrs. Otto Weber, accompanied by Mrs. M. J. Galle, sang. Bearers were selected from friends and neighbors of the Opitz family and included Paul Zagelow, Fred Stehr, John Schultz, William Link, James Velek and John Schmierer. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery, near the bodies of Mrs. Opitz’ parents. She is survived by her widower, J. F. Opitz.” (Odessa Record: 7-01-1932)

Opitz, Joseph F.,  h/o Anna  (d. 7-03-1933; b. 10-29-1857; TS; OC; Strates) “Joseph Opitz. Death: July 3, 1933, 3 p.m.  Farmer, 55 yrs. Informant: Fred Sthear of Odessa. Birth: Oct 29, (1857), Bohemia. Male, widowed, white, Age: 75 yrs 8 mos 4 days. Parents: not obtainable. Residence: north of Odessa for 37 yrs. In US: 70 yrs. Previous residence: Wilbur, WA. Physician: Dr L. J. Bonney. Physical: gray hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 7 inches; 165 lbs. Funeral: Thursday, July 6, 1933, 1 p.m. at residence, Rev Galle. Fee for 14 miles to ranch, two trips. Interment: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) (Marriage announcement: “Married, at the home of Ancy Bleha, four miles north of town, on Monday, Sept 15, Joseph F. Opitz, of Odessa and Anna D. Lenoch of Spokane. Judge Ziegler performed the ceremony which united the happy pair.” Odessa Record: 9-19-1902)

Oster, Jacob,  (d. 1963; b. 1880; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Jacob Oster, 82, were held at Ritzville on Thursday afternoon with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Rev R. Russell Eylander of the Assembly of God church conducted the funeral services. Pall bearers were Russell Zundel, Clarie Lofgren Jr., Robert McDougall, Ernest Oster, Kenneth Schauerman and Gene Schell. Jacob Oster was born in Odessa, Russia on Aug 19, 1880. He emigrated from Russia in 1901 to South Dakota. The following year he came to Washington and homesteaded near Ruff. He continued to farm there until 1943 when he retired and moved to Ritzville. He was married Jan 19, 1908 to Magdalena Nitschke at Ruff. Four children were born to them, two sons and two daughters. A son, John Albert, died in 1944. Survivors include Mrs. Oster at the home; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Zundel of Harrington; and Mrs. Lydia Schell of Ruff. There are also 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: March 14, 1963)

Oster, Jacob C. Jr.,   (d. 1975; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Jacob C Oster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Oster, was born near Ruff, WA on March 31, 1909, where he also grew to young manhood in a Christian home.  On Jan 31, 1936 he was united in marriage to9 Lorena Giese by the Rev J Morach. Two children were born to the couple.  The young couple farmed near Ruff for some time, then later moved to Idaho and then to Spokane. From 1960-70 they farmed his folk’s homestead place until they retired to Moses Lake due to ill health.  Jacob spent some time in the hospital, underwent surgery and passed away Wednesday evening, August 6, (1975), at 7 p.m. in one of Spokane’s hospitals.  He is survived by his wife Lorena at Arlington Drive, Moses Lake; one son Ernest Oster of Caldwell, Idaho; one daughter, Delores Kimbro of Moses Lake; two sisters: Louise Zundel of Harrington and Lydia Schell of Marlin, WA; his mother Magdalena Oster of Ritzville; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug 9, at 11 a.m. from the English Congregational Church, Odessa, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home, with the Rev Al Hausauer officiating.  Organist was Sharon Eide, and sacred selections were sung by Donna Schafer. Casket bearers were Norman Bischoff, Wesley Melcher, Henry Schell, Kenneth Melcher, Don Schmauder and Dan Schell.  Concluding services and vault interment was at Odessa Cemetery in Odessa.” (Odessa Record:  8-14-1975)

Oster, John Albert s/o Jacob  (d. 6-14-1944; b. 1915; h/o Olga; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “John Albert Oster. Died: 14 June 1944. Age: 28 yrs 10 mos 13 days; brain hemorrhage.” (Congregational Church Ledger, entry by Hausauer) “John Albert Oster. Residence: Ruff, WA. Birthplace: Ruff, WA. Age 29 yrs. Male, married, white, farmer. Husband of Olga Oster. Died: June 14, 1944, Cheney, WA. Father: Jacob Oster, Sr, born (not stated). Mother: (not shown). Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage. Physician: Coroner Abrams, Spokane Co Coroner. Burial: Odessa, WA. Funeral: Pilgrim Church, Sunday, June 18, 1944, 2 p.m. by Rev Hausauer. Pd to Jerue Funeral Home (Cheney) in behalf of Olga Oster, receipt attached.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Oster, Maggie,  (d. 1978; b. 1890; TS; OC) 

Oswald, Margaret Tage Schafer,  (d. 6-03-46; age 72 yrs; see Schafer for TS and data; burial with first husband) “The body of Mrs. Margaret Oswald, Walla Walla, former Odessa resident, is being buried here today, from the UCC, the Rev E. J. Eslinger officiating, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Margaret Oswald, 72, died Monday afternoon.  Margaret Tage was born at Friedenstall, Russia, May 7, 1874, and was married there to Conrad Schafer, coming to America soon after. After a stay in Nebraska they came to Washington and took up a homestead. Shortly after retiring Mr. Schafer passed away and in 1920 Mrs. Schafer remarried, to Phillip Oswald of Walla Walla. Survivors include five children, Sam Schafer of Odessa; Mabel Dawson, of Walla Walla, Marie Bauer of Ritzville; Lydia Klaus of Albany, OR; and Alma Schafer of Butte, MT; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, as well as 5 step children.” (Odessa Record: 6-06-1946)

Ottmar, Barbara,  (d. 1968; b. 1876; TS; OC) “Barbara Ottmar, 92.—Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by five sons, Christ Ottmar, Coulee City, WA; Jake Ottmar, Hermiston, OR; William Ottmar, Coulee Dam, WA; Ben Ottmar, Davenport, WA; Rynold Ottmar, Spokane, WA; two daughters, Mrs. Jake (Margaret) Schmauder, Davenport, WA; Mrs. Archie (Pauline) Zickler, Marlin, WA; 23 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; two brothers, Chris Hochstatter, Yakima, WA, George Hochstatter, Moses Lake, WA; one sister, Mrs. Katherine Trautman, Yakima, WA. She was a member of the United Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Funeral services Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m. from the United Congregational Church, Odessa, WA; Rev B M Schafer officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 6-05-1968) 

Ottmar, Jacob,  (d. 1954; b. 1874; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held from the United Congregational Church on Tuesday afternoon for Jacob Ottmar, Sr, formerly of the Ruff area, a resident of Odessa for 17 years.  The Rev E G Klein officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, and included Don Zickler, Kenneth and Larry Schmauder, Victor and Cleve Borth, and Maurice Ottmar. Music was brought by a duet including Mrs. Henry Hopp and Mrs. Henry Walter, accompanied by Mrs. R. N. Kissler.  Mr. Ottmar was born July 12, 1874, in South Russia. In 1897 he married Barbara Hochstetter, and five years later the family left Russia for the United States. They stopped at Eureka, SD, and after three months came to Odessa. For 35 years they engaged in farming and in 1937 retired to a home in Odessa. He had been ill since 1918, his ailment becoming more severe with passing of time.  He was confined to his home and bed for the last 6 ½ years. During this time his care was in the hands of his wife. A neighbor lady, Mrs. Ludwig Flath, visited her several times a day to assist. Mr. Ottmar died Sunday morning at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 1 day.  Survivors include his wife, Barbara, at the home; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Borth, Lind; Mrs. Margaret Schmauder, Davenport; and Mrs. Pauline Zickler, Marlin; six sons, John H. of Colfax; Chris, Coulee City; Jacob Jr., of Edwall; William of Richland; and Reinhold of Springdale; 22 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1954) 

Ottmar, Kathleen Louise,   (d. 11-27-1948; b. 1948; TS; OC; LL) “Kathleen Louise Ottmar. Born: Nov 9, 1948 at Ephrata. Died: Nov 23, 1948, at Ephrata, WA, un-baptized. Buried: Nov 27, 1948, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Lobar Pneumonia. Age 14 days. Mourned by parents, Mr. & Mrs. Geo Ottmar; 2 brothers, Robert and Howard; grandparents. Text: Isa. 55:8-9. E. R. Pflueger.”  (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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