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.


Radspiel, Wm, s/o Chas  (d. 7-29-1917; b. 5-14-1886; OC; DC) “Radspiel, William. Birth: 14 May 1886, Germany. Single, male, white, laborer, bridge worker. Father: Charles Radspiel, born Germany.  Mother: Anna Kahn, born Germany. Informant: G. B. Stone of Odessa. Died: 29 July 1917, Dist #6, Odessa, WA.  Cause: apoplexy; Contributory: Just recovering from typhoid. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card & WA State Reg. of Death) 

Ramm, Adolph L.,  (d. 12-11-1991; b. 1-31-1915; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Adolph L. Ramm.—Passed away Dec 11, 1991 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa.  He is survived by his wife, Esther H. Ramm at the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Jack Williams, Spokane, Donna and Mark Gardner, Portland, OR; two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Trudy Ramm, Odessa, Dale and Kim Ramm, Odessa; 8 grandchildren; one brother, Herman Ramm, Oregon; two sisters, Lena Ohlson and Lydia Urghardt, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a 1934 graduate of Marlin High School. He was a WW II Vet, US Army Air Corp serving as a Sergeant in the B-26 Marauders Unit. Member of the WAWG and Heritage UCC in Odessa. Funeral Services will be Friday, Dec 13, 1991 at 11 a.m. at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “...Mr. Ramm died Wednesday at Odessa Memorial Nursing Home. Born in Ruff, Wash., he was raised on the family farm in the Ruff area... He married Esther Jasman in 1949 and they farmed in Athol, Idaho, until returning in 1953 to farm on the family farm, where they still made their home.” (scrapbook obit excerpt) “Ramm, Adolph Leonard.  Died: 12-11-1991.  Birth: 1-31-1915, WA.  Spouse: Esther Hilda Jasman.  Father: Herman C Ramm. Mother: Magdelena Heizelman. Buried; Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Ramm, Albert,  (d. 4-16-1990; b. 2-20-1907; TS; OC; obit) “Albert Ramm of Odessa, born near Nine Mile in Stevens County on Feb 20, 1907 to Gottlieb and Mary Hemmerling Ramm, passed away April 14. He moved with his family to the Odessa area when the family settled a homestead at Batum, and later moved to a farm south of Odessa. Baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, Mr. Ramm received formal education both in Batum and in Odessa schools, with frequent interruptions because of work on the family farm. He worked as a farmhand for several pioneer families as well, including the Geissler, Frick, Praetorius, Weber, Gies, Schibel and Scrupps families. Later, he was employed by Odessa Trading Company, then for the Lincoln County road crew for 25 years until he retired in 1972. Following retirement, he worked with Ed Heimbigner on his farm, raising animals and fowl and a large garden each year until 1986 when an accident kept his son, Fred, from helping him. Mr. Ramm suffered a heart attack in 1987, and from that time until his death he was completely retired. He and his wife Frances were married Nov 16, 1940, and she survives at the family home. Other survivors include three sons: Ron Ramm of Spokane, Jack Ramm of Spokane, and Fred Ramm of Odessa; by a daughter, Irene Carnes of Seattle; by three brothers: Emil Ramm of Walla Walla, Harold Ramm of Wenatchee, and LeRoy Ramm of Colton, Oregon; by three sisters: Martha Hardung, of Spokane, Elsie Delzer of Spokane, and Florence Giese of Odessa; and by grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by three brothers: John, Elmer and Lavern Ramm. Funeral services for Mr. Ramm were held at Christ Lutheran Church on April 18, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Burial followed at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers included Harvey Delzer, Gary Ramm, Dick Derr, Sam Braun, Mike Braun, and Bob Martin. Honorary bearers were Al Wiest, Morris Range, Clem Groh, Jim Goetz and Bob Pierce.” (Odessa Record-4-26-1990) “Ramm, Albert.  Died: 4-14-1990. Birth: 2-20-1907, WA. Spouse: Frances Ramm. Mother: Mary Hemmerling. Father: Gottlieb Ramm.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Ramm, Esther H.,   (d. 1-28-1998; b. 11-26-1922; TS; OC; dc) “Ramm, Esther Hilda.  Died: Jan 28, 1998. Birth: Nov 26, 1922, Ruff, WA. Spouse: Widowed, name not given. Mother: Emma Breitmeir.  Father: Julius Jasman. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services for Esther H. Ramm were held on Monday, Feb 2, at the Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa. Mrs. Ramm, who was 75 years old, died on Wednesday, Jan 31, 1998, at the Odessa Convalescent Center. Her home was at Marlin. She was born in Ruff on Nov 26, 1922, the daughter of Julius and Emma (Breitmer) Jasman.  She graduated from Marlin High School in 1942. She married Adolph Ramm, and they farmed in the Ruff area. Mr. Ramm died in 1991. For many years, she was a homemaking project judge for the Grant County Fair. She was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school and Bible School. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Williams, of Spokane; and Donna Gardner, of Portland; two sons, Allan Ramm, of Marlin, and Dale Ramm of Odessa; four brothers, David Jasman, of Odessa; Edwin Jasman of Marlin; Harvey Jasman of Moses Lake; and Ken Jasman of Renton, WA; a sister, Elsie Jasman of Citrus Heights, CA, and 8 grandchildren.  The Rev Arthur Finney officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Jerry Jasman, Lee Jasman, Bob Jasman, Larry Ramm, Ken Ramm, and Bill Higgenbotham. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1998) (added; d. 4-11-2008)  “Esther (Starkel) Ramm. Age 92.—Passed away April 11, 2008 in Moses Lake, WA. She is the last surviving member of Jacob and Elisabeth (Baus) Starkel family. Esther is survived by one son, Loren, known as Larry Ramm; daughter, Judy Trexler, and son-in-law, Elden Trexler, of Moses Lake, WA; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman C Ramm, in 2002, one great grandson, five brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008, at the Odessa Four Square Church with Pastor Steve Rice, officiating.  Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (submitted; undated)

Ramm, Frances,  (d. 1-11-1999; b. 8-02-1919; TS; OC; obit) “Frances Ramm, a life-long resident of the Odessa area, died Monday, Jan 11, 1999, in Renton, WA.  Mrs. Ramm, who was 79 years old, resided in Odessa. She was born Aug 2, 1919, in Odessa, the daughter of Gottlob and Mary (Zier) Ramm. She attended Odessa schools and was graduated from Odessa High School. She married Albert Ramm on Nov 26, 1946. She was a homemaker.  She is survived by three sons, Ron Ramm and Jack Ramm, both of Spokane; and Fred Ramm of Odessa; one daughter, Irene Carnes, of Seattle; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; 5 sisters, Marjorie Erickson, Marysville, WA; Marie Braun, Deer Park; Freda Braun, Odessa; Viola Derr, Renton; and Laura Medlin, of San Bernardino, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan 15, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Scott Jurgens will officiate. Burial will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1999)

Ramm, Gottlieb Jr.,  h/o Marie  (d. 7-30-1948; b. 8-02-1871; TS; OC; LL; Strates; dc) “Ramm, Gottlieb Jr.  Died: 7-30-1948, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Unknown.  Father: Gottlieb Ramm, Sr. Spouse: Married, Marie.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Gottlieb Ramm.  Born Aug 2, 1871, Germany.  Died: July 30, 1948, at Odessa, WA. Buried: Aug 1, 1948, Odessa, WA. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis. Mourned by widow, 7 sons, 3 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother. Text: Col. 1:21-23a; Mark 13:33. E R Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran ledger) “Gottlieb Ramm, Jr. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: Aug 2, 1871, Wertenberg, Germany. Death: July 30, 1948, at home on ranch. Age 76 yrs 11 mos 28 days. Husband of Marie. Male, white, married, farmer. Father: Gottlieb Ramm, born Germany. Mother: unknown. Physician: L. J. Bonney, Odessa.  Funeral: Lutheran, 2 p.m.; Interment: Aug 1, 1948, Odessa Cemetery, Grave 5, Row 3. Fee for 2 graves, opening and closing of grave.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Gottlieb Ramm, Jr., who had passed away in his sleep early Friday morning, were held from the Christ Lutheran church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev E. R. Pflueger officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Ramm took a homestead southwest of here before the town of Odessa was established. Born in Germany, Aug 2, 1871, he came to America at the age of 14, locating in Minnesota, later moving to Spokane.  On Oct 22, 1904, at Odessa, he was married to Mary Hemmerling. They made their home at Spokane, returning here in September, 1917, living on his present farm since then. Although in failing health Mr. Ramm was able to be up and about.  He is survived by his widow, Marie, at the home; three daughters, Mrs. Martha Hardung, Spokane; and Mrs. Elsie Delzer and Mrs. Florence Giese, Odessa; seven sons, Albert, Odessa; John, Opportunity; Emil, Dryden; Harold, Cashmere; LeRoy, Irby; and LaVern, with the army in Europe; and 19 grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother survive, the latter Gottlieb A. Ramm of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-05-1948 see correction) “In a funeral item in last week’s Odessa Record, recording the passing of Gottlieb Ramm, Jr., two errors were made. Among the sons the name of Elmer Ramm, who lives on the family farm, was omitted. The name of Mr. Ramm’s surviving brother, Gottlob Ramm, was given as Gottlieb.” (Odessa Record: 8-12-1948)

Ramm, Gottlob,  (d. 6-22-1956; b. 1883; TS; OC; LL; dc) “Ramm, Gottlob A.  Died: 6-22-1956, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Johanna Steigler.  Father: Gottlieb Ramm, Sr.  Spouse: Married.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Gottlob A. Ramm. Born July 27, 1883, Beierbach, Wurtem., Germany. Died: June 22, 1956, Odessa, WA. Cause of death, stroke. Buried: June 25, 1956, Odessa, WA. Survived by widow, Mary, 7 daughters, Freda Braun, Helen Martin. Text: Ps. 4:8. S J Fritz” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Funeral services were held from the Christ Lutheran Church on Monday afternoon for Gottlob A. Ramm, 72, 45-year resident of the area. Pastor Werner J. Fritz officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Nephews acted as pall bearers, including George Homburg, Sol Zier, Ray Heimbigner, W C Ramm, LeRoy and LaVern Ramm. Music was brought by the male quartet, including Alvin Fink, E. A. Scheibner, Curtis Finck and Clarence Schmidt, with Mrs. Leo Stout at the organ.  Mr. Ramm was born in Beierbach, Wurtemberg, Germany, on July 27, 1883. He came to America in 1886, with his parents, settling in Wright Co, MN. There he grew to manhood, following the work of farming.  He came to Odessa in 1910, acquiring a farm nearby. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Zier on June 11, 1914, and their union was blessed with seven daughters. Two years ago a slight weakness of the heart developed, but he continued with his farming. A week ago, on Father’s Day, he attended church services, and after a dinner in his honor, suffered a paralytic stroke, death following the Friday following.  Survivors include the widow, Mary, at the home; the daughters, Mrs. Freda Braun and Mrs. Helen Martin, Odessa; Mrs. Laura Medlin, Rialto, CA, Mrs. Frances Ramm and Mrs. Viola Derr, Odessa; Mrs. Marie Braun, Clayton, WA; and Mrs. Marjorie Erickson, Marysville; 19 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Marie Markowski, Walla Walla; and other relatives.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-1956) 

Ramm, Herman C.,  (added) d. May 5, 2002 Obit “Herman C. Ramm passed away on May 5, in Central Washington Hospital at Wenatchee. He was born in Ruff on April 18, 1913, to Herman L. and Magdalena (Heizelman) Ramm. Ramm received his schooling in Ruff. In 1938 he married Esther Starkel, and spent the next two years working at Larson Air Force Base before moving north of Marlin where they farmed until moving to Moses Lake. After living in Moses Lake for six years, they then moved to Joseph, Oregon, where they had purchased farm ground. Retiring after 13 years they moved to Milton Freewater, Oregon, where they stayed for 12 years. In Nov 2001, they decided to move back to Moses Lake to be close to family.  Besides his wife, he is survived by son Loren and wife Kathy, of Moses Lake; daughter Judith and husband Elden Trexler, of Moses Lake; 8 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lydia Urquhart, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Ramm was a member of the Canniwai Grange for 59 years and a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed playing baseball, bowling and trap shooting. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel.” (Odessa Record: May 9, 2002)

Ramm, Herman Leonard,   (d. 3-13-1946; b. 1-27-1875; TS; OC; Strates) “Herman Leonard Ramm. Residence: 3 mi north of Ruff, WA. Death: 3-13-1946 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. Age: 71 yrs 1 mo 16 days. Born: Germany. Husband of Magdalena, age 59. Father: Christian Ramm born Germany; Mother: Magdalena Kregler born Germany. Physician: Dr Harris & Bracker of Spokane. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: English Congregational Church, Sunday at 2 p.m. Interment: 3-17-1946; Rev M. J. Galle.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Herman L Ramm, 71, died at a Spokane hospital on Wednesday, after a seven months illness. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, due to possible arrival of eastern relatives. The body is in charge of the Strate Funeral Home, and the funeral will be from the English Congregational church, possibly on Sunday, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating. Mr. Ramm was born in Germany, Jan 27, 1875, and came to the US in 1900, locating in Minnesota until 1902, when he came to this area and homesteaded near Moody. In 1924 he moved to his present ranch south of Marlin. He was married in 1905 at Ruff to Magdalena Heiselman, who survives. Other survivors include three sons, Rudolph, Wilson Creek; Herman, Marlin; and Adolph, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Lena Corrigan, Cashmere; and Mrs. Lydia Urquhart, Marlin, and 9 grandchildren. A sister and brother in Germany also survive.” (Odessa Record: 3-14-1946) “Funeral services for Herman L. Ramm, pioneer rancher, were held from the English Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev M J Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Ramm had made his own funeral arrangements, selecting his own Scripture passages, and requesting that the choir sing his favorite hymns, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us’.  His wishes were followed. Friends from the Marlin and Ruff country acted as pallbearers, including John Ruff, Julius Jasman, John Starkel, George Starkel, Fred Arlt and A I Pfeifer.  Mr. Ramm, 71, had died at a Spokane hospital on the previous Wednesday. Born in Germany, he had come to the United States in 1900, locating for a time in MN, then coming to this area to homestead, after which he moved to a ranch in the Marlin area.  He is survived by his widow, Magdalena; three sons, Rudolph, Wilson Creek; Herman, and Adolph, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Lena Corrigan, Cashmere, and Mrs. Lydia Urquhart, Marlin, and 9 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-21-1946)

Ramm, Jacob Gottlieb,  h/o Johana  (d. 9-28-17; b. 10-28-1841; TS; OC; LL; DC) “Ramm, Jacob.  Died: 28 Sept 1917, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 28 Oct 1841, Germany.  Spouse: Johana.  Mother: Unknown, born Germany. Father: Unknown, born Germany.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “____ Gottlieb Ramm born 21 Dec 1841 in Wurtemberg, Deutschland, ____ 3 May 1868; 1886 to America _________ and 2 June 1921 in Odessa died. Age 79 yr 5 mos 6 days. Burial 5 June 1921 in Odessa.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger; German script) “Gottleib Ramm, (Jacob added), male, white, married, farmer; Birth: Oct 28, 1841, Germany. Age: 75 yrs 11 mos. Father and Mother: unknown, born Germany. Informant: Gottlob Ramm of Odessa. Death: Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co. Cause: stroke of paralysis, few minutes duration. Contributory: stroke of paralysis of left side. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa. G B Stone, Undertaker, Odessa. 9-30-1917” WA State Register of death: cemetery not specified on certificate.)

Ramm, Johanna,  w/o Jacob  (d. 6-02-21; b. 12-21-1841; TS; OC; DC)  “Ramm, Johanna.  Died: 2 June 1921, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 21 Dec 1841, Germany. Spouse: Widow, no name given, could be Jacob. Mother: unknown Prosy, born Germany. Father: F Stickler, born Germany. Informant: Gottlob Ramm. Cause of death: (not shown); Physician: not shown; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA; G. B. Stone, undertaker, June 5, 1921.” (Lincoln Co Health death card & WA State Register of Death)  

Ramm, Magdalena Heizelman,   (d. 1966; b. 1886; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Mrs. Magdalena Ramm, 79, were held from Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday, with Pastor Werner J Fritz officiating. Pallbearers included Lloyd Hose, Kenneth Ramm, Loren Ramm, Albert Laib, George Urquhart and Reuben Ruff.  Magdalena Ramm was born Aug 28, 1886, in  South Russia and her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, when she was two years old. The family later moved to the Ruff area. She was married to Herman Ramm in 1905 and lived in the Ruff area until 1946 when she moved to Odessa. She died at a convalescent home at Moses Lake, May 5.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lena Corrigan, Spokane; Mrs. Lyda Urquhart, Sunnyside; three sons, Jake Ramm, Pomeroy; Herman and Adolph Ramm, Marlin; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. John Laib, Odessa; Mrs. William Hose, Harrington; Mrs. William C. Raugust, Odessa, and Mrs. Jake C. Raugust, Odessa; one brother, Jake Heizelman, Dallas, OR.” (Odessa Record: 5-12-1966)

Ramm, Mary Hemmerling,  (d. 10-10-1958; b. 8-25-1885; TS; OC; dc) “Ramm, Mary.  Died: 10-10-1958, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Louise Jeske.  Father: Gottlieb Hemmerling, Sr.  Spouse: Widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Mary nee Hemmerling Ramm. Born Bessarabia, So. Russia, Aug 25, 1885. Came to US 1902. Died Oct 10, 1958. Buried Oct 14, 1958. Service Christ Church. Interred City Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Survived by 3 daughters, 7 sons. Texts: I John 2:25 (English) Luke 10:42 (German) W. J. Fritz, Pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Mary Ramm.—Her home was at Odessa, WA. Survived by 7 sons, Albert, LeRoy and LaVern Ramm, all of Odessa, WA; John Ramm, Chewelah, WA; Emil Ramm, Dryden, WA; Elmer Ramm, Greenacres, WA; Harold Ramm, Cashmere, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Martha Hardung, Spokane; Mrs. Elsie Delzer and Mrs. Florence Giese, both of Odessa, WA; 24 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Christ, Gottlieb and Emanuel Hemmerling, all of Odessa, WA; Fred Hemmerling of Ellensburg, WA; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lena Raugust and Mrs. Lydia Frieske, both of Spokane. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA. Funeral Tuesday, Oct 14 at 2 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church at Odessa, WA. Pastor Werner G Fritz officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated; Beck data card collection; Louise Diefe of Odessa, sister to Mary Ramm, was omitted in the original

Ramm, Mary Elizabeth Zier,  (d. 7-19-1959; b. 1885; TS; OC; LL; dc) “Ramm, Mary Elizabeth.  Died: 7-19-1959, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Elizabeth Ruff. Father: George Zier.  Spouse: Widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Mary Elizabeth nee Zier Ramm. Born Russia (Volga) Sept 29, 1886. Died: Sunday, July 19, 1959, Memorial Hospital, Odessa. Service Wednesday, July 22, 1959, Christ Church, 1 p.m.  Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Survived by her 7 daughters, 3 sisters, 3 brothers.  Text: Luke 23:46. W J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Range, Dorothy E.,   (d. 3-03-2001; b. 6-20-1921; TS; OC; obit) “A graveside service of remembrance for Dorothy E. Range will be held Thursday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Range, whose home was in Davenport, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Davenport. She was born June 20, 1921, in Orland, OK, the daughter of William and Myrtle (Brown) Roberts. She attended school in Oklahoma. Dorothy was a nurse for 39 years. She had been a homemaker since her retirement. She loved spending time with her family and with her grandchildren. She is survived by one daughter, Tammy and Jim Canady, of Odessa; four grandchildren: Chris Hansen, of the US Navy, Trevor Canady and Pam Wycroft, of Napa, CA; Mike and Shawna Moore, and Terina Moore, both of Spokane; one brother, Eddie Roberts, of Oklahoma, and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-08-2001)

Range, Maurice M.,  (WW II)  (d. 4-09-1993; b. 2-08-1915; TS; OC; obit) “Maurice (Morie) Range, an Odessa resident for several years, died April 9, 1993, in Spokane. He once was employed on the Schorzman Ranch, the historic Portegee Joe place, about 15 miles north of Odessa. Maurice Range later moved into Odessa and was employed by WA State Highway Dept, where he retired from. Mr. Range is survived by one daughter and her husband, Tammy and Jim Canady, of Odessa; 3 grandchildren, Chris Hanson, of Odessa; Trevor Canady, of Napa, CA, and Michael Moore and Torina Moore, both of Spokane; one brother and two sisters, Edgar Range, Estelle Tucker and Melba Range, all of Missouri; special friends Dorothy Range and Chris and Linda Hanson and family, all of Davenport, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church and a charter member of Citizens Against Govt waste. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church. The Rev Charles Smith will officiate. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” and “Mr. Range, a World War II Army veteran, died Friday. Born in Katy, Texas, he moved to Odessa in the early to mid-1950s.” (scrapbook obits)

Rasmussen, Emmy T.,  (d. 1960; b. 1895; TS; OC; LL; dc) “Rasmussen, Emmy Theodora.  Died: 5-05-1960, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Unknown.  Father: Unknown. Spouse: Married. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Rasmussen, Emmy nee Christophersen.  Born Nykjobing, Denmark, April 28, 1895. Died Odessa, WA, Thursday, May 5, 1960, cancer. Service Saturday, May 7, 1960. Interment Odessa, WA. Survivors: Husband Fred, Daughter Mrs. Irene Weber, and 2 granddaughters. W. J. Fritz, Pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Rasmussen, Fred,  (d. 1977; b. 1893; TS; OC)

Raugust:  (edit: Two infants of Fred have death cards, without burial locations: Anthony T. Raugust: d. 4 July 1925, having lived only 10 minutes; and Joseph Lindel Raugust, stillborn, 6 May 1923. Father is shown as Fred Raugust and the mother as Matilda Zundel. Fred was shown with his birthplace as Rumania.)

Raugust, Christian,  h/o Louisa  (d. 1906; b. 1868; TS; OC) 

Raugust, Christian,  s/o Louisa  (d. 1925; b. 1906; TS; OC) 

Raugust, Christina,  w/o J Sr.  (d. 1947; b. 1861; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Christina Raugust. Birth: 3 Dec 1861. Died: 30 Aug 1947.” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Mrs. Raugust. Residence: Walla Walla, WA. Brought up here by Leonard. Open and closing of grave.” (Mortuary Ledger; undated in Aug-Sept of 1947, no data) “Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Raugust, Sr., 85, were held on Monday from the English Congregational church, the Rev E. J. Eslinger of the UCC officiating, assisted by the Rev E. E. Klein, Walla Walla. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mrs. Raugust, the former Miss Christina Yess, was born in Bessarabia, Dec 3, 1861, where she was united in marriage to Jacob Raugust, Nov 23, 1880, coming to America with her family in 1903. They farmed here until 1920, when they retired to move to a home in Odessa. Mr. Raugust died in 1945, and following his death she made her home at Walla Walla, where death came. She is survived by six sons, John Raugust, Walla Walla; Rev Jacob Raugust, Fresno, CA; Gotthilf Raugust, Spokane; Rudolph Raugust, Odessa; Alex Raugust, Medical Lake; and Chris Raugust, Pasco; 4 daughters, Mrs. Sophia Doering, Kennewick; Mrs. Jess Galbreath, Reardan; Mrs. Charles Goede and Mrs. Ed Kiesz, Odessa.  Out of town people attending the funeral service included......” (Odessa Record: 9-04-1947)

Raugust, Jacob C.,  h/o Minnie  (d. 1950; b. 1899; TS; OC; dc; Cong) “Raugust, Jacob Christian.  Died: 2-04-1950, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Louisa Janke.  Father: Christian Raugust.  Spouse: Married.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Jacob Raugust. Birth: 23 Dec 1899. Died: 4 Feb 1950” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the UCC for Jacob C. Raugust, 50, manager of the tractor shop division of the Odessa Trading Company, who died Saturday morning, of a heart attack, sustained while at work.  Mr. Raugust arrived at work at 8 a.m. that morning, in apparent good health, and performed his usual duties of placing his personnel on the day’s work, had started for his car and returned to the shop, when he was stricken.  Born in the Lauer area, Dec 23, 1899, he grew to manhood there and in the Batum area. He was married Nov 31, 1922, to Miss Minnie Heizelman, and for a short time they made their home at Harrington, returning to Batum where he became associated with the firm that later became the Odessa Trading Company. In 1928 he came to Odessa and has lived here since.  Raugust developed his mechanical knowledge with the coming of mechanized farming and was responsible for the firm’s development in its farm machinery repair division. He took an active part in community life, as an active member  of the Odessa Fire Dept from 1938 to 1946, then resigning and receiving an honorary life time membership. He was a social member of the Modern Woodmen lodge for 14 years, and held office with the group for 12 years.  Some months ago, while enroute to Lewiston, Idaho, on fire department business, he was taken ill, and following this reduced his activities, resigning from the strenuous work of the fire department, and restricting other activities.  He is survived by his wife, Minnie; one son, Robert, 12; four daughters, Mrs. Helen Bartalamay, Odessa; Marjorie and Lois, at the home; and Deloris, San Francisco; two brothers, William C. Raugust of Odessa, and R. F. Raugust, Davenport; one sister, Mrs. Martha Reiman, Caldwell, Idaho; four half-sisters and brothers, Arthur Schaal, Olympia; Mrs. Tena Lobe, Olympia; Mrs. Hilda Greenwalt, Tekoa; and Mrs. Anna Kanzler, Olympia.” (Odessa Record: 2-09-1950) “Funeral services... Pallbearers included four members of the Odessa Trading Company staff, R. E. Suchland, Leon Walter, Herb Burghard, and Ted Klaudt, with Henry J. Wacker and Mayor John Scrupps. The crowd of friends taxed the capacity of the large church. Mr Raugust was a lifetime resident of the area, born near Lauer Dec 23, 1899. He was reared in the Lauer and Batum area, and Nov 31, 1922, was married to Miss Minnie Heizelman. In 1928 he came to Odessa to be associated with the Trading company, and has lived here since, taking an active part in town organizations.  He is survived by...” (Odessa Record: 2-16-1950) “An order has been signed setting aside property of the estate of Jacob C. Raugust of Odessa, to his widow, Mrs. Minnie Raugust, in lieu of a homestead.” (Citizen: 7-14-1950)

Raugust, Jacob Sr.,  h/o Christina  (d. 5-09-1945; b. 12-06-1855; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Raugust, Jacob.  Died: 5-09-1945, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Unknown.  Father: Ludwig Raugust.  Spouse: Married, Christina.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Jacob Raugust. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of death: at home, Odessa. Husband of Christina. Birth: 12-06-1855, Russia. Death: 5-09-1945. Age: 89 yrs 5 mos 3 days. Male, married, white, retired farmer. Father: Ludwig Raugust born Russia. Mother: (not shown) born Russia. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis. Dr L. J. Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Pilgrim Cong. Church, Sunday, 2 p.m. Interment: 5-13-1945, Rev Sauer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Jacob Raugust, Sr. Died 9 May 1945; 89 yrs 6 mos 3 days; old age.” (Congregational Church Ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Jacob Raugust Sr., who died at Odessa, was a grandfather of Mrs. Walter Ottmar. Mr. and Mrs. Ottmar attended the funeral services for him last week Sunday in Odessa.” (Citizen: 5-25-1945) “Rudolph Raugust of Odessa was named executor of the will of Jacob Raugust, Friday, when the will was admitted to probate here. The $3800 estate will go to the widow, six sons, and four daughters of the deceased.” (Citizen: 5-25-1945) “Death came to Jacob Raugust, Sr, 89, on Wednesday morning, following about two years of illness. Mr. Raugust, who had remained active up until that time, was born Dec 6, 1855, in Kulm, Russia, later moving to the hamlet of Eigenheime, Russia, where he was married Nov 26, 1880 to Miss Christina Yess, and in April, 1903, started for America. He arrived at Ritzville July 28 of that year and purchased land near Batum. He farmed until 1920 and then retired to make his home in Odessa. Funeral services will be held from the Pilgrim Congregational church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, with the Rev Conrad Sauer, Denver, Colo., officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Survivors include the widow, Christina, 85, at the home; six sons, John, Walla Walla; the Rev Jacob J., Fresno, CA; Gottleib, Spangle; Rudolph, Odessa; Aleck, Medical Lake, and Chris, Pasco; 4 daughters, Mrs. Sophia Doering, Kennewick; Mrs. Jess Gilbert, Reardan; Mrs. Emma Goede, and Mrs. Bertha Kiesz, Odessa; 34 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1945) “Funeral services for Jacob Raugust... Grandsons served as pallbearers, including Calvin Raugust, Virgil Kiesz, Gordon Kiesz, Paul Doering, Norman Goede and Weldon Goede. Mr. Raugust, a native of Russia, had brought his family to America in 1903 and located near Batum, farming until he retired in 1920. He had been in ill health the past two years. Survivors...” (Odessa Record: 5-17-1945)

Raugust, John,  (added) d. Dec 1909 obit  “Unmindful of danger, John Raugust, driving a rig owned by John D. Schimke, attempted to cross the GN tracks at the Fifth street crossing about noon last Sunday and was struck by the east bound mail train. The horse had just crossed the track when the train struck. The horse was tossed bodily to one side and the badly demolished rig, with its occupants, caught up by the tender of the engine and carried for a distance of over 100 yards. In the rig, besides Raugust, were the two oldest children of D. E. Schimke, Ruth and Talbert, aged 9 and 6 respectively. Raugust was on the side nearest the engine and when the train struck was thrown heavily against the engine, sustaining a bad fracture of the skill from which he died at a Spokane hospital, where he was removed immediately after the accident, about 9 o’clock Sunday evening. Little Ruth was also seriously injured and was removed to her home near by in an unconscious condition, from which she did not recover until several hours later. It was said that she sustained a slight fracture of the skull, a very serious injury, but not necessarily fatal. Talbert escaped with a slight fracture on the temple and a bruised arm. The crossing where the accident occurred is a very dangerous place, a line of warehouses obstructing a view of the track for several blocks. To make the children more comfortable, Raugust had drawn down the side curtains of the rig, and probably did not see the train until it was upon him. The fireman saw the rig too late to avert the accident and the train struck it going full speed. He signaled to the engineer to stop, and he brought the train to a full stop about 100 yards beyond which the accident occurred. Leaving the fireman to care for the victims on the engine tender, the engineer backed the train to the depot, where they were let off. The train was held for over half an hour, while Raugust’s wounds were being dressed, and he was aboard and taken to Spokane for treatment. The Schimke children were ___ to their home about a block ___.  __ children, with their parents, and a number of other friends, had been ___ out to Sunday dinner at the ___ home of their uncle, John D Schimke, three miles north of town. Raugust, who was employed as a farm hand by Mr. Schimke, drove in with a ___ rig to take the children out, and ____ request of Talbert started across the tracks to get the little Isaak boy, whom he wished to accompany them. In crossing the tracks they were run down by the mail train.  Accompanied by her parents, and Dr and Mrs Ganson, Ruth was taken to Spokane Monday morning to receive expert medical treatment. Mr. Schimke returned last evening, and reports her getting along as well as could be expected, and now nearly out of danger. Mrs. Schimke will remain with her until she can bring her home. John Raugust, the victim of the accident, was a native of Roumania, where he was born 32 years ago. He emigrated to this country with his parents, who live on a ranch five miles northwest of town, about eight years ago. He was unmarried and has been employed by Mr. Schimke as a ranch hand for the past three years. His remains were brought back to Odessa on Monday evening’s train and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the German Congregational church. Much sympathy is expressed for his family and friends in their sad bereavement.” (Odessa Record: 12-31-1909)

Raugust, John M.,  h/o Justina  (d. 2-08-1933; b. 9-24-1857;  TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Raugust, (Ragust), John M.  Died: 8 Feb 1933, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 24 Sept 1857, Russia. Spouse: Justina, nee not stated-Keich; Mother: unknown, born Russia;  Father: Martin Raugust, born Russia.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death cards; 2 cards, different spelling for Raugust) “John Raugust, 76, died Wednesday afternoon at the family home in Odessa, after a two day illness. Funeral services will be held in the Pilgrim Congregational Church, with the Rev G. Graedel and Rev C. E. Schoenleber officiating. The date has not been set, awaiting word from relatives, but it is thought likely it will be on Sunday. Mr. Raugust was born in Rumania, at that time a part of Russia, on Sept 24, 1857, where he was later married, coming to America and buying a homestead in the Odessa region, where he farmed until 1925, then moving to Odessa to make his home. He had been in failing health for several years, but was able to be about until two days ago, when a sudden illness put him to bed, ending in his death at the end of the second day. He is survived by his widow, Justina Raugust; three sons, Fred and Karl, Odessa, and Valentine, of Jerome, Idaho; three daughters, Mrs. Gottleib Gross, Odessa; Mrs. Matilda Schlanker and Mrs. Pauline Rust, Freewater, Oregon.  Valentine Raugust had spent a month here recently visiting at the home of his parents, and is now thought to be at Freewater, Oregon, visiting with the sisters there.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1933) “Funeral services for John Raugust, 75, who died at the family home here last Wednesday, were held from the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Sunday, with Rev G. Graedel and Rev C. E. Schoenleber officiating. The church choir aided the service with musical numbers. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Pall bearers were chosen from members of the congregation and included Ludwig Flath, Fred Kramer, George Kissler, Jacob Walter Sr., John Haase and Gus Lobe. Mr. Raugust was one of the pioneers of the Odessa region, coming here from Rumania and taking a homestead in the region, where he farmed until 1925, then moving the family to a home in Odessa where he lived until his death. He is survived by his widow, Justina Raugust; 3 sons,... 3 daughters... Mr. and Mrs. Fred Raugust, Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Raugust, Mr .and Mrs.. Rust, and Mr. and Mrs. Schlanker were here for the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 2-17-1933) “Johannes Raugust. Birth: 24 Sept 1857.  Died: 8 Feb 1933; 75 yrs 4 mos. Frau Justina, 6 kinder, 13 enkel.” (Congregational Ledger by Rev G. G. Graedel) “John M. Raugust. Death: 2-08-1933, 4:30, at Odessa, WA.  male, white, married, retired farmer.  Birth: Sept 24, 1857. Father: Martin Raugust born Russia. mother: not obtainable. In US 30 yrs. Residence in Odessa: 7 yrs. Leaves: widow, Justina; 3 sons, 3 daughters, 1 sister in Canada, 1 brother in Rumania, 17 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. Physical: Dark hair, blue eyes, 5 ft 6 inches; 160 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger) “A petition for probate of the will of John M. Raugust, Odessa pioneer, and the naming of his widow, Mrs. Justina Raugust, as executrix, was filed in superior court on Wednesday. The estate consists of land valued at $6,000. The will directs that $1 each go to his three sons and three daughters and the remainder to Mrs. Raugust.” (Odessa Record: 3-17-1933)

Raugust, Justina,  (w/o John)  (d. 3-05-1944; b. 5-07-1868; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Raugust, Justina.  Died: 3-05-1944, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Christina Hlath.  Father: William Keich. Spouse: Widowed, John M. Raugust. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Justina Raugust. Buried: 3-09-1944 at Odessa. Age: 75 yrs 9 mos 28 days. Cause of death: heart attack.” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Justina Raugust. Died: 5 March 1944; 75 yrs 9 mos 28 days; heart attack” (Congregational Church Ledger, entry by Hausauer) “Justina Raugust. Residence: Odessa, WA. Wife of John M. Birth: 5-07-1868, Russia; Death: 3-05-1944, at home. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Father: William Kuch born Russia; Mother: Christina Flath born Russia. Cause of death: Coronary thrombosis. L J Bonney, physician. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Thursday, 2:15 p.m. at Pilgrim Cong. Church. Interment: 3-09-1944.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Mrs. Justina Raugust, 75, who died at her home Sunday night following a short illness, were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church last Thursday afternoon, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers included Emanuel Salo, Jacob Quast, L. C. Delzer, John Haase, Jacob Suchland, and Fred Kramer. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Tillie Schlanker, Freewater, OR; Mrs. Mary Gross, Odessa; and Mrs. Pauline Rust, Freewater; three sons, Fred and Carl of Freewater; and Valentine, Jerome, Idaho; one brother, John Cook, Odessa, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Schierer, Alberta, Canada; 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1944) “Born in Russia she had lived in the United States for 41 years, and she and her husband, the late John M Raugust, operated a farm, retiring to make their home in town about 18 years ago.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 3-09-1944)

Raugust, Louisa Janke,   (d. 1919; b. 1875; TS; OC; obit)  “Mrs. Jacob Schaal died at a Spokane hospital Friday afternoon about six o’clock following an operation for appendicitis and other complications. Mrs. Schall had been sick but a few days and bedfast only one before she was taken to Spokane Thursday night. Her age was 44 years. Mrs. Schall was born in South Russia in 1875 and there married (Mr. Raugust).  In 1900 they emigrated to America and settled southwest of Odessa in the Hoffensburg district. Both were great church workers and to them many claim belong the credit of the building of the Hoffensburg church. Mr. Raugust died in 1907 and about two years later she was again united in marriage to Jacob Schall and until her death proved a devoted wife. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and nine children, five by her first husband and four by Mr Schall. All of them were at home when she died except her oldest son, Will Raugust, who was in the naval radio service at Harvard University. The body was brought home Saturday and funeral services conducted at the Hoffensburg church, the Rev G. Graedel officiating after which the remains were not interred but temporarily placed in a grave at the church cemetery that her son, who is on the way home, might view them before they are permanently laid away.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-1919) “Mrs. Louise Schaal. Residence: RFD #1, Odessa. In US 20 yrs. ½ day at Spokane, at Sacred Heart Hospital. Female, white, married, housewife. Wife of Jacob Schall. Birth: July 6, 1875, Russia. Age: 43 yrs 6 mos 4 days. Father: A Yunkee born Russia; Mother: J. Pottzer, born Russia. Informant: Jacob Schaal. Death: Jan 10, 1919 at 7 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane. Cause: Acute Oedema of lungs following operation for septic peritonitis. Contributory: Perforated appendix. Autopsy: No. J. G. Cunningham, MD, Spokane. Burial: Odessa, WA. Undertaker: Smith & Co.” (Spokane Health Dept and Bur. of Vital Statistic: Death Certificate)

Raugust, Margaret,  (d. 1968; b. 1900; TS; OC; dc) “Raugust, Margaret Dorthea.  Died: 7-26-1968.  Birth: 5-18-1900, Oregon. Spouse: Rudolph Raugust.  Father: Daniel Reiman. Mother: Katherine Mattheis.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Margaret Dorothea. Burial: 7-29-1968 at Odessa. Age: 68 yrs 2 mos 8 days. Cause: cancer.” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Margaret D. Raugust.—Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by her husband, Rudolph Raugust, at the home; 3 sons, Melvin M. Raugust, Eugene C. Raugust and Lyle R. Raugust, all of Odessa, WA; one daughter, Gladys Schroeder, Odessa, WA; 7 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Henry Reiman and Otto Reiman, both of Caldwell, ID; August Reiman, Boise, Idaho; and Paul Reiman, Ritzville, WA; 4 sisters, Mrs. Bertha Gering, Monroe, WA, and Miss Dena Reiman, Oakland, CA; Mrs. Mary Sager, Burier, Idaho; Mrs. Katherine Raugust, Davenport, WA. Funeral services, Monday, July 29, at 11 a.m. from the United Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Rev A. Hausauer, officiating. Interment, Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-29-1968)

Raugust, Minnie,   (d. 1987; b. 1901; TS; OC; dc) “Raugust, Minnie.  Died: 11-10-1987, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: Jacob Raugust. Mother: Christina Tschritter. Father: Christian Heizelman.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Minnie Heizelman Raugust of Odessa, born in Saskatchewan, Canada Dec 22, 1901 to Christian and Christina Heizelman, passed away Nov 10, (1987), at the Odessa Convalescent Center where she had been a resident since 1976. She came with her family to the United States in the spring of 1902, when they settled in the Ruff area. On Oct 31, 1922 she was married to Jake Raugust, and to this union 5 children were born.  Mrs. Raugust was a member of the UCC. Preceded in death by her husband, Jake, and by two daughters, Delores Morford and Helen Bartalamay, Mrs. Raugust is survived by a son, Bob Raugust of Oceanside, CA; and by two daughters, Marjorie McCormack of Spokane and Lois Luiten of Odessa; by a sister, Reca Raugust of Ritzville; and by 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Nov 13, from the United Congregational Church, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Mike Bartalamay, Robert Raugust, Jr, Greg Luiten, Tom Luiten, Bill Schlimmer and Rick Haase.” (Odessa Record: 11-19-1987)

Raugust, Reca,  (d. 1989; b. 1899; TS; OC; obit) “Reca Raugust, (89).—Passed away Feb 20, 1989 in Ritzville, Wa. Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by two daughters, Wilma Partain, Kent, WA, Betty Fox, Yakima, WA; one son, William C Raugust, Jr., Moses Lake, WA; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, W. C. Raugust, 1970, and two daughters, Trudie Hull, 1962, and Margaret Ann Heinemann, 1988. Active in Church and Community and enjoyed Bowling and Gardening. Funeral Service, Friday, Feb 24, 1989 at 11 a.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Rev John Branden, officiating. Interment, Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “Reca Raugust of Ritzville and Odessa, born July 9, 1899 in Saskatchewan, Canada to Christian and Christina Heizelman, passed away last week. She moved with her family from Canada in 1903 to the Ruff area west of Odessa, where she gained her schooling, and she worked at Luhers Department Store in Odessa prior to her marriage. She was confirmed in 1913 at the Warden Congregational Church. She was married in Ruff to William C. Raugust on April 25, 1919, and they made their home in Batum where he operated the Farmers Warehouse Co.  Three children, Trudie, Wilma and Bill Jr. were born there. The family moved to Odessa in 1927 when Mr. Raugust established the Odessa Trading Co. Two daughters, Betty and Margaret, were born here.  Active through her life in her church, Mrs. Raugust was also an avid bowler and gardener.  Preceded in death by her husband and by daughters Trudie and Margaret, she is survived by a son, William C Raugust Jr. of Moses Lake; by two daughters: Wilma Partain of Kent and Betty Fox of Yakima; and by 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Feb 24 from the Heritage United Church of Christ, Odessa, Rev John Branden officiating. Vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1989) 

Raugust, Rudolph,   (d. 1992; b. 1896; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Raugust, were held Saturday at the Heritage UCC in Odessa. Mr. Raugust, who was 95 years old, died on Tuesday, July 28, 1992, in Boise, Idaho. He had been recuperating from a series of strokes he suffered while visiting there. He was born in Eingenheim, Bessarabia, Russia, Sept 30, 1896 and moved to the US with his family in the early 1900s. They homesteaded near Batum, where he was raised and attended school. Mr. Raugust served in the US Army during World War I. When he returned from the service he married Margaret Reimann, and they moved to Monroe, WA, where he was employed at a sawmill. He also worked for a time at the Carnation Co. They also lived briefly at Dryden. Returning to the Odessa area in 1929, the Raugusts farmed and later bought a farm near Lauer, which they operated until 1950, when they retired. Mr. Raugust was also a carpenter, and he built a new home in Odessa at that time. After retirement he worked as a carpenter, building and remodeling homes. He also worked for contractor Henry Hopp in the building trade. He retired from his second career when he was 78 years old, but continued to be active in woodworking, building cabinets, desks and tables. His wife, Margaret, died in 1968. Mr. Raugust was a member of the Heritage3 UCC, American Legion Post #105 and the Odessa Grange. Survivors include three sons, Melvin M. Raugust and Eugene C. Raugust, both of Odessa, and Lyle R. Raugust, of Moses Lake; a daughter, Glady B. Schroeder, of Boise; a sister, Emma Goede, of Odessa; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Glenn Gettinger officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Larry Raugust, Jerry Raugust, John Raugust, David Schroeder, Travis Raugust, Jason Raugust, Weldon Goede and Ron Reimann. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Aug 6, 1992)

Raugust, William C.,   (d. 12-17-1970; b. 1895; TS; OC; dc) “Raugust, William Christian.  Died: 12-17-1970, Odessa, WA. Mother: Louise Janke.  Father: Christian Raugust.  Spouse: Reca Heizelmann. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)
 “Odessa’s leading businessman, W. C. Raugust, died at the local hospital early Thursday morning following a two-month illness and hospitalization. He had suffered a stroke in October. Hospitalized here at first, he was later transferred to Spokane for therapy, but was returned to Odessa recently.  Last rites for the 75 year old pioneer businessman, farmer and former state senator were conducted Saturday afternoon at the United Congregational church, Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Duets were sung by Delores and Delbert Cook, accompanied by Mrs. Schafer. Mrs. Cook was organist for the service. An honor guard of eight State Troopers, headed by the Spokane District Capt and Sheriff Clarence E. Coley and three deputies were on hand Saturday afternoon for the last rites at the church and cemetery.  Pall bearers were Albert, Ray and Dennis Laib, Ben Bartalamay, Reuben Scheller and Ed Borgens. Honorary pall bearers selected for the service were Henry Scheller, Ed Salo, E. J. Wachter, Rev Albert Hausauer, Rev R. Kirschenmann, R. E. Suchland, William Wenz, Howard Phillips, William Jessett, Fred Weishaar, Rudolph Raugust, Robert Hoefel and Con Schlimmer.  William C. Raugust was born in Eigenheim, Bessarabia, Russia on March 13, 1895. His parents migrated to America in May 1899 and settled on a homestead 12 miles southwest of Odessa near Batum from 1912 to 1914. He attended Blair Business College at Spokane from 1912 to 1915, where he washed dishes and worked in a restaurant to earn his way through school.  In 1915, after harvest, he took a job with Dan Mayer at Batum as a bookkeeper and manager. Mr. Mayer had a grain warehouse and lumber yard.  In 1916 at the age of 20, Raugust organized the Farmers Grain and Lumber Company and bought the business from Mr Mayer.  After harvest of 1917 he resigned his post to go into the army.  Not passing the examination he took a post with the Fisher Flouring Mills in Seattle as bookkeeper. Early in 1918 he joined the Navy and was discharged in 1919. The major part of his service was spent at the University of Washington and Harvard University. He returned to the Batum firm in 1919.  He was married April 10, 1919 to Reca Heizelman at the Ruff Congregational Church. The couple had five children graduate from OHS. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here in 1969.  Among his other activities, Mr. Raugust organized the Farmers Supply Co of Ritzville in 1944, selling in 1962. He organized other corporations, served on the Odessa school board as a director and chairman of the board; served Odessa as councilman and mayor; president of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce; commander of the American Legion. During WW II he was county chairman of the National War Fund, USO. Collections were as much as $4000 a year from Lincoln County.  For twenty-four years he was a member of the Washington Legislature, seventeen years in the State Senate from which he retired three years ago when his legislative district was eliminated. For seventeen years he was a member of the Western Policy Committee on Highways for the 15 western states, and was considered an authority on highway legislation. Raugust road near Moses Lake was named in his honor.  For 17 years he was a chairman of the General Conference of Congregational Churches and School of Theology at Yankston, SD.  He was a member of the board of trustees of the United Theological Seminary, Twin City, MN, and on the board of trustees of the United Church of Christ of Washington and North Idaho. Locally he was chairman of the board of deacons of the United Congregational Church. The Raugusts traveled widely throughout the world, recent trips by him being to Australia and New Zealand, then Alaska after his retirement from full-time management of the Odessa Trading Co three years ago.  Survivors of the OTC president include his wife, Reca, at the home; a son, William C Raugust Jr, of Moses Lake; three daughters, Mrs. Wilma Partain of Kent; Mrs. Elizabeth Fox of Washington, DC; and Mrs. Margaret Heinemann of Ritzville; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Hull, died in 1962. Other survivors include two brothers, Rudolph of Davenport; and Arthur Schaal of Olympia; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Kanzler, Olympia; Mrs. Tena Knodel, Oregon; Mrs. Martha Reiman, Colville, Idaho; and Hilda Schruggs, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-24-1970) 

Redeck, Karl George,  (see Rodeck) d. 1-03-1935; b. 7-31-1876; h/o Pauline;)

Reed, Anna M. Mayer,   (d. 1950; b. 1900; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Marion Mayer Reed, 51, were from the Odessa Baptist church on Wednesday afternoon, the remains being sent from Walla Walla, where she died on Sunday after an extended illness. She had been a resident of Freewater, Oregon, for the past four years. A member of a pioneer Odessa family, she started teaching school at Ruff at the age of 17, and has followed the teaching profession most of her life. Born, at Portland, Oregon, Dec 17, 1899, she came to the north Odessa area with her parents and was reared here.  She was married Nov 16, 1926 at Port Orchard, WA, to George Reed. He survives, with two daughters, Garnella, teacher at Freewater, and Jocelyn Ann, student at Whitman College; three brothers, Richard Mayer of Pocatello, ID; Arthur Mayer of Odessa; and Robert Mayer, of Yakima; two sisters, Ida Frater, of Milwaukee, WI; and Lillian Davis, American Falls, ID.  She was a member of the Baptist Church, and of the Rebekah and Eastern Star lodges, both at Benton, WA.  Services here were conducted by the Rev A. Foll. Pallbearers included H C Phillips, E. J. Wachter, Henry Schiewe, Robert Brauer, C. H. Scrupps and Nath Koth.” (Odessa Record: 1-19-1950)

Reese, Brian Todd,  (d. 9-19-1969; b. 9-18-1969; TS; OC) 

Reese, Henry J.,  (d. 9-20-1943; b. 7-16-1870; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Funeral services for Henry Reese, 73, well known pioneer resident of the Lamona and Odessa area, will be held from the English Congregational church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Henry Reese, the son of Fred and Henrietta Reese, was born July 16, 1870, at Waconie, MN, where he lived until 1899, when he came to Washington. He attended the Waconie Lutheran school. On April 9, 1907, he was married to Margartha Luiten at Odessa.  During recent years Mr. Reese’s health had been failing and some time ago the family moved from Lamona to Odessa, to be closer to medical attention. His condition grew worse and he was taken to Davenport to a nursing home, then to Sacred Heart hospital, where death came at 11:30 Monday morning.  Survivors include his widow, at home; three sons, George Reese, Spokane; Elmer Reese, Odessa, and T/Sgt Ellsworth Reese, with the United States air corps; one daughter, Mrs. M. H. Patton, Dryden; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Alvina Howe and Mrs. Dietrich Brucksher, and one brother, Fred Reese, all of Glencoe, MN.” (Odessa Record: 23 Sept 1943) “Pall bearers included George Luiten, Gerhard Luiten, Jacob G Luiten, Lamona, and Fred Graupman, Spokane, all brothers-in-law, and two cousins, Alfred Luiten and John H. Luiten, Odessa...” (Odessa Record: 30 Sept 1943)

Reese, Lawrence,  (infant)  (d. 3-28-1943; b. 3-28-43; s/o Elmer; bur. Odessa; Strates; dc) “Reese, Infant Boy Lawrence.  Died: 3-28-1943, at 5 a.m., Odessa, WA. Male, white, single; birth: March 28, 1943, Odessa; survived one hour. Mother: Florence Zicha, born Kennewick, WA.  Father: Elmer Reese, born Lamona, WA. Spouse: Unmarried. Cause of death: prematurity. L. J. Bonney, MD. H. H. Strate, Funeral Director, Odessa.   Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death & Lincoln Co Health death cards) “Reese, Lowell Elmer.  Died: 1-10-1942, Lamona, WA.  Mother: Florence Zicha.  Father: Elmer Reese. Spouse: Unmarried. Buried: Unknown.”

Reese, Margaretha,  w/o Henry  (d. 9-02-1945; b. 11-30-1875; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Reese, who died Sunday at Dryden, will be held from the English Congregational church at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Margretha Luiten was born in Glencoe, MN, Nov 30, 1875, and came to the state of Washington with her parents in the year of 1897, settling at Lamona. She was married to Henry Reese at Odessa, April 9, 1907, making their home at Lamona until 1943, when they moved to Odessa, where Mr. Reese passed away Sept 20th, in the same year. During recent months she had made her home with her daughter in Dryden. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Patton, Dryden, WA; three sons, George, Dryden; Elmer, with the armed forces in the Pacific, and Ellsworth, officer student at Fort Benning, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Calliott, Oakland, CA; and Mrs. Fred Graupman, Spokane; three brothers, George, Gerhard and Jacob Luiten, all of the Lamona district.” (Odessa Record: 9-06-1945) “Funeral services...Pallbearers included Roy Wilson, Henry Moellering, Peter Luiten, Jake Miller, Jr., Paul Haug and Matt Bischoff....” (Odessa Record: 9-13-1945)

Rehn, see also Rohn

Rehn, Henry,  (d. 5-23-1940; b. 10-22-1898; burial not shown; Strates)

Reider, Daniel,  (d. 9-06-2001; b. 10-10-1910; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Daniel Reider were held on Tuesday, Sept 11, 2001, at the Heritage Church in Odessa. Mr. Reider, who was 90 years old, died Thursday, Sept 6, 2001, in Kennewick, his home He had been a farmer in Lincoln, Adams and Franklin counties for 31 years and had lived for many years in the Marlin area. He was born Oct 10, 1910, in Adams County, the son of Fred and Katherine (Weber) Reider. He graduated from Ritzville High School in 1928. He married Helen Scheller, of Odessa, on June 30, 1935, at St Mathew Church in Odessa. In addition to his farming activities, he worked for the Lincoln County ASCS office for nine years. He was a federal crop adjuster. He was a member of the Heritage Church, the Washington Assoc. of Wheat Growers and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He is survived by his wife Helen, at the home in Kennewick; two sons, Larry and Sandra Reider, of Bakersfield, CA; and Stan and Sandy Reider of Davenport; one daughter, Eileen and Gene Schermer of Aberdeen, WA; four grandchildren, Doug and Sharon Schermer, Kristin and Chris Bradshaw, Mikhail Reider-Gordon and husband Cortney and Susan Reider; 5 great grandchildren, Jane and Rachael Schermer, and Kyle Jason and Annie Bradshaw; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Reider, and one sister, Matilda Hoff. The Rev Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were directed by Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-2001)

Reihs, Esther L.,  (d. 1997; b. 1910; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Esther L, Reihs were held Wednesday, July 23, at the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Mrs. Reihs, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died on Sunday, July 20, in Odessa. She was 87 years old. She was born on May 20, 1910, in Ruff, the daughter of Henry and Katherine Melcher. She grew up in the area southwest of Odessa, where her parents farmed. She married Henry Reihs on Oct 22, 1929 in Ritzville. They lived and farmed in the Irby area for many years. Later they retired in Odessa. Mr. Reihs died in 1987. Esther was a member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Odessa Hospital Guild. She is survived by one son and his wife, Henry ‘Hank’ and Eleanor Reihs, of Odessa; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Carl Melcher, of Odessa; 3 sisters, Eleanor Schell of Ritzville, Clara Becker, of Sprague, and Alma Fischer of Reardan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and 5 sisters. Pastor Don Smith officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-July 24, 1997) “Reihs, Esther Lydia.  Died: July 20, 1997. Birth: May 20, 1910, Ruff, WA. Spouse: widowed, name not given. Mother: Katherine Commonsell; Father: Henry Melcher.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Reihs, Geraldine C.,   (d. 1970; b. 1921; TS; OC; dc) “Reihs, Geraldine Clarissa.  Died: 8-02-1970, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Mattie Schwisow.  Father; John Tolin.  Spouse: Jacob A. Reihs. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” and “Jacob Andrew Reihs. Died: 1-24-1991.  Birth: 9-02-1920, WA.  Widowed.  Cremation: Riplinger Crematory. Spokane, WA.” (individual Lincoln Co Health death cards) “Geraldine Clarissa Reihs. Burial: 8-05-1970 at Odessa. Age: 49 yrs 3 mos 11 days. Cause: suicide.” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Last rites for Geraldine Clarissa Reihs, 49, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Reihs residence one-half mile north of Odessa early Sunday morning, were conducted at the English Congregational church Wednesday at 1:00. Rev Albert Hausauer conducted the service. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The hour of death in the suicide was set at 5 a.m., according to Willard a Zellmer, county coroner. Mrs. Reihs is survived by her husband, Jacob A Reihs at the home; one brother, Vernon Tolin, of Englewood, CO; one sister, Mrs. Edward (Lorene) Miller from Aurora, Neb.; her step-father, Will Halfman of Tribune, Kan.  Mrs. Reihs was born in Colorado on April 21, 1921, the daughter of Mattie Schwisow and John Tolin. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 6 Aug 1970)

Reihs, Henry,  (d. 1987; b. 1906; TS; OC; dc)  “Henry ‘Heinie’ Reihs was born at Irby, Washington, Sept 20, 1906 to Jacob and Marie (Von Olnhausen) Reihs. He was baptized into the Christian faith June 4, 1907 and confirmed in the faith on May 28, 1951 at Salem Lutheran Church, Marlin.  On Oct 22, 1929 Heinie was married to Esther Melcher in Ritzville. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1979. Heinie farmed north of Irby for 53 years until retiring with Esther in Odessa. Henry served his Lord and his church as trustee, usher, and vice chairman. He is preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers: Al, Ernie, William, and infant Jakie. Henry is survived by his wife, Esther; one son Hank, also of Odessa and wife Eleanor; two sisters: Margaret Blunk of Almira and Maria Schorzman of Odessa; one brother, Jacob Reihs of Odessa; one sister-in-law: Helen Reihs of Tacoma; 5 grandchildren: Sandi Roberts of Santa Monica, CA; Rick Reihs of Seattle, Jay Reihs (wife Karen) of Ephrata, Dean Reihs of Woodinville, and Sharon Reihs of Seattle; 4 great-grandchildren: Shelly Roberts of Canby, Oregon; Melissa, Nicholas and Megan Reihs of Ephrata; and numerous nieces and nephews. Heinie enjoyed his grandchildren very much when they would come to visit. Henry was called out of this life to his eternal home on Monday, March 9, 1987. Interment will follow this service at the Odessa Cemetery. You are all invited to the church for a luncheon following the services.” (Funeral Program) “Reihs, Henry.  Died: 3-09-1987, Odessa, WA. Mother: Marie VanOlnhausen; Father: Jacob Reihs.  Spouse: Esther Lydia Melcher.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Henry ‘Heinie’ Reihs of Odessa, born Sept 20, 1906 at Irby to Jacob and Marie Reihs, passed away at his home here March 9, (1987).  A farmer for more than 50 years north of Irby, he was married in 1929 E Melcher in Ritzville. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1979. They moved into Odessa following his retirement from farming. A member of Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Odessa, he was baptized in 1907 and confirmed in the faith May 28, 1951 at Salem Lutheran church, Marlin. He served the church as trustee, usher and vice-chairman.  Mr. Reihs is survived by his wife, Esther, at the family home; by a son, Hank, and his wife, Eleanor, of Odessa; by a brother, Jacob Reihs of Odessa; by two sisters, Marie Schorzman of Odessa and Margaret Blunk of Almira; by a sister-in-law, Helen Reihs of Tacoma; by 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by four brothers. Funeral service was held March 13 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, with Pastor David Blair officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-1987) “Guests of Hank and Eleanor Reihs, here to attend the funeral services of Henry Reihs, were Sandi Roberts of Santa Monica, CA; Rich Reihs and Sharon Reihs, both of Seattle; Jay and Karen Reihs with Melissa, Nicholas and Megan, of Ephrata; Dean Reihs of Woodinville; Theo and Nancy Starr of Burbank, WA; and Larry and Susan Miller of Electric City.  Shelly Roberts of Canby, Oregon, is visiting the Reihs family during her spring vacation. Jay Reihs with Nicholas, from Ephrata, were also in Odessa to attend the Allen Buchmann memorial service.” (Odessa Record: 2-26-1987)

Reihs, Jacob Andrew Jr.,  (not here; d. 1-24-1991; cremated)

Reihs, Jacob Sr.,   (d. 5-27-1948; 4-09-1872; TS OC; Strates, not in LL; obit) “Funeral services for Jacob Reihs, 76, pioneer Irby resident, who died at the Eastern Washington hospital after a long illness, were held from the Odessa Christ Lutheran church on Sunday, the Rev A Grabow of Marlin officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers included J C Schorzman, Jacob Ott, Louis M. Wraspir, Stanley Wraspir, M. Totusek and F. B. Totusek. Honorary bearers were pioneer neighbors, including Phil Pfeifer, Sr. and Jacob Kallenberger, Marlin, and Louis Wraspir, Sr., and Frank Wraspir, Sr., of Odessa.  Mr. Reihs was born in Germany, married there and came to the United States in 1900, making his home at Irby. He is survived by  his widow, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Blunk, Wilbur, and Mrs. Marie Schorzman, Marlin; four sons, Albert, Tacoma; Henry, Irby; Ernest, Tacoma; and Jacob Jr, at home; three grandchildren, and two sisters, one in Germany, and the other, Mrs. Andrew Ott of Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Reihs, Mary J.,   (d. 1965; b. 1885; TS; OC; dc) “Reihs, Marie Johanna. Died: 6-04-1965, Almira, WA.  Mother: Unknown; Father: Unknown.  Spouse: widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Johanna Reihs were held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Monday, June 7, with Pastor A. H. Grabow officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Walter Ott, Howard Post of Tacoma, Maroslov Totusek, Frank E. Wraspir, Louis Wraspir and Stanley Wraspir. Marie Von Olnhausen was born in Nordheim, Germany in 1885, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At the age of 16 she came to the United States and lived with her uncle in Ritzville. She was united in marriage to Jacob Reihs in 1904. They established their new home on a homestead farm north of Irby. They moved to Irby in 1919 where the home was maintained until the death of Mr Reihs in 1948. Since that time she has lived with a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mr.s Frank Blunk in Almira. She passed away in the Odessa Memorial hospital on June 4, 1965. She would have reached her 80th birthday on August 14.  Survivors include four sons, Albert and Ernest of Tacoma; Henry of Irby and Jacob of Odessa; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Blunk, Almira, and Mrs. Marie Schorzman, Odessa; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Anna Wagner in Germany.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1965) 

Reihs, Wm Fredrick,  s/o Jacob  (d. 7-18-1937; b. 12-01-1912; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “William Frederick Rice.  Born Dec 1st, 1912 at Irby, WA. Baptized in his infancy, but not confirmed. He drowned in Blue Lake, WA, Sunday, 18th of July 1937 at 3:30 p.m.  Was buried in Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, Tuesday, 2 p.m., July 20, 1937. Odessa Cemetery. Age 24 yrs 7 mos 17 days.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger: written in English) "William Reihs, 23, Irby, was drowned in Blue Lake on Sunday afternoon while swimming to shore after a 

raft in the lake broke loose from its mooring. He had been employed at Grant Orchards and was with a group of young people from there. His body was in the water for 20 minutes and three hours’ work by an inhalator squad failed to revive him. Mr. Reihs was a graduate of the Odessa high school, where he was prominent in athletics. While here he made his home at the Odessa Hotel, working while attending high school. After graduation he had taken the job at Grant Orchards, where he had worked during busy periods since.  Funeral services were held in Odessa on Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev G. F Busch officiating, from the Lutheran church, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Pall bearers included former classmates and friends, including Leonard Roloff, Milton Koth, Odessa; LeRoy and Ralph King, Soap Lake; William Wraspir and George Ott, Irby.  The choir sang ‘Blessed Assurance’ with a solo by Miss Holdine Busch. The Rev Mr. Busch spoke in German and English, with his theme, ‘Set Thine House in Order; for Thou Shalt Die and Not Live.’  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Reihs; four brothers, Albert, Tacoma; Ernest, Headquarters, Idaho; Henry and Jacob Jr., of Irby; two sisters, Margaret and Marie, at home.  According to witnesses at the drowning the group had been swimming and the diving raft had started drifting away. A motorboat was secured and the raft drawn back to position, only to have it start drifting.  The swimmers, rather than have to swim too far, or walk back around the lake, decided to swim to shore.  Reihs, started out, soon met with difficulty and sank, coming up for the first time close to a boat that had followed them. Inexperienced swimmers in the boat tried to catch him but failed, dropping an oar for him to hold.  It is believed that his second time brought him under the boat, where contact may have injured him. Brought to shore after a time, he was placed under the charge of a competent lifesaver but without success. Meanwhile a call had been sent in for an inhalator, which arrived in about 30 minutes. Its use was futile.  The funeral attracted a large group of friends, who had known and admired the youth as a student working his way through high school.” (Odessa Record:  7-22-1937)

Reimann, infant,  s/o Albert  (d. 5-27-1916; b. 5-27-16; ?? Odessa; DC) “Reimann, unnamed Male.  Died: 27 May 1916, Dist #6, Odessa, WA. Birth: 27 May 1916, stillborn. Mother: Amelia Menler, born Germany.  Father: Albert F Reimann, born Germany. Informant: (not shown) Physician: H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, ?, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card, ? is in original; Death cert. shows only Odessa for the burial)  

Reimann, infant, s/o John  (d. 5-04-1903; b. 7 mos; OC; obit) “The 1 yr and 7 month son of Mr. & Mrs. John Reimann was drowned last Monday. Remains were interred in the Heimbigner Cemetery.” (May 8, 1903-Odessa Record)

Reiner, Ann A. Kissler,  (added) d. 1-23-1982, obit “Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb (sic) 25, 1982, from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa for Ann A. Kissler Reiner, who passed away Jan 23, 1982 at Spokane, WA. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated at the service.  Ann A. Kissler Reiner, the child of Jacob and Anna Margaret Kissler was born Oct 2, 1921 at Irby, WA. She received her formal education in rural schools near Schrag and Hartline. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church.  On Aug 29, 1941 she was married to Edward Reiner at Coeur d’Alene, ID. Four children were born to this union. Ann moved with her husband to Spokane in 1944. Ann was preceded in death by her husband in Jan 1976; by her parents; one brother, Rueben Kissler; by three sisters, Kay Iltz, Lydia Tschritter and Elsie Pavliska. Survivors include three sons, Larry, Mike and Mark, all of Spokane; by one daughter, Jean Dickinson of Spokane; by one brother, Karl Kissler of Spokane; by two sisters, Mary Tompkins of Ritzville and Ruth Jeske of Odessa; by 9 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.  Special music for the service was provided by Sharon Eide at the organ. Soloist, Donna Schafer sang ‘Just As I Am’ and Rock Of Ages’.  Casketbearers were Elmer Iltz, Marvin Iltz, Harvey Tschritter, Dennis Kissler, Galen Pavliska and Ron Frederick.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-28-1982)

Reinhardt, David,  (added) d. abt Sept 13, 1918 St Matthews,  “David Reinhardt. Aged: 19 yrs 3 mos. Dated: Sept 13, 1918. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger)

Reitner, Caroline,  w/o Joseph  (d. 1-14-1937; b. 10-16-1852; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Reitner, Carolina.  Died: 1-14-1937, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Unknown. Father: ___Stadler. Spouse: Divorced.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Reitner, 84, who died at her home in Odessa on Thursday night, were held from the St Joseph Catholic Church on Monday morning, with Father La Verdierre officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Born in east Prussia, she grew to womanhood and was married there to Joseph Reitner. They came to the United States and settled on a farm south of Odessa, later retiring and moving to town.  During recent years she has been an invalid and was cared for by a son, Steve.  During her early life in Russia she acted as a peddler, selling home made goods from a 75 pound pack and walking from home to home.  She did her purchasing at a railroad center 30 miles from her home and walked this distance. On many occasions she was faced with blizzards and zero weather, at one time being rescued from four feet of snow by a traveler.  This pioneering spirit continued and she was a consistent worker until about six years ago, when she was forced to give up and go to bed.  She is survived by her widower; two daughters, Mrs. L. Kremsreiter, Auburn, and Mrs. Conrad Stumpf, Wenatchee; and four sons, Steve, at home; John and Max, Monitor, and Joe, Puyallup.  Pall bearers included J. C. Michaelsen, L. C. Weik, H. C. Phillips, Jim Vostral, Julius Dettrich and Frank, pioneer friends of the family.” (Odessa Record:  1-21-1937)  

Renken, Ronald L.,   (added) d. 2-11-2009.  “Ronald L, Renken died Feb 11, 2009, at the age of 79 in Odessa. He was born April 13, 1929, in Chapman, NE, to his father Gerhard and mother Wilhelmina Margarethe Renken. Ron joined the Air Force July 12, 1948, and served his country until July 11, 1952, when he worked as a fireman stationed in Moses Lake. During his time stationed in Moses Lake he met the love of his life, Lois Ilene Owen. They were joined in marriage on March 30, 1952 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. He continued his service as a volunteer fireman for the city of Ephrata, which gave him many years of enjoyment.  After the military he worked 14 years for NAPA Auto Parts in Ephrata. He spent many hours as a motor route parts salesman, meeting many people who remained friends for years. Ron took his ability to talk to people and moved his employment to Robinson Motors in Ephrata. AS a car salesman he earned Chrysler’s Northwest Sales Representative of the Year award. In March 1980, Ron became the first paid firefighter for the city of Ephrata, holding the position of fire marshal until his retirement in 1986. Ron and Lois moved to Odessa in 1998.  Ron was a charter member of the Grant, Adams and Lincoln County Peace Officers Association, charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and a 52-year member of the American Legion. Ron is survived by his wife Lois at home; children Diane (Ron) Nelson of Sagle, Idaho; Linda (Gary) Boyd of Ephrata; Ron (Camille) Renken of Ephrata and Christine (Bill) Crossley of Odessa; a brother Elton (Ellen) Renken of Ephrata and a sister Bernice (Dan) Porter of Yelm; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother and two sisters preceded Ron in death.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Inurnment services with military honors will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is handling arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-2009)

Rhuby, James,   (d. 1-02-1927; b. 9-28-1847; TS; OC; obit; DC) “Rhuby, James. Birth: 28 Sept 1847, Bohemia. Age: 79 yrs 3 mos 4 days. Retired farmer. Spouse: Widow, Marie Fritz, born Bohemia. Mother: unknown Rhuby, born Bohemia; Father: unknown-born Bohemia. Informant: Mrs A A Kunkel. Died: 2 Jan 1927, Odessa, WA. Cause of death: cacheria. Contributory: cancer of urinary bladder. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA, 1-05-1927. Hazen & Jaegers of Spokane, undertaker.” (WA State Reg. of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card, card showing cemetery, not on certificate)  “James Rhuby, age 79, a pioneer of the Odessa country, died of cancer about ten o’clock Sunday night, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Kunkel. Mr. Rhuby has been ailing for a long time but his will power was strong and he was only confined to his bed two weeks. He was a native of Bohemia, where in his young manhood he married Miss Marie Fritz. Fifty-five years ago with his wife and one child James, he emigrated to the United States, settling first in Iowa and later moving to Minnesota. Twenty-one years ago he moved his family to Washington settling north of Odessa on a homestead where he resided until 1919 when he retired and moved to Odessa where three years ago his wife died. Since that time he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Kunkel. He is survived by three sons and two daughters, James Rhuby, Raymond, MN; Joe Rhuby, Seattle; Mrs. Arthur Kunkel, Odessa; Mrs. John J. Lunz, Aberdeen, Idaho; and Frank Rhuby, Moscow, Idaho. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the St Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev Father Dosch, officiating, after which interment took place at the Catholic Cemetery (sic).” (Odessa Record: Jan 7, 1927)

Rhuby, Maria,  (Fritz)w/o Jam.  (d. 8-04-1923; b. 11-01-1853; TS; OC-Cath; DC) “Rhuby, Maria.  Died: 4 Aug 1923, Odessa, WA. Birth: 1 Nov 1853, Bohemia. Spouse: James Rhuby. Mother: Unknown.  Father: John Fritz, born Bohemia. Burial: Catholic Cemetery-probably Odessa, WA. N.B. According to cemetery, Maria and James are now interred in the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)   “Maria Rhuby. Female, white, married, housewife. Birth: Nov 1, 1853, Bohemia. Age 70 yrs 7 mos 4 days. Father: John Fritz born Bohemia. Mother (not shown). Informant: Arthur Kunkel, Odessa, WA.  Death: Aug 4, 1923, 4 p.m.; Cause: diabetes coma, one day duration. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Catholic Cemetery, Aug 7, 1925, J. T. Turner, of Harrington, Undertaker.” (WA State Register of Death)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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