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.


Richardson, Albert W.,   (d. 1997; b. 1914; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial service for the Rev Albert Winfield Richardson was held on Saturday, Jan 11, at Odessa Baptist Church, with the Rev Charles Smith officiating. Pastor Richardson, who was 82 years old, died at Odessa Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Jan 9, 1997. His wife, Alice E. Richardson, preceded him in death on Nov 26, 1996. He was born in Cedar Valley, WA, on Nov 16, 1914, the son of George B. and Stella Gillespie Richardson. He grew up and went to school in the Edmunds, WA area. He also attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle. He began his pastoral work in the late 1940s and was serving as the minister of Warm Beach Community Church when he married Alice Brecht on March 25, 1949. In subsequent years, he served Methodist churches in Medical Lake, Rochester and Randel, WA; Evangelical United Brethren churches in Latah and Moses Lake, and the North American Baptist Church in Odessa. He was pastor of Odessa Baptist Church from 1967 to 1982. The Richardsons continued to live in Odessa following Pastor Richardson’s retirement. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Rich Scott, and granddaughter Kristin, of Pullman, and grandson, Ken, of Ithaca, NY; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Ann Richardson and their children Jacob and Addison, of Puyallup, WA, and Danny and Toni Richardson and sons Briton and Rhys, of Seattle; one brother, John B Richardson, of Sacramento, CA; two sisters, Dorothy Goddard, of Baring, WA, and Helen Slaught, of Marysville, WA, and several nieces and nephews, including George Turnbaugh, of Westmont, NJ, who lived with the Richardson’s in Odessa from 1968 to 1971. Interment at Odessa Cemetery followed the memorial service.” (Odessa Record-Jan 16-1997)

Richardson, Alice E.,   (d. 1996; b. 1921; TS; OC; obit) “A memorial service for Alice E Richardson, for many years an Odessa resident, were held on Saturday, Nov 30, at the Odessa Baptist Church, with the Rev Charles Smith officiating.  She died on Monday, Nov 25, 1996 at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Interment was on Friday, Nov 29, at Odessa Cemetery. Alice Elizabeth Brecht was born to Alfred P and Sophia Cheadel Brecht on Jan 9, 1921 in Aberdeen, WA. She grew up in Aberdeen and was graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1939. She attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle for three years. She married Albert Richardson on March 25, 1949, at the Warm Beach Community Church. In subsequent years, the Richardsons served in a number of churches in both eastern and western Washington. From 1967 to 1982, they served at the Odessa Baptist Church. They continued to live in Odessa after Pastor Richardson’s retirement. Mrs. Richardson taught Sunday School, played the piano and was secretary of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship for many years. She was a member of the Odessa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Albert, at Odessa Memorial Hospital; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Rich Scott, and granddaughter Kristin, of Pullman, and grandson, Kenn of Thiaca, NY; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Ann Richardson and their children, Jacob and Addison, of Puyallup, WA, and Danny and Toni Richardson and sons Briton and Rhys, of Seattle; a sister, Phyllis Leithold, of Salem, OR; two brothers, Alfred Brecht, of Aberdeen, and Jack Brecht, of Littleton, CO, and several nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record-undated)

Richmond, James Brian,   (d. 12-09-1965; b. 12-01-1965; TS; OC) “James Brian Richmond. Burial: 12-11-1965. Age: 9 days. Burial: Odessa; Cause of death: premature.” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Graveside services were held for James Brian Richmond, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Richmond of Ellensburg, on Saturday, Dec 11, with the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strates Funeral Home.  Brian was born on Dec 1, 1965 and died Dec 9. He is survived by his parents, one brother, Jefferey William and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gross, Odessa, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richmond of Kennewick. Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richmond, Kennewick and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bischoff and Susan Bethe of Lind.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-1965)

Richter, Eva,   (d. 7-21-1985; TS; OC; dc) “Richter, Eva F.  Died: July 21, 1985, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Barbara Adolph.  Father: Henry Richter. Spouse: Never Married.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Eva Richter of Odessa, born March 22, 1893 in Newburg, Oregon to Henry and Elizabeth Richter, passed away here July 21 (1985). She had been an active member of the United Congregational Church here since her arrival in 1955, following a number of years’ work in apple harvests at Dryden. Preceded in death by her parents, by two sisters, Johanna Salo and Verona Rosenoff and by three brothers: August, Edward and Gotleib Richter, Miss Richter is survived by a sister, Martha Casey of Portland, Oregon; by two step-sisters, Rosalie Boge of Cornelius, Oregon and Anna Banko of Cashmere; by three brothers, Fred and Emil Miller of Dryden and George Miller of Wenatchee; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral service was held July 25 at the United Congregational Church, the Rev R. E Middleton officiating. Concluding service and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers included Vernon Richter, Rick Haase, Del Kirstein, Gale Salo, Rick Kline and Lyle Peterson.” (Odessa Record: Aug 1, 1985)

Rieke, Bernhard Johannes Friedrich,  (added) d. 20 June 1910  “Rieke, Bernhard Johannes Friedrich.  Died: 20 June 1910.  Birth: 19 March 1910; Son of Rev H. Rieke and Anna Maria Dorothea Elizabeth Maneke.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Bernhard Rieke, the youngest child of Rev Mr. and Mrs. Rieke, passed away Monday, June the 20th, after an illness of nine weeks. The infant boy was three months old and had been affected with hydrocephalus. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock from the German Lutheran church, the Rev H. Wittrock of Ritzville and the Rev Geo C. Fendler of Irby speaking the words of comfort to the stricken parents and relatives. The many friends attending the services attested to the general feeling of commiseration toward those who sorrow.” (Odessa Record-June 24, 1910) “Rieke, Bernard M.; March 19, 1910; Odessa, Lincoln County; male. Father: Henry Rieke, residing Odessa, white, 55, b. Germany, Lutheran Minister. Mother: Anna Maneke, residing Odessa, white, 45, b. Germany, housewife. 9th child born, 8 now living. Signed: Lee Ganson, MD, registrar.” (WA State Register of Births: Odessa, Lincoln County) Harold Suchland shows one Rieke burial in his research, and mapped that burial in A-13-40, per his numbering system.

Rinear, Martha Frieskek,  (d. 1964; b. 1898; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Martha Rinear, 66, who died Oct 9th in Spokane, were held in Odessa at the UCC Oct 12th, (1964). Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Born in 1898 to Wilhelm Frieske and Louise Richter, she moved to Odessa with her folks in 1903. In recent years she has been a resident of Spokane. Mrs. Rinear is survived by two brothers, John and Reinhold of Spokane, and several nieces and nephews. Rev B. M. Schafer conducted the funeral service. Mrs. Schafer sang while Mrs. Ruth Suchland was organist.” (Odessa Record: Nov 5, 1964)

Rodeck, Karl G.,   (d. 1-03-1935; b. 7-31-1876; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Rodeck, Karl George.  Died: 1-03-1935, Odessa, WA. Mother: Unknown. Father: Conrad Rodeck. Spouse: Pauline C. Rodeck. Buried: Odessa, WA, Odessa Cemetery.” and “Rodeck, Karl George. Died: 3 Jan 1935, Odessa, WA. Birth: 31 July 1876, Germany. Spouse: Pauline, nee not stated. Mother: unknown, born Germany. Father: Conrad Rodeck, born Germany. Burial: Removal, place not stated.”  (2 Lincoln Co Health death cards, same name and dates) “Carl Georg Rodeck born 31 July 1876 in Thuringen, Deutschland. 1901 began voyage to America ____ ______.  ____ 1909 Odessa.  1916 married Pauline Paulsen ___ ____ ____. Died 3 Jan, 1935 Left to mourn: wife Pauline, 5 sons: Conrad, Paul, Friedrich, Jacob, Georg; 4 daughters: Auguste, Diana, Janelina and Georgina. .......... Age 58 yrs 5 mos 2 days. H P Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger; German script) “Karl George Rodeck. Died: 1-03-1935 at 1 p.m., 8 miles west of Odessa. Farmer. Informant: Pauline Catherine Rodeck. Birth: July 31, 1876, Germany; male, white, married. Age: 58 yrs 5 mos 2 days; Wife: Pauline. Father: Conrad Redeck born Germany. Mother: not obtainable. Residence: near Odessa, 26 yrs. To US at age 28 yrs. Previous residence to Odessa: Spokane. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Person in charge: H. H. Strate of Odessa. Leaves wife and other relatives: 5 sons: Conrad at Portland, Fred, Paul, Jacob, and George at Odessa; 4 daughters: Augusta, Anna, Jenneli, Georgina; one sister in Germany and one grandchild.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Karl Rodeck, 57, rancher near Odessa, was killed on Thursday noon at his ranch home by a Holstein bull, gored to death in a corral at the place. Particulars were vague at press time. Rodeck, well known in Odessa, came to this region several years ago and settled between here and Irby, at a site where a natural spring flowed. With this as a starting point he developed an irrigation system, all by hand labor, and at the present time has a beautiful home.  Rodeck, born in Germany, had an interesting career, starting as a cavalry man in Germany, then as a trick rider, working also at the baking trade. At the ranch here he has proved one of the community’s best members. Survivors include his wife and several children, believed to number ten. He was a member of the Lutheran church and it is believed that the funeral will be held from there. Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time. Dr L. J. Bonney and Undertaker H. H. Strate were called. The bull, which was getting old, was known to be dangerous, but had not exhibited viciousness. How Mr. Rodeck came to be caught was not known.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-1935) “Karl Rodeck, 58, owne4r of a farm west of here, where he specialized in growing vegetables and chickens, was buried from the Odessa Lutheran church on Sunday, the Rev H P Christensen officiating, following his death on Thursday, when he was gored to death at his ranch home by a bull.  No one saw the accident, but Mr. Rodeck was found by his son, with his body badly mangled and most of his clothing torn from his body. His body was taken to Spokane for preparation and returned here for the funeral.  Born in Germany, Mr. Rodeck started his career as a cavalry man in the German army and later became a trick rider in an American circus. He came to the Odessa region about 20 years ago and located on the present ranch, where he developed one of the beauty spots of the region.  Survivors include his widow, five sons, Fred, Paul, Jacob and George of Odessa, and Conrad of Portland; four daughters, Augusta, Anna Janaline and Georgina, all of Odessa. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Odessa, the church being able to hold only about one-fourth of the people. Pallbearers were chosen from fellow church men and included Julius Kuest, Jacob Zeiler, George Schafer, George Schillinger, Fred Schillinger and Henry Gies. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Rodeck, during his time here, had built for himself the respect of every resident in the community, through his fairness and diligence. Through the hardest manual labor he had developed a home site near Odessa, building his own irrigation system and using it to create a large vegetable garden. At the time of his death he was planning an enlargement of the project, which would have reclaimed many additional acres. He was a familiar figure in Odessa and the shock of his death caused the entire community a great loss.” (Odessa Record: 1-11-1935)

Rodeck, Louise Margareth Danz,   (d. 12-08-1914; b. 3-15-1876; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Rodeck, Margareth Louise.  Died: 8 Dec 1914; Birth: 15 Mar 1876; ____ of Karl Rodeck.”   (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Rodeck, Louise Margareta.  Died: 8 Dec 1914, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 15 March 1976, Germany. Spouse: no name given.  Mother: unknown, born Germany.  Father: Fritz Danz, born Germany. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card & WA State Reg. of death “Karl Rodeck, informant” and “cause of death: nephritis” with “Ganson, MD; HE Stone, Undertaker” ) “Mrs. Karl Roedeck, wife of Karl Rodeck who is manager of the Irby Farmers’ Warehouse company and a prominent farmer residing between here and Irby, died at her home on Tuesday night at 9 o’clock, following an illness of several months with Bright’s disease and dropsy. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Rodeck home, Rev John Eichhorn, pastor of the local German Lutheran church, conducting the last rites. The remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Lutheran Cemetery. Besides the husband, the deceased is survived by two small sons, the youngest being 2 years old. The sympathy of this entire community is extended to the bereaved family.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-1914)

Rodeck, Paul W.,   (d. 1-26-1974; b. 3-11-1917; TS; OC; dc) “Rodeck, Paul William.  Died: 1-26-1974, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Pauline Paulsen. Father: Karl Rodeck.  Spouse: Unmarried. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rodeck at their home at Irby Sunday.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1917) “Paul Rodeck, the child of Karl Rodeck and Pauline Paulsen, was born on March 11, 1917. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith as taught by the Lutheran Church. He was a life-long member of Christ Lutheran Church. He received his formal education in the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School.  He worked in the Odessa area, but for the last number of years he worked for Washington Fruit Growers of Wenatchee. During the off-season he lived in Odessa. Illness prevented him from returning this year, and it eventually became necessary for him to take up residence in the Memorial Convalescent Home in Odessa. He was transferred to the hospital wing on Jan 23 and died suddenly Jan 26, (1974). He was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by four brothers: Conrad of Lewiston, ID; Fred of Brea, CA; Jack of Bellevue, WA; and George of Boston, Mass.; 4 sisters: Mrs. Augusta Hopper, Pasadena, CA; Mrs. Deana Blaskowsky, Spokane; Mrs. Janet Heimbigner, Odessa; and Mrs. Georgena Nicholls, Davenport; numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Jan 31, 1974 at 11 a.m. in the Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa with Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. A men’s quartet accompanied by Mrs. Leo Stout on the organ, sang ‘My Faith Looks Up To Thee’ and ‘Safe on the Arms of Jesus’. Pall bearers were Paul Schafer, Keith Schafer, Walter Ott, Jake Reihs, Shawn Nicholls, and Owen Heimbigner. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1974)

Rodeck, Pauline C.,  (d. 10-28-1971; b. 7-24-1891; TS; OC; dc) “Rodeck, Pauline Catharina.  Died: 10-28-1971, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Christina Maria Epson.  Father: Sonke Frederick Paulsen.  Spouse: widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Mrs Pauline Rodeck died on Oct 28, 1971, after a brief illness. She was 80 years of age. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:00 from Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Burial was at the Odessa Cemetery. Pauline Catharina Paulsen Rodeck was born on July 24, 1891, in Bohmstedt, Germany. She was the daughter of Christina Maria Epson and Sonke Frederick Paulsen. Pauline lived in Bohmstedt until she came to America on Oct 10, 1913.  She lived in Danville, WA, with her uncle, Jacob Paulsen. After three years Pauline moved to Odessa and married Karl George Rodeck on Aug 28, 1916. He was killed on Jan 3, 1935. The family resided at the ranch home until 1943, when they moved to Odessa. Mrs. Rodeck had been employed as head cook of the Odessa schools hot lunch program for 14 years. She became custodian at Christ Lutheran Church in 1943, continuing in this capacity until six weeks prior to her death. She had been hospitalized for a month prior to her passing.  The deceased was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church as well as the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Karl; by her brothers Paul, Johannes and Peter; and by two sisters, Marie Thomsen of Spokane and Dora Hansen of Bohmstedt, Germany. She is survived by her children: Conrad F. Rodeck of Lewiston, Idaho, Fred C. Rodeck of Brea, CA, Paul W. Rodeck of Odessa, Jack Rodeck of Bellevue, WA, Augusta C. Hopper of Duarte, CA, Diana M. Blaskowsky of Spokane, Janet Heimbigner of Odessa, George M. Rodeck of Boston, Mass., and Georgina M. Nicholls of Davenport, WA; by two sisters, Johannah Friedericksen of Bohmstedt, Germany and Henrietta Brodersen of Kries Rugen, Russian zone, Germany. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren, by nieces and nephews in Germany, and one living in America, Mrs. Ronald Wildey of Spokane, and by many friends. The senior choir of the church sang ‘Children of the Heavenly Father’ at the funeral service Monday afternoon. Mrs. Donna Schafer sang, ‘In The Garden’, organist was Mrs. Florence Stout. Pallbearers for the service were Walter Ott, Richard Voise, Paul Schafer, Henry Seibel, Clarence Buddrius, and Dr James Anderson.” (Odessa Record-4 Nov 1971)

Rodgers, Conley D.,   (d. 3-10-1998; b. 1918; TS; OC; dc) “Rodgers, Conley Duelane.  Died: March 10, 1998. Birth: Mar 18, 1918, German, Texas. Spouse: Widowed, name not given. Mother: Alma Graham. Father: Hubert Rodgers. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Funeral services for Conley Rodgers will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. Mr. Rodgers, who would have been 80 years old next week, died at the Odessa Convalescent Center on Tuesday, March 10, 1998. He had been a resident of Odessa since 1975. He worked as a carpenter and at one time was employed by the Town of Odessa. He was preceded in death by his wife Freda. before moving to Odessa, they operated a resort on the Hoh River, on the Olympic Peninsula. He is survived by a sister, Bonney and her husband Russell and brother Reese Rodgers, all of Houston, TX, and brother Paul and his wife Anna Marie Rodgers, of Lindale, Texas.  Pastor Arthur Finney of Heritage United Church of Christ will officiate at the funeral. Graveside rites conducted by Odessa Post #7395 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and interment at Odessa Cemetery will follow the service. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1998)

Rodgers, Freda F.,   (d. 1995; b. 1916; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Freda Giese Rodgers, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died on Sunday, Oct 15, 1995, in Odessa. She was 78 years old. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct 19, at 2 p.m. at the Heritage UCC Chapel with the Rev Larry Pierson officiating. Interment will be in Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Rodgers was born Nov 10, 1916, at Batum, the daughter of William and Leontina Tillman Giese. She married Conley Rodgers on May 11, 1946 in Renton, WA. She was a lifetime member of the Heritage UCC and a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Odessa for 36 years. She is survived by her husband of 49 ½ years, at the home; one sister, Hulda Ingram, of Renton, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 3 sisters.” (Odessa Record-undated) “Rodgers, Freda, Edgar.  Died: 10-15-1995. Birth: 11-10-1916. Father: William Giese. Mother: Leontina Tillman. Spouse: Conley Rodgers. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Rohn, see also Rehn

Rohn, Elizabeth Batolema,   (d. 4-23-1918; b. 4-22-1891; TS; OC; DC) “Rohn, Elizabeth.  Died: 23 April 1918, Odessa, WA. Birth: 22 April 1891, Russia. Spouse: married, no name given.  Mother: Katie Kissler, born Russia; Father: Henry Batolema, born Russia. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; Death cert. adds only “cause of death: cancer”) “Elizabeth Rohn. Aged: 27 yrs. Dated: Apr 22, 1918. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church Ledger) "Mrs. Jacob Rohn died at her home in Odessa Monday evening at seven o’clock of cancer after a lingering illness of about a year, the last nine months of which she was bedfast. Mrs. Rohn was twenty seven years of age at the time of her death. She was a native of North Russia and with her husband came to this country a few years ago. Besides her husband she leaves two small children, one five years and the other fourteen months old. Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon at the St Mathews Congregational church, Rev Albert Reiman officiating after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 4-26-1918)

Roller, Esther Sally,   “Esther ‘Sally’ Roller died Dec 18, 2007, in Odessa, at the age of 86. She was born on June 19, 1921, in Tacoma, WA, to Frederick and Emelia (Schorzman) Goetz. She is survived by her daughter Lynnae (and Dan) Sower of Odessa and son Doug (and Sue) Roller of Odessa; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William C. Roller in 2002, four brothers and four sisters. She was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. Services were held last Friday in Odessa followed by interment in the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Dec 2007)

Roller, William ‘Bill’,  “William ‘Bill’ Roller, age 88.—passed away July 23, 2002 in Spokane, WA, his home Odessa, WA. He is survived by his wife, Esther, at the home. Also surviving him are two children, Lynnae (and Dan) Sowers of Cheney and Doug (and Sue) Roller of Odessa; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Roller of Bixby, OK and Walter ‘Red’ Roller of Cashmere, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Bill was a member of the Baptist Church in Odessa, WA, the Odessa VFW, Cannawai Grange, and the ‘Favorite Grandpa Club’.  Visitation will be Monday, July 29, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa, WA. Funeral Services following visitation at Heritage Church beginning at 11 a.m.  Pastors Larry Snyder and Tom Goetz, officiating. Concluding services and vault interment following at Odessa Cemetery.  Services directed by Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, WA.” Spokesman-Review: July 2002)

Roloff, Adalina,  (d. 4-26-1908; b. 3-21-1908; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Roloff, Adaline Elisabeth.  Died: 26 April 1908. Birth: 21 March 1908; d/o Daniel Roloff and Elisabeth Albrecht.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)   “Adaline Roloff. Female, white. Birth: Mar 21, 1908, Lincoln County. Age: 1 mo 5 days. Father: D. G. Roloff, born Russia; Mother: Elizabeth Albrecht, born MI.  Informant: father, Odessa.  Death: Apr 26, 1908, 4:30 a.m. Cause: unknown. Duration: 3 hrs. Lee Ganson, MD.  Burial: Odessa, April 27, 1908. Undertaker: Stone & Son.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Roloff, August,   (d. 3-02-1906 only; TS; OC; LL; obit) “Roloff, August.  Died:  2 March 1906; Birth: 27 Feb 1840; s/o George August Roloff and Caroline Schimke; married: Friederike Jastawitz on 4 Apr 1863;  10 children, 5 sons, 5 daughters.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “August Roloff  died at his home in Odessa last Friday of lung trouble after an illness of several weeks. He leaves an aged wife and seven children, Dien, August, and Sime Roloff and Mrs. Helena Stach, all of Odessa, Mrs. Sophia Barcus, of Lamona, Mrs. Lydia Phillips, of Portland, and Mrs Mary Schneider, who resides in Russia. All the children except the last one mentioned were present at his bedside when the end came. The funeral services were held at the German Lutheran church Sunday, Rev Rieke officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Lutheran Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Mar 9, 1906) 

Roloff, Carl,  h/o Juliana  (d. 11-24-1930; b. 2-22-1862; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Roloff, Carl.  Died: 24 Nov 1930, Odessa, WA. Birth: 22 Feb 1862, Russia.  Spouse: Juliana, nee not stated.  Mother: Christiana Schilsta, born Russia;  Father: Carl Roloff, born Russia.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Karl Roloff. Birth: 22 Feb 1862; Died: 24 Nov 1930, Odessa. Age: 68 yrs 9 mos 28 days; pneumonia. Gattin, geschwister, kinder” (Congregational Ledger by Delabarre)

Roloff, Dan G.,    (d. 1969; b. 1886; TS; OC; dc)  “Roloff, Daniel George.  Died: 1-29-1969;  Birth: 8-10-1886, Russia. Spouse: Elizabeth Albright.  Father; Carl Roloff.  Mother: Juliana Miller.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Daniel G Roloff, early-day farmer and resident of the Odessa area for more than 75 years, died at the Odessa Memorial hospital on Wednesday, Jan 29, 1969 at the age of 82, after an extended illness. Born in Kulm, Russia to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Roloff on Aug 10, 1886, he immigrated to the US at the age of 6 with his parents. The family settled near Minot, ND, for a two-year period after which they moved to the Odessa area and settled on the family homestead south of here. On March 10, 1907 he and Elizabeth Albrecht were united in marriage by the Rev C. Graedel at Odessa. At this time they settled on the family farm, which they operated for 55 years. In 1961 they retired to their present home. Mr. Roloff was a lifetime member of the Congregational church at Odessa. During his life he enjoyed several hobbies with special interest in flowers, especially wild flowers, trees and birds. Small children were always a special joy. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, at the home; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Mattie of San Francisco; Mrs. Fred Barnhart of Wenatchee; Mrs. Evelyn Smith of Odessa; and Mrs. Lillian Lofsvold of Denver. There are also 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Bohnen of Kittitas, WA, and Mrs. Esther McAllister of San Francisco.  Three grandsons are in the military service, two presently serving in Viet Nam.  Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb 3, 1969, at the UCC with the Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers were August Sackmann, Ron Ferderer, al winter, Otto Floether, art Jeske and Charles Jeske.  Organist for the service was Mrs. Delores Cook. Music was furnished by the men’s quartet: Bill Wenz, Delbert Cook, Al Kirstein, Delbert Kirstein.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1969) 

Roloff, David E.,   (d. 1959; b. 1889; TS; OC; dc) Roloff, David E.  Died: 3-18-1959, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Juliana Miller. Father: Karl Roloff.  Spouse: Married.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) "David E. Roloff married Emma Janke 

in 1912, the service performed by the Rev John Reister. David farmed northwest of Odessa until 1944, when he retired and moved into town. David and Emma had four children, two preceded him in death: Rachel, an infant, and Lydia in 1955. He was survived by a son, Reuben Roloff of Odessa and a daughter, Juanita Harig of Kirkland, WA, and by 8 grandchildren.   David has two brothers and two sisters: Reinhold Roloff, Dan Roloff, Mary Bonne and Esther McAllister.” (Source: submitted by family)

Roloff, Elizabeth Louise Albrecht,  (d. 1976; b. 1888; TS; OC; dc) “Roloff, Elizabeth Louise.  Died: 12-10-1976.  Birth: 9-22-1888, Michigan. Widowed.  Father: Wilhelm Albrecht.  Mother: Amelia Zeitlow.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Louise Roloff were held on Monday, Dec 13 at the UCC in Odessa, Rev Everett E Schoessler officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Roloff, 88, was a long-time Odessa resident. She died on Friday, Dec 10, (1976), at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, in 1969. Mrs. Roloff was born Sept 22, 1888 at Grand Rapids, MI and moved to the Seattle area as a child, her family later coming to the Odessa area.  On March 10, 1907 she was married to Daniel G. Roloff at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Odessa.  They farmed southwest of town until the late 1950s when they retired to their home in Odessa. They were long-time members of the United church.  Mrs. Roloff is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Ruth Mattie, Odessa; Mrs. Freda Barnhart, Wenatchee; Mrs. Evelyn Smith, Odessa; and Mrs. Lillian Lofsvold, Denver, CO.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Amelia Sackmann and Mrs. Elsie Moellering of Odessa, 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-1976) 

Roloff, Emma,  (d. 1987; b. 1895; TS; OC; dc) “Roloff, Emma.  Died: 11-20-1987, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Marie Faechner.  Father: Emanuel Janke.  Spouse: David E. Roloff. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Emma Roloff, a long-time Odessa resident who was born Dec 12, 1895 near Odessa, Russia to Emanuel and Marie Janke, passed away at the Convalescent Center here Nov 20, (1987).  She came with her family to the United States when she was three and the family later moved to WA state where she met David E Roloff.  They were married here in 1912 by Rev John F Reister.  The couple farmed southwest of Odessa until 1944, when they retired and moved into town. they had four children.  Mrs. Roloff was a member of the UCC here, where she lived throughout her life except for a seven year span when she lived in Kirkland with her daughter. She had been back in Odessa less than two years at the time of her death. Two children preceded her in death, Rachel, as an infant and Lydia in 1955. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David in 1958, and by two sisters and a brother. Her remaining brother, Dan Janke, passed away less than a week after Mrs. Roloff. She is survived by a son, Reuben Roloff of Odessa, and by a daughter, Juanita Harig of Kirkland.  Other survivors include 8 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Funeral service was held from the UCC on Nov 24, the Rev Glenn Gettinger officiating. Concluding service and vault interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Casket bearers, grandsons and great grandsons of the deceased were Duane Fink, Mark Blakely, Richard Luders, Larry Roloff, Raymond Roloff and Richard Little. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 12-03-1987) 

Roloff, Fredericka Jastavitz    (d. 1-04-1909; b. 1846; OC; obit; DC) “Fredericka Roloff. Female, white, widowed, housewife.  Birth: 1846, Russia; age 66 yrs, 1 mo. Widowed. Father: Jastavitz born Russia; Mother: Fredericka Jostavitz, born Russia.  Informant: Daniel Roloff, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 4, 1909, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause of death: decrepitancy of old age, hastened by catarrhal jaundice and catarrhal gastritis. John Lunz, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Near Odessa, Jan 7, 1909. Undertaker: none.” (WA State Certificate of Death; No TS in this cemetery, by any listing) “Mrs. Fredricka Roloff died Monday at the home of her son, Daniel Roloff, south of town, from liver trouble and a complication of diseases. Deceased lacked but nine days of being 66 years old at the time of her death, while her husband, who died three years ago, passed away at the same age, lacking one day. She is survived by three sons and four daughters. Funeral services were held at the German Baptist church yesterday, Rev F. I. Reichle, pastor of the First German Baptist church of Spokane, officiating after which the remains were laid to rest in the German Lutheran Cemetery.” (WA State Journal: Odessa column, Jan 14, 1909)

Roloff, Ida M. Widmer,   (d. 8-06-1991; b. 7-28-1903; TS; OC; obit) “Ida M. Roloff (age 88).—Passed away Aug 6, 1991 in Spokane. Her home, Odessa. Survived by two sisters Emma Quast, Odessa, Dorothy Finkbeiner, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews and special friends including David and Carey Jasman, Jim Grommesh, Rose Marie Schmierer, all of Odessa. Preceded in death by her husband, Reinhold, 4 brothers, William, Oscar, Paul, Alfred Widmer and one sister, Clara Quast. Member of Heritage UCC, Women’s Fellowship, Odessa grange. Funeral Service, Friday, Aug 9, 1991 at 11 a.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Interment, Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item: 8-07-1991) “Service for Ida M. (Widmer) Roloff, 88, a lifetime resident of the Warden, WA, area, will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Heritage UCC sanctuary in Odessa. Burial will follow at Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Roloff, who died Tuesday, was born in Warden and was raised in the Warden/Ruff/Sprague area. She married Reinhold Roloff in 1925 in Odessa and they lived and farmed three miles south of Odessa until they built a home in 1948 in Odessa. They continued to farm until retiring in 1953. Her husband died in 1964, but she continued to live in the home until her death.  Mrs. Roloff was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ, Women’s Fellowship at the church and the Odessa Grange. Survivors include two sisters, Emma Quast of Odessa and Dorothy Finkbeiner of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-07-1991) “Ida M. Roloff, of Odessa, died Tuesday, Aug 6, in Spokane. She was born July 28, 1903, in Warden to Daniel and Magdeline (Riley) Widmer. In her youth she lived in the Warden, Ruff and Sprague areas. She married Reinhold Roloff on Nov 26, 1925, in Odessa.  They lived and farmed three miles south of Odessa until they built a new home on East Third Avenue in Odessa in 1948. Living in Odessa, they continued to farm until they retired in 1953. They  traveled extensively until his death in 1964. Ida Roloff was active in many community affairs. She prepared food for the annual Deutschesfest during the 1970s.  She continued to live in the home she and her husband built until her death.  She is survived by two sisters..., numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, including David and Carey Jasman, Jim Grommesh and Rose Marie Schmierer, all of Odessa. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, William, Oscar, Paul and Alfred Widmer, and one sister, Clara Quast. She was a member...” (Odessa Record: 8-08-1991)

Roloff, Juliana Miller,  w/o C.  (d. 3-13-1935; b. 1-09-1866; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Juliana (Miller) Roloff. Birth: 9 Jan 1866. Died: 13 March 1935, aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 4 days. 3 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Juliana Roloff. Residence: San Francisco, CA. Place of death: St Joseph Hospital. Died: March 13, 1935. Informant: Mrs. Ester Dooley. Birth: Lufsic, Russia. Birth: Jan 9, 1866. Age: 69 yrs 2 mos 4 days. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Husband: Carl Roloff. Length of residence in CA: 6 mos; Previous Residence: Odessa, WA. In US: 42 yrs. Father: William Miller, born Russia; Mother: not obtainable. Physician: Ott Laist of San Francisco, CA.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Roloff, Justina, “Mrs. Justina Roloff, former resident of the Lauer region, passed away at San Francisco, CA, last Wednesday morning. Two of her sons, D. G. and D. E. Roloff, were called to her bedside but arrived too late. She is survived by three sons, Dan G., David E. and Reinhold W, all residing in the region between Lauer and Odessa, and two daughters, Mary and Esther, the former of Kittitas and latter of San Francisco.  Funeral services were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church on Wednesday, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland and the Rev G. Graedel officiating.” (Odessa Record: Lauer column, March 22, 1935)

Roloff, Loraine,  d/o Simon  (d. 1-22-21; b. 4-19-20; OC; DC) “Roloff, Loraine.  Died: 22 Jan 1921, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 19 April 1920, Odessa, WA.  Mother; Matilda Reich, born Russia. Father: Simon Roloff, born Russia. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Loraine Roloff. Female, white, single, born Apr 19, 1920 in WA. Age 9 mos 4 days. Father: Simon Roloff, born Russia; Mother: Matilda Reich, born Russia; Informant: Simon Roloff, Odessa, WA. Death: Jan 22, 1921 in Dist #6, Lincoln Co. Cause: encephalitis. Contributory: la grippe. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA on Jan 23, 1921. P. Reichle, minister.” (in lieu of undertaker). (WA State Register of Death)

Roloff, Marie C. Els,   (added)  “Marie C. Roloff died at the age of 91 on Friday, April 13, 2007, in Odessa, where she had lived her entire life. She was born on Oct 24, 1915, in Odessa to Henry and Maria (Reitner) Els. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1936. She was a former member of Royal Neighbors. She is survived by her two sisters, Esther Schorzman of Vancouver, WA, and Viola Els, of Odessa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, five brothers, two sisters and her parents. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, April 18, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements." (Odessa Record: April 2007)

Roloff, Martha L.,  (d. 1975; b. 1910; TS; OC) “Martha Roloff.—Passed away June 10, 1975, in Spokane. She had been a resident of the Chewelah area for 27 years. She was a member of the St Paul Lutheran Church. Survived by her husband, Rudolph Roloff, Chewelah; two daughters, Mrs Shirley Elliot, Ephrata, WA, and Mrs Delma McLean, Yakima, WA; one brother, Henry Holman, Lamona, WA; sister, Mrs Hazel Miller, Odessa, WA; 6 grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. at the St Paul Lutheran Church, Chewelah, WA, with the Rev Arnold Gregerson officiating. Interment will be at the Odessa Cemetery at 2 p.m., June 14, in Odessa. Schanzenbach Funeral Home, Chewelah, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 6-18-1975)

Roloff, Mathilda Reich,  (d. 5-07-1936; b. 6-08-1884; TS; w/o Simon; OC; Strates; DC; dc) “Matilda Roloff.  Female, white, married, housewife. Died: 7 May 1936, one mile south of Lamona, WA. Birth: 8 June 1884, Rumania.  Spouse: Simon Roloff. Mother: Louise Reinke, born Rumania.  Father: Martin Reich, born Rumania. Informant: Simon Roloff, Lamona, WA. Cause of death: carcinoma of uterus. Undertaker: Smith Funeral Home.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card, WA State death certificate) “Mrs Simon Roloff, who passed away Thursday evening at the family home near Lamona, following a lingering illness, was buried from the Baptist Church in Odessa on Sunday, the Rev R. E. Reschke of Spokane officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Matilda Reich was born June 8, 1874, in Rumania and came to this country with her parents, Mr .and Mrs. Martin Reich, at the age of 17 years. In 1902 she was united in marriage to Simon Roloff and with the exception of a few years in Canada, made this community her home. To this union were born 10 children, three having died in infancy.  Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Addline Werner, Mohler; and Violet, at home; five sons: Rudolph, Lamona; Gus, Spokane; Daniel, John and Harold, at home; and four grandchildren.  She also leaves four sisters: Mrs. Lydia Lobe, Washtucna; Mrs. Thresia Knodel, Portland; Mrs. Emily Swyter, Los Angeles; and Mrs. Edith Casey, Portland; three brothers: Otto Reich, Portland; Rudolph Reich, Los Angeles; and John Reich, Washtucna.  In 1911 she was baptized in the Baptist Church and remained an active member until her death. Her interest in church work and in aiding others had won her many friends throughout the community.  A little over a year ago she submitted to an operation in the hopes of regaining her health, but without success.” (Odessa Record: 5-14-1936) 

Roloff, Rachel Marie,  d/o D. E.  (d. 12-26-1916; b. 12-05-1916; TS; OC; DC; Cong)  “Roloff, Rachel Maria. Birth: (not shown); Death: (not shown); Age 3 months, whooping cough; Father: David Roloff. Burial: 27 Dec 1916.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not given)  “Rahel Roloff. Female, white, single. Birth: 12-05-1916 in WA. Age 21 days. Father: David E. Roloff born Russia; Mother: Emma Janke born Russia. Informant: D. E. Roloff, Odessa, WA. Death: 12-26-1916 at 1 p.m. in Odessa, Adams County, WA. Cause of death: Whooping cough and lagrippe, of 2 days duration. H. Mitchell, MD. Burial: Odessa, WA. on 1-28-1916.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Roloff, Reinhold W.,   (d. 1-26-1964; b. 3-26-1898; TS; OC; dc) “Roloff, Reinhold William.  Died: 1-26-1964, Odessa, WA. Father: Carl Roloff. Mother: Julia Miller.  Spouse: Married. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Reinhold W Roloff.—His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Ida, at the home; one brother, Dan G Roloff, Odessa, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs Mary Bohnen of Kittitas, WA; Mrs Esther McAlister, San Francisco, CA. He was a member of the Odessa Grange, the United Congregational Church, both of Odessa. Funeral services Wed., Jan 29, at 1 p.m. from the United Congregational Church. The Rev B M Schafer officiating. Interment the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, of Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-26/29-1964)

Roloff, Reuben E.,   (d. 1995; b. 1921; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Funeral services for Reuben E. ‘Red’ Roloff, an Odessa native and long-time resident, were held on Tuesday, Sept 26, 1995, at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary. Mr .Roloff died in Odessa on Friday, Sept 22, 1995. He was 74 years old. He was born Feb 2, 1921, in Odessa, the son of David E and Emma Janke Roloff. He grew up on the family farm south of Odessa and attended the Lauer School. He married Edith Mae Reister, of Wilbur, on Jan 6, 1946. They operated the family farm until 1968. He then worked for farmers in the Quincy and Mansfield areas until 1986, when they moved back to Odessa, where they resided at the time of his death. He was a past member of the Odessa Riders Club and the Moose lodge of Quincy. He is survived by his wife Edith, at the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Katrina Roloff of Wilson Creek, and Larry and Kathleen Roloff, of Moses Lake; 4 grandchildren, Ryuan and Heidi Roloff, of Wilson Creek, and Darrel and Tonya Roloff of Moses Lake; one great-grandson, Antonio Roloff, of Moses Lake; one sister, Juanita Harig, of Kirkland, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. The Rev Larry Pierson officiated at the funeral. Burial was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record-undated) “Reuben Edwin Roloff.  Died: 9-22-1995.  Birth:  2-02-1921, WA.  Spouse: Edith Mae Reister.  Father: David Roloff.  Mother: Emma Janke.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Roloff, Richard R.,   (d. 1987; b. 1908; TS; OC; obit) “Richard R. Roloff of Odessa, born in Adams County, May 20, 1908 to Daniel and Maria Roloff, passed away March 24, (1987) in Spokane.  A lifelong resident of Odessa, he was baptized and confirmed in the UCC, and graduated from Odessa High school. He was married to Marie C Els in 1936. The couple celebrated 50 years of marriage last May. Mr. Roloff retired in 1971 from his foreman’s position with the State of Washington Dept of Highways. He was a member and past Master of Masonic Lodge Number 156, F & AM, and a member of the Odessa Gun Club and the Odessa Grange. Preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and two sisters, he is survived by his wife, Marie, at the family home; by a brother, Leonard Roloff of Spokane; by two sisters, Hulda Seney and Tina Roloff of Olympia; by step-brothers and sisters, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Friday, March 27 in the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Concluding service and vault interment followed at Odessa Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Sa, Braun, Norman Ott, Ray Schorzman, Alvin Goetz, Cecil Schell and Jake Reihs. Honorary bearers included Roy Zeiler, Dave Birge, Weldon Mills, Don Haase, Don Humphries and Art Schorzman.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1987)


Roloff, Rudy H.,  (d. 1980; b. 1904; TS; OC; obit) "Rudolph H. Roloff passed away March 12 in Chewelah, where he had lived the past 33 years. Funeral services were held March 17 at the St Paul Lutheran Church with Rev Arnold Gregerson officiating. Born on Feb 21, 1904 on a farm south of Odessa, Rudolph moved with his parents and brother Gus and sister Addline at the age of four to a homestead in Canada. After living in Canada seven years, they visited Odessa and were so happy to be with friends and relatives again, that they decided to sell their place in Canada and stay in the United States. There had been two more sons born in Canada and three more children were born while the family lived on different farms around the Odessa and Lamona area. Rudolph worked with his brothers in the Wenatchee area for several years. Rudolph married Martha Holman in 1933. Two girls were born to this union. Rudolph farmed in the Lamona area for about 12 years before moving to Chewelah in 1947. They purchased the Bonnie Briar farm, south of Chewelah. He farmed there until his retirement in 1974. Rudolph was a member of the St Paul Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha who passed away in June 1975. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Delma McClean of Spokane; and Mrs. Shirley Elliot of Ephrata; three brothers, Dan Roloff of Lamona, John Roloff of Oregon City, Or; and Harold Roloff of Wilbur; one sister, Mrs. Addline Werner, of Odessa; and 6 grandchildren. Casket bearers were Frank Trampush, Ray Wehrli, Ron Christian, Larry Rayburn, Denny Burya and Bill Hartill. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Schanzenbach Funeral Home of Chewelah in charge of arrangements." (Odessa Record: 4-17-1980)


Roloff, Simon,    (d. 1949; b. 1879; TS; OC; obit) “Simon Roloff, 69, passed away at St Anthonys hospital in Wenatchee Tuesday night and funeral services will be held for him Friday, today, from the Odessa Baptist Church. Mr. Roloff was father of Mrs. A. E. Werner, Harold Roloff, and D. L. Roloff of this area. He was born in Bessarabia, Russia and came to the United States in 1900. He has made his home in recent years with his son, Gus, at Cheney. He was visiting at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Miller, at Dryden when he became ill and was taken to the Wenatchee hospital.” (July 1, 1949-Citizen) “Simon Roloff, 69, former Lamona resident, died at the St Anthony’s hospital at Wenatchee on Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held from the Odessa Baptist church on Friday afternoon at 1:30, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Roloff farmed for many years in the Lamona area, and in recent years had made his home in the Spokane vicinity. During the past two weeks he has been visiting his sister, Mrs. John Miller, Dryden, where he was taken ill. Relatives here were notified of his serious illness, and Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Werner, Dan, John and Harold Roloff responded, finding him dead on their arrival. Mr. Roloff was born in Bessarabia, Russia, and came to the United States in 1900. He homesteaded south of Odessa that year, and in 1903 was married at Ritzville to Miss Matilda Reich, on Feb 20, 1903. She died in 1936. Four daughters also preceded him in death.  Survivors include five sons, Rudolph, Chewelah; Gus, Cheney; Dan, Lamona; John, Osborne; and Harold, Mohler; one daughter, Mrs. Adrian Werner, Mohler; and three sisters, Mrs. Miller of Dryden, Mrs. D. S. Martin of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Sophia Parker, Alberta, Canada.” (Odessa Record: 6-30-1949) “ Funeral services for Simon Roloff, 69, were held from the Odessa Baptist church on Friday... Pallbearers included Ed Schindel, George Luiten and George Schillinger, Spokane; Jack Quast, Henry Schiewe and Conrad Hopp, Odessa. Simon Roloff was born July 12, 1879 in Bessarabia, coming with his parents to the United States as a young man in 1900, taking up a homestead south of Odessa. On Feb 20, 1903, he married Miss Mathilda Reich, to this union 10 children were born, three passing in infancy. His wife preceded him in death in 1936 and one daughter, Violet in 1937. In 1910 he moved with his family to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, where he farmed until 1917 when he returned here, farming south of Lamona until 1936, selling out following the death of his wife, living for a time with his sister in Odessa. He went to Spokane where he obtained work with the Western Fruit Express, making his home with his son, Gus. In 1947 he was forced to retire from work due to failing health. During the past two years he spent much of his time at the homes of his sons and daughter in the hopes of regaining his health. He was visiting at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Miller, Dryden, when he was stricken with a heart attack. He died Tuesday of last week at a Wenatchee hospital. Survivors include 5 sons, Rudolph, Chewelah; Gus, Cheney; Dan, Lamona; John, Osborne; and Harold, Mohler; one daughter, Mrs. Adrian Werner, Mohler; and three sisters, Mrs. Miller of Dryden; Mrs. D. S. Martin, Los Angeles; and Mrs. Sophia Parker, Alberta, Canada.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-1949)

Roloff, Violet,  d/o Simon  (d. 2-08-1937; b. 10-01-1922; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “The human emotions, Monday, of a sister were suddenly snatched from the wings of glorious victory in which she shared, and swallowed up in instant death. For the dutiful brother, culminating circumstances, focusing in a crucial moment, chained and thwarted his every heroic effort to stay impending tragedy, dealt him bodily injury, and left indelible memories he feign would erase. Violet Roloff, sophomore in the Harrington high school and a member of the girls’ basketball team, was instantly killed shortly before midnight, Monday, when the car in which she was returning home from a basketball game was struck by a Great Northern freight train. Violet had returned to Harrington with the team from a victorious game with the Sprague town team, and with her brother John Roloff, whom she had telephoned to come for her, was returning to the home of her sister, Mrs. Adrian Werner at Mohler, where the sister and brother reside. In Mohler, near the railroad crossing, through the frosty windshield an approaching light was mistaken for a car light on the state highway which parallels the railroad tracks through Mohler. Not until Mr. Roloff had turned onto the crossing did he discover the light was from a train. He applied the brakes but they failed to hold the car and it passed over one set of tracks and onto the tracks on which the train was coming. He called to his sister to jump and he got out of the car. Realizing his sister had not come out of the car, he got in and tried to start the engine but it stalled, and he made a frantic effort to pull her out. The train struck the car, killing Violet instantly. Her head was badly crushed and she was found outside of the car. John received a severe head wound and many bruises. The train crew roused the Warwick family whose residence is near the crossing, and they roused the Yarwoods who in turn relayed the tragic news by telephone to Mr. Werner.  The west-bound Empire Builder arrived very soon after the crash and the injured boy and the body of the girl were taken to Odessa where the boy was treated by Dr J L Bonney, and the body of the girl was taken to the mortuary. John is being cared for at the Werner home and Thursday morning was reported to be the victim of a cold, and it was thought the head wound was becoming infected. Mrs. Werner and her brother Dan Roloff were in Spokane, and by the time Mr. Werner had called in the Vicks to stay with his sleeping children and rushed to the depot, the Empire Builder had pulled out. Karl Knapp took him to Odessa, and Mrs. Werner and Dan Roloff, who had been notified, arrived there at 3 AM. Funeral services will be held this afternoon from the Baptist church in Odessa, with the Rev J. G. Rott officiating. Pallbearers will be Bud Golm, Lamona, Wilmer Luiten and Winston Webber, Odessa, Robert Parr, Billie Warwick and Elbert Sandygren, Mohler. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery beside her mother who preceded her in death last spring. Surviving the girl besides her sister and two brothers mentioned, are her father, Simon Roloff, Odessa, brothers, Rudolph and Harold, Lamona and Gus, Spokane. Violet was born near Odessa, Oct 1, 1922. She attended the grade school in Lamona, completing the 7th and 8th grades and Freshman class at Odessa. Last fall she went to live at her sister’s home and enrolled in the Harrington high school where she was an honor student, and a substitute member of the basket ball team. Violet’s schoolmates, teachers and friends are deeply grieved over the tragedy. The Citizen joins with the many friends of the Roloff family in extending sincerest sympathies.” ( Feb 12, 1937-Citizen) “Roloff, Violet L.  Died: 2-08-1937, Mohler, WA.  Father: Simon Roloff.  Mother: Malhilda Roloff. Spouse: Unmarried.  Buried: Odessa, Washington.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Romppel, John,  (added) d. May 1910 obit “On Monday morning John Romppel, who has been an intense sufferer for many months, answered the call of the Father.  John was of the most patient and enduring nature throughout all his sickness; for fourteen and one-half months he had been confined to the bed and for forty-three weeks had been unable to alter his position. He was thoroughly prepared to go and was joyful when the end approached. The services were held in the German Baptist church, Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev John Jaeger officiating. Interment was in the German Lutheran Cemetery. John Romppel was born the eighth day of Feb, 1892, at Gnadenfeld, South Russia. He came with his parents to this country in 1898 and spent the last ten years in the vicinity of Ritzville and Odessa. About eighteen months ago he moved to Odessa with his parents and soon after that was taken sick. He passed away Monday morning at 7 o’clock at the age of 18 years three months and twenty-two days. He leaves a father and mother, Andrew and Wilhelmina Romppel, four sisters and two brothers to mourn his loss.” (Odessa Record: June 3, 1910)

Roth, Adam,   (d. 4-28-1987; b. 4-18-1893; TS; OC) “Adam Roth (94).—Passed away April 28, 1987 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Lydia Roth, at the home; one son, Delbert Roth, Portland, OR; four daughters, Elsa Tanke, Mohler, WA; Martha Henkelman, Ft Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada; Ruby Henkelman, Portland, OR; Loretta Strauss, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Odessa Baptist Church. Funeral Service, Friday, May 1, 1987 at 11 a.m. Baptist Church, Odessa, WA. Rev John Bayles, officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home. Davenport, WA, in charge.”  (scrapbook item) “Roth, Adam.  Died: 4-28-1987, Odessa, WA. Mother: Katherine Moser.  Father: William Roth. Spouse: Lydia Miller.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Adam Roth of Odessa, born in Lincoln, Nebraska April 18, 1893 to William and Kathrina Roth, passed away April 28 (1987) at Memorial Hospital in Odessa. He came with his parents to settle in the area, first at Warden and later at Marlin. In April , 1916, he married Lydia Miller, and the couple shared just over 71 years together. They farmed in the Marlin area and raised their family there, moving to Odessa in late 1961. Mr. Roth was a long-time member of the Baptist Church, teaching the adult Sunday school class for nearly 40 years, and serving as a deacon for many years as well.  He was faithful in his attendance and service to his Lord.  Preceded in death by a son, Robert Roth, and by a son-in-law, Walt Tanke, Mr. Roth is survived by his loving wife, Lydia, at the home; by a son Delbert Roth of Portland; by four daughters, Elsa Tanke of Mohler; Martha Henkelman of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; Ruby Henkelman of Portland, and Loretta Strauss of Medicine Hat, Alberta; by 29 grandchildren, by 28 great grandchildren, and by 3 great great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral service was held at the Odessa Baptist Church on Friday, May 1, Pastor John Bayles officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: May 7, 1987)

Roth, infant of Martin,  (added; d. 9-28-1913) "The six months old daughter of Mr .and Mrs. Martin Roth who are farming the Herman Menrich place, died last Sunday morning. The funeral services were conducted on Monday by Rev Wm Rhode, of the German Lutheran church, and interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 10-03-1913)

Roth, John,  (WW I)  (d. 3-16-1956; b. 1-20-1894; TS; OC; obit) “John Roth, 61, was buried form the United Congregational Church on Wednesday morning with the American Legion taking part in the service. The Rev E G Klein officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were a group of Spokane friends, William Weisgerber, Charles Maas, H J Keller, John Turner, Ed Pfaff and Othmar Kessler. Vocal numbers were furnished by Mrs. E. G. Klein, with Mr.s R. E. Suchland at the organ.  The firing squad and buglers from the American Legion gave military honors at the grave, and Rev Klein gave the committal. John Roth, who was born in Russia, Jan 20, 1894, came to the US in 1913. He took up ranch work here, was a steady harvest hand at the H. G. Heimbigner ranch for many years, until he left for service in the first World War, where he attained the rating of sergeant.  He had never married and had no brothers or sisters, only a few cousins and friends.  In late years he had made his home at Spokane, where he died on March 16. Some delay in locating relatives held up the funeral until March 28.” (Odessa Record: 3-29-1956)

Roth, Lydia,   (d. 3-04-1991; b. 9-15-1886; TS; OC; obit; dc) “Lydia Miller Roth of Odessa, born Sept 15, 1896 in Ashley, North Dakota to Henry and Louisa (Hochstetter) Miller, passed away at her home in Odessa March 4, 1991. She was the seventh child in the family, having ten sisters and six brothers. In March of 1903, she moved with her family to Washington, settling three miles south of Ruff. She was married at Ruff in 1916 to Adam Roth, and the couple had been married 71 years at the time of her husband’s death in 1987.  Mrs. Roth was a member of the Odessa North American Baptist Church, and of the Baptist Ladies Aid. Preceded in death by a son Robert in 1982, as well as by her husband, she is survived by a son, Delbert Roth of Portland, Oregon; by four daughters: Elsa Tanke of Mohler; Martha Henkelman of Ft Saskatchewan, Canada; Ruby Henkelmann of Portland, OR, and Loretta Strauss of Medicine Hat, Canada; by a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Roth of Portland, OR; by two brothers, John H. Miller of Spokane and Abe Miller of Sun City, AZ; by two sisters, Eva Glover of Wenatchee and Clara Jingling of Moses Lake; and by 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, March 8, at the Odessa Baptist Church, Rev Charles Smith officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Casketbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Roth.” (Odessa Record-March 14, 1991) “Roth, Lydia.  Died: 3-04-1991.  Birth: 9-15-1896, ND.  Widowed. Father: Henry Miller.  Mother: Louisa Hochstetter.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Ruff, Gottfried John,   (d. 1908 only; TS; OC; no TS listing w/ Lartigues in 1974) “#60. Ruff, Gottfried  d. 28 Mar 1908;  b. 23 Aug 1835; marr. Helen Jansen; (Buried Odessa City Cem in A12-02) Buried Odessa.” (Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Ruff, Helena Jensen,   (d. 1908 only; TS; OC; LL; no TS listing w/ Lartigues in 1974)   “Ruff, Helen (Jensen). Died: 7 April 1904; Birth: 13 Nov 1833; 9 children, 2 sons, 5 daughters.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Mrs. Emanuel Ruff died at her home 2 ½ miles south of Odessa yesterday at the age of 71 years. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Lutheran Church.” (Taken from The Odessa Record: April 8, 1904 in 100 yrs ago column in 4-08-2004)

Ruff, Lucas,  (added) “Lucas Ruff, son of Gott. Ruff.  Died: 13 Sept 1902, one year 2 months and 3 days. Buried 14 Sept 1902 in Heimbigner’s cemetery, Odessa, WA. Mourned by parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger in German script)  “Lucas, the one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Ruff, died last Friday at the family residence in the south end of town.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev Doescher, at the home, Sunday, and the remains were interred in the Heimbigner Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Sept 19, 1902)

Rupert, Clyde C.,   (d. 1996; b. 1917; TS; OC) “Clyde C. Ruppert.—Passed away July 31, 1996 in Odessa, WA. His home Odessa. He is survived by two grandchildren, Debbie and her husband Charles  Berry of Echo, OR; Rob and his wife Michelle Hopp of Kennewick, WA; five great grandchildren: Asheley, Chase, Andrew Berry of Echo, OR; Rochelle and Megan Hopp of Kennewick, WA; son-in-law, Paul Hopp of Odessa, WA; two brothers, Glen Ruppert of McCook, NB; Claude Ruppert of Arizona. Preceded in death by his wife Iva in 1992 and one daughter, Barbara Hopp in 1990. Member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, VFW, WW II Veteran.  Funeral Services Monday, Aug 5, 1996 at 10 a.m. at the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA; Pastor Tom Sayre, Officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “He was born on Jan 12, 1917, in Maywood, NE, the son of Frank and Mary Ann (Haynie) Ruppert. He married Iva Irene (Pete) Spitz on Dec 25, 1937.” (obit excerpt-scrapbook item) “Ruppert, Clyde Calvin.  Died: 7-31-1996.  Birth: 1-12-1917-NB.  Spouse: Widowed. Father: Frank Ruppert. Mother: Mary Ann Haynie.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Funeral services were held Monday, Aug 5, at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church for Clyde C Ruppert, a long time resident of Odessa. Mr Ruppert died at his home in Odessa on Wednesday, July 31, 1996. He was 79 years old. He was born on Jan 12, 1917, in Maywood, NE, the son of Frank and Mary Ann (Haynie) Ruppert.  He married Iva Irene (Pete) Spitz on Dec 25, 1937. They moved to Leadville, CO, where their daughter, Barbara, was born. Clyde was employed in mining jobs, which kept the family moving through the years until coming to settle in Odessa in 1974. Clyde owned and operated the Chevron station in Odessa for many years before retiring. After retirement, he remained here until his death. He was a veteran of WW II. He was a member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by two grandchildren, Debbie and her husband Charles Berry, of echo, OR; Rob and his wife Michelle Hopp, of Kennewick; 5 great grandchildren, Asheley, Chase and Andrew Berry, of Echo, and Rochelle and Megan Hopp, of Kennewick; son-in-law Paul Hopp, of Odessa, and two brothers, Glen Ruppert, of McCook, NE, and Claude Ruppert, of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his wife Iva in 1992 and by one daughter, Barbara Hopp, in 1990. The Rev Tom Sayre officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-08-1996)

Rupert, Iva I.,  (d. 1992; b. 1919; TS; OC; obit) “Memorial services for Iva Irene (Pete) Ruppert were held Friday at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Ruppert, who was 73 years old, died Nov 24, 1992, at Odessa Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She had been a resident of Odessa for many years. She was born in Curtis, NE, on Nov 24, 1919. She married Clyde Ruppert on Christmas Day in 1937. The couple moved to Leadville, CO, where their daughter Barbara Jean was born. Clyde’s mining jobs kept the family moving through the years, and they finally settled in Odessa. Mrs Ruppert was active in the VFW Auxiliary and the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She had been employed at the VFW Club and Keller Drug Store and was bookkeeper for the Chevron station in Odessa which she and her husband operated. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara. She is survived by her husband, Clyde, at home; a son-in-law, Paul Hopp; a granddaughter, Debra and her husband Charles Berry, of Echo, OR; a grandson, Robert and his wife Michelle Hopp, of Moses Lake; 5 great grandchildren, Ashley, Chase, and Andrew Berry, and Rochelle and Megan Hopp; two sisters, Ruth Hanna, of Curtis, NE; and Joann Owen, of Sterling, CO, and a brother, Johnny Spitz, of San Diego. Interment at Odessa Cemetery followed the memorial service Friday. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item) “Ruppert, Iva Irene.  Died: 11-24-1992.  Birth: 11-24-1919, NE.  Spouse: Clyde Ruppert.  Father: John Spitz.  Mother: Edith Linnemeyer. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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