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.



Zagelow, Dorothy E.,  (d. 2000; b. 1919; TS; OC)  “Funeral services will be held for Dorothy (Schafer) Zagelow at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, at the Heritage Chapel in Odessa. Mrs. Schafer, who was 80 years old, died Monday, March 27, 2000, in Bellingham.  In recent years, she made her home in Bellingham, but she had lived most of her life in the Odessa area.  She was born Oct 9, 1919, in Odessa, the daughter of Henry and Molly (Uhrich) Schafer. She attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1937. In 1938, she was graduated from Kinman business University in Spokane. She married Hugo Zagelow on Nov 19, 1939. They had three sons. Mr. Zagelow died Aug 9, 1946, following an accident at their farm home north of Odessa. Dorothy was employed as bookkeeper at Wolf Motor Sales in Odessa for 27 years.  She was a member of the Heritage Church (then English Congregational Church) in Odessa, where she sang in the choir; worthy matron of the Odessa Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1964 and the Circle Sewing Club. After she moved to Bellingham in 1987, she was a member of the Bellingham Senior Center. Among her hobbies was making special Christmas ornaments for her family and friends. She had a keen interest in her family history and traced her ancestry as far back as the time of Katherine the Great.  She is survived by her sons and wives, Larry and June Zagelow, of Odessa; Jim and Juanita Zagelow, of Harrah; and Richard and Thirza Zagelow, of Bellingham; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry and his wife Ellen Schafer, of Odessa; and one sister, Helen Stehr, of Fresno, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews, including niece JoEllen Wollman, whom she raised, and her husband, Joe, of Odessa. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Vernie Schafer. Pastor Larry Snyder will officiate at the funeral. Interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 30, 2000)


Zagelow, Edward(d. 9-19-47; b. 1863; TS; OC;  Strates)  “Edward Zagelow. Residence: Medical Lake; Place of death: Medical Lake; Birthdate: unknown in 1863. Age 84 yrs. Single, male, white. Birthplace: Germany. Father: Fred Zagelow born Germany; Mother: Louise Allen born Germany. Place of Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral service: Parlor at 1 p.m. Sept 29, 1947, Interment, Sept 29, 1947.” (Mortuary Record) “Edward Zagelow.  Died: 9-19-1947.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Funeral services for Edward Zagelow, 84, were held on Monday afternoon from the Strate Funeral Home chapel, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Zagelow was born in 1863 in East Prussia, Germany, and came to America in 1888. He stopped for a time in Nebraska, then worked in the mines in the Black Hills of the Dakotas. From there he came to Spokane, where he worked with the Great Northern Railway before the days of Odessa.  Later he homesteaded 14 miles north of Odessa where he made his home, selling his interests to nephews some time ago. His health failing him, he has spent his latter months at a hospital, and died on Friday. He was unmarried and his survivors include one brother, Paul Zagelow of Odessa, and a host of other relatives and friends.” (Odessa Record: 9-25-1947)


Zagelow, Hugo E., h/o Dor.  (d. 8-09-1946; b. 1906; TS; OC;  Strates)  “Hugo Zagelow. Residence: Odessa, WA, rural; Place of Death: Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane; Husband of Dorothy; Date of Death: Aug 9, 1946, age 39 years, male, married, white, farmer.  Father: Paul Zagelow; Cause of death: Pulmonary edema following burns from tank explosion. Place of Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral Service: English Congregational Church, Tuesday, 2 p.m. Interment: 8-13-1946, Rev M J Galle. Bearers: Dave Weber, Bud Williams, C. H. Scrupps, Ed Stehr, Dan Schultz, Frank Wraspir. (fee for 4 graves in new east addition).” (Mortuary Record)  “Hugo Zagelow.  Died: 8-09-1946. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “When heating gas exploded at the Hugo Zagelow ranch home on Monday of last week, he sustained mortal burns and shock, and died at a Spokane hospital early Friday morning. Funeral services were held at the English Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev M. J. Galle in charge of the church service, and the Odessa Masonic lodge in charge at the cemetery, where E. J. Wachter acted as master, the Rev M. J. Galle as chaplain, and L. C. Weik as Biblebearer. Arthur Schimke, master of the local lodge, assisted Mr. Wachter. Pallbearers were chosen from membership and included David Weber, L. O. Williams, C. H. Scrupps, Dan Schultz, Frank E. Wraspir and Edward Stehr. The floral offerings were numerous, requiring two vehicles to transport them from the church to cemetery, and the seating facilities of the church could not begin to hold the crowd that attended. Mr. Zagelow, popular young farmer and community worker, was born Sept 30, 1906, at the farm home of his parents and attended the Odessa schools as an outstanding student. During his early years he suffered infantile paralysis, and in 1927 a hip accident put him in the hospital for 18 months, followed by subsequent operations. While never fully recovering, in 1937 he started farming for himself. In 1939 he was married to Miss Dorothy Schafer. Three children were born to the union.  In addition to his farming operations Mr. Zagelow found time for many community assistance projects, as member of the board of trustees of the English Congregational church, a past master of the Odessa Grange, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Odessa Grange Supply Company, commercial club member, present junior deacon of the Odessa Masonic lodge No 156, member of the Scottish Rite and of the El Katif Shrine. Survivors include his widow, Dorothy, and three little children, Larry, 6, James, 3, and Richard, 10 months, all at the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zagelow, Spokane; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Zemke, Madras, Oregon, and Mrs. Walter Quast, Odessa; two brothers, William F. Zagelow, Odessa, and Major Leonard Zagelow, stationed with the office of the chief surgeon on the Philippine Islands.” (Odessa Record: 8-15-1946)


Zagelow, Martha L.,  (d. 1951; b. 1877; TS; OC)  “Martha Louise Zagelow.  Died: 12-11-1951, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: widowed. Father:  Karl Goede;  Mother: Wilhelmina Natska.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death and burial cards) “Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Zagelow will be held from the English Congregational church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev R. H. Satterfield officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mrs. Zagelow died Tuesday night at the Veterans Memorial hospital where she had been confined since November 7, when she was taken seriously ill. A pioneer matron of this community, Martha Zagelow was born April 17, 1877, in La Crescent, Minn.  Later she went with her parents to Marion, South Dakota, and at the age of 14 moved with her parents to Eugene, Oregon.  She came to Washington in 1900, and on Nov 7, 1901, was married to Paul Zagelow.  They lived on their farm north of Odessa until 1937, when they retired to Spokane. In 1947, because of ill health, they returned to Odessa to be near their children. Mr. Zagelow died in May, 1950, and she has continued her home in Odessa since.  She was a member of the English Congregational Church, the Ladies Aid, and was a charter member of the Odessa Grange.  Five children were born to their union, one son, Hugo, preceding them in death.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Albert Zemke of Madras, Oregon; and Mrs. Walter Quast, Odessa; two sons, Col. L. P. Zagelow, of New York City; and W. F. Zagelow, of Odessa; 9 grandsons and one granddaughter. Eight sisters, Mrs. Tena Purkerson, Portland; Mrs. Minnie Peart, Spokane; Mrs. Augusta Richardson, Everett; Mrs. Anna Brown, Wapato; Mrs. Mary Bentley, Yakima; Miss Katherine Goede, Port Angeles; Mrs. Lydia Saunders, Spokane; and Mrs. Elmina Keller, Port Angeles; three brothers, Charles Goede, Odessa; William Goede, Chesaw; and John Goede, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-13-1951) “Funeral services were held on Saturday... Pallbearers included Jack Cole of Edwall, C. H. Graedel, Spokane; H. E. Michaelsen, Jacob Quast, John Deife and Peter Luiten.  Mrs. James Lyons was organist, and vocal numbers included a duet by Mrs. Joe C. Laney and Mrs. D. B. Wilskie, and a solo by Mrs. Lyons.  Mrs. Zagelow was a pioneer of this area, coming to Washington in 1900. Born in Minnesota, she had lived in South Dakota and Oregon before coming to Washington. She was married to Paul Zagelow Nov 7, 1901, and the family lived on a ranch in the north area until 1937, moving to Spokane to retire. In 1947 they returned to Odessa and Mr. Zagelow died in May of 1950. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Albert Zemke of Madras, Oregon, and Mrs. Walter Quast, Odessa; two sons, Wm F. Zagelow, of Odessa, and Col. Leonard P. Zagelow of the US Army, New York City; 9 grandsons, and one granddaughter. Eight sisters...3 brothers... Out of town relatives coming to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zemke and son, Madras, OR; Col L P. Zagelow, NYC; Mrs. Tena Purkeson and Mrs. Della Yokum, Portland; Mrs. Minnie Peart, John Goede and Wm Shelton, Spokane; William and Orville Goede, Chesaw, WA; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Cole, Spokane; and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cole, Edwall.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1951)


Zagelow, Paul T.,  (d. 1950; b. 1870; TS; OC)  “Paul Zagelow.  Died: 5-22-1950.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Funeral services for Paul Theodor Bernhard Zagelow are being held this afternoon from the English Congregational Church, with the Rev R W Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr Zagelow died at the Deaconess hospital at Spokane on Monday.  Born in Koenigburg, East Prussia, Germany, Dec 23, 1870, he came to America with his parents at the age of 17. For a year he lived in Wisconsin, and then moved to Stanton, Nebraska. In 1890 he came to Davenport and in 1898 took out his citizenship papers. Later he moved to Odessa where he took up a homestead.  On Nov 7, 1901, he was married to Martha Goede. They lived on their farm north of Odessa until November, 1937, when they moved to Spokane. In 1947, because of poor health, they returned to Odessa to be near their children. Five children were born to their union, one son, Hugo, preceding his father in death.  Survivors include his wife, Martha, at the home; two daughters, Mrs Albert Zemke of Madras, Oregon, and Mrs Walter Quast, Odessa; two sons, Major Leonard Zagelow, US Army, Minneapolis, MN and W F Zagelow…”  (Odessa Record: 1-26-1950; scrapbook obit)


Zagelow, Vera Weber    “Vera Zagelow, formerly of Odessa, died Dec 7, 2007, in Walla Walla. Zagelow was born April 26, 1916, in Odessa to Christian and Toney (Reiman) Weber. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1934. After attending Kinman Business University in Spokane, she worked for the Odessa Trading Company. She married William F Zagelow on Dec 19, 1937, and the couple farmed in the area until their retirement.  In 1997, they moved to the Cooper George retirement apartments in Spokane. Following her husband’s death in 2000, Vera moved to Walla Walla. When she lived in Odessa, Vera was an active member of the community. She was involved in her church, the English Congregational Church, which later merged into the Heritage Church. She headed the Sunday School programs when her children were young an din later years was devoted ‘Care Bear’ who wrote notes of concern and friendship to members and their families.  She was a member of the Heritage Church, Odessa Grange and was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and Mother Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was a longstanding member of bridge clubs and a ready substitute for others. Having developed an interest in sports in high school, she was a dedicated fan when her sons participated in school sports and retained a keen interest in local and regional teams. Also following their retirement from farming, Mr and Mrs Zagelow spent their winters in California and Arizona and enjoyed foreign travels with the Shrine/Masonic sponsored tours. She is survived by three children, Stephen P and Connie Zagelow of Olympia, WA; Robert and Jill Zagelow, of Walla Walla; Jane Ahrens of Washington, DC; one daughter-in-law, Vivian Zagelow of Spokane; 9 grandchildren, Gregory Zagelow, Jeremy Rogers, Kirsten Nash, Cathy Koelher, Angie Gibson, Brendon and Sean Mendoza, Jenny Zagelow and Carrie Bain along with five great grandchildren; one sister, Delora Gies of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, William F K Zagelow, in 2000, one son, William B Zagelow, and 5 sisters and one brother. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007, at the Heritage Church, Odessa, with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Interment was in Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Dec 2007)


Zagelow, William B.,  (d. 10-30-1995; b. 1-20-1941; TS; OC)  “William B. ‘Bill’Zagelow, a prominent Odessa area farmer, died on Monday, Oct 30, 1995, at his home north of Odessa. He was 54 years old and farmed in the Odessa and Harrington area for many years. He was born in Odessa on Jan 20, 1941, the son of W. F. and Vera (Weber) Zagelow. He attended Odessa schools, where he excelled in high school athletics. He attended Western Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history.  He married Vivian Oakvik on Aug 17, 1963. They returned to farm in Odessa in 1965. He was active in agricultural and community affairs. He was past president of the Lincoln County Assn of Wheat Growers and past president of the Wash. Assn of Wheat Growers. He served on the board of directors of the Odessa Trading Co, the Grange Supply Co of Odessa and was a past commissioner of Lincoln County Public Hospital Dist #1, Odessa. He was appointed to the National Transportation Commission and was a delegate to the Presidential Economic Summit in 1991. He was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa and past master of Odessa Lodge #156, F&AM.  He was honored as a distinguished alumni by Western Washington University. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, at the family home in Odessa, and two daughters, Jennifer Zagelow and Carrie Zagelow, both of Seattle; his parents, W. F. and Vera Zagelow, of Odessa; two brothers, Steve Zagelow, of Olympia, and Bob Zagelow, of Walla Walla; one sister, Jane Ahrens, of  Washington, DC, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 2, at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record-undated) “William Bryant Zagelow. Death: 10-30-1995. Birth: 1-20-1941. Spouse: Vivian Oakvik. Father; William Zagelow. Mother: Vera Weber. Buried: Cremation, Spokane Crematory, Spokane, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)


Zagelow, William F. K.,  (d. 12-06-2000; b. 10-24-1910; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for William F. K. Zagelow were held Saturday, Dec 9, at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Mr. Zagelow, who was 90 years old, died in Spokane on Wednesday, Dec 6, 2000. Before making his home in Spokane in recent years, he had been a life-long resident of Odessa. He was born in Odessa on Oct 24, 1910, the son of Paul and Martha (Goede) Zagelow. He attended the country school north of Odessa and then began working with his father on the family farm. He later attended a gasoline and diesel engine repair school in Portland. He married Vera Weber on Dec 19, 1937, and together they celebrated nearly 63 years of marriage.  Bill farmed with his brother Hugo until Hugo’s tragic death in 1946. After retiring from the family farm, he and Vera enjoyed many years traveling and spent many winters in Arizona and California.  He was active in community affairs. He was a member of the first board of directors for both Lincoln County Public Hospital Dist #1 (Odessa Memorial Hospital) and the Odessa Fire District.  He was a charter member and past master of the Odessa Grange and was a deputy master for the Washington State Grange. He was a past master of the Odessa Masonic Lodge and past patron for the Odessa Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the Sage Shrine Club. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Odessa Trading Co for more than 20 years. He was a member of the English Congregational Church in Odessa. He is survived by his wife Vera at the home; two sons, Stephen P. and wife Connie Zagelow, of Tumwater, WA, and their children, Gregory Zagelow, Jeremy Rogers and Kirsten Nash; Robert L. and wife Jill Zagelow, of Walla Walla, and their children, Cathy Kohler, Angie Gibson, Brendon and Sean Mendoza, and one daughter, Jane Ahrens, of Washington DC.  He is also survived by one daughter-in-law, Vivian Zagelow, of Odessa, and her daughters, Jenny Zagelow, of Seattle, and Carrie Bain, of Austin, TX, and 5 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his eldest son, William B. Zagelow; two brothers, and two sisters.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Dec 21, 2000)


Zeiler, Donald A (added) “Donald A Zeiler died Thursday, July 24, 2008, in Odessa at the age of 78. He was born June 8, 1930, in Odessa to Jacob and Katherine (Shaub) Zeiler, Sr. He grew up in the Odessa area and attended school in Odessa. He joined the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Ione Zimbelman Nov 21, 1953, in Odessa, and they made their home there for more than 55 years. Donald worked for the Odessa Grange for many years, doing anything that was asked of him. By the time he retired, he was the parts manager.  After retiring, he was busy in the community in which he lived. Don moved into the Quail Court assisted-living facility 2 ½ years ago when he needed some special care and assistance. He is survived by four children: Debbie Zeiler and Lori Carpenter, both of Moses Lake; Sandy Libsack of Odessa, and Tim and Pam Zeiler of Davenport; two special sons-in-law, Joe Carpenter of Moses Lake and Jay Libsack of Odessa. He has eight grandchildren: Brandi and Greg Engel, CJ and Ryan Carpenter, Andrew and Colton Libsack, Donald (Alex), Josh and Sydney Zeiler along with numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife Ione ‘Tootie’ Zeiler in 2004, grandson Adam Libsack in 2005 along with nine brothers and four sisters. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, 30+ year member of the Odessa Fire Dept, VFW/American Legion, the Odessa Riders Club, Odessa Gun Club and former Odessa Ambulance crew member. He enjoyed golfing, trap shooting, bowling, fishing and rodeos. But his biggest joy was his family and watching his grandchildren’s events. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 7-31-2008) 


Zeiler, Dorothy J.,  (added) d. Nov 12, 2002  “Dorothy J. Zeiler, a longtime resident of Odessa, died Tuesday, Nov 12, (2002), in Spokane. She was 71 years old.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and was involved in coaching Little League, 4-H sewing projects and Girl Scouts. Dorothy enjoyed knitting, making afghans and spending time with her family.  She was preceded (in death) by her husband Sam Zeiler in 1977 and two brothers.  She is survived by one son, Greg (and Teresa) Zeiler, of Valley Ford; one daughter, Jill Zeiler (and Mike Buck and his three sons, Russell, Matthew and Nathean), of Davenport; two grandchildren, Scott and Alishea Zeiler, and one great-grandchild, Noah Zeiler, all of Spokane; three sisters, Alta Magin and Neva McDaniel, of Spokane, and Aloha (and Art) Wagner, of Wilbur; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov 15, at Christ Lutheran Church, with Pastor Tim Hauge, officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 21, 2002)


Zeiler, Edward(d. 10-30-1992; b. 5-29-1910; TS; OC)  “In Memory Of Edward Zeiler. Born May 29, 1910, Ritzville, WA.  Passed Away Oct 30, 1992, Odessa, WA. Funeral Services Tuesday, Nov 3, 1992 at 11 a.m., Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Pastor Scott Jurgens, Officiating. Concluding Services and Vault Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Casket Bearers: Tim Zeiler, Dale Hunt, Bob Zeiler, Neil Reeve, Jay Libsack, Rick Pickle.  Honorary Bearers: Ivan Hemmerling, Albert Dauble, John Hertenstein, Alvin Lee Dauble. Services Directed By: Strate Funeral Home.” (Funeral Program)  “Funeral services for Edward Zeiler were held Tuesday at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Mr. Zeiler, who was 82 years old, died Oct 30, 1992, in Odessa. He was born May 29, 1910, in Ritzville. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and a 60-year member of the Odessa Grange. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Zeiler, at the home; one daughter, Beatrice Lyon, of Spokane; five brothers, Jake Zeiler Jr., Roy Zeiler, and Don Zeiler, all of Odessa, Fred Zeiler, Vancouver, WA, and Vernie Zeiler, Lynnwood, WA; three sisters, Elma Lesser, Newport, WA, Rachel Tyler, Kent, WA, and Viola Fode, Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Zeiler, in 1972, a sister, Mary King, and two brothers, Sam Zeiler and William Zeiler. The Rev Scott Jurgens, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, officiated at the funeral services. Casket bearers were Tim Zeiler, Bob Zeiler, Jay Libsack, Dale Hunt, Neil Reeve and Rick Pickle. Honorary bearers were Ivan Hemmerling, John Hertenstein, Albert Dauble and Alvin Lee Dauble. Interment was in Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 5, 1992) “Edward Zeiler.—Passed away Oct 30, 1992 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Zeiler, at the home....” (scrapbook obit excerpt of additional detail.) “Edward Zeiler.  Died: 10-30-1992. Birth: 5-29-1910, WA.  Spouse: Elizabeth Pauline Daubel.  Father: Jacob Zeiler, Sr;  Mother: Katherine Schaub.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Zeiler, Elizabeth,  (d. 9-21-1993; b. 6-22-1910; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Elizabeth Pauline Zeiler were held Friday, Sept 24, in the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.  Mrs Zeiler, a resident of Odessa, died on Tuesday, Sept 21, 1993, in Spokane. She was the widow of Ed Zeiler, who preceded her in death in 1992. She was born in Chattaroy on June 22, 1910. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Ritzville. She is survived by one step-daughter, Beatrice Lyon, of Spokane; three brothers, John Daubel, of Chattaroy, Earnest Daubel, of Deer Park, and Albert Daubel of Chattaroy; three sisters, Martha Miller, of Sundre, Alta, Mary Hertenstein, of Almira, and Rose Karg, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Scott Jurgens, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Alvin Lee Daubel, Neil Reeve, Jay Libsack, Rick Pickel, Ivan Hemmerling, and Dale Hunt. Interment was in Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.’ (Odessa Record-undated) “Service for Elizabeth Zeiler, 83, will be at 1 p.m. today at the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, WA, followed by burial at the Odessa Cemetery. Mrs. Zeiler, who died Tuesday, was born in Chattaroy.  She married Ed Zeiler in 1975, and they made their home in Odessa. He died in 1992. Mrs. Zeiler was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Ritzville, WA.  Survivors include a step-daughter, Beatrice Lyon of Spokane; ...” (scrapbook obit) “Elizabeth Pauline Zeiler. Died: 9-21-1993. Birth: 6-22-1910, WA.  Widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Zeiler, Ione J. (Tootie) , (added) d. 3-15-2004“Memorial services for Ione J (Tootie) Zeiler were held on Friday, March 19, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Zeiler died Monday, March 15, 2004 in Spokane. She was a lifetime resident of the Odessa and Marlin area.  She was born Feb 8, 1933, in Marlin, the daughter of Gus and Emma (Kallenberger) Zimbelman. She was graduated from Marlin High School in 1950 and from Kinman Business University in Spokane. She married Donald A. Zeiler on Nov 21, 1953, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa.  She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Donald Zeiler, at the home; four children, Debbie Zeiler and Lori (and Joe) Carpenter, all of Moses Lake; Sandy (and Jay) Libsack, of Odessa, and Tim (and Pam) Zeiler, of Davenport; 9 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Donald Zimbelman, of Othello, and Herb Zimbelman and Robert Zimbelman, both of Odessa; 3 sisters, Florence Schlimmer of Odessa, and Viola (and Bob) Syring and Rhea Strate, both of Spokane; a sister-in-law, Shirley Zimbelman, of Almira, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Leo Zimbelman and Melvin Zimbelman.  Pastor Tim Hauge officiated at the memorial services. Inurnment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 25, 2004)


Zeiler, Jacob Jr.,   (d. 2-16-2000; b. 11-28-1912; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Jacob Zeiler Jr. were held on Tuesday, Feb 22, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa.  Mr. Zeiler died Wednesday, Feb 16, 2000, in Odessa. He was 87 yearrs old. He was a lifetime resident of the Odessa area. He was born Nov 28, 1912, in Ritzville, the son of Jacob and Katherine (Schab) Zeiler, pioneer settlers of the area.  He married Ruby Heimbigner on Dec 29, 1940, in Farmington.  He was a wheat farmer in the Odessa area for many years before his retirement in 1975. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and a member for more than 50 years of the Odessa Grange.  He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Ruby, at the home; one son, Robert and his wife Debra Zeiler, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Larissa and Matthew Zeiler, both of Odessa; three brothers, Fred Zeiler, Vancouver, WA; Vernie Zeiler, of Kennewick; and Don Zeiler, of Odessa; three sisters, Elma Lesser, of Newport; Rachel Tyler, of Kent, WA; and Viola Fode, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pastor Bob Edwards officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Feb 24, 2000)


Zeiler, Jacob Sr., h/o Kath.  (d. 10-10-1954; b. 6-13-1887; TS; OC; LL)  “Jacob Zeiler, Sr.  Died: 10-10-1954, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: married; Father: Conrad Zeiler; Mother: Katherine Schmidt.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death and burial cards)  “Zeiler, Jacob Sr.  Died: 10 Oct 1954; Birth: 13 June 1887.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)  “Funeral services were held from the Christ Lutheran church on Wednesday afternoon for Jacob Zeiler Sr., 67, who died suddenly at his home Sunday morning, of a stroke. Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Jacob Zeiler was born June 13, 1887, in Frank, Russia, and as a boy of 15 came to Canada. He came to the United States in 1902, living on a farm southeast of Odessa, and later owning his own property in that vicinity. In 1907 he married Katherine Schaub. To this union were born 13 children, she and three of the children preceded him in death. Mrs. Zeiler died in 1939. In 1942 he moved to town and remarried, to Katherine Thaut, who survives. Other survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Mary King and Mrs. Viola Lobe, Odessa; Mrs. Rachel Christensen, Issaquah; Mrs. Elma Lesser, Ritzville; Mrs. Ella Reed, Seattle, and Mrs. Clara Tesseir, San Francisco; 10 sons, Edward, Jacob, Vernie, and Roy Zeiler, Odessa; Fred Zeiler, Vancouver, WA; Sam and Henry Thaut, Seattle; Mason Thaut, Snohomish; Leo and Arthur Thaut, Spokane; 31 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. C. C. Heimbigner, Puyallup.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1954)  “Funeral services were... Music was brought by a women’s quartette, including Mrs. George Gies, Mrs. Maude Giese, Mrs. E. M. Bartalamay and Mrs. Emanuel Yuckert, with Mrs. Leo Stout at the organ. Honorary pallbearers included George Schafer, Conrad Fink, George Gettman and George Grening. Active pallbearers included Henry Schafer, Reuben Fink, Sol Zier, Ed Kiesz, George Gies and Henry Moellering.  Among the relatives and friends coming to the funeral were A. and Mrs. Don Zeiler, Washington, DC; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zeiler, Vancouver, WA; Mr. and Mrs. William Christensen, Issaquah; A/1c, and Mrs. Sam Zeiler, Cocoa, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heimbigner and Henry Heimbigner, Ritzville; Mr. and Mrs. C. C .Heimbigner, Puyallup; William Heimbigner, Olympia; Mrs. Anna Zeiler, Portland.  Mr. and Mrs. John Heimbigner, Spokane; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Portch, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Portch, Jr., Bob Portch, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Scheibner, Wilbur; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schaub and George Schaub, Walla Walla; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Koch, Tacoma; Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Reed and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thaut, Seattle; Mr. and Mrs. Mason Thaut, Snohomish; Mrs. Ernie Tessier, San Francisco; and Mrs. Albert Tessier, Yakima.  Mr. and Mrs. William Thaut, Tacoma; Mrs. Mary Werttenberger, Tacoma; Mrs. Zan Anderson, Mrs. Art Wagner and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Robertson, Wilbur; Mr. and Mrs. John Gettman, and Mrs. Jessie Schafer, Wenatchee; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Thaut and Arthur Thaut, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-1954) 


Zeiler, Jerry Walter, s/o Sam  (d. 11-02-1951; TS; OC; LL)  “Jerry Walter Zeiler.  Died: 11-02-1951, Odessa, WA; stillborn. Spouse: unmarried; Father: Sam Zeiler; Mother: Dorothy Anderson.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health death and burial card).  “Jerry Walter Zeiler. Stillborn. Died: 2 Nov 1951. Son of Sam Zeiler and Dorothy Anderson. (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)


*Zeiler, Joseph, (buried 12 miles SW Odessa, Adams Co; ? Emmaus; d. 12 Jan 1903)  

Zeiler, Katherine E .,(widow)  (d. 5-08-1924; b. 1-30-1847; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Katherine Zeiler.  Female, white, widowed; Died: 8 May 1924, at 2 p.m. Dist #6, Odessa, WA. Birth: 30 Jan 1847, Russia. Informant: Jacob Zeiler, Odessa, WA. Father: unknown, born Russia; Mother: unknown, born Russia. Cause of death: Acute endocarditis of 7 days duration; Contributory: sharp indigestion. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Buried: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA on May 11, 1924 by Undertaker: M. F. Haight of Ritzville, WA.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card which had errors) “Cathrina (nee Schmidt) Zeiler. Birth 30 Jan 1846 in Frank, Russland; Married Conrad Zeiler and with 7 children, to America in 1901. In March 1909 she moved in with her son Jacob Zeiler until her death on  8 May 1924. Age: 78 yrs 3 mos 9 days. Burial 11 May. Survived by 5 children, 29 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Mrs Katherine Zeiler, age 78, died at the home of her son, Jacob Zeiler, east of town this morning of old age. Her funeral will be held at Odessa from the Lutheran church Sunday afternoon.” (Odessa Record: 5-09-1924) “The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Zeiler, who died Friday at the home of her son, Jacob Zeiler, southwest of Odessa was held from the Odessa Lutheran church Sunday. The Rev H P Christensen officiated. Interment was made in the plat reserved for Lutherans near the cross at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: May 16, 1924)


Zeiler, Katherine M. Schaub, (d. 5-04-1939; b. 6-23-1891; TS; OC; Strates; LL)  “Katherine Zeiler.  Date of Death: 5-04-1939 at Sacred Heart Hospital at 10 p.m.; Informant: Jacob Zeiler of Odessa. Birthplace: Russia; Birth: June 23, 1891; age: 47 yrs 10 mos 11 days; Female, white, married, housewife.  To US in 1901. Father: Alexander Schaub born Russia; Mother: Mary Zimmerman born Russia. Physician: Ratsford. Husband: Jacob Zeiler. 12 children: 8 sons: Ed, Jacob, Fred, Roy, William, Earnie, Sam, Donald; 4 daughters: Mary King, Rachel Christenson, Alma Lesser, Viola.; 6 Grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Zeiler/Zailer, Kath. Margareta.  Died: May 4, 1939; Birth: 23 June 1891” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)


Zeiler, Mary Scheibner (added); (1927-2008); “Mary Zeiler passed away on July 31, 2008 in Davenport at the age of 81. She was born on March 11, 1927 in Wilbur to Roy and Vivian (Covert) Scheibner.  Mary was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. She also belonged to the Odessa VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Odessa Grange, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, playing cards and gardening. She is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Hall and Ernie of Spokane Valley; Gloria Gray and Jim of Spokane; and Beverly Goeringer and Dannie of Norman, OK; 7 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Helen Scheibner of Wilbur, Elaine Zeiler of Tri-Cities, and Ruby Zeiler of Odessa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy in 1994, her brother Ned Scheibner and two sisters, Betty Bagley and Lillian Van Steenkist. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug 5, 2008, at 12 noon at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, cared for the family.” (Odessa Record: 8-07-2008; photo in original); 


*Zeiler, Paulina ,(Heimbigner Cemetery became OC; d. 7 Aug 1903) “Paulina Zeiler. d. 7 Aug 1903; b. 14 Aug 1901; burial: Heimbigner Church Cemetery.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)


Zeiler, Roy  (WW II) (d. 3-07-1994; b. 3-02-1917; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Roy Zeiler were held on Thursday, March 10, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mr. Zeiler died Monday, March 7, 1994, in Odessa. He had been a resident of the area for most of his life. He was born on a farm near Ritzville on March 2, 1917, the son of Jacob and Katherine Schaub Zeiler. He was one of twins. Triplets were also born to his parents, of whom two, who were boys, died in infancy.  When he was four years old, his family moved to a farm near Odessa. He attended the Joyner School which was near their home. When that school was closed, he attended school in Odessa.  When they were in their early teens, Roy and his brother Fred moved to another nearby farm which their father had purchased. The farm work was done with horses. Roy was a World War II veteran. He was drafted into the US Army in March 1941. He took his basic training at Fort Lewis, WA. He was sent to Camp Roberts, CA, where the soldiers lived in tents while they were assigned to build the large barracks, in which they later lived. His Army training included cook’s and baker’s schooling as well as a course in mechanic’s school. His unit was sent to Kodiak Island, Alaska, and during that tour of duty, he worked for the most part in the officers club and as a cook. He also participated in a project to lay a communications cable in the Aleutian Islands. From Kodiak Island, he was transferred to the European theater of operations, where he served as a truck driver, taking supplies to the front and bringing soldiers and equipment back to the US headquarters.  With the end of the war in Europe, his unit was sent back to the US and from there to the Pacific theater. The Army kept Roy in Europe, however, to serve as an interpreter as he was fluent in the German language. While he was home on a 30-day leave, Japan surrendered, ending the war. Roy received his honorable discharge in Sept 1945. He was married to Mary Scheibner on Jan 6, 1946. They had three daughters, Barbara, Gloria and Beverly. Roy and his brother Verne farmed their father’s farm together for eight years. Roy and Mary purchased their own farm in 1954. In 1969, they sold their farm and moved to Issaquah, where Roy was employed by the Issaquah School District as a custodian and heating system mechanic. In 1975, they returned to Odessa, where Roy was employed by Walter Implement Company until he retired. He then worked part-time for the Grange Supply Co of Odessa. Roy loved to travel. He and Mary spent every vacation visiting their daughters and grandchildren in California and Texas. He was an excellent cook, and enjoyed making cookies for his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends. He was noted for his peanut butter cookies. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters, Barbara Hall of Odessa; Gloria Laird of Ritzville, and Beverly Payne of Norman, OK; 7 grandchildren, Mark Morris, Carrie Crow, Julie Evans, Jody Houck, Amy Kloster, Jason Payne and Joshua Payne; four great grandchildren; four brothers, Jacob Zeiler Jr. of Odessa, Fred Zeiler of Vancouver, WA; Verne Zeiler, of Lynnwood, WA; and Don Zeiler of Odessa; and two sisters, Rachel Tyler, his twin, of Kent, WA, Elma Lesser, one of the triplets, of Newport, and Viola Fode, of Odessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Edward, Billy, Sam and two of the triplets, and by a sister, Mary King. The Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were Ray Roloff, Paul Horak, Mike Hardung, LaMar Heimbigner, Clark Schlimmer and Lorus Scrupps. Honorary bearers were Reuben Roloff, Blaine Turner, Melvin Zimbelman, Delmar Jamerson and Glenn Porter.  Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record-undated) “Roy Zeiler.  Died: 3-07-1994. Birth: 3-02-1917, WA. Spouse: Mary Scheibner.  Father: Jacob Zeiler, Sr.  Mother: Katherine Schaub. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death and burial cards)


Zeiler, Samuel W.,  (d. 1977; b. 1929; TS; OC)  “Samuel Walter Zeiler.  Died: 9-07-1977.  Birth: 4-10-1929, WA.  Spouse: Dorothy Anderson.  Father: Jacob Zeiler, Sr.  Mother: Catherine Schaub.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Samuel Walter Zeiler.  Died: 9-09-1977. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co burial card) “Sam Zeiler, 48, died suddenly on Sept 7, (1977) at the family home six miles southeast of Odessa. Funeral services were held from Christ Lutheran Church on Sept 12 at 2 p.m., Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge.  A men’s quartet of Al Scheibner, Curtis Finck, Clark Kagele and Mark Cronrath sang. Mrs Ron Frederick was organist for the service. Pall bearers were Ralph Heimbigner, Bruce Brown, Ivan Walter, Laurence Libsack, Steve Donovan and Gary Zeiler. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Gettman, Owen Heimbigner and Keith Cronrath. Sam Zeiler, son of Jacob Sr. and his wife, Katherine Schaub, was born on April 10, 1929 in Odessa. He received his formal education here. On Jan 7, 1951 he was married to Dorothy Anderson at Wilbur. Two children were born to this union. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Jan 7, 1976. Sam enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1952 to 1956. Upon discharge he engaged in farming, continuing in this profession until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents and by one sister, Mary King.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; by one son: Greg; by one daughter, Jill; 6 brothers: Ed, Jake, Roy and Don of Odessa; Fred of Vancouver, WA; and Vern of Alderwood Manor, WA; 3 sisters: Viola Fode of Ritzville, Raechel Taylor of Kent; and Alma Lesser of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1977)


Zeiler, William Albert,  s/o Jac.  (d. 9-05-1938; b. 1-29-1924; TS; OC; Strates; LL; DC) “Willie Albert Zeiler. Born: Jan 24, 1924; Died: Sept 5, 1939; Father: Jacob Zeiler; Mother: Catherine Scaup; Buried: Odessa Cemetery. (Lincoln Co Health death cert excerpt) “Willie Albert Zeiler.  Residence: 6 miles S-E Odessa, WA. Death: 9-05-1938 at 2:15 p.m. on Highway to Harrington from Odessa. Informant: Jacob Ziler, Odessa; By whom Called: Dr Bonney of Odessa.  Birthplace: Lincoln County. Age 15 yrs 7 mos 6 days; Birth: Jan 29, 1924. School boy. Father: Jacob Ziler born Russia. Mother: Catherine Schaup born Russia. Physician: L. J. Bonney.  Relatives: Father, Jacob Zeiler; 7 brothers: Ed, Jack, Fred, Roy, Ernie, Sam, Donald;  4 sisters: Mary King, Rachel Christenson, Alma Lesser, Viola. Many aunts and uncles.  Color of Hair: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Height: 5’7” Weight: 135 lbs.”  (Mortuary Ledger)  “Zeiler/Zailer, William.  Died age 15 yrs 7 mos 5 days. Birth: 29 Jan 1924.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)


Zeller, baby Girl (added),  d. 7-26-1965  “Baby Girl Zeller. Died: 7-26-1965. Stillborn.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Graveside services were held last Wednesday afternoon for the stillborn infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Zeller of Spokane.  The mother is the former Miss Linda Giese of Odessa. The Rev A. Hausauer officiated. Coming to the service were G B Giese and Donna; James Zeller, and Mr. and Mrs. Jay Simmons. They reported that Mrs. Zeller was in the hospital, but doing well.” (Odessa Record: 8-05-1965) 


Zeller, Roman L.,  (added, ???)  d. 12-06-1970 “Roman L. Zeller.  Died: 12-06-1970”  (Lincoln Co Health, no burial shown)



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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