Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Alumbaugh: Marvin Alumbaugh was killed in a plane crash 20 miles northwest of Tonasket. Mrs James Walter was called to Omak for the funeral. Surviving are the parents, Mr and Mrs Vern Alumbaugh, two brothers, Max and Melvin; a sister, Mrs James Walter, a grandfather, Albert Alumbaugh of Brendson, KS; a grandmother, Mrs John Sep of Norwalk, CA; and great grandmother, Mrs Nancy Blond, Savenborgh, KS. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-20-1962)

Amen:  (Alma Schafer Amen) “Word has been received of the death of Mrs Arthur Amen, formerly Alma Schafer. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs John Schafer, Odessa pioneers. Mrs Amen passed away in Norfolk, Nebraska on Wednesday, July 16. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; two sons, Delbert and Kenneth; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Anna Amen and Elizabeth Walter of Odessa; (Mrs Amen followed her sister in death on Thursday, July 17), Emelia Ramsey of Wenatchee, and Martha Cordes of Spokane; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Congregational Church in Norfolk.” (Odessa Record: 7-24-1975)

Amende:  Arthur John Amende died July 16, in Seattle Providence hospital following open heart surgery. he is the son of Mrs Gladys Amende of Odessa.  Arthur was born in Marlin on July 3, 1923. He is survived, in addition to his mother, by his widow, Evelyn; three sons, Steven, Larry and Allen; two daughters, Janice and Kathy—all at their Seattle home; sisters, Mrs Muriel Francis, Covina, CA; Mrs David Pearson, Glendale, CA; Miss Anna Marie Amende, Canoga Park, CA; two brothers, Max Amende of Seattle and James of Saratoga, CA. Funeral services were held in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1970)

Amende:  “Mrs A M Amende is at Seattle today attending the funeral of Mrs Ralph Amende, who had died in Los Angeles and was being brought back for the service. They are former Odessa residents.  The city clerk’s office will be closed today and Friday while Mrs Amende is away.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-1954)  

Anderson:  “Ted Anderson will be at Moscow, Idaho, this week end, to attend the funeral services for his father, S S Anderson, 79, who died on July 3 at Camp Carson, CO, where he had been hospitalized the past four months. The remains are being returned to Moscow, where the family home is located. Other survivors are the mother, Mrs Anderson, a sister, Mrs Victor Fosnight, Kellogg; and two brothers, Arthur Anderson in Hamilton, MT, and M/Sgt Clifford G Anderson, Pueblo, CO.” (Odessa Record: 7-15-1954)

Anderson:  “Word was received in Odessa on Tuesday that Ted Anderson, former editor of the Odessa Record for 33 years, died at Grand Junction, CO, on June 21, at the age of 73. A resident of Grand Junction for 10 years, he died at Mesa Memorial hospital. Funeral services were held at the Callahan-Edfast Chapel, Grand Junction, on June 24 with a Masonic service by Grand Junction Lodge 173 AF & AM. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.  Theodore Cline Anderson was born at Moscow, Idaho on Dec 8, 1903. he spent his childhood at Moscow and Kellogg, Idaho, and attended high school at Kellogg. He attended the University of Idaho, receiving a degree in journalism. Anderson arrived in Odessa in 1931 to work as editor of the Odessa Record after the publication was purchased by C A Bragg from L C Weik. He purchased the newspaper from Bragg in April, 1957 upon the retirement of Bragg, then sold the newspaper to the present owner, Walter R Larson on Sept 1, 1964.  After moving to Grand Junction, Anderson devoted much of his time to the Older American Center where he was a member of the board of directors. He married, shortly after leaving Odessa in 1965, and was later divorced. Anderson was a former member of the Odessa Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge 156.  Surviving him are two brothers, Clifford Anderson of Placerville, CO, and Arthur O Anderson of Everett, WA; and a sister, Mrs Stella Fosnight of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In a call to Mrs Fosnight it was learned that Ted had been seriously ill this past winter with a virus.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-1977; photo in original)

Apple:  Maurice Apple, 58, and his wife, Sydelle Apple, 53, were killed in a head-on crash of two cars on Highway 10 near the Odessa 4-B junction Sunday afternoon. Mrs Apple died almost instantly at the scene. Her husband died an hour later at the Ritzville hospital. Mr Apple was a Spokane business man. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-27-1962; Six Dead in Fiery Crash)

Ashburn:  Mrs Fay Ashburn, wife of Harvey L Ashburn, owner and operator of Smith’s Cafe in Odessa, died at the local hospital over the week end. The funeral was held in Spokane on March 6, 1975 at Smith Funeral Home in Spokane with cremation following. Survivors include her husband; one son, Glen F Lackey of Bridgeport, CA; one daughter, Mrs Ogle (Dolores) Trull, Cheney; one step-brother, Fred A Megenity, Lewiston, ID; one step sister, Mrs Clifford (May) Brown of Spokane; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-06-1975)

Axelson:  Lucille M Axelson of Fir Island, passed away at home Nov 26, 1985. She was a former Odessa teacher. She was born Aug 10, 1905 in Mount Vernon to Elmer and Gertrude Axelson.  Miss Axelson and a brother Russell farmed at the family home on Fir Island. She was preceded in death by that brother, and sisters, Eleanor and Evelyn. Survivors include a brother, Emanuel Azelson of Mount Vernon, a sister Charlotte Hunt of Ephrata, nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Lutheran Church Women. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-19-1985; burial not stated.)

Bareither:  George Bareither  of Fairfield, WA, died on Jan 22, in Spokane.  Mr Bareither had a number of relatives in the Odessa area.  Mr Bareither was born June 22, 1895, and came to this country with his German parents, the John Bareithers, when he was very young. On July 1, 1920, he was married to Anna P Willging and together they farmed in that community. In 1935 the family moved to Mt Hope, WA, area where they have since resided. He is survived by his wife, Anna P Bareither in Fairfield; one daughter, Mrs Marie B Wickham, Washtucna; four sons, Harold C and Levi G, both of Fairfield; Kenneth N, of Spokane, and Del E, Kennewick; two brothers, William of Bothell and Emanuel of Seattle; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan 27, from the United Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. Interment was at Mt Hope Cemetery, Mt Hope, WA.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1970)

Barnhart:  “Mrs Freda Mae Barnhart, 68, a longtime Wenatchee resident, died on Saturday afternoon in Central Washington Hospital. She was born Freda Roloff on May 8, 1914, at Odessa. She attended schools at Odessa and on April 1, 1934 married Walter Barnhart there. Wenatchee had been their home for the past 37 years. Mrs Barnhart worked at Fruit Growers Service for 25 years and at Wenoka for ten years. She was also employed at Nencekivell’s. She was a member of Gold Star Mothers, the US Marine Corps Auxiliary, and the YWCA. Survivors include her husband, at home; one son, Dan Barnhart, Tigard, OR; a daughter, Marlene Lemire, Black Diamond; three sisters, Ruth Mattie of Medford, OR, Evelyn Smith, of Spokane, and Lillian Lofsvold of Denver, Colorado; six grandchildren; two aunts, Mrs Elsie Moellering and Mrs Ida M Roloff, Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, B L Barnhart, who was killed in Vietnam; one sister, Hazel and her parents, Mr and Mrs D L Roloff. Funeral services were by Jones and Jones Funeral Home in Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1982)

Barr:  “Private funeral for Mrs Evelyn I Barr, 61, Edwall, WA, was held at 1 p.m. Monday at her home. She lay in state from 2:30 to 4 p.m. that day at Edwall Methodist Church. The wife of 7th District State Rep. Scott Barr, she died Thursday in a Spokane hospital after a 15 month battle with cancer.  Born at Odessa, WA, Mrs Barr was the daughter of Mr and Mrs George Heimbigner. She was a graduate of Harrington High School and Eastern Washington University. Prior to her 1943 marriage, she taught school for four years in Garfield and Whitman counties.  One of the schools she taught was at Riparia on the Snake River near Hooper, WA. After her marriage she became active in 4-H work, and she had a leadership role in Lincoln County 4-H circles until recent years. Living at Hooper and Edwall, the Barrs were in the grain and livestock business. For the past three years she was chairman of the Washington State Conservation District Environmental Educational Committee. Her efforts were directed toward making a practical environmental education available to Washington students on every grade level. Mrs Barr also served on the National Conservation District Environmental Education Committee and was an Associate Member on the Board of Supervisors for the Lincoln County Conservation District. She was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, where she was a life long member.  Surviving are her husband, at the home; her mother, Marie, Davenport, WA; and an uncle, Reuben Heimbigner, Odessa. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-05-1979)

Barron:  Lucile Reiman Barron, a member of a pioneer Odessa family, died in Bellingham, where she had been a resident for 60 years, on Sunday, Sept 19, 2004. Mrs Baron was 90 years old. She was born in Odessa on June 19, 1914, the daughter of Sol and Otillie (Weber) Reiman, for whom Reiman Park in Odessa was named.  She attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School. She taught high school in Peshastin, Ephrata, Ritzville and Ellensburg. After completing a research fellowship at the University of Washington, she joined the faculty at Western Washington College (now University) and taught there until she retired in 1978.  While at Western, she pursued graduate studies at Colorado State, Utah State and New York universities and spent time in England and France researching textile design. After retirement, she spent time with the Western Washington University Foreign Study Program in Greece. She married Declan Barron. He preceded her in death. Mrs Barron was active in the American Assoc. of Home Economics, the First Congregational Church of Bellingham, Western Washington University Retired Faculty Association and Women of Western. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Reiman and Roscoe Reiman and niece Rose Reiman Dias.  Survivors include sisters-in-law Neva M Reiman, of Kennewick, and Norma Reiman; nephew Michael D Reiman and wife Penni; nieces Linda L McCary, Vicki Merifield, Trudi Terrell and husband Bob; many grandnieces and grandnephews, and friends.  A celebration of life will be held at the First Congregational Church in Bellingham on Saturday, Oct 2 at 2 p.m. with the Rev Cynthia Bauleke officiating.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-2004)

Beck:  Ione C Beck, 82, of San Francisco, CA, died Monday, June 29, in St Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima.  She was born in Ruthton, MN, to Laurence and Mary Beck. She and her family were one of the early pioneers to the Marlin, WA, area.  She grew up there and later attended WSU where she was affiliated with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She became a legal secretary in San Francisco and did not retire until her 80th birthday. She was a member of the San Francisco City Club.  Survivors include two brothers, George F Beck of Yakima and R Stanley Beck of Bakersfield, CA; and one sister, Emma Mettie of Spokane.  She was the aunt of Katherine Havnaer of Tieton; Shirley Poage of Vancouver and Virginia Michel of Ellensburg. One great nephew was George Michel of Yakima, WA.  Other survivors include Earl Mettie of Kalama; Alan Mettie of Portland, OR; Byrnie Bakly of Portland; Norma Schofield of Vancouver; Max Lenz of Camp Sherman and Camas Lenz of Marlin.  Private family graveside services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. July 1 in Tahoma Cemetery, Keith and Keith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Father Webster Barnett of St Timothy Church officiated.” (Odessa Record: 7-09-1981)

Beck:  “Mrs Mary Beck died in Spokane last Wednesday, Jan 12, at the age of 102. She had lived in this area since arriving with her husband and family in 1901. Mary Christina Beck was born in Behl, near Schleswig Holstein and came to the US in 1879 at the age of 10 with a 16-year-old brother. They joined a married sister in Remsen, Iowa, and were followed by the rest of the family in a few years. She was married to Lawrence Beck in Iowa. They moved with their family to Pipestone County, MN, in 1898 where they remained until they came to the newly-opened wheat country of Eastern Washington in 1901. Lawrence died in 1935.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs Anna Moeller Carr, 92, of Marlin; five children, Emma Mettie of Riverview Terrace, Spokane; and Harvey Beck, Spokane; George Beck, Yakima; Ione Beck, San Francisco; and Stanley Beck, Bakersfield, CA; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren. Rev Clarence C Eifert officiated at the funeral held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Spokane. Burial was in Riverside Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1972)

Becker:  “Relatives here have received word of the Monday night death of Mrs Fred Becker at Tacoma. She was a sister of the late Mrs Conrad Fink. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1962)

Becker:  “Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Kuelbs and Braun Funeral Chapel at Cashmere, for Henry Becker. Rev Lorenz Michelson officiated. Interment was made in the Cashmere Cemetery.  Henry Becker passed away in a Wenatchee hospital Tuesday evening following an extended illness at the age of 80. Mr Becker was born on Sept 25, 1873 in a small village of Freudenall, near Odessa, Russia. he came with his father when 15 years old to the US, and following his father’s sudden death at Baltimore, MD, he returned to Russia. On Dec 27, 1893 he was united in marriage to Anna Oster in Russia and in 1901 they came to the US settling in Eastern Washington in Adams County, where they lived until 1909, then they moved to Walla Walla making that their home until 1916, then moving to Grant County and taking up a homestead near Wheeler and Ruff, retiring from the farm in 1923 and moving to Ruff where they lived until 1943, when they moved to Cashmere. This has been their home since.  Mr and Mrs Becker observed their 60th wedding anniversary last December. Mr Becker was preceded in death by one son, who lost his life in World War I. Mr Becker was a member of the Baptist Church of Cashmere. He is survived by his wife, Anna; 4 daughters, Mrs Earl Kinney of Cashmere; Mrs Louise Schmitten of Cashmere; Mrs Arthur Simpson of Cashmere; and Mrs Charles Morical of Wenatchee; 2 sons, Robert and John Becker of Cashmere; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; and one foster daughter, Mrs Fred Schell of Ruff, WA.—Cashmere Valley Record.” (Odessa Record: 2-18-1954) 

Behrens:   Lavina A Behrens, 72, Wenatchee, died at the Memorial hospital here Monday of injuries sustained when the light sedan she was driving collided with a highway bridge at the east city limits of Odessa.  The Strate Funeral Home took charge of the body and on Tuesday Glen Strate drove with it to North Bend, Oregon, where funeral services would be conducted.  The fatal accident occurred at approximately 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Mrs Behrens and her husband, the latter driving a new car, were returning from Spokane where they had tried to sell their old car. Behrens was ahead of his wife and didn’t notice that his wife had not kept up with him until he was near the center of town.  Hospital attendants said she had a broken arm and chest injuries and was suffering from shock. She sustained lacerations of the legs. The automobile she was driving was a total loss and was brought into town by the wrecker from the Birge Garage.” (Odessa Record: 3-28-1957)

Benzel:  Mary Benzel, 55, sister of Jacob Miller of Odessa, died at a  Spokane hospital following an operation on Tuesday. The body was sent to her home at Ritzville, where the funeral is being held today, from the German Congregational church.  She is survived by her husband, J F, at the home; four daughters, Mrs M H Sweesey of Clyde, Wash . , Miss Mary Wagner, Miss Hilda Wagner and Miss Esther Wagner, all of Walla Walla; four sons, George Wagner, of Prescott, Wash., Emil, Solomon and Victor, all of Ritzville; one granddaughter, Dona Marie Sweesey of Clyde, Wash.” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1935)

Beutel:  Alice L Beutel of Outlook, born Feb 14, 1900 in Chicago to Joseph and Maria Beutel, died Nov 10, 1985 in Toppenish. She was a teacher, one of her assignments being Odessa, as was Chelan, Sunnyside, Pasco, Raymond, Wapato, Yakima and Granger. Survivors include two brothers, John J Beutel and Fred W Beutel, both of Outlook, and a sister, Bernadine Hall of Granger. Inurnment was at Sunnyside Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-21-1985)

Biggs:  “Memorial services for James Allen Biggs, 56, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Memories here. He died at a Spokane hospital. He was born at Coulee City, WA, Sept 7, 1921, and he lived in the Wilson Creek area prior to service in the US Army. He recently lived at Marlin, WA. He was a shipping clerk at U & I Sugar Inc here. Survivors are his wife, Rose Marie, at home; seven children; 3 grandchildren, and his mother, Mrs Carrie Biggs of Grand Coulee.” (scrapbook obit, Moses Lake.) “...He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Biggs, and by a sister, Bessie Sterling. Interment was at Garfield Cemetery.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 12-21-1978)

Birge:  Alfred W Birge died June 29, 1977, at the age of 81 years. In Odessa he was a mechanic and garageman, residing in Odessa from 1923 to 1946. He was a veteran of WW I. He is survived by two sons, Don of Vancouver, and Alvin (Duker) of Sacramento, CA; 3 grandchildren; a brother, David K Birge of Odessa, and two sisters, Miss Frances Birge of Spokane and Mrs Nellie Batelaan of LaPuente, CA. Vault interment was at the Cedonia Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-07-1977; no mention of the mother of his sons)

Birge:  “Relatives here went to Cedonia on Wednesday to attend funeral services from the Cedonia Community church for Edward K Birge, son of Edward W Birge of Odessa, who had died at a Spokane hospital earlier in the week. He had lived at Spokane for 25 years. He is a grandson of Mrs G K Birge, and nephew of David and Frances Birge of Odessa. Survivors include his widow, Evelyn, at the home; a daughter, Beverly Birge, and two stepsons, Laverne Smith and Gary Smith, all at the home; his parents, Mr and Mrs Edward W Birge; a brother, David Birge, Colville; and a sister, Mrs Paul Rhodes, Veradale.” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1954)

Bischoff: “Mrs Anna Marie Bischoff, born April 18, 1896 in Ackerman, Russia, died at the age of 80 on June 27 in Spokane. Burial services were on June 30 from St John Lutheran Church in Spokane.  Mrs Bischoff settled with her parents at the age of eight in Ruff. In 1913 she was united in marriage to Matt Bischoff. They farmed in the Ruff area until 1924 when they moved to the Lamona area, where they farmed until 1951. They then made their home in Spokane. Mr Bischoff preceded his wife in death in 1970. Six children were born of and survive this union: Mrs Emma Schafer, Espanola; Edwin Bischoff, Harrington; Matt Bischoff Jr, Wilson Creek; Mrs June Chartrand, Seattle; Albert Bischoff, and Mrs Bernice Smith of Spokane. Mrs Bischoff is also survived by one brother, John Nitschke of Hood River, Or, and three sisters, Maggie Oster of Ritzville; Mrs Eva Millhorn of Spokane and Mrs Lida Dings of Riverside, CA. She also leaves 24 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-08-1976)

Bischoff:  “Funeral services for Matt Bischoff Sr, Lamona, were held Thursday at the Strate Funeral Chapel, Davenport.  He had died April 13 at the Lincoln Nursing Home, having been in failing health for some time.  Matthias Bischoff, son of Friedrich Bischoff and his wife, Caroline Pfaff, was born in Friedenthal, Russia, on August 26, 1890.  In 1903 he came with his parents to the USA, homesteading near Ruff. In 1924 the family moved onto a ranch near Downs and later to a ranch east of Lamona. He retired from farming in 1961.  During the year 1913 he was united in marriage to Anna Marie Nitschke. To this union six children were born. They are: Mrs Emma Tinner of Davenport, Mrs June Chartrand of Seattle; Mrs Bernice Smith of Spokane; Edwin Bischoff of Harrington; Matt Jr of Wilson Creek; and Albert of Spokane.  The mother also survives as does one sister, Mrs Jake (Martha) Kagele of Ritzville, 21 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the funeral service. Interment was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 4-23-1970)

Bischoff:  “Sheriff’s officers found the body of Paul Bischoff, 69, in his trailer house at Ruff Friday afternoon after residents reported they had not seen Bischoff for some time and asked officers to investigate. Door of the locked trailer had to be forced open. Deputy Coroner Edward Penhallurick, Moses Lake, said death was from natural causes. Mr Bischoff had been in ill health for a long time, Penhallurick said.  Paul Bischoff was born in Odessa, Russia, March 10, 1893. He came to the Ruff area in 1903. He farmed in California from 1930 to 1943, returning to Ruff at that time. Services were held Tuesday at Moses Lake with the Rev Gordon Braun, Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in Ruff Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs Christine Bischoff of Modesto, CA; three daughters, Mrs Vesta Smith of Modesto; Mrs Ernest Hancock of El Nido, CA; and Oscar of San Jose, CA; a brother, Matt of Spokane, and sister, Mrs Jake Kagele of Ritzville, and eight grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1962)

Bohnen:  Gerhard J Bohnen, 89, retired railroad employee, and former Odessa resident died Saturday, March 11, at Kittitas Valley Community hospital.  Born Jan 11, 1883, at Essen, Germany, he came to Minnesota with his parents at the age of four. He came to Odessa from Plato, MN. He was married to Mary Roloff at Odessa in 1913. He worked for the Great Northern and the Milwaukee roads as telegrapher and station agent for 56 years, stationed at Odessa, Harrington, Ellensburg and Spirit Lake, Idaho.  He was an agent for the Milwaukee Road at Ellensburg from 1938 until 1948. He had made his home in Kittitas since 1924.  Bohnen played semi-professional baseball at both Plato and Odessa. He was a member of Kittitas Community Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mary, at the home; two sons, Melvin of Kittitas, and Gerald of Billings, MT; two daughters, Mrs Marlene Brainard and Mrs Luverne Wills, both of Seattle; one grandson, William wills of Boulder, CO; two sisters, Miss Louise Bohnen of Phoenix and Mrs Cathryn Keuseman of Plato.  Funeral services at Kittitas on Wednesday, March 15 were attended by Mrs Ida Roloff and Mrs Elizabeth Roloff, both of Odessa and sisters-in-law of the deceased.” (Odessa Record: 3-23-1972)

Bosma:  Mildred E Bosma, 75, former Odessa grade school teacher died Dec 20, 1979 in Chilton, WI. She was born March 9, 1904 in rural Kiel (Manitowac County), the daughter of Albert and Minnie Holthusen Bosma. “She heard of a need for teachers out west and came to the Odessa area where she taught until her retirement in 1970, after 33 years of teaching. Miss Bosma, as she was known to her many students, taught children in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades during her 19 years at Odessa. During that time she made her home with Mr and Mrs Henry Derr.  Mrs Derr said of Miss Bosma, ‘There never was a finer woman, she loved the children and I just loved her.’” Funeral services were held Dec 22, 1979 with burial in the New Holstein Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-17-1980)

Bott:  Wm C Bott of Puyallup, a former long time resident of Trinidad area and also formerly of Odessa, died on June 6, in Puyallup. He was a retired plasterer. Mr Bott was an Army veteran of WW II, a 40-year member of the Wenatchee Eagles, and of the Plasterer’s Union of Tacoma. He is survived by his wife, Marie M (Weber) Bott and one sister, Margaret Graves, Wenatchee. Services were held on Wednesday, June 9, at Powers Funeral Home, Rev Delbert W Zier officiating. Cremation followed the service.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1976)

Boyd:  Lonnie Willard Boyd, 71, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon at the Lamona home of his nephew, Virgil Landfried, where he had made his home for the past five years. Funeral services were held Monday at Summit Valley, near Addy, the Rev Marlow Thompson officiating.  Mr Boyd was born in Frankfort, IN, June 18, 1891 and came to Washington with his father and two sisters in 1898. The family moved to Stevens County where he worked in a saw mill.  Survivors include two nephews, Earl Landfried of Los Angeles, CA; Virgil Landfried, Lamona; a cousin, Mrs Ellen Hansen, Everett.” (Odessa Record: 8-23-1962)

Bradshaw:  “Funeral services for Ellene ‘Polly’ M Bradshaw were held in Portland Tuesday morning at the Ross Hollywood Chapel with interment in the Lincoln Memorial Park.  Mrs Bradshaw, daughter of Ida A Schorzman of Marlin, passed away at Emanuel Hospital on Jan 10. She was a graduate of the Marlin High School and Northwestern Business College, and at the time of her death was employed by Meir & Frank Co of Portland, where she had worked for many years. Besides her mother, Mrs Schorzman, she is survived by her husband, Clarence E Bradshaw, and children, Lyndon, Timothy and Sheryl, all of Portland; and one brother, Eugene Schorzman of Odessa; and sisters, Delores Cook of Odessa and Marciel Michalson of Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 1-15-1976)  

Broadley:  “Word was received this week by Mrs Charles Porter, telling of the death of a brother, George Broadley, at Lexington, Oregon, the second of her brothers to have met death within the last three weeks.  A brother was killed in a logging accident a short time ago. In company with a sister-in-law, Mrs Roy Leonhart of Spokane, Mrs Porter left on Thursday morning to attend her brother’s funeral. Mr Broadley died of heart trouble.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-1935)

Brown:  “Funeral services for Mrs Mary Brown were held from the Hartline Assembly of God church on Monday. She had died Friday at the Deaconess hospital at Spokane, where she had spent 10 days. She had also been in the Odessa hospital before leaving for Spokane.  Mary Tavares was born April 9, 1887, near Sprague, where she grew to womanhood. In 1903 she married Tony D Brown. They lived near Sprague for a while, then moved to a farm north of Odessa, and on to the Irby and Wilson Creek area. She has made Almira her home in her late years. She was a member of the Hartline Assembly of God church.  Survivors include three sons, Tony Brown Jr, of Creston; Ray Brown of Hartline; and Harold Brown, Wilson Creek; five daughters, Julia Brown, Almira; Lucy McMillan, Wilbur; Frances Perkins, Almira; Gene Fisher, Coulee City; and Dorothy Maddox, Houston, TX; two brothers, Manuel Tavares and Frank Tavares, Spokane; two sisters, Mrs Rose Hink, Spokane; and Mrs Belle Mende, Marlin.” (Odessa Record: 3-07-1957) 

Brown: Mildred E Brown was born Feb 25, 1915 in Alberta, Canada and died Jan 13, 1980 in a Spokane hospital. She had resided in Post Falls, Idaho. She lived in Odessa from 1973 to 1977 while her son Bruce lived there. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Ball and Dodd-Thornhill-Langbehn Funeral Home of Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-17-1980)

Bunten:  Virginia Burleigh Bunten died March 5, 1982 in Spokane after an extended illness. She was born at Arlington, NJ, Nov 5, 1905. She moved to Odessa in 1968 after retiring from civil service.  Survivors include one sister, Rachel Barlow, Odessa; one brother, Bruce D Burleigh, MD, Georgia; one son, Robert N Davis, Florida; 2 grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-11-1982)

Carlson:  Jack Dana Carlson was born May 23, 1920 in MN and passed away March 15, 1985 in Kadlec Hospital, Richland. A veteran of WW II, he also served in the WA State Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by four sons and one daughter: Randy of Odessa; Gary of Ritzville; Bud of Ephrata; Terry of Wenatchee; Jacqueline Schmerer of Spokane; a sister, Joy Sink of Wallace, ID; and by 12 grandchildren. Funeral at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, Spokane, burial not mentioned. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-21-1985)

Carpenter: “James W Carpenter, a rancher living north of Krupp, died suddenly of heart failure Sunday. Deceased was 58 years of age.” (Odessa Record: 12-29-1911)

Carter:  “Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, June 5, at 2 p.m. in Wenatchee for Mrs Helen Deife Carter, a former Odessa resident, who passed away June 1 at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was 51 years old. Mrs Carter was born in Canada on March 16, 1923, daughter of Jacob and Kathrine Zundel. The family moved to the Ruff area, and later to Hartline, where she attended country schools. She lived in the Odessa area for a number of years, but had lived in Moses Lake for the past two years. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs Neil (Marge) Graber and Mrs Ron (Noreen) Side, both of Spokane; Mrs David (Kathy) Swartz of Moses Lake, and Miss Sue Deife  of Odessa; a son, Dale of Odessa; one sister, Mrs Roscoe Thomas of Wenatchee; one brother, Ted Zundel of Hartline; and her mother, Mrs Jacob Zundel of Wenatchee, as well as four grandchildren.  Burial was at the Wenatchee Cemetery, with Jones and Jones Funeral Home of Wenatchee in charge.” (Odessa Record: 6-06-1974) 

Catlow:  Mrs Freddie Carson Catlow died May 22 at Ephrata at the age of 87. Born in Shelbyville, MO, she had been in the area since 1909. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Ephrata, and the Royal Neighbors of Odessa and the Presbyterian Church in Ephrata. At one time the Catlows were Odessa residents, running the Catlow Radio Shop but left Odessa in 1942 to move to Spokane. After World War II they moved to Ephrata and lived there since.  Surviving is one son, Walter Catlow, and Vivian Cornwell and Dorothy Frick, Bothell, and 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs Vivian Cornwell is from Portland.” (Odessa Record: 6-10-1976)  

Christensen:  “The Rev H P Christensen, 54, for 17 years pastor at the Odessa Lutheran church, and who recently resigned to accept a pastorate at Aurora, OR, died at a Portland hospital from a condition resulting from a tumor of the brain, at about 6:30 Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held at Fairfield, Wash ., on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the church in which Rev Christensen started his ministry. Many from Odessa are planning to go and attend the services. Survivors include his wife, at the Oregon home, his daughter, Marie Christensen, a step-daughter, Mrs Victor Cross, St Anthony, Idaho; and a stepson, Irwin Oertel, of Odessa, and 3 grandchildren, Virgil and Marianne Oertel and Carol Hanson of Fairfield. Rev H P Christensen started his ministry in the Fairfield church, serving there for many years and transferring to Odessa 17 years ago. Under his leadership the church grew into a strong body. Feeling the necessity for a change of climate the Rev Mr Christensen obtained the church at Aurora, only to take ill shortly after his arrival there. An operation, which was thought to carry a possible chance of recovery, had been arranged for Thursday morning, but death intervened.” (Odessa Record: 12-13-1935)

Connell:  “Funeral services were held at the Washtucna Community Church on Monday, June 18, 1984 for Mrs Marie Connell, who passed away on June 15, 1984 at Pasco, WA.  Mrs Connell was the daughter of George and Katherine Schafer of Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High School. She had lived in Washtucna. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Patricia Stevens, and Mrs Barbara Kloseth; one sister, Mrs Louise Hinkhouse of Moses Lake; and two brothers, Henry Schafer and Paul Schafer, both of Odessa.  Attending the funeral services from Odessa were Mr and Mrs Henry Schafer, Mr and Mrs Paul Schafer, Mr and Mrs Keith Schafer, Mr and Mrs Reid Schafer and Christopher, and Mr and Mrs Henry Schmidt.” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1984)

Cooper:  John C Cooper, 46, of Moses Lake apparently drowned Saturday night when he fell off a 10-foot bank while fishing at O’Sullivan Reservoir, Grant County coroner’s officials said Sunday.  The officials said Cooper, a warehouse foreman for U & I Sugar Company fell into deep water about 8 p.m.  A fishing companion attempted to save Cooper by diving into the water, but was unable to hold him.  Sheriff’s deputies retrieved the body when reeling in the man’s fishing line, which was caught in his pants leg. Resuscitation attempts failed and Cooper was pronounced dead about 8:30. Mr Cooper was a former resident of Odessa, where he and his wife, Connie, operated the Laundromat prior to moving to Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 2-21-1974)


Odessa Obituaries, unspecified burial location, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted March 2006 by Marge Womach

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