Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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                                                                     Submitted by Marge Womach 

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Haigh:  “Private service will be held for Robert O Haigh, 82, Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North is in charge of arrangements. Mr Haigh, who was born in Seattle, died Wednesday. He graduated in 1936 from Ballard ( Wash .) High School. Mr Haigh Worked at Boeing in Seattle from 1938 to 1940. He then worked for two years at the Sandpoint Naval Air Station in Seattle. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1945. He returned to Seattle and went to telegrapher school. Mr Haigh worked as a telegrapher and station agent for Great Northern Railroad. He worked in Odessa , Wash., from 1946 to 1956 and was transferred to Colville, Wash. , where he worked for two years.  He served as the Stevens County deputy treasurer from 1958 to 1970. Mr Haigh became a Justice of the Peace in 1970 and eventually became a District Court judge for Stevens County in 1975. He retired in 1978 and moved to Spokane.  He was a member of the Colville Masonic and Elks lodges. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Alice; two daughters, Myra Boughter and Adina Walsh, and two sons, James and Jon Sager, all of Spokane; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Hamaker:  Florence (Schmauder) Hamaker died Friday, Dec 26, 2003, in Spokane. She was 90 years old. She was born in Odessa on Aug 4, 1913, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Schmauder. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1931. She was a longtime resident of Spokane. She was preceded in death by her husband Dan, Son Ronald and daughter-in-law Connie; brother and sister-in-law Ed and Fran Schmauder and sister Alice Wellington. Florence was an excellent homemaker and loved music. She played the piano and was a member of the Organ Club. Survivors include numerous nieces , nephews and cousins, including members of the Hardung family, Kay Gies and Jacqueline Eide, all of Odessa. Graveside services were held on Dec 30 at Greenwood Memorial Park in Spokane.”     (Odessa Record: 2003)

Hardt:  Henry Hardt Jr, a former resident of the Odessa area, died in Spokane on Jan 4, 1993, at the age of 86.  He grew up on the farm of his parents, Henry and Maria Pauli Hardt, north of Odessa. He farmed in the area south of Odessa and also near Moses Lake until moving to Spokane 45 years ago.  He was employed at Kaiser Aluminum and retired after 28 years. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Spokane. Mr Hardt was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna M Greenwalt Hardt, five sisters and one brother.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hardt, of Spokane;  three sons, Harold Henry Hardt, of Newport, Carly Herman Hardt, of Des Moines, WA, and Vern Rae Hardt, of Federal Way, WA; two daughters, Gloria Ann Schrader, of Renton, WA, and Carol Juhasz, of Spokane; 11 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Bill Hardt, of Odessa, Clarence Hardt, of Wilson Creek, and Alvin Hardt of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, Jan 7, at 10 a.m. in the Iris Chapel of Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane. The Rev Dennis Sunderland will officiate. Interment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane.” (scrapbook obit: 1993)

Harding, Dorothy:  “A funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Sept 5, at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Sprague for Dorothy Mae Harding. Mrs Harding, who was 72 years old, died suddenly at her home in Sprague on Friday, Sept 1, 1995. She was a registered nurse and on the staff of Odessa Memorial Hospital in the 1960s. She also worked at the hospitals in Davenport and Ritzville. She retired from the Ritzville hospital in 1980. She and her husband, Robert Harding, lived on the family farm near Sprague until moving to town in 1985. Survivors include her husband, four sons, Thomas of Sprague, Douglas and Donald, both of Spokane; and Joseph, of Sprague; one brother and 10 grandchildren.” ( Odessa Record: 1995)

Havlicak, Frank:  “Relatives have received word of the death of Frank Havlicak, of American Falls, Idaho, on Dec 15, 1992. Funeral services were held on Dec 21 at the Congregational Church of Christ in American Falls. Mr Havlicak observed his 103rd birthday last November 7. His parents, Thomas and Sophia Havlicak, came to Odessa in 1900 from Jackson City , MN, and homesteaded north of town. This land now is owned by Robert Praetorius and farmed by Lee Praetorius. Survivors in Idaho are his wife, Beulah, sons Lowell and Raymond, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and three nephews. Relatives in this area are nephews Robert Praetorius, Ben L Smith, and Don L Smith, of Odessa; William T Smith, of Seven Bays, and niece Irene Marchand, of Moses Lake.” (scrapbook item: 1992)

Hayes, Samuel:  Samuel Hayes, a resident of Odessa for the past several years, died on June 28, 2002, in the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital, just four days after his 80th birthday. He is survived by his wife Selma of 55 years, 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Assembly of God Church, Seattle, on July 9 at 10 a.m. with a short memorial service at Tahoma National Cemetery with honors.  Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home, of West Seattle,  is in charge of arrangements.”            (Odessa Record: 2002)

Hemmerling:  “Funeral services for Emily Jayne Hemmerling, of Gresham, OR, were held on March 27, 1992 in Gresham. She died there on March 23, at the age of 89.  She was born in Odessa on Jan 25, 1903, the daughter of Christ and Rose Hemmerling. She was raised in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School. She attended business college in Spokane and lived in Seattle before moving to Oregon in the early 1960s. She had worked for an electrical supply company and for a mortgage firm. She retired in 1970. Survivors include a daughter, Penelope ‘Penny’ Keen of Gresham, a sister, Rose Cassidy, of Phoenix, and two brothers, Rudolph Hemmerling and Rheinhold Hemmerling, both of Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 1992)

Hemmerling, (d. 9-28-1999; b. 3-07-1917; TS; OC; obit) “Howard H Hemmerling, of Tacoma, died Tuesday, Sept 28, 1999, in Tacoma. He was 80 years old. He was born in Odessa on March 17, 1919, the oldest of three sons of Fred and Ida (Haase) Hemmerling.  After graduating from Odessa High School, Howard served with the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he received his first training in electronics. He was a warrant officer in the US Army Air Signal Corps from 1941 to 1946. He saw action in New Guinea.  He was employed by RCA for 30 years, retiring as branch manager fro the Tacoma service branch in 1977. Remaining active, he and his wife started their own small business, the Chalet, in University Place, WA, which soon grew into a full-fledged collectibles store. Howard was always there to lend a helping hand.  He enjoyed being around people, traveling and eating out. He and his wife were well known in several Tacoma area eateries, and many a food server remembers him and his Susan B Anthony dollars. A service was held on Saturday, Oct 2, in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery. Graveside services were held at Odessa Cemetery on Monday, Oct 4. Tacoma Funeral Home and Cemeteries and Strate Funeral  Home were in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Hemmerling:  Reinhold C Hemmerling died on Monday, June 25, 2007, in Wenatchee at the age of 100. He had lived in Wenatchee for 70 years. He had owned an orchard and was a truck driver for HR Spinner Company.  Survivors include his children, Robert Hemmerling of Wenatchee, Thomas Hemmerling of Glendale, AZ , and Marjorie Walker of Spokane. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Hille:  “Funeral services for Frieda Hille, who died Feb 9 (1992, penned in) in Yakima, were held on Feb 13 in Yakima. Mrs Hille was 81 years old. She was born June 26, 1910, in Odessa, the daughter of Henry and Mary ( Pauli) Hardt. She was raised and educated in Odessa. She married Christian Hille on Sept 21, 1931, in Yakima. In addition to being a housewife and homemaker, she was employed for more than 20 years as a sorter for the Borton & Sons Fruit Company.  She was a member of the Ahtanum Assembly of God Church, and had served in various capacities in the church for more than 40 years. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and flower gardening as hobbies.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs Don (Rita) Bolin, of Yakima; a son, Ivan Hille, of Yakima; 5 grandchildren, Steven Bolin, Greg Bolin, Kevin Bolin, Bryan Hille and Teresa Shelton, all of Yakima; 8 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Henry Hardt of Spokane; Alvin Hardt and William Hardt, both of Odessa; and Clarence Hardt of Wilson Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb 16, 1984.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Hoefel:  “Service for Theodore E ‘Ted’ Hoefel was Monday. Riplinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Mr Hoefel, who was 71, died Thursday. He was born in Odessa, WA, and lived in Spokane for 50 years. He worked as a lithographer for Lawton Printing for 34 years. He was cubmaster of Loma Vista Cub Scout Pack 300 for 10 years and coached the Loma Vista Jets baseball team. He attended Hillyard Baptist Church and was a member of the Hump Pilots Association. His survivors include his wife of 40 years, Elsie C Hoefel, at the home; four sons, Robert, Richard, Michael and Stephen Hoefel; one sister Joann Olesberg of Coeur d’Alene; and two grandsons.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Hoefner:  Henry Hoefner, who grew up in the Ruff area, died on Friday, Nov 24, in Cashmere, where he had lived for many years. He married Pauline Weis, of Batum. The Hoefners owned property in the Ruff area, and Edwin Jasman farmed for them for 30 years. At the time of death, Mr Hoefner was just a few days short of being 86 years old. Attending his funeral on Monday, Nov 27 in Cashmere were Henry and Olga Weber, Alfred and Ruth Wiest and Edwin Jasman, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: undated)

Holmberg:  Arlene J Holmberg, 53, died Sunday, Aug 20, 1989 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. She was born in Odessa, WA (1936) and moved to Cheney from Wilbur in 1952. Her husband of 18 years, Carl Richard ‘Dick’ Holmberg, died in 1981. Survivors include two daughters, Kristine D Holmberg of Seattle and Julie K Holmberg, at the home; her mother, Elsie Miller of Spokane; two sisters, Marian M Geib of Wilbur and Linda A Long of Spokane; 5 brothers: Charles L Miller, James C Miller, Raymond M Miller, John F Miller and Wesley S Miller, all of Spokane. (scrapbook item details: undated except for date of death penned in).

Hood:  “A celebration for Merle M Hood was held in the Bellevue Christian Church in Bellevue on Monday, April 26. Mr Hood, who was 83 years old, was a teacher in the Odessa schools from 1937 to 1942. He taught manual training classes at Odessa High School.  He joined the Masonic Lodge in Odessa in 1941.  Mr Hood was born in Spokane and was graduated in 1933 from WSC (now WSU). He taught school for nine years. During WW II he was employed as an electrical engineer for the Aluminum Co of America in Spokaneand Vancouver, WA. In the late 1940s, he built homes in Spokane and later joined the Spokane School District 81 as director of plant facilities. He retired from that position in 1973. He and his wife built a home in Poulsbo, WA, and lived there until 1981. They also lived in Kirkland, WA. He was active in civic affairs in Poulsbo and was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Silverdale, WA, and the Bellevue Christian Church.  Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hood, at the home; two daughters, Barbara Dodson, of Mercer Island, WA, and Janice Forrest, of Mendota Heights, MN; a son, Maury Hood, of Austin, TX; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.” ( Odessa Record: undated)

Hopper:  Augusta Christine (‘Chris or Gussie’) Rodeck Hopper, a native of the Odessa area, died Saturday, Feb 18, 2000, in Duarte, CA. She was 79 years old. She was born near Odessa on Aug 6, 1920, the daughter of Odessa pioneers Karl and Pauline Rodeck.  She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1940. In 1946 she married Technical Sergeant Bud Hopper, of the US Air Force Engineer Dept, stationed at Geiger Field near Spokane.  After the war, they moved to Duarte, CA . Funeral services were held at St Paul Lutheran Church in Monrovia, CA, on Feb 22, with the Rev James Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia. She is survived by her husband, Bud Hopper, at the home; one son, Douglas Hopper and wife of Norco, CA; three daughters, Kathryn Garrity and husband Mark, of LaVerne, CA; Marina Vandenbroeke and husband Mark, of Moran, WY; and Tina Hovdal, of Duarte, CA; four brothers, Conrad Rodeck, of Lewiston, ID; Fred Rodeck, of Brea, CA; Jack Rodeck, of Port Townsend, WA; and George Rodeck of Boston, Mass.; three sisters, Diana Blaskowsky of Wenatchee; Janet Heimbigner of Odessa; and Georgina Nicholls, of Spokane; and a cousin, Rosemarie Wildey of Spokane. Augusta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Paul Rodeck. (notes from Odessa Record: 2000) 

Horn:  Stephen Lloyd Horn, 73, former longtime resident of Odessa, died in his sleep at home in Ephrata, Nov 14, 2007. He was born June 6, 1934, in Salmon, Idaho, to Frank and Freda (Williams) Mead. At age 22 months, Stephen was adopted by Freddie and Urania Horn. He is survived by his wife, Dorthy Ann Horn; children, Bobby, Bonnie, Elaine, Rydell, Rex, Curtis, and LynDee; one brother, William Mead; 19 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Ronnie. Private memorial service were held in Ephrata. (notes from Odessa Record: Nov 2007)  

Iltz:  Marvin L Iltz, age 73, died on Tuesday, Aug 7, 2007. He was born Nov 11, 1933, in Irby, to George and Katie (Kissler) Iltz. He was a 1951 graduate of Odessa High School. He joined the US Navy in 1952, serving during the Korean War aboard the destroyer USS Douglas Monroe.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janice ‘Pud’ (Wagner) of Ritzville; son Layane Iltz of Ritzville; daughter, Nancy (Roger) Voise, of Plainfield, IL; two sisters, Louella (Bob) Praetorius of Odessa, and Lorraine (Lorane) Becker of Kennewick; brother Dean (Donna) Iltz of Ritzville; sister-in-law Dorothy (Ron) Frederick of Odessa; sister-in-law Ella Iltz, of Odessa; and brother-in-law Byron (Barbara) Wagner of Post Falls, Idaho. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Elmer, Harvey and Leonard, all of Odessa. Services were held Monday, Aug 13, 2007, at Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville.” ( Odessa Record: 2007)

Jenkins:  “Miss Grace Breeden, 37, daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Breeden, Spangle, died Saturday noon in a Spokane hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident last Sunday near Odessa.  Miss Breeden was the second victim of the accident, death taking the driver, Everett M Jenkins, last Wednesday night. The two were the only occupants of the car, which ran into a ditch off the Lind-Odessa road. An autopsy was performed to determine the cause of Miss Breeden’s death. Although she suffered internal injuries, Miss Breeden appeared to be recovering until Saturday, when she suddenly relapsed. She is survived by her brother, Stanley, at Spokane and her parents.  The injured people were brought to Odessa immediately after the accident and rushed to a Spokane hospital.” (Odessa Record: 5-27-1937)

Johnson:  Alma Leola (Diefe) Johnson. Alma was born Feb 27, 1915 in Ruff, WA, to Fred and Leontina Diefe. She passed away July 26, 2002, in Greenacres,WA.  Alma attended country schools and graduated from Marl in High School in 1933 and then attended Cheney Normal School for a little more than a year. She married Glen Johnson in June of 1935 at the family home north of Odessa. Glen and Alma lived for a couple of years on the Portigee Joe Ranch, then to Cheney before moving on to Spokane. Alma worked at the Crescent lunchroom, was a bookkeeper for John W Graham and retired from Bayer Corp (Holister-Stier) all in Spokane. She is preceded in death by husband, Glen, in 1990, and sisters, Mildred Thompson, Elaine Schauerman, and brother Velmer Diefe. Alma belonged to the United Church of Christ, Veradale, the America n Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the Spokane Genealogy Society. She is survived by daughters: Eileen (and Vern) LaFrance of Greenacres, WA; and Dixie (and Tom) Nordness of Spokane. Grandchildren: Verleen Wilson of Hillsboro, OR; Rodney and Glen LaFrance of Greenacres; Randy Marie LaFrance of Hamilton, OH; Sue Ziegert, Sylvia Smith and Diane Quellmalz of Spokane; Sister Norma Campbell of Tulsa, OK; brother-in-law, Harper Johnson of Ephrata, 11 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, July 31, 2002.” (Odessa Record: 2002)

Joyner:  John H Joyner, age 58, died Sunday, June 22, 2003, in a quad accident near Odessa. He was born Aug 28, 1944, in Dyersburg , TN, to John and Retta (Miller) Joyner, Sr.  He grew up in Colorado and moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1973, where he was a charter boat fisherman. He served as a helicopter gunner with the US Marines during the Vietnam War. He loved hunting, fishing and camping and riding his quad and horses. He is survived by his wife, Connie, at their home near Odessa; one son, Josh, and two step daughters, Rachel and Tracy; three sisters, Rachel, Ruth and Sarah, and two brothers, Steve and Joe. He also has many nieces and nephews and many friends. A memorial service was held Friday, June 27, at his home near Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated)  

Kagele:  Esther Kagele, 95, died on Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007 at Lakeridge Care Facility in Moses Lake. She was born Esther Gross on July 26, 1911, at Ralston, to Emelie and John J Gross. She lost her mother at age 7 and was raised by an aunt and uncle at Marlin.  Esther met her husband, John D Kagele, while in nurse’s training, and they married on Sept 14, 1933. They farmed near Odessa for many years.  She was active in square dancing, bowling and she enjoyed traveling and going camping and fishing with family and friends.  She is survived by her children: Darlene (Loren) Horst, Randall John (Nannette) Kagele, of Moses Lake, and Shelia Haptonstall, of Lynnwood, WA, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were held March 8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 2007)

Kallenberger:  Louise Kallenberger died Jan 2, 2007, at Central Washington Hospital inWenatchee, WA. She was 72 years old.  She was born in Ritzville on Aug 1, 1934, to John and Alto Reich. Her father died in 1947, and her mother later married Henry Walter, who was also from the Odessa/Ritzville area.  In 1949, the family leased a wheat ranch north of Marlin. Louise attended Marlin High School where she was a cheerleader and star basketball player. She married Ken Kallenberger in 1951, and they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day 2006. The couple moved to Royal City in 1963 where Ken was the high school principal. Louise worked at a variety of jobs, including many years at the Royal City Simplot plant. Both retired in 1982 and began a second career raising cattle.  She is survived by her husband Ken at the ranch; four children, Kathy (Lee) Clizer, of Sandpoint, ID; Rocky Kallenberger, of Royal City, Kerry (Manuel) Gonzalez, of Selah, WA; and Jim (Lori) Kallenberger, of Royal City; 8 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Private family services were held on Saturday, Jan 6, 2007.” ( Odessa Record: 2007; Her grandparents were Martin Reich and Louisa Reinke Reich Knodel.)

Kiehn:  Gertrude Louise Kiehn, of Dryden, died on March 9, 1996. She was 84 years old. She was born Gertrude Louise Buddrius, on April 2, 1911, in Odessa, the daughter of Robert and Anna (Eckhardt) Buddrius. She grew up and received her early education in theOdessa area, and on Jan 31, 1931, she married Arthur F Kiehn in Ritzville. In 1932 they moved to the Cashmere area, where they owned and operated a fruit orchard and spent 64 years together. Mr Kiehn preceded his wife in death on Jan 4, 1996. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere, and throughout her life was involved in many church activities, including choir, Bible school, quilt-making and the Mary-Martha Circle. She was a member of the Dryden Improvement Club and the Arts and Crafts Club. Her greatest pleasures were her family and her devotion to her faith. She was noted as a homemaker and cook. She loved to sew.  She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, LeAnna and Bob Pflugrath, of Peshastin, and Lonna and Tom Groce, of Bonney Lake, WA; two brothers, Richard Buddrius of Leavenworth, and Sam Buddrius of Lady Lake, FL; one half-brother, Victor Buddrius of Blanchard, Idaho; six grandchildren, Mike, Monique and Troy Pflugrath, of Peshastin, Amy and James Carter, of Spokane, and Todd, Brian and Andy Groce of Bonney Lake, and one great granddaughter, Layne Carter, of Spokane. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by parents, two brothers, two sisters, and one half-sister.” (Odessa Record: March 1996)

Klein:  Marlene Klein, daughter of the late Pastor Emil Klein, who had the pastorate at the United Congregational Church from 1952-1957, passed away march 7 (penned in, 1988) after a three-year battle with lymphoma. Marlene graduated from Odessa High School and went on to nurses training in Spokane. She was an RN for 20 years and had been working in surgery at the hospital in Turlock, CA. Marlene was an excellent nurse and was highly respected. Several nurses and doctors gave eulogies at the services. Born April 27, 1938, she is survived by her mother, Martha Klein, at home and a brother, Don Klein, in Hollister, CA.” (scrapbook item)

Kneeskern:  “Memorial service for Norma L Kneeskern, 69, is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Pine (MT) Cemetery. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Mrs Kneeskern died Friday. She was raised inWallace and Burke, Idaho, and had lived in the Spokane Valley for 30 years. Mrs Kneeskern was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.  Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Eaton ‘Bud’ Kneeskern; a daughter, Deborah Dammel of Odessa, WA; her mother, Eulah Hamilton of Spokane; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.” (scrapbook item: penned in d. April 1997; b. 1928)

Koss: “The Rev W H Koss, Spokane, who was buried there this afternoon, was well known here and at Marlin, where he served a church for many years. At the time of his death he was pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church at Spokane.  Survivors include his widow, three daughters and two sons. Many former friends drove to Spokane to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record:  11-04-1937)

Kramer:  David Kramer died in Honolulu on July 7, 1995. he was 91 years old. He was born Feb 22, 1904, in Ritzville. His parents, Henry and Mary (Kaiser) Kramer, came from Germany by way of Russia, and were homesteaders in the late 1890s in the area between Odessa and Ritzville. David Kramer continued to farm until his retirement in 1982. At the time of his death, he still owned property at the Lincoln - Adams county line. He is survived by his wife, Florence Kramer, of Honolulu; a son, Robert Kramer, of Tucson, AZ; two granddaughters, Karen Farris, of Port Angeles, WA, and Kerry Radcliff, of Olympia and two great-grandchildren. Private services were held in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on July 11.” (Odessa Record: 1995)

Kramer:  “A funeral service was held for Harold Kramer, an Odessa area native, on Tuesday, Feb 13, at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane. Mr Kramer died Friday, Feb 9, 2001, at his home in Medical Lake. He was 89 years old. He was born May 4, 1911, the son of Peter B and Marie Kramer, on the family farm near Odessa . He resided in Ewan for 37 years before retiring to Medical Lake. Harold’s wife of 56 years, Lucille, preceded him in death in 1992. He had lived for the past two years at the home of his daughter and granddaughter.  He was a lifelong member of the IOOF and Grange. Survivors include his three children, Bill and JoAnn Kramer, of Spokane; Jean and Gale Pitts of Medical Lake; and Bobbi Castle, of Spokane; 8 grandchildren and spouses; 16 great grandchildren and spouses, and 16 great great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother. Pastor Jerry Hampton officiated at the funeral.  Interment followed at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2001)

Kramer:  “Funeral services for Richard F Kramer, a member of a pioneer family of the Odessa - Ritzville area, were held on Dec 12, in Ferndale, WA. Mr Kramer died on Monday, Dec 5, 1994, in Bellingham. He was born April 25, 1912, in Ritzville, the son of Michael and Elizabeth (Griffith) Kramer. His parents were among the early settlers southeast of Odessa. He married Ina M Townsend in 1948. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gayle Lynne Kramer, in 1949, and by Ina in 1990.  Richard moved to Whatcom County in western Washington in 1931 and farmed there until 1956 when he moved to Seattle … He is survived by a daughter, Judy Kramer, of Bellingham, and a stepson, Richard D Kramer, of Seattle; sisters Ann Kerr, of Othello; Myrtle Kramer of Everett; brothers Cecil Kramer of Chehalis; Clarence Kramer of Choteau, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives, many of whom live in the Odessa area.”                  (Odessa Record: 1994)

Krehbiel:  “Memorial service for Walter D Krehbiel, 93, will be at 2 p.m. today, at the family home in Canby. Inurnment will be at Zion Memorial Park in Canby. Canby Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr Krehbiel, a former longtime Lind, WA, resident, died Wednesday at Perception Car Center inCanby.  He was born in Lind, and graduated from WSU. In 1943, he married Anna ‘Ann’ Updegraff.  He owned and managed Krehbiel Motor Service in Lind for more than 40 years. He retired in 1975 and moved to Canby.  Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mary Krehbiel of Portland; a son, Nels Dupuis of Canby, OR; three sisters, Marie Gosnay, Della Krehbiel, and Katherine Franz, all of Spokane; and a brother, Ulric Krehbiel of Spokane.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Kuest:  Harley G Kuest.—Passed away Nov 29, 1989 at his home, Colbert, WA. Survived by two sons, Don Kuest, Clarkston,WA, Scott Kuest, Spokane; father, Harvey Kuest, Soap Lake, WA; three sisters, Jeri Saltz, Deer Park, WA; Kim Saltz, Alaska, Kay Kuest, Spokane; two brothers, Steve Kuest, Seattle; Jay Kuest, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Service Dec 2, 1989 at 1 p.m. Chapel of Flowers, Riplinger Funeral Home. Cremation preceded. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman: undated)

Kuch:  “Memorial services for Hulda (Klettke) Kuch were held on Saturday, Sept 30, at the Marlin Presbyterian Church. Mrs Kuch, who was 74 years old, died on Sunday, Sept 24, 1995, at Terrace Heights Nursing Center in Moses Lake. She was born on March 27, 1921, near Kulm , ND, the daughter of Sam and Mary Klettke. She attended school in Merricourt, ND.  In 1938, she moved to Dryden, where she met Edward Kuch. They were married on Nov 9, 1941, in Odessa by the Rev Albert Hausauer.  They shared their lives together on wheat farms in the Marlin area. In 1962, they moved to Marlin and resided there until her death.  She was a member of the Zion Congregational Church, of Marl in. Hulda enjoyed caring for her flower garden, sewing, crocheting, gardening, canning, cooking, making quilts and attending Ladies Aid. Surviving relatives include her husband of 54 years, Edward G Kuch, of Marlin; three sons, Oscar Kuch and wife Judy, of Snohomish, WA; Floyd Kuch, of Marlin; and Ronald Kuch, of Spring Valley, CA; two granddaughters, Teresa Pallett and husband Doug, of Kirkland, WA; and Kimberly Field and husband, John, of Seattle; one great granddaughter, Casandra Lynn Pallet; three sisters, Elsie Sonnenberg, of Ephrata; Viola Scheider, of Minnesota; and Wilma Fischer, of Baltimore, MD; and three brothers, Emil Klettke, of Ephrata; Ervin Klettke, of Fremont, WI; and Gary Klettke, of Lino Lakes, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Lloyd, and one sister, Edna Lentz. The Rev Dexter Edwards officiated at the memorial service.” (Odessa Record: 1995)



 Odessa vicinity deaths submitted to the Lincoln County, 

Washington, GenWeb, January 2008, by Marge Womach.

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