Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Quincy :  Doris J Mueller Quincy died May 22, 2002 in Odessa , age 58 years. She was born May 21, 1944, in Iron River , MI , the daughter of Herbert and Josephine (Ponozzo) Mueller. In 1962 she married Mel Quincy Sr in Coeur d’Alene . In 1981 they moved to Odessa . Doris was preceded in death by her husband in 1997, whom she cared for 7 years while he endured the challenges of battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She is survived by three children, Susan Konda, of Coeur d’Alene ; Mel Quincy Jr, of Spokane ; and Robert Quincy of Yakima ; 7 grandchildren; one sister, Dona Collins of Lewiston, ID; one brother, Larry Mueller of Superior, MT, and companion Donald Hart, of Odessa. Vault interment was at Goldenrod Cemetery in Tekoa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 2002)

Ramm:  LeRoy Leo Ramm, of Col ton , Oregon , died Feb 6, 1997, aged 74.  He was born on the family wheat farm near Odessa on Oct 25, 1922, the ninth of ten children born to Gottlieb Ramm Jr and Mary Hemmerling Ramm. In 1962 he married Mary Sauter and they moved to the Mount Hood area of the Hood River Valley in Oregon in 1964. They moved to Colton in 1983. He is survived by his wife Mary and daughters, Suzanne, of Beaverton , OR , and Joyce of Colton ; one sister, Elsie Delzer and one brother, Emil Ramm. Burial was at the Colton Lutheran Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: Feb 1997)

Ramm:  Shirley Ramm died Sept 1, 1994. She was born in Chicago 67 years ago. She moved to WA state in 1940. She married Elmer W ‘Butch’ Ramm in 1943 and lived for a time on the Ramm farm south of Odessa . They moved to Spokane Valley in 1951. Mr Ramm died in 1988. Survivors include a son, Gary Ramm, of Spokane ; a daughter, Betty Jean Gates, of Spokane ; nine brothers, 3 sisters, three grandchildren, three step grandchildren. Interment was at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: Sept 1994)

Richter:  Vernon Henry Richter, 65, of Wenatchee, died Friday, Dec 2, 1994, at his home.  He operated a wheat farm southeast of Odessa, commuting between Odessa and Wenatchee. He was born Jan 6, 1929, to Edward and Christine (Roth) Richter, at Dryden, where he received his early education. The family later moved to Wenatchee, where he finished high school. He was drafted into the US Army and spent two years in the service. Following his discharge, he helped his father on the wheat farm near Odessa . He took over the farm after his father died in 1973.  He is survived by a sister, Viola B Rice, of Wenatchee; two nieces, Linda Broaddus, of East Wenatchee, and Patsy Witte, of Wenatchee; a great nephew; three great nieces, and a great great niece. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his mother.” (Odessa Record: Dec 1994)

Roberts:  McKinley Irving ‘Mac’ Roberts, 89.—Died Feb 11, 1990 in Spokane. A lifetime resident of Whitman County. Longtime resident of Tekoa, WA. His home, Spokane since 1988. Born Oct 8, 1900, Albion, WA to Clement and Josephine (Cunningham) Roberts. Married Harriet Handley, June 28, 1925. WW I US Navy Veteran. Graduated School of Pharmacy, WSU 1922. Owned and Operated Tekoa Elk Drug Store, 1922-1969. Mac is survived by his wife, Harriet Roberts, at the Spokane family home; daughter, Marilyn Roberts Dalby and her husband, David, Sandpoint, ID; son, Marshall Roberts and his wife Joyce, Odessa, WA; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; preceded in death by one son, John Howard Roberts, 11-09-1984. Memorial Service, Wednesday, Feb 14, 1990 at 1 p.m. United Church of Tekoa , Rev Ken Young, officiating. Cremation. Kramer Funeral Home, Tekoa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman: undated)

Roloff:  “A memorial for Harold L Roloff, a native of Lamona and a lifetime resident of eastern Washington, were held Monday, June 17, at the Creston Christian Church in Creston.  Mr Roloff, who was 79 years old, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002. He was a resident of Four Lakes. He was born in Lamona on Sept 21, 1924, the youngest of seven children of Simon and Matilda Roloff. He attended elementary school in Lamona and junior high school in Odessa. After the death of his mother in 1936, he lived with his brother Rudolph and family and attended Harrington High School, graduating in 1941. He was catcher on the high school baseball team, a position he later filled on the Harrington town team.  He was a member of the US Army Air Corps and later the US Air Force from Jan 1943 to Oct 1945. He served as a radio operator and gunner on B-17s, participating in 35 bombing missions over central Europe. In 1948 he married Donna Hambright in Harrington. During his career he was a rancher, oil distributor and for 25 years manager of the Creston and Wilbur stations of United Grain Growers.  He was a member of the Creston Christian Church, Creston Community Club and a life member of the Wilbur Lions Club. He was also a life member of the Wilbur VFW and an honorary member of the Airway Heights VFW.  After retiring from the grain business, he was a cattle rancher from 1979 to 1993, when the ranch became the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. Harold and Donna retired to their home in Four Lakes in 1994. As a member of the 301st Bomb Group and the Air Force Gunners Association, he made numerous trips to their reunions throughout the US as well as in Italy.  He was preceded in death by brothers: Rudolph, Gus, John and Daniel and by sisters Addline Werner and Violet Roloff. He is survived by his wife Donna, son Tim Roloff and his wife Tricia, of Kennewick; daughters Marilee Roloff and husband Steve Eugster, of Spokane; and Terren Roloff and her husband Brad Ennis, of Spokane; grandchildren: Andrew Walters, Luke Roloff, Jonathan Ennis, Annelise Eugster and Christopher Ennis, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.” (Odessa Record: June 2002) 

Roloff:  John W Roloff, of Oregon City, OR, who was 80 years old, died Saturday, July 11, in an Oregon City hospital. (1992). He was the brother of Addline Mays, of Odessa; Dan Roloff, of Bremerton, and Harold Roloff, of Wilbur. Mr Roloff was born April 10, 1912, in Maple Creek, Sask.  He served in the US Navy Seabees during WW II. A welder, he worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee for 27 years until retiring, when he moved to Oregon.  He is survived by his wife, Madge, daughter, Susan Roth, of Portland, stepson, Dan D O’Neil, of Glide, OR, his brothers and sister; nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  Memorial services were held July 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, of Oregon City, of which Mr Roloff was a member. Burial was in the Willamette National Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1992)

Roloff:  Leontina ‘Tina’ Roloff, 88, a native of Odessa and a resident of Olympia for more than 60 years, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia.  She was born Dec 18, 1911, the daughter of Daniel and Marie (Yanke) Roloff, in Odessa. She worked as a shipyard welder during WW II, the Olympia Canner and then for 20 years with the WA Dept of Licensing until her retirement.  She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia. She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, crocheting, socializing and visiting with people at church, on the bus and at the Senior Center.  She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service was held on May 12 in Olympia.” (Odessa Record: May 2000)

Ruff:Pauline Ruff of Moses Lake , born Nov 30, 1896 in Bessarabia, Teplitz, Russia to the late Jakob and Christina (Rieaser) Schmauder, died at Lakeridge Nursing Care center in Moses Lake on May 1, 1991. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in early 1901, and grew up as the oldest of 11 children on her parents’ homestead near Ruff, as a pioneer family in the area.  She was married to John Ruff, a member of another pioneer Ruff family, in Jan 1917 in Ruff. Together they had six children which they raised on their farm near Ruff. They began farming a quarter-section of land with horses and as they acquired more property and animals, their children all joined in the work. In the late 1930s, still working with horses, they retired and turned the farming over to their sons.  Mrs Ruff was a member of the Ruff Congregational Church. Preceded in death by her husband in 1970, she eventually moved into Moses Lake after spending nearly her entire life in the Ruff area. She is survived by four sons: Raymond Ruff, Robert Ruff, Rueben Ruff and Edwin Ruff, all of Moses Lake; by a daughter, Esther Ruff of Tacoma; by four brothers: Jake Schmauder, August Schmauder and Rudolph Schmauder, all of Davenport, and Fred Schmauder of Spokane; by three sisters: Christine Lehman and Ann Garkee, both of Wenatchee; and Martha Wiltshnig of Seattle; and by 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a great granddaughter and three sisters.  Funeral service was held for Mrs Ruff on Monday, May 6 at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Pastor Gerrit Van Brandwijk of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment followed at the Schultz Memorial Cemetery at Ruff, arrangements in care of Kayser’s.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1991)

Schaal:  Gary Schaal, 65, died on Nov 4, 2004, at Cripple Creek, Colorado. He was born April 28, 1939, in Colfax to Reinhold and Ella (Sauer) Schaal. He grew up and graduated in Odessa, the Class of 1957. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Brent Schaal of Dacula, Georgia; daughters, Cindy Smith of CO; Pamela Caldwell and Barbara Heller of TX; his mother Ella Iltz, of Odessa; a brother, Loren Schaal of Seabeck, and sisters: Janis Cornelia of NV; Lois Ferguson, of AZ. He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather and one sister. (notes from Odessa Record: Nov 2004)

Schafer:  Gerald G Schafer died Dec 19, 1995, in Spokane. He was born and grew up in Odessa, the son of Henry and Lydia Schafer. He graduated from Odessa High School in the Class of 1945. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Billy Schafer at the home in Spokane; one daughter, Jane Schafer of Seattle; two sons, David, of Spokane and Thomas Schafer of Grapevine, Texas; 3 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; two brothers, Delbert Schafer of Tacoma, and Dennis Schafer of Portland; and one sister, Pat Nichols, of Odessa. A graveside service was held on Dec 22, at Fairmont Memorial Park. (notes from Odessa Record: Dec 1995)

Schafer:  Sue (Lydiena) H (Hohweiler) Schafer, wife of Rev Benjamin Schafer, died August 2003. They pastured (sic-pastored) for many years at the Odessa United Congregational Church. She was born in Fargo, OK, on Oct 8, 1933, to Henry and Lydia Hohweiler. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Benjamin Schafer; four children: Benaya Allison; Michael Schafer; Brian Schafer; and Kimberly Gibson; 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Funeral services were held at the Opportunity Christian Church on Aug 21, with the Rev Gale Davis officiating. (notes from Odessa Record: 2003)

Schillinger:  Norman Carl Schillinger, 82, an Odessa native and former resident, died Monday, Oct 14, 2002, in Spokane.  He was born in Odessa on Sept 7, 1920, the son of Fred and Mary Schillinger. He was raised on the family farm south of Odessa. He graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1939. Norman married Frances I Graber on Jan 20, 1941. He was a WW II veteran and a longtime resident of Spokan . He drove a fuel truck for many years, retiring in 1982. Later, he moved to Kamiah, Idaho.  Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Frances; three sons, Dennis and wife Monica; Terry and wife Sheila; and Randy and wife Annette; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and four sisters, Elsie Yuckert, Shirley Nagel, Mae Fritts and Phyllis Lesser. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct 19, at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: Oct 2002) 

Schimke:  “A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, Dec 26, (1995), for Emma Kuest Schimke, formerly of Odessa. Mrs Schimke died on Tuesday, Dec 19, 1995, in Spokane. She was 91 years old. She was born in Odessa, the daughter of Julius and Rosina (Heth) Kuest. Mrs Schimke was a homemaker. Her husband, Leo Schimke, died in 1987. She is survived by one daughter, Janet Eaton, of Overland Park, KS; two brothers, Oscar Kuest, of Wenatchee, and Leroy Kuest of Spokane; two sisters, Alma Smith of Bellevue, WA; and Maude Giese, of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. The memorial service was at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with the Rev Scott Jurgens officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: d. Dec 1995)

Schimke:  Weldon Schimke, 90, died Sept 18, 1999, at Latah Health Services. He was born Oct 17, 1909, in Odessa, to Daniel E and Elsie L Straub Schimke. He was graduated from North Central High School in Spokane. He married Margaret Wilson in 1934. He served in the US Army from 1943-1945. His wife, two sisters and a brother predeceased him. He is survived by a nieces and nephews. A private family service was held at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: Sept 1999)

Schlomer:  Joseph Harry Schlomer died at age 67 on March 8, 2007. He was born Jan 18, 1940 in Evansville, IN.   He married Joyce Bradow on Dec 9, 1970. She died on Nov 18, 2003, in Boise, Idaho. They were married 33 years. He is survived by his sister, Helen Schlomer of CA; his children: Rebecca Dierker, of Boise; Leslie Schlomer, of Portland, OR; Lisa Schlomer, of Milwaukie, OR; Jason Shearer, of Spokane; and Joe Schlomer of Odessa. Funeral services were held March 15 at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. (notes from Odessa Record: March 2007)  

Schmierer:  Rosemarie Schmierer died on Nov 17, 2007 in Odessa, WA. She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1950, and was married to Herman Schmierer on Feb 15, 1954. She is survived by her husband Herman, of 54 years, and four children: Bill Schmierer, Marilyn (Rick) Smith, Deborah (Ryan) Walter and Steve (Anne) Schmierer; 6 grandchildren, all of Odessa ; and one sister, Joy Erickson, of Spokane; and two nieces and one nephew. She is preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Gladys Klima and a nephew. Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with interment at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 2007; photo in original)

Schoonover:  Otto Schoonover of Keller Ferry, an Odessa native who was born Jan 27, 1907 to Levi and Eliza Schoonover on the family farm here, passed away Feb 15, (1988) at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane.  In 1933, Mr Schoonover married Olga Giese, also of Odessa, at Newport, and in 1938, the couple took over the Schoonover family farm, homesteaded by his parents in 1886. They retired to Keller Ferry in 1976. He was a member of the Moose and Elks lodges, and of the Odessa Grange. He was a life member of the Odessa Gun Club. Mr Schoonover is survived by his wife Olga, at the family home; and by a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at the English Congregational Church here on Feb 20, interim pastor Cynthia Scanlin officiating.” ( Odessa Record: 1988) “…They retired in 1976 at Keller Ferry. Mr Schoonover enjoyed his small orchard at Keller Ferry, hunting, fishing, traveling and visiting. …survived by cousins, Mrs Al Geib of Wilbur, nephew Bob Estes of Wilbur, and a second cousin at Wilbur, Gary Geib…” (excerpt of details, scrapbook item)

Schorzman:  Theopil ‘Ed’ Schorzman, 87, of Harrison, Idaho, died Sept 26, 1999 in Harrison, Idaho.  He was born in Odessa and grew up in Miles City, MT. He married Olive Stokes in 1936. He moved to California. Olive died in 1966. He married Beverly Leon in 1967 and lived in CA before moving to Harrison in 1976. Survivors include his wife; three sons: Les and Eddie Schorzman, both of Coeur d’Alene, and Larry Schorzman, of Rathdrum, Idaho; two daughters, Delight Callegari and Anita Flores, both of California; four stepsons, Don, Sam, David and Ron Leon; a sister, Montana Hardung, of Spokane; and grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 1999)

Schwartz:  Wilma Jean (Widmer) Schwartz died May 29, 2002, at her home in Spokane. Interment was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. She was born in Odessa on Aug 9, 1932, the daughter of Oscar and Ruby Widmer. She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1950. She is survived by her brother, Eldon Widmer, of Moses Lake; daughters: Sue Brown of Post Falls, Kathryn Darcy of Spokane; Donnel Childs of Four Lakes; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (notes from Odessa Record: June 2002)“Wilma Jean Schwartz, age 69.—Passed away May 29, 2002 at her home. Survived by her brother, Eldon Widmer of Moses Lake, WA; daughters, Sue Brown and husband, Jim of Post Falls, ID, Kathryn Darcy and husband, Mike of Spokane, WA, and Donnel Childs and husband, Wayne of Four Lakes, WA; grandchildren: Michelle, Heidi, Holly, Annie, Clarisa, Ryan, Zach, Cameron and Maegan; great grandchildren: Christopher and Alyssa; and numerous nieces and nephews. A 34-year resident of Spokane. Ms. Schwartz worked as a nurse at the Valley Hospital in Spokane from the time it opened until her retirement in 1994. Previously, she had worked at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church for many years. She also enjoyed traveling. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 1 p.m. in the Colonial Chapel at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home with interment at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, followed by a family potluck at Ms Schwartz home.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-02-2002)

Shugert:  Evelyn Walter Shugert, a native of Odessa, died Saturday, May 20, 1995, in Spokane. Mrs Shugert had been a resident of Spokane for more than 55 years. She was 81 years old. She was born Sept 30, 1913, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Schafer) Walter. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1930. She attended WSC. She was married to Paul H Shugert in Odessa on Oct 1, 1938. The couple made their home in Spokane.  She was a member of the Whitworth Presbyterian Church and a past choir director and soloist of Central Christian Church in Spokane. She also was active in the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and PEO. She is survived by her  husband, Paul Shugert, at the home; a son, Bob Shugert, of Spokane; and two grandchildren, Carie Ann Shugert, of Deer Park, WA, and Robert E Shugert, of Spokane.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 24, at the Chapel of Flowers, Riplinger Funeral Home, with the Rev Jim Singleton officiating. Interment was at Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery .” (Odessa Record: 1995)  

Smith:  Gloria Chavana Smith died March 13, 1995, at her home in Moses Lake, age 56. She was born in Dilley, Texas , on July 18, 1938, the daughter of Francisco and Santos Chavana. She married Hipilito C Smith in 1964, and the couple and their family lived in Odessa from 1977 to 1990. The couple resided in Moses Lake in recent years. She is survived by her husband of 30 years; one daughter, Jean Rocha; four sons, Tony Smith of Tekoa; Frank Smith of Seattle; Leland Smith of Davenport; and Chuck Smith of Washtucna; her mother, Santos Chavana, of Dilley, Texas; two daughters-in-law; one son-in-law; four granddaughters; one brother, Francisco Cavana Jr; four sisters, Elida Martinez, Tone Jaco, Juanita Gonzales and Elenore Cantu.  She was preceded in death by her father, her brother Manuel and an infant brother and sister. Interment was at Pioneer Memorial Gardens in Moses Lake. (notes from Odessa Record: March 1995)

Smith:  James Edward Smith died Jan 5, 1997, in Spokane, aged 69 years. He was born on July 14, 1927, near Odessa, the son of William and Anna Smith. He was a grandson of W L Smith, who in 1884 was one of the first settlers in the Odessa area. James joined the US Navy in 1947 and served as a radio man on the USS Endicott until 1951. He married Geraldine Della Rinker on Oct 12, 1951. In 1955 they moved to Othello where they raised their 6 children. He was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Vincene Smith, his parents, several brothers and his sister. He is survived by his wife of 45 years; his younger brother, Ben Smith; 5 children: Donald E Smith, of Othello; Diana Smith of Moses Lake; Jim Smith of Moses Lake; William P Smith of Moses Lake; and Roland L Smith of Seattle. Interment was at Bess Hampton Memorial Gardens in Othello. Stevens Funeral Chapel of Othello was in charge of arrangements. (Odessa Record: Jan 1997) 

Smith:  Lorraine Witt Smith died Dec 19, 2007, at her home in Salem,OR. She was born Feb 15, 1928, to Emanuel and Julianne (Bohnet) Witt. She married Elon Gates (Pete) Kingsley in 1950, divorced in 1969, and later married John Sanders and Walt Smith. She leaves behind a dear friend and long-time partner, Robert ‘Johnnie’ John, who continues to reside at their home in Salem. She is survived by a son, Don (Pat) Kingsley, and three daughters, Janice (Dale) Hayden, Julene (Stephen) Brown and Laureen (Tim) Leach, as well as 7 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Dean and Ken Witt of Odessa. There will be no memorial service. (notes from Odessa Record: Dec 2007)

Smith:  Dr Louis DeSpain Smith of Wenatchee died Oct 2, in Wenatchee. He was 84 years old. He was born Oct 12, 1910, in Odessa , the son of Charles and Martha (Wolfe) Smith.  He is survived by his wife, Norma; three daughters: Celia O’Connor of TX; Frances Sheretz, of Alaska; and Ellen Payton, of TN; 3 grandchildren; a brother, Oliver Smith of Bend, OR; and a sister, Charlotte Cooper of Fallbrook, CA. Dr smith was a pioneer researcher in anaerobic microbiology. (notes from Odessa Record: undated)

Sparks:  Howard Sparks, Neppel, Wash., and his mother, Mrs Robert Sparks, Neppel, were fatally injured and two others are near death, the result of a head-on collision Friday night near Warden, in an isolated part of Adams County. Sparks died Saturday in an Ellensburg hospital and his mother died on Monday there. Hallie Kiener, Neppel, who suffered a fractured skull, also is in the Ellensburg hospital. Miss Alma Roth of Warden, suffered a fractured skull and is in a Pasco hospital. Neither Miss Roth nor Kiener is expected to live.  Eugene Hodson and Elizabeth Cook,  both of Othello, passengers in the Kiener car, were uninjured. The accident occurred six miles south of Warden on the Othello-Warden highway when Kiener, who, Sheriff Melvin Oestrich said, was driving on the wrong side of the road, crashed into the car driven by Sparks. There was no ice nor snow on the road. Both cars were wrecked. Mrs Sparks and son were returning from a trip to Pasco. The others were heading for Othello to attend a dance.” (Odessa Record:  1-07-1937)   

Stannard:  “Graveside service for Ruth J (Stillwell) Stannard, 84, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Memorial Park. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A 32-year Spokane resident, Mrs Stannard died Saturday. She was born in Alexandria, SD.   She graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma.  Mrs Stannard also was a homemaker and a member of the Chapter EQ of the PEO and Davenport First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband of 64 years; a son, Bruce Stannard of Troutdale,OR; a daughter, Janet Kuntz of Spokane; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated)  

Starchman:  “James Starchman, age 65, was instantly killed, and George Deiter, 58, was fatally injured Sunday when their automobile
skidded in loose gravel and turned over a half mile west of Hanson station. Mr Deiter was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane
where he died soon after his arrival. He had been night clerk at the Hotel Almira for the past six months. Little is known of him and as this
is written no definite arrangements have been made for his funeral. Mr Starchman was a painter, who has resided in Almira and Nespelem for three years. He was born in Illinois and went to Alaska during the gold rush at Nome. He was also a pioneer in the Slocan, BC, gold fields and had prospected from the Mexican border to Alaska. His remains were taken to Spokane for burial Monday, by his sister, Mrs Bessie Wood, who resides in the city. Starchman and Deiter were returning from looking over the country on the ridge north of Almira, when the accident occurred.” (Odessa Record: 8-01-1930)

Steinhaus:  “Memorial  services were held Friday, Dec 9, in Lynnwood, WA, for Bill Steinhaus.  Mr Steinhaus died at his home in Snohomish, WA, on Monday, Dec 5, 1994. He had followed careers as a gardener, accountant, machinist, warehouseman, carpenter, grocer, and farmer during his lifetime. He was also an author of historical works on the Pacific Northwest. Mr Steinhaus was an occasional visitor in Odessa, where his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Pat Estes, reside. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret; daughters Laura Estes and Mrs John (Billie) O’Mack, of Snohomish, and a sister, Inez Hobbs, of Puyallup,WA.” (scrapbook item: 1994) 

Streich:  Helena Lentz Streich died Aug 29, 1995 at Elk. She was born on Jan 26, 1917 in Marlin, and she attended school in Marlin. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Ramm, in 1968, and Reinhold Streich, in 1979. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Dassow, of Elk, and Lorena Waldron, of Chattaroy; three sons, Duane Ramm, of Kettle Falls; Loren Ramm, of Brush Prairie, WA; and Gerald Ramm of Spokane; one brother, Ernest Lentz, of Bremerton; one sister, Lydia Umbaugh, of Leesburg, WA. Interment was at Fairmount Memorial Park. (notes from Odessa Record: Sept 1995)

Streicher:  Dorothy Lou (Stumpf) Streicher, of Portland, died Tuesday, Sept 21, 1999. She was 72 years old. She was born in Odessa, the daughter of John and Emily (Geissler) Stumpf, on Jan 26, 1927. She was raised on a farm southeast of Odessa and later moved with her parents to Portland. She was graduated from Franklin High School there, and in 1951 she married Robert Streicher. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and a volunteer at Francis Center for many years.  She is survived by her husband, Robert Streicher, of Portland; two sons, Mike Streicher, of Tigard,OR, and David Streicher, of Portland; a daughter, Holly Frazier, of Vancouver, W ; 3 grandchildren, John Streicher, Jennifer Streicher and Emily Frazier, and a brother Lloyd Stump, of Portland. A memorial Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Sept 24. Disposition was by cremation at Willamette National Cemetery. Mt Scott Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1999)  

Stuhlmiller:  Lena Schauerman Stuhlmiller died April 23, 2003 in Wenatchee. She was born July 2, 1911, in Fruita, Colorado, the first of seven daughters of Conrad and Anna Margaretha ( Eisenach ) Schauerman, German immigrants from Frank, Russia. The family settled in Odessa, where Lena grew up and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1929. She married Theodore R Stuhlmiller, of Trinidad, on Jan 14, 1934. The couple’s first home was built by Lena’s father, a carpenter and builder of homes, was on the Stuhlmiller family wheat farm near Trinidad. In 1948 they moved to Quincy. She is survived by her daughter Marlene Reller of Wenatchee, Barbara Von Goedert, of Edmonds, WA; grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted in 1973, and sisters Ruth Heimbigner, Loretta Fink and Irene Nichols. A memorial service was held April 29 at St Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy. (notes from Odessa Record: 2003)  

Tauscher:  Emma Lorraine Miller Tauscher died April 10, 1999 at Selah. She was born Jan 10, 1912 in Odessa, one of 10 children born to George and Catherine ( Kanzler) Miller. The family moved to Wapato, where Emma completed her education. She made Portland her home in the early 1930s. Emma married Albert Philip Tauscher on Sept 20, 1954 in Portland. Al died on Jan 20, 1995 at the age of 100. Emma is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters. Private family entombment services were held in Portland Memorial Mausoleum. (notes from Odessa Record: April 1999)

Thaut:  “A memorial service for Art Thaut will be held today, Thursday, Dec 4, at the Church of Christ in Goldendale. Mr Thaut, a former Odessa resident, died on Monday, Nov 29, 2003. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1948. He was a stepbrother of Don Zeiler, of Odessa; Vernie Zeiler, of Kennewick; Fred Zeiler, of Vancouver, WA, and Elma Lesser, of Newport.” (Odessa Record: Dec 2003)

Theisen:  Orval Theisen died Aug 7, 2007 in Spokane. He was born Jan 14, 1916, in Erwin, SD, to Goulda and John Theisen. He worked as a high school teacher, beginning his career in Odessa in 1951. (notes from Odessa Record: Aug 2007; photo in original)

Tomlinson:  A M Tomlinson, 70, Chewelah, father of Mrs A W Birge, died there Tuesday, just 11 weeks after the death of his wife. He had been ill with a heart ailment for several years. A Virginian by birth, he came west in 1899 and located at Creston, later living at Cedonia and Chewelah. For many years he worked for the Great Northern railway. Burial will be at Cedonia. Surviving children are Fayette Tomlinson, Sacramento, CA; Mrs Susie Birge, Odessa; Bruce Tomlinson, Bluefield, WV; Ellis Tomlinson, Columbus, OH, and Mrs Ruby Cole, Chewelah. There are 12 grandchildren and three brothers.” (Odessa Record:  12-30-1937) 

Totusek:Vaclav Totusek, age 74, an Odessa country pioneer, died at his home at Hoskins, MN, July 17. Thirty years ago he came from Silver Lake, MN, and took up a homestead northwest of Odessa and later returned to Minnesota. He is survived by four sons, Joe, Emil, Frank and Jerome of Odessa, and four daughters, who reside at Hopkins, MN. Mr Totusek was a brother-in-law to Mrs Louis Wraspir, Sr.” (Odessa Record: 8-01-1930)

Travis:  Wanda Marie Schoonover Travis died Oct 29, 1994, in Hobart, IN. She was 75 years old. She was a resident of Portage, IN. She was born April 9, 1919, in Ritzville, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Seidl) Schoonover. She was raised in Odessa, where for many years her father was the town marshal. She married Robert E Travis, of Gary, IN, on March 10, 1944. She is survived by her husband, one son and four daughters, and nine grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: Nov 1994)

Troth:  “Bill Troth, who had only recently begun a position as a soil conservationist at the Davenport field office of the Lincoln Co Soil Conservation Service, died in early November (1992). Mr Troth, who grew up on and later managed his family’s dry land farm at Lewistown, MT, had a degree in agriculture and taught vocational agriculture and worked as a grain merchandiser in Montana. He received an SCS Conservation Team award while working for the Conservation Service in Montana.” (scrapbook item) 

Unknown:  “The body of a white man was found in the nine-mile eddy on the Ferry County side of the Columbia River Wednesday by William Wright, farmer of that region. He walked to Lincoln and telephoned Sheriff Lew Hutsell at Davenport, who in turn notified the Ferry County prosecuting attorney. Wright said the man appeared to have been shot. He did not remove the body from the river, but tied to a tree to await the arrival of the Ferry County officials.” (Odessa Record:  7-15-1937) 

Voise: Irene Sticka Voise died July 15, 1995 at Odessa. Funeral Mass was at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa. Inurnment was at Pioneer Cemetery in Moses Lake . Irene was born in Carlos, MN, on Sept 22, 1904, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Daniel) Sticka. She married William Voise on Nov 5, 1922, in LaRedo, MT. They moved to Odessa in the early 1940s. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Voise Speck, in 1983. She is survived by three children, Virginia Haase, of Spokane; Richard Voise of Odessa, and Shirley Bescancon of Phoenix, AZ; 14 grandchildren; one sister, Eleanor Echelard, of Havre, MT.  (notes from Odessa Record: July 1995)

Wahl:  “A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 27, in Memorial Garden s Funeral Chapel in Vancouver, WA, for Martha Wahl, who died Monday, March 22, 1999, at the age of 85. Mrs Wahl was born Dec 11, 1913, in Lind. Her maiden name was Sackmann. In 1958, she moved to Brush Prairie, WA, and was a homemaker and member, Sunday school teacher, choir member and soup kitchen volunteer at the First United Methodist Church. She married OttoWahl in 1934. He died in 1995. Survivors include her daughter, Jan Pittelko, of Brush Prairie; brothers: Albert Sackmann and Emil Sackmann, both of Lind; sisters: Rebecca Krug, of Spokane; Ella Miller of Gresham, OR; Hilda Ruff, of Moses Lake; and Margaret Jeske, of Lind; three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Interment was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Portland.” ( Odessa Record: Apr 1999)

Walter:  Annie Wollman Walter of the Schoonover Hutterite Colony died at her home Jan 16, 2001 with interment at the Schoonover Cemetery, Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville in charge. Annie was born Nov 15, 1925 at the New York Colony near Maybutt, Alberta. Her parents were Jacob and Elizabeth Wollman, who preceded her in death as well as brothers, Paul and Eli Wollman, and sisters Mary Hofer, Sarah Gross, Elizabeth Gross and Rachel Tschetter, one son, Eli and one grandchild. Annie married Darius Walter on Dec 2, 1945 at the Pincher Creek Colony in Alberta. She is survived by her husband, and sons Wally, Frank, John, Herb, Phillip, and E D; and daughters Betty Hofer, Sara Hofer and Rosanna; sister Rebecca Gross, and brother Joe Wollman. (notes from Odessa Record: Jan 2001)

Walter:  David Arthur Walter died May 8, 2002 at his home in Mesa , AZ. He was born in Odessa Sept 23, 1917, the son of George and Katherine Walter. He attended schools I Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1936. He served in the US Army from Jan 1942 through his discharge on Oct 4, 1945. In 1960, he met Callie Rushing. They were married in June of 1960 and they moved to Mesa, AZ in 1983. Survivors include his wife, Callie; son Robert Rushing and family. He was preceded in death by four brothers and nine sisters. Interment was in the Veterans Administration National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix . (notes from Odessa Record: May 2002)

Warren :  Ina Lorine Brown Warren died Dec 10, 1997, age 83 years. The youngest of seven children, she was born on Feb 21, 1914, on a farm near Minco, OK, to William and Etta Barber Brown. She married Floyd Warren at Chickasha, OK on Nov 7, 1932, where they lived until moving to Wenatchee in 1946 and to Odessa in 1948, where they were employed by Ralph King until Mr King’s death in the 1950s. She is survived by her husband Floyd, at the home; a son, Wilmon K ‘Bill’ Warren, of Moscow, Idaho; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: Dec 1997)

Weber:  Helena E Weber, age 86, of Lincoln, NE , died Sunday, May 16. She was born in Exeter, NE on April 1, 1911. Weber was a member of the Mt Olive Lutheran Church, of Lincoln, a former employee of UNL Ag College cafeteria and J C Penney’s drapery department.  She is survived by her husband Jacob Weber, of Lincoln; granddaughter and spouse Julie and David Miller, of Omaha; grandson Steve Kissinger, of Omaha; son-in-law Richard Kissinger, of Omaha; sister Margaret Hansel, of  Lincoln; great grandson Kyle Miller, of Omaha and many nieces and nephews. Weber is also survived by sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws: Henry and Olga Weber, of Odessa; Reiney and June Weber, of Marlin; Clara and Harvey Haase, of Odessa and Roseann Kramer, of Odessa. She is preceded in death by: daughter Loretta Kissinger, parents Gottfried and Louise Mueller, sister Sophia Krieger, sister Ann Volz and brother John Mueller. Services are today, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park .” ( Odessa Record: May 20, 1997)  

Weber:  Jacob Weber, a member of a pioneer Marlin area family, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in Lincoln, NE, at the age of 91. He was born in Laub, Russia, on May 2, 1911, to Conrad and Anna (Litt) Weber, who later settled in the Marlin area. He grew up on the family farm, attending the Kallenberger country school and Wilson Creek High School. A long-time resident of Lincoln, NE, he was employed by the Elgin Watch Company.  He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his wife Helena, daughter Loretta and three brothers: Peter, Fred and Eugene Weber. He is survived by a granddaughter and spouse, Julie and David Miller, of Omaha; a grandson, Steven Kissinger, of Omaha;  two great grandsons, Kyle and Brent Miller, of Omaha; brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Olga Weber, of Odessa; brother and sister-in-law Reinhold and June Weber, of Marlin; two sisters, Clara Haase and Roseann Cramer, both of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on May 16 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, with the Rev Bradley J Pearson officiating.” (Odessa Record: May 2002)

Weber:  Shirley Heimbigner Weber died May 15, 2007, in Yucipa, CA. She was born Oct 28, 1927, in Tacoma to August and Lydia (Miller) Heimbigner. She was a 1945 graduate of Odessa High School. She is survived by her son Keith Weber, of Texas; her daughters, Renee Patrick, of Yucipa, and Valerie Root of Utah; and her sister, Cynthia Langenheder, of Spokane .” ( Odessa Record: undated)  


Webley:  Bruce Webley, born at Richland Center, Wisconsin, Oct 20, 1865, passed away at a Pasco hospital on Feb 10, 1937, while visiting his brother, Oliver. In 1866 he came west to Odessa, later moving to a ranch north of Wilson Creek where he has since resided, successfully managing his farm in spite of the physical handicap of a paralytic disease.  He was well known through this district for his courage, keen mind, cheerfulness and hope, as he wrested a living from the soil, under handicap, giving generously to the aid of friends and relatives in time of need. The funeral services were conducted from the Wilson Creek church on Sunday, Feb 14, and interment made in the Hartline Cemetery. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs H Meyer of Brewster and Mrs James Roberson of Oroville; five brothers, Clyde of Wilson Creek, Irvin of Quincy, Newell of Marlin, Jay of Neppel, and Oliver of Pasco.” (Odessa Record:  2-25-1937) 


 Weigand:  “ Alice Pearl Kennedy Weigand, a native of Odessa and the daughter of the town’s first mayor, died on Wednesday, Dec 20, 1995, at her home in Spokane. She was 90 years old. She was born Sept 21, 1905, the daughter of George A and Pearl Bunnell Kennedy. She was the third of five children.  Her father was cashier of the newly established Odessa State Bank, and as well as serving as Odessa’s first mayor, he was also a state senator from Lincoln County … Besides living in Odessa as a child, Alice moved back to Odessa with her family in 1938. Her husband, Harold J Weigand Sr, was manager of the Odessa J C Penney Co store between 1938 and 1942. Their youngest child, Kenneth, was born in Odessa on March 11, 1940. Kenneth and his family live in Scottsdale, AZ. Alice’s other son, Dr Robert G Weigand, is a radiologist in Spokane.  Alice’s grandfather, William Kennedy, pioneered in 1886 in Washington Territory near Ritzville. Her mother’s family also pioneered in eastern Washington prior to statehood. The Kennedy family moved from Odessa to Seattle, where Alice graduated from Ballard High School in 1923. The family was living in Toppenish when she met Harold J Weigand. They were married on Aug 16, 1927…. He died in St Maries on Dec 9, 1955… Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Dec 23, 1995 at St Augustine Church in Spokane . Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: undated)


 Weishaar:  “Vigil service for Jacob J Weishaar, 82, who had operated a welding school here, will be at 7:30 at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St Anthony Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member. Private burial service will be at Holy Cross Cemetery with Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home in charge. Mr Weishaar, who died Wednesday, was born in Odessa, WA, and had lived in Spokane since 1918. He owned and operated Weishaar’s Welding School for 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Adelle E; three sons, Robert J Weishaar of Athol , ID , and George E and Thomas C Weishaar, both of Spokane ; two daughters, Barbara Nickel of Athol and Marilyn O Vollmer of Farragut Village, Idaho; one sister, Amelia Keefer of Spokane; 15 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and four step great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated) “Jacob J Weishaar. Died: 7-18-1990, Spokane, WA. Last Residence: 99205. Birth: 7-22-1907.” (SS Death Index)


Weizel:  Margaret Lyons Weizel died May 31, 2007, in Cape Coral, FL. She was born on March 9, 1930, in Washington,DC.  She spent her adult life in Spokane, Odessa, Redmond, WA, and then Lake Havasu, AZ, before finally retiring in Cape Coral. She was a nurse practitioner with a masters degree in psychiatry. She also played the cello in the Lake Havasu Orchestra. Margaret is survived by three children, Robert C Lyons, of Duvall, WA, Thomas P Lyons, of Seattle; and Susan E Salameh, of Cape Coral, as well as nine grandchildren, five brothers, and four sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: 2007; maiden name not given, burial not given)

Wegener:  Gustave Wegener, of Kirkland, WA, died Saturday, Feb 20, 1999 in Kirkland. He was 82 years old. He spent his childhood in Irby attending school there. He married his wife, Geraldine, in 1937 in Cle Elum. He was employed as a truck driver for a gravel company for more than 30 years. He is survived by two sons, four daughters and several grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1999)

Whiting:  Janie Marie Whiting, 52, died with services from Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Vigil service followed at St Peter Catholic Church. She was a lifetime resident of Spokane and graduated from Shadle Park High School. Survivors include her husband, Lynn Whiting; a son, Brent Whiting and a daughter, Shawna Whiting, both of Seattle; her parents, Mary Jane and Jack Wilson of Spokane; three brothers, John and Ken Wilson, both of Spokane; Dick Wilson of Medical Lake; five sisters, Carol Green of Odessa, WA; Pauline Marienau of Las Vegas, NV; Bernice Ackerman of Chattaroy, Alice Shafer of Idaho Falls, and Teresa Zeiler of Valleyford. (notes from undated scrapbook item; Janie was born April 14, 1944 and died Dec 10, 1997, per family.)

Widmer:  Eugene W Widmer.—Passed away Jan 11, 1989 in Seattle, WA. Funeral services were held Jan 16, 1989 in Seattle, WA. Survived by his mother, Amelia Finkbeiner, Spokane; three children, Donald Widmer, Lilas Mitchell, Virgil Finkbeiner. Mr Widmer was a graduate of Odessa High School. He resided in Seattle.” (Spokesman: undated)

Widmer:  Kenneth Dean Widmer, 57, of Panama City, FL, died Saturday, Sept 4, 1999. He was born in Odessa, the son of the late Oscar and Ruby Widmer, on Jan 8, 1942. He was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1960. Mr Widmer had lived in Florida since 1963. He was a supervisor with Lockheed Martin and served in the US Air Force for seven years. He was retired from the Florida National Guard. He was a member of the Central Assembly of God Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Weldon ‘Bud’ Widmer, Orville Widmer and Leslie Widmer. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Widmer, of Panama City; a daughter, Kimberly W Thomes and her husband Christopher, of Panama City; a granddaughter, Reilly Elizabeth Thomes, of Panama City; a sister, Mrs Wilma Schwartz, of Spokane; a brother, Eldon Widmer, of Moses Lake, and his mother-in-law, Mrs Arlene Steeley, of Panama City . Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept 7, at Central Assembly of God Church, with the Rev Don Shoots officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: undated 1999)

Wollman:  “Funeral services for Mary Wollman were held Tuesday, Dec 12, at the Spokane Hutterite Colony. She was 88 years old. Mrs Wollman died Sunday, Dec 10, 1995, in Spokane. She was born in Redfield, SD, on June 6, 1907 and moved to Fort Macleod, Alberta, in 1918. In 1941, she married Jacob Wollman and lived at Pincher Creek, Alberta, until 1959, when they moved to the Spokane Hutterite         Colony. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1963 and by three brothers and six sisters. Mrs Wollman is survived by her son and his wife, Joseph and JoEllen Wollman, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Christina and Daniel Wollman, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: undated)  

Woodard:  Sharon Kathleen Woodard, 64, of Spokane, died in her sleep on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2002. She is survived by three sons, Kevin (Dianne) Woodard, of Illinois; Kieth (Miriam) Woodard, of Portland; and Brian Woodard, of Spokane; one daughter, Molly, grandchildren: Kyle, Ashley, Lauren, Sierra, Shelby and Casey Woodard; three brothers, Hugh (Renee) McLaughlin, of Blonville, France; Grant (Ditty) McLaughlin, of Bellevue; and D K (Kathy) McLaughlin, of Olympia; one sister, Marlys (Melvin) Kissler, of Odessa; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn McLaughlin, Briar, WA; and Teresa McLaughlin, of Bothell, WA; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, two nephews, one niece and her husband of 47 years, Wallace (Woody) Woodard. Hazen and Jaeger was in charge of private cremation.” ( Odessa Record: 2002)

Zicha:  Virgil G Zicha, a member of a pioneer Odessa family, died Sept 20, 2002, in Spokane. He was born in Kennewick on Nov 7, 1930, the son  of George and Rebecca Zicha. He grew up in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1949. He married Wilene Duynslager in Pullman in 1950, Ellen E James in Kennewick in 1990 and Eunice Heiden in Spokane in 1999. He is survived by his wife Eunice of Spokane; son Michael A Zicha of Spokane; sisters Maxine Divito, Marjorie Giese and FlorenceWilson, all of Spokane; and Marilyn Kraemer, of Topeka, KS; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Interment was at Fairmont Memorial Park . (notes from Odessa Record: Sept 2002)

Zier:  David Zier died Nov 22, 1994, in Salem, Oregon. He was born Jan 20, 1910, in Walla Walla , the oldest child of Jacob and Katrina M Zier. He had five brothers and five sisters. The family lived on a farm four miles south of Odessa. David and his younger sister, Dorothy, who attended the Walter School, are remembered by their teacher, Rachel Walter of Odessa, as polite and well-mannered children. David married LaRean Schuler in 1927 in Ritzville. He is survived by his son Wendell; daughter, Janis; three brothers, 5 sisters, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: Dec 1994)


 Odessa vicinity deaths submitted to the Lincoln County, 

Washington, GenWeb, January 2008, by Marge Womach.

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