Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Ahrendt:  “Service for the Rev Fred J. Ahrendt, 88, longtime Spokane-area Lutheran pastor, will be at 11 a.m. today at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he was a member. Burial will follow at Fairmount Memorial Park, with Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in charge. Born in Iowa. When he was 15, he left to attend high school, college and the seminary at St Paul, MN. He graduated from college, was ordained in 1925, began his service as a Lutheran minister in Newberg, OR  for nine months in 1925-26. Served in Davenport, WA from 1926 to 1942, accepted a pastorate in Ritzville, WA, for 16 years before coming to Spokane in 1958 as senior pastor at St Peter Lutheran Church.  In 1969 began a four-year service as visitation minister at Christ Lutheran Church in the Spokane Valley, began his service with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, preached his last sermon there earlier this month and participated in the installation of the interim pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and served as an officer of the Northwest District of the American Lutheran Church. His wife of 63 years, Margaretha Ahrendt, died in 1988. Survivors include one daughter, Evangeline Moeller of Moses Lake; two sons, Eugene Ahrendt of Tacoma and Armand Ahrendt of Spokane; two brothers and three sisters in Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 1-19-1991) “The Reverend Fred J. Ahrendt, age 88.—Passed away on Jan 15, 1991 in Spokane. Survived by his daughter & son-in-law, Evangeline & Orville Moeller, Moses Lake, WA; sons & daughters-in-law, Eugene & LaWanna Ahrendt, Tacoma, WA; Armand & Marilyn Ahrendt, Spokane, WA; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 brothers & 3 sisters all in Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaretha Ahrendt, in 1988. A resident of Spokane for 32 years. Member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and former pastor of Lutheran Church in Davenport, Ritzville, and Spokane. Funeral services will be on Saturday Jan 19, 1991 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, interment Fairmount Memorial Park. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in charge.” (excerpt Spokesman Review: 1-18-1991)  

Dormaier:Raymond Wilmar Dormaier, 90, longtime Coulee City and Hartline resident, a man who loved the Lord, his church, and his family, passed away Wednesday, Dec 21, 2005, in Yakima. Public viewing will take place at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2005, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and at the Coulee City Assembly of God Church on Thursday, Dec 29, 2005, from 9 until 10 a.m.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec 29, 2005, at the Coulee City Assembly of God Church with Pastor Allan Fox officiating. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory, Moses Lake.  Raymond, the oldest of 12 children, was born in Wheeler, WA on Nov 14, 1915, son of the late Christian and Clara (Roduner) Dormaier. Later the family moved to Wilson Creek, WA for a short period of time. He took the English language home to his German speaking family. They moved to Hartline where the family settled. He started farming with horses and saw the evolution of farming to the point of ‘air-conditioned cabs’. He was one of the first farmers that realized the advantage of going across the field instead of ‘around the field’ to prevent erosion and improve crop yield.  He married helen Miner of Oakesdale, WA on July 29, 1940. They were married 58 and a half years before her passing in March 1999. They made their home in Hartline, WA until 1965, when they moved to Coulee City and built their own home. They resided there until Helen’s death when he then chose to move to Yakima to be closer to family. He was a charter member of the Coulee City Assembly of God Church and later the Hartline Assembly of God Church. He was very active in church work, including board member and later as an usher.  He is survived by four daughters and their spouses, Catherine and Crandle Dormaier-Sims, Yakima, WA; Irene and Darroll Grant, Aumsville, OR; Jerene and Ray Miller, Redmond, WA; and Janice and Steve Hale, Las Vegas, NV; six brothers, Ted, George, Lourence, Harry, Allen and Leo; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Besides his wife, Helen; and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara and Eunice; three brothers, Lloyd, Earl and an infant.” (Wenatchee World: 12-25-2005)  

Giese:  Verl Marguerite Giese passed away peacefully at Moran Vista Senior Living on June 6, 2009. She was born Sept 27, 1912 to Eugene and Magdalena Smith in Davenport, WA. When her father died suddenly, the family moved to town, and Verl became the second mother to her younger siblings while her mother, Lena, worked. In 1931 she was married to James Edwin Young. Then Patricia, their only daughter, was born. Later on they were divorced. In 1947 Verl married John Giese. They owned an operated Johnnie's Jewelry in Davenport for fifteen years. Verl and John had a son, Sam, and a daughter, Kathy. Verl was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, her brothers, Howard Eugene, Gerald Kenneth, and Robert Donald Smith, her sister Edna Irene Jackson, her dear grandson Jay Ginter, and her husband John Giese. Verl is survived by daughters Patricia Pettibone and Kathryn L Giese, and son Samuel. There will be a small family gathering at Greenwood Cemetery for the placement of ashes on Wednesday, June 10 at 2 p.m. (Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane, in charge.)” (excerpt Spokesman-Review: 6-09-2009)

Gilbert:  “God received Art from this world after a long battle with several illnesses on Nov 7, 2006 at Good Samaritan Village, Spokane Valley. He was born April 12, 1919 in Bozeman, Montana to William J and Lulu S Gilbert. He was one of ten children. Art graduated from Three Forks High School in Montana. After graduation, he served in the US Navy during WW II in the Pacific Theatre. He worked as a Signal Maintainer for the Great Northern Railroad for 30 years before retiring. He married LaVerne October 18, 1947 and had three children, Cathy, John and Barbara. They lived in Odessa, WA for 22 years raising their children. While in Odessa, he helped develop the Odessa Museum. After retirement Art and LaVerne moved to Spokane and have lived there for the past 29 years. Art enjoyed model railroading, traveling and riding his motorized cart everywhere. He was a member of the VFW Post #7395 of Odessa, WA and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. Preceding him in death were his sisters Ella (Lavell) and Iris (Eller), brothers Ralph, Norman, Jay, Dwane and Glenn Gilbert, and son-in-law Clarke Schlimmer. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne; three children: Cathy Gilbert-Silva (and Larry Silva), Delaplane, VA, John Gilbert (and Bonnie), San Felipe, Mexico, Barbara Schlimmer of Odessa, WA; four grandchildren: Trevor Silva, Monica Wallace (and Garin), Matthew Gilbert (and Jennie), and Micah Gilbert (and Erika).  Art is also survived by his sisters, Carol Pyle and Emogene Lane and three sisters-in-law, Jean Gilbert, Lorraine Gilbert, Alice Gilbert and by brothers-in-law, Harold Kinyon (and Eleanor), Burton Kinyon, sisters-in-law, Gertrude Newman (and Roy) and Molly Kinyon. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A private inurnment was held at Fairmont Memorial Park, Spokane, WA.” (excerpt Spokesman-Review: 11-09-2006; Heritage Funeral Home in charge)

Gullidge:  Helen G Gullidge, 84, beloved wife of the late Ellsworth J Gullidge and mother of James E Gullidge of Kent, and Marilyn J Esterly of Edmonds.  Helen was born Jan 14, 1915 in Ritzville, WA, the third eldest in a family of six, and the first to be born in America to parents, Jacob and Mary Walters, immigrants from Frank, Russia. She went to be with the Lord Jan 15, 1999, in Everett, WA.  Helen is survived by two of her sisters, Viola Jean Lilla of Spokane and Rosemary Blankenship of Ritzville; grandchildren.   She was also sister to the late Jacob Walters, Henrietta Plymale and Karl Walters.  Helen was raised on a wheat farm in Harrington, WA, and later attended secretarial school in Spokane, where she met her future husband, Ellsworth J Gullidge. They were married July 3, 1937 and moved to Pullman, where El received his civil engineering degree from Washington State University. The Gullidges then moved to Grand Coulee, WA, where El worked on the Grand Coulee Dam project. They also lived in White Bluffs, WA, before settling in the View Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, where they raised their two children and remained for 21 years.  During this time, Helen worked for nearly 10 years in cosmetics of the downtown Seattle Frederick & Nelson’s department store. She was also active in the Norene Boyd circle of the Seattle Milk Fund. The Gullidges were also members of University Congregational Church, Seattle. Upon retirement, Helen and El moved to Vancouver, WA, and then to Whidbey Island in 1975. After El’s death in 1985, Helen continued traveling by taking annual trips to Molokai, Hawaii and a one-time trip to China.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan 23, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Kent.”  (excerpt Everett Herald: Jan 1999)

Hardung:  Lavene H Hardung died in his sleep on Feb 17, 2010, at his home in Mesquite, NV.  He was born on the family ranch near Odessa on March 9, 1923, to David and Mary (Hoff) Hardung. He was the third of five children. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joe (Daisy) and Herb (Tana), sisters Lucille (Lars) Gustafson and Marcine (Bob) Deife. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vera; daughters, Rebecca (Mike) Botsford and Lisa Hardung; son, Kurt (Lori) Hardung; two grandchildren, Katie and Alex Hardung; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to immediate family, he is survived by his ‘other son’ Kelvin (Chloe) Lee and family, Kelsha, Kizzie, Blue, Brittany and grandchildren. He ranched wheat, barley and cattle with his father and two brothers as Hardung and Sons. In 1958, he earned the Conservation Farmer of the Year award for the Ritzville area of Adams County, WA. He also sold farm and ranch real estate with his cousin, Lloyd Harding, of Big Bend Land and Cattle Co, in Eastern Washington and Idaho.  For recreation he shot trap, with his trophies including Handicap Washington state runner-up 1958. Running cattle in the Arizona strip country was something he truly enjoyed. It has been said the people of Mesquite and small town life were extremely important to him.” (relative submitted)

Isaak:  E John Isaak, age 73.—A long time resident of Coulee City, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2001, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was born March 6, 1928 in Marlin, WA to John C and Dorathea Isaak. They moved to Hartline where he attended elementary school, later moving to Spokane where he graduated from North Central High School. He attended Glad Tidings Bible Institute in San Francisco. On Aug 23, 1947 he married  Betty Miller in Libby, MT. After completing Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, they returned to Coulee City where he worked for his brother, Harold.  In 1962, he began farming in Douglas County. They moved from the family farm to a home in Coulee City in 1983, at which time his son, Kurt, joined him in the farming operation. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold. John is survived by his wife, Betty, his children and their spouses, Rhonda (Craig) Delorme of Yakima; Christine (Todd) Wagner of Springfield, OR; Tana (Leon) Johnson of Electric City, Kurt (Mary) of Coulee City, Holly (Dan) Ferry of Renton, WA; 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild; five sisters, Eva Radanovsky, Ruth Sackmann, Viola Kinnick, all of Spokane; Florence Walberg, Mt Vernon, and Ione McCullough, Temecula, CA; three brothers, Alvin Isaak, Yakima, Carl Radanovsky, Spokane, and Gordon Isaak, Palm Springs, CA. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Coulee City Assembly of God. Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA is in charge of arrangements.” (excerpt Spokesman-Review:  3-25-2001)

Kissler:  Laurence Harvey Kissler.  Larry Kissler died Sept 25, 2009 at his Boise, Idaho residence at the age of 83. Larry was the youngest of six children born in 1926 in Odessa. After high school he spent four years in the Air Force. He then attended WSU to earn a Bachelor’s in Business and a Master’s in Economics. He married Frances Linn in 1950 and began a 17-year career with Union Carbide. In 1968, Larry and Fran moved to Boise with their four children, when they purchased Norco, Inc.  In 1978 Norco was chosen by the Welding Distributor Magazine as an outstanding distributor. In 1979 Larry was named Small Businessman of the Year for the State of Idaho. He was elected President of the National Welding Supply Assoc. in 1986.  In 1992, Norco was presented the Blue Chip Enterprise award for efficiency and leadership. And in 1995 Norco was honored as the Family Business of the Year. Larry and Fran donated the Kissler Family Chapel at St Luke’s and the Kissler Family Library at St Al’s.  He is survived by his wife, Fran Kissler; his son, Jim Kissler; his daughters, Laura Colson, Karen Edwards (husband Michael Edwards), and Marlene Kissler (husband Eric Verzuh); his grandchildren, Scott Colson, Sara Colson, Nicole Kissler, Dawn Kissler, Julie Kissler, Jake Edwards, Monica Edwards, Dan Verzuh and Jadyn Verzuh. He was an uncle to Margie Schell and Noreen Groh of Odessa and had several cousins in Odessa. A funeral service was held Sept 28, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church in Boise.” (Odessa Record: 10-29-2009) {Edit: George J Kissler was the husband of Magdalena Borgens Kissler, and together they had the following known children:  Reinhold N Kissler (b. 1-17-1909); Reubin Kissler (b. 11-10-1913); George Jr Kissler (b. 7-18-1915, d. 3-02-1917); Alvin Kissler (b. 3-18-1917); Clarence George Kissler (b. 4-27-1920); Laurence (Larry) Harvey Kissler (b. 1926).}(submitted by relative)

Lenhart:  Clarence Conrad Lenhart. Age 92.On Tuesday morning of June 2, 2009, an honest and honorable man Clancy passed away peacefully in the presence of his immediate family at the Hospice House of Spokane. Born June 16, 1916 in Odessa, WA, he was one of seven children of Conrad and Anna Lenhart. He served his country in the US Army during WW II. Clancy loved his time spent in the Silver Valley and was active in the American Legion, Masons, and Elks Lodge of Kellogg.   He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Hedvie Lenhart, son Marc Lenhart, and is survived by his three children, William (Cheryl) Papesh, Deidre (Andrew) Ashmore, and Craig (Linda) Lenhart, all of Spokane. Additional survivors, two grandchildren Dana Papesh of Seattle, Eric (Melissa) Papesh and his two great grandchildren, Samantha and Grant Papesh, who all currently reside in London, England, sisters Lucille (Del) Turner, Portland, OR and Bernice (John) Davis, Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews. Clancy spent the last years of his life as a resident of the Waterford where everyone who came to know and care for him, loved him dearly. A good caring and generous man, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Waterford on Friday June 5 at 10 a.m. (Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane, in charge.)” (excerpt Spokesman-Review: 6-03-2009)

Loewen:  Ray Cole Loewen, 72, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Stratford, WA, on May 4, 1935. Ray was the second of six children born to Abe and Stella Loewen. Ray grew up in Wilson Creek and graduated from Wilson Creek High School, where he played on the 1953 State Champion basketball team. Ray married Phyllis Brown on April 12, 1957, in Hartline, WA. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Ray and Phyllis made their first home in Soap Lake, WA, where Ray worked as a carpenter and in store management. IN 1961, Ray and Phyllis moved to East Wenatchee, where he raised his family and lived until his death. Ray worked for many years as a manager in the auto repair business and recently retired from Town Toyota. Ray was a good man. He will be remembered as a man of his work, a loving father, a steadfast husband and tireless worker. His sense of humor and knack for story telling entertained everyone, especially his grandchildren. It is said that the truest measure of a man is how tall he stands in the eyes of his grandchildren—to his grandchildren, Ray was a giant.  Ray is preceded in death by his mother; father; and sister, Jean. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; his buddy, Chance; two sons, Dan and his wife, Traci, of Spokane, and Ron of East Wenatchee; two daughters, Lori and her husband, Jim of California and Robin of East Wenatchee; his grandchildren, Mitch, Ben, Evan, Sean, Ryan, Bailee and Brooke; his brother, Robert Loewen; sisters, Betty Killgore, Dorothy Coriell, and Agnes Lutz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service to Celebrate a Life well done will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley in East Wenatchee.” (Wenatchee)

McLean:  Alan Robb McLean, rector of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Wenatchee, WA, died unexpectedly Feb 11, 2005. Father McLean was born Jan 26, 1943, in Brooklyn, NY. His parents were Ralph McLean and Mary Thayer McLean Reed. He was educated at Episcopal Academy, Marion, PA; Harvard College, AG; Stanford University, MBA; and Christian Theological Seminary, M Div.  While at Harvard he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended The Basic School at Quantico, VA., was commissioned as a second lieutenant and reported to the First Battalion, 26th Marines where he lost his legs in combat in January of 1967. While in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V for Bravery, and the Purple Heart. After the war, he worked in international finance and management with Pillsbury, Raphaely, and Hurco Mfg.  He and his wife lived four and a half years in France, where their two eldest children were born. He graduated from seminary and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1990. He served at Trinity Church, Indianapolis, IN; Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL; Trinity Church, Pine Bluff, AR; St Stephen’s Forest, VA; and most recently at St Luke’s.  He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Betsy Chambliss McLean, and his children: Margaret McLean Kennedy (Charles) of Olympia, WA; Dr A Robb McLean (Dr Nancy Johnstone) of Albuquerque, NM; Mary Thayer McLean Watkins (Kenneth) of Tacoma, WA; two grandchildren, Colton and Robb Kennedy of Olympia, WA.  He is also survived by two brothers, Ralph Thayer McLean (Ursula) of Washington DC, and Peter Coburn McLean (Kristine), and two nephews and two nieces. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Feb 19, 2005, at St Luke’s.” (Wenatchee World: 2-20-2005)

Morrison:  Fern Elizabeth Morrison was born May 2, 1922, the only child of Henry Jacob Bauer and Florence Tritt Bauer at the family homestead in Ritzville, WA. She died April 9, 2009 in Pasco, WA, her home for over 65 years. Fern married Frank G Girton at the family farm Jan 31, 1942 and they later divorced. He died in 1974. She married Howard K Morrison Nov 22, 1955 and they lived in Pasco. He died in 1999.  Her father, Henry Bauer was a member of the historic covered wagon train that brought 17 German-Russian westward in 1883. Her mother, Florence, taught in a one room school house prior to her marriage in 1905. The building was later purchased and moved to the family farm on Bauer Road in Ritzville. Fern donated the school bell to the Ritzville Railroad-Depot in 1991.  Fern is survived by her children, Janet Girton Walthew, Seattle, WA, Michael Henry Girton, Seattle, WA, and Ann Morrison Rayment, Pasco, WA. Grandchildren, Sarah Walthew Bodine, Edmonds, WA, David James Walthew, Des Moines, WA, and Elaina RaeAnn Erickson, Spokane, WA.  Great grandchildren: Grace Catherine Walthew, Austin James Walthew, and David John Cassier of Des Moines, WA. Memorial services Saturday, April 18, 2009, 1 p.m. at Tri-Cities Retirement Inn, Pasco, WA.” (excerpt Seattle Times: Sunday, April 12, 2009)

Parrish:  “Dr John ‘Jack’ Pershall Parrish ...   Born May 20, 1924 to Mr and Mrs J R Parrish at Odessa, Washington. Jack moved to Deer Park, outside Spokane, for his teenage years. After high school he attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, and then enrolled in the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry,  graduating  in 1950. Shortly after graduating, he married Ann Brown, and they immediately went to work creating a family of six children which Jack presided over with uncommon wit, gentleness and an irresistible grin.  While in Pedodontic Graduate School at the University of Washington, he was called on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War. He practiced dentistry during his time in the service. He then returned to Seattle in 1953 and practiced there until September of 1956. Now, with four of those eventual six children in tow, the family moved to the house on West Pioneer Avenue in Puyallup he would call home for the rest of his life. Jack took to his new town and Puyallup certainly took to him.  Jack’s most remarkable life came to a peaceful end on Tuesday, Nov 25 in the big white house on Pioneer. His absence will leave a gaping hole in the lives of his best friend, companion, and love, wife Ann, as well as his beloved children: Robert (Patty) of Walla Walla; Susan (Dan) of Puyallup; James (Sue) of Walla Walla; Patti of Seattle, Janie (Don) of Woodinville; and David (Sue) of Palmdale, CA. Others whose lives will never be quite the same include Jack’s brother, James (Jane) of Winthrop, WA, his 10 grandchildren, and countless colleagues, neighbors, and dear friends. A Celebration of Jack’s life will take place on Saturday, Nov 29, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Puyallup. Arrangements entrusted with Powers Funeral Home.”  (excerpt Seattle Times: 11-27-2003)

Riddle:  Mary J Riddle, age 102.—Was born on Dec 14, 1906, near Ritzville, WA to parents Amos and Hattie Belle Setters. She entered into Heaven on Nov 12, 2009. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, J C Riddle; by five brothers: James, George, Robert, Walter, and Harry; and one sister, Katherine. She is survived by her daughter, Joan Flatt of Spokane, WA; her son Warren Riddle of Mead, WA; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mary graduated from Cheney Normal School and taught first grade for 13 years. She married J C Riddle on July 10, 1938. Mary and JC lived and farmed on Peone Prairie from 1944 until they fully retired and moved to Fairwood Retirement Resort in 1997. After JC died, Mary returned to the Peone farm to live with her son and daughter-in-law for five years. A memorial service will be held at her church, Foothills Community Church, Forker Road, on Saturday, Nov 21, at 1 p.m. Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.” (relative submitted)

Rohde:  Elaine Betty Rohde. After a brief illness, Elaine was taken by God on Feb 18, 2004. She passed away in Yakima, WA, her home for the last seven years. Born in Oregon City, OR on July 15, 1928 she was 75 years old. As a pastor’s wife for 50 years and the mother of two sons and one daughter, she was much loved and a friend to all she met. Growing up in Oregon City with her sister Jean (Butenshon) and brother Rich (Knoefel, Jr), Elaine was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church. It was here in 1951 that she met Emery Thomas Rohde from Michigan who had been assigned to serve his pastoral internship at Zion. Following Emery’s ordination in 1953, they married in Oregon City.  Over the next several years, Elaine served as Emery’s constant companion and served in her own ministries within the following congregations: Christ Lutheran (Vancouver, BC); Grace Lutheran (Wenatchee); Phinney Ridge Lutheran (Seattle); Our Saviour’s Lutheran (Arlington, WA); and finally settling in Yakima, WA, where Elaine continued her ministries at Christ Lutheran and Central Lutheran Churches. Nearly every day they could be seen together visiting those who were unable for one reason or another to make it to church in order to provide them with spiritual comfort and human kindness. For over 50 years, Elaine devoted her life to Emery, and raised three wonderful children, Gary and Tom who are now Lutheran pastors in Grandview and Snohomish and Lisa who is an Administrative Assistant with the Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, WA, as well as worked for the Arlington School District.  Elaine is survived by her loving husband Emery; her three children, Gary (Suzie) Rohde; Tom (Jody) Rohde; Lisa (Doug) Schwab, and her sister Jean (Donald) Butenshon. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Knoefel. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb 23, 2004, at Central Lutheran Church of Yakima. Keith & Keith Funeral Home, Yakima.” (excerpt Wenatchee World: 2-22-2004)

Siemsen:  Kathleen (Haas) Siemsen, age 74.—Of Billings, Montana was received into the arms of the Lord on May 29 surrounded by her children. Kathleen was born on July 8, 1934 to Alonzo (Lonnie) and Florence Haas in Wilbur, Washington. After moving to Spokane, Kathleen would spend the summers in the wheat country with her cousins. She was a graduate of Rogers High School in Spokane. In later years she was united in marriage to Norwood Siemsen in Cody, WY, and was a very loving wife and mother. She always had a story to tell and a poem to recite and a song to sing. Kathleen will be so lovingly remembered by her five children: Lonnie (Rita) Maiden of Kalispell, MY; Gale (Jackie) Maiden of Billings, MY; Don (Patty) Siemsen of Prineville, OR; Lynda (Chuck) Jorgenson of Laurel, MY; and Lori (Tracy) Bray of Laurel, MY; nine grandchildren; and her loving sister LaVonne (Haas) Bennett; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her loving husband, Norwood just three months ago. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4 at Smith Downtown Chapel. Interment will be at Bridger Cemetery.” (excerpt Spokesman-Review: 6-04-2009)

Sieverkropp:  Dorothy Irene Sieverkropp, age 73.—Joined our Lord and Savior on Nov 27, 2009. Born June 29, 1936 in Julesburg, Colorado, to Don and Esther Maahs, the oldest of six children. Survived by her husband Wayne and her daughters, Debbie (Steve) Lytle of Spokane, Linda (John) Faure of Ritzville, Barbara Barry (Tim Petty) of Spokane, and Patty (Gary) Stanley of Liberty Lake and her grandchildren: Matthew and Michelle Lytle,  Krista and Jason Faure, Blake Barry and Briana Petty. She is also survived by three sisters, Darlene Dormaier, and Anna Mae Allen, both of Spokane, Marilyn Carlson of Lamona, WA; along with many nieces and nephews. Dorothy graduated from Fairfield High School in 1954. She married Wayne on Nov 20, 1955 in Spokane. The couple had just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. They lived and farmed near Odessa, WA until 1993. After retiring they moved and resided in Veradale, WA. She was a member and leader of the Redeemer Lutheran Quilters Group for 10 years and attended and volunteered for 30 years at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Memorial services will be held on Dec 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Pastor Ken Schauer of Kettle Falls will be officiating. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home.” (relative submitted)  

Starr:  “Service for the Rev Tom Starr, 67, will be at 1 p.m. today at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. The Rev Starr, who was born in Eastland County Texas, died Aug 28 along with three of his grandsons when his boat was lost at sea.  He grew up in central Texas and moved with his family to Southern Idaho at the age of 16. He was a 1951 graduate of Marsing (Idaho) High School. He attended the University of Idaho for two years and married his wife, Betty, in 1954. The Rev Starr also attended the Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland and graduated in 1958.  He began serving as the pastor at Valley Fourth Memorial Church in 1975 and oversaw its expansion from a small congregation to a large church with a Christian school. The Rev Starr began serving at Maranatha Bible Church seven years ago. He had been preparing to take on a job as the full-time head of Mission Spokane, a coalition of churches working toward Christian unity.  Survivors include his wife, Betty; six daughters, Jewel Floch of Odessa, WA, and Gay Bourquin, Becky Paul, Melody McMacken, Faith VanBelle and Joy Fuller, all of Spokane; a son, Bill Starr of Spokane; three brothers, Charles, James and Purvis; his father, Charles Starr; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (see also Floch; excerpt Spokesman-Review: 9-08-2001)

Walberg:  Florence (Isaak) Carey Walberg went to be with the Lord on Sept 2, 2007, after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on Nov 25, 1924, to John and Dorothea Isaak in Marlin, WA. Florence worked at Darigold as a bookkeeper for 20 years. Florence was a great wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all she met and will be greatly missed. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, George Carey in 1960, and husband, Melvin Walberg in 2000; Mel's son, Otto Walberg in 1988; grandson, Garth Weedman in 1989; five siblings; and many friends. She is survived by children, Diana Carey (Sig) Weedman, Karen Carey Richardson, Mel’s daughter, Sandie Walberg (Ken) Pruess; and beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will be Celebrating Florence’s Life on Saturday, Sept 8, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Hawthorne Funeral Home located at 1825 East College Way in Mt Vernon, WA. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park.” (excerpt Wenatchee World: 9-06-2007)


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 June 2009, by Marge Womach.

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