Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Birge:  “Funeral services for Edward William Birge, 79, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cedonia Christian Church, with the Rev Frank Needles officiating. Mr Birge passed away Friday in Spokane.  Mr Birge was a native of Davenport, and a lifetime resident of the Inland Empire, having lived in Cedonia and Othello. He was a retired bookkeeper and farmer, and was a member of the Ode Fellows Lodge, Harrington, WA, and Cedonia Christian Church. Burial was in the Cedonia Cemetery. Mr Birge was survived by a daughter, Norma Rohdes, Spokane; a son, David K Birge, Spokane; eight grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ms Nellie Batelaan, LaTueste, CA, and Frances Birge, Spokane; and three brothers, David Birge, Odessa, WA, George K Birge, Kirkland, WA, and Alfred W Birge, Chewelah, WA.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1972)

Birge:  David Kenneth Birge passed away in the Spokane Valley April 9, 2010. Born in Spokane on July 6, 1931 to ElNora A Jacobs and Edward W Birge. The extended Birge families were early pioneers in Lincoln County in the late 1800s and many family members were from the Harrington, Davenport, Odessa and the Cedonia areas. Dave’s family lived in Colville while he was growing up. He graduated from Colville High School in 1950. He played high school sports and at the age of 16 earned his pilot’s license. He was always very proud of that accomplishment. Dave was voted the best looking student by his senior class and was given the nickname ‘Tuffy’. Dave served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharge. He married Geraldine N Ross of Chewelah in 1952, they were later divorced in 1981 after 28 years of marriage. They had four children: Ken, Douglas, Rebecca and Deanna. Dave became one of the best heavy equipment operators in the Pacific Northwest and belonged to International Union of Operating Engineers Union Local 370. He worked on several big projects that changed our local landscape. He recalled these with good memories, the I-90 Freeway project, Highway 2 project, upgrading the Greenacres Irrigation District and the ALCOA plant in Addy, WA. He worked for Inland Asphalt for many years paving many of our local streets, roads and highways. His most memorable construction project was when he was hired to work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Project for Aleyska Pipeline Company as a crane operator. He worked in Alaska for three years and ran one of the largest cranes on the line. He worked, above the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range, putting the pipeline over Atigun Pass; he also worked  at Thompson Pass which is a 2,805 foot-high gap in the Chugach Mountains. In addition, Dave work out of Camp Chandalar and Cap Deitrich. He fell in love with Alaska and spoke of his experiences often. He always wanted to go back there; unfortunately he never got the opportunity. Dave’s hobbies included boating, fishing and collecting. He never passed up a good garage sale. He is survived by his loving family, sons and daughters-in-law: Ken and Rita Birge of Hauser Lake, ID; Douglas ‘Scott’ and Maria Birge of the Spokane Valley; daughters and sons-in-law: Rebecca ‘Becky’ and Lewie Cooper of Wenatchee, WA, and Deanne ‘Dee’ and David Sasse of Post Falls, ID; grandchildren: Amy Birge, Ken and Sara Birge, Casey, Joseph and Chelsie Cooper, Andy Sasse and David Birge; great grandchildren: Jack, Ben and Owen Dewitt and Eva Cooper. He is also survived by his sister Norma Rhodes of Colorado and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W and ElNora A Birge and his brother Edward K Birge. Memorial services will be held 1 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2010 at English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls, Idaho.” (relative submitted: undated)  

 Bischoff: Aloma G Bischoff, 83, went to be with the Lord on Oct 31, 2009, with her family by her side. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009, at Guarding Angels Cemetery, 2595 Road L NE, Moses Lake, with Rev Mark Bassett, Hospice Chaplain officiating. Born Oct 2, 1926, in Hunters, WA, to John and Edith (Sims) Kappel, she married her childhood sweetheart, Norman Bischoff, on Aug 29, 1945, in Ruff, WA. They made their home in Ruff area, where they farmed. She also enjoyed researching her family’s heritage. She also served as a Sunday School teacher at the Marlin Presbyterian Church. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren for her ‘Grandma Stories’ and the time they spent with her during wheat harvest. Other precious memories of Aloma include her German cooking and her love of dancing with ‘Grandpa’.  Aloma is survived by her daughters: Kathy (Bob) Trammell of Moses Lake; Vicki (Don) Underhill of Warden; and Mary-Ellen (Walter) Spier of Magnolia, Texas; granddaughters: Heidi (Troy) Ragan, Krystal (Tod) Haneberg, Sami (Cory) Savage.  Also included are six great grandchildren: Kellan Roellich, Kyler, Ashlyn, and Serina Haneberg, Presten and Kailee Savage. She is also survived by three sisters: Jackie (Jim) Garrison of Moses Lake, Georgia (Verlin) Elliot of Everett; and Sparkie Bushbaum of Federal Way, WA. Aloma was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, an infant daughter, Robin, son-in-law, Monty Ring, and her parents.” (relative submitted) 

Brightwell:  Edward John Brightwell died July 31, 2009 in Spokane at the age of 73. He was born Feb 15, 1936, in Des Moines, Iowa to Joe and Hazel (Adams) Brightwell. He is survived by his wife, Daisy, at the home in Odessa; five children: Donald Brightwell of Medford, OR; Ruth Lockhart of Arizona; Duane Brightwell of Fruitland, ID; Jerry Brightwell, of Valley ford, WA, and Joe Tom Brightwell of Odessa; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one sister, Audrey Morgan, of Kennewick, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a US Army veteran. He attended the Odessa and Wilbur Foursquare Church and the Church of God in Wallace, Idaho. He was an IBEW member, as well. Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Odessa Foursquare Church with Pastor Bill Cox officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 8-06-2009)

Buchmann:  Gary A Buchmann died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at the age of 57. Gary was born on July 14, 1951, to Ervin and Lyda Buchmann in Moses Lake. He grew up in Moses Lake but graduated from Odessa High school in 1969.  After graduation he worked in the fertilizer business for the Quincy Irrigation District and had a small construction company with his son, Jesse. For the past four years he worked for the City of Ephrata. He was preceded in death by his son, Jesse Buchmann, in October, 2003. He is survived by his wife Pam, the former Pam Walter of Odessa, granddaughter, Jessica Buchmann and her mother, Jennifer Jessen; mother-in-law Reta Walter, brother Vern Buchmann, sisters Char Gitcho, Laura Schaffer, Marsha Rolph, and his second family, whom he loved dearly, the employees of the City of Ephrata. A memorial service and potluck will be held Friday, July 24 at 2 p.m. at the Lions Park in Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 7-16-2009)  

Davis:  “Mrs Rose Davis, 82, of 711 North Sixth, Pocatello, Idaho, died at her home Tuesday, Nov 10, after a short illness.  She was born Feb 9, 1889, at Silver Lake, MN, to Joseph and Mary Zicha. She moved to Odessa as a child with her family and was educated here. She was married to Ohmer E Davis here on March 9, 1908. In 1910 they moved to American Falls, Idaho and homesteaded there.  Mr Davis worked for the Idaho Power Co. They moved to Pocatello in 1926. Mr Davis passed away in 1949. Survivors include a son, Don Davis, Fort Meyers, FL; two daughters, Mrs Rick (Eva) Miles, Salmon, and Mrs J W (Aletha) Taylor, Blackfoot, Idaho; seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; a brother, George Zicha of Odessa; and two sisters, Mrs Agnes Wraspir Davis, American Falls, and Mrs Alice Michaelsen, Colfax, WA. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov 13, in the Downard Chapel with the Rt. Rev. Patrick Ahern, of St Joseph Catholic Church, officiating. Burial was in the family plot in the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-1971)

Duncan:  Bill Duncan of McMinnville, Oregon, passed away at a care center, having been ill for a short time. He was 86 years old. The Duncans were residents of Odessa in the 1950s and owned and operated Duncan’s Clothing Store. They moved to Sun Valley, CA, where they owned and operated a print shop for a few years, then moved to McMinnville where they owned and operated a cherry orchard. Bill and Jeanette were avid golfers and in their retirement spent many hours on the golf course. Their three children, Doug, now lives in Seattle; Cheryle in Portland, OR, and Kirk in Vancouver, BC.  A celebration of his life service was held Wednesday, Aug 5, at the Michelbook Country Club.”  (Odessa Record: 8-06-2009)

Durfey:  Eleanor Axelson Durfey passed away Oct 31, 1972 following a few days illness in Everett General Hospital. She was a member of Odessa High School faculty from the fall term of 1931 to June 1933. She taught English and History classes. At the close of the school term in 1933 she married a local young man, Eldon Preston Durfey. They moved to Everett where they made their home. Eldon Durfey passed away suddenly in Oct 1952. Eleanor Durfey worked as a secretary until her retirement July 1972. Survivors are two sisters, Lucille Axelson, Mount Vernon, WA and Mrs Arthur Hunt, Ephrata, WA. Two brother, Emanuel and Russel Axelson both of Mount Vernon also survive.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1972)

Engle:  Bobbie Engle.—Bobbie was born in Odessa on Sept 8, 1920 to G E and Irene Engle of Marlin and went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2009. He was the eighth of 10 sons. He grew up on a farm nine miles northeast of Marlin and was educated in the Marlin schools, graduating in 1938. He worked on the farm until Feb of 1942 when he enlisted in the Naval Reserve, where he served until October of 1945. Bobbie went to Radio School and graduated a Third Class Radioman. He served on a cargo ship in the South Pacific. In February of 1944, he came back to the States and went to Radar Maintenance School in Chicago, IL, Clarksville, Arkansas, and Treasure Island, CA, graduating in April of 1945. He went back to sea on a destroyer to the Japan area. On Feb 17, 1945, in Berkeley, CA, Bobbie married Verdie Laster of Clarksville, Arkansas. After being discharged from the Navy, they returned to the farm. On Oct 17, 1947, he went to work at the Krupp Union Warehouse Company in Marlin. In June of 1948, he was promoted to manager, a position he held until May 31, 1983. He retired on Sept 30, 1983, and in March of 1984, they moved to Spokane.  Bobbie was a member of the Canniwai Grange #837, a 7th Degree member of the Grange, and a life member of the Odessa VFW Post #7395. For more than 25 years he served as the Marlin town clerk, council member and/or mayor of Marlin. In addition, he was the past president and honorary member of the Pacific NW Grain & Feed Association. He was a member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church and then  more recently, the Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church in Spokane.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Verdie, at Riverview Care Center, in Spokane; daughter, Delores (Frank) of Sun City West, AZ; son Alan (Karren) of Dearborn Heights, MI; son Paul (Madonna) of Marietta, GA; four grandchildren, Brian Coumont, Dina McVey (Mark), Robert and David Engle, and great granddaughter, Makenna McVey. He is also survived by one brother, Don Engle, of Sandpoint, ID; two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-2009)

Engle:  Verdie L Engle.—Verdie was born in Arkansas on March 10, 1918 to Mont & Lucy Laster. She was the youngest of 3 daughters. She grew up in Missouri and Arkansas and graduated from Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Ark., in 1936. She then went to work in Fullbrights Department Store in Clarksville at a job that she loved, being a bookkeeper.  In 1944, she met the love of her life, Bobbie Engle while he was attending Naval Radar Maintenance School in Clarksville. In early 1945, she traveled from Arkansas to Berkley, CA to meet Bobbie and they were married on Feb 17, 1945. After he was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Marline, WA, where they resided for 39 years.  Verdie was a stay-at-home wife/mother who enjoyed cooking, baking, raising vegetable and flower gardens, and canning. Verdie was a member of the Canniwai Grange #837, past Juvenile Grange Leader, member of Grange Auxiliary, a member of the Marlin Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for several years, and then more recently, the Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church in Spokane.  In 1984, Verdie and Bobbie moved to Spokane where she continued her gardening, as well as helping to run pinochle card parties at several Senior Centers in Spokane. She has for the past 3 years been residing at the Riverview Terrace Retirement Community. Verdie and Bobbie celebrated their 64th anniversary in February of this year, but on July 23, Bobbie was called to Heaven. On August 11, Verdie went to be with him. Verdie is survived by daughter Delores (Frank) of Sun City West, AZ; son Alan (Karren) of Dearborn Heights, MI; son Paul (Madonna) of Marietta, GA; four grandchildren, Brian Coumont, Dina McVey (Mark), Robert and David Engle, great granddaughter Makenna McVey, brother-in-law, Don Engle of Sandpoint, ID; 2 sisters-in-law (Arberta Engle of Spokane and Sheila Engle of Eugene, OR); and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division St., Spokane, WA at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 17.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-2009)

Gill:  Frances K Gill.—Her home Soap Lake, WA. Survived by one brother, Archie Gill of Soap Lake; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 23, 1 p.m. Nicholes Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA. Interment Stratford Cemetery, Stratford, WA. Nicholes Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 7-23-1969)

Gray:  Nicolin Jane Plank Gray. Age 81, well known Northwest educator and naturalist…, 58 yr resident of Spokane, died July 23, 2002. She is survived by her husband Alfred, two sons Robin Gray  and Richard Gray. Nicolin was born April 24, 1921 in Yakima, WA.  Graveside service at Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane. (notes, see Spokesman Review: 7-28-2002)

Heimbigner:  “Funeral services were schedules for March 18 at 11 a.m. for Mrs Anna Mary Heimbigner of Mohler at the chapel of Strate’s Funeral Home in Davenport. The Rev F J Ahrendt of Spokane officiated. Interment was at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Spokane. Casket bearers were her grandsons, Gary, Craig, Mike and Stanley Heimbigner, Gerald Brown and Frank Vincenti.  Mrs Heimbigner was born in Frank, Russia, on Oct 27, 1889. Her mother died in childbirth and her father died two months later. She was reared by her grandmother. Anna Mary Hock came to the United States in 1906, and on Oct 16, 1906 married George B Heimbigner at Walla Walla.  The couple lived in Odessa until 1919 when they moved to Spangle and later to Harrington and Cheney. Mr Heimbigner died in 1954. For the past 15 years Mrs Heimbigner has made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Clarence Kupers in Mohler.  Mrs Heimbigner is survived by three sons: Roy of Kirkland, and George and Richard, both of Spokane; three daughters, Mrs Clarence (Clara) Kupers, Mohler, Mrs Walter (Lily) Kupers, Harrington, and Mrs Alven (Frances) Lenhart, Ritzville. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-1970) 

Irvin:  “Mr and Mrs Hank Reihs and family were in Pasco Wednesday, Nov 22 for the funeral of Mrs Reihs’ seventeen year old niece, Carol Ann Irvin. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Theo Starr. Mrs Starr is the former Nancy Fahr, sister of Mrs Reihs.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1972)

Jenks:  “Private services were held for David Evart Jenks, 26, of Burlingame, CA, formerly of Seattle, on Wednesday, Jan 17, it is revealed in a clipping sent to Mrs C A Bragg by Mrs William Ulrich of Sequim. The young man died at a Seattle hospital the previous Monday. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Cecil Jenks, formerly of Odessa. Before her marriage his mother was Miss Leona Holmes, daughter of a pioneer family. Mr Jenks graduated from Roosevelt high school in Seattle in 1953 and from Stanford University in 1957. He was in the Navy until he joined an investment firm in San Mateo in 1959. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; a daughter, Jennifer, 2; his parents, Mr and Mrs Cecil Jenks, and a sister, Mrs James E Edson, Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1962)

Larson:  Mert Larson, 30, contractor’s employee, was killed, and his companion, M C Post, 56, was seriously injured when their automobile skidded into a ditch near Wilbur early Sunday.  Larson and Post were enroute to Coulee City for a holiday after spending Saturday evening at a dance in Odessa. Both were employed at a school construction job at Marlin and had worked on various warehouses in the Odessa region. Larson lost control of the car when it struck loose gravel and skidded into a five-foot ditch seven miles west of Wilbur. Post’s left knee and several ribs were fractured. He was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital under the care of a Spokane doctor.” (Odessa Record: 9-17-1936)

Looney:  Donnell D Looney, 1927-2009. Our beloved went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2009 in Odessa, WA. Donnell was born on Nov 9, 1927, in Colfax to Russell and Anne Ackerman-Looney. He was raised and worked on the family wheat ranch near Dusty until his graduation from Colfax High School and WSU. At WSU, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, completed US Army ROTC and received a bachelors degree in Agriculture and Economics. He served his country with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany.  In May of 1951, Donnell married Dorie Geier in Endicott, WA, and they remained devoted to one another through the years, reaching their 58th wedding anniversary. After his military service, he worked for the McGregor Company developing liquid fertilizer equipment for the farming industry. In 1957, he purchased a wheat and cattle ranch in the Odessa area and made numerous improvements to the farm, installing field irrigation and working the cattle. He was awarded the 1963 Conservation Farmer for Lincoln County.  From 1973 to 1993, he worked for Spokane Industries and retired with Dorie to Odessa where they enjoyed upgrading their home in the community he loved. Don enjoyed goose hunting at Coffee Pot Lake and the local duck ponds with his close friends. He explored the Columbia Basin with his prospecting buddies and he studied basin geology.  He was blessed with many lifelong friendships and treasured his wife and family, son Russ, grandsons Conrad and Russell of Spokane, sister Carol Davin of Walla Walla, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving step-mother Vivian Urness-Looney, and brother Merlin Looney of Dusty. Donnell was a man of patience and grace, and was a faithful servant to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and will be greatly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Endicott, WA, on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. with military honors.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-2009; Tributes)  

Michaelsen:  Edward H Michaelsen, 87, of 1060 13th avenue, died unexpectedly Tuesday night in the Lutheran hospital. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services are set for 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Gass Funeral Chapel and 2 p.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, with Pastor Martin Bornemann in charge. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Gass chapel after 2:30 p.m. Friday. Mr Michaelsen, son of the late Ludwig and Katherine Hollman Michaelsen, was born July 11, 1875 in Colfax County and received his education in the Colfax county and Christ Lutheran schools.  He was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed.  On April 3, 1902 he married Lucie Bakenhus at Christ Lutheran Church and they lived on a farm eight miles south of Leigh until 1947 when they retired to Columbus.  He is survived by his wife; one son, Oscar of Leigh; two daughters, Olga, at home, and Mrs William (Leona) Bornemann of Torrington, WY; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; three brothers, Julius, Henry and Alfred, all of Washington state. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one great grandson. In charge of memorials will be Gerhard Frese.” (undated scrapbook item) 

Michaelsen:  “Laclede, Idaho.—Evelyn D Michaelsen, about 65, of Laclede, was killed yesterday when the car her husband was driving was struck by a freight train at the Riley Creek Park Road crossing near Sandpoint.  Her husband, William P Michaelsen, 68, was listed in critical condition today at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Center attendants said surgery was planned for today. Idaho State Police said that Cpl. Jerald Johnson’s investigation showed the car was moving across the tracks at the time it was hit. Mrs Michaelsen’s death brought Idaho’s 1972 traffic toll to 344, compared to 314 for the same period last year.” (undated scrapbook item)

Michaelsen:  Louis J Michaelsen.  “L J Michaelsen, 79, lifetime resident of Colfax County and retired Schuyler businessman, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Columbus about 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning.  Death came to Mr Michaelsen as the result of a heart attack, suffered Monday evening.  The body lay in state at Bideaux Mortuary until 4 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, when it was removed to the family residence to lie in state until 1 o’clock, Sunday afternoon. At that time it was taken to the Presbyterian Church.  Funeral service was conducted by the Rev John H Patterson at 2 o’clock. The church choir, under the direction of Mrs A I Bolton, sang three hymns. Miss Bozena Novotny was organist.  Interment was at Schuyler Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites. Ben F Eyre of Omaha, Grand Secretary of Nebraska Masonic Council, presided. He was accompanied to Schuyler by William Patterson of Omaha. Both are Thirty-Third Degree Masons.  Pallbearers were Forrest Pulver, G A Machal, H B Chronister, Emil Jindra, John Wolfe and Jim Pavlicek, all members of the Masonic Order.  Honorary pall bearers were Ronald McKenzie, D H Corbett, Anton Kopac, J M Donovan, Jerry Ehernberger, Ray Davenport, W B Sadilek and Fred Fulmer. In charge of flowers were the Mesdames Proctor Richards, Harold Wellman and Frank E Stibal, members of the EOS and the Mesdames Edward Shuster, Goldie Mc_____, Beverly Mihulka, members of the Rebekah Lodge.  Louis J Michaelsen, son of Ludwig and Maria Katherine Holman Michaelsen, was born in Colfax County, May 23, 1873 on a farm.  Mr Michaelsen was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, Acacia Lodge No. 34, and Oasis Shrine of Schuyler, Scottish Rite and Tangier Shrine of Omaha. Survivors include the widow, Anna; two sons, L Emerson of  Burbank, CA, Robert H of Schuyler; two daughters, Lucille, Mrs Edgar Holden III and Mrs Edith Higgins, both of Hollywood, CA; four grandchildren; five brothers, Ed H of Columbus, Alfred M of Spokane, WA, Julius of Spokane, WA, Wm L of Lewiston, Idaho, and Henry E, of Odessa, WA.  The parents and one brother, George, preceded him in death.  Relatives attending the service from a distance were Mr and Mrs Emerson Michaelsen, Mr and Mrs Edgar Holden and Lucy, Mrs Edith Higgins, all of California; Alfred M Michaelsen and Henry E Michaelsen of Washington; Mr and Mrs Ed H Michaelsen and Olga, Mr and Mrs Melvin Michaelsen, Mr and Mrs James Douglas, all of Columbus, Miss Emma Michaelsen of Lawrence, Kansas, Mr and Mrs Julius Michaelsen of Cheyenne, WY, and Mr and Mrs Oscar Michaelsen of Leigh.”  (undated scrapbook item) 

Michaelsen:  Pauline Hamling Michaelsen. “Nephews of Mrs J C Michaelsen served as casket bearers at her Thursday afternoon funeral services from St Frances Xavier church at Spokane.  The Rev Joseph H Pineau officiated.  Pallbearers were Harold Michaelsen of Sunnyside, Virgil Michaelsen of Pullman, Bob Michaelsen of Cheney, Henry and Elmer Michaelsen, Odessa, and Howard Michaelsen of Spokane.  Born in Nebraska, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Stephan Hamling, Pauline Hamling became the bride of J C Michaelsen in 1902, and lived in Odessa until the family retired to Spokane some years ago.  Survivors include her husband, Julius C Michaelsen, at the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs James G Ellis, Spokane; three sisters, Mrs Amelia Jacobie, Cedar Rapids, NE; Mrs Elizabeth Moran, St Edward, NE; Mrs August Cook, Columbus, NE; two brothers, George Hamling, Norfolk, NE, and John Hamling, Petersburg, NE; and a granddaughter, Patricia Annette Ellis, Spokane.” (undated scrapbook item)

Michaelsen:  William P Michaelsen, 68, died early today at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. Born Aug 29, 1904 at Odessa, he was married to Evelyn Durfus in September, 1932 at Odessa. She preceded him in death Dec 28, 1972 as the result of an auto accident at Laclede, Idaho in which he was injured. They lived in Davenport, Spokane and Metaline Falls prior to moving to Laclede in June, 1971 following his retirement. He spent a month at a Spokane hospital following the accident and moved to a rest home in Ellensburg last month. He was a member of the Laclede Community Church. He is survived by a sister, Miss Helen Michaelsen of Ellensburg, and a brother, Harvey B Michaelsen of Sunnyside. Funeral arrangements are pending at Evenson’s Chapel.” (undated scrapbook item)

Michaelsen:  William L Michaelsen, retired automobile salesman, died yesterday afternoon at 5 at his home, 1101 18th St.  He was 85. Death was attributed to infirmities of age. He had lived here since 1939. Mr Michaelsen was a member of the Congregational Church and the Spokane Odd Fellows Lodge. He had formerly been employed by the Lewiston Motor Co.  He was born Sept 27, 1871, at Schuyler, Neb.  He moved in 1898 to Odessa, WA, where he lived until 1935. Mr Michaelsen lived at Moscow until moving here. He married Sue Hoenes at Moscow, Aug 31, 1935.  She survives at home. Other survivors are a daughter, Helen Michaelsen of Ellensburg; two sons, William of Spokane and Harvey of Sunnyside, WA; four brothers, Al of Colfax, Julius of Spokane, Henry of Odessa and Edward of Columbus, NE, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the Vassar-Rawls Chapel. The Rev E Paul Hovey of the Congregational Presbyterian (Federated) Church will officiate. Cremation is planned at Spokane.” (undated scrapbook item)

Morrison:  Earl Morrison Dies.  C F Gilbert has word from Ruth Morrison telling of the death of her husband, Earl Morrison, 83, Sept 17. The Morrisons were Harrington residents for several years, and later were in Wilbur. Earl was a well driller and was well equipped with machinery for his work.  They went to California several years ago, and were at St Helena. Mrs Morrison is presently with her granddaughter, Mrs Delores Reitzell, Rt 2, Box 638, Ukiah, CA. The Citizen.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1965)

Pearce:  William Bassett Pearce.—Passed away July 25, 2002 in Spokane, WA. He was born in 1909 in Washtucna, WA and was a member of a pioneer family that were early settlers in Adams County. He was the grandson of George W Bassett who founded the town of Washtucna in 1878. After graduating from Washtucna High School, he received a BA degree at the University of Washington where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi.  He then moved to Spokane where he married Carrie M Jorgensen who preceded him in death in 1994. He was a district manager for McKesson Drug Company until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, The Spokane Club, Manito Golf and Country Club, and several other community organizations. He is survived by three children: Susan Waddell, Ron Pearce and Jack Pearce; sister, Beatrice; seven grandchildren: John, Patrick, Shawn, Carrie, Debbie, Stephen and Kathy; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie, brother, Bud, and sister, Beulah. Private Family Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane.” (Spokesman-Review: 7-28-2002) 

Pickrell:  “The body of E Lewis Pickrell, 44-year old Spokane salesman, was found dead near his wrecked car a mile and a half east of Wilson Creek Sunday morning. The discovery was made by two Wilson Creek youths, Kenneth Suhbler and Jack McKeehan, who were fishing from a canoe on Crab Creek. They noticed the wreckage and found Pickrell’s body, 30 feet from the demolished vehicle. The car had rolled over a 150-foot bluff after leaving state highway No. 7.  Sergeant Alfred E Baker of the Washington State Patrol at Ephrata, said that Pickrell was driving east toward Spokane at the time of the accident. He was unable to give the cause of the accident or determine the time. Pickrell’s watch had stopped at 3:45, but officers said it might have been Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning.” (Odessa Record: 1-22-1953) 

Radach:  Lena Jeske Radach.  “Word was received Monday afternoon that Mrs Fred Radach (Lena Jeske) of 261 Biarnitz Circle, Los Altos, CA passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack Monday forenoon in a Los Altos hospital. She was 78 years old. Mr and Mrs Radach has attended church services on Sunday. Funeral arrangements are planned for Friday at Los Altos. Friday would have been the Radach’s 57th wedding anniversary. Mr and Mrs Fred Radach are former Warden, WA residents and are well known in Odessa and the surrounding area.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1972)

Reiman:  Michael Reiman, for several years a resident of Odessa, died at his home in Quincy, to which place he moved about four years ago, Tuesday morning of Bright’s disease, aged 69 years. He had been ill for about a year and during the past few weeks had endured great suffering, death finally coming to his relief.  Deceased was a native of Russia but emigrated to this country about 35 years ago, first settling in South Dakota, in which state he resided until he moved to the Odessa country about 10 years ago. He was a life-long Christian and by his energy and thrift had amassed a small fortune, at the time of his death being the owner of considerable land near Odessa and in the vicinity of Quincy. He is survived by a widow, one brother, Andrew, living at Parkston, SD; two sons, Solomon and Gottlieb, both of this place, and three daughters, Mrs C E Weber of Odessa, Mrs Arthur Krause of Spokane and Mrs Magdelina Pietz of Olds, Alberta. Sol Reiman, Gottlieb Reiman and wife and Mr and Mrs C E Weber left Odessa Wednesday for Quincy to attend the funeral, which was held at Quincy Thursday morning, Rev J F Reister, pastor of the Congregational church of this place, officiating. Interment took place in the Quincy Cemetery. The Record joins with other friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-1912) 

Reinhardt:  Wallace Reinhardt, father of Paul Reinhardt, operator of Paul’s Chevron in Odessa, died unexpectedly at the local hospital Saturday. Mr Reinhardt had been assisting his son at the service station for the past eight months. He became ill Thursday and was hospitalized that evening. Wallace Reinhardt had spent most of the time since 1958 in the Post Falls area. Funeral services were scheduled today at Coeur d’Alene. Survivors include another son, Bob, at Spokane, and daughters Judy at Rathdrum, Idaho, and Linda, Marian and Renee in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-23-1971)

Rodeck:  Carolyn Kaye Rodeck died on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, of complications of pneumonia. She was 69.  Carolyn was born on Nov 7, 1929, to William Justin and Elva (Sweat) Vail in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was raised in Western Washington. After graduating from night school, she spent two years in college studying accounting, and then worked as an accountant and CPA in both Wenatchee and Yakima. On April 23, 1971, she married Jacob ‘Jack’ F Rodeck on Bainbridge Island. After the couple moved to Port Townsend, Carolyn took part in the Chimacum ward of the church of Latter-day Saints. Surviving are her husband, Jacob, at their Port Townsend home, and brother Rex Vail of Rochester, NY. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd and Norman Vail. A chapel service was held on Saturday, July 25, followed by a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Chimacum.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-2009)  

Ruff:  “Service for Martin Ruff, 81, a lifetime area resident, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, WA. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery in Fairfield with Schanzenbach Funeral Home in charge. Born in Ruff, WA, raised there by an aunt and in 1930 moved to Fairfield, where he farmed south of town. Retired from farming in 1974 and moved into Fairfield. Mr Ruff also was caretaker for many years at Rosewood Cemetery and had served on the cemetery’s board of trustees. Active in Civil Defense, he later served as Fairfield marshal for 15 years. Mr Ruff also had been a foster parents for a number of children while living on his farm. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Mary Ellen; two sons, Victor S Swanby of Spokane and Harold Fuhrman of Longview, WA; two daughters, Patricia C McClennan of Fairfield and Colleen R Young of Everett; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: Aug. 1989)

Russell:  Mary G ‘Mickey’ Russell, age 85. Born April 1, 1921 in Valley, WA, went to be with her husband and daughter on Sept 20, 2006 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by her sons Darrell and Joan Russell, Hauser Lake, ID, Roy and Jean Russell of Loon Lake, WA; daughters June Davis and Jim Gurnea of Spokane, Nancy and Doug Plinski of Odessa, WA, Elizabeth June Freeman (daughter of Bonnie) of Spokane; brothers John Diedrich of Spokane and George Diedrich of Valley, WA; 12 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Mickey was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Frank Russell and daughter Bonnie Russell. Mickey was a member of St Charles Parish, St Charles Altar Society, Women of the Moose, Foresters, Holy Family Auxiliary, and Retired Senior Volunteer Person. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday, Sept 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. Vigil to follow at the funeral home at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial at St Charles Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta on Monday, Sept 25 at 10 a.m. Interment at Jump Off Joe Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hennessey Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 9-24-2006) 

Schiller:  Henry J Schiller died of a heart attack on June 11, 1971, at his Seattle, WA home, 6052 2nd NW. He was 73 years of age. Mr Schiller was married to the former Sophia Bohnet, daughter of Ruff area homesteaders, Mr and Mrs Fred Bohnet, Sr.  Survivors, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Barbara, married to Robert S Bell who live at Bothell and a son, Richard, married and living in Seattle.  Funeral services were held on June 17, 1971, at Middlestadt chapel, it is reported.” (Odessa Record: 7-22-1971)

Schuetze:  Weldon E Schuetze died Aug 16, 2009, at his home with his daughter by his side. He is now reunited with his wife of 64 years, Buena Lee ‘Bee’ Schuetze who died 7 months and one week ago.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev Richard and Bertha Quast Schuetze and brothers, Ervin and Willie Schuetze. He was born Feb 24, 1919 in Odessa. His family moved to Shiner, Texas, where he graduated from Shiner High School He served his country as a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, where he was radar technician in 7587th Bomb Squad, 459th Bomb Group in Italy. In February of 1946, Weldon and Bee married an moved to Corpus Christi to begin their family. Weldon worked and retired after 25 years of service from Southwestern Oil Refinery/Kerr-McGee. Also during that time, the Schuetzes owned Cedar Lodge Motel in Aransas Pass until 1968, when they moved to Portland. He was a member of VFW Post $6386. Throughout his lifetime he remained in service as an active member of the Lutheran Church. Weldon was an avid stamp collector since age 16 and shared his love and knowledge with friends and family during the years.  He is survived by his daughter Cindy Lee Hartley; grandson Blake Weldon Hartley (Jamie) and great grandson, Nicholas, all of Portland, Texas; brother Don Schuetze (Joyce) of Willis, Texas; sister Elsie Kincaid (Dick) of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law Ola Mae Schuetze of Corpus Christi, Texas; and many dear nieces, nephews and life-long friends. Funeral services were held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home. Burial followed at San Patricio Memorial Gardens with military honors.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-2009)

Spies:  Herbert H Spies died July 30, 2009, in Moses Lake at age 82. He was a WW II veteran and a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol, at the home; three daughters: Janice Williams of Spokane, Lynette Schafer and Tom of Odessa, and Dixie Stafford and Ray of Spokane; seven grandchildren: Kelly Weber and Larry, Chad Williams and Maggie, Kolby Schafer, Kim Betzer and Jared, Brandon Stafford and Amy, Zachery Schafer and Lindsey Williams; 7 great grandchildren: Cade, Carsen and Camden Weber, Brayton and Adyson Schafer and Gunner and Sam Stafford, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Eric and Walter Spies, and one sister, Esther Schwartz. A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 8-06-2009)

Stout:  Erna M Stout.—Passed away April 9, 1992. Survived by one son, Merl Stout, Snohomish, WA; two grandsons, John and Michael Stout; seven brothers, Karl Wenz, Baker, MT, William Wenz, Spokane, WA, Emil Wenz, Billings, MT, Andrew Wenz, Chico, CA, Fred Wenz, Glendive, MT, Ernest Wenz, Spokane, WA, Arthur Wenz, Moses Lake, WA; one sister, Louise Huber, Spokane, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. A Charter Member of Heritage Congregational Church. Visitation Sunday, April 12, from 109 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane. Family Graveside Service Monday, April 13, 1992 at 1 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. at Heritage Congregational Church, 1801 E 29th Ave. Pastor James F Estes, officiating.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Stout:  “Graveside service for John H Stout will be at 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service at Heritage Congregational Church, #1801 29th. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home-South is handling arrangements. Mr Stout died Wednesday at the age of 79.  Born in Canada, he had lived in the United States since he was 12 years old. He attended school in Deer Park. A US Navy veteran of WW II, Mr Stout had lived in Spokane since his discharge from the Navy in 1946. He was a self-employed carpenter and building contractor and a member of Heritage Congregational Church. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Erna Stout, at the home; one son, Merlin Stout of Snohomish, WA; three brothers, Delbert Stout of Deer Park, Leo Stout of Odessa, and Russell Stout of Mercer Island, WA; and two grandsons.” (Spokesman Review: 10-27-1990) 

Weber:  Ernie B Weber.  “Ernie passed from this life in the early morning hours of June 13, 2009 to be with Bertie Mae, his sons, parents and brothers. He was born on the Weber family farm near Ritzville, WA on Aug 2, 1918, to John and Lucy (Schorzman) Weber. He graduated from Ritzville High School, briefly attended WSU before joining the US Army in May of 1941. He was stationed at Ft Leonardwood, Missouri before being shipped to the Aleutian Islands, where he spent most of WW II operating heavy equipment, building airstrips and working on the Alcan Highway.  He returned home briefly to marry Bertie Mae O’dell March 17, 1942, before shipping to Alaska with the 18th Engineers. When he returned to the states Bertie joined him in Virginia until he was discharged in Sept 1945. They settled on Crab Creek near Odessa, WA and Ernie managed his Uncle Dave Weber’s cattle operation until he purchased a farm unit south of Quincy and moved his family to the area in 1954. He cleared sagebrush and kicked out the jackrabbits. He raised hay, beans and had a small apple orchard in later years and ran trap lines in the winter.  He worked on the construction of Wanapum and Priest Rapids Dams, painted the Vantage Bridge before going to work for the Bureau of Reclamation, retiring from the QCBID in 1984. He was well known for his skills as an equipment operator and taught many District employees.  He resided at his home until 1997 when he moved near George to live with his oldest daughter Kathie and her husband Buzz. Ernie was well known in the area and enjoyed socializing at Martha Inn Café before it closed. He and Bertie Mae spent many week ends at 4-H gymkhanas in the early 60s, and he worked with the WSU Extension Service research program in the 50s and 60s developing wine grape varieties and apple varieties suitable for the Columbia Basin area. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, served as Post Commander in the late 1940s at VFW Post #7395 in Odessa. He remained active in the VFW and American Legion until the last few years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertie Mae, 3 infant sons, parents, and 5 brothers and a sister.  He is survived by his daughters, Kathie King (Buzz) and Connie Flippins (Arlie) at George; one son Jon Weber (Diane) at Soap Lake; three brothers, Pete at Quincy, Tom at Tukwila and Mike at Ritzville; 7 grandchildren, Buck Milbrandt (Shari) at Moses Lake, Kerri Adler (Steve) at Ephrata, Sean Girard (Lynn) and Erica Girard at Quincy, Maria Alsopp (Jeff) at Soap Lake, Sara Raugust (Jason) at Davenport and Joe Weber at Spokane; 10 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. There will be a celebration of Ernie’s life on Aug 2, 2009 at 12 p.m. at the George Community Hall. Arrangements are under the care of Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy.” (Odessa Record: 7-23-2009)

Weber:  “Funeral services for Jacob G Weber were held on Jan 12 at Vidora, Alta., Canada, it was revealed when his brothers, Chris and Otto Weber, returned from the funeral. The Rev Charles Evans of Consul officiated, and burial was at Robsart, another nearby community.  Mr Weber, who was born April 12, 1886, at Tripp, South Dakota, died Jan 9 at Medicine Hat, after two weeks of illness. He originally came to Odessa in 1909, left in 1910 for Maple Creek, Alta., and has lived at Vidora since 1915, where he operated a hardware store. He is survived by his wife, at the home; six brothers, Chris, Otto and Gus, of Odessa; William of Metaline Falls; Ed, of Seattle, and Herbert, of Spokane; two sisters, Mrs Christina Billigmeier, Lodi, CA, and Mrs Sol Reiman, Bellingham.  The two brothers from Odessa went by train to Havre, MT, where they were met by car for the 80 miles drive to Vidora. Following the funeral they went to Maple Creek, about 40 miles from Vidora, and to Medicine Hat, where they visited cousins. From there they returned by train by way of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.” (Odessa Record: 1-22-1953)

Wilson:  Neal L Wilson, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug 23, 2009, as a result of a fall on Aug 22, 2009. Neal was born Dec 17, 1943, in Spokane, WA, to Roy D and Hedra L (Hansen) Wilson. He grew up on the family farm at Lamona, graduating from Odessa High School in 1962. After graduation he worked on the farm prior to his two years of US Army service. He worked for Boring Aircraft before attending Seattle’s Providence Hospital School of X-ray Technology. He graduated in 1968 and worked at Providence medical Center. ON May 2, 1970, Neal was married to Judith Pival in Seattle. IN 1970, he was accepted at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, to a physician assistant program. He graduated from Duke in 1972 and returned to Seattle and served at Providence Medical Center. He was radiology administrator for 21 years. In 1994, Neal became radiology administrator for Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL. He worked for both the Clinic and St Luke's hospital for 11 years. He brought state-of-the-art radiology to the Clinic. Mayo was among the first medical institutions to adopt filmless radiology.  IN 1997 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which led to his retirement in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Judith; son Christopher of Sammamish; daughter Pamela and husband Joseph Ehrbar of Edmonds; son Erik and wife Christina of Jacksonville, FL; son Gregory of Los Angeles, CA; two grandchildren, Danielle Wilson of Sammamish and Joey Ehrbar IV of Edmonds, and his brother Tom D Wilson and wife Doris of Lamona. A memorial service was held August 27 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.” (Odessa Record: 9-03-2009)  


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