Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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                                                                     Submitted by Marge Womach  

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Arlt:  Fred John Arlt died on Tuesday of last week at his home at Rocky Ford, states the Ritzville Journal Times. Funeral services were held Friday morning with the Rev F J Ahrendt officiating. He is survived by his widow, Frances; eight brothers, Albert of Addy; John, Carl, Herman and William of Ritzville; Henry of Chewelah; Louis of Spokane, and Edward of Creston, Canada; and three sisters, Mrs Matha Bauer of Ritzville, Mrs Emma Hille of Ralston, and Mrs Ella Haase of Rice.” (Odessa Record: 11-17-1950)

Baiar: Peter Baiar, who was working on mining property owned by E. A. Hesseltine, and which is located near Keller, died suddenly, last Tuesday morning. He was camping with Alec Covert and Thos Denny, who are also working in the neighborhood. When one of those woke up, early that morning, he heard Baiar groan, but supposed he was only dreaming. He went about his work preparing breakfast, and when that was completed, went to the bunk to arouse what he supposed was only a sleeping man, but found a corpse. Life was already extinct. It is supposed that death was the result of heart failure. Deceased came to this country 15 years ago and a nephew of Henry and Jessie Baiar and Mrs. Lars Ealdborg, these being his only relatives in this country. His native country was Denmark.—Wilbur Register. (Citizen, Jan 15, 1990?))   

Birge:  Susie E Birge, age 75, a resident of the Chewelah and Cedonia areas most of her life, passed away in the Chewelah hospital Nov 24, 1973. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov 27, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, Chewelah, with Rev Amel Whitwer officiating. Burial was in the Cedonia Cemetery, with Schanzenbach Funeral Home, Chewelah, in charge of arrangements. Mrs Birge was a member of the OES, Rebekah Lodge #162, Daughters of the Nile, Chewelah Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary and United Daughters of Christ. She was also a past guardian of Job’s Daughters. She is survived by her husband, Al W Birge at the home; 2 sons, Don Birge of Vancouver, WA, and Alvin Birge of Orangevale, CA; one brother, Ellis Tomlinson of Ohio; 3 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Scrapbook obit: dated: 11-29-1973)

Brown: Eleanor Cole James Brown. Died: 18 March 1984, Wilson Creek , WA. Father: Carl F Cole. Mother: May Sackett. Birth: 28 Dec 1903, MN. Burial: Fairmount Memorial Park , Spokane , WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Gilbert: Anna Ruth Lamparter Gilbert was born Aug 15, 1922, in Harrington, a daughter of Walter Jacob Lamparter and his wife Hulda Miller Lamparter. She was baptized with her older sister Helen in the Harrington Evangelical United Brethren Church on Jan 7, 1923, where the Lamparter and Miller families were active members. The parents were buried in Harrington's Hillcrest Cemetery. (data collected from the Ledger of the Harrington EUB church) Long-time Saratoga resident, Anna Ruth Gilbert, died on September 16 at the age of  87.  With a 

sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Ruth lived her life known to all as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Born Anna Ruth Lamparter in Harrington Washington, Ruth graduated from Washington State University and married the love of her life, soul mate, and best friend, Walt.  She was a high school home economics teacher, homemaker, mom extraordinaire, and a grandma of which dreams are made. Ruth’s life is celebrated by living each day with a sense of humor, a warm smile and a loving heart. Ruth is survived by her children Margaret, Nancy and Bill and their families. The family is extremely grateful to her caretakers and to Pathways Hospice for their loving care and support. To honor her life, donations can be made in her name to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave, Sunnyvale CA 94085.  Arrangements by DARLING FISCHER. 


Hart:  “The Spokane papers last Wednesday reported the funeral of Sidney B. Hart, former Marlin resident, and at Spokane for the past 48 years. Sidney Hart was the son of John Hart, who was a cousin to Homer Carr, long time hardware merchant of Marlin.  John Hart, a widower, brought five teen-age children with him when he arrived west in 1910. From youngest to oldest these were Franklin, Harold, Esther, Sidney and Clare. The Hart family with Esther as housekeeper set up home in what is now the home of Henry and Grace Kallenberger. In a few years Esther married Tug Hutsell, one of the two Lincoln County boys who had set up the first garage in Marlin. Sidney married Ella, one of the Snell girls, from Wilson Creek. Ella preceded him in death by about 10 years. About the time of WW I the Hart children disappear from Marlin news. Harold is buried in the Marlin Cemetery (a victim of the first flue epidemic?)—the others seem to have moved to Spokane. The father, John Hart, remarried and for years lived in one of the houses opposite the old depot.” (Odessa Record: 6-04-1964)

Janke: "Emanuel Janke. Male, white, child. Birth: May 26, 1906, Adams Co, WA. Father: Gotthilf Janke, b. Russia; Mother: Catherine Rumple, born Russia. Informant: Father, Odessa. Death: Aug 26, 1907, 3 p.m., Lincoln Co. Cause: Cholera Infantum. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Adams Co on Aug 27, 1907. Undertaker: H E Stone." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death: edit: Old Lutheran Cem near Lauer)

Janke:  Gotthilf Janke, 63, former Odessa resident, and during recent years a merchant at Winona, WA, died there Sunday, stated a message received that evening by his son, Reuben Janke, who left that evening for Winona to complete funeral arrangements. It is believed the funeral is to be held today, from the Lutheran Church at Endicott.” (Odessa Record: 11 Nov 1943)

Janke:  “Memorial services for Hilda Janke, who died May 16, 1993, at the home of her daughter, Bernie Burton, in Walnut Creek, Ca, will be held at the Heritage United Church of Christ at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 29.  Mrs. Janke was born on Nov 17, 1913 in Andreske, Rumania. In 1952, she migrated with her two children, John and Bernie, to Odessa, where that same year she was married to Ben Janke. For more than 30 years she was employed as a cook at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Her home once was the gathering place for the old-time and other residents for ‘kaffee und kuchen’, as she was noted for her German cooking. She continued her hospitality until a few months ago, when illness forced her to live with her daughter. Both her children were graduated from Odessa High School. Survivors include her son, John Grosshans, and his wife, Vonda, of Tacoma; her daughter, Bernie, and her husband, Ken Burton, of Walnut Creek, four grandsons and one great grandson.” (Odessa Record: scrapbook-undated; edit: Ben Janke died in 1963 with burial in Odessa City Cemetery.)

Jantz:  David L . Jantz.—Passed away April 21, 1992. His home, Spokane. Survived by one sister, Lorraine Florence LaVelle, Spokane, WA; two brothers, Daniel M. Jantz, Spokane, WA, Roland M. Jantz, Richland, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Attended the Mennonite Church in Ritzville, WA. Funeral Service Monday, April 27, 1992 at 11 a.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home-North, Spokane. Rev Lawrence Lee Lever, officiating. Interment Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Spokesman Review: 4-26-1992)

Johnson: “A fatal automobile accident which took the life of one and seriously injured two other Ritzville young men, occurred Friday morning as Herbert Johnson, Lee Oestrich and Edward Seidel were returning to their homes at the close of the Pioneer Picnic.  While going at a high rate of speed near Keystone, in turning the corner the car turned over. It is claimed that the car’s velocity on the turn was so great that every wheel of the auto was taken off in the wreck. Johnson, who was driving, was caught under the car and crushed, probably dying instantly. The others were found in a half conscious state later, Seidel seriously injured and Oestrich having sustained a fractured arm. Mr. Johnson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, pioneers of the Ritzville country.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-1918) 

Kuest:  “Private service will be held for Emma Kuest at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Strate Funeral Home in Odessa is in charge of arrangements.  Born in Java, SD, Mrs Kuest died Wednesday. She was 96. She had lived in Odessa for 13 years. Mrs Kuest was a member of Heritage Church, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors, all in Odessa. Her husband, Herbert, died in 1969.  Survivors include three daughters, June Weber and Imogene Schafer, both of Odessa, and Darlene Streeter of Ritzville, WA; 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 11-07-1998)

Low:  “Funeral services were held in Los Angeles this week for J R Low, one of the earliest pioneers of the Odessa area. Mr Lowe had been visiting a son there, when stricken with a cerebral accident. He was 87 years old. Mr Lowe was born in Walla Walla, Washington Territory, in 1864. His father died when he was 10 years old and his mother when he was 15. That year, he came with his brother, George N Lowe, now of Lamona, to Odessa. In 1900 he opened a hotel in Odessa. Later he built a larger hotel on Fourth Street (now Division Street) on the sight of the school bus garage, which was destroyed in a spectacular fire. In the 1920s, he moved to Spokane, where he has made his home since.” (From the Odessa Record: Sept 28, 1951 in 9-27-2001, 50 yrs ago column)

McLaughlin:  “Mrs Winston Weber and son Stanley were called to Belmont, Iowa, last week by word of the death of Mrs Weber’s mother, Mrs William McLaughlin. Mr and Mrs Weber and Stanley had been there in October to attend the funeral of Mrs Weber’s father, William McLaughlin. Her parents had been wed 60 years at that time.” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1964)  

Miller:  Frank Miller, 72, a resident of Davenport for 37 years, shot himself through the temple with a bullet from a .32 caliber revolver on Monday morning. He had been seriously ill and out of his head at times the last few days and that morning asked Richard Hermanes, a neighbor, to go down town for a doctor. Hermanes called Dr C S Bumgarner and then returned to Miller’s house and found the man dead in a chair, clasping the revolver. Miller was a native of Denmark, came to the county in 1898 and worked as a farm laborer for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias there.” ( Odessa Record: 10-18-1935)

Popple:  Elizabeth Tinnel Popple, died Dec 18, 1902 of catarrh of stomach, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo Billingsly. Born: Dec 5, 1854 in Loudon Co, TN. Married Lester Popple in TN on Dec 8, 1888. Their union was blessed with three children, the oldest now 13. One daughter, Annie (sic), died after coming to this state, buried Ritzville. Mrs. Popple has sister in Odessa , Mrs. M Estes, and two brothers residing at Lamona, Geo and Bud Tinnel, and another, Richard Tinnel, lives at Colfax. Mrs. Popple was buried in Ritzville Cemetery . (Notes from Odessa Record obit of 12-26-1902)  

Rieke:  Rev Henry Rieke Dies.  Saturday morning brought to his children at Odessa the sad message that the Rev Henry Rieke had passed away about midnight of apoplexy at his home at Winlock, WA. Rev Rieke had for several years been a victim of arteriosclerosis, but had been in no worse health than usual right up to the hour of his death. Since he left this section about three years ago, he had cleared the stumps from three acres of logged off land and established a nice home on the west side. The day before he died he had worked hard on a well on his place and came at night very tired. He went to bed as usual, but was unable to sleep much. About midnight he awakened from a short nap and told his wife that he had just dreamed that ‘everything had fallen but that Jesus still survived’.  These were his last words and he had scarcely uttered them until he turned over and after a few gasps breathed his last.  Rev Rieke was born May 6, 1855 at Hanover, Germany, and was married Aug 6, 1885 in Semour, Wisconsin. Coming to Spokane in 1886, he and Rev Horn were the first two German Lutheran missionaries ever sent to this state. He founded many congregations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, making his home at Spokane.  From there he moved to Genesee and afterwards was a missionary for 21 years in the Palouse country where he spent eight years at Fairfield. Thereafter the family resided at Walla Walla until they came to Odessa in March 1904. Rev Rieke had charge of the German Lutheran church here until September, 1911, thereafter spending 14 months at Zeeland, ND and had his last charge at Winlock.  The funeral services were held at Winlock Tuesday and as a tribute of the high esteem in which he was held, ten ministers from different sections of the state attended the funeral.  During his thirty-three years of active ministry Rev Rieke baptized 908 people, married 110 couples, buried 185 persons and administered the Holy Communion to 1600 different people.  Record readers can readily see that there is no cause for grief in the death of such a man. There is no language at the writer’s command in which he can fittingly portray the sincerity of his Christian character. Rev Rieke was a man who seemed to walk hand in hand with his God with confidence guiding his every act. He was a model of mental industry in his efforts to spiritually instruct his people and he was strictly honest in the services rendered. In meeting men, women or children, whether church attendants or not, he always had a cordial greeting for all that helped to brighten the path of their day’s work. It was so natural for him to do right that all who knew him fully realize that a truly righteous man has gone to his reward.” (Odessa Record: 11-14-1919) 

Ross:  Dexter Ross, 10, son of Mr and Mrs Clarence Ross of Davenport, died in a Spokane hospital Wednesday of pneumonia. He had been seriously ill for several days and was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon by Deputy Sheriff Ed Spining in hopes that oxygen there would save him. Mr Ross is manager of the Davenport Piggly Wiggly store. A sister, two weeks old, survived.” (Odessa Record: 4-19-1935)

Schell:  “Car Rollover Kills Schell. One Hartline man was killed instantly and another was injured Friday afternoon when the automobile in which they were riding left the county road and rolled down the embankment two miles south of Hartline.  Albert (Skin) Schell, 45, long time resident of the Ruff area and who was the driver of the car, died when he was thrown from the vehicle which rolled over him.  Albert Kappel, 59, also a long time resident of the Ruff area, received severe chest injuries. He too was thrown from the car as it crashed down the embankment. Why the automobile left the road was not immediately determined and the accident was under investigation by the state patrol. Schell, during his young days at Ruff, was the pitcher for the fabulous Ruff baseball team, and was widely known throughout the area. In recent years he had made his home at Hartline.” (Odessa Record: 10-22-1958)

Self:  Helen Self—Passed away Oct 2, 1997 in Spokane, WA, her home Seven Bays, WA. Survived by her husband of 62 years, Win Self, at the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Virgil King of Spokane, WA, Charlotte and Stewart Lombard of Manchester, WA; nine grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Active in community affairs and the development of Seven Bays and Lake Roosevelt.  Rosary Services Sunday, Oct 5, 1997 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Davenport, WA. Funeral Mass Monday, Oct 6, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Davenport, WA. Father Tyrone Schaff officiating. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 10-05-1997) 

Sleeman:  “Service for George T Sleeman, 81, will be at 1 p.m. today at the Sunset Mausoleum in Fairmount Memorial Park. Entombment will follow. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Mr Sleeman, who was born in Crozier, Ontario, died Tuesday. He was a 44-year Spokane resident. Mr Sleeman was a machine operator for Kaiser and a member of United Steelworkers of America No. 329. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Sleeman; two daughters, Carol LeMay and Bonnie Olsen, both of Spokane; four brothers, Curtis, Wallace, Kenneth and Lloyd Sleeman; a sister, Jeanette Graves; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 7-17-1996) 

Spies:  “Service for Alice Mae Spies, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake. Burial will follow at Pioneer Memorial Gardens in Moses Lake. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Spies, a longtime Moses Lake resident, died Tuesday. She was born in Ruff, WA. She married Walter Spies in 1945 in Ruff and they farmed there until they moved to Moses Lake in 1973. Mrs Spies is survived by her husband; a son, Ted Spies of Spokane; a daughter, Connie Kennelly of Kennewick; a brother, Norman Bischoff of Ruff; and five grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 2-01-1997)

Weeks:  “The funeral of E C Weeks, a retired farmer of the Almira district was held at his home Monday afternoon. Mr Weeks was a native of Tennessee and had resided in Lincoln County since 1899.” (Odessa Record: 10-02-1925)


Wynhoff: Henry G. Wynhoff, 57, farmer of Almira, was killed, and Edward Klobucher, also of Almira, was seriously injured when their automobile left the road on a curve, 50 miles north of Almira, plunged down a steep bank and turned over three times, about noon last Thursday. Mr Klobucher is in the Deaconess hospital with a broken shoulder bone and three fractured ribs.  Neither of the men was thought to be at first fatally injured, and a Mr. Thompson, Almira, loaded the two in his automobile and started for a hospital in Spokane. Mr. Wynhoff died on the way.  An Indian in the car escaped injury. The party was going on a fishing trip to McGinnis Lake in the mountains near Nespelem. Mr. Wynhoff was found pinned under the steering wheel. Mr Klobucher was driving. The accident happened on the second point of McLane grade near the Columbia River. The driver is said to have lost control of the car.  Wynhoff is a brother-in-law of former governor M. E. Hay and is survived by his widow. His body is at Turnbull’s. Funeral services were held Monday at Wilbur, with the Masonic lodge of Almira in charge. Mr Wynhoff has been a farmer of Almira for 30 years.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1926)

Zickler:  “Just six weeks after she had observed her 88th birthday anniversary, Mrs Emilie August Zickler passed away in Portland on March 19. Born in Germany, Feb 7, 1865, she came to the Columbia Basin area in 1902 and was believed to be the oldest resident here. Services were conducted from the Nicoles Funeral Home in Ephrata Monday and burial was in the family plot in Ephrata Cemetery. Elders Cole, Wagner and Hegstaf of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated. Surviving are five daughters and three sons, Mrs Bertha Cole, Moses Lake; Mrs Emma Shumaker, Othello; Mrs Margaret Morrison, Mrs Clara Mitchel and Mrs Caroline Green, all of Portland; William Zickler, John Day, Oregon; Otto Zickler, Newport, and Ben Zickler, Ellensburg. Also surviving are a sister and two brothers in Kansas, 27 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook item); “Mrs Emil(ie) Zickler, a resident of Grant County since 1902, observed her 88th birthday anniversary Saturday, Feb 7, at the home of her daughter, Mrs Earl Cole.  A number of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends gathered at the home in the evening to help her celebrate the occasion. A huge birthday cake, surrounded with candles and decorated with rosebuds, carried a greeting. The group joined in a songfest of her favorite hymns. Two of her daughters, Bertha Cole and Margaret Morrison, responded to her request by singing a duet, ‘Ivory Palaces’. Refreshments were served to 32 persons, including: Mrs Zickler, Mr and Mrs Earl Cole, Mr and Mrs Ivan Cole and Douglas, Mr and Mrs Verlyn Cole and Ginger, Mr and Mrs Frank Schumacher, Mrs Donna Heidleberg and Diane, Mr and Mrs Otto Zickler and Shirley Lee, Mr and Mrs Ben Zickler, Mrs Margaret Morrison, Judy Morrison and Muriel Morrison, Mr and Mrs Warren Nickols, Mr and Mrs Bob Sanford, Fred Cole, Mr and Mrs Duane Cole, Mr and Mrs Darrel Crammer, Carol and Kenneth and Dorothy Schumacher. Children from out of town not able to be present are Mrs Clara Mitchell, Mrs Caroline Green and Ora Morrison, all of Portland, and Bill Zickler of John Day, Oregon.” (dated scrapbook item: 3-05-1953, assumed to be Odessa Record; Articles are under heading: Mrs Adam Zickler)


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