Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Bell: Blanche Bell, former resident and café operator in Odessa, died Saturday at Kennewick where she has been residing. Rosary was held on March 20 with last rites held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Kennewick, on Tuesday, March 21.  Jerry Walter and son, Bruce, of Odessa, were among those serving as pallbearers. Barbara Walter is a granddaughter of Mrs Bell. Mrs Bell sold the Bell Café in Odessa 25 years ago in March after having injured a knee in an auto accident.” (Odessa Record: 3-23-1978)

Cain: Alvina Cain, age 94, died Jan 16, 2004 in Spokane Valley. She was born on June 20, 1909 in Endicott, WA to German parents, Henry and Elizabeth Scheuerman, who immigrated to America via Russia. Alvina graduated from Endicott High School in 1926. She resided in Rosalia from 1935 to 1976. She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters. Alvina is survived by her son, Gary and wife Iva Cain; daughter Norita and husband Ron Anderson; special friend, Marilyn Cain; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.  (notes from Spokesman Review: undated)

Carmichael, Isabel K.,  “Spokane. Memorial service for Isabel K Carmichael, 87, will be at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge.  Born in Marlin, WA, died Monday. She moved to the Spokane area in 1928, graduated Cheney High School., Kinman Business College. Worked for the Federal Land Bank as a secretary, employed as a legal secretary. Mrs Carmichael was an American Filed Service parent, overseeing exchange students.  Member of the League of Women Voters as state secretary, member of the First Presbyterian Church, and Town and Country Book Club. Her husband of 39 years, Ed Carmichael, died in 1979. Mrs Carmichael is survived by two sons, Jim Carmichael of Kodiak, Alaska, and Ken Carmichael of Spokane; a daughter, Kay Weeks of Hockessin, DE; a brother, John Urquhart of Scottsdale, AZ; and seven grandchildren.” (scrapbook obit: undated: d. 11-10-1997) “Isabel K Carmichael. Passed away Nov 10, 1997. Resident of Rockwood Manor…. Preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Ed Carmichael in 1979, two sisters, Dora Keigley and Helen James. Memorial Service, Saturday, Nov 15, 1997 at 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church…” (Spokesman Review: undated; d. 11-10-1997)

Dye:  Wayne E Dye was born Aug 24, 1914 in Chaplin, Saskatchewan, Canada to Homer and Edith Twiss Dye. Passed away March 28, 2001 in Spokane, WA. Survived by wife, Irene Dye;  brother-in-law, Harley and wife Nydra Brosh of Norfolk, NE, niece, Kara Johnson of Lincoln, NE. Preceded in death by parents, Homer and Edith, brothers Merle, Claude, Claire, Reed; and one sister, Mildred. Mr Dye moved to Meadow Grove, NE in 1918, where he graduated from Meadow Grove HS in 1932. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. (Spokesman Review notes: 4-01-2001)

Eckhardt:  Paul Eckhardt died on April 22, 2009, after a very long battle with deteriorating health. Born Sept 4, 1949, to Theodore and Frances Eckhardt is Odessa, Paul was raised in Odessa and had great memories growing up in a small town surrounded by close family and friends.  He moved to Spokane to attend Spokane Community College. As a sheet metal worker, Paul was an accomplished tradesman and a long standing member of Sheet Metal Worker’s Local 212. he was a hard worker who took deep pride in his craftsmanship. We will always remember Paul’s amazing sense of humor, his quick wit, his ornery obstinacy, and his meticulous attention to detail. According to Paul, the three most important things in life were family, food and football. He sometimes go the order mixed up, but his intentions were always good. He loved to play games, especially pinochle, cribbage, and poker.  He is preceded in death by his mother, father, baby brother Lawrence, and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his four sisters, Anita Frederick, Brenda Horak, Sylvia Miller and Elaine Scates; three children, Ezra, Abel, and Sarah; three grandchildren, Katherine, Claire and Teodore; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.” (Odessa Record: 4-30-2009)

Estes:   Mrs M (Minta) Estes, one of the old settlers of the Odessa country, died at her home in Odessa Monday (June 5, 1905) evening, of tuberculosis at the age of 58 years. She contracted the disease three years ago as the after effects of an attack of measles and from a year prior to her death her condition was considered serious. The funeral service was conducted at the home Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock and the body was taken to Ritzville for interment yesterday.” (submitted, Odessa Record of June 9, 1905)

Franck:  Wilson Howard Franck, 72, a longtime resident of Wenatchee Valley passed away Feb 28, 2005 at his home in Portland, Texas. Preceding him in death, his daughter Jenna Franck. He is survived by his wife, Nina Franck of Portland, TX; 6 children, Debra Brooks of Malaga, WA; LuAnn Gamong of Idaho; Edwin Franck of CA, Jayne Franck of OR; Douglas Franck of Portland, TX; and Lydia Bruno of Portland, TX; 10 grandchildren: Keyla Franck (Jenna’s daughter) of Portland, TX; Brandy Mayfield of Wenatchee, Jacob Boyer of CA; Jaime Amos of Spokane, Dustin and Kelly Gamong of IS; David, Shalyn and Samantha Harrison of Portland, TX; Nicoletta Bruno of Portland, TX; and one great granddaughter, Abigail Mayfield of Wenatchee.  Services were held in Portland, Texas.” (Wenatchee World: submitted, undated)

Frazier: “Eula Frazier. Died: Jan 1983 in Spokane, WA. Last residence: 99207. Birth: June 28, 1890.” (SS Death Index; former teacher in Odessa Grade School, circa 1923-1926)

Hallauer:  Rose Marie (Scacco) Hallauer died March 4, 2005, aged 81, in Puyallup, WA. Rosie was born of Italian Heritage in Oroville on Nov 6, 1923, to parents Giacomo and Angelina Scacco. She was married to Wilbur G Hallauer of Oroville from 1942-1967. Rosie moved to Seattle in 1967.  She is survived by her beloved and cherished sister, Barbara Forrester; her daughters, Merry and Teri Hallauer; her grandchildren, Lily, Natalie, Andrew, and Geoffrey; numerous nieces and nephews and her dear friends, Jeanne Rose and Cindy Chase. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Guy Scacco. A Celebration of her life will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Oroville, WA, 11 a.m. Mach 10, 2005 with Father Fernando Maldonado officiating. Bergh Funeral Service, Oroville, in care of arrangements. (notes from Wenatchee World: undated, submitted)


Kranzler:  “Mother Passes Away. Mrs G Kranzler of Hosmer, South Dakota, passed away the 7th of June. She was the mother of Mrs Harry Phieff, and spent the winter here with her daughter many years ago. The Phieffs served the United Church while they were in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-19-1973)


LaTorre:  Deloris C LaTorre (nee Uhrich) of Seattle passed away there on March 11, 1979, at the age of 50 years. She was raised in Odessa and attended the Odessa schools. She leaves to mourn her husband Louie LaTorre of Seattle; one daughter, Carol Johnson of Woodenville, WA; one son, Joseph LaTorre of Bellevue, WA. Three sisters, Eileen House of Seattle; Wanda Pittman, Greenville, Alabama and Gae Benson of Lynnwood, WA; One brother, Ron Uhrich, of Seattle and her mother, Esther Uhrich, also of Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 3-22-1979)


Martin:  “Mr and Mrs Gary Mills received word of the death of her grandfather, William F Martin, Sr, of Anchorage, Alaska. Mr Martin passed away Sunday, May 18,  1980, at the Nakayia Health Care Center in Anchorage. The Mills family had visited with Mr Martin and other members of the family in Anchorage last fall.” (Odessa Record: May 29, 1980)

Norton:  Pauline Weishaar Norton.—Her home N 5511 Moore St.  Mother of James E Norton, Palo Alto, CA; Grandmother of Victoria Norton, Palo Alto, CA. Sister of Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Mrs Leonard Keefer, Jake Weishaar, all of Spokane; Arthur Weishaar, Seattle, WA; Reinhold Weishaar, Clayton, WA. Several nieces and nephews. Resident of Spokane 25 years. Funeral services Friday, July 28, at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: 7-24-1967)

Owens:  “The body of a painter from Lexington, Kentucky was found along the Burlington Northern railway tracks about five miles east of Odessa on “Tuesday evening, June 20.  Wally King reported finding the man to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office about 8:30 that evening after traveling through the area from the ranch. Cause of death was undetermined, according to a report of the county coroner, Phil Borst. He apparently ‘was pushed or fell from a freight train, striking head on steel post’, according to the coroner’s report. The body was taken by Strate Funeral Home to Spokane for an autopsy. Sheriff Joe Merz investigated. The body was located about one-half mile west of the Nemo elevators. It apparently had lain by the BN tracks since an afternoon or early-evening east-bound freight had passed through. Freddy Clay Owens, 40, was born June 9, 1938. He was a resident of Lexington, Kentucky, a house and barn painter.” (Odessa Record: 6-29-1978)

Ramey:  “Bill Roller of Odessa and Orville Roller of Cashmere were called to Bixby, Oklahoma, due to the death of their mother, Mrs Nora Ramey. Mrs Ramey passed away Saturday afternoon, Nov 18, at the age of 90 years. Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Bixby.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1978)

Roth:  Mrs Johana Roth. Died: 28 Dec 1922, Warden, Grant Co, WA, aged 52 years. Spouse: William Roth.” (WA State Death Records: Film #1992970; digital GS #4221441; image # 1333; Certificate #8).

Roth:   “Funeral services were held Thursday, March 17, for William Roth at the Community Congregational Church with Baptist minister from Odessa officiating.  Roth was an early pioneer in Warden, owning and operating a grocery and dry goods store here for many years. He passed away at the Baptist Nursing Home in Portland on Monday, March 14. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs Katherine (J S) Trautman, Warden; Mrs Lydia Berndt, Yakima; Mrs Christine Richter of Wenatchee; two sons, John Roth, Harrington and Adam Roth of Marlin. Burial was in Warden Cemetery.” (Geo Beck data card collection; Moses Lake paper, bottom cut off);

Schaal:  “Funeral services were held last Thursday for David Schaal at the Dryden Community Church. David Schaal was born Oct 15, 1889 at Teplitz, Bessarabia, South Russia, the 10th of 12 children born to Jacob and Rosina (nee Dittus) Schaal. Mr Schaal spent his childhood years in Bessarabia and Siberia, immigrating to the US at the age of 17 and settling in the Warden area. He passed away at Leavenworth on Monday, Jan 16. Mr Schaal never married. He worked as a laborer in the area in the 1920s and 1930s, mainly near Batum. In 1937 he moved to Ralston to help his widowed sister, Mrs Rosina Gross, farm and in 1945 moved to Dryden with his sister and her family and has resided there since. Rev Ray Bryant officiated at the Memorial service. Harvey Radach sang ‘Under His Wings’ and ‘It Is Well With My Soul’. Mrs Walter Goehner was organist. Survivors include his sister, Mrs Rosina Gross, Dryden, and numerous nieces and nephews including Mrs Alfred (Ruth) Wiest and Mrs Henry (Olga) Weber of Odessa. Pall bearers were nephews Adolf Weis, Arthur Schaal, David J Schaal, Martin Schaal, Rueben Schaal, and Jack Schaal. Interment was at the Cashmere Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 1-26-1978)

Schell:  Jacob Schell.—His home was E 508 2nd, Ritzville, Wash. Survived by his wife, Charlotte Schell, at the home; one daughter, Mrs Oscar (Irene) Olson, Ritzville; 3 sons, Stanley Schell, Hayward, CA; Herman Schell, Bend, OR; Gene Schell, Spokane; 3 sisters, Mrs Christina Vetter, Quincy, WA; Mrs Lydia Snodderly, Clayton, WA; Mrs Marie Hastings, Wapato, WA; 6 brothers, Charlie Schell, Marline, WA; Rudolph Schell, Quincy; Ted and Emil Schell, Prosser, WA; Ben Schell and Edward Schell, Wapato; 12 grandchildren. Funeral services Thursday, Mar 13 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home at Ritzville, WA. Rev Floyd Yokers officiating. Interment Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, The Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-12-1969) 

Schmidt:  “Visitation for Clarence A Schmidt, 87, will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at Riplinger Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at a later date.  Born in Spokane, Mr Schmidt died Wednesday. He graduated form North Central High School in 1934. Mr Schmidt served in the Navy. He married Fern McLain in 1939, and they moved to a 240-acre ranch in Chattaroy in 1940. They sold the ranch 30 years later and moved to Deer Park. He worked as a greenskeeper at the Esmeralda Golf Course in Spokane for 10 years. He later worked at the Twin Lakes (Idaho) Golf Course for 10 years. He is survived by his wife.” (Spokesman Review: 1-21-2001; submitted)

Schoonover:  John A Schoonover, former president and chairman of the board of the Idaho First National Bank, died recently at his home after a long illness. He was 85. He was born in 1894 at Alvord, Iowa, the son of Warren Nathan and Emma (Beck) Schoonover. He was educated at the public schools in Odessa, WA, and took private courses in accounting and correspondence courses in law business and economics. He was active in music, sports and church work. He owned a furniture store after graduating from high school and worked in stores until WW I, when he enlisted in the US Army as a private. He later was transferred to the 20th US Cavalry Band and later to the 78th Field Artillery Band in France. After his discharge from the Army in 1919, he married Rose Lower in Seattle and worked as a clerk for the First National Bank of Odessa, WA. He was elected assistant cashier of the bank in 1922. He helped organize and was the first commander of the Odessa Post of the American Legion. He served as traveling bank auditor from 1924 until 1927 and was elected executive vice president of the Sunnyside National Bank of Sunnyside, WA, which later merged with the First National Bank of Sunnyside. In 1932 he was elected vice president of the Old National Bank of Spokane. In 1933 he became executive vice president of the Regional Agricultural Credit Corp. of Spokane, serving Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Later in 1933 he became the first president of the Production Credit Corp. of Spokane.  He joined the Idaho First National Bank in Boise in 1934 as executive vice president and became president in 1939. He became chairman of the board in 1960 and retired from active management in 1961. He was state chairman of the US Savings Bond Program for 13 years and a member of the Executive Council of the American Bankers Association for two years. He was director of the Idaho State Chamber of Commerce. He was director of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and later a Class A director of the San Francisco Federal Reserve. He served as president of the Idaho Bankers Association for two years and was a member of its executive committee. For two years he served as trustee of the College of Idaho. He was a member of the lay advisory board of St Alphonsus Hospital and was chairman of the hospital’s building fund drive when the new hospital was constructed. He belonged to the Rotary Club, Arid Club, and Hillcrest Country Club. Services were conducted at Cloverdale Memorial Park, where he was cremated and interred.  Surviving are a son, Norman J Schoonover of Boise; a niece, Mrs Rose McLaughlin of Boise; a sister, Mrs Albert H Geib of Palm Springs, CA; a brother, Victor of Stockton, CA; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mr Schoonover and Bus Weber of Odessa served together in the Army during WW I, when they spent from 1918 to 1919 in France. They returned to the states and on July 8, 1919 the men were married in a double wedding ceremony, John to Rose Lowe and Gus to Ida Wagner. Rose Schoonover passed away several years ago.”  (Odessa Record: 1-24-1980)

Schoonover:  “In holiday greetings received at the Gus A Weber home in Odessa, it was learned of the death of Rose C (nee Lowe) Schoonover on Oct 12, 1977 at Boise, Idaho. Memorial services were held at the Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, on Oct 15.  Mrs Schoonover is survived by her husband, John, who was  before his retirement, president of the chain of First National Banks of Idaho. He and Gus  served together in the Armed Forces. Rose was born on Feb 11, 1899, at Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-1978)

Schultz:  “Memorial service for Ralph D Schultz, 65, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St Mark’s Lutheran Church. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A 24-year Spokane resident, Mr Schultz died April 28, (2000). He was born in Sacramento, CA. He graduated in 1953 from Sacramento High School, and in 1957 from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. IN 1957 he married Carol Scudder. The Rev Schultz graduated from Capital Seminary in Columbus in 1961. Later that year he was ordained at St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento. He served as a pastor for 40 years at several churches including Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Spokane and Gideon Lutheran Church in Connell, WA. He was a visiting pastor at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane. The Rev Schultz sang with Project Joy’s Senior Serenaders and Grandpa Sound. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Timothy and Michael Schultz; a brother, Richard Schultz, and a grandson.” (Spokesman Review: April 2000, submitted)

Steinheiser:  “Memorial services were held in Spokane on Friday for Lillian Rachel Steinheiser, mother of Mrs Merlin (Beverly) Traylor of Moses Lake, formerly of Odessa. Mrs Steinheiser died on Feb 13 at her Spokane home. Cremation followed the memorial service. Mrs Steinheiser was a member of the Women of Rotary, Christian Science Church, Mead Grange, and the board of directors of the Hutton Settlement. The deceased  is survived by one daughter, Mrs Traylor; a son, Robert V Steinheiser, Spokane; 11 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one sister, Merriam Hessel, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-1978)

Stuhlmiller:   Edward Stuhlmiller, age 70, passed away in a Wenatchee hospital Friday, Jan 28 after a lingering illness. Mr Stuhlmiller was born Jan 11, 1902 at Sarata, Russia. He came to Quincy soon after the turn of the century. He was married in Ruff, WA, in August of 1930. For many years he has been a Quincy wheat farmer with his brother, Ted.  Besides the widow, Hulda, he is survived by a son, Raymond, in Quincy; two daughters, Mrs Edna Watters, Quincy; and Mrs Lois Nelson, Edmonds; three brothers, Ted of Quincy; Emil of Reardan, and Albert of Woodland, CA; five sisters, Mrs Enlow of Wenatchee, Mrs Frieda Cook, Wenatchee; Mrs Emma Conklin, Rockaway, OR; Mrs Lydia Nusz, Woodland, CA; Mrs Elsie Kiehn, Reardan; and 8 grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, Feb 1 at 1 p.m. in St Paul Lutheran Church, Quincy with Pastor Ernest Collard officiating. Interment was in the Quincy Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1972)

Suko:  Elton LeRoy Suko, age 83, of Rathdrum, Idaho died Dec 1, 2005 surrounded by his family. He was born Feb 13, 1922 in Ritzville, WA to Alfred and Ida (Kison) Suko. He graduated from Ritzville HS in 1940. He served with the US Navy during WW II and then graduated from WSU in 1950. He married Donna Mae Mayer in 1949 and they made their home in Ritzville where he owned and operated the Whistlin Pig Grill. They later moved to CA. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999 while living in Idaho. He married Mary Camille Pruehs in 2000 in Coeur d’Alene. He is survived by his wife, a son, Gregory Elton Suko of Bellevue, WA; daughters Cinda Ring of Portland and Pamela Defenbach of Boise, ID, grandchildren and step children. Yates Funeral Home in care of the arrangements. (notes from Spokesman Review of 12-03-2005)

Vostral:  Hazel D Vostral, age 95.—A lifelong resident of Adams County, passed away on Thursday, Aug 3, 2006 at the hospital in Ritzville, WA. Hazel was born Sept 8, 1910 in Lind, WA and attended Lind Schools. She worked for the telephone company in Lind before her marriage to Rudolph Vostral in 1930. They moved to rural Ritzville and farmed until 1971 when Rudy retired and they moved into town. Rudy preceded her in death in Sept of 1976. Hazel continued to live by herself until 2003 when she moved into the Rose Garden Estates in Ritzville. Surviving is her daughter Patty Lou Richmond and husband Tom of Goodyear, AZ; and three grandsons, Kevin, Kirk and Kent Herring. Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Aug 7, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA is in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman-Review: 8-05-2006, submitted)

Weishaar:  John Weishaar.—Passed away Sept 27 in Portland, OR. Brother of Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Mrs Amelia Keefer, Mrs Pauline Norton, Jacob J Weishaar, all of Spokane; Otto Weishaar, Seattle, WA; Reinhold Weishaar, Clayton, WA; 9 nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N. 1306 Monroe Street.” (Spokesman Review: 9-24-1964)

Weishaar: Reinhold Weishaar.—His home Clayton, Wash., passed away June 13. Survived by his wife, Frances at the home; 2 sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Mrs Amelia Keefer, both Spokane; 2 brothers, Jake Weishaar, Spokane; Art Weishaar, Tucson, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m.. The Rev Don Cornish officiating. Burial services Mt Zion Cemetery, Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1970)

Yaryan:  Dorothy H Yaryan, age 96 was born July 3, 1907 in Stratford, WA. Her parents were Jasper and Loucinda Church. Dorothy met in Spokane and married her husband, Jack, on Dec 23, 1923 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Jack; daughter, Virginia Sandberg; and infant daughter Ruth. She is survived by her children: Eleanor Gandini, John R Yaryan, Merlee Peterson, and Rita Sander, all of Spokane, and Lorraine Filibeck of Reno, NV; numerous grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be April 12, 2004 at the Valley Assembly of God.  Interment will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, Spokane Valley, WA. (Notes from Spokesman Review: 4-10-2004)


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 January  2011, by Marge Womach.

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