Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Ahern:  Ernest Morris Ahern.—Passed away in Spokane Dec 31, 1974. His home, E 32nd, Spokane. Survived by one son, Kenneth E Ahern, Spokane Valley; one daughter, Pamela J Ahern, Portland, OR; one sister, Mrs Lee (Ruby) Burroughs, Ritzville, WA; two brothers, Orville Ahern and Cliff Ahern, both of Ritzville, WA; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Lifetime resident of the Inland Empire; 30-year employee of Burlington Northern Railroad. The Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, Pines Road, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-03-1975)

Benedict:  “Rites Held for Lowell Benedict.  Spokane.—Funeral services for Lowell Benedict, 42, former Ritzville resident and son-in-law of Ritzville chief of police Joe Schafer, were held here in a Spokane valley cemetery.  Benedict died Monday at Sacred Heart hospital where he had been a  patient for about five weeks.  A native of  Tacoma , Benedict was married to the former Ruby Schafer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schafer. He operated a beauty salon in Ritzville before leaving in 1942 to join the Washington state patrol in Spokane, where he had lived ever since.  Survivors include the widow, Ruby, and a 17-year-old son, Dan.” (Ritzville Journal-Times: 8-07-1952)

Bens:  Irene Bens. Died: Sept 1979, Seattle, WA. Birth: 2-11-1892. Last Residence: 98109. Lump Sum Payment Zipcode: 98272.” (SS Death Index)

Burford:  Frank Golder Burford died April 13, 2004. He was born in Waterville, WA on June 22, 1917. The family moved to Colfax where he graduated from high school in 1935.  He enjoyed a career in law enforcement prior to entering the military in WW II. After discharge he enrolled in the University of Idaho and graduated in 1953. He married Jeanette Ott Burford at Ritzville, WA on June 10, 1951. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle and Bainbridge Island, followed by American Bell International which took him to Iran and Ireland. He retired to Mt St Helen’s and then Clearwater, Idaho. His survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jeanette of Kuna, ID; 3 daughters: Lou Ann Fox Bender of Solvang, CA; Tuckie Burford Shaver of Boise, ID; Judith Burford Grown of Kuna, ID; a sister, Merilyn and George Lee of Twin Falls, Idaho; and brother-in-law, Jim Williams of Renton, WA; 6 grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents: ‘Brick’ and Alice Burford Lewis; step-father, J D Lewis; a sister, Barbara Jean Williams Ryan; and infant twin daughters. Memorial service at a later date. Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, ID is handling arrangements.  (notes Spokesman Review: April 2004; detailed work history)  

Dahl:  “Washtucnan Is Fourth Fatality. Washtucna.—Mrs Cora E Dahl, 54-year-old Washtucna hotel operator, became Adams County’s fourth traffic fatality of 1952 when she was killed Tuesday night in an accident on the Milam road about three miles east of Hooper. Mrs Dahl was driving a 1952 Nash when she apparently lost control of the car on a curve. As the car rolled over, Deputy Sheriff Clint Rowe said, Mrs Dahl was thrown out and crushed. Both car and body lay off the road and were not discovered until Wednesday morning when Henry Milam, who farms along the road, notified the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Frank Lucas, Deputy Rowe, and assistant prosecutor Dick Whitmore investigated.” (Ritzville Journal-Times: 8-07-1952, Thursday)

Dosch:  “When Father Anthony J Dosch died last week a little bit of the history of the Diocese of Spokane died with him. From Switzerland, where he had been born June 17, 1864, came one John Thomas Dosch, and from Bavaria, where she had been born June 9, 1880, came one Katerina Grill. They were to become the parents of Father Dosch. They met in Spokane and were married in the old, old, Sacred Heart Church Dec 7, 1892 by Father B. Held OSB.  This church was not too far from the present Blood Bank. They had six children, four of whom died while quite young. Two sons survived and one was destined to become a priest. Anthony John was born April 4, 1896, in the family home on the corner of 5th and Magnolia. Mid-wife for the occasion was Bella Funk, grandmother of Msgr. Oakley F O’Connor of Spokane’s St Charles Parish.  He was baptized April 19, 1896 by Father L. Haupt in this old Sacred Heart Church.  He attended school, first at this old Sacred Heart Church and later at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.  This was next to the church of the same name (Spokane had not yet become a diocese and so Our Lady of Lourdes was not called a ‘cathedral’).  The church and school were then located on Main street between Washington and Bernard. Back somewhat from the front of the street, and long hidden by beer parlors and shops on Main, the building was torn down only four years ago.  He graduated from Gonzaga Prep on May 25, 1912, and from Gonzaga College in 1917. From there he went to St Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wis., where several priests of our diocese studied.  He was ordained July 4, 1920 at St Gall Church in Colton.  First he served in the diocese of Spokane in such places as Mansfield and its missions, Odessa and its missions. St Mary’s in Vera (later called Veradale), a short stint in Walla Walla, and in Kennewick. In 1943 he went to the Sacramento Diocese in California where another Spokane native was bishop, the Most Rev Robert J Armstrong. His last parish in that diocese was at Mill creek, from which re retired only this past summer after 52 years in the active ministry.  About a month ago he went to Ireland to visit his faithful housekeeper, Miss Kay Griffin. He returned to the United States and went to the home of a life-long friend in the priesthood, Father D Brendan O’Connor, also retired and living at Pomeroy.  He took sick there and was admitted to the Sister’s hospital in Lewiston, Idaho. He died a few days later on Nov 8.  His funeral was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral Nov 10, not the same building and not the same location, but the same name and the same parish where he had assisted at Mass and went to school as a boy. Concelebrants of the Mass were Msgr. Cornelius Higgins, chancellor of the Diocese of Sacramento, who also preached the homily; Msgr. Gerald O’Driscoll, also of Sacramento; Msgr. Oakley O’Connor (who as a youngster of 13 was present at Father Dosch’s ordination); Father Brendan O’Connor, pastor emeritus of Pomeroy; and Fathers Joseph Brunner, Cyril Feisst, John Prince, Albert Austen, Terence Tully, James Grant and Joseph Danneker.  Pall bearers were Father Ralph Schwemin, Paul Wenning, William Brennan, Sean Donnelly, John O’Brien, Walter Abel, Joseph Brunner and James McGreevy. Father Dosch was buried in Fairmount Cemetery beside his parents in the ‘old’ Catholic section which predates the foundation of Holy Cross Cemetery.  He was a man of many talents, not all of them related to the priesthood. He was also known as ‘the safe-cracking priest’, an avocation he plied quite legitimately, of course. His nimble fingers and keen hearing enabled him to open many a safe when the owner had forgotten the combination or lost the keys. When he died, his safecracking tools were in the hospital room with him, deftly hidden in a tobacco pouch.” (by Father John O’Brien); “Fr. Dosch was pastor of St Joseph Church in Odessa from Nov 1922 to July 1, 1928. He made many improvements during that time repairing and repainting the Church and other buildings. He put in the lawn around the church and parish hall, planted trees and shrubs and redecorated the parish house. He traveled many miles to his missions each week, which included the towns of Wilson Creek, Soap Lake, Ephrata and Burke. He was devoted to the people in this large area.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1972) 

Elliott:  Georgia Lee Elliott (Aug 20, 1932-Dec 8, 2010). Born in Adams County, one of four daughters of John and Edith Kappel. Attended school in Ritzville, WA, graduating from Ritzville High in 1950. She graduated summa cum laude at age 20 from EWU with a BA in Education, taught in the Seattle School District and would later work in the financial services industry. Georgia married another Adams County resident, Verlin Elliott, in 1952. They moved to Everett in 1958 where they lived for 52 years. She was preceded in eternal rest by her sister, Aloma Bischoff. She is survived by her husband, Verlin; and her sisters, Jacqueline Garrison, of Moses Lake, WA, and Claudia Bushbaum, of Seattle, WA; her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Leigh Curry of West Trenton, NJ; her son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Pam Elliott; beloved granddaughters, Arleigh, Ashleigh and Gracie.  In honor of Georgia’s request, private services will be held. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, WA.” (assume Everett Herald: undated, submitted)  

Fread:  Jeanette Lois Reiman Fread, 77, of Soap Lake, WA, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister-in-law, passed away peacefully, held in the arms of Our Lord and greeted at Heaven’s gate by her husband, Chuck and many family and friends who had passed before her, on Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Soap Lake.  Jeanette, better known to family and friends as Jan, was born on May 6, 1931, in Dryden, WA to Emanuel and Lydia Reiman and is a direct descendent of the Germans from Russia. She was raised in the Dryden-Cashmere, WA area, attending schools in Winton and Dryden. As a small child, she, her parents and siblings would drive to Quincy, WA to visit with relatives that lived in the current historic Reiman-Simmons home.  In Feb of 1953, Jan married Charles ‘Chuck’ Fread in East Wenatchee, WA. They and their children lived in the Moses Lake-Quincy area before moving to Soap Lake… Jan’s greatest loves were her husband, Chuck; children, Linda and husband Bob Long of Spokane, WA; Bill and wife, Beth Fread of Wassila, AK; Debbie and husband, Steve Clark of Las Vegas, NV; and Cindy and husband, John Smith of Soap Lake, WA; her grandchildren… and ten great grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Marvin and wife, Lovene Reiman; brother-in-law, Kenneth Worden; brother-in-law, Wayne and wife, Molly Fread; and multiple nieces and nephews. Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck; daughter, Shelia; great-granddaughter, Brittany; sisters, Anne, Elsie and Helen; and brother, Bill.  Jan will be laid to rest at Valley View Memorial Park in Soap Lake, in a private ceremony with family.” (excerpt Wenatchee World: 3-13-2009)

Frick:  Susan Diane Frick.—Passed away after a brief illness on March 27, 2010. Born April 4, 1954 at Camp Stoneman, Pittsburg, CA. She was known as Sue to everyone. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1972, obtained her degree in History from Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA, did graduate work in WW II European History and also at EWU. Member of the ‘Children of the American Colonists', an adult a member of the ‘Daughters of the American Colonists’. Sue lived and worked in Spokane, WA for more than 25 years before moving to Moses Lake to care for her parents. While in Moses Lake she volunteered at the Moses Lake Food Bank. She loved the family wheat farm and her many dogs and cats over the years. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin, WA. Sue is survived by her parents, David and Mary Frick of Moses Lake; brothers, David Frick of Seattle and Fred Frick of Spokane; and sister Joanne Frick of Ravenna, OH, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services will be held at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Interment will follow in Guarding Angels Cemetery, Moses Lake. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, WA.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Galbraith:   Mary A. Galbraith (Mrs.).—Entered into rest Sept 4 in a local hospital. Her home, Wellpinit, WA. Survived by 5 daughters, Clara Knoll, Wellpinit, WA; Phoebe Wynecoop, Wellpinit, WA, and Dorothy Tandy, Wellpinit, WA; Gertrude Sutton, Midvale, IS; Ruth Hintzel, Ritzville, WA; 4 sons, William A. Galbraith, Olympia, WA; Merritt H Galbraith and Glenn F Galbraith, both of Wellpinit, WA; Allen W Galbraith, Portland, OR; 5 sisters, Nellie Brown, Sophie O’Conner and Phoebe Fitzgerald, all of Spokane; Mrs. Emma Dver, Kettle Falls, WA; Ida Layson, Tacoma, WA; one brother, Henry Etue, Fruitland, WA; 24 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of Woodman of the Moose Lodge No. 689 at Loon Lake. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Spokesman Review: 9-04-1970)

Galbreath:   Maynard W. Galbreath.—His home, Ritzville, WA. Survived by his wife, Alma Galbreath, at the home; 3 sons, Gary Galbreath, Dale Galbreath, Mark Galbreath, all of Ritzville; 3 sisters, Bernice Galbreath, Ritzville; Mrs John (Laura) Kent, Spokane; Ethel Galbreath, Seattle; 4 grandchildren. Member of Trinity Methodist Church at Ritzville, Adams County Cattle Association, Adams County Wheat Association, Washington Cattle Feeders Association, Marcellus Grange, board member of Hill Crest Manor Nursing Home. Private interment Wednesday, Aug 6. Memorial services Wednesday, Aug 6, 11 a.m. Trinity Methodist Church. Dr Alfred Carter officiating. The Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville, WA, in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 8-05-1969)

Groves:  “Loses Husband By Death.  Word has been received here of the death at Seattle of Ralph Groves on Monday, following an operation for the removal of a tumor at the base of the brain. He is the husband of the former Ruth Torrey of Odessa. Mrs. Evelyn Torrey, who has been visiting in the Lamona region, left on Monday evening for Seattle to be with her daughter.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1935)

Harris:  “Attending the funeral of Clyde Harris in Connell Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Klindwirth, Mrs. Harry Cottingham, and Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Yeisley.” (Hatton News, Ritzville Journal-Times: 8-07-1952)

Harris:  Ella Harris.—E7622 10th Ave. Wife of Floyd C. Harris, at the home; mother of Mrs. Douglas (Edna) Lehinger, Spokane; Laurence Kramer, mayor of Ritzville, WA; grandmother of Donna Kaye Kramer, Ritzville, WA; five brothers and seven sisters. A member of the All Saints of the Valley Episcopal Church; Esmeralda Golf Club; Sun Dance Gold Club; Down River Golf Club; a licensed beautician; a resident of Spokane 36 years. Funeral services Saturday, Jan 23 at 2 p.m., at the All Saints of the Valley Episcopal Church, E12817 Broadway. The Rev Father William H Powell officiating. Burial services Greenwood Memorial Terrace. The Hazen & Jaeger Spokane Valley Funeral Home, Opportunity in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-23-1971)

Hashagen:  Effie Lucas Hashagen. Died: 25 July 1921, age 55, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Dennis F Lucas. Mother: Rhoda Langford. Batch ID #275830.” (WA State Death Records)

Hashagen:  Wilken V Hashagen. Died: 12 March 1926, age 36, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Henry Hashagen. Mother: Effie Lucas. Spouse: Lula Hashagen. Batch ID #276393.” (WA State Death Records)

Hayden:  H. Raymond Hayden.—Passed away March 29 in Deer Park. His home, Rt. 1, Clayton, WA. Formerly of Ritzville, WA. Survived by his wife, Gracie Hayden, at the home. Father of one son, Carroll M Hayden, Pullman, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Clayton Grange, past president of Ritzville Lions Club, charter member and past treasurer of the Ritzville Gun Club, past member of Ritzville Chamber of Commerce. The Lauer Funeral Home, of Deer Park, is announcing funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 3-29-1969)

Huber:  “Service for Carl Huber, 88, will be at 10:30 Monday at Peace Lutheran Church in Colfax. Burial will follow at Colfax Cemetery. Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax is in charge of arrangements.  Mr Huber, who was born in Russia, died Friday. His family immigrated to Nebraska when he was an infant, and he later lived in Colorado and South Dakota. In 1932, he married Marie Patterson in Yankton, SD.  In 1936 they moved to Spokane, and in 1937 they moved to Odessa, WA, where Mr Huber worked for the Odessa Trading Company. They moved to Colfax in 1945, and he worked for Pepsi-Cola for a short time and also Jones Truck & Implement. He became an agent for New York Life Insurance and retired in 1969 after 24 years. He and his wife moved to Apache Junction, AZ, in 1971 and returned to Colfax in 1992. Mr Huber is survived by his wife; two sons, John Huber of Colfax and Kenneth Huber of Vancouver, WA; a brother, Paul Huber of Bellingham; a sister, Sarah Klann of Arriba, CO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.” (Spokesman Review: 2-09-1997)  

Jacobson:  Roberta (Hale) Jacobson, age 98.—passed away peacefully Nov 26, 2003 in Spokane Valley, WA. She was born to Robert and Edna Hale on June 11, 1905 in Wilson Creek, WA. She and her husband, Ronicle G Jacobson moved from Ione, WA to Spokane, WA in 1940. Ronicle preceded her in death in 1996 after 69 years of marriage. She is survived by her three children, Robert Jacobson and wife, Virginia, of Spokane; Susan Bustos and husband, Charles, of Spokane Valley; and col. (Ret.) James Jacobson and wife, Marie, of San Antonio, Texas. She also leaves 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition, she is survived by sisters, June Sivara, Georgia Niemi and Genevieve Hose, all of Spokane. Roberta spent many years as a homemaker who raised her family with great devotion and love. During WW II she answered the call as a defense employee at Fairchild AFB and in the 50s and 60s sold fine linens at the Crescent Department Store. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, dancing and later loved to attend Valley Senior Center activities. A Memorial Service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home, 1315 N Pines Rd.” (Spokesman Review: 11-29-2003)  

Liptac:  Duane A Liptac.—Passed away on Feb 5, 2006 at his home with his family in Valley, WA. Duane was born on April 5, 1921 to Andrew and Verna Liptac in Odessa, WA. He attended schools in Spokane. On Feb 21, 1942, he married Audrey Cox, who preceded him in death. They were married in Kellogg, ID and spent 62 years together. For the last 40 years, they lived on their ranch in Valley, WA, which was their paradise. He served with the US Coast Guard during WW II. He is survived by two daughters, Judy Boyd and her husband, Richard of Post Falls, ID and Pamela Ader and her husband, Ed of Post Falls, ID; son, Mel Liptac of Valley, WA; brother, Larry Liptac and his wife, Joyce of Billings, MT; sister-in-law, Betty Augery of Vacaville, CA; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Preceded in death by a sister, DeEtte Snyder. Duane worked at Snow’s Auto Parts, Washington Machinery, Motor Parts and Federal Crop Insurance, all while working his ranch. He was a member of the NRA and VFW. Everyone that knew them enjoyed visiting the ranch and enjoying superb hospitality. Many good times and fond memories were had by everyone. Visitation will be held Feb 9, at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Sunset Mausoleum Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane.” (Spokesman-Review: 2-05-2006)

Mann:  Etta Alice Mann.—Her home, Spokane. Survived by two sons, Lee E. Mann of Spokane and David R. Mann of Ritzville, WA; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; one brother, Fred Stephen of Marysville, MO, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov 21, 12:00 noon at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, S 421 Division St. Rev Paul G. Nance officiating. Interment Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Spokesman Review: 11-21-69)

Mason:  Silas B Mason Died This Week.  Silas B Mason, head of the company building the Grand Coulee dam, died on Tuesday night, 15 hours after a heart attack. His body is to be shipped to Lexington, KY, for burial in the family plot.  Mason was chairman of the Mason-Walsh-Atkinson-Kier company, holders of the contract for the $63,000,000  Grand Coulee foundation dam. He also was president of the Silas Mason company, which was established by his grandfather in 1830.  Work at the dam will progress without any suspension of activities for a tribute to Mason.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1936)

Nichols:  SJ Rev Raymond Nichols.—Passed away Oct 24, 1974 in Seattle, WA. Survived by 2 brothers, Frank Nichols, Seattle, and Edward Nichols, Coulee Dam; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Dullanty, Sacramento, CA. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1915 in California Ordained in Louvain, Belgium, 1927; spent his priesthood at Seattle University. Graveside services Thursday, Oct 31 at 9 a.m. at Mt St Michaels. Interment Mt St Michaels Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Hennessey Funeral Home, N2203 Division.”  (Spokesman Review: 11-04-1974) 

Nichols:  Winnifred P Nichols.—Passed away in Spokane Oct 31, 1974. A former resident of W1418 Riverside. Survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marian I Nichols, Spokane; grandson, Frank Nichols, Portland, OR.  Private cremation services were held at Smith Funeral Home, W1124 Riverside Ave.” (Spokesman Review: 11-04-1974)


Nicholls:  Georgina Nicholls, age 78.—Passed away in Spokane Nov 8, 2009. Born in Odessa in the family home, she and her eight siblings grew up and completed High School in Odessa, WA.  She went on to Eastern Washington University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education, began her teaching career in Prosser, Tekoa, Twisp, Reardan and settled in Davenport where she and her husband taught and ran his family farm. Here they raised their four children. Her passions were Art and Traveling. After Retirement in 1993, she began to travel and signed on with Wycliffe Ministries helping other countries learn about God. She was a lifetime Lutheran. After four years, she settled in Spokane and began enjoying her grandkids and traveling abroad with her sister and college roommate. She was a devout Christian. She enjoyed life and lived it everyday according to God’s wishes. Survived by three of her four children, Shannon Fleming and family from Quincy, Chris Tareski and family of Davenport, Travis Nichols of Davenport; daughter-in-law Mary Nicholls of Veradale, twin brother, George Rodeck of Odessa, sister, Janet Heimbigner of Odessa, Sister Diana Blaskowsky of Wenatchee, and brother Jack Rodeck of Port Townsend, numerous nieces and nephews and her 11 special grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Nov 21 at 2 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Community Center, Spokane Valley.” (Spokesman Review: 11-18-2009, submitted)

Parsley:  Ridge Aaron Parsley—The angels took our beloved Ridge Aaron Parsley to be wrapped in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, Nov 12, 1997. He was born May 19, 1993. Ridge had beautiful brown eyes that would melt your heart every time he looked at you. He loved school and his teacher. Ridge would come home and tell his Mommy and Daddy that his favorite thing to do at school was to play with play-doh. His life was a testimony of courage and strength. He had to go through so much in such a short time. We are so blessed to have known this sweet-spirited sensitive boy with his loving, giving heart. His life was one that touched us all. Ridge is survived by his parents, Darrell and Tammy, his sister Kasey, two brothers, Ryan and Levi, grandparents, Charles and Coretta Parsley of Yakima, and Larry and Bev Finney of Kennewick, great grandparents Newt Thorton of Moses Lake, Dorothia Finney of Odessa and Mable Parsley of Yakima; 7 aunts, 6 uncles, and 14 cousins that all love him very much. Viewing and Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov 17, 1997, at Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane, with interment at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. (Spokesman-Review: undated)

Preusse:  Herman Preusse, age 80, pioneer architect of Spokane, died at about midnight Friday in a city hospital where he had been a patient since the early part of November.  Mr. Preusse was well known to many Record readers as he was the architect for the Odessa school house and also the designer of the original Odessa hardware company’s store. He was also the father of the Misses Olga and Florence Preusse, two of the most popular teachers that ever taught in the Odessa schools.” (Odessa Record: 12-17-1926)


Reitz:  Gerhard O Reitz.—Born Aug 22, 1919 at Fairfield, WA to Otto and Helene Reitz. Ordained Sept 8, 1945 at St Johns Lutheran in American Falls, ID. Married Jean Kammueller on Jan 7, 1948 in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Went home to his Saviour on March 7, 1996. Gerhard was preceded in death by a son, Timothy; his parents, Otto and Helene Reitz; and sister, Elizabeth Adolf. He is survived by his wife, Jean and children, Philip and Shirley Reitz, Nathan and Amara, of Boise, ID; Heidi Carlson, David, Peter and Matthew, of Spokane, WA; Ron and Gretchen Weiss, Carl and Rachel, of Helena, MT; John and Peggy Reitz, Ian and Ivy, of Gig Harbor, WA; Ingrid Reitz of Anchorage, AK. Also survived by nine brothers and sisters, and their families. Gerhard served his Lord for 44 years as a station missionary, pastor, teacher, lecturer, professor and archivist in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. His wife and partner, Jean, served by his wide. They ‘retired’ to Spokane in 1986, and continued their ministry with interims at Good Hope, Lind, WA, St John, Sprague, WA; Holy Trinity Lutheran, Spokane, WA; Central Lutheran, Spokane, WA; Lutheran Church of the Master, Coeur d’Alene, ID; and Emanuel Lutheran, Reardan, WA in 1993-1994. Gerhard and Jean served as volunteer teachers at Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Viewing will be Monday, March 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be celebrated Tuesday, March 12, 1996 at Messiah Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.  Interment will be at Rosewood Cemetery in Fairfield, WA at 2:30 p.m.” (Spokesman Review: March 1996)  

Scheller: Jacob Scheller, a resident and state employee here since 1929, died late Tuesday night in an Olympia hospital at the age of sixty-nine. Mr Scheller was born in Russia, Feb 7, 1890. He came to America in 1900. He first lived in Oklahoma before coming to the Ritzville area in Eastern Washington in 1902. He farmed there until coming to Olympia thirty years ago. His wife, Katherine Scheller, died here on May 7, 1950. Surviving are three brothers: Henry H Scheller, Odessa; George Scheller at Ritzville; and John Scheller in California; two sisters: Mrs Anna Walter and Mrs Molly Derr, both in Odessa. The funeral service will be held in Mills & Mills chapel.  Burial will take place in the Masonic Memorial Park.” (excerpt: The Daily Olympian, Olympia, WA, Thursday, 30 July 1959, page 2, column 3; submitted)


Scheller: Katherine Scheller, wife of Jacob Scheller, Olympia, died in a Tacoma hospital Wednesday. She was 51 years old. Born to Mr and Mrs Henry Hardt, in Heusenbach, Russia, she was taken to Walla Walla by her family at the age of three months. Later she moved to Odessa, Washington, where she attended school. She was married to Jacob Scheller there in 1916. In 1929 they moved to Olympia. Surviving besides her husband are four sisters, Molly Gans, and Annie Goddard, Olympia; Mary Dormaier, Odessa, WA, and Freda Hille, Yakima; five brothers, William and Alvin Hardt, Odessa; Henry Hardt, Jr, Spokane; Sam Hardt, Coulee City, WA, and Clarence, Hartline, WA.  The funeral service will be held in Mills and Mills chapel. Burial will take place in Masonic Cemetery.” (excerpt: The Daily Olympian, Olympia, WA, Thursday, 18 May 1950, submitted) 


Scrupps:  “Word was received in Odessa this week of the death of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Scrupps, which occurred in Liverpool , England last week. Mrs Scrupps and her two sons left here shortly after Thanksgiving day for a trip to their former home near Liverpool , and her death occurred just after their landing. The deceased was about 70 years of age and has been a resident of the Odessa country for many years.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1910)  

Setters:  “Masons Conduct Rites at Ralston. Washtucna.—The Washtucna Masons conducted the committal rites for Amos Setters, 77, of Oakesdale, Monday afternoon at the Bemis Cemetery near Ralston.  Masons attending were Calvin Moesle, C. R. Morrison, Edwin Schaefer, Levi R. Sutton, George Stone and Wilbur Copp.  Mr. Setters was an old-time resident of the Washtucna area, but had left here 30 years ago  His wife preceded him in death a short time ago. Other Washtucnans attending the services were the Mesdames Virgil Sitton, Floyd Cameron and Irma Baker. The Rev D. A. Russell of Richland was the officiating clergyman.”  (Ritzville Journal-Times: 8-07-1952)

Smick:  Charles G Smick, MD, 86, died Nov 26, 2002 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho following surgery. The son of John L and Mary Elizabeth (Daubert) Smick, Dr Smick was born March 27, 1916 on the family farm near Endicott, WA. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1934… He married Martha Grosvenor May 20, 1945. After a stint in the Army Medical Corps from 1945 to 1947 he returned to Sprague WA where he purchased the Sprague Hospital on Dec 3, 1947. The hospital was sold in 1951 and he came to Ritzville and practiced until 1966, left, and returned in 1988. His wife Martha preceded him in death in Nov 1986. He married Ratha Hempel Cameron in Dec 1987 and they lived in Ritzville until her death in May 1997. Sr Smick continued to work at the Ritzville Hospital until his retirement in 2000 at the age of 84. On Oct 10, 2000 he married Bernita Miller. They lived in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Danekas Funeral home was in charge of his services. (notes from Spokesman Review: 11-28-2002)

Stafford:  Shirley Rae (Williams) Stafford, age 76.—Passed away May 29, 2002 at her home in Mohler, WA. Born Oct 29, 1925 in Mohler, WA to Royce and Agnes Williams. Attended school in Mohler and Harrington, graduating Harrington High School in 1943. Attended the University of Idaho for two years, graduated from Kinman Business University. During WW II Shirley worked for Alcoa as a secretary. Married Bill Stafford on Sept 3, 1947. They moved home to farm and operate the Mohler Grocery Store/Post Office in 1952. Shirley was postmistress of Mohler until her retirement. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles and gardening. Survived by her husband Bill at the home; one son, Jon and his wife, Janet Stafford of Mercer Island, WA; and one daughter JoAnn and her husband, Buck Gossett of Mohler, WA; two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Julia Stafford of Mercer Island, WA; and one sister, Evelyn Unbewust of Leavenworth, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. At Shirley’s request, no service will be held. Private family gathering was held at the family farm to celebrate her life. Services directed by Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-01-2002) 

Stannard:  Lloyd E Stannard, 1912-2009.—On Nov 3, 2009, our loving father and grandfather, Lloyd Stannard, passed away peacefully at Holy Family Hospital at the age of 97. Lloyd was born in 1912 on the family homestead in Eastern Washington, where he was the third of five children. He was raised by his father and aunt after the early passing of his mother. He went on to earn his degree in education from WSC (WSU) and played football for the Cougars. During this time he also met his loving wife, Ruth, and they celebrated 64 happy years of marriage. He spent forty years as an educator and coach; serving communities of Garfield, Odessa and Davenport; prior to accepting a position as Director of Extension Services for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Lloyd finished out his career serving as President of Spokane Community College until his retirement date in 1977. Lloyd served on the WIAA District Board of Directors, was a 50-year member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge and was involved with the State ‘B’ girls’ basketball tournament. Lloyd enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening, playing pinochle and visiting with his friends at the Donut Parade. He entertained many people with his stories and great sense of humor. Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Janet (husband Larry), son Bruce (wife Maxine), daughter-in-law Susan, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Ruth, son Richard (Dick), and four brothers and sisters. A viewing will be held on Nov 6, 2009 from 1-5 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)

Staub:  “Rev W. F. Essig received a letter the first of the week informing him of the death of Rev Rudolf Staub, one of the oldest Congregational ministers of the northwest. Rev Staub was eighty-two years old and has been over fifty years in active ministerial work and had many friends in Odessa who will regret to learn of his demise.” (Odessa Record: 11-09-1917)

Tewinkel:  Mrs Henrietta Tewinkel, 81, former resident of the Lamona  area, died Sunday at a Spokane hospital. Her home was at Rockford , where she had lived for the past 20 years. Survivors include three sons, Harmon Tewinkel and Wallace Tewinkel, both of Alberta , Canada ; Asa Tewinkel of Rockford , six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs Robert Wilson, Lamona, is a grand-daughter.”  (Odessa Record: 3-23-1939)  

Wacker:  Donald Lamar Wacker.—Born April 19, 1927 near Irby, WA, Don entered his eternal rest on Dec 6, 2009, mere hours short of his 63rd wedding anniversary. His parents, Henry P and Helen M (Schmidt) Wacker had him baptized into the Philadelphia Church, an affiliation he never left. He is survived by his wife, Janis, at the family home in Yuma, AZ, children Tom (Yuma), Randy (Kennewick), Joni (Alaska), Karen (Spokane), and Harry (Spokane). He spent his entire working life farming in the Odessa area, and retired to Yuma, AZ in 1992. A life-long active church member, he spent many years in volunteer positions, primarily at the United Congregational Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner, honored with Life Membership in El Zaribah temple. He worked tirelessly for crippled children, a proud member of ‘the Shriner Diner’ and as the hospital representative of the Foothills Shrine Club. He personally sponsored many children to Shriners hospitals, where they received free treatment.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)

Webb:  Mary Elizabeth (Higginbotham) Webb was born to Thomas R Higginbotham and Clara M (Schrock) Higginbotham on Sept 5, 1920 in Hartline, WA and died Feb 12, 2011 in Bothell, WA at home. In 1945 she married Benton V Webb in Norfolk, VA. They raised three children in the Seattle area. She was survived by her husband, Ben and children: Steve, daughter Carla; Maribeth (Lee) Williams, children Brent, Betsy Guernsey, and Sarah; and Gwen (Duane) Bowman, children Jessica, Andrew and Aaron. Graveside services were held Feb 18 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Edmonds, WA. (notes from submitted obituary, name not given)

Weitz: Reuben Weitz.—Funeral services for long-time Colfax farmer, will be held Wednesday, Aug 11, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. Burial at the Colfax Cemetery. Mr Weitz passed away Saturday morning at Whitman Health & Rehab Center at the age of 95. Born Oct 28, 1908 at Endicott to Alex and Elizabeth Reich Weitz, attended the Willow Creek School near Dusty, graduated from Endicott High School in 1927. Enjoyed playing football on the Endicott team. Began working on the family farm  before marrying Clara Schierman at Endicott Sept 25, 1932. They bought a farm on the North Palouse River near Colfax in 1937 and farmed together until 1974 when they moved into Colfax. Member of Peace Lutheran Church and a 50 year member of North-South Palouse Grange. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing cards. He was known to always have candy in his pockets to give to the kids. He is survived by three children, Arlene Hatley of Colfax, Gordon Weitz of Walla Walla and Joann Wood of Colfax; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999, tow infant children, a grandson, two brothers and one sister. Memorials are suggested to the Colfax Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax.” (Spokesman Review: 8-08-2004)

Wilson:  Evelyn Gladys Remme Wilson. Sept 20, 1925-Apr 28, 2007. Gladys was born to Alf and Malena (Kielsnes) Remme in Mohler, WA. Her family soon moved to Ballard where she grew up, graduating with the Ballard High class of 1943. She married her high school sweetheart, Russell Wilson, in 1944 and they enjoyed 63 loving years together. They moved to California where they started their family… After raising her family she and Russ returned home to the Seattle area, moving to Kirkland where they have lived for the past 32 years. During the 1980s she worked until retirement for United Marketing, Inc, a Bellevue-based property management firm… Survived by her beloved husband, Russ, her daughters, Corky Wilson (Kim), Bellevue; and Pam Wilson (Seattle); her son, Mike Wilson (Teresa), Tulsa, OK; her 7 grandchildren… She also leaves 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.; sisters, Margaret Klein and Anna Jaffe and her brother, Robert Remme, all of the Greater Seattle area. Her brothers, John and Alf Remme preceded her in death. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Sunset Hills Funeral Home Chapel, 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA.” (submitted without source)

Wittrock:  “Rev Roland O Wittrock, age 86.—Roland passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father Thursday, Feb 11 after a full and wonderful life serving the Lord and loving his family. Because of his fascination with grizzly bears, Roland was affectionately known as the ‘Bear Grandpa’ by his three grandsons. He also had a fondness for wilderness areas, and in his younger years took numerous backpacking trips with his two sons.  Roland was loved by the many people his life touched over the years. He was born on Feb 4, 1924, in Walla Walla, WA, and spent his childhood years there. When Roland was 17, the family moved to Endicott, WA, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He attended WSU and later Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he graduated with a degree in Greek Studies in 1945. Following college, Roland attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and received his Masters of Divinity Degree in 1948. During his time at seminary, Roland was a member of the Wartburg Men’s Quartet, which toured the western half of the US sharing their gift of music in many Lutheran churches. After graduation, Roland began a long and fruitful Christian ministry spanning over 50 years. In 1955, he married the love of his life, Else Wende, in Nanaimo, BC. At 6’7” in height, Roland was a commanding presence in the pulpit. He could spin a wonderful story. His stories illustrated the love of Jesus Christ to each and every person. Roland’s sermon-length philosophy was simple: ‘If you can’t say it in 20 minutes, brother, you can’t say it!’  Roland faithfully served ALC and ELCA Lutheran churches in Lind-Connell, WA, Kellogg, ID, Fremont, CA, Brookings, OR, Ellensburg, WA, Lebanon, OR, and as a Retired Visitation Pastor in Federal Way, WA. Roland is survived by his wife of 54 years, Else; his tow sons, Jesse, Wittrock (Laurie) of Mead, WA, and Jon Wittrock (Jodi) of Puyallup, WA; and his three grandsons, Jimmy, Danny, and Aaron. He is also survived by his two brothers, Henry Wittrock (Peggy), from Santa Rosa, CA, and Arnold Wittrock (Marcia) from Portland, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews. Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Rosa Wittrock, and sisters Irene and Margaret. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010, at St Luke Lutheran Church, Spokane at 11 a.m. Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)

Wolfe:  “Rev W. S. Pritchard was called to Spokane on Tuesday to officiate at the funeral service of the late Dr F E Wolfe of Medical Lake, who died while undergoing an operation last Saturday.” (Odessa Record: 1-14-1916)


Odessa Vicinity Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, 

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