Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Amen:  Doris (Jones) Amen passed away on October 6, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif., at the age of 93. She was the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Piatt) Jones, born on February 3, 1919 on her Grandmother Jones' farm north of Dayton, Wash. She was the second of three girls raised by her parents on their wheat farm. She first attended a one-room school for six years, New Hope Grade School, and then studied at Dayton where she graduated from high school as valedictorian in 1936.  Doris attended Washington State College for parts of two years, supporting herself through secretarial jobs, tutoring and working summers for the Dayton Blue Mountain Canning Company. More importantly, Doris met her future life partner, Otto Amen. They married on September 17, 1939 at her parents’ rural farm home. Otto predeceased Doris on April 24, 2011 after more than 71 years of marriage. They first resided in Walla Walla, Wash. and then Spokane, Wash. where Otto worked as a pharmacist.  When Otto’s parents retired from farming, he and Doris took over that operation halfway between Ritzville and Odessa, Wash. Doris reveled in the role of farm wife, as the multi-talented household manager and bookkeeper. She especially enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing her own clothes, stitchery, quilting and flower arranging. Doris became active in the Trinity Methodist Church in Ritzville in various capacities, including Sunday School teacher, president and study leader of the Methodist Women, and as a member of several other committees. She also was a member, president and international delegate for the AR Chapter of PEO. She and Otto raised two sons, teaching responsibility and independence, but always interjecting fun: reading, camping, fishing, hobbies, water skiing, playing cards and board games, and music.  When Otto began a career of service in various farm organizations and the Washington State Legislature, Doris was a bulwark of support and encouragement. During 16 years in legislative sessions, Doris was a member and president of the Republican Wives Club.  Otto and Doris remained on the family farm on the Adams/Lincoln County line after their retirement, but spent winters in Hemet, Calif., where they formed many new friendships and worked on their golf games. They also enjoyed traveling in their motor home, visiting state and national parks, boating and visiting with friends. Doris spent many hours researching family genealogy. In 2004, they moved to the Rockwood Manor Retirement Community in Spokane, Wash. Doris moved to Carlsbad, Calif. after Otto’s death in 2011.  Survivors include two sons. Richard (Mary Lou) of Del Mar, Calif. and Don (Lucrecia) of The Villages, Fla.; one grandson, Jonathan (Mary Lagana) of Chicago and one great-grandson, Miles Otto.  A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church of Ritzville Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-2011)

Andrews:  Kathleen "Kathy" (Lobe) Andrews, loving mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully at home on August 22nd, 2012 at the age of 69.  Kathy was born on March 15, 1943 in Odessa, WA to Leo & Viola (Zeiler) Lobe. She was raised on a wheat farm the oldest of three children. At age 16, she quit high school to marry Larry Ramm. From this marriage, her three beautiful children were born that survive her.  On June 25, 1966, she married Kermit (Andy) Andrews in Coeur d'Alene, ID. They met in Moses Lake, WA where Andy was stationed at Larson AFB. Less than eight months after their marriage, Andy was sent to serve in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, the family moved to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. Upon Andy's retirement from the Air Force, they moved to McAlester, OK, back to Moses Lake and finally settling in Walla Walla in 1968. This area, Kathy called home.  Kathy finished high school through a correspondence course. She also attended Walla Walla Community College taking business courses. In 1982, she took the Nursing Assistants class at WWCC. In the mid-80s, she attended a business college in Bellevue, WA.  Kathy worked at Sherwood & Roberts, Morrison's Supply, along with many local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most recently, she worked for Walla Walla Community Hospice. She truly loved this job for it gave her a new insight on her career. She dearly loved caring for her patients in their last weeks, days and minutes. Her philosophy was "to give 200%" on a daily basis; even though she worked two jobs for many years. Caring and helping others was her top priority. In 2004, she had to take an early retirement due to breast cancer, but worked what hours she could with Hospice. She then found time to knit, quilt and hang with friends. Kathy enjoyed life in her way.  Kathy is survived by: daughter Kristi & (Mark) Lloyd, Longmont, CO; daughter Denise & (Dale) Macy, Brighton, CO; son Jeff & (Joan) Andrews, Issaquah, WA; six grandchildren; Whitney Forbes, Boulder, CO; Kyle Forbes, Loveland, CO; Evan Andrews, Smokey Point, WA; Amanda Andrews, Oak Harbor, WA; and Jake & Jasmin Wolfe, Issaquah, WA; brother Neil & (Colleen) Lobe, Odessa, WA; brother-in-law Les Wolff and family, Spokane, WA; several nieces & nephews; many cousins, which includes Lonna Lobe; along with many dear and special friends. She was preceded in death by Andy in 1975, her parents and grandparents and her sister Lynnette Wolff in March 2012. The memorial funeral service will be held at the Walla Walla VFW on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1 pm.” (Odessa Record: 9-09-2012)

Battermann:  Elva D ‘Honey’ Battermann.  “Honey Battermann died Sept 6, 2011 in Marlin. She was 91.  She was born on Feb 10, 1920, in a two-story house in Ellis-Ford, Wash. to Zachary and Margaret (Oliver) Hylton. Elva married Edward G Battermann on Sept 12, 1937 I Emmet, Idaho. They moved from Oroville to Marlin in 1950. Honey had a particular soft spot for young children and was a wonderful wife and mother. She worked outside the home in her own dry-cleaning business in Odessa. She was a member of the Brethren Church in Ellis-Ford and of the Rebekah Lodge in Wilson Creek. Honey was known for her delicious apple pies and loving ways.  She is survived by her four children: Lanny Battermann of Republic, Dee Deife of Odessa, Terry Battermann of Davenport and Leah Correia of Marlin. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Elva was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Edward, in 2005, five brothers and two sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept 10, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Marlin Presbyterian Church. Pastor Jon Hayashi will officiate. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 9-08-2011) 

Boettcher:  Anita Fern Liddy Egger Boettcher died July 7, 2011 in Odessa. She was born Nov 27, 1912 in O’Neill, NE to Goldie Lansworth and Thomas Liddy. Her father died when she was three and she and her baby brother Tom were raised by their mother in O’Neill.  After graduating from high school, she taught in a country school, boarding with one of the families. In 1932 she met and married Hans Egger. They moved to Columbus, NE, and in 1934, their daughter Sharon was born. The family then moved to Omaha, where their son, Hans Jacob, was born in 1945, but he died in infancy. They later moved to Lincoln. Hans died in an automobile accident in 1963. Anita married Arnold Boettcher, and the couple moved back to Columbus, NE. The loves of Anita’s life were her six grandchildren. She was there when each of them were born and delighted in spoiling them. She and Arnold entertained them on summer vacations and never missed Thanksgiving and Christmas with them and their parents.  She was again widowed but continued to live in Columbus until, at the age of 80, she decided she needed to be nearer family. She moved to Kennewick, WA, where her daughter lives. She was an avid Nebraska football fan and knew more NFL stats than most. Her fall weekends were filled with TV football games. She always had a jar filled with Jolly Ranchers and encouraged her visiting great grandchildren to ‘fill your pockets’.  One of her happiest moments came when her last great granddaughter was born and named ‘Liddy’. She lived in her own home with a succession of small dogs for company until 2009, when she moved to Odessa’s long-term care facility. Anita is preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, her infant son, her brother Tom and son-in-law Bill. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon, her six grandchildren, Julie Beck, Dan DeWulf (Jean), Amy Hane (Steve), Carrie Irving (David), Mark DeWulf (Peggy), and Michael DeWulf (Ronda), 17 great grandchildren, three nieces and a nephew. Graveside services will be Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus, Nebraska. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 7-14-2011) 

Brockway:  George Richard (Dick) Brockway, 89 years old, died at Samaritan Hospital on September 11, 2012. He spent the last 13 years living in Soap Lake, Wash., and he had previously lived in Ephrata for 43 years. He was born in Helena, Montana on January 28, 1923 to Harry and Martha Brockway. George was married to Lucille on September 30, 1944 for 52 years. He was enrolled in the United States Navy in 1942 and served aboard the USS Nevada during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the war's end. He was the manager of House Laundry and Dry Cleaning for 35 years. He loved fishing, bowling, but mainly watching his grandkids participating in athletic events was his favorite thing to do.  George is survived by his children: Dick (Judy) Brockway of Coulee Dam; Lynn (Dan) Tyler of Moses Lake; Renie (Gary) Melcher of Odessa; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and special friend Dolly Aslakson of Soap Lake; a sister Betty Jane of Helena, Mont.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father Harry Brockway, his mother Martha Brockway, his wife Lucille, his brothers: Bill Brockway, Jim Brockway, Jack Brockway, and his grandson Jeff.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Nicoles Funeral Home with interment and Military Honors to follow at Ephrata City Cemetery. A viewing will be held before the service at 10 a.m. at Nicoles Funeral Home at 157 C St NW, Ephrata, Wash.  Arrangements are under the direction of Nicoles Funeral Home. Loved all and loved by all and will be deeply missed.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-2012) 

Burbank:  Viola ‘Ole’ Burbank.  “Ole Burbank died Jan 9, 2012 in Battle Ground, WA one month before her 98th birthday. She was born Feb 16, 1914, in Wilson Creek to Charles and Esther Schumacher. Ole raised her family in San Jose, CA, and then she and her husband followed their children to Battle Ground in 1974.  Ole was a caretaker, homemaker and foster parent her entire life. She had a special fondness for children and animals and continued to provide in-home child care up until her late 70s. Ole was also active in her community in her younger years as a scout den mother and donated regularly her entire life to the blood bank, earning her ‘Gold Star’ status. Her greatest joy was her family. They enjoyed camping trips and music. She was also an exemplary cook. Ole was preceded in death by her husband Luther D Burbank, son Errol D Burbank, Sr, daughter-in-law Patricia A Burbank and sister Eva Logan. Ole is survived by her sons Trenton (Toni) Burbank, Ron Bennett, and John Bennett; grandchildren Errol II (Beth) Burbank, Vickie Neufeld, Trenton (Sallie) Burbank, Dawn (Rod) Floyd; 8 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild due in April 2012. A gravesite service was held Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at Memory Memorial Park. Layne’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Luther Burbank was born and raised in Marlin/Krupp.)” (Odessa Record: 1-26-2012)

Divito:  Maxine Divito died December 29, 2012 in Odessa.  She was born in 1919 in Tacoma to Joseph and Rebecca Zicha. She married Roy Divito in 1952 in Wilson Creek.  She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters and one brother.  She leaves behind a sister-in-law, Eunice Zicha of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and nieces and nephews Dennis Ackerman of San Jose, Calif., Janis Ackerman Davisson (Alvin) of Ephrata, Judith (Divito) Ford of Odessa, Jeanne Divito Goetz (Tom) of Odessa, Joy Ann Divito Duzon (Jim) of Soap Lake, Dick Divito of Snohomish and many great, great nieces and nephews.  A celebration of Maxine's life will be held in Wilson Creek later in the spring of 2013.  Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is caring for the family.”  (Odessa Record: 1-03-2013)

Erber:  John Erber died Jan 18, 2012 in Marlin at the age of 61. He was born March 14, 1950 in Minot, SD to Arnold and Jane (Whitson) Erber. He attended Lynch Immanuel parochial school and Glenburn High School.  After employment in the agriculture industry, he moved west and later found work in Eastern Washington. For over 20 years he was employed as a cattle ranch manager on Peterson Ranch and helped build stock trailers for Steve Cannon. He was a member of Cannawai Grange and Salem Lutheran Church.  He is survived by his daughters, Gwen (Paul) Butler and children, Kiernan, Keefe, and Delaney of Kent, WA; Ranae Laske and son, Adam Knight of Auburn, WA; Kimberly (Art) Nelson and children Porter and Hannah of Mountain Home, ID, and Amanda (Loren) Scammahorn and children Madison and Chance of East Wenatchee and his son Keith Erber, of Marlin; his parents, Arnold and Jane Erber of Glenburn, ND; his brothers Darrel (Joyce) Erber of Cheyenne, WY, and Dennis (Karen) Erber of Glenburn, ND; sisters: Katherine (Roger) Krienke of Lester Prairie, MN and Carol Matthews of Centerview, MO, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin, with Pastor William Goodin officiating. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 1-26-2012)

Evavold:  Don Evavold died Jan 4, 2012 in Tacoma, close to his 92nd birthday. He was born in South Bend, WA to Anton and Kathryn Evavold on Jan 19, 1920. He married Carol Walter of Odessa, April 10, 1940. They had six children: Max, Jon, Tom, Anne, Jim and Steve.  He is survived by Carol in Tacoma and five of his six children, as well as 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. He graduated from Valley High School and Gonzaga University. Don played basketball in high school and for four years at Gonzaga. Don and Carol enjoyed tennis, cross-country and water skiing, and participated in them until they were in their 80s. Memorable trips to Germany, Norway, and a US cross-country Greyhound bus trip inspired Don to take up photography and develop a photography business. After receiving his BA at Gonzaga, Don worked for Northwest Airlines before entering the Navy. After two years in the Naval Air Transport Service, the family moved to Odessa, where they were engaged in wheat and cattle ranching for 28 years. After selling the ranch, Don worked for Gonzaga Law School as an assistant to the Dean for 11 years. Don and Carol retired to Whidbey Island, then to Sumner and Tacoma, WA. A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Jan 11, followed by a funeral mass at 11:30 at St Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner. Interment will follow at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-2012)

Fiess:   “Fiess, Norman Robert; (d. 2-12-2012; b. 4-16-1936). Norman R Fiess, a longtime resident of the Reardan/Edwall area in Eastern Washington, passed away peacefully in Richland, WA on Sunday, Feb 12, 2012. Born in Wilbur on April 16, 1936 to Charles and Evelyn Fiess, Norm was raised in Wilson Creek until moving with his family to Edwall. Norm graduated from Reardan High School in 1954 and received his Accounting degree in 1958 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. He then returned to Edwall where he worked the family farm with his brother. Norm married Nancy (Wagner) in Reardan on Feb 14, 1973. he was very active in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan donating his time as organist, pianist, and treasurer. Norm and Nancy relocated in South-Central Washington in 1989 where he spent time as a bookkeeper/accountant for a farm corporation. In 1993, he chose the semi-retired life, and they moved to Richland where he spent 17 seasons as a tax preparer for H & R Block. Norm was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing golf in his later years. He and Nancy spent their time together going to area concerts and plays. Norm was also very musically gifted playing the sousaphone, trombone, accordion, piano, and organ through the years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, at their home; his brother, Dennis Fiess of Edwall, WA; four children, L Keith Boudeau of Spokane, WA; Joanne M Mizell of Spokane, WA; Patricia M Costahaude of Agua Dulce, CA; and Elizabeth M Oestreich of Harrington, WA. He also is survived by six grandsons… and seven granddaughters…. And 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Norm was laid to rest at a private burial service on Feb 17, 2012 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. Arrangements by Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland, WA.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-2012)

Frick:  Mary Frick, 85, a longtime resident of Moses Lake died September 12, 2012.  Mary was born October 10, 1926 in Kittanning, Pa. to Eugene Ralph and Frances Maude Boarts. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in music, history and geography. She was a teacher in the Clallam Bay, Marlin and Ephrata school districts.  While teaching in Marlin she met and married David W. Frick. She was confirmed into the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kittanning and attended Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists.  Mary was preceded in death by her husband David, daughter Susan, parents Eugene and Maude, sister Kathleen and brothers James and Delbert.  She is survived by her sons, David Jr. of Seattle, Frederick of Spokane, daughter Joanne of Ravenna, Ohio, sister-in-law Vonny (Delbert) Boarts of State College, Pa ., brother-in-law Donald Frick of Odessa, sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Chris Larsen of Spokane and numerous nieces and nephews.  Services were held September 15 at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake, followed by vault interment at Guarding Angels Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory.”  (Odessa Record: 9-20-2012) 

Gardner:  Esther A. Gardner died peacefully October 9, 2012, at her home in Sonoma CA., where she had lived since 1991.  She is survived by her daughter Janet Kirby, one sister Gertrude Glanzman, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends. Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert A. Gardner and six siblings. Born in Odessa WA, she moved to Seattle upon high school graduation where she lived for 69 years.  Esther was a 50-year member of the Ark Chapter #86, Order of Eastern Star; a member of Hatasu Temple Daughters of Nile, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America and P.E.O.  A private graveside service will be held at the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-2012) 

Gates:  Jennie Cater Schell Gates died Sept 16, 2011. She was born Feb 26, 1921 in Spokane, WA, and raised in marlin, WA, known as Caterville. Her parents and grandparents were pioneers and dairy farmers. She was dedicated to her family and her faith. As an accomplished artist, her work had been displayed at the Civic Theater, Ridpath Western Art Show and many private homes. She is preceded in death by her parents Catherine and Otis Cater, her husbands Robert Schell Sr and Clarence Gates, son Rodney Schell, and sister Nora Cizik. She leaves behind son Robert Schell Jr, daughter Gina Schell, grandchildren Corey Schell and wife Sheri, Jodi Mains and husband Bob, Brandon Schell and wife Marti, and 5 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Royal Plaza and all their caregivers who took such good care of her. Services were held at Whitworth Presbyterian Church, 312 W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, Saturday, Sept 24.” (Odessa Record: 10-06-2011)

Graedel:  Cal Graedel, Jr.  Cal’s home was Spokane, where he passed away December 29, 2012. He was born in Irby, Lincoln County, WA on June 10, 1923. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1942. Cal was in the Army and the Marine Corps. He served in Iwo Jima where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. After the military he attended Gonzaga University. Cal owned and operated the Graedel Insurance Agency in Odessa. He farmed the family farm for 24 years. He was a member of the VFW, the Spokane Club and the Masons. Cal and his wife Donna moved to Spokane in 1974 and bought the Nelson home on W. Sumner Ave. He owned Gator McClusky's, a night club at Hauser Lake, ID. He became a china painter and repaired antique china. He was a member of the china painters club and received many awards for his hand-painted china plates. Cal was a member of the Railroad Historical Society, and he had a train village set up in his basement. He was very articulate and made many things himself. He was one of a kind. Cal moved to Harbor Crest in 2005 and purchased a home. He enjoyed it and his retirement. His daughter Judy preceded him in death in 1978. Cal is survived by his wife Donna of Spokane, WA; son Calvin III of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Tana Graedel of Seattle, Heidi Farnam of Las Vegas, NV, Hal Haase (Ronda) of Gig Harbor, WA, Koley Haase (Dina) of Moses Lake, WA, Kris Sheeran of Texas; great-grandchildren Justin Pukitis, Jerad Pukitis, Hilari Haase, Jori Haase, Ciera Haase, and Grasie Sheeran, and great-great-grand daughter Claire Pukitis. At his request there will be no service. He was cremated and entombed at Fairmount Memorial Park in the Mausoleum. Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane, WA is entrusted with arrangements. There will be a celebration of his life in June for the family with a get together at the Davenport Hotel.  When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.  Good bye Cal, we will miss you.”  (Odessa Record: 1-10-2013)


Heimbigner:  LaMar Heimbigner died August 6, 2012 in Odessa.  He was born July 5, 1930 to David and Mary Heimbigner at the family home in Odessa, the youngest of their seven children. He was a life-long member and deacon of the Christ Lutheran Church, baptized February 22, 1931 and confirmed November 28, 1948.  He graduated from Odessa High School in 1950, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. During high school he worked at Michaelsen's grocery store and took harvest jobs. Following graduation, he worked as the school's groundskeeper until he entered the U.S. Navy. In March 1951, LaMar enlisted , along with his nephew Merle Janke. He served five years on the submarine tender USS Nereus AS-17, stationed at Bremerton, Wash.; Astoria, Ore.; Honolulu, Hawaii and San Diego, Calif. He met Marguerite Bauer through mutual friends in Ritzville. Their first date was at the Ritz Theater. They married February 21, 1953 at the Bauer family cabin at Sandy Hook Park in Suquamish, Wash. Following his military service, LaMar and Marguerite made their home in Odessa and raised two children, Marla and Wade. LaMar owned and operated the community garbage service for many years. He served for nearly 25 years as Public Works Director for the Town of Odessa, was also a bus driver for the Odessa Schools and worked for the Grange Supply Company of Odessa. He retired from the Town of Odessa in 1985. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7395 for more than 50 years.  He served as a docent and board member for many years at the Odessa Historiches Museum and was a fixture in the museum’s red barn during Deutschesfest. LaMar enjoyed woodworking, having coffee with friends, playing pinochle and solitaire, watching sports, and going to ‘the river’.   Family remember him as generous, loyal, showed pride in his community and valued hard work and a job well done.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years Marguerite Heimbigner of Odessa, daughter Marla (Ernest) Mills of Odessa, son Wade (Holly) Heimbigner of San Diego, Calif., sister Edna Janke Jorgenson of Odessa, grandchildren Hollye (Todd) Keister of Tacoma, Aron Mills of Odessa, Joel (Jenny) Heimbigner of Charlotte, N.C. and Bethany Heimbigner of San Diego, Calif. LaMar is preceded in death by his parents David and Mary Heimbigner, sisters Mildred Wilskie, Dorothy Beck, Ella Beck Walter and Helen Els and brother Leo Heimbigner.  Services were held at Christ Lutheran Church August 18.”  (Odessa Record: 8-23-2012) 

Heimbigner:  Trudy Heimbigner died January 10, 2013 in Spokane.  She was born July 30, 1932 in St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada to Stan and Lilly (Stevenson) Collins. She grew up in St. John’s and attended school and graduating high school. She later met and married Arnold ‘Fritz’ Heimbigner, and they were married on April 16, 1952 in St. John’s, New  Foundland, Canada.  They moved back to the states and lived in various communities like Odessa, Harrington and Reardan before settling in Spokane. Trudy worked as a cook at Holy Family Hospital for over 20 years.  She is survived by six children Debbi (and Alan) Mortlock, Lynn (and Gary) Maurer, Renee (and Mike) Peden, Yvonne (and Buzz) Buzby, Fritz (and Lisa) Heimbigner and Dale (and Barbara) Heimbigner, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; two brothers John Collins and Brian Collins; one sister Dorothy Angel and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold ‘Fritz’ Heimbigner in 2003, her grandson Shawn Maurer in 2012 and two brothers Cecil and George Collins.  She enjoyed bowling, gardening and volunteered for the Loren Miller Bike race and Bloomsday and various public events and loved to golf. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Memorial services are pending. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-2013)

Holmes:  Marciel Ann (Michaliszyn) Holmes, 77, an Ephrata resident, died Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after a year-long battle with aplastic anemia. She was born April 16, 1934 in Odessa to Gus and Ida Schorzman and raised on the family wheat farm northeast of Marlin. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1951 and continued her education at Kinman Business University in Spokane. Upon completion of her business degree she was employed by the Grant County Extension office and later became the Grant County Fair secretary. She raised six children with her first husband, Stephen ‘Mike’ Michaliszyn, who preceded her in death.  On March 4, 1990 she married James Holmes of Post Falls, Idaho, and they made their home in Ephrata. Marciel was active in 4-H through her childhood and the American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles and Moose lodges. Marciel is survived by her husband James of Ephrata, her sister Delores Cook and brother-in-law Delbert Cook of Odessa, sister-in-law Marie Schorzman of Odessa, brother-in-law Mike Holmes (Hazel) of Post Falls, sister-in-law Edith Carlson (Tom) of Spokane, son Stephen Michaliszyn (Becky) of Vancouver, WA, daughter Diane Lipe (Stephen) of Redmond, WA, daughter Mariann Boyd of East Wenatchee, son Michael Michaliszyn (Karen) of Kennewick, daughter Susie Page (Ed) of Ephrata and son  Frank Michaliszyn (Deirdre) of Meridian, Idaho, step-daughter Karen Stephens of Coeur d’Alene, step-son James Holmes, Jr of Forsythe, MT, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Eugene ‘Mutt’ Schorzman, sister Ellene ‘Polly’ Bradshaw, brother-in-law Clarence ‘Brad’ Bradshaw and son-in-law Kenneth Boyd. She enjoyed her last months at home with family visits, the ‘coffee bunch’, and her life-long neighbors of K Street. Memorial services were held Monday, Aug 15 at Nicole’s Funeral Home, Ephrata, with graveside services at the Ephrata City Cemetery, followed by a reception at the American Legion Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-2011)

Hopkins:  Donald D Hopkins died Dec 14, 2011, in Davenport. His home was in Creston. He was 65 years old. He was born June 30, 1946, in Peoria, OK, to Jasper ‘Jack’ and Maudie (Carver) Hopkins. He married Colleen Lanway on July 2, 1982 in Wilbur.  Don is survived by his wife, Colleen, at the home; two sons R J Hopkins of Spokane and Eric Hopkins of Creston; a daughter Dawn Marie Hopkins; two brothers Gene Eby (and Audrey) of Colbert and Jim Hopkins of Milton Freewater, OR; two sisters Dee Nelson of Spokane Valley and Pat Isley (and Don) of Milton-Freewater, OR; sister-in-law Arlene Hopkins of Waitsburg, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Jack, Chuck and Pete, and his sister Susie.  Don was employed by the Washington State Dept of Transportation for 32 years, serving the Davenport, Wilbur, Odessa and Ritzville areas. He was a former city council member, served on the Creston Planning Commission, member of the Creston Volunteer Fire Dept, where he was treasurer and secretary for several years, and a US Army veteran. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Creston Christian Church with Pastor Guy Schmielau officiating. Strate Funeral Home in Wilbur is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 12-22-2011) 

Kissler:  Howard W Kissler died Sept 12, 2011 in Lakewood, WA, surrounded by his family. He was born in Odessa on Nov 20, 1950, the fourth of five boys, to Fred and Clara Kissler. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1970. He grew up on the farm, which raised grain, cattle and horses. He then worked on a ranch at Marlin, which he managed for several years. After that, he took up trucking and stayed with it, working for several companies. He had worked for Prax Air Distribution since 1984. Howard married Terry, and they lived in Odessa from 1975 to 1983, at which time they separated. They had two children, Jeff and Tiffany. In 1985 he married Debbie, who brought Jana and Danny to the family. Ariana was born in 1987 and Amalie in 1994. In May of 2011, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He continued to work until Labor Day, when he entered St Clair Hospital where he died a week later. His memorial service was held in Rainier View Christian Church in Tacoma on Sept 17. Howard was baptized in the United Congregational Church as an infant and confirmed on April 11, 1965. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard. He is survived by his wife Debbie; children Jeff, Jana, Tiffany, Danny, Ariana and Amalie; granddaughter Rhiannon; brothers Robert of Odessa, Albert of East Wenatchee and Charles of Kennewick, plus numerous other relatives.” (Odessa Record: 9-29-2011)

Kissler:  Jaime Lamar Kissler died Sept 6, 2011, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. He was born Aug 3, 1971, in Spokane to Terry and Denise (Beckner) Kissler. Jaime graduated from Odessa High School in 1989. He was a skilled carpenter and worked several years for Mandere Construction. Jaime had a passion for music and writing, publishing several poems. He is survived by the daughter he raised, Sophia Anderson of Spokane; his grandparents, Marlys Kissler of Odessa and Jack and Carolyn Dutton of Moses Lake; his father, Terry Kissler and wife Rose of Sprague; his mother Denise Beckner of Spokane; his stepmom, Melba Gorham of Sprague and stepdad Timothy Olsen of Clarkia, Idaho; brother, Kyle Hussey and family of Ephrata; sister, Felicia Johnson and family of Los Angeles, CA; sister Melinda Canaday and family of Lamont; sister, Cindy Inge and family of Hayden, Idaho; sister Sarah Kissler and family of Sprague; sister, Eryn Hamilton and family of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; brother, T J Olsen and family of Coeur d’Alene; sister Kala Olsen of Coeur d’Alene and brother, Terry Kissler, Jr, of Cheney; along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lamar Melvin Kissler and Ted Beckner, and his uncle, Corey Kissler. Services were held Friday, Sept 9, 2011, at Heritage Church in Odessa with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating.” (Odessa Record: 9-15-2011) 

Larson:  Walt Larson of Ellensburg died September 23, 2012. He was born April 30, 1924, in Glendive, Mont. and grew up in Circle, Mont., the fifth of 10 children of Ben and Josephine Larson. He was proud to be a World War II veteran, entering action on D-Day + 1 at Omaha Beach and serving in Europe as part of a Signal Radio Intelligence company.  Walt married Mary Lou Harrison September 17, 1948 in Billings, Mont. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Journalism. Over the course of his lifetime, Walt was the owner and publisher of eight weekly newspapers in Montana, Idaho and Washington, beginning in Jordan, Mont., and including The Odessa Record in Odessa, Wash. from 1964 to 1978 and the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum from 1972-1999. Walt was strongly invested in the communities in which he lived, with involvement in city council, chamber of commerce, school board and community planning activities. He was considered to be a thoughtful voice of reason and quiet leader. One of his most rewarding achievements was taking part in establishing the annual Deutschesfest in Odessa. After converting The Odessa Record to offset printing, Walt donated the original letterpress Linotype typesetting machine and Chandler & Price job press to the Odessa Historisches Museum. Walt and Mary Lou were partners in both life and business, working side-by-side at each newspaper, even at one time writing the ‘WRLing 'round’ and ‘MLLing 'round’ columns for their readers of the Missoula Times weekly paper. They had seven children together.  Faith was very important to Walt. He was an active member and had leadership roles in churches in every community in which he lived, including Christ Lutheran in Odessa and First Lutheran Church in Ellensburg. Walt was a musician, having learned to play the baritone horn as a child. He sang throughout his life and enjoyed singing in many church choirs. He could even be caught at times walking over to the family piano and 'tickling the keys a bit on his own. Family was also a cornerstone of Walt’s life. He was a dedicated father and continued to provide inspiration and support to his children even throughout their adult lives. He liked spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have already been told the stories of his long love of hunting duck, antelope, deer and elk in Montana and Washington. He even ‘bagged a few ducks’ on Pacific Lake north of Odessa. Walt spent the last few years living at Dry Creek Assisted Living Community where he enjoyed getting to know the staff and other residents. Both Walt and his family appreciated the loving care he received while living there.  Walt was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Lou; an infant daughter, Laura Lynn; his parents; and three siblings. Survivors include six children: Gwen Larson and Marla (Terry) Firman of Ellensburg, Steve (Rosa) Larson of Cle Elum, Jone (Jeff) Stout of Pasco, Nancy Larson of Sacramento, Calif., and Ron (Jeanette) Larson of Santa Rosa, Calif.; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, six siblings and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on October 5 at First Lutheran Church in Ellensburg.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-2012) 

Michaelsen:  Henry Kenneth Michaelsen, age 84, died peacefully at home with family Dec 28 after a short bout with cancer.  He was born to Henry and Anna Michaelsen in Odessa May 1, 1928. Howard graduated from Odessa High school and was drafted straight into the Army, serving in WW II from 1945 to 1947. Upon his return he attended Washington state College for three years, where in 1948 he met his future wife. He was then recalled by the Army and was stationed at Colorado Springs. While there he married Fayetta Moulton on Oct 7, 1950 and shipped off to Korea to fight in the war form Dec 1950 to June 1952. Returning to Washington State University, he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1954 and then moved to Spokane where he taught history at Stevens grade school. During the evenings he attended Gonzaga Law School, graduating in 1958. He practiced law until his retirement in 2007. Over the years Howard served in the Spokane Lilac Association, North Spokane Lions, Spokane Shriners, Toastmasters, and was Santa for many years at nursing homes and hospitals throughout Spokane. He was an avid dancer and you would see him and  his wife showing off on many a dance floor. He enjoyed summers with his family at Priest Lake, Idaho for many years. Howard lived to serve others, always having a positive outlook on life, and knew no strangers. Many people walk the streets of Spokane wearing the shirt off his back.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Fayetta Michaelsen, and four children: Barbara (Lynn) Strauss of Mount Vernon, WA, David (Sue) Michaelsen of Spokane, Steve Michaelsen of Mount Vernon and Angelia (D’wight) Skaarup of Sedro Woolley, WA; grandchildren Alexis Gentry, Melody Strauss, Justin Strauss, Angie Haugen, Rob Michaelsen, Melinda Parker, Melissa Michaelsen, Austin Skaarup, Marc Skaarup and Tanner Skaarup and great grandchildren: Kali, Grace, Aiden and Olivia Haugen, Bella and Sabrina Gentry. A memorial service will be held at Northview Bible Church, 13521 N Mill Road, Spokane on Sunday, Jan 15 at 2 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-2012)

O’Neal:  “Margie R O’Neal died Nov 2, 2011 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, surrounded by her children. Marge was born on Sept 4, 1939 in Irby to Charlie R and Ruth (Kissler) Jeske. She was the second daughter, joining her sister Shirley Ann. Marge received her formal schooling at Odessa schools. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church. Marge was known to family as a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband Clifford O’Neal of Creston; three sons, Rick A Haase (Jim Terry) of Ogden, Utah, Bruce D (Cindy) Haase of Odessa and Joel C (Michele) Haase of Moses Lake; six grandchildren, Bryce, Brady, Wyatt and Kaden Haase of Odessa and Austin and Makenzie Haase of Moses Lake; a cousin, Galen (Graycen) Pavliska of Spokane, whom she considered a brother, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie (1996) and Ruth (1994) and her sister Shirley Ann Frederick (1982). Memorial services were held Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.” (Odessa Record: 11-10-2011) 

Ramm:  Albert R Fox Ramm died June 18, 2011, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with his family by his side.  He was 20 years old. He was born July 6, 1990 to Fred Ramm of Odessa and Cheryl Fox of Spokane Valley. He attended the skill center at West Central Community Center, after graduating from University High School. Albert enjoyed fishing, car racing and always being on the go.  Albert is preceded in death by grandmother Mary Kay Fox and grandparents Albert and Frances Ramm. He is survived by his parents; brother, Steven McAdams; sisters, Lyn (Joe) McAdams Smith and Andria McAdams; grandparents, Roland and Virginia Fox; aunts, Irene (Chuck) Carnes of Odessa and Sandi (Dave) Wilder; uncles, Steven (Sandra) Fox, Ron (Jeri) Ramm and Jack Ramm.  A celebration of Albert’s life will be held Monday, July 18, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Odessa. Community Cremation Service Spokane Valley is handling arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-07-2011)   “Editor’s note: Albert R Fox Ramm’s obituary ran in last week’s paper, but more information was made available this week. A funeral will be held Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at Opportunity Christian Fellowship, 1313 S Pines, Spokane Valley, WA. A celebration of Albert’s life will be held Monday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Odessa. Rev Tim Hauge will be officiating. Family members would like everyone to know that this event will be catered, so contributions of food are not needed. Dress will be casual.” (Odessa Record: 7-14-2011)

Sackman:  “Dr. Richard Reuben Sackmann, 93, passed away Sunday, December 16th in his Yakima home. He was born November 10, 1919 in the German community of Ritzville, WA to Martin and Caroline (Hille) Sackmann. He was raised on a wheat farm that was homesteaded by his German immigrant parents. At the age of 12, he set a long jump record and graduated from Odessa High school at age 16. He went on to the University of Washington and received a degree in pharmacy then entered the University of Oregon Medical School, later specializing in anesthesia. He worked on the family farm and worked as a longshoreman in Seattle. His fellow longshoreman took great care of ‘Doc’ and his hands. While attending Medical school in 1942 he married the love of his life Eleanore Schauerman and enjoyed his marriage for 68 years. They met at church. Eleanore accompanied him on the organ and piano as he sang for the congregation, all in German. He then graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1947 and interned at Swedish Hospital and completed his specialty residences at Swedish and Tacoma Hospitals, later obtaining his American Boards Certification. He came to Yakima in 1950 and established the first anesthesia service. He entered the Air Force and lived in Burtonwood, England while serving his country. He returned to Yakima in 1955 and established Physicians Anesthesia Associates with Dr. Robert Fisher. PAA continues to this day. He served as President of the St. Elizabeth medical staff, Yakima County Medical Society, and Chief of Staff at St. Elizabeths Medical Center.  For 35 years he served as a dedicated doctor to his patients and colleagues and retired in 1985. Hard work, honesty and integrity were of the utmost importance.  Rich is survived by his wife and sweetheart Eleanore, son Richard Sackmann and wife Shirley Baum Sackmann and the grandchildren, Christopher and wife Julia and great granddaughter Sophia, grandson Matthew and wife Lianna, daughter Susan Jonsson and husband Dwight Jonsson and grandsons Dwight and Andrew, daughter Christine Ehlers and husband Ken Ehlers, son David Sackmann and wife Robin and grandchildren Carey, William and Trevor Sackmann and his sister Wilma Lee. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bertha Sackmann and Martha McKinnon, and brothers, Herbert and Milton Sackmann. He played as hard as he worked. Rich was a founding member of the Yakima Tennis Club and member of the original White Pass Ski Club. Tennis and skiing were his passion and he continued both until the age of 88. Hunting and especially fishing were close seconds. Skiing took him from Washington to Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Europe with Eleanore and his children. For 20 years, Kapalua, Maui was a favorite destination for tennis and family time. Almost every vacation included his children and grandchildren. He wanted his children to learn and see the world. He loved his family and shared stories of his childhood on the wheat farm, some of them historical and others hysterical. Richard had a great sense of humor. He was the rock and center of our family. We will miss him dearly.” (Odessa Record: 1-17-2013)

Schoonover: Charles Lee Schoonover, age 79, died suddenly Friday, Oct 28, 2011, at Sacred Heart Medical Center after a short-term illness. He was born Aug 6, 1932, near Odessa on the Frederick homestead. He attended school in Odessa. He married Loretta Jean Greenwalt Sept 14, 1952. They celebrated 59 years of marriage this year.  He farmed in Odessa, Lind and Ritzville areas and worked in construction, as well as a mechanic for 15 years out of the Spokane area.  After deciding to retire from farming in 1982, they started and operated C & L Meats for 15 years at their current residence. He is survived by  his wife, Loretta Schoonover; two daughters, MaryAnn (Punkie) Wilks of Weldell, ID and Lori Schoonover (Mike Soderquist) of Spangle; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Royden Schoonover and Mary C Frederick; two brothers, Royden Schoonover Jr and Edward Albert Schoonover, both of Toppenish; a nephew, Timothy Schoonover; and a grandson, Charles Cody Schoonover. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Nov 12 at 2 p.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville, with a remembrance gathering in the church to follow. A private interment will be held at a later time.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-2011) 

Smith:  Keith A. Smith, LtGEN USMC (Ret.), age 83, of Vienna, VA. died Friday, September 7, 2012, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Shirley L. Smith; father of Kelly Smith, Timothy Smith, Holly Smith, Cynthia Smith, Lynn Derbyshire, Thad Smith, Tadgh Smith, Tara Rose and the late Captain Vincent Smith, USMC; brother of Mildred Deife and Robert Smith. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at US Marine Memorial Chapel, Quantico, VA,  on October 5. Interment was at Quantico National Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11-01-2012)

Tschritter:  Donald ‘Don’ D. Tschritter, 70, a lifelong resident of Marlin, died Friday, January 18, 2013 at his home.  Don was born on June 10, 1942 in Odessa to the late Edward and Lena (Litt) Tschritter. Immediately following graduation from high school, Don began wheat farming. He was married to Connie J. Smith and they made their home in Marlin. He enjoyed watching Gonzaga University basketball and Pawn Stars. Don attended the Odessa Congregational Church.  Besides his wife, Connie, he is survived by his son.  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Heritage Church , 302 S. First Street, Odessa.  Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory, Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-2013)

Stehr:  Les Stehr, 78, passed away peacefully, Jan 11, at Harborview Medical Center after experiencing a stroke.  Les was born in Odessa, WA, on May 14, 1933 to his parents, Fred and Helen Stehr. He is survived by his daughter Laurie Krone (Dave), grandchildren Tanner and Bradey, brother Tom Stehr (Julie), sister Peggy Burk (Arch), along with many step children, step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death  by his parents and brother Ron Stehr. Les was the oldest of four. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Odessa High School. He went on to WSU, where he earned his degree in Hotel & Restaurant administration. Les entered the Air Force in 1955 where he went on to become an aircraft commander on the then new C-123 aircraft. Before leaving the Air Force, Les received a position as Club Officer where he substantially increased the profitability of the Officer’s Club.  Les left the Air Force in April of 1960 and soon found himself managing the Elks Club in Auburn. During his tenure at the Elks he was able to bring in national billings including The Lennon Sisters and Bob Newhart, in what was his first ever private club appearance.  IN 1974 Les bought into the Lee Restaurant in Enumclaw as a minority owner. Les eventually bought out the remaining ownership stake and did  not sell until March of 2011.  Between March of 2011 and last week he had been running the books for his step-daughter, who is the new owner.  In addition to his working career, Les was an avid golfer and a long time horse owner and consequently a member of many active social circles. Services will be held at Emerald Downs on Jan 21 at 6:30 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 1-26-2011)

Walter:  Darius J Walter. Age 70. Our dad passed away peacefully at his home in Lamona, WA. He was reunited with his parents, Rev Elias and Rachel Walter, brothers John (Annie) and Joe, two sons: Daniel Jacob (5 mos) and William Eugene (12 yrs). He was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, where he resided until the age of 30. When he was 21 years he married his wife of 49 years, Rebecca Hofer of Turner, MT.  They moved to Lamona in 1972. They raised their family: Thomas, David (twin to Daniel), Janet (William), Deborah Walter, Carol (Eli) Wollman; grandsons: twins Donovan and Ethan, Davis and Evan of Saskatoon, SK. In addition to his children, he is survived by his brothers Jake, Leonard and Eli of Lamona, WA; sisters Rachel (Bill) Gross of Espanola, WA and Annie (Eli) Hofer of Walsh, BC, sister-in-law Annie (John deceased) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families, who all loved him dearly…. A viewing was held at Lamona on Monday, Feb 13, 2012. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012, at Turner Colony, Turner, MT. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-2012)

Walter:  Myra M Walter died Nov 23, 2011, at her home in East Wenatchee. She was 96. Myra Margaret Elizabeth Miller was born Aug 19, 1915, in Ritzville, to Weston Otis Miller, a country lawyer, and Elizabeth Walters Miller. She attended Ritzville schools until her junior year, then graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1933. She attended Whitman College and Washington State College (WSU), graduating with a Bachelors of Education degree in 1938. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Myra taught four years at Garfield and Roosevelt High schools in Seattle. When enrollment dropped at the beginning of WW II, she left teaching for a job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, shipping supplies to Alaska and other military outposts. After the war, she returned to Ritzville, where she was executive secretary of the local American Red Cross and later, Deputy County Clerk for Adams County. She married Samuel Walter in Ritzville on April 3, 1949.  In 1956, the family (now with three children) moved to Wenatchee. Sam owned and operated gasoline service stations in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. They built a home overlooking the Columbia River in East Wenatchee in 1958, raising fruit on a portion of the property.  Myra resumed her teaching career that year for the Eastmont School District, working until 1975. She and Sam enjoyed 12 years of retirement together. Myra was a member of the First United Methodist Church, PEO Sisterhood chapter DZ and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Myra was a kind and caring wife, mother and friend. She had a deep love of learning and encouraged and supported education. In her younger years, she skied, played tennis and enjoyed running. Keen for travel, she visited far-flung friends and family each year. She made her first backpacking trip into the Cascades at the age of 70. A strong supporter of public recreation development, she enjoyed good health and walked in the parks up until her final days.  Myra was preceded in death by her husband San (1911-1987), her parents, and two brothers: William Richard Miller (1906-1923) and Weston Walters Miller (1910-2001) of Ritzville. Having married into a large family, Myra was very fond of the eight sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law who passed before her. She also mourned the loss of her sister-in-law Erma Miller and her life-long friend Gerry Bauer, both of Ritzville. She is survived by her children: Otis Walter (Sally) of Mandeville, LA; Mary Walter Allen (Nick) of Redmond and Marcia Walter (Chris) of East Wenatchee; two grandchildren, Allison Walter Venner (Mark) of Alexandria, VA, and Melissa Walter Manning (Matt) of Baton Rouge, LA and one great granddaughter, Adelaide Venner. She is fondly remembered also by the many nieces and nephews she loved. The family will hold private gatherings this summer in East Wenatchee and Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 1-26-2012)

Warren:  Wilmon K ‘Bill’ Warren of Lewiston, ID died Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 at St Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 76.  Bill was born July 21, 1935 at Chickasha, OK, to Floyd V and Ina L Brown Warren. The family lived in several areas prior to moving to Odessa, WA. Bill and his high school sweetheart, Alyce Birge, were married in Coeur d’Alene June 2, 1954. They lived in Odessa, Ritzville and Walla Walla before settling in Moscow in 1969. Bill worked as a brick mason for various contractors and was proud to have worked on many projects locally. Some include the University of Idaho Law School, the Kibbie Dome and the Vet Science Building at Washington State University in Pullman. He was a member of the Bricklayer’s Allied Craft Workers Union for over 38 years and retired in 1990. He joined the Moscow Moose Lodge in 1973, later becoming a Moose Legionnaire. He was recognized with a Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1987. After retirement, Bill and Alyce relocated to the Lewiston area, where he served as a volunteer at Hells Gate State Park as camp host and groundskeeper. In recognition of his outstanding service,he received the State of Idaho 2010 Volunteer of the Year award from Idaho State Parks and Recreation.  Bill is survived by his children, Lori (Warren) and Noel Broenneke of Moscow, Robin (Warren) and Steve Shoemaker of Palouse, and Jarrett and Teresa Warren of Spokane; his grandchildren, Nicholas and Kristina Broenneke, Hailey and Courtney Shoemaker, and Aaron, Shane, Weston and Joseph Warren; and his companion, Sissie Olson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alyce, and a son, Floyd ‘Shorty’ Warren. The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Pastor Norman Fowler of the first Presbyterian Church officiated, and burial followed at the Moscow Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-2011)

Weber:  Evie Weber, formerly of Odessa, entered into God's arms on September 29, 2012. She resided at the Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake, Wash. Born to Anna (Franson) and Robert White of Ritzville on May 16, 1930, Evie grew up 12 miles north of Ritzville along Crab Creek at Rocky Ford. A hard working farm girl, she attended the country school, along with her siblings, one half mile from her home until entering Ritzville High School and graduating in 1948. It was in high school that Evie met her high school sweetheart, Robert “Bob” Weber. As a teenager, Evie learned to fly her father’s Cessna and was just shy of obtaining her pilot’s license. Between graduation and marriage, she worked in Ritzville for Dr. Wendall Sweet as a receptionist, chauffer and nurse’s aide. Evelyn and Bob were married September 15, 1951 at the Zion Congregational Church in Ritzville. The couple moved to the Creek Ranch, along Crab Creek, a few miles from the Laney Dairy. While raising their children Jim, Richard and Leslie, they settled into farming; growing wheat and hay, along with cattle production. After the sudden and tragic death of Bob on September 29, 1969, Evie moved her children to a home outside of Odessa and worked as a clerk at the Odessa Drug Store until her retirement. Evie touched many lives as she had her hand and heart in her community and church; cheerfully volunteering her service – you name it, she was there. Above all, her family brought her great joy and fulfillment. Evie could always be found at all of the school and sporting events of her children and grandchildren. Evie’s loving family members remaining are: son Jim (Gina) Weber, son Richard Weber, daughter Leslie (Steve) Fink and grandchildren Rob (Shannon) Weber, Erin (Lance) Repp, Drew Fink and Lauren Fink and great grandchildren McKenna Weber, Easton Weber and Patrick Repp; sister Vivian Rehn and brother Gilbert (Stanna) White, Uncle Art Ott, brothers-in-law Pete (Wanda) Weber and Mike (Nancy) Weber, sister-in-law Marjean Weber, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled at the Heritage Church in Odessa, Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is caring for the family.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-2012) 

Widmer:  Larry J. Widmer died November 9, 2012, in Dallas, Texas.  He was born August 7, 1934 in Spokane, Wash. to Alfred Widmer and Esther Haase.  He was a graduate of North Central High School in Spokane (1952) and Washington State University (1956).  He is survived by his wife Dorothy Widmer, children Debra Widmer-Reyes, Steven Widmer and Lori Profit; his grandchildren and his sister Gloria James.Larry Widmer was a self-made man. Born on a wheat farm in rural Spokane, he was raised by his mother, who worked a variety of jobs to provide for her son. A star football player at North Central High School, he attended college and played football at Humboldt State University before transferring to Washington State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Widmer married Joyce Bulloch and they had three children, Debra, Steve and Lori who loved to be with their Dad on ski trips and as he piloted his plane. He became an Industrial Arts teacher at Okanogan High School before entering the roofing trade. In 1967 he moved his family and business to the San Francisco area.  Widmer married Dorothy Simensen in 1979. They shared a passion for travel, visiting countries all over the world, many of them several times. They particularly enjoyed Ajijic, Mexico and owned three different homes in the area over 25 years, where family gatherings were frequently enjoyed. He loved his grandchildren and routinely traveled to attend their athletic events and holidays.  He retired in 2001, selling his companies and moving to Dallas. The Widmers enjoyed a wide circle of friends and frequently hosted visitors from all parts of the world at their home in North Dallas. The couple divided time between Dallas and Ajijic. Widmer stayed in close contact with family and friends in Spokane. Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Cox Chapel at the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, beginning at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-2012) 


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