Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Abel:  “A funeral was held on Thursday, July 28, at Skyline Funeral Home Chapel in Portland for Carl Abel, who died Friday, July 22, 2005, at his home in Las Vegas, NV.  He was born July 24, 1917, in Sutton, NE, to Frederick and Katherine (Pfleifli) Abel, German Russian immigrants, and moved to Portland in 1933. He married Helen Trupp, an Odessa native, on June 10, 1939 in Portland. Mr Abel worked for various lumber companies in Portland for 24 years. He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers in WW II from 1943 to 1947, being discharged as a staff sergeant. He transferred to St Regis Paper Co in Tacoma and later returned from Wood Specialty Products Co at Mountlake Terrace, WA, as vice president of manufacturing. Carl and Helen Abel were occasional visitors in Odessa. Carl helped serve at the Deutschesfest for several years.  Carl and Helen moved to Las Vegas two years ago.  He was a life member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  Besides his wife Helen of 66 years, survivors include a son, Fred C Abel and wife Jenny; granddaughters Rikki K and Nikki M, both serving in the US military, and a sister, Sara Swanson, of Vancouver, WA, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Interment was at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland.” (Odessa Record: 8-11-2005) 

Aeschliman:  The Rev Paul R Aeschliman, 75, pioneer Mennonite minister, was buried at Colfax on Tuesday following his death at a Colfax hospital. Born in Switzerland, he came to America in 1884 and located in Iowa, where he took membership in the church. In 1886 he joined several others in a trip to Washington Territory, returning to the east again to continue his education in Kansas. Married in 1892, he returned to Washington in 1893, to serve a pastorate of the Mennonite church near Colfax, serving for a time in a primitive schoolhouse. He continued in this field for 43 years. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs Beulah Wright, La Grande, OR; one son, Rupert Aeschliman, Colfax; four grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. The Rev W Harley King of Colfax and the Rev M J Galle of Odessa officiated at the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1938) 

Affleck:  Archibald Thomas Affleck, 77, resident of Ephrata for the last 22 years, died Tuesday at McKay Memorial hospital in Soap Lake. He had been hospitalized the past two years. He was the father of Mrs Laurence Libsack of Odessa. Mr Affleck, born Aug 16, 1886, in Canada, was retired. Before moving to Ephrata he lived at Grand Coulee Dam. He arrived there in 1935. Survivors include two sons, Clayton and Dwight, both of Ephrata; four daughters, Mrs Shirley Libsack of Odessa; Mrs Delecia Baker of Kent, Mrs Jeanne Haines of Mount Vernon and Mrs Bernice Goodall of Sedro Wooley; two brothers, Gordon Affleck of Vancouver, BC; and Allan Affleck of Bigger, Canada; one sister, Mrs Nellie Parker of Alberta, Canada; a niece, Mrs Joe Boyce of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Nicoles Funeral Home in Ephrata with Rev Fred Fox of the Ephrata Methodist Church officiating.” (Odessa Record: 2-13-1964)

Agte:  Clara Hopp Agte died March 25, 1993 in Spokane. She was born in Odessa on April 15, 1915, the daughter of Conrad and Anna Bastrom Hopp. She attended schools in Lamona and Odessa. She married Henry G Agte, who died in 1983. She is survived by one son, three daughters, 2 brothers, Henry Hopp, Odessa; and Daniel Hopp; 3 sisters, Kay Lorraine Lieder, Helen Wolf, and Ruth Lobe. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Conrad Hopp. interment was at Fairmount memorial Park in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: April 1, 1993)

Agte:  “Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct 26, 1983 from the Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane, WA, for Henry George Agte, 73, a retired newspaper pressman. He died Saturday at the Deer Park Health Center and Hospital. Mr Agte was born near Odessa, WA, at Ruff, the son of Charles and Julie Sundemeyer Agte. He attended schools at Sprague, WA and was graduated from Plummer, Idaho High School. For several years he worked as a dairyman before becoming a pressman at the Spokesman-Review in 1946. In 1961 he went to work for the Seattle Times until his retirement. He then returned to elk, WA, to make his home.  Mr Agte was a member of the Elk Community Church, Fertile Valley Grange 1094, Pomona Grange 29, and the Pend Oreille Rockers, Gem and Mineral Club. He was married to Clara Hopp on July 30, 1939, in Spokane, WA. Survivors include his wife at the Elk home; one son, Norman L Agte, of Spokane; three daughters, Carol L DeAngelo of Waco, Texas; Lorraine E Agte of Seattle, and Evelyn M Fink of Moses Lake, WA; one sister, Julia Riley of Greenacres, WA and eleven grandchildren. Mr Agte was also a brother-in-law to Henry Hopp of Odessa. Burial was at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane, WA.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-1983)

Albrecht:  “Mr and Mrs Reuben Finkbeiner and Mr and Mrs Ed Finkbeiner were called to Spokane by the death of the mother of Reuben and Ed, Mrs Katherine Albrecht, on April 23.  Funeral services were held on Friday, April 26, at the Zion Lutheran church at Deer Park. Interment was in Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, WA.  Mrs Albrecht is also survived by three other sons, one daughter, seven step-children, three sisters, one half-brother, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-09-1963) 

Allen: Lloyd, the little four year old son of Mr and Mrs Jerry Allen, died Wednesday, of diphtheria. This was the only case in the family, but yesterday the disease broke out in another part of town, two of Con Wolsborn’s children coming down with it. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the disease from spreading to other homes.” (Odessa Record: Jan 30, 1903)

Alumbaugh:  Verne Alumbaugh, 43, father of Mrs James Walter of Odessa, was killed last Thursday morning when his spray plane crashed and burned as he zoomed over a wheat field north of Brewster. The left wing tip caught the ground and sent the plane diving into the earth. Officers who investigated said it appeared that Alumbaugh died instantly. Moments later the careening plane burst into flames. It was a charred wreckage when the Brewster fire department arrived from 10 miles away. Alumbaugh’s eldest son, Max, also of Omak, was in the field when his father crashed. Alumbaugh’s death is the second tragedy in the family. Marvin Alumbaugh, 14, died in a plane crash in the Cascade Primitive Area last fall. Alumbaugh operated the A & M Flying Service of Omak and was manager of the Omak Municipal Airport. His company sprayed both apple orchards and field crops from the Cascade mountains into the Big Bend country and Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1963)

Alumbaugh: Wilma L Gillham Alumbaugh died Aug 18, 1996 at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was born at Moran, KS, on March 12, 1920, the daughter of Walter and Pearl (Holeman) Gillham. She married Verne E Alumbaugh on Aug 22, 1937 at Nevada, MO. In 1947 they moved to Omak. She is survived by a daughter, June Walter and husband James, of Odessa, and two sons, Max and Mel Alumbaugh. Concluding services were at Omak Memorial Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-22-1996)

Amende: "Mrs Anna Marie Amende, 86, died Saturday at Seattle, where she had made her home in recent years. Born in Pennsylvania, she had lived at Marlin for many years, with her husband, the late Max Amende, and was widely known throughout the area. Funeral services were held on Tuesday from Seattle with burial at Sandpoint, Idaho. Survivors include five sons, Walter, Albion, Idaho; Ralph, Seattle; Lawrence, Yakima; Milton, San Francisco; and Edward, Alhambra, CA; two daughters, Mrs Alma Pohl, Spokane, and Mrs Mabel Clay, former teacher in China, now a prisoner of war. Another son, Arthur Amende, Odessa, preceded her in death." (Odessa Record: 4-29-1943)

Anderson:  John O Anderson, pioneer rancher and former mail carrier of the Irby region, was buried Tuesday at Spokane, following his death there. He had lived at Spokane eight years. Survivors include his widow, Eliza; two daughters, Mrs G M Gower and Miss Elsie Anderson, Spokane; four sons, Dewey, Pullman; Oscar, CA; Ted, Chewelah; and Victor, Palouse; and 5 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1936)

Anderson:  Patricia Ann Anderson died Jan 24, 2004 in Shelton, WA, due to heart problems. She was born April 9, 1931, in Flint, MI, the daughter of William and Lela (Robb) Garrett. In 1952 she married James Anderson. They lived in Odessa where Dr Anderson practiced medicine. Memorial service in Shelton, WA at the Hope Chapel. (notes from Odessa Record: undated scrapbook item)

Archibald:  “Archibald vs Lincoln County, the much tried Archibald case, in which Ella A (Archibald) was suing the county for $36,000 for the death of her husband, which occurred Jan 26, 1905, the jury brought in a verdict for the county. Mr Archibald was killed by the overturning of a loaded wagon on a grade in the southern part of the county. Plaintiff claimed the accident was due to a bad road grade, and defendant held that the victim was not in a condition to handle his team, and that the accident was wholly his fault.” (Odessa Record: Feb 5, 1909)

Ardolf: “A letter received this week from our former townsman, Frank J Ardolf, who is now living in Spokane, brings the sad intelligence of the death of his only son, William, in that city on Friday, Sept 12.  The funeral services were held in the Catholic church the following day, after which the remains were taken to Rosemont cemetery for interment. The Record joins with many other friends here in extending sympathy to Mr and Mrs Ardolf in their bereavement.” (Odessa Record:19 Sept 1902)

Arthur:  Alice ‘Jackie’ Holm Arthur, 87, died Jan 9, 2003 in Tucson, AZ. She mad her home in Spokane for the past 13 years. She was born and raised in Spokane. She married Clifton Holm in 1936, he preceded her in death in 1988; she married Jack Arthur in 1989 and he died in 1991. Jackie was a member of the English Congregational Church in Odessa where she was active in the ladies group and Sunday school. She was a charter member of the Odessa Golf Club and with Clif, she belonged to the square dance club of Odessa. She worked as the Odessa school librarian for four years and town librarian for 14 years. Jackie is survived by her children: Apryl (and Harley) Wraspir, of Odessa; Mark Holm of Tucson; and Donel (and John) Griggs of Bellingham; 7 grandchildren; one sister, Violet Edmunds of Kent, WA; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Holm, of Bellevue; great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Tucson and another will be held at Heritage Church in Odessa on Feb 21. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-16-2003)

Ashley:  Gerald J Ashley, of Odessa, died of a heart attack Thursday, Sept 28, 2005, at Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. He was 77 years old. Jay was born Jan 23, 1928, in Steuben, OH, to the late Roland Richard and Mary Marie Holmes Ashley. He attended schools in Willard, OH.  He is survived by his son Gerald Jay Ashley Jr, daughter Gilliam J Audley (Matthew) and 3 grandchildren , all of England. He is also survived by his brother Allan Ashley, sister Virginia Wilkinson (Paul) and sister-in-law Joan Ashley, all of Ohio. He was preceded in death by brothers Charles, Roland, Clinton and Russell and sisters Marie, Alta and Emily. Services will be in Steuben, OH. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-06-2005)

Axelson:  Elmer A Axelson, prominent Skagit valley farmer, died at his residence near Conway, south of Mount Vernon. He was born in Linkoping, Sweden 18 Feb 1872. His daughter was a former teacher in the Odessa school system. Burial not given. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-31-1946)


Odessa Vicinity Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted  to the WAGenWeb, March 2006 by Marge Womach

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