Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Bain:  “Memorial services for James Albert Bain and Sharon Ann Bain, former Odessa residents, were held last Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the SpokaneValley.   Mr Bain died March 28 in Alaska after a long illness. He was 56 years old. Mrs Bain died March 29 after an extended illness. She was 55. He was born in Spokane and she in Emmett, ID. They lived in Odessa for several years. He was a lab technician at Odessa Memorial Hospital. They had lived in Spokane before moving to Soldotna, Alaska, in 1991. Mr Bain was a pianist and he also worked as a carpenter. Survivors include a son, Randy Bain, of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Debra Gayle Walsdorf, of Northridge, CA, and Vonda Lynn Hagood, of Soldotna; and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-08-1993)

Bakley:  Mary Hille Schilke Bakley of Coeur d’Alene, born April 9, 1899 in Kulm, ND to Christian and Maria Hille, passed away June 23, (1990) at Sunset Terrace. She was reared and educated in Odessa schools, then lived in Newport before moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1928. She married Daniel Schilke in April 1917 at Warden and after his death in 1966, she was married to Lewis Bakley, who died in 1975.  Mrs Bakley was also preceded in death by sons Delbert Schilke in 1936 and Harold Schilke in 1989. Her survivors include a sister, Ella Weber; two grandsons: David Schilke of Coeur d’Alene and Ray Schilke of Reston, VA; a granddaughter, Marta Warner of Long Beach; four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held June 28 at First United Methodist Church, Coeur d’Alene, and burial followed at Forest Cemetery, English Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1990)

Banaka:  Agnes Hille Banaka died Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004, in Portland. She was 83 years old.  She was born Aug 22, 1920, in Odessa. In 1957, she moved to Portland where she was a librarian for Portland State University for 15 years. Survivors include her daughters, Judy Wheeler, Kathy Wood and Donna Bradford; a son, Charles; sisters Lorena Kuest, Odessa; Emma Deife, Odessa; Anna Powell, Portland; Dorothy Meyer, Portland; and Rosemary Strocen, Nanaimo, BC; 9 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Her daughter, Marlene Mecham, died in 1996. A memorial service was held on Feb 16, at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ in Portland.” (Odessa Record: 2-26-2004)

Bareither:  Anna P Bareither of Fairfield, born Sept 13, 1901 near Ruff to John and Christina Willging, passed away March 29, 1986 in Spokane. Interment will follow at the Mt Hope Cemetery, Fairfield. (Odessa Record: 4-03-1986)

Barney:  “Funeral services were held at the Congregational church at Metaline Falls, WA, on Tuesday morning for Solomon Snead Barney, who had died Sunday at his home there. Burial was in Riverside Park, Spokane.  Mr Barney’s time in Odessa dated from about 1900 until 1908, during which he was very active in forming a lawful community from the wildwest town of the early days. He and W L Michaelsen purchased the Gus Zabel merchandise stocks in 1901 and carried on the business for a few years under the name of Barney and Michaelsen.  In 1903 the two took in two more stockholders, Frank Ardolf and John Schafer, naming the concern Odessa Mercantile Company.  This company carried a varied line, including groceries, dry goods, clothing, men’s furnishings and shoes. Ardolf was with the firm but a short time and sold his interest to W L Michaelsen.  Barney sold his interest to J C Michaelsen in 1906, and later moved to a new location. The pioneer firm continued until the present time, with changes in membership and remains here as Michaelsen’s.  In 1903, when the conservative members of the community decided to incorporate the town to provide police and fire protection, and similar benefits, Mr Barney was active in this.  Barney, with J P Weber, L A Bigham, Joseph Kriegler and J B Zeigler, were the first councilmen.  The death of Mr Barney leaves Mr Weber as the only surviving member of the group, and the only one that remained a resident of the community.  He and W L Michaelsen were brothers-in-law, having married daughters of the pioneer Bentley family.  Survivors include his wife, Bertha, at the home; three daughters, Mrs Lucy McNey, Mrs Esther Dehuff, both of Metaline Falls, and Mrs Florence Pettibone, Pullman; two sons, Earl E Barney and Arthur Barney, both of Seattle; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-09-1954) 

Barnhart:  “S/Sgt Beverly Lee Barnhart, USMC, 32, son of Mr and Mrs Walter P Barnhart, Wenatchee, and grandson of Mrs Dan Roloff, Odessa, was killed in action in Vietnam on April 11.  He was crew chief in a helicopter which crashed because of enemy fire 15miles southwest of DaNang. Born in Wilbur Oct 22, 1936, he attended Wenatchee elementary and high schools. Known in Odessa as Sonny, he spent his summers here on his grandparents’ farm, helping with the harvest.  Barnhart enlisted in the Marine Corps on Nov 14, 1953. He served seven years overseas. Previously wounded he returned to Vietnam for additional duty. On March 12, 1955, he married Youko Ogawa at Iwakuni, Japan. Surviving are his widow and their three daughters at Enumclaw, his parents, a sister and a brother as well as his grandmother here.” (Odessa Record: 4-24-1969)

Barnhart:  “Funeral services are to be held at Spokane on Friday for Sylvester A Barnhart, 59, Spokane, who died Monday afternoon at a Spokane hospital. A native of Spokane, he was married in June of 1916 to Miss Roxie Unger of Odessa, and they have made their home at Spokane, where Mr Barnhart was employed by the city.  Survivors include the widow, and three sons, Robert, Donald, and Norman of Spokane; three sisters and a brother.  Mrs C A Bragg of....” (incomplete obit in Odessa Record: 12-13-1951)

Bartalamay:  Fred Bartalamay died June 17, 1981 at Olympia, WA. He was born in Walter, Russia on Aug 9, 1902 and came to Odessa, WA in 1913 with his parents, Mr and Mrs Adam Bartalamay, Sr. He moved to Olympia as a young man and married Lydia Hoff on Sept 1, 1928. Survivors include his wife, Lydia, Olympia two daughters, Frances Hanna and Rosemary Spaeth, one son, Donald Bartalamay; two sisters, Mrs Esther Dooley and Mrs Molly Beatles; two brothers, Emanuel and Ben Bartalamay. Preceded in death by his parents, one brother Adam Jr, and one sister, Marie (Mrs Geo) Kelley. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-25-1981)

Basel:  Mrs Katherine Basel, 62, Portland, dropped dead on the back porch of her home there on Saturday, of a heart ailment. She was formerly Mrs Jacob Wolsborn and resided in Odessa. Survivors include Leo and William Grimm, Louise White, Pearl Bird, Emma Wolsborn, Helen Stricker, Alfred Charles and Harlan Wolsborn. She is the sister of Mrs Phillip Stumpf, Mrs George Schweigart, Mrs Joseph Meyers and William Pfaff. Also survived by 16 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 30 Sept 1943)

Baske:  “Word was received here Thursday of the death at San Diego, CA, Jan 7, of Mrs Laura A Baske, 69, well known in Odessa and for many years a resident of Davenport. The funeral was held at Seattle on Friday. Mrs Baske, a native of Germany, came to the county in 1892, with her husband, the late Fred Baske. A son, Lieutenant Hugo Baske, was killed in the Managua, Nicauragua, earthquake in April, 1931. Another son, Frederick K P Baske of Seattle, former Lincoln County superior judge, survives. Mrs Baske was a sister to Ed and Paul Zagelow of the Odessa region, who attended the funeral in Seattle on Friday.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1933)

Bassett: J D Bassett, former Big bend banker, died at his home at Spokane on Tuesday morning. Born in Connecticut in 1858, a son of a minister, he lived there a time and received his education at Yale. He moved to Ritzville in 1899. He remained there until 1909 and during his residence there organized 12 banks at points in the Inland Empire, including Odessa. He was the principal shareholder and president of each. For the past 17 years he has been state examiner for the division of municipal corporations at Olympia. Mr Bassett had a long legislative record, serving in the legislature of Connecticut in 1887 and in Washington, both in the house and the senate. Survivors include three children, Joseph E Bassett, Okanogan, WA; Mrs Harold E Crawford, Walla Walla; and Miss Emma Bassett, at  the home, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at Westminster Congregational church in Spokane, with Dr Joel Harper officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-16-1937)

Bastrom: Jacob J Bastrom, 89, died at his Auburn home Dec 14, 1983, after a short illness. Born in Odessa, Russia, on June 5, 1894, Mr Bastrom came to this country at the age of five and  his family took up a homestead near Odessa, WA. He was married to Mary Shimek on Aug 14, 1916 in Odessa. Mass of Christian Burial on Dec 19, 1983 with interment at Mt View Cemetery in Auburn. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-29-1983)

Bastrom:  “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Tuesday afternoon for Rudolph ‘Speedy’ Bastrom, formerly of Odessa and a long time resident of Spokane. The Rev Homer Schwarz officiated with burial in Riverside Memorial Park.  The son of the late Mr and Mrs Jacob Bastrom, pioneers, Rudolph spent his early years in Odessa. An outstanding baseball player, he played with the town teams and as an infielder won his nickname, ‘Speedy’.  He worked in grocery stores for many years.  He served a term with the armed forces and in recent years, because of failing health, had spent some time in veterans’ hospitals. Survivors include a sister, Mrs Lydia Gobel, Spokane; two brothers, Daniel Bastrom, Spokane and Jacob Bastrom, Auburn, WA; two nephews, Donald Cochrane and Newton Cochrane, both of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-25-1963) 

Batelaan:  Nellie Alice (Birge) Batelaan died and the graveside funeral services were held May 3, 2000 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA. She was a resident of Kern River Valley. Nellie was born on Nov 20, 1912 in Cedonia, WA. Until the age of 12, she lived on the family farm, helping her family survive the rigors of farm life and attending a one-room schoolhouse with her five brothers and one sister. In 1924, the farm was sold and the family moved to Odessa where she met Paul Batelaan. They married in 1932. Following the war, they moved to CA. He died in 1977 in La Puente. She died April 27 in Bakersfield. Three sons survive, Harold of Magnolia, CA, Irvin of Wofford Heights, CA, and Raymond of Bellflower, CA. She is also survived by one brother, David Birge, of Odessa, three daughters-in-law, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-25-2000)

Battermann:  Edward G Battermann, 91, died Oct 7, 2005 in Odessa, age 91 years. He was born in Willimina, OR, on March 20, 1914, the son of William D and Emily (Most) Battermann. He attended school in Havillah, WA. He married Elva Hylton of Enterprise, WA, on Sept 12, 1937, at Emmett, Idaho. He worked in logging camps in the 1930s and 1940s. The family then moved to Oroville. Ed found work in the Columbia Basin for a wheat farmer. His family moved to Marlin in 1950. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elva Battermann, at the home; a brother, Bill in CA; a sister, Lydia Hylton of OR; four children: Lanny Battermann, Dee Deife; Terry Battermann, and Leah Correia; grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Henry, and 3 sisters, Erna Harnitte, Louise Duchow, and Hulda Battermann (at age 12). A memorial service will be held Oct 14 at the Marlin Presbyterian Church. (notes from Odessa Record; 10-13-2005)

Bauer:  (George Bauer) “Mrs Anna Schafer received a telegram this week notifying her of the death of her only brother, George Bauer, 82, at Hastings, Nebraska.  He formerly lived at Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 11-29-1951) 

Beadles:  “Funeral services were held for Mrs Molly Bartalamay Beadles on Thursday, April 1, 1982, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Olympia, WA.  She passed away Sunday, March 28, 1982 at Olympia.  Molly was born in Walter, Russia on July 12, 1908 and came to Odessa in 1913 with her parents, Mr and Mrs Adam Bartalamay, Sr. She received her education in the Odessa schools and in 1930 moved to Olympia, where she worked at the Olympia Canning Company and then as an X-ray technician for Dr Settle until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving are; one sister, Mrs Lloyd (Esther) Dooley, Olympia, and two brothers, Emanuel and Ben Bartalamay, both of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 4-08-1982) 

Beagle:  Helen Stacker Beagle, a resident of Portland, died there Dec 26, 1999. She was born Jan 16, 1910 in Odessa and moved to Portland as a child. She married Wilbur M Beagle in 1925 and he died in 1983. Survivors include her sons, Wilbur J Beagle, of Prineville, OR, and Robert J Beagle, of Portland; a brother, Harvey Arnst, of Medford, OR, and four grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-13-2000)

Beal: Relatives of Mrs Jay Beal of Tekoa received the sad news of her death Saturday. Deceased was only 23 years of age and is a sister of Freeman Snyder and Mrs Geo Chase of this place. Freeman Snyder and Geo Chase and wife attended the funeral which was held at Tekoa Monday. Deceased leaves many sympathetic friends in this community, where they formerly resided.” (Odessa record, Irby Column: July 30, 1909)

Beck: "Dorothy Jean Beck, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Harvey Beck of Marlin, died at a Spokane hospital on Monday night, following a short illness. Aged 14 years, she was a student in the Marlin schools. Funeral services are being held at Spokane this afternoon." (Odessa Record: 3-20-1936)

Beck:  George F Beck, 89, of 3300 Englewood, professor emeritus of Central Washington University, died Tuesday at Madison Fountains Convalescent Center. Born Dec 26, 1892, in Alvord, Iowa, to Lawrence and Mary Christina Beck, he was raised and received his early education as the family moved west across the country. He attended high school in Marlin, WA. Mr Beck attended WSU and the U of W, from which he received a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s degree in Paleontology. He had also attended the Univ. of CA, where he did graduate work.  He married Sue Slusser in 1917 in Ritzville, WA. He began his teaching career at the high school level in Lower Naches, Warden and Ephrata before moving to Ellensburg in 1925 to take the position of professor of geology at Central Washington University until retiring and moving to Yakima in 1959.  Mr Beck was professor emeritus at CWU, a former member of the Ellensburg Kiwanis club, a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity of the U of W, trustee emeritus of the Yakima Valley Museum, a former member of the Yakima Symphony and State Parks Commission and founder of the Ginkgo State Park. He was also a musician. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs Robert L (Katharine M) Havner of Yakima; Mrs Russ (Virginia S) Michel of Ellensburg, and Mrs Jim (Shirley B) Poage of Vancouver, WA; a sister Emma Mettie of Spokane; a brother, R Stanley Beck of Bakersfield, CA; a grandson, George Michel of Yakima; four granddaughters; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Beck on Oct 13, 1979, in Yakima. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct 29, at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, in Yakima. Keith and Keith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-04-1982)

Beck:  Harvey F Beck, son of Lawrence Beck and his wife, Mary Moeller Beck, a pioneer family, was born in Iowa on Oct 19, 1889. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith. He and his father came West in March of 1901 on the immigrant train with cattle, machinery and household goods. The rest of the family joined them later. At first, they slept under wagon beds for shelter until the shack was erected. Harvey’s parents homesteaded on a ranch about five miles south of Marlin, which they still own. Life for the family was very rough, but colorful. He had deep roots in that ranch and loved it to the end of his life, it was reported.  In 1916 Harvey was united in marriage to Lillian Kuest. To this union one daughter, Dorothy Jean was born. She passed away in 1936. He ran the farm for some time, then had others do the farming for him, but he helped along for some years. He also ran the family store in Marlin for some time.  After leaving Marlin, the Becks lived for a while in Everett, then later moved back to Spokane, where they lived for many years. For the last seven years they lived in Lacey, WA in a retirement home. Harvey had been in the Convalescent Center for almost four years. His wife Lillian would take him home on Sundays to listen to a television sermon, as they could not go to church due to his health condition. Mr Beck had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for some time and later with heart and other health problems. His faith in God was strong and became stronger as his wife would read to him from the Bible and pray with him.  He passed away Wednesday, Oct 1, 1980, 19 days less than 90 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, at the home; two brothers: George Beck of Yakima, and Stanley beck of Bakersfield, CA; two sisters, Mrs Emma Mettie of Spokane and Miss Ione Beck of San Francisco, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Ronald Kuest of Olympia. He was a world war veteran, a member of the American Legion of Odessa; Knights of Pythias, Marlin, WA, and the Wilson Creek Lodge No 174, F & AM. Let this benediction we write above the life of Harvey: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors; But let their works of love and service follow after them.  Funeral services were held Monday, Oct 6 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home of Spokane. Burial services were at Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane with Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Soloist Byron Swanson sang ‘Beyond the Sunset’ and ‘My God and I’ with Elenor Dittrich as organist. Pallbearers were Camas Lenz, Dick Dashiell, Gary Schell, Larry Lenz, Bud Swigart and Jack Ellis. Honorary bearer was Milton Beck. Those attending from Odessa besides some pallbearers were Harold Suchland, Gust Weber and Bob Zimbelman.” (Odessa Record: 10-09-1980)

Beck:  Lillian E Beck of Spokane, born July 19, 1895 in Eugene, Oregon to John and Magdalena Kuest, passed away Feb 19 at Riverview Care Center in Spokane. In the early part of this century, she moved with her family to the local area, settling for a time on the ‘Portagee Joe’ property.  She was married to Harvey Beck in 1916 here in Odessa, and the couple farmed and operated a general store in the Marlin area for many years. Later, they continued to farm, making their home in Spokane. They then retired to Panorama City at Lacey where they lived for 12 years until Mr Beck’s death. At that time, Mrs Beck returned to Spokane. She was a 4-H leader, active in the Marlin Ladies Aid Society and in the Manito Park Garden Club and the Presbyterian Church in Spokane.  Preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, and by her only child, Dorothy Jean, she is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was held Feb 24 in the chapel of Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1989)

Beck:  R Stanley Beck was born and reared in Marlin (Krupp). He graduated from WA State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in General Science in 1928, a master’s degree in 1935 from U of W. “Beck passed away Dec 12, 1984 in a Bakersfield, CA, hospital. Memorial services were at the Greenlawn Memorial Chapel. Masonic services were conducted with a eulogy by Russell Goff. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and a sister, Emma Mettie of Spokane, WA.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1985) 

Becker:  “Funeral services were held Wednesday at Spokane for Barbara Becker, early resident of the Ruff area, for 35 years a resident of Colbert. The Rev Roland Hauser officiated, with burial services in Greenwood Cemetery.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs J C Freeman of Moses Lake; Mrs W J Kerr of Newport; and Mrs W Suksdorf of Spangle; three sons, Wm Henry Becker of Colbert, Fred Becker of Ruff and Chris Becker of Spokane; 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1956)

Becker:  “From the Oregonian of May 17, 1989: A memorial service for Carl R Becker of Gilbert, AZ, a former Portland resident, will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Falcom Mortuary in Gilbert. Mr Becker died in a Gilbert hospital Friday of emphysema. He was 83. He was born Nov 10, 1905 in Odessa, WA, and moved to Portland as a young man. He lived in Portland for many years until he moved to Arizona in the early 1980s. Mr Becker worked as a self-employed truck driver for a number of years until his retirement in 1965. He was employed in the woodworking business during his younger years, and worked for the Portland shipyards during WW II. He is survived by his son, Jack W Becker of West Linn; brothers, Jack of Eugene and Alex of Ephrata, WA; two grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His wife, Emma G Becker, died in 1978. Disposition was by cremation.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Becker:  E S Becker, who was brought to this place from Odessa on Thursday of last week, suffering from an acute inflammatory trouble of the bowels, was taken from Davenport to Spokane and operated on Saturday afternoon, but died a few hours after the operation. A timely operation would probably have saved the boy’s life, but being a county charge much valuable time was lost before the county machinery could be set in motion...”  (Citizen-10-13-1899)

Becker:  Esther Kuest Becker died April 7, 1995. She was a resident of Spokane. She was born May 4, 1913 in Odessa, the daughter of John and Lydia (Reiman) Kuest. She grew up in the Odessa area, attending school here and graduating from Odessa High School. She married Emmanuel Becker, of Ritzville, on Dec 15, 1957. They lived in the Odessa area until the late 1970s, when they moved to Airway Heights and then Spokane. She was preceded in death by her husband, and a daughter, Dixie Lee, three sisters and five brothers. She is survived by 2 daughters, Karen Schultz and Lynette Becker; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ed Kuest of Odessa, and Harvey Kuest of Soap Lake. Funeral services were held at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-13-1995)

Becker:  Fred D Becker, former resident of the Batum area, was buried at Tacoma on Saturday, relatives here were notified. His nephews, members of the Conrad Fink family, attended the service. Vern Fink and Delbert Schafer had been staying at the Becker home while attending Pacific Lutheran college.” (Odessa Record: 10-24-1946)

Becker:  (Louisa Becker) “W H Becker received a message Friday morning bringing the sad news of the death of his mother, Mrs Louise Becker, which occurred in Kansas City, early this morning.  Mrs Becker was 82 years old. The Record joins with Mr Becker’s many friends here in extending sincere sympathies in his loss.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1911)

Becker:  (Rose Becker)  “Mrs W H (Rose) Becker, 77, a pioneer Odessa resident, died last week at Colfax. Funeral services were held there on Thursday, the body being taken to Wenatchee for interment. The Lacrosse Eastern Star lodge had charge. The Becker family operated a harness shop in Odessa in the early days, and Mr and Mrs Becker have lived at Lacrosse in recent years. Survivors include the 87 year old husband, and one son, Glenn, of Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 10-20-1949)

Beieler:  Fred Beieler, 82, one of the earliest pioneers of Lincoln County, a grandfather of Ernest Beieler, teacher in the Odessa schools, died at Davenport on Thursday. Mr Beieler was one of the real pioneers of the region. Born in Switzerland in 1849, he lived there until the age of 12 and then left home. He worked in a brickyard near Geneva during the summer and attended a French school during the winters. He came to the US at the age of 17. He is survived by two daughters and one son, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.” (Odessa record: 4-15-1932)

Bell: “Record correspondent Marie Krieger of Portland submitted the following information from the Oregonian newspaper of June 11, 1989... graveside service for Ida Pauline Bell, a Portland homemaker, was held June 13, in the Columbia Pioneer Cemetery...” (Odessa Record notes: 7-27-1989)

Bellinger:  Elmer E Bellinger died in Spokane, incineration followed. A resident of Spokane for 47 years, at one time he was in partnership with the late Dr T F Bresee, in Odessa, where he bought the property on which the Sam Wo laundry was located.  He is survived by a sister, Mrs Blanche B Sessions of Davenport; two brothers, Laurence G Bellinger of Seattle and John Bellinger of Davenport. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-28-1950)

Bender:  C J Bender, brother-in-law of Mrs Chris Schorzman, died at Campo, CA, of heart trouble, according to a telegram received on Friday by Henry Schiewe.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1938)

Bennett:  T Claude Bennett, 75, long time resident of the Wilson Creek area, was struck and killed by a Great Northern train. He is survived by his wife, Lola, and two daughters, Mrs Coppess and Mrs Gladys Glenn of Ellensburg. (Odessa Record: 3-15-1956)

Benningson:  Mrs Ada Benningson, a resident of Chewelah for 40 years, and a former resident of Odessa, died there this week. Burial was in Mount Nebo Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-01-1949)

Bentley:  “Funeral services for Morris Palmer Bentley, pioneer Odessa resident, recently of Spokane, were held from the Thornhill-Carey funeral parlors at Spokane on Friday, the Rev C Diebler of the Fourth Presbyterian church officiating, with burial in Riverside Park. Many former neighbors drove to Spokane to attend the services. Survivors include his wife, Mary, at the home; two daughters, Mrs Percy Smith of Seattle; Mrs W A Bryan of Portland, OR; one son, Lieutenant L P Bentley, in service in Florida; one sister, Mrs S S Barney of Metaline Falls, WA; and one brother, C M Bentley, of Waverly, WA.” (Odessa Record: 21 Oct 1943) “Morris P Bentley, pioneer Odessa resident, dropped dead Tuesday noon while operating a portable concrete vibrator at the motor pool building in the Spokane air depot. Fellow workmen said he had complained of not feeling well and that he had been sitting down just previous to his death. The Bentley family were large holders of wheat land here in the early days and after leaving the area Mr Bentley operated businesses in the Wenatchee Valley and south of Quincy later moving to Spokane to make his home....” (Odessa Record: 14 Oct 1943)

Berens:  Steve J Berens was born May 23, 1952 in Spokane to Pauline and Lester Berens. He died Feb 10, 1983 in Spokane, with a memorial service from the Odessa Baptist Church. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-17-1983)

Berreth:  “John Berreth received a double shock in death messages this week, the first informing him that his sister, Emma, 32, had died suddenly on Sunday, the second message coming on Tuesday to inform him that his mother had died that day. His mother, Mrs Sophia Magstadt Berreth, 59, had been ill for the past two years at her home at Oregon City, Oregon, and the daughter had been caring for her. On Saturday night the girl took ill and was rushed to a Portland hospital for an appendix operation. She died on the table, states the report. The mother’s death followed on Tuesday. Mr and Mrs John Berreth left on Tuesday for the Oregon town, where a double funeral is to be held.” (Odessa Record: 19 Dec 1946)

Bertsch:  “Word was received here Monday by Mrs Con Schlimmer of the sudden death of her brother-in-law, Jacob Bertsch, 89, of Miller, SD. He was married to the former Katherine Schorzman, who passed away Feb 4, 1968. Mr Bertsch is survived by three daughters and five sons in South Dakota, and by one daughter and a sister in Montana.” (Odessa Record: 2-13-1969)

Biggs:  “Memorial services for James Allen Biggs, 56, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Memories here. He died at a Spokane hospital. He was born at Coulee City, WA, Sept 7, 1921, and he lived in the Wilson Creek area prior to service in the US Army. He recently lived at Marlin, WA. He was a shipping clerk at U & I Sugar Inc here. Survivors are his wife, Rose Marie, at home; seven children; 3 grandchildren, and his mother, Mrs Carrie Biggs of Grand Coulee.” (scrapbook obit, Moses Lake.)

Birge:  Neal Richard (Birge), infant son of Mr and Mrs Donovan Birge, passed away Monday at the Sacred Heart hospital, and graveside services were held on Wednesday at Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane. The Rev R W Pruitt of the Odessa English Congregational church officiated. Survivors include the child’s parents, and grandparents, Mr and Mrs A W Birge of Chewelah, and Mr and Mrs E J Wachter of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 12-22-1949)

Bischoff:  Norman Bischoff, 77, a long-time resident of the Ruff area, died Feb 8, 2002 in Moses Lake. Private interment in Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake. “Norman was born to William and Katie (Becker) Bischoff on Jan 11, 1925, at Ruff, the fourth of seven children. He was raised and educated in Ruff and Marlin. While in high school, he played tennis. Following high school, he played baseball for the Ruff town team. Norman married Aloma Kappel on Aug 29, 1945, in Ruff. They made their home in the Ruff area, where he farmed, raised horses, cattle and mules. He retired from farming in 1987.”  Norman is survived by his wife of 56 years, Aloma, at the family home; children: Kathy and Bob Trammell, of Moses Lake; Vicki Ring of Warden; and Mary-Ellen and Walter Spier of Magnolia, TX; grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Robin Sue; a son-in-law, Monty Ring; 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-14-2002)

Black:  Frieda Black, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Wentel Weber, passed away Sept 4, 1984.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Henry.  Besides her husband, Edward, she is survived by one son, Michael, Long Beach, CA; two daughters, Geraldine Blessing, Buna, TX; and Beverly Wiseman, Seattle, WA; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also, two brothers, John of Spokane and Sam of Odessa, and four sisters, Marie, Puyallup; Esther, Seattle; Mildred, West Covina, CA; and Gertrude, Tigard, Oregon.  Funeral services were held in West Covina, CA, with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1984)

Blackmore:  “Services were held Friday, Aug 31, in Ryderwood, WA, for W H (Bert) Blackmore, 76, who died suddenly Aug 28 while on a fishing trip to Pillar Point.   He is survived by his wife, Juanita, two sons, and four daughters, indluding Mrs Corky (Muriel) Kiehn of Ritzville. Also surviving are two step-daughters, 31 grandchildren, including Kandi Thompson of Wenatchee, Ric Thompson and Kevin Kiehn of Ritzville, and by 14 great grandchildren.  Mr and Mrs Kiehn and Kevin spent five days at Pillar Point fishing with Mr Blackmore shortly before his death.”  (Odessa Record: 9-06-1973)

Blaskowsky:  Ralph Frederick Blaskowsky, 89, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005. He was born in Irby. His family moved frequently but finally settled in Leavenworth, where he attended school. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army to serve in the Pacific area during WW II. He was a driver for amphibious forces.  After the war, he and his family moved to Spokane, where he was employed at Grange Wholesale and Cenex as a purchasing agent. He is survived by son Donald, of Las Vegas, NV, son David and wife Theanne, of Poulsbo, WA, and daughter and husband Terry and Karen De Moss, and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 3-10-2005)

Bluhm:  Mrs E H Bluhm, Wheeler, died this week after a two-hour illness and was buried from Neppel on Wednesday. The Bluhm family were among the pioneer residents of the Wheeler country, where Mr Bluhm was in great demand as a musician at the earlier dances. They were well known among the Odessa people, making this their shopping center for many years.” (Odessa Record:  1-07-1937) 

Blunk: Margaret B Blunk of Almira, born in Irby June 22, 1918 and a longtime Almira resident, died Aug 22 at Spokane Valley Hospital and Medical Center. She graduated from Fairfield High School and from WSU, and was a past matron of Evening Star Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Almira.  Mrs Blunk is survived by her husband, Herbert, at the family home; by a son Robert Blunk of Issaquah; by two daughters, Sharon Blunk and Kae Torgerson, both of Spokane; by a brother, Jacob Reihs, and a sister Marie Schorzman, both of Odessa; and by seven grandchildren. Memorial service was held Aug 26 at Almira Community Center, where she was a member. Pastors David and Caroline Zalworski officiated. Cremation followed. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 9-03-1987)

Bock:  “Mrs Chris Schiewe of Davenport revealed to relatives here that her brother-in-law, Frank Bock, passed away on November 30 at a Spokane hospital following a short illness.” (Odessa Record: 12-05-1963)

Bohnen:  “Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb 20, 1982 at Evenson Chapel in Ellensburg for Mary Bohnen, 89, of Kittitas, who passed away on Feb 17 at Kittitas Valley Community hospital. Rev Maurice Neal officiated at the service. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery. Mary Bohnen was born Oct 13, 1892 in Kulm, South Russia, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Karl Roloff. Her family immigrated from Russia to North Dakota when Mary was three months of age. They homesteaded there for five years and then moved to Odessa, WA, where they purchased wheat land.  In 1913 she married Gerhard J Bohnen in Odessa. She and her husband lived in Spirit Lake, Idaho until 1924 when they moved to Kittitas, where Mr Bohnen worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. He preceded her in death in March, 1972.  Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents, one sister, Esther; three brothers, D G Roloff, David Roloff, and Reinhold Roloff, all of Odessa. Survivors include two sons, Melvin Bohnen of Kittitas and Gerald Bohnen of Tukwila; two daughters, Marlene Brainard and LuVerne Wills, both of Seattle, and one grandson. Attending the funeral from Odessa were Evelyn Smith, David Jasman and Ida Roloff.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1982)

Bohnet:  Adeline Bohnet, born in Odessa Aug 16, 1912 to Robert and Anna Buddrius and a lifetime Columbia Basin resident, passed away at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata Nov 24, 1989. She is survived by her husband, Albert, at the family home; by two sons, Donald Bohnet of Ephrata and John Bohnet of Moses Lake; by two daughters, Alberta Arbuckle of Ephrata and Loretta Jasman of Moses Lake; by three brothers: Clarence Buddrius of Odessa, Richard Buddrius of Leavenworth, and Sam Buddrius of Almira; by a sister, Gertrude Kiehn of Dryden; by a half-brother, Victor Buddrius; by a half-sister, Maxine Gaffney; by a step-brother, George Buddrius; by a step-sister, Esther Buddrius; and by 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov 28, 1989 at the Nicoles Funeral Home Chapel in Ephrata, Pastor Bob Detering of the Ephrata Four Square Fellowship officiating. Burial followed at the Ephrata Cemetery.”  (Odessa Record: 4-12-1990)

Bonney:  Funeral services for Opal Bonney were held in Odessa Tuesday morning. She had died unexpectedly Friday morning, March 31, at Ritzville while on a business trip. Services were conducted at the English Congregational Church with rev Douglas Roberts officiating. Duets of ‘My God and I’ and ‘Over the Sunset Mountain’ were sung by Delores Stehr and Johanna Roberts. Organist for the service was Delores Cook. Opal Bonney was born on July 17, 1903 in Portland, Oregon to Mike and Mallie Hornbeck. The family later moved to Haines, Oregon where she grew up. She went to Oregon Normal School to become a teacher. While teaching at Friends, Oregon she met Lorus Bonney and they were married on July 23, 1924. They lived in Portland while he finished medical school. Upon graduation the couple moved to Odessa in 1933 where Dr Bonney served as physician for 40 years. Mrs Bonney is survived by her brothers, Samuel Hornbeck of Huntington, OR, and Lloyd Hornbeck of Portland, OR, their children and grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers at the last rites were Walt Miller, Bill Jessett, Glen Williams, C H Scrupps, Ab Davies and Winston Weber. Casket bearers were Gary Mills, Don Weisser, Delbert Cook, Ray Weisser, Cecil Schell and Dick Dashiell.  Vault interment took place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles, Oregon, where Dr Bonney is buried. Strates Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-06-1978)

Borgens:  Adolph Borgens was born Sept 4, 1904 and died Feb 21, 1982 with burial in Spokane Memorial Gardens with Ball & Dodd Funeral Home in charge. Survivors include: his wife, Oletha Borgens, at the home; two sons, Leslie G Borgens, Lynnwood, WA; and Alan Ray Borgens, Spokane; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs Esther Borgens, Wapeto, WA; and Mrs Tony (Helen) Welch, Yakima, WA; one brother, Ruben Borgens, Yakima. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-11-1982) 

Borgens:  Carl Borgen, a well known wheat rancher of the Odessa country, died at the Walla Walla hospital last Friday after a lingering illness which resulted from an injury sustained in a runaway accident last Fourth of July. Mr Borgen was 53 years old at the time of his death. He was a native of Russia and came to the United States in 1892, first settling near Lincoln, NE, where he resided ten years before he came to Washington and took up residence seventeen miles southwest of Odessa. He is survived by a wife, six children, five brothers and two sisters. His body was shipped to his home and the funeral, which was a large one, conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Emmaus German Congregational church by Rev Albert Reimann. Burial took place at the church cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-14-1916; TS at Emmaus)

Bowman:  Roy J Bowman, former Odessa shoe repair man, died Saturday at his home at Spokane. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the Smith Funeral Home at Spokane, the rev M J Galle of the Odessa English Congregational church officiating, with interment in Riverside Park.  Survivors include his wife, Mabel, and one son, Jack, at the home; two brothers, Dr E L Bowman, Chilliwack, BC, and Daniel Bowman, Sudbury, Ont.; four sisters, Mrs W J Huber in North Dakota; Mrs C W Thompson, Portland; Mrs C Henneberg, San Diego, CA; and Mrs F Heslop, Alberta, Canada, and one grandson, Barry Roy Bowman, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 10-30-1947)

Breeden:  “Miss Grace Breeden, 37, daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Breeden, Spangle, died Saturday noon in a Spokane hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident last Sunday near Odessa.  Miss Breeden was the second victim of the accident, death taking the driver, Everett M Jenkins, last Wednesday night. The two were the only occupants of the car, which ran into a ditch off the Lind-Odessa road. An autopsy was performed to determine the cause of Miss Breeden’s death. Although she suffered internal injuries, Miss Breeden appeared to be recovering until Saturday, when she suddenly relapsed. She is survived by her brother, Stanley, at Spokane and her parents.  The injured people were brought to Odessa immediately after the accident and rushed to a Spokane hospital.” (Odessa Record: 5-27-1937)

??Bragg:  Note: C A Bragg, early publisher of Odessa Record died est. June 2, 1946.

Bragg:  (Jessie Unger Bragg)  “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational church on Monday morning for Mrs Jess Frances Bragg, 73, who died at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane on Friday morning. The Rev John A Birchard officiated, with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery at Spokane. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Pallbearers were four nephews, Robert, Donald and Norman Barnhart, and Kenneth Collison, Spokane; Alfred Wagner and Leon Walter, Odessa.  Music was brought by a duet, Mrs Donald Zeiler, Odessa, and Linda K Strate, Davenport. Mrs James Lyons was organist. Jessie Unger was born in New Berlin, now North Canton, Ohio, on July 6, 1890. She came to Washington at the age of 14 with her parents, Mr and Mrs E G Unger, in the fall of 1904. Married to C A Bragg on Jan 24, 1925, she took an active part in the woman’s sphere of community life, including the organizations of the English Congregational Church, the Women’s Social Club, and was a member of the early Odessa Women’s Club, the civic group that built the Odessa city park.  In 1931 when Mr Bragg bought the Odessa Record, she shared in publishing this paper. She remained active with the paper until it was sold in 1957. Since retirement the Braggs continued their home here. She had spent the past several weeks in the hospital at Spokane. Survivors include her husband, C A Bragg, at the home; a sister, Mrs Roxie Barnhart, Spokane; two brothers, George F Unger and Ralph T Unger, Spokane; a niece, Mrs Kenneth Collison; three nephews, Robert, Donald and Norman Barnhart, all of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-18-1963) 

Brandenburg:  Jaunita A Brandenburg.  Female, white, single. Birth: Aug 20, 1911, Yakima County. Age: 1 yr 3 mos 21 days. Father: Burrell Brandenburg, born Ohio. Mother: Bessie F Mc.... Informant: Burrell Brandenburg, Address: Fairview, WA. Death: Dec 11, 1912 at 3:15 p.m. at Fairview Precinct, County of Yakima. Cause of death: Second degree burns, whole of back and upper part of arms, posterior, accidental, duration 1 ˝ days. Contributory: Toxemia from burns. Burial: Tahoma Cemetery. Undertaker: Shaw and sons, N. Yakima.” (WA State Board of Health, Cert. of Death)

Brandenburg:  Willard (Bill) A Brandenburg, 76, of Ephrata, died Oct 11, 1999 in Ephrata. He had lived in Odessa for 16 years previously. He was born Oct 13, 1922, in Maynard, MN, the son of Otto and Martha (Quast) Brandenburg. He married Evelyn Torgrimson on Oct 7, 1941 in Bonners Ferry, ID.  Graveside services were held at Ephrata City Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-28-1999)

Brandon:  Joe A Brandon, 71, died March 8, 1983 in Kennewick. He was a retired barber. Burial was at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-24-1983)

Brauer:  “Robert Brauer received a delayed telegram late Friday evening telling him of the death of his father, John Brauer, 79, Thursday, at Salem, Oregon, and informing him that the funeral was to be held there on Saturday. Mr Brauer was unable to attend the services on short notice.  John Brauer was born in Russia, coming to America in 1888, locating at North Dakota, coming to this area in 1905, where he purchased a ranch north of town, living here until 1918, at which time he moved to California. His wife died in 1928 and he continued his residence there until the last four years, when he located at Salem, with a daughter. Survivors include eight children, Robert, Odessa; Mrs John Van Lydegraf, Salem, OR; Mrs Faith Hein, Denair, CA; Mrs Andrew Handel, Denair, CA; Mrs Isaac Rehanna, Denair, CA; Gottlieb, Manhattan Beach, CA; Ben, Stockton, CA; and Rudolph, White Swan, WA.” (Odessa Record: 4-10-1947)

Brennan:  James J Brennan, retired business man and cattle breeder, was fatally injured recently when his automobile left the road and crashed into a stump near Paulsbo, where he had lived the past 18 months. He dispersed his foremost herd of registered shorthorn cattle and spent some time in his boyhood surroundings in Scotland. At the dispersal sale, Lakeview Ranch purchased the present herd sires, Mains Cloudburst, in 1961 Mr and Mrs Brennan had been frequent visitors at the ranch here.” (Odessa Record: 1-31-1963)

Bresee:  Marian Bresee of Walnut Creek, CA, formerly of Odessa, passed away at Walnut Creek on Friday, June 19, 1981.She had been in failing health for sometime.  Mrs Bresee was the wife of Dr T F Bresee, Sr, a dentist who practiced in Odessa for several years. He preceded her in death in 1942. Survivors include one son, T F Bresee, Jr, of Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, JoAnn (Bresee) Fraser of Walnut Creek; 5 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one sister, Anna Huber of San Jose, CA.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1981)

Bresee: "Private funeral services for Dr T F Bresee, Odessa dentist, were held from the chapels of the Smith funeral home at Spokane on Sunday, the Rev W L Zabel, former Odessa minister, officiating. Cremation followed on Monday. Dr Bresee had engaged in the practice of dentistry in Odessa for more than 25 years, selling his practice here during the fall months, then purchasing an office at Spokane. Survivors include the widow, Marian, and one daughter, Jo Ann, at the family home in Odessa; one son, Sgt Thomas F Bresee, Jr, stationed with the Marine Corp at Chicago; two brothers, Harry and Melvin, and his mother, Mrs Margaret Bresee, all of Missoula, MT. Sgt Bresee, home for the funeral, will leave Sunday for San Diego, CA, where he is to report for further service." (Odessa Record: 1-07-1943)

Bretz:  Morris Lon Bretz, born to Bernard R Bretz and Estella G Bretz in Santa, Idaho April 17, 1916, passed away Dec 27, (1988) at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, after a lingering illness....Before entering the Army, he was married in 1942 to Martha Gutridge of Tekoa. The couple had 3 children... Inurnment will follow with memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.” (notes from Odessa Record: 1-05-1989)  

Brislawn:  “Miss Charlotte Ellen Brislawn, 43, Sprague, member of a pioneer Inland Empire family, died this week after an illness of several weeks. She had been at Spokane four months, visiting a sister, Mrs Mollie Davis, when taken ill. She is survived by seven brothers, J F, Sprague; M T, J W, and L I, Seattle; Capt Mark T Brislawn, USA, Fort Benning, GA; and M T Brislawn, Vancouver, BC; and 3 sisters, Mrs J C Hanford, Oakesdale; Miss Margaret, Pullman; and Mrs Davis, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1936)

Brown:  Julia A Brown was born July 21, 1907 to Tony and Mary Brown at the farm north of Odessa. She passed away on March 14, 1990 at the Odessa Convalescent Center. She was married for a time to Riley Perkins, they divorced. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-26-1990)

Brown:  “One passenger in a car driven by Larry R Weaver, 20, of Lincoln was killed and another received serious injuries in a one-car accident 16 miles west of Odessa on Highway 28 early Tuesday morning, according to the state patrol.  Killed was Robert F Brown, 59, of Fruitland. Injured was Alberta Stocker, 24, of Lincoln who was hospitalized with a broken jaw and possible brain damage. Weaver was unhurt. The woman was hospitalized then transferred to Spokane, it is reported.  In the accident that occurred at 3 a.m., investigating officers said Weaver was eastbound when he apparently fell asleep. The car crossed the road and went into a ditch, being airborne 52 feet after striking a large boulder. Seat belts were not in use, officers report. The car was demolished.” (Odessa Record: 6-26-1969)  

Browning: “F F Browning went to Spokane Wednesday morning, where he was called by the very serious illness of his father, O D Browning.” (Odessa Record: 2-20-1914) "Mr and Mrs F F Browning returned Sunday morning from Tacoma where they were called on the previous Wednesday by the death of Mr Browning’s father, O D Browning, of that city." (Odessa Record: 1-01-1915)


Brudst:  Max Brudst, 50-year old bachelor, was found dead Wednesday afternoon at the L A West ranch in Cascade valley near Neppel. Brudst was caretaker of the West ranch. He had been in poor health.  He was found lying on the bed in the ranch house by Earl Cole, a neighbor, who called authorities. Gordon Nicks, deputy sheriff, said the man evidently died of natural causes. Brudst was last seen Monday when he walked to Neppel.  He is survived by his mother at Seattle and one sister, Mrs Oscar Wagner at Wilson Creek. The body was taken to Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 2-18-1937) 


Bucher:  Donna L Bucher, 64, a resident of Ritzville, formerly of Lind, died Nov 27, in Ritzville. She was born Feb 5, 1936 at Reardan, the daughter of Gilbert and Bernice Hanes Schalock. She attended Edwall schools, graduating in 1954. She married Kent K Bucher on April 4, 1955. Memorial services held at Danekas Funeral Home Chapel in Ritzville. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-30-2000)

Buchmann:  Jesse S Buchmann died Oct 11, 2003 from injuries suffered in a car accident near Omak. He was a well-known Ephrata High school athlete, local contractor avid hunter and bass fisherman. He is survived by his parents, Gary and Pam Buchmann, of Moses Lake, daughter Jessica, maternal grandmother, Reta D Walter, of Chetwynd, BC, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial potluck reception is scheduled at Lakeview Country Club on Saturday, Oct 18.” (Odessa Record: 10-16-2003) 

Buddrius:  George Wendell Buddrius, 87, died Nov 13, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from Marlin High School and joined the US Coast Guard shortly before WW II. He married Wilma Wilcox in Marlin on June 10, 1946. Entombment is at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his wife, two step-brothers, Robert of Leavenworth and Victor of Blanchard, ID; four daughters and their families: Lorelei Bintz, of Albuquerque; Lavona Mason, of Aken, SC; Deborah Jackson, of Albuquerque; and Brenda Sanchez of Albuquerque; 7 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, the Rev Paul Buddrius of Santa Fe, NM, two sisters and several step-brothers and step-sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-15-2005)

Burbank: Luther ‘Lu’ Davis Burbank, 86, a former resident of Marlin, died on Friday, Oct 31, 1997, at Vancouver, WA. He was born on Aug 7, 1911, at Klamath Falls, OR, to Fred and Estella Burbank. He was the oldest of three brothers, including Jerome (Bud) and Henry (Hank), and grew up and attended school in Marlin. Mr Burbank was a retired diesel mechanic for Aphis Concrete. He was a resident of the Battle Ground, WA, area for the past 25 years.  He was a member of the Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church, the International Order of Foresters and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, metal working, crossword puzzles and helping his neighbors. He is survived by his wife of 60...continued on page 5.” (incomplete obit: Odessa Record: 11-06-1997)

Burris:  “Funeral services for Matthew Elwood Burris, who died at the Ephrata hospital Sunday, were held Wednesday morning from the Lutheran Church at Marlin, the Rev A Grabow officiating.  Mr Burris was born at Kenton, Ohio, March 13, 1864, and came to the state in 1900, working for a time as ranch foreman for Bill Kellum, on what is now known as the Big Bend Land Co ranch, later homesteading in the southwest area.  During late years his travels had taken him to Texas and California, and about nine years ago he returned to this area to look after property interests.  On Saturday he was found ill at his home by neighbors and was removed to the Ephrata hospital, where death came Sunday, at the age of 81.  He has one known survivor, Mrs Maude Ketner, Stanton, Mich.” (Odessa Record: 11-08-1945) 
Busch:  “Mrs G F Busch, 59, formerly of Odessa, died after a long and extended illness at the Bismarck, ND, Evangelical hospital, on Aug 2, the Odessa Record is informed. She was buried in the family plot in Graceland Cemetery, Madison, SD, on August 4.  She leaves her husband, the Rev G F Busch, now of Winnipeg, Canada; Mrs J C (Irene) Baldwin of Port Hueneme, CA; Mrs J A (Holdine) Sykes, Columbus, OH; Mrs F J (Marigold) Marino of Long Beach, CA; Manuel Busch, Bismarck, ND; Roland Busch, Elgin, ND; and Lorraine Busch of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two children preceded her in death, Ewald, who died in infancy 34 years ago, and Martin Luther, who was lost during a typhoon while actively engaged in WW II in December, 1944.  The Rev and Mrs Busch and family lived at Odessa from 1936 to 1942. The members of the family wish to thank Odessa friends for their best wishes sent Mrs Busch during her five month illness.” (Odessa Record: 8-11-1949) 

Butler:  “Word has been received here by Mrs A W Jessett that her uncle, L J Butler of Camas, died in a Vancouver hospital Saturday night. Mr Butler lived in Odessa several years ago and gave piano and organ lessons in the area.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1966)

Butor:  “Memorial funeral services were held from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Tuesday, July 12, 1983 for Frank Butor, who died on July 8, 1983. Pastor Bob Shofner officiated... Frank Butor was born on April 3, 1928, the son of John and Bertha Butor at Medford, WI.... He was a bachelor and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars...” (July 14, 1983 of Odessa Record; burial not stated, no survivors local, parents deceased; Suchland cemetery records for Odessa state buried WI).

Butte:  Maggie S Butte of Odessa, born Dec 5, 1891 in Eureka, SD, passed away Jan 27, 1991 at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she was a resident. She came to the Odessa area with her parents in 1902, and on Dec 5, 1916 she was wed to William Butte in Thompson Falls, MT.  After the couple lived in MT for several years, they moved to Spokane where Mr Butte worked 40 years for a lumber mill. After he died, she returned here to make her home until her death.  A member of Evening Star Chapter #108, Royal Neighbors Camp 10309, and American Legion Post #105 Auxiliary, she was the last surviving member of the Andreas and Katherine Wagner family, which consisted of seven sons and six daughters.  Mrs Butte is survived by a daughter-in-law, Deanna Butte of Clayton, WA, by 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan 31, at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, Pastor Charles Smith officiated. Interment followed at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1991)

Byers:  “Funeral services for John Raoul Byers, 81, were held on Saturday afternoon in the Challacombe and Fickel chapel at Everett. The Rev C Elroy Shikles officiated and burial was in the family plot at Evergreen Cemetery. Mr Byers, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Harold Ottestad, in Odessa, last Wednesday, was a pioneer Everett school man and former Snohomish county supt. The Everett paper praised his work as an administrator. Born Nov 1, 1872, in Belmond, IA, he came to Everett in 1914...” (Odessa Record: 18 Nov 1954)


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