Odessa Vicinity Deaths

                                                                            burial location elsewhere

                                                                     Submitted by Marge Womach

                                                                                                   File 1  Page E through F                                                                       


Easthope:  “C W Oster, 48, former Odessa resident, and E E Easthope, 55, Lamona, railway employee, are dead, the result of injuries received when struck by an automobile about 10:05 Saturday, a mile north of Cheney. The legs of both were fractured according to state patrolmen.  Easthope, died shortly after the accident and Oster died on Monday afternoon. The men were walking toward Cheney. The car that struck them was driven by Collier R Cole, Spokane. He claimed to have been blinded by the light of a car, the driver of which was trying to pass a truck. He was arrested but released on his own recognizance. The victims were placed on a truck stopped by patrolmen for removal to the Deaconess hospital. Patrolman Coshaw said the men were walking in the road rather than the sidewalk and Coroner Collins said they had been drinking. Easthope was 55 and employed as a laborer by the Great Northern at Lamona. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs J E Hancock of Butte, MT.  Oster had moved to Cheney during the past year after farming in the Lamona area for several years. His body was taken to the Jerue funeral home at Cheney. Funeral services for Mr Easthope were held at 11 o’clock this morning from the Turnbull-Merager parlors at Spokane, with burial there. Funeral services for C W Oster are being held at Cheney this afternoon, with burial at Cheney.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1937)

Eaton:  Mrs Marie C Eaton, wife of J R Eaton, Bellingham, formerly a resident of Odessa, died there on Sept 17. Funeral services were held there Saturday, Sept 20. Mrs Eaton had been a resident of Bellingham for the past nine years but was a member of the Odessa lodge of Royal Neighbors and the Oroville lodge of Rebekahs, also a past noble grand of that order.” (Odessa Record: 10-02-1947)

Ebner:  Betty Ebner died May 12, 1986 at Sun City, CA with memorial there. She was the sister of Nancy Kramer of Odessa. (Odessa Record: 5-22-1986)

Eckhardt:  George Eckhardt, 72, early pioneer of the region northwest of Marlin, was buried from the St Matthew’s Congregational church in Odessa on Sunday, following his death at Cheney last Thursday, with the Rev J H Wacker officiating and burial at the Scheller Cemetery.  Born in Frank, North Russia, in December 1863, and in 1891 was married to Anna Margaret Hoff, coming to America in 1893 and settling at Hastings, Nebraska, where he farmed many years. In later years he came west, homesteading near Marlin. His wife died in 1926 and since then he has made his home with his children. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs W L Scott, Cheney; Mrs E J Kent, Spokane; Mrs J P Hansen, Cheney; and Mrs J C Harding, Ellensburg; four sons, Karl at Almira; George and David at Marlin, and Harry at Spokane; and 15 grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1936)

Eckhardt:  “A funeral was held in Portland on Tuesday, Jan 27, for Lawrence H Eckhardt, who died Jan 23, 2004, at the age of 78. He was born Jan 25, 1925 in Odessa. He graduated from Benson High School in Portland and served in the US Navy during World War II. He was a machinist. In 1947 he married Mary E Waterfield. She died in 1989. Survivors include his daughters, Rose Marie Long and Mary Evelyn Northington; a brother, Lloyd; a sister, Delores Bushong; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-2004)

Edinger:  Lawrence Paul Edinger, 52, died Sunday, Dec 19, 2004 in Odessa. He was born on July 30, 1952, in Missoula, MT to Reuben and Pauline (Middleton) Edinger. He was preceded in death by his father, Reuben.  He worked in construction the majority of his life. Memorial service will be in mid-January at the Benson Family Chapel in Moses Lake. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-30-2004)

Edwards:  Elizabeth Ann Edwards died in Seattle July 16, 1996, with funeral services in Seattle. She was born Nov 22, 1950, the daughter of Rev and Mrs Dexter Edwards of Ephrata, interim minister for the Odessa area and Marlin at one time. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-08-1996)

Egbert:  “Funeral services are being held at Spokane this afternoon for Betty Mae Egbert, former Marlin matron, who died Jan 2, at Wenatchee. Cremation will follow. The Rev John Groschupf is officiating. Mrs Egbert was the widow of the late Gib Egbert, of Marlin, and she and her husband were prominent figures there. She conducted music and tap dancing lessons in Odessa for several years, coming here from her Marlin home. Following the death of Mr Egbert she lived at Liberty Lake near Spokane, and during the past year moved to Wenatchee to be near her daughter, Robin. Survivors include the daughter, Mrs Ellsworth H Reese, Wenatchee; one son, John L Peterson, Spokane, and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1955)

Elian: (Katherine Elian)  “S J Elian was called to Spokane Tuesday by a message which stated that his wife had just died at the Sacred Heart hospital where only a week before she underwent the ordeal of having a foot amputated. Mrs Elian was a victim of an insidious disease that had caused her much trouble for years and finally brought her to the operating table and death. The sympathy of the community goes out to Mr Elian who is now left alone on his homestead east of town. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Turnbull undertaking parlors at Spokane and burial was made at a Spokane cemetery.”  (Odessa Record: 12-13-1918) “Mrs Katherine Elian of Odessa died Dec 10, at the St Lukes hospital in Spokane a week after her second operation having her limb amputated below the knee. She was 61 years old, born in Bohemia, she is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters. Funeral services were held at the Turnbull’s undertaking parlors with burial at the Riverside Park Cemetery and open air service. The members of the ZCBJ (Western Bohemian Fraternal Association) sang in the Turnbull’s Chapel with Mr John Doubravo officiating. She received several beautiful flowers sent by Lodge ZCBJ, Lodge 161 LOOM, Cigar Makers Union, Mr and Mrs James Tyra, Mr J Bruna and one from her family. Contributed.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1918)

Elkins:  Presley Amos Elkins, 80, died at his home in Oaksdale, WA, on Tuesday. He is survived by two sons, William and Amos Elkins of Oakesdale, WA, and one daughter, Mrs Mae Nopson of Astoria, OR. Mrs Nopson is a former resident, her husband, H G Nopson, having been manager of the J C Penney store here. Mr Elkins visited her on many occasions. Funeral services are being held this afternoon at Oakesdale.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1938)

Emerson:  “Funeral services for Clarence Emerson, son-in-law of Mrs Wilhelm Isaak, Odessa are to be held at Yakima on Friday. Goning from here will be Mrs Isaak, Mr and Mrs John Goetz and Mrs and Mrs G A Weber.” (Odessa Record: 10-17-1946)

Emmert: Clara May Emmert, wife of Robt. Obit in LCT of 11-10-1903, Greenwood Cemetery of Spokane.

Engle:  Viola Grace Underwood Engle died May 18, 2001 in Spokane. She was born in Wilson Creek and graduated from Marlin High School in 1931. In 1945 she married Forrest ‘Jack’ Engle. They moved from Marlin to Spangle area, farming there from 1949 to 1968. In 1978 they moved to Spokane. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991, daughter Betty Anderson in 1987, son George Engle in 1999, and one brother, Floyd Underwood. Interment was at Fairmount Memorial Park. She was survived by children and grandchildren, and one brother, Howard Underwood of Wilbur. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-24-2001)

Engstrom:  “Funeral services for Mrs Estella Parrish Engstrom, former resident and teacher, were held at Deer Park on Tuesday, April 3, at the Open Door Congregational Church.  Survivors include two sons, Jim Parrish of Wintrhop, WA, and Jack Parrish, Puyallup, WA; three grandsons; three granddaughters; and a niece, Mrs Margaret McAllister, Harrington, WA.  Mrs Engstrom had resided in Deer Park since 1937. She and the late Ross Parrish had owned and operated the Odessa Drug Co during the 1920’s and early 30’s.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1973)

Erdmann:  Christopher E Erdmann died Oct 11, 1994, with memorial services in Moses Lake. He was a long-time resident of Moses Lake, and a graduate of School for  the Deaf in Vancouver, WA in 1990. He worked in Odessa at the family business, ‘The Pizza Shop.’ He is survived by his parents, Marvine and Janice Erdmann of Marlin; 3 brothers, Brent, Michael and Tyrell; 2 sisters, Kamie Lee of Odessa and Rhonda Erdmann of Marlin; paternal grandparents, Ervine and Verna Erdmann; maternal grandmother, Ruth Landa Vail; great grandmother Polly Hronick. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Truman Landa. (excerpt of Odessa Record: 10-20-1994)

Erickson: “Funeral services were held from a Spokane funeral home on Monday for Alvin Norman Erickson, son of Rev and Mrs Norman E Erickson of Odessa. The Rev W H Boyles officiated, and burial at Riverside Park Cemetery. Other survivors are Norma Jean Erickson, Everett Christian, Raymond Eugene and Marvin Leroy Erickson, all at the home here; the grandparents, Mr and Mrs Chris Erickson, Springfield, MO, and Mr and Mrs Albert Graham of Grangeville, Idaho; several aunts and uncles.” (Odessa Record: 5-20-1954) 

Ertman:  “Believed to have been a victim of a woodsawyers’ war at Portland, Alfred Ertman, formerly of Odessa, is in serious condition, shot through the chest. He was wounded by someone who hid in the back yard of his home and shot through the kitchen door. It was the second attack on him in 14 hours. Three men in a car took several shots at him as he was operating his saw the day before. The same bullet which went through Ertman’s chest grazed the hand of his landlady, who was visiting him to collect the rent, before it struck the sawyer. Ertman spent some time in Odessa last year, operating his saw and aiding relatives with farm work.” (Odessa Record: 8-30-1935)

Essig: “Mrs Fred Kramer received word on Saturday of the death of her oldest brother, August Essig, Chicago. She was unable to make train connections to get there in time for the funeral.....” (Odessa Record: 5-11-1944)

Estes:  Robert W Estes, 89, died Nov 17, 2004 in Odessa. He was born in Fowler, NY, on Nov 21, 1915, to Wentworth Estes and Hannah (Whitmore) Estes. Robert was preceded in death by his wife Alma (Zahl) Estes, who died on Nov 10, 2003. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov 20, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Strate Funeral Home was in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-25-2004) “A daughter’s name, Gloria Kem was inadvertently misspelled.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-2004)

Evans:  Carlie E (Chuck) Evans of San Antonio, TX, son-in-law of Leonard and Ida Mills of Odessa, died of a massive heart attack May 3. He was 54. Burial occurred in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-26-1988)

Evavold:  Cassandra Julian Evavold died of sudden infant syndrome at the age of four months at her home in Bothell on May 9, 1993. She was the daughter of Jill Marie Evavold. Interment was at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-13-1993)

Farley:  Calvin H Farley died April 13, 1991. Memorial service was held in Spokane. He was a former superintendent of schools at Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-25-1991)

Farley:  June Rose Farley, a Spokane resident who lived in Odessa a number of years ago, passed away in Spokane Sept 7, 1990. She had been a resident of the area for many years, while her husband Calvin was superintendent of schools for several districts, including the Odessa School District.  The couple retired to the San Juan Islands 19 years ago, but returned to make their home in Spokane four years ago. They were married in Caldwell, Idaho in Nov 1943.  Mrs Farley was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, at the family home; by three sons; Roderick Farley of Spokane; Tad Farley of the Spokane Valley; and Wallace Farley of Darrington; by a sister, Evelyn Pryor of Boise; by 8 grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vonny Farley. Funeral service was held Sept 13 from the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1990)

Faus:  “A memorial service for Esther Grace Faus, who died at the age of 86, Dec 16, 2000, was held in Portland on Dec 21, 2000. She was born Esther Grace Deffenbacher, in Odessa, on July 11, 1914. She lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Vancouver, WA., before moving to Portland in the 1940s. In 1939 she married Earnest Faus, Jr.  He died in Jan 2000. Survivors include her son, Edward M Faus, a brother, Forrest Deffenbacher, and one grandchild.” (Odessa Record: undated 2001)

Fendler:  “Mrs Anna Bertha Fendler, mother of Mrs F B Totusek, Odessa, died on Monday at a Spokane hospital. She had lived at Spokane for 15 years. Survivors include Mrs Totusek and four other daughters: Mrs Pauline A Nelson, Mrs Helen Cooper, Mrs Lou Rosenquist, all of Spokane; and Mrs Ruth Slayman of Portland, OR; three sons, Luther C, of Spokane; George, of Portland; and Henry of San Francisco; 13 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Funeral rites are being held this afternoon (Thursday) from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Spokane, the Rev J M Groschupf officiating.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1936)

Ferris:  O R Ferris, Davenport, was killed and Glen R Prater, Pasco, perhaps fatally injured late Sunday afternoon when their car got out of control near Prosser, presumably because of fast driving. The car skidded back and forth across the road for 200 feet and turned over twice on highway 410, near Kiona, 15 miles east of Prosser.” (Odessa Record: 9-23-1937)

Fiess:  Arthur Fiess, of Albuquerque, NM, died Wednesday, Oct 4, 2002, at the age of 92. Born March 15, 1908, at Krupp (now Marlin), he was a long time resident of marlin, Wilson Creek and Soap Lake, where he was a wheat and cattle rancher and later bred thoroughbred horses. he was active in the Wilson Creek Union Warehouse and the Washington Horse Breeders’ Association. In 1979, Mr and Mrs Fiess moved to Albuquerque. Mr Fiess is survived by his daughter Robin Morgan, of Albuquerque; his stepson Richard Glenn, of Seattle; his brother Paul Fiess, of Portland; his sister Elsie Garner of Missoula, MT, and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife Gladys Bennett Fiess, preceded him in death Cremation was followed by interment of the ashes at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque. French Mortuary of Albuquerque, was in charge of arrangements.”  (Odessa Record: 10-12-2000)

Fiess:   “Funeral services are being held today from St Paul Lutheran Church, Wenatchee, for Robert G Fiess, 71, Marlin pioneer, who died there Sunday, after a year’s illness. Burial is in Wenatchee Cemetery. The Rev Richard A Tschirley of Wenatchee and Rev A H Grabow of Marlin are officiating. Fiess came to the United States in 1901 and homesteaded near Marlin, where he operated a wheat ranch until 1940, then residing for a time at Soap Lake, and later at Wenatchee. Survivors are his widow; 7 sons, Roland, Ephrata; Charles, Reardan; Arthur and Randolph, Wilson Creek; Thomas, Marlin; Walter, Reardan; and Paul, Portland; 3 daughters, Mrs George Borgens, Ritzville; Mrs Everett Ulich, Milton, OR; and Mrs Roy Garner, Missoula, MT; one brother, two sisters and 14 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-01-1948)

Fink:  Lauretta Schauerman Fink died Aug 16 at Kootenai Medical Center. She was born Dec 30, 1919 in Odessa to Conrad and Anna Marie Schauerman. She married Harry Fink in 1937. She is survived by her husband, a son and six daughters; by five sisters, Irene Nichols, Helen Schimke, Martha Bartalamay and Rosie Michaelsen, all of Odessa, and Lena Stuhlmiller of Quincy; 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene. Yates Funeral Home in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-25-1988)

Finkbeiner:  Richard Lawrence Finkbeiner, high school student at Deer Park, died with polio. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Christ Finkbeiner. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-14-1949)

Finrow:  Chris H Finrow, 82, who was in the mercantile business at Reardan for 35 years, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs Milo King, at Potlatch, Idaho.  Mr Finrow, born in Norway in 1857, came to America at the age of eight. He moved to Reardan in 1900. Survivors are one son and three daughters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday.” (Odessa Record: 8-10-1939) 

Fisher:  Alma Melcher Keller Fisher, age 81, d. Jan 11, 2004 in Davenport, she was born in Odessa... Preceded  in death by two husbands, Joseph Keller and Kenneth Fisher, two brothers and 10 sisters. Among the survivors were a brother, Carl Melcher of Odessa, and two sisters, Clara Becker of Sprague and Eleanor Schell of Ritzville. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-15-2004)

Fitzgerald:  Leland W Fitzgerald of Odessa, a former resident of Connell and Spokane who was born Sept 24, 1924 in California, passed away June 25, (1990) in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1990)

Fix:  Harold Fix died April 28, 1998. He was born in October 1912 in Odessa. He later owned the Ritzville Bakery and Fix’s Cafe in Ritzville during the 1930s and 1940s. He moved to Portland in 1949. He married Alvina Beck in 1932. She died in 1973. In 1975 he married Elvira Wick. She died in 1989. Interment was in Sunset Hills Mausoleum. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-07-1998)

Fleisch: see Gardner, Mrs Hattie Fleisch Gardner; d. May 30, 1956.

Floether relations: “Mr and Mrs Alex Floether of Lind have received word from Backnag in the western zone of Germany of the passing of a very good friend, Carl Scheeler. Mr Floether identifies him as a cousin of the late John Scheeler Sr of Lind.  The two Scheelers and Mr Floether, and the Scheeler wives, were childhood friends together in Seimeny, Russia.  Mr Floether’s uncle, Daniel Floether, from South Russia, passed away last June. Also a cousin, Hilda Isaak Bublitz, died in Dec of 1955. Her mother and Mr Floether’s father were sister and brother.  Disaster struck hard at the Carl Scheelers during the war, when one son and a son-in-law gave their lives on the front, and their other son-in-law is still among the missing.  Survivors of Carl Scheeler are his widow, Emma Mayer Scheeler; a son, two daughters and four grandchildren. He was 69 at the time of his death.  Mr and Mrs Floether were visitors at the Carl Scheeler home on their visit to Europe in June, 1954, and enjoyed a long talk about old times in Seimeny, Russia. It had been 42 years since Mr Floether left the old country in 1912. Believing that Odessa friends would be interested in news form European friends, Mr Floether supplied the Record with the above news.”  (Odessa Record: 3-01-1956)

Fode:  Janet D Schmick Fode died March 24, 2004. She was born in Endicott Sept 7, 1935, the daughter of William and Elma (Reich) Schmick. She graduated from Sprague High School in 1953. She married Donald L Fode in 1954. They moved to Odessa in 1961 where they owned Fode’s Meat Market. After a divorce, the business was sold in 1970 and Janet moved her family to Sprague. She was survived by 2 sons, Gary and Kirk, and a daughter, Lori (and Rick) Leonard. Burial was at the Endicott Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-01-2004)

Fogleson:  “A funeral for Fred Harris Fogleson, of Portland, was held June 24. He died in a Portland care center on June 20. Mr Fogleson was born March 19, 1906 in Irby, where he was raised and educated. He moved to Portland in 1932. He was a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways from about 1939 to 1972. He was a member of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, the Orenomah Masonic Lodge and Eastern star Lodge 141. Survivors include his wife, Pauline, and he was the Uncle of Shirley Trimble and Joan Cross, both of Spokane. (Information submitted by Marie Krieger of Portland.)” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1991)

Fogleson: Mortuary Ledger showing “Mary M Fogleson, Died: March 13, 1932, 4:50 a.m., at 358-E 8th. Birth: Nov 23, 1882; age 49 yrs. Female, white. Father: Warren Kershner; Mother: Anna Wilson. Time of residence: 10 yrs (location not specified), Previous residence: Irby, WA. Physician: Dr Jennings. Leaves husband: Frank K Fogleson, and one son, Fred H Fogleson.”

Foos:  “Two former residents were listed among Spokane deaths this week, Mrs Anna J Trefren and Mrs Eva E Foos.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1948; did not get obit for her)

Foster:  Mary Foster died July 1, 1989 in Spokane. She was born in Odessa. She married John ‘Howard’ Foster. Graveside services were held at Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-13-1989)

Fox:  John Kenneth Fox, 78, died July 18, 2005. He was born June 28, 1927 in Bozeman, MT to Walter M and Estell John Matthews Fox. He served in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Raugust Fox, of Lacey, WA, two sons and a daughter. Graveside service was held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-28-2005)

Francis:  Muriel Amende Francis died from cancer on Sunday, Dec 3, 1995, at her home in Pasadena, CA.  She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Gladys Amende. Arthur Amende was cashier of Odessa State Bank in the 1930s. Gladys was for many years town clerk of Odessa.  Muriel spent her youth in Marlin and Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High school with the Class of 1936.  For many years she was an executive secretary in Arcadia, CA. After her retirement, she was active in a literacy program. Survivors are her daughter, Mary Francis and grandchildren Nicolas and Cristina Hernandez, of Pasadena; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Allis Francis, of San Diego; sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and David Pearson, of walnut Creek, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law Max and Mary Amende and James and Norma Amende, of Seattle; sister-in-law Evelyn Amende, of Seattle, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.” (scrapbook obit, Odessa Record)

Frank:  Fred Frank, a former resident of Odessa, passed away Nov 20.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion of Eureka, CA, and a veteran of the US Army during WW II. He is survived by a son, Harley Frank, Spokane; by a daughter, Donna Kittilson, of Seattle; by a brother, Leo Frank of Walnut Creek, CA; by a sister, Mary Oertel of Davenport; and by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral service was held from Ball & Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane on Monday, Nov 23, the Rev Wilson Hille officiating. Interment followed at Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1987)

Frank:  “Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug 23, 1984 from the Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, WA, for John Frank, 90, of Davenport, who passed away at the Lincoln Convalescent Center on Aug 18, 1984. Rev Stanley Williamsen officiated. Mr Frank was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on Nov 23, 1893. He along with his parents lived for a time in Odessa, where his father had a blacksmith shop. John served as a member of the Davenport Zion Lutheran Church and the Senior Center.  He is survived by one sister of Davenport, Mary Oertel; two brothers, Leo Frank of Walnut Creek, CA, and Fred Frank of Eureka, CA; two nephews, Harley Frank and Vernon Oertel, both of Spokane; and two nieces, Mary Anne Lesine of Spokane and Darlene Cook of Portland, Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 8-30-1984; item shows photo of John Frank with Harold Suchland in 1935 at the Odessa Trading Co.)

Frasch:  “Funeral services for Melvin Frasch, former Odessa resident and owner of Mel’s Sharp All, will be held on Friday, Jan 25th at 10 a.m. at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy.” (Odessa Record: 24 Jan 1985)

Freauf:  “Graveside services were held on Monday, Oct 3, at the Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard, OR, for Freda Melcher Freauf. Mrs Freauf died on Tuesday, Sept 27, 1994. She was 81 years old.  She was born in Odessa on Jan 5, 1913, the daughter of George and Mary Katherine Melcher. She married William J (Bill) Freauf on May 19, 1931. The couple moved from eastern Washington to the Portland area in 1945.  In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by two sons, Arlie and wife Betty, of Salem, and John, of Lake Oswego, OR; three grandchildren, Mike of Perth, Australia, Susan, of San Francisco, and Laurie, of Salem; four great grandchildren, one brother, Art Melcher and wife Ednes, of Odessa; one sister, Lydia Clemenson, of Spokane; and many cousins, niecces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 10-13-1994)

Freauf:  “Graveside services for William J Freauf, a former resident of the Odessa area, were held on Monday, June 22, at Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard, OR.  Mr Freauf, who was 90 years old, died on Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Salem Hospital in Salem. He was a resident of Salem.  He was born in Portland on Dec 17, 1907, the son of Emma and John Freauf. When he was six years old, he moved with his family to the Almira area.  He married Freda Melcher of Odessa, in May 1931 and they farmed in the Almira-Hartline area. They later farmed in the Odessa area, and in 1945 they moved to Oregon. Mr Freauf operated a hauling service until he retired in 1972. Mrs Freauf died in Sept 1994. He is survived by two sons, John Freauf, of Lake Oswego, OR, and Arlie Freauf, of Salem; three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1998)

Frederick:  “Memorial services for Golda Mae Frederick, a former Odessa resident, were held on Monday at the Harrington Nazarene Church. Mrs Frederick, who was 82 years old, died Aug 28, 1992, in Harrington, where she was a resident. She was born on Nov 2, 1910, to Mark and Annie Burns in Hurdsfield, ND. She grew up in Mercer. She attended Dickinson Teachers’ College and taught in a country grade school in Taylor, ND.  She moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, and operated several businesses there until 1952, when she, and her two children, Jacqueline Ann and Dean Graves, were widowed and moved to Odessa. She married Louie Frederick in 1953 and operated a cafe and also an upholstery shop in Odessa. She was an avid bowler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Frederick, in 1988, and is survived by a sister, Betty Gasser, of Arizona; two children, Jacque Sewall of Seven Bays, and Dean Graves, of George, Utah; four step-children, Wayne Frederick, of Odessa; Leland Frederick, of Sprague; Ronald Frederick, of Odessa; Shirley Frederick Worley, of Odessa, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Fredrick:  Rev Gottfried Fredrick, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa from 1935 to 1941, died June 22 in a Spokane Valley hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife and two sons.  Survivors include Emmanuel D Busch, Millwood; Roland E Busch, Opportunity; Mrs Joseph (Irene) Baldwin, New Delhi, India; Mrs James (Huldine) Sykes, Fern Creek, KY; Mrs Fred (Marigold) Marino, San Jose, CA; Mrs Ramon (Lorraine) Feller, Mountlake Terrace; 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral service for Pastor Fredrick, who served in the ministry for 50 years, were held from Christ Lutheran Church, E13009 Broadway, Spokane, on Wednesday morning, June 25th.” (Odessa Record: 7-03-1975)

Frick:  Dorothy Catlow Frick, a former resident of Odessa, died earlier this month in Bothell. She was the fourth child of Chester and Freddie Catlow. The Catlows operated a freight truck service based in Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1940. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her parents, two brothers, Walter and Harold, and a sister, Vivian. Survivors include her son Lee, and two daughters, Barbara and Carrol. Interment was to be at the Ephrata Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-25-2003)

Frick:  Ida Mae Frick, 95, a longtime resident of Grant County, passed away Friday, April 25, 1997, at Terrace Heights Nursing Home in Moses Lake.  Ida was born Sept 2, 1901, in St Louis, MO, to Mr and Mrs Standing. She was raised in St Louis, and lived in Soap Lake, Chicago, Marlin and Moses Lake. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Carol Bartfeld of Skokie, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Phil Gold of Glencoe, IL; one son-in-law, Henry Gistenson of Skokie, IL; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, David and Mary Frick of Moses Lake, and Donald and Effie Frick of Odessa; three step-daughters and a son-in-law, Lorraine Goetz of Odessa, Allison Swartz of Moses Lake and Phyllis and Chris Larsen of Othello; 34 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren; a sister, Medora Pistorius of St Louis, MO; and several nieces and nephews. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Bartfeld, in 1956; husband, Fred Frick, in 1996; a daughter, Joan Gistenson; and an infant son.” (undated scrapbook obit) Ida Mae Frick died April 25, 1997 in Moses Lake.  Burial was on April 30 at the Bnai Emuna Cemetery in University City, St Louis, MO. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, was in charge of arrangements. (additional details from Odessa Record: 5-01-1997)

Friehauf:  Florence Flemmer Friehauf died Sunday, Dec 15, 1999, in Denver, of complications of a kidney disease. Her home was in Brush, Colo.  She was 75 years old. She was a former resident of Odessa, coming here from Colorado in 1940 with her parents.  Her father, the late Rev John Flemmer, was pastor of St Matthew Congregational Church. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1042. In 1945 she returned with her family to Colorado, where she met and married Dan Buckmaster. She retired in 1990 from the Colorado State Patrol, where she had been a dispatcher. After the death of her first husband, she married Ed Friehauf, who survives. She is also survived by two daughters, her mother, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a brother, Lowell Flemmer, all of Colorado.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-1999)

Frieske:  Albert Milton Frieske died Nov 22, 1993 in Spokane, survived by his wife Dorothy, son Jeffrey of Spokane and daughter Jill Florio of Spokane, sister Joyce Luiten of Odessa. Preceded in death by brother Eugene.  He was born in Odessa Oct 25, 1919. He was a WW II Marine Corps veteran. Burial was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. (notes from several undated scrapbook obits and funeral program. Parents not mentioned)“Funeral services for Albert Milton Frieske, a native of Odessa and a long-time resident of Spokane, were held last Saturday in Spokane.  Mr Frieske, who was 74 years old, died Monday, Nov 22, 1993, in Spokane. He had lived there since 1950, and before his retirement, he had been a mail carrier with the US Postal Service for 33 years. He was born Oct 24, 1919, in Odessa, the son of Dan and Molly Suchland Frieske. His parents were both members of pioneer Odessa families. He was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1938.  At the outset of WW II, he joined the US Marine Corps, and served in many parts of the world.  He remained in the service after the war until 1950.  He married Dorothy Jeske, of Cashmere, and they made their home in Spokane. He was active in the affairs of the Second Marine Division Association and was a member of the North Hill Christian Church in Spokane.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, at the home; a son, Jeffrey Frieske, of Spokane, a daughter, Jill Florio, of Spokane; a sister, Joyce Luiten, of Odessa; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Frieske….” (Odessa Record excerpt:  undated)

Fritts:  Earl Fritts, brother-in-law of William Schillinger, died at the Schillinger farm home Thursday of a heart attack. He had come down from Deer Park to do some fishing with Bill at Pacific Lake on Wednesday.  Mr Fritts, who was born in South Dakota, is survived by his wife, Mae, three brothers and two sisters, all residents of Washington. Funeral services were held in Spokane Monday afternoon. Bill Schillinger, Jr, Odessa, was one of the nephews acting as pallbearers. Interment was in Spokane Memorial Gardens.” (Odessa Record: 11-13-1969) 

Fritz:  “Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 26, 1983 from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Woodburn, OR for Pastor Werner J Fritz, who passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 1983.  Born in Selina, OH, he went to Oregon from Odessa, WA in 1967. He was a retired Lutheran minister and had served as pastor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA; St Matthew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, OR; Zion Lutheran Church, Portland; and Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa.  Survivors include his wife, Mildred; son John, Beaverton, OR; daughter, Greta Prince, Puyallup, WA; two sisters, Ruth Harden, Spokane; and Helen Meyer, Hemet, CA.  Private family interment was at Portland Memorial Mausoleum, Portland, OR.” (Odessa Record: 6-09-1983)

Fry:  “The funeral of John Wesley Fry, 95-year-old Davenport pioneer who died in Spokane Sunday, was held in Spokane Tuesday at 2:30 with the Davenport Masonic lodge, of which he was a member, in charge of the services at Greenwood Cemetery. He also belonged to the Royal Arch masons at Spokane and the Eastern Star chapter. Mr Fry was born in Ohio and went to California while a young man, casting his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. It was his proud boast that he had voted for every republican president since Lincoln, and he was in Davenport Tuesday to cast his vote for Herbert Hoover, the 19th republican presidential candidate for whom he had voted.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1932) 

Fulquartz: Mrs S A Fulquartz, Sprague, 81, was buried there Wednesday under the auspices of the Eastern Star. Born in Florida, she came around Cape Horn with her father while still a girl. She lived in CA and OR and finished her schooling at St Helen’s hall, Portland. She married Mr Fulquartz in 1884 and they settled on a ranch at the foot of Lake Colville in 1889. Fifteen years ago they retired. Mr Fulquartz died a year ago. Four children and three grandchildren survive.” (Odessa Record: 1-14-1937)

Funk:  Verna L (Kramer) Funk of Everett, born in Wenatchee Aug 17, 1919 and a graduate of Odessa High School in the Class of 1938, passed away April 28 following an extended illness. She spent most of her teen years living with the late Lloyd and Martha Williams in Odessa. In 1950, Mrs Funk moved to Everett where she made her home. Among the survivors were: brothers, Howard Kramer of Odessa, George Kramer of Snohomish, and Ed Kramer of Marysville; and sisters: Vi Noone of Moses Lake; Edna Deichl of Seattle, and Olga Browning and Hilda Richardson, both of Everett. Graveside services were at Peshastin cemetery, cremation handled by Purdy and Walters of Everett. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-09-1988) 


Odessa Vicinity Obituaries, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted  to the WAGenWeb, March 2006 by Marge Womach

      USGENWEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing
          free information on the Internet, data may be used by
          non-commercial entities, as long as this message
          remains on all copied material. These electronic
          pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit
          or for presentation by other persons or organizations.
           Persons or organizations desiring to use this material
          for purposes other than stated above must obtain the
          written consent of the file contributor.
          This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb.         

© Copyright  2006  WAGenWeb