Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Schwartz:  “Funeral services for  Andrew Schwartz, Spokane, were held there on Monday morning, the Rev Dr Alexander Schiffner officiating, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. He died on Nov 11. A former resident of the Ruff area, he had made his home at Spokane for several years. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, at the home; five daughters, Mrs Elizabeth Sackmann, Davenport; Mrs Laura Hewitt, Spokane; Mrs Mary Mahoney, Sacramento, CA; Mrs Anna Crosswhite, Portland; and Mrs Olga McBride, Spokane; four sons, David Schwartz, Spokane; John and William Schwartz, Lamona, and Fred Schwartz, Moses Lake; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1948)

Schwartz:  “Funeral services for Esther Schwartz, a longtime Odessa resident, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb 23, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Scott Jurgens officiating. Mrs Schwartz, who was 79 years old, died Sunday, Feb 19, 1995, at her home. She was born July 26, 1915, in Ruff, the daughter of the late Gottlieb and Minnie (Funk) Spies. She was a graduate of Moses Lake High School. In 1936, she married Fred Schwartz, and they made their home in Moses Lake. Fred died on Aug 10, 1968. Esther moved to Odessa in 1969, where she has resided since. She was an active member of the community and of Christ Lutheran Church. She is survived by her daughter, Vi Preston, of Nine Mile Falls; two brothers, Walter Spies, of Moses Lake, and Herb Spies, of Marlin; four grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Private family interment will follow in Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake, Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-1995)

Schwartz:  “Funeral services were held on Nov 7, 1981 for John Lawrence ‘Larry’ Schwartz of Spokane, who died of a heart attack at a Spokane hospital. Rev Tom Stutelberg officiated at the services which were held at the Thornhill Valley, Chapel of the Valley, Funeral Home in Spokane. Larry Schwartz was born on the Hammersmith homestead at Lamona, WA, on Feb 25, 1931, the son of John and Harriet Scott Schwartz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church at Lamona. He attended schools in both Lamona and Odessa. He lived and worked on a farm at Lamona until he moved to Mica, WA in 1957. Survivors include his mother, Harriet Schwartz of Mica; one brother, Alvin ‘Scotty’ Schwartz, Mica; one sister, Mrs Bob ‘Betty’ Douglas, Kellogg, ID, and one step-daughter, Lisa Schwartz of Fairfield; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Schwartz. Pallbearers were Roy Bartlett, Archie Scott, Rick Douglas, Douglas Scott, Terry Douglas and Dwain Scott. Burial was in Pines Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12 Nov 1981)

Schweer:  Mrs C C Schweer, former Ruff matron, was buried from the Alwin Chapel at Spokane on Tuesday morning, with the Rev M J Galle, Odessa, assisted by the Rev W S Pritchard, Spokane, officiating. Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Dec 14, 1855, she came to Washington with her family in 1904 and settled near Ruff, leaving here in 1907, moving to Otis Orchards. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs J D Aldrich, Spokane, and Miss Hulda Schweer, at the home; two grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.” (Odessa Record: 11-04-1937)

Schy:  “Funeral services were held on Monday at Spokane for Mrs Ida Mary Schy, Seattle, formerly of Spokane and Odessa, recently of Seattle, the Rev Charles W Fischer officiating. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs Charles H Schendel, Seattle; two sons, Ted D Schy, Seattle, and A F Quick, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1945)

Scott:  “Mr and Mrs Eugene Kuest have received word that their grandson, Sgt Greg Scott, 20, son of Mr and Mrs Ed Scott (Patsy Ann Giese) died Tuesday of injuries suffered in Vietnam on Wednesday, Sept 3.  Word of his death was then relayed through the Army ROTC Office at Washington State University. Sol Phillip Semmons, Pullman, said he was notified of the death by Army authorities at Fort Lewis, who stated that Scott was a passenger on a military vehicle when the unit was attacked. He was assigned to Company B, 5th Battalion, 69th Infantry Division.” (Odessa Record: 9-18-1969)

Scott: James Scott, a well known character about town, died in a room back of Wagoner’s saloon Sunday morning. The deceased had, for some time before his death been in the employ of Mr Wagoner as a general utility man about the place and two days before his death, in the absence of the proprietor, had an altercation with the bartender, M R Coester, regarding the question as to which occupied the first place in the management of the saloon, which resulted in Scott being pushed from behind the bar onto a pool table. AS he soon after complained of being in pain and went to bed, it was thought that he had been injured in his mix-up with the bartender, and Saturday evening when his condition became serious Coester was arrested to await the outcome of Scott’s condition. Coroner Freer was notified Sunday and arrived that evening in company with sheriff Inkster and Atty Mulligan of Davenport, who was acting as prosecuting attorney. The coroner took charge of the body and a post-mortem examination was held Monday morning, after which a coroner’s jury consisting of F J Ardorf, E J Kriegler, L G Nuelsen, J P Weber, W L Michaelson, and Field Logsdon was empaneled. The state was represented by Attorney Mulligan and the defense by James Finley. The testimony showed that Scott had been pushed from behind the bar twice with considerable force by Coester, but in the post-mortem the physicians failed to find any marks of violence and everything pointed to death from alcoholism and the jury brought in a verdict to that effect. Coester was at once set free, but seeing the unfavorable light in which he had placed himself by assaulting a harmless old man, walked out of town immediately. The remains of Scott were then turned over to Undertaker Stone and were interred in the Stone Cemetery Tuesday.” (Odessa Record: 12-02-1904)

Scroggins: “George Scroggins, a young man who has made his home at the Hull Hotel at Krupp all fall, accepted an invitation to visit at the Pfeifer ranch near Krupp last Thursday and that evening went out to assist with the milking. He had hardly started on the work when he suddenly complained of feeling very badly and the next moment fell over dead. Heart failure was pronounced the cause of his sudden demise.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1919)

Scrupps:  Ernest Scrupps. Died: 26 May 1915, Odessa, WA. Birth: 4 March 1881, England. Spouse: married, no name given.  Father: Henry Scrupps, born England. Mother: Sarah A Brakenbough, born England.  Burial: place not given.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) Ernest Scrupps, residing about 5 miles east of town died Wednesday morning, May 26th at the home of his father-in-law, T J McDermott. The immediate cause of death was kidney trouble followed with tuberculosis of the lungs. The remains were shipped to Spokane for interment in the Fairmount Cemetery. He came to America 15 years ago, first settling in Wisconsin. He moved to WA 10 years ago and in 1908 was married to Miss Belle McDermott, who survives, with their 3 children, Lillian, Ernest and Harold, his father Henry, 7 brothers and 3 sisters. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-28-1915)

Scrupps:  William Scrupps of Everett, born Oct 12, 1897 in Manchester, England and a resident of Odessa from 1902 to 1926, passed away in an Everett hospital Feb 12, (1987).  He had lived in Everett since 1938, moving there after living in Wenatchee for 12 years. Mr Scrupps was married in 1926 to Amelia Helen (Molly) Scrupps at St Joseph Catholic Church here. She preceded him in death in 1980. He was employed by Great Northern Railway throughout his working career, beginning as a water boy and retiring as a bridge and building service foreman, and was a member of Local 1426, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way from 1914 to 1970.  Mr Scrupps is survived by a son , Bill Scrupps of Everett; by three brothers, Hank, Jim and John Scrupps and two sisters, Frances Groh and Sarah Walter, all of Odessa; by 5 grandchildren: Wm P Scrupps, David M Scrupps, Patty A Scrupps and Tim A Scrupps, all of Everett; and Susan McBride of Port Ludlow; by 4 great grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was held Feb 16 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Everett, and burial followed Feb 17 at Cypress Lawn Cemetery. Casketbearers were Wm Scrupps, David Scrupps, Tim Scrupps, Kim McBride, Michael Dettrich and James Iles. Honorary pallbearers included Frank Groh, Art Koth, George Hartmier, John Soriano, Dominic Soriano, Gordon Bagley, Wm Wilson, Robert Pierce and Jim Walter.” (Odessa Record: 2-26-1987)

Scrupps:  William F Scrupps, 77, died Oct 9, 2004, at his home in Everett. He was born in Wenatchee, Aug 31, 1927, the son of Bill and Mollie (Groh) Scrupps. He moved with his family to Everett in 1939. He married in 1952 and Helen survives him, as do  his sons, Bill Jr, Dave, and Tim; and a daughter Patricia. A memorial Mass was celebrated at St Mary Magdalene Church in Everett. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Susan.  (notes from Odessa Record: 10-28-2004)

Sechler:  “Mrs Juanita Sechler, wife of the Rev V C Sechler of Odessa, died Tuesday night at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane. She had been taken ill on Monday, was removed to the Ritzville hospital, and from there to Spokane.  Funeral rites will be conducted at the Sechler’s former home in Fresno, CA. The Sechler family came here and took charge of the Church of God pastorate in November, 1947.  Sunday the Rev and Mrs Sechler announced they were being transferred to an Oregon church and members of the congregation gathered that evening for a farewell shower, presenting Rev Sechler and his wife with a set of silverware and other gifts. Mr Sechler’s mother, visiting here, was also honored. A baby shower was given for the daughter born to the Sechlers two weeks ago. Mrs Sechler was born in Oklahoma, Jan 19, 1925. She is survived by her husband and two children, Lynetta Gail and Ronald Vernon, the latter aged 2 ½ years; her mother, Mrs Anna Bell Holmes, and a brother, Douglas Todd, both of Fresno, CA. Rev Sechler has announced that a funeral service may be held here before the body is shipped to CA, possibly on Saturday, in which case a half hour’s notice will be given by ringing the church bell.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1948) “...Juanita Ladd was born in Oklahoma, Jan 19, 1925. On Apr 4, 1942 she was married at Fresno, CA, to the Rev V C Sechler...Survivors include... one brother, Douglas Wayne Ladd, of Fresno. Among out of town relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Frim and Flora Rosberry, Cheyenne, OK.” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 7-01-1948)

Seger:  Jessie Cox Seger, former Odessa resident, died recently at her Sandpoint, Idaho, home. She was born in Wilson Creek on Oct 1, 1885 and was raised on a wheat ranch near Odessa. She attended the Bill Smith school near her home and Odessa high school. She was married on June 12, 1912 in Odessa and four children were born to them, two of whom preceded their mother in death, Helen Jessie and Princeton Elsworth. The eldest son, Burton Wayne Seger, is employed in a federal shop in Ogden and the other son, Ross Raymond Seger is at Houston. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-18-1963)

Seibel:  “Funeral services for Alfred Seibel were held in Portland on Dec 21. A victim of a heart attack, death came to him at his home on Dec 17, (1964).  A resident of Portland for more than 30 years, he was born and raised on a farm near Odessa. Born July 28, 1912, he was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Seibel, Sr.  Survivors are the wife, Leah, at the home; three sons, Eugene of Portland, Wayne and Robert at the home; one daughter, Jeanette Lehmann of Van Nuys, CA; 2 sisters, Mary Litt of Portland and Emma Grams of Monitor; nieces and nephews including Lorraine Burghard, Gary and Cheryl Seibel of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-1965)

Seibel:  William R Seibel, 66, a long time resident of Monitor and Cashmere, WA, died Saturday, Aug 8, (1980) in the Cashmere Convalescent Center.  William was born June 23, 1915 on his parents’ farm near Wheeler, WA and later attended schools at Almira and Odessa. He worked at various jobs until WW II when he served with the US Army for six years, seeing action in the European theater. Stationed in Germany he was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1947. His later years were spent in the Monitor-Cashmere area, where he engaged in orchard work.  Survivors include two sisters, Mrs Otto (Emma) Grams of Monitor and Mrs John (Mary) Lett of Portland, OR; and several nieces and nephews. William’s parents and two brothers preceded him in death. Mrs Henry Seibel and son Gary attended the William ‘Bill’ Seibel funeral at Cashmere, Tuesday, August 11.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1980)

Self:  Win M Self, age 87, died May 17, 1998 at his home in Seven Bays, WA with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.  He was born on Nov 19, 1910, in LaCrosse, WA to W A and Laura Self. He married Helen Marie Macho on Oct 26, 1935 in Spokane, and they had two daughters Rosemary and Charlotte. “In 1945 they purchased Odessa Tractor and Implement in Odessa. He and Helen were both very active in the community especially the Odessa clinic, doctors and hospital. In 1957 Win and Helen moved to Seven Bays on Lake Roosevelt to develop the community now thriving for recreation and retirement. Win, with Helen at his side every step of the way, promoted the recreation on Lake Roosevelt through tourism. he was the Founder of the Net Pen Fish Program and Pheasant Program.” (notes and quotes from Odessa Record: 5-28-1998; photo of Win Self in original)

Severson:  Mrs Nadine Severson, a native of the Odessa area, died at the Moscow, Idaho, hospital after a brief illness. A relation of the Nitschke family, she had formerly lived in the Ruff section. She leaves her husband, Daniel O Severson, and six children.” (Odessa Record: 2-17-1944)

Sewall:  Carol (Uhrich) Sewall died on June 30, 1997 in Davenport. She was 68 years old. She was a native of Odessa and had been a resident of Harrington for more than 40 years. She was born Sept 13, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Elsie (Kuest) Uhrich. She grew up and attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1946. She later moved to Harrington, where she ran a beauty salon for several years. While in Harrington she met Robert Sewall. They were married on April 29, 1949, in Odessa. The two continued to live in Harrington where they owned and operated Sewall Excavating. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge Aries #2, of Spokane, a 20-year member of the election board in Harrington and bookkeeper for Sewall Excavating for more than 40 years. She was an average bridge player. She is survived by her husband Robert Sewall, at the home; three daughters, Ilona Wiley and her husband Larry, of Spokane; Heidi Sewell and her husband Bruce Kelley, of Redmond, WA; and Amy Philadelphia and her husband Michael, of Reston, VA; two grandchildren, Fiona Kelly and Allayna Philadelphia; two sisters, Rita Voise and Sharen Pfeifer, both of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-03-1997)

Sherwood:  Mr and Mrs J D Sherwood of Spokane, who were killed in an auto accident at San Francisco, Sunday, were well known to Mine Host of the Hotel Odessa. While on their way south Mr and Mrs Sherwood stopped over in Odessa and were guests of Mr and Mrs Jones on Sept 22.” (Odessa Record: 11-28-1919)

Shimek:  Mrs Anna Mary Shimek, 83 died Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs Mary Eva Bastrom, 14 I St SE after a prolonged illness. Mrs Shimek was born Oct 7, q872, in Rich Valley, MN, and lived most of her life in Odessa, WA, moving to Tacoma in 1917. After the death of her husband, John Francis Shimek, she moved to Puyallup where she lived until coming to Auburn a year ago to live with her daughter. Mrs Shimek was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church of Puyallup and the Altar Society of that church. Surviving besides her daughter, are a son, Dr Joe Shimek, Shelton; four sisters, Mrs Posie Svoboda, Puyallup; Mrs Alice Michaelson, Colfax; Mrs Agnes Davis of Pocatello, ID; two brothers, Lewis Zicha, Harrington and George Zicha, Odessa; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. Rosary services were held at the Price Funeral Chapel at 8 p.m. Monday evening and funeral services Tuesday morning at the Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev Michael Meade officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: 5-03-1956)

Shirley:  Albert Wesley Shirley of Gridley, CA, died March 8, 2003. He was the father of Carol Knerr of Odessa. He was born Aug 25, 1921 in Paso Robles, CA, the son of Charles Albert and Ida Fredrika Shirley. He was a first lieutenant in the US Marine Corps during WW II.  A graveside service was held at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-27-2003)

Siemers:  Vera A Nechanicky Siemers 93, died Sept 5, 2005, after a long illness. She was born to Joseph and Helen Nechanicky, the 11th of 15, on a wheat ranch north of Odessa.  Her parents were immigrants from Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1931, and moved to Green Bluff with her family. In 1936, she married Paul Siemers. They resided in Spokane for a few years, then moved back to Green Bluff. Vera is survived by one brother, Ted Nechanicky (Pearl), sons Terry Siemers and Byron Siemers (Donna); daughter Carol Blake (Ben); and grandchildren. Celebration of life was on Sept 10 at Sunset Mausoleum at Fairmount Cemetery in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-29-2005)

Simpson:  “Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for J P Simpson, 56, pioneer Ephrata newspaper publisher, who died Thursday night. Burial was in the Ephrata Cemetery beside his wife, who died in 1941....” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1948)

Simpson: John D Simpson Sr died Apr 2, 2004, at his home in Harrington. He graduated from Harrington High School in 1933.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle, brother George, and his sister Tuttle. Survived by one son and 2 daughters. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-08-2004)  “In Loving Memory of John Duncan Simpson, Sr. Born: Oct 22, 1914—Mohler, WA. Passed Away: April 2, 2004—Harrington, WA. Funeral Service: Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 11 a.m. Harrington Community Congregational Church, Harrington, WA, Pastor Mark Egertson, Officiating.  Special Music: ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘No Night There’, ‘Suddenly There’s a Valley’. Paula Steinolfson, Soloist; Linda Wagner, Organist; Daniel Grimes, Bagpiper. Odessa VFW Honor Guard. Bearers: Brad & Tracey Simpson; Aaron & Gretchen Eickmeyer; Brian & Shannon Eickmeyer; Tracy & Lisa Parshall; Dan Parshall; Cindy Simpson & Dustin Roller; Nicole (Eickmeyer) and Aaron Gurske. Services Directed by Strate Funeral Home, Inc., Davenport, WA.” (Funeral Program)

Sleeman:  Carol D Sleeman died May 3, 2005, age 59. She was born Dec 25, 1945 to Louella Heimbigner Cleveno and the late Harold Sleeman. She was the granddaughter of the late Fred W and Lydia Heimbigner, of Odessa. A memorial service was held on May 7 at Zion Lutheran Church in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-12-2005)

Sleight:  Ida Rose Sleight, of Milwaukee, OR, died June 15 in an Oregon City, OR, care center.  She was born Ida Rose Spies in Odessa on Sept 18, 1901. As a child, she moved to Portland, where she lived most of her life. She was a member of the Clarkes United Methodist Church.  Her husband, Robert, died about 32 years ago. The couple had been married for 35 years.  Mrs Sleight also had lived in Boise for about 13 years before moving to the Milwaukee area in 1982. Survivors include a son, Robert, a daughter, June Wallace, 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. (Information submitted by Marie Krieger of Portland.)” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1991)

Smith:  Alex Smith, the 16-year old son of J P Smith, living 14 miles southwest of town, died Saturday at St Luke’s hospital in Spokane, of typhoid fever. The body was brought to Odessa Saturday evening for burial and the funeral was held from the home Monday, Rev Graedel officiating. Deceased was well and favorably known in the locality in which he lived, and his death will be sincerely mourned by a wide circle of friends.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1910)

Smith:  Alma Kuest Smith, a member of a pioneer Odessa area family, died Wednesday, Dec 15, 1999, in Seattle. She was 99 years old. She was born Nov 19, 1900, the daughter of Julius and Rosena Kuest, in a one-room homestead shack 4 ½ miles southwest of Odessa. her parents had come from Parkston, SD, to homestead on 160 acres in 1899.  A two-story house was built on the property in 1904, and in 1908 Alma’s father donated a corner of the farm property to the school district, where a one-room school was built. There Alma and her three sisters and brothers started school. As German only was spoken at home, all had to learn English. Alma helped with the farming, driving the horses in seeding, plowing and harvesting. In the early 1920s, after the wheat harvest at Odessa, Alma worked in the apple harvest in the Wenatchee Valley. She packed apples and became head packer for Gerry Brothers Orchards at Cashmere. In 1929,k she and her sister Maud (now Maude Giese) went to beauty school in Spokane. After graduating, Alma went to work at a barber and beauty shop in Odessa. Later, she worked in a beauty shop in Wenatchee for several years, then moved to Seattle, working in a beauty shop.  In Seattle she met Stanley Smith. They were married in Sept 1935 at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. The couple lived first in Seattle, then moved to Kirkland, WA, where they built a home on Lake Washington. Alma worked at Prattis & Levitt Furniture Store as a receptionist until she retired in 1965. Alma and Stanley traveled extensively to Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Following Stanley’s death, Alma traveled to the Holy Land, Greece and Alaska.  From 1980 on she attended the Kuest reunions held in Eastern Washington every year while being able. She is survived by two brothers, Leroy Kuest, of Spokane, and Oscar Kuest, of Wenatchee, and one sister, Maude Giese of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-2000)

Smith:  Barbara H Trotter Smith died March 26, 2002 at her home in Spokane. She was born in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of Lonnie and Frances Trotter. She was the wife of the Rev Charles Smith, pastor of the Odessa Baptist Church for 10 years, before the congregation voted to disband last year. Before coming to Odessa in 1992, pastor Smith served the First Baptist Church in Spokane for 12 years. A funeral was held March 30 at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-04-2002) 

Smith: C. Lark Smith died April 18, 1998 at the Odessa Convalescent Center. He was born at Telford on Sept 12, 1903. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in Harrington. Burial occurred in the Harrington cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-23-1998; see Harrington file)

Smith:  Carl Smith, pioneer resident of the Odessa area, and a resident of Spokane in recent years, where he was employed by the Tull & Gibbs Co, died at a Spokane hospital on Thursday, where he had been taken that morning to undergo an operation.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Spokane, the Rev Dr E F Harold officiating, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery.  Survivors include his widow, Louise, at home, one daughter, Mrs L E Williamson, Spokane; three sons, Ralph and Jack Smith, all of Spokane; and Kenneth Smith of the US Navy.  Among those attending the funeral from here were Mr and Mrs Harry Smith and family; Mr and Mrs J J Schmidt, Mr and Mrs Henry J Wacker and Doris; Mr and Mrs Henry Schmidt Sr; Fred Schmidt and Mrs Herbert Mills.” (Odessa Record: 4 Nov 1943)

Smith: “A memorial service for Evelyn Luiten Smith, 89, who died on Friday, April 24, 1998, was held Tuesday, April 28, at Christ Lutheran Church in the Spokane Valley. Mrs Smith was a former resident of Odessa. She spent her childhood years on her parents’ wheat ranch near Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High School and married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Smith, on Sept 12, 1930. They lived first in Spokane and later on the family farm at Otis Orchards. Evelyn was active in the community. She was a member of the Otis Orchards Community Church and the Ladies Aid, the Otis Orchards Women’s Club and the Newman Lake Grange. She and her husband moved to Veradale in 1967, and since that time she was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, where she was especially involved in the church quilting club. She was also active in the Grandmothers’ Club. She enjoyed flower gardening. Mrs Smith also was active in several social service organizations. She was a March of Dimes volunteer for 41 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, in 1989. She is survived by her 7 children and their spouses: Shirley Tuttle, Max Smith, Marian Mitchell, Janet Sweatte, Judy Christensen, Susan Phillips and Gail Marin, 24 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and two sisters, Elsie Luher of Pullman, and Erma O’Leary, of Vancouver, BC.” (Odessa Record: 4-30-1998)

Smith: Floyd N Smith of Colbert, born in Odessa, May 22, 1918, died June 17, 1989. Married in April 1945 to Jane Musco. Memorial service June 20 at Whitworth Presbyterian Church. Burial not stated. He had served in the US Navy during WW II. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-29-1989)

Smith:  “Mrs Hannah Iltz Smith passed away on Dec 4, 1969, in Tacoma.  She is survived by her husband, Fred C Smith, at the home. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs Katherine Iltz, Odessa; five brothers: Howard, Spokane; Sam in Davenport; and George, Dave and Alvin of Odessa; two sisters: Mrs John (Frieda) Kissler, Odessa; and Mrs Gerald (Emma) Crow of Chatsworth, CA. Funeral services were held at the Valley Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home, Tacoma, with interment in Mountain View Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-1969)

Smith:  Jesse Smith, age 8, son of John Smith, school teacher, was instantly killed Saturday by grasping a live electric light wire of high voltage, at Hartline. Jesse, with a playmate, were playing near the flour mill...” (excerpt Odessa Record: 6-16-1916)

Smith:  “The Rev John V Smith, 74 year old retired minister, died at his home in Yakima early Sunday. Born in Holland, the Rev Mr Smith had lived in the United States since 1904. He served the Pilgrim Congregational church here about 25 years ago and went to Wapato, from where he retired several years ago, serving for a time as custodian at the Yakima Valley Junior College. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Alma Smith, and five children. Funeral details were note learned.” (Odessa Record: 3-11-1948)

Smith: “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Monday for Mrs Louise Smith, former Odessa resident. The Rev Chas Short officiated and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. She was a member of the Immanuel Community Baptist Church. A former resident of the Batum area, she and her family had moved to Spokane about 25 years ago. he husband, Carl Smith, preceded her in death.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Lyal Williamson, Spokane; three sons, Kenneth Smith and Jack Smith, both of Spokane; Ralph Smith, Otis Orchards; 9 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs Christina Smith of Odessa and Mrs Elizabeth Kane of Calgary, Alberta; one brother, William Schwartz, of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 6-14-1956) 

Smith:  Mrs Pauline Eichorn Smith of Wenatchee died there on Friday, Nov 30, following an illness of two weeks. She came with her parents from Russia in 1909 and in 1913 came to Odessa, where she graduated from high school. She married Morris W Smith Apr 4, 1920, at Cashmere, living there until 1941. Surviving are her husband; two sons, William J Smith and Paul Morris Smith, both of Wenatchee; two daughters, Mrs Ella Marie Chakirian of Cashmere, and Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Smith of Wenatchee; three brothers, Eugene Eichorn, Oklahoma City, OK; Paul Eichorn, Portland, OR; and Art Eichorn of Chelan; four sisters, Mrs John Metzger, Mrs Hannah Wago and Mrs John Flohr, all of Denver; and Mrs Pete Schiener of Hastings, NE. Funeral services were held at Wenatchee Monday of last week with the Rev Frank E Beatty officiating.”  (Odessa Record: 12-13-1945)

Smith:  Ralph F Smith died Nov 7, 1989. He was born in Ritzville and raised on the family farm near Odessa. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1928. He was survived by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn Luiten Smith, one son and 6 daughters. Burial was at Pines Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-16-1989)

Smith:  Robert D Smith, son of Eugene and Magdalene Smith, died Dec 4, 1973. He was born June 9, 1924. He served in WW II with distinction. He married Ann Elizabeth Weber on Dec 4, 1948. Interment was in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane. Survivors include his wife, Ann; four children, Mark, Karin, Kristine and Gerald; two sisters, Mrs Edna Jackson of Davenport and Mrs Verl Giese of Spokane; two brothers, Gerry Smith of Seattle and Howard Smith of Yakima. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-13-1973)

Smith:  Seth Ira Smith, 87, of Bremerton, WA, died Oct 9, 1998 at Bremerton. He was born June 21, 1911, in Wheeler, MI, to Wesley and Maude (Bailey) Smith. In 1972 he married Lydia Larionoff in Port Orchard, WA. Mr Smith served in the US Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He was a charter member of the Odessa VFW Post and a member of the VFW in Port Orchard and Teamsters Local #589. A surviving son resided in Odessa, Gerald (and Sandra) Smith. A graveside blessing was held on Oct 15 at Miller Woodlawn Memorial Park. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-22-1998)

Smith:  Rev Theodore Thomas Smith, father of Geraldine Goetz of Odessa, died Sept 11, 1989 at Anacortes. He was born Nov 8, 1893 in Buford, GA, the eldest son of James and Julia Ann Smith. Interment was in the Lyman City Cemetery at Lyman, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 21 Sept 1989)

Smith:  “Mrs Mildred Deife of Odessa and her brother, Robert Smith of Woodburn, OR, flew to Quantico, VA, recently to attend the Nov 12, 1983, funeral services for their nephew, Captain Vincent Smith, USMC.  Captain Vincent I Smith, the son of Major General and Mrs Keith A Smith, was born in Pensacola, FL. He attended the US Naval Academy, where he participated in various activities including football and the USNA Choir. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corp. On June 23, 1978, following training as a Naval Aviator, he received his ‘wings’.  At the time of his death, Captain Smith was serving as the Air Officer for the Battalion Landing Team 1/8 and was part of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon. Captain Smith was first recorded missing in action and later declared dead. Survivors include his wife, Ana; son, Ian; his parents, Major General and Mrs Keith A Smith; three sisters and five brothers.” (Odessa Record: 12-01-1983)

Snyder:  Died.—Mrs O M Snyder on Saturday at her home in Odessa of typhoid fever. Remains were shipped to MN. (Sept 21, 1906-Odessa Record)

Spanjer:  Anna Margret Stumpf Spanjer, 96, passed away peacefully Saturday March 20, 2004, at Highline Care Center. She was born in Odessa, WA Feb 3, 1908, to Anna and Conrad Stumpf. She was second to the oldest of twelve children. Anna Married Eddy Spanjer in 1947, he passed away in 1992. They had owned and operated the Rock Island Tavern and later in the 50’s the Bright Spot Cafe in East Wenatchee. They  lived in Reno, NV for many years.  Anna had been a resident of the Cashmere area for the last 25 years. Survivors include one son, Harold (Charlotte) Manley; granddaughter, Jennifer (Mike) Reese; grandson, Bob J Manley; great granddaughter, Michelle M Reese; sister, Lena Heath, all Wenatchee residents; one brother, Dick Stumpf of Everett, WA; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins, and four sisters-in-law. There will be no services by Anna’s request.” (Wenatchee World: 24 Mar 2004)

Speck:  “Rosary services for Frances Mae Voise Speck were held Tuesday, Feb 22, 1983 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Moses Lake. Rev Father Jim Carlton officiated at the Mass service held on Wed, Feb 23, 1983 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake. She passed away in Spokane on Feb 19, 1983. Frances Mae Voise was born on March 3, 1929 in Havre, MT, the daughter of William and Irene Voise. She moved to Odessa with her family at a very early age. She attended school and graduated  from Odessa High School in 1948. On Aug 29, 1949 Frances was united in marriage to John Speck, Jr, at Odessa. The couple moved to Batum where they farmed until moving to Moses Lake in 1967. In 1969 they moved to Klamath Falls, OR. Following their divorce in 1972, Mrs Speck moved back to Moses Lake. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Larimer, Klamath Falls, OR; and Karen Sullivan, Moses Lake; two sons, Rick Speck and Les Speck, both of Moses Lake; one brother, Richard Voise, Odessa; two sisters, Virginia Haase, Spokane; and Shirley Besancon, Moses Lake; her mother, Irene Voise, Moses Lake, and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, William Voise, in 1979... Interment was in Pioneer Memorial Gardens at Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 2-24-1983)

Speck:  John Speck Jr, an Odessa area native and former resident, died Thursday, Dec 26, 2002, at Klamath Falls, OR. He was 74 years old. John was born Aug 26, 1928, in Batum, the son of John and Mary (Lobe) Speck. He attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High school with the Class of 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Jeane, four children, Darlene (Bill) Larimore, of Klamath Falls, Rick Speck, of Clarkston; Karen (Dave) Sullivan, of Moses Lake; and Les (Mary) Speck, of Moses Lake, and also four stepchildren. At his request no services were held.” (Odessa Record: 1-09-2003)

Spickerman:  “A memorial celebration was held on Wednesday, Sept 2, in the Montavilla Baptist Church in Portland for Mae C Spickerman, who died on Wednesday, July 29, 1998, at the age of 104.  Mrs Spickerman was born March 29, 1894 in Odessa. Her maiden name was Graedel. She moved to Spokane in 1913 and attended business college. She married Ed R Spickerman in 1917 and was a bookkeeper for the freight line he owned. She was a member of the Evangelical Baptist Church and was active in the Women’s Missionary Society and the Portland Youth for Christ. More recently, she was a member of the Montavilla Baptist Church. Her husband died in 1992. She is survived by a daughter, Bobbi Palm, and a son, Roger Palm, both of Portland, and two grandchildren. Interment was in Finley Sunset Hills Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 9-10-1998)

Spiecker:  Herbert R Spiecker died in Sequim, WA on June 11, 1981. He was born in MN on Oct 1, 1893, the son of Gustaf and Minnie Spiecker. He was a former resident of the Odessa area. Services were under the direction of Sequim Valley Chapel. He was a resident of Marysville. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-25-1981)

Spiecker:  William G (Bill) Spiecker, 99, a long-time Wenatchee resident and former resident of Odessa, died in Central Wenatchee Hospital on Saturday after a very long illness. Born in Berlin, Germany on Sept 6, 1884, he came to the US with his parents at six months of age. They lived in Lake View, MN for several years before moving to Cheney, WA, in 1901. That fall they moved to Waterville, where he married Lila Boyer.  In 1909, he moved with his family to Wenatchee, then to Seattle in 1927 and returned to Wenatchee in 1934. He married Hazel Bovee Worthington on April 15, 1955.  Mr Spiecker became a member of the Wenatchee area #204 Fraternal Order of Eagles in March, 1929, and in 1967, he joined the Old Time Fiddlers, where he was active until his illness. He was a lifetime member of the Plaster and Cement Masons Union, Local 449 and was secretary of the Union for many years, as well as to help in the organization. Survivors include his wife, Hazel, at the home; and one son, Elmer of Seattle. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. Jones and Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Thursday, Oct 6, 1983)

Spies:  Walter Spies, 84, longtime resident of Ruff, died June 14, 2005 in Moses Lake. He was born April 1, 1921 in Ruff, son of Gottlieb and Minnie Spies. He married Alice Bischoff on Aug 29, 1945; she preceded him in death.  A private burial was held at Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake. (notes Odessa Record: 6-23-2005)

Spiva:  Bruce Spiva, son-in-law of Mrs Louisa Miller of Odessa, died at Seattle Dec 22. Funeral services and burial was at Wenatchee, Thursday of last week. Mr Spiva was a brother-in-law of Mrs John Roth, and Mrs John Ottmar.” (Citizen: 1-03-1941)

Splichal:  “Mrs Mary Splichal, 74, who died this week at Cheney, was a pioneer resident of Odessa, coming here at the time of the Bohemian immigration to this area in 1898, with her husband, and farming for a time on the county line on land now owned by D E Roloff and Jacob Grening. They left here more than 30 years ago to live at Cheney.  Survivors are her husband, Joseph, at the home; three daughters, Mrs Alice Hashagen and Mrs Mary Hashagen, both of Renton; Miss Rosalie, at the home; four sons, William and Ed, at home; Frank, Cheney, and Joseph, Renton. Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 at Cheney, with burial at Spokane. The Rev Father Joseph LeClere officiated.” (Odessa Record: 14 Jan 1943)

Spurling:  Edwin Bemis Spurling.  Died: 6-26-1963. Birth: 8-28-1887, S.D.; widowed. Father: Edwin Louigo Spurling. Mother: Hattie Mae Bemis. Cremation: Ball & Dodd, Spokane.” (Lincoln Co Health death card).  “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational church on Saturday morning for Edwin Bemis Spurling, 75, who died here Wednesday. Pastor Werner J Fritz officiated...cremation followed, with interment in the Bonners Ferry Cemetery... Mr Spurling was born at Pierre, SD, Aug 25, 1887. He followed construction work, mainly bridge building, as a young man. On Nov 28, 1912, he married Florence E Miller at Fairmont, MN, and soon after moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where he farmed until 1950. Mr and Mrs Spurling then moved to Portland, OR, where he was caretaker and gardener at the Reynolds Aluminum plant at Troutdale until his wife'’ illness required him at home. After a year’s illness she died Dec 20, 1961. In Jan, 1962, he came to make his home with Mr and Mrs Merle Spurling.... Survivors include three sons, Merle Spurling, Odessa; Gene Spurling, Florence, Alabama; Richard Spurling, Bonners Ferry; three sisters, Mrs Ethel Cromwell and Mrs Ruth Soule, both Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Miss Dorothy Spurling, Berkeley, CA; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Out of town people coming...” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1963)

Stafford: Maxine V Werner Stafford died Saturday, Sept 25, (2004), in Portland. She was 78 years old. Born Maxine V Knodel on April 26, 1926, in Odessa, she was raised in Oregon and graduated from Hillsboro, (OR) High School. She and her first husband, Don Werner, whom she married in 1944, owned a produce market and Christmas tree farm. The divorced and she married Willie Stafford in 1977. He died in 1979. Survivors include a son, two daughters, two brothers, a sister, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-2004)

Stanford:  “Funeral services for Nellie Stanford, who was a resident of Odessa in the late 1960s, were held yesterday in Manson.  Mrs Stanford, who was 83 years old, died on Saturday, April 10, 1993, in Manson. She and her husband John Stanford had spent most of their lives in the Manson area, where they were orchardists. Mr Stanford was employed for a time as a mechanic by the Odessa Trading Company. Besides her husband, Mrs Stanford is survived by four sons and two daughters, including Arlene Evavold of Sumner, WA.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1993)

Steffen:  Herbert Steffen died in July 1981 with burial in Odessa City Cem. see file.

Steffen:  Louis H Steffen died Nov 17, 1982 in Garden Grove, CA. He was raised in the Menno district, son of Herbert and Helen Steffen of Odessa. He served in WW II. Survivors include his wife, Jean, 2 daughters, 2 sisters and one grandchild. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-25-1982)

Stehr:  Helen Schafer Stehr died Jan 7, 2003 in Fresno, CA. Helen was born July 12, 1913, in Odessa, the daughter of Henry and Mollie (Uhrich) Schafer. She attended school in Odessa and married Frederick Carl Stehr in Odessa on Jan 19, 1933, who preceded her in death in 1981. Together they had four children. They lived on the family farm until buying a home in Odessa in 1960. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Lavern and sisters Ruth and Dorothy. Strates Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-16-2003)

Stehr:  Henry John (Hank) Stehr, 90, a six-year resident of Olympia, died on Monday, Aug 17, 1998, at Providence St Peter Hospital in Olympia of pneumonia complications. He was born on June 30, 1908, to Frederick William and Frieda Catherine (Rosenbaum) Stehr near Odessa on his parents’ wheat ranch, where he was raised and attended school. Henry joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942, where he served in the European Theater until 1945, attaining the rank of technical sergeant. After discharge, he moved to Seattle, married Lewella Ladwig and began working for the Seattle Engineering dept., where he stayed for 28 years, retiring in 1973. Upon retirement, the Stehrs moved to Phoenix, where they lived for 19 years until moving to Olympia in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Lewella; two step-daughters, Sally Sisley, of Tukwila, WA, and Marge Glidden, of San Luis Obispo, CA; one brother, Edward, of Odessa, and two sisters, Emma Hawkins, of Spokane; and Dorothy Smith, of Aurora, MO; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Inurnment was at Tahoma National Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-10-1998)

Steinhaus:  Margaret Edna (Callaby) Steinhaus died July 10, 2005 in Snohomish, WA, with burial at Floral Hills, Edmonds, WA. She was born Jan 2, 1912 in Aberdeen, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1994 and her sister Florence Callaby in 1972. She is survived by her daughters Laura and Pat Estes of Odessa, and Billie and John O’Mack of Edmonds, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-21-2005)“Margaret E Steinhaus, of Snohomish, passed away July 10, 2005, at the age of 93. She is survived by her daughters, Laura Estes, and her husband, Pat, of Odessa, WA; and Billie O’Mack, and her husband, John, of Snohomish; and grandchildren, John J O’Mack, and Heather L O’Mack. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Steinhaus, in 1994. Arrangements entrusted to Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, Lynnwood, 425-672-1800.” (Everett Herald: 7-13-2005)

Steinhoff:  William Steinhoff, former Marlin resident, 87, died at St Vincent’s Home in Seattle on March 24, and funeral services were held. Survivors include two daughters, Mary D Jarvis and Mrs Vera A May, one son, Clarence G Steinhoff; one brother, Henry Steinhoff, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. William Steinhoff bought a Marlin relinquishment from Clara Miller in 1912 and made final proof in 1914. The site of this homestead was on the north fringe of the south hill, about 1 ½ miles southeast of Marlin. During the times of World War I he farmed the Beck place south of Marlin and then moved to the coast.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1964)

Stewart:  Eleanore Weber Stewart died March 31, 2005 at her home in Yuma, AZ, after a 3-year battle with cancer. She was born in Odessa on Jan 19, 1926, the daughter of Gus and Ida Weber. She was graduated from Odessa High School in 1944. She married Norman Stewart on May 29, 1949. They owned a business at Dusty for 10 years, then moved to the Tri-Cities until 2002, when they moved to Yuma. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Ida Weber, and brother, Winston Weber, all of Odessa. (Notes from Odessa Record: 5-12-2005)

Stewart:  Zach Stewart, 83, Spokane civic leader, early school teacher, father of Mrs Joe Laney, died at a Spokane hospital. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-10-1948)

Stewart: "Mrs Zach Stewart, who would have been 94 Saturday, died this week at a Kennewick nursing home. Funeral services have been announced for Friday from Hazen & Jaeger at Spokane. She is the mother of Mrs Joe C Laney of Odessa. Mr and Mrs Laney were at Spokane on Tuesday completing funeral arrangements. Mrs Stewart was a member of a pioneer Spokane family, locating there some 65 years ago. She had spent the past 14 years in Kennewick. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs Harriett Laney, Kennewick; Mrs Mabel Armstrong, San Jose, cA; Mrs Mary Clark, Wenatchee; and Amrs Margaret Laney, Odessa; one son, Donald J Stewart, Vancouver, WA; 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren." (scrapbook obit of March 1962)

Stone:  “After lingering a week between life and death, Arthur Stone passed peacefully away at his home Thursday evening from an attack of acute Bright’s disease, following a siege of la grippe. The deceased was 29 years of age and had been most favorably known to our citizens for the past three years. He originally came from New Boston, MO.—Odessa Record.” (Citizen: 5-06-1904)

Stone:  Josephine Helen Stone died Oct 18, 1996 at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was born June 1, 1909, to John Edward and Cornelia H Ross, in Nampa, Idaho. Her husband, Leamon Stone, preceded her in death on March 20, 1972. She is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Melcher of Odessa, and Janet D Hinrichs, of Moscow, ID, and grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Bremerton, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-24-1996)

Stone:  “Funeral services for Ralph Stone, well known Govan area rancher, were held from the Assembly of God church at Hartline Saturday afternoon, with the Rev William S Brook and the Rev Harold Actipis officiating.  Mr Stone had died Wednesday morning of last week at the Coulee Dam hospital following a heart attack the day before. With harvest about to begin, he was making preparations for it and the attack was unexpected.  He was born in August of 1900 at Jackson, MN, and came to the Marlin area with his parents as a small boy. For more than 20 years he has lived in and around Almira and only a year ago the Stones built a lovely new home at Almira.  Survivors include his wife, Bertha; two sons, Dennis and Melvin; his mother, Mrs Bertha Stone, four sisters, Mrs Sam Weiser of Marlin; Mrs Charles Gessert of Seattle, Mrs Henry Starkel and Mrs Frank Johnson of Almira, and one grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 8-02-1956)

Storer:  “The body of Mrs Henry H Storer, 50, was sent on Monday to Idaho Falls, Idaho, from Wilbur, where the funeral will be held by the Latter Day Saints. The body was accompanied by her widower, her son-in-law and daughter, and a son. They had lived at Wilbur for 22 years until her death on Sunday...” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1933)

Storer:  Sidney W Storer, of Lopez Island, WA, died Aug 25, 1999. He was a long-time resident of Normandy Park, WA. He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the European theater. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanne C Storer (the former Jeanne Weber of Odessa); his sons Kirk and Pat; and grandchildren. At his request, there were no services. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-23-1999)

Stout:  Alvin (Scotty) Stout died Nov 5, 1987. He was born in Eskridge, KS on March 26, 1907. He resided in Odessa in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. He married Eva James in October 1929, and one son, Wayne Stout, was born to them. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his son Wayne of Spokane; four brothers, Leo of Odessa; Delbert of Deer Park, John of Spokane and Russell of Seattle. Burial was at Pines Cemetery Mausoleum. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-17-1987)


Stout:  “Alvin and Leo Stout were at Spokane during the week end until Tuesday, called there by the death of their father, John Howard Stout, who died Friday. His home was at Deer Park. Funeral services were held on Tuesday from a Spokane funeral home, the Rev Thomas Craig McQueen officiating, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Florence B Stout, at the home; eight children, Mrs Malcom Post and Russell Stout, both of Seattle; Delbert and Homer Stout of Deer Park; John H Stout of Spokane; Howard Stout of Opportunity; Leo and Alvin Stout of Odessa; 3 grandchildren; and a brother, James Henry Stout of Lacombe, Alta.” (Odessa Record: 10-06-1949)

Strate:  Glen Strate died May 20, 1992 with his funeral in Davenport. He was 74, the son of Henry and Lola Strate. He graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1936. He married Lela Schorzman. He built the new and current Strate Funeral Home in Davenport 30 years ago. He was survived by his wife, 2 sons, one daughter, and  one sister Erma Miller. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-28-1992)

Streeter:  Louella L Streeter, an Odessa area native, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Spokane. She was 74 years old. She was born July 6, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Christine (Swartz) Smith, on the family farm southwest of Odessa. She attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High school in 1945. She attended Whitworth College in Spokane for one year before moving to Ritzville, where she was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell as a telephone operator from 1949 to 1965. Louella married Barney Streeter, of Ritzville, on Aug 7, 1954. The couple lived in Quincy from 1966 to 1970, then moved to Calhoun, GA, where they lived for five years. They moved back to Cheney in 1975, and in 1978 they moved to Spokane, where they made their home for the past 24 years. Louella was a member of the C J Newland American Legion Post Auxiliary, of Ritzville, and the VFW Post #1435, of Spokane, and was a past dept. president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband Barney at the family home in Spokane; two daughters, Kim Streeter, of Spokane, and Ellney Beem and husband David, of Spokane, and four grandchildren, Jamie Fowler, Brandon Arthur and David Beem II and Kaytlin Beem. At the family’s request there will be no services. Her cremated remains will be placed at the Tahoma National Cemetery at Kent, WA. Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-21-2002)

Strehele:  “Military funeral services were carried out at Dryden on Sunday for Edward John Strehele, 43, who died at Cashmere on Friday. He had been ill three years. He had lived at Cashmere 28 years. Legionnaires were pallbearers. Mr Strehele was well known in Odessa, where he visited on many occasions. He leaves a widow; a daughter; his father, Jacob of Dryden; a brother, John, of Leavenworth; and three sisters: Mrs Rose Mundt, Wenatchee; Mrs Sam Blaskowsky, Dryden; and Mrs Leo Scherrer, Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1937)

Striegel:  Harold A Striegel, 58, of Wilbur died last Wednesday evening of an apparent heart attack suffered while addressing a Washington Association of County Commissioners meeting in Spokane. Striegel, chairman of the Lincoln County Commissioners, had been ill earlier this year having been hospitalized at the time.  Mr Striegel, a commissioner since 1964, had been a teacher, then farmed north of Creston for several years before retiring and moving to Wilbur. He is survived by his wife, Genevieve, who was visiting in Oklahoma when he died. Other survivors are three brothers, Robert of Davenport; George of Milton-Freewater; and Jack of Paso Robles, CA. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Creston Christian church. His body was cremated.” (Odessa Record: 9-04-1969)

Strouf:  “Mr James Strouf, Stratford district pioneer, passed away at an Ephrata hospital April 8. During his 46 years in the Stratford area, Mr Strouf had become well known in the entire area.  At one time he owned and operated The Big Four apple ranch at Stratford, which was the largest operation of its kind in the area. In the last few years he had been engaged in wheat farming.  Mr Strouf is survived by his wife, Pauline at the home; one daughter, Bernice, Ephrata; one son, Ray, Stratford; two granddaughters, Stratford; and two sisters in Montana.” (Odessa Record: 4-12-1956)

Stueckle:  Sam Stueckle, 20, son of Mr and Mrs Henry Stueckle near Colfax, was instantly killed last Wednesday when the tractor that he was driving skidded and rolled over, pinning him underneath. The lad jumped far in an effort to avoid injury but the tractor caught him on the second roll. Another tractor was secured to raise the fallen machine and free the victim. Funeral services were conducted Sunday from the St John’s Congregational church near Dusty, Rev Rothenberger officiating. Survivors include his parents, six brothers, Raymond and Harold, Burbank, CA; Harvey, Norman, Benny and Duane, at home, and one sister, Violet.” (Odessa Record: 25 Mar 1943)

Stumpf:  (Anna Margaretha Schafer Stumph) “Mrs Conrad Stumph died at her home 12 miles southwest of Odessa last Saturday of typhoid fever. The funeral services were held at the home Monday.—Odessa Record.” (Citizen: 12-04-1903)

Stumpf:  “A memorial service was held at Mount Scott Funeral Home in Portland on Friday, May 2, for Frank J Stumpf, who died on Thursday, April 24, 1997, at the age of 76.  Mr Stumpf was born in Odessa on Oct 17, 1920, the son of John and Emily (Geissler) Stumpf. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Odessa and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1939.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lu; step-son Gary G Evensen, of Cincinnati; sisters, Dorothy Streicher, of Portland, and JoAnn Barrett, of Ukiah, CA, and brother, Lloyd V Stumpf, of Portland. Interment was at the Willamette National Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-08-1997)

Stumpf:  “Emily Katherine Stumpf, an Odessa area native and former resident, died Thursday, Apr 14, in Portland.  She died of causes related to age. She was 96.  She was born Oct 26, 1897, the daughter of Frank J and Agnes Schneider Geissler, on a farm in Adams County, southeast of Odessa.  She married John G Stumpf, a World War I veteran, in 1919.  They farmed southeast of Odessa in Rocky Coulee on land now farmed by the Schoonover Hutterian Bretheran. One of the first drilled deep-well pumps in the area was located on their farm, where alfalfa and other hay crops were ditch-irrigated.  After Mr Stumpf died in March 1944, she moved to Portland.  She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Portland since 1944 and a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Odessa.  Preceding her in death in addition to her husband and her parents were two brothers, Frank Geissler Jr and Edward Geissler and two sisters, Agnes Weber and Irene Schibel.  She is survived by two sons, Frank J Stumpf and Lloyd V Stumpf, and one daughter, Dorothy L Streicher, all of Portland; 5 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Survivors also include nephews: Echo Geissler and Wayne Geissler, of Davenport; a niece, Lillian Miller and a cousin, Mary Kern, of Odessa. A niece, Wardine Hokanson, of Massachusetts, also survives. A memorial service was held April 19. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland.” (Odessa Record: 4-28-1994)

Svihill:  “The two months’ old child of Mr and Mrs John Svihill died of cholera infantum at their home northeast of town Tuesday evening after an illness of only a few days.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-1907)

Swannack:  Walter Wm Swannack, 70, died Dec 17, 1994 at his ranch near Endicott. Survivors include his wife, Donna at the family home; five children, one sister, Edith Kallenberger. Interment at Spokane Memorial Garden Cemetery. (notes from scrapbook obit, undated)

Swenson:  “Mr and Mrs Henry Swenson of Harrington received official word Sunday that their son, Pvt Melvin Swenson, 19, was killed in action in the Philippines June 7.  He entered the army in October, 1944, following his graduation from high school in May.  He has a brother, Lt Howard Swenson, with the engineers in New Guinea, and a brother, Earl Swenson, was honorably discharged from the army in February. A sister, Mrs James Woodall, is the wife of a marine corps member in Okinawa.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-1945)(Hillcrest, Harrington,WA)

Swigart:  “Funeral services are being held at Spokane today for Roy Swigart, Marlin and Ruff area pioneer. The Rev Robert H Ortmeyer of the Manito Methodist church officiated, with burial in Greenwood Memorial Terrace. In the recent Marlin homestead series carried in the Odessa Record, Swigart was included as a star athlete and member of the first graduating class of the Marlin high school, and in town athletics. he operated a hardware store at Ruff. He held member ship in the Odessa Masonic Lodge. Survivors are his wife, Fern Swigart, at the home; a son, L D (Bud) Swigart, Coeur d’Alene; 3 grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Swigart, California.” (Odessa Record: 4-18-1963) 

Sykes:  Donald L Sykes, a Larson Air Force Base airman, was killed in a collision west of Odessa Saturday afternoon. Sykes was riding with Emery M Hurd, Jr, 21, of Larson. Airman Sykes’ home is in Winston-Salem, NC, according to the Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters, all of Winston-Salem.  The body was returned to North Carolina for funeral and burial. (excerpt: Odessa Record: 9-17-1964)

Synone: "Arthur Synone, 29, died at his home here Thursday night. He came here three years ago from Missouri. He leaves a wife and child." (Odessa Record: 4-29-1904 in 100 Yrs Ago of 4-29-2004)


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