Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Tanferani:  James Ray Tanferani died from natural causes while on a hunting trip near Republic on Oct 13, 2001. He was born in Eureka, CA, on March 23, 1948.  In 1974 Jim decided to move to WA for the hunting and fishing. He was the parts manager at Walter Implement in Odessa for 15 years.  In 1989, Jim and his sister Linda purchased Perch Point Resort at Moses Lake. He and his wife Patty managed the resort until it was sold in 1998. Arrangements were in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-25-2001)

Tate:  Alma Wahl Abener Tate died Jan 3, 1982 at Coeur d’Alene, ID following an illness. She was born on July 29, 1906 at Burlington, Colorado to William and Katherine (Adolf) Wahl. She was raised in Odessa. She married Ted Abener in Bellingham. She taught school in Tacoma and Spokane areas. Mr Abener died in 1960. She married Arthur Tate on Feb 15, 1975 in Spokane. At retirement they made their home in Hayden Lake, ID. Survivors include her husband Arthur; son Owen K Abener of Seattle; stepson, Robert Tate of Coeur d’Alene; daughter, Mrs Karen Otto of Spokane; two step-daughters, Mrs Mary Moran of Spokane and Mrs Marjorie Engle of Seattle; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Final interment was in the Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene with Yates Funeral Home of Hayden Lake in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-07-1982)

Tewinkel:  Garrett Tewinkle, 80, pioneer resident of the Lamona area, recently of Rockford, was buried Saturday at Rockford, with the Rev W O Pflaum and Rev R Malden officiating.  Survivors are three sons, Harmon and Wallace Tewinkel, both of Alberta; Asa of Rockford; one brother, J N Tewinkel of Spokane; and six grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 12-09-1937; spelling of surname varied in item)

Thaut:  Helen Lobe Thaut died Nov 24, 2005 at her home in Snohomish, WA. She was born in Odessa on Feb 3, 1926, one of eight children of Nathaniel and Barbara Lobe. She grew up on the family farm south of Odessa, attending school at Lauer and in Odessa. She married Fred Thaut on Jan 16, 1946. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred; brothers, Edwin, Leo, Irvin and Lonnie; sister Ednes and grandson, Evan. She is survived by her five sons, Doug of Ocean Shores, WA; Randy of Snohomish; Dennis of Stanwood, WA; Joel of Granite Falls, WA; and Russ of Snohomish; sister Barbara Moline of Spokane; brothers Don and Eugene of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-19-2006)

Theodoroff:  Theodore J Theodoroff, a former Odessan residing in Downey, CA, passed away Dec 5, 1989 following an extended illness caused by cancer.  The family were early Odessa residents and Mr Theodoroff, who was born here, operated a local photography studio in the 1940’s.  He is survived by his wife, Dolores, at the family home, and by a brother, Krum, in Grants Pass, OR. Service was held at the Hillside Church on Dec 9, Pastor Dallas Gladson officiating. Interment under the direction of rose Hill Mortuary, followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park with concluding graveside services.” (Odessa Record: 1-18-1990) 

Thiel:  Esther M (Gettmann) Thiel passed away Nov 7, 1998, at the age of 85. Mrs Thiel was born Feb 10, 1913 in Odessa, WA. She resided in Portland for a year before moving to a farm in the Canby area in the early 1930s. She was a homemaker. In 1934 she married Eldred Thiel. He passed away in 1974. Survivors include her daughter, Betty J Fiedler of Puyallup, WA; son, Robert of Canby; brothers, Ben Gettmann of Canby and Gilbert Gettmann of Stanfield; sisters, Virginia Barnes of Newberg and Florence Hayter of Newport; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Interment was held Nov 11, 1998 at Zion Memorial Park in Canby.” (Odessa Record: 11-19-1998)

Thomas:  Lorraine Thomas, daughter of Mrs Helen Brandt, member of the pioneer Koth family of Odessa, died with funeral services in Spokane. Burial was in the Fairmount Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, Clinton J Thomas; daughter Mrs Helene Ellingburg, Spokane; son Douglas, of CA; her mother of Spokane; her father, John J Brandt of Seattle. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-04-1963)

Thompson:  “Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 31, 1981, from the Bastian Funeral Home in Colville for Audubon Thompson, father of Clinton Thompson of Odessa. Mr Thompson passed away at a nursing home in Colville on Saturday, July 24. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1981)

Thompson:  George Thompson, former Odessa youth, recently of California, drowned near Redding, CA, while swimming with a picnic group, it is reported here. His body had not been found, states the report. Mr Thompson was on a picnic with 12 friends, and was swimming with two companions at the time of his drowning. The son of Mr and Mrs J W Thompson of Odessa, he had left here almost two years ago to work in California.” (Odessa Record: 8-01-1940)

Thompson:  “Dr L M Thompson, 66, owner of the Cashmere, WA, clinic and widely known eastern Washington physician, died at his home at Cashmere Wednesday. He had been in ill health for some time. He came to Washington in 1910 after taking his medical degree at the Louisville Medical College, Louisville, KY.  He practiced for many years in Odessa, selling his practice to Dr L J Bonney in 1931, going from here to Cashmere. He was a veteran of WW I, having served as medical officer in United States staff hospital No 109 in France. He is survived by his widow, Annette, at Cashmere; two daughters, Mrs Douglas Covey, Seattle, and Mrs A W Dolph, Omak; some foster children; three grandchildren and a brother, Ray Thompson in Missouri.  Funeral mass will be at 10 o’clock Saturday in the St Francis Church at Cashmere. The Cashmere Legion post will provide military rites at the cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-08-1951)  “Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Cashmere for Dr L M Thompson, former Odessa physician. Hy W Rieke, Cashmere, former Odessa banker, was one of the honorary pallbearers. Dr Thompson served the Odessa community from after World War I until going to Cashmere in 1931, when he sold his practice to Dr L J Bonney...” (Odessa Record: 2-15-1951)

Thompson:  “Funeral services for Mildred Diefe Thompson, formerly of Odessa and Spokane, were held on May 27 in Tulsa, OK.  Mrs Thompson died on Sunday May 24, 1998 in Tulsa, where she had lived for more than 45 years. She was born in Dec 1917 in Ruff, the daughter of Fred and Leontine Diefe. Their name was spelled differently from other members of the Deife family due to a spelling error occurring in the naturalization papers of Fred Diefe. Mildred’s family moved to a farm north of Odessa when she was a young girl. She attended school in Marlin, graduating from Marlin High School.  She is survived by her sisters, Norma and Billy Campbell of Tulsa, and Alma Johnson, of Greenacres; a brother-in-law, Art Schauerman, of Odessa, several nieces and nephews, and two step-sons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C Thompson; a sister, Elaine Schauerman, and her parents.” (Odessa Record: 6-18-1998)

Thompson:  “Mr and Mrs Con H Eckhardt received word Tuesday telling of the death of their daughter, Mrs Mollie Thompson, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that day. Funeral services have been set for the lake city Friday afternoon at 1:30, the Rev Krause officiating. Carl Clodius will sing at the service. Survivors include her husband, Adrian, and three daughters, Luverna, Evelyn and Ruth, at the home; her parents, Mr and Mrs Con H Eckhardt, Odessa; one brother, Ted Eckhardt, Odessa, and six sisters, Mrs Alma Fields, Nebraska; Mrs Emma Paulsen, Spokane; Mrs Esther Becker, Harrington; Mrs Ruth Clukey, Mrs Lydia Bischoff and Mrs Dorothy Finney, all of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: July 1948) d. July 6, 1948.  “...Mrs Thompson, nee Eckhardt, was born in Russia, Sept 3, 1906, and came to America at the age of five months, lived two years at Redfield, SD, and at Odessa form 1909 to 1929, when she was married to Adrian Thompson. After short periods at Odessa, Coeur d’Alene and Pullman, the family spent 12 years at Harvard, Idaho, and have lived at Coeur d’Alene since 1946. She is a graduate of the Odessa schools and attended Northwestern Business College at Spokane...” (Odessa Record: July 1948)

Thrall:  “Word has been received of the death of J T Thrall at his Spokane home on Tuesday. A pioneer Marlin rancher, he lived in this area for 57 years, retiring a few years ago to live at Spokane.  He is survived by his wife, Florence J Thrall at the home; three daughters, Mrs Emil Johnson, Govan; Mrs Kenneth Utt, Wenatchee; Mrs Milton Bonner, Spokane; one son, R D Thrall, Marlin; several nieces and grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-01-1949) 

Tilson:  “Graveside service for Vernon Stanley Tilson, 67, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, With the English Funeral Chapel in Post Falls in charge.  Mr Tilson, who died Friday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane, was born in Wilbur, Wash. He graduated from Wilbur High School and lived in Coeur d’Alene for 16 years before moving to the Post Falls area 10 years ago.  He was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for the Kootenai County Road Dept before retiring in 1986. Mr Tilson served with the Navy during WW II. His wife, Vi Tilson, died in 1988.  Survivors include one son, Charles Lee Tilson of Corpus Christi, Texas; one daughter, Barbara Ann Corbett of Spokane; three brothers, Howard Tilson of Hartline, WA; Richard Tilson of Wilbur and Harvey Tilson of Davenport; one sister, Maggie Tarter of Spokane; and two grandchildren.” (scrapbook obit: undated)

Tipke:  “Funeral services were held for George A Tipke of Mead, WA, on Wednesday, April 28, 1982, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spokane. Rev Martin Baumann officiated. George Tipke passed away at a Spokane hospital on April 24, 1982. he was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spokane.  Survivors include his wife, Lydia Tipke (formerly Lydia Brockman of Odessa), at the home; one daughter, Mrs John (Carol) Lewis, Meade; two sons, Donald and James Tipke, both of Spokane; four sisters, Mrs James (Rosella) Atkinson, Mead; Mrs Arthur (Bedella) Schmidt, Deer Park; Mrs Sam (Violet) Davis, Colbert, WA; Miss Elaine Tipke, Spokane; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The Tipkes will be remembered as long ago residents of Odessa when Mrs Tipke was the former Lydia Brockman, daughter of Rev and Mrs Henry Brockman. The Brockmans served the Zion Lutheran churches in Odessa and Marlin.  Interment was in Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane with Riplinger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-06-1982)

Tobler:  Vickie Sue Burghard Tobler died Oct 24, 1986 following an accident near Seattle. She was born Aug 29, 1954 in Ritzville to Don and Lorraine Burghard of Odessa. She was raised in Odessa until 1965 when the family moved to Moses Lake. Funeral services were held in Moses Lake. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-06-1986)

Tolenen:  Mary Ruth Tolenen, 59, of 1616 W Marie Street, Pasco, died Friday, Jan 11, 1974, at Kadlec Hospital in Pasco. Ruth was born April 13, 1914, at Almira, WA. She had moved to Redding, CA, 10 years ago where she had been a nurses aid during that time. She came back to Pasco in Oct 1973 and entered the Kadlec Hospital six weeks ago. She was a member of the Odessa VFW Women’s Auxiliary, Canniwai Grange and Congregational Church of Pasco. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan 16 at the Congregational Church with Rev George Allen officiating. Survivors include a daughter Mrs Nelda Milner of Pasco, a brother Jess Cassady, Grand Coulee; three sisters, Naomi Walter, Odessa; Dorothy Tolonenk, Almira; and Faye Cates, San Diego; and two grandchildren, Sheryl and David Milner, both of Pasco.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1974)

Tollefsrud:  Donald Tollefsrud of Davenport, born Sept 9, 1935 in Ladner, SD to Peter and Marie (Ostdahl) Tollefsrud, passed away May 9, 1991 at Davenport. He was employed by Lincoln Electric Co-operative in Davenport for 17 years. Mr Tollefsrud is survived by a brother, Selvin Tollefsrud of Spearfish, SD; by two sisters: Ruth Nelson of Spearfish and Thelma Iverson of Phillipsburg, MT; by his step-mother, Tora Tollefsrud of Norway, and by 12 nieces and nephews. Memorial services are scheduled Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, with Pastor David Daugs officiating.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1991)

Tomlinson:  “Mr and Mrs A W Birge were called to Chewelah on Tuesday by the news of the death of Mrs Birge’s mother, Mrs Rhoda Rouse Tomlinson, who died there Tuesday noon after being bedridden for three years. Funeral services are to be held at Chewelah Friday morning, with burial at Cedonia on Friday afternoon. Mrs Tomlinson came west with her husband in 1899 and lived at Creston and Cedonia before moving to Chewelah 22 years ago. Survivors include her husband, A M Tomlinson; two daughters, Mrs Ruby Cole, Chewelah, and Mrs Susan Birge, Odessa; three sons, Bruce, Bluefields, WV; Ellis, Columbus, OH; and Fayette, Sacramento, CA.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1937)

Torrey:  Orrin O Torrey Dies at Spokane Home.” (headline only in Odessa Record: 2-24-1963)

Totusek:  “Jerry Totusek, resident of the Irby area since 1901, died Dec 8 at his home in Woodburn, Oregon after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, at their home in Woodburn; two sisters, Victoria Ott, Irby; and Anna Uhrich, Mitchell, SD; five brothers, Lid Totusek, Spokane; Louis Wraspir, Irby; Stanley Wraspir, Odessa; Arthur Wraspir, Irby; and William Wraspir, Quincy.  Jerry farmed in the Irby area, was well known for his musical ability and dance band which became Stan’s Jazz when he moved away. He served in the US Army and was a member of the English Congregational Church, Canniwai Grange and Modern Woodmen.  Memorial services were held in his honor at Woodburn. While a resident there he was active in golf and entertained in the retirement center with his piano, drums and other talents. Jerry Totusek was 76 years old.” (Odessa Record: 12-22-1977)(edit: family in Bohemian Cem)

Trantum:  Roy Trantum, one of Odessa earliest pioneers, was buried at funeral services in Spokane on Wednesday, the Rev Howard Lehn officiating, following his death on Saturday.  Trantum, a brother-in-law of Walter Schoonover of Odessa, is memorialized in the Trantum and Schoonover (Warren) addition to the town of Odessa. The adult names are the names of the addition’s avenues, Roy, Warren, May, Alice, with Marjorie avenue named after the Trantum’s oldest daughter, now Mrs Marjorie Cormana.  In 1898, also in partnership with Warren Schoonover, the Trantum and Schoonover store was started, Odessa’s first store. Later Mr Trantum was bookkeeper for the Michaelsen and Koth store.  After leaving here the Trantum family lived in Seattle, coming to Spokane in recent years.  Survivors include his wife, Lillie May, at the home; five daughters, Mrs Marjorie Cormana, at the home; Mrs Louise Anderson, Otis Orchards, WA; Mrs Dorothy Lollis, Seattle; Mrs Frances Amsbaugh, Orofino, Idaho; and Mrs Isabel Colvin of Florence, OR; one son, Gerald Stacy Trantum of San Francisco, CA; two sisters, one brother, Gard Trantum of Spokane; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1950)

Trautman:  “Word was received from Yakima last week by Mr and Mrs Jacob Greenwalt Sr, telling of the death of their nephew, Herbert Trautman, who had passed away there the previous Saturday. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Adam Trautman of Yakima, and is survived by his parents, three brothers and many ..... (damaged paper).” (Odessa Record: 2-17-1933)

Trefren: “Two former residents were listed among Spokane deaths this week, Mrs Anna J Trefren and Mrs Eva E Foos. Mrs Trefren resided with her son at Richmond Beach, WA, and funeral services are being held today at St Maries, ID, the Rev Thomas McQueen officiating. She leaves four sons, the Rev Stanley Trefren of Richmond Beach; Glen F of Spokane; Gerald D of Brownsville, TX; Harold W of Seattle; three daughters, Mrs Louise McConnell of Healdton, OK; Miss Doris R Trefren, a missionary in China; Mrs Jean Worsfold of Palms, CA; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 10-14-1948)

Trejbal:  “Funeral services for a former Odessa resident, Josephine Trejbal, 80, were held on May 13, at Spokane, with the Rev F William Westwood officiating. Songs, ‘Nearer My God to Thee,’ and ‘In the Garden, ‘ were sung by vocalist Phil Crosbie, with Estelle Cashatt organist. Pallbearers were George Trejbal, Albert Trejbal, Sam Anest, John Berg, Frank Gerke and T H Collier Jr. Burial was in the Pines Cemetery. Mrs Trejbal was born in Czechoslovakia, Jan 22, 1884, and died May 10, 1964. She was married Feb 8, 1903 to James Trejbal. In April 1908, they came to America and to Odessa, where they bought the Henry Reese place and lived 20 years. They moved to Greenacres for five years, then moved to Rockland, Idaho, and lived 15 years, until retiring to their valley home in 1949. She leaves her husband, James Trejbal; a daughter, Lydia Pitney; and a son, James J Trejbal, and three grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-1964)

Trupp:Daniel Trupp, the son of Henry and Maria Dorothea (Libsack) Trupp, Jr, former Odessa, WA pioneers, passed away on July 29, 1984 after a long illness at his home at 85477 Chezem Road, Eugene, OR 97405, where he had been a resident for the past 46 years.  Daniel was born July 9, 1913 near Moody, WA, on a wheat farm southwest of Odessa, where he grew to young manhood. In 1935, he moved with his parents to Beaverton, Oregon. He was baptized while an infant at the Emmaus Congregational church, which at that time was located in the northwest corner of Lincoln and Adams Counties, in the State of Washington by the late Rev G Graedel. He was also confirmed there by the late Rev Paul Kalmbach. His grade school education constituted of attendance at the Schafer School Dist. #73 in Adams County.  It was many years later that he enrolled at Lane Community College in Eugene, where he received his high school diploma in 1971. In between his grade and high school education, Daniel studied at the Adcox Trade School in Portland, Oregon, where he learned the basics of a heavy duty mechanic. He was then a diesel mechanic for Weyerhauser Timber Company of Springfield, Oregon for 21 years, prior to his retirement on Aug 1, 1977.  Daniel was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Spencer Creek Grange, Moose Lodge #686, and a member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He had been an active member in his church serving in many and various capacities such as treasurer, deacon, financial secretary and Luther League advisor. He also carried out the duties of a Cub and Boy Scout Master in his community for many years. Proud he was of the fact that his boys had attained college education. Among his hobbies one found deer and elk hunting, trout and salmon fishing and traveling with his wife.  His grandchildren’s activities were his special interest in his retirement years. On May 10, 1941 he was united in marriage to Helen C Furrow in Reno. Daniel is survived by his wife; three sons, Lynn of Portland, OR: Malcolm and James, both of Eugene; 8 grandchildren; his brothers, Henry of Monroe, WA, and Jacob of Portland, OR; his sisters, Esther Trupp and Marie Krieger, both of Portland, OR; and Helen Abel of Mountlake Terrace, WA.  Services were held on Wednesday, Aug 1, 1984, at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Eugene, Oregon.  Pastor John Dinsmore officiated at the church and also at the concluding services at Lane Memorial Gardens.  The Lounsbury-Musgrove Funeral Chapel of Eugene was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-23-1984) 

Trupp:  “A funeral service for (Miss)  Esther Trupp, an Odessa native and member of a pioneer Odessa family, was held Jan 17, in Portland. Esther Trupp, who died Saturday, July 13, 2001, was 92 years old. She had been a resident of the Portland area since 1935. Miss Trupp was born Sept 4, 1908, on a farm near Odessa, the daughter of Henry Jr and Maria Dorothea (Libsack) Trupp. She grew up on a wheat farm, where she participated in the many chores that farm life entailed. She graduated from Schafer School District #73, a one-room country school, at the age of 14. Illness followed by surgery left Esther with partial hearing, a handicap she faced the rest of her life. Housekeeping and cooking for an older brother on his farm occupied her time until her parents sold their farm and moved to Beaverton, OR, in 1935. When her father acquired a shoe repair shop in Portland, Esther assisted him for 15 years and resided in the family home.  She was a member of the Brethren Congregational Church in the Portland area. She had received her religious instruction at the Emaus (Emmaus) country church southwest of Odessa. After her parents died, Esther performed household tasks for elderly friends in their homes. When failing eyesight became a problem, Esther moved to assisted living in a foster home in Milwaukie, OR, for two years. For the past nine years, due to being blind, she was confined to a nursing home. Until she had become incapacitated, she was an avid reader, loved her hobby, gardening, and raised her own seed and managed a compost pile to fertilize her vegetable plot. Esther had many friends, and when genealogy became her great interest in her later years, her sharp memory became an asset in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. She was among the first generation of that ethnic group to have been born in America. She was preceded in death by her parents, six infant siblings and four brothers, Fred, Henry, Jacob and Daniel. Her survivors include her sisters, Marie Krieger, of Portland, and Helen Abel, of Mountlake Terrace, WA, and nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 1-25-2001)

Trupp:  Funeral services were held June 19 at Portland for Henry Trupp, 86.  Former Odessa resident, he had lived at Portland the past 30 years.  Mr Trupp was born May 17, 1879 in Russia. He came to the United states 65 years ago and farmed near here for 29 years before going to Portland. He planned for at least a yearly visit with friends and relatives here. He was a brother-in-law of Adam Libsack. At Portland he followed the shoe repair business.  Survivors include three sons, Henry, Chehalis; Jacob, Portland; and Daniel, Eugene; three daughters, Esther Trupp, Portland; Mrs Walter C Kriegler, Portland; and Mrs Carl Abel, Tacoma; two sisters, Mrs Katie Dirks, Moses Lake, and Mrs Edna Eckhardt, Spokane; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1965) 

Trupp:  Funeral services for Henry Trupp, a former Odessa area resident, were held on Feb 27. Mr Trupp died Feb 19, 1993, in a nursing home in Tacoma.  He was born Sept 12, 1905, in Rathdrum, ID, the son of Henry Trupp and Maria Dorothea Libsack Trupp. The family came to the Odessa area when he was a youth. he grew up in this area and farmed in Adams County near Odessa.  In 1933 he married Hannah Bohnet. She died in May 1991. They lived on the Coast most of their married lives, including 28 years in Chehalis, WA, and the past several years in Monroe, WA.  Henry built and designed houses. He enjoyed gardening, bicycling, walking and was an avid basketball fan. He was a member of the Monroe Nazarene Church. Survivors include three daughters, Martha Trupp, of Olympia; Carol Arrington, of Everett, and Janet Lambert of San Jose, CA; one son, Raymond Trupp, of Denver; three sisters, Marie Krieger and Esther Trupp, Portland, and Helen Abel, Montlake Terrace, WA; one brother, Jake Trupp, Portland; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. (Odessa Record: 3-04-1993)

Trupp:  “Funeral services for Jacob Trupp, a native and former resident of Odessa, were held in Portland on Aug 21.  Mr Trupp, who was 81 years old, died in a Portland hospice care center of causes related to age on Aug 18, 1993.  He was born Nov 29, 1911, in Odessa. He attended country school and later went to Odessa High School. He assisted his family on their wheat farm near Odessa before moving to Beaverton, OR, in 1935.  He was a guard at the Federal Reserve Bank in Portland before serving in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WW II.  Following his discharge, he graduated from a baker’s college in California. He married Lydia Maier on Aug 3, 1954, in Fresno, CA. He worked in Portland bakeries. His specialty was cake decorating. He retired during the early 1970’s.  Mr Trupp was a life member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the German Aid Society. He belonged to the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Portland.  Survivors in addition to his wife include his sisters, Marie Krieger and Esther Trupp, both of Portland, and Helen Abel of Mountlake Terrace, WA.” (Odessa Record: 9-02-1993)

Trupp:  Johannah ‘Hannah’ Clara Trupp of Monroe, born June 24, 1911 in Ruff, WA, passed away May 9, 1991 at her home. Survivors in addition to her husband Henry, at the family home, include a sister, Julianna Witt of Odessa. Others are her children: Janet and Nolan Lamber of San Jose, CA; Raymond and Dorothy Trupp of Arvada, CO; Carol Arrington of Everett; and Marty Trupp of Olympia; a brother, Albert Bohnet of Ephrata; four other sisters: Sophie Schillen of Seattle; Rebecca Philbrick of Vancouver; and Mar Majors and Esther McKinley, both of Wenatchee; and 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was a resident of Chehalis for a number of years until 1978, when she and her husband moved to Monroe. She was a member of the Monroe Nazarene Church. Funeral service for Mrs Trupp was held Tuesday, May 14, at Purdy & Kerr Funeral Chapel in Monroe, who handled arrangements, and burial followed at the Monroe IOOF Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1991)

Tschritter:  “Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 3, 1984 from the Oakville Methodist Church in Oakville, WA for Rebecca (Becky) Tschritter, who passed away in Seattle following open heart surgery.  Becky was the wife of Fred Tschritter, formerly of Marlin and a sister-in-law of Ed Tschritter of Marlin.  Survivors include four daughters; one son; 17 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. Burial was in the Oakville Community Cemetery. Attending the services from Lamona were Tom and Doris Wilson.” (Odessa Record: 4-12-1984)

Tschritter:  “Warden.—Graveside service for Rudolph Tschritter, 81, of Warden is 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Rev Richard Bushman officiating.  Mr Tschritter died Tuesday at Crestview Convalescent Center. He was raised in Ruff where he attended schools and farmed. He moved to Warden in 1937 and worked for the Warden School District for 27 years. Mr Tschritter is survived by his wife, Pauline, of Warden; one daughter, Mary Ellen Aranjo of South Bend; two sons, Alvin of Warden and Dwayne of Spring Valley, CA; four brothers, Dan of Lind; Ted of Spokane; Ed of Odessa and Fred of Oakesdale; two sisters, Elsie Tadevich and Bertha King, both of Sun City, CA; and 10 grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Tucker:  “Word has been received  of the death of Mrs William Tucker Sr, 95, at Chowchilla, CA. She operated a hotel in Wilbur in the ‘90s and her late husband farmed south of there. She operated a hotel in Spokane a few years before moving to California in 1918 with her daughter, Mrs Katheryn Moir, and her son, William Tucker Jr, a Spanish-American War veteran. The daughter and a grandson, Cpl. Irving Moir, survive her. One niece, Mrs Nellie Richardson, lives at Lacrosse, WA.” (Odessa Record: 7-26-1945)

Tufts:  Frank Metcalf Tufts, 83, a native of Versailles, NY, who homesteaded 10 miles from Wilbur 53 years ago, died at Wilbur Wednesday. When a small child, his parents, Mr and Mrs Thomas J Tufts, moved to Springfield, IL, where the father established and operated a soap and candle factory, and the family became close neighbors of President Abraham Lincoln. Mr Tufts always remembered clearly the day that Lincoln left Springfield for his last presidential inauguration, although but a 9-year old lad. His patriotic nature was fired to the point where he tried in vain to enlist at the age of 10 as a drummer boy in the Civil War. In 1881 he came west by railroad, arriving in San Francisco on the same day that the steamship Columbia delivered the first arc-light equipment there. He did not remain the entire year, but came to the Big Bend and homesteaded. He is survived by three sisters and one brother. The funeral will be on Saturday.” (Odessa Record: 3-20-1936)

Turner:  Goldie A Turner, 81, of 221 E Washington St, Dayton, died Tuesday, Dec 13, 1983, at the Robison Nursing Home. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec 15, 1983, at the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel in Dayton. Rev Robert Shields officiated. Burial was in the family plot at Dayton City Cemetery. Miss Turner was born April 1, 1902 in Oregon City, Oregon, to James and Minnie Priester Turner. She attended high school at Turner, a small community northeast of Dayton. Miss Turner was employed by the Central Cleaners in Walla Walla, working there until 1947 when she and her brother went into business in Odessa. They operated the Odessa cleaners until 1963, when they started the Dayton cleaners. She retired in 1973. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Odessa and the Sprout Springs Ski Club. She enjoyed bowling and fishing. Miss Turner was preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur Turner, Lloyd Turner, Thomas Turner and Con Turner, and three sisters, Patty Darnell, Lillie Brower and Gladys Jones.  Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, including Nadine Startin, Maxine Lunden, Kay Fletcher, Lawrence Turner, Jim Turner and Chuck Turner, all of Dayton; Patsy Griffin of Waitsburg, and Zelma Weathermon of Walla Walla, and a sister-in-law, Agnes Turner of Dayton.” (Odessa Record: 1-05-1983)

Turner:  Ruby Toms Turner died Oct 6, 2005, aged 91 years. She was born in Reardan on Jan 30, 1914, the daughter of Harry and Martha Toms. Ruby graduated from Everett High School in 1932.  Ruby worked her way through Seattle Pacific College (now University). She completed her teacher training course in 1937. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Mondovi from 1937 to 1939. For the next three years, she was a third grade teacher in Odessa. In the fall of 1942, Ruby began her long career of teaching primary grades at Whittier School in Seattle’s Ballard district. Ruby married Nathan Loughborough Turner on July 20, 1957, in Seattle and they moved to Virginia to continue their teaching careers. He suffered a fatal heart attack in May 1973. Ruby remained in Virginia until her retirement and then returned to Seattle. Besides her husband Lough, Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Billy and sister Bernice Nickols. She is survived by nieces and nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held at the United Evangelical Free Church in Seattle. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-20-2005)

Tyler:  “Graveside services were held for Rachel Christensen Tyler, formerly of Issaquah, WA, on Monday, June 11. Mrs Christensen died Wednesday, Jan 6, 2001, at the Enumclaw (WA) Health Care Center. She was born on March 2, 1917, in Ritzville, the daughter of Jacob and Katharine (Schaug) Zeiler. She was raised in Odessa and moved to Issaquah in 1937 with her husband Bill Christensen, where she worked with him in construction. She also worked for the Hi-Lo Bakery and Mercer Island Junior High School. She was a member of the Danish Sisterhood Lodge #40 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Issaquah Fraternal Order of Eagles #3054. Rachel is survived by her daughter Dorothea M Sheppard, of Kettle Falls; two grandchildren, Robert Sheppard and Juanita Grundmann, of Seattle; two sisters, Viola Fode, of Odessa; and Elma Lesser of Newport; and three brothers, Donald Zeiler, of Odessa; Fred Zeiler of Vancouver, WA; and Vernie Zeiler, of Kennewick. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Christensen in 1968. Arrangements were made by Flintoffs Issaquah Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 6-28-2001)

Tyson:  “Mr and Mrs Howard Reister returned Monday after having been called to Stoneham, Colorado, due to the unexpected death of Mrs Reister’s father, Mr John Tyson.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1963)

Uhrich:  Mrs Margaret Uhrich, 97, died of age Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Yuckert in Odessa. Funeral services were held at the Douglas church at Waterville on Sunday, with burial in the Waterville Cemetery. Mrs Uhrich was born in Russia where she married and resided until the death of her husband, 38 years ago, when she went to Seattle to make her home with a son. Later they moved to a farm near Waterville. About a year ago she came here, an invalid, to be cared for my her daughter. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs George Grening, Puyallup; Mrs J J Schoessler, Ritzville; and Mrs Yuckert, Odessa, and a son, George Uhrich, Waterville.” (Odessa Record: 6-24-1937)

Undeberg:  Harold E Undeberg, 63 died on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2005. He was born July 21, 1942 in Odessa, the son of Hans and Marie (Aasland) Undeberg. Harold married Joanne Wagner Sept 8, 1962. After his discharge from the military in 1971, he and Joan raised their family on the family farm of George Wagner, where he farmed 33 years before retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Ritzville Emmanuel Lutheran Church where a memorial service was held, with private family graveside services. He was survived by his wife; 3 daughters, Heidi Hunt of Ritzville; Wendy Brown of Kennewick, and Valerie Davis of Spokane; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Oscar Undeberg of Linda and Lorus Allen Undeberg of Ephrata; a sister Tori Hanson of Spokane; his mother-in-law, Ann Wagner of Ritzville, two nephews and four nieces. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-03-2005)

Underwood:  Louis Underwood, 72, Wilson Creek, was injured fatally Tuesday evening when struck by a compact station wagon driven by Gerald Schwab, 25, Wilson Creek, the state patrol reported. Underwood, an early resident and long-time farmer in that community, stepped from behind a parked car into the west traffic lane on Main street and was struck by the right front side of the vehicle, patrolmen said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at McKay Memorial Hospital in Soap Lake. Survivors include two sons, Floyd, Wilson Creek, and Howard, Hartline; one daughter, Mrs Viola Engle, Spangle; one brother, Frank, in CA, and one sister in Creston.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1962)

Underwood:  “Funeral services for Mrs Mabel Anna Underwood were held from the Presbyterian church at Wilson Creek on Sunday.  She died at her home near there Oct 31.  She was born at Lansing, MI, Aug 6, 1873.  Besides her widower she is survived by two sons, Floyd Underwood of Hartline and Howard Underwood of Wilson Creek; one daughter, Mrs Viola Engle of Marlin; three brothers, Walter and James Hersey of Moses Lake and Levi Hersey of Wheeler; four sisters and 6 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 11-07-1946; TS is shown at Wilbur Cemetery)

Unger:  Mrs Orra Unger, 88, died in Spokane with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in the family plot.  Born in Ohio, Dec 5, 1861, she was married to Edmund G Unger in Ohio, where they lived until coming to the Odessa area in 1904, farming about 10 miles southeast of town until 1922, when they purchased a home in town and retired, Mr Unger died Aug 9, 1933. Survivors include four children: Mrs C A Bragg, Odessa; George Frederick Under, Mrs S A Barnhart and Ralph T Unger, all of Spokane; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 2-09-1950)

Upright:  Del Upright, 87, Seattle, who was stricken with a heart attack while in Odessa to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law, Mrs Jane Sackett, died enroute to his home on Tuesday night. The midnight train had been stopped and he went as a passenger on it, being carried to the train in an ambulance. When he arrived in Odessa he appeared to be in the best of health, active as a man several years his junior. A son, Bruce, was with him, and C H Graedel made the trip back to Seattle with them. At Seattle he was in the employ of Weyerhauser Lumber company and as an employ too an active part in the search for the kidnappers of the Weyerhauser boy during the past summer.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1936)

Urton:  “A fractured skull received last week when thrown out of the truck he was driving in Spokane, caused the death of Fred H Urton, Harrington. His truck had collided with a Spokane United Street railway bus.  The impact nearly tipped the bus over, but only one passenger was slightly hurt. The bus driver was held not to blame by the police, who believe Urton did not make a complete stop at the arterial highway. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, and a son. Funeral services were held from the Hazen-Jaeger funeral home in Spokane, at 1 p.m. Friday, and interment was made in a Spokane Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-13-1932)

Ussery:  “A head on crash Friday afternoon between a light foreign car and a station wagon brought death to Victor M Ussery, Spokane, about 3 miles east of Odessa...” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1962)

Uthe:  “Kay Weber received word that her sister, Margaret Uthe, passed away April 5th at her home in Denver, CO. She and her family often visited in Odessa. Kay spent several days last month visiting with her and the family.” (Odessa Record: 4-12-1984)

VanMaulken:  “Mrs Dale Brown was called to Farmington last Saturday by the illness of her mother, Mrs Lydia Van Maulken, who died Tuesday of this week at a Colville hospital. Funeral services have been set for Friday at 2:30, from Farmington. Mr Brown left Wednesday for Farmington.” (Odessa Record: 2-01-1951)

Vazquez:  John Anthony Vazquez died Sept 27, 2000 in Spokane. He was born in Los Angeles June 25, 1932 and was preceded in death by his parents, Neftale and Irene Vazquez.  He served in the Korean Conflict. In 1994 he returned to Odessa to remodel his ranch. Cremation preceded a memorial service that was conducted at St Joseph Catholic Church. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-05-2000)

Vent: Alpha Vent, a pioneer resident of the Lincoln County area, who has lived at Spokane for the past 28 years, was buried Monday from a Spokane funeral home, the Rev E L Whisler officiating, assisted by Alcyone chapter, OES.  She was the sister of Mrs George N Lowe of Lamona.  Alpha Parker Vent came to Cold Creek, now Lamona, in the spring of 1880, with her parents, Horace and Louisa Parker, and was married to William H Vent on Dec 2, 1894. They lived near Sprague where they farmed many years, then moved to Spokane. Mr Vent died in 1933. She was well known among the old timers and early settlers of this region.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1951)

Verdoorn:  “Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Spokane for the Rev Cornelius Verdoorn, a former pastor of St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa. Father Verdoorn died Sunday, Dec 24, 2000, at St Joseph Care Center in Spokane following a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old. He was born in Holland on Jan 30, 1924. He served as pastor in parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, including Brewster, Wilbur, Pomeroy, Clarkston and St Mary in Spokane. He was one of the first two missionaries from the diocese to go to Guatemala. His last assignment before retirement was as pastor at St Joseph Parish in Odessa. He lived in retirement in Odessa until illness forced his move to Spokane. A vigil service will be held Thursday, Dec 28, at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 12-28-2000)

Vogler:  Esther Aumann Vogler died July 24, 2003 at her home in Colfax. She was born Feb 12, 1912, at Eureka, SD. She was the eldest of 8 children of the Rev Wilhelm and Emma Stahl Aumann. She taught biology, English and German at Odessa High School where many of her students were older than she. She married Sam Vogler in 1936 and moved to the family farm near Dusty where they raised cattle. Her husband died in 1969. Memorial services were held at the Country Bible Church near Dusty. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-09-2003) 


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