Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Wachter:  “Funeral services for Mrs Dorothy Marie Wachter, 67, were held from the English Congregational church on Friday morning, with the Rev John A Birchard officiating. Burial was in Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge... Dorothy Marie Neff was born Feb 20, 1896, in Hood River, OR. She graduated from Yakima high school and WSU. She taught mathematics in Odessa. On Dec 20, 1920, at Yakima, she married Ernest J Wachter of Odessa. For several years, until ill health caused her to drop outside activities, she took an active part in civic, lodge and church programs. Within the past year her husband retired as manager of the Seattle First National Bank here and the two were planning their retirement years. She is survived by her husband at the home; two daughters, Mrs Mary Virginia Birge, Vancouver, WA; and Mrs Marjorie Ann Block, St Louis, MO.” (Odessa Record excerpt: 3-28-1963) See also Odessa Record: 3-21-1963, death notice and details of community service.

Wacker:  Henry Wacker. Died: 12-30-1937, Odessa, WA. Father: Conrad Wacker; Mother: Katherine Bachman. Spouse: Married. Buried: Portland, Oregon.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Henry Wacker, Sr, 68, died of heart disease while en route home from here to the Wacker ranch home on Thursday night. His son-in-law, Henry Miller, who was with him, said he dropped dead after getting out of the car to relieve nausea. Mr Wacker was born in Russia. He came to this country with his family in 1903, settling first in Portland, OR. They came here in 1911 and farmed until last spring, when Mr and Mrs Wacker retired and moved to Portland. They were here for the holiday season.  He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth; a daughter, Mrs Henry Miller, Portland, and two sons, Henry P and John, both farmers of this region. His body was sent to Portland on Friday night for burial. Strate’s Funeral Home took charge of the body and arranged shipment. John Wacker accompanied the body to Portland.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1938)

Wacker:  John Wacker, formerly of the Odessa area, died Tuesday, Jan 11, 2000, in Portland. He was 93 years old. Mr Wacker was born Dec 22, 1906 in Portland, and moved as a child to Odessa. He was a wheat farmer in the area until 1940. He then returned to Portland and was a mail handler for the Union Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1971. He married Martha Mason in 1940. She died in 1997. He is survived by his son, John M Wacker, of Portland, and 6 grandchildren. His daughter, Myrtlan Strawn, died in 1985.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-2000)

Wacker:  Rev John H Wacker was born Nov 22, 1899 in Denver, and died Jan 7, 1984. Funeral services were held Jan 11, 1984 from the Hodgman-Slain Mortuary for Rev Wacker, 84, of Lincoln, NE. He had been located in Odessa in the 1930’s where he served the ST Mathews Church. Survivors include his wife, Lydia; daughter, Mrs Adam (Elizabeth) Brehm, sons, Harold and Kenneth; and brothers, Paul of Denver, Henry and Wendell, Fort Morgan, Colorado. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-16-1984)

Wagner:  Blanche Wagner, of Odessa, died Saturday, April 10, in Spokane. She had been a resident of Odessa for many years. Survivors include three sons, Mark Wagner and Rob Wagner, both of Spokane; and Randy Wagner, of Reno, NV; one granddaughter, Michelle Wagner, of Spokane; two brothers, George Scroggie of Carrie, MN, and Charles Scroggie, of Sunnyvale, CA; one sister, Dorothy Wilson, of West Covina, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Heritage United Church of Christ. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 15, 1993, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage United Church of Christ. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1993; TS is in Odessa Cemetery)

Wagner:  Rev C J Wagner, prominent church man of the German Congregational churches, located at Portland, died there suddenly this week, according to word received by the relatives here. Many from here went to attend the funeral, which was held on Wednesday. Mr Wagner was well known here, having attended church conferences and festivals. At one time he served churches in Endicott and Walla Walla. He is survived by his widow and an adopted daughter, now married.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1934)

Wagner:  “A grade school picnic outing for the Reardan eighth grade class had a tragic ending at Dry Falls state park near Coulee City Friday afternoon when Helen Wagner, 13, daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Wagner, farmers living south of Reardan, fell over a steep ledge and was fatally injured. Details of the accident were lacking. It was reported the child had been playing games with others and in running, suddenly lurched over a sheer drop. She was beyond aid when taken to a doctor in Ephrata. Besides her parents she is survived by a brother, George, at the home.” (Odessa Record: 5-20-1948)

Wagner:  John Wagner, 94, former Marlin resident, passed away at his Spokane home on Saturday, where he lived for the past 14 years. Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie Wagner, at home; four daughters, Mrs Anna Marie Zichler, Marlin, WA; Mrs Magdalene Neidermeyer, Post Falls, ID: Mrs Marie Munday, Fleming, CO; Mrs Johanna Loch, Toppenish, WA; three sons, Oscar A Wagner, Marlin; A J Wagner, Coeur d’Alene; and William F Wagner, Clovis, NM; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-25-1940)

Wagner:  “Mrs Maria Wagner, former Marlin resident, who had lived at Spokane for the past 20 years, died there this week and was buried there on Tuesday, Elder Leon Robbins of the Seventh Day Adventist church officiating.  She is survived by two sons, Will F Wagner, of Clovis, NM; and Oscar A Wagner of Marlin; three daughters, Mrs Anna Zickler, Marlin; Mrs Mary Munday, Fleming, Colo., and Mrs Hannah Loch, Toppenish; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-31-1947

Wahl:  Earnest Wahl. Died: 8 Jan 1916, rural Odessa, WA. Birth: 18 Dec 1915, rural Odessa.  Father: William Wahl, born NE; Mother: Katie Adolf, born Russia. Burial: 10 miles north of Odessa, WA, North Baptist Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)

Wahl: "Wilhelmina Wahl. Female, white, widowed. Widow of John. Birth: Oct 3, 1850, Germany. Father: Christ Kuck, born Germany. Mother (not obtainable) Informant: Mrs R B Burbank. Death: March 11, 1932, 3:45 p.m., Spokane. Cause: myocarditis. Burial: Riverside Park on 3-14-1932. Undertaker: Smith Funeral Home, Spokane." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)

Walker:  Eleanor Anna Fahr Walker, for more than 50 years a resident of Grand Coulee, died April 3, 1993. She was the mother of Eleanor Reihs of Odessa. She was born in Chicago on May 23, 1909, where she married Earnest E Fahr in 1929. Two daughters were born in Chicago, Eleanor Mae and Nancy Lillian. During WW II, the family moved to Grand Coulee where a third daughter was born, Susan Ann. Ernie died in 1969 while serving his third term as mayor of Grand Coulee. In 1972 Eleanor married Harold Walker, who also preceded her in death. Burial occurred in Spring Canyon Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-22-1993)

Waller:  Wm R Waller. Male, white. Birth: Oct 14, 1904, Oakesdale. Age: 4 yrs 11 mos 7 days. Father: J L Waller, born TN; Mother: Lizzie Briant, born TN. Informant: J L Waller, Oakesdale, WA. Death: 9-22-1908, 7:30 a.m.. Cause: typhoid fever; Contributory: convulsions and meningitis. W Gaines, MD, Oakesdale. Burial: Oakesdale. Undertaker: H Alnery, Oakesdale, WA.” (WA State Board of Health: Death Cert)

Walter:  Alfred Emmanuel Walter, Sr, 83, of Wapato, died Tuesday, Nov 30, 1999, in Yakima.  He was born Aug 11, 1916, in Odessa, the son of Conrad and Elizabeth (Homburg) Walter. His family moved to the Wapato area in 1920, and Alfred attended Bradshaw School in Wapato.  He retired in 1979 from the agriculture industry and spent his retirement reading about history. Alfred married Anna J Wick in Dayton on Oct 7, 1938. He is survived by his son, Alfred (Fred) and wife Judy Walter, of Everett; two daughters, Edna Mauch and husband Harold, of Wapato; and Valerie Neal and husband Raleigh, of Auburn, WA; one brother, Frederick Walter, of Eureka, CA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; parents, and brothers, Herman, Daniel and David Walter.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-2000)

Walter:Alto H Walter, a long-time Moses Lake resident and former resident of the Odessa-Marlin area, died Monday, Jan 22, 1996, in Moses Lake. She was born April 28, 1913, the daughter of Harry and Hester Shellburn, at Orofino, Idaho, where she was raised and educated. She married John Reich in 1931. He died in 1947. She married Henry Walter on Sept 12, 1948, in Ritzville, and they made their home on a farm between Odessa and Marlin. In 1961 they moved to Moses Lake, where they purchased a small farm and raised cattle and alfalfa. Henry died in 1987, and she had lived in Moses Lake since.  She enjoyed traveling and raising horses and dogs. She is survived by her sons, John Mitchell, of Spokane, and Dale Reich of Moses Lake; a daughter, Louise Kallenberger, of Royal City; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.” (Odessa Record: 2-01-1996)

Walter:Carol June Walter. Died: 1-02-1971, Odessa, WA. Father: Richard R Larson. Mother: Ruth Irwin. Spouse: divorced. Buried: St Andrew Cemetery, Coulee City, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards)

Walter:  Henry Walter of Moses Lake, born Feb 25, 1905 in Odessa to Conrad and Anna Marie Walter, passed away July 5 at Crestview Convalescent Center in Moses Lake. Raised in the Odessa-Ritzville area where his parents were farmers, Mr Walter worked in farming as a young man, later working as a mechanic in Ritzville. During WW II, he was in the Army, serving at the Battle of the Bulge. A bronze star recipient, he was honorably discharge in 1945 and returned to Ritzville and his job as a mechanic. After he married Alto Reich in 1948, they moved to Marlin, where they farmed for 12 years before moving in 1961 to Moses Lake. There they had a farm raising cattle and alfalfa until he retired in the early 1970s. Preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Mr Walter is survived by his wife, Alto, in Moses Lake; by two sons, John Mitchell of Spokane and Dale Reich of Moses Lake; by a daughter, Louise Kallenberger of Royal City; by five sisters: Loretta Pankow of Rochester, Martha Koch and Alma Koch, both of Wenatchee, and Hannah Ils and Helen Zeimer, both of Ritzville; by a brother, Sam Walter of Wenatchee; by 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held July 9 at Pioneer Memorial Gardens, the Rev Floyd Wilks of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. Military rites followed.” (Odessa Record: 7-16-1987)

Walter:  “Funeral services for Johnny A Walter were held on Tuesday, Jan 6, at the Standoff Colony, Standoff, Alberta, with interment at the colony cemetery.  Mr Walter, who was 52 years old, died at his Lamona home of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, Jan 3, 1998. He was born Aug 3, 1945, at Standoff, Alberta. He married Annie Stahl on Jan 13, 1974, and later moved to Lamona, where he had resided since. Surviving are his wife Annie, two daughters, Joyce and Rachel, and two sons, Stephen and John Jr, at the family home; four brothers, Jacob, Darius, (twin) Eli and Leonard, of Lamona Farms; and two sisters, Mrs Rachel (Bill) Gross, of Reardan, and Annie (Eli) Hofer, of Walsh, Alberta. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joseph. Johnny was best known for his sense of humor and his ability to give to help others. He had a smile for all. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-15-1998)

Walter:Joseph Jacob Walter. Death: 8-25-1996. Birth: 8-12-1937, Alberta, Canada. Never married. Father: Jacob Walter. Mother: Rachel Hofer. Buried: Staudoff Colony Cemetery, Ft MacLeod, Alberta, Canada.”

Walter:  Richard C (Dick) Walter died May 27, 2001. He was born March 3, 1917, the son of Conrad Walter Jr and Martha Graedel Walter in Odessa, where he began his education in a country schoolhouse. Dick served in England, France and Germany during WW II. In 1943, during his time in England, he married Grace Furniss, of Dagenham, Essex. Dick and Grace returned to this country directly after the war, settling in Odessa. In the late 1940s, Dick owned the Marlin Grocery for several years. After living in several other eastern Washington communities, he and his family moved to Moscow, Idaho, in 1964.  A celebration of Dick’s life was held in Moscow, Idaho. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-31-2001)

Walter:  Travis Levi Walter, 5 years old, died Friday, June 21, 2003, in Spokane following a tragic accident at Schoonover Farms. Travis was born June 13, 1998, to Phillip and Susannah Walter, near Odessa. He is remembered as a delightful little boy, who seemed to be floating around like a butterfly, and hardly ever in the way or in trouble. He loved playing for hours with his other little cousins. Hid Daddy was his hero and he was his Mom’s little shadow. His paternal grandmother, Annie Walter, preceded Travis in death. He leaves his parents, one brother, Timothy, 7; two sisters, Grace, 4; and Heidi, 1 ½; his paternal grandfather, Darius Walter, of Schoonover Farms; 11 uncles, Eli D and Becky, of Brocket Colony, Pincher Creek, Alberta; Wally and Marie; Frank and Marie; Herb and Cathy, and John, of Schoonover Farms; Andy, Paul, Mike, Martin, Solomon and Peter, of Viking, Alberta, and four aunts, Mrs Peter (Sara) Hofer and Rosanna Walter, of Schoonover Farms; Mrs George (Betty) Hofer, of Flat Willow Colony, Roundup, MT; Mrs Gideon (Mary Ruth) Hofer, of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, and his maternal grandparents, Paul and Sarah Wipf, of Viking, Alberta.” (Odessa Record: 6-26-2003)

Walter:  Wayne Walter, 69, died on Saturday, May 2, 1998, at his home in Chetwyn, BC, following a lengthy and courageous fight with cancer. He was born on the family farm 3 ½ miles south of Odessa on July 3, 1928, the eldest son of Sol and Martha (Schmidt) Walter.  He attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the class of 1947. AS a youth, he was active in 4-H Club and junior livestock projects.  Wayne married Reta Horst, of Odessa. They farmed his aunt Ada Jantz’s farm, known as the Bentley Ranch, southwest of Odessa until they moved to Canada in the late 1960s. They settled at Chetwyn.  Wayne, an avid hunter, formerly guided hunting tours in northern British Columbia.  Wayne was preceded in death by a son, Rodney, a sister, Janet Smith and his parents. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Reta, of Chetwyn, daughter, Pam Buchmann, of Soap Lake, sons Greg Walter and Russell Walter, both of Chetwyn; brothers Jerry Walter, of Odessa, and Myron Walter, of Spokane; brother-in-law Don Smith, of Odessa, numerous grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service at a later date is pending.” (Odessa Record: 5-07-1998)

Walter:  William E Walter, age 12, of Lamona, WA, passed away Tuesday evening, July 6, 1982, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident, which occurred Monday, July 5th.  Walter was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his sister, Janet M Walter, age 15, also of Lamona. The Walters were driving northbound on County Road 2157 Monday morning when they drove into the path of a vehicle driven by Robert O Pence, 36, of Lind, WA, who was driving westbound on State Highway 28, it was reported by Washington State Patrol. Janet Walter was treated for minor injuries and released. Pence was not injured in the accident. William is survived at the family home by his parents, Mr and Mrs Darius J Walter; two brothers, Thomas G Walter, and David D Walter; three sisters, Janet M Walter, Carol D Walter, and Debbie R Walter, all of Lamona. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 8th in Reardan, WA, by the Reardan Hutterian Brethren. Interment was in the Spokane Hutterian Brethren Cemetery near Reardan, with Ball & Dodd—Thornhill & Langbehn Funeral Directors of Spokane in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-22-82)

Walters: “Private family services were held on Wednesday, May 5, for Clarence J Walters, who passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Martinez, CA on Saturday, May 1, (1982).  Clarence was born in Odessa in 1920, the son of George and Katie Walters. He attended school here and resided in Odessa until leaving for the military in 1942.  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn P Walters of Lopez, CA; four children: Steven Walters of San Jose, CA; Lawrence Walters of Philadelphia, PA; Cynthia Fletcher, Martinez, CA; and Gary Walters, US Army, West Germany; three brothers: Harry Walters and Jack Walters, both of Tacoma; and Gene Walters of San Jose, CA; two sisters: Doris Sparks of Peoria, IL, and JoAnn Tingwall of Bellevue, WA; five grandchildren. Private graveside services and interment was in the Willamette National Cemetery at Willamette, Oregon.” (Odessa Record: 5-13-1982)

Warner:  Calvin Warner died Sept 28, 1999 with a funeral Mass celebrated at St Charles Catholic Church in Spokane. Private family inurnment followed. He was 77 years of age. He was a veteran of WW II, serving during the invasion of Normandy, the Korean War and in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. He was personally decorated by Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Bertha Warner, son John, brothers Marion, Gail, Dale, Carl and Jim Warner. Among his survivors, daughter Judy Greenwalt of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-14-1999)

Warning:   “Funeral services were held from a Spokane funeral home on Tuesday for Kate Warning, former Odessa resident. The Rev Homer A Schwartz officiated and the Ivanhoe chapter of OES participated, with interment in Riverside Park cemetery.  The former Kate Bastrom, member of a pioneer family here, she had made her home at Spokane for many years.  Survivors include two sisters, Mrs Lydia Gobel, Spokane, and Annie Reitner, Tacoma; four brothers, Rudolph and Jake Bastrom, both of Tacoma; and Daniel and Henry Bastrom, Spokane; two nephews, Newton and Donald Cochrane, Spokane, and other nephews and nieces in Spokane and Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1961)

Warren:  A J Warren, Spokane, died Sunday at the sacred Heart hospital and was buried on Tuesday. He had pneumonia and had been in the hospital nearly three months. Burial was made at Colfax, where his parents are buried. Mrs Warren is the former Miss Helen Wraspir of Irby. Her husband was born in Kansas and came to this area 40 years ago. He attended the school of mines at the University of Kansas and was an official of the Elk City gold mine.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1937)

Warren:  Floyd Davie Warren of Battle Ground, born in Ritzville July 9, 1957 to Bill and Alyce (Birge) Warren, was found dead last Monday near Astoria, Oregon, after being missing for several days. Cause of death was reportedly a gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted. He attended schools in Odessa and Walla Walla, then moved with his family to Moscow, Idaho where he graduated from high school in 1975. After graduation he joined the US Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Following discharge in 1979, he returned to Moscow for a time.... Mr Warren was married to Rebecca Iverson in Colfax Aug 22, 1987. She survives, along with a step-son, Nick Pulido, at Battle Ground. Other survivors include his parents, who live in Moscow; two sisters, Robin Shoemaker of Palouse and Lori Broenneke of Moscow; a brother, Jarret Warren of Grangeville; and his grandparents: David and Lydia Birge of Odessa, and Floyd and Ina Warren of Athena, OR. Funeral services were held Sept 28 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow, the Rev Mike Burr of the United Church officiating. Burial followed at the Moscow Cemetery.” (excerpts from Odessa Record: 10-04-1990)

Warren:  Lydia Alyce Birge Warren, a longtime resident of Moscow, ID, died Aug 26, 2005. She was born in Odessa on June 19, 1936, the daughter of David and Lydia Kiesz Birge. She married Wilmon ‘Bill’ Warren on June 2, 1954 in ID, making their home in Lind, then Odessa, and Moscow, ID in 1969. Alyce was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Fran Birge, and a son, Floyd D ‘Shorty’ Warren in 1990. Funeral service was in Moscow, ID on Sept 2, 2005. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-08-2005)

Warsinski:  Angerich T Warsinski, Odessa, proprietor of the Ranier Saloon, died at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane Sunday night of last week, of typhoid fever.” (Citizen: 11-17-1903)

Watters:  Elmer E Watters Jr, 87, a Moses Lake resident formerly of Odessa, died Jan 29, 2003 in Moses Lake. He was born July 29, 1915 in Rocky Ford, CO, the son of the late Elmer E and Edna (Dunlap) Watters Sr. He was raised and educated there. He enlisted in the US Navy, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of WW II. He married Betty E White on Nov 5, 1944, in Hamilton, OH.  In 1972 they moved to Odessa where he resumed farming until his retirement in 1983. They moved to Hearthstone Inn in Moses Lake in 2001. He is survived by his wife of more than 58 years, Betty Watters; one son, Tom Watters (and Patty) of Odessa; one daughter, Jeanne and Bruce Tepper, of Grass Valley, CA; one brother, Robert Watters of CO; twin sisters who are 91 years old, Evelyn Wallis and Doris Mullins, both of Pueblo, CO; grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 sisters and one brother. Private committal services will be held at a later date in Colorado. Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory, of Moses Lake, are in charge of arrangements. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-06-2003)

Webb:  (Belle McDermott Webb) “Mr and Mrs T J McDermott, here from Seattle for the John Kuest funeral on Friday, reported that they had also attended the funeral of Mr McDermott’s sister, Mrs E R Webb, (Belle McDermott), on the Tuesday previous in Seattle. She had died on Sunday, May 11. Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Mrs O F Tucker; three sons, Ernest, Harold and Allen, 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs N O White, Milwaukee, OR; and Mrs H B Hollenberg, Weiser, ID; and the brother, T J McDermott.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-1947) 

Webb:  Selma M E Webb died Jan 12, 1983 at Odessa, aged 94 years. She was born at Sundsvall, Sweden on Feb 14, 1888. During her first year, the family moved from Sweden to Skamokwa, WA. She married Alfred H Webb on Feb 14, 1918 at Astoria. He died in Nov. 1964. Survivors are two daughters: Mrs Harold (Dorothy) Davis and Mrs John (Myrtle) Simpson; a half-brother, Dan Williams of PA; and 5 grandchildren. Burial was at the Forest View Cemetery at Forest Grove, OR. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-27-1983)

Weber:  Albert ‘Buster’ Weber died on Monday, April 27, 1998, at the Quincy Valley Hospital in Quincy following an extended illness. he was 87 years old.  He was born on Feb 6, 1911, the son of Thomas and Salome (Goetz) Weber at Odessa. He attended country school near Odessa. he entered the US Army in October 1942, serving until his honorable discharge in January 1946. Buster was employed by McAtee and Heath, a road construction firm in Spokane, for a number of years, until his retirement in 1974. he moved to Quincy in 1976. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Gene Schultz, of Quincy; a nephew and his wife, Alan and Carlie Schultz, of Federal Way; a niece and her husband, Janeil and Alan Kikuchi, of Quincy; and a niece, Paula Schultz, of Orting, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Emma. At the family’s request, there were no services.” (Odessa Record: 5-07-1998)

Weber:  Bertie Mae Odell Weber died Dec 19, 1996 in Quincy with graveside service at the Quincy Valley Cemetery. She was born on Nov 5, 1920, the daughter of James and Mary Odell, in Columbus, MT.  She moved with her family to Odessa when she was 5 years old. She attended schools in Odessa and was graduated from Odessa High School in 1938 as the class salutatorian. She continued her education in nursing. She was employed at Boeing during WW II. She married Ernie Weber on March 17, 1942, at Fort Lewis. The couple moved to a cattle ranch on Crab Creek near Odessa in 1946. They moved to the Columbia Basin in 1953 and built a home near George. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons, a brother and a sister. She was survived by her husband, 2 daughters, Kathie King and Connie Flippins, both of George; a son Jon Weber, of Ephrata; 2 brothers, Art Odell of Umatilla and Howard Odell of Kennewick. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-23-1997)

Weber:  “Funeral services for Edmund (Ed) Weber, 65, were held on the afternoon of Feb 6, at Seattle with burial in the Acacia Cemetery. Mr Weber died Saturday, Feb 2.  A retired electrician, he formerly worked at the Bremerton naval shipyard. he was a navy veteran of World War I and a charter member of Post 105, American Legion, at Odessa. Born in Fessenden, North Dakota, Feb 2, 1897, he came to eastern Washington where he lived until going to Seattle about 25 years ago. Surviving are four brothers, Bus and Otto of Odessa; Herbert of Spokane, and William F of Metalline Falls; two sisters, Mrs Christine Billigmeir of Lodi, CA; and Mrs Sol Reiman of Bellingham; one grandson, Jim Miles, of Seattle. His wife, Erma, died in 1960. Attending the funeral were Mr and Mrs Gus Weber of Odessa, Mrs Sid Storer of Seattle and Mrs Sol Reiman and Lucile Barron of Bellingham. Mr and Mrs Gus Weber visited at the home of Mr and Mrs Sid Storer in Seattle until Sunday, Feb 10.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1963)

Weber:  Miss Elizabeth Weber, daughter of Mr and Mrs Christ Weber of Quincy and a young lady well known to many Record readers, died last week at Chicago where she was nursing in a hospital and her remains were brought home this week for burial. A letter written by the Rev Wm Essig, former pastor of the Odessa Pilgrim Congregational Church and of whose church in Chicago, Miss Weber was a member, stated that she contracted the disease while assisting in an operation on a flu patient and that the attack was so virulant that she soon passed away as did two other nurses that contracted the disease at the same operation. Mr Essig further stated that the flu was now raging in Chicago in its worst form and that in his section of the city it was reported that there were over 10,000 cases.” (Odessa Record: Jan __, 1920)

Weber:  “Many friends and relatives of Henry Weber attended funeral services held in Wenatchee last Wednesday morning for Mr Weber, who passed away March 22 at the age of 79. He was a retired orchardist and a former resident of the Odessa and Ritzville areas. For many years he had operated orchards in Dryden and Wenatchee.  Among his survivors are six brothers, John and Harold Weber of Ritzville; Dave Weber of Odessa; Dan Weber of Kalispell, MT; George Weber of Seattle; and Sam Weber, Ontario, OR. He is also survived by five sisters, Mrs Lena Reiman, Dryden; Mrs Lydia Heimbigner, Ritzville; Mrs Edith Farris, Everett; Mrs Elsie Kaster, San Diego; and Mrs Martha Williams, Odessa. His wife, three sons, and four daughters also survive him, as well as 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-10-1969)

Weber:  John W Weber, of Spokane, a member of a pioneer Odessa family, died Friday, Oct 6, 2000. Mr Weber was 96 years old. He was born on a train as his parents, Wentel and Katherine Weber, were immigrating to Odessa from Russia. They homesteaded five miles south of Odessa. In 1937, he married Winifred Crandell. They moved to Spokane from Odessa in 1947. He farmed in Odessa and Valleyford for 54 years. He retired in 1969. Mr Weber was a member of Odessa Grange, Neighborhood Grange in Mica and the Spokane Valley United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Valleyford School Board and was director of the Rockford Grain Growers Assn. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Joyce Schutt, of Spokane; and Betty King, of Portland; two sisters, Esther Gardner of Seattle; and Gertrude Glanzman, of Portland; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 10-26-2000)

Weber:  Miller Weber  “Miller, 11 year old son of Mr and Mrs Henry Weber, Dryden orchardist, was drowned in the high line ditch last Friday when he backed a truck into the nine-foot deep ditch. A companion, Ben Jeske, 11, tried to save him, as both boys jumped out of the truck, but the drowning youngster was too frightened to release the truck door and was carried 300 yards with the truck and 700 yards by the current, toward the Dryden power plant. The body was recovered within five minutes, but all attempts at resuscitation failed. The two youngsters took the truck after the Weber boy’s older brother ordered them to leave it alone. They traveled toward a small bridge and as they attempted turn around the machine got out of control and plunged into the ditch. Henry Weber is well known in Odessa. He is the brother of Dave Weber and a step brother of Mrs Ted Caster. His son, Miller, was also known here, from visits made with his parents. The Jeske boy, who was with him, is also related to many Odessa people.” (Odessa Record: 8-26-1932)

Weber:  “Weldon W Weber, 59, of Coeur d’Alene died Friday (Oct 14, 1983) in Kootenai Memorial Hospital. Memorial services were at the English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene on Monday at 9 a.m.  Weldon Weber was born Feb 11, 1924 in Odessa, WA. He was confirmed at the United Congregational Church at an early age. He had lived in Stanton, CA prior to moving to Coeur d’Alene more than a year ago. He had retired from the Stanton Public Works Dept and had been a member of the Garden Grove Elks. He was also a Navy veteran of WW II. Survivors include his wife, Lois, at the home;  4 sons, Richard and Randy of Stanton, CA; Robert of Port Orchard, WA, and Ronald of Garden Grove, CA; one sister, Phyllis Laabs of Coeur d’Alene; and 7 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 10-20-1983)   

Weber:  Winifred (Crandell) Weber died April 18, 2004, in Colville. She was 95 years old. She was the widow of John W Weber, a member of a pioneer Odessa family. She was married in 1937 and farmed in the Odessa area until 1947, when they moved to Spokane County. They farmed at Odessa and at Valleyford for 54 years before retiring in 1969. Graveside services were held April 24 at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home was in charge. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-13-2004)

Webster:  J B Webster, pioneer Odessa resident, who for the past few years has made his home at the Pythian home at Vancouver, WA, died there recently, according to word received by the record from the home this week. While in Odessa Mr Webster operated a shoe repair shop, and was known to many as the ‘shoe doctor’. He had many friends here, with whom he continued correspondence until shortly before his death.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1934)

Wederspahn:  Carl Wederspahn, Portland, long time Odessa resident, died at Emanuel hospital there on Wednesday evening, following a stroke suffered on April 23, relatives are notified today.  He was a resident of 4704 N E 12th Ave, Portland. Funeral arrangements had not been made this morning.  Survivors include his widow, Catherine, at the home; two sons, Harvey Wederspahn, Moses Lake; Art Wederspahn, Spokane and one daughter, ....” (incomplete obit of Odessa Record: 5-17-1956) 

Wederspahn:  Frances Louella Wederspahn died Aug 11, 2003 in Yakima; her home was Yakima, a former Odessa resident. She was born Nov 1, 1919, in Ephrata, the daughter of Charles and Theresa (Meyer) Melberg. Her husband, Harvey Wederspahn survives as do children and grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Yakima. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-18-2003)

Weis:  Helen Weis, 94, died Friday, Jan 30, 2004, in St Maries, Idaho. She was the widow of Albert Weis, a longtime Odessa area resident who farmed near Batum.  Helen was born June 22, 1909, in Spokane, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Peterson) Johnson, who homesteaded at Tensed, Idaho, near Tekoa. Her first husband, Arthur Kutch, died in 1959. She married Albert Weis in 1967 at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They moved to Cashmere where they worked in the orchards. The couple moved to Spokane in 1971... In 1986 they moved to the Tekoa Retirement Apartments in Tekoa, which was their home until Albert’s death in 1999. Helen then moved to a retirement home in St Maries, where she made her home until her death.... Survivors include her son, Ronald Kutch, of Melissa, TX; 3 daughters, Becky Brede, St Maries; Phyllis Heter, Lewiston, ID; and Marie Knerr, of Plains, MT; a brother, Stanley Johnson, of Spokane; a sister-in-law, Olga Weber of Odessa; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Goldenrod Cemetery in Tekoa on June 19.” (Odessa Record: 2-12-2004)

Weishaar:  Ludwig R (Louie) Weishaar of Seattle, born Sept 14, 1903 in Long Lake, SD, passed away May 1.  He moved from Dakota to Quincy and later came to Odessa, where he resided until 1941 when he moved to Seattle. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, at the Seattle home; by two sisters: Louise Hemmerling of Spokane, and Emma Lane of Auburn, CA; and by many nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 5-04-1989)

Weisser:  “Relatives have received word of the death of Christ Weisser at his home in Canada. Word came by telegram, and later a card was received, written earlier, telling of his illness.” (Odessa Record: 11-27-1947)

Weitzel:  “Mrs Mary Schafer Weitzel, 82, of Newberg, OR, died Monday, April 13, in a Portland hospital. She was born in Odessa, Russia, Sept 3, 1887, and had lived in Odessa, WA, then Oregon for 47 years, the last six in Newberg.  Funeral was held last Thursday at Zeller Chapel of Roses with burial in the Rose City Cemetery.  Survivors include a son, Alfred, Portland; daughters: Mrs Mary Voorhies, Mrs Hilda Garden and Mrs Ione Schlotthauer, all of Portland; and Mrs Audrey Sinner of Newberg; stepsons, Victor, Edward and Theodore Weitzel, all of Portland; sisters, Mrs Louise Hemmerling of Odessa and Mrs Emma Lane of Creston; brothers, Fred Weishaar of Odessa and Louie Weishaar of Seattle; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 4-23-1970)

Wellington:  Mrs Alice Wellington, Spokane, daughter of Mrs Lizzie Schmauder and the late William Schmauder, died Nov 21, at the Sacred Heart hospital of a stroke. Mrs Wellington attended the Odessa schools and Kinman Business University. She worked at the Spokane air depot for over four years and was recently married to George Wellington, formerly of Harrison, Idaho. They resided at Spokane.  Survivors include her husband, Mr Wellington; her mother, Mrs Lizzie Schmauder; one sister, Mrs Florence Hamaker, and a brother, Edwin Schmauder, all at Spokane. Funeral services were held Nov 25 from the Hazen-Jaeger funeral home, with interment at Greenwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-04-1947)

Welton:  “Funeral services were held for Katie (Becker) Bischoff Welton on Monday, May 24, 1982 at 10 a.m. from the Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake, WA.  Pastor David Stime of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Moses Lake officiated.  Mrs Welton was born Feb 7, 1902 in Odessa, WA, shortly after her parents, Jacob and Barbara Becker arrived in the United States from Russia. She grew up in the Ruff area and married William (Bill) Bischoff in 1918. Seven children were born to this union. The family lived and farmed in the Ruff area until Mr Bischoff’s death in 1949. Mr Bischoff was interred in the Ruff Cemetery upon his death, but Mrs Welton had him moved to Pioneer Memorial Gardens of Moses Lake in 1979.  In 1952 Mrs Welton moved to Moses Lake, WA. She was united in marriage with George Welton in 1959. The couple made their home in Moses Lake.  On May 14, 1982 Mrs Welton entered the special care unit of Samaritan Hospital of Moses Lake, where she passed away on May 21, 1982.  She is survived by her husband George at the home; one daughter, Mrs Walt (Alice) Spies of Moses Lake; three sons: Milton Bischoff, Walla Walla, WA; Norman Bischoff of the Ruff, WA area, and Billy Bischoff, Trego, MT; one brother, Hank Becker, Colbert, WA; two sisters: Sylvia Kerr, Mead, WA, and Edith Suksdorf, Spangle, WA; 24 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.  Preceding her is death were two daughters, Mabel Bischoff Kappel and Shirley Bischoff Irvin and one son, Harry Bischoff.  The Gering Quartet of Ritzville, WA sang ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ and ‘All Is Well With My Soul’. Casket bearers were grandsons, Mike Bischoff, Alan Irvin, Andy Kappel, Ted Spies, Jay Nichols and Monty Ring. Honorary pallbearers were Bennie Pfaff, Lewis Kagele, Harvey Schell, Jim Schell, Herb Spies, and Arlie Weis. Interment was in Pioneer Memorial Gardens at Moses Lake, WA.” (Odessa Record: 6-03-1982) 

Wenz:  David William Wenz, 17, of Salem, OR, grandson of Bill and Tillie Wenz, died July 25, 1987. Memorial service was held July 28 at Trinity Covenant Church under the direction of the Virgil T Golden mortuary. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-06-1987)

Werner:  Della ‘Tootis’ Werner of Kalispell, MT, born in Harrington and a graduate of Rogers High School in Spokane, passed away Thursday, Feb 16. She was 72. Her death came just two days before she and O K Werner were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a party scheduled at the Big Fork Inn, Big Fork, MT. An announcement was made of the coming celebration in The Record of Feb 9. They were wed at her Spokane home Feb 18, 1939. A former member of the Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, Mrs Werner worked for Western Union during WW II. Her husband, who attended school in Odessa while living at Lamona, was a career management employee for Montgomery Ward until his retirement. He began with that firm in Spokane in 1939, and managed the Spokane store 1957-1961. He had spent 41 years with the company when he retired in Kalispell in 1979. In addition to her husband, Mrs Werner is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Kaye Johnson of Omaha, NE; by three sisters, and by two grandchildren. Her husband is the brother-in-law of Addline Mays, Odessa. Cremation was held with Johnson’s Funeral Home in Kalispell in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-23-1989)

Werner:  “Word was received here on Wednesday of the death of John Werner, former Odessa resident, at a Leavenworth hospital, after a short illness. Werner was a former Odessa resident, coming here from Texas. He was the first Mail carrier at the  Odessa post office under the civil service system. Leaving the mail service here he moved to Dryden where he located on an orchard tract, later going to Peshastin where he made his home until his death. During the past years he has worked as janitor in the Peshastin schools. He is survived by his widow, Eva, and by 14 living children.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1933)

Werts:  “Word was received of the death of Pearl Werts, Tacoma.  Mrs Werts passed away at a Tacoma nursing home on Dec 31, 1982.  Mrs Werts was the mother of Jackie Holm and grandmother of Apryl Wraspir, both of Odessa. Memorials may be sent to Tobey Jones Nursing Home in Tacoma.” (Odessa Record: 1-06-1983)

West: "Funeral services were held Monday at Ephrata for Mrs Annabelle T West, 56, of Marlin, who had died in Wenatchee Thursday after a short illness. The Rev L V Glassock officiated and burial was in the Ephrata cemetery. Mrs West had entered the Wenatchee hospital earlier in the week and had undergone an operation. Her condition proved serious and Marlin neighbors donated blood for transfusions in a vain effort. Born in Seattle, she married L A West, Grant County treasurer, in 1916 at Wilson Creek. Mr and Mrs West homesteaded between Wilson Creek and Marlin, and in 1918 moved to Marlin, where they have since resided. Surviving are her widower, one daughter, Mrs Bert Kelley of Vancouver, WA; and four grandchildren." (Odessa Record: 1-23-1947) 

West:  “(The Oregonian, Feb 28) A memorial gathering for Frances B West of Northeast Portland was held Sunday, March 2, in the home of her son, Robert Rutter in Vancouver, WA. Mrs West died of causes related to age Saturday (Feb 23) in a Portland hospital. She was 85. She was born Oct 3, 1905 in Irby. Her maiden name was Weller. She went to school in Washtucna, and attended WSU in Pullman. A homemaker, she lived in Shelton for many years. Her husband, Charles Rutter, died in 1958. She married Charles West in 1962 and moved to Portland the same year.  Mrs West was a member of Gateway Baptist Church. Her second husband died in 1980. A survivor besides her son is her sister, Margaret Brown of Peoria, Arizona.” (Odessa Record: 3-07-1991)

Westerman: "Fred H Westerman, resident of Spokane for 50 years, and well known here from his visits with relatives and business visits, was buried there on Wednesday, the Rev William Nicoles officiating, with interment in Fairmount Cemetery. Survivors are four sons, Sgt Walter W Westerman, of Lemoore, CA; Sgt Roy Fred Westerman of Greenville, PA; Robert and Lorin Westerman of Spokane; one grandson, two brothers and a sister." (Odessa Record: 5-27-1943)

Wetzel:Minor Ray Wetzel. Died: 6-14-1964. Birth: 8-15-1889, IL; Married; Father: Lewis Wetzel. Mother: Ava O Born. Cremation: Smith Funeral Home.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) (edit: check Almira vicinity)

Wheeler:  Charles Orville Wheeler, 41, employed on a farm near Odessa, was killed at 12:30 Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving went over a 14-foot bank 13 miles east of Soap Lake on the North Central highway, the state patrol reveals. Mr Wheeler was born April 3, 1924 at Deer Park. Survivors include two brothers, Claude and Howard, both of Spokane; his mother, Mrs Lillian Wolf, also of Spokane, and a daughter, Sharon Anne Wheeler; four sisters, Mrs Lila Seilers, Mrs David O’Shaugnessy, Mrs Charles York and Miss Donna Wolf, all of Spokane. Funeral services are being held at Spokane today.” (Odessa Record: 8-26-1965)

White:  Frank White of Spokane, father of Sandy Lane of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 1983 in Spokane. Funeral services were held from Xavier Church in Spokane on July 22 with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr White had worked for the City of Spokane for many years before retiring in 1976. He and his wife had lived in Odessa for a period of time in the fall of 1980.  Leaving to mourn him are his wife, Frances, at the home; three daughters, Barbara of Missouri; Margaret of Spokane; and Sandy of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 7-29-1983)

Whiteside:  “Funeral services for Nora E Whiteside were held on Tuesday, May 4, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport. Mrs Whiteside died on Thursday, April 29, 1993, at her home in Egypt. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Egypt, the Egypt Community Club and the Davenport Quilt Club. She was a former 4-H leader.  She is survived by her husband, Larry, at the home; one son, Steven L Whiteside, Davenport; three daughters, Sandra K Whiteside, Olympia; Phyllis A Sebesta and her husband Roger, Odessa; Debbie Jill Graedel and her husband, Don, Montesano, WA; two grandsons, Nicholas L and Mark L Sebesta, Odessa; one granddaughter, Ilea Shaneen Graedel, Montesano; three brothers, Raymond Dyck, Post Falls; Clinton Dyck, Davenport, and Alven Dyck, Ritzville; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 5-06-1993)

Widman:  Brandi Lee Widman, 3-month daughter of Robin and Pam Widman of Odessa, died Jan 24, 1984 in Spokane following surgery. Brandi was born Oct 5, 1983 in Davenport, WA. Interment was in the IOOF Evergreen Cemetery at Rosalia, WA. (notes form Odessa Record: 2-02-1984)

Widmer:  “Funeral services were held for Alfred Widmer, 69, on Oct 28, 1978, at the chapel of Ball & Dodd Funeral Home. Pastor Jim Workman, of the Methodist Church, conducted the services and interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr Widmer, the son of Mr and Mrs Daniel Widmer, was born in Warden, WA, and moved to Spokane in 1942. He was a truck driver for Garrett Freightlines Inc for 27 years, retiring in 1971. He was a member of Teamsters Local 690, Eagles Lodge Aerie 2 and was a Golden Eagle life member. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife, Carol, at the home; two sons, Larry of Oakland, CA, and Jerry of Spokane; one daughter, Mrs Blair (Gloria) James of Sacramento; one step-son, Ronald Roloff of Arlington, TX; one step-daughter, Mrs David (Sharon) McLellan of Tacoma; ten grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs Ida Roloff and Mrs Lawrence (Emma) Quast, both of Odessa; and Mrs Ed (Dorothy) Finkbeiner of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 11-09-1978)

Widmer:  Hannah D Wacker Widmer died Nov 12, 1986 in Moses Lake. She was born Jan 18, 1907 in Odessa to Jacob and Anna Wacker. Raised in Odessa, she attended Cheney Normal School and graduated in 1929, then taught at Warden until 1933. She married Albert Widmer in Dryden in Sept 1933 and the couple made their home in Warden thereafter. She was preceded in death by Albert in 1953. Burial was at the Sunset memorial Gardens in Warden. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-20-1986)

Widmer:  James Melvin Widmer, 42, of 1630 San Carlos St, Fairfield, CA, died on June 23, in a local hospital after a brief illness. A native of Odessa, he resided in the Fairfield area for 25 years.  Widmer was employed by Kaiser Steel as an operating engineer for two years, and was a member of Operating Engineers Local #3, Vallego. He is survived by his wife Ada Widmer of Fairfield, two sons, William G and James M Jr, both of Fairfield, two daughters, Mrs Amelia Benson, Eugene, OR, and Brenda Widmer of Fairfield, his mother, Mrs Amelia Finkbiener of Spokane, and four brothers, Eugene Widmer of Seattle, Robert Widmer and Donald Widmer of Spokane, and Virgil Finkbiener, Portland, Oregon, and one sister, Mrs Lilas Mitchell, Moses Lake. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 26 at the Bryan-Baker Funeral Home in Fairfield. Interment was in the Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 7-03-1975)

Widmer:  Leslie Widmer, formerly of Odessa, died on Monday, Feb 7, 1998, at his home in North Carolina.  At Mr Widmer’s request, no funeral service was held. He was the son of the late Oscar and Ruby Widmer, former residents of the Odessa area. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1961 and served for four years with the US Marine Corps. After graduation from college in North Carolina he taught school and was a football coach. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Weldon Widmer and Orville Widmer.  He is survived by one daughter, Kristen Liebert; three sons, Greg Widmer, David Widmer and Joshua Widmer, and three grandchildren, all of North Carolina; two brothers, Kenneth Widmer of Paramount City, FL, and Elvon Widmer, of Moses Lake; and one sister, Wilma Schwartz, of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 2-12-1998)

Wiest:  Matthew Paul Wiest, infant son of Paul and Pam Wiest, and grandson of Alfred and Ruth Wiest of Odessa, died Oct 15, 1986 at Children's Orthopedic Hospital. He was born Sept 22, 1986. Graveside services were held at Seattle’s Washelli Babyland Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-23-1986)

Wilemeyer: William Wilemeyer. Died: 30 Oct 1915, Irby. Birth: 30 June 1915, WA. Father: Gust Wilemeyer, born Germany; Mother: Capitolico Campbell, born Utah; Burial: not stated” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Wilging:  Jacob Wilging, 62, died at his home in Moses Lake; he was formerly from Ruff. He was born in Prussia June 24, 1893 and emigrated to the US in 1899 with his parents. He is survived by his wife, Nellie, son Walter, two brothers, John and Dan, five sisters: Mrs Christine Esslinger, Mrs Katy S Esslinger, Mrs Anna Bareither, Mrs Bertha Loeffelbein, and another sister in Alberta, Canada; a stepdaughter, Mrs Agnes Wodyga and a stepson, Phillip Hoshovich. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-09-1956)

Williams:Mrs Eloise Williams, 83, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs A C Heller, Davenport, on Monday of heart trouble. She was born in Missouri and married  there in 1869, her husband living eight years after the wedding. He came to Spokane in 1901 and to Davenport in 1921. She is survived by one daughter and three sons.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-1932)

Williams:  “Mrs J M Williams returned Tuesday form Weston, Oregon, where she buried her husband, who died at that place on Sept 7, of heart trouble.  Deceased came here three years ago form Indiana and bought the Conrad Green place, about twenty miles southwest of Odessa, where he has since resided. He has been in ill health for some time and about two weeks ago Mrs Williams induced him to take a trip to Weston, where her sister resides, in the hope that the change might do him good, but he died within a few days of their arrival. Deceased carried policies in the Modern Woodmen and the Mutual Life Ins. Co of New York and leaves his family well provided for. He was 51 years of age.” (Odessa Record: 9-15-1911)

Williamson:  Laura Smith Williamson of Spokane, born in Odessa and a 1928 graduate of Odessa High School, died April 14 at Valley Hospital in the Spokane Valley. She was 78. The daughter of Carl Smith, she moved to Spokane in 1934 and was employed by bakeries and the bakers union throughout her working career. She is survived by her husband, Lyal Williamson, at the family home, and by a brother, Jack Smith, a resident of the Spokane Valley. At her request, no services were held for her. Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-03-1990)

Willoughby:George Willoughby, 75, Garfield, a retired veterinarian, died Sunday in a Colfax hospital. Born in Missouri, he lived at Oaksdale 30 years before moving to Garfield two years ago.  Surviving are his widow; four sons, Ed, Cheney; James, Odessa; Andrew, Oaksdale; and Dave, Portland; and two daughters, Mrs Sally Lacey, Mill City, OR; and Mrs Edith Hamilton, Portland. Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Colfax, the Rev Earle C Miller officiating. Burial was at Steptoe.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1950

Wilson:  Agnes Pauline (Horak) Wilson, age 79, of Burien, WA, died Saturday, Dec 7, 2002. She was born on Dec 19, 1922, in Odessa, the daughter of Louis and Emma (Zicha) Horak, Odessa area pioneers. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Odessa schools. She was graduated from Odessa High School in the Class of 1941.  As a young woman, she moved to the Seattle area, where she continued to reside until her death. She was a member of the grandmother’s Club. Agnes is survived by her sons, Gary Wilson, of Puyallup, WA, Michael Wilson of Portland, and Daniel Wilson, of Bothell, WA; daughters, Marguerite Bryson, of Leavenworth, and Patricia Wilson, of Kent, WA; 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James P Wilson, in 1963. At Mrs Wilson’s request, no services were held. Interment was at Evergreen Memorial Park, Seattle. Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-12-2002)

Wilson: J C Wilson, Pacific Telephone Co wire chief for this district, was found dead in his bed at a hotel in Ephrata on Friday noon. Dr E L Ingersoll blamed heart failure. Wilson had spent last Wednesday in Odessa on official business, where he had a host of friends. The news of his death came as a shock to all. The body was taken to Spokane and from there shipped to his birthplace in Illinois for interment.” (Odessa Record: 2-01-1935)

Wilson:  “Word was received on Monday, Nov 21 by relatives in Odessa of the unexpected death of Jack G Wilson of Seattle. Mr and Mrs Wilson and son, Dick, lived in Odessa during the late 1940s. He operated Wilson’s Auto Freight. He was  married to the former Esther Walter. Mr Wilson is survived by his wife, Esther, at the family home at 16743 Whitman Avenue North, Seattle, WA, 98133; son Dick, and daughter-in-law, Nancy; grandsons Tom, Scott and Mike at Bellevue, WA. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov 25, at Washelli, in Seattle.” (Odessa Record: 12-01-1977)

Wilson:  Martin Wilson, brother of John F Wilson, was killed at the latter’s ranch two miles north of Irby last Saturday morning. He was watering his team, when another team hitched to a wagon started to run and, in swinging around near the watering trough struck him, killing him almost instantly by dislocating his neck. A hired man was the only witness to the accident, John F Wilson being at Spokane serving on the federal jury. He was summoned and arrived during the day. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church here Monday afternoon. Deceased was born at Harrington, Maine, in July, 1858, and for several years has been making his home with his brother north of Irby. Rev Frederick Tonge preached the funeral sermon and conducted a short service at the home before leaving. The funeral was well attended, a number of Irby friends being present. Two ladies from Irby assisted the Presbyterian choir in the song service.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-1910)

Wilson:  “Funeral services were held on Monday, March 7, (1983) from the Sunset Mausoleum, Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane for Peter Albert Wilson, who passed away in Spokane on March 1, 1983. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Peter Albert Wilson was born on the farm homestead of his parents, Mr and Mrs Stewart Wilson north and east of Odessa in the area known as Duck Lake. He attended the Duck Lake school. Pete farmed the homestead farm until he rented it to Ben and Betty Smith in 1959. The Smiths purchased the farmland in 1968. After renting the farm, he moved into Odessa and lived for a time prior to his moving to Spokane.  Mr Wilson will be remembered as an avid hunter, fisherman and trap shooter. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include Cloe Kittilson, Spokane; Grace Iltz, Davenport; and Virginia Carlson, Odessa; numerous nieces and nephews; several cousins and a friend, Florence Wilson of Spokane.”  (Odessa Record: 3-24-1983)

Wilson: Roy Miller Wilson. Death: 3-30-1987 at Odessa, WA. Father: John Wylie Wilson. Mother: Adeline Wilson.  Spouse: Florence Clevenger. Buried: Riplinger Crematory, Spokane, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)“Roy Miller Wilson, a resident of Odessa, born Dec 9, 1886 to John Wylie and Adeline Wilson on a farm near Concordia, Kansas, passed away in the local nursing home March 30. He attended Kansas State Ag. College at Manhattan, Kansas, majoring in electrical engineering, and later owned and operated electric power plants in Eureka and LaCrosse, Kansas. He had an electric appliance and light fixtures store in Great Bend, Kansas as well.  In 1911 he was married to Margaret Cole, a high school teacher in Manhattan. Widowed in 1930, he eventually continued his electrical work in California. In 1946 he married Florence Clevenger, and they retired to Kingsland, Texas, where she passed away in 1975. Early in 1984 he came to live near his daughter in Odessa.  Mr Wilson was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by two daughters, Anona Heimbigner of Odessa and Mariana Foliart of Mt Vernon, and by a son, Clair C Wilson of Tulsa, OK. He will be buried in El Reno, Oklahoma.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1987)

Winter: “Graveside services were held for Rebecca Ann Winter, stillborn infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Douglas Winter of Cottonwood, Idaho, on Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m. in Cottonwood. Officiating at the services was Father King of St Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment was in the Cottonwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1981)

Winter:  “Mike Winter, and his daughter, Mrs John Greenwalt, returned last Wednesday from Power, MT, where they had been called by the death of Mr Winter’s oldest brother, Sam, age 70. Sam Winter had visited Odessa on occasion, the last time in 1950.  Survivors are four brothers, Dan in Coffee Creek, MT; Bill, in Milwaukee, WI; Fred in Elmer, Canada; and Mike in Odessa; one sister, Mrs Mary Banek, in Austria.” (Odessa Record: 1-12-1956) 

Woitt: “Daisy Margaret Woitt of Olympia, a long-time resident of the Odessa area who was born in Ekalaka, MT, Jan 13, 1908 to David and Margaret Laney, passed away April 16. She moved with her family to Lincoln County n Sept 1911, and attended school in Odessa, then moved to the ranch on Crab Creek. She had received the Golden Sheaf award from the Washington State Grange signifying 50 years of membership in that organization. In July 1952, she was married to Jake Woitt, and he preceded her in death in Sept 1974. She moved to Olympia in 1979. Survivors include a nephew, David Williams of Odessa and a niece, Meryl Gates of Olympia, along with seven great nieces and nephews and 7 great great nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held April 21 at the West Hills Memorial Park, Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home of Yakima in charge.” (Odessa Record: 4-28-1988)

Wolsborn: Mrs Jacob Wolsborn, see Mrs Katherine Basel, d. 1943)

Womach:  William Jasper Womach, 81, who died in his Harrington home Tuesday, was among the early day residents of this farming district, having come here in April 1889, from St Joe, Missouri, where he was born.  From the old Womach homestead, about six miles south of Harrington, the fire that razed early Spokane could be seen and in the fall of 1889 Mr Womach worked in Spokane rebuilding work.  The family resided in Cheney from 1919 to 1928, where the three sons attended college. Funeral services were held from the Community church Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and burial was in the Cheney, WA, cemetery, where his parents are buried. He was a member of the Christian church at Cheney.  Surviving are his widow and three sons, Ernest of Harrington, Royal and Raymond, twins, the former of Grandview and the latter of Harrington; a sister, Mrs Mary Hanson; brother, Luther A Womach, both of Walla Walla; five nieces and three nephews.” (Odessa Record: 4-06-1939) 

Woodburn:  Tana Coleen Woodburn, 13, of Caldwell, ID, died Aug 31, 1996 and was buried in Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell. Tana was born on Feb 12, 1983 to Carl and Janet (Winter) Woodburn. Her maternal grandparents, Art and Dorothy Winter, of Odessa survive, among others. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-12-1996; photo in original)

Woods:  “Death claimed Dan Woods, 83, Wilbur, Monday at his homestead near there. He came with his wife to Wilbur in 1886 and homesteaded, later building his ranch to 2000 acres. He had been in ill health for 11 years, following spotted fever he incurred from a tick bite. Survivors are his widow, two daughters, three sons. Funeral services were held Wednesday.” (Odessa Record: 11-24-1938)

Worgum:  “Marshall T Worgum, 68, Ellensburg auctioneer, well known here as one of the horse buyers that patronized the Odessa Trading Company sales, died suddenly Monday after he had been making satisfactory recovery from a fracture hip suffered June 24 when a team of horses he was driving ran away. Death was caused by a blood clot.” (Odessa Record: 7-18-1946)

Worley:  James D Worley, of Elk, the brother of Gene Worley, of Odessa, died March 31. He was vacationing in Phoenix at the time of his death. He had been employed as a machine operator for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary L Worley, of Elk; two sons, two daughters, three sisters and three brothers. Memorial services will be Friday, April 9, at the Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport.” (Odessa Record: 4-08-1993)

Worth:  Albertha Worth died June 29, 1988. She was born Aug 13, 1897 in Gothenberg, NE. She was married to Virgil Worth until his death in 1948. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Alice Zimprich, in 1940. She is survived by a grandson, Jim Zimprich of Odessa, by a niece, Willa Holzheimer; and others. Graveside services were at Evergreen Washelli, in Seattle. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-14-1988)

Wrenfroe:  Joseph Wrenfroe, 42, carpenter foreman at Grand Coulee died en route to the Wilbur hospital following a car accident in which his skull was fractured. His home was in Florida. He is survived by his widow, and two sons, Virgil at WSC, and Cleon, at the dam. The body is being sent to his home at Milton, FL. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-14-1936)

Wright:  Mrs Lydia C Wright, 59, a resident of Davenport since 1932, died at her home Monday. Survivors are her widower, three daughters and four sons, three in the armed services.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1944: County News)

Wurzer:  Asa A Wurzer who farmed southwest of Odessa from 1915 to 1917, died April 10 at San Pedro, CA, according to word received here by Adolf Weis. Graveside services were held April 14 at 10 a.m.  Wurzer sold his farm to W C Raugust in 1964. The land is now being farmed by Leo Lobe. Asa Wurzer was born Feb 18, 1894 in Weston, OR. He married a daughter of the Con Kisslers, pioneers who moved from Odessa around 1915.” (Odessa Record: 5-01-1969)

Wurzer:  “Funeral services for Joseph Wurzer, 89, former Odessa resident, were held at Weston, Oregon, Sunday, following his death there. He was born in Austria-Hungary, and came to America at the age of four. He and his son, Alvah, came to this area about 1915, and when the son went to the army in 1917, he left for Oregon, still retaining his ranch here, which is farmed by William and Adolph Weis, near Batum. The son and two daughters survive.” (Odessa Record: 10-16-1947)

Yale:  “Mrs May Yale, 54, died at her home in Harrington, on Monday night and was buried from the Community Church on Wednesday, the Rev Ernest Allin, Portland, officiating. Born in Iowa, she was married to Mr Yale in Des Moines in 1910, and came west in 1911. They moved to Harrington in 1918, starting the Yale store. Surviving her are widower, M V Yale; a daughter, Merna; sons, Dean and Milo Yale, and her father, two brothers and two sisters in Iowa. She was active in lodge and church activities.” (Odessa Record: 8-12-1937; see Harrington Hillcrest Cemetery.)

Yanke:  “A memorial service for Delora (Haase) Yanke will be held Wednesday, Sept 27, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Seattle. Mrs Yanke died Sunday, Aug 15, 2000, in San Diego following a lengthy illness. She was 76 years old..  She was born in Odessa on March 3, 1924, the daughter of John and Lydia (Yanke) Haase. She attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High school with the Class of 1942. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Yanke; her parents; four brothers, and two sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Marion Lee, of Vernon, BC; Pasty Day, of San Diego; one son, Dale, of San Diego; six grandchildren; one sister, Esther Schlimmer, of Odessa; one brother, Harvey Haase, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 9-14-2000)

Yeager: “Forest Grove, Ore.—Helen James Yeager, 82, formerly of Wenatchee and a retired school teacher, died June 26, 1990 in Forest Grove, Ore. She was born Oct 21, 1907, at Marlin to John and Katherine (Sime) Urquhart. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1924, and then Cheney Normal School. She worked at the Whitener rural school near Quincy after graduation, then taught at Marlin, Millwood Department School, Yakima and Sunnyside until she retired in 1971 after 46 years of teaching elementary school and music. She and her husband retired in Forest Grove.  She married H. Dean James June 22, 1938, at Spokane. He died Nov 19, 1972. She married Carl Yeager Feb 21, 1978, at Quincy, and they moved to Wenatchee. They had lived in Forest Grove for the last year. Mrs Yeager was a member of North Central Washington Genealogical Society, Grant County Historical Society, the Chelan-Douglas County Retired Teachers Association, the Washington State Retired Teachers, Chelan-Douglas Democrats, Delphi Temple No. 13 Pythian Sisters and the united Church of Christ, Forest Grove. Survivors include her husband, Wenatchee; a son, Hugh James, Seattle; a daughter, Mrs Gerald (Laura) Frye, Forest Grove; stepsons, George Yeager of Wenatchee and Donald Yeager of Cashmere; a brother, John D Urquhart of Bellevue; a sister, Isabel Patterson of Spokane; five grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepson in 1988. Forest Grove Memorial Chapel, Forest Grove, is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item) [Helen Urquhart James Yeager died 6-26-1990;  Carl Yeager died 3-07-1993.] “Wenatchee—Carl Yeager, 88, of Wenatchee, died Sunday, March 7, 1993, in Parkside Nursing Home, Wenatchee. He married Estella Mae VanNatta on Jan 18, 1930, at St Helens, OR. Mrs Yeager preceded him in death in 1977. He married Helen James in Feb 1978. She preceded him in death in 1990. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.” (scrapbook item)

Yerington:  Mrs Anna B Yerington, 82, daughter of Jacob and Ann Margaret Hardung, died in Wenatchee. The funeral services were held April 12, 1984 at Jones Funeral Chapel in Wenatchee. Interment was in the Wenatchee Cemetery. The Hardung family was a pioneer family of the Odessa area. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-26-1984)

Yerington:  Charles Yerington, 87, died May 8, 1984.  He was born June 13, 1896 in Iowa and moved with his parents to Omak, WA. In 1938 he married Anna B Harrison. Survivors include two step-sons, Dean Harrison of Vista, CA, and Richard Harrison of Sunset Beach, CA; one sister, Ruby Birn of Portland, OR; one brother, Dale Yerington of Portland, OR; and two sisters-in-law, Lydia Heimbigner of Spokane, and Lucille Haskins of Odessa, WA. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-07-1984)

Young:  “A coroner’s jury at Sprague brought in a verdict of accidental death in the case of Mrs George A Young, wife of an army officer, killed in a car accident east of Sprague, Feb 26. The accident involved the death of Mrs Young and injury to Don Maggiore, when a car in which they were enroute from Portland to Spokane went off the highway.” (Odessa Record: 3-16-1944: County News)

Zagelow:  Leonard P Zagelow died July 29, 1997 in Spokane with burial at Fairmont Memorial Park in Spokane. He was born at Odessa in 1914 to Paul and Martha Zagelow. He graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1932, then WSU and University of Minnesota. He joined the US Army in 1937 serving in WW II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Mr Zagelow received the Legion of Merit and the Air Force Commendation Medal while in the service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Schnur) in 1979. He is survived by a son, Gary, of Spokane; a brother, W F Zagelow, of Spokane, numerous nieces and nephews. (notes from Odessa Record: 8-07-1997)

Zeigler:  “Word was received here this week of the death of John B Zeigler, 85, for many years a resident of Odessa, who died of pneumonia at a Portland hospital on Feb 21. He is survived by his widow, Helen, three daughters, Mrs G H Rotnor of Portland; Mrs Erma Guth, Seattle; Mrs Edna Bollard, Sacramento, CA; two granddaughters, Mrs George Stam Jr, Wheatland, CA; and Miss Macel Guth, of Portland; and one sister, Mrs Lydia Ford, Spokane. Mr Zeigler is well known here, where he was one of the first men to locate.” (Odessa Record: 3-17-1933)

Zeiler:  Fred Zeiler, 89, died Nov 5, 2004, in Vancouver, WA. He was born May 14, 1915, in Ritzville, the son of Jacob and Katherine Zeiler. Fred had lived in Clark County since 1948. Funeral services were held Nov 11 at the Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver, WA, with a graveside burial. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-25-2004)

Zent:  “Harold W (Judge) Zent, state legislator from Spokane, died there this week. He was the son of the late W W Zent, an Odessa attorney for a time.  Young Zent had been active in radio work at Spokane, and in the labor industry field. He was born in Ritzville, WA, when his father was judge of the superior court serving that area.”  (Odessa Record: 8-30-1951

Zicha:  Donald L Zicha, 54, died April 17, 1983 with burial in Harrington’s Hillcrest Cemetery. (see file, notes from Odessa Record: 4-28-1983)

Zicha:  (Louis L Zicha, buried Hillcrest Cemetery, b. 11-15-1881; Odessa Record: 5-24-1962)

Zier:  George F Zier was born in Odessa on Aug 27, 1911, graduating from Odessa High School in 1929. He married Helen McMillan on June 18, 1942 and the couple moved to Milwaukie, OR. A private service was held May 14, 1991 following his Saturday death, with burial in River View Cemetery. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-23-1991)

Zier:  Leona Viola Zier died Dec 21, 1989 in Seattle. She was born on the family farm north of Odessa on May 27, 1918, daughter of Edward and Helen Schmierer. She attended the Quast school 14 miles north of Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1935. She married George Zier Oct 21, 1939 in Spokane and moved to Dayton. Burial Odessa Cemetery, see file. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-28-1989)

Zier:  “After almost two months of futile search, the navy department has listed Philmer Zier, 21-year-old son of Mr and Mrs George Zier of Davenport as dead. Zier, a radioman on a bomber, was reported missing on March 8, when his plane went down wile on a routine flight from its base on the coast. Zier was born in the Odessa community and attended high school at Davenport, graduating in 1942, and took his basic training at San Diego, CA.” (Odessa Record: 6 May 1943)

Zier:  Virgil D Zier died Aug 9, 2005 in Davenport. He was born in Odessa on Sept 23, 1921, son of George Sier Jr and Katherine (Horn) Zier. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Reardan, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 4 brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. A memorial service was held Aug 16, 2005 at Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport. (Notes from Odessa Record: 8-18-2005)

Zimbelman:  Henry Zimbelman died at a Spokane hospital on 3-11-56, age 68, with funeral services from the Redeemer Lutheran church at Dishman. He was born in Rohrback, Russia, June 5, 1888. He came to the US with his parents, Mr and Mrs Philip Zimbelman Sr, living in NE and CO before coming to Odessa in 1902. He married Eliza (Lizzie) Pfeifer in Dec of 1915 and farmed a wheat ranch northeast of Marlin until the fall of 1954 when they retired to Spokane. “He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Bernice Wolsborn of Odessa and Verna Matthews of Portland, and one son, Weldon, at home; three grandchildren, Karne and Tommy Wolsborn and Michael Matthews; two brothers, Philip Zimbelman of Orting, WA, and Gus Zimbelman of Marlin; two sisters, Mrs Rose Beckner of Spokane and Mrs Lydia Price of Los Angeles, CA.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1956)

Zimbelman: Lizzie Zimbelman, a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center for more than three years, passed away Aug 20. She was born Sept 15, 1896 in Jensen, NE to Phillip and Sophia Pfeifer. The family moved to Ritzville when she was six, and later homesteaded in the Marlin area, then known as Krupp.  She was married to Henry Zimbelman in Dec, 1915, and the couple farmed for 39 years before moving to Spokane. After the death of her husband in 1956, Mrs Zimbelman continued to live in Spokane until illness forced her to move to the Convalescent Center here. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in the Christian faith. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Spokane, and the Joy Circle of the same church. Active in Grandmothers Club and in senior citizen groups, she loved and stayed deeply interested in family and friends. Also preceded in death by a son, Weldon, in 1983, Mrs Zimbelman is survived by two daughters: Bernice Wolsborn and her husband Harry of Odessa, and Verna Matthews of Portland, OR; by a daughter-in-law, Edith Zimbelman of Spokane; by a sister, Helena Dunn of Denver, CO; by a sister-in-law Margaret Pfeifer of Okanogan; and by six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Family graveside services were held at Pines Cemetery in Spokane on Aug 23, followed by memorial services at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pastor Phillip Streifert officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 8-31-1989)

Zimbelman:  Phillip, “Military funeral services were held at the State Soldiers’ Home chapel in Orting this week for Phillip Zimbelman, former Marlin resident, who died there last Thursday. Members of the Orting American Legion post and friends from the home served as pallbearers.  Phillip Zimbelman was born Jan 18, 1887 in Russia and came to America with his parents at the age of 14. He served in the first World War, returning to Marlin to make his home. He spent sometime in the Veterans’ hospitals at Walla Walla and at Boise, Idaho. He then lived for a time in Odessa until 1947 when he entered the Soldiers’ Home, where he remained until his death. The last few years saw him confined to a wheel chair much of the time.  Survivors include his brother, Gus Zimbelman of Marlin, a sister, Mrs Lyda Price of Los Angeles, CA; and 12 nieces and nephews; Melvin, Donald, Herbert and Robert Zimbelman of Marlin; Weldon Zimbelman of Renton; Mrs Verna Matthews of Portland; Mrs Florence Schlimmer of Marlin; Mrs Bernice Wolsborn, Mrs Rhea Strate and Mrs Ione Zeiler, all of Odessa.  Members of the family attending the services were Mr and Mrs Gus Zimbelman, Mrs Mark Price, Mrs Henry Zimbelman, Mrs Weldon Zimbelman, Mrs Roger Schlimmer, Mrs Don Zeiler, Mrs LaMar Strate, and Melvin and Bob Zimbelman.” (Odessa Record: 4-21-1966

Zimbelman:  Sarah M Schatz Zimbelman died at Lodi, CA Sept 20, 1996. She was born Nov 1, 1906, in Odessa, the daughter of Mr and Mrs John V Schatz. She married Arthur Walters in 1933 and they lived in San Francisco until his death in 1937. She married Egon Zimbelman in 1946 and he died in 1982. She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers: Gottlieb, Jake, Art, Richard and Edward Schatz and 2 sisters, Hilda Fox and Peggy Swanson. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Plath, of Lodi, CA; three grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-24-1997)

Zimbelman:  “Funeral services were held on Nov 29, 1983, from Ascension Lutheran Church in Spokane for Weldon Zimbelman, who passed away Nov 26 at a Spokane hospital following a lengthy illness. Rev Joe Aalbue and Rev Carl Florea officiated at the service.  Weldon was born in Marlin, WA on Nov 22, 1927. He grew up in that area and was graduated from Marlin High School. In the early 1950s he worked for a construction company in Alaska. In Nov 1958 he was married to Edith Matheson in Conrad, Montana. Both were employed by a TV station in Great Falls, Montana, at that time. Later they moved to Renton, WA, where Weldon was employed by Boeing for several years. In 1973, they moved to Spokane and he was employed as a bookkeeper for H & S Builders until the time of his death.  He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church and a former member of the Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife, Edith, at the home; three daughters, Kristin at the home; Diane of Conrad, MT, and Janice of Spokane; his mother, Lizzie Zimbelman, Spokane; two sisters, Verna Matthews of Portland, OR, and Bernice Wolsborn of Odessa; several aunts, nieces and nephews. Sacred selections were sung by Randy Spitzer, organist was Karen Heimbigner. Pall bearers were Jim Albright, Bob Benesch, Virgil Felton, John Krautkraemer, Jon Heimbigner and Wendell Oder.” (Odessa Record: 12-08-1983)

Zimmerman:  “Word received this week from Palouse, WA, reports that Mrs John Zimmerman, formerly a resident of Odessa, died there late last week and was buried on Tuesday of this week. Mrs Zimmerman and her husband who survives her, were formerly in business here, the husband operating a blacksmith shop in the building now occupied by the Delzer & Goede garage. Mr and Mrs George Schaker and Henry Schafer, relatives of the deceased drove to Palouse on Tuesday to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 5-27-1932)

Zundel:  Katherine Zundel of Wenatchee, born May 19, 1902 at Marinborg, Russia to Gottlieb and Louise Wolff, passed away Jan 28 in Parkside Manor after a brief illness. She came with her family to the US in 1903, settling at Ravina, SD and then living in Canada for a time. There she met and married Jacob Zundel in June 1919. They were wheat farmers and moved to Ruff in 1926, then Hartline and the Wilson Creek areas about 1930. They moved to Wenatchee in 1945 to retire. Mrs Zundel was a member of the Lutheran Church, and attended St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wenatchee.  Preceded in death by her husband in 1967, and by four children, four sisters and two brothers, she is survived by a daughter, Irene Thomas of Wenatchee; by a stepson, Theodore Zundel of Hartline; and by 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Jan 31 at the Colonial Chapel of Jones and Jones Funeral Home, Wenatchee, the Rev E Paul Riedel officiating.” (Odessa Record: 2-02-1989)

Zwieg:  Pearl J Zwieg, 77, a resident of Odessa, died Saturday, June 29, 2000 in Odessa. She was born June 28, 1923, in Watertown, SD, the daughter of Charles and Elsie (Nielsen) Helgeson. She was graduated from high school in South Dakota and married Harold Zwieg, who preceded her in death. She worked as a plant worker for Bemis Bag Company.  Mrs Zwieg is survived by three sons, Clark Zwieg, of Odessa; Ralph Zwieg, of Royal City; and Charlie Zwieg, of Seattle; one daughter, Scharan Stevens, of Odessa; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Per her request, no services were held. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-2000)


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