Kappel Cemetery

                                                       Ruff, Adams County, Washington

                                                Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach


   Records also refer to it as: Ruff East Cemetery, Evangelical Cemetery of Ruff, and  Schell Cemetery

Bischoff, Christine: (  b. Aug 30, 1889, d. 1959)  “Funeral services will be held this afternoon for Christine Bischoff, who died Monday at Spokane, where she had lived the past two years. The services will be from the Ritzville Seventh Day Adventist church, with Elder E. W. Brown officiating. Burial will be in the east Ruff cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Christine Pfaff was born in South Dakota, Aug 30, 1889, and came to Washington with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pfaff, as a young girl.  She married John Bischoff at Ritzville in 1907. They farmed east of Ruff and Mr. Bischoff died in 1950. She continued her home on the ranch until two years ago. Survivors include three sons, John, Marlin; Harvey, Marlin; and Marvin, Kennewick; 8 daughters, Mrs. Christine Ochs, Moses Lake; Mrs. Emma Rudy, Lacrosse; Mrs. Bertha Schell, Ruff; Mrs. Emilee Arlt, Moses Lake; Mrs. Alvin Hall, Spokane; Mrs. Martha Schafer, Ritzville; Mrs. Helen Jones, Spokane; and Mrs. Arlene Haug, Moses Lake; 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.”  (Odessa Record: 2-25-1959; Beck data card collection) 

Bischoff, John, Sr.:  ( b. Dec 24, 1883, d. 1950)  “Funeral services for John Bischoff, Sr., who died at Veterans Memorial hospital in Odessa on Thursday, were held from the Ruff church on Monday, with burial in the East Ruff Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Officiating at the service were The Rev Eron Wagner of Moses Lake and Rev Gerney of Spokane. Pall bearers were from the Moses Lake area and included Ed Ammundson, Earl Cole, R. P. Penhallurick, Harold Hoover, W Richards and Mr. Raddatz. Born in Russia, Dec 24, 1883, Mr. Bischoff came to the United States in 1903. In 1907 he married Miss Christina Pfaff, they making their residence on a farm at Ruff. He had been hospitalized four days when death came.  Survivors include the widow, Christina, at the home; four sons, Paul, John and Harvey, of Ruff, and Marvin, College Place; 8 daughters, Mrs. Christina Ochs, Moses Lake; Mrs. Emma Rudy, Lacrosse; Mrs. Bertha Schell, Ruff; Mrs. Emily Arlt, Ritzville; Mrs. Elvina Kenzel, Ritzville; Mrs. Martha Schafer, Ritzville; Mrs. Helen Jones, Spokane, and Miss Arlene Bischoff, at home; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Matt Bischoff, Lamona; and Paul Bischoff, Ruff; one sister, Mrs. John Kagele, Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 6-09-1950)

Bischoff, William: ( b. Aug 24, 1895, d.1949)  William Bischoff died in 1949 and was first buried in the Ruff Cemetery called Kappell. In 1918 he had married Katie Becker and 7 children were born to them. In 1959 she married George Welton and they resided in Moses Lake. In 1979 Mrs. Welton had Wm Bischoff’s remains removed from Ruff to Pioneer Memorial Gardens of Moses Lake. (see obit of Katie Welton, Odessa Record: 6-03-1982) “Funeral services were held from the Ruff Evangelical church on Sunday afternoon for William Bischoff, 53, resident of that area since boyhood, who had died March 18 at the Ritzville hospital. The Rev E. E Pontious of Harrington officiated, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. Burial was in the east Ruff cemetery. Pallbearers included Fred Schell, Adolph Schell, John Schell, John Weis, Dan Spies and John Kappel. Mr. Bischoff was born in Russia, Aug 24, 1895, and came to America at the age of five years. He lived with his parents in the Ruff area, where he married Miss Katie Becker, and they continued their residence there. Survivors include the wife, Katie; four sons, Milton of Othello; Harry, Norman and Billie of Ruff; three daughters, Mrs. Andrew Kappel, Wilson Creek; Mrs. Walter Spies and Shirley Anne Bischoff of Ruff; six grandchildren; three brothers and one sister.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1949)  

Becker, Fred: (  b. Mar 19, 1900-1965)   “Funeral services for Fred Becker of Ruff, WA, were held from the Danekas Funeral Home at Ritzville on Tuesday, March 16, the Rev A. Hausauer officiating.  The deceased was born in Russia on March 19, 1900. His parents were Jacob Becker and Barbara Desterleft. He came to this country as a child and after growing to manhood worked as a farm laborer. For a number of years he worked for Joe Jantz of Ritzville.  Becker had made his home for years in Ruff.  The last three years of his life he spent in the Hillcrest rest home in Ritzville. He had been in ill health for many years.  He passed away Sunday at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 24 days. Surviving relatives include three sisters, Mrs. Katie Welton of Moses Lake, Mrs. Silvia Kerr of Newport, and Edith Suksdorf of Spangle; and two brothers, Christ Becker of Spokane and Henry Becker of Culbert. Pallbearers were Norman Bischoff, Dan Weis, Ben Pfaff, Harry Bischoff, Walt Spies and Gayle Suksdorf. Interment was made in the Ruff Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-18-1965)

Dormaier, Frederick: ( d. 1933) Frederick Dormaier obit dated 2-17-1933 Odessa Record, interment at Ruff Cemetery. (NTS)

Elmer, Joshue: ( b. Apr 20, 1867, d. 1943)   “Funeral services were held at the Ruff Evangelical church on Monday afternoon for Joshua Elmer, 76, retired garage man and photographer, who died last Thursday. The Rev Eugene Muench, Soap Lake, officiated, with burial at the Ruff Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mr. Elmer was born at Fondulac, WI, April 20, 1867, later coming West to take up a homestead near Marlin. For the past 23 years he had been a resident of the Ruff area. Survivors include three sons, David, Yakima; Daniel, Ruff; and Rudolph, Wilson Creek; one daughter, Hulda Elmer, a nurse at Cincinnati, OH; one sister, Mrs. Ernestina Vick, Mullalla, OR, and five grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 25 Nov 1943)(NTS)

Flaig, Karl: ( d. May 1, _____, ) "Rev Albert Reiman was called to Ruff Tuesday to preach the funeral sermon of Karl Flaig, an Odessa country boy that entered the US army last November. Mr. Flaig was a member of the 416th signal corps and was killed near Stillwater, Wash., May 1st by a falling timber. He was 22 years, 6 months and 20 days old at the time of his death and his remains were brought back to the home of his parents. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in that section. In communications of his work as a soldier, a superior officer who returned with his remains told his parents that ‘Karl was a fine soldier and died at his post.’ Besides his parents he leaves two brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss." (Odessa Record: 5-10-1918; burial in Kappel Cemetery at Ruff) (NI)

Gottschalk, Infant:  ( b/d. 1919 Sep 10)   Infant Male Gottschalk. Died: 10 Sept 1919, age 10 hours, Ruff, Grant Co, WA. Father: Fred Gottschalk. Mother: Mary Slatt.” (WA State Death Records: Batch Id #275767; Edit: This infant is assumed to be buried in the Ruff Schultz Cemetery.)   

Jasman, Ferdinand: ( b. Aug 10, 1862, d. 1933 Jun 19)  "Ferdinand Jasman. Male, white, married, farmer. Husband of Dorothy Jasman. Birth: Aug 10, 1862, Russia; Age: 70 yrs 10 mos 9 days. Father: Gotfried Jasman, born Russia. Mother: do not know, born Russia. Informant: Julius Jasman, Ruff, WA. Death: June 19, 1933, 8:15 a.m.; Cause: venous thrombosis ___ of left leg with gangrene of foot. Contributory causes of importance not related to principal cause: amputation of left foot from gangrene on May 7. Oliver J Morehead, MD, Ritzville, WA. Undertaker: M. F. Haight, Ritzville, WA. Burial: Ruff Cemetery, June 21, 1933." (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Jasman, Lydia Magdalena: ( b. Jan 07, 1911, d. 1974 Jul 30)  Lydia Magdalena Jasman, who was known to many area residents, died Tuesday, July 30. Born the daughter of Ferdinand and Dorethea (Suckert) Jasman on Jan 7, 1911 at Ruff, she was baptized by the Rev Graedel and later confirmed in the now Warden Community Church by Rev J. E. Hirning. Lydia made her home in Spokane, where she was employed in the Alderwood Nursing Home, until she became ill in May of this year. She then became a patient in that home until her death on July 30. Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include her brother Julius Jasman of Odessa; three sisters: Mrs. Bertha Hoefner of Cashmere, WA, Mrs .Otillia Raugust of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, and Mrs. Anna Moser of Mendham, Saskatchewan, Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pall bearers were David Jasman, Harvey Jasman, Edwin Jasman, Adolph Ramm, Clarence Moore and Dale Ramm. Organist for the service was Delores Cook and the soloist was Ione Zeiler. Services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the United Congregational Church of Odessa, with the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 8-08-1974)

Kappel, Albert:  (b. 1898, d. 1969)    “Graveside funeral services were held on Monday at 11 a.m. for Albert Kappel of Hartline, with Pastor A. Hausauer officiating. Mr. Kappel was born on Sept 26, 1897, son of Andrew Kappel and his wife Katherine, in Boyd County, NE.  He moved to the Ruff area in 1901 with his parents. In recent years he made his home with his brother, Bill, in Hartline.  He died very suddenly at their home on Friday, Feb 21. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Louise Caple of Tacoma, as well as his brothers William of Hartline, and John of Ruff. Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Norman Bischoff, Benny Pfaff, Jim Garrison, Delbert Kappel, Robert Jackman and J. Munsen.” (Odessa Record: 2-27-1969)

Kappel, Catherine: ( b. May 30, 1873, d. 1954)  “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational Church on Tuesday afternoon for a pioneer matron, Mrs. Catherine Kappel, whose home was in Ritzville. The Rev A. Hausauer officiated. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery.  Pallbearers were H H Scheller, Dan Spies, John Pfaff, William Pfaff, Ben Pfaff and Jacob Batt.  Katherine Pfaff was born near Odessa, South Russia, May 30, 1873, and came with her parents to the US in 1899. They settled at Yankton, SD, where they remained for 18 months, when they moved to Nebraska. In 1981 (sic) she was married to Andrew Kappel in Tyndall, SD. They lived in Nebraska until 1902 when they moved to Washington and homesteaded near Ruff.  Her husband died on March 29, 1916, and she continued to live on the ranch until 1924 when she moved into the town of Ruff, where she lived until 1944. She then moved to Ritzville where she spent the remainder of her life.  She was in fairly good health and had visited here during the early week end. Saturday morning she had arisen as usual, and after making up her bed, she became suddenly ill and died shortly after. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Louise Caple, Tacoma; four sons, William, Hartline; Albert, Ritzville; John, Ruff; and Andrew, of Wilson Creek; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1954)  

Ottmar, Edwin A.:  ( b. Mar 07, 1912-1956)  “Bedridden for the past ten years, Edwin A. (Eddie) Ottmar, 44, of Moses Lake, died Thursday afternoon in the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ottmar, there. Death was attributed to arthritis which he had contracted after two back injured in his youth. In one, he had been severely injured by a runaway horse. Until he became a bed patient, he had worked on his father’s farm. Born near Wheeler, March 7, 1912, he lived in the Moses Lake area until his death. He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren church there. Funeral services were held there Saturday afternoon with the Rev Milton W. Hooper officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery. Survivors include his mother and father, a sister, Mrs. Nora Kruger of Lacrosse, two brothers, Arthur and George, of Moses Lake.”  (Odessa Record: 10-25-1956)      

Ottmar, Magdalene: ( b. Aug 21, 1860, d. 1927)   Mrs. Will Ottmar, widow, near Wheeler, died Wednesday morning at her son’s residence…. The funeral was held in the Ruff Evangelical Church Saturday. The Rev Hostetter officiated… Magdalene Ottmar, nee Siehler, was born in Hellinannehal, Russia, Aug 21, 1860. Married March 1, 1881 to Wilhelm Ottmer, who died in 1918. To them was born six sons and one daughter, Catherine, Henry, Charles, John, Emanuel, Christian, Richard and Theodore. Catherine married Mike Pfaff and lives near Ruff. Burial took place in the Evangelical Cemetery one mile east of Ruff. (Odessa Record-Ruff Notes, May 20, 1927)

Pfaff, Elizabeth:  ( TS 1878-1948)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Pfaff, 69, who died at her home on the Neppel highway last week, were held from the Ruff Evangelical church on Saturday, the Rev Mr. Hunsberger officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, John; four sons, John Jr., and Fred, Spanaway; William at Ruff; and Bennie, Ritzville; one daughter, Mrs. Katie Baker, Tacoma, and 5 grandchildren. Mrs. Pfaff was born in Russia but has lived in this country for 49 years.” (Odessa Record: 1-29-1948)

Pfaff, Mike, Sr.:  ( d. 1936)  Mike Pfaff Sr., 74, Ruff, was buried there on Thursday morning, with the Rev Griffle of Walla Walla officiating. Burial was made in a cemetery near Ruff.  Mr. Pfaff was one of the earliest settlers of the Ruff area, coming there in 1901 and engaging in farming on a large scale.  During the past few years he had been retired, living at Ruff.  Survivors include his widow; two sons and five daughters. The children are Mike Pfaff Jr., Valley; Emil Pfaff, Walla Walla; Mrs. John Bischoff, Ruff; Mary Pfaff, at home; Mrs. Rachel Roloff, Spokane; Mrs. Tillie Rasmussen, Valley; and Mrs. Gus Beck, Valley.” (Odessa Record: 5-07-1936) 

Pfaff, William:  ( TS d. 1915)  "Wm Pfaff, a pioneer of the Ruff country, died of pneumonia last Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock at his home. Burial was made in the United Cemetery near Ruff yesterday. At the time of his death he was aged 79 years." (Odessa Record: 10-29-1915; see Kappel/Evangelical Cemetery of Ruff) edit: TS d. 1916?)

Pfaff, William:  ( b. Jun 12, 1908, d. Apr   , 1960)  “Funeral services are to be held this afternoon, Thursday, April 28, for William Pfaff, 51, who died suddenly Monday afternoon at the Samaritan hospital in Moses Lake. Services will be from the Eccleston-Penhallurich Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake, the Rev Edgar E. Tevs of the First Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake officiating. Interment will be in the Ruff Cemetery. Born June 12, 1908 at Ruff, he had lived in the Ruff area most of his life except for a two year period in 1927-1928 when he attended Whitworth College in Spokane. He moved to Moses Lake in the fall of 1952, and his Moses Lake address is 839 Ivy Avenue.  He was married Sept 7, 1957. He held membership in the BPOE lodge No. 1930 and the Grange, both at Moses Lake. As a youth in the Ruff area and in school here he played with the Ruff baseball teams and was an outstanding athlete. He graduated from the Odessa High School. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, at the home; three brothers, John and Fred Pfaff, of Tacoma, and Ben of Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 4-28-1960; Beck data card collection) (edit: TS 1908-1960) 

Reiner, August:   “Funeral services for August Reiner, 68, who died at a Spokane nursing home last week, were held from the Strate Funeral Home chapel on Friday morning, Pastor E. R. Pflueger of Christ Lutheran Church officiating. The body was escorted to Ruff for burial in the cemetery there.  Pall bearers were Charles Scrupps, Jacob Quast, John Gettman and Henry Frick. Reiner was a native of Russia, and he lived in the Ruff and Odessa areas since 1911. At Ruff he operated the mail service for several years, and operated a service station here.  He is survived by two sons, William and Edward, both of Spokane; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Fred Schmauder, Odessa; and a brother, Fred Reiner, Ephrata.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-1952) (NTS)

Schmauder:  “Funeral services for Jacob Schmauder, 86, Ritzville, formerly of the Wheeler area, were held from the Philadelphia Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev Herbert Haemelmann officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Schmauder, at the home; six daughters, Mrs. John Ruff, Wheeler; Mrs. Fred Kagele, Ritzville; Mrs. Edward Broeckel, Colfax; Mrs. Gerhardt Lehman, Wenatchee; and Mrs. William Wieltschnig, Seattle; four sons, Jake, August and Rudolph Schmauder, Davenport, Fred Schmauder, Spokane; 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.”  (Odessa Record: June 1960; scrapbook item) (NTS)  

Spies, Pauline:  ( b. 1896, d. 1937)  Pauline Spies  “Mrs. Daniel Spies, 40, died at her home near Ruff on Friday of pneumonia and was buried from the Ruff church on Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev J. C. Schwabenland, Odessa officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery. Born in Nebraska, she had come to the Ruff country many years ago, with her parents, where the family homesteaded. She was married 19 years ago to Daniel Spies, also of the Ruff area, and they continued making their home there until her death. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Edward, Robert and Herbert; two sisters, Lizzie Oster and Mrs. Katie Weil, of the Ruff area, and one brother, Christ W. Oster, Cheney.  Pallbearers included Robert Schell, Albert Kappel, Albert Oster, Bill and Ben Pfaff and John Pfaff Jr. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1937; burial Kappel Cem at Ruff) 

Weis, Katie:  ( b. Apr 08, 1899, d. 1979)  “Funeral services were held for Katie Weis on Wednesday, Aug 30 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. She passed away on Aug 25, 1979, at her home at 116 W 6th Street in Moses Lake. She was born in Lynch, NE April 8, 1899 to Elizabeth and Christ Oster. In 1903 the family moved to Odessa and later to Ruff where she grew up and attended school there. May 13, 1917 she was united in marriage to John Weis at the family home in Ruff. They lived in Ruff until 1969 when they moved into Moses Lake. Survivors include her husband John at Moses Lake; one daughter, Norma Simmons of Moses Lake; three sons, Dan of Moses Lake and Bill and Arlie, both of Spokane; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; one sister, Lizzie Oster of Moses Lake.  One child preceded her in death in 1951 and one grandchild also preceded her in death in 1976.  She was a member of the Congregational Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev Albert Hausauer of Odessa. Interment was in the Ruff Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 8-30-1979)

Weis, Vernon M.:  ( b. 1931, d. 1951)  “Funeral services were held at Ruff on Sunday afternoon for Vernon M Weis, 20, who had died Friday morning of burns sustained in a gasoline explosion at Moses Lake. The Strate Funeral Home of Odessa was in charge, with burial in the Ruff Cemetery.  The Rev Ellery Pontius officiated, with the service from the Evangelical and United Brethren Church. Pallbearers were Walter Meske, Cecil LaRue, Billy Bischoff, Gordon Guttschmidt, Dick Jones and Herbert Hochstatter. Ronnie Schell was an honorary pall bearer. The fatal accident occurred Thursday when Weis stopped at the Wenz Brothers service station to get a dome light for his car. Officers said an attendant at the station had slipped and dropped some gasoline he was carrying, spilling it on the floor shortly before Weis arrived. As he entered the gasoline exploded, police said, enveloping him in flames. Witnesses said Weis ran out the back door, his clothes afire. Two men chased him, threw him to the ground and smothered the flames in a mud puddle. Weis, burned over 80 per cent of his body, was rushed to the Samaritan hospital, where death came several hours later. Paul Dembiczak of Grand Coulee suffered burns on the arms and legs in the explosion but is recovering, the Moses Lake report said. Weis is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Weis, of Ruff; three brothers, Daniel, William and Arlie, and one sister, Mrs. Richard Simons, of Moses Lake.” (Odessa Record: 12-06-1951)

Willing, John:  ( d. 1961)  John Willging.—His home, 308 Alder, Ritzville, WA. Survived by his wife, Katherine; 3 daughters, Mrs. Nethalia Eckhardt, Elmira, WA; Mrs. Bertha Utz, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Emma Low Hurliman, Othello, WA; 4 sons, John Willging, Moses Lake WA; Gus T. Willging; William Willging, both Springdale; Rudolph, Spokane; 4 sisters, Mrs. Katie Esslinger, Spokane; Mrs. Marie Friesen, Canada; Mrs. Bertha Loeffelbein, Cashmere; Mrs. Anna Bariether, Fairfield, WA; 1 brother, Dan Willging, Moses Lake, WA; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. A member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services Tuesday, Aug 8 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, Rev Albert Wagner, officiating. Interment Ruff Cemetery, Ruff, WA. The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-08-1961)(NTS)  

Zacher, Christina:  ( d. 1937)  “Mrs. Christina Zacher, 95, who died near Wheeler during the past week, was buried from the Ruff church on Sunday, with the Rev A Grabow, Marlin, officiating. Burial was in the Ruff Cemetery. Pallbearers were chosen from among grandsons of the deceased. A native of Russia, she had come to Canada early in life and later lived in the Quincy and Wheeler area, spending 28 years at the home of a daughter near Wheeler. The services were in charge of the Strate Funeral Home. Among those attending the funeral from Odessa were Mr. Strate and son, Glen, and Mr. and Mrs. George Iltz, Sr., and sons, Alvin and Dave.” (Odessa Record: 1-14-1937)(NTS)


 Kappel/Ruff  Cemetery, Ruff, Adams County, Washington

obituaries submitted to the WAGenweb by Marge Womach,

December 2009.

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