Zion-Rocklyn German Methodist Affiliates

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The following obits were gathered in conjunction with research done on the Zion German Methodist Church near Rocklyn. Some of these obits were in family files with little known connection, perhaps only friends. Others are obvious relations to those involved in the Zion church.

Zion-Rocklyn German Methodist Affiliates unedited at present: 2005

Laabs, C. W.: “Driving in from the ranch Wednesday afternoon for some harvester extras, C W Laabs, went to the upstairs bath room in his home and shot himself with a small caliber shot gun, death occurring instantly. Mrs Laabs was out watering the lawn and scarcely knew that her husband had returned. He stepped to the kitchen door and said ‘Good-bye’ and immediately went upstairs. Mrs Laabs hardly heard his remark and thought nothing about it but when she heard the shot she immediately feared that something desperate had happened, and rushed in to investigate. Sheriff Gilpatric was called and together with Marshal McKinnon of Harrington, Attorney Dye of Davenport and several of Mrs Laab’s brothers, an examination was made and all agreed that it was a clear case of suicide. The county coroner was not called and the body was placed in charge of J E Turner of Harrington. Deceased had farmed at Eltopia for nine years and near Odessa from 1914 until 1923. For the past two years he has lived in Harrington and farmed in the country. At present he operates the estate of the late August Timm and has 500 acres in crop. Last fall he was deputy assessor in this county. He was highly respected and was well liked and was recognized as a kind husband and father. He had been drinking heavily for some time and beyond doubt was not responsible when he took his life. Twenty-two years ago he married Anna Timm. He is survived by his widow and five children, the oldest of which is Lawrence, 21 years of age. The other children are Viola, Geneva, Leonard and Eugene. His parents, Mr and Mrs Chas Laabs, live on Wellesley Avenue, Spokane. One brother and four sisters survive him. Albert Laabs, Coeur d’Alene; Mrs G H Rux, Reardan; Mrs A Houser, Vancouver, WA; Mrs Albert McKee, Seattle; and Mrs Herman Huesman, Davenport. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist Church in Davenport.” (Citizen: 24 July 1925) Anna Timm was the daughter of August Wilhelm Timm and Dorothea Buhr; she was born Jan 2, 1888 and died in Seattle Jan 14, 1961.

Lehman, Albert W.: “Service for Albert W Lehman, 73, a lifetime area resident, will be at 1 p.m. today at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home North. Burial will follow at Fairmount Memorial Park.  Mr Lehman died Tuesday at his home. Born in Rocklyn, WA, he had lived in Spokane more than 50 years. Mr Lehman was a mechanic for the Washington Water Power Co. about 20 years, retiring in 1977. He earlier had been a truck driver for Carnation Dairy. He was a member of the Rocklyn Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Dorothy F; one daughter, Lonna J Lehman of Spokane; and one step-daughter, Merna L Cottman of Yuba City, CA.” (scrapbook item-undated; d. 3-28-1989)

Lehman, Anna:  d. 3-18-1933; b. 8-10-1901; w/o Joseph; see Hillcrest Cemetery.

Lehman, Dorothy V.:  “Former Harrington resident Dorothy V Lehman, 74, passed away April 30 in Spokane, where she had lived most of her adult life. Born to Thomas Henry and Freda (Brugger) Adams, she attended Harrington schools before marrying Albert William Lehman and moving to Spokane. Mrs Lehman’s husband, who died two years ago, grew up in Rocklyn. He was employed as a mechanic with the Washington Water Power Co.  Mrs Lehman was involved in Eagles Ladies’ Auxiliary and had been a member of Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church since 1958. She is survived by two daughters, Merna Cottman of Yuba City, CA, and Lonna Lehman of Spokane, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral service was held last Friday afternoon at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home in north Spokane. Interment was at Fairmount Cemetery.” (Davenport Times: undated)

Lehman, Hellen:  “Hellen A Lehman.—Her home, E 223 Dalton. Survived by one son, Albert Lehman, and one granddaughter, Lonna Lehman, both Spokane; three sisters, Martha Glomb and Lilly Day, both Spokane; Bertha Carlson, Seattle; 5 brothers, Fred Nauditt, Albert Nauditt, Robert Nauditt, and Walter Nauditt, all Spokane; Louie Nauditt, Metaline Falls, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Rockland (sic), WA. A Spokane resident the last 26 years. Funeral services Tuesday, Feb 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home. Interment Fairmount Memorial Park.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Lundgren, Henry J.:  “Henry J Lundgren.—Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, from the Chapel of Chimes of the Thornhill-Carey Funeral Home, N 1322 Monroe St. Rev Slythe H McLean officiating. Interment Spokane Memorial Gardens. Flowers may be sent or contributions may be made in the American Sunday School Union, N 4112 Martin. His home, Indian Prairie. Survived by his wife, Ellen Lundgren, at the home; 3 sons, H Willard Lundgren of Silver Spring, MD; Donald J Lundgren of Missoula MT; and Lloyd W Lundgren, USA in Germany; one daughter, Mrs Dorothy Mielke, Rocklyn, WA; 3 grandchildren, Robert and Karen Lundgren of Silver Spring, MD, and Cheryl Mielke of Rocklyn, WA; brother, Swan H Lundgren, Rockford, IL, and several other brothers and sisters in Sweden. He was a veteran of World War I.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Maag, Rev G. A.:  “The Rev G A Maag, age 74, formerly Methodist pastor at Davenport, died in Bend, OR, Monday where he had been living with a daughter.  He held Methodist pastorates in Harrington, Spokane, Connell and Ritzville at various times. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Bend.” (scrapbook item: February)

MacKenzie, Evelyn E.: “Evelyn E MacKenzie, (age 74).—Passed away on May 6, 2001 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Baldwin and husband, Bruce of Mead, WA; two grandchildren, Michelle and Chris Baldwin; two brothers, Carl Mielke and wife, Dorothy, and George Mielke and wife, Edwina, all of Rocklyn, WA; sister, Helen Sandygren of Mohler, WA; sister-in-law, Barbara MacKenzie of Nelson, BC; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a descendant of Washington State pioneers and preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dwight MacKenzie in 1995. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2001 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Thursday, May 10, 2001 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, Spokane. Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Pines Cemetery with Dr Wm McIvor officiating. A memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at Millwood Community Presbyterian Church.” (Spokesman: 5-09-2001)

McDougall, John D. Jr.:  “John D McDougall, Jr.—Entered into rest Feb 8, 1981 at a local hospital. His home, Reardan, WA. Survived by his wife, Vera M McDougall, at the home; one daughter, Donna McDougall, Spokane; two sons, Ralph E McDougall, Albany, OR, Bruce McDougall, Reardan, WA; two sisters, Mrs Harry (Bessie) Bell, Richland, WA; Mrs Leon (Cora) Miller, Spokane; three grandchildren, Shawn, Chad, Heather McDougall, all of Reardan; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Thursday, Feb 12, 1981 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Flowers, Riplinger Funeral  Home. Dr William Houff officiating. Cremation preceded.” (Spokesman: undated; estimated date: 2-09-1981)

McMahon, Elizabeth S.:  “Elizabeth S McMahon.—Passed away Feb 15 in Spokane. A resident of S 4121 Laura. Survived by 2 sisters, Mrs Charles Clark, Baker, OR, and Mrs Edward (Clara) Litzenberger, Endicott, WA; a cousin, Jacob Schmick, at the hoe; one niece, Helen Williford, Man Mateo, CA; a nephew Harold Clark, Baker, OR. A member of the Spokane Women’s Club, Board of Directors AARP, and the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Had lived in Spokane for 30 years. Her last services will be under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Spokesman: undated)

Maurer, Clara: “Clara Maurer.—Entered into rest May 8 at her home, E 547 Rich.  A resident of this community 39 years. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs Pearl Mackey; Mrs Geneva Harsin, both Spokane; 3 sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Selde, Spokane; Mrs Sarah Ames, St Helens, OR; Miss Lucinda Hellinger, Seattle; nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Spokesman Review: 5-10-1958)

Maurer, Dyveke:  “Private graveside service will be held for Dyveke Maurer. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Mrs Maurer, who was born in Denmark, died Wednesday.  She immigrated to Ephrata, WA, with her mother and step-father in 1909. She graduated from Ephrata High School and earned a teaching certificate from Washington State Normal School in Ellensberg.  She taught at Baird, WA, Wilson Creek, WA, and Seattle. She also taught for 10 years at Millwood Elementary in Spokane. She and her husband, Quentin Maurer, lived in the Millwood area for more than 50 years. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by five nieces and nephews.”  (undated scrapbook item; family files show that Quentin Karl Maurer, son of Michael F Maurer, married Dyveke Jensen in 1937. Quentin Maurer was born 24 Oct 1901 and died 16 Aug 1988; they had no known children.)

Maurer, Emma Mary:  “Female, white, married. Wife of Michael F Maurer. Birth: July 6, 1873. Age: 61 years 1 mos 23 days. Worked at home, 38 yrs, not worked since July 1932. Birthplace: Clay County, South Dakota. Father: David Kik born Germany; Mother: Ashbacher born Germany. Informant: M F Maurer, Pullman. Burial: Davenport, WA, 9-21-1934. Undertaker: Dale E Kimball, Pullman. Death: Sept 19, 1934, 7:40 p.m. Pullman, Whitman Co, WA. Cause: cancer of stomach, 2 yrs duration. Contributory: duodenal ulcer. Operation: none. Physician: B Phillips, Pullman, WA.” (WA State Board of Health Certificate of Death) See Zion German Meth. Cemetery near Rocklyn.

Maurer, Jesse C.: “Jesse C Maurer.—His home, W 2318 Kiernan.  Husband of Effie Maurer, at the home; son of Mrs John Maurer; brother of Mrs Geneva Harsin and Mrs Pearl Mackey, all of Spokane. He as a member of the electricians’ union and had lived in Spokane 45 years. Funeral Oct 10, at 11 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Cremation to follow.”  (Spokesman Review: 10-08-1951)

Maurer, Orlin J.:  “Funeral services for Orlin J Maurer will be held tomorrow, April 7, at Strate Funeral Home at 2 p.m.  Maurer died April 4 at Lincoln Hospital at the age of 81. He was a Rocklyn native, born there on Sept 18, 1896. He farmed the Rocklyn area until retirement 16 years ago, when he moved to Davenport.  Maurer was a veteran of World War I and served with the Army in Europe. He is survived by his wife, Sadie A Maurer at the home; a son, Kenley Maurer of Pasco, WA; grandsons, Randall and Mitchell, also of Pasco; a sister, Trilby Nelson of Ephrata, WA; four brothers, Sidney Maurer of Red Wing, MN, Ward Maurer of Spokane and Hiram Maurer of Milwaukee, WI.  Following the funeral services for Orlin Maurer on Friday, family and friends gathered at the Maurer home in Davenport to reminisce and renew acquaintances. Among some of those from a distance were Sadie’s sister, Polly; the Red Kochs; Darel and Jim Kochs; Albert Kiersch, Carl Grob and Ward Maurer of the Spokane area; and of course, Sadiw’s son Kenley and Helen Maurer, Randy and Mitchel of Pasco; the boys now attending WSU at Pullman. On Sunday, Sadie, the Ken Maurers and Trilby Nelson of Ephrata were dinner guests of Gene and Phyllis Stuckle, Laura and Gary.  Orlin was the second of five children born to Mike and Emma Maurer, and the pioneer family figured prominently in early history. The Maurers were instigators in establishing the Rocklyn school and the Evangelical Church on nearby property. The Maurer home was often the focal point in community social activities for the five young Maurers, even boasting a tennis court at one time. Orlin courted and married Sadie Koch, local girl and teacher at the Rocklyn school. They remained on the ranch, rearing Kenley, retiring 16 years ago and moving into the house that was designed and built by them. Orlin and Sadie were very active in Grange activities while still on the ranch, assisting with programs, and working on fair booths and floats.”  (Dav. Times: 4-06-1978)

Maurer, Percy: “Percy Maurer of Rocklyn, aged 9 years, died May 26, Rev R D Streyffeler of the Evangelical church, Harrington, conducted the funeral services, and the body was interred in the Davenport Cemetery.”  (Citizen: 6-09-1911)

Maurer, Quentin:  “Quentin Maurer was born Oct 24, 1901to Michael Frederick Maurer and his wife Emma Marie Kik. Baptismal record was not found in the Zion German Methodist ledger. He married Dyveke Jensen in 1937. They resided in the Millwood district of Spokane for more than 50 years. He preceded Dyveke in death and they were not known to have had children. Quentin died in Spokane on Aug 16, 1988.” (data supplied by family) 

Maurer, Sadie Koch: “Sadie A Maurer.—Passed away Dec 18, 1982 in Davenport, WA. Her home, Davenport, WA.  Survived by one son Kenley Maurer, Pasco, WA; two grandsons, Randy K Maurer, Spokane; Mitchell V Maurer, Pasco, WA; one brother, Ed Koch, Seattle; one sister, Polly Johnson, Spokane. Member of Wilson Grange, Davenport United Methodist Church. Funeral service, Wednesday, Dec 22, 1982, at 11 a.m. Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Rev Roger Barr, officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport, WA.” (Review: 12-20-1982)  

Meek, Charles:  (not an obit) “Sixty-three guests enjoyed family reunion dinner Sunday at the home of Mr and Mrs Sam Knack. The occasion was in honor of Charles Meek in his 91st birthday. All of his nine children were there, also friends and relatives from Newport, Cresswell, OR, Spokane, Seattle, Pierce, Idaho, Davenport and Rocklyn were present. There were 19 overnight guests Saturday.—Rocklyn News. Mr Meek is father of Mrs Knack. He was born at Kansas City, MO, during the closing years of the Civil War. When he was 9, he moved with his parents to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and when 15, he moved to Denver, Colorado. From there in 1887, he moved to Newport, WA, where he worked in the timber. In 1941, with his wife, he moved to Spokane. Mrs Meek died three years ago, at the age of 75 and Mr Meek has since then made his home with the Knacks. He is able to get around, and still enjoys life. Mr Meek has been a member of the IOOF lodge about 40 years and his membership is in the Priest River, Idaho, lodge.” (scrapbook item: 22 July 1955)

Mielke, Michael: “Michael Mielke, Pioneer, Dies. Michael Mielke, a pioneer of this community, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Annie Jans of Edwall, last Tuesday, Aug 21, at the age of 83 years, 7 mos and 3 days. He was born in Germany, Jan 18, 1840. He was married to Karolienne Hollatz in 1865. They came to the United State in 1872 and remained in Iowa for one year, going to Indiana in 1873. In 1877 they moved to Minnesota and from there came to Washington Territory in 1883 and settled on a ranch 12 miles north of Sprague where he lived thru the pioneer days of the Big Bend Country. He still owned the ranch at the time of his death. His wife died Aug 18, 1904. Their family consisted of 9 children, 6 girls and 3 boys, 7 of whom survive him: Mrs Jacob Miller of Sprague, Chas Mielke, Edwall; Mrs Anna Jans, Edwall; Marie Britsch, Louie Mielke, Sprague; Mrs Lena Geddis, Marion, Ohio; and Harry Mielke of Los Angeles, CA. Mrs Bertha Miller died at the age of 18 and Minnie Mielke died in infancy. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He retired from the ranch about 20 years ago. Funeral services will be held at Edwall this afternoon and the remains will be laid to rest in the Edwall Cemetery.” (Sprague Advocate: Thursday, August 23, 1923)

Mielke, Wilhelmine: “Wilhelmine Mielke. Female. White. Married. Housewife. Birth: Sept 21, 1842, Germany. Aged: 73 yrs 4 mos 7 days. Father: Christian Schwartz, born Germany.  Mother: Katherine Didturan, born Germany. Informant: L Mielke, address: Olalla, WA. Death: Jan 28, 1916 at Burley, Kitsap Co, WA, 2 a.m. Cause: Deceased died without medical aid. From history she died from valvular heart disease. Edwin T Pry, MD, Olalla, WA, Jan 29, 1916. Burial: Burley, WA on Jan 30, 1916.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Miller, Bertha C.: “Mrs Albert Miller, aged 26, died at the Kloster home of influenza last Saturday. Her home was in Sprague and the body was taken there for burial. When the Kloster family contracted the disease she came over here to give aid. The result was that she and her two children, and later her husband, all four, contracted the disease. Mrs Miller succumbed but Mr Miller and the two children are reported improving.” (Citizen: 1 Nov 1918)

Miller, Edward: “The funeral of Edward Miller took place at Davenport Thursday afternoon. Rev G S Roeder having charge of the services.” (Citizen: 17 Feb 1911) “Edwin Miller, a well-to-do farmer of the Harrington Wheat Belt died Feb 6, 1911 and was buried in Mt View Cemetery. He was born in California.” (notes)

Moehring, Rev:  “Word was received to the effect that Rev Moehring, who was formerly pastor in this region in 1888 and 1890 died at Madras, OR. His wife is a sister to Mrs Jno Beck of Davenport and the Maurer brothers.” (Citizen: 11-19-1909)

Mueller, Martha E.:  “Mrs Martha E Mueller, resident of the Inland Empire for 57 years, died yesterday in a local hospital. Mrs Mueller, 93, S 648 Arthur, came west from Minnesota in 1899 with her husband, the late August Mueller. The couple farmed in the Rosalia area until 1911, when they moved to Spokane. She had lived here ever since.  Born in Germany, Mrs Mueller came to this country when she was 2. She was a member of the old Fourth Avenue Methodist church in Spokane. Mr and Mrs Mueller celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before the death of Mr Mueller. Mrs Mueller is survived by 73 direct descendants, including three sons, William P and George A, both of Spokane; and Edward B, in Minnesota; four daughters, Mrs Lena M Sander, Minnesota; Mrs Molly E Widman, Rosalia, Mrs Lynda R Woods, San Jose, CA; and Mrs Alma J Allgaier, Spokane; a sister, Mrs Lydia Green, Spokane; 20 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, with the Rev E J Aschenbrenner officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at Rosalia.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Nauditt, Amalia:  “Amalia Nauditt (born Martin) was born Sept 14, 1865 in Ellen-Waldt, Germany and passed to her reward May 13, 1930 at the age of 64 years, 7 months and 29 days. As a small child she became an orphan and was then cared for by her aunt who moved to the State of Minnesota, USA. While there she again became homeless and thrust among strangers and in that way found the world a cold and very strenuous place. In June 1885 she was married to Ludwig Nauditt, who preceded her to his reward in 1924. This union produced 12 children of which one passed away in the early childhood. In 1887 the family came to the state of Washington and settled near Ritzville, WA. There she endured the hardships and privations of a pioneer life. In 1920 the family moved to Orchard Prairie near Spokane, where she lived till her husband died in 1924. Since then she lived in Spokane with her children Fred, Lilly and Walter till the latter part of April, 1930. Since then she made her home with her daughter Helena, Mrs William Lehman near Rocklyn, WA. Here she passed to her reward having fought the good fight, having kept faith. Her end was in peace which is a blessing for those who died in the faith of a Christian; the righteous Judge giving her the crown. Her last illness was caused by a stroke which she received at Easter time in 1929 after the close of the church services at Rocklyn, WA where she had come to have the gratification of her desire to see and hear her grandchild being confirmed that day. During these thirteen months that intervened she suffered much but always in patience and contentment. She is survived by eleven children: four daughters—Mrs Helena Lehman of Rocklyn, WA; Mrs Martha Glomb, Miss Lillian, and Miss Bertha Nauditt, all of Spokane; and seven sons—Henry of Odessa, William and Albert of Ritzville, Louis of Myers Falls, WA; Fred, Robert and Walter of Spokane. Four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law: William Lehman of Rocklyn, WA and Joseph Glomb of Spokane; and seven grandchildren besides a large circle of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev Mann, at Ritzville, last Saturday, May 17th, and interment was in the Ritzville Cemetery.” (Citizen: 5-23-30)

Nordheim, F.: “Mr & Mrs Ruppel were in Connell a few days, where they attended the funeral of  F Nordheim and visited with relatives.” (Citizen: 28 Feb 1913)

Oehlschlaeger, Paul F.:  “Paul F Oehlschlaeger.—Passed away Feb 19 in Davenport, WA. His home, Route 3, Davenport. Husband of Mary E Oehlschlaeger, at the home; father of Mrs Edward (Lillian) McKeen, Spokane; Robert E Oehlschlaeger, Albion, WA; Glenn D Oehlschlaeger, Reardan, WA; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother of Mrs Mary Griebe and Emil Oehlschlaeger, both of Portland, OR; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Mondovi Grange. Retired farmer. Lived in area 29 years. Funeral services Tuesday, Feb 23, at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. The Rev Forrest Travaille officiating. Burial services West Greenwood Cemetery. Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman: undated)

Pickle, William L.: “William L Pickle, 28, oldest son of J R Pickle, died Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at his home in this city from quick consumption. Born Oct 26, 1879 in Powell, Iowa, he came to Washington in 1890. He was an invalid the last four or five months. He is survived by his father, mother, three brothers and a married sister. Services were held at the Baptist church with burial in Davenport’s Mountain View Cemetery.” (scrapbook obit)


 Zion-Methodist, Rocklyn, Washington obituaries submitted to the

  Lincoln County Washington Genweb by Marge Womach, January 2007

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