Whatcom County Obituaries

Surnames Beginning with "Kl_Kw"

KLANDER, John (d. 1938)

John Klander, aged 93, passed away at the family home in the Ten Mile district Wednesday noon after an illness of less than one days' duration. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. from Knapp and Knapp's Parlors. The Rev. Carl Zimmerman of Bellingham will officiate. Burial will be made in Ten Mile Cemetery. Despite his advanced age, Mr. Klander was in good health and was active until the night before he passed away. He had lived in the Ten Mile district for more than a third of a century and had many friends there.

Born in Germany on June 21, 1845, Mr. Klander came to the United States seventy-five years ago. He settled in Wisconsin where he lived for a number of years, later going to South Dakota. He moved to the Lynden district in 1903 and settled on a farm at Ten Mile where he had since made his home. Surviving relatives include the widow, Mrs. Catherine Klander at the family home; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Glander of Wisconsin and Mrs. Fred Wolfe of Bellingham; five sons, William of California, Herman of Bellingham, Ernest of the Ten Mile district, Harry of Seattle and Barney of Ten Mile, and one brother, William, who resides in Wisconsin.
(From The Lynden Tribune, December 1, 1938) Submitted by site coordinator.

KLINE, Anna (d. 1934)

The people of this district were shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Anna Kline on Tuesday at 12:15 p. m. at St. Luke's hospital, where she had been taken for an operation for goiter. After death the remains were removed to the Gilles Mortuary Home in Sumas, from which place funeral services will be held. Those left to survive her are her husband, Edward D. Kline, four daughters, Mrs. E. A. McSorley of Lynden; Mrs. A. H. Rode, route 3 Bellingham, May and Henrietta Kline at home; three sons, George, James and Michael, also at home; her father, Harry Gates; three sisters, two brothers and five grandchildren, all of Deming. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Catholic church at Sumas, Rev. Father Benedict officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in the cemetery at Kulshan. The many friends of deceased join us in offering sincere sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.
(From The Deming Prospector, July 13, 1934) Submitted by site coordinator.

KLINE, Florence M. (d. 1925)

Mrs. Florence M. Kline, aged 72 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Gotchey, at Everett, on Saturday evening, October 31. Mrs. Kline had been a resident of Deming for twenty-eight years and was a member of the Presbyterian church. She is survived by two sons, W. R. and Ed Kline of Deming; one daughter, Mrs. L. R. Gotchey of Everett, and sixteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Deming Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. A. Douglas officiating. The services were attended by a host of friends and a long line of autos followed the remains to their last resting place in the Bell Creek cemetery. O. R. Hollingsworth had charge of the funeral.
(From The Deming Prospector, November 6, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

KLINE, Robert L. (d. 1933)

Robert L. Kline, beloved husband of Etta M. Kline, passed away in a Bellingham hospital on Thursday, May 4, the result of a stroke Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Kline was 74 years of age at the time of his death and was one of the early pioneers of this section of the county, having located on a claim in the vicinity of Kulshan in 1885, and after patient toil of years transformed the land into a fine farm with well tilled fields, good buildings and many modern improvements. In 1900 he disposed of this place and went into the real estate business in Bellingham. Here he aided in sub-dividing the Kershaw Kline and the Eldridge and Kline Garden additions and did much to increase property values in that locality. He also handled insurance and bonds and did a very lucrative business until the last few years. In 1891 he was elected assessor and served in this capacity for four years. He was county commissioner for six years, 1896 to 1904, during which time he was instrumental in building up the roads of the county, later he was elected to represent his district in the state senate, which place he filled with credit for two terms. He was president of the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce in 1903-4 and was a member of the old guard Washington Good Roads association in company with Sam Hill and others. Mr. Kline was a good neighbor and a devoted husband and always gave to charity or helped out a friend when asked to do so.

Mr. Kline was a son of Jacob and Mary Kline; he was born in Cambra County, Pennsylvania August 7, 1858, where he received a public school education and earned his first money working in a coal mine. In 1881 Mr. Kline was married to Etta M. Gates, then a resident of Pennsylvania and from this union three children were born, Harry J., Glenwood R. and Mary B. Kline, all of whom survive him, together with two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham Monday morning at 9 o'clock with Rev. Father Barrett officiating. Interment was in the Welcome cemetery. Many friends and acquaintances attended the last rites and a bountiful supply of flowers attested the esteem of his many friends. Mr. Kline, it is stated, wrote out his own funeral program and it was followed.
(From The Deming Prospector, May 12, 1933) Submitted by site coordinator.

Pioneers Celebrate Golden Wedding

Residents of Whatcom county forty-six years, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. L. Kline, 610 Garden street celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, September 27 having been married in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1881. Mr. Kline, familiarly known to his legion of friends as "Bob," recalls that when they left the church after the wedding ceremony and got into their buggy they discovered someone had unhitched their horses. They came to Whatcom county in 1885 and underwent the hardships of the early days when a walk from their homestead at Welcome to Bellingham, then Whatcom, was considered a mere incident when provisions had to be packed in or some other business needed attention. Mrs. Kline, old-timers recall, was frequently called many miles from the homestead to attend the sick, care for new arrivals entering the world, and perform many acts of service which would stump the younger generation, except those professionally trained.

The Klines moved to Bellingham from their ranch in 1900 and he entered the real estate and insurance business and also became active in politics and civic affairs. However, he got his political start before he moved off the homestead, having served as county assessor for four years after his election in 1891. He was county commissioner from 1898 until 1904 and president of the chamber of commerce in 1903-04, then going to the state senate, where he served two terms. From 1890 to 1902 Mr. Kline was a U. S. Commissioner and while living on his farm at Welcome received the testimony of all the settlers making proof on their homesteads and preemptions in that section of the county. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kline are still active. She is noted for her wit and ability to ward off inquiring reporters and managed to escape the Herald photographer when he called to take her picture. Mr. Kline is still in the insurance business here.
(From the Bellingham Herald, Sept. 20, 1931 and The Deming Prospector, Oct. 2, 1931)

KLINEMAN, Tara L. (d. 2001)

A celebration of life for Tara Louise Klineman of Bellingham will be at 1 p.m. April 22 at The Majestic. A private graveside service is pending. Miss Klineman died in a car accident Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Harrison, Idaho. She was 19. Born June 15, 1981, to Darrell and Deborah (Lanius) Klineman in Bellingham, she was a lifetime Whatcom County resident. Miss Klineman graduated from Squalicum High School in 1999 and was working on her culinary arts degree in Idaho. She wrote her life's experiences in many journals of poetry. Her other hobbies included cooking, whale watching, swimming, hiking and caring for her guinea pigs. She also enjoyed music and volunteer work. Her grandmothers, Velaura Klineman and Inez Duppenthaler, died previously. Survivors include her parents of the family home; sisters Tami Klineman and Traci Klineman, both of the family home, and Tricia Griffin of Bellingham; grandfathers David Klineman of Bellingham and Del Duppenthaler of Sedro-Woolley; one niece; one nephew; and many other relatives. Memorials may be made to The Whale Museum, P.O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, or to a charity of choice. Arrangements are by Green-acres Funeral Home near Ferndale.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 11, 2001)Submitted by Debbie deHoog

KLOCKE, August (d. 1913)

The Reaper, Death, has again stepped in and removed from our midst an old and respected citizen. August Klocke died at his home near Lynden, on Friday evening, December 27. Mr. Klocke was a native of Lippe Detmplt, one of the West Phalian provinces of Germany. He was born on March 2, 1832, and consequently had attained the ripe age of 80 years. He left his native home at an early age, going to Australia, and then to New Zealand where he remained for five years, until 1876, when he came to San Francisco, and after five years residence at that place, he moved to Lynden, and has made this his home ever since.

Mr. Klocke was of the sturdy industrious type and never recognized the possibility of failure in his undertakings. He had many and varied experiences in life, and in consequence of his travels, saw many phases of life. Guided by these experiences, he was a keen observer of human nature, and seldom failed to judge men at their true worth. He was charitable to all, a true friend, and no one was ever known to ask a favor he did not grant if it were possible for him to do so. Honest in all his dealings with his fellow men, he lived an upright life, and never did he fail to admonish his sons to be honest. His religion was to do unto others as he wished others to do unto him.

The deceased was honored and respected by all who knew him. He had acquired considerable worldly wealth by the constant application and attention to his chosen calling - farming. He is survived by a family of grown-up sons and daughters: George Klocke, August Klocke, Henry Shagren, Adolph Klocke, Mrs. Annie Richvaws [Richbaw], all of Lynden, and Mrs. Ricka Shelin, of Vancouver, B. C. Burial took place on Monday afternoon, the funeral sermon being delivered by Rev. F. Alban Weil, of the Unitarian Society. A large number of friends and the relatives followed the remains to their last resting place in the Lynden cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 2, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.

KLOCKE, Betsy (d. 1919)

The entire community is mourning the passing of Mrs. Adolph Klocke, who died at her home Saturday after a brief illness. A great crowd of friends gathered aat the family residence Monday afternoon to attend the funeral services, for Mrs. Klocke was universally esteemed. The Rev. W. O. Benadom conducted the services. Mrs. Betsy Lindseth Klocke was born in British Columbia May 16, 1895. She was married to Adolph Klocke December 29, 1913. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss three children, Aubin, Adeline and August, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lindseth, three sisters, Mrs. August Klocke, Miss Helen Lindseth, and Mrs. Frank Ross of Vancouver, B. C., and two brothers, John and Alias Lindseth.
(From The Lynden Tribune, May 22, 1919) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNAPP, Charles P. (d. 1920)

Charles Phillip Knapp passed away at his home in Lynden Saturday morning at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 24 days, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services have not yet been arranged. The body will be shipped to Brandon, Wisconsin, for interment. Mr. Knapp was born in Starksboro, Vermont, on Aug. 25, 1830. He removed to Brandon, Wisconsin, at the age of 19 years, and resided there for more than sixty years. On Oct. 25, he was married to Miss Lucy Galluys, who died in Wisconsin on Nov. 1, 1909. Shortly after the death of his wife, Mr. Knapp moved to Lynden, where he has lived for the past ten years. During his residence here he made a wide circle of friends. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. M. H. King and Mrs. Eva Thompson of Lynden, and Mrs. Horace Brown of Wisconsin, and two sons, F. E. Knapp and E. D. Knapp, both of Lynden; five grandchildren, Bradford, Frances and Harold Knapp of Lynden, Frank King of St. Paul, and Florence King of Lynden; and two great-grandchildren, Edwin and Bernard Knapp of Lynden.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 22, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNAPP, Walter R. (d. 1925)

Walter R. Knapp, an active member of the board of directors of the Garden Street M. E. church until ill health forced him to retire, and a painter and decorator by profession, died at his home, 1508 I street, Wednesday afternoon, aged 53 years. He had been ill several years and for two months had been confined to his home. Mr. Knapp came to Bellingham in 1918. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Ora B. Knapp one stepson, William H. Worden, of Memphis, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Freda Garno, of this city; three brothers, Frank and Edward, both residents of Lewiston, Ida., and Merritt, residing in Wisconsin; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Morley and Mrs. James Randall, both of Wisconsin, and a nephew, Lloyd Knapp, of this city. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at Arthur C. Harlow's chapel, with the rev. J. C. Harrison officiating. Interment will occur in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 13, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNERR, Lorena M. (d. 1901)

Died at the home of Mr. D. L. Chamberlain, of Birch Bay, on Nov. 5, 1901, Miss Lorena May Knerr, aged 23 yrs. 7 mo. 27 da. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Chamberlain and was visiting with her, arriving here from Montana the 10th of last June. Two days after her arrival here she took [to] her bed, and such was the state of her broken-down health that she gradually declined until the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted at the home above mentioned, Nov. 6th at two p.m. by Rev. Alex Rhine, of this city, and the remains were taken back to the old childhood home, Jefferson Co. Iowa for burial, a brother attending the corpse. Deceased leaves behind three sisters and five brothers with many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. The relatives desire to thank the neighbors and many friends for their marked kindness during this time of bereavement.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 8, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNIGHT, Samuel J. (d. 1905)

Samuel J. Knight, a resident of the South Side, died suddenly yesterday while on a launch on the Sound. Mr. Knight, in company with O. E. Graham and Fred Ames, was on the way to the Lummi Rock fish trap, owned by himself in partnership with William Hedge of this city. While on the way over he was attacked with heart disease, and died before the launch could reach shore. He has been a sufferer from heart trouble for a number of years. The launch made all possible haste back to the city, arriving at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The body is now at the undertaking establishment of W. H. Mock and Sons. Funeral arrangements will not be made until word has been received from Mr. Knight's brother, who resides in Seattle, and who was communicated with immediately upon the news of the death reaching the city. Mr. Knight had for many years been a prominent citizen of Bellingham and was a partner with Loggie Bros. in the Whatcom Falls Mill Company before entering the fishing business. He was for years in partnership in the fisheries with Geo. Vantier, formerly of this city.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, July 22, 1905) Submitted by Ron

KNIGHT, Sarah Q. (d. 1928)

KNOX, Isabelle (d. 1907)

Mrs. Isabelle Knox, wife of United States Customs Inspector Robert Knox, died Sunday afternoon at the family home, 1114 West Holly Street. Mrs. Knox was ill only a short time, and her death was a severe blow to her family and friends. She was 72 years of age and leaves besides her husband, four daughters, Mrs. B. E. Musser, Mrs. W. L. Asher, Mrs. R. L. Barr and Mrs. A. S. Clark, all of this city. Mrs. Knox was born in England in 1834 and came to this county in 1883. She was a member of the Congregational Church. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. D. Orr Wark at the house this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Morning Reveille, January 15, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNOX, Penelope S. (d. 1920)

Mrs. Penelope S. Knox passed away Saturday night at the home of her son, William A., here at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 1 day. She had been bedridden for a long time due to a paralytic stroke which rendered her helpless. The funeral service was held at Potter's undertaking parlors Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock Rev. Pollock officiating, and interment made in the Blaine cemetery. Deceased was born in Indiana, April 12, 1849, and had lived in Blaine since 1889. The surviving relatives are four children - Mrs. E. P. Powe of Berkeley, Cal., Elmer A. Knox of Sunnyside, Wash., William A. Knox and Lee A. Miller of Blaine, and a sister, Mary Estellwell, of Bunker Hill, Ill.
(From The Blaine Journal, March 19, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNOX, Robert (d. 1922)

Robert Knox, years ago deputy collector of customs in Bellingham and a resident of this city since 1883, died at 11:20 a. m. today at his home, 1114 West Holly street, at the age of 92 years after an illness of four days. Until his recent illness he had been in good health apparently and of late months had been at intervals, strolling along the business streets greeting old friends and recalling early days in his usual genial manner. Mr. Knox is survived by four daughters, Mrs. B. E. Musser, Mrs. W. L. Asher, Mrs. R. L. Barr and Mrs. A. S. Clark, all of Bellingham; four grandchildren, Mrs. C. A. Conlee, of Bellingham; Mrs. A. S. Wilson and Mrs. Homer K. Musser, of Plainfield, N. J., and Mrs. Vincent Dwyer, of Stranla, Alaska, and five great grandchildren. Mr. Knox was a Mason and was a member of the First Congregational church. Funeral announcements will be made by the Harry O. Bingham funeral parlors.

Born in Berwick, England, July 31, 1830, Mr. Knox emigrated to the United States when a young man. Moving West, he arrived on Bellingham Bay in 1883 and soon became a leading citizen of the community. About thirty years ago he built the Knox block on West Holly street, between D and E streets, which still stands. He also owned other property in Bellingham. For eleven years Mr. Knox was deputy collector of customs in charge of the local office. Mr. Knox's pleasant ways and sociability made him numerous friends. Mr. Knox was a great admirer of Lincoln and he sometimes told with evident pleasure to hearing the martyred president speak in public in days before he became the nation's chief executive.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 4, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.

KONNERUP, Campbell aka E. S. (d. 1912)

Captain E. S. Campbell Konnerup, aged 59 (sic) years, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital, August 23, after a lingering illness. Captain Konnerup was born aboard the United States ship Tuscarora in New York harbor in 1853 (sic). During the Civil War he served in the United States navy, and also as a scout. He came to Bellingham about 23 years ago and has been engaged in business until 2 years ago when he retired on account of failing health. He is survived by his wife [Sarah] and one son, Bonney Konnerup, who reside in this city. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, August 28, at 1:30 o'clock, from the undertaking parlors of A. G. Wickman, 1146 Elk Street, Rev. Fred Alban Weil, pastor of the Unitarian Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 26, 1912) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

KNUDSON, Hans (d. 1906)

KNUDSON, Ingeborg (d. 1931)

Mrs. Ingeborg Knudson, aged 70 years, beloved wife of John Knudson, passed away at the family home in the Rome district, Monday afternoon, February 9, after an illness of thirteen months and leaves to survive her four sons, Anton J. and Clem Knudson, route 3, and Ingvald Knudson, Woodland, Wash., and Harold Knudson, Blaine; three daughters, Mrs. Sophia Johnson, city; Mrs. Anna Peterson, route 3, and Mrs. Lena Thurston, Glacier; four sisters and one brother residing in Norway; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Mrs. Knudson was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran church at Lawrence, and had resided in the Rome district for the past forty-three years. The body rests at the Homer Mark Mortuary, at Cornwall avenue and Halleck street, and funeral services will be held at the Emanuel Lutheran church Thursday afternoon, February 12, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. C. B. Johanson, pastor, officiating. Interment will be made in the Emanuel Lutheran church cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 10, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.

KNUDSON, Martha (d. 1938)

Mrs. Martha Knudson, 50, Route No. 3, city, passed away at the family home Saturday after an illness of six weeks. She had been a resident of Bellingham and Whatcom county since 1907. Surviving relatives are the husband, E. L. Knudson, a son, E. L. Knudson Jr., the mother, Mrs. Karena Olson, city, a sister, Mrs. Ralph O. Lee, city, and five brothers, A. L. and Ole, city, and John, Ras and Louis of Kansas. Mrs. Knudson was born at Rosell [Russell?], Kansas. She was a member of the Central Lutheran church of Bellingham. The body is resting at the Harlow-Hollingsworth mortuary.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 12, 1938)

KNUTSEN, Herman T. (d. 1944)

Herman Theodore Knutsen, age 59 years, passed away at his home, 1219 E. Victor, Thursday, December 14. Mr. Knutsen had resided here the past forty-five years, was a carpenter and had been in the employ of the Northwestern Shipbuilding Corp. Deceased was a member of the American Central Lutheran Church and the Carpenter's and Joiner's union. Surviving relatives are the widow, Tillie, at home; two sons, Irving and Herman in U.S. navy; four daughters, Mrs. Elmer Bogen, the Misses Doris Elaine, H. LaVerne and Eleanor N. Knutsen, of this city; four grandchildren and his mother, Mrs. Ellen Knutsen, Bellingham; also five brothers, C. J., Otto A., and Lewis Knutsen, of this city and Ben C. Knutsen at Tacoma and a half brother, A. A. Olson, Bellingham; four sisters, Mrs. Olive Knutsen, Mrs. Tobia Knutsen, Mrs. Inger Johnson and Mrs. Victor Jensen, all of Bellingham. The remains are at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 15, 1944)

KNUTSON, Madge (d. 1936)

Mrs. Madge Knutson, aged 34 years, beloved wife of Clements Knutson, Route 3, Bellingham, passed away at Anacortes Friday, January 3, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, January 7 at 2 p. m., with Rev. James M. Wilson, pastor of the St. James Presbyterian church officiating, and interment was made in the Lawrence cemetery. Mrs. Knutson had resided in the county her entire life and leaves to mourn her passing, the husband and one son, John, at the family home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Ryason; three brothers, Charles, Wilbur and Russell Ryason, of Bellingham; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Morgan, of Sedro-Woolley and Mrs. Chris Tollum of Route No. 2, Everson.
(From The Deming Prospector, January 10, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

KOK, Jan H. (d. 1915)

Jan Hilbert Kok passed away at his home Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Friday at 12:30 at the Kok residence and at 1:30 in the Christian Reformed Church, the Rev. E. Breen officiating. Mr. Kok is survived by three sons and three daughters, Hilbert J. and Gerrit Kok of Lynden, Gelbert Kok of Holland, Mich., Mrs. John Oranje, Mrs. T. De Valois and Mrs. John Bloomendaal of Lynden. Mr. Kok was nearly 89 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Kok was born in Diever, Province of Drenthe, The Netherlands. He came to the United States 25 years ago, residing in Sioux Co., Iowa, up to twelve years ago, when he came to Lynden. Since coming to this city, he made a wide circle of friends, who join with the family in mourning his loss.
(From They Lynden Tribune, September 23, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

KOK, Nellie (d. 1945)

KOLSTROM, Andrew (d. 1932)

Funeral services for Andrew Kolstrom, aged 76 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Christine Kolstrom, who passed away at the family home, 2800 Humboldt street, at an early hour Tuesday evening, March 8, after an illness of about four years, will be held in the Spanish chapel of the Homer Mark Mortuary, at Cornwall avenue and Halleck street, Saturday afternoon, March 12, at 2 o'clock with the Rev. H. G. Berglind, pastor of the Swedish Baptist church officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery. Surviving relatives, besides his widow, are three sisters and one brother residing in Sweden. Mr. Kolstrom was an active member of the Swedish Baptist church and had resided in Bellingham for the past nineteen years.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 11, 1932) Submitted by site coordinator.

KONNERUP, Campbell S. (d. 1912)

Captain E. S. Campbell Konnerup, aged 59 (sic) years, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital, August 23, after a lingering illness. Captain Konnerup was born aboard the United States ship Tuscarora in New York harbor in 1853 (sic). During the Civil War he served in the United States navy, and also as a scout. He came to Bellingham about 23 years ago and has been engaged in business until 2 years ago when he retired on account of failing health. He is survived by his wife [Sarah] and one son, Bommey Konnerup, who reside in this city. Funeral service will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, August 28, at 1:30 o'clock, from the undertaking parlors of A. G. Wickman, 1146 Elk Street, Rev. Fred Alban Weil, pastor of the Unitarian Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery.
Note: 1910 census suggests birth year was 1848
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 26, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

KOOYMAN, Margaret (d. 1913)

Mrs. H. Kooyman, mother of the late P. H. Kooyman, died Saturday night at the family residence on Front street. Her death came as a great shock to her relatives and friends, as she seemed to be well and strong when she retired Saturday night. The fact of her death was not known to the other members of the family until Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at the Kooyman home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. P. J. Hoekenga, of the Christian Reformed church, officiating.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 6, 1913; Lynden section) Submitted by site coordinator.

KOOYMAN, Peter H. (d. 1913)

The funeral of P. H. Kooyman, who died at his home in Lynden last Saturday, was held Monday afternoon. Brief services were held at the residence on East Front Street at one o'clock after which the remains were taken to the Christian Reformed Church, where the funeral oration was delivered. The Rev. P. J. Hoekenga officiated at both services.

Mr. Kooyman was born on Tersehelling Island, Holland, July 23, 1858, and was the only son of Harry and Margaret Kooyman. At the age of seven years he came with his parents to this country, they settling at Ackley, Iowa. Thirteen years ago, the deceased moved from Ackley to Orange City, Iowa, and resided at that place until the time of his coming to Lynden, in March 1912. Since his residence here, Mr. Kooyman has made many friends, and was regarded as one of Lynden's most respected citizens. Mr. Kooyman was married to Miss Margaret Linburg in 1884, and the union was blessed by four children, all now residents of Lynden: Harry Kooyman, of the Bauman Implement Company, Jacob Kooyman who came here but recently, and the Misses Grace and Lina Kooyman. Mr. Kooyman's aged mother, now in her 79th years, also survives him, and is living with the family here in Lynden.

Mr. Kooyman's death was caused by Bright's disease, from which he had been a sufferer for several years, having been confined to his home and under a physician's care since last October. He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church, and was not affiliated with any fraternal organizations. Devoted to home and family, much of his time was spent in his own home circle where he found his greatest happiness. The pall bearers were R. Roo, D. DeJong, D. J. Zylstra, C. Noteboom, John Vandekamp, and O. J. Bylsma. Mr. Kooyman was of a kind and loveable disposition, and had endeared himself to the people of Lynden during his residence here. His many friends extend to the bereaved family their sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 10, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.

KORTLEVER, Bastian C. (d. 1920)

Funeral services are being held this afternoon for the late Bastian Kortlever, who passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of his son-in-law, Jacob Zweegman, northwest of Lynden. Heart failure was the cause of his death. He had been ill but three weeks. Mr. Kortlever was 72 year and 8 days old. He is survived by one son, Cornelius Kortlever, and one daughter, Mrs. Jacob Zweegman, both of Lynden; four brothers, John of Lynden, Peter of Edgerton, Minn., and Lambertus and Arie of Holland; and three sisters, Mrs. Vaan Zane of Pella, Iowa, and Misses Jennie and Jane Kortlever of Holland.
(From The Lynden Tribune, September 2, 1920)

KORTLEVER, John (d. 1922)

Funeral services for the late John Kortlever will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the family home, and at 1:30 at the Reformed Church on Grover Street. Rev. H. K. Pasma will conduct the services. Mr. Kortlever passed away suddenly Tuesday evening a few minutes after retiring. He had been in apparent good health and the news of his passing came as a shock to his many friends. He had resided in the Lynden district for twenty-two years, and was universally esteemed and respected. Mr. Kortlever was 73 years, 6 months and 27 days old. He was born in The Netherlands. He was married to Maalke Flora Bell in 1873. He came to the United States in 1883, and lived in Iowa for 13 years. After being in Minnesota for four years, he moved to Lynden. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, Hugo and John of Lynden; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Burgraff, Mrs. Rendit Van Diest of Lynden, and Mrs. H. Pen of Okanogan; two brothers in The Netherlands, and one in Edgerton, Minn.; one sister in Pella, Iowa, and one in The Netherlands.
(From The Lynden Tribune, August 17, 1922)

KREIDER, Elihu (d. 1917)

Elihu B. Kreider, age 70 years old died at St. Luke's hospital last night as a result of shock caused by the breaking of both legs Monday while helping to remove a house at Park. The building was being shifted with the aid of a horse and windlass and the rope or chain parted, striking his legs and breaking both of them badly. Mr. Kreider was rushed to the hospital and everything possible done to save his life. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ina Babcock of Park and one son, Charles Kreider of Samish Island. Funeral announcements will be made by Arthur C. Harlow.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 21, 1917) Submitted by Ron Marshall

KROLL, Paul J. (d. 1928)

Crushed against a stump by the rebound of a tree he and his partner, Ernest Hanowell, of Nooksack, had just felled, Paul John Kroll, head faller for the Wood-Knight Logging Company, was almost instantly killed at the company's Blue Canyon, Lake Whatcom camp, at 3:50 p. m. Tuesday. In falling the tree struck a tree lying on the ground and this threw it backward against the stump where Kroll was standing. The eyewitnesses were Hanowell and Otto Krick, route 2, Bellingham. The Harlow ambulance was called and rushed immediately to the scene. Dr. N. Whitney Wear, county coroner, investigated the accident and pronounced death due to unavoidable accident. The body was brought in to the Harlow Mortuary, where it is being held pending the arrival of relatives before funeral arrangements are made.

The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at Maple Falls, and had been head faller at the logging camp for the past two years. He had been a resident of Bellingham eleven years and the family home was at 2415 Henry street, where the widow, Lottie, survives. Other survivors are five sons, John A., of Shelton; Frances R., of Bellingham; Paul F., of Bellingham; Joseph T., of Bellingham; and Albert, of Hoodsport, Washington; two daughters, Mrs. A. W. Leonard, of Hoodsport, and Mrs. Alma Dykstra, of San Francisco, California; three brothers and three sisters in Michigan.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 26, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

KRON, Peter Gustav (d. 1942)

Peter G. Kron, aged 83 years, 2717 Elm Street, passed away at a local hospital, Monday, June 8. Mr. Kron, a retired farmer, had resided in this county for the past twenty-five years and was a member of the First Lutheran Church here. Surviving relatives are four daughters, Mrs. Amanda Haleren and Mrs. Amy Lind at Mount Vernon, Mrs. Ida Brown at Seattle, and Mrs. Ruth Clark, Bellingham; one son, Anton Kron, Bellingham; twenty-one grand and six great-grandchildren; also one brother N.E. Hannearlund in Minnesota. The remains are at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services will be conducted by the Rev Carl E Benander, pastor of the First Lutheran church, Thursday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. Final resting place, Lynden cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 7, 1942) Submitted by Judy York

KURTZ, Nellie (d. 1928)

Nellie Fite was born July 30, 1862, in Dubuque, Iowa. When Nellie was two years of age her parents moved to Reeds Landing, Minn., where they spent nine years. From there they travelled overland to Smith County, Kansas. On December 16, 1884, Miss Fite was united in marriage to John Kurtz at Gaylord, Kansas. The following spring they came, in company with her parents and family, to Whatcom county, Wash., landing in Bellingham April 1, 1885. From Bellingham they located on the old Fite farm one mile north of Everson.

She leaves one son, Wesley, of Nooksack; five brothers, Frank Fite of Harrington, Wash., Charles, Lee and Ralph, all of Seattle; Morris Fite of Anacortes; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Donalin in Pennsylvania; and a niece Miss Hazel Moultray of Nooksack, who has made her home with her aunt for the past twelve years. The sisters, as well as her parents, rest in the Nooksack cemetery, the brother in Alaska. She died at her home in Nooksack, Tuesday, May 1st, 1928. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 3, at 2 p. m. from the A. C. church with her pastor, J. B. Keepers, in charge. Many friends sympathize with the bereaved family in this sad hour.

A pioneer has fallen. Her faith was in God. While not a regular attendant at religious services her general attitude speaks of her love for the Christ and the greater life, and the constant attendance of her niece in the Sunday school and at church services is a living testimony of her devotion to the supreme cause. She, being the eldest of the family, her feet have trod many a weary mile for the benefit of those who were in need. We shall miss her. Her cheery "Good Morning" or "How are you?" will be heard no more in Nooksack Valley. She joins the great company where "the weary are at rest." She sleeps until her Lord shall call her at the Last Day. "Thou shalt call and I will answer thee." And to one who has loved others, pouring her toil and services on the Master's feet. "The Judge of all the earth shall do right." -J. B. Keepers.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, May 3, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

KUSSMAN, John H. (d. 1922)

John H. Kussman, aged 44 years, was fatally injured at the Samish Bay Logging company's camp near Blanchard Saturday, November 4, death being instantaneous. Mr. Kussman was a resident of Bellingham, residing at 1219 Forest street. He leaves to mourn his loss, the wife, Mrs. Ella Kussman; two children, Lotius and Rose; his mother, Mrs. Theresa Kussman; two brothers and four sisters, Frank Kussman, of Wallace, B. C.; Theordore Kussman, of Seattle; Mrs. Sophia Chetwood and Mrs. Mary Fussner, of Bellingham; Mrs. Lon Moody, of Seattle, and Miss Claudia Kussman, of Long Beach, Cal. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, November 7, at 10 o'clock, from the Church of the Assumption, with the Rev. Father Barrett officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery under the direction of the O. R. Hollingsworth funeral home, success or to Harry O. Bingham, 120 Prospect street.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 6, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.

KWINA, Henry (d. 1926)

Henry Kwina, chief of the Lummi Indian tribe on the Lummi reservation near Ferndale for the past forty years, was buried Monday morning in the cemetery on the reservation. Father Hoen conducted the service. Whatcom county history can dip deep into the life of Chief Kwina, as he was an old "Tillicum" of General, then Captain Pickett. He first met General Pickett at Fort Bellingham, and later became his runner and mail carrier. Chief Kwina ran from Whatcom to Gooseberry Point, and then paddled a canoe to "Idlewild" on Friday Harbor, which was the station of Captain Pickett. Later the general was killed in the Civil war.

The chief is survived by one son, Peter Kwina; three daughters, Mrs. Winnifred Victor, Mrs. Rose Martin and Mrs. Adeline James; one step-daughter, Mrs. Theresa Finkbonner, and twenty-three grandchildren, and one great grandchild, all living on Lummi reservation, and one sister, Mrs. Albert Discanum.  Just imagine the growth, the progress and the wonders of civilization this venerable Indian chief has seen in his 92 years of residence in this county, where he was born. The development Chief Kwina has seen will be comparatively greater than what the present generation may see in their lifetime.
(From The Ferndale Record, January 21, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

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