Collection: Kittitas County Washington Obituaries

Arps, Lena E. – Obituary

Lena E. Arps, 77 died at her home at 409 S. Pearl, Monday March 16, 1970. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now She was born October 26, 1892 at Quebec, Canada. She came to Ellensburg in 1900 and was married to Ira Stillwell, November 10, 1915 in Ellensburg. He preceded her in death in 1929. She married Herman O. Arps in October, 1946 in Albany, Oregon and they have made their home in Ellensburg. She was a member of the Moose Lodge. She is survived by her husband, one son, Mark Stillwell, Richland, a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Grant, Ellensburg, a sister, Mrs. Leza Hayes, Ellensburg, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, 12 step grandchildren, and one step great grandchild and three step daughters, Mrs. Shirley Madsen, Helena, Montana, Mrs. Donna Middleton, California, and Mrs. Marie Freeman, Atlanta, Georgia. Funeral services Wednesday 2 P.M. at Evenson Chapel. Rev. Albert Sweet will officiate. Burial follows in I.O.O.F. Cemetery Contributed by: Cathy...

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Stillwell, Ira – Obituary

Ira Stillwell Dies In General Hospital Ira Stillwell died Thursday afternoon at 12:30 at the Ellensburg hospital, following an illness of several week’s duration. In an attempt to save his life a blood transfusion was made Tuesday but he failed to rally. Mr. Stillwell was born may 17, 1887 in Bowen, Illinois, and came to Ellensburg in January, 1903. He became an employe of the Northern Pacific railroad, April 23, 1908 and worked as a wiper until August 3, 1908, when he was promoted to fireman. He became a locomotive engineer March 18, 1918 and had been employed as a fireman or engineer since that time. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, 13, and a baby boy 15 months old. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Morris of Seattle. Taken from the Ellensburg Cap., November 15, 1929 Contributed by: Cathy...

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Jensen, Hellen Mrs. – Obituary

Death Come To Hellen Jensen Mrs. Hellen Jensen, 72, long-time Ellensburg resident and widow of Jens. C. Jensen, died Sunday at Sorensen Memorial Hospital. She had been hospitalized for two weeks. Mrs. Jensen was born May 24, 1883, in Wabassee, Canada, and came to Ellensburg in 1900. She and Mr. Jensen were married here in April, 1900. They farmed for a number of years in the Kittitas area. Mr. Jensen worked for 24 years for the Carter Transfer Co., and then was employed by the Northeran Pacific Railroad. He was killed Jan. 11, 1944, when a N. P. passenger train struck his automobil at the South Main street corssing. Mrs. Jensen is survived by three sons, Roy Jensen of Ellensburg and Frank and Hans Jensen, both of Bovill, Idaho; four daughters, Mrs. Lena Rentz and Mrs. Isabelle Clark, both of Ellensburg; Mrs. Agnes Crawford of Bremerton, and Mrs. Sophia Vergin of Kalispell, Mont.; two sisters, Mrs. Liza Hayes and Mrs. Lena Arps, both of Ellensburg, and 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Evenson Chapel, with Rev. Fred L. Towne officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery Contributed by: Cathy...

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Bratton, Sophia R. – Obituary

Bratton Rites Set Saturday Funeral services for Sophia R. Bratton, 56, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ellensburg. Mrs. Bratton, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday in Seattle. She was born January 16, 1909 in Tacoma and spent her childhood years in Ellensburg. She had lived in Seattle and Tacoma the past 43 years. She is survived by a son, Frank Frost of Chicago, Ill., a brother, W. R. Johnston, Tacoma; a sister, Mrs. Fred Lundstrom of Ellensburg; two half sister, Mrs. Margaret Hinkle of grand Coulee and Mrs. Dorothy Buroker, Renton; a granddaughter, Miss Deborah Frost, Seattle; and her step-father, R. W. Nicol of Edmonds. She was returned to Ellensburg by the Evenson Funeral Home. The Rev. Silas Erickson will officiate at the services and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, December 2, 1965 Contributed by: Cathy...

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Nicol, Leva – Obituary

Leva Nicol Is Taken By Death Mrs. Leva Nicol, 71, wife of Robert W. Nicol of 815 E. Ninth Avenue, died this morning in Valley General Hospital. Mrs. Nicol, was born Nov. 22, 1884 in Ottawa, Quebec, and came to Ellensburg 56 years ago. She was married in Ellensburg 34 years ago and lived on a Wilson Creek ranch for 22 years. She and her husband moved from the Wilson creek ranch to their Ninth Avenue home in 1942. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Nicol is survived by a son, William Johnston of Tacoma, and four daughters, Mrs. Rose Bratton of Seattle, Mrs. Fred Lunstrum of Stetzer, Wisconsin, Mrs. lee Joyner of ellensburg and Mrs. John Buroker of Pasco. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Jens Jensen, Mrs. Leza Hayes and Mrs. Lena Arp, all of Ellensburg, and 11 grandchildren. Funeral announcements will be made by the Evenson Funeral Home. Contributed by: Cathy...

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Blair, Sophia Mrs. – Obituary

Kittitas Woman Dies Here This Morning Mrs. Sophia Blair of Kittitas passed away this morning at the Youngberg hospital at the age of 67 years of pneumonia. Mrs. Blair was born at Buckingham, Canada, and came to Ellensburg in 1900, shw was the wife of Lewis Blair, who died here in 1910. They are survived by their children, Mrs. Ira Stillwell, Mrs. Jens Jensen, Mrs. G. R. Johnston, Mrs C. T. Hayes, Lewis Blair all of Ellensburg and Kittitas and Mrs. Joseph Larson of Montlaurier, Canada. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the Bridgham Undertaking parlors at 2:30. The Rev. F. E. Billington officiating. Taken from a newspaper obituary. 10 Jul. 1919 Contributed by: Cathy...

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Hall, Zumbrunnen Bertha Annen – Obituary

Bertha Zumbrunnen Hall, 91, of Rt. 5, a long-time Kittitas Valley resident, died Monday at Royal Vista Care Center. Mrs. Hall, who was born in Switzerland on Nov. 15, 1892, came to the United States in 1912. On March 16 in that year, she and Victor Zumbrunnen were married on the ranch north of Ellensburg where she spent most of her life. Mr. Zumbrunnen died in January of 1935. In 1942, she married Evert Hall in Yuma, Ariz. They lived for a time in California, Friday Harbor and Aberdeen before returning to the original family ranch north of Ellensburg to live with her daughter, Bertha Morrison. Mrs. Hall, preceded in death by Mr. Hall who died in 1981, is survived by one son, Fred Zumbrunnen, of Ellensburg; two daughters, Bertha Morrison, of Ellensburg, and Rosa Covey, of Cle Elm; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. Bertha’s first husband was Victor Zumbrunnen. She married him March 16, 1912 in Ellensburg. Bertha died November 12, 1984. She is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Uebelacker, Frank – Obituary

Last Sunday afternoon about two o’clock Frank Uebelacker passed away. Mr. Uebelacker was born in Germany 44 years ago, came to America, stopping at Streator, Ills., in 1882; came to Kittitas valley and married Miss Anna Michel, July 16, 1888. To this union nine children were born, eight of whom are living. The funeral was held from St. Andrews church Wednesday at 10 a.m. Frank was born September 1860 and died December 22, 1904. He is buried in Ellensburg in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wheeler, Wesley – Obituary

Wesley Wheeler Taken By Death. Wesley Wheeler, 63, died at his home, four miles north of Ellensburg, late this morning, apparently the victim of a heart attack. Wheeler, a native of Ellensburg, had spent his entire life in this area as a farmer. He is survived by his widow, Zelma, a son and two stepsons. His mother, Mrs. Al. L. Wheeler of Ellensburg, and two sisters, Mrs. John Harder of Ellensburg and Mrs. Phil Moran of Seattle, also survive. There is one grandchild. Wheeler’s mother is believed to be the oldest living Kittitas county pioneer. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Honeycutt-Evenson Chapel. Charles Wesley Wheeler was born October 23, 1887 and died January 21, 1949. He was married three times: Estella Waggoner, Mabel Mullen, and Norma Zelma Scrivens. He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wyatt, Helen Hartwell – Obituary

Mrs. Helen Hartwell Wyatt, 68, a Kittitas valley resident for 31 years, died here Thursday [January 3, 1952] evening at 9 o’clock in the Airway Nursing Home. She had been ill for the past 18 years and had been at the nursing home for the last four years. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Wyatt of Kittitas, whom she married January 12, 1918 at Twin Falls, Idaho. Other surviving relatives include a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Martens of Montesano; three sisters, Mrs. Louie Welles of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Caroline Patrick of Rogerson, Idaho, and Mrs. Dorothy Gish of Benicia, California; five brothers, Fred Hartwell of Bulh Idaho, Albert Hartwell of Ketchum, Idaho, Jim Hartwell of Wendell, Idaho, Harry Hartwell of Whittier, California and Harold Hartwell of Missoula, Montana and two grandchildren. The body will be taken from Honeycutt-Evenson funeral home here at 2 a.m. Saturday by train to Buhl, Idaho, where funeral and burial services will be conducted. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Zumbrunnen, Victor – Obituary

Victor Zumbrunnen, well-known Kittitas valley farmer and stockman, died at his home in the Nanum district last night after a short illness. Born in Switzerland 55 years ago, Mr. Zumbrunnen has been a resident of this valley for the past 34 years, most of that time in the district, where he resided at the time of his death. Surviving are his widow, Bertha; a son, Fred J.; two daughters, Rose and Bertha; and his mother and a brother in Switzerland. Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt chapel at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Victor was born May 5, 1879 in Aigle, Switzerland. He died January 5, 1935. His full name was Joseph Victor Adrian Zumbrunnen. He wife was Bertha Annen. She, too, was born in Switzerland. Victor arrived in the USA in 1910 and sent for Bertha in 1912. They were married in Ellensburg on March 16, 1912. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Morefield, Anna Marie Morrison – Obituary

After a year of suffering caused by tuberculosis, Mrs. Anna Marie Morefield, 29 years old, passed away this morning [December 2, 1920] at the home of her mother, Mrs. Catharine Morrison, in the Sunnyside Addition. Mrs. Morefield was born March 2, 1891, seven miles east of Ellensburg, and has made her home in the Kittitas valley all of her life. In 1910 she was married to W. R. [William Reecer] Morefield of Ellensburg who survives her. Mrs. Morefield is also survived by two sons, Lynn Harold Davidson, aged nine, and Leverne Morefield, aged one; her mother, Mrs. Catharine Morrison, and four brothers, Thomas, Abe and Grant Morrison of Kittitas and William Morrison of Ellensburg. For the past year Mrs. Morefield has suffered greatly with tuberculosis, and she was removed several months ago to Mt. View Sanitarium in Tacoma, where she remained until November 8, until her condition became critical and she was removed to her mother’s home. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist church, Rev. R. V. Ashmun officiating. Interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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O’Brien, George – Obituary

George O’Brien, 72, a pioneer Washington state resident and a resident of this city and area for the past 40 years, died this morning at the Valley General hospital [January 30, 1951]. He was a farmer and farm worker. A native of Wisconsin, he came to this state in 1892. He had been a widower for the past 20 years. He and his wife, the former Susie Wheeler, were married here in 1904. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. L. W. Mosebar, and a granddaughter, Darlene Mosebar, both of Ellensburg, and three brothers, Ed, Homerdale, Wisconsin; Dave, Grand Forks, N.D., and James, Menononie, Wisconsin. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Rutledge, William Thomas – Obituary

William Thomas Rutledge, 79, died yesterday [died December 13, 1938] at the family residence on North B Street here. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., September 10, 1859, and was married September 9, 1886, to Mary Harrell, who survives him. He is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. L. E. Wyatt, Kittitas and Mrs. Earl Elmer of Ellensburg; four sons, Ernest and Oscar Rutledge of Ellensburg; Earl Rutledge of Prindle, Wash., and Edgar Rutledge of California; a brother, Rev. S. W. Rutledge of Knoxville, and a sister, Mrs. Bert Childs, of Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt chapel Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. Max Wilson in charge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Smathers, Leone Wright – Obituary

Mrs. Leone Smathers, 46, of Omak, former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday [June 24, 1942] following an operation at Rochester, Minnesota, according to word received here. Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt chapel here Monday afternoon, June 29, at 1:30 o’clock. Rev. Joseph Greene of the Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the IOOF cemetery. Wife of Lee Smathers, Mrs. Smathers lived in Ellensburg for many years until the family moved to Omak six years ago. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. George Ferguson of Ellensburg and Mrs. Helen La Fan of Fairbanks, Alaska, and three brothers, Orville, Joe and Enis Wright of Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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