Chambers Family Heritage


William Justin VAIL died . He married Elva SWEAT.

Elva SWEAT died . She married William Justin VAIL.

They had the following children:

  M i Floyd VAIL died .
  M ii Norman VAIL died .
  F iii Carolyn Kaye VAIL
  M iv Rex VAIL

Conrad F. RODECK [Parents] "Con" was born on 9 Mar 1908 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. He died on 18 Jul 2001 in Life Care Center, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho. He was buried in Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho. He married Mabel Ellen BOTT.

Conrad F Rodeck, 93, died July 18, 2001 at Life Care Center in Lewiston, ID. He was born March 9, 1908 at Spokane to Karl George and Margaretha Louisa Danz Rodeck. Conrad was an honor student at the Irby schools. Con married Mabel Ellen Bott, who survives, and a son, John Rodeck of CA; brothers: Jack Rodeck of Port Townsend, WA; George Rodeck, of Boston, MA; and Fred Rodeck of Anaheim, CA; 3 sisters, Georgiana Nicholls of Spokane; Diana Blaskowski of Wenatchee; and Janet Heimbigner of Odessa. He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Rodeck. A graveside service was held at the Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. (notes from Odessa Record: 7-26-2001)

Mabel Ellen BOTT

They had the following children:

  M i John RODECK

Karl Georg RODECK [Parents] was born on 31 Aug 1876 in Thuringen, Germany. He died on 3 Jan 1935 in Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington. The cause of death was gored to death by a bull. He was buried in Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington. He married Louise Margareth DANZ.

Other marriages:
PAULSEN, Pauline Catharina

Moved to the United States at 28 years of age in 1904. Rode with the Buffalo Bill Wild West show.

(Mortuary Ledger) “Karl Rodeck, 57, rancher near Odessa, was killed on Thursday noon at his ranch home by a Holstein bull, gored to death in a corral at the place. Particulars were vague at press time. Rodeck, well known in Odessa, came to this region several years ago and settled between here and Irby, at a site where a natural spring flowed. With this as a starting point he developed an irrigation system, all by hand labor, and at the present time has a beautiful home. Rodeck, born in Germany, had an interesting career, starting as a cavalry man in Germany, then as a trick rider, working also at the baking trade. At the ranch here he has proved one of the community’s best members. Survivors include his wife and several children, believed to number ten. He was a member of the Lutheran church and it is believed that the funeral will be held from there. Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time. Dr L. J. Bonney and Undertaker H. H. Strate were called. The bull, which was getting old, was known to be dangerous, but had not exhibited viciousness. How Mr. Rodeck came to be caught was not known.” (Odessa Record: 1-04-1935) “Karl Rodeck, 58, owner of a farm west of here, where he specialized in growing vegetables and chickens, was buried from the Odessa Lutheran church on Sunday, the Rev H P Christensen officiating, following his death on Thursday, when he was gored to death at his ranch home by a bull. No one saw the accident, but Mr. Rodeck was found by his son, with his body badly mangled and most of his clothing torn from his body. His body was taken to Spokane for preparation and returned here for the funeral. Born in Germany, Mr. Rodeck started his career as a cavalry man in the German army and later became a trick rider in an American circus. He came to the Odessa region about 20 years ago and located on the present ranch, where he developed one of the beauty spots of the region. Survivors include his widow, five sons, Fred, Paul, Jacob and George of Odessa, and Conrad of Portland; four daughters, Augusta, Anna Janaline and Georgina, all of Odessa. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Odessa, the church being able to hold only about one-fourth of the people. Pallbearers were chosen from fellow church men and included Julius Kuest, Jacob Zeiler, George Schafer, George Schillinger, Fred Schillinger and Henry Gies. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery. Rodeck, during his time here, had built for himself the respect of every resident in the community, through his fairness and diligence. Through the hardest manual labor he had developed a home site near Odessa, building his own irrigation system and using it to create a large vegetable garden. At the time of his death he was planning an enlargement of the project, which would have reclaimed many additional acres. He was a familiar figure in Odessa and the shock of his death caused the entire community a great loss.” (Odessa Record: 1-11-1935)

Louise Margareth DANZ was born on 15 Mar 1876 in Germany. She died on 15 Mar 1876 in Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington. The cause of death was nephritis. She was buried in Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington. She married Karl Georg RODECK.

Lincoln Co Health death card & WA State Reg. of death “Karl Rodeck, informant” and “cause of death: nephritis” with “Ganson, MD; HE Stone, Undertaker”

“Mrs. Karl Roedeck, wife of Karl Rodeck who is manager of the Irby Farmers’ Warehouse company and a prominent farmer residing between here and Irby, died at her home on Tuesday night at 9 o’clock, following an illness of several months with Bright’s disease and dropsy. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Rodeck home, Rev John Eichhorn, pastor of the local German Lutheran church, conducting the last rites. The remains were laid to rest in the Odessa Lutheran Cemetery. Besides the husband, the deceased is survived by two small sons, the youngest being 2 years old. The sympathy of this entire community is extended to the bereaved family.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-1914)

They had the following children:

  M i Conrad F. RODECK
  M ii Corporal Friedrich Carl RODECK

Sergeant Bud HOPPER

Augusta Christine RODECK [Parents] "Chris or Gussie" was born on 6 Aug 1920 in Irby, Lincoln County, Washington. She died on 18 Feb 2000 in Duarte, Los Angeles County, California. She was buried on 22 Feb 2000 in Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California. She married Sergeant Bud HOPPER in 1946 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.

Odessa on Aug 6, 1920, the daughter of Odessa pioneers Karl and Pauline Rodeck. She was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1940. In 1946 she married Technical Sergeant Bud Hopper, of the US Air Force Engineer Dept, stationed at Geiger Field near Spokane. After the war, they moved to Duarte, CA . Funeral services were held at St Paul Lutheran Church in Monrovia, CA, on Feb 22, with the Rev James Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia . She is survived by her husband, Bud Hopper, at the home; one son, Douglas Hopper and wife of Norco , CA ; three daughters, Kathryn Garrity and husband Mark, of LaVerne , CA ; Marina Vandenbroeke and husband Mark, of Moran, WY; and Tina Hovdal, of Duarte , CA ; four brothers, Conrad Rodeck, of Lewiston, ID; Fred Rodeck, of Brea, CA; Jack Rodeck, of Port Townsend, WA; and George Rodeck of Boston, Mass.; three sisters, Diana Blaskowsky of Wenatchee; Janet Heimbigner of Odessa; and Georgina Nicholls, of Spokane; and a cousin, Rosemarie Wildey of Spokane. Augusta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Pau l Rodeck. (notes from Odessa Record: 2000)

They had the following children:

  M i Douglas HOPPER
  F ii Kathryn HOPPER
  F iii Marina HOPPER
  F iv Tina HOPPER

Mark GARRITY

Kathryn HOPPER [Parents]


Mark VANDENBROEKE

Marina HOPPER [Parents]


Mr. HOVDAL

Tina HOPPER [Parents]


Corporal Friedrich Carl RODECK [Parents] was born on 23 Jan 1913 in Irby, Lincoln County, Washington. He died on 15 Dec 2002 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. He was buried in remains dontated to Ucla. He married Mrs. Fred RODECK.

Fred Carl Rodeck, 89, died Dec 15, 2002 in Los Angeles. He was born on the family farm near Irby to Karl and Louisa Danz Rodeck on Jan 23, 1913. He was raised in a family of nine children and attended the Irby and Odessa schools. In 1936 he was employed at the Grand Coulee Dam project. In 1943, Fred enlisted and became a corporal in the US Army until 1946. Serving in Europe during WW II he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in England. After the war he made his home in Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Conrad and Paul Rodeck, and one sister, Augusta Hopper. He is survived by two brothers, Jack Rodeck and George Rodeck, and three sisters, Diana Blaskowsky, Janet Heimbigner of Odessa, and Georgina Nicholls of Spokane. His remains were to be donated to the University of California. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-02-2003)

Mrs. Fred RODECK died in 1962 in California. The cause of death was automobile accident. She married Corporal Friedrich Carl RODECK.

Mrs. Rodeck's name is not known.

“Mrs Karl Rodeck returned home last week form a ten day trip to Anaheim, CA, where she was called by the death of Mrs Fred Rodeck, who was killed in an automobile accident. Fred Rodeck, stepson of Mrs Karl Rodeck, was very critically injured and is reported to be slowly improving. Mr Rodeck will be hospitalized for sometime in the Dr Martin Luther Hospital, Room 116 B, 1825 West Ronneye, Anaheim, CA.” (Odessa Record: 9-27-1962)


Glenn CLAUSSEN "Buzz" died . He married Myrtle CLAUSSEN.

Other marriages:
JACROUX, Maxine

Myrtle CLAUSSEN died . She married Glenn CLAUSSEN.

They had the following children:

  M i Wayne Martin CLAUSSEN

Glenn CLAUSSEN "Buzz" died . He married Maxine JACROUX.

Other marriages:
CLAUSSEN, Myrtle

Maxine JACROUX was born in 1925 in Delisle (Arcanum), Darke County, Ohio. She died on 4 May 2009 in Glen Karn, Darke County, Ohio. She married Glenn CLAUSSEN.

Maxine Jacroux-Claussen
Maxine Jacroux-Claussen, 84, died May 4, 2009, at a hospital near her family home in Glen Karn, Ohio. Prior to her death, she wrote her own life history, which was condensed by her great niece, into the following. Mrs. Claussen was raised in the village of Delisle, where she attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse. In the eighth grade, she attended school in Arcanum, Ohio, and graduated in the class of 1942. On her 18th birthday, she began work at Dayton Power and Light, while taking night classes at Miami Jacobs Business School, studying accounting. In the 1940s, Mrs. Claussen traveled the country before moving to a farm near Sidney, Ohio. Always active in her community, she started a 4-H club and helped reopen a small, vacant church, the Bunker Hill Church. In 1949, she moved to Goldendale where she bought a ranch and built her home. She became an active member of the Methodist Church and taught Sunday School. In the 1970s, she was awarded ABWA Woman of the Year Award, a proud accomplishment, and joined what would be a lifelong passion of hers, The Old Time Fiddlers. She learned to play the fiddle and cited her membership in the OTF as the moment "the real fun began." She loved playing music with the OTF and performing shows at nursing homes, fairs, rodeos, and parades. All proceeds earned by the OTF were donated to children who, like Mrs. Claussen, wanted to play music. Never hesitant to help others, in 1984, Mrs. Claussen returned to Ohio to tend to her ill mother and help care for her grand-nephew. Upon her mother's passing, she returned to Washington. In 2006, she acquired her home in Glen Karn, Ohio. The home had been rumored to have been in her family for several generations, but over time had succumbed to the years of age and neglect. Refusing to lose a piece of her family's history, she rallied family members to help restore and rebuild the home. She called her home in Glen Karn a wonderful place to live and she was even able to realize her dream of opening her own antique and hobby shop in the storeroom of her house. She called it "The Place." In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by first husband, Richard Jacroux; second husband Glenn Claussen; brother Bruce Moore; nephews Chris Lane Ketring and Clayton Moore; niece Dawn Lechler; and four great-nephews. She is survived by sister Mary Ketring, Winchester, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great-nieces and nephews. Mrs. Claussen was cremated and requested that half of her ashes be spread near her family home in Ohio and half in the mountains of Washington. (From the Goldendale Sentinel, 17 June 2009, Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington).

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