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Ball Dropped On State Property Vandalism Investigation

Sometime between Friday evening, Dec. 30, and Saturday morning, Dec. 31, 2016, a state vehicle from USD 494 was vandalized on the 100 Block of North Gates. Vandals broke the driver-side rear window, but according to school superintendent Kenny Bridges, nothing was stolen from the vehicle.
Bridges alerted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office of the incident in the morning hours on Saturday. No officer arrived to take a report.
“I left the vehicle on the street for the deputies to look at it and then moved the car to my garage between 3:30 and 4 p.m.,” Bridges said. “We were there all day and since no one knocked, I assumed they didn’t need to ask any questions.”
In a discussion with the current and outgoing sheriff, Richard Garza, he stated Robert Doty stopped by and there was no car on the street for him to check. At the time of press, no follow-up has been made to investigate the vandalism three days later.
In a follow-up phone call to Bridges regarding the vandalism, he was surprised no one had stopped by in the five hours the car was left out in public. According to Bridges, they are in the process of getting a repair quote for the damage.
According to Sheriff-elect Mike Wilson, this lack of follow through will not be condoned on his watch as Hamilton County Sheriff. Wilson will be sworn in next Tuesday, Jan. 10.
“My deputies will be expected to get out of their vehicles and make every effort to investigate any incident occurring in our county. Additionally, as sheriff, I will ensure the people of our community will feel safe again,” Wilson said.

Julie Ann Englert

Julie Ann Englert, 53, died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at her home in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on June 19, 1963, in Syracuse to Adola Levens (dec. 1997) and Claude Hubbard (dec. 1965). She attended Syracuse High School, where she met Anthony “Tony” Englert. They were married in 1980 and together raised four sons. Tony passed away in 2015, a loss which devastated Julie. During her life she enjoyed woodworking, fishing, reading, a good scary movie, listening to music, and spending time with her family. She was devoted to her children, to whom she imparted gifts of love, curiosity, and good humor. Julie is survived by her sons: Ben (spouse Holly Watts), Jon (spouse Anna), Joe (spouse Marisa) and Luke (partner Reid Bangert); her sisters Susan McBee (spouse Keith) and Nancy Worthey (spouse Criss); her brother Randy Levens (spouse Rhonda); and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at the Syracuse Junior-Senior High School auditorium at 10:30 a.m. MST (11:30 a.m. CST). Julie wished to be cremated and a graveside service is not planned. Her remains will be interred with Tony’s at Syracuse Cemetery later this year in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Julie’s honor to a memorial charity previously established for Tony. Donations can be made out to the Western Kansas Community Foundation with The Tony Englert Memorial Fund in the memo line and sent to the Western Kansas Community Foundation office at 402 N. Main St., Garden City, KS. 67846. All contributors will receive an acknowledgement letter that their donation is tax deductible. Monies from this fund will be disbursed in the coming years to nonprofit charities and causes consistent with the wishes and interests of Tony and Julie.

Harry Hunter Herndon, Jr.

Harry Hunter Herndon, Jr., age 91, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at the Greeley County Long Term Care in Tribune, Kan. He was born on Jan. 26, 1925 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Harry Hunter Herndon, Sr. and Evalena (Gragg) Herndon.

Harry began his life in Syracuse, growing up on a farm Southeast of town and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1947. During the World War II era, he was going to be drafted into the United States Army, but rather than being drafted he enlisted in the United States Navy before he got out of high school. Upon returning from his military service, he returned to Syracuse where he continued to farm and ranch southeast of Syracuse. Harry devoted the majority of his life to farming and ranching, and retired in 1984. In 2010, he moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to his health. In April of 2016, he moved to Greeley County Long Term Care in Tribune, and resided there until his passing.

Harry was a member of the St. Raphael Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting elk in the Colorado mountains, had a great love for collecting old classic cars and pickups, and enjoyed collecting art paintings and building picture frames for them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Sr. and Evalena Herndon; a half-brother, Olen Bayliss; two sisters, Betty Lou Herndon, and Margaret Almeda Herndon; and a half-sister, Violet Bayliss. He is survived by numerous friends.

Graveside Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the St. Raphael Catholic Church,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Robert Harold Hamilton

Robert Harold Hamilton, 99 of Greeley, Colo. formerly of Holly, Colo. went to his heavenly home on Dec. 16, 2016 in Greeley. 
A celebration of life is being planned for June 2017 in Holly when Harold would have turned 100.

Harold was born on June 6, 1917 in Groom, Texas to Robert Bruce Hamilton and Neva Hughes Hamilton.  When he was three-years-old, the family moved to Holly. 

He graduated from Holly High School in May 1935.  In September 1940, he entered into the US Army serving during WWII in Germany among other places.

After his discharge in June 1945 he moved to Denver, Colo. where he met and married Virginia Spiller on Oct. 5, 1947. After their marriage, they moved to Holly where Harold was employed by Donahue Motor Company for the next thirty years as the parts manager.  Harold & Virginia had three daughters Kathy, Charmaine and Jan.  They later divorced. 

He was a member of the Holly VFW and Holly Volunteer Fire Department. 
On Feb. 20, 1988 Harold married Aura Bell Thompson Schnabel. They lived south of Holly for many years until moving to Greeley in Sept. 2011 to be closer to family.  They were very devoted to each other in their golden years

Harold was a faithful member of the Star Community Church and loved to read his Bible every day. Harold was a man of few words, but he had a great smile and was a loving man. He loved to play Skip-Bo everyday with his wife Aura Bell and their friend Jack.

He is survived by his loving wife Aura Bell of Greeley;  daughters, Kathy Glassburn (Bob) of Padroni, Colo., Charmaine Herbel (Gary) of Kingsland, Texas and Janice Michael of Sterling, Colo.;  step-daughters, Kay Anderson (Ernie) of Greeley, Karon Cope (Wayne) of Houston, Texas; step-sons,  Dave Schnabel (Dorothy) of Dodge City, Kan. and Ross Schnabel (Bonni) of Hutchison, Kan.;  grandsons,  Lance McDermed, Jason Glassburn and Blake Michael.  He is also survived by nine step-grandchildren, step- great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Neva Hamilton; grandson, Christopher McDermed; son-in-law,  Jon Michael; siblings,  Irene Souders, Odette Ritchie, Marvin Hamilton, Bernard Hamilton, Helen Moore, Bernice Stultz, Lloyd Hamilton and Hazel Brown.

Memorial donations may be made to the R & R Retreat for Missionaries in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052. For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

Dorothy Jean (Amer) Sheckler

Dorothy Jean (Amer) Sheckler, age 81, passed away on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. She was born on Jan. 15, 1935 in Mound City, Kan., the daughter of Floyd J. Amer and Dorothy Marie (Reynolds) Amer.
Dorothy began her life in Mound City, Kansas, and was an only child. At the age of 10, she moved to Tribune where she attended Greeley County High School. On Dec. 19, 1952, she married Billie J. Lawrence of Sharon Springs, Kan. in Tribune, Kan. and later divorced. To this union five children were born, Linda Jean, Diana, Dennis, Billy and Gaila. While married to Billie she moved several times due to Billie being in the military. In 1953, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, until 1955, when she moved to San Antonio, Texas. In 1958, she moved to Moses Lake, Wash., and later in 1959, she moved to the Tacoma, Wash. area. In 1964, she opened a dress shop that was called Lou Jean Apparel and closed in 1970.  In November of 1970, she married James Lee Sheckler in Tacoma. To this union one child was born, Jana. In 1977, she moved to Tribune where she and James Lee husband began farming. She married Marvin Moser in 2000, but later divorced. Jean was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and mentor.   She was always involved in the community and enjoyed living in Tribune and resided there until her passing.
Jean was a life member of the VFW 7521, United Methodist Church, past EMT for Greeley County, and served on the Soil Conservation Board for 17 years. She enjoyed bowling, was an accomplished artist, was an excellent seamstress, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Dorothy Marie; and one spouse, James Lee Sheckler.
She is survived by two sons, Dennis Lawrence of Lakewood, Wash. and  Billy (& wife Julie Moritz) Lawrence, of Lake Tapps, Wash.; four daughters, Linda (& husband Jay) Taylor of Tribune, Diana (& husband Brad) Clark of Junction City, Kan., Dr. Gaila (& husband Kurt) Austin-Hill of Lamar, Colo., and Jana Sheckler of Westport, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Jeremy, Jason, Jami, Billy, Heather Lynn, Joseph, Nicholas, Craig, and Heather Jean; nine great grandchildren, Joshua, Braden, Hailey, Rhyan, Piper Jean, Aaliyan, Brianna, Brook, and Connor; as well as numerous family members and friends
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016  at  1 p.m. (MST)  at the  United Methodist Church, in Tribune, KS.   Burial will follow in the Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m (MST) at the United Methodist Church, Tribune, prior to the service.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Dorothy Jean Sheckler Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

Doris Darlene (Wilson) Gibbens

Doris Darlene (Wilson) Gibbens, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on March 17, 1928 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Alfred Wilson and Ethyl (Pierce) Wilson.
Doris began her life in Pratt, and was the youngest in a family of ten. She grew up in Pratt and attended Pratt High School. In 1943, she married Jerry Cary and they made their home in Clarksville,Tennessee. While Jerry was serving his tour of duty in the military during World War II, he died from combat injuries. She moved back to Pratt where she was a homemaker and also worked as an operator for the Telephone Company. In 1945, she married Paul Schouten and continued to live in Pratt and later divorced. To this union one son was born, Carl. In 1960, she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she met and married Marion Murl Gibbens and to this union two sons were born, Johney in 1961, and Arnold in 1964. In 1963, she moved to Syracuse where she began working as a Nurses Aid at the Hamilton County Hospital and was also the Activity Director at the nursing home. She enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until her passing. Doris was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and American Legion. She enjoyed crocheting, watching the ducks and geese at Sam’s Pond, swimming and roller skating as a youngster, watching the food network, loved her dogs and cats, but most of all she enjoyed fixing dinner on Sundays for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Ethel Wilson; first spouse, Jerry Cary; third spouse, Marion Murl Gibbens; five brothers, Harold Messker, Ralph Messker, Lewis Wilson, Alfred Wilson, Jr., and Bob Wilson; four sisters, Lois Clark, June Wilson, Lola Messker, and Juanita Wilson; one grandchild; and one great grandson.
She is survived by four sons, Johney (& wife Sherie) Gibbens of Syracuse, Kan., Arnold Gibbens of Syracuse, Kan., Carl (& wife Viki) Schouten of Syracuse, and Frank (& wife Myrtle) Cary of Wichita, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and as well as numerous family members and friends
Funeral Services were held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at the First Christian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. (CST) in the Greenlawn Cemetery Pratt, Kan. Visitation was held on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MST) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Syracuse Humane Society, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Roger E. Hurst

Roger E. Hurst, age 82, of Johnson, Kan., died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at his home in Johnson.  He was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Howard, Kan., the son of Howard and Iva (Cory) Hurst.

Roger moved to Stanton County when he was 10 years old.  He graduated from high school at the age of 16.  He went to work at a welding shop and purchased his first car.  Roger then began farming and ranching in Stanton County, and had bought an interest in the Valley State Bank.  Roger enjoyed many things, but none more than his family.  He made time for them for them and supported them always.  He enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their events.  Roger was a very generous person and was willing to help anyone in need.  Roger married Delomia Goodman on Dec. 10, 2002, in Garden City, Kan.  He loved to dance, which is where he met his wife, and they traveled to many places including Alaska and also two cruises.  He also loved camping.  Roger owned his own plane and was a member of the Flying Farmers of Stanton County.  He was devoted to the First United Methodist Church and served in many capacities and on many boards.  He also served on the Stanton County Hospital Board, Johnson Co-op Board and USD #492 School Board.  Roger and Delomia recently moved to the Memorial Living Center in Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Delomia of their home; sons, Brent Hurst and wife Mary Ann of Colwich, Kan., Gary Hurst and wife Deanna of Lyons, Kan.; daughters, Sheryl Deyoe and husband Dennis of Ulysses, Kan., Deborah Walker and husband Lonnie of Manter, Kan.; step-daughters, Joanna Bowles of Hot Springs, Ark., Rebecca Hillard and husband Richard of Guymon, Okla., and Jamie Terry and husband James of Holcomb, Kan.; eight grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and one due in March; numerous nieces, nephews; and friends galore.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Hurst; sister, Karla Kaye Hurst; grandsons, Joshua Pearce and Jarett Hurst; and step-sons, Gilbert Patrick Widows and Steve Raye Widows,

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson. with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald presiding.  Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.  Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson with family present from 10 until 11 a.m.  Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or the St. Catherine Hospice in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Calvin Harry Reed

Calvin Harry Reed, age 94, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan.  The eldest son of Calvin Carl Reed and Leslie (Crittenden) Reed, he was born Nov. 19, 1922 in La Junta, Colo.
Harry lived in multiple eastern Colorado and Kansas cities throughout his childhood and adolescent years, graduating from Emporia High School.  He attended Friends University before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp serving his nation in the European Theatre during World War II.  He returned to Coolidge, Kan. where he worked 28 years for the Kansas Department of Transportation and concurrently pursued his love of farming and ranching.  He was fortunate to enjoy 46 years of marriage to Twyla Scott prior to her death in 2007.
Harry was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in both Coolidge and Syracuse, was a 71-year member of the Syracuse Masonic Lodge 309 and served 35 years on the Coolidge Township Council.  He was a voracious reader with a passion for history, enjoyed working on the farm and above all else was dedicated to his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a spouse, Twyla Reed; two sons, Keith Reed and Scott Reed; and two brothers, Keith Reed and Jack Reed.

He is survived by one son, Billy Reed of Coolidge; one daughter, Marsha (& husband Bill) Lewis of Syracuse; four grandchildren, Meghan (& husband Jay) Houtsma, Libby Lewis, Blake Lewis, and Taylor (& wife Saraya) Lewis; and six great grandchildren.   
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Coolidge Cemetery, Coolidge, Kan.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent  to  In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the First Presbyterian Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Susie Ellen (Palmer) Smith

Funeral services for longtime Holly, Colo. resident Susie Smith was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Pastor Eugene Birt and grandson Clint Tyler officiating. Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation was held from on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, also at the funeral home.
Susie Ellen (Palmer) Smith was born Jan. 17, 1925 near Lakin, Kan. and she passed on Nov. 15, 2016 in Holly at the age of 91.
Susie was the first of six children born to Dave and Fern Palmer. Growing up in the 1930s was not easy as she often told her family, “I grew up in the 30s, I’m not picky.”  The Palmer family lived in several locations in Western Kansas where Susie’s dad worked as a farm laborer. When Susie was in the eighth grade, the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. to find work. Susie told her family that her parents gave her a nickel each day to buy a hamburger for lunch. She didn’t know where they got the nickel.
When Susie was a sophomore in high school, the family moved North of Tribune, Kan. Susie lived in town and worked for her room and board. She also worked in the school cafeteria for a little extra spending money. During her high school years, she started dating Bill Smith. In May of 1943, Susie graduated from Greeley County High School. That fall she traveled alone, by bus to Wichita, Kan. to attend secretarial school. She again worked for her room and board. At the end of the semester she quit school and began working for Boeing Airplane Manufacturers. She and Bill continued their relationship during this time and then in September of 1944, Bill and Susie were united in marriage at the Nazarene parsonage in Wichita, Kan. They stayed in Wichita for a short time before moving to Tribune.
Bill and Susie’s first child, William David Smith was born in November of 1946. The small family moved north of Holly in 1947. They worked on their home, farmed, and drilled water wells. For a short time, Bill ran a filling station and Susie ran a café on the east side of Holly. In September of 1949, Elaine Sue was born followed by Vickie Lynn in 1952. Then in November of 1961 Stacy Rae was born. What a surprise and a blessing she was. She kept everyone on their toes.
Susie was very busy being a housewife, helping Bill with whatever he needed, sewing for the girls, helping with funeral dinners, working with square dancing for the kids, and any other projects that came up.
Susie was very proud of her children and their accomplishments. David graduated from high school, got married, and officially went into business with his dad, even though they had worked together from the time that David was potty-trained. Elaine and Vickie both graduated and when their time came, they too were married and started families of their own. David has one son and two daughters, Michelle Ann, William “Mark, and Melissa Jill. Elaine has two sons, Trevor Negal Tyler and Clint Lee Tyler. Vickie has one daughter, Jennifer Lynn and one son, Cody Ben.
Bill and Susie built a new house two miles north of Holly when Stacy was in high school. Before they knew what was happening, Stacy had graduated and started college. Stacy married David Kelly and together they have one son, Eli David.
Bill and Susie now had time for some travel. They went to Mexico to fish, Alaska, and several other places, often with CJ and Cleda Clark, Harold and Ila Palmer, and Louis and Wilma Smith. In 1992 they traveled with the fifth wheel camper to Maryland to see their grandson, Trevor Tyler graduate from the Naval Academy. A couple of years later, they traveled to Pennsylvania to see their grandson, Mark Smith graduate from Carnegy-Mellon in Pittsburg, Penn.
In January of 1999 Susie lost Bill, the love of her life, to a sudden heart attack. Susie remained in the home that she and Bill had built. She loved mowing and taking care of her yard and house and it broke her heart when she could no longer go out and mow.
In May of 2011, Susie became ill and she thought the end would arrive soon as hospice was called in. But to everyone’s surprise and delight, Susie bounced back and continued to live at home and take care of both it and herself. She was placed on palliative care and hospice continued to visit. The wonderful staff continued to care for Susie and have many stories concerning Miss Susie.
Susie celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by many friends and family. On her 91st birthday, January 17, 2016 she fell and injured her hip. This time, her family thought this might be the end, but once again, Miss Susie surprised them by bouncing back. Her daughters arranged for care so that she could continue to stay home. After four months, she moved to town to live with her daughter, Elaine and her husband, Kent. Susie kept her sense of humor and her willingness to work, insisting on doing the dishes following every meal. After a brief illness, Susie Smith passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at the age of 91.
Susie is survived by her brother, Harold (Ila) Palmer of Colorado Springs; children, David Smith of Sylacoga, Ala., Elaine (Kent) Anderson of Holly, Vickie (Greg) Cline of Holly, and Stacy (David) Kelly of Colorado Springs; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Fern Palmer; husband, Bill Smith; sisters, Ruth (Tom) Harvey, Cleta (CJ) Clark, Ramona (Harvey) Dirks; and brother, Darrel Palmer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Nazarene Church, Holly Fire and Ambulance, or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, PO Box 950, Lamar, CO  81052. For more information please visit

Elizabeth Dawn Peckumn

Elizabeth Dawn Peckumn, age 22, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 near Syracuse, Kan. She was born on Sept. 16, 1994 in Lamar, Colo. the daughter of David Lance Peckumn and Yolanda Winette (Hawkes) Peckumn.

Elizabeth was born in Lamar, but lived in Wiley, Colo. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Syracuse. She attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 2013. Soon after graduation, she began working at Eagle Convenience Store where she was the Assistant Manager. In May of 2016, she began working as a cook at the Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. until her untimely passing.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Syracuse. She enjoyed drawing, spending time with her dog Angel, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and she was an avid Denver Broncos Fan.

She is survived by her parents, Yolanda Winette (Hawkes) Peckumn of Syracuse, and David Lance Peckumn of Amarillo, Texas; one brother, Martin Dale Church of Syracuse; and two sisters, Kimberly Breann Church of Villa Ridge, Mo. and Nycole Dana Peckumn of Enid, Okla.; as well as numerous friends
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. (MDT), at the First Christian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Elizabeth Peckumn Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Edward (Ed) Lynn Bezona


Edward (Ed) Lynn Bezona, age 56, of Manter, Kan. died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in rural Stanton County, Kan.  He was born Jan. 26, 1960, in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Richard Edward and Joyce Ann (Morris) Bezona.

Ed attended Manter Grade School and graduated in 1978 from Stanton County High School.  He continued his education at Garden City Community College graduating with a degree in Law Enforcement in 1980.  He began his law enforcement career at Garden City Police Department in 1981.  Ed moved back to Johnson in 1982 and worked at the Stanton County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years; serving as a deputy, Under Sheriff, and retired as the Stanton County Sheriff in 2013.  He also served as an EMT and volunteer fireman.  Ed was a cowboy, farmer, rancher, and worked at numerous feedyards, and participated in rodeos and Cowboy Action Shooting.  He was also the owner of Nightlinger Cafe in Manter.  Ed supported his girls in all their activities.  He was a John Wayne enthusiast, enjoyed dancing, fishing, spending time at Monument Lake, playing cards, and playing pranks on those he loved.  Ed was a member of the Kansas Sheriff Association, Kansas Law Enforcement Association, Kansas Peace Officers Association, and Johnson Masonic Lodge #441. 

Ed married Janeen Sue Lohoff on August 13, 1984 in Johnson.  She survives.  Other survivors include their two daughters, Jessie Harmon-Moore and husband Cayle of Independence, Kan., Bree Bezona and boyfriend Kyle Rodriguez of Overland Park, Kan.; two grandsons, Allyn Dean and Bruce Edward; brother, Blake Bezona and girlfriend Stachia Nordyke of Johnson, Kan.; sister, Debbie Davis and husband Frank of Guthrie, Okla.; nieces and nephews, Chad Herron, Jammi Herron, Leslie Baker, Tyler Bezona, and Malea Bezona; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends he loved as family. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Stanton County High School Auditorium in Johnson with Pastor Mary Courtney officiating. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Johnson Masonic Lodge #441.  Kansas Sheriff Association Honor Guard will be at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS 67855.