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Sheriff Urges Syracuse Residents To Be Aware Of Recent Sexual Assaults

SYRACUSE, KS: Hamilton County Sheriff Richard Garza would like to urge the residents of Syracuse and Hamilton County to be aware of recent attempted sexual assaults within the City of Syracuse. Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation of the assault occurring on Saturday night, Aug. 2, please contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Garza states there has been an increased number of sexual assaults and rape within the past two years in Syracuse. Knowing may help people decide what choices to make to increase confidence, comfort level, and personal safety.

  • The FBI Uniform Crime Report indicates that approximately one rape is reported every five minutes in the United States.
  • Research estimates that the number of rapes that actually occur is 2 to 10 times greater than the number of reported rapes.
  • Over 75% of rapes that occur involve people who know each other.
  • A majority of rapes happen to women between the ages of 17 and 24.

Sheriff Garza offers the following suggestions as possibilities for increasing one’s freedom and sense of safety and reducing vulnerability to attack in their home:

  • Have secure locks on all doors and windows; always keep doors locked; install a peephole.
  • Leave spare keys with a friend, not in accessible places.
  • Pull down shades or curtains and keep lights on after dark.
  • Keep hallways, entrances, and garages well-lit; keep porch light on all night.
  • Leave an interior light on in one or two rooms when you will be returning home after dark.
  • Exercise caution with whomever you let into your home. 
  • Become familiar with people who are in your neighborhood.

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault or rape, please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office immediately. If anyone has any information regarding an assault which may assist the investigation, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (620) 384-5616.

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John Joseph Moser

John Joseph Moser passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the age of 84, at the St. Catherine Hospital, in Garden City, Kan. He was born on Feb. 12, 1930 in Dodge City, Kan. the son of John Michael Moser and Mary Elizabeth (Molter) Moser.


John began his life in Dodge City, and at the age of ten he and his family moved to the Bear Creek Township. He attended Bear Creek Country School on the Manter Grade. After finishing school he worked on his parents farm until 1950 when he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While he was serving his country in Korea he was wounded and was discharged in 1953 and completed his military service in New Jersey. On Oct. 28, 1953, he married Dorothy Jane Myers in New Jersey and they made their home  southwest of Syracuse. To this union five children were born, Dale, Teresa, Paul, Tom, and Ed. He was a farmer his entire life and enjoyed living on the farm and resided there until his passing.

 

John was a member of the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Knights Of Columbus, past Moose member, County Farm Bureau Board, and served 18 years on the ASCS (FSA) Office. He enjoyed going to his ranch in Colorado, driving tractor, driving around and looking at his crops and checking for weeds, flying an airplane, but his greatest enjoyment was taking his grandchildren on the tractor and combine.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Moser; one brother, Peter Moser; and one sister, Mary Peacock. 


He is survived by his spouse, Dorothy Moser; four sons, Dale Moser of Syracuse, Paul (& wife Patti) Moser of Nashville, Tenn., Tom (& wife Vickie) Moser of Cunningham, Kan., and Ed (& wife Angie) Moser of Syracuse; one daughter, Teresa Moser of Syracuse; four brothers, Albert (& wife Carol) Moser of Brush, Colo., Paul (& wife Joan) Moser of Arvada, Colo., Carl Moser of Bridgeport, Neb., and James (& wife Linda) Moser of Conifer, Colo.; five sisters, Florence Moser of Arvada, Colo., Betty Stuckey of Derby, Kan., Kathleen Seilsky of Westminster, Colo., Vera Michnal of Thornton, Colo., and Ann (& husband Frank) Connor of Las Cruces, N.M.; and seven grandchildren, Heather (& husband Jeremy) Grams of Norman, Okla., Jennifer Moser of Norman, Okla., Karin Moser of Kansas City, Kan., Rachel Moser of Wichita, Kan., Bryan (& wife Kendall) Moser of Garden City, Kan., Kelsey Moser of Meade, Kan., Alex Moser of Syracuse; two great grandchildren, Benjamin Grams of Norman, Jackson Moser of Garden City; and numerous family members and friends


Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery, with a private family graveside service.


Visitation was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse. Rosary was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Syracuse.


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

Joyce Arlene Maxey

Joyce Arlene Maxey, 76, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Amarillo, Texas. Graveside services will be held Friday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. MST at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan.


Joyce was born Dec. 6, 1938, to Paul and Deloris Baker, in Syracuse. She was raised on a family farm in Menno community south of Kendall, Kan. She graduated Salutatorian and was home coming queen in 1956 at Syracuse High School. She married Billy Gene Maxey on Aug. 5, 1956 in Syracuse and were blessed with 58 years. They lived together in Pueblo, Colo. where their three children were born. They called Gunnison, Colo. home for many years before returning to Syracuse. They built and operated “the Dog House” restaurant to give kids and locals a place to enjoy a cup of coffee , a slice of pie and even catered meals to harvesters and visiting school teams after the games.


After relocating to Amarillo, she worked at BSA business office for several years and transferred to First Care as a supervisor in the recovery specialist department. She loved to travel in their RV, enjoyed quilting and sewing. Her grandchildren will remember her homemade chicken and noodles and peanut butter cinnamon rolls.


She is survived by her husband Bill; a daughter Patricia Jo and husband Dennis Rhyne of Amarillo; two sons Timothy Paul Maxey and wife Marsha of Ulysses, Kan., and Andrew Gene Maxey and wife Angela of Vail, Colo.; her brother, Lyle M. Baker and wife Janice of Hays, Kan.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. The family suggests memorials be sent to The Rebecca Sunday School Class at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Lyda C. (Fuller) Burton

Lyda C. (Fuller) Burton, age 53, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on Nov. 6, 1960 in Paducah, Ky., the daughter of William Douglas Fuller and Mabel Earl (Synder) Fuller.


Lyda began her life in Paducah, and at the age of four she moved to Ulysses, Kan. where she began first grade. During her first grade year in school she and her family moved to Tribune where she attended Greeley County High School, graduating in 1978. On Aug. 30, 1983, she married Ken Burton in Horace, Kan. and made their home in Tribune. Shortly after getting married she worked for Kozy Kitchen Restaurant from 1989 to 1990. She later worked for the Greeley County Hospital from 1992 to 1996, but for the most of her life she was a dedicated homemaker to her family and also a caregiver for her mother. In April of 2013, she moved to Syracuse to be with her daughter due to her declining health and resided there until her passing.


Lyda was a member of Horace Bible Church, and the Syracuse Church Of The Nazarene. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, watching westerns, but her deepest fulfillment was spending time with her family, friends, and being an amazing grandma to her grandchildren. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mabel Fuller; six brothers, William Douglas Jr. “Bubby” Fuller, Johnnie Lee Fuller, Billy Mack Fuller, Eugene Fuller, Bobby Joe Fuller, and Jerry Fuller; four sisters, Janet Ann Smith, Betty Sue Walker, Gail Lynn Millirons, and Pamela Denise Fuller


She is survived by her husband, Ken Burton of Guymon, Okla.; two daughters, Cassy (& husband Nick) Thompson of Syracuse, and Brandi Burton of El Paso, Texas; one son, Jeremy Tyler of Arvada, Colo.; one brother, Danny (& wife Tina) Fuller of Dighton, Kan.; two sisters, Peggy (& husband Jim) Fox of Springfield, Mo., and Diane (& husband Joe) Church of Wellington, Kan.; five grandchildren: Ryan, Brandon, & Natalie Thompson of Syracuse, and Sophia & Daniel Ibarra of El Paso; and numerous other family members and friends.


Memorial Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune, Kan. 


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

Lloyd Thornton Gould

On July 25, 2014 Lloyd Thornton Gould passed away at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa, Colo. at the age of 96.


Lloyd is survived by his wife, Barbara Joyce Gould; his Step-Daughter, Barbara Jane Jensen; his Step-Son, Jeffrey L. Wilkin and wife Lizabeth; and several nieces and nephews. John W. Wilkin, his Step-Son, preceded him in death.


Lloyd was born on June 4, 1918 to Zeno and Ora Mae Gould in Syracuse, Kan. He was one of ten siblings: Brent, Arland J., Wretha, Rena, Moulton, Ruby, Clifford, Arthur and Helen who all preceded him in death.


A memorial service was held for Lloyd on August 4th at the Pioneer United Church in Del Norte, Colo. A graveside service is planned at his birthplace in Syracuse on August 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. 

“We love you and miss you “L”. You will remain in our hearts forever.” We’ll always remember your “dapper” attire, your Southern, genteel style and your smile!


Your loving family,

Joyce, Jane, Jeff & Liz 

George Clay Tedder

George Clay Tedder, age 83, of Manter, Kan., died July 31, 2014 in Wichita, Kan.  He was born Nov. 7, 1930 in Forgan, Okla. the son of George W. and Belle C. (Hosford) Tedder.

 

George graduated from Englewood High School, in Englewood, Kan. in 1948 and entered into the United States Army serving from 1950–1952 in Korea and Alaska.  He married Muriel Walker on Nov. 22, 1953 in Manter.  He started out as a Roughneck and worked at Collingwood Grain, Manter Co-op, Fowler Equity, L&N Engine, Stanton County Implement, Tedder Machine, Phil Blocker Inc., and Josserand Farms.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion 40-8, Moose Lodge and The Johnson Masonic Lodge #441. 

 

Survivors include two sons, George R. (Rod) Tedder and wife Donna of Syracuse, Kan., Jerry C. Tedder and wife Joetta of Manter; fiancé, Mary K. Scheer of Manter; one sister, Bonnie Graham and husband Dorwin of Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

 

George was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Muriel, on April 22, 2000; one brother, Lowell B. Tedder; and one sister, Berleise Withrow.

 

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10 AM at the United Methodist Church in Manter with Pastor Mary Courtney officiating.  Interment will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson, Kan. with Military Rites by VFW Post #3684 Johnson, Kansas.  Friends may call from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Josephine Goodboo Watson Scholarship Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Jack Roger Reed

Jack Roger Reed passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the age of 82, Shawnee Mission, Kan. He was born on Jan. 1, 1932 in Wichita, Kan., the son of Calvin C. Reed and Leslie (Crittenden) Reed..

 

Al began his life in Wichita and attended North High School, graduating in 1949. He served his country in the United States Army Air Force,  later attended Kansas University on the GI Bill, graduating with a Law Degree in the early 1960’s. His career dictated many moves to multiple states. His recent years were spent in the Kansas City area as an Administrative Law Judge retiring in 2008. He spent a great deal of his life in Kansas City and all that it had to offer, and resided there until his passing.

 

Jack was a member of the St. Andrew’s Episcopalian Church. He retired from the KU Fraternities, and was a member of the Administrative Law Judgeship for 39 years. He enjoyed reading non-fiction books, perusing history and studying the financial markets. He had a passion for collecting art especially the Masters. He loved to travel all over the United States and abroad, his last trip having been to Brazil.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Leslie Reed; and one brother, Keith Reed. He is survived by one brother, Harry Reed of Coolidge, Kan.; a significant other, Luci Enyart; and and numerous family members and friends.

 

Funeral  Service was be held on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge.

 

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. 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.

James E. Dyck

James E. Dyck, 65, of Utlca, Neb., passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 in Lincoln, Neb.  James was born in Syracuse, Kan. to Zelda (Osborne) Dyck & Elmer Dyck. He graduated Ft. Hayes State and attended Emporia State. James married Rosemary Branscombe on Feb. 17, 1972.

 

Jim worked many years in all aspects of Social Service and Nursing Home Administration.

 

Survivors include his loving wife Rosemary of Utica, sister’s in-laws Pat Tryon and Linda Dorman, loving nieces and nephews, very special aunts May Ramirez and Carol Osborne, Uncle Charles and wife Donna, as well as all his loving and supportive cousins in California and Canada.  His very dear cousin Don Rogers and wife Carol, Arland Rogers and wife Pat sad special cousin Penny Carrithers and husband Joe and Shirley and dearest friend Teresa Deuel.

 

James was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister. 

 

 

Funeral services were held on July 17, 2014 in Seward, Neb.

Evelyn Kay Farmer

Evelyn Kay Farmer, age 69, of Independence, Kan. passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at her residence. 

Evelyn Farmer was born Sept. 10, 1944, in Syracuse, Kan., to William and  Zelma (Heusel)  Burch.  She graduated Syracuse High School in 1962.  She had been a member of the Elk's Club and the D.A.R.  She worked as a surgical scrub tech before getting her Nursing Degree in 1977 and later her Bachelor's Degree from Pittsburg State University.  She retired in 2001 as the Director of Surgical Services at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. 

On June 25, 1963, she married Travis Farmer in Hutchinson, Kan..  The couple lived in Syracuse and Hutchinson before moving to Independence in 1973.   

Survivors in addition to the husband, Travis Farmer, include: two daughters;  Machele (Tom) Korhn, Independence, and Marcee (Johnny) Bryant, Seneca, Mo.; her mother;  Zelma Burch, Syracuse;  a sister;  Frances Henry, Gunnison, Colo.;  and four grandchildren,  T.J. Korhn, David Gilbert, Sean Bryant, Tonya Bryant. 

She was preceded in death by her father and grandson, Cory Gilbert. 

Services under the direction of locally-owned Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.

Funeral services for will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Webb Family Funeral Service with Chaplain Mike Graham of Harry Hynes Hospice officiating.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Private interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Memorial contributions to Harry Hynes Hospice may be sent to Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

Cynthia Katharine Lewis

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Cynthia K. Lewis, 51, of Trenton, Neb. died Monday, July 7, 2014 at Wedgewood Care Center, Grand Island.

 

Services will be 10 a.m. (MST) Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kan. with the Rev. Joe Gould officiating.  Burial will be in Hamilton County Cemetery in Syracuse.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island, Neb. is in charge of arrangements.

 

Cynthia Katharine Lewis was born Dec. 4, 1962 in Syracuse, the daughter of George & Llynde Lacey (Finlay) Lewis.  She grew up in Syracuse & Johnson, Kansas and received her education at Stanton County High School, graduating with the class of 1981.  After graduation she attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.

 

She lived in Trenton where she was employed by Parker-Hannifin and Valmont Industries in McCook and later was employed as a CNA in various nursing facilities.  In recent years she has been in Belize, Central American with the love of her life, Carl Raney, on business.

 

She was a member of Church of God Church in Trenton.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters and sons-in-law; Taylor & Jarrod Conner of Grand Island, Cheyne & Michael Swanson of Grand Island, and Micah Raney of Lawrence, Kan.; two grandchildren, Lily & Daniel Swanson; her parents, George Lewis of Eagle, Colo. and Llynda Lacey (Finlay-Lewis) of Lawrence; two brothers, Christopher Lewis & Tregory Lewis, of Kansas; sister & brother-in-law, Trecia & Steve Feree of Oklahoma; and Paige Johnson who was like a daughter to her, of Kenesaw, Neb.

 

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com

 

William Winfield Slaven

William Winfield Slaven, 96, died June 29, 2014 at Home Again Senior Living, Haviland, Kan. He was born Nov. 8, 1917 near Kingston, Ark. to John W. and Dora (McClung) Slaven.


He married Thelma Day, Nov. 7, 1937 at Syracuse, Kan.  She died Oct. 2, 2013. Win spent many years farming and ranching near Coolidge before retiring from the Hamilton County Road Department. He was a member of the Syracuse Wesleyan Church, serving as board chairman and teaching S.S. classes for many years. In 1984 Win was named Kansas District Wesleyan layman of the year.


Survivors include two sons, Roger (Doris) Slaven, Dodge City, Kan., and Stanley (Clarice) Slaven, Yukon, Okla.; one daughter, Rosetta (Stan) Troyer, Haviland; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, Frank, Paul,  Duane, Lewis, and Grant; one sister, Isabel Smith; and many other relatives and friends.


Celebration of Win's life and funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Haviland Friends Church in Haviland with Pastor's Donnie Hinshaw, and Rod Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the Haviland Cemetery in Haviland. Memorial suggestions are to Home Again Senior Living, Barclay College, and Wycliffe Bible Translators all in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main, Greensburg, KS, 67054.