Opal Lorene (Hoyt) Walkinshaw
Opal Lorene (Hoyt) Walkinshaw, age 92, passed away on May 17, 2015 at Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson, Kan. She was the daughter of Arthur Roy Hoyt and Minnie Henrieta (Peter) Hoyt.
Opal was born on Nov. 9, 1922 in rural Sumner County, near Caldwell, Kan. She grew up on the farm and attended a rural school. She worked in a defense factory in Wichita, Kan., for a short time during World War II. Opal moved to Syracuse, Kan. in 1942, where she worked as a waitress in several cafes, including The Uptown, Rialto, Ames Coffee Shop, Majestic and Raney's Inn, as well as worked in a bakery.
On June 12, 1948 she married Albert Wayne Vesper in Syracuse and their home in Syracuse. To this union two children were born Van Allen and Val Lorene. After getting married, she was a stay at home mom taking care of her children. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for 12 years and she bowled in a league for 10 years. After Opal's husband passed away, she went back to work, where she worked at Blyth Lane Shop, Rural Route, J.C. Penny's and Skogmo's.
On Feb. 22, 1978, she married Scott E. Walkinshaw in Syracuse, Kansas and they made their home in Syracuse. Soon after getting married she began working as a cook at the Hamilton County Hospital for five years and also cooked for three years at a day-care center. On June 1, 2011, Scott and Opal moved to Johnson and began living in the Memorial Living Center assisted facility, and resided there until her passing.
Opal was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star, both of Syracuse. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, as well as making things from wood. Her greatest enjoyment was working in the yard raising flowers so that her yard would look beautiful. She always enjoyed spending time with any family and always spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Minnie Hoyt; her first spouse, Albert Wayne Vesper; a step-daughter, Kathy Hasik; three brothers, Elmer Hoyt, Harley Hoyt, and Dale Hoyt; and four sisters, Inez Kohlhorst, Ester Walters, Elsie Maxey and Ruby Woodley.
She is survived by her spouse, Scott Walkinshaw of Johnson; one son, Van (& wife Janice) Vesper of Pleasonton, Texas; one daughter, Val (& husband Bryce) Roderick of Golden, Mo., one stepson, Scott (& wife Laurie) Walkinshaw of Spearfish, S.D.; one stepdaughter, Patty (& husband Gary) Helsel of Syracuse; one sister, Ruth Dunn of Johnson; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, as well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home, LLC in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the First Presbyterian Church or Memorial Living Center, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Mary Frances Gerard Smith Westeman Wright
Mary Frances Gerard Smith Westeman Wright, age 96, passed away on May 14, 2015 at the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on April 6, 1919, the daughter Louis Joseph Gerard and Lois Emma (Smith) Gerard.
Frances was born in Reno County near Arlington, Kan. In 1937 she moved with her family to northwest Hamilton County where her parents began farming. She attended Coolidge High School and graduated in 1938. That summer she married Marrion Donald Smith and they made their home north of Coolidge for about a year. In 1940, she and Marrion moved to Kingman County where they began farming. In 1950, they moved back to Reno County near Pretty Prairie, where they continued to farm. In November of 1961, they moved once again back to where they started their married life in northern Hamilton County and continued to farm. In 1963 they moved to the Bear Creek Community of Hamilton County continuing to farm.
After the death of Marrion, she decided to move to Syracuse in 1972. She began working as a cook at Syracuse School. On Feb. 23, 1974 she married Walter Westeman and they continued to reside in Syracuse. Shortly after getting married she quit working and retired. Frances and Walter enjoyed their time square dancing wherever there was a square dance to attend. They also enjoyed traveling making many new friends. After the death of Walter in 1982, rekindling old friendships, she married Ernie Wright on June 29, 1984 making their home in Kendall. In 1996, they moved to Syracuse and residing at the Sunflower Square. In March of 2003 she moved into the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to her health residing there until her passing.
Frances was a member of the Pollyanna EHU for 60 years, St. Raphael Catholic Church and Altar Society, past board member of the Senior Center, a charter member of the Straight Shooters 4-H club continuing later as a 4-H leader and was a member of the Chatterbox Club of Kendall. Handiwork, reading, sewing, making jewelry, gardening, traveling, fishing, painting, an avid crossword puzzle solver were just a few of the many hobbies she enjoyed throughout her life. She decorated many wedding cakes and collected salt and pepper shakers. She never met a stranger, family always came first and was role model for all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Lois Gerard; three husbands, Marrion Donald Smith, Walter Westeman, and Earnest Wright; and two sisters, Betty Regier, and Helen Margaret "Margie" Smith.
She is survived by two sons, Donald (& wife Fran) Smith of Liberal, Kan. and Thomas (& wife Geraldine) Smith of Hastings, Minn.; three daughters, Mary Ellen (& husband Jim) Konkel of Harper, Kan., Joyce (& husband Dan) Lane of Garden City, Kan., and Judy (& husband Dennis) Penner of Hillsboro, Kan.; one brother, Donald (& wife Mary) Gerard of Syracuse, and one sister, Rosamond Youngers of Ephrata, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Mass Services will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Rosary will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 15, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Seasons Of Life Living Center or Syracuse Library, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Pedro H. Asebedo
Pedro H. Asebedo, age 71, passed away on May 12, 2015 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was the son of Juan C. Asebedo and Petra (Hernandez) Asebedo.
Pedro began his life in Fowler, Colo., on April 29, 1944 and when he was eight years old he moved with his family to Post, Texas where his family were migrant workers. When he was fourteen he moved with his family to Crosbyton, Texas and began working in a Cotton Gin where he was employed for two years. At the age of sixteen he began working in construction where he built houses and was an excellent cabinet maker.
On Oct. 26, 1963, he married Leonarda Bocanegra Flores in Crosbyton, Texas. To this union seven children were born, Samuel, Elva, Pedro Jr., Lydia, Robert, Esmeralda, and Leogarda. They started their lives together in Crosbyton for one short year when they moved to Garden City, Kan. where he began working for Park Construction building Quonset buildings and worked as a welder. In 1965 he began working for a company as a heavy equipment operator moving dirt. In that same year he moved to Leoti to be closer to his work and continued as a heavy equipment operator moving dirt. In 1966, he moved to Johnson City, Kan. and began working at Winger feed yard and later worked for York Construction as a heavy equipment operator moving dirt. In 1971, he moved back to Garden City and continued moving dirt for Reed & Reed Construction. In 1972 he then began working for Wheatland Electric as an apprentice and later achieved Journeyman Linemen. In 1977 he moved to Syracuse where he transferred through Wheatland Electric and retired in 2002. He enjoyed living in the small town of Syracuse and resided there until his passing.
Pedro was a member of the St. Raphael Catholic Church as well as a Founding member and first Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus council 9755 in Syracuse, he was also a member of (IBEW) International Brotherhood Electric Workers. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, woodworking, dancing in his younger years, telling his favorite jokes for a laugh. He enjoyed arranging his photo albums where he was an avid photographer, he loved playing baseball and softball and later coached and umpired for both. In his late teens he played with the Lubbock Red Sox in the Triple A division. He was a strong supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Petra Asebedo; three brothers, Edward Asebedo, Louis Asebedo and Savas Asebedo; and one sister, Maria Flores.
He is survived by his spouse, Leonarda Asebedo; three sons, Samuel (& wife Brenda) Asebedo of Thornton, Colo., Pedro Asebedo, Jr. of Deerfield, Kan. and Robert Asebedo, also of Deerfield; four daughters, Elva Dean (& husband Roger) Kinzie of Deerfield, Lydia (& husband David) Callahan of Garden City, Kan., Esmeralda (& husband Jesus) Aquero, also of Garden City, and Leogarda Asebedo of Syracuse, Kan., one brother, Domingo (& wife Marion) Asebedo of Dodge City, Kan., five sisters, Elvira (& husband Darrel) McCloud of Dumas, Texas, Celestina (& husband Domingo) Ybarra of Plainview, Texas, Eusevia (& husband William) Ellis of Lexington, Neb., Isidora (& husband Guadalupe) Garcia of Garden City, Kan., and Carol (& husband David) Romero of Ulysses, Kan., 12 grandchildren, as well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Mass Services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, in Syracuse. Rosary was held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, in Syracuse. Visitation was held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.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.
Neil Franklin Schwieterman
Neil Franklin Schwieterman, age 40, passed away at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, in Wichita, Kan. on Monday, April 27, 2015. He was the son of David Anthony Schwieterman and Jenny Jo (Norton) Schwieterman.
Neil grew up in Syracuse, and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1993. Neil continued his education at Colby Community College for the next two and half years and graduated in the fall of 1995 with a degree in Animal Science. After completing college he returned to Syracuse and began farming. Neil was a member of the Hamilton County Conservation District board for 12 years, and a member of the St. Raphael Catholic Church of Syracuse.
On April 16, 2005, he married Kandice Kirkland in Walnut Shade, Mo., and they started their married life in the home southeast of Syracuse on the Gould family farm with Kandice's daughter Kaiya Harmon. To make the family complete, two daughters were born, Abigail and Madalyn. Neil and Kandice enjoyed living in the country where one of his latest projects was the chicken house for Abigail and Madalyn's chickens and ducks, so they could have home grown eggs. Neil resided on the farm that he had loved so much until his untimely passing. Neil enjoyed the Syracuse Sand-dunes, farming and the love of constructing projects out of wood or steel, where he was very handy at building anything; he even had a nickname from high school of Super Neil. He had a love for boxer dogs, but his greatest enjoyment was being a father to the girls, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his spouse, Kandice Schwieterman of Syracuse; two daughters, Abigail and Madalyn Schwieterman of Syracuse; one step-daughter, Kaiya Harmon of Garden City, Kan.; his parents, David and Jenny Schwieterman of Syracuse; two brothers, Jess (& wife Laryce) Schwieterman, and Ryan (& wife Sarah) Schwieterman, both of Syracuse; one sister, Kezia (& husband Kevin) Uhrich of Oakley, Kan.; as well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. (CDT) at the Wesleyan Church, in Johnson, Kan.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (MST) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.
Rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Syracuse Sand Park Improvement Fund or Childrens Education Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100
Loren Ray Hovet
Memorial services for Loren R. Hovet will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating. Per Loren’s request, cremation has taken place.
Loren Ray Hovet was born on Feb. 9, 1963 in Cook, Minn. to Herbert and Virginia (Taylor) Hovet. He passed away on April 17, 2015 at Vali Assisted Living in Westcliffe, Colorado at the age of 52.
Loren was married shortly after graduating from high school. Two sons were born to that union. Loren enjoyed farming and was an avid hunter. At the age of 24, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Loren continued to farm and work until his illness became worse. He then had to give up his love of working. In 1999 Loren underwent Deep Brain Surgery in Boston which extended his life by years. In 2009, he went to live with his sister, Anna Lee until just a few months before his death.
Loren is survived by his son, Chad Hovet and wife, Andrea; grandchildren, Conner and Lincoln all of Pueblo West, Colo.; and his son, Alex Hovet and wife, Cassandra; grandchildren, Liam and Lila all of Pueblo; sisters, Anna Lee Crum of Cotopaxi, Colo. and Judith Mikeska and husband, Glen of Fayetteville, Texas; brothers, Jim Hovet and wife, Jean of Grand Junction, Colo. and Leighton Hovet and wife, Peggy of Pueblo; nieces, Lacey Cathcart LeMay and husband, Gary of Wichita, Kan. and AmyJo Anderson and husband, Chris of Georgetown, Texas; nephews, Adam Cathcart and wife, Wylee of Holly, Colo., Joshua Flye and wife, Melissa of Alaska, Brandon Hovet and wife, Bobbie of Brighton, Colo., Nathan Hovet of Pueblo, Wilbur Andif and wife, Mindy of Filt, Colo., Wesley “Buster” Hovet and wife, Becki of Fruita, Colo.; one aunt, Charlotte Walby of Pueblo, Colo.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Virginia Hovet; nephew, Allen “Smiley” Hovet.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holly Nazarene Church in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
Joy Laine (Young) Hampton
Joy Laine (Young) Hampton, age 62, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on July 29, 1952 in Ulysses, Kansas, the daughter of Tommy Lee Young and Ileta Loyce (Hollopeter) Young.
Joy began her life in Ulysses, Kan. and attended Ulysses High School in Ulysses, graduating in 1970. While she was in school she had the desire to work as a secretary in businesses as her chosen profession. In 1970, she married Kenny Hampton, they later divorced. To this union one son was born Thomas. In September of 1985, she married Dave E. Valentine III in Ulysses. While living in Ulysses she worked at four businesses as a secretary including, IGA Grocery Store for nine years, Pool Well Service for five years, Sweazy Construction for twelve years, and Troutman Construction for three years. After working 29 years in Ulysses, Joy and Dave decided to move to Syracuse in 1998, where she began working as a secretary at the Hamilton County Hospital for the next twelve years. In 2010 she decided that it would be best to take time away from the hospital due to her health. In August of 2013, she moved to the Seasons Of life Living Center and resided there until her passing.
Joy's deepest fulfillment was spending time with her family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Ileta Young.
She is survived by her spouse, Dave Valentine, of Syracuse; one son, Thomas (& wife Brenda) Hampton of Little River, Kan.; two brothers, O.D. (& wife Brenda) Hampton of Ulysses, Kan., and Doug (& wife Marilyn) Young of Syracuse; four grandchildren, Andra, Justus, Ashton & Liberty; and numerous other family members and friends
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM (CDT) at the Christian Church Shelton Memorial, Ulysses.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Christian Church Shelton Memorial, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100
Francis Fitzpatrick, 78, was born on June 6, 1936, in Kingman, Kan., to Thomas and Emma (née Murphy) Fitzpatrick. He grew up in Syracuse, Kan., and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1954. He died on April 6, 2015, at Vibra Healthcare in Thornton, Colo.
After moving to Colorado in the 1960s, Francis married Mary Okerson on Feb. 14, 1966, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Thornton, Colo. He lived in Westminster, Colo., from 1966 until he died. As a young man, he was a custom harvester in Kansas and Colorado. For more than 40 years, he was a truck driver for the company most recently known as Air Liquide. He delivered liquid nitrogen, oxygen and other industrial gases to hospitals, businesses and government facilities in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and several other states. He loved to drive, taking his family on vacations in South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas and Colorado.
Francis enjoyed square dancing, fishing, camping, reading, socializing with friends and cheering on his “adopted” grandchildren at their sports games. He was a huge Broncos fan and attended several games at Mile High Stadium. Francis suffered from pneumonia and COPD. His family wants to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff who treated him — especially those at National Jewish Health and Vibra Healthcare — for their care and support.
Francis is survived by his wife; his daughters, Victoria (Marc) Camron and Teresa (Marlin) Wegner, all of Westminster; his brother, Bill (Sherryl) Fitzpatrick of Wichita, Kan.; and many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Dolores Tuxhorn and Teresa Fitzpatrick.
A Rosary was said on Monday, April 13, with a Memorial Mass on Tuesday, April 14, both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 7595 Federal Blvd., Westminster, CO, 80030. He was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to National Jewish Health, P.O. Box 17169, Denver, CO, 80217-0169. Cards may be sent to the Fitzpatrick Family, 7484 Alcott St., Westminster, CO, 80030.
Douglas Kent Warner
Douglas Kent Warner, age 60, of Manor, Texas died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at his home in Manor, Texas. He was born March 2, 1955 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Richard LeRoy “Bud” and Betty (Buhrer) Warner.
Doug grew up in rural Kansas and graduated from Ulysses High School. He moved to Omaha, Neb. after graduation. Doug married Ann Jaynes on April 25, 1981 in Omaha. Doug obtained his associates degree from Metro Community College in Papillion, Nebraska. Doug worked at Olson Auto Group and Schrier Ford in Omaha. After living in Omaha for 30 years, the family moved to Manor. He worked himself up from a new car delivery mechanic, to assistant manager. He was currently a service advisor at KIA South in Austin, Texas. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed doing yard work. Doug would do anything for anyone. He was honest and loyal to employers, customers, and especially his family.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Manor; sons, Mark Warner and wife Laura of Elkhorn, Neb., Paul Warner and wife Jennifer of Papillion, Neb.; daughter, Lori Warner-Hartle and husband Mark of Omaha; mother, Betty Warner of Ulysses; sister, Rita Gee and husband Tony of Ulysses, and Judy Dieker of Emporia, Kan.; five grandchildren, Brad, Nick, Joseph Duarte, Brianna, and Alexandria. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Tyler Dieker and wife Emily, Erica Larson and husband Andy, Justin Gee and wife Michelle, and Jodi Gee; great-nieces and great-nephews, Tessa, Aiden, Addison, and Traceton.
Doug is preceded in death by his father, Bud.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Ulysses Cemetery in Ulysses, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be given to the Douglas Warner Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.
Myrna Katherine Webster
Myrna Katherine Webster, 91, passed away April 10, 2015 at the Hamilton County Hospital, Syracuse, Kan.
She was born Nov. 24, 1923 in Hanston, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Ada Lee Steffen. A lifetime area resident she was a homemaker and played the piano for the Hanston United Methodist Church for thirty plus years.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and was very active in the Hanston Senior Center, all of Hanston
On Nov. 24, 1946 she married Clarence N. “Pete” Webster in Kinsley, He passed away June 13, 2011.
Survivors Include: two daughters, Ardis (Clifford) Alexander, Satanta, Kan., and Ardeen Webster, Syracuse; a brother, Earl (Winn) Steffen, Burdett, Kan.; two granddaughters, Sidra (Marcus) Kraemer, and Erika Alexander, both of Satanta; two great grandchildren, Makennan and Maleah Kraemer, Satanta.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Steffen.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the United Methodist Church, Hanston, with Pastor Dennis Fulton presiding. Visitation was held Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Beckwith Funeral Home, Jetmore. Burial will be at the Brown’s Grove Cemetery, Burdett.
Memorials may be sent to the Hanston United Methodist Church in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663, Jetmore, KS 67854. Condolences may be left for the family at www.beckwithfuneralhome.com.
Harry Walter Thompson
Harry Walter Thompson, 81, of Emporia, Kan., died on April 9, 2015 at Emporia Presbyterian Manor.
Harry was born on Dec. 27, 1933 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Bertrand Floyd and Dorothy Orrilla Walter Thompson. He married Bernita Lonette Arnold on April 22, 1961 in Emporia. She died on May 3, 2001 in Emporia.
Surviving family members include: son, David W. Thompson of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters, Lisa A. Tosti of Sky Valley, Calif., and Lindsay A. Thompson of Reading, Kan.; grandsons, Salvatore Tosti of San Diego, Calif., Antonio Tosti of Riverside, Calif., and Zachary Sparks of Emporia; brothers, John Thompson of Gwinner, N.D., and Grady Thompson of Dodge City, Kan.; half-brother, Craig Thompson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and sister, Melissa Hartshorn of Syracuse.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Bert Thompson.
Before retiring in 1998, Harry worked in real estate investments in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Emporia for years. Harry served in the United States Air Force.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Emporia Presbyterian Church, Emporia. Burial will follow at the Patio Garden, Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, with military honors by Ball-McColm Post #5, American Legion, and Lowery-Funston Post #1980, Veterans of Foreign Wars. A visitation will be Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia. Memorial contributions to the Hamilton County Library or the Salvation Army may be sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsblue.com