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Hamilton County Raises $52K To Benefit Local Year-Old Leukemia Patient

Several fundraisers were held recently to help with medical costs for Grayson Westeman, 1-year-old son of Heath and Raegan (Ewy) Westeman, grandson of Ron and Carolyn Ewy, former Syracuse residents, and grandson of Syracuse residents, Kyle Westeman and Pat Lampe. Grayson was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as ALL. With ALL, too many stem cells become cancerous, and do not work like normal lymphocytes and are not able to fight infection. As the leukemia cells increase in the blood and bone marrow, there is less room for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets which can lead to infection, anemia, and easy bleeding. The total duration of treatment for most ALL plans is 2-3 years. 

The first fundraiser was an auction and dinner held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Approximately 300 people gathered to enjoy a pulled pork meal with all the trimmings prepared by Glitz and Grills with food donated by Syracuse Food Center. 

"This is the biggest event I have seen at the fair building," said Shayla Hart, one of the event organizers.

There was standing room only, with the smaller, 4-H building needing to be opened up to seat those wishing to stay and eat.  

"The auction and supper raised over $50,000 with great helpers and great buyers," Hart said.  

Hart would like to thank the many people who came to eat and bid and also her fundraiser organizers, Brandon and Carolyn Westeman, Denise Finlay, Janet Weis, Darrin and Kim Urie, Mike and Jeanie Miller.  

One item, which arrived too late to be auctioned, was Scott City’s very own Ron Baker's jersey. Baker plays for the Wichita State University Shockers basketball team and the jersey was signed by the five WSU starters. The jersey will be on display at various businesses and tickets will be sold for $10/1 and $20/3 with proceeds to benefit Grayson. The jersey will be given away in the fall at the first football game.  

The second fundraiser, entitled Powder to People Run/Walk, was held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds and raised $2,007.50. Over 65 runners, ranging in ages from 3 to approximately 50, gathered to run 3.1 miles and be "powdered" every one-half mile with a different color. Event organizer, Juana Bustillos, attended a similar event last summer in Garden City, Kan., and decided she would try to "pull one off." With the help of Crystal Lampe, they purchased 250 pounds of corn starch and the job of mixing, drying and baking the powder began. 

When asked if this was something she would do again, Bustillos said, "I don't know, this was a lot of hard work, taking about 8 hours a day for four days to prepare the powder."  

The powder is available for purchase, but the cost would have been about $1,500. Also, assisting Bustillos the day of the event was the local Syracuse FFA Chapter, volunteering to throw the powder at the race participants, being especially careful of the younger runners, to avoid their faces. The race began with a cannon shooting colored powder at the crowd. Bustillos saw something similar in a Mazda commercial and thought it would be a neat idea. The FFA students took it upon themselves to make a similar cannon out of PVC pipe. 

"The event would not have been possible without a lot of help from volunteers, especially Michele Boy, Anita Dupree, Babette Lewis and Shayla Hart, and the FFA students," Bustillos said.

Bustillos would like everyone to be watching for details about the upcoming Glow Run being held again this year in July. This year the proceeds will benefit the local youth wrestling team.  

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.

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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 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

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

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

Joan Marie Bushman


Funeral service for Joan Marie Bushman, age 81 of Enid, Okla. was held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Maine Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Tom Pullin officiating. Burial was in the Alva Cemetery in Alva, Okla. with arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory. 


Joan was born on Jan. 2, 1934 in Hopeton, Okla. to Charles A. and Nola (Ipson) Nelson, and passed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


Joan grew up on the family farm east of Hopeton and graduated from Colorado Springs Bible College Academy.  On June 7, 1951 she married Jerald Bushman at Pleasant View Church near Dacoma, Okla.   They lived in Bethany and Newkirk, Oklahoma and later moved to Arkansas. Their next move took them to Oakley, Sharon Springs, Argonia and Syracuse, Kan.  In 1980 they moved to Sedona, Ariz., where they lived for 20 years. They moved back to Oklahoma in 2000, to be near family. After four years in Woodward, they moved to Enid in 2004.   Joan worked many years in hospitals and nursing homes as a nursing assistant.   She also worked as a doctor’s assistant for 18 years in Arizona. She was a member of Maine Church of the Nazarene. Her favorite hobby was China Painting. Joan loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, who were the light of her life. Her laughter was infectious and her smile beautiful.


Joan fulfilled the role of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31.  She was a very very good wife, mother, and pastor’s helper, being a kind and loving person, faithful and true all her life, the very best.


Joan is survived by her husband Jerald Bushman of the home; 4 children Dwight (Roxine) Bushman of Wakita, Okla., Dennis (Sheri) Bushman of Alva, Douglas (Laurie) Bushman of Enid, and Donna (Mark) Davis of Syracuse, Kan.; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Jaime (Craig) Ricke, and their children, Tatum and Trendon, of Alva, Shayna (Isaac) Hawkes, of Mesa, Ariz., Jared (Rachel) Bushman, and daughter, Adelaide, of Enid, Brandon (Amelia) Bushman, and their children, Lydia, Landon, Maesyn, of Alva, Jeff (Mary) Davis, of Denver, Colo., Nick (Joanne) Bushman, of Chicago, Ill.,  Dr. Jonathan (Jana) Bushman, and children, Avery and Aidan, of Enid, Randy (Brittany) Davis, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ashleigh (Matt) Walter, of Temecula, Calif.; 2 sisters Delores Gruner of Lakeside, Calif., and Wanona (Charles) Newlin of Alva; numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Maine Church of the Nazarene or the Gideons.  Guestbook is available at

Pauline Peterson

Pauline Peterson, age 92, of Johnson, Kan. died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan.  She was born Aug. 5, 1922 in Gray County, Kansas, the daughter of Harry and Jeanie (Wilson) Jacques.

Pauline grew up in Greeley County, Kan.  She attended school and graduated from Greeley County High School and continued her education at Dodge City Community College.  Pauline married Charles R. Peterson on Aug. 16, 1942.  She was a homemaker and farm wife.  She loved the land and wheat.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, growing flowers and tomatoes, playing cards, and was an avid KU basketball fan. 

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hinton-Walker and husband John of Potomac, Md., and Janet Thomeczek and husband Tommy of Syracuse, Kan.; one brother, Denton (Bud) Jacques of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Betty Bailey of Cimarron, Kan., and Alice Wagner of Scotts Bluff, Neb.; six grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles in 1993; son and daughter-in-law, Michael James Peterson and wife Sally; daughter, Candace Jean Peterson; brother, Don Jacques; and sisters, Irene Hunt and Ethel Stotts. 

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with Pastor Kurt Rovenstine officiating. Interment will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson.  Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetic Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.


Gary Dean Herrold

Gary Dean Herrold, 71, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 1:02 a.m., Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 while in the company of family members, at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, Kan., the result of a recent stroke. 

Gary was born in McPherson, Kan. on July 3, 1943, a son of Erma Dolores (Osborne) and Joyce Byron Herrold.

Gary attended Santa Fe Country School, and graduated from McPherson High School. He then attended and graduated from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas where he met the girl of his dreams. Gary and Janie lived in McPherson since August 1965 until 1972 when they moved to Syracuse, Kan. They lived in Syracuse until May of 1989 when they moved back to McPherson. 

He was a member of McPherson Church of Christ in McPherson, Pheasants Forever, and the N.R.A.

Gary worked for Cargill of McPherson and Farmers State Bank of Galva before working as Vice President for the Valley State Bank of Syracuse, and worked for worked for Cowtown Feed lot, both of Syracuse, was a farmer, worked for the Blakely Insurance Company and was currently working as a Crop Adjuster for the Great American Insurance Company. He really enjoyed the friendships that developed through all these associations. 

Gary was an avid hunter and enjoyed escorting his Ohio friends on guided hunts annually at Syracuse, and watching movies, gardening, golfing, Bullpup basketball, and traveling with Ardie. 

Gary Dean Herrold was united in marriage to Janie Nell Harper on August 31, 1963 at Lawton, Okla. To this incredible union were born two sons. Janie died on Nov. 12, 2007. 

Gary is survived by his son, Gregg D. Herrold, of McPherson; his granddaughters Paige M. Luthi and her husband Travis, of Salina, Kan. and Georgia D. Herrold, of McPherson; his great-granddaughter, Madilyn Luthi; his soul mate, Ardie Streit, of McPherson; his sister, Dolores Dotson and her husband Jim, of Kansas City, Kan.; his brother, Ralph Herrold, of Kansas City, Kan.; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Erma Herrold, his wife Janie H. Herrold, his son, Grant Douglas Herrold, and a brother Vaughn Ray Herrold.

A memorial service will be held at the McPherson Church of Christ, McPherson, Kansas, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 with Mr. Gary Witcher officiating. 

Family request donations to the Maude Carpenter Children's Home through the Church of Christ, McPherson or McPherson County Pheasants Forever and they can all be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.


Joe D. Glazier

Joe D. Glazier, age 54, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Via Christi- St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan.  Joe was born Dec. 28, 1960 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of William A. (Al) & Vivian Dusenbery Glazier. He was a 1978 graduate of Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Texas.  Joe was a truck driver and had been a Greeley County resident since 1980 relocating from Martinsville. On August 29, 1981 he married Shawna Paxman in Tribune, Kan.

He is survived by his wife, Shawna Glazier of Horace, Kan.; a daughter, Courtney & Jordan Harney of Tribune; his mother, Vivian Glazier of Killeen, Texas; five siblings, Al & Carolyn Glazier of Nacogdoches, Texas, Diane Fleishman from Texas, Paul & Lydia Glazier of Killeen, Grover & Margaret Glazier of Knob Noster, Mo., Mary & Lee Tresner of Nacogdoches, and Sue & John Tackett of Killeen. He was preceded in death by his father, William Glazier, and son, Christopher Glazier in 2009.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Tribune with Shanon Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Joe D. Glazier Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at