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Skyland Grain Donates To Local Food Pantry

Justin Scott, Skyland Grain manager in Syracuse, Kan., recently presented a check to the Hamilton County Food Pantry in the amount on $333. The donation is part of their commitment to rural communities where Land O'Lakes Foundation matches donations by member cooperatives to help enhance the quality of life in Hamilton County. On hand to receive the donation was Kirsten Seal, local food pantry manager. 
"This will certainly help a lot with the cost of Christmas food baskets," Seal said.

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.

Christina Janiece (Hartshorn) Seybert

Funeral services for Granada, Colorado resident, Christina Seybert, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Curtis Hartshorn officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 also at the funeral chapel.
Christina Janiece (Hartshorn) Seybert was born on March 8, 1956 in Lamar, Colo. to Wallace “Babe” and Joyce (Mangan) Hartshorn.  She passed away on Nov. 10, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the age of 60.
Christina, better known as Tina to all who knew her, started school in Hartman, attended in Plainview, and eventually graduated from Holly High School in 1974. Tina began dating her future husband, Ron, in 1979 and they were married on May 24, 1980. Together, their family included four children, Tracee, Bryan, Veronica, and Jared.
Tina was a very hard worker and some of her more prominent assignments were as a reporter with the Holly Chieftain, the head of purchasing for Neoplan, and a bus driver and paraprofessional for Midlothian ISD. Tina officially retired from outside employment in January 2011 when she and Ron moved their household from Midlothian, Texas back to Granada, Colo. in order that she could be a full-time caregiver to her parents.
Tina spent her entire life taking care of others in some way or another. She was an excellent conversationalist, cook, and Nana to her seven grandchildren. She also dearly loved working in her yard, creating beautiful landscapes; renovating and remodeling with her power tools; and driving fast with her dear friend, Murphy.
Christina is survived by her husband, Ron Seybert of Granada; mother, Joyce Hartshorn of Granada; four children, Tracee Nelson-Yarborough and husband, David of Holly, Bryan Seybert and wife, Cori of Nampa, Idaho, Veronica Seybert of Holly, and Jared Seybert of Arlington, Texas; seven grandchildren; siblings, Kerry Hartshorn and wife, Shawna of Granada, Vincent Hartshorn of Granada, Monte Hartshorn of Lamar, and Lonna Westeman and husband, Del of Milford, Texas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace “Babe” Hartshorn; niece, Kaitlin Hartshorn; and nephew, Dustin Hartshorn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.
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Dale Cramer

Dale Cramer, cherished husband, beloved father and grandfather, inspirational educator, and loyal friend left this world unexpectedly on Oct. 14, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. with his wife and oldest daughter by his side.
Dales was born March 4, 1941 in rural Baca County, Colo. to Wayne and Mattie Cramer.  He graduated from Campo High School in 1959 and then from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1964.
As an educator, he left his mark not only on his student’s report card, but also on their life.  He taught three years in Sharon, Okla. and then in Syracuse, Kan. for 36 years.
Dale loved gardening, camping, fishing, baking, cooking, teaching, and playing cards with his friends.  Above all he loved his family and God.  He married Sammie Faurot on June 21, 1964 and to this union three children were born, Leslie, Dana and Jodi.
Dale was known to many as a man willing to do what it takes to provide for those he loved.  He was an honest, generous, and hard working man; he will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Mattie Cramer; and one brother Ivan Cramer. He is survived by his spouse, Sammie Cramer of Syracuse; one son, Dana Cramer of Syracuse; two daughters, Leslie Bearce (Dean) of Manter, Kan. and Jodi Nelson (Seth) of Johnson, Kan.; and one brother, Lynn Cramer (Lillie) of Pritchett, Colo.; as well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse.  Interment will be in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Colo. following lunch.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 1 to 5 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  United Methodist Church, and sent in care of  Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Mildred Ann "Mickey" (Tatum) Laubach


Mildred   Ann   “Mickey”   (Tatum)   Laubach,   age   90, passed   away   on Saturday,   Oct.   1,   2016   at   the Homestead   Health   &   Rehabilitation   in   Garden   City, Kan.   She   was   born   on   Sept.   6,   1926   in Taylor,   Miss.   the   daughter   of   Nathan   Brooks Tatum and Grace Corinne (Rowsey) Tatum.

Mickey began her life in Taylor and was the 4th   of   6   children   in   a   family   of   eight.   She   attended Courtland   High   School   and   graduated   in   1944.   On Oct. 14, 1945, she married Bernard Lee Laubach in Batesville, Miss. while he was in the Navy and they made their home in  Apponaug, R.I. In 1946, they moved back to Memphis, Tenn.  To this union two sons were born, Douglas Lee and Stephen Eric. In 1955, they moved to Coolidge, Kan. where Mickey was a housewife and taking care of her family.  In 1961 they moved to Syracuse where she worked at the Daugherty Drug   Store   for   several   years   as   well   as   working   in maintenance   at   the   Syracuse   grade   school.   She   got involved in painting at the age of 50 and was a member of   the   Trail   City   Art   Gallery in Coolidge. In 2013, she moved to the Seasons of Life Living Center due to her health. In April of this year, she moved to the Homestead Health & Rehabilitation in Garden City, and resided there until her passing.

Mickey had many hobbies including collecting Depression glass and   glass pitchers, painting, crocheting, reading, and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Grace Tatum; her spouse, Bernard Laubach; two brothers, Harry Lee Tatum and Lawrence Afton Tatum; and one sister, Mary Frances (Tatum) Tidwell.

She is survived by two sons, Douglas (& wife Melody) Laubach and Stephen (& wife Carolyn) Laubach, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Joe Price Tatum of Coldwater, Miss.; one sister, Grace   Jeanette (Tatum) Williams of Cordova, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Travis Laubach of Phoenix and Justin Laubach of La Quinta, Calif.; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to local charity or church of  choice, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments  LLC, P.O.  Box  1253, Syracuse,   KS   67878. 620-384-5100.

Charles William Kauffman

Charles William Kauffman, age 68, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at his residence in Garden City, Kan.  He was born on June 12, 1948 in Syracuse, the son of Charles O. and Ellen Mae Roth Kauffman.  He was a member of the Garden City community 1984 moving from Kendall, Kan. On December 16, 1971, he married Mary Kay Ellis in Goodland, Kan.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kauffman; three children, Charles and Melanie Kauffman of Garden City, Donalda and Rony Martinez of Garden City, and Mary Ellen Kauffman and James Isenbart of Dodge City, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, one uncle, and one nephew.

Open calling was held last on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Kendall United Methodist Church in Kendall. 

Memorials are suggested to the Charles Kauffman Memorial Fund or Michael J. Fox Foundation in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home; 620 N. Main St. Garden City, Kansas 67846.

Darland Graveside Services

Richard Eugene "Gene" Darland, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at his home in Cimarron, Kan. He was born on March 4, 1929 in Yates Center, Kan., the son of Arthur Raymond Darland and Mary Elizabeth (Louk) Darland.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Gene Darland Memorial Fund,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.