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New Staff Settles In After School Year Begins

As the new school year begins, USD 494 welcomes five new faces to their staff.  They are Becky Clark, Emily Young, Kyle Roberts, Cathy Fitzgerald and Doris Garcia. Two of the new staff are Syracuse natives while the other three have moved in from other areas.

Becky Clark, Syracuse Elementary School Principal, was born and raised in Garden City, Kan., and received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University, a master’s degree from FHSU and completed a post graduate program in Autism and Asperger’s from Kansas University.  

She has two children Staton, nine and Bekah who is four.  Clark’s interests include spending time with family, reading, traveling, target shooting, gardening and golf.  

"I am excited to be part of the Bulldog family! I have been super impressed with the positive ‘can do/pull together’ attitude of our elementary staff. We have a lot of changes coming down from Topeka and that ‘can do’ attitude will be a great asset as we adapt and develop our systems in response to those changes. I have already seen so many examples of staff members going above and beyond the call of duty to meet the unique individual learning needs of students.  That level of dedication and commitment speaks volumes about the quality of our staff.  I am looking forward to a great year,” Clark said.

Emily Young is the Syracuse Junior High Science teacher. Young was born and raised in Syracuse and is a 2006 graduate from Syracuse High School.  She graduated in 2012 from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.  Her interests include biking and gardening. 

"My first few days went very smoothly thanks to all the staff. I am glad to be working with a great staff and enjoy the kids I have met so far, and can't wait to meet more,” Young said.

Kyle Roberts is the new Transportation Director.  He was born and raised in Syracuse and a 1977 Syracuse High School graduate.  Roberts owned his own trucking business for many years before moving to Texas to work as a heavy equipment operator in the gas field.  Wanting to be close to family and friends again, he returned to Syracuse and soon after applied for the Transportation Director position.  He has three children and in his spare time likes to ride his motorcycle, spend time with the grandkids and enjoys snowmobiling in the winter.  

"I have enjoyed working with the staff and students, that is one of the reasons I wanted to apply for the position,” Roberts said.  

Cathy Fitzgerald, Syracuse High School Interrelated Special Education teacher, is originally from Jacksonville, Fla.  She and her husband, Richard, live in Johnson, Kan., where he is the pastor at the Methodist Church.  She obtained an Associate Degree in Recreation from Montreat College in Montreat, N.C., Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree  in Physical Education/Special Education from University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies and Missions from Christ to the World Bible Training Center in Jacksonville and a Master of Adapted Special Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Special Education Transition from Kansas University.  She has also coached girls basketball, volleyball, swimming and coed track. Her interests include learning, listening to music, singing and playing guitar and bass. She also enjoys people and cooking.   

"Although being new to Syracuse was overwhelming, many people went out of their way to be helpful and make me feel welcome.  Students and staff alike are some of the nicest people I have had the privilege to be around,” Fitzgerald said. 

Doris Garcia, Syracuse Elementary School secretary, relocated to Syracuse from California.  Her husband, Emmanuel, had a job opportunity with Frontier Dairy. Garcia is enjoying the small town and how nice and helpful people are.  They have three children. They are Esteban who is eight years old, Damian age 5 and Emily age 3. All three of them enjoy playing outside. When Garcia has some spare time she enjoys scrapbooking.  

“I do enjoy working with the students,” said Garcia. “I have worked in an office before but not with students. This is something new for me and I am really liking it.”

Seen on the Scene


Francine Jane ( Binkie) Parker (Morrell)

Francine Jane ( Binkie) Parker (Morrell) died suddenly on Thursday 9-11.

She was born is Syracuse on November the 12 ,1950

Survived by Her husband Tom Parker of Orangvale, Calif. twin brother Butch Morrell and sister Bobbie in Wichita, ks.

Service is pending.

Orville Keith Brown

Orville Keith Brown, resident of Somerville, Tenn., longtime resident of Syracuse, Kan. and retired oil rig roughneck, departed this life Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2014 at the Pine Meadows Healthcare Center in Bolivar where he resided for eight months. He was 71 years of age.


Services and Interment for Mr. Brown will be private. Arrangements will be provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center - Main Chapel of Somerville.


Mr. Brown was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Pueblo, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer O. Brown and Geraldine Patterson Brown. He moved with his family at an early age and received his education in the Kansas Public School System. Mr. Brown was a resident of the Somerville Community for one year and enjoyed fishing, bowling and hunting. He leaves many friends in Syracuse, where he spent the majority of his life.


Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Velvet Schultz (Carl) of Somerville.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Amerin; his son, Vance; his sister, Marilyn Jean Holiday; and his brother, Jackie Brown.


The family requests that memorials be directed to the church, charity or organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook

Clinton R. Shetterly


Clinton R. Shetterly, age 62, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at his home in Burwell, Neb. Clinton was born Jan. 16, 1952 to Betty and Richard Shetterly. He graduated from Kendall High School in 1970 in Kendall, Kan. He went to work for the Kendall Co-Op. Jan. 15, 1973 he was drafted into the Army. After his discharge he went to work on his family’s ranch near Amelia, Neb.

     April 24, 1976 he married Sharon Zulkoski. He then went to work as a salesman for Mid State Co-op as a salesman, then Ag West and finally Big Red Feed. He took early retirement due to his health. 

     Clint was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and camp with family and friends. He especially enjoyed taking the Simon girls camping and fishing; high point for him being teaching Faith and Hanna sporting clays.

     He is survived by his wife of 38 years Sharon, his son Clint Shawn and friend Cassie Chapman, granddaughter Corrien of Ord, Neb., son Casey of Henry, Neb.; his father Richard of Burwell; and two sisters, Kay and Linda also of Burwell. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty (Burch) Shetterly.

A memorial service for friends and family Saturday, Sept. 13 was held at his home in Burwell at 6 p.m. Memorials may be sent to his family. Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow, Neb. is assisting the family.


Patterson Grissom

Patterson Grissom, 89, passed away peacefully Sept. 3, 2014 at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Facility in North Hills, Calif. where he had resided the last three years. He was born Feb. 27, 1925 to Bernice and Clyde Grissom in Syracuse, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Grady and Garth, and is survived by five nephews and a niece.  

Pat had a farm deferment in World War II, but he made the decision to relinquish the deferment and immediately entered basic training in the Army.   He was soon sent to Germany where he was wounded on March 26, 1945.  Despite the spinal cord injury, he remained active and positive throughout he life and was an inspiration to all.  

Pat was very active in community service to paraplegics:

Fourth National President of the Paralyzed Veteran’s Association 1950-1951

Third President of the California Paralyzed Veterans Association 

Received PVA SPEEDY Award September 2001.  The “Speedy” is the highest honor bestowed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and is presented annually to the person in recognition of significant contributions to improving the lives of America’s paralyzed veterans.

Member of the Long Beach Flying Wheels basketball team, the first all-veteran paraplegic team to crisscross the USA to promote the abilities of people with disabilities and educate the general public. 

He was active in PVA and/or CPVA continuously starting in 1946 for 55 years.  Pat held every officer, board or director post within the CPVA chapter.   

He appeared in the Stanley Kramer film “The Men” starring Marlon Brando, which focused on the challenges of those with spinal cord injuries. 

After being transferred to Birmingham VA hospital in the San Fernando Valley, Pat resided in southern California in order to be close to the facilities at Long Beach VA hospital.  His dedicated caregiver Carlos Perez was with Pat the last eleven years and greatly increased his quality of life.

For many years, Pat drove himself from California back to his home in Southwest Kansas for the Christmas holidays, where he was always the center of attention and the life of the party.  His booming laugh and outgoing personality were staples of many social gatherings.   

Pat will be inurned next to his parents at Hamilton County Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. 

Betty Jean (O'Brate) Johnson

Betty Jean (O’Brate) Johnson, age 83, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on January 24, 1931 in Enid, Okla., the daughter of Howard O’Brate and Laura Marie (Wood) O’Brate.

Betty moved to Syracuse just prior to her Junior year in high school, graduating in 1948.  On June 6, 1948, she married Rusty Johnson in Syracuse where they made their home. To this union six children were born, Linda, Terry, Cheri, Kelly, Randy, and Phil. She was a wonderful mother to all of her children and did many things to keep the farming operation going including, running either the tractor or combine, fixing meals during harvest, or just tending to the everyday needs of the family as a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed living in Syracuse where she lived the majority of her life and resided there until her passing.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Syracuse. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, sewing, crocheting, traveling, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Laurie O’Brate, and one infant daughter, Linda Johnson.

She is survived by three sons, Kelly Johnson of Syracuse, Randy (& wife Trynna) Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Phil Johnson of Chandler, Ariz.; two daughter, Terry Johnson of Chandler, Ariz. and Cheri (& husband Wade) Roberts of Tempe, Ariz.; one brother, Cecil (& wife Francis) O’Brate of Garden City, Kan.; three grandchildren, Scott Mossman of Chandler, Brady (& husband Andy) Graham of Chandler, and Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach; two great grandchildren, Brinkley Marie Graham & Adam Andrew Graham of Chandler, and numerous other family members and friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 from 1 p.m to 7 p.m (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC of Syracuse.

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


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 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 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.