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Hospital Board Cancels Meeting Abruptly, Community Angered

The meeting of the Hamilton County Hospital Board on July 17, included a crowd of 50-60 people to voice their concerns about situations at the hospital. Also in attendance were Sheriff Richard Garza and two other deputies. No one requested the officers’ attendance, but they decided to come just as a presence. They never had to take action against anyone, but stood and listened.

People waited for an hour while the Board reviewed the preliminary results of the audit, then a 30 minute executive session with Peggy Hansen from CPSI Consultants. 

After the executive session, Hansen reported to those present her findings as to the overall health of the hospital and her opinions as to the community and staff. Most of her report pertained to how the hospital could make more money, but did not include any mention of the morale problem, staffing or patient care.

“This is hard time for health care. Hard times,” Hansen said. “First of all you have to stand by the CEO. That’s first. You have to support the decisions. That’s first. Like it or not, like him or not that’s irrelevant. I don’t particularly like him, but I support the decisions.”

Members of the audience pointed out to Hansen that Hamilton County Hospital CEO, Bryan Coffey couldn’t fire her if she disagreed with him. 

“He doesn’t fire them. Human Resources fires them,” Hansen said. “He doesn’t have the authority, Human Resources does. That’s the one you need to attack.”

Hansen continued to chastise the audience concerning how the community and staff were responding to the actions of hospital administration.

“I’m here to tell you if you don’t change, and you don’t look forward you will be closed in one year,” Hansen said.

Evelyn Drew responded to Hansen’s prediction by telling her “You are really not that smart about our community.”

Hansen replied, “Oh yeah I am honey, a lot more than you are. Sorry.”

Derogatory comments made by Hansen concerning the community, the hospital staff and then Drew was not well received by those in attendance causing people to start voicing their opinions. 

Hospital Board President Kent Schwieterman got everyone’s attention by pounding the table and yelling “Excuse me!” Schwieterman then explained the board’s feelings about the matter.

“We are running this as a meeting, if you want to crucify everyone I guess you can. In the past eight years we have released seven administrators. Do we want to go down that road again like every year? Whoever wants to be on the Board and does the Board education, can to the community ask for another three million dollars so we can survive, or do we want to look forward and try to make a better place? I understand there will be turnover. It’s not always easy,” Schwieterman said.

At this point Hansen walked out of the meeting. Coffey passed out Board education material and discussed it with the Board.

Schwieterman announced that Michele Boy asked to be on the Agenda.

Boy had asked Coffey in advance to place her on the Agenda. The Board agreed and allotted her 10 minutes to give her comments. 

Before Boy could begin, Coffey explained to everyone how it would be handled. 

“Before you begin, let’s just cover a few ground rules,” Coffey said. “Michele Boy is the only person on the Agenda. So if you’re not Michele Boy you need to hold your comments. If you would like to present them at another Board meeting please come see me, or call me at the hospital as I prepare the Agenda in conjunction with the Board.”

Coffey explained how the Board and the Administrator were there to listen to comments by Boy.

“I just want to make everyone clear that’s not going to come into a public session,” Coffey said. “It’s not discourse. The Board is here to listen. The Administrator’s here to listen. Michele Boy gets to speak her peace, but it’s not a dialog back and forth. All of this was confirmed by the Board as well. Are we in agreement? OK, that’s how it’s going.”

As she stood up and got started she stated the fact that she had 10 minutes and she made notes to help stay in that time frame. At that comment Coffey held up his hand indicating she had five minutes. 

“I asked for ten, I was told ten,” Boy said, as she looked to the Board for confirmation. The Board nodded in agreement and Boy continued. 

Boy spent her first minute thanking the Board and Coffey for their work and the time they have spent for the community. Boy then stated she had a concern about former employees whom she talked to and the fact that they exhibited signs of abuse when talking about the hospital and why they had left. She related how the employees had explained to her how policies changed daily, that Mr. Coffey will storm in causing employees to cry or scream, people walk around on eggshells.

Coffey got up and walked around the room muttering, throwing his arms around and slamming a water glass down. He then started trying to talk over Boy. Others asked him to allow Boy to talk.

“This is for executive session,” Coffey said. 

Several responded by saying “This is Michele’s time.”

Coffey then told those in attendance, “No, this is not Michele’s time.”

Board member Fred Ayers then made a motion to adjourn the meeting until 8 a.m. the next day. The motion died on the table. At that time Coffey accused Boy of slander. The people in attendance argued with the Board that it was not slander and Boy had ten minutes and to let her finish.

“I was not slandering and in fact, I have some solutions if Mr. Coffey would be interested in hearing them,” Boy said.

Board President Kent Schwieterman then announced they were going into an executive session with Michele Boy. There was no motion, second, vote or explanation as to why the executive session was being called. 

As the group filed into a private room, Coffey was confronted by Don Frazer about a bill Frazer submitted to the hospital, but had not been paid. The bill was for IT work that the hospital had hired Frazer to do.

“Listen buddy, I will see you in court if you don’t pay my bill,” Frazer said. “Do you understand what I am saying.”

Coffey turned around and addressed Frazer’s comment.

“You billed fraudulently to the hospital (not understandable)”, Coffey said. 

“Bulls**t,” responded Frazer. 

Frazer did later apologize to those present for his language and also stated what was owed and why.

After a few minutes in private the board meeting, Coffey came out from the executive session. Boy left without speaking to anyone. 

Coffey discussed what the process was for anyone who had concerns about the hospital. Those with concerns are to write a letter to the Board Chairman Kent Schwieterman. Coffey then went on to explain why it would be done this way.

“Because we are not going to have a group of fifty people who want to sit back and take pot shots,” Coffey said. “It doesn’t work that way and it’s not going to work that way now.”

When the Syracuse Journal asked when the next Board meeting would be, Schwieterman responded it would the third Thursday of next month. 

“I think you guys are cowards, every one of you, that’s what I think,” former Board member Tim Haslett said. 

“I think you should get up and get in my office Tim,” responded Coffey. “Why don’t you come in my office and talk to me about it. You’re a sniper.”

Four members of the Board and Coffey then left the meeting. Three Board members, Janet Weiss, Todd Traylor and Dave Simon stayed. The three who stayed made it very clear they wanted to hear the concerns of the community, but they could not make any comments or answer any questions.

Twice during this time phone calls were made to the remaining Board members telling them that one of them had to leave because there were too many Board members still there. Dave Simon decided to leave to avoid any problems. Traylor and Weiss stayed.

“I will stay here until 1:30 in the morning if I have to, but I will listen to you,” Traylor said.

For the next two hours employees, former employees and community members expressed concerns over a variety of issues. At the forefront was the way employees are treated. Other concerns included HIPPA violations, complaints of sexual harassment not being taken care of, lack of critical supplies and failure by the hospital to pay bills to vendors.

Many who did express opinions or told the remaining Board members their experiences also expressed a concern that on Friday morning they would not have a job. Those fears were realized when by 9 a.m. on Friday, three people had been fired. Two hours later three more had been fired. One more was sent home after being told she would be called if she were needed. She went back after lunch and turned in her resignation.

Seen on the Scene


James E. Dyck

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


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


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


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



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

Evelyn Kay Farmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cynthia Katharine Lewis


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


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


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


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


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


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


Online condolences may be directed to the family at


William Winfield Slaven

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

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

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

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

Joan LaVerne O'Brate


Joan LaVerne O’Brate, 81, of Topeka, Kan. passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014 following a brief illness.  She was born in Garden City, Kan. on Oct. 1, 1932 and was the oldest of four daughters to Earl and LaVerne Cook. She married Tony O’Brate on Dec. 27, 1953 in Garden City.  

Joan graduated from Garden City High School and graduated cum Laude in three years from Southwestern College with a degree in History.  She received her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education (History) from Adams State College and her Library Certification from Emporia State College.  

Joan retired from more than 36 years of teaching in 1995.  She taught English, American Government, and Library in Mulvane, Kan., Towanda, Kan., Winfield, Kan., Granada, Colo., and Syracuse, Kan.  She greatly enjoyed sponsoring the Kayettes, the National Honor Society, the Quiz Bowl Team, and her Library Aides.

Joan and Tony have lived in Topeka since 2001, and were long-time residents of Syracuse.  She played the cello in her high school and college orchestra and quartets.  She enjoyed singing in the Syracuse First United Methodist choir.  She was never without a book in her hand, and instilled a love of reading in her children, grandchildren, and students.   She loved to travel, and took several cruises after she retired.  She also enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, especially her youngest, Hunter.  She was famous for doing crossword puzzles in ink, although she would always ask for help to fill in the blanks. She also loved her cats, Abby and Tasha.

Joan was a member of the Syracuse First United Methodist Church. She was president of both the Garden City and the Topeka Delta Kappa Gamma.  She was, also, the reservation chairman of the Topeka Area Retired Teachers Association.

Joan is survived by her husband, Tony O’Brate of Topeka, her children, Jennifer (Keith) Roberts of Woodbridge, Va.,  Greg O’Brate (Tammy Runnebaum), Joellyn O’Brate, and Martin (Tracie) O’Brate of Topeka, her 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and her 3 sisters, Jean Murry of Coffeyville, Okla., Janet Bowlby of Garden City, Kan., and Judy Taldo of Park City, Kan.  She is also survived by her life-long friend, Shirley Anne Blackwell, friends, Phyllis Howard and K.J. King, and across-the-street neighbors, Ron and Sue Davis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Syracuse First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.  Interment will be in the Syracuse City Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements are made by Dove Cremation, Topeka, Kan.  

Alice Ann Golladay

Alice Ann Golladay was born March 6, 1931, in rural Ellsworth County, Kansas to C.F. Handlin and Hester Ann Lang Handlin. She departed this life Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in her new home in Prairie Village, Kan., at the age of 83. Alice grew up on a farm in Ellsworth County. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1949 and then pursued studies in Home Economics for two years at Kansas State University where she met Richard Golladay on a blind date. They were married on December 30, 1951, and their marriage was blessed with six children: David, Roy, Charles, Margaret Ann, Vernon, and Mary Alice. 

Alice was an Eastern Star member and a 4-H leader. She was an award-winning seamstress and made beautiful wedding and birthday cakes. Her homemade pickles and jelly were family favorites. She judged foods and clothing at surrounding fairs. She started selling Avon as a hobby, but it soon became her passion. That passion, however, paled in comparison to her life-long devotion to K-State. In their later years, Richard and Alice enjoyed playing cards and bingo with their friends. They taught their children and grandchildren how to play cards and dominoes, and many family gatherings ended with a game. 

Alice was preceded in death by her son David, husband Richard, parents, brothers Paul, Robert, Roy, Dale, and Ben, sister Fae, and grandson Jason Golladay. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her brothers Ralph and Max Handlin, and children Roy and wife Denise of Ionia, Mich., Charles and wife Marsha of Lenexa, Kan., Margaret Hartman and husband Curtis of Prairie Village, Kan., Vernon and wife Gretchen of Auburn, Kan., Mary Hensley and husband David of Kansas City, Mo., fifteen grandchildren, and many friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 5 at the McDonald Funeral Home followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Beloit. Visitation was held Friday, July 4 at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Osborne County 4-H or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Dee Duane Potter

Dee Duane Potter passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the age of 71, at the Kansas Heart Hospital, in Wichita, Kan. He was born on March 29, 1943 in Syracuse, Kan. the son of Emery T. Potter and Pauline (Hoff) Potter.

Dee began his life in Syracuse growing up on the farm and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1961. Shortly after graduation, he began his military service in the United States Army National Guard, and completed his military service in 1970. On Feb. 2, 1969, he married Marion Lavon Baldwin in Liberal, Kan. and made their home on the farm south of Syracuse. To this union the one son Randal was born. Dee worked at what he loved the most of and that was being a farmer. He retired in 2008, and he and Marion moved into Syracuse. Dee and Marion enjoyed their time together after retiring where they spent their winters visiting and living in Casa Grande, Ariz. Dee enjoyed the time away from Syracuse, but always enjoyed coming home to where his roots were, and resided there until his untimely passing. 

Dee was a member of the Syracuse Southern Baptist Church, and the Gideons.  He enjoyed working with stain glass, wood working, bowling, he enjoyed serving others in any possible way, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Pauline Potter; and one brother-inl-law, Dick Holdren.

He is survived by his spouse, Marion Lavon (Baldwin) Potter of Syracuse; one son,        Randal (& wife Mayumi) Potter of Toyonaka, Japan; one brother, Roger (& wife Kay) Potter of Tribune, Kan.; one sister, Beverely Holdren of Manhattan, Kan.; two granddaughters, Elina Grace  & Lisa Clara Potter both of Toyonaka, Japan; and numerous family members and friends

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the VIP Senior Center or Gideons, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Karen Sue (Turner) Kane

The graveside services for Karen Sue (Turner) Kane, 71 of Syracuse, Kan., formerly of Enid, Okla., will be held privately at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid.


Karen was born to Joe and Violet (Roberts) Turner on July 17, 1942. She was born and raised in Enid, graduating from Enid High School in 1960. Karen married Harold Kane in the Church of the Nazarene, in Enid on August 19, 1960.


They lived various places throughout the world supporting her husband’s United States Air Force career. After his retirement from the Air Force, the couple made their home in Las Vegas, Nev. where she received her Heart Technician education and certification. She worked as a heart tech for nearly 30 years. The couple retired to Syracuse, Kan. in 2008.


Karen was an avid animal lover and had three very special Yorkies.


She is survived by her husband of over 54 years, Harold of the home; four sisters (Dolores Storey of Oklahoma City, Anita Baker of Cedar Point, N.C., Loretta Johnson of Plano, Texas and Yvonne Jones of Garland, Texas); numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephew, cousins and Kookie.


She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers (J.E. Turner, Jack Turner of Scotland, S.D., and Max Turner).


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Donald Marion Adair

Funeral services for Donald Adair will be held at p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Holly High School in Holly, Colo. Burial will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 27th at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly. 


Donald Marion Adair was born in Pueblo, Colorado on May 13, 1941 to Jacob Marion and Ruth (Prosser) Adair. He passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Eads, Colorado at the age of 73. 


Don attended Mesa Junior College and then Western State College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. He later received his Master’s Degree. It was at Mesa College where he met his wife, Sharon Smith Adair. They married on September 16, 1961 and were married for almost 53 years. To this union they had four children, Curtis, Sparky, Allison, and Audra. 


Don taught and coached in Holly for 34 years where he led his wrestling teams to 12 state championships; including over 40 individual state champion wrestlers. He then moved to Eads and taught another 3 years. He wrapped up his career as a substitute teacher and coach in Cherry Creek School District. He and Sharon retired in their home in Eads. He was diagnosed with a rare condition, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, in 2010. 


Don is survived by his wife, Sharon of Eads; two sons, Curtis Adair and wife, Jennifer Kiddie Adair of Peoria, Ariz. and Sparky Adair and wife, Kimberly Goolsby Adair of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two daughters, Allison and husband, Marty Cutler of Craig, Colo. and Audra and husband, JW Neal of Holly; brother, Bill Adair of Huston, Texas; cousin, Melvin Diffendaffer and wife Myralee of Clifton, Colo., 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Ruth Adair. 


In lieu of flowers, the Adair family is requesting donations be made to Holly Wrestling Club or Weisbrod Memorial Nursing Home in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Albert "Al" Wayne Glasscock

Albert “Al” Wayne Glasscock passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the age of 89, at the Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, Kan. He was born on May 22, 1924 in Fairbury, Neb., the son of Stephen Archibald Glasscock and Letha Louella (Riggle) Glasscock.

Al began his life in Fairbury and attended Fairbury High School, graduating in 1942. Shortly after graduation he began his military service in the United States Army during World War II, and served in the European Theater. On Nov. 24, 1946, he married Inez Marie Brunkow in Fairbury. Al began working with Busboom & Rauh, where he served a 3 year apprentice laying brick in Salina, Kan. He became an excellent bricklayer, laying brick all over Kansas and on many businesses and houses in Johnson, Manter, Ulysses, Lakin, Tribune and Syracuse. In 1961, Al and Inez moved to Syracuse where they managed the 66 Café and later designed and built the Holiday Capri and managed it until 1968. When the Valley State Bank was built he was the only stonemason available in the area. He was very inspirational in the many things he gave to his community. The Wacker Memorial at the Little League Ball Park, along with the base for the Bulldog and all the brick in front of it at the Syracuse High School. He also laid the brick for the Dick Holdren Memorial at the Little League Park and the bulletin board in front of the Presbyterian Church in Syracuse to name a few. He had a great enjoyment of living in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.

Al was a member of the American Legion & Masonic Lodge, both of Syracuse and the Order Of Eastern Star of Lakin. He was also a member of the BMPIU – Brick, Mason, Plaster’s & Tile Setters, International Union, where he received his 65 year award in 2011 in Wichita, Kan. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing things up and making things, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Letha Glasscock; three brothers, Lewis Glasscock, George Glasscock, and Robert Glasscock; five sisters, Theresa Martin, Infant Lily Glasscock, Thelma Martin, Emma Schultz and June Stapules. 

He is survived by his spouse, Inez Glasscock of Syracuse; one son, Michael (& wife Cookie) Glasscock of Lake City, Colo.; one brother, Stephen (& wife Peggy) Glasscock of Wichita; one sister, Alice Westerhoff of Wichita; one granddaughter, Heather Glasscock of Evans, Colo.; three step grandaughters, Sonya & Jordon Roberts of Gunnison, Colo., and Nicole Goring of Bayfield, Colo.; one step grandson, Nathan (& wife Jessie) Gordon of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; five step great grandchildren, Drake & Maya Roberts, Makyla & Geron Goring, and Kiara Gordon; and numerous family members and friends.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Inurnment will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Syracuse Masonic Lodge or Hamilton County Library, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.