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Kullot To Play Golf At Kansas Wesleyan University

Recent 2016 Syracuse High School graduate Ira Kullot has signed a letter of intent to play golf for Kansas Wesleyan University last Friday, June 24.
On hand were head women’s and men’s coach Randy Bemiss, Syracuse High School golf coach Rick Mathis, Kullot and his father, Dan. Bemiss became aware of Kullot about a year ago through Kiah Rash, KWU women’s golf athlete and from Kamie Rash, KWU graduate, golf athlete and assistant coach.
“They both spoke highly of Ira, in fact nobody has ever said a bad word about him,” Bemiss said. 
Bemiss had an opportunity to watch Kullot at the state tournament held May 22 at Salina Municipal Golf Course, and really liked what he saw. Kullot was runner-up at state, a title Bemiss felt he deserved. The State 3-A Champion, Troy Watson, will be a teammate of Kullot’s, also coming to play at KWU.
“The two of them will probably be the best thing that has happened to each other,” Bemiss said.
Bemiss said they would push one another in their competitive play at the college level. Although Kullot has never met Watson, his brother Will played with him at the state tournament, and the boy’s parents have met. Kullot feels like Watson is someone he could get along with, having some of the same interests, which is important since they will be roommates.
“I think it is really cool for Ira, it came at the very end, but he played well at state and he was not ready to be done,” Coach Mathias said.
Kullot had an opportunity to visit KWU and really liked the program, meeting several players and was impressed with the campus overall.
“I had also heard a lot of good things about the program from a lot of people, especially the Rash girls, but Coach Bemiss really made me want to play there,” Kullot said.
Kullot will move in mid-August and begin preparing for the first tournament over Labor Day in Oklahoma City. According to Bemiss, whether the freshman make the team or not, they will go to the event, playing on an A or B team or individually. Adding, they have a deep roster with good players and will lose three at semester, so this fall season is very important.
Kullot graduated from Syracuse High School in May and is the son of Dan and Karin Kullot. He will be majoring in business at KWU.

Manuel Alonso Perea

Manuel Alonso Perea, age 58, passed away on June 25, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Kendall, Kan. He was born on May 5, 1958, the son of Ramon Perea and Catalina (Villanueva) Perea.

Manuel began his life in Nuevo Madera, Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in in a small town woking in farming and helping on the family farm. He enjoyed playing baseball and swimming as a child with his brothers. When the family needed money he hustled playing pool to bring money to his family and also bought groceries for his mother. He moved to the U.S. in 1981 and resided in Flagstaff, Ariz. for a short time. He later moved to Syracuse, Kan. and began working for George Kohman where he was employed for 8 years. In 1991, he began his journey with the Cactus Feedyard and worked there until 2011. On May 8, 1993, he married Olga Lilia Perez in Syracuse and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union two children were born Daisy and Luis. In 2000, he purchased his favorite pet horse "Pinto" for his son to learn to ride at a young age. In 2013. he began working for Anthony Englert, where he enjoyed working on the farm and working with livestock and was a very hard working man. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his untimely passing.

He enjoyed working on his pickup, playing pool, watching Luis play baseball, watching his kids grow and attending both of their graduations. He loved to fish, and spend time with his many pets, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Catalina Perea; two brothers, Pedro Perea and Jose Perea; and one sister, Maria Jesus Perea.

He is survived by his wife, Olga Lilia (Perez) Perea of Syracuse; one son,     Luis David Perea; one daughter, Daisy Adilene Perea of Garden City, Kan., four brothers, Alfredo Perea of Nuevo Madera, Socorro (& wife Loudres) Perea of Lakin, Kan., Ramon Perea of Cuanutemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Miguel Angel Perea of Nuevo Madera; three sisters, Luzelena Perea of Nuevo Madera, Mia Perea of Madera, and Esperanza Perea of Sinalua, Mexico; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from Noon to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church. Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Manuel Perea Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Vida Marie (Woolery) Maddox

Vida Marie (Woolery) Maddox, age 77, passed away on June 13, 2016 at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. She was born on May 29, 1939, the daughter of Floyd Edgar Woolery and Lillian Alice (Wright) Woolery.

Vida began her life in Syracuse, Kan. and grew up in northwest rural Stanton County and attended the Lone Star Country School near Manter, Kan. until she was a freshman, then she attended Manter High School and graduated in 1957. In 1958, she married Donald Post, and to this union five children were born; Dyvonne, Lorri, Elaine, Steven, and Darin. They made their home in Syracuse for a short time and later moved to Manter. Vida was a homemaker during this time until Donald’s passing. She later married Stanley Ping in 1965, and they later divorced. To this union one child was born, Dawn. They made their home in Syracuse where she became a CNA and began working at the Donahue Hospital. She also was a waitress at the Uptown Cafe all the while she was taking care of her children's needs. After her divorce she continued as a CNA and a waitress at the Uptown Cafe. She worked at the Hamilton County Hospital as a CNA  and was an EMT for many years.  In 1988, she quit working at the hospital and began Drug Testing. She lived in Syracuse the majority of her life and resided there until her untimely passing.

Vida was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Syracuse, and a past member of the Manter United Methodist Church. She enjoyed music, and took great pride in playing the piano, guitar, and accordion. She loved her dogs, working in her yard, camping, fishing, crocheting, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards with friends, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Edgar Woolery; her first spouse, Donald Post; her second spouse, Stanley Ping; a daughter,     Lorri Cullison; and a sister, Wanda Jones.

She is survived by her mother, Lillian Alice Woolery; a sister, Lois (husband Kenneth) Hudgens; two sons,     Steven (wife Sandra) Post of Manter, and     Darin Post of Johnson, Kan.; three daughters, Dyvonne (husband Ron) Sides of Hugoton, Kan., Elaine (husband Michael) Meeks of Haysville, Kan., and Dawn (husband Steve) Higgins of Buckeye, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren, Alicia (husband Jamey) Branson of Haven, Kan., Darii (husband Lane) Thompson of Wellston, Okla.,  Michael (wife Amanda) Randle of Hugoton, Kan.,       Matthew (wife Tashina) Cullison of Turpin, Okla., Josh McInturff of Newton, Kan., Allison Lahey of Moscow, Kan., Erik (wife Courtney) McInturff of Hutchinson, Kan., David (wife Amanda) Post of Hutchinson, Marcus (wife Amy) Post of Manter, Tara Cullison of Moscow, Dylissa (husband Robert) Hill of Hugoton, Dustin (wife Franke) Post of Liberal, Kan., Derian (husband Derek) Brewer of Wichita, Kan., and Hunter Higgins of Buckeye; 28 great grandchildren; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Memorial Services were held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church, in Syracuse, KS. Inurnment followed in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Syracuse Humane Society, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. (620) 384-5100.

Thelma E. Branine

Thelma E. Branine, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kan.  She was born on Aug. 13, 1917 in Carman, Ill., the daughter of Cleveland and Nellie Bollander Polson.  She was resident of Scott City since July of 2013, relocating from Pueblo, Colo. She was a farm wife and Avon Representative and a member of the United Methodist Church in Holly, Colo. On Nov. 1, 1933, she married Haysler Allen Branine in Syracuse, Kan.

Survivors include, one son, Allen & Jackie Branine of Manitou Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Linda & Bob Wilson of Pueblo, Sue & Randy Eddy of Thornton, Colo., and Nikki & Bob Cooper of Scott City; one daughter in law, Albina Branine of Pueblo; one sister, Nadine O’Connor of Austin, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Wayne and Terry; one brother; three sisters; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church of Scott City at 10 a.m. (CST) Friday, May 6, 2016 with pastors Steve Payne and Scott Wagner officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (CST) Thursday, May 5 at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City.

Interment will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan. at 1 p.m. (MST) Friday, May 6, 2016.
               
Memorials may be made to the Park Lane Nursing Home or Cooper’s Cause in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kan. E-Condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com or pricefh@wbsnet.org.

Susan Marie (Curtis) Houck

Pending Services - Susan Marie (Curtis) Houck passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the age of 78 at her daughters home in, Wichita, Kan.  Funeral Services will be announced by Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, PO Box 1253 – 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878.

Rosa Lee Raney

Rosa Lee Raney, age 86, of Johnson, Kan. passed on to a new journey to be with our Father in heaven on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Meade District Hospital in Meade, Kan. She was born March 6, 1930 in Bucklin, Kan., the daughter of James Lewis and Ethel Zella (Manis) McQuerrey.

Rosa Lee was a real estate broker owning Raney Realty. While growing up, her dad was an electrician and the family traveled extensively throughout the western states. Her father worked on the Hoover Dam. She graduated from Syracuse High School. Rosa Lee married Carl Edward “Tag” Raney in Syracuse, Kan. She was a Civic Leader, serving as a chairwoman for the Stanton County Centennial Committee. Rosa Lee was also a 4-H Leader for the Go-Getters 4-H Club in Manter, Kan.; chairperson for Stanton County Economic Developmen; past-president and secretary for Johnson Rotary Club; a member of the NRA; and a member of Johnson United Methodist Church since November 8, 1962.

She is survived by two sons, Wayne Lewis Raney and wife Dianne of Hoxie, Kan., and Carl Arthur Raney; one daughter, Virginia Lee Cauthorn and husband Charles of Brighton, Colo.; sister, Judith Kay Porsche and husband Thomas of Bucklin; five grandchildren, Kelly Ann Qualey, Erica Lee Unruh, Cheyenne Raney, Micah Raney, Taylor Raney; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Madison and Ashton Unruh.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Edward “Tag” Raney; sister, Bonnie B. Wakefield; and brother-in-law, Vernon Wakefield.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Johnson First United Methodist Church in Johnson, Kan. with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald officiating. Interment will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Memorial contributions may be given to the Stanton County Museum in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Oscar Enoch Rector

Oscar Enoch Rector, age 104, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson, Kan. He was born on Sept. 10, 1911 in Overton, Neb., the son of Clifford Earl Rector  and Ada Mae (McAninch) Rector.


Oscar began his life in Overton and moved with his family to Hamilton County, Kansas in 1922. His family homesteaded land that he lived on and farmed. He attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1928. On Feb. 11, 1934, he married Nellie Pearl Roberts in Cimarron, Kan., and they made their home on the farm southeast of Syracuse. To this union two children were born, Dixie Charlene, and Judith Kay. Oscar and Pearl moved to Syracuse in 1964 and retired, but his farming continued with the help of his daughter Dixie and husband Barney, as well as his grandson Mark. Oscar and Pearl lived in Syracuse until 2014, when they moved to the Assisted Living Memorial Center in Johnson due to their health. He moved to the Stanton County Long Term Care in 2016 after the passing of his wife Pearl. 


Oscar was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge, both of Syracuse. He enjoyed woodworking,  yard work, collecting Hesston Belt Buckles, but his greatest enjoyment was watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren's school activities.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Ada Mae; his spouse, Nellie Pearl Rector; a daughter, Judith Kay (Rector) Kohlhorst; a brother, Francis Earl Rector; and a sister, Catherine Mary Digby.
 

He is survived by one daughter, Dixie (& husband Barney) Akers of Kendall, Kan.; four grandsons, Mike (& wife Shanna) Akers of Greenville, Texas, Mark (& wife Cindy) Akers of Kendall, Randall Kohlhorst of Syracuse, and Justin (& wife Jillian) Kohlhorst of Garden City, Kan.; nine great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; as well as numerous family members and friends
 

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.


Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. 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.

Robby Lynn Berndt

Funeral services for Robby Berndt will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Kurtis Klinghammer officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.

 

Robby Lynn Berndt was born on July 2, 1951 in Lamar, Colo. to Fred and Arlene (States) Berndt. He passed away at his home in St. David, Ariz. on March 21, 2016 at the age of 64.

 

Robby began working as a farm hand and later worked for a short time with his brother Guy in his scraper business. After many years of truck driving, Robby retired. In 1996 he moved to St. David. He enjoyed being in Arizona, surrounded by family members. Robby found that he was quite a master at selling things and was a natural salesman. He made sure that his nieces and nephews knew how special they were to him.

 

Robby is survived by his twin children, Dallas Berndt and wife, Amber of Goodland, Kan. and Robin Welchel and husband, Donnie of Colby, Kan.; sister, Linda Schwartz of St. David; brother, Guy Berndt and wife, Janice of St. David; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Arlene Berndt; brother, Richard “Dick” Berndt; and brother-in-law, Gus Schwartz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052. For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Donna Lorraine Joyce Blake

Donna Lorraine Joyce Blake, age 65, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on March 7, 1951 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Donald Ezra Blake, USAF and Kathleen Joyce (Hill) Blake of London, England.


Donna, the eldest of eight children, began her life in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, and at the age of two she moved with her family to Yuma, Ariz. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Cannon City, Colo. for a short year when she and her family moved to Broadstairs, Kent, England. She attended a Primary School for two years.  She and her family moved to Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kan. where she attended Topeka Elementary. In 1963, she and her family moved to Syracuse where she attended Syracuse Schools and graduated in 1969. She went on to further her education and attended Goodland Vo-Tech, majoring in Secretarial Studies. While she was going to college she was employed as a nanny to earn income to put herself through school.


In 1970, she moved back to Syracuse, where she worked as a waitress at the Shamrock Restaurant for one year. In 1971, she began working as a Court Clerk and a Judge Pro-Tem. In 1977, she was appointed as a District Magistrate Judge for the 25th Judicial District of Kansas. She was retained in the position through many elections and was highly regarded in the judicial system, receiving the prestigious Lee E. Nusser Award in 2014.


Donna became a Girl Scout Leader in 1983 for the Junior, Cadet and Senior local girl scouts, also serving as a trainer for other Girl Scout Leaders in the area.  Donna received the prestigious "Council Honor Award" for extraordinary service and contributing to overall council goals by the Tumbleweed Girl Scout Council in 2003.
She has been a member of the Southwest Judges Association since her appointment as a Judge in 1977, serving as President of the Association since 1993, stepping down in 2014.  She also has served on the Kansas State Education Committee for the Judges Association beginning in 1993.


Donna was an avid photographer and was often called upon by family and friends to document important events in their lives. She won several awards for her photography.


Donna was also recognized regionally and awarded for her artwork. She had a showing in a local art gallery of her various works.  She worked in many different media.

Donna was a member of the Hamilton County Humane Society for Foster Homes for dogs. Her hobbies included creating art, crocheting, photography, cooking, reading and traveling. She had a great love of animals and was a Kansas Lottery Supporter. Her greatest enjoyment was watching Kansas City Chiefs football, and she was an avid Chiefs fan. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Kathleen Blake; one brother, Graham W. Blake; and one sister, Vicki L. Blake.
 

She is survived by two brothers, Richard (& wife Teresa) Blake of Liberal, Kan., and Kenneth Blake of Syracuse; three sisters, Debra (& husband Jim) Lane of Trinidad, Colo., Sharon Godfrey (& husband Gary Wortham) of Magee, Miss., and Christine Blake (& husband Galicano Alea) of Garden City, Kan.; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Burial followed at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
 

Visitation was held on Monday, March 17, 2016 at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Hamilton County Humane Society,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Grant Dale Houck

Grant Dale Houck., age 85, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at his daughters home in Wichita, Kan. He was born on Sept. 25, 1930 in Lakin, Kan., the son of Jesse Dale Houck  and Hilda Maude (Bennett) Houck.


Grant began his life in Lakin, growing up on a farm northeast of Kendall and went to Wonderland school, a one room school located close to his home. After Finishing the eight grade, the Houck family moved to Syracuse, Kan. so he could go to high School. After graduating from high school in 1949, he joined the United States Air Force and spent the next fours years in Wichita Falls, Texas and Alaska. When Grant returned from the service he became involved in the farming operation with his father and his brother, Clark. Grant and Clark farmed together for 45 years. On June 10, 1962, he married Susan Marie Curtis. To this union three children were born, Gregory, Bethal, and Brenda. 


In 1964, Grant and Susan started attending church service at the Kendall United Methodist Church and have been very faithful in their attendance and service since that time. Grant was a church treasurer for 12 years and has served as a trustee and member of the Pastor Parish committee.

 

He built a fish farm near the family’s home that he stocked with catfish. Families from all over the state enjoyed fishing at his ponds. Although he was a avid hunter, he planted crops by the river near his home in order to provide food for all the wildlife over the winter months. Not only did Grant protect wildlife, he spent some summer nights guarding the Girl Scout camps his daughters attended as well as the Hamilton county fair grounds.

 

Grant was a member of the NRA, and the Kendall United Methodist Church, he also enjoyed making things and his latest hobby was making ornamental windvanes and displaying them along the driveway to their home. He took great enjoyment in attending his children's events. He never missed a football game, band or vocal music concert, or a track meet. Later, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and family. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Hilda Houck; and one brother, Edwin J. Houck.
 

He is survived by his spouse, Susan Houck, of Kendall; one son, Gregory Houck, of Grandview, Mo.; two daughters, Bethal Walker, of Wichita, Kan., and Brenda (& husband Kevin) Eckas, of Park City, Kan.; one brother, Clark Houck, of Tribune, Kan.; one sister, Carole Kane, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Shaila (& husband Ian) Hutchison of Wichita, LeMario Walker of Wichita, Alison Eckas of Wichita, Steven Walker of Ft. Collins, Colo.; one great grandchild:, Liliann Walker of Ft. Collins; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. Visitation was held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

 

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Kendall United Methodist Church or Hamilton County Library,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Jimmy Ray Kirkland

Jimmy Ray Kirkland, age 62, of Johnson, Kan. died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at the Stanton County Hospital in Johnson.  He was born Jan. 24, 1954 in Lamar, Colo., the son of James and Loretta (Tague) Kirkland.


Jim grew up in Springfield, Colo. until the age of 14 when he moved to Johnson with his family.  He graduated in 1972 from Johnson High School.  He worked from 1968-1983 for Ivan Josserand; 1983-1993 for Ted, Ella Mae and Basil Julian; then for Pat Josserand from 1993 until 2012.  He was also a Dekalb Seed dealer.  Jim was a big supporter of Pheasants Forever, belonging to the Southwest Kansas Ringnecks Chapter in Johnson.  He has been involved in the chapter since the 1980’s and was instrumental in organizing the annual youth hunts and more recently the trap shoots. At the local chapter banquet in January, they honored Jim by naming the youth hunt the 12th Annual Jim Kirkland Youth Hunt.  Jim fed the football boys steak at the end of their season for 14 years.  He also shot the touchdown canon at the football games.  Jim loved fishing, was an avid Bronco’s fan, and was a former member of the Jaycees. 


Jim married Denette Carol Gould on April 26, 1974 in Syracuse, Kan.  She survives.  


Other survivors include one daughter, Kandice Schwieterman of Syracuse; three brothers, Loyd Kirkland of Manter, Kan., John Kirkland of Harper, Kan., Robert Kirkland of Thornton, Colo.; three sisters, Cathy Thomas of Pampa, Texas, Brenda Parks of Manter, and Pam Moore of Johnson; three grandchildren, Kaiya Maas and husband Montana, Abigail Schwieterman, and Madalyn Schwieterman; and his beloved companion, Bo. 


Jim is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tracie Kirkland; and brother, Olan Kirkland. 


Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with Pastor Kurt Rovenstine officiating.  Interment will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kansas.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Jim Kirkland Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.