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Margie Byrdene (Dikeman) Dale

Margie Byrdene (Dikeman) Dale, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Dec. 3, 2017, at the age of 90 years. She was born Jan. 14, 1927 in Preston, Kan. the daughter of William Fredrick Dikeman and Martha Wilma (Allen) Dikeman.

Margie began her life in Preston and a short time later she moved to rural Hamilton County. She attended a country Grade School and later attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1945. Shortly after graduation she met and married Ralph Emery Dale on July 29, 1945. To this union two children were born, Mikell and Marsha. They made their home in rural Hamilton County until 1954, when they moved to Las Vegas, Nev. Margie spent a great deal of her time raising her kids and being a house wife tending to all the necessities and needs of her family. In 2007, she moved back to Syracuse to be closer to her brothers, and resided there until her passing.

Margie was a past member of the retired Carpenter Womens Auxiliary. She enjoyed riding horses in her younger days, gardening, and will be remembered for the love she had for animals, especially her miniature horses, all of her house dogs, cats, and fish.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Martha Dikeman; her spouse, Ralph Emery Dale; a daughter; Marsha Lynn (Dale) Hagerman; and three brothers, Darrell Dikeman, Duane Dikeman, and Larry Dikeman.

She is survived by a sister, Valeta Rosenkranz of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Mikell (& wife Linda) Dale of Las Vegas; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. (MST) at First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse, KS. Inurnment will take place in the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse.

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

Violet Oliver (Harms) Hazen

Funeral Services for longtime Holly, Colo. resident, Violet Hazen will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment will follow at the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Mrs. Hazen will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at the funeral home.

Violet Olive (Harms) Hazen was born on Oct. 29, 1934 in Holly to August and Rosemena (Henson) Harms.  She departed this life at her home in Holly on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at the age of 83.

Violet was preceded in death by her father, August Harms; mother, Rosemena Harms; husband, Everett Hazen; brothers, Elmer Harms, Marvin Harms, and Edward Harms; and sisters, Betty Jensen and Shirley Snider.

She is survived by her five children, Dale (Erica) Hazen of Dublin, Calif., Jenet (Dave) Gardner of Leoti, Kan., Rodney (Brenda) Hazen of Holly, Jeanne Scott of Holly, and Ricky (Lyrene) Hazen; 19 grandchildren, Sundown (Jen) Hazen, Mardalena Smith, Sky (Talia) Hazen, Dakodah Hazen, Thunder Hazen, Lytning Hazen, Rayn Hazen, Terry Gardner, Melissa (Randall) Bland, Benjamin (Misty) Gardner, Tonia (Johnny) Meese, Austin Hazen, Waylon Hazen, Doug (Natalie) Davis, Zach (Kara) Davis, Crystal (Jeff) Flint, Jeanne (Caleb) Smith-White, Ashley Fetters, and Cory (Victoria) Hazen; 30 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert (Betty) Harms and Richard (Susan) Harms; and two sisters, Beulah Deshazer and Wilma (James) Cannon. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Holly Fire and Ambulance, Sangre De Cristo Hospice, or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Crystal Ann (Rushton) Clymer

Memorial Services for Crystal Clymer will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.  Inurnment will follow at the Holly Cemetery.  Crystal’s family invites relatives and friends to join them for dinner following the graveside service.

Crystal Ann (Rushton) Clymer, age 56, passed away at her home in Lamar, Colo. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Crystal was born on Sept. 15, 1961 in Lamar to Melvin and Marie Rushton.  Raised in Holly, she spent her childhood with family and friends, involved in 4-H, and enjoying square dance.  Crystal graduated from Holly High School in 1979 where played volleyball and was a cheerleader.  She worked waiting tables at various local restaurants.  After high school she moved to Littleton, Colo. and provided touch up painting for a homebuilder.  In 1980, she married Eldon Clymer and they resided in Wheatland, Wyo.  In 1981, the couple moved to Garden City, Kan. where Crystal earned a nursing certificate.  In 1982, they moved to Dinosaur, Colo. where Crystal worked as a receptionist at a motel/sporting good store.  In 1983, the couple moved to Nephi, Utah where Crystal gave birth to her sons, Travis and Austin.  In 1986, the family then moved to Fiddletown, Calif. where they built their home and Crystal gave birth to their daughter, Sadie.  After her children were in school, Crystal went to work for the school district as a teacher’s aide and administrative assistant.  Here she earned a certificate for teaching the Lindamood Bell method of reading.  Crystal had a talent for arts and crafts, building a costume collection for the Plymouth Elementary School holiday plays.  She was involved with the community as a volunteer coach and helping hand for the Mother Lode Youth Soccer League.  In 2006, Crystal went to work for the Preston School of Industry where she helped juvenile inmates earn their GED.  Then in 2008, she moved to Lamar to be closer to her brother and sisters.

Crystal is survived by her three children, Travis (Christine) Clymer, Austin (Nicolette) Clymer and Sadie (Chris) Clymer Sanchez; sisters, Melissa Swopes and Taniska Eddy; grandchildren, Eva Clymer, Owen Clymer, and Bennett Clymer; as well as countless nephew, nieces, other relatives, and a host of friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin V. Rushton and Marie L. Rushton; and brother, Curt Rushton; and niece, Meisha Rushton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Emogene Walkinshaw

Graveside Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Emogene Walkinshaw was held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at the Holly Cemetery with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Emogene Walkinshaw was born on July 4, 1925 in Dodge City, Kan. to the late R.D. and Ethel Vivian (Seward) Showers.  She went to be with our Lord and Savior on Nov. 20, 2017 at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly at the age of 92.

Emogene is survived by her daughters, Carol Sue (Vincent) Caraway of Omaha, Neb., Kermit Jo (Skip) Moldenhauer of Holly, and Susan (Jay Dee) Holdren of Port Orchard, Wash.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson; a brother-in-law, Walt (Pat) Woodward; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Kermit Walkinshaw; her parents, R.D. and Ethel Vivian Showers; son, Scott Dean Walkinshaw; grandson, Gary Steve Walkinshaw; two infant grandsons; Baby Boy Shute and Daniel Harley Shute; and five sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire Department in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO. 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Melvin George Bennett

Melvin George Bennett, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Nov. 25, 2017, at the age of 93 years. He was born May 9, 1924 in Montgomery County, Kan. the son of Daniel Luther Bennett and Zelda Flora (Wright) Bennett.

Melvin began his life south of Lafontaine, Kan., the oldest of seven children. He completed two years of high school in Montgomery County prior to going into the service but ultimately earned his honorary diploma in 2001 at the Syracuse High School.  He served in the United States Army from June of 1943 through January of 1946, returning to Independence, Kan. to assist his mother in raising his younger siblings. In 1947, he moved to Greeley County and began farming for Bill Crotinger. He moved to Larned for a short time before moving back to Syracuse. On Aug. 13, 1954, he married Verlie Viola Thompson in Raton, N.M., and they made their home in Syracuse. Upon this union Melvin became a father to Verlie’s six children, Corieta Jo, Ronita Rae, Fredra Lee, Kent Duane, Sherri Michelle, and Michael Craig. Together they had Steven Dale. During his lifetime Melvin worked at numerous jobs, including farming, truck driver, a mechanic at John Deere, roughneck jobs, and was also an accomplished carpenter. In September of this year he moved to the Greeley County Long Term Care due to his health, and resided there until his passing.

Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge, Willing Workers 4-H group leader, 4-H Project Leader, and the Levis & Lace Square Dance Club. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, raising all kinds of birds and animals, bird watching, and teaching his grandchildren how to work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Zelda Bennett; a son Kent Duane Toot; two daughters, Corieta Jo (Toot) Davis and Sherri Michelle (Bennett) Malleck; two brothers, Max Luther Bennett and Dickie Lee Bennett; two sisters, Viola Marie Bennett and Ruby Virginia (Bennett) Hughes; and a grandson, Jimmy Harris.

He is survived by hi spouse, Verlie Viola (Thompson) Bennett of Tribune, Kan.; three sons, Fred (& wife Joan) Toot of Baldwin, Kan., Mike (& wife Kim) Bennett of Lawrence, Kan., and Steve (& wife Toni) Bennett of Syracuse; one daughter, Ronita (Toot) Maynard of Giddings, Texas; one brother, Chet (& wife Cheryl) Bennett of Independence, Kan.; one sister, Flora Jean “Sis” Gilfillan of Abilene, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 37+ great grandchildren; 7+ great great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MST) at First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. (MST) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

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

Kacey Chel Carlson

Kacey Chel Carlson of Trenton, Neb. passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney as a result of an automobile accident. She was 32 years old.

Kacey was born on Jan. 17, 1985 at Syracuse, Kan. to parents, Robert and Twila (Thompson) Diehl.  She attended school in Syracuse and Lakeside Central, Neb. and Trenton.

On June 15, 2002 she was united in marriage to Lanny Douglas Carlson at Swanson Lake. To this union five children were born, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson.  Kacey was a busy mother and homemaker, but found time to work as a Para and cook at Hitchcock County Schools and clerk at Dollar General Store.

Kacey loved her flowers and yard, cooking, and decorating her home.  Kacey’s giving nature was always apparent to everyone she met. Even after her death, she graciously gave as an organ donor. 

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Harold and Lois Thompson and Robert Diehl Thompson; grandparents-in-law, Lanny and Judy Carlson and Boyd and Evelyn Wagner;  aunts, Peggy Thompson and Rhoebe Thompson; uncles, Rodney Diehl and Nathan Thompson; cousins, Tyler Brummett and Maxwell Loder.
Survivors include her husband, Lanny Carlson of Trenton; children, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson of the home; parents, Bob and Twila Diehl of Herndon; brothers, Dustin Diehl and Rob Diehl of Herndon and Sam Gagnon of Bennett, Colo.; grandmother, Betty Diehl of Hanston, Kan.; father-in-law, Terry Carlson and wife, Adriana, of Culbertson; mother-in-law, Diana and husband, Kevin Craning, of North Platte; brother-in-law, Chancy Carlson of Culbertson and sister-in-law, Cedar Carlson of Omaha;  aunt, Peggy and husband, Greg Fyn, of McCook; and many other loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be given in her name. Visitation will be at Herrmann Jones Funeral Home, Trenton, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Trenton with Pastor Jason Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery. 

Herrmann Jones Funeral Home of Trenton is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald Dee Walker

Donald Dee Walker, age 65, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1951 to Willard Wesley and Lucille Rebecca (Eichenauer) Walker in Garden City, Kan.

He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Kessler and husband Robert of Lakin, and Heather Brown and husband Justin of Larned, Kan.; grandchildren, Trey and Ava Vinton, Dakota and Stetcyn Brown, Eric Kessler; sisters, Barbara Gibeaut and husband Frank of California, Charlotte Newman and husband Roy of Syracuse, Kan., Sharon Schmidt of Syracuse, and Darlene Walker of Garden City.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Walker.

Suggested memorial contributions are to the High Plains Retirement Village in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, Ks 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com

Lorene Vivian Ply

A celebration of life for longtime Lamar, Colo. resident, Lorene Vivian Ply, affectionately known to her family and friends as Vivian was held on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation for Vivian was held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Peacock Family Chapel.

Vivian was born on Feb. 26, 1930 in Syracuse, Kan. to Pike and Velma M. (Johnson) Lanquist and passed away on Nov. 1, 2017 at her home in Lamar with her family by her side at the age of 87.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Duane Ply, her parents, grandson, Ryan Douglas Ply and her brothers, Ellis Lanquist and Norman Lanquist.

Vivian is survived by her children, Randall Ply of Lamar, Judy Turpin of Lamar and Gary (Susie) Ply of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Brandon Ply and Justin (Kayla) Ply all of Valdosta, Ga., Tamara (Matt) Turpin-Martinez and Brady (Katie Peters) Turpin all of Lamar. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Kolby, Cade, Madison and Kastyn Ply, Mason and Malea Martinez and Rylan Cook and Mollie Ann Turpin as well as numerous other family and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church, Prowers Medical Center Auxiliary and/or the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office. 

Services are under the direction of the Peacock Family. For current information and online condolences please visit our website at www.peacockfuneralhome.com. 

Jerry Valentine


Jerry Valentine, 78, died on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan.  He was born on April 19, 1939 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Joe & Opal Mae (Hazelton) Valentine.  He married Vicki S. Cole on May 1, 2005 in Syracuse. 

Jerry graduated from Syracuse High School and was a lifetime resident of Hamilton County.  He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  After his discharge, he drove a cattle truck for Valentine Trucking.  He then went to work for Wheatland Electric as a journeyman lineman and retired as the line foreman after 37 years of service.  He enjoyed his horses, rodeos, sports, watching the Pioneer Woman Cooking Show, feeding his quail, shooting bb’s at the blackbirds, good homemade vanilla ice cream and supervising farm activities.

He is survived by his Wife Vicki Valentine, of the home,  a son, Steven Alan & Andrea Valentine of North Richland Hills, Texas; two step sons, Jason & Rene Cole of Syracuse & Kent Bless of Dallas, Texas; Step-Daughter- Brandy Cole of Syracuse, Sister- Ruth Reveile of Austin, Texas, 9 Grandchildren & 4 Great-Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter- Heather Jo Burrows, Step-Son- Danny Valentine & 5 Brothers- Tommy Valentine, Raymond Valentine, Richard Valentine, Norman Valentine & Curtis Valentine.

Graveside services were held at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse with Rev Dane Hernandez officiating on Monday, Oct. 30  Military graveside rites were conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion District 6 Honor Guard.  Calling hours were held Monday morning at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Syracuse V.F.W. in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com

Becky Jo Thomeczek


Becky Jo Thomeczek, 62, of Garden City, Kan. died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.  She was born Oct. 19, 1955, in Onawa, Iowa to Donald Duane and Shirley Jean Hickmon Fender.  She graduated from Garden City High School in 1973. On Sept. 28, 1974, she married Rick Thomeczek in Garden City.

Becky graduated from Garden City Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She worked for many years in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at St. Catherine Hospital.  Thousands of patients’ lives were made better having been touched by this caring, efficient, devoted Registered Nurse.  Becky was in a class of her own. Her life was enhanced by her many wonderful crafts and projects, but most importantly by her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She loved life and her many great friends.

Survivors include her husband, Rick; a daughter Richelle Dawn and husband Timothy Scott Hansen, their children Madeline Rose, Maxwell Joseph, Sarah Grace and Rebekah Jean; a son, Matthew and wife Jamie, and their two children; and son, Matthew Sang Truong; sister, Gail Hansen and her late husband Frank Hansen; brother-in-law, Smoky Thomeczek and wife Lois; sister-in-law Allison Bushek and husband Roy.  She loved her nieces and nephews, their spouses and children and many other family members.  She was greeted in Heaven by a baby lost before birth and other beloved family members gone before her.

The celebration of Becky’s life was held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Garden City and will last throughout eternity.  There was no viewing and a family burial will be held next summer when the flowers are in bloom.

We would love for you to post your special memories of Becky at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Becky Thomeczek “New 3D Mammography Machine” Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh Street, Garden City, KS 67846.

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