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Arnold Lee Lennington


Arnold Lee Lennington, age 71, died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at his home in Lakin, Kan. He was born on August 12, 1943 in Shattuck, Okla., the son of Arthur and Ophelia (Quickel) Lennington.

He was married to Joan Brown on August 9, 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 1996.

Arnold was a lifetime Hamilton and Kearny County resident.  He graduated from Kendall High School in 1961.  His entire working career was with the Kansas Department Of Transportation and retired as an Engineer.  Arnold enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing and especially attending his Grandchildren’s sporting events.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ophelia Lennington; his wife, Joan; one Son, John Jury; and a step-father, Lawrence Kitten.

He is survived by, two sons, Richard Lennington, of Syracuse, and Chad Jury of  Hays, Kan.; three daughters, Stephanie Bradshaw of Aurora, Colo., Krissie Christiansen of Lakin, and Kimmie Delgado of Lakin; three sisters, Lois Kitten of Yoder, Colo., Shirley Perkins of Castle Rock, Colo., and Rita Ihrig of Goodland, Kan.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Lakin with Rev. Tod Anthony officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin. Friends and family may call on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Memorial contributions may be sent to the United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at Services under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home, at 508 North Main, Box 91   Lakin, KS  67860.


Francis Wainwright

Francis Wainwright, 70, a long time resident of Yakima, Wash. passed away on July 24, 2015. He was the son of Carroll and Catherine Wainwright.


Francis graduated from Syracuse High School in 1963. He also graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He was a retired hospital pharmacist at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.


Francis has one surviving sister Barbara Ginther of Garden City, Kan.


He is preceded in death by his parent’s, Carroll and Catherine Wainwright; and one brother, Kenneth Wainwright of Bakersfield, Calif.

Greg Howell

Greg Howell, age 54, of Manter, Kan. died Friday, July 24, 2015 at his home in rural Stanton County, Kansas.  He was born June 18, 1961 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Charles and Virginia (Donahu) Howell.

Greg grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1979.  He then moved to Topeka where he was an operator at a wastewater plant.  Greg moved back to Syracuse and for 20 years farmed and worked as an independent contractor for dairies. For the last year he was a foreman at Syracuse Dairy.  Greg married Candi Figgins on Feb. 21, 2015 in Dumas, Texas at the Middlewell United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, traveling and history.  

He is survived by his wife, Candi of their home; children, Nicole Howell of Eugene, Ore.,  Kacy Howell and fiancé Luke Rogge of Lindsborg, Kan., Wesley Howell of Topeka, Kan., Christopher Howell, Twila Smedley of Manter, David Smedley of Manter, Kansas; and brother, Bill Howell of Syracuse. 

Greg is preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Allan Rogge. 

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson, with Reverend Keith Hight officiating.  Friends are encouraged to ride their motorcycles to the service.  Interment will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Middlewell United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Troy Dean Jantz

Troy Dean Jantz, age 50, passed away on July 18, 2015 at his home in Garden City, Kan. He was the son of Walter Jantz and Dorothy (Williams) Jantz.


Troy was born in Syracuse, Kan. on Nov. 24, 1964 and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1983. While he was in high school he helped his father with the farming operation and worked at Roy's Jack & Jill grocery store. 


Troy enjoyed his 4-wheeler and his dirt bike. He would sometimes enjoy doing wood working projects, but his greatest enjoyment was listening to all of his favorite kinds of music.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dorothy Jantz; and one sister, Janet L. Jantz.


He is survived by, two sisters, Diana Holdren of Syracuse, and Connie (& husband Kenneth) Boese of Grand Junction, Colo.; four nieces, one nephew, two great nieces, 11 great nephews; as well as numerous family members and friends.



Private Family Services were held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. 


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


Wayne Thomas Nielsen

Graveside memorial services for Wayne Nielsen will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 24, 2015 at the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge, Kan. 

Wayne Thomas Nielsen was born to Thomas and Minnie (Horton) Nielsen on Oct. 5, 1927 in the Limestone House located six miles West of Syracuse, Kan. He had Miss McCoy for a teacher and Mr. George Starkey for a shop teacher. He attended school through the twelfth grade in Syracuse and then moved to California with his brother and his Uncle Joe, where he graduated in 1945.

In April of 1946, Wayne was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea where he ran a bulldozer to build airstrips in preparation for the impending war.  Wayne served his country until October of 1947. 

A couple years after returning to the United States, Wayne traveled with some friends to Lamar, Colo. where he met Mary “Tootie” Bowen. He began to make the trip from Syracuse to Lamar frequently. One night on his journey to see Tootie, Wayne was pulled over by a Highway Patrolman who informed him that if he was going to continue to make this journey on such a regular basis, that he would have to change his pretty blue taillights. He and Tootie were married on Oct. 14, 1950, and were blessed with three sons; Gary, Douglas, and Thomas Nielsen. 

Over the course of their marriage, they called several different states home. They lived in Syracuse until the spring of 1951, when they moved to Las Animas, Colo. where Wayne was employed by Les Baldwin until after harvest when they moved to Lamar where he worked for Tootie’s uncle in the construction field. In December of the following year, they made the move to California where Wayne became a machinist in a plastic plant which produced airplane canopies and windows, including the windows for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential plane. They eventually returned to Kansas, calling Coolidge home for the next 30 years. While there, Wayne was in the construction business, farmed, managed a restaurant, and a convenience store. In 1990, Wayne and Tootie left Coolidge to manage a retirement complex and the Best Western Motel for the next twenty years, returning to their beginnings in Syracuse once again when Tootie retired in 2005. 

Wayne is survived by his wife, Mary “Tootie” Nielsen; sons, Gary (Judy) Nielsen of Syracuse, Douglas (Denise) Nielsen of Syracuse, and Thomas (Grethal) Nielsen of Liberal, Kan.; sisters, Rosalie Vesper and Norma Simpson; grandchildren, Ashley Nielsen, Deric Nielsen, Jessica (Tim) Blais, Morgan Nielsen-Freihoefer, Brock Nielsen, Marcus Nielsen, Hazel Arafol, Joshua Arafol, Erica Nielsen; and great-grandchildren, Alexis, Kaylee, Addison, and Madeline.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl and Everett Nielsen; grandson, Bryan Cole Nielsen; and nephew, Michael Simpson.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Syracuse Educational Fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Geraldine (Hatcher) George

Geraldine H. George, 96, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away July 15, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, KS. She had been residing in Wamego for a short time. She had lived in Bullhead City, Ariz. following retirement.


Geraldine was born July 11, 1919 in Minneola, Kan., the daughter of Frank D. and Laura L. (Monson) Hatcher. She attended schools in Minneola and graduated from Minneola High School. She married Raymond Fristoe in 1943; he preceded her in death. She later married Neill Roy George in 1961 in Minneola; he also preceded her in death.


She spent many years as a homemaker and was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star- St. Bernard Chapter 97 of Dodge City, Kan. She enjoyed sewing, especially quilting, and collecting sunflower and frog memorabilia. She was an avid storyteller and appreciated time spent with family and friends.


Her survivors include, 3 step-daughters: Ann Whipple (Richard), Rathdrum, Idaho, Gayle Barns, Mullberry, Ark., Sandy Hank (Lonie), Liberty, Mo.; a niece, Sandra Ellis (Wilbur), Granada, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.


She is also preceded in death by 4 brothers: Fay, F.D., E.L. Shug, and Fontelle.


Cremation has taken place. Graveside services with Order of Eastern Star burial services for Geraldine will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Minneola Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the Order of Eastern Star-St. Bernard Chapter 97, Dodge City, KS, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at 


Harry Schmidt

Harry Schmidt died peacefully on May 21, 2015 with family by his side. Harry was born Jan. 2, 1930 in Montezuma, Kan. to Eli and Lizzie Schmidt.

He served his country in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. When he returned home to Dodge City, Kan. he met his one and only true love, Alvina Jantz. They married on April 9, 1955. Together they started their journey and moved to Wichita, Kan. where he learned his skills as a mechanic. While living in Wichita their daughter Kathryn was born. Later they moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he worked in a meat packing plant. This is where the twins, Russull and Richard were born. He has received a call from one of his brothers-in-law, Walter Jantz about the Texaco gas station being for sale. He took the opportunity to move to Syracuse in 1960 where he started several Texaco Gas Stations and a bulk plant. He was known as Happy Harry who had the coldest pop in town and always a smile on his face. He would check your oil, washed your windows and put air in your tires while he was gassing up your car. Then he could do almost all repair work to your car that you needed. He was also the depot for Continental Trailways Bus Line. He and Alvina relocated to Prescott, Ariz. In 1979 and became owners of Spraklett’s Bottled Water for 28 years. He could tell you many stories, one story of how he would have a bottle of water on each shoulder and climb up 90 stairs just to deliver to one house in Jerome. Yes, you know he used his mechanical skills to work on his two ton trucks with a little help from his buddy, Ron. After moving to Arizona they became foster parents to over 400 kids that came through their home 1979-1985. Most of these kids had problem parents and just needed a place to stay until the state could find them a safe place to stay. Several of these kids have kept in contact with them over the years. They finally retired in 2011 and moved to Jacksonville, Ore. Now their journey has brought them back together. Alvina was waiting for him with open arms and a big hug in heaven along with all of his brothers and sisters. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alvina, brothers Eldon, Orville, Frank, Harvey, Lawrence, Hank, Leo and Marvin. Sisters Josie, Geraldine, Loretta and Leona. 

He is survived by daughter Kathy Petersen and her husband Dave of Salt Lake City, Utah. Sons Rusty and his wife Cindy of Jacksonville, Ore., Rick and his wife Therese of Prescott Valley, Ariz. In the late 1970s Teri Cameron became part of the family. She and husband Don live in Peoria, Ariz.

He also has 14 grandchildren, Beth and Zach Petersen of Salt Lake City; Chantelle Fowler, Chivon Gero (Mike), Aaron Schimdt (Brianne), Stephanie Schimdt (Josh), Shane Fowler (Heather), and Oliva Cameron all of Phoenix. Travis Schmidt (Jesse) of Scottsdale, Ariz., Tyler, Jordan, Larissa (Levi) and Jeremey (Breanne) Schmidt of Prescott Valley. Kyle Schmidt of Jacksonville. Five great grandchildren Devin Fowler, Wyatt Schmidt, Jaydon Matthews, Shaydon Weldon all of Phoenix, Riley Morris, Brian KinneySchmidt, Zadie and Zale Peter all of Prescott Valley.

A Special Thank you to Rusty, Cindy and Kyle who took great care of Dad the last 2 ½ years. He was included in most of their trips to the coast, fishing, car races or just going to town. You were all so kind to meet all his needs and keep him happy during this time with you. 

A memorial service with military honors is scheduled for July 25, 2015 at Springs Church, 10051 S 2nd Street, Mayer AZ at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Prescott National Cemetery in Prescott.


Raymond S. King

Raymond S. King, 68, retired Middle School Counselor, died Sunday, July 5, 2015. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; daughter, Rev. Mari King; grandson, Jacob Mick; sister, Kathryn Good; brother, Robert King (Janet); mother-in-law, Avis Lamon; sisters-in-law, Edith Brown (Bill) and Suzy Carpenter, Jeri Tanner (Bob); brother-in-law, Tom Booth (Maureen); numerous nephews, nieces; great nephews, nieces. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Kathryn Blakeslee and mother, Helen King.

No visitation. Celebration of Life service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, Rose Hill United Methodist Church, 19551 SW Butler Rd., Rose Hill. View tributes at  Arrangements with Smith Mortuary, Derby.

Max Luther Bennett

Max Luther Bennett, age 89, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. 

He was born on June 18, 1926 in Elk City, Kan., the son of Daniel Luther Bennett and Zelda Flora (Wright) Bennett. Max moved to Syracuse in the mid 1940's where he met the love of his life, Rose Eileen Crotinger.

Max and Rose were married on Nov. 16, 1947. This union was blessed with five children.

Max worked at the Mobil Station in Syracuse before moving to the Jackson ranch where he farmed until moving back into Syracuse in the 1970's. Max had various jobs before going to work as a rural mail carrier until he retired in 2000. Max was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 25 year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Syracuse. Max enjoyed working on and restoring old vehicles, welding, and yard work.

Survivors include two brothers, Melvin George Bennett and wife Verlie of Syracuse, and Chester Dale Bennett and wife Cheryl of Independence, Kan.; one sister, Flora Jean Gilfillan and husband Bob of Manchester, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rose Eileen (Crotinger) Bennett; two daughters, Patricia M. (Bennett) Knipp and Dorothy J (Bennett) Munyan; three sons, Daniel Lee Bennett, Max L. Bennett, Jr., and David Lynn Bennett; one brother, Dickie Lee Bennett; two sisters, Viola "Marie" Bennett and Ruby Virginia (Bennett) Hughes; one grandson, Joshua David Bennett.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. MDT Monday, July 6, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow at Syracuse Cemetery.

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

Barbara Mary (Grilliot) Gerard

 Barbara Mary (Grilliot) Gerard, age 87, passed away on July 1, 2015 at her home in northwest Hamilton County in Syracuse, Kan.  She was born on Jan. 18, 1928, the daughter James Charles Grilliot and Barbara Mary (Stammen) Grilliot.

Mary was born in Darke County near North Star, Ohio, and at the age of two she moved to a dugout house in Northeast Hamilton County. In 1940, she moved with her family to the Pete Huser farm. She attended Coolidge Public School in Coolidge, Kan. until she completed the eight grade. She then attended the St. John's Academy in Wichita, Kan., graduating in 1948. On June 10, 1948, she married Donald Joseph Gerard and they made their home on Louis Gerard's farm for one year, and moved back to the Grilliot farm where she and Don have lived their entire life until her passing. 

Mary was a member of the Pollyanna EHU - Extensior Homemaker Unit, St. Raphael Catholic Church and Altar Society, Coolidge Alumni Association, and was a past organist at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse and at St. Francis of Rome in Holly, Colo. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, farming, family, music crossword puzzles, scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, knitting, reading, collecting sunflowers and key chains, but her greatest enjoyment was playing games with all of her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Barbara Grilliot; one daughter, Donna Marie Gerard; two brothers, James C. Grilliot and Joseph Grilliot; and one grandchild, Elisha Gerard.

She is survived by her spouse, Donald Gerard, of Syracuse; eight son, Joseph (& wife Rexan) Gerard of Ulysses, Kan., Edward Gerard of Phoenix, Ariz., Leo (& wife Mindy) Gerard of Thornton, Colo., Roy (& wife Debbie) Gerard of Hutchinson, Kan., Luke Gerard of Manter, Kan., Matthew (& wife Lori) Gerard of Dodge City, Kan., Stephen (& wife Cheryl) Gerard of Syracuse, and Clement (& wife Kimberly) Gerard of Johnson, Kan., one daughter, Lisa Brown of Syracuse; one brother, Thomas (& wife Francie) Grilliot of Castleton, Kan., two sisters, Ann Smith of Las Animas, Colo., and Zita (& husband Ken) Brummol of Overland Park, Kan.; 22 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Mass Services will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse. 

Rosary will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.

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