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Cheryl Ann (Zimmerman) Hernandez

Cheryl Ann (Zimmerman) Hernandez, age 56, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at the Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kan.. She was born on Jan. 7, 1959 in Zumbrota, Minn., the daughter of Harold Ervin Zimmerman and Carol Fern (Goble) Zimmerman.

Cheryl grew up and went to grade school in Palisade, Minn.. She went to Atkin, Minn. for Junior High and the beginning of high School. She spent a lot of time at her Aunt Fahma and Uncle Ted's near Atkin. Cheryl moved to LaCrosse, Kan. where she attended LaCrosse High School. She participated in FHA, played volleyball all while waiting tables at the Corner Grill as she finished high school, and she graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1978. Cheryl met Jose Paul Hernandez the summer of 1977 in Dodge City, and they were married a year later in July of 1978 at the Baptist Church in LaCrosse. They moved to Leoti, following their marriage and in March of 1979 Steven was born. She moved to Deerfield and in July of 1982, Melissa was born. She moved back to Leoti and in November of 1984, Sarah was born. Cheryl and Jose separated  and later divorced. Cheryl met Melvin Wilson on a blind date in Scott City in the summer of 1999, and have been together ever since. Cheryl worked in the Health Care field as a CNA/CMA for many years. She loved taking care of the people living in the Long Term Care. She resided in Marienthal, Kan. for the last 16 years until her untimely passing. 

Cheryl enjoyed reading, playing board games, bingo, puzzles, horses and cows, and naming all of the livestock, she loved watching KU Basketball, but her deepest fulfillment was spending time with her grandkids and her puppy "Dolly". 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Carol Zimmerman. She is survived by her spouse, Melvin Wilson of Marienthal; stepmother, Alice Zimmerman of Pine Island, Minn.; a son, Steven Hernandez of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Melissa (& husband Paul) Walk of Leoti, and Sarah (& husband Derek) Fetty of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Paul (& wife Mary Lynn) Techau of Pine Island; five sisters, Barbara (& husband Sonny) Ballentine of Wallace, Kan., Dianne Kaiser of Atlanta, Mo., Lori (& husband Harvey) Hemken of Winona, Kan., Pamela Zimmerman of Rochester, Minn., and Marilyn (& husband Daniel) Ballentine of Wallace, Kan.; four grandchildren, Deion Torres of Colorado Springs, Brooke Fetty of Colorado Springs, and Payton & Mallory Walk of Leoti; and numerous other family members and friends.

Funeral Service was held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the Assembly Of God Church, in Tribune, Kan. Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Assembly Of God Church, in Tribune.

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

Robert Frank James

Robert Frank James, 83, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend, Kan. He was born Sept. 4, 1931 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Albert M. and Rowena P. (Lockridge) James.

Robert married Wanda J. Strimple June 27, 1953 at Wichita. She died March 10, 2007. He was a 1953 graduate of Southwestern College, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. A longtime employee at Fuller Brush Industries, Mr. James was a Hoisington resident since 1981 coming from Great Bend. Previously, he was employed as a linotypist for the Syracuse Journal and Great Bend Tribune. Robert was a member of the Hoisington First United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include four sons, David Keith James and wife Anita, Farmers Branch, Texas; Kenneth Allen James, Mobile, Ala.; Robert Eugene James and wife Marilyn, Bell Buckle, Tenn.; Stephen Douglas James and wife Lisa, Great Bend; a daughter, Katherine Ann James, Springfield, Ill.; a brother, Richard L. James, Greeley, Colo.; a sister, Cynthia A. Long, Williamsburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Brian James, Xavier Pineda, David James, Alexander Pineda, Sydney James and a step- grandchild.

Funeral Service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Hoisington with Rev. Kris Brinlee officiating. Interment will be at the Garfield Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Visitation is scheduled from 1-8 p.m. Sunday with the family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Memorial funds are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Box 146, Hoisington, KS, 67544.

Joan (Hauschild) Fuller

Joan (Hauschild) Fuller, age 89, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on Nov. 13, 1925 in Nickerson, Kan., the daughter of John Henry Hauschild and Cassie Helen (Harrison) Hauschild.

Joan began her life in Nickerson and attended Sterling Elementary Grade School in Sterling, Kan. She then attended Claflin High School in Claflin, graduating in 1944. While attending high school she married Leonard Friedly on June 30, 1943, they later divorced. In 1947, she married Russell Brucker and they made their home in Canton and Galva area until 1963 when they moved to Syracuse, and they later divorced. On October 20, 1963, she married Cecil H. Fuller and they made their home in Syracuse. Joan spent most of her life as a home maker and raising kids, but also worked outside the home in a furniture store, Garnands Funeral Home, and Greene Funeral Home, where she was always busy serving the needs of others. In October of 2014, she moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to her health and resided there until her passing.

Joan enjoyed sewing, crafts, and collecting depretion glass, gardening and growing plants, but her deepest fulfillment was spending time with her family, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Cassie Hauschild; spouse, Cecil H. Fuller; and one son, John Brucker. She is survived by one son, Jim (& wife Jennifer) Brucker of Syracuse; two daughters, Vicky (& husband Frank) Farmer of Salina, Kan. and Chris Morrison-Gerths of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Hilmar Hauschild of Winlock, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

Memorial Graveside Service will be held on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. (MST) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. 

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

Edna Belle Cook


Edna Belle Cook, age 91, passed away Jan. 7, 2015 in Johnson, Kan. She was born on Easter, April 1, 1923, to Howard McMichael and Lillie Pearl (Hutchison) Davis in Syracuse, Kan.

Edna lived on the family farm homesteaded by her parents in southwest Hamilton County. She attended Soddy View Grade School and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1941. (Her mother was the first teacher at Soddy View when the building was still an actual soddy. Grandma Davis left her baby, Delmont, with her parents while she taught.)  Following graduation, Edna attended junior college in Garden City, Kan. until her father’s illness made it necessary to return home and help her brother, Homer, with the family farm. 

She taught school two years at Irene and Fisher Schools and eventually moved to Topeka, Kan. working as a nursing assistant at St. Francis Hospital. She married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Lawrance Cook, on May 1, 1946, following his return from serving his country in the Marine Corp during World War II. She was baptized in the First Christian Church in Las Animas, Colo. and transferred membership to the First Christian Church in Syracuse and then to Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses, Kan. Because of her hearing loss, Edna enjoyed watching services with closed captioning in later years. 

Four children were born to Ralph and Edna Belle, Leann, Rick, Jodiann and Grady. Ralph and Edna farmed south of Granada before moving to a ranch south of Las Animas. They moved back to Kansas in 1959 and farmed in Stanton County a few miles south of the Davis Homestead. When they retired, Grady took over the family farm and Ralph and Edna moved to Ulysses where they lived for twenty-one years. Edna enjoyed gardening and always had a large vegetable garden but especially enjoyed her flower gardens. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, giving literary readings, playing board games with the family, reading and completing her daily crossword puzzles. Edna grew up riding horses and even took a turn as a jockey on her father’s race horses. She always had a sewing project and made many pieced quilts, handpainted block quilts, pillow, children’s clothes and doll clothes. Besides being chief grain truck driver, referee and working on the farm, she canned produce from the garden, baked bread and provided well balanced meals each day for the family and hired men. Visitors were always welcome at the dinner table. 

In addition to her hobbies, Edna kept a daily journal beginning as a girl until her nineties. In later years, she enjoyed re-reading the events of her life and passed her journals on to Jody. She became proficient on the computer writing her Christmas letters and keeping in contact through emails with her family and school friends across the country. In 2001, she received a Mini Pincher pup for Christmas. Tiny was a beloved special addition to their lives until she passed away at age 11. Edna adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed shopping for special gifts for each of them. Belle and Ralph enjoyed trips with family or friends to Mt. Rushmore, Monterey Bay, Padre Island, Epcot and Sea World, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, northern Pacific Coast, many of Utah’s National Parks, the Royal Gorge, the Bahamas and an Alaskan tour of Denali National Park, the Yukon Territory and a cruise in Glacier Bay. When Ralph passed away in 2010, she sold her Ulysses home and moved to Memorial Assisted Living Center in Johnson, where she resided until her death.

Edna, Belle as she was know by the family, was also preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, sisters: Margaret (Vernon) Harper, Helen Davis, Ruth (Clifford) Schmidt, Claudene (Raymond) Schmidt, brothers: Delmont (Zelma) Davis, Homer Davis, Ralph Davis, Clarence (Donna) Davis, infant twin girl and boy, and great grandson, Dakotah Beason.

She is survived by her children, Leann of Pratt, Kan., Rick (Diana) of Canon City, Colo, Jody (Bill) Schone of Topeka, Kan., and Grady (Susan) of Syracuse; nine grandchildren, Melissa Beason, James (Barb) Beason, Marty (Kyla) Cook, Marci (Bryan) Ramsay, Micha Cook, Josie Cook, Wyatt Cook, Kari (Luke) Naylor, Andy Schone; seven great-grandchildren, Rylie and Cailyn Cook, Devin Dawson, Emily and Logan Naylor, Braylon and Maci Ramsay; and many beloved cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Interment will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery in Ulysses. Friends called on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Memorial contributions may be given to the Memorial Living Center in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Michael Vernon Bray


Michael Vernon Bray passed away Dec. 12, 2014 at the Bear Creek Care/Rehab Center in Morrison, Colo. where he had been a resident for several years. He was 72 years old, born on Dec. 10, 1942 in Denver, Colo. to Russell Vernon and Eunice James Bray. They moved back to Syracuse, Kan. when Mike was six months old. He attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1961. 

He learned his construction skills while working for his dad in high school. After graduating from Emporia State College, in 1967 Mike enlisted in the Navy serving aboard the USS Intrepid in Vietnam. In 1971, he moved to Denver where he started his own painting business entitled High Country Painting. He spent most of his life as a custom home painter. He also was the manager of the Diamond Vogel Paint store for 7 years in Littleton, Colo. Mike spent most of his adult life living in Colorado between Englewood, Denver and Grand Lake. He was a member of Mile Hi Church of Spiritual Living in Lakewood, Colo. where he attended with both sons. 

With Stephen and Tyler, he was involved in scouting, athletic activities, school events, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and playing pool. Mike enjoyed traveling, camping, partying, folk music, jazz and his dogs. His visits to Syracuse included time on the Arkansas River playing with the dogs. He always enjoyed his visits back in Syracuse particularly County Fair time, Family Memorial Day get-togethers, class reunions with his wonderful classmates, duck feast celebrations at his parents, and going to the Moose Lodge to visit with his many friends. He valued the many friendships in his life. Mike was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed a good sense of humor and a witty joke.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents Russell and Eunice Bray, Barbara S. Bray (Stephenʼs Mother), and his brother Russell J. Bray in 2012. He is survived by his two sons Stephen Michael and Tyler Evan Bray, his former wives Janet Gunn and Sally Evans of Colorado, his brotherʼs wife Johnnie Lou Bray of Okla., his niece Sherise Bray of Ohio, his cousin Richard James of Greeley, Colo. and his long time friend and caregiver, Sherry Stiles along with many friends.

His service will be in Syracuse during the Memorial Day weekend with a memorial service to celebrate his life; the day and time yet to be determined.


Paul J. Gadash

A memorial service for longtime Lamar resident, Paul J. Gadash will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Ralph Plummer officiating. Per Paul’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.


Paul was born on May 11, 1927 at Scott City, Kan. to Mike and Clarice Fern (Anglin) Gadash and passed away on Dec. 31, 2014 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 87.


He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Gadash and infant daughter, Diane; and his siblings, Eugene Bradford, Katherine Shank, Oscar Gadash and Florence Paulette.


Paul is survived by his wife, Lorella Gadash of the family home in Lamar; daughters, Linda (Troy) Rose of New Cumberland, Penn., and Paula (Jerry) Rook of Jonesboro, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Spicka of Las Cruces, N.M.; stepchildren, Stanley (Patty) Mick of Stockton, Mo., Loran Mick of Wiley, Colo., Keo (Rod) Thompson of Holly, Ava (Scott) Bair of Wiley and Lora (Eric) Hawkins of Elizabeth, Colo.; as well as numerous other family and a host of friends.


Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice 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 

Betty Davis (Casteel) Randle

Graveside services for longtime Holly, Colo. resident, Betty Randle were held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, Colo.  Visitation was held from on Friday, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 3, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Betty Davis (Casteel) Randle was born Feb. 26, 1924 in Granada, Colo. to Robert and Lois (Davis) Casteel.  She passed away on Dec. 30, 2014 in Dodge City, Kan. at the age of 90.

On March 9, 1947 Betty was united in marriage to W.O. “Will” Randle in Wichita, Kan.  For the next 36 years, they made their home in Hartman, Colo.  Betty took great pride in being a homemaker.  In 1973, while also taking care of everyday tasks at home, Betty and Will began their bookkeeping business and operating Randle Seeds.  She also managed the Holly Housing Authority.  Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church of Holly, VFW Auxiliary, lifetime member of the Lamar Elks, and was very active in the Hartman and Holly communities. She was also an active member of the Holly Commercial Club and for many years prepared the meals.

Betty is survived by her children, Steve Randle and wife, Phyllis of Dodge City, Terri Martorano and husband, Bernard of Henderson, Nev., and Patti Noble and husband, Don of Lubbock, Texas; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, W.O. “Will” Randle in 1995; sisters, Nancy Nichols, Ileta Collins and Margaret Casteel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado Boys Ranch, La Junta, Colorado in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences please visit

Joyce Marie (Owings) Puckett


Joyce Marie (Owings) Puckett, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was born on Feb. 26, 1932 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of Clarence Grant Owings & Blanche Marie (James) Owings.


Joyce grew up on a farm east of Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School, graduating as the valedictorian of her class in 1950. She continued her education attending Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., receiving her Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Secondary Mathematics in 1954. On Dec. 18, 1954, she married Norvin Laverne Puckett in Syracuse, and they made their home in Garden City where she was a high school math teacher until the spring, when they returned to Syracuse. To this union four children were born, Cheryl, Keith, Duane, and Kevin. After substitute teaching for several years, in 1971, Joyce accepted the position of high school mathematics teacher at the Syracuse High School: a position sher held until her retirement in May 1994. Thru all the years while being a teacher she was a homemaker and loving mother to her four children, and eventually becoming a grandmother in 1982. In 2009, Joyce moved to Colorado Springs due to her health and to be closer to her daughter, and resided there until her passing.


Joyce loved her family, her church and her students. She was an accomplished musician and loved spending time with family, reading, sewing, quilting gardening, traveling and a multitude of other activities. She won many awards for her counted cross stitch pictures and quilts. 


She was a lifelong member of the Syracuse First United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees, was a 64 year member of Chapter Al of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, was a former member of Mother’s Club, Book Club, United Methodist Women and numerous professional organizations, as well as served on the Syracuse City Council. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarance and Blanche Owings; and her husband, Norvin Puckett. 


She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl (& husband Mike) Ledford of Colorado Springs; three sons, Keith (& wife Linda) Puckett of Syracuse, Duane (& wife Margi) Puckett of Lincoln, Neb., and Kevin (& wife Anne) Puckett of Colby, Kan.; one brother, Norman (& wife Karen) Owings of Hays, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Eileen (& husband Pat) Johnson of McAllen, Texas, and Lila (& husband Robert) McClung of Edmond, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Ashley (& husband Matthew) Campbell of Centennial, Colo., Trenton Butler of Colorado Springs, Megan, Gregory, & Brian Puckett of Lincoln, and Audrey & Shane Puckett of Colby; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and numerous other family members and friends


Funeral Service were held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, Kan. There will be no Visitation.


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

Jonathon Chance Self


Jonathon Chance Self was born July 9, 1991 in Liberal, Kan. and departed unexpectedly on December 12, 2014.


Jon is survived by his loving parents Jeff and Melonie Self and brother Justin of Springfield, Grandparents Judy Whitaker, Charles Whitaker, Eddie and Kelly Self, and Ron and Patty Grasmick.


Jon is preceded in death by his Grandma Eleanor Grasmick, Uncle Jason Self, Uncle Scott Whitaker and Uncle Ricky Buck.


Funeral services was held December 17, 2014 at the Springfield High School Gym. Community visitation was held Tuesday, December 16 at Maltbie Funeral Services at 265 West 8th Ave. in Springfield.


The “Jon Self Memorial fund” has been established at the Frontier Bank in Springfield for those who wish to express their sympathy. The family will be using the funds for a local project in Jon’s memory. Funds may be given directly or by way of the funeral home.


For more information or to send condolences to the family, contact Maltbie Funeral Services via our website or call (719) 523-4543.

Edward Dale Huser

Edward Dale Huser, 63, “Red the Plumber”, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. He was born in Monett, Mo. to Theodore Huser and Alma Dessie (Anderson) Huser. He was a U.S. Army and Vietnam War Era Veteran.

He is survived by his son Heath Allen Huser of Wichita, Kan.; sister Sarah Jean Huser of Wichita; and nephew Scott R. Huser of Wichita; several other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Alma Huser.

Visitation Services with the family 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Baker Funeral Home 100 S. Cedar, Valley Center, Kan.; Graveside 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, Kan. Baker Funeral Home Valley Center has charge and Fellers Funeral Home Syracuse. Condolences may be left for the family at