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Colorado Bike Tour Ventures into Kansas, Learns about Ag

Riders from the Pedal the Plains event were seen in Syracuse, Kan., over the weekend, as riders made the additional 35-mile extended leg of the three-day event into Syracuse. While in Hamilton County, riders were met in both Coolidge, Kan., and the Syracuse Dairy at stations set to provide water and snacks.
According to Hamilton County Extension Agent Lora Horton, there were nine 4-H students and four adults assisting the break stations. For their help, the local Hamilton County 4-H Council was given a pledge of $500 from the Pedal the Plains event.
“We were pleased to provide an opportunity  for the riders to experience Kansas Agriculture in Hamilton County,” Horton said.
The event began on Friday, Sept. 13, in Lamar, Colo., ending in Holly, Colo. Day two riders could ride from Holly to Coolidge, or for the more daring, ride to Syracuse for an extended trek and end the day in Springfield, Colo. On day three, the riders rode back to Lamar.
According to the website, Pedal the Plains is an “annual cycling event celebrating the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Eastern Plains of Colorado.” Cyclists from all abilities are eligible to experience the landscape and stop in host communities to learn about agriculture with rest stops on local farms and other educational points of interest.
According to Juliana Houtsma of the Syracuse Dairy, approximately 30 riders chose to add a couple of miles to their trip in Hamilton County by riding to the dairy to learn about milk production. Riders were met at the road and given chocolate milk and snacks.
They were invited to tour the dairy and several took them up on the offer. Riders were shown the milking parlors and the milk process, which leads to milk they buy in their local grocery stores.
The event selects a different route in Colorado each year and in 2019 came close enough to Hamilton County to make the trip worth a diversion. This year was the seventh year for the event. Information about Pedal the Plains can be found on their website, www.pedaltheplains.com.

Bernard Austin Hugo

Bernard Austin Hugo of Gardner, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Aug, 20, 2019 at the age of 74. He was born in Kansas City, Mo. on Dec. 12, 1944, the son of the late Donald and Helen Hugo.

He graduated from Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kan. In 1962 and attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology and business and accounting. He also received a master’s degree in banking. He was lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and served in the U.S. Army after graduating from the Army ROTC program at K-State. He ended his service as a 1st LT. He married Jean Lea Scott in 1970. To this union four children were born, Scott, Kristin, Michael, and Matthew.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home; four children, Scott (Crystal) Hugo, of Taylor, Mich., Kristin Hugo, of Gardner, Michael Hugo, of Lawrence, Kan., and Matthew (Tina) Hugo, of Wichita Falls, Texas; and three grandchildren, Alexis, Austin and Mary Hugo.

He was laid to rest with full military honors at a graveside service on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at the Fort Leavenworth Memorial Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Charles Scott Kennedy

Charles Scott Kennedy, left us unexpectedly on Aug. 18, 2019, at the age of 57. He was born on Nov. 17, 1961 in Moberly, Mo. and was the third child of James Freemont Kennedy and Dorothy Frances (Noonan) Kennedy.

Charles moved to Garden City in 1971 where he attended school until 1976 when the family moved to Syracuse. While living in Garden City he enjoyed working as a farm hand to make extra money for the family. He attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1980. He remained living in Syracuse with the family he loved until his passing.

Charles was a member of the Stephen King Library. He enjoyed creating beaded banners, collecting Garfield items, reading, watching WWE or John Wayne movies, spending time with his family and his fur babies, Pebbles, Brittle, Spot, Pouncer, Ona, Morris, and Sally.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dorothy Kennedy; a brother, James Wesley “Jamie” Kennedy; and sister, Robin Carol Kennedy. He is survived by his niece, Katie Kennedy, of the home, as well as two sisters of the heart, Tomi (& husband Brian) Mishler of Chanute, Kan., and Mary Jane (& husband Bryan) Lattner, out of state; as well as many family members and friends who will miss him.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Charles Kennedy Memorial Fund, to be used for funeral expenses, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Tito Alfaro Ceballos

Funeral Services for Tito Ceballos will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Aviel Alvarez officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service beginning at 6 p.m. also at the funeral home.
Tito Alfaro Ceballos was born on April 28, 1955 in Provenir D. B, Chihuahua, Mexico to Santos and Mercedes (Alfaro) Ceballos.  He passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Colo. at the age of 64.
Tito and his family lived in New Mexico from 1976 until moving to Muleshoe, Texas in 1982.  They then relocated to Oklahoma City, Okla. for a few years before moving to Colorado where Tito began working for Thompson Farms until he retired.  Tito was a gifted woodworker, especially at making wagons.  He also enjoyed working on cars, vacationing with his family, playing music on his guitar, and joy riding. Tito was well known in his community for his delicious burritos.   Tito was a member of the First Christian Church in Holly and was baptized in 1999.  He often filled the pulpit as a lay minister.
Tito is survived by his wife, Maria Ceballos of the family home in Holly; children, Lucero Ceballos of Holly, Angelica (Cassidy) Neugebauer of Holly, Erica (Samuel) Rodriguez of Syracuse, Kan., Marisol (David) Camacho of Uvalde, Texas, Laura (Danny) Venegas of Holly, Oscar Duarte of Holly, Saul (Tina) Pizarro of Granada, Colo., and Manuel (Norma) Perez of Holly; siblings, Jose (Mireya) Ceballos of Oklahoma, Moise (Veronica) Ceballos of Oklahoma, Elivara (Carlos) Castro of Oklahoma, Abel (Emilia) Ceballos of El Paso, Texas, Esther (Juan) Gonzales of Mexico, and Ruben (Martha) Ceballos of Mexico; 30 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Santos and Mercedes Ceballos; sister, Rosa Ceballos De Almendarez; and brother, Pablo Sanchez-Alfaro.
Memorial contributions may be made payable 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.

Floyd Nels Thompson

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Floyd Thompson, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation for Floyd will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Floyd Nels Thompson was born Aug. 6, 1928 to Fritz and Myota G. (Shelton) Thompson at the family farm Northwest of Holly. On April 15, 1951 he married Barbara R. Lane in Raton, N.M. In 1954, Floyd was drafted into the US Army and did his basic training Ft. Ord, Calif.  After basic training he was stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla. until 1956. After being honorably discharged, Floyd returned to Holly to resume farming. He was a member of the Amity Board, Co-Op Board, FHA Board, and a member of the Christian Church in Hartman, Colo. He loved playing poker and taught his kids and grandkids how to play. Floyd passed away at his home in Holly on Aug. 20, 2019 at the age of 91.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Thompson of Holly; sons, Rod (Keo) Thompson of Holly, Ron Thompson of Holly; daughter, DeAnn (Bob) Parker of Holly; brother, Robert (Adell) Thompson of Holly; seven grandchildren, Laith Thompson, Brae Medina, ReLeana Conway, Brad Parker, Trevor Parker, Reese Thompson, Brandi Thompson; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Myota Thompson; and sister, Berniece Tinsley.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Holly Fire & Ambulance 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

Grady V. Cook

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Grady V. Cook, age 62, of Syracuse, Kan., died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson, Kan.  He was born April 27, 1957, in Lamar, Colo., the son of Ralph Lawrance and Edna Belle (Davis) Cook.

Grady farmed on the family farm for more than half of his life. He attended grade school at Manter and graduated from Stanton County High School in Johnson.  Grady married Susan Neal on May 27, 1999, in Garden City, Kan.  He loved playing softball during the warm months of the year and in his younger years would often travel to many men’s and co-rec tournaments.  He also greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing and passed those hobbies on to his children and grandchildren.  Grady coached all his kids in most of their youth sports.  Recently, he coached the ladies basketball program at Holly High School in Holly, Colo. and took the ladies to the State Tournament.  He knew how to instill the passion of the game in the hearts of the kids.  Grady was a member of the First Christian Church in Syracuse and baptized at the age of 11 years.  He recently reconfirmed his faith at Manter Methodist Church.  Grady also served as a Stanton County Commissioner for five and a half years.  

He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Marty Cook and wife Kyla of Johnson, Marci Ramsay of Lawrence, Kan., Micha Cook of Johnson, Josie Cook of Goodland, Kan., and Wyatt Cook of Johnson; siblings, Leann Cook of Pratt, Kan., Rick Cook and wife Diana of Canon City, Colo., and Jody Schone and husband Bill of Topeka, Kan.; grandchildren, Rylie Cook, Caelyn Cook, Devin Dawson, Braylon Ramsay, Macyn Ramsay, and Draeyln Gaddis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Stanton County Jr/Sr High School Auditorium in Johnson, with Pastor Mary Courtney officiating.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Holly Girls Basketball Team in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Charles Ray Dowell

Charles Ray Dowell, age 87, of Shell Knob, MO., passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at Cassville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cassville, Mo.
He was born Oct. 13, 1931 in Oak Valley, Kan., the son of Walter and Grayce (Harris) Dowell. On Feb. 11, 1950 he was united in marriage to Gaylene Schockey, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jimmy Ray Dowell (Loveta) of Manhattan, Kan. and Curtis Dowell of Shell Knob; one daughter, Rea Czernicki (Jeff) of Prairie Village, Kan.; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents and two sisters, Delores and Betty.
Charles grew up and received his education in Independence, Kan., where he graduated from high school. Later he moved to Syracuse, Kan. where he spent most his life, before moving to Shell Knob to make his home. For many years he did custom combining and also owned a western wear and later an auto parts store, retiring in 1998. Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing.
Graveside services be held in September, date to be announced, at Lake Park Memorial Gardens in Shell Knob under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.
Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences: Fohn Funeral Home
Shell Knob, Missouri, 417-858-3151.

Joaquin Vazquez Hernandez

Joaquin Vazquez Hernandez, passed away in Syracuse, Kan. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the age of 23. He was born on Jan 7, 1996 in Urireo, Guanajuato, Mexico, the son of Isidro Vazquez Vega and Ana Maria Vazquez Estrada.

Joaquin grew up in Urireo and attended Urireo school and graduated in 2014. He farmed with his father and later moved to Syracuse in 2017 where he began working in a dairy. He resided in Syracuse until his untimely passing. 

He enjoyed riding horses, he was a great entertainer, he was always smiling and having fun. His greatest enjoyment was working hard and challenging his co-workers, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents; a brother, Angel Vazquez of Urireo, Guanajuato; two sisters, Bibiana Vazquez, and Berenice Vazquez, both of Urireo, Guanajuato; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date in Urireo, Guanajuato, Mexico in the Panteon Idolgo Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Joaquin Hernandez Memorial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Lyle Merlin Baker

Lyle Merlin Baker, 86, of Hays, Kan. passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Syracuse, Kan. to Paul and Doris (Clore) Baker. He grew up on a farm near Kendall, Kan. He graduated from Syracuse High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.
While in high school, he met his wife Janis Liggett. They were married July 12, 1952, at the Methodist Church in Syracuse.
He served in the army during the Korean War. His life career was in real estate and insurance before he retired.
He was a sport enthusiast playing football and basketball in high school and football for Garden City Community College. He played baseball in the summers.
He enjoyed watching ESPN and old westerns and spending time with his family. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan.
He is survived by his wife, Janis Baker of the home; a son, Scott Baker (Karen Baker) of Argonia, Kan.; two daughters Cindy Dickey and Debra Creamer both of Hays; two grandchildren, Chelsea Dickey ( Bill Werth) of Munjor, Kan. and Joshua Creamer (Phoenix Hobdell) of Hays; as well as nine great-grandchildren
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Paul and Doris Baker; a daughter, Shelby Baker; a sister, Joyce Maxey; and a grandson, Jordan Schreurs.
 A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist church in Hays. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at 10 a.m. (MST) in Syracuse at the Syracuse cemetery.

Robert (Bob) Ray Willinger

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Stockton, Mo. resident Robert (Bob) Ray Willinger, 80, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility. He was born on Feb. 18, 1939 at Claflin, Kan. to William & Ruby Ruble Willinger.  Most of his life was spent in Southwest Kansas where he graduated in 1957 from Kendall High School.  After he graduated, he served 2 years in the US Army.  On July 3, 1959 he married Bonnie Marie Warner at Syracuse, Kan. For 40 years they made their home in Stanton County where he farmed & ranched.  To this union 5 children were born, Randy, Bryant, Robyn, Brett & Rebecca.  They were blessed to celebrate 60 years together.  Robert was a lifetime rancher/farmer.  In 2000 Bob & Bonnie retired and moved to Stockton where he continued to ranch.  Robert enjoyed sports, coaching, loved watching his grandkids and spending time with his family.

Survivors include: wife, Bonnie, Stockton; son Randy & Mary Willinger, Greenfield, Mo; son Bryant Willinger, Ark City, Kan.; daughter Robyn & Bret Kendrick, Johnson, Kan.; son, Brett & Melina Willinger,  Humansville, Mo.; daughter Rebecca Ridenour & Fred Carrillo, Grand Lake, Colo.; and son in law Chris Ridenour, Dodge City, Kan. Bob had 15 grandchildren & 13 great grandchildren. He also left behind two sisters, Roberta Stull, Garland, Texas, and Janet Ramsey, Holyrood, Kan.; and many nieces & nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Ruby Gerstner; William Willinger; sister Gayle Hough, younger brother, Eugene Willinger; and brothers-in-law, Manuel Levens & Terry Stull.

Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Christian Church in Stockton.  Memorials may be sent to “Operation Smiles” in care of the Bland-Brumback Funeral Home at 306 South High Street Stockton, Missouri 65785.

Ava Loree Knobbe

Ava Loree Knobbe of Leoti, Kan. passed away peacefully on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Tribune, Kan. at the Greeley County Hospital. She was born Sept. 22, 1936 in Beaver, Okla. the daughter of C.O. “Pete” Wright and Lourena Fern (Ragan) Wright. They later moved to Boise City, Okla. where she attended Boise City High School and graduated in 1952. On Feb. 19, 1953, she married Ronald Compton, to this union three children were born.

In 1995, she married Vern Knobbe in Modesto, Calif. They spent several happy years together in California. They later moved to Leoti where Vern passed away in 2009.

Ava loved garage sales and enjoyed finding bargains to share with her friends and family. She collected fabrics with the intent to make quilts for her kids and grandkids. She will always be remembered for her quick wit, practical jokes and her infectious giggles. Ava will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Lourena Wright; her spouse, Vern Knobbe; one brother, Dan Wright; a son Glen Compton; and one grandson, Brian Compton.

She is survived by a son, Gerald (& wife Amy) Compton of Randolph, Utah; a daughter, Janet Bocock of Greeley, Colo.; a brother, Dale Woods of Brighton, Colo.; sister-in-law, Gail Wright of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren; a niece & nephew; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Boise City. Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com.

In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to  Ava Knobbe Burial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

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