Robert "Bob" William Burton
Robert “Bob” William Burton, 91, of Del Norte, Colorado, passed away November 19, 2013. He was born Oct. 29, 1922 to Charles and Mattie Burton in Syracuse, Kansas. Bob developed a love for flying and airplanes at an early age. He graduated from Syracuse High School and attended Garden City Junior College before enlisting in the Army. During World War II, he served as a non-commissioned officer pilot in Burma and India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob farmed many years in Hamilton County and had a long aviation career which included managing the airport, operating the Syracuse Flying Service, crop dusting and airplane sales for Yingling Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Bob logged over 60,000 hours in his flying career.
Bob married Betty Lannon in 1947 in the Syracuse Methodist Church and they lived in Syracuse many years before moving to Colorado. The Syracuse community of friends and family meant a lot to Bob. He was frequently called upon to fly the sick and injured to larger metropolitan hospitals. He taught many area residents to fly and on occasion, safely talked down distressed pilots in need of an emergency landing. The community returned their appreciation to Bob when he arrived in Syracuse one day and encountered 80-90 mile/hour winds. Being in a light plane and low on fuel, his options were few. Bob circled the city several times and the townspeople flocked to the airport. Many lined each side of the runway and upon touchdown, immediately jumped on the wings and struts, using their body weight to anchor the plane bringing it to a safe and damage-free landing.
After moving to Colorado, Bob had more time to enjoy his hobby working with stained glass. He made many beautiful pieces culminating with the stained glass windows he created for their church, the Gateway Baptist Church of Del Norte which can be seen from the highway driving through town.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Anderson, brother John C. “Jack” Burton and son Connor Burton. Bob is survived by his wife, Betty, son Bob Burton, Jr. (Suzanne) all of Del Norte, Colorado, daughter Susan Barker (Ron) of Wichita, Ks., daughter-in-law Jan Burton of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren Anne Burton of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Allison Cole (Carlton) of Richardson, Texas, Bryan Burton of Sedona, Arizona, Katherine Skouras (Spyros) of Santa Monica, California, Brent Barker (Kim) of Maize, Kansas, Margaret Baker (Michael) of Weatherford Texas, Meghan Prosser (Spencer) of Omaha, Nebraska; great grandchildren Connor and Kenna Cole, Josiah Barker and Burton Prosser.
Graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Syracuse Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Secured Unit at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Colorado.
Opal (Mickey) Kalma
Funeral services for Opal (Mickey) Kalma will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. Burial will follow in the Hartman Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Opal (Mickey) Kalma was born to Walter and Ethel Bronson on Jan. 5, 1926 at Rush Center, Kan. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Fort Lyon, Colo. where she attended Rixey School and then school in Las Animas.
Mickey worked in Lamar and enjoyed time dancing. She met Gerald Kalma at the Lake Side dance and the two became a couple. On Oct. 31, 1943 they were united in marriage in Syracuse, Kan. Mickey and Bill started a life together on the Kalma ranch north of Hartman, Colo. and to this union five children were born; Marjorie Jean, James Neil, Johnny Clinton, Jesse William, and Joel Dean.
During her early years living at the ranch, Mickey drove a school bus for the Hartman School District. In the late 50's, they bought the Hartman Grocery store and ran it until the family moved to an 80 acre irrigated farm just north of Holly. Shortly after, Mickey began a new career working at Scotty's, Holly Lumber Company and then BMS in Holly and Lamar. She retired from BMS in 1991.
Mickey's first love was her family and then her yard. She could raise any flower and tree from a drop of a seed or even transplanting. Everything grew and obviously, she had a green thumb. She enjoyed every minute in her yard. Her kids always said she should have lived in the Northwest where there was abundant rain and verdant foliage.
Mickey helped her daughter at the Holly Laundry for several years and then decided that she had worked enough and it was time to stay home and tend to herself and enjoy her yard. In the fall of 2011, she suffered a stroke and became a resident at the Holly Nursing Care Center where she resided until she passed away on Nov. 20, 2013 at the age of 87.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ethel Bronson; husband, Bill Kalma; two infant brothers, and brother, Wilford Bronson; sister, Loretta Peek; granddaughter, Joann Hammit; and grandson, Jerry Kalma.
Mickey is survived by three sisters, Myrtle and Richard Roelli of Oregon City, OR, Luriene Johnston of Del Norte,CO, and Helen and Melvin Maudlin of Scottsburg, IN; five children, Jean and Norman Dorenkamp, Jim and Peggy Kalma, John and Linda Kalma, Jess and Tracie Kalma, and Joel and Andrea Kalma all of Holly,CO. Mickey had 19 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mickey’s name to the Hartman Cemetery Improvement Fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. For more information or to leave online condolences please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
Janice Sue (Magwire) Swisher
This is the story of Janice Sue (Magwire) Swisher, wife, mother, best friend, and fantastic lady and angel.
Jan was born in Syracuse, Kan. at the Donahue Hospital on May 6, 1948 to Irla Gertrude (Guldner) Mays and Ermol Gene Mays, who was a decorated WWII veteran. Jan who later became the apple of the Beek Ranch in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., where she was adopted by Larry “L.B.” and Mary Evelyn Beek where she thrived with her siblings, Barry, Robert “Bob”, Bud and Brady Jo Beek. Jan attended Catholic school in Cheyenne Wells and had thought about becoming a nun but wanted to have children.
Jan graduated from high school in 1966, and married Ron Magwire, her high school sweetheart, they were blessed with a daughter Sheila G. Magwire in June of 1967 before leaving for Georgia to support Ron while he was in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga. While there, Jan was able to fly using their paratrooper parachute practice mechanism and met many people that all loved Jan. Jan left Georgia for Denver to help with family and to obtain her college education where she became a Dental Assistant. She then went back to Cheyenne Wells, where she was later blessed with Chad A. Magwire in August of 1973. Ron and Jan divorced and Jan stayed in Cheyenne Wells to raise her children. Jan and John had been life long friends and continued to speak through the years, sharing their lives together via phone calls. When Chad Joined the Navy in 1992, John and Jan finally became sweethearts and married on October 16, 1997. John and Jan had been together all their lives but never realized they loved each other until much later in life.
Jan is survived by her husband John W. Swisher of 16 years, and her children Ryan Swisher 31, Sheila Magwire 46 and her spouse Mark Przbelski, Chad Magwire 40 and his spouse Dawn Magwire, grandchildren, Samantha, Gates, Kaileigh, Alex, Tim, and Zoey as well as many children she never officially adopted! Jan always loved to dance, discuss politics, was a huge movie buff and working in her yard. She was a member of the Syracuse VFW Ladies Auxiliary, volunteered for many community services including driving and shopping for the nursing home. She was a globe trotter and time traveler having lived and visited Hawaii, Guam and all over the main land of the United States. She loved living in Syracuse, and resided there until her passing.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal services. Private family memorial services will take place at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. The family requests no Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the Syracuse Cemetery Veterans Memorial Fund and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Leo J. Protzman Jr.
Leo J. Protzman Jr., 81, of Syracuse, Kan. (formerly of Stanberry, Mo.) passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Salina, Kan.
He was born August 15, 1932 in Conception, Mo., the son of Leo J., Sr. and Catherine (VanVactor) Protzman. On August 1, 1958, he married Gazel Baker in Des Moines, Iowa. She survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Protzman; and sister, Teddy Runde.
Survivors in addition to his wife are son, Robert Protzman, of Salina; step-son, Danny Hazen, of Beaumont, Texas; step-daughter, Linda Freeman, of Plattsburg, Mo.; sisters, Martha Meng, Susie Schieber, Alicia Lewis, Pat Johnson, Emma Kennedy; brothers, Frank and James Protzman; grandchildren, Teresa Anderson, Leslie Hazen, Dan Hazen, Jr., Traci Thompson, Tricia Wolfe, Shannon Anaya, Brandon Weikle, Bryan Weikle, Jason Protzman and Alex Protzman; 19 great grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Highridge Cemetery in Stanberry. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Roberson Funeral Home in Stanberry, where friends may call anytime after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, Stanberry, MO 64489. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.
Albert Joseph "Joe" Gosch
Albert Joseph “Joe” Gosch was born on October 1, 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colorado the son of Albert & Edith Faye (Nolte) Gosch. He passed from this life on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. at the age of 85.
Joe grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and attended schools there. On December 28, 1947, he married Donna Grace Dobbie. To this union was born 8 children. Joe worked for Colorado Interstate Gas, Co. for 42 years. He retired in 1989 as Operations Superintendent. He has lived in Lakin since 1972. Joe enjoyed woodworking, dancing, yard work, and telling stories. He was involved in various community and civic organizations.
Survivors include five daughters Mary & Mike Lochmann of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Gretchen & Jack Conger of Christiana, Tenn., Catherine & Jerry Kammerer of Yukon, Okla., Lizabeth & Terry Lewis of Elkhart, Kan., & D.J. Richmeier of Garden City, Kan.; two sons Don & Felicia Gosch of San Angelo, Texas., & Mark & Maryann Gosch of Garden City; a brother Thomas & Nola Gosch of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister Patricia & Johnny Watson of El Paso, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Joe is preceded in death by parents; a son Albert Joseph “Joey” Gosch II; a granddaughter Shannon Ochoa; a grandson Mathew Timothy Gosch; and two sisters Ruth Ann Barbeau, and Mary Friel.
Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, Nov. 09, 2013 at Lakin Wesleyan Church in Lakin, with Pastors Mark & Marcelle Hamel officiating. The family requests memorials given to the Lakin PRIDE Committee in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin.
Wilma N. Winger
Wilma N. Winger, age 89, of Johnson, Kan. died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. She was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Rural Brewster, Sherman County, Kan. the daughter of William Thompson and Mary Adriane (Kane) Jones.
Wilma moved with her family to Stanton County when she was two years old. She was a graduate of Johnson High School and was the valedictorian for the Class of 1942. Wilma moved to Garden City in 1971, but returned to Johnson in the 1990s. Wilma worked for the Stanton County and Finney County ASCS from 1963-1993. She was a member of Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church, Johnson. Wilma taught Sunday school for 50 years and served as the treasurer at the Big Bow and Garden City Wesleyan Church. Wilma was active in the Johnson community. She was a 4-H sewing leader and was a member of the Pleasant Hour Club.
On December 25, 1941, Wilma married Frederick Dale Winger in Johnson. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1948.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Ricker and husband Nelson of Walsh, Colo. and Margaret Hook and husband Calvin of Syracuse, Kan., nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Wilma is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, F. Kent Winger; one grandson, Marlin Dale Ricker; one great-grand child, Kaitlyn Ricker; and one sister, Mary Margaret Dimitt Wilkerson.
Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson. Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson. Friends may call on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Family requests memorials be given to the Stanton County Long-Term Care Unit in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.
Donnie Belknap, age 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at his home in Garden City, Kan. He was born Dec. 19, 1961 in Garden City, the son of Lee H. & Anna Belle (Berry) Belknap. Donnie married Christine Urban on June 5, 2010 in Garden City.
Donnie was a lifetime Garden City resident and a 1979 graduate of Garden City High School. During high school he worked on a pig farm and the golf course. He was in the roofing business for over 30 years, first at D.V. Douglass and the past 19 years for Weathercraft Roofing Company. He enjoyed guns, fishing, building model rockets, playing pool & darts and photography, especially architectural building designs. Donnie was a member of the First Christian Church of Garden City, Sand & Sage Rifle Club, and National Rifle Association. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Belle Belknap.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Belknap of their home; father, Lee Belknap of Garden City; two brothers, Jim Belknap, and Gerald Belknap, both of Garden City; two sisters, Joan Belknap, and Anita Belknap, both of Garden City; a mother-in-law, Agnes Urban of Park City, Kan.; three brothers-in-law, Danny Urban, Rocky Urban, and Marvin Urban, all of Colby; two sisters-in-law, Linda Adwell of Valley Center, Kan., and Marlene Ritnour of Roca, Nebraska.
Visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Funeral Services were held in the afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the First Christian Church with Rev David Bell officiating. Interment was at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Sand & Sage Rifle Club in care of Garnand Funeral Home.
Freddie J. Westeman
Freddie J. Westeman passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at the age of 76, at the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. He was born on August 10, 1937 in Syracuse, the son of Frederick William Westeman and Bessie Orene (Smith) Westeman.
Freddie was born in Syracuse and was raised in the Bear Creek Community. He attended Bear Creek School during his elementary grades and high school at Coolidge High School, graduating in 1955. He went on to continue his education attending Fort Hays State University for two years, he then attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, graduating with an Electrical Engineering Degree in 1963. During his college years at Manhattan, he was activated with the National Guard for the Berlin wall crisis, and had to lay out one year due to illness. Following graduation, he moved to Denver, Colo. and began working for Colorado Light. After several years, Freddie moved back to Syracuse, eventually becoming Resident Engineer at the State of Kansas Department of Transportation On February 24, 1968, he married Susan O. Hatton, they later divorced. Freddie had a electric motor rewinding business, and in later years after retirement, helped out at the local convenience stores where he enjoyed visiting and keeping in touch with people. In 2006, he moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to his health, and resided there until his passing.
Freddie enjoyed metal fabrication, growing a garden, took care of the flower garden at the Seasons Of Life Living Center, and his greatest enjoyment was visiting with people, and helping people in any way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bessie Westeman; one daughter, Kara Sue Westeman; and two brothers, Arthur Westeman and Rodger Westeman.
He is survived by one brother, Jerry (& wife Nancy) Westeman of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Orene (& husband Steve) Martin of Johnson, Kan., and Arlene (& husband Bob) Kirby of Syracuse; two sisters-in-law, Oma Jean Westeman of Syracuse, and Donetta Westeman of Syracuse; Nine newphews, four nieces, and numerous family and friends.
Funeral Service was held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at the First Christian Church, in Syracuse. Burial followed at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Seasons Of Life Living Center, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Carol Anne (Fellers) Craig
On October 2, 2013, Carol Anne (Fellers) Craig, 53, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a short illness.
A celebration service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church with a potluck meal to follow the service. The family invites Carol Anne’s friends to join this celebration of her life’s work.
Carol Anne was born on a hot summer day, July 20, 1960 in her hometown of Flagler, Colo., to the late Lloyd L. Fellers and Vera (Lesley) Fellers, of Maple Valley. She lived in Flagler and attended Flagler Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating with the class of 1978.
Carol Anne attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Shortly after graduation in 1982, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she spent much of her early career working at Home Improvement Warehouse in Honolulu. Working her way up from shelve stocking to management, she eventually transferred to the corporate office in Kent, Wash. After the company (Pay N Pack) was sold to another company, Carol Anne worked at Paccar Automotive, Eddie Bauer, and several other companies in the area before becoming employed on a permanent, full-time basis at the Port of Seattle. She worked at the port for 12 years, finishing her career as a senior business analyst.
Carol Anne mostly identified herself as a mother. She leaves behind two daughters, Miranda Danielle Craig, 16, and Taylor Nicole Craig, 14, both of Maple Valley, and her husband, Rich, whom she married in 1994. Rich and Carol Anne spent 19 years of married life together; most of it in their Maple Valley home and the entire family has attended Maple Valley Presbyterian Church for many years. Carol Anne’s life and friends in Maple Valley revolved around her church activities and her church family. She taught Sunday school, served in the nursery, served as a small group co-leader, a Bible study group leader, a Sunday morning greeter, and an usher. She and Rich and her girls have supported many missions in the church, including Nicaragua, Mexico, Wyoming, and Campus Crusade for Christ.
Carol Anne’s many friends will remember a kind, thoughtful and caring individual who gave much of herself to others without a second thought. She annually spent a day in November with her friends making quilts for newborn babies, and in recent years, Miranda has also helped make quilts too. Carol Anne was a gifted artisan and enjoyed making Christmas gifts for her many nieces and nephews and also made many crafts with her children and craft gifts for others.
Her favorite holiday was Christmas, and she and her family spent one entire season prior to Christmas making garlands to decorate their entire home and their Christmas tree, which was often at least 10 ft. tall. She loved spending time playing games of all kinds with her family and anyone else who was willing.
Carol Anne lived with a rare sun allergy and a blood disorder all her life. Despite this, she was a "glass half-full" kind of individual who always tried to look at the positive side of life. Rather than dwell on what she couldn’t do, she praised God for what she was able to do for herself and others.
Carol Anne will be dearly missed by her husband, Rich, daughters, Miranda and Taylor, her mother, Vera Fellers, brothers, Jay Fellers of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Don Fellers of Syracuse, Kan. and sister, Charlotte Fellers of Auburn, Wash. She also leaves behind to mourn, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and hundreds of friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, please send condolences to Maple Valley Presbyterian Church, 22659 Sweeney Rd. S.E., P O Box 590, Maple Valley, WA 98038, or Fellers Funeral Home LLC, P.O. 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, with donations earmarked for Campus Crusade for Christ or to the Maple Valley Food Bank.
Thelma Ardith Slaven
Haviland- Thelma Ardith Slaven, 90, died October 2, 2013 at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, Kan. She was born June 5, 1923 in Carter County, Mo. the daughter of William Edward and Juley (Piercefield) Day. Thelma retired from Syracuse public schools as the cafeteria supervisor. She lived at Syracuse and Haviland, Kan. She was a member of the Syracuse Wesleyan Church.
On November 7, 1937 she married William Winfield "Win" Slaven in Syracuse. He survives. She is also survived by two sons Roger Slaven and wife Doris of Dodge City, Kan., and Stanley Slaven and wife Clarice of Yukon, Okla.; a daughter Rosetta Troyer and husband Stan of Haviland, nine Grandchildren and twenty-three Great-grandchildren; and two sister-in-laws Marie Day and Florence Summers. She was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service and celebration of Thelma's life will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Haviland Friends Church in Haviland with Pastor's Donnie Hinshaw and Rod Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Haviland Cemetery. A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Home Again Senior Living, Haviland, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Barclay College, Haviland, all in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.