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Local Love’s Store Chooses Profit Over Community Service

Corporate greed comes to Syracuse, Kan. as Love’s removes the local newspaper from the store because they do not receive any profits. Steve Webster, district manager over Love’s Country Store #39 wants his cut or there will be no Syracuse Journal at the store.

“You want to keep your paper here then give me a cut of the profit,” Webster said.

When office manager Carol Roberts arrived to deliver the paper, she was notified the paper could no longer be sold at Love’s unless there was a bar code or a metal rack outside. With no profit coming from an outside rack, there is no logic why the paper cannot be sold inside the store.   

Sometime later Webster was questioned as to why the change after more than a decade of the newspaper sold at Love’s; he weakly blamed it on new corporate policies.

Policies as such may work in larger cities or towns, but as many small-town business owners know, it is about the handshake deal and fair country dealing, not to mention the number of people stopping by each week for their paper.

When pressed further, Webster admitted it was his decision to remove the paper. When told he might not truly understand what it means to the local people to be able to stop in to buy their weekly paper he responded unprofessionally.

“You’re an idiot and you can quote me on that,” Webster said to the owner of The Journal.

 As of Wednesday, Aug. 17, the local newspaper is only available at three locations in Syracuse: The Syracuse Food Center, U-Pump It, and Eagle Convenience Stores. Randy Elkouri, store manager at Eagle stated they are pleased to have the newspaper at their location.

“Having the newspaper here is a community service. We appreciate having the chance for people to come in and buy the paper, it brings in foot traffic,” Elkouri said “Anyone who doesn’t understand that doesn’t understand the business.”

In the future, The Syracuse Journal will be looking for another location in town to provide the community its weekly newspaper.

James R. "Jim" Feaster

James R. "Jim" Feaster, age 86, passed away on Aug. 17, 2016 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was born on July 1, 1930, the son of Ferdinand L. Feaster and Leo (Whitson) Feaster.

Jim began his life in Tuskahoma, Okla. and moved many times as a small child. At the age of seven he moved with his family to Claflin, Kan. and attended Claflin High School, graduating in 1948. He went on to further his education attending Fort Hays State University earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1953. Soon after college he served his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during   the Korean conflict. Following his military service he returned to Pratt, Kan. where he began working with his father at Feaster Trucking. In 1960, he moved to Plains, Kan. and began his own business as   Owner/Operator of Feaster Trucking Crude Oil Transport for three years. In 1963, he moved to Claflin where he continued his trucking business for four years, relocating to Dodge City, Kan. in 1967. In 1969, he moved to Syracuse, Kan. continuing to work in the trucking industry. He resided there until his passing.

On August 2, 1952, he married Mary Louise Harvey in Claflin. To this union five children were born, Mary Jo, Beth, Clark, Scott, and Barbara. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and a past member of the Hamilton County Hospital Board, both of Syracuse. Other prior   affiliations   include   the   Kansas   Motor   Carriers Association, Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, and Kansas Silver Hair Legislature. He enjoyed opera and classical music, traveling, and reading, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Leo Feaster; a brother, Jack Feaster; and a grandson, Levi Westeman.

He is survived by his spouse, Mary Louise Harvey Feaster of Syracuse; two sons, Clark (and wife Mary) Feaster of Syracuse, and Scott Feaster of Olathe, Kan.; three daughters, Mary Jo (and husband Todd) Taylor of Stafford, Kan., Beth (and husband Phil) Riley of Syracuse, and Barbara  (and husband Rick) Walz of Garden City, Kan.; two sisters, Sue Hobbs of Lawrence, Kan. and Dortha Coalter of Killeen, Texas; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Graveside Services were held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse.

Visitation was held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse. Condolences  may   be   sent   to  In   lieu of flowers  memorial   contributions   may   be   payable   to   the  United Methodist Church, and sent in care of  Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Marilyn M. Randle

Marilyn M. Randle, age 75, of Ulysses, Kan. died Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.  She was born Sept. 2, 1940 in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Leslie Dennis and Bernice Elizabeth (Roberts) King.

Marilyn a lifetime resident of Ulysses; was a farm wife and homemaker.  She was a business major at Colorado Women’s College and Fort Hays State University.  Marilyn married James Randle on June 2, 1962 in Ulysses.  She was a member of Jr. Civic, the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, and served as a cooking leader for 4-H.  She enjoyed playing Bridge.

She is survived by her husband, James of their home; children, Barbara Symonds and Beverly Roth both of Denver, Colo., Reverend Cameron Randle of Accomac, Va.; one brother, Charles King of Castle Rock, Colo.; and five grandchildren, Rachael, Dylan, Jordan, Carter, and Angelica.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis Lee King; and son, Jeffrey Randle.

Memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Todd Guinn officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the First United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS  67880.

Lola Arvilla Brown

Lola Arvilla Brown, 98 died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 at High Plains Assisted Living in Lakin, Kan. She was born Sept. 15, 1917 in Danbury, Neb. the daughter of Loyal Townsend & Myrtle Olive (Boyer) Parker.

Lola grew up in Danbury where she attended school and graduated from high school in 1934.  On Sept. 15, 1935, she married Rollo V. Brown in Danbury.  They lived in Danbury for a short time.  During WWII they lived at Wendover Field, Utah and Lola worked in the motor pool while Rollo was serving in the Army Air Corp.  After the service, they lived in Fulton, Mo., and later moved to Macon, Mo.   In 1958, they moved to Kendall, Kan. where they purchased and operated the grocery store and post office.  Lola worked as a clerk at the grocery store and later worked as Postmaster.  Lola later moved to Lakin in 2012 and has lived there since.  She has been a member of the Kendall United Methodist Church since 1958, a 77-year member of The Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Beauceant, and a 65-year member in the McDonald Ryan Auxiliary Unit #76 of Danbury.  Lola enjoyed running the store in Kendall, bowling, playing cards, cross word puzzles, handy work, watching Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, and as an avid sports fan she loved to watch Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs, the Atlanta Braves, and the Kansas City Royals.  Her Grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved to attend all of their sporting events and spend time with them.

Survivors include a son, Jack & wife Bess Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.  Lola is preceded in death by her husband Rollo who died on Oct. 7, 2004.  She is also preceded in death by a daughter Joan Lennington; her son-in-law Arnold Lennington; and a grandson John William Jury.

Funeral service were held on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Lakin with Rev. Aaron Duell officiating.  Burial followed at the Lakin Cemetery.  Visitation was held on Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin.  The family request memorials given to the Order of the Eastern Star in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be given at

Arrangements by: Garnand Funeral Home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, KS, 67860. 620-276-3219.

Richard Eugene "Gene" Darland


Richard Eugene "Gene" Darland, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at his home in Cimarron, Kan. He was born on March 4, 1929 in Yates Center, Kan., the son of Arthur Raymond Darland and Mary Elizabeth (Louk) Darland.

Gene began his life in Yates Center and moved with his family when he was a baby to the Kendall/Syracuse area. He grew up in Kendall and attended Kendall High School and later Syracuse High School and graduated in 1946. Gene went on to further his education and play football at Garden City Community College before returning to the farm to pursue his dream of farming and ranching. On June 11, 1950, he married Juanita Mae Cathcart in Holly, Colo. To this union three children were born, Rachael Kelli, Beth Renee, and Debra Lynn. In 1964 they moved to the San Luis Valley, Colorado for five years. In 1969, they moved back to Syracuse where he farmed and ranched, owning a family-run custom harvest business for many years until he retired in 1994. From 1996 to 2007, Gene and Juanita spent the summers in Colorado and the winters in Texas.  In 2007, they purchased a home in Aransas Pass, Texas where they resided until moving to Cimarron in 2015.  
Gene was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and a good friend to all who knew him. He was known as the family historian and navigator. There wasn't a name, date, event or road that he could not recall. He loved camping and fishing with friends and family, playing card games and it was always fun because somehow he seemed to know what cards or dominoes everyone had in their hands. He was always a good helper in the kitchen, making special breakfasts for family, delicious pots of ham and beans and hand-cranked ice cream.  He had a green thumb and loved growing tomatoes and other vegetables.  Texas Bluebonnets were his favorite flower and he loved tending to his garden while living on the Gulf Coast.

Gene's love, support and guidance in our lives will always be remembered.   He lived his dash to the fullest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mary Darland; and one sister, Betty Rae Williams.

He is survived by hi spouse, Juanita Mae Darland of Cimarron; three daughters, Rachael Kelli Darland of Cimarron, Renee (& husband Patrick) Blanchard of Loveland, Colo., and Debra (& husband Leon) Voeltz of Cimarron; six grandchildren, Rheannon Beth Thompson of St. Paul, Minn., Lisa Ann Darland of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Hilarie Mae Thompson of Loveland, Tonya Marie (& husband Justin) Woods of Cimarron, Sherida Lynn (& husband Trevor) Hartnett of Cimarron, and Darcy Lynn Darland of Springfield, Ill.; three great grandchildren, Jonas Joshua Venture Thompson of Loveland, Cole Thomas Woods of Cimarron, and Kara Lynn Woods of Cimarron; as well as numerous family members and friends

Memorial Graveside Services will be held at a later date.

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

Betty Davis

Betty Davis, 89, of Guymon, Okla., formerly of Colby, Kan., passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016 at her home.

The daughter of George and Vera (Knox) Settle, she was born April 26, 1927 in Winona, Kan. Betty attended Winona High School and excelled in tennis, volleyball and basketball, and as a senior was named athlete of the year. Following high school, she attended Fort Hays State College and Greeley where she received her teaching degree which lead her back home to teach school in Winona.

She was a member of the Letter Carriers Union where she worked her way from Clerk, Letter Carrier to Post Master. She held that position for several Kansas communities until retiring from Scott City, Kan. with 21 years of total service.

Betty loved sports! She was a loyal fan of the Denver Broncos and looked forward each year to seeing a live game in Denver. She loved to bowl and most years she received an award for bowling over a 200 game in her bowling league. She also loved playing gold and served on the women’s golf club league in Guymon.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Margheim, both husbands; a son, Marshal; and a daughter; Toni.

Betty met and married Harvey Swager, they had six children. Later she married Clyde Davis they had three children. Anita Harrison (Chuck) of Golden, Colo., Roderick Swager (Connie) of Ankeny, Iowa, Betty Jo Wood of Brighton, Colo., Larry Swager (Starla) of Guymon, Harvey Swager (Donna) of Goodland, Kan., Debbie Castor (Russ) of Guymon and David Davis (Anita) of Guymon. Survivors also include one brother, Lester Settle (Charlotte) of Salina, Kan., 34 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

No matter where she lived she enjoyed making friends and serving the public. She cherished the time spent with all of them. Her smile, kind words and friendliness will be missed by her family and all who touched her life.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Monday morning, August 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Beulah Cemetery in Colby with Pastor Robert Alexander, Colby Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.

The Davis family request memorials be given to Prairie Museum of Art and History, Colby, Kansas or the Butterfield Trail Historical Society, Russell Springs, Kan.. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch–Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942. Friends can sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at

Maxwell Thea Loder

Funeral Services for infant daughter of Brian Loder and Crystal Helton, Maxwell Thea Loder will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Kan. with Pastor Gina Tyler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.


After 9 months of sheer joy and excitement awaiting the arrival of Maxwell Thea Loder, she was born on July 29, 2016 in Johnson City, Kan. to Brian Loder and Crystal Helton.  After unforeseen complications, Maxwell Thea passed away shortly after her birth.


Maxwell is survived by her parents, Brian Loder and Crystal Helton; sisters, Taelor Oller and Clare Helton; grandparents Randal Loder and Susan Turpin, Gay Thompson, and Ron and Marletta Wilson; uncle, Patrick Loder and family; and aunts Dami and Joe Thomecek and family, Amy and Randy Balete and family, Connie Brummett and family.


She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Kay Loder; uncle, Tyler Brummett; and aunt, Kim Yvette Wishon.


Memorial contributions may be made in Maxwell’s name in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.


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Shigeru J. Wakakuwa

Funeral services for Shigeru Wakakuwa were held Friday, July 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.  Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation was held on July 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Holly.


Shigeru J. Wakakuwa, affectionately known as Shig, was born on March 28, 1932 in Sacramento, Calif. to Nobutaro and Noi (Hasegawa) Wakakuwa.  He passed away on July 18, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. at the age of 84.


In 1942, Shig along with his family were placed on a train to Granada, Colo. and then transported to camp Amache where they lived for approximately three years.  In 1945, they were free to leave the camp.  At this time Shig’s family did not have anything to go back to in California as much of their land had been sold.  Shig began attending school in Granada while his brother worked in Bristol raising sugar beets.  During Shig’s freshman year of high school he transferred to Holly.  In 1947, Shig’s father passed away.  Shig, still in high school, knew that he needed to work to make ends meet so he began working for various farmers.  He worked for Clifford Hart until he graduated from high school.  At this time he began working for Everett Willhite and continued working for him for fifteen years.  In 1973, Shig moved south of Holly and began working for Bob Barth where he worked for over 38 years until he retired due to his failing health.  In 2012, Shig made Holly Nursing Care Center his home where he brought joy to many of the residents.  Shig was faithful about reading his Bible daily.  When he was able, Shig would read the Bible to other residents.


Shig is survived by his neice, Merriam Wakakuwa; nephew, Dennis Wakakuwa both of California; as well as all of his Holly family. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George Wakakuwa.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Holly Nursing Care Center or the First Baptist Church of Holly in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.


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Garrie Dale Munk

Garrie Dale Munk, 68, of Russell, Kan., died on Wednesday, July 06, 2016, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell.

Garrie was born on March 4, 1948, in Quinter, Kan., the son of Joseph and Mary Esther (Schmidt) Munk.  He grew up south of Oakley, Kan. on the family farm.  He graduated from Oakley High School in the class of 1966 and attended Colby Community College for a year.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Marilyn Ann Schwarz on Aug. 16, 1969, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Angelus, Kan.  From this union Garrie and Marilyn were blessed with four daughters, Terri, Jennifer, Tammi and Melissa.  The family lived in several different areas of Kansas, including Scott City, Oakley and Menlo before settling down in Syracuse, Kan., where Garrie and Marilyn lived for 27 years.  In 2014, they moved to Russell to be closer to two of their daughters.  He was a member of St. Mary's Queen of Angels Catholic Church and was also a 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus member.  Faith and family were his top priorities in life and enjoyed teasing everyone around him with his unique humor.

Surviving family include his wife Marilyn of the home; daughters Terri Walker (Dave) of Russell, Jennifer Bolton (Kit) of  Elk River, Minn., Tammi Buhrle (Todd) of Russell and Melissa McGill (Marc) of Gardner, Kan.; four brothers Richard Munk (Connie) of Newport, Neb., Frank Munk (Lona) and Jodie Munk all of Oakley, and Craig Munk (Tammy) of Lockhart, Texas; three sisters Eloise Reed of Hays, Kan., Marietta Dreiling (Butch) of Holdrege, Neb. and Barb Voth of Oakley; grandkids Kaitlynn, Dylan, Matt, Brendon, Jordayn, Charli and Gavin and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Keith Munk, and two sisters, Naydene Spresser and Billie Ostmeyer.

The funeral mass celebration of Garrie's life was held on Monday, July 11, 2016, at St. Mary's Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.  Burial will follow the funeral mass at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Russell. Vigil and Rosary was held on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the Catholic Church.  Visitation was held on Sunday July 10th at the mortuary.  Memorials may be given to St. Mary's Queen of Angels Catholic Church and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

L. Jill (Russell) Bloyd

L. Jill (Russell) Bloyd, 79 years, died July 4, 2016 at her home in Loveland, Colo. She was born Aug. 6, 1936 in Bird City, Kan. to Roby Roy Russell and Beryl Fallert Russell. She married Donald L. Bloyd on November 24, 1955 in St. Francis, Kan.


Jill grew up in St. Francis and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1955. She spent most of her working years as a bookkeeper/title clerk at various car dealerships but her greatest joy was working with her dad and husband in their auto businesses. Jill enjoyed traveling, playing cards and working in her yard. Most of all she enjoyed seeing and visiting with her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and numerous friends.


She is survived by her children Dawn Florian and husband Wayne of Akron, Colo., Mike Bloyd and wife Joan of Loveland, Rusty and wife Jill of Loveland and Doug and wife Kenna of Syracuse, Kan.; sister Rosalie Ross of Atwood, Kan.; brothers-in-law Bill Daniel of Tennessee, Steve Bloyd and wife Judy of Great Bend, Kan. and Larry Bloyd and wife Patsy of Las Animas, Colo.; 24 grandkids; 30 great-grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Jill was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her sister Judy, brother-in-law Keith Ross and a niece and nephew.


Cremation has been completed. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Ft. Collins. A reception will be held at Viegut Funeral Home following the graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Larimer Humane Society. Go to for on-line condolences.

Manuel Alonso Perea

Manuel Alonso Perea, age 58, passed away on June 25, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Kendall, Kan. He was born on May 5, 1958, the son of Ramon Perea and Catalina (Villanueva) Perea.

Manuel began his life in Nuevo Madera, Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in in a small town woking in farming and helping on the family farm. He enjoyed playing baseball and swimming as a child with his brothers. When the family needed money he hustled playing pool to bring money to his family and also bought groceries for his mother. He moved to the U.S. in 1981 and resided in Flagstaff, Ariz. for a short time. He later moved to Syracuse, Kan. and began working for George Kohman where he was employed for 8 years. In 1991, he began his journey with the Cactus Feedyard and worked there until 2011. On May 8, 1993, he married Olga Lilia Perez in Syracuse and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union two children were born Daisy and Luis. In 2000, he purchased his favorite pet horse "Pinto" for his son to learn to ride at a young age. In 2013. he began working for Anthony Englert, where he enjoyed working on the farm and working with livestock and was a very hard working man. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his untimely passing.

He enjoyed working on his pickup, playing pool, watching Luis play baseball, watching his kids grow and attending both of their graduations. He loved to fish, and spend time with his many pets, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Catalina Perea; two brothers, Pedro Perea and Jose Perea; and one sister, Maria Jesus Perea.

He is survived by his wife, Olga Lilia (Perez) Perea of Syracuse; one son,     Luis David Perea; one daughter, Daisy Adilene Perea of Garden City, Kan., four brothers, Alfredo Perea of Nuevo Madera, Socorro (& wife Loudres) Perea of Lakin, Kan., Ramon Perea of Cuanutemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Miguel Angel Perea of Nuevo Madera; three sisters, Luzelena Perea of Nuevo Madera, Mia Perea of Madera, and Esperanza Perea of Sinalua, Mexico; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from Noon to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church. Syracuse.

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