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25th Annual Fly-In Sees Clear Skies, Wind, & Low Numbers

The annual fly-in was held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Temperatures for the day reached a high in the mid-60s, with moderate wind and skies were clear. This year 17 planes came in to participate, which were welcomed over last year’s bad weather causing less than five planes braving the elements.
The pilots who fly in receive a complimentary meal and a t-shirt. Many feel this helps encourage the pilots to come to Syracuse. The meal each year includes either a hamburger, Polish sausage or hot dog. Chili from the chili cook-off is also included. Pilots eat free and the public is welcome to join them for a small fee.
Attendance this year seemed down from both traveling pilots and locals coming to see the event. Hamilton County has rainy and windy weather all week until Friday evening, making it difficult for some fliers to plan their trip. Other local events such as a farm auction kept some of the local population from attending.
In conjunction with the fly-in, the Syracuse/Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce hosts a cookout for the participants and the public. The annual chili cook-off was with several pots of chili entered this year. The winners were first place Mom’s Chili (Linzee Thompson); Second: Cowboy Chili (Yolanda Peckum); and Third: Bloody Mary Chili (Jennifer Squire).
Unexpectedly, one vintage military plane arrived later in the morning, a North American NA-50, owned and flown by J.P. Thibodeau of Denver, Colo. The plane was a originally a SNJ-4 US Navy trainer and was reworked to the NA-50 airframe. The NA-50 was a single-seat, low-wing fighter made for export to Peru, of which only one is known to currently exist.
The fly-in is held every year on the first Saturday in October.

William Roger ‘Billy’ Reed

William Roger ‘Billy’ Reed passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 in Hamilton County Kansas. Billy was born Aug. 3, 1957 in Syracuse, Kan. to Calvin ‘Harry’ Reed and Twyla (Scott) Reed.

He grew up in Coolidge and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1975 then attended the University of Kansas. Billy returned to his beloved western Kansas working several odd jobs before taking a position as a ground tech for the Hub of Syracuse. For 25 years he was fortunate to work and laugh with his ‘Hub Family.’ Billy thoroughly enjoyed raising Boxer dogs, giving grief to his boss, listening to country western music, collecting many not so dependable vehicles, working in his yard, and playing the penny slots but most importantly he loved spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by is parents, Harry and Twyla Reed; two brothers, Keith and Scott Reed; and one infant sister.

He is survived by his sister, Marsha (& husband Bill) Lewis of Syracuse; nieces,      Meghan (& husband Jay) Houtsma of Syracuse, and Libby (& husband Johnny) Elliot of Seminole, Texas; nephews:  Taylor (& wife Saraya) Lewis of Syracuse, and Blake lewis (Lupe Marquez) of Cedar Park, Texas; four great nephews, Nicolas, Alexander, Ethan, & Jacik; three great nieces, Juliana, Bronwyn, and Brooklyn; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge.

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

James “Bob” Robert Majors

James “Bob” Robert Majors, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the age of 76. He was born on Oct. 7, 1942 in Goodland, Kan., the son of Debs Woodrow Majors and Wilma Fern (Brooks) Majors.

Bob attended Russell Springs High School and graduated in 1959. On Dec. 31, 1960, he married Edith Marine Horton in Colby, Kan. To this union three daughters were born, Sandy, Deanna, and Robin. Soon after getting married he learned how to cook in restaurants working for Darell Dawson in Oakley, Kan. and later changed occupations and began working in a filling station. In 1970, he moved the family to Garden City, Kan. to manage the J and J Oil Company. A few years later he leased Bob's 83 Restaurant and was successful there for the next 10 years. He then bought and operated the Downtown Coffee Ann for the next two years. In 1988, he moved his family to Syracuse where he owned and operated the Ramble-N-Restaurant and Supper Club until he retired in 2017. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.

Bob loved playing golf with his brother Raymond and all of his buddies. He loved collecting Louis L’Amore books, and buying and selling cars. However, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Debs and Wilma Majors; a daughter, Sandy Majors; a brother, Delbert Majors; and a sister, Jean Majors.

He is survived by his spouse, Edith Majors of Syracuse; two daughters, Deanna Majors of Syracuse, and Robin Majors of Hereford, Texas; a brother, Raymond (& wife Vivian) Majors of Garden City; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

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 First Christian Church or Tamarisk Golf Course, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Rebecca “Becky” Ruth (Barnett) Guldner

Rebecca “Becky” Ruth (Barnett) Guldner, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. on Sept. 28, 2019, at the age of 91. She was born on Dec. 25, 1927 in Syracuse, the daughter of William McKinley Barnett and Mary Bella (Calkin) Barnett.

Becky attended Syracuse High School and continued her education at Emporia State University. On Aug. 7, 1946, she married Harold William Guldner and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union three children were born, Doug, Valory, and David. She worked part time at the Hamilton County Library, but the majority of her life she was a farm wife and helped with the farming operation and raised her children.

Becky was a pianist for the First United Methodist Church and was in several piano groups. She was a very active member of the church and was also a 50 year member of the PEO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Barnett; her spouse, Harold William Guldner; a son, David Kin Guldner; a brother, Jackson Barnett; and a sister, Zenaide (Barnett) Schneider.                         

She is survived by a son, Douglas (& wife Renie) Guldner of Syracuse; a daughter, Valory (& husband Terry) Kershner of Manhattan, Kan.; three grandchildren, Tori Guldner of Coolidge, Kan., Elise (& husband Dustin) Gronemeyer of Plymouth, Neb., and Drew Kershner of Manhattan; four great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

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

Edna Mae (Burch) Thompson

A memorial service for Kendall, Kan. resident, Edna Thompson will be held at 10 a.m. MST, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kan. with Pastor Ray Frank officiating. Per Edna’s request, cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at a later date.
Edna Mae (Burch) Thompson was born on Oct. 28, 1924 on the family farm south of Selkirk, Kan. to Lewis and Lillian (Page) Burch. She passed away on Sept. 26, 2019 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse.
Edna graduated high school in 1942 from Leoti, Kan. She was united in marriage to Harold William Thompson on Aug. 6, 1943. To this union they were blessed with two children, Kenneth Lew and Patricia Lynn. Edna helped her husband on the farm and had a love for horses. She enjoyed helping with her grandkids and watching them grow. At the age of 47, Edna became a Registered Nurse. After working as a nurse for 28 years she retired. Edna devotedly served the Lord by teaching Sunday school for many years. Edna loved The Lord, Jesus Christ.
Edna is survived by her husband, Harold Thompson of Kendall; children, Kenneth Lew Thompson of Greeley, Colo., and Patricia (Micky) Moore; grandchildren, Harold (JoDee) Moore, Kimberly (C.A.) Griffith, Travis (Bonnie) Moore, Rheannon Thompson, Hilarie Thompson; 11 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, Betty Shetterly, Bill Burch, and Donald Burch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamilton County Museum in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences please visit www.valleymemorialfc.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.

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