This Week


Successful 2nd Annual Art Walk Held On Friday

The second St. Paddy’s Day Art Walk was held on Friday, March 17, 2017, on Main Street. Nine local artists were featured. The event is organized to showcase local talent, since there is no gallery locally in which to display art work. 
According to organizer Michele Boy, there was not as much traffic downtown as last year, probably due to spring break and a lot of people were out of town. Syracuse High School graduate and artist Mike Fallier traveled back to Syracuse to show his paintings.
 “Although he did not sell anything, he had a great time visiting with everyone,” Boy said.
One of the spectators expressed appreciation to Boy by saying they had been looking forward to the art walk all week. Jeannie Miller organized a rock painting craft at a local restaurant, Porky’s Parlor, in which children painted positive or uplifting messages on rocks, and then placed the rocks around the community to spread good cheer. 
Boy observed one of the rocks on her morning walk on Sunday. 
“What a neat thing they did,” Boy said. 
Boy is already making plans for next year’s art walk, hoping to have it during the week and renaming it, holding it on a day other than St. Patrick’s Day because it will fall during spring break for several years. She feels that may have hurt the attendance. 
She hopes artists will show their work during the upcoming Crusin’ Into Summer Car, Bike and Buggy Show on Saturday, April 29, with the location to be determined. She would like to express her gratitude to the local businesses willing to open their doors after hours to host the event. 

Joyce Marie (Mangan) Hartshorn

Funeral services for long time Prowers County resident, Joyce Hartshorn will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Curtis Hartshorn officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 1 - 7 p.m. with family present from 5 - 7 p.m.

Joyce Marie (Mangan) Hartshorn was born on June 29, 1934, in Holly, to David and Helen (Howell) Mangan.  She passed away on March 26, 2017 at Holly Nursing Care Center, in Holly, at the age of 82.

Joyce was united to Wallace “Babe” Hartshorn on Feb. 10, 1957 at the Baptist Church in Holly.  To this union, five children were born.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holly where she was also baptized.  Joyce was a telephone operator, waitress, farm wife, and a receiving clerk at Neoplan, but her true love was providing a home for her family. 

Joyce is survived by her children, Kerry (Shawna) Hartshorn of Granada, Colo., Vincent Hartshorn of Granada, Monte Hartshorn of Lamar, Colo.; and Lonna (Del) Westeman of Milford, Texas; son-in-law, Ronald Seybert of Granada; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; siblings, Bill Sparks of Two Buttes, Colo., Roylynn (Don) Von Hemel of Hot Springs, Ark., Maryann O’Brien of Denver, Colo., Sher Mangan of Denver, George Buniger of Grand Junction, Colo., and Junior Buniger of Grand Junction; many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David Mangan and Helen and Clarence Sparks; husband, Babe Hartshorn; daughter, Christina Seybert; grandchildren, Kaitlin Hartshorn and Dustin Hartshorn; brother, Terry Mangan; sister, Jean Lightner; as well as many other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the organization of donor’s choice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052. For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

Mary Ann (Griego) Fair

Mary Ann (Griego) Fair, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the age of 62. She was born on June 12, 1954 in Hartman, Colo. to Danoto Griego and Leonarda (Sena) Griego and was one of twelve children.
Mary Ann was a strong woman, especially strong in her faith and for the love of her family. She loved her position serving St. Raphael Catholic Church more than 25 years as the Parish Administrator and Director of Religious Education. She especially loved singing in the church choir and sharing her knowledge of the Catholic faith as a spiritual mentor. Mary Ann enjoyed relaxing in her backyard swinging in her hammock, hosting parties for her girlfriends, decorating her home (especially during the holidays), taking train trips to the West Coast, taking walks on the beach, cheering on the Denver Broncos, dancing and listening to music.
Mary Ann’s greatest joys in life were being a wife (married to Gary Fair for 40 years), a mother to Kristopher, Lindsay and Ashley and grandmother to Callan, who she referred to as Gammy’s “Little Angel Faces.” Mary Ann will be remembered for her great sense of humor, animated story-telling and infectious laugh.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donato and Leonarda Griego; two sisters, Lilia Winkler, and Mary Ann Bernadette Griego; four brothers, Ruben Griego, Pula Griego, Johnny Griego, and Eloy Griego. She is survived by her husband, Gary Franklin Fair of Syracuse; one son, Kristopher Fair of Hays, Kan.; two daughters, Lindsay (& husband Seth) Chapman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ashley (& husband Eric) McConnell of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; one grandchild, Callan Asher McConnell of Palos Verdes Estates; one pet, Louie (Cat); four sisters, Ida (Manuel) Gonzales of Granada, Colo., Gloria (Aurther Harrison) Holbert of Hartman, Albina (Terry) Branine of Pueblo, Colo. and Virginia (Guy) Damron of Yelm, Wash.; one brother,          Francisco (Patricia) Griego of Hartman; and many beloved family members and friends.
A Rosary will was on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Mass Memorial Services was held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Inurnment will be held on Monday, March 27 at 3 p.m. (MDT) at the Hartman Cemetery, Hartman. Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the St. Raphael Catholic Church or Kearny County Hospital, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

G. Logan Boltz

G. Logan Boltz died in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the age of 89. He was born July 17, 1927 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Henry C. and Mildred Logan Boltz.

He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1945. He graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa and later graduated from Tulsa University in 1954.

He married Joyce Frost Graham Boltz on Sept. 11, 1977. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Randy Boltz and Jeff (Jayne) Boltz; and one grandson, Joshua Boltz, all of Tulsa. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Maurine Boltz Urton, of Syracuse.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Tulsa.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date in Syracuse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Seasons Hospice, 6532 E. 71st Street,  Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

Dorothy Jane (Plumber) Willis

Dorothy Jane (Plumber) Willis, age 91, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Pleasant View Home in Inman, Kan. surrounded by her family.
Jane Willis was born on a farm in Lane County, Kansas on July 28, 1925 to Joseph Hugh and Nancy Ann Plumber. She graduated high school at Scott City, Kan., attended Fort Hays State University and attained a teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in Macksville, Kan. She met her husband, Charles Earl Willis Jr, at a dance in Garden City, Kan. in 1946. They married on February 8, 1947, and in October of that year, moved to Syracuse, Kan. They cerebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in February of this year. Jane was a secretary with the Hamilton County Extension office and did substitute teaching in the Syracuse school system. She was also on the board of the regional Mental Health Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nancy Plumber; three brothers, Glenn Johnston, Norvill Johnston, and Paul Johnson. She is survived by her husband, Charles Earl Willis of Syracuse; one son, Chuck (& wife Sharon) Willis  of Wadsworth, Ill.; two daughters, Beth (& husband Mike) Butler of Salina, Kan. and Janey (& husband Joe) Redetzke of Buena Vista, Colo.; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.
Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, March 29,  2017 at 11:30 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the Compass Behavioral Health Services, 531 Campus View Dr. Garden City, KS, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral  Home &  Monuments LLC, P.O. Box  1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

Darrell J. Kuhn

Darrell J. Kuhn, 62, died on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan.  He was born on Nov. 6, 1954 at Ellis the son of John & Bernadine (Homler) Kuhn.  Darrell grew up helping on the family business- Hilltop Dairy and on the farm.  He attended Ellis High School and after his schooling he got a job custom cutting wheat.

He married Linda M. Wooten on Sept. 1, 1979 at Ulysses, Kan. and they made their home south of Lakin.

In the late 1970’s he bought a hay grinder and started Mid States Hay, Inc.  The business would eventually grow into a full service hay operation.  Darrell employed several people year round and hired area youth to aid during the busy summer season.  He would be active in the hay business for 30 years.  In the mid 2000s, he came full circle and started custom cutting on his own with Kuhn Harvesting.

Due to complications from Hepatitis C Darrell had a liver transplant in 2000.

He enjoyed fishing, racing & supporting local community organizations.  He and his wife attended the United Methodist Church in Kendall, Kan.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; two sons, A.J. & wife Elsbeth Kuhn of Hesston, Kan. and Benjamin of Wichita, Kan.; two grandchildren, Karston & Kaydee Kuhn; his mother, Bernadine Kuhn of Hays, Kan.; three brothers, Bob (Linda) Kuhn of Tulsa, Okla., Dutch (Shirley) Kuhn of Sterling, Kan., & Pat (Diane) Kuhn of Ellis, Kan.; and three sisters, Zoe Gleason of Bozeman, Mont., Mary (John) Gillespie of Sterling,  and Rhonda Meyerhoff of Clifton, Kan.  He was preceded in death by his Father; and one brother, David Kuhn.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the United Methodist Church in Lakin with the Rev Gina Tyler & Rev Aaron Duell officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery.  Friends may call from Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin.  Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Kendall, Lakin Bronc Backers or United Network for Organ Sharing in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at

Garnand Funeral Home, 508 North Main, Box 91, Lakin, KS  67860   620-355-7575.

Ronald Lee Zahnter

Ronald Lee Zahnter, age 61 years, of Great Bend, Kan., passed away on Saturday morning, March 4, 2017 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. Ron was born on March 8, 1955 at Syracuse, Kan. to James Alvin and Irene Margaret (Hanson) Zahnter. He grew up around Syracuse and was formerly employed as an auto and diesel mechanic at Oren Florence’s Conoco Station in Syracuse, by Hurly Chevrolet in Goodland, Kan., and the John Deere Implement Dealer in Kiowa, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Leann Railsback in 1973 and the couple later divorced in 1996. In 1997, Ron was in an auto accident at Sublette, Kan. which left him disabled. He had been a resident of Great Bend for the past two years. Ron’s passions included auto racing and tinkering with cars. Although unable to do many of the things in the past several years, which brought him joy, Ron loved having people around and was known as quite the jokester.

Ron is survived by one son, Darren (and his wife, Leann) Zahnter of Belleville, Kan.; one daughter, Angela Dawn Crowe of Belleville; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Marion “Sonny” (and his wife, Helen) Murphy of Gainesville, Fla., Alvin Zahnter (and his companion Connie) of Russell, Kan., Gordon (and his wife, Tracy) Zahnter of Great Bend, and Chad Zahnter (and his companion Mary) of Florence, Miss.; four sisters, Beverly (and her husband, Larrie) Beer of Tulsa, Okla., Alvena Dewey of Syracuse, Louetta (and her husband, T.J.) Edwards of Las Vegas, Nev., and Laura Beesley of Tulsa; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Dale Zahnter and Herman Zahnter; and one sister, Wilma (Ellison) Reno.

Cremation has been chosen. A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family for later designation.

John Jay Hatton

John Jay Hatton, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kan. He was born on Sept. 27, 1948 at Syracuse, Kan. the son of Ray and Bernice (Rees) Hatton.

He grew up in Bear Creek and went to Bear Creek Grade School through the eighth grade and continued his education at Syracuse High School graduating in 1966. Mr. Hatton furthered his education by attending and graduating from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1973 with a Bachelors degree in Ag Science.

He worked for sale barns, farmers and ranchers to make his way through college and told many a story about his experiences. He took a long time to make it through college because he laid out a year or so to help his folks Ray and Bernice move and retire to town from their lifetime residence. Thank goodness or he would have never met and married his wife Angie in 1973.

He is survived by his wife Angie of the home; daughter Holli Hatton of Wichita, Kan.; son Heath Hatton of Wichita; four grandchildren Brieanna Schawo of Leander, Texas; Johnny Hatton of Leander, Texas; Taylee Hatton and Teva Hatton of Wichita; two sisters Susan H. Westeman of Syracuse; Sarah Cooper and husband Jim of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother G. Ray Hatton and wife Janice of Scottsdale, Ariz. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Bernice Hatton, grandparents George and Ida Hatton; Frank and Olga Rees and niece Kara Sue Westeman.

Memorial service was held at Swaim Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 with Rev. Michael Burns presiding. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to John Jay Hatton Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Mary Avis Lamon

Mary Avis Lamon, age 100, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Reeds Cove Nursing Home in Wichita, Kan. She was born on July 16, 1916 in Petrol, N.D., the daughter of Thomas & Mamie E. Wyant Parsons.  A resident of Scott City, Kan. from 1970 until moving to Wichita in 2012, she was a homemaker, seamstress and chef. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Scott City.

On Aug. 20, 1941 she married J. James Eberhardt in Mott, N.D.  He passed away on Feb. 11, 1947. On Nov. 20, 1948 she married Emery L. “Jack” Booth in Mott.  He passed away on June 15, 1998 in Wichita.  On Nov. 17, 1961 she married George A. Lamon in Syracuse, Kan.  He passed away on Feb. 9, 1977 in Meade, Kan. 

Survivors include her two sons, Thomas & Maureen Booth of Brighton, Mich., and Emery L. Booth, Jr. Of Phoenix, Ariz.; four daughters, Edith & Bill Brown of Scott City, Suzy Carpenter of Merriam Woods, Mo., Mary Jane King of Rose Hill, Kan., and Jearlene & Bob Tanner of Midland, Mich.; 27 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Parents; husband; three sons, James Eberhardt, Earl Booth, and Darrel Lamon; three daughters, Eva Marie Eberhardt, Barbara Jean Wolf, and Saron Kay Kerbo; one granddaughter, Ellen Leverett; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral Service was held at the United Methodist Church in Scott City on Saturday, Feb. 25 with Pastor John Lewis presiding. Interment was in the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin, Kan. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Visitation was held at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City on Friday, Feb. 24.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society in car of Price & Sons Funeral Home.

Rosemary Elaine (Coay) Judd


Rosemary Elaine (Coay) Judd, 89, of Syracuse, Kan., peacefully departed this life on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at her home. She was born August 29, 1927 in Goose Creek Township. Ill. to Paul J. Coay and Clara Lucinda (Andersen) Coay. She was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, David Coay; one sister, Ruby (Coay) Wrench; three daughters, Maryanne (Judd) Hahn, Patricia (Judd) Olson, Clara “Suzanne” (Judd) Fishel; and one grandson, Christopher Olson.

Rosemary was a bookkeeper for different businesses, for most of her life. She shared many good memories of working for a Ford Dealership, several different Credit Unions, and even a Civil Engineering company. Working numbers, word puzzles and word games were her favorite past times, as were cooking, needlepoint, sewing, reading, and completing jigsaw puzzles. It wasn’t unusual for the family to find a jigsaw puzzle underneath the table cloth on the dinner table they were feasting at. Family, young and old, can tell stories of playing a competitive game of Boggle, Yahtzee or Scrabble with her, and her 2200 page Unabridged Dictionary sitting close by, for any challenges made. Her grandchildren claim that NO ONE will ever make chicken and homemade egg noodles, or her famous meatloaf as good as she did.

Rosemary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although, married and civilly divorced from her former husband, Athole Thorpe Judd, they were also sealed for “Time and All Eternity” to one another in the Salt Lake Temple. Athole also preceded her in death, and Rosemary spoke of her happiness and anticipation of being united with him one day.

Surviving Rosemary are one daughter, Karen (Judd) Beard and husband Brad of Syracuse; one Sister, Fran (Coay) Gray and husband Jim, of Nashville, Ind; one brother, Don Coay, and wife Rita, of Ely, Minn.; sons-in law, Don Fishel of Dewey, Ariz. and Paul Olson, of Abilene, Texas; 13 grandchildren: Micah Hahn and wife Saskia of Los Angeles, Calif., Terri (Olson) Helton of Syracuse, Brian Olson and wife Kandy of Odessa, Texas, Katie (Olson) Chambers and husband Michael of Abilene, Texas, Justine (Fishel) Sudlow and husband Heath of Kailua, Hawaii, Jolene (Fishel) Brooks and husband Matt of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Jamie (Fishel) DeLaCrz and husband Mike, of Tempe, Ariz., Billi Nelson of Syracuse, Courtney (Nelson) Greigo, and husband Ray, of Syracuse, Melissa (Nelson) Hill, and husband Heath of Deerfield, Kan., Brittany Beard and life mate Chris Owens, of Galloway, Ohio, and Kaylyn (Beard) Rivas, and husband Joe, of Syracuse;27 great grandchildren, Robyn Hahn, Rebecca, Christopher, Bryce Helton, Jayden Olson, Elaina Olson, Christopher Chambers, Payson, Caden and Aubree Sudlow, Emily and Olivia Brooks, Valen and Mia DeLaCruz, Ali and Harli Nelson, Pierce Helton, Gunnar Upson, Zoey Lainey and Arizona Griego, Shaylie and Treyton Hill, Jameson, Amara and Augustus Owens, and Antonio, and soon to join us, Joslyn Rivas; one great-great grandchild, Connor Helton; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will have a private burial at a later date, in the Syracuse Cemetery,
Syracuse, Hamilton Kansas.

Mark Alan Flowers

Mark Alan Flowers, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Feb. 18, 2017, at the age of 58 years old. He was born Jan. 17, 1959 in Garden City, Kan. the son of Donald Rex Burch and Bette Jean (Goddard) Burch.

Mark began his life in Syracuse and attended school from Kindergarten through High School in Syracuse. In 1984, he moved to Seattle, Wash. where he lived for four years. In 1988, he moved back to Syracuse. In 2008, he moved to Leoti, where he worked at a car dealership detailing vehicles. In 2010, he returned to Syracuse, where he worked odd jobs for various people in the community. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his untimely passing.

Mark was a small engine mechanic who enjoyed working on motorcycles. One of his favorite pastimes was using his inventive mind to re-purpose everyday items.

He enjoyed reading, especially history books. And, he had a passion for building model airplanes from different historical periods. He was a lover of animals, especially dogs. His pride and joy was his dog, Frederick Samuel Remington III.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, William Bert Flowers; his father, Donald Rex Burch and Bette Jean (Goddard) Burch.

He is survived by one brother. David Burch of Syracuse; four sisters, Susan (& husband Mike) Breard of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dixie Senestraro of Ulysses, Kan., Donna Carr of Syracuse, and Amy Burch of Syracuse; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Graveside Services was held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

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