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Levens Retires After 20 Years on Local School Board

Randy Levens, 20-year member and past president of the USD 494 Board of Education will hang up his hat at the end of December 2019. He was recognized for his service on Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, at the regularly scheduled monthly board meeting.
Levens served 10 years as school board president from 2008-09 to 2017-18. While on the board he also served as the SW Regional Service Center board of directors as well as the BOE governmental relations committee.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve with Randy on the district’s school board for many years. He has always been very passionate about Syracuse schools and doing what’s best for kids, he will be missed,” current school board president Dan Kullot said.   
Levens says he will miss dropping by the superintendent’s office to see what is happening at school from time to time, as well as watching the students graduate with the other school board members after seeing the kids grow up through the years.
“We as a community are very lucky to have what we have,” Levens said. “We have great staff administrators and solid superintendents who have kept a balanced budget in challenging times; it takes all of them to make our school work.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mr. Levens over the past three years and have always been impressed with his passion for the school system,” current USD 494 superintendent Paul Larkin said. “His 20-year commitment to the school system is a testament to his service mentality.”
 Other than seeing his daughter Ali win two national art awards, another memorable moment was having the ability to host a track meet in Syracuse after so many years.
“The cherry on top was having Ron Ewy there last fall as we dedicated the track to him,” Levens said. “He gave a lot to our school and kids.”
Levens served under four superintendents during his 20-year time on the board, Jerry Burch, the late Joan Friend, and Kenny Bridges; Paul Larkin is the current superintendent. Many projects have come and gone during that time. He came onto the board after the bond was passed for the junior and senior high schools and was president when the latest bond was passed for the Herndon Gym, the new agriculture center, and the Ron Ewy Track.
“Randy has been an integral part of USD 494, it’s very rare for a person to commit to 20 years to a board of education,” high school principal Paul Zuzelski said. “Over the 20 years, he’s gone through both the good and the bad times, focusing the board in a positive direction.”
Zuzelski has been with Levens 19 of the 20 years of his service. Multiple administrators on all levels have come and gone, but Levens and “Z” have worked together for many years keeping the education of our youth at the forefront.
“He was on the board making decisions to complete the then school building, and his board completed the latest bond project,” Zuzelski said. “USD 494 is better for his service.”

Loretta “Retz” Holland

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Loretta “Retz” Holland, age 78, of Syracuse, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Bent County Memorial Nursing Home in Las Animas, Colo.  She was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Wesley L. and D. Maxine (Shaffer) Holland.
Loretta grew up in Denver.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, making crafts, and baking.  She was active in her church.
Loretta is survived by her daughter, LeAnna Bratrud and husband Mikkel of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Wesley Holland and wife Maria of Leymone, Neb., and Larry Holland and wife Diana of Denver; sister, Mirriam DeFluiter and husband Gary of Kuna, Idaho; two grandchildren, Hunter and Dani; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loretta is preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Zeta June Holland and Linette Long.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan., with Pastor Dave Keeton officiating.  Memorials may be given to Loretta Holland Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Donald Rushton

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Donald Rushton was held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Kevin Bon May officiating.  Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 also at the funeral home.
Donald Rushton was born on Feb. 20, 1925 in Weatherford, Okla. to C.B. and Alice (Perkins) Rushton.  He passed away on Nov. 14, 2019 at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. at the age of 94.
Donald is survived by his children, Donna (Jerry) Adams of Holly, Merlin (Judy) Rushton of Holly, Diana (Mike) Mishler of Tribune, and Marvin (Mary) Rushton of Holly; siblings, Irene May of Lamar, Colo. and Temple (Sally) Rushton of Holly; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth (Lucius) Schenck of Johnson, Kan.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Alice Rushton; wife, Lucille Rushton; and siblings, Hugh Rushton, Louise Harper, and Melvin Rushton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain States Children’s Home or Holly Senior Center 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.

Taniska "Tani" Kay Eddy

Memorial Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Taniska Eddy was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.
Taniska Kay Eddy, known to most as Tani, was born on May 10, 1948 in Lamar, Colo. to Vernon Plummer and Marie (James) Rushton. When Tani was just a young child her mother married Melvin Rushton. Melvin was overjoyed with having Tani in his life and soon adopted her. Tani attended Holly Schools until moving to California. While in California her son, Myron Gessing was born. The family then settled in Denver where Tani worked at Gates Rubber Company until becoming a hairdresser. In 1989, she moved back to Holly where she met Charles. Charles and Tani were united in marriage of Dec. 18, 1996. Tani enjoyed doing stain glass, quilting, square dancing, working in her flower garden, and watching her grandkids, nieces, and nephews. Tani passed away at her home on Nov. 2, 2019 at the age of 71.
Tani is survived by her husband, Charles Eddy of Holly; son, Myron Gessing of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Amber Gessing  and Andy Gessing of Greeley, Colo.; two great grandchildren, Seth Bishop and Weylyn Young; sister, Melissa Swopes (James Hendricks); many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Marie Rushton; siblings, Curtis Rushton on June 12, 2012, and Crystal Clymer on Nov. 7, 2017; and niece, Meisha Rushton on Oct. 5, 2000.
Memorial contributions may be made payable to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel or Holly Fire and Ambulance 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.

Raymond Lloyd Stokes

Pastor Raymond L. Stokes, age 80, of Sidney, Neb., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. He was a loving dad, grandpa and friend who touched many lives with his old west, mountain man, historian way of life. He will be greatly missed.

Raymond Lloyd Stokes was born to Harold R. and Leona Mae (Curliss) Stokes on March 24, 1939, in Olney Springs, Colo. He graduated high school in Syracuse, Kan. in 1958. In 1959, he was married to Patricia Ann Froggatte and they were blessed with five children. In October of 1982, his wife Pat went home to Glory. Later he married Gladys M. Owens. They were married until her passing in April of 2017.
In 1974, The LORD called him to preach and that began his journey that led him to Sidney in 1975. He became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in February of 1976, where he served nearly 43 years as their faithful Pastor until his death. He was very devoted to his calling as a preacher of the Gospel.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold; and his step- dad and mother, Bud and Leona Nichols; and both wives, Pat and Gladys.

He is survived by his brother, Vernon Stokes of Ulysses, Kan.; his sister, Velma Klassen of Kendall, Kan.; five children, Mark (Rose) Stokes of San Jose, Calif., Kim Manning of Potter, Neb., Sherri Scholdberg of Sidney, Greg (Julie) Stokes of Sidney, and Joshua (Lindsey) Stokes of Coweta, Okla.; nineteen grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Sidney with Pastor Nelson Osborn, Pastor Merv Goodrick and Brother Tony Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Lazy U4 Cemetery at Ray’s ranch southwest of Sidney. Friends called at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Monday, Oct. 21 with family present.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to the First Baptist Church and mailed to 1507 20th Ave., Sidney, NE 69162. You may view Ray’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Ray’s care and funeral arrangements.

Jan (Millsap) Munyon

Jan (Millsap) Munyon was born on Sept. 9, 1950 in Syracuse, Kan.  She was the only daughter of Duane and Rosemary (Urton) Millsap.  Jan died unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at her home on Terminal Island, Calif.

God blessed Jan with the love and support of a wonderful collection of devoted friends and family stretching from California to Oklahoma to Kansas to North Carolina.  She is truly missed.

Jan is survived by her brother Cal D. Millsap (wife Colleen, daughters Tyconda & Callie) and her son Jeff Burch (wife Erin, son Ely, and daughter Ellie).

A service will be held for her on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. MT at the First Christian Church in Syracuse.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Humane Society or animal shelter.

Lola Squire

Lola Squire, loving wife and teacher passed away at the age of 85, Oct. 19, 2019. She was born Jan. 4, 1934 at Larned, Kan. and raised in Burdett, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Myrtle Brownlee.
She was united in marriage to Ron Squire at the Burdett Methodist Church on June 9, 1957.
Lola received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She taught 36 years in Syracuse, Kan. and Garden City, Kan. She loved to travel. While continuing her education, she was able to travel to Switzerland, Germany, France and Canada. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two brothers, Wayne Brownlee of Larned and Dale Brownlee of Kansas City. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents and sister, Lois.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Bible Christian Church in Garden City. Interment will be at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Memorials are suggested to the Bible Christian Church in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St. Garden City, Kansas 67846.

Paul Ward White

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Paul Ward White, age 83, born Aug. 9, 1936 passed away on Oct. 13, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kan.

Paul was born in Dodge City, Kan.  He grew up in Kingsdown, Kan. and graduated from Kingsdown High School.  Paul then graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.  While there he started dating Myrtle Elsie Holliday.

Paul married Myrtle on June 11, 1960 in Manhattan at the First Presbyterian Church.  Shortly thereafter, they moved to Hutchinson, Kan. and then Garden City, Kan.  While living in Garden City, KS they welcomed Kevin to their family in 1963.  They then moved to Syracuse, Kan. where they welcomed Michelle into the family in 1966.  Myrtle and Paul were married for 57 years.

Paul was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse where he had served as a Trustee, a Member of the Session, sang in the choir and sponsored the youth group.

Paul was a member of Syracuse Lodge #309 A.F. and A.M., and served as a dad for the Rainbow Girls.  He also played in several bridge groups in the community.  Paul was the voice of the Syracuse Bulldog Football Team for 30 plus years.  Paul had served on the Hamilton County Library Board, and City Zoning Commission.  He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and the coffee crew that met in various places around Syracuse.  Paul was known to spend his free time on the golf course until his health made it impossible.

Paul worked for a couple of COOP exchanges in the accounting department before becoming an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance.  After Paul left Farm Bureau he owned and operated the local Western Auto store for several years.  Having been given the opportunity to start farming, which was his first love, he closed down the Western Auto store.

Paul was involved in the student exchange program with a sister school in Mexico.  Paul and Myrtle hosted 3 different daughters, Adriana, Susana, and Jessica while they attended school in Syracuse.  He and Myrtle also sponsored trips to Mexico as well as hosting other students.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Avis White; wife, Myrtle; and grandson, Corbin Wayne Lillibridge-White.

He is survived by his son, Kevin of Roeland Park, Kan.; daughter, Michelle and partner, Steve Buchanan of Syracuse; grandson, Kendrick and wife, Lindsey of Elkhart, Kan.; brothers,  Lee and Julie White of Poway, Calif., Roy and Linda White of Little Elm, Texas, Hal and Marilyn White of Kingsdown, and John and Carolyn White of South Jordan, Utah.

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. (MT).  Interment will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery with Masonic Rites.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. also at the church and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Memorials can be made to the Syracuse Bulldog Football Program or Hamilton County Library in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, PO Box 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.  Funeral arrangements by Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, Holly, Colorado.

Samuel D. Woodward

A Graveside Memorial Service for Samuel Woodward will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.
Samuel D. Woodward, known to most as Sam, was born on July 13, 1970 in Ft. Collins, Colo. to Walter and Lyda Mary (Showers) Woodward. 
Sam’s family lived in Loveland until he was 11-years-old when they moved to Holly in 1981.  In 1984, the family moved again, relocating to Port Orchard, Wash. where Sam would finish high school.  After graduating from high school, Sam worked as a cabinet salesman for several companies including Pay Pack, Ernest, and Eagle.
Sam attended some college but was much to busy with life to proceed with it.  During his time traveling as a salesman, he became fond of Sequim, Wash. as he sold many projects there and often encouraged his father to consider that as a retirement location.
In 1990 Sam began working construction in the Seattle area waiting for an opening with the electrical union apprenticeship program.  About a year later, he started his electrical apprenticeship and worked as an electrician for several years until he developed fibromyalgia which then prevented him from doing that type of work. After his fibromyalgia subsided, he was able to work again and relocated back to Sequim where he started a landscaping business.  Thanks to some very nice people in Sequim, the business was growing, and the future looked bright for Sam.
In December of 2018, Sam found himself in the emergency room because of dizziness and a headache.  This is when it was detected that Sam had Glioblastoma and was the beginning of his brave battle against his brain tumor. Sam passed away on Sept. 12, 2019 in Sequim at the age of 49.
Sam is survived by his daughter, Kayla Woodward; significant other, Rebecca Glantz; father, Walter (Patt) Woodward; sister, Tammy Woodward; brothers, David (Donna) Woodward and Dan Woodward; one niece; one nephew; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Woodward.

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.

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