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Wheat Harvest Off To Dismal Start

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the recent rain has changed Hamilton County’s drought designation from a severe drought level to less than abnormally dry. It may have rained in time to help the 2015 milo crop, but it seems to be about one month too late to assist with wheat.

"This is only the second day, so it is hard to tell, but the wheat is dry, the grain is shriveled and the test weights are all over the place, ranging from 39-63," Brad Crider, Skyland Grain manager said.

A lot of the wheat in the county has been adjusted, due to the yields being so low, making it cost prohibitive to cut. Some is due to drought, but a lot showed stress last fall, due to rust and disease. Some farmers, such as Jason Ochs, have reported harvesting only 60 percent of his wheat crop due to disease.

The three main wheat diseases in Hamilton County are Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, High Plains Virus, and Wheat Streak Mosaic. According to Kansas State Research & Extension, Wheat Mosiac Virus and High Plain Virus infect crops in early fall and can be transmitted to the next crop if not managed properly. 

According to several farmers, the general outlook for the fall crop is looking promising due to the most recent rainfall, but the weeds are becoming tolerant to chemicals, making them difficult to control.  

"The yields are disappointing, especially when I get a call from my dad who farms in central Kansas and they just finished a field which made 80 bushels to the acre," Laryce Schwieterman, of JL Farms, said.

Carl Jr. Klitzke

Carl Jr. Klitzke, age 88, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Kan. He was born June 15, 1927 to Carl “Bud” and Reva (Holmes) Klitzke in Ness County Kansas.

He attended Ransom High School and joined the Navy his senior year. He married Vivian Horschem on Nov. 20, 1947, in Ransom. They lived on the farm until 1965 when he built Vivian her dream home in town. In 1989, they moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., and later relocated to Sun City, Ariz.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II. He was a farmer and spent 25 years in public service as the mayor of Ransom and on the school board. He was also an electrician and proud business owner of Klitzke TV and Appliance store in Ransom.

Carl was an avid card player, reader and lifelong outdoorsman, and when he wasn’t found fishing or hunting, he enjoyed panning for gold. Other hobbies included collecting antique guns, Depression glass and jewelry making. He loved to make things grow and often gave neighbors a bucket of fruit.

He was passionate about sports and spent his life attending his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s games.

Survivors include his children Steve Klitzke, Hays, Kan.; Jeb Klitzke and wife, Anna Mae, Ransom; and Taa Schwieterman and husband, Omer, Syracuse, Kan. Grandchildren include Tara Goering, husband, Brandon and children Kyler Meyers, Blade and Sage Goering, Hays; Jon Kuhn, Wichita, Kan.; Tally Ann Klitzke, McPherson, Kan.; Chandra Barron and her husband, Winniberto, Great Bend, Kan.; Carl Schwieterman and children Maya and Gunner, Overland Park, Kan.; Carl Bryce Klitzke, wife, Valerie and children Myra, Luke and newborn Samuel, Pratt, Kan.; and Seth Schwieterman, wife, Janae and child Boston, Overland Park, Kan..

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Vivian; his son, Jeff Klitzke and daughter-in-law, Elaine Klitzke.

Services were held graveside at the Ransom Cemetery on Monday, June 22, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Carl Klitzke Memorial Fund at First State Bank of Ransom.


William "Bill" Junior Crum

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, William Junior Crum, affectionately known as Bill, will be held at 4pm Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Valley Memorial Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Bishop David Anderson officiating. Visitation for Bill will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service. 

Bill was born on July 5, 1927 to William D. and Helen Jewel (Blackwell) Crum in Las Animas, Colo. He passed away on June 14, 2015 at the age of 87 in his home surrounded by loving family. 

He was the oldest of three sons. Bill, Vernon, and Bruce were raised on the family homestead North of Holly. Bill would often speak of the hard times during the thirties. He would tell about losing their cattle, horses, and watching the last chicken roll away in a dust storm. Although times were tough, Bill always knew how to have fun. 

In 1946 he married Juanita Belle Swank. To this union there were six children with four surviving; Richard, Patricia, William (Bob), and Valerie. Bill loved to farm but moved his family to California in hopes of making a better life, but it wasn’t long and they were calling Holly home again. Bill was a very hardworking man and loved farming. 

Bill is survived by two brothers, Vernon Crum and wife, Zola of Hartman, Colo. and Norman Bruce Crum and wife, Roberta of Hutchinson, Kan. He is also survived by his children, Richard Crum and wife, Judy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Patricia Mayhill of Colorado Springs, Bob Crum of Holly, and Valerie Crum of Hartman; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. Crum and Helen J. Crum, ex-wife, Juanita B. Crum, and two infant children, David and Cynthia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lamar area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Gaige Kelly Lundblade

Funeral services for Gaige Lundblade will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Wesleyan Church of Syracuse, Kan. with Rev. Paul Runyon officiating. Interment will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Gaige Kelly Lundblade was born on Nov. 9, 2014 in Garden City, Kan. to Wayne and Angela (Aeschliman) Lundblade.  He passed away on May 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. from health complications at the age of 6 months.

Gaige is survived by his parents, Wayne and Angela Lundblade of Syracuse; four siblings, Sabrina Lundblade of Tribune, Kan., Kaden Aeschliman of Norton, Kan., Austin Lundblade, and Emma Lundblade of Spearville, Kan.; maternal grandparents, Ulys and Verna Aeschliman of Coolidge, Kan.; paternal grandparents, Ron and Ethel Bliss of Syracuse, Kan.; foster parents, Steven and Kenzie McBryde of Protection, Kan.; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Marion and Nettie Aeschliman, Vernon and Thelma Johnson, Vera Lundblade, and William and Dolly Pope.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.

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Bernie Allan Stultz

Bernie Allan Stultz was born Dec. 3, 1988 in Garden City, Kan. He was raised in Syracuse, Kan. Bernie shared his birthday with his Grandpa Barrett.

Bernie was a member of the First Christian Church of Syracuse, and was active in youth group until he left home. He especially loved the trips to football and baseball games, even church camp in the mountains.

While attending Syracuse schools, Bernie loved to play football and basketball. In high school football, he played center most of the time. There were many friends who looked forward to him hosting super bowl parties at home.

He also owned numerous skateboards. He enjoyed ramping off stairs at school and building rails and ramps in the driveway. Bernie was a kind and gentle person. He was funny, radiated positive vibes, and always thought of others. He disliked fighting, and he always had his way of doing things. He also owned  4 wheelers off and on.  He loved get-togethers at the dunes.  

When Bernie left home, he went to live in Lakin, Kan. working at Southwest Ag, doing silage harvests.  From there he moved to Pampa, Texas.  He worked as a driver for B&C services and made many friends, including meeting his fiancé Amanda Everson.  

Bernie and Mandy eventually left Pampa for the southeast Colorado area, getting a job at Fry Farms west of Elkhart, Kan. in the Oklahoma side.  They were there for approx 3 years.  Bernie learned the irrigation side of business including farming/ranching.  Yearning to be back in town, they moved back to Pampa, where they resided until his untimely passing.

Bernie was 26 years old when he passed away on May 20, 2015. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 26 at the First Christian Church in Syracuse Following cremation, Bernie will be laid to rest in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse at a later date. A Bernie Stultz Memorial fund at the First National Bank of Syracuse to help with costs of arrangements.

Bernie was preceded in death by his Grandmother Jennie Beard and Grandfather Bernard “Bernie” Stultz. 

Bernie is survived by his fiancé, Amanda (Mandy) Everson, of the home, as well as his beloved dog, Bahaa; his mother, Rhonda Reid and step-father Dan Reid of Syracuse, his father, Bret Stultz of McPherson, Kan.; three brothers, Ben Stultz, Gary Reid, and Brian Reid; five sisters, Savannahh Stultz, Katie Stultz, Kayleigh Sharp, Jamie Deuel, and Hollie Randolph; a grandfather, Barrett Beard of Gladstone, N.M.; a grandmother, Sharon Alden of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; grandparents, Lee and Rosemary Reid of Petaluma, Calif.; and numerous  other family members and friends. 

John Cleveland Brown, Jr.

John Cleveland Brown, Jr., age 65, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born on Nov. 3, 1949 in Perryton, Texas, the son of John Cleveland Brown, Sr. and Louise Marie (Bechtold) Brown.

John began his life in Perryton and during his childhood years he moved to Higgins, Okla. He later moved to Dumas, Texas and attended Dumas Elementary for three years. He then moved to Eads, Colo. where he attended Eads Junior & Senior High School. After school he went on a custom harvesting crew and custom harvested until 1969. In the 1970's, he married Rhonda Eslinger in Keyes, Okla., and they later divorced. To this union two children were born, Jon and Ashley. He then went to work for Cimarron Feeders where he worked for 23 years before retiring. On March 1, 1990, he married Peggy Jeanne Dutton, and they made their home in Boise City, Okla. To this union John became a step father to three of Peggy's daughters, Sheila, Donna, and JoAnna. John & Peggy later had a son Michael. In 1992, he started his own trucking business, where he ran a number of trucks for seven years. In 1997, he moved to Syracuse, Kan. where he began working at the Coolidge Dairy for the next nine months. In 1998, he began working for Tarbet Concrete, where he had been employed there for fourteen years. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and keeping up with everything in the community until his untimely passing.

He was a past member of the Volunteer Fire Department of Higgins and Keyes, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Boise City. He enjoyed working on trucks, watching western movies, collecting knives and pocket watches, old cars, and in his younger days he enjoyed drag racing, tubing and tanking on the river, playing the guitar, drinking coffee at all the coffee shops in town and was never too busy to visit with anyone, but his greatest enjoyment was when he would ever get the treat of a coconut cream pie. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Brown, Sr. and Louise Brown; one brother, Bobby Brown; and one sister, Bonnie Brown.

He is survived by his spouse, Peggy Jeanne (Dutton) Brown of Syracuse; two sons, Michael Brown of Syracuse, and Jon Brown of Guymon, Okla.; four daughters, Sheila (& husband Martyn) Howard of Protection, Kan., Donna (& husband Corkey) Medlin of Amarillo, Texas, JoAnna (& husband Raymond) Vanderpool of Bristol, Colo., Ashley Brown of Pawnee Rock, Kan.; three brothers, Elroy Brown of Pennsylvania, Calvin Brown of Boise City, and Eddie (& wife Debbie) Brown of Keyes; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; as well as numerous family members and friends

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse, KS. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

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

Anthony "Tony" Leon Englert

Anthony "Tony" Leon Englert, age 54, passed away on May 25, 2015 near Syracuse, Kan. He was the son of Robert Joseph Englert and Sharon Ann (Taylor) Englert.

Tony was born in Garden City, Kan. on Sept. 12, 1960 and raised on the family farm north of Kendall, Kan. He briefly attended elementary school in Kendall and then attended school in Syracuse, where he graduated in 1979. Starting as a teenager, Tony worked on the family farm and also worked part-time at the Hamilton County Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from his junior year until 1981. On June 21, 1980, he married Julie Ann Hubbard in Syracuse. To this union four boys were born: Ben, Jon, Joe, and Luke. Tony was a lifelong farmer and rancher in Kearney and Hamilton counties. Tony loved farming and ranching, and he enjoyed living in the Syracuse community until his passing.  

Tony was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Experimental Aircraft  Association (EAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Red Star Pilots Association, Colorado Yak Pak, American Bonanza Society, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, and the Kansas Cattlemen's Association. He served on the St. Raphael Building Fund Board and was President of the Hamilton County Airport Board, where he was proud to have contributed to the county’s runway extension project. Tony also served on the boards of the former Farmer’s Cooperative and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Lakin, Kan., and was a member of the Hamilton County Zoning Board. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, camping, golfing, and photography, but his greatest enjoyment was farming and ranching, spending time with his family and friends, and flying.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Joseph Englert; one uncle, Ronald Lawrence Taylor; and Troy Thomeczek (late son of Linda Englert).

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Ann (Taylor) Englert of Syracuse; his spouse, Julie Ann (Hubbard) Englert of Syracuse; four sons, Ben Englert (& partner Holly Watts) of Bethesda, Md., Jon (& wife Anna) Englert of Olatha, Kan., Joe (& wife Marisa) Englert of Syracuse, and Luke Englert of Lawrence, Kan.; two brothers, Steve Englert (& partner John Malek) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Stan (& wife Linda) Englert and daughters, Michelle, Melissa, Alex, Jackie, Candace, & Fermina, all of Syracuse; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Mass Services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Barney Akers Gymnasium, in Syracuse. 

Rosary will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

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

Rosemary (Urton) Millsap

Rosemary (Urton) Millsap, age 87, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. She was born on May 7, 1928 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of Arthur Urton and Rosebud (Woelfel) Urton.

Rosemary was a lifelong resident of Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1946. On June 8, 1946, she married Duane Clifford Millsap in Syracuse and they made their home on the farm west of Syracuse. To this union two children were born Jan, and Cal. Rosemary worked along side Duane while they were farming and seeing to every need for her family as well. During the ‘60s, Duane and Rosemary run a Dairy farm milking 65 cows religiously every morning and every night. Their biggest accomplishment while they farmed was their Alfalfa and milo crops every year. They sold the farm in 1998, and moved to Syracuse where they enjoyed living in town. 

Rosemary loved to entertain at her home during the holidays and for special accessions. She was known to many people how great a cook she was and was really known for the pies that she made, everyone would say they are the best. She was really particular about her yard, there was a place for everything, and she just loved taking care her flowers. She was a great seamstress where she would make porcelain dolls and then make the clothes to dress them, which took many hours of time for her. In April of 2014, she moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to her health and resided there until her passing.

She enjoyed crafts, sewing, ceramics, porcelain dolls, and just loved doing yard work, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Rosebud; her spouse, Duane Millsap; and a brother, Raymond Urton.

She is survived by one son, Cal (& wife Colleen) Millsap of Liberal, Kan.; one daughter, Jan Muynon of Terminal Island, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jeff (& wife Erin) Burch of Olathe, Kan., Tyconda Millsap of Canyon, Texas, and Callie Millsap of Liberal.

Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. 

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


Hazel Marie Grinstead

Hazel Marie Grinstead, 97, died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Seasons of Live Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. She was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Arkansas City, Kan. to Joseph Perry and Anna Mae Munn Heckart.

Hazel moved with her family to Fowler, Colo., when she was 3-years-old and attended a country school north of Fowler. On June 1, 1936, she married Harold Riley Grinstead in Pueblo, Colo. He preceded her in death. She moved to Hamilton County in 1944 and worked as a waitress, grocery clerk and in the Syracuse Commission Co. office for 50 years before retiring in 2001.

Survivors include four sons, Harold Richard Grinstead of Florence, Kan., Billy Joe Grinstead of Syracuse, Arthur Earl “Ike” Grinstead of Liberal, Kan., and Terry Lee Grinstead of Silt, Colo.; three daughters, Dorothy Marie Comer of Lamar, Colo., Nancy Irene Trautman of Pueblo West, Colo., and Dianna Sue Weiland of Seiling, Okla.; two sisters, Catherine Woods of Fowler, and Gladys Davis of San Jose, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, three sisters, and two grandsons.

Funeral Service is 10 a.m. MDT Wednesday, May 27 at the United Methodist Church, Syracuse. Burial will be at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at Garnand Funeral Home, Lakin, Kan.

Memorials are suggested to Seasons of Life Living Center, in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at


Roy Ray Jantz


Roy Ray Jantz, age 63, passed away at the St. Catherine Hospital, in Garden City, Kan. on Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was born on August 13, 1951 in LaJunta, Colo. and was the son of Paul Jantz and Esther (Schmidt) Jantz.

Roy began his life in LaJunta, and at the age of three he moved with his family to Iola, Kan., and later moved to Chanute, Kan. in 1956. In 1962, he moved to Lakin, Kan,, and attended Lakin High School, graduating in 1970. On May 24, 1969, he married Cindy Lu Drennon, they later divorced; to this union Stephany was born. While in high school Roy began working in two elevators in Lakin for five years, and later worked for CPX Zimatic in Garden City for four years. In 1976, he moved to Poway, Calif., where he became a baker with his brother Perry Jantz. In 1981, he married Dawn Becker, they later divorced. In 1991, Roy moved to Syracuse to help take care of his sick father and then after his father passed, Roy stayed to take care of his mother. Roy worked at the Liquor Shack in Syracuse until March of 2015 and was forced to quit due to his health. Roy enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.

Roy enjoyed collecting shot glasses, but his favorite thing to do was to play with his puppies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Esther Jantz; grandparents, Tobius & Carrie Jantz, and Jacob T. & Katie Schmidt; and two brothers, Perry Jantz and Harry Jantz.

He is survived by one daughter, Stephany Jantz (& partner Tom Waltman) of Byers, Colo.; two half-brothers, Melvin Valentine of Nickerson, Kan., and Ralph Valentine of Amarillo, Texas; one sister, Penny (& husband James Sr.) Welborn of Houston, Texas; one grandson, Wryle Swim of Byers; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemtery in Syracuse. 

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


Norma Jean McCormick

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, Norma Jean McCormick affectionately known as Jeanie was held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the United Methodist Church of Holly with Rev. Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment took place at the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Jeanie was on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Jeanie was born on July 27, 1931 to Albert and Frances (Wade) Wiley in Paonia, Colo. She passed away on May 19, 2015 in Holly at the age of 83.  She was the third child born to Albert and Frances.  Jeanie was a coal miner’s daughter.  Her father was transferred to Dragerton, Utah which is now known as East Carbon, Utah.  She attended her junior year at Price, Utah and then returned back to Paonia to graduate in 1949.

Jeanie attended one year of school at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. where she met Maynard “Junior” McCormick.  They were united in marriage on March 25, 1951 in the Episcopal Church in Gunnison.  To this union, there were two sons, Marvin and Grant.

They lived in Canon City, Colo. for three years where Junior had been employed.  They then moved south of Holly to farm with Junior’s parents.  They later formed the partnership of McCormick and McCormick.  The 1965 flood took a devastating toll on the farm but they continued farming until 1985 when the farm was sold.

While on the farm Jeanie kept the cattle records and registered the cattle.  She also did the bookkeeping for the partnership as well as cooked for the hired men when needed.  Jeanie enjoyed playing bridge and bowling as well as activities at the Senior Center.  Jeanie kept busy by keeping and playing with her five grandsons.

On April 11, 1954, Jeanie was baptized and became a member of the Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Mizpah Rebekah Lodge 97 for close to 27 years as well as worked on various committees in the Church.

Jeanie is survived by one son, Marvin McCormick; five grandsons, Chris and wife, Athena, Nick; Tim “T”, Greg, and Tyson; daughter-in-law, Norma McCormick; four great grandchildren, Wiley, Raigen, Mason Grant, and Ashlynn; sister-in-laws, Ahlean Wiley and Jane Wiley; many nieces, nephews, and other family as well as a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Wiley in 1984 and Frances Wiley in 1994; husband, Maynard Charles McCormick, Jr. in 1997; son, Grant Wiley McCormick in 2001; two brothers, Jerry W. Wiley and Dr. Hugh Wiley; sister, Albertha Emmons; brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” McCormick; and her in-laws, Chuck and Ruth McCormick.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Gateway Fair, Holly Fire & Ambulance, Holly Nursing Care Center, Grant McCormick Memorial Ballpark, or the United Methodist Church of Holly in care of Valley Memorial Funeral, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052

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