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Levens Accepts Award at Carnegie Hall

Ali Levens, Syracuse High School senior and daughter of Randy and Rhonda Levens, recently traveled to New York City to accept her 2018 American Vision Medalist award on June 7, 2018, at Carnegie Hall.  Levens had the opportunity to attend the ceremony in 2016 with award winner Laura Geven. She recalls sitting on the fourth tier at Carnegie Hall, watching the ceremony thinking, “I’m going to get down on that floor; I want to win.” 
Levens’ thoughts this year were quite different, thinking it did not feel real. 
“There were some really talented people there and I could not believe I was a part of it,” Levens said.
Levens was only eleven rows back from the stage, along with hundreds of students, educators, and their guests listening to speakers. The speakers included actor Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver,” “The Fault in Our Stars”); third poet laureate of Philadelphia Yolanda Wisher; “Arthur” author and illustrator Marc Brown, and “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine. 
Levens was especially inspired by Ansel, who told them if they had a creative passion, go after it and pursue their dreams. She also enjoyed Brown, whom she found very funny and inspiring.
The following day, Levens along with a friend from out of town, her mother, Rhonda, who is also her instructor, went to Parsons School of Design where her piece is on display. Her piece will travel to several locations for two years, before it returns to Syracuse. She will be informed where and when the location changes.  
They also had an opportunity to visit the sights of New York. They learned about street photography from a photographer walking through China Town. Next was a hop-on hop-off bus tour. They visited the Statue of Liberty, Alexander Hamilton’s grave, Empire State Building and Times Square each evening. She also enjoyed visiting the three-story M&M store. 
One of Levens’ highlights was the musicals “Wicked,” and Tony-nominated “Spongebob SquarePants.” They also saw the Blue Man Group to round out the shows. 
Levens hopes to compete in the portfolio category next year and found the Giacometti display at the Guggenheim museum an inspiration for that competition. 
The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. This honor opens doors for students by providing access to future scholarship programs and workshops, the ability to have work publicly displayed in the Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition. 
Levens favorite part of the experience was the ceremony. 
“Being with other kids who were all creative and that know what it’s like to work hard for something if you really want it,” Levens said. “I will definitely strive to return next year.” 

Mary Ellen Gum

Mary Ellen Gum, age, 90 of Johnson, Kan. died Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson. She was born Feb. 22, 1928 on a Farmstead northwest of Meade, Kan. the daughter of George and Blanche (Jennison) Wilson.

Mary Ellen grew up in Meade and Liberal, Kan. until her family moved to Satanta, Kan. were she graduated from Satanta High School. She spent three years in the St. Catherine Hospital Nursing Program. Mary Ellen was homemaker, farm wife and partner with her husband, helping drive tractor, grain truck and working cattle. Mary Ellen was active in the Home Extension Unit and attended Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson.

She married Lewis Gum on August 27, 1948 in Ulysses, Kan.; he preceded her in death on May 18, 2012.

Survivors include two sons, Lewis Ted Gum and wife Barbara of Nixa, Mo., and Jerry Allen Gum and wife Suzy of Johnson; two daughters, Maxine Loraine Hines and husband Bruce of Coolidge, Kan., and Carolyn Sue Weskamp and husband Dan of Nixa; one brother, Leon Wilson of Greensboro, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis Gum; and two sisters, Carol Grund, and Hazel Cain.

Funeral service will be Thursday, June 21, 2018, 10 a.m. at Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with Pastor Kurt Rovenstine officiating. Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Memorials may be given to the Stanton County Long Term Care Unit or Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS 67855.

Lois Evelyn (Droegemeier) Boy

Lois Evelyn (Droegemeier) Boy, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away at Greeley County Long Term Care in Tribune, Kan. on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the age of 97. She was born March 18, 1921, in rural Geneseo, Kan., the daughter of Ernest Droegemeier and Nell (Milbradt) Droegemeier.

Lois began her life in Geneseo, and attended Geneseo High School, graduating in 1939. She went on to further her education attending Kansas State College and earning a Bachelor’s Degree and graduated in 1943. On May 21, 1944 she married Gordon Frank Boy in Frederick, Kan. To this union four children were born, Terry, Beth, Margo, and Grace. In 1947, she moved to Syracuse where she began teaching at the Syracuse High School in 1962. She taught Home-Economics and Study Hall for 20 years. She was also very active as an farm wife and taking care of her families needs. On April 2011, she moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center and later to the Greeley County Long Term Care due to her health, and resided there until her passing.

She was very active and instrumental in the First United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for 20 years. She was a 4-H Leader assisting kids with their projects every year during the fair. In her younger years, she enjoyed square dancing, sewing, quilting, traveling to foreign countries, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Nell Droegemeier; spouse,              Gordon Frank Boy; two brothers, Ernest Droegemeier and Lynn Droegemeier; and a daughter, Beth Graham.

She is survived by one son, Terry (& wife Aggie) Boy of Syracuse; a son-in-law, John Graham of Halstead, Kan.; two daughters, Margo (& husband Tom) Uehling of Germantown, Tenn., and Grace (& husband Dave) Donecker of Garden City, Kan.; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services were held Friday, June 8, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Burial followed at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to 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.

Vina Evelyn Disberger Paul

Vina Evelyn Disberger Paul, age 84, of Manhattan, Kan., passed away on June 4, 2018 in her home, in the presence of her husband and many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was born March 8, 1934 to Connell J. and Margaret (Johnson) Plunkett (both deceased), she is survived by her siblings; Vera Lewis, Treva Arnett, Lela Haglund, and Richard Plunkett. Vina grew up on her family’s homestead near Syracuse, Kan.

While attending Kansas State University, she met Jay M. Disberger, and they were married in 1956. Both of them were educators, Vina a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist, and they impacted many children’s lives in wonderful ways, but their own nine children were the jewels in their crown.

Vina is survived by her children Colleen (Mark) Johnson, Dennis (Martha), Patrick, Mike (Kim), Connie (Nick) Hart, Carol (Dennis) Wright, Russell (Mary), David (Kim), and Robert (Tonya). She is survived by 30 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and was preceded in death by her first-born granddaughter, Geraldine M. Johnson.

Jay preceded Vina in death in 1986. Eventually Vina met Dr. Robert Paul, also a widower, and they were married in 1992. They have worked together, traveled together, and enjoyed their golden years in Manhattan. Bob survives Vina.

Vina was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer about nine months ago, and her courage and fortitude, matched with the love and support of her family, made it possible to extend her life by many months. With the same courage, she made the decision to come home and be near family to live out her final days, where she was surrounded by those she loved most in this world. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will continue to echo in the lives of those who love her most.

A Vigil with the Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan.  The family will greet friends following the visitation until 8 p.m. at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant.         

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday June 8, 2018 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery Lake Elbow Community in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Vina Disberger Paul Memorial Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Harry Lewis Huber

Harry Lewis Huber, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at his home in Syracuse, on Feb. 3, 2018, at the age of 93. He was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Brookville Penn., the son of Harry William Huber and Mina Elva (Burkett) Huber.

He grew up in Brookville and attended Brookville High School, graduating in 1943. Soon after, he was drafted into the United States Navy. He was on the USS Hornet (CV-12) and completed his military service in 1946. He then returned to California where he began working for a flooring company. He was later sent to Armstrong Trade School to learn blinds, laying carpet, and various types of flooring. On Sept. 4, 1949, he married Myrtle Marie Manning in Long Beach, Calif. They later moved to Summerville, Ore.  While taking care of his flooring company he also bought farm ground and farmed and ranched. He took great pride in his flooring company and the love of farming until he retired in 2011. In November of 2017, he moved to Syracuse due to his health and to be closer to his son and resided there until his passing.

He was a member of the Summerville Baptist Church in Oregon. He enjoyed laying floors and had a great love for farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry William Huber and Mina Elva (Burkett) Huber; and one brother, Ralph Huber.

He is survived by his spouse, Myrtle Marie (Manning) Huber of Syracuse; two sons, Schuyler William Huber of Martinez, Calif. and Corey (& wife Lore) Huber of Syracuse; three brothers, Claude Newcome of Pennsylvania, Floyd (& wife Rhoda) Huber of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Harold (& wife Ruth) Huber of Arizona; one sister, Margret Hummel of California; two grandchildren, Keshia Huber and Corey Huber of Vici, Okla.; two great grandchildren; Jaxon Allison of Vici, and Logan Andrews of Vici; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on June 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. (PDT) in Oregon at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville; lunch will be served following services.

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Hospice St. Catherine Hospital or Heart N Hospice Palliative Care in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Cynthia Denise (Marvin) Akers

Cynthia Denise (Marvin) Akers, of Kendall, Kan., passed away at the Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, Kan. on May 21, 2018, at the age of 60. She was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Kokomo, Ind., the daughter of Dr. Norman Marvin and Audine (Willard) Marvin.

She began her life in Kokomo and moved with her family to Kiowa, Kan. and attended school until she completed kindergarten. She moved to Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1975. She went on to further her education at Oral Roberts University, earning a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing in 1979. On Aug. 11, 1979, she married Mark Kent Akers in Kansas City, Mo., and they made their home southeast of Syracuse on the farm. To this union two children were born, Jessica and Scott. She devoted all of her adult life to the medical field working in several places. She was a dedicated nurse, working for various doctors including Dr. Doug Parks, Dr. Ann Polich, and she was the surgical RN for Dr. Ray Kenoyer until she was forced to retire due to her health.  She was the Administrator of the Hamilton County Hospital, as well as the Director Of Nursing of Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital.

She spoke in Washington, D.C. for critical access hospital and in the Grand Cayman Islands for administrative hospital management. During these years of medical work she also helped her husband on the farm and was a devoted mother to her two children. She enjoyed living on the farm and resided there until her untimely passing.

She was a member of the PEO, National State Hospital Administrators, The United Methodist Church and was a certified Master Gardener. She loved being in her garden, working on the family farm, reading, knitting, scuba diving, studying the Bible, shell collecting, but her greatest enjoyment was being with her husband, kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her spouse; a son, Scott (& wife Vallin) Akers of Marion, Kan.; a daughter, Jessica Akers of Ulysses;  her parents, Dr. Norman and Audine Marvin of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, John (& wife Connie) Marvin of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Pam Griffith of Atlanta, and Kim (& husband Rusty) Mann of Prairie Village, Kan.; two grandchildren, August & Austin Akers of Marion; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Services were held Friday, May 25, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to

In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Coral Restoration Foundation, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Aubrey Gene Coleman

Aubrey Gene Coleman, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on May 8, 2018, at the age of 79. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Lakin, Kan., the son of Lyle Arthur Coleman and Lavina Vendora (Finlay) Coleman.

Aubrey attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1956. Soon after graduation he entered the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. In 1958, he returned from the service and married Maxine Stinchcomb. From this union two sons were born, Rich and Randy. At this time, he also began working at the Amerine ranch in Syracuse. In 1963, he began working for Don Hook, driving truck for the next 10 years. In 1973, he began working with his dad and brother Gary doing irrigation work for two short years. In 1975, he went to work for Hamilton County for 7 years. On Nov. 11, 1977, he married Renee Annet Leslie in Syracuse. From this union they became a blended family with the addition of Renees daughter, Amy. In 1982, he went back to driving a truck hauling milk for Rite Way for the next six years. In 2006, he purchased the Liquor Shack in Syracuse, where he worked until retiring.

He was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Syracuse. He enjoyed animals, hunting, fishing, and driving in the country mostly down the river road.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Renee` Coleman; one brother, Gary Aldene Coleman; and one sister, Carolyn Veach.

He is survived by two sons, Randy Coleman of Syracuse, and Richard (& wife Lisa) Coleman of Wichita, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Amy (& husband John) Welch of Syracuse; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Memorial Services were held Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse. Condolences may be sent to

In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Hamilton County Hospital, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Lonnie Cecil Hess

Funeral Services for Lonnie Hess will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Cemetery in Holly. Visitation for Lonnie will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Lonnie Cecil Hess was born on Sept. 23, 1922 in Bent County, Colo. to Leonard H. and Mary “Ethel” (Moorehouse) Hess. Lonnie left home at the young age of 14, to work various jobs around Dodge, Kan. and Spearville, Kan.  He married Rubie Mae Koontz in February of 1942. He went into the service in 1942 where he was stationed in North Carolina. He entered the Theatre of War at Normandy Beach. He was active in the European Theatre and Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from the army in 1945. Following discharge, he worked at Bishop Oil Company in Dodge City. Lonnie moved to Holly in 1949. He worked for a famer before he and Rubie purchased their own farm. Rubie passed away in 1972. In 1973, he married Rosallie “Sallie” Hess, where they moved to Holly in the early 1990’s. He was a longtime member of the Odd Fellows Lodge IOOF#144 in Holly. Lonnie passed away on April 28, 2018 in Tribune, Kan. at the age of 95.

Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Lonetta (Bob) Brandes of Deerfield, Kan.; sister, Mary Norma Schulte of Spearville; daughter-in-law, Connie Hess of Holly; 2 step-children; 4 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; spouses, Rubie Mae Hess and Rosallie “Sallie” J. Hess; son, Dale Hess; infant sister, Welcome Hess; one step-daughter; 3 brothers, Howard, Harold, and Dallas Hess.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, Holly Fire Department or Holly Ambulance in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.

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Leslie Robert Shamburg, Jr.

Leslie Robert Shamburg, Jr. was born March 25, 1958 to Leslie & Kathleen (Downs) Shamburg at the Donohue Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. Leslie grew up in Syracuse and attended Syracuse Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School, graduating in 1977. While attending high school he had a job at Herndon's Supermarket then he worked at Rash Oil Company. After graduation, he moved to Liberal, Kan. where he continued to work for Rash Oil Company. While in Liberal he also worked at the Detroit Diesel dealership attending diesel mechanics training in Wisconsin. He moved to Osborne, Kan. where he worked for Bohm Trucking. He then moved back to Syracuse where he worked for Michel’s Repair in Lakin, Kan. He then moved to Ulysses to work for Ulysses Tractor & Equipment. The past 20 years he spent his life in Monte Vista, Colo., first working for Scholl Tractor & Implement and then Elithorp Farms working for Bill Elithorp & son. He retired about two years ago due to his health. He always talked about moving back to Syracuse, but never did.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Robert Shamburg, Sr.; and one great nephew, Kyler Ross Cleavinger

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Kay (Downs) Shamburg of Syracuse; one brother, Garett (& wife Dana) Shamburg of Syracuse; one sister, Sherie (& husband Johney) Gibbens of Syracuse; neices & nephews, Aubrie (& husband Kent) Cleavinger of Wildorado, Texas, Kanda (& husband Jessie) Martinez of Booker, Texas, Jandie (& husband Troy) Palmer of Elkhart, Kan., Cole Shamburg of Tribune, Kan., Jerrin (& wife Jandi) Phillips of Syracuse, Cali Shamburg of Oklahoma City, Okla., Chris (& wife Michelle) Long of Eureka, Calif., Shay (& husband Anthony) Beverly of Magna, Utah, and Garett Gallagher of Syracuse; Great Nieces & Nephews, Kennedy Cleavinger of Wildorado, Dalyn, Emily & Grady Palmer of Elkhart, Nicole Martinez of Booker, Paisley Shamburg of Tribune, Lanee' Owens & Emma Phillips of Syracuse, Jeremy & Zoey Long of Eureka, Evangeline & Jocelyn Beverly of Magna; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Services will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to VIP Senior Center, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Santos “Lucille” M. (Hernandez) Scott

Santos “Lucille” M. (Hernandez) Scott, of Lakin, Kansas, passed away at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, on March 11, 2018, at the age of 96. She was born March 2, 1922, in Lakin, the daughter of Juan Hernandez and Pasquala (Novella) Hernandez.

She was a lifelong resident of Lakin, and helped her family with the needs and care of her brothers and sisters. On March 27, 1953, she married Mervin C. Scott in Taos, New Mexico, and they made
their home in Lakin. To this union two daughters were born, Gloria Jane and Tammy Sue. She was devoted to janitorial work all of her life cleaning businesses including, Railroad, McCormick Law
Office, Kearny County Bank, Beymer’s & Beymer’s Law Office, and the Lakin CO-OP. She was also an we'll know waitress at Shorty’s restaurant in her younger days. She finally retired on December 30, 2013 after cleaning businesses for over 70 years. She enjoyed living in Lakin and resided there until her passing. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. She enjoyed watching Days Of Our Lives, her bird Jose, tending to her flower garden, enjoying all her friends and drinking coffee at her home, and took great pride in cooking for her family, and her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Mervin C. Scott; two daughters, Gloria Jane Limon and Tammy Sue (Scott) Matthews; five brothers, Joe Hernandez, Manuel Hernandez, Siprino Hernandez, Belgado Hernandez, and Lucio Hernandez; two sisters, Petra Hernandez and Jiennie Ramos; and special friends, Francis Bostrom, Wanita Crone, Timmy Hernandez and Gypsy Scott.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Carlos (& wife Carol) Limon of Syracuse, Kan., Keisha Matthews of Seattle, Wash., Kayson Matthews (& fiancee Suzy Mills) of Kansas City, Kan., and Fred Love of Johnson, Kan.; three great grandchildren, Dakota Limon of Denver, Colo., Allyson Limon and  Dakira Limon of Syracuse; special coffee drinking friends, Phillis Hendrix of Lakin, Kan., Pauline Neff of Lakin, Joanne Woods of Lakin, Charles (& wife Judy) Scott of Lakin, Mary Perez of Lakin,
Jo (& husband Larry) Scott of Ulysses, Kan.; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Mass Services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM (CDT) at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Lakin. Burial will follow in the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin.

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to St. Anthony Catholic Church, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

John Jimenez


John Jimenez, 92, passed away Feb. 9, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan. John was born in 1925 in Hamilton County, Kan. in a small, and no longer on the map, settlement named Medway, Kan. to Agustin Parra and Josefa Bernal Jimenez. He was the third of eight children and the first to be born in the U.S. His two older brothers died of smallpox at an early age. He began his early education in Medway in 1930 in what may have been the last, or one of the last, sod school buildings in the state.
He met his mate for life, Naida J. Krause from Burlington, Kan. at the University of Kansas. They married in 1949. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Pamela J. (John) Harrell of Paxton, Mass.; Elise J. (Timothy) DiLiberti of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and one son, Mark A. (Lourdes) Jimenez of Shawnee, Kan. Two grandchildren, Joanne L. (Sean) Parker of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeffrey B. (Melissa) Harrell, of Morrisville, N.C.; and three great grandchildren, Bryson and Alexis Harrell and Liam Parker also survive him.
John graduated from Syracuse High School, Syracuse, Kan. in May of 1943 and within a few weeks reported to an induction center as ordered by his draft board for basic training at the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho. He was honorably discharged in April of 1946.
John trained as a Hospital Corpsman and served in the Central and South pacific, an area encompassing the Melanesian group of islands including the Solomon Islands, from October 1943 to November 1945. He was awarded campaign ribbons for the American, Victory, and Pacific Theater events. He spent some of his duty time on a converted Liberty ship moving injured and sick personnel (3rd Marine Division) to established hospitals at New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, and New Caledonia.
Soon after his separation from the military, he enrolled at KU and completed his degree in Geology in 1954.
John worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation more than 39 years as an Engineering Geologist and also served during the same time as a Hydrologist for the Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources. The last 15 years of his career, leading to his retirement in 1994, he was the Regional Engineering Geologist for 14 counties of the northeast section of the state. His home base was Lawrence. During his retirement, John volunteered for 12 years at the Lawrence Visitor Center.
John enjoyed reading, woodworking, hunting, bird watching, and KU basketball. He served as a project leader for youth in the Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club and attended Rock Springs 4-H camp as a counselor.
John and Naida loved to travel and visited all of the states in the U.S., many countries in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, and many regions of Mexico and Canada. Special interests were national parks, Civil War sites and museums. He never missed stopping at a rock shop at the side of the highway.
In 2013 John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and had spent the last several months in assisted living at Bridge Haven Village in Lawrence.
No formal services were held per John’s request. Private graveside services with military honors were held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials in his name be sent to KTWU or your favorite PBS station.

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