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First Day Of School Officially Ends Summer Break

USD 494 staff and teachers have been busy preparing for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.  Preparations began with teacher in-service on Monday, Aug. 4, 2017.  Superintendent Paul Larkin wondered how the staff and community felt about traditions and what they felt was lacking within the school. One point came up several times about the lack of a band and declining school spirit. Larkin then had an idea for the first day with staff and asked cheer coach Kayla Norton and her cheerleaders to help welcome the staff.
Monday morning began with the usual welcome-back breakfast in the cafeteria for the entire USD 494 staff. The cheerleaders then performed a “cheer” they learned at the summer camp entitled “Go Dogs.”
 “The staff was super fun to perform in front of and they applauded very loudly, and seemed to enjoy having us there,” Riley Baker, junior and squad member said.
The cheerleaders then led the staff to the McCoy Auditorium where they performed the school song, which was followed by the morning’s meeting. 
Larkin’s back-to-school address did not focus on funding or politics, but instead he told the staff there was hard work ahead of them in education.
 “We have things to do, we need to plan and we need to be intentional about accreditation, testing, curriculum and instruction,” Larkin said. “It’s tough work but I’m thanking you for the work that you are going to be doing.” 
Principals Paul Zuzelski and Liz Plunkett then introduced their new staff members and welcomed them into the Bulldog family. 
“It’s been tough for everyone for the last two years, the block grant was not positive for K-12 education, that left everyone uneasy,” Larkin said. 
Larkin explained with the block grant gone and the Supreme Court ruling, which caused the legislature this spring to increase base state aid, we will be getting more dollars for every student than we have. 
“This means positive things, which allows us locally to keep our mill levy steady and still receive the funding necessary to do the things we need to do,” Larkin said. 
He went on to say it has returned to the traditional kind of funding formula, which is a set amount of dollars. This type of funding cares how many students are the building, based upon student population, similar to the last 20 to 30 years. If the enrollment goes up, we get more funding, if we have an increase in a challenging population such as at-risk students, ESL, or special needs, we get funded for those challenges, which is a better situation. The amount of funding is determined by the headcount on Sept. 20, 2017. 
Larkin also wanted to let the community know that the school board gave him the OK to form a committee to receive input from staff and the community regarding public use of the Herndon Gym. This committee will begin devising a plan and work out the logistics and liability issues with the public use of the gym. 
Paul Zuzelski, high school principal, shared the first day of classes has been a blur with locker and lock assignments, laptop checkout, fire and tornado drills, setting up class schedules and class meetings. 
“We have an amazing student body who allow this to happen since the students are moving about all day,” Zuzelski said. 
With all of those details out of the way the first day, the staff is then ready to teach on day two.  Zuzelski appreciates the leadership in Mr. Larkin, and he is excited about his staff and the new teachers. During in-service, the staff looked at both vertical and horizontal alignment of the curriculum so the teacher knows what is expected in the grades below and above them. 
“The student council and the cheerleaders have done an outstanding job with promoting positive energy within the building with posters and decorating the bulletin boards,” Zuzelski said. 
In his 17 years, he has never seen the building look so good.  Squad member Riley Baker had the vision to make posters to boost school spirit and asked if the cheerleaders would be able to decorate the school.  She said it was a huge success and she has gotten a lot of compliments, especially on the ones related to sports and the “We Bleed Orange and Black” poster. 
Principal Liz Plunkett shared about the first day saying, “the first day of school was amazing, kids were here, excited, and the teachers were ready, so the first day was an absolute success!”
Plunkett feels she has an incredible staff that is working overtime to be the best they can be for our students. The theme for the year is “What is your super power?” All the kids and teachers have special gifts and talents, and Plunkett said they will be working together to cultivate those talents and share them with each other. 
Plunkett would like to remind those who drop off or pick up students before and after school, there is no parking on the west side of the street in front of the school. The west side is for drop-off and pick-up only. If they need to park and leave the car, they may do so on the east side of Main Street and then walk to the nearest crosswalk. 
Those wishing to visit the classroom need to arrange a time convenient with the teacher and upon arrival, sign in to receive a visitor’s badge. If parents need to visit with their student’s teacher, please make an appointment.  This is the policy set by the board but has been very lax the last few years.
“Mr. Larkin believes that if we have a policy we should follow it,” Plunkett said.
 Also, if a student needs something from a parent during the day or needs a message delivered, those will be handled by office staff, helping to minimize interruptions in the classrooms.
In closing, Larkin said, “I’m excited about the year, it really started off well I thought.” 
He had the opportunity to visit each classroom the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. 
“It was exciting to see the teachers relaxing a bit, knowing they are doing what they want to do, teach the students,” Larkin said.

Robert "Brent" Humburg

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident Robert “Brent” Humburg will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly. Pastor Kathy Leathers will officiate. Interment will take place in the Holly Cemetery in Holly.
Robert “Brent” Humburg was born on March 30, 1971 in Syracuse, Kan. to Charles and Brenda (Crittenden) Humburg. He passed away in Lamar, Colo. at the age of 46.

Brent was a member of the masons.  He received a communications degree from Northwestern Technical School Goodland, Kan. and worked for many years as a RF Field Technician.  He later trained as a HVAC Technician.  He had a lifelong love of baseball, golf, and fishing.

Brent is survived by his son, Haydden Humburg of Holly; mother, Brenda Humburg (Jim Cline) of Holly; sisters, Rai (Arty) Machin, Ruth (Nick) Harris; niece, Payton Baker; nephew, Micah Harris; grandfather, Bob Crittenden of Lamar; aunts, Linda (Dennis) Allen of Greeley, Colo.; Robby Sue Young of Lamar; Ruth Schwerdfger of Coolidge, Kan., Joan Hardy of Penacook, N.H., Karen (Frank) Nemecheck of Tribune, Kan.; and uncle, Richard (Pat) Humburg of Midland, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Humburg; grandparents, Edwin and Ormal Humburg, and Dorothy Crittenden.

Memorial contributions may be made to Haydden Humburg’s college fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.

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Myrtle Elise (Holliday) White


Myrtle Elsie Holliday White, age 78, born May 30, 1939 passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2017 at her home, in Syracuse, Kan.

Myrtle was born in Manhattan, Kan.  Myrtle grew up in Randolph, Kan. and graduated from Randolph High School.  She started dating Paul Ward White while working for Farm Bureau in Manhattan.

Myrtle married Paul 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 they welcomed Kevin to their family in 1963.  They then moved to Syracuse where they welcomed Michelle into the family in 1966.  Myrtle and Paul were married for 57 years.

Myrtle was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse where she also served as a Trustee.  She spent more than 20 years teaching Sunday school, vacation bible school and sponsoring the youth group.  She later volunteered at the Budget Shop and was Courtesy Chairman for the church.

Myrtle was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years.  She also played in several bridge groups in the community.  She also helped with 4-H, teaching young children to cook skills.  She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren teaching them how to cook, garden and preserve food.

She also served on the Hamilton County Extension Adult Scholarship Board and the board of the Budget Shop.

Myrtle worked for the local Allis-Chalmers dealership in Syracuse before beginning a long tenure of 30 plus years at USDA-Farmers Home Administration.  She was also active in the Kansas Association of County Office Clerks.

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

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Mildred Holliday and her grandson, Corbin Wayne Lillibridge-White.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, of the home; son, Kevin, of Roeland Park, Kan.; daughterc Michelle, and partner Steve Buchanan of Syracuse; and grandson, Kendrick and wife Lindsey of Elkhart, Kan.; her sister, Betty and Arnold Loeckle of Denver, Colo.; and sister Lorraine and Dick Stone of Emporia, Kan.

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MT).  Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Hamilton County Public Foundation (for the Myrtle White Scholarship) or the Hamilton County Food Pantry in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, PO 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052

Funeral arrangements by Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel of Holly, Colo.

Selola Belle "Sally" (Wilson) Lewis


Selola Belle “Sally” (Wilson) Lewis, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Aug. 7, 2017, at the age of 90 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. She was born on Sept. 26, 1926 in Newkirk, Okla., the daughter of Olin H. Wilson and Selma B. (Jack) Wilson.
Sally began her life in Newkirk and attended Sedan High school, graduating in 1944. She went on to continue her education attending Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. and graduated from Pittsburgh College with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching in 1957. On Nov. 21, 1948 she married Ernest Lewis in Satanta, Kan., and they later made their home in Dermot, Kan. To this union four children were born, Bob, Mike, Shari, & Barbara. Sally taught at Pleasant Prairie and Satanta each for one year, and ultimately devoted the rest of her teaching career of 37 years to the Dermot School in Morton County. She was the last one-room school teacher in Kansas when she retired in 1990. In April 1994, she moved to Syracuse, where she resided until her passing. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse. She enjoyed teaching, reading and traveling, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Selma Wilson; her husband, Ernest Lewis; and one sister, Ola Lee Wilson.
She is survived by tow sons, Bob Lewis of Peculiar, Mo.; and Mike (& wife Nancy) Lewis of Kendall, Kan.; two daughters, Shari (& husband Earl) Lewis of Topeka, Kan., and Barbara Lewis of Prairie Village, Kan.; one sister, Oleta Shamasko of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren, Angie (& husband Vance) Keller of Syracuse, Kayla (& husband Clinton) Smith of Peculiar, Adam Lewis of Syracuse, and Ben & Gunner Lewis of Topeka; five great grandsons, Scotty, Max & Matt Smith of Peculiar, and Brody & Brock Keller of Syracuse; and numerous nephews and nieces and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. (MDT) in the Richfield Cemetery, Richfield, Kan.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, First Presbyterian Church, or Kansas City Hospice House, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS. 67878. 620-384-5100

Joanne (Piskur) Boehs

Joanne (Piskur) Boehs, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at her home in Johnson, Kan. She was born on Dec. 14, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of John Piskur and Stephanie (Misiak) Piskur.
Joanne began her life in Cleveland and attended school in Cleveland and graduated in 1962. In 1980, she married Franklin S. Boehs in Oklahoma and they later divorced. To this union a son was born, Franklin. She later moved to Johnson where she worked at various jobs including waitress, barkeeper, and was a secretary for 39 years. She enjoyed living in Johnson and resided there until her passing.
Joanne enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Stephanie Piskur; her son, Franklin Boehs; and a sister, Dorothy Piskur.
She is survived by a boyfriend, Norbert Ellison of Johnson; a brother, John Piskur of Euclid, Ohio; as well as numerous friends.
Joanne donated her body to science research through KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

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

Holly Shay Myers

Holly Shay Myers, 19, has gone to her eternal home. She passed away on July 15, 2017 as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident near Indianola, Neb. on July 9, 2017.
Holly, to everyone who knew her, was a beautiful, bubbly, energetic ray of sunshine. Holly could brighten up the room by just walking in it. She was always positive, and would help anyone at anytime. One of her passion was being able to help her nephew’s and niece to learn new things like learning to walk, putting on their shoes, riding bikes and scooters, and of course let us not forget, how to take a proper selfie. Holly loved to tell stories, for this she made sure that she had everyone’s full and undivided attention. She loved life, learning new things, and was and always will be an excellent role model to her nephew’s and niece. Holly loved and was loved by many. To anyone who met her, it is easy to say she left an impressionable mark. Her gorgeous smile and caring personality will always live on in people’s memories; her pure heart will always be kept alive by those who love her.
Holly was born in Tribune, Kan. on Nov. 28, 1997. She lived in Horace, Kan. her whole life. She attended Greeley County Schools where she graduated May 14, 2016.
While attending GCHS she was involved in many activities, volleyball, basketball, SADD, National Honor Society, and her favorite cheerleading. She was also a member on The one-and-only SQUAD. After high school she attended McCook Community College in McCook, Neb. While there she was a member of the McCook Lady Indians volleyball team, she was the Vice-President of the dance club and a member of PBL (a business leadership program) Holly recently returned from Anaheim California where she competed in Public Speaking and Impromptu Speech for the MCCC PBL team at National’s. Holly graduated from MCCC on May 12, 2017. She was planning on continuing her education this fall at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfathers, Harold G. Wilson and John C. Kennis; and an aunt, Rose M. Stritt.       
She is survived by her parents, Virgil and Joanie Myers of Horace; four sisters, Heather Myers of Horace, Haley Myers and fiancé of Monument, Kan., Ashley Myers and boyfriend of Horace, and Alisha (& husband Dillon) Gipson of Dighton, Kan.; one brother, Dustin (& wife Coriander) Myers of Horace; nephews, Hayden & Kolten Myers of Horace, Ryan Stillwagon & Kohlson Huffman of Monument, and James Gipson of Dighton; one niece, Scarlett Myers of Horace; paternal grandparents, Don and Charlotte Myers of Hamlet, Neb.; maternal grandmother, Ann Wilson Tribune; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts & great uncles & second cousins; and many friends.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Greeley County High School Gymnasium. Pastor Dustin Fritzmeier officiated. Burial followed in the Myers Family Cemetery in Horace.
Visitation was held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Greeley County High School Gymnasium in Tribune.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, Holly Myers Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

ReneƩ Annet (Leslie) Coleman

Renee` Annet (Leslie) Coleman, 68, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on June 28, 2017. She was born on Sept. 6, 1948 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of Marion Russell Leslie and Dorothy Jean (Bules) Leslie.
Renee` was a lifelong resident of Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1966. She went on to further her education attending Dodge City College School of Cosmetology. In 1967, she earned her degree and worked as a Cosmetologist for 25 years in Syracuse.
In August of 1971 she married Terry Maune and later divorced. To this union her beloved daughter Amy was born. On Nov. 11, 1977, she married Aubrey Gene Coleman. They made their home in Syracuse. Renee welcomed her two new step-sons, Richard and Randy, into this blended family.
In 1982, Renee began working at the Syracuse Sale Barn as a secretary where she was employed for 10 years.  She then worked for the Syracuse Coop for 14 years. Aubrey and Renee` were also in a partnership of the Liquor Shack until 2012. She enjoyed living in Syracuse her entire life and resided there until her passing.
She was a current board member of the Hamilton County VIP. She enjoyed working in her yard, fishing and camping, loved animals, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marion Leslie. She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Gene Coleman of Syracuse; her mother, Dorothy Leslie of Syracuse; two sons, Richard (& wife Lisa) Coleman of Wichita, Kan., and Randy Coleman of Syracuse; one daughter, Amy (& husband John) Welch of Syracuse; one brother, Kirk Leslie of Rush, Colo.; one sister, Rhonda (& husband Tim) Haslett of Syracuse; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and numerous family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse, KS.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, Hamilton County VIP, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Martin "Marty" Joseph Hale Kenney

Martin “Marty” Joseph Hale Kenney, 34, of Marquette, Kan. died Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Marty was born July 11, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii to James Kenney, Jr. and Betsy (Metcalfe) VanGundy. Marty worked as a general laborer. He met the love of his life, Dawn Armstrong, on June 6, 1999, and they married on July 6, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Kenney and his son, Wyatt, of Gypsum, Kan.; father, James Kenney Jr., of St. Louis, Mo.; mother, Betsy (Chuck) VanGundy, of Marquette;  sisters, Shannon (Chance) Williams of Grantsville, Utah, Sheila (David) Stimatze of Syracuse, Kan., Sandy (Dave) Weis of Salina, Kan., Ann, Jane, Colleen, and Marie Kenney, all of St. Louis; brothers, Matthew (Jana) Kenney of Manhattan, Kan., Peter and Luke Kenney of St. Louis; as well as a tribe of nieces, nephews, a great nephew, cousins, and extended family members.

Marty was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and a brother-in-law, Bryan Egan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Salina, with Bishop Bob Brunner officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Marty’s wife and son.  Memorials may be sent in care of Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, KS 67456.

John Franklin Hassler

John Franklin Hassler, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on June 5, 2017, at the age of 75 years old. He was born April 14, 1942 in Jeff City, Mo., the son of Algie Lee Hassler and Alma (Croll) Hassler.
John began his life in Jeff City. In 1963 he moved to Johnson, Kan. where he began working for Bob Martin farming for 32 years. In September of 1985, he married Debra Lorraine Lundblade in Syracuse. To this union six children were born, Justin, Daniel, Jeremy, Dedra, Darla, and Rachel. In 1988, he moved to Syracuse where he continued to farm and began working for various people including Ray Schaffer, Clarence Simmons, and Larry Buhrle. In 1990, he moved to Horace and began working for Gene Moritz for one short year and moved back to Syracuse in 1991 where he began working for Keith Simon farming and ranching. At this time he was also employed at the Syracuse Commission Sale Barn part time. In 2005, he moved back to Johnson where her first began farming working for Bob Martin and retired in 2007. In January of this year he moved to Homestead Nursing Home in Garden City, due to his health and resided there until his passing.
John enjoyed fishing, collecting wheat pennies and junk, working on farm equipment, but his greatest enjoyment was farming and eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse Debra Hassler; a daughter, Darlo Jo Hassler; two brothers, Benard Hassler and Charles Hassler; and two sisters, Mary (Hassler) Culp and Clara (Hassler) Best.    
He is survived by three sons, Justin Hassler of Johnson,Daniel (& wife Diane) Hassler of Johnson, and Jeremy Hassler of Salina, Kan.; two daughters, Dedra Hassler of Salina, and Rachel Hassler of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Algie (& wife Marlene) Hassler of San Diego, Calif., and Houston (& wife Vernea) Hassler of Garden City, Kan.; one sister, Effie Vader of Wichita; four grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse, KS. There Will Be No Visitation.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, John Hassler Memorial Fund, (To Be Used For Funeral Expenses), and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

William C. Daugherty II

Born on Dec. 31, 1933, William C. Daugherty II (“Bill” or affectionately as “Gramp” to his grandchildren) was born to William S. and Virginia Walter Daugherty.  Bill’s father owned and operated Daugherty’s Drug Store of Syracuse, Kan.  The family drugstore was established in 1909 by Bill’s grandfather, William C. Daugherty.

When Bill’s father moved the family to be a salesman for Eli Lily Drug Company, the family moved from Syracuse to Leavenworth, Kan. where Bill finished the second half of first grade. The family moved again to Hays before finally returning to Syracuse in the fall of 1942 where Bill entered fourth grade.  He would graduate from Syracuse High School with the class of 1951.  Bill attended KU for three semesters where he met Pat on a blind date during the first weekend of September 1951.  He proposed to Patricia Ann Hessling on the first weekend of September 1952.

In April 1953, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended boot camp at Camp Roberts in California.  On Sept. 6, 1953, Pat and Bill were married in Kansas City at the Covenant Presbyterian, her church since childhood.  Bill was then stationed with the occupation force at a medical unit in Munich, Germany for two years.

Bill and Pat’s first child, Kathi Sue Sullivan, was born in Munich in January 1955.  In October 1957, William Douglass Daugherty was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  Bill and the family returned to Southwest Kansas where he would begin his 50-year career as a registered pharmacist.  A second daughter, Raelynn Daugherty, was born in February 1959 at Syracuse’s Donahue Memorial Hospital.

Bill was working with his father at the Daugherty Drug Store in Syracuse until May 1963 when he purchased Lakin Pharmacy.  Bill and Pat have lived in Lakin, Kan. since.  They, along with their three children, moved into their house at 208 W. Waterman Street, just two blocks from the drugstore.  Bill owned the store and operated the Lakin Pharmacy until retiring in 1996.  He continued to work with local and regional pharmacies as a relief pharmacist until 2009.

Bill loved keeping up with his customers and their children over the years.  He held a variety of leadership and community involvement positions in Kearny County, which included the Lakin City Council, First Presbyterian Church, Area Mental Health Center, Senior Center, Silver-Haired Legislature, and the Rotary Club.  He was also active as treasurer for Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 (an organization in which he was involved in one capacity or another for over 50 years), and the Kearny County Council on Aging.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his two daughters, Kathi and Raelynn.  Bill is survived by his son Doug and wife Sheri, 5 grandchildren, and 7 ½ great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakin with Rev. Rita Stockton officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and the American Legion District #8 Honor Guard.  There will be no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorials to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin.  Condolences may be given at Arrangements by:  Garnand Funeral Home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, Kansas 67860, 620-355-7575.

Robert Harold Hamilton

Memorial Services for Robert Harold Hamilton will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.  Inurnment will follow at the Holly Cemetery with Military Committal Rites provided by the Holly V.F.W. Post #4281 and Lamar V.F.W. Post #3621.

Robert Harold Hamilton, 99, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Holly, went to his heavenly home on Dec. 16, 2016 in Greeley. 

Harold was born on June 6, 1917 in Groom, Texas to Robert Bruce Hamilton and Neva Hughes Hamilton.  When he was 3 the family moved to Holly. 

He graduated from Holly High School in May 1935.  In September 1940 he entered into the US Army serving during WWII in Germany among other places.

After his discharge in June 1945, he moved to Denver, Colo. where he met and married Virginia Spiller on Oct. 5, 1947. After their marriage, they moved to Holly where Harold was employed by Donahue Motor Company for the next thirty years as the parts manager.  Harold & Virginia had three daughters Kathy, Charmaine and Jan.  They later divorced. 

He was a member of the Holly VFW and Holly Volunteer Fire Department. 

On Feb. 20, 1988 Harold married Aura Bell Thompson Schnabel. They lived south of Holly for many years until moving to Greeley in September 2011 to be closer to family.  They were very devoted to each other in their golden years

Harold was a faithful member of the Star Community Church and loved to read his Bible every day.

Harold was a man of few words, but he had a great smile and was a loving man. He loved to play Skip-Bo everyday with his wife Aura Bell and their friend Jack.

He is survived by his loving wife Aura Bell of Greeley;  daughters, Kathy Glassburn (Bob) of Padroni, Colo., Charmaine Herbel (Gary) of Kingsland, Texas and Janice Michael of Sterling, Colo.;  step-daughters, Kay Anderson (Ernie) of Greeley, Karon Cope (Wayne) of Houston, Texas; step-sons,  Dave Schnabel (Dorothy) of Dodge City, Kan. and Ross Schnabel (Bonni) of Hutchison, Kan.;  grandsons,  Lance McDermed, Jason Glassburn and Blake Michael.  He is also survived by nine step-grandchildren, step- great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Neva Hamilton; grandson, Christopher McDermed; son-in-law,  Jon Michael; siblings,  Irene Souders, Odette Ritchie, Marvin Hamilton, Bernard Hamilton, Helen Moore, Bernice Stultz, Lloyd Hamilton and Hazel Brown.

Memorial donations may be made to the R & R Retreat for Missionaries in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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