Dale Cramer, cherished husband, beloved father and grandfather, inspirational educator, and loyal friend left this world unexpectedly on Oct. 14, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. with his wife and oldest daughter by his side.
Dales was born March 4, 1941 in rural Baca County, Colo. to Wayne and Mattie Cramer. He graduated from Campo High School in 1959 and then from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1964.
As an educator, he left his mark not only on his student’s report card, but also on their life. He taught three years in Sharon, Okla. and then in Syracuse, Kan. for 36 years.
Dale loved gardening, camping, fishing, baking, cooking, teaching, and playing cards with his friends. Above all he loved his family and God. He married Sammie Faurot on June 21, 1964 and to this union three children were born, Leslie, Dana and Jodi.
Dale was known to many as a man willing to do what it takes to provide for those he loved. He was an honest, generous, and hard working man; he will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Mattie Cramer; and one brother Ivan Cramer. He is survived by his spouse, Sammie Cramer of Syracuse; one son, Dana Cramer of Syracuse; two daughters, Leslie Bearce (Dean) of Manter, Kan. and Jodi Nelson (Seth) of Johnson, Kan.; and one brother, Lynn Cramer (Lillie) of Pritchett, Colo.; as well as numerous family members and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse. Interment will be in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Colo. following lunch.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 1 to 5 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Mildred Ann "Mickey" (Tatum) Laubach
Mildred Ann “Mickey” (Tatum) Laubach, age 90, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Homestead Health & Rehabilitation in Garden City, Kan. She was born on Sept. 6, 1926 in Taylor, Miss. the daughter of Nathan Brooks Tatum and Grace Corinne (Rowsey) Tatum.
Mickey began her life in Taylor and was the 4th of 6 children in a family of eight. She attended Courtland High School and graduated in 1944. On Oct. 14, 1945, she married Bernard Lee Laubach in Batesville, Miss. while he was in the Navy and they made their home in Apponaug, R.I. In 1946, they moved back to Memphis, Tenn. To this union two sons were born, Douglas Lee and Stephen Eric. In 1955, they moved to Coolidge, Kan. where Mickey was a housewife and taking care of her family. In 1961 they moved to Syracuse where she worked at the Daugherty Drug Store for several years as well as working in maintenance at the Syracuse grade school. She got involved in painting at the age of 50 and was a member of the Trail City Art Gallery in Coolidge. In 2013, she moved to the Seasons of Life Living Center due to her health. In April of this year, she moved to the Homestead Health & Rehabilitation in Garden City, and resided there until her passing.
Mickey had many hobbies including collecting Depression glass and glass pitchers, painting, crocheting, reading, and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Grace Tatum; her spouse, Bernard Laubach; two brothers, Harry Lee Tatum and Lawrence Afton Tatum; and one sister, Mary Frances (Tatum) Tidwell.
She is survived by two sons, Douglas (& wife Melody) Laubach and Stephen (& wife Carolyn) Laubach, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Joe Price Tatum of Coldwater, Miss.; one sister, Grace Jeanette (Tatum) Williams of Cordova, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Travis Laubach of Phoenix and Justin Laubach of La Quinta, Calif.; as well as numerous family members and friends.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to local charity or church of choice, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Charles William Kauffman
Charles William Kauffman, age 68, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at his residence in Garden City, Kan. He was born on June 12, 1948 in Syracuse, the son of Charles O. and Ellen Mae Roth Kauffman. He was a member of the Garden City community 1984 moving from Kendall, Kan. On December 16, 1971, he married Mary Kay Ellis in Goodland, Kan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kauffman; three children, Charles and Melanie Kauffman of Garden City, Donalda and Rony Martinez of Garden City, and Mary Ellen Kauffman and James Isenbart of Dodge City, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, one uncle, and one nephew.
Open calling was held last on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Kendall United Methodist Church in Kendall.
Memorials are suggested to the Charles Kauffman Memorial Fund or Michael J. Fox Foundation in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home; 620 N. Main St. Garden City, Kansas 67846.
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Richard Eugene "Gene" Darland, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at his home in Cimarron, Kan. He was born on March 4, 1929 in Yates Center, Kan., the son of Arthur Raymond Darland and Mary Elizabeth (Louk) Darland.
Memorial Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Gene Darland Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Auston Cauthon, age 83, of Johnson, Kan. died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. He was born March 12, 1933, in Coolidge, Kan., the son of Woody Harrelson and Debbie (Wright) Cauthon.
Auston grew up in Syracuse, Kan. and graduated from Syracuse High School. He was stationed in the Philippines from 1954 -1956 while serving in the United States Army as a bulldozer operator. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Syracuse. Auston married Virginia Spellman on June 23, 1957 in Syracuse. They moved to Denver, Colo. and returned to Syracuse and he worked for the Chevrolet garage. Auston retired after 35 years from Atmos Energy as the plant manager in Johnson. After retirement, he worked at the golf course in Johnson. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, playing cards, shooting pool, and spending time with his numerous friends. Auston’s family would like to recognize his lifetime friend, Kay Gould.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the home; children, Jimmie R. Cauthon and wife Denise of Wakarusa, Kan., Patricia Schmidt and husband Mike of Dodge City, Kan., and Wade Cauthon and wife Tricia of Elizabeth, Colo.; brother, Elbert Cauthon of Borger, Texas; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one on the way. Auston is preceded in death by his parents; and seven siblings.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses, Kan. with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. MST at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse with military rites conducted by Kansas Military Funeral Honor Guard. Friends called on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Avenue, Ulysses, KS 67880.
John Charles Hart
John Charles Hart, age 64, of Johnson, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at his home in Johnson. He was born March 30, 1952 in Elkhart, Kan., the son of Marshall E. and Bramlett Pauline (Carter) Hart.
John was a graduate of Stanton County High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1973. He then served in the Naval Reserves for three more years. He married Mary Mitchell on Sept. 23, 1972 in Jacksonville, Fla. They moved to Johnson in December 1973. His family was important to him and he enjoyed watching his kids in all their activities. He was active in the community and offered a helping hand wherever he could. John was in charge of the community fireworks display for 10 years, served on the Stanton County Fire Department for 34 years, was a member of the Johnson VFW Post #3684, and a member of the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church. John drove the school and activity bus for Stanton County High School for many years. After retiring from the school, he was a parts manager for Teeter Irrigation. He was also the owner of Hart Electric. He and Mary were foster parents for over 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of their home; sons, John Hart Jr. and wife Amy of Ellicott, Colo. and Marshall Hart and wife Shayla of Syracuse, Kan.; daughter, Julie Hart-Moore and husband Justin Moore of Topeka, Kan.; siblings, Marcia Burke and husband Dale of Eufaula, Okla., Paul Hart and wife Peggy of Oklahoma City, Okla., Philip Hart and wife Sally of Taylor, Neb., Anna Branstine of Johnson, and Julia Hernandez and husband Julian of Glendale, Ariz.; eleven grandchildren, Michael, Dalton, Joyia, Austyn, Kaylin, K.C., Reece, Jason, Shelby, Sheldon, and Bennett. John is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with Reverend Kurt Rovenstine presiding. Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson with military rites and fireman rites conducted. Friends may call Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society for Merkel Cell Carcinoma Cancer Research in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.
A Funeral Mass for long time Holly, Colo. resident, Norman Dorenkamp was held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly. Interment took place at the Holly Cemetery.
Norman Eugene Dorenkamp was born on Oct. 14, 1942 in Holly to Joseph and Amelia (Boehner) Dorenkamp. He passed away on Sept. 4, 2016 at his home at the age of 73.
Norman graduated from Holly High School in 1960. He was united in marriage to Jean Kalma on Feb. 4, 1961. This union was blessed with three children, Judy, Joann and Janet.
Norman enjoyed his faith, family, farming, ranching, and his cattle and horses. He was an active member of the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church serving on the Parish Counsel and as an usher for many years. Norman was a member of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and won numerous awards in steer wrestling. He obtained his pilot’s license and loved flying his plane.
Serving his community in many ways; he was a member of the Holly Saddle Club, and served on the Southeast Colorado Co-op Board, Fire and Ambulance Board, Board of Holly Community Corporation, Lower Arkansas Water Management Association board, achieved a Soil Conservation Award, as well as hosted the Southeast Colorado Bull Test Association at the family feedlot for numerous years.
Norman is survived by his wife, Jean Dorenkamp of the family home; daughters, Judy Dorenkamp of Holly, and Janet (Forrest) Lundy of Bristol, Colo.; granddaughters, Kristen (Claudio) De La Peña of Garden City, Kan. and Taylor (Vincent) Cappetti of Holly; grandsons, Ryan (Kim) Hammit of Poulsbo, Wash., Casey (fiancé Trisha) Hammit of Coolidge, Kan., and Dylan (fiancé Jordan) Hammit of Garden City, Kan.; 6 great grandchildren Lillian, Nathan, Connor, Scarlett, Samuel and Michael; brother, Fred (Norma) Dorenkamp of Holly; sister, Agnes (Jim) Harper of Holly; son-in-law, Donnie Hammit of Holly; numerous nieces and nephews; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Amelia Dorenkamp; daughter, Joann Hammit; brothers, Bernard and Donald Dorenkamp; and sisters, Josephine Parker and Cecelia Sherwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lamar Area Hospice 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.
Linette Long, age 76, of Syracuse, Kansas, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Wesley L. and D. Maxine (Shaffer) Holland.
After high school, Linette continued her education and obtained a Bachelors Degree of Religious Education. She married Harry E. Long on Sept. 23, 1956, in Denver at the East High Baptist Church. Linette taught school in Lamar and Ordway, Colo., the Christian Academy in Syracuse, and taught ESL at the Syracuse Community Learning Center. She also drove the school bus in Syracuse. Linette was an accomplished seamstress, sewing many clothes including wedding dresses. She also enjoyed making crafts, art, writing poetry, and playing the piano. Linette was a Republican Committee Woman for Hamilton County, a Sunday school teacher, former member of the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse and a member of the Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church in Fowler, Colo.
She is survived by her son; David Long and wife Ruth of Pueblo West, Colo.; daughter, Cathy Nairn and husband Troy of Syracuse; brothers, Wesley Holland and wife Maria of Lemoyne, Neb., Larry Holland and wife Diana of Denver; sisters, Loretta Corbin of La Junta, Colo., Martha Defluiter and husband Gary of Denver; eight grandchildren, Leigha, Ross, Cassandra, Kyler, Liberty, Anella, Anigha, and Angeline; and two great-grandchildren, Stetson and Eden.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry; and infant sister, Veda June Holland.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. (MST) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse, with Pastor Don C. Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. Memorials may be given to Baptist Bible Fellowship in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS 67855.
James R. "Jim" Feaster
James R. "Jim" Feaster, age 86, passed away on Aug. 17, 2016 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was born on July 1, 1930, the son of Ferdinand L. Feaster and Leo (Whitson) Feaster.
Jim began his life in Tuskahoma, Okla. and moved many times as a small child. At the age of seven he moved with his family to Claflin, Kan. and attended Claflin High School, graduating in 1948. He went on to further his education attending Fort Hays State University earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1953. Soon after college he served his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Following his military service he returned to Pratt, Kan. where he began working with his father at Feaster Trucking. In 1960, he moved to Plains, Kan. and began his own business as Owner/Operator of Feaster Trucking Crude Oil Transport for three years. In 1963, he moved to Claflin where he continued his trucking business for four years, relocating to Dodge City, Kan. in 1967. In 1969, he moved to Syracuse, Kan. continuing to work in the trucking industry. He resided there until his passing.
On August 2, 1952, he married Mary Louise Harvey in Claflin. To this union five children were born, Mary Jo, Beth, Clark, Scott, and Barbara. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and a past member of the Hamilton County Hospital Board, both of Syracuse. Other prior affiliations include the Kansas Motor Carriers Association, Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, and Kansas Silver Hair Legislature. He enjoyed opera and classical music, traveling, and reading, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Leo Feaster; a brother, Jack Feaster; and a grandson, Levi Westeman.
He is survived by his spouse, Mary Louise Harvey Feaster of Syracuse; two sons, Clark (and wife Mary) Feaster of Syracuse, and Scott Feaster of Olathe, Kan.; three daughters, Mary Jo (and husband Todd) Taylor of Stafford, Kan., Beth (and husband Phil) Riley of Syracuse, and Barbara (and husband Rick) Walz of Garden City, Kan.; two sisters, Sue Hobbs of Lawrence, Kan. and Dortha Coalter of Killeen, Texas; as well as numerous family members and friends.
Graveside Services were held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse.
Visitation was held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
Marilyn M. Randle
Marilyn M. Randle, age 75, of Ulysses, Kan. died Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. She was born Sept. 2, 1940 in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Leslie Dennis and Bernice Elizabeth (Roberts) King.
Marilyn a lifetime resident of Ulysses; was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a business major at Colorado Women’s College and Fort Hays State University. Marilyn married James Randle on June 2, 1962 in Ulysses. She was a member of Jr. Civic, the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, and served as a cooking leader for 4-H. She enjoyed playing Bridge.
She is survived by her husband, James of their home; children, Barbara Symonds and Beverly Roth both of Denver, Colo., Reverend Cameron Randle of Accomac, Va.; one brother, Charles King of Castle Rock, Colo.; and five grandchildren, Rachael, Dylan, Jordan, Carter, and Angelica.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis Lee King; and son, Jeffrey Randle.
Memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Todd Guinn officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Ulysses Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the First United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.