Larue (Thornburgh) Lennen
Larue (Thornburgh) Lennen, age 89, passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on May 3, 1925, in Amity, Colo., to Sander Eugene Thornburgh and Blanche Leola (Laubach) Thornburgh.
With her family, Larue spent the early childhood years in Wewoka in southern Oklahoma. This was an area that had become known as a final home and end of the journey for many “Trail of Tears” survivors. While there, she had the opportunity to absorb the culture of her Native American neighbors, attending pow-wows, learning their dances, chants and something of their mystical way of life. Her earliest memories, which she often recounted, were of attending the colorful tribal ceremonies with her parents. The family eventually settled in western Kansas where Larue attended and graduated from Coolidge High School. She married Charles Lennen in 1943, and with the exception of brief periods of living in North Carolina, Syracuse, and Russell County, Kan., she was a continuous resident of and advocate for Coolidge. They raised three children, Michael, Cynthia and Lori.
Larue’s life was a rich amalgam of interests and activities that embraced and supported her family and friends, her community, her artistry (as painter, writer and teacher), her political activism, her love of music and dance, her affinity for the Native American culture, her love of conversation and interests in all things spiritual. She was determined that, to the very end, her life would be rich in experience for herself and would enrich those around her. Reflecting that determination, in the weeks before her death, she had painted and submitted a banner to be displayed in the Garden City Main St. Banner contest, and was eagerly anticipating a late October trip to Paris where she would realize a life-long ambition of visiting the city’s art museums and seeing first-hand the Mona Lisa. Painting since the age of 8, Larue ultimately was able to study with a number of renowned artists and teachers and attended multiple courses at the Taos Institute of Art in New Mexico. Her painting primarily focused on Southwestern and Native American subjects and she favored the Old Masters’ techniques. An accomplished artist, she entered and regularly received awards in local and regional shows and contests.
Along with her sister Aurel Barnes, Larue was a charter member and sustainer of the Trail City Art Association and Gallery in Coolidge, where artists met weekly to paint and study. Both in her home and at the Gallery, she taught art classes for young and old – an endeavor she truly enjoyed.
Larue was also a talented writer. Her work is as diverse as a well-researched monograph on the history of Trail City (a wildwest town that had been located on the Kansas-Colorado border near Coolidge) to lyrical poetry that explores the beauty and spirituality of life. She was also an inveterate reader who regularly would be caught up in a book until the early morning hours.
She was walking on her hands down the street practically before she could stand and walk, and it was this natural balance that found her loving dance. Her drama teacher in high school had arranged for her to go to a major dance school in New York, but World War II changed that direction. Along with dance, she had a love of music that ranged from the traditional classics to jazz, ragtime, spirituals and the swing music of the 1940s.
A shortage of teachers led her to obtain a teaching certificate from Ft. Hays State. She returned to Coolidge where she served as an elementary teacher at a country school.
Indicative of her determination to ensure a full and productive life, in 2009, at the age of 85, Larue joined with her daughter Lori to invest in and develop the Trail City Bed & Breakfast in Coolidge. She was also instrumental in purchasing the historic Potter Opera House in Coolidge. Along with Lori, she had it registered as a Kansas Historic Property and was participating in plans to restore the property and make it again a venue for community activity.
Throughout her life, Larue was intensely interested in government and politics. She was an ardent Democrat – with a profound sensitivity to the plight of those who are socially and economically disadvantaged or who are otherwise marginalized from mainstream hopes and opportunity. She held Democratic Party positions both locally and statewide (in the Democratic Women’s Club) and supported the campaigns of a host of candidates.
Larue had a wide circle of friends. She loved the opportunity to visit and to host and she possessed a unique capability to bring joy and confidence to others. To paraphrase the poet Lord Byron, hers was a rich and eloquent spirit, bringing a smile that wins and “tints that glow. ”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sander and Blanche Thornburgh; her husband, Charles Lennen; a daughter, Cynthia Blanche Lennen; four brothers, Eugene Thornburgh, Lowell Thornburgh, John Thornburgh, and Benjamin Thornburgh; and one sister, Aurel Marie (Overton) Barnes.
She is survived by one son, Charles Michael Lennen of Topeka, Kan.; one daughter, Lori Marie Lennen of Coolidge; one granddaughter, Tori Ann Guldner; one great granddaughter, Madison Maia Ninneman; and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Coolidge Gym, Coolidge. Burial will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge, Kan.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo. com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Hamilton County Historical Society or the Hamilton County Fair Larue Lennen Art Award, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P. O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100
Lucille Marie (Frazer) Crum
Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, Lucille Crum will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado. Rev. Ralph Plummer will officiate. Interment will take place in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation for Lucille will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Lucille Marie (Frazer) Crum was born on March 28, 1931 to Claude and Ethel (Thonvessel) Frazer. She passed away on Sept. 23, 2014 at Seasons of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. at the age of 83.
Lucille and her husband, Cliff, owned and operated Cliff’s Shamrock until his death in 1993. She was an agent for Royal Neighbor’s Insurance and also continued operating the station with her son, Ed. Lucille became a member of Mizpah Rebekah’s Lodge #97 in 1961 which later became Harmony #96.
Lucille is survived by her sons, Ed Crum of Holly, Stanley “Chop” Crum and wife, Debra of Duchesne, Utah, and Samuel Crum and wife, Sally of Milpitas, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford Crum in 1993; son, Albert “Tom” Crum; daughter-in-law, Linda Crum; two brothers; and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lucille’s name in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.
For more information and to leave online condolence please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
Carolyn Rosetta Cobb Jackson
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will be in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. also at the funeral home in Holly.
Carolyn Rosetta Cobb Jackson, 73, of Coolidge, Kan. passed away Sept. 20, 2014 at Saint Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. She was born in Dodge City, Kan. on August 13, 1941 to Willard J. and Rosallie J. Cobb who both have preceded her in death.
Carolyn attended the Towner school system from 1st through 7th grade, then attended the Ford, Kan. school system from 8th grade through High School graduation where she was the Valedictorian of her senior class of 1959.
Carolyn worked for Case Power and Equipment for 10 years before becoming self-employed as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for more than 30 years.
Carolyn is survived by her four children, Daniel D. Hessman (Brenda) of Dodge City, Gerald E. Hessman (Kay) of Columbus, Ohio, Douglas D. Lawson of Coolidge, and Cari L. Parkinson (Kevin) of Castle Rock, Colo. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Adam Hessman, Andrew Hessman, Tess Lawson, Christian Lawson, Elizabeth Lawson, Abbigail Parkinson and Ethan Parkinson; two great grandchildren, Dominik Hessman and Riley Hessman as well as her two brothers, Charles W. Cobb of Coolidge and Hubert L. Cobb of Penrose, Colo. and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Carolyn Jackson memorial fund 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.
Mildred Arlene (Smith) Leighty
Mildred Arlene (Smith) Leighty, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kan. She was born on July 26, 1926 in Weskan, Kan., to Roy Lemley Smith and Ruth Fredrick (Peterson) Smith. She attended Weskan Consolidated High School, graduating in 1944. She continued her education at Fort Hays State University in Hays, and received her teaching degree.
On May 6th, 1945, she married Donald Eugene Leighty in Weskan. To this union seven children were born, LeRoy, Donna, Bonita, Ruth, Oneta, Eldon, and Esther. Mildred was a resident of Garden City, Kan. until 1965 when she move to Syracuse. While in Syracuse, Mildred was a hard worker at home and also outside the home where she worked at Millsap Grocery, Duckwalls, and was a CMA at the Hamilton County Nursing Home in the 22 years she resided in Syracuse. In June of 1997, she moved to Lebanon Junction, Ky. until February of 2003 when she moved to Johnson. Mildred did a variety of things in her life but was most importantly known for seeing to all of her families needs. In May of 2009, she moved to the Morton County Care Home due to her health and resided there until her passing.
Mildred was a member of the First Christian Church of Syracuse, Faith Baptist Church in Johnson. She enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, crafts, bowling, fishing, camping, but most of all she treasured the time she could spend with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ruth Smith; her husband, Donald Leighty; one son, Eldon Leighty; two daughters, Donna Strickert and Ruth Ellen Hay; two brothers, John Mith and Ray Blodgett; one sister, Lita Mae Langworthy; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, LeRoy (& wife Ellen) Leighty of Florida; three daughters, Bonnie Wheat of Hugoton, Kan., Vera Oneta Shepard of Kansas City, Mo., and Esther (& husband Terry) Batterton of Manter, Kan.; 19 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; numerous other family members and friends; and friends of the Morton County Care Home and their families.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM (CDT) at the Faith Baptist Church, in Johnson, Kan. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT) at the Faith Baptist Church in Johnson.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Mildred Leighty Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100
Francine Jane ( Binkie) Parker (Morrell)
Francine Jane ( Binkie) Parker (Morrell) died suddenly on Thursday 9-11.
She was born is Syracuse on November the 12 ,1950
Survived by Her husband Tom Parker of Orangvale, Calif. twin brother Butch Morrell and sister Bobbie in Wichita, ks.
Service is pending.
Orville Keith Brown
Orville Keith Brown, resident of Somerville, Tenn., longtime resident of Syracuse, Kan. and retired oil rig roughneck, departed this life Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2014 at the Pine Meadows Healthcare Center in Bolivar where he resided for eight months. He was 71 years of age.
Services and Interment for Mr. Brown will be private. Arrangements will be provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center - Main Chapel of Somerville.
Mr. Brown was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Pueblo, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer O. Brown and Geraldine Patterson Brown. He moved with his family at an early age and received his education in the Kansas Public School System. Mr. Brown was a resident of the Somerville Community for one year and enjoyed fishing, bowling and hunting. He leaves many friends in Syracuse, where he spent the majority of his life.
Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Velvet Schultz (Carl) of Somerville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Amerin; his son, Vance; his sister, Marilyn Jean Holiday; and his brother, Jackie Brown.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the church, charity or organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook atwww.PeeblesFuneralHome.com.
Clinton R. Shetterly
Clinton R. Shetterly, age 62, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at his home in Burwell, Neb. Clinton was born Jan. 16, 1952 to Betty and Richard Shetterly. He graduated from Kendall High School in 1970 in Kendall, Kan. He went to work for the Kendall Co-Op. Jan. 15, 1973 he was drafted into the Army. After his discharge he went to work on his family’s ranch near Amelia, Neb.
April 24, 1976 he married Sharon Zulkoski. He then went to work as a salesman for Mid State Co-op as a salesman, then Ag West and finally Big Red Feed. He took early retirement due to his health.
Clint was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and camp with family and friends. He especially enjoyed taking the Simon girls camping and fishing; high point for him being teaching Faith and Hanna sporting clays.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years Sharon, his son Clint Shawn and friend Cassie Chapman, granddaughter Corrien of Ord, Neb., son Casey of Henry, Neb.; his father Richard of Burwell; and two sisters, Kay and Linda also of Burwell. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty (Burch) Shetterly.
A memorial service for friends and family Saturday, Sept. 13 was held at his home in Burwell at 6 p.m. Memorials may be sent to his family. Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow, Neb. is assisting the family.
Patterson Grissom, 89, passed away peacefully Sept. 3, 2014 at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Facility in North Hills, Calif. where he had resided the last three years. He was born Feb. 27, 1925 to Bernice and Clyde Grissom in Syracuse, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Grady and Garth, and is survived by five nephews and a niece.
Pat had a farm deferment in World War II, but he made the decision to relinquish the deferment and immediately entered basic training in the Army. He was soon sent to Germany where he was wounded on March 26, 1945. Despite the spinal cord injury, he remained active and positive throughout he life and was an inspiration to all.
Pat was very active in community service to paraplegics:
• Fourth National President of the Paralyzed Veteran’s Association 1950-1951
• Third President of the California Paralyzed Veterans Association
• Received PVA SPEEDY Award September 2001. The “Speedy” is the highest honor bestowed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and is presented annually to the person in recognition of significant contributions to improving the lives of America’s paralyzed veterans.
• Member of the Long Beach Flying Wheels basketball team, the first all-veteran paraplegic team to crisscross the USA to promote the abilities of people with disabilities and educate the general public.
• He was active in PVA and/or CPVA continuously starting in 1946 for 55 years. Pat held every officer, board or director post within the CPVA chapter.
• He appeared in the Stanley Kramer film “The Men” starring Marlon Brando, which focused on the challenges of those with spinal cord injuries.
After being transferred to Birmingham VA hospital in the San Fernando Valley, Pat resided in southern California in order to be close to the facilities at Long Beach VA hospital. His dedicated caregiver Carlos Perez was with Pat the last eleven years and greatly increased his quality of life.
For many years, Pat drove himself from California back to his home in Southwest Kansas for the Christmas holidays, where he was always the center of attention and the life of the party. His booming laugh and outgoing personality were staples of many social gatherings.
Pat will be inurned next to his parents at Hamilton County Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
Betty Jean (O'Brate) Johnson
Betty Jean (O’Brate) Johnson, age 83, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on January 24, 1931 in Enid, Okla., the daughter of Howard O’Brate and Laura Marie (Wood) O’Brate.
Betty moved to Syracuse just prior to her Junior year in high school, graduating in 1948. On June 6, 1948, she married Rusty Johnson in Syracuse where they made their home. To this union six children were born, Linda, Terry, Cheri, Kelly, Randy, and Phil. She was a wonderful mother to all of her children and did many things to keep the farming operation going including, running either the tractor or combine, fixing meals during harvest, or just tending to the everyday needs of the family as a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed living in Syracuse where she lived the majority of her life and resided there until her passing.
Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Syracuse. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, sewing, crocheting, traveling, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Laurie O’Brate, and one infant daughter, Linda Johnson.
She is survived by three sons, Kelly Johnson of Syracuse, Randy (& wife Trynna) Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Phil Johnson of Chandler, Ariz.; two daughter, Terry Johnson of Chandler, Ariz. and Cheri (& husband Wade) Roberts of Tempe, Ariz.; one brother, Cecil (& wife Francis) O’Brate of Garden City, Kan.; three grandchildren, Scott Mossman of Chandler, Brady (& husband Andy) Graham of Chandler, and Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach; two great grandchildren, Brinkley Marie Graham & Adam Andrew Graham of Chandler, and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 from 1 p.m to 7 p.m (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC of Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the First United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
John Joseph Moser
John Joseph Moser passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the age of 84, at the St. Catherine Hospital, in Garden City, Kan. He was born on Feb. 12, 1930 in Dodge City, Kan. the son of John Michael Moser and Mary Elizabeth (Molter) Moser.
John began his life in Dodge City, and at the age of ten he and his family moved to the Bear Creek Township. He attended Bear Creek Country School on the Manter Grade. After finishing school he worked on his parents farm until 1950 when he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While he was serving his country in Korea he was wounded and was discharged in 1953 and completed his military service in New Jersey. On Oct. 28, 1953, he married Dorothy Jane Myers in New Jersey and they made their home southwest of Syracuse. To this union five children were born, Dale, Teresa, Paul, Tom, and Ed. He was a farmer his entire life and enjoyed living on the farm and resided there until his passing.
John was a member of the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Knights Of Columbus, past Moose member, County Farm Bureau Board, and served 18 years on the ASCS (FSA) Office. He enjoyed going to his ranch in Colorado, driving tractor, driving around and looking at his crops and checking for weeds, flying an airplane, but his greatest enjoyment was taking his grandchildren on the tractor and combine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Moser; one brother, Peter Moser; and one sister, Mary Peacock.
He is survived by his spouse, Dorothy Moser; four sons, Dale Moser of Syracuse, Paul (& wife Patti) Moser of Nashville, Tenn., Tom (& wife Vickie) Moser of Cunningham, Kan., and Ed (& wife Angie) Moser of Syracuse; one daughter, Teresa Moser of Syracuse; four brothers, Albert (& wife Carol) Moser of Brush, Colo., Paul (& wife Joan) Moser of Arvada, Colo., Carl Moser of Bridgeport, Neb., and James (& wife Linda) Moser of Conifer, Colo.; five sisters, Florence Moser of Arvada, Colo., Betty Stuckey of Derby, Kan., Kathleen Seilsky of Westminster, Colo., Vera Michnal of Thornton, Colo., and Ann (& husband Frank) Connor of Las Cruces, N.M.; and seven grandchildren, Heather (& husband Jeremy) Grams of Norman, Okla., Jennifer Moser of Norman, Okla., Karin Moser of Kansas City, Kan., Rachel Moser of Wichita, Kan., Bryan (& wife Kendall) Moser of Garden City, Kan., Kelsey Moser of Meade, Kan., Alex Moser of Syracuse; two great grandchildren, Benjamin Grams of Norman, Jackson Moser of Garden City; and numerous family members and friends
Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery, with a private family graveside service.
Visitation was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse. Rosary was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the St. Raphael Catholic Church Building Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.