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Girls Golf Wins 4th State Title

The Lady Bulldogs golf team returned home from the 2018 state golf meet in Emporia, Kan., with the title of 3-2-1A back-to-back state champions. The meet was held on Monday, Oct. 15, enduring some very difficult conditions.  At tee time, the temperature was 32 degrees with the day’s high of 40. 
According to head coach Rick Mathias, the course had seventeen inches of rain in the last nine days, so the golfers had to play the casual water rule. This means playing around any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a water hazard and is visible before or after the player takes his stance. Mathias stated sometimes they had to move the ball thirty feet. 
He felt their day-to-day practices helped in the adverse conditions on Monday, because no matter the weather, they practiced.  He added that this was not the worst conditions the girls have played in, referencing the regional meet in Colby when the Bulldogs struggled with mist on their faces and keeping the grips dry. 
“I was proud of their mindset and we were tougher than some of the others who had ‘gutter mentality’ due to the weather,” Mathias said. 
Despite the conditions, the Bulldogs scored a 362, 14 strokes ahead of second place Goodland’s 376. Third place was Caney Valley with a 383. Medalists for the Bulldogs were fifth place Paige Barnes with an 84, seventh place Riley Baker, 87, Carly Kullot, 92 and Andie Coleman tied for 19th with a 99. Hannah Lampe rounded out the team score, shooting a 118. 
Senior Riley Baker knew the course was not in the best shape, but she felt the coaches trained them to compete it those conditions.  She explained that the fairways were almost underwater and sometimes the water was flowing over the cart paths. 
“The windchill was hard on all of us but we were still able to score low,” Baker said. 
She felt the season was incredible as well, losing only one tournament all year to a good team who placed second at state. 
“All of our hard work finally paid off and it is extremely rare for a team to win two state titles back-to-back, and I’m so lucky to be able to experience it all with this team,” Baker said. 
Senior Paige Barnes, reflecting on the season, said it has been incredible. To see how far she has come from her freshman year and now seeing how she has grown as a golfer and as a person. Especially how the team has grown together as they ground out their last tournaments. 
“I went into the state tournament knowing it was my last and I had to lay it all on the line,” Barnes said. 
She felt she left strokes out there, not shooting her best, but she played for the team because she wanted to go out with a bang. 
“I don’t have any words to explain how amazing it was, just an awesome experience,” Barnes said. 
Mathias said the key to the day was quality shots, putting well and survival of the fittest. 
“It was a business trip, and we had business to do,” Mathias said. 
The Bulldogs only had two penalties for the day and he said that was huge for them.   
Mathias also credits his assistant, Paul Zuzelski, for his expertise during the meet. 
“He was watching Carly and after four holes, he recommended she hit punch shots to get her swing where it needed to be and that was key for us,” Mathias said. “That’s how important an assistant can be to the team.”   
“The kids stepped up, reverted to their training, and it was really gratifying,” Mathias said. 

Charles Leroy Maxfield

Charles Leroy Maxfield, of Garden City, Kan., passed away at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 8, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born July 12, 1930, in Syracuse, Kan., the son of John William Maxfield and Anna Lovena (Kliffmiller) Maxfield.

Charles was born in Syracuse at the Donahue Hospital and at the age of two, both of his parents passed away. He moved in with his grandma in Coolidge, and later in 1937 he began living with Leonard and Edith Maxfield, his aunt and uncle. He attended Coolidge and Syracuse Schools. At the age of fourteen he was on his own and began working on farms. He worked for the Eddy’s and Glenn Wilson farming where it was his means of living. On June 10, 1950, he married Neva Ann Shamburg in Raton, N.M. and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union five children were born, Stephen, Sandra, Daniel, Tamera, and Scott. He began working for the City of Syracuse in 1979, where he was the foreman for city maintenance. He retired in 1993, and in 2000 he moved to Garden City, and resided there until his passing.

Charles was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, a 4-H Leader, Saddle Club, all of Syracuse. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, horses, having a good dog around, and in his later years he enjoyed dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Maxfield; two sisters, Viola Daniel and Emma Maxfield.

He is survived by his spouse, Neva Ann (Shamburg) Maxfield of Lakin, Kan.; three sons, Stephen (& wife Laurie) Maxfield of Monte Vista, Colo., Daniel (& wife Sheila) Maxfield of Lakin, and Scott (& wife Julie) Maxfield of Minford, Ohio; two daughters, Sandra (& husband David) Wright of Lakin, and Tamera (& husband Joe) Helton of Holcomb, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

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Brenda Sue (Morris) Beck

Brenda Sue (Morris) Beck, of Ulysses, Kan., passed away at her home in Ulysses, on Aug. 26, 2018, at the age of 54. She was born April 8, 1964, in Johnson, Kan., the daughter of James Beryl Morris and Velma Jean (Wise) Morris.

Brenda began her life in Johnson and attended Stanton County High School. In 1979, she married Doug Atkinson in Johnson, and they later divorced. To this union two children were born, Daryl and Shawn. Soon after getting married, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked in healthcare. In 1988, she married Brad Beck in Salt Lake City, and they later divorced. To this union three children were born, Cory, April and Sarah. In 2009, she was forced to retire due to her health. In June of 2014, she moved to Ulysses and resided there until her untimely passing.

Brenda was a past member of the Big Bow 4-H Club in Johnson, and also was a Barrel Racer in Little Britches Rodeos. She enjoyed crocheting and doing ceramics, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her father, James Beryl Morris of Norfolk, Neb.; her mother, Velma Jean (Wise) Morris of Grove, Okla.; three sons, Daryl (& wife Shannon) Atkinson of Centerville, Utah, Shawn Atkinson of Ogden, Utah, and Cory Morris of Grove, Okla.; two daughters, April Cherry and Sarah Cherry of South Jordan, Utah; three sisters, Cindy Winters of Grove, Candace Morris of Ellsworth, Kan., and Jennifer (& husband Clinton) Bowers of Grove; two grandchildren, Aiden Atkinson of Centerville, Utah, and Arianna Atkinson of Ogden; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at 3 p.m. (CDT) at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Grove, Okla.

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John Earl Coghill, Jr.

John Earl Coghill, Jr., of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on Sept. 7, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born Feb. 22, 1930, near Lakin, Kan., the son of John Earl Henry Coghill and Mary Louise Rhodenbaugh Coghill Brehm.

At the age of four he moved with his father and two brothers, James and Donald, to Soledad, Calif. He attended the Salinas School until entering the United States Air Force in 1948. In 1952, he completed his military service, and he returned to Sacramento, Calif. where he began working as an auto mechanic. While in Sacramento, he married Orpha Ellen Brown, and to this union two daughters were born, Cynthia and Catherine. Later John and Orpha divorced. In 1958 he moved to Syracuse, Kansas, and then in 1963, he moved to Wichita, Kan. where he continued to work as an auto mechanic for 35 years. He retired in 1991, and he later moved back to Syracuse in 1998. He enjoyed living in Syracuse, and resided there until his passing.

He was a past member of the Disabled Veterans, and the Syracuse American Legion. He enjoyed anything mechanical, playing his guitar, playing cards, collecting vintage car models, traveling in his van with his dogs, driving his razor, loved his dogs and cats, and in his younger days he enjoyed dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Coghill; a sister, Selma Louise Brown; and a brother, James Coghill.

He is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia Luann Anderson of Roseville, Calif. and Catherine Jean Mortensen of Salem, Ore.; one brother, Donald Coghill of Phoenix, Ariz., a granddaughter, Mollie Anderson of Elverta, Calif.; and many family members and friends.

Cremation has taken place. Private Graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date in the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.

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Memorial Contributions may be payable to, Disabled Veterans, Syracuse American Legion, or SPCA/Rescue, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100

Ralph Allen Pearce

Ralph Allen Pearce, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the  Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Johnson, Kan., the son of Claude Lewis Pearce and Emma Fannie (Milburn) Pearce.

Ralph began his life in Johnson and attended Stanton County Jr/Sr High School. On June 29, 1942, he married Betty Jean Haynes in Johnson, and they later divorced. To this union six children were born, Dennis, Kae, Faye, Penny, James and Lois. They lived and raised their family in both Stanton and Hamilton Counties, where he farmed, worked for the Co-op, and later the Stanton County Road and Bridge Department. In July 2009, he moved to the Sunflower Square in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.

Ralph was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Club, Charter member of Whittington Center Gun Club, Charter member of Santa Fe Trail Gun Club, Lifetime Master Kansas Hunter Safety Instructor, Lifetime member of North American Hunters. He enjoyed hunting, collecting guns, going on vacation to Cimmaron, N.M., watching baseball and football, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Emma Pearce; a daughter, Lois Janette Pearce; a brother, Jerry Pearce; a sister, Caroline Werner; a grandson, David Morava, Jr.; and a great grandson, Joshua Pearce.                 

He is survived by two sons, Dennis (& wife Theda) Pearce of Blackwell, Okla., and James Pearce of Springfield, Ky.; three daughters, Kae Bailey of Oklahoma City, Okla., Faye Hall of Oklahoma City, and Penny Morava of Lubbock, Texas; two brothers, Larry Pearce of Big Bow, Kan., and C.D. “Buck” (& wife Cheryl) Pearce of Ludell, Kan.; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at the Stanton County Cemetery, in Johnson. There will be no Visitation.

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Nicole Lee Garner


Nicole Lee Garner, 41 of Navasota, Texas passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at her home in Navasota. Please come by at anytime Saturday to share, remember, and honor Nicki.

Nicki was born in Liberty, Texas, on May 8, 1977, the daughter of Ronnie Pechacek & Karen Young. During her time at Navasota High School she excelled in sports before graduating in 1995. She continued her sports and academic career at Hardin Simmons University where she played both volleyball and basketball before earning her Bachelor’s degree. She then began her teaching and coaching career at Montgomery ISD followed by stops at A&M Consolidated and most recently at Wellborn Middle School.

On May 20, 1999, she married the love of her life, Mike Garner, in Navasota. Together they raised 3 sons, Cade, Caleb, and Cason. Nicki is best remembered by her servant’s heart. She loved to help people even if it cost her financial or physical discomfort. Her biggest joy in life was when she holding or tending to a baby or young child. Very much the athlete, she loved golf, tennis, & running marathons, and in her quiet time loved to read and paint.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronnie, and brother, Roy.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband Mike and their sons Cade, Caleb, and Cason & her mother, Karen Lee, along with numerous friends and extended family members.

Wonna Loy Crum

Graveside Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Wonna Loy Crum will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly.  Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Wonna Loy Crum was born on Feb. 21, 1934 in rural Prowers County, Colo. to Roy “Boss” and Anna (Dower) Claybrook.  She passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 at her home at the age of 84.
Wonna Loy was a lifetime resident of Prowers County.  She was united in marriage to Seth W. Crum in Raton, NM on Jan. 28, 1951.  Wonna was a buyer for Neoplan, USA and a bus driver for Plainview Schools.
Wonna Loy is survived by her daughter, Murray (Brad) Barth of Holly; daughter-in-law, Sharilyn Crum of Holly; son-in-law, Alan McGilvray of Centennial, Colo.; six grandchildren, Kirk (Ashley) McGilvray, Kyle (Estela) McGilvray, Terence Thompson, Jacob (Justina) Crum, Rachael (Adam) Mueller, and Wade Crum; two great-grandchildren, Joanna Mueller and Ali McGilvray; siblings, Emily Giles and Alan Claybrook both of Arizona; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Seth Crum; son, Rod Crum; daughter, Susan McGilvray; infant daughters, Ronda Crum and Janice Crum; and siblings, Orin Claybrook, Roy (June) Claybrook, and Anna Mae Claybrook Martin.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.  The family kindly requests that all meal contributions be donated for the funeral dinner following the graveside service.  Food donations may be delivered to Living Hope Fellowship Church before 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Tony Allen O'Brate


Tony Allen O’Brate, long-time former resident of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at age 86 on Aug. 27, 2018 in Topeka, Kan. Tony was born Sept. 27, 1931 in Enid, Okla., son of Merrill and Bessie O’Brate. Tony and Joan Cook were married Dec. 27, 1953 in Garden City, Kan.
Tony graduated from Syracuse High School and then attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Later he received his BA and MA degrees from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. He was a US Army veteran.
Tony retired from teaching elementary school after 27 years in 1992. He owned and operated the Syracuse Floral for many years.
Tony was known for his beautiful yard and flower garden. He loved playing the piano and organ for Syracuse United Methodist Church. He was great at baking bread, pies, and cinnamon rolls which everyone enjoyed. After moving to Topeka in 2001, Tony and Joan were babysitters for their youngest grandson, Hunter.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents; and his brother, Bill. He is survived by his sister, Helen Lee Cook; and by his four children, Jennifer (Keith) Roberts of Woodbridge, Va., Greg (Tammy Runnebaum) and Joellyn of Topeka, Kan., and Martin (Tracie) of Auburn, Kan. There are eight grandchildren: Jason (Andrea) and Michael Roberts, Philip (Leslie), Matthew (Nicole), and Alaina O’Brate (Bryce Korf), and Brandon, Brian, and Hunter O’Brate. There are ten great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Syracuse First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund (Box 1409, Syracuse, KS 67878). A memorial service for both Tony and Joan will be at the Syracuse United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. (MT). Arrangements are made by Dove Cremation of Topeka.  and Fellers Funeral Home, Syracuse, Kansas. tel:620-384-5100.

Naomi J. Rice

A graveside celebration of life for lifetime Holly, Colo. resident, Naomi J. Rice, was held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at the Garber Cemetery south of Holly with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.
Per Naomi’s request there will be no visitation.
Naomi was born on June 20, 1929 at Holly to William Hosea Drew and Stella Helen Palmer and passed away on Aug. 22, 2018 at her home in Holly with her family by her side at the age of 89.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul T. and Stella Crist and her brothers, Robert Drew and Gary Crist.
Naomi is survived by her husband, James “J.D.” Rice of the family home in Holly; children, Robert “Bob” (Jeannette) Rice of Longview, Texas, Sharon (David) Wagner of Coolidge, Kan., Michael “Mike” (Janice) Rice of Cochise, Ariz., William “Bill” Rice of Maywood, Neb., Jeanie (Leonard) Valdez of Ulysses, Kan. and Debra “Debbie” (Michael) Miller of Holly. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Harvey Crist of Syracuse, Kan., Dale (Dona) Crist of Citrus Heights, Calif., Tom (Carol) Crist of Longmont, Colo. and Margaret Ayers of Kansas City, Mo. and her sister-in-law, Evelyn Drew of Syracuse, Kan. as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Services are under the direction of the Peacock Family.
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Ray Lee Helmbold

Ray Lee Helmbold CJF, age 71, died at his residence in rural Greeley County, Kan. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  He was born on March 10, 1947, in Anthony, Kan., the son of, Merle and Roena Roe Helmbold.
He worked as a farrier his entire life.  Mr. Helmbold was a member of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA), VFW, Kansas Farrier Association, and the NRA.
Ray had gone through ROTC at Kansas State University.  After completing his bachelor’s degree he found himself in Vietnam puzzling about what he wanted to do when he got back to the States.  Ray earned post-grad credits in college in California, in horse shoeing, the top of his class, and wanted to shoe every day afterward.
Many horses are better off for his career choice, but so are other farriers.  When he saw potential in someone, he would prod them to follow his example of continuing education.  Now it is recognized that he raised the quality of work in Kansas and the region, by showing that no matter how much you have mastered, you can learn more every day.
Ray earned the highest rating from the AFA early in his career, the title of Certified Journeyman Farrier.  That certification is earned only after the candidate passes rigorous written exams and proves he can build horse shoes that protect the hooves of a horse and enables that individual to use its legs and body safely while allowing it to reach its highest mobility. 
On July 13, 1973, Ray married Donna Lea Symns in Hutchinson, Kan.  She survives.
Other survivors include one sister, Trula Harris of Salina, Kan.; and numerous friends.
Cremation has been chosen.  There will be no formal services.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Jim Linzy Fund at the American Farrier’s Association, and the Kansas Farrier’s Association Disability Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St., Garden City, Kansas, 67846, with much appreciation.

Patricia Ann (Lampe) Alejo

Patricia Ann (Lampe) Alejo, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 2, 2018, at the age of 57. She was born June 24, 1961, in Syracuse, the daughter of Edward Mathias Lampe and Nita Pearl (O’Brate) Lampe.

She began her life in Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1979. She went on to further her education at Fort Hays State University for a short time. In 1983, she moved to Farmington, N.M. for three short years and moved back to Syracuse in 1985. In 1993, she moved to Lakin until 2005, when she moved to Guymon, Okla. In 2008, she moved back to Syracuse and resided there until her passing.

She enjoyed recounting her days as a member of the track and golf team. She would find herself lost in her crosswords most days. And she always enjoyed getting together with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Mathias Lampe; two daughters, Gaige Alejo and Brittany Lampe.

She is survived by three sons, Ky (& wife Kandice) Westeman of Syracuse, Heath (& wife Raegen) Westeman of Wichita, Kan., and Brandon (& wife Carolyn) Westeman of Syracuse; one daughter, Allie Alejo of Syracuse; her mother, Nita Pearl (O’Brate) Sellard of Syracuse; a brother, James (& wife Deb) Lampe of Syracuse; six grandchildren, Aaden, Gavin, Ava, Grayson, Abigail, and Madilyn; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
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In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Patricia Alejo Memorial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

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