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Secret Santa Summons County Sheriff For Duty

Hamilton County Sheriff Richard Garza was seen making traffic stops Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, on Main Street in Syracuse. Violators were not handed a citation or warning on this day, they were given an envelope containing an undisclosed sum of money as a way of wishing them a Merry Christmas from a local Secret Santa.

Earlier in the month, a video went viral about the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas City, Mo., handing out $100 bills to motorists for a Secret Santa project. An unnamed philanthropist gives out $100,000 each year during the holiday season to unsuspecting folks, this year he called on a Kansas City Sheriff’s department to help. The video has had 39,400 shares since its posting four days ago.

A local, and anonymous, Secret Santa saw the video and brought the idea to Syracuse, summoning the county sheriff for duty handing out six envelopes of money. It was not a large sum of money in comparison to the aforementioned philanthropist, but during the holiday season, most especially, it makes a difference.

“When the person approached me I hadn’t seen the video,” Garza said. “I watched the video Monday afternoon and began my duty of handing out the cash.”

As in the video, the motorists were very surprised to learn they had been observed dropping off their children early in the morning for school. It seemed to take a minute or two for the situation to sink in after seeing flashing lights and Sheriff Garza walking up to their vehicle. Sheriff Garza also stopped vehicles at Dollar General and the Syracuse Food Center.

“People had their license and registration papers available for me and were surprised to hear me say they had been singled out for a Secret Santa gift,” Garza said. “Once they opened the envelope they were happy and pleased someone would go to the trouble of helping strangers; it was a great gesture and fun to stop someone for such a good cause.”


Shaun Michael Brogan


Shaun Michael Brogan of Black Mountain, N.C., born Feb. 4, 1956, passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2014. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Lt. Col. Charles Hanford Brogan and Letha Madge Herndon; and his two brothers, Jan Brogan and Kevin Brogan. 


Shaun is survived by his children, Collin Brogan of Hickory, N.C., Devin Brogan and wife Miriam of Charlotte, N.C., and Lily Brogan of West Jefferson, N.C.;  sister, Shannon Brogan of Marion, N.C.; and nephews Christopher Lankford and wife Yolanda of Garden City, Kan., Ryan Lankford and Chance Lankford of Syracuse, Kan. 


Shaun worked as a professional musician, songwriter, and retired carpenter. He had a passion for all things artistic and strived to use his creativity for the benefit of his family and friends. 


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Condolences may be sent to Harwood Home for Funerals of Black Mountain, NC.

Mary Catherine Phillips

Mary Catherine Phillips was born March 30, 1922 in Lakin, Kan. and departed this life Dec. 14, 2014 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin. Catherine was the daughter of F. Fleetwood Thomas and his wife, Mary (Mame) O’Loughlin Thomas and the granddaughter of the founder of the city of Lakin, John O’Loughlin, and his wife, Mary V. O’Loughlin. 


Catherine attended school in Lakin and graduated from Lakin High School in 1940. She married Philip D. Phillips on September 2, 1944 in Garden City, Kansas.


A life-time resident of Lakin, she worked at the Kearny County Bank as a teller, head teller, and loan officer until her retirement in 1992. She endeared herself to many bank patrons with her helpful nature and efficient style. Catherine also kept books for various city and county agencies. 


She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin and the Catholic Ladies Altar Society. 


After her retirement, Catherine traveled, but her passion was her garden. Spending many long hours tending the flowers and shrubs in her yard made it a showcase for the neighborhood. Her cheerful nature and concern for all her family, friends, and acquaintances were foremost in her life. She was able to become everyone’s friend without compromising her individual values.


Loved by many, she will be missed by all, including her survivors: children, Carol Thrasher, Judy Phillips, Rebecca Calvert, and Thomas Phillips, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


She was pre-deceased by her husband, Philip D. Phillips; two brothers, Frank and Jim Thomas; one sister, Marcella McVey; and two sons-in-law, James Thrasher and Robert Calvert.


Rosary will be said Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Mike Helms officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin.


Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Window Restoration Fund or to the Kearny County Historical Society, in care of Garnand Funeral Home.

Tyler Lindsey Brummett

Memorial services for Syracuse, Kan. resident, Tyler L. Brummett will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse.  Pastor James Helton will officiate.  Inurnment will be at a later date.

Tyler Lindsey Brummett was born Dec. 20, 1980 in Garden City, Kan. to Vernon K. Brummett and Clarissa Gay Thompson.  He passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2014 in Syracuse at the age of 33.

Tyler was a former Lineman for J&J Power of Ulysses, Kan. and currently an irrigation farmer for EZ Farms/Frontier Dairy.  He attended Syracuse Wesleyan Church.  Tyler was a member of AA, and was an avid runner.  He was a “Mr. Fix It” and enjoyed doing anything outdoors.  His greatest love was for his children.  He was known for his unforgettable smile.

Tyler is survived by his children, Kolbey, Ian, Jaxon, and Allie; mother of his children, Connie Brummett; mother, Gay Thompson of Syracuse; father, Bub Brummett of Johnson, Kan.; sisters, Crystal, Dami, and Christy; brothers, Jason, Travis, and “Little Tyler”; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Lois Thompson, Vernon and Flossie Brummett; and an uncle, Nate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brummett Children Memorial Fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Max Rojas, Sr.

Max Rojas, Sr., age 87, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at his home in Garden City, Kan. He was born July 1, 1927 in Bayard, Neb. to Hipolito & Maria (Avila) Rojas. He married Helen Luera on Oct. 3, 1954 in Garden City. She died May 11, 2012.


Max Rojas was born Nebraska but lived in Garden City for the majority of his life. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for more than 30 years.  After retirement, he worked for Gibson’s and as a school crossing guard. He was a Veteran and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1955 and then the Army reserves for an additional five years.  He enjoyed every sport and proudly cheered for his favorites, the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and KU Jayhawks.  He loved to go to Mexican dances with the love of his life, Helen. Other hobbies included working on cars, carpentry and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and the American G.I. Forum


He was preceded in death by His wife- Helen Rojas, his parents-Hipolito & Maria (Avila) Rojas, sisters Carmen Campos and Laura Villanueva, and a brother-Tony Rojas.


Survivors include his children, Derk Rojas, Maclovio (Max) Rojas, Jr., Carol Near, Michael Rojas, and Danny Rojas, all of Garden City; two sisters, Hortencia Villareal of Garden City, and Gloria Perez of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Eddie Rojas and Richard Rojas, both of Garden City; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren


Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at Garnand Funeral Home. Father James Baker will be the celebrant. The family will receive guests from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, and from 1 to 8 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 3, at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.


Memorial may be sent to the Max Rojas Sr. Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 North 7th, Garden City, KS, 67846. Condolences may be given at


James George Hutchison

Graveside services for longtime Holly, Colo. resident, James G. Hutchison will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, with interment following.  Pastor Kathy Leathers will officiate.  Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

James George Hutchison, affectionately known as Jim, was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Greensburg, Kan. to Edward B. and Beatrice K. (Matthews) Hutchison.  He passed away Oct. 31, 2014 at his home in Holly at the age of 91.

Jim attended school in Greensburg until his junior year of high school when he then enlisted in the Marine Corp.  Jim served in Marine Corp. 4th Division Company B as Tank Commander during WWII.  He was a member of the Holly Odd Fellows #144 and the Lamar VFW Post #3621.

Jim is survived by his children, Joseph Hutchison of Holly, Kathryn Phillips and husband, John of Syracuse, Kan., Dolletta Roberts and husband, James of Dayton, Idaho, Leroy Harmon and wife, Susan of Denver, Colo., and John Harmon of Northglenn, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren and one on the way; 14 great great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby A. Hutchison; grandsons, Chad Roberts and Christopher Barr and wife, Jennifer; siblings, Albert Hutchison, Harry Hutchison and wife, Lola, Juanita Zimmerman, and Beatrice Hutchison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holly School Library in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Joan Friend

Barbara “Joan” (Rankin) Friend passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at her home in Plainville, Kan.  She was born to John “Karl” and Jennie “Eudora” (Taylor) Rankin on Sept. 16, 1944 in Emporia, Kan.  Her father Karl was “Missing In Action” during WWII at the time of her birth, and as fate would have it, was never to behold his baby daughter. 

Joan was baptized at the age of 12 in the Christian Church and later became a member of the United Methodist Church.  She graduated from Cimarron High School with the Class of 1962.  She married Larry Friend on August 12, 1962 at the United Methodist Church in Cimarron.  They recently celebrated their 52nd Anniversary.  

Joan earned a Secondary Education Degree in 1970 and a Masters of Administration in 1991 from Fort Hays State University.  She was member of the Fort Hays Chapter of Phi Betta Kappa.  During her 42 years in education she taught in Palco, Plainville, and WaKeeney, Kan., as well as Thomas More Prep in Hays.  She served as Principal at Palco before finishing her career as Superintendent of USD 494 in Syracuse, Kan., retiring in July of 2012.

Joan was a member of the United School Administrators, the Superintendents Association, and served on the Kansas State High School Activities Association board for five years.  She was a 46-year member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) International, serving as State President from 1977-1978, and International President from 1989-1990.  She was also a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Chapter AI in Syracuse, and the United Methodist Church in Plainville.

Joan is survived by her husband Larry Friend of the home in Plainville; sons Jay Friend and wife Dana of Plainville, and Joey Friend of Plainville; grandchildren Hannah, Hayden, and Halli Friend all of Plainville; brothers Mike Rankin and wife Linda of Dodge City, Kan., and Myron Taylor Harris and partner Sam Bass of Hutchinson, Kan.; niece Michelle Stark and husband Mike, and nephew Max Rankin.

She was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Eudora Rankin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Plainville.  There will be a private family inurnment at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or Hospice of Hays Medical Center and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 320 SW 2nd Street, Plainville, KS 67663. Online condolences may be left at

The Proverbs writer said, “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they grow old they will not depart from it.”  Joan was a true teacher at heart, she taught by example not only in the classroom and office, but in her personal life as well.  Her legacy and life have impacted untold thousands of students and families for generations to come.  She was greatly loved, admired, and respected.  She will be greatly missed.

Paul H.F. Jones

Paul H.F. Jones passed away on Sunday, Oct, 12, 2014 (during a gentle rain) at the age of 88, at the Seasons of Life Living Center, in Syracuse, Kan. He was born on Jan. 20, 1926 in Spearville, Kan., the son of Seaborn (John) Holcomb and Nettie Olphelia (McClard) Jones.


Paul began his life in Spearville. At age five, his family moved to the Syracuse area where his father worked for a farmer North of Syracuse. Paul started out in a country school, but soon went to Syracuse where he completed first grade, taught by Miss McCoy. 


His father died in an accident when Paul was age 9. As the first born son in the family, he quickly took on the role of "man of the house," helping care for his widowed mother and siblings. This included working on area farms. He completed grade 10, then left school to help earn money for his family, working again for area farmers. At age 17 he went to work for the railroad. At age 18, he was drafted into the United States Army (1944), serving in the Southern Philippine Liberation Campaign, Transportation Corp. He was honorably discharged as a Tech Sergeant in 1946. 


After completing his military service, he worked for the telephone company and for the Joe Helfrich plumbing business. Then in 1948 he began his life-long career in farming. On August 14 of that year he married the love of his life, Violet Fern Mueller (celebrating 66 years together). They were married in the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Syracuse. From this marriage came four children: Jerry David, Janice Irene, Victor Paul and Valerie Ann. Paul and Violet continued to farm for the next 66 years North of Kendall, Kan. Paul raised wheat, cattle, horses and (later in life) his beloved Donkeys. 


Over his life, Paul enjoyed Leather tooling, photography (including his own small makeshift darkroom), operating a Ham radio, deer and pheasant hunting, fishing, carpentry, playing his harmonica, enjoying many table games including Phase 10, Rummikub, and Domino's. And telling stories. He had an uncanny ability to take anything apart, fix it and then put it back together again (sometimes sitting in his chair for hours imagining how to make it work.) He seldom purchased anything new, preferring to save the money by buying used and repairing it, until it was like new. Paul also found great satisfaction in using his skills to help neighbors remodel their homes or assist in various other ways.


At age 19, he made a decision to follow Jesus, and remained true to this decision for the rest of his life. He was very active in the Syracuse Wesleyan Church, serving as construction foreman when the current new church was built near the hospital. He also taught Junior Boys class, served on the church board and participated in many volunteer ministry projects through the local church and the Kansas District of the Wesleyan Church. Paul (often with wife, Violet) helped build churches, schools and medical facilities in nine countries (a total of 20 trips), including Russia, Honduras, Australia, Haiti, Ecuador, and Guatemala. He continued giving of himself through these various projects until age 83 when his health prevented him from doing more international travel.


During the last 15 years of his life one of the events he most looked forward to each year was the WWII reunion with others who served in the Transportation Corp (Railroad Battalion). He continued to attend these gatherings around the country (along with Violet and other members of his family) until there were no longer enough of his fellow veterans remaining.


Paul never retired. He was farming the week of his stroke in late 2013. Although he never really got the hang of email, during his later years he purchased a laptop and checked news, weather and wheat prices nearly every morning. He was ruggedly independent, never an easy prey, always wanting to pursue truth, insisting on thinking things through himself. Nearly every morning of his adult life, he (along with his family) read Scripture and prayed together at the Kitchen table (with a dictionary always handy to investigate words he did not fully understand). In his large extended family, he was always considered to be one of the favorite uncles. His sense of humor and entertaining story telling were part of his appeal.


Paul had many sayings, including "time changes things," "it rains on both the just and unjust," and "life is like a vapor." He could quote many Bible verses. But one of his favorites during the final weeks of his life was Psalm 23, which includes: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.... Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." 


He was proceeded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jessie Mae (Newhart) Jones (& husband Smokey Newhart); Frances Inez (Watson) Jones (& husband Harold Watson); one brother, Jack (Thomas) Jones (& wife Alice); one brother-in-law, John Widner; and one nephew, Scott Widner.


He is survived by his spouse, Violet Jones, of Syracuse; two sons, Jerry David Jones of Denver, Colo., and Victor Paul (& wife Katie) Jones of Bartlesville, Okla.; two daughters, Janice Irene (& husband Dave) Campbell  of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Valerie Ann (& husband Michael Dascoli) of Estes Park, Colo.; one sister, Marjena (Jones) Widner of Girard, Kan.; six grandchildren, Kaitlin (& husband Adam Yaws), Denver, Jon Campbell (& wife Anne) of Colorado Springs, Megan Campbell of Tulsa, Okla., Logan Jones of Colorado Springs, Carlyn Dascoli of Denver, and Chloe Dascoli of Estes Park, Colo.; three great grandchildren (one on the way), Layla Campbell, Colorado Springs, and Sam Yaws & Violet Yaws (due April 2015), Denver; and numerous many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.


Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church, Syracuse.


Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to Kansas Global Partners (in honor of Paul & Violet's passion for helping build schools and churches around the world) and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.




Sharon K. (Reilley) Lampe

Sharon K. (Reilley) Lampe passed away on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at the age of 71, at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on May 23, 1943 in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Francis (Bus) Reilley and Monica (Burkhart) Reilley.

Soon after Sharon was born she moved with her family to Kansas, living in both Wichita and Atwood before making Syracuse her home in 1954. She attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1961. She then graduated from the Colorado Institute for Medical Assistants in 1962. On May 5, 1962 she married Jerome Lampe in Syracuse, and they made their home on the farm southeast of Syracuse. To this union six children were born, Karin, Mark, Mary Jo, Lori, Lynne, and Matthew. Sharon resided the rest of her life in Syracuse and was very active and involved in the community until her untimely passing. 

Sharon was not only known as a loved farmwife and mother to her family, but also served as Jerry’s true business partner, especially for Jerry’s Golf Cars. She was his accountant, marketing guru, project manager, and office manager. She even helped pinstripe and detail many a car before its final delivery. 

Sharon was an energetic force in Hamilton County, and was often called upon as a trusted volunteer to many organizations and causes. She was a spirited supporter at the many sports and activities in which her children and grandchildren participated over the years, and rarely missed events, often traveling hundreds of miles for them. 

As a prayer warrior, her rosary beads knew many causes, joys, sorrows, loved ones, many members of the community and even people she’d never met. She always had a spare prayer ready for anything requested, with no questions asked. She was especially known for her endless supply of hugs, not only to those she loved, but to anyone she met who seemed to need that amazing armful of love and grace. 

Sharon loved to travel, and not only took advantage of many opportunities to travel and see children and grandchildren, but also joined her husband Jerry on many memorable adventures exploring both east and west coasts, and many places in between, including a “few” trips to Las Vegas and a memory making family vacation in Branson. Some of her favorite trips were those to Alaska and Canada, but she most enjoyed the trip they took to Scotland and Ireland in 2011. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis (Bus) Reilley; and her son, Mark Lampe. She is survived by her husband, Jerome Lampe of Kendall, Kan.; four daughters, Karin (& husband Paul) Drees of Lawrence, Kan., Mary Jo Lampe of Alexandria, Va., Lori Lampe of Denver, Colo., and Lynne Ladner of South Lyon, Mich.; one son, Matthew (& wife Crystal) Lampe of Syracuse, Kan.; her mother, Monica Reilley of Syracuse; and one Brother, J.T. Reilley of Atlanta, Ga.; nine grandchildre, Bernadette, Laura, Monica and Benjamin Drees, Kristina and Trevor Ladner, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah Lampe; and numerous family members, “adopted children” and friends.

Funeral Mass Service will be held on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

Rosary Service was held on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at the St Raphael Catholic Church, in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to 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.

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.

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