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School Celebrates Winter Homecoming

The Syracuse Bulldogs hosted the Stanton County Trojans for the 2016 Winter Homecoming last Friday evening, Jan. 29. Lupita Ramos was selected as Queen and Marlon Martinez.

The Syracuse Lady Bulldogs were ahead by one point at the half, and the Trojans were leading by three points going into the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 16 points, coming  from behind to win by five, 33-28.

Lauren Durler scored 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Kendi Keller added eight points. The points for Syracuse were: Durler 15, Keller 8, Wilson 4, Wharton 3, Finlay 2, Plunkett 1.

Syracuse 7 5 5 16 — 33

Stanton Co. 4 7 9 8 — 28


The Syracuse Bulldogs had a fast-paced three quarters outscoring Stanton County at each turn. The Bulldogs pulled ahead by eight points at the half and lead 36 to 29 entering the third quarter. The Bulldogs experienced a series of turnovers allowing the Trojans to tie the game with only four minutes left in the fourth quarter. The lead bounced back and forth until the last 20 seconds. The Trojans called a timeout with 1.9 seconds left and the referees placed one additional second back onto the clock, allowing the Trojans time enough for one play. Stanton County made the play but as fate would have it the ball hit the rim and bounced out, Syracuse gained possession and Michael Owens was fouled with .4 seconds left in the game. Both fouls hots missed and Stanton County passed the ball in and the clock ran out before they could get a shot off, Syracuse won by one point 47-46

The point for Syracuse were: Gomez 18, Owens 16, Lozar 6, Leyva 4, Stimatze 2.

Stanton Co. 6 14 9 17 - 46

Syracuse 10 18 8 11 - 47

John Gordon

John Gordon, 68, of Big Spring, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at his residence. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


He was born Oct. 7, 1947 in Cedar Vale, Kan. to Martha (Bohannon) and Rollin Gordon. He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1965.


He married Vivian R. Register on Feb. 11, 1983. He was an avid Native American Artifact hunter and Native American Jewelry enthusiast. Among his passions were spending time with his children and his precious grandchildren. He retired from retail management and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.


He is survived by his wife of the home, Vivian Gordon; one daughter: Kristi Cruz and husband Rick of Lubbock and one son: Brian Gordon and wife Leah of Big Spring; four grandchildren: Matthew Ramirez of Wolfforth, Kaelie Grosse, Brylea and Brynlea Gordon, all of Big Spring; two sisters: Deborah Moore and husband Chuck of Summerville, Ga. and Barbara Land and husband Greg of Atlanta, GA: two nieces and a nephew. He’s also survived by his faithful companion, Toto. 


The family suggests memorials to Wounded Warrior Project; Hope Lodge, 3511 10th Street, Lubbock, TX 79415; Southwest Cancer Center, 602 Indiana, Lubbock, TX 79415.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Gary Gordon.


Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www. 

Glenda Claudine (Veach) Cheatum

Glenda Claudine (Veach) Cheatum, age 87, passed away Jan. 21, 2016 in Peoria, Ariz. She was born May 4, 1928 in Rolla, Kan., and she was the second of six children born to Linnie and Marie Veach. 

She lived most of her life in Syracuse, Kan. and married Lyle Cheatum in 1947. Claudine worked 37 years in the Syracuse school system as a school secretary.  Her life was her job and family.  She loved the teachers, administrators, food service, custodian staff and the many students that she felt like she helped raise over the years. After retiring, she moved to Pueblo West to be near Trudi and granddaughter, Amanda.  She spent her final days with Toni & Steve in the Sun City area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Linny and Marie Veach; her spouse, Lyle Cheatum; two sisters, Waneta Keyes and Reba McGonagle; two brothers, Dale Veach and Ken Veach. 

She is survived by three daughters, Toni (& husband Steve) Steitz of Sun City, Ariz., Tina Neal of Lawrence, Kan., and Trudi Donovan of Pueblo West, Colo.; one sister, Patty Cheatum of Syracuse; In-Laws, Martha Housholder, Dale Cheatum, and Joe McGonagle; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  In Lieu of Flowers, the family suggests contributions payable to the Claudine Cheatum Memorial Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS  67878.

Thomas "Tom" Weldon Clark

Funeral services for Thomas Clark will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.  Private family interment will take place on Thursday.  Public may sign the book from 1 -5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar and in Holly from 5 -7 p.m.

Thomas “Tom” Weldon Clark was born on May 12, 1940 in Denver, Colo. to Weldon and Verle (Howland) Clark. He passed away on Jan. 17, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. at the age of 75.

At the age of two, Tom’s family moved to California where his father worked building ships for the Navy.  When Tom was 4 they returned back to the Holly area where Tom resided until 2010.  

On Feb. 17, 1963, Tom was united in marriage to Alice Adams.  To this union there were two children born, Cynthia and David.  Tom and Alice later divorced.  Tom then united families with Jackie Caton.  Together, they enjoyed their 5 children and many grandchildren.  Tom adored his wife, Jackie and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  

Tom was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.  Tom was honored to serve his community through his involvement with the CMA.   He had a passion for hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and knife making.  The comradery that was shared by all the Clark family hunters and their close friends every October was a highlight in Tom’s life.  He placed a very high value on those relationships and the relationships of all his family.  Tom was proud of his family.  Many of his family members have said that Tom was always happy and always trying to make others feel good.  He was known for making others laugh by telling his jokes and smart remarks.  Tom was sure to share his insight with his family by reminding them that a person makes themselves happy, it is a daily choice.  Also, to never expect people to do what you think they should and never confuse material things with a relationship because a relationship is priceless.  Then he would quickly follow up with, “Boy, get to work.”  When he said these words, he was ensuring that his children would strive to be the best people they could be and for them to be upstanding citizens in their communities.

Tom is survived by his wife, Jackie Clark of Lamar, Colo.; daughter, Cynthia Humrich and husband, Kevin of Holly; son, David Thomas Clark and wife, Angie of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Kaden Humrich, Tony Clark, Samantha Clark, and Michael Clark; one great grandchild; brother, Bill Clark and wife, Gloria of Fruita, Colo.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Watson of Dothan, Ala.; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Verle Clark; brother, Bob Watson; nephews, Kenny Watson, Van Hartley, and Lane Hartley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Motorcycle Association, Holly Fire and Ambulance, or Lamar Ambulance in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Danette Elaine Von Hemel

Memorial services for Holly, Colo. resident, Danette Von Hemel will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly. Interment will follow at Holly Cemetery. 

Danette Elaine Von Hemel was born on July 5, 1962 to Ross Von Hemel and Rosie (Osborn) Vana. Danette never met a stranger.  She respected everyone as her friend. Holly Nursing Care Center became Danette’s home due to an accident on Jan. 15, 2007. Through her years of being in the nursing home, Danette loved all the residents and took it upon herself to be their guardian.  She was the life of the party and an exceptional joke teller.  She loved attending family functions, where she particularly had a keen adoration for her nieces and nephews. She was awarded Sports Booster of the year by the Holly Booster Club in 2010, a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, and of the Miami Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Danette passed away on January 12, 2016 at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly at the age of 53. 

Danette is survived by her mother, Rosie Vana of Holly; father, Ross Von Hemel of Holly; sister, Christie (Tim) Weeder of Holly; brother, Danny Von Hemel; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Buck and Alta Von Hemel; grandparents, Jim and Darlene Osborn; very special man, Miles Vana; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene or Holly Fire and Ambulance, in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO. 81052.

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Fred Duain Pottorf, Jr.

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, Fred Pottorf were held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Holly, Colo. Interment followed at Holly Cemetery in Holly. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Fred Duain Pottorf, Jr. was born on July 17, 1926 in Hastings, Neb. to Fred, Sr. and Eva (Vilmur) Pottorf. Fred and his family moved to Loveland, Colo. while Fred was in grade school. His family then moved to Kremmling, Colo. where he graduated high school. Fred worked in the Middle Park Times newspaper office in Kremmling as a “printer’s devil.” In 1945, he joined the Navy where he served 15 months. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Fred went to the University of Colorado in Boudler, Colo., where he graduated from journalism school in 1951.

Fred married Helen Colmery on April 22, 1952 and to this union 4 children were born, Annette, Rick, Kent, and Sharon. After working for the paper in Ordway, Fred had a chance to work for the Holly Chieftain in 1952. Fred bought into a partnership with the newspaper, eventually owning the same newspaper, and a publishing company with Helen. They sold the newspaper to the Lamar Daily News in 1975. The business continued as a publishing company until 1995, when they retired.

Upon retirement, the Pottorf’s started enjoying fishing, camping trips, and visiting relatives. Fred had a setback in health in 1993, but recovered enough to buy a travel trailer in 1994 and enjoyed many camping trips thereafter. Fred and Helen even took a 5 week trip to see the Eastern United States in 1996. Fred had another setback with health problems in 2001 and a heart attack in 2006. Following the recovery of his health issues, Fred and Helen took several very enjoyable bus tours for a few years.

Fred has served on the Holly Town Council, Lions Club, American Legion, Holly Commercial Club, Holly Troop Scoutmaster, lay speaker and board member for the United Methodist Church in Holly, and board for the Lamar Area Hospice.

In August of 2013, Fred entered the Holly Nursing Care Center, where he resided until passing away on Jan. 11, 2016 at the age of 89.

Fred is survived by wife, Helen of 63 years; daughter, Annette and husband, Jerry Rudrude of Casper, Wyo.; son, Rick, and wife, Sherry Pottorf of Indianapolis, Ind.; son, Kent and wife, Ann Pottorf of Garden City, Kan.; and daughter, Sharon and husband, Sam Valdez, of Winter Park, Fla.; sister, Bea and husband, Barry Georgopulos of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Glenda Pottorf, of Eugene, Ore., Suzie Pottorf, of Lochbouie, Colo., and Mary Pottorf of Tucson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-granddaughters plus 1 great-granddaughter on the way; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Dale, Rodney, and George; sister, Patsy; and granddaughter, Abigail Pottorf. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lamar Area Hospice, Holly United Methodist Church or donor’s choice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.

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Charles Herman Helmle

Charles Herman Helmle, 92, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Johnson, Kan., passed away on Dec. 29, 2015, after a series of health issues.  He has been a resident of the Juniper Village and earlier the Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Aurora for the last six years.


Charles was born in Syracuse, Kan., on March 28, 1923, to Charles Marion Helmle and Wilhelmina (Minnie) May Molz Helmle, the first of their three children.  He grew up on the family farm north of Big Bow, Kan., near the Molz ranch.  His formative years took place during the Dust Bowl and Depression years, a time of great difficulty for many people.


Charles attended the one-room District 8 Molz School near the farm and high school in Syracuse and Garden City.  Charles entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1942 after Pearl Harbor and World War II intervened.  Enrolling in Naval ROTC and the V-12 program at KU, he trained for the Navy.  After a year at KU, he was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station north of Chicago where he trained as a gunnery mate.  He served on the SS James Whitcomb Riley and briefly on the USS Hydra (AK-82) in the Atlantic and later on the USS Prairie (AD-15) in the Pacific as a radar tech.


Charles sold Pioneer grain sorghum and corn seed for a few years, but mostly he was a full-time farmer, often working many hours a day to stay ahead of the weather and breakdowns and finish all the work that needed to be done.  He was innovative, planting milo thinner than others to get small crops in times of drought, building his own front-mounted cultivator on a G Minneapolis (couldn't be done), and inventing a child's car seat in the 1950's (GM was not interested).  He was a manager, tractor mechanic, welder, surveyor, businessman, plumber, electrician, truck driver, and all the other roles a farmer has to play.  And he was a father, promising each child a college education for work on the farm.  He met those goals even when money was very tight.


When Emma's Alzheimer's started, Charles' role changed again to be a primary caretaker.  He excelled at taking care of Emma, protecting her, helping her around the house, and working with her in the garden, which they both loved.  They donated excess vegetables regularly to people in Johnson.  Later, when they moved to the Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Aurora, Charles continued to care for Emma.  He was really liked and respected by the staff at the various facilities where he stayed.  His caretakers all enjoyed his bright smile and appreciated Charles' drive, courtesy, and sense of humor, noting that Charles always said, “Thank you,” every time they did something for him, even the smallest things. 


On his return from the Navy, Charles married Emma Mae Crotinger on June 7, 1946.  Charles and Emma had five children, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, scattered all across the country.  He is survived by a brother, Carl Helmle, near Big Bow; a sister, Jennie Redden, near Gypsum, Kan.; four children: Leland, Vietta, Chris, and Sharon Sorrell.  Lee and Catherine live in Milpitas, Calif.; Vietta and Anne Phoenix live in Santa Clara, Calif.; Chris lives in Boston, Mass.; Sharon and Nathan Sorrell live in Aurora.  Sharon and Nathan have worked very hard to make Charles' last six years in Aurora easier and more enjoyable, and they succeeded.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Helmle, their son, Kevin Helmle, and Kevin's daughter, Jade Burroughs.


Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the Shockey Cemetery in Grant County, Kansas, with military graveside rites conducted by Dexter D. Harbour American Legion Post #79.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Ruby Jean Schenck

Funeral services for long time Holly, Colo. resident, Ruby Schenck will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Ruby will be held from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.


Ruby Jean Schenck was born on July 14, 1928 to Les and Ethel Kerns. She passed away on Jan. 2, 2016 at her home in Holly at the age of 87 with family holding her hand.


Ruby was born south of Holly at the home of grandparents, Ed and Tilly Barnes, in the Webb Community. She attended school in Coolidge, Kan. Ruby was united in marriage to Lawrence Schenck on Nov. 23, 1947 in Clayton, N.M. They returned to Holly and for the next five years ran Schenck Brothers Motor and Oil Company. In 1952 Ruby and Lawrence moved 20 miles south of Holly and endured the highs and lows of farming and ranching while raising their three boys, Keith, Terry, and Larry. She was involved in many of the activities in the Webb Communities and served for 55 years in the Star Community Church where she had many wonderful friends and neighbors.  After retiring in 1990, Ruby and Lawrence continued to live on the farm always ready to lend a helping hand when not traveling with friends in their RV.  In 2013 Ruby and Lawrence moved to their present home in Holly. 


Ruby was a devoted wife for 68 years to Lawrence, and the best mother to her 3 sons, always making sure needs were met, cooking, cleaning, and driving the tractors and truck when needed, all while keeping the greenest yard and prettiest flowers for miles around.


Ruby is survived by her husband, Lawrence Schenck, of Holly; three sons, Keith and wife, Sue Schenck of Holly, Terry and wife, Charlotte Schenck of Mesa, Ariz., and Larry and wife, Kristie Schenck of Holly; two sisters, Gladys and husband, Richard of McAlester, Okla. and Janet and husband, Albert of Holly; 9 grandchildren, Rory Schenck, Megan Jara, Izzeke Schenck, Halie Schenck, Brian Schenck, Whitney Odell, Craig Schenck, Emily Hatcher, Bryce Schenck; 9 great grandchildren, Adyn and Ethan Jara, Cooper Schenck, Kaley and Nick Odell, and one on the way, Carter and Owen Schenck, Hudson and Hadley Hatcher, and expecting her 10th to be born in May to Brian and Marybrooke Schenck; along with many other relatives; and a host of friends.


She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Ralph Kerns; parents, Les and Ethel Kerns; and sisters, Marie Thomeczek and Bessie Crist.


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.


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Ruth Alta (Hoyt) Dunn

Ruth Alta (Hoyt) Dunn, age 88, passed away on Dec. 25, 2015 at the Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson, Kan.  She was the daughter of Arthur Roy Hoyt and Minnie Henrieta (Peters) Hoyt.

Ruth was born in rural Sumner County, near Caldwell, Kan. on Aug. 25, 1927. She attended grade school in a rural, one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1945. Shortly after high school she moved to Syracuse, Kan., where she began working at the Valley State Bank. On Nov. 6, 1948, she married Robert L. Dunn in Syracuse and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union three children were born, Craig, Lori, and Macel. She later worked for the Plateau Natural Gas Company and the Catalina Dress Shop. In 1970, she went to work for the Hamilton County Conservation District where she was employed for 20 years and retired in 1990. In 2010, she moved to Johnson to be closer to her daughter Lori. In 2013, she moved to Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson where she resided until her passing.

Ruth was a 20 year member of the Rebekah Lodge and also a member of the First Presbyterian Church, both of Syracuse. For several years she was a Brownie Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and a Sunday School teacher for the First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed bowling, quilting, antiquing, gardening and canning vegetables for her family. Ruth loved her children and spoiled her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Minnie Hoyt; her spouse, Robert Dunn; a son, Craig E. Dunn; three brothers, Elmer Hoyt, Harley Hoyt, and Dale Hoyt; five sisters, Inez Kohlhorst, Ester Walters, Elsie Maxey, Ruby Woodley, and Opal Walkinshaw; and two grandchildren, Donnie L. Caplinger and Lexi M. Caplinger.

She is survived by two daughters, Lori (& husband Jim) Amerin of Johnson, and Macel (& husband Gary) Caplinger of Larned, Kan.; five grandchildren, Cory (& wife Sumre) Amerin of Manhattan, Kan., Marcus (& wife Dandi) Amerin of Hugoton, Kan., Nathan Amerin of Scott City, Kan., Evan Dunn of Denver, Colo., and Adriane Dunn of Great Bend, Kan.; four great grandchildren, Danica & Averie Amerin of Hugoton, Cayden Amerin of Scott City, and Isaac Amerin of Manhattan; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. (MST) at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MST) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Stanton County Long Term Care or First Presbyterian Church,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Richard Shetterly

Richard Shetterly, 91, passed away Dec. 4, 2015. Richard was born in Pratt, Kan. on Dec. 2, 1924 to Marvin and Rowena Shetterly. As a young boy the family moved to Hamilton County. Richard grew up a cowboy and raised Hereford cattle and Quarter Horses. He married Betty Lou Burch on Sept. 19, 1948. They had three children.

When he was a young man his uncle and him would road trip up to the Nebraska sand hills, which he fell in love with and dreamed of owning a ranch there. In 1973 his dream came true and he moved his family and livestock to the beautiful sand hills. He loved riding his horses through the hills looking over his cattle. His family, animals and ranching were his true loves.

Survivors include two daughters, Kay and Linda; a daughter-in-law; four grandkids; and one great grandchild, all of Burwell, Neb; and a brother from Kendall, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, and son Clinton. He will be forever missed.

Joyce A. "Joy" Hayzlett

Joyce A. "Joy" Hayzlett, age 63, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at the Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson, Kan. She was born on Aug. 12, 1952 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of Authur T. Hayzlett and Mary P. (Burch) Hayzlett.

Joy was a lifelong resident of Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1971. Soon after graduation, she married Doug Blankenship in Syracuse and they later divorced. To this union two sons were born Brian and Bradley. During this time she was a waitress as well as a CNA at the Hamilton County Hospital. She later met and married Dean Bohannan and they later divorced. To this union one daughter was born Deana. During this time she continued to waitress, but eventually became a homemaker taking care of her family. She later decided to do housework for elderly people and enjoyed helping the elderly in anyway she could. In 2010, she moved to Johnson to live with her daughter, and in 2012 she moved to the Stanton County Long Term Care due to her health and resided there until her passing.

She enjoyed crocheting, collecting salt and pepper shakers, collecting ducks, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Hayzlett.

She is survived by two sons, Brian (& wife Jeanna) Blankenship of Pearland, Texas, and Bradley (& wife Rececca) Blankenship of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Deana (& husband Pablo) Rodriguez of Johnson; one brother, Arthur Hayzlett of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Mary Lou Selvage of Wichita, and Elaine (& husband Tom) Fieldman of Meade, Kan.; six grandchildren, Brittany & Bethany Blankenship of Tulsa, Okla., Kevin Blankenship of Texas City, Texas, Sean Blankenship of Pearland, and Brayden & Sierra Grant of Johnson; and numerous family members and friends

Graveside Memorial Services will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. (MST) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. 

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Stanton County Long Term Care,  and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.