Helen Armstrong-Pannell

A Memorial Service for Helen Armstrong-Pannell will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kan. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Helen (Mitchell) Armstrong-Pannell was born on Jan. 8, 1923 in Anderson, Mo. to William and Louella (Slagle) Mitchell. She passed away on Jan. 7, 2018 at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas at the age of 94.

Helen grew up during The Great Depression, the youngest of five children. She became frugal in her ways of living because of the struggles she saw during that time. She attended and graduated from Anderson Schools. Helen took great pride in being a mother and a housewife. She was not only able to put food on the table for her family but also managed to feed many of the farmhands. Helen was married to Loyal Armstrong in 1941 and to this union, 4 children were born. In 1960, Helen began working in a restaurant until purchasing one in 1969. She then retired in 1975. Helen then married Chett Pannell in 1975.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Jo Bizzell and Donna Sue Rohrer; son, John (Joyce) Armstrong; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luella and William Mitchell; son, Lewis Armstrong; husband, Chett Pannell; sisters, Bea Dunkel and Dixie Shannon; and brothers, Wayne Mitchell and George Mitchell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 7306 Ladies Auxiliary in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Dorothy Deloris (Douglas) Libertus

Dorothy Deloris (Douglas) Libertus, of Coolidge, Kan., passed away at her home in Coolidge, on Jan. 3, 2018, at the age of 88. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Neodesha, Kan., the youngest daughter of 11 children to John Wyatt Douglas and Emma Edith Ruth (Denny) Douglas.

Her family later moved to Altoona, Kan..  Dorothy grew up during the depression and lived a very modest life.  She learned hard work from that life.  Dorothy learned to garden, work the land, use various farm equipment, and to ride horses at an early age.  She would use all of the skills and crafts later in life.

Dorothy loved her family, and was favored by all of her older siblings.  Dorothy attended and graduated from Altoona High School in the Spring of 1947.  Afterwards, she attended secretarial college in Kansas City, Mo., and worked as a nanny.

In November of 1947, Dorothy met Ivin “Ike” Arnold Libertus while visiting her mother, who was living in Coolidge.  On June 24, 1948, Dorothy married Ike in Garden City, Kan. They had a long, loving marriage and six children:  Francis “Keith,” Joyce (Radke), Sheryl (Connor), Neil, Sheila, and Chad.

Dorothy was a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to countless people along the way.  Dorothy was also a lifelong resident of Coolidge.  She was proud to raise her children there and helped raise grandchildren and great-grandchildren, too.

Dorothy and her husband, Ike, converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, in the 1950s.  She was a proud member of the Mormon Church.  She was very active in her church and taught Seminary, Relief Society, Sunday School, and served as the music director on occasion.  She loved going to the temple.  She defined herself by her faith and her family.

After family and her faith, Dorothy was probably most proud to be the postmaster of Coolidge.  She worked for the Post Office for more than 37 years before retiring at the end of 1999.  In Dorothy’s words: “I want to start the new millennium unemployed.”

Dorothy was also extremely proud of her Coolidge community, of which she was a part for 70 years, and she was proud of what she was able to bring to it.  Dorothy was a friend to all, a stranger to none, and the best damn cook anyone could ever ask for.  She also served on the Town Board of Coolidge for many years.

In addition to everything else, Dorothy was an avid reader.  She read everything she could get her hands on. She was a seamstress and made clothing for her family and many quilts over the years.  She also loved knitting and crocheting.  Some of her favorite things to create were afghans, blankets, doilies, and table cloths.

Dorothy also got involved in 4-H with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a 4-H leader, a judge at the county fair, and a project leader for sewing, crocheting, baking, and other things she excelled at in life.

Dorothy was also a Polyanna EHU, Eastern Star and on the Executive Board of Extension.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, and genealogy, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

A little over a year ago, Dorothy became very sick and her family thought they would lose her, but in true Dorothy fashion, she was determined to leave this world on her own terms. She didn’t want to die in a hospital. She even emphatically stated that she wanted to die in her sleep. On January 3rd, she did just that.  Dorothy left this world peacefully and on her own terms.

She was preceded in death by, her parents; spouse, Ike Libertus; a son, Francis Keith Libertus; a daughter, Sheila Deloris Libertus; four brothers, Charles Edward Douglas, John William Douglas, Raymond Reed Douglas, Alvin Hugh Douglas; four sisters, Edna Mae Richardson, Irene Mable Bryan, Geneva Cynthia Douglas, Mary Frances Douglas; and a granddaughter, Lynn Reashel Libertus.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce (& husband Dennis) Radke of Hutchinson, Kan., and Sheryl (& husband Charles) Connor of Houston, Texas; two sons, Neil (& wife Connie) Libertus of Coolidge, and Chad Libertus of Houston; five grandchildren, David (& wife Laci) Radke of Arlington, Kan., Daniel (& wife Sandy) Radke of Hutchinson, Kelly Connor of Pasadena, Texas, Rebecca (& husband Ryan) Marcum of Emporia, Kan., and Shawna (& husband Kris) Kerr of Coolidge; 10 great grandchildren, Hunter & Greg Radke, Cayden & Chase Landsdowne, Jake & Ethan Beck, Neally, Andrew, Jace & Trent Kerr; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. (MST) at the Coolidge Gymnasium, in Coolidge.  Burial will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge. Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. (MST) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse, KS.

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions can be made by visiting: or make checks payable to Humanitarian-Services and send to: Humanitarian-Services, LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Ave., Provo, UT 84604. Arrangements by Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878.  620-384-5100.

Zelma Frances (Heuszel) Burch

Zelma Frances (Heuszel) Burch, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Dec. 18, 2017, at the age of 95 years.  She was born May 20, 1922 in Wellington, Kan. the daughter of Rudolph Ernst Heuszel and Bertha Emily (Mesecher) Heuszel.

Zelma began her life in Wellington and later moved to Leoti, Kan. where she attended Leoti High School, graduating in 1940.  On June 1, 1940, she married William (Bill) Henry Burch at the justice of the peace in Scott City, Kan., to this union two children were born, Evelyn and Frances.  Zelma had various jobs in her lifetime.  Besides being a field hand with her father and then her husband, she also worked at a cannery in Russellville, Ark.  In the 1950s she and Bill built a house in Wichita and also worked at Beech Aircraft.  She was a blueprint reader and a sheet metal worker at Beech.  In 1956 she moved back to Syracuse on a farm on a place Bill named “Paradise Valley” located north and west of Syracuse.  Among the farming and chores she found time to plan to go on trips once a year.  At home she did knitting, beadwork and reading her favorite books of the “Civil War” and of “The First Ladies” of presidents.

Zelma was a member of the First Christian Church, The Santa Fe Trail Genealogy Club, Hamilton County Historical Society, all of Syracuse, and The William Wilson DAR Chapter of Garden City, Kan.  She enjoyed her garden and her animals, cats mostly.  She was an animal lover of all kinds except for horses.  She said she didn’t understand them, but her cats she collected were here most precious of all to her, they were the most loyal.  The old mother cat still meets an greets you at the door.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Bertha; her spouse, Bill Burch; a brother Max Heuszel; two sisters Zelda Krenzel and Zola Heuszel; daughter Evelyn Farmer; and a great grandson Corey Gilbert.

She is survived by a daughter, Frances (& husband Fred) Henry of Gunnison, Colo.; a son-in-law Travis Farmer of Independence, Kan.; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three great great grandsons; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.  Burial followed at the Leoti Cemetery in Leoti.

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

Margie Byrdene (Dikeman) Dale

Margie Byrdene (Dikeman) Dale, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Dec. 3, 2017, at the age of 90 years. She was born Jan. 14, 1927 in Preston, Kan. the daughter of William Fredrick Dikeman and Martha Wilma (Allen) Dikeman.

Margie began her life in Preston and a short time later she moved to rural Hamilton County. She attended a country Grade School and later attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1945. Shortly after graduation she met and married Ralph Emery Dale on July 29, 1945. To this union two children were born, Mikell and Marsha. They made their home in rural Hamilton County until 1954, when they moved to Las Vegas, Nev. Margie spent a great deal of her time raising her kids and being a house wife tending to all the necessities and needs of her family. In 2007, she moved back to Syracuse to be closer to her brothers, and resided there until her passing.

Margie was a past member of the retired Carpenter Womens Auxiliary. She enjoyed riding horses in her younger days, gardening, and will be remembered for the love she had for animals, especially her miniature horses, all of her house dogs, cats, and fish.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Martha Dikeman; her spouse, Ralph Emery Dale; a daughter; Marsha Lynn (Dale) Hagerman; and three brothers, Darrell Dikeman, Duane Dikeman, and Larry Dikeman.

She is survived by a sister, Valeta Rosenkranz of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Mikell (& wife Linda) Dale of Las Vegas; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. (MST) at First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse, KS. Inurnment will take place in the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the National Mill Dog Rescue, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home &  Monuments LLC, P.O. Box  1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Violet Oliver (Harms) Hazen

Funeral Services for longtime Holly, Colo. resident, Violet Hazen will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment will follow at the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Mrs. Hazen will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at the funeral home.

Violet Olive (Harms) Hazen was born on Oct. 29, 1934 in Holly to August and Rosemena (Henson) Harms.  She departed this life at her home in Holly on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at the age of 83.

Violet was preceded in death by her father, August Harms; mother, Rosemena Harms; husband, Everett Hazen; brothers, Elmer Harms, Marvin Harms, and Edward Harms; and sisters, Betty Jensen and Shirley Snider.

She is survived by her five children, Dale (Erica) Hazen of Dublin, Calif., Jenet (Dave) Gardner of Leoti, Kan., Rodney (Brenda) Hazen of Holly, Jeanne Scott of Holly, and Ricky (Lyrene) Hazen; 19 grandchildren, Sundown (Jen) Hazen, Mardalena Smith, Sky (Talia) Hazen, Dakodah Hazen, Thunder Hazen, Lytning Hazen, Rayn Hazen, Terry Gardner, Melissa (Randall) Bland, Benjamin (Misty) Gardner, Tonia (Johnny) Meese, Austin Hazen, Waylon Hazen, Doug (Natalie) Davis, Zach (Kara) Davis, Crystal (Jeff) Flint, Jeanne (Caleb) Smith-White, Ashley Fetters, and Cory (Victoria) Hazen; 30 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert (Betty) Harms and Richard (Susan) Harms; and two sisters, Beulah Deshazer and Wilma (James) Cannon. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Holly Fire and Ambulance, Sangre De Cristo Hospice, or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

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Crystal Ann (Rushton) Clymer

Memorial Services for Crystal Clymer will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.  Inurnment will follow at the Holly Cemetery.  Crystal’s family invites relatives and friends to join them for dinner following the graveside service.

Crystal Ann (Rushton) Clymer, age 56, passed away at her home in Lamar, Colo. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Crystal was born on Sept. 15, 1961 in Lamar to Melvin and Marie Rushton.  Raised in Holly, she spent her childhood with family and friends, involved in 4-H, and enjoying square dance.  Crystal graduated from Holly High School in 1979 where played volleyball and was a cheerleader.  She worked waiting tables at various local restaurants.  After high school she moved to Littleton, Colo. and provided touch up painting for a homebuilder.  In 1980, she married Eldon Clymer and they resided in Wheatland, Wyo.  In 1981, the couple moved to Garden City, Kan. where Crystal earned a nursing certificate.  In 1982, they moved to Dinosaur, Colo. where Crystal worked as a receptionist at a motel/sporting good store.  In 1983, the couple moved to Nephi, Utah where Crystal gave birth to her sons, Travis and Austin.  In 1986, the family then moved to Fiddletown, Calif. where they built their home and Crystal gave birth to their daughter, Sadie.  After her children were in school, Crystal went to work for the school district as a teacher’s aide and administrative assistant.  Here she earned a certificate for teaching the Lindamood Bell method of reading.  Crystal had a talent for arts and crafts, building a costume collection for the Plymouth Elementary School holiday plays.  She was involved with the community as a volunteer coach and helping hand for the Mother Lode Youth Soccer League.  In 2006, Crystal went to work for the Preston School of Industry where she helped juvenile inmates earn their GED.  Then in 2008, she moved to Lamar to be closer to her brother and sisters.

Crystal is survived by her three children, Travis (Christine) Clymer, Austin (Nicolette) Clymer and Sadie (Chris) Clymer Sanchez; sisters, Melissa Swopes and Taniska Eddy; grandchildren, Eva Clymer, Owen Clymer, and Bennett Clymer; as well as countless nephew, nieces, other relatives, and a host of friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin V. Rushton and Marie L. Rushton; and brother, Curt Rushton; and niece, Meisha Rushton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Emogene Walkinshaw

Graveside Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Emogene Walkinshaw was held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at the Holly Cemetery with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Emogene Walkinshaw was born on July 4, 1925 in Dodge City, Kan. to the late R.D. and Ethel Vivian (Seward) Showers.  She went to be with our Lord and Savior on Nov. 20, 2017 at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly at the age of 92.

Emogene is survived by her daughters, Carol Sue (Vincent) Caraway of Omaha, Neb., Kermit Jo (Skip) Moldenhauer of Holly, and Susan (Jay Dee) Holdren of Port Orchard, Wash.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson; a brother-in-law, Walt (Pat) Woodward; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Kermit Walkinshaw; her parents, R.D. and Ethel Vivian Showers; son, Scott Dean Walkinshaw; grandson, Gary Steve Walkinshaw; two infant grandsons; Baby Boy Shute and Daniel Harley Shute; and five sisters.

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

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Melvin George Bennett

Melvin George Bennett, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Nov. 25, 2017, at the age of 93 years. He was born May 9, 1924 in Montgomery County, Kan. the son of Daniel Luther Bennett and Zelda Flora (Wright) Bennett.

Melvin began his life south of Lafontaine, Kan., the oldest of seven children. He completed two years of high school in Montgomery County prior to going into the service but ultimately earned his honorary diploma in 2001 at the Syracuse High School.  He served in the United States Army from June of 1943 through January of 1946, returning to Independence, Kan. to assist his mother in raising his younger siblings. In 1947, he moved to Greeley County and began farming for Bill Crotinger. He moved to Larned for a short time before moving back to Syracuse. On Aug. 13, 1954, he married Verlie Viola Thompson in Raton, N.M., and they made their home in Syracuse. Upon this union Melvin became a father to Verlie’s six children, Corieta Jo, Ronita Rae, Fredra Lee, Kent Duane, Sherri Michelle, and Michael Craig. Together they had Steven Dale. During his lifetime Melvin worked at numerous jobs, including farming, truck driver, a mechanic at John Deere, roughneck jobs, and was also an accomplished carpenter. In September of this year he moved to the Greeley County Long Term Care due to his health, and resided there until his passing.

Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge, Willing Workers 4-H group leader, 4-H Project Leader, and the Levis & Lace Square Dance Club. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, raising all kinds of birds and animals, bird watching, and teaching his grandchildren how to work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Zelda Bennett; a son Kent Duane Toot; two daughters, Corieta Jo (Toot) Davis and Sherri Michelle (Bennett) Malleck; two brothers, Max Luther Bennett and Dickie Lee Bennett; two sisters, Viola Marie Bennett and Ruby Virginia (Bennett) Hughes; and a grandson, Jimmy Harris.

He is survived by hi spouse, Verlie Viola (Thompson) Bennett of Tribune, Kan.; three sons, Fred (& wife Joan) Toot of Baldwin, Kan., Mike (& wife Kim) Bennett of Lawrence, Kan., and Steve (& wife Toni) Bennett of Syracuse; one daughter, Ronita (Toot) Maynard of Giddings, Texas; one brother, Chet (& wife Cheryl) Bennett of Independence, Kan.; one sister, Flora Jean “Sis” Gilfillan of Abilene, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 37+ great grandchildren; 7+ great great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MST) at First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. (MST) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the First United Methodist Church or VIP Senior Center, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box  1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Kacey Chel Carlson

Kacey Chel Carlson of Trenton, Neb. passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney as a result of an automobile accident. She was 32 years old.

Kacey was born on Jan. 17, 1985 at Syracuse, Kan. to parents, Robert and Twila (Thompson) Diehl.  She attended school in Syracuse and Lakeside Central, Neb. and Trenton.

On June 15, 2002 she was united in marriage to Lanny Douglas Carlson at Swanson Lake. To this union five children were born, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson.  Kacey was a busy mother and homemaker, but found time to work as a Para and cook at Hitchcock County Schools and clerk at Dollar General Store.

Kacey loved her flowers and yard, cooking, and decorating her home.  Kacey’s giving nature was always apparent to everyone she met. Even after her death, she graciously gave as an organ donor. 

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Harold and Lois Thompson and Robert Diehl Thompson; grandparents-in-law, Lanny and Judy Carlson and Boyd and Evelyn Wagner;  aunts, Peggy Thompson and Rhoebe Thompson; uncles, Rodney Diehl and Nathan Thompson; cousins, Tyler Brummett and Maxwell Loder.
Survivors include her husband, Lanny Carlson of Trenton; children, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson of the home; parents, Bob and Twila Diehl of Herndon; brothers, Dustin Diehl and Rob Diehl of Herndon and Sam Gagnon of Bennett, Colo.; grandmother, Betty Diehl of Hanston, Kan.; father-in-law, Terry Carlson and wife, Adriana, of Culbertson; mother-in-law, Diana and husband, Kevin Craning, of North Platte; brother-in-law, Chancy Carlson of Culbertson and sister-in-law, Cedar Carlson of Omaha;  aunt, Peggy and husband, Greg Fyn, of McCook; and many other loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be given in her name. Visitation will be at Herrmann Jones Funeral Home, Trenton, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Trenton with Pastor Jason Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery. 

Herrmann Jones Funeral Home of Trenton is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald Dee Walker

Donald Dee Walker, age 65, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1951 to Willard Wesley and Lucille Rebecca (Eichenauer) Walker in Garden City, Kan.

He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Kessler and husband Robert of Lakin, and Heather Brown and husband Justin of Larned, Kan.; grandchildren, Trey and Ava Vinton, Dakota and Stetcyn Brown, Eric Kessler; sisters, Barbara Gibeaut and husband Frank of California, Charlotte Newman and husband Roy of Syracuse, Kan., Sharon Schmidt of Syracuse, and Darlene Walker of Garden City.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Walker.

Suggested memorial contributions are to the High Plains Retirement Village in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, Ks 67877. Condolences may be left online at

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