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Valera Mae (Graham) Morgan

Valera Mae (Graham) Morgan, 94, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.
Born to Bruce and Anna Fern Graham, Valera was born in Kendall, Kan. on Sept. 18, 1924. She attended school in Syracuse, Kan., graduating in 1942. 
On Aug. 16, 1942, Valera married Fred E. Morgan.  Together they owned a farm south of Syracuse. Valera worked in O’Brien’s Department Store and furnished pies to local restaurants. She was well known for her wedding cakes, baking well into the 100’s.
In 1968, they sold their farm and purchased the Jayhawker Motel in Great Bend, Kan. They operated the motel until retirement in 1975 at which time they moved to Hutchinson, Kan. Valera continued working as the Banquet Manager for the Holidome for 15 years. He last employment was for the Kansas State Fair as a Hostess for the Celebrity Entertainers for another 17 years. Valera loved to cook and provide home cook meals for the people she loved. She had an opened door policy and would welcome anyone needing a home. 
Preceded in death by her husband, Fred E. Morgan; sons, Fred R. and Carl; sisters, Eyleen Scheibe, Lois Shank, Ester Hendrix.
Survivors include sons, Terry (Michaelene) of Bella Vista, Ark. and Howard (Gert) of Marion, Kan.; sister, Edith Helmer; 9 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and a large extended family.
Valera was a loving mother and will be deeply missed by all her friends and family.
Funeral Service was held Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Visitation was held Sunday, February 17, 2019, at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Memorials have been established with St. Luke Hospital, and Marion Senior Center and sent in c/o Zeiner Funeral Home 205 Elm St. Marion, KS 66861.

Alvena Irene Dewey

Alvena Irene Dewey, age 72, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at her home in Syracuse.  She was born April 18, 1946, in Lakin, Kan., the daughter of Jim and Irene (Hanson) Zahnter.

Alvena grew up in Syracuse and had worked as a waitress, cook, and machinist.  She enjoyed reading, watching old western movies, crocheting, sewing, baking, and making homemade noodles.  She raised chickens, farm animals, and cared for any stray animals or people that need special attention.  Alvena loved nothing more than spending time with her family.

She is survived by her significant other of 32 years, Thomas Simpson of Syracuse; children, Pamela LaCost and husband Duane of Kendall, Kan., Wade Dewey of Yazoo City, Miss., Kimberly Dewey of Garden City, Kan., and Daniel Dewey of Syracuse; brothers, Sonny Murphy of Florida, Chad Zahnter of Kansas, Gordon Zahnter of Great Bend, Kan., and Alvin Zahnter of Russell, Kan.; sisters, Beverly Beer of Tulsa, Okla., Louetta Edwards of Mesquite, Nev., and Laura Beesley of Tulsa; six grandchildren, Shawn, David, Brand, Colby, Daniel, and Erin; and one great-grandchild, Nicholas.

Alvena is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ron, Herman, and Jimmy; and sister, Wilma.

Memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at New Life Fellowship Church in Syracuse, with Pastor Bill Roberts officiating.  Memorial contributions may be given to Alvena Dewey Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.  Condolences may be posted at

Judith Vayrene Campbell


Judith Vayrene Campbell, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan.  Judy was born Jan. 16, 1946 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of James & Bessie (Phillips) McGinness.  She was a homemaker and was the former owner/operator/ cook at Campbell’s Corner in Tribune for more than 30 years.  Judy was an avid Solitaire player, liked to crotchet and loved taking care of her dogs.

On May 18, 1960 she married Harlan D. Campbell in Tribune.  Harlan, Sr. passed away on Jan. 7, 2019 in Garden City.

She is survived by three children, Harlan D. Campbell, Jr., Erica Trevino, and Vayrena Hamilton, all of Tribune; two siblings, Jimmy Jay McGinnis of Larned, Kan. and Juanita I. Ledesma of El Paso, Texas; one grandchild, Judd A. Ramsey of Tribune; and 10 nieces and nephews. Her parents, a daughter, Tammy Campbell, and two brothers, Carl McGinness & Claude McGinness precede her in death.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune. Memorials may be given to the Kansas Trapshooters Assn. in care of the funeral home.

Friends called on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas. Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Don Alan Holmes

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Don Holmes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Holly with Pastor Carl Kissell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Don will be held from 1 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Don Alan Holmes passed away on Jan. 27, 2019 at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly at the age of 60. Don was born to Delmar and Patsy (Schlager) Holmes on June 25, 1958 in Ulysses, Kan. Don’s arrival came during wheat harvest and amazingly enough, Delmar had time to go get them from the hospital. Don attended Webb Country School until the fifth grade, then went to Holly schools and graduated in 1976. Don was active in sports, playing football and was on the wrestling team, where he placed second at the state tournament his senior year.
Don married Linda Hackney in 1977. Their son, Darren was born Dec. 31, 1985. Don loved Darren and always wanted the best for him.
In his younger years, Don spent many hours feeding bucket calves and always pitched in with all the chores. Following high school graduation, Don farmed south of Holly, and later received his Business degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
He loved to watch and talk about sports--especially the Oakland Raiders. You could often find Don cheering on the teams at the area sporting events. He really enjoyed his job as an assistant coach of the Holly High School wrestling team for several years. 
Don loved playing card games and being with his family. Don was very social and never met a stranger. He loved to talk to people and was very generous as many of you know.
In the last few years, Don lost his eye sight and due to his health, he moved into Holly Nursing Care Center. Don loved God and was a longtime member of the Holly First Baptist Church. He also loved to sing and knew every word of many hymns. Don brought joy and comfort to his family and everyone he was around.
We will miss Don and know he is in heaven with his mom praising God.
Don is survived by his father, Delmar (Sally) Holmes of Holly; siblings, Delma (Mike) Cliett of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jimmy (Jan) Holmes of Holly, and Vicki (Rick) Berndt of Moore, Okla.; son, Darren Holmes of Syracuse, Kan.; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Holmes and nephew, Jesse Holmes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

John Graber

John Graber, passed away at the ISB Care Home in Syracuse, Kan, on Jan. 26, 2019, at the age of 86. He was born on Dec. 22, 1932 in Pretty Prairie, Kan., the son of John A. Graber and Carrie (Flickner) Graber.

John began his life in Pretty Prairie, and at the the age of 15 months old he moved with his family to Kendall, Kan. He attended Kendall High School and graduated in 1951. In 1953 he began his military service in the United States Army serving in the Korean War. In 1955, he completed his military service and returned to Kendall to help his father farm. On July 13, 1958, he married Anna Laura Ploeger in Deerfield, Kan. They made their home on Anna’s grandparents farm. To this union two children were born, Janice and Bryan. He enjoyed living on the farm for most of his life and resided there until his passing.

John was a member of the Kendall United Methodist Church, past member of the Kendall United Methodist Church Board and Kendall School Board, and was very avid in running the Kendall Scoreboard/Time Keeper at all the basketball games, a member of the Wheatland Electric Board, and also a board member of the Kendall Co-op. He enjoyed farming, riding his motorcycle, traveling, playing basketball, bowling, baseball, and his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Carrie Graber; four sisters, Florence Arleen Boese, Helen Marie Bell, Selma Ann Ross, and Alice Eileen Jury.

He is survived by his spouse, Anna Laura (Ploeger) Graber of Kendall; a son, Bryan (wife Becky) Graber of Kendall; a daughter, Janice Simon of Syracuse; brother, Marvin “Babe” (wife Laura) Graber of Syracuse; four grandchildren, Jed (wife Stephanie) Simon of Kendall, Justin (wife Ronna) Simon of Syracuse, Dustin Graber of Kendall, and BryAnna (husband Darrin) Sibley of Kendall; four great grandchildren, Tyler (wife Jessica) Timm of Topeka, Kan., Stella Simon of Kendall, Chaz Simon of Kendall, and Emma Simon of Syracuse; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. (MST) at the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Kendall Cemetery in Kendall.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. (MST), at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable Kendall United Methodist Church or the ISB Care Unit, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Ronald “Ron” R. Ewy


Ronald “Ron” R. Ewy, passed away at his home in Wichita, Kan. on Jan. 22, 2019, at the age of 68. He was born on Sept. 15, 1950 in Coldwater, Kan., the son of Ray Victor Ewy and Josephine Pearl (Jantzen) Ewy.

Ron began his life in Coldwater, and later moved to Syracuse where he attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1968. He went on to further his education attending Hutchinson Community College and graduated in 1970 with an Associate Degree in Arts. He then attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor Degree in Arts. He continued his education at Adams State College earning his Master Degree in Arts in 1976. He went on to earn another Masters Degree attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University and graduating in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Education. On Aug. 20, 1972, he married Carolyn S. Schafer in Syracuse and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union two daughters were born, Lena Rachelle and Raegen Michelle. Ron taught in Syracuse for 37 years including Elementary PE teacher, Elementary History teacher, Junior/Senior High School Counselor, Junior High School Athletic Director, Cross Country Coach, Track Coach, Basketball Coach, Football Coach, and STUCCO Sponsor. In 2011, he retired from teaching and began working for Coleman Landscape until 2014, when he moved with Carolyn to Wichita, Kan. to be near their kids and grandkids. He went to work for Nate Grusing where he continued working on landscaping and sprinkler systems. He became a track and field official with the USA track and field association, and was a board member of the Shocker Track Club. He enjoyed living in Wichita and resided there until his passing.

Ron was a member of the Lions Club, First United Methodist Church, and was a Volunteer Firefighter, all of Syracuse. He enjoyed being with his family, mentoring, teaching and coaching, fishing, taking care of lawns and making the world look nice, picking on his grandkids, nieces, nephews or kids, golfing, playing cards, hunting, helping others, going to church, riding his bike, watching his nephews playing sports, and going to Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Ron is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughters, Rachelle Ewy and Raegen (Heath) Westeman; grandchildren Ava and Grayson Westeman; brother Randy (Lorra) Ewy all of Wichita; nephews Adam (Sarah) Ewy of El Dorado and Kyle (Laura) Ewy, of Wichita; in-laws, Risa (Dennis) DeVaney of Garden City, Kan., Gwen (Roger) Chance of Olathe, Rebecca (David) Adams of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Kevin (Kathy) Schafer of Aurora, Colo. and Kyle (Cindy) Schafer of Denver, Colo.; aunts, Betty Ewy of Coldwater, Mary Lou Ewy of Dodge City and Carol (Milton) Kingsley of Arkansas City, Kan.; many nephews, nieces, other family, friends and students. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray & Jo Ewy; grandparents, Rudolph & Lizzie Ewy, Allen & Viola Jantzen; uncles Ben Ewy, Gene Ewy & Wallace Jantzen; aunts Faye Rudd & Ruby Ewy; and parents-in-law Ray & LaVerda Schafer.

Memorial Services will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. (MST)at the Barney Akers Gymnasium, in Syracuse. Burial will take place at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to  Ron Ewy Memorial Scholarship, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100

Steven Allen Hines

Funeral Services for Coolidge, Kan. resident, Steven Hines will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at the Coolidge Gymnasium with Pastor Kathy Leather of the Holly Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.
Steven Allen Hines was born on Nov. 30, 1949 in Lamar, Colo. to Oliver C. and Jean Marie (Shipley) Hines. He passed away on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. at the age of 69.
Steven graduated from Coolidge High School in 1968. After graduating high school, he attended Garden City Community College and received an Associates Degree.  Steven furthered his education at Kansas State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1973.  He then returned to Coolidge to farm with his family.  Steven served on the Hamilton County Farm Bureau Board for 24 years and several of those years as President.  He traveled to Washington D.C. four times to help get legislation written to help farmers.  He also served on several Farm Bureau committees and traveled to California as the District 9 Farm Family of the Year in 2003.  Steven served on several water boards and committees and also collected coins.  He was raised in the Holly Methodist Church.
Steven is survived by his twin brother, Stanley Hines (Rita Seay); brother, Bruce (Maxine) Hines; nephew, Travis (Corinna) Hines; great niece, Scarlett Hines all of Coolidge, Kansas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Jean Marie Hines.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holly Fire Department or the Hamilton County Volunteer Fire Department in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

Darla Jeanne (Luelf) Bower

Darla J. Bower made her glorious entrance into heaven on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Central United Methodist Church in Dalhart, Texas with Steve Patterson, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Truxton Zion Cemetery, Truxton, Mo., local arrangements entrusted to Horizon Funeral Home.
Darla Jeanne Luelf was born March 1, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. to Melvin V. and Meta M. (Mordt) Luelf.  She grew up in Hawk Point, Mo. and graduated from Troy High School, Troy, Mo. in 1959.  She obtained cosmetology license in July 1960 in St. Louis.  Darla married Lawrence F. Bower of Truxton on July 13, 1962 in Colorado Springs, Colo.  She was a devoted homemaker.  Throughout her life she worked various jobs outside the home, including a shoemaker at Florsheim Shoe Company in Mexico, Mo., a lunch cook at North Calloway High School in Kingdom City, Mo., a clerk at various grocery stores in Syracuse, Kan. and Dalhart, but found most rewarding work in home health care in Dalhart.  Throughout Darla’s life she enjoyed playing the church organ and piano at United Methodist Churches in Truxton, Auxvasse, Mo., Syracuse, and Dalhart.  She was active in her adult life volunteering in various capacities for the church and 4-H leadership for her sons. Darla was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Dalhart. 
Survivors include three sons, Michael L. Bower and his wife, Nikki, of Ulysess, Kan., Brian L. Bower and his wife, Sonya, of Shawnee, Kan.,  and Jay Bower of Webb City, Mo.;   granddaughters, Michele Lambing of Ft. Collins, Colo., Emalie and Alison Bower of Nevada, Mo., and Sara Bower of Ulysses; grandsons, Joshua Bower of Ulysses, Kaden and Cullan Bower of Shawnee; three great grandchildren; one brother, Richard G. Luelf and his wife, Carolyn, of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, brother, husband.
Contributions may be made to the Central United Methodist Church, 601 Rock Island Ave., Dalhart, TX  79022.

Jennie Marguerite (Woods) Johnson

Jennie Marguerite (Woods) Johnson, of Tribune, Kan., passed away at the Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs, Kan. on Jan. 16, 2019, at the age of 99. She was born on July 9, 1919 in Tribune, the daughter of Curtis Palmer Woods and Laura (Morgan) Woods.

Jennie lived her entire life in Greeley County and Tribune. She grew up in the country and went to a country school in Greeley County. On Dec. 12, 1945, she married Leonard Johnson in Goodland, Kan. and they made their home on a farm in Greeley County. To this union two children were born, Wayne and Reta. In 1968, Jennie and Leonard retired from farming, irrigating, and taking care of cattle and moved to Tribune. In March of 2018, she moved to Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs and resided there until her passing. Jennie enjoyed cooking and visiting with her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Laura Woods; her spouse, Leonard Woods; two brothers, Robert Woods and Henry Woods; two sisters, Laura Page and Mary Stevenson; three grandchildren, Todd Johnson, Jeni Johnson, and James Johnson.   

She is survived by her son, Wayne Johnson of Great Bend, Kan.; her daughter, Reta Johnson of Tribune; a brother, Dale Woods of Brighton, Colo.; a sister, Hazel Reynolds of Tribune; three great grandchildren, Tomie Chisum of Hoisington, Kan., Jesse Johnson of Colorado, and Justyna Johnson of Colorado; two great great granddaughters, Naomi & Messiah Chisum; and many family members and friends.

A private graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date in the Tribune Cemetery in Tribune. Condolences may be sent to

In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to  Jennie Johnson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Robert D. Plowman

On Dec. 7, 2018 Robert D. Plowman departed this life. His maternal and paternal grandparents precede him in death.
He is survived by his wife Candace J. Mason-Plowman, of the home; his parents, Sherman Dale Plowman and Vera Mae (Louk) Plowman; his sister, Lisha Kerr, of Crustal River, Fla.; and Jeffery Plowman, of Greeley, Colo.; a step-daughter, January Roe, and spouse, of Joplin, Mo.; three grandchildren, Lane, Danica, and Jaxson of Fenton, Mo.; five step-grandchildren, Alisa, Christian, Jerrid, Landon, and Hope, of Joplin; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Robert was born in Lamar, Colo. on Sept. 24, 1965 and he lived primarily in Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri in his youth. Robert graduate high school in Syracuse, Kan. and attended Vo-Tech in Goodland, Kan. for automotive. He joined the US Army and was stationed in Alaska, North Carolina, and Georgia. He served overseas before being honorably discharged. After his military service, he spent time in Colorado, Missouri and Florida before returning to Syracuse. Robert also attended college in Greeley and Florida, studying psychology and computers. While is Florida, he became and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He loved music of all genres, mechanics, photography, and is latest passion was welding.
A private memorial will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Plowman II, Jeffery Plowman, Matt Simon, Luke Slocum, John Swisher, Toby Nevin and Randy Dean.

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