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Susan M. (Rempe) Hicks

Susan M. (Rempe) Hicks, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Wichita, Kan. at the age of 69. She was born on Sept. 10, 1949, in Hays, Kan., the daughter of Herbert Joseph Rempe and Alice Marie (Olds) Rempe.

Susan grew up in Hays and St. Louis, Mo. and attended many Catholic schools during this time. She graduated in the top 10% of her class from St. Charles High School in 1967.  She followed the family and moved out West to Goodland, Kan. Enrolling at Northwest Kansas Area Vocational-Technical School. Graduating in 1969 from the Steno-Secretarial Program. Our Susan was 1969 Student of the Year and Queen of the Prom! From 1968 to 1973, Susan worked in Goodland for Sherman County Treasurer's Office and later at Northwest Kansas Area Vocational-Technical School as a receptionist.  She also became a member in good standing with the International Association of Turtles, Inc. during this time. On June 19, 1972 she married Jimmie Hicks in Goodland. They soon made their way South and started a home in Syracuse, Kan. To this union two sons were born, Thomas was born in 1975 followed by son, Timothy in 1976.

Finding work at First National Bank in 1973 she stayed with FNB until early-2000’s.  Susan then worked at Hamilton County Hospital for 5 years returning to First National Bank until a welcoming retirement called in late 2015. Susan was a pleasure to work with sharing many laughs with her co-workers over the years. Susan was a kind, awesome and sweet woman. She was a quiet, loving soul that had the strength of 100.  She loved both of her sons equally and they meant more than anything in the world to her. Susan was a lifelong fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and saw the team play in all three stadiums in St. Louis. Susan was an extremely talented cook and made many fantastic holiday meals. She loved listening to music, including but not limited to The Beatles, Beach Boys and Bee-Gee’s. Sue also enjoyed pizza and movies with friends and family. She enjoyed her jewelry too. In late 2018, she shocked those closest to her and revealed herself to be a fan of Kansas City Chiefs football.

She was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Jimmie Duane Hicks; a sister, Marilyn Fromm; in-laws, Truman and Catherine Hicks; and brother in law, Dave Hicks.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Hicks of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Timothy (& wife Dena) Hicks of Wichita; three sisters, Patty (& husband Dave) Harnly of Lincoln, Neb., Kathy (& husband Marty) Melia of Goodland, Laura (& husband Dave) Wedermyer of Olathe, Kan.; two brothers, Herb Rempe Jr. of Goodland, and Ron Rempe of St. John, Kan. Susan is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends whom she loved dearly.

Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, KS.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 22, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m (MDT), at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.  

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

Roberta Marie (Atkinson) Willhite

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Roberta Willhite will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Holly with Pastor Steve Kinsey officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.

Roberta Marie (Atkinson) Willhite was born on Sept. 27, 1934 to Clarence and Erma McLaughlin Atkinson at Granada, Colo. and passed away on March 28, 2019 at the age of 84.

Roberta affectionately known as Berta, was united in marriage to William “Bill” Willhite on June 7, 1952 in Clayton, N.M.  This union was blessed with four children, William Kent, Dale Lee, Jan Marie, and Jerry Dean. The Willhites were always self-employed through farming and ranching endeavors, and Roberta played a sizeable role by assisting with whatever needed to be done. Berta possessed the gift of hospitality and everyone was welcome at her table at any time.

Together, in 1965, Bill and Roberta trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior at the Webb School where the American Sunday School Union conducted worship services. Having a heart for reaching the lost, Roberta conducted Bible studies with neighborhood children over the years. Roberta always had a willingness to serve in the church. She loved to play games and there was always a board game or cards at the ready. Berta was a prolific poet and prose writer. Some of her work was published nationally and she self-published a book of her selections a few years ago. She enjoyed music and taught herself how to play hymns on the piano.

Her family was always of the highest importance to her. Her two sisters and she loved each other and were committed through good and bad times. They enjoyed laughing together and talked frequently by telephone. Their three families were always close-knit and had a lot of fun experiences together. Both her beloved sisters, Francie White and Anita Williams, precede Berta in death.
Praying for her large extended family was a commitment she kept until the end, claiming the promises of Isaiah 54:13 as her own, “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children”.

She is survived by her husband Bill Willhite; children Kent (Marsha) Willhite, Dale (Donetta) Willhite, Jan (Jimmy) Holmes, and Jerry (Erlene) Willhite; brothers-in-law Louie White and Marvin Willhite; grandchildren Doni (Dana) Files, Cari (Earl) Brewer, Lindsay (Tom) Huthoefer, Justin (Kellyn) Willhite, Zoey (Russel) Griffin, Kara (Zach) Davis, Marissa Holmes, Kristen (Patrick) Turner, Josh (Jessica) Willhite, Raquel (Irwann) LeBouquin, Kendrie (Trevor) Gregory, Brycen Willhite, and Shawn Willhite. Her great-grandchildren number twenty-six; one great-great-granddaughter survives. Preceding her in death are her parents, Clarence Atkinson, and Jesse and Erma Craig; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Louise Willhite; her grandson, Jesse Holmes; brother-in-law Terry Williams, and sister-in-law Patricia Willhite.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance, Holly Pride Committee, First Baptist Church, or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Dr. Sue A. Dowd

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Dr. Sue A. Dowd, age 69, of Johnson, Kan., died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson.  She was born March 16, 1950, in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of John C. and Anna Mae (Edmisson) Lewis.
Sue graduated in 1968 from Syracuse High School, and 1972 from Wichita State University with a Master’s Degree. She married Dusty Dowd in 1973 and lived in New York for a few years, before returning home to Syracuse, where they started Syracuse Flying Service. They later divorced in 1993.  Sue completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  Sue served her internship at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She then moved to Concordia, Kan., and worked at Pawnee Mental Health Services.  Sue moved to Liberal, Kan., to be closer to family and worked at Southwest Guidance Center, before moving to Johnson in 2005.  Sue went into private practice with offices in Johnson and Ulysses. She was a private pilot and was also a Certified Scuba Diver.   
She is survived by her daughter, Kate Morrison; her husband, John of Johnson; brother, Jim Lewis of Winfield, Kan.; sister, Peggy Lewis Stiles of Johnson; two grandchildren, James Fox and Grace Morrison; and three nieces.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson, Kansas, with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald officiating.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Ulysses Animal Shelter or Kansas Humane Society both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Danny Earl Bullis

Graveside Services for Danny Bullis will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, Colo.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, also on Monday.
Danny Earl Bullis, age 80, passed away on March 25, 2019 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born on May 15, 1938 in Holly.
Danny graduated from Granada High School, went to Lamar Jr. College, and then graduated with an Associate Degree from Orange Coast College. He was always a hard worker and worked in many different places, such as; Bristol Hay Mill, Golden Electronics, Sheridan Grain Elevator, and Montgomery Wards. He retired as Plant Engineer Manager at United Parcel Service. Danny enjoyed church, golf, HAM Radio, and trap shooting. He and his wife Betty were blessed to have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 1, 2019. He was a member of the Southwest Baptist Church, National Rifle Association, and Gideons.
Danny was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bullis; mother and stepfather, Marie and Alex Behm; and granddaughters, Shannon Hellmann and Jessica Faczak.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Bullis; daughters, Terri (Steve) Hellmann and Tammy (Kenny) Ingram; brothers, David Henry, Ron Bullis, Kerry (Debbie) Bullis, and John (Stephanie) Bullis; sisters, Linda (Jerry) Smith, Sheila Munson, Sue (Andre) Vaessen, and Jackie McComas; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Danny’s life will be held in Lake Havasu City at a later date.

H.E. and Treva Cauthon Memorial Services

There will be a memorial service for H.E. and Treva Cauthon on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Coolidge Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.  If you would like to speak at the service, you are welcome to do so.
Harry E. (H.E.) Cauthon, 90, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
Treva J. Cauthon, 76, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.

H.E. was born July 4, 1928 in Syracuse, Kan. to Woody Harrison Cauthon and Debbie Wright Cauthon. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.
Treva J. (McKeeman) Cauthon was born on Feb. 24, 1933 in Oklahoma to Henry Ellsworth and Mary Louise McKeeman.  She was a homemaker, medication aid, and helped on the farm among many other endeavors.
They were married on January 15, 1952 in Raton, N.M.
They were long time members of the Syracuse Wesleyan Church until moving to Borger, Texas in 1995. They became members of the Trinity Church of The Nazarene and enjoyed being involved in church activities.

Survivors include sons, John Cauthon and wife Mary of Sublette, Kan., Mikel Cauthon and wife Debbie of Borger, and Robert Cauthon and wife Trena of Borger; daughters, Elva “Elly” Cauthon of Abilene, Kan., Eva Lamm of Wichita, Kan., and Jnell Green and husband Kenny of Borger; 15 grandchildren, Andy, Andrea, Ashley, Derik, Mikayla, Jennifer, Shandalie, Treva, Misty, Kindal, Heidi, Adrianna, Tony, Rocky, Michael; 36 great grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the Syracuse Wesleyan Church, or the Wycliffe Bible Translators at P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Fl 32862.

Julia Violet (Kincaid) Norton

Graveside Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Julia “Judy” Norton were held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Visitation was held from at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly on Tuesday, March 26.
Julia Violet (Kincaid) Norton, affectionately known as Judy, was born on Oct. 15, 1923 in LaPorte, Colo. to James and Ida (Buchuswix) Kincaid.  She passed away on March 19, 2019 at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, at the age of 95.
Judy received her education in Laramie, Wyo. while living in an orphanage after the passing of her mother and her dad falling on hard times.  She recalled time spent there and of the discipline and tasks assigned.  This may be why Judy characterized an attitude of persistence throughout her life and never discarded anything, anticipating that it might be used later.
Judy was united in marriage to William "Bill" Norton on April 23,1948 in Fort Collins, Colo.  Her son, Tom was adopted by Bill and their family was complete.  Bill, Judy, and Tom returned to the family farm north of Holly where Bill farmed with his father and operated his own farm in Cheyenne County.  Together Bill and Judy farmed and raised cattle, turkeys, sheep, and chickens through the years.
Judy loved working hours in her flowers and in her garden.  She was intrigued by cutting material into shapes and very precisely sewing them together into quilts.  Judy loved packing up the car and heading off to dances, fiddling contests, or just sitting around and listening to Bill fiddle or play his guitar. Judy always had a full pot of coffee and hot chocolate for the kids when you were stopping by for a visit or passing through the yard to check cattle. She spoke often of her son, Tommy and his family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ida Kincaid; husband, Bill Norton; son, Tom Norton; and seven siblings.
Judy is survived by her four grandchildren, Randy and wife, Sherry Norton of Highland Ranch, Colo., Lisa and husband, John Gurley of Gorham, Maine, Jeff Norton of Durango, Colo., and Troy Norton of Broomfield, Colo.; several great grandchildren; other relatives and special friends, Donnie and Suzie Seufer and family.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Elizabeth "Betty" Stuckey

Elizabeth "Betty" Stuckey, passed away on March 15, 2019 in Wichita, Kan. She was born to John and Mary Moser on July 11, 1934 in Dodge City, Kan. They later moved to Syracuse, Kan. She attended school at rural Grade School in Syracuse, and Coolidge High School in Coolidge, Kan. She married Charles Stuckey in 1957, and divorced in 1978. She worked at Pratt Regional Medical Center and Walmart in Pratt, Kan. She lived in Derby, Kan. for a year and a half, then moved to Presbyterian Manor in Wichita in 2014. She is survived by her children, Ava, Michael and Mark (Kim) Stuckey. She has five grandchildren, Samuel, Marissa, Brianna, Nicole, and Courtney Stuckey; and five siblings, Ethel Connor, N.M., Paul Moser, Jim Moser, and Vera Michnal, in Colorado, and Carl Moser in Missouri. Her parents and six brothers and sisters, Mary Peacock, Kathy Sielsky, Florie, Pete, Albert, and Johnny Moser, preceded her in death. Service to be held at a later date.

Florence “Florie” Elizabeth Moser

Florence Elizabeth Moser “Florie” of Wheat Ridge, Colo. passed away peacefully at her home in The Veranda’s on Feb. 21, 2019 and joined her mother, father, and siblings in spirit.

Florie was born on Feb. 26, 1933 in Dodge City, Kan. to Mary Elizabeth Moltrer and John Michael Moser. She attended Coolidge High School in Coolidge, Kan., as well as St. Mary’s College in Dodge City. Florie very much enjoyed being social and worked as a secretary throughout her life. Her spunky spirited personality and witty sense of humor will forever be remembered in the hearts of those blessed to be loved by her. She found great joy in gardening, canning, cooking, dancing, and caring for others. She was a loving and devoted caregiver for her mother and for others in their times of need.

She is remembered by her brothers, Paul Moser of Arvada, Colo., James Moser of Cedaredge, Colo., and Carl Moser of Clarence, Mo.; as well as her sisters, Vera Michnal of Thornton, Colo., Ethel Ann Connor of Las Cruces, N.M., and Betty Stuckey of Wichita, KS. Florie is preceded in death by her beloved parents Mary Elizabeth Moltrer and John Michael Moser; her loving brothers, John Moser of Syracuse, Kan., Peter Moser of Denver, Colo., and Albert Moser of Brush, Colo.; and her dear sisters, Mary Peacock of Houston, Texas, and Kathleen Sielsky of Westminster, Colo.

Jacquelyn Marilee (Browning) Schmidt

Jacquelyn Marilee (Browning) Schmidt, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the age of 85. She was born on Oct. 2, 1933 in Jetmore, Kan., the daughter of Francis “Ike” Browning and Laverna Belle (Swisher) Browning.

Jacquelyn began her life in Jetmore, and at the age of five she moved with her family to a farm southwest of Syracuse. She attended school at the Rising Star Country School from second grade to seventh grade. She then moved again with her family to Holly, Colo., and later moved to Syracuse where she then attended Syracuse High School. She continued her education attending Dodge City Community College for Cosmetology and became a beautician. She returned to Syracuse where she met and married Gano J. Schmidt on June 10, 1952. They made their home in Syracuse and she worked for several places over the next 18 years including the Rialto Café, Uptown Café, School Bus Driver, and Hanks Dairy King. She enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until her passing.

Jacquelyn was a member of the Christ’s New Covenant Church and First Presbyterian Church, and a china painting club. She enjoyed china and canvas painting, playing the piano and guitar, crocheting, traveling, dancing, going shopping, and her greatest enjoyment was studying the Bible as well as being with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Laverna Browning; spouse, Gano Schmidt; and three brothers, Glenn Browning, Gene Browning, and Wendell Browning.

She is survived by three sons, Rick (& wife Kim) Schmidt, Bryan (& wife Mitchelle) Schmidt, and Michael Schmidt, all of Syracuse; one brother, Tom (& wife Shirley) Browning of Sweethome, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Audra (husband Aaron) LeTurgez, Jason, Corey, Austin, Trey, Brayden & Cody Schmidt, and Kayla Taylor; three great grandchildren, Riley & Brentleigh LeTurgez, and Jaelynn Taylor; and many family members and friends whom she loved dearly.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 15, 2018, from 1 to 7 p.m. (MDT), at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse. 

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Christ’s New Covenant Church or St. Catherine Hospice, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

John C. Lewis

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John C. Lewis, age 92, of Johnson, Kan. died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton, Kan.  He was born Sept. 13, 1926, in Byers, Kan., the son of Irvin H. and Effie Mae (Hardin) Lewis.

John came to Johnson, Kan. as a child; moved to Pratt, Kan. and then back to Johnson where he graduated from Johnson High School.  While in high school, John’s basketball team went to State.  After graduation he played town team basketball for a number of years.  He married Anna Mae Edmisson on March 15, 1946, in Syracuse, Kan.  They farmed and raised cattle.  John served on the Johnson Co-op Board, Ground Water Management Board, was an officer of the Kansas Banking Corporation.  John attended First United Methodist Church in Johnson and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying.  After retirement, he started playing golf and spent alot of time at Prairie Pines Golf Course. 

John is survived by his son, Jim Lewis of Winfield, Kan.; daughters, Sue Dowd and Peggy Lewis Stiles both of Johnson; brother, Irvin Harry Lewis, Jr. and wife Nell of Vernall, Utah; four grandchildren, Kate Morrison and husband John, Mollie Seigler and husband Noah, Sarah Anne Stiles, and Emily Lewis; and three great-grandchildren.
John is preceded in death by his parents; wife Anna Mae on Dec. 9, 2012; daughter-in-law, Janie Gibbon Lewis; and sister, Ethel Floyd.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Johnson, with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment followed at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.  Friends called with family present, on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson.  Memorial contributions may be given to Prairie Pines Golf Course in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

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