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Franklin D. Hannebaum & Shirley Hannebaum

The family of Franklin D. Hannebaum (1942-2019) and Shirley Hannebaum (1938-2017) would like to announce there will be a joint graveside service on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. (MT) at the Syracuse cemetery for Franklin and Shirley.

Franklin passed away in February of 2019 after a long illness in Fort Worth, Texas. He leaves behind three children, Dee Seaton of Mack's Creek, Mo., Jim Hannebaum of Fort Worth, and Franki Mock of Divide, Colo.

Shirley passed away suddenly in December 2017 in Drummond, Okla. Shirley leaves behind one son Ric Newton of Mart, Texas.
They also leave behind many step-children grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Eddie Gilmer Palmer

Eddie Gilmer Palmer, age 71, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was born on Oct. 21, 1947 in Virginia City, Va., the son of Troy Gilmer Palmer and Ruby Mae (Oaks) Palmer.

He grew up in Akron, Ohio and spent summers in North Carolina with aunts, uncles and cousins. He took care of his younger brother Robert and worked in the tobacco fields to be able to take him to baseball games. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1972. He came back and worked in Steel Mills in Akron and West Virginia. Later he moved to Kansas in the 70’s with his cousin Jimmy. He worked at Herndon Grocery and Rash Oil. He then met Mary Hazen and they married on August 28, 1980. To this union she brought her son Jayson which later Eddie adopted and together they had their son Troy, and later divorced. He became a minister and traveled to Haiti and later formed his own church for a short period of time called The Tree Of Life, where he met his current spouse/partner Carolyn Sue (Davidson) Bennett and her daughter Daniele (Bennett) Klein, and they’ve lived together the past 19 years.

Eddie was a jack of all trades, he could do anything. He drove grain truck and hauled Propane and also had a part in the business. He drove school bus for USD 494, and also had a Lawn Care business. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason at Lodge #309 and a member of the American Legion both in Syracuse. He enjoyed fishing, collecting Zippo Lighters and spending time with his horse “Hippie”. He was a very kind and caring person who would help anyone with anything and he will be greatly missed.    

He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Ruby Mae Palmer; a brother, James Robert Powers; and a sister, Judy Carol Palmer.

He is survived by two sons, Troy (& wife Jandie) Palmer of Elkhart, Kan., and Jayson Palmer of Cardale, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Daniele (Bennett) Klein of Syracuse; one stepson, Shawn (& wife Darlene) Bennett of Jetmore, Kan.; his spouse/partner, Carolyn Sue (Davidson) Bennett of Syracuse; six grandchildren, Dalyn, Emily & Grady Palmer of Elkhart, Kody Klein of Syracuse, Haley Bennett of Kansas City, Mo., and Corbin Bennett of Okinawa, Japan; and many family members and friends.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.

Condolences may be sent to Memorial contributions may be payable to Eddie Palmer Memorial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Charlet Joan (Herndon) Cartwright

Charlet Joan (Herndon) Cartwright, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born July 15, 1933 in Leoti, Kan. to John Jacob and Mary Louise (Charlet) Herndon.

She graduated from Wichita County Community High School, Colorado Women’s College, and Kansas State University. She taught at schools in Denver, Colo., Syracuse, Kan., and Leoti.

She married Ronald Cartwright.

She is survived by two daughters, Elizbeth Cartwright, of Colorado Springs, and Suzanne (Jimmy) Storm of Monument, Colo.; a granddaughter Shanna; a grandson Austin; and a great grandson Evan. She is also survived by a brother Presley (Connie) Herndon; and two sisters, Judy (Rodney) Metz and Mary (Carl) Zink.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a grandson Jason Gordon; two brothers, John Jacob Herndon Jr. and William Robert Herndon; and a sister, Sara Wendler.

Graveside interment service will be held June 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Syracuse Cemetery.

Lindy Payne Cooper

Lindy Payne Cooper, passed away at his home in Syracuse, Kan. on May 25, 2019, at the age of 90. He was born on Aug. 8, 1928 in Shamrock, Okla., the son of John Vandver Cooper and Grace Pearl (Hardin) Cooper.
Lindy moved around a lot as he was growing up and ultimately attending Sequoya High School and graduated in 1947. On March 17, 1951, he married Ruth Nadine Reed in Claremore, Okla. and eventually made their home in Syracuse. To this union three children were born, John, Beverly, and Joe. Lindy farmed most of his life and retired in 2002. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.
Lindy was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, reading, history, WWII, coin collecting, genealogy, horticulture, playing cards and dominos, teaching, and learning. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Vandver Cooper and Grace Pearl (Hardin) Cooper; a son, Joe W. Cooper; a brother, Floyd E. Cooper; and a sister, Evelyn Long Strause.
He is survived by one son, John (& wife Debra) Cooper of Canon City, Colo.; one daughter, Beverly (& husband David) Knoll of Buena Vista, Colo.; one sister, Patsy (& husband Hugh) Campbell of Haskill, Okla.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.
Memorial Graveside Services were held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Stanton County Cemetery, in Johnson, Kan.
Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Southern Baptist Church, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Garland Gould Smith

Garland Gould Smith, age 57, passed away from injuries during an auto accident near Kendall, Kan. on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was born on Sept. 18, 1961 in Syracuse, Kansas the son of Lester Dewayne Smith and Wanda Maeann (Gould) Smith. 

He was a lifetime resident of Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1980. As he grew up, he began helping his parents with their oil field contracting business. Soon after graduation he starting working full time his dad in the business and continued the business until his untimely passing. On Feb. 5, 1982 he married Nellie Marie Peters, they later divorced. To this union two girls were born Keara and Shayla.

Garland was very active in the community where he was dedicated and was the lieutenant of the Syracuse City Fire Department. He was very instrumental in the development of the Syracuse Sand Dunes Park. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, National Rifle Association, president of the FRA, and was on the High School Honor Band. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, snowmobiles, sand cars, camping, boating, waterskiing, fishing, shooting, dancing, remote control airplanes, and was an avid animal lover.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Lester Dewayne Smith.

He is survived by his mother, Wanda Maeann (Gould) Smith of Syracuse; Partners In Crime, Gayle Lorimer of Syracuse; two daughters, Keara (& husband Joshua) Johnson of Canon City, Colo., and Shayla (& husband Robert) O’Connor, Jr. of Las Animas, Colo.; one brother, Troy (& wife Sharrilyn) Smith of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Klarissa (& husband Kevan) Eddy of Edmond, Okla.; six grandchildren, Jiuliana & Kashton Johnson of Canon City, and Jacob, Caleb, Jackson, & Cassidy O’Connor of Las Animas; one niece, Kiah (& husband Jamin & Daughter Evelyn) Newsome of Spokane, Wash.; one nephew, Koultan Eddy of Edmond; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the McCoy Auditorium, in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2018, from 1 p.m to 7 p.m. (MDT), at the Fellers Funeral Home in Syracuse. 

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

Leo Andrew Willhite

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Leo Willhite will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Holly with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Per Leo’s request, there will be no visitation.
Leo Andrew Willhite was born on May 23, 1939 in Lodi, Calif. to Howard A. and Rachel Jean (Briscoe) Willhite.  He passed away on May 9, 2019 at his home with his family by his side at the age of 79.
Leo is survived by his wife, Barbara (Michel) Willhite; mother, Jean Willhite; daughters, Carrie (Pat) Shafer, Dee Ann (Louie) Torrez, Kelly (Larry) Sitts, Sherrie Brownfield, and Jackie Simmons; son, Johnnie (JoAnn) Lyons; sisters, Doris Richards, Patsy (Boyce) Ocoy and Janis Shoemaker; son-in-law, Tom Brownfield; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Willhite; twin granddaughters, Karena Jane and Karen Janet Schale; brothers-in-law, Edward Richards Sr. and Ron Shoemaker.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Ambulance Fund or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.
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David Herman Jantz

Funeral Services for Syracuse, Kan. resident David Jantz were held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Syracuse. Interment followed the service in the Syracuse Cemetery. Visitation for David was held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the First Christian Church and before the service time on Friday, May 10, 2019 also at the church.
David Herman Jantz was born on Nov. 3, 1950 in Syracuse to Herman and Agatha (Reimer) Jantz. He attended Syracuse High School. After attending high school, he was employed by Ervin and Allen Levens. Later he acquired farm ground and became the owner of DJ Farms. In 2017 after farming his entire life, he retired. David and his wife, Joanice Jantz were married 42 years until his passing.
His hobbies included restoring antique tractors, riding 4-wheelers, dune buggies, antique tractor pulls, car shows and parades with his grandchildren, collecting miniature JD tractors, building hotrods, tinkering, he could fix anything, and also loved to drag race. He is known for the famous quote, “Oh, fiddlesticks!” He was a strong man of faith and would help anyone. He served on the Fair Board, Farm Bureau, Museum Board, Syracuse Co-Op Board and Elder of First Christian Church. David passed away at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. on May 6, 2019 at the age of 68.
David is survived by his wife of the family home, Joanice Jantz; daughters, Alicia Hinkle of Dumas, Texas, and Kimberly Cashler of Syracuse; brother, Earl (Marcia) Jantz of Piedmont, Okla.; granddaughter, Sierra Hayes of Pampa, Texas; grandsons, Tristen Cashler of Kansas City, Kan., David Cashler of Colby, Kan., Asher Baklik of Dumas; and great-grandson, Jensen Norris of Pampa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Agatha Jantz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamilton County Museum in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.

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 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.

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Dr. Sue A. Dowd


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

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