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John Earl Coghill, Jr.

John Earl Coghill, Jr., of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on Sept. 7, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born Feb. 22, 1930, near Lakin, Kan., the son of John Earl Henry Coghill and Mary Louise Rhodenbaugh Coghill Brehm.

At the age of four he moved with his father and two brothers, James and Donald, to Soledad, Calif. He attended the Salinas School until entering the United States Air Force in 1948. In 1952, he completed his military service, and he returned to Sacramento, Calif. where he began working as an auto mechanic. While in Sacramento, he married Orpha Ellen Brown, and to this union two daughters were born, Cynthia and Catherine. Later John and Orpha divorced. In 1958 he moved to Syracuse, Kansas, and then in 1963, he moved to Wichita, Kan. where he continued to work as an auto mechanic for 35 years. He retired in 1991, and he later moved back to Syracuse in 1998. He enjoyed living in Syracuse, and resided there until his passing.

He was a past member of the Disabled Veterans, and the Syracuse American Legion. He enjoyed anything mechanical, playing his guitar, playing cards, collecting vintage car models, traveling in his van with his dogs, driving his razor, loved his dogs and cats, and in his younger days he enjoyed dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Coghill; a sister, Selma Louise Brown; and a brother, James Coghill.

He is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia Luann Anderson of Roseville, Calif. and Catherine Jean Mortensen of Salem, Ore.; one brother, Donald Coghill of Phoenix, Ariz., a granddaughter, Mollie Anderson of Elverta, Calif.; and many family members and friends.

Cremation has taken place. Private Graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date in the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.

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Memorial Contributions may be payable to, Disabled Veterans, Syracuse American Legion, or SPCA/Rescue, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100

Ralph Allen Pearce

Ralph Allen Pearce, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the  Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Johnson, Kan., the son of Claude Lewis Pearce and Emma Fannie (Milburn) Pearce.

Ralph began his life in Johnson and attended Stanton County Jr/Sr High School. On June 29, 1942, he married Betty Jean Haynes in Johnson, and they later divorced. To this union six children were born, Dennis, Kae, Faye, Penny, James and Lois. They lived and raised their family in both Stanton and Hamilton Counties, where he farmed, worked for the Co-op, and later the Stanton County Road and Bridge Department. In July 2009, he moved to the Sunflower Square in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.

Ralph was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Club, Charter member of Whittington Center Gun Club, Charter member of Santa Fe Trail Gun Club, Lifetime Master Kansas Hunter Safety Instructor, Lifetime member of North American Hunters. He enjoyed hunting, collecting guns, going on vacation to Cimmaron, N.M., watching baseball and football, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Emma Pearce; a daughter, Lois Janette Pearce; a brother, Jerry Pearce; a sister, Caroline Werner; a grandson, David Morava, Jr.; and a great grandson, Joshua Pearce.                 

He is survived by two sons, Dennis (& wife Theda) Pearce of Blackwell, Okla., and James Pearce of Springfield, Ky.; three daughters, Kae Bailey of Oklahoma City, Okla., Faye Hall of Oklahoma City, and Penny Morava of Lubbock, Texas; two brothers, Larry Pearce of Big Bow, Kan., and C.D. “Buck” (& wife Cheryl) Pearce of Ludell, Kan.; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at the Stanton County Cemetery, in Johnson. There will be no Visitation.

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

Nicole Lee Garner


Nicole Lee Garner, 41 of Navasota, Texas passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at her home in Navasota. Please come by at anytime Saturday to share, remember, and honor Nicki.

Nicki was born in Liberty, Texas, on May 8, 1977, the daughter of Ronnie Pechacek & Karen Young. During her time at Navasota High School she excelled in sports before graduating in 1995. She continued her sports and academic career at Hardin Simmons University where she played both volleyball and basketball before earning her Bachelor’s degree. She then began her teaching and coaching career at Montgomery ISD followed by stops at A&M Consolidated and most recently at Wellborn Middle School.

On May 20, 1999, she married the love of her life, Mike Garner, in Navasota. Together they raised 3 sons, Cade, Caleb, and Cason. Nicki is best remembered by her servant’s heart. She loved to help people even if it cost her financial or physical discomfort. Her biggest joy in life was when she holding or tending to a baby or young child. Very much the athlete, she loved golf, tennis, & running marathons, and in her quiet time loved to read and paint.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronnie, and brother, Roy.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband Mike and their sons Cade, Caleb, and Cason & her mother, Karen Lee, along with numerous friends and extended family members.

Wonna Loy Crum

Graveside Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Wonna Loy Crum will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Holly Cemetery in Holly.  Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
Wonna Loy Crum was born on Feb. 21, 1934 in rural Prowers County, Colo. to Roy “Boss” and Anna (Dower) Claybrook.  She passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 at her home at the age of 84.
Wonna Loy was a lifetime resident of Prowers County.  She was united in marriage to Seth W. Crum in Raton, NM on Jan. 28, 1951.  Wonna was a buyer for Neoplan, USA and a bus driver for Plainview Schools.
Wonna Loy is survived by her daughter, Murray (Brad) Barth of Holly; daughter-in-law, Sharilyn Crum of Holly; son-in-law, Alan McGilvray of Centennial, Colo.; six grandchildren, Kirk (Ashley) McGilvray, Kyle (Estela) McGilvray, Terence Thompson, Jacob (Justina) Crum, Rachael (Adam) Mueller, and Wade Crum; two great-grandchildren, Joanna Mueller and Ali McGilvray; siblings, Emily Giles and Alan Claybrook both of Arizona; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Seth Crum; son, Rod Crum; daughter, Susan McGilvray; infant daughters, Ronda Crum and Janice Crum; and siblings, Orin Claybrook, Roy (June) Claybrook, and Anna Mae Claybrook Martin.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.  The family kindly requests that all meal contributions be donated for the funeral dinner following the graveside service.  Food donations may be delivered to Living Hope Fellowship Church before 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Tony Allen O'Brate


Tony Allen O’Brate, long-time former resident of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at age 86 on Aug. 27, 2018 in Topeka, Kan. Tony was born Sept. 27, 1931 in Enid, Okla., son of Merrill and Bessie O’Brate. Tony and Joan Cook were married Dec. 27, 1953 in Garden City, Kan.
Tony graduated from Syracuse High School and then attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Later he received his BA and MA degrees from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. He was a US Army veteran.
Tony retired from teaching elementary school after 27 years in 1992. He owned and operated the Syracuse Floral for many years.
Tony was known for his beautiful yard and flower garden. He loved playing the piano and organ for Syracuse United Methodist Church. He was great at baking bread, pies, and cinnamon rolls which everyone enjoyed. After moving to Topeka in 2001, Tony and Joan were babysitters for their youngest grandson, Hunter.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents; and his brother, Bill. He is survived by his sister, Helen Lee Cook; and by his four children, Jennifer (Keith) Roberts of Woodbridge, Va., Greg (Tammy Runnebaum) and Joellyn of Topeka, Kan., and Martin (Tracie) of Auburn, Kan. There are eight grandchildren: Jason (Andrea) and Michael Roberts, Philip (Leslie), Matthew (Nicole), and Alaina O’Brate (Bryce Korf), and Brandon, Brian, and Hunter O’Brate. There are ten great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Syracuse First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund (Box 1409, Syracuse, KS 67878). A memorial service for both Tony and Joan will be at the Syracuse United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. (MT). Arrangements are made by Dove Cremation of Topeka.  and Fellers Funeral Home, Syracuse, Kansas. tel:620-384-5100.

Naomi J. Rice

A graveside celebration of life for lifetime Holly, Colo. resident, Naomi J. Rice, was held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at the Garber Cemetery south of Holly with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.
Per Naomi’s request there will be no visitation.
Naomi was born on June 20, 1929 at Holly to William Hosea Drew and Stella Helen Palmer and passed away on Aug. 22, 2018 at her home in Holly with her family by her side at the age of 89.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul T. and Stella Crist and her brothers, Robert Drew and Gary Crist.
Naomi is survived by her husband, James “J.D.” Rice of the family home in Holly; children, Robert “Bob” (Jeannette) Rice of Longview, Texas, Sharon (David) Wagner of Coolidge, Kan., Michael “Mike” (Janice) Rice of Cochise, Ariz., William “Bill” Rice of Maywood, Neb., Jeanie (Leonard) Valdez of Ulysses, Kan. and Debra “Debbie” (Michael) Miller of Holly. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Harvey Crist of Syracuse, Kan., Dale (Dona) Crist of Citrus Heights, Calif., Tom (Carol) Crist of Longmont, Colo. and Margaret Ayers of Kansas City, Mo. and her sister-in-law, Evelyn Drew of Syracuse, Kan. as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Services are under the direction of the Peacock Family.
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Ray Lee Helmbold

Ray Lee Helmbold CJF, age 71, died at his residence in rural Greeley County, Kan. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  He was born on March 10, 1947, in Anthony, Kan., the son of, Merle and Roena Roe Helmbold.
He worked as a farrier his entire life.  Mr. Helmbold was a member of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA), VFW, Kansas Farrier Association, and the NRA.
Ray had gone through ROTC at Kansas State University.  After completing his bachelor’s degree he found himself in Vietnam puzzling about what he wanted to do when he got back to the States.  Ray earned post-grad credits in college in California, in horse shoeing, the top of his class, and wanted to shoe every day afterward.
Many horses are better off for his career choice, but so are other farriers.  When he saw potential in someone, he would prod them to follow his example of continuing education.  Now it is recognized that he raised the quality of work in Kansas and the region, by showing that no matter how much you have mastered, you can learn more every day.
Ray earned the highest rating from the AFA early in his career, the title of Certified Journeyman Farrier.  That certification is earned only after the candidate passes rigorous written exams and proves he can build horse shoes that protect the hooves of a horse and enables that individual to use its legs and body safely while allowing it to reach its highest mobility. 
On July 13, 1973, Ray married Donna Lea Symns in Hutchinson, Kan.  She survives.
Other survivors include one sister, Trula Harris of Salina, Kan.; and numerous friends.
Cremation has been chosen.  There will be no formal services.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Jim Linzy Fund at the American Farrier’s Association, and the Kansas Farrier’s Association Disability Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St., Garden City, Kansas, 67846, with much appreciation.

Patricia Ann (Lampe) Alejo

Patricia Ann (Lampe) Alejo, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 2, 2018, at the age of 57. She was born June 24, 1961, in Syracuse, the daughter of Edward Mathias Lampe and Nita Pearl (O’Brate) Lampe.

She began her life in Syracuse and attended Syracuse High School and graduated in 1979. She went on to further her education at Fort Hays State University for a short time. In 1983, she moved to Farmington, N.M. for three short years and moved back to Syracuse in 1985. In 1993, she moved to Lakin until 2005, when she moved to Guymon, Okla. In 2008, she moved back to Syracuse and resided there until her passing.

She enjoyed recounting her days as a member of the track and golf team. She would find herself lost in her crosswords most days. And she always enjoyed getting together with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Mathias Lampe; two daughters, Gaige Alejo and Brittany Lampe.

She is survived by three sons, Ky (& wife Kandice) Westeman of Syracuse, Heath (& wife Raegen) Westeman of Wichita, Kan., and Brandon (& wife Carolyn) Westeman of Syracuse; one daughter, Allie Alejo of Syracuse; her mother, Nita Pearl (O’Brate) Sellard of Syracuse; a brother, James (& wife Deb) Lampe of Syracuse; six grandchildren, Aaden, Gavin, Ava, Grayson, Abigail, and Madilyn; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Graveside Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
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In-lieu-of-flowers memorial contributions may be payable to Patricia Alejo Memorial Fund, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Arianna Marie Ramirez

Arianna Marie Ramirez, 26, died on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at her home in Fort Worth, Texas.  She was born on Aug. 29, 1991 in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of David & Jodi Glenn (Dickinson) Ramirez.

Arianna attended schools in Denver, Colo. and Garden City before moving to Syracuse, Kan. and graduating from Syracuse High School.  She received her Associates Degree in Nutrition from Tarrant County Community College and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from University of Texas- Arlington.  She worked as an Event Planner for a Non Profit Organization and in Health and Fitness at a Fitness Club.  She enjoyed music, playing her guitar and singing and being with her Boy Friend Timothy and her Daughters.  She was preceded in death by her mother.

She is survived by two daughters, Aubrey Marie Roberts of McKinney, Texas and Zayden Sky Kinder of Lipan, Texas; father, David Ramirez of Syracuse; two brothers, Damian Ramirez of Syracuse and Diego Ramirez of Garden City; sister, Alisha Ramirez of Garden City; and grandparents, Salvador & Angela Ramirez of Garden City, and Sharon & Lloyd Dickinson of Denton, Okla.

Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St Mary Catholic Church in Garden City and Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at St Mary Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.  Calling hours are from Noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Arianna Ramirez Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at

Garnand Funeral Home, 412 North 7th, Garden City, KS  67846   620-276-3219

Estes Eugene “Buster” Dennis

Graveside Funeral Service for Mena, Ark. resident Buster Dennis will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Hartman Cemetery in Hartman, Colo. with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.

Estes Eugene “Buster” Dennis was born on May 4, 1933 in Holly, Colo. to Roy E. and Selna F. (Sallee) Dennis. He graduated from Hartman school in 1952. He married Sharen Kay Barrow in 2008. Buster was a heavy equipment operator where he operated equipment in several states as well as Alaska. He moved to Arkansas in the late 1990’s. He took great pleasure in fishing and gardening, but he was devoted to working and staying active. He was a very dedicated family man and loved children. Buster passed away on August 7, 2018 in Mena at the age of 85.

Buster is survived by his wife, Kay Dennis of Mena; daughter, Susan Snowdy of Pismo Beach, Calif.; sons, Ronald (Gayle) Dennis of New Hope, Ala., Donald (Ronda) Dennis of Mena; step-son, Merlin Entz of Okla.; brothers, Robert (Pat) Dennis of Colorado Springs, Colo., Curt Dennis of Pierce, Colo.; sister, Sharon Stein of Colorado Springs; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, others relatives, and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Dennis; and his first wife, Lilliemae.

Memorial contributions may be made in Buster’s name in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.

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