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Aubrey Gene Coleman

Aubrey Gene Coleman, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, on May 8, 2018, at the age of 79. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Lakin, Kan., the son of Lyle Arthur Coleman and Lavina Vendora (Finlay) Coleman.

Aubrey attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1956. Soon after graduation he entered the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. In 1958, he returned from the service and married Maxine Stinchcomb. From this union two sons were born, Rich and Randy. At this time, he also began working at the Amerine ranch in Syracuse. In 1963, he began working for Don Hook, driving truck for the next 10 years. In 1973, he began working with his dad and brother Gary doing irrigation work for two short years. In 1975, he went to work for Hamilton County for 7 years. On Nov. 11, 1977, he married Renee Annet Leslie in Syracuse. From this union they became a blended family with the addition of Renees daughter, Amy. In 1982, he went back to driving a truck hauling milk for Rite Way for the next six years. In 2006, he purchased the Liquor Shack in Syracuse, where he worked until retiring.

He was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Syracuse. He enjoyed animals, hunting, fishing, and driving in the country mostly down the river road.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Renee` Coleman; one brother, Gary Aldene Coleman; and one sister, Carolyn Veach.

He is survived by two sons, Randy Coleman of Syracuse, and Richard (& wife Lisa) Coleman of Wichita, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Amy (& husband John) Welch of Syracuse; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Memorial Services were held Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse. Condolences may be sent to

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

Lonnie Cecil Hess

Funeral Services for Lonnie Hess will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Cemetery in Holly. Visitation for Lonnie will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

Lonnie Cecil Hess was born on Sept. 23, 1922 in Bent County, Colo. to Leonard H. and Mary “Ethel” (Moorehouse) Hess. Lonnie left home at the young age of 14, to work various jobs around Dodge, Kan. and Spearville, Kan.  He married Rubie Mae Koontz in February of 1942. He went into the service in 1942 where he was stationed in North Carolina. He entered the Theatre of War at Normandy Beach. He was active in the European Theatre and Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from the army in 1945. Following discharge, he worked at Bishop Oil Company in Dodge City. Lonnie moved to Holly in 1949. He worked for a famer before he and Rubie purchased their own farm. Rubie passed away in 1972. In 1973, he married Rosallie “Sallie” Hess, where they moved to Holly in the early 1990’s. He was a longtime member of the Odd Fellows Lodge IOOF#144 in Holly. Lonnie passed away on April 28, 2018 in Tribune, Kan. at the age of 95.

Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Lonetta (Bob) Brandes of Deerfield, Kan.; sister, Mary Norma Schulte of Spearville; daughter-in-law, Connie Hess of Holly; 2 step-children; 4 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; spouses, Rubie Mae Hess and Rosallie “Sallie” J. Hess; son, Dale Hess; infant sister, Welcome Hess; one step-daughter; 3 brothers, Howard, Harold, and Dallas Hess.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, Holly Fire Department or Holly Ambulance in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.

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Leslie Robert Shamburg, Jr.

Leslie Robert Shamburg, Jr. was born March 25, 1958 to Leslie & Kathleen (Downs) Shamburg at the Donohue Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, Kan. Leslie grew up in Syracuse and attended Syracuse Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School, graduating in 1977. While attending high school he had a job at Herndon's Supermarket then he worked at Rash Oil Company. After graduation, he moved to Liberal, Kan. where he continued to work for Rash Oil Company. While in Liberal he also worked at the Detroit Diesel dealership attending diesel mechanics training in Wisconsin. He moved to Osborne, Kan. where he worked for Bohm Trucking. He then moved back to Syracuse where he worked for Michel’s Repair in Lakin, Kan. He then moved to Ulysses to work for Ulysses Tractor & Equipment. The past 20 years he spent his life in Monte Vista, Colo., first working for Scholl Tractor & Implement and then Elithorp Farms working for Bill Elithorp & son. He retired about two years ago due to his health. He always talked about moving back to Syracuse, but never did.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Robert Shamburg, Sr.; and one great nephew, Kyler Ross Cleavinger

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Kay (Downs) Shamburg of Syracuse; one brother, Garett (& wife Dana) Shamburg of Syracuse; one sister, Sherie (& husband Johney) Gibbens of Syracuse; neices & nephews, Aubrie (& husband Kent) Cleavinger of Wildorado, Texas, Kanda (& husband Jessie) Martinez of Booker, Texas, Jandie (& husband Troy) Palmer of Elkhart, Kan., Cole Shamburg of Tribune, Kan., Jerrin (& wife Jandi) Phillips of Syracuse, Cali Shamburg of Oklahoma City, Okla., Chris (& wife Michelle) Long of Eureka, Calif., Shay (& husband Anthony) Beverly of Magna, Utah, and Garett Gallagher of Syracuse; Great Nieces & Nephews, Kennedy Cleavinger of Wildorado, Dalyn, Emily & Grady Palmer of Elkhart, Nicole Martinez of Booker, Paisley Shamburg of Tribune, Lanee' Owens & Emma Phillips of Syracuse, Jeremy & Zoey Long of Eureka, Evangeline & Jocelyn Beverly of Magna; and many family members and friends.

Graveside Services will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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

Santos “Lucille” M. (Hernandez) Scott

Santos “Lucille” M. (Hernandez) Scott, of Lakin, Kansas, passed away at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, on March 11, 2018, at the age of 96. She was born March 2, 1922, in Lakin, the daughter of Juan Hernandez and Pasquala (Novella) Hernandez.

She was a lifelong resident of Lakin, and helped her family with the needs and care of her brothers and sisters. On March 27, 1953, she married Mervin C. Scott in Taos, New Mexico, and they made
their home in Lakin. To this union two daughters were born, Gloria Jane and Tammy Sue. She was devoted to janitorial work all of her life cleaning businesses including, Railroad, McCormick Law
Office, Kearny County Bank, Beymer’s & Beymer’s Law Office, and the Lakin CO-OP. She was also an we'll know waitress at Shorty’s restaurant in her younger days. She finally retired on December 30, 2013 after cleaning businesses for over 70 years. She enjoyed living in Lakin and resided there until her passing. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. She enjoyed watching Days Of Our Lives, her bird Jose, tending to her flower garden, enjoying all her friends and drinking coffee at her home, and took great pride in cooking for her family, and her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Mervin C. Scott; two daughters, Gloria Jane Limon and Tammy Sue (Scott) Matthews; five brothers, Joe Hernandez, Manuel Hernandez, Siprino Hernandez, Belgado Hernandez, and Lucio Hernandez; two sisters, Petra Hernandez and Jiennie Ramos; and special friends, Francis Bostrom, Wanita Crone, Timmy Hernandez and Gypsy Scott.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Carlos (& wife Carol) Limon of Syracuse, Kan., Keisha Matthews of Seattle, Wash., Kayson Matthews (& fiancee Suzy Mills) of Kansas City, Kan., and Fred Love of Johnson, Kan.; three great grandchildren, Dakota Limon of Denver, Colo., Allyson Limon and  Dakira Limon of Syracuse; special coffee drinking friends, Phillis Hendrix of Lakin, Kan., Pauline Neff of Lakin, Joanne Woods of Lakin, Charles (& wife Judy) Scott of Lakin, Mary Perez of Lakin,
Jo (& husband Larry) Scott of Ulysses, Kan.; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Mass Services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM (CDT) at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Lakin. Burial will follow in the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin.

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

John Jimenez


John Jimenez, 92, passed away Feb. 9, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan. John was born in 1925 in Hamilton County, Kan. in a small, and no longer on the map, settlement named Medway, Kan. to Agustin Parra and Josefa Bernal Jimenez. He was the third of eight children and the first to be born in the U.S. His two older brothers died of smallpox at an early age. He began his early education in Medway in 1930 in what may have been the last, or one of the last, sod school buildings in the state.
He met his mate for life, Naida J. Krause from Burlington, Kan. at the University of Kansas. They married in 1949. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Pamela J. (John) Harrell of Paxton, Mass.; Elise J. (Timothy) DiLiberti of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and one son, Mark A. (Lourdes) Jimenez of Shawnee, Kan. Two grandchildren, Joanne L. (Sean) Parker of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeffrey B. (Melissa) Harrell, of Morrisville, N.C.; and three great grandchildren, Bryson and Alexis Harrell and Liam Parker also survive him.
John graduated from Syracuse High School, Syracuse, Kan. in May of 1943 and within a few weeks reported to an induction center as ordered by his draft board for basic training at the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho. He was honorably discharged in April of 1946.
John trained as a Hospital Corpsman and served in the Central and South pacific, an area encompassing the Melanesian group of islands including the Solomon Islands, from October 1943 to November 1945. He was awarded campaign ribbons for the American, Victory, and Pacific Theater events. He spent some of his duty time on a converted Liberty ship moving injured and sick personnel (3rd Marine Division) to established hospitals at New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, and New Caledonia.
Soon after his separation from the military, he enrolled at KU and completed his degree in Geology in 1954.
John worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation more than 39 years as an Engineering Geologist and also served during the same time as a Hydrologist for the Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources. The last 15 years of his career, leading to his retirement in 1994, he was the Regional Engineering Geologist for 14 counties of the northeast section of the state. His home base was Lawrence. During his retirement, John volunteered for 12 years at the Lawrence Visitor Center.
John enjoyed reading, woodworking, hunting, bird watching, and KU basketball. He served as a project leader for youth in the Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club and attended Rock Springs 4-H camp as a counselor.
John and Naida loved to travel and visited all of the states in the U.S., many countries in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, and many regions of Mexico and Canada. Special interests were national parks, Civil War sites and museums. He never missed stopping at a rock shop at the side of the highway.
In 2013 John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and had spent the last several months in assisted living at Bridge Haven Village in Lawrence.
No formal services were held per John’s request. Private graveside services with military honors were held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials in his name be sent to KTWU or your favorite PBS station.

Carol Stambaugh

Daughter of Van & Lois Tidwell was born at Stroud, Okla. on July 6, 1936 and departed this life on Feb. 23, 2018.  She moved with her parents to Russell, Kan. in 1942.  The family then moved to Macksville, Kan. in 1944.  She was valedictorian of her 1954 high school graduating class.   After graduation, she worked for three years as a cashier at Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Macksville.  Carol was united in marriage to Francis E. (Gene) Stambaugh on July 13, 1957 at United Methodist Church in Macksville. 
To this union was born a daughter, Susan, and a son, Steve.  She worked two years as deputy of Registrar of Deeds in Syracuse.  She then owned and operated a craft shop in Syracuse until she retired in 1987.  After retirement, she and her husband moved to Hutchinson, Kan. in 1988 and they helped start & were active in the Hutchinson Area Cancer Support Group.  She also was a Reach to Recovery volunteer for breast cancer survivors. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, in 2012.  Her survivors are her two children: Susan Stambaugh (Daryl) of Great Bend, Kan. and Steve Stambaugh (Amie) of Derby, Kan.  Grandchildren: Taasha Richter Smith (Todd) of Lenexa, Kan.; Stesha Richter Rathbun (Keith) of Garden City, Kan.; Marisha Richter McDonald (Shawn) of Columbus, Ohio; AnnaLeesha Baxter Huddleston (Cody) of Great Bend; Addison Baxter of Great Bend; and Skyler Stambaugh of Derby.  Great-grandchildren: Jett, Aniston, Ellsie & Vivie Smith; Jakobe & Porter Rathbun; Eily & Cohen McDonald.  Burial and private graveside service will be at Farmington Cemetery in Macksville at a later date.

Frances Geraldine Swisher

Frances Geraldine Swisher, age 92, died on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Greenville, Texas. She was born on Oct. 25, 1925 in Pawnee, Okla. the daughter of Jackson Brady and Clara Brown.

She is a former resident of the Syracuse, Kan. community. She worked as a grocery store assistant manager.

On Aug. 25, 1951 she married Rex Swisher in Syracuse. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1989.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhonda Anderson of West Tawakoni, Texas; one sister, Dora Brown of Salem Springs, Ark.; two grandchildren, Tanda Bergner of Enid, Okla. and Troy Collins of Grand Prairie, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Kylee, Holly, Dakota, Rody, and Hunter; and one great-great grandchild, Journi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Perry, Buddy, Jack; three sisters, Lola, Betty, and Doris.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Frances Swisher Memorial Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St. Garden City, Kansas 67846.

Harvey H. Horton

Harvey H. Horton, of Kendall, Kan., passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kan., on Feb. 1, 2018, at the age of 81. He was born July 19, 1936, in Garden City, Kan., the son of Sherman Joseph Horton and Ethel Mae (Bishop) Horton.

Harvey was raised south of Pierceville, Kan. At the age of seven months, his mother was killed in an auto accident.  His sisters, Aunt Belle, and Bud and Lena Horton, helped his dad with his upbringing.   

He attended School at Pierceville graduating in 1952, at 16. He went on to further his education by attending Garden City Community College and Fort Hayes State University, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Education in 1963. On August 14, 1960, he married Emma Louise Ploeger at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deerfield, Kan.

He began his teaching career at Plymell Grade School south of Garden City.  He went on to teach in the WaKeeney Schools while getting his master’s degree.  His first administration job was as principal at Manter Schools.  In 1966, the family moved to Utica, Kan. where he was the Principal, Superintendent, and Girls High School Basketball, Volleyball, and Track coach.

In 1973, he and Emma built their home north of Kendall where he would farm and live until his passing. He began farming with Elmer & Elsie Ploeger, ultimately expanding and improving the farm over 30 years until he turned it over to his son John. He enjoyed living on the farm, raising crops and cattle, and watching the magnificent sunsets, sunrises, and starry skies.

Harvey was a past board member of the Soil Conservation District, defender of rural schools, active member of the Kendall United Methodist Church, Community Leader of the Peppy Workers 4-H Club, and treasurer  of the West Hibbard Township in Kearny County. He enjoyed reading, playing cards, fishing, traveling, watching K-State sports, and taking every opportunity to visit with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Ethel Mae Horton; two brothers, Robert Lee Horton and Marion Joseph Horton and three sisters, Jessie Marie Lightner, Bernice Pauline Davis, and Claradella Widows.

He is survived by his spouse, Emma Louise Horton; three sons, Wade (& wife Marcey) Horton of Bellevue, Neb., John (& wife Lora) Horton of Kendall, and Brett (& wife Michelle) Horton of Rome, Ga.; one daughter, Fanci (& husband Billy) Coyle of Aledo, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Laura Coyle of Aledo, Trevor Coyle of Seattle, Wash., Megan (& husband Keith) McGuffey of Lincoln, Neb., Spencer Horton of Omaha, Neb., Morgan Horton of Lincoln, Caitlyn Horton of Kendall, Rachel Horton of Durango, Colo., Mallory Horton of Alamosa, Colo., Ethan Horton of Kendall, Jay Horton of Atlanta, Ga., and Faith Horton of Nashville, Tenn., and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MST) at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse.  Burial will follow in the Kendall Cemetery in Kendall.

No Public Visitation at the funeral home. Family will receive friends at the Horton Farm, 2486 Road A, Kendall, Kansas  67857, on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, from 1 to 6 p.m. (MST).

Condolences may be sent to

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

Phyllis Joan Pollart

Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis Pollart was held on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colo. with Father Mariusz Wirkowski as Celebrant. Rosary was held prior to the Mass. Interment will take place in the Holly Cemetery. Per Phyllis’ request, there will be no visitation.

Phyllis Joan Pollart passed away Jan. 17, 2018, in Holly at the age of 88. She was born June 20, 1929, to Joseph and Jewell Helfrich. Phyllis was married to Leo Pollart from June 8, 1948, until his death in 2003.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo Pollart; sister, Marlene Hamlin; brother, Kirk; grandchildren, Megan Pollart and Joseph Pollart II; great grandchild, Macinzie Lehman; brother-in-law, Gary Pollart; and sisters-in-law, Jeanne Pollart and Helen Pollart

Phyllis is survived by her sister, JoDean Hawkins; brothers-in-law, Howard Hamlin, Kenneth Pollart and Dale (Maureen) Pollart; children, Michael (Beverly) Pollart of McClave Colo., Jerry (Paula) Pollart of Castlerock, Colo., Mary (Michael) Pirraglia of Canon City, Colo., Cynthia Glynn of Berthoud, Colo., Andrew (Jill) Pollart of Colorado City, Colo., Bob (Tammy) Pollart of Padroni, Colo., Joseph (Carol) Pollart of Canon City, Anne (Kent) Owens of Merino, Colo., Charles (Sue) Pollart of Holly, Patricia (Greg) Smith of Monument, Colo., Larry Pollart of Sterling, Colo., Christopher (Tonya) Pollart of Kendall, Kan., and Matthew (Stacy) Pollart of Snyder, Colo.; grandchildren, Brad (Christina) Pollart, Malinda (Dennis) Lehman, Michelle Pollart, Laura (Chris) Dorr, David (Sandra) Peterson, John Peterson, Sherri Peterson, Pamela Pollart, Eric (Martha) Pollart, Samantha (Nick) Peltser, Christine (Ian) Wale, Mickey (Lisa) Pirraglia, Ryan Glynn, Kelsey Montgomery, Josh (Jessica) Hussey, Tobi (Tyson) Schmidt, Kenda (Scott) Williams, Wes (Nicole) Pollart, Linsey (Randy) Santala, Hallie Pollart, Luke Owens, Sarah (Jake) Shubert, Emily Owens, Allison Owens, Abigail Pollart, Hannah Pollart, Jacob Smith, Cole (Kelsey) Smith, Caleb (Brianna) Smith, Justin Pollart, Delaney Pollart, Alyse Pollart, Madison Pollart, Amy Pollart, Chase Pollart; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Andrew, Hailie and Brayliegh Pollart, Michael and Macie Lehman, Clara Dorr, Cason Pollart, Ralphael, Lewis, Craig and Nicolas Peterson, Tristan and John Michael Peterson, Augustus and Theodore Peltser, Lily, Lola and Lucy Wale, Reagan (Braden) Nunes, Peyton Montgomery, Gracie Hussey, Sebastian Schmidt, Brock and Brody Williams, Leslie, Laynie and Libbie Santala, Charlotte Shubert; great-great- grandchildren, Ryder Nunes and Emory Schmidt. Numerous nieces, nephews and lifelong friends also survive her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Mothers Altar Society or Holly Ambulance Fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Harold Floyd Shetterly

Harold Floyd Shetterly died on Dec. 22, 2017 at the age of 85.  He was born on Oct. 22, 1932 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of William Marvin Shetterly and Rowena Adele (Overton) Shetterly.

Harold was a lifetime resident of Hamilton County.  He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1950, and farmed on the family farm in rural Hamilton County until his death.  He married Maxcine Lewis in 1982, and together they farmed and ranched along the Arkansas River south of Syracuse.  Harold had many interests including the Civil War, natural history and animals. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Marvin Richard Shetterly.  He is survived by his wife, Maxcine Shetterly; two step-sons, Gary Lewis of Lawton, Okla. and Andrew (Sharon) Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two granddaughters; two nieces; three grand nephews; and a grand niece. A private service is pending.

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