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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.

Carol Jean Lynam

Carol Jean (Lohman) Lynam, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at her home, on Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 66. She was born July 28, 1952, in Lakin, Kan., the daughter of LeRoy Victor Lohman and Ruby Lee (Wright) Lohman.

Carol grew up on the Lohman farm and attended Kendall High School, graduating in 1970. She went on to further her education attending Garden City Community College Graduating with her Degree in Cosmetology in 1971. After College, she lived in Kendall, Kan. until 1972, when she moved to Syracuse. On Feb. 3, 1979, she married Richard “Rich” Olin Lynam in Syracuse and they made their home there. To this union three children were born, Sheila, Taos, and Brandi. She was a provider to many in the community and owned and operated the Lemon Tree Beauty Shop where she served the community as a Cosmetologist for 48 years. She enjoyed living and being involved in the community of Syracuse and resided there until her passing.

She was an avid KU fan and member of Kendall United Methodist Church. She loved taking care of animals, watching her grandkids play sports, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy Victor Lohman.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Lee (Wright) Lohman of Lakin; her spouse, Richard Olin Lynam of Syracuse; a son, Taos Lynam of Lubbock, Texas, two daughters, Sheila (& husband Jeremy) Davis of Holcomb, Kan., and Brandi (& husband Justin) Scott of Syracuse; four sisters, Vicki (& husband Steve) Johnson, of Holcomb, Lorra (& husband Randy) Ewy of Maize, Kan., Kimmy Lohman of Lakin, and Connie Lohman of Garden City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Joshua & Lance Stucky of Garden City, Jasia, Jacob, & Willow Davis of Holcomb, Cole, Mason, & Jarret Scott of Syracuse, Tyrel Lynam of Syracuse, and Brogan Lynam of Lubbock; one great grandchild, Eastyn Ray Wilkerson of Holcomb; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MST)at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 21, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m (MDT) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse. 

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

Frances Eileen (Esmay) Pruitt

Funeral Services for Frances Eileen Pruitt will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Holly, Colo.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.
Frances Eileen (Esmay) Pruitt, known to most as Eileen, was born on June 25, 1943 in El Campo, Texas to Ross and Florence (Prunty) Esmay.  She passed away on Dec. 14, 2018 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 75.
Eileen graduated high school in Moab, Utah. She was united in marriage to Pauldean “Brownie” Pruitt on March 1, 1964 at the United Methodist Church in Boise City, Okla. They resided in Boise City until 1969. They then moved to Amarillo, Texas until 1976. They moved back to Boise City and remained there until 1990 when they moved to Holly.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Pauldean “Brownie” Pruitt of Holly; children, Shane (Britney) Pruitt of Rhode Island, Shallon (Priscilla) Pruitt of Dallas, Texas, Shad (Sandra) Pruitt of Borger, Texas, and Shawna Pruitt of Holly; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant child.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holly Nursing Care Center or Domestic Violence Resource Center in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Janice K. Jones

Janice K. Jones, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in Dodge City, Kan.

She was born Nov. 9, 1951 at Lakin, Kan., the daughter of James A. and Naomi Jean (Stinchcomb) Elston.  She received her Master's from Ft. Hays State University. A Dodge City resident since 1980, moving from Liberal, Kan., she was a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.

She was a member of Stitch & Chatter in Dodge City and loved dancing, going to rodeos, musicals, concerts and museums.  One of her biggest passions was children and for several years received Honorary Citizenship Certificates from Boys Town of Nebraska.

Survivors include her partner of 40 years, Roger Hedgecoth of Dodge City; her son, Jammie Jones and wife Virginia of Raymore, Mo.; her sister, Deb Elston of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren, Ashton Scott Jones, Mariah Ann Jones and fiancé, Shelby Turner, Issac James Jones and fiancée, Delaney Case, and Jana Ruth Jones; a great grandson, Logan Gene Jones and a great granddaughter on the way, Scarlett Kay Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James William Elston; and a sister, Marcella Ann Bellinger.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel in Dodge City, with Rev. Steve Ormord officiating.  Burial will be at 2 p.m. MST Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan. with Pastor Danny Buck officiating.  A reception will follow burial at the Syracuse Pizzeria. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from noon to 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ziegler Funeral Chapel.

The family suggests memorials to Stitch & Chatter or Boys Town of Nebraska both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com

Frederick Gerald Clary

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Frederick Gerald Clary, of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at the Wesley Woodlawn Hospital in Wichita, Kan. on Dec. 1, 2018, at the age of 80. He was born April 19, 1938, in Deerfield, Mo., the son of Noah Frederick Clary and Lois Vivian (Thurman) Clary.

Gerald spent his entire life in Kansas. He grew up on a farm near Fort Scott, Kan. where he developed a strong work ethic, a love of the outdoors and animal husbandry, and a passion for tending to the family, friends, and animals in his care. He attended elementary school in Garland and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1956. He went on to continue his education at Kansas State University, graduating with a master’s degree in animal nutrition in 1967. He loved flying and bought his first airplane before getting married. On June 2, 1962, he married Rosemary Albright in Fort Scott and they made their home on a farm near there. To this union two daughters were born, Susan and Rae Lynn. Gerald loved raising cattle and in 1970 took his first job in the feedlot industry, as the assistant manager at the High Plains Feedyard in Leoti, Kan. Ultimately he moved his family to Syracuse in 1971 and managed the A.I.D. Feedyard for 3 ½ years. In 1975 he designed, developed, and managed the new Cowtown Feeders. In 1992, he began working for the First National Bank. In 1994, having exhausted his patience for working at a desk in a temperature-controlled office, out of the rain and snow and wind, he moved to Johnson and managed the Winger Feedyard until 2008. He moved back to Syracuse and worked as a loan inspector for the First National Bank, traveling to feedlots in several states, until retiring in 2010. He enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until his passing.  

Gerald was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Garland. He was a member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #108 in Garland, a perpetual life member of the Syracuse Masonic Lodge #309, and a member of the Johnson Masonic Lodge #441, as well as a member of the Kansas York Rite Bodies in Liberal, and a 32nd Degree KCCH of the Wichita Scottish Rite. He was a former 4-H project leader and club leader, and past chairman of the Hamilton County Extension Council, both of Syracuse, as well as a past president of the Beef Empire Days in Garden City and a past member of the Kansas Livestock Association. He enjoyed flying, golfing, spending time in Colorado, taking care of his wife and family, and spending time with his grandkids and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah and Lois Clary; and a sister, Wanda June Clary.

He is survived by his spouse, Rosemary Clary of Syracuse; two daughters, Susan (& husband Douglas) Dunham of Wichita, Kan., and Rae Lynn (& husband Steve) Phillips of Syracuse; four grandchildren, Tim (& wife Sarah) Dunham of Wichita, Kan., Michael Dunham of Wichita, Jake Phillips of Syracuse, and Megan Phillips of Syracuse, KS; one great grandchild, Harper Dunham of Wichita; and many family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse.  Burial will take place at a later date in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to First United Methodist Church or Masonic Lodge #309, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Albert Kenneth Wilson

Albert Kenneth Wilson, of Johnson, Kan., passed away at the Stanton County Long Term Care in Johnson, on Nov. 23, 2018, at the age of 85. He was born April 24, 1933, in Purdy, Mo., the son of Henry Clifton Wilson and Alice V. (Sarten) Wilson.

Albert began his life in Purdy, and lived in Southwest City, Mo. He attended Southwest City High School and graduated in 1951. Soon after graduation he started working as an appliance repairman at Nichols Brothers in Southwest City until he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Southwest City and got married and started his family. On May 8, 1955, he married Deloris I. Bratton, and they made their home in Southwest City. To this union six children were born, Linda, Kenneth, Edith, Wayne, Jane, and Evelyn. Albert moved his family to Syracuse, Kan. in 1959 and worked as a construction foreman until moving to a farm in northwest Stanton County and began working for D.E. Cockrum Farms in May 1962 where he was farm foreman for 30 years. In 1992 he & Deloris moved to Johnson and began working for John Lewis Farms until 1995. He then went to work at Johnson City Power Plant as first shift operator and retired from the power plant in January of 2009. He enjoyed living in Johnson and resided there until his passing. 

Albert was a member of the Methodist Church in Southwest City and then in Manter, Kan. He enjoyed working on anything mechanical, listening to bluegrass music, enjoyed farming and spending time with his grandkids, and great grandkids, and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alice Wilson; his spouse, Deloris I. (Bratton) Wilson; and a daughter, Jane Woods.

He is survived by, two sons, Kenneth (& wife Charlotte) Wilson of Webb City, Mo., and Wayne (& wife Julie) Wilson of Des Moines, Iowa; three daughters, Linda Moser of Ulysses, Kan., Edith (& husband Tim) Kemper of Pratt, Kan., and Evelyn Wilson of Johnson; nine grandchildren, Paul (& wife April) Kemper of Pratt, Malinda Dean (& Chris Johnson) of Oakley, Kan., Robyn Kemper (& Clayton Bartholomew) of Pratt, Marsha Dean of Arcadia, Okla., Mathew Wilson of Mason City, Iowa, Matthew Kemper of Pratt, Jason Kemper of Pratt, Joe Carrigan of Columbia, Md., and Tess Bjorklund of Eagle Grove, Iowa; nine great grandchildren, Tori Dean of Johnson, Justin Dennett of Arcadia, Shaundra Wilson of Darrouzette, Texas, Brendon Wilson of Darrouzette, Jonathan Nelson of Chickashaw, Jesse Kemper of Pratt, Ethan Wilson of Darrouzette, Trevor Wilson of Ulysses, Maci Kemper of Pratt, Analei Kemper of Pratt, Carson Bjorklund of Eagle Grove, and Jacob Wilson of Mason City; and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. (CST) at the United Methodist Church, in Johnson. Burial will follow in the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST) at the United Methodist Church in Johnson.

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

Robert Dale Richardson

Robert Dale Richardson, age 65, of Johnson, Kan. died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson. He was born Nov. 29, 1952, in Chickasha, Okla.
Dale was raised by his grandparents in Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Dale drove truck for John Christner Trucking, worked for Ted and Ella Mae Julian for eight years, the Syracuse Dairy, and was a foreman at Double T Industries in Rolla. After retiring, he worked for Stanton County Foods for three years. Dale married Anna Santoya on December 16, 1997, in Ulysses.
Dale is survived by his wife, Anna of the home; sons, Robert Richardson of Brownwood, Texas, and Dakota Richardson of Johnson; daughters, Lorna Wiggins of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sophia Regalado and husband Juan of Johnson; mother, Frances Richardson of Elkhart, Kan.; brothers, Fred Richardson and wife Johnna of Marlow, Okla.; Rex Richardson and wife Becki of Elkhart, and Roger Richardson and wife Cara of Johnson; sisters, Shirley McCullum of Chickasha, and Brenda Friend and husband Clark of Satanta; and three grandchildren, Khloe, Juaquin and Jakob.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Richardson; and grandparents, Thomas and Elsie Richardson.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson, with Pastor Henry Bucznski officiating. Interment followed at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson. Friends called on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. Memorial contributions may be given to Southwest Kansas Ringnecks Jim Kirkland Youth Hunt or American Cancer Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS 67855. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Robert N. Barth

Funeral services for lifelong Holly, Colo. resident, Robert N. Barth, known to most as Bob, were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jerry Willhite officiating.  Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Bob was held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at the funeral chapel.
Bob was born on Nov. 29, 1932 in Lamar, Colo. to Theodore and Wauneita (Kinman) Barth.  He passed away at the Holly Nursing Care Center on Nov. 12, 2018 at the age of 85.
Bob was united in marriage to Joyce Tefertiller on Feb. 13, 1955.  Together, Bob and Joyce owned and operated Sandhill Angus. Bob was a member of the Holly School Board in the late 70’s.  In 2016, Barth Farms was acknowledged as a Colorado Centennial Farm. 
Bob is survived by his children Brad (Murray) Barth of Holly, Sandy Barth of Houston, Texas, Annette (Susie) Barth of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kyle Barth of Holly; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Barth; sons, Kevin Barth and Mike Barth; siblings, Clifford Barth, Glen Barth, Louise Willhite, Homer Barth, Ila Mae Krier, and Ruth Gideon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance or Barth Family Scholarship Fund in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.
For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Shirley J. Schmidt

Glasgow. Mo. resident, Shirley J. Schmidt, 80, passed away at her home Nov. 7, 2018.
 
Shirley J. Schmidt was born Aug. 16, 1938 in Saline County, Mo. and was the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Janneck) Leimkuehler. Shirley graduated from Slater High School in 1957. She continued her education attending Central College in Fayette and National College in Kansas City. On March 19, 1960, Shirley married William “Bill” Schmidt at the United Methodist Church in Slater, Mo. Together they enjoyed over 49 years of marriage. Bill preceded Shirley in death Nov. 16, 2009. Shirley was active in the Glasgow community donating her time at the senior center and serving as 4-H leader. She was a devout member of the First United Methodist Church of Glasgow where she served within the church in various capacities. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Lamplighters, a youth leader, a choir member, and she taught Sunday school for 25 years. Shirley truly treasured her family especially her grand and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
 
Survivors include two sons, William (Cheryl) Schmidt, Jr. of Glasgow and Robert (Nancy) Schmidt of Carrollton, Mo.; daughter, Lora (John) Horton of Kendall, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Swanson, Kim Westhues, David Schmidt, Sally and Ruby Schmidt, Caitlyn, Rachel, Mallory and Ethan Horton; nine great-grandchildren, Tristan and Aiden Swanson, Alan, AJ and George Westhues, and August, Evelyn, Elijah and Jeremiah Schmidt. In addition to her husband and parents, Shirley was preceded in death by an infant twin sister, and a brother, Wendell Leimkuehler.
 
Funeral service for Mrs. Schmidt will be 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow with Rev. Karen Alden officiating. Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the funeral at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Mo.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to FUMC of Glasgow or Glasgow Senior Center in care of the funeral home.

Eloise (Hughes) Weckerly

Eloise (Hughes) Weckerly of Syracuse, Kan., passed away at Homestead Of Manhattan Assisted Living in Manhattan, Kan., on Nov. 6, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born March 20, 1925, in Byers, Kan., the daughter of Cecil Guy Hughes and Mabel A. (Wasson) Hughes.

Eloise began her life in Byers, and attended Byers High School and graduated in 1944. On Feb. 10, 1946 she married Gene Weckerly in Scott City, Kan..  She was a Secretary on the Port Hueneme, Calif. Naval Base while Gene was in the Navy prior to their return in 1947 to make  their home in the Bear Creek Community south of Syracuse. To this union three children were born, Paul, Donna, and Kathy. Eloise was a farm wife and took care of all the needs to raising her family working on the farm. In 1981, she and her family moved to Syracuse and retired from the farm life. In 2016 she moved to Manhattan to be closer to her daughters and because of her failing health. She enjoyed living in Syracuse, the biggest part of her life, but resided in Manhattan the last three years until her passing.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Syracuse. She loved gardening, quilting and her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Mabel Hughes; her stepmother, Ruth (Hensley) Hughes; her spouse, Gene Weckerly; one son and wife, Paul Lee and Gloria Weckerly; four brothers, James Frisbie, Bill Hughes, Larry Hughes, and Don Hughes; two sisters, Delores Chance and Avola McMannis Zimmerman.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Weckerly of Manhattan, and Donna (& husband Geary) Mosburg of Manhattan; one sister:     JoAnn (& husband Bob) Simmons of Goodland, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Marie Frisbie; two grandchildren, Paula Housholder of Syracuse, and Angela (& husband Trent) Felzien of Manhattan; five great grandchildren, Tate Housholder of Syracuse, Jaycee (& husband Jordan) Rider of Syracuse, Caitlyn Housholder of Syracuse, Ellie Felzien of Manhattan, and Seth Felzien of Manhattan; two great great grandchildren, Creo Rider and Quinlynn Rider of Syracuse; a nephew, Roger (& wife Gwen) Chance of Olathe, Kan., and many family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. (MST) at the First United Methodist Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. (MST) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC of Syracuse, KS.

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be payable to First United Methodist Church, Leukemia Foundation, or Special Olympics sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

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