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Kacey Chel Carlson

Kacey Chel Carlson of Trenton, Neb. passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney as a result of an automobile accident. She was 32 years old.

Kacey was born on Jan. 17, 1985 at Syracuse, Kan. to parents, Robert and Twila (Thompson) Diehl.  She attended school in Syracuse and Lakeside Central, Neb. and Trenton.

On June 15, 2002 she was united in marriage to Lanny Douglas Carlson at Swanson Lake. To this union five children were born, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson.  Kacey was a busy mother and homemaker, but found time to work as a Para and cook at Hitchcock County Schools and clerk at Dollar General Store.

Kacey loved her flowers and yard, cooking, and decorating her home.  Kacey’s giving nature was always apparent to everyone she met. Even after her death, she graciously gave as an organ donor. 

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Harold and Lois Thompson and Robert Diehl Thompson; grandparents-in-law, Lanny and Judy Carlson and Boyd and Evelyn Wagner;  aunts, Peggy Thompson and Rhoebe Thompson; uncles, Rodney Diehl and Nathan Thompson; cousins, Tyler Brummett and Maxwell Loder.
Survivors include her husband, Lanny Carlson of Trenton; children, Terry, Mackenzie, Trevor, Madysen and Tyson of the home; parents, Bob and Twila Diehl of Herndon; brothers, Dustin Diehl and Rob Diehl of Herndon and Sam Gagnon of Bennett, Colo.; grandmother, Betty Diehl of Hanston, Kan.; father-in-law, Terry Carlson and wife, Adriana, of Culbertson; mother-in-law, Diana and husband, Kevin Craning, of North Platte; brother-in-law, Chancy Carlson of Culbertson and sister-in-law, Cedar Carlson of Omaha;  aunt, Peggy and husband, Greg Fyn, of McCook; and many other loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be given in her name. Visitation will be at Herrmann Jones Funeral Home, Trenton, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Trenton with Pastor Jason Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery. 

Herrmann Jones Funeral Home of Trenton is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald Dee Walker

Donald Dee Walker, age 65, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1951 to Willard Wesley and Lucille Rebecca (Eichenauer) Walker in Garden City, Kan.

He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Kessler and husband Robert of Lakin, and Heather Brown and husband Justin of Larned, Kan.; grandchildren, Trey and Ava Vinton, Dakota and Stetcyn Brown, Eric Kessler; sisters, Barbara Gibeaut and husband Frank of California, Charlotte Newman and husband Roy of Syracuse, Kan., Sharon Schmidt of Syracuse, and Darlene Walker of Garden City.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Walker.

Suggested memorial contributions are to the High Plains Retirement Village in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, Ks 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com

Lorene Vivian Ply

A celebration of life for longtime Lamar, Colo. resident, Lorene Vivian Ply, affectionately known to her family and friends as Vivian was held on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation for Vivian was held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Peacock Family Chapel.

Vivian was born on Feb. 26, 1930 in Syracuse, Kan. to Pike and Velma M. (Johnson) Lanquist and passed away on Nov. 1, 2017 at her home in Lamar with her family by her side at the age of 87.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Duane Ply, her parents, grandson, Ryan Douglas Ply and her brothers, Ellis Lanquist and Norman Lanquist.

Vivian is survived by her children, Randall Ply of Lamar, Judy Turpin of Lamar and Gary (Susie) Ply of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Brandon Ply and Justin (Kayla) Ply all of Valdosta, Ga., Tamara (Matt) Turpin-Martinez and Brady (Katie Peters) Turpin all of Lamar. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Kolby, Cade, Madison and Kastyn Ply, Mason and Malea Martinez and Rylan Cook and Mollie Ann Turpin as well as numerous other family and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church, Prowers Medical Center Auxiliary and/or the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office. 

Services are under the direction of the Peacock Family. For current information and online condolences please visit our website at www.peacockfuneralhome.com. 

Jerry Valentine

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Jerry Valentine, 78, died on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan.  He was born on April 19, 1939 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Joe & Opal Mae (Hazelton) Valentine.  He married Vicki S. Cole on May 1, 2005 in Syracuse. 

Jerry graduated from Syracuse High School and was a lifetime resident of Hamilton County.  He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  After his discharge, he drove a cattle truck for Valentine Trucking.  He then went to work for Wheatland Electric as a journeyman lineman and retired as the line foreman after 37 years of service.  He enjoyed his horses, rodeos, sports, watching the Pioneer Woman Cooking Show, feeding his quail, shooting bb’s at the blackbirds, good homemade vanilla ice cream and supervising farm activities.

He is survived by his Wife Vicki Valentine, of the home,  a son, Steven Alan & Andrea Valentine of North Richland Hills, Texas; two step sons, Jason & Rene Cole of Syracuse & Kent Bless of Dallas, Texas; Step-Daughter- Brandy Cole of Syracuse, Sister- Ruth Reveile of Austin, Texas, 9 Grandchildren & 4 Great-Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter- Heather Jo Burrows, Step-Son- Danny Valentine & 5 Brothers- Tommy Valentine, Raymond Valentine, Richard Valentine, Norman Valentine & Curtis Valentine.

Graveside services were held at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse with Rev Dane Hernandez officiating on Monday, Oct. 30  Military graveside rites were conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion District 6 Honor Guard.  Calling hours were held Monday morning at the Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Syracuse V.F.W. in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com

Becky Jo Thomeczek

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Becky Jo Thomeczek, 62, of Garden City, Kan. died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.  She was born Oct. 19, 1955, in Onawa, Iowa to Donald Duane and Shirley Jean Hickmon Fender.  She graduated from Garden City High School in 1973. On Sept. 28, 1974, she married Rick Thomeczek in Garden City.

Becky graduated from Garden City Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She worked for many years in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at St. Catherine Hospital.  Thousands of patients’ lives were made better having been touched by this caring, efficient, devoted Registered Nurse.  Becky was in a class of her own. Her life was enhanced by her many wonderful crafts and projects, but most importantly by her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She loved life and her many great friends.

Survivors include her husband, Rick; a daughter Richelle Dawn and husband Timothy Scott Hansen, their children Madeline Rose, Maxwell Joseph, Sarah Grace and Rebekah Jean; a son, Matthew and wife Jamie, and their two children; and son, Matthew Sang Truong; sister, Gail Hansen and her late husband Frank Hansen; brother-in-law, Smoky Thomeczek and wife Lois; sister-in-law Allison Bushek and husband Roy.  She loved her nieces and nephews, their spouses and children and many other family members.  She was greeted in Heaven by a baby lost before birth and other beloved family members gone before her.

The celebration of Becky’s life was held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Garden City and will last throughout eternity.  There was no viewing and a family burial will be held next summer when the flowers are in bloom.

We would love for you to post your special memories of Becky at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Becky Thomeczek “New 3D Mammography Machine” Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh Street, Garden City, KS 67846.

Clark Mansfield Houck

Clark Mansfield Houck, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Oct. 17, 2017, at the age of 85 at the Greeley County Hospital in  Tribune,  Kan.  He was born on Aug. 7, 1932 in Lakin, Kan., the son of Jesse Dale Houck and Hilda Maude (Bennett) Houck. Clark was raised on a farm north of Kendall, Kan. and, at the age of 13, he and his family moved to Syracuse. He attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1949. After which he farmed for two years, then began his military service with the United States Air Force. During his four years of service, he spent two years in Japan. After completing his military service, he journeyed to Alaska and worked at Mt. Alyeska Ski Resort and was part owner of a fishing boat there from 1968 to 1975. He then returned to Syracuse to live and farmed north of Kendall.

In 2001, he retired from farming. During his lifetime Clark was an explorer. He enjoyed many trips, one of which was to Canada with John Ashmore and Don Burch. He took trips to Germany and Europe to visit his sister Carole and her family. There were many trips hunting antelope, big horn sheep, deer, and pheasants. He was a second dad to his brother Grant’s kids. They felt he was always there for them and they could count on him for being the generous one. In 2015, he moved to the Greeley County Long Term Care and resided there until his passing.

He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Bullets and Bows Gun Club, all of Syracuse. He was also a Life Member of the NRA, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, traveling, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Hilda Houck; two brothers, Edwin Houck and Grant Houck; and one sister, Carole Kane, who passed just nine days earlier.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Sharon Houck of Scotts Bluff, Neb.; nephews, nieces, and many, many friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, Hamilton County Veterans Building, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Gaige Rose Alejo

Gaige Rose Alejo of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Oct. 18, 2017 at the young age of 15. She was born on June 26, 2002 to Patricia Ann Lampe.

Gaige began her life in Lakin, Kan. and later move to Syracuse where she attended Syracuse Elementary and Syracuse High School.  Gaige was involved in Bulldog sports and academics; she was part of the Syracuse Volleyball team, Syracuse Track team and a member of the Scholars Bowl team.
Outside of school, Gaige attended the Southern Baptist Church Youth Group, enjoyed hanging out with friends, driving around town, and singing along with the radio. Gaige's greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and she enjoyed Syracuse and resided here till her untimely passing.

Gaige is survived by her mother, Patricia Ann Lampe of Syracuse; three brothers, Ky & wife Kandice  Westeman of Syracuse,                      Heath & wife Reagan Westeman of Wichita, Kan., and Brandon & wife Carolyn Westeman of Syracuse; one sister, Allie Alejo of Syracuse; grandmother, Nita Sellard  aka (GG) of Syracuse; nieces, nephews, and many family members and friends.
 
Memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) in the SHS McCoy Auditorium in Syracuse.

A Rosary will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. (MDT) at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse. Burial will take place at a later date.

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

Carole Beth (Houck) Kane

Carole Beth (Houck) Kane passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2017 at the age of 80 in her home in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was born on Sept. 11, 1937, at the Kearny County Hospital, the daughter of Jesse Dale Houck, and Hilda Maude (Bennett) Houck, sister to her beloved brothers Grant, Clark, and Edwin. Carole grew up on a farm north of Kendall, Kan. and at the age eight moved to Syracuse. She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1955, and went on to further her education at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1959, and Michigan State University, graduating in 1972. Carole had a warm and loyal heart; if it couldn’t be done “together” it wasn’t worth doing at all. She loved her family and the friends she made around the world; loved playing her baritone (“what’s the point if you’re not in a band”), loved people, teaching kids, music & dancing, arts & crafts, ecology & recycling, the Jayhawks basketball team, and anything that struck her as “neat.” After two years of teaching in Kansas City, she followed in the footsteps of her three brothers who served “in the Far East” - she became an elementary school teacher and later an award winning middle school reading teacher to the children of United States military personnel stationed overseas in Japan, and kept going for the next 30 years in Libya, England, and Germany. She spoke in wonder that she had been allowed to see these amazing places and people all over Asia, Europe, and the United States. She met her husband Joseph Patrick Kane in the overseas schools where he became a principal and continued her adventures with him and their son John and daughter Heather. Whether she was dragging the school kids to look at Mount Fuji every morning, to pick up the colorful leaves on a rainy German autumn day, or to plant flowers in desolate Brooklyn tree pits, she was always sharing and imbuing a sense of wonder at the natural and human world: “Boy, isn’t that something. ”She got a kick out of things and wanted others to get a kick out of things, too. She worked to make space for everybody to do it “their way.”  

Wherever she went, Syracuse was the home she came back to every summer. After retirement, she split her time between Sarasota, Fla. and her childhood house she bought back with her brother Clark in Syracuse and started butterfly gardens in both yards. She also brought Syracuse out to the world, teaching her kids about “the good ole days” growing up in Kansas (roller rink, cracklins, horsey-tree, out-house, cooperative electricity, and so on.), living those principles of community responsibility and being the change she wanted to see. Her dry Kansas humor was appreciated around the world on those occasions that the listener had the wit to notice it. She insisted that political discussions not become “ugly” and frequently recommended that people “behave yourselves, if that’s possible.” Carole was brave through nine years of worsening dementia and never stopped cracking jokes, picking up colorful leaves, offering to share her food and blanket with caregivers, or teaching “Rock Chalk Jayhawk.” Carole spent those last years with Heather and Andy Snyder on their Brooklyn block, where once more community sprang up about Carole, supporting and admiring, dancing, planting, singing and joking her last journey together with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Hilda Houck; two brothers, Edwin Houck and Grant Houck; and while she was immediately survived by her brother Clark, he also passed nine days after her own passing.
 
She is survived by a son, John Robert Kane; and a daughter, Heather Kane (Andrew Snyder) of  Brooklyn; nephews, nieces, and many, many friends. 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 from 3 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 Hamilton County Library or “Monarch Watch” KU Endowment, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Peggy Sherell (Swint) Gould

Peggy Sherell (Swint) Gould, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Oct. 5, 2017, at the age of 76 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kan. She was born on Jan. 6, 1941 in Booneville, Ark., the daughter of Talmidge Swint and Margie (Gant) Swint.
 
Peggy began her life in Booneville and attended Booneville High School until she was a sophomore then she moved to Oklahoma City, Okla. She attended Oklahoma City High School for one year then moved to Syracuse where she attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1958. She went on to continue her education attending Denver Business College earning an Associate Degree. She moved to Goodland, Kan. to be with her parents and began working for a law firm as a secretary for two years. On June 7, 1959, she married Keith Gould and they made their home in Syracuse. To this union two children were born, Kristie and Kelly. Shortly after moving to Syracuse she began working at the Valley State Bank where she worked for 42 years as a secretary and retired in 2003. In 2011, she moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse due to her health. In 2013, she moved to High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin and resided there until her passing.
 
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, bowling, traveling, playing with her dogs, taking care of her grandchildren, and took great enjoyment in listening to music, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Talmage and Margie Swint; her son, Kelly Gould; and daughter, Kristie (Gould) Hatcher.
 
She is survived by her spouse, Keith Gould of Syracuse; a brother, Kenneth Swint of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and a daughter-in-law, Leisha Gould of Fountain, Colo.; five grandchildren, Derrick (& wife Kelli) Hatcher Of Syracuse, Priceten Hatcher of Syracuse, Kolbie Hatcher of Syracuse, and Dakota & Colton Gould of Fountain; seven great grandchildren, Savanah Jantz, Allias Alfaro, Krislyn Hatcher, Dryvor Hatcher, and Kaybrie Weilert of Syracuse, Brooklyne Gould of Lone Tree, Colo., and Rayden Hatcher of Holly, Colo.; and numerous family members and friends.
 
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, KS.
 
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the Alzheimers Wing Lakin Hospital and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse,KS. 67878. 620-384-5100.

Marsha Lynn (Dale) Hagerman

Marsha Lynn (Dale) Hagerman, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on September 16, 2017, at the age of 70 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse. She was born on March 12, 1947 in Syracuse, the daughter of Ralph Emery Dale and Margie B. (Dikeman) Dale.
She was raised in Las Vegas Nev., and graduated from Rancho High School in 1964. On March 21, 1965, she married Wayne H. Hagerman and they later divorced. To this union two sons were born, Eric and Scott. After moving to Phoenix, Ariz., Marsha raised a family and worked for Honeywell and Hartford Insurance. She also founded Foothills Decorating, which specialized in interior design. Marsha served the community as a board member for the Daisy Mountain Fire District. After divorce and retirement, she relocated back to Syracuse. Marsha especially enjoyed horseback riding and decorating for holiday events, such as the Hamilton County Courthouse during Christmas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Dale; maternal grandparents, Fred & Martha Dikeman; paternal grandparents, Paul Burk and Lea Frazier; and four uncles, Larry Dikeman, Darrel Dikeman, Duane Dikeman, and Doug Dale.
She is survived by her mother, Margie B. (Dikeman) Dale of Syracuse; two sons, Eric (& wife Heather) Hagerman of Chandler, Ariz., and Scott (& wife Angie) Hagerman Of Saratoga Springs, Utah; one brother, Mike Dale of Las Vegas; two aunts, Valeta Rosencranz of O’Fallon, Ill., and Carol Dikeman of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Rachel, Sarah, Bryton, Payden, Adrielle, Grayson; and numerous family members and friends.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, Hamilton County Humane Society, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS. 67878. 620-384-5100.

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