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Jeff Wilson


Jeff Wilson, age 48, of Johnson, Kansas, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born July 26, 1971, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Dennis and Kay (Eccleston) Wilson.

Jeff grew up on the farm in Hodgeman County helping his folks raise crops and cattle.   He graduated from Jetmore High School in 1989 and continued his education at Garden City Community College where he was a member of the Meats Judging Team.  He then received his Bachelor’s Degree of Agriculture Education from Kansas State University in 1993 where he immediately started working at the K-State Research and Extension office in Hamilton County.  Jeff was an advocate for extension; serving as President of KACAA and was a member of Sons of American Legion in Jetmore.  Jeff was passionate about 4-H and livestock judging.  Jeff would always say that the “4-H kids were his kids, before he had kids”.  He supported many kids including his own thru many years of 4-H.  As the 4-H kids began to buy their animals for the year, Jeff would be just as excited if not more for the upcoming show year. 

Jeff always knew how to have fun, he loved road trips with fellow extension agents, driving derby cars with his sons (as long as they got the cars ready), watching NASCAR and Sprint Car races, spending his summers harvesting with the McCracken Crew, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.  We all knew that Jeff had made it to Heaven when the Chiefs were able to pull ahead on Sunday, we decided that Jeff was the one calling the plays.  Jeff loved anything K-State, especially tailgating with his family.  He enjoyed doing anything with his family such as  going to Horsethief Reservoir in the Dolphin anytime that he could get away. 

Jeff married Melissa Moore on August 14, 1993, in Protection, Kansas. 

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Wilson of the home; sons, Austin Wilson of the home, and Garrett Wilson of Seagraves, Texas; daughter, Reagan Wilson of the home; mother, Kay Wilson of Jetmore; and sister, Marci Bailey and husband, Mike of Hanston; and great-aunt and uncle, Lola and Jack Hess of Loveland, Colorado.

Jeff is preceded in death by his father, Dennis Wilson; grandparents, Orval and Viola Eccleston, Vernon and Esther Wilson, and grandfather, Walter Boise.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Stanton County Jr/Sr High School Auditorium in Johnson, Kansas, with Pastor Mary Courtney officiating.  Graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas.  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson, Kansas.  Memorials may be given to the Jeff Wilson Memorial Scholarship in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855. Condolences may be posted at

Luella Pauline (Speer) Leach

Funeral Services for Luella Leach will be held at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Private interment will follow at the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Luella Pauline (Speer) Mathis Leach was born nine and a half miles north of Holly on September 28, 1923 to John and Alice (Squire) Speer.  Luella passed away at her home with her family by her side on December 31, 2019 at the age of 96.  Luella’s family moved closer to Holly in 1935.  She attended Holly public schools where she met Ernest Mathis and later married on November 22, 1940.  Ernie and Luella were blessed with three daughters, Stella, Allie, and Judy.  Ernie passed away on October 1, 1997 after a long illness.  On November 22, 2006 Luella married Nathan “Sandy” Leach who later passed away on September 3, 2010.  Luella never knew a stranger, always having time to visit.  She enjoyed writing letters, was an excellent bowler, bowling in several national tournaments.  She was active in the Nazarene Church, Historical Society, and the entire community of Holly until her passing.
Luella is survived by three daughters, Stella Bates of Granada, Colorado, Allie Mathis of Vancouver, Washington, and Judy Nordyke of Holly, Colorado; ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, thirty-two great-great grandchildren; sister, Della Jenkins of Idaho; sister-in-law, Jo Speer of Lakin, Kansas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Ernest Mathis; second husband, Nathan Leach; brothers, Leland Speer and John Speer; sisters, Eva Anderson and Opal Conley; son-in-law, John Bates; and grandson, Shane Nordyke.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance and/or Lamar Area Hospice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.
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Paul Bernard Temaat


Paul Bernard Temaat, 89, US Army veteran, retired educator, passed away January 9, 2020 in Wichita, KS.  Paul was born November 12, 1930 to J.B. and Gertrude (Grasser) Temaat in Oakley, KS. where he attended grammar school.  Paul's education advanced with attendance at Washburn University and Fort Hays State University where he completed his Bachelors of Education in 1955, Masters of Education in 1959 and Specialist in Education in 1969.  Paul was a teacher in Winona, KS 1955-1959, Superintendent of Schools in Kanorado, KS 1959-1964, High School Principal at Syracuse, KS 1964-1975, Macksville, KS 1975-1976, Andale, KS 1976-1989.  Paul was a member of the: Knights of Columbus, Phi Delta Kappa, Fort Hays State Alumni, Fort Hays State Half Century Club, Andale Chamber of Commerce, and the Mt. Hope Development Association. Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty (Walker)Temaat, parents J.B. and Gertrude Temaat, siblings: Robert Temaat, Bertha Lee, Mary Ann Porter, Albert Temaat, Bill Temaat.  Survivors are sons: Keith (Susan) Temaat of Hutchinson, Phillip (Judy) Temaat, of Lenexa, daughter, Paula (Thad) Ketzner of Andale, Sister, Lula Mae Ewing, Grandchildren: Kenneth Temaat, Kendra Temaat, Cameron Temaat, Jay Temaat.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Temaat Memorial Music Scholarship, in care of the Renwick Education Foundation or the Andale Public Library.  Rosary Service to be held Monday, January 13, 2020 7:00 P.M. and Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 A.M. Both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Andale, KS.

Lawrence Emil Schenck

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, Lawrence Schenck will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, with Pastor Gary Ogle officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 also at the funeral home.
Lawrence Emil Schenck was born on Dec. 25, 1925 in Syracuse, Kan. to John Eugene and Anna Sophia (Schultz) Schenck.  He passed away on Dec. 27, 2019 at his home in Holly at the age of 94 with his family by his side.
Lawrence attended country schools until his father passed.  At the young age of 12, Lawrence and his siblings took on the responsibility of farming the family farm.  It was during this difficult time that Lawrence developed his strong work ethic and reaffirmed his faith in God.  Lawrence was united in marriage to Ruby Kerns on Nov. 23, 1947 in Clayton, N.M.  They returned to Holly and for the next five years ran Schenck Brothers Motor and Oil Company.  In 1952, Lawrence and Ruby moved 20 miles south of Holly and endured the highs and lows of farming and ranching while raising their three boys, Keith, Terry, and Larry.  The couple was very active in the Webb community and attended the Star Community Church where they had many wonderful friends and neighbors.  After retiring in 1990, Lawrence and Ruby continued to live on the farm, always ready to lend a helping hand as long as they were not traveling with friends in their RV.  In 2013, they moved to their present home in Holly.  Lawrence and Ruby were married 68 years until her passing on January 2, 2016.
In addition to being a member of the Star Community Church, Lawrence was currently serving as a board member.  He also served on the FSA board for 15 years and Holly School board for four years.
Lawrence is survived by his three sons, Keith and wife, Sue Schenck of Holly; Terry and wife, Charlotte Schenck of Mesa, Ariz.;  Larry and wife, Kristie Schenck of Holly; sisters-in-law, Janet and husband, Albert Sena and Ruth Schenck; brothers-in-law, Richard Triplett and Harvey Christ; nine grandchildren, Rory Schenck, Megan Jara, Izzeke Schenck, Halie Turcotte, Brian Schenck, Whitney Mendez, Craig Schenck, Emily Hatcher, Bryce Schenck; 12 great grandchildren, Adyn and Ethan Jara, Cooper and Rylee Schenck, Kaley and Nick Odell, Carter, Owen, and Elliot Schenck, Hudson and Hadley Hatcher, and Benjamin Schenck, along with many other relatives; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Schenck; wife, Ruby Schenck; brothers, Alvin and wife, Hazel Schenck, Lee Schenck, and John and wife, Mary Schenck; sister, Laura Grace Christian and husband, Bill; and great grandson, Callen Schenck.
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, CO, 81052.
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Charles Allen Myers


Charles Allen Myers, 73, died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton, Kan. He was born July 13, 1946 to Charles Leon and Marjorie (Annis) Myers in Goodland, Kan. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1964. While attending school he was very active in football, wrestling, music programs, “Fellowship of Christian Athletes” and Boy Scouts during his high school years. In later years, he enjoyed attending all-school reunions and gathering with friends he’d had for a lifetime. He met and married his high school sweetheart Deanna Stevens, also from Goodland. They just recently celebrated their 51st anniversary.
After high school, Charlie attended college at Fort Hays State University where he played football for four years, majored in Special Education and minored in physical education, was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and was voted Sweetheart King his sophomore year. His first job out of college was at Holy Family Center, Wichita, Kan. where he was a teacher and basketball coach for the mentally challenged students enrolled there. The students loved him, more because of how he treated them, not because how much (or little) he knew about basketball. While in Wichita, Charlie was also the co-director of the first Kansas Special Olympics held in Kansas, and helped host Ethel Kennedy who attended that year to represent the Kennedy family. Later he helped organize the first Kansas State Basketball Tournament for Mentally Challenged Youth.

Once Charlie and Deanna started a family, Charlie switched careers and began working in the banking industry. The family lived in Herington, Kan., Syracuse, Kan., and Sublette, Kan., as Charlie was employed by the various banks in those locations. He was employed by Centera Bank in Sublette his last 30 years of banking. He was Director and President of the bank during that time.

He and Deanna have two children, Amy Collins and her husband Shawn of St. John, Kan., and Chad Myers and his wife Katie of Spring Hill, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Rhian Collins, Greyson Collins, Campbell Myers, and Cade Myers. He is also survived by his brother Myron; sister Barbara Jean McKinney; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; mother-in-law, JoAnn Stevens; brother-in-law, Mike Stevens and his wife Risa; sister-in-law, Nancy Riggin and her husband, Jack; their families; and lastly, Josie, his beloved dog these past few years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Marge Myers; father-in-law, Dick Stevens; brother-in-law, Bill McKinney; and nephews, Shannon McKinney, and Aaron Biehler.

Charlie lived life to the fullest with an extraordinary number of friends around the country. He hosted many celebrations, and made sure everyone always had a grand time. He especially enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren and made many trips across the state to watch them in their sporting events, school activities, or 4-H activities. They lovingly called him “Pop-Pop”.
His hobbies were collecting antiques, coins and stamps, golfing, and trips to Santa Fe, N.M. He also enjoyed planning and working on home improvement projects at their home in Sublette. He belonged to the United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He truly had a servant heart and was active with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and was a 30-year board member for the Southwest Kansas Guidance Center in Liberal, Kan. In 2014, he was an honorary guest at the Kansas Special Olympics where he was honored for being instrumental in organizing and being director of the first Special Olympics in Kansas.

Charlie will be remembered for his sense of humor and vast number of friends in each location he lived. He never knew a stranger and could easily strike up a conversation with anyone. Those lucky enough to be in his golf foursomes would laugh so hard they had tears running down their cheeks. It was an unforgettable ride. He could find humor in almost every situation.

Even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Charlie continued to live life with a smile and had a welcoming hug for those close to him. He was surrounded by a very caring group of friends and family. Charlie spent the last four and a half years of his life at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton, where he was blessed with a caring, loving staff who did all they could do to make his days brighter. Even through the confusion of Alzheimer’s, they enjoyed his sense of humor, his gentle attitude, and his love of family, food, music, and friends.

A Book Signing will be from 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory with the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at the Sublette United Methodist Church with Russ Branden and Tom Webb officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Lincoln, Kan.

Suggested memorial contributions are to the Sublette United Methodist Church and Special Olympics Kansas, Inc. in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at

Delbert Abe Davison


Delbert Abe Davison, age 91, died on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Grove Nursing Center in Grove, Okla.  He was born on Aug. 1, 1928, to Jesse Albert and Gertrude Mae (Randall) Davison in rural Morton County Kansas.  Delbert graduated from Rolla High School in 1946.  He married Anna Lee Duckworth on March 13, 1949.  She preceded him in death in April 2005.  Delbert later married Betty Mundhenke on March 2, 2013. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Grove; brother, Billy Joe  (Lovica) Davison of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Nancy (Mike) Lewis of Kendall, Kan.; son, Bert (Linda) Davison of Ada, Okla.; and stepdaughter, Barbara (Tim) Miller of Joplin, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Lee in 2005; sister, Betty Jean Williams in 2019 and daughter, Becky Jo Fisher in 2015.

Memorials for the Rolla Hope Foundation may be sent to Robson Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, KS. 67951.  A visitation will be held on at the Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove, Okla. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 from 2 - 4 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Rolla, Kan. on Jan. 4, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Wendy Marie Wilbur

Wendy Marie Wilbur, age 48, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kan.  Wendy was born April 22, 1971 in Tribune, Kan., the daughter of Gary Gwyn & Marilyn Joyce ( McBride ) Wilbur.  A lifetime resident of western Kansas, she was a farmer, rancher, teacher and a partner in Wilstine Farm Supply.

Wendy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Leoti.  She was a graduate of Wichita State University, playing on the women’s Shockers basketball team and track squad from 1991-1992.  She held memberships in the American Angus Association and WSU Alumni Association.

Her mother, Marilyn Wilbur; grandfathers, Jim McBride and Bob Wilbur; and two uncles precede her in death.

Wendy’s surviving family includes her parents, Beth Wilbur of Leoti; sisters, Aimee & Kelley Burch of Leoti, Jennifer & Matthew Ramsey of Lawrence, Kan., and Jill & Matthew Riley of Syracuse, Kan.; grandmothers, Joyce McBride of Leoti, Marilyn Wilbur of Garden City, Kan.; companion, Diran Barr of Berthoud, Colo.; step brothers, Ryan & Mindy Andrasek, Richmond, Texas, Rick & Amber Andrasek of Spring Hill, Tenn.; twelve nieces; four nephews; one great- niece and one great -nephew.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Leoti, with Rev. Gary Salmans officiating. Burial was in the Leoti Cemetery in Leoti.

Memorials may be made to the Wendy Wilbur Memorial Fund to benefit the Wichita County Health Center and Wichita County School Sports programs.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Roy Raymond Forbes

Roy Raymond Forbes was born in Denham Springs, La. on Oct. 2, 1941, to Laura Lee (Sullivan) and Wilburn Forbes. Raymond passed away at home, in Ocala, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.
Raymond worked delivering milk and mowing lawns from the age of 10 and was a first-class Boy Scout. He graduated from Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge, La. where he was president of the mathematics club. Subsequent to high school graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and completed boot camp and infantry training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Raymond served honorably in Iwakuni, Japan; Udorn, Thailand; and at El Toro and Barstow, Calif.
Remaining in California for a time after discharge from the Marine Corps, Raymond worked for NASA. Returning to Louisiana, Raymond attended Louisiana State University and served as an Army reservist. He worked for Standard Oil and for the State of Louisiana in computer programming positions. Raymond later moved to Jacksonville, Fla. and managed his own data processing company before joining the Federal Government, specializing in IBM mainframe data management.
Raymond served in government civil service assignments in Boston, Washington D.C., Richmond, Va., Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla. before retiring from U.S. Government Service in 2003.
In retirement, Raymond enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled airplanes; was an active member and president of Wind Walkers RC club in Virginia, and an active member of Tri-County RC club in Ocala/Dunnellon to present.
Raymond was an active member of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Woodbridge, Va. and Episcopal Church of the Advent in Dunnellon, Fla. He enjoyed travel and spending quality time with family and friends. Raymond recently stated to friends that there was no measure for the energy he gained from spending time with nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Western Kansas.
Raymond is preceded in death by his mother and father; by his stepfather, John Buford; and by his father-in-law, Lloyd Brown who called him “son”. He is survived by his wife, Pamela (Brown) of Ocala; “adopted” grandchildren, Najma and Nargis Hashimi of Triangle, Va.; mother-in-law Jeanne Brown of Tribune, Kan.; brothers-in-marriage David (Beverly) Brown of SE Wallace County, Scott (Jessica) Brown of Tribune and Jeremy (Karen) Brown of Shawnee, Kan.;  nine nieces and nephews, Jayme Brown (Buck) Bishop of Leoti, Kan., Andrew Brown of Hutchinson, Kan., Shandra Brown (David) Daniels of Casper, Wyo., Mackenzie Brown (Eric) Blakeslee of Manhattan, Kan., Mariah Brown (Bryce) Cavenee of Tribune, Theodore Brown of Shawnee, Colt, Kinlyn and Daxton Brown of Tribune;  11 grand nieces and nephews, Tristan, Teagan, Abbie and Zoey Bishop of Leoti, Kan., Jacob Brown of Hutchinson, Kan., Shianne, Ricki, Adrianne and Davena Daniels of Casper, Macyn and Emry Cavenee of Tribune.
Services will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1030 Central Time, at West Bethany Free Methodist Church, 1698 Co Rd 3, Leoti, KS 67861 with interment at Bethany Cemetery in Greeley County, Kan. Condolences may be sent to In-lieu-of-flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to West Bethany Free Methodist Church, sent in care of Fellers Funeral home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

Loretta “Retz” Holland


Loretta “Retz” Holland, age 78, of Syracuse, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Bent County Memorial Nursing Home in Las Animas, Colo.  She was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Wesley L. and D. Maxine (Shaffer) Holland.
Loretta grew up in Denver.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, making crafts, and baking.  She was active in her church.
Loretta is survived by her daughter, LeAnna Bratrud and husband Mikkel of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Wesley Holland and wife Maria of Leymone, Neb., and Larry Holland and wife Diana of Denver; sister, Mirriam DeFluiter and husband Gary of Kuna, Idaho; two grandchildren, Hunter and Dani; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loretta is preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Zeta June Holland and Linette Long.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kan., with Pastor Dave Keeton officiating.  Memorials may be given to Loretta Holland Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855. Condolences may be posted at

Donald Rushton

Funeral Services for Holly, Colo. resident, Donald Rushton was held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly with Kevin Bon May officiating.  Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 also at the funeral home.
Donald Rushton was born on Feb. 20, 1925 in Weatherford, Okla. to C.B. and Alice (Perkins) Rushton.  He passed away on Nov. 14, 2019 at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. at the age of 94.
Donald is survived by his children, Donna (Jerry) Adams of Holly, Merlin (Judy) Rushton of Holly, Diana (Mike) Mishler of Tribune, and Marvin (Mary) Rushton of Holly; siblings, Irene May of Lamar, Colo. and Temple (Sally) Rushton of Holly; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth (Lucius) Schenck of Johnson, Kan.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Alice Rushton; wife, Lucille Rushton; and siblings, Hugh Rushton, Louise Harper, and Melvin Rushton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain States Children’s Home or Holly Senior Center in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado, 81052.
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