EnglishSpanish

Francis Andrew Younger

 

Francis Andrew Younger, 79, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Clear Creek Care Center in Westminster, Co.  He was a longtime resident of Syracuse, KS. 

To friends and family, he was known as Frank.

He was born October 18, 1941 in Victoria, Kansas, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Mermis) Younger. Frank was the youngest of eight siblings.  While growing up he helped work the family farm and was active in sports: rotating between football, basketball and baseball. As was the case with each of his older brothers, Frank displayed the most talent and passion at baseball; he had a reputation as a crafty pitcher, and threw a number of no-hitter games while playing in the local leagues around Hays, Kansas.

Frank joined the Kansas National Guard after High School and attended Fort Hays State University.  He later settled in Salina, Kansas, after finding employment at Beech Aircraft.  It was in Salina that he would also meet his future wife, Carla (Pfefferkorn) Younger, and they would have three children: Lori, Rebecca, and Matthew.

After the Beech plant closed in 1981, he moved his family to Syracuse, Kansas, where he became a proud employee of the Kansas Department of Transportation for the next 24 years.  Frank began his employment with KDOT as an Equipment Operator, and advanced to the position of Engineering Technician before retiring in 2007.

He also gave a total of 23 years of honorable service to the Kansas National Guard, retiring in 2001.

Frank was an active member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, where he was also a longtime member of the Syracuse council of the Knights of Columbus.  He was involved in the Syracuse Lions Club, and for many years was a reliable and proud participant in the Syracuse Veterans Day parade.  

In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He remained an avid sports fan and spectator his entire life, with KU and KSU being among his favorite teams.  His weekend routine always revolved around being free at game time.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Ralph Younger and Cletus Younger and his wife Rose, three sisters; Irene Linenberger and husband Paul, Bernice McMillan and husband Don, and Marilyn Prewo. 

He is survived by his wife; Carla (Pfefferkorn) Younger of Overland Park, KS, two daughters; Lori Strella and husband Scott of Olathe, KS, and Rebecca Malleck and husband Tony of Henderson, CO,  one son; Matthew Younger of Rogers, AR, three granddaughters; Ashley Strella of Wichita, KS and Abby Strella and Ava Strella of Olathe, KS, one brother; Nathan Younger of Commerce City, Co, one sister; Geraldine Ruder of Hays, KS, and one brother-in-law; Tom Prewo of Hays, KS.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Friday, October 30, 2020 at The Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria with Fr. James Moster officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Thursday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hays and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Friday at The Basilica.  A vigil service and rosary will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.  Inurnment with military honors by the Hays VFW Post #9076 Honor Guard will be in St. Fidelis Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus Annual Appeal.  Condolences and memories of Frank may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com

 

OBITUARIES

Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden

  Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden, age 91, passed away into the loving arms of the Lord in Temple, Texas on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. She was born on July 15, 1929 in Johnson, Kansas, the daughter of Everett and Alice Farrar.  Jerry, as she was known to most,... [More]

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 38, at her home, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on July 8, 1982 in Tribune, Kansas the daughter of Michael Lee Cox and Stacey Lynnette (Koehn) Cox. Tori began her life in Tribune, and grew up... [More]

thumb

Christie “J.R.” Raymond Bamberger

  It was in Larned, KS, on December 19, 1945, Christie Raymond Bamberger, Jr. joined Chris and Thelma (Henderson) Bamberger, and their other three children, Linda, Shirley and Denny. From the hospital, he was spirited away to the family’s farm northeast of Jetmore.... [More]

Kathy Lynn Trask

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy Trask will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado with Father Steven Murray as celebrant.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 12:30 p.m.  Interment will... [More]

thumb

James William Frantz

James William Frantz December 15, 1939 - February 7, 2021 James William Frantz was born December 15, 1939, the eldest son of Lucretia Anawalt and Frank Frantz, Jr., in Dodge City, Kansas. Jim graduated from Dodge City High School in 1958 and later attended Dodge City Junior... [More]

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 40, at her home, in Lakin, Kansas. She was born on July 17, 1980 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Damian Saiz and Eloisa (Urteaga) Oropeza. Crystal began her life in Garden City, and attended... [More]

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the age of 84, at the Hamilton County ISB, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on June 17, 1936 in Richwood, New Jersey the daughter of Howard Myers and Ethel (Bates) Myers. Jane began her life in Richwood,... [More]

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam, age 60, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born on July 1, 1960 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of O.L. Lynam and Zelma (Puckett) Lynam. Memorial Services will be held at... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries

SPORTS

thumb

SUBSTATE HEARTACHE

Substate began and ended quickly but these Varsity teams left it all out on the court. In heartbreaking last second baskets, our basketball season was over. The boys lost by two points in the last five seconds and the girls lost by three. A wrap up of the season will come in... [More]

thumb

HEADING TO SUBSTATE

The SHS Bulldogs faced the 4-A Holcomb Longhorns for the final home game of the season, with the varsity teams unable to win. The boys will be the number three seed in first sub state match up at home, Monday, March 1, against the number 6 seed, Stanton County. This will be the... [More]

thumb

Junior High Bulldog Basketball

The Syracuse Jr. High basketball season has come to end following the High Plains League Tournament last Saturday. And what a season it was. It began when Head coach Jeff Mathias resigned from basketball due to his wife Tori’s health concerns. “The kids love... [More]

thumb

BOYS TAKE THIRD IN HPL TOURNEY

The varsity Bulldogs have finished the annual High Plains League Tournament and now looking toward the rest of the season. They will travel to Johnson to face the Stanton County Trojans Friday, January 29.  Junior Varsity boys and girls will play at 3:45, varsity girls... [More]

thumb

HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE TOURNEY BEGINS

Syracuse High School varsity basketball teams began the High Plain League Tournament this week. The Monday Tuesday games were hosted by Stanton County and the Thursday, Friday Saturday games will be in Syracuse.  According to Athletics Director, Dan Delgado, this is the... [More]

thumb

UNDEFEATED 8-0 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM MEETS RIVAL LAKIN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

The Syracuse High School boys varsity basketball team is having a record year!  With Tuesday night’s 58-22 win against Moscow, the Bulldogs have secured the number two seed in the upcoming High Plains League Tournament (HPL) held at Syracuse January 11, 12, 14, 15... [More]

thumb

V and JV Bulldogs Sweep Wichita County

The SHS Bulldogs basketball teams travelled to Leoti on Tuesday, December 22 to face the Wichita County Indians for the final game of 2020. The Bulldogs junior varsity and varsity teams all came home with a win heading into the holiday break. The boys C-team came up four points... [More]

thumb

County Wars Tournament Winners

In the first round of County Wars,  Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kyler Keller with 18 points.  Plunkett had 17 points, Mitchell added 7, Leyva 6, Diaz 4, Gould 2. Syracuse 54 – Keller 5 8-10 10, Plunkett 5 4-4 10, Mitchell 3 1-1 6, Leyva 3 0-0 6, Diaz 2... [More]

More Sports

NEWS

thumb

Local Love's Brings Home Multiple Awards

2020 may be remembered for the challenges brought upon the world. But our response to them is what defines us. And our local Loves Convenience store rose to the occasion as they won severeal awards. Last week, they received the Exceptional Customer Service Award for the year... [More]

WHEATLAND ELECTRIC VOTES TO SPREAD ADDITIONAL COSTS OVER 12 MONTH PERIOD

The Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, to spread any additional costs from the recent unprecedented winter weather event evenly over a 12-month time period. Wheatland would like to ensure our members that we will continue... [More]

THE COST OF ENERGY

It’s on everyones minds. What’s happening with our gas and electric prices?  Now that we are past the extreme temperatures and possible rolling blackouts, news stories from Texas have poured out with $2000 to $9000 electric bills.  Governor Kelly,  US... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

  SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Thanks Our Members for Conservation During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY–Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to our members for their efforts in conserving energy during the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis.  On February 15, 2021, Wheatland Electric was made aware... [More]

thumb

EXTREME COLD SPELL PUTS COUNTY ON EDGE

Record breaking temperatures descended upon Hamilton County last weekend.  Livestock producers hurriedly prepared as best they could but no one was prepared for temperatures like -20 degrees and with the wind chill, -35 degrees. Emergency Management was in touch with... [More]

Governor Laura Kelly Urges Kansans to do Their Part, Continue to Conserve Energy  

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly continues to urge Kansans to do their part and conserve energy to help ensure a continued supply of natural gas and electricity throughout the state. "Kansans are known for pulling together and taking care of our neighbors," Governor Kelly... [More]

More News

OPINIONS

The Ring Is Getting Stronger

Last weekend, my husband had me watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I won’t lie, I fell asleep through some of it and couldn’t understand what they were saying in other parts. But two pieces stick out to me. The first one is “lembas.” It is elvish bread... [More]

HARD TIMES

I was home sick this weekend with a bad cold. I read a book about the Dust Bowl days - The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. It was a fictional account of a family who did everything they could and it never got better. The dust kept coming for years. They left for California and... [More]

Dedicated to the Farmer and Rancher

I can’t believe how quickly my perspective can change. As I write this it’s ten degrees and sunny outside. And it is the most incredible beautiful day.  Just a few weeks ago, 10 degrees would have been ridiculously cold.  But the extreme cold snap with wind... [More]

The Whole Story

Do you ever long for a complete story, not just the one side people are trying to push you toward? Most issues have many facets. An example is guns. Somewhere a gun is protecting someone. At the same time someone is being oppressed or held against their will by the intimidation... [More]

INVESTING IN US

When I think of news anymore I think of quick sound bytes that don’t really tell a story. They are fast tiny tidbits usually biased in one direction or the other.  “Breaking news! Fire! President’s Executive Orders!” Nothing seems to go deeper.... [More]

Where does your hope come from?

Where does your hope come from? We are in a severe drought. Dirt blowing and hope for our crops is almost none. Dry land farming is difficult and can leave you hopeless. The irony is we live in the Bible Belt yet so many lose their faith so quickly. Have you heard the joke... [More]

Can't Get There From Here

I am writing this as President Biden is being sworn in. Yes I am past my deadline. And I have so much I would like to say but a short space to say it.  What is the state of our country? I don’t think we are at unity. When the ball on a pendulum is lifted and swung... [More]

Inspiration, Travel And A Good Laugh

Since I bought The Syracuse Journal I have wanted an outdoor piano for in front of the office. It looks like I am getting my wish. They are tearing down an old house and this cool 1950s piano will be destroyed if someone doesn’t take it. I am so excited to paint it and... [More]

More Opinions