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James W. Elston

February 24, 2014

James W. Elston passed away at his residence in Syracuse on February 24, 2014 at the age of 63. As the second of four children, Jim was born in Syracuse, Kansas to parents James and Naomi (Stinchcomb) Elston on October 1, 1950. The family maintained a farm north of Kendall, KS. James graduated from Syracuse High School in 1968; Colby Community College in 1970 and from Fort Hays State...
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June Ardelle Allison

June 9, 1925 - February 18, 2014

June Ardelle (Eastburn) Allison was born on June 9, 1925 in Arnold, NE to George and Ollie (Tinsley) Eastburn. She passed away on February 18, 2014 at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Colorado at the age of 88. June was a contortionist and performed at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. She enjoyed singing and dancing. June was a member of the First Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge. ...
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Dorothy Wagner

May 24, 1922 - February 3, 2014

Dorothy Fern (Barber) Wagner was born on May 24, 1922 in Amorita, Oklahoma to Ruthburn and Alpha A.(Lile)Barber. She passed away on February 3, 2014 at her daughter's home in Lamar, Colorado at the age of 91. Dorothy is survived by her children, Donna Guido and husband, Michael of Lamar, CO, Barbara Oberly and husband, John of Sioux Falls, SD, David Wagner and wife, Shari of Holly, CO, Rebecca...
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Donna Ilene Hazen

December 3, 1951 - January 19, 2014

Donna Ilene Hazen was born on December 3, 1951 in Holly, Colorado to Willie and Florence (Wear) Hazen. She passed away on January 19, 2014 in Garden City, KS at the age of 62. Donna is survived by siblings, Bobby Hazen and wife, Carol of Louisville, KY, Edgar Hazen and wife, Judy of Brighton, CO, Elvin Hazen and wife, Lynda of Holcomb, KS, Doris Ratzlaff and husband, Roy of Del Norte, CO, and...
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Nancy Mary Lois Nichols

April 2, 1918 - January 10, 2014

Graveside services for former Holly business woman Nancy Nichols will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, Pastor Kathy Leathers will officiate. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly. Nancy Mary Lois (Casteel) Nichols was born on April 2, 1918 in Granada, Colorado to...
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William "Bill" Nordyke

September 22, 1937 - December 26, 2013

William "Bill" Wilson Nordyke of Holly, Colorado, departed this life on December 26, 2013 with his wife and family at his side. Bill was born to Ralph and Fern (Hopkins) Nordyke on September 22, 1937, in Holly, CO. He attended school in Trenton, Nebraska, and in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a teen, Bill worked for Western Union delivering telegrams. He later worked for the XY Ranch...
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Opal "Mickey" P. Kalma

January 5, 1926 - November 20, 2013

Opal "Mickey" Kalma was born to Walter and Ethel (Moffett)Bronson on January 5, 1926 at Rush Center, KS. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Fort Lyon, CO where she attended Rixey School and then school in Las Animas. Mickey worked in Lamar and enjoyed time dancing. She met Gerald Kalma at the Lake Side dance and the two became a couple. On October 31, 1943 they were united in...
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Julia M. Bruce

July 4, 1923 - October 18, 2013

Julia Marie Thompson Bruce was born on July 4, 1923, South of Holly, and went to sleep in Jesus on October 18, 2013, at her home in Holly with family by her side. Julia lived her entire life in Prowers County, Colorado. She completed the 8th grade at Pleasant Valley School South of Holly, and completed her GED after raising most of her children. Julia began cooking for and caring for children...
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Gilbert L. Neugebauer

March 7, 1933 - October 16, 2013

Gilbert Leroy Neugebauer was born March 7, 1933 in Holly, Colorado to Henry "Hank" and Neva (Bledsoe) Neugebauer. He passed away on October 16, 2013 at his home at the age of 80. Gilbert was united in marriage to Wilma Jean Dickson on September 6, 1952 in Raton, New Mexico, a marriage that lasted 61 years. To this union they were blessed with two sons and a daughter. Gilbert worked...
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Opal P. Conley

November 17, 1920 - September 10, 2013

Opal began her journey on November 17, 1920 at the Speer homestead north of Holly to John and Alice Speer. She graduated from Holly High in 1939. She married Lewis Cathcart in January of 1939. To this union five children were born; Jessie Faye, Vera Mae, Wanda Kay, Gilbert Ray, and John Jay. They engaged in farming north of Holly until Lewis got sick. After Lewis got better they ran a dairy...
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Galen N. Sears

December 23, 1919 - September 8, 2013

Galen Norris Sears passed away September 8, 2013 after an extended illness at the age of 93. Galen was born December 23, 1919 in Holly, Colorado to Harold and Mabel (Fowler) Sears. After he graduated from Holly High School he married Audrey Adellene Hart on June 16, 1937. Galen worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in California until he was injured in an accident. He enlisted in the US Army...
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Cathy Sue Wagner-Renner

February 16, 1957 - July 13, 2013

Cathy Sue Wagner-Renner, 56, passed away July 13, 2013 at home in Fort Collins, CO after a courageous, lengthy battle with cancer. She was born February 16, 1957 in Lamar, CO. She grew up in Coolidge, KS. In 1994, Sue earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the College of Business at Colorado State University. She started her career at CSU with the Alumni Foundation,...
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Linda D. Crum

June 18, 2013

Per Linda's request only service information will be provided.
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Billy D. Jones

November 23, 1921 - June 5, 2013

Billy Dean Jones was born on November 23, 1921 on a farm in rural Columbus, Kansas to Robert A. and Dora (Fruet) Jones. He passed away June 5, 2013 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, KS at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Deloris (Heitz) Jones of the home; four children, Linda Kay Marples and husband, Bill of Lamar, Colorado, Carl Jones and wife, Cindy of Granada, Colorado,...
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Marvin Bender

February 29, 1940 - May 12, 2013

Marvin Bender passed away at his home in Holly, Colorado on May 12, 2013. He was 73….or in leap years, 18. Memorial services for Marvin will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 17th, 2013, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, CO. Reverend Eugene Birt will officiate. A memorial service for Marvin Bender will also be in Britton, SD on Monday, July 1st, 2013, at the First Lutheran Church of...
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Marciana Giron Juarez

January 9, 1932 - May 3, 2013

Mass of Christian burial for Marciana Giron-Juarez will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado with Father Charles Sena as the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Rosary will be at 9:30 being led by Deacon Alan Medina. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Marciana Giron-Juarez was...
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Valentin Rodriguez-Nunez

February 14, 1940 - April 30, 2013

Valentin Rodrigues-Nuñez was born February 14, 1940 to Roberto and Jovita (Nuñez) Rodrigues. He passed away at Memorial Hospital in Colorado, Springs on April 30, 2013 at the age of 73. Valentin is survived by his wife, Victoria Rodriguez; four daughters, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Leticia Rodriguez, Dolores Rodriguez, and Yolanda Rodriguez; two sons, Valentin Rodriguez and Alfredo Rodriguez;...
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Maxine Seibel

January 21, 1916 - April 28, 2013

Jennie Maxine (Ransom) Seibel was born on January 21, 1916 in Wakita, Oklahoma to Guy and Edna (Farr) Ransom. She passed away April 28, 2013 at Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 97. Maxine married Luther Seibel on July 28, 1935 in Wakita, Oklahoma. To this union they had a son, Monte and a daughter, Carol. Maxine was a member of Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church in Leoti. ...
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Stanley R. Holdren

September 17, 1949 - March 12, 2013

Stanley Richard Holdren was born on September 17, 1949 in Lamar, Colorado to Elbert and Donna (Monroe) Holdren. He passed away on March 12, 2013 at the Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, Colorado at the age of 63. Stanley is preceded in death by his father, Elbert Holdren; mother, Donna Northrup; step-father, Donald Northrup; brother, Anthony Holdren; and daughter, Monica Holdren. He is...
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Ella Rose Jones

October 18, 1922 - February 7, 2013

Ella Rose (Bosman) Jones was born October 18, 1922 in Spearville, KS and departed this earth on February 7, 2013 at the Seasons of Life Living Center in Syracuse, KS. Ella Rose was a long time resident of Spearville, KS where she went to school, married and raised her family. Ella Rose was born to Ted and Anna Bosman. She was the third daughter born to the couple. She had two older...
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Darrell D. Seufer

July 8, 1922 - February 1, 2013

Darrell D. Seufer passed away on February 1, 2013 at the Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, CO at the age of 90. He was born, along with his twin brother, Jewell, to Fred and Lelia (Fowler) Seufer on July 8, 1922 in Holly, Colorado. Darrell and Jewell were born in the middle of a storm that blew out the front window of their grandparents' home. Darrell served in the U.S. Navy Construction...
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Lyda Mary Woodward

June 3, 1940 - December 19, 2012

Lyda Mary Woodward, 72, died at her home in Port Orchard on December 19, 2012. She was born June 3, 1940 in Syracuse, KS to R.D. & Ethel (Seward) Showers. She graduated from Holly High School in Holly CO in 1958 and married Walter A. Woodward. Lyda was a homemaker and also was involved in income tax preparation. She enjoyed sewing & crafts and was a member of the LDS Church on Mullinex Road in...
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Marcella Bellinger

November 11, 1948 - November 4, 2012

Long-time Syracuse, Kansas resident, Marcella Bellinger (Lewis) (Elston) passed away at Hays Medical Center November 4, 2012 at the age of 63 after admirably enduring prolonged health issues. Over her last days at home in Hays, KS, she was surrounded by family and friends who cared for and loved her. Marcella was a driven and hardworking individual, who never stopped learning. Her strong...
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Curtis Rushton

April 11, 1956 - June 12, 2012

Funeral services for longtime Holly, Colorado resident, Curtis Dell Rushton, 56, will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Coolidge Gymnasium in Coolidge, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Mr. Kevin May will officiate. Visitation will be at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 1:00 P. M. to 5:00 P.M. Curtis Dell...
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Dolly Lavena Beaman

August 21, 1917 - June 8, 2012

Graveside services for former Hamilton County, Kansas, resident Dolly Lavena Beaman will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 16, 2012 at Bearcreek Cemetery, Coolidge, KS, With Pastor Eugene Birt will officiating. Dolly was born on August 21, 1917 to George and Edith (McClary) Herren on a farm in Hamilton County, KS. She grew up on a farm 8 miles north of Coolidge, KS. She was united in marriage...
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Deanna Dee Files

October 2, 1957 - May 10, 2012

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for La Junta, Colorado resident Deanna Dee Files will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, CO. Pastor Eugene Birt will officiate. Per family's request Dee was cremated and there will be no visitation. There will be a private family burial of cremains at a later date. Dee was born October 2, 1957...
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