Lawrence Raymond Meis

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Lawrence Raymond “Shorty” Meis September 9, 1927 - April 15, 2018

Lawrence “Shorty” Meis was born September 9, 1927 in Wallace County, Kansas to Henry Meis and Sophia (Dorzweiler) Meis. He spent his childhood on a farm in Sharon Springs, Kansas during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. After graduating from Wallace County High School in 1945, he worked on the Bricker farm for Ron and Amelia Bricker (his sister). He married Theresa Howard on January 12, 1950. In January of 1951, he joined the Air Force and assisted with opening Clovis Air Force Base in New Mexico. After being honorably discharged in 1952, Lawrence moved to Goodland, Kansas where he worked for International Tractor, Massey Ferguson, and White Machine Motors.

In 1966, Lawrence accepted an offer from Dick Hoch and Gordon Sipple to own and operate his own John Deere dealership in Northeastern Colorado, eventually expanding the business to include two stores in the communities of Yuma and Wray. He faithfully committed his life to L&L Implement, and the communities of Yuma and Wray for 34 years before retiring from the business in 2000. When not at the dealership, he spent his time making his friends laugh and spoiling his grandchildren. While living in Yuma, he was an avid supporter of the 4-H programs, the FFA, the schools, and other community-based programs.

Lawrence spent much of his retirement in Colorado Springs close to his daughter and grandchildren, before relocating to Denver in his final years.

The third youngest of 14 children, Lawrence was born ornery and never failed to fulfill his life’s purpose of making people laugh with his smile and playful antics. Incredibly loving, fiercely loyal, unequivocally intelligent, and unfailingly generous, he spent his life supporting his community and encouraging his family to continue his legacy of always working hard, and keeping a warm and open heart. He would oftentimes be found with his hand on his chin, deep in thought, and ready to advise - or joke, whatever the occasion called for. He will be most missed for the light he would bring to one’s day, the undying support he gave to his friends and family, and his ability to tell a story a thousand times while making people laugh every single time.

Stubborn to the end, Lawrence was the last of his siblings to pass, and the longest living of all his family. He will be greeted in heaven, with a raucous party, by his thirteen siblings: Adolph (Celestine), Alois (Lula), Rose (Alvie), Martin (Susan), William (Elizabeth), Leona (Victor), Albert (Agnes), Mary (Cletus), James (Eileen), Joe (Louise), Amelia (Ronald), Henry (Velma), and Clarence, and by his son, David Meis. His family is sure his beloved cat PeeWee will also be waiting for him.

He is survived by his wife Theresa; his Daughter Debra (Gary); four Grandchildren, Larry Sewell (Jerri), Serena Roberson (Phil), Gary Antonio, Jr. (Jenn), Crystal Antonio; five great grandchildren, Brittany, Dallas, Austin, Lailah, and Logan; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held on Friday April 27, 2018, at 10:00 AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Aurora, CO, followed by a ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Yuma county 4-H council, attn: Jolynn, 310 Ash St, Wray, CO 80758.

OBITUARIES

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Jason Stanley Kenny

Jason Stanley Kenny, age 47, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.  He was born September 20, 1970, in Goodland, Kansas, the son of Stanley Shoop and Dolores E. (Newell) Kenny. Jason grew up in Sharon Springs and... [More]

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V. Kay Melia

Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident, V. Kay Melia, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, surrounded by his family, at the Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado. Kay was born on May 9, 1930 near Bucklin, Kansas to Gordon and Lula (Skeen) Melia.   ... [More]

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Dr. Richard “Kay” Driver

Dr. Richard "Kay" Driver, 86, of Goodland Kansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Goodland after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Kay was born on March 2, 1932 in Great Bend, KS to Gladys & Guy Driver. He was baptized... [More]

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Dorothy Fay Connolly

Dorothy Fay Samuelson Connolly, age 87 passed away in Northglenn  Colorado on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Dorothy was born in Weskan , KS on September 19, 1930 to Lawrence Samuelson and Barbara (Godfrey) Samuelson.  She grew up in Weskan, the third of five girls, graduating,... [More]

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Shauna Denice Foster

Shauna Denice (Cloyd) Foster, age 58, of Sharon Springs, Kansas passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home in Sharon Springs.  Shauna was born June 1, 1960 to Glen and Maxine (Craven) Cloyd.  Shauna grew up and attended school at Wallace County High School... [More]

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Oscar Raymond Grubb

Oscar Raymond “Ray” Grubb, age 89½, of Mesa, AZ left this life July 6, 2018 at home. Ray was born on the family farm December 16, 1928 to Vernie Layman and Lacie Agatha (Thomason) Grubb of Fithian Illinois.  He was named for a beloved community doctor,... [More]

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Rex Arnold Gebhards

Rex Arnold Gebhards, lifelong Weskan farmer and rancher passed from this life on Monday night, July 2, 2018. He was a kind, generous and loving soul who will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who had opportunity to know him. Rex was born in Goodland, Kansas... [More]

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Norma Kathleen Wiedeman

Norma Kathleen Wiedeman, 67, passed away on June 30th, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO.  Norma was born October 24th, 1950 in Dallas, TX to Sam and Juanita Bradley. She was the youngest of four children, and the only daughter (Sammy, Kenny, Willy). She spent most of her... [More]

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COURT

Traffic Court reports - Aug 9, 2018

Rupp, Sasha Paulynn, Sharon Springs, Vehicle liability insurance required, fines $300, court costs $108. Masiker, Nolan Alexander, Lakeworth, Fla, Driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $93, court costs $108. Hauser, Kristin Lee, Wichita, Kans, Driving 82 mph in a 65 mph... [More]

Sentencings in Drug Cases

The Honorable Judge Scott Showalter handed down sentences in 7 drug related arrests, most of these stemming from the massive multi-county arrest August 2017. Matthew Henry Hessler appeared in court with attorney Colton Eikenberry, Hays, KS.  He had been charged with Unlawful... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jul 26, 2018

Mack, Antoine Jamaal, Norcross, GA, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99 and fees $108. Raines, Michael Thomas, Bedford, IN, driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and fees $108. Goodwin, Kiera Leanne, Wallace, KS, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $63 and... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jul 12, 2018

Zinda, Autumn A, Hartland, WI, driving 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. Fines $195 and costs $108. Galli, Jason Clay, Colby, KS, driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone. Fines $69 and costs $108. Anifrani, Kossi Edoh Esseata, North Chesterfield, VA, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Fines... [More]

Eby sentenced

Stephanie Lopez Eby, Sharon Springs, appeared in The Wallace County District Court on June 13, 2018, with her lawyer Michael Day of St. Francis. Eby was originally charged with Count 1 - Possession of opiate, opium, narcotic, or certain stimulant, Count 2 - Burglary, Dwelling... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jun 28, 2018

Flynn, Eriyah Chimyne, Los Angles, CA, driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, costs $108. Vanalstine, Erika P, Beaver Dam, AZ, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine $63, costs $108. Delgado-Ramos, Juan C, Alta, IA, driving 76 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine $51, costs $108;... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On June 13, 2018, 5 individuals appeared in The Wallace County District Court for sentencing on charges stemming from a 41-person multi-county drug bust last August. Adam Ford, Goodlamd, appeared with his lawyer, Zach Peterson, Norton. Ford plead “no contest” and... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jun 14, 2018

Chavez, Eliana G, Weskan, KS, driving 76 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines: $51, costs: $108, Operating a vehicle without a valid license, dismissed. Perry, Richard A, Cedar Park, TX, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines: $105, costs: $108. Prado, Jose Luis Acevedo,... [More]

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NEWS

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2018 School Year and Fall Sports Set to Begin

Good Luck to all the Student-Athletes from Sharon Springs, Weskan and surrounding areas for another successful school year! A view from above at Testing Night for the WCHS Football Team and a look at the gymnasium ready for volleyball. Also, a big thank you to Louise... [More]

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Schmidt - Robben engagement

Jessica Nichole Schmidt and Tyrel Cole Robben are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching wedding. Jessica is the daughter of Dotty Westergren & Jim Schmidt of Melvern, Kans. Tyrel is the son of Tamara & Rodney Robben of Sharon... [More]

Sheriff's Log for July 2018

  07-03 report domestic  07-03 911 report one male unresponsive 07-03 911 report of a fight domestic 07-06 911 report fire SS firemen paged out 07-06 report grain cart accident 07-06 911 fire in another county transferred 07-07 911 SS ambulance paged out... [More]

Midwest Energy Deadline Approaches

Once again Midwest Energy Advisory Board will be granting awards ranging from $50-$1000 in size for requests for any charitable, education or a nonprofit agency. Applications are now being accepted for disbursements and applications can be obtained... [More]

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How does your garden grow? - Harvesting Garlic

Garlic can be difficult to judge for ripeness, and harvesting either too early or too late can reduce storage life.  Guidelines for days to maturity aren’t much help, as both variety and weather conditions can significantly alter that schedule. ... [More]

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Heavy Winds and Rains Hit Wallace County

Friday, August 3, 2018, a severe storm struck fast and hard. High winds left the streets of Sharon Springs a battle zone of broken tree limbs, shattered glass, and downed power lines. City employees were quick to respond and restored power in a timely manner. Backyard rain gauges... [More]

Primary Election Results

The ballot counters for Wallace County have finished tallying the votes for Tuesday’s Primary Elections. Results are unofficial until canvassing is completed next week. Of the 1,070 registered voters, 402 voted (37.6% voter turnout.) Commissioner District 1 Ronnie Hill... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Wallace County 150th Anniversary

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Bugle Notes - Forsyth Scout Days with Gov. Colyer

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Bugle Notes - Kriegh reunion and State Museum Board retreat

Wow, another FULL week for the Fort Wallace Museum! We have had excellent visitation for the past week, with more than 130 folks coming through our doors, including visitors from New Zealand, Sweden, and other countries. We have been blessed with visitors from several local... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Gatling Gun and Museum Passport Program

If you are interested in antique weaponry or in historical buildings in Wallace County, boy, do we have an event for you! Coming this Sunday, July 15, at 3 pm MDT, come on over to the 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad House in Wallace (the tall limestone building visible from Highway... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Railroad House and "Fifty Fearless Men"

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Bugle Notes - Buick Car Club and future plans

On Monday, the Fort Wallace Museum was pleased to host a contingent of the national Buick Car Club, as it caravanned from Denver, CO to Atchison Kansas. There was a total of 14 restored classic vehicles that stopped over to tour the Museum and grounds. The club members had... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Pump Organs and Dinosaurs

Another milestone day for the Fort Wallace Museum was this past Tuesday, as 52 organs from the Dick and Bernice Rhea Pump Organ Collection were moved into the north end of the Milford Becker Addition! It was another huge community effort, with organs loaded onto trailers by the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Cleaning and Organizing

  There is plenty of work going on at the Museum these days! Have you ever cleaned and organized your garage, and re-evaluated your possessions? Well, we have a big dose of that reality going on right now, as a work crew led by Chuck and Ramona Zortmann has been cleaning... [More]

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