KINGMAN - Willie V. Bowman, 73, died Aug. 19, 2011. Born April 10, 1938, at Pauls Valley, Okla., he was the son Ervin and Mattie Mumford Bowman. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he was a retired oil field shop foreman. On Aug. 15, 1959, he married Leona Ingram. She died Nov. 1, 1997. On Oct. 24, 2003, he married Lou Allen-Redd. She survives.
ELLINWOOD – Edward J. Miller, 72, died Aug. 21, 2011, at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 26, 1938, in Harper County, he was the son of Walter and Alice Trentman Miller. He graduated from Zenda High School in 1957. A longtime resident of Ellinwood, Edward was an electrician and owned Miller Electric for many years.
HEIZER - Chris Alan Smolik, 33, died Aug. 20 at his home in Heizer. Born Feb. 12, 1978, in Great Bend, he was the son of Tom and Sherry (Biles) Smolik. A resident of Heizer since 2001, coming from Spring, Texas, he was a welder for Great Bend Manufacturing.
AURORA, Colo. - Sandra June (Burroughs) Wamsley passed away Aug.19, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Gaile Holland Zelenka, 95, died Aug. 20, 2011, at her home in rural Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
There are new books at the Ellinwood Community/School Library. They are:
In our last edition, Kansas Wetlands Education Center Manager Curtis Wolf discussed "Nature Deficit Disorder" and the importance of getting children outside. I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to interact with an eclectic array of people through our outreach events and school programs. I have an activity in one of my programs where I ask participants to reflect on their favorite childhood memories and draw a setting or activity that comes to mind. Unfortunately, I have found a definitive trend. 99% of the time, adults age twenty and up draw themselves outdoors either throwing a baseball, watching the ...
Ray and Donna Zimmerman of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Dawn Zimmerman, to Larry Dennis Winegarner II, son of Linda Winegarner of Wichita. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Maxine Heueisen of Great Bend and the late Charles Heueisen, and Erma Zimmerman of Great Bend and the late Percy Zimmerman. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Thomas and Lena Vogt.
Clayton and Pauline Mong of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
Renee McVey and Gary Demel announce their engagement. Parents of the bride-elect are Fred Johnson of Trousdale and the late Cynthia Wilson. Parents of the prospective groom are Katherine Demel of Claflin and the late August J. Demel.
Don Schepmann Jr. of Holyrood and Treva Paden of Geneseo, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Dyanne Schepmann, to Darren Lee Nicolet, son of Celia Nicolet of Great Bend and the late Kenny Nicolet. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Glen and Joyce Burress of Ellinwood, Marie Schepmann of Claflin and the late Don Schepmann Sr. The prospective groom is the grandson of Neuell Nicolet and the late Jean Nicolet, and the late Lawrence and Rosalie Bussen.
Tony and Karen Axman will celebrate their 50th anniversary in October with an event to be shared with family and friends. Hosts of the celebration will be their children. Karla and Doug Crissman and Steve Axman and Sherry Doonan, all of Great Bend, David and Cindy Axman, of Lawrence, and Ryan and Ann Axman, of Hoisington; their eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donna Bryant will celebrate her 80th birthday with a surprise party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at UCC Church, 701 N. Fritz Ave. in Ellinwood. Hosts for the event will be Michele Bryant and Lynnae Partridge. Friends and family are invited.
Savannah K. Schmitt and Beau D. Gatewood were united in marriage of July 9 at the United Methodist Church in Salem in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Ryan Lynch. Parents of the couple are Tony and Karen Schmitt of Ellinwood and Doug and Crystal Gatewood of Columbus. Grandparents of the bride are Nick and Rose Schmitt of Great Bend and Garry and Sue Lingenfelter of Jet, Okla. Grandparents of the groom are Joy and Charles Gatewood and Glenn and Nancy Blancett, all of Columbus.
In the race of experimental electric cars at the 15th annual High Plains ElectroRally, held at Frontier Park in Hays on Sept. 25, Hays High School won the Standard Class, Wheatland High School won the Solar Class, and Olathe Northwest won the team spirit award.
The Kansas Rural Center has released a full agenda for their 2014 Farm and Food Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration to take place Nov. 7 and 8, at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive in Manhattan.