ELLINWOOD - Eugene (Gene) R. Starnes, 80, died Aug. 27, 2011, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. He was born Sept. 30, 1930, at Kansas City, Kan., to Walter Johnson Starnes and Julia Catherine Bush Starnes. He married Edna Kathryn LeManske on Feb. 18, 1952, at Stony Point. A longtime resident of Ellinwood and Chase, he had been a policeman in Ellinwood and retired from Fuller Brush in Great Bend.
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.