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.
Richard L. "Dick" Budig, 81, of Great Bend, died Friday, Aug. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, at Redwing, the son of Anton and Eleanor (Mauler) Budig. Richard married Mary Ann Dobson May 20, 1949 at Stockton. She preceded him in death on April 30, 1998. He was a Great Bend resident since 1993 coming from Derby, working for Younger Energy as an oilfield pumper before retiring in 2007.