WICHITA - Venita E. Moore, 89, died Aug. 26 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born Sept. 11, 1921 in Rush County, she was the daughter of E.M. and Mollie Ernst Moore. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1939, and attended Fort Hays Kansas State College. A resident of Wichita for 36 1/2 years, coming from Dallas, Texas, she was employed for several years by Federal Land Bank, working in their LaCrosse, Oberlin and Larned offices. She then worked for an oil company in Great Bend, transferring to their San Antonio, Texas office.
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.
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...