Billy Blaine "Bill" Gowen

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Billy Blaine "Bill" Gowen, 89, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Washburn, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Wesley Hospital, Wichita, Kan.

He was born June 14, 1924, in Washburn, the son of William D. and Mable (Webb) Gowen. On June 21, 1953, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Baker, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two daughters, Janet Bates and her husband, Bill, of Wichita, Kan., and Kay Gowen, of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Adella Horner and her husband, Bill, of Cassville; and two grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Wayne Gowen.

He grew up and received his education at Washburn where he graduated from high school. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from Sept. 23, 1944, until Aug. 25, 1946. He then attended the University of Arkansas before being called back to the Army during the Korean War and served from Oct. 23, 1950, until Sept. 22, 1951. Upon returning home he finished his studies at the University of Arkansas and received his bachelor's degree. He had been employed with the Extension Service in Arkansas for a while and then moved to Wichita, where he was an Industrial Engineer for Boeing Aircraft for 32 years. After his retirement in 1985, he and Norma Jean did a lot of traveling.Graveside services with military honors were held today (Wednesday) at Washburn Prairie Cemetery, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Andy Lambel conducted the services.

Contributions may be made to Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, Inc., 310 North 45th Street West, Wichita, KS 67204.