Morris, William H. 67, died February 10, 2010 in Topeka from complications following surgery. Born September 3, 1942, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Janie Morris and his brother, David Morris. He is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Scott DuVall, Prairie Village, Claire Morris (Paul Long), Lawrence, Gretchen Black, Wichita, and Katie Morris-Conrad (David), Sonoma, California; grandchildren, Emma Black and Abilu Long, Sean Maida and Natalia Maida; sister, Julie Strnad (Jan), Los Angeles, California; nephews, Thomas Oldfather and Pete Morris; and dear cousins. His many friends include his lunch bunch, sailing buddies and the retired Wichita Eagle Final Friday group, among others. The retired owner of Bill Morris and Company, he was an advertising and public relations professional for more than 35 years and a lifelong Wichitan. Bill graduated from WHS North and Kansas State University, worked for the Wichita Eagle and Cessna Aircraft and was the City of Wichita Public Information Officer before starting his own business. Upon retirement, he continued with freelance work, mentoring and volunteering with KMUW public radio. He loved musicbluegrassraising tomatoes, photography, KSU football and observing politics. Bill was one of the original organizers of the Wichita River Festival, a Wichita Festivals Inc. Wagonmaster for many years and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. A celebration of Bill Morris' life will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 15, at University United Methodist Church, 2220 E. Yale. In lieu of flowers, please remember Bill with a donation to The Lord's Diner.
Published by Wichita Eagle from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2010.