William H. Morris
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.
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Connie - I just found out about Bill. I'm so sorry..We moved to Ft. Collins, CO about a year ago, and I was thinking about him, so googled his name and found his obituary. Bill was my boss at City Hall back in the '70's, and we stayed in touch when we both "went out on our own.." We had many, many wonderful visits at Century Plaza building, where I started Downtown Wichita News and East Wichita News and he opened his PR business.. Over the years, we visited fairly often; he was never to busy to stop and talk when I stopped by his office, and every once in a while we had lunch, just to visit and talk about old times... He was truly a remarkable and creative person and I treaure our time together. He passed away much too young. I'm so sorry..
gary thompson
September 26, 2010
I was saddened to learn about Bill's passing. Even though, I had lost touch with him, I have often wondered how he was doing.

Most of my fondest "ad agency" memories are from my days at The Morris/Frey Agency. I had many laughs and lots of fun working with some of the best people in the business.

I thoroughly enjoyed working for Bill; he had a brilliant mind and was a great strategist. I remember Bill for his big, booming voice and hearty laugh. Truth be told, he was a big teddy bear that could be bribed with chocolate.

He will be greatly missed by many!
Monica Mikesell
February 23, 2010
Connie - I returned from out of town on Monday and just learned of Bill's death. You taught me Speech at WSU and I remember you and Bill in the HMR program with me. My own husband, Don, died almost 5 years ago. I am so very sorry for your loss. This is such a tragedy for your family and I will remember you in my prayers. Diana Wolfe
February 19, 2010
Connie, I am so sorry to hear of your (our) loss. Bill was a key player in the commnity and in my life as we each worked for the City of Wichita and were members of PRSA for so many years. I am sorry to have missed his service. Pat MacDonald
Pat MacDonald
February 17, 2010
Connie, I really enjoyed the service today. It brought back many memories.
David Wyckoff
February 15, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill will be greatly missed. My prayers go got to your family.
February 14, 2010
Bill also gave my first job in advertising in the early 90s. Looking back at the work samples I applied for the position with, I have no idea why he decided to take a chance on me. But I am grateful he did, and still use the mentoring and wisdom he patiently provided me with in my work and writing every day.

Bill was an incredibly real and caring guy (and PR genius) in a business world often too populated by people more interested in the shallow, dress-for-success mentality (not that he wasn't the consumate dresser -- aside from the seemingly weekly post-lunch-ketchup-on-the-tie incident.)

Bill had a way of connecting with people of any stripe that was deep and sincere. One thing Bill told me on numerous occasions was "you are always in either the position to give help or receive help." And he didn't just say it. He truly lived it.

My deepest condolences to Bill's family.
Stephen Hobson
February 14, 2010
Bill gave me my first job in advertising, and was always good-natured and supportive. I can still hear him bellowing, "Where's the WIFM?!" You made your point, Bill—I still ask myself that question on my projects at Hallmark.

Connie, my thoughts and support are with you and your family. A personality as big and warm as Bill's doesn't come along every day.
Amy Cecil
February 13, 2010
So sorry to hear about Bill. Randy and I enjoyed our time with you and Bill while on the KSN trip to England back in 1987. Our prayers will be with you in the days ahead.
Sandra Appel
February 13, 2010
Bright, funny, an incredibly fine friend.
February 13, 2010
Bright, funny, an incredibly fine friend.
February 13, 2010
So much appreciated Bill's mentoring while working at The Bill Morris Agency and Morris/Frey Agency in the late 80's and early 90's. And, of course, I ate more tomatoes during those years than any other time in my life. Thank you, Bill.
David Hogeboom
February 13, 2010
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