William E. Unrau
William E. Unrau passed away October 4, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. He was born in Goessel, Kansas, August 19, 1929, to William H. and Margaret Epp Unrau. Of Mennonite heritage, he grew up on a Kansas farm during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years near the historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Bethany College faculty in Lindsborg, KS. from 1958 to 1965 and from 1965 to 1996 he was a member of the history faculty at Wichita State University where he was named Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History. He was known nationally as one of the leading historians of Native Americans. As a prolific scholar, he published eleven books and numerous articles about federal Indian policy and Indian/White relations. Bill's gregarious personality, his sense of humor and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by his wife, Millie; sister, Averil Leach (Bob) of Sacramento, CA; two children and their spouses, Debbie and Tom McClellan of Wichita, KS, and Bill and Pam Unrau of Boulder, CO; and grandsons, Andrew McClellan of Wichita, KS and Rudy Unrau of Conifer, CO. A memorial service will be held November 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Boulder Mennonite Church. Kansas friends and family will gather in Wichita to celebrate Bill's life at a later date. Donations may be made to the Craig Miner-William Unrau Fund for Graduate Students at the Wichita State University History Department, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260.
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