ATWOOD, Kan. – Karen Lee (Bowin) Horinek, 57, of Atwood, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Englewood, Colo. She was born on July 3, 1959, in Emporia, Kan., to Rufus and Irene (Harris) Bowin-Leech. She was the youngest of four children.
Karen was raised in Osage City, Kan., and graduated from high school in 1977. Karen joined the Air National Guard in 1978 and was honorably discharged in 1994 as a Master Sargent.
Karen made her home in Atwood in 1993, where she graciously and whole-heartedly accepted the title of stepmom to three young girls, Allison Kastens, Justine Hadley, and Megan Etling. She was blessed with her daughter Mallory Horinek in 1996. Karen was very involved in her daughters’ upbringing and was much loved as a mom by all of them.
As a businesswoman, Karen successfully started and ran her own small business, CS Gas Inc. She was awarded Kansas Business Development Center’s Small Business of the Year in 2015.
Karen enjoyed vacationing in Florida, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and deer hunting in Kansas. She was smart, independent and caring. Her generosity knew no bounds.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Rufus Bowin; stepfather, John Leech; mother, Irene Leech; and brother-in-law, Carey Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Allison Kastens and husband, Joshua, of Atwood, Justine Hadley and husband Ryan, Atwood, Megan Etling and husband Austin, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mallory Horinek and fiancé Alex Helms, Atwood; siblings, Barbara Church, Naples, Fla., Jerry Bowin and wife, Linda Lee, Osage City, and Kelley Bowin and wife, Blinda, Osage City; four granddaughters, Brynley and Emery Kastens and Elliana and Katherine Hadley; and a grandson, Jasper Etling.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March, 1, at Baalmann Mortuary, 109 N. Second St., Atwood. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Atwood United Methodist Church, 200 N. Fourth St., Atwood. Burial will follow in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Sam Hubbard Post 46, in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For condolences or information visit www.baalmannmortuary.com.