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William Brown

March 18, 1934 ~ June 17, 2017 (age 83)
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William “Bill” Brown



            William (Bill) Brown, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, joined his loved ones in Heaven, Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the age of 83 years.  He was born March 18, 1934 in Circleville, New York.

            Bill leaves behind his daughter, Naomi Tuttle and son-in-law, Michael Tuttle of Alexandria, Nebraska; his grandson, William Roelfs and his wife Terri Roelfs, along with great grandchildren Garrett and Casidy Roelfs of Fairbury, Nebraska; his granddaughter, April Roelfs, her fiancé Luke Kline and great granddaughter to be Kylee Kling of Fairbury, Nebraska; the father of William and April Roelfs, Douglas Roelfs; his step-children Kenny and wife, Janice DeRyke and Ed Harrison of Milan, Missouri.

            Bill served in the USAF and retired after 20 years.  He was stationed in Missouri, Illinois, Canada, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.   He was very proud to be a Veteran and he belonged to the VFW and the American Legion.

            Bill loved taking pictures, lots of pictures.  He started taking pictures as a young man and processed them in his basement.  He had a great love of fishing.  At the age of eight years he made his first wooden fishing bobber out of his mother’s broom handle, which he later got spanked with for doing so.  This did not stop his love of making them.  He continued making them up until he was no longer able.  He gave away his wooden bobbers to everyone he met.

            Bill was crazy about Christmas.  His home was always covered with lights.  He was also a great help to Santa Claus.  Every year for 40 plus years, he portrayed the “big guy” at nursing homes and personal visits.  In the true spirit of the season, he never charged a fee and provided gifts for young and old out of his own pocket.

            Bill never met a stranger.  He was always ready to help anyone who needed it.  He was always ready with a joke.

            Gone before him were his parents, Naomi H. Brown and John W. Brown; his wife Ruby Rose Brown; his second wife Mildred Brown, and companion, Gertie Courtney.

            Gone to Heaven to the placid waters, Bill can fish forever; tell his fish stories, and meet old friends.

            Your family will miss you in their lives and the love you touched them with.


            A Memorial Service will be held 3:30 PM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan followed by a Military inurnment service at the Green City Cemetery in Green City.          

                Please come and say farewell to Bill.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
August 19, 2017

3:30 PM
Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home
120 West Fourth Street
Milan, MO 63556

Interment following funeral service
August 19, 2017

Green City Cemetery
Hwy 129
Green City, mo 63545

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