William "Bill" J. Brown


October 19, 1929 ~ May 12, 2004

Born in: Neoga, Illinois
Resided in: Taylorville, Illinois

William J. “Bill” Brown, 74, of Taylorville died at 6:19 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Memorial Medical Center.

He was born October 19, 1929, in Neoga, the son of George R. and Lottie Allison Brown. He married Rosemary Arneson on March 17, 1951, in Morris. He was co-owner of Brown & Sons, Inc. He was a member of VFW, charter member of Taylorville Rifle and Pistol Club, N.R.A. and Christian County Sheriff Reserve. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife; daughters: Rita Werner and Kathy (husband Dave) Driskell, both of Taylorville, and Mary Anne (husband Jeff) Oller of Houston, TX; sons: William M. “Bill” (wife Tara) Brown of Irvine, CA, and Robert S. “Bob” (wife Julie) Brown, both of Taylorville, grandchildren: Jason Matthews, Stephen Brown, Susanne Brown, Daniel Brown, Alex Driskell, and Kristin Driskell, all of Taylorville, Michael Brown and Joe Brown of Iowa, Tony Oller of Houston, TX, Victoria Brown and Rachael Brown, both of Irvine, CA; brother, Charles D. (wife Vi) Brown of Taylorville; brother-in-law, John Arneson of Peoria, IL, uncle, Virgil (wife Norma) Brown of Neoga; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stephen Lawrence Brown; and brother, Phillip Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in Shafer Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Frazier officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by Taylorville VFW and American Legion.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 tp 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the funeral home.

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