William A. Brown, 85, Indianapolis, and formerly of Elk Grove Village, IL passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 14, 2017. He was born September 14, 1931 in Detroit, the son of James Arley and Genevieve (Fisher) Brown.
William moved to Indianapolis in 1983. He worked for Kiwanis International for over 30 years in many different capacities serving the world's children. While Bill's accomplishments with Kiwanis are manifold, the one he was most proud of was his part in eradicating Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) around the world as coordinator of the Worldwide Service Project and Kiwanis International Foundation director. In this role he traveled the world meeting those affected, participating in World Health Conferences and spreading the goodwill for which he will be remembered.
He served in the Army (active duty) from 1955 to 1957 and in the reserves from 1957 to 1963. Bill lived to serve others. He was active in fundraising and other capacities at St. Monica's Catholic Church. At Christmas time he rang bells and coordinated bell ringers all around Indianapolis for the Salvation Army.
William was married to Bonnie S. Brown on August 4, 1956, who preceded him in death by five weeks. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter, Lauren, and his son-in-law, Mark Gregg.
Bill is survived by his son, James K. Brown (Ann), and his daughters, Debra Betts (Frank), and Catherine Gregg; and his eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 20 at 10 AM at St. Monica Catholic Church, 6131 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 19 from 3-5 PM at Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park North, 2706 Kessler Blvd. W. Drive. Entombment will be in Washington Park North Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Kiwanis Children's Fund, P.O. Box 6457 - Dept #286, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
A tribute to Bill’s life may be viewed online at www.flannerbuchanan.com, where condolences may be shared with his family.
Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park North
Sunday March 19th, 2017
3:00pm - 5:00pm
2706 Kessler Blvd. West Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Monica Catholic Church
Monday March 20th, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
6131 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46228
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I had the honor of serving on the Kiwanis International Board several of the years Bill was working in Indianapolis. Also took a trip with him to Russia and the Ukraine for the IDD program. He was the "fountain of knowledge" when we needed to know something about Kiwanis details from the past. Bill will be missed by those who had the honor to work with him. Nettles Brown
Submitted by Nettles Brown on Mar 16 2017 08:43:43 PM
one of my greatest memory of y father was on Christmas Eve when we were children - our bedrooms were upstairs and we could hear him recording his Christmas greeting from Santa Claus - drinking the milk and eating the cookie - I love him for making it very special for us - after church making snow angels on the front lawn - all the summer trips and stopping at the little theme parks along the way - priceless - I love you and Mom take care of each other - Cathy
Submitted by Catherine Gregg - Daughter on Mar 16 2017 01:50:46 PM
Cathy Gregg lit a candle for William A. Brown
Cathy Gregg lit a candle on Mar 16 2017 01:45:37 PM
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My Warmest Regards,
Bruce W. Buchanan
4th Generation Owner
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