William A. Brown



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.