William “Bill” Jay Brown, 56, of Brazil, Indiana died September 22, 2017 at Hendricks County Regional Health in Danville, Indiana following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was born on August 2, 1961, in Clay County, Indiana the son of William John Brown Jr. and Norma Jane (Wallace) Brown. He graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1979. Bill worked at Sears, in the service garage, while attending Ivy Tech. After college he worked at Great Dane. Bill then worked at Hercules, which is now Taghleef Industries, for many years. Bill recently received an Associate Degree in Industrial Maintenance from Ivy Tech.
In his free time he enjoyed playing softball, riding his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and being Papaw to his grandkids.
Bill married Lori Ann Harrison on August 6, 1983. They have 2 children John Kyle Brown and his wife Tara of Noblesville and Lacey Pearson and her husband Adam of Lewis. Bill was Papaw to Hadley Jay “Jaybird” Pearson and Ellie “Ellie Bean” Brown. Bill was also a brother to Becky Baire and her husband Dennis of Brazil and he was uncle to Travis Baire, Sarah Baire and Emmy Baire.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents William John and Norma Brown; a brother and sister-in-law Johnny and Lee Ann (Modesitt) Brown and a mother-in-law Alberta Harrison.
Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel, 1702 East National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834 Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4-8pm. Services will be at the funeral home, Thursday, at 2:00pm with Pastor Paul Zurcher officiating. Burial will follow at Croy’s Creek Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry 506 E. Pinkley St. Brazil, Indiana 47834. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.