Visitation will be Friday after 6 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven with a Parish Vigil Service at 7 p.m.
Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Ruthven.
Bill passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital.
William James Brown, son of W.H. and Mary Gertrude (Donahue) Brown, was born May 13, 1915, on a farm northeast of Ruthven. He received his early education at the country school and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1932.
In 1939, Bill moved to a farm seven miles southeast of Ruthven, which he purchased and farmed until he retired in 1977. On June 1, 1940, Bill was united in marriage to Margie Thomson in Ruthven. To this union four children were born: Colleen, Bill, Jane, and Mary. In October of 1977 Bill and Margie moved into their new home in Ruthven and began wintering in Mercedes, Texas.
Bill and Margie were fortunate and were able to travel abroad to Ireland, Italy, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, as well as Alaska and Hawaii and numerous other states in the Union.
Bill was an active member of the community; he served on the Ruthven Coop Elevator and Telephone Boards for numerous years. He was also a life-long parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Gertrude; a daughter, Jane Finnegan; two brothers: Bob and Dick Brown; a sister, Kay Hyde; a grandson, Nicholas DeGooyer; and a son-in-law, Marvin Anderson.
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margie; his children: Colleen (Coke) Anderson of Sioux Rapids, Bill Brown Jr. and wife, Connie of Ruthven, Mary Hoefner and husband, John of Glendale, Ariz.; son-in-law, Dennis Finnegan of Omaha, Neb.; seventeen grandchildren; three brothers: John J. Brown of Emmetsburg, Jim Brown of Omaha, Neb., and Donald J. Brown of Des Moines; and a sister, Rosemary Sneeringer of Seattle, Wash.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.