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William (Bill) Brown

November 15, 1946 ~ October 30, 2021 (age 74)


William (Bill) J. Brown, 74, of Urbana, lost his 6 year battle with cancer on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.  He passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Bill was born on November 15, 1946, in Milan, Tennessee, to George & Roberta (Swearingen) Brown. He graduated from Urbana High School and the Institute of Engineering Technicians.  Bill worked as an Engineering Technician for over 35 years for Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a longtime member of the American Legion.  In retirement he volunteered for the Regional Food Bank and Faith in Action. He is survived by two sons, Michael Brown of St. Joseph, Illinois and Jon Brown of Las Vegas, Nevada, a daughter, Heather (Roche Sr.) Cain of St. Joseph, Illinois; three grandchildren, Austin Cain, Payton Cain and Jason (Kayla) Cain; a brother, Hank (Cheryl) Brown of Lenexa, KS and a sister, Robilee (Jim) Bell of Sebree, KY. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Roche Cain, Jr. Memorials may be made in his name to National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to


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