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William F. 'Bill' Brown

Published on -1/5/2014, 7:11 PM

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William F. "Bill" Brown, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 13, 1936, in Hays to Lawrence L. and Mary M. (Brungardt) Brown. He was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and graduated in 1961 from Fort Hays State College, both in Hays.

He married Mary Kay (Goetz) on Aug. 4, 1958, in Hays. She preceded him in death June 26, 2013. He was owner and operator of Tri Central Office Supply, Hays, since 1972. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays.

He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed bingo, watching sports, his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, William Kelly Brown, Atlanta; three daughters, Christy Werth and husband, Galen, Wichita, Jennifer Calvin and husband, Chris, and Lori Lang and husband, Mark, all of Hays; three brothers, Lawrence "Red" Brown and wife, JoAnn, and Bernie Brown and wife, Phyllis, all of Hays; Jerry Brown, New York; two sisters, Mary Alice Carroll, Kearney, Neb., Bettie Grasson and husband, Jim, Shell-Knob, Mo.; a bother-in-law, Jim Fuchs, Loveland, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Joshua Werth, Ashley Calvin, Trevor Calvin, Kelsey Robben, Quincy Robben, Maggie Brown and Ben Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Flora Lee Fuchs and Theresa Brown.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th and Vine; inurnment of Bill's and Mary Kay's ashes will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 7096.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.

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