Billie Dean Brown (1926 - 2019)

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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL

Billie Dean Brown, 92, of Vandalia, passed away at 2:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Unity Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 in Vandalia. Interment was in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia and Brownstown VFW Post 9770. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday and one hour before services on Sunday, both at the church. Memorials: Unity Baptist Church, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Vandalia Lions Club or Vandals Sports Boosters. Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Brown was born on Aug. 15, 1926, in Vandalia, the son of Rollie and Anna (Luster) Brown. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then married Shirley M. Henry on April 24, 1948.
After his military service, Bill worked and retired as a manager for E. Blankenship & Co.; the evening of his retirement, he began working as a funeral assistant for Hohlt & File Funeral Home, where he worked for nearly 30 years. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church, where he was a deacon; Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Vandalia Lions Club. Bill was a Lion for 55 years, and he served as the club treasurer for almost 25 years, was the club president from 1970-71, and served in every club office except secretary. Bill was extremely involved in the community and volunteered for Evergreen Outreach, Operation OUTING, and as a scorekeeper for VCHS basketball and football games.
We all knew how important Bill's jobs and volunteering were to him, but if you truly knew Bill, you knew what was most important. He was married to the love of his life for 71-plus years, he loved his family will all his heart, he cherished our Lord and his church, and he loved the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Brown, and his three daughters, Brenda Jo Smith, Kim and husband Dean Bone, and Shella Gay Brown, all of Vandalia; grandchildren, Brent Smith and wife Julie, Jay Keppler and wife Ashlee, Kayci and husband Cody Goldsboro, and Shelby McCurdy; great-grandchildren, Krissy Smith, Maci Keppler, Sylvia Keppler, Nora Keppler, Rhyan Goldsboro and Hadlee Goldsboro; and a great-great-grandson, Kamden Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd Brown and Dennis Brown; and a sister, Edna Peterson.

Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 11 to Aug. 21, 2019
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