William H. "Bill" Brase

April 18, 1935October 24, 2012

Bartonville, IL – William H. “Bill” Brase, 77, of Bartonville passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at his home with his family by his side. He was born April 18, 1935 in Anna, IL to Emil and Naomi (Hill) Brase. He married JoAnn Nelsen in Escanaba, MI in 1959. She survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Jeffrey Brase (girlfriend, Junelle Tice), and Steven Brase; 1 granddaughter and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stanley; and brother, Lawrence. Bill was a United States Air Force Veteran. He worked at Keystone Steel and Wire in Bartonville before retiring. He was a very skilled craftsman and made beautiful furniture that will be enjoyed for many years. Bill volunteered at P.A.W.S. and enjoyed walking the dogs. He was a member of the Bartonville United Methodist Church. Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville with Rev. Linda A. Richard officiating. Memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S., Bartonville United Methodist Church, or Methodist Hospice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 2, 2012

William H. "Bill" Brase

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Debra Stephens

November 2, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. Bill was a fine man. He was a very talented carpenter and was really proud of his work. I enjoyed many conversations with him while cutting his hair over the years. Deb's Barber Shop

October 29, 2012

Uncle Bill will be with us forever in spirit and love. I cherish the time I was able to spend with him in his last months and days. I had the opportunity to tell him how much I had learned from him in construction, fixing "things", teaching me piano tunes, and just how much we all loved him. It was inspiring to see how he cared for Max, his canine best friend, and how Max watched over Uncle Bill until his last breath. Max will continue his watchful eye over Aunt JoAnn and Steve. Rest in peace Uncle Bill. Til we meet again, your neice, Linda (Lenart) Cranford and Rob.

Jeff Brase

October 29, 2012

Although you may be gone dad, your spirt will live forever in our hearts and our memories, your quiet strength, your laugh and sense of humor, will be a part of our fabric. Love you and miss you all ready- until we meet again!

kirk whittenburg

October 27, 2012

To the Brase family we are all saddened by your loss and pray that the Lord will comfort you all in this time and need.

Kirk and Debbi Whittenburg

Diane Nelson

October 27, 2012

Dear JoAnn&sons
WE are sorry to hear about Bill. We hope that you are all doing good. Our prayers are with you all he was a wonderful man. You take care.

Esther Webber

October 27, 2012

Jeff and the family of William Brase,
Jeff, sorry to read of the loss of your father. I went through the same thing with my parents in 2004 and 2007. You have my sympathies. May God's grace be with you now at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

Junelle Tice

October 26, 2012

In loving memory of a loving,caring,strong and wonderful person. Im thankful to have got to know him. He will be missed dearly.