Ned William Brown

October 17, 1950December 28, 2018
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Ned William Brown, age 68, of Ellettsville, died Friday (12/28) at I.U. Health; Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after a brief illness. Born October 17, 1950 in Celina, Ohio, he was the son of Emery L. and Helen Lenore (Nelson) Brown. He retired as an examiner of consumer credit with the Indiana Department of Financial Institution. Ned enjoyed tinkering in his woodworking shop, cooking breakfast for family and friends, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He loved vacationing in Bellaire, Michigan with family and traveling the world with his wife and friends. In his past time you could find Ned at the Northwest Monroe County YMCA or playing billiards with his friend in his basement. Ned is survived by his loving wife, Michelle “Chelle” (Wilhelm) Brown, of Ellettsville, his son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Natalie Brown, of Noblesville, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole and Adam Goerges and Sara and Justin Rogers, all of Ellettsville, one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Calvin Sherrill, of Celina, Ohio, his six beloved grandchildren, Hadley Brown, Emery Brown, Aidan Goerges, Addison Goerges, Anderson Goerges and Victor Rogers, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Dr. William T. Dorsey; two brothers, Bud Brown and Larry Brown and two sisters, Chloe Esmonde and Joan Sams. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday (01/03) at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St.; Bloomington, Indiana. Friends may visit the family on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Richard Pease

January 2, 2019

I would like to express my condolences on your loss.
I met Ned at the YMCA and enjoyed talking with him.
I will miss our conversations.

Paul Brockman

January 2, 2019

I have been blessed to have known Ned for over 35 years. While he and I did not work in the same division at the DFI, I saw him a lot. He was an absolutely wonderful person. Upbeat with a great smile, kind, considerate, and a true gentlemen. I enjoyed talking with him on a variety of topics, most notably wood working and power tools. I remember him fixing the switch on one of my cordless drills. Ned enjoyed helping people. He talked a lot about his family. There is no doubt how much he loved them. I know the last time I saw him he was so excited about the new house. I am deeply saddened by his passing. However, I am so glad that I got to know Ned, a truly great guy that will be missed by many people whose lives he touched in a positive way.

Patricia Nelson

January 2, 2019

Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Sending heartfelt sympathy.

Dennis Nelson

January 1, 2019

Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Dennis and Ann Nelson

Kathy and Ron Simmonds

December 31, 2018

We’ve known Ned and his family since the nineties when our children went to school together. In the past few years we’ve become closer to Ned and Chelle during our retirement. We enjoyed working out at the Y together, pool parties and just socializing with them. We were privileged to experience Ned’s kindness, sense of humor and true friendship. His love for family was endless as evidenced by his many stories. We loved to listen to them and he made us feel like part of his family. We feel fortunate to have known Ned and will miss him so much. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to Chelle and and all of Ned’s family.

Patricia New

December 30, 2018

Ned always had a good word and a big smile when he came to the YMCA. We will miss him.

Matt Uhl

December 29, 2018

Ned was a tremendous human being. I've not been around many people that can genuinely express happiness as consistently as Ned has. He brightened up those he interacted with, and lent a true sense of human compassion to all those around him. He and I worked together for the better part of 8 years, and I really looked forward to each time I could spend with him. The life lessons I learned from him, far in excess of the job skills he imparted upon me, are the things I truly cherish. I know he was very proud of his family, and was so excited to share life events of each of his kids with us at work. He lived life to the absolute fullest, and I really hope his family knows how much he meant to those he spent his time with at work. I do know the staff at the New Albanian will miss our visits since our group had left the Department in the last handful of years! God Bless you Ned, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.