William "Bill" J. Brown Jr.

February 6, 1941April 3, 2013
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William “Bill” J. Brown, Jr. Lansing, Michigan

Age 72, died April 3,2013. Born February 6, 1941 at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Member of the U.S. Army, served in Germany. Attended Oxnard Community College AS, San FernandoValley State College BA (Dean's list), Michigan State University MA. Computer Programmer, retired from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine after 34 years of service. Bill was preceded in death by his Father William J. Brown. He is survived by brother Larry Brown and his wife Diane Brown, sons Aaron Nathan and Joshua Everingham, nephew Larry Brown Jr, nieces, Sheri Craft and Trisha Black, and great-nieces and -nephews Taylor Dombroski, April Dombroski, and Carson Craft. Bill was a brother, father, uncle and friend with a passion for helping others. Bill was a local artist & musician with a life-long love for creative arts of all kinds, an inventor, creator, and innovator. Bill will be dearly missed by all of his friends, family, and local community.

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 8, 2013, Noon at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing with Pastor Jeremy Dowsett officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 in Bill’s memory. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at



  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2013


  • Burial

William "Bill" J. Brown Jr.

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Debby (Alpert) Sleight

April 12, 2013

I always enjoyed working with Bill at the MSU Computer Lab. He was kind, helpful and humorous.

Ray Waldowski

April 8, 2013

Bill was a great guy ! Sorry to see him leave use so soon. Mayself and my Wife new Bill as a nice & and crafty guy. We will miss him, and working with him. Ray & Tammy Waldowski & The Artsian Circle !!

Dan Goble

April 8, 2013

To me, Bill was kind and gentle, but also gravitating and powerful because of his undeterred zest for life and the people around him; he embodied altruism. I will miss seeing him in a bandanna and jean shorts on workdays, dutifully making popcorn on Sundays, sharing what was on his mind, heart and soul when the mood struck him regardless of the environment and greeting my son, Winston, as "Winnie the Pooh." Our lives were made better because we were a part of yours. I love you and miss you already. Rest In Peace my friend.

David Brown

April 8, 2013

Bill, you were a big part of many family celebrations. Thank you for being a good friend, a creative artist and so many more things that helped connect two Brown families.

Kathy Simon

April 7, 2013

Bill, thank you for being my husband's best friend through thick and thin for so many decades. I love you for that and wish I'd told you more often.

Sharon Williams

April 6, 2013

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Alisha Churchwell

April 6, 2013

See you on the other side Uncle Bill

Laurel Prosper

April 6, 2013

A talented, intelligent, creative and sensitive was a privilege to know him.

Marilyn Everingham

April 6, 2013

Bill was well-loved and will be sorely missed by all.