Joe Billy William Brabander

December 19, 1955November 17, 2011

Joe William Brabander, "Billy", of Nashville, IN. passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011, at the age of 55. Billy was born December 19, 1955 to Herbert & Maxine Brabender. He had a great love of the outdoors, & was most well known for his love of fishing. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, writing, cooking, & spending time with friends & family. There was no place on earth he would rather be than Brown County, IN. Billy is survived by his sisters, Trish Skene of Florida & Janice Anderson of Arizona, children, Chad Brabander of Calofornia & Danielle Prassas of Arizona. He had six grandchildren. A military graveside service will performed for close friends & family at the cemetary on greasy creek, behind the fairgrounds, at 11:00 am., Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Friends may call from 3-9pm at the Brown County Inn Town Hill Banquet Room to celebrate his life. Condolences as well as stories you may have can be sent to the family at In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Billy Brabander Memorial Fund, The Peoples State Bank, P.O. Box 1321, Nashville, IN. 47448, or at any of their several locations. Billy was preceded in death by both parents, Maxine & Herbert Brabander, & grandparents, Ray & Molly Lawrence. Arrangements under the direction of Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, Nashville, IN.


  • Military Graveside Service Tuesday, December 6, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Joe Billy William Brabander

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December 17, 2011

I loved Billy like a brother. No one was more humorous or fun to be around.
Dan "Manny" Marshall

Sally Potter

December 11, 2011

Although I moved away from Indiana over twenty years ago and hadn't seen Billy since then, I never forgot him. He was a one-of-a-kind and I adored him. Gone much too soon.

Megan Herald

December 4, 2011

Lots of good memories of you Billy...from picking you up while walking down the road to watching you try to ride the cow in the field next to the Pine Room to just shooting the breeze at The Ordinary. You and your funny stories of whatever you could foster up or things that really happened will be greatly missed. This for sure was a tragedy but know that you aren't suffering and are watching over us all!!

Robyn Gipson Lawlor

December 3, 2011

Billy, You were part of our family, and we miss you like crazy. I miss your daily visits at the office. I miss your smiling face each morning when we would arrive. I miss our long talks at night when you'd stay at our condo. I miss your hugs when things got tough. You lead such a simple life, but appreciated each day. I have known you for so long, known your laughter, known your tears. You could be such a prankster, but knew how to take a joke as well. I had a blast last Halloween dressing up and passing out candy with you. (Even though I got "the look" when I bought you a jail bird costume. You told me I could have saved my money because you were sure you had one on standby at the jail.) My girls miss their Uncle Billy, and they always knew you had their backs, and would kick butt to protect them.
We had a lot of fun together, even though I'd want to choke you sometimes, LOL Like when on the busiest Saturday in October, you sold my last parking spot at the office. Had to go home, call husband to pick me up and bring me into town.
Yes Billy, you are greatly missed and loved. Robyn

Kimberly Brabander keys

December 3, 2011

When I worked at hotel Nashville .. The bridge ladies were there playing cards....and in comes Billly......well I was thinking oh my gosh he is going to be loud and crazy and run the ladies off....well the next thing I knew Billy was telling his hair lip joke and had the ladies laughing so hard they started buying him drinks and he ended up playing cards with them... So that goes to show you what charm Billy could have!!

Deanna Nicley

December 3, 2011

So sorry for the loss of your brother...I have known him for many years and know a few funny stories about him but they are too ornery to post, he was one of kind!

Debbie Hamilton Stallings

December 1, 2011

Billy, to know you was to love you.
Debbie Hamilton Stallings

Amy Ripberger

December 1, 2011

Billy taught me so many life lessons, and he instilled in me a true love for the beauty of Brown County. He taught me how to fish, and the key to fillets of fish was a Sharp knife, he trusted me with his mushroom spots, keep your mouth shut when it comes to dealing with the law, and don't waste a beautiful morning. Until his passing, I had taken all of this, and much more, for granted. I wish I would have had the chance to tell him what an impact he had on my life. He was a wonderful soul, and I feel blessed to have spent many years with such a spirited friend. I will miss you, buddy.

Lesli Brumley-Edds

December 1, 2011

Billy was a great man..and I didnt realize the impact he had until I heard the news..I was fortunate to give him rides here and there and to spend last Christmas Eve with him at the family..My father and him were close when I was seven I believe he was my first crush..A laugh that was infectuous and a smile that would light up the room..Im sorry for your loss..and feel lucky to have known him!

Carolyn Kritzer

November 30, 2011

Trish, I was so shocked to hear about Billy. It brought back memories of when our parents would go out to the Old Hickory, and leave us to babysit Billy. Now, mind you, we weren't that much older than Billy, and he knew it. I just remember that even the two of us couldn't handle him at times. The memory made me smile, in fact, to laugh at the thought of it. Back then he was like a little Dennis the Menace, and we weren't so big as to control him. Although I lost track of you, the memory has never left my mind. With love, I send my sympathy and condolences to you and all of your family. May God give you the peace and encouragement you need.
Carolyn Deem Kritzer