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Wilford V. 'Bill' Brown

Monday, October 11, 2004

Feb. 14, 1936-Oct. 7, 2004

CAMBRIDGE -- Wilford V. "Bill" Brown, 68, died Thursday (Oct. 7, 2004) at his home in Cambridge.

He was born Feb. 14, 1936, to Thomas and Anna (Kaveny) Brown in Cambridge. He attended school in Cambridge and graduated from the high school in 1954. He attended the University of Nebraska, Doane College and Wayne State College, where he received his degree in business education. He played football while at the UNL and Doane.

He taught school in Fort Yates, S.D., Spencer, Lyons, Elwood, Beaver City and Holbrook. He was also a principal at Holbrook. He began to farm again, while teaching. He retired from teaching after 12 years and farmed full time.

On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Amelia "Amy" Roetman. The couple lived on the family farm southeast of Cambridge.

He was a former member of the the Lions and Rotary Clubs and was active in the Knights of Columbus Council St. John Neuman of Cambridge and Arapahoe, the Angelo Roncolli Assembly of the Fourth Degree. He was a past Grand Knight for the Third Degree, past Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree and he served the council in many other offices. He was also a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he served as a lector.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Marie Sayer, Helen Klasi, Viola "Toots" Carter; and Patricia Carter; two brothers, Jim and Thomas Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Amy of Cambridge; five daughters, Susan and husband, Doug Huxoll of Cambridge, Kristine and husband, Wayne Nelson of McCook, Barbara and husband, Rod Walter of Hospers, Iowa, Valerie and husband, Mike Pohlman of North Platte and Wendy and husband, Bobga Ayaba of North Platte; and 10 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial is Thursday, 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Barnhill officiating. The Angelo Roncolli Assembly will provide the Fourth Degree Honor Guard. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge.

The rosary will be recited Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.

Memorials may be left in his name to St. John the Baptist Church in Cambridge.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of the arrangements.