Obituary Details

William "Billie" Jennings Brown

(05/11/1920 - 10/17/1936)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 10/22/1936

Keeline Youth Passed Away Last Sunday

The death of William Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Brown of Keeline on Saturday, October 17th, was heard of with sorrow by their many friends of this community.

Although a sufferer and unable to walk for many years, caused by an illness when a small boy, William was of an unusually happy disposition and an fine example of honorable boyhood,. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances.

Funeral services were held in Lusk on Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the Congregational Church with the Rev. George Jenkins, officiating.

The pallbearers were chosen from the Boy Scout Troop and the troop attended in a body, taking past in the final rites at the grave.

The hymns that were sung were "Nearer My God To Thee," and "Asleep in Jesus," were rendered by the Keeline Community Choir and a quartet from Lusk.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Peet Mortuary and burial was made in the Lusk Cemetery.

The Lusk Herald, October 29, 2019

William Brown was born at Lusk, Wyo., on May 11, 1920. He died at Keeline, Wyo., on October 17, 1936, at the age of 16 years, 5 months, and six days.

William entered the public schools at the age of six and attended regularly until he graduated from the eighth grade in May, 1935. That fall his desire to take high school work by correspondence from the University of Wyoming, which he pursued until shortly before his death.

His spirit was a noble one, reflecting the Christ life in his every day work and play. He was loved by all his schoolmates who were alert to his every need, vying with each other to help him while at school. Although "Billie" could not participate in play and games, he greatly enjoyed watching others play, never missing an opportunity to be on the playgrounds.

"Billie" was a Boy Scout, having been initiated into the Lusk troop about two years ago. He received much pleasure from Scouting, and attained the rank of a second class Scout.

He is survived by his father and his mother, Ben F. and Ellen Marie Brown, two brothers, Robert and Harry, one sister, Dorothy, two grandparents and a host of friends.

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