Dr. William “Doc” Joseph Brown, 83, Kokomo, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Waterford Place. He was born June 30, 1931, in Kokomo, to Earl and Evelyn (Crosley) Brown. He married Sharon K. Theesfeld, his wife of over 52 years, who survives him.
Bill grew up in Kokomo, graduating from Kokomo High School in 1949. He attended college for two years before entering the Air Force, where he served as a clerk and dental technician. After discharge from the Air Force in 1953, he returned to college and graduated from Indiana University in 1959 with his doctorate in dentistry. Following graduation, he set up practice in Kokomo, where he met Sharon, one of his early patients. He and Sharon married Sept. 16, 1961 in Pomeroy, Iowa. Bill maintained his practice until 1977, when he retired due to eye problems.
He was a great husband and father, and a friend to so many throughout his life. He liked to play Euchre, spend time talking with friends. His favorite sayings were “think ahead” and “save your money.” He was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer for 48 years, where he actively participated in the Duo Club. He was a member of the American Dental Association.
He is survived by Sharon Kaye Brown; his daughters, Melinda Fulmer, Walton, Kimberly (Ronald) DePew, Liberty Township, Ohio, and Lisa (Thomas) Davis, Searcy, Ark.; grandchildren, Ronald (Lea Daley) DePew, Mason, Ohio, Jackie DePew, Morrow, Ohio, Thomas DePew (Monica Alsip), Cincinnati, Ohio, Kammie DePew, Indianapolis, Kori Wood, Kokomo, Amber (Kyle) Pierson, Searcy, Ark., Megan (Devin Simmons) Davis, Searcy, Ark., and Jessica (Josh Iler) Davis, Searcy, Ark.; great-grandchildren, Dylan DePew, Annabelle Hintz, Bentley DePew, and Brooklyn DePew; brother, Dr. Earl Brown Jr.; sister, L. Corrine Pickering; several nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Brown.
Bill’s family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Melanie Bozard and the wonderful staff at Waterford Place, who took such good care of Bill and provided great support to the entire family.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 705 East Southway Blvd., with Pastor William Allison and Pastor Barry Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends may call upon the family at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, or 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Memorial donations may be made to Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer or Redeemer Lutheran School. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Stout & Son Funeral Home is assisting with all the funeral arrangements.