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In Memory of
William Willard Brown
March 4, 1933 - December 22, 2021

Private Family Entombment

Green Lawn Cemetery

William Willard Brown, of Columbus, OH, age 88, died on December 22, 2021. Bill was born on March 4, 1933 in Bexley, OH to John Weller and Elizabeth Willard Brown. Bill is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nadine Ludwig Block; his two adopted sons, Andrew Ashworth Brown (Patricia Lynn McDonald) & their three children: Grace Elizabeth, Elise Victoria, and Jacob Ashworth, of Galena, OH; and Matthew Willard Brown (Lisa Kathleen Pickering) of Crothersville, Indiana. Bill is preceded in death by his brother, John Weller Brown III, his parents, and his previous wife, Alice Ashworth Brown. Bill graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 1951. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1955 and completed his formal education graduating from Capitol Law School in 1960. He practiced law in Columbus, OH for more than 50 years. He specialized in estate planning, authoring books on the topic for legal book publishers. Bill spent summers in Topinabee, MI on Mullet Lake in a home his father, John Weller Brown II built in 1932. Bill was an IFR and multi-engine certified pilot, having owned a series of 7 different aircraft. He learned to scuba dive, where he dove numerous wrecks in the Great Lakes and brought many nautical items back to the surface, had them refurbished, and displayed them at home. Bill enjoyed watching baseball, as well as playing golf and tennis. He was an accomplished sailor both in Ohio and Northern Michigan waters, racing Comets, Thistles, Flying Scotts, and 110s. He enjoyed cooking. Bill enjoyed his cross-word puzzles and refurbishing antique wooden Chris-Craft motor vessels. Bill was an avid reader of just about any genre of book. A private family entombment was held at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, OH.


Don Denton

Jan 4, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Sounds like Bill had a full life though. I was 2 years ahead of Bill at Ohio Wesleyan and a Phi Gamma Delta brother. Bill and his parents were kind enough to invite me and others to their home in Bexley while at OWU. Also, I believe my niece worked for Bill at his law office in north Columbus. Thanks for the memories.


Ed /Pat Schroeder

Jan 4, 2022

Bill provided Good Counsel to our. family over the years and became a close friend. Our sympathy to Nadine and their family He lived an active life. Rest in PEACE


Sally Pedon

Jan 5, 2022

Nadine & Family--Sad news to learn of Bill's passing. Bill & I had several life commonalities (Bexley residency, Ohio Wesleyan graduates & golf). Hope St. Peter refers Bill to a skilled caddy!


Jenny Shaw

Jan 6, 2022

Nadine, my caring thoughts are with you. I was so fortunate to be your neighbor for several years. Bill was always enjoyable to chat with about OWU , the fruit trees in Florida, Michigan cherries , flying , etc. He is at peace . Wishing you peace, my friend Jenny


Teresa L Hertlein

Jan 8, 2022

To the family of Mr. Brown: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My dad Don Hertlein and Mr. Brown shared an office on Morse Rd. for many years in the 1970s and 1980s. When my mom passed away unexpectedly in 2012, Mr. Brown helped me with the estate. I appreciated his direct approach and humor. He was there for me in my time of need, and I am very grateful. So very sorry for your loss.