William Kingman Browne, 90, of Prairie Village, KS died at home on October 27, 2016. Bill was born October 13, 1926 in Norwich, NY, the son of Grace (“Sis”) and Perry Browne.
Known as Uncle Bill by the many who feared and then loved him, he had a booming voice, a penchant for rhyming and an appreciation for the lame gag. He talked like John Wayne and stood like he’d spent all day in the saddle.
During the middle part of his life Bill’s cherished pastimes were anything involving the outdoors. As members of the Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club, he and Jean loved to canoe the rivers of Missouri and Arkansas and camp along their banks. Over the years Arizona became one of his favorite places to pursue his other hobbies – hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing and exploring. He and his sons backpacked the Grand Canyon and numerous other Arizona landmarks.
Following a long, successful career in Personnel and Labor Relations for Owens Corning Fiberglas, Uncle Bill took a class in wood carving and discovered what would occupy the majority of his time for the remainder of his life. Most days he could be found in his workshop listening to his meticulously organized collection of western swing, jazz and big band music and creating beautiful carvings. It quickly became obvious to all who saw his work that he had a true gift. His artistry covered countless themes over the years; he carved bears, golfers, Santas, cowboys and skiers, just to name a few, all of them amazing in their detail and facial expressiveness. Typical of his generous nature, Uncle Bill donated much of his work to charitable organizations who were able to raise money by selling it.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Jean, of the home; daughter, Linda McCoy (Tom) of Lawrence, KS; son, Steve Browne of Pittsburg, KS; son, Jeff Browne (Cappy Olomon) of Fraser, CO; granddaughter Aimee Polson (Bret Dillingham) of Lawrence, KS; grandson Will Browne of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter Emily Garson (Adam) of San Diego, CA; granddaughter Lindsey Clancey (Eric) of Prairie Village, KS; Halina Bini (Kenny) of Lawrence, KS; Samantha Gallegos (Adam) of Fort Collins, CO and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Norwich, NY.
Ever the organized planner, Uncle Bill requested that in the event of his passing, well-wishers donate in his name to their favorite charity. His family requests that you hug your loved ones. If you are one of the lucky owners of a Bill Browne carving, set it out on Thanksgiving and pour yourself a drink in his honor. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC
The Fagan Family sends our sincerest condolences.
That’s the Bill Browne that I knew and loved.
So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. I remember him as a fun man with a ready smile and chuckle. You guys were a central part of mom and dad’s lives for so many of their years on Roe and I truly miss those times.
Bill’ carvings are much coveted by all of us. Now they are spread out to all of us siblings – very difficult to pick because they are all favorites. Each one brings a smile and fun memories along with much appreciation. Each represents Bill and the kind of man he was – lots of fun with much humor along with kind heart – I don’t recall that we ever paid him a dime for a single one. He gave with joy.
Now he’s with dad, sharing laughs along with a drink or two. Now that’s Heaven!!
My condolences and prayers to you, Jean, and all of you.
Love and prayers,
Cindy Schmitz Nordin and Danny Nordin