The Rev. William Edward Brown of Minocqua died Thursday, July 2, 2020. He was 78.

He was born March 29, 1942, in Milwaukee, to George and Lenore Brown.

After high school and two tours of duty in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and later from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill.  

On June 8, 1969, Mr. Brown was ordained to the ministry at Trinity Presby­terian Church in Milwaukee where he served several years as a youth pastor. 

On May 23,1970, he married Vickie Lynn Laber in Oakland, Iowa.

Mr. Brown spent his life as a dedicated pastor to Presbyterian congregations, serving 38 years in full-time ministry in Milwaukee; Brighton, Mich.; Jackson, Mich.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Macomb, Ill.  

After retirement, he served as interim pastor to four Wisconsin United Church of Christ churches located in St. Germain, Rhinelander, Neillsville and Three Lakes. 

Mr. Brown was creative, artistic and deeply spiritual. He enjoyed science, architecture, music and preaching.  

He completed his dream of building a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home by the time he reached retirement from full-time ministry in 2007.  

He enjoyed many years at “Aerie” on Kentuck Lake near Eagle River, both before and after retirement.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Julie Lynn (Corey) Pryor of Jackson, Mich., and one son, Christopher Andrew Brown of California; one brother, Thomas, of Ocono­mowoc; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

A Zoom memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, at 1 p.m. To be included, email Kay Norton at kaynorton­75@g­ 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to McCormick Theological Sem­-

i­nary at support.mccor­ or Seminary Relations and Development, McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. Univer­sity, Chicago, IL 60615. 

Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services of Minocqua is assisting the family.