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“Dear Joan, Steve & John, I'm so sorry to here about the passing of my Uncle Bill. He was a wonderful person and I'm proud to be named after him....Read More »
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“Joan, Steve and John and Family I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Bill. He was such a special person and I have many fond...Read More »
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Aunt Gerry & Uncle Bill Brase - 1945 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana “Joan, John, and Steve - remembering you and your families at this difficult time. If we could reach up and hold a star for every time your dad made...Read More »
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William A. Brase, 92, passed away on Thursday, January 17th, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was born to the late Clarence and Corrine Shondell Brase on August 5, 1920. William was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. He was an active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, The Fraternal Order of Elks, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign War. William retired from General Electric after 42 years of service. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the US Army, 45th Infantry Division. He enjoyed golf, fishing, travel, and spending time with children and grandchildren. William is survived by sons John J. (Catherine) of Anderson, IN and Steven L. (Vicky) of Denver, CO; daughter, Joan Hayden of Fort Wayne; brothers, Thomas T. and Paul F. of Fort Wayne; sister, Harriet Ottenweller of Peoria, IL; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (Clark) Brase; brothers, John, Clarence, Robert, Richard, James and Donald; and longtime companion, Carol Murphy. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Father Chris Smith officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm Monday at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd with a Rosary at 4:30 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery , Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Queen of Angels Catholic Church or Elks National Foundation. To sign the online guest book, go to