EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County coroners are mourning the loss of one of their own.
Coroner's investigator William Brandon, 62, died in hospice Monday, according to Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn's office.
Brandon began his career as a military police officer in the U.S. Army in 1970. After his service, he served with the Murphysboro and Carbondale police departments as patrol officer, detective and crime-scene technician.
In 1987, he began working in crime-scene services with the Illinois State Police, retiring in 2002 as a supervisor of 27 counties.
But Brandon then went back to work with Washington University Police Department, as a bike patrol officer and eventually a supervisor. In 2006, he joined the Madison County coroner's office as an investigator.
Brandon held an associate's degree in law enforcement from John Logan College and many other certifications.
"Bill Brandon was a CSI before most people in the world even knew such a thing existed," read a statement from Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn's office. "The number of technical and specialized training certificates amassed during his long career could wallpaper a room."
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
"He fought his illness with the same sense of grace, dignity and tenacity in which he served the citizens of Madison County," the statement read. "We grieve the loss of a friend, a coworker, a mentor, and most importantly, a fine gentleman."
St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly spoke highly of Brandon's career, but spoke more of the man's faith. "He was, above all, a man of great belief," Kelly said. "I will miss those encouraging, faithful moments with him as will so many other people who were blessed to know him."
Arrangements are being handled by Wojstrom Funeral Home in Pontoon Beach. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Belleville First Church of the Nazarene in Belleville. A law enforcement walk-through is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Visitation continues 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, followed by a religious service. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be directed to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries or Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home.