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Gus R. Brown

July 31, 1920 ~ October 17, 2017 (age 97)

Gus R. Brown was born in Ohio City, Ohio to the late Clyde V. and Hazel (Uhrich) Brown.  He was a 1938 graduate of Ohio City Liberty School, a 1940 graduate of Giffin College, and attended Findlay College.  In 1942 he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations until 1946 on Okinawa.   On November 26, 1942 he entered into what was to become a 69 year old marriage with Betty Jean Jones lasting until her death May 9, 2012. 

Gus and Betty have a son Gary (Gail) Brown of Kalamazoo, MI, daughter Debra (Charles) Davis of Ohio City, OH, a granddaughter Lisa (Chris) Hayes of Oregon, WI, great grandsons Ronan and Finn Hayes, a granddaughter Melissa (Steve) Krendl and great grandson Landon of Upper Arlington, OH.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dick and Lynn Brown, sister, Jean McClelland, and twin grandsons.

Gus was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a life member of the Masonic bodies, Zenobia Shrine,  Elks, Mens Garden Club, Van Wert Law Enforcement Association,  Scoutmaster and Committee member of Troop 31 sponsored by First Methodist Church, member of the Van Wert Humane Society Board for 40 years, Charter Member of the Trenau Investment Club, Order of the Kentucky Colonels, and a member of Van Wert American Legion Post 178.  Gus was an avid fisherman and wild goose hunter. He was also a member of the national champion drill team sponsored by the Van Wert Masonic Lodge.

He was a partner with the late Wayne Compton in Brown and Compton Construction and built many houses and buildings along with repairing many other houses and landmark buildings in Van Wert and surrounding area. 

Funeral Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Brickner Funeral Home with Revs. Gus Christo-Baker and Paul W. Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery where Military Graveside Rites will be rendered by the Combined Honors Unit of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803.  Friends may call at Brickner Funeral Home from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at which time an Elks Service followed by a Masonic Service will be held followed by the Funeral Service..

Preferred Memorials are to Hearth and Home Hospice or to a Charity of the Donor's Choice.

 Service Information

Funeral Service
October 21, 2017

12:00 PM
Brickner Funeral Home
419 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH - Ohio 45891

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