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Robert W. Brown

9/13/1931 - 6/3/2018

PEKIN ~ Robert W. “Brownie” Brown, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 11:11 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Pekin Manor.

Born September 13, 1931 in Belleville to Eldon and Frances (Gausepohl) Brown, he married Janet M. Ruark on May 10, 1952 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Peoria. 

Surviving are his wife, Janet Brown of Pekin; one daughter, Christina Lang of Peoria; one son, Michael (Jan) Brown of Pekin; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Fairman of Chicago and Ben (Taylor) Brown of Pekin; and three great-grandchildren, Liam Brown, Rowen Brown, and Journey Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Brown and Eldon Brown; and one sister, Darlene Son.

Bob was a United States Air Force veteran, retiring in 1969 as an Air Technician from the Illinois Air National Guard 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria after 21 years of service.  He attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  He later owned and operated Brownie’s Auto Service in Pekin for 27 years, retiring in 1996.

He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  He also was a member of Knights of Columbus Archbishop Schlarman Council #3507 and a fourth degree member of Assembly 210, both in Pekin.

Bob enjoyed boating and was a member of the Pekin Boat Club.  He also enjoyed Bluegrass music.

His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, with Father Michael Andrejek as the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.  Burial will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL  61637.

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