Kenneth Francis Brown II, 60, of Avoca died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He and his wife, Loretta Ellis Brown, would have celebrated their 35th anniversary on Jan. 14.
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Born in Scranton on Oct. 27, 1952, son of the late Kenneth F. and Daisy Kimler Brown, he was a 1971 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He proudly served in the Marine Corps and owned and operated Brown's Cleaning Service. Ken was a proud former member of the Avoca Ambulance and Avoca Fire Department.
He will be dearly missed but will remain in the hearts of all who knew him.
Also surviving are his children, Kenneth F. Fuller, Moosic; Christine E. Thomas and husband, Seth, Harding; Kenneth F. Brown III and fiancee, Jacki Slater, Duryea; Amy M. Brody and husband, James, Avoca; Jennifer L. Brown Winburn, Avoca; Damian M. Brown, Avoca; Jonathan R. Brown and wife, Nichole, West Wyoming; Marybeth D. Brown, Avoca; sister, Jean M. Brown, Exeter; brothers-in-law, Robert Ellis and wife, Francine; and William Ellis and wife, Sharon; 18 grandchildren who adored him; and nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, by the Rev. Philip J. Sladicka, pastor. Marine Corps honors will follow.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Highway Federal Credit Union, c/o Christine E. Thomas, 1843 Hwy 315, Pittston, PA 18640. To leave an online condolence, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 30, 2012