John W. Brown, 66, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Wellspan York Hospital in York, PA due to complications from multiple injuries after a motorcycle accident. Born August 21, 1947 in Montgomery, Alabama, he was the son of Buist W. and Dorothy H. Brown of Hampton, VA. John was a 1965 graduate of Hampton High School and a 1976 graduate of Old Dominion University. He was a Vietnam Combat Veteran serving in both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions of the United States Army. He retired from R. R. Donnelley and Sons after 25 years and most recently retired from Old Dominion Realty as a real estate developer. John was a member of Massanutten Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and participated regularly in the weekly Men's Prayer Breakfast. He was an avid sports fan and booster for Spotswood High School Athletics, where he announced home football and baseball games. He enjoyed salt-water fishing, golf, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Vietnam Veterans of America, Proud American Riders, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also actively involved in the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia, the Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge No. 74 AF&AM, and the Shriners International. He is survived by Sally, his wife of 44 years, his sister, Becky Brown Scott, and two sons, Scott D. Brown with grandsons Oliver and Elliott of McGaheysville, VA, and Todd R. Brown and his wife, Kristin, with grandsons Charlie and Maxwell of Hanover, PA. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Massanutten Presbyterian Church, 50 Indian Trail Road, Penn Laird, VA 22826, with Pastor John P. Leggett officiating. A Masonic Service will be held beforehand at 1:30 in the outdoor chapel behind the church. In lieu of visitation the family will receive friends and guests at a covered-dish picnic reception immediately following the service. At a later date John will be laid to rest at the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Breaking Free", a horse therapy center, 15150 Strooptown Road, Timberville, VA 22853 or The Virginia Wounded Warriors Veterans Service Foundation, Attn: Jack Hilgers, 900 E. Main Street, 6 Floor West Wing, Richmond, VA 23219.
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Published in Daily Press on July 19, 2014