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Wayne Edward Brown, 69, of Palm Bay, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10th, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FL after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Cass City, MI on August 23, 1943, the son of Willis R. and Loretta S. (Jackson) Brown.
Wayne married Jill A. Parker on October 9, 1965, in Sacramento, CA. He is survived by his wife; children, Jeff (Jennifer) Brown of Macclenny, FL and Mark Brown of Palm Bay; grandchildren, Jared, Justin and Jack Brown of Macclenny; a sister, Linda Mika (John Ellis) of Oxford, MI; a brother, Morris Brown of Cass City; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Wayne graduated from Cass City High School in 1962 and attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. In 1963, he entered the Air Force via the military draft where he remained for over 20 years. His numerous duty assignments included bases in Texas, Japan, California, Nebraska, Thailand, Massachusetts and finally Florida, where he retired in December 1983. Wayne also served his country during the Vietnam War in 1971-1972. Throughout his career, he worked with military intelligence units and retired with the Air Force Tactical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, in Cocoa Beach, FL. After his military service, Wayne worked for DBA Systems in Melbourne and Harris Corporation in Palm Bay when he retired in February 2005.
Wayne was an avid sports fan throughout his life and especially loved baseball and basketball. He excelled in both sports in high school and later played some baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies minor league organization. Wayne also umpired and coached many young baseball players during their Little League years in Florida.
Wayne was a member of several organizations including the AFA, VFW, Moose Lodge and American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Wanda Benitez (Tino).
A local viewing will be held at the Ammen Family Funeral Home in Palm Bay on Wednesday, February 13, from 5 to 8 pm. A memorial service with full military honors will be held in Cass City in early Spring, with interment at the Elkland Township cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Arrangements entrusted to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 950 Malabar Road, SE, Palm Bay, FL (321) 724-2224.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 13, 2013