WILLARD H. BROWN, 90 FREEPORT - Willard H. Brown, 90, of Freeport, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013, at Presence St. Joseph Nursing Center. Born July 28, 1923, in Muscatine, Iowa; he was the son of Emil and Margaret (White) Brown. He married Shirley E. Harbsmeier July 6, 1946. She passed away July 1, 2010. Willard was a World War II Navy veteran and was the previous owner of Flachtemeier Monument Works in Freeport. He belonged to the Northwest Illinois Rock Club and the VFW. Surviving are his son, Dale A. Brown of Freeport; 2 daughters, Kathy (Richard) Pratt of Dixon and Dawn (Brian) Pruitt of California; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and 3 sisters. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be held for Willard and Shirley Brown 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, at Walker Mortuary. Interment of his cremated remains will be in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Presence St. Joseph Nursing Center and FHN Hospice. Please visit www.walkermortuary.com to leave a condolence.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2013