REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Elmer R. Brown Jr., 81, passed away in the early morning of Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, with his loving wife, Joan, and devoted son, Kirk, by his side.
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Elmer was born to parents Elmer and Catherine (Greager) Brown in Shamokin, Pa., on Sept. 2, 1931. He was predeceased by sisters Beverly and Doris and nephew Frank.
Raised in a coal mining family, Elmer graduated from Shamokin High School in 1949.
He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Forcheski, in 1953.
He joined and served in the U. S. Navy in the early years of their marriage, when his service took him to the Mediterranean during the Korean War aboard the USS Oriskany.
Elmer was the first in his family to go to college, earning his associate degree from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Accounting and Finance and his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.
He worked three jobs to put himself through school and support his family. He and Joan raised four sons and two daughters, instilling in them the strength of the Lord in their lives, the importance of a loving family and a strong work ethic.
After many years of hard work and loyal service at Albany International Co. Monophilment Plant as comptroller, Elmer and his wife retired to the Rehoboth area in 1996 near their cousin, Dolores, and her endearing dog, Fu.
Elmer enjoyed the beach and golfing for pleasure until he became legally blind as a result of macular degeneration. It was a Godsend that the Lions Club of Rehoboth and the Delaware Division of the Visually Impaired provided him with machines that enabled him to read and listen to many audio books.
He was an active member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lewes and is fondly remembered for his robust storytelling and quick wit, and for being an avid football fan, especially of his Penn State Nittany Lions.
Many note how endearing it was to see Elmer and Joan holding hands; their unity and devotion to each other could never be missed.
Elmer is survived by four sons, Keith and his wife, Rhonda, of Monroe, N.C., Kevin and his wife, Cathie, of Venice, Fla., Kirk, of Lewes, Del., and Kerry, of Ashland, Va.; two daughters, Michelle and her husband, Scott Rivet, of Neenah, Wisc., and Maria and her husband, Quintin Johnson, of Georgetown, Del.; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
BROWN — Elmer R. Brown, Jr., 81, of Rehoboth Beach, Del. Funeral Services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3072 Savannah East Drive, Lewes, Del., where friends may visit beginning at 8 a.m. Burial with Navy honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. Friends may also visit from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lions Club of Rehoboth, P.O. Box 291, Rehoboth Beach, Del., 19971; New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3072 Savannah East Drive, Lewes, Del., 19958, or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Del., 19963. Please visit Mr. Brown's Life Memorial web page and sign his online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The News Item on Nov. 14, 2012