James G. Brown
SPRINGFIELD, IL - James G. Brown, 88, passed away at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Marion, Ill., to Robert Ralph and Gertrude (Benton) Brown. He married Jewel Marie Ritchey on March 15, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. She preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2007.
Also preceding Mr. Brown in death were his parents; his stepson, Kenneth J. Quindry on June 12, 2013; his sister, A. Virginia Eshelman; and his nephew, John M. Eshelman.
Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Judith A. (husband, Jim) Taylor of Springfield; granddaughter, Amelia L. (husband, Steven) Ent of Glenarm, Ill.; grandson, David G. (wife, Lindsay) Taylor of San Diego, Calif.; step-grandson, J. Scott Quindry (wife, Shari) of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; great-grandchildren: Taylor, Mackenzie, Mikel and Sydney Ent; step-great-grandchildren: Jessica, Carrie, and Brandon Quindry; three step-great-great-grandchildren; nephews, James Goetz of San Diego, Calif., and Robert C. Eshelman of Sterling, Alaska; niece, Robyn L. Eshelman of Anchorage, Alaska; several great-nieces and -nephews.
He was a 1943 graduate of Marion High School, where he played football and was captain of the Wildcat football team. Also known as a great tennis player, he and his father, Ralph, were a well-known doubles team in the area. The University of Illinois and Tulane University recruited him to play football, but he chose to join the U.S. Navy. He was trained in Underwater Demolition and served with the Sea Bees at Bougainville, Kwajalein, Saipan, and Iwo Jima.
After WWII, he was hired by Central Illinois Public Service Company, and transferred to Anna, Ill., in 1950 as a journeyman lineman. He transferred to Carbondale, Ill., in 1960 to become a local lineman, and in 1962, he became a Load Dispatcher for the Southern Division of CIPS in West Frankfort. He became Chief Load Dispatcher in 1964 and transferred back to Marion with the opening of a new dispatch center in 1975. He returned to West Frankfort as local CIPS Superintendent in 1981, and transferred to Benton when he became Area Superintendent in 1986. He remained in Benton until his retirement in November 1989.
At the time of his death, Mr. Brown was a resident of Wyndcrest Assisted-Living Facility in Rochester, Ill., and had been a member of Western Oaks Baptist Church in Springfield since 2004.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9. Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services, as well as a 3 p.m. reception following, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Mr. Brown's honor to the General Scholarship Fund at John A. Logan Community College, 700 Logan College Dr., Carterville, IL.
Please visit www.bischfuneralhomewest.com for his "Life Remembered Story" where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
The family of James G. Brown is being served by Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield, IL; 217-544-5424.