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Frank Brown(1923 - 2013)

Frank Brown

Frank D. Brown, 90, of Belleville, Ill., died Sept. 4, 2013, in Beloit, Kan.

Frank was born April 8, 1923, to Tandy and Grace Brown in Cheyenne, Wyo. Following high school graduation, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II in Company D, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Wounded on the island of Bougainville, he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Frank retired from a career with the Illinois Highway Department as a civil engineer. His adult life was full of work, family, church, and many volunteer hours in the community. He taught Sunday school for over 50 years and was active in the Boy Scouts of America while his sons, Tandy and Richard were growing up. He played the French Horn in the local community band and sang in the choirs at First and Westminster Presbyterian churches. He taught adult literacy and remedial reading for Franklin School children. He helped many seniors and underprivileged individuals with free tax preparation at the Southwestern Illinois College's PSOP service.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard; his parents; and 10 siblings.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Marilyn of Beloit, Kan.; son, Tandy, of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter, Christy (Ron) Metz of Jewell, Kan.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mike of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sisters, June Smith of Casper, Wyo., Nancy (Bob) Treadway, Dolphe (Bob) Van Alyne, and Patricia White, all of Cheyenne.

Funeral: A private family service is planned.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 22, 2013
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