Robert M. Brown
ST. PARIS — Robert M. (Bob) Brown, 91 of St. Paris, passed away at Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Bob was the only child of the late Dr. Herbert F. and Kathleen (Kite) Brown. He married Jean Carnes Mott, July 14, 1946, who survives.
Also surviving is son, Nick (Darlene) Mott, Troy; two granddaughters, Kelly Mott and Deanna Mott; three great-grandsons, Derrick Caruso, Braden Dellinger and Zackary Pogue; a special cousin, David Paal; and the family of his late brothers-in-laws, Paul and Neil Carnes, Iris Carnes, Diana Carnes (Raymond) Zerkle, Garry Carnes and Steve Carnes.
Bob achieved the Life Scout Award in Boy Scouts. Following Graduation in 1940 from Johnson St. Paris High School, he attended Urbana Jr. College for a year. Then worked as a civilian at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an airplane mechanic. He proudly served his country 1942-45 in the U.S. Army Air Corp 474th Fighter Group, in World War II, as a Lockheed Lightning P38 Mechanic. He also played alto sax during that time in bands in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He returned home and played in the Dick Runkle Band for many years. Bob was a Life Member of the Keith Creaters American Legion Post 148 and a member of Philip M. Grieser VFW Post 7645. He worked at the Lowell Jones Furniture Store, later starting his own business as a cabinet maker and floor covering specialist. Bob retired in 1984 from Grimes Manufacturing, Urbana, after 21 years as a Parts Inspector.
He was a photographer, and developed his photos in his basement. Bob and wife Jean loved to travel: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Sanibel Island, and many U.S. States. They were faithful members of the St. Paris United Methodist Church. Bob sang in the church choir for many years. They ate daily at Loretta's in Christiansburg or Collier's in Springfield with their friends. Bob was a creative outdoor enthusiast. He made a sailboat and sailed it at Kiser Lake; owned and flew a J3 and a J4 Piper Cub; handmade more than 100 model airplanes; and designed and built a glider (plane). Robert Brown was a true gentleman: respectful, thankful heart; generous; kind; compassionate. He loved God. Not only did he love his wife of 67 years, he cherished her, and still referred to her as his bride. If more men were like Robert Brown, the world would be a better place. The family expresses sincere appreciation to Mercy McAuley Center and Community Mercy Hospice for their excellent loving care of Bob and support to his family. Thanks to Rev. Kepple and the church; and to friends, family, and neighbors for calls, cards, and prayers.
Visitation for Robert M. Brown will be 12:30-2 p.m., with a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paris United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Walnut Streets, with the Rev. Dave Kepple presiding. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. Instead of flowers, please consider a contribution to St Paris United Methodist Church, PO Box 564, St. Paris 43072 or Community Mercy Hospice, 444 West Harding Road, Springfield, OH 45504. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, St. Paris, is serving the family.