TROY - Claude Eugene (Gene) Brown, 78, of Troy, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his residence after a five year battle with cancer. Gene was born the eldest child of three on Sept. 5, 1934, in Pleasant Hill, to the late Claude John Alexander Brown and Catherine Barbara (Rohr) Brown.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Florence Della (Longbrake) of 56 years and three children, son, Dale Eugene Brown and Patty of Springfield; daughters, Cathy Elaine Warner of Corpus Christi, Texas and Kristen Elizabeth Herron and her husband, Mark of Piqua; sisters, Barbara Yvonne Liston and her husband, Charles of Piqua and Sharon Ann Ward of Ludlow Falls; seven grandchildren, Brandy (Jason) Roberts, Misty Brown Carver, Dusty (Jamie) Brown, Julie (Joe) Decesaro, Corey Warner, Shaun Warner, and Matthew Herron; seven great-grandchildren, Karen, Adelle, Abigail, Kiara, Cameron, Cael, and Jayden, and also many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Earl Ward Sr.
Gene was a graduate of Milton-Union High School in 1952. He continued his studies at the University of Dayton and General Motors Institute in Michigan and received a bachelor of automotive and engineering degree. Gene was a member of the Delta Chi Rho. He retired as a design engineer from General Motors after 39 years of service. He was active in the Boy Scouts and Campfire. He had numerous hobbies, enjoyed photography, woodworking, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Interment will follow in the Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Miami County, PO Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.
Baird Funeral Home
555 N. Market St. Troy, OH 45373
Published in Piqua Daily Call on July 26, 2013