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DONALD RAY BROWN

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Donald Ray Brown of Huntley Donald Ray Brown, 77, formerly of West Chicago, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in Huntley. He was born May 6, 1932, in Crossville, Ill., to George and Veda Brown. Donald was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon Divinity School, and later a Masters of Arts degree at Wheaton College. Donald was united in marriage June 4, 1955, to Shirley Edson. He retired from the Army chaplaincy as a lieutenant colonel, having served in Vietnam. He actively served from 1963 to 1968 and active reserve from 1957 to 1998. Donald was a former pastor of First Baptist Church in Sullivan, Ill., active 30-year member of West Chicago Bible Church and currently associate pastor at Lighthouse Fellowship Church. He was owner of VIP Educational Services, editor for the National Association of Evangelicals, editor for Wheaton College Alumni Magazine and after writing numerous books, he accomplished his first novel in 2007 called "The Reluctant Chameleon." Donald is survived by his wife, Shirley of 54 years; daughters, Rebecca (Dave) Mejdrich of Rockford, Ill., and Sarah (Brian) Smith of Geneva, Ill.; grandchildren, Neal (Shannon), Jeremy (Michelle) and Daniel (Morgon) Mejdrich and Shannon Brown; grandchildren, Bailey, Dylan, Melanie, Kayla, Luke, Calle, Brooke and Doug; sister; Ruth Ann Grundon of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Hester; and son, Mark Thomas in 1963. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington Street and Main Street), West Chicago. Funeral service will take place on Friday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in River Hills Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald's memory can be made to Lighthouse Fellowship Church Memorial Fund, Huntley, IL. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Sun City for Lighthouse Fellowship Church and Sun City friends. For information, 630-231-0060 or www.norriswalensegertfh.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Apr. 1, 2010
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