Richard "Dick" G. Brown, Sr., 73, of Galion, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at his residence after a short illness.
Dick was born in Ford City, PA on December 15, 1940 to the late Richard J. and Alva Jean (Lemmon) Brown. His father died in WWII so he was also raised by his late stepfather, Albert Scripps. He graduated from Ford City High School in Pennsylvania in 1959. Dick married Barbara Joan Zellefrow on August 19, 1961 and she survives him. They opened their first restaurant, BJ's, in the Seltzer Station Mall in Crestline. They then opened two restaurants in Galion, BJ's and Granny's, where he spent countless hours chatting and gossiping with customers. He worked at PPG in Crestline from 1961 until his retirement in June of 2001.
Dick was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting and school events, vacationing with them, and just visiting at his home.
He enjoyed attending car shows and owned a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado and 1950 Buick. He worked crossword puzzles whenever he could. He had a great sense of humor and was very quick witted.
In addition to his wife Barbara he is survived by his children: Terry and Harold Croyle, Crestline, Richard G. Brown, Jr, and Audra Hinty of Galion, Michelle Brown, Mansfield, four grandchildren: Crystal and Josh Keller, Alex Ghent and Ashley Clum, Dustin Tesso and Michael Tesso, five great grandchildren: Samantha Keller, Madeline Keller, Abigail Keller, Parker Keller, and Abby Hinty, one brother, Larry and Darlene Scripps, Kittanning, PA, and five sisters: Carol and Jack McGaughey, Clearwater, FL, Lourrell and Don Wayland, Pinellas, FL, Marcia Snyder, Pittsburgh, PA, Sherry and Rod Artman, Vandergrift, PA, and Valerie and George Schaeffer, Ford City, PA.
Friends may call Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Crestline. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Crestline, with Rev. Michael A. Geiger officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Galion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Crestline, OH 44827 in care of the funeral home.
Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home
223 W. Main Street Crestline, OH 44827
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Jan. 10, 2014