Irl K. Brown(1923 - 2012)

NORTHAMPTON - Irl K. Brown Sr., 89, passed away Dec. 18, 2012, at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.

Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Clarksville, Tenn., Irl was the son of the late Irl C. and Ruby (Winn) Brown.

He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of sergeant.

Irl was a salesman for Sears and Robuck for over 30 years and has resided in Northampton for 60 years.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton.

His wife of 60 years, Winifred (Stringfellow) Brown, passed away in 2007.

He is survived by his sons, Irl K. Brown Jr. and his wife Sandi of Easthampton and David Brown of Northampton; his daughter, Margaret B. Mardas of Northampton; his brother, William Brown of Nashville, Tenn.; his sister, Jane Edwards of Paducah, Ky.; his two granddaughters, Tina Brown and Stacey Benevides and his two great-grandsons, Ryan and Joshua Irl.

He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Brown and his sister, Anne Barker.

Irl's Funeral will be held at a later date at the Ahearn Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Donations in Irl's memory may be made to the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 9, 2013