Wesley Leo Brown

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Wesley Leo Brown, 86, of Great Falls, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, May 6 at Peace Hospice.

At his request, no services will be held. Cremation will take place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home.

He was born in Flatwillow to Harry Clay and Mary Ida (Hayes) Brown on Feb. 10, 1926. The family moved to Fairfield when he was 7 years old. He attended schools in Fairfield then enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served his basic training at Farragut Naval Training Center at Farragut, Idaho, before joining the war effort. During the war, Wesley helped ferry the 2nd and 5th Rangers to Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was a motorman and ran landing ship tanks. He crossed over the Pacific on the way to Japan when they surrendered. Wesley was hon-orably discharged in 1947. He moved to Great Falls in 1974 and worked for Anaconda Mining Company until it closed in 1981. He also farmed on the Fairfield Bench, worked for Emery Computers, and hauled mail for the U.S. Post Office.

Wesley met Marie Green at a Choteau-Fairfield ballgame, and they were later married in Billings on August 23, 1952.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge for 38 years where he volunteered as a bartender and served as an officer for six years. Golf was his passion, along with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Brown of Great Falls; four sons, Gregg (Marabeth) Brown of Great Falls, Jerry (Jeannette) Brown of Old Town, Idaho, Dell Brown and Charles (Lori) Brown both of Spokane; two daughters, Stazy (Stan) Godlewski, Columbia, Md., and Llora Brown of Great Falls; a brother, Harry "Bush" (Betty) Clay Brown Jr. of Deer Lodge; sister Elsie Graves of Great Falls; eighteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Evelyn and Janet Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Brown; brothers Lester, Leland and Alvin "Pete" Brown; and a sister, Edna Lee.

Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 8, 2012
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