Ronald James Brown

Ronald James Brown LUBBOCK-Ronald James Brown went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Born Dec. 26, 1947, in Warsaw, N.Y., to Gordon and Ann Brown, he was raised in the beautiful country of Dale, Wyoming County, New York, where his family ran the county store for many years. He attended Wyoming Central schools from elementary through high school graduating in 1966. While growing up, he was a member of Dale Baptist Church. Ron and his twin brother, Doug, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967, serving their country from 1967 to 1970, including serving a one year tour together in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. They were stationed in Amarillo and later Reese Air Force Base outside Lubbock from 1967 to 1969. While at Reese Ron, he met his wife-to-be Phyllis Dianne Johnson. They were married on July 7, 1973, at Trinity Church in Lubbock in a double wedding ceremony with his twin brother, Doug Brown, and wife, Virginia Arellano, all just celebrating 40 years of marriage. Ron worked at Sylvania Electronics in Batavia, N.Y., for a short time before entering the Air Force. After returning to Lubbock in 1971, he worked for Tersco of West Texas and Curry Motor Freight. He began his 35-plus year career as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service in Jan. 1977, where he loved meeting people and working in the outdoors. He retired Dec. 1, 2012. He was a longtime member of Trinity Church. Ron may not have been born in Texas, but as the saying goes, he got here as fast as he could. Ron was 101% Texan and proud of it. And even though he loved Texas, he had very fond memories of growing up in upstate New York. In addition to being a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Ron enjoyed hunting and dirt bike riding in his younger days; he also loved driving the country back roads and watching westerns. He was a Mason and belonged to Yellowhouse, Masonic Lodge #841, A.F. & A.M. Ron was one of the good guys with a great sense of humor. Ron is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his two daughters, April Brown, of Lubbock, Nikole Witt and husband Scott of Lubbock, four beautiful grandchildren, Julia Beard, Jaxon and Jadon Witt of Lubbock and Vada Keese of Mountain House, Calif.; his beloved mother-in-law, Alice Johnson of Lubbock; his twin brother and best friend, Doug Brown and wife Virginia of Lubbock; his sister, Joanne Wert and husband Ron of Varysburg, N. Y.; his brother, Kevin Brown and wife Pat of Dale, N.Y; his brother, Gordon (Butch) Brown of Haywood, Calif.; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Kay Cunningham, George (Buddy) and Ann Ross, all of Lubbock, Clint and Vicki Averitte of Amarillo, and Robert Harder of Anthony, Fla.; and nephew and nieces, Katie Brown Faber and husband Brett stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Lori Brown of Perryton, Texas, Shelly Brown of Middletown, Del., Debbie Murray and husband Giff of Monument, Colo., Luann Bushnell of Athens, Texas, David Harder and wife, Dawn of Tijeras, N.M., and Barb Coleman and husband Bruce of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Ronald Brown of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Dennis Brown and wife Cindy of Inverary, Ontario, Canada, Gerald and Resa Cunningham of Lubbock, Chris Cunningham of Lubbock, Barry Ross and wife Robyn of Lubbock, Kim Boisen and husband Kevin of Corinth, Texas; and great-nephew and -nieces, Cathy and James Cunningham, Jordan and Kenzie Cunningham, Brandon and Austin Ross, Olivia and Ross Boisen, Anna and Liam Drum, Nicolas, Robert and Hillary Murray, and Chad Harder of Tijeras, N.M., Sara Batangan of Plano, Texas, and Emily Chesney and husband Steven of Chesney, Texas, and many wonderful friends and co-workers. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clair Brown of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada; a brother, Harold Brown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Brenda Donnelly of Connecticut; a nephew, Gordon Donnelly of Connecticut; and great niece, Joselyn Brown of Middletown, Dela.; and just this past March by a beloved nephew, Kyle Kucauskas Averitte, with whom he had a special relationship. Services will be held Tuesday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 7002 Canton Ave., Lubbock, TX, with a military burial immediately following the services at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, 5740 W. 19th Street, Lubbock, TX. Visitation will be Monday, July 29, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Resthaven. Pallbearers will be friends/co-workers of the United States Postal Service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Liver Foundation or would be appreciated.

Funeral Home

Resthaven Memorial Park
5740 West 19th Street Lubbock, TX 79407
(806) 791-6200

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 28, 2013