John W. Brown Jr., a resident of Park Avenue Towers, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 28, 1933, he was a son of the late John W. and Edna (Shaver) Brown Sr. He attended GAR High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
John was formerly employed by DeCamp Bus Lines, Clifton, N.J. He was the owner of Brown's Garage, Wilkes-Barre, and was later employed by Benco Dental.
He was a member of the American Legion, Wilkes-Barre. At Park Avenue Towers, he was very active with crime watch and other groups; he was known as the "guardian angel."
He was preceded in death by a son, John W. Brown III, who passed away in 2003; daughter-in-law, Donna Brown, who passed away in 2011; a brother, Leslie Brown; and a sister, Beverly Gwiazdowski.
Surviving are his children, Joseph Brown and his wife, Christine, Wilkes-Barre; Gwen Brown, Nanticoke; Rebecca Grohowski and her husband, Stanley, Wilkes-Barre; Josephine Johnson-Fox and her husband, Kenneth, Hanover Township; former wife, Rebecca Rushton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald Brown, Wilkes-Barre; Robert Brown, Dallas; Albert Brown, Greentown; sisters, Sandra Conahan, Wilkes-Barre, and Audrey Laux, Ashley.
The family thanks the staff of Kingston Health Care Center as well as the staff of the PCU and the nurses on 6 West at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for the wonderful care given to John.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 465 S. Main St. Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Carol E. Coleman will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to the
, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004; or to Kingston Health Care Center, 702 Third Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
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Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader on July 18, 2013