Brown, John J.
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Jesus awakened John J. Brown, of 6411 Deer Road, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, from his sleep at 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to take him home. His loving family was at his side.
Funeral Services are 11:00 AM Monday, April 1, 2013 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. Jim Altman will officiate. Visitation will take place at Church on Monday from 9:30-11:00 AM. Entombment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids, WI with military rites provided by VFW Post #2534 of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is handling all arrangements.
John was born July 19, 1930 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Henry and Jennie (Eichner) Brown. He married Elizabeth "Bette" Nash on October 20, 1951 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. John was employed at Nekoosa Edwards Paper Co. for 39 years retiring in 1992.
John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from June 1949 until August 1952, serving as a paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team-11th Airborne Division. John was a member of VFW Post #2534 of Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
John was faithful to God and believed in the power of daily prayers. John and Bette were blessed with 61 years of marriage together. Their most cherished times were spent talking over morning coffee and planning their day. John enjoyed being an outdoorsman; spending many years hunting and fishing with family and friends. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them about the outdoors and respect for the land. In their retirement years, John and Bette took pleasure in many summers spent in the Northwoods on Razorback Lake, where he loved to fish musky and pan fish. John and his son, Jim, were lucky to have 40 memorable years of successful deer hunting and bird-watching at Jim and Jodie's home in Weston. He and Bette traveled to Estes Park, CO to visit their daughter Sandi and her two sons, Sean-Michael and Bryant, taking in Rocky Mountain views. He also enjoyed spending long weekends visiting Terri, Todd and Trevor's lot on the Flambeau River in Park Falls, WI. John was active in riding his bike during the summer months. In later years, John and his companion, Gander, could be found on daily morning car rides along the beautiful Buena Vista Marsh.
John is survived by his wife, Bette; son, Jim (Jodie) Brown of Weston, WI; two daughters, Sandi Pfeiffer of Monument, CO and Terri (Todd) Frank of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; four grandchildren, Sean-Michael Pfeiffer of Colorado Springs, CO, Bryant Pfeiffer of Colorado Springs, CO, Trevor Frank of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Brandon Brown of Wausau, WI; one great granddaughter, Mary Brown of Wausau, WI and one sister, Irene Brandt of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his faithful companion lab, Gander.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jennie Brown, brothers, Edward, Robert, Harold and George Brown and sisters, Loretta Gedemer and Marion Brown.
John never wasted a moment of his time on Earth. As he would always tell everyone, "this is not goodbye, but so long.
The family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for their tender and devoted care to John and family members.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Mar. 29, 2013