Isaac "Ike" Brown Sr., 79, of Sandusky, departed this life Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus.
He was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Columbus, Miss., to Sam and Hattie (Ash) Brown and moved to Sandusky at an early age. He was employed by Farrell Cheek Steel Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1982. He was a lifetime member of Porter Memorial CME Church, Sandusky, where he served on the trustee board, usher board, steward board and as custodian for many years. Ike was an avid Cleveland sports fan, watching the Indians and Browns. He loved hunting with his older brothers and participating in family events.
He is survived by Velma (Lee) Brown to whom he was united in holy matrimony June 6, 1951, in Columbus. Their union was blessed with eight children, daughter, Teresa Brown of Sandusky; and sons, Ernest (Wilma) Brown of Columbus, Isaac (Terrianne) Brown of Lorain, Jesse (Cathelean) Brown and Terry Brown, both of Sandusky, and Melvin Brown of Lansing, Mich. His sisters, Hattie Smith and Alberta Humphries, both of Sandusky; brother, Willie (Mary) Brown of Sandusky; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and special sister-in-law, Effie Easley, who was raised as a daughter, all survive him.
He was preceded in death by his son, Sam Brown; daughter, Rosemary Brown; parents; and brothers, William Brown, Roosevelt Brown, A.B. Brown, Sam Brown and John Brown.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday in Porter Memorial CME Church, 1722 Third St., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Bruce Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 182039 Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 43218-2039.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, Sandusky, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be made at toftfh.com.