Vernon E. Brown, 73, of Bellevue, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
Vernon was born April 13, 1935, in Whitesburg, Ky., the son of the late Robert and Angeline (Adams) Brown Sr. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1997, allowing him to spend more time with his children and grandchildren. He was a hardworking and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed gardening. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and UAW Local 1216.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bobbie (Hamilton) Brown, whom he married March 23, 1936, in Whitesburg; loving son, Stephen (Fran) Brown of Martin, Ohio; precious daughters, Deborah Christman of Sandusky, Jennifer (Craig) Rathbun of Huron and Andrea (Adam) Thomas of Findlay, Ohio; adoring grandchildren, Julia, Brent, Bryan, Taylor, Austin, Oliver and Aubrey; great-grandson, Elijah; brothers, Mark (Mary Lou) Brown of Fostoria, Ohio, Donald (Trudy) Brown of Tiffin, Bill (Norma) Brown of Westland, Mich., Robert Brown Jr. of Taylor, Mich.; and sisters, Loretta (Chan) Combs of Tiffin and Pauline (Paul) Caudill of Taylor.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Nicolas Vernon "Nic" Brown; four brothers; and three sisters.
Friends will be received 3-7 p.m. Monday in Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home and will be conducted by the Rev. Wally Seibel. Burial will follow at Bellevue Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 209 Southwest St., Bellevue, OH 44811 or the donor's favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at foosfuneral.com.