Obituaries 11-15-12


Richard Brown

Richard A. Brown, age 91, of Aurora, passed away very suddenly on Friday, November 9th, 2012, while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, fishing.

He was born on September 17th, 1921, in Switzerland County, to Everett Brown and Hazel Whitham Brown. He graduated from  Patriot High School, Class of 1938, and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1946. He served during World War II in Central Europe and received many medals and commendations.

In 1947, he was married to Eva Newman, and she passed away in 1972. In 1984, he married Susie Hill, and she passed away in 2001.

He was employed at G.E. for over 30 years. He was a member of Dearborn Baptist Church and loved his God. His children and grandchildren were very important to him. He enjoyed traveling with both of his wives, and was an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He absolutely loved fishing in farm ponds, and would always give the fish away that he caught. He was a resident of Dillsboro until he married Susie Hill, and then he moved to Aurora. He is survived by his two sons, Terry (Donna) Brown, of Milan and Roy (Rita) Brown, of Aurora; his daughter, Kathryn (Paul) Moore, of Dillsboro; his two stepsons, Pastor Charles (Martha) Hill, of Aurora and Dan (Pat) Hill, of Milan; one stepdaughter, Linda (Jim) McElfresh, of Aurora; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his brother, Arthur Brown; his three sisters, Mary Ravenscraft, Lelia Hargis, and Evelyn Sams.

He was preceded in death by both of his wives, Eva and Susie; two brothers, Lester and Norman Brown; his sister, Delores Brown; his grandson, Richard Moore; his great-grandson, Joseph Calvert.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16th, at 11 a.m. at Dearborn Baptist Church, 9638 U.S. 48 in Aurora (near Manchester), with Brother Rob Smith, Pastor Darrell Sparks, and Pastor Robert Estes officiating. Interment will follow at New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise, with military rites performed by Dillsboro American Legion Post 262. Friends may meet his family on Thursday, November 15th, at Dearborn Baptist Church from 4-8 p.m. Memorials may be given to Dearborn Baptist Church or to Dearborn County Water Rescue. Arrangements are entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.