Bernard Dean Brown, Sr., age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. He was born February 19, 1931 in Marietta, OH to the late Samuel O., Sr. and Marian F. (Carpenter) Brown. Bernard was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2010 and was a faithful member of St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish. Bernard retired in 1983 as an OTR truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 92, VFW 3747 (having held office of Honor Guard, Secretary and Chaplain), Army Navy Garrison 250, and FOE 2370. He was a gifted man and mastered various trades such as carpentry, upholstery, mechanics, electrical and plumbing to name a few. Those skills were used to help his family in many ways. He enjoyed music, singing, dancing, boating, water skiing, camping, vegetable/flower gardening and watching western movies.
He was preceded in death by wife, Mary; son Brian; grandson, Craig Garren; siblings, Samuel O., Jr., Alfred Brown, Virginia Lehmiller, Marilyn Phillips and his canine companion, Buddy.
He is survived by children Karen Sue Brown (Paul) Coulas, Patricia Ann (Doug) Garren, Diana Lynn (Roger) Storch, Ruth Ann (Kevin) Ferrell, Sandra Kay Johnson, Cynthia Marie Howard, Bernard Dean Jr. "Bub" (Lori) Brown; grandchildren Amy (Chris) Armstrong, Ryan (Jessica), Jason (Megan) and Devin (Victoria) Storch, Matthew (Angela) and Chad Ferrell, Katelyn (Justin) Hostetler, Michelle and Beth Johnson, Kristin Lippert, Karen Howard (Joshua) Poorman, Stephen Howard, Julia and Jarod Brown; great-grandchildren Jonathan and Kaylee Wertz, Paige Garren, Cassie Armstrong, Laney, Lennon, baby due December 2020, Jase, Jude and Reagan Storch, Haley and Max Evans, Quinn and Roman Ferrell, Axel Hostetler, Jacob Johnson, Kayla and Leah Lippert, Alexis, Miley and Adaline Poorman; siblings Verna Dexter, Delores Griffiths, Carol Nickles, Sharon Prendergast.
With Covid-19 restrictions enforced, including masks and social distancing, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 21, 2020 at St. Mary/St. Benedict Catholic Church 1602 Market Avenue S in Canton with Fr. Benson Okpara, Ph.D. as Celebrant. Burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Sandyville OH. Calling hours will be held in the Reed Funeral Home, Canton Chapel on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 PM.
The family would like to thank the sisters and staff at the House of Loreto where Dad was treated with love and respect... a place he called "home".