George E.R. Brown, 89, passed away at Courtyard Healthcare in Goshen at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020.
Born in Plymouth, on Aug. 28, 1930, George was the son of Paul Robert (P.R.) and M. Ellen Jenkins Brown.
George served in the Junior ROTC program from 1944-1947. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1947 and honorably went active into the U.S. Navy in 1948. He attended class “A” Aviation Storekeeper school. Upon graduating George was assigned to VF171 Navy Jet Fighter Squadron as an aviation storekeeper. He proudly served aboard the USS Coral, USS Midway and the USS Franklin Rowe Delaware during the Korean War and retired in 1952 as an AK3.
He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School with the class of 1948. He came home and worked in the family business at Brown Transfer Co. in Plymouth. In 1955, he went to work as an automotive parts manager at Oliver Ford Sales in Plymouth, Labas Chevrolet in Plymouth and finally Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, where he retired in 1991 after 36 years.
George married Mary Jo Johnson in Plymouth, in 1955, and they would have a son, William. She would pass in 1975. He would meet the love of his life, Judith A. Hartung. The two would wed in 1981 and combine their two families as one. George loved traveling when he could and fishing. He was a loving father to Bill, Joleen, Jon, Jackie and Jim.
George had many passions throughout his life including serving and was a member of: 32nd Degree Mason, past president of Post-Polio Group of Charlotte County, Woodcarving Association of Charlotte County, past president of the Phi Delta Kappa of Plymouth, national vice president of the Phi Delta Kappa, lifetime member of the DAV, member of the VFW Post 1162 in Plymouth and past commander, member of the First United Methodist Church and president of the Northern Indiana Parts Managers Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judith; and their children: Jackie (Rick) Jozwiak, of Middlebury; Jim (Leah) Hartung, of Plymouth; and Jon (Carolyn) Knepper, of Sulphur, La.; grandchildren: Joel Hartung, Aaron Hartung, Captain Matt Jozwiak, 1st Lt. Randy Jozwiak, Captain Allen Jozwiak, Jared Knepper and Devan Knepper. He had also been blessed with eight great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Tom; son, Bill; and daughter, Joleen.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ed Friberg officiating.
Burial will be at New Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by members of the American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign War- Marshall County Post 1162 and Disabled American Veteran Chapter 42.
Please note: For your protection, the entire funeral home staff will wear masks. It is mandated that family members and their guests do so as well. The family asks that you please practice social distancing from them during the visitation.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Fellowship Missions Homeless Shelter, 1520 Winona Ave., Warsaw, IN 46580.