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Melvin Russell “Brownie” Pillow

A funeral service celebrating the life of Melvin Russell “Brownie” Pillow, 81, of Racine, formerly of Buckeye Lake, was held May 20, 2008, in the chapel of the Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, with Pastor Randy Clay as celebrant. Burial with full military honors was at Glen Rest Memorial Estates, Reynoldsburg, by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Brownie died Thursday evening in Gallipolis after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Johnstown, the son of the late William Thomas and Hattie Boardman Pillow.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II. Along with his brother-in-law, he operated Sherm & Mel’s french fry stand at the Lancaster Fair for more than 40 years. He operated the family food concession at Buckeye Lake amusement park for many years. He was a member of Hebron Lodge 116, F&AM, Racine American Legion, A.A.S.R. Valley of Columbus, and a former member of the Pataskala IOOF lodge.

He was employed for 37 years with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, spending 17 of those years as manager of Buckeye Lake State Park. He also was a former deputy sheriff in Licking, Franklin and Fairfieldcounties.

Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and loved animals, especially horses and his beloved dog, Lily. He also was an avid nature lover, enjoying the beauty of Meigs County and all of southern Ohio.

He is survived by his loving family: his wife, the former Norma Clay, whom he married Dec. 17, 1955; his daughters, Darla Blade (Roy “Bear” Hall) and Darlene Pillow; his grandson, Jacob Pillow, all of Racine; his brothers and sisters, Willis (Janet) Pillow, of Ravenna, Gladys (Harold) Ferko, of Columbus, Ralph Pillow, of Westerville; and many, many nieces and nephews.

An online guest book, video tribute and condolences may be sent to the family at www.hoskinsonfuneral. com.

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