Wesley Eugene Brown, 86, of Thornville, passed away May 14, 2012. He was born on May 18, 1926, in Perry County, to the late Isaac Wesley and Florence Ethel (Cooperrider) Brown. Wesley was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, and woodworker. He was a 1944 graduate of Thornville High School.
Wesley served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he operated a bulldozer and dump truck in the construction and maintenance of roads and airstrips in Japan and the Philippines. After discharge, he worked for the Holophane Company in Newark, and then later continued his career as a heavy equipment operator for the Shelly Company, where he retired after 30 years. Wesley was a member of AMVETS Post 51, American Legion Post 342, and Grace Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Zelma; six children, Cynthia (Jeff) Mathews, Darrell (Debbie) Brown, Claudia Brown, Dwight (Mary) Brown, Cheryl (Andy) Verba and Cathy (Wayne) Jenkins; son-in-law, Alan Underwood; 15 grandchildren, Amber and Ben Underwood, Kim Rodgers, Rhonda (Jeff) Wells, Kendall (Carl) Clovis, Autumn Brown, Meghan (Steve) Turner, Caitlin Hill, Jay (Kristin) Hill, Danielle (Shawn Peters) Brown, Ryan (Lindsey) Brown, Scott (Lisa) Brunn, Jennifer (Blake) Rosell, Kylie Jenkins, and Myles Jenkins; 12 great-grandchildren, Tristan and Kelsey Roberts, Cody Kling, Cole (Kaitlyn) Carpenter, Kyle, Emily and Brianna Carpenter, Isaac Underwood, Kyen Clovis, Regan Rosell, Mae Turner, and Emma Brunn; one great-great-grandchild, Landon Carpenter; and a sister, Ellen Agnew.
In addition to his parents, Wesley was preceded in death by his daughter, Christina Brown Underwood; a half-sister, Edith Rose Revercomb; and a half-brother, Paul Brown.
A funeral service, celebrating Wesley’s life, will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Thornville home of Hoskinson-Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, 56 South Main St., with Pastors Beth Bateson and Doug Lynn officiating. Burial will follow, at a later date, in Lutheran Reformed Cemetery, Thornville.
Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 2:00-5:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to: FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
Condolences may be sent to www.hoskinsonfuneral.com
Hoskinson-Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, Thornville, is honored to care for the Brown family.