John P. Brown, age 79 of Villa Grove passed away on Friday Sept. 6, 2019 at his home in Villa Grove.
A funeral mass was Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Villa Grove with Fr. Aloysius Ndeanaefo officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, rural Pesotum. Visitation was in the Joines Funeral Home (Il Rt 130 S) Villa Grove, Il.
He was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Urbana, to Thomas and Luella (Laley) Brown.
He is survived in life by his wife of 55 years Norma (Bleichner) Brown; children Melita (Steve) Welander, Jennifer Brown, Carl (Wendy) Brown, and Andrea Brown; and grandchildren Athena and Camden Welander and Alexandria and EJ Brown. Other family includes brothers Bill (Lucy), Bob, and Benny (Diane) Brown, sisters Elaine (Darrel) Hill, Bea (MIke) Pierce, and Linda Morris; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Mark and Dennis Brown; and son Dennis Brown.
John served four years in the United States Navy where he studied to become an electrician. He worked as an electrician for the I.B.E.W. for 51 years. Memorials can be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.