Donald R. “Brownie” Brown

August 23, 1933 ‒ March 02, 2018

Ashley, Ohio

Donald R. “Brownie” Brown, age 84 of Ashley passed away at home Friday morning, March 2, 2018 following a brief illness.

He was born on August 23, 1933 in Delaware to the late Floyd E. and Laura J. (Yoakum) Brown.  Don proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War. Never with idle hands, he worked 32 years with ODOT Div. 6 as a heavy equipment operator. He also worked at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and tended to the race track for over 30 years. Don was a valued employee at the Ashley Feed Mill, was a member of the Elm Valley Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and a beloved member of the Ashley community.

A proud participant on the Honor Flight in September of 2017, he was a member of Ashley Grange and a former member of the American Legion and also Delaware Senior Citizens. He was an avid hunter and square dancer, as well as a fan of sports especially Ohio State Basketball.  But he was a bigger fan of his children and grandchildren, never missing a game.

Don was married to the love of his life for almost 57 years Shelba Jean (Prince) Brown. They were described as two peas in a pod; he was her care taker in life and illness. Sadly she passed away on May 10, 2014.

Kind, ornery, selfless, and brave, he was always the first to lend a helping hand and continually there when needed. Don was at his best when working at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, enjoying the Brown Jug, and his friends at the track.  He treasured time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family were always the center of his life.

He will be dearly missed by his two daughters: Rae Jean (William “Butch”) Brown of Ashley, and Patricia (Ron) Aleshire of Delaware; grandchildren: Kristin (Ed) Clark of Prospect, Nathan (April) Shaw of Delaware and Courtney Aleshire of Marion; six great grandchildren: Nicole Clark, Jayla Street, Wyatt and Rylie Shaw, Mayvin Street, and Avery Shaw; brothers: Lawrence (Dixie) and Bob (Deanna) Brown of Marysville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and parents-in-law: Harold and Eunice Cackler and a niece Cathy L. Deahl.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with fireman’s honors at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware. Burial will take place at a later date in Green Mound Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Hospice of Marion.

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  • RIP Uncle Don. Thoughts and prayers to our family members We love you guys . Love Kelly and Karla

  • You & family have my greatness sympathy ,thoughts & prayers in the loss of your Dad He enjoyed getting to together & just talk with family.(that’s how I remembered him)

  • Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one.
    The Bible can give comfort, as it reveals that it is God’s purpose to restore the dead to life by means of a resurrection to a paradise earth,
    where sickness and death will be no more. Jesus said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”—
    John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:1-4