James W. Brown, 89, of Findlay, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born on August 17, 1927 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Ray M. and Vira (Cherry) Brown. James married Nancy J. Alspach and she preceded him in death, just short of 50 years of marriage.
James proudly served his country in the US Coast Guard during WWII before being honorably discharged. He was employed with the Union Local 8 out of Toledo and retired after 35 years of service. James enjoyed flying airplanes, racing, and fishing with his son Steve. He surely enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He loved to eat at his son’s restaurant, Tony’s. James would always say “Walmark” instead of Walmart and “Lowells” instead of Lowes. We would correct him and he would continue to say it anyway. His saying was “Haste makes waste”. James always joked with his son Tom about money. He was an awesome husband, father, and grandfather.
James is survived by his sons, Thomas (Bonnie), and Jim (Melanie); and daughter, Carolyn (Kelly) Barker-Boutwell; grandchildren, Dawn, Tim, Dan (Brittany Linville) Barker, Tony, Kari, and Tyler Brown, Nikki Sporrer, Doni Jo Wickard, and Steven Brown; great-grandchildren, Brayden Schwab, Aiden Barker Tiell, Leah Barker, Madilyn Barker, Josslyn Linville, Logan and Liam Linville, Ivy Brown, Charlotte Brown, Madison and Mason Brown, Noah, Rylan, and Aubrey Sporrer, Brayden Brown, Jacob Flores, Jonathon Routzon, and Allyson Schloemp. He is also survived by his companion of ten years, Joann Siferd; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Brown. James was preceded in death by his son, Steven J. Brown; and two sisters, Barbara Withers, and Betty Cook.
Friends and family may visit on Sunday, July 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 24 at the funeral home with Pastor Herb Koonce officiating. Interment will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery with the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad performing full military rites. Memorial contributions in James’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio 45840.