John W. 'Jack' BrownJohn W. 'Jack' Brown, age 85, Drayton, ND, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Woodside Village, Grand Forks, ND.
John W. 'Jack' Brown, age 85, Drayton, ND, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Woodside Village, Grand Forks, ND.
Jack was born in Drayton Township, Pembina County, North Dakota, on May 29, 1925, to James Graham and Ethel (Van Camp) Brown. He grew up in rural Drayton and attended rural school and Drayton High School.
He worked on the farm for Ray Chester before going into the U.S. Navy Seabees, serving 1944 to 1946. He married Flora Marie Stewart on February 1, 1946, in Grafton, ND, and together they farmed in St. Andrews Township, Walsh County, until retirement in the early 1990s.
Since 1982 they have spent their winters in Bullhead City, AZ, until November 2010 when they moved into Tisdale Manor in Drayton. Jack resided at Woodside Village the past 5 months.
Jack was a lifetime farmer and enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf, curling, and being with his family. He served on several boards including St. Andrews Township, Drayton Farmers Union Oil Company, Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers, and Drayton State Bank. He was a member of the Drayton United Methodist Church, I.O.OF., Masons, B.P.O.E., Drayton Curling Club and American Legion Post 159.
He is survived by his wife, Flora, children Pamela (Deane) Scharmer, Drayton, and Peter (Bonnie) Brown, Drayton; grandchildren Julie Scharmer (Craig) Ammann, Sioux Falls, SD; Amy Scharmer; Nathanial Brown; and Nicole Brown, all of Drayton; and 6 great grandchildren, Melina, Gabrielle, Samuel, James, Natasha and Jonathan. Also surviving are sisters Donna (Leonard) Altendorf, Bullhead City, AZ, and Gerri (Jim) Barclay, Tumwater, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Edith Cinocca and Jean Brosseau.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Drayton United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in the Drayton City Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Austin Funeral Home in Drayton on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.