On Friday, January 27, 2023, John R. Brown, loving husband and father of two children, and grandfather to three grandsons, passed away at the age of 81.
John was born on April 24, 1941, in Hallock, MN, to Donald and Marian Brown. He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota and his commission in the US Army Corps of Engineers in January 1964. He received his master’s degree in civil engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. John served his country with distinction for 30 years, including two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Germany. His many military honors include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal. After his retirement from the military, he obtained his professional engineer’s license and worked as a consulting engineer on various government-funded projects for nine years.
On June 13, 1970, he married Marguerite Ambrosini. Together they raised a daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Donald, through many military moves and family adventures over the years. At the time of his death John and his wife were residents at Del Webb Lake Providence, Mt. Juliet, TN.
John loved playing golf, ballroom dancing, woodworking, and refinishing antiques, but most of all he loved his family. John was also a proud veteran who belonged to the Del Webb Veteran’s Club; Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281, Mt Juliet, TN; and the Military Officers Association of America.
John was preceded in death by his father, Donald G. Brown, his mother, Marian Brown, and his brother, David G. Brown. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marguerite (Ambrosini) Brown; daughter Jennifer L. Brown (David Schnider) and three grandsons, Jack, Nathan, and William Schnider, of Sherman Oaks, CA; son Donald G. (Del) Brown II of Gardena, CA; brother Thomas (Linda) Brown of Eden Prairie, MN; and sister-in-law Inge Brown of Peoria, IL; as well as a large extended family who will cherish his memory.
John will be laid to rest at the Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, TN at 2:00pm on March 6th with full military honors.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.neptunesociety.com/location/nashville-cremation for the Brown family.