ENGELWOOD, Fla. -- Former Hicksville resident Gary E. Brown, 69, died Feb. 12, 2013, in Engelwood, Fla.
He was born in Huntington, Ind., and raised in Hicksville. He graduated from Hicksville High School in 1961 and joined the Army Reserve from 1961-1967. He worked at International Harvester, Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he completed his apprenticeship as a millwright and worked 20 years. He co-owned a bakery and laundromats with his wife Mary. He moved to Springfield, Ohio, where he worked at Navistar for 22 years and owned several rental properties. He was a proud member of the UAW for 50 years and past steward. He followed his longtime dream of becoming a resident of Englewood, Fla., in 2010. In Nov. 2012, he and his beloved wife Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Despite his many accomplishments his real joy was his family and friends.
He is survived by wife and best friend, Mary; daughter Danna (David) Kimpel and son Darren (Shelly) Brown, all of Hicksville; five grandchildren, Kelly (Jason) McCoy of Defiance, Ohio, Justin (Leslie) Meyer of Katy, Texas, and Dustin (Jen) Kimpel, Travis Brown and Zac Brown, all of Hicksville; three great-grandaughters, Annabell and Scarlett Meyer of Katy, Texas, and Peyton Kimpel of Hicksville; two brothers, Terry (Sharon) of Hicksville and Mike (Carol), Findlay, OH; and four sisters, Pat (Bill) Grooms of Sarasota, Fla., Mary Brown of Boston, Mass., and Diane (Dave) Brickle and Cindy (Woody) Curry, all of Hicksville.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Bernard and Clara; and brother, Lance.
He fought a valiant eight-year battle with cancer. His strength and positive attitude inspired all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood, Fla., at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Hicksville.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in honor of Gary E. "Miracle" Brown to Ohio State James Center OSUCCC-James, Office of Development, 660 Ackerman Rd., P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3746; or to the donor's choice of organization to defeat cancer. Online condolences may be made at: lemonbayFH.com.