Norman Dean Brown, 75 years, of Ney, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, following a brief illness. Norm was born August 18, 1939 to Paul M. and Helen Miller Brown in Bicknell, Indiana, along with a twin sister, Norma Jean. He was a 1957 graduate of Edwardsport High School. He then graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. He was united in marriage with Dorothy “Joan” Dennis on June 18, 1961 at the First Christian Church in Flora, Illinois. Norm was employed by Dinner Bell Foods in Defiance until its closure in October 1990. He retired from C.E. Electronics in Bryan in May 2005. He was an active member and former Elder at the First Church of Christ in Bryan. He was also a 4-H advisor for B-Square 4-H Club in Ney for 25 years. He was a Cub Scout Leader for Pack 78 in Ney. Norm also belonged to the Sherwood Masonic Lodge # 620, F. & A.M.
Surviving is his wife Joan; son, Gary Dean (Teresa) Brown of Bryan; one daughter, Lisa Ann Alberti of Defiance; two grandchildren, Nathan and Alexa Brown, both of Bryan; two brothers, Robert M. Brown of Dayton, Ohio and Lee Allen (Ruth) Brown of Bloomington, Indiana; one sister, Elizabeth (Rex) Fields of Terre Haute, Indiana; brother-in-law, Charles Homann of Foley, Alabama, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers in infancy; brothers, Eugene Brown and his wife, Edith; James Brown and his wife Judy; Sister-in-law, Patricia Brown; his twin sister, Norma Jean Homann; son-in-law, Dr. Rafael Alberti and his in-laws, Oren and Mary Dennis.
Visitation for Norman Dean Brown will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 in the funeral home with Pastor Larry Snavely officiating. Interment will follow in Ney Cemetery, Ney, Ohio. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice, 6825 State Route 66 North, Defiance, Ohio, 43512.