Jack Ainsworth Brown


May 2, 1930 - April 4, 2013


Jack Ainsworth Brown of Oconomowoc and Apache Junction, Ariz., passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, April 4, 2013, while at AngelsGrace Hospice. He was born on May 2, 1930, in State College, Pa., to Edward L. and Mabel Leitzell Brown.


He is survived by his loving wife, Esther Ann; her children, Jennifer (Rasmussen) Strombeck, Sarah (Rasmussen) Davis (James), and their children Andrew, Justin, Calvin, Olivia, Claire, and Simon. He is also survived by his children, Catherine Parrish and her son Brian and daughter, Barbara Brown.


A son, Edward T. Brown, and daughter, Elizabeth B. Atkins, preceded him in death.


Jack attended Mercersburg Academy, where he graduated cum laude in 1948. He attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1952. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and served as the head football manager for Penn State.


After graduation from Penn State, Jack served in the U.S. Army Finance Corp. and then returned to Penn State and worked on his masterís degree while teaching.


In 1955, Jack joined Centre County Canning Corp. and in 1962, Jack joined Hanover Foods Corp. in Hanover, Pa., serving as manager of accounting and administrative services. He was subsequently appointed treasurer and CFO. He retired from Hanover Foods in 1997 as VP finance and treasurer.


The Browns moved to Oconomowoc in 1998 and eventually shared homes between Wisconsin and Arizona. He was a member of several social clubs and humanitarian efforts over the years. He enjoyed reading, playing golf and bridge, the ocean, especially Ocean City, Md. He followed the Pirates and Steelers and even learned to love the Green Bay Packers.


Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the local United Way.


A celebration of Jackís life will be held Thursday, May 2, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m., with service and dinner following.