James E. Brown, 85
A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 6 p.m. at
Grace Lutheran Church, Grafton, for James E. Brown, of Grafton, who
died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at age 85, after a long and
Memorials to the American Lung Association or to Grace Lutheran
Church are appreciated.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Jim was born on May 31, 1926, to Laura and Elton Brown. He grew up
along the Milwaukee River, which he always considered his "own."
He graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee in January of
1944, where he had been an accomplished swimmer, diver and track star.
Jim joined the U.S. Navy on June 13, 1944, and was stationed on the
island of Ulithia during the later stages of World War II. After his
tour of duty, which ended June 27, 1946, he went on to become an
active member of the Elm Grove American Legion.
Jim paved his own way to college – he attended the Milwaukee School
of Engineering (MSOE) – by participating in the Turners, a well-known
tumbling and trampolining troupe. Between competitions, he managed to
earn his Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering and
graduated in 1952.
He spent many years as an electrical engineer, but his real passions
in life were hitting the golf course with his buddies, cheering on
his favorite Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers, spoiling his
favorite kitty, Fancy, and spending time with his treasured family.
He was loved beyond belief and is survived by his dear wife, Kathy
(nee Monson); his two cherished daughters, Gwen (Rodney) Downing and
Gail (the late Bruce) Corrigan; and his grandchildren, Christy
Corrigan, Carla Corrigan, Leigh Downing and Frank Downing – of whom
he was ever proud. He is further survived by his step-children,
Michael (Lisa) O’Dell and Kelly O’Dell; five step-grandchildren; five
step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.