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MAZON — Donald James Brown Jr., 86, of Mazon, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at Heritage Health, Dwight.

Donald was born May 30, 1928, in Hoopeston, to Donald Sr. and Ellen Erickson Brown. They preceded him in death.

Donald was a graduate of Streator High School with the Class of 1947. He attended Illinois State University in Normal and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, in the field of agriculture, until he was drafted to serve his country with the U.S. Army, Love Co., 31st Infantry, during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1954. He was the recipient of two Bronze medals from the battle of Pork Chop Hill and Old Baldy.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Donald joined the insurance and investment fields, working for Country Companies for 39 years. He retired in 1993.

Donald had a great interest in the civic affairs of his community. He served on the Village Board of Mazon, was a member and Master Mason of Masonic Lodge 826 in Mazon for 62 years and member of Gardner Lions Club. He was also a member of Mazon American Legion Post 352; as a member of the color guard, he was a flag bearer for the annual Memorial Day service.

He was a spiritual man, a member of Park Street Congregational United Church of Christ in Mazon and was a church choir member all of his life.

Donald's interests were many. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed golf, his most favorite outing of the year being the Annual Father’s Day outing with his three sons. Donald was a man of many talents, including gardening and playing harmonica. He thoroughly enjoyed feeding the birds in his leisure.

Donald and his wife, Pauline traveled extensively and he collected canes from all over the world during their travels. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline West Brown, whom he married April 21, 1951, in Bloomington; three sons, Dennis Brown, Mazon; Thomas (Molly) Brown, Hudson; and Douglas (Stacy) Brown, Shorewood; three grandchildren, Mary Margaret Brown, Anne Brown and William Brown; and one sister, Delores (late Kenneth) Durree, St. Paul, Minn.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Tyler Carrell will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Park Street Congregational United Church of Christ or the donor's choice.

For more information and to visit his guestbook, please log on to or find us on Facebook at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd. & Crematory.

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