O. Jack Brown

Born: Wed., Jun. 1, 1927
Died: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 20, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 21, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Owen "Jack" Brown, age 92, of Barry, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Adams, IL, to Paul and Elsie Crim Brown. He married Barbara Petty on August 31, 1985, in Barry, IL, and she survives.

Jack joined the United States Navy when he was 18 and served from 1945 until 1946. After his Honorable Discharge, he began driving a truck for Mid-state and then went on to drive for Spector Freight for 33 years. Next, he went to work for Sharkey Transportation, where he was employed for 21 years. In earlier years, Jack's CB handle was Jackrabbit. After he quit truck driving, he began working for his son, Owen, at GFC, and he also farmed for most of his life. Jack was a jack of all trades, including carpentry, woodworking, and many other things. He even made oak baby cradles for all of his kids and grandkids. He also enjoyed working in his vegetable garden raising peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes. He liked working on his vehicles and others' as well. Jack also enjoyed camping during the warmer months and putting together puzzles and scrapbooks with Barb during the winter. He was a very active citizen of Barry and did a lot of volunteer work. Because of his dedication to the community, he was named the Barry Apple Festival Grand Parade Marshall and the Golden Apple Citizen. He ran the apple fritter shack for over 20 years and helped build the new building with his son-in-law, Larry. He also annually volunteered at the Barry Fire Department chicken fry. Jack was a humble, kind, and loving man who worked hard and was devoted to his family. He especially loved spending time with his family and helping them with anything they needed.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barb Brown; two sons, Danny (Tanja) Wells of Barry, IL and David (Caroline) Wells of Pittsfield, IL; six daughters, Georgia (Larry) Bergman of Pittsfield, IL, Jacqueline (Rick) Williams of Rockport, IL, Sandy (Jason) Fee of Barry, IL, Kathy (Brent) Riley of Hannibal, MO, Marie (Randy) Woods of Barry, IL, and Kim Harris of Wentzville, MO; twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Darlene Bigger of Quincy, IL; daughter-in-law, Lisa Brown of Pittsfield, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elsie Brown; son, Owen J. Brown, Jr.; great-great-grandson, Waylon Reed Rose; sister, Pauline Phillips; and brothers, Dale Brown, Gerald Brown, and Faye Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Interment will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Memorials are suggested to be made to Barry United Methodist Church or the Barry Fire Department. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.  

Charitable donations may be made in O. Jack's memory to the following organizations:

Barry Fire Department

Barry United Methodist Church

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Larry & Sarah Byrd
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Our sincere sympathies to Rick & Jackie Williams, their family & Mr. Brown's entire family.
Larry & Sarah Byrd
(Eric & Bethany's uncle & aunt)

Barbara and Don Carpenter and Tom Hughes
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
We want to send our sincere sympathies to you and your family on the death of your father. I know it is a difficult loss.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu February 20, 2020
Barb, Georgia, Jackie and all yours,
my condolence to the families of Jack.
Thoughts and prayer for you. I had not met Jack but working with you Barb I feel the connection. His obituary portrays a handsome and good man.
My most Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Larry and Lucia Sapp
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
Barb, we are so sorry about your loss of such a special man. I don’t know what we would have done this past year with Lee being sick and the way he was cared for everyone. Jack spoke softly but his actions/caring nature! Heaven has gained another angel.

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