Roger Williams Brown, 78, of Terre Haute, passed away peacefully at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in his son's home with his family by his side. He was born June 8, 1939, in Herrick, Ill., to Harlan Guy Brown and Nettie Laverne Williams Brown.
He retired from Verizon in 1994 after 33 years of service beginning with General Telephone. He spent most of his career with the phone company as a central office equipment installer for large corporations and later contracted with Verizon as a telecommunications systems analyst for their corporate accounts.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Hojem Brown; his parents; and a brother, Joseph Brown.
He is survived by four children, Tracey Brown Baroody, Jeffrey Brown and his wife Mary, Jennifer Brown Bose and her husband Tim, and Joseph Brown; 12 grandchildren, Joel Baroody (Abigail), Andrew Baroody, Katie Baroody, Rachel Baroody, Abel Brown, Kyle Bose (Lesli), Ryan Bose (Megan), Madelyn Brown, Joey Brown, Callie Brown, Caitlyn Konazeski, and Emalie Konazeski; two great-grandchildren, Haiden Smith and Hadlie Smith; his former wife, good friend, and mother of his children, Bonnie Large Brown; two sisters, Jeanette Brown Baron and Ann Brown Sarver (Terry); a sister-in-law, Elaine Brown; several nieces and nephews; and his two beloved cats, Dot and Louise.
Roger was a graduate of Fairfield High School (Illinois). He was veteran of the U.S. Navy having entered the service after high school in 1957 and serving four years and was honorably discharged in 1961. During his time in the service he was assigned as part of a VP-21 patrol squadron which was an antisubmarine surveillance plane. He loved traveling and was always ready for a roadtrip. He was a history buff and loved to read. He was a very intelligent man, known for his gentle nature and kindness and he loved spending time with all of his family and grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 6 p.m. Friday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home with his eulogy and sharing from his children and military rites provided by the Vigo County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until service time Friday. He will be laid to rest at Pleasant Union Cemetery in his birth town of Herrick, at 10 a.m. CST Saturday. The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society or the American Cancer Society with envelopes available in the funeral home.
Published on January 30, 2018