Thomas A. Brown, Jr., age 88, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, October 1, at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland. Funeral services for 88 year-old Thomas A. Brown, Jr. will be Monday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas. Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or Freedom Place at Faith Care Center.
He was born on Wednesday, September 15, 1926, in Pocahontas, IL, the son of Thomas A. and Isabella (nee Clark) Brown, Sr.
He was also a member of Pocahontas Gordon Lodge #473, AF & AM; Ainad Temple (Shriners)-E. St. Louis; Bond County Shrine Club; American Legion #1227-Beckemeyer; VFW #5694- Highland.
Mr. Brown was born in Pocahontas and grew up on a farm south of Pocahontas. He lived at Millersburg. He served with U.S. Navy during WWII. He was stationed in California and was a Seabee/operating engineer in the South Pacific. He served aboard the USN Tadcen and received the Victory Ribbon/WWII; American Area Ribbon, and Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon. He worked for Julius Kiraly as a radiator repairman and opened Tom’s Radiator Shop on 5th and Walnut in Highland for 15 years. He farmed in Bond County near Millersburg. He developed, owned and operated Tomahawk Campground (just south of Millersburg) and then sold it in the late 1980. He opened Tom’s Radiator Shop in Pierron from 1980 to 1992.He enjoyed playing horseshoes. In his early years, he enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, and trap shooting.
Son – Joseph T. (Deana) Brown, Greenville, IL
Grandchild – Jody D. (Ryan) Weiss, Pocahontas, IL
Grandchild – Judy D. (Jon) Collier, Sorento, IL
Grandchild – Julie D. (Terry) Johnson, Caseyville, IL
Sister – Elizabeth Tarasuik, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Marissa M. Weiss, Millersburg, IL
Great Grandchild – Airman Jonathan T. Collier, U.S. Air Force, Mississippi
Great Grandchild – Autumn M. Weiss, Millersburg, IL
Great Grandchild – Jillian E. Collier, Sorento, IL
Great Grandchild – Brenna J. Weiss, Millersburg, IL
Great Grandchild – Seth M. Aldrich, Caseyville, IL
He was preceded in death by Seven Predeceased Contacts:
Father – Thomas Anthony Brown, Sr.
Mother – Isabella Brown, nee Clark
1st Wife – Arlene Brown nee Hencke (married 10/29/1947; died June of 1995
2nd Wife – Patricia Liening Brown nee Haberer (married 2/12/1996; died 5/10/2001)
Brother – Robert Brown
Sister – Gladys Crandell
Life Long Friend – Louellen M. Rochelle died 3/17/2004