John Brown

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John Brown, 90, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at SSM Health/St. Mary's Hospital. He was born April 1, 1925, in Wellsville, Mo., a son of the late Opal Vest and Teresa (Hughes) Brown. He was a 1943 graduate of St. Peters High School in Jefferson City and went on to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia. On May 22, 1947, John was united in marriage to Mary Ruth Diemler, who preceded him in death on April 11, 2000. John worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad for many years until his retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. John was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1003, the American Legion Post 5 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2693. Survivors include: five children, Jim (Diane) Brown of Jefferson City, Dick (Diann) Brown of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., Joy Reven of Jefferson City, Ann (Dave) Kyzar of Hastings, Fla. and Jane Brown of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons, Charlie and Sam; two sisters, Mary Sue Hemmel of Lee's Summit, Rose Marie Schell of Nashville, Tenn.; and his dear friend, Anne Findlay, who enriched his last years. He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother, Thomas Leon Brown; and two sisters, Dorothy A. Brown and Catherine T. Brown. Friends will be received from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, with Fr. Christopher Aubuchon officiating. Interment and Full Military Honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Published March 31, 2016