Donald E. Brown, age 89 of Royal Center, Indiana and formerly of Winamac, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport, Indiana.
He was born June 25, 1930 in St. Joseph County, Indiana to the late Lloyd E. and Violet (Zaehnle) Brown.
On November 2, 1962 he was married to Betty J. Brown who preceded him in death.
Don proudly served his country during W.W. II in the U.S. Airforce. He was a Radio Operator in a B29 and was a part of the 29th Bomb Squadron serving at Northfield AFB (now known as Anderson AFB) in Guam. During this time is when Don found his love for flying.
In later years, Don obtained his pilot’s license and purchased an airplane so that he and Betty could fly to many different destinations.
Don worked in many capacities during his early years, He started working as a child selling his grandmother’s homemade butter at the South Bend Farmer’s Market and from there he never stopped working until his health did not allow him to work anymore.
He worked as a truck driver for a short time and had also worked at Studebaker Factory in South Bend, IN. Don was an Electrician most of his adult life starting his own business - Don’s Electric Service, Winamac, IN for more than 20 years. He then went to work in the mid 70s for Galbreath, Inc. and later Galfab, Inc. where he finally turned in his keys in 2014.
One of Don’s greatest joy next to flying was his grandchildren. Don never missed a sporting event if at all possible. He went to many football and soccer games as well as wrestling matches and basketball games. He was a firm believer in education and loved taking his grandchildren on adventures to museums, zoos, caves, amusement parks and anywhere else they had never been. Making memories!
Don is survived by two sons, Garry (Kim) Foerg, Winamac and Jeffery (Kim) Foerg, Westville; one daughter, Becky (Rick) Rivers, Logansport; and one son-in-law, Jim Fredel and his companion Marlene Girton, Winamac.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kriste (Mike) Bell, Hobart, Brian (Krissy) Fredel, Winamac, Shane (Sonia) Foerg, Franklin, Craig (Connie) Foerg, West Des Moines, IA, Ryan Rivers, Logansport; Eric (Lindsay) Foerg, Hobart; Michael (Nichole) Rivers, Galveston and Shannon (Brandon) Burgess, Winamac; and thirteen great grandchildren and one/great great grandchild.
Don is also survived by two brothers and three sisters.
Along with his parents Don is preceded in death by his wife Betty, daughter Cindy Fredel, and daughter-in-law Deborah Foerg. Don was also preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
The visitation for Don will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23rd, at Kroeger Funeral Home.
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