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John E. "Jack" Brown

April 5, 1926 April 3, 2009
John E. "Jack" Brown
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Obituary for John E. "Jack" Brown

John �Jack� Brown, a resident of Highland and former resident of Farmington, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2009. It was 82 years, 363 days of a life well lived.

The father of eight children, grandfather to 12 and great grandfather to two, Jack was a World War II combat veteran.

He is preceded in death by his wife, and the true love of his life, Janet. We can take solace in the fact that they are together once again.

Jack was a gifted musician, singer, bowler, and sports aficionado. He was a lifelong resident of Michigan, born in Detroit and raised his family in Farmington. He spent the later years of his life in Highland.

Jack was an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Farmington, a member of the church choir and active in the Dad�s Club. All eight of his children attended Our Lady of Sorrows School.

Jack was proud of his service as a United States Marine in WWII. Shortly before his 18th birthday, he lied about his age so he could join the Marine Corps, instead of being drafted into another branch of the armed services.

He landed at Iwo Jima and served in the Pacific Theater all during the war. Jack rarely spoke of his military experience, a testament to his modesty.

His quiet nature was offset by his vivacious wife, Janet. Always the life of the party, Jack and Janet proved the old adage that opposites do indeed attract.

Jack was well known in and around Detroit for his bowling prowess. One of the finest amateur bowlers in the city, Jack bowled in classic leagues around the city and carried averages above 200 for years. He had a perfect 300 game and countless 700 series, his personal best being a 788 series. In bowling alley�s around Detroit, jackpots were known simply as �Jack�s Pot� since he usually won the prize. The family often joked that they were raised more through bowling jackpots than from his modest work salary.

He taught several Hall-of-Fame Red Wings players how to bowl in the 1950�s. Many of us witnessed legendary Red Wing player, coach and broadcaster Sid Abel stop Dad around town to say hello. Dad�s response when we were awed by this was a simple and modest, �I�m surprised he remembered me.�

A huge sports fan, Jack lived for the Detroit sports teams and followed them religiously. The Tigers were a particular favorite.

Though not a wealthy man, Jack was rich in family and friends that loved him. He will be missed.

Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janet Marie Brown and brother, Edward �Bud� Brown. He is survived by his loving children, Jack (Sandy) Brown, Sue (Mike) DeWitt, Jim Brown Mike (Lisa) Brown, Terry Brown, Lori (Dan) Byrnes, Karen Caires, Kevin (Chris Johanski) Brown; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Sylvan) Koltyk, Patricia Henning; brothers, Thomas (Virginia) Brown and Robert (Sandy) Brown; numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty, Milford, Wednesday, April 8th, at 11AM with Fr. Leo Lulko officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Friends may visit Tuesday from 4-9PM. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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