Charles E Brown
April 1, 1924 – October 3, 2019
Peoria - Charles "Chuck" E. Brown, 95, of Peoria, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home, after being surrounded by his family and friends for the past week. He was born April 1, 1924 in Queensborough, NY to Charles Edward and Anne (Habel) Brown. He married Eleanor Lee Riggins, the girl next door, on August 4, 1945 in Peoria, while on convalescent leave from the Marine Corp. Surviving is his wife, Eleanor of Peoria; two children, Nancy (David) Evans of Farmington and Dr. Terry (Michele) Brown of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Stewart, Jason (Jamie) Evans, Nick (Addi) Evans and Dr. Amalia Winters; and eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Presley, Morgan, Charlie, Drew, Kelsey, and Liam. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Ed DeVore; and two brothers, George E. and Robert L. Brown. Chuck served in the U.S. Marine Corp entering the service at the age of 18 and served with the 4th Marine Division, C Company, in the South Pacific where he was wounded in Saipan and Iwo Jima and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Gold Star. Chuck was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to the Peoria area where he and his brother Bob started Chuck Brown Builders. He later became owner and operator of Sheridan Road Lumber in 1973, which he operated until his passing. He was a member of the University United Methodist Church in Peoria, the Mohammed Temple Shrine, the Royal Order of Jesters, and Carpenter's Local 183. A graveside service will be Monday, October 14, 2019 at noon at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Pastor Paul Arnold will officiate. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight Organization, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL. 61601-5072. Condolences can be submitted to www.davison-fulton.com.
- Burial Monday, October 14, 2019
Charles E Brown
October 22, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Chuck's recent passing. My memory of him was that he always was a kind, friendly, and caring individual. I have fond memories of going to their home on Ridge Road and listening to Eleanor play her piano. My favorite was to hear her play "Flight of the bumblebee". I was in Terry's class at Thomas Jefferson grade school and a member of his Cub scout unit; Eleanor and Chuck always played an outsized supportive role in our activities. We moved from the old neighborhood in 1958 but my Mother remained a friend over the years with Eleanor through her bowling league. We bought our first house from Chuck, who had built it, and my parents remained loyal customers of his as he branched out from construction to owning the Sheridan Road Lumber Company. My Father passed in 1992 and Mother in 2017. I long ago moved away from the city to Chicago but wanted to express my condolences through remembrance of a time when Chuck and Eleanor played an important role in my life.
October 12, 2019
To: Eleanor, Nancy, & Terry,
Sorry for your loss, but we know and take comfort in that we will see him again in heaven. He and Eleanor were great friends of my parents (Dale & Doris Riggins). I am honored to have known, met, and spoken with Chuck many times over the years. He was such a man of integrity and will be missed greatly. My wife Joan & I are out of state otherwise we would have come to the service. God's Blessings and sweet comfort to all the family from us........
October 9, 2019
Great flying with you and Eleanor on the Concord and returning on the QE 2.
Always enjoyed watching the Peoria Rivermen with you and Eleanor.
Eleanor very sorry for your loss.. So glad I had those wonderful experiences with you and Chuck. I have those positive memories. Thank you both for your hands of friendship.
October 9, 2019
Loved being neighbors for over 20 years with Chuck, gone but not forgotten and his lovely wife, Eleanor. Have many pleasant memories of chats in passing and sharing a glass of wine in their home. Rest in peace Chuck and thank you one more time for your service to our country.