James L. Brown, Jr.

September 19, 1946February 28, 2012

BROWN, James L., Jr., age 65 of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Kettering Medical Center. James was born on September 19, 1946 in Dayton. He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Brown, Sr. He is survived by his mother Edith (Hartman) Brown, his beloved sons, Jeffrey (Vanessa) Brown and Jason Brown; grandchildren, Ian, Alec, Elise and Jonah Brown; brother, Richard (Dale Kennedy) Brown; sister, Carmen (Steve) Michaels; nephews, Zachary and Vincent Michaels; and dear friends, Nancy & Sherm Stanley and Curt & Deanna McCormick. Jim was a 1964 graduate of Fairmont High School and Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Jim enjoyed attending the Dayton Dragons Baseball games. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45429. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at David’s Community Mausoleum, 4600 Mar River Rd., Kettering, Ohio 45429. Pastor Donald Payne officiating. Burial David’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Thursday, March 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 2, 2012

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The Pilot

March 3, 2012

David Road got a new resident today
Back Yard sat an oak tree, filtering the sun's rays...
His neighbor was his father and his best friend...
They had loved one another from the beginning to the end.

Yes, Jim Brown found a new earthly home,
Beneath the green grass and sandy foam,
Monuments and tombstones cover the ground...
But that is not where the real story is found.

Angels hovered, sang, and trumpets played
For Heaven had a new entrant today
A common man whose worth was unknown
For it was hard to measure the love and kindness he had sown.

Millionaires, politicians, and someone said a prince...
Words etched on their tombstones, most forgotten long since...
Jim Brown, the simple common name chiseled in stone...
But that is not how he will be forever known.

For his real name was written on the hearts of loved ones and friends...
And that is how he will be remeberd in the end.
For if real wealth is measured by love, trust, loyalty, and a golden ring
Then here slept a a real life King!

Donald Hochadel

March 1, 2012

To my good friend Jason and family. I didn't know James, but his son Jason is one very good man, James did a very good job raising him for sure. I wish I would have had the opportunity to been around him.

Jason Hale

March 1, 2012

Losing such a special person is never easy, take solace in remembering his wit, charm, and countless stories that always ended with a contagious smile.

Dale Sue Kennedy

March 1, 2012

Something to say about Jim….This week Kettering , Ohio lost one of its wealthiest residents. Jim Brown had more and gave more than anyone I have ever known. Jim didn't have money; he had something far more valuable. He was able to share with those around him wisdom and knowledge. Jim lived the way he spoke…he shared with each of us the meaning of unconditional love and undying loyalty. Jim had only friends; there was no one to say a bad word. I never thought I would meet anyone who could love their children and their grandchildren more than my own father and Jim Brown, Sr. did!
Then, low and behold, I met Jim Brown Jr. truly ‘had one up on them'; he is the only man that I can say truly lived for his boys & grandkids. I am certain today he is with his father in Heaven. Jim, Jr.and his Dad "Bear"are sitting on some golden shore sharing stories and laughter while preparing for those of us who miss them so dearly!
Oh how the Angels sang when God brought this good man home…
Love & Prayers to All.

Richard Brown

February 29, 2012

I suppose every one says something nice about someone when we lose them. I suppose it is a way of showing respect. I also know in the case of Jim Brown, when someone says something nice it is because it is true. Jim was one of those strange people I never heard tell a lie. He was a man who never spoke bad of others; he somehow found the good in everyone. I never met a man who loved as deeply as he did for when he loved something, he loved it his whiole life. When it came to loyalty, he was loyal to everything about someone icncluding their faults. He was an honest man who knew their was only one way to do something, 'the right way'. I knew Jim my whole life.
I knew him when we sang on stage in church as small boys. I knew him in school and I knew him at work. I knew him as a devoted husband, father, and worker. He was one of those 'good people' that gave life his best even when life at times treated him unfairly. Jim carried burdens in his life that would have crippled most; but God gave him to us for 65 years.I know personally, I learned so much from him. I sometimes want to question why God allows some good to suffer and some bad to prosper. I also know that there is a plan in place and that someday God will share that with each of us but that day is 'Farther Along'. Until then, I will draw the knot of my tie tight and praise the good Lord for giving me a brother like Jim!

Lora Ketzer

February 29, 2012

I had the pleasure of working with Jim for 5 years and enjoyed all his old stories. He made us laugh and was a joy to be around. I will miss him deeply and my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Missie Miller

February 29, 2012

I feel very blessed to have known Jim and worked with him. I will miss his animated stories. I will never forget him or the sacrifice he made for our Country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

Shelly Elam

February 29, 2012

Jim was such a great person. So friendly and he always had a story to tell. He loved his family very much. I will remember him forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Bob Leibold

February 29, 2012

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing.He was one of the
best employees of Tem Tee Inn.Bob Leibold

Beth McKinney

February 29, 2012

Jim was a great uncle. He was always in a good mood, despite what was going on in his life. I am so glad he was able to get his "new heart" 20 years ago so he could spend time with his grandkids. Jeff and Jason, he loved you guys so much and was so proud of both of you. Our family will miss him so much.