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Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel

2100 West Illinois Street, Evansville, IN

OBITUARY

Donald "Ray" Brown

July 1, 1941June 11, 2020
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Donald “Ray” Brown, 78, of Evansville, IN passed away peacefully at home after an 11 year courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was born on July 1, 1941.

Ray was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ German Township. He retired from Bristol Myers after 37 years. Ray played softball and bowling through Bristol Myers and played in their clabber league for over 40 years. Clabber partners over the years were Mel Schmitt, Mike Mason and Elmer Boeke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Charlotte Brown; brother, Johnnie Brown; Brenda’s son, Steven Lee Seals; sister-in-law, Fran Swick (Larry); brother-in-law, Bill Akers.

Ray is survived by his wife of 46 years and love of his life, Brenda Brown; daughters, Tammy Droste (Tim), and Angela May (Doug); son, Daryl Brown; grandchildren, Tyler (Hillary) and Taylor Droste, Macey and Anna Dragon, Wesley Brown; great grandchildren, Stella, Olivia and Thomas Droste; sister, Kathy Owens (Garnett); sister-in-law, Pat Butler (Frank); nephews, Greg Owens (Mary Jane) and Alan Brown (Kaye); niece, Johnna Howard; Brenda’s daughter-in-law, Lana Seals; brother-in-law, Bob Akers; nephews, Burt, Wayne (Cherice), Travis (Debbie), Chase (Diana), Mark and Matt. extended nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Rose Akers; best friends, Art Schmitt and Elmer Boeke; good neighbor, Chuck Cobb.

Ray’s family extends a special thank you to Dr. Ahmed for his kindness and care.

A Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2020 at Alexander West Chapel officiated by Pastor Terry Farmer with burial to follow in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2020 and Monday 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vanderburgh Humane Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Brenda Brown, Wife
  • Tammy Droste (Tim), Daughter
  • Angela May (Doug), Daughter
  • Daryl Brown, Son
  • Tyler Droste, Grandchild
  • Taylor Droste, Grandchild
  • Macey Dragon, Grandchild
  • Anna Dragon, Grandchild
  • Wesley Brown, Grandchild
  • Kathy Owens (Garnet), Sister
  • Lana Seals, Brenda's Daughter-in-law
  • Ray also leaves behind nieces, nephews and special friends Art Schmitt and Elmer Boeke

Services

  • Visitation at Alexander West Chapel

    Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • Visitation at Alexander West Chapel

    Monday, June 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service at Alexander West Chapel

    Monday, June 15, 2020

  • Burial At Alexander Memorial Park

    Monday, June 15, 2020

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Darryl Chandley

June 14, 2020

Our condolences and sympathies in your family’s time of need.
Darryl and Lisa Chandley
Megan Chandley
Diana (Chandley) Julian
and family. God bless.

Barb Stolz

June 14, 2020

Daryl and Wesley
So hear to hear for the loss of your dad and grandpa.. I knew him from being a server for him and your mom at Haub’s throughout the years. Please accept my condolences for you both and all your family.
Barb

Susie Wilder

June 14, 2020

So sorry to see Donny passed. Was a co-worker from way back. Always a really good guy. Will be missed by all who had the chance to know him. Prayers for Brenda and rest of family.

Ken Yellig

June 14, 2020

Brenda and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will always remember working with Ray. I remember bowling with him and playing clabber during breaks at work and in the league against him and Mel, but the most I remember him for, is his love of UK basketball.

Marla Little

June 13, 2020

Brenda,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ray was a great guy and will be missed.

Barb and Cyril Gerteisen

June 13, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Brenda and the family. Ray is now in a better place and is at peace.

David Dodson

June 13, 2020

A great all around guy! God bless you and give you comfort in you time of loss!!

stephen keener

June 13, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear about Ray's passing. He was an outstanding employee and he will be missed. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the family. Steve Keener

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