Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH


John W Brownlee

March 25, 1942February 5, 2020

John W Brownlee, age 77, born and raised in Akron, OH., passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020 with family by his side.

Preceded in by his parents Harold “Bud” and Mary K Brownlee and daughter Jennifer McClaskey. Loving father of Jill (Jim) Cygan and Jody (Holley) Goddard; grandfather of Hannah and Justin McClaskey; sister Judy (Gene) White; many nieces and nephews; son-in-law Terry McClaskey; and former wife and friend Joyce Brownlee.

John was an avid fisherman and golfer. He retired from Goodyear after many years of service in Lawton, Oklahoma then came back to Akron to spend his final years with his daughters.

In lieu of flowers his daughters ask for a random act of kindness for others in John’s memory.

Private Family Service held at the Rose Hill Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.rosehillbp.com


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Vicki Orndorff

February 9, 2020

Sending my love and deepest sympathy to all! I remember so well when Uncle John would come get me to babysit the "girls" and his kind manner and conversation! One time I walked in the house to the smell of burnt popcorn! I said something about it to Aunt Joy and she just laughed and said that's exactly how he likes his popcorn- burnt ! lol... that was a first for me...Anyway, I am so very sorry for your loss....Much love, Vicki XOO

David Keel

February 8, 2020

Prayers go out to The family. Called on John for Evans Enterprises INC for several years. Played a lot of golf with the Big Guy and his partners in crime Joe Palmer and Stan Lewis. Have a lot of memories and good times. You girls should be proud of your Dad. He was top shelf in my books. He will be missed.
Prayers for the family.
David Keel friend.......

Stan Lewis

February 8, 2020

So sorry to hear the news of “the big guy’s” passing. Cherish the memories of our time working together and weekly golfing matches with the boys. Such a great man and friend!! Convinced he will win the Firecracker in the sky.

Karen Nye

February 8, 2020

Uncle John was always a joy to be around. I have many happy memories from 1979 when we first moved to Ohio. My brother and I lived with him, our Aunt and cousins in Norton for a few months. However, my favorite memory of him was from an earlier time in the living room of our Indiana home. He would sing in the deepest and most amazing bass voice imitating Bowser from the band Sha Na Na. I never got tired of hearing him sing like that and he always obliged a slightly annoying niece’s request. He was a wonderful Uncle and a kind gentleman.

Shelly Ferensic

February 8, 2020

Such a great man with that impish grin and funny sense of humor. He always had a way of making you feel special. When I was 16, my parents were giving me a hard time about my make-up. Uncle John came to visit and the first thing he said was, "I love your make-up!" Not sure if he really did or my parents put him up to it so I'd stop wearing it!! Love you, Uncle John!!