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John Wright Brown

November 5, 1918May 9, 2017
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John Wright Brown, Lt. Col. (ret) November 5, 1918-May 9, 2017

An American Hero Passes

For 98 years, John Brown served his family, his country, and his God with grace, honor, patience, and generosity.

As a career military officer, he joined the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor and quickly signed up for the Army Air Corps to fly airplanes. After 200 hours of thrill packed flying adventures, he was assigned to the 8th Air Force to fly B-24s from England. His Dday assignment was to bomb Germany in support of the landing forces. He survived 27 missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal x 3 for bravery in combat, plus numerous other service medals. After a short stint as an instructor pilot, he was assigned to Air Sea Rescue in England flying rescue missions in the North Sea and English Channel. His Air Force career included 21 years, 45 moves, tours and visits to The Pentagon (Washington DC), England, Germany, Italy, Spain, North Africa, France, Guam, and Puerto Rico. After retirement in 1964, he settled in Montgomery Al., where he owned car washes and laundromats, while honing his bass fishing and investing skills.

In 1994, he and his wife Sue, moved to the Air Force Village in San Antonio, where they enjoyed the company of other retired Air Force officers. He was active in his church, volunteered at Wilford Hall Hospital, and traveled extensively across America. John and Sue were married for 53 years until her death in 1996.

He remarried in 1997 to a former Corning, IA high school classmate, Madeline (Hughes) Alcorn. They spent part of each year in San Antonio and in Walnut Grove, MN. , eventually settling in Albert Lea, MN. During the 17 years they were married, they enjoyed Madeline's large family that included her four children, the 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

After his second wife's death, John returned to Texas in 2014 to be with his son and daughter in law in Kingwood, TX. He enjoyed the warmer Texas climate, the good food, Wings Over Texas, and the many friends and family that visited often.

John had a quiet demeanor that hid his generosity. He funded a scholarship program for his hometown high school students, gave memorials to his church, supported numerous causes such as the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, St. Jude's, various community programs and individuals.

He is survived by his son Barrett Lee Brown, daughter-in-law Mary C. Brown, grandson Nick Brown, granddaughter Kristen L. Horabin (Christopher) and great grandchildren, Campbell , Kinley and Connor .

His second family includes Madeline's children J. Steven Alcorn (Cynthia ); Patricia Alcorn; Mary Helen Alcorn (Bee Thienprasit); Anne Marie Spates (Scot); and their offspring, including 9 grand children/step-grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren/step-great grandchildren.

Following a memorial service in Kingwood, his final resting place will be in the National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Donations or memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Jude's Hospital.

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Ken Brown

July 1, 2017

Sad to have learned of my great uncle's passing. Regret not having the opportunity to get to know him better. Condolences to the family.
Ken and Jennifer Brown, Highland Village, TX.

Brenda Hampton

May 24, 2017

I am so sad to hear of Great Uncle John's passing. He was such a great man with a kind a gentle soul. I spoke to him a couple of weeks before he passed and something he said made a great impression on me. He spoke about how lucky he had been in life. I found this to be so refreshing as it seems the older I get, the grouchier I get! I will treasure his attitude and service and will strive to age just as gracefully. With great sympathy on behalf of my family--Brenda (Brown) Hampton, George Hampton, Crystal Gray and Airman First Class Thomas J. Hampton.

Tammie Buchta

May 24, 2017

I was so honored to meet this man, if we could only accomplish a fourth of what this great man did, the world would be a better place. What a legacy to his family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Tammie Buchta

May 24, 2017

I was so honored to meet this man, if we could only accomplish a fourth of what this great man did, the world would be a better place. What a legacy to his family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Lesvia Brown

May 23, 2017

I just learned this sad news and want to extend condolences on behalf of the Robert Brown family: Robert & Olivia Brown of Hereford, TX, Kenneth & Jennifer Brown of Lewisville, TX, and (myself) Lesvia Brown of Irving, TX.

I am honored and blessed to have known my "great" Uncle John. He was an amazing individual, a blessing in my life and I am thankful for the time I did get to spend with him. I will miss him. My condolences.

-Lesvia Brown

Richard Ambrose

May 23, 2017

Wow, Lee. 98 years old. Great that he lived so long. Both my parents were born in the same year as your dad - 1918. Dad in February, Mom in September. The WWII generation. Such great people at the time that our country needed them to fight Nazi & Japanese tyranny. My dad flew B-29's out of Guam starting back in early 1945. Like your dad, he stayed in after the war until retirement in 1966. He passed back in 2006, my mom in 2010. So sad. I feel for you, Mary, and the rest of the family,.

~Words of comfort

May 14, 2017

May God be your strength in this time of sorrow Matthew 5:4 "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted."

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