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Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

James "Jim" Edwin Brown

December 13, 1946July 28, 2020
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James Edwin “Jim” Brown of Sellersburg, Indiana, went to be with Our Lord on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, after a courageous, years long battle with lung disease, facing every day with strength and dignity. He is survived by Betty Ann (Curran) Brown, his loving wife of 55 years. He is also survived by his son James Brian (Kelly) Brown and his daughter Angela Lynn (Doug) Lane, both of New Albany, Indiana. Jim was blessed with 7 grandchildren: Ashley Marie Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lane, Allison Ann Brown, Ryan Douglas Lane, Julia Beth Brown, Emily Catherine Lane and Anna Claire Lane. Jim was preceded in death by his parents George and Florence Brown of Warren, Indiana, and his brother Kent Leon Brown of St. Joseph, Michigan.

A 1964 graduate of Van Buren High School in Van Buren, Indiana, Jim was a loving husband and father who adored his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a skilled conversationalist, who never met a stranger. Driving a semi-tractor was Jim’s lifelong career and passion. He retired from Marathon Petroleum Co. after 33 years of service, where he was a dispatcher and truck driver. He also drove a truck for Pilot Corporation and Usher Transport Inc. Jim loved the Lord and was a member of First Baptist Church of Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jim was a long-time model railroader and collector of toy trains and toy tractors for over 50 years. He enjoyed going to train and tractor shows and watching golf and stock car races, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loving family. An avid train watcher, last year Jim realized his life-long dream of riding the Empire Builder train from Chicago to Seattle.

Visitation for Jim will be at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana, on Monday, August 3, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The funeral service will be held at Kraft Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A private interment will follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in the form of contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/).

As per government mandate, face masks will be required and social distancing protocols must be observed. Your cooperation is appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Betty Ann (Curran) Brown, Loving Wife of 55 Years
  • James Brian and Kelly Brown, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Angela Lynn and Doug Lane, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Ashley Marie Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lane, Allison Ann Brown, Ryan Douglas Lane, Julia Beth Brown, Emily Catherine Lane, and Anna Claire Lane, Grandchildren
  • George and Florence Brown, Parents (deceased)
  • Kent Leon Brown, Brother (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • James Brian Brown
  • Doug Lane
  • Ryan Lane
  • Wendell Lane
  • Jordan Torri
  • Josh Maled
  • Jake Henry

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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James "Jim" Edwin Brown

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Susan Poggi

August 3, 2020

Fond memories: “ The thing of it is“......Every time Jim said this, I knew there was another good story coming.
Betty, you are loved and cherished. You can contact me anytime, love Susan.

Mike Ranney

August 3, 2020

R.I.P. Big Guy. You are loved and missed by many.

jeanie estes

August 3, 2020

My sincere sympathy. Jim loved Betty and his family so much and didn't hesitate to tell everyone. A true gentleman. I always enjoyed our conversations at our dental office where I met him. He will be missed.

Hannah Farris

August 3, 2020

Betty, I am thinking of you this morning. May Our Savior be especially close to you and your family as you celebrate the life of Jim. We know that Jim celebrates today, too. I pray you will be comforted by family and friends, and the greatest friend of all, Jesus. Love, Hannah

Norma and Dean Richey

August 3, 2020

Betty and family, much sympathy to you. Jim was a joy to be with. We loved listening to his stories. Much love to you.

Carol Sprigler

August 3, 2020

Betty, I am so sorry of your loss
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Rick Swagger

August 2, 2020

I am sorry for your loss Betty

Kay and John Crouch

July 29, 2020

We have known Jim for a few years. He always showed his love for his church and his terrific family! We will never forget his sense of humor and his loving compassionate sweet personality! Heaven shines a little brighter now!

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