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Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa, New Braunfels, TX

OBITUARY

Ormin Edward Brown

December 24, 1941June 24, 2020
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Ormin Edward Brown passed away on June 24, 2020, at his home in San Antonio, Texas in the care of his loving wife, Sherry. Ormin bravely battled Leukemia for three years. Ormin was born on Christmas Eve, 1941, in Indiana, the oldest child of Phyllis (McComb) and Francis Brown. The Brown family lived in Huntertown, IN, during his younger years. They moved to a small farm in Albion, IN, in 1953 where Ormin learned about working with crops and animals. He earned honors as a 4-H’er showing animals at the Noble County Fair. He graduated from Albion-Jefferson High School in 1960 where he excelled academically, athletically, and musically. He was especially proud to be on Albion’s basketball Sectional Championship team in 1960. Known for his tenor voice, he was often asked to sing in groups or perform solo for various occasions. He attended Indiana University and then transferred to University of Evansville where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in theater. During his college years, he performed in summer stock theater in North Carolina. Ormin enlisted in the United States Air Force and began his military service in 1967. He earned the rank of Captain as a USAF pilot. At one point in his service, he flew the support plane for the Thunderbirds. During much of his time in the military he was stationed in Texas, a place he grew to love.

He earned an accounting degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX then became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for Everest Minerals Corporation in Corpus Christi. Ormin had lived in Abilene, Dallas, and Corpus Christi before moving to San Antonio where he worked and retired from Activa Resources.

It was in Corpus Christi that he met Sherry Fuqua. They were married on April 19, 1997. Her children, Ryan and Shelley, became children of his heart whom he loved and supported. They gave him love and support throughout his life with them and during his illness. Sherry survives along with daughter, Shelley (Patrick McCormick), son, Ryan Fuqua and grandchildren, Brooklyn Fuqua and Liam McCormick. Other survivors include brother, Trumin Brown (Debbie) of Gulf Breeze, FL, sisters, Annetta (Mikel) Ropp, Elkhart, IN, and Angela Brown, Basehor, KS. Sister-in-law Brenda Brown, Haverhill, NH also survives.

Ormin was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Darrell and Dr. Terrill Brown.

Even though Texas became his home, Ormin enjoyed returning to Indiana to visit relatives and friends. He liked to work crossword puzzles, play golf, read, tell stories, and talk about IU basketball, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers. During the COVID-19 pandemic siblings visited with Ormin online, which was a blessing. His courage was an example to those who knew him.

Due to ongoing concerns associated with COVID-19, there will be a private graveside service for Ormin at Guadalupe Valley in New Braunfels, TX. Zoeller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you honor Ormin’s memory by donating blood to an organization close to you. Memorial gifts may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Sherry survives along with daughter, Shelley (Patrick McCormick), son, Ryan Fuqua and grandchildren, Brooklyn Fuqua and Liam McCormick. Other survivors include brother, Trumin Brown (Debbie) of Gulf Breeze, FL, sisters, Annetta (Mikel) Ropp, Elkhart, IN, and Angela Brown, Basehor, KS. Sister-in-law Brenda Brown, Haverhill, NH also survives.
    Ormin was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Darrell and Dr. Terrill Brown.

Services

  • Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date

Memories

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Don Shultz

July 1, 2020

I have very fond memories of the Brown’s living across the road from us on their farm in Albion.
I enjoyed watching them play basketball, being in 4H together.
Special memories of Ormin singing Oklahoma!, in our high school musical. Awesome!
Miss seeing the entire family.
Don Shultz

Cheryle Walker

June 28, 2020

I met Sherry in college in Corpus Christi, TX. You could not help but be impressed with Sherry's grace and good nature. I still consider her one of my best friends. I had the pleasure of attending Sherry and Ormin's wedding. You could just feel the love between them. Last year my husband and I had the blessing of seeing Sherry and Ormin again and having lunch with them in San Antonio. I am so grateful for that day. Ormin was truly a "Class Act". Sherry, it hurts my heart to know you will miss Ormin so much. I pray you will treasure all the special memories of your love and life together.

Don Smith

June 28, 2020

I knew “Orm” as we called him, from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training. He was a little older than most of us and served as a more mature, calming influence during an intense year for all of us. He was a talented pilot and good friend. We ramained close, with periodic reunions held as recently as last fall. He participated in that event with courage and good humor. I shall miss him greatly.

Gail Manning Shumpert

June 28, 2020

I have known Sherry since Junior High in Alice, Texas, where we were best friends. Sherry remains my dearest friend and I am so sorry for her loss. I only had the pleasure to meet Ormin in the last few years and was impressed by his love and devotion to Sherry.
May the happy memories carry Sherry and family through this sorrowful time.
Love always,
Gail

Emily Brannon

June 27, 2020

I first met Ormin after he married Sherry. I immediately felt that they truly belonged together from observing their kindnesses to each other and to other people. I did not know Ormin well but felt that I did based on Sherry's affectionate remarks about him. Sherry remains one of my favorite people and I am so sorry that she and her family are going to be without Ormin in their midst. Bless you, Sherry. I think about you often and especially right now. Love and comfort, Emily

Shirley Wilkinson

June 27, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sadness and grief.

I will always remember Ormin singing at our family reunions. He had an incredibly beautiful tenor voice, a warm smile, and a caring and generous nature.

Heaven has gained a kind and gentle soul.

Sincerest condolences,
Shirley and Jim Wilkinson

Sally Thrush

June 27, 2020

Just so many memories. Our families were together a lot growing up. One time Ormin and I took a ride on my grandpa’s mule and we weren’t back when Phyllis was ready to leave and she came looking for us and wasn’t too happy. We got back as soon as we could. Mules have a mind of their own. He used to let out great grandpa’s baby chicks then we would hi tail it back home with grandpa hot on our heels. Never did catch him. He also sang at my wedding and Phyllis played organ. Too many memories but that’s what it’s all about. He will be missed. My sympathy to the families.

Linda Shultz

June 27, 2020

Here is a picture playing euchre.

Suzanne Sprague

June 27, 2020

Many fond memories of Ormin. He was a warm & welcoming friend. Special were the times he generously hosted Jack and me. First in the early '80s when he gave us a tour of the Naval station at Corpus Christi and accommodated Jack's request to see the abandoned Air Station at Flower Bluff (!). It was when we first met Sherry :-) And later in the early '90s while living in CO. He took us to the Top of the World site in the Rockies as he 'wined & dined' us with panache.
Your family has been blessed and continues to be a blessing to all who know and love you. ❤️ Sue

Tony Black

June 27, 2020

Ormin was such a great man to be around, Ormin was couple years ahead of me in school, he was very talented, gracious and kind. Ormin will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the Brown family.

Mary & Tony R. Black
Albion, Indiana

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Biography

Ormin Edward Brown passed away on June 24, 2020, at his home in San Antonio, Texas in the care of his loving wife, Sherry. Ormin bravely battled Leukemia for three years. Ormin was born on Christmas Eve, 1941, in Indiana, the oldest child of Phyllis (McComb) and Francis Brown. The Brown family lived in Huntertown, IN, during his younger years. They moved to a small farm in Albion, IN, in 1953 where Ormin learned about working with crops and animals. He earned honors as a 4-H’er showing animals at the Noble County Fair. He graduated from Albion-Jefferson High School in 1960 where he excelled academically, athletically, and musically. He was especially proud to be on Albion’s basketball Sectional Championship team in 1960. Known for his tenor voice, he was often asked to sing in groups or perform solo for various occasions. He attended Indiana University and then transferred to University of Evansville where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in theater. During his college years, he performed in summer stock theater in North Carolina. Ormin enlisted in the United States Air Force and began his military service in 1967. He earned the rank of Captain as a USAF pilot. At one point in his service, he flew the support plane for the Thunderbirds. During much of his time in the military he was stationed in Texas, a place he grew to love.

He earned an accounting degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX then became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for Everest Minerals Corporation in Corpus Christi. Ormin had lived in Abilene, Dallas, and Corpus Christi before moving to San Antonio where he worked and retired from Activa Resources.

It was in Corpus Christi that he met Sherry Fuqua. They were married on April 19, 1997. Her children, Ryan and Shelley, became children of his heart whom he loved and supported. They gave him love and support throughout his life with them and during his illness. Sherry survives along with daughter, Shelley (Patrick McCormick), son, Ryan Fuqua and grandchildren, Brooklyn Fuqua and Liam McCormick. Other survivors include brother, Trumin Brown (Debbie) of Gulf Breeze, FL, sisters, Annetta (Mikel) Ropp, Elkhart, IN, and Angela Brown, Basehor, KS. Sister-in-law Brenda Brown, Haverhill, NH also survives.

Ormin was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Darrell and Dr. Terrill Brown.

Even though Texas became his home, Ormin enjoyed returning to Indiana to visit relatives and friends. He liked to work crossword puzzles, play golf, read, tell stories, and talk about IU basketball, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers. During the COVID-19 pandemic siblings visited with Ormin online, which was a blessing. His courage was an example to those who knew him.

Due to ongoing concerns associated with COVID-19, there will be a private graveside service for Ormin at Guadalupe Valley in New Braunfels, TX. Zoeller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you honor Ormin’s memory by donating blood to an organization close to you. Memorial gifts may be directed to the American Cancer Society.