Harry E. Brown

March 30, 1917January 25, 2012

Harry E. Brown, age 94, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:05 P.M. at Versailles Health Care Center. Harry was born on March 30, 1917 in Preble County, Ohio, to late Ira & Christine (Gebhart) Brown.

Harry established Brown’s Sweet Shop in Versailles in 1939 where he was still active in its operation. Harry was a veteran of the US Navy. Harry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles; Versailles Masonic Lodge #290 F&AM, 32nd degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton; the Versailles VFW and a Charter member of the Versailles Eagles Lodge.

In addition to his parents, Harry is also preceded in death by his wife Dola L. (Bunger) Brown on June 7, 2008 whom he married on January 18, 1939.

Harry is survived by his son, Larry Brown of Versailles; daughter & son-in-law, Arlene & Harold Keiser of North Star; grandchildren, Cynthia Keiser of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kurt & Niccole Keiser of North Star; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and great nieces & great nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 30, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church 204 East Wood Street Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Robert Akins officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions are given to Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, State of the Heart Hospice or the Versailles EMS.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 30, 2012

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February 5, 2012

What a wonderful man Harry was. I have many memories of he and his lovely wife and the Coffields. My Mom and I always had a soda when we shopped for the grocies. Love to all the family.
Carolyn M. Waymire and family

February 2, 2012

Larry and Arlene,
So sorry you have lost your dad. I know how much you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

February 2, 2012

Larry and Family,
We send our sincere sympathy with the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chelsea Brand and Pat Rhoades

January 31, 2012

Larry and Arlene. Your dad was the Dad of the town, a legend.It was clear how much you both cared for him. The three of you have been in my thoughts.
Dick Detrick

Bob Turpen

January 31, 2012

Larry and Arlene. . . . I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I just got the sad news this morning from a VHS Grad who lives in California. Although I've not lived in Tiger Town in over 50 years, I still call it home. As I look back on the great people from there, “Brownie” sits at the top of that list. “Brownie” was truly a super nice guy, with a heart of gold. What a great Dad he must have been. Thanks for the memories.

Bob Turpen
Dawsonville, GA

Karen Miller (Wick-Gagnet)

January 31, 2012

What a wonderful man who leaves a legacy and impression on many not to be forgotten. Browns Bakery and Sweet Shop played a huge role in my life. Thanks to Harry, his family and the Sweet Shop family- thoughts and prayers to you all. Quite a life to celebrate.

Ron Phlipot

January 30, 2012

Larry so sorry to hear about your dad.

Leanne Hughes

January 29, 2012

Larry and family I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My first real job out of high school was a the Sweet Shop. That is where I first got to know both Brownie and Larry. I have very fond memories of those days! My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time. Rest-in-peace Brownie.

January 29, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Larry, you're in
our thoughts and prayers.

Larry & Sonja Barga, Fairfield Glade, Tn.

January 28, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss! Harry was a great friend to the whole community.

Larry Joe Coffield Family