H. Dale Brown, 95, of Montgomery, Ill., died Nov. 17, 2004, at Joliet Area Hospice in Joliet, Ill.
Born May 5, 1909, in Polo Ill., he was the son of George and Myrtle Combs Brown.
He was raised on a farm in Polo. After moving to the Plainfield, Ill., area, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years as a railway mail clerk and later as a supervisor. It was a job he dearly loved. He retired when the Postal Service discontinued mail service by train. He was then employed for several years by the Plainfield School District. After retiring from the school district he relocated to Cherokee Village, where he became active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He held leadership positions in most of these organizations and received numerous awards for his service. He also served as a deacon with the Disciples of Christ Church and acted in several plays while living in Cherokee Village.
He was a man of great wisdom and intellect. He loved reading, politics, sports and spending time with his family. He spent his last years living with his daughter, Gloria, where he became a cherished friend to many. He maintained a positive outlook on life and a charming personality to the very end. He was a positive influence on all the lives he touched.
He was married to Arvenia Springer Brown of Dixon, Ill., for 44 years until her death in 1983. He is survived by their children Edward (June) Brown of Joliet, Gloria Brown of Montgomery, Dorothy Brown of Plainfield and Marilyn Brown of Plainfield. Also surviving are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Leona Wilson Brown to whom he was married from 1986 to 1996.
He is also survived by his two sisters -- Margery (Harold) Parks of Sterling, Ill., and Doris Minor of Nelson, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Woodlawn Memorial Park at 23060 West Jefferson Street in Joliet.